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3036 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

Reports pump fuel into iCar gossip: Apple in 'talks' with Tesla

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Re: Domestic Grid

No country has a Domestic Grid that can take even 20% of people using Electric cars.

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Synthetic LPG

Use Solar power or Fusion power, waste carbon or CO2 and Sea water. The best way to transport solar energy from very sunny places to very cloudy places. You can't transport Electricity that distance.

Hydrogen is horrible stuff to store and to transport.

Electric cars are Niche and using Batteries (loss of electricity charging & In Grid plus energy cost of making and recycling) may be higher energy cost than synthetic LPG. Which solves all the problems of hydrogen. Also existing Petrol cars have over 40 years experience with conversion kits. Petrol stations already can stock it. Distribution system / network already exists world wide. The only issue is same as with Battery cars. Where to get the clean Electricity in the first place?

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Sony's PlayStation 4 pwns Xbox in the United States

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Re: Choices, choices... Music

So why does a games console need to play your music?

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Re: Choices, choices... Music

Who plays music on other than Phone or Media Streaming box (often mis-advertised as "Radios" but they need the Internet if not using your own.)?

Also the Xbone seems designed purely for 60Hz world. Trying to to decent 25i or 50p European video in a Window running at 30i or 60p (MS Xbone) is never going to work properly unless the images are static.

I buy CDs and read them once.

I can even listen to them on the 1980s HiFi via FM stereo using a little £5 CE FM Tx dongle meant for media players & car radio. Works on DTT, SAT or Laptop audio out to 3.5mm jack and powered of USB socket or USB PSU or phone charger Nokia coax plug.

£10 USB Memory stick on the HDTV USB in too.

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Micro Men: The story of the syntax era

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Re: A brief - and significant time

The IT education was largely by accident. They should have bought each Teacher a computer to take home and trained the teachers first. Certainly 1980 to 1983 was a disaster in the schools. I had a company in that era with contracts to maintain Apple II, BBC Micro, Research Machines etc.

The destruction of Inmos by Thatcher was almost a criminal act. The purchaser was clueless.

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Re: Anti-Sinclair stitch-up?

Having followed Sinclair's products from 1960s radios and amplifiers and rebadged reject semiconductors, extreme hype and dubious marketing (the only advert banned from Wireless World), seen grief of people assembling black watch, the calculators, ZX80, ZX81, Spectrum, QL, the Micro TV etc, C5 car, I think Sinclair is a comic character.

Some good ideas, but everything too cost reduced and bad Production Engineering and non-existent QA (replace the ones returned was the QA scheme).

The Spectrum was maybe the best product as long as you only connected TV & cassette deck and avoided the expansion connector. Mind you I've had many cheap calculators with better keyboards.

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Home lab operators: Ditch your servers ... now!

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Hmm.

Also proof VMware has a vested interest in promoting Windows. Of course very useful for the majority of IT pros who also have to support Windows.

I have done "important" stuff for last 10 years on laptops to take advantage of UPS aspect. I've rarely used one actually really portable in 16 years.

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Judge: Odds of bankrupt Lightsquared sorting itself out are 'zero'

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"provide something nice"

Nothing you don't already have and the concept was totally flawed and unworkable from the start.

The GPS makers ARE in their band and not lazy. If you are beside an AM BC transmitter even a professional radio might only get one station.

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But

ALL receivers are affected by out of band signals. The GPS signal is a whisper compared to pneumatic drill of a Terrestrial Mobile Handset or Base station.

Why on earth did FCC not squash this from the beginning?

Of course we have stupidity like Homeplug / PLT networking and so called "White Space" using channels that are used somewhere else and the Database claims are OK where you are.

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PayPal 'n' Google's FIDO drops 'simpler, stronger' secure login spec

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Fail Fail

Rely on a shared 3rd party authentication failure, I mean service.

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Chinese mobe-makers in pincer movement to corner Qualcomm

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Unfortunately

Qualcomm ARE more interested in revenue from patents than actually making stuff. That's why they bought Flarion. They seem to regard actual R&D and production as a necessary evil. They do like Monopolies as long as they have it.

