* Posts by Adam Jarvis

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It’s Brexploitation! Microsoft punishes UK for Brexit with cloud price-gouging

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If you're in it for the long term...

If you're in it for the long term, Microsoft should soften the blow during the hard times, profit in the easier times. Crucially, you take these factors into account when setting your inital price (irrespecitve of AWS Pricing). Ebay sell Yoyos, Microsoft don't need to. Cloud should be about security and stability, even when the physical World around it is going through a period of change/mayhem.

Microsoft have really forgotten core values here. MS will suffer for it.

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Microsoft's Neon project to redesign Windows for nerd goggles – reports

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Facebook Flat Web Design.

A rewrite of Flat Design History to big up MIcrosoft...

Flat Web Design was first used by Facebook, from which others followed. Facebook didn't follow Microsoft. Microsoft + others followed Facebook's design cues. i.e. Facebook set the trend.

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Why I just bought a MacBook Air instead of the new Pro

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Worth watching, regarding the iFixit teardown / Recyclability (shockingly bad).

Twit.tv (Leo Leporte) the show, the new screensavers, did a really good investigation into the recyclability of the new macbook w/touchbar.

The interesting fact that came out was that even Apple's recycling facility can't recycle the new macbook, due to the lithium-ion Batteries being glued in.

https://www.twit.tv/shows/new-screen-savers/episodes/80?autostart=false

Worth watching from 24 minutes onwards for iFixit section, macbook review starts around 9 minutes.

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Apple unplugs its home LAN biz, allegedly

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Worth watching, regarding the iFixit teardown / Recyclability (shockingly bad).

Twit.tv (Leo Leporte) the show, the new screensavers, did a really good investigation into the recyclability of the new macbook w/touchbar.

The interesting fact that came out was that even Apple's recycling facility can't recycle the new macbook, due to the lithium-ion Batteries being glued in.

https://www.twit.tv/shows/new-screen-savers/episodes/80?autostart=false

Worth watching from 24 minutes onwards for iFixit section, macbook review starts around 9 minutes.

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Ofcom slaps ban on BT/EE 4G spectrum bid

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Re: Are Ofcom admittting that they fcuked Up? Or is Theresa May confirming they have?

"A few points for you to work on Ofcom, if you're reading"

None. It was referenced with a sarcastic tone. Ofcom are a complete waste of space. BT has technically incompetent MPs and ofcom wrapped around their little finger. As regulators go, ofcom, the regulator couldn't be more predictable if they tried.

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Russia shoves antitrust probe into Microsoft after Kaspersky gripes about Windows 10

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Given how stable Windows 10 1607 AU is of late...

Given a fully updated, Windows 10 1607 AU has become fairly stable and useable of late, Microsoft would be as well giving users a 12 month 'Update Pause' on the release of Windows 1703 Creators Edition, before an update is forced.

Forget this 'one Windows' bollocks, it isn't. There are will be 4 distinct versions by then, Windows 10 1507, Windows 10 1511, Windows 10 1607 + Windows 10 1703. Without even getting into all the variations of Home/Pro/Enterprise, and the list of updates each require.

Over the Past 18 Months its felt like living in a Classic Art-Deco Bungalow as a building site (yes, its a bit drafty), while the house around is demolished and rebuilt as a modern McDonalds Mansion, yes, a lot is better, but with the new, comes change.

You still have to go to work each day, eat, sleep, wash your cloths, feed/protect a family and generally use what's around you, while this building work is carried out around you. Afterwards, you need a bit of time, to accept the new.

Microsoft - give User's a chance to accept Windows 10. At this moment, its a Calm before the storm, again. It's reached a pretty good point.

Or is the reason Microsoft don't want to do the obvious, exactly what Kaspersky claim?, a constantly shifting platform gives Microsoft Products a technical advantage (it does).

There is some merit in that. It's has felt like a constantly shifting platform beneath your feet these past 18 months.

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What went wrong at Tesco Bank?

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Dave Lewis, Tesco CEO, just got that call...

Peter Yapp, the deputy director for the incident management directorate, explained how his role worked: “If something [regarding a cyber incident and your company] breaks in the press, I'll get a call from someone in government,” he said, and he would be expected to explain what the incident meant.

“If you haven't phoned me and told me about it, I will phone you,” stated Yapp.

“It is worth telling me about the most serious incidents,” he told his audience, acknowledging that these were difficult to define, before comforting them: “We do not tell the ICO what you tell us.”

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/10/13/

new_gchq_unit_says_it_wont_rat_your_breached_business_out_to_the_ico/

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Facebook opens up, shares blueprints for its 100Gbit network switch

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Another example of how 'Pointless' G.fast is obsolete?

I'm sure BT would prefer Facebook put these plans in a cupboard and threw away the key, forgot about them for a while. It would give BT more time to exploit (sweat) their Copper Carcass 'Pointless' G.fast technology. G.fast is looking more obsolete by the day, with Open Source Switches becoming the norm/standard.

And approving a BT 10Mbps USO until 2030?

Ed Vaizey what were you thinking?

We need to at least make the break from Copper for everything from now on (new installs/renewals). Trump Day would be a good day to start. Just do it ofcom/BT. The writing is so on the wall for Copper making up the local loop. Ofcom/MPs - stop listening to the copper biased technical crap coming out of BT's mouths.

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What a bee-lief! UK's asian hornet outbreak is over ... for now

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Brexiteers cheer!

Brexiteers will be using this, the first good news for them since the Vote. They've managed to keep a few foreigners out, even if its only for Winter. The fact they can't afford to feed themselves, yet the wasps can, over Winter, is not pertinent here.

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Amazon's very own Linux now available for download

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Pointless G.fast. Real Fibre optic is 'courageous' Ofcom/BT, not G.fast.

Develop AWS Biz Apps?

BT keep coming back saying copper carcass based G.fast will do the job up until 2030 at least.

What do you need faster broadband for? Isn't it fast enough? BT offer an USO of 'upto' 10Mbps, be done with you - plebs.

In this future World, 'courageous' Multinational goals are now defined by removing a head phone jack.

In the real world, good luck to working/developing with AWS (in any commercial sense), uploading to Cloud / downloading patches/ISOs, from anywhere other than select locations in the UK.

