154 posts • joined Thursday 10th June 2010 09:50 GMT
So far they've deployed 4G in areas with good signal levels, where generally amplifiers are not needed. When they deploy in fringe areas away from main transmitters, that's when they'll find problems. As the signals are inside what has been the UHF TV band, it's in the pass band, even ones that are TETRA proofed. Pity the poor folk getting a free filter, but then it needs to be fitted between the antenna and the masthead amp at considerable cost.
At least I've only 3 Windows machines to deal with, all the rest seem to manage this one their own ;)
It'll mean I get a pint off the lass for sorting the nag screens out for the updates anyway.
Another evening whittled away doing updates, at least it's not warm and sunny. I wouldn't mind all these updates, but if they didn't come all at once like no 72 buses.
If only they had some way of managing the updates. Wait a minute, there's a penguin pecking at my ankle.......
Not clever enough
Even as office phones go, the IP ones we were "upgraded" to a couple of year ago were less than appreciated. One missing feature is an adjustment for mic level, as it's always appallingly quiet and the noise cancelling facility does a good job in blocking everything else. Well placed piece of PVC tape solves this to a point.
Not helping either is the connection to the Cloudy CRM that fails to provide any call information at all, or kills the whole screenful of information you've typed in during a call. We hope you're reading this S****force !
I'd prefer a Heil Audio headset, so I could actually hear some callers, and a decent level of DSP (user adjustable) would help.
Go get me two cans and a bit of string.
Rolling development project
Just think of the Linux Kernel as exactly that. At least the new support will get tested by its peers (ie us in the IT world) and it's documented as to problems and tweaks to get it to work better than previous versions. It'll never be perfect, but at least its open development community keeps it, well, open. In contrast to maybe using paying customers to effectively beta test your products.
Also consider that although you may think Linux is somewhat fragmented, as it's the choice you can have in its configuration, it does have the edge IMHO in innovation terms.
I could only see an advantage if they would offer me a much reduced bill for limiting my maximum load, but I doubt if this would ever happen. Commercial tariffs have been based on maximum demand but maybe they move towards doing this with domestic customers. Do I really need an 80A supply? Surely if I were to only have one limited at 40A they need less copper (or aluminium) in the ground, fewer power stations, smaller distribution transformers etc. However, unless they're going to downgrade the local supply, which isn't going to happen in the near future, the infrastructure locally is already in place.
I have known farm cottages with a mere 30A supply, and that really does mess things up if you put the kettle on at the same time the washing machine decides to heat up the water.
I think the phrase "over my dead body" comes to mind.
Follow the money?
Whatever provider you use is quite happy to take the money off you, which seems to be the weakness of the "premium rate" system. It's not necessarily taking your card details, it may just be raiding your account or nabbing the PAYG credit. For some reason is they're quite happy to keep doing this, so they'll make you jump through hoops to try to get your money back. As used by scammers for a long time.
The solution would be an opt-in approach, but this would of course affect the revenue flow, so it 'aint going to happen in a hurry is it?
Clinging onto life
I'm sure some of us have XP machines living on simply because they are still able to do the job they were bought for years ago. Mine lives on as print server and interface to the radio kit that's attached to it. Depending on the circumstances it'll either get retired, knocked off the network to become a stand alone machine or get some version on Linux installed on it. A couple of years ago it had its memory maxed up. I suppose I've had my moneysworth out of it then.
Thing is I've already eyed up its likely replacement, so there may be an RPi as print server, the SDR stuff will be used with the W7 laptop and something fairly simple to interface the radio with. None of these are likely to have W8 in them.
So suppose someone who the gov's been trying to get out of the country can only claim on line, but is banned from using the net due to a court order, then his money will dry up. Possibly he'd then have to sling his hook himself then?
Sitting on the cash
"BT has inked a deal to roll out fibre broadband in Lincolnshire, scooping up yet more cash from the British government." What this means is after getting the cash they'll delay doing anything for as long as possible for accounting reasons, before grudgingly going ahead with rather less than was originally "promised" cos all the prices have gone up.
If it's ARMless it'll be dead in the water
Not much of a mention of what the processor support is here. I suppose if they leave ARM out they will find a lot of the Embedded guys (and gals) brushing it aside and using another platform such as Android. Seriously thinking that possibly M$ has lost the will to live.
Sneaking in with the Raspberry Pi
I'd say that Debian has sneaked here in the guise of Raspbian. That's a million computers that will never run Windows sold, and to a lot of people who didn't know Linux existed before that as well.
Making me sure to turn "auto updates" off then
Would it be fair to expect that the usual hype is to be ignored? It sounds very much like their idea of the internet experience is not one I'd like. My opinion of IE9 is "why did they bother" and no doubt of IE10 will be "why should I risk taking on this when I can use something else I'm used to?"
