* Posts by a_mu

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Virgin Media admits it 'fell short' in broadband speeds ahead of lashing from BBC's Watchdog

a_mu

But will they listen ? 200 Mb or 100 Mb

I was on 100 Mb, got 'crap' speeds,

paid more, got 200 Mb , get crap , but nearer to the 100 mark than before,

No change in my end, just the virgin software and network.

So why should I pay for 200, when I can only get around 100, and its purely the virgin software thats controlling the speed, not the link.

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UK.gov tips £400m into digital investment pot

a_mu

what speed will we get.

If we all have fibre to the house

bandwidth / speed can not limited by the fibre, but by the provider.

How will that work withe the 'up to' scheem we currently have to put up with,

Its bad enough now,

I have a link now that gives X baud, if I pay more, same link I can get Y baud.

now X is significantly lower than my up to speed, Y is more like it,

so why should I pay for Y , when I'm only getting X,

and its totaly at the control of the provider !

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Microsoft: We'll beef up security in Windows 10 Creators Edition Fall Update

a_mu

wonder which browsers the new security guard works with

By By Google

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2 kool 4 komputing: Teens' interest in GCSE course totally bombs

a_mu

pointers ,

My kids school,

talked to teacher, they did not do C or C++

did not know what a pointer was,

But knew all about Python,

till you asked them a question, then if it was not in the text book, no hope.

Kids learnt more in two weeks placement than they did in two years at school.

one even said if they had been taught like that at school, they would have 'got it', and carried it on ..

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Who will save us from voice recog foolery from scumbags? Magnetometer!

a_mu

no magnatomiter in new phones

Google took the requirement out of the latest Android spec for there to be a magnetometer in the phone,

look at the Motorola G5

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US spook-sat buzzed the International Space Station

a_mu

That must have used up some fuel,

wonder was the ISS checking on the spy sat, or the spy sat calibrating what it could do / see on the ISS,

does the ISS have a test target for it ?

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Britain's on the brink of a small-scale nuclear reactor revolution

a_mu

McMurdo Container Nuclear reactor

http://large.stanford.edu/courses/2014/ph241/reid2/

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72-layer flash die from SK Hynix towers over all, capacity a bit meh

a_mu

this can't go on for long

Hassle I see, is

every doubling of capacity , doubles the height of the die,

4 more generations and one will need 26873856 dies in a stack !

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WD unveils grown-up USB stick in My Passport slab form

a_mu

g force 1500 ?

Can some one tell us please,

How do they calculate the g force from a less than 2 m fall ?

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Did your in-flight entertainment widget suck? It's Panasonic's fault, claims software biz

a_mu

Terrible software anyway

Come on

how often have you been on a flight and the entertainment has had to be rebooted, or has gone US.

They can't even make a system where when the switch from external to internal power happens the system does not reset.

Its a terrible hack of linux, run on terrible hardware.

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Bring it BACK... with MODs! Psion 5 storms great tech revival poll

a_mu

windows interface

Have / had psions from the 1 up to the 3mx,

the 5 did not have sufficient battery life for me,,,

I'd not have stopped using the 3mx, if it was that it could no longer work with windows,

I could get AA batteries anywhere in the world,

BUT, what would I use the Psion for now ?

word docs / pdfs , web , I use the tablet,

contacts , on the phone, where they should be.

But I still have a nostalgic link to the psion,

if only they had got into bed with some one that made mobile phone modules,

Ah well.

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Watch: MIT's terrifying invisible gel robo-eels snatch live fish

a_mu

Not a robot, JUST a grabber

Accordion type grabbers have been used on robots for years / decades, drive by compressed gas or a hydrolic system..

The only new thing here is the 3D printed hydro gel

And as for a hand, as these are X amount water, wonder how long they last in the dry air /sun,

Even the fish they caught, seems to have been corralled into the glass where it could not escape and grabbed..

Hyped up !

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RIP Eugene Cernan: Last man on the Moon dies aged 82

a_mu

Land speed record

I also seem to remember that he holds the Luna land speed record, for flooring the Luna rover .

something like 10 MPH I seem to remember.

Now that took some bottle... and needs to be remembered,

RIP

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

a_mu

customer can't get service

If I pay for say 100 mb, and get 60, and then pay for 50 Mb and get 30

same equipment, same supplier, its the supplier that is throttling my link, not the link length,

so they are not supplying ,

What other service can the supplier change what they supply at will and charge us the same amount?

Its like paying for electricity per month, but the supplier will drop the voltage to zero if they want to.

thank god there are regulations on the electricity suppliers on voltage limits.

