* Posts by Adam Jarvis

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$329 for a MacBook? Well, really a 'HacBook' built on an old HP

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A linux style macOS 'LiveCD' isn't going to happen*

but 'macOS Live', on USB purchased,including an annual subscription for iMessages/Facetime might just be in the pipeline as a 'taster' / Live version of macOS to run on a limited set of generic PCs. (which is actually quite a large set, given the consolidation of the Intel hardware)

A possible exclusive deal with AMD for macOS Live?

The Apple App Store/Services revenue is getting near that tipping point for Apple, to make that idea very worthwhile. All roads lead to Apple hardware, its win-win.

*no DVD drive on modern macs (if you didn't get it).

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Ireland looks like it's outpacing Britain in the superfast broadband rollout stakes

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Re: BT: Sit, Hands - carry on.

See post below, on how it ultimately pays BT handsomely, to restrict the rollout of True FTTP - Gbps speeds, to enable Product 'leveling' across their portfolio.

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Re: Why ?

It pays to talk down the need for faster Gbps speeds and talk up the costs/work of installing true FTTP, because ultimately, it will pay BT handsomely, through both bamboozling/obfuscation / product 'leveling'.

Well if your BT/EE plan is to install a mini mobile base station - EE Femtocell device in every home/(may end up been nearest telegraph Pole/Outside property) - charging per MB pricing, for mobile data sent back over taxpayer subsidised 'upto' FTTC Fibre. You really wouldn't want to offer blanket Gbps speeds over real/true FTTP because it would effect the revenue model for the recently merged EE.

Why would you anyone use 3G/4G mobile for data (even sent back over your own backhaul) when your home fixed line Broadband is Gbps rather than a few Mbps, because how you use the internet would change very quickly, with Gbps speeds, as opposed to Mbps speeds.

It was an absolute stupid technical decision by CMA/advised by Ofcom to allow the merger of BT/EE to form 'Sweetie' {nothing implied there between these three}

It now ultimately pays BT/EE to restrict the rollout of true Fibre to the Home/Biz, because it levels the attainable 'upto' between the 3G/4G mobile / FTTC, where as true FTTP would create a massive obvious speed divide between the two technologies, making 3G mobile data almost obsolete overnight (if you have access to true Gbps FTTP).

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BT: Sit, Hands - carry on.

BT: Real Fibre? Sit, Hands - carry on. Wait for desperate Gov to pay subsidies for 'upto' Ultrafast Broadband.

Incompetent Gov pays BT to install Cul-Del-Sac technology G.fast, creates even more obfuscated, bamboozled (more of the same) 'up to' Ultrafast '300Mbps' (take that as 100Mbps if your lucky, given damp junction boxes, lines run in parallel, multiple users) speeds.

All urbanised 'cherry picked' sites, that map 1:1 to BT's current legacy FTTC technology.

BT (looking after BT), spends time and effort on researching Femtocell EE Mobile/Wifi Hybrid BTHomeHub type home/biz devices to 'exploit' said taxpaper rollout of Fibre/Ultrafast Broadband backhaul to charge mobile per MB rates (upto £7.50 for USA roamers) for data fed back on Gov/taxpayer installed subsidies lines.This embeds BT's incumbent position by preventing competition access to femtocell router shared Wifi/Mobile services.

Sounds like a BT plan.

What a fcuk up and long term mess we are heading for. Ofcom is useless.

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Sunny, summery Intel slips out six flashy 3D NAND SSDs

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Talk about over complicating the branding/product, while you're talk numbers, just give me a Samsung 850 Sata or an 850 PCI-NVMe and I'll be on my way.

I realise been Intel this drive has the potential to be better (no doubt Intel are good) but Sammys are so much easier to understand the branding, going by this.

Using a wide range of Samsungs, but the best has to be a 'vintage' Samsung 830 256GB that gets hammered to hell everyday in terms of backup images, its never missed a beat. Did SSDs really improve after that or just add incremental built in obsolescence?

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NHS injects tender for PC and peripherals kit with £500m

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NHS: Can we make sure Epson Ecotank Printers aren't classed 'Green IT'

Buyers of “Green IT” - kit that “demonstrates significant sustainability benefits beyond energy use” - will have £10m to splash. This is hardware that incorporates “environmental, economic and social sustainability principles”, the tender stated.

A lot of people think Epson EcoTank Printers would fall into this category, but these printers have a hidden flaw - a single use Waste Ink Pad that once full, renders the Printer obsolete for the most part (its cheaper to replace the printer) and a set number of head cleans (about 100 on normal Epson).

Its like free entry to the club, then having to pay as your leave.

They shouldn't be on the 'Green IT' list.

Convenient Printing - Yes, Eco friendly - No.

You could argue any printing/printed material isn't green though.

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Notting Hill Carnival spycams: Met Police rolls out real-time live face-spotting tech

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Re: V

You can't compare London in 2007, or even 2010 to London in (mid) 2016, in terms of ethnicity/diversity mix. That's just a statistically pointless ramble.

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The carnival is going to look decidedly White with so many feeling "pre-victimised" by Police.

Stop and Search/Arrest rates disproportionally affect Black/Asian people in London.

This is a headline grabbing Police en-masse surveillance policy that disproportionally will effect and put off Black/Asian people from attending, more than it would put off White people from attending, just as a matter of how this intrusive Camera technology will be perceived.

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EE looks at its call charges, hikes a bunch, walks off giggling

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Welcome to Britain. Home of the shittest customer service, anywhere in the world.

Welcome to Britain. Home of the shittest customer service, anywhere in the world.

Our regulators Ofcom (for Fixed/Mobile Telecoms), Ofgem (for Energy) are manned/funded by ex-employees/Energy Companies/Telcos respectively.

