* Posts by Adam Jarvis

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Openreach names 81 lucky locations to be plugged into its super-zippy Gfast pipe

Adam Jarvis

Re: BT's G.fast copper carcass snake-oil tech.

Finally, someone (albeit anonymous) confirming what I've been saying for years since 2009, given all the backlash I've had over attempting to technically explain BT's copper carcass snake-oil tech.

G.fast is a can of worms to maintain (which end users pay/BT profit from, due to Ofcom's regulatory model of stupidity, of allowing profit from failure), making G.fast more viable on paper, because it's less robust than FTTP from interference, both malicious/non-malicious, i.e. BT paid call-outs potentially rise statistically with G.fast rollout/deployment over FTTP.

Little reported, but the initial field trials used isolated brand new copper cabling (separately run alongside to those used in existing local loop copper), to rose-tint the results of G.fast. Ex-BT are as a routine, parachuted into key Ofcom jobs, you just have to look at their Linked-in profiles to see this.

G.fast may have its uses, multiple occupancies - new town tenement blocks (Marchmont, Edinburgh) are a prime example, but that's about it, but even then the costings are controversial depending on which side of the fence you sit. FTTP v G.fast.

The number of G.fast nodes+mains grid connections (to actively power a G.fast node) required rises exponentially. It's fairly simple maths, which means it soon loses any advantage (if it had any over passive both overhead/ducted FTTP rollout).

Without shortening the copper lengths, G.fast helps no one (being generous here) with copper cable lengths of >500m by length, 250m as the crow flies), that figure is ball-park nearer 300m-350m (150m-175m).

G.fast all has to be ripped out and replaced with FTTP anyhow (so why not start now?) when you've sweated it to the max, speed improvements hit an upper limit/brick wall, like attempting to fold a sheet of A4 more than 5-6 times.

iPhone XR, for when £1,000 is just too much for a smartmobe

Adam Jarvis

Re: In Android land

"I couldn't care less about tech willy waving"

If that were true you should have bailed out 10 years ago with a 2GHz+ Core 2 Duo + dedicated Nvidia Graphics laptop/desktop and a basic Nokia with a 7-day battery life. Heck, probably even a 1.4Ghz Pentium-m ULV Centrino processor.

The whole processor industry - Intel i3,i5,i7 series 3-8 has been based on obfuscated willy waving for 10 years now.

A 7nm fabricated Arm processor is a substantial shift in terms of mobile performance. i.e. real genuine progress in the scheme of things.

At least have some respect for the people that took the time to produce it, it's 1000's upon 1000's hours of dedicated work, irrespective whether there is an Apple logo or not.

Adam Jarvis

Re: In Android land

"but equally "worth the upgrade" sticks a bit in the craw when looking at the price. I have a Samsung S6 - 3-year-old specimen of a 4-year-old model."

You seem to have a very short selective memory. The Samsung Galaxy S6 cost circa £599 for the 32GB on release in 2015. The S6 Edge cost £100 more, circa £699 on release.

Adam Jarvis

Re: I’m Struggling…

It would be much more preferable if Apple just warned about installing Mojave on older hardware (or even charged for it), than using a 'hard block' to prevent it been installed on older machines.

Some 2008-2011 machines only need minor upgrades such as a newer wireless card to work without problems, £10 on ebay.

If you run a business, using the dosdude patcher isn't a serious option, or shouldn't be. It would be good too if Apple publicly tested this patcher tool and confirmed it was free from malware, instead of leaving their existing users in the dark, at the mercy of such software.

The days of "It just works" are long gone with macs in terms of ageing kit, it's become tedious to remember all the caveats.

Are you listening Apple?

Adam Jarvis

Re: In Android land

"It's basically made from crap picked up off the factory floor a couple of years ago."

Such an ignorant comment. Now you're just trolling. The XR's SoC is built on the latest 7nm process, just like the XS, XS Max.

The guts in this are actually a genuine worthy Apple upgrade, in the scheme of Apple upgrades and oddly the 7nm fabrication was pretty underplayed by Apple in the Keynote.

If there is one reason to buy the XR phone it's because it isn't built from parts off the factory floor from two years ago.