I bet, if we paid per Gbyte, then the speeds would increase fantastically,

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New Windows 10 privacy controls: Just a little snooping – or the max

a_mu

Dont you HAVE to have a microsoft account to use this

So you have to 'login'

So do Microsoft then know even more about you ?

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What happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas: Razer prototypes nicked

a_mu

Large screen TVs gone

Attended a show a few years ago in the UK representing a big company.

Last day of the show, it gets crazy, every one trying to get to the lorries first.

so we , having had a great show, went out back of the stand to finish up the complimentary drinks or three.

came back hours or so later, the stand was empty.

8 large screen TVs ripped of the wall stands,

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NASA – get this – just launched 8 satellites from a rocket dropped from a plane at 40,000ft

a_mu

Why is air launch not done more

Is this not 'logical' way to do things,

use the air when yo have it into efficient engines, then rockets when you have no air,

Dons't Virgin Space have this sort of thing in the pipe line ?

or am I missing something,

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Sysadmin told to spend 20+ hours changing user names, for no reason

a_mu

2IC is correct ...

As a contractor, a very familiar situation.

Time to ask the "what colour do you want the new SQL data base" type question.

Just do it,

but

as your you have outlined its a large amount of extra work with extra risk

, and your already busy,

Present overtime authorisation forms before you do the work,

and remember to thank them

and to have a good Christmas.

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More than half of punters reckon they can't get superfast broadband

a_mu

Why do I need 60 Mb/s

Answer is so that I can get a reliable 8 Mb/s

I wonder, if we paid per G byte of data ,

would we have much less hassle with 'up to', as it would be in operators interest to encorage us to use more data.

Lots of other problems with pay per byte,

like my kids going crazy, but hay..

Companies only seem to understand dollar sign, so no interest in doing more than they can get away with ,

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10x faster servers? Pop a CAPI in your dome

a_mu

Parallel / serial

So we went from ISA and PCI being parallel bus to PCIe / SATA high speed serial, to multi lane high speed serial,

now sounds like were going to parallel data but even higher speed.

Ah well,

wonder if I'l still be around when it goes to the new Super super high speed serial , using multi frequency modulated light, as parallel is to difficult to make work fast,

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Freeze on refrigerants heats up search for replacements

a_mu

why refrigerants ?

Heat pipes move heat without refrigerants,

and solid state peltier coolers move energy from low state to high state ( a heat pump ),

cost ? make more and cost goes down .

efficiency , may be,

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Microsoft boffins: Who needs Intel CPUs when you've got FPGAs?

a_mu

To re count above

Been using FPGAs for decades to accelerate CPU's.

FPGAs are massively parallel compared to CPU's

FPGA's are slow compared to CPU's , 500 MHz as opposed to 4000 MHz.

If your task is parallel, and can be described in a parallel language, then FPGA's fast.

Re configuring FPGA's easily takes milli seconds , a LONG time to a CPU, not something you want to do to often.

FPGAs are register based, CPU designers are Latch based, coming together is 'difficult',

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Google DeepMind 'learns' the London Underground map to find best route

a_mu

Security / GCHQ

Let me think

who wants to look at data to see patterns and links,

Uhm.

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BT Openreach boss wants you to know that deep down, they care

a_mu

10 Mb/s

is that UP TO 10 Mb/s...

I'd be very happy with a constant 10 Mb/s up and down,

as opposed to so variable..

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Rise of the Machines at Sea: The British firm building robot boats

a_mu

A real sailing boat

Have you seen my god daughters sail boat

As she is disabled, she controls it via a sip / puff.

and the computers do the rest.

http://www.missisle.com/

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ABBA-solutely crapulous! Swedish router-maker won't patch gaping hole

a_mu

kit

do we have a list of affected kit ?

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Want a Windows 10 update? Don't go to Microsoft ... please

a_mu

how do you turn it off ?

please

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BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

a_mu

how long is not live

Ignoring the detector van thing

was wondering how long a delay make a stream none live,

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BT customers hit by broadband outage ... again

a_mu

Telephone exchanges

Question.

Once apon a time ago, we all used land line phones,

No I'm not thinking of going back to them,

but did the phone exchanges of old suffer these sorts of power outages ?

I could have rose tinted glasses , but I can' t remember not having

a ringing tone when I needed it.

during a power cut, flood or what ever.

Whats changed to our ability to do redundancy or is it my memory ?

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Visiting America? US border agents want your Twitter, Facebook URLs

a_mu

what about employees ?

if a company sends an employee to the states,

can the company require the employee to fill in these details if it becomes law ?

If the employee does not want to give these details, and says he won't go, where does his job stand ?

