* Posts by Terry Barnes

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UK.gov flings £400m at gold standard, ‘full-fibre' b*&%*%£$%. Yep. Broadband

Terry Barnes

Re: What are people doing that needs fibre?

"Basically 10Mbps, 100Mbps, 1Gbps, 10Gbps... It doesn't matter if the speed sold equals to the maximum - we have these speed jumps (at physical level) to work with."

You're confusing line speed with interface speed. Depending on the technology employed there are lots of line speeds available between your interface speed steps.

G.SHDSL and EFM have lots of speed options in the 10-100MBps range, especially where multiple copper pairs are used.

WDM on fibre offers a typical throughput of 2.5Gbps per channel.

Networking 101: Line speed is not interface speed is not throughput speed.

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Tesla to charge for road trip 'leccy, promises it will cost less than petrol

Terry Barnes

Re: Number of charge points per service station

I'd imagine that as electric car use grows so too will the number of charging points.

There weren't very many places to buy petrol at the dawn of the car age.

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"The model 3 replaces a hatchback for people with only 1 car - it needs to be able to do the annual holiday trip to grandparents"

How so? My car meets 95% of my needs and for the times it doesn't I hire one. It's cheaper than owning something more expensive and impractical for only 5% of the time.

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Terry Barnes

Re: Tesla "400 kWh of free 'leccy credits"

"My problem with electric cars is simple. It takes 30 minutes at these superchargers to travel 170 miles"

You should be taking at least a 30 minute break after three hours of driving for your own safety and that of your fellow road users. Concentration and reaction are all affected badly by driving too long without a break.

What you're saying, in effect, is that this is an extra Tesla safety feature.

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Eventually, probably, but right now governments are encouraging sales as each Tesla sold is a contribution to CO2 and air quality targets funded directly by a wealthy individual.

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Re: hint to Tesla owners

"Better to have a Lead Acid battery system for your PV panels"

How so? They hate deep discharge cycles so for any kind of longevity you have to install twice the capacity you actually need. They weigh an absolute ton and I've certainly seen lead-acid arrays explode in the past. How much strength do I need to add to my utility room floor to take the weight of a giant lead acid array?

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Lad cuffed after iOS call exploit knocks out Arizona 911 center

Terry Barnes

The problem here is that emergency call centres use 'backward holding', meaning that only the emergency operator can terminate a call. Most places around the world have a policy that requires positive confirmation that a misdial has occurred before they'll do that.

I had an ambulance arrive at my house once after a neighbour's kid, playing with my kids, called 999 for a laugh and told them someone was hurt. Even though the operators then spoke to my wife, she didn't do a good enough job of convincing them that every thing was fine.

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20 years to get Amiga Workbench 3.1 update, and only a fortnight to get first patch

Terry Barnes

Re: A small glimmer of hope

I forgot to add;

You also run into the insurmountable problem of the machine having no memory management and letting individual co-processors run unsigned code and change the contents of any RAM. How could you let something like that anywhere near a network?

People have foolishly let emulators have access to their PC's real, physical drives instead of a virtual sandbox and have seen their systems wiped by thirty year old viruses.

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Terry Barnes

Re: A small glimmer of hope

You always run into the problem of timing though - the Amiga's unique architecture is dependant on timing interplay between the CPU and the custom chips. If you go very much faster you break compatibility - and if you're going to do that, why not just move to a newer platform? If you don't do that, then what benefit is there to all the FPGA work?

Commodore literally blew a fortune trying to update and market the Amiga - a few diehard enthusiasts will not do better. All the new starts have been false dawns because the remaining market is absolutely minute - Natami, Tina, all have come and gone.

I loved my Amigas and learnt about comms, multitasking, sampling, networking and so on with them, but they're part of history now. Sometimes I lark about with an emulator, playing with software interpretations of machines I could never afford, but I will never buy new hardware and neither will anyone but a handful of people. Most people developing new hardware realise this sooner or later and give up.

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Terry Barnes

Re: We should take bets...

Windows, Christian. It has kind of a larger user base.

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Terry Barnes

The screenshot is of Workbench 1.3

There are newer versions of Amiga OS but they're not all compatible with original hardware.

The latest version for classic Amigas is 3.9, and the latest version for newer kit is 4.1

Confusingly, different versions are owned by different businesses - sometimes company 'x' owns one version, 'y' the next and then 'x' the one after. This is mostly down the the fairly chaotic management and dispersal of Commodore's IP after bankruptcy.

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Microsoft: We're hiking UK cloud prices 22%. Stop whining – it's the Brexit

Terry Barnes

Re: £

"All empires have their day and the EU has passed it's peak. And who would invest in an organisation that has never published an audited set of accounts and it run by elected and unaccountable people who cannot even decide which headquarters to use? Madness, total madness.."

