* Posts by Disgruntled of TW

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

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FAIL

Broken information ...

... when the train stops in the middle of nowhere, means a quick GoogleMaps check uses your 50MB in under 2 mins. This has *nothing* to do with "sharing the bandwidth". Restricting the throughput of individual flows from a single MAC address would do that. Enforcing a fixed data allowance per MAC login is quite a different thing. Saying that "only" 25% of users hit this is jaw dropping - one QUARTER of your users have their internet broken in a matter of minutes and this is "not an issue"?

Train companies meeting my expectations I'm afraid. If I could, I would vote with my feet, but they know a captive commuter market when they see one and its too far to run into London. My 4G works 34.2% of my journey. I basically download everything important before I hit the train. Sad.

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Galileo, here we go again. My my, the Brits are gonna miss EU

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Facepalm

Nose, face, bite ...

Sad that the EU is taking this approach. There are many agreements which do not depend on membership of the EU, and this feels like a spiteful baby/bathtub response with no benefit to the EU other than a bargaining chip as we exit.

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No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project

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Go

Bitterness and failure

This discussion thread is riddled with bitterness, factless commentary and doomsday predictions. Both the EU and UK will suffer from this tit-for-tat nastiness.

There is much to improve in the EU. Erosion of democracy, known to all members, is my greatest concern. Politicians are embarrassing themselves on both sides with current behaviors. It needs reform, which this sorry Brexit situation may facilitate.

Meanwhile, both sides need to grow up, stop punching each other and work out how to resolve the Brexit problem via mutual compromise. Democracy must not be a casualty. The UK will leave. Lets stop bickering and get on with it - both sides.

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TSB's middleware nightmare: Execs grilled on Total Sh*tshow at Bank

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Re: Talk to the techies

@Primus - doubtful that they'd understand the techies. Amber Rudd didn't understand encryption and privacy, then criticised the experts that attempted to advise her, and for that reason alone I am pleased that she is no longer Home Secretary. Don't see a realistic hope anyone in government would understand the term "middleware" let alone the absence of a failback/recovery plan for this migration.

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UK.gov pushes ahead with legal right to 10Mbps

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WTF?

Same mistake again

10Mbps *downstream* with nothing said about *upstream*. The Internet is a different place than it was when we started with banks of modems. Collaboration via video conferencing and backups to cloud storage mean bandwidth must now be bidirectional and not asynchronous.

Our gubbermint is not understanding this, and continuing with a decision made by BT/Openreach more than a decade ago, to provide asynchronous internet access biased 5:1 at least, for download.

Once they fix that they need to address contention and latency to prevent running the Shetland islands from a 2Mbps satellite feed with 700ms latency. Your 10Mbps to the local PoP is great, but not so much if the backhaul is 20 Mbps, shared by 200 people. Devil is in the detail. Just sayin'.

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UK data controllers to pay ICO up to £2.4k more a year when GDPR kicks in

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Stop

4% global turnover or €20M will help if ...

... the Treasury's Consolidated Fund decides to give them more of the proceeds of their enforcement effort. The ICO doesn't keep the fine money. It goes directly to the Treasury Consolidated Fund.

The ICO must also apply the fines with more gusto. Too many organisations see a DPA/GDPR fine as a cost of doing business. That has to change, with one or two big take downs using the GDPR limits.

Are you listening Carphone Warehouse? Are you listening TalkTalk?

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UK.gov calls on the Big Man – GOD – to boost rural broadband

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Good stuff but a sticking plaster fix ...

... as we will need fibre eventually. Wifi radio spectrum is a CDMA network i.e. it is a shared carrier so that if 50 people start using the same mast/radio/channel, and it has 50Mbps bandwidth, everyone will get 1 Mbps (simplified) which isn't likely to impress if they all want to watch the same footy match on BT Sport. Adding masts and radios and using multiple channels simply fudges the numbers, without solving the limited spectrum problem. It just kicks it down the road.

Something is better than nothing, so the effort is to be applauded. Just like the VDSL network our government and Openreach have deployed under the "Superfast" nomenclature, its carrier capability is extremely limited in comparison to a physical fibre optic cable. It is also regret spend, as both VDSL and Wifi will not assist materially with deployment of the fibre we will need to everyone's property to embrace the opportunities of the future.

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If you don't like what IBM is pitching, blame Watson: It's generating sales 'solutions' now

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Joke

What could possibly go wrong ...

