* Posts by Graham 25

148 posts • joined 19 Jun 2009


Get outta Huawei! UK mobile network EE selects Ericsson's flat-packed 5G RAN kit to replace Chinese wares

Graham 25

Re: Shadow boxing

"BT's relationship with the embattled Chinese firm dates back to 2005, when the formerly state-owned telco selected Huawei as a "preferred supplier" for its 21CN fixed-line network."

In those days most of the Huawei kit was actually Marconi kit, made and designed in the UK, Italy and Germany and was low risk. So BT actually bought Marconi kit at prices which were lower than the Marconi cost because Huawei wanted to buy itself into the UK network.

If you suddenly can't print to your HP Printer from your Mac, you're not alone: Code security cert snafu blamed

Graham 25

Re: AirPrint

I have an ancient Samsung printer before HP took over the business, and messed up printing on Apple.

Not quite sure what I'll do when it expires as I have found HP to be utterly useless and sent the last printer back after three days of trying to get it to work.

China slams 'dirty' America's 'clean network' plan, reminds world of PRISM snoop-fest exposed by Ed Snowden

Graham 25

The difference being that China doesnt plan on actually inventing anything, just stealing it from everyone else.

UK govt finds £200,000 under sofa to kick off research into improving mobile connectivity on nation's crap railways

Graham 25

Re: Do it themselves?

3G signals require an RF cable about the size of a drain pipe, along the track. its horrendously expensive.

So no, you couldnt run RF cable along the side of the above ground tracks.

Graham 25

Re: Should have been designed into or alongside GSM-R

GSM-R was/is only made by two suppliers - Siemens and Ericsson. the rest quite rightly concluded it was commercially non-viable and a waste of development time.

To be fair, Railtrack did ask the UK operators to quote for it to be installed on WCML but they all declined as the cost was too high and Railtrack only wanted to pay 'on use' and as the operators could generate more revenues on Oxford Street in a day that the WCML would generate in a year, it was a complete non-starter. I know this as I was there.

The main reason why its a problem is the nice, metal laminated windows on the trains and the lack of available inter-carriage connections. You might stick an aerial on one carriage but you cannot route RF through the carriages on the inside very easily, so you're stuck with putting aerials on the top of the train right next to the second biggest source of RF interference where the power lines run parallel with the train.

And as GSM-R is a safety critical system, theres no way anyone on the safety side is going to allow the two infrastructures to join up.

GSM-R was certainly only built for 3G at best on WCML as the good old whining public didnt want to pay for Railtrack to straighten out the curves and lift the track to ground level to speed up journeys and as a result make it better RF coverage from existing towers.

NHS websites will no longer burn up your mobile data allowance, say Brit telcos

Graham 25

They should spend more time on the COVID ward phones

With an elderly father in a COVID ward for a couple of months, the only communications with him have been via the conveniently placed bedside phone with an 0872 number - effectively a premium rate number.....

Two months later, two £300 bills run up by an elderly mother speaking to her husband of almost 60 years is simply a joke. eeven a local Birmingham number would be fine.

Someones getting rich and its the phone provider in the NHS wards .....

BT: UK.gov ruling on Huawei will cost us half a billion pounds over next 5 years

Graham 25

Indeed, they could save even more if they did away with all those pesky Health & Safety rules as well.

Smart speaker maker Sonos takes heat for deliberately bricking older kit with 'Trade Up' plan

Graham 25

Re: "the backlash is a wee bit overdone"

Its also known for having pretty much every tree in the continent have a barrel of oil of one type or another inside each tree.

Its probably fair to say that there is nowhere else on earth where every tree explodes with oil driven flames when it catches fire.

Cu in Hell: Thousands internetless after copper thieves pinch 500m of cable in Cambridgeshire

Graham 25

Re: A simple (but costly) answer

If it was cheaper, you think Openreach wouldnt do it ?

Fibre itself may be cheaper but its also m ore difficult to install and I would guess that a lot of the cable you think should be replaced is very old, direct buried copper cable - which would need to be replaced by a whole new lot of ductwork before you even think about putting fibre in.

