* Posts by Mage

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Facebook can block folks using pseudonyms in Germany – court

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irish Data Commissioner

So the Germans need to complain to irish Data Commissioner. Eventually, the ECJ or EU will tell the Irish Commissioner to do something. Sometimes though they do react. Sky Ireland automatically opted everyone into a Marketing for 3rd parties and the IDC protested, Sky backed down.

But Sky Ireland only sells in Ireland, certainly back then only INSTALL VAT went to Ireland, all subscription VAT went to UK.

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No more Nookie for Blighty as Barnes & Noble pulls out

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DRM?

Save every download to PC, not direct to device.

Calibre has plug-ins to remove DRM. DRM is ultimately contrary to Berne Convention on Copyright.

Don't ever give copies to someone else after you remove DRM.

I read Kindle content with DRM on a my Kindle and my Kobo (using my Kindle's serial number).

Amazon leaves it to Publisher to decide if AZW file has DRM or not.

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Uncle Sam's boffins stumble upon battery storage holy grail

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Electric Cars: Rich People

Electric cars need massive increase in power production (Power stations) and distribution (Grid) if everyone had them.

Currently tax payers are subsidising rich people and Elon Musk.

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Ofcom should be the BBC's ultimate overlord, UK.gov told

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Ofcom

It needs reformed first as they care nothing for anything other than Mobile Licence Revenue.

"Regulatory Capture"

Ofcom ought to be regulating the BBC, but they have done a rubbish job of regulating Sky EPG and Encryption costs. Fix Ofcom first!

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'Boss, I've got a bug fix: Nuke the whole thing from orbit, rewrite it all'

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Re: polishing one

Macros can be much more evil than GOTO and only exist because C was partly conceived as a machine independent Macro assembler to make porting UNIX simple and easy.

Numerous ways to shoot off your legs with a Macro.

Learning C++, we were told they shouldn't be used at all, only part of the evil backward compatibility. I learnt C++ in 1988. Why after nearly 30 years are we still using C?

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Windows 10 claimed another point of desktop share in February

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Stats from Browser

I have to use a plug-in on Firefox because of MORONS coding websites.

People like Amazon ONLY put the download links for the browser stats detected.

1) You might be downloading for a different OS to what you are running, dual boot or multiple computers.

2) You might want to run a Windows application on Wine on Linux (The kindle reader works fine on Wine as does Notepad++, Orbitron, Digiguide and other windows stuff.)

So often my Linux Mint (Mate desktop) system reports Windows.

I still have two windows laptops for very occasional older apps, that are not used on the Internet, one is Win3.11/Win98/Win2K multiboot and one is Windows XP SP3.

My video media PC has 2x DVB-S2 sat PCI cards and 2 x DVB-T tuners on Windows XP with MHEG5 support. I can't get the required HW / SW support on anything else reliably. It's not used on Internet either.

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Indian DEITY tells Google to choose broadband bride

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Spectrum

The ONLY way to do Loon, if it works at all, is Google applying for and using exclusive channels of licences spectrum. Anything else causes interference and is parasitical and irresponsible.

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One's Aspire One. Is it done?

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Vi?

Nano ^_^

Gave up using Vi maybe about 1988

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Old Aspire One

I added a CF adaptor and a 32G Byte CF card to replace the original very slow Flash memory. I had to fold the ZIF cable end over and put it wrong way up into the CF adaptor to have the correct cable order. Always check the dot!

Works find with Linux Mint 17.x and Mate desktop. I had to add the broadcom WiFi driver, the ethernet was fine.

The previous owner had replaced the original Linux with XP, which was too slow on it.

I changed some settings to minimise disk writes etc too.

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Building a fanless PC is now realistic. But it still ain't cheap

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Re: How about

No legacy x86 .. Rap Pi is great for niche use, not to replace existing x86 Workstation (Laptop or separates).

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Fanless GFX

I bought a supposedly fanless graphics card. Relies on the case fan! So buyer beware of building their own system rather than something all spec'd as one item (CPU, Mobo, PSU, drives, Graphics all specified.)

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Official: Toshiba pulls out of European consumer PC market

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Re: Ah, well Apple Mac?

Why pay a premium price for HW to run Linux? OSX has even less compatibility than Linux to XP for what I do.

Certainly a Mac is mad if you are still stuck on Windows.

