* Posts by Adam Jarvis

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'At least I can walk away with my dignity' – Streetmap founder after Google lawsuit loss

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One Show's Matt Baker...

In true David Cameron style, we need Matt Baker to ask Eric Schmidt, "Wonderful, Wonderful, just very quickly. How on Earth do you sleep at night?"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbcACpriZ9s

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If USA wants a say in 5G, Cisco HAS to buy Ericsson

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5G Cloud based, Managed Software RF processing doesn't have borders.

One of the principles of 5G is many more, simpler, smaller RF cells, where RF processing isn't done on local standalone dedicated hardware located at the mast, but managed centrally in the cloud, to reduce firmware/maintenance costs.

Is Trump planning ring fenced localised to US, processing of such data too? Could be tough to enforce in terms of Global companies - Google etc.

The companies to be watching here are Facebook with its open standards, its Switches and huge processing power. Their next move will be 5G Cloud based RF signal processing.

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BT's profits plunge 37% following Italian Job

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We need to cut this Pizza into more manageable slices.

How do we get this through to thickheads at Ofcom and the powers that be,

A Pizza Piechart?, with Openreach slice split off*

*With a bitter-sweet topping of Anchovies (to represent the slimey oily fish).

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Microsoft's Linux love-in continues with SUSE support in SQL Server

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Installing Spotify on Linux Mint.

Electron Shepherd you really haven't a clue. Get your facts right at least.

How do I install Spotify on Linux Mint?

Click Menu (Bottom left like Windows Start), Click Software Manager from static left pane (Brown Box Icon)

Software Manager opens...

Type 'Spotify' into search box

Click 'Install'

Close Software Manager.

Under Sound & Video, click Spotify to open.

Enter Username and password, job done.

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EE slapped with £2.7m fine by Ofcom

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Re: IPA 2016 (not the Ale!)

Back in 2012, Collective Switching wasn't the norm.

It also takes a minimum of 8 weeks for the Energy Supplier (in this case CoopEnergy) to respond and attempt to take corrective action, before you can raise an escalated complaint via the Energy Ombudsman or attempt to raise a side complaint through Ofgem (which is very hard to do).

Even though in this case, it was very obvious on day one that the problems would not be correctable in these first 8 weeks, as there were so many, i.e. regards their systems "The whole caboodle was fcuked".

Ofgem stating June 2015, actually means, complaints to CoopEnergy were much earlier. Ofgem 'knew' , whichever way you want to dress this up, with no action until November 2016, which was by then, too little, too late. CoopEnergy paying out a pittance of £7 average payment per customer. (none of which has been validated).

Ofgem effectively did nothing, no fine, nothing, all they seem to do is shady hidden backrooms deals to keep things below radar, because the Energy Market is such a fcuk up.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update crushed exploits without need of patches

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Re: Windows is the lowest form of Desktop Experience available

In the UK, we get (well I do) a full page ad for Microsoft Edge, when I type in "mozilla" into bing.com.

Not sure what's worse, the malware link (got that as the second top, Mozilla Official was top link) or the MS Edge ad, forcing you to scroll down to see the actual link for mozilla. It's a full on, in your face advert, it's not subtle.

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Microsoft Edge is the recommended browser for Windows 10

Ad by Microsoft · microsoft.com/microsoft-edge

Get up to 69% more battery life than Firefox when streaming video with Microsoft Edge.

The malware link does mention "free download" though, which could catch/attract some:

"Mozilla Firefox - latest version 2017 free download"

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Oi, Mint 18.1! KEEP UP! Ubuntu LTS love breeds a laggard

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Re: Cinnamon Stable ?

I know this sounds like a Microsoft apologist, but are you sure you don't have an Nvidia/AMD Hardware Graphics BGA solder fault on that laptop/machine. I only see freezes of Mint (generally) on machines that also freeze/BSOD under Windows 7 / Windows 10.

I actually use Mint Live USB (because its so stable) to check machines that are causing a Windows BSOD, to check it isn't a software issue/driver issue with Windows. If it freezes with Mint Live USB, 9/10 is either a memory or BGA Nvidia Graphics hardware fault.

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Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death dead in latest Windows 10 preview

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Re: Windows 10 Conveyor (belt) Edition

Metered Wifi Tweak as mentioned, in detail. Along these lines...

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Only the metered Wifi one mentioned. In theory (not tried it) that would allow you to download just this month's cumulative January security update manually (64Bit version is 974MB in size), allowing you to skip feature updates/new versions, just have security updates.

Trouble is, security updates only continue 9 months after the rollout of a new Windows 10 Version, i.e the Creators Edition in April 2017, so this method would allow you to this for Win10 AU1607 until February 2018 (I think).