Occams Razor - the reason they aren't putting in fibre, is that its not actually cheaper.

Auditors bemoan time it takes for privatised RAF pilot training to produce combat-ready aviators

Graham 25

Re: "Auditors bemoan time it takes"

They lost a lot of training vehicles when the different types of aircraft requiring training were taken out of service. So no more training aircraft for Harrier, Jaguar, Tornado, Nimrod to name a few so you would expect a reduction is aircraft to train.

ts also worth mentioning that the Contractor cannot go out and buy more actual military aircraft if it wants more - that has to come from HMG.

Personally i would be highly suspicious of the claim of over 200 training aircraft. Thats bigger than the front line command.

Trump continues on the warpath: Now US tariffs cover nearly everything arriving from China

Graham 25

Re: Orange Fool

The way globalisation is set up ?

Nobody sets up globalisation. It is the natural state of play that as economies develop, they cast off the lower value creation to lower cost economies for them to develop, while the mature economies develop higher value add capabilities. There's nobody setting these things - its a natural feature.

Developed economies dont want to make small plastic widgets because they cannot afford to pay a developed economy salary to a worked producing $0.01 items.

Trump has it right on getting China to respect IPR and to stop companies being forced to work with Chinese thieves, sorry, partners.

On everything esle he is 100% wrong.

BT staffers fear new mums could be hit disproportionately by car allowance change

Graham 25

BY stopping funding car use to allow people to make the best choice of how they get to and from work rather than drive ?

I am quite surprised anyone except the typical travelling salesmen would actually get a car these days.

Industry reps told the UK taxman everything wrong with extending IR35. What happened next will astound you

Graham 25

"Government needs to be going after Corporations to increase its taxable income not us in the populace."

Tthe population end up paying if a company has increased cost though. All taxes on companies end up being paid by a consumer one way or another.

Grumble Pai: FCC boss told by House Dems to try the novel concept of putting US folks first, big biz second

Graham 25

So if he is a public sector worker, why not sack him for one of his numerous apparent non-responses ?

Can someone with a better understanding of the US Legal system explain why not ?

This just in: What? No, I can't believe it. The 2018 MacBook Air still a huge pain to have repaired

Graham 25

Because the majority of people don't want devices to be easily serviceable with easy to replace parts as those issues are not a factor in their purchase.

They wants small, light, long life and if the compromise is that its a single unmaintainable slab, then people are in general, happy with that.

Still using Skype? Good news! After HOURS of meetings, Microsoft reckons it knows when you're Not Active

Graham 25

Any chance they could sort out the nonsense that is Status when on an iPad.

Friend of mine is still 'Away' but not offline on an iPad after about a year of not using it and uninstalling it.

Apple grounds AirPort once and for all. It has departed. Not gonna fly any more. The baggage is dropped off...

Graham 25

Re: One of their best products.

Unfortunately, there are many out there who recall the 'Time Capsule Tombstone' problem which affected tens of thousands of TC's consigning them to early death when a component burned itself out on the motherboard and left the device a complete brick. The failure could be predicted down to a specific week or so of life.

If anything the TC is Apples best example of nice idea, poorly implemented and hardly 'it just works' =and more like "it works and then packs up in an entirely predictable manner and there was nothing that could be done'"

Law's changed, now cough up: Uncle Sam serves Microsoft fresh warrant for Irish emails

Graham 25

One could still legitimately argue that even though the US says its companies have an obligation to hand over things held overseas, that obligation ends at the border of the US and once the data is overseas the law does not apply.

Its like giving yourself the right to vote in a foreign country because the US says you can. It means squat overseas and the companies can just take the view that they have no right to do anything overseas as the law stated doesnt apply outside of the US.

I look forward to the EU demanding a US company hands over Trumps accounts as they can compel the auditors of Trumps estate in the USA using a similar trick.

User asked why CTRL-ALT-DEL restarted PC instead of opening apps

Graham 25

Voodoo graphics Cards

Re : driven by games ......

