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BT Openreach boss wants you to know that deep down, they care

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Re: Good day to say this.

We have problems with our un-staffed sites. We give BT instructions that before they set-off for site, they are to call us so we can meet them there.

They turn up, find no-one around, ring some random number and bugger off when they can't kind anyone. And then have the check to claim we refused them entry.

Later on, when we (finally) met up with the engineer, we ask them if they read the notes on the call about contacting us, and get told "Oh, I never read the notes"

They're absolute muppets. No, that's not fair on the Muppets...

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DDoS attacks: For the hell of it or targeted – how do you see them off?

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I'm still no better informed as to how to protect against DDoS attacks....

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Zombie Moore's Law shows hardware is eating software

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Re: What's really changed is the development tools

Er, you have read the history of the ARM processor? From the Wikipedia page:

"A visit to the Western Design Center in Phoenix, where the 6502 was being updated by what was effectively a single-person company, showed Acorn engineers Steve Furber and Sophie Wilson they did not need massive resources and state-of-the-art research and development facilities."

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Will US border officials demand social network handles from visitors?

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Re: Nope!

And make it difficult to get it back if you're innocent:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kEpZWGgJks

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@Voland's right hand - Re: So what if I do not have one?

The other day, I followed a chain of links from this esteemed website, and ended up on a Wikipedia page reading about how shaped explosives are designed & used in nuclear bombs. Quite interesting I found - especially the bit about where they use air gaps in the explosives to help shape blast. But having now read up on explosives and nuclear weapons, I'm obviously a terrorist and need to be locked up for the good of society.

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Larry Ellison today said really nice things about rival Amazon's cloud

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Build an app on RedshiftOracle and you will be running it forever on AmazonOracle – you are locked in, baby,” [Larry] said. “So if AmazonOracle raises its prices you better get out your checkbook.”

FTFY

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VMware's secret security plan revealed

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Virus Checker

I remember years ago VMWare were talking about embedding a virus checker in the hypervisor to scan guests in real-time.

I guess they couldn't keep the performance of that approach.

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WTF is OpenResty? The world's fifth-most-used Web server, that's what!

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Headmaster

...10,000 of the top million sites..

Er, so that's 1% then?

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HP Inc's rinky-dink ink stink: Unofficial cartridges, official refills spurned by printer DRM

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Re: My printer not HP's

Why should HP or any other manufacturer prevent me filling MY machine with liquefied dog turds if I want to, what has it got to do with them?

Money. You'll probably find that the printer is sold at close to cost, whereas the ink is sold at a massive profit.

Many consumers make their initial buying decision on the up-front costs, rather than recurring costs. Other examples of this business model include mobile phones & razor blades.

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Mozilla emits JavaScript debugger for Firefox and Chrome

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Money wasting?

If the two developer teams were made up of volunteers, then this duplicate work could be excused as people scratching their personal itch.

But I suspect the two teams are employed by the Mozilla foundation to work on Firefox. Which means one of them is wasting their time & Mozilla's money, so someone at the top is asleep at the wheel.

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Good luck squeezing saturated market, Euro mobe firms, say Orange, Telefonica

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There millions of folk world wide who dont want nor can use a so called smart phone

With Microsoft killing off the basic Symbian Nokias, we're having to scratch around for disposable phones for maintenance & cleaning staff to lose, drop, etc.

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However, operators have said they need to consolidate to raise investment cash - now that world + dog now has a mobile phone contract

So everyone is using your service and you can't make money from it? Something sounds wrong here.

...how operators can move away from the traditional mobile contract revenue.

Ahh, I see the problem. You came up with a business plan 20-odd years ago and haven't updated it. Now you're complaining that the world doesn't fit your business plan.

...noting that some countries have 10-12 operators. "So sometimes if one operator lowers the price: what can you do?"

You basically have several ways to persuade someone to buy something from you rather than a competitor:

- Price

- Quality

- Features

- Brand Loyalty

It's your choice how you you want to go.

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Google's become an obsessive stalker and you can't get a restraining order

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@m0rt - Re: Do people care?

They say it was seen, but what proof are they offering? Surely they have to provide you with the information in question

I seem to recall that, with the police, they refuse to show you their evidence unless the case goes to court.

I'm sure I got a parking ticket one time and the notice said "Pay £X fine now. If you want to see our evidence, pay £Y."

It makes you wonder if the police, councils, etc. are copying the mafia's modus operandi....

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VW Dieselgate engineer sings like a canary: Entire design team was in on it – not just a few bad apples, allegedly

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@dajames - Re: If the government had better tests...

It's even easier to keep your waiting lists down by refusing to allow people to book an appointment more than a certain time in advance.

A relative had one better: If it looked like the hospital weren't going to make the deadline, they'd just take you off the waiting list. You'd then re-apply and go to the back of the queue.

