633 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009
Re: I feel for you
I also have Three with unlimited data.
The only kick in the teeth is I get great speed everywhere, except in my office (where Id actually quite like to use the bandwidth) which varies between 60 Kbps and 400 Kbps. This means that emails, tw@ts and facebork alerts trickle down, but there is no iPlayer TV streaming for me. I can just about use the iPlayer radio if the wind is blowing in the right direction that day.
Now the training programme is available, all they need is to acquire a fully armed Apache Gunship and they'll be able to wreak havoc! Havoc I tells ya!
Race to the Bottom
I suspect in the race to the bottom, only the services which are supported by businesses with other interests will survive, particularly at the massive compute scale. AWS has a bookstore to help them out, and Microsoft have O365 and its continual licencing to support their Azure compute cloud. The smaller players need to find a niche and play to that strength.
The other thing to bear in mind is that cloud is not necessarily cheap; in our business the break-even point between doing it on cloud and buying tin averages around 21 months. But you do move your spend from CAPEX to OPEX and you struggle to pull the eject cord once you're in flight, especially if you run a complex environment in there.
LeMe: "Oh I've got 1/2hr to have a quick game of "Gears of Forza Drift Duty before life will get in the way again"
EggsBox "Installing Updates, your console will reboot several times, not let you sign into Live, finish off the batteries in the controller and require you to delete something off the harddisk"
Duracell vs Energizer
Apple will survive because of the bling factor,
AN Other in the Android space will survive, because they're good products (I'd bet on Samsung here)
and then you'll get a smattering of small brand or no brand companies filling out the bottom of the market. Like the home battery market, there'll be a couple of big distributors who will spend a little bit of time fettling their products and a lot of time promoting that they have better product than the competitor, whilst the bottom of the market is filled with elcheapo variations on a theme.
N.b. Microsokia I think may replace Blackberry at the Enterprise (for those below C level), simply because of Windows penetration level, but you're never going to see massive market share.
Re: "why SNMP is in a home router"
I agree; SNMP stats are so useful for diagnosing faults, particularly when trying to track down long-term trend faults that aren't shown from the noddy control panels on most devices. But no devices should be configured to answer SNMP on the WAN side by default, and the RW string should not be set to Private by default ever. Have the options configurable, but don't remove the service entirely.
Shareprices tend to follow herd mentality; they go charging around all over the place based on what the herd feel, which works well until they go charging headlong off a cliff.
<<Insert Gaelic Shrug Here>>
I bought the Slingbox software and found that it wouldn't talk to my ancient slingbox. I used the refund service to get under the 15 minutes, but therefore didn't have any time to debug why it wasn't working, just that it wasn't. A 2hr window is better, but there should be a number of options for the developers (with a set minimum) so they can choose what they want.
Glad I Jumped...
I've gone "all in" with AAISP after BT's prices kept going up year after year. I don't remember their prices rising at all, and certainly not by 6%. I assume BT Wholesale keep their prices a lot more stable.
I wonder what category I land in? I went and found the video on a popular 'crowd-sourced' news site, but wussed out at the last minute, having seen a similar video before and having the memories. Perhaps this puts me in some kind of 'four-lions' category?
Asta La Vista
Are people actually installing Vista, or is this just percentage points changing from the lower use of XP?
A bit too high to poke with a plunger.
Really a cost saving?
Most routers ship with relatively low end hardware - a lower-end ARM or equivalent processor, a few megs of RAM, a little bit of FLASH and some radio gubbins. They don't need any more than that and do the job they're designed to do. Even if you punt the compute to the cloud, you still need a processor, some memory, some way to boot the device and some radio gubbins, even with software defined radio. You can pick up a DSL router with wifi (al be it, only 802.11g) even at PC World for less than £20 these days, so I don't get the argument of cost saving. At bulk, with no retail overheads, the cost must be far lower than that.
With ever increasing bandwidth, the processors are only going to need to get more powerful anyway to cope with squirting stuff at "the cloud". Plus, at least from my perspective when the cloud has a little lie down, it's still useful to be able to get IP addresses on my LAN segment, so for example I could view my IP webcam.
If ISPs want control over their CPE, the existing TR-069 should surely be enough, or if not, developed further to give them the extra features they do want.
Poor Bug Fixing
In my experience, this is quite common in regard to Google fixing bugs in their products. I've added my voice to reported problems in Chrome, Android, Mail amongst others, but because they're not security related or service affecting, they seemingly get ignored. I can only presume Big G don't task their developers with fixing problems, only inventing new things. And lets face it, fixing exiting broken code isn't as fun as contributing a new widget.
Plus, Google products seem to experience entropy worse than many other - they start off really usable, fast and lightweight, and gradually erode into a big brown dysfunctional mass.
Yum, for a couple of reasons.