(Apple does have exaggerated form on their upgrades in the past, the iPad mini 2 -> iPad mini 3 'upgrade', now - that was parts off the factory floor from two years ago).

Microsoft Windows 10 October update giving HP users BSOD

Adam Jarvis

More Clunky Windows Updates... Installed 1809? Cumulative Update KB4464330 fails on first install.

This is for folk that have managed to install Windows 1809 (from the v1 release of Win10 1809).

This week Microsoft released a cumulative update for 1809 KB4464330, this will always fail on first install (which messes up the Update History aesthetically) due to a missing service stack update KB4465477.

It will normally install on the second or third time.

To get round this, after installing Windows 1809 from ISO, download KB4465477 manually from WinCatalog, and install. **before checking for updates**.

This will update the 1809 Service Stack.

Updates should install correctly after this manually applying update.

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Windows Update...more Clunk, than a rusty bag of nails.

Microsoft deletes deleterious file deletion bug from Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Adam Jarvis

Re: Bad user!

"I just ignore 'My Documents' "

Maybe you could you tell Microsoft to do the same?

Adam Jarvis

*** Be careful *** Also new in 1809, changes to Disk Cleanup Tool, now includes user directories.

MS have added C:\users\{username}\Downloads to the "Disk Cleanup" tool in 1809.

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Microsoft have added the personal/user folder C:\users\{username}\Downloads to the 'Disk Cleanup tool'. The Disk Cleanup tool is normally used to remove previous versions of Windows i.e. 1803.

Microsoft fails to even highlight the change for regular users within the new version, that they have added this user folder to the list of directories the Disk Cleanup deletes data from.

That's just sheer incompetence or a malicious act by MS.

It's almost as though someone at Microsoft wants you to delete your own files "by mistake". Anyone would think MS need to sell a few more 1TB OneDrive subscriptions/Office 365 Subscriptions.

Microsoft yanks the document-destroying Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Adam Jarvis

*** Be careful *** Also new in 1809, changes to Disk Cleanup Tool, now includes user directories.

MS have added C:\users\{username}\Downloads to the "Disk Cleanup" tool in 1809.

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Microsoft have added the personal/user folder C:\users\{username}\Downloads to the 'Disk Cleanup tool'. The Disk Cleanup tool is normally used to remove previous versions of Windows i.e. 1803.

Microsoft don't even highlight the change for regular users within the new version, that they have added this user folder to the list of directories the Disk Cleanup deletes data from.

That's just sheer incompetence or a malicious act by MS.

It's almost as though someone at Microsoft wants you to delete your own files "by mistake". Anyone would think MS need to sell a few more 1TB OneDrive subscriptions/Office 365 Subscriptions.

On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others

Adam Jarvis

He said what everyone else was thinking regards Adobe Flash. We're all better for it.

He said what everyone else was thinking regards Adobe Flash, called it out for what it was (and still is). 'Utter shite', bug-ridden code that shouldn't be on any device. Adobe Flash just acts as an attack vector for malicious code today and not much else.

He deserves praise for that, he could have easily kept quiet, the typical Microsoft way/approach.

Cook, while competent at manipulating the supply chain, is an evangelical salesman who doesn't know when to shut-up with the self-belief, Jobs treated Apple with scepticism, like a customer should/would.

You might not like his products/lockdown of Apple products, but the way he approached Apple as a growing business, was pretty clever.

The 'Product DNA' that launched the iPod range, is exactly the same 8 years on. In 2010 press/competitors talked about an "iPhone/iPod/iPad Killer" competitor devices. Apple's DNA strategy then was the same as now, i.e a 6 colour release of the iPhone XR, like iPod nanos, back in the day.

Probably for the best: Apple makes sure eSIMs won't nuke the operators

Adam Jarvis

Re: The Chinese version of the iPhone XS is a physical two nano sim device with no eSim capability

The idea there isn't space isn't the reason Apple have taken this path, the Chinese version of the iPhone XS will ship with a sim tray that takes two physical nano sims on each side of the tray i.e. a real dual sim iPhone, with no eSim capability.

