* Posts by JetSetJim

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BOFH: My diary is MINE and mine alone, you petty HR gimps

JetSetJim

Re: You b*&%d

Well, you can have a rule that runs a script if it receives a meeting invite, so it's not inconceivable that a script could rummage in the calendar, detect a clash, and trigger/send a reject. I assume the script is in VBA, so probably not that traumatic to cobble together... not sure how to get it onto the server to run, rather than only on the local machine, but that's a leap into BOFH land

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Never mind falling revenues, BT watchers, look at the footy offering

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Coat

Re: It is NOT fibre ...

"homes passed" is just shorthand for "homes passed by"

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Hole in (Number) Two: MYSTERY golf-course pooper strikes again

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Flame

Re: "an application to put up surveillance cameras has been denied."

I'm a Freia addict, although getting worried now that they've been taken over by Kraft.

Still, there's always aquavit

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JetSetJim

Re: "an application to put up surveillance cameras has been denied."

> Most Norwegians I know buy their booze at Heathrow!

Hmm not sure if they're still being ripped off at times, but agree with the sentiment.

Every time I visit I load up on my allowance for giftage to relatives. Plus add some hermetically sealed bacon & sausages, and some decent cheddar (gammelost is not quite the same thing!), and some Twiglets (!) and that keeps most of my relatives happy

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JetSetJim

Re: "an application to put up surveillance cameras has been denied."

Norway is a lovely place full of fine beer & chocolate, and magnificent scenery (of many types), and is also amongst the happiest places on the planet. Very high standard of living, mostly courtesy of the govmt's rather good approach to managing the extraction of their oil and the revenues obtained thereby.

My only complaint would be the price of booze and the limited availability of shops to buy it in. But that may well be a good thing, overall...

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EU rubber-stamps Nokia's proposed Alcatel-Lucent gobble

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My, buying a company to get access to N. America. Funny, when they bought Motorola Wireless they (as NSN) said they would be "the third largest wireless infrastructure vendor in the United States". I guess that didn't go too well, then. Better luck next time, eh?

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AT&T: Sorry vendors, SDN is eating your lunch

JetSetJim

Re: They sure as hell aren't laying fibre.

The article is commenting on how SDN/NFV is giving an opportunity to not spend quite so much money on their mobile network as the expensive ATCA chassis/boards typically used to house the core functions like MSC, GSN, MME, SGW, etc... can be replaced by cheap "clouds" where each function is a program running on an Intel board, scaling up as demand ramps by dint of just adding another VM into the mix.

It's not a comment on their domestic broadband market, which doesn't have this opportunity.

Not that AT&T won't want to spend the least amount of money (and perhaps even a bit less) to meet (or narrowly miss in a manner that's able to be spun appropriately to make it seem like it's been met) their obligations.

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Acer Revo One RL85: A pint-sized PC for the snug

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FAIL

Moving "users" folder

WFT - the MS KB article linked states:

"Caution Using the ProgramData setting to redirect folders to a drive other than the system volume will block your ability to upgrade to future versions of Windows.

By changing the default location of the user profile directories or program data folders to a volume other than the system volume, you cannot service your Windows installation. Any updates, fixes, or service packs cannot be applied to the installation. We recommend that you do not change the location of the user profile directories or program data folders. "

Not an impressive data storage architecture constraint after so many iterations of Windoze. Do Not Like :-(

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Jeep drivers can be HACKED to DEATH: All you need is the car's IP address

JetSetJim
Coat

Re: "If there's a shiny new Jeep Cherokee sitting in your driveway..." @AndyS

But you can't kill a Hilux

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BT's Openreach plots G.fast end-user trials

JetSetJim

Re: @JetSetJim

@rhydian:

Located in a small village, <1000 inhabitants

@AC regarding Openreach doing/not doing cabling - the answer to that is "it depends". If you're a large developer, it makes sense to have some form of entry point into the development that you cable up during groundworks phase, and then politely ask Openreach to connect to (and even invoice Openreach for the work done). You may even contract Openreach to do it for you, but you don't have to, I agree. As to precisely what cables they lay, you have to adhere to their design rules, which cover both copper and fibre.