... in having a machine build "solutions" no doubt driven by a catalogue of services from IBM only. I wonder if it ever DOESN'T provide a solution?

Watson: "That problem is NP-Complete sir, I have no solution."

Probably not.

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TalkTalk to splash £1.5bn laying full fibre on 3 million doorsteps

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Megaphone

Rebuilding the rural divide ...

All these FTTP announcements are addressing urban areas where the ROI is better. We are rebuilding the "problem" that BDUK was intended to resolve - in the city you get fibre, in the country you get less, much less. Services will expand to use available bandwidth making statements like "I'm fine with 20Mbps" short sighted. Getting your HD video stream squeezed in-between full HDR 4K video will get less and less reliable .... your 20 Mbps today won't perform so well tomorrow due to noisier high bandwidth neighbours. On the public internet there ain't no QoS.

The gubbermint needs to skip the inevitable decade of realisation and go full fibre everywhere NOW. Everywhere. NOW. Do it. Please. Being 3rd last in the EU table for FTTH is resolvable.

That is all.

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I see you're writing a résumé?!.. LinkedIn parked in MS Word

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Convergent function to make all CVs ...

... identical. A dystopian future beckons ... where those unable to write a competent CV will have the AI engine write it for them, averaging all existing CVs, and ultimately all CVs will be created the same. The HR droids will lose the filter weapon they enjoy the most.

When will the automaton tip over into mundanity with inadequate differentiation? Can't be long now ...

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Well done, UK.gov. You hit superfast broadband target (by handing almost the entire project to BT)

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FAIL

One way traffic ...

Once again, we're taking whatever medicine the incumbent monopolist gives us. Video conferencing, backup to the cloud and uploading video and photos will remain slow as our government has allowed Openreach to deploy technology which cannot provide "super fast" (ugh) speeds in BOTH directions.

The future is sharing data, in both directions. Not what our short-sighted government has allowed to happen with our tax money.

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Openreach ups investment plans: Will shoot out full fibre to 3 million premises

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Snail pace ...

But the penny is dropping. Everything the FTTH community has been saying for decades is now coming true, in still frame time lapse motion to give the impression the government and BT were right all along.

The economical damage done to UK Plc by being next to last on full fibre adoption will be felt by the next generation.

But it is now happening, albeit slowly. It would be much faster if the government had supported initiatives like B4RN instead of BDUK.

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Carphone Warehouse cops £400k fine after hack exposed 3 MEEELLION folks’ data

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Re: GDPR

One has to ponder why the ICO has never dished out a £500K fine. Surely this Carphone Warehouse incident is as bad as it gets? GDPR would ensure 4% of global turnover underpins meaningful investment in operational security. Evidently, it gets little attention right now.

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Oh good, half of Defra's Brexit projects involve IT

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Joke

Already spending the magic beans ...

... on HS2. None left. Only weeds.

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UK.gov needs help getting folk to splurge on full fibre and 5G

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WTF?

Remove the VOA fibre-tax (permanently)

I've said enough about FTTP and why BT and OpenReach are failing, so here's one for the gubbermint.

SCRAP IMMEDIATELY the Valuation Office Agency business rates on lit fibre - not just the 5 year reprieve started in 2016. It is the equivalent of taxing windows in 18th century Scotland. Not only is it stifling innovation and deployment, it is unfair as BT gets assessed differently from everyone else.

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Someone tell Thorpe Lane in Suffolk their internet sucks – they're still loading the page

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Fastest speeds are with B4RN ...

... not the measly 200ish Mbps mentioned in the article. B4RN gives you synchronous (yup - read that again to make sure - SYNCHRONOUS!) 1 Gbps speed. It's a measurable 950+ Mbps speed. Both directions.

Rural communities can do broadband better than Openreach, if only the gubbermint was prepared to allow them the chance. They are not making it easy, yet.

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Samsung starts cranking out 512GB eUFS storage

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5G is not a "thing", yet

Despite what the politicians say.

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£160m ploughed into 5G is a fair sum. Shame the tech doesn't really exist

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FAIL

3G still hasn't delivered ...

... utterly nonplussed by the 5G hype, and unsurprising that DCMS folk talk such verbiage. They just don't understand. It's why we are so disillusioned with politicians.

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Mythical broadband speeds to plummet in crackdown on ISP ads

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'Been saying that for years ...

