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9 posts • joined 21 May 2011

Mighty Blighty broadbanders beg: Let us lay cable in BT's, er, ducts

romanempire
WTF?

Duct infrastructure

What's the point of having duplicate infrastructure? The last place I lived had the ridiculous sight of two sets of slit trenches and manholes in the pavement (sidewalk to the merkins) where both BT and Telewest/NTL put their cables in the ground. It doesn't make sense for either the consumer or the businesses concerned (except maybe the guys digging the holes). Openretch should be treated the same way National Grid is. Then all the (phone/net/cableTV) service providers would pay equally and have the same access. A competitive market is all well and good but most of the BT's infrastructure was built out at taxpayers expense and BT are (naturally) hanging on to that advantage for all their worth which means its not a level playing field.

I don't know what the numbers are but it wouldn't surprise me if all the money wasted on duplicate infrastructure would have easily have paid for fibre to every house in the country by now.

P.

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Be Your Own Big Brother: Going to pot

romanempire
Boffin

Re: All beside the point.

I assembled something to do this a few years ago. Used a PIR of the type used to control a flood light to control a socket into which I'd plugged a 12v transformer which powered a 12v water valve (from a washing machine). This controlled the water supply to a impulse sprinkler. This worked pretty well once I figured out how to shade the PIR from the sun as it had to face south. Also had a bit of fun finding a PIR with adjustable sensitivity (got it from RS in the end).

It wasn't pretty but it worked. There is an all-in-one device that does the same thing:-

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Contech-ScareCrow-Motion-Activated-Deterrent/dp/B005MW9VOM

but its good to feed your inner Heath Robinson :-)

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PSST! New PCs with Windows 7 preinstalled are out there – and will be into 2015, at least

romanempire

Two words...

Classic Shell

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Outsourcing your own job much more common than first thought

romanempire

Re: ummmm

" If companies can outsource, why can't employees?"

Because an employment contract is a 'contract OF service'. The service must be given personally by the employee. There is no right of substitution.

Other contracts are a 'contract FOR service' and substitution can occur in these.

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Thanks ever so much Java, for that biz-wide rootkit infection

romanempire
Mushroom

I'm for the...

the "nuke from orbit option". Its the only way to be sure.

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FCC (finally) cracks down on BLARING! TV! ADS!

romanempire
Happy

TIVO

One of main reasons I still love my old Series One Tivo and still keep it going despite the lack of dual tuners, HD, etc.

See http://www.tivoland.com/altepg/

R.

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2011's Best... HD TVs

romanempire
Meh

All a bit expensive...

How about an article/review of 37", 42" HD TV's for under £500. Lots of them in the shops and that price point is very attractive in the current economic climate. But are any of them any good???

R.

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BOFH: Attack of the Global Corporate Overlords

romanempire
FAIL

LN is OK except for F5

Have used OL and LN at various clients over the years and its taken a while for OL/Exch to catch up. Both systems can be a steaming pile if the designers/programmers don't give some proper consideration for real world usage. But the thing thats pissed most people off about LN is the F5 key.

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romanempire
FAIL

The main thing wrong with LN is F5...

Have used OL and LN at various clients over the years and its taken a while for OL/Exch to catch up. Both systems can be a steaming pile if the designers/programmers don't give some proper consideration for real world usage. But the thing thats pissed most people off about LN is the F5 key.

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