* Posts by Dr Gerard Bulger

28 posts • joined 17 Jun 2008

Windows Subsystem for Linux distro gets a preening, updated version waddles into Microsoft's app store

Dr Gerard Bulger

USB Devices

Does it access USB ports other than connected drives? WSL does not so far as I can tell, That limits its use for me, no matter what flavour penguin installed.

Blockchain is bullsh!t, prove me wrong meets 'chain gang fans at tech confab

Dr Gerard Bulger

The point is you have a distributed ledgers, all then agree, all round he world.

The snag to this is the speed of light. It will never be instant. If you you are trying to transact something fast, as in finance, you will prefer to have it authenticated locally, within a few metres, and so better not bother with a distributed ledger and block chain at all.

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish

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A.I. will replace {insert professional here]

I sit there as a doctor, seeing patients, and for something rare I will go to dr google, adding restriction other search terms to make sure not USA, but UK guideline or Oz or NZ medical sites.. Alas the patient says "I could have done that! But you did not, and you did not know how or would have settled on Gwenneth Paltrow instead I retort. Similarly I still use Travel Agents for the more complex trips and their always find a better deal than I could extract on the internet

Why the fuck do Estate Agents still exist in this internet age. Thier demise has been predicted for decades long before the crap term AI was all the rage.

Schadenfreude for UK mobile networks over the tumult at Carphone

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I work all over the place. Dual SIM essential. Carphone don't sell dual SIM phones, so I felt they were under the thumb of the of the big airtime boys, who also don't sell dual SIM phones. Funny that. Dual SIM or better still carrier hopping will offer competition.

There were no dual sims at the Carphone stores I went to.

So I got a Wilyefox on line, although the company is just surving and still no promised Oreo update...

ASDA of all places has a range of dual sim. Some almost half decent but not branded. No doubt Sainsburies will stop that lark

Google and Microsoft Police with No accountability

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Google and Microsoft Police with No accountability

Google and Microsoft now believe they are the Internet Secret Police, and with no accountablity to anyone.

They like stop and search, and do random breath tests and never declare any reason.

They are arrogant and rude (shock)

We have to prove we are innocent.

Last year emails to microsoft's email accounts got blocked from my tiny email server. It took ages to work out what was going on since my server is not on any blacklist and is squeaky clean. But Microsoft runs their own secret blacklist and nobody knows the special rules how you get on it. And is seems if anyone nearby is being naughty they put the whole class (ho) in the corner until you prove your innocence, which is achieved days later after fighting through a dense forest or poor microsoft help sites to find the right forms and procedures, to then beg to be taken off their list. No explanation from them other than claiming the domain sent spam, which we never did, none of our logs nor traffic suggests it. We have a bolted down tiny system (i'ts really an archive now, only two active users left, handful of emails a day), SPF reverse DNS DKIM DMARC all set, no relays, no proxy, no SSH ports and so on.

I wonder if they really do random blocks

Now Google are at it, and blocked and delayed emails to their email addresses. Once again complex a hunt to find the forms, verify youself, and look at their postmaster tools of my domain. Their onw portal had no data at all as spam, nothing on IP or domain reputation about my server. So Google's public interface knows we are innocent, but some internal lottery still fingerred us. After 2 days, not even knowing if they got the forms as no acknlowedgement, we get unblocked with no explanation and no correspondence. In fact they state clearly they will not email or correspond. So what the F@ was that about?

Surey we have a right to know why we woz stopped and searched? If there was an error how does saying nothing help mitigation? Cannot they admit they got it wrong, and just were lazily applying a ban on a serction of IPs to see who protested.

Are Google and Microsoft trying to piss off all other email server and domains such we capitulate and have one other their accounts?

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

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Everyone goes on about lack of hi-speed in the countryside. It's inner cities and those living in blocks built before 2010 that have issues and nobody mentions it. All suppliers can only over 6-7mbs here in a small block of flats in EC1 Central London. So we use a 4G service. I cannot find any supplier that offers fibre to the block, then using the copper within the building. There are those offering to set fibre to earch door in building but expensive and a locked down single contract. Let's hope CityFibre lives up to its name and offers decent speeds for City dwelllers, most live in blocks.

OK, this time it's for real: The last available IPv4 address block has gone

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Re: IVP4, IVP6 Ehhh

Yea! Remembering passwords is bad enough. I can remember my IPV4 IP address and a few others.

I need brain training to fix an IVP6 in my head. I think this is the main reason people hane not taken it up; reading out and IVP6 address over the phone would leed to errors. It will always have to be copy and paste and not all routers accept that or have a method to retrieve an address fro the web say. Perhaps to make it human every IPV6 address will have to have a DNS name!

Neutron stars shower gold on universe in big bang, felt on Earth as 100-second grav wave

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Can anyone explain how LIGO gets an a rough idea of the direction of the gravitational wave? Its never mentioned, probably because its something beautiful mathematical, enjoyed by those few gifted individuals in the inner sanctum. Or its not mentioned because its bleeding obvious to them. Boffins seldom mention the bleeding obvious. Us mortals want some idea as to how distance and direction and detected by such a fractional wobble. They seem to know how far away and roughly where to look. How does watching an atom hardly move allow for such deductions?

