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Keep your cables tidy. You never know when someone might need some wine

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Re: My girlfriend did it

Wasn't there a 'martin the goth' who played on Xpress FM /Metros for a while?

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Re: fail - over?

All those spherical-earth globalists need to learn to stay away from our parallelograms.

There are over 9000 reasons to keep them away from our edges.

Claims of AI sentience branded 'pure clickbait'

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Re: generally agree...

Some cartridges that work forces

The printers stop work as the DRM enforces

And now you buy what they told ya

And now you buy what they told ya

US-funded breakthrough battery tech just simply handed over to China

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Re: It's unclear if DoE's withdrawal of Rongke's license will stop it building the batteries

What would be interesting to check is whether the DoE applied for just EU/USA patents

Remember, "USA patents" do not cover Chinese sales unless there is a valid Chinese patent.

It wasn't that common to patent tech in China back in 2006.

They wouldn't be able to sell it in the USA...

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Re: Multi-acid design

Thank you for this explanation. Appreciated

Soooo, usual toxic sludge huh? No wonder they moved the manufacture to Asia. There was probably too much paperwork and regulatory barriers to build in USA...

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These kind of articles really need to state the original patent. Given that the "original work" took place 2006-2012, the patents probably expire in 2026-2032.

Evaluating a patent is hard because you need to understand the protected patent claim, figure out any obvious workarounds, the context, whether a patent could be thrown out due to prior art/obviousness etc.

Vanadium flow redox basically requires vanadium oxide and sulphuric acid. If their patent is "they developed a special mix of acid and electrolytes that they claim is twice as powerful" I'm dubious what they actually patented? Did they just find a way to stack chemical tanks to make them bigger and more powerful?

Psst … Want to buy a used IBM Selectric? No questions asked

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Re: the Selectric – with its golf-ball type head replacing the basket of type bars –

Run bath.

Sit in bath wearing one's finest underpants.

Invent electricity.

Drop electric typewriter in bath.

Profit unlocked.

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Re: Sarah? Is the Moderatrix back again?

Caergwrle am byth!

Suspected radiation alert saboteurs cuffed by cops after sensors disabled

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Re: But ... why?

They worked as "maintenance contractors", so presumably that means IT support/infrastructure on the CBRN side. 1-2 companies come to mind who likely provide those services

It takes a special kind of individual to disable nuclear safety sensors. I have to assume profit motive would entail loss of a contract, or perhaps highlighting an extremely old IT infrastructure that requires modernization, with commercial interests seeking to highlight it.

Charter told to pay $7.3b in damages after cable installer murders grandmother

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"Mr. Holden performed a service call in Ms. Thomas’ home the day before her Dec. 2019 murder. Although Charter contended he was off-duty the following day, he managed to learn that Ms. Thomas had reported that she was still having problems with her service and used his company key card to enter a Charter Spectrum secured vehicle lot and drove his Charter Spectrum van to her house.

Once inside, while fixing her fax machine, the victim, Ms. Thomas, caught the field tech stealing her credit cards from her purse. The Charter Spectrum field tech, Roy Holden, then brutally stabbed the 83-year-old customer with a utility knife supplied by Charter Spectrum and went on a spending spree with her credit cards."

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My suspicion in these cases (and I'm fairly certain it is the case) is that news journalism has resorted to PR/agenda driven news. i.e. the law firm puts out a series of factual statements and opinion that backs up their own agenda/business case, while neglecting to mention the parts of the case that do not support their legal case.

The same will occur on the other side, as the other team is incentivised to do exactly the same thing with sympathetic journalists.

I see no reason why any HR department in the world would be legally mandated to check that regular staff have "been fired" in the past. But it sounds like a legal angle where the lawyer is trying to claim that this in itself is "negligence". How far do we take this? Do we want kindergarten child psychology reports on all field staff?

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One of the odder twists in the trial, is that he was apparently sent in to fix her FAX machine.

Nowadays, several readers may not even know what a fax machine is.

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Negligence is a curious topic.

For example, take the construction trade, a high % age of construction workers will have had some combination of minor arrest / fired / criminal history / divorce / mental health issues. Divorce and money problems alone would likely account for 50% + of all US citizens into this "danger category". Do we ban all people who have ever had mental health issues from working? It won't help depressed people with their financial problems.

Usually, I tend to think of negligence as a foreseeable outcome. You know, don't give employees the correct tools and you are responsible for the accidents that occur. I'm vaguely on board with the idea of "compensated based on the outcome" idea, although it troubles me slightly, as I tend to prefer to focus on the actual deed, not the potential outcomes.