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/4009938/windows-10-update-kb3213986

from the Windows Catalog

https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/

(it can now be used in other browsers)

Setting Metered Wifi:

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If you want to do this:

Click on the Wifi Icon on the taskbar.

Click Network Settings

Select Wifi on left (may be already selected, shown in blue)

Click on Manage Known Networks

Select the Wirless Network you are using.

Select Properties

Turn on Metered Connection Switch.

That would work, as long as you don't use Ethernet/a Wired conection at any point.

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TV anchor says live on-air 'Alexa, order me a dollhouse' – guess what happens next

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Could help reduce Piracy.

Maybe every pirated/ripped music album appearing on the Internet should have a mandatory voice intro, saying "Alexa, order me all of {Artist}'s back catalog of music. {pause} Everything". {to my Amazon music account}*

*added by Amazon.

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Networks in 2016: A full fibre diet for UK.gov

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The Internet has proved its usefulness both rurally and urban, stop faffing, its here to stay.

Regulators Ofcom, including a whole industry of so called experts has formed/grown up around trying to decipher bamboozed, obfuscated 'upto' ADSL/FTTC Internet speeds. It's all just become so bloody complicated no one can actually see a way of getting competition back in the market place with the current BT Openreach local loop infrastructure. BT is utterly entrenched, in part by market regulation, CMA allowing takeover of EE.

In terms of your 1983 IBM its like sticking with a 10BaseT 10Mbps Coxial Network within an Office Environment, spending hours monitoring transfer speeds, putting in place hundred's of manual procedures (copying to external devices etc) to provide a work-around because of the slow 10Mbps network speeds. Being completely frustrated, knowing that replacing the cable, network card, you can have 1000Mbps, for pretty much the same cost, if you go about it correctly.

Let's get rid of all the waffle, Pointless G.fast based on BT copper carcass tech is obsolete before its out the door.

Upgrade the local loop to true fibre, which enables households to take multiple services from different telecom providers. Job done. Follow Swiss model of 4-6 (redundant) fibres to the Premises for future proofing/wholesale open access.

Stop pampering/agreeing to a pointless USO limited to BT current legacy copper carcass infrastructure. Apathy will mean no one with an ADSL connection of 5Mbps upwards is going to pay BT £5000-15000+ for 10Mbps USO. It's utterly pointless regulation.

It's a situation Ofcom is never going to win against BT and will cost just as much in handouts/regulation costs. The only way is providing the redundancy to enable true choice, true fibre optic FTTP with wholesale open access to redundant fibres.

At least start now (because its going to take a long time at this rate) insist all new installs/end of life upgrades are FTTP from now on Openreach's local loop. DO IT NOW OFCOM, enough is enough.

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Government calls for ideas on how to splash £400m on fibre

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Re: Really?

It's like average Broadband speeds, they should be averaged over a 4 hour peak usage period, not over the full 24 hours, i.e. not through the night when speeds are at maximum for those hours, when no one is using it.

Also special days of maximum of peak usage; Olympics Coverage etc, should be selected in advance (at the start of the year) for monitoring for separately produced Data, to show the Backhaul network is up to the demands of peak usage, on key dates.

The current Ofcom average speed data is flawed, when measured over 24 hours/quiet periods. And Ofcom, why isn't all data published, we're paying for this monitoring. Make all gathered data public, good and bad. Stop producing pretty trickery, little data sets that make Ofcom look good.

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Re: Not all of London has 'superfast' Broadband

Make sure that it is FTTP, none of this FTTC cop out.

"That's fine as long as you accept that it will mean upgrading significantly fewer properties"

AndreuC,

The criticism of your comment is fully justified.

You're making this assumption here without any regard to the topology/landscape - properties types serviced, you didn't clarify your generalised comment and is based at best, on some stereotypical 'urban' landscape. You're making this statement 'FTTC is cheaper' without knowing the properies being serviced.

I'm picking you up on it, because that's a typical biased type BT statement (as though from the horse's mouth. Maybe you're just too close to BT, you hear this line everyday from BT's marketing dept).

Let stop this bullshit. It's an outdated idea. FTTC v FTTP costs differences are less significant today, because most of the selective 'ideal' i.e. cheaper, cherry picked locations are already serviced, i.e. where there are existing POTS cabinets.

New FTTC 'infill' rollouts will often mean either new copper cabling, redirects of existing lines (exchange only lines). These new FTTC cabinets also will require new Power/Connections to Grid, new Cabinets + Planning, because they required to be 'active powered'.

This includes actively powered FTTdP,FTTrN infill.

There is also the upper limitation of the copper carcass technology, its a Cul-de-Sac limited use technology going forward.

