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Why next iPhone screen could be made of SAPPHIRE - and a steal...

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Re: True, but...

Yes, Watch faces have used Sapphire for maybe 50 years. Due to the fact it's much more scratch resistant. Cheap watches used to get quite poorly with scratches in a few months due to softness of the glass.

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Want to know what CIA spooks really think of spy movies and books?

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Re: Err, hang on a minute ...

Yes, Obviously Ian Fleming was paid to create Bond.

His brother though was probably a spy and reading his factual books the question that's in my mind is why was he there if he wasn't a spy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/News_from_Tartary

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One%27s_Company

" Peter and his brother Ian were commissioned by Colin Gubbins to help establish the Auxiliary Units. This was to be the "secret army" of civilian volunteers that would fight on, behind enemy lines, as part of the British anti-invasion preparations of World War II. [Peter ?] Fleming later served in Norway and Greece; his principal service, however, from 1942 to the end of the war, was as head of "D Division," in charge of military deception operations in Southeast Asia."

So Bond was a latter day "deception" exercise by Ian.

More about Peter

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Fleming_%28writer%29

I can't help thinking of Sherlock Homes and his less famous Brother.

Mine's the one with the "one time pads" on Rice Paper and Bubble gum.

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PEAK iPHONE? Apple mobe growth slumps to ‘lowest in its history’

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Re: 1/3 of their market value as cash

Excellent point.

But that was Marketing clever, not innovation. Once that is out of the Bottle it helps every gadget maker. I had a Nokia Communicator N9210 Fortunately the office paid for it; handy being able to send and receive real Faxes as well as real email.

Actually I still can't justify a Mobile Data contract. I have to find a WiFi point when I travel.

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And Braun Radios.

Ives even has admitted that all the simple white Apple products inspired/copied Braun Products case designed by Dieter Rams. He is still alive and quite Chuffed.

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Re: Erm... profits?

Yes, before the iPod they made a lot of profit from Premium price Macs when IBM was losing money on PCs.

iPod November 2001

Dell took over the top spot of PC manufacturer from Compaq in 2001

Compaq taken over by HP in 2002 (called a Merger)

IBM sold PCs to Lenovo in 2004

Apple was making huge margin on the Macs.

Apple still makes more profit on Macs (as they still command an Apple Premium) than other makers but Mac share is still at Windows Phone levels.

Unless there is a massive culture change in Apple they will still make 20%+ profit on a Niche Phone /Tablet /Mac etc when others make 5%+ profit or a loss in a commodity market.

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1/3 of their market value as cash

But really there is a natural limit to how much you can polish an OS or Phone. The original wasn't actually revolutionary, the bits had just become economic and they added some 1950s Dieter Rams Style.

A lot of Jobsian Hype.

So they are reaching a natural plateau and without someone with MORE Reality Distortion Field and More vision than s. Jobs they can only make changes that make it worse (i.e. Apple Maps).

So far to soon to buy the shares. They will eventually be 1/10th of the peak 2012.

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Guess who PC-slaying tablets are killing next? Keyboard biz Logitech

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Logitech killed themselves

They started as the distributor for Modula-2 and one of the first Mouse makers (perhaps due to Lileth?).

But long ago their products became tacky and overpriced compared to better Asian ones. The "Universal" Remote idea is good but the Logitech ones are too expensive and actually not the best concept.

They need to seriously rethink their product lines.

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Mosaic turns 20: Let's fire up the old girl, show her the web today

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Trumpet?

I remember hearing that. But I came late to the Web, though had used Prestel then various services via X.25 via 300 baud dialup PAD.

So though my first Browser was a Mosaic version, it used MS 32bit TCP/IP for WFWG 3.11. Dial up modem on the PC.

October 1995 we trashed our NT Server installing MS beta proxy (Catapult?) and after fixing it installed Wingate 1.0 to share the phone line Modem on demand to five PCs with WFWG3.11. We put Win95 on only 1 machine (for kids to game) and gradually added NT4.0 Workstations with Netscape in 1996 onward. A couple of Win98 PCs in 1999 for the kids to play games on.

Today an 11 year old Laptop with XP and Firefox connecting to Internet using my own design of Linux based Router & WiFi (108Mbps WiFi on Laptop) , cable modem to outdoor 10GHz 14km Microwave link (8Mbps/1Mbps speed). 2 x 1 Gbps switches for the rest of the Network. No MS Server, Linux Server, though we did have a Microsoft Server for nearly 18 years.

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Smartphone and tablet displays: Reg readers weigh in

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WE knew this 30 years ago

It was just too expensive then

Phone

More than 4.5" and you need to keep the width the same. maybe 2.4:1 rather than 1.85:1 (16:9) to get any bigger screen and still fit in pocket.

For Tablet overall size including case needs to be about Clipboard / Letter Size / A4, thus the 11" screen.

