* Posts by Mage

3104 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

MIGHTY SOLAR FLARES fail to DESTROY CIVILISATION. Yes!

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Re: Stone Age?

No Satellite TV would also be possible outcome.

Or GPS (nothing like as high, so much less vulnerable).

or any other Satellite based service if the Belch is bad enough.

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Stephen Fry MADNESS: 'New domain names GENERATE NEW IP NUMBERS'

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Ansible etc

IPv6

two problems:

1) It's badly designed, that's why a slow uptake.

2) When we figure how to make Ansibles the IPV6 space isn't big enough.

3) It's nothing like near infinite if it does become as ubiquitous as Bluetooth or 3.5mm jackplugs. What if Apple gives 2 x IPV6 to every Beats headphone? (One for each ear).

P.S.

Is Stephen Fry "clever" at all? Or just a pleasant Actor. Hint, he is only Acting the part of Jeeves.

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'CAPTAIN CYBORG': The wild-eyed prof behind 'machines have become human' claims

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Re: Was the Turing test supposed to be a real test?

Best put comment I've ever read on Turing Test and AI.

Have a beer or liquid refreshment of your choice.

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Re: Not Turing's finest hour

Also it may be like a Program able to play Chess, that passing the Turing test can be solved without any recourse to AI.

You know how Google Translate works compared to how people tried to build machine translation for 30+ years? A big rossetta stone and search. Not clever parsing and grammar.

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Microsoft poised to take Web server crown from Apache

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Re: "Microsoft poised to take Web server crown from Apache"

Interestingly though we found the "AMP" parts of LAMP easy to install on Win2K server and Win2003 server and ran Linux PHP apps unchanged. Easier than IIS + MSSQL.

Obviously this is a nonsense metric. Only "real" web sites not part funded by Microsoft count.

Companies with Sharepoint / Exchange are not representative either as they are locked into MS forever (effectively, in reality it's possible to switch) and often get special volume discounts.

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Apple is KILLING OFF BONKING, cries mobe research dude

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No thanks for NFC

Credit & Debit cards already have NFC, Lidl accepts NFC Debit cards.

But it's an inherently less secure tech than sticking the card in the slot. Almost no advantage.

NFC on a phone is even sillier.

NFC is good for Warehouse pallets. Which it was invented for. Stupid for payments and individual products (barcodes are far cheaper and more privacy secure in the retail context ).

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Facebook's new self-destructing pic app SELF-DESTRUCTS

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Delusional

Snap it with another phone.

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EU privacy A-Team tells Google: Get a grip and obey OUR laws

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Re: Oh Thank You Rubbish EU

Nothing to do with EU. You must be reading Daily Mail or UKIP press releases.

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Ukrainian teen created in lab passes Turing Test – famous nutty prof

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Re: Language skills?

As well as that doubt was cast on the concept of Touring test YEARS ago when Eliza was written. Given the quality of Reality TV and Soaps you need an expert.

IMO even when the "The Touring Test" can be passed well enough fool experts, it doesn't mean anything about progress on AI, just progress on simulation of conversation. Just like Chess was thought to need AI and Alan Turing himself proved it didn't.

I think anyway Alan Turing's comment was an off the cuff statement rather than anything with any mathematical proof, unlike his paper about solvable & unsolvable problems illustrated with the infinite paper tape driven computer. ("Turing Machine").

Of course Kevin Warwick involved makes one think it may be ill-informed hype.

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The Strippers, Unicorn Computers and Martian Watches of Computex

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Re: Doomed?

Yes, because Wireless Charging is an expensive gimmick. It needs a power supply and cable. Not hard to plug cable directly or have a speaker + keyboard charging dock.

Wireless Charging is an expensive low functionality wireless dock. It's in reality no more wireless than a Cordless kettle.

Also if travelling a "Wireless" Charger is more bulky to carry than an ordinary USB or jack based charger. I wish Phone and Kindle had 2.5mm jack as well as USB as a Charging option.