They are Narcissistic Organisations that only care about their own continued existence, so every solution agreed/put forward involves even more complication, or use of technologies (pointless G.fast) that are designed to bamboozle, obfuscate the market even more, hence reinforce their (regulator) roles.

Politicians are technically illiterate, (just read the comments by Prospective Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom) regarding the Internet, to hold either regulators or Telco incumbents to account.

FTTP even in places where its 'obviously' more economically viable long term, is never the solution, if BT/EE can help it. It would make the Broadband speed and contention issues that vast numbers of customers experience, far too easy to pinpoint, against the Telco's own backhaul, as opposed to the local loop/mast.

Bamboozled, Obfuscated 'upto' speeds suit both the Regulator / and BT/EE (Sweetie). That's what we have, shit as it is. Best to bring a book next time, if you visit anywhere in the UK, yep - just anywhere really.

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A USB stick as a file server? We've done it!

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Sort of thing Apple used to 'evolve' (copy) into a decent product.

Fundamentally, this device has its uses, 'it has legs', so to speak (use something similar - a 'portable-ish' 2x2.5'' Mirrored Linkstation Mini NAS)

But the Sandisk device sounds like the early MP3 Players before the iPod came along, the overall user experence isn't that great, at those speeds. Web Portal is likely to be snail like too.

Sandisk are approaching this the wrong way, they have all the tech 'in-house' to make this work (for an 'Apple like' user experience), as a high margin, higher price product.

In the mix, in there somewhere, is a device that would have high margins and sell.

I'm not sure if you need to add in a USB Battery Pack Charger (10 Hours), employ a faster Arm based processor, maybe a PCI-NVMe Interface SSD, even give it the ability to act as a Wireless router for 1Gb Wired Ethernet. The more stuff you add, the more it needs to be tethered to the mains, though.

The Linkstation Mini (its a big long in the tooth) but its portable, and just works. I had thought of changing the spinning disks for SSDs, but never got round to it, trim support might be an issue, so left it.

There is definitely a sweet spot there somewhere, though if Apple put an Micro SD Card slot on an iPad/iPhone this would die an instant death, but sell a lot of new iPhones/iPads.

Apple must be so getting tempted given lacklustre iPad sales, as it would cause people to ditch their old iPad 2/3/4s, for a new replacement - an easy buck so to speak. Who says Apple need to sell it cheap, knowing Apple adding a microSD+less memory could be sold for the equivalent of a 64GB device.

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Windows Update borks PowerShell – Microsoft won't fix it for a week

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These days it looks like marketing are actually doing the coding and testing as well

@Anon. What a tag line:

"These days it looks like marketing are actually doing the coding and testing as well'

Windows has always been a ball of tangled wool with potential gaping holes, but what's Windows 10 going to be like in 12 months, given the rapid release cycle and rapid withdraw cycle.

Anyone using Windows 10 hoping this will get better is like an alcoholic in denial.

For Enterpise, a potential 4 versions aready in use/testing, Windows 10_1507, Windows 10_1511, Windows 10 1511_2, Windows 10_1607, (+Insider builds for Redstone 2), what happened to the 'one version' of Windows 10 Mantra?

This all points towards a can of worms for testing purposes. It won't be long before the only sensible place to run 'Windows 10' (multiple versions) is under VMware on a LTS Linux install.

Its like raspberry ripple ice cream, where you can vagely see 'Windows 10' in the ripple, the more you stir it, the less visible the wording gets, with a taste that is less than creamy, to a point you wonder what flavour your eating.

Microsoft, get drastic, this needs serious reorgansation, pull the head of Marketing for a start - useless, beyond belief.

You need core code / latest bell and whistles, like Red Hat / Fedora release cycles. Stop combining the two, like raspberry ripple, admit you can't make an updatable on the fly, 'rolling release' combo of these two type of products (before its too late).

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Microsoft promises free terrible coffee every month you use Edge

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'20 of which must be made on mobile'

Do Microsoft even have 20 'active' Windows 10 Mobile Users left?, and by active, I don't mean having a Nokia Mobile to test the latest Windows 10 insider build, just in case they might actually write a Windows 10 Universal App, but never do.

I mean someone still using Windows Mobile day in, day out, and also using Edge (and Bing for that matter). That 'exclusive' (elusive) user seems to be about as rare as a misprinted Penny Black stamp.

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Business users force Microsoft to back off Windows 10 PC kill plan

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Re: Microsoft start listening to people outside your bubble

Satya Nadella could (I think will) still release MSOffice for Linux, because I can't see MS offering MS SQL Server for Linux, without Office Integration Tools alongside it, this is Key. I also think he likes products to stand on their own two feet. Releasing MSOffice for Linux, would force Windows 10 to become a better product, to survive on its own and crucially be reliant on its own income stream.

The current Microsoft history sort of shows Windows 10 may have to deal with this (the release of MSOffice for Linux)

Windows Mobile* has been put through a similar fate, it wasn't the best Phone OS out there (in fairness, not helped in the way it was poorly marketed by MS). It's because both iOS/Android ecosystems made those other mobile OS's what they are, and are all the more powerful for it.

The thing that held back Android and iOS artficially at the time, was the lack of MSOffice, Windows Mobile was competing (just), but competing artifically, with a 'leg up', so to speak.

*Windows 10 mobile OS is still been developed though, even though Windows Phone (hardware) is all but dead)

Nadella just made each product separate entities that needed to survive in the market on their own two feet. Why suppress real potential MSOffice sales on iOS/Android to support an in-house lagging Windows Mobile OS?, if Windows Mobile is really that good (as Satya was probably constantly told), we can sell MSOffice on all three.

