* Posts by jonfr

394 posts • joined 27 Jul 2010


Pre-checked cookie boxes don't count as valid consent, says adviser to top EU court


Re: Let's report every case of this to the ICO

I was not aware that Scott Adams was a Trump supporter. Thanks for letting me know about this. I have done the correct thing (best to my ability to do so) and removed his work from anything I used to follow him on (Facebook/GoComics). I also removed the books I was planning on buying that he had made on Amazon.

I also invalidated everything I had considered worth listening to from him. Because being a Trump supporter is just really (^9) stupid and only stupid people (and evil) support Trump along with stupid nazis.

Overhyped 5G is being 'rushed', Britain's top comms boffin reckons


Re: If governments really cared about the welfare of the people...

There is no shortage of bandwidth for WLAN. At least not on 5Ghz. What is missing is some type of management because people don't know how to manage their wireless hardware.

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_WLAN_channels#5_GHz_(802.11a/h/j/n/ac/ax)

Dear Britain's mast-fearing Nimbys: Do you want your phone to work or not?


Re: Backhaul...

The problem here is two things. This is not a back-haul problem. This is that 3G has bad speed because its ancient technology today. Then there is also the issue with distance, speed drops off quickly as more distance you are from the transmitter. At 30 to 50 km distance the best you can expect is good 3Mbps connection. At 50 to 100 km if you get a signal the best you can expect is 1Mbps speed and lower.

Weather is also a factor in this when distances are this great.


Re: More fear mongering on the way about 5G

The newest in this is that she is now running a sign list that claims 5G causes infertility. This is not surprising giving that daily-fail (daily mail) is running fear mongering news in the UK and spreading them to other parts of the world in the process (this person is not located in UK).

The irony is that in her country there are no major 5G installations at the moment or any at all. They are running 4.9G in Denmark, were she is living (and were I am going to be living again soon).

https://www.mobilsiden.dk/nyheder/telenor-og-telias-forste-5g-mobilmast-med-1-gbits-er-klar,lid.40137/ (September 2018, Danish)


Re: More fear mongering on the way about 5G

I did that, told her at what power levels are in use with a good signal on a mobile phone and less signal means more transmission power from mobile phone and that didn't change anything for her. Facts were completely ignored.


More fear mongering on the way about 5G

I had a conversation with a woman on Facebook about the claim that she was sharing about dangers of 5G radiation. I politely pointed out that is not how this work. I explained that 5G is just more efferent modulation of the signal that allows for faster speeds. It was in no way dangerous and all the radio spectrum that is now used for 4G is going to be used for 5G later. I also explained that this radiation wasn't dangerous because that's not how physics work. Was I listened to. No, I was not listened to. If I remember correctly, something similar was shared around the time 3G and 4G started being rolled out.

This are the same people that fight against mobile masts and do not realize they have maybe been living next a television transmitter for 30 to 40 years broadcasting on the same frequency that is now being used for mobile communication.

ReactOS 0.4.11 makes great strides towards running Windows apps without the Windows


Re: What is the purpose of this?

When Windows turns into subscription only. People can move to an alternative. What is missing for ReactOs are more developers and money. Same goes for Haiku OS. Both are alternative to Linux and *BSD.

So. To the question we really wanted answering: How real is 5G?


Re: No VoLTE/VoWiFi on many networks

You are going to get 5G signals before that. The current situation is to clear 700Mhz (this has only happened in some countries) and even go down to 600Mhz (maybe 450Mhz) in next few years. Television and radio is going to IP broadcast networks at the same time, so bandwidth is not an huge issues in the long term future.

Current delay for 4G networks is the use of 2G and 3G networks in 900Mhz band. It has helped that 800Mhz is only used for 4G networks and soon 5G networks. The change of technology always takes time to happen.

In Europe 4G and 4G+ coverage is good in the countries that I know (Denmark and Iceland). Denmark has close to 99% coverage an Iceland has close to 80% coverage (this numbers are just estimates based on the coverage maps that I can access). In Iceland the 4G coverage now is closer to 95+% if only counting towns and villages. Many areas of Iceland have no service or just 2G/3G service due to how remote they are.


