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BT Unveils 1000Mbps Capable G.fast Broadband Rollout For the United Kingdom

johnw Re:Telegraph poles mostly gone in UK (88 comments)

Imagine the work which would have been involved if what you are saying was true. They'd have had to dig underground ducting in to everybody's garden. How did they do it without us noticing?

You are right in saying that the bulk wiring - the connections which feed the telegraph poles - are now pretty much all underground. There aren't the masses of overhead wires which there were when I was a boy. The final connection to the houses though for the most part remain unchanged. Yes, new builds are all done using underground connections, but most houses are not new builds.

It would be phenomenally expensive to go around replacing all the final connections with underground ones. They haven't done it, and they aren't going to unless there's a separate reason to do it. Indeed, the poles in our road were all replaced recently, in quite an impressive operation. They carry both power and telephone connections to the houses. To replace a pole they had to disconnect everything at the top, temporarily support all the connections with a crane/platform thing, remove the old pole, fit a new pole, and then re-attach everything to the new pole. Now why would they do that if the connections were no longer in use, or even if they had any plans ever to put them underground?

they generally don't bother properly disposing of the telegraph poles: they just let them fall down.

ROFL. Can you imagine the trouble they'd get into if they did that? The ambulance chasers would have a field day.

5 hours ago
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BT Unveils 1000Mbps Capable G.fast Broadband Rollout For the United Kingdom

johnw Re:Telegraph poles mostly gone in UK (88 comments)

Complete nonsense!

Try this - go to Google Maps, pick a residential location at random and then drop in to Streetview. Unless you've picked a very recent housing estate, you will find you can see lots and lots of telegraph poles.

It might be true to say that new developments don't now have telegraph poles, but the vast majority of the UK still does.

7 hours ago
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BT Unveils 1000Mbps Capable G.fast Broadband Rollout For the United Kingdom

johnw Re:Finish the FTTC rollout first pls kthxbai (88 comments)

My local telephone exchange has been enabled for fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) for a year and a half

The street cabinet my line connects to has not been upgraded.

This seems to be a common problem. It was nearly three years from when they upgraded our exchange to when they did the cabinets. For the interim period you're in the weird position where querying the rollout information tells you that your exchange is in a state of "AO" (Accepting Orders), but if you try to order it you're told you can't have it. You can't get any projected date when it will be available, because if you go to the "When will FTTC be available?" pages you're told your exchange is already enabled.

I suspect it's a marketing thing - they do the exchange so they can claim that they've got a certain percentage of the country covered, then do the cabinets much later.

That said, having now got FTTC (not from BT obviously) it is very nice. Solid 40 Mb/s (which you won't get if you go with one of these ISPs who advertise stupidly cheap service) is suitably nippy. 80 Mb/s is an option, but probably not worth it unless you have some very unusual requirements.

9 hours ago
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Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

johnw Re:For all of you USA haters out there: (367 comments)

Did you actually read the article which you cite? It exactly contradicts your claims.

In other words, you're full of shit.

Such a devastating riposte, worthy of Oscar Wilde at his best.

yesterday
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Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

johnw Re:For all of you USA haters out there: (367 comments)

I am reminded of an article I read a few years ago about some anniversary of the invention of the ATM. The American credited with inventing it, explaining how he did it, said he'd seen one in London, and so came home and invented it.

2 days ago
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North Korea Denies Involvement In "Righteous" Sony Hack

johnw From a hotel in Thailand (85 comments)

The latest reports indicate that the hackers worked from a hotel in Thailand.

I hope they weren't being charged by the gigabyte for using the hotel's WiFi.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

johnw Re:Don't fight it (720 comments)

when we loved in separate cities during the week, and together at weekends

Sounds like fun!

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

johnw Re:Have a look at getting your own power source (516 comments)

You could take care of some of the daytime failures with solar (and evening if you get some batteries).

Be aware that for a solar installation feeding power into the grid, you are generally required to have a control system which immediately shuts down your solar generation if the power grid fails. This is for safety reasons (chaps working on the line don't want to find there are still unexpected volts there after they've shut off the supply) and because your system will start to go blue in the face very quickly if it tries to power your entire neighbourhood.

You could have a more sophisticated control system which merely disconnected you from the grid and powered your local devices, but that would of course require some storage of power as well because your load would practically never match your generation. The vast majority of small solar installations do not do this.

about 2 months ago
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

johnw Re:UPS (236 comments)

Which is why I roll my eyes at the people proclaiming their UPS goes on their cable modem and firewall, not their computer.

Some of us have a UPS for our cable (well, FTTC actually) modem and firewall, and another for the computer. I prefer things to just keep working.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

johnw DKIM makes a difference (405 comments)

I found a while back that GMail started flagging e-mails from my server as spam, even for a business customer who had explicitly white-listed my server in their configuration. Setting up DKIM message signing cured that.

Yahoo on the other hand are complete fuck-wits when it comes to spam detection. I've tried in the past to follow up random spam flagging, and they just give you the runaround. I filled in a complicated form with full details of the erroneous spam flagging, and they responded with a request to send all the same information again to an e-mail address, and then when I did the notification bounced because the e-mail address didn't exist.

The only thing you can do with people who use Yahoo for e-mail is teach them how to look in their spam folders. When they do they'll find lots of other non-spam there too. That's the moment to suggest they move to a proper e-mail provider.

about 3 months ago
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Philae Lands Successfully On Comet

johnw News coverage (188 comments)

Having checked a number of on-line news sites, the best real-time coverage seems to be on XKCD

about 3 months ago
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Website Peeps Into 73,000 Unsecured Security Cameras Via Default Passwords

johnw Suitable adverts (321 comments)

I love the way the pages come with adverts for people selling CCTV cameras for the home!

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

johnw Re:I'm surrounded by morons (613 comments)

And then everyone who visits Spain comments on how late they eat their evening meals.

In reality they don't - they have their evening meals at the same time as everyone else, it's just that their clocks are two hours fast.

about 3 months ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

johnw Re:Contacting BBC, via VPN (363 comments)

If they were socialists, they wouldn't be paying themselves exorbitant salaries, they'd be spreading the money around.

You obviously haven't experienced how socialism works in practice.

about 5 months ago
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Intel's 14-nm Broadwell CPU Primed For Slim Tablets

johnw Re:Thank GOD (96 comments)

Because most people sit WAY too far away from their TVs - even 720p is "retina" resolution - increasing resolution does absolutely zip because they can't even resolve the added resolution.

A rough guide is about 1:1 screen size for 1080p

Way too far away from their TVs for what? If your criterion for deciding the correct sitting distance is whether or not you can tell 720p from 1080p then perhaps you have a point, but if the object of the exercise is to watch television in comfort then 1:1 is just silly.

about 6 months ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

johnw Re:Alternative explanation (398 comments)

Thats how the internet is paid for. The sending provider pays the receiving provider for the bandwidth, and this is the only rational way it can be.

Really? I'm only an end user, but my experience is that the charging is the other way round. Traffic to me is metered (and I pay for) whilst traffic which I originate is un-metered.

about 6 months ago
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UK Users Overwhelmingly Spurn Broadband Filters

johnw Re:Sensible response by an ISP (115 comments)

Well, you could click on it for yourself (you don't have to place an order - just click the relevant radio button and then hit submit) but for those who want a short cut, the form then fails field validation with the following message.

"Sorry, for a censored internet you will have to pick a different ISP. Our services are all unfiltered."

about 6 months ago
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My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

johnw Is this a record? (278 comments)

The bulb in my front porch - a Philips SL18 - dates from 1986. It's a little slow to start now, but it still works fine.

about 7 months ago

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