You can see the logic, but Windows Mobile just wasn't in the same league (not helped by Microsoft own mishandling by their Marketing dept)

Windows 10 Desktop is a much, much stronger entity, but if Microsoft starts to see Linux Desktop in the Enterpise take hold, I don't think he'll (Satya Nadella) think twice about releasing MS Office for Linux, the history of Windows Mobile shows he doesn't get sentimental regards Products, to protect them. If there are opportunites opening elsewhere, he'll take them come what may.

The real point is, does Linux need MSOffice for it to go 'mainstream', to defy the usual sticking with MS convention on the Enterprise Desktop.

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Cisco gives cable industry tech for 10Gbps uploads on DOCSIS 3.1

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Next up: We have BT's G.fast Obfuscated, Bamboozled 'upto' Ultrafast Broadband speeds.

Here in the UK, we have ended up in a situation, employing a whole army of Ofcom regulatory pen pushers to work out what subscribers might get 'upto', rather than a whole army laying true fibre optic cables, which mean none of those pen pushers are needed. So much time and energy is wasted trying to work out 'upto' BT FTTC/ADSL copper based broadband speeds.

BT needs to start (likely forced) to connect subscribers/homes more than 500m by cable length (250m as the crow flies) to real Fibre Optic cables now (starting with a long term end of life replacment programme copper -> FO + all new housing developments/builds) if BT is to remain robust/relevant to possible regulatory changes in the pipeline aka 'even-equal distribution' across all parts of its network for any future ultrafast rollouts, to meet Britain's future needs.

250m by cable length is probably the 'sweet spot', regards G.fast via legacy copper/alu v true Fibre Optic rollout costs, but BT needs to start somewhere, so 500m by cable length allows for some technology improvement in G.fast (given BT have become biased/love struck on G.fast via legacy copper/alu as their solution to supplying Britain with 'upto'* Ultrafast Broadband, remember this is in no way 'blanket Ultrafast' coverage BT are proposing, its 'cherry picking' obfuscated/bamboozled 'upto' Ultrafast Broadband speeds.

*important bit

Even if BT is obsessed with using G.fast technology for certain parts of its rollout. At >500m (I'd be nearer >250m mark) by cable length there is little question true fibre optic technology is the only real reliable way (all factors-speed, reliability, weather, TCO/maintenance) to achieve blanket ultrafast coverage, without obfuscated bamboozling 'upto' Broadband speeds for everyone, with no real way to work out what a subscriber might expect day to day.

BT have a generation/Brand problem too, because more and more people will begin understand the underlying technical reasons why their obfuscated/bamboozled 'upto' Ultrafast Broadband really isn't 'blanket coverage' FTTC 80Mbps/G.fast 300Mbps because of the underlying 'upto' G.fast technology that was chosen. BT (and regulator Ofcom) will be resented for it, more and more going forward, for choosing 'cheap'. The Brand will suffer (more than it already does).

BT can't keep sprouting that G.fast is the solution for the complete BT network, you can't keep penalising certain subscribers / 'cherry picking' the easy to install ones due to where they live (both urban and rural - through no fault of their own) because biased BT thinking and legacy copper cabling means its voiced as 'difficult-expensive' to provide a high speed services to those customers.

Fibre optic technology is been rolled out elsewhere in the World without all the fuss BT seem to sprout (so there is no excuse for BT going forward) to remove the distance 'upto' element to these 'difficult-expensive ' (as BT loves to describe them) subscribers.

If BT chooses now to base its future on G.fast, then its laying itself open to be fined for failing to meet future rising USO (Universal service obligation) going forward.

BT either wants homes more than 500m from the FTTC/'Exchange' as subscribers or they don't and if they don't, these 'difficult' subscribers and oversighting local authorities shouldn't be held to ransom by the incumbent sitting on its hands with bamboozling/obfustcated proposals of 'upto' Ultrafast broadbands speeds via legacy copper, that just don't work at these distances, for these subscribers, predominately in rural locations/Market 1 exchanges.

The regulator needs to force 'even distribution' irrespective of the difficulty of supplying any future technology upgrades to longer lines, G.fast can't be seen to again, to cherry-pick 10m subscribers closest to the FTTC Cabinet, just so the regulator Ofcom/BT can say "look we have 10m 'upto' ultrafast connections".

Even distribution across all parts of the network, in all localities is just as important today, going forward for those new 10m ultrafast connections.

In the future, if BT want to upgrade 2/3rds of its subscribers to Ultrafast Broadband Ofcom/Openreach rule changes should mean that these 2/3rds need to be distributed evenly across the UK and across all areas of its network, not just the easy upgrades by replacing line cards in exisiting FTTC cabinets, to facilitate subscribers nearest the cabinet, but customers more than 500m from an FTTC too.

(See the Thinkbroadband article:

http://www.thinkbroadband.com/news/7490-new-estimate-for-cost-of-rolling-out-g-fast-to-10-million-premises.html)

on the rollout of G.fast to 10m subscribers and look at the current UK distribution model, using the likely unimaginative BT 'bog standard' line card replacement model in existing FTTC cabinets).

Crucially G.fast under this proposal offers existing Notspots, lines more than 500m by cable length absolutely nothing, (and very little to those 250m-500m from the existing FTTC cabinet)

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UK local govt body blasts misleading broadband speed ads

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Next up: We have BT's G.fast Obfuscated, Bamboozled 'upto' Ultrafast Broadband speeds.

Here in the UK, we have ended up in a situation, employing a whole army of Ofcom regulatory pen pushers to work out what subscribers might get 'upto', rather than a whole army laying true fibre optic cables, which mean none of those pen pushers are needed. So much time and energy is wasted trying to work out 'upto' BT FTTC/ADSL copper based broadband speeds.

