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BT is disappointed that might be forced to provide SLAs, like any other business in any other industry.
I've repeatedly complained to Ofcom about their lack of SLA enforcement, to no avail.
And what do Active Directory admins use instead of .local? mDNS screws up AD resolution on Linux if you stick with a .local ending.*
* Yes, you can fiddle with nsswitch to fix it, but it's one more annoyance.
The API is Windows Driver Model 1.2, which requires some DRM stuff to be caked into the drivers and hardware.
The Netflix app for Windows 8 will not run on AMD cards that use legacy drivers, for example, thus preventing the use of SuperHD.
The DRM is reliant on the latest Windows Driver Model - which is only supported on Windows 8, so it's no surprise encrypted video isn't present on Windows 7.
As an example, try using the Netflix app on Windows 8 with an old graphics card...
AndyDent has a point. I was going to mention the .NET based Sterling, which runs quite happily on Windows Phone.
Re: Even more confused
Re: Even more confused
Of course, they're actually talking about copy and paste between virtual machine consoles. Something you can do in VMware Workstation / Fusion, but not VMware vSphere, nor in Hyper-V 2012 and previous.
Was at the conference in question. Oddly, Delran was one of the few presenters not selling anything.
The problem with NFSv4 is the requirement of Kerberos for security and the continual need to share user and group mappings.
SMB at least works in both standalone and domain environments, and the infrastructure for the latter is much easier to set up than it is to get a fully interoperable NFSv4 environment.
Right, OpenReach still haven't done the works to get our properties connected. Next update is on Day 162. I live in London. I can really see OpenReach rolling out FTTC to rural Scotland, can't you?
This is OFCOM's stupid written response:
"In terms of our role, our regulations stating that one should be in place relate to Service Providers that supply and charge end users (customers) for the service rather than Openreach.
Whilst I am unsure as to the nature of your complaint, I should explain that a consumer’s contract is with their provider and as such, they have no relationship with Openreach. In the event that a there is a problem with their phone or broadband service, or an issue about the work that has been done at their premises by an engineer, they should raise this with their service provider.
The provider has a duty of care to have a duty of care to manage their customer’s complaint, ensure that Openreach are doing what they can to sort out the problem and update their customers as things progress. Their service provider can liaise with Openreach as necessary.
If a consumer remains unhappy with the way their provider is handling the issue, they may wish to follow their provider’s complaints process. Details of this should be shown on their provider’s website, or can be obtained from their customer services department directly."
So, OFCOM don't understand basic principal-agent theory. Given that BTOR is the monopoly copper provider, what means of compellence does a end-user customer have if they have to go through an intermediary to whom BTOR withholds information?
So, I phoned OFCOM. There's no SLA for OpenReach to provision a PSTN line, just an industry guidance of "10 days." Then the adviser hung up on me when I tried to explain the issue.
Who regulates the regulator?
OFCOM take complaints, but they're only for "monitoring". They wont actually do anything.
I should also add that there's no way of complaining about OpenReach. As they're not customer facing, they're not a member of any ajudication service, and OFCOM don't resolve complaints on behalf of end user customer, which means BTOR can continue to act (or not) with impunity.
I dare anyone in a major urban area to beat 126 days and counting to get a line plant conducted in London.
Moved into a new build in an existing housing estate which already has BT FTTC and Virgin Media. Virgin Media's forbidden for at least 12 months by the housing association, so we're stuck with OpenReach. I spent two weeks trying to get Sky to place an order, but unfortunately they don't understand the process, even when I send them the OpenReach manual explaining how to do it.
Next, I place an order with BT Retail and they book an engineer in for one month's time. I wait, and they don't show up for a morning appointment. BT call centre tells me the engineer is running late, and to stay in for the afternoon. Still no show, phone BT again and they say "there are no notes in the system....ooh one just came in...engineer said there's no cable so couldn't do install." I ask why the previous call centre staff operator lied, which led to denials from BT, with promises of an engineer in a few days and compensation. All lies, obviously.
Nothing happens for a few days. I phone back, and they book another appointment in a months time. Engineer does show up, spends two hours, then concludes there are no cables and leaves.
I phone BT and ask why OpenReach didn't do a line plant, to which there's no proper answer. Am left hanging ever since. Repeated tweets at them were the only way to get status updates, which were usually of the sort "work to be done - update next week".
I start contacting the housing association via my local councillor - they tell me OpenReach were supposed to do a line plant as soon as residents started placing orders - instead OpenReach just happily booked engineers to go visit households where they hadn't laid copper for months. Housing Association and I both start trying to contact OpenReach to no avail for several months. I write a letter to Sir Michael Rake and get unhelpful calls from "Executive Level Complaints", or "Executive Pass the Buck" as it should be known.
Finally, the local councillor tries to contact them on a political level, at which point OpenReach start blaming the council because they couldn't get a permit because of existing gas works. Though, it should be noted that the gas works started to take place several months after OpenReach were supposed to be completing works.
