* Posts by Jock in a Frock

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10 things you need to avoid SNAFUs in your data centre

Jock in a Frock

Cable labelling

I see people label one end of a cable with the local end details, not the far end (and the same at the other end!)

We now mandate that the label at both ends has details of both ends.

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Spy: Acres of comedy talent make this smart spook spoof an instant classic

Jock in a Frock

Re: Saw it last night

And how do you do Snapchat?

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Mondeo Man turns into mutant electrical beauty: Ford Mondeo Hybrid

Jock in a Frock

Not a hybrid, but....

... I have a 1.6 TDCi Hatchback on order in Ruby Red, should be with me in June. Can't wait, the car looks stunning. Budget wouldn't stretch to the 2.0L diesel, but I'm happy with the fuel economy figures, and anyway, me and the missus need to slow down a bit as we get older!

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Tesco broadband goes TITSUP, world keeps turning on wobbly-wheeled trolley

Jock in a Frock
Mushroom

Unexpected JCB in the digging area . . . .

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Are you sure there are servers in this cold, dark basement?

Jock in a Frock

I work for a telco as a Field Engineer. I got called to a shared office block in Bristol to investigate why our rack in the basement was off the air. The basement had 2 feet of shit floating around, and it had taken out our power and battery backup.

The customer wanted me to hose it down and re-power it within 2 hours!

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Wham! NASA claims 'picture-perfect' blast-off for tricky MAGNETIC EXPLOSIONS mission

Jock in a Frock

+1 for Elite Dangerous reference

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HSBC Turkey WON'T reissue cards despite 2.7 MILLION account details going AWOL

Jock in a Frock

Surely it would be de rigeur for HSBC to replace the cards? How much would it cost? Isn't the bad publicity going to cost them more? For a few quid they could also produce a TV commercial saying how seriously they took security (apart from letting the data out of the door in the first place).

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Turn OFF your phone or WE'LL ALL DI... live? Europe OKs mobes, tabs non-stop on flights

Jock in a Frock

Ban the voice!

It's about time that the myth was busted over safety concerns. If there was *EVER* the possibility that a PED could have downed an aircraft, they would *NEVER* have been permitted on board. They would have been confiscated at security.

Glad that we're coming round to getting onboard wifi, but I would hate to have 50% of my fellow passengers calling their mates. Let's have data, but no voice.

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Microsoft splurges 2½ INSTAGRAMS buying Minecraft maker Mojang

Jock in a Frock

Here you go

http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/blue-screen-of-death-1220098/

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BAT-GOBBLING urban SPIDER QUEENS swell to ENORMOUS SIZE

Jock in a Frock

More importantly...

What were the researchers relatives doing in the bush?

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Jock in a Frock

Jeez, what an unlucky rabbit

I expect it had also just broken up with its girlfriend.

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Jock in a Frock

I think Dyson have missed an opportunity here...

There's money to be made by a vacuum manufacturer who includes an insect chopper / mincer in the hose so that it slices'n'dices the offending beastie before it gets into the bag.

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New twist as rogue antivirus enters death throes

Jock in a Frock

@gregthecanuck

No, this article is already out of date. Now you need anti-virus anti-virus anti-virus.

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Brit balloon bod Bodnar circumnavigates planet

Jock in a Frock

Re: Boffin?

He's already a boffin:

http://www.leobodnar.com/

Sells USB controllers and components for hobbyists (model aircraft / flight sim controllers etc).

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Fiat Panda Cross: 'Interesting-looking' Multipla spawn hits UK

Jock in a Frock

Fugly.

Burn it! Burn it with fire!

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Military-grade bruiser: Getac F110 rugged tablet... is no iPad

Jock in a Frock

And...

... will it play Crysis ?

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El Reg nips down IKEA's 'I've Got A Screw Loose Street'

Jock in a Frock
Joke

I would laugh my nuts off...

... if the sign saying "I've got a screw loose" - !actually! had a screw loose.

Oh, the iron(monger)y!

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Watch Dogs: Eat, sleep, hack, repeat

Jock in a Frock

B+ from me

Playing on a PC, Core i5-3770 @3.1GH\, 8Gb, Radeon HD6770 card with 1Gb VRAM

Definitely a lot of fun, despite the niggles (uPlay, I'm looking at you!). Frame rate could be better. Mouse & Keyboard have been dumped in favour of an Xbox pad (driving with the keyboard & mouse was cr@p).

Looks gorgeous, facial animations and voice acting are sweet.

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Vodafone turns to EU, asks it to FORCE 'fair' fibre pricing

Jock in a Frock

From the horses mouth.....

I work for Vodafone as a commissioning engineer installing DWDM fibre products, and I am the Field technical prime engineer for the 4G backhaul network (from BT exchanges back into the Vodafone core). Previously I worked for Cable & Wireless.

