* Posts by Snar

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When civilisation ends, a Xenix box will be running a long-forgotten job somewhere

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Pint

ICL :)

My late uncle worked for ICL.

When I was a kid he brought me bits and pieces such as core stores, magnets from printers and all sorts of stuff. He fired my imagination and a desire to work in electronics / communications. When I was at school he gave me dead boards and I learned my soldering skills desoldering 7400 series chips off the boards and more than anything else he gave me the confidence to go into engineering. When I went to college and poly he was there for me and gave me lots of encouragement and kit to play with.

He was my mentor and whilst he was a cantankerous old git sometimes, he was a real shining light in my life. Great bloke, hence the pint.

Amazon hasn't launched one internet satellite yet, but it's now planning a fleet of 7,774

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Re: The future's so bright i gotta wear shades

Yup - We lost the HF spectrum to non EMC compliant switched mode power supplies, xDSL and Fuckwit Powerline junk. I fought against it and Ofcom took it up the arse like good little puppies.

Nothing is protected from not putting barriers up to innovation / business. Just junk whatever so someone else can make a fucking fortune.

Analogue tones of a ZX Spectrum Load set to ride again via podcast project

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Doing a Joey.....

Happy days.

NNNNGGGGGGHHHHH

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Pint

Hey Hey 16k

This was done years ago -

R tape loading error.

Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IagZIM9MtLo

Intel's €80bn European chip plant investment plan not bound for UK because Brexit

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Re: Deal done

Brexiters still trying to justify their xenophobia?

Red tape?

https://www.ft.com/content/fbc6f191-6d69-4dcb-b374-0fa6e48a9a1e

Another Brexit benefit?

China, Russia, India, and pals agree to create virtual satellite constellation

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Maybe

Cummings can sell them some satellites?

THX Onyx: A do-it-all DAC for the travelling audiophile

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Re: HiFi?

I quite liked dbx back in the day - seemed to be a much better system than crappy Dolby C. It was a PITA that you couldn't play back dbx tapes on a non-dbx casette deck but apart from that I quite liked it.

I've still got my circa 1984 Akai HXA3x tape deck and it's still running after all of these years. But I did succumb to a Revox B77 half track high speed which delights to this day :)

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Re: MQA

Goldensound did quite an interesting analysis of MQA here -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRjsu9-Vznc

The audio market has always been a playground for snake oil salesmen. My current favourite is "Audiophile Ethernet Switches" - they are a real thing.....

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Re: Wow! (and flutter)

When I was a sprog my dad had a Grundig reel-to-reel - I can't remember which one it was. The machine died 40+ years ago but the tape made it and now have a digital copy of it.

In the '80s, satellite comms showed promise – soon it'll be a viable means to punt internet services at anyone anywhere

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Re: Can't wait...

I've also got a VM connection and have the hub in Modem mode and it just works. Straight into my Pfsense box along with a backup 4G dongle / travel router for redundancy. I paid £45 for a Vodafone 24GB SIM which will be good to go for 24 months until it expires.

Global chip shortage probably won't let up until 2023, warns TSMC: CEO 'still expects capacity to tighten more'

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Yes but....

When you have companies that are selling devices at almost no margin and trashing global pricing, the money suddenly goes out of the business and profits start to go south. So what do you do? Cut back on high capital investments. Investors need to see a return on their investments - if they don't you don't have cash to run your business.

Couple that with the commodification of even microcontrollers and aggressive PICOS supplier antics and you end up with where we are today.

Said companies leadtimes go out to over 12 months and then suddenly you start having conversations with their disgruntled clients to help them design your stuff in. And the stupid thing is that when we come out of this partly client generated clusterf**k they will switch back to their previous slightly cheaper suppliers because beancounters told engineering to do so.

Problem is that when the next dip comes along (as it will) there will be a lot more pain after such a large amount of investment in capital and the cuts will likely be deeper.