G.fast is an Pointless Cul-de-sac technology for select 'cherry picked' locations. It's not an inclusive one for the UK as a whole.

Of course, BT don't want small biz/ground-up companies to get us out this Brexit mess, they want Multinationals developing for Multinationals, with Multinationals swallowing vast amounts of taxpayers money in the process.

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Windows 10 market share stalls after free upgrade offer ends

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Re: No such thing as a free lunch

I'm expecting this to come in the form of 'inactive use' after so many months (like Mobile Sim Cards) Windows 10 deactivates if a user doesn't log-on, and will need to reactivate for a norminal fee. That's my take. Either that or Windows 10 Creators Edition is going to be a 'bloater' and require a memory/ssd/graphics update, additional hardware maybe as a minimum. It will happen at some point no doubt.

Maybe it will just be in the form of more and more restrictions on Home/Pro users to push them towards a subscription based enterprise/biz licence, where you need configuration/oversight.

"This is more than a one-time upgrade: once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device – at no additional charge"

- Terry Myerson.

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MacBook headphone hell

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Apple deaf to feedback?

It seemed Apple are deaf to feedback.

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Smart Meter rollout delayed again. Cost us £11bn, eh?

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Re: Not Late Yet

Sounds like the Dreams Bed Sale, which ends 'Monday', but which Monday?

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@ofgem = {hashtag} #Fuseless / F'useless.

Is there anyone that actually wants a Smartmeter?, if they think it will reduce their Energy costs they are deluded. This is about manipulating the consumer with deals that will be so complex, they will never know the true cost of their Energy.

Ofgem, have a single completely blinkered approach - vain attempts of trying to increase competition, they should really give up and just concentrate on increasing Customer Service levels to something even marginally acceptable.

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MPs want Blighty to enforce domestic roaming to fix 'not spots'

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If you thought Ofcom were bad, Ofgem is a f'in nightmare to deal with.

Ofgem don't regulate (or provide oversight) of the roll out of new billing systems. If a Utilty company rolls out a complete lemon of a system (CoopEnergy, still not resolved 18 months later). Ofgem will do nothing. Ofgem only deal with the consequences, not the prevention. Ofgem were told in month 1 of massive problems regards CoopEnergy, yet did absolutely nothing for 18 months. Then you find out Ofgem don't regulate CRM+Billing (Customer Relational Management Systems).

You have to ask what is a UK Utility Company in 2016, if not 'just' a CRM+Billing System, with a bolt on call centre. I often wonder what the purpose of ofcom/ofgem really is. They seem more like narcissistic organisations (caring about their own image more than customer resolution) i.e. appeasement smokescreens (at best) for the industry, paid for by consumers.

In a word,

Basically useless.

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Re: Stupid

A virtualised allocation of Network resources (on an annual basis) to operators would be better than fixed allocation via auction, which causes operators to 'land bank' excess spare capacity.

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First Step. Just stop operators charging consumers for 2G.

A fairly easy solution would be to prevent any billing of legacy 2G data connections, if a consumer connects to a mast as 2G (or equivalent in terms of speed). The billing is dropped for those packets.

Mast Congestion, should be a 3 strike policy, with a plan initiated to increase capacity or face ongoing fines for slow speeds/contention. There should be strict definitions of what 3G and 4G are, in terms of an acceptable Mbps speed by distance/radius/topology for each mast.

(All smartphones can connect '3G/4G', but this doesn't determine the throughput, the mast's backhaul does).

Temporary mobile masts should be erected for enforcement in notspots, which are able to route data/calls for all networks, any calls/data routed though such temporary masts, equates to a fine against mobile operators. Gives ofcom the ability to prove via the use of temporary masts the need for coverage that is not been offered.

The only way networks will be improved if it hits actual network operators in the pocket, not their customers.

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Microsoft goes back to the drawing board – literally, with 28" tablet and hockey puck knob

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Re: Apple Bootcamp no longer supports Windows 7SP1 on newer iMacs.

Nothing special about Macs regards to VMWare, given that's what VMware is for. Anywhere VMware runs, Windows, Linux, Mac, (even iOS, using Horizon), Cloud/Local Servers/(ESX/ESXi) - you can run Windows 7 as a VM.

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The Surface Studio Hybrid Drive - Linux Friendly?

The Hybrid Raid SSD in the Surface Studio sounds like the same Lenovo SSD design that doesn't support Linux.

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Apple Bootcamp no longer supports Windows 7SP1 on newer iMacs.

You'll be out of luck, Apple don't support older versions of Windows on newer iMacs (no bootcamp drivers). The Bootcamp drivers for a new iMac will only support Windows 8.1/10. Apple no longer support Windows 7 on newer macbooks and iMacs, haven't for a while.

Apple don't support newer versions of Windows i.e. Windows 10 on older iMacs officially, but we have Windows 10 running on a 2008 iMac + 2009 iMac (the 2009 24'' is the one to get). ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro dedicated graphics are more stable than the Nvidia 8800GS, which freezes occasionally, due to buggy Nvidia Drivers, but the Nvidia 9400M is OK under Windows 10.

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Microsoft's Surface Studio desk-slab, Dial knob, Surface Book: We get our claws on new kit

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Re: Microsoft Surface Studio

Nothing wrong in that at all, I'm just making the point that Microsoft are marketing this, by pulling on the 'Pushy Parent' heartstrings. You could of course, just take them to some rock pools on a beach, and they'll be just as happy. It's much more fun making '3D sand castles' on a real beach.

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Re: Microsoft Surface Studio

The presentation sold this device to (John Lewis* type) 'Pushy Parents' (the three female presenters were stereotypical of such) with income/money who will spend anything in trying to gain quality time with their 8-12 year old children, who are increasingly self obsessed with their own tech, as they get older. i.e. its aiming to extend the years you can still interact and do stuff with your children. People will pay good money for that.

The presentations were awful, almost laughable. The hardware is sound though (firmware permitting), thank god. Panos, for all his verbal, its actually a well thought through, decent bit of kit and crucially, no doubt it will sell to both 'Pushy Parents' and designers. This will be profitable, I'm 100% sure.

For US readers: *John Lewis is very well thought 'aspirational' Department Store in the UK, for all your middle class essentials. Not cheap, but you get what you pay for, mostly. When life reaches that point of being comfortable.

