* Posts by Xalran

17 posts • joined 15 Apr 2020

UK lockdown easing heralds the return of burgers... and bork


I agree.

We have One Star chiefs selling food out of roadside trucks on our side of the Chunnel.

Trump bans Feds from contracting H-1B workers and makes telehealth the new normal


Re: Now I get it!

Yes, but it's been used by people that made the Orange Clown look ridiculous.

And that's a crime of *Lèse Majesté* that cannot happen again for the Orange Clown.

He must do something *about it*. It's a matter of pride.

Aviation regulator outlines fixes that will get the 737 MAX flying again


Re: Hmm.

You know that many airlines gives the plane type when you book a ticket ?

So you can basically choose to fly ( or not ) on a given plane type.

Personnally I'll try to do my best to avoid having to fly on a 737MAX.

'I'm telling you, I haven't got an iPad!' – Sent from my iPad


Re: On helpdesk calls

You just reminded me that I forgot to bring a 15m ethernet cable to my favorite user ( aka Mom ) so that she can connect to Internet when her laptop wifi goes AWOL ( loosing the connectivity with the box and going for another generic wifi network. )

Damn, I'll have to tuck that in my bag for halloween, if they managed to get planes back between ORY and CFE. ( no way I'm going to endure the 4H [ potentially going on 8 ] of train going there )


Re: Which is why I always turn off email sigs...

Personnally, I only use my 20+ lines long, with hotlinked pictures and fluffs, Corporate Approved ( well Corporate provided ) signature for mails that needs to be treated with care by the recipient...

It's a way for me to say : read carefully the fscking mail and ponder on it before doing anything stupid/ridiculous.

The rest of the time it's first name & name.

Some took the cue about the sig, but there's still people that don't get it and go the stupid way.

And yes it comes down to habits taken from the old times.

Analogue radio given 10-year stay of execution as the UK U-turns on DAB digital future


Re: The future is behind you ....

Personally I have a Sony Walkman ( NW-A35 ) ( I never was an Apple fan, except long ago when it involved computer illiterate people that wanted a computer [old macs were computer illiterate friendly.. modern Linux/NeXT flavored macs are not] ).

It can connect to the car in Bluetooth or via USB. Between the internal 16Gb and the card slot ( with a 32 Gb card ) I have most of my music library on it ( most is only because I haven't udapted it for a while... I still have room on the card )

So far I never found a car that wasn't accpeting it on Bluetooth. ( I don't own a car, I rent it when I need one...It's much cheaper for me )

FCC boss orders probe into 'unacceptable' T-Mobile US outage after carrier plays dog-ate-my-homework card


sh*t happens

I've seen a $TELCO network brought down ( for 4 hours ) by two unconfigured switches connected to the network backbone. ( yes yes The Dreaded Spanning Tree Loop )

I've heard of a virtual HLR that went AWOL with it's redundant peer going AWOL a few minutes later too and a $TELCO unable make phone calls happens for more than half a day ( except for the historical users that were still on old monolithic HLRs )...

I don't have insider information as T-Mobile is on another continent... But things can happen that brings down a modern telecom network for hours.

note :

- seen means that I know the culprits (or the unwilling/unknowing perpertrators), and know how it happened and why in detail

- heard means that I have some details, but not the full story

Huawei launches UK charm offensive: We've provided 2G, 3G and 4G for 20 years, and you're worried about 5G?


5G Arms Race

"Trump administration's concerns have more to do with losing the 5G arms race than anything else"

He should be concerned... USA is not even in the race as they do not have any local telco kit vendor... the last one merged with Alcatel before being gobbled by Nokia.

Barmy ban on businesses, Brits based in Blighty bearing or buying .eu domains is back: Cut-off date is Jan 1, 2021


.eu what ?

Honestly, I can't remember when I encountered a .eu domain... I'm not even sure I encountered one beyond some EU institutional sites.

While I've necountered plenty .uk, .fr, .de, .se, .dk, .no, and even some .us sites.

who would want to keep a .eu if they can have the same name with their country tld ?

