* Posts by Gavin Park Weir

31 posts • joined 13 Sep 2007

Veteran vulture Andrew Orlowski is offski after 19 years at The Register

Gavin Park Weir

Re: Thank you Andrew

And thirded from me

Small UK firms laying fibre put BT's Openreach to shame – report

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Re: Comparing like with like?

I can't believe there are not more Gigclear like competitors set up. In addition small companies should be able to access the same funds as Openreach get bunged by the county councils for connecting properties.

Vodafone won't pay employee expenses for cups of coffee

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I agree with some of it but the point about "company should re-reimburse lunch because you are travelling" is dangerous. If your job requires travel and you sign up to it knowing you will be inconvenienced then why should your company pay for lunch?

You can pack a sandwich in tupper wear and take it with you?

UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

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Re: Time to move off Windows

If you think waiting times are bad now, removing most of the computers from the NHS would be a disaster. The time saved just from electronic scheduling must be in the ten of thousand man days a year if not 100s of.

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Having been a supplier to the NHS in the past. The reason none of us greedy bastard, no good, only out for ourselves, shoody outfits provide the right high quality solution is this:

NHS: Can I have a good thing to update / fix / provide (delete as needed) this service

Supplier: We would recommend X which costs £Y

NHS: We can't afford Y because we are not able to negotiate the budget we need to fix update / fix / provide (delete as needed). What can you for £Z?

Supplier: How about this 2003 PC running XP?

AT&T fingers BT's brass neck, wishes it could throttle it

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Re: Evidence?

I have fields outside the window, sub 2mb and only one provider to choose from. What's your point.

Why do driverless car makers have this insatiable need for speed?

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Re: The end of any driving pleasure

One of the huge benefits of automated vehicles is that we can rip up and pave over the ridiculously inefficient railways.

Their use of capacity compared to a road is tiny and cost per passenger mile is huge. Convenience (lack) is a joke - drive to station, park car, walk in rain to platform, wait for train (late), arrive destination, wait in rain for taxi etc etc. We can use the capacity in addition to the existing roadways.

I also would like to see a change in ownership models. Out family currently have 2 cars that spend 95% (or more) of the time idle. Either parked in the train station or by the house. I assume that automated vehicles will turn every trip into a taxi ride. Everyday commute: small single passenger unit. Family holiday to wales: bigger unit etc.

In which case, if people are not buying cars who will the big manufactures be selling to?

More UK broadband for bumpkins, but have-nots still ain’t happy

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FAIL

Agreed - we are 7.5km from the exchange but despite BT finding that they have existing ducting between the exchange the village which they could put fibre in, they decided not to because they don't want to cough up for a cabinet in the village.

The irony: it is a rare day when there is not a BT (or several) van on 7.5km stretch between the village and the exchange. The annual cost of the engineer time must be many multiples of the cost to fibre and put in a cabinet which would dramatically shortening possible length for the copper to fail.

Estimated 240 copper pairs over 7.5km = 3600km of copper most of it installed 60 years ago.

Data centre doesn't like your face? That's a good thing

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Because very few companies can afford to invest in the types of physical security and redundancy/resiliency a good data centre provides.

Boffins: It's EASY to make you GRASS YOURSELF UP for crimes you never did

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Stop

Erm parents of students?

I can sort of see this happening. Parents of students are mostly unaware of the ghastly and generally dangerous stuff their little darling gets up to in their absence.

No doubt a reasonable portion of the student body have done a number of illegal things that generally not widely known about.

So when a researcher makes up something uncomfortably close to the truth the subject make it fit.

I am sure that for the completely innocent there would not be convinced.

97% of UK gets 'basic' 2Mbps broadband. 'Typical households' need 10Mbps – Ofcom

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Re: Typical households need 10Mbps

Scotland has generous grants to rural areas to develop that own rural broadband programs. they seem to be awash with cash for this sort of project. We can't even get £350 per household in deepest darkest Hampshire in order to deliver fibre to the cabinet.

Coughing for 4G, getting 2G... Networks' penny-pinching SECRETS REVEALED

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I would like to know what time of day this was tested?

about 6 months ago I had a 2 hour wait in Waterloo from 4pm to 6pm. I connected PC via tether and ran a ping test throughout.

4pm I was seeing around 120ms.

By 5:05pm rose to around 2200ms

by 5:15 stopped working - no packets were pass

All tests to bbc.co.uk using Vodafone 3G.

