* Posts by TRT

6159 posts • joined 11 Sep 2009

'Fibre broadband' should mean glass wires poking into your router, reckons Brit survey

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Plenty of fibre...

Keeps your bowels regular you know.

Roughage to the cabinet.

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Re: the survey is, at heart, a piece in a PR campaign

Fair comment. The number of times I've been asked a sucker sales question disguised as a survey...

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Re: I suspect that as a percentage of the total the number is quite small.

@commswonk. I didn't think you were asking about how small the numbers were, just where does it make a difference. The survey shows people do understand somewhat the details of how the connection is made, the implications of that, and how it doesn't marry up with the advertising. Do people care if they are getting what they understand the salesdroid is flogging them? Yes, it seems; in the majority at least now.

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Re: Is it important?

Does if you're buying your own modem / router.

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Tech team trapped in data centre as hypoxic gas flooded in. Again

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Re: Look I hate to say this lads, but this thing really is going to blow up!

Simple. It wasn't a fuel storage depot, it was a hyperspatial field generator. As it overheated it blew a hole through the space-time continuum and you dropped through like a stone through a wet paper bag…. I hate wet paper bags.

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Re: casually stroll out with one second left on the clock

After that it's an automatic lock in, and it'll cost you a crystal to get you out again.

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Ours has a 30 second stand-off.

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Re: Buncefield

Thought one of the kids had fallen out of their bunk bed. Next door's loft hatch fell in to their bedroom. And that was 12 miles away.

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Cancelled in Crawley? At least your train has free Wi-Fi now, right?

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IP over the power lines

You might get a nasty shock. It jumps back up the stream, you see, looking for a path to earth.

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I guess you mean regular public rail, rather than novelty or heritage?

Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch?

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Pi-lovers? There are two fresh OSes for your tiny computers to gobble

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Re: PDF viewer...

Annoyingly so, but I only use HTML, SVG and PDF in my displays for reasons of efficiency and resolution.

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PDF viewer...

If Chromium or one of the other supposedly HTML5 browsers for the PI actually handled PDF rendering in-app rather than relying on plug-ins, I'd be a lot happier. The damned loss of just a single pixel width to scroll bars and frame borders and the like makes it annoyingly difficult to render both SVG and PDF nicely within the same DIV.

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Drug cops stopped techie's upgrade to question him for hours. About everything

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Re: Sheffield had a water-fountain/sculpture thing...

I remember the fish tanks and aviaries of the old Arndale shopping complexes in Bolton and Manchester.

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Christ on a bike. Cordells? That's a long way back. The council never learned about putting public water features in Watford. You just don't do it. Between 1996 and 2006, they had a circular trough filled with large stone Scrabble letters just near the flyover. Regularly got a box of Sudso thrown into it, and they had to fill the gaps in-between the Scrabble letters with concrete after some kid got their foot stuck in it; so for years it just resembled the aftermath of a fire at a Mattel warehouse. Then there was a drinking fountain outside the nightclubs, which got used as a post for drunks to wee against. And an inverted glass canopy, which filled up with leaves and rain until the grass cracked under the weight. The history of Watford High Street is a sad catalogue of how not to do things, and has so far cost the council around £30-50m in major public work programmes over the last 25 years. As for the cycle lane in the bottom half of the High Street next to Boots... Within a minute of the works van driving away, the lane was full of cars parked up. Now they have divided it off from the road using bollards; it's full of pedestrians instead so cycles still can't use it safely.

Ricky Road is pretty much as it always was, apart from the Bus Green Route sections which were designed by a friend of mine but not properly implemented (they never put in the sensors and emitters to flip the lights on demand by an approaching bus instead of simply on a timing circuit). Yet another half-completed intelligent infrastructure project that failed. The ones that work never get noticed because they work. The ones that don't work get in the news and give the public and councils a bad idea about Smart City technology.

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If it was the Lloyds in the middle of the High Street with the Georgian facade, that facade is all that is left. They've totally removed everything behind it, including the building itself, Charter Place (brutalist two storey concrete 60s open mall), all the way back to the YMCA tower, and all up the High Street to the back of the Palace Theatre. All gone and replaced with a steel and glass canopy and an extension to the shopping centre.

The bank, the roof and everything in it is now probably no more than a pile of hardcore waiting in some depot somewhere to become part of a new roadbed.

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You should see the state of the town centre now!

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German researchers defeat printers' doc-tracking dots

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Re: GDPR?

Ghost Dot Printer Recognition?

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Geoboffins baffled as Ceres is crawling with carbon organics

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Re: Nuke it from deep space...

Sgt Pinback calling bomb number 20. Are you receiving me bomb? Over.

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That was quick: Seattle rushes to kill tax that would mildly inconvenience Amazon

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Re: Not as simple as all that...

Amazon are noted for their ready supply of large, brown cardboard boxes...

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Tech rookie put decimal point in wrong place, cost insurer zillions

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Re: Old school

Our electronic ordering system now flags up (to the user who entered the order) any orders to companies that have supply multiples. If they insist the order is OK, it then sanity checks the actual amount ordered using the online catalogues and asks again. Cut the admin workload amazingly.

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As a work experience...

aged 15, several of us doing Computer Studies were assigned to a national bank's office in Salford. There we sat for three days, all day, processing cheques by encoding the amounts handwritten on the front into magnetic/flourescent machine readable amounts printed on the back. Being sat next to a lovely lady, she quickly got me up to speed on all the features of the imprinting machine. When I spoke to my friends after the first day had finished, I discovered that they hadn't had the benefit of such tutelage and had mistakenly used the wrong buttons. The machines had a whole variety of 0 keys, single, double, triple and even quadruple zeroes. There must have been several thousand cheques went to clearing that day with encoding errors measurable in orders of magnitude. Oops. That was the first and last time they took on work experience placements for many, many years.

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British egg producers saddened by Google salad emoji update

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Re: zero-width joiner...

You mean the layer of margarine from a Greater London sandwich bar?

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Re: Salad...

Angry fruit salad. Which appears to be the order of the day for the modern UI like TIFKAM.

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Re: They've been...

eggsterminated.

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Don’t talk to the ATM, young man, it’s just a machine and there’s nobody inside

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Re: Another one we have is WOT

I/O error. Incompetent Operator.

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England's top judge lashes out at 'Science Museum' grade court IT

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I have experience of the Family Court IT system...

Submitting documents by email, following the prescribed method of flagging the files and documents etc... they never reach their intended destination. The court clerks log and progress everything in a database system purely so that there can exist a national case handling call centre. I phoned them after resubmitting a defective order (missed a tick box) and they said "check again in 4 weeks". So I did, still not arrived. Got a call from the clerk at the court "oh, that never works right. Takes someone a year to find it usually. Just bring a hardcopy round and mark the envelope URGENT is a big and bold a lettering as you dare. I'll keep an eye open for it."

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Fingered: Pants-down 'poo jogger' alleged to be corp exec

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Re: It's pure luck..

Can't a guy practice his downhill skiing posture in peace nowadays?

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Re: The question begged is...

Well, what we are talking about in privy terms is the latest in front wall fresh air orifices combined with a wide capacity gutter installation below.

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You should find out what's going on in that neural network. Y'know they're cheating now?

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Re: Such problems were known _way_ before the current hype

It's a small, off-duty, Czechoslovakian traffic warden.

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Sounds like a very complex problem...

Perhaps it lends itself to inspection by an AI ML expert system.

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HostingUK drops offline after losing Farmer vs Fibre competition

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A micro-trencher, you say...

2 metres down is quite deep. I wonder if it was a telco laying new fibre?

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Well... same here. Shocked that after the last outage they didn't build geodispersed routes into the plan.

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Experts build AI joke machine that's about as funny as an Adam Sandler movie (that bad)

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At a research conference...

the AI was able to defend its own position.

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Internet engineers tear into United Nations' plan to move us all to IPv6

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Re: I'm not sure if I should've had more or less alcohol to drink before reading that.

Definitely should not have had less.

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Re: IPv6 should have taken off by now

As I understand it, the UN suggestion is effectively a global and permanent IPv4<->IPv6 tunnel.

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Re: The reason for lack of IPv6 adopton

Hm... faster by design? Or a separate stack which is practically empty all of the time?

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Re: A different solution

IPvX? Is that a Netware protocol?

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Re: IPv7?

IPv8. Skips a generation you see.

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UN

United

Nations

Information

Technology

Chap with 32 bits there... five rounds rapid.

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UK judge appears in dock over Computer Misuse Act allegations

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Re: only judges get paid enough to afford a barrister

What utter rubbish! I employed one this morning, and they prepared an excellent café breve.

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MH370 search ends – probably – without finding missing 777

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Look how long it took to find Richard III.

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'Autopilot' Tesla crashed into our parked patrol car, say SoCal cops

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... a computer in my car a self-preservation instinct ... a people-preservation instinct.

KITT versus KARR?

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Ex-staffer of UK.gov dept bags payout after boss blabbed medical info to colleagues

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Re: balanced fact based reporting please

So there are reasons to discuss. I know I checked with my boss about sick leave and elective surgery. He said fine to have it off during holidays and it would be sick leave. In term time and it would be taken off my allowance for being an arse about it because I ought to know that non-teaching time is the only time we're supposed to block book leave.

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Re: balanced fact based reporting please

eMail. Written evidence. Even if the person HAD asked that their colleagues be informed about the nature of their illness, and then done an about face, as a manager they should have insisted on a WRITTEN confirmation of the non-confidentiality, otherwise it is by default a confidential matter.

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Softbank's 'Pepper' robot is a security joke

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Re: Anthropomorphic?

The holes aren't for security. They're because the robot is "fully functional".

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Re: Password == root???!!!

When figuring out a password storage methodology, you'd think that they'd at least add some salt to Pepper.

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Godzilla is there to sort it out.

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BOFH: Their bright orange plumage warns other species, 'Back off! I'm dangerous!'

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Re: Fiat 500

The best thing about them, though, is the incredibly generous crumple zone. It extends all the way from the back of the front bumper to the front of the back bumper.

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Re: Fiat 500

I didn't actually get to try that. Odd. I thought it was under 10m for both the Fiat and the Smart 4 4. The Rover's was a shade under 11m, the Pious is 11 point something. It doesn't seem to make that much difference, to be honest. The length does, though. The Pious is a total ball ache to fit into most on-street bays around London.

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