If this was available in the UK, it would be the version I'd buy, as I'm sure most would too. Let's face it, being able to swap out dual sims as you please is a lot more flexible than an eSim controlled by Apple.

The grand-plus iPhone is the new normal – this is no place for paupers

Adam Jarvis

The depreciation/value after two years will vary on use, depends on how well you look at and you really need to add AppleCare to those prices if it's a 'real phone' used day in, day out for business purposes.

Remember too, there are unlucky folk that drop this phone in the same week they bought it and will break it, who will have to continue to pay that contract for 2 years until paid off.

Some people obviously buy it as a trophy phone, while other do actually see it as a business asset that is self-financing to some degree.

I think this year's line up of phones offer better value than Apple's previous year's offerings, all said. 7nm chips are a big deal (more than was made of it, at the keynote), they will certainly help regards battery life and crucially, battery wear.

I'll have two pints of Blockchain Brew and a half of Cloudy Bollocks

Adam Jarvis
Pint

All that effort paid off.

Thanks El-Reg.

More competitions please, (mainly due to a 100% success record of winning).

Obviously, a wasted talent or a talent wasted, I'm easy either way.

Time to start my microbrewery...

UK.gov commits to rip-and-replacing Blighty's wheezing internet pipes

Adam Jarvis

Re: Live streaming a film you like - sensible

True, but you're being pedantic. OK, if it's meeting the specification of the product you purchased, specifically at peak times, so the subscriber perceives it as meeting the "unlimited product type" they purchased.

Most of the bottlenecks are probably because we have lacklustre BT running the backbone for the majority of the UK, who use their "sit on hand approach" to their advantage to gain subsidies for upgrading their network.

Adam Jarvis

Re: Not wanting to state the obvious

"You can't go forcing the TV license on everyone. It's probably true that the current model isn't sustainable, but forcing it on everyone isn't the way to go."

You don't force it on everyone. That's the whole point. FTTP could make enforcement, via subscription very effective if you removed the free to air broadcasts simultaneously as switching off copper and rolling out pure fibre FTTP, in each transmitter area.

If you want to watch, you pay the BBC Netflix style subscription, if you don't, you don't.

It's about time the BBC stood by the (mostly dross celeb based) content it produced and stood on its own two feet. The problem is their senior management don't believe in the content they produce, quite obviously.

Not against the BBC, maybe it needs a 7-10-year safety net during the transition, but I think the BBC should be told subscription enforcement is coming with the rollout of pure FTTP across the UK.

Adam Jarvis

Re: Live streaming a film you like - sensible

You seem to be misunderstanding what a TV schedule is. Live streams of World cup football matches don't suddenly stop because it's not part of a daily drip-fed TV schedule, with programmes either side of it and gambling adverts all the way through.

Live TV doesn't have to be part of TV schedule, it can be a standalone product, ordered on demand, but live, set amongst other on-demand content, to choose from, through an App, for example.

Adam Jarvis

Re: Fibre?

"Won't we all be on 5G (6G, 7G, whatever) by then? Stringing cables around will be history."

Do you think there is some sort of magical ubiquitous continuous 4G/5G signal in the sky, that somehow makes the rollout of a national fibre backhaul redundant to all areas of the UK?

As simple as I can...

The mobile 3G/4G signal strength shown on your device is just signal transmission protocol between the device and the nearest cell tower/mobile mast.

From there, the data is either sent via microwave then fibre backhaul or sent directly via a fibre backhaul or an older, slower data protocol if rural, in a non-fibre area.

An important point, crucially, Ofcom offers no guarantee/verification process that a mast stating 4G/5G has the necessary required bandwidth backhaul capability to actually transmit/receive data at speeds offered by 4G/5G for multiple concurrent users at once.

Ofcom should regulate this but don't, well not as far as I'm aware. (If you're an MP reading this, please force them to).

5G will work by offloading signal processing to the cloud (to make the local cell hardware cheaper) so uses a fibre backhaul for both signal processing/handover between cells and data.

Every 5G cell will require a fibre backhaul (via a commercial contract, but potentially within Openreach's local loop), hence why Openreach local loop fibre rollout is so damn important, in order to piggyback these fibre connections.

