* Posts by Berny Stapleton

39 posts • joined 2 Jan 2008

BOFH: It's not just an awesome app, it'll look great on my Insta. . a. a. AAAARRRRRGGH

Berny Stapleton

That should have been Simon's line, let's be honest. That was as good as the BOFH himself.

Man drives 6,000 miles to prove Uncle Sam's cellphone coverage maps are wrong – and, boy, did he manage it

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One thing I love about the Australian system, if you manage to get a formal complaint through the industry ombudsman to the telco, then the carrier has to pay for that complaint on receipt, not the customer. Also, any decision by the ombudsman is binding. Saying your going to make a complaint to the industry ombudsman when talking to the carrier and starting formal proceedings with the carrier really brings them to the table to try to fix your issues instead of ignoring you and hope you go away.

Amazon can't or won't collect sales tax in Australia

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Corporate Structure

Any chance that the US entity can't charge GST and pay it back through the Irish entity (No, sorry, Dutch, no sorry Cayman Islands, no sorry Bermuda) to the Australian entity / Australian Govt without breaking a tax law somewhere?

Don't know myself, just seems funny that I don't think this is a technical challenge and I can't see Amazon throwing their toys from the pram over something as easy to fix as this.

Suspected drug dealer who refused to poo for 46 DAYS released... on bail

Berny Stapleton

Re: Lamarr, Lucky to be alive

> If there were no drugs, why wouldn't he just poop and prove it?

Just to stick it to the man, he might not be clean, but if he's been suspected of a couple of minor things and the police keep following him around trying to catch him up, maybe he's sick of the harrassment and wants to take them on? If they've held him, locked him up, under protest... this whole time ....and there's nothing... can you imagine what he's going to get out of this in settlement?

He might just be that f***ed off

UK.gov: Psst. Belgium. Buy these Typhoon fighter jets from us, will you?

Berny Stapleton

Re: but can it drop the ..

If they fly over the south of belgium, do they speak dutch or french?

Transport for London to toughen up on taxi firms in the Uber age

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Re: It's all about control

> Of course if it had been now and Uber there would have been a nice electronic trail leading back to the driver

But it seems that Uber is doing nothing except for contacting the victim and making sure they don't speak to the press, so while Uber might have had a digital trail of breadcrumbs they certainly don't appear to want to tell anyone.

Europe slaps €997m antitrust fine on Qualcomm

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Re: Great.

> Please tell me just ONE use case for having a gigabit at the disposal of a mobile phone.

Downloading updates when tethered?

Syncing your spotify playlist at the gate before you board because you realised it's not sync'ed and you want to listen in offline mode after you take off?

File syncronisation as a generalisation with Google Drive, One Drive, Dropbox etc etc

OS updates now are delivered over the air, and Gigabit LTE chips aren't just going into mobile phones, they're going into M2M devices, laptops etc etc.

BOFH: We're only here because they said there would be biscuits

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Cost saving

I never really would taking the BOFH to be cost saving, why wasn't the bloke implementing it rehired under a BOFH umbrella company, run till the last day till marketing decides that the project does suit the company ethos and it's disbanded with the BOFH getting a 4x penalty rate for the project because of cancellation before delivery written into the contract?

Vodafone customers moan about sluggish data abroad

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Re: Blame placement

I told them that I was able to download updates from the Google play store at multiple MB/sec but downloading a song on spotify took and hour, they fessed up.

I also still have a pre "free roaming" plan with Vodafone that says I get 4GB of roaming data that I'm not letting go of till they sort this mess out.

Nokia's retro revival 3310 goes on sale and disappears immediately

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Re: Prisons

I doubt that'll beat the BOSS.

HTC seeks salvation with squeezy design

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Re: My M7 is still going strong

Root it and install the Venom ROM?

nbn™ gets its wish: Australian ISPs' performance to be rated

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SamKnows?

How about they get a bunch of SamKnows boxes and just pay them to do some testing for them?

Inside OpenSSL's battle to change its license: Coders' rights, tech giants, patents and more

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Re: Key Learning Point for the OSS Community: IP Ownership Governance

> Just, like an employer

Actually, this couldn't be further from the truth, in that instance, you're being paid for your work. You're giving up your copyright, in exchange for a pay check. In open source projects, the copyright is still yours, it will always be your code. The purpose of the license (And in this instance, I'm referring to open source licenses) is to provide a legal framework for someone else to benefit, or not, from it, but in every instance I can think of providing someone permission to use (And potentially distribute) your copyrighted work.