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Hands up if you have one good reason to port enterprise apps to ARM

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Virtualisation

Windows needs Virtual machines more than Linux. Which is more efficient? 10 copies of the OS with SQL & Web Server & Mail server on each copy or 10 users using one copy of OS, SQL & Web Server & Mail server?

Windows Server doesn't support multiuser in the sense UNIX, Solaris, Linux always had. VMware have a vested interest in x86 as MS are unlikely to port a full Windows Server, Exchange, IIS and MS-SQL to ARM any time soon.

With ARM it makes more sense even if you do need 10 copies of the OS to run them on 10 ARMs. Not virtualised on one x86.

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Jolla entices hardware hackers with free device development kit

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Very good.

Some other companies should follow their licence example.

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Sony to close North American ebook store, punt customers to Kobo

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Sad really

A pioneer bites the dust. I was impressed when I first saw an eBook Reader with eInk screen physically rather than a web site. But it was too expensive (2007 or 2008). Sony needed to pair with a book publisher from the start rather than do a bad version of iTunes for books.

But last year we bought Kindle paperwhite (without 3G).

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Twitter shares tank as blabbergasm implodes in full glare of unforgiving investors

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Also

Would BBC & RTE etc PLEASE stop promoting them? They are irrelevant. People can use email if they don't like writing letters.

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Apple cash stash dash results in Icahn v CalPERS bitchfight

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Ha! " who's a relatively small investor with a very short-term agenda"

They are being polite. He's a carpet bagger and asset stripper. Buying some shares ALREADY issued and trying to get quick profit by the company who issued them originally (but not to him) buying the shares back is surely the exact reverse of Investment?

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Sony set to axe 5,000 workers worldwide as it flings PC biz overboard

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Re: Not surprising

Logically then Apple will shutter the Macs (servers gone) and release a 13" iOS tablet with Bluetooth keyboard.

Apple unlike Nokia, Google, Intel (ARM to Marvell), IBM or Sony has too much ego to actually sell off a division.

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Jean Michel Jarre: Je voudrais un MUSIC TAX sur VOTRE MOBE

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Ejit

I have a Smart Phone and a PC on Internet since 1994. Why should I pay for other people's copyright infringement when I never have done it?

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Microsoft's new CEO: The technology isn't his problem

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Re: Exchange, first usable spreadsheet, NT

Yes, well Domino / Notes does make Exchange look really good.

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Exchange, first usable spreadsheet, NT

NT is good. But based on OS/2 and VMS. Almost no innovation. MS should NEVER have produced Win95, NT was already at 2nd major revision. MS nearly killed NT3.51 and NT4.0 workstation with their pushing of Gamer orientated Win95 and Win98 to Business. NT suffered for over 6 years due to MS marketing & Development resources going into Win95, Win98 and Win ME. Not till 2001/2002 did they dig themselves out of that. It's BECAUSE of people developing Business apps badly for Win9x that the excellent OS/2 & VMS model of Admin & User accounts got "broken" on NT4, Win2K and WinXP.

Excel is good. But no more usable than Visicalc, Lotus123 or Supercalc, it was the first decent WIMP GUI based spreadsheet. Ironically on the Mac 1st as Windows wasn't good enough then.

Viscalc made Apple ][ a success in Business it was so good.

Supercalc and Wordrstar did the same for CP/M based PCs

and the IBM PC would have languished without Lotus 123 and Wordperfect on DOS.

Excel and Word made MS Windows into a success.

Exchange is plain evil. The computing world would be a happier place without it and its evil slave Outlook.

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They were too late to market with Windows tables

The Windows Table is an earlier large specialist product. The Windows Tablet was arguably too early .. 2002. But saw some niche market professional adoption.

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Re: NeXTSTEP

Failed because the Storage device was too slow & inflexible & expensive (MO Disc is a nice idea but really an expensive R/W semi-archival medium) and the Product too expensive and hardly any applications to take advantage of the GUI.

Display Postscript probably too slow. Open GL is a better idea.

So the innovations?

Using MO instead of floppy or HDD. Bad Idea. MO complemented Floppy and HDD.

CD ROM already existed as a cheaper RO distribution medium. It was 4 years before Nextstep adopted CDROM!

