* Posts by jockmcthingiemibobb

45 posts • joined 27 Jan 2012

Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC


Misleading headline much. Look, it boils down to this; if a WISP invests their own money in underserved community then gets government funded competition they should be compensated. Otherwise the WISP can't invest in other underserved rural areas and the lost revenue has to be passed on to their remaining customers.

Perhaps the feds should be funding the WISPS to upgrade to >25Mbps and extend their reach to areas fiber and LTE providers have no interest in (even with subsidys) as is done in some other countries not led by an idiot.

'My entire company is without comms': Gamma's Horizon cloud PBX goes DOWN


And zero farks given to any company that doesn't.

Roscosmos: An assembly error doomed our Soyuz, but we promise it won't happen again


Wasn't The Morning Star the Crommulist rag?

What can I say about this 5G elixir? Try it on steaks! Cleans nylons! It's made for the home! The office! On fruits!


Re: Greatful for what we get.

That is what happens when ISPs are forced to deliver uncapped plans and not allowed to shape traffic. Meanwhile overseas they mandate WISPS deliver a minimum of 25Mbps.

Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist


Re: Avoid Internet of Things devices

or just impliment a decent firewall on your router

Just how rigged is America's broadband world? A deep dive into one US city reveals all


But the're excluding fixed broadband providers offering microwave and/or LTE solutions. My provider offers unlimited 25/10Mbps or capped 50/20. Not fiber but certainly beats our awful and congested ADSL.


With good LIDAR data, predicting wireless coverage is pretty accurate. Uptime of solar powered wireless sites is measured in years and unless fiber somehow makes its way to a farm miles from any town I can't see any other economically viable way of delivering fast broadband out to the sticks.

Ex-UK comms minister's constituents plagued by wonky broadband over ... wireless radio link?


Re: A microwave link to populated areas?

Sorry but it's not economically viable to run fiber to every hamlet out in the sticks. Properly specced and installed microwave links are more reliable than fiber.....no stupid contractors cutting through cables.

Australia won't prescribe its national broadband network a high-fibre diet


Re: My experience

Taxpayers handed over a bunch of money? More like government borrowed overseas money to fund job/vote creation scheme.

Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide...



The fun is back

Oh yes siri

A fake piece of plastic

From duh tari

T-Mobile owner sends in legal heavies to lean on small Brit biz over use of 'trademarked' magenta


Just once, it'd be nice to get a response from a corporate droid with a brain along the lines of "you're completely correct, this is is an embarrassingly frivolous IP troll and we're going to give our corporate lawyers a damn good bollocking"

Twenty years ago today: Windows 98 crashed live on stage with Bill Gates. Let's watch it again...


Re: Bill Gates

by that logic, we could only say good things about Adolf Hitler.

Car-crash television: 'Excuse me ma'am, do you speak English?' 'Yes I do,' replies AMD's CEO


F1 yawn. MotoGP, rally cars, sidecars or the hillbilly OZ V8s offer far more entertainment,

EE unveils shoebox-sized router to boost Brit bumpkin broadband


Add lots of customers and 4G doesn't deliver anything like 100Mbps despite their claims.


I can't believe the UK has fallen so far behind. I have a choice if 3 4G providers offering outdoor LTE solutions as well as the local WISP's excellent microwave service.

Parity calamity! Wallet code bug destroys $280m in Ethereum


Re: And that's why cryptocurrency is not and won't become a replacement for money

What real money are you referring to? These paper notes they print haven't been based on gold for a long while now.

Ofcom wants automatic compensation for the people when ISPs fail


works both ways

If similar charges were enforcable on customer no shows then I suspect many good providers would make more money than they'd stand to lose with this bill.

'Windows 10 destroyed our data!' Microsoft hauled into US court


>While what you say is undoubtedly veridical, it marks you out as a bit of an amateur.

Probably and that's the main reason I got out of that area of IT. Kept getting told how to do a better job by experts..

>Upgrading Windows is vastly inferior to a clean install.

I'd agree, upgrading Windows IS vastly inferior. But I never said it was my first choice and I never said I never do clean installs. But did customers always pay me to do backup their data (I did anyway), perform a clean install, migrate their user data and reinstall their applications? Beside, they've often lost the install media and didn't have the savvy to photograph the product key that was fading away on the bottom of their notebook or power supply. So economic reality won. I'd also like to point out that most of the time I'd receive the laptop/workstation AFTER windows 10 (or previous versions) had updated and borked.

>You can't reinstall the previous Windows version if you lack install media and the Product Key.

That's for that Captain Obvious, but exactly what has that got to do with my original post?

