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Re: The patent
On the basis of what Wragge & Co (the law firm representing ASSIA) say about the patent BT were found to infringe (EP (UK) 1,869,790 filed in 2006), namely: "That patent describes a method of using a state transition matrix to decide how to choose the most desirable line profile in which to operate a DSL connection," I'm a little surprised that the patent was deemed valid, as State transition matrix's are a common approach to solving problems - whether it be in a digital camera, an engine management system, OSI protocols, etc.
If it were a US patent then we could all just say the USPTO simply accepted the argument "state transition matrix in a DSL connection" just as they give patents to things because they contain the magic words "xyz in a handheld computer/mobile device", but as it is an EU(UK) patent we expect higher levels of qualification, so we can only conclude that there is in fact more in the patent than the law firm's statement implies.
Re: this takes me back to the 70s
Yes this does seem like a re-invented and re-invigorated(?) HND.
Back in the 70's you basically had four degree choices:
Full-time degree - typically run a University (BSc).
Sandwich degree - typically run by Polytechnics (BSc/HND), but also offered by some Universities (BSc).
Day/block release - Available from polytechnics and FE colleges aimed at apprentices, resulting in an HND
Spare time - An OU degree (BSc)
But totally agree with you, investing in students and apprentices requires a level of confidence in their future from companies that seems to be in short supply these days.
Re: It’s not so long ago that...
We shouldn't forget the environment that BT, as owner of mmO2 operated in. There was much talk about BT's monopoly position in the fixed and mobile telecoms market and hence extending the regulatory constraints at the time. So BT got out of mobile focused on fixed line and allowed the duopoly restrictions lapse. Now the market has changed, it makes sense for them to once again become a full service telecoms provider without overt government interference.
Re: And who is the other MNO?
EE hasn't been officially confirmed, unless you know different - hence AC...
And who is the other MNO?
"We have received expressions of interest from shareholders in two UK mobile network operators, of which one is O2, about a possible transaction in which BT would acquire their UK mobile business,"
Re: More hmm...
It's a crap analogy but to humour you, in the UK the police need reasonable cause to pull you over
However, HMRC don't need reasonable cause to investigate your tax affairs. They can and do simply select a 'random' sample of tax payers who they investigate each year.
Re: I don't like Microsoft, BUT...
Reading the court submission, it is MS who are conducting this particular fishing expedition!
They are clearly worried about both the terms of reference of the IRS and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart &
Sullivan, LLP and what investigations it may have covered, which all seems to indicate there is something in the 2004~2009 tax returns that MS would rather not be discovered...
Re: Duct infrastructure
>What's the point of having duplicate infrastructure?
What is interesting is that I've not seen any third-parties getting into the new build business. Currently only BT (along with the other utility companies) provide developers with incentive to lay ducting: okay the developer has to do the legwork, but they do get re-imbursed. Can't see that it would be particularly difficult for a third-party to specify the provision of a second set of 'open access' ducting - in fact thinking of it I wonder why BT haven't started doing this themselves...
Re: "new memory related functions which are not fully compatible with Avast."
Without any insider info, I'd say it's an even split on whether Avast was using undocumented calls that the update changed, or if this was a genuine compatibility error between a low level program and the OS Software.
Definitely agree, given the statement "This Windows updates calls new memory related functions". There is a question as to when MS released information on these new memory functions to third-parties, as it could be argued that Avast was operating correctly and detected abnormal behaviour...
Re: Basically RACHEL with a update facility?
Whilst there are techological similarities to Rachel, the real difference is that Lantern intends to be a ready-to-use off-the-shelf platform and system and usable by normal people.
In some respects equivalent to the difference between Ubuntu and DIY Linux distribution; whilst I can give someone a Ubuntu LiveCD and be confident they can get it working, I cannot reasonably expect a non-expert to build a working distribution from all its component parts.
Presumably, some form of handshake takes place along the way so that duplicate data isn't downloaded from the transmission stream to the local cache.
There is no handshake with OTA updates to your Freeview set top box; the set top box knows only to commence an update of itself when it has received an update that satisfies the checksum requirements.
