* Posts by Mage

3515 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

NASA prods sleeping New Horizons spacecraft: Wakey, wakey, Pluto's calling

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Re: Navigation

Pulsars. That's the lads.

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Re: Navigation

Neutron stars are the Galaxy's GPS.

We are mapping them well enough for Solar System Navigation.

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Re: PLUTO.......Planet, planetoid, Celestial Body or what?

Dwarf, but not red.

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400,000 Windows Server 2003 boxes face SUPPORT DOOM

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cloud storage?

Not a viable replacement for more than tiniest fraction of a percent of Server Users.

Windows Server Later versions ... Paying thousands to have what you have now?

Time to look at migrating from IIS, Exchange and Sharepoint, the only compelling reasons to have Windows Server at all? Lots of people never got locked into those in the first place.

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IBM Research wants laptop batteries to retire and slum it

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Nice Idea?

Only if you want to treat the developing world to our rubbish. it's a better Idea to give them a sustainable power source instead of a continuous stream of dangerous scrap.

Recycle them.

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Gigabit-over-copper VDSL successor G.fast signed off at last

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Physics

Probably there isn't much more reach possible at 100Mbps. So they experiment with shorter distances which inherently allows more speed.

Shannon-Nyquist.

The future is fibre. Even VDSL2 is becoming a Niche for existing apartment blocks, hotels, guest houses etc that don't have Cat5e or similar. At about 900m to 1200m (depending on cross talk, noise, cable condition etc) the ADSL2+ becomes better than VDSL2. Most VDSL gear will fall back to ADSL2+ on poorer / longer lines.

Another aspect also is RFI production as you increase power and bandwidth for higher speeds.

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Competition probe opens door to Canal+ Spain for Rupert Murdoch

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Murdoch

He "cheated" to get toe hold in UK during BSB. He cheated to acquire Italian Operators. His money has distorted UK Football and pricing to have Sky sports is predatory.

Personally I'd never watch Sky Sports even if free.

He should not be allowed to run Channels AND a Platform, one or the other.

We need a decent Europe wide probe into Murdoch's monopolistic activities. Do we want one Europe wide American owned* Satellite Pay TV company?

(*Though Australian he bought US Citizenship).

Telefonica just sold Ireland's O2 to Three and might sell UK's O2 to BT, so perhaps they can afford it.

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EU justice ministers: This is not the one-stop-shop you're looking for...

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Not entirely true or fair

The Irish DPC is FAR better than the Communications Regulator (Comreg) and the Financial Regulator.

Of course that's not perhaps a good comparison.

They did slap Sky's wrist once.

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BLAST-OFF! BOAT FREE launch at last. Orion heads for SPAAAAACE

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I wonder ...

Will India or China be first with someone on Mars?

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Use Windows software on Android – Microsoft couldn't be app-ier

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Pointless

MS, the Cloud isn't a stable, universal solution. MS Cloud is a worse lock in than Win95, so no thanks.

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Euro spacemen clear Ariane 6 for liftoff

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Re: plenty during the 80s

So non-tech people under 40?

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Re: Great stuff. UK in ESA

You should fix the Wikipedia entry for ESA.

Actually ANYONE should fix it. It's a bit confused and rambling.

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Great stuff.

Most non-tech people haven't heard of ESA, NASA is better at publicity. Yet Arianespace launched 61% of the current in orbit satellites, was 1st commercial launch company and does over 50% of launches.

The European Space Port was started in 1960. It now has a pad for Soyuz launches. In South America, though most control/co-ordination seems to be in Darmstadt, Germany. There seems to be a back-up centre in France (probably a CNES facility), anyone know where?

The connections, funding and membership between Arianespace, ESA (Canada is an associate Member, UK seems not, but EU funds over 20%, so UK pays anyway, there are non-EU European members) and CNES (the French equivalent of NASA) is fascinating. Arianespace seems majority French owned (or they are biggest) with Germans 2nd biggest.).