You know that none of that is true, right? You're just saying it for comedy effect surely?

The accounts are audited and the results of the audit are published on the website of the court of auditors. It's an established thing.

I think you made a typo in your second statement, but nevertheless, people are elected. We elect MEPs and the council is made up of the elected heads of each state.

As to the headquarters - changing that requires a treaty change, which thanks to the UK now requires referendums to be held to be allowed to pass.

There was also a plan to make the president electable. Guess which country vetoed it? Starts with 'United'.

I don't know what's scarier - that you either believe this stuff to be true despite it clearly not being so, or that you expect others to believe it. Which is it?

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Terry Barnes

Re: definitely something to dump at the feet of the leave crowd.

"how many companies are going to restrict that rise to just that which is justified?"

For a global product it's in their interests to only do what's justified, else you create incentive for people to buy from the wrong market which causes all sorts of channel headaches.

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Terry Barnes

Re: Work the problem?

"we just need our country(ies), its government and its people to stand up and make the decision work in the best interests of our country(ies)."

The best interest of our country is served by remaining in the EU.

Asking people to get on with this is like decorating while your house is on fire.

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The price rise will be to maintain price equality across the EU market. If they don't do that all EU buyers will flood the UK channel trying to buy these things at a discount compared to Euro pricing. MS won't want that to happen.

The same will happen with all products and services sold EU wide - GBP pricing will increase to maintain market equality. This was all pointed out, at length, prior to the referendum.

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Marmite's not the only national treasure hit by Brexit. Will someone think of the PCs?

Terry Barnes

Re: Ah, the year 1 school of thought

"no evidence that there is an upside to staying in a club that has consistently failed to deliver anything good for you."

Apart from the whole 70 years of peace and prosperity between nations that were previously in a state of almost perpetual war - ignoring that bit you mean?

"No they wont put the prices up... "

...because the freefalling pound has the same effect on British purchasers anyway?

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Uncle Sam rules on self-driving cars

Terry Barnes

Re: "self-driving systems can be considered a driver"

"This is something the courts will agonize over for years"

No, the UN has formed a group to address these issues and then formalise global best practice.

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Seminal adventure game The Hobbit finally ported to the Dragon 64

Terry Barnes

Platform War

Wow, a game that was available on my home computer (Oric-1) but not on one of the competing ones*. There's a turn up.

*Ignoring obviously the software houses that were focused on the Oric - Tansoft, IJK software, Loriciels, No Mans Land and so on. Companies like Ocean and PSS and Software Projects would usually only have one or two conversions available.

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Blighty's EU science funding will remain unchanged until new PM triggers Article 50

Terry Barnes

Re: That is a load of bull

"We pay more than we take out of the EU, therefore the British government can decide to match what was lost by EU funding"

Don't be silly.

The loss to our economy of leaving means that we'll be poorer. We won't have an extra £350M to throw around, we'll be looking for things to cut just to get back to where we were.

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TalkTalk CEO Dido Harding pockets £2.8m

Terry Barnes

£220K wouldn't buy very much of any of those things.

With about 4 million customers, that works out at about 5.5p each.

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Microsoft cancels Remain speech after death of Labour MP

Terry Barnes

Re: That's settled then

"If microsoft vote for it, you know its a shit idea."

I'd imagine Microsoft are against human slavery and putting asbestos in food. Play the ball, not the man (or the corporation, in this case).

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Terry Barnes

Re: That's settled then

How many minimum wage employees do you think Microsoft has in the UK? Or anywhere?

Mind you, if we leave and the pound tanks, those wages just got a lot lower anyway. If lowering wage costs was your prime concern, you'd vote to exit.

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Nokia offers up 10 Gbps HFC demo

Terry Barnes

Re: The need for this

"Put the tech out there and people will find a use for it."

But will they pay for it?

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Brexit campaign group fined £50k for sending half a million spam texts

Terry Barnes

Re: Why is "Call me Dave" Cameron telling me what to think?

"It is a bit concerning that those wanting to remain have no idea what is going on."

There's a significant difference between not knowing what is going on and people simply disagreeing with you.

"For example people claim the leave camp have to explain what will happen when we leave. No we dont unless people are so brain dead as to not understand voting for the party you want to do what you want."

It's significantly more complex than that. Many people's livelihoods and relationships are dependent on how this country interacts with others. If you want me to jump off a cliff you're going to need to do a better job of convincing me than telling me that once I've jumped I should vote for more parachutes. It's telling that no leave campaigner has managed to produce any evidence of positive discussions they've had with other countries about any post-exit deal. Magical thinking from the leave side isn't good enough.