BT needs to start (likely forced) to connect subscribers/homes more than 500m by cable length (250m as the crow flies) to real Fibre Optic cables now (starting with a long term end of life replacment programme copper -> FO + all new housing developments/builds) if BT is to remain robust/relevant to possible regulatory changes in the pipeline aka 'even-equal distribution' across all parts of its network for any future ultrafast rollouts, to meet Britain's future needs.

250m by cable length is probably the 'sweet spot', regards G.fast via legacy copper/alu v true Fibre Optic rollout costs, but BT needs to start somewhere, so 500m by cable length allows for some technology improvement in G.fast (given BT have become biased/love struck on G.fast via legacy copper/alu as their solution to supplying Britain with 'upto'* Ultrafast Broadband, remember this is in no way 'blanket Ultrafast' coverage BT are proposing, its 'cherry picking' obfuscated/bamboozled 'upto' Ultrafast Broadband speeds.

*important bit

Even if BT is obsessed with using G.fast technology for certain parts of its rollout. At >500m (I'd be nearer >250m mark) by cable length there is little question true fibre optic technology is the only real reliable way (all factors-speed, reliability, weather, TCO/maintenance) to achieve blanket ultrafast coverage, without obfuscated bamboozling 'upto' Broadband speeds for everyone, with no real way to work out what a subscriber might expect day to day.

BT have a generation/Brand problem too, because more and more people will begin understand the underlying technical reasons why their obfuscated/bamboozled 'upto' Ultrafast Broadband really isn't 'blanket coverage' FTTC 80Mbps/G.fast 300Mbps because of the underlying 'upto' G.fast technology that was chosen. BT (and regulator Ofcom) will be resented for it, more and more going forward, for choosing 'cheap'. The Brand will suffer (more than it already does).

BT can't keep sprouting that G.fast is the solution for the complete BT network, you can't keep penalising certain subscribers / 'cherry picking' the easy to install ones due to where they live (both urban and rural - through no fault of their own) because biased BT thinking and legacy copper cabling means its voiced as 'difficult-expensive' to provide a high speed services to those customers.

Fibre optic technology is been rolled out elsewhere in the World without all the fuss BT seem to sprout (so there is no excuse for BT going forward) to remove the distance 'upto' element to these 'difficult-expensive ' (as BT loves to describe them) subscribers.

If BT chooses now to base its future on G.fast, then its laying itself open to be fined for failing to meet future rising USO (Universal service obligation) going forward.

BT either wants homes more than 500m from the FTTC/'Exchange' as subscribers or they don't and if they don't, these 'difficult' subscribers and oversighting local authorities shouldn't be held to ransom by the incumbent sitting on its hands with bamboozling/obfustcated proposals of 'upto' Ultrafast broadbands speeds via legacy copper, that just don't work at these distances, for these subscribers, predominately in rural locations/Market 1 exchanges.

The regulator needs to force 'even distribution' irrespective of the difficulty of supplying any future technology upgrades to longer lines, G.fast can't be seen to again, to cherry-pick 10m subscribers closest to the FTTC Cabinet, just so the regulator Ofcom/BT can say "look we have 10m 'upto' ultrafast connections".

Even distribution across all parts of the network, in all localities is just as important today, going forward for those new 10m ultrafast connections.

In the future, if BT want to upgrade 2/3rds of its subscribers to Ultrafast Broadband Ofcom/Openreach rule changes should mean that these 2/3rds need to be distributed evenly across the UK and across all areas of its network, not just the easy upgrades by replacing line cards in exisiting FTTC cabinets, to facilitate subscribers nearest the cabinet, but customers more than 500m from an FTTC too.

(See the Thinkbroadband article:

http://www.thinkbroadband.com/news/7490-new-estimate-for-cost-of-rolling-out-g-fast-to-10-million-premises.html)

on the rollout of G.fast to 10m subscribers and look at the current UK distribution model, using the likely unimaginative BT 'bog standard' line card replacement model in existing FTTC cabinets).

Crucially G.fast under this proposal offers existing Notspots, lines more than 500m by cable length absolutely nothing, (and very little to those 250m-500m from the existing FTTC cabinet)

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update crashing under Avast antivirus update

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Re: I didn't bother with a third party anti-virus for Win10

....is this bad?

Windows 10 has so many malware like features its truely difficult to discern the difference.

The problem is AV Vendors are also having a hard time distinguishing the difference between real Malware and Windows 10 Anniversary Update's 'New features'. Technically, many properties of both forms of malware are the same, its just the MS ones are seen as 'official malware' that route Private data through MS Servers.

You could have exactly the same 'Windows 10 feature' i.e. installing an unrequested app (in the form of malware) routing exactly the same telemetry data through a third party server that would be flagged as malware under different circumstances, and there is your problem.

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Windows Bin, for short? Sounds about right.

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Some benefits of digital health to NHS may be delayed by consent model consultation – expert

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Any Anon Patient data snippets is real valid data, when compared against what Google already holds.

You can bet Google are relinking/reassembling the anonymised UK Patient data they got hold of 'for research purposes only' back to the Calendars and Gmail accounts of the UK users they have.

Google Calendar:

Patient X.

Redditch Alexandra Hospital Appointment 2pm August 20th 2014 Radiography? Check.

Dr X. Check.

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Openreach boss Clive Selley wants Ofcom to wrap it up already

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Re: Complete pack of shits

Firmware issues will be much more prevalent with G.fast.

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Given Theresa May (that's Theresa with a 'Heil Hilter' H) is now in power. Separation of BTOpenreach all comes down to whether the Investigatory Powers Bill is better implemented by having a single Telecom Company (BT) in charge of UK's backhaul infrastructure, including most of the local loop, or splitting off BTOpenreach, will hinder this.