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Re: Alleged?

The part that concerns me is the use of the word "alleged", if it was reported 10x then the balance of probability suggests he was doing it. Whereas if one elderly person alleged it, well frankly the elderly can be forgetful.

Reading up elsewhere, it seems there is more to the story. On one side, the chap involved had never even been arrested, yet alone charged with anything.

However the Charter lawyers were dragged into court over an apparent attempt at forging documents, trying to force the case out of court (presumably forging a signature from the family to take it out of court). This may have irritated the judge and jury.

"Jurors agreed that after Ms. Thomas' grieving family filed a lawsuit, Charter Spectrum attorneys used a forged document to try to force the lawsuit into a closed-door arbitration where the results would have been secret and damages for the murder would have been limited to the amount of Ms. Thomas's final bill"

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I have no love for the broadband company, but I dislike the hysterical use of emotional language in lawsuits.

If the company had sent him to the premises on that day, perhaps I'd lean more in that direction. But it sounds like the employee had no criminal record, and being fired once in your career is hardly an indicator for murder. I don't foresee any risk assessment that could predict "man with no violent history is getting divorced and may stab someone to death off duty".

Sure, there's compensation to be paid, but the jury has overestimated this. $10m and a mental health initiative at work is more than enough to look after the family.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Now 100,000kg smaller

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Re: Where does it all come from?

Crikey, I had no idea the problem was such a problem in those areas

Engineers on the brink of extinction threaten entire tech ecosystems

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We are at a quagmire where electronics degrees are actually really effing hard, and you can expect to earn £25-30kpa when you start.

No disrespect to lawyers or bankers, but good graduates could expect to earn £25-35kpa when they start, and frankly they are easier topics. I like to think I walk the line on that as I am an electronic engineering graduate who works in economics.

I could teach most of our junior admins basic economic theory, I could barely teach their managers basic transistor design. When the bankers, lawyers, economists and public sector workers can expect to earn more in the early days than electronic experts who have to know an insanely wide set of theory, it's no surprise no one wants to learn this topic

Heck, your average electronic engineer is usually supposed to know a decent amount of code in various languages.

Nexperia talks up its investment in UK wafer fab, says no plans to close

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Precisely.

Unless I am massively out of the loop, the Nexperia Newport site has a very specific market - the power sector.

It is not setup for 4nm bleeding edge processor technologies. They were (historically at least) setup for 8" power wafers.

Although I do seem to recall some defence contracts around radar. That would perhaps be enough to evaluate Chinese interference/ownership.

Google to pay $90m to settle lawsuit over anti-competitive behavior on the Play Store

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Ironically, we only originally started to use Google because they were different to the abysmal AOL / MSN / Lycos search engines.

It was quite pleasant to have a plain white screen without celebrity gossip splattered everywhere.

Now, Google ads in the search engine page are starting to proliferate and become annoying.

I started using Qwant as a I vaguely trust the French and it seems to work well for most things except mapping (rapid historic pitchfork activity has kept the French government in check).

British Army Twitter and YouTube feeds hijacked by crypto-promos

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It has to be said, the averaging marketing 'crayon faerie' given access to a Twitter account is usually held to a much lower standard of control and IT security than your average engineer.

The conversations usually start with "But I absolutely CANNOT update the company Twitter account without a high-spec iMac." and "I would also like it on my iPhone please".

One of the first RISC-V laptops may ship in September, has an NFT hook

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Re: CPU

Out of curiosity, on the high end RISC side, how much are the licensing fees for arrm CPUs?

I thought the fees were relatively trivial. Is it literally just because the Americans are being difficult and restricting sales to China and Russia, is it the nature of open source coders, CompSci PhD students, or just the nicety of having CPUs with confirmed lack of patent worries??

NOBODY PRINT! Selfless hero saves typing pool from carbon catastrophe

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Re: Pottering around not doing much

And thus we find the crux of the problem with most organisations.

The best staff are constantly chasing promotions and extra duties, so in effect the newbies are doing all the work (but have minimal experience) and all those with 20 years experience are arguing about process documents and budgets.

Apple's guy in charge of stopping insider trading guilty of … insider trading

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Stupid idiot.

However, there is part of me that thinks about the human condition, that if I had money* it would be really hard to just sit on my hands and wait to lose $250k.

It would be interesting to know if this person was a named employee within the insider trading scheme. Directors, accountants and Chief Legal officers would typically be registered and monitored for such things, particularly during a blackout trading window. Presumably he thought he could get away with it because he wasn't named or being actively monitored.

