* Posts by Knoydart

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Intelsat and Intel reckon satellite spectrum could help with 5G's coming capacity crunch

Knoydart

Re: I keep telling people

You can now run a GPRS carrier (2G low speed data) among a 4G carrier with almost no impact on the 4G services. Therefore legacy smart meters and other GPRS connections can keep their low speed, rarely polled devices (eg once or twice a day for an ID, usage breakdown and checksum) going for many years to come.

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Thomas the Tank Engine lobotomised by fat (remote) controller

Knoydart

The "robots" in New Zealand are basically remote controlled shunters with the operator riding on either on the footplate of said shunter, walking alongside the wagons or in visual range of the train. Not that remote when compared to those trains across the ditch. Think of an oversized RC car but on steel wheels and tracks.

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Joint Committee on the NBN splits, as National Party member sides with opposition

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Go

Re: FTTP, reality?

Bring your (light)pipe dreams of FTTP and come move to New Zealand. FTTP to 87% of the population within the next 5 years with the UFB rollout.

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Knoydart
Unhappy

A good day to bury bad news

Sounds like a repeat of a infamous comment made in the UK on Sept 11 2001.

It's the start of a long weekend in Australia, so by the time the news cycle comes back round on Tuesday, the report starts gathering dust...

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Smartphone SatNavs to get centimetre-perfect GNSS receivers in 2018

Knoydart
Boffin

What's the frequecny Kenneth?

I think you'll find that L1 is up at 1575MHz and L5 is down at 1176MHz. Therefore the high / low frequency mix you mention is not correct.

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Knoydart

Re: Never do this

My entry level Garmin can choose which constellation (GPS or GLONASS) it uses but doesn’t seem to be able to combine them to increase accuracy.

There is work for aeronautical use on having duplicate constellations being able to be received by receivers to provide diversity of reception from different constellations but I get that GPS at the moment is the only one the American's trust for its civil aviation fleet and so on. ICAO will have a big job on their hands qualifying many of the GNSS constellations for worldwide use.

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Behold, says robo-mall-cop maker: Our crime-busting dune buggy packed with spy gear

Knoydart

Security bot from Wall-e

When are they going to build a bot that looks like the Wall-e security bot? At least if they can't sell them to corporates, unsuspecting kids will get their parents to buy one for Christmas.

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Australian telcos promise to be better NBN helpers

Knoydart
FAIL

Bah ha ha ha

Looks like those MTM chickens are coming home to roost - well done Messrs Abbott and Turnbull. Good luck Australia with your Cu based broadband* future.

*for those of you who have copper wiring that is able to deliver more than 25Mb per second

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WannaCry vanquisher Marcus Hutchins pleads not guilty to flogging banking trojan Kronos

Knoydart

Re: Never do this

He went to Vegas last year and no arrest, and since the Wannacry incident in May, he's been working with NCSC in the UK (the UK CERT at GCHQ) on malware. So it begs the question of why now?

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Amazon.com just became a 90,000-seat Azure case study

Knoydart
WTF?

Re: Gut feeling?

Where does the article talk about Wholefoods web presence? The article talks about staff log on, not customer eyeballs - I'm sure Amazon can set up a nice web shop for Wholefoods without too much of an issue on its AWS infrastructure.

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eBay threatens to block Australians from using offshore sellers

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Meh

Netflix tax

Well Netflix seem to be able to charge and collect GST from New Zealanders without too much trouble, so I'm sure they can do it for those that consume their brand of digital content on the West Island.

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If only our British 4G were as good as, um, Albania's... UK.gov's telco tech report

Knoydart

Re: is anyone surprised?

Coverage in the underground (apart from metal bodied carriages which have large amounts of glass despite the sub surface lines being rather sub surface!) is actually difficult due to size of plant (base stations and antennas) verses tunnel space needed. Some of the higher frequencies will not even go beyond line of sight. Mix that in with 19 century tunnel geometry (sharp curves...) and its very difficult to go far. The attempt at migrating the police and other emergency services to LTE (4g) based communications below ground will be fun to watch.

