* Posts by Mage

3587 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

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Pulled off on MS Office?

No they didn't. They inflicted the STUPID ribbon.

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Adobe spies on readers: EVERY DRM page turn leaked to base over SSL

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Re: Reminder: Kindle does this too

Physical Kindle with Radio turned off.

But no it doesn't!

The Sync feature across devices is publicised feature you can turn off. Amazon oddly are NOT doing the same as Adobe!

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Re:Railo vs ColdFusion

Railo fixes some bugs in ColdFusion and seems to do all that older versions do. It seems to me a better product. It's not trivial to migrate a very large existing site using CF and Oracle to Railo and MySQL or MariaDB. But possible. If starting a new project, using Railo & MariaDB is probably some advantages over various PHP frameworks if you have a lot of Coldfusion experience.

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Re: How does Adobe stay in business?

There is an alternate to Coldfusion

No-one needs Dreamweaver, sorry. That's like claiming you need MS Publisher to produce a Magasine.

Flash is Action Script and/or Video. There are alternate ways to do both.

Very few people need photoshop or Illustrator. Some people that use those seriously would not be happy with the alternates.

Most people using Adobe products don't need them. Also they are making it that you can't even buy, but only rent. Stuff that!

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Would you blow $5.6m to own a dot-word? Meet a bloke who did just that

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Re: Weird Reality

An Estate Agent in USA is a Realtor. In Ireland an Auctioneer, possibly because in 19th C. an "Estate Agent" was a rent collector for Absentee Landlords.

.Reality is for reselling to USA Estate Agents

Yes, I agree it's daft, I have no idea why USA Estate Agents are Realtors

see www.realtor.com

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Zuckerberg bombshell: Man married to Chinese woman speaks Chinese in China

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Re: Is Old English The Only Real English?

Though I can only read pinyin, not that I understand it.

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Headmaster

difficult to master?

No, babies learn Chinese just as easily as English.

English is hard for Chinese Adults to learn

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Ubuntu 14.10 tries pulling a Steve Ballmer on cloudy offerings

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Cloud

Irrelevant to an OS, server or workstation.

"Cloud" is marketing remote services. Any viable Server OS can provide them and any viable OS can use them. Nothing SPECIFIC to "Cloud" is needed.

I'm getting sick of hearing this marketing meme.

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The future health of the internet comes down to ONE simple question…

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Nominet & ICANN

Making Lawyers for Patent Trolls look good.

Making Halliburton look less like a weasel. Though I think someone has been sanitising Halliburton search results?

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ITU

Absolutely they should have 1/2 as much or less staff and just be part of ITU.

Much as ITU has flaws it works better than ICANN and is ultimately answerable to its members.

Formed 17 May 1865

Survived a gazzillion wars and technological changes. WWI, WWII, League of Nations and UN. Agrees usage of every aspect of Communications (including most international physical layers) except the actual stuff ICANN mis-controls. IP4 was handed out very unfairly. Loads of US Universities, US Corps and US state agencies still with more IPs than many countries, that they don't even need.

What ever crazyness ITU might do, it won't be as bad as ICANN record on charges, TLD, DNS and IP.

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How to hit the top of Google's rankings: 'Use a new dot-thing gTLD'

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Cost

These domains are more expensive than decent hosting.

Money for a database entry.

Paid every year for ever.

Having a decent domain name is turning into something only big corporations own. Eventually 50 or so big companies will completely control the internet and host all it's content. Facebook, Twitter, Google, Amazon, Wikipedia, eBay etc.

The bike shop will have to rent space in someone else's cyber mall. It will be no place for the small guy.

Maybe the IBM guy wasn't totally wrong... Just call Google's system a single distributed parallel processing Computer.

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Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit

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So Wrong

What if the device ISN'T a fake, but the FTDI programmers make a mistake? (Cue FTDI getting sued)

Are they ONLY looking at USB ID? What if it starts disabling real FTDI IDs due to a bug?

This is arrogant unacceptable behaviour. At the most their driver should simply not operate non-FTDI hardware. It's immoral of them to change the ID.

If they have a problem with vendors allegedly doing fakes they need to

a) Prove the copies are illegal. Not all kinds of functional copies are illegal

b) Use due process of law.

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Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all

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What?

Some people still believe in God. Did anyone ever believe in MS

a) After ME

b) After Vista

c) After Win8

e) IE6?

f) DCOM

g) Active X in Browser

i) Ribbon

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Security

The biggest issue is users lack of security sense,

They'll still install fake codecs, click on silly links in emails, enable all remote content in email by default, add stupid toolbars, download and install malware riddled pirateware and have too much faith in AV.