No VoLTE/VoWiFi on many networks

The problem is that many mobile networks don't support VoLTE/VoWiFi (4G) yet and route their calls over 3G or 2G (GSM). That adds a lot of extra hardware to their infrastructure and that is a hardware that needs to start going down soon. Running 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G networks at the same time just can't be smart or cost effective in any way. There is a benefit in using VoWiFi since it allows calls to be routed over the internet instead of the mobile network in case of bad signal coverage inside a home.

Some mobile network companies have started shutting off 2G and 3G networks. Some news suggest that 3G is going to be turned off earlier than 2G in Europe due to 4G network data speeds. Since 3G isn't that good for internet connection and 2G is only useful for voice and slow data connection.

I am expecting to buy a 5G mobile phone from 2024. I am going to allow early adapters to figure out all the bugs.

Amazon Prime Air flight crashes in Texas after 6,000ft nosedive


Re: We all thought the same!

More people are born than die each day. This accident is terrible and something did go wrong and should not be mocked.

World statics, http://www.worldometers.info/

Now you've read about the bonkers world of Elizabeth Holmes, own some Theranos history: Upstart's IT gear for sale


This was always a scam

It is clear on this news that Theranos company and everything connected to it was always a scam.

Opportunity's mission is over, but InSight almost ready for a driller thriller below Martian surface


Re: Haven't they done this the wrong way round?

I can answer part of that. I am not a geologist, I am a citizen scientists and I've been running my own seismometers for the last 13 years (and I don't have any plans on stopping) and I am heavy into geology.

The shocks allow geologists at NASA to measure if there is any rock and sand layers where InSight is. This also gives geologist general idea on how the crust is at this location.

After Amazon's Bezos exposes Pecker, National Enquirer pushes back, promises to probe itself


Re: http://www.nationalenquirer.com/

I get redirected to https://radaronline.com/

Reliable system was so reliable, no one noticed its licence had expired... until it was too late


Future year bugs

Here is a good list of future year bugs. Next one is in 2028.


I won't bother hunting and reporting more Sony zero-days, because all I'd get is a lousy t-shirt


Sony - Never buy

Based on my experience with Sony Mobile and Sony Bluetooth I am never going to buy their hardware again. Its buggy and unstable. I am not surprised to read about this reaction about when bugs are discovered. At best, Sony Mobile fixed a bug that resulted in a crash when the Wi-Fi interface was in Icelandic on Android 8 on Sony Xperia XZ Premium. Other bugs (unstable Wi-Fi) were not fixed.

Whats(goes)App must come down... World in shock as Zuck decides to intertwine Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp


Re: I use whatsAp with work

You can remove Facebook.

Programs -> Facebook -> Stop -> Delete App data.

It doesn't remove the icon, but it removes anything else in the program that makes it work. It is in fact removed. Unless the delete app data button is disabled. In my experience that is almost never the case.

Google faces another GDPR probe – this time in the land of meatballs and flat-pack furniture


The Swedes

Oh dear, they pissed off the Swedes. Never do that.

Dear humans, We thought it was time we looked through YOUR source code. We found a mystery ancestor. Signed, the computers


Re: Projection much?

do you have data for that claim?


Re: Projection much?

Science doesn't care about your feelings. The data strongly suggest that we got more flaws than benefits with inter-species mixing with the Neanderthals. The human race already has plenty of leftovers from the evolution process on its own. I don't know about Denisovans ancestry because that isn't mentioned or hasn't been studied yet. I didn't find any data on it. Best I was able to find was this map (this website might be paywalled for you).



Re: Projection much?

Based on genetic research into this it seems that all that humans got from Neanderthals was wast amount of problems and flaws. Those issues might suggests a wider problem (not yet discovered?) and might be the reason for their extinction. The human race got few good genetics from this mixing. I am not sure if it is something that would have happened on its own with time and evolution.

Science article, https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140129134956.htm (2014)

News article, https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-studies-show-neanderthals-gave-us-some-good-genes-and-nasty-diseases-180960870/ (2016)

Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10


Windows 10 size

Since I have Windows 10 Professional and this is an upgrade from Windows 10 Home. I have it on 365 GB partition that today only has 130GB free. Since I don't trust the Windows part of the hard drive for anything important its mostly just Windows 10 Pro on it. It still seems that Windows 10 Professional takes up all this space. Windows 10 already has 450MB allocated for a recovery partition on the C drive. I don't know what Windows 10 is using all this space for.

