It's the Arachnids.
Send in the Starship Troopers quickly......
120 posts • joined 19 Apr 2011
It's the Arachnids.
Send in the Starship Troopers quickly......
Was the driver called Reece? Was he screaming about Judgement day, and that Skynet has to be stopped...??
It's a good job they're doing this, because the last thing we want is for it to disappear in deep space, into a black hole, and come back in the 24th Century as "C-ini" hell bent on finding its creator at the expense of the Carbon Units.
Living in rural Cambridgeceistershire, I can honestly say that :
Three have a LOT of not spots. I have to go to one precise part of my property to get a signal from them. If I'm lucky.
Vodafone - just no.
EE - well.. it sort of works, but if I move, oh, and it's gone.
Nothing Squared - I have a lovely fat EDGE signal. If I perform a network scan, I see LTE, if I register on the network (manually), I have LTE for about 15 seconds (about 3 bars on the display), then BANG, gone, and back to EDGE. Same for a 3G signal on o2.
If I go into the village - and indoors - it's pretty much zero signal of any usable sort on any of the networks. Except Vodafone, which gives a GPRS signal that goes nowhere.
So much for "expanding their networks".
Mork calling Orson, come in Orson....
Exodor... is that you?
This startshot thing, will it be crewed by a Scouser, a Cat, a Hologram, and a sarcastic Android?
I was just going to say that.
And one that's very out of date too.
That's an old East Anglian Ambulance spec ambo, one that was replaced many years ago.
Please get your images up to date and correct.
As for their IT issues at SECAMB, that's what happens when you let the wrong people choose the software. They're probably trying to run it on 10yr old Windows XP based hardware...
They should have gone with M.I.S. as it "just works" and their support is second to none, and included in the price. Other vendors leave support out, so their product is cheaper (what Procurement bods like to see) and then charge the customer for every call to fix the fk ups that they created in the first place.
Are we at the seaside yet Daddy?
I need a wee.....
The cheese and tomato sandwiches will be very soggy by then too....
With my sensible head on, one assumes that the results of the Juno mission may lead to the next probe going in to Jovian atmosphere for a closer look. It'll most likely be a suicide mission as what we already (think) know shows it not to be very hospitable...
The Sonoma road course race shown here in Blighty last night was excellent, puts our shopping car racing to shame (BTCC). As for technology, NASCAR is partly 1950s agricultural, partly bang up to date bleeding edge. Turning left (for most of the races) is so easy that ex-F1 drivers have dominated the sport... oh wait, they haven't... then again NASCAR drivers haven't done the reverse. Agreed about the fool France, though they seem to have woken up this year and improved the racing by reducing the downforce.
May I draw your attention to that what is known as the "Lemon Test", laid down by SCOTUS which clearly states that "The statute must not result in an "excessive government entanglement" with religious affairs"
If this is not such a law, then fair enough, but it smells like State and Church joined at the hip, which is against the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution, as per the letter from Thomas Jefferson which uses the words "a wall between state and church".
I don't care what's in the legislation, it just smells of religion interfering with state, as opposed to state interfering with religion.
Nuke Icon because that's the way it'll go if left un-checked!
I didn't know Microsoft were branching out into being a MNO. Bye bye Telstra.
What's CEPT then?
It's been in existence since 1959 and seems to work quite well.
Sorry, I forgot.... If it ain't broke, bust it and replace it with a bunch of cronies hell bent on taking over the world and speaking Esperanto.
That's a few TW of energy dissipated into our atmosphere..... it won't warm it up at all will it??
If I were the Judge, I'd throw it out.
They bought at $38, expecting to make a fast pile of bucks and sell in a few days. Sadly it took 15 months or thereabouts to get back to the IPO level, then kept on climbing.
It's now at $105.
Greedy bastards. They deserve to lose.
Is that c**t Icann one of them?
I bought SWMBO a OnePlus One to replace an ageing Sammy Galaxy S3. I'd rooted that and moved it to Cyanogenmod after updates ceased appearing. That's now in the hands of my son, who is happy with it as it plays more games than his Nokia 100 did!
I was so impressed with the OnePlus One that I bought another one for my daughter.
At the time I was using a Sony Z Ultra, but after two screen replacements, and one complete device replacement due to it being very fragile, the last hairline crack in the screen caused me to jump ship from Sony to OnePlus myself.
I bought the OnePlus Two. And I must say it's been brilliant. OxygenOS has proved to be superb with no manufacturers bloatware, battery life is great, and I would recommend it to anyone. While it doesn't have the big brand name slapped on it, the performance and experience is superb.