Why did automakers stall while the PC supply chain coped with a surge? Because Big Tech got priority access

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Re: They only have themselves to blame

Yes - very aggressive PICOS techniques adopted by auto makers have cut down the margins that semiconductor manufacturers can expect to make from these huge accounts and partly lead to the streamlining of semiconductor production.

What do automotive manufacturers expect? They are partly to blame for the problems they are facing. Now they are reaping the rewards. If I've got 100k pcs of a part and I can sell them to one account for $1 and another for $1.30 it's not a difficult decision as to who gets the priority when there are supply constraints.

What really irks me is the cost of electronic car components when they go tits-up knowing that the manufacturer will have paid bottom dollar for the parts inside it.

UK watchdog blesses Virgin Media and O2's union, says there's no risk of market distortion or competition loss

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Re: Now you only have one choice for a complete shit service instead of two!

Yes. I had an issue when I upgraded to 1Gbps where the s/n ratio wasn't sufficient for DOCSIS3 and a new cable was pulled to my home. But I think the real mark of a good provider is not having the problems that need to be put right in the first place.

We've had a few issues with power outages which have been outside VM's ken, but the network seemed to come back up as soon as power was restored.

There have been outages when they have worked on the network, but in the 2 decades that I've been with them, I'd be surprised if I've seen 5 days down-time.

I don't mind having a pop at a service provider that doesn't, but in my experience I've consistently been very pleased with what VM have provided me. I don't have any connections (apart from cable) with the company and if I thought they were shit I wouldn't be with them.

But the alternative of crappy xDSL fills me with dread.

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Re: Now you only have one choice for a complete shit service instead of two!

I've been with VM (and Birmingham Cable previously) for over 20 years, going from 512kbps to 1Gbps and I've been really pleased with the service. I've heard more tales of woe concerning crappy xDSL services.

University duo thought it would be cool to sneak bad code into Linux as an experiment. Of course, it absolutely backfired

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Re: Touchy, aren't they?

I wonder if their follow up will be a study into emergency vehicle response times to prank calls?

Pigeon fanciers in a flap over Brexit quarantine flock-up, seek exemption from EU laws

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Re: Seriously?

They walk among us.....

Absolutely fab: As TSMC invests $100bn to address chip shortage, where does that leave the rest of the industry?

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2x Track and Trace

A snip at only twice the money earmarked for the UK Track and Trace.

UK prime minister Boris Johnson reluctant to reveal his involvement in the OneWeb deal

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UTC and BST

I wonder who they will award the contract to for sending someone up twice a year to put the clocks forward and back?

Another Windows 10 patch that breaks printers ups ante to full-on Blue Screen of Death

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I wonder if this means that they won't be fucking up Ethernet with this patch then?

Ubiquiti iniquity: Wi-Fi box slinger warns hackers may have peeked at customers' personal information

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Re: Alternatives

Another +1 from me for pfsense.

I had a Netgate SG-3100 for about 4 years which ran out of puff when I upgraded the broadband service to 1Gbps/50Mbps and is now running on a Dell R210 Mk2 with an Intel i340 NIC and a 120GB SSD and it cost me £100 to put together. Faultless. Machine is pretty much silent and lives in my home office next to my desk although Mk1's are more noisy AFAIK.

Apple aptly calls its wireless over-the-ear headphones the AirPods Max – as in, maximum damage to your wallet

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Re: Premium audio space?

Mine have transducers in them.

You can see them through the backs of some pairs.

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Premium audio space?

I think "designer audio space" is more accurate - where function follows form rather that form following function.

Fancy building to-spec PCs for the Bank of England, and more? A £46m end user support contract is up for grabs

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Sounds like a job for Grayling

or one of Cummings best buddies.

Who watches the watchers? Samsung does so it can fling ads at owners of its smart TVs

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Joke

Does this make it a "Spammy Sammie"?