Yes, sometimes I had to use install/recovery media, bootable linux, mount a hard drive on another PC or whatever it took. Points I was trying to make was

a) Doing an upgrade, Windows stores data in windows.old

b) That anybody CHARGING folks to fix borked Windows 10 updates should be competent enough to have the means of accessing that data.

c) I never lost anybody's data from a Windows update..

I probably should have stated that yes, the windows update rollback is often a dog and I probably just got lucky with point c. However its amazing how many laptops are out there with perfectly good customer data in a windows.old folder that end users have no idea exists because some muppet has charged them an arm and a leg to fix their failed windows upgrade, not bothered (or known) how to transfer their data and just told them that it's gone and it's all Microsoft's fault.


Yes I agree that I've seen that message, I've seen upgrades fail, I've seen clean Win 10 installs fail and I've seen rollbacks fail.


I've done hundreds of windows upgrades and have NEVER lost access to the old data. It stores it in windows.old. .Whilst I wouldn't expect Joe Average to be able to recover it, ANY even semi-capable IT outfit who CHARGES should be able to reinstall previous Windows version, the old user profiles and if necessary pertinent registry data.

LTE-U R gd 2 go: FCC gives unlicensed spectrum its coat, pushes it out the door


Re: This should not be a huge problem

So all the WISPs using Cambium, Ubiquiti, Mimosa and Mikrotik 5ghz gear are doing so illegally? I don't think so. This is a sad decision for these small innovative businesses as the LTE-U will undoubtedly cause issues. End customers will just end up having less choice and paying more to the usual big telcos

2.1Gbps speeds over LTE? That's not a typo, EE's already done it


Re: They probably need all that bandwidth

You're not kidding. Popped back to blighty for a visit and had the misfortune of picking the EE SIM card at a Heathrow vending machine. Crap coverage aside, can't say I've experienced such a mind knumbing clusterfark as EE's call center.

Network Management Systems are a 'treasure map' for hackers


Re: Worth the risk

Surely anyone that knows how to use SNMP knows how to implement a simple firewall rule? Can't think of a single reason I'd give anything SNMP write access to.

The developer died 14 years ago, here's a print out of his source code


Re: Is that all?

>In total, he showed about as much knowledge of IT as you'd expect from a desktop support engineer,

I can honestly say being a desktop support engineer was the hardest job I've ever done requiring a ridiculously diverse knowledge of IT.

Just sayin........

Microsoft: You liked Windows 10 so much, you'll get 2 more in 2017


Steaming pile of

Most of the whole day setting up new Windows 10 PC. Next morning won't boot. Recovery options all fail. Spend another half day setting it up. Same again. Another half day, this time ensuring I create restore points every half hour. Craps out again. Oh...and no restore points available. WTF?

Give up, bung in Windows 7 SSD from my old dead PC. Boots up, picks up drivers from DVD and even activates.

Bloke flogs $40 B&W printer on Craigslist, gets $12,000 legal bill


It's just as stupid in New Zealand. If you get an arsehole threatening disputes tribunal it's just cheaper to pay them to fuck off.

Good news! US broadband speeds are up. Bad news – they're still rubbish


Median speed would be far more useful. No mention of rural WISPs either.

PHONE me if you feel DIRTY: Yanks and 'Nadians wave bye-bye to magstripe


I sorted out my latest credit card. Hold card to bright light, melt hole through induction loop. Problem solved.

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


Windows Alternative

Yup, I know it's Windoze but I've used hMailServer in SME environments for years. A chimp could set it up and you can't beat the price. I'm pretty much over Dovecot/Sendmail. There's also Zimbra but I thought it was pants (was a few years back though).

So tablets, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a laptop


Re: Uploading 'everything' to iCloud?

Is there a special seating area on aeroplanes for ballbags doing that sort of thing?

Kiwi company posts job ad for Windows support scammers


Re: I find...

For some reason, very few job adverts include a salary range in the land of the long white shroud.

Jokes aside...I'm now confused whether they're after helpdesk support robots or software developers. Guess I've failed their test.

Mega fatcat Kim Dotcom in deportation drama over SPEEDING ticket


You driven in the land of the long white shroud? Clearly not as you'd know there's loads of roads over here where it's perfectly safe to speed. Legal != safe. I hope Kim Dotcom can stay here.

MPs attack BT's 'monopolistic' grip on gov-subsidised £1.2bn rural broadband rollout


Re: Incumbent get more cash from incumbent fund



etc etc

Rural WISP's are already doing this so why can't the Government throw them a few bones? As the article indicates the situation is even worse is that BT are suitably vague about their coverage so WISP's run a huge risk of spending money on infrastructure and marketing only to find BT decide to roll in, subsidy and all.