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Humans – 1 Robots – 0: Mercedes deautomates production lines

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Exposes fantasy of current AI in Media

"variety is too much to take on for the machines," Schaefer said. "They can't work with all the different options and keep pace with changes"

Actually, while the programmers might be great and VERY intelligent, programming is really time consuming and difficult, when you care about doing it properly.

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Toaster cooks network and burns 'expert' user's credibility to a crisp

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Re: Sparky's Magic Fusebox

Not in a major office, but common in a home or small office. Toasters will even do it with build up of carbonising crumbs, don't forget to empty the crumb tray or shake it upside down.

A L-N short will just knock the individual trip, but an L-N imbalance of less than 50mA (due to leakage to case / earth) will trip the main safety trip. Some countries the lighting isn't on it. Usually Cooker, Immersion/water heater etc isn't on it. So a toaster with a shorted filament / Kettle shorted element on a socket wired on cooker supply (used to be common in UK) will hit the cooker fuse or trip only.

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Apple fires legal salvo at FBI for using All Writs law in iPhone brouhaha

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Re: "the world will not end" Irish Terrorists

Despite being funded by naive people in USA and supplied by Libya. (Early before the Provos (current SF & IRA) split with officials, the Russians did help them a bit, inc blowing up NATO microwave links in N.I.).

I'm implacable in my disdain for Apple Marketing and Pricing, but I'm on their side on this one.

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Re: "rescue neighborhoods from terrorists"

Unsocial behaviour, gangs, corporate greed, personal greed, lack of GOOD government regulation, drunkeness, bad driving, un-controlled guns, over-eating, drug dealers, theft, weather, flu etc are all far worse threats than Terrorists. Esp. in USA.

Apart from "9-11" how many people on USA soil have been killed by terrorism or even war since 1916 (last 100 years)?

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Can Qualcomm broker a peace deal between LTE and Wi-Fi in unlicensed spectrum?

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Re: Typical

hidden Transmitter Syndrome.

Non-interference and so Called White Space is fantasy no matter what you call it or what band. The Shannon Nyquist law and limit, 1948. Still all true.

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Wi-Fi stakeholders

Ultimately the Public, consumers. Qualcomm is no-one's friend, they are out to sell chips & licences. They will want this. I'm not convinced Operators do. I know decent ISPs won't touch unlicensed spectrum.

I think this is Qualcomm greed.

Mobile Operators misuse far too much spectrum (Coverage in Ireland FALLING due to lack of regulator conditions) already because Regulators love the licence fees.

Mobile Services and other paid for subscription services should actually be forbidden to use ISM, which should be short range free consumer ad hoc use only/

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Whatever happened to... virtual SIMs?

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Re: Mobile Phone is an App in the phone...

And what markup will Apple or Google put.

Which Operators will they permit you to use?

Be careful what you wish for.

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don’t have the space to accommodate SIMs

No, they do.

Device vendors want to do away with physical SIMs so that they, not operators are in control. The Network operator and Device maker then do deals. Less control to consumer.

Have you LOOKED at a SIM, never mind the pointless new smaller ones (that we don't really need anyway).

BATTERY dwarfs everything else.

It's not about saving space, that's merely spin to justify user loss of control. Unless the device is locked to a network, the operator has no control with physical SIM, user can change it and many governments have demanded users should be able to unlock.

The virtual SIM is all about giving a partnership of a Network Operator and Device maker control and the user less control.

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Top new IoT foundation (yeah, another one) to develop open standards

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Re: Screw this! With blackjack and hookers

I love those liquorice chews and the big Galway row boats too.

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Re: IoT - Has it's time passed?

1) Insulation and Double glazing: House still fairly warm after being out all day.

2) Timers?: How erratic is you coming home time? it's not much waste to have the heat come on early a with a thermostat regulating it.

I have only a multi-fuel stove, Google's invasive nest isn't much use for that.

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Privacy and Security

We don't need any of these Organisations. So called IoT is been around as long as the Internet, before even websites.

We have plenty of good standards.Cue XKCD (Ah I see it's been mentioned). New ones simply mean gadgets won't play nice with printers, PCs, phones, tablets and Routers.

What we need is enforcement of approved 3rd party CE / FCC testing, in market policing and compliance with basic Privacy and Security standards. But that would remove the major revenue stream Megacorps are drooling about. They'll practically give away this junk if it needs a service contract or subscription, or exploits you for advertisers and revenue.

