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Bendy or barmy: Why your next TV will be curved

Arnold Lieberman
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Re: All this proves is that TVs are TOO BIG

Let's play Spot the Bully, shall we? Looks like someone could do with a bit of "re-education" via a sojourn in N Korea in order to appreciate the benefits of free choice.

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Raspberry Pi to serve up bite-sized modules for bulk-buying biz bods

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WTF?

Re: I don't know...

...nothing else indeed. It'd be like bolting 10 Nissan Micras together to give the same number of seats as a coach.

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Got 4G? Wake up, grandad. We're doing 4.5G LTE-A in London - EE chief

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Re: Got 4G ?

"The phone is usually showing 'H' (HSPA, eg 3G) or 'E' (Edge, also 3G) ...sometimes falling back to venerable old GSM modes. Have been keeping an eye out for the long awaited 'L' (LTE, 4G) mode but never seen it ... the phone only ever said '4g' once."

EDGE is not 3G.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EDGE:

EDGE/EGPRS is implemented as a bolt-on enhancement for 2.5G GSM/GPRS networks, making it easier for existing GSM carriers to upgrade to it. EDGE is a superset to GPRS and can function on any network with GPRS deployed on it, provided the carrier implements the necessary upgrade. EDGE requires no hardware or software changes to be made in GSM core networks. EDGE-compatible transceiver units must be installed and the base station subsystem needs to be upgraded to support EDGE. If the operator already has this in place, which is often the case today, the network can be upgraded to EDGE by activating an optional software feature. Today EDGE is supported by all major chip vendors for both GSM and WCDMA/HSPA.

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Microsoft to get in XP users' faces with one last warning

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End of support, not end of life!

Why the panic people, just because XP falls off of support in April does not mean it can't be used... for anyone with decent firewall/AV and who doesn't surf on the darker side of the net it's going to be perfectly fine. Seems M$ can't win whatever it does...

Remind me, how long is the support cycle for $linux_of_choice? Are there ANY 13 year old linux distributions receiving security updates and patches from their creators now? And no, I don't believe it's possible to do an in-place upgrade from one to a current distribution any more easily than the loops that have to be jumped through getting XP upgraded to 8.1.

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1bn down, 6bn to go: Zuck to grow Facebook by touting 'free internet onramp' for the poor

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@dogged

The reason why there may be little to no orthodox Jewish farmers outside of Israel is probably more to do with the time back in the day when Jews were prohibited from owning land.

If I were a rich man...

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Say WHAT? Qualcomm, MediaTek scrap over who has best 'marketing gimmick' octocore

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Lovely hardware

But they never release enough hardware-specific source to compile new kernels, so support for older chips disappears as soon as the next shiny comes along and there's nothing anyone (hobbyists, phone manufacturers) can do about it. That's why MT6589 still stuck on Android 4.2.1 - no-one can build KitKat for it so far.

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Woz he talking about? Apple co-founder wants iPhones to run Android

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Microsoft Linux?

Almost...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenix

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UK.gov recruiting 400 crack CompSci experts to go into teaching

Arnold Lieberman

Re: By Gove! I think he's got it!

Of course they hate him. I have never known an education secretary that was loved by the teaching "profession".

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Yup, same here in the mid '80s. I think the rot set in during the 90s.

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By Gove! I think he's got it!

Gets my vote. Good luck teaching teachers though, they don't like change!

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Virgin Media's 'little(ish)' book of deals contained BIG FIBS, rules ad watchdog

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Re: @ Arnold...

Yup, you're right. Choice is between the devil and the deep blue sea.

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They are slimy

Just like the offer to upgrade my STB to a V+ HD for £20... plus £49.99 installation, which is only mentioned at checkout time. Of course there is the small print somewhere in one of the web pages but you've got to go looking for it.

And there's other things like the ability to upgrade a package online, but not downgrade, mission info about TV M, only M+ etc. etc.

If the broadband wasn't so good and the "loyalty discount" sufficient, I'd be off.

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Lenovo Yoga 10: Mediocre tech, yes, but beautifully fondleable

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All that's needed to make it perfect

...apart from a better screen, processor etc, is for the tubular part top open, revealing space for a set of AA batteries a la Psion S5.

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Boffins claim battery BREAKTHROUGH – with rhubarb-like molecule

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Re: Thermal stores would help too

" Most of the energy use in most houses is actually gas- as your laptop, TV, washing machine get ever more efficient the good old gas boiler remains the same."

Um, these items only get "more efficient" as they are replaced. Same with boilers - our old one (1980s) was <70% efficient, new one is >90%.

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Sony seeks mojo reboot with 147-inch 'honey-you-can't-afford-me' 4K home projector

Arnold Lieberman

Crappy PR picture

In the real world, the picture is going to suck in a room like that - too many white walls, and have you seen the cost of top-notch projector screens?

