Re: Interesting point...
I asked the question on Thinkbroadband and amongst others got this reply.
Which sadly doesn't really help add clarity :)
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And if Openreach doesn't look after trunk routes then who does?
A good question. According to the Wikipedia article on BT Group it seems that it might be the little known 'BT Technology':
"Internal service unit:
BT Technology, Service & Operations – responsible for the innovation, design, test, build and running of BT’s global networks and systems"
Also from the relevant BT website:
"This year we upgraded our core IP network to handle record volumes of data traffic in the UK. Our IT reliability has improved for the fourth consecutive year and the operational reliability of our core voice and broadband network platforms has hit a five-year high."
Christmas presents are easy for me. Golf balls and golf gloves. Particularly the former - I keep misplacing them for some reason :-/
Even in the 1500s, England (the UK being a way off) needed to import hemp to keep the navy going.
But I bet at least they didn't blame Brexit for it.
In the UK automatics are more expensive to buy and generally use about 20% more fuel
The Honda Jazz claims to be more efficient:
Manual: 55.4 - 56.5 mpg
CVT: 57.6 - 61.4 mpg
But in my experience it's not the nuts and bolts that matters so much as the nut behind the wheel. Good acceleration sense and patience can save you more fuel than is lost through choice of transmission.
Given that VM (or even NTL as they were then) are fairly well known for not actually laying any fibre
Until recently, yes, but as mentioned in the article Project Lightning involves laying quite a lot of new fibre.
"Virgin Media will extend its unrivalled fibre-rich network to approximately four million additional premises over the next five years."
Not that I'm a fan of VM but I feel that the telecoms industry has too much hype already so I do try to be fair and impartial. I don't think it's fair any longer to accuse VM of never laying fibre. Sadly the downside for their existing customers is an increase in prices. I would imagine the only way VM could get £3b out of Liberty Global was by promising a good rate of return.
That's probably why the first time they made a profit was in the run up to the sale. I guess they had to prove to LG that it was possible to make money off cable services in the UK.
An option to increase the font size of the Omnibox would be nice. My poor ol' ageing eyes are struggling a bit with it now.
Just think of the stunning views when you are teeing off on the ninth.
At 530km diameter your drives would be impressive as well. Mind you it would a whole new issue around teeing off.
"You lost it, how - sliced? hooked?"
"Nah - it exceeded escape velocity".
Oh it's worse than that. Although they are keeping their cards close to their chest BT have indicated that at least initially their spangly new G.FAST units will be attached to existing FTTC cabinets. So they will be giving a speed boost to a subset of existing 'fibre' users rather than extending the reach of high-speed broadband.
That will also rule out this symmetric technology as good cross-talk mitigation is essential.
It raises doubts about whether this smart home tech is such a good idea.
Another case of a solution looking for a problem. I already have plenty of doubts about IoT. There's no market for giving me more.
(As it's the EU, I suspect the correct answer is; "Officially 1, but actually 2")
Don't be so narrow minded. It could be both.
Well what I meant about 'not quantifiable' is that it's harder for anyone to say what that difference is actually paying for. The CPs sure don't want to give anyone a breakdown. 100% profit from companies that aren't actually doing or providing anything that line rental is supposed to cover.
Amazing how they can get away with it really :-/
I don't have a problem with that if it brings the total package cost down.
If only it were that simple.
At one time line rental covered two things: Most of it covered the cost of the fleet of vans, engineers and all the spare parts and equipment needed to keep the local loop working. A much smaller part covered the voice service provision. Now if all that was to it then dropping the voice part ought to allow for a small reduction (I'd guess at £1 or £2 a month).
But it's not that simple. The amount openreach charges has been in decline. Unfortunately the CPs (the people we take the service from) have been adding their own charges to it, probably to cross subsidise other areas of their business. So consequently the line rental we pay now has an unquantifiable component. It is increasingly divorced from the simple reality of 'making sure your phone line is electrically sound'.
releasing 16TB of radio telescope transmissions drawn from the Allan Telescope Array to scrutiny on IBM’s cloud under SETI@IBMCloud.
Eh? I thought radio telescopes listened?
My wife attracts the crazies on public transport.
Where did you meet her?
