How do you *not* know what the system is?
The plate which is most EL reg would be TCP 1P
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How do you *not* know what the system is?
The plate which is most EL reg would be TCP 1P
The problem with Magic Leap and Hololens is restricted field of view, and for porn you want the experience to be properly immersive.
They are shaping up for the real battle: 800MHz. Whihc Ofcom has said will be allocated/sold/auctioned some time before 2022.
BT wants to be free of caps so that it can buy the 800MHz. Ofcom only cares about looking good to government by getting as much money as it can out of telcos. So Ofcom wants as many bidders as possible.
Chess and Go? It should be playing online poker.
Maybe it already is...
There is deliberate obfuscating of "fibre" and "superfast". When White says "fibre" it's very hard to tell what she is talking about - FTTC? V.fast? FTTP?
We've been here before. BT "launched" Infinity 4, it's 300mps service in 2013 and promised fast roll out. That didn't happen. Indeed it appears to have been withdrawn.
For all the bluster, BT has gone backwards.
What's good about the rivals Cityfibre, Hyperoptic, Gigaclear, AQL, UFO and others is that they talk about "gigabit". It's a real number. Customers get 1Gps typically for around £30 a month.
I get a real 200Mps+ from Virgin for £60 a month.
BT, despite market dominance doesn't come close.
The universal service of 10Mbps is pathetic, but the one thing BT is good at is talking a good game to government.
What it needs is Ofcom to properly understand the problem and fix it.
Of course Openreach needs to be hived off but that's a start not the solution.
Hmm, some gentle moving of the goalposts here. When I met John Lewis, COO of Airwave he told me that it was 99% landmass, not 97%. What's more because Airwave is ~400MHz it caries well out to sea. Going LTE has siginficant coverage problems. They may be addressed by using device to device communications, so that the police can talk to each other in areas outside of coverage, but Release 14 doesn't support groups through a repeater so it's not functionally as good Airwave.
And going LTE gives a huge problem with the London Underground. All the bluster from the Mayor on providing 4G coverage on the tube is really about making sure this works. The underground now (after more than a decade of teething problems) uses a similar system to airwave. Moving the police to LTE breaks that.
@lglethal The new ESN can't just more to the Tetra frequencies Airwave is on because there isn't the bandwidth. Tetra only does voice and messaging, there is a theoretical data rate of 9600bps but in reality it's 1200bps.. Trying to run LTE in that spectrum wouldn't work. You can't even just do 2G voice because for the push to talk requires VoLTE and so it's all 4G.
Like the initial commetard I too expect the Airwave contract to be extended for the forseeable.
What's not being said in this announcement is that the Samsung deal is one in the eye for Motorola (which owns Airwave), and is probably (I've no inside knowledge on this) suggesting dual-mode Tetra/LTE devices.
BT and Samsung who have the contract going forward will be telling the Government that this is Motorola being technology laggards and just trying to line its pockets.
It's actually the pragmatic approach.
This thread of how people want it to be different is depressing.
It is what it is, even when the 3310 was new it wasn't the leading edge. I remember reviewing it and coming to the conclusion that it was way more than the sum of it's parts. It was a nice balance of phone and features and well implemented. Snake and removable covers were interesting novelties.
I can see a model were people have a good, well made dumb phone for voice and a phablet/tablet for everything else.
Something which has done a lot to promote anonymity is the end of call termination revenue.
If (as I do) you have a mobile phone network there was a time when you got paid for handling calls. So if a customer on Vodafone called a customer on my network, the customer would pay Vodafone who would then share the money with me. I got paid for the bit of the routing which was mine.
This had many downsides. Not least an old-boys club on who got paid what and Ofcom stepped in and now transiting calls is all done for mutual benefit and under various obligations but no cash.
Taking the money out of the equation also removes the need to know who's calling. If I get a call I just deliver it. If I was being paid to deliver it and I found someone regularly not paying me I could sanction them by blocking calls they sent me. But there is no point running credit control when all callers are freetards.
Where this hurts is in tracking nuisance calls. A major way to spot spammers and scammers is to compare the SS7 billing info with the presented CLI and if they are lying, and if in particular you see huge volumes of bulk calls from the same place with clumps of different CLIs then you get suspicious.