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Linux Mint hacked: Malware-infected ISOs linked from official site

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Proof Positive

That Linux Mint is popular

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The paperless office? Don’t talk sheet

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Re: I'll see your dot matrix

They also could remove fingertips if the cover interlock was defeated. We had ours in a sound proof cabinet (it wasn't) in a store room.

The really fast ones employed a person full time adding fresh boxes of wide fan fold.

P.S. My E65 phone could print via the WiFi, but only if your printer perfectly emulated a particular HP Laser family.

I have a nice colour duplex laser, but I print any LARGE documents to mobi/epub format and read on a Kindle or Kobo, more like paper than an LCD / CRT / AMOLED etc.

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Gigabit duplex DOCSIS 3.1 passes feasibility study, kind of

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100BaseT vs 1000Base T

1000BASE-T uses all four pairs bi-directionally and the standard includes auto MDI-X; however, implementation is optional. With the way that 1000BASE-T implements signaling, how the cable is wired is immaterial in actual usage.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethernet_over_twisted_pair#Cabling

It does for common Gigabit, but not for 100Mbps.

The reason is that it's easier to do the cancellation for up to 100m than get twice as fast signalling over Cat5e.

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Always been in theory possible

In practice this is really really hard the longer the cable, the more variable the cable quality is, connectors and the wider the bandwidth.

Speech on copper pair uses cancellation and there is significant crosstalk. Gigabit ethernet uses this technique and as a result needs much better cable and connections than 100M bps, as well as strict distance limits. it uses all four pairs in parallel, in duplex, versus original cat5 Ethernet which actually only used one separate pair in each direction.

I imagine only part of the 110MHz to 862MHz band will be used and often only on cable that is good quality (no nips, sharp bends, corrosion, poor connections and accurate impedance). At the minute 5MHz to 65 MHz (or sometimes 88 or even 110MHz) is used for upstream which is lower QAM and and TDMA. That's 0.8, 1.6, 3.2, or 6.4MHz channels with virtual TDMA channels in them. Downstream is 2, 4, 6 or 8MHz channels between 110MHz and 560 (old cable), 862MHz or even up to 1200MHz, essentially using DVB-C, but multiplexed data rather than TV.

The problem also is that downstream is really One to Many broadcast (though modems ignore data for other users) and upstream is Many to One, with potentially only 10 simultaneous users if you dedicate a physical channel rather than TDMA. Non-HFC is very much longer cables shared to more users. Hence the typical 8:1 or worse ratio Download/Upload with DOCSIS, though DSL is often worse. Also the QAM is typically lower to reduce modem TX power, this means lower speed. The symmetrical idea would mean very much higher modem power.

A simpler solution on cables not passing too many houses is to use 5 to 500 MHz upstream and 550MHz to 1200MHz downstream. Much more robust than full duplex on the same channels.

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Shopping for PCs? This is what you'll be offered in 2016

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Re: Linux vs Win10

NT4.0 32bit Enterprise could use (via PAE) more than 4G

32 bit XP can only use 2.5G application, 4G (minus graphics hole) entire OS. Same with 32bit Vista

I've not tried a recent 32bit Linux on a PAE based Mobo, but certainly on a 64bit mobo, 32bit linux isn't limited to 4G.

Note that address space isn't usually the same as Word size on almost any CPU anyway and unless you NEED a 64bit OS, it might be less compatible with widest range of drivers and do some few things slower than 32bit OS, as well as actually use a bit more ram.

Most 64 bit CPUs do not have 64 bit physical addressing

Most mobos don't even accomodate as much RAM as the CPU can physically control (via PAE or MMU or whatever physical address bus there is.

On a suitable Mobo, with 64bit CPU, you can run a 64 bit VM on a 32bit Host OS too, though that's usually an afterthought, as starting with a 64bit OS might be better if you are wanting VMs too.

Strangely not all 64bit CPUs /Mobos support a 64 bit VM. I've an AMD that won't.

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Linux vs Win10

Linux seems to have better support for old hardware (Epson Scanner + PCMCIA 1460 SCSI or PC PCI 2940 SCSI just worked) compared to Win 10

Linux seems to now have good support for new hardware.

Putting Linux Mint + Mate Desktop on 12 year old XP laptop will work, or replacing Win7 or Win 8.x on a newer computer.

