* Posts by Adam Jarvis

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Apple debuts iPhone 13 with 1TB option, two iPad models, Series 7 Watch

Adam Jarvis

Re: But who in their right mind would want to buy a phone

Yes, but right now, that's an iPhone.*

(* with a publicised zero day exploit that's being exploited in the wild).

We'll drop SBOMs on UK.gov to solve Telecoms Security Bill's technical demands, beams Cisco

Adam Jarvis

Re: Oh really ?

It's a long shot to say any of them would even understand (the consequences of) the statement:

"The Chinese firm was, among other things, using "70 full copies of 4 different OpenSSL versions" which contained 10 "publicly disclosed" vulns, some "dating back to 2006".

And said in a tone, as though Cisco itself doesn't have any dirty laundry.

SpaceX Starship struts its stack to show it has the right stuff

Adam Jarvis

Musk bad at interviews? Only if a BBC teletubby dumbed down interview is your thing.

How can you state Musk is bad at interviews, his replies in the Everyday Astronaut part1/part2 YouTube videos were informative, complete and vastly more knowledgeable than most CEO's.

Of others, Tory Bruno, CEO of ULA, is pretty impressive too, both very worthy of their position as CEO, their approaches are just different.

I've followed the construction of Boco Chica from the start, and I struggled to understand some of the technical detail being discussed, but I'd prefer that than some BBC teletubby equivalent dumb downed 'shite', dumbing down the detail as they always do.

Kudos to Tim Dodd (Everyday Astronaut) for doing his homework, and showing how his knowledge of rocket propulsion has come on leaps and bounds. He did his best with Elon Musk, who was clearly tired. What he produced was better than anything made by the BBC.

Overall both parts so far, were excellent, if a bit rough around the edges, but they captured so much info, I'd rather the detail, over any slick graphics every time. The BBC could learn a lot from Tim Dodd's approach, he's clearly respected by Elon Musk for taking the time to understand the subject matter.

Sueball over breach of more than 5 million payment cards at Dixons Carphone hit for six

Adam Jarvis

Re: Although I understand the judge's judgement . .

"If a burglar enters my home through an open window (carelessly left open by me) and steals my son's bank statements, it makes little sense to describe this as a 'misuse of private information' by me."

Can't say I agree with this judgment, seems very poor in its conclusions.

The statement is not a good comparison, because there is a clear implication 'expectation' when giving over payment details to companies such as Dixons, that they will be stored securely (with experts looking at the problem), because this is fundamental to the reputation of the business, and because the business itself is a high profile target, due to the amount of data they hold on customers.

It's clearly not the same as an open window on a home that is carelessly left open, which by comparison is fairly low down the scale of targets (by comparison), for such types of data theft.

Much like a bank, Dixons knew they would be high profile targets for such data thefts, yet in effect, their lack of due diligence in terms of security amounted to an open window, with bank statements in full view of the window (so to speak).

Happy with your existing Windows 10 setup? Good, because Windows 11 could turn its nose up at your CPU

Adam Jarvis

Re: 01/07/21: Well some good news. Apple have fixed the garbled macOS updates page in HS

Good news for High Sierra/Sierra/El Capitan users, this has finally been fixed.

The amount work it has taken to get this put right though, the issue began on 05/04/21 (what should have been a simple CSS server fix for Apple), this has taken months to resolve. It should have taken a day at most.

People might not realise this, but there are pertinent issues here relating to those who are registered blind (with some vision loss) and others with disabilities (and relating Law), Apple should have responded much quicker.

Apple really need to learn from this.

Thanks too, to the high profile orgnaisations that I've contacted to put pressure on Apple over this.

Natonal Cyber Security Centre.

UK Trading Standards

UK Competition and Markets Authority

Pressure came from multiple angles so it's difficult to know what worked best. It was too easy to let this one slip, but it had profound consequences if you allow server side rendering to be just 'switched off' as soon as a device is classed 'unsupported' by mulit-nationals like Apple. Here it was just 3 years of 'server side' support, on a Apple device sold in 2018.

Adam Jarvis

Re: Apple don't support ancient stuff.

Apple don't just not support ancient stuff, they now go out their way to trash it, as can be seen by the how they have trashed macOS Update Page for High Sierra and below (Sierra, El Capitan etc), leaving it was a basic font, and left formatting, by removing the server side CSS pre-rendering of the web page, or should I say now garbled web page, clearly done purposely to emphasise what 'unsupported' means.

The effect of this, it to leave Apple customers vunerable to both telephone scammers and underhand mac repair centres where these machines are brought in for repair because they look like they are infected by a virus, and in a way they are infected with a virus, an Apple virus.

Apple, a company that fails to support it's hardware on that version (High Sierra and below) of the OS longer than 3 years.

It's unacceptable by any software company, but here, Apple are trying to be fair too clever for their own good. I've no faith in Tim Cook putting this right either.

UK cuts ribbon on OpenRAN security and resiliency testing hubs to make sure kit works with 5G infrastructure

Adam Jarvis

Huawei was intent on spending $1.2Bn on it's on a Communications Research Facility in UK.

£1 million investment?

I've read enough....Huawei was intent on spending $1.2Bn on it's on a Communications Research Facility in UK.

You don't do infrastructure security for £1m, not in anyone's book.

It took an outsider to point out that "key infrastructure" BT was planning - aka. "pointless G.fast", could be taken out with a cheap low level frequency generator and still Ofcom remained "technology neutral" in their stance.

