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33 posts • joined 11 Apr 2007

OpenSUSE 13.1: Oh look, a Linux with YOU in mind (and 64-bit ARMs)

Gary Heard

Virtualbox

Is a good tool, but to bet the best out of it you need t add the extpack (otherwise only USB1.1 will work) and Box once installed you need to add the Virtual Tools on the distro, should have all resolution screens then.

But I use windows in OpenSuse, not OpenSuse in Windows.

I still think it's a great distro ( and 12.3 was one I had problems with)

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Gary Heard

I've used openSuse as my primary desktop (and laptop) since openSuse 11.0, had a couple of problems early on, but has been rock solid for years. I will admit to being slightly underwhelmed when I installed 13.1, looked exactly the same, then I noticed the increase in speed, quite a bit faster.

I have to use windows 7 for my work environment and running that in Virtualbox has been as easy as pie.

Great distribution, I'd recommend it to anyone, both for Desktop and Laptop

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Comet ISON perhaps NOT GARBAGE after all - glows GREEN in latest snaps

Gary Heard

Or, considering it's going to be late November/ early December, it will be magnificent, but we Brits will have 14 days of complete cloud cover and miss it all

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Ofcom, it's WAR! Mobe networks fire broadside over 2G spectrum pricing

Gary Heard

Re: lies, damned lies and then statistics (and then PR campaigns by telecom companies)

b) for the population it is better to have a service that works, even if it is slightly more expensive to make it more efficient (so that our telecoms companies aren't all providing 1g services, while hoarding spectrum, because there is no incentive to invest to do stuff with that spectrum)...

I'm one of the people who choose to live in the country, a 1G service would mean a usable mobile signal from any of the big carriers (O2, Voda or EE). Is there one? No there isn't, O2 Boostbox or Voda Suresignal systems work, but use your own Broadband (at 3Mbps) to connect. Compare this with Albania where I got a 3G signal when "Out in the sticks" on a day trip this year.

The Telcos are all laughing at us

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Gary Heard

Re: For perspective

Sorry, over what timescale is this charge? Is it currently GBP 0.65 per day, per month, per year? An increase to GBP 3.01 per year would be negligible for the Telcos, but if that's a monthly fee that's a big jump

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OK, so we paid a bill late, but did BT have to do this?

Gary Heard

Re: Why?

But if you are on an exchange "out in the sticks" no matter who your ISP is the actual people managing it is Openreach.

I had a problem with a VPN connection in that every time the phone rang the broadband ( and hence the VPN) dropped.My ISP (also my phone provider) sent a BT engineer round who tested the line and declared "no problem with the line",, but would recommend that the DSLAM in the exchange was changed.

VPN Still dropped

I forced my ISP to send round an Openreach Broadband engineer (and that was hard work as Openreach AUTOMATICALLY invoice the ISP for a BB engineer EVEN if they are in the wrong, so I had to agree that if no fault was found I'd pay for the visit.

I also sent a mail to the woman in charge of Openreach explaining that an engineer had said that he thought the DSLAM should be changed -- and received a reply telling me my ISP must own the problem, I further explained that IF the equipment in the exchange was changed neither I or my ISP would have any visibility of the change -- at which point she agreed to escalate it within Openreach in order to inform me.

To cut a long story short, after that escalation, an Openreach engineer came out on a Sunday and I overheard his conversation with the main BT Helpdesk. They told him there was a problem with the DSLAM -- that had ALWAYS existed--and the ONLY way to fix it was to replace it.

A couple of emails later, one to Openreach and one to my ISP and (magically, it was fixed the following Wednesday, new DSLAM so fixed for everyone who would want to use VPN on the exchange.

Fianl point is that Openreach STILL tried to invoice the ISP for the work they had done -- even though the equipment was faulty.

The ISP told them where to go.....