A dock on the WIMP GUI. Hardly earth shattering. The GUI wasn't an innovation.

Display Postscript: Like MO disk a nice idea but not practical. Even today still a bad idea.

NeXTSTEP was an impractical Niche product. Only Steve's Charisma kept it alive so long.

Steve was into IMAGE, not genuine SW & HW innovation. He killed the Newton (which was then innovative) rather than bother to understand the potential and fix it. The Newton needed to be fixed not killed. But it wasn't his idea and it didn't seem cool.

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Consumer Company?

Maybe some day. But today they are Enterprise, Business and OEM. They need to do consumer stuff without alienating those markets or their name will be mud in Consumer anyway.

Since Ribbon, Vista etc they HAVE been alienating their existing market.

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Second-hand software broker: OK Microsoft – we made a mistake

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Levis

There is a problem where Copyright law is consistently being used to stop "grey" reselling. A guy in Dublin BOUGHT clothes in USA and sold them in his shop in Dublin. The Manufacturer closed him down.

The UK used to have Retail Price Maintenance, Books and Drugs were the last to go. The Manufacturer should NOT be able to set the price anywhere other than his own sales and once someone has bought something they should be free to resell ANYWHERE as long as they pay the local duty and taxes.

Levi Jeans did the same. Copyright should not be used to bolster these restrictive trade practices.

People are NOT ripping off copies. They are buying and selling the real product. Of course Music, TV & Cinema rights holders are worse, especially US and Sport with their "divide" and restrictive practices to push up prices in Europe and in many cases deprive Australians entirely. The Media practices and the Manufacturer's Premium prices in UK & Ireland vs USA encourage piracy.

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Chaps propose free global WiFi delivered FROM SPAAAACE

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Re: Yes the UX rubbish

Been done years ago.

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OH no

This is garbage on so many levels I can't be bothered explaining how these people are either stupid and naive or running a scam.

ESA and SES Astra had Casablanca

http://telecom.esa.int/telecom/www/object/index.cfm?fobjectid=514

Sat@Once will send its last package of free Internet contents next Wednesday February 14, 2007, after almost 5 full years of free operation for the Satellite Internet community (we started operations on 11 March 2002 with Casablanca version 1.2).

http://once.csp.it/

No-one continued with it. People wanted real interactive internet, not a Broadcast Cache.

(I used it and they even sent me a free dish).

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Save Ofcom! Telcos and consumer groups call for end to legal disputes

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Re: A stitch in time

Partly true. But also there is a problem with the system.

I have sympathy with this even though I think Three arn't fit to do other that resell services from a competent wholesale operator (for ENTIRE UK Mobile Spectrum or even entire EU Mobile Spectrum) and I think Ofcom need abolished or reformed as the Country's Infrastructure, spectrum protection and Consumers are low on priority but raising money for Treasury and keeping major Mobile & Telco & Tat manufacturers happy is high on agenda.

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iFrame attack injects code via PNGs

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iFrames are pretty evil concept

I never liked the iFrame

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Life support's ABOUT to be switched off, but XP's suddenly COOL again

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Windows XP to 7

A daft assumption. What is life of 7?

In reality are you more likely to get pwned with XP vs 7 if behind Firewall, using sensibly and stupid services off?

Aren't careless users WITH Anti Virus SW getting malware on 7 and 8.x?

It's the configuration and user is the issue.

There are other options than Win7 or even MS. Maybe some people are waiting for Win 9?

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Turkish president mulls $4.5bn Apple fondleslab school deal

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Re: If you must...

But spending it on good teachers is even better. Or infrastructure. 18 months or 2 years the tablets will in the majority be U/S and the educational value is anectodal.

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Twitter avoids IP face-off with Big Blue, will buy 900 IBM patents

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Re: 900?

I can't identify one.

I'm not sure who is the crazy in this.

USPTO

IBM

Twitter

A web site simulating SMS hoping to make money from Adverts.

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Devs: We'll bury Candy Crush King under HEAPS of candy apps

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Re: More than just a name?

Unless it's a made up word, then it's reasonable you can have the word. Like Motorola, picked because they making car radios and lots of music products ended in ola (victorola etc).