Spaceports and Launch tech are crucial to getting the parts up to assemble a Spacedock, or a Generation ship Starship. Arianespace doesn't get the headlines of SpaceX, Virgin Galactic or others, perhaps because they just keep iteratively advancing capability and reliability?

ESA and CNES are MUCH more than Arianespace. Even if Arianespace was under cut out of business, there would still be ESA funding using other launch platforms. ESA & CNES do Science, Research, Exploration, Satellites for Weather monitoring, resource, gravity and climate. Also the only civilian alternative to Military GPS (The US and Russian systems exist for Military reasons and can be disabled for civilian use).

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Apple knob refusenik Sir Jony Ive handed award - for talking BOLLOCKS

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responsible for creating the company’s most iconic kit,

STYLING the company's kit.

He doesn't program, design electronics or systems for Apple. Only styles the box (and sometimes GUI appearance) copying Dieter Rams designs for Braun in late 1950s and early 1960s.

He hasn't created any kit ever, as far as I know.

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

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Re: Hmm. Geany could be worth a look...

Nearly as nice as Notepad++

LibreOffice : Isn't already on everything?

But the rest of the list? Really the best 8?

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Google kills CAPTCHAs: Are we human or are we spammer?

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Not just bots

"They" employ cheap humans to put adverts on sites.

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Orion: To Mars, the Moon and beyond... but first, a TEST FLIGHT through Van Allen belt

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Re: Project Orion

I'd prefer if the "proper" Orion craft (which would do the trip so quickly that the only shielding consideration is from its propulsion) was launched well away from anyone. The middle of Pacific perhaps.

Though maybe using conventional launchers for its parts and lighting the blue touch paper in LEO would be more acceptable.

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Project Orion

We need the PROPER Orion spacecraft.

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

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Re: Where are all the keys?

It needs a keyboard.

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UK national mobile roaming: A stupid idea that'll never work

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Yes, stupid because...

The idea isn't without merit, but as it stands it won't work. The only sensible solution is a wholesale company that runs ALL the base stations and whose licence says 99.5% Geographic (not population) coverage and minimum capacity standards (thus mast density has to vary with population and not just the current scenario where mast density is based solely on ROI vs capex. Like SES-Astra runs the Satellites that Freesat & Sky use.

Then every one else is a MVNO.

It's a RAN.

It would also on average double capacity because you wouldn't have the stupid situation where at one location your speed is 0.12bps or you can't connect or make a call, on ONE operator, but the other operator's channels are sitting idle.

The problem is weak regulation from Ofcom, who supports operators against the consumer and a totally blind devotion to idea that competition is always good. It's not like baked beans. There is limited spectrum. The real reason to have multiple operators on the spectrum instead of one Wholesale RAN operator is to get more money in licence fees. The RAN operator should pay NOTHING for licence and the revenue raised from the retailers (VAT gets a lot already).

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Pebble: The brilliant stealth wearable Apple's Watch doesn't see coming

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Yes. Right Direction

Google Wear and Apple Watch are wrong direction. Pebble (and maybe the Sony) have it nearly right.

It's not eInk, though, but a special low power memory LCD. eInk is maybe higher resolution, but slower response time.

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Never fear, Glassholes – Intel to the rescue! 'New CPU' for tech-specs

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Re: Google should be awarded Nobel prize for driving innovation

What innovation? Competition yes, innovation less so.

They have a good Search Algorithm and fantastic Advert Selling business. You know that Android, Earth etc are bought in developments and Google Glass isn't the first such device?

Also Android is basically Linux + Desktop Java, using Davik instead of Sun/Oracle JVM because Mobile Java is for ancient phones and Google wanted full Java, but the Desktop Java licence forbids it for Mobile?

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Intel & ARM

They also have an ARM based comms chip they kept when they sold the originally DEC ARM family they had to Marvell. They have had an ARM licence for years.

It's baffling the ego that makes them stick with the clunky x86 instead of applying their good process engineering to making a better ARM.

Probably Intel could do a useful 0.1W ARM SoC.

