* Posts by Jon B

117 posts • joined 25 Mar 2011

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There's gold in them thar hills! Rackspace latest firm to join Frankfurt data centre rush

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Re: Re:Why isn't this coming to the uk?

The Frankfurt data centre is probably direct Post Brexit investment as they'd likely need a mainland Europe base to comply with data protection laws etc.

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Microsoft’s ‘Home Hub’ probably isn’t even hardware at all

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Cortana Steller Voice recognition?

I find Cortana pretty cruddy compared to googles voice recognition, specifically the ability to convert what you are saying into recognisable sentences, whereas Cortana likes sticking in random words that don't make sense in the overall context of the sentence.

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USS Zumwalt gets Panama tug job after yet another breakdown

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Radar Reflectors

Surely they should leave the radar reflectors on at all times in peacetime - otherwise would it not be relatively for an enemy easy to scan and save the stealthy radar profile to use in time of war?

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Vodafone Australia promises fixed-line broadband over NBN

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Why not Fixed Line Wireless

Vodafone NZ and Spark both offer fixed line wireless plans - can't Vodafone do the same in Aus to bypass NBN for some users?

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New Zealand carrier says Cu later, copper: we're giving customers a glassing instead

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Re: Ahead of Australia on fibre tech

The wholesale price of 100/20 fibre is only a couple of dollars extra a month than the 30/10 basic offering - so the ISPs can market faster speed for pretty much the same price. The wholesale price only really jumps up by 20-30 dollars a month for the 200/200 plans or 1000/500 plans.

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Chinese electronics biz recalls webcams at heart of botnet DDoS woes

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Re: How are these devices accessed from the internet though?

Commentards like this one is why the El Reg is so good.

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HomeKit is where the dearth is – no one wants Apple's IoT tech

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Re: Interesting but not borne out by experience of user wants

Adding HomeKit installation seems like a short cut to commoditising your product.

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NBN HFC scaled down to stave off financial disaster

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Meanwhile in NZ

1000/500 service going live next month in most centres for $120 a month (NZ$ or AU$, pretty much at parity) and the FTTP rollout finished in a couple of years. That was after FTTN was completed back in 2008, so lots can have VDSL while they are waiting.

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The survivors: Intel's Apollo Lake netbook CPUs stagger from Goldmont bloodbath

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Re: Why name them Celeron?

Agree Centrino would be a better name. I always associate Celeron with cruddy cheapo systems.

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Thieves can wirelessly unlock up to 100 million Volkswagens, each at the press of a button

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Re: I have an A5

Be careul, you're beginning to sound like a typical self-entitled Audi driver

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Italian MP threatens parents forcing veggie diets on kids with jail

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Re: Italian veggy

That pizza photo was cruelly delicious looking. As a non-Italian vegetarian I didn't even notice the salami.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere

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Re: It aint just this upgrade

At least it's not just me that happens to then..

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Twitter: $602m into -$107m

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Re: The best thing about Twitter...

Still amazed that revenue is as high as $602m. And how do they mange to spend that much money, with so few staff, to manage to make a loss?

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Microsoft Azure doubles up to $800m a quarter – and is wiped out by dying phone sales

Jon B

Re: The writing should be on the wall

The have all but pulled the plug already

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Trans-Pacific FASTER fibre fires first photons, finally

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was wondering why it wasn't landing in Hawaii

then saw the map of the cable - it brushes the Aleutian Islands to get the shortest fastest route.

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ZTE flagship elbows aside Xiaomi

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Re: No joy for O2 users

UK's fault for having such obscure 4G bands (everyone apart from EE at least)

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SELECT features FROM bumf... What's new in MS SQL Server 2016

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As long as the icon looks pretty

SQL Server 2014 icon looks terrible in Windows 8.1 - 32x32 pixels scaled up to 2cm across

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A UK-wide fibre broadband investment plan? Don't ask awkward questions

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Can have both FTTP and 4G home broadband

Here in NZ we are in middle of the FTTP rollout, which seems to be progressing as well as it can be.

Also excellent 4G coverage, including 700mhz for more rural areas, and we are starting to see the first offerings from the mobile companies for fixed home wireless broadband. Costs about 40quid for 80GB, it won't ever be unlimited though, which you can get for about same price on adsl, vdsl (FTTC already completed 5yrs ago) or fibre.