And we hear this month BT's key person who promoted pointless G.fast tech for years, gets a promotion and and CBE.

Apple is happy to diss the desktop – it knows who's got the most to lose

Adam Jarvis

Re: The sorry state of Apple's garbled App Store Update Page: High Sierra.

"Whilst I agree MacOS is getting worse, I think you must have something wrong with your hardware or OS install. Updating is one area where I don't get any pain from MacOS."

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/252635034

Before commenting, you really should have read the discussions thread on apple.com before making assumptions that this is a local issue with the hardware / OS install and not a server side issue with Apple. It comes across as a typical Apple support reply to attempt to deflect attention away from the issue at hand and sow doubt in the reader's mind, that this is just another reader miffed at 'perfect' Apple, when this a worldwide issue affecting all iMacs, MacBooks, MacBook Pros, mac minis, from 2008 (approx) to 2018, running El Capitan, Sierra, High Sierra (that all use the same App Store Update Page) to download updates.

A great deal of time has been spent on this to work this out.

The issue doesn't affect Mojave, Calalina, Big Sur because these use a different method to show the updates that are available.

The issue is massive, and affects all legacy Apple users running El Capitan, Sierra, HIgh Sierra. Apple have crossed the line here, and it needs to be put right, pronto. I've no problem with Apple not providing updates for these machines, that much is known. But the page presenting that information to Apple Users should be clear and be formatted correctly for the life of the machine, the same as the day it was taken out the box. This is a big step change by Apple, and Apple users shouldn't accept it. You shouldn't accept it.

And if you still say the issue is local to the machines I have access to (hundreds), here's my answer to you. Head to your local Apple Store, say you have an issue with High Sierra and ask if they have a machine to hand so you can show them the issue. Then go straight to the App Store Update page on the Apple Store machine, and the machine (assuming it gets it's updates in the normal way, not from an internal network) will have this error.

In summary:

** The simple answer to you, is show me an iMac, macbook, mac mini aka. any Apple device running El Capitan, Sierra, High Sierra that doesn't have this garbled App Store Update Page since April 2021.

I'm yet to see one, and I have access to a lot of macs at my disposal, from 2010 to 2020. **

This is clearly Apple Server side. Support have admitted to this.

It's subtle. You can only be sceptical because the effect of this is win, win for Apple, to sell more macs.

It doesn't disable the ability to update the machine, its effect is to trash the formatting of the page that presents what updates are available, by failing to load a css style sheet/javascript.

The best analogy is one morning you get in your Audi or BMW or whatever, switch on the ignition and the centre console entertainment system no longer displays the media information correctly, it's completely garbled.

Yes, with a bit of effort you can change radio stations, select a media track, but you can't read the title of the track, or see the name of the station currently playing. In those circumstances, if my car was under 3 years old, even 7 realistically. I'd be straight on the phone to the dealership, and without question, they'd fit a replacement, as it's something clearly not designed to fail in the first three years.

Adam Jarvis

The sorry state of Apple's garbled App Store Update Page: High Sierra.

Anyone that owns a 2017 Macbook Pro (my example, bought in Sept 2018, came pre-installed with High Sierra) may not have checked for updates recently, but when you do you're going to get a big surprise. Apple has put your 2017 machine running High Sierra out of support (February 2021), and, out to pasture.

The updates won't show with the usual slick presentation style font you're familar with, they'll be shown to you in a garbled left aligned basic font, that makes it difficult to read, let alone install the updates (if any) are available. It's one thing to stop support, that much is expected after 3-4 years with Apple, but the crux here is something new and Apple have clearly crossed the line of what's acceptable in the desire to sell more macs.

In my book of basic principles, the page informing customer that the OS is out of support and there are no updates, should remain working for the life of the machine, and have the same out of box experience as when you bought it. Apple have cross the line here, by trashing the page presenting the notification of, (if any) updates to customers.

Apple clearly believe you should run the latest and greatest to solve any issue, but sometimes there are reasons to stick with the version of macOS that came pre-installed. Time, is the main one. Matching the version of macOS with other machines in your household. Certain software only runs on that version of macOS. Stopping children arguing over who has the better, newer laptop. The reasons are many.

Apple's biggest competition is itself. Older (better made) devices running High Sierra, still compete with the latest and greatest devices sold running Big Sur.

As said, in February 2021, Apple dropped support for High Sierra, newer versions of macOS Mojave, Catalina and Big Sur use a different method of presenting updates to the user. The old system of presenting updates is now obsolete, and crucially out of support.

Changes were made on April 4th 2021 to the backend of Apple Servers, and it seems (difficult to work out the secret sauce exactly) Apple has switched off the server that applied the necessary javascript/css formatting to the page presenting updates to the customer, when accessing the App Store Updates Page.

It's all just made to be on the border of acceptability, play with the level of OCD you suffer from. Updates will still download and install, it's technically, a cosmetic issue, but it's a cosmetic issue that can give rise to a lot of time spent trying to resolve said issue.

Worse, for the non-technical Apple user leave them open to IT scams where people are cold called, asked if they have a iMac/macbook Pro running High Sierra, and then state that they should open the Apple Store, look at the updates page, because your machine is sending signals on to the internet, "a virus" onto the internet, infecting other machines. They then request the clueless user to download malicious software from the internet to solve the issues and charge an exhorbant fee.

