* Posts by Brian Miller 1

100 publicly visible posts • joined 22 Jun 2009


Russia to block LinkedIn over data domiciling issues

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Suspiciously down right now

Looks like the whole of eu area is having trouble connecting right now. Suspicious much?

Ad-blocker blocking websites face legal peril at hands of privacy bods

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I guess that means that streaming video isn't a recording or stored on a client computer and so is not a violation of copyright then?

Another question on your logic, if the anti-adblock program doesn't infiltrate the clients memory space how can it possibly know what information was displayed on a client browser?

Uncle Sam's boffins stumble upon battery storage holy grail

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Lean on details

Just because a battery technology can store energy does not mean it can deliver that energy as needed. What sort of load constraints does a huge tank of liquid have. How will we convert the AC generated energy to DC for battery storage and then BACK to AC for use with loads? Or will we have to upgrade everything including the distribution system to DC?

I ask because even if batteries become cheap, invertors for megawatt+ loads will not come cheap and the efficiency of these are not fantastic (a mechanical mechanism is probably the most efficient at that scale, literally coupling a DC motor to an AC generator which is more semi-redundant generation equip.). That is if these massive batteries can actually discharge at high enough amps. Or is the plan to have massive DC voltages by daisy chaining cells? 11KV battery cells sound a bit scary if you ask me.

TalkTalk outage: Dial M for Major cockup

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BT is having problems too

My BT infinity service is grossly affected since last night. Many ongoing service issues reported on their status page.

Latency is fine, but bandwidth is grossly affected. Probably a congestion issue (at a wild guess). It does make me wonder if they have shifted traffic over from the fault reported on Mon.?

Sun of a b... Solar winds blamed for ripping away Mars' atmosphere

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Re: Might it be an opportunity?

Actually I have a PhD in Microfluidics, having done my undergrad in Mechatronics. I also have industrial experience as a controls and inst. engineer for gas turbines.

A highly reflective surface and or shadowing the unit behind solar collectors which provide energy is a very workable solution.

The cross section is not planet sized at a considerable distance from Mars. In the same way a coin held against a lightbulb casts a shadow far larger than itself on far away walls.

My grasp of physics is fine thank you very much.

I think you may suffer from a lack of vision.

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Re: Might it be an opportunity?

Surely it doesn't have to be that strong or large if it were placed in the correct place between the sun and mars, like a small magnetic lens which simply deflects the trajectories by a smidgeon. A tiny angle of deflection would equate to planet sized displacements far away.

Also using superconductor coils would be my recommendation as opposed to masses of iron as it's bloody cold out there and superconductors love the cold.

Don't really understand the down votes. But hey ho, half of all people are less than average intelligence. What is to understand about stupidity?

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Might it be an opportunity?

If we understand very well the general shape of these solar winds, would it not be possible to create some sort of magnetic funnel and trap them instead of allowing them to remove atmosphere, force their path towards trajectories that capture all of these lovely sun goodies? Slowly replenish the atmosphere or at least stop the losses?

European Commission prepares antitrust probe for O2/Hutchison deal

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Smacks of organisational nepotism

Yeah, we will allow orange and T-mobile to merge to form EE, yes we will allow BT to buy this massive chunk of market.

No, you two little guys can't team up to compete with the massive incumbents.

Hmmm? Sounds fair.

R&D money for science – from your taxes?

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I would like to add...

That the "horizons" of science have broadened spectacularly in just the last 10 years, let alone the last 100. There could be equal value down the road from studying ecology, manufacturing or genetics. Remember when we had roughly 3 umbrellas for science, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Those days are gone.

It is true that more money =/= more revolutionary ideas. It does however == more educated people and more specific knowledge. Researchers literally have to prove novelty to be awarded a PhD. It is a fundamental requirement. Whether the specific knowledge directly spawns productivity advancements is quite irrelevant. Eventually it will be required. Who would have thought that etching silicon using photolithography to build transistors would have spawned the internet in advance? From global data connectivity researchers now have even more access to information from further afield.

As a boffin myself, I have to say, what have economists ever given us? What cultural, social and technological value have they added?

