* Posts by Adam Jarvis

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SpaceX nails two launches and barge landings in one weekend

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Re: Things are getting interesting

Obviously, the more Iridium Satellites SpaceX send up, they better the landing barge live video link will become ;)

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Intel pitches a Thunderbolt 3-for-all

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Re: Dare I ask

"I use it everyday on my iMac..."

And what a royal pain in the arse that implementation has been using the mini display port cable 'as the carrier' / slight differences between display port / thunderbolt 2 / thunderbolt 3 implementations across the mac range, over time.

You can't just buy one type of mini "display port / thunderbolt cable" to connect different mac/iMac devices.

Target display mode (best feature of the 27" iMacs, allowing you to use it as a monitor) only works on the 2009/2010 iMac, for display port to display port outputs (not thunderbolt). You can't connect display port to thunderbolt (on newer iMacs), or thunderbolt to display port. There are problems with Thunderbolt 2/3 to Thunderbolt 3/2 in this regard too. You have to buy the specific cable to do the job, DP to DP or TB to TB which looks/fits exactly the same as the other, but different markings/specs.

It's a confusing mess for the end user.

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Openreach hints at fibre network strategy rethink

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Re: Oh dear god, please no...

That 2 month ball keeps getting kicked into the long grass regarding Superfast Cymru. Standard practice as regards BT. Not helped by the fact that all of the new non-existent publicity has been taken back, controlled by BT. It's almost as though BT have forgotten they signed a BDUK contract to have deliverables by a certain date.

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America's mystery X-37B space drone lands after two years in orbit

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It's tiny compared to the Space Shuttle.

I'd never really being able to gauge its size, until this landing. I always imagined it to be much bigger than it actually is. It looks tiny compared to the Shuttle.

If you watch the full landing video, they are currently refitting the Space Shuttle (Atlantis?) for the Museum and it can be seen in the background, as the X-37B lands.

El Reg: It would make a much better screen grab for the article too, showing both the X-37B/Space Shuttle in the same shot.

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Windows 10 S forces Bing, Edge on your kids. If you don't like it, get Win10 Pro – Microsoft

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Microsoft Teams!

After watching the #MicrosoftEDU Keynote (after skipping past Satya Nadella, yep - I know everyone else did too), I had real trouble taking the whole keynote seriously.

Why? Microsoft Teams! / IT Crowd.

MS Marketing would be better to licence this clip from IT Crowd, if they really want Microsoft Teams! and Cortana to become common knowledge with the general public.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nPVAh78n34

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PC sales are up across Europe. You read that right. PC sales are up

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Re: "but Brexit-blown Blighty misses out"

Cheap SSDs staples such as the Integral 120GB Series-P / Series-V were £25 this time last year, now £50-60. Thankfully, we made hay while the sun was shining (last year).

SSDs are still the best type of upgrade "on the cheap", though.

Other brands were/are also good, like Sandisk Plus (were MLC, then TLC) - now branded WD (not tried) and of course, Samsung.

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Base specs leak for Windows 10 Cloud – Microsoft's wannabe ChromeOS assassin

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Re: Not price

That is just embarassing. 4 Free Games? Pittance.

Seems more like a deliberate flaw.

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Leaked NSA point-and-pwn hack tools menace Win2k to Windows 8

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Re: Pays to be running Windows 10

Looking forward to next Andrew Marr / Amber Rudd's take on this. I'll go by whatever Amber Rudd says and do the complete opposite.

New Tact/Approach?

(If you can't win the PR War consensus* after a terrorist attack (she didn't), to get the Public to give up their Encryption/Privacy, maybe the next best approach is to target all those mainstream IT Tech products "with a release of hacking tools in the public domain" to make those products feel as insecure as possible.

So in effect, "the default", feels like there is no Privacy anymore, so in future you'll feel less likely to argue/stand up for the right to Privacy).

* We never did get any real clarification/proof that WhatsApp was used, by WhatsApp themselves. It seems to have all gone quiet on that front.

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Mac Pro update: Apple promises another pricey thing it will no doubt abandon after a year

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Touchbar needs on screen display below the dock.

The Touchbar wouldn't have been so bad if its design was reflected/mirrored on screen with highlights (to show current finger position) just below the dock, to save having to look down at the keyboard.

The fact that Apple missed that, shows the lack of progress of late.

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Ofcom pressuring BT to slash wholesale prices for superfast broadband

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Re: No one has mentioned monthly download Caps.

>BT Agreeing to FTTP on all lines longer than 500m is starting to look inevitable.

Ofcom are saying to BT, charge what you need to commercially, but lay pure FTTP and start offering the service. Stop withholding things on the basis of what you think people want, give them the choice. Elsewhere in the World, it seems commercially viable, so stop whining, asking for subsidies.

Above all, get on with it, because you won't make any profit from those lines longer than 500m, any other way, we're regulating those customers.

BT/Openreach obviously need to concentrate on streets/towns at time rather than individual properties to make it worthwhile.

I think if BT were to cause nearby towns to compete for rollout 50/50, you'd see much better uptake.

Ofcom have realised what a bamboozed mess G.fast will be if its rolled out en-masse.