If there is no rollout of fibre, there won't be much (blanket) useful coverage of 5G, because the cost to provide the fibre backhaul for just 5G cells, rather than "piggybacking" fixed fibre broadband wouldn't make blanket mobile 5G coverage cost effective.

The way 5G generally (depending on the frequency) works is cheaper cell hardware (offloading the signal processing to the cloud), smaller cells and more densely populated, in order to offer an order of magnitude higher download speeds to more users concurrently.

Higher frequency 5G 3.4Ghz frequency range doesn't easily penetrate metalised glass or modern foil insulated buildings so can only really be used for street light style 5G cells densely populated, close by, with limited range, but potentially high throughput within a very localised area. (like Wifi).

Adam Jarvis

Re: Live streaming a film you like - sensible

"Live streaming your entire TV feed - so stupid someone should be fired."

You by the sound of it.

You're ignoring the subtle change an unlimited pure fibre FTTP connection brings to the table, even the ability to have multiple ISPs at once if you wanted.

This is about planning for 15 years ahead. Broadcasting TV over airwaves isn't efficient if everyone has changed their habits and stopped watching TV schedules on the whole.

Burying your head in the sand isn't going to stop the way people view content changing fundamentally to self-selection / on-demand to fill time gaps in their schedule.

TV scheduling is "dead Jim" to anyone under 35, (50-year-olds in 15 years, by the time this happens). The BBC has pretty much lost a generation because they aren't relevant to the way young adults consume content via streaming services.

Adam Jarvis

Re: Not wanting to state the obvious

@JeffeyPoooh

Just put the reply in plain English, what you're attempting to say.

Netflix already streams content to several million customers in UK. By the time Ofcom and Openreach ever get this plan off the ground, pretty much everything will be on-demand/streamed. Those watching scheduled TV will be a very small minority.

Scheduled TV is pretty much "dead Jim". Pretty stupid to waste the airwaves broadcasting Digital TV, duplicating what can be done by fibre, when hardly anyone will be watching Digital TV broadcasts.

Remember we're talking a fair few years.

It's called planning ahead, making the best use of resources.

Adam Jarvis

Not wanting to state the obvious

How about we turn off Digital TV transmitters simultaneously and use fixed full fibre broadband for streaming HDTV channels and use the redundant frequencies to provide further mobile data bandwidth as part of the rollout of full fibre as each area comes online?

You could enforce the BBC licence fee 100% too, giving the choice of offering subscription, in funding the BBC, as opposed to the licence fee.

There, I've raised the BBC funding hot potato and about time.

Just a thought Ofcom. 10 years too late too, in starting this. Both BT and Ofcom knew this was the outcome in 2009, but kicked the inevitable funding can with FTTC.

What if tech moguls brewed real ale?

Adam Jarvis

Wannabeer

Wannabeer

Tasting Notes.

Stains everything if spilt. Avoid at all costs. Never confess to drinking it.

A one-time favourite pastime of Marcus Hutchins.

Don't try to work out what it's made of, based loosely on an original recipe by the NSA/GCHQ.

Adam Jarvis

Zuckerburp

Zuckerburp.

+

Zuckerburp, shadow profile.

Tasting Notes.

Best consumed in private. Avoid oversharing these beers. Can leave a bad aftertaste and severe headaches that prove difficult to resolve.

Adam Jarvis

Frictionless Border Beer.

Frictionless Border Beer.

Tasting Notes.

Originally thought up to be one of those aspirational low alcohol beers by a soft drinks company, that is meant to appeal to all. It's their first dip of the toe into the low alcohol soft drinks market and it shows.

It's completely flavourless with gammon, even though it was designed to appeal to all British tastes, it's not even as good as the best selling EU brewed equivalent yet the SRP is double the price. Its unique selling point "a novel new beer that hasn't' been attempted before anywhere in the World before".

Very cloudy, opaque even, when poured and overly complex. From the description, you really can't make head nor tail of it. Very difficult to define the overall market they are going for, not much appeal. Far too expensive for its own good and unlikely to see any real delivery before 2030, due to production problems, lack of tender to produce at scale.