Off the net
May I suggest they are in cells with no electricity, might give a further disincentive to cable magpies?
Note to Microsoft
For Windows 9, make the browser (which won't be called Internet Explorer no doubt) and application and not parasitically linked to the operating system, like it should have been since the end of Windows 98 a few years ago. Give the users a real choice, that is if you opt to not have it, none of its elements remain even in the registry.
Whereas open source browsers do have security issues, I would contend they are sorted out more efficiently ie quicker. Just remember that IE is just a piece of free bundled software with support from its vendor related to what you paid for it.
Re: EE Sucks
South Bank yes - near Teeside University, Thornaby on Tees?
Re: setting a worrying precedent?
Sounds a bit like Winston's job in that George Orwell novel. Maybe the "Ministry of Truth" isn't a work of fiction after all.
Re: The real reason
Xandros was somewhat a turkey for me, my original 701 had it ditched after a few weeks in place of EEEbuntu, which was good whilst it lasted. My upgrade to a 901 was an improvement, the size meant you could use it on public transport sensibly using their free wifi. Storage was never really an issue - use SD card and work is transferable between desktop and portable. Likewise just how much music/pictures/video are you going to store on them?
I suspect the M$ turned the screws on the manufacturers to kill them off. Tablets aren't a replacement, they're not as practical as a netbook, a small keyboard is better than none. Currently using 12.04 with Unity desktop on it, it's much better than the W7 "severely limited" edition one of my firends has on his netbook.
Netbooks will be sorely missed.
Re: That's very unfair of you.
I'd suggest Libre Office might be a bit of an overkill really - Abiword and Gnumeric I would suggest as more appropriate.
First suggestion is get a different browser from Midori, it seriously drove me up the wall, but installing Network Manager and Synaptic Package manager might just find you not needing to use the Pi Shop at all.
It's on a main road, the A684, so it's not that sleepy. It's also adjacent to a railway line, abeit the Wensleydale Railway, and there was the possibility a few years ago that it could have gained a nice fibre optic cable laid along it form A.N.Other broadband provider (*not Outer-Reach). So it's not actually that far away.
What do you expect for free?
Given that most of the attack vectors seem to be through software nothing to do with M$, it's what I'd expect. Also, as a lot of the "paid for" products seem to hold you to ransom after the initial subscription* runs out and deeply embed themselves in so they are hard to root out, it's enough to drive you elsewhere.
*Year 1 is a special deal, we'll tighten the screws for next year!
More of Panasonic is the bits to make things end of the market rather than the finished product. It's the general downturn in electronics that's been the problem. Panasonic components are in many other items, however they are still developing new products and technologies - if that stops it's usually the death knell for a company.
Re: Back in reality
Security by obscurity. To stop your minions doing a crafty swop of the batteries for home, use some obscure brand such as the "industrial" versions of the well known brands, they'll probably save money as well.
Definitely object based, words for various toys are understood well by my hound (a collie) but "rabbit" seems to be understood not as an object but as a command to chase small furry animals. Mind you, a few years ago when the outlaws were about, my previous one picked up commands in Chinese, even when the command "sit"* had different meanings depending on who gave them.
*As in place posterior on ground or eat.
Maybe the phrase "safety critical" is the phrase being sought. I'd question the 2.4GHz band's status of being for ISM as well, with WiFi, Bluetooth and Zigbee (however rare that is) shoe-horned in there it should have been a no brainer. It's only the RF modules they need to change, it's not as if you have to redesign the whole lot.
Re: @ Dave Bell
Yes but there is a threshold below which the 1's and 0's can't be made into anything. So decent signal strength and data quality counted with the weaker signals. It showed up just how bad a lot of people's coax had become over the usually 30+ years it had been exposed to the weather.
Not releasing untested, unsecure and functionally deficient software? Come on, what are beta testers, sorry, end users for?
They should be commended for holding things back rather than just keeping chucking unfinished work out? No that any other software company would do this to anyone would they?
Acrobat Reader Lite
Hello Adobe, could we have a "lite" version of the reader that doesn't have all the bloat that seems to be the security issue? If it hadn't grown like Topsy over the years possibly these problems would be fewer and far between.
It's what they call a mature market, they're in the Pay-TV market and if you've no cable option then they're the monopoly supplier. There's no real reason for there to be a vast influx of new customers, in fact I would suspect that their customer base will stagnate in numbers, although there will always be some churn depending on their latest gimmick/
"immersive and effortless"
Translates as a ruddy nuisance. We just want to be able to turn it off, or do we just do the default manner of having a user account you can switch to that doesn't work.
