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Four ways the Guardian could have protected Snowden – by THE NSA

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The spooks use

Numbers stations and one time pads.

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Microsoft announces execution date for failed QR code-killer

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The way it's implemented even QR is toxic

Why don't phones display the URL and ask if you want to load it?

Otherwise it's a way to deliver drive by malicious URLS.

The real QR is easily replaced by a sticker. But Colour was stupid. Less ubiquitous to high speed print unique codes for offices.

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Apple big-screen TV rumor zombie RISES FROM THE DEAD

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Re: Just what we need...

Indeed!

Which sells more. iOS or OSX?

Which is more locked in to iTunes store?

Which is more likely to be used on the settee? iPhone/iPad or Mac?

Which is used on TVs:

Windows CE

Windows 7/8 destop

Windows Phone

Windows RT

Android

Linux (and derivatives)

Answer: even dumb TVs often run Linux. A tiny few have Android. None I know of run Windows. BT's set box used to run CE, but to MS chagrin BT even upgraded the almost all the ones in use to Linux remotely without customer intervention.

Which OS does Apple's existing misnamed Apple Tv use (no screen or Tuner. how is it a TV?)?

You deserve a Beer.

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Court throws out Icahn's demand to stall Dell shareholder vote

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Icahn

He's buying more shares in Apple and changing his name to iChan

He will offer access to the thoughts of Chairman Jobs.

He's lost this one.

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Bureaucrats foil Nestlé's bid to TRADEMARK KitKat's chocolatey digits

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Bunnys and Alps

I think Lindt lost the gold foil and red ribbon Rabbit case.

What next? Alternate Toblerone?

Extremely chocolately caramels? How Chocolatey? 82% Cocoa or they should drop the Extremely.

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Boffins harvest TV, mobile signals for BATTERY-FREE comms

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Re: Replacing POE with POWiFi ?

Maybe if you used the Microwave Oven's Magnetron. Over say 2m distance you'd need much more WiFi power than the power brick supplies even if it was 100% turned into RF. You'd get cataracts if you looked closely at the new high power WiFi aerial too.

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Re: And is illegal in the UK

Actually the article was quite clear it's not new. The "new" bit is that one unit detects the signal variation by the other unit connecting its aerial and thus reducing local signal. Laws of Thermodynamics. No free lunch.

If you have an appliance making interference on only one frequency and it can't be shielded, then a series tuned L C circuit with its inductor coil well coupled will significantly reduce the radiated interference.

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Re: And is illegal in the UK

Depends on the scale. Microwatts is not stealing as a larger aerial in strong signal area might almost achieve it. Milliwatts or more is questionable and difficult. Actual Watts is harder still unless you are near a LW, SW, MW mast and is certainly theft.

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Never be practical.

These kinds of gadgets almost go back to 1921. You need a strong signal. Perhaps it would work at 2m range for 15% of the population.

Clue, what % per country can run TV without freezing or pixelation on a set top aerial?

Harvesting the local user's Mobile modem, phone or Home Plug transmission will work better than receiving outdoor transmission. Actually some plug top PSUs /Chargers (Wall Warts I think to North Americans) have so much interference they are almost usable as "wireless" chargers at close range. Maybe the cable with plug is for the "charging mat" :-D

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Microsoft: That $900m Surface write-down is smarting

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Do MS "get it"?

The Andriods and Apple and Kindle are in Tesco.

Where are the supermarkets on the list? If they are only aiming at offices they have missed the point. Ordinary office users are not going to use a Tablet at a desk all day. Screen too small. Also loads of other issues.

The BYOD stuff is chosen and paid for by the employee, rarely from anyone on that list and is usually in addition to the Business supplied kit. Are call centres going to buy Surface RT or Pro?

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Big Mike heading for victory as SAM dumps HALF its Dell shares

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Re: it would seem the investor senses its Dell bid can go no further.

They sound like a Speculator and Asset Stripper, not an Investor.

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Facebook's request to the flash industry: 'Make the worst flash possible'

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mv /dev/nul

Or something, my UNIX is rusty. It's only Facebook. Do they care about any of it as long as it brings in advert revenue.