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Home Office accused of blocking UK public's scrutiny of Snoopers' Charter

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Re: Google Maps/Streetview - Westminister Bridge.

Didn't make it totally clear. I was accessing via an iPad/iOS earlier which does actually prevent you from continuing and does 'stump' you, i.e. it's not obvious how to continue across the bridge. On a laptop its less obvious, as it just switches lanes, to oncoming traffic. Just thought it was an interesting anomaly, as its exactly the point he got frustrated and flipped.

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Google Maps/Streetview - Westminister Bridge.

Sometimes, we look for complex 'terrorist reasoning' why someone did something when it can be the simplest, the most straightforward reasons that can get overlooked.

Things that cause frustration and people to snap, and our daily reliance on technology to get things done.

Driving in London is frustrating, especially without working Sat-Nav.

If Khalid Masood was simply trying to find a particular location, one of the interesting things is that using Google Maps (in a web browser at least), just at that key point where Khalid Masood 'flipped' prevents you from crossing Westminster Bridge on that side of the road.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/WestminsterBridge

(Click the arrow one place forward on Google Maps/Street view, to see you are prevented from continuing on that side of the road). You have to move to the right lane, to use Google Maps/Streetview (traffic heading towards you to cross the bridge) using the mapping.

Maybe Google maps has being restricted to prevent showing the bridge since the incident.

An interesting anomaly, all the same.

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BT's Openreach to hire 1,500 engineers

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Re: The Elephant in the room - PIA / FTTC/Vectoring by two or more Telcos.

WarwickNET (as an example-I have no link to them) has rolled out FTTC (Fibre to its own cabinet-Hybrid Copper Fibre) using the BTOpenreach access rules of PIA to ducts and poles, but (importantly) also has implemented newer vectoring technology (one of the first Telcos to do this).

Where WarwickNET has done this already, they effectively "own" that local loop in terms of "cheaper" FTTC/G.fast technologies. No other Telco (including BT) can then roll out G.fast Technology within the same local loop, because of the interference issues between two lots of competiting G.fast/vectoring technologies.

There is no equipment - Huawei etc, out there that syncs the signals of competiting FTTC/Vectoring/G.fast based equipment within the same local loop, to allow the two Telcos equipment to work side by side.

You can't physically have two different Telco operators installing their own copper based FTTC/Vectoring technologies with the same single local loop, one will interfere with the other. Whoever installs FTTC Vectoring Technology/G.fast first prevents any other Telco from using the same type of hybrid copper technology.

In those situations, the only way the second Telco can compete is by rolling out (expensive-in BT's own words) pure FTTP. The second Telco wouldn't be able to use (cheaper-in BT's own words) technologies and PIA access to Poles/Ducts to use the existing copper technologies, connected to their own equipment.

Hence why BT wants to move quickly to getFTTC Vectoring/G.fast in place, before the Regulator Ofcom realises its massive "Elephant in the Room" mistake. The rules are completely biased in favour of G.fast/BT's Hybrid Copper technologies, by allowing BT to continue to rollout such tech.

Hence why BT should not be permitted to rollout FTTC Vectoring/G.fast until this has been resolved, as it means Openreach operating outside its legal status to treat all customers fairly/equally.

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UK.gov 5G strategy 'mostly sensible', says engineering brainbox

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In terms of SillyCon, yep- there is far too much hot air / blue sky thinking.

Whether you like Facebook or not, what it has shown is how, it can quietly just get on with the job of scaling its software/hardware businesses, as more users come on board (inc WhatsApp, Instagram), pretty seamlessly, using (pretty much) a best in class open approach to problem solving those issues.

BT/EE could learn a thing or two, regards less headline grabbing hyping of selective, untested "cutting edge" technology products and the realities of just quietly getting on, admitting when existing copper tech has been sweated enough, and instead switching, using the tried and tested tech, pure Fibre optic on lines longer than 500m (by copper cable), which is what needs to happen.

BT/EE just come across as reluctant tech couch potatoes at times, unwilling to change their blinkered approach, when every pointer around them is saying they need to move on, from their copper bias.

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Anti-TV Licensing petition gets May date for Parliament debate

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Re: Good going cobber

Given the Guardian CiF (Comment is Free) replies to the recent article on £200, 6 Point Mobile Phone use while driving, it seems like there is the equivalent of a paid oppressive right wing 'DM Style' army filling the comment section with conformist 'just accept it' comments, many accounts recently.

This Government seems to have a skewed agenda for disproportionate fines against those who can least afford to pay it.

A revenue raising, "Head clipping" agenda taking proportionately more money from the poor, for what often are just genuine mistakes, lapses in concentration without intent.

Often where self policing, has been deemed at a certain statistical level (i.e. 80mph on the motorway), and by setting the technology to trip slightly below this level, and do this 24/7 'blanket approach' is massively revenue generating.

There is a equally bad deceitfulness 'grabby attitude' to the revenue raising methods been used, to the crimes being committed.

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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

Adam Jarvis
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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

Adam Jarvis
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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

Adam Jarvis
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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

Adam Jarvis
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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

Adam Jarvis
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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?

Adam Jarvis
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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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