* Posts by AdrianMontagu

20 posts • joined 24 Mar 2016

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


Re: Femtocell

Yes we have two of them - They work now. Had lots of problems with them and many died.

They need to be provider agnostic so that ANY telco can operate through them.


Visible or not visible

Anyone spotted the mast on the side of the M23 just south and opposite Three Bridges?

No? Well they can disguise masts if they want to.

I now live in Mid Wales. Signal - what signal. We don't exist here as far as Telcos are concerned.

But London - that is a different matter. We still pay our phone bills, taxes and council taxes but we might as well be in Antarctica!

OFCOM are completely toothless and should be disbanded and replaced.

A few reasons why cops haven't immediately shot down London Gatwick airport drone menace


Re: Drones are noisy

It probably takes off from a field or a car park.


Set a thief to catch a thief

Racing Drone enthusiasts could be allowed to disable the geofencing on their devices. They could then be allowed to chase after the rogue drone when it appears. We need to find the operator. The rogue drone is just a drone in the wrong hands.

It worries me that we don't yet have a solution.

One rogue drone carrying botulinum toxin or Novichok flying into central London doesn't bear thinking about.

European Union divided over tax on digital tech giants as some member states refuse free money


If you generate the sales here, you pax the tax here - simples!

Brit IT contractor wins appeal against HMRC to pay £26k in back taxes


The driver for using Contractors

Most Government departments have restrictions on their expenditure for employees/workforce. This is managed by accountants who draw this from OPEX (Operating Expenditure).

Thus to employ people without affecting OPEX you must use CAPEX (Capital Expenditure). This is usually defined as project cost.

Thus using CAPEX instead of OPEX you separate Contractor from Employee. Therefore, Contractors are not employees. No IR35.

Meet the open sorcerers who have vowed to make Facebook history



ID4ME is the interesting bit. This could be coupled with one's passport, Driving licence and NHS number (they should all be the same anyway). This with full certification would establish a person totally. If the public move into this with email etc then anything from a false ID gets dumped. That helps prevent spam, viruses etc because they can be traced. Needs more thought but interesting to an old codger like me!

Russia stares admiringly at itself, flexes internet muscles


Russia Off the Internet

I have no problem with Russia coming off the internet as long as they do it soon!

Russia will be in dire straights if it cannot export it's oil and gas. The west needs to obtain it's oil and gas from elsewhere. It CAN be done. An unhappy population will then turn on its' leader.

Brace yourselves for the 'terabyte (sic) of death', warns US army IT boss


The Military is connected to the Internet ?

Russia could chop vital undersea web cables, warns Brit military chief


OMG - No facebook!

Vodafone, EE and Three overcharging customers after contracts expire


If you need to complain to VodaFone - go straight to the top.

CEO email address is nick.jeffery@vodafone.com

They will do anything that they can get away with - there is no honourable business ethic

You can't find tech staff – wah, wah, wah. Start with your ridiculous job spec


What always amazes me is the gap.

That is - some people have amazing skills AND can use them well.

And - some people in the workplace - you wonder how they got that far.

It seems to me that what is important is whether you can apply your skills well (or even learn to do that). I have looked up to some and then realised - they have built a monster - now how do we get out of this mess!

Yes, British F-35 engines must be sent to Turkey for overhaul


Blind leading the blind !


Are we insane ?

London Mayor hires former PR man as Chief Digi Officer


What experience if the technicalities does a PR man have?

Why not employ a Professional Boxer to do your PR?

The biggest British Airways IT meltdown WTF: 200 systems in the critical path?


It needs to be understood

The golden rule is "Don't build a monster"

Ockam's Razor

"Plurality must not be posited without necessity."

Or in modern day terminology - Keep it Simple Stupid - KISS

BA IT systems failure: Uninterruptible Power Supply was interrupted


Re: Electrical Interlocks

Good comments. Proper power "Transfer Switches" should automatically "break" before they "make". However, there are times when you want to isolate a UPS and run direct from mains for maintenance. This requires a sequence of switching to occur. Get it wrong and you lose power. This still doesn't address the lack of DC2 coming on stream.


Re: A data or application problem most likely

I think this has some credence. I have experienced a faulty earth on a newly rewired three phase system. This can cause voltages +280V (Interphase voltages). This could cause higher voltages in the logic circuits and thence zapping of chips and insidious faults. Furthermore, the higher voltages in the logic circuits could pass to the connected DC2 via the data links (NOT POWER CIRCUITS). That could take out the DC2. Just a hypothesis.

BA CEO blames messaging and networks for grounding


IT Failure

Is there going to be ANY comment from the IT chief?

If not then we must assume a cover-up.

Dodgy software will bork America's F-35 fighters until at least 2019


Re: A boondoggle through and through and now ejection seats are also a problem?

Well a committe designing a horse will come up with a camel. Why oh why are we trying to make a "can do everything" aircraft. You know and I know that it just can't be done. Stick to what you are good at. We Brits know how to build aircraft but we are controlled by incompetent idiots who all went to the same school and are good mates! This needs to be nipped in the bud NOW.

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