Obviously, the design of the boxes and service has to be such that it isn't dependent upon a box receiving every update correctly.
Re: This is not even a logical question.
For example, you are driving your family along a road at night. All of a sudden a similar group of people to yours has just emerged from a hidden path and is now, on foot, directly in front of you.
You omit another consideration from your solution. The unpredictable nature of the people in front of you. You can expect a group of people to do two things: jump forward or jump backwards (I'll ignore the clever clear thinker who jumps up on to your bonnet), by continuing to drive straight ahead you are both maximising your braking and increasing the chances of actually missing people, other than those who are frozen in your headlights.
Re: It won't take long for the lawyers...
Agree, the article omits an important part of the minefield: when the inevitable happens and two driverless cars crash, who is to blame and so picks up the bill?
Also with driverless cars I can't see insurance companies offering a no claims discount, only a discount for using a particular driver system...
Re: “As corporates buy apps and devices ...
Who says Microsoft won't play their usual games, and start adding features that are only available on Windows Phone to push people towards their solution?
Well if their stay focused on the Enterprise market, they might just start to implement the things enterprises need: AD, private cloud/Office 365, System Center etc.. Ie. the things that were obvious years back with early versions of the WIndows phone and Windows PDA's.
Blown your data allowance? You've heard of free wifi right?
Do you really want to sit in MacDonalds or similar whilst you try and transact approximately 1 GByte of data over their 1Mbps WiFi link? I think you might end up having to pay the long stay car parking fee...
Then the problem is your lack of connectivity and your data plan limit - not the patch size.
I point you at Microsoft's own minimum system requirements for Windows 8 say <http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-8/system-requirements> which only notes "Internet access (ISP fees might apply)" as an "Additional requirements to use certain features", but fails to give any sizing information for WUP. This can only be a major oversight by MS given that back in the late 90's there was a design edict to the effect that MS's websites must be usable over a 28.8 kbps dial-up, because of the wide variation in connection speeds its customers were achieving.
Only when MS specify a minimum Internet service level can it be claimed that the problem is the end user's.
Re: MS, please help me understand
"As a developer you should then be aware that it's pretty much impossible to release 100% bug free code, especially when your talking about something the size of Windows."
That may be so, but there is a big difference between bug free and insecure code; a professional programmer would be aware of this difference.
The worrying, but yet informative aspect of all the security announcements is just how much code in the supposedly brand new versions of Windows actually date back to at least XP/2003. Which given the seemingly common thread to many of the Windows exploits over the years, doesn't bode well for the quality of the various code inspections and reviews that must have occurred over the years.
Re: November Rollup
>the 700+mb one is the November rollup
I seem to remember with XP that size of update was called a Service Pack and would of been available on a CD, how times have changed, yet for many the speed of the Internet hasn't...
Re: This is Government refunding Government - nobody saves any money
Good comment Ben and agree suppliers will be restructuring bids and pricing to reflect the changes.
I think that things aren't quite as clear cut with respect to cloud services as the El Reg article makes out. Remember the government is running it's own cloud service, which by definition has been developed to satisfy the needs of government. Hence I anticipate that services hosted on gCloud will be reclaim the VAT, but services hosted on commercial clouds will not. Hence for example the UK Parliament in deciding to use Office 365 (an "off-the-shelf Internet 'Cloud' IT infrastructure) wouldn't be able to reclaim VAT, whereas another department using the 'bespoke' Office 365 for gCloud would be able to.
However, I'm unsure as to why this article is being published (with the angle it takes) as topical news at the present time. The draft guidance has been out for some months [see: http://www.bbvat.co.uk/vat-news/2014/8/5/hmrc-draft-cos-guidance.html ] and according to this source the guidance is unlikely to be finalised until 2015 [see: http://www.bbvat.co.uk/vat-news/2014/10/14/hfma-vat-technical-meeting-september-2014-vat-update.html ]
Re: This is what Microsoft is saying...
I think in your comment you touch on the real problem, people are getting confused in their thinking: Just because you can now carry around in your pocket a complete system with more GFLOPS than a CRAY-2, doesn't mean you would or could, necessarily use it to do the same tasks.