When you're waiting for heart surgery, "deadline" gets a whole new meaning...

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Re: If the government had better tests...

In the UK, the government set targets for the National Health Service for dealing with patients. They were surprised when they discovered that hospitals massaged the rules to hit the "letter" of the target without hitting the "spirit" of the target.

If you set someone a target, they'll find the cheapest/easiest way to hit the target, which may not be done in the manner you intended.

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'Oi! El Reg! Stop pretending Microsoft has a BSOD monopoly!'

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Cisco BSOD

That Cisco BSOD isn't a real BSOD.

All that message says is: "You asked me to parse some XML and you gave me garbage." All you have to do to exit it, is to press the "Exit" softkey. It's not rebooting the phone, just exiting the attempt to parse the XML and return to normal phone operations.

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Printers now the least-secure things on the internet

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@Lotaresco - Re: Do printers really need to be connected to the internet?

I think you've missed the point: All this IoT hubris is aimed at the consumer who has few IT skills (and even fewer security skills!)

Business environments have been doing remote management & access on all sorts of devices for decades. (And still can't always get it right!)

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Linus Torvalds won't apply 'sh*t-for-brains stupid patch'

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A little bit more nuanced...

The story is a bit more nuanced that the El Reg article leads you to believe.

The El Reg article implies that Linus wants the firmware supplied with the kernel module. The issue is that for some devices, the driver is generic and the firmware can be written be anyone. Hence the firmware BLOB can come from a standard filesystem which isn't available until the system has booted further than initial module initalisation.

Whether the patch author's approach for tacking this problem is correct, though, is for clever minds than mine to decide upon.

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Sick of Southern Rail? There's a crowdfunding site for that

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The Southern Problem

The Southern Railways problems are a lot more nuanced that just having or not having guards on trains.

There's a thorough discussion of the subject at the London Reconnections site.

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Spoof an Ethernet adapter on USB, and you can sniff credentials from locked laptops

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Re: 13 seconds?

I always wonder why it takes Windoze so long to get a keyboard working when other O/Ss manage it in a second or so.

Can anyone explain?

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NBA's Golden State Warriors sued for 'mic snooping' mobile app

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Re: Also the Lazines Factor

There have been articles which describe how some companies buy popular apps from their authors. Then, in the next update, the app is riddled with ads, etc. It could be that your apps are been bought by malvertisers.

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$329 for a MacBook? Well, really a 'HacBook' built on an old HP

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Psystar

Wasn't the difference with Psystar that they were shipping MacOS on their machines? Whereas this outfit are just flogging a laptop that could run MacOS if you supply it yourself.

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Larry Page snuffs out ‘too expensive’ Google Fiber project

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The UK

Several people have commented on how infrastructure should be in the public ownership, then others say how the UK isn't a shining example of what happens when infrastructure *is* in the public ownership. But the UK infrastructure is actually heading in another direction: Non-profit (or heavily regulated for-profit)

Rail: First, everything was nationalised. Then everything went for-profit private sector. Now, the infrastructure (Rails and some stations) is a government backed non-profit (Railtrack) and the trains are run by for-profit companies.

Phones: Again, everything was nationalised. Then for-profit BT was formed. Then BT was slowly split up, and Openreach (last mile cables) is slowly being pushed towards a non-profit standalone entity.

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Excel hell messes up ~20 per cent of genetic science papers

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There was a similar piece of research done on spreadsheets generated by financial bods. They found something like 10% of spreadsheets contained errors affecting the calculations.

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Oracle reveals Java Applet API deprecation plan

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API Deprecation & Removal

Just because an API is marked deprecated, it does not follow that the next release will remove it.

Thread.stop() was marked as deprecated in something like Java 1.1, yet still exists in Java 8

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If you want to build your own Nvidia-powered self-driving car – or hack one – here's a blueprint

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But can it crack safes too?

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Das ist empörend: Microsoft slams umlaut for email depth charge

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@Steve Davies 3 - Re: Please!

Microsoft is a bug factory

To be fair to Microsoft, all software has bugs. The real question is: Does their software have more bugs than other software vendors? Or is it that they *appear* to have more bugs because their software is used by more people than other vendors?

Statistics: A slippery phenomenon indeed.

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Microsoft can't tell North from South on Bing Maps

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Bing, Google, etc...

The problem with maps from Bing, Google, etc is that the information they hold has not been specifically drawn together. Instead, Bing, Google, et al take a load of datasets and try and automatically link them into a map. The data isn't always accurate and there's no human involved to provide sanity checks.

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DVLA misses out on £400m in tax after scrapping paper discs

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Re: This should be one of the easiest taxes to collect ...

I saw one of these naff police documentaries a while ago. The copper was saying that the in-car ANPR notifies them of so many suspect cars (Tax, insurance, MoT, "wanted for questioning", etc) that they ignore it a lot of the time.

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Watt the USB-C logo?