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Terry Barnes

Re: Why is "Call me Dave" Cameron telling me what to think?

"Surely as we elect the government they should follow the will of the people"

No, that's not how our system works.

Parties publish a manifesto and are elected to carry it out.

If they simply followed the majority (or most significant minority) view on every issue there'd be no point in electing different parties as they'd all have to do exactly the same things. The government is elected to govern.

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SpaceX is go for US military GPS sat launch, smashes ULA monopoly

Terry Barnes

Re: Why didn't NASA do themselves?

A step change in cost from $400M to $80M tends to come only through having competing suppliers.

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Govt: Citizens, we know you want 10Mbps. This is the last broadband scheme for that

Terry Barnes

Re: RE: subsidy

"BT Retail charge £18.99 a month, so that covers the majority of line rentals, though not sure of BT Retail's exact share of the consumer line rental market, "

Less than a third the last time I looked at an Ofcom report.

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Lost in the obits: Intel's Andy Grove's great warning to Silicon Valley

Terry Barnes

Re: The problem is the natural outgrowth of legislation, at least in the US.

" Personally I believe it's the People's Job to take care of each other, not the Government Job. "

That doesn't work though, does it? It's why, for example, animal charities in the UK are fabulously wealthy while people are using food banks. Government can enforce fairness, charity tends to see over-provision to some groups and under-provision to others.

We might have volunteer fire fighters, but what they do is regulated, managed and funded by government because no other approach would work.

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Terry Barnes

Re: The problem is the natural outgrowth of legislation, at least in the US.

", they are sponging off the folks who are working. "

The government's safety net ensures that people unable to work don't starve or have to live on the streets. That's not sponging, it's just one of the requirements to consider your society to be decent and humane.

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Look out, Windows Phone 8 users – yes, both of you – here's ... Windows 10 Mobile

Terry Barnes

Re: Can people opt-out?

"On Mobile (where MS is tiny and needs a reason like a major free upgrade to the latest and greatest to pull in punters)

People who want Win 10 have to beg for it and still may not get it."

In your scenario they've already bought the phone, so how does an upgrade pull a new user in? A new user will buy a new phone that will come with W10.

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Former Nokia boss Stephen Elop scores gig as chief innovator for Australia's top telco

Terry Barnes

Re: ROFL

They were already in deep trouble by the time of that memo, hence that memo. Nokia was months from terminal failure, Elop did a great job with a business circling the plughole.

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Tech biz bosses tell El Reg a Brexit will lead to a UK Techxit

Terry Barnes

Re: Does not compute

"If it was, as some evidence suggests, designed by Nazi industrialists to dominate Europe after defeat in WW2, it has delivered."

It was Churchill's idea. He called for a "kind of United States of Europe" to end the almost perpetual state of war between European nations. It seems to be working according to Churchill's plan.

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Terry Barnes

Re: Why do we get such misinformation?

"The point is that it will be OUR decision, made by considering what is BEST for US. At the moment, if something is seen as good by Brussels, but is obviously bad for us, we are forced to accept it.

As an example, what happened to our fishing fleet...?"

You should probably read up on the Tragedy of the Commons.

If we hadn't have been in the EU and if our fishing fleet hadn't have shrunk, those fish would be extinct. Humanity has to take long term decisions that deliver the best results for all of us, else we all lose. Doing what's right for Britain alone is blinkered and ultimately harms us.

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Terry Barnes

Re: Reading the article

Guess which national government vetoed making the EU president electable directly by citizens? I'll give you a clue - two words, first word 'United'.

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Terry Barnes

Re: Removing the special treatment for eu

Your solution to having a group of people it's easy to recruit from and a group of people it's harder to recruit from is to make it harder for the easy group?

Given that your 'tidal wave' don't require visas or permits, what possible difference does their removal make to the people and processes used to recruit outside of the EU? If anything, isn't it going to increase the workload as those EU inhabitants will now need to do something other than just accept the job offer and move.

Removing ourselves from a pool of potential overseas recruits doesn't make recruiting people from overseas easier.

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Terry Barnes

"Because, a business operating exclusively in the UK with UK customers won't have to adhere to EU regulations that they currently do? Same if they deal with non-EU businesses. The burden will only come into place if you wish to deal with EU businesses.!

You're going to reduce red tape by having two completely separate regulatory regimes? The first time my UK widget factory sells a 2p widget to France I have to completely change the entire set of regulation my business operates under?

I'm not sure you've thought that through.

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Terry Barnes

Re: A false argument

"If we do leave (in my view, we should stay), what is to prevent those workers from still working in the UK? Nothing from the EU side of things."

