189 posts • joined 10 Jun 2010
Can I quietly end it all?
So if I rush off and buy a W8 machine the first thing it'll do after starting (and maybe several hours of chewing through, multiple reboots) is to then download a gi-normous patch, get my broadband to crawl to a halt, and then mess everything else I might have done between starting the new machine and it deciding to update?
Maybe my ex-XP* machine will stay in action until enough of the caps on the mother board have died and then I'll just give up and just use Raspberry Pi's or something on a one machine per task basis. I have a Windows 7 machine, but just how long will it be before they drop this, but then I have tested it booting into Mint and I could live with that.
XP will live on as a VM here for some time here. However if your supplier delivers you a product that requires major changes before you can actually use it, I would say that they've messed up.
Maybe M$ ought to introduce a scaleable product range that doesn't require bleeding edge hardware, but I suspect it's beyond them, they've gone too far.
*I couldn't make my mind up between Mint and Xubuntu so I've got dual boot.
Re: Dynamic range
At least analogue doesn't go all bitty at the bottom end of the dynamic range, it just goes into the noise. Note how these are "classic" recordings as I suspect the use of compression in more recent ones destroy the ambiance and dynamic range anyway.
Maximum Demand Tariff
Commercial services get charged on their maximum demand, chances are they have a peak reading VA meter on the premises, which should be periodically reset. One would suggest that no-one has bothered reading this device.
Re: BT for me,
I'm like you, have a BT customer number, but they never got round to activating the phone line. After 3 months of being passed from pillar to post I actually got my money back off them. So you can be a customer without getting anything.
Wonder if we'd have had F-layer propagation up into the VHF region, would have made reception interesting (and a chance of getting a few new records made on 2m ! )
Murdock sorted, now Mr Shuttleworth
Hmm. I seem to have an Ubuntu One shortcut on my desktop. Oh confusion!
It's not phone calls, it's data
They really charge silly money for data, and with scare stories of paying hundreds of pounds to update Twitbook or Facer (or something), no wonder it gets switched off. Also if you get one of those "updates" that could also kill your wallet. Hence smartphone stays off.
After the Scots have decided to go their own way, shortly afterwards the rest of England will vote to change London into its own entity similar to Monaco, and put up a border fence round the M25, to allow the rest of the country to get on without interference, we'll be able to avoid those sites based inside there won't we?
Barcelona or Nuremberg? No choice here, being dispatched by work, so Nuremberg it is. Might even get to see this if I can unshackle myself from our own stand.
Beer - might be able to get one of those in Germany.
Apparantly they'd like my email address, and offer a bribe of 100 tea lights. Come on, I'm not that cheap.
Alas the meatbag end of the system wouldn't notice any difference at this end. My peepers just about make standard HD not beyond.
However with silly bandwidth required for possible transmissions, we could just go back to having 5 terrestrial channels again.
It could be simply
That such as Twitter and Farcebook are but mere blips that vanish in the night like other sites we remember used to be popular and have gone into oblivion.
Mine's the one with the long scarf and keys to the blue box.
Re: Top of the world Ma...
Not that we'd give anyone any ideas.
Femtocell - Capture the IMEI numbers of the phones and the SIM number. Check with networks to see if they are used anywhere else. If not then kill both off from the network.
Re: Still working
I did replace the internal rechargeable batteries a while back, but still going strong.
Picked up on why I took up photography, no good at art. Borrowed SLR for school trip to Lakes whilst my 35mm compact was being repaired and never really looked back. Still have an Yashica FR1 at home.
I suppose as a lot of takeaway food outlets now let you order through a website or mobile phone app then maybe these will be added in. Just as betting shops and Chondrichthic* loan companies are identified as "financial services"
*Great White, Hammerhead etc, large predatory fish etc.
Re: Gah! It's turning into the bloody Daily Mail here.
No, the Yorkshire Post is far more effective, one good clout and it's spinning a heavenly web.
Quite and easy one really
5G goes where 2G used to be in time. No extra allocations, less messing about and they don't have to even change the antennas. Why we'd expect to see four generations of tech running at the same time is a question I'd like to ask. How about the alternative - keep 2G as fallback and slowly morph the 3G networks to 5G.
Of course OFCOM would like to get lots of moola selling off another bit of spectrum, and neither of the suggestions above would do that.
Less than impressed
These data cloud things, where all you business's commercially confidential information is held "somewhere". Might it be just a bit too much of a temptation for some (Un-named US Security Agency) to go rifling through it for anything that might help (Unspecified US business) allegedly in security interests?