These problems are far less of a problem with true passive fibre, in order to achieve the 'infill'.

I rightly, brought you up on it, because you're feeding the usual BT well worn line that FTTC is cheaper, without any clarification.

With proper planning/use of Mobile Phone Apps for customer notifications/updates, upgrades to true/pure FTTP could be 'street upgrades at a time', not individual properties.

There needs to be a fundamental change to get BT/Customers 'on side' together, to make the FTTP rollout as cheap as possible. Maybe that means Competitions again/use cases, where Communites have to justify why they should be first, all in the roll of getting people 'actively interested' in real Fibre.

Maybe, having local campaigns/targets of 50% take up in the towns (based on the old exchange notion), could mean BT agree to rollout out FTTP to the remaining properties on the outer edges of an exchange. Make the people living closest feel the guilt/peer pressure from the 'outer edge' neighbours without FTTC, living in notspots.

I just don't buy it, that there aren't better ways of rolling out true/pure FTTP, using today's mobile app technology to keep people upto date.

If I can get 1 hour notifcation of a DPD delivery, showing where the Van is on route, BT can do the same for FTTP rollout. The idea that its difficult to contact Customers to enable access for Fibre to the Premises, is been excessively laboured by BT 'as difficult', because its in BT's biased copper carcass interest not to rollout true/pure FTTP, especially now they own EE.

BT are basically sitting on their hands waiting for more handouts.

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The Register's Top 20 Most-Commented Stories in 2016

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Re: 100% certain. What's not to like about the new Macbook Pro?

Let's be thankful for that.

That no technical journo at El Reg has the ability through lying gritted teeth to say how wonderful the new Macbook Pro 2016 zero travel, stubbed fingers, clattery clack Keyboard is.

How innovative that touchbar is for touch typists.

How fcuking wonderful it is to have the SSD soldered/intergrated to the motherboard and if thats not bad enough, at a crucial flex point in the motherboard design, right below an ideal place for a coffee spill, to run through the keyboard and destroy it. Destroying even the remotest hope that the £200-£500 Appe Store charge to connect to Apple's proprietary in-house 'rescue' connector might work. All designed to make Applecare a compulsory add-on.

Apple's 'Pro' £1750-£2500 Sealed up, 4 year shelf life devices - which have batteries glued in so well, Apple themselves will struggle to recycle the Aluminium machined bases.

Each design having minute changes to connectors/its framework, so that no part of the last 4 iterations, fits an older model. Not even one USB 3.0 type A port. Magsafe gone.

What's not to like? (without lying through gritted teeth). Thank God El Reg doesn't want or need an invite from Tim Cook. The quicker this current 'Pro' design dies the better.

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Folders return to Windows 10's Start Thing

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Re: Does anyone even use the Win 10 start mess?

Does anyone even use the Win10 start mess?

Advertisers do, that's about it.

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US cops seek Amazon Echo data for murder inquiry

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Alexa...'SOS'...Alexa...'Emergency' = X device begins full recording...transcript.

Where X = {Alexa, OK Google, Cortana, Siri} etc. (until device dies, power pulled/portable device battery goes flat)

How long before those two commands are added to the device (or forced to by Governments). I claim my 'obvious' Patent here.

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Radical 5G rules proposed, but UK can address woeful coverage right now

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Re: Small cells ? 5G ? Oh please, it is so much simpler than that

"2G/GSM uses band 8 for coverage which is 900 MHz and LTE on Band 20 has the same coverage grid"

A bit misleading , maybe true in terms of Voice, but data throughput at the extremities of that coverage cell aren't going to anything like what you'd expect in terms of LTE Data speeds, they'll be more like 2G Data speeds and massively affected by the topology of Britain's landscape/line of sight to mast.

Good to see the mention of the implementation practicalities of 5G though (coverage v capacity). Needs to be highlighted far more often.

Let's be clear the UK needs full fibre backhaul rollout into a lot of very remote areas to achieve 'blanket anything' in terms of data speeds/coverage/capacity, whether it be 4K streaming, LTE/5G Mobile. Microwave relay links work up to a point, (which ultimately connect to a fibre backhaul), but not in terms of en-masse capacity.

If Elon Musk wants to dig any tunnels, rather than tunnels for cars, micro tunnnels for fibre, with an automated GPS based 'rat run' tunnel digging machine for Fibre, covering the UK with a 1km square spacing grid of Fibre cabling, is probably a good place to start.