Its never been about competition, because there isn't any. Its a faux situation, at best. (que the replies, well anyone can set up their own Telecoms company. Someone has to pay for it - Ultrafast Broadband Rollout). It won't be BT risking its capital, because they don't need to, from where they are currently sitting, now owning EE aswell.

Investigatory Powers Bill is going to be a licence to print money for BT, because Government just can't keep their noses out of the rich metadata at stake here (and ultimately, control of People's lives), why would BT voluntarily invest their own money? Better to leave Governments to be forced to.

BT can just cherry-pick G.fast rollout, as little, as much as they like, 'upto' Mbps - BT have fitted a 'precision control' to the UK's broadband pipe by opting to re-use Legacy Copper/G.Fast technologies, to effectively obfuscate, make Superfast/Ultrafast Broadband appear like a limited resource, permiting obfuscated price gouging, under regulator supervision.

As ever, BT just hold the UK to ransom by sitting on their hands, until someone stumps up the money (Taxpayers in the form of BDUK etc) to upgrade the infrastructure and every solution for that upgrade put forward by BT (and pals at Ofcom who previously worked at BT) is biased towards BT's own Legacy copper or the constrained limits of such an Legacy copper based upgrade. i.e. 'upto' 100Mbps future targets for Ultrafast, often been mentioned, even by Government Ministers. BT have Government Ministers trained. Averages are always mentioned, which always skew the figures, ignoring rural rollouts/notspots.

As far as Ofcom's role - its never seems to about changing this, getting rid of the large legacy operator sitting on their hands, because so many at Ofcom have ex-BT vested interests. Going forward - that needs to be centre stage.

If BDUK investment hadn't have happened BT would be now sitting on a network with what amounts to (more and more towards) zero voice call revenue from its subscribers (assuming mobile networks took up the slack of poor fixed line broadband). BT can't have it both ways.

Things don't look good though. You only have to look at Amber Rudd in her role as Energy Secretary, the pathetic enforcement by Ofgem over her tenure. Ofgem is even worse than Ofcom, as a regulator.

Energy Utility companies with a blantant monopoly situation, customer service levels of dire proportions, excessive call times, inaccurate billing examples - yet no real action taken. Nearly every single major supplier under investigation with little in the way of real fines. No change at all.

The idea Amber Rudd is going to sort this out (the implementation of the intricate complex Investigatory Powers Bill) and have a definitive answer regards BTOpenreach has zero chance ever happening. I believe Theresa May has deliberately chosen a weak useless candidate, so she remains in control of the Home Office, regards the Investigatory Powers Bill.

Hence, even though BTOpenreach should be split off, it won't be.

Amber Rudd is a mouthpiece of utter conjecture most of the time. She's not about to change her spots.

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Ofgem sets up database so energy companies can spam Brits

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Re: market parameters are wrong

You're assuming Ofgem work on behalf of consumers, I can tell you 'point blank' in dealing with Ofgem directly, they have absolutely zero interest in day to day regular issues such as Billing, Customer Service and are actually a hostile organisation to direct consumer interaction, which 'bat you away' at any opportunity, if you start to make in-roads (are critical) into their methods of how they regulate.

As said above they don't regulate the roll-out of new billing systems to make sure they are fit for purpose. What is an Energy Company/Supplier other than a Customer relationship management system with Billing add-on?

If you don't regulate rollout of CRM systems, to check they are fit for purpose - you don't really regulate Energy Suppliers.

Its all about hidden deals behind closed doors, with little to no, public scrutiny of the deal arrangements they reach with certain suppliers.

Its basically a lot of shady white men doing a lot of shady deals, in the hope Ofgem isn't tatented too much by all the bad publicity in general out there.

Ofgem is basically a very Narcissistic Organisation, not fit for purpose. Ofgem are rotten to the core, and this is a desperate organisation on its last legs, trying desperately to be seen to be doing 'something'. I so look forward to the day Ofgem is ripped up and replaced.

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Re: Comparison site savings not what they seem.

Agree, all I want is a table showing Unit Kwh Rate and Standing charge for Electricity for all the suppliers per region, based on payment method selected.

Even Citizen's Advice Energy Comparison Website bamboozles.

On some companies, even when you click on the tariff information link, it doesn't show it straight away. All designed so you never know the true price you're paying, which Ofgem appear complicit.

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Windows 10: Happy with Anniversary Update?

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Re: FUD - not just for Microsoft anymore

What you find easy - modifying group policies, I can tell you, plenty would say Cortana can't be turned off (from a non-technical user's perspective) and many of these so called Technical Journalists will have non technical backgrounds of English Language/History are their core subject, so you can see how these headlines get generated, become 'clickbait'.

The switch to turn Cortana explicitly 'off' in Win10 1511 (which had to be re-confirmed by two clicks) has been removed and there is plenty to imply from that. That's without worrying about the nitty gritty of whether it can (jumping through hoops) actually be turned off in Win10 1607 if you're really determined, with the required technical ability.

If Cortana is the bugbear, the best approach, is to make sure Cortana switch is 'off' in Win10 1511 before the update to Win10 1607, then it remains off in terms of the search box.

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Re: FUD - not just for Microsoft anymore

Not FUD at all, that's what it (1607 Anniversary Update) does, it switches back on global 'Share Contacts' switch, adds Xbox to the sharing mix, even after it has been explicitly turned off prior to the update, that's a no-no, as Privacy standards go.

There has to be some standards when writing software, if Microsoft want to rummage through black bins and gutter for information, in effect what they are doing, then people need to know about it.

As far as Cortana goes, if it was switched off before the upgrade it remains off after (in terms of the search box at least), so there is some FUD there, but regards Privacy settings, it shows vigilance is needed.

Privacy settings need to be rechecked after every major MS upgrade. This is not the first time this has happened, 1511 ISOs had to be pulled for a similar failure of preserving Privacy settings.

