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EE boffin: 5G will be the LAST WORD in mobe tech – literally

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Obvious!

Some people are victims of Marketing, Wish full thinking or are Employees of Mobile Companies or Infrastructure Companies.

Basic economics, mathematics and physics seems to escape some voters and commentards.

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Re: Whats the point of super fast mobile broadband..

Then when they get more customers you'll be lucky to get 0.5Mbps. It's happened in some Three markets already.

All you can eat only works if you are massively under-subscribed.

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Re: Whats the point of super fast mobile broadband..

The caps are because it doesn't have capacity. They are actually too high for the current mast density.

If you want x2 higher cap in reality who pays for about x4 as many Base Stations? The higher the cap the slower on average the network.

Mobile infrastructure can only cope with a tiny percentage of customers connecting at the same time, unlike Broadband which has to cope with over 75% connecting at the same time (that will rise to nearly 100%).

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Walkie Talkies

Tetra can do it now.

So can a pair of smart phones with WiFi.

It's of very limited value. Mesh based connection to eventual back-haul is staggeringly slow speed and high latency, would encourage Operators to have a few less masts. Better performance needs more masts.

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Speed

5G will generally be no faster than 4G. Just more flexible.

If 3G hadn't used an older more obsolete "Air Interface" than GSM due to US Companies political pressure to make it an incremental upgrade of CDMA-1 (inferior to GSM), we would hardly have needed 4G.

The physical limits are the handset / modem having an omnidirectional ground level or indoor aerial and amount of spectrum economically viable for one user to have. Much speed improvement needs about x10 more masts. That's not economically viable. If there is fibre to each street and every other lamp has a Wireless Base, then you get more speed and capacity. But that's probably not economically viable and not applicable to Rural.

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Robotics pioneer: Intelligent machines are 'scary for a lot of people'

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Re: ATM language

I was demonstrated ATM picking language based on card in 1987 or 1988. They have done it for years. Perhaps in USA Spanish vs English is a problem if by default people are issued English tagged cards and are Spanish speakers. I think in a few years it might be a Majority language in USA.

Point is it's a bad example as ALREADY the card can simply tell ATM what language to use. Nothing personal stored on ATM and a minimum of information on the Card.

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Terminator

These are not real:

Terminator

HAL in 2001

I Robot

AI

etc.

I've never encountered a machine even approaching Intelligence.

I agree, given poor track record on Privacy I don't want more personalised Computers. There was actually an item on BBC R4 this morning about it. Stupid Enthusing person and Interviewer appeared to think it would be GOOD if a coffee shop greeted you personally based on automatic interrogation of your phone or whatever.

I don't have many friends. But I prefer real ones to fake and don't want my personal information in open access gadgets or machines that might be hacked.

Which is worse in your house? Marvin or the Sirius Cybernetic Corp Doors? I don't want either thanks.

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China to become world's No 1 economy. And we still can't see why

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Interesting

Why did School waste time teaching Latin and French as if we lived in 19th century? Of course only about a 1/3rd I think in China actually speak Mandarin.

We needed companies like Inmos, not ICL and Thorn. By the 1960s most UK electronics was either only interested in UK Defence/Aerospace (Plessey & Ferranti previously in Consumer, though Plessey was OEM for most Big Names from 1920s to 1950s, Co-op, Ever Ready, Cossor, EMI/HMV/Marconi) or medical (Cossor) or outsourcing. Poor Quality Control. Asian makers setting up in 1970s in UK couldn't use most UK parts (quality too poor).

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

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Re: Getting cancelled has little to do with a show's worthiness.

Usually ...

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iPhone-stroker-turned-fandroid sues Apple over iMessage text-slurpery

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Re: I had this

Typical Apple Arrogance.

Apple created this problem with their buggy implementation of iMessage. Either Apple are incompetent or it is a deliberate attempt to make it hard to switch.

I suspect it's arrogance and incompetence.

Most phone users are not IT experts. Many have never used email or internet other than on phone. In Many Developed Countries as high as 33% have not used Internet.

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Bitcoin blockchain allegedly infected by ancient 'Stoned' virus

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Re: 2,000 thumbs down can't be wrong

As another has said, the MS AV is free and I'd argue it's probably not much different to any Paid AV.

The whole history of paid AV products is false positives that cripple machines. I'm no MS fan, but I wouldn't single them out on this.

