* Posts by Refugee from Windows

294 posts • joined 10 Jun 2010

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Phone jammers made my model plane smash into parked lorry, fumes hobbyist

Refugee from Windows

Re: 2.4 GHz? Sanity check, please?

Was it the 27th April? Possibly in the evening? It could be that a licenced operation desensed its receiver. The SHF UK Activity Contest may be the cause.

What a clock up: Brit TV-broadband giant Sky fails to pick up weekend's timezone change, fix due by Friday

Refugee from Windows

Their boxes run on an embedded Linux. That poor outdated tzdata file is the culprit.

Just have to live with it I suppose.

Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W: Nippy stocking filler for the nerd in your life – if you can get one

Refugee from Windows

Re: Why...

You could always live in rural Britain, where buses don't venture.

Of course forget about using AI to catalogue all those images, why not use the unsuspecting users?

Nobody cares about DAB radio – so let's force it onto smart speakers, suggests UK govt review

Refugee from Windows

Happens too often. Too many stations play the same selections of tracks for a week, but in a different order.

Travelling around I default to FM, although there are some interesting dead spots even on the M6 through the fells, as DAB would often repeat itself often repeat itself when switching back and forwards.

BT to phase out 3G in UK by 2023 for EE, Plusnet, BT Mobile subscribers

Refugee from Windows

Re: Rural coverage is still very poor

Keeps us in business here, and of course provides a supply of lost walkers because they can't find their way using on line mapping.

United, Mesa airlines order 200 electric 19-seater planes for short-hop flights

Refugee from Windows

Re: I wonder

You could of course embed a linear induction motor in the runway, so the acceleration is done without draining the batteries on board.

What Microsoft's Windows 11 will probably look like

Refugee from Windows

Same underlying code, just a different GUI, there won't really be much change under the bonnet. Absolutely.

I'm sure that it'll regularly break anyone's other than Micro~1's software and give us all a new generation of undocumented features and orphaned devices.

Vodafone building world-girdling hybrid analytics apps capable of slurping 50 terabytes a day

Refugee from Windows

Re: "quickly offer its customers new, personalised products"

You are the product. They'll be "sharing" your data with anyone who'll stuff up for it.

Space station dumps 2.9-ton battery pack to burn up in Earth's atmosphere after hardware upgrade

Refugee from Windows
Happy

Re: Hypocrisy

Degrade? Do look out for all the blossom on the roadside apple trees over the next few weeks.

Memo to scientists. Looking for intelligent life? Have you tried checking for worlds with a lot of industrial pollution?

Refugee from Windows
Coat

Krikkit perhaps? Have we missed the Douglas Adams connection?

Linux Mint users in hot water for being slow with security updates, running old versions

Refugee from Windows

Re: Could they pick a better example than Firefox?

Of course I delay Firefox XX.0 updates until at least XX.0.1 is available, after all they're bound to have missed something obvious "whoops we missed that" comes to light. That's usually within a week.

UK watchdog fines two firms £270k for cold-calling 531,000 people who had opted out

Refugee from Windows

Re: Spoofing unused codes

I've found they use real STD codes but the numbers are fake, that they start with number combinations that aren't valid such as 151.

There may be not one but two new air leaks in International Space Station: Russian boss tells us not to panic

Refugee from Windows

Re: Slow Leak eh?

How are we going to get a big enough bowl of water into space to find the leak?

UK network Three hikes pay-as-you-go rates by 400% to push punters to buy 'bundles'

Refugee from Windows
Happy

Has to be said

3-2-1-Goodbye.

Windows 10 ends the year with more than half of PCs on a 2020 flavour

Refugee from Windows
Stop

Modern standby

Sounds like a bad idea to me, plenty of chance for processes to continue, could you still be bitcoin mining or sending emails? Could your computer be dreaming?

I prefer my standby to be that, and zero power shutdown "Double Pole Single Throw".