War of the Databases
"No-one would have believed in the early years of the 21st century that human affairs were being watched from the timeless worlds of cyberspace. No-one could have dreamed that we were being scrutinized, as someone with a microscope studies creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. Few men even considered the possibility of an interest in their lives by people off this planet. And yet, across the gulf of cyberspace, minds immeasurably more vacuous to ours regarded this data with envious eyes, and slowly and surely, they drew their plans against us…”
With wireless charging and wireless data, the unit could be sealed from all external influences. Bathtime iPhones?
Nb, I assume Friction and/or Ultrasonic welding are new inventions in the world of the patent office?
I'm going to build my own gigamall, with blackjack, and hookers.
Ahh forget the gigamall.
The specs sound like my Galaxy Ace of about 3 years ago, which came in at about £100 at the time. It was a miserable user experience, but if the chaps and chapesses out there can make it work for them, when why not.
Interestingly, AAISP had DNS issues last week. The difference is, they don't force you to use their servers from a locked-down NTU, and their status pages are kept current and upto date.
Real World Practice
At least its prepping them for the real world of IT, where hours are spent on proposals, bids and strategy, only for it to become, at best shelfware and at worst disappear into a black hole with nary a thank you.
Open your brain.
Who is the creator of this invention? Bin Dunbefore no doubt.
Still, between this and their fitness push at the moment, it's not increasing their wantability in this tent.
So presumably will get the money from the original Google deal, then win again from people picking up Verizon LTE services from this new Google deal? And also do some clever tax trickery to avoid paying tax.
N.b. are the Pixels locked to the network, or can you use another provider?
I've not donned my coat and headed oop north for some years, but it does remind me of the Newcastle Metro logo.
Also, Morrisons Supermarkets, but I don't think they do public transport to any great extent.
Hello IT, yes we have tried switching it off and back on again.
Re: sizeable fine?
What'll likely happen is that company declares itself insolvent, then another very similar sounding company operating out of the same premises pops up with a similar MO.
Consider your Country List
This product is great, provided the execs stay in the Westernized Countries of the G20 and old Europe. Stray south of the Equator and/or head east from about Italy and the competitiveness rapidly falls away (excluding Australia). We do a lot of business in the Middle East and Africa where monopolies and duopolies, usually under the control of the dear leader mean that you're still knackered for international roaming unless you buy in-country sims.
N.b, El Reg really should have a product placement icon for articles like this.
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." - Thomas Watson IBM*
*" 76% of all quotes found on the internet are made up." - Abraham Lincoln.
Wonder if this is behind the recent rash of results that are America centric, despite using google.co.uk as my search engine. Not just me either, a few people have mentioned it to me. Although its not irritating enough to make us Bing.
Whilst the Traveline data is good for routes, it sucks monkey nuts at interconnects. I just calculated a route from a Midland Metro stop just outside Wolverhampton to Birmingham Airport. Now, there are two real public transport options for this route (excluding buses)...
1) Take the Midland Metro to Birmingham City Centre, walk across town to New Street, then take the train to the Airport.
2) Take the Midland Metro to Wolverhampton, walk to the train station, take the train to the Airport.
For the latter, it tells me to take the Metro into Wolverhampton, wait 10mins for a bus, spend 15mins doing a tour of Wolverhampton shitty centre, then walk from the bus stop to the train station, before continuing the journey on a proper train.
Now, anyone that knows Wolverhampton will tell you the walk from the Metro to the train station is 5-10mins, depending on how briskly you're perambulating.
I guess that leaves me with two suppositions - a) their interconnection data is crap, or b) their data takes account of local crime stats and is keen for you to avoid roaming the streets.
Fairly easy to remove the flow of 'legitimate spam' - just add a rule to your mail client that looks for the word 'unsubscribe' in an email and if it finds a hit, mark it as read and move it into your spam folder. Its there if you need to refer to it, but extracts it from the eye-line.
Not sure it may of helped in this case, but does help strip out that cruft that fills most peoples mailboxes.
I was an 8.1 neigh-sayer until I installed it onto my machine as another OS, and I have to say, its okay. I did have to take a deep breath, leave my Windows perceptions at the door and use it for 4 or 5 hours to learn 'the new way' but actually, its usable and functional. Its still a bit off-putting when some apps load to the desktop, and others load into Metro, but once you learn that Alt+Tab is your friend and the split screen thing can let you see the apps side-by-side it's actually perfectly functional.
From my multi-boot, Win7, Win8, ChromeOS and Debian laptop, Windows 8 ends up being the OS of choice most of the time.
Danger Will Robinson
Some of the instructions on this article feel a little close to the limit of legality with regard to licencing. I hope El Reg's lawyers have reviewed this article before it went to press.
For those commentards reporting that they've got great coverage or piss-poor coverage, PLEASE install one of the survey apps if you've got a capable smart phone and add the details to the maps. The more current data, the better these maps become.
If you'd like to post a token to my home or work address, I can consume my pint from here AND limit the carbon impact of having to travel beyond the gates of Nodnol. One of those bluey/green or orangy/brown ones will be perfect, although a purply/blue or red one would be equally well received.