Or initials like RCA, HMV, JVC (who are/were Victor in Japan, but not allowed that especially in USA because of RCA Victor).

RCA and EMI both owned Trademark rights to "His Master's Voice though as it belonged to Victor Talking Machine who founded HMV (became EMI when it took over Columbia graphophone, who was founded by the same people as Columbia in US that became CBS).

So even when Trademarks start off sensibly unique it can get complicated as companies spin off foreign subsidiaries or merge. Or both.

The Beatles arguably then should not have been allowed Apple Corp. but only Apple-Core or Apple-Corp. However it gave them opportunity to sue Apple Computer TWICE (successfully) who deliberately choose Apple with bite out and Apple name to copy / fanbois Beatles. Apple now dropped Computer as the they don't rely on computer sales (C.f. Kentucky Fried Chicken now officially KFC).

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ChewBacca point-of-sale keylogger SLURPS your CREDIT CARD data

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We already have a solution for protecting PIN

Ha ha

The PIN isn't protected and it may be irrelevant.

1) The reader can be swapped.

2) It only asks Card if PIN is OK, so a fake card says "OK" to ANY PIN, or PIN of your choice.

3) I've only ever been asked for PIN in Retail (see point (2)) never online.

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Yes, Google can afford to lose $9bn in Motorola sale. But did it really?

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Re: Money well spent

Motor ola

They started as a retail consumer company. Chips, OEM, Infrastructure etc was all later. They have always been a retail product company with consumer products.

http://www.radiomuseum.org/dsp_hersteller_detail.cfm?company_id=738

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorola#History

Car Radios from 1929 (Consumer Radio only began 1921/1922!)

Car & Home Radios

Transistorised Color TV

Cable TV Set boxes (analogue then Digital)

End user Modems

Analogue Mobile Phones (from their Commercial 2 way radio experience since 1937!)

Digital Mobile Phones.

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El Reg BuzzFelch: 10 Electrical Connectors You CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!

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Re: How many people would know what BNC connectors are for today?

Yes. And while BNC is 50 Ohms the BBC as well as MUSA used the mysterious 75 Ohm BNC (or cheated). Cable TV trunk use the rarer 75 Ohm N-Connector (regular ones are 50),

BNC are also often used for SDI (?) etc, carrying MPEG data either as a single stream or in MPEG-2 Multiplexed format (not same spec as MPEG-2 Codec as it can have MPEG4 or indeed nearly any kind of data).

Then there is a 50 Ohm connector very like an F-connector (often used on on GSM / 3G client aerials) but with a pin rather than centre of coax.

SCSI Yes I have large collection of those. I'm not sure how many flavours of SCSI exist never mind the connectors which have oddly included DB25 also used for "Centronics" Parallel (bad IBM!) and RS232 Serial.

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Re: Terminal blocks?

But that was because they were made of Brown Bakelite then. You must be as old as I am.

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Re: F-connectors and Phono AKA RCA

Both are American, Late 1940s early 1950 (F) and late 1930s (RCA coax).

Old UK TV connectors are "Belling Lee" (actually the original maker and not a real part name), of indeterminate RF impedance and designed for AM radio aerials in 1930s! The USA I think has used F-connectors for a long time for coax when not using 300 Ohm Ribbon.

A Phonograph uses cylinders and Gramophone uses disks. But USAians call a Gramophone a Phonograph, even though Gramophone was first called that in USA (Emile Berliner, Victor Talking Machine Co, who founded Japan's JVC and UK's HMV, Victor was taken over by RCA to become RCA Victor. This is why RCA, JVC (only in Japan as Victor) and HMV all have the "horn" and Nipper dog logo)

Abbreviated as P.U. (Pickup), Gram or Phono on the Radio. In the 1920s they first released Pickup adaptors for windup acoustic Gramophones, in 1930s standalone electric players for the Radio. Originally US used 2 x 1/8" wander plugs like UK did till 1960s. but in late 1930s or early 1940s RCA introduced the coax plug, which as it was most used in USA and for Gramophone plugged into a Radio, or for internal connections on a Radiogram.

