* Posts by Neil 44

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Yee-hacked! Fired Texan sysadmin goes rogue, trashes boot business

Neil 44
FAIL

A new word for the Texans...

... BACKUP !!!

What he did resulted in something similar to a disaster recovery - wouldn't they have been in the same boat if there had been a fire / flood / lightening strike / tornado / rogue lot of steers .... ?

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Ofcom pressuring BT to slash wholesale prices for superfast broadband

Neil 44

Re: When can I pay less for a data only line?

Or use an IP phone? Common in the US of A...

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Neil 44

Fibre?

What is this strange fibre of which you speak?

Its a fable to those of us with Exchange Only lines....

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SpaceX wows world with a ho-hum launch of a reused rocket, landing it on a tiny boring barge

Neil 44

Re: The first reusable?

~680 tonnes of hydrogen/oxygen in the main tank

~450 tonnes of solid rocket fuel per SRB

So that's ~1130 tonnes that can't be recycled as it has burnt!

That means that 900 tonnes aren't burnt - so its about a 1/3 that got reused. I seem to remember the bit that didn't was the aux fuel tank...

(why do NASA quote everything in lbs so I have to convert to tonnes?!)

I do agree that the design of the SRBs was suspect - as was shown when one failed. But like much of the early space stuff, it was very much seat of the pants design!

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Neil 44

Re: The first reusable?

Didn't they refurbish the solid rocket boosters too?

https://science.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/technology/sts-newsref/srb.html

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Neil 44

The first reusable?

""This mission is the fundamental key demonstration that our technology is capable for reflight," said SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell. "No one has ever done this before." "

Didn't someone called NASA have something called a Shuttle back in 1981 that was mostly reusable?

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WONTFIX: No patch for Windows Server 2003 IIS critical bug – Microsoft

Neil 44

Trumped?

Wasn't the Trump organisation still running 2003?

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/10/19/trump_insecure_email_servers/

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'Trash-80' escapes the dustbin of history with new TRS-80 emulator

Neil 44

Our first home computer too...

TRS80 Model 1 with an expansion box and 2x 5.25 floppy disks... Bought it second hand in about 1980...

Added a Disk Doubler, purchased from the US to go from 80kB to 160kB per disk! (though you never left the SuperUtility+ disk far away in case you had to mend a disk! Became very adept at mending errors...)

Even built and added a serial board to talk to Compu$erve through an acoustic coupler later! (which was actually the means of getting stuff OFF the system later!)

I remember putting all the (48k!) RAM into the main box which greatly improved the reliability so it wasn't sending data and address signals over the interconnect cable... Also seem to remember putting a Z80A into it and increasing the clock speed (double?)

I was always impressed that it WAS modifiable and mendable! Mainly plug-in for anything significant and regular 74LSxx (might not have been LS!) for everything else.

Scripsit: yes, we used that (PhD thesis) : disassembled it, altered it (print simple graphics / greek letters with an IDS Microprism dot matrix printer and various other improvements). Later connected it to a daisywheel to print the real thing out multiple times.

Also doodled up a BASIC program (OK, it ran with compiled BASIC...) that analysed signal sequences (really analysis of strings of letters!) for DNA that provided the data for a published scientific paper that has become somewhat seminal: it has over 700 citations! Embarrassed to show the "back of fag packet" design when someone from New York wanted a copy - had to tart it up a bit and add some comments :O

Had it running until the 90s when finally we finally got an IBM-style PC to run DOS and WordPerfect...

Think its all still up in the loft...

Nostalgia isn't what it used to be :)

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Smart meter firm EDMI asked UK for £7m to change a single component

Neil 44

Re: Sore misgivings

The other one that gets them is terraced houses where the water supply comes to one end of the terrace from the road and then links (usually the back of ) the houses....

The drains often do the same

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Neil 44

Re: Really smart meter?

or not buy Hotpoint, Indesit, Creda, Swan or Proline Tumble Dryers....