I'll be interested to see what happens to Family Guy - it appears that it's not allowed on iPlayer, so I assume Auntie will either punt it onto BBC Two or give up the rights to it.
There's very little else on BBC Three I watch; Russell Howard's Good News and Bluestone 42 are really the other exceptions. And I'm in their target audience range. BBC Four however has some very good content, provided you enjoy being educated rather than being exposed to real life or actor peoples shouting at each other.
That's an expensive router. Say £200 all in for a mini-itx pc with memory, hdd, case and PSU plus an installation of pfSense and you're away. The only issue you may have is needing to have a gateway modem (£20 TP-Link DSL modem for me) if your fixed line provider doesn't have ethernet presentation.
Re: If you think it's unfair, split the company
I agree, BT Group has such a split personality when it comes to Openreach and their Ofcom excuses.
Spin off Openreach into an independent entity then BT Group, et al can compete on more level terms.
I see Office 365 in their future....
I'm not even related to Septic Peg either.
Sideloading and Rooting
This marls an interesting and obviously controversial tangent for Nokia, but I think its a good thing, particularly for the lower end of the market. My concern is that their 'apk' store will be as mediocre as many others that try to compete with the play store, to limited success. I'll watch with interest as to whether the play store can be easily side-loaded, and also if rooting and romming become an option. It'll be nice to have a cheap, but quality brand in the Android space to compete with the Asian megacorps and no-name outfits trying to float their elcheapo turds at this end of the market, but only if a full range of apps is available.
I also fear that Microsoft will kill or sell the X range all too quickly once their feet are properly under the table at Espoo.
Perhaps this should be called a 'Fry-Moment' but "few applications drain a mobile device's battery more rapidly than contacting satellites." is just wrong when spoken about in reference to GPS. Receivers listen passively to satellite signals, they don't contact them. I thought everyone in El Reg knew this by now? Or that just Microsoft redefining the standard again?
Thinking outside the box
Doesn't answer your original question about specific packages directly, but a good solution to home filtering on 'every' device is to have a proxy server sat between your devices and the internet.
I use pfSense (firewall), with Squid (proxy), ClamAV (AV-Filter) and DansGuardian (Dodgy site filter) which protects any device on my network, whether it has AV installed or not. The machine it runs on cost about £75 from ebay, and costs about £10 a month in electricity costs. Following some instructions on the net, it took me about 2hrs to get it all setup and working.
For my actual machines, I use Microsoft Security Essentials (Windows), ClamAV (Linux), and Avast (Linux), which seem to work quite well and have done an excellent job at keeping nasties away, and cover me when I'm off my own grid.
I've also heard good things about k9webprotection as a filtering web server, but that only does web filtering and is an install on every machine too.
Re: If only...
I find the 2013 client reasonably snappy on Windows 7 and 8.1.
Strangely, I don't quite understand why an instant messaging client is a 300mb+ install.
Re: Instant Erase
I'm thinking that it may be a tiny physical 'hammer' that creates a micro-vibration and causes all of the heads to smash instantly into the platters, thereby eliminating your data immediately.
Just changed my password for Tesco as a matter of course.
Passwords can only be between 6 and 10 characters, and doesn't seem to support complex characters, only Upper, lower and numerical.
What year is this, 2002?
I can only assume the 'new economies' don't believe in the "nobody got sacked for buying Cisco" mantra that seems inescapable here in the UK. Whilst Cisco make some great core-networking gear, a lot of their other stuff has a perception of looking too proprietary, less functional (or conversely overly complex) and far far more expensive than their competitors. Plus they've really struggled to market themselves as agile vendors with lots of new idea's which is fine for big enterprise customers, but don't necessarily highlight their capabilities with start-ups and round 1 VCs.
They could have done so much more with Linksys as a Baby Cisco, but alas, the super-tanker is not for turning.
I don't mind 2FA when its relatively seamless like the Google Authenticator offering, especially as lots of websites now use this as an option, and the codes can be generated within a single app for these multiple sites.
I hope the 365 2FA works better than the two-phase authentication on the Xbox 360 platform which won't send me a text message to my UK mobile number (well, it apparently does, but disappears into the ether). I can cancel out of it, but every time I start the Xbox, install the latest patches, reboot, install the game updates and log into Live, I have to bin off several messages before it lets me log into the account.
I don't play Xbox much anymore.
Just as in the same way that + has come to mean 'has a record function', perhaps there needs to be a 'catchup via the internet' symbol, for example Φ. So if you have a freeview Φ or freesat Φ you know that you can use it to iPlayer or 4player or STV player to your hearts content.
The complete renaming of platforms with similar functions only serves to confuse and scare the general populous.
"It's big, it's expensive and it's an audiophile's dream: The Sonos Sub"
The only thing I know about audiophilia is that you can't please any of them, any of the time.
The Phone Call....
Hello, IT? This is God calling.
I divided by zero again.
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