As Microsoft touts Windows Insider for biz, let's take a look at W10's broken 2FA logins

Berny Stapleton

Thanks for the tip

I was due a rebuild and this would have led to no end of frustration!

Wearable eats wearable: Fitbit 'to buy Pebble' with a steal of a deal

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I hope they keep it going

I'm getting the Time 2 when it comes out, but it might be my last smart watch... I've never wanted any of the other ones due to battery constraints. The time steel has been a fantastic bit of kit, but it's not hold up as well as I'd hoped.

Australia's Telstra and Optus outed as two of the world's six most expensive ISPs

Berny Stapleton

Re: How does it actuallly work?

Bingo. Got it in one. Get this man (woman? Person?) a beer. You need to pay for the access to the network and a per Mb/s charge for the bandwidth you use to send them data for them to deliver to a customer.

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Re: >Transit is an important source of revenue for isps.

That doesn't make any sense, whether Telstra is providing access to that data via a cross connect in a DC or whether they provide it over bandwidth they're buying from Asia or the US, they're *still* going to charge their customer for it, as Telstra are still transiting the data themselves. Getting the data over a 10Gb in a DC in Australia somewhere is eminently cheaper than bringing it over subsea cable. If they wanted to charge a nominal fee for a port charge to the CDN provider, I'm sure they'd pay it, but they don't. Larger ISPs usually give the likes of Google whole racks, ports and power for free or used to give space / ports / power for Google Containers when they were around because it meant that they didn't have to pay exorbitant rates to Telstra / Optus / other for transit.

It's simply a case that Telstra don't peer, period. They only peer with Optus as far as I'm aware. You can't get a connection to them for the purposes of reaching their customers and them reaching yours. They don't peer with TPG / PIPE. You can't even use them for a redundant circuit and use BGP to prefer the traffic go down another path, they route your block down your link, end of. This does mean as an ISP that you end up buying transit off them, and commercially it makes sense, but from someone who is shovelling data in their direction for them to sell, it doesn't make much sense.

Ankers away! USB-C cables recalled over freakin' fried phone fears

Berny Stapleton

My concern really is, if Anker, who are one of the better manufacturers out there, can't get this right, how many others have got this wrong?

BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'

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Re: Sounds all to familiar

> @PJL DEFAULT CPLOCK = ON

Oh that's cruel... I so would have liked to have known that one in my younger years....

Is Dublin becoming as unaffordable as San Francisco?

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Re: Housing shortage

"Could the housing shortage have anything to do with that?"

IMHO, no. As much as I hate to make this comment, it's simply because of it's size and Dublin is a small city by comparison. A lot of people will move to London, but you can't get them to move to Dublin. I really wish there was a better answer than that, but the size of the workforce in London is hard to ignore, changing jobs is easier and there is generally more going on in London. Socially, someone who is likely to move, probably knows at least one person in London where, they wouldn't know anyone in Dublin, again size...

Berny Stapleton

Re: Housing shortage

Without a local airport to get the staff around, ain't going to happen.... Galway airport is closed, Cork airport does European destinations somewhat, but you not only can't get everywhere, flights are infrequent, at least with Limerick, you can fly from Shannon to the US, but again, frequency is an issue.

There's recruitment issues, Dublin can't get enough skilled people, let alone if someone started up in the smaller cities, the ability to entice people there would be lower.

I'm not saying it's not possible, but Dublin already has it's own issues because Ireland is a small country, those problems would be exacerbated by being outside the capital city.

Thousands fled TalkTalk after gigantic hack, confirm researchers

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Expiring contracts

Let's see what happens over the next year if they lose 7% of their customer base every quarter. People couldn't leave without penalty before; I wonder how many have put marks on their calendar for an exit date.....

Actually, are Paddy Power running a book on this?

Microsoft wants to be your phone company, at least for voice

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QoS

I really don't want to have to get direct connectivity into MS to ensure QoS....

Cash register maker used same password – 166816 – non-stop since 1990

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This isn't exactly new (I know since 1990)...