1G RAM and 32G CF card or HDD seems to be a reasonable minimum spec for Linux. Less RAM and HDD is usefully feasible for simply LibreOffice, Firefox, Thunderbird, Filezilla and The Gimp. Kindle Reader, Notepad++ and Digiguide work fine on WINE (1G or more RAM a good idea).

Unlike Windows, 8G ram is available even on a 32bit install on a 64 bit CPU.

Strangely Linux version of Skype works better than Windows version.

Linux Calibre works better than Windows version.

So compatibility of computers with Linux, IMO is now better than with Windows 10.

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Re: Any news on laptop resolutions?

2002: I had 1600 x 1200 on my laptop. I'd like better than that.

P.S. It still works.

Why would you buy a new PC or Laptop to replace Win7 with Win10?

Surely you'd only buy a new PC or laptop if the old one was broken. Unless you are doing bleeding edge games, or rendering or decent Virtual Reality, you don't need to replace any DECENT PC made in last 10 years for better speed.

I'd like to buy a new laptop without an OS.

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The Nano-NAS market is now a femto-flop being eaten by the cloud

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Raid 5

Also the rebuild time for a cheap NAS with Raid 5 is huge. With three disks this is more likely too, than with two disks by x 3/2 factor

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iPhones clock-blocked and crocked by setting date to Jan 1, 1970

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Re: If the Phone Network time ...

I don't think the mobile time is NTP? Because dumb phones with no TCP/IP can have clock set by the Mobile Network Provider.

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If the Phone Network time ...

What if the phone company accidentally sets their server used to push mobile phone time?

If a Phone company messes up their Solaris / Unix / Linux server the automatic network time is 1st Jan 1970, cue ALL iPhones with vulnerable iOS falling over?

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Skype users were targeted by bad-ad pushing Angler crooks

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Idiot MS

When eBay bought Skype the quality of SW went downhill.

MS. OTH totally made it unusable on many laptops (100% CPU. Why? Something to do with not being able to disable camera? I don't know.)

The UI has got worse. Ironically the Linux version is now better than Windows Desktop version, for a certain definition of better.

The adverts in a product that for years never had adverts, for a company the size of MS that makes so much from bought products is OBSCENE GREED and was doomed to server malware. It will again. That's why I have noscript in the browser, it's only incidental that it blocks adverts.

MS have totally lost the plot.

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Time acquires Myspace, creates 2004's most fearsome media giant

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Viant's Advertising Cloud service boasts that it has data for sale on 1.2 billion people.

Ought to be illegal if it isn't?

Wasn't Readers Digest bought just for the database?

Was there some issue with Customer data of Radio Shack/Tandy being sold when it "died" purely for marketing.

Misuse of original data, IMO.

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Sick and tired of modern Windows? Upgrade to Windows 3.1 today – in your web browser

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Dosbox

Runs Win 3.1 even if there is no x86

Loads win 3.1 in about 4s from network share.

We had some 386 PC for it back then. later upgraded to WFWG 3.11 with Win32s, VFW, 32 bit disk driver and MS 32 bit TCP/IP. Win 95 was basically that all rolled up with a new shell, First version Win95 had no USB and didn't have TCP/IP by default. The minimum level RAM Win 3.x and Win 9x specs were not enough to run Word (Office 4.3 later Office 95) and TCP/IP and a browser.

I copied the dying install disks of Word 2.0a to a "gold" style archive CD as i had lots of licences. I must try it on WINE.

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Bluetooth direct to the internet: What could possibly go wrong?

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Re: 433/868Mhz RF comms

They are just ASK/OOK slow speed physical links. Lowest level. You put whatever security you want on the TTL serial pins. It's trivial even with a PIC to have a CRC and 256 bit encryption, as the maximum data rate is probably about 1kbps to 10kbps at physical layer, certainly less than 50K. The TTL Serial data needs to be Manchester encoded as the links don't work well with a DC component. Trivial. Some receivers are optimised for Manchester encoding between 30kHz and 45kHz due to the AC band pass filter on the baseband of the receiver. They are really really cheap and easy to get CE approval as SRD. The USA band is at I think 385MHz rather than the European 433 MHz SRD allocation which is slap bang in middle of USA and Europe 70cm Amateur band. The EU 864 MHz SRD band can be less interference, it's wider, so supports up to about 1Mbps simple OOK/ASK or PSK and maybe 16Mbps very short range using QAM.