Attention all British .eu owners: Buy dotcom domains and prepare to sue, says UK govt


Re: Don't worry, it's only money

European Union costs the taxpayer 187€ a year.

Source: http://ec.europa.eu/budget/explained/myths/myths_en.cfm

I don't know what Brexit is going to cost taxpayers in UK. But its a lot more than just 187€ a year.

YouTube fight gets dirty: Kids urged to pester parents over Article 13


The legal text

Here is the legal text. Since I don't see it cited anywhere.

" Article 13

Use of protected content by information society service providers storing and giving access to large amounts of works and other subject-matter uploaded by their users

1. Information society service providers that store and provide to the public access to large amounts of works or other subject-matter uploaded by their users shall, in cooperation with rightholders, take measures to ensure the functioning of agreements concluded with rightholders for the use of their works or other subject-matter or to prevent the availability on their services of works or other subject-matter identified by rightholders through the cooperation with the service providers. Those measures, such as the use of effective content recognition technologies, shall be appropriate and proportionate. The service providers shall provide rightholders with adequate information on the functioning and the deployment of the measures, as well as, when relevant, adequate reporting on the recognition and use of the works and other subject-matter.

2.Member States shall ensure that the service providers referred to in paragraph 1 put in place complaints and redress mechanisms that are available to users in case of disputes over the application of the measures referred to in paragraph 1.

3.Member States shall facilitate, where appropriate, the cooperation between the information society service providers and rightholders through stakeholder dialogues to define best practices, such as appropriate and proportionate content recognition technologies, taking into account, among others, the nature of the services, the availability of the technologies and their effectiveness in light of technological developments. "

Then there is article 14/15 that speaks about compensating artist in far way for their work and other such details. Full legal text, https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:52016PC0593

Here are adopted Amendments to this new EU law. http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+TA+P8-TA-2018-0337+0+DOC+XML+V0//EN - I think this is the correct link.

Analogue radio is the tech that just won't die


Matter of frequency and transmission power

Poor DAB coverage is down to two things. Frequency used (VHF-III/Band III) and transmitter power. According to this website the transmission power used for DAB is tiny. Its so little that it's considerable good if people get anything on their radios. There is also information about FM transmitters on this website, they broadcast at much higher power.


On the third day of Windows Microsoft gave to me: A file-munching run of DELTREE


Re: Not a good look here.

I did learn this lesson years ago. I keep everything on a different hard drive for security reasons.

UKIP flogs latex love gloves: Because Brexit means Brexit


UKIP are criminals

Based on what I am seeing it clear that UKIP is a group of criminals pretending to be political party. Once UK rejoins the EU in few years (2025 - 2030) UKIP and political parties that are like them are going to in the dustbin of history.

GDPR forgive us, it's been one month since you were enforced…


What works and what doesn't

From Iceland (country, EEA, GDPR law apply) this works.

* Los Angeles Times

* New York Daily News

What doesn't.

* Chicago Tribune

I guess some people in the U.S don't know how complicated Europe really is. I don't blame them.

EE seeks guinea pig millennial hipsters for 5G experiments


You got your basic wrong. In digital system the strongest transmitter is always used. The rest of them can be used to locate your mobile phone if needed since it also reports to them.

What is most likely the problem is too small cell sites in terms of transmission power being used. Normal transmitter is at the power of 25W (in towns) but can be much smaller or larger depending on location and area were it is located.

TDMA systems are slow compared to OFDMA. There not a technical possibility that you where getting today's speed in the 1980's.

Internet engineers tear into United Nations' plan to move us all to IPv6


The reason for lack of IPv6 adopton

There is a reason for lack of IPv6 adoption. The ISP of the world don't bother with setting up IPv6 service because they claim there is no need for it. This is utter and total bullshit. This also goes for many ISP in Europe. I complained about lack of IPv6 with my ISP in Denmark (Stofa) and they told me that there was no need for it. Even if it is clear that IPv6 is a lot better in dealing with fast internet connection that they are selling (above 50Mbps speeds).

When I have used IPv6 it is clear that websites like YouTube are considerably faster to load videos than when I use IPv4 only (that is 99% of all time so far). There is also a speed element in this that nobody doesn't seems to be consider.

Leaked pics: Motorola to add 'unpatriotic' 5G to 4G phones with magnets


Re: I dont really understand why i need 5g at all

In LTE like 3G speed is based on the distance from transmitter and how many users are between you and the transmitter.