Creators Update gives Windows 10 a bit of an Edge, but some old annoyances remain

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Settings

Nothing about the crap settings menu whereby you have to jump though a series of clicks to get to the old style setting pages, such as adaptor settings where you can actually do stuff. You cannot go direct from the wifi connection icon on the task bar. You cannot see IP/gateway from there. Similarly actual graphic settings are hidden behind a tree of useless GUI guff.

Everything bad in the world can be traced to crap Wi-Fi

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Add blocking. Nah; we need stop that background chatter background blocker.

Why does every damn app, or programme on any device now believe you have access to infinite and free bandwidth? It is a form of theft. I really notice this when having to use BAGAN satellite links. To avoid being bankrupted I had to set up a false default route, proxy server than only Firefox (in text mode) knew about and set one route to that, in order to avoid megabytes of crap with any device attached to the Sat Modem being pulled down and up FOR NO BENFIT OF MINE. The screen is doing nothing, but within a few minutes 700kb costing me $$ came down. I quickly stopped that. If left megabytes and my $$ stolen for nothing.

Airbus' Mars plane precursor survives pressure test

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This really confused me learning to fly until I found this video. If flying depended on the shape of the wing why do commercial jet aircraft have the curve UNDERNEATH.

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/how-wings-really-work

How much info did hackers steal on US spies? Try all of it

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Re: @HildyJ "verify your identity" questions

What annoys me about these security question is that banks and others, such as SKY TV/Broadband INSIST that they will only correspond by telephone. I am on an analogue telephone, which can be hacked into by anyone with a pair or crocodile clips, Sky will not give any email address and their web chat then says RING in if you want anything done. Banks respond even to letters, hand written by a phone call to confirm what I wrote, because reading is beyond them. Oh no, you have to ring and to blurt out bits of passwords and those security questions over an open line. Then they transfer you to another department you make you do the whole thing over again. I think I must have given my details to six different people with SKY once. Telstra in Australia no better

Australia's favourite(ish) telco taking SDN to the world

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That explains it

I could not understand the rush for the NBN while connections to the rest of the world from Oz was so bad. I could not get more than 2Mbs connection to my UK VPN from Cairns and complained about Telstra awful routing. Help lines where terrible and source of much grief. Nothing to do with us mate as the response.

Suddenly speeds improved to to 10 Mbs to my UK servers...This purchase may be the reason.

Delighted and I always knew that it was Telstra problem to fix. If only they could sort out customer service and tech support.

The hoarder's dilemma: 'Why can't I throw anything away?'

Dr Gerard Bulger

Junk

I understand that junk is something you kept for 10 years, threw away last week and need today.

SCRAP the TELLY TAX? Ancient BBC Time Lords mull Beeb's future

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Re: Cut my head off and it says 'BBC' through my neck

So you have never watched http://news.bbc.co.uk from abroad then. Adverts you bet.

WD embraces C word* and hews HDD handles from NAS kit

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Does it still have SSH?

The WD DRIVEs were SLOW but at least you could get SSH root access to the PowerPC Debian running it, so could make it do more useful things, tunnel and sock proxy for a start.

I wonder if the "upgrade" locks that out.

Microsoft relents: 'Go ahead, install Windows 8.1 on clean PCs'

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Ooops. I thought you always could do a clean install

Terrified of what Windows 8 would do to my XP system and other partitions I did clean installs onto separate disks. You need to make a bootable USB installation image and I get the process to do that off the Microsoft's site.

Was that bad?

OK, so we paid a bill late, but did BT have to do this?

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Try Telstra

You think BT is bad.

You dunno noffink

Come to OZ and enjoy the pleasures of Telstra service calls

They have not stooped to malware messages yet but things UK have a habit of blowing over here eventually.

The Lynx effect: The story of Camputers' mighty micro

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Paris Hilton

Wireless World Z80 Computer Chip Kit

I wonder if anyone can do a write up on this neat device. DIY. I used it for stats work. It had a reverse polish maths co-processor which made it interesting.

I am afraid I sold it once I had my spectrum.

NHS axes HealthSpace: 'Just too difficult' to use

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HealthSpace

I was a member of Connecting For Health Committees and I cannot tell you the flak I got at meetings saying this was such a waste of time. The problem was how patients were to be identified on line. It was difficult to get permission to log on as a user. My protestation that others will do it better and cheaper fell on deaf ears.

The whole Connecting for Health project was a misconception from day one, as if the NHS was a single bank with only money, not complex data to transact.

CfH destroyed competition between suppliers. The Government in effect nationalised by stealth clinical systems by rules and regulations and specifications and abuse of monoploy. CfH, the Government, was designing software. The abuse of its monopoly purchasing power as by wayof creating just one customer, HMG, the NHS, as against 30,000 GPs and then hospitals and trusts. This is the new way to nationalise and get state control of industry. Does not need legislation, and was the new Labour way to achieve its ends. This was so destructive to innovation on clinical informatics, which was been stuck in aspic by the Government designed specification and zealous contractual obligations and lack of a free market.