You get the picture.

The result is Apple users running El-Capitan, Sierra, High Sierra are presented with a garbled mess, that looks like the machine is infected with a virus, but it's a 'virus' (so to speak) that's been appled by Apple (it's side effect is to trash that machine, make it difficult to resell, and make second hand machines running High Sierra difficult to resell), all done, by removing the formatting of the page. In a word, it can be seen as anti-competitive.

You can imagine what went on. Someone at Apple said, this server creates the formatting of the pages delivered to customers to show the updates available for High Sierra. High Sierra is out of support. We no longer need this, either reconfigured it for newer versions of the OS or just pulled it/switched it off.

This issue that this has caused is affecting customers worldwide, not just the UK.

I'm surprised it hasn't become a headline for the National Cyber Security Centre, and the fact this has passed them by, with no public mention of it, makes a mockery of the whole organisation. A complete waste of money.

About as useful as a chocolate teapot. If they were worth their salt, they'd have been pre-emptive and forced Apple to switch back on this server, pronto.

If you want to read more about it (and my other replies)

See:

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/252635034

(P.S. Rupert Goodwins, on El-Reg. Let's hope this is a regular occurrence. Great to read your writing again).

Not keen on a 5G mast in your street? At least it'd be harder for crackpots to burn down 'a flying cell tower in orbit'

Adam Jarvis

El Reg, do some analysis of sustained real world data rates/modelling scenarios.

It would be interesting if El Reg did some research/analysis of the peak sustained data for each of the key manufacturers, that we can really expect to be sent/received from a 'stress tested' 5G Radio mast (and a 4G one for that matter) at set distances, or a mix of devices within reach of the transmitter/mast, some within buildings, some blocked by foliage, some blocked by metallic glass (higher microwave frequencies).

I for one, would love to see the technical modelling by the networks for a transmitter/mast that sits overlooking say, the hillside of a rural village (a simpler scenario), showing the real world backhaul capability of such masts, and what each mast is capable of handling in terms of sustained data rates to/from the transmitter, plus the number of concurrent device, utilising the mast at, or near capacity of the transmitter, i.e. stress tested, and what happens when a town holds a musical festival, and how this transmitter then falls flat on its face.

The Government/Ofcom and Openreach again, seem 'in cahoots', to selling the idea that 5G as a replacement for FTTP, to the hard to reach disenfranchised, and it really isn't if those households start using large amounts of sustained data, concurrently. We're already seeing the next generation accustomed to watching multiple devices at once, right now.

When will the Government learn?

If you ask BT/Openreach (or any company with a dominant market position) for a technical solution, it's hardly likely to be a technical solution that isn't biased to what they want it biased towards.

10 Years on, we're doing exactly the same, listening to BT's own technical solution, back then they offered FTTC, because it sweated BT's mostly copper assets for another 10 years. Pointless G.fast was then marketed as the solution, to delay FTTP rollout again. All of it with hindsight, shown to be smoke and mirrors, loosely defined as 'Superfast Broadband', but fundamentally based on sweating copper assets owned by BT.

It's a fallacy to expect a technical solution back from said company, that isn't based on their own internal roadmap of the companies in their portfolio. i.e. EE/Openreach and dare I say it, BT Retail. In the case of BT. How BT intend to keep EE/Openreach tiered data rates competitively positioned against each other, that could be argued, is at the detriment to the UK as a whole.

The Competition and Mergers authority (stupidly, though more likely deliberately for other overarching security reasons) concluded that BT and EE didn't compete in the same markets, allowing the merger to take place and this has been proven to be wholly wrong by the way BT market both EE and BT Retail. 'Quad play services'.

Here, BT's whole forward-looking strategy seems to play to Ofcom's 'technology agnostic' definition of Broadband, utilising 5G mobile technologies, for FTTP, in difficult to reach, circumstances.

Yet 5G as a replacement for FTTP in hard to reach areas will come to be seen as sub par, in many of these scenarios. And still, as a country, we steam ahead with this policy. Ofcom know this, BT know this, yet we're making the same mistakes again.

It's an important point. Ofcom surround this information in cloak and daggers, there is no technical-defined standard for a 4G/5G transmitter (mast) in terms of its backhaul capability, in the process of installing a new/upgraded mast. Ofcom don't regulate this aspect of the transmission path. The backhaul can be a piece of wet string for all Ofcom care (and that seems to be a clear breakdown in the regulatory framework, as is the fact Ofcom don't regulate or pay compensation when an FTTC cabinet is at capacity, having no free ports, this too is surrounded in cloak and daggers, something Openreach/Ofcom don't want people to know about).

Consumers know no different, because the 4G/5G denoted on your device, denotes the specification for the connection between the device and the mast, not a mast's backhaul, i.e. the sustained data rate the mast is capable of receiving/transmitter from the mast onwards from the mast and the total number of devices it can handle at once, what you'd class, as a standard for the mast if there was such a definition defined by Ofcom.

There seems to be an editorial decision with anything regarding 3G/4G/5G to somehow pretend it's all just some ubiquitous blanket coverage that sits above us in the blue sky (overlapping cells) that mobile device connect to. The backhaul fibre/microwave, how your mobile is just connecting to a nearby mast, how that data is then sent onwards is rarely talked about in terms of its technical capacity, and to some (most) people that's clearly how they think of it, because the backhaul, (in general either fibre optic or a microwave dish to a receiving station, to fibre optic) never gets mentioned.

