* Posts by Hubert Thrunge Jr.

142 posts • joined 19 Apr 2011


Secret mic in Nest gear wasn't supposed to be a secret, says Google, we just forgot to tell anyone

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Paranoid Android

Just because you're not paranoid, it doesn't mean they're not out to get you....

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish

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Robots (misprint)

No no no.... You'll find its one in four would sleep with a Robert. They mis-heard / mis-read the question and started thinking about Robert Downey Jr, or similar.

Either that or they consider their Ann Summers Rabbit a robot?

LG's beer-making bot singlehandedly sucks all fun, boffinry from home brewing

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Makes 5L you say?

Hmmm do they offer discounts for people wishing to buy 14 in one go?

Is there a pod for Abbot Ale?

Why millions of Brits' mobile phones were knackered on Thursday: An expired Ericsson software certificate

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Compensation required

I demand compensation.

I was unable to post a picture of my breakfast on instagram/twitter/facebook/etc... this morning.

I also wish to know who to send the overtime bill to, as a shitstorm of emails hit me the moment I walked through the door at home and the WiFi connected.

Thank you for not listening. It's been wonderful.

UK's national Airwave terminal procurement framework awarded to Motorola and Sepura

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government allergy to ownership

When Airwave was bought by Motorola just the other year for £816m (ish) it makes you wonder what planet the Home Office are on.

They should have bought it instead, this saving around £300m which is more than the ESMCP project would save them over the same period.

They just seem to be allergic to owning anything in-house these days.

UK Home Office admits £200m Emergency Services Network savings 'delayed'

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Whichever way you look at it, it's a shambles.

Motorola WHOLLY own Airwave, and paid just over £800M for the network and all of its contracts.

Had the Home Office had some people with a bit of common sense they would have bought Airwave and then they'd have however many years they would have liked for ~£800M not three for £1.1Bn

As for the project, it's what happens when you want the moon on a stick, where the seed for the tree hasn't even been planted yet!

It'll be ready in 2023, maybe. Maybe not.

Britain mulls 'complete shutdown' of 4G net for emergency services

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How much?

The numbers I was given for thr ESN portable device were £1100 for the "phone" and £500/yr for the SIM / Network management.

There is currently no mobile device and the only "gateway" type device that they *need* is around $8000

On Airwave, a portable (in volume) is around £400, the DH are charged £900/yr/terminal.

Vehicle sets last a long time. Most are heading for 15yrs now. Portables, under contract, can be refreshed every 5yrs in the Ambulance contract.

What Motorola should be doing now is upgrading the Airwave network to TEDS2 with its more useable data rate, and having a composite device that can use 4G where high speed data (for video etc) is required.

I do get a feeling that there is great unhappiness in the Home Office that Motorola won it (pretty much by default), and had it been Pye or Burndept, things might be happier for them....

BlackBerry Z10 'share-price pump' lawsuit is back from the dead

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Re: Z10 Became Quite Good

I had a Z10, and until my current device (OnePlus 2) it was the longest amount of time I kept a phone without killing it. In fact, I resurrected it and gave it to my phone-destroying daughter who would normally kill a phone within a month or two. If I put a battery in it, then it'll still work, albeit with a cracked screen and a poorly loudspeaker.

I liked the OS, I loved the messaging hub. But I was sold on the Nokia N9 and meego, so preferred the tap & swipe UI.

Half the world warned 'Chinese space station will fall on you'

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They'll do anything to avoid import taxes....

Will it carry a CE mark?

Or will the package be marked as a "Gift" or "Children's Toy" to avoid any duty when it lands?

10 PRINT "ZX81 at 37" 20 GOTO 10

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Kempston Keyboard & Joystick

Who had one of those as an upgrade to their Sinclair?

As a teenage yoof, my friends and I "tested" the prototypes of those as the founder of Kempston Micros was out maths teacher.

He was a very clever guy, but not much of a teacher sadly, or we were just a completely unruly bunch!

He left the school and set up Kemspton Micros and the rest is history. One of my classmates went on to write software for him while he was at university.

Nostalgia ain't what it used to be!

BBC Telly Tax heavies got pat on the head from snoopers' overseers

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Make the letters stop....

Though thinking about it, what will I use to light my fire?

After four phonecalla, six emails to the Crapita team tasked with dealing with it, they refuse to acknowledge that my other house, which was a bit of a building site for a while, is unoccupied, and has no television of any sort.

So, the letters keep coming.