I've been lucky not to be made redundant very often but in my second job the process was, frankly, horrific. It occurred back in the early 90s.
We worked in a long, narrow office (basically a corridor with cubicles on either side). We were all told to go home at 3pm and come back the next day when we'd find out who was going. The next day we got to work and then everyone was called up to the manager's office in turn. After a ten minute chat they got to walk back past us all either smiling or otherwise.
I think I waited over an hour before my turn came :-/
I still don't know if it was management sadism or stupidity but it's a memory I'll never forget. I feel entirely justified in saying that it was Pegasus Software that did it when they dumped their PegIX development team.
* My phone uses more battery during the day than my old one did.
Actually this is no longer true. The battery is holding the second charge very well. Even though I've now white-listed several apps as 'do not sleep' it's managing 10% a day discharge. My Neo had an extended 4600maH battery and discharged at around 12% per day so the S7 Edge is a lot better in that respect.
I got the new phone on Tuesday and I've only had to charge it twice. It was last charged Saturday night and is on 84% at the moment. Can't complain about that :)
To be fair (sorta) Android Marshmallow users will only experience sync issues if they enable power saving. But it does seem pretty silly that Calendar, Contacts sync and GMail are not white listed by default :-/
Do Vodafone still make you pay for a SureSignal?
Yes. £100 officially I think but I got them to knock £50 off because I was a new customer. It also consumes 10w in use so probably about £1 a month added to your leccy bill. Data transferred over it comes out of your allowance as well, although of course most phones will be on wifi when in range so probably less of an issue.
I've ditched mine as of this weekend. SS doesn't support 4G and after all the faffing around and talking with support it turns out that's why my phone has been ignoring it. Not that their support knew. Me and another guy on their forums guessed at that explanation at the same time Sunday morning. If I disabled 4G it connected immediately. Luckily the recent mast upgrades do seem to mean that I'm now in an adequate signal area anyway. And I also now have wifi calling to fall back on.
It's like making backups: sound advice is rarely followed.
But to be fair I earned a living over fifteen years off the back of people not having adequate backups. Every cloud etc.
Are you using the same number and the same SIM? I recently moved to a new phone and needed a new SIM. SureSignal didn't work with the new phone.
Yah, that's what I've now been advised but apparently it's best to leave a 24 hour gap between de-registering and re-registering.
Ironically the main reason I upgraded was to get wifi calling as an alternative to the SS because my previous phone couldn't always be bothered to switch to the SS. What I've now found is that although I have wifi calling enabled the S7 Edge considers 1 signal bar to be perfectly adequate. So either wifi calling isn't working or else it only works in total no signal areas :(
I've also found that it might be battery optimisation causing the syncing and notification issues. So I've removed a few of the affected apps from battery optimisation so maybe that will fix them. Of course that will probably increase battery drain a bit more.
Ain't technology marvellous. I upgraded my phone this week. Went from a Samsung S3 Neo to a Samsung S7 Edge. It's not been entirely smooth sailing:
* I had to wait over an hour to activate the new SIM because Vodafone's systems were down on Tuesday afternoon supposedly for maintenance.
* My SureSignal 3 still steadfastly refuses to allow my S7 Edge to connect to it.
* My phone is incapable of notifying me of anything other than SMS and calls. Email arriving? Apparently that's no longer worthy of note. In fact Google Mail won't even let me refresh it. Good job I never use gmail for anything important.
* Google Calendar can't sync. It will be back shortly(*).
Apparently the notification issue is something to do with the power saving features of Android 6.0.1. Oh I forgot another issue:
* My phone uses more battery during the day than my old one did.
(*)Don't call me Shortly.
I've often wondered why .me.uk isn't cheaper. Looking around now it seems to be the same price as .co.uk and .org.uk. I suppose it's an improvement on when I first registered my domain. Back then (shortly after introduction) it was cheaper to register a .com :-/
Is it an attempt to avoid companies registering it? Surely the answer there is just to police it better.
On the plus side at least now VM is making a profit.
To be fair to Vodafone (harrumph) I got a text today saying that Wifi calling was active on my account. The missing menu option appeared and now it's activated.
Crappy Vodafone service is still a thing though.