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FIGHT! Intel disputes ARM's claims of Android superiority

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Re: Superior?

Not particularly if you compare Like with Like running Native code. The Problem with MIPS and Alpha (in NT3.5 / NT 4.0) was lack of native versions and also the x86 only Win3.x and Win9x were the main MS OS then. NT3.5 and NT3.51 rarely used other than servers. NT4.0 started to see much higher Workstation penetration but hampered by MS and Channel promoting Win9x to Business (It originally was really meant to be Home Gaming OS). Win9x even killed the Pentium Pro which ran NT4.0 great but was a pig on Win9x because so much of it was really 16 bit Win3.1 with Explorer Shell.

The Pentium Pro even outperformed the later PII running Win98 or NT4.0 if running NT4.0 and 32bit applications. The cost of RAM also help kill the Pentium Pro too.

SPARC or MIPS or PowerPC etc have been Niche products for years now. Even routers and Set-boxes rarely use MIPS now, that was last major market for MIPS. Apple abandoned Power PC 10 years ago? Oracle doesn't care about SPARC.

Of course no-one will make a tablet with SPARC or MIPS or PowerPC unless a new insanely cheap SoC version of those is released for a Tablet.

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Re: I am so sick of Intel's whining about ARM versus Atom or CISC whatever

Intel still has an ARM licence.

It's not at all about Licence fees but Ego and Margin.

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Re: Mobile Soc

They did already.

"I hope intel make a mobile ARM SoC using their best technology soon."

Fixed it for you.

Intel have made ARM.

They didn't sell all ARM to Marvell

They had a great RISC of their own design (i960)

They have an ARM Licence.

Their biggest assets are not x86 and Itanium etc but Process Technology, Marketing and Industry relationships. So it's pure stupid ego that they don't make an ARM Soc. It would add some genuine competition and we would then get better stuff from AMD, Qualcomm, Samsung etc.

x86 due to marketing clout and "PC Compatibility" killed off "better" CPUs such as 680xx series, PowerPC, MIPS, Alpha and Alpha64, Sparc etc.

Now we don't so much need legacy x86 Compatibily as Win 8.x isn't that compatible compared with XP, which unlike previous MS OS which went past "Sell by" and "Use By" has been publicly "hung drawn and quartered".

So a good time for Intel to put their might behind ARM instead of polishing the T**d

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Londoners urged to cut landlines and take up wireless broadband

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Purely Anectodal

Some people will be lucky and have good signal and underused masts. You want to hope Three doesn't notice or they might turn of the mast.

They need more subscribers than that to make a profit. But early days yet for selling 4G. You'll see :(

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Dongle replaced by Router.

Available since 2006 / 2007

Even on early 4G (not LTE).

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Re: Bonkers. Re: 4g IS Broadband?

No.

Broadband has a minimum Mbps speed (different countries define the minimum differently). Minimum of 4G is about 0.25Mbps

Broadband is "Always On". Like ISDN, 3G HSPA and 4G LTE "connect on demand". Getting an inward connection may be impossible. Getting an outgoing connection may be impossible.

Ability of 4G to connect depends on how many users already connected. So without moving it may drop a connection or fail to connect.

Broadband is low latency. Mobile Latency can be x10 higher if congested.

Broadband the contention is number of subscribers signed up to a cable or on an exchange vs bandwidth of backhaul (or number of Cable DOCSIS channels and Backhaul). It's totally controlled and can be low. On 3G and 4G the only contention control are anti-congestion measures such as Cap or refusing a connection. You can't know how many users will be on a Cell / Mast /Sector.

