* Posts by Refugee from Windows

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SpaceX blasted massive plasma hole in Earth's ionosphere

Refugee from Windows

Phooey?

Bigger rockets have been launched in the past (notably Saturn V), and in the days when HF communications were more important commercially, there were no problems reported with the ionosphere recorded. If there had been, I am sure the FCC would have picked this as having been noted by members of the ARRL. Surely there would have been plenty of reports of the effects of launching through the various layers, indeed various governments (including the UK) have carried out experiments and regular measurements of the ionosphere.

The frequencies used by GPS are c 1.5GHz - these pass straight through largely unscathed. There may be some odd rotation effects for instance very occasionally, but unless you're trying to thread a needle from space, largely insignificant.

Not so much punching a hole, more just a minor ripple.

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Putting the urgency in emergency: UK's delayed emergency services network review... delayed

Refugee from Windows
Coat

Typical Government Contract

Can we possibly expect that this one will be over budget, late, and of course not meet the specification called for. That is assuming that they have made their minds up, but having changed it several times, the end result will not look anything like the end users wanted in the first place.

Piggybacking the whole lot on a public network I won't comment on, but the phrase "single point of failure" comes to mind. Network coverage is nowhere near universal on 4G with EE, and of course there are marginal propagation changes between the current UHF and the 4G Band V so that existing sites may not provide the required service.

Can we expect further delays in the deployment? Of course. I also expect the odd call-out when Plod, Trumpton and the ambulances find out their radio comms are out of service.

Coat - there's a PMR/DMR handheld in the pocket.

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Windows slithers on to Arm, legless?

Refugee from Windows

Playing catchup

This is a game that Microsoft haven't put much effort into, and I'm afraid to say that they are so far behind I don't think they'll ever catch up. Being tied down to x86 has turned them into a one trick pony, and their speciality is wearing thin. ARM is likely to become the most popular platform from both embedded through to servers, if it hasn't already overtaken already, and so they are primarily in a declining market. They're playing second fiddle to Google.

They've not even woken up to this, let alone smelt the coffee.

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We already give up our privacy to use phones, why not with cars too?

Refugee from Windows

Genii meet bottle

It's going to be a case of when all this connected information gets into the wrong hands, in which case it won't go back into the bottle. My phone can only guess about how I'm travelling about. In congested traffic I could be on a bike (with pedals), bus or car - and I'm sure that would be information that would happily be used for marketing purposes.

There's so much they could work out from the travel data already available - where you work, shop and where you visit - already and tracking it down to one vehicle is possibly one step too far.

Maybe the on board accelerometer could identify the exact location of the pothole that bent my wheel, but it's unlikely. They'd have to make the incentives to have these in place pretty good for savvy users, and no I'm not in the market for a brand new car with any connectivity.

As for most of the populace, they'll just accept this data slurp as they're not made aware of any reasonable alternative.

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No Windows 10, no Office 2019, says Microsoft

Refugee from Windows

Missing something

We cannot of course predict disruptive technology. Possibly by then the office desktop PC will be a relic, with just thin clients and server based applications where no-one actually has a office suite installed locally hence no sales. As existing solutions are all browser based, then it won't matter what platform they are on.

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TalkTalk banbans TeamTeamviewerviewer againagain

Refugee from Windows

Let them pick up the bill

Most of my customers are out in the sticks, off the beaten track, and their only regular visitor is the milk tanker. If we can't use Teamviewer to connect and sort out their systems, can they bill Talk Talk for needing to have someone travel out to them rather than it being done remotely? What about subsequential losses incurred?

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15 'could it be aliens?' fast radio bursts observed in one night

Refugee from Windows
Alien

CQ Contest

They're trying to make contact but it's the FRB 121102 Contest Group. They want us to reply as we're worth 8T points for a new solar system. Unfortunately not even the Italians are able to reply this time.

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UK taxmen slammed for tech glitches rampant on child benefits website

Refugee from Windows

Re: Predictable

Plan to fail, if this worked 100% then they'd be facilitating paying out for child care. If it didn't work properly, was difficult to use, or threw you off just before you hit the submit button that's not a problem as it saves money. Why go to the effort of fixing it?