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Huawei: 'Nobody made any money in Windows Phone'

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No, Nokia does other things now, they don't make phone. They periodically change. They used to do paper, welly boots, TVs, satellite receivers. They do Networks.

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one way to get sales figures

"Windows" is becoming a millstone brand.

Also calling different things windows (NT Server, Windows For Workgroups or 95, Windows CE) was always stupid.

Deliberately trying to make it one platform is the stupidest of all. That's why "Windows" is getting a bad name. You can't make a 3" keyboard, 4" touch screen, 11" tablet, Laptop, Workstation, TV /Setbox, Server sensibly be the same.

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E-cigarettes fingered as source of NASTY VIRUS

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Re: Let's sum it up

Except the eCig Vaping marketing is being done by Tobacco companies. These gadgets still have addictive nicotine. They allow the images of sexy smoking on posters & TV too.

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systemd row ends with Debian getting forked

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Re: Evil FlusterCluck

If it was something other than Gnome ...

But Gnome 3 makes Win8 look enlightened. Gnome has lost the plot, so their judgement can't be trusted. On Ubuntu I use "Classic" and on Linux Mint and Debian other things. (Not Cinnamon or Gnome 3)

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Inevitable

Poor as the sysinit system may be, systemd is terrible. Not a step forward. Given the religious devotion on both sides a fork was inevitable. Eventually systemd will bear no relationship to today's version.

This won't do anyone any good.

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Randall Munroe: The root nerd talks to The Register

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Excellent

Great interview.

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Simplez: OLD SCHOOL TECH can SAVE the MEERKAT

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Re: But

" it is the parts of the spectrum in a given area which are apparently not in use for TV broadcasts, requiring a device to be location-aware in order to know what frequencies and transmission powers to use. "

[My emphasis]

Exactly. Unfortunately just knowing your own location doesn't actually work, unless EVERY TV tuner device is reporting in real time which signal source it's really using, as for many reasons some viewers need to use a different one to the "normal" service area.

It's been proved time and again, that a single planning agency needs to allocate all the channels. In most networks there are no real holes. The "Hidden Transmitter Syndrome" is only part of the problem. Also who will police so called "White Space" devices and ensure they don't add illegal power amplifier, bigger aerial (easy ways of ignoring the database), or the user simply deciding the frequency is free and over-riding the database.

Only Angels could be trusted to use "White Space" and even then sometimes the database will be wrong, users will have interference and unlike Analogue (i.e. you HEAR the CB) , will only get pixelation or occasional freezing and will not know what is causing it or who to complain to.

The very concept of "White Space" is inherently flawed.

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To Recap

"White Space is that area of spectrum that is no longer use to broadcast analogue TV signals thanks to the modern wonders of digitisation."

Sorry, but that is a LIE. A myth. The channels are in use either for Digital TV or Mobile. In some countries still Analogue TV.

So called "White space" is the fallacious idea that a TV channel used somewhere else in the country, but apparently not locally can be re-used by a two way data link or something else. It's called White Space in USA originally as in Analogue TV days before CPU controlled TVs, you got a screen of white noise if there was no reception on a channel.

There are frequencies that CAN be safely allocated, but TV frequencies can not. They are not lying fallow.

Some channels can't be used, to avoid interference in a many locations and especially when propagation is better due to weather. So called White Space creates interference. The victims will not know why picture is pixellating or freezing, nor know who to complain to.

Please stop reprinting these press releases without editorial comment. This is not about poachers, but selling technology to the west eventually.

This is the important bit, not the so called "white space" use.

"Well, CCTV firm KineSense has software that can scan hours of video to quickly identify movement and/or colour changes. The company's CTO, Mark Sugrue, showed us how it works: you can run the footage through, or select certain areas of a picture and run it as a filter. The software will zoom through the footage and indicate the level of movement at any given period of time, even breaking out the relevant parts into separate video clips."