It's worth stating again, I keep doing it, without ubiquitous fibre in the ground, you'll never have sustained data over 5G. 5G is wholly reliant on fibre in the ground and people, even non-technical ones, should be aware of that. Ofcom don't communicate this because they're too busy protecting their own image.

People should really examine Ofcom's role in detail, because it's spread so thinly and widely (now covering media complaints), its pretty pointless chocolate pot organisation in terms of the key practical aspects of how a mobile network are implemented aka. How 5G transmitters performs in the real world, it's pretty much on a wing and prayer, defined by the companies themselves.

Partial beer print horror as Microsoft's printer bug fix, er, doesn't

Adam Jarvis

Re: Tired of MS

Even Linux Mint is no longer straightforward, proprietary Nvidia graphics drivers are an absolute pain, due to no longer being updated.

So many issues with older Nvidia Drivers (304.108).

Though, I did finally find a way of fixing Linux Mint 20.1 with the latest kernels.

Worth looking at:

https://www.if-not-true-then-false.com/2020/inttf-nvidia-patcher/

https://www.if-not-true-then-false.com/2015/fedora-nvidia-guide/

Linus Torvalds issues early Linux Kernel update to fix swapfile SNAFU

Adam Jarvis

Re: Windows 10 20H2: CHKDSK /F damages file system on SSDs with KB4592438 installed (08.12.2020)

Let's not forget just before Christmas...

Windows 10 20H2: CHKDSK /F damaged file systems on SSDs with Update KB4592438 installed

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/answers/questions/206618/are-these-known-issues-with-kb4592438-with-the-ssd.html

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/december-8-2020-kb4592438-os-builds-19041-685-and-19042-685-a548ef85-dec5-e58e-0c33-206784bfcf91

In Windows 10 20H2 with installed cumulative update KB4592438, CHKDSK causes massive issues. It destroys the file system during a disk check on SSDs, so Windows 10 can’t start after a reboot. Here is some information about the problem and the affected Windows 10 build.

Microsoft has fixed that bug, but not before it destroyed my own laptop.

And no, I didn't get the data back from the laptop, but I did have a recent backup of the data, but worth stating System Restore point, Recovery from Cloud/Local didn't work, just exited with errors.

It was truly trashed, and several days were wasted due to this.

NASA sends nuclear tank 293 million miles to Mars, misses landing spot by just five metres. Now watch its video

Adam Jarvis

Re: Dare mighty things

The Guardian has published the explanation. A Reddit user used a python script to work out the ASCII representation within the panels of the parachute, to show it reads "Dare mighty things".

During Monday's briefing where the video was revealed, @NASAJPL's Al Chen mentioned there were hidden Easter Eggs within the video, he also mentioned the phrase, "Dare mighty things" in describing the work JPL does.

The origins of the phrase are an 1899 speech by Theodore Roosevelt, in which he said: “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though chequered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/feb/23/dare-mighty-things-hidden-message-found-on-nasa-mars-rover-parachute

Explained: The thinking behind the 32GB Windows Format limit on FAT32

Adam Jarvis

MS, how about recognising EXT,HFS+ formats so it doesn't result in the format dialog box. FFS 2021.

I have to use 4 different OS's as part of my job, yes, you can use exFAT, FAT32 across these, but it's about time Windows 10 20H2 could recognise these 'unrecognised file systems' and at least exit showing the format type instead, instead of offering a very dated modal format dialog box, which can accidentally result in formatting the bloody thing (usb drive) if you're not careful, as the focus is left dangerously on the 'Format disk" as the default choice.

Come on Microsoft, sort it, you have an underlying Linux shell in Windows 10 20H2 FFS, this has gone beyond a joke. I get it, its aimed to keep people within the Windows ecosystem, but it's a bloody annoying modal dialog box, there has to be a better way of dealing with unrecognised formats.

It's such a poor interface design in 2020, we all have to use different OS's in 2021, as part of our day jobs.

UK mobile network Vodafone channels its inner stroppy teen, begs government to cancel upcoming 5G auction

Adam Jarvis

Virtualisation.

Vodafone is trying to make the point that the whole physical 5G radio spectrum for the UK could be operated as a virtual spectrum which is allocated on the fly to various operators, even down to regional variances between operators, and priced accordingly.

It would make sense to use virtual spectrum allocation for 5G, it's not a bad idea in itself, the devil is in the detail though. The problem is wastage and Operators sitting on unallocated / unused spectrum, seems to be part of Ofcom's somewhat dated lazy revenue strategy rather than the overall efficient use of the airwaves, with a level playing field in terms of access.

Windoze 10: New levels of tedium reached with latest Insider build while 'stable' release still a bit wonky

Adam Jarvis

Let's not forget the time when Windows 10 1607 Update got the 'deferred update' toggle switch the wrong way around. Those that set 'defer updates' immediately got the update, those that didn't 'defer updates' didn't get offered the update until they toggled the 'defer updates' settings.

Adam Jarvis

Re: Windows 10 2004. Certainly seems a bit wonky + Older Nvidia Driver Workaround.

Just to update:

The start menu broke completely after applying the latest update through June 2020 Windows Cumulative Update:

"2020-06 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 2004 for x64-based Systems (KB4557957)"

There is a PowerShell script to restore a broken Start Menu, but it only remembered that afterwards, so unsure if it works or not.