You'd do better to stick to with your usual EU brand of beer, all told.

Adam Jarvis

Batch Tuesday

"Batch Tuesday"

Tasting Notes.

A secret recipe - known to be a somewhat vomit inducing bitter-sweet ale based on a recipe of a large multinational in Seattle, after buying out what was, a successful Finnish Brewery.

The recipe is changed monthly on the second Tuesday of the month. Best described as work in progress. Multiple flavours, none of which is particularly enticing.

Can often take all night and into the early morning to drink a single bottle. Your brain often ends up as mush, constantly checking to see if the contents are finished, hoping the non-responsiveness won't last.

Best thing you can say about 'Batch Tuesday', if you manage to get through to the next day with no ill effects, you'll be somewhat relieved. Oddly though, some can't wait to try next month's batch to see if it's improved, treating the beer like an endurance test.

Store upright as contents liable to leak.

Western Digital formats hard disk drive factory as demand spins down

Adam Jarvis

Re: Closing Malaysia, is this a bit of a gamble?

You were sent a WD refurbished hard drive, they all have black labels to distinguish them, but are either Green, Red, Blue or Black refurbished hard drives depending on what you send back.

BT's Patterson keeps his £1.3m wheelbarrow of bonus cash after all

Adam Jarvis

Obviously, it's good to walk...

Obviously, it's good to walk*.

*to coin the old BT advert.

Intel teases Optane DIMMS, but you may need a new Xeon first

Adam Jarvis

I'm having an Yanny / Laurel moment with the sub title :)

128GB, 256GB and 512GB modules offered as new storage tier below RAM, above SSD

should it not be

128GB, 256GB and 512GB modules offered as new storage tier above RAM, below SSD

(if we're talking speed/latency times)

Discuss! (Rate Up/Down...Down/Up...you get the idea).

BT bets farm on consumers: Announces one network to rule 'em all

Adam Jarvis

Makes a mockery of the CMA decision that EE and BT operate is distinct and different markets

What's incredulous here is BT was allowed to takeover EE on the basis, the CMA (Competiton and Markets Authority) said that BT and EE operate in distinct and different markets and there was no overlap between the two businesses. In a word, what now appear incredulous blatant/utter lies by the CMA.

Who are these technically illiterate anonymous folk that sit on the CMA making these decisions?

It's about time they were pushed along with most of BT's useless regulator - Ofcom. Far too many cosy deals of late, between these three parties taking place, poorly implemented, restricting competition.

It was utterly obvious at the time BT and EE businesses are intrinsically linked in terms of tiered fixed-line/mobile data pricing and that per MB data pricing for mobile would be artificially kept alive by this deal (assuming the mobile operators play their cards right with Ofcom).

It's now unlikely BT will roll out of 1Gbps+ Ultrafast Broadband services anytime soon if it makes their slower EE mobile broadband usage somewhat obsolete. i.e. anything over 5-10x the ratio of current mobile data speeds to fixed line data speeds. i.e. if mobile data rates are 33Mbps, fixed line Broadband will stay max'd at 'up to' 330Mbps etc (even assuming an increase in FTTP rollouts capable of much higher speeds). BT/EE's Mobile/Fixed-line data speed increases over time are now 'joined at the hip', intrinsically.

By merging the two companies the future increase in data speeds of fixed-line broadband will be restricted/tiered. Speeds are likely increase more slowly over time (than having two separate companies of BT and EE) and very likely stay 'tiered' pricing because the fixed line data speeds 'tiers' will be intrinsically linked (by BT/EE) to take into account the slower mobile data speeds/usage priced 'tiers' of the EE mobile.

In essence, the BT/EE pricing model going forward won't do anything to jeopardize the lower mobile data rates 'throughput' of EE (and the mobile data usage), in term of increasing fixed line data speeds (to 1Gbp+ speeds), to the point of making (non-necessary) mobile data usage obselete in the process.