It's more common than we like to think. Hell, after the whole debacle of Nancy Pelosi's hedge fund husband trading on her apparent knowledge, even the politicians seem to do it.

*I do not have the money.

Software-defined silicon is coming for telecom kit later this year

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Indeed, I've been on the designing side trying to make whizzy electronic products and doing the whole maths of:

Have two systems - basic + premium. You'll need two sets of engineers and multiple software/PCB layers. Parts will probably go obsolete simultaneously and cause chaos. Generally known as a pain in the butt to source, especially when you have multiple factory sites globally.

OR

Have one slightly more expensive product capable of doing everything - have a kill/enable switch for the premium features. Let the customers upgrade if they want. One product line and one development cycle. All factories make the same part, builds in some redundancy in case the factory burns down etc.

First steps into the world of thought leadership: What could go wrong?

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Re: "tediously lengthy and needlessly double-spaced humblebrags"

It almost smells like perhaps if you click a setting then LinkedIn is not allowed to use your personal info to offer marketing (aka job recruitment and cookie blocking).

So it ends up randomly offering jobs based on your IP address..?

Plenty of IT cookiephobics present in this community. Or "Firefox diabetics" as I like to call them.

Cookie consent crumbles under fresh UK data law proposals

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Re: Straightforward solution

You can set certain websites to maintain the cookies.

I tend to use Firefox with auto-delete when I want full privacy. If I need to login to Amazon or something to do something logged in, I will simply swap to Chrome for five minutes.

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Re: Straightforward solution

One of the more irritiating things I find is the name "cookies".

The name is deliberate chosen so that less tech savvy people think they are accepting a sweet treat - and not the actual thing being delivered in most cases.

Would your average grandma agree to something that said "Accept All Creepy Stalking Software so we can monitor your web browsing habits and sell that information to AOL?".

It would change the game. Maybe if just a few of us start calling them "Stalkies" the trend will grow.

UK competition watchdog seeks to make mobile browsers, cloud gaming and payments more competitive

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Re: First mover advantage?

It felt like Blackberry was intentionally forced out of business, presumably because of their focus on privacy/protecting user data. I can imagine a few groups who may not have liked this, but frankly it could simply have been advertising cabals.

Apple had some nice design touches, but they weren't the first company to have a touchscreen smartphone by a long measure.

I'm not sure why Nokia died. I think they struggled to transition from hardware buttons to a touch-screen interface, Symbian was OKish, but the kiss of death happened when they transitioned to Windows phone. Although TBH I quite liked my Lumia back in ~2014

Biden tours Samsung fab, talks chip cooperation with South Korea

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Re: "The embarassment" should just stay home (and stop 'doing things')

Regardless of which side of the political fence you sit on, Biden has always struck me as a liability.

Sure, he's a nice-ish guy. But he has had brain surgery on at least two occasions for serious bleeding (this is why he has his characteristic stammer/forgetful voice/wording).

On occasion, his speeches sound like he's had 5 pints of beer

Apple to replace future iPhone Lightning port with USB-C next year, this guy claims

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Is it not fair to say, that the Apple 2012 design for lightning is limited to somewhere in the region of 5-20W power charging?

With USB edging up to 50-100W, is it not likely that Apple would have to change anyway, as the other brands rollout 50-100W chargers?

It's probably for the best. We all know Apple just want a fancy connector so they can sell you a sweatshop-made $1 cable for $40 in New York, cutting out the local markets selling £5 cables on Amazon.

Study: How Amazon uses Echo smart speaker conversations to target ads

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It's closer to walking into the store, the security guard photographs everything in your wallet "for security" and forces you to sign a 200 page legal document to enter.

They sell those ID papers to anyone and realise your email matches your Facebook account. A 5% off voucher for fertility vitamins is emailed to you and when you walk into the cosmetics area and the cashier gives you a car brochure because you asked Alexa to book a car repair. But the cashier already knows you are a gay male who likes brunettes, so to make you feel welcome a shop employee of your sexual preference comes along and gives you a compliment on your hair.

Were not far off.

AMD Threadripper CPU supply severely low, PC makers say

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Re: Naming

Pentium NanaSpeed3000+ featuring intel inside and security disabled.

Finnish govt websites knocked down as Ukraine President addresses MPs

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Green/pink hydrogen seems like a good alternative in recent times.

The hydrogen hydrolysis manufacturing chain is ramping up considerably.

If you fire someone, don't let them hang around a month to finish code

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Re: Extra credit

That is the inherent problem with iso9001.

If the management process is "turn kettle on, wait 3 minutes, put teabag in cup, add milk."