I worked for a large British defence contractor in the 90's (yes I am that old) and the company spent years developing its hardware and software for a airport simulator whereby you walked into a small room on a stand and there were four of five huge projected TV screens around you each with a simulation of the view from a airport control tower. You could see ground vehicle movements, aircraft landing and taking off and it was designed to train ATC staff in operating an airport.

All highly impressive for its time. I then saw the same setup in an exhibition a year later and it all looked the same except the large rack of equipment was gone, and under the displays in a cupboard were a few computers each with a pair Voodoo (2?) graphics card in them which had overnight wiped out millions in hardware and software development.

Apparently the company had tried to engage with the Voodoo manufacturer to get the software rewritten but they werent interested, so they gave it to a couple of game-obsessed technicians from the apprentice scheme to rewrote the entire system to use the new graphics cards in a few months. I recall Purchasing trying to negotiate with the Voodoo supplier who were not bothered in the slightest about ISO this and that and UK MOD commercial terms - just 'how many cards do you want mate and we will dispatch them tomorrow', and send us a cheque first.

I have never seen such a good example of the games community taking over and going past the commercial companies in my life.

France gives WhatsApp a month to get slurps in order or face fine

Graham 25

So what if they don't ?

Out of interest, what could France do if a US company, which is hosted in the US and used by millions of French citizens decides to give the French government the finger ?

Its not going to bock WhatsApp as its citizens would throw a wobbly, so what could France actually do except go to court and a US corporation could ignore them as the company is not based or hosted in France ?

Always wondered ....

Euro Patent Office ignores ruling and refuses entry to vindicated judge

Graham 25

The guy should turn up with a couple of friendly policemen in tow and the minute he is refused access, the police should arrest and handcuff anyone who stops the guy.

Start with the security oik and when he says he has been told to do it, go arrest the person who issued the instruction. Cart them off to a holding cell and remind them that if they repeat it, then they will be arrested again.

Proceed ad finitum until the cops run out of handcuffs and the organisation gets the hnt.

Staff at Steria gov shared services centre offered voluntary redundo

Graham 25

Well as long as governments insist on 90 days notice, the workings of the Gregorian calendar means that to complete the process during a government tax year, redundancies will always be made at Christmas.

French activists storm Paris Apple Store over EU tax dispute

Graham 25

Re: Theft or not


The French like being in a free trade area to sell their goods but when another country domiciled company (Apple) sell in France they think the rules should stop working ?

Its typical French hypocrisy.

Graham 25

Re: It's a tradition...

" Airbus, Thales, Alcatel-Lucent, Ubisoft, Alstom, Dx0 Labs"

I think you'll find a lot of the profitable bits of those companies are outside of France and much of them came from UK companies which the French bought. Thales for example makes good profits in the UK but the French side are basket cases. they keep the Uk bits to fund French pensions. Airbus is great in Germany and the UK - but in France - Non. Alstom is mostly ex-GEC heavy industry businesses from the UK apart from its Nuclear business and rolling stock businesses. Alcatel Lucent is more Lucent than Alcatel, and Ubisoft - well, nobody goes to France to write software do they ?

Germany says NEIN to purchase incentive for Tesla Model S

Graham 25

Re: nope.

Spot on. I can put a solar panel on my garage roof facing south and charge up the car a lot of the time for free, using a storage unit in the garage.

The OP seems obsessed with stopping people from using free electricity using spurious, desperate arguments.

Graham 25

Re: Cash for clunkers MK II

"Electric cars are already heavily subsidised not least through the complete lack of duty on their fuel."

Complete and utter garbage.

If you don't use something, you don't have to pay their taxes and thats not a subsidy.

What a strange world you live in.

The UK's super duper 1,000mph car is being tested in Cornwall

Graham 25

Re: Cool, but why?

Lets put it this way - sicen the Rocket car Challenge hit schools, takeup of STEM subjects has rocketed and is an unqualified success.

In the 60's the Apollo programme drove takeup.

70's and early 80's it was the Space Shuttle.

Since then, nothing. Just a decline as kids had nothing to inspire them.

Bloodhound has turned that around.

Sorry, but most of your post while well intentioned is ignorant BS. If you truly are 'horrified' then you really are a snowflake.