My main reason for always advocating full fat pure Fibre is to allow the dismantling of Ofcom and all its merry men/reduce maintenace costs. Pointless jobsworths analysing and talking vast amounts of hot air and hype, when its fibre cables in the ground that is needed to shut them all up -

Not hot air and hype of the so called 'good enough' benefits of Copper Carcass crappy overhyped G.fast, which is obsolete technology before its even out of trial (it's a fault finding/maintenance nightmare in the making). Constantly pushed as a solution by biased technical reasoning by (revolving door employment) BT/Ofcom Folk.

Somehow, we've ended up in a siutation where an massively entrenched BT is sitting on their hands, pontificating, asking for more handouts, Ofcom/CMA have to take some of the blame for this, and be severely reprimanded.

Regulation (both ofcom/ofgem) needs a complete re-think/overall, its not working for 'joe-public'.

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London's Winter Wonderland URGENTLY seeks Windows 10 desk support

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Re: Sounds like MS could get some free publicity

If it was three MS Senior Management, you could probably fund Shelter's Winter Budget for the homeless for several years. Trouble is, doubt they could or would do it.

Three from MS Marketing might a good start, they could hardly do a worse job, staying at MS instead, for those days.

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National Lottery whacked with £3m fine for suspect ticket win

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Audience Participation?

Wasn't there a big win once by someone that was sitting in the audience of the BBC Saturday Lottery Draw Programme/Dale Winton era, during the first few years of the Lottery. I vaguely remember this. Always thought that was far too coincidental.

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Apple ordered to cough up $2m to store workers after denying rest breaks

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There's an {potential} Apple Watch App for that!

Maybe Tim Cook could build the breaks into an Apple Watch App. Apple Watch might then have an actual real world use for Apple Employees + others.

Oh right, not what Apple is about or an area Apple want to get into. Employee Well Being, that is.

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BT's hiring! 500 more customer service folk to answer your angry calls

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Peston on Sunday Interview with Mike Rake , Chairman of BT Plc, his 'Freudian Slip'

Text Extract from the interview (genuine).

Mike Rake (BT Chairman)

What ofcom...{interupted by Peston}, What we are negotiating WITH OFCOM is not actually a structural separation of OFCOM. It's more of what is called Enhanced function separation. We (BT) are committed to creating an independent board THAT WILL RUN OFCOM with an independent Chairman,Independent Directors.

Peston: Openreach not Ofcom. {You mean Openreach}

Mike Rake: Oh, Yes (chuckle). that's a Freudian Slip! (Haha) (He can't stop chuckling to himself) Openreach (he continues to chuckle) that will run the networks, invest in the networks, which will have more freedom on Capital and operating expenditure, more hiring for commercial rollout.

That's what you were negotiating with them {ofcom}, they are saying the don't trust your plans, why they (ofcom) are now trying to break the company up.

Mike Rake at this point still can't stop chuckling to himself...(he knows BT basically owns ofcom). He make several further chuckles to himself, knowing the mistake he made was really the truth.

Ofcom is a total waste of space and money. It proved Ofcom / BT are in each other's pockets.

Freudian Slip - my arse. It was a true eye opener of an interview, regards BT/Ofcom's relationship.

Just as annoying though was Ed Balls, ignorantly flicking through his mobile phone while the interview took place. Fcuking technically clueless Politicians, happily accessing data from his phone {Strictly gossip probably}, but not interested in how BT intends to make sure that data is delivered to millions of phones, going forward. i.e. BT's rollout plans.He couldn't be bothered to actually listen (or just hadn't a clue).

Mike Rake is well past his Prime, in terms of deciding Britain's future regards Superfast Broadband. Its probably his clueless idea to promote Pointless G.fast, over FTTP. Mike, do us all a favour and retire, you really proved in that interview you're really not up to the job.

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It’s Brexploitation! Microsoft punishes UK for Brexit with cloud price-gouging

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If you're in it for the long term...

If you're in it for the long term, Microsoft should soften the blow during the hard times, profit in the easier times. Crucially, you take these factors into account when setting your inital price (irrespecitve of AWS Pricing). Ebay sell Yoyos, Microsoft don't need to. Cloud should be about security and stability, even when the physical World around it is going through a period of change/mayhem.

Microsoft have really forgotten core values here. MS will suffer for it.

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Microsoft's Neon project to redesign Windows for nerd goggles – reports

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Facebook Flat Web Design.

A rewrite of Flat Design History to big up MIcrosoft...

Flat Web Design was first used by Facebook, from which others followed. Facebook didn't follow Microsoft. Microsoft + others followed Facebook's design cues. i.e. Facebook set the trend.

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Why I just bought a MacBook Air instead of the new Pro

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Worth watching, regarding the iFixit teardown / Recyclability (shockingly bad).