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Amazon reports rare profit and is punished by Wall Street

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They are within 2%. The fact that it's 470Million isn't relevant.

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Wide Margin?

earnings per share of $0.51 and net sales of $25.59bn for its fourth quarter of 2013 on Thursday, missing Wall Street estimates of $0.66 and $26.06bn by a wide margin.

Umm...

51 vs 66 = 72% or 28% margin

25.58 vs 26.06 = 98% or 2% margin

So guess are close to reality I would have said. Especially the Net Sales. What kind of strange mathematics does Wall St. use?

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Yahoo! Mail! users! change! your! passwords! NOW!

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Badly done

They STILL don't send a confirmation link to previous email address before changing it on password change or have you type it twice.

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We're on the same wavelength! TV stars cosy up to flog spare Hz

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Stupidity

Yes Stupidity.

It's not going to bring real broadband to the masses. Another step in crippling Terrestrial TV to benefit SIGs

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Radio boffins remember the future-ture-ture: From the Cold War to (White) SPAAAAACE

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Wireless and Radio.

see the Radio Museum

Unfortunately Regulators like Ofcom & Comreg, Set makers and even the Broadcasters (esp. ones like BBC & RTE with DAB) are trying to kill Radio.

Digital TV is a good idea and reasonably implemented. Inherently ANY digital Radio system is a poorer User Interface than AM or FM. User Power consumption, Mobile/Portable coverage issues etc. DAB isn't the real problem, though not enough transmitters, only suits National Broadcasters and needs twice as many Mux to have decent bitrate.

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Altcoins will DESTROY the IT industry and spawn an infosec NIGHTMARE

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Come and get them

I have some lovely colours of Tulips.

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Icahn slurps another $500m in Apple shares, demands buyback AGAIN

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I feel sorry for Apple.

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2014/01/23/ebay_rejects_paypal_spin_off/

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1.1 MILLION customers' credit card data was swiped in Neiman Marcus breach

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Chip & PIN

Simply hides fraud and allows the bank to claim the user was at fault.

Also the STUPID bank POS doesn't ask Bank if PIN is correct, but asks card! You can make a fake card that simply replies "yes" for ANY PIN.

Also in Chip & PIN countries the criminals are installing fake readers (in one case actually IN a bank!). As the article points out the issue isn't really Chip & PIN but compromised POS systems, vulnerable Web servers (In Ireland & UK, credit card numbers and rear code pinched from a "reward loyalty card" system that should never have had ANY such information). and even Back Office systems (The Remaindered Stock Retailer).

Fraud is endemic and the Banks admit as little as possible. It's mostly due to incompetently designed systems. People Errors. Computer Error? No Rubbish outsourced systems. Management Errors!

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

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BBC's monopoly on FM Band.

Nonsense.

But DAB should be scrapped. That unfairly benefits National over local Broadcasters and INHERENTLY all Digital Radio is more user Power Consumption, worse coverage EXPERIENCE and worse radio use Experience. (Tuning / selecting / channel change delay).

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Re: Oh?

Except those figures are fantasy.

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Collection cost and access

Read what Greg Dyke said about viewing cards when BBC planned to leave Solus Card scheme and go FTA.

HOW do you have Subscription model? No FTA tuners. But DTT & Sat boxes and TVs and PVRs with a COMPATIBLE card reader (CAM). The Card company takes a big wack, the more secure from piracy the system is the more costly.

Ofcom of course want to have only Cable and Satellite and prefer purely commercial entitiies. It would suit Ofcom.

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Stupidity

PSB isn't about money.

Sky makes most from Subscription TV, yet 92% of what Sky Subscribers watch is Free To Air.

Sky 1 and Sky Sport (all added) each had about 1.5% viewing each.

In reality most people wouldn't pay for an extra platforms. Surveys can be misleading. Sky & UPC (formerly Virgin) dominate pay TV. BBC would become the equivalent of Disney and Nickleodeon and content would deteriorate further to a lower common denominator.

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Thanks for suggesting eBay should flog PayPal. It's not happening, CEO tells Carl Icahn

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Asset Stripper

Totally to character. He's not an Activist or Investor. But a Speculator and Asset Stripper.

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