Not when there are bigger targets of MS stupidity like one GUI for everything (CE era Desktop WIMP stupid on 320 x 240 PDA, today Zune GUI stupid on Desktop PC). The Ribbon. etc

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Re: Bitcoin Bomb?

"yet we have put as much, or more, trust in them than we have in buying REAL gold and silver coins which have inherent value"

Who are these "we" you refer to?

Also I don't think real Gold & Silver coins are used any more for trading. All trading currencies are "fait".

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Apple, Google: WE SURRENDER ... to each other in patent war truce

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Re: I wonder what is that Apple is so afraid of

Component makers have never needed Apple particularly, All the big margin is Apple's. the majority of the component makers products go to other makers, in some cases phone products a minority of their business.

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Real, hovering SPEEDER BIKE can be YOURS for cheaper than a house

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Weekend Training?

I thought a hovercraft needs a pilot licence.

Hint. They don't do corners as well as a Microlight.

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'My house is on fire m8 lol' ... 911 texting tested in the US

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Re: More importantly

Actually on GSM if the signal improves enough for SMS to send, a voice call will work. 3G is a bit more complicated.

4G doesn't even have real SMS.

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SMS

It's not interactive.

It's not real time.

No assurance of delivery at all ever nor within any time period.

The only time SMS works and Voice doesn't is if you can't talk or phone broken. SMS can be added, but should only be used if voice is unavailable.

SMS isn't like online chat.

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Cloud computing is FAIL and here’s why

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Re: Points of Failure

My Daughter and her husband on different segment of Grid, and different Fibre fed Cable.

Or I can bring my Generator, It likely would survive a disaster to my property.

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Re: Points of Failure

I have a choice of 3 laptops, 3 PCs and a Server with backups.

I have the network on two switches (I can move stuff to one and ditch some stuff).

I have a spare modem. spare router.

Switches, UPS, Modem & Router on UPS

I have a generator and lots of fuel

I have backups of the backups.

If house burns/falls down I will go to my son's house.

I have no idea what the Cloud Provider has.

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Re: Sorry, but you are incorrect Alistair.

No, EOL of MS XP is due to MS Ego. Nothing else. As has been the case for every MS OS ever. XP EOL isn't anything new. MS has always sold support, at about 4 levels. (Tech Net, MSDN, Select and Bespoke Megacorp/Government contracts). Actually MS just sold a year's Support of XP to a UK Gov. Dept. But on condition they migrate to Win 8.x not Linux.

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Cloud is a Euphemism

It's the old Big Company Server Subscription model of 1960s.

There is no way at all it's ever "better" for the consumer. You are losing control to a 3rd party. What if they lose interest in the business? What if their disaster planning is rubbish? What if they have a single point of failure?

I'll use the "Cloud" (my rented hosting or 3rd party services) to "publish" my Web sites, share files, do email and browse other people's web sites.

Self hosting isn't practical for an individual or SoHo or SME.

Cloud services are an abomination and backward step in cost, privacy, reliability, access, control etc for applications.

The Policies and procedures of most Cloud providers are opaque or a lie.

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Intel shows off tech bubbles, low-power yacht racing and... a DIRECT solar charger

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Good Grief!

Are these just examples of Co-op Student projects?

Yawn.

Really Intel.

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Whoa! NUDE! SELFIES! for! Marissa! Mayer's! Blink-gobbling! Yahoo!

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Re: Yahoo?

Ya? Who?

They had a nice widget thing on my Nokia Phone. Then Nokia inexplicably killed all the widgets insisting that their useless "app shop" would be a replacement. But the value of Symbian then was

a) Nice little Widgets (Comics, Teletext, Yahoo etc)

b) Able to install free or paid application downloads from anywhere like a real OS such as Linux or Windows.

The App store never had replacements for ANY of the Widgets.

What exactly is Yahoo's revenue model anyway?

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Adobe blames 'maintenance failure' for 27-hour outage

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I have much sympathy

For creative people that have no choice but to use Adobe Products.

Too much to hope for a U-turn and all local SW to work without Internet connection/log in?

I seriously doubt that the Cloud Subscription model will save customers money in the longer term. It's designed to make Adobe, Microsoft etc more money. So "savings" are impossible.

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Giant pop can FOUND ON MOON

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Re: They might want to rethink this effort

But I don't think any of us would buy it.