CMA:

"BT Group plc (BT) and EE Limited (EE) operate largely in separate areas with BT strong in supplying fixed communications services (voice, broadband and pay TV), EE strong in supplying mobile communications services, and limited overlap between them in both categories of service. BT (including Openreach) also provides many fixed services to other communications providers, including backhaul services to mobile communications providers such as EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. "

"the CMA inquiry group has decided that the merger is not expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition (SLC) in any market or markets in the UK, including in relation to the supply of retail mobile, wholesale mobile, mobile backhaul, wholesale broadband and retail broadband services."

Openreach consults on shift of 16 MEEELLION phone lines to VoIP by 2025

Adam Jarvis

It's not a case of told you so.

"The chorus of "FTTC is not enough" have done their work. Now OR have got a means of getting a price increase past OFCOM"

You're being disingenuous, stating full fibre is all about headline speeds. It isn't.

The point is FTTC and Pointless G.fast don't help anyone with flakey lines (aka. low-level pump noise - industrial areas), longer copper lines (500m / 250m as the crow flies), fairly short aluminium lines regards 100Mbps+ Ultrafast services, the only way ultrafast services can be cost-effectively achieved is using full fibre on anything other than multi-dwelling properties, using a single technology deployment.

Edinburgh/Glasgow tenements are probably the best type of use case (if any) for Pointless G.fast, but it's niche in the scheme of things.

Fault finding G.fast / firmware incompatibilities / redundant standards within the vectored VDSL2 side of the copper network will become more and more difficult to fault find (aswell as getting ADSL switched off), as this technology ages / some kit is upgraded / some kit remains non-upgradeable. It becomes a can of worms to fault find going forward.

There are so many additional advantages to using full fibre.

Openreach know this. BT-Group know this, Ofcom know this. It's not a case of told you so.

It's disingenuous to start saying this is reluctantly happening as a result of loudmouths banging the need for (just) more speed, if there wasn't a business case for full fibre in terms of lower maintenance costs/better reliability of the network (with less pressure of BT's absolutely disinterested abysmal Customer Service) or Political pressure on them to 'shape up' or be moved to one side (the bloated BT drunk blocking the doorway for those attempting trying to get to the full fibre bar) - I very much doubt this would be happening.

The penny dropped for BT when there were no more subsidies on the table for further copper carcass upgrades to their network. They knew they needed to look again at full fibre, even though they'd used the line "Copper is cheap, Fibre is expensive" to justify their bias regards decisons towards further copper investment.

And cautious as ever, it hasn't happened yet.

First SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket lobs comms sat into orbit

Adam Jarvis

Re: A half complete network of Iridium satellites...

Elon Musk should look at commissioning a set of photographs using the 104-year-old Graflex 4×5 view camera to capture the next launch of the Falcon Heavy, it would create a set of atmospheric timeless photographs to mark the occasion.

http://www.bgr.in/news/photographer-used-104-year-old-camera-to-capture-formula-one-and-the-images-are-startling/

Maybe some technical camera bod from Formula 1 could help with the continuous camera feeds ;).

Adam Jarvis

A half complete network of Iridium satellites...

Considering SpaceX has launched 66 Iridium satellites to date, you'd think they'd be able to have a continuous video feed right through to landing.

It's not proving a good advert for Iridium, all told!

(Still absolutely incredible, especially when you look at what the Bangabandhu satellite will achieve for Bay of Bengal, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Indonesia., I still view every single launch without fail)

'boring it ain't'

Windows 10 April 2018 Update lands today... ish

Adam Jarvis

Re: Inquisitive Guinea Pigs - 1803 update is installing immediately from day 1. Set defer updates.

Update: 05/05/2018

I said it would end in tears and IT DID.

Freezing graphics / Freezing Chrome / Cortana...

Logging out from Start Menu Profile Icon, displays the wrong wallpaper for the lock screen {facepalm}. This is basic stuff to check.

Adam Jarvis

Inquisitive Guinea Pigs - 1803 update is installing immediately from day 1. Set defer updates.

As title, if you check for updates, this feature update 1803 downloads and installs immediately.

(Trust me for being an Inquisitive Guinea Pig).

Luckily I have an image of my machine, but boy, I don't need this right now.