So, while EE won (by default) the network bid, look who won the service delivery part of ESMCP.. The organisation that has the contract for making the whole shebang work is
The way they make diesel engines run fewer NOx emissions is to make it run hotter and on an oil burner, that means pumping in more fuel. On a petrol, you do the opposite, you lean the mixture off. So the upshot of this is the VW group diesels were found to be more economical in the real world than the figures given in the EPA tests. That set some inquisitive minds going and their tests found what we now know as test cheat mode.
So, you bought a VAG group vehicle based on (a) its fuel consumption, (b) its performance and (c) its perceived reliability. Now you're waiting for that recall to get it remapped so it will have poorer fuel consumption, reduced performance, and potentially less reliability. You're going to rip that letter up and give them the bird aren't you?
I know I would.
I'd never go out to buy a car based on its emissions, I buy a car because it does everything I want. If it happened to be the cleanest thing on the planet, I don't care, that wasn't the reason I bought it.
I do wonder how long it will be before other manufacturers are reported as non compliant.
I bet the bods at the EPA will be looking at how they can make their test more "real world" to stop this from happening again.
With the slight <cough> differences between Aussie Strine and a Kiwi accent, I think this sums it up completely.
Then there's shearing sheep.. The Aussie involves clippers, the Kiwi involves some friends... maaaaaate..
Ak, ak, ak ak AK!
The issue you have here is "Who pays for IT? "
Trumpton is funded by the local.councils.
Plod are part funded via the Home Office, and part by local councils.
The Ambulance Services are part funded by the Department of Health directly. And part funded by the Clinical Commissioning Groups in their region.
So, getting the councils to agree to spend money on kit that will be used by the ambulance service and the department of health to cough up for kit being used by plod just won't work. They'll all sit on their hands and refuse to pay anything to anyone just in case someone who is not under their direct remit may benefit from it.
And that ambulance picture is two years plus out of date. All 06 Reg vehicles were decommissioned in 2012/13 in East of England Ambulance.
Just send up the Shuttle and a man in a white suit with some tools and swap the unit out.... Oh wait...
Please print that out and put a copy on all notice boards.
Considering their coverage plots, I should have a good <GPRS> data signal here in rural Englandshire, 100% coverage on their site. Yet I had to use an external aerial to get a signal on my credit card machine. I complained like hell to my provider who eventually relented and gave me a different SIM. Totally un-marked. Worked a treat, instant connection, good data throughput, never failed again. So I stuck it in a smartphone to see who it was... scary. Nothing Squared. O2, perhaps that's why I've been with them for voice since they were called Securicor Cellular Telecom! I've been out in the middle of nowhere and found good LTE connections, where friends with their twice the cost Voda dongles only get GPRS, which goes nowhere.... full signal, no throughput. DNGN! (does nothing, goes nowhere)
The problem is that fixing computer skills these days are limited to changing the motherboard, power supply or drive(s).
This requires component level fault diagnosis and re-work skills - with the ability to use age old test equipment, and a ..... soldering iron.
Somewhere around in my collection of "scrap" I have an Acorn box that ran CP/M on a 6502, and with the swap of a CPU board and SRAM board, it'd run FLEX. All on 100mm Eurocards.
When I move home (in the next few months) I'm going to gather all of that old stuff together and get it all working again. What for, I don't know, brush on classical well worn ancient techniques I guess!
Sadly, I don't have time to work on these old relics, I've fixed BEEB's before, eeek 30 years ago.. and somewhere still have an external floppy drive case with at least one 5.25" drive in it.... (among the Commodore PET external drives that seem to have appeared!)
Will any of this matter when Hutch merge 3 with them and rationalise the lot? CRAPITA may find themselves outsourced! I have to say though, being an O2 business customer, and only ever speaking to Leeds, I've never had bad service.
number 5 is alive!
Airwave costs HMG £450M per year for the 3ES, moving to ESMCP is figure to save them almost £80M per year over 15 years which they can roll back into more bobbies on the beat, more ambulances, or more Brasso for Trumpton. Under the contract signed by Gordon Brown in 2000 as the PFI with Airwave, that cost rises towards the end of the contract, dramatically, which it is doing.
The contract with the network will be to cover 98% of this sceptred isle by the go live date. And they already have plans to massively bolster 4G as part of the government's plans to make it available to everyone, so there's a two edged sword here.
There is a lot in the bidding process to extend the existing network coverage to places not deemed economic for the network operator to ensure we get coverage.
As for bandwidth - Motorola have already demonstrated a system where the ESN portion of 4G network use can be ramped up in an emergency without effecting regular users, and vice versa, thus isolating the two operations on one network.
There are a few apps and issues to resolve before go-live, but since that's 18months away, it's not insurmountable.
What you have to remember is that we in the UK will be the leaders in this technology and other countries will follow our lead as they did with TETRA. EE recognise this and are keen to be part of it.