Again, didn't find a (quick) solution other than reinstalling Windows 10 2004 over the top of Windows 10 2004, which seems to have fixed things (for now).

I still find it odd that the least damaging way to repair a damaged version of Windows 10 2004 using an in-place "over the top" upgrade using the Windows 10 2004 ISO, is still not part of the OS. (it keeps personal info, most toggle switch settings except Cortana, saves having to lock down Privacy settings again and keeps current installed apps). Even better, would be to be able to do the same type of repair, from outside Windows in safe mode, by booting the ISO. (setup has to be run from Windows itself still).

It may not (yet) be on par with Windows 1909 in terms of the worse rollout yet but it's up there (and that wiped the contents of 'my' "Documents"), which was a shock to see an OS upgrade could still do such a thing, again only saved by a good backup beforehand.

I dread to think the numbers of people Microsoft screwed over during the 1909 update episode, that got no recompense, for those who didn't have a good backup).

This really isn't software as a service in any shape or form, Software as a disservice more like.

Adam Jarvis

Windows 10 2004. Certainly seems a bit wonky + Older Nvidia Driver Workaround.

Windows Update is blocking the feature update to Windows 10 2004 where the laptop/desktop uses NVIDIA drivers older than version 358.00.

For those wanting to use the Windows 10 2004 ISO to force the update, removing the Nvidia Drivers so that the graphics reverts to a basic Microsoft Display Driver before attempting the update using the ISO, then allowing Windows 10 2004 to install the driver-post install, seems to work, but have a good backup before trying this. Slow animation of the start menu, seems to be an old bug that's back.

Other Issues: The new fangled Windows search box on the taskbar crashed/disabled itself, and this prevented searches in Windows Explorer too. (unable to type in the search box or access items from the start menu by typing the name of the program. As you can imagine, pretty unusable.

Didn't find a solution other than reinstalling Windows 10 2004 over the top of Windows 10 2004, which seems to have fixed things (for now).

Saying all this, it still feels more polished. :)

(Feels like too much time/effort for very little gain in terms of productivity)

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

Adam Jarvis

Re: I'll give it a go...

BloatyMcSurface.Sub pronounced BloatyMcSurface<dot>sub.

shortened to just BloatyMcSurface.

(And yes, it too, operates stealthily in the Antarctic to study Penguins)

Adam Jarvis

BloatyMcSurface.Sub pronounced 'BloatyMcSurface<dot>Sub'

The thinking here is the three themes.

McBloaty, McSurface and McSub, incorporating Microsoft 360 Subscriptions.

McBloatMcSurfaceMcSub.

McSurfaceMcSub.

McSubMcSurface

But the best is long version / short version:

BloatyMcSurface.Sub

Pronounced 'BloatyMcSurface<dot>Sub.

shortened to 'BloatyMcSurface'

Mayday! Mayday! The next Windows 10 update is finally on approach to a PC near you

Adam Jarvis

Re: Windows 1809 - The Nightmare release. Clunky Windows Update (bag of Rusty Nails)

I'm sure there are still some people, who haven't yet recovered from the loss of their Documents folder after upgrading to the 1809 release and finding all their documents missing. Some nightmares don't leave you.

Backup, Backup, Backup, Windows Update is still as clunky as ever (aka. a bag of rusty nails) and it must be 13 years since started publicly calling Windows Update 'Clunky', nothing changes.

You get fibre, you get fibre, you all get fibre: UK Ministry of Fun promises new rules to make all new homes gigabit capable

Adam Jarvis

It's only taken 10 years. Gov Ministers need to read El Reg comments, instead of listening to BT.

I called for this 10 years ago. BT have spent the last 10 years like the regular pub drunk sat blocking the pub doorway, determined to prevent punters getting their 'full fibre pint'.

When will the Government learn? If you ask BT's 'expert opinion', that opinion will be in the interests of BT and no one else, BT have and will, use the ignorance of the person asking, to their advantage.

BT have been sitting on their hands on this issue for years, they were until recently upgrading their old legacy copper carcass with new copper, often skewing BDUK 'Fibre' contracts, by replacing 0.5mm copper with 0.9mm copper to 'just' extend the reach of FTTC so it met the minimum threshold of the contract (and no more), rather than 'in spirit, aka. doing the right thing' replacing the 0.5mm copper cabling that didn't meet the threshold with fibre, i.e. doing the job properly and installing FTTP.

The whole basis of the subsidies paid to BT for these contracts was meant to be to install fibre, the plan being to upgrade UK's creaking telecommunications' infrastructure.

BT pushed to have those proposals watered down, so that the technology implemented made use of their legacy copper, rather than new pure fibre cabling.

Let's not even mention pointless G.fast snake oil marketing, to continue that ploy.

...and the Government roll this news out as though it's something shiny new in terms of an idea.

We checked in with the new Windows 10X build, and let's just say getting this ready for late 2020 will be a challenge

Adam Jarvis
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Re: Please, no more.....

SundogUK

If I could up vote that 100 times, I would.

Be still, our drinking hearts: Help Reg name whisky beast conjured by Swedish distillers and AI blendbot

Adam Jarvis

Shrinkflation

Brexit's share.

Adam Jarvis

Re: Py-i-edition, or just "Pie eyed".

Just to explain my thinking here;

"Pie eyed" / py-eyed / py-i-ed - py-python, i - represents the AI angle.