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Did Apple leak a photo of its new Macbook Pro in an OS update? Our survey says: Yes

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The travelling circus of Driver implementation.

The UK is in for a shock, once they start having to pay the 1:1 UK:US Dollar pricing, with VAT@20%,the UK Prices for the new macbook might end up been slightly higher than the US.

I'm guessing 5-10% above US Prices, A $1500 new mabook will be £1650 in the UK

(In fairness, the Apple upfront cost is always high, but the cost of ownership, especially if you implement a 'limited damage plan, keep the box' policy, is minimum {over a three year life} for macbooks. Don't take my word for it, listen to IBM)

The problem (more so) with this macbook will be the lack of drivers for anything other than macOS for the specialist devices - the Oled touchpad and the fingerprint touchID, Windows 10 AU 1607 Bootcamp drivers maybe, but you won't see Windows 8.1/7SP1 drivers.

I call this the 'travelling circus of Driver implementation'. A new laptop gets released, comes into town. The drivers appear just before the circus arrives and leave not long after the circus leaves, leaving you with laptops where they can only run certain OS's, which acts a window of opportunity. This works with Printers too.

It's even harder where those drivers only run on a very small subset of machines (like specialist fingerprint readers/oled touchpanels). Has the effect to make these, very restrictive proprietary drivers, making the laptop obsolete quicker, as regards to new OSs.

Regarding the 1cm bezel which Apple are bound to salvate over, we had this in 2005 on a Toshiba Portege M100, then we seemed to lose narrow bezels for 10 years.

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Openreach split could damage broadband investment, says BT's chief exec

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What Era are you living in?

Look at the Alton Tower's tragedy. Everyone filmed the crash, not a single person phoned 999 for 11 minutes. No one via a landline. It's telling of today's generation.

The idea of having to power an analogue telephone as the inhibitor reason to rollout G.fast over real Fibre FTTP. It's just more (BT) Copper Carcass biased reasoning from you as why pointless G.fast should be the solution, over real Fibre.

The analogue phone is completely irrelevant for all everyday tasks (other than a last resort Emergency) and that would only be in a real World situation where there isn't Mobile.

Don't take my word for it, look at BT Retail's own call revenue figures or any ISP for that matter. NB. Note the use of 'ISP' in terms of BTRetail, that's what it is now, primarily an ISP.

OK, BT's argument is to keep analogue phones For Emergencies? Fine. You think most worry? Maybe those born before 1980, most only care about their Broadband connection, Messaging Apps, Facebook and Mobile.

Every communication for me, is either Messaging Apps,Skype,Mobile, email even the odd text.

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Re: No one is saying Pointless G.fast can't do the job - up to a poiint.

So what's you answer when 'UK Plc' needs to move quickly, be agile - upgrade networks as jobs start to move to areas/Countries with true fibre optic FTTP, say 10Gbps, because UK businesses can't compete on time/price, because of the time it take to move vast data farms/collate data, they can't compete. Did you predict the data used today even 5 years ago, let alone 10 years ago?

The problem with your response, is your pushing the same BT line ever single time, 'Fibre is expensive, G.fast is cheap', its just not true, once you take into account the maintenance / noise/ interference aspects of G.fast.

G.fast isn't cheap, I repeat G.fast isn't cheap, its a biased legacy copper technical solution put forward by BT, for BT, that favours BT's legacy copper carcass of a Network.

G.fast is overly complicated (regarding fault finding, more so than FTTC) requires exponentially carpet bombing an area with G.fast nodes to get any form of blanket Ultrafast coverage. Powering the nodes is real challenge. Interoperability of existing makes of routers/firmware. As stated you need a minimum of 25 G.fast nodes per 2Km2 area to get blanket Ultrafast Broadband speeds. A single G.fast node covers a very small subset of the area covered by an existing FTTC cabinet..

Realistically, you ever need more than 'upto' 300Mbps, G.fast technology can't be upgraded, its a Cul-de-Sac Technology, yes, you could add more G.fast nodes, bringing G.fast closer to the premises but as said, the number of G.fast nodes you need goes up exponentially, and so does the cost, to the point it would have been cheaper to just connect fibe to the premises in the first place. And if the taxpayer is paying, that's what we should do.

Taxpayer shouldn't listen to BT, because Cul-de-sac tech G.fast is fundamentally the wrong technical solution for UK Plc.

To make that jump to true fibre optic 1-10Gbps, you have to reverse out the Cul-de-Sac and start again.

Everything you put forward, works within the confines and limitations of the existing legacy BT network. The talk of BT Ducts, duct capacity etc. The Ducts in the past, carried a minimum of 200 copper pairs from the exchange to the cabinet. Are you saying that's now not possible with Fibre? or just another excuse, biasing your choice of G.fast over FTTP.

We setting ourselves up for failure, G.fast is not the route to take, its just not ambitious enough.

I do understand how pseudo/multiplexed FTTP is currently rolled out from Huawei FTTC cabinets, how this Fibre backhaul is limited to provide true FTTP, and its already showing its backhaul limitations in terms of true FTTP.

BT will never recommend true FTTP rollout because its not in BT's interests in any shape or form. But that isn't a reason not to be ambitious (in the interest of the UK PLC, not BT PLC) and go down that true fibre FTTP route, because its the right long term route.

G.fast won't cheap in any shape or form, it's a con put forward by BT for BT.

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Re: No one is saying Pointless G.fast can't do the job - up to a poiint.

You're confused in your response.

'If there's existing G.fast then the area isn't a "not spot".

There is no 'existing G.fast' anywhere at the moment as it's still in pilot.

I said 'notspots remain notspots'

If you mean if there's existing FTTC then the (exchange) area isn't a "not spot".

Not technically true, the rollout of FTTC cabinets only cover a subset of the existing full exchange area, once an area become FTTC enabled, due to the technology there are FTTC notspots formed, (that may have been or not have been notspots previous within the exchange area on ADSL). FTTC may also enable areas that were previously ADSL notspots, but its not a given, for the full exchange area.

An exchanged can be labelled 'FTTC enabled' with a minimum of 1 FTTC cabinet, leaving a large expanse of subscribers on different non enabled cabinets without FTTC, stuck on existing ADSL products.