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Neil 44

Re: Really smart meter? - Washing machines.

Ebac are now doing British-made hot and cold fill machines! (yes, I've got one and its working well - using my solar-heated hot water right now!)

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Uber: Please don't give our London drivers English tests. You can work out the reason why

Neil 44

Re: Please do this TfL. @MyffyW

http://www.cockneyrhymingslang.co.uk/slang/treacle

Treacle (Tart) = Sweetheart (apparently!)

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EE unveils sky domination plans with drones, balloons

Neil 44

How long before they enhance the incident...?

... by driving off with the mast up and take out power/telecom/.... lines?

(very few of this sort of vehicle has any sort of interlock to stop them driving off :) )

Incidentally, how will they manage backhaul in these "very remote" areas? Can they have a chain of the trucks providing links back to the main network? (I'm thinking of remote Scottish areas...)

BTW can we have one permanently parked round here to provide us with 4G?

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Big Tech files anti-Trump brief: Immigration ban illegal and damaging to business

Neil 44
Devil

Trump companies?

I wonder how many citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen are employed by the various Trump companies - hotels, casinos etc - in America or in other countries?

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Customer: BT admitted it had 'mis-sold' me fibre broadband

Neil 44

Re: IT'S NOT BLOODY FIBRE!!!

I thought Virgin used co-ax into the property?

Maybe it depends on who laid the cables in the time before Virgin took them over...?

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Neil 44

Re: Erm...

That's hit the nail on the head as to why the proposed solution for so called "exchange only" lines is going to fail (basically, put a cabinet at the exchange and connect fibre to it...). Whilst it might work in some urban areas, there are pockets of houses served as "Exchange Only" round here that are >800m from the exchange even as the crow flies let alone as the cable runs - so VDSL will be lucky to manage the same performance as ADSL2....

I just wish they would acknowledge that our cute little concrete pillar that has all the phone joints inside it really is a cabinet (it is, but its not green and isn't very big!).

Doubly frustrating as the fibre to the next cabinet down the road actually goes past our concrete cabinet through its underground chambour!

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UK.gov flings £400m at gold standard, ‘full-fibre' b*&%*%£$%. Yep. Broadband

Neil 44

Fibre for Exchange-Only lines : no chance!

Maybe they could make the current, orphaned "Exchange only" lines FTTP? After all we MUST be close to the exchange, mustn't we? (well only about a mile from the exchange...)

Currently there is no plan for the "exchange only" lines to get faster connections. I'm lucky that I get about 8meg but many don't.

(they don't seem to count our "concrete connection pillar" to be a cabinet - nor will they make it into one. If they did, we could probably latch onto the fibre that already goes through the underground chamber next to our pillar and give us FTTC...

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Ludicrous Patent of the Week: Rectangles on a computer screen

Neil 44

The US Patent Office (http://www.uspto.gov/) seems to have things in rectangles on it.

Surely that's an indication of prior use!

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Apple moving to scrubbed up London's Battersea Power Station

Neil 44

Do you really mean pigs might fly - over Battersea Power Station?

Pink Floyd were there before you: http://www.hipgnosiscovers.com/images/animals_lp_uruguay_front.jpg

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Hackers hijack Tesla Model S from afar, while the cars are moving

Neil 44

2G/3G/4G/5G/....

2G is going to be around for a long time because lots of the so called "Smart Meters" are using it to communicate...

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BT best provider for 10Mbps USO, says former digi minister Ed Vaizey

Neil 44

Exchange only lines - no chance of faster

We have a so called "Exchange Only" line (that funny little concrete pillar containing all the telephone line joints clearly doesn't rate being called a cabinet!).

Whilst the local exchange has been "upgraded" to fibre to the cabinet (though I'm seeing lots of complaints that the speed isn't anywhere near what was advertised!) we are still on regular ADSL... There seems to be no real plan for our sort of line. There's talk of a cabinet by the exchange - but I can't see that will give any faster connection that we have via ADSL (the "Max" version) which gives about 8Mbs as it has the same line length limitation.