You need minimum 133dpi on a 11" or larger screen and about 266dpi minimum on a phone as it can be held closer.

Desktop/Laptop minimum either 15" 4:3 or 17" Widescreen, minimum 1200 pixels high, ideally more.

HDTV for 2.4m distance viewing, 42" screen. Needs quite large text and GUI that works without Touch, Mouse or QWERTY.

These need four different GUIs. Trying as per Win98 and WinCE *OR* as per Win8 to use the same "home screen" and GUI on the full range is stupidity.

Mine's the one with a Tablet pouch :-D

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High-rollers’ shop pitches wallet-pounding, wall-pummelling MONSTER TV

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Harvey Norman

The local Harvey Norman has an 85" on display (I forget if LG or Samsung). Very nice too. €13,500 sounds a lot but much shorter life Plasma TVs with only 480 lines used to sell at €6,000.

Considering all else equal 84" panels will have about 4 times as many rejects as 42" panels and all the Electronics etc, you'd expect the 84" equivalent of top of the range 42" to be about £5000 rather than £35,000

Sure isn't everyone watching 4" and 7" screens now :-)

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Peak Apple: Cupertino belatedly spends some money on R&D

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2.5%

How much of the R&D spending is researching and writing up all those patents? I'm sure that is on the R&D budget. I accept the ligation is a different budget.

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Google's Euro antitrust offer: Fine! We'll link to our search rivals

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Re: Another dodgy practice...

There are search rivals? Actual viable alternatives?

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Ofcom: When shall we squeeze Freeview's girth?

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The issue?

1). Some people will need new aerials. All the TVs and boxes will work otherwise. Who pays?

2) Mobile needs to use the space above 800MHz in UK more efficiently. Large empty places in USA might be OK for 700MHz and 800MHz, Cell size too big.

3) DTT actually needs to keep the 700MHz and ought to have kept the 800MHz. Yes you can fit an SD channel in less space but when you want 40+ channels instead of 5, HD, 3D and later higher HD, it's short sighted to flog off a band to Mobile which is poor capacity for it anyway.

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Cook: iPad is a gateway drug which leads to harder Mac addiction

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Next "innovation" in Macs

Will be one with ARM and OS X more like iOS.

Yes essentially an ipad with easier to use storage, keyboard (detachable?), bigger screen. Perhaps using a 6" iPad as mouse/touch pad replacement.

An more appliance like Mac looking cooler, with x4 battery life and better profit margin.

"Computer" is gone from their name and the Mac servers are gone.

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Who coined the term 'App'?

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AAPL

App is short for application, not Apple.

AAPL is Stock market Abbreviation for Apple Inc., formerly Apple Computer, Inc. The dropping of "Computer" from the name is logical. They of course copied the name from UK Apple Corp (Beatles own label) and Logo also. Jonathan Ives copies 1950s Dieter Rams's designs for Braun.

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Game designer spills beans on chubby-fancying chap with his stolen Mac

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Re: I like it !

Or is it a faked theft and Mr Plumpy is an accomplice to make the Blogger money from Porn?

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jQuery 2.0 kicks old Internet Explorer versions to the curb

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Re: Counting

You are confusing decimal number counting with counting using "tuple" style numbers.

A variation is used for very large integers. if the sign bit isn't set then the rest of the word is the value (which can be what ever format you like). If the sign bit is set, then the rest of the word is the number of words to represent the number. Each "word" can be one part of a tuple or it can be a large binary number.

"word" can be software implementation defined number of bytes, need not be the hardware "word" size.

It would be less confusing if the delimiter used was other than decimal period which though "." in UK is "," in some countries. Mathematics usually uses the "," as tuple element delimiter rather than "." I guess a dot "." is more universal and less confusing than than ! | ¦ ^ # + - _ " ' ` etc as separators.

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Re: Kicks to the what now?

I guess the legions of XP users need to be using Firefox, Safari, Opera then. (Chrome is Spyware).

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T-Mobile UK ordered into humiliating Full Monty strip

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Re: Simple

"So you could call something broadband which was actually slower than dial-up. "

No Absolutely not.

10x dual channel ISDN is 1.28 Mbps. Pretty slow, but minimum broadband. Mobile's minimum speed is about 120k bps. That's slower than dual channel ISDN dialup.

Mobile isn't Broadband and never will be.

Fast Broadband is more than 25Mbps, ideally 100Mbps +

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Simple

Ban the Unlimited word. No domestic service is "unlimited"

Ban Mobile operator describing their service as Broadband. It's not and even 4G will never be broadband. It's Internet Access.

Must list average and worst 20% users peak usage time speeds and 3AM speeds.

The ASA is too soft as is Ofcom.

All Mobile and Fixed Broadband is dishonestly marketed.

Satellite Internet is even worse for lies.