Just checking for updates will install it on day 1. This is going to end in tears for Microsoft.

Openreach and BT better watch out for... CityFibre after surprise £537m takeover deal

Adam Jarvis

If CityFibre were to lead a community led initiative in rural areas...

If CityFibre were to lead a community led initiative in rural areas where locals dig the cables in, but City Fibre provide the expertise/switches/backhaul, the BT drunk sitting on it's hands, "blocking the pub doorway" (so to speak) might sober up pretty quick.

The model used could even copy BT and treat it as a competition like BT did back in the day with ADSL, to target those areas with the community willpower to make it happen.

A CityFibre / B4RN style rural partnership? It has legs. (With a percentage of revenue paid back to the community, once live, once income from connections is being generated).

Even if it was just a couple of pilot areas to start with, it would be fantastic PR for CityFibre, aswell as boosting those rural areas, removing them from the stranglehold of BT's legacy copper carcass.

BT have lied about vapourware Pointless G.fast for several years now (in terms of rural communities), saying it was their preferred solution, when they knew full well it would never be cost effective in these locations, and is a can of worms to fault find.

It's all just being delaying tactics and bullshit marketing, their typical "wait for handouts" approach.

O2 wolfs down entire 4G spectrum as pals fiddle with their shiny 5G band

Adam Jarvis

As always...

No mention of the UK's (pretty much) non existent UK fibre backhaul infrastructure required to connect all these new 4G/5G masts (mounted on street lights etc) especially in difficult landscape topologies/more rural locations of the UK i.e. Scotland/Wales.

4G/5G ubiquitous high speed data streaming on the move is an Ofcom fairytale until we have a proper "connected" strategy regards the rollout of a ubiquitous fibre backhaul throughout the UK.

You can't have one (high speed 5G data services) without the other (fibre backhaul), yet these articles always fail to mention the fibre backhaul requirements of any 4G/5G rollout.

Rattling my BT 'copper tin', Sharon White/Ofcom "Where is the all this (dark) fibre to support all this new mobile spectrum?"

BT to slash landline rentals by 37%... for the broadbandless

Adam Jarvis

This is a real mess Ofcom. Ofcom you've been duped.

Ofcom, you've spent an absolute fortune establishing Openreach as a separate legal enitity to prevent dominate player market abuse, yet you've basically said (with this proposal) BTRetail can access information given to it from other parts of BTGroup, i.e. (BT) Openreach regarding what third-party services are on a consumer's line and are allowing BT Retail set the "Line only" rental prices accordingly.

BT Retail will say (and have done) that information is available to all landline providers so having access to what third party services are on a given consumer line, is fair game and tt's not market abuse within the BT Group as a whole.

The problem with this is BT Retail are the ones that gain most from having this information, BTGroup know this, and why BT Group have agreed to this proposition.

Ofcom/Sharon White, you've been duped. You can't allow BT Retail to set prices based on information only known to (BT) Openreach, because of all the work that Ofcom has done into establishing (BT) Openreach as a separate legal entity.

It's wrong.

Adam Jarvis

Ofcom-Sharon White/ICO (for you if you're reading) Let's keep things simple here...

Bluntly, how the fuck does BTRetail 'know' there are third-party broadband services on a given "Lines Only" BT phone line product? (given BTRetail and BTOpenreach are distinct, separate companies, with a separate board, supposedly).

Sounds like a misuse of accessing underlying BTGroup data to me, to gain market abuse/advantage in order to differentiate on line rental pricing.

Grateful for a reply here, or you can just answer such a question as regard to my formal complaint now with the Ombudsman on the matter, that's already deadlocked by BT who shut me down, pretty much instantly, when I raised the data protection issue.

Adam Jarvis

Here's Ofcom's little but significant (weasel) words...in a small easily overlooked bullet point.

Here's Ofcom's little but significant (weasel) words...in a small easily overlooked bullet point.

