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  1. joeyconcrete

    Isle of Man - World Leader..

    Certainly puts superfast broadband into perspective..
  2. joeyconcrete

    Isle of Man - World Leader..

    Using me as an example. I have the 200Mbps VDSL service serving a family of four with consoles, PCs, Alexa, Dropbox, Steam, OneDrive, Spotify, Tablets, Netflix and a host of other internet-connected miscellanea. Apart from the perodic 10GB update to FortNite, Dropbox uploading a bunch of Drone footage or simultaneous streams of Netflix - 20Mbps would be more than sufficient. That is unfortunately what we have lacked. Yep, can't forgot the subsea fibres. Project Kelvin was a success in NI/Ireland, but again - funded by the EU/Government. http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/en/projects/ireland/high-speed-underwater-cable http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/8111526.stm Spot the missed opportunity back in 2009!
  3. joeyconcrete

    Isle of Man - World Leader..

    "Super-Fast" broadband on the Isle of Man will be a complex and sensitive issue, much like open skies and the Steam Packet. Deploying a 'world class' network will likely require significant investment. If you look towards other markets, this investment is often funded by Governments or councils or it is encouraged by some fairly creative regulatory footwork. More common is where broadband is provided as part of a bundle (i.e. TV, Mobile) where there is more of a blended margin to justify the service provision. We have limited options in this regard. Many would argue that the Isle of Man faces challenges on several fronts, so it would be interesting to see how consumers and businesses rank the importance of broadband, against a backdrop of wider issues. The oft cited argument for 'super fast' broadband is the resultant economic stimulus... The rationale is fairly simple; the availability of 1Gbps broadband will attract busines and create more jobs therefore there is an ROI. If only it were that easy. The primary challenge that the Isle of Man faces is 'Broadband Economics'. The biggest economic impact is from making broadband available to a greater proportion of the population - we have achieved that (mostly). When it comes to speed - the story is different. There is a significant diminishing marginal utility to throwing more Mbps at the network. In other words, 1Gbps doesn't lead to more 'value' than 500mbps or 50Mbps... The challenge is understanding where that sweetspot is. This is probably lower than most people think. I think the Isle of Man ought to be ambitious. But we need to be realistic. Why It’s So Hard to Build the Next Silicon Valley Google brought its high-speed internet to Kansas City, but it didn’t turn the city into a tech paradise. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-02-28/why-it-s-so-hard-to-build-the-next-silicon-valley
  4. joeyconcrete

    Gov Data security

    I don't agree that they're of limited value. The relevance and applicability are really dependant upon their implementation, scope, endorsement and the level of ongoing oversight. The truth is that any ISO standard can be implemented relatively easily and there are a variety of pre-packaged sources available, whether for ISO 9001, 27001 etc. The existance of ISO 27001 (or any standard) assures nothing - it is the scrutiny/audit of a such a system that provides the assurance. You would hope that any body asking for ISO 27001 would consider following up to ensure its adoption/implementation/scope. Having spent a week with an ISO 27001 auditor to ensure compliance with a UK regulator, I can assure you that (done right) they leave no stone unturned and make sure any organsiation fully considers the cybersecurity/information security risks. That auditor's job would prove very difficult if he didn't have a consistent standard to measure against. The absence of ISO 27001 does not mean security is lax, equally - ISO 27001 doesn't prove security is first class. What ISO does provide is a consistent framework on which security can be measured. CIS Top 20 is a more relevant, tactiful measure of security.
  5. joeyconcrete

    VDSL plus 200Mb

    Believe it or not, I am still running on 100Mbps with my Draytek. Trying to get a 'maintenance window' this weekend to coordinate works around PS4, Netflix, Facetime, Instagram and two kids.
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    VDSL plus 200Mb

    I signed up in December with MT and finally got upgraded this week. I am still using my Draytek 2860AC and that is syncing at 100/30Mbps. Actual is 100/20. I do know the Draytek doesn't support the Annex beyond 100Mbps. I will try the MT supplier Technicolor DGA4130 tomorrow to see how that goes.
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    Moorehouse Strikes Again

    100% agree. My sarcasm didn't come through strong enough. Any sniff of a corporate tax change, and I believe some larger companies would go quite quickly..
  8. joeyconcrete

