* Posts by Adam Jarvis

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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.

Adam Jarvis

Re: Not wanting to state the obvious

"You can't go forcing the TV license on everyone. It's probably true that the current model isn't sustainable, but forcing it on everyone isn't the way to go."

You don't force it on everyone. That's the whole point. FTTP could make enforcement, via subscription very effective if you removed the free to air broadcasts simultaneously as switching off copper and rolling out pure fibre FTTP, in each transmitter area.

If you want to watch, you pay the BBC Netflix style subscription, if you don't, you don't.

It's about time the BBC stood by the (mostly dross celeb based) content it produced and stood on its own two feet. The problem is their senior management don't believe in the content they produce, quite obviously.

Not against the BBC, maybe it needs a 7-10-year safety net during the transition, but I think the BBC should be told subscription enforcement is coming with the rollout of pure FTTP across the UK.

Adam Jarvis

Re: Live streaming a film you like - sensible

You seem to be misunderstanding what a TV schedule is. Live streams of World cup football matches don't suddenly stop because it's not part of a daily drip-fed TV schedule, with programmes either side of it and gambling adverts all the way through.

Live TV doesn't have to be part of TV schedule, it can be a standalone product, ordered on demand, but live, set amongst other on-demand content, to choose from, through an App, for example.

Adam Jarvis

Re: Fibre?

"Won't we all be on 5G (6G, 7G, whatever) by then? Stringing cables around will be history."

Do you think there is some sort of magical ubiquitous continuous 4G/5G signal in the sky, that somehow makes the rollout of a national fibre backhaul redundant to all areas of the UK?

As simple as I can...

The mobile 3G/4G signal strength shown on your device is just signal transmission protocol between the device and the nearest cell tower/mobile mast.

From there, the data is either sent via microwave then fibre backhaul or sent directly via a fibre backhaul or an older, slower data protocol if rural, in a non-fibre area.

An important point, crucially, Ofcom offers no guarantee/verification process that a mast stating 4G/5G has the necessary required bandwidth backhaul capability to actually transmit/receive data at speeds offered by 4G/5G for multiple concurrent users at once.

Ofcom should regulate this but don't, well not as far as I'm aware. (If you're an MP reading this, please force them to).

5G will work by offloading signal processing to the cloud (to make the local cell hardware cheaper) so uses a fibre backhaul for both signal processing/handover between cells and data.

Every 5G cell will require a fibre backhaul (via a commercial contract, but potentially within Openreach's local loop), hence why Openreach local loop fibre rollout is so damn important, in order to piggyback these fibre connections.

If there is no rollout of fibre, there won't be much (blanket) useful coverage of 5G, because the cost to provide the fibre backhaul for just 5G cells, rather than "piggybacking" fixed fibre broadband wouldn't make blanket mobile 5G coverage cost effective.

The way 5G generally (depending on the frequency) works is cheaper cell hardware (offloading the signal processing to the cloud), smaller cells and more densely populated, in order to offer an order of magnitude higher download speeds to more users concurrently.

Higher frequency 5G 3.4Ghz frequency range doesn't easily penetrate metalised glass or modern foil insulated buildings so can only really be used for street light style 5G cells densely populated, close by, with limited range, but potentially high throughput within a very localised area. (like Wifi).

Adam Jarvis

Re: Live streaming a film you like - sensible

"Live streaming your entire TV feed - so stupid someone should be fired."

You by the sound of it.

You're ignoring the subtle change an unlimited pure fibre FTTP connection brings to the table, even the ability to have multiple ISPs at once if you wanted.

This is about planning for 15 years ahead. Broadcasting TV over airwaves isn't efficient if everyone has changed their habits and stopped watching TV schedules on the whole.

Burying your head in the sand isn't going to stop the way people view content changing fundamentally to self-selection / on-demand to fill time gaps in their schedule.

TV scheduling is "dead Jim" to anyone under 35, (50-year-olds in 15 years, by the time this happens). The BBC has pretty much lost a generation because they aren't relevant to the way young adults consume content via streaming services.

Adam Jarvis

Re: Not wanting to state the obvious

@JeffeyPoooh

Just put the reply in plain English, what you're attempting to say.

Netflix already streams content to several million customers in UK. By the time Ofcom and Openreach ever get this plan off the ground, pretty much everything will be on-demand/streamed. Those watching scheduled TV will be a very small minority.

Scheduled TV is pretty much "dead Jim". Pretty stupid to waste the airwaves broadcasting Digital TV, duplicating what can be done by fibre, when hardly anyone will be watching Digital TV broadcasts.

Remember we're talking a fair few years.

It's called planning ahead, making the best use of resources.

Adam Jarvis

Not wanting to state the obvious

How about we turn off Digital TV transmitters simultaneously and use fixed full fibre broadband for streaming HDTV channels and use the redundant frequencies to provide further mobile data bandwidth as part of the rollout of full fibre as each area comes online?

You could enforce the BBC licence fee 100% too, giving the choice of offering subscription, in funding the BBC, as opposed to the licence fee.

There, I've raised the BBC funding hot potato and about time.

Just a thought Ofcom. 10 years too late too, in starting this. Both BT and Ofcom knew this was the outcome in 2009, but kicked the inevitable funding can with FTTC.

What if tech moguls brewed real ale?

Adam Jarvis

Wannabeer

Wannabeer

Tasting Notes.

Stains everything if spilt. Avoid at all costs. Never confess to drinking it.

A one-time favourite pastime of Marcus Hutchins.

Don't try to work out what it's made of, based loosely on an original recipe by the NSA/GCHQ.

Adam Jarvis

Zuckerburp

Zuckerburp.

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Zuckerburp, shadow profile.

Tasting Notes.

Best consumed in private. Avoid oversharing these beers. Can leave a bad aftertaste and severe headaches that prove difficult to resolve.

Adam Jarvis

Frictionless Border Beer.

Frictionless Border Beer.

Tasting Notes.

Originally thought up to be one of those aspirational low alcohol beers by a soft drinks company, that is meant to appeal to all. It's their first dip of the toe into the low alcohol soft drinks market and it shows.

It's completely flavourless with gammon, even though it was designed to appeal to all British tastes, it's not even as good as the best selling EU brewed equivalent yet the SRP is double the price. Its unique selling point "a novel new beer that hasn't' been attempted before anywhere in the World before".

Very cloudy, opaque even, when poured and overly complex. From the description, you really can't make head nor tail of it. Very difficult to define the overall market they are going for, not much appeal. Far too expensive for its own good and unlikely to see any real delivery before 2030, due to production problems, lack of tender to produce at scale.

You'd do better to stick to with your usual EU brand of beer, all told.

Adam Jarvis

Batch Tuesday

"Batch Tuesday"

Tasting Notes.

A secret recipe - known to be a somewhat vomit inducing bitter-sweet ale based on a recipe of a large multinational in Seattle, after buying out what was, a successful Finnish Brewery.

The recipe is changed monthly on the second Tuesday of the month. Best described as work in progress. Multiple flavours, none of which is particularly enticing.

Can often take all night and into the early morning to drink a single bottle. Your brain often ends up as mush, constantly checking to see if the contents are finished, hoping the non-responsiveness won't last.

Best thing you can say about 'Batch Tuesday', if you manage to get through to the next day with no ill effects, you'll be somewhat relieved. Oddly though, some can't wait to try next month's batch to see if it's improved, treating the beer like an endurance test.

Store upright as contents liable to leak.

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You were sent a WD refurbished hard drive, they all have black labels to distinguish them, but are either Green, Red, Blue or Black refurbished hard drives depending on what you send back.

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