In my experience - I've just built a house that has an Openreach pole on its boundary, with the nearest junction box one pole further down the street, and I was informed by their engineers that there were spare sockets on that junction box. Annoyingly, you have to go through a service provider to commission Openreach to make the connection - you can't actually talk to Openreach and get them to do it for you, and then contract a service provider. Unfortunately, the combination of BT, the BT ordering system, BT call centres and the occasional idiot meant that 2 months passed, 3 new line orders were cancelled, and two engineers appointments were ignored. Thankfully I had a fibre provider passing at just the right time, and they did the whole thing in 3 days from initial enquiry to me actually making a phone call on a whizzy Vonage box.

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JetSetJim

Re: fibre

Bless their cotton socks - so their latest & greatest FTTP is 300Mbps DL + 30Mbps UL (less contention). Not sure what "long twisted-pair runs" have to do with measured speed across a fibre link, though, unless the fibre connection is plugged into something at the exchange connected that way.

I'm quite happy in my 3rd party FTTP running 100Mbps UL + 100Mbps DL at £44/mo. Perhaps I might splash out a fiver and test out their 1Gbps each way service for a couple of days, although I can't really think of a use-case for it right now beyond bragging rights.

Not entirely sure why a small company can roll out this fibre, and Openreach can't. Admittedly perhaps the small company are splurging some VC capital, perhaps have some govmt grant, and so can afford it as a loss leader for the moment, but BT *should* have the resources to hand to do this sort of thing efficiently (yeah, I know, not a word I'd associate with BT).

Yes, upgrading the existing network is a different kettle of fish, but perhaps running FTTP to all new properties (or developments over a certain size) might be a good policy for Openreach to take... And then use these opportunities to upgrade cabinets in prep for mass FTTP deployment.

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Greece? Zzzz. EU bank says TWEETING can move the stock market

JetSetJim

@Nick

Well, I suppose as soon as someone gets wind of what's driving your algorithm, they'll (ab)use that to try and make money out of your trades.

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JetSetJim

> Certainly it's enough to base a trading strategy upon, assuming you can gain access to the firehose of the information

Get it here, for the full fat stream of twats, although you don't need it and can instead subscribe to/pay for a filtered version.

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The Register's resident space boffin: All you need to know about the Pluto mission

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Pint

Well done folks!

Congrats to the New Horizons team.

They should sit back and have a beer or two while waiting for the data to come down. 16 months for 15Gbits of mission data! Perhaps they should torrent it instead of relying on BT download :)

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Being common is tragic, but the tragedy of the commons is still true

JetSetJim

Re: Revolutionary Stuff

> The community limitations of 2 to 3 thousand have been broken by social media / internetworking, an individual can be a member of many communities whereas in the original each individual was a member of only one.

I seem to recall some study from a while back that looked at the average size of a medieval village vs the number of "friends" people had on FB and they were roughly the same. I suspect that you are right, though , in that community sizes remain roughly unchanged, it's just that people may now more easily identify with more than one community due to this "social-meeja" thing.

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Apple and Samsung are plotting to KILL OFF the SIM CARD - report

JetSetJim

Re: And the carriers smile

Tethering? I don't think any of the UK carriers care any more - certainly VF and EE don't

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Yep, world+dog's spies are in our network, says Vodafone as it bares all

JetSetJim
Headmaster

Mis-quote

The Vodafone spokesperson on p2 seem to be commenting on the separation of BT and Openreach, rather than their own laudible efforts at openness. Perhaps he was not allowed to comment on this piece due to govmt legislation?

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Google: Maps editing is back – but, please, no more p*ss-taking robots!

JetSetJim

Re: In other words...

Took them two months to come up with that?