UK comms regulator: Could we interest sir in a bespoke broadband speed estimate?

Refugee from Windows

Speed guess?

I've found that if you take their "Up to" figure and divide it by three and you'll be pretty close to what you get.

UK competition watchdog fast-tracks investigation into mega-merger of O2 and Virgin Media

Refugee from Windows

Re: Viring media Positioning for 5G

Very long term thinking then, especially out in the sticks. Any 5G coverage will no doubt be just before they announce 6G round here.

You're going to need to unwrap and rewrap those Pi-400 holiday gifts. There's a new Raspberry Pi OS Update

Refugee from Windows

Re: Never too young....

Add to that everybody else trying to get devices to work on Christmas morning.

After demonstrating a facial recognition system that works on cows, moo-chine learning pioneer seeks growth funding

Refugee from Windows

Re: Why?

You may have one herdsman, but you'll have someone in on a regular basis to come and fix the robots. Nothing like a message telling you at 1 am that the milk filter on Robot #3 needs attention.

Dairy cows like their contact with their people, beef cattle have left contact and therefore are a little more antisocial.

Angus? No you mean Ayrshires, and don't forget Shorthorns - they do better on supplemented grazing rather than Formula-1 Holsteins.

Refugee from Windows
Coat

Must have been a slack day

Hmm. Cows wander round with unique ear tags, also activity monitoring collars with connectivity and may even have a passive tag in an ear for the parlour feeder to identify them. Has this project really been necessary? However with all these backups you can easily see how well it's working.

Maybe they are just convenient targets, there are plenty of example available but such as deer (wild or farmed) or even badgers, but non-farmed species are the better choice.

I'll get my coat, the calves need feeding and the food mixing for the girls won't happen on its own.

Need a hobby for lockdown? Perhaps check out the CMOS battery

Refugee from Windows
Facepalm

Back to 1980

All those devices conspire to bring back date to that of 01-01-1980 here. They're in league with the gremlins to both deplete my supply of 2032 batteries and hid the minature screwdriver set required to get at the holders.

Then of course you finally open up the device and find it's a PCB mounted one and there's no holder....

Data protection scofflaws failed to pay £2m in fines from UK watchdog – and 68% of penalties are still outstanding

Refugee from Windows

Re: So why not...

Those corporate entities will just respawn as another "brass plaque" enterprise with no assets, to do exactly the same again. Hit the board with the fines, even it just bans them from holding another position until it's paid.

'Mindset reset' contributes to £1bn extra costs and another delay – 2 years this time – for Emergency Services Network

Refugee from Windows
Coat

Re: Who was the priority?

I suggest that the users were never consulted in the first place. The local Police regret losing their private VHF network, that operated independently. You might not have been able to use it for data but it did work.

Airwave never got the PTT function activated and it never talked to the other blue light services, so you could describe it as failed, chances are the ESN will never get it either.

The 4G network becomes the single point of failure, what could possibly go wrong?

Coat, as I'd expect at somepoint a certain national emergency communications organisation will be called out to cover some large scale failure.

Adobe about to pull the plug on Creative Cloud freebie 'at-home' access for students

Refugee from Windows

Re: Transferable skills?

Losing all those students isn't a good idea perhaps? Once you've got them used to using them your products that it's assumed they will move to employers that need to pay for licences, thus generating business. Works with Office software doesn't it?

Are students going to pay up for their own copies at full rates? Perhaps not. Are they going to hold their previous work to ransom then? Maybe someone else can answer that one.

House of Commons agrees to allow Zoom app in Parliament, British MPs will still have to dress smartly

Refugee from Windows
Thumb Up

Get it right

The MP's log in and sit in front of their cameras. The Speaker sits in front of his monitor to see who's there, and use the chat box to say you wish to comment. Then selects those to comment...

Now that's the up side sorted, the down side is using the BBC Parliament Channel, that's how they are seen. Best brush hair (as appropriate) and not be wearing their giraffe onesy. They can scroll the names of those MPs who are actually logged on, and use facial recognition software to make sure that they've just left their Spitting Image puppet in front of the webcam.

Boris is still on his sick note, so shouldn't be working anyway.

That's how it should work, however I doubt if the honourable members would put up with it for long.

Hello Moto! UK Home Office shoves comms giant another £82m to stay on Emergency Services Network gig

Refugee from Windows

Re: going for a record fail.

I've just got a feeling that the military won't be able to cope.

They're be a few containers of DMR handhelds being held in a goverment warehouse somewhere. Late, overbudget and not delivering service anyone?

Father of Unix Ken Thompson checkmated: Old eight-char password is finally cracked

Refugee from Windows

Re: They'll never guess this one.

So much for a password hint - your password is incorrect

Dear Britain's mast-fearing Nimbys: Do you want your phone to work or not?

Refugee from Windows

Re: Higher was better

It might be that the existing mast is in too good a position. If you have more masts but with smaller coverage it means you can handle more users, otherwise sticking a cell on a very good position might go too far. Too many users per node.

Possibly the owner of the existing mast might want too much money to site their equipment, and/or not have enough electrical supply or telecom capacity to service it.

The best locations have already been used, it's been a long period of filling in the gaps and there are still a lot of them.

BT 'UK's most powerful Wi-Fi'? Why, fie, for shame! – ads watchdog

Refugee from Windows

Most powerful wifi?

I dispute this claim, at one point we used a 500mW wifi module into an antenna with 16dBi gain, but then we had a "Notice of Variation" issued by OFCOM and they specified what SSID was to be used. This was for short term use, not in a built up area BTW.

Isn't it a limit of the ERP rather than the power? Came across this with upgrading routers with after market antennas.

Accused hacker Lauri Love to sue National Crime Agency to retrieve confiscated computing kit

Refugee from Windows
Alien

Laws of aquisition

The NCA, being one of those goverment quangos, operates in its own area of the law. In this case that of the Ferengi, out of the Star Trek universe, once they've got it you'll never get it back.

Also applies to other "law enforcement" agencies who don't want any external scrutiny.

LG's beer-making bot singlehandedly sucks all fun, boffinry from home brewing

Refugee from Windows

Re: To brew American beer.....

and 100,000 gnats of course.

Exiting DWP digital boss Mayank Prakash switches to energy biz Centrica

Refugee from Windows

More thinking rat, sinking ship etc. I've worked for a company whose high profile boss left before the big changes were actually implemented - they never happenned - and it finally sold out to another company.

Maybe he knows it's a failure, best to get out before everyone else realises this.

Sure, Europe. Here's our Android suite without Search, Chrome apps. Now pay the Google tax

Refugee from Windows

Ignore and continue as usual

The ad revenue, even if it's undeliverable, is too much of an incentive for them to leave these out of Android. Neither would Google want to be seen to lose significant market share. The commercial plan is to make sure that the competition doesn't grow significantly. Other browsers, mail clients and mapping services are available, but Google would like theirs to be the default on the majority of users.

It'll be like the browser choice fiasco, they are so deeply baked into their services they can't untangle them. Lip service will be paid that's all. The slurp will continue unabated.

SpaceX blasted massive plasma hole in Earth's ionosphere

Refugee from Windows

Phooey?

Bigger rockets have been launched in the past (notably Saturn V), and in the days when HF communications were more important commercially, there were no problems reported with the ionosphere recorded. If there had been, I am sure the FCC would have picked this as having been noted by members of the ARRL. Surely there would have been plenty of reports of the effects of launching through the various layers, indeed various governments (including the UK) have carried out experiments and regular measurements of the ionosphere.

The frequencies used by GPS are c 1.5GHz - these pass straight through largely unscathed. There may be some odd rotation effects for instance very occasionally, but unless you're trying to thread a needle from space, largely insignificant.

Not so much punching a hole, more just a minor ripple.