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Or Russia.

But the Chinese Rabbit may decide to annex it.

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Re: 'Pocari Sweat' - whaa?

Sweat; Because it's a "sports drink"

Pocari: Made up. Just sounds nice to Japanese.

I like your explanation better though. You should be writing for "The Incredible Truth", "Call my Bluff" etc.

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IBM accidentally invents new class of polymers

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Re: What to call it?

Will it be in a range of yellow to green shades?

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Boffins suggest storage be baked into mobile base stations

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Re: vendors are working on this right now

Vendor propaganda to make mobile operators spend more (e.g. Three who don't understand).

Unless your infrastructure is rubbish, then the bottle neck is ONLY at the air interface. The backhaul has to be able to manage full peak base station traffic anyway. If your Base Station is only using copper or ancient Microwave too slow (modern microwave and fibre can feed easily 5 to 10 base stations) then this is like lipstick on a pig.

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Nearly pointless

You need fibre or dedicated microwave link anyway for any decent basestation.

Caching needs large number of users to be effective.

A Mobile Basestation can only serve video to about 15 users if signal is good, less if signal is poor.

This is about as useful as a cache in a WiFi Air point (which isn't useful). Which actually on average can server more users faster than LTE!

Caching may be useful at the edge Router, Exchange or Cable head ends, waste of money at a Mobile or even fixed wireless (x 10 to x30 capacity) base station.

We'll be generous and assume it's done properly.

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NASA agonizes over plan for Mars rock sample return mission

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Re: #bringSpiritBack

That one XKCD Spirit always nearly brings a tear to the eye.

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Re: Something's Wrong

But maybe the answer is that it all makes the Sahara look teaming with life and Mars was only ever a dead rock.

Hopefully it's more interesting than that, but I suspect anything really interesting of extra-terrestrial nature is on a planet in the Goldilocks zone of another Star.

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EFF blows Snapchat a raspberry in gov't surveillance report

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Seems unblanced

For Example:

Google who is almost like Eye Of Sauron and secretly does what's asked and runs their own illegal surveillance and is hard to avoid

Vs

Amazon who is only a retailer and can be avoided.

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Philips lobs patent sueball at Nintendo in US: Seeks to BAN Wii U

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Philips have given up on Electronics.

They gone back to Light bulbs (all they did really before 1926) and Healthcare. All the other Philips stuff is someone paying for a badge.

The Components part spun off as NXP.

I guess Patent Trolling is a logical development now. Though of course there may be merit in it.

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Dixons and Carphone Warehouse confirm £3.7bn MEGA-BORG

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It was Curry's Cycles Originally.

People brought their Lead Acid Accumulators to get charged, so they thought "Why not sell entire Radio?" Unlike the Green'grocer's' s'ignage's' they dropped the apostrophe.

All they need now is to acquire Halfords :D

Carphone Warehouse has been a stupid name for maybe nearly 20 years. Why bother changing now!

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Be the next tech hotshot – by staying the hell away from regulators

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Hmmm

Where to begin?

The amount of Sloppy Thinking and biased agenda is huge.

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'Play nice and share': OECD to spectrum owners

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It will be done wrong.

Within certain constraints the idea isn't without merit. But you need a sensible strong regulator to co-ordinate, sort disputes and run a database.

Ad Hoc and Soft Touch Regulation would be a disaster.

(P.S. Why share a Sinclair Spectrum? One could be retailed at £20 with better keyboard, composite video, HDMI and optional LCD clamshell lid. Only 2 or 3 chips needed. Maybe someone has got a conversion kit already for Ardunio or Raspberry Pi?).

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Game of Thrones written on brutal medieval word processor and OS

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Wordstar and New Word

I liked it. But it didn't run well in NTVDM on NT4.0

So I updated a clone in Modula-2 (on DOS, written maybe 1991) to run native in Win32 in a console in 1996. I added ability to use a mouse and double click on a word, and have split screen or single screen and list of open files. If a file of same name existed it opened it, or if not offered to create it. Each file normally a chapter.

I used 3rd party spelling checker on Files.

But by 2002 was using Windows Word for all editing with all the stupid options turned off. I guess no-one showed him the Preferences / Options / Tools menus. I'd wonder what options his Web Browser on separate PC uses. To day I might use Libre Office to write a book.