Re: "not be permitted to even touch their mobile phones while their car engine is running"
It seems that the law can't decide just how much degree of control is needed. You can be stationary, out of gear, with the handbrake on without the engine running and you're legal. Start the engine and you're breaking the law, even though you couild argue that you have exactly the same degree of being in control. In this case the law is a small horselike beat of burden.
It may of course fall into the "zero enforcement" zone, unless of course they decide to tag it on as an excuse. Police resources over here are stretched - they don't do "routine stops" any more other than to make their quota up for the week.
Could we try the same here?
If their maps show the Falkland Islands as the Malvinas, whip their iThing off them!
Just 'cos we say so
I see this more a question of denying a service to someone without there being a recourse to law. If they do have evidence of illegal activity then it would be correct for to present this to a court of law, not to just accuse and then force ISPs to remove their service. I would hope that this idea gets binned by the ISP's, and the MAFIAA get a suitable reply from their own legal eagles.
Farnell and RS are distributing the final product, and have largely been responsible for bankrolling the first production. It's their retail side that doesn't make much, if any, money on it. As for suppliers, well when you're dealing with the production quantities of parts, having a foot in the supplier's pen does help.
Not my obvious choice
We're still landed with it - I can't say my experience of IE10 is a good one. I am only "forced" to use it as some websites throw a wobbly with FF, and I've never trusted Chrome. My opinion is that a lot of the improvements have made it even worse, it is annoying and still difficult to configure for the average user.
I'll be snowed in at home, and they'll be no decent HF DX due to the low sunspot count. Never mind, snow cover, good ground conductivity, I'll have to concentrate on 40m then.
Re: Correlation and Causation?
There has been research into the interaction of the solar wind onto the upper atmosphere, that it tends to warm it up by causing the atmosphere to be more turbulent. Look at the Maunder Minimum, and although solar output may vary it's not by much, there's still a lot of research going on. It seems awfully coincidental that a lot of the coldest winters have occurred at sunspot minimums, and that we had a long cold spell, as mentioned, when the spots dried up. Spots may be good for us!
Slow broadband - it did say up to, they never specified a minimum, so tough luck.
Unlimited - in our dictionary it means "up to we think is too much", no without actual limits.
I am sure there are more out there.
Re: Even if notching sorts the amateur radio folks
So in a while when data rate go up, they hit FM broadcasting, Air Traffic Control, PMR, DAB and finally they cause problems with DTT. Then it'll be noticed, but possibly too late.
When the ram's out with the raddle waistcoat in the autumn the system will go mad! Raised heartrates indeed.
Good to hear it has landed safely, fingers crossed all the rest of the mission goes well.
Pint- because they deserve it.
It is likely that the rabies infection had become "attenuated" to some degree whilst in the bat, the same sort of process used in vaccination.
Since the demise of satellite broadband, some of these areas lost out on a connection completely. Others that had initially had their own provision lost it when a certain large telecom company pulled the rug out from under them by bringing in ADSL to villages. However I have friends 14km of wet string from the exchange and their chance of getting broadband is basically nil - the population/subscriber density is too low for it to be economic.
Saying that, I'm 2km from an exchange and can't get broadband at all, nay they tried to get POTS working for 3 months and finally gave me my line rental back. Oh the delights of living in a "notspot"!
More concerned with the reduction of the supply side
Forget the "dash for gas", but a fair proportion of our electricity generation plant is getting long in the tooth and there's no real plan to replace it from the suppliers. Could be a new industry doing domestic UPS systems for the future power cuts. The drop in demand will nicely mask the reduction of capacity until we have a nice cold spell, cloudy and little wind, and then the lights will start to go out.
Fireplace - heating system of the future!
Re: Tis all a bunch of BS
Of course how can we possibly find out what we are violating if we don't actually know what's below the bonnet? If perhaps they released which bits of code/ideas/magic smoke are being infringed then the Linux community would avoid treading on those bit and remove them. I do however suspect that it may go the other way round quite badly - would a trawl through the M$ kernel reveal any bits that have been snaffled from Linux or BSD perhaps, ones under the GNU licence.
Did they really do this? They used a trained sheepdog, that has been taught to herd them into a group. No if they'd used any old dog, it would have done a good job of just scattering them. Perhaps they'd like to repeat the test over here, I will give them the selection of bad tempered rare breed tups (rams) that enjoy (or not) their summer away from the ewes here. They are sort of the ovine equivalent of pit bulls, known to chase dogs, shearers and especially anyone armed with the wormer dosing gun.
If they used Herdwicks, they see the dog coming from half a mile away and hoof it, that's why Cumbrian collies have to be ruddy fast, or know how to sneak up on the wooly backed maggots.