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Peak Apple? HOGWASH! Apple is 'extremely undervalued,' says Icahn

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Apple in Trouble.

They should be worried when serial asset strippers, carpet baggers,speculators and divestors (opposite of investors?) take an interest.

Icahn may be none of these, but certainly his pronouncements are designed to increase profit for icahn.

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PEAK Apple: Cupertino's hopes died with Steve Jobs, says Larry Ellison

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Ives an innovative Designer To Save Apple?

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/apple-design-doesnt-fall-far-from-brauns-tree-176668

http://visual.ly/braun-or-apple

Ives admits being inspired by Dieter Rams' Braun Products.

http://blog.needsupply.com/2013/06/16/dieter-rams/

Jobs was fantastic Charismatic marketeer. Very much like Edison. Who didn't invent the Light Bulb and insisted DC mains was better than AC mains. Nor did Edison invent Cinema, though he claimed no-one could do it with out his Patents.

Maybe even if Jobs was still with us Apple would be close to "peak". There is a limit to how many times Apple can do what they have done. Ives on his own plagiarising 1950s & 1960s Braun/Rams can't save Apple.

What actually have they innovated rather than successfully marketed? Not the iPhone HW, nor its OS. Similar GUI did exist on prior niche products. The capacitive gesture GUI was slickly implemented. Is that innovation or just doing prior art better? In the 1980s the industry wanted handwriting recognition and ability to sketch / annotate rather than browse menus & content, hence they decided to use resistive rather than capacitive input (both existed!) for much greater accuracy. The best solution is to have both.

We may not be quite at Peak Apple, but even with Jobs the future might not be much different.

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REVEALED: Simple 'open sesame' to unlock your HOME by radiowave

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DOS on Wirelss.

Wireless is really stupid for alarm sensors. Alarms by default go off if they detect jamming. So you repeatedly "jam" the frequency/band without attempting entry. Then when the alarm doesn't go off, you break a window at the rear. You park the white van in front or even the driveway. During the day! Carry everything out by the front door (Mains angle grinder at bolts if a deadlock).

Locks and wired alarms are a deterrent. Wireless alarms are an illusion for Cheapskates that don't want 4 core alarm wiring.

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ZTE to flog Firefox OS mobe worldwide via eBay

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In Black?

Is this real then?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ZTE-OPEN-Firefox-OS-BLACK-/171099372585?pt=UK_Mobile_Phones&hash=item27d6513c29

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Waiting for a Windows Phone update? Let's talk again next year

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Three incompatible GUIs

So they should be!

It's insanity to try and have the same GUI for a pocket device, a tablet/pad sized device and greater than 11" approx screen with keyboard and mouse.

Mines got a tablet holder and laptop backpack. The phone is in my jeans of course, what else would the bulge be?

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New blinged-up 'iPhone 5S' touted by Jobs FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Re: I can’t wait, give it a few years…

Is he really dead, why does he remind me of Lysaer s'Ilessid?

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ULTIMATE cuppa contenders prepare to go mug-to-mug

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Re: You just don't get...

You do know the nice crunchy bits in a Hobnob are goblin's toenail clippings? Won't stop me eating them.

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Re: I wonder

We call our tea "Black" or "Indian/Ceylon" but in China it's called Red Tea. It's certainly less popular than Green tea.

I like local Kenyan (black) tea, large leaves. Nothing like the exported Kenyan tea though.

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Punjana and Nambarrie

Weeps ... Punjana and Nambarrie are good. I've not seen Nambarrie for 23 years though. Barrys is barely tea.

Well that leaves Yorkshire Tea, Tetleys, PG tips and Twinings Breakfast.

Milk is OK on the Cornflakes and muesli, but spoils tea. All those Chinese can't be wrong surely?

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Mozilla links Gmail with Persona for email-based single sign-on

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Re: Single login?

Indeed this is one of the aspects I hate about Google. What has Google Code to do with YouTube?

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Chrome, Firefox blab your passwords in a just few clicks: Shrug, wary or kill?