Both 3G, 4G and any future 5G are "Midband". Sometimes you can get (entry level) Broadband speed and Latency. No reliability at all and no assurance of a sensible minimum speed, maximum latency or even a connection!

http://www.techtir.ie/forums/internet-faq

DSL depends on distance from Exchange and Backhaul. What ever you get is predicatable.

http://www.techtir.ie/comms/dsl-limits

Mobile vs poor DSL

http://www.techtir.ie/comms/mobile-vs-fixed

http://www.techtir.ie/3g-lies-continue

Fixed Wireless, unlike Mobile can have controlled contention. Because it uses professionally installed outdoor "aerials" (often on chimney) it can often be SIXTEEN times more efficient in use of Spectrum. It also usually has hugely more spectrum per mast than Mobile (but not always). It (not Satellite or Mobile) is the best solution for Isolated UK / European rural users. Not appropriate for Urban or Suburban where now Cable TV / DOCSIS HFC systems, FTTC or FTTH are CHEAPER per user than Mobile or DSL or Fixed Wireless. Also greener with lower power consumption per user.

Fixed Wireless Beats Mobile & Satellite

http://www.techtir.ie/comms/fixed-wireless-broadband-better

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"Up to Speeds" meaningless

Only the minimum speeds and % time connection available counts.

"Up to Speeds" mean only one user and perfect signal.

This Compare Mobile & Fixed illustrates how pathetic 3G HSPA and 4G really are.

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Bonkers.

Wireless simply doesn't have capacity for high numbers of concurrent users. So if congestion and contention isn't to make ISDN look attractive you need low caps to limit time users are on. Still makes peak times rubbish.

4G isn't Broadband and never will be as it's uneconomic to have every 3rd street lamp a Femto cell, which is what would be needed. Every street would need high capacity fibre, so FTTC (x10 speed) or FTTH (x100 speed at peak times, no Cap) would be cheaper.

This is marketing. Not a viable majority user replacement for real broadband. The sums say so.

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Fed-up bloke takes email spammers to court – and WINS PILE of CASH

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Others breaking the law

Adverts.ie

Bewleys

Digitalspy.co.uk

Oracle (UK Office)

Tesco

TVTrade.ie

Well known Asian Companies that spam if you buy:

Dynamic Trading Co

NewFrog

Random USA or Asian or Russian spammers are one thing. Reputable UK / Ireland and other EU companies have no excuse for this.

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Protecting code's secrets wins ACM prize

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Arrrgh My eyes

You owe me for a doctor and optician's visits now!

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You've got two weeks to beat off Cryptolocker, GameoverZeus nasties

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Re: Clicking links ...

How?

Some QR apps just load the destination without a confirmatory URL display.

The QR code may be a link shortening service.

Most users get Malware because they always click on "OK" on dialog boxes.

I agree one should be able to click on anything safely. But today you can't. If a link doesn't have expected domain for the context the likely situation is that it leads to evil. So I don't Click.

Number of virus infections / Trojans etc on my own computers since 1979 = Zero.

I do check with specialist tools that I'm as clean as I think.

one good one is at silentrunners.org

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Re: One way of increasing Windows 8

So is 32bit NT3.xx and 16 bit windows before Win9.x safe then? Or NT4.0?

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Re: Clicking links ...

QR codes as implemented currently are even more stupid than Link Shortening Services. I like at least to know the domain.

I'm very tempted to print fake ones (but harmless) for Tesco's veggie dept.

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Broadcom: If no one buys our modem biz, we'll DITCH IT

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Re: No Point

Likely all IP is transferred to Mothership and isn't included. Which would explain why it won't sell.

Qualcomm has bought many smaller companies and shuttered them. Basically to strengthen IP portfolio.

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The enemy of my enemy is my, well, temporary ally: Apple and Microsoft in pact against Google

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Re: Next on Surface

Exactly what I was alluding to. Perhaps few of today's Commentards had an Apple II. I had one before my ACT Sirius 1 and IBM PC.

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Next on Surface

Sound by Beats.

Hmm.. Apple Corp. founded by Beatles. with an Apple based logo.

The Steves like Beatles so use a colored Apple logo and Apple Computer as company.

Twice Apple gets sued (and loses) by Beatles.