The only concern for the whole project is updating 45000 vehicles in a 24-36 month period when there are not enough skilled and most importantly competent installer to carry out the work. When Airwave was rolled out the Public Safety world was turned upside down and well established radio engineers were ignored in favour of anyone that could hold a blowtorch and wrap wired in insulting tape, with alarming consequences to the vehicles they bunged kit into. The Home Office don't want that to happen this time around so have set a high standard requirement. Getting engineers trained and accredited in time should be possible if they can be found and paid a sensible rate for the job.
THIS IS THE VOICE OF THE MYSTERONS.......
Only one of you has hit the key reason for the population not embracing DAB.
The ability to operate your FM receiver on a pair of AA batteries for about 6 months. The DAB will require 4, almost every other day!
They're too power hungry.
Sort that out and regardless of sound quality, people will switch.
Is it as good as the 8 core, 64GB OnePlus One?
Which is half the price.
My main concern in all of this boils down to one single word.
They will turn this whole debacle into a fuckup of thermonuclear proportion.
Apparently I've been involved in an accident, not fault of my own, and I'm entitled to compensation.
It must have been a serious one as I have no recollection of it, therefore I can only assume that I sustained a nasty head injury causing amnesia.
That's got to be worth hundreds of thousands of pounds in compo.
So, considering the seriousness of the incident, my amnesia - I really have no memory of anything to do with an accident, and my wish not to clutter up the courts with long drawn out cases, can you just send me a cheque for £50,000 and we'll call it done?
Please pass this on to whoever is in charge of the organisation.
Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
Whilst claims that he "invented" wireless transmission have been well and truly shown to be false, and no, it wasn't Hertz - he's the one who found "waves", it was David E Hughes who inadvertently discovered "Wireless" while he was studying the work of Hertz and others. At first he dismissed it as nothing but a bit of inductive coupling, so did noting with it. It was Tesla that used Hughes' findings to develop wireless transmission & reception.
But that's all by the by.
What Marconi did was commercialise it. He was the Steve Jobs of early wireless, his company was the Apple of the field. To the point that he/the company filed patents for things that others had previously invented, or were simply "prior art".
The salesman said "Never mind the quality, feel.the width".....
Another £10/month for the Sky Subscription I guess....
I thought it was February, not April.
That's earmarked for ESMCP. If Ofcom put for sale signs up, the Home Office will tear them down! They want it exclusivel, and before 2022 most certainly! ESN is due to go live next year, with all services migrated to it by mid 2019
The way you're all talking is that the Police are the only service that needs communications. They are quite primitive in theirs, other than their new penchant for mobile PNC checks, ANPR and other online matters. The big data users are the Ambulance services with their data mobilisation systems, electronic patient report form systems, and telemetry data from their patient monitoring equipment.
The Fire Services can make use of online building mapping, with greater incident information sent to them relating to potential hazards recorded about any given site. Though much of that data could be held offline in the mobile data terminal allowing much faster lookup on-the-fly.
The ESN is due to go live in 2016, BUT that's not all of it, the 700MHz spectrum will be for an exclusive LTE network to cover this sceptred isle, which will be compatible with the networks that are to be built around the world - yes, for once, the plan is a GLOBAL (as much as it can be!) standard for the Emergency Services, such that in the event of a proper disaster, people from one country can arrive in another one, with their own comms kit which will work straight away (roam!) with the ESN in that region.
There's more to this than meets the eye, but the main matter is to get off of Airwave as soon as is practicably possible, it is the millstone around their neck, and something created by the previous government who should have kept it in-house, not farmed out to private organisations / vulture capital companies.
One final couple of shots - the old VHF and UHF networks had much better coverage than even TETRA does, BUT it didn't have the capacity for multiple "conversations", point-to-point calling, and was not secure at all. It was the security issue that sold TETRA to the Home Office, who then forced it on all of the emergency services. Neither the Fire Service, nor the Ambulance services in the UK needed that kind of secure system with the lauded "interoperability", because at no time will a police dispatcher talk to a fire or ambulance crew, or any other combination. It is all done at command level and passed down the chain. And what's more, Fire services still use UHF for BA operations, not TETRA/Airwave. Once again, all about command and control, as well as cost and effectiveness.
Remember to end all of your text messages with 73 FB OM HI HI AR (or KN)
Will it use 45 or 50 baud RTTY I wonder?
The climate has changed up and down for millions of years.
People used to migrate to work around it.
Now we build expensive settlements and sit there like King Canute.
Global population is more of a problem for the planet than climate change (which I do not deny, nor care about - it happens). The human race needs to stop breeding - cold hard fact.
Adapt or die.
What! Happened! To! The! Exclamation! Marks! In! The! Title!?