I'm sure there will be badges for "Gold/Silver/Bronze Contributor" levels, and all that gubbins to hit the dopamine cycle of the masses updating their maps for free

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Comcast: We're twice as fast as Google's 1Gbps Fiber (for x4 the price)

JetSetJim

Re: And...

Seems pricey. I'm fortunate enough to be able to get 1Gbps symmetric for £70-£80/mo (£100 connection fee, £130 install fee), although quite happy to have only bought the 100Mbps service.

No BT in my house - they (incl Openreach) couldn't organise a p*** up in a brewery, let alone get me a copper connection to a new house with a pole on the site boundary with well over two months notice.

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BT issues formal whinge to Ofcom over Sky dominance in pay telly

JetSetJim

Re: Competition is usually great for consumers,

If breaking up Sky would be anything like the break up of BT it will be nowt but painful for any consumers.

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China wants to build a 200km-long undersea tunnel to America

JetSetJim

Re: Transrapid

I suspect it's the extension project that actually takes the MagLev into the middle of the city, rather than terminating outside the city (albeit near the tube, which is remarkably easy to use as Johnny-Foreigner if you know where you want to go).

When in Pu-Dong, I used to get the tube from the bottom of that large pin with round bobbles on that features on the BBC news intro videos out to the station to get to the airport - cheaper and much safer than the local cabbies.

Saying that, rumours abound of shoddy construction practices on the existing MagLev where substandard concrete was used in the foundations of the supporting pillars for the train line. Not sure what the realistic lifespan of the MagLev track is before something falls off it - perhaps that's why they've slowed it down a bit...

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Vodafone tests Ericsson Radio Dots on corporate big cheeses

JetSetJim

Not the best solution

...although Ericsson won't agree. The Dot seems to be just a remote radio head, so needs a fairly high bandwidth connection back to the "proper" base station which does all the donkey work. No more clever than a low power DAS, and doesn't scale up well to larger buildings, IMHO as you still need to parent it with a base station - rather than the option used by regular small cells that are only aggregated by a gateway box somewhere.

Fine for smaller deployment if you have spare capacity in the base station, but not that great otherwise.

Also, the CAT5 they use can't be shared with anything else at all or you'll really bugger up the throughput.

This is basically Ericsson's "I'm late to the small cell party - here's a small vegetarian quiche for the buffet"

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Let me PLUG that up there, love. It’s perfectly standaAAARGH!

JetSetJim

Re: A four-switch panel to control two lights?

Part of the problem may well be the information sources to hand. When constructing a man cave in the garden (ostentatiously calling it a summer house, but secretly digging a beer/wine cellar underneath it), my dad naturally ran an armoured power cable to it underground, and from then into its own fuse box to distribute some power & lighting. To read up on this, he purchased a "DIY bible" from some store - B&Q probably, and pored over the electrical section.

The next day he went back to the store and asked why they were recommending connecting the earth to the live terminal, or some such blunder of epic proportions.

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Sprint: Our 'unlimited' mobe plan has one tiny limit: High-quality video

JetSetJim

Re: What about torrent downloads?

Or just run it through a VPN.

Wasn't there a fella who demonstrated that another US ISP throttled video by doing this?

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What is this river nonsense? Give .amazon to Bezos, says US Congress

JetSetJim
Facepalm

Re: Use the market

Meh - proof-reading. Who needs it

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JetSetJim
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Re: Use the market

Make the rent proportionate to the number of trees left - might help do something about deforestation, too. (Or have some other unintended consequences, I've not really thought much about it!)

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JetSetJim
Headmaster

Re: Hoist by there own petard

> I think there might be some groups of ferocious warrior-women who'll have something to say about that.

Perhaps instead of needing to live on the banks of the river, they need to live in the basin that collects the water for it.

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US FINNISHes Nokia-AlcaLu acquisition waiting period

JetSetJim

Nokia shareholders have yet to vote on the acquisition, which the companies hope will yank €900 million out of their combined cost base (read: mass layoffs around the world).