This application doesn't rely on "White Space" at all. It could use many frequencies unused between 275MHz and 470MHz in Africa, or between 862MHz and 921MHz. Though I'd have to check spectrum use in the desired countries.

Regulators are supposed to manage spectrum. Not Tech companies.

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That sub-$100 Android slab you got on Black Friday? RIDDLED with holes, say infosec bods

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Re: Yay scareware stories

Privacy is a major issue on Android.

Applications get too many permissions.

If it's Playstore enabled / Google approved then Google seems to know everything, vs cheapest one with no Google Playstore or Processes.

Google Location Tracking?

Partially avoiding Mobile and only using your own WiFi Router with extra blocking may help privacy. It's not just about Malware.

Also today's Vulnerability is tomorrow's machine with a trojan stealing you email passwords. site passwords, bank, credit card and paypal details.

Add Firefox and Ghostery?

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Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

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No worries

As I wouldn't touch that Google spyware. Makes their WiFi Street view slurp look tame. They are NOT an altruistic Tech company, but a company making money from Adverts. They are a parasite. Look at their attitude to other people's media (Books, Music, Video and how they run YouTube).

Google's Web services used by many websites, Chrome and Android seriously makes the EU cookie concerns look daft.

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Dropbox sees rival file-piles merely as dots in rearview mirror

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Barge pole

Why are "Enterprise" using these dodgy 3rd party Services?

Totally opaque in Security & Privacy, except of course Google has a bad reputation reading other people's stuff, Dropbox bad security record and MS a bad uptime record.

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Tough Banana Pi: a Raspberry Pi for colour-blind diehards

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Re: Colourblind

Looks a banana-ish Mustard Colour. Not green

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World's best threat detection pwned by HOBBIT

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Not many people?

You only need one expert enough and able to market, or a friend marketing it.

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A WHOPPING 8 million Windows Server 2003 systems still out there

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Classic Marketing

MS need to release Classic Server and Classic Workstation, based on XP and Server 2003, in 32 bit and 64bit, with NT 4.0 Enterprise's 16G PAE by default for all XP and 32bit Server.

I bet it would sell well. Their concept of features and changes rather than fixing long time annoying stupid "features" and bugs is sheer candy coated marketing. Stupid egotism.

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Advanced Win 2000 Server?

How many W2K servers?

I was still encountering NT3.51 Servers in specialist roles when I was doing big XP rollouts 2002 to 2004

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Chromecast video on UK, Euro TVs hertz so badly it makes us judder – but Google 'won't fix'

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Re: 24 fps

Peripheral vision is more affected. You certainly don't need more than 48fps capture. Then distribution could be 24 fps or 48fps, but needs to be PROGRESSIVE.

Cinema has used x2 frame rate for display for a long time (Mechanically, now Electronic and triple DLP projector). Doing this with Interlaced source is a problem, Only film source can be be deinterlaced perfectly, which must be done to effectively interpolate for a higher frame rate display or higher resolution for giant panel.

There is no need to TRANSMIT or Distribute 96 fps 3840 x 2160 etc, if the source is 48ps and UHD anti-aliased to 1920 x 1080 @ 48fps, PROGRESSIVE, then displays can do excellent up-scaling and if required, frame interpolation. Interlace OTH is best quality left unchanged.

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Re: 24 fps

48 FPS now

The problem was how TVs were made and Lighting in the later 1930s when EMI, RCA and Germany started Electronic TV. It had to be the same as the local mains frequency. They used Interlace as clever 50% (temporal) analogue data compression scheme. Static detail is essentially twice quality of fast moving detail, but we can't see as much detail in fast movement.

Digital should have been 48 fps progressive from the start with 96 fps as an option. But the cheapskates wanted to be able to sell off spectrum to Mobile and save money on Satellite. Hence we have the HUGE number of broadcast and disc digital frame rates, interlace and progressive, various anamorphic formats and many resolutions.

The problem isn't cinema which is moving to 48 fps UHD, progressive only, with some projectors doing 96fps interpolation, but TV.