In the same way, G.fast will be a subset of the FTTC cabinets already in situ, so even with the full 1:1 mapping with FTTC (rolled out in the same locations as FTTC), FTTC enabled doesn't necessarily mean it will become G.fast enabled.

And of course, from this - 'G.fast notspots' will be formed, that may be FTTC enabled, i.e. lines more than 250m from the FTTC cabinet (125m as the crow flies), as G.fast only covers a subset of the area an FTTC cabinet covers.

Subsidies for certain FTTC cabinets, with say current low uptake, will be the litmus test for more BT taxpayer subsidy.

"If that situation is proved wrong and there is no loss, BT hands the subsidy back"

BT have raised the threshold from the original 20% to 30% to avoid paying back such amount.

That threshold is likely to be even higher for G.fast rollout.

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Re: Serious??? Good job?

G.fast wouldn't help you either, the way its being rolled out, is by attaching to the green FTTC cabinets.

Looks like you are on Cabinet P55 (The percentage figure at the end is the percentage of that street connected to that cabinet). Given how far 3000m from the nearest FTTC, you'd have no chance, even if you were connected to Cabinet P44, the FTTC enabled cabinet, as some nearby Postcodes are.

Bear in mind for G.fast, you need to be within 300m by cable (150m as the crow flies) to get 'upto' Ultrafast broadband speeds, not 3000m. Then imagine the number of G.fast nodes needed to carpet bomb that area, to get blanket coverage. Hence the term: 'Pointless G.fast'

Cabinet P55

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(Distance in metres is important here, even if the cabinet was enabled - none of these addresses are capable of FTTC, let alone G.fast).

RM12 5DE Egbert Close Hornchurch, Essex 3,034m ADSL ADSL2+ Fibre Not Available P55 95%

RM12 5DF Oswald Close Hornchurch, Essex 3,073m ADSL ADSL2+ Fibre Not Available P55 100%

RM12 5DG Offa Close Hornchurch, Essex 3,051m ADSL ADSL2+ Fibre Not Available P55 54%

RM12 5DH Dunningford Close Hornchurch, Essex 3,041m ADSL ADSL2+ Fibre Not Available P55 100%

RM12 5HU Gray Gardens Hornchurch, Essex 3,028m ADSL ADSL2+ Fibre Not Available P55 100%

RM12 5HX Boulter Gardens Hornchurch, Essex 2,912m ADSL ADSL2+ Fibre Not Available P55 26%

RM12 5JD Gray Gardens Hornchurch, Essex 3,043m ADSL ADSL2+ Fibre Not Available P55 100%

RM12 5JH Furness Way Hornchurch, Essex 3,002m ADSL ADSL2+ Fibre Not Available P55 100%

RM12 5JR Kendal Croft Hornchurch, Essex 2,928m ADSL ADSL2+ Fibre Not Available P55 16%

RM12 5JT Ennerdale Avenue Hornchurch, Essex 2,918m ADSL ADSL2+ Fibre Not Available P55 100%

RM12 5LA Rosewood Avenue Hornchurch, Essex 2,664m ADSL ADSL2+ Fibre Not Available P55 5%

RM12 5LD Wood Lane Hornchurch, Essex 2,839m ADSL ADSL2+ Fibre Not Available P55 12%

Cabinet P44

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(Distance from cabinet important here 3000+m, none of these addresses are capable of FTTC)

RM12 5DE Egbert Close Hornchurch, Essex 3,034m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 4%

RM12 5DJ Rosewood Avenue Hornchurch, Essex 2,581m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5DL Carnforth Gardens Hornchurch, Essex 2,653m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5DP Ullswater Way Hornchurch, Essex 2,773m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5DR Ullswater Way Hornchurch, Essex 2,801m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5DS Station Parade Hornchurch, Essex 2,458m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5DT Woburn Avenue Hornchurch, Essex 2,433m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 96%

RM12 5DU Woburn Avenue Hornchurch, Essex 2,470m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5DX St Andrews Avenue Hornchurch, Essex 2,674m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5EA St Andrews Avenue Hornchurch, Essex 2,658m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5EB Egbert Close Hornchurch, Essex 2,915m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5ED Coniston Way Hornchurch, Essex 2,901m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5EH Coniston Way Hornchurch, Essex 2,952m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5EJ Coniston Way Hornchurch, Essex 2,833m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5EL Windermere Avenue Hornchurch, Essex 2,518m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5EP Windermere Avenue Hornchurch, Essex 2,630m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5ER St Andrews Avenue Hornchurch, Essex 2,733m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5ES Coronation Drive Hornchurch, Essex 2,521m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 10%

RM12 5HX Boulter Gardens Hornchurch, Essex 2,912m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 6%

RM12 5JJ Dunningford Close Hornchurch, Essex 2,992m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5JR Kendal Croft Hornchurch, Essex 2,928m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 84%

RM12 5JS Kendal Croft Hornchurch, Essex 2,862m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5JU Ullswater Way Hornchurch, Essex 2,830m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5JX Langdale Gardens Hornchurch, Essex 2,733m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5LA Rosewood Avenue Hornchurch, Essex 2,664m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 95%

RM12 5LB Bowness Way Hornchurch, Essex 2,819m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5LD Wood Lane Hornchurch, Essex 2,839m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 87%

RM12 5LH Rosewood Avenue Hornchurch, Essex 2,598m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 97%

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No one is saying Pointless G.fast can't do the job - up to a poiint.

BT are backtracking before they have even started, since the ofcom announcement earlier in the year.

Don't associate G.fast with 'inclusiveness', about furthering/enabling the rollout of 'upto' Ultrafast speeds to Rural communities, that was never the G.fast remit as a technology.

With G.fast - notspots remain notspots. G.fast is all about selective rollout to specific locations, to grab the headline "Ultrafast broadband is here!" (as always, that doesn't help if it isn't anywhere near you, because you don't live within 250m {125m as the crow flies} of a G.fast attached FTTC cabinet).

G.fast works best in cherry picked locations that already get close to 80Mbps FTTC.

If you radius out from there - to do a 'proper blanket coverage job' with G.fast it becomes exponentially expensive, because of the sheer number of (important point:) actively powered G.fast nodes required, hence it's not an 'inclusive' (in terms of the population of UK as a whole) technology.