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Re: Firefox already does what he asked

And even if you used the password for the session already you need it explicitly EVERYTIME you display passwords of the saved sites and usernames list.

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Michael Dell accuses Icahn of using court as takeover tool

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Ever Ready and Hanson.

I've run out of popcorn and corn chips.

Icahn must think he is going to win. But Sean Quinn thought he could keep doing leveraged buyouts too.

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Bill Gates's barbed comments pop Google's broadband balloons

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Re: Malaria? Isn't that Bill's monopoly

But Google's Balloons are just PR. Google has consistently ignored privacy law and consistently shown they are only interested in selling adverts.

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PEAK iPAD: Slab looking a bit peaky, needs big biz to take more tablets

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Re: MS Office Missing?

Offices usually have desks rather than armchairs and settees. Also any serious size office the desks are cabled with ethernet. WiFi is ok only for half a dozen.

Surface is a fail too in the office as a real laptop costs less!

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E-reader barons file FCC plea to opt out of disabled-friendly regs

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Re: Everything should be as accessible as possible.

No, they would just remove all communications from cheap ereaders, so disabled people would not benefit at all and everyone else would be penalised.

Should Ballet dancers wear lead weights, ear plugs and distorting dark glasses?

Yes, general purpose computing devices (tablets, ereaders with colour video screens) should have audio accessibility. But not the electronic paper.

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no LCD screen, no camera,

Yes anything not capable of color video should be exempt.

Shouldn't have any other restriction though on software.

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Irish watchdog won't probe Apple, Facebook over PRISM... but COULD IT?

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Re: It's not just this one case - this *regulator* needs investigating

They did stomp on Sky when they decided they would unilaterally supply all customer info to 3rd parties for Advertising. Curiously Sky wrote to all the Irish Customers explaining this, so I guess the Irish Regulator could hardly ignore the thousands of letters and phone calls. Usually people in Ireland complain on Radio phone ins and to each other and never bother actually making official complaints because:

1) Usually they have no idea who to complain to.

2) A belief that little has changed since before 1921 (same Civil Service?) so it would be pointless.

Compared to the Irish Financial Regulator and Communications Regulator, the Data Protection Regulator is wonderful. The others appear to only exist to raise direct revenue.

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Samsung rolls out first mass-produced 3D NAND flash memory chip

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Re: re. photo of V-NAND package

Why does it look like a 1970s Military grade EPROM?

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Horrific moment curvy mum-of-none Mail Online spills everyone's data

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Have you had Cyber Sex ... ?

Asked the Book Keeper (in the Shop around the Corner in "you've got mail"

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Win XP alive and kicking despite 2014 kill switch (Don't ask about Win 8)

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Re: I read this yesterday: RAM

If you don't have too high a resolution of Graphics and turn off everything not needed, then XP SP1 will run in less than 90M fine. But SP3 needs a fair bit more than 128M. NT 4.0 is faster on a 1/4 speed CPU and 20M RAM !

Standard Distros of Linux won't work on a 1999 spec PC either though, but it's easier to create a pared down version.

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ReactOS?

I didn't read all 107 previous comments. Is the solution a better version NOT controlled by MS of NT 5.3?

Maybe all us programmers should sign up and help ReactOS.

Linux is fine, But even with Wine isn't an alternative to XP --> Win8 for many people. Maybe ReactOS is?

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Bloke in shed starts own DAB radio station - with Ofcom's blessing

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Re: @Danny

FM channel hopping is instant and with RDS automatic. DAB Mux switching is PAINFULLY slow. Even within a mux channel changing is slow due to the MP2 (or AAC on DAB+, probably slower!) decoder buffer.

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Re: Why bother

Useless for really portable use. FM & AM are better. DAB is a dinosaur.

DAB+ is NOT better, just cheaper as they fit in more stations.

DAB isn't "green" for Receivers or for a single channel of transmission rather than a bunch of stations multiplexing the data to the COFDM modulator. FM was popular BEFORE the patents ran out and they are still trying to promote DAB.

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SAP boss cops jail time plea after Lego barcode bust

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Re: "dish liquid"?..... Fairy Liquid

Olive Oil

Corn Oil

Sunflower Oil

Cod Liver Oil

But Baby oil and Fairy Liquid?