EU's tech giant tax plan moves forward

Graham 25

Indeed. This has always been the problem with people who use Amazon and complain that Amazon doesn't pay much.

So they sit at home, and go online to a foreign website, owned by a foreign company, and order stuff which is mostly made overseas, which is paid for on a credit card held by a foreign bank most likely, and the goods are shipped from overseas to the customer (via a UK distribution warehouse).

Squeeze too much and the warehouse shuts down, the people lose their jobs and the Royal Mail/DHL or whomever gets to deliver a parcel from an overseas warehouse. Slight increase in shipping costs to the consumer - massive loss of jobs in the UK.

Graham 25

Re: Silly people, they already have the mechanism

How will you enforce the fines when they simply move offshore and tell people to use the internet as before ?

Graham 25

"European countries are furious that under the current rules, digital companies are only taxed on profits"

I thought that all companies are taxed on profits, via Corporation Tax.

What is the EU going to do if Google, Facebook and others go entirely offshore - block the most popular parts of the Internet ?

MP brands 1,600 CSC layoffs as the 'worst excesses of capitalism'

Graham 25

Re: The 'worst excesses of capitalism'

"the bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after"

Yes, some of us with longer memories remember thats what you got asking the Uk workers to deliver.

People should not assume that if its delivered from the UK, that it will be of a better quality. The only thing you can be certain about is that it will cost more and there will be more industrial action.

To Hull with the crap town naysayers: UK Culture City's got some amazing... telecoms

Graham 25

Re: Needs more than culture

Got any evidence for that claim ?

If only our British 4G were as good as, um, Albania's... UK.gov's telco tech report

Graham 25

Re: is anyone surprised?

Yes, that train makes a difference. Windows are tinted slightly using a metallic layer in the middle of the laminated glass, and that metal acts as a Faraday barrier. It depends entirely upon the glass and the train makers choices. Its a well known issue in the rail industry and just one of many reasons which high speed data will not be available on the deep tube sections of London Underground.

Graham 25

Its not an excuse.

You may understand IT but try understanding the laws of physics and radio propagation. Higher frequencies = faster fall off of signal so overlapping cell sites at 2G have gaps in 3G in rural area, and the gaps get bigger and bigger for 4G and for 5G.

The rest of the rant is irrelevant. Go read a physics book.

Graham 25

The problem with the UK is that because we were early users of 2G, the majority of cell sites were put in place to suit GSM coverage and as we move to 3G, 4g and 5G, the cells will be much smaller and more towers will be needed - a LOT of towers.

Try telling Joe Public that if they want 4G or even 5G they will have to have a lot more cell towers near them and they will throw a wobbly and will try and ignore the laws of physics.

Developing countries never had a 2G network in rural areas at all, and so when they get 4G, the cell towers are in the right place.

Its a acse of the laws of physics versus the British mentality to expect coverage without towers and of course, never to actually pat for the 10,000 towers needs to give some sheep coverage in a Scottish valley with a road going through it.

Brits think broadband more important than mobes, cars or savings

Graham 25

Re: Those in large contry houses...

"The sooner Openreach are forced into a separate holding company (and Oi! Ofcom! Don't forget the razor wire ringfence!) the better."

So you're one of those people who think that Openreach being a separate company will mean the laws of economics will no longer apply and will be able to borrow money as cheaply as BT ? If its uneconomical to provide a service to which you clearly feel entitled now, what makes you think a new supplier with less money will be able to make 1+1=3 ?

Let me know when the sound of reality crashing down on you becomes too much to bear.

Shamoon malware returns to again wipe Saudi-owned computers

Graham 25

Well its not as if the Aramco Cyber team in Dammam got stuck in a fight between IT and Corporate Security on who the team should report to - to IT to hide their incompetence or to Corporate Security to sack the corporate IT folks who fought against the recovery programme as to do otherwise would imply it was their fault in the first place is it ?

Its not as if the locals plug in USB sticks all the time is it ?

Ofcom to force a legal separation of Openreach

Graham 25

Re: Openreach to the installs & repairs - facours BT customers

"Anyone who has ................ know " is usually followed by an unsubstantiated claim.