Twit.tv (Leo Leporte) the show, the new screensavers, did a really good investigation into the recyclability of the new macbook w/touchbar.

The interesting fact that came out was that even Apple's recycling facility can't recycle the new macbook, due to the lithium-ion Batteries being glued in.

https://www.twit.tv/shows/new-screen-savers/episodes/80?autostart=false

Worth watching from 24 minutes onwards for iFixit section, macbook review starts around 9 minutes.

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Apple unplugs its home LAN biz, allegedly

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Worth watching, regarding the iFixit teardown / Recyclability (shockingly bad).

Twit.tv (Leo Leporte) the show, the new screensavers, did a really good investigation into the recyclability of the new macbook w/touchbar.

The interesting fact that came out was that even Apple's recycling facility can't recycle the new macbook, due to the lithium-ion Batteries being glued in.

https://www.twit.tv/shows/new-screen-savers/episodes/80?autostart=false

Worth watching from 24 minutes onwards for iFixit section, macbook review starts around 9 minutes.

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Ofcom slaps ban on BT/EE 4G spectrum bid

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Re: Are Ofcom admittting that they fcuked Up? Or is Theresa May confirming they have?

"A few points for you to work on Ofcom, if you're reading"

None. It was referenced with a sarcastic tone. Ofcom are a complete waste of space. BT has technically incompetent MPs and ofcom wrapped around their little finger. As regulators go, ofcom, the regulator couldn't be more predictable if they tried.

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Russia shoves antitrust probe into Microsoft after Kaspersky gripes about Windows 10

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Given how stable Windows 10 1607 AU is of late...

Given a fully updated, Windows 10 1607 AU has become fairly stable and useable of late, Microsoft would be as well giving users a 12 month 'Update Pause' on the release of Windows 1703 Creators Edition, before an update is forced.

Forget this 'one Windows' bollocks, it isn't. There are will be 4 distinct versions by then, Windows 10 1507, Windows 10 1511, Windows 10 1607 + Windows 10 1703. Without even getting into all the variations of Home/Pro/Enterprise, and the list of updates each require.

Over the Past 18 Months its felt like living in a Classic Art-Deco Bungalow as a building site (yes, its a bit drafty), while the house around is demolished and rebuilt as a modern McDonalds Mansion, yes, a lot is better, but with the new, comes change.

You still have to go to work each day, eat, sleep, wash your cloths, feed/protect a family and generally use what's around you, while this building work is carried out around you. Afterwards, you need a bit of time, to accept the new.

Microsoft - give User's a chance to accept Windows 10. At this moment, its a Calm before the storm, again. It's reached a pretty good point.

Or is the reason Microsoft don't want to do the obvious, exactly what Kaspersky claim?, a constantly shifting platform gives Microsoft Products a technical advantage (it does).

There is some merit in that. It's has felt like a constantly shifting platform beneath your feet these past 18 months.

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What went wrong at Tesco Bank?

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Dave Lewis, Tesco CEO, just got that call...

Peter Yapp, the deputy director for the incident management directorate, explained how his role worked: “If something [regarding a cyber incident and your company] breaks in the press, I'll get a call from someone in government,” he said, and he would be expected to explain what the incident meant.

“If you haven't phoned me and told me about it, I will phone you,” stated Yapp.

“It is worth telling me about the most serious incidents,” he told his audience, acknowledging that these were difficult to define, before comforting them: “We do not tell the ICO what you tell us.”

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/10/13/

new_gchq_unit_says_it_wont_rat_your_breached_business_out_to_the_ico/

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Facebook opens up, shares blueprints for its 100Gbit network switch

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Another example of how 'Pointless' G.fast is obsolete?

I'm sure BT would prefer Facebook put these plans in a cupboard and threw away the key, forgot about them for a while. It would give BT more time to exploit (sweat) their Copper Carcass 'Pointless' G.fast technology. G.fast is looking more obsolete by the day, with Open Source Switches becoming the norm/standard.

And approving a BT 10Mbps USO until 2030?

Ed Vaizey what were you thinking?

We need to at least make the break from Copper for everything from now on (new installs/renewals). Trump Day would be a good day to start. Just do it ofcom/BT. The writing is so on the wall for Copper making up the local loop. Ofcom/MPs - stop listening to the copper biased technical crap coming out of BT's mouths.

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What a bee-lief! UK's asian hornet outbreak is over ... for now

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Brexiteers cheer!

Brexiteers will be using this, the first good news for them since the Vote. They've managed to keep a few foreigners out, even if its only for Winter. The fact they can't afford to feed themselves, yet the wasps can, over Winter, is not pertinent here.

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Amazon's very own Linux now available for download

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Pointless G.fast. Real Fibre optic is 'courageous' Ofcom/BT, not G.fast.