It all falls apart when some knobhead asks where the kettle is stored and whether it's safe to pour hot water down your y-fronts.

GitLab issues critical update after hard-coding passwords into accounts

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Re: Hard coded passwords

I admit I am predisposed to a cynical and paranoid nature, but let us step back and consider the nature and effect of this coding.

This bug is a very specific and intentional bug. It's not an obvious developer bug, a misfiring accidental software line or mild slipup.

To me, it looks like a deliberate backdoor effort that has gone to moderate lengths to avoid detection. Presumably it was leaked or discovered. What is odd, is that this is not a decades old bug, it seems to have been launched in January 2022.

"generated a fake strong password for testing by concatenating "123qweQWE!@#" with a number of "0"s equal to the difference of User.password_length.max"

I mean seriously....does that sound like an accidental bug to you?

AI drug algorithms can be flipped to invent bioweapons

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Re: Genetic bioweapons too

Is this statement misleading, considering the binding nature of covid?

It has been suggested that the covid binding receptor (ACE-2) has the appearance of being artificial. In the sense that, it is a non-native genetic design, with the theoretical and practical suggestion being that the ACE2 binding receptor was genetically modified.

As such, it has been proposed that it was modified to become more human like, since the ACE2 receptor has been demonstrated elsewhere to be a horrendous human pathogen

Are we springing into a Y2K-class nightmare?

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Re: Daylight Daylight Savings Time

They occasionally talk about having a single European (including UK) timezone.

I am still baffled how China manages this with a single timezone. Sunrise and sunset are separated by 3-4 hours in the far East and far West of the country

Russia's invasion of Ukraine tears open political rift between cybercriminals

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Re: 'enemies of Russia'

A curious event I was not expecting today

The Ukraine-EU power grid has been synchronised and is now functional. It turns out that "testing" was successful and it has been made permanent.

Wonder if Putinski will care about this

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Re: 'enemies of Russia'

There's a few complications in this area, but they are relevant.

Offshore wind pricing has gone from "bloody expensive" to becoming one of the biggest and cheapest British energy source based on 2021 prices. Below half the cost of nuclear energy. There have been overwhelming price reductions since 2016.

Britain has the highest wind speeds and largest shallow coastline in Europe (= cheaper steel bases). But storage has been an absolute nightmare for it. Enter companies like ITM Power and others in Germany manufacturing hydrolysers (turning water + power to hydrogen, which can be stored like natural gas and burns to product power + water). Huge projects are lined up. True GW scale projects are not that far away. Read the ITM power annual investor presentation, it's barking mad how hot that sector is.

The British, BP, Shell, Orsted and the like are now transitioning steel production to green hydrogen (slowly). We in Britain hope to set up an export trade for our surplus energy. I presume the Russians are also annoyed at this new competition it has absolutely no hope of competing with.

Perhaps also with net zero, governments have never liked being dependent on the middle East, Russia or whoever. Sustainable home produced reliable energy has it's advantages, as demonstrated perfectly by Putin here.

IMO, of course,having spent my life working in the oil, gas, power and wind turbine markets.

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Re: 'enemies of Russia'

Russia has a series of fundamental challenges and I'm not sure how this can end with diplomatically palatable options.

Ignoring the "Putin bad" simplification in the media. You need to look at it from Putin's paranoid perspective, 70% of Russian exports are petrochemicals/energy (gas, coal, oil etc.). The petrochemical companies effectively fund the Kremlin and Putin's pension. A significant amout of these exports travel via pipelines in Ukraine and Belarus to Europe. Ukraine transports ~ 75% of EU gas from Russia, with Russia paying $3bn a year to Ukraine to allow the transit.

In an odd but notable coincidence, on the day of the invasion, Ukraine was testing a disconnection from the Russian power grid to move onto the EU power grids. I am unclear whether that was a background cause or a 'final straw'.

Throw in the EU's strong commitment to 'net zero', rapid ongoing expansion of renewable energy and, in particular, the Danish-German-Spanish-Netherlands projects to replace natural gas with green hydrogen, and you may understand why Putin is a wounded bear with a hurt ego. His economy faces a 2-4% annual reduction up to 2050, at which point their economy may have lost $2tn of income.

To complete the circle, you need to consider that Shell had found giant shale gas reserves in 2012 with Shell lined up with a 50-year $10bn drilling license for development in 2013. Funnily enough, the areas where the gas was found (Crimea and East Ukraine) began developing an unusually militant and anti-Western sentiment within 12 months of the shale gas discoveries, leading to the 2014-2015 annexation of Crimea and the ongoing wars in East Ukraine/Donbas that were clearly directed by the Russians. The discovered shale gas sites had a value of at least $150bn. Russia probably wants to incorporate these reserves into their own, blocking Ukraine from selling their own gas to the EU and cutting off Russia's core sales to the EU. Also, by taking over the Ukraine they presumably do not have to pay the $3bn a year "pipeline transit fees".