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Finns chilling as DDoS knocks out building control system

Knoydart

Re: Only a Brit could believe it's possible to be without heating for a week in the winter

That may be true (and I have relatives who are Scandinavian based so I know what a proper winter is like). Its a pretty damp country on the edges however - Central Otago is one of the drier areas in the country where as somewhere like Wellington or Dunedin may not get cold (by Scandinavian standards) but the damp defiantly makes for poor health outcomes when the houses are uninsulated and unheated.

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Knoydart

Re: Only a Brit could believe it's possible to be without heating for a week in the winter

You've not met too many New Zealanders then. They love their uninsulated, unheated houses and this is in a country where you are in the roaring 40's and the odd storm arrives live and direct from Antarctica.

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Knoydart
Flame

Fire, well the Finns need to warm up!

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New Zealand carrier says Cu later, copper: we're giving customers a glassing instead

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Megaphone

Well a few facts (and I'm not spark fanboi)... Spark still have something like 43% of the broadband market in NZ and thats the largest RSP (retailer) of fixed line broadband in the country.

Chorus (as one of the 4 fibre companies) are still installing their part of UFB and are on track to finish their part of the network and make streets "fibre ready". This should be by 2019 but the other fibre companies have completed their (very much smaller) builds already. So when an order comes in from a customer, there is still a bit more work to blow the fibre through the ducts and do the build on each property (be that residential or business). What Spark and UFF are doing is trying to do the final "customer build" part en mass for a street as UFF have completed their slice of the underlying UFB network around the Hamilton / Taraunga area.

Chorus have 70% of the UFB build and a lot more complicated install issues like multi dwelling units and power pole sharing problems. UFF and Northpower (two of the 3 other fibre companies) are power companies so have used their own poles to help build UFB nice and quickly for their regions of NZ.

The irony about this push from Spark is they want to migrate customers off copper (one Chorus asset that is being sweated rather nicely for the share holders) and either onto the UFB product (hello more Chorus / other fibre company income) or away from the rented infrastructure and onto their own 4G network and (I'm guessing here) even more revenue per user as no line charges for retailing the fibre product are incurred.

I think its a good thing the en mass street install. If UFF were savy and Spark agreed, they would get all the other RSPs to do the same street, so the likes of Vodafone, 2degrees and Vocus would rock up as well with their customers and migrate the whole street in one go.

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Sweden axes 700MHz spectrum sale over 'national security' fears

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Alert

flipping things around?

Maybe the various government agencies actually now want some 700 MHz for their own network(s), so like various bits of the Australian and South Korean administrations, they want to not sell it lock stock and barrel commercially, but carve some blocks for themselves out of the band that is proposed to be auctioned.

Must have been an awkward meeting or three to make that call (of pulling the auction), so close to start date. Popcorn sales at Ikea must be sky rocketing by now.

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Digital minister Matt Hancock promises 'full fibre' eating plan for Blighty

Knoydart
Trollface

Re: C'mon Aussie

Hey Jim,

come cross the ditch and enjoy some proper FTTP broadband aka UFB.

Regards

Those on the west Island

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IBM Australia again blames ISPs for #censusfail, is also 'unreservedly' sorry

Knoydart
Facepalm

Re: Budget blowout?

Another point that I hadn't picked up on until the IBM submission was that they had a 40 hour outage at the request of the ABS. Admittedly they had 4 odd hours of downtime but the next 40 was not of their doing. Guessing that the ABS were too nervous to fire the IBM system back up again and went back to paper based system (and the $30M bill).

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Knoydart

Re: Budget blowout?

Thanks for the info. Must be an interesting conversation going on between the head of IBM ANZ and the head of the Treasury on who's paying that $30M.

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Knoydart
WTF?

Budget blowout?