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

Refugee from Windows
Linux

Application Guard

Just wonder where they got that idea from? Would be nice but knowing M$ it probably won't work properly when the underlying OS is built on a moving base. Good idea but I'm doubtful if the implementation will actually be of any use.

Want to see the next idea in Windows? Go and look elsewhere.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AppArmor

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Microsoft totters from time machine clutching Windows 10 Workstation

Refugee from Windows

Re: great ideas at the top

How about giving the users a degree of control over it then? Will we just get the usual dumbing down?

File systems - how about if you want to us ext4 or something other than they want to tie you into?

Desktop configurations - no tiles as an option?

An ability not to be gradually forced towards just using the Windows Store?

Telemetry - a "completely off" option?

I am sure others can think of more.

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Ofcom wants automatic compensation for the people when ISPs fail

Refugee from Windows

Don't hold your breath

What will no doubt happen is that they'll make you jump through loads of hoops just to report a problem, and never give you a firm date for an installation or changeover. We'll be able to go back to pre BT days, three month waiting list for a line, and then telling you it's your equipment or internal connection that's the problem (and they'd charge you for a callout) just to cover their rear by not starting the "waiting repair" clock.

Really the one that would hurt is being compensated for not being provided with the contracted service, you know the one ... X MB broadband promise but only X/3 MB delivered which seems to be about what you actually get.

Says someone who is not in an FTTC area but they keep promising you the moon on a stick.

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Brexit could further harm woeful rural payments system

Refugee from Windows

Re: Cheaper food at the supermarket.

Maybe it'll stop allowing the supermarkets to pay less than the cost of production for milk then? If their alternative sources from the continent have a hefty import duty on them they might just find their supplies dry up in the long term. If it becomes a buyers market then the producers will go for the one who pays the best price and there might be empty racks in some supermarkets.

The best thing for the RPA is a bought of transparency, maybe some of those running it need to be looking for alternative work, before the axe starts to fall.

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Fatal flaw found in PricewaterhouseCoopers SAP security software

Refugee from Windows

So what happens when the lawyers get hit? Wh are they going to run to when their data is being rifled?

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Microsoft ❤️ Linux? Microsoft ❤️ running its Windows' SQL Server software on Linux

Refugee from Windows
Meh

Mixed approach

If it's that M$ is supporting SQL server, well the number of times I've seen updates in W10 turning it off and stopping software we support that runs it, I'd say they are looking to drop it long term. I suspect that they'll be "dropping it off into the community" at some point. It'll become abandonware.

Getting it on Linux is good, as with exposure to the producers of specialised software, this is a reason why they've not released it cross platform, and with the embedded systems I've been supporting would be far better being on Linux anyway.

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The Internet of Cows is moo-ving fast … no bull!

Refugee from Windows

Not exactly a developing market

I can name a number of players in this market, for both fertility management, robotic milking and general automation, so it's hardly a new opportunity.

Maybe it'll produce a new opening for the likes of Google? Will cow collars suddenly start to play advertisements for a feed company?

The cows? Well so long as they get fed, access to the cow brush and generally pampered they'll be happy if they're connected or not. Saying that, the state of some of the "broadband" in rural areas of the UK I'd say not.

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Some Windows 10 Anniversary Update: SSD freeze

Refugee from Windows
Facepalm

Never this bad before

I've come across this wonderful update glitch for 10AV. Whereas a program was installed in its own directory, and the data in another it decides to put that program in the Program Files directory with everything else and then of course it doesn't run properly.

Well it keeps me in a job. I'm just hoping our developers are working making our software platform independent.

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UK local govt body blasts misleading broadband speed ads

Refugee from Windows

Making it up as they go along

All these headline speeds are not a lot of use to rural broadband users, in some cases if you can call it that. In doing farm IT work I'd be lucky to get 150k, usually it's a lot slower. The only advantage is that I can go for a coffee, walk the dogs, or indeed have a nap whilst waiting.