What we are talking about here is the BT leased circuits from the 4G cell sites to the BT exchanges (where Vodafone then pick it up). These circuits pre-date the C&W acquisition, and were rated at 100Mbps for 3G networking. We are currently upgrading these cell site links to 1Gbps.

This is not about new fibre digs, it's about upgrading existing links to 1Gbps to cope with 4G demand. Despite acquiring the C&W fibre footprint, we are still dependent on BT (Openreach) for many cell site access circuits.

We are also network sharing with O2 to allow both companies to roll out 4G to as much of the country as quickly as possible. From the BT exchanges, we have multiple 10Gbps DWDM links into the core, which is a meshed 100Gbps MPLS data network, with connections into our own internet backbone.

Personally, I am on a 3G connection, and at home I have seen this improve. We are still upgrading 3G connectivity alongside the 4G rollout (the radio base stations are 3G & 4G simultaneously).

This is a mammoth task, please don't underestimate the size of this project, the money we are investing, and the focus this has within the company. This report looks like we are trying to get the best value for money in the spend with Openreach. I wouldn't expect any other customer to do any different.

So if that shameless plug for my employer doesn't get me a bonus this year, I don't know what will....

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BT befriends Google's lonely TV dongle – and saves YouView

Jock in a Frock

S'rAlan didn't make the boxes :-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/YouView#Set-top_boxes

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Nvidia unveils Pascal, its next-gen GPU with hella-fast interconnects and 3D packaging

Jock in a Frock
Joke

But...

... will it run Crysis?

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Ofcom says yes to sat broadband on PLANES (and trains and ships)

Jock in a Frock

Re: I wonder...

"I've had enough of these m&*%$rf&*%$ing trouser snakes on this m&*%$rf&*%$ing plane!"

(C) Samuel Jackson, 2006.

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Tech City UK boss legs it, dumps project in lap of BlackBerry exec

Jock in a Frock
Coat

A Roman walks into a bar...

... holds up two fingers, and says "five pints please, barman"

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Feds to flog off $28m in Bitcoin from Silk Road drug souk seizure

Jock in a Frock

Has he been convicted yet?

Are the Bitcoins actually his? Can the FBI legally sell them before a conviction?

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Mountain bike mishap man suffers SEVEN WEEK stiffie

Jock in a Frock
Coat

Re: How on earth...

He's a professional athlete, I presume a handstand is within his capabilities.

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Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

Jock in a Frock

Casio fan here....

I had an uncle (very clever chap), who recognised my knack for maths & computers, bought me my first calculator (basic arithmetic green VFD model, can't find it on t'web), and let me learn programming on his Sharp calculator.

Through my schooling I had a series of Casios (FX82, FX100, FX451 - loved the form factor of that one!). and got a Casio FX7000G for my FE studies.

My son is currently doing GCSE Maths, and I got him a Casio FX-83GT Plus (which his school not only recommend, but sell at a premium!). It's a lovely machine, a throwback to the classics of the '80s. I liked it so much I bought myself one, even though I have no real need of a calculator nowadays.

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

Jock in a Frock

I never made that connection until I read this article, Glad someone else sees the resemblance too. I guess BioWare also wanted a Big Trak.

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Nimble took a sueball to the knee, still rates itself with $1.2bn valuation

Jock in a Frock

I'm no expert on IPO's , hybrid arrays, or NetApp, but I've got to give you 5 stars for the Skyrim reference in the title. :)

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Britain’s forgotten first home computer pioneer: John Miller-Kirkpatrick

Jock in a Frock

RE: Telly Tax

No it doesn't, never did.

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Xbox One launch date REVEALED - and it's on the 360's birthday

Jock in a Frock

Work to do....

The work remaining to be done is most likely on the OS, and on the XBox Live back-end system. None of that work would require hardware changes.

The console demands a network connection on first power-up, no doubt to dowload last-minute patches to the OS etc.

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Give them a cold trouser blast and data centre bosses WILL dial up the juice

Jock in a Frock

This reminds me...

This reminds me of the town of Redditch, where the local council have installed a heat transfer system from the local crematorium to the swimming pool next door.

I always thought that a little cruel to the families of anyone being cremated who met their demise through drowning.

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Explicit shots: China's gorgeous flop-tastic Tianhe-2 supercomputer

Jock in a Frock

But..

...will it run Crysis ?

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Logitech launches MEGA-PRICEY 15-in-1 remote

Jock in a Frock

Re: Happy Harmony One owner here

The Sky+ box doesn't have a subscription, it's picking up FreeviewFromSky and piping it to the bedrooms.

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Jock in a Frock

Happy Harmony One owner here

I bought the Harmony one about 4 years ago and it languished in a drawer for a year because I couldn't get the software configured correctly. It's one of the worst apps I've ever seen (and I owned an HTC phone!)

After the warranty ran out I gave it another shot, and with the help of some guys on the Harmony forum, I finally got the hang of it. Now it's the only remote we use in the lounge for our modest setup (TV, XBox, Amp, Virgin V+, Sky+, media centre PC). I've had to simplify it as much as possible for my non-techie wife, but she sometimes struggles when the TV input mode gets out of sync. I blame Samsung for that as much as Logitech.