This bears out my daily commute experience which is that I can't do anything internet in waterloo at rush hour.

Given I have wifi at home, wifi at work and wifi in the pub I only need it when commuting. Generally a bit rubbish then.

Be your own Big Brother: Monitoring your manor, the easy way

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Re: Security?

If someone wants to break in they will. If the burglar is in anyway organised cameras will make no difference as they will avoid being caught.

However as much as anything its about making your property look difficult / riskier than another one they drive past: If you have good security lights, gravel that makes lots of noise, good quality doors and windows, powered burglar alarm and cameras then you look prepared and probably not an easy target.

It does look like you are protecting something but to a casual thief probably one to avoid. The types of thief who target you for a specific item are well prepared but I have nothing that valuable.

Wall Street woes: Oh noes, tech titans aren't using bankers

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Re: Makes sense

If companies had a little more backbone when acquiring they would bind the banks the to the value of the deal. Offer to pay cash based on cost of the bankers work and then shares in the new company that only vest after 5 years.

That would tie the bankers income to giving good advice all round.

How about printing your electricity?

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Re: Bring it on!

I have been puzzling over this exact problem for some time. Certainly if becomes really cheap it will make for some interesting changes: Every home becomes its own power source and able to refill the car with H? Goodbye southern electric and not before time.

Thorium and inefficient solar power? That's good enough for me

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Hydrogen Cycle

Great article if only because it reinfornces what I have been thinking is probably true (I don't want my theories tested).

My thought is why can't my roof be generating H2 for me to use when I want it? I could fill my car, run my house etc. Additionally it would make a big difference if our grid did not have to support a very peaky power usage profile. Even out the peaks and Nuclear (traditional or thorium), wind etc could be more efficient.

We would get round big electric organisation the moment local generation costs in without subsidies.

Brits give thumbs-up to shale gas slurping in university-run poll

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Meh

Re: Gross stupidity

>Problem is - corners are always cut, sooner or later.

I agree that it is always an issue however after the BP Gulf of Mexico incident, those with the money are going to be much more careful.

I was going to talk about empowered regulators but I don't think I bother.

The terrifying tech behind this summer's zombie assault

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Bandwidth

Why are these guys moving all the data around? Why not have one big datacentre and have everyone log in via VDI. The cost if 10gb/s connections is high and would support 10,000s of VDI connection. Typically only high frequency traders can justify international 10gb/s connections and they max them out 24/7. I bet these pipe are empty most of the time.

When you actually need to move the finished product around, send a person on a plane with hard disks - cheaper and probably as quick.

Hitch climate tax to the actual climate, says top economist

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Re: The debate

I agree with the evolution sentiments. Life will continue. Its the individual and collective mankind that is causing all the fuss. I.e. I don't want life to be much harder. I too am sceptical over the science.

The most important thing to discover is what if any impact is our activity having and what do we need to change to minimise negative impact. I.e. Spending money on carbon reduction is pointless if the ecosystem will scrub it out of the atmosphere.

Space elevators, vacuum chutes: What next for big rocket tech?

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Coat

Space elevator

I like the untethered design space elevator. Basically you balance the (~30km) bit of string so that one end is at say 20km above earth and the other is beyond geo stationary.

It must help solve some big issues. Lots of the friction will happen lower down with air, you can leave it in the shade or sun as you need. I'm thinking that balance would be done with liquids and pumps.

Mines the one with the infinitely strong carbon nano tube in the pocket.

Corporate IT bod? Show 'em what it costs and management WILL pay

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Meh

Service providers are not the underlying success factor

I work in sales for a global SP. I am constantly amazed at how few of the IT leaders I meet can easily and coherently articulate the company's strategy and how IT are aligning their projects to match.

IT needs leaders in the same way that any organisation needs leaders. Where IT is brilliant and aligned to supporting the business the organisation is given a boost in every area. Where they simply providing services at the lowest cost with no focus on the major initiates then they are drag holding back the whole company.

Using SPs is not the critical factor in the success of IT.

PS - if you are going to us SPs then find one you trust and get them to help you sell to your business. You will have to trust us though.

Everything Everywhere bags 4G monopoly in UK - for now

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Megaphone

Re: Three

It will be interesting to see what happens with the backhaul.

In order to sell 4G they have to upgrade the backhaul in area where people use their phone. In order for EE to sell anything approaching a significant number they are going to have to invest in a huge backhaul upgrade. That will be time consuming. To get to a useful number of masts I expect 6-9 months. For good coverage 24 months?

