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Old 25-03-2020, 11:34   #1276
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Re: Coronavirus

For those wondering about the impact of working from home on the internet have a read of this.

A Snapshot of UK and EU Broadband Speed During COVID-19
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Old 25-03-2020, 12:26   #1277
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For those wondering about the impact of working from home on the internet have a read of this.

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The issue of local network congestion within your home is arguably more likely to impact such speedtests in the current climate, particularly in busy family homes where it may be incredibly difficult to conduct an even remotely accurate speedtest (you’d have to switch off every other connected device, stop all background downloads and do it via a wired link on a proper computer).
My son is working from home (his flat) at the moment, and as he cannot access his, or the common, network drive (not enough Citrix licences), everything is being done through O365 mail - his girlfriend does TEFL to Chinese children for about 6-7 hours a day, which requires two way video; this was impacting on his speed/productivity, as they were both using Wi-fi (as well as all the other things in the flat (Amazon Fire Stick, Spotify, etc.)), so I gave him a 10 meter Cat6 cable, and lo and behold, the problem disappeared...
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Old 25-03-2020, 12:38   #1278
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So fay, I have been pleasantly surprised at the network performance. We use 2 levels of VPN at work, a basic one everyone has and a deeper one with hard tokens for those who really need to dig in the weeds of work data and need softphone access like me.

I anticipated doing a dance of the VPNs, logging into the US in the morning and Asia in the afternoon but, on the whole, things have stood up well using the UK and Netherlands servers. I am generally hitting 50-60Mbps and downloading 200MB per hour
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Old 25-03-2020, 12:51   #1279
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Been working from home for a week now with no problems with speeds. I pay for 40mb and I'm getting around 38 constant.
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Old 25-03-2020, 12:54   #1280
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Been working from home for a week now with no problems with speeds.
Ditto, no issues here either (on VM 350).
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Old 25-03-2020, 13:11   #1281
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Re: Coronavirus

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak will announce the new package of measures for the self-employed at the daily press conference tomorrow.

https://twitter.com/Steven_Swinford/...96195136839687

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A 21-year-old woman is believed to be the youngest person with no pre-existing health conditions to have died after contracting coronavirus in the UK.

https://news.sky.com/story/coronavir...id-19-11963451
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Re: Coronavirus

Universal Credit backlog.

Half a million people have applied for Universal Credit in the last nine days. 105,000 of these claims were made yesterday alone! The DWP are to start ringing claimants instead of forcing them to call them. Problems with the online identity check system haven't helped, so 10,000 extra staff are to be redeployed to help to clear the backlog.
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The criteria being an actor/politician/royalty. Meanwhile front line NHS staff aren't being tested. That test could have been better used elsewhere even he has been massively stuck down with 'mild symptoms'.
Absolutely so.
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The Chancellor Rishi Sunak will announce the new package of measures for the self-employed at the daily press conference tomorrow.

https://twitter.com/Steven_Swinford/...96195136839687[COLOR="Silver"]

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Everyone hopefully will get the support they need, however there have been a proportion of self employed people, sadly some of them in my family who have crowed about dodging tax for years. Hopefully the aid they receive will shame them into a lesson when this get better
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Re: Coronavirus

As much as I'd usually avoid citing the Daily Star as a source, this looks promising:

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/cor...gn=mirror_main
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Re: Coronavirus

UK coronavirus mass home testing to be made available 'within days' .

https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...le-within-days

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Thousands of 15-minute home tests for coronavirus will be delivered by Amazon to people self-isolating with symptoms or will go on sale on high street within days, according to Public Health England (PHE), in a move that could restore many people’s lives to a semblance of pre-lockdown normality.
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As much as I'd usually avoid citing the Daily Star as a source, this looks promising:

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/cor...gn=mirror_main
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Genentech explained in the press release that there are already multiple independent clinical trials evaluating tocilizumab as a potential therapy for patients with COVID-19 pneumonia; however, none of these trials is well-controlled and there have been limited published results regarding the efficacy and safety of tocilizumab in patients with COVID-19.
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Re: Coronavirus

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52036333
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Motorists worried about getting an MOT because of the coronavirus crisis, have been handed a six-month reprieve.

The government has granted car owners a six-month exemption from MOT testing.

However, it won't come in until Monday 30 March which means vehicles due an MOT before then must still take it.
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UK coronavirus mass home testing to be made available 'within days' .

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It'll be interesting to see if they can be used more than once (by the same person).
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Re: Coronavirus

A message from a (The) Doctor...



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