What are they made out of?

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Was his SAP pay not enough?

Such greed.

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Geneticists resolve human dilemma of Adam's boy-toy status

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Re: plz tell me where 10k yrs came from in the bible ?

But Usher used a lot of false assumptions not actually written in the Bible. Also some stuff in the Bible he misunderstood.

There are only really identifiable date points from when Abraham leaves Ur of the Chaldeans. There is some Archaeological evidence for Nimrod, who is mentioned in passing. Really Usher was practically making it up and those that take his approach are ignoring what the Bible text says as well as definite evidence.

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Icahn sues Dell's board over Big Mike's buyout bid

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Popcorn

I've run out, maybe I have tortilla chips.

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LOHAN lays mitts on second Iridium sat comms kit

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Re: Live piccies!

Hmm... 25 x 25 using 4 bit greyscale is moderately useful. If converted to 256 shades and upscalled x300 % it is a little better than simple pixel zooming by x3

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Happy 20th birthday, Windows NT 3.1: Microsoft's server outrider

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Re: SP ?

I even ran a prototype USB stack on NT 4.0, rumoured it would be in SP7. Of course most drivers for it had to be manually installed because programmers IGNORED MS advice to look for FEATURES and not just test for OS Ver > nn. Allegedly SP7 was canned to help Win2K sales as people not upgrading from NT 4.0.

Best Windows NT versions

1) NT3.5 (NT3.51 was just a patch to include gratuitous APIs stuck in Win95 to stop Office 95 running on Win3.11/WFWG3.11). NT3.51 even had an Explorer beta as a option. Only economical for most small offices as a server.

2) NT 4.0 after SP1. Enterprise Server Edition could break 2G/4G barrier for 16G RAM. Most CPU types, 1st 64 bit version and Clustering. Also more than basic POSIX via MS Services for UNIX, though you needed a 3rd party X server. Cool running X and Windows GDI seemlessly on one desktop with CMD console and UNIX shell console.

3) XP and Server 2003

MS OS/2 1989 (not the IBM or joint IBM /MS version) had LANmanager built in rather than an add-on. so is the Predecessor of the 1st NT, NT3.1. It was intended for servers only. Soon with Win 3.0 clients, delayed till 1990. Is it the reason NT starts at 3?

Networking in NT was a LANmanager subsystem and NT also supported OS/2 console mode applications (worked on NT4.0, probably dropped on Vista? Never tested XP).

Linux kernel beta released about the same time as NT in 1993, much to disgust of Andrew S. Tanenbaum who had released Minix in 1987. I played with Minix in 1991 but deployed DR Multidos.

One huge shortcoming in the NT design wasn't security, but no Multi-user, unlike UNIX, Xenix, Cromix and Linux etc. This is partly why there is no Sudo. XP added a half-baked User Switching via Terminal Serivices Subsystem (I always disable those services). It "bites" MS in the Hosted/Cloud market, so much easier for multiple users on Shared Linux hosting, Windows needs the massive RAM overhead of multiple VMs and multiple Windows OS instances to achieve the same properly.

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Security

The Security was actually good and still good on later NTs...

But there were three HUGE problems.

By default there was no Ordinary User account created, only the Admin account.

People didn't write applications properly so they could be installed by Admin and used by User. This especially was an issue from NT3.51 when people starting to use the Workstation product and applications written by WFWG / Win95 developers.

Only with PROPERLY configured permissions on NTFS. Out of the box the permissions on directories not set to the idea.

The Token based scheme and ACLs was very powerful for people that bothered to use it properly. The Problem was that folks treated it like WFWG / Win9x (and increasingly MS themselves from Win98). Other often ignored features of serious value:

Named pipes (can't be created on Win9x, but even DOS clients can connector them)

Using files as Arrays (sort of persistent virtual memory)

Streams in Files (a little like Apple Resource Forks).

The problem was that most people never bothered to learn how to configure it or how it worked as 1/10th as much as a Linux/UNIX admin/User. Eventually this applied to MS too, which is why they did REALLY STUPID stuff (GDI to Kernel in NT4.0), gratuitous moving stuff around (W2K, XP, Vista/W7, Win8) for no good reason. Buggy Explorer. Stupid defaults on Share and Device names and security.

So the BIGGEST problem is the install defaults. 2nd Biggest was similarity to WFWG & Win9x. Win9X should NEVER have been released. It and Win98 helped degrade NT4.0 Win2K, XP, Vista/Win7 and Win8 to becoming ever more bloated, unreliable, less secure and more broken.

NT4.0 major security & reliability flaw was GDI moved to Kernel top make video 10% faster. Stupidity given how fast PC performance was improving 1995 to 1996.

I did have NT3.5 on a 386DX-16 MHz with 6M of RAM. Worked fine as a file server. NT4.0 was fine with Internet Proxy (wingate), Mdaemon for Mail, MS-SQL server, File & Printer server etc in 20M RAM on a 486.

So NT3.1 wasn't "bloated" or "Slow" for a 32 bit server, nor even was NT4.0.

NT 4.0 ran on Alpha, PPC, MIPS and 64bit Alpha as well as x86. It had Clustering (developed by DEC) from 1998/1999 that could be implemented really cheaply with two ordinary Servers, SCSI controllers with two channels, two external storage shelves.

Where did MS go wrong? Concentrating in eye candy instead of real suitability and REALLY badly done installer Wizards with BAD silent defaults. STILL. Why is EVERY service on by default?

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Intel's homage to Raspberry Pi: The much pricier Minnowboard

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Unhappy

Hmm,,.

I want news I can make ecstatic erudite comments about instead of whinging & Whining.

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Apple FINGERED our personal packages every day, claim shop staff

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Re: guess

Most shops in the Rag trade lose FAR more.

The door way security systems are to convince staff that "shrinkage" can't be blamed on the public.

They are often set sensitive at first and then turned down to reduce the false positives. Professional thieves know how to beat them.

The Motion sensor for alarm system behind & above till is often covert CCTV.

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Move over, Freeview, just like you promised: You're hogging the 4G bed

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Re: This could usher in a whole new world of hurt

Yes. over 1/2 a million households ought to get new aerials.

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1800MHz

Band III used to be 175MHz to 275MHz?

1800MHz is just 1800Mhz. When did it become Band III?

700MHz & 800MHZ LTE will only be ultra fast if you are the only user on a mast and the window faces it and distance is less than 1km.

The existing 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2100MHz are not used efficiently (A RAN is best method). 2300MHz, 2500/2600 MHz are for short range Urban LTE (WiFi Hot spot replacement).

It's a shame that spectrum is now purely seen as revenue source via licence. A very short sighted view for a irreplaceable strategic national resource. Also the current pricing model instead of promoting efficient use of spectrum (the alleged reason) results in a poor service and wastage compared other approaches.

Ofcom of course want rid of ALL broadcast TV. Cable, fibre and Satellite. Mobile can't replace Broadcast for portable or non-fixed infrastructure of Radio or TV. That's proven. Simple mathematics of Unicast vs Broadcast bandwidth per user.

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Typical! Google's wonder-dongle is a solution looking for a problem

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Re: Dongles all round

"Why should the Premier League have to go through broadcasters to get to users? "

Because folk like Sky pay them far more than they could hope to sell direct.

Ask J.K. Rowlings about "self publishing" vs established Publisher.

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Re: DRM

But an HDMI cable works better. Most will not able able to deliver HD on WiFi. Especially if other users of the WiFi.

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I can't figure ...

It WON'T work on its own to the Internet via the WiFI.

WiFi limits the quality. Decent HD over WiFi is not assured.

Since you need a decent gadget with a Web Browser ANYWAY... what value is it over an HDMI cable or Wirelss HDMI (which will do real HD).

The hypegasm has been amazing.

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PEAK APPLE: iPad market share hits the skids

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They will take the solution in the past.

Put it in a more expensive box, raise the price make their garden more walled, go up market and be a higher profit margin Niche player.

I'd be surprised if they go the other way and bring out $99 Tablets.

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