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NOT OK GOOGLE: Android images can conceal code

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Doomed I tell ye!

Total security is impossible. Someone will find another way to load code hidden in content.

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UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

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sysvinit & systemd

We need something better than sysvinit

But systemd obviously isn't it as it seems to create problems.

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Steve Jobs' bio man tackles geeks who 'created the digital revolution'

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Re: The Turk

The attempt by Babbage to build various machines made UK a leader in Machine tools and advanced Science and Mathematics. The Chess Turk was an outright fraud with a dwarf inside.

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Transistors and ICs

Bell was 1st because they had bought in more recently produced purer Germanium.

The French about the same time as Bell Labs. But admittedly not very good transistors (they were recycling the Germanium out of diodes in WWII proximity fuses)

Westinghouse and RCA hampered by "bean counters" wanting them to use existing stocks.

Gradual Materials Science developments more than any one person enabled transistors and ICs.

With ICs the 6502 and 8080 based PCs that pre-dated the IBM PC were inevitable. The idea of transistors and ICs was in 1930s, but materials where not good enough and valves cheap (almost fully automated production, films transferred to video on YouTube). The Wartime 1940s era computing made transistor research very attractive. No-one really wanted 20,000 valve computers.

MS Basic was a port of Dartmouth Basic, a cut down beginers version of Fortran for Dartmouth (USA) students on their University Computer (Anyone know if it was IBM mainframe or DEC minicomputer? I think only the UK much used George on ICL, Students there having actual Fortran.in early to mid 1970s

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ISPs handbagged: BLOCK knock-off sites, rules beak

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I'm baffled

If the sites are doing illegal stuff, take them down.

You don't block the road to a dodgy shop. You get a warrant, court order, prosecution and close them.

This is plain lazy and wrong.

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FCC, Google cast eye over millimetre wireless

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Yawn

5.8Ghz and 10.6GHz bands are used terrestrially. (WiFi and LOS Fixed Wireless).

5.8GHz outdoors is really just Line of Sight. 10.2GHz to 10.6GHz band gives smaller aerial panel arrays and blocked easily by one tree.

Both only good for roof top or wall fixed aerials.

Above 10GHz to 400GHz you are looking at HAP, Satellite and Point to point Line of Site.

5G doesn't exist. If it does it will be about more flexible infrastructure, not faster or higher frequency mobile.

3.5GHz band has been tried for Mobile and Nomadic, it's rubbish compared to 1.8GHz. Propagation too poor except for fixed wireless.

Mobile has various bands from 700MHz to 2.6GHz, Operators and Countries use spectrum poorly. There are good arguments that Mobile should be only 880MHz to 2.2GHz (with gaps for DECT and GPS) and a single wholesale infrastructure for best utilisation/spectrum efficiency.

Regulators want to sell as much spectrum to as many Mobile operators as possible to maximise Licence Revenue. A truly stupid way to assign & manage spectrum

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'Dancing Jesus' file-sharer found guilty

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GIF

I'm glad the animated gif is gone. That was wrecking my head!

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No sail: NASA spikes Sunjammer

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Awww

What a pity no suitable spacecraft partner,

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'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts

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Idiotic

It's like Poison letters, or malicious adverts in paper. Just cheaper to to do. It doesn't need new legislation.

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Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...

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Declaration of Independence

"Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" is a well-known phrase in the United States Declaration of Independence.

It was stupidity to put "Happiness" in it.

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Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores

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Re: Once upon a time...

maybe the box and "ferric fluid rare earth magnet" is really clever on the Bose?

Soundwise any I heard seemed rubbish compared to an LS3a, or more damningly a big MDF box full of rockwool and cheap OEM 6" driver unit.

What does a cone made iridium plated panda hymens look and sound like?

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Hmmm

Either Sennheiser or cheap no name Chinese at under £3 if going outside my castle.

My 1926 metal diaphragm 2K + 2K Bakelite and Alloy cans sound better than some branded stuff today. (transformer needed unless between 120V and the anode of a triode).

1980s Military gear is dreadful, seems like 1960 telephone earpieces inside.

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Re: no great loss

Now all they need is to remove Apple and Beats earphones from Apple store too, to further increase quality.

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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SIM forms part of the GSM

The Operator & Network still sees a SIM. But it's simulated in software.