In the modern VoIP world there isn't all the signalling info you need to do this. You need to employ other techniques to block the nuisance calls. Ironically the way we do this involves having to spoof CLI.
I'm not saying we should return to call termination revenue. but having lost it has removed the need to be certain who is calling.
And I really like it. OK I have to have an Android phone for all the apps - Xero, Chromecast and the like, but the x3 Elite is my number 2 phone. The android number 3 phone is a Kodak Ektra and that's quite nice.
But all this Windows Phone shenanigans is just treading water until next year when Surface Phone, er, surfaces, and that will take on the world.
I understand from a book I read about Korolev that while the Russians had much greater launch capacity than the US - they could get a missile/rocket into space - they could not do re-entry. The one thing the Americans could do. The Americans just assumed that the Russians could do reentry.
The reason Sputnik was launched was that by leaving it up there the Russians didn't have to solve the re-entry problem.
That's all they have.
The mobile networks signed an undertaking in Dec 2014 that by 2017 there would be 90% *landmass* coverage in the UK.
Further investigation by El Reg revealed "by 2017" meant "by the end of 2017" but that gave them three years.
Now we are 16 weeks from that deadline does it look like the networks will meet that promise?
Being invisible to radar is pointless if it's squawking it's location.
Was the complete lack of ambitious infrastructure promises in the manifestos.
Good luck with that. "Connect", the TETRA system used for driver communication and signalling was a three year project. It took over 11 years. Putting LTE in with consumer access and the ability to handover a train full pf people streaming Youtube is significantly more difficult.
But this isn't that much of a problem. The police won't exclusively be using LTE anytime soon, they will have TETRA capable devices for another decade.
Cooling? The tube should replace the second carriage of every train with a flatbed truck with a huge block of ice.
Yeah and 640k is all you need.
Infrastructure - both broadband and HS2 - *creates* use cases.
When I see that we are arguing over 10Mb/s and 24Mb/s I weep inside. The need for these speeds has already passed. We should be building 1Gb/s and planning 10Gb/s.
That is all
BT owns 0777
No, text messaging uses an *entirely* separate database and routing system called IR21 (cf. SS7 vulnerabilities and various Snowden documents).
Because of the way SMS was just a good idea at the time (https://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/07/08/the_real_history_of_sms/) it was set up with an infrastructure that is even more archaic and strange.
That number and text ports happen at the same time is pretty miraculous.
Someone did once suggest that Fuss Free Fones could be 3F, rather than 3G. I didn't like the idea.
El Reg has documented many of the issues withe the ESN which show why it's just not going to happen, but the tube has some very special problems,
The chief one, and one no-one likes to talk about, is the working practices.
Say a light bulb needs replacing, and all the requisite permissions and forms have been filled in for a new one.
Someone needs to fit the new bulb. That needs to be done outside operating hours at k'ching overtime.
That someone also needs to have the necessary safety certificates. There are two of them. But no-one who changes light bulbs has either of them so has to be accompanied by someone who does.
No-one has both certificates so the bulb-changer has to be accompanied by two people with certificates. All at k'ching rates.
On the London Underground it really does take three men to change a light buld.
But it gets worse. Under the working practices they don't just rock up at the faulty bulb. The get paid to travel to a muster point and then paid to travel to the faulty bulb whereupon they take a break. Then the tricky technical work of replacing the bulb is done, then they take another break. Then they travel back to the muster point and then home.
The cost of the operation is eleven times what you would expect.
The Tetra system on the Underground is called the Connect project. It was a three year project which took more than 11 years to complete.
I am overwhelmed with admiration for Virgin media who got wifi into the stations, but hugely pessimistic that anything will happen with the ESN.
Minimum LTE is 2 x 5MHz
I've no problem with her being a "she". I do think she is too young. There should be something a little time-worn and crusty about the doctor (it's why Matt Smith didn't fit). That said I hope she doesn't quit after five minutes like the recent Doctors all have.