Remember Entatech? UK liquidators are still trying to seize founder Jason Tsai's assets

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I think there are much larger corporate fish to fry than this chap. But they have friends in high places whose palms they cross with silver and nice little holidays to keep sweet.

Always the little guys.

Ancient telly borked broadband for entire Welsh village

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Probably needed a baa-nd pass filter.

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Re: 18 months?

In the EU and UK, if doesn't matter by what margin you fail EMC limits by, if there is enough money behind you, you pan push anything through and Ofcom bend down nicely for you. Case in point is Powerline networking junk.

Brexit border-line issues: Would you want to still be 'testing' software designed to stop Kent becoming a massive lorry park come 31 December?

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Re: Stockpile your popcorn

Brexit street parties aplenty.

Can't wait to see the idiots who voted for this mess starving and on the streets bleating about the "good old days" - 2015.

Multiple customers knocked offline as firefighters tackle flames at Telstra's London Hosting Centre bit barn

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Joke

LFB @ PI LHC PDQ?

UK space firms forced to adjust their models of how the universe works as they lose out on Copernicus contracts

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Re: Answer is simple

I wonder if Deloitte will win the contract for sending a Brextronaut up twice a year to put the clocks forwards and backwards?

This'll make you feel old: Uni compsci favourite Pascal hits the big five-oh this year

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Re: pascal was simply useless.

I fcuking hate C - I have for 30 years.

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Re: pascal was simply useless.

Err...

I use it on a fairly regular basis for developing demo code for Ether CAT systems. I'm very much an engineer.

Structured Text is a Pascal based- it's part of the IEC 61131-3 suite of programming languages.

Implementations can be a pain in the Boris, but it works.

Xilinx's high-end Versal FPGA is like a designer handbag. If you need to ask the price, you probably can't afford it

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But

Can I get a one to one exchange on bog roll?

Essex named sexiest British accent followed closely by, um, Glaswegian

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Yow cor always tell a Brummie....

But yow cor tell 'im much.

(I'm a Brummie BTW :) )

Personally I love the female Newcastle accent. Super sexy!

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

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_._. __._

I keep a 100W transceiver / digital MODEM and antennae for different HF/VHF and UHF amateur bands in the back of my car.

HF NVIS (low-slung antenna, maximum RF at 90 degrees or so to the Ionosphere and illumination such as a parasol) and works very well and gives me UK wide comms when it isn't fucked with crappy tech that shouldn't be on the market / is not compliant with EN55022...

Oh - but we are leaving the EU, so that shit legislation most likely won't matter any more.

Brexit-dodging SCISYS Brits find Galileo joy in Dublin

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!= Brexit dodging

I don't blame them in the slightest. Sound move to protect their interests. One of many high tech companies that are running from the carnage that Brexit will bring.

But so long as we can protect the fishing industry and get gammony blue passports, what could go wrong? As Boris said "Fuck business". At least his younger sibling has some common sense.

Let's hope we get a Peoples Vote and the ability to get out of this dogs dinner that infighting withing the Tory party has inflicted on the nation.

Doom: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins

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Ahhh!

First game I really got into. I ran it on a Compaq luggable DX2/66 machine with an EISA backplane and a Sportster 14/400 MODEM.

IDDQD / IDKFA :)

UK and EU crawling towards post-Brexit data exchange deal – reports

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Typical Brexiteer - No collateral just an empty brain and no comments.

Ram your blue passport up your arse and I hope you feel all of the ramifications of voting to protect the likes of Rees-Mogg, Banks and the rest of the off-shore tax-dodging arseholes that want to destroy my country to serve themselves by whipping up hysteria over immigration.

You fell into the trap.

I hear the sound of one hand clapping. You won, get over it.

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I'd like to know why the person that voted me down thinks the opposite...

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Brexit - the gift that keeps giving.

Insects with farts that smell like coriander assist in covering up Paris's aroma d'urine

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According to Frank Zappa

France stinks -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eep1_tiPOVY

Always been a pleasure when I've been :)

Shout out to the Gammon and their fishy blue passports.