Since Nokia's home is in mobile network infrastructure and Alcatel-Lucent is kicking its goals in the fixed-line business, the product rationalisation process ought not to be horribly savage.

Two incompatible statements!

Anyhow, there is product rationalisation abounding in the wireless space, with nightmares for those in charge of it. ALU make a reasonable chunk of change selling LTE/UMTS kit into the USA. Nokia has never been successful in N. America (they tried buying access by snapping up Motorola, and that got them nowhere), and the telco's are unlikely to be hugely happy with swapping ALU kit for Nokia stuff - so Nok is stuck with maintaining 2 LTE product lines.

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Unlucky, Palmer: Facebook's going to BAN Oculus pr0n apps

JetSetJim
Headmaster

Re: Was there pr0n on

try < i > tags for italic

or < b > tags for bold

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Pavegen: The Company that can't make energy out of crowds tries to make money out of them

JetSetJim

Re: Sure, I'll contribute

http://www.desertec.org/concept/

Not sure if they plan on making the solar cells with "local sand", though

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JetSetJim
Joke

Re: What a complete and utter pile of crap

> I find it hard to believe anyone has the cheek to produce a website so devoid of any useful information and even harder to believe people are taken in by it.

If you don't like it here, shove off then.

Oh, wait, you meant Pavegen's website?

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The oracle knows all. Not THAT Oracle, of course

JetSetJim
Joke

Re: Quick Questions are better than

Don't knock Columbo!

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Nokia declares war on data centres to win back telco customers

JetSetJim

Re: "act and think differently"

> " having absorbed the Siemens and Motorola sub divisions" I think you ment Siemens and Alcatel-Lucent.

No, it's all three. Siemens first, and the transition to "Nokia-Siemens Networks", then Motorola wireless division - which was basically bought for contracts and access to the N. American market (which didn't pay off), rather than kit. Currently they are proceeding through the acquisition of ALU wireless division, again for contracts and access to N. American market. By inference, this also absorbs Nortel, as that's buried somewhere deep inside ALU, and don't forget that ALU is also a conglomeration of Alcatel and Lucent Technologies.

So there's a whole bundle of stuff inside the NSN-Moto-ALU(NT) basket.

Anyhow, good on them for playing in the cloudy market. As usual, PR-speak on their part is saying they're "first", but there are private cloudy data centres being installed already in a whole bunch of telco operator premises.

Not sure I'd want (as an operator) to rent space/time on it out to third parties, unless it's physically partitioned off from my own data.

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Google Maps gets hit with racist White House listing

JetSetJim
Alert

Re: That reminds me

Beware the Scunthorpe Problem in such scenarios, though.

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Blocking mobile adverts just became that little bit easier

JetSetJim

Re: Just on the web?

Not sure about apps you install after this one, but the ones before will probably just keep running their last cached ad, or just stop working completely (if they've any sense).

For example, Real Racing 3 won't even work without an internet connection to download new ads every time you fire it up (not sure what would happen if I bought something from their store which in theory removes all that).

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Apple about to make Apple TV WAY LESS SUCKY - report

JetSetJim

Re: Progress - what progress..?

> Similarly it's a bit annoying that there doesn't seem to be any third party plugin for my Synology NAS that will allow an iOS device to pick up music directly from the NAS, rather than having to go via iTunes on the Mac.

Why use a 3rd party plugin when a Diskstation should do it itself? (Although, in all honesty, I've not tried it myself as I've got a WDTV box instead of the Apple variant).

http://community.spiceworks.com/how_to/87489-setting-up-synology-nas-media-services-with-apple-tv

It does has the added step of having to do a "Play to Apple TV" from your Video Station app on your iDevice (or Android device, I assume), rather than browsing content on your telly, though.

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TalkTalk unveils best results ever – and its share price dips

JetSetJim
Mushroom

Re: News is not good?

Meh - I get the same from BT. A few months ago the HH4 started losing connection to the exchange (which is miles away). Repeat broadband (more like "plump-band", as it tops out at 1mbps) outages, with the usual "3 working day resolution" times.

One of their customer support teams even promised that it would definitely be fixed for good this time as they'd put a note on the trouble ticket to that effect (which to the cynical implies the option to not fix it for good - possibly even the default value for that, too!).

Can't wait to move house - fingers crossed they don't screw that up, too (although for some reason last night's technical support person thought that because I'd initiated the house move, my service would be instantly deactivated, despite the move date being in July, and that was why my BB was no longer working).

Icon ---> the only solution, and from orbit

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4K refresh sees Blu-ray climb to 100GB, again

JetSetJim

Re: DRM again........

> it would no-longer play on his HTPC as the Power DVD 10 BD edition required an upgrade

Install MakeMKV and rip the BD. Play result through VLC. If you're strapped for storage space, Handbrake it down in size. No need for BD player software on the PC,

Admittedly, not as convenient as shoving a disc in a slot and hitting "play", and probably not within reason for someone with reduced vision.

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Pakistan URINE STORM: Google Maps chokes off user editing

JetSetJim

Re: How many edits do they get?

>Pretty much every individual action needs to be submitted as an individual edit.

I've used the Google map editor to do that and it's different - you add the pathway, however many clicks you add, including junctions with other pathways, perhaps even more than one pathway, and then it all gets lumped into a single "change" that is submitted for review.

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JetSetJim

Re: How many edits do they get?

They could solve it by making it a community reviewed facility, rather than Google reviewed. Give folks points for reviewing, etc..., and a method for reporting numpties, and you'll probably get lots of free help. Sure, there'll still be abuse, but it might be more manageable.

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Ericsson to Apple: Cough up for licences or stop selling iPhones, iPads and Watches

JetSetJim

Re: It it to do with the selling price I bet

Indeed that wouldn't be fair, however when A, B & C each have a big (differently sized) pile of patents that the holder of the patents in question wanted to use, then the percentage is going to be different for each company anyway, having been hammered out by patent attorneys considering the relative worth of each patent in the respective owners warchest against the perceived worth of the patents being licensed.

It sounds like the original deal was struck when Ericsson was making phones - now that they don't, leverage has changed as there is no incentive to license any IP from A, B & C, let alone D. It would be interesting to see what happens when agreements with Nokia, Samsung, HTC and any other company making phones expire - although perhaps they were made with a longer timeframe in mind.

The big point is, we don't know who is being unreasonable. Apple could just be being arrogant in their stance, or Ericsson could be being greedy - those details will come out in court (if it doesn't get redacted for commercial sensitivity reasons), or will be hidden behind closed doors when they reach a settlement.

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Singapore's prime minister releases source code for his hand-coded Sudoku-solver

JetSetJim

Re: Logic - Problem solving - Politics

I thought that was a variant on the old "speed, size, cost - pick two" engineering saying.

Logic & problem solving => proper solution, may not be politically expedient

Logic & politics => a solution, may not be what solves the problem though

Problem solving & politics => a solution, may not be logical

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Plod wants your PC? Brick it with a USB stick BEFORE they probe it

JetSetJim
Headmaster

Re: Automatic bricking...

> innocent until proven guilty

Semantically, that implies guilt. I prefer "innocent unless proven guilty".

A bit pedantic, but...

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Google it onna Google phone onna GOOGLE NETWORK. MVNO plan imminent

JetSetJim

Re: All change please!

A couple of points:

a) on my Android, the GPS icon fires up every so often anyway - I assume to report my position somewhere, but haven't bothered to try and trace it - I do have Google Location History enabled, but I did notice this behaviour before I did this. Perhaps it's a different app, although I don't knowingly have something that needs this info but I wouldn't be surprised if some app with ads in it got location permission on install.

b) why would you need it constantly on? Every 30mins or so would probably be ok for network switching. I'm sure Google could even add some algorithm to determine a fuzzy location based on your past movements, last location fix and time elapsed since so that you could drop that frequency even further.