Pie eyed - aka. Drunk

I did want to add the tag line:

"Someone who'll remain anonymous drank the 700ml bottle"

(so now we're offering a 50ml taster instead, sorry - it was just too good!).

Adam Jarvis

Py-i-edition

Py-i-edition / (Py-i-ed'ition)

"reazuringly expensive".

Ofcom snaps on fresh pair of rubber gloves for deeper rummage around in Giffgaff billing faff

Adam Jarvis

Parliamentary investigation into the whole Ofcom/Ombud complaints system. It's not fit for purpose.

"That notification also suggests that from at least 1 January 2012 – 7 March 2019, O2 took duplicate final direct debit payments from customers who terminated their contracts on a Saturday or Sunday and had an outstanding periodic bill to pay."

This just shows how useless the UK Ofcom/Ofgem regulator/Ombudsman Services complaint model is, where each individual has to complain separately (and only after 8 weeks have passed) to flag each complaint, complaints that can affect multiple customers at once. Ombudsman Services is compensated more than the individual making the complaint and the OS gets paid irrespective if the case is upheld.

The whole system sinks, it's an absolute merry-go-round for the person complaining, the time and effort involved, achieves the diddly squat of nothing for the individual, especially where complaints affect multiple customers at once because OS will suppress the complaint, especially if the complaint is a result of a mistake by Ofcom themselves.

The fact that this issue remained for 7 years, should create an official Parliamentary investigation into Ofcom/Ombudsman Services, not just o2.

Frustrated Brits can dump mobile providers by text as of today

Adam Jarvis

Re: How about for broadband providers?

No it's worse, Broadband providers do the metaphoric equivalent of pulling out all their teeth if the clueless customer uses the wrong terminology/wording.

Useless Ofcom (a lot of partisan ex-BT folk) have the figures/data for Openreach line cessations that result in a reconnection to the same customer, which indicates a "full tooth extraction" aka. ISP creates Openreach job ticket for "Line Cessation" for no reason, then fails to respond to requests to cancel it (assuming the customer even realises what's just being done to stop them leaving, within 24hrs the line is dead and their existing number). The customer can reconnect to the same ISP for free, but it's £60 to reconnect to a different one.

So much anti-competitive behaviour is hidden behind OR/BT's clunky switching systems that just don't work seamlessly. You could write a book on it.

(MPs, cross-examining those in the know during Parliament Select Committees never seem to have the technical knowledge/intelligence to asks the right questions).

Apple strips clips of WWDC devs booing that $999 monitor stand from the web using copyright claims. Fear not, you can listen again here...

Adam Jarvis

Repurpose an old iMac 24'' or 27'' 2009/2010/2011 stand for new 6K Display?

I'm sure someone will make a bracket to repurpose an old iMac 24'' or 27'' 2009 iMac stand, there's a lot of Aluminium in these and they would still make a great stand with some slight mods (adding a new top bracket).

I'm surprised Apple don't think like this, because repurposing the old removeable iMac stand from an older model, cuts the number of old iMacs being resold into the market via ebay, which is Apple's biggest competition, a good second-hand iMac.

They really didn't improve in terms of design after the 27'' 2009-2011 iMac, magnetically held glass and a mini display port that allows an iMac to switch between an iMac and being repurposed as a secondary display, even as a display for a regular PC with a display port card, for video output.

The later thunderbolt models (Apple removed the DP) reduced their usefulness in this regard, compatibility was always a pain, the right cables / Thunderbot 1/2/3 etc.

Still, great machines for their age.

BT to up targets for FTTP rollout 'if the right conditions are met'

Adam Jarvis

Re: Ofcom's "Technology Neutral" stance regards G.fast.

BT's own figures yesterday showed Pointless G.fast has only 1.2% take up.

Weasels Ofcom state their policy is to be "technology neutral", yet lives are dependent on the underlying type of technology deployed across the national network, specifically, its robustness.

G.fast is not robust, cheap cross-talk signal generators can/could take out G.fast cabling links. It's also prone to interference from low-level pump noise in and throughout Industrial areas. Put it this way, you shouldn't build a strategic safety critical network based on G.fast technology, on which lives are dependent.

Ofcom shouldn't have stood back, pretended it's not their problem "oh, we're technology neutral" when BT's sweated every last ounce of their "up to" obfuscated legacy copper carcass. There are safety implications of building national infrastructure on such technology, that Ofcom's policy is clearly ignoring.

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It's is exactly how we got to Grenfell, don't worry about the specifications of the insulation panelling, how it looks to the consumer is more important, that's pretty much the stance Ofcom are taking regards the statement 'technology neutral'.

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Adam Jarvis

Pointless G.fast...

It's not as though some of us here haven't said as much from the very start, having understood the technical limitations of 'Pointless G.fast'. Credit to cyberdoyle too, "Do the job once, do it right".

The trouble with BT, they always return to form - "the drunk blocking the pub doorway", blocking others from getting a full-fibre pint. Occasionally they sober up and see sense after entering Ofcom's expensive but otherwise useless rehab facility, but more often than not, they relapse back to type.

Take everything BT's says with a pinch of salt, it has more spin than a Dyson cyclone, set to suck up any handout on offer from the Government's technically clueless, unfortunately holding the purse strings.

(A 10Mbps USO was always a pointless paper shuffling exercise too, it should have always been a 30Mbps USO from the start).