A bit of a Microsoft theme? Oh, just a mistake. Its the classic Facebook approach, peel back the Onion layer by layer, until your Privacy is exposed, and you don't get it back, as those contacts are then up in the cloud.

And yes, its a lot easier to avoid this type of deceptive shit if you use a variant of Linux. Thanks for confirming that.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update - More Privacy Implications.

The RTM Anniversary Update switches back on Privacy settings that have been explicitly set to 'off' before the upgrade. In particular - sharing your Contacts with Xbox and turning back on the 'Sharing Contacts' global switch. (and once shared you can't ask for them back, i.e. Skype)

Typical Microsoft, if the malware like 'Express Settings' weren't bad enough in terms of Privacy, now you can't even rely on settings you've explicitly set to 'off' to remain set between upgrades.

This was an in-place upgrade, keeping user files, via 1607 Anniversary ISO. It works but its pretty slow to upgrade this way, much slowr than previous Win7->Win10.

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Windows 10 still free, even the Anniversary Update, if you're crass

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Stuck key on my keyboard..

I'm just worried a stuck key on my keyboard will make Microsoft think I'm struggling and now upgrade me automagically via the assisted technology upgrade Route, post 29th July.

or is it...

I'm just having trouble holding up two fingers and typing at the same time, but surely, that might be enough for MS to force an assisted upgrade on me?

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VW's first US settlement nearly settled

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VW Driveshaft

So that's what VW mean by a very robust VW Driveshaft...especially for UK Customers.

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Ofcom: Legal separation will force Openreach to eat more fibre

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Prince George - Ofcom Employee.

That Ofcom Poster Child may only be two years old, but he already looks like an Ofcom Employee, a f**king dickh***d. - white, middle class and priviledged*

White privilege. That cheeky grin is the innate knowledge he’s Ofcom, rich, advantaged and will never know *any* difficulties or hardships in life of slow Rural Broadband as long as he tows the BT line.

“Let’s find photos of 3yo Syrian refugee children in Notspots and see if they look alike, eh?”

Don't worry “I’m sound in my socialist, atheist and republican opinions."

“I don’t believe Ofcom have any place in a modern democracy, least of all when they live on public money. That’s privilege and it needs to end.”

We might then have a non BT biased agenda then, that doesn't stifle real fibre optic technology and allows families to live and work in the communities they grew up in.

(*Sharon 'White' been the exception, who's little Civil Servant in-joke was it appointing her. Almost a straight script lift from 'Yes Minister'.)

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Microsoft ordered to fix 'excessively intrusive, insecure' Windows 10

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About Fcuking Time...

(with UK regulators sitting on the hands as usual)

The Windows 7 Forced Upgrade is very discriminating against partially sighted and disabled users, where is the punishment for this?

How about setting the benchmark regards Privacy, Accessibility/Useability - Microsoft, get yourself out of the gutter.

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MPs tell BT: Lay more fibre or face split with Openreach

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G.fast is an ''obfuscation plan' of the largest order.

Force anyone that works for Ofcom and MPs/BT's senior Management to eat their own dog food, if they think the fudged max 10Mbps 'voluntary' universal service obligation is acceptable for the masses, going forward, let's see 'these people of influence', have this as their only Broadband option, and even better halve it. Force them onto packages with a max 5Mbps till 2020, or until they change their spots.

Mobile networks should be banned from charging for 2G/Edge Data, between the base station and consumer mobiles too, this should become free, 2G is completely useless for consumer mobiles in 2016.

BT astroturfing types on here, keep sprouting how wonderful G.fast will be, but fail to mention the vast amount of G.fast equipment locations, power requirements and compatibility issues (firmware issues, crap, damp, windy, poor aka. aluminium cabling issues that need to be resolved etc) needed to give blanket ultrafast coverage. It not a cheap solution, its a bloody expensive one and a potential can of worms to fix. It completely favours BT's current legacy copper.

G.fast is an 'obfuscation plan' of the largest order.

It will set Britain back for a decade, because (I'm already seeing it) apathy sets in, as its impossible for consumers to work out what level of actual service (once live) will be achieved with FTTC/G.fast from (the above) technical issues + Network management, local and regional bottlenecks, crosstalk.

Worse, its a completely manufactured situation by BT/(acceptable too, to Ofcom, as it reinforces their role) to make Broadband seem like a 'finite resource' and charge tiered banded rates for usage + per MB prices for mobile, where, actual laid fibres to the premises would mean most of the regulatory infrastructure in place , Ofcom etc, wouldn't be needed (well certainly not the same scale), because in effect, copper speed/bandwidth limiting factors on the final mile, no longer apply to the same extent.

So much politics involved in what should really just come down to what is the best technical implementation going forward for the UK as a whole, irrespective of the incumbent BT operator's legacy copper network. Instead, technical solutions (garnered from BT 'expertise') have clearly been favoured towards BT's current infrastructure.

Its seen worst in remote rural locations ('notspots' forming a two tier Britain) because FTTC is an inferior solution for these types of locations-small hamlets of 5-10 houses and certainly not as cost effective as BT make it appear, compared to a true optical fibre based rollout of FTTP for all properties at least 500m from the exchange.

FTTC/G.fast costs rise exponentially for properties at least 500m, to get blanket ultrafast rollout.

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Good gravy, Toshiba QLC flash chips are getting closer

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Sandisk PLUS 240GB G.26

Sandisk have just sadly switched the very good budget Sandisk Plus (120GB-480GB capacities) G.25 which was an MLC to cheaper and smaller TLC, and changed the controller too.

Sandisk obviously felt the need to ditch a good product, then use the branding to sell an inferior, cheaper to produce version of the SSD. The modern day form of bait and switch.