Yes we can now reliably and cheaply produce relatively powerful processing units that fit the shirt pocket, the challenge is in how to use them. For a "desktop" this can mean that the under the desk system box shrinks to such an extent it can be mounted on the back of the monitor or even slotted into a docking station so that the user can take it with them. But in all of this, the small size of the system doesn't change the basic use case, but it does enable new use cases.
Re: Desktop uses?
>With respect, a tablet with proper software and enough grunt could be just as good at photo-editing as a laptop, if not better.
Like the Dell XPS-18 say?
Re: Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose
>CAD can be run on a laptop
Yes but it depends upon what you are using it for, however, there are good reasons why technical drawings tend to be A0, A1 or A2...
Re: how many people have actually installed this?
>My personal experience is that it borked legitimate programs more often than it stopped bad stuff from happening to your computer.
I think things got better with EMET 4.1, certainly the out-of-the-box recommended profiles seem to work without problems (until this patch Tuesday). Its only real problem is that because EMET has been downplayed, creating profiles for other applications is largely a DIY hit-and-miss affair. But then if you are mainly running mainstream/popular applications the out-of-the-box profiles are probably sufficient.
But yes the bork reports and "your on your own" approach to profile building were certainly an disincentive to download and install.
According to MS forums this update applies to Windows 7 & 8.1 (I suspect if you have 8 you'll first be hit with the 8.1 update before you see this one).
Thanks Iansalot for the warning!
Edit: Done some more research, it seems currently you should only see this update if you've decided in the past to install the Win 10 tech preview...
Re: Money Talks
>In the UK it would probably have been via dividends.
No in the UK, like elsewhere I suspect, depending upon the amount, it would of been a combination of repayment of capital (ie. share buy back) and dividends. Enabling both company and shareholders to benefit from the differing taxation that applies to these two forms of payment.
Re: Activist Investors & Venture Captialists
>So the 200Million that the VC's took out of Phones4You didn't play a part in their path into Administration then?
This old chestnut, been here!
VC's in the main invest real money in growing businesses (unlike AI's), when a business deviates from the path, VC's will make a decision about their investment and its future potential and if necessary pull out before they loose their shirt. Hence I've been in businesses where the VC's have pulled the plug at the point where there was money in the bank, exactly as they did with Phones4You.
Yes it is galling to successfully deliver a contract and get paid, thinking that perhaps the business has gained a small breathing space, only to have the rug pulled by the VC's who've decided that they have better investment opportunities for their monies elsewhere...
The difference between VC's and AI's is that AI's tend to buy listed shares on the open market and hence the underlying company does not financially gain from their 'investment'.
Re: Vexatious Record Company ebarks on a legal fishing trip...
Agree content is very very thin. I see no reason why the terms "entrepreneur" and "record company" are being used, nor why no one is referring to the proceedings of the Munich court cases.
Not sure which blog post you're referring to as the link I gave is still live, as is the source article it refers to: http://www.offenenetze.de/2014/10/08/lg-muenchen-i-legt-frage-der-haftung-bei-offenen-wlans-dem-eugh-vor-volltext/ (Google may or may not translate this from German for you).
Vexatious Record Company ebarks on a legal fishing trip...
This article leaves out some key details, see: http://www.husovec.eu/2014/10/munich-court-asks-cjeu-about.html
From various reports it seems the record company's claims have yet to be proven and are using every means possible to change/clarify the law in its favour before the Munich court passes judgement...
Re: Windows 8.0->8.1->8.1u1->8.1u2 !!!
>Sigh. Windows 8.1 is a different O/S version to Windows 8.
That may be so, however MS are forcing the update of Win 8.0 to 8.1 (and Win RT to Win RT 8.1) through the release of KB3008273 (replaces KB2973544) via WUP. The effect of this update is if you have automatic updates enabled (ie. the recommended/default setting) and have previously installed KB2871389, which was released through WUP about a year back as a critical update, is to automatically force the upgrade your system to 8.1.
NB. Once update KB3008273 or KB2973544 starts executing, there is no published method of preventing the forced upgrade from happening...
Also the update process does not create Win8.1 recovery media, so if you do a factory reset, Win 8 will be reinstalled...