I take them to my new home and use them when I light the fire.

I'd have to buy a newspaper if they stop, and I have difficulty grasping the concept to paying for biassed reporting whatever side.

We don't get free papers out here in the sticks, and with no current Foot & Mouth outbreaks, there are no sheep to burn either.

Deep joy.

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

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Re: New last minute technology to extend Airwave's life

Motorola (who now own Airwave after snapping it up for peanuts) have been deploying IP based TETRA base stations for over ten years, so that's hardly being tested.

What is to be done to extend Airwave to *at least* 2023 is upgrade the entire network to their latest hardware and offer support for TEDS Release 2.

My gut feeling is that Airwave will become part of a hybrid ESN solution where critical voice goes over the TETRA network and data goes over the EE LATE network, with some VoLTE services where they want to use it.

Overall, it's an Omnishambles. Which ever way you look at it, it's a shambles!

You won't believe this: Nokia soars back into phone-flinger top 3

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N900... N9...

I had a N900, loved it, even though it was feature limited until the indie Devs came up with features like MMS for it. Still got two of them somewhere, one is running Mer now.

I grabbed a N9 as soon as they were released. It became one of the longest used phones I've ever had as I used to kill phones in a year. It lasted almost two years before battery life tailed off to make it unusable for me. I resisted Android, went BB10 with a Z10 - great phone. Replaced that with a Jolla, drowned it within a week, so bought another one! Still got it. That's where the N9 was going.

Had Nokia not had Elop, and pushed the N9 globally from it's proper planned launch date, I honestly think the world would be a different place. The iPhone was still in its infancy, it's features were nothing to write home about and lots of things we took for granted didn't work. The N9 was full multitasking, even android didn't do that at the time. The OS was years ahead, but it was murdered by Elop, aided and abetted by the Symbian developers who thought they had a future...

Nokia would have been no.1 and Meego would be on other devices.

But, that didn't happen, and we have HMD selling Nokia's marque in the market, and they are doing very well.

I bought a Nokia 5 for my lads 13th birthday. Well under £200 and much better than a Shenzhen Special Landfill Android jobby.

Nokia 8: As pure as the driven Android - it's a classy return

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Signal strength

-110dBA is silence.

-110dBm is a weak RF signal.

Used iPhone Safari in 2011-12? You might qualify for Google bucks

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Where there's a blame, there's a claim.

So, in the unlikely event of this case actually being successful, what are you going to do with your payout Mr Compoclaimant? Buy a bottle of water from the vending machine in the foyer? Nope, you don't have enough...

I can see the queues to sign up for this being.... not long at all.

Total waste of judiciary time, and just another "Lawyers Get Rich Quick" scheme, even if Google were in the wrong. Horse, door, bolted. Or are you still looking for Shergar?

Vanity, thy name is: M1SCO company car reg plates for sale

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Re: Many

Around here, when I was a lad, there was a Porsche 944 with the registration 10 RAL, with the spacing slightly different. She looked like she did too.

Not to mention ol' Stavros Parrish with PEN 15 (which he sold some years back)

Forget Sesame Street, scientists pretty much watched Big Bird evolve on Galápagos island

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Phil Lord, apologies, a Great Dane vs Chihuahua is possible, they are dogs, they are "cross fertile" because they are no different in many ways than an Caucasian and an Afro-Caribbean. The issue is when you try to use a Great Dane dog vs Chihuahua bitch - and yes, it's been tried by mad people in the 'States. The other way around, a Great Dane bitch and Chihuahua dog would produce something, lord knows what.... I shudder to think, though the muppets that call their mongrels "Cockerpoos" and "Labradoodles" need correcting. It's a mongrel. It's not a new breed. Ask the Kennel Club, well try to....

The product of Horse & Donkey is a genetic dead end because Mules are usually generally sterile as they have 63 Chromosomes compared to the Horse having 64 and Donkey having 62. Not saying that they can't breed, but experience has shown it to be unlikely.

For any new "species" to be propagate, it must breed successfully within it's own "group".

Yes, biology is complicated. Put humans in abject squalor, with a 60" flat screen TV and the latest iPhone and see how well they breed....

Android at 10: How Google won the smartphone wars

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I've still got a Nokia N9. And before that a N900, years ahead of their time, but murdered by that c**t Elop and his chums.

If only Nokia had stopped their infighting with Symbian and released the N900 as a mainstream, and got the N9 out marketed worldwide, the market would probably look different, given Nokia's domination of the market.