A friend's farm has 5 miles of wet string between it and the exchange, the nearest village is 2 miles away but of course that's not where it is, and there is little chance of a green cabinet appearing to service a group of 4 farms. They've sprouted a 4G Yagi and a box, and it means they have a chance of doing anything on line, which the powers that be assume everyone can.

I would suggest that OFCOM make them advertise the speed that 90% of their customers can achieve, otherwise it's like having a Ferrari in a 20 mph zone.

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As US court bans smart meter blueprints from public, sysadmin tells of fight for security info

Refugee from Windows
Facepalm

Re: Capable of encryption

You have to be careful here. Maybe they just used the example code supplied in the development kit and ...oops maybe I've said too much there.

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Blocking ads? Smaller digital publishers are smacked the hardest

Refugee from Windows

Saving bandwidth

I consider that it's bandwidth issues that drive these network level adblockers. When page contents appear to be getting more ad-heavy and problems occur with plug-ins (hello Adobe..) and content (malverts) then it makes sense. After all, the customer will be paying to read the adverts in the end, and if you're not willing to pay then the model is sort of broken.

Of course this really says that the advertising model is not working, it'd be like paying for junk mail to be shoved through your letter box. If they were restricted and actually relavent to the site being visited that wouldn't be too bad, but the scatter-gun approach has just dug them into their own deep hole.

The difference between adblocker on or off can mean whether a page loads on a mobile or not. That's possibly the main issue.

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How to make the trains run on time? Satellites. That's how

Refugee from Windows

Not really necessary

Funnily enough trains run on predictable routes and don't have conflicting traffic to slow them down. Even then there are signalling and control systems that know where a train is, a system that's worked for over a century and seems to make them pretty safe.

Other factors can't really be controller by a satellite, it'd be a bit like problems in Discworld - you can know how much fresh prawns cost at their source but no chance of getting them to market!

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Airwave drops lawsuit against Home Office over EE contract win

Refugee from Windows

Just wait and see

EE are now owned by BT. We all know that company's reputation for providing services in out of the way places.

I'll guess they'll just sit back now and see what happens. Piggybacking the ESN on the public network? Well I've experience of that when they're a spike in demand they just fail to work, so I'm sure Motorola have plans to provide an alternative network "off the shelf".

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Flock of sheep ends NZ high-speed car chase

Refugee from Windows
Coat

Herdwicks? Just come round a bend in the Dales and meet a flock of Swaledales. These are the ones that chase sheepdogs (in fact they gave mine some grief before she decided she'd had enough and put them in the corener of the field). The sheep here are just stubborn, or is it just plain thick?

One flock of Herdwicks saw me (and dog) come over the hill and then decided to leg it - we must have been at least a quarter of a mile away. That's Cumbria for you.

Belgian Blue cattle or Limousins would make the best roadblocks, you wouldn't want to hit one.

Time for me coat, those cows won't milk themselves tonight.

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Brit 'naut Peake gears up for spacewalk

Refugee from Windows

He'll be okay

So long as the ISS Computer hasn't told him the AE-35 needs replacing.

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ANN-IE-LATION: Microsoft to axe support for older Internet Explorer next week

Refugee from Windows

Finish the job properly

Please make available an "Internet Explorer" removal tool for those that have opted out of using it as a browser, it's like having a ticking time bomb in your machine.

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Spyware-spewing Wi-Fi drone found on Hacking Team, Boeing's to-do list

Refugee from Windows
Black Helicopters

Re: Electronic Crop-dusting?

As someone's already made a GSM base station using a Raspberry Pi, I think this has already been done. So get suspicious if your signal improves and you can hear a buzzing sound outside.

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Vodafone hikes prices to 37.5p/min – and lets angry customers flee

Refugee from Windows

A sort of tearing noise

A friend was regularly landed with £7 a day for *any* data with this lot, he's moved to a dumb phone and ditched them. Do they really want to keep anything other than corporate customers?