    Moorehouse Strikes Again

    Tax. Although if we suggest to companies that they should pay a 'charge' that goes towards health, leisure, sport or Government. It could even be a percentage of profit. (Sarcasm!)
  9. I would guess that is less likely to be caused by something within the broadband network or the broadband connection itself. Most web/content servers have a rudimentary setting to limit a single connection to ‘x’, which is why most browsers launch multiple connections (with the exception of a download). The exception of course is if the ISP has implemented some form of traffic management (I.e. shaping) but usually that’s focused on the aggregate throughput rather than a single connection. I’m not suggesting you’re wrong, merely going from one DSL service to a higher one wouldn’t change that - unless you’re hitting a server limit (x Mbps) or a traffic policy is being applied. FTP download of a Linux distro from a fast mirror would be a good test.
  10. joeyconcrete

    AV Receiver + Speakers

    1 x Onkyo TX-SR309 AV Receiver 5:1 / HDMI (Black) Excellent condition, with remote. 3 x HDMI inputs (for Sky/PS4/Xbox) and a single HDMI output to the TV. No HDMI cables included. Full specs http://www.eu.onkyo.com/en/products/tx-sr309-35373.html 2 x Sony SS-F6000 Speakers (Black, Floor Standing) Awesome sound, look great. Speakers are big - 214.3 mm (H): 949.3 mm (W): 200 mm (D) No speaker grill, speakers in perfect condition. Have a couple of lengths of speaker cable. Full specs https://www.whathifi.com/sony/ss-f6000/overview Smoke free home. Must go as one lot. Collection from Douglas. Will also throw in a passive Philips sub-woofer (black) £185.00 OVNO
  11. joeyconcrete

    Communications Commission - CEO Job

    The two are definitely intertwined. I guess they have to work within the bounds of the licencing/legislative regime (which is argubly political), but equally - their job should be to guide the politicians to implement new progressive policies, and replace the antiquated ones (policies, not politicians) - with a clear end in mind. Whilst the political side is important, the ability to engage, understand and be respected by the the private sector is vital. Being able to apply a level of judgement, in a world where you will get 23 different perspectives, each with their own commercial reasons, biases and nuances - is difficult. Although I guess that is what defines a leader! It is dissapointing to see that there is no real mention of economic growth, promoting competition, fostering innovation or anything that could be deemed remotely progressive. You would hope those elements should fall under the 'implementation of Government policies'.
  12. joeyconcrete

    Round Pound

    Jersey’s approach https://www.gov.je/news/2017/pages/jerseypoundcoin.aspx
  13. joeyconcrete

    Communications Commission - CEO Job

    Everyone is entitled to their views and perhaps I have an optimistic outlook. I don’t think the salary is unreasonable if the person makes an impact and has a clear idea of what they intend to achieve. It’s then a question of value. Also consider whether the framework, policies, strategy, culture and drive from within Government are such that this person can make an impact. Without that, they’re entering into a race with no clear rules, their legs tied and no track markings. All the while, making sure they act responsibly and consider everyone’s interests. Sounds like a difficult job.
  14. joeyconcrete

    Communications Commission - CEO Job

    To be fair, this job is not just a few weeks a year. Anybody in the comms sector should recognise this. Many may question the salary, but that’s merely a question of value. One of the Isle of Man’s main strengths is its ability to legislate and regulate, at least in theory. A progressive communications regime and an innovative approach to licensing and regulation, is an area in which the Isle of Man could carve out a reasonable value proposition. The right person, with a progressive outlook - could make a real impact. The opportunity for a tech proving ground, a refreshing approach to regulation and implementing a framework that means we’re well equipped for the latest internet services. In all cases, there needs to be an appreciation of the island and a bold strategy that will pave a way forward. *If* we can get someone who will do that - then the salary is more than worth it. If we consider the alternative sort of candidate. A benign regulator, more focused on maintaining the status-quo, obsessing over dated legislation or an individual not willing to upset the apple cart - would be a complete waste of money. A dower custodian of communications, toothless powers and with no means to impart change. I hope it’s not the latter.
  15. joeyconcrete

    Ronaldsway Airport

    Spotted this on Twitter earlier: