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BBC hacks – tweet the crap out of the news, cries tech-dazzled Trust

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Re: people in the UK from looking at bbc.com

Outside UK it's been impossible to see full UK or N.I. news any more. bbc.co.uk automatically loads bbc.com

I gave up on BBC videos ages ago as all are prefixed by un-skipable adverts. Except many links that are really video are not "flagged" with the icon they use for video content.

What is the difficulty with letting people choose? Also surely only some video and audio need to be geoblocked. It's an insult to anyone resident in UK on a business trip or holiday and a bit naff for British Citizens who for whatever reason can't be living in the UK.

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ignored because the preoccupations of the BBC

Yes as well as the excellent examples they are also obsessed with DAB, Facebook, Twitter and especially promotion of LBGT in as many programs as possible.

I actually support Reith's idea of giving people what they should get and not just what they think they want (there is ITV for that) but BBC today has a very very narrow viewpoint. The replies to criticism that does make to air on Feedback (the web site is strangely limited despite comments enabled on some articles) are extremely self serving and patronising.

Still have you watched / listened / read :

Irish State Broadcaster RTE

Italian Media

US TV/Radio

German TV

CCTV

Arriang

Russia Today

Even with the terrible short comings of BBC they are still better.

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Actually...

They should do the opposite.

Less video, smaller graphics, more real content on their own web site. Stop pimping the proprietary, privacy slurping, ad serving, 3rd party walled gardens of Twitter and Facebook, which are at best I suppose of some value if you don't have a major web site of your own.

Companies and Organisations promoting Twitter & Facebook are not bring traffic to themselves as much as simply helping Facebook and Twitter to make money.

Reith of course would have embraced every technology to promote the BBC, but Facebook and Twitter are neither promotional tools or technology, but Advertisement hoardings that are parasites on the Web. They add no value.

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What HAS BEEN SEEN? OMG it's a thing that looks like an iWatch

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Re: The mind boggles

But none of those claims are novel, lacking in obviousness to anyone skilled in the Art or without Prior Art.

None of that should get a patent or Registered Design.

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Re: Why are we getting worked up about this?

I patented that comment a few articles ago.

Actually everyone else has said already anything I'd need to say.

"doesn't look like the most exciting of patents"

So like every other pointless Apple "patent". Is this one though an actual patent or what we would call a "Registered Design", like shape of a Coke Bottle or Classic steel Hobbs Kettle?

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Go ahead and un-install .Net, but you'll CRIPPLE Windows Server 2012

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Time to Migrate.

Actually we found Server 2003 so bloated compared to NT 4.0 Server and Win 2000 Server we moved to Linux. Been using NT Server since 1994.

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Nod Labs forges one (Bluetooth) ring to rule them all

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Re: An interesting idea

yes, far more interesting than the NFC only ring the other day.

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NBN Co in 'broadband kit we tested worked' STUNNER

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Re: Proof of Concept

Umm ... of course it "works" but at rapidly reducing speed the further you are from cabinet and the more pairs in a multi-pair cable that are active. More than 200m and coax DOCSIS 3.0 from cabinet makes more sense than copper. At 1km no better than ADSL2+

For a minimum 100Mbps from cabinet you need DOCSIS (Cable). For low contention and / or more than 100Mbps you need FTTP/FTTH. Fibre to node is an interim solution and only good for Urban. Or for Cable Operators (HFC). Any new fibre system today should be FTTP/FTTH

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Trolls and victims watch Supremes for definition of meaningless patents

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Perhaps spacing isn't relevant.

Perhaps the idea is trivial, obvious or can be easily developed by anyone skilled in the Art. Any of which are supposed to kill a patent application.

Novelty needs to be in it, but novelty alone nor lack of prior art isn't sufficient.

The USPO doesn't even apply their own rules properly,

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It's spade sellers who REALLY make a killing in a gold rush: It's OVER for graphics card mining

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Other uses?

Can we use these mining ASICs for anything else? Apart from trying to find passwords that generate exposed hashes on PCs / Servers.

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Stephen Elop: I was RIGHT to BURN the PLATFORMS

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Nokia Name

I thought the deal is that MS doesn't actually get the option to use the Nokia name as long at it wants, but only a fixed period (is it a year or two?) and for existing models.

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Victory for Microsoft as Supremes decline to hear Novell's WordPerfect whine

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Good

Wordperfect For Windows was dead before win95, fact was it was a bad attempt at a windows program. Windows 95 was irrelevant. Word & Excel very successful before Win95. And on Mac actually before windows even worked properly (3.1 was first decently working version).

Mind you MS did add Gratuitous APIs to Win95 (which they then had to retrofit to NT 3.5 as NT3.51). This prevented no-one writing good Windows applications. It was to stop new applications "for Win95" working on Win3.11 / WFWG3.11 which actually could run many NT applications via Win32s add-on.

This was not at all about stopping 3rd party programs but so Office 95 couldn't run on WFW3.11, otherwise it would have. So of course NT users got a free upgrade 3.5 to 3.51 as Office 95 wouldn't otherwise run on NT!

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Polymer droplets turn smartmobes into microscopes

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Re: Low quality, low applicability.

yes.

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Re: truly microscopic breakthrough

I don't think this is novel. I thought that people already doing this many years ago.

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Internet of Thingies bods: Forget 3G, let's go straight to 4G

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The Other issue is Coverage.

Many regulators have very low requirements on Geographic and Population Coverage.

Operators left to their own will do very much less coverage than GSM has. Very often 3G falls back to GSM / Edge. The 4G operators will cherry pick.

There is no USO with Mobile. Certainly in many countries for next 10 to 20 years 4G coverage will be much less than 60% Geographically and in some Western countries less than 50%.

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Chap builds mobe based on Raspberry Pi

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Re: re:"*If you want contributions to the hacking of electronics;"

Biege box?

Or grey racks with loads of fans and LEDs.Seen those.

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NASA spots 'new' star just 7.2 light years away

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Re: Pedantry

But Proxima Centauri might be a member of Alpha Centauri "cluster".

Proxima Centauri is very likely part of a triple star system with Alpha Centauri A and B.

Of course wiki may be wrong ...

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

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Light blue touch paper?

So how much additional mass / gas would result in fusion?

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Apple patents Wi-Fi access point location lookup

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I dispair.

Please someone close the USPO.

Maybe if enough companies get enough of these stupid patents which are PURELY about stopping competitors launching real products and NOTHING about protecting the investment made in innovation someone will reform the system.

Maybe Apple employs more people creating patents than actually doing anything in a lab.

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That's right, MICROSOFT is an ANDROID vendor after Nokia gobble

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Re: The Grand Plan

Google sells advertising space.

MS Sells HW, SW and Services.

They are not actually in the same market, though it might superficially appear so. Amazon is more likely to be the real direct competitor to Apple and MS in the long term as unlike Google they want to sell physical stuff and Services. Google's Services are all purely a means to the end of making money from selling advertising.

Google would happily scrap Android and endorse WinPhone if it gave them 80% mobile market and MS let them have the info for their Advertising business. Google is loyal only to Google making money.

I don't see WinPh displacing even iOS never mind Android any time soon.

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Re: the money is in the IP...

But MS only got a licence to use Nokia IP. It's all still Nokia's

Possibly Nokia still has the toilet roll, Welly boot, Satellite Receiver and TV set IP too.

Unlike most other Tech companies, Nokia has "re-invented" themselves many times. This time they really had to as the Bureaucracy and internal politics has been strangling making the right decisions for about the last 12 years. The take over of Siemens' Networks via NSN "merger" and Motorola Networks hasn't gone too well (Mobile Base Stations etc). Ericsson and Huewei may yet eat their lunch on that if they don't get sorted.

Samsung has plenty of IP.

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Or maybe

They could swallow their ego, snuff out Windows 8 and Windows phone, sell android phones and a new hybrid NT-Linux with 100% Win API compatibility!

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Tim Cook: Apple's 'closer than it's ever been' to releasing new product range

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Re: The Facts... Mac User?

Maybe < 5% of purchasers were Mac users then and iTunes was pretty useless without Internet. Even today Broadband isn't universal and some Western countries a 1/3rd have never used Internet. I have broadband. But almost all my music and video is dowloaded on plastic disc via a physical trip to shop or postal delivery. Then I "rip" the CD and put it in a safe place.

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Re: "And it’s an area where nobody has figured it out yet."

That's sort of bizarre, a Mastercard Debit card fed from Visa Credit card via PayPal.. Maybe useful for discovering in a shop that only takes Debit cards that my Bank Account is empty ... Except most shops that take Debit cards have an arrangement the Bank doesn't mention to you till you discover on the statement you can spend past the overdraft limit without knowing.

So many creative ways to get further in Debt!

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Re: @Mage...

My eyes ....