BT have already made it clear that 'selective' rollout of G.fast will map 1:1 with existing FTTC Cabinets, i.e. you only can get G.fast if you already have an FTTC cabinet within 250m by cable length (125m as the crow flies).

No one is saying G.fast can't do the job, (if that's your copper carcass bias talking for you).

The problem 'to do the job' is the distance between the property/subscriber and a newly installed (and importantly, reiterate this point: the actively powered G.fast node.

We're back to the 'upto' terminology governed by distance - of past ADSL and FTTC, but 100x worse, and even more obfuscated, because the final leg is still Copper or Aluminium.

BT love G.fast, because it allows them to sell 'upto' Ultrafast broadband marketing as an artificially capped 'Finite Resource', priced according to speed, with little worry for them, whether its copper or aluminium cabling, because that affects you (in terms of speed) but aids BT, in terms of marketing. It's difficult to sell true fibre FTTP as a limited resource, when the optical cable is all the way to the property.

So how many G.fast nodes would the UK require for blanket coverage?

In a 2km2 area with a FTTC cabinet in the centre of that graphic, you need 'upto' 25 equally spaced G.fast nodes to get blanket coverage depending on the 'upto' Ultrafast Broadband, say 200-300Mbps - you intend to rollout. Thats a lot of high tech/firmware patches to always work / talk to each other (remain powered) and rurally there isn't the maintenance for that to happen.

Real Fibre optic FTTP is a simpler, passive network, it requires no additional power from its source. Once its in, its more or less job done, in comparison to endless fault finding G.fast will create.

Each G.fast node has to be actively powered (making them expensive to install, and inherently adding more complexity into the local loop, i.e. more stuff to go wrong and far more reasons for it to go wrong)

Top 'upto' G.fast speeds are very susceptible to distance, interference, Power Supply smoothing issues, Low frequency Pump Noise, damp, poor cabling copper/alu, poor connections, the list is endless.

Saying the 'expensive' subscriber termination costs are the reason not to rollout real fibre is a con, its doesn't show the true picture of the ongoing maintenance costs of G.fast. It's been done in order for BT to sell their bias toward their legacy copper carcass network, BT want to sell the taxpayer G.fast, because it suits BT (in terms of maintaining their own asset values), not the UK as a whole.

I'm not anti-BT, I can see exactly why BT are doing what they are doing, going this route. The problem is, its the wrong approach for the UK as a whole.

Split BT (and reform ofcom while you're at it, too many love-in ex-BT employees making the decisions), concentrate on real fibre optic to the premises FTTP at local loop level, with the use of local support in Rural areas, to get it rolled out across farmland, verges, riverbeds, public footpaths etc. Build on the model of B4RN.

Stop further investment in BT's Copper Carcass now, force all new installs to be real FTTP fibre optic. It's going to take a long time even with active local support rurally, so we may aswell start now.

If BT (on our behalf of the taxpayer) are to use G.fast at all, G.fast should only be used as a last resort (start with a cut-off at distances <500m by length cable, but it really need to be <250 by cable length, everything else real FTTP.

Legislate:

For every G.fast install, mandate an FTTP install at the outer reaches of the local loop/network, so that BT can't cherry pick their customers.

We're already seeing apathy regarding FTTC uptake because subscribers have slowed connections at peak times, it's impossible for any normal person to actually work out the reason their distance based 'upto' copper based ADSL connection is slow, hence users are already sceptical that FTTC won't just be more of the same, with congestion in the backhaul/internodes, not the last leg, the local loop. With real fibre FTTP, subscribers can firmly point the finger at the backhaul, if congestion does occur, not which way the wind is blowing, as is the case at the moment.

The real reason G.fast is been put forward as a technical solution is to extend the life of BT's copper carcass. It's not cheaper in the long run, its potentially a maintenance nightmare. G.fast is certainly not something taxpayers should fund. Don't get sold a Pup, Mr taxpayer.

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Apple’s macOS Sierra update really puts the fan into 'fanboi'

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Re: Rantastic, almost as good as my rants regarding ofcom, BT and pointless G.fast.

Also, remove Adobe Flash from the macbook. That always helps.

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Rantastic, almost as good as my rants regarding ofcom, BT and pointless G.fast.

I think you've fallen for the Jony Ive/Apple line, that macbooks don't suffer like PC Laptops, from their fans getting blocked with crud.

Regarding the overheating, where do I send the Arctic MX2/MX4 Compound to or an Aerosol of Compressed Air?. Every thought something is blocking the fan heat transfer fins? It tends to build up as a wall of fluff between the fan itself and the fins. The extra CPU cycles of macOS Sierra, might have just made something noticeable that wasn't with El Capitan.

El Capitan is pretty battery efficient and ran really cool (for me) when idle, to a point sleeping El Capitan wasn't much of an issue any more, but its mostly tethered at a desk.

Apple did seem to find a way to kill off redundant CPU Cycles (processes of Windows behind Windows not visible) in El Capitan. With macOS Sierra though, Apple seems to have decided it could find use for the redundant CPU Cycles with crap like Siri/Search.

I'm sitting on a macbook right now, in macOS Sierra, its as quiet as a lamb, I'm in Firefox 49.01 though and no, I've never even opened Siri.

Siri is removed from the Dock. I'm not completely anti-voice, quite surprised how good (and actually useful on Android) 'OK Google' was recently, but if you can touch type, its pretty pointless.

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Adobe on patch parade to march out 83 bugs

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Microsofties might hate what Steve Jobs stood for...

But on Flash, Jobs made the correct call, at a time no else would.

So 'll say it again ofcom/BT (if you're reading), why the fcuk are we forced to install this shit to use BTWholesale Speedtester in the UK?

Ofcom. Pull your finger out (finger or whatever) and force BT to ditch this Flash based BTWholesale Speedtester. Old installations of Flash are a root cause of compromised PCs. End users shouldn't be forced to install Flash just so they can test their Broadband connection.

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PC sales sinking almost as fast as Donald Trump's poll numbers

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Re: Just yesterday, 3 hours wasted

Sounds like failed Graphics Hardware, failed BGA lead-free solder balls on the dedicated AMD ATI Chip. Assuming it isn't (its likely to be that, HP will fob you off repeatedly though).