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Windows 10 build 14342: No more friendly Wi-Fi sharing

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Wi-fi Sense needs your attention

Had so many prompts that wi-fi sense needs my attention. Not any longer then.

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Woman scales Ben Nevis wielding selfie stick instead of ice axe

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Re: Fly down

"Sadly my knees are shot now - I can go up OK, but coming down became agony"

Buy a paraglider.

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Verizon only cares about fiber, lets copper nets lapse into ruin – gripes

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Re: Bah!

My GPON fibre terminal consumes a bit of electricity at my place, is not too bad a deal.

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Sell the NBN not long after rollout ends says Infrastructure Australia

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Re: MTM: the Road to Nowhere. Waste on a truly grand scale.

Wow, what a cock up. I thought the whole FTTN build was planned with this knowledge to upgrade to GPON in the future without a full re-build.

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Compared to the train wreck that is Australias's NBN, The NZ UFB project is a model of efficiency and managed costs. Written on my 100/20 fibre to the home connection.

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Is this the last ever Lumia?

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Worse hardware than a 2yr old 735

Well done Microsoft for another nail in the Windows Phone coffin.

My two year old Lumia 735, bought for less money than the launch price of the 650, has superior specifications in every regard.

This is a budget phone in budget hardware for mid-range phone price.

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Japanese boffins fire up 100Gbps wireless broadband connection

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Access Point in every room

Most people shudder at installing structured cabling in their homes, but that seems to be the requirement for these future wifi technologies. Not too hard in a lot of houses to install multiple APs from the ceiling space.

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Google to pump free gigabit Fiber into homes of hard-up families

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unless you live in Wales.

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Uber Australia is broke: 'We don't pay tax because we don't generate revenue'

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I thought it was the US senate, referring to an example of Uber tax dodging in Australia.

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Sprint sprints away from no-throttle policy – punishes 'unlimited' network hoggers

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Seems sensible

From a networking technology position it is sensible - wireless is heaviliy effected by contention and more congested it is, from maybe just a few users on your cell tower, the worse the experience is for everyone.

That's what happens when marketing triumphs over engineers, and then have to weasel their way out of it. Meanwhile in New Zealand we're fairly content with ~3GB data limits per month and world leading 3G and 4G speeds.

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Netflix in Australia slower than Mexico, Chile or New Zealand

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New Zealand not an economic peer?

If New Zealand is not an economic peer, does that mean it is more developed than Australia?

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Testing CarPlay with Apple’s most expensive ever accessory

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Looks just like a phone stuck to the dashboard

The photo of the Ferrari cabin with the console looks pretty rubbish. Would you not get the same effect just sticking the iphone there with blu-tack, and bluetooth the sound to the car speakers?

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Hyundai i30 Turbo: Softly, softly, catchee Audi

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Euro Styling

It seems that every make of car is jumping on the 'ridges along the door handles level' bandwagon this year.

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TPG glasses Vodafone with 4,000 km of new fibre

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Compatible handsets

Will people's phones all be compatible after the MVNO network switch - are the 3G and 4G frequencies the same?

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M2, Vocus merge to form down under’s newest billion-dollar telco

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Under the radar

Strange how these big players can be very hard to notice. Quietly racking up big profits but no-one really knows they exist, when the big well known industry players seem to be struggling to maintain their profit margins.

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NBN fibre-to-the-node launched: Now the long sprint begins

Jon B

Re: Fibre like speeds.....

You will generally be under 1.5km from the Node, at least that is how it works in NZ. Under 800m and you get 'fibre like' VDSL. I was getting 15/1 adsl2+ at about 800m distance from an FTTN node, after previously being 4km from the exchange.

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NBN Co yet to make a single fibre to the node connection but is eyeing off G.fast

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NZ ahead for once

I comment the same thing every nbn article in The Reg, but..

Glad that in New Zealand we just got on with building FTTP back in 2012, with most urban areas finished by 2019. I'm on the base fibre plan of 30/10 but up to 200/200 is available. About half of those waiting for fibre can get VDSL already thanks to the 'legacy' FTTN network from 2008, those a bit further from the cabinet or exchange have ADSL2+.

Still the old problems of some smaller settlements on congested backhaul, but 4g rural broadband on 700mhz will help most of those. All schools have a fibre connection too.

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France will flog off 700MHz to boost mobe broadband while UK dithers. Thanks, Ofcom

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Lack of equipment?