The new remote looks nice but it's vastly overpriced. These added functions should not cost much more than a Harmony One. How much does a Bluetooth chip add to the cost?

Logitech are feeling the pinch in the PC hardware downturn, but just overpricing their kit is a short-term measure and won't prevent them bleeding cash & customers in the next few years.

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Dell axes IT channel middlemen, installs Windows in the factory

Jock in a Frock
Stop

RE: Windows for Tills

"An error has occurred and your till must close. Mind your fingers....."

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Spooky action at a distance is faster than light

Jock in a Frock
WTF?

One word...

Dafuq ?????

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Bank whips out palm-recognition kit - and a severed hand won't work

Jock in a Frock
Happy

@ FanniM

Sounds like a chat up line to me.

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Canonical scraps in-person Ubuntu planning, heads for cloud

Jock in a Frock
Paris Hilton

Oh! the! irony!

This on the same day that Yahoo! is outlawing telecommuting :

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21588760

Paris - cos I'm going there on a work trip in 2 weeks.

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Ethernet at 40: Its daddy reveals its turbulent youth

Jock in a Frock

We're a bunch of bandwidth-hungry buggers now!

I've recently installed some 10GbE LAN-PHY rings for a client so their designers can use realtime CAD modelling tools between three sites in the Midlands. They are using this 10GbE directly to their workstations.

Hopefully they are hosting torrent files too......

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Jock in a Frock
Happy

Ah, sunny Cosham.

I work for a telco who supplies services to IBM North Harbour. Luckily I only worked onyour WAN links, so never had to work with Thicknet or TR. I do remember the banks & banks of patch panels there though. I thought they were mains cables the fist time I saw them.

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Office 2013 now available for some home users

Jock in a Frock
Thumb Up

HUP is a good initiative

My employer rolled out 2010 last year, and opened up the HUP offer at the same time. I took them up on it and got 2 licences for home use.

It's nice having exactly the same user interface on both my work laptop and my home PC.

I can't speak for 2013, and don't think my company are planning an upgrade.

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John McAfee rushed to hospital over heart attack fears

Jock in a Frock
Alert

Not surprised

I had a tour of the prison in Belize City in 1990, when I visited the British Army garrison there (it's a tour they gave to all squaddies posted out there). Absolutely shocking conditions. There was one inmate there who had both legs amputated. He told us that he had one leg when he was sent down, but lost the second leg after a knife fight in the prison.

Terrifying to think about a long stretch in there, no wonder McAfee had a heart attack.

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Virgin Media vid misery blamed on unnamed peering network

Jock in a Frock
FAIL

Nope!

Youtube still buffering here in Redditch.

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BOFH: Can't you just ... NO, I JUST CAN'T

Jock in a Frock
FAIL

I can see both sides of the coin

My company tie down the corporate image as much as possible, but have given the field engineers admin rights to install and maintain their own custom apps (to support our telecoms infrastructure).

They did install PGP Endpoint to prevent us writing to unencrypted USB sticks. This stopped us shifting code onto CF cards for our kit. Unfortunately they didn't prevent us un-installing PGP via the control panel, defeating the purpose....

They are considering a rollout of Win-7 on new laptops, and I hope they let us keep our existing XP ones for field use (off the corporate domain), and we'll maintaine them ourselves. Then they can tie down the Win-7 maches all they want.

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Sony turned off by CEA's 'Ultra HD' TV label

Jock in a Frock
Meh

Start saving, guys...

Cos I think 4K will be the price that early adpoters have to cough up.

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Slideshow: A History of Horror in 20 Scary Games

Jock in a Frock
Devil

Another oldie

Eye of the Beholder on the Amiga - pooped my pants more than once while blindly running through the catacombs.

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Everything Everywhere prices up UK 4G

Jock in a Frock

I have personally installed O2's 4G backhaul fibre transmission equipment (between their core switching sites) in Slough, Yate and Birmingham, and I will be involved in the same for Vodafone in the near future. I'm sure EE have installed similar, as the bandwidth demands for 4G are far too much for existing 3G backhaul networks to just swallow (although the core backhaul is the same technology - Layer 2 Ethernet switching over DWDM links).

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British car parks start reading number plates

Jock in a Frock
FAIL

Re: Not just in Chester

It was a bloke, he was in a car, and the barrier was not an automatic one - it was a large metal one which had not been secured open. A strong wind caught it and blew it into his car, killing him.

Asda were fined £225,000 plus costs for a H&S failure.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_east/7200678.stm

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Valve reiterates games hardware gambit

Jock in a Frock
Boffin

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Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control review

Jock in a Frock
FAIL

I'll stick with my Logitech Harmony One. After all, it's only taken me FOUR YEARS to learn how to program that properly! Curse you, Logitech, and your crappy software!

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