Wish we could get Gigaclear here but as BT are in the exchange, we can't...

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Latest Androids have 'god mode' hack hole, thanks to Qualcomm

Neil 44

Re: Nexus OK?

With the 5th August patch MOB30X, Nexus 7 is down to one (CVE-2016-5340).

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Neil 44
Childcatcher

Nexus OK?

"Owners of pure Android Nexus handsets are already patched, provided they accepted the over the air updates..."

No they aren't! Both my Nexus 5X and 7s report 2 vulnerabilities despite being patched to July 16 level...

Maybe August's goodies will really provide the fixes...

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Here WeGo! Google Maps rival drops Maps branding

Neil 44

maps.me (from my.com BV) is a free, completely offline (once you've downloaded the maps of your choice...) mapping and routing app (Android - don't know about iOS..). Uses OpenStreetMap - so if its wrong, you can correct it. Likewise it has lots of detail available (like house names for the blocks of flats in East London!)

(and yes, @Will Godfrey, it does show foot and bridal paths!)

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Queen guitarist Brian May releases virtual reality viewer

Neil 44

Out of copyright?

Are these out of copyright now? I think there's one an quite a few disks up in the loft (of scenes like the Coronation!)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/View-Master

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Ofcom is to get powers to fine mobe providers for crap service

Neil 44

Re: Fine?

Trouble is, there are are now lots of M2M services (like energy - gas, electric, heat etc meters) out there that are dependent on the 2G service.

Lots were installed before there was much 3G (and no 4G!)...

Many are privately owned, so there's no "utility company" to foot the bill for replacing them...

I think we are tied to 2G existing for quite a while yet...

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Google asks the public to name the forthcoming Android N operating system

Neil 44

Nestle Double Berry

Nibs

Nudge (Starbar)

Nunch (Starbar)

Nutty

(all from WikiPedia's list of confectioneries - personally I quite like Nutty!)

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EU commish: We smacked down O2/Three but we didn't take it 'lightly'

Neil 44

What about T-Mobile and Orange?

If they were concerned with the reduction in the number of mobile operators, why didn't they block the merger of T-Mobile and Orange a few years ago?

Exactly the same scenario.

The only difference (from my recollection) was that TM and Orange were French and German owned, whereas O2 and Three are Spanish and Hong Kong owned...

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Don't split Openreach, says BT, and we'll splash BEELLIONS on broadband and 4G

Neil 44

Re: Don't compound the earlier mistake

If you have a rooted phone, you can change your (2/3/4G) DNS provider to one of your choice: http://thedroidreview.com/how-to-change-dns-on-android-3g4g-root-without-root-methods-1984

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Neil 44

Don't compound the earlier mistake

BT should never have been allowed to take over EE. It has given them an unfair advantage in the telecoms and networking arena...

I too would support splitting Openreach away - that way I might have some hope of faster broadband with my lowly "Exchange Only" (discounting the cabinet / pillar that we have in the road!) line...

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Govt: Citizens, we know you want 10Mbps. This is the last broadband scheme for that

Neil 44

I think ours is even worse than that:

The fibre feeding the cabinet down the road in the next village goes through the underground chamber immediately next to the somewhat rare concrete pillar junction box (cabinet!) that serves us. However, despite the concrete pillar junction / cabinet we count as "exchange only" lines, so no fibre service. We are about a mile and a half as the cable runs from the exchange (which used to be quite a major routing exchange for the large tower!)

Shame the government / BT didn't think of a decent plan for the not insignificant number of exchange only lines....

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Google risks everything if it doesn’t grab Android round the throat

Neil 44

Poor layout of Android

I can't understand why the ROM doesn't have 2 partitions:

One that is "generic Google" and can be kept up to date easily direct from Google

If the OEMs (and carriers) want their own "customisations" etc, then they could be in a ../local/sbin still in ROM but that doesn't get wiped when the Google partition is updated...