Putting the urgency in emergency: UK's delayed emergency services network review... delayed

Refugee from Windows
Coat

Typical Government Contract

Can we possibly expect that this one will be over budget, late, and of course not meet the specification called for. That is assuming that they have made their minds up, but having changed it several times, the end result will not look anything like the end users wanted in the first place.

Piggybacking the whole lot on a public network I won't comment on, but the phrase "single point of failure" comes to mind. Network coverage is nowhere near universal on 4G with EE, and of course there are marginal propagation changes between the current UHF and the 4G Band V so that existing sites may not provide the required service.

Can we expect further delays in the deployment? Of course. I also expect the odd call-out when Plod, Trumpton and the ambulances find out their radio comms are out of service.

Coat - there's a PMR/DMR handheld in the pocket.

Windows slithers on to Arm, legless?

Refugee from Windows

Playing catchup

This is a game that Microsoft haven't put much effort into, and I'm afraid to say that they are so far behind I don't think they'll ever catch up. Being tied down to x86 has turned them into a one trick pony, and their speciality is wearing thin. ARM is likely to become the most popular platform from both embedded through to servers, if it hasn't already overtaken already, and so they are primarily in a declining market. They're playing second fiddle to Google.

They've not even woken up to this, let alone smelt the coffee.

We already give up our privacy to use phones, why not with cars too?

Refugee from Windows

Genii meet bottle

It's going to be a case of when all this connected information gets into the wrong hands, in which case it won't go back into the bottle. My phone can only guess about how I'm travelling about. In congested traffic I could be on a bike (with pedals), bus or car - and I'm sure that would be information that would happily be used for marketing purposes.

There's so much they could work out from the travel data already available - where you work, shop and where you visit - already and tracking it down to one vehicle is possibly one step too far.

Maybe the on board accelerometer could identify the exact location of the pothole that bent my wheel, but it's unlikely. They'd have to make the incentives to have these in place pretty good for savvy users, and no I'm not in the market for a brand new car with any connectivity.

As for most of the populace, they'll just accept this data slurp as they're not made aware of any reasonable alternative.

No Windows 10, no Office 2019, says Microsoft

Refugee from Windows

Missing something

We cannot of course predict disruptive technology. Possibly by then the office desktop PC will be a relic, with just thin clients and server based applications where no-one actually has a office suite installed locally hence no sales. As existing solutions are all browser based, then it won't matter what platform they are on.

TalkTalk banbans TeamTeamviewerviewer againagain

Refugee from Windows

Let them pick up the bill

Most of my customers are out in the sticks, off the beaten track, and their only regular visitor is the milk tanker. If we can't use Teamviewer to connect and sort out their systems, can they bill Talk Talk for needing to have someone travel out to them rather than it being done remotely? What about subsequential losses incurred?

15 'could it be aliens?' fast radio bursts observed in one night

Refugee from Windows
Alien

CQ Contest

They're trying to make contact but it's the FRB 121102 Contest Group. They want us to reply as we're worth 8T points for a new solar system. Unfortunately not even the Italians are able to reply this time.

UK taxmen slammed for tech glitches rampant on child benefits website

Refugee from Windows

Re: Predictable

Plan to fail, if this worked 100% then they'd be facilitating paying out for child care. If it didn't work properly, was difficult to use, or threw you off just before you hit the submit button that's not a problem as it saves money. Why go to the effort of fixing it?

Microsoft: We'll beef up security in Windows 10 Creators Edition Fall Update

Refugee from Windows
Linux

Application Guard

Just wonder where they got that idea from? Would be nice but knowing M$ it probably won't work properly when the underlying OS is built on a moving base. Good idea but I'm doubtful if the implementation will actually be of any use.

Want to see the next idea in Windows? Go and look elsewhere.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AppArmor

Microsoft totters from time machine clutching Windows 10 Workstation

Refugee from Windows

Re: great ideas at the top

How about giving the users a degree of control over it then? Will we just get the usual dumbing down?