Develop AWS Biz Apps?

BT keep coming back saying copper carcass based G.fast will do the job up until 2030 at least.

What do you need faster broadband for? Isn't it fast enough? BT offer an USO of 'upto' 10Mbps, be done with you - plebs.

In this future World, 'courageous' Multinational goals are now defined by removing a head phone jack.

In the real world, good luck to working/developing with AWS (in any commercial sense), uploading to Cloud / downloading patches/ISOs, from anywhere other than select locations in the UK.

G.fast is an Pointless Cul-de-sac technology for select 'cherry picked' locations. It's not an inclusive one for the UK as a whole.

Of course, BT don't want small biz/ground-up companies to get us out this Brexit mess, they want Multinationals developing for Multinationals, with Multinationals swallowing vast amounts of taxpayers money in the process.

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Windows 10 market share stalls after free upgrade offer ends

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Re: No such thing as a free lunch

I'm expecting this to come in the form of 'inactive use' after so many months (like Mobile Sim Cards) Windows 10 deactivates if a user doesn't log-on, and will need to reactivate for a norminal fee. That's my take. Either that or Windows 10 Creators Edition is going to be a 'bloater' and require a memory/ssd/graphics update, additional hardware maybe as a minimum. It will happen at some point no doubt.

Maybe it will just be in the form of more and more restrictions on Home/Pro users to push them towards a subscription based enterprise/biz licence, where you need configuration/oversight.

"This is more than a one-time upgrade: once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device – at no additional charge"

- Terry Myerson.

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MacBook headphone hell

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Apple deaf to feedback?

It seemed Apple are deaf to feedback.

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Smart Meter rollout delayed again. Cost us £11bn, eh?

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Re: Not Late Yet

Sounds like the Dreams Bed Sale, which ends 'Monday', but which Monday?

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@ofgem = {hashtag} #Fuseless / F'useless.

Is there anyone that actually wants a Smartmeter?, if they think it will reduce their Energy costs they are deluded. This is about manipulating the consumer with deals that will be so complex, they will never know the true cost of their Energy.

Ofgem, have a single completely blinkered approach - vain attempts of trying to increase competition, they should really give up and just concentrate on increasing Customer Service levels to something even marginally acceptable.

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MPs want Blighty to enforce domestic roaming to fix 'not spots'

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If you thought Ofcom were bad, Ofgem is a f'in nightmare to deal with.

Ofgem don't regulate (or provide oversight) of the roll out of new billing systems. If a Utilty company rolls out a complete lemon of a system (CoopEnergy, still not resolved 18 months later). Ofgem will do nothing. Ofgem only deal with the consequences, not the prevention. Ofgem were told in month 1 of massive problems regards CoopEnergy, yet did absolutely nothing for 18 months. Then you find out Ofgem don't regulate CRM+Billing (Customer Relational Management Systems).

You have to ask what is a UK Utility Company in 2016, if not 'just' a CRM+Billing System, with a bolt on call centre. I often wonder what the purpose of ofcom/ofgem really is. They seem more like narcissistic organisations (caring about their own image more than customer resolution) i.e. appeasement smokescreens (at best) for the industry, paid for by consumers.

In a word,

Basically useless.

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Re: Stupid

A virtualised allocation of Network resources (on an annual basis) to operators would be better than fixed allocation via auction, which causes operators to 'land bank' excess spare capacity.

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First Step. Just stop operators charging consumers for 2G.

A fairly easy solution would be to prevent any billing of legacy 2G data connections, if a consumer connects to a mast as 2G (or equivalent in terms of speed). The billing is dropped for those packets.

Mast Congestion, should be a 3 strike policy, with a plan initiated to increase capacity or face ongoing fines for slow speeds/contention. There should be strict definitions of what 3G and 4G are, in terms of an acceptable Mbps speed by distance/radius/topology for each mast.

(All smartphones can connect '3G/4G', but this doesn't determine the throughput, the mast's backhaul does).

Temporary mobile masts should be erected for enforcement in notspots, which are able to route data/calls for all networks, any calls/data routed though such temporary masts, equates to a fine against mobile operators. Gives ofcom the ability to prove via the use of temporary masts the need for coverage that is not been offered.

The only way networks will be improved if it hits actual network operators in the pocket, not their customers.

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Microsoft goes back to the drawing board – literally, with 28" tablet and hockey puck knob

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Re: Apple Bootcamp no longer supports Windows 7SP1 on newer iMacs.

Nothing special about Macs regards to VMWare, given that's what VMware is for. Anywhere VMware runs, Windows, Linux, Mac, (even iOS, using Horizon), Cloud/Local Servers/(ESX/ESXi) - you can run Windows 7 as a VM.

