* Posts by dustofnations

5 posts • joined 18 Nov 2009

Fujitsu promises rural UK 1Gbit/s - if it gets 'fair deal' from BT

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BTs fibre to uk premises?

A small minority of BTs roll-out is actually fibre to the premises. The vast majority is VDSL2. Anyone of a vaguely technical persuasion realises that this is _not_ "fibre broadband" as BT label it.

Heck, if it really were fibre optic and could only do 30-60Mbps (100Mbps at a push if you live in the box) over a short distance, it would be pretty rubbish fibre. So why does ofcom and the media let them get away with calling it fibre?

By the same token you could call ADSL2+ "slightly less fibre optic broadband". It uses fibre for its back-haul, and just has a longer copper segment!


BT reveals fibre-to-the-cabinet plans for 156 exchanges


VDSL2 not VDSL2+

VDSL2 not VDSL2+ as stated in the article, as far as I'm aware there is no ratified VDSL2+ standard?


Halifax cuts investment accounts off from the web until April 2012


Stupidity beyond comprehension

I cannot begin to imagine the meeting that took place where some management thought it was a good idea to.

A. Make all old on-line statements unavailable, despite the fact they could _easily_ migrate these to some static state and retain an acceptable level of accessibility (even if ugly and stuck in the old format), and therefore avoid defecating on your own customers from a great height.

B. Removing a site before a shoe-in replacement is available. This is bordering on moronic. Albeit much of their stuff is just re-sold investment products. However, this is still inexplicably stupid.

Presumably their justification is solely "it saves us money to do it this way", and customers can do sod-all about it - you can play it by our terms or eff off :-).

I am with Halifax for now. How much longer is highly questionable given that their website stinks.

Thank God we saved these institutions from financial ruin during the recession. Thank God!


O2 and Be Broadband speeds dip



Would concur with the (generally) positive sentiments about be*, been on them for around 2 1/2 years now (2 years, then again now on a different account).

Never had any issues with speed, support has been good. Another great feature is the ability to set fast-path and change SNR profiles (to enable faster speeds, or better stability) within the members' website.

Connected at 20mbps down, see around 2.2MB/s (so real speed is circa ~18mbps) and 1.3Mbps up. Latency of ~22ms to jolt.co.uk , 28ms to el reg

All in all absolutely excellent for the price


Microsoft squirts out Office 2010 public beta

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Visio also available

It would seem that Visio is also available through the beta programme;

x64 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=90573fc9-25ab-42bb-a922-c2aca21ac094&displaylang=en

x86 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/info.aspx?fFamilyID%3dc2163171-4172-4d0a-9f14-2e6da16c027f



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