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Brit plods' post-TETRA radio omnishambles comes home to roost

Refugee from Windows
Coat

Hardly a surprise

There's not a lot of money to be made, and if you tag the emergency services comms on the back of the public service, when that goes down there's not an independent network to rely on. Oh dear. We do of course know how reliable 4G services are, especially outside main population centres.

Police cars will now be equipped with a box of pigeons to summon help with to cover the gaps in coverage perhaps?

Omnishambles. You've got it in one.

Coat, there's a PMR handheld in the pocket.

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Why voice and apps sometimes don't beat an old-fashioned knob

Refugee from Windows

Re: Ergonomics, the forgotten discipline...

Reminds me of something...

... all I want is a cup of tea.

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

Refugee from Windows

Down the pub

There's a boozer in West Yorkshire that also hosts the local amateur repeater. When it's in use it's been known to desense car receivers as they have awful SAW type direct conversion receivers (cheap) and a signal 600kHz away from it causes problems.

You could always upgrade to Mr Bean type locks.

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Back to the Future: the internet of things as imagined in 1985

Refugee from Windows

1980's tech

I understand that TCP/IP was just a thought in Tim Berners-Lee's head back in 1985, back then there would be no thought of connectiong this sort of device to a large and somewhat anarchic network.

Personally I prefer my control devices to be double pole with a nice mechanical actuator.

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Amazon creating 500 ‘fulfilling’ jobs in the UK

Refugee from Windows

Spotted the building

Ripon Workhouse. No don't give Iain Duncan Smith any ideas...

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Get ready: 'Critical' Adobe Reader patches coming on Tuesday 12 May

Refugee from Windows

Too late

Acrobat Reader is but a memory, I'm afraid I ditched it six months ago, so I'll be missing this one. I wonder how much of the original code is left?

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UK rail signals could be hacked to cause crashes, claims prof

Refugee from Windows
Coat

Ageing?

Some of the systems designed over 100 years ago have proved to be extremely safe over that time. It's some of the new innovations that appear to have inherent weaknesses. Possibly because there's not a Mk1 brain of a signaller keeping an eye on them.

I'll get my coat, it's got a Bardic lamp in the pocket.

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Curiosity rover's broken arm heals, exploration-as-normal resumes

Refugee from Windows
Paris Hilton

PTC device

Ah yes, the technological wonder known as the Polyfuse. Take the volts from across it, let it cool and lo and behold it conducts again.

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Hated smart meters likely to be 'a costly failure' – MPs

Refugee from Windows

Re: In the news over the weekend...

Possibly as the consumer's demands are simply being ignored. Is smart metering only in the interests of the supplier? I'd say it is. I don't see any advantage of them to me, it's not going to change my power consumtion habits by much, and it'd no doubt be out of date by the time it's installed. If my supplier insists, I'll simply change supplier.

That's leaving aside any privacy and security matters of course.

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UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?

Refugee from Windows

Formby, Lancashire

I'm surprised, none have spotted the Dan dare connection.

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Microsoft working on 'Nano' version of Windows Server for web-scale ops

Refugee from Windows

Lightweight?

I've got LAMP running on a Pi, is that lightweight enough?

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Wi-Fi beam-steering tech could KILL OFF fixed home networks

Refugee from Windows

Re: 3 TV's

I'd see the future as being through POF, small enough to lose down the side of the carpet but a darned sight faster than wireless, plus no problems of channel congestion.

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Boffins baffled by the glowing 'plumes' of MARS

Refugee from Windows

Mysterons

Something of ours has accidentally destroyed the Mysteron City. Now where have I heard that before?

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Is Windows RT not invited to the Windows 10 upgrade party?

Refugee from Windows

Please turn the lights off

M$ are banking that the x86 franchise keeps going, but given that a lot of the world develops on ARM based cores, that would really mean an exit from the embedded market for one.

The danger is that their OS that's supposed to run everywhere can't because there's a whole class of processors it can't run on. In that case, Google will rule the roost with Android and M$ will just be selling an office suite as a service.