That is also the reason why communication companies want to keep LTE on the higher bands (1800/2600/3500/3700Mhz). It allows for faster speed and more users at the cost of coverage. While 700/800/900Mhz allows for better coverage it doesn't do so well in the speed department due to lack of bandwidth (limited number of 10/15/20Mhz channels can be used).

Based on what I've seen it seems to be that 5G is going to be mostly (at least first time around) at high frequency (2,6/3,5/3,7/6,0/24,5 - 27,5Ghz) in order to allow for higher bandwidth. Since at higher frequency having 100Mhz channel is not a big issue (at least above 6Ghz).

The frequency planning ideas have been published here.


Waiting for 100 Mbps NBN on wireless? Errr, umm, sorry about that


They got 100Mbps wireless in Iceland (country)

In Iceland (since I don't have other information) they got 100Mbps to users on both 5Ghz and 3,5Ghz using both 802.11ac and LTE (3,5Ghz). In Denmark, Norway, Sweden and I think Finland they are using LTE on 450Mhz for speeds that are close to reaching 100Mbps (along with other frequency bands if available and that's not always the case). What is limiting factor on 450Mhz is lack of Mhz (frequency bandwidth).

For that reason I don't understand why this is a problem in Australia.

GDPR for everyone, cries Microsoft: We'll extend Europe's privacy rights worldwide


Re: Wow

The only reason I can no longer remove U.S English keyboard from Windows 10 is because Cortana depends on it. Microsoft Support did not answer my question on how to remove it. I did also politely tell them that Cortana can burn for all I care. I want that software removed since I don't require it or use it.

About to install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update? You might want to wait a little bit longer


Re: Steve

Here you go.


US Congress mulls expanding copyright yet again – to 144 years


Copyright extensions need to stop

This needs to stop. Once the creator is dead, he is dead and won't be needing the revenue any more. The family of that artists can get whatever is in the inheritance (or what this is called in English. I don't know the word for it). The general rule needs and should be that once the copyright holder is dead all of his work should be public domain from the next year after (paperwork takes time).

A example. Creator of work created in 2021 dies in early in the year 2080. After the paperwork is done (or not done) all of his work go into public domain from the start of the year 2081. Giving his work a 70 to 90 year copyright protection after his death is ridiculous and stupid and that law needs to be abolished.

Julian Assange said to have racked up $5m security bill for Ecuador


Julian Assange and Russia link

There was also some reports that Wikileaks and Julian Assange having forwarded information about Ecuador to Russia. After he hacked into the embassy computer systems read all their emails and other private and sensitive information. I think this was in the same The Guardian news that is being quoted here (or at least resulted in those news reports).

LLVM contributor hits breakpoint, quits citing inclusivity intolerance


Draconian code of conduct

It is at no surprise to me that draconian code of conduct doesn't work. FreeBSD has adopted even more draconian rules on the project. I don't know about other open source projects. What I do know is that this set of rules do not work. Both in the long term or the short term.

The reason being that bad people are bad and good people are good. The rest is a grey bits of mixture with all colours and problems in it. What happens does happen and dam that code of conduct in the process.

Newsworthy Brit bank TSB is looking for a head of infrastructure


Re: Dear TSB

That's like 2GB of data (database format). At most no more than 20GB of data.

Who will fix our Internal Banking Mess? TSB hires IBM amid online banking woes


Always have two banks

I read in a article few years ago that the smart idea is to have two or more banks. In the case one of them (your main) messes something up, goes bankrupt or just burns to the ground for some reason. At least that way you have access to active bank service. I think anyone that is having issues at the moment needs to move to a new bank already and forget TSB for the moment.

It is also clear that IT at TSB did not use the process of duplicating the data first and then switch on the new system. Having the old system as a backup just in case something didn't work as planned or not work at all.

BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network


Everything goes offline one day

One day, one quiet day everything is going to go offline. The reason for this sudden offline is going to be a solar flare or solar flares. The human race isn't going to be lucky all the time in this regard. While devices like mobile phones and such are going to work if they get power (solar panels if people have them) are going to continue to work (if they didn't burn out), it is clear that large scale power networks are not going to do so.

This means that VoIP fixed connections are also going to go down. Because the power grid fluctuations are going to burn everything down. The situation is going to get worse when it comes to large power stations that supply cities and countries with power.