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Re: Bluetooth will always be handy

Bluetooth IS wireless, it's same 2.4GHz band. It can reduce speed of WiFI as the S/N is then worse for wifi.

Simplest is a 3.5mm stereo jack. Though Apple wants to abolish it so that they can charge more for earphones, even though there are stereo bluetooth earphones already. Bluetooth means re-encoding the audio, so in theory it's lower quality than a 3.5mm jack analogue connection.

It's true that the only advantages (especially for intermittent and low data rate gadgets) of Bluetooth over WiFi is the simple pairing (though often too simple with fixed 0000 code and poor security) and lower power (which means very short range, x10 range needs x100 power, that's physics, nothing to do with WiFi or Bluetooth or 3G or 4G etc).

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Australian astroboffins reveal hundreds of hidden galaxies

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Alien

Wonderful

Fantastic Boffinry

We didn't really find them, they are not lost :)

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Amazon UK boss is 'most powerful' man in food and drink

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Amazon buying a Grocery company?

Buying a small online one, that most people never heard of won't happen. They DID buy IMDB, Goodreads, The Book Depositary etc because that makes sense.

If their bricks and mortar Bookshops work and their own online Grocery works, then they might buy a bricks and mortar chain, or create one.

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Don't you see these simple facts? Destroy Facebook and restore human Liberty

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Re: just ignore FB if it's not your cup of tea

Impossible, because the human race is on average gullible. Loads of people in the family, friends, workmates etc using it.

Companies or media outlets you want to use are promoting it or using it.

Ignoring it is about as viable as using translation, video sharing, maps and search with Google. Is babelfish still running? Dailymotion instead of Youtube, Apple or MS instead of Google maps/Streetview/Earth, Er ... Bing/Yahboo instead of Google?

It's only slightly easier to ignore Twitter.

Idiots keep joining Linkedin and giving them all their email adresses. There ought to be a law against that and Whatsapp's slurping of addresses.

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Nokia kicks off pre-MWC race with tech show-and-tell

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5G

I predict 5G will mostly be about management, seamless bonding of data channels that use different bands and maybe even 3G and 4G at the same time. Possibly even on Edge. Better integration with WiFi too.

It won't be specifically about new spectrum (any generation can use any spectrum), or new air interfaces or any stuff like that.

Existing recent basestations will work, maybe with a minimum of new controllers.

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Canonical reckons Android phone-makers will switch to Ubuntu

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Re: Too late for Ubuntu

Yes, they messed up their desktop product (search was only a part of it).

I can't see why any major phone maker would swap out the Google supported eco-system for Ubuntu. It's not as if the phone makers care about Google's dominance or creepy slurping of user's data!

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Facebook cares about you, yes you, so much it won't give up on India

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Facebook cares about you ...

No, they are doing this scheme to make money.

Facebook are a successful exploitive parasite encouraging people to be foolish and making money by exploiting them. The only difference with Twitter is it's not doing it well enough to make money. Google, even though Google Plus isn't doing well, is the most successful exploitive parasite due to their dominance on Search feeding dominance in Advertising.

None of these companies care about you, except as resource to be milked.

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Are Indians too stupid to be trusted with free Internet?

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It's not free Internet.

Free Basics has launched in over of the 30 of world’s poorest populations.

And it's not free nor the Internet. It's a malicious exploitation and curated walled garden of data.

I think the Indians are smart.

"Nobody could mistake the Basics walled garden experience for the full internet."

It's not even like AOL or WAP. It's tiny. It's promotion is grossly dishonest.

A fairer analogy would be The Raj's export of Indian Cotton to UK (or maybe just England) and Indians having to buy only British Cotton.

Facebook are only helping themselves.

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Google

Possibly worse than Facebook.

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It's official: India bans Facebook's Free Basics

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Re: "Don't know what it is"

Free Basics is like a crappy Compuserve channel with the weather forecast thrown in.

No, it's not. Credit us with being at least as smart as the Indians.

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Free Basics is NOT Charity

Obviously the Indians are smart and know this is purely Advertising funded Facebook walled garden with Facebook deciding who else gets in. As such it would reduce the performance of paid access to rest of the Internet.

It's a far more insidious evil thing than breaching net neutrality.

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EU could force countries to allocate 700 MHz band to mobile by mid-2020

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Re: Stupid frequencies

Because Mobile Licences are much more revenue than TV allocations.

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Re: More EU interference..

Actually it's driven by some national regulators, not the EU.

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