What they should have done is recommend standards of communication on NHS Net (Intranet), and have a secure search engine search for data on whatever clinical system being used rather than attempting to create the single records. If anyone searched for data (only those with NHS net Access) then patient would be notified by whom and when if not their GP or consultant.

They thought it so clever, HealthSpace, so trendy, Remember MySpace

VPN Service Recommendations

Dr Gerard Bulger

Re: VPN Service Recommendations

Currently I use my own "cloud". A cheap root access VPS from Webfusion or Eukhosts is all you need then you are in charge of the vpn and everything. Most of the time I make use of an SSH connection for my VPS and run socks proxy and tunnels on the machines rather than opening a full VPN connection from here OZ to UK. Works for banks, bbc and all things needing UK IP address. SSH is all you need, and for reasons I do not know upload speeds to UK seem to double over the link.

What I am after is someone selling SSH servers with tunnelling and proxy, rather than VPN services since should be cheaper than owning a whole vps.

I used VPNUK for VPN (shame no SSH) but it was not as fast and had more erratic latency than my EUKhost windows VPNS and SSH socks proxy. VPNUK is a third of the cost of running one own Virtual Server, but the VPS has other uses of course.

Deep inside ARM's new Intel killer

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Two Processors

Nothing really is new. Anyone remember the Wireless Worl kit PC that was about in late 80s.. Sinclair ZX time? I had great fun with one. That machine had Z80 chip and a reverse polish co-processor. The concept whent nowhere of course as pretty graphics is what the market needs.... and not sure what happend to reverse polish either.

Sky wins TV riot battle

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BBC lost the plot

I am in Australia. I found Oz Sky a bit OTT... it gave impression whole of UK was ablaze. However Sky was better. What is SO depressing out here is to see Al Jazeera replace the BBC reporters in the news over here, on SBS at least on terestial channels. because their reports are better and more varied, that's why.

BBC World Service news is shameful, a disgrace. It often just have ony four (boring) items to report, squeezed between adverts and jingles, where as Al Jazeera has many many different NEW stories from everywhere, and old fashioned reporting (longer, calmer) with lovely camera work. The anchors and reporters getting out of the way.... using mainly British speaking or ex-pat staff so it sounds authoritive. It may have another agenda, but is gives more news without never ending jingles, adverts for itself and spinning f*ing logo. It's better on the eye. BBC world service TV is just awful.... I suggest the FO subcontracts it to Rupert Murdoch.... anything would be better than what is does now.

LOHAN spaceplane project starting to shape up nicely

Dr Gerard Bulger

just a little hydrogen?

Would not a Helium/hydrogen mix be safe? If the hydrogen is dilute enough would it not reduce the risk of a firestorm...but give more lift? Are there other lighter than air gasses that could act as retardants to be added if SOME hydrogen was in the balloon.....

Aussie parties trade blows over fast broadband

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Its big

i came across this map that shows you just how big the place is

http://www.gerardbulger.com.au/AusEuro.JPG

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No point in high speed: the bottleneck is in and out of OZ

There a very few pipes out of Australia. I cannot see the point of 100mb, or even 30mb broadband within Australia while there is so little capacity to the rest of the world.

Australians have much better things to do than make web sites, and there is only 21million here, so one needs decent connections to get overseas for anything (let alone bbc iplayer via proxy).

I am living in Cairns QLD, with Telstra, the firm that is detested here more than BT ever was in the UK.

Download speeds I get here in OZ from my UK servers are never above 1.2mb/sec. In the UK the machines provide as fast as Virgin cable allows to my UK home... 18mbs. My UK servers have 50mbs connections.

My service in Oz is with Telstra's 14mbs ADSL... I am within 600m of the exchange. Within Australia I can get 9-12mbs downloads. That's fine for me, and surely for most people. But it is pointless as I am throttled when going to USA or UK, where stuff resides.

There is no point in speeds above 14mbs whilst Australia is not properly connected to the rest of the world.

Traceroute to UK shows the horrors and routes go all over the shop.

Even download from to Hong Kong to China proper, Australia's greatest trading partner are terrible.

I'd prefer the Government invested in to laying more ocean going cables than spending money on digging up roads.

Bristol crim caught with mobile up jacksie

Dr Gerard Bulger

Mobiles in Prison

One chap at a London HMP had one up there for four years before dropping it when crouching; mindyou he used every day to call his wife, so it came out for air daily. Us docs realised the likey cause of his rectal prolapse.

He tired to claim it was against his human rights to take it away after such a time

Keeping mobiles charged up is the challenge as chargers are too easily found and a bit spikely to be stored with the mobile.

Nvidia blows out Moore’s Law with fresh Tesla

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Reminds me of Wireless World Computer

It was a home brew Z80 but it had a maths co-processor, reverse polish I think. Then along came the Sinclair and that was the end of maths processing on the side.

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