Vodafone exceeds own upper broadband speed limit to hit 80Mbps

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I believe it

My house is less than 20ft from the Fibre cabinet. I have seen peak speeds of 11MB/s or 88mbps on my supposedly 76mbps line.

Google reveals OnHub WiFi router, complete with GLOWING RING

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how long until they serve ads through the update?

So what precisely is the speaker on the router for? Serving audio adverts perchance?

So why the hell didn't quantitative easing produce HUGE inflation?

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How is the view from your nice elephant tusk tower mate?

Tim, not so nice, but dim. You keep telling all who will listen about how truly effective QE is and watch as the poor, sick and meek get too tired of the bullshit.

Remember; "You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time." - Honest Abe.

EXTREME COUPONING zeros checkout carts in eBay's Magento

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It seems like it would be slightly difficult to exploit

Firstly, to get anything delivered I would think you need an address at the very least. Second, it would surely be very easy to implement a check for all 0 value transactions made with a coupon, or even any transaction with a coupon discount greater than x%.

I am not suggesting it should not be fixed in a hurry, but to get away with the goods seems more than trifling difficult.

AMD stops shipping chips as bloated channel begs 'Please, no more'

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Re: AMD is doing OK

This is why Nvidia is posting massive profit gains and Intel are resting on their laurels?

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Bitcoin price crash

I think this has to do with the huge crash in value of cryptocurrencies. It was very profitable to by multi-gpu rigs and stock levels with their launches of 280x,290's etc. were moving faster than could be delivered.

In the meantime asics for scrypt have made GPU mining unprofitable when combined with the crash of value (BTC in particular as this is the benchmark cryptocoin).

Now there is a glut of cheap AMD cards on ebay and elsewhere. Also the boys in green have launched superior GPU's.

And as for the APU/CPU side they simply can't compete with Intel.

Tesla's top secret gigafactories: Lithium to power world's vehicles? Let's do the sums

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Asteroid mining

Surely as has been pointed out, at some point we will hopefully be pulling down resources from NEO's and the like. Musk is working on that concurrently.

So, while hundreds of "gigafactories" might be envisaged, not all of the resources are necessarily earthbound.

Unions mull appetite for HP strike action over 16k job cull

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What do they think all the staff will do?

Can they not see that the huge amount of skilled staff will likely start there own IT businesses, Increasing the competition. Even if they do not collectively start their own, it is their competitors which will soak up the skilled folk.

It seems totally barmy.

Truck-sized asteroid slips silently between Moon and Earth

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Hmmmm salt pinch

According to this impact effect calculator: http://impact.ese.ic.ac.uk/cgi-bin/crater.cgi?dist=0.1&diam=15&pdens=3000&pdens_select=8000&vel=51&theta=90&tdens=2750&tdens_select=0

It would break up into fragments and would not leave a significant crater. This is assuming that it is made of Iron, travelling as fast as a comet and impacting @ 90deg or straight through the shortest part of the atmosphere (the worst case).

Not even a megaton of energy energy in the airburst.

I don't know what the source is for this but perhaps it assumes we have no atmosphere to protect us. Not really that newsworthy if you ask me.

Mt Gox's 'transaction malleability' claim rubbished by researchers

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check your "facts"

I fail to see any facts in your statement. Here are some of my own.

Fact: Mt. Gox was the 7th largest public exchange at the time of its troubles.

Fact: Bitcoin protocol was not the issue. Mt. Gox re-wrote the open source BTC wallet code badly, enabling this exploit.

Fact: You know very little about what you speak.

MtGox fallout bogs down Bitcoin traders as malleability issue goes mainstream

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What a silly thing to say. Do you not remember when the new york stock exchange ground to a halt and ceased trading. Any large exchange experiencing issues immediately affects the market. If you think about cryptocurrencies more like stocks as opposed to a spendable fiat currency you will be better set to understand what is happening.

Judge orders probe over Samsung execs viewing secret Apple docs

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Sounds like a biased judge

If the judge has already decided that samsung is the fox and that apple is the chicken, then I would say that they will not receive a fair trial. Innocent until proven guilty and all that.

Upgraded 3D printed rifle shoots 14 times before breaking

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Re: inevitable

The main concern I have is that with ballistics analyses you can identify and link weapons to crimes. Some guns are even traceable. If someone with nefarious intent can print a one shot weapon, use it to assassinate/murder someone and then dissolve it away in a matter of hours in a solvent, then collecting the evidence needed to convict someone becomes a lot harder.