So the IBM take home was $9.7M for the contract from 2014 - today. Where does the $30M blow out come from? Telstra network charges, buying CVC bandwidth from NBN co or extra consultants at the ASD?? $30M for a blow out that didn't even leak any data seems pretty steep.

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nbn™ says nobody needs gigabit internet, trumpets XG-Fast at 8Gbps anyway

Knoydart
Happy

Re: Gigabit not needed, what a load of crap!

Minor correction on those Kiwi UFB numbers. UFB 1 - due by 2020 aims to reach 75% and UFB 2 is looking to push that to at least 80%. The contractors can't keep up with demand right now but we should have a glut of fibre jointers available in around 2022 just when the west island suddenly works out the correct technology mix.

Furthermore the RBI project (they have split the urban / rural broadband rollouts here) has rolled out FTTN to a significant number of rural cabinets and built some open access cell phone towers. RBI 2 is aiming to get to 97ish % of the country in the next. In theory, the kiwi rural speeds should be around the same at the nbn MTM solution for the urban areas in the lucky country.

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Knoydart
Alert

State of the copper?

So guessing these lab trials have brand new copper between two nodes and with no cross talk, dodgy crimps and so on?

I would love to see what speeds you get when deployed in the real world. I guess those on the west island will find out in about 5 years when it might get deployed.

One would think that with that massive bill to remeditate the local copper loop, you should just put in some fiber instead?

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nbn™ dumps Optus HFC, will use fibre to the kerb for ≈700k sites

Knoydart
Megaphone

Leak confirmed?

So the info that allegedly came out of nbn co that at the time was all lies and made up, is now confirmed to be true now?

How much FTTP would have $800M got is the question someone should be asking? Optus (like Telstra) must be loving having their cash windfall. I wonder if the accountants can depreciated the assets as well?

So much for Mr Turnbull's much vaulted mixed technology approached. That 2014 renegotiation is not looking very flash now.

I think I'm still a fiber fetish which is a good thing, as (the non CVC) UFB has recently been installed in my building.

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Airbus doesn't just make aircraft – now it designs drone killers

Knoydart
Boffin

Whats the frequency Kenneth?

Its more like the 2.4 GHz ISM (industrial, scientific and medical) band that 2.6 GHz. 2.6 GHz is typically being rolled out for small cells in urban areas for capacity.

2.4 GHz is one of the bands your microwave in the kitchen can use to nuke your Marks and Spencer ready meal and is typically on a shared basis. So any user (RPAS included) has to accept interference and deal with it. What the RPAS does with the loss of command and control likely varies between manufacture.

A spot of GPS spoofing (at a technical level) would offer another level of interruption to RPAS in flight. Maybe spoofing the white house geo-fence for starters would be a plan?

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For $800 you can buy internet engineers' answer to US government spying

Knoydart
Pirate

Re: And if I'm paranoid enough, or my data is sensitive enough

You check against the publicly available hardware (schematics, parts etc) and software to ensure the right bits are in the right place.

If you wear a multiple layered tin foil hat, you then head off to the silicon foundry and rustle up the devices yourself to populate the board.

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Student Loans Company burns £50 million in IT project superfail

Knoydart
Flame

Re: Surprise!

Never in my limited time on this planet have I had the displeasure of dealing with such a slow and painful organisation as the UK SLC. I wish I'd cleared my loan a lot quicker than I did so that I didn't have to deal with the mess that passes for the peak finance body for the students of the UK for as long as I did.

Sadly they have 2p of my money in their bank account. One day I will get it back but I suspect it will be a cold cold day in hell and prob by cheque, so my bank wont know what on earth it is and they get to keep it.

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Rolls-Royce reckons robot cargo ships are the future of the seas

Knoydart
Coat

Re: System used?

Surely it's Docker and its containerised software platform?

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Detroit Rock(et Fiber) City: Startup brings 10Gb service to Motown

Knoydart

Culture shift?