Windows 8.0->8.1->8.1u1->8.1u2 !!!
Can't be any worse than what MS have unleashed on it's Windows 8.0 user-base this last month or so...
Remember having to visit the MS store to download the circa 3.5GB 8.1 update?
Well MS in their wisdom have decided to force Win8. users to update, giving them effectively no warning and no way to abort, by including a couple of innocuous updates in the critical Win updates - the first released a year ago the second just recently. The effect of the second update discovering that the first update has been installed is to immediately commence the download of the 8.1 update - yep over any active network connection with no user notification. Then on completion give the user a maximum of 4 hours usage before their system is forceably updated (there is no "remind me later" option) via a reboot...
So MS expect you the user to drop whatever you are doing (it's not important), free up your diary and focus your attention on Microsoft. There is no opportunity to: Follow best practise and do a full backup (of a working system), just copy essential files to a USB drive. Ensure your system has uptodate OEM drivers etc. (you can't install them if it involves a reboot..) Once the waiting is over you hand your system over to Microsoft who then over several hours perform the magic of upgrading your system to Win8.1. If you are lucky the system will 'work' and be able to connect to a network and access the internet (not a given, particularly on a system for which the OEM doesn't list a Win8.1 compatible network driver). Because the next thing the system will do is to update Win8.1 to 8.1u1 and then 8.1u2 (another 600~800MB of downloads). If all goes well after 4~5 hours you'll have a 'working' system. Only you may not... Hyper-V isn't working (some reports indicate I need to reinstall the Bluetooth driver and probably some other drivers - another 60~150MB of downloads), all my printers aren't working (recommendation download latest drivers and reinstall - ~1GB of downloads). Given my first system was hit at 11am on Thursday (hopefully we've disabled WuP on all the other Win8.0 systems so these other systems can be updated in a more controlled and less stressful manner) and I'm still struggling to get the printers working (higher priority than Hyper-V), I suspect I might just have a working system in time for Patch Tuesday...
Given the tone of the posts in various MS and HP support forums, my problems and frustrations are not uncommon.
As an aside, I expect next months Statcounter and Netmarketshare figures to show the Win8.0 markeshare to have fallen off a cliff and Win8.1 marketshare to have received an "unexpected boost".
As a final observation, as luck would have it, the system had the latest version of Classic Shell, which survived the MS update intact, so no UI surprises!
Re: DAB radio, through the internet connection
I think you're getting confused and confusing others by the confused marketing of these 'DAB' apps.
It is obvious that the marketers of the 'DAB' app's are using our familiarity with "radio", "FM radio station frequencies" and "DAB" to present what their app does. However, the majority of the app's, as you say are wholly dependent upon the phone's data/internet connection, only one or two are capable of interfacing to a USB connected radio receiver and grabbing DAB signals out of the ether, and hence could be regarded as being equivalent to a phone's inbuilt FM radio receiver and app.
Re: "HTC’s most recent product was a camera without a viewfinder"
There have been reports of how it has many HTC like features, also part of the agreement between Apple and HTC of a year of so back, permitted Apple the use of HTC designs...
Re: Smartphones are the new featurephones
Re: Protectionism @AC
I wouldn't worry too much about the big US firms, they have been quite successful in increasing protecting the US home market from external competition and are currently lobbying hard (eg. TTIP) to ensure they can strong arm their way into external markets...
Re: "... Microsoft always had a reasonably good back end, "
>Just with no applications. Which is it's only significant problem.
Whilst those of us who like to install stuff on their phone this may be a problem, I wonder whether it really is a problem, given that many users simply use their smartphone for voice and messaging (MMS).
Re: Too late for me
> I couldn't find a Windows 7 laptop at all.
Not sure where you were looking, but Dell, Lenovo and HP among others list Win7 laptops, but you do have to select models from their "Business" ranges and then select the Win7 downgrade option when configuring your purchase... But then desirable devices such as the Dell XPS-18 only come with Win8.1...
But looking at the OSX ecosystem and specifically the combined OSX 10.10 Yosemite, iOS8 and iCloud (with iDrive) ecosystems, Apple's offering to SOHO businesses has certainly moved up a step.