Can't say what internal business apps we wouldn't want them to have a play with, but there's just that slight danger that someone might just walk off with one to a competitor that's all.
Re: As other users have said..
Giving lat/long or even NGR is not a lot of use unless whoever is on the other end of the phone can actually deal with it. We have a record of talking to the operator on the other end of the phone, telling them to click the little down arrow on their screen next to the box marked "postcode" to allow them to stretch to changing the parameter to NGR, then they could do something with it. Un-named ambulance service covering National Park then decided to call out the Air Ambulance, as it must have been half a mile from a drivable road.
Is this really a plan to release the 2G spectrum for something else? Some super duper mobile internet thingy or mobile TV or...? 4G has started but unless you start to get everybody, including those who just want a mobile phone to make calls and do SMS, up to 3 or 4G then you'll be stuck paying up as much as OFCOM can get away with. All part of the market, and 2G is pretty captive.
You've forgotten to add the 200mS pause between the Auto CQ repeating, thus ensuring your call is never actually answered. It's just used to hold your frequency whilst you have a personal needs break, meal or seemingly a nap?
If you spend that amount of time sending HI then you've no chance to send your callsign.
Squeeze out bug backlog
At least they're being honest about it. Unlike others who'd just release the bug ridden system to unsuspecting world and then spend months saying that "nothing is wrong".
Re: Huge government IT project
They always seem to start with good intentions, but the bloat starts early, noone admits to any shortcomings during the project and changes take too long to implement. Yes, HMG is no good at IT projects but we've known that for a while. Possibly it's not a case of what could go wrong but rather when - data loss, inaccuracies and just plain mistakes which are more due to the entities parked on chairs who are employed there.
I agree - the fines should be charged to the individuals responsible. If it impacts their own pockets then they might take these matters more seriously.
Ad hoc chaos
In a nice big office, with tech lot (not the IT folk) at one end our scanning of the 2.4GHz ISM band shows it fully occupied although the "office" networks are SSID supressed. We guess the access points are sited simply where they can a) find an unused 13A socket and b) where they can get a length of Cat5e. Our IT lot were supposed to have an open network for visitors, staff devices etc but it seems every time we find it and manage to get a connection they shut it down.
Yep no planning at all, and so much channel reuse even the Raspberry Pi's wireless connection keeps falling over.
Re: "most likely be configured to perform boring, tricky tasks like parking"
Ah so you've been to the short term parking at Manchester Airport as well. Let the car drive round looking for a parking space - as they don't believe in lighting the "car park full" sign - meet the wifey and stop the car on its next round past looking for a place.
Re: Rural is misleading
Exactly what has occurred here. I'm less than half a mile from a fancy new green box, but we can't have it on the edge of town. Something to do with 60 year old cables, not ducted (to save money) that they don't want to replace whilst they still have some good pairs left. Next door has a blistering 1MB on a good stretch! As for the village two miles down the road, it'll stay in the 10% not getting anything, after all the target is just 90% of the population.
Boulby Potash Mine
Has a shaft 1,150m deep and some form of lift in it. Wonder what they use?
Does this exploit cope with the piece of black insulating tape stuck over the webcam?
In addition to a fee
The copyright owner of the picture should be allowed full unfettered access to the site, to check for any more of his work of course.
These are bands that have "must accept interference from ISM (Industrial Scientific and Medical) users in their notes. Given that these are a collection of, um, unregulated users, they might find them more trouble to move.
Re: Martin Freeman?
I'd suggest Lenny Henry for the role, he's done Shakespeare and I would consider him eminently suitable. OooooooooookaaaaaaaaaaY ??
Set to fail completely
IMHO LTE doesn't have a fallback mode. If as has been pointed out, the backhaul fails and the whole thing falls over. TETRA in theory has a peer-peer mode (but never implimented by Airwave) and is due to be replaced by something even more flaky.
Most of the required communication will be between "Control" and "Emergency Service Asset/Personnel" and it's much quicker to talk to them. They don't need to be able to send much data, just get whatever asset to such and such location to assist with some incident.
Some of the Emergency services (think blue lights) regret having lost control over their own communications infrastructure and resiliance. TETRA was supposed to have added interoperability into the system but it never actually did, they exist as seperate subnets on the system. LTE could be an even less useful system offering less than adequate system coverage.
I'm not saying much. Mine is one of those phone no's that won't be turned off - they'd call us out to patch up their loss of comms.
Coat. There's a 2m handheld in the pocket.
Power consumption, ARM, need I say more?
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.
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