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£1m military drone crashed in Wales after crew disabled anti-crash systems – report

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@Dave 126 - Re: The shape of things to come ...

However, there is a school of thought, as cited by Volvo, that this 'half-way house' approach is potentially dangerous, since human nature is to lose concentration at times.

Other experiments have shown that even when machines are blatantly wrong, humans are very reluctant to take over.

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From the El Reg article, it looks to me like the pilots were trying to work around know problems with the automatic systems.

Hint: If you have an automatic system that you have to regularly override because the automatic system can't cope with a situation, then your automatic system might need revising!

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Power cut crashes Delta's worldwide flight update systems

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@Pascal Monett - Re: the investment didn't make sense

I've been involved in several incidents over the years where I've said to the boss: "We need to spend X to replace an aging/failing system." I'd be asked: "Is it currently broken or about to fail?", and when I replied "No", was told to forget about it.

Later on, the system in question would die and management would complain about people not being able to do their jobs. A blank cheque was usually swiftly provided to replace said faulty system.

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My Microsoft Office 365 woes: Constant crashes, malware macros – and settings from Hell

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@Doctor Syntax Re: What's Wrong with Slurp?

And then people keep saying LibreOffice can't open MS Office documents....

Oh LibreOffice can open MS Office documents.

Whether it can keep the formatting is another matter.

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Server vendor has special help desk for lying, incompetent sysadmins

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Re: In the middle of the noughties...

To be fair, the small businesses that use these support companies do so because they have no IT skills themselves and can't judge if the companies they're using are sound.

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Microsoft adds useful feature to PowerPoint. Seriously

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Re: Still

"I see you've written your script on these slides. Shall I convert these slides into a Word document?"

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Juno's 1,300-pic Jupiter vid

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Re: That video would be so boring without the music

I'd kinda hoped it might have closed in a bit further.

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Microsoft to rip up P2P Skype, killing native Mac, Linux apps

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Redmond decides you'll sound better snooping will be easier for the NSA if Skype runs in the cloud in America.

FTFY

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BT internet outage was our fault, says Equinix

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A BT spokeswoman said the power issue affected around 10 per cent of internet usage - meaning one-in-ten attempts to connect to the website they want to go to may fail.

Well that's one way to read it. Another, is to that the 10 percent of Internet sites were unavailable (From BT's network) during the outage.

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Re: Just this morning?

Looks like the universal IT cure-all of turning it off and back on again has once again fixed the fault.

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Really Scary Telecoms Stuff? Nah – telephony's just an app

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Re: @Ragarth

That assumes the cloud provider does not go down. If they do you are really stuffed.

Absolutely correct. But the same applies to on-prem kit too: If the PSU in your PABX goes bang, you're stuffed until a replacement/fix arrives.

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@Ragarth

It depends on the solution ;-)

For some, you're stuffed.

For others, you can get local devices which can support a basic level of working if the hosted/cloud data center becomes unavailable.

Remember, that if you're running business critical services in the cloud, you probably want to have two diverse ISP connections to the Internet.

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Reliability

..single ISDN links because failures were generally in the PBX, not the line

Really?!? I've been in the telecoms/IT world for 20+ years, and the BT ISDN lines have always been the most unreliable part of a phone system.

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WhatsApp gets another Brazilian whack as magistrate blocks it again

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Re: I love how

If WhatsApp genuinely are not able to hand over messages (Either because they don't have them or can't decrypt them) then the government and courts are wasting their time. Unless, of course, the government & courts believe WhatsApp are lying....

(An alternative thought is that the government want WhatsApp to add back-doors to enable them to get at the clear-text messages)

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MPs tell BT: Lay more fibre or face split with Openreach

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@Steve Davies 3 - Re: Get the facts right

[Openreach] do have the rest of the Telephone network to maintain and upgrade.

Er, no, they don't. Openreach are only responsible for the cabling from the exchange to the customer. The exchange equipment (Phone, data, broadband, etc) is the responsibility of someone else.

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Reader needs Aircon help

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WTF?

Yellow Pages

Am I missing something vital, but why not contact a local air-con company? Is PG so far off the beaten track that there are no local suppliers?

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Size isn't everything...

One key piece of information you're missing is the power consumption of all the equipment in the room.

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New Mars rover is GO for 2020 says NASA

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Re: Obviously the first sounds will be...

Surely that's a Mars shattering kaboom...?

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Student Loans Company burns £50 million in IT project superfail

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@Dan 55

So if there's not enough profit in it for the banks, why don't the government pay the banks to run the scheme? Surely that must be cheaper than the government doing it - and making a mess of it.

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Revolutionary Brit-made SABRE hybrid rocket engine to burn in 2020

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Re: Meanwhile NASA prepares its Apollo v1.1 ...

I suspect it's more that NASA needs less involvement from politicians telling it what to do.

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