No problems with my Sony Xperia Z Ultra, thats bigger and doesnt bend. Who's a clever little Sony?
They need to keep developing new slick funky technically advanced and affordable devices for people to buy. Marketing men don't do development, they often spend their day trying to polish turds. You can't polish a turd, you can roll it in glitter to make it look better, but it's still a turd.
my business used to take credit cards - only via an Barclays PDQ terminal - no online facilities etc. PCIDSS brought in a more than double rise in my costs, and thats without taking the amount of time given to form filling and admin into consideration.
While I was lucky that I could self certify, it made it all uneconomic, so I told Barclays where to poke it, and if someone wants to pay by card, they can use PAYPAL.
They should.spend their time on looking at ways to make card payments more secure, not at punishing the retailers for not taking cash!
As I understand it, Mr Cameroon does *not* wish the UK to leave the EU, but wants the EU, particularly the EC to become more efficient, and more in tune with the electorate of all nation states, rather than it being this deaf leviathan that is hell bent on creating a monster Federal Europe. Something that the people of France, Germany, Italy, etc.. do NOT want.
It is that un-listening monster that is rearing it's head here.. "Don't listen to the UK, they're not part of what *we* want to do".
And what if what "*we*" want to do is wrong? And what the UK is saying is right?
That is my concern here. The arrogance of the issue. Whether the UK is undergoing a political upheaval is neither here nor there, it is the matter that the UK is being ignored in a matter where it has every right to be part of the process.
We're (UK) not the only country to show an anti-EU Nationalist resurgence in recent times. The French, Danes, Dutch, and others have all seen dissent grow in recent times, yet I don't see them getting the same treatment.
Perhaps we should complain to the European Court of Human Rights?
My view - better in than out, but steering the ship, not hanging over the side puking up all the time.
And a ship that only has one berth, not two! The regular movement between Brussels and Strasbourg has to stop - it costs the EU tax payers and is a total waste of money.
Not that the EU has ever wasted money before....
Excuse me, buy you'll find that an ONC is the same as the first year of degree, where a HNC is a technical equivalent, with the difference being that you HAVE to know your stuff in the exams as notes are not permitted like they are in many degree finals.
That's by the by though, it's typical to see politicians back a paper which gives them more opportunities to tax the population.
I have no disagreement that our climate is changing, just as it has for billions of years as the planet evolves. Our weather is dictated by that burning orb at the centre of our solar system, it's full effects are gradually being studied and are debunking many of the AGW hollerers spoutings.
There is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing.
Land masses fall just as much as sea levels rise, it's always happened, and we should learn to adapt, and not keep adopting the King Canute methods of some of the alarmists.
They're busy working on an Android compatibility layer, like Jolla have in Sailfish OS, and BlackBerry have in OS 10.
I know it's going to seem like they're cutting off their nose to spite their face, but it means you hit the ground running with lots of apps available while native ones are written or ported.
The Jolla Sailfish app store is steadily growing, even as the Droid compatible layer gets improved.
Yes, this could just be a ploy to rattle Google, but Tizen is more than just a phone OS.
Must be caused by AGW.
And Apple/Samsung/Beats/Bose/IBM/Snowden/etc.. (delete as appropriate).
Why haven't there been any shock horror knee jerk reaction headlines in the Daily Mirror, or The Sun? Why hasn't the Daily Mail blamed it on immigration?
I think this story is made up.
Never happened. Like evolution, or S Club 7.
On a serious note...
If GPS was knocked out, all transmitters that use GPS as part of it's frequency locking would shut down as part of their fail-safe.
That's modern TV and Radio transmitters
That's Cellular Networks
That's Public Safety Networks.
Then we *would* be in a mess. (and back to Daily Mail/Sun/Mirror knee jerk headlines)
"You buy it for the same reason you buy designer jeans or a ferrari -- because you're rich enough and want to show it."
Along with the shell suits, Burberry caps, and jazzed up Mk5 Escorts that you also buy alongside your iPhone cos you is rich an cleverer innit.
And nobody mentioned TSR2..
There is a flying Lightening T5 in South Africa once more, another of the last 2 seaters.
I had the joys of beginning my working life with Thorn EMI - now there's another conglomerate that made its fair share of screw ups and lost opportunities with Govt backing.
One work colleague said that he hated his BlackBerry Curve and wanted a Windows phone, or an iPhone like mine..... which I pointed out to him was actually a! BlackBerry Z10.... 'is that new, I've never heard of that....' so much for marketing!
The organisation has BES7 servers, so what, I use the MS Exchange support for email.
He has gone off to hassle the IT Dept for a Z10 now.
Good job I didn't show him my Jolla phone, which I prefer in some ways to the Z10.