But, this isn't the first time it's been published either:

http://www.hackerfactor.com/papers/cc-pos-20.pdf

The content business wants Netflix out of Australia

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Re: Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder

Zapruder's Other Films was a production company of Andrew Denton, he sold out to Cordell Jigsaw another production company, hence, Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/andrew-denton-sells-out-of-cordell-jigsaw-zapruder-and-quits-television/story-fna045gd-1226669746859

Lookup Zapruder for relevance too.

They've finally solved it: Schrödinger's cat is both ALIVE AND DEAD

Berny Stapleton

It's turtles, all the way down.

It's official: EU chiefs WILL probe Apple's Irish tax deal

Berny Stapleton

The EC believes that two special agreements were made, one in 1991 and another in 2007 apparently.

http://businessandleadership.com/business/item/47784-apple-given-special-tax/

Let's see what happens, they haven't targeted Google, Microsoft or Oracle yet, so maybe there is something to this....

EE plonks 4G in UK Prime Minister's backyard

Berny Stapleton

"tales his BlackBerry" should be "takes his BlackBerry" ???

Amazon, Hollywood, Samsung: PLEASE get excited about 4K telly

Berny Stapleton
Alert

What's 4K?

There was an interesting article on 4K and UHD on AVS Forum in August last year that's an interesting point on why we haven't got 4K yet:

http://www.avsforum.com/a/the-not-so-subtle-distinction-between-uhd-and-4k

This situation (as far as I'm aware) hasn't resolved itself yet.

At last: EU slashes mobile roaming fees

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RE: LBO

I'm all for it, while the latency around Europe isn't that bad, backhaul is.

I get a lot faster data in my own country than while roaming, but on the roaming network with a local SIM, it flies.

So, yes please to LBO. It means that my latency will be lower and I don't have to be routed over the carrier's backhaul. Ultimately, I think they will do this by default for all roaming users, why transit all that traffic if you don't have to?

US Army engineer wins Air Assault wings after repairing hi-tech leg twice

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Re: New US kit

@The First Dave

As an Aussie, an L1A1 always had a different meaning for me. Put L1A1 into Google image search....

Microsoft begins automatic Windows 7 SP1 rollout

Berny Stapleton

Microsoft now doing a Citrix and releasing rollup packs

Take a look here:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2775511

No SP2, but this is a good start.

BOFH: I'll get my bonus even if it kills, well, someone

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Ahh....

Good to see he's on form.

New UK 'leccy meters remotely run via Voda 2G

Berny Stapleton

Using 2G? That's going to lock up the frequency space....

Didn't I read here a little while ago about the carriers wanting to use the 2G frequency space for 3G like what Australia did?

What's going to happen then?

Australia, give up your fixed broadband!

Berny Stapleton
Joke

Re: This article is surely pure sarcasm, right?

"yet most of you are miserly niggards who would rather buy a 60 GB per month plan on fixed networks than spend a couple of thousand running Torrents to a mobile"

Yes, yes it is.

This would be an Australian response to the oppositions statements about how the NBN isn't required and that it can be delivered on wireless.

Gear4 UnityRemote

Berny Stapleton
Boffin

Logitech Harmony remotes

I don't want to put myself into the Fanboi category here, but they really do make a good product. The Harmony One is ~£175 and their device support is second to none. With a reasonably complex hi-fi setup, I was suprised when I could get it all working in 15 mins. I thought I had missed something. If your going to look at the UnityRemote, don't forget to look at the Logitechs as well. You could well end up dissapointed you didn't.

3 starts killing off 2G coverage

Berny Stapleton

They have turned off 2G roaming from Ireland as well..

So if you hit London from Ireland and expect to be able to roam to a 2G carrier, this is off. You have to use 3G.

BT's 21st Century network, er... isn't

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IPv6

Don't get me wrong, I am not defending BT here, but given the scale of the network bandwidth requirements that they are thinking about, I just don't think this would be a possibility.

I am of the suspicion that nobody will actually do IPv6 and IPv6 to IPv4 gatewaying in hardware on the edge. I know Cisco will do IPv6 forwarding in hardware, With the amount of data that they are expecting to deal with, trying to do this in software I just can't see happening.

What I would like to see would be that BT puts the pressure on Cisco to enable IPv6 in hardware and start making the boxes to interconnect to the 21CN on IPv6.

BOFH: Beancounter bashing

Berny Stapleton
Happy

@Leeds

That's like asking "What's wrong with Slough?" isn't it?

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