If the local/sbin was in ROM, it would be more persistent than if the OEM/Carrier just loaded their "customisations" from a play store - i.e. harder to delete...

The big challenge would be for the OEMs to keep their stuff maintained so that it worked with all versions of the base OS!

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Drunk? Need a slash? Avoid walls in Hackney

Neil 44

How long will it last? How much will they save

"2- How long will Ultra-Ever Dry coating last ?The SE 7.6.110 formula’s longevity in use is susceptible to environmental conditions (UV / abrasion). This coating will generally last 2-8 months in direct sunlight and outdoor conditions before recoating of the top coat would be required. When used in indoor or covered applications outdoors, the SE 7.6.110 coating should last for a year or more. Other formulas are being added to our product line that can provide years of useful life before any recoat is needed."

(from http://ultraeverdry-tap.co.uk/faq.html)

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Mozilla looses Firefox 43, including Windows 64-bit variant

Neil 44

Re: Add-on compatibility - Facebook purity

Sounds like the "really useful" FB Purity is being impacted by the new FireFox:

https://www.facebook.com/fluffbustingpurity/posts/10153641397712559

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GPS, you've gone too far this time

Neil 44
Childcatcher

Uber?

Does this mean the Uber charging mechanism has been overcharging if GPS has been overegging the distance?

Class action anyone?

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The last post: Building your own mail server, part 2

Neil 44

A really simple alternative...

is to use Blueonyx (https://www.blueonyx.it/)...

Based on Centos 6 (or 7 soon), it is a derivative of BlueQuartz which ran on the Cobalt Raq range of 1U servers (subsequently owned by Sun)

Suitable for multiple virtual hosts (from its heritage in hosted solutions!)...

Boot the CD, follow the prompts and you're done: all administration can be done via a web interface... If you want you can add a webmail client (eg Roundcube) and mail filtering (spamassassin, clamav etc). Being Centos you can install other things if you like or build them yourself but there is a "shop" if you want to buy some of the packages...

The real bonus is that it is being actively developed, and has a very responsive support group.

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That's not an Ofcom email about your radio licence – it's a TROJAN

Neil 44

I got several this morning, and, as I was suspicious of a .docm attachment, submitted the attachment to Virus total for a comparison of which AVs detected anything in the attachment and which didn't.

Hats off to those that did!!

Complete scanning result of "OFCOM_REN04_20150715_0976659.docm", processed in VirusTotal at 08/05/2015 09:52:57 (CET)

[ file data ]

* name..: OFCOM_REN04_20150715_0976659.docm

* size..: 49614

* md5...: da8d771db68ed6e27119ccbc528b2ab4

* sha1..: f532ba5c4aa6d2877e46d52cc0cc8e9702662d69

[ scan result ]

ALYac 1.0.1.4/20150805 found nothing

AVG 15.0.0.4392/20150805 found nothing

AVware 1.5.0.21/20150805 found LooksLike.Macro.Malware.g (v)