Till now I lived in blissful ignorance of MS Bob!

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

Arrrrggggh!

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Re: The Facts..........

I remember the horrors of installing the required SW to work iPods on Windows 98. With only 19kbps available on rubbish dialup to download the applications.

People bought them at Christmas due to hype and had no way to load music on them! Most people even if they had a PC didn't have internet.

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Re: The Facts..........

At least 3 main companies, Creative being well known. Many smaller companies.

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Re: "We don’t do very many things so we spend a lot of time on every detail..."

How many years ago did they switch from an Apple OS (the last was 9) to simply bolting stuff on and polishing GUI of OS X?

Though Actually perhaps MS should have been doing that since NT 3.5 instead of the evil of Win95, Win98 (bug fix), Win ME (joke OS) and degradation of NT via NT4.0 (Drivers into Kernel), W2K (inconsistent GUI and USB of unreleased SP7 of NT4.0), XP (finished version W2K). Vista (joke based on NT instead of Win95), Win 7 (bug fix / finished Vista), Win 8 (What do you get if you cross a Zune with an NT Desktop OS? ).*

Been nice if MS had released Courier, married Zune and Win Phone CE and just been polishing XP :-) with spinning off Media Center as a FINISHED product based on NT embedded and a new GUI unrelated to Zune / Metro/Explorer etc.

And if some consumer electronics company rather than Oracle had bought Sun (all SW then OS but financially supported, no Davik and Android or C# as Java and JVM would have been totally free).

(* Yes, I also had Explorer Preview Shell on NT3.51 (no BSOD) and a USB stack on NT4.0 which worked with later released Win2K Scanner & printer Drivers)

So yes, Apple do actually do their stuff well, but it's not innovation nor much R&D, (maybe r&D).

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Re: The Facts..........

The iPod wasn't new or innovative, just better marketed and more expensive. No Apple Tech. Only rip of Dieter Rams Braun styling.

The iPhone had a more slick GUI (but not actually new HW, nor as fully featured) and was better marketed and succeeded well due to bundled data package, no innovation or Apple HW Technology, SW a repackaged OS X (which wasn't actually Apple innovation). More expensive than competitors.

The iPad was a larger iPhone. Zero innovaton. More expensive than comparable competition.

Apple TV isn't a TV. It's a media Streamer which really needs and iPad or iPhone to get best value out of it thus in reality £400 more than a Roku, which doesn't need a tablet or phone for full value. There is zero innovation in an Apple TV.

Apple based on profits vs sales has about x3 margin, thus are obviously overpriced.

They are a Product appearance Design & marketing House with a nice "in house" GUI on the iOS and OSX. They are not a Technology company or innovator. They buy in the HW expertise and little SW innovation since they bought in OS X from Steve Job's Next to replace insecure, inflexible creaking OS9. OSX is not very innovative being largely based on BSD.

Apple do what they do very well. But unlike Samsung have developed very little. The original Mac was a "fixup" of the under spec'd Lisa (which was a cheap clone of the Xerox Star, which I played with). The current Mac is largely an Intel design. The Apple II was "ready to go", only needing a monitor on top but only 40 columns and slow non-standard 100k floppy. I believed the hype and bought one. Terrible waste of money.

Apple have always relied on customer perception. Not on technological innovation. Maybe the Newton and Pippin were innovative.

Or the round puck mouse with one button (but stupid).

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Microsoft's naughty Cortana NOT ALLOWED NEAR CHILDREN

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Data collected?

Does MS, Apple, Amazon & Google data collection, processing, security and retention comply with

a) US standards

b) EU standards

Is it even obvious to Joe Ordinary what is being collected?

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Will Apple's $130bn cash infusion keep investors onboard?

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Parasites

All that cash not going into circulation and they borrow money, which results in slightly less money available for other companies to actually invest in Plant. R&D etc ...

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Brain surgery? Would sir care for a CHOC-ICE with that?

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Mobility

Unless my job is to fix HW, I should be able to work ANYWHERE from my home office. Actually I have a mechanical Workshop and Electronics lab at home too for HW. But Programming, especially today with SVN, subversion, Git, Google drive, Hosting and Broadband etc, I can do in my home office with better productivity. Saves the environment. No office to heat or air condition, no CO2 and particulates etc and time wasting commuting. Lower risk too.

It costs about £8K to move house, minimum, to one worth the same. How long will any job last?