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The Surface Studio Hybrid Drive - Linux Friendly?

The Hybrid Raid SSD in the Surface Studio sounds like the same Lenovo SSD design that doesn't support Linux.

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Adam Jarvis
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Apple Bootcamp no longer supports Windows 7SP1 on newer iMacs.

You'll be out of luck, Apple don't support older versions of Windows on newer iMacs (no bootcamp drivers). The Bootcamp drivers for a new iMac will only support Windows 8.1/10. Apple no longer support Windows 7 on newer macbooks and iMacs, haven't for a while.

Apple don't support newer versions of Windows i.e. Windows 10 on older iMacs officially, but we have Windows 10 running on a 2008 iMac + 2009 iMac (the 2009 24'' is the one to get). ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro dedicated graphics are more stable than the Nvidia 8800GS, which freezes occasionally, due to buggy Nvidia Drivers, but the Nvidia 9400M is OK under Windows 10.

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Microsoft's Surface Studio desk-slab, Dial knob, Surface Book: We get our claws on new kit

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Re: Microsoft Surface Studio

Nothing wrong in that at all, I'm just making the point that Microsoft are marketing this, by pulling on the 'Pushy Parent' heartstrings. You could of course, just take them to some rock pools on a beach, and they'll be just as happy. It's much more fun making '3D sand castles' on a real beach.

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Re: Microsoft Surface Studio

The presentation sold this device to (John Lewis* type) 'Pushy Parents' (the three female presenters were stereotypical of such) with income/money who will spend anything in trying to gain quality time with their 8-12 year old children, who are increasingly self obsessed with their own tech, as they get older. i.e. its aiming to extend the years you can still interact and do stuff with your children. People will pay good money for that.

The presentations were awful, almost laughable. The hardware is sound though (firmware permitting), thank god. Panos, for all his verbal, its actually a well thought through, decent bit of kit and crucially, no doubt it will sell to both 'Pushy Parents' and designers. This will be profitable, I'm 100% sure.

For US readers: *John Lewis is very well thought 'aspirational' Department Store in the UK, for all your middle class essentials. Not cheap, but you get what you pay for, mostly. When life reaches that point of being comfortable.

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Did Apple leak a photo of its new Macbook Pro in an OS update? Our survey says: Yes

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The travelling circus of Driver implementation.

The UK is in for a shock, once they start having to pay the 1:1 UK:US Dollar pricing, with VAT@20%,the UK Prices for the new macbook might end up been slightly higher than the US.

I'm guessing 5-10% above US Prices, A $1500 new mabook will be £1650 in the UK

(In fairness, the Apple upfront cost is always high, but the cost of ownership, especially if you implement a 'limited damage plan, keep the box' policy, is minimum {over a three year life} for macbooks. Don't take my word for it, listen to IBM)

The problem (more so) with this macbook will be the lack of drivers for anything other than macOS for the specialist devices - the Oled touchpad and the fingerprint touchID, Windows 10 AU 1607 Bootcamp drivers maybe, but you won't see Windows 8.1/7SP1 drivers.

I call this the 'travelling circus of Driver implementation'. A new laptop gets released, comes into town. The drivers appear just before the circus arrives and leave not long after the circus leaves, leaving you with laptops where they can only run certain OS's, which acts a window of opportunity. This works with Printers too.

It's even harder where those drivers only run on a very small subset of machines (like specialist fingerprint readers/oled touchpanels). Has the effect to make these, very restrictive proprietary drivers, making the laptop obsolete quicker, as regards to new OSs.

Regarding the 1cm bezel which Apple are bound to salvate over, we had this in 2005 on a Toshiba Portege M100, then we seemed to lose narrow bezels for 10 years.

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Openreach split could damage broadband investment, says BT's chief exec

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What Era are you living in?

Look at the Alton Tower's tragedy. Everyone filmed the crash, not a single person phoned 999 for 11 minutes. No one via a landline. It's telling of today's generation.

The idea of having to power an analogue telephone as the inhibitor reason to rollout G.fast over real Fibre FTTP. It's just more (BT) Copper Carcass biased reasoning from you as why pointless G.fast should be the solution, over real Fibre.

The analogue phone is completely irrelevant for all everyday tasks (other than a last resort Emergency) and that would only be in a real World situation where there isn't Mobile.

Don't take my word for it, look at BT Retail's own call revenue figures or any ISP for that matter. NB. Note the use of 'ISP' in terms of BTRetail, that's what it is now, primarily an ISP.