I have an image in my head of a Kafkaesque giant Beetle munching an Apple while listening to Hip Hop and Rap on giant Headphones.

Microsoft saved Apple once with real money.

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Apple: We'll tailor Swift to be a fast new programming language

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Re: Just what the world needs

And C# is really MS concept of Java, derived from J++

It's not that bad and does have Mono to run it outside .Net

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Supreme Court nixes idea of 'indirect' patent infringement

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Re: The patent

The patent itself in this should be struck out. There should be NO patents for Business processes, mathematics or software (Copyright covers software).

Patents should be:

Novel.

Not obvious to anyone versed in the art.

No very similar prior art. Should not have to be identical.

For something that a "prototype" can be made. i.e. an "Invention".

So for example RCA superhet patent should have been invalid and later F.M. as these both quickly became obvious to experts in Radio versed in Mathematics and in both cases had even been demonstrated elsewhere.

Edison's attempt to have a monopoly on Movie film was eventually stopped but that took over 10 years! Crazy.

The US Patent system has been "broken" since Victorian era and is getting worse.

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YOSEMITE GLAM: Apple unveils gussied up OS X

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Explain?

"with more of an emphasis on desktop backgrounds."

Why do I want the background?

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HP reveals Apple-powered Android 'SlateBook'

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Partner?

There is no need to "partner" with anyone. No Sound or audio company can make stock 2" or 1" x 3" laptop speakers in a skinny cabinet sound better.

Some companies make genuinely good headphones. Some companies make decent loudspeakers, usually at least in an MDF or Chipboard box and more than 4". No-one can do much sensible with speakers in current style constrained laptops, notebooks or tablets.

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HP totally have lost plot?

Unless Beats is paying them why would HP have been inserting this "snake oil"? "Beats" audio as a "feature" would put me off a purchase.

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Google to plonk tentacles on 'unwired' world with $1bn launch of 180-satellite fleet

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Black Helicopters

Unlike the Balloons and Drones this sort of works.

But is it Geo (high latency!!!!) or LEO?

Also one small roadside fibre cabinet has more capacity than the high capacity 82 Spot Ka-Sat, the highest capacity at the time.

Devil in detail.

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Quantum teleportation gets reliable at Delft

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Star Trek Transporter

I have no wish to die and then have a facsimile reassembled from transmitted data.

Assuming that

A) It's possible to "scan" someone entirely

B) Possible to store/transmit that amount of data

C) Possible to turn the Energy / Data back into original constituents.

This concept of "transportation" is nothing to do with Star Trek's concept, which may be inherently impossible. Which may have been "invented" due to lack of budget for Shuttle, or lazy scriptwriting. Just because something seems cool on TV doesn't mean it's ever possible. I'd sooner believe a "Star ship" is possible.

It's not clear how you actually use entanglement / Quantum Transportation to do any useful information transmission, in the "Ansible" sense.

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Crikey! Three can buy O2, EU regulator says

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Investment and Management

The EU examination was on too narrow competition grounds.

It will be a more poorly managed network (Three outsources EVERYTHING technical with no apparent "reality tests"). There will be less coverage and lower capacity as masts are closed to maximise profit vs operating costs.

It would be better if Three sold Irish operation to Liberty (UPC). That though would SERIOUSLY upset Meteor (Eircom) and Vodafone though!

I'm not entirely sure exactly what Vodafone is worried about unless it's UPC/Liberty MVO / MVNO involvement which is actually the one aspect they can't officially complain about.

I'd have rather seen Telefonica (O2) buy out Three.

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Brunner does a runner: Beats designer must hand the brand to Apple

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Since?

When?

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Easy Job

Copying £10 'phones and sticking "Beats" labels on them?

I wonder anyway was it:

Plastics design 100%

Acoustic & Driver design 0%

Do Beats Headsets really use custom or off the shelf moving coil earpiece inserts?

But everyone keeps telling me it's not about the headphones but the Streaming!

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IT'S ALIVE! ISEE-3 responding to commands

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Fantastic

I may come across as a negative, cynical person. But really I just try to call it as it is.

This is great.

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Google TOO WHITE and MALE, says HR boss, looking in mirror

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Self sustaining

Google famously has process for hiring people.

In general people will hire people like themselves.

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ProDesk colour 3D printer's secret: It gives hot models great head

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Re: 3D capture?

Yes,

I don't want to spend a week on 3D CAD drawing. I have maybe one original object and I need only one replica. Using latex or 2 part Silicone Rubber is a problem to replicate. Mechanical strength is needed too. I'm not replicating figurines but broken items not made for 30 to 90 years.

I need the high resolution 3D scanner too.

The "printed" parts need to be as smooth and resolution of cast, also as strong as Milled parts.

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Rap chap tapped for $3 BEELLION: Apple buys Dr Dre's Beats

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2.5mm and Baffled

There is a 2.5mm stereo jack that some gear I have inexplicably uses.

1) No cost saving

2) Plenty of space in gadget for 3.5mm

3) They supply "Free" a 3.5mm to 2.5mm stereo patch cable.

Phones are often too thin already. Make them a little fatter so the battery lasts longer please!

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Regulator

I can't imagine any "Regulator" will care.

It's not their money being wasted on a Streaming service and Record Company deals that Apple could easily do. Or indeed any other large company can do.

Even BBC was having difficulty explaining the value of this on the News. They even risked an uncomplimentary comment about the "quality" of Beats Headphones and significance of the Streaming service, though they stated the deal was "really" about the Streaming.

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Jade Rabbit nearly out of hop

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re: Stolen, Sputnik

By time of Sputnik the Russians had "sent home" their German Rocket Scientists and USA was doing Navy rockets that didn't work. So the USA let the Army and their German Rocket Scientists have a go. The 1st USA orbital satellite was a fraction of weight of Sputnik, not because Sputnik used valves (it did, but about 1/3 size of a pencil) and USA used transistors, but because the USA with Werner Von Braun was still figuring out Rockets.

So the USA (particularly) and USSR initially "imbibed" German Rocket Technology but by 1958 heading off in different directions. The Russian, Chinese and USA designs are quite different. No one at all wants to use the fuel the Russians used successfully for many years.

India, Israel, Japan, China, Russia, USA and European Space Agency (which isn't exactly EU, and curiously has their Spaceport in South America and provides Launch Pad for Russians, who now find their Spaceport is in a "foreign country", Kazakhstan) are all in the Club. Why did UK give up just as they about had it figured out?

I think it's a long time since the Chinese or Russians slavishly copied anything. The USA spy agencies DO help their large Industrial companies. Presumably everyone does this.

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Still watching DVDs? You're a PLANET-KILLING CARBON HOG!

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Daft!

This is such total nonsense.

Especially if you watch the same title more than once or are not on Fibre.

Also "Streaming" is really rental. I do not wish to go back to rental. Who paid for the study? Netflix, Lovefilm etc?

Also Quality is generally poorer and lacking subtitles on Streaming, but this of course could be remedied.

I'm building a collection of the Music, TV Series and Films I like. Potentially my Grandchildren may appreciate some of it.

Streaming, Broadcast and Physical media are three complementary technologies. One can't replace the others. No matter how much this would benefit Netflix, Apple, Amazon, Google.

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Tesla's TOP SECRET gigafactories: Lithium to power world's vehicles? Let's do the sums

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Re: Grid losses < 10%

8% grid but can be over 10% Depends on country and Region.

8% to 15% on Charger electronics

10% to 15% battery charging losses

All that is only irrelevant if you have cheap Fusion power or live in a country that doesn't mostly depend on Fossil Fuel. Wind often isn't there when you need it. Interconnectors don't help as that can be the case over all of Western Europe at same time.

Universal Electric cars only better than LPG if we have much cheaper and cleaner to produce Electricity Generation distributed across the countries.