Use a bootable USB ISO of Linux Mint 17.3/18, boot from that (17.3 is more reliable for this), see if you get any graphics issues, attempt to install the AMD Proprietary Drivers, log out, log back in, you can see if the problem is hardware or software better then. The USB of Linux Mint, is bootable without actually installing anything to your computer.

You may need a RJ45 hardwire network connection if you Wifi doesn't work out of the box. Most do, Broadcom there is a proprietary driver to install, like the AMD Graphics.

Yep its a real pain,Windows 10 forced updates. I had this in Windows 10 Pro.

There is a knack to getting Windows 10 to stop looking for a replacement Graphics Driver (often it will offer two display device drivers at once (Nvidia in my case), meaning the Powershell 'device driver' block hack doesn't work. Assuming you've already allowed Windows update to run, and this has happened.

Go to Device Manager, under Display Devices->AMD ATI etc, right click - properties, select Driver Tab, Rollback Driver, if grayed -> Uninstall Driver. (try both ways, if unsucessful first time)

Go to System -> Advanced System Settings, Click Hardware Tab

Select Device Installation Settings...

Do you want to automatically download manufacturer's app and custom icons that are available for your devices?

Select -> No (your device might not work as expect).

Run Windows Update. Allow it to parse/download, attempt to install any Graphics Device Drivers.

Once upto date..

Manually install HP AMD ATI Graphics Driver.

Run Windows Update again. It should now keep the manually installed driver.

You may have to work at a lower screen resolution to do these operations.

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Sckipio touts fibre-like symmetrical G.fast kit

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Re: Pitfalls of G.fast

The point here though is there is a choice/a crossroads.

At the moment consumer 240VAC devices (made to the cheapest price point) connected to BT lines aren't actively acting as PSUs sending several watts to Power BT Equipment outside the subscribers home, which is what is been proposed, that's a big change, no opto-isolation.

The sheer exponential number of G.fast nodes needed, hence the term 'carpet bombing', to get effective blanket G.fast coverage, rather than selective coverage (which is what it will end up, notspots still notspots).

This isn't a cheap alternative to Passive Fibre Optic FTTP. Especially, if you rationalise it to lines 500 metres or more in length and when you rationalise it, you may aswell just stick to Passive Fibre Optic FTTP, across the network, keep it simple to one technology (cheaper to bulk purchase), going forward within the local loop. (legacy FTTC technology will be around for a while yet).

BT using the difficulties of final termination of Passive Fibre Optic as the reason to rollout of G.fast. I don't buy it, that termination of Passive Fibre Optic is overly diffcult or expensive, when you factor in all the pitfalls of G.fast. I don't buy the BT line 'Fibre is expensive, G.fast is the cheaper'.

G.fast is a pointless technically biased solution put forward by BT, for BT. Taxpayers should play no part in it.

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Re: Pitfalls of G.fast

AndrueC, I did (try to) make that point in my first post:

"It's not a cheap alternative to real Fibre, its just an alternative that makes use of BT's legacy copper (in the interests of BT, and only BT). It will get rolled out iniitally as 1:1 mapping with existing FTTC Cabinets, so notspots are still notspots"

'notspots remain notspots'

(maybe 1:1 mapping wasn't the best way to describe it, but it means it will only go into places where existing FTTC cabinets exist, the technology is mapped in, one for one, replacing one existing FTTC line card with a newer G.fast line card).

Also a point often missed, the quality of PSUs in existing FTTC Cabinets will need be substantially improved to cater for the PSU noise sensitivities of G.fast too.

Britain's Broadband gets an minor incremental upgrade (BT will certainly lobby to go the route of further handouts/taxpayer subsidies) to enable exactly the same people that were getting 'upto' 80Mbps beforehand, to get 'upto' G.fast speeds, which I'll be generous and say, 'upto' 100Mbps-200Mbps* (on a good day). As said, notspots remain notspots.

(*as always 'upto' dependent on cabling alu/copper, site issues, crosstalk, low frequency pump/induction noise, distance from the FTTC by cable length, Backhaul/ISP traffic management/network management/congestion - restrictions permitting - ofcom's idea of regulation heaven, keeps them in a job, hence their unremitting support for G.fast)

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Re: Pitfalls of G.fast

It's both. Emergency Power & Maintenance.

I don't see BT been allowed to self power devices from subscribers homes/offices as these would sit outside an area that get regular inspection/outside an area of BT's control.

There is potential for that device to send 240VAC onto the BT copper pair. i.e. You'd have to have written permission from the subscriber for regular yearly access to check the Power Supply (fed via unverifed consumer 240VAC) is working correctly, there would need to be strict conditions. There will substantial costs involved.

Outside an area of Control.

BT can't control the conditions that device operates in, temperature, damp, vacant landlords/owners etc, yet it feeds power (originally from an unverified Consumer 240VAC source) into BT's network. I doubt it will happen.

If it does, it negates much of the cost savings of having Passive Fibre optic (FTTP) all the way to the subscriber v so called cost savings of Powered devices/G.fast. BT's only way is to 'BT self power' these devices through its own equipment within its network, I can't even see them been allowed to use 2 pair copper to do this from their own PSUs. The reality been, most G.fast nodes will need to be connected individually to the grid.

As said, G.fast gets exponentially expensive, depending on the blanket " 'upto' coverage" you are looking to offer.

Of course, G.fast isn't designed to be about blanket coverage, its about selective coverage - this is BT.

BT want a restrictive tap (as in water) between the subscriber and BT, to gouge its customers, by restricting the best throughput speeds through selective pricing. Its more difficult to do that if each subscriber has a passive fibre optic running into their house, why's this resource limited? where's the restriction exactly?

G.fast is designed to be that artificial restriction, to make Ultrafast Fibre seems like a 'limited resource', yet the actual unrestricted fibre sits 20 metres from the subscriber on a Pole, with a active G.fast 'tap' device sat between it and the subscriber.

Much of BT's argument can be shown to be a lie, 'Passive Fibre is expensive, Actively Powered Copper Piggyback Technologies like G.fast are cheap', its been conditioned into ofcom/Politician's little heads i.e Ed Vaizey. This is even before you factor in costs from Interferene/Cross talk/Low Frequency Pump/Induction Noise + fault finding costs.