Ifs and ands, pots and pans. Didn't happen. Ahh well.

Still, Jolla clings on, SailfishOS still looks good, it's slick, but will never grab any kind of market share.

Openreach boss says he'd take a burning effigy on the chin

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Re: FTTP...

I got a quote for FTTP On Demand up here in Rural Englandshire.

I'm 1.1Km from my nearest street cabinet.

£5750 for "installation" then it's £165/month + VAT for 330Mb down, 30Mb up, PLUS £60/month surcharge because we're in a Annex A area, ie: less than 3 LLU providers! We have to pay a surcharge because there is "noncompetition" WTF?

Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

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BT Database stolen?

I thought they still gave the Phone book away?

You know, the one that contains your name, address, and telephone number?

BOFH: Don't back up in anger

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British Standard recovery

All surface data recovery scans are carried out to meet BS3704

It's a Standard I quote when anyone asks me if the work I do meets, or needs to meet, a British Standard. If they want the EN version it's EN 600:1996

You know they'll never go and look it up....

User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

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Re: Some people need toilet paper bearing instructions in large print...

"Media Studies Degree. Please take one?"

Do you mind! I studied very hard at The University of Andrex for my degree.

You wanna go LARGE with that?

Hubble telescope spies massive 'cannonballs' of fire from dying star

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It's the Arachnids.

Send in the Starship Troopers quickly......

Self-driving Google car T-boned in California crash

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Van Driver?

Was the driver called Reece? Was he screaming about Judgement day, and that Skynet has to be stopped...??

Just sayin'

NASA starts countdown for Cassini probe's Saturn death dive

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Good job!

It's a good job they're doing this, because the last thing we want is for it to disappear in deep space, into a black hole, and come back in the 24th Century as "C-ini" hell bent on finding its creator at the expense of the Carbon Units.

UK's EE scores network reliability clean sweep, rival dwarves fume

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Nothing Squared

Living in rural Cambridgeceistershire, I can honestly say that :

Three have a LOT of not spots. I have to go to one precise part of my property to get a signal from them. If I'm lucky.

Vodafone - just no.

EE - well.. it sort of works, but if I move, oh, and it's gone.

Nothing Squared - I have a lovely fat EDGE signal. If I perform a network scan, I see LTE, if I register on the network (manually), I have LTE for about 15 seconds (about 3 bars on the display), then BANG, gone, and back to EDGE. Same for a 3G signal on o2.

If I go into the village - and indoors - it's pretty much zero signal of any usable sort on any of the networks. Except Vodafone, which gives a GPRS signal that goes nowhere.

So much for "expanding their networks".

SETI Institute damps down 'wow!' signal report from Russia

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An old signal you say?

Mork calling Orson, come in Orson....

Exodor... is that you?

'Second Earth' exoplanet found right under our noses – just four light years away

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This startshot thing, will it be crewed by a Scouser, a Cat, a Hologram, and a sarcastic Android?

UK South East Coast Ambulance slammed for creaking emergency dispatch IT

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IT Angle

Re: Wrong Photo

I was just going to say that.

And one that's very out of date too.

That's an old East Anglian Ambulance spec ambo, one that was replaced many years ago.

Please get your images up to date and correct.

As for their IT issues at SECAMB, that's what happens when you let the wrong people choose the software. They're probably trying to run it on 10yr old Windows XP based hardware...

They should have gone with M.I.S. as it "just works" and their support is second to none, and included in the price. Other vendors leave support out, so their product is cheaper (what Procurement bods like to see) and then charge the customer for every call to fix the fk ups that they created in the first place.

Juno probe spins up its sonic screwdrivers for Jupiter flyby

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Re: Too long

Are we at the seaside yet Daddy?

I need a wee.....

The cheese and tomato sandwiches will be very soggy by then too....

With my sensible head on, one assumes that the results of the Juno mission may lead to the next probe going in to Jovian atmosphere for a closer look. It'll most likely be a suicide mission as what we already (think) know shows it not to be very hospitable...

NASCAR team red-flagged by ransomware attack

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The Sonoma road course race shown here in Blighty last night was excellent, puts our shopping car racing to shame (BTCC). As for technology, NASCAR is partly 1950s agricultural, partly bang up to date bleeding edge. Turning left (for most of the races) is so easy that ex-F1 drivers have dominated the sport... oh wait, they haven't... then again NASCAR drivers haven't done the reverse. Agreed about the fool France, though they seem to have woken up this year and improved the racing by reducing the downforce.