Today I took delivery of a new S7 Edge. First-off I had to wait over two hours this afternoon to activate the new SIM card because their systems were down for maintenance. No web site, no live chat. Got through to someone on the phone and they said they couldn't help and I'd just have to wait until their systems came back up. Secondly it turns out that you can't enable Wifi calling because a recent update has removed the menu option. Latest word is that Vodafone are hoping it will come back with the next update.
Meanwhile I'm waiting for my Sure Signal to accept the new SIM. Apparently I have little choice but to wait. Some people have had success by removing the phone from the whitelist and adding it back but I can't do that because my number is the 'owner'.
Their anti cold calling sounds good..but right now my phone is so borderline useless that I don't need special blocking technology :-/
Of course, the IPv4 legacy will be around for many years.
Certainly will in Blighty where all but one of our biggest ISPs do not yet fully (or at all) support IPv6. Last I heard of the 'big six' only Sky was getting close to complete with their roll out. BT might be complete in early 2017. TT I don't think has current plans. Plusnet appears not to have current plans.
NAT will not prevent your ISP, or anyone who can strongarm them, from making connections to any of your LAN machines.
But even if you have a router that does that it still excludes 99% of miscreants on the WAN side and therefore still provides significant security benefits. If someone has strong-armed my ISP to that extent all bets are off anyway.
Of course NAT on its own is not enough but NAT+<firewall> is still (IMO) more secure than <firewall> on its own.
when in fact your ISP (or anyone who can strongarm them) can easily connect to your LAN machines, even with a NATing router in the path.
Rubbish. Even if you know my public IP address there's nothing you or anyone else can do to initiate an inbound connection to my PC. Even if I told you its IP address you'd still not be able to target it.
A firewall could conceivably fail to block a new incoming connection to a LAN address. It's easy to imagine how a simple bug could let that happen. It is hard to imagine how a bug in NAT could result in an incoming connection request actually getting routed to a machine on the LAN.
Now of course there are plenty of other things that NAT alone can't protect you against but NAT+<firewall> is more secure than just <firewall> alone.
And no, I've not had any problems with games consoles. A friend has had but that's down to network fragmentation and Sony. Been doing a lot of things at home over NAT for over a decade. Ain't never caused me any problems.
Otherwise, bugger off.
But...but..NAT is the work of the Deviiiil! It breaks the internet. Just because every application you've ever used at home has worked just fine and just because it inherently improves your security is no excuse.
We who own the internet don't like it. You should listen to us. Most of us have beards.
"Getting Windows ready. Don't turn off your computer"
Corporations are people too. Except they can't die or go to gaol for their crimes...
..or be taxed.
Two hours of downtime during the six months we've been using Azure to host our product. Seems pretty reasonable to me. We don't need perfection and I doubt a team our size could set up and maintain the system we have using our own hardware. Our IT guy can barely keep up with office needs, let alone maintain a growing server farm.
Anytime we need a new machine (to scale up or just for some devops work) it only takes ten minutes. Spin up half a dozen for a test, kill 'em off a day later.
A couple of hours downtime..meh. Our client's work got backed up for a while then went through. No biggie.
Trouble is it seems to be affecting other services which are not in preview. Things seem to be coming back now though.
Get-ErrorFromTeacher -messageText "WRONG" -outputType Shouting -directInto Ear -distance TooCloseForComfort
You're going to get flamed over those puns.
Yeah, fair comment about the nomenclature, guys. Guilty as charged. I used to develop data recovery software (I was the file system expert ironically) so I do know better. I tried to stick with the program but I'm a Windows developer and no longer in the data recovery field. Just run of the mill consumer stuff. So I've had to give in. Too many meetings where people are talking about folders. Too much documentation (and code) I have to write and share with people.
Please forgive me - we all have to earn a living :)
I once wrote a Unix emulator in Amstrad BASIC. I even gave it a version of troff and email. The disk subsystem was derived from CP/M so I had to emulate folders using user areas. Luckily the CPC allowed you to select up to 255 areas so it was quite effective.
It didn't really do multi-tasking but you could set up an alarm that 'rang' at a future time.
33 million - ouch.
Clear text - WT bloody F?
Hopefully this will eliminate the wrong turnings due to Google Maps’ erroneous audio guide that frequently yet inaccurately tells me to “turn left” when I should “turn right” (and vice-versa) regardless of what the street map itself indicates on-screen.