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Re: is this new

a) If you are sensible you are never ever charged for Kindle 3G

b) you can change the SIM. But why would you when Amazon, Wikipedia, books you buy are no 3G charge and currently 60Mbyte other browsing is free?

c) You can setup kindle so you are never charged, transfer your own content or free eBooks via USB.

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Re: FFS, the physical SIM port is still there...

If it is still there it won't be on a later model if this works for Apple. They said ages ago they wanted to abolish physical SIM to save space. But it's really about more Apple control

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Re: The question is, do you *have* to use the software SIM card?

Surely the point is there is NO physical SIM at all?

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Very worrying!

1) Security of a "soft SIM"

2) Device Seller control

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HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'

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Digital Divide

Only about 1/3rd of people in the West have good enough speed/cap.

Also it will work out more expensive for many people.

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Watersports-friendly e-reader: Kobo's Aura H2O is literary when wet

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Kindle DXG

Still available at discount.

not needed for eBooks

Great for PDFs, esp scans of Manuals, datasheets and old books.

Big screen.

no AMOLED or LCD screen comes close to eInk in daylight or for reading 4 hours at a go, 120K novels etc.

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Internet finally ready to replace answering machine cassette tape

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Baffled

Digital replacements existed in the Corporate world from late 1980s. (Hard drive based Voicemail systems for PABX)

I think they were asking the wrong people.

Gradually the price reduced and storage increased over last 20 years.

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Sky's tech bets pay off: Pay TV firm unveils blazing growth for Q1

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Re: Mugs

Check BARB figures for viewing time vs Freesat, Freeview and FTA generally.

Of course it's not Free to redistribute or Free to Carry (mostly). But less than 10% of viewing of Pay TV viewers is of pay TV channels. Some of the programs on Pay TV are repeats originally Free To Air (Freeview, Freesat etc).

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Defining Free

Percentage viewing time on BARB figures. The numbers of channels are irrelevant! The percentage viewing time of the most successful Pay only channels are under 2%

A sky box without a sub is crippled (no sub, no record and no playback). A replacement Freesat HD box under £100, or even under £200 for HD Recording. Some Freesat boxes support Diseqc and then with a 80cm dish and multiple LNBs you can add 100s of decent European mainland radio and some 10 or decent TV for English speakers out of the 1000s of TV & Radio and not be limited to Sky's UK Ghetto. No Sky box supports Diseqc.

Or get a Linux based Media centre Sat receiver which will get all the UK free channels

Free non Freesat UK channels can be manually added to the cheapest Freesat boxes.

Freeview is more transportable, working with an easily pointed aerial in most places and simple whip on an £8 USB stick in more than 1/.4 places (Or roof aerial over 95% of UK)

A box and Quattro LNB lets you feed 16 to 2000 rooms from one dish.

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Mugs

Over 90% of what the Customers are paying for is free content. Sky is a rip off that is also distorting and destroying football and other sports.

Pay Platform operators shouldn't be allowed to own channels.

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Data cops in charge of Facebook, LinkedIn, Google get a new office

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Dunno

But I'd rather be based in Portarlington than Dublin AKA "Western Britain"

But €1.7M is nothing compared to some Irish Agencies and organisations and their total lack of Transparency and Incompetence.

Comreg

DCENR (pack of pointless time wasters)

In his address to the Dáil, Ireland’s Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Alex White laid out the department’s finances for 2015, including a budget of €172m .

Financial Regulator

RTE

Probably Oireachtas (Parliament) Refusing to pay to be on the Irish equivalent of Freeview &Freesat. Only on pay channels recently and Internet for over 7 years.

Even Greek parliament you can get FTA. Or the UK one in Netherlands, France, Spain, Portugal and Ireland.

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Will.i.am gets CUFFED as he announces his new wristjob, the PULS

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Beats Audio

Still overpriced nonsense worse than some £2 and £10 no-name gear.

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Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!

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Does this make medical sense

If there is going to be Chemotherapy etc ... Maybe. Otherwise isn't this a ploy to delude women into thinking they can put off having a family and purely benefiting the company that wants to own people?

Motherhood is much more than the age of the eggs. Also are artificially implanted pregnancies as safe as the ordinary natural kind?

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Kill off SSL 3.0 NOW: HTTPS savaged by vicious POODLE

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XP?

XP is irrelevant if you have a sensible browser, i.e. not IE!