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Police radios will be KILLED soon – yet no one dares say 'Huawei'

Refugee from Windows

Police budgets

Forget Huawei, with the current climate maybe it'll be Wouxun who'll be providing the kit.

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Careful - your helmet might get squashed by a Volvo

Refugee from Windows

Re: What a stupid fucking idea....

It needs a bit of care both ways. Of course this system will not work on the windy country lanes in $NationalPark where there is no data connectivity and you can't see round the bend. Takes the cyclist to assume that drivers won't see them til the last minute and be able to take avoiding action, and the driver to be driving such that he/she could stop safely.

This goes as well if the warnings are too frequent they will be ignored, far from the other distractions that could be encountered en route from "sat-nag", phone etc.

There are idiots behind wheels and on saddles, you just have to assume you're going to come across them. However go the other way, if a driver lets you pull out or in other ways behaves well, a friendly wave is appreciated. The driver who ignored you is just going to ignore the unconventional hand signal you want to give him anyway - don't bother it's not worth it.

Yeah, I am both a cyclist and a driver.

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Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?

Refugee from Windows

Substantial majority

How about only being able to advertise the speed which say 90% of customers will experience for 90% of the time in order to be representative of the service they would receive?

Superfast 5MB broadband doesn't sound quite so appealing.

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Yorkshire man NICKS 1,000 Orange customer records. Court issues TINY FINE

Refugee from Windows

I wonder if the cost of contacting all the "victims" and the cost of the administration has been calculated. The bill for that should be considerable - or have EE just left it? Should this be claimed off the "victim surcharge thing"? However 50p per person seems too small a charge, make it a tenner and send the collectors round.

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Raspberry Pi mini-puter TOO BIG and EXPENSIVE for you? Think AGAIN

Refugee from Windows

It's a different PCB than the B+, there's not even a spot to park the Ethernet/USB expansion IC as in the previous version. The USB port goes straight into the SoC.

However it does mean it's shrunk a bit, and the power draw is reduced, useful for portable applications.

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So long, thanks for all the ...er, FISH BRIGHTER than boffins thought

Refugee from Windows

Re: no surprise to me

My brother in law trained his fish with the remote control from the telly. Obviously as they started to connect a flashing infra red light to food, you could point it at the tank and the fish would respond.

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Adobe spies on readers: EVERY DRM page turn leaked to base over SSL

Refugee from Windows
Pint

Re: There is no way to opt out of this short of deleting the application.

Does just setting adelogs.adobe.com in the hosts file to be at 127.0.0.1 work?

Great minds think alike - or did I get back from the pub 2 minutes too late?

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LTE's backers vow to KILL OFF WI-FI and BLUETOOTH

Refugee from Windows
Coat

Re: O/T: Mountain Rescue

Given the areas that Mountain Rescue work in often don't have even 2G coverage, what hope is there for LTE?

As someone who's involved in providing emergency comms in such remote areas, you can pull the wifi dongle out of my cold dead fingers. We use these for linking into existing networks, for some ops it's about the only thing we could use reliably. I do remember when (large cycle event) traversed the Dales, the data links provided by (large communications plc) didn't actually work when called upon.

I have no confidence this is a good idea, and although TETRA/Airwave is fairly resiliant, backing all the eggs into the LTE basket seems like a very bad idea.

Coat - it's got a handheld radio in the pocket.

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Your chance to win the world's only handheld ZX Spectrum

Refugee from Windows

Leeds and elsewhere

Ben Heck paid a flying visit to our office in Leeds. He was careful to call it the "Zed - X" all day. We suspect he got it in the neck from our folk here. He was on his best behaviour.

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Critical Adobe Reader and Acrobat patches FINALLY make it out

Refugee from Windows
Unhappy

Re: Who few still use Adobe Acrobat and Reader?

I'm sorry Adobe, but our relationship has come to an end. I've noticed that you've been spending a lot of time trying to fix things, parts that I never actually asked to have and have generally putting on weight and getting rather lax about my security. It's over, you are but a memory on my hard disk, and I've got a new more lightweight partner.

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