Help a hack: What's in your ultimate Windows XP migration toolkit?


Bandwidth limited community....smoothwall, squid or a mikrotik caching proxy. Smoothwall is ridiculously easy to setup and runs nicely on a VM like virtualbox.

A truckload of $10 used ubiquiti bullets, airgrids and pre-M nanostations from Ebay and some sector antennas.

IT now 10 percent of world's electricity consumption, report finds


Re: Only half the equation

Less Paper? Perhaps that would be true if printer paper cost $100 a ream!

LogMeIn uncloaks cloud storage bypass


Re: Clouds parting.

Meh. AeroFS does peer to peer for free.

What I really want is a peer to peer backup system with encryption, versioning and incremental backups. Sorta like Crashplan but with NAT traversal that actually works properly.

Ten four-bay NAS boxes

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My vote also goes on the Readynas or Synology kit. Can't say anything good about Thecus. I've got an early 2006 Readynas (Infrant before Netgear acquired them) that hasn't missed a beat despite numerous power cuts. Switches itself on faithfully every morning (except the weekends), switches itself off at night, uses bugger all electricity, supports Active Directory, FTP's its backups and sends an email alert if the backup location is missing. I could WASTE my time knocking up a homebrew NAS but these things are now cheap as chips and most businesses are after something with proven reliability, after-sales support and a long warranty. If noise is an issue then a stock Thermaltake silent(ish) case fan goes straight in.

Any why test a 4 bay NAS with Raid 0?

Sony wants cash to get out of tellies, into mobile, CMOS and games

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Agree on their excellent tellies and the easy to use software (especially compared to Panasonic). Their laptops however, are shonky as hell. Plus they're going down the Apple "can't service easily" route. Glue, tape and soft wobbly plastic abound on the latest Vaio notebooks. The CPU fans fail early tool. Junk.

Toshiba leaps aboard flash-platter combo bandwagon with a wild cry


real world

We still use true SSD's in notebooks...a spinning drive in a laptop...no thanks. We've used a couple of dozen or so in desktops over the last few months and they are nowhere near as fast as true SSD. Performance "feels" slightly above a 10K raptor drive. Good price per GB compared to SSD though and they run cool and silent. They're almost perfect for upgrading all-in-one PC's.

Ten 15in notebooks for under 400 quid


Re: Toshiba C660 ?! R U SURE

Odd. I've had mine 2 years, gets thrown in and out my car on average 6 times a day. Used by the girlfriend most evenings and HDD power on time reports over 3500 hours . Been dropped by moi or knocked off the couch by the dog a few times. Only an absolute troll could crack the plastic with their hands. My 3rd Toshiba and I'd certainly buy another. My own personal experience would equate the word Compaq with cheap, badly put together cr@p but horses for courses.

Oooh-la-la! 'iPhone 5' bares all, strokes tiny nano-SIM in pics


I care not a jot about these new features. For actual phone calls (remember these?) I prefer ye olde phone with tactile buttons.

Seriously....I'm sure many current iPhone 4 owners will be more concerned about whether the iPhone 5 can survive a drop from just waist height without the screen smashing? Also curious if their new design requires about 1.5 hours and microsurgery skills just to replace the screen.

I'm so over Apple. Overpriced badly engineered Cr@p

Hundreds of websites go titsup in Prime Hosting disk meltdown


Re: Tut tut...

Restoring the data from a 3 month old backup would kinda imply they were relying on RAID as their backup solution

Behold: First look at Office 2013, with screenshots


Re: Why - Oh Why waste so much money when Open Office & LibreOffice are free?

>Plus there is still no substitute for outlook and its shared-ness (calendars, tasks etc).

Really? We use a mixture of Thunderbird, lightning, Windows 7, OS-X, Chrome, Android, IE9 and gasp....Outlook. Yet our little business runs quite well with free Google Apps and it's share-ness (calendars, tasks etc).

Microsoft: Don't overclock Windows 8 unless you like our new BSOD


Sure...the Acer and Compaq $h!te sourced from the local high street chain store is far more reliable than the customised boxes my local PC shop build that have never once blue screened in 5 years? Give me a break.

Be far more interesting to see an AMD vs Intel BSOD report

Wake up, small biz: Learn to speak internet



Back in the dark ages, they produced this massive book called the Yellow Pages. I believe they have a website...seems to list local businesses and everything.


Obviously your iThing mob are too stupid to use it since it doesn't twitter or have social integration.

UK probes Snickers over 'celebrity' Twitter adverts


Could be worse

Could be worse....you could be in nooo zeelan. The 6 fingered yokels here call all confectionery "lollies".

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