Watchdog slams Pentagon for failing – for a third time – to migrate US military to IPv6


Re: NAT is not a firewall

I can't tell for UK, but for France all the Home Internet ISPs are using dual stack nowadays

( dual stack = IPv4 and IPv6 at the same time ). Even the triple play boxes are dual stacks...

It's just the non conformists like me with an old IPv4 router that are left using only the IPv4.

'5G for Five Eyes!' US senator tells Parliamentarians the world would be better without Huawei


Where is the American Tech Leading in 5G ?

I think Mr Cotton lives on another planet... last time I looked the number telelecom equipments was low... somewhere around 5 : Nokia, Ericsson, Samsung, Huawei and ZTE. ( I'm not counting the Japanese, as they barely exist beyond Japan )

So 2 out of 5 are Chinese, 1 is Korean and the last two are Europeans... The American choice is limited.

If American tech is used to design or make that chip, you better not ship it to Huawei, warns Uncle Sam


Re: Its' about 5G

There's no telecom equipment company left in America... Motorola went back to do mobile phines and chips, Lucent merged with Alcatel before they ended up being gobbled by Nokia. Nortel, was cut in pieces and sold to others.

Right now the Telecom Equipment world runs on : Ericsson, Nokia ( both being Europeans ), Huawei, ZTE ( both Chinese ) and Samsung ( South Korean )... there's the Japanese too, but they are mostly limited to their own market.

Cisco cannot compete with any of the above when it comes to telecommunication networks... sure they make great products for the datacenters and even fore outside the datacenters, but they lack the knowledge and the tech.

Qualcomm is quite happy making chips everybody wants to buy. Telecom network equipment is not their core business... they don't need to go there, since they are already ubiquitous in all the equipments.

Beer gut-ted: As many as '70 million pints' spoiled during coronavirus pandemic must be destroyed in Britain


Instead of Milk & Beer

Instead of Milk & Beer in France we are starting to throw away Potatoes, Cheese and Cider.

It's the same everywhere... there's a production, but the logistical tail is not able to wag the products to the end users... directly... without having to go through layers and layers of intermediaries. Here lots of farmers have resorted to selling things directly to the people that asked them to. It allows them to keep having an income, to solve the problem of having a production and nowhere to send it ( to a point, they can't seell everything they produce directly ), to get food into the hands of people that wants/needs it.

Openreach tells El Reg it'll kill off copper sales in 118 UK locations next year


Re: Quick Question regaring Fibre

Technically fiber is symetrical. and technically FTTH is can go to 1Gb up and down. ( at least, depending on the tech used )

Now since ISPs are ISPs and they especially do not want you to hosts things at home but prefer that you pay them to host them in their datacenters, they make sure FTTH is not symetrical by capping the bandwidths. It's going to depend on the ISP but things like 500Mb down 100Mb up are not suprising.

Donald Trump extends ban on Huawei, ZTE telecoms kit in US companies to May 2021


It's going to be fun to see $TELCO in America remove Huawei kits and put American kits in place instead...

Because as far as I know there's no American company in the RAN Business.

And in the Telecom Business as it is... Cisco doesn't count, at best they are limited to the transport... and there's lots of people there.

Lucent was the last one with the knowledge and it was merged with Alcatel ( badly merged ) and then both were gobbled up by Nokia, thus making the whole thing a Finnish company.

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you


Bringer of Software Obviously Demented.

nuf said. Obviouslt the Acronym will be fittingly BSOD

From Brit telly presenter Eamonn Holmes to burning 5G towers in the Netherlands: Stupid week turns into stupid fortnight for radio standard


Just a tiny correction

While there's no officially live 5G network in France. the 4 MNOs have deployed 5G to some extend in experimental or proof of concept networks.

I won't give exact locations, but lets say that every major city in France has some 5G network to some extend, depending on the MNO.

And since some of them have been live for more than a year now there's no way they can be tied to SARS-CoV-2... Especially as there's no 5G in Eastern France.


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