PayPal freezes 400-job expansion in North Carolina over bonkers religious freedom law

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May I draw your attention to that what is known as the "Lemon Test", laid down by SCOTUS which clearly states that "The statute must not result in an "excessive government entanglement" with religious affairs"

If this is not such a law, then fair enough, but it smells like State and Church joined at the hip, which is against the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution, as per the letter from Thomas Jefferson which uses the words "a wall between state and church".

I don't care what's in the legislation, it just smells of religion interfering with state, as opposed to state interfering with religion.

Nuke Icon because that's the way it'll go if left un-checked!

Former Nokia boss Stephen Elop scores gig as chief innovator for Australia's top telco

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I didn't know Microsoft were branching out into being a MNO. Bye bye Telstra.

EU lawmaker committees call for single EU telco regulator

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Another EU Quango?

What's CEPT then?

It's been in existence since 1959 and seems to work quite well.

Sorry, I forgot.... If it ain't broke, bust it and replace it with a bunch of cronies hell bent on taking over the world and speaking Esperanto.

Flare-well, 2015 – solar storm to light up skies on New Year's Eve

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Just a little bit of energy

That's a few TW of energy dissipated into our atmosphere..... it won't warm it up at all will it??

Facebook must face furious shareholders in class action over IPO

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Sorry you weren't able to make a fast buck...

If I were the Judge, I'd throw it out.

They bought at $38, expecting to make a fast pile of bucks and sell in a few days. Sadly it took 15 months or thereabouts to get back to the IPO level, then kept on climbing.

It's now at $105.

Greedy bastards. They deserve to lose.

Is that c**t Icann one of them?

Bah humbug. It's Andrew's Phones of the Year

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Shenzhen Generics..

I bought SWMBO a OnePlus One to replace an ageing Sammy Galaxy S3. I'd rooted that and moved it to Cyanogenmod after updates ceased appearing. That's now in the hands of my son, who is happy with it as it plays more games than his Nokia 100 did!

I was so impressed with the OnePlus One that I bought another one for my daughter.

At the time I was using a Sony Z Ultra, but after two screen replacements, and one complete device replacement due to it being very fragile, the last hairline crack in the screen caused me to jump ship from Sony to OnePlus myself.

I bought the OnePlus Two. And I must say it's been brilliant. OxygenOS has proved to be superb with no manufacturers bloatware, battery life is great, and I would recommend it to anyone. While it doesn't have the big brand name slapped on it, the performance and experience is superb.

Motorola splashes £817m buying out police comms biz Airwave

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EE have the network but...

So, while EE won (by default) the network bid, look who won the service delivery part of ESMCP.. The organisation that has the contract for making the whole shebang work is



Now VW air-pollution cheatware 'found in Audis and Porsches'

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The way they make diesel engines run fewer NOx emissions is to make it run hotter and on an oil burner, that means pumping in more fuel. On a petrol, you do the opposite, you lean the mixture off. So the upshot of this is the VW group diesels were found to be more economical in the real world than the figures given in the EPA tests. That set some inquisitive minds going and their tests found what we now know as test cheat mode.

So, you bought a VAG group vehicle based on (a) its fuel consumption, (b) its performance and (c) its perceived reliability. Now you're waiting for that recall to get it remapped so it will have poorer fuel consumption, reduced performance, and potentially less reliability. You're going to rip that letter up and give them the bird aren't you?

I know I would.

I'd never go out to buy a car based on its emissions, I buy a car because it does everything I want. If it happened to be the cleanest thing on the planet, I don't care, that wasn't the reason I bought it.

I do wonder how long it will be before other manufacturers are reported as non compliant.

I bet the bods at the EPA will be looking at how they can make their test more "real world" to stop this from happening again.

Aussies' distinctive Strine down to drunk forefathers

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NZ Icksents

With the slight <cough> differences between Aussie Strine and a Kiwi accent, I think this sums it up completely.


Then there's shearing sheep.. The Aussie involves clippers, the Kiwi involves some friends... maaaaaate..

Mars water discovery is a liberal-muslim plot, cry moist conspiracy theorists

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Ak, ak, ak ak AK!

PM hints at legislation stick to force blue-light services to share IT

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The issue you have here is "Who pays for IT? "

Trumpton is funded by the local.councils.

Plod are part funded via the Home Office, and part by local councils.

The Ambulance Services are part funded by the Department of Health directly. And part funded by the Clinical Commissioning Groups in their region.