I don't know if Google are getting cell tower data - this usually terminates in the mobile network, and Google won't have any visibility of that (unless they've bought the data feed).

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Google versus the EU: Sigh. You can't exploit a contestable monopoly

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Re: So....

Apple, meet orange. MS abused the market by forcing acceptance of Windows as the desktop OS from pretty much every major manufacturer. Bundling IE (especially in a way that makes it difficult to get rid of) in then gives it a good way to control internet standards, which then gives them a patent licensing revenue stream.

It's easy for someone non-techy to use another search engine, less easy for them to swap out IE (or even Windows for that matter).

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Yay, we're all European (Irish) now on Twitter (except Americans)

JetSetJim
Black Helicopters

orly?

>Three quarters of all Twitter accounts are held outside the US, and this new move should put their information beyond the reach of the NSA.

Ha, ha. As if. Perhaps officially, at least.

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Nokia: Yes, we're chatting up Alcatel-Lucent

JetSetJim

Much as it would be funny to come up with ANAL as the acronym for the "new" company. it will be "Nokia", it's a buy out proposal, not a merger. Just like what happened when they bought Motorola Networks ( when they were Nokia-Siemens Networks), there was no change in the name. There was even a person that asked about that in the townhall meeting when they told us about changes to expect, to a few titters.

The typical behaviour is to try and EOL the subservient company's (ALU) kit and port it (or the RAN side of it) onto the parent company kit - i.e. connect all the ALU base stations to NOK RNCs (for 3G) and MME/SGWs for 4G, then throw away the ALU RNCs & MME/SGWs and other ancillary equipment like the OSS. I can well imagine that there is a project underway in the background investigating how this can be achieved with the minimum of fuss & outage.

This deal is all about the contracts that ALU have in place - ALU get the bulk of their sales from AT&T and other N. America operators, which is a nice high margin market. But I have to wonder what will happen to those contracts now that it will be NOK rather than ALU proposing the deal. It will boil down to how happy customers are to swap out ALU kit in favour of NOK kit, as well as no longer being able to buy additional ALU kit (I'm not offering any judgement on the comparative worth of each), plus whether NOK can fulfil any roadmap promises that ALU may have made in getting their contracts. I'd expect the ALU side of the sales will take a hit as a consequence of the deal, though.

As an added quirk to the deal, ALU have done lots of restructuring which meant the closure of several sites (including UK ones). Lots of job functions moved to Paris, and French jobs are very hard to cull - I'd expect a few strikes, soon, when NOK start making noises about "cost synergies and optimisation". Expect mass cull excepting a few senior network design/architects, who will be supported by a hastily trained outsourced team in India/Vietnam/China to do bug fixes on the s/w (my guess would be Aricent in India, if their price is right).

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The Walton kids are ABSURDLY wealthy – and you're benefitting

JetSetJim

Re: Wealth redistribution

So, there's an economic argument that concentration of wealth does some economic good in that the wealthy folks provide benefit to the economy. I can see that - economies of scale, etc...

On the flip side, there are various studies out there that claim that greater wealth inequality brings about greater unhappiness in the general population, and that all the signs are pointing to an ever more disjoint society with fewer and fewer people controlling more and more of the wealth - should that skew the analysis the other way?

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Aluminum bendy battery is boffins' answer to EXPLODING Li-ion menace

JetSetJim

re: half the voltage

I thought it was a bit weird too, and assumed they meant "by volume" - but surely they're on prototype-build rather than commercial-build, and even if the prototype is half the energy density of the Li battery, surely a commercially developed one might have a better density.

Unless there's some physics/chemistry getting in the way of reducing component sizes...

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It's the FALKLANDS SYNDROME! Fukushima MELTDOWN to cause '10,000 Chernobyls' in South Atlantic

JetSetJim

Re: Obligatory "Oh noes", TOTC etc.

This just goes to prove that Fukushima was an Argentinian plot to displace the plucky Brits from the islands.

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