The problem is bad management, outsourcing, HR depts looking for wrong stuff and vetoing Engineering supervisors. To a lesser extent Polytechs becoming Universities and Universities dumbing down to teach a computer language instead of Eduction and Art of Programming.

So Web Server programming and tools are so 1970s and we see the same old stupid array bounds violations and cross site scripting vulnerabilities and bugs on "new" packages. GUIs get prettier and underlying code gets full of gunge and rubbish. Nicely indented spaghetti and "objects"/"Classes"/API designed by Satan's demons high on hash.

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Reg probe bombshell: How we HACKED mobile voicemail without a PIN

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Re: How do those conversations with the mobile network go?

I'm sure that's Three.

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Not surprised

Many companies will not even interview older experienced people. Too much is outsourced or implemented by inexperienced fresh graduates or work experience or people qualified in a different field.

I'd have been especially surprised if Three had it right. They only know how to Sell and Market.

Where are the regulators? Soft touch?

If a network isn't doing their engineering responsibly they should lose their licence. The consumer is lucky if the Regulators even slap a wrist lightly.

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DeSENSORtised: Why the 'Internet of Things' will FAIL without IPv6

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Re: FTP & SIP

There are NAT solutions for FTP and SIP.

Though certainly not elegant.

Probably IP6, or something like it is needed. But the so called "Internet of things" is actually irrelevant. My "things" want to be as simple as possible. The Gateway server (which can be an application on my existing Router or something like a Raspberry Pi) can provide a VPN and security.

If I'm using public WiFi I want a VPN. Does IP6 solve the security issues of Public WiFi? Tell me when the majority of WiFi and Gadgets are using IP6 for a year.

People that sell network gear keep claiming we are running out of IP4 (likely) and we should up grade to IP6(Well they would say that).

Of course many USA Universities, USA Organisations, USA Corporations and friends that need 6 to 600 public IP have as many public IPs assigned as a small country.

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EU: Let's cost financial traders $400m a day, because EVIL BANKERS. Right?

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Re: What's wrong: "Flash boys"

Very interesting read.

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Re: Utter crap

Trading in Shares isn't investment. The company that issued the shares gets little or no value from subsequent share trading, except sometimes a beneficial increase in what price it can sell EXTRA shares at.

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Re: Speculation

But is any of this good?

Is it actually inflationary as nothing is invested, no service or good is produced?

Investment only occurs when people buy share issues, buying shares already on the market may make profit but it's not investment!

Speculation obviously makes speculators a profit. But that money has to come from somewhere (I know the Governments can print more when needed, which can but doesn't always devalue existing currency).

Speculation doesn't create liquidity. Actually sometimes it can do the reverse. The second evil after speculation is to loan people money they can't even pay the interest on, on the basis that what they are going to buy will be worth more than the loan when they sell it (soon). That increases when the economy is stable and results in a crash eventually when the leveraged buyouts / housing bubbles etc burst.

The 3rd great evil is to be a Dragon. That's to consistently manage to sell your goods or services to others and then sit on the profit made. Dragons also like to do this at higher profit margin than competitors of course. This sucks money out of the economy. This it problem with Offshore banking for individuals or Tax Havens for Corporations. How can they spend the money? So they borrow when they need to expand. Which reduces the amount others can borrow.

Making money from share dividends is acceptable. I don't care if you are a pension fund. Making profit from speculation isn't acceptable, especially if it's HST (High Speed Trading, I meant HFT), HFT (High Frequency Trading).

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Speculation

Speculators are not creating wealth for the pension fund, they are evil parasites. It's not investment in the original companies that issued the shares.

HST is the worst type of speculation. Perhaps shareholding should be for a minimum of a year or six months?

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Sat comms kit riddled with backdoors for hackers – researcher

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Satellite Comms

Always had rubbish security. The Geostationary 2 way data traditionally poor too.

The vendors only ever worried about:

1) Control access of Satellite

2) Getting payment for use of it.

Security of the actual transmission has mostly been rubbish, though the DOCSIS derived Ka Band 2 way stuff might be better. But that doesn't apply to Iridiium, Thuraya and Inmarsat who have probably all relied on cost of kit and security via obscurity. Iridium I think is now effectively owned by US Government after going bust so either way NSA, CIA etc no doubt track everything. Inmarsat may not so much worry as long as everything is paid for. Similarly Thuraya, who I think are smallest but do have cute GSM/Satellite dual Mode, I think their main market is Arabs from Morocco to Qatar..

The control channels traditionally on satellite generally are poor sensitivity so that you need a 3.5m+ dish or larger with real time tracking. I've wondered how good C&C security is?

Even since Echelon days, never mind today's wholesale tapping of fibre and Internet the Satellite comms was all tapped.

Rent a site with disused 4.8m or bigger telcoms dish claiming you will be opening an industrial park. This isn't script kiddie territory.

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Apple patent LOCKS drivers out of their OWN PHONES

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Sack the USPO

This is crazy.

Trivial and should not be patentable.

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Slip your finger in this ring and unlock your backdoor, phone, etc

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But it's still pointless.

NFC concept is OK contactless stock control where a barcode is inconvenient. It's stupidity as part of a secure system.

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NASA finds first Earth-sized planet in a habitable zone around star

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Nu Earth?

Any Sentient beings already there might disagree.

A tidal locked planet with atmosphere might not be frozen on the dark side. But massive winds from dark to bright at ground level and reverse at jet stream level? But I know nothing about meteorology so maybe it does all end up frozen on dark side. If so there may be thin margin at the terminator?

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Amazon wires up email-to-Kindle to its gigantic online hard drive

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Yes

Before it just delivered the document sent to @kindle after conversion

Now they keep a copy in original format.

But presumably you still have to "whilte list" who can send to the Kindle.

Also some Kindles have no WiFi and are 3G/Edge only. In such a case browsing Amazon or Wikipedia is free, anything else is I think 60 Mbyte (not G!) a month only and all personal documents emailed may be charged at some cents per Mbyte depending on country.

So I only use USB to transfer to Kindle DX. But the unlimited Wikipedia is good and I've never used up the monthly non-Amazon/Wikipedia limit. It's only handy to look up something when you have shut down the lap top or maybe in bed.

I looked up "Earth" the other day though and all the detail was gone replaced by "Mostly Harmless".

So the only new aspect I can see is the unwanted and not needed to me storing of original format document in Amazon's so called Cloud (Hosting). I use USB for Kindle and have my own personalised unlimited hosting with out "Cloud" marketing label stuck on.

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Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER

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DIY Projector Time?

But AMOLED, so can't have a stronger back light like LCD and be hacked as a projector. So not hackable as a Projector.

I wonder what the life of the "blue" is?

Unfortunately the life of AMOLED is short compared to LCD or real LEDs (they are diode characteristic Electroluminescent dots, not LEDs in the sense the backlights and indicators are).

But life probably doesn't matter for a phone panel.

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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

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High Fidelity Pure Audio

Codswallop!

Where is the decent 5.1 Audio Music Content?

Do more than 1% of BD player owners have decent speakers?

Anything distributing sampling above 44 to 48KHz is pointless. Yes, by all means sample at 192kHz so the anti-aliasing analogue filter in front of ADC in studio isn't affecting audio. But then you can down sample to 44.1K or 48K samples per second and lose nothing.

We don't need more than 16 bits either.

Also the problem is many newer CD pressings are CRAP mixes. Too compressed and processed. Rubbish studio mixing is still rubbish at 192kHz and 5.1 and 24 bits.

I'd be surprised if there are enough AudioPhools out there to make this a success. It's as pointless as SACD (or whatever it was called), even though in theory any BD player can play it.

Just release the flippin' music properly mixed and engineered on CD, and at a sensible price . Why are many CDs (esp. old titles that already made the money) same price or x2 the price of a DVD?

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Want a free Bosch steam iron? You'll have to TALK TO THE DEAD

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Re: Other companies

Bill Gates is still alive

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Clever

The Moroccan Tourist Board has hacked Currys.

It's a viral marketing campaign!

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Google looks to LTE and Wi-Fi to help it lube YouTube tubes

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Garbage

Unless Google is going to pay for about x10 as many base stations Mobile can never deliver Video to the masses. It can only manage about 3 to 5 users ON AVERAGE per cell.

Fibre to home and home WiFi. Even Home WiFi at 250Mbps can struggle to provide more than 3 video streams as the total peak speed is no guide of real life average speeds.

(Why have home LTE Femto cells and pay Mobile ISPs for the traffic you already paid for on on your ISP? Femto cells are for Public places or Voice only GSM/3G calls as they don't work on WiFi).

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Apple says iOS, OS X is immune to Heartbleed SSL bug

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Remind me ...

How long ago did Apple stop making servers?

Is it 1% or 0.1% of Web Sites that run OS X?

If you have no open inward ports [on firewall and/or no server services / daemons running] and don't access an evil Server how does the client matter?

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