In summary, it's a mess.

Microsoft slides ads into Windows Insiders' File Explorer

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Re: The mistake was enabling the ads

"You just searched for a .PDF file. For your security we recommend Adobe Reader - currently at 20% discount at just £3.99 per month!"

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On a pedantic level, I am somewhat displeased with the use of the ! symbol.

Unless I am mistaken, the ISO definition of that symbol is:

Title/Meaning/Referent: General warning sign

Function/description: To signify a general warning

Hazard: Risk to people specified by the supplementary sign

Apart from the general hazards expected when using Microsoft software, I don't think that recommending new products is a reasonable use of a caution warning.

You usually see that symbol in user manuals telling idiots to "read the manual", "take reasonable precautions not to electrocute your genitals" or "please do not microwave your animals".

Prototype app outperforms and outlasts outsourced production version

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I work in technical support. We keep extensive unofficial documentation on virtually every topic. Every now and then manglement stumble across a document and demand that it gets a formal official release for use.

So far, the process goes: Manglement dislike any criticism or acceptance of problems. Delete 50% of content. Leave positive details in. Make 100 cosmetic changes. Argue for two days about grammar.

End result: all the techies use archived secret copies of the original document.

Cryptocurrency ATMs illegal right now in UK

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I was thinking "those ATMs that sell gold bars in Dubai shopping malls finally have competition".

I'm wondering if this is a Russian common laundering tactic?

Adobe warns of second critical security hole in Adobe Commerce, Magento

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Re: Sadly, my company are magento heavy...

It's something about iPhone drones having to have the right "skillset" on their marketing CV. It's a bit like why our accountants at work demanded SAP, when the only particular reason I could think is that our accountants can now claim experience with SAP on LinkedIn.

Perhaps marketing drones just have the experience with Adobe photos hop? I recently gained view access to my company website. It boggled my mind how much stalkware and bloat ran in the background. Dozens upon dozens of apps designed primarily to harvest email, contact and social media metrics. All so she can present a PowerPoint every 6 months about "customer engagement" showing age, gender, industry sector, social media engagement campaigns blah blah blah.

London university on hunt for £17m SAP ERP replacement

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Re: Cookie cutter business processes == cookie cutter businesses

I assumed it was students money?

Fibre broadband uptake in UK lags behind OECD countries

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You can get a rough estimate on whether BT is planning an FTTP rollout on the BT FTTP website. Generally you can see on a map roughly what state the rollout is in.

Short version, no plans known for Brentford and Chiswick up to 2025 I can see. Richmond, Twickenham and Southall either already done or work in progress.

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Re: HS2 or FTTP?

BT had a major advantage (it's existing duct and pole network) and one major downfall (it's massive pensions deficit, billions and billions!).

Therefore, it is no surprise they milked their existing assets for as long as they could. Until they basically crapped themselves during lockdown as Virgin started rolling out 1gbs, altnets started hoovering up their rural customers (key example, the debacle in Pembroke where BT massively overquoted and subsequently most of the business contracts went to small altnets).

The situation has improved with the separation of BT and Openreach. Their rivals can now use their ducting and poles, resulting in the current pace of FTTP rollout at about 300,000 properties per month in the UK. The recent "100% corporate tax reduction for FTTP investment" has also turbocharged that speed, with pension funds ploughing hundreds of millions of pounds into it.

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Re: Doh!

Openreach are doing two things I believe. I understand that the cabinets may become unnecessary eventually when everything is FTTP.

But also Openreach are now largely getting FTTP distribution pod things installed on a street. When a customer then orders FTTP an engineer will be sent to connect the last 10s of metres.

Openreach have a great FTTP rollout map @ https://www.openreach.com/fibre-broadband/where-when-building-ultrafast-full-fibre-broadband

While thinkbroadband have an awesome map showing basically every internet connection possible by every supplier and technology https://labs.thinkbroadband.com/local/index.php?tab=2&election=1#6/51.414/-0.641/

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Where are you based? If you go on the Openreach website it will show you their current fttp build plan with dates.

Thinkbroadband.com also has a map showing where all FTTP suppliers are active. In Central London you might be surprised.

I'm over near Chiswick and there's virtually no FTTP in this area unless you are in a new build flat

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