The problem with TV is solved increasing resolution from 1920 x 1080, but the issue of interlace (a pig to interpolate to higher resolutions or frame rates) and many frame rates, all too low.

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Tesco

It's mis-sold in Tesco with little explanation.

I'll stick to using a hidden £2 HMDI cable spliced to 2 x screened Cat5e running to Media PC in another room. It also has IR remote sensor at TV over a Cat 5e. The USB hub at TV simply uses 2 x max length USB cables and a USB repeater in the middle.

Also use laptops, phones, tablets with TV.

The Chromecast needs a Laptop/Tablet anyway.

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Turnbull should spare us all airline-magazine-grade cloud hype

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He's mad

He obviously hasn't a clue the Cloud is just other people's boxes since like the 1960s + leased lines. Or he owns a service provider!

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Apple’s $700 BEEELLION market cap makes it more valuable than Switzerland

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Re: Apple may be worth more than Switzerland

Ignoring any Intellectual property and designs, the tangible assets of Apple are tiny compared to Switzerland. How much production do they own?

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ASA raps 'F*CK YOU GOOGLE' vlogger + chums over VIDEO LICKFEST

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Re: Why are films not included in this ruling?

They should

There should be a list of companies on Films & TV series that have paid for advertisements. Or actually it should be banned. The Blue Peter extreme of blacking out the product names isn't needed.

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Alien

Elephant in the room

Yet another yucky North American product being foisted on us by cultural imperialism / Social marketing.

It's pretty horrid compared to proper British Bikkies.

Coca Cola

Levis (remember the pop song?)

McDonalds

KFC

Intel

Microsoft

Apple

Budweiser

Pumpkins for Halloween

Cranberry sauce

Cranberry juice

US Films

US TV serials

Marvel & DC comics

Maybe we will forgive them for Kraft Philadelphia cheese and Heinz tinned goods?

Yes, of course they are going to use YouTube, Twitter, Facebook as well as TV, Radio and Newspapers.

Icon because the USA calls Foreigners, Aliens.

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Floody hell! Brits cram Internet of Things into tight White Spaces

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Re: old telly frequencies

I know all about that ill-informed nonsense.

The Database doesn't work. That was mathematically proved in 1950s and demonstrated it more recently. "Listening" is even worse! Search "Hidden Transmitter Syndrome".

I've explained many times before WHY the whole concept is a fail unless EVERY TV & Tuner stick reports in real time to the internet what it's being used for.

Also it will not be policed. People will hack/disable database access, add high gain aerials and power amps (all done already on 446MHz and 2.4GHz).

The only workable solution is to never do it.

Many people in a service area of a Transmitter in reality have to use a different out of area transmitter.

Also relays / Fill in and Tropospheric conditions also make any database questionable.

Again and again it's proven this doesn't work! Try getting any GSM / 3G / Tetra / 4G operator to agree to anyone using their licensed channels on this basis. It's a deliberate attempt to treat TV as an unprotected secondary service.

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old telly frequencies

What a load of cobblers.

The frequencies are either used for Digital TV OR 800MHz LTE (soon 700 to 790MHz too).

"White space" is a fiction. Such use will interfere with Digital TV or LTE. This will be a disaster if it's allowed and sets us back to pre 1905 in Spectrum management and protection.

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BT said to have pulled patent-infringing boxes from DSL network

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The patent

Such an idea or a method to implement it should never have been allowed as a patent. It's a mathematical model.

If there is a patent involved on GSM / 3G / LTE (all of which do rate adaptation and management) it should be invalid too as this is a basic obvious concept since 1920s or earlier, with Shannon and Nyquist formalising the mathematics underpinning it in 1948.

Anyone can easily implement the software to do this.

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Whistling Google: PLEASE! Brussels can only hurt Europe, not us

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Thought Provoking

So what's the solution?

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IBM and Ericsson plot to deploy 5G. Never mind that it doesn't exist

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6GHz and above?

LTE femto cells for open plan offices.

They are nuts.

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