Re: Not just MS_Win....
> I've decided not to 'upgrade' my Mac from 10.8.5
There are some nice features in 10.10 (Yosemite), however the upgrade isn't plain sailing, particularly if you want to avail yourself of the iCloud enhancements (basically all your attached devices need to be running iOS 8 and/or OSX 10.10, otherwise the device no longer connects to iCloud). Also some clients are discovering that due to changes it is best to export data from some third-party applications before upgrading and then re-import post upgrade...
I expect MS will give a year's notice for Win7 Pro when they finally release Win10 next year. This will be consistent with their practise with previous versions of Windows.
Interestingly Windows 8.0 also ended retail sales on 31-Oct-2014, so 8.1 is officially the only version you can now purchase over the counter without a system attached.
Given the status of 8.0 ie. move to 8.1 before Nov-2015 to remain supported, I suspect OEMs are simply clearing stock; which is probably fine if all you want to do is downgrade to Win7 Pro. but is irritating if you want a new system and wish to also avoid doing the 8.0 to 8.1 update yourself...
Re: The major problem with W2003
Yes, it does look like having successfully taken over the enterprise with WS2K3, XP and key business applications - such as AD, Exchange & Office, MS, rather than building on its success, is determined to antagonise and alienate its enterprise customers and users.
As for MS's Financials, the laugh is that these customers were, through the various volume licence agreements, already paying MS an annual licence fee regardless of which version of MS software they were using (a client is still paying MS annual licence fee's for the right to continue to use some NT and W2K server licences without support...)
Re: You'd hope for more from your MP
The full debate can be read here: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/whall/?id=2014-11-04a.171.0&s=internet
It seems El Reg has reduced the information content...
Re: I live on that estate
Given this is a new estate (ie. telecomms installation planned after 2010), well you have a number of considerations:
1. What is between the cabinet and your homes - this should be modern and, if BT did their design and specification job correctly, be ready for FTTP (via either tubing for blown fibre or mixed fibre and copper cored cable).
2. What is in your home. I suspect this is a copper only installation, as I doubt the builder will have paid any attention to PAS 2016:2010, since that would increase the build cost...
3. The second problem is the cabinet to exchange connection and the exchange itself. The question here is in which grouping in the BDUK project is your exchange and cabinet, because at a minimum BT are required to deliver a minimum of 2mbps to new build under the BDUK universal access provision.
I agree a big problem is that apart from Virgin, the other major operators basically piggyback on to the BT exchange through the LLU service. Bypassing the exchange and installing your own fibre cable is not for the faint hearted, particularly as you are unlikely to receive any funding from the BDUK project as I expect BT already hold the contract for your area...
It might be advisable to send solicitors letters to both BT and the developer as the absence of (2+ mbps) broadband should of been revealed at the time of sale...
Re: He cited a computer programmer who had reported that it took three days to download a program
>Apparently BT are willing to do FTTP on new developments, but builders aren't cooperating much so far since they don't get paid for it directly;
Be interested to know why the builders aren't cooperating, since BT does all the design and specification of the within-development telecomms infrastructure and re-imburses the builder. So there is is no real reason why the last mile shouldn't be fibre ready, particularly as laying fibre is as simple as laying twisted pair - given the use of cable containing both copper and plastic fibre...
However, the biggest problem I have in my house is that the builder didn't see fit to install a power socket anywhere near the master telecomm socket, making the installation of fibre broadband equipment problemmatic.
Re: Wifi is just plain bad for crowded venues
Suggest you take a close look at Meru's kit as I suspect they do make use of these features (and other proprietary and patented techniques that don't break 802.11) to enable a high density of AP's all using the same channels...
Re: Who would have thought it...
>so there is a volume you can anticipate...
As always with live events, you don't actually know if the technology will work until afterwards, particularly as the simplest way to test the network is to run an event, such as Web Summit, that is likely to push the technology.
It will be interesting to see if anything gets released about the actual causes of the outages. Comments I've seen have point to:
2. "unprecedented wifi density compared to similar European tech events."
Any one know who's kit is being used by RDS?