@Alistair

... and made my own ASA "fibre broadband mis-representation" complaint and got the same answer. It's like saying because the M25 is 4 lanes wide for 99% of its length, putting in a single 10m stretch of single lane, one-way dirt track doesn't affect the traffic flow at rush hour. You're being sold a motorway with the throughput of a country lane. Just fine.

So much for "protecting the consumer".

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When it comes to ML, reports of JavaScript's death are exaggerated

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Edinburgh Uni and Standard ML

Giggle. Sorry. I hoped for a brief millisec or so that we were comparing the functional language "Standard ML" as created by Robin Milner and the LFCS in 1987. Somebody wrote a garbage collector for it while I was studying there ... no quiche eaters, just real programmers back in the day. Fond memories.

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It was El Reg wot won it: Bing banishes bogus Brit bank banner ad

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Stop

Follow the money ...

So for real kudos ... are Microsoft following the money that paid for the ad? Surely a scammer like this leaves a trail? How did they cover their tracks, and how are Microsoft preventing the same ad from being placed again?

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So what does EE's 5G test really signal?

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WTF?

Watching TV over 3G never happened in 2003 ...

So why do they think we'll drink the same coolaid here?

We were promised video over 3G in 2003 ... http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/2808761.stm

Basic contention with other users and coverage will kill this. I can't even listen to a streamed MP3 over itunes for more than 90s travelling on a mainline commuter train into London over a period of 52 minutes. that's what 4G has delivered for me.

So, sorry EE and anybody else talking up irrelevant performance numbers ... make what we've got deliver what you promised the last time, then I'll start listening.

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Brace yourselves, fanboys. Winter is coming. And the iPhone X can't handle the cold

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Pint

Re: Oh dear

@J. R. Hartley - you're holding it wrong. Seemples.

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Equifax: About those 400,000 UK records we lost? It's now 15.2M. Yes, M for MEELLLION

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It's not optional ...

Try removing yourself from all three credit reference agency's records, and see how your life pans out without successful credit checks. All three agencies are now indelibly etched into our lives. Are we better with or without them? That is the interesting question.

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You may not have noticed, but 'superfast' broadband is available to 94% of Blighty

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Mushroom

Outlaw the use of "up to" - it is lying about the truth

That is all.

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Gov claws back £645m in BT broadband from subsidy

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Re: DCMS think the final 5% costs the same as the first 95%?

@Dave Bell I presume you also distrust all BDUK announcements and any definition of "Super Fast" that doesn't also define latency, packet loss and most importantly upstream speed. Our government doesn't like to use real figures, as their poor technology choice would become apparent.

For a graph of VDSL distance/speed using a "perfect" conductor - not aluminium or rusty copper, or rat chewed coaxial cable, go here:

http://www.increasebroadbandspeed.co.uk/2013/chart-bt-fttc-vdsl2-speed-against-distance

My point is, this isn't going to get materially faster due to the presence of the copper/aluminium. 20 Mbps downstream is good today, but it won't be long until that is woefully short of capacity. Upstream is already a problem for me. BT decided we were all consumers of content, not producers. That is changing now with the advent of highly capable tablet and phone cameras, for example.

I used "meaningful broadband" as a flexible term allowing a user to interact with all "reasonable" services as we head full speed into our digital futures. It may be fine for some, who don't wish to avail themselves of the newer services (e.g. 15-20 Mbps for a reliable 4K stream from Netflix). They may hope that HMRC doesn't add video guides and colourful animated icons to the TAX return website, or 4MB pictures of their cats. If they have the time and patience, then that's their choice.

I imagine your upload speed at 1.6Km from the cabinet means you have no "meaningful" way of sending data to the internet. How long does it take you to send a 5MB image from a phone or camera? Downloading one at 3Mbps is 14s. That's fine if you have time, but not realistic in my job where files are often 50-100MB in size, and the kids are watching Netflix (not 4K). If you dare send a 5MB cat picture, then you are probably tying up your VoIP phone for best part of a minute. I don't have your upstream speed stats for your line, which are unique to you, so I don't know. This is another problem with DSL service levels - predictability. If you want to survive with 3Mbps downstream and 500Kbps(?) upsteam, that's your choice. Both you and your ISP need to run QoS, or latency sensitive traffic such as a VoIP phone will stop working when an Email arrives with a cat picture. I don't know any that do over a retail DSL circuit. This isn't a "meaningful" service in my view. My view is mine. Nobody else's, obviously...

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Disgruntled of TW

DCMS think the final 5% costs the same as the first 95%?