Now you can tell someone to literally go f--k themselves over the internet: Remote-control mock-cock patent dies

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It’s happened aparrently! We had a presentation by a UK based pen tester who had looked at a teledildonic device with a camera that was sending images to a Chinese address....

I predict a riot: Amazon UK chief foresees 'civil unrest' for no-deal Brexit

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Fuck it

I'm done with Brexit and just deleted a rather long rant to summarise in this -

To anyone who voted for Brexit - May you, your children and your children's children be ever touched by your decision. I hope you are directly affected by what you have voted for and gain all of the ramifications from it. Every single one.

Welcome to Ubuntu 18.04: Make yourself at GNOME. Cup of data-slurping dispute, anyone?

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This

Is part of the reason why I've had El Reg as my home page for 20-odd years.

Balanced reporting.

Look how modern we are! UK network Three to kill off 3G-only phones

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Re: 2G (GSM, not USA CDMA)

And my Ericsson GH388 :)

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Re: As long as they run a 3G service ...

I've been with Vodafone for over 20 years and whilst I'm happy to complain where complaint is due, I've found my dealings with the company very easy, and personally I rate them very highly, however YMMV. They are not the cheapest, but I can't remember the last time I was stuck without a signal. Same is true of Virgin Media - Whilst I've only got VM broadband, again I've been with them for over 20 years and have had nothing but good, dependable service from them with very few outages.

Plus I like the fact that Voda also still run 2G. Does anyone know if they have plans of killing it off?

1.5m Brits pay too much for mobile and crappy broadband – Ofcom

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24Mbps superfast?

Really?

FTTC may help to reduce contention, but it's still crappy xDSL to the subscriber.

Twenty years ago today: Windows 98 crashed live on stage with Bill Gates. Let's watch it again...

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Same shit

Different day :)

O2 wolfs down entire 4G spectrum as pals fiddle with their shiny 5G band

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Bastard Telecom and Ofcom

BT are quite possibly my most hated company. It gets me how they can peddle more and more junk technology that increasing doesn't work and to the detriment of the EM spectrum while giving it to Ofcom up the arse like the Bishop of Bath and Wells.

BT whine about the use of "Up to xMbps" which is a phrase that they coined because DSL just happens to be a crap, non-deterministic technical abortion stymied by the laws of physics. They can wrap a turd in gilt terms such as G.fast, but it is still a turd. And don't get me started on PLT - Ofcom clearly like having a prolapsed ringpiece.

How the fcuk can a company as big as BT get away with peddling an DSL based service as "superfast fibre"?

As an experiment I thought I'd have a look at what shiny bollocks BT are now peddling. Wow! super duper 100Mbps guaranteed - And if it doesn't work, you can claim a refund of £20!...up to 4 times a year...and it's actually a gift card rather than dolly.

So living in a fairly residential area I just thought I'd see if BT could offer me this special service and how much - Not available in your area, but "You can still get speeds of UP TO 55Mbps" - Good old crappy DSL to the rescue.

I'm pretty fortunate in that we do have Virgin in the area who provide me with a nice 350Mbps down / 20Mbps up connection and during the 20 years I've been a customer I've seen my speeds increase from 1Mbps to my current speed which has been consistently delivered with very few days outage.

To my mind, BT should not have been allowed to continue to use the POTS wiring to deliver broadband services as they were neither designed for the job or are capable of delivering the services demanded of them. BT's reliance on flogging a dead horse into a pulp and it's reluctance in investing in a decent TTH infrastructure has in my mind been bad for the general UK domestic customer base. Now they seem to be under pressure to do something, they are probably 20 years behind their closest competitor in technology. I hope the whole company goes titsup.

Europe dumps 300,000 UK-owned .EU domains into the Brexit bin

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Re: Where are the Brexit fans?

Strong leadership?

That is a fucking joke.

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