It's pretty clear that for most people wanting to leave, immigration is the key factor.

If the exit campaign's stance is that we'll still allow free movement of people after an exit it rather suggests that they are conning people.

If exit means "still have to pay, no longer have a say", the Norway model if you like, it looks pretty daft.

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David Cameron hints at Budget law change to end mobile not-spots

Terry Barnes

Re: cue the Anti Mast campaigns

That would only matter if they ever used the phones for voice calls!

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Big-screen Skype gets small farewell note

Terry Barnes

It's cheaper to buy an Android TV box thing and a high quality webcam than it is to buy the Sony camera. you then have the advantage of lots of other apps, Youtube, and so on, as well as being able to run things like MAME (if that's your thing) and big screen minecraft which the kids love.

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Terry Barnes

It just stopped playing content from my NAS. I could still navigate to and select content, but nothing happened when I hit play. After a torturous process to actually get in touch with tech support, their two step process was; 1. Factory reset 2. Give up.

I suspect (but it's only a suspicion) that I hit some kind of hard-coded limit in terms of file or folder volume as it stopped working just after I reached 1,000 albums (I buy a lot of music).

Every other device in the house plays the content fine still so nothing changed with the NAS or network. The TV is now just a non-Smart screen that displays whatever my NAS, BD player or ISP-TV box is doing.

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Terry Barnes

Gradually all of the Smart features on my Sony TV have ceased working. DLNA, then YouTube, now Skype. I bought one of those little Android tablet without a screen things and plugged that in and it seems to work much better and get more updates than the TV ever did.

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There’s a module for that: LG launches G5 smartphone complete with 'friends'

Terry Barnes

Re: "0.8 per cent of the 2800 mAh battery per hour"

That's not a real world scenario though, is it?

Your phone will be charging all night and probably while you're in your car and at your desk.

The real number is 0.8% x hours away from charger. Nowhere near 20%.

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Mañana: Nokia’s in no hurry to go back to phones

Terry Barnes

Re: Just buy Jolla

"Even if Jolla/Sailfish don't become mainstream in any way, surely with the relatively small investment/startup costs, it would be worth the bother, no?"

People need paying. Development to launch is 10% of lifetime cost. Who gets sued when your customers lose all their banking details due to an exploit that your 200 sales didn't generate enough revenue from to pay a developer to keep the thing sailing true?

I think the risks are huge and there's no upside at all. They'd be better off launching a new range of Windows devices.

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Alcatel drives upmarket with Idol 4 smartphone series

Terry Barnes

That's Alcatel Lucent - owner of Bell labs. Currently owned by Nokia.

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Microsoft patent filing confirms existence of 3D Jedi gesture phone

Terry Barnes

Hover?

This may be just my imagination, but my 930 appears to offer 'hover' on the most sensitive settings. It's possible to operate the phone without actually touching it, tiles and buttons can be activated by almost but not quite touching the screen.

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Sir Clive Sinclair in tech tin-rattle triumph

Terry Barnes

Re: 30% chance of failure?(@AC) @mephistro

The graphic equalizer would have had zero effect on tape to tape recordings on a ghetto blaster. Equalizers sit in the signal chain just before the power amp. Even if there was an effect it's unlikely to have improved things - the signal isn't supposed to sound pleasing to your ears, there are discrete tones in use to convey data - all that matters is that they are discernible above the noise floor of the medium.

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PBX phone system hacking nets crooks $50 million over four years

Terry Barnes

Re: Telcos are money laundering too

The Telco hosting the PBX won't be the one hosting the premium rate numbers. They might be four or five steps removed. Each Telco pays the next one in the chain. It's likely that the one hosting the PBX will have already paid the bill it received from the next Telco in the chain before it bills the PBX owner.

The responsibly to have properly secured kit rests with the manufacturer and owner - unless you want a return to the days when you could only connect equipment your Telco has supplied.

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Dell PowerEdge R730: Reg rack monkeys crack smiles over kindness of engineers

Terry Barnes

Re: Redundancy

Yes, resilience is a state that can be achieved by employing redundancy

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Stylish Vaio biz mobe is flying this way – ah, it's got Windows 10 inside

Terry Barnes

Re: Businesses need a strong and well-developed app ecosystem

"On both these counts, business would be advised to steer clear of deploying Windows phones until one or other of these two measures hits 10% of the global (or US) market."

You've not really thought that through have you?

In other news, doctors advise man to hold off on eating until he's put some weight on.

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Terry Barnes

Yes, what business wants perfect office, skype for business and exchange integration, zero security issues to date and a good price point?

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