Back to school time for the minister and his soundbites. BT Openreach's transparency in costs has been an issue from start to finish from the BDUK programme.

DSL will not provide meaningful broadband speeds to rural folk more than 1.2Km from a cabinet. Ye cannae brek the laws o' physics laddie.

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Surprising nobody, lawyers line up to sue the crap out of Equifax

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Stop

Re: Credit reference agencies

It was Equifax or Experian - I can't remember - but one of them sent my credit report to my address, with some greek woman's name instead of my own.

I complained, to the agency and also the ICO, and got no response, not even an apology. They have all the power and none of the accountability. Our government allows them to do this. One error like mine could be disastrous to my life. It isn't even a 10^-6 rounding error for them, and they treat it as such. They get what they deserve. I would prefer a not-for-profit regulated organisation and the removal of these predatory credit agencies.

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Dear rioters: Hiding your face with scarves, hats can't fool this AI system

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Big Brother

Only used for good ...

No evil here then. Kim Jong-un promises to use nuclear technology only for the good of his DPRK state. The inventors do not get to choose.

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Bombastic boss gave insane instructions to sensible sysadmin, with client on speakerphone

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Angel

Rude not to say speaker on

Generally a positive story with everyone more or less getting what they deserve, however not making sure the belligerent boss was aware he was on speaker was not cricket. The BOFH lost some cred there.

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UK.gov is hiring IT bods with skills in ... Windows Vista?!

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FAIL

Sorry state of Agency marketing

Typical guv technical debt nonsense aside, you've just highlighted an example of the value that the majority of agencies now bring to clients. Hiring clients pay 10% or more for the "value" in publishing such job descriptions on job boards, 3 conversations with the contractor, timesheet management, and that's it. This model is dying, and they know it.

We need to cull the majority of numbers-playing agencies, and keep the ones that take appropriate amounts of time to understand the requirement, build relationships with a smaller number of very good contractors, and do the match. Agencies that don't return calls, send huge amounts of SPAM, don't understand the TLAs they splatter their SPAM with, are on the extinction list. They won't be missed.

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Hey America! Your internet is going to be so much better this January

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Flame

Learned their approach to looking good from BDUK

Let's define "super fast" as the speed achievable by DSL, so that we price out any competition from FTTP companies who want to fix the problem once, and lay the fibre. Only the incumbent operator could ever bid, as they own the crappy-copper in the ground already.

The US and UK will be stuck with copper-crap until someone puts the fibre in the ground - ALL of the ground.

Meh.

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Samsung drops 128TB SSD and kinetic-type flash drive bombshells

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Joke

@fnj - ye cannae break the laws o' physics laddie.

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Sputtering bit-blasters! IBM's just claimed densest tape ever record

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Joke

Sputtering ...

is what my kids did while eating jars of mushy brown baby food. Never thought I'd see this achieving 880Gb/in

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O2 admits to throttling network bandwidth for EU data roamers

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Facepalm

Mobile operators ...

... reaping the contempt they deserve. No surprise here. I've moved from Voda, to O2, to T-Mobile, to Voda, to Three to EE. All equally poor. I pick the least evil, and most reliable, as customer services with all of them is a time sink with no benefit.

We were all supposed to be watching TV on our phones on the train, when 3G arrived - remember?

I simply no longer trust the operators and ignore their advertising.

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Adobe will kill Flash by 2020: No more updates, support, tears, pain...

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Joke

Have they told VMware?

... I'm not convinced they'll be able to completely flush the vCenter flash web client in three years.

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Cops harpoon two dark net whales in megabust: AlphaBay and Hansa

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Stop

Instagram and Snapchat next ...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/40601036/teens-found-selling-drugs-on-snapchat-and-instagram-bbc-three-investigation-finds

Both organisations adopting the ostrich technique of problem management despite BBC documentary. Stacey Dooley rather brave in confronitng 15 year old kids flogging via Snapchat and Instagram.

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UK ministers' Broadband '2.0' report confuses superfast with 10Mbps

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Super Fast Broadband != "fibre"

@Dave Bull - yup. 1 ft of copper is enough to make 5Km of fibre irrelevant to the SERVICE a customer receives. Those metaphorical 12 inches of copper contribute the majority of the problems to reliability, which increases maintenance cost. All of this ignored by the ASA who allow all the ISPs selling DSL to use "fibre" to describe it in advertising. STOP IT.

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UK mobile number porting creaks: Arcane system shows its age

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Chainging ports ..