Police 'stumped' by car thefts using electronic skeleton key

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Re: Frequency Scanning

I disagree, if it was the code being sent then the lights would flash and you would be able to use any door. As I just mentioned I believe it is an inductive loop "charger" jury rigged with a camera "flash" capacitor to spike a current to the solenoid. This also explains why it takes a short time to trigger, the capacitor has to charge up from the battery.

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Inductive charger jury rigged to fire door unlock solenoid?

It could be as simple as using a "wireless charger" inductive loop to produce a 12V pulse to the door solenoid.

It certainly looks as though you have to be very close to the car door to get it to unlock. These things have only just started being popular and I have seen a lot of people asking for them to make one for cars.

Unsurprisingly the manufacturers have no plans to make these for cars as the INDUCE VOLTAGES TO NEARBY WIRING, duh. The great unwashed clearly has no idea about physics.

Anyway. I bet you that is what it is. It will only unlock cars with central/power locking and only if they place it near where the solenoid is.

I don't know for sure why it would disable an alarm, but it probably would fry a good amount of IC's. I assume that there are mechanisms in place in ECU's to protect electronics from noise and power surges. Perhaps it has the benefit of tripping circuit protection.

Hot new battery technologies need a cooling off period

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Releasing _Pure Oxygen when charging?

That sounds like a fire risk to me. Anyone remember the Gemini Rocket? Pure O2 is pretty dangerous.

P2P badboys The Pirate Bay kicked out of Greenland: Took under 48 hours

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Re: Tiny?

There are only 3 countries in north america so coming last place is nothing to write about. Most Europeans consider mexico part of central america. If you are not of that opinion it is still 3rd of 4.

It is less than 1/3rd the size of australia. The ridiculous landmass you speak of is actually a product of the way we map the globe to a flat surface. If you look on google maps for example it appears as large as USA and canada combined. This is bullshit.

Anyway it is smallish. Roughly 12th in the world. Brazil and argentina both have its number. Anyway, I am sure they meant small in terms of population.

Soot forces temperatures more than thought: AGU

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I thought soot was a cooling factor due to global dimming

Yeah a lot of research says the exact opposite of this. Check out global dimming. It was suggested that the droughts in north eastern africa were partially due to the european area suddenly changing the air pollution laws, stoppping clouds from being seeded and allowing more sunlight to reach the surface.

This was big news a way back when. Now we are told that it makes the earth warmer. Colour me unconvinced.

Intel uncloaks 'highest performance' desktop processor

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In depth review already available

They have its speeds and feeds, benches etc at toms hardware...


Inside the iPad mini: Pray you never have to open one

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Actually a two speaker system can still be mono

Having 2 speakers does not a stereo make. The channels on stereo carry seperate audio information to allow the listener to hear the sounds coming from different places. A "3d" effect for the ears so to speak.

You can simply duplicate the mono information adn send it down two channels but that is not stereo sound. It is mono over two speakers.

I do not know if the device is mono or not but your assertion that two speakers == stereo is false.

Unconsenting Facebookers exposed by Beacon denied payouts

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Sick the lawyers on em

What we will have now is the plaintiffs sueing their own lawyers, with a whole new bunch of lawyers.

Thus the cycle continues.

Korean boffins discover secret to quick-charge batteries

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There is a problem that is a corollary to fast charge...

It is the fast DISCHARGE of the battery. In the event of a short circuit they tend to explode rather than just catch fire. This coupled with normal protection mechanisms not working in those circumstances (too slow) can really put a downer on someones day (life).

But hey, a short circuit can't happen in a car crash.... oh wait.

Lenovo CEO Yang doles out US$3m bonus to staff

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Honestly some people

This is equivalent to a months salary in China. It was never reported to be performance related other than for the CEO hitting targets, for the average worker I think this is a very generous and kind gesture.

I honestly can't believe the negative responses of a lot of the commenters. Keep it up Yang! I think what you did was really nice. More wealthy people should behave like this. I am sure you will reap the benefits of an encouraged and happy workforce.

BOO HISS to the negatrons.....