So I'm not the only one? Most of the time I use it in pedestrian mode the arrow points the wrong way.
Mind you it was weird using it around Hanwell Fields in Banbury because some of the pedestrian snickets have names. Somehow that made it seem more personal.
Yes to VM. And it does sound like INCA would be happy to do that. I think what we want is all infrastructure providers offering a wholesale service. Open the market up properly like the National Grid does for power.
And of course to ensure customer choice INCA members will all agree to provide a wholesale service so that other Communication Providers can compete with the fibre owner and sell alternative services over it.
Just like BT has to.
This is a serious suggestion. If INCA really intends to move out of the niche market and compete nationally (especially if it expects to get government funding) it will have to provide a wholesale product. All CPs (including BT retail) will have to be given the opportunity to sell services over the fibre on a level playing field.
I'm pretty sure that's what locked these altnets out of BDUK. It destroyed the RoI.
I must be leading a charmed life. My TBB monitor only shows a short outage at 12pm.
Your assumption is unsafe. Many appliances required physical changes to be converted from coal gas to natural gas
Well okay, yes, from a technical perspective. But what I meant was what difference did it make to the consumer? The only difference you've pointed out so far is that changing is a pain in the arse so actually I might rather you leave my supply alone.
My house would be as warm in winter on coal gas as it is on natural gas. Thus there is no pressure from me on my supplier to change and maybe even some resistance to it. However if my internet connection is out of date it damn' sure impacts my life and there would be considerable pressure from me if I was still stuck on an analogue modem.
So I don't see them as comparable roll-outs.
One difference between mains and coal gas is that gas is fungible. If I was still being piped coal gas it probably wouldn't matter (I don't know - I'm assuming that my boiler would burn either without any difference).
But if I was still using my 56k USR Robotics box while waiting for BT to finish rolling out FTTP that would definitely matter.
"So with an engineering team 19 times bigger at Openreach, in four years working at the same rate they would passed 855,000 premises with FTTH, or if they had started in 2009 we would have 1.5 million FTTH premises passed. Of course to scale this up to a roll-out that matches the VDSL2 footprint of 23 to 24 million premises, it is not a simple multiplier as the number busy dealing with existing copper issues will remain static, so lets assume around half the Openreach staff are involved in the FTTH roll-out and the rest are doing the usual faults and installs. Scaling this up Openreach would need an extra 130,000 staff with an annual wage bill of £2.6 billion to have kept pace (Openreach engineer starting salary is in the £19,000 to £21,000 region, and we have ignored the extra costs of training, fleet vehicles etc for this simple projection)."
Did you read the bit about legacy systems? It's not just software he's talking about. 90% of BT's physical telephony network is legacy. That's a helluva lot of copper that's already in place and proving to still be at least quite useful to most people.
BT can't just wave a magic wand and replace their copper with fibre overnight. It's been calculated by another web site that it would take at least ten years even if the entire country dedicated itself to the task. It's not even just about money. We simply don't have enough telecoms engineers at the moment. Not even if we could rely on immigrants. We'd have to undertake a massive training and recruitment drive. Universities would have to be on board to ensure we have enough courses. Schools would probably have to be on board to encourage students to take that career path.
During the FTTP roll-out you'd probably see no further development of BT's network. Probably even worse standards of repair and longer lead times for new installations. The site that ran some numbers implied that if BT had gone that route instead of DSL back in the late 90s they still wouldn't have finished and those of you currently unlucky enough to be on crappy ADSL would still be on analogue modems.
And you know all those telecoms engineers? I think the site reckoned on 40,000 eventually being required. That's great. But what do you do with those after the ten years are up? Fibre needs less maintenance than copper. So now you have maybe 30,000+ telecoms engineers out of work. Universities laying off hundreds of lecturers and mothballing class rooms.
I don't agree with all that BT does or has done (their proposal for G.FAST still annoys me) but you cannot just ignore the existing local loop nor the huge effort that would be required to replace it with fibre.
The biggest mistake I see is that BT wasn't forced/didn't choose to go FTTP on new builds a decade ago. A few apparently were done but in such a crappy way that copper overlays had to be added to provide the residents with ADSL. Madness!