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Windows 10 a failure by Microsoft's own metric – it won't hit one billion devices by mid-2018

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Apple Upgrades...

Whether love or hate Apple, one thing that they get right is how upgrades are presented and pushed out for both iOS and OSX/macOS. Just enougfh visual persuasion, but leaving the option to stay where you are.

On the whole, they don't (yet) piss you off, the way they go about it.

But it's easier for Apple, because of their limited hardware platforms.

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Pokemon Go oh no no no, we're not reading your email, says gamemaker

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Petri.com Brad Sams / Paul Thurrott.

Brad Sams and Paul Thurrott must be at least two of those names on the petition. Mary Jo Foley won't be, as she hates games.

Even Brad Sams and Paul Thurrott have stated they won't develop a Microsoft Universal Windows App for Petri.com because they would have to support 2+1 dead platform (my words not theirs, but what was implied) and they all are all but paid by MS, to promote Windows 10 Mobile.

Dead Parrot sketch, because well, its Dead, dead as the W10 mobile platform can be.

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Theresa or Teresa May? Twitter confuses nude model and new PM

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Big Brother

Heil Hitler!

I find the easiest way to rememeber Theresa May (with a H) is associate her with the phrase 'Heil Hitler!'. I haven't got it wrong since.

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Linux 4.7 delayed

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Re: Lets Hope...

'Traveling on Southern', You make it sound like something 'idealic'.

I feel for the all the Air passengers arriving at Gatwick.

If the experience of Gatwick's UK Border Control wasn't soul destroying enough, with queues equivalent to a chicken farm, going through grey cold emotiveless gates, which says anything but 'Welcome (back) to the UK", it really says 'Welcome to Britains' Open Prison - glad you could join us'

I always queue to at least speak to a 'human', as actually its the only chirpy thing left in the expansive minimal destitute place, but fuck, its such a miserable first 'display window' if what Britain has to offer.

Camera's fixed on you at every opportunity with Big Brother style spinning LEDs around the lens, forcing people to lookup into the camera lens.

Then followed by, a large expanse of a baggage reclaim room with no personal direction, poorly marked exits.

Who designs this stuff? Theresa May personally?

Only to head to Southern Trains tiny ticket hall and queue in pens for 10 mins for one of the few automated ticket machines, with the only (non English) person to help just saying No.6, No.5 etc.

I'm not been racist here, more that if you are showcasing 'Britain' for the first time, showing tourists/people the ropes, at least have a sudo-mock English presence doing this, in the same way we promote our Madame Tussaud's Royal Family. After all, that's what many have paid to come to see - real life waxworks.

Then head to the platform, where an 'English' phonetically broken (somewhat irritating, I'm probably tired) automated announcement tells you of the next arrival.

Or - Take a hire car and you're subject to zero tolerance Hadecs speed cameras as soon as you leave the terminal building, nice getting that first ticket + hire car admin fees, 10mins into your trip, at least announce its 'zero tolerance' speed limits to the unaware, instead of fleecing each and every tourist.

For the attention of Theresa May:

Fuck, if you really don't want to make people feel like staying in the UK, Gatwick Airport / Border Control / Southern trains is doing everything in its Power to put that point across.

If we didn't know it now, we'll know it soon but life under Theresa May as Prime Minister is going to be the most miserable existence ever, given what she's done so far as Home Secretary.

Thank God for Linux though, somehow (to me) respresents an antithesis to everthing else happening in mainstream (Microsoft lef) Tech/Surveillence/Intelligence.

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Win 10 Anniversary: 'We're beginning to check in final code' says Microsoft

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Re: 'Free' update to end.

If there was a large consensus towards Linux Desktop, MS would have to unlock the Microsoft Office 201x Linux compiled version, we know they have locked up somewhere :).

The idea we're forced to use Windows 10 because of MS Office, is only in our minds, so to speak. If Admins make the move towards Linux, in preference to Win10 - so would MS for the major apps.

MS is a cross platform company now, and if there is money to be made selling a Linux version of Office 2016, THEY WILL. MS would likely profit because I'm sure MS's support costs for MS Office 2016 on Linux would be cheaper in the long run too.

For most users anyway, Libre Office 5 is as good as any of the iOS / Android versions of MS Office 2016.

You don't provide MS SQL Server for Linux, without providing MS Office 201x for Linux, hence my belief, its coming.

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'Free' update to end.

Seems an odd sequence of events to be killing the 'free' Windows 10 Update, 3 days before releasing the Windows 10 Aniversary Update. If you are still on Windows 7, the idea you need to 'rush' now to install a 4GB download, only then have to wait a further 3 days to install a second large xxGB Aniversary update.

Maybe this 3 day spacing is taking into account how long borked Windows 7 takes to get updates, of late, so in fact its actually to make things appear seamless*

Microsoft never make things simple (or properly think things through).

(*Yes, I know you can install Windows 10 directly, without updating Windows 7SP1 beforehand, but many attempt to update Win7 anyway, coincidently, with 3 day waits to install updates)

Penguin, because well, you still can - anytime (no hoops to jump through).

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

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Re: The IT Crowd

Where is that black box they called the 'Internet' currently kept?, we need to locate from its secured location and give it to Andrea Leadsom for safe keeping ASAP, she needs to understand the true responsibility of safely storing this, for future generations. Just don't let Theresa near it.

Signed,

TheRegister

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Ofcom is to get powers to fine mobe providers for crap service

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Re: "in the Bill is a legal right to fast broadband"

The current definition sits firmly and comfortably, as though BT themselves wrote it, so it fits in with the mediocre plans of FTTC over copper.

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Re: Fine?