Ad-Aware 12.0.163.0/20150805 found nothing

AegisLab 1.5/20150805 found nothing

Agnitum 5.5.1.3/20150804 found nothing

AhnLab-V3 2015.08.05.02/20150805 found nothing

Alibaba 1.0/20150803 found nothing

Antiy-AVL 1.0.0.1/20150805 found nothing

Arcabit 1.0.0.425/20150805 found HEUR.VBA.Trojan

Avast 8.0.1489.320/20150805 found nothing

Avira 8.3.1.6/20150805 found nothing

Baidu-International 3.5.1.41473/20150804 found nothing

BitDefender 7.2/20150805 found nothing

Bkav 1.3.0.6979/20150804 found nothing

ByteHero 1.0.0.1/20150805 found nothing

CAT-QuickHeal 14.00/20150805 found O97M.Dropper.GO

ClamAV 0.98.5.0/20150804 found nothing

Comodo 22933/20150805 found nothing

Cyren 5.4.16.7/20150805 found nothing

DrWeb 7.0.13.5270/20150805 found nothing

ESET-NOD32 12045/20150805 found nothing

Emsisoft 3.5.0.642/20150805 found nothing

F-Prot 4.7.1.166/20150805 found nothing

F-Secure 11.0.19100.45/20150805 found nothing

Fortinet 5.1.220.0/20150804 found nothing

GData 25/20150805 found nothing

Ikarus T3.1.9.5.0/20150805 found nothing

Jiangmin 16.0.100/20150804 found nothing

K7AntiVirus 9.207.16786/20150805 found nothing

K7GW 9.207.16787/20150805 found nothing

Kaspersky 15.0.1.10/20150805 found nothing

Kingsoft 2013.4.9.267/20150805 found nothing

Malwarebytes 2.1.1.1115/20150805 found nothing

McAfee 6.0.5.614/20150805 found nothing

McAfee-GW-Edition v2015/20150805 found nothing

MicroWorld-eScan 12.0.250.0/20150805 found nothing

Microsoft 1.1.11903.0/20150805 found nothing

NANO-Antivirus 0.30.24.2668/20150805 found nothing

Panda 4.6.4.2/20150804 found W97M/Downloader

Qihoo-360 1.0.0.1015/20150805 found nothing

Rising 25.0.0.17/20150731 found nothing

SUPERAntiSpyware 5.6.0.1032/20150805 found nothing

Sophos 4.98.0/20150805 found Troj/DocDl-WH

Symantec 20141.2.0.56/20150805 found nothing

Tencent 1.0.0.1/20150805 found nothing

TheHacker 6.8.0.5.613/20150805 found nothing

TotalDefense 37.1.62.1/20150805 found nothing

TrendMicro 9.740.0.1012/20150805 found nothing

TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001/20150805 found nothing

VBA32 3.12.26.4/20150805 found nothing

VIPRE 42634/20150805 found LooksLike.Macro.Malware.g (v)

ViRobot 2014.3.20.0/20150805 found nothing

Zillya 2.0.0.2329/20150805 found nothing

Zoner 1.0/20150805 found nothing

nProtect 2015-08-04.01/20150804 found nothing

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Wait, what? TrueCrypt 'decrypted' by FBI to nail doc-stealing sysadmin

Neil 44

Re: VeraCrypt and alternative

Yes. And got it running whole system on Win 8.1 successfully. (Convert the partition to MBR!)

Slower to boot than TrueCrypt though (I gather it is doing more "trial and error" to determine precisely which encryption was used with more variations...)

Other than that, working fine

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The Internet of Things becomes the Game of Thrones in standards war

Neil 44

Having worked with both Zigbee and Z-Wave in real houses, I'd choose Z-Wave every time!

868MHz (which is what UK Z-Wave uses) goes through walls MUCH better than 2.4GHz Zigbee, With Zigbee you need mains-powered repeaters which all adds to the complexity and cost of an install (yes, Z-Wave can have repeaters, but I've never had to use one)

Getting Zigbee units from different manufacturers to talk to each other can be a nightmare: yes, there are standards for applications, but there are so many that finding a common one is tough - and that's before arriving at an ideal product that uses the Zigbee protocol layers, but puts a completely proprietary application layer on top...

Horses for courses...

(Never used IP6-LOPAN which is supposed to be Zigbee like, but marries to WiFi / internet better...)

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Messerschmitts, Sinclairs and a '50s living room: The Bubblecar Museum

Neil 44

The really bubble shaped ones were Heinkels (looks like they were later branded BMW / Isetta...) - the cigar shaped ones were Messerschmitts

(Not particularly an enthusiast, but I remember being taken out for a ride in my cousin's Messerschmitt when I was little!)

OK, its Wikipedia, but this seems reasonably accurate: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubble_car

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Relax, it's just Ubuntu 15.04. AARGH! IT'S FULL OF SYSTEMD!!!

Neil 44

Re: systemd? Do not want.

I always thought it was Edition 7 not V7....

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Range Rover Sport: Like a cathedral on wheels, only with comfier pews

Neil 44

Marlow Bridge

At least you were in good company: lots of Chelsea Tractors in Marlow...

You may, or may not, be aware that Marlow Bridge has a weight limit of 3 tonnes.

In the old days it was really only lorries that exceeded this gross weight. However some of the increasingly popular large vehicles in common use today are quite heavy and the owners may be completely unaware that they do in fact exceed the bridges weight limit, even in an unladen state.

For example the following vehicles are, and have always been, to heavy to go over Marlow bridge:

Range Rover- 3.2 tonnes

******* Range Rover Sport- 3.175 tonnes ********

Land Rover Discovery 4- 3.24 tonnes

Land Rover Defender 110- 3.05 tonnes

Mitsubishi Shogun- 3.03 tonnes

Toyota Landcruiser v8- 3.35 tonnes

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Small cells are like DRUNKS. They don't use lamp posts for light, they use 'em for support

Neil 44

Nothing that new - was news in 2003!

STREET LIGHTS SET TO BECOME MOBILE MASTS

12:07Tuesday 23 December 2003

Tuesday, December 23: Lampposts all over Hemel Hempstead may soon not be quite what they seem.

T-Mobile put in a clutch of planning applications this week for the removal of several lamp standards, to replace them with look-alike telephone masts for the new 3G system for mobile phones.

The masqueraders are planned to be placed on footpaths outside Greenacres Tavern in Bennetts End, at the junction of Eastbrook Way and Adeyfield Road and on land adjacent to Long Chaulden at the junction with Pulleys Lane.

http://www.hemeltoday.co.uk/news/more-news/street-lights-set-to-become-mobile-masts-1-1211521

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What time do you call this, BT? Late, state-funded broadband rollout plods on

Neil 44

Exchange Only lines....

Seems that BT forgot about the XO lines - that go straight to the exchange, not via a cabinet....

We've got one and despite them spreading fibre around, we're still "not available" as there's no cabinet

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: The long-ago geek gifts that made us what we are

Neil 44

ICF7600D

Mine is still on the bedside and I use it most days - albeit mostly just on FM...

Remember having it in Greece on holiday and listening to the BBC reports on the death of Princess Diana on shortwave

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Goes like the blazes: Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 late 2014 edition

Neil 44

Why such an old Android base?

"based on 4.4.3..."

So.. given 4.4.4 was release mid-june, why haven't Amazon incorporated it (at least!) into their new product? 4.4.4 was supposed to include security fixes - so does that mean this new shiny is missing them?

Not even mentioning Lollipop which has been out in developer preview form since the end of June....

My summary of the product would be "somewhat dated software - possibly even having security vulnerabilities"

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EE plonks 4G in UK Prime Minister's backyard

Neil 44

4G Balckberry?

Maybe someone who has one can confirm if any of the Blackberry crop are 4G enabled?

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We told you jailbreaking your iThing was dangerous

Neil 44

Adblocker?

One of the obvious things to install when you have jailbroken / rooted a device is an adblocker - which surely would kill this attack pretty effectively...

(I'm assuming they exist for iDevices... I know they are not available on the Google Playstore - but if you're capable of rooting a phone, they are easy to find and install)

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Just when you thought you were alone in the bath: Hi-res mapping satellite ready for launch

Neil 44

Linear or area

"begin taking snapshots of approximately 680,000km of the Earth every single day."

Do you mean 680,000km2 ? or is it really a linear measurement, in which case how wide is the strip it photographs?

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Gov.uk's broadband boast: Superfast fibre piped to 1 million Brits

Neil 44

Re: The Real World.

Then there are exchanges that are still categorised as Market 1 but that have 3 LLU broadband providers in the building which makes them not Market 1....

Ofcom contacted, but no meaningful response yet....

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