Apple stock hits bottom ... as AirPod exits man's backside and still works after colonic travels

Adam Jarvis

Re: ebay auction...

Gutted to be selling these, slighty soiled wireless Airpods for sale.

SpaceX's Demo-1 green lit for launch as Virgin enjoys a brief ménage à trois aboard VSS Unity

Adam Jarvis

Spacex Fairing (as point of release) camera viewpoint is amazing.

Gwynne Shotwell did an interview recently and for those that actively follow Spacex, there was a camera shot that hasn't to my knowledge being previously released, the view from the fairing as it is released from the payload/second stage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1mp1j0ef8c

(It took a while to sink it what the view was).

At time 4.48. Worth a watch.

If anyone from SpaceX is reading (hopefully Gwynne Shotwell), can we have the full landing video from the Nusantara Satu Mission, it was cut-off during the decent when unusual sparks started for eminate from the base, hopefully the footage is now available after a successful recovery.

Openreach names 81 lucky locations to be plugged into its super-zippy Gfast pipe

Adam Jarvis

Re: BT's G.fast copper carcass snake-oil tech.

Finally, someone (albeit anonymous) confirming what I've been saying for years since 2009, given all the backlash I've had over attempting to technically explain BT's copper carcass snake-oil tech.

G.fast is a can of worms to maintain (which end users pay/BT profit from, due to Ofcom's regulatory model of stupidity, of allowing profit from failure), making G.fast more viable on paper, because it's less robust than FTTP from interference, both malicious/non-malicious, i.e. BT paid call-outs potentially rise statistically with G.fast rollout/deployment over FTTP.

Little reported, but the initial field trials used isolated brand new copper cabling (separately run alongside to those used in existing local loop copper), to rose-tint the results of G.fast. Ex-BT are as a routine, parachuted into key Ofcom jobs, you just have to look at their Linked-in profiles to see this.

G.fast may have its uses, multiple occupancies - new town tenement blocks (Marchmont, Edinburgh) are a prime example, but that's about it, but even then the costings are controversial depending on which side of the fence you sit. FTTP v G.fast.

The number of G.fast nodes+mains grid connections (to actively power a G.fast node) required rises exponentially. It's fairly simple maths, which means it soon loses any advantage (if it had any over passive both overhead/ducted FTTP rollout).

Without shortening the copper lengths, G.fast helps no one (being generous here) with copper cable lengths of >500m by length, 250m as the crow flies), that figure is ball-park nearer 300m-350m (150m-175m).

G.fast all has to be ripped out and replaced with FTTP anyhow (so why not start now?) when you've sweated it to the max, speed improvements hit an upper limit/brick wall, like attempting to fold a sheet of A4 more than 5-6 times.

iPhone XR, for when £1,000 is just too much for a smartmobe

Adam Jarvis

Re: In Android land

"I couldn't care less about tech willy waving"

If that were true you should have bailed out 10 years ago with a 2GHz+ Core 2 Duo + dedicated Nvidia Graphics laptop/desktop and a basic Nokia with a 7-day battery life. Heck, probably even a 1.4Ghz Pentium-m ULV Centrino processor.

The whole processor industry - Intel i3,i5,i7 series 3-8 has been based on obfuscated willy waving for 10 years now.

A 7nm fabricated Arm processor is a substantial shift in terms of mobile performance. i.e. real genuine progress in the scheme of things.

At least have some respect for the people that took the time to produce it, it's 1000's upon 1000's hours of dedicated work, irrespective whether there is an Apple logo or not.

Adam Jarvis

Re: In Android land

"but equally "worth the upgrade" sticks a bit in the craw when looking at the price. I have a Samsung S6 - 3-year-old specimen of a 4-year-old model."

You seem to have a very short selective memory. The Samsung Galaxy S6 cost circa £599 for the 32GB on release in 2015. The S6 Edge cost £100 more, circa £699 on release.

Adam Jarvis

Re: I’m Struggling…

It would be much more preferable if Apple just warned about installing Mojave on older hardware (or even charged for it), than using a 'hard block' to prevent it been installed on older machines.

Some 2008-2011 machines only need minor upgrades such as a newer wireless card to work without problems, £10 on ebay.

If you run a business, using the dosdude patcher isn't a serious option, or shouldn't be. It would be good too if Apple publicly tested this patcher tool and confirmed it was free from malware, instead of leaving their existing users in the dark, at the mercy of such software.

The days of "It just works" are long gone with macs in terms of ageing kit, it's become tedious to remember all the caveats.

Are you listening Apple?

Adam Jarvis

Re: In Android land

"It's basically made from crap picked up off the factory floor a couple of years ago."

Such an ignorant comment. Now you're just trolling. The XR's SoC is built on the latest 7nm process, just like the XS, XS Max.

The guts in this are actually a genuine worthy Apple upgrade, in the scheme of Apple upgrades and oddly the 7nm fabrication was pretty underplayed by Apple in the Keynote.

If there is one reason to buy the XR phone it's because it isn't built from parts off the factory floor from two years ago.

(Apple does have exaggerated form on their upgrades in the past, the iPad mini 2 -> iPad mini 3 'upgrade', now - that was parts off the factory floor from two years ago).

Microsoft Windows 10 October update giving HP users BSOD

Adam Jarvis

More Clunky Windows Updates... Installed 1809? Cumulative Update KB4464330 fails on first install.