When you factor in the true costs, long term maintenance, it can be seen that BT's are biasing the technical reasoning towards technology which favours BT's legacy copper carcass, and only BT. BT are the only ones not seeing their Copper Network only in terms of its scrap value, post Brexit. Mediocre won't do in this new era.

The local loop / BTOpenreach needs to be completely separated and that probably means taken back into public ownership.

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Pitfalls of G.fast

Good to see the El-reg highlighting the pitfalls of G.fast, rather than {wonderfully rosy} bullshit articles 'BT tests 'upto' 1GBps G.fast (Copper based) Fibre', negating to state it was over a distance of 10-20m of very high grade new copper in a lab.

Most new cabling (mine is) is fed via road in Parallel lengths of cabling (crosstalk heaven) at street level, not in a star configuration from Poles. Self Powered, back fed from the subscriber is a disaster waiting to happen.

I can't see it ever been accepted in the UK on safety grounds, not sure many subscribers would be happy paying retail electricity prices to Power multinational equipment either. Another great money grabbing scam between BT and the Electricity companies.

In very remote rural locations, it would be safer to loosely lay fibre optic in river beds/ verges, public footpaths etc, and expect some damage, using the revenues to slowly back install this protectively/properly over time, than backfeed power to 'carpet bombed' (in terms of numbers required) G.fast devices.

G.fast is like trying to uniformly light a Christmas tree (representing the UK) with lots of single white narrow focused leds, you need a lot of small leds, very close together, each with its own power requirement, to get blanket coverage. The closer you position the leds together, results in an exponental increase in number of leds required.

The alternative, being separately supplied (on the mains grid) for each G.fast node makes it exponentially expensive for all cable lengths greater than 500 metres (premises 250 metres as the crow flies).

It's not a cheap alternative to real Fibre, its just an alternative that makes use of BT's legacy copper (in the interests of BT, and only BT). It will get rolled out iniitally as 1:1 mapping with existing FTTC Cabinets, so notspots are still notspots. It doesn't much help rurally, because of ongoing maintenance issues (fees for repairs which are set and run by BTOpenreach)

If BT want to lobby/force pointless G.fast by bamboozling MSPs/MPs/Politicians fine, but don't use taxpayers money to fund this Pointless Cul-de-Sac* G.fast Technology, especially as a solution to rural 'upto' Ultrafast broadband.

*Once it reaches it practical limit (more like a practical 'upto' 100-200Mbps if you're lucky, its very,very dependent on so many factors that are impossible to fathom, i.e. which way is the wind blowing today etc), you have to reverse (out the Cul-de-Sac), rip it all out, and start again installing proper Fibre optic - FTTP (which taxpayers should have done in the first place).

Real fibre optic FTTP has so many advantages regarding lower maintenance costs rurally, you have to wonder why G.fast ever gets promoted at all (other than in the interests of BT itself) as a rollout solution for ultrafast Broadband.

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Samsung halts production of Galaxy Note 7

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The Price paid for Sealed Limited Life Devices like Surface Pro.

Microsoft could also learn a lesson or two from using a removeable (or at least replaceable) Battery for the Surface Pro Range too.

Glueing these devices up to give them a finite 4 year shelf life, when they are $600+ is sheer greed and has caught Microsoft out too.

Surface Pro Battery woes - Battery 'Software fixes' just seem to be delaying the problem, past Consumer Warranty Periods, as a sort of Damage/Cost limitation exercise.

Overall it leaves a lasting impression, you have a good chance of getting a 'Lemon', therefore will be avoided by Pros and Consumers.

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Google's Chrome cloaks Pirate Bay in red screen of malware death

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Re: They need to be careful with this

Why I have a real problem (bugbear) with the abundance in the UK of nonsense signage - Speed Camera signs and white distance markers on roads where there are no such cameras, it instills in people to ignore other Important Road signs.

Road signs should only ever be used to where they are true and neccessary, not as a method to bamboozle, 'may or might not be true'.

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Prime Minister May hints at shaking up Blighty's 'dysfunctional' rural broadband

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G.fast is a pointless, expensive Cul-De-Sac Technology. Let's make that clear now.

BT have bet all their money on sweating their copper assets, with pointless G.fast.

Yes, G.fast is a pointless, expensive Cul-De-Sac Technology. Let's make that clear now.

Any rural connection more than 500m by length should be real fibre (fibre optics) (premises approx 250m as the crow flies from the cabinet). That is the point/spot at which G.fast becomes exponentially more expensive over laying real fibre.

This is due to the exponential increase in the number of G.fast nodes required, the increase in maintenance costs, corrosion, damp, windy locations these will need to be fitted. Before you factor in Crosstalk, low frequency Interference, where problems become an absolute minefield to solve, if you go the G.fast route, over real Fibre.

Trouble is, you ask BT what's the best solution, BT are always going to give a technical answer which favours their own copper assets (which is basically what has happened). Ofcom has also shown itself to be biased towards BT. Just look at the EE/BT merger.

I personally think 'In Interests of National Security' is pressuring/biasing ofcom to favour BT, i.e. GCHQ are also involved in this process, GCHQ want by and large, a single provider to have 'complete oversight'. I also believe Theresa May does, both organisations are control freaks.

It should be real fibre to the premises (especially if the taxpayer is subsidising).

The reason not to use a different technology such as G.fast for the last couple of hundred feet is it creates an artificial tap (as in water) in which Telcos like BT can make it appear Broadband is a 'limited resource' limited by the final G.fast connection and continue to bamboozle, obfuscate 'upto' speeds, and key, continue to differentiate on pricing.

This is what BT want. This is because it is artficially been presented as a limited resource due to the final copper element 'tap' acting as metering, but with real Fibre its far less of an issue. Yes, faster switches are more expensive, but those costs would drop.

Overall, given this statement by Theresa May, G.fast should be all but dead in the water (given last year's flooding it would be too, as have many FTTC cabinets).