Everything that isn't dialup isn't automatically Broadband.

Broadband has

Always on (Mobile is connect on demand and can drop connections with no change in signal if people nearer mast connects or more voice call capacity is needed)

Low Latency (Mobile can be low, but can be over 500ms, Satellite is 550ms approx MINIMUM)

Minimum download speed about x10 faster than dual channel ISDN. Mobile can be easily slower than 128kbps

No non-transparent proxy. Mobile also often uses a Proxy with 1000s of people on same IP at same time

Supports Native TCP/IP. Satellite doesn't.

Supports any service such as VPN (Satellite only supports a VPN if the ISP implements it for you at their earth station).

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South Korean gov splashes $22m on memory R&D project

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25 billion won (£14.6m/$22.3m)

Wot US $ and £stg and no Euros?

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'Leccy-stealing, grid-crippling hackers could TAKE DOWN EV-juicing systems

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Mainstream

No-one can afford to build the Grid to supply "mainstream" 'leccy" cars.

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PC floggers scavenge for crumbs as Apple hoovers up profits

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Re: No wonder..

There is no HW or SW innovation on Apple Mac

Eye candy on top of BSD and it's practically Intel designed HW.

The eye catching styling is just that, styling. Even that Ives admits he pinches from Dieter Rams on most products.

They will make Macs more like iPads and more locked down when they can. Maybe with cheaper ARM cpu and charge more for the resulting longer battery life.

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Idiot tax is right.

More locked down. Less applications and over priced.

More style than engineering innovation.

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Hands up who wants 3D finger-controlled fridges? That's the spirit

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Slide to unlock

My 1950s radio has that for the lid.

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Cellular architectures not great for TV: study

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Re: Indeed. It's called broadcasting for a reason

Beamforming works best on higher frequencies and smaller cells. Planning permissions and cost mitigate against any useful "Beamforming" on UHF. You need huge aerial arrays and much more electronics.

MIMO and Beamforming is way hyped and available on WiFi, 2G and 3G also but rarely deployed on Mobile.

When you have small cells (= higher capacity per area) then 2.1 to 2.6GHz bands are fine. There should be nearly 200MHz at 2.6Hz. Since the aerial size is less than 1/3rd size of 800MHz, MIMO and Beamforming is more practical. Also BECAUSE the 2.6 GHZ signal can't travel as far as 800MHz, frequency reuse to have higher capacity is 10 to 20 times more capacity.

But operators are more interested in maximizing revenue than performance and the Licence conditions let them. The most efficient use of any band is a SINGLE wholesale RAN, not Ofcom's and Comreg's pack in as many operators on separate channels (more licence revenue). On average a single RAN gives about x4 capacity or speed compared to splitting up the band the way Ofcom and Comreg do.

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Re: Indeed. It's called broadcasting for a reason

Yes, it needs to be said. It may be stating the obvious but Governments and Regulators are ignoring the Obvious.

Mobile, Satellite, Fibre, IP etc is all wonderful but complementary to Radio & TV Broadcast.

It was greedy short-sighted stupidity to sell off part of the TV spectrum to Mobile. That part of spectrum is only good for larger cells and isn't enough channels big enough for decent 4G any better than 3G. A total waste.

Terrestrial TV needs the spectrum to compete with cable & satellite TV, which never can be portable or instantly available at a new location. Satellite is very vulnerable and cable only viable for Urban areas, both are tethered so though "Broadcast" are not replacements for Terrestrial TV, despite Ofcom's and Comreg's agenda to abolish Terrestrial TV entirely.

As we read this, Ofcom and Comreg are planning to reduce DTT further to sell off a 2nd block (even poorer mobile capacity and larger cells).

Mobile to give decent 4G coverage and speed needs MORE cells than 3G. This isn't possible on UHF.

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Want to know if that hottie has HIV? Put their blood in the DVD player

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Re: Home Use ??

Ditch/disable the stupid Browser PDF plugin and save the PDF, then open in Foxit or Adobe Reader or Ghostviewer

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Netbooks projected to become EXTINCT by 2015

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Price

They got too expensive.

Also possibly the ending of XP on them helps to kill them.

Tablet + optional BT keyboard maybe makes more sense too.

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Shaky liftoff for Sputnik: Dell's Linux lappie runs its own cloud, ish

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1080p

Rubbish resolution for Development work

1200 lines minimum.

Maybe as a 2nd machine?

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Another 170,000 Freeview homes to be freed from reality TV - possibly

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Actually Cable is affected.

The Transmitter in the 4G Phone/Mobile can block reception on cable by leaking INTO the cable in the house. This can affect Broadband, TV , VOD etc cable services, which will continue to use 790MHz to 862MHz,

Cable companies already did testing and complained.

The 800MHz 4G will not be better than 2.1GHz 3G / HSPA+ when there are an economic number of customers, not enough bandwidth.