Maybe, just maybe they are not (yet) like the big boys and investing $ in the business and not just directing all income to the directors and shareholders.

Would be an interesting case study if the founders can shape company culture to be different from other ISPs in the US. Can they mandate / curate a positive company culture towards the customer and then keep it going if they achieve it in the first place?

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Telstra's 'future of medical diagnosis' needs just 5Mbps

Knoydart
Trollface

Who else builds MTM?

So Simon who else is building upgrading to the same mix of technology that Australia is trying to roll out? It appears not to be a popular choice unless you talk about the UK approach of doing very little in a coordinated nationwide approach.

Me thinks it sounds like you sing from the same hymn sheet as Mr Lynch of Comms Day too on the FTTP build. Surely as technology journos, you should all be aiming for the best long term infrastructure for Australia, not just the gravel roads as the AC above me notes for a short term fix?

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Nokia to Oz: 5G will need fibre, and lots of it

Knoydart

So 93% FTTP is the right build mix

You know it, I know and Nokia knows it. Funny how Malcome Turnbull doesn't know it.

I feel for the poor souls inside nbn co who have to live with the MTM build on their CVs for the rest of thier working lives.

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Australian Federal Police say government ignorant of NBN raids

Knoydart
WTF?

Re: Tin foil had required?

and now the nbn staffer is getting in on the act with taking photos of the seized documents which are under parliamentary privilege. Would not like to be the nbn or AFP comms teams right now as its going to be a long weekend ahead.

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Knoydart
Alert

Tin foil had required?

One has to ask if this raid was Tony Abbott trying to take Malcolm Turnbull or the AFP trying to take out Labor?

Its popcorn time watching you guys in Oz spunk some serious cash on rotting copper and HFC that is more vaporware. It does also makes me sad too that the mere mortals are saddled with at least 20+ years more of alleged broadband before you get some decent FTTP.

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Perth SmartRider public transport cards popped by student researchers

Knoydart
FAIL

Streisand effect in play?

So the police and public transport operator instead of fixing the known weakness, take someone to court for $18 worth of top up? How much was the lawyers time for this prosecution?

Maybe they should fix the system and do the hard yards instead of taking a (not so) cheap shot at a student.

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Sure, let's build the NBN with technology that's not proven at scale

Knoydart
WTF?

So El Reg now wants FTTP?

I'm sorry Simon but please go read your own story http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/10/26/its_almost_time_for_australias_fibretothepremises_fetishists_to_give_up/ and tell me why the hell are you now pushing for FTTP?

Yes FTTDP is unproven and InternetAU has a view but your job as the fourth estate is to hold nbn co to account for its technology choices.

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Azure Australia turns on physical data import/export service

Knoydart
Trollface

East island

Why not jump on the next plane to the east island and bring your hard drives with you. You can use the shiny New Zealand UFB set up to seed your cloud - maybe even the gigatown infrastructure in Dunedin. You might even find a hobbit or two to hang out with or drink some decent beer.

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Waleed Aly's NBN intervention is profoundly unhelpful

Knoydart

No need to apologise for the down vote, I don't have to deal with rain fade unlike your situation (I wont tell you how close to the exchange I am!).

Across the Tasman, the UFB build is a 10 year project. Now someone will always be last, you cant up skill a nation of techs overnight to install a once in a prob 50 year infrastructure build. Do you know where you might have been on the FTTP build if the original plan was executed?

Netflix and streaming video appears to be heading towards the killer app for fiber and does not have the issue as much as copper does on distance vs throughput. That and cloud based services - accounting, image storage and so on are enabled by FTTP installations. Latency is never going to be beaten but having a decent 4 lane motorway rather than the one lane bridge allows capacity for the next generation or three to enjoy and make use of.

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Knoydart

Dear El Reg,

I think continued robust coverage of the nbn build is what is required. Yes the buffering argument is prob not the best metric to use but your humble commetards expect that nbn co (well the coalition's) mix choice of technology to be tested again and again.