What I do believe makes sense, is less planning control placed (zero rates) on laying fibre rurally, as most locations hardly see any footfall at all and loosely laying fibres along river beds, hedge rows, public footpaths and agreed access with farmers, makes much more sense, especially in the short term to get Fibre in place and generating income, to then use part of the income to then permanently lay these protectively.

Yes, some will get damaged but, the benefits outway the inconvenience. Malicious damage of temporary exposed brightly coloured yellow cabling should be seen as a serious offence.

I also believe Blanket Gigabit Rural Fibre should be fought for.

Rural communities should not just expect BT to provide it (BT are sitting on their hands regards Real fibre, using their current position to make sure they don't without subsidy anyway).

Politicians have been conditioned though, BT are conditioning the public, milking the 'Fibre is very expensive, using Copper is cheap' line, while ignoring the pitfalls of sweating Copper assets, brings to the table going forward, over using real Fibre.

We're at a crossroads, any further use of Copper will create real 'stuck in the slow lane' problems in the future. Apathy to Gigabit speeds has already set in, because its impossible for consumers to work out why a copper based 'upto' broadband connections randomly slow.

Volunteer community teams working with Telcos should help with the roll out to reduce costs. There should be far less money spend on glossy expensive websites like Superfast-Cymru, and far more money paying towards getting teams of volunteers to help with the rollout. Less talk, more Fibre on the ground, more fibre connections.

The B4RN model should be praised more, rolled out Nationally with a finite funding model, so that Communities that want to go this route can do so without the hardship B4RN faced setting up the model, but with the same outcome, getting Gigabit Fibre for everyone. The model should be funded in a way its tough to do, but achieveable, to prevent waste paying people that 'just talk the talk', its got to be something that each community wants to achieve.

If BT don't want to be involved they should be banned from an area for 10 years, to allow local communities to do it themselves. So much money each year is wasted funding ofcom to regulator 'upto' Copper based Broadband, when much of this regulation is unnecessary, if actual Fibre was laid, and communities as a whole had control of this.

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Brit telcos plead with Ofcom: No one should own more than 30% of available spectrum

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Re: Simple solution

Indeed, a virtual Spectrum allocation (on demand) would be a much better proposition, with a price based on annual usage, but ofcom can't think ouside the box if they tried. Underused bandwidth, like Supermarket Land banks should never be allowed.

Allowing the EE/BT merger was 'criminal', to say it had no effect on the future rollout of real Fibre FTTP is utterly incomprehensible, ofcom is an utter joke of an organisation.

It has set back any rollout of real optical FTTP Landline Fibre indefinitely, going forward. BT has absolutely no reason to promote real Fibre now, as it would obsolete slower Mobile data overnight.

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No surprise: Microsoft seeks Windows Update boss with 'ability to reduce chaos, stress'

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Windows Update: Clunky bag of nails, needs new hammer.

Microsoft, a tip for you: I'd be looking to hire a Senior Software Architect from Dropbox.

Dropbox knows how to break a file down, structurally lay out those files across its customers/devices/localitiies, with the most seemless interface known to man, so you always have the latest version to hand. Dropbox does one job very well.

Windows Update is a quirk infested monster, and that's been polite. For this job, you need detailed knowledge of the ins and outs of 250+ Windows Patches (as a minimum) and what subsystems each interacts with.

It's a Venn diagram hell hole, to say the least.

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Natwest online payments go down

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Seems to be working correctly.

They must be basing credibility on each Company's Live Twitter feed.

The common consensus on Twitter seems to be Scottish Power are a bunch of crooks, so Natwest's fraud dept seems to have got things about right.

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Sage advice: Avoid the Windows 10 Anniversary Update – it knackers our accounting app

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The important Win7 patch folks is KB3172605.

Windows 7 'has become' the new swiss army knife - XP, but only after 250+ security and optional updates and the fact peripherals/device drivers covering a 5 years period will have Win7 drivers.

Win7 was the new swiss army knife until Microsoft broke the blade purposely, during the Windows 10 free rollout.

Thankfully, Windows Update on Windows 7 now works again (and quickly) with the September 13th re-release of the July roll-up too (which fixed June's roll-up) KB3172605. No, I'm not making up that convoluted fcuk up of patch releases.

Now Windows 10 upgrade is out of the way, funny how Win7 Windows Update now works again. Hope the UK's SFO is reading, needs a proper investigation gvien the number of people affected.

The important patch folks is KB3172605, if you want your life back from endless 12 hours waits. But if you are still managing to run Windows 7, without a forced upgrade to Win10 you probably already knew this patch was the one.

Just to add, it works as of now, that is. Tested with fresh installs of Win7SP1 and restored Win7SP1 systems. (Restored images were the big problem upto now)

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Red Hat v Fedora model.

SSD installs of Windows 10 AU 1607 still freezing randomly, two months on...

Red Hat v Fedora model, when will Microsoft learn?

Microsoft's model is something akin to Fedora Beta (Win10 release) v Fedora Alpha (Win10 insider) and I'm probably insulting Fedora and over complimenting Microsoft, in saying that.

There needs to be a much bigger distinction/gap between Windows 10 insider builds and release.

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NASA's Europa surprise

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Re: A modern god would text us...

Landing at Europa?

Currently, I'm just imaging how an advanced cilvilisation might have fined tuned the commercialisation of overpriced tat and shit food, given my somewhat extreme hatred of traveling through Gatwick.

Boy, modern life can really suck at times, Gatwick seems to have every possible facet of this, in extreme, with so many (seemingly) happily buying into this.

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SpaceX: Breach in liquid oxygen tank caused Falcon 9 fireball ... probably

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Re: too technical for me

SpaceX plans to offset the CO2...by giving you another Planet.

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Windows 10 backlash: Which? demands compo for forced upgrades

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Re: Am I been too technical, in saying the 3P&3Bs: prepare, prepare, prepare + backup,backup,backup.

The Grammer Police are out in full today. I now see what happens when you upset a loyal Which? reader. FFS. My problem with Which? is the weasel words timing of this, the day after Microsoft removes Windows 10 nagware? Coincidence?

Its 15 months late and its pointless to suddenly start getting upset about it now. Damage has been done. If Which? gave a shit they'd have backed a prosecution early on (especially in respect of partially sighted/disabled users).

All these tech companies are at it, look at Google's Privacy check up, 31 clicks to fully opt out.

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