In the meantime, OpenReach continue to book engineer appointments for lines which can't be connected, who then never show up. I've stopped waiting in for them as well.
Re: Will be amazing...
Hahhahaha. Good luck with that. I'm on day 141, and Plus.Net have started to bill me for non existent service,
Meanwhile, it's been 4 months and OpenReach still haven't installed copper for my flats. In London. Next to a FTTC cabinet.
Re: OMG! Twitter breached, I posted my life on it, I'm ruined #gulliblesademptytwat
Well, it's worse than that. How many people do you reckon use their Twitter password for everything else?
Re: Which government?!
Argh. I was one of those accounts. I've taken Twiter potshots at Israel, Palestine, China and the US. I am, if nothing, an equal opportunities critic. I'm pretty certain the IDF has no interest in me at all, thanks.
I've pretty much disabled Java on my end, and was only using Twitter API clients when the password was reset.
I'm pretty certain that the hack, if it involved Java, must have happened on Twitter's end, which meant a few NoSQL shards were captured. How else would they get the salt and hashed passwords?
Well, OpenReach can't deliver a phone line to 50 residences, including me, in the middle of London in 2 and a half months, so I'm not shedding any tears.
Most exciting news since the trailer for Microsoft 500 Nations with Kevin Costner
I'm surprised El Reg hasn't picked up on the fact that Windows 8 is the first release that has the option of English with correct spellings, or as they call it "English - Great Britain"
At least quote the conclusion
"The long-term climate history provided by the JRI ice core shows that natural millennial-scale climate variability has resulted in warming on the eastern Antarctic Peninsula that has been ongoing for a number of centuries and had left ice shelves in this area vulnerable to collapse during the recent phase of rapid warming. If warming continues in this region, as is suggested by its attribution in part to rising atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations7, 23, then temperatures will soon exceed the stable conditions that persisted in the eastern Antarctic Peninsula for most of the Holocene. The association between atmospheric temperature and ice-shelf stability in the past demonstrates that as warming continues ice-shelf vulnerability is likely to progress farther southwards along the Antarctic Peninsula coast to affect ice shelves that have been stable throughout the Holocene, and may make them particularly susceptible to changes in oceanographic forcing"
Check your group policy isn't messing around with UAC.
That and anything to do with COM permissions.
Other than that, domain accounts do work OK on Win8.
Hmm...I reported the issue to Ticketmaster on Saturday morning. They didn't inform users until Sunday.
Yet another silver bullet
An iPad receiving enough incident sunlight to charge at 10W is probably an iPad that is also overheating.
From my usage so far...
Not enough apps have been ported.
iPhone "emulation" is a bit buggy.
Should have included much more RAM - seems same as 3GS, and with higher resolution means there's less RAM overall for apps.
Not great reliability from apps.
Bit early for Carmageddon
I believe the derby drivers of Tottenham were stocking up on White Lightning at 9am, so I made it out alive.
Went to PC World Tottenham Hale, at 8:55am. No queue. Was out in 15 minutes a newly paid up member of the Jobsian Cult.
He's a ghost
Presumably, in the ending he wakes up and "it was all a dream".
He walks out of his house to find it painted green and the screen fades to black with the words "or was it?"
MS strategy almost makes sense...
I think what Microsoft is attempting to do is this:
WM 6.5 as natural successor to Windows CE, since this is what faces competition from Android as an embedded OS platform.
WM7 is more mobile centric, possibly with less backwards compatibility, and not designed to encompass both mobile phones and embedded applications.
You say social security, I say...
I for one am glad that the SS is bankrupt.
The ballot screen runs in IE.
Open Access version
Open access version of paper is available at http://www.ssec.wisc.edu/~amatoe/
El Reg's spin makes two major errors:
1. Confusing local trend studies with global trends.
This paper specifically deals with the North Atlantic. The authors clearly state that temperatures are higher than those predicted by CO2 forcing models by a further 0.3C.
2. Confusing short-term with long-term
The paper specifically talks about decadal variations, not the long-term CO2 forcing.
Here's the last few paragraphs in full -
"Over the last 30-years temperatures in other tropical ocean basins have been rising steadily, but at a slower rate than the Atlantic (31). At the same time projections of surface temperature increases under a doubled carbon dioxide climate suggest that the Atlantic should be warming at a rate slower than the other observations (32). We suggest this apparent disconnect between observations and models may be due to the influence of Atlantic dust cover. Our results imply that since dust plays a role in modulating tropical North Atlantic Ocean temperature, projections of these temperatures under various global warming scenarios by general circulation models should account for long-term changes in dust loadings. This is especially critical as studies have estimated a reduction in Atlantic dust cover of 40-60% under a doubled carbon dioxide climate (33), which, based on model runs with an equivalent reduction of the mean dust forcing, could result in an additional 0.3-0.4°C warming of the northern tropical Atlantic."
