* Posts by plunet

9 posts • joined 14 Aug 2015

It's 2020, so let's just go ahead and let Amazon have everyone's handprints so it can process payments


So last decade...

Biometrics for payments.... Amazon just trialing this?

Try going to China where Alipay has been doing facial recognition for payment for quite some time now. When you realise that between then Alipay and WeChat pay now account for something like 90% of payments for most retail transactions in China, and you realise just how far ahead payments tech is in China and how the rest of the world is in serious catch up mode. No one forces you to use it, but most retails over there now frown on needing to handle cash - even the subsistence farmer selling their goods by the side of the road have their AliPay and WeChatPay QR codes printed out to take payment.

Breaching China's Great Firewall is hard. Pushing packets faster than 1Mbps once through is the Boss Fight


Re: 404

It's available on his Uni homepage at https://www.cs.ucr.edu/~zhiyunq/


Uni of London loses attempt to block mobe mast surveyors from Paddington rooftop


The Hilton Metropole just a few hundred meters up the road already has Vodafone (well, it was Clueless and Witless back in the day) assets on the roof - I had a microwave link from there for many years. I would imagine that could target Vodafone HQ as well. So I also guess it's to provide more coverage for the station and Sussex Gardens.

WeWork filed its IPO homework. So we had a look at its small print and... yowser. What has El Reg got itself into?



WeWork do apply for a premises licence for the sale and supply of alcohol at their premises in the UK. The fact that they give it away they still need one for supply.

March 2020: When you lucky, lucky Brits will have a legal right to a minimum of... 10Mbps


Re: Unfair comparison

And significant parts of central London would fail the new pledge. Openreach cabling from some of the older central london exchanges is directly cabled so no green cabinets. And no green cabinets = no FTTC. So a ADSL connection at Oxford Circus will be around 8-12M down and under 1M up. So it's pony up for a proper circuit, consider using 4G or a WISP, or wait around on a sub-optimal ADSL2+ service

UK chip and PIN readers fall ill: Don't switch off that terminal!


Seems like verifone have put up a statement but details are very sparse.


BT will HATE us for this one weird 5G trick


Take a look at China

The principle of using lamp posts for overlay networks is already well established in China, somewhere where the sheer density of devices and demand for bandwidth already outstrips the capacity of the spectrum.

In urban areas and some highways you can see that the two main networks - China Mobile and China Unicom have a box of tricks on alternate lamp posts that offer Wifi with 802.1x network auth or other picocell technology as an alternative backhaul for each networks subscribers.

Govt: Citizens, we know you want 10Mbps. This is the last broadband scheme for that


Re: All well and good but....

All is not well in the metropolis either.

Swathes of Mayfair have the peril of "Exchange Only" lines. This is where cabling from the Exchange to the premise doesn't pass via Green cabinets. And of course this cabling as been around since the early days of PO Telephones and isn't the best. Result: around Oxford Circus and Oxford Street you can either get normal ADSL or a leased line unless there is VM in the street. A small business owner located 50m from Oxford Circus is "enjoying" 6mbps ADSL with no plans for infinity.

So although it's probably not as bad as it might be for those rural hill farmers, it's not exactly great in the places where the general population think it must be great.

Ofcom coverage map: 7/10 – must try harder next time


Coverage? Cover up.

I tend to agree that these OFCOM coverage maps don't bear any relation to what happens in reality.

If they want to do this it really seems that they need to tap into something like rootmetrics, or slap some equipment onto a fleet of delivery vans / Google Streetview cars to actually monitor what the reality is.


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