Meanwhile some beautiful old typewriters are worth nothing. £100 is steep. My Imperial is worth about that, but my Royal Barlock maybe worth more. I'm picking up an IBM golfball at the weekend.
I agree that it was a very good, intelligent interview.
I also agree that the lack of technical understanding of those in power is a huge problem.
So having someone explain things on Radio 4 in the morning is hugely important.
BT has a lot of copper in the ground. More than many copper mines. And it sweating that asset. Rather than put in fibre as proposed by the CN21 proposal decades ago BT wants to use G.fast which is bloody clever but incapable of delivering the speeds. BT has a link between Martlesham and the BT Tower which delivers terrabits over a single fibre, adn yet it has persuaded the government that 10Mps is all anyone needs.
Hong Kong has 95% availability of 1Gb and a 10Gb service. BT weasels the statistics by redefining "Europe" as five countries on some spurious data and then claiming we are "leading".
The government should stop listening to BT and go out and look at what the rest of the world - particularly Asia - is doing.
I thought Amazon's preferred offering was spam.
I see the Windows Phone version of the Microsoft Teams app has a rating of 2.6/5 on the Microsoft Apps store.
Slack (beta) has 4.0/5
See also what Lytro is doing. The company has pivoted from being a consumer device to an industrial one.
Perhaps the reason there is no Windowsphone version is that Microsoft sees Surfacephone as The Future.
But it does look pretty bleak for Windows Phone, not only are new apps not being developed for Windows Phone, existing ones are being discontinued. I paid for Flightradar24 and now no longer have it. Even the BBC has discontinued, iPlayer as an app, saying that you can use the browser instead, but that's flakey. When The Today Programme goes quiet I don't know if it's the cellular connection, browser or bluetooth to my headphones which are to blame. I think I'm going to buy an FM radio..
"Paint can", that'll be another one of those El Reg units of measure.
I go misty eyed at most bit of kit but even in the day I never got the TI99/4a. How could somethin which was 16bit be so much slower than the 8bit computers?
Then of course we got the QL (albeit with an 8bit bus) and found out.
The HP x3 phone has a 12C app on it.
So anyone who wants to make a call that their mobe network can't and over to the police just needs one of the most popular apps around.
There is a big difference between IMSI capture and listening to the call. And litening to a call from a plane where there are cell hand-off issues would be very hard.
I often wonder how the secure phones (Black Phone, General Dynamics et Al) handle the MAC address. There is no point the phone bit staying under the radar if the WiFi is broadcasting an unique number.
The customer base of 15,000 is worth between £2m and £3m. You might attribute some value to the Relish brand but not much. The value is in the spectrum.
The magic thing about 3.4GHz is that it's flavour of the month for 5G and has been allocated some experimental status. It's not enough bandwidth for Ericsson's vision of 5G which wants 500MHz of contiguous spectrum and so is looking at much higher frequencies but it's plumb where Huawei see 5G.
Unfortunately this move goes to re-enforce Ofcom's (unstated) reason for blocking the Three/O2 sale. If the two companies had merged there would have been one fewer customer for the (delayed for over a year), auction (https://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/10/26/ofcom_spectrum_auction/) for 3.4GHz and 2.3GHz. Ofcom is all about "recognising market value" for the spectrum, and Three has just put a price on it. And Ofcom has to be disappointed at how low that is.
Ofcom claims it's about keeping competition in the market but if you look at what has happened at retail, all the real networks have increased prices. Only the MVNOs keep the MNOs under price pressure.
The 2.3GHz is now interesting because there are quite a lot of phones which support it.
Meanwhile the BBC is discontinuing it's support for iPlayer on Windows Mobile
I rather like that
There has been some interesting AI research done by Snowie which produces AI based poker training
They do "poker for business" and other interesting things, but I suspect Snowie already has bots playing online.
My great grandparents saw a demo in Baird's flat. They were queuing to get into the Radio Exhibition at Earls Court and Baird asked people in the queue if they wanted to see radio with pictures,
They went to his flat where he showed it.
The love of bigger phones in China is easily explained by the glyph based language.
The characters lend themselves to a bigger screen.