Meanwhile Terrestrial TV is crippled on expansion of services and new services such as 3D or higher quality HD. It's handing customers to Pay TV, especially Murdoch & UPC.

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Freeview telly test suggests 4G interference may not be a big deal

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Misleading

They know about 15 but how many had issues and didn't complain, or were near the "Digital Cliff" and a change in weather etc will put them over the edge.

What was the methodology?

How realistic was the use of Mobile Sites?

Actually 15 in 22,000 might be very high. We can't tell from the article.

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Google goes on the Blink in WebKit fork FURORE

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Big Brother

Simple

I'm looking at doing my own / finding existing alternative to Google docs for real time collaborative editing.

Google is too creepy and anti-privacy. I want it on my own rented hosting with only my authorised users, not Chocolate factory Wonkas..

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Review: Intel Next Unit of Computing barebones desktop PC

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Fruity?

How quick before Apple sue if they do a white version?

This is a "Meh" product.

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Facebook buys Dummly from outernet prodigy Dick D'Miner

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I'm sure my Ansible is working

But does anyone else have one? I'm not getting any traffic.

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Giant solar-powered aircraft to begin cross-country flight

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Re: I , for one, am fascinated with this

Efficiency has increased somewhat and not as much as the hype. But interestingly not life. Also curiously if we consider volume and not weight NiMH is as good as Lithium when new and after 6 months of cycles may beat Lithium of same volume on capacity. Easily beat on life. Much heavier though.

Water heating at home from solar is still far better than photovoltaic and will repay costs without subsidy. The photovoltaic only repays cost for user if subsidised.

A photovoltaic aircraft is likely only suitable as high altitude "drone". Even at 100% efficiency the photovoltaic aircraft would not have commercial carrying capacity nor cope with weather to land and take off.

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Re: Success? Weather

This was the problem with the US Airship "aircraft carriers". They were destroyed by weather.

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Indefinitely?

My laptop is on its 5th battery pack.

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Apple files patent for iPhone with wraparound display

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Re: Do me a Quaver Bananas

I'm sure Nokia had a banana shaped phone.

Well, if Bananas are grey and flattened a bit.

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Yet again!

More demonstrations that the Patent system is broken.

There is no invention, novelty or cleverness about this.

It's not even distinctive enough for US "Design Patent" = UK "Registered Design". Too generic. You can't register a bottle, but you can have the distinctive "coke" bottle with waist and fluted shoulders (reminiscent of the seed) as US "Design Patent" = UK "Registered Design".

Most of the current US Patents and "Design patents" should be ruled invalid. All of the Software ones.

We have Copyright. Which again can't protect the generic.

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A lightbulb that does IPv6: You know you want it

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Certainly not acceptable

It's totally unacceptable that any Government or Utility can decide when and which of my appliances to disconnect.

Power and control of people that Stalin, Mao, Hitler couldn't imagine.

It's because of political stupidity that we might be short of Electricity.

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Pyongyang Photoshop tomfoolery shows wet Norks, skirts blown up

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Re: Is it me?

Amazingly the pixels are all the same size.

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Boffins brew eyes on bugs' wings

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I'm confused though

Why did they then decide to grow retinal cells on the wings? What has that to do with Bacteria?

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Apple in Chinese court over patent rights for Siri

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Re: What's good for the goose...

OTH maybe Apple is Chinese and not American.

Where is it all made?

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Torygraph and Currant Bun stand by to repel freeloaders

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iPads and Android Tablets

If they are so great for web browsing why are so many large business web sites try to be Appetising?

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Forget the invisibility cloak: Boffins invent INVISIBILITY FISHNETS

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Re: I hate Boffins

Meanwhile one barmaid throws another faggot on the fire while another brings you faggots, peas and chips with an Ale. Or Cider.

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I've got a super free multi-petabyte storage box for you: /dev/null

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Re: Archive to disc

Depends on type of disk and type of tape and humidity and temperature and density of each.

Finding an interface to read the disk vs a working tape drive and interface in 30 years is easier maybe for Disk. I can still read any IDE/PATA drives easily. Ancient SCSI via PCI or PCMCIA adaptors. But MFM drives need me to boot a machine with DOS or Win 3.0 or Win 3.1 and full length ISA slot. But new Laptop doesn't take the PCMCIA SCSI adaptor, and some of the newer PCs have no PATA/IDE interfaces, nor PCI slots for older ones.

I do have some drives that are a "kind" of IDE (on board CPU, same connection) but used a custom "PIO" ISA like adaptor. Not readable on anything except original Wang Mobo with ISA riser card and Pseudo IDE connection.

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Angry commentard mobs to feel Facebook jackboot in site tweak

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free-content advertising network

content-free advertising network

fixed it for you

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Google turns South African schools into White Spaces

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