Graham 25

Re: Explanation please...

Spot one - too many halfwits think that having Openreach as an independent body will suddenly mean it will fibre the entire country and defy the laws of economics and put in £100,000 of cables, dig up miles of roads to serve a dozen homes who only want to pay £7 a month for it.

On its own, Openreach will have even less financial clout and won't be able to borrow much to invest because it will be seen as being easily dominated by Ofcom.

China gets mad at Donald Trump, threatens to ruin Apple

Graham 25

Re: Thin Skin

Apple can diversify whatever it wants, but its supply chain resides in China by and large. The reason the iPhone costs so little to make is because all the components are made in the factory next door.

End all the 'up to' broadband speed bull. Release proper data – LGA

Graham 25

Re: Er... ? Comparing different providers to the same property?!

Spot on - the same half-wits who do not understand what 'up to' means are the same people who think that switching between ISPs who use the exact same final connection will give them a better speed.

FWIW my parents two next door neighbours get 7Mb connections on ADSL, and my father gets 2.4Mbit despite bing on the same cable, and we have tweaked, adjusted, playe with the terminating equipment with the ISP.

Bad copper is just bad copper.

Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

Graham 25

The Old Adage appplies

If it aint broke, don't try and fix it.

To the average user, there is zero 'need' to upgrade.

Telco bosses' salaries must take heat for cyber attacks, says MPs' TalkTalk enquiry

Graham 25

How about Parliamemtarians salaries are docked if they fail to do their job properly ?

If it's good enough for industrialists, then only fairs fair for the idiots in government and public service.

Your broadband speeds are up by 6Mbps, boasts UK watchdog Ofcom

Graham 25

Re: Urban areas

Maybe the laws of physics and more importantly, an education in economics would help ?

Nobody, and I mean nobody, is going to spend tens if not hundreds of thousands of pounds putting fibre into locations with no return.

Actually, a dictionary definition of 'uneconomic' might be helpful as well.

So where has the legal 'right' to 10Mbps broadband gone?

Graham 25

"But the Good Sinking Ship Cameron is willing to spend more than £50bn on a train set that will never be profitable."

It may not in itself be profitable, but in terms of economic value by taking thousands of car journeys off the road etc, it will yield a benefit.

No modern railway upgrade has ever turned out to be a white elephant - they all get full up and not to slowly either. I understand why affected people dont like it, and why lefties think they can ignore the problem and give the money away to the homeless, but it will get filled up, it will be popular and after a few short years, people will wonder how on earth we ever managed with out iy.

Graham 25

Re: That is not competition

"Just "increasing competition" is not going to make the final 5% any easier to reach."

Spot on.

Too many technologically and economically illiterate folks out there expect £50k investment for their broadband line and expect to only pay £20 a month.

1+1=2 and not any number you may otherwise want.

Doctor Who: Even the TARDIS key can't unpick the chronolock in Face the Raven

Graham 25

Rule #1

The Doctor Lies ...... remember that.

And remember The Rebel Flesh / The Almost People......

Five things that doomed the big and brilliant BlackBerry 10

Graham 25

"and intent to keep it until it falls apart or becomes unusable. And then, I'll be looking for replacements."

there's one POS being used as a door stop you can buy from me :)

Truly awful - its sole redeeming feature was that nobody sane would steal it for their own use.

'Why don't you buy from foreign sites?' asks Commish, snapping on the gloves

Graham 25

Because when I order something, I'd like to know that if there is a problem, then shipping it back isn;t a problem.

Quite apart from the concept of buying from a local based organisation (even if a multinational) and keeping local folks in jobs -I bought a Videocamera about 10-12 years ago, when DV tape cameras were the best available, but when it had a problem it cost me a small fortune in shipping and insurance to get it there for repair.

Tax Systems: The good, the bad and the completely toot toot ding-dong loopy

Graham 25

Waffle waffle waffle.

if there is a larger tax take, then everyone assumes some other poor sod is the one paying the extra tax.

The people who go on about changing things are the ones that should not be allowed any responsibility.



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