I know the 4G spectrum is very fragmented globally, but here in NZ Vodafone is about 1/4 through it's national 700Mhz 4G roll out with no equipment problems. The iPhone 6 and latest flagship Androids connect happily to 700Mhz right now, rather than in 2020.

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NBN fibre: activations accelerated as footprint expanded

Jon B

Re: 38% at 12Mbps, 38% at 25Mbps

The base fibre plans on offer in NZ are 30/10, which is now being changed to 50/20 as consumers can't see enough improvement in the headline numbers to change from ADSL 2+ ~14Mbps.

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Turnbull says no need to future-proof NBN

Jon B

No FTTN to FTTP pathway?

I thought the whole idea of doing fibre to the node first was to allow cheaper initially costs whilst benefiting more people quicker. Once the FTTN network is in place, then work on the last mile improvements in the future. I thought the NBN was being specifially designed this way?

In New Zealand we had FTTN completed in about 2010, by Telecom (the equivalent of Telstra). However the FTTH network now being built, currently half completed, involves mainly overbuilding the existing FTTN network instead of expanding it to the last mile. I assumed NBN had learnt this lesson and was future-proofing the FTTN to allow FTTH easier and cheaper in the future?

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Botched NBN installs leave folks with no internet, or recourse

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Won't be a problem for long

With NBN now being mostly FTTN the problem of substandard fibre installs won't be an issue for many Aussies.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: A side swipe at smartphone design

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Left handed version?

I assumed the edge was on both sides, but see it is just on the right.

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Huawei? Apple and Samsung's worst nightmare, pal

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Xiaomi not landfill

I wouldn't class Xiaomi as the landfill end of the market - the cheapest Hauwei is a lot worse than the cheapest Xiaomi.

Xiaomi - High to mid, at low margin

Huawei -High to bottom, high margin at the top, low margin at the bottom.

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NBN Co, Turnbull, issue contradictory broadband speed promises

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NZ says hi

and welcomes your tech startups to our lovely FTTH network and better beaches. Writing this comment on a relatively meagre 30/10 fibre plan but could change to 200/200 tomorrow if so inclined.

We had FTTN before that, so most of those waiting for fibre can get ADSL2+ or VDSL already. Those on VDSL experiencing gradually slower sync rates as more houses sign up and the crosstalk interference becomes an issue.

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EE launches 150Mbps '4G+' in the heart of London

Jon B

Welcome to 2013

We've had general, real world availability of these speeds in NZ for over a year now

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Turnbull says NBN 'most reckless commitment of Commonwealth funds in our history'

Jon B

Re: Most reckless use of Commonwealth funds?

Quite a few things spring to mind. F-35 'stealth' jets, Colin class subs for starters.

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Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg

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make it subscription

How about ad-free (for those not in the know) Facebook for $10 per year then?

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US allows commercial use of sharper satellite snaps

Jon B

Re: Oh no (again)!

Loads of suburbs in the US have these bylaws

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Did Microsoft just paint TechEd Australia Azure?

Jon B

Come over to TechEd NZ for a four day conference then, 9-12 September

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NBN Co must wait until mid-2015 for fast cable modems

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Giganaire

NBN probably only used 'Gigasphere' as Giganaire was already taken:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6dr6vW3YXQ

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NBN Co in 'broadband kit we tested worked' STUNNER

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We've already got VDSL available as a consumer product in NZ after the big FTTN roll-out a few years ago. It's a good solution for those within about 700m of the cabinet who don't have fibre yet, but any further out, unless your line quality is very good, the application usually gets rejected by the provider.

The people nearest the cabinet can get up to 70/30 MB/s, those further away get 30/10 speeds.

The high frequencies of VDSL makes it very susceptible to the problem of crosstalk interference, meaning the more people who have it the worse the performance gets for everyone else, especially when the lines aren't top quality. A Tragedy of the Commons situation which fibre largely avoids.

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Telstra 'snot boxes' challenge Turnbull's FTTN plan

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Meanwhile in New Zealand

At least here in NZ we seem to be going in the right direction. FTTN was in place for most urban areas about 5 years ago, and VDSL is available for those nearest the cabinet. I get 14Mb/s ADSL2+ on an unremarkable suburban street, and the fibre guys were digging around last month so 50/20 or 100/50 fibre broadband is on its way too, for the same price as ADSL. There are some funding issues with the fibre program but it should mostly all get done before 2020 at least.

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