This is for folk that have managed to install Windows 1809 (from the v1 release of Win10 1809).

This week Microsoft released a cumulative update for 1809 KB4464330, this will always fail on first install (which messes up the Update History aesthetically) due to a missing service stack update KB4465477.

It will normally install on the second or third time.

To get round this, after installing Windows 1809 from ISO, download KB4465477 manually from WinCatalog, and install. **before checking for updates**.

This will update the 1809 Service Stack.

Updates should install correctly after this manually applying update.

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Windows Update...more Clunk, than a rusty bag of nails.

Microsoft deletes deleterious file deletion bug from Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Adam Jarvis

Re: Bad user!

"I just ignore 'My Documents' "

Maybe you could you tell Microsoft to do the same?

Adam Jarvis

*** Be careful *** Also new in 1809, changes to Disk Cleanup Tool, now includes user directories.

MS have added C:\users\{username}\Downloads to the "Disk Cleanup" tool in 1809.

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Microsoft have added the personal/user folder C:\users\{username}\Downloads to the 'Disk Cleanup tool'. The Disk Cleanup tool is normally used to remove previous versions of Windows i.e. 1803.

Microsoft fails to even highlight the change for regular users within the new version, that they have added this user folder to the list of directories the Disk Cleanup deletes data from.

That's just sheer incompetence or a malicious act by MS.

It's almost as though someone at Microsoft wants you to delete your own files "by mistake". Anyone would think MS need to sell a few more 1TB OneDrive subscriptions/Office 365 Subscriptions.

Microsoft yanks the document-destroying Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Adam Jarvis

*** Be careful *** Also new in 1809, changes to Disk Cleanup Tool, now includes user directories.

MS have added C:\users\{username}\Downloads to the "Disk Cleanup" tool in 1809.

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Microsoft have added the personal/user folder C:\users\{username}\Downloads to the 'Disk Cleanup tool'. The Disk Cleanup tool is normally used to remove previous versions of Windows i.e. 1803.

Microsoft don't even highlight the change for regular users within the new version, that they have added this user folder to the list of directories the Disk Cleanup deletes data from.

That's just sheer incompetence or a malicious act by MS.

It's almost as though someone at Microsoft wants you to delete your own files "by mistake". Anyone would think MS need to sell a few more 1TB OneDrive subscriptions/Office 365 Subscriptions.

On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others

Adam Jarvis

He said what everyone else was thinking regards Adobe Flash. We're all better for it.

He said what everyone else was thinking regards Adobe Flash, called it out for what it was (and still is). 'Utter shite', bug-ridden code that shouldn't be on any device. Adobe Flash just acts as an attack vector for malicious code today and not much else.

He deserves praise for that, he could have easily kept quiet, the typical Microsoft way/approach.

Cook, while competent at manipulating the supply chain, is an evangelical salesman who doesn't know when to shut-up with the self-belief, Jobs treated Apple with scepticism, like a customer should/would.

You might not like his products/lockdown of Apple products, but the way he approached Apple as a growing business, was pretty clever.

The 'Product DNA' that launched the iPod range, is exactly the same 8 years on. In 2010 press/competitors talked about an "iPhone/iPod/iPad Killer" competitor devices. Apple's DNA strategy then was the same as now, i.e a 6 colour release of the iPhone XR, like iPod nanos, back in the day.

Probably for the best: Apple makes sure eSIMs won't nuke the operators

Adam Jarvis

Re: The Chinese version of the iPhone XS is a physical two nano sim device with no eSim capability

The idea there isn't space isn't the reason Apple have taken this path, the Chinese version of the iPhone XS will ship with a sim tray that takes two physical nano sims on each side of the tray i.e. a real dual sim iPhone, with no eSim capability.

If this was available in the UK, it would be the version I'd buy, as I'm sure most would too. Let's face it, being able to swap out dual sims as you please is a lot more flexible than an eSim controlled by Apple.

The grand-plus iPhone is the new normal – this is no place for paupers

Adam Jarvis

The depreciation/value after two years will vary on use, depends on how well you look at and you really need to add AppleCare to those prices if it's a 'real phone' used day in, day out for business purposes.

Remember too, there are unlucky folk that drop this phone in the same week they bought it and will break it, who will have to continue to pay that contract for 2 years until paid off.

Some people obviously buy it as a trophy phone, while other do actually see it as a business asset that is self-financing to some degree.

I think this year's line up of phones offer better value than Apple's previous year's offerings, all said. 7nm chips are a big deal (more than was made of it, at the keynote), they will certainly help regards battery life and crucially, battery wear.

I'll have two pints of Blockchain Brew and a half of Cloudy Bollocks

Adam Jarvis
Pint

All that effort paid off.

Thanks El-Reg.

More competitions please, (mainly due to a 100% success record of winning).

Obviously, a wasted talent or a talent wasted, I'm easy either way.

Time to start my microbrewery...

UK.gov commits to rip-and-replacing Blighty's wheezing internet pipes

Adam Jarvis

Re: Live streaming a film you like - sensible

True, but you're being pedantic. OK, if it's meeting the specification of the product you purchased, specifically at peak times, so the subscriber perceives it as meeting the "unlimited product type" they purchased.

Most of the bottlenecks are probably because we have lacklustre BT running the backbone for the majority of the UK, who use their "sit on hand approach" to their advantage to gain subsidies for upgrading their network.

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