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El Reg's contraptions confessional no.5: The Sinclair Sovereign

Arnold Lieberman

Oh and Royal connections

Monarch Airlines ultimate parent company:

AMERALD INVESTMENTS NV

Doesn't sound very British to me.

To coin a phrase: Other monarchies are available.

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NT4 security

C2 rated, don'tyaknow...

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc767092.aspx

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DisARMed: Geeksphone's next high-end mobe to pack Intel x86 inside

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Lenovo K900

Also Clover Trail +, beats the Geekphone spec handsomely.

http://blog.gsmarena.com/lenovo-k900-hands-on-impressions-and-synthetic-benchmarks/

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Nothing to sniff at: Dell Ultrabooks REEK OF CAT PEE, scream users

Arnold Lieberman

Same problem with a table

Got a new dining table recently, in a gloss white style. Was convinced that the cat had anointed it to indicate how pissed off he is with all the changes going on but even after washing it with soapy water the smell is still there. Must be something in the paint.

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OCZ balances books, files results following 4-year omnishambles

Arnold Lieberman

Shoddy products

Had 3 Vertex SSDs in my workstation - 2 are showing errors and my Windows installation is so borked with corrupt clusters that it now refuses to boot. Have 2 Revodrives in our main server - the 240Gb one has completely died (not showing up in BIOS). We'll see how long the 960Gb one lasts.

Terrible, never again.

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Brits: We can STOP TROLLS if we know where they LIVE - poll

Arnold Lieberman
Unhappy

Re: Anyone see a Trojan Horse here ?

Ah yes, the Arab Spring. How is that going now?

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Leaked photos of iPhone 5C parts portend ugly Google legal battle

Arnold Lieberman
Joke

Re: It will

A fool and his money...

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Laser-wielding boffins develop ETERNAL MEMORY from quartz

Arnold Lieberman
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Re: "Ultrafast"

*You* might only be getting 100Mb/s, but there are these computer things called servers that shift data across a redundant array of inexpensive drives all at the same time. Serial read/write speeds easily in excess of 1Gb/s from DAS is possible without exotic hardware.

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Apple reveals payouts for parents of in-app purchase nippers

Arnold Lieberman
Boffin

Only ever use vouchers

When my own darling daughter took her first hit of fruit-based lunacy I ensured that no payment method bar vouchers was used on her account, so the worst that could happen is that she squandered her "own" money. So far, so good...

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Seagate reveals a NASty side, tears wraps off WD Red copycat disk

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Got an LSI MegaRAID controller?

Then CacheCade is your friend... just upgraded the 600Gb drives on our main sql server installation with some 3Tb enterprise drives for space reasons, and was really worried about the performance hit, but adding a 400Gb (Intel) SSD as cache has done a more than admirable job of keeping performance up. And the installation was a POP. Would't trust a OCZ Vertex to that job, mind...

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Landfill Android devices set to get 4G, courtesy of Qualcomm

Arnold Lieberman
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Re: I feel for Pichai...

'cos iPhones "just work"?

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Re: Star N9589

Perhaps you misunderstood... that wasn't a brag (precisely why I *don't* buy labels), but to point out that you can get a lot of tech for little money if you're not wedded to the name brands. The phrase "landfill Android" does a disservice to the capabilities of relatively cheap phones.

That is all.

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Star N9589

My current phone has:

1.2GHz quad core processor

1Gb RAM

Will take a 64Gb micro SDXC card (32Gb atm)

5.7" 1280x720 screen

2 SIM slots, 1x HSPA, 1xGSM.

Android 4.2.1, regularly updated.

GPS, BT, Wifi N etc.

It lasts a couple of days with regular use and comes with a spare battery.

All for £160, delivered and SIM free.

Does everything I need of it. Why would I want to pay more?

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Stephen Hawking nixes Intel voice upgrade plan

Arnold Lieberman

Re: Did someone's synthesiser say boycott?

Boycott shmoycott!

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Big Blue touts superfast analogue-digital converter

Arnold Lieberman

Re: data rate explanation?

Now I'm no expert in the field but as far as I can tell this isn't being sold for AV use, so whether it is 'crap' or not is immaterial.

It IS being developed for encoding/decoding of optical communications, where that is probably more than enough accuracy to support various multi-level encoding schemes.

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Nokia opens Maps to rivals, flogs uber-budget €15 phone

Arnold Lieberman

Re: Puzzled

Offline maps for starters. Very useful when route planning whilst out of coverage or to avoid roaming costs abroad. It's the one reason I used Symbian for as long as I did.

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Satanic Renault takes hapless French bloke on 200km/h joyride

Arnold Lieberman

Re: No brakes?

Won't do much as it will only put mild pressure on the rear brakes. Net effect will be just like having to tow a dead weight, so might reduce acceleration. I do know of someone who managed to do a whole motorway journey in her Range Rover with the handbrake on - I think a new set of pads/disks was all that was required.

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Pinging in the rain: Boffins track wet spots using phone masts

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Make sharing data a part of the licence agreement

If they want to use microwave links, make them cough up statistics as part of the deal.