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Boffins, Tunnel Tigers and Scotland's world-first power mountain

Gary Heard

Re: Ffestiniog and Dinorwig

I was lucky enough to go to Dinorwig for business reasons and had an individual tour of the plant by a very enthusiastic member of staff. I didn't even know what a "Black Start" power station was until that tour, the surge pond is the most impressive thing in my mind, when they shut the valves that allow water to flow to the turbines a back pressure flows up towards the top lake. But the top of the pipe that lets the water flow to the turbines is open, and water from the back pressure cascades up into the air before settling in the surge pond.

Awesome place

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Linux 3.11 to be known as 'Linux for Workgroups'

Gary Heard

Re: WFWG TCP/IP?

We had Trumpet installed at our workplace, the general feeling was that it was miles better than the MS offering.

The thought of downloading off a BBS, I'd say "Good Old Days", except they weren't, give me the web any day

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BT earmarks super-speedy 300Mbit/s broadband for 50 exchanges

Gary Heard

Re: kit that works would help

A phone, not broadband, engineer checked the line and then rang me from the exchange to say he was going to request that the equipment in the exchange be changed. When I asked my isp whether it had been done they said they had no visibility, so I emailed the ceo of Openreach. After a few emails it got me a broadband engineer on a Sunday. They should have changed the DSLAM yesterday. Will find out when I get home.

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Gary Heard

kit that works would help

Get BT to install kit that works would be a start. I have an ADSL connection that fails every time the phone rings. It's been traced to exchange equipment with a fault that has been known for 2 years. It's only because I've got stroppy that I'm managing to get something done about it.

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Spending watchdog SAVAGES rural broadband push

Gary Heard
FAIL

Superfast?? Can I have a stable Broadband first?

Rural North Norfolk,, an idyllic part of the world except when you need to use VPN to work. I've had a problem for a long time with my Broadband disconnecting if I have an incoming phone call, not a problem if you are just browsing, but using a vpn means that you lose your connection and any unsaved work. As I've been working from home these last 10 days this problem has forced me to get in touch with my communications provider and try to get it sorted.

After numerous attempts, a broadband engineer from Openreach came yesterday (Yes -- on a Sunday) and spent just under 3 hours both at my home and at the exchange. Did he manage to fix it? No, but not through any fault of his own. When talking with the BT Helpdesk he was informed that there is a known hardware fault with the type of DSLAM in use at our exchange and the problem could not be fixed. There was another problem that he did fix which means that now the failure rate for the ADSL line is only between 33 and 50% instead of 100% when a call comes in, depending on how the DSLAM 'feels' when the call initiates. I don't even have to answer for the line to go down, just to get a call.

In the past 6 months I have bought 3 ADSL routers to try to resolve this, only to be told that it's BT's fault. Angry? Bloody furious!!

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Hubble boffins: Incredibly old supernova could explain EVERYTHING

Gary Heard
Mushroom

Re: Ever wondered if...

You are right about everything (and every element) other than Lithium. There is not a method of manufacturing Lithium in the fusion process and the people who look at supernovae think that heavier elements are made when they occur, not lighter ones. So almost ALL the Lithium in the universe comes from the Big Bang itself

Or at least that's what it said in a book I read a few years ago

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OpenSUSE 12.3: Proof not all Linux PCs are Um Bongo-grade bonkers

Gary Heard
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Just gets better

I've used openSUSE as my main OS for about 4 years, using MS windows (when I need to ) in a VM. I've seen good and bad releases, this one looks good, installed it on the desktop yesterday and it "just worked". Looks very good in KDE mode, haven't tested Gnome yet, or put it on the laptop. Will back EVERYTHING up before the laptop upgrade, better safe than sorry

I'm impressed that they have recovered from the problems of last year with what looks to be a very professional polished upgrade

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Dead Steve Jobs 'made Tim Cook sue Samsung' from beyond the grave

Gary Heard
FAIL

Re: Appel one..

Funny that, my daughter had a 3GS and had no end of problems with it, so when her contract came up went for an S2. Her first comments were that it was "very different" but within weeks she was sayinng (and still says, "It's the best phone I've ever had".

On the strength of her comments I got an S3 when it came out, and yes, it's the best phone I've ever had. And I remember Samsung as a mobile phone upstart being beaten in all areas, except price, by Nokia.

Finally a work collegue recently swapped from iPhone 4 to Galaxy SIII and he rates it as miles better than the iPhone.

Note to Apple, get back to innovating, it's where you were best, litigating only makes you look foolish

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Astroboffins to search for mega-massive alien power plants

Gary Heard

Because "Ya canna break the laws of physics", the black body radiation would be what comes off the outside of the sphere, as a result, trying to harvest that would be interesting

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Samsung frees fanboys from iPhone with freeware

Gary Heard

Interesting

My daughter moved off the iPhone a few months back to the Galaxy SII, her iPhone was continually crashing and had to be taken back to the Apple stor eseveral times when the IOS Updates came out -- each time, from a user POV they bricked the phone, the people in the local Apple Store fixed it each time, but it's fair to say she wasn't a happy customer. With the SII not a single crash.

And

This week at work a collegue at work has turned up with an SIII having moved from the iPhone 4S, his comparison between the two? The Samsung is quicker (understandably given it's a quad core), More intuitive ( that's a kick in the nuts for Apple) and much easier to use.

No wonder Apple are trying to get it banned

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Exoplanet ranking suggests INTERSTELLAR WAR imminent

Gary Heard
Alien

Or even better

Hope they are not like the aliens in Galaxy Quest.

Imagine some aliens rocking up to take a geriatric Kirk to defeat the nasty Alien overlord, only to find he will not even leave the ground in a Virgin spaceship

p.s. Quoting E.E. (Doc) Smith is seriously sad, there will be references to Arisians next!!

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Neutrinos still FASTER THAN LIGHT in second test

Gary Heard
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Excellent

Soon we'll be proving that we are all holographic representations of things happening at the edge of the universe!!

Seriously, looks as though there may be a need for some serious rethinking of the "Standard Model" if the other possible errors are eliminated as well

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Eurozone crisis: We're all dooomed! Here's why

Gary Heard
Mushroom

unfortunately

we don't seem to need overt means like paratroopers, you just get the Prime Miniater to resign and replace him with a technocrat with lots of EU experience, has already happened in Greece and looks like Italy will get "Super Mario"

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Shock movie upset - Daniel Craig still James Bond 007

Gary Heard
Unhappy

Which makes the point, it may have had the name but nothing else and was bit of a dog's dinner

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'Unconvincing' Met top cop Yates: My phone was hacked

Gary Heard

But

If that was the case, he's have been somewhat more convincing in his evidence to the committee.

On the other hand, following on from Yates, Hayman got what I thought was a much bigger kicking

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Earth may be headed into a mini Ice Age within a decade

Gary Heard
Holmes

@0.1% cooling

TSI (Total Solar Irradiance) may only vary by that amount, but extreme Ultraviolet varies by almost 20% trough to peak, the Solar wind also varies by about 15%, as evidenced by the increase in galactic cosmic rays during the trough, increased cosmic rays are thought to increase the planets albedo, stopping the heat even reaching the surface and leading to a cooling due to Black Body radiation

So TSI in the visible spectrum is not the only output to consider

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Gary Heard

Interesting

Just wait until people start screaming "Denier" at you, AGW is a religion with it's own zealots.

Me? I think you could be right. It was Arthur C Clarke who predicted that we would be burning as much carbon as we caould by the end of the 21st century, to combat the cold

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Prevx blames Microsoft for black hawk screen down

Gary Heard

Linux problems

David Urmston wrote:-

"Unfortunately, I seem to have even less satisfaction when it comes to running Linux Ubuntu. I've been trying since version 6 and still encountering problems which mean I cannot use this as my every day desktop, even though I would really love to. With my current Ubuntu 9.04 install, I am dragging my arse through the mud as the display is falling apart, close, minimise and maximise buttons are suddenly missing from every GUI application I have been using. Control panel is today just a white sace on the screen."

Hi David,

If you are running Gnome I had the same problem with Suse. KDE ran without problem. I must admit I upgraded to teh latest Desktop by Gnome and now everything works. But I prefer KDE anyway

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3 calls foul on T-Mobile price promise

Gary Heard
Unhappy

Hotspot Data Charges

Interesting point, or at least I think it is.

Last week I was in Germany and bought a 30 day T Mobile Hotspot Tariff for a 30 Euro's. This week, in UK, thought I'd just check out the price for the UK equivalent --- £40 for 30 days.

Now by my reckoning €30 = £24, so why do we Brits pay £16 premium?

I don't know about other networks, anybody else know?

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Ofcom tells BT to buck up on unbundling

Gary Heard

BT Service

Adding my voice to this. As someone who gets his telephone service from a no BT outfit and Broadband also from a non BT source, I have found that problem solving is virtually non existent.

My ADSL used to connect between 1.8 and 2.2 Mb/s, now it will only connect at 1.1Mb/s. I have contacted my landline service provider, can't help as there is no obvious problem with the line. Contact Broadband supplier -- told to contact Landline supplier. never ending loop results!!

One of the local free papers recently ran a series of 35 letters all complaining of the quality of service (or rather the lack of it) from BT, and these people are ON BT Lines. The whole thing is diabolical. One of my neighbours was without her landine for 3 weeks

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How HMRC gave away the UK's national identity

Gary Heard
Coat

Hmmmm

Don't I remember, about a year ago, that the armed forces have a problem with USB keys? So, think this though, that Database was less than 2 CD's, so certainly less than 1.5Gb. You can get a memory stick, windows XP is so user friendly, for under a tenner that would hold ALL of that database. So, let me think, if the price is $200 per account 25,000,000 people (in this debacle), so from this it would be worth FIVE (American) Billion dollars. (Sorry, 4,999,999,990 -- forgot the cost of the stick)

How do we know that the whole countries data isn't already in the wild?

Final point. from the fact it was put on a CD, they obviously don't have the connectivity to send it down a pipe -- probably in use by all the spin merchants in Westminster -- getting the final draft for ID cards written -- to convince us we need them

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Demon satnav imprisons plucky trucky in pasty hell

Gary Heard

@andy gibson

Please, the Banjo is an instrument beloved by the Scots, here in Norfolk it's the Ukulele, a la "singing postman". But I suppose it doesn't have the street cred for Deliverence

Green Wax Jacket -- Door -- Bye

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Boeing trumpets 'relevant battlefield laser' raygun

Gary Heard

Mr Daimler (Anonymous Coward)

"No Herr Daimler I think your automobile invention is rubbish - horses are much faster, and require less feeding"

But in just over one hundred years we're about to have to revert to horses when the oil runs out -- unless you are a government, in which case you keep the oil for the important things -- like tanks and planes and .....

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Symantec accidentally warns of internet meltdown

Gary Heard

Anti Virus as an industry

@Symantec <rolls eyes>

I also bought a nice Acer laptop, removed the XP Media centre (Which I had no doubt paid for) installed Suse Linux and have lived without Symantec, Trend and all other purveyors of "We're Doomed" software.

Why is it that Windows is the ONLY OS that warns you that you may be unprotected?

Because Windows is the only OS so badly designed that hackers don't have to think to break it.

to break Mac OS or Linux takes effort and thought, most script kiddies can only manage one of the two

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Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 hard drive

Gary Heard

Backup

How do you back up such a beast, by using another one, or if they are "RAIDed" another 2 or 3 or.....

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Gary Heard

Backup

How do you back up such a beast, by using another one, or if they are "RAIDed" another 2 or 3 or.....

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The 800lb Googilla in the boardroom

Gary Heard

Responsible Companies

You cannot prevent the greed of man turning all companies towards being rapacious beasts. It is a fundamental rule of capitalism that you maximise your return to your shareholders. In the USA you can be sued if a shareholder believes the Company Directors have not done their best to produce the maximum possible return. Small, Private Companies generally have better ethics as they are concerned as much with their customers as the environment they deal in. They also, generally, do not have the access to large funds, those that do, and eventually become Public Limited Companies almost invariably change both their business structure and have a degradation in their ethical standards as the Lawyers and Bankers get involved

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