File systems - how about if you want to us ext4 or something other than they want to tie you into?

Desktop configurations - no tiles as an option?

An ability not to be gradually forced towards just using the Windows Store?

Telemetry - a "completely off" option?

I am sure others can think of more.

Ofcom wants automatic compensation for the people when ISPs fail

Refugee from Windows

Don't hold your breath

What will no doubt happen is that they'll make you jump through loads of hoops just to report a problem, and never give you a firm date for an installation or changeover. We'll be able to go back to pre BT days, three month waiting list for a line, and then telling you it's your equipment or internal connection that's the problem (and they'd charge you for a callout) just to cover their rear by not starting the "waiting repair" clock.

Really the one that would hurt is being compensated for not being provided with the contracted service, you know the one ... X MB broadband promise but only X/3 MB delivered which seems to be about what you actually get.

Says someone who is not in an FTTC area but they keep promising you the moon on a stick.

Brexit could further harm woeful rural payments system

Refugee from Windows

Re: Cheaper food at the supermarket.

Maybe it'll stop allowing the supermarkets to pay less than the cost of production for milk then? If their alternative sources from the continent have a hefty import duty on them they might just find their supplies dry up in the long term. If it becomes a buyers market then the producers will go for the one who pays the best price and there might be empty racks in some supermarkets.

The best thing for the RPA is a bought of transparency, maybe some of those running it need to be looking for alternative work, before the axe starts to fall.

Fatal flaw found in PricewaterhouseCoopers SAP security software

Refugee from Windows

So what happens when the lawyers get hit? Wh are they going to run to when their data is being rifled?

Microsoft ❤️ Linux? Microsoft ❤️ running its Windows' SQL Server software on Linux

Refugee from Windows
Meh

Mixed approach

If it's that M$ is supporting SQL server, well the number of times I've seen updates in W10 turning it off and stopping software we support that runs it, I'd say they are looking to drop it long term. I suspect that they'll be "dropping it off into the community" at some point. It'll become abandonware.

Getting it on Linux is good, as with exposure to the producers of specialised software, this is a reason why they've not released it cross platform, and with the embedded systems I've been supporting would be far better being on Linux anyway.

The Internet of Cows is moo-ving fast … no bull!

Refugee from Windows

Not exactly a developing market

I can name a number of players in this market, for both fertility management, robotic milking and general automation, so it's hardly a new opportunity.

Maybe it'll produce a new opening for the likes of Google? Will cow collars suddenly start to play advertisements for a feed company?

The cows? Well so long as they get fed, access to the cow brush and generally pampered they'll be happy if they're connected or not. Saying that, the state of some of the "broadband" in rural areas of the UK I'd say not.

Some Windows 10 Anniversary Update: SSD freeze

Refugee from Windows
Facepalm

Never this bad before

I've come across this wonderful update glitch for 10AV. Whereas a program was installed in its own directory, and the data in another it decides to put that program in the Program Files directory with everything else and then of course it doesn't run properly.

Well it keeps me in a job. I'm just hoping our developers are working making our software platform independent.

UK local govt body blasts misleading broadband speed ads

Refugee from Windows

Making it up as they go along

All these headline speeds are not a lot of use to rural broadband users, in some cases if you can call it that. In doing farm IT work I'd be lucky to get 150k, usually it's a lot slower. The only advantage is that I can go for a coffee, walk the dogs, or indeed have a nap whilst waiting.

A friend's farm has 5 miles of wet string between it and the exchange, the nearest village is 2 miles away but of course that's not where it is, and there is little chance of a green cabinet appearing to service a group of 4 farms. They've sprouted a 4G Yagi and a box, and it means they have a chance of doing anything on line, which the powers that be assume everyone can.

I would suggest that OFCOM make them advertise the speed that 90% of their customers can achieve, otherwise it's like having a Ferrari in a 20 mph zone.

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