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Radiohead(ache): BBC wants dead duck tech in sexy new mobes

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AM or MW / LW vs DAB

Less frequency response on AM. But easily much less distortion than 128K DAB or even 128K DAB+ stereo.

Fantastic coverage. A good complement to VHF-FM for national stations, especially R4, Five Live or any other talk/New stations. Good for international at night.

Of course AM and FM could be even better if not over-processed. DAB ironically copes even worse with heavily processed material. Car Radios would be better with unprocessed transmissions and local processing based on background noise level and type.

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Re: Digital radio

Digital Radio is crap. It has NONE of the advantages of that Digital TV has over Analogue TV.

Using Mobile Infrastructure in a Broadcast mode just gives the same thing with worse coverage.

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Re: Ofcom .. concluding that it would be unfair to make the UK’s then 4.6 million receivers obsolete

DAB has one inherent flaw that digital terrestrial TV didn't, the cost to consumers to upgrade.

WRONG

Bad UI compared to Analogue Radio. (DTT has identical or better UI than Analogue TV)

Bad Coverage for portable

Much much poorer compression vs Analogue Audio compared to Video

DTT does WS and HD (not on Analogue Video)

No significant power difference on Analogue Vs Digital TV as screen backlight (or CRT or projector) is most of the power.

Little TV usage is portable. Much Radio usage is portable.

Radio is used with HiFi, (DAB isn't), transportable table sets, for Foreign Radio (DAB is local/National only), Mobile and Portable. DAB useless for Portable.

DAB isn't suitable for Local or Comunity, the MUX areas are far too large, yet are full of holes.

No gradual degradation when moving into poor reception, But DAB cuts out and can't restart till buffer active.

Massive x20 power consumption for Headphones, Only acceptable in car or mains.

DAB isn't an AM/FM replacement. Perhaps no Digital Radio can replace the unique properties of Analogue Radio easily.

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Re: Broadcast vs. Mobile network.

Multicast isn't Broadcast!

128kbps is crap. 256K min for Stereo.

Also Mobile coverage is total garbage compared to FM, never mind AM.

There is a true "broadcast mode" both for 3G and 4G. But 10 channels at 256Kbps each leaves very little for Mobile Data, apart from the crap power consumption (digital vs FM) and coverage apart from inherent disadvantage of 800/900/1800/2100/2500 bands vs 100MHz band.

It's possible to triple the FM spectrum and many radios can handle the extra bands. Several countries are adding FM spectrum below 88MHz.

DAB is pointless. Broadcast modes on Mobile Networks is even greater lunacy!

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UK out on a Limb with Germany ...

Close DAB and put far better FM into Phones. DAB tuner chip consumes about x20 more power than an FM tuner chip. Good luck trying to listen for more than 2 hours!

Oh ... The Phones HAVE FM!

Well then, extend the FM Spectrum, like other countries are doing.

DAB or DAB+ at real FM coverage and real HiFi simply doesn't have the savings of DTT. Audio simply doesn't compress as well as video.

DAB coverage for Portable / Mobile needs more spectrum and x6 as many masts (mostly low power) as current DAB.

DAB has too big a coverage per station (but with too many holes) due to SFNs. DAB is only an advantage to pan National Broadcasters wanting to squeeze out locals.

The BBC should not be promoting the failed DAB system. It's also a ploy to claim every mobile phone sale that has DAB built in as a DAB listener.

Built in DTT in phones (even if just for the Radio channels) makes more sense than DAB.

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NO MORE DOUBLE IRISH, thunders Dublin. Erm, from 2020 that is

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Guinness

Not an Irish Company I think?

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Influential scribe Charles Petzold: How I figured out the Windows API

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Re: If Oracle get their way over copyrighting API's and backdated it

Yes, the MS ones for DOS pinched from CP/M Digital Research!

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Ofcom: 'White space' tech to support mobile data services in 2015

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Stupid

We knew Ofcom was for this stunning stupid spectrum grab as part of their plan to abolish Terrestrial TV.

It's bloody dammed stupid and doesn't work, nor can ever work unless EVERY TV RECEIVER reports live to the Database.

Nor can it be properly policed or regulated.

Nor will people with "freezing" or pixelated pictures know who to complain to.

The very name "White space" is an US invented Euphemism!

Big business selling gadgets is behind this. Ofcom only cares about Corporates. Not the Consumer or protecting Spectrum users.

There is thing called Spectrum Planning. There IS not "white space" it's a myth. Unused channels can't be filled with Local DTT , IOT or Internet links. The channels HAVE to be unused. MORONS!

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