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Those Xbox Fitness vids you 'bought'? Look up the meaning of the word 'rent'

a_mu

Smart TV's as well

Sony is quiet happy to drop support fro BBC iPlayer off its TV's after a few years

just because you purchased the TV with iPlayer as a big sales pitch, its gone after a few years ,

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Energy companies aren't going to slurp your personal data. Honest

a_mu

OFGEM , one data base for all SMART METERS

https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/ofgem-publications/86792/meteringsubgroupslides.pdf

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Sysadmin paid a month's salary for one day of nothing

a_mu

I took the other way

Having spent the past few years sorting out the &* *& mess on a few projects,

( COBOL and Fortran 4 on my CV was suddenly of use )

and having done to much OT,

On basis that if things did go &*&*& at midnight 1999 / 2000,

it was going to be a monumental &*&*&

Me and some friends took the other option.

We found a small island in the Maldives,

with no internet, very little technology, analog phones to main land,

a small bar, lots of stock, its own diesel generator, and Great diving ,

On basis it would be a great place to be 'stuck' for a month or two.

When we recovered first week in January, we had mixed feelings about how millennium it had all gone so well. ....

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Super-slow RAID rebuilds: Gone in a flash?

a_mu

raid on chip ?

It does get one thinking.

Assuming the reliability limit is the flash read /write, then if a raid like controler was on the nvme we could have bigger / ceaper but less reliable flash chips on the drivers .

Roll on the 20 T ssd ..

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Intel takes aim at Arduino with US$15 breadboard

a_mu

does anyone still use the original Arduino

Really,

https://www.pjrc.com/store/teensy32.html

with Arduino compatibles like this around for USD 20,

add the Arduino IDE is easy to use,

Ok the Intel has a 9DOF sensor , but so little grunt,

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Cabling horrors unplugged: Reg readers reveal worst nightmares

a_mu

Co ax cable network and tv studios

I doubt this will be read,

But I'll put it here for posterity.

Oh Yes, used to love the 75 ohm / 50 ohm coax days of Ethernet,

And the great big 25mm diameter yellow cable with the self punching taps to fit ..

But funniest I had was with a TV studio,

yes they had decide to keep costs down and also use what they knew, they would use a coax Ethernet network.

Give them their due, they did start off with colored sleeves on every cable, to distinguish 50 ohm and 75 ohm, ( did not last long ..)

And I disagree with a comment above, 75 ohm and 50 ohm do have different size pins, especially on the big N type connectors. Yes its the plastic that gives the impedance, but they decided to use different pins for some crazy reason...

Then , one night had the dreaded call, time critical, program MUST go out, network un reliable,,,,

Stop gap managed to move the info over on mag tape, to the production machine, that yes , was having un reliable network.

In the light of day, went to look at the problem, all worked well.

that night ,

it went very un reliable again.

So did an all nighter, working through the problem.

changed cables, connectors, cable testers, re configured software, all seemed ok.

then , about 2 in the morning, it all started to work fantastical....

Ah must have been that cable I changed, but it did not feel right..

Next evening, down again... NOT best pleased studio manager...

DONT get on the wrong side of them, ever .....

This time I was ready,

I'd managed to not only borrow / steal a few more bits of kit, TDR , and a big scope, second computer, a test computer, and was all hooked up ready .

Oh yes, it was easy once I looked at the scope and saw the Video waveform on top of the Ethernet signals !!!!

Yes in those days, TV went off around mid night, and was not back on till Tea time,

When studio 5 turned its output to transmission, then hay presto, it injected video on to the Ethernet.

Traced it back to a miss placed video patch into the patch panel above of the ethernet.

Managed to get a nice job out of that, a re wiring so separate cabinets for video and Ethernet

which all had to be done in the day time, luxury.

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Knackered Euro server turns Panasonic smart TVs into dumb TVs

a_mu

you only have the TV till 2020 anyway

From 5 years after purchase,

do you think they will still be running the servers ?

do yo think your box will be compatible still ?

think again,

Sony box's, after 5 years can not receive iPlayer et all because Sony do not support them after then.

Will Panasonic be any different ?

welcome to the world of disposable TV's ..

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Flash is too fat. A glut of supply means growth is slower and slower

a_mu

cost

We were happy to have a flash drive and a spinning rust drive,

My next step would be to look at getting rid of the rotating rust drive,

and just having flash, but that price is still way to much,

if I have to have two drives, the flash of 250 G is perfectly fine,

any bigger is too much to be worth while, till it gets to at least 1 TB , preferably 3..

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Come in Internet Explorers, your time is up. Or not. Up to you

a_mu

microsoft being popular

Were our own worst enemies.

IE has been so none standard, but popular that we have all written lots of get arounds for its problems.