There, fixed.

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BSkyB to flick switch on network-level smut-'n'-violence filters

Arnold Lieberman
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Re: OpenDNS

SetDNS from the PLay Store should do the trick, already has entries for OpenDNS, Google DNS etc as well as allowing ad hoc configuration and handling web proxies.

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Germany's RTL pulls free-to-air channels off terrestrial TV

Arnold Lieberman

Re: @AC, 15:27

Move to the 5GHz band then, at least for your laptop/PC usage. Plenty of non-overlapping channels and hardly anyone uses 802.11a/n kit in residential settings. Of course, most smartphones and tablets only do 2.4GHz, but a separate network on channel 13 should do for them.

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Israel plots gigabit fibre-to-home rollout

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Facepalm

Re: Two thirds of the country ?

Thailand?

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Revealed: The Brit-built GRAVITY-powered light that costs $5

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WTF?

Re: "More western technologies to corrupt their ways of living"

You think "they" didn't have such things before white man came along? Really?

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Sony tempts 4K Ultra HD TV buyers with free films

Arnold Lieberman

Re: The Bridge on the River Kwai

Looks like it was filmed on 35mm film so easily enough resolution in the native stock for a 4k TV.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050212/technical

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The genetic button that could turn a WOMAN into a CHIMPANZEE

Arnold Lieberman
Headmaster

Chimpanzees are not monkey's.

Not monkey's what? Uncles?

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Salt marshes will suck CO2 from air faster and faster as seas rise

Arnold Lieberman
WTF?

Re: Wonderful. Nothing to worry about then.

Yeah, more forced abortions! That's the way! If the plebs won't stop breeding, chop their knackers off. After all, it's for the greater good...

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China plots 2017 mission to plan MOON COLONY

Arnold Lieberman
Mushroom

Re: I don't care who sets up the first base

Nothing to do with the processor of that name...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moonbase_alpha

If only they'd done it by 1999

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Raspberry Pi production back in Blighty

Arnold Lieberman
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Re: Yay!

Speaking of such... guess where I'm off to this Saturday:

http://www.spectrum30.org.uk/

Mine's the anorak with a copy of the The Complete Spectrum ROM Disassembly by Dr Ian Logan in the pocket.

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Arctic ice shrinks to ‘smallest in satellite era’ - NASA

Arnold Lieberman

Did anyone mention the Antarctic?

Howz the ice doing there?

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Cameron: We'll turn NHS patients into real-time drugs lab rats

Arnold Lieberman

Re: Oh Danny Boy(le)

It is not 'so bloody great', it is the *concept* that is 'so bloody great'.

If I may, erm, agree with that statement. The concept is fine but it is the current structure that is wrong. Like with software design, sometimes you have to start with a new codebase cos you can't keep cobbling new features onto an old design, so with the NHS. Keep the ideas but redesign the mechanism of delivery. Bring in private operators (objects) under a standard API (service agreement), then let them get on with managing their own processes. If they do not perform adequately, remove management and reboot. Take metrics from patients (outcome and satisfaction) and build that into the contract.

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Arnold Lieberman

Re: Yes Mr Cameron, except...

Call me naive, but I should imagine someone would come up with some sort of standardised data access method. Profound, I know, but it might just be possible.

As for dismantling the NHS, doesn't sound like a bad idea. As long as treatment is free at the point of use and of good quality, who cares! Do you refuse to use your GP because he/she is a privately run business? Do you even know that GPs are not part of the NHS?

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Re: Yeah, those evil researchers

Oh well, looks like you win that argument with your persuasive rhetoric!

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Oh Danny Boy(le)

Looks like he isn't the only one brainwashed into thinking of the NHS as some sort of sacrosanct organisation. I'd rather have a health service that really is the best in the world, not just in the fertile imagination of some socialist who has never actually had to deal with it.

If it is so bloody great, why are our cancer survival rates so abysmal compared to other countries?

http://fullfact.org/blog/NHS_reforms_Department_of_Health_Andrew_Lansley_internatioanl_comparisons_disease_mortality-2690

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Joke

Yeah, those evil researchers

All big drug companies are pure money-grabbing evil, giving us nothing back. Burn the lot! I want drugs that have never been tested on any sentient beings or other life forms. What's that you say? Cancer? Give me organic carrots!

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O2 joins pocket hotspot party

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Joke

Re: Speed

With a 2Mb back-haul.

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Re: May I ask what the point of these things are?

Well, in my case I am a PAYG pikey, running up a bill of less than £2/month. It's true, I have no friends.

On the other hand, I have a contract mobile broadband SIM from Three, paying £8/month for 5Gb and a Mifi that I use for my laptop, my daughter's iPod (when she doesn't mind being seen out with me), my tablet and even my phone.

Like someone else said, if the battery on the device dies, you've still got the phone to use.

Also, got to remember that most phone contracts charge a lot more for "tethered" data.

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