A previous article on here about how fiber fetishists should give up the game because copper will deliver blazing fast speeds as long as its less than 100m in length and in prefect condition drew a lot of heated comments and showed the desire of IT bods to have a decent nationwide FTTP build that may not be the fastest build time but will deliver the better long term network architecture.

If the FTTN is going to be the dominant technology in the nbn build from now on, then well Australia is going to fall behind in the long run and have increased opex costs from keeping the copper in decent shape and powering all those nodes as well. The irony is that cost overruns of the FTTN are kicking in and price is now matching the FTTP build cost.

Anyway we look forward to robust discourse - remember to keep biting the hand that feeds it.

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Another week, another leak: is morale that low in Australia's NBN?

Knoydart

Re: I've heard it all before

Couldn't possibly comment on the Telecom / Spark / Chorus situation but looking forward to my FTTP install in the coming weeks none the less.

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Knoydart
Go

Back to the future

So does this leak provide the out for nbn to launch a nationwide FTTP roll out, as it now provides the (alleged) cheaper option to deliver the nbn rather than FTTN? It would allow a bit of face saving and for Australia to finally get a decent broadband network that is fit for purpose rather than butchered copper / HFC mix that the Collation seem to crave right now

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NBN rollout behind target, claims yet another leaked report

Knoydart
Trollface

So how is the FTTN roll out then El Reg?

Going to suggest having a read of this

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Law enforcement's next privacy overreach will be the metadata of things

Knoydart
Black Helicopters

Tin foil hat not required.

Excellent commentary and this should be revisited every time someone mentions "Internet of things".

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Spare ship found to fix broken submarine cable slowing Oz internet

Knoydart
Go

Papua New Guinea looking forward to this too

Having talked to one of the PNG telecoms guys last week at APRICOT in Auckland and showed him the news, he was very happy. They are currently struggling using satellite for the most part, which is rather expensive, has an increase in latency and a substantial reduction in capacity. When the news came out that the Basslink cable was out for a decent amount of time, he was not best pleased.

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If you're reading this on your phone, pray you're in Singapore

Knoydart
Thumb Up

Rural New Zealand roll out

A couple of reasons for the New Zealand rural roll out. The cell cos have roll out coverage obligations - for both 700 MHz and 2600 MHz for the next few years. Secondly Spark (formally Telecom NZ) have traditionally had better rural coverage, and Vodafone (the current leader in the urban game) are trying to get all the dairy dollars on to their network.

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Telstra dominates NBN retail, but less than you might think

Knoydart
Stop

Different Torygraph

Oz also has a Daily Telegraph and I'm not sure the Barcley brothers cash has reached the Southern Hemisphere yet.

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Flock of sheep ends NZ high-speed car chase

Knoydart

Re: Puntastic

A little passed beer o'clock... 4am here in the land of the long white cloud

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Knoydart
Coat

I'm surprised they didn't try a ewe turn when confronted by the 4 legged road flock

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The Day Netflix Blocked My VPN is the world's new most-hated show

Knoydart

Playing to the stands

Quite possibly Netflix are playing to their content suppliers, who obviously want to keep content in regional silos for as long as possible. If the game of whack a mole on the VPN route is not too fast, then Netflix only annoy a small customer base but outwardly show they are doing something about the "problem" to their suppliers.

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Telstra costed fibre to the premises before it was Telstra

Knoydart
Holmes

Oh Australia

So close yet so far. You could have paid the costs of getting that fibre into the ground 20 years ago and then just upgraded the end points as the technology progressed. Just remember to enjoy the FTTN roll out and all that relaid copper for the next 20+ years.

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Queensland council plans own optical fibre network

Knoydart

Re: Fibre consortia do work, just not to homes

To be fair in Wellington, it was stringing up fibre on the trolley bus wires which is how city link started but yes infrastructure by Wellington city council was ahead of Telecom NZ at the time

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