1.10 Since the February Consultation, we have been made aware that providers of standalone telephony services on Openreach’s network are in fact able to identify which of their customers are voice-only and which are split-purchasers. Therefore, while providers have not so far set different prices (or other terms and conditions) between these two customer groups, they could do so if they wished. Accordingly, we are no longer of the view that voice-only and split-purchase customers should be considered part of the same market.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0015/107322/standalone-landline-statement.pdf

Actually, this agreement (even as a "cosy agreement" approved between BT and Ofcom) has a lot of similarities to the case of British Airways (that owned and ran the underlying booking system) using their overall control of the booking system, to access third party Virgin Atlantic airline customer data, to target those third-party customers, marketing different prices based on such data and using such data for market advantage.

Should BT even be accessing/recording such data regarding rival ISPs in order to differentiate on pricing?

Here it's BT "line only" customers being charged £11.99 a month, compared to £18.99 for no discernable difference in the service being provided but based on BT having access to the fact a third party provides a Broadband service on that line, because it operates the underlying databases where such data is stored by the third party ISP.

I personally think it will fall foul of competition law.

Adam Jarvis

Re: Even the fcuking narcissistic Regulator weasels OFCOM are misleading folk, now

Here's Ofcom's little but significant (weasel) words...in a small easily overlooked bullet point.

1.10 Since the February Consultation, we have been made aware that providers of standalone telephony services on Openreach’s network are in fact able to identify which of their customers are voice-only and which are split-purchasers. Therefore, while providers have not so far set different prices (or other terms and conditions) between these two customer groups, they could do so if they wished. Accordingly, we are no longer of the view that voice-only and split-purchase customers should be considered part of the same market.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0015/107322/standalone-landline-statement.pdf

Actually, this agreement (even as a "cosy agreement" approved between BT and Ofcom) has a lot of similarities to the case of British Airways (that owned and ran the booking system) accessing third party Virgin Atlantic airline customer data, to target those third-party customers, marketing different prices based on such data and using such data for market advantage. Should BT even be accessing/recording such data regarding rival ISPs?

Here it's BT customers being charged £11.99 a month, compared to £18.99 for no discernable difference in the service being provided but based on BT having access to the fact a third party provides a Broadband service on that line, because it operates the underlying databases where such data is stored by the third party ISP.

I personally think it will fall foul of competition law.

Amazon warns you have 30 days before Music Storage files bloodbath

Adam Jarvis

Re: Aaaahhhh... the Cloud...

Literally...

Blue sky thinking.

Six months on, and let's check in on those 'stuttering' Windows 10 PCs. Yep, still stuttering

Adam Jarvis

Windows Sprung Creators Update.

(as in, broken spring)

"Windows 10's watch-ing..."

DRAM, we've shifted a lot of kit, mumbles profit-munching chip firm Micron

Adam Jarvis

Those still choosing Samsung SSDs...

No longer need to.

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*(Crucial's MX500 250GB is 20% cheaper than the Samsung 860 250GB)

ESA builds air-breathing engine that works in space

Adam Jarvis

Elon Musk's plans for a low orbit, low latency network of satellites.

Elon Musk's plans for a low orbit, low latency cluster/network of satellites providing Internet capability, is looking rather more feasible and manageable. This would give those satellites a much longer working life.

Maybe he knew more than he was letting on when he announced it.

BBC Telly Tax heavies got pat on the head from snoopers' overseers

Adam Jarvis

Re: So RIPA...

It all gets blurry...

So what about watching Prime Minister's Question's live online via www.parliamentlive.tv?

i.e. the main "to go" source of such content now, where the BBC is seen as a secondary broadcaster.

If you do need to a TV licence to watch such www.parliamentlive.tv content surely the website/Apps should inform the user that the content is being broadcast live on TV simultaneously, so requires a TV licence to view. i.e. the Eurosport App example etc.

Why should you have to be even aware if such content is being broadcast at the same, if you don't own a TV and watch via a paid subscription App?

It all gets a bit blurry regards BBC iPlayer Catchup because the BBC (or it's makers, upload each week's episode, programme is never pulled down for copyright) upload Question Time to YouTube.

Parliamentarians want you to pay the TV licence, but where you legitimately avoid it, the BBC is bending the rules to make Political content still "viewable for free" that should be only viewable on BBC iPlayer, by uploading to YouTube.

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