Totally forget Hydrogen cars. Lithium batteries are far more sensible.

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LG G3 fights off screen-res war rival Samsung with quad-HD cutie: In pictures

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Re: 2560 x 1440 on a 5.5" phone

I was giving a simplistic explanation. You are correct, there is advantage to smaller than 1/2 resolvable. I was trying to explain that "maximum" is 1/2 of resolvable. It's also complicated by sub pixel addressing and layout

traditional sub pixels are same height and 1/3rd width

RGBRGB

RGBRGB

RGBRGB

RGBRGB

RGBRGB

Often now a basic colour cell is two rows (I think but may be wrong)

RG BG

GB GR

A "real" Blue, Red or Green LED is near monochromatic direct light source. An AMOLED display is really a kind of Electroluminescent panel and uses a mixture of phosphors and dye filters to get the desired R G & B. The life of AMOLED is thus poor compared to CRT or LCD.. Sony apparently has a real LED TV. Most "real" LED displays are very very large as they are not integrated panels. So called LED TVs in the shops today are just LCD with LED lighting instead of CCFL. The LED can be edge, back and using "nearly white" (Actually violet LED with phosphors) or most expensive are R G & B LED back lights.

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Re: 2560 x 1440 on a 5.5" phone

No, we had better than 1080 lines in 2002, actually 1600 x 1200 on 15", which is 1920 x 1200 @ 16:10 and about 2134 x 1200 for a 16:9 screen.

If you read review of HP Mobile Workstation, you'll find that people are scathing of "only" 1920 x 1080" on a Laptop.

It's about aliasing and readability. if an image is high contrast, sharp edges or there is small text you'll find that "normal" resolutions are too low. At 2560 x 1440 it's not about seeing pixels. Ideally you want a screen resolution twice as many pixels in each direction as you can see finest detail. Then there is no anti-aliasing required and you can show detail as fine as the eye can see without it having to match pixel layout exactly (which is obviously impossible except for local text and vector graphics).

So it makes sense.

I can't see the dots on my Laptop normally (133dpi) or Kindle (about 200dpi but only limited shades) but real printed text (say even 600dpi laser) that I can read easily is very tiring to unreadable at same size if it's a small or complex font.

At 2560 x 1440 on 5.5" you can use ANY font, you don't need PC optimised ones or even hinting.

Once your pixels are 1/2 the width and height you can resolve, then there is no advantage to more resolution unless the pixels are limited in shades. (for example you can have 5 or 6 times as many shades / hues simplistically with a 2 x 2 cell. In practice you can do better with more complex dithers over a 3 x 3 cell). The claims of contrast and colour for LCD are hyped. For AMOLED, the contrast is good, but colour rendition can still be improved as it often doesn't use true R & G & B like real LED can use.

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A budget phablet, what a curious thing: Reg puts claws to the Lumia 1320

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Cheaper solution

A cheap small phone and a cheap tablet only Android?

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It's Google's NO-WHEEL car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES

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Re: But, but, officer . . . .

"Yes you filthy non-consumer" The Car Avatar chips in "You were using email instead of Twitter, very selfish. That's why I called the cops."

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Looks a bit like a Henkel Kabine Though I think it has 3 wheels.

But there were some 4 wheel bubble cars.

Some others

The British version of the Isetta was built with only one rear wheel instead of the narrow-tracked pair of wheels in the normal Isetta design in order to take advantage of the three-wheel vehicle laws in the United Kingdom.

i.e. 3 wheels (still?) counted as a Motorcycle + Sidecar for road tax and driving licence.

3 & 4 wheel Isettas

I think my Dad had the 3 wheel Isetta for a short while.

The Googlemobile looks like a micro car.

I think comparing to a Sinclair C5 is very unfair. Most like this 1984 effort?

Bamby

49cc petrol

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US DoJ to appeals court: Haha, no, seriously – Apple totally inflated ebook prices

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---->

Ha ha!

That's all.

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