Mobile operators have the IMEI number of the Featurephone/Smartphone - easy to filter Billing 'free 2G' to consumer/business Smartphones. And no, in no shape or form is 2GB relevant (or should have charges applied) in 2016, its absolutely useless, and is a red flag to show Mobile Operators haven't invested in certain (many rural) areas.

O2 - I'm looking at you especially.

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Dr Syntax...

Thanks, for making it feel more like Twatter.

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Re: Fine?

Its about time @ofcom prevented any network data charges been made where Data is attempted over poor slow connections - i.e. 2G/Edge between mobile and mast.

Would have the effect of forcing any old 2G legacy data networks to be upgraded to 3G / 4G before charges can be applied to data transfers. And prevent Networks showing 2G data coverage as a means of masking their lack of 3G / 4G coverage in rural areas.

@ofcom its about time you faced up to the fact that 2G/Edge Data transfers between mast and mobile are all but useless and if thats what the network operator is still giving, at least prevent them charging for shit service.

But then I'm expecting @ofcom to be thinking outside the box, so its not going to happen.

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ISS pump-up space podule fully engorged

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The Glastonbury Module

Given what gets left in tents at Glastonbury, I'm sure the Astronauts/Cosmonauts/new recruits will be sligthly wary entering that module in a few months time.

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NASA: We'll try again in the morning after friction ruins engorgement

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The Glastonbury Module

It should really be given the honorary nickname 'The Glastonbury Module', hope that sticks.

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Boring SpaceX lobs another sat into orbit without anything blowing up ... zzzzz

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Speeded up view from Stage 1's perspective of landing.

https://youtu.be/4jEz03Z8azc

Impressive how it stops the spin, very early on. Then well, just nails it!

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Microsoft force-feeds Win10

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Its about time the RNIB took MS to Court, for disability discrimination.

In the UK, the upgrade notification process seems to be in clear breach of the Equality Act 2010.

An organisation such the RNIB (Royal National Institute for Blind People) really needs to start a prosecution against Microsoft under the Equality Act 2010.

Does no one at Microsoft Marketing realise their responsibilities to People less fortunate than them?

(Sends all the wrong messages and undermines the hard work other teams at Microsoft have done regarding the Ease of Access Centre, can't someone in that team at least highlight this)

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90 days of Android sales almost beat 9 months' worth for all flavours of Win 10

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Its about time the RNIB took them to Court, for disability discrimination.

An organisation such the RNIB (Royal National Institute for Blind People) really needs to start a prosecution against Microsoft under the Equality Act 2010.

Does no one at Microsoft realise their responsibilities to People less fortunate than them?

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Microsoft shifts Windows 7 and 8.1 fixes to 'rollup' bundles

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Re: 187 updates

Sounds like you used Paragon Hard Disk Manager.

Paragon Hard Disk Manager 12 works (32bit-linux bootable ver) will work with non-PAE processors still, Paragon Hard Manager 14/15 (linux bootable ver) switched to PAE processors only. Try an older version if you can, HDM12 will work with Windows 7. Its one of those quirk's thats worth knowing,

(Linux Based recovery tools (getting underneath Windows) are the support life line to Windows. I'd have ditched Windows completely years ago, if you couldn't backup/restore Images via linux, to save re-installing Windows.

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UK digital minister denies legal right to 10Mbps is 'damp squib'

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Re: Lets Cap all Senior BT Management and Politicians.

If BT want to invest in G.fast that fine, but its not a technology the UK taxpayer should be backing.

FTTrN / FTTdP are pilot projects, not real deployments in the UK at the moment, and none are self powered using redundant copper cores (as has been suggested, UK Health and Safety sees to that) , the schemes currently rely on the same power supplies as existing larger FTTC cabinets (it may have changed but that was the case initially, and powering the units was a key problem in the pilot project).

None of the pilots are on the scale of deploying 25 FTTC / FTTrN /FTTdp (cabs/Pole Equipment per 2Km2, to give blanket coverage at 330Mbps speeds.

You're completely missing the point - per 2Km2 area (thats are very small dot on the map of the UK), you need to install 25 FTTC/FTTrN/FTTdP cabs/Pole Equipment to blanket cover to achieve speeds of 330Mbps for everyone in that 2Km2.

If the general public knew that, I doubt they would be wanting to back it as taxpayers, because they realise that sort of deployment is never going to happen Rurally. They'd understand the fundamentals, that its a lot of equipment to maintain for such a small area, to achieve a relatively modest outcome regards headline broadband speeds (even if you do later, as you suggested to tweak it up slightly, with modified protocols)

I don't accept G.fast represents the solution for Faster Broadband services going forward, either been cheaper, but more regards its shelf life , with its lack of ability to ramp up to Ultrafast speeeds.

Everything you have stated is theoretical Lab stuff, that doesn't work the same, when you potentially have Welsh Hills / Scottish Mountains / Wind swept roads - water logged junction boxes, multiple cable connections, parallel cables over a distance (crosstalk), aswell as multiple protocols in adjacent cabling - it just doesn't stack up in the real world to achieve those sort of 5Gbps speeds your proposing, over copper. And that theoretical 5Gbps you talk about is over distance as short a 20m max (which you fail to mention the shorter cable distances, to achieve higher speeds, inherent part of G.fast).

I've already stated why apathy will set in, because its impossible for the average subscriber to fathom why they are suffering from a slow internet connection. More needs to be done in this area. Its not helped by Ofcom's acceptance of the inherent 'upto' characteristics of BT's FTTC technology.

(Odd also to have the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer - Vodafone India Ltd, sticking up for BT FTTC/G.fast plans too, if that's who you are),

Thanks for taking the time to reply, but can't agree with your sentiment at all regarding so called errors, the fundamentals/essence of what I'm saying is correct. 'Yes men' will say different.

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