Misleading by omission (again)
From the conclusion (behind the paywall):
Don't want to copy and paste too much to avoid copyright restrictions, but the final sentence reads:
"...a reduction in Atlantic dust cover of 40-60% under a doubled carbon dioxide climate (33), which, based on model runs with an equivalent reduction of the mean dust forcing, could result in an additional 0.3-0.4°C warming of the northern tropical Atlantic."
I.e. The Northen tropical atlantic is warmer than that predicted by the Global Circulation Models.
Is Asus the first?
The Dell E series laptops already seem to have EFI boot.
Missing the point
The end product of the DiDA, or the Diploma in Digital Applications is the e-portfolio. Specifically, the e-portfolio is a website.
It's not a matter of resaving the documents - the teacher has fundamentally misunderstood the requirements of the course. Hence the need for evening classes for the students involved.
As usual, RealClimate has the details
RealClimate's 18 November posting "Mind the Gap!" shows why there has been an upward trend in the data, and goes into all the gory details that have been omitted here.
Points of View
"There is no IT angle to this story. What is it doing here? I am removing The Register from my bookmarks. Please cancel my subscription. I am also dissatisfied with today's weather. Please make the weather the way I like it. Goodbye."
You do, from time to time, come across articles like that plagiarized piece of nonsense. It's important to recognize that this problem isn't limited to postmodernist journals, like the infamous Sokal Social Text affair.
I've done Computer Science to masters level, and I don't think I've once been assigned a nonsensical paper. I'm now doing a degree in politics and sociology, and the quality is still high. The choice of course materials invariably reflect on the course designer, and it seems that the damage limitation began from the beginning - with new levels of damage limitation introduced as each preceding one failed. I.E. Epic fail!
I wonder if there's anything in the quantity of nonsensical papers being indirectly proportional to the age of the discipline involved. Postmodernist social theory and computer science (separate to mathematics) are similarly young disciplines. Also, note the wide variety between mathematics-heavy computer science courses taught at Russell Group universities, and the business-oriented approach of new universities. Computer Science is simply not well institutionalised, but the bar would probably be higher if it was.
Paris, because she's jealous of Britney's PhD in semiconductor physics (google it).
So, is Obama a crackberry addict?
Public faith schools
More evidence methinks that publicly funded faith schools do more for kids than forcing religiously conservative parents to resort to private schools whose curriculum can't be standardized.
Someone forgot to use Adobe 8's redaction features?
iPhone vs. SPV
Sony must be ramping up efforts to get the Xperia out before Xmas, as it's the iphone that those of us who prefer tactile responses and open software ecosystems are waiting for. Orange has always been a strong Windows Mobile shop due to the SPV brand. Apple might be looking to block attempts by carriers looking to punt the Xperia as a serious competitor.
Divide by 8 loop error.
There's an argument to be made against having a delay on these comments.
PS: 1024Gb = 128GB.
Ethics and guidance
Another question to be asked is if faculty had clear research guidance for the use of sensitive materials when dealing with such a subject.
Time to bring out your WristStrong bracelets
We need Colbert!
Less police, more radical ideas please
When they say targeting mosques, they're not talking about weeding out imaams. They're the least likely to peddle radicalist ideas - Abu Hamza is very much the exception. Instead, it's usually young radicals whispering in your ear or standing outside with some anti-imperialist leaflets. Those are the ones to watch out for.
What imams do tend to do, is practice social exclusion. Their often puritan, unwilling to give sermons in English, and when they do, peddle strict conformance to cultural norms (which often don't flow out of core Islamic texts in themselves). There's also hierarchies of power: minority Indian imams may control mosques where disaffected Pakistanis are the majority.
So, not sure the police are the right people for the job. Perhaps give greater resources and power to Islamic NGOs. Reduce their Saudi-sponsored funding through state subsidy so they can have more (liberal) political clout.
Just an idea...
Group think to anti think
It should be noted that another problem with group-think movements is the inability to form cross-identity consensus. As Matthew Nisbett (a science communication prof.) keeps repeating on scienceblogs, the Dawkins movement is alienating religious moderates with whom liberals share most of the same values with, i.e. pro-science, pro-choice, pro-AGW-action, etc...
I've also seen a growing group-think on this very site. Andrew has posted a nuanced article that goes far beyond the rhetoric of "free-market fundamentalism," as it is, at the end of the day, about public services. We don't need to reify the article into some summary of Adam Smith ("rent-seeking" is more to do with Ricardo and the Friedman generation of economists anyway).
The question for me is, how do we stop money being used to increase groupthink with even more powerful media? There seems to be a lot of literature on how deliberative practices *within* groups seem to polarise them further (Sunstein, Why Societies Need Dissent, 2003)). We need to find ways for competing groups to communicate to each other without debates degenarating into slagging matches, as they do now.
Has anyone at the Adam Smith Insitute read Adam Smith?
Great lobby group articles for The Register. Cool!