Last one large solar outbreak was in 2012, the human race got lucky that time around, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_storm_of_2012

That was not the case in 1859, but the age of technology had barley started at that time, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_storm_of_1859

The POTS angle on this that under this type of situation is that all the copper phone lines are going to catch fire once this large type of solar storm hits the Earth (due to magnetic currents creating electric current in the phone line copper).

Warning is going to be issued allowing for some protection of infrastructure (government, military, health care, police), but on large scale this is going to mean that cities are going to be out of power for weeks and even months and that might even apply to some countries in the world. How bad this is going to hit depends on factors and magnitude of the solar system in question.

People can forget flying anything or anywhere once this happens. Going on a ship might be a possibly (maybe).

The internet? That is going to take months to restore since all the hard drives are going to be fried and have to replaced and everything has to be rebuilt from scratch. Most backups won't survive this type of event.


Re: Next thing you know...

That is going to happen in the end. Norway has shut down most of its fm broadcasting system already in favour of DAB+ broadcasting.

BBC seems to be against turning off fm transmitter network.


The thing about DAB+ is that they use VHF (175 - 233Mhz) and that needs stronger transmitters to give good coverage. FM is at 87,5 - 108.0Mhz.

Facebook previews GDPR privacy tools and, yep, it's the same old BS


Fines on the way for facebook

I guess there is going to be a lot of fines on the way for facebook in near future.

Windows 10 Spring Creators Update team explains the hold-up: You little BSOD!


Re: If anyone knows of any other solutions, please reply.

You can also go NetBSD or FreeBSD (if you are in for a technical know how and odd problems).

Britain's 4G is slower than Armenia's


SpeedTest Global Index

On Speed Test Global Index UK is number 45 for February 2018. Just behind it is the U.S. Germany is number 49 on this list. Spain is number 31 on this list.


Norway is number 1 and Iceland is number 2.

1.5 BEEELLION sensitive files found exposed online dwarf Panama Papers leak


How many hard drives?

How many hard drives are required to store 12PB?

Danish Navy expert finds no trace of exhaust gas in private submarine


Re: Has he ever come up with a story ...

It is 16 years in the jail or an infinite detention a maximum security mental institution if the crime is really bad. I guess this goes into the second category. But its up to the judges. It has already been established that Peter Madsen is a sick man and a murder.

Any social media accounts to declare? US wants travelers to tell


No need for going to the U.S

There is no need for most people to go the U.S. Better option is go to Canada and go to the border where it at river and watch U.S at distance (safe distance).

At least I am not going to the U.S for the next 20 years.

10Mbps for world+dog, hoots UK.gov, and here is how we're doing it


Re: Who needs fiber?

You can get today 4G speeds of 1Gbps (down) but you have to be close to the transmitter to get those speeds.


Re: Spain Internet speeds and Iceland internet speeds

It was paid from Landsbankinn (old) bankrupt state.


It didn't help your internet speeds.


Spain Internet speeds and Iceland internet speeds

In Iceland (country) internet speeds today are minimum of 50Mbps. You can get in Reykjavík speed to up 1Gbps both direction. Rural areas in Iceland get at minimum of 50Mbps with fibre connection. Areas currently out of fibre connection can get speed of 100Mbps with 4G internet (but speed can change due to weather or many users using the same transmitter). Slowest internet speed I know if is at 1,2Mbps with a ADSL connection. Its just slow due to bad copper phone line, that area is going to get 50Mbps fibre connection in 2018 and 2019.

In Spain (limited knowledge, I might not be fully correct) speeds are at minimum 50Mbps with fibre and at maximum 300Mbps (some other providers might offer higher speeds). ADSL speeds in Spain seem to be limited to 20Mbps (at least with Movistar).

I do wonder if the people making the decisions on speeds for internet connection in the UK have internet at home. Because 10Mbps today is not really useful for anything on the internet today. By the time the year 2020 comes around 10Mbps speed is going to too slow for anything useful.

Cambridge Analytica 'privatised colonising operation', not a 'legitimate business', says whistleblower


Re: Really?

The fact is that people from UK are going to need visa and all types of permit after UK leaves the EU. How much the gdp drops depends on how well UK economy is managed after UK leaves the EU.

On this map UK is going to turn into one of the grey countries after it leaves the EU.



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