Perhaps Word Processors should have "Profiles". (Novel, Text to upload to Blog, Flier etc).

I think it shows a great lack of curiosity as he can achieve exactly what he wants on Linux, OS X or any Windows version.

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Activist investors try forcing Google to pay more taxes

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In other news just in

Turkeys have voted to have 4 Thanksgivings per year and a 2nd Christmas in June so folks in Southern Hemisphere can have it indoors while it rains/snows outside.

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Feature-phones aren't dead, Moto – oldsters still need them

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Re: Discovering texting at 92

Wait till you have arthritis and can't find your reading glasses and tell me anyone can use a Smart phone that only has a touch screen.

It's not just a GUI customisation issue, though an option for Big Text ad simple graphics would help.

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Does it do 3G?

2G (GSM) can be turned off by any operator in Ireland with just 6 months notice now. Tesco was selling Doro phones that only do 2G.

3G isn't just for Smartphones (Carphone Warehouse: Only Smartphones have 3G). It is supposed to have a better codec than GSM. Also what use is a 2G only phone when operators switch 900 & 1800 to 3G?

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Russia to suspend US GPS stations in tit-for-tat spat

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Re: Where have you been Murphy?!

The US won WWII in Pacific.

But Russia "won" WWII in Europe.

WWI was different. Though the US entered very late, without them the Germans would have won as the Russians had given up and gone home to fight the "White Russians".

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Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

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Re: 20khz

Sampling at 192kHz allows you to get closer to 22KHz or 24 kHz (CD or MP3) with a cheaper filter. Originally material started to drop in response between 12kHz and 16KHz. With 44.1kHz there must be nothing above the background level at 22.05KHz. A Brick Wall or Cliff filter in Analogue electronics isn't possible.

With 192kHz sampling you can have flat response (inc Phase) up to 24kHz and then use a DSP filter to limit content below 22kHz before downsampling for CD or Distribution. Anti-aliasing.

Distribution doesn't need more than 16 bits & 44KHz Sampling. But it's an advantage to capture and edit/process/mix to use 192kHz & 24bit ADC.

On playing also interpolation to 192KHz sampling simply allows a cheaper 22kHz low pass filter on the DAC or Class D Amplifier, you have to have a filter after a DAC before an Analogue Amp (Or after Class D amp driving earphone or Speaker).

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Re: Yup

Most Multitrack analogue tape is generally not as good as CD quality.

More distortion

Lower dynamic range

Maybe 16KHz max.

For HiFi mono full width of 1/4" Tape and 15 ips was used. It's only up to about 15KHz though.

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Gigabyte Brix Pro: You don't need no steenkin' Xbox... when you have 4K-ing amazing graphics

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Nice box

Shame to put Win8.x on it.

No good for living room with noisy fan though. Long HDMI & USB cables and put it under stairs or in Attic?

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Spotty solar power management platform could crash the grid

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Re: 566 terawatts a day?

But water heating makes more sense in Europe than Subsidizing Solar voltaic.

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Nintendo says sorry, but there will be NO gay marriage in Tomodachi Life ... EVER

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Re: And this from the company.......

If brothers that's worse?

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Hey, operators... 'member our edge-of-SPAAACE interwebs balloons? Help! - Google

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Idiots

They may be experts at selling advertising, slurping users's information and Search. But they really ought to listen to an RF / Comms Engineer.

This project is doomed.

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Quick Q: How many FLOPPIES do I need for 16 MILLION image files?

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Bookmarks

I came across some 1970s Punch cards used as book marks in an old cookery book at Christmas. My wife dropped three boxes of cards (large Fortran program) down the stairs once. She was delighted with the CRT screen editor on UCSD-Pascal vs removing an card or two and punching new ones to edit a program.

She still prints "hard copy" of everything, 35 years later.

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$3.2bn Apple deal would make hip-hop mogul Dr Dre a BEEELLLIONAIRE

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Lost in Space

I know a Brand can be valuable.

But Beat Audio is nothing more than a Brand that could be as irrelevant as Myspace next year.

Has Apple flipped?

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Amazon granted patent for taking photos against a white background – seriously

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Obviously a conspiracy

USPO is a front for the USA lawyer Mafia.

No, it's not made OK if Amazon claim they are never going to sue someone. Who knows when someone like Murdoch or Ellison would own Amazon in the future?

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