So, getting the councils to agree to spend money on kit that will be used by the ambulance service and the department of health to cough up for kit being used by plod just won't work. They'll all sit on their hands and refuse to pay anything to anyone just in case someone who is not under their direct remit may benefit from it.

And that ambulance picture is two years plus out of date. All 06 Reg vehicles were decommissioned in 2012/13 in East of England Ambulance.

BEELION-dollar lasso snaps, NASA mapper blind in one eye

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Fix it...

Just send up the Shuttle and a man in a white suit with some tools and swap the unit out.... Oh wait...

NHS to go paperless by 2020. No, really, it will, says gros fromage

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Excellent idea.

Please print that out and put a copy on all notice boards.

Vodafone: Dammit Britain, your emergency services need 4G!

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Considering their coverage plots, I should have a good <GPRS> data signal here in rural Englandshire, 100% coverage on their site. Yet I had to use an external aerial to get a signal on my credit card machine. I complained like hell to my provider who eventually relented and gave me a different SIM. Totally un-marked. Worked a treat, instant connection, good data throughput, never failed again. So I stuck it in a smartphone to see who it was... scary. Nothing Squared. O2, perhaps that's why I've been with them for voice since they were called Securicor Cellular Telecom! I've been out in the middle of nowhere and found good LTE connections, where friends with their twice the cost Voda dongles only get GPRS, which goes nowhere.... full signal, no throughput. DNGN! (does nothing, goes nowhere)

BBC veterans require skilled hands to massage their innards

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The problem is that fixing computer skills these days are limited to changing the motherboard, power supply or drive(s).

This requires component level fault diagnosis and re-work skills - with the ability to use age old test equipment, and a ..... soldering iron.

Scary stuff.

Somewhere around in my collection of "scrap" I have an Acorn box that ran CP/M on a 6502, and with the swap of a CPU board and SRAM board, it'd run FLEX. All on 100mm Eurocards.

When I move home (in the next few months) I'm going to gather all of that old stuff together and get it all working again. What for, I don't know, brush on classical well worn ancient techniques I guess!

Sadly, I don't have time to work on these old relics, I've fixed BEEB's before, eeek 30 years ago.. and somewhere still have an external floppy drive case with at least one 5.25" drive in it.... (among the Commodore PET external drives that seem to have appeared!)

Capita: Call centre workers, can you fall on your swords? Please?

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Will any of this matter when Hutch merge 3 with them and rationalise the lot? CRAPITA may find themselves outsourced! I have to say though, being an O2 business customer, and only ever speaking to Leeds, I've never had bad service.

Sun's out, guns out: Plucky Philae probot WAKES UP ... hits 'snooze'

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number 5 is alive!

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

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Why and how? (not protectively marked)

Airwave costs HMG £450M per year for the 3ES, moving to ESMCP is figure to save them almost £80M per year over 15 years which they can roll back into more bobbies on the beat, more ambulances, or more Brasso for Trumpton. Under the contract signed by Gordon Brown in 2000 as the PFI with Airwave, that cost rises towards the end of the contract, dramatically, which it is doing.

The contract with the network will be to cover 98% of this sceptred isle by the go live date. And they already have plans to massively bolster 4G as part of the government's plans to make it available to everyone, so there's a two edged sword here.

There is a lot in the bidding process to extend the existing network coverage to places not deemed economic for the network operator to ensure we get coverage.

As for bandwidth - Motorola have already demonstrated a system where the ESN portion of 4G network use can be ramped up in an emergency without effecting regular users, and vice versa, thus isolating the two operations on one network.

There are a few apps and issues to resolve before go-live, but since that's 18months away, it's not insurmountable.

What you have to remember is that we in the UK will be the leaders in this technology and other countries will follow our lead as they did with TETRA. EE recognise this and are keen to be part of it.

The only concern for the whole project is updating 45000 vehicles in a 24-36 month period when there are not enough skilled and most importantly competent installer to carry out the work. When Airwave was rolled out the Public Safety world was turned upside down and well established radio engineers were ignored in favour of anyone that could hold a blowtorch and wrap wired in insulting tape, with alarming consequences to the vehicles they bunged kit into. The Home Office don't want that to happen this time around so have set a high standard requirement. Getting engineers trained and accredited in time should be possible if they can be found and paid a sensible rate for the job.

Dwarf planet Ceres has TEN bright spots, astroboffins say

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Two bright spots you say?



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