But those get arounds just don't work on standard complaint browsers.

But were lazy, under time pressure, and only coded for the most likely browser.

now we all have code that only runs in versions of IE ,

and no money to change code base / big risk.

As for using other browsers,

well , I don't know about your company, but the big ones I see fix the code set, don't allow people to update software or run what they want to, so users can't change.

greatest thought I heard from a manager was "why can't we 'JUST' run the version of IE we want inside a new version of IE", sort of virtual mode ! !!!!

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Free Wi-Fi for the NHS, promises health secretary Jeremy Hunt

a_mu

yet another promise to spend from goverment that costs them nothing

so government promising to give free wifi

So NHS will now have to up rate its IT infer structure to handle this extra bandwidth,

and who will pay, not central government thats for certain,,,

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Hapless Virgin Media customers face ongoing email block woes

a_mu

Does the end user know

The hassle as a end user of virgin is

you don't know when / if an email has been bounced,

its only the sender that gets an error message

what about all those news letters I have signed up to over the years,

now all gone ,

so I moved email providers and all happy again, but come on virgin,

you used to have email ok, then you went to google , and it was ...,

then you junked email..

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US military readies drone submarine hunter

a_mu

sub hunting

Sounds great,

wunder why its got those pontoons on each side ?

Pity its not a sub, best place to hear a sub I thought was from deep under water, below the thermo cline,

as its disposable, it can ping away to its hearts content I guess,

pity the whales etc, the sea is going to get very noisy

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Virgin Media filters are still eating our email – Ntlworlders

a_mu

And so far only a few percent of emails moved

So far, its only the blueyonder and ntlworld accounts that have been moved to the new virgin server.

Just think whats going to happen when the much larger number of virginmedia accounts are moved,

If I was in front line support, I'd either leave or get ready for lots of overtime.

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a_mu

Dont forward to ntlworld.com

DO NOT forward to NTLWORD.com email address's

The virgin system now filters most forwarded mails , and just blocks them .

no spam no warning, just bounced.

Now once upon a time the ntlworld mail just worked, then came virgin with google, and it was OK, now google have dropped virgin, and virgin managment just seem not to have this under control.

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Factory settings FAIL: Data easily recovered from eBayed smartphones, disks

a_mu

Shops even worse

My daughters phone suffered a few problems, so it was taken back to the shop, who lent her a unit whilst hers was being repaired.

she used the phone for a few days, then returned it to shop when her phone returned.

Months after, her friends still get txts from that loan unit, despite the shops promise to reset the phone...

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Virgin Media's SPAM-AGEDDON 'fix' silences mailboxes

a_mu

Virgin email

Yes, the virgin change over seems to have been an on going disaster for many weeks.

The forums now have almost as many complaints about SPF , forwarding and emails going missing than complaints about speed and throttling, and thats saying something.

For a week or so, there was a valiant effort by support on the forums to provide a patch, but for the last week, the admins have been silent.

Many of us have been with NTL world for a long time. in my case almost 20 years, and the used to provided unlimited email accounts.

OK, yes I have my own domain, but that all gets forwarded to my ISP, well it used to till virgin changed and now bounce most mails that come in from a forwarding service.

and the trouble is, unlike spam that gets put to one side, so you can at least find a missing email, ones that Virgin bounce are lost with out trace, nor notice to the user that they have gone !

Personally I think Virgin just want to dump email and become a pure ISP, much less support needed so cheaper.

wonder what happened to all those that used to run ntlworlds email before virgin out sourced them to gmail,

come on back please.

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The last post: Building your own mail server, Part 3

a_mu

linux email distribution ?

Is there not a Email linux distribution ?

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Microsoft backports data slurp to Windows 7 and 8 via patches

a_mu

data security /

How does this sit with the data regulation in the UK ?

I'd have to sign all sorts of stuff that if I kept data on people, I protect it.

As microsoft are in control of what data they grab, can I say I'd be in control of how personal data is used ?

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Scrapheap challenge: How Amazon and Google are dumbing down the gogglebox

a_mu

Yes ,

We have a bunch of sony TV's,

as you say no updates for a few years,

provided they still get iPlayer then we will be ok for a while,

Yes,

if you purchase a device to receive a service, then one would expect to receive a service for the life of that device.

TV's are not computers,

may be we should all look at TV's as being individual units.

The monitor part, a sound bar and a box to receive the TV !

thats what my TV's are turning into

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White Stork mates with ISS, delivers bundles of resupply joy

a_mu

Just a thought,

Why take up dehydrated food when you then have to take up water to re hydrate it.

As the ISS recycles most of its water, take up some nice food, with water in it.

food A mass = mass water in food A plus dry mass of food A.

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