Assuming my time scales above are correct....the others can start the backhaul upgrade now and by the time they have the spectrum they can launch with decent presence giving EE only a nominal advantage.

Look at sales of 4G in the US. It only happens once the area consumers live in has the technology rolled out effectively. Here is a link to AT&T's map: http://www.att.com/network/

Soup up your home network

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Meh

BT Home Hub 2.

Does anyone have any experience of the standard BT Home Hub 2.0. I'm getting rubbish transfers across Homeplug and I suspect the router.

I tried connecting the NAS and a PC together just using ethernet (without Homepulg) to the BT router but speeds did not improve much. There could be other culprits (PC or NAS, FTP method etc) but my next plan is to change the router. Anyone else done similar and got good results?

AT&T plan: Let content providers pay your bandwidth bill

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FAIL

ISP revenue

ISPs just don't get it. They are currently charging the maximum they can in their market to both the content providers and consumers.

If they want a slice of the content revenue then all they have to do is to create content the consumers want. Creating content is a much riskier business than infrastructure. Some bets pay off and others don't

If their distribution method is so valuable they would be able to charge more than they are. As it is competition keeps the prices where they are.

EU telecoms to Apple, Google: 'Pay up!"

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Go

Backbone

OK so I work for a global telco and part of our business is providing large organisations (Google etc) and ISPs (Tiscali or Vodafone etc) with large chunks of bandwidth. We operate in a competitive market and sell GB of bandwidth and try to make margin.

We need to keep upgrading our fibre backbone around the world to keep up with capacity that our customers increasingly demand. However the cost to upgrade the backbone keeps falling per mb.

As we operate in a competitive environment this means that as the Googles and ISPs of the world order more bandwidth they buy it cheaper per mb.

The challenge for ISPs is to estimate if the future cost of BW is going to to drop faster than user demand rises. If does then they make margin, if not they lose money.

Frenchies, Germans wave fat pipes at embarrassed Brits

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Stop

Backhaul

OK so everyone has 10 or 100mb to their home and starts to use it. The local exchange is going to need to be in 1gb to 10gb range. Local backbone in the 40 -100gb range (currently just about available) and national backbone into new and as yet undeveloped 1tb+.

The cost of this equipment is astronomical even when you consider the numbers of users involved.

Getting this kind of change wrong will bankrupt a company and its not easy to see what the actual revenue from these services is going to be.

NuLabour 'Bribo' laptop pops up on eBay

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Re: You have to admire Labour's neck

No one is saying the Tories will fix anything (apart from the Tories). What we hope is that they will continue to be rubbish but cost us less in tax.

Angry Ginger Man

Guinness to hit three quid a pint

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Pint

Re: No, it won't

Rick,

Take a look at this link. Its probably out of date but still a useful scale for cheap boozin':

http://www.foodfight.org.uk/other/images/trampindex.pdf

Darling promises IT cuts, years of pain

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Complete waste

That is such a minor change in the status quo. 5bn cut in IT spending but over how long? The only thing now that can save the government deficit is if RBS and other banks we own somehow manage to gain in value and the gov can sell them to get our money back.

Sadly all the good (I mean successful) bankers are going to leave and the non gov funded banks are going to make millions taking all the profitable business while we end up holding all the toxic debt.

German bomber crashes on Moon Google Earth

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Alien

Floating sunken ship near lake with no plane

Have a look at this amazing floating sucken shop just off the coast. Scary place stay away.

http://www.bing.com/maps/default.aspx?v=2&FORM=LMLTCP&cp=t9nz4pgm31y9&style=b&lvl=2&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-1000&phx=0&phy=0&phscl=1&scene=29551600&ss=ypid.YN1076x198195459~pg.1&sp=Point.t9nz5hgm31r7_Junkers%3F_Rotate%20the%20birds%20eye%20view%20until%20you%20get%20to%20the%20one%20with%20wind%20blowing%20on%20the%20water___&encType=1

Firefox-Google marriage on shaky ground?

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Target Adverts

It seems to me that web site owners are complaining to the wrong audience. If the advertisers were putting out acceptable adverts then we would not need ABP. Problem solved.

Also the general user population of the internet has no particular head or structure. I'm sure that ABP could be shut down but that would really piss all the users off who would go even further to avoid the adds ultimately having a negative effect.

On the advertising side you have a nicely organised group with good lines of communications. Why not complain to them and get them to change. Fighting a battle with the who internet community is not something website owners are going to win.

Gav

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