But I'd hazard that Apple's real problem is Trump. If he starts a trade war with Chiiina, there will be tariffs both ways. Importing phones made by Foxconn will attract penalties. It might also be the same for the vast majority of other handset manufacturers (I can only think of one being built in the US and that uses a Sharp screen) but price rises there will be bad for sales. All the phones I'm buying for my business have gone up in price because of Brexit.
Worse will be the tariffs Apple will face selling iPhones in China, when the Middle Kingdom retaliates the locally produced stuff will be very much better value.
Then Apple will announce that it's electric car is a Lamborghini rival and an not the mass market cheap Tesla everyone is hoping for (you don't hire Alex Hitzinger to build a Skoda) and the market will really turn on Apple.
Having a phone which is a couple of inches too small will be least of Apple's problems.
The "happy coincidence" of Connect and Airwave talking to one another is even greater than portrayed.
Even with both using the same technology the nature of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) by which Connect was funded meant that it was expected that the political nature of TfL meant the two would never talk to one another.
Connect was a complete financial disaster for the companies which took part in the PPP, so when it was muted that the terms be changed to allow Airwave access it found that the institutions who'd lost money would only agree if they could use agreeing to the change as a lever for financial recompense. (old contemporary blog here: http://www.catkeynes.com/CS00006.html)
The result of the 7/7 bombing was that the changes could be made with less haggling.
One of the issues is the FUD being sewn by all the parties involved. Speak to EE and it will exaggerate how good it's 4G coverage is while deriding Airwave's. The physics say that a 400MHz Tetra system *has* to give better rural coverage.
The state of the ESN is no surprise. Kat and I wrote about this over two years ago.
If you really want to get those involved looking at their shoes ask about London Underground. There are discussions about putting in a dedicated LTE network or going back to the 1970s with FM, but given that the Underground's Connect project took eleven years to roll out a three year install - and only got emergency access at all as a result of the 7/7 bombings, the idea of moving off Tetra anytime soon is farcical.
I know someone who used to have some 070 numbers back in the day when you could revenue share on them. He'd ask scammers to "call back on my mobile", and give out the 070 number. This they duly called without realising that it was premium rate.
He built this up to a system where he courted the calls and VoIPed them to South Africa where he had kids in townships being paid to keep the callers on the line for as long as possible.
Me? I just run my own mobile network which has never connected a nuisance call to a customers.
I'm pretty sure Apple didn't drop the PPC: Intel stole the customer. Intel paid Apple to make the switch and covered the engineering effort for the port.
At one of the companies I worked for, making ARM based devices, I was approached, informally in the canteen, by someone from Intel saying that if we'd make a similar switch they would develop the OS for us.
Apple may not have invented the smartphone, but plenty of other people - such as Tim Hartford - seem to think that it did. This article started as a response to the same article Andrew also wrote about.
But the premise isn't about the product, it's about business process. There was a pent up demand for smartphones which was only satisfied when Apple circumnavigated the operators buying process,
And given that it's made Apple the richest company on the planet perhaps that's more important than innovation.
Indeed innovation is often a disguise for fashion. cf curved televisions.
It's a number invented by BT to lobby with and they can't even do that. Hong Kong has 95% availability of 1Gb and good availability of 10Gb (albeit at a price). And before you say "yes, but Hong Kong is densely packed" there are plenty of places in central London where BT can't deliver decent speeds.
All the running is being made by Hyperoptic, Cityfibre, Gigaclear and AQL. They all offer 1Gb typically at £25/month.
A visionary government would have a percentage of places which could get 10Gb by 2020.
Shame it was such a long way to travel from The Reg office :-)
No commercial mobile phone network uses A5/1 anymore. They have moved to A5/2 or A5/3
The sea plus, the sea plus plus, the sea sharp and the objective sea.
I know that stretch. It's part of my commute and it's great. You can deliberately cycle slowly to annoy the buses.
Did I mention that I hate buses?
The court date for my altercation with a Metroline Number 4 is set for the middle of December.
You are quite right, North and South London are completely different cycling experiences. And not just because the north is hilly and the south flat.
I live in Finchley and work in Old St. But my girlfriend lives in Brixton.
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