... your approach in the US is much better than EU porting, which used to be chaining ports. So, if you had a Cellnet number and ported to Voda, then to T-Mobile, when someone called you, they would hunt you down via Cellnet, then Voda, then get to T-mobile.

This made noticeable delays in connecting calls after a few ports. I don't know how it is done today, but I hope the number of ports isn't relevant, as the market needs to retain freedom!

Vodafone have TWICE banned my IMEI of my phone because "I" reported my phone stolen, apparently. I asked them for the CEOs mobile number as I believed it had been stolen. I think the point was missed on them. I am no longer with Voda.

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UK regulator set to ban ads depicting bumbling manchildren

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WTF?

From the agency that let BT and Virgin advertise "Superfast Fibre Broadband"

... when the fibre stops at a cabinet many hundred meters away from your house at best. I complained, and they said "because the fibre represents the most significant distance along which the data travels, it is permitted to call it fibre broadband".

This ignores the fact that the weeny piece of copper string at the end of the fibre is what dictates the ACTUAL PERFORMANCE of the connection.

This is more nannying from an organisation that meddles and really shouldn't feel obligated to worry about society/services that it isn't responsible for and doesn't understand. Stop it. Focus on fairness and stop the lying. Leave the rest of the grown-ups alone.

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Openreach asks UK what it thinks about 10 million 'full fibre' connections

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Mushroom

The "demand" is irrelevant

It is the necessity of remaining competitive in markets where other countries have FTTP and have capabilities and opportunities that are being denied to us. Openreach's argument is old ... they have the monopoly and should be investing in UK Plc's future.

It is plain dumb to think anything other than FTTP, and FULL FTTP, not some G.PON asynchronous pong, is what we need. BT unilaterally decided that we all wanted to suck FROM the internet and never send large amounts of data TO the internet. That was correct decades ago, and utter nonsense today.

Bought a 16GB phone with a 4MP camera recently? Tried backing that up to "the cloud"? If you think you sent GBs to the cloud you are being lied to by your provider.

Scrap HS2, and get the whole country FTTP. No brainer.

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UK.gov embraces Oracle's cloud: Pragmatism or defeatism?

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Joke

Re: Cluebat required

Most Home Office data can be found on a USB stick on a train.

FTFY

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Oracle CEO Mark Hurd scoops up $17.4m from 350,000 share sales

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WTF?

Quiet news day?

... if this is considered news.

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One-third of Brit IT projects on track to fail

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Facepalm

Re: 257%

@LeeE You beat me to it. First thing I did was add up the percentages. Ask any accountant about anything over 100%? Sniggers and chortles will ensue.

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Civil rights warriors get green light to challenge UK mass surveillance

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Pint

Bring it on.

I'm glad someone has the time and money to do this. I have taken to moaning about it over a couple of pints of IPA in my local pub.

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Human-free robo-cars on Washington streets after governor said the software is 'foolproof'

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Joke

Who is the more foolish ...

... the fool, or the fool who follows him?

--Obi Wan

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Partners tearing their hair out over Dell EMC invoice system borkage

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FAIL

HPE the same ... the split

... is causing the same problems with utter incompetence in paying invoices.

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UK PM May's response to London terror attack: Time to 'regulate' internet companies

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Big Brother

No mention of encryption backdoor ... glimmer of hope?

Colour me pink, but TM has avoided directly mentioning encryption backdoors in her last 3 speeches. Could the security community, the experts, be breaking through the curtain of "advice" that has misinformed her until recently?

Breaking encryption makes us LESS secure. Period. They already have backdoors to end devices, making targeted surveillance easy, so the encryption is irrelevant. Maybe its the mass surveillance power they yearn for? And there's the problem.

Legislating large PII data sets held by commercial organisations like Facebook may be the only way to curb the utter disregard of responsibility for the power they provide.

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Enterprise patching... is patchy, survey finds

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Re: Delays in updating software and operating systems are putting organisations at greater risk

Rock and a hard place ... not more than a week - your patch validation pipeline should be compact, but you do have to patch, or suck up the tears from WannaCry etc.

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Acronis adds automated ransomware protection to latest Backup version

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FAIL

Dumped Acronis a year ago - too dumb

With the new interface, and repeated crashes and failures without usable log files to diagnose, I dumped a £50 licence after just 2 months. Support ends 30 days after you pay for the licence, when they stop helping you. Not an enjoyable experience. Won't use that company again.

To call anything they produce "Enterprise" is plain daft - my 2c.

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