So you wanna be a Wall Street techie? Or anyway, get paid a lot

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I think the right answer to all of those things is...


Then explain how a search engine can go about analysing the question to come up with an accurate answer or set of answers.

For example whether it means "tuning forks" or "professional piano tuners".

It can index all the businesses it has in it's databases and come to a figure that is representative of what is known. i.e. number of listings that exactly match or 98% match with added keywords present. etc.etc.

Then your interviewer knows that you can make a search function that will meet customer expectations.


Nothing but net!


Gov mulls ban on wallet-draining charges for card payments

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Paypal might be screwed too

I wonder if they will increase listing fees to combat this?

It basically takes away all Paypals profits.

German KIT v Fighting Seawolves in student cluster deathmatch

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If it truly is a "bring anything" game having someone get heavy with FPGA's would be a treat.

I am interested in what hardware they are actually using. Anywhere we can go to see that?

The incredible shrinking NAND: I'm MEELLLLTING

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Economy of Scale?

Hang on a minute??? Doesn't economy of scale come into it at all? It works like this you see. Making anything is limited by the resources allocated to it's production. As the whole world now actually knows, SSD's may cost more to make than spinning magneto-drives, but this is in large part to there being incumbents in the HD game with huge manufacuring facilities that have already paid for themselves and need minimal change to change to newer technologies (slowly).

And the fact that people have shown that they are willing to pay more for better storage? So driving cost to the ground isn't really the be all and end all of flash is it? Having more factories set up and taking ever increasing share of the spinning disk market is the future. The "areal density" or equivalent is already reaching parity with spinning discs (they still have room to play with for cramming more in if they go to a 3.5" form factor). It may cost more but people will still buy them and THAT is what is important to BUSINESSES.

AMD and Nvidia extreme GPUs workout

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Re: Nice

You will find actually that the way they got so much grunt is by crippling the GPGPU compute parts for the 680 onwards.... They are gamer cards strictly and hobbled for compute.

And re: BenR ^^

These cards are also designed to allow actual gaming on tri-screen setups. It is not too much to ask for them to include triple monitor resolutions as I am certain they own 3 monitors.

'Super-powerful' Flame worm actually boring bloatware

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Re: Kaspersky employee Aleks's blog on securelist is worth reading over

Your 2nd point is EXACTLY what my first thoughts were when the author plays down the infection rates.

If it is capable of erasing it's presence and has had at least 2 years, maybe 5 years to spread and gobble info, the fact that only 1000 concurrent infections have been verified means FA.

If the "insert large governmental institution of your choice" had 1000 people each tasked with slurping the useful stuff off a machine each day, then spreading and finding the most interesting one the next day lets do the math:

1000 * 5 (working days a week) * 48 (working weeks a year) * 5 (years) = 6 million possible machines infected at this work rate.

So that is in the same order of magnitude as conficker etc. Of course I have zero evidence to back this up, however Mr. Author, you also have zero evidence the impact was so small and benign.

And what is this about wiper? It strikes me that if you didn't want to bring in 1000 people on this you could easily have your corporate hacker team write a script to very much automate the infect, check pc for keywords/data types, spread, delete self routine and maybe hit every "connected" machine on earth in the same timescale. Maybe this script is also pretty smart and happens to go by the "Wiper" name?

Raspberry Pi supplier coughs to ship date delay glitch

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CE is Self-Certified

CE marking does not absolutely require any agency outside of the manufacturer to test the items for compliance.

You can self certify, basically just writing a declaration of conformance.

It is if you are challenged that you need to produce evidence of compliance (in the form of test results etc.)

For example all the powerline networking kit that are blatantly NOT EMC compliant all have CE certification (from manufacturer). Look at how they have been made to stop selling taht kit after complaints..Oh wait.

It is a useless system that does nothing to protect consumers. It is just a theatrical show.

Braben sticks knife into secondhand games market

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Wait WHAT?

You imply that by sharing their revenue (that with the highest profit margin) they would have somehow have had more money? How did you work that out genius?

And if you can finish a title to satisfaction in a week or less then it is a problem with the GAME, not the sales channel. Most new games are crap compared to the old classics.

To be successful you have to have great gameplay, plenty content and a hook of some kind that keeps you going back for more.

Seagate strikes trillion bit HAMR blow

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I am of the opinion

Surely there would in fact be an improvment in IO. When spinning at similar RPM's the read head should pass 20x more data at any given location on the disk purely because the density is increased.

It happen with PMR, transfer rates went up significantly. I think that it wont scale exactly to match the increased density but there should be some improvement.

Microsoft slashes Office 365 prices

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Aren't their refunds based on cost of package?

Haven't they just had a major outage (8 hours) recently? Don't they refund their customers based on a percentage of cost of the service?

So by lowering the cost of the service plan they can now be liable for a much lower cost for the failure to deliver the contracted uptime....

They can sell this to try to attract more into the cloudy fold too (P.T. Barnum states that they will actually do this quite successfully)

Warp drives are PLANET KILLERS, Sydney Uni students find

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Travel in lots of very short pulses such that you never build up an amount that would produce very harmful emissions.

squirt squirt squirt, each time radiating most of the build up.

It may take a little longer, but if you can make it interstellar without frying your intended hosts that would be rather more polite...

Zuck plots carefully considered Facebook IPO

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don't forget that user base

A lot of the users might grow concerned about the pressure to increase profits/monetization when it goes public. I know I am.

I think it might lead to a general reduction of users if it is seen as needing to live up to a huge valuation. They will start pushing crap or selling more and more personal info.

I still don't know how they afford the running costs let alone pull in a profit. Is it purely through ads and games? I have never spent a penny on it and I don't plan to.

HTC Explorer budget smartphone

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It sounds almost the same as a galaxy europa...

But the europa costs £50 new (from 3 store)

Oz skeptic offers prize if Rossi’s E-cat works

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"pseudo sceptical debunkers"? What does that even mean?

A few things I would like to say.

@ Amanfromearth vs AC "peer review". - Neither of the links come from peer reviewed journals. The Purdue Uni paper is unpublished. Also it doesn't have any mathematics in it at all to back up anything that is written. The author makes bold statements without reference to the actual calculations used to predict temperatures where reaction could occur for example. The blogspot article has maths to back it up and relevant observations of misleading/misunderstood basic scientific principles from the inventor.

As per title, what the hell is a pseudo sceptic? somebody who doesn't believe, but really they do because they are faking their disbelief? And if they are a debunker that implies some form of historical success at debunking, meaning that they have already achieved their goal.

If anything it is the attitude and fanaticism of the supporters that make me think this is a hoax. When people bring emotions into physics you know that they are either clueless or fraudsters.

Man fights felony hacking charge for accessing wife's email

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Google Permission VS. Marriage Vows

So let me get this straight... Some people think that because you click a tiny little box saying that you read the T&C's (which you didn't) that makes it ok for them to do what they want with your personal info....

But, standing in front of all of your collective friends and family and vowing to be faithful, trusting and sharing of your WHOLE LIFE, then signing a document to that effect, does not give the partner the right to look at personal info?

Wow...... They say the pen is mighter than the sword, now apparently the check box beats pen hands down.

Boffins: Japan was hit by 'double-wave' tsunami

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Well, maybe nukes have some uses then...

Perhaps changing the undersea topology would act to prevent this type of tsunami being able to be come about.

World may be short 70 MILLION disk drives

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Hybrid Disks = FAIL

Title says it all. RIP spinning magneto drive... Hello FLASH (AAAAHHH aHHHH, he'll save every one of us!)

request flash gordon emoticon...

Telcos snub UK.gov broadband cash pot

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Well, BT are legally required to connect a telephone line to any residence or premises in the UK. This is despite the lack of an economic case for doing so based on the usage that the line will have.

Undoubtedly this has proven beneficial in the long run, people in the countryside can phone the emergency services for example when they are required. During the war (WWII) I am sure that having telephone lines run throughout the nation saved a great number of british lives etc etc etc.

It is expected that people have sufficient access to communications technology in this day and age. You can't just leave out people because they live in rural surroundings. They after all are the people who FEED everyone. So I think the business case isn't really that relevant. The money is there to subsidise this rollout to an extent and if the terms being made by BT are blocking the utility and implementation then they should be pressured into making the terms more attractive. 'Nuff said.