Re: What? Techies that don't have their own mobile data plan?
>You'd think that anyone interested in technology would have their own mobile data plan and a smartphone of their choosing. (JeffyPoooh)
The RDS is a conference venue, it offers a basic (1 mbps) free service to attendee's so they can check email etc. the Web Summit is an international gathering, so we can assume that a large number of the attendees are not from Ireland and hence would appreciate the free WiFi, particularly given the cost of roaming data...
Re: yeah communication hasn't been there best suit.
Agree in my area neither BT nor the local superfast broadband project gave out any information. The first 'indicator' we got as to when we were due to get FTTC was when the cabinet was installed. Having sat there for several months with no change in status, my assumption is that the cabinet became live just prior to a BT fibre optic broadband poster being stuck to it, as a check on BT's line checker reported the new service, a few weeks later the upgraded service became visible to third-parties such as Zen (who use the BT wholesale checker) and last week over three months later Sky are selling the service.
Interestingly, when the line first went live the maximum speed was quoted as being sub 40 Mbps, I see this morning BT et al are now quoting 72 Mbps.
So expect the "We can't provide a delivery date" status to suddenly change to "Live" without any great fan fare.
Re: The issue is that these business want business service but at consumer pricing.
Nothing wrong in wanting a business service at a cheaper price, there are many ISP's including BT who offer business DSL broadband services.
>Therefore they want you to buy their BTNet product
I think you are overlooking the fact FTTC isn't just for DSL broadband, it is also the basis for BTnet EFM and third-party NGA Ethernet leased line offerings. So if BT Openreach aren't deploying FTTC to cabinets that cover businesses, those businesses can't buy the BTNet products...
With FTTC you can reasonably expect to get 40~70 Mbps down and 20 Mbps up business DSL service for £25 pcm (Zen Unlimited Fibre 2 package), which is more than sufficient for many small businesses who only need internet access for email, browsing and increasingly access to cloud-based services. The broadly equivalent BTnet service would cost around £480+vat pcm. So the challenge is determining whether the differences are actually beneficial to the business and are worth the price premium being asked.
re: 5 miles from the centre of Cambridge in a brand-new development
Be interesting to know the key details of the BT Openreach telecomms installation that covers your development (ie. street cabinet to home) to see if BT really are planning ahead for FTTP and are either installing tubes for blown fibre or an actual fibre tail to each home. Informally, you may be able to speak to the BT guys when they open up the man holes or simply investigate the duct entering your house, but for the definitive answer just ask the developer.
I suspect you (and your neighbours) may have grounds for legal complaint, if relevant parts of your development were planned after the announcement in 2010 of the UK broadband project and commitment to an absolute minimum of 2Mb in new build...
As for digging up roads, I've noticed that various utilities are increasingly using cable moles.
Re: Sounds like a flaw in their data collection @DougS
A simple explanation for this sudden drop in XP combined with a rise in 8.1 is we are seeing the effects of the "Back to school", "uni", etc. system sales. Which would only show in the market share data in the month(s) following these system being used for real, namely after students return to their studies.
Given the nature of market share data, all it is telling us is that people are using non-XP systems more than previously; so we could concluded that students have simply stopped using mum and dad's ancient XP system since they now have a brand new laptop of their own, running 8.1.
This would also cover the projection you are making concerning the on-going decline of XP.
Re: My experience with this kind of tools...
I would tend to agree that MS are being a little daft here. So the visual tool has a limitation due to the way it generates stuff, so what? That is a common problem across all the rapid development tools I've used over the years. The key was to understand the limitation and work around it if necessary. So in the case of DB tools use the tools to facilitate prototyping and initial development then take the output and hand craft the necessary revisions to give the performance or scaling required.
Re: Thank you?
> "If the price we have to pay for massive adoption of Linux is to have it managed like Windows, then thanks, I don't want it."
Like others here (see the thread "The angle is not IT, its management") you don't get it. If Linux desktops are replace Windows desktops across the enterprise ie. put in to the hands of normal people, it needs to be managed, just like Windows is today.
Actually Linux, with it's licensing model is an probably ideal candidate for VDI, just like it is for cloud servers...
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