OK, BT's argument is to keep analogue phones For Emergencies? Fine. You think most worry? Maybe those born before 1980, most only care about their Broadband connection, Messaging Apps, Facebook and Mobile.

Every communication for me, is either Messaging Apps,Skype,Mobile, email even the odd text.

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Re: No one is saying Pointless G.fast can't do the job - up to a poiint.

So what's you answer when 'UK Plc' needs to move quickly, be agile - upgrade networks as jobs start to move to areas/Countries with true fibre optic FTTP, say 10Gbps, because UK businesses can't compete on time/price, because of the time it take to move vast data farms/collate data, they can't compete. Did you predict the data used today even 5 years ago, let alone 10 years ago?

The problem with your response, is your pushing the same BT line ever single time, 'Fibre is expensive, G.fast is cheap', its just not true, once you take into account the maintenance / noise/ interference aspects of G.fast.

G.fast isn't cheap, I repeat G.fast isn't cheap, its a biased legacy copper technical solution put forward by BT, for BT, that favours BT's legacy copper carcass of a Network.

G.fast is overly complicated (regarding fault finding, more so than FTTC) requires exponentially carpet bombing an area with G.fast nodes to get any form of blanket Ultrafast coverage. Powering the nodes is real challenge. Interoperability of existing makes of routers/firmware. As stated you need a minimum of 25 G.fast nodes per 2Km2 area to get blanket Ultrafast Broadband speeds. A single G.fast node covers a very small subset of the area covered by an existing FTTC cabinet..

Realistically, you ever need more than 'upto' 300Mbps, G.fast technology can't be upgraded, its a Cul-de-Sac Technology, yes, you could add more G.fast nodes, bringing G.fast closer to the premises but as said, the number of G.fast nodes you need goes up exponentially, and so does the cost, to the point it would have been cheaper to just connect fibe to the premises in the first place. And if the taxpayer is paying, that's what we should do.

Taxpayer shouldn't listen to BT, because Cul-de-sac tech G.fast is fundamentally the wrong technical solution for UK Plc.

To make that jump to true fibre optic 1-10Gbps, you have to reverse out the Cul-de-Sac and start again.

Everything you put forward, works within the confines and limitations of the existing legacy BT network. The talk of BT Ducts, duct capacity etc. The Ducts in the past, carried a minimum of 200 copper pairs from the exchange to the cabinet. Are you saying that's now not possible with Fibre? or just another excuse, biasing your choice of G.fast over FTTP.

We setting ourselves up for failure, G.fast is not the route to take, its just not ambitious enough.

I do understand how pseudo/multiplexed FTTP is currently rolled out from Huawei FTTC cabinets, how this Fibre backhaul is limited to provide true FTTP, and its already showing its backhaul limitations in terms of true FTTP.

BT will never recommend true FTTP rollout because its not in BT's interests in any shape or form. But that isn't a reason not to be ambitious (in the interest of the UK PLC, not BT PLC) and go down that true fibre FTTP route, because its the right long term route.

G.fast won't cheap in any shape or form, it's a con put forward by BT for BT.

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Re: No one is saying Pointless G.fast can't do the job - up to a poiint.

You're confused in your response.

'If there's existing G.fast then the area isn't a "not spot".

There is no 'existing G.fast' anywhere at the moment as it's still in pilot.

I said 'notspots remain notspots'

If you mean if there's existing FTTC then the (exchange) area isn't a "not spot".

Not technically true, the rollout of FTTC cabinets only cover a subset of the existing full exchange area, once an area become FTTC enabled, due to the technology there are FTTC notspots formed, (that may have been or not have been notspots previous within the exchange area on ADSL). FTTC may also enable areas that were previously ADSL notspots, but its not a given, for the full exchange area.

An exchanged can be labelled 'FTTC enabled' with a minimum of 1 FTTC cabinet, leaving a large expanse of subscribers on different non enabled cabinets without FTTC, stuck on existing ADSL products.

In the same way, G.fast will be a subset of the FTTC cabinets already in situ, so even with the full 1:1 mapping with FTTC (rolled out in the same locations as FTTC), FTTC enabled doesn't necessarily mean it will become G.fast enabled.

And of course, from this - 'G.fast notspots' will be formed, that may be FTTC enabled, i.e. lines more than 250m from the FTTC cabinet (125m as the crow flies), as G.fast only covers a subset of the area an FTTC cabinet covers.

Subsidies for certain FTTC cabinets, with say current low uptake, will be the litmus test for more BT taxpayer subsidy.

"If that situation is proved wrong and there is no loss, BT hands the subsidy back"

BT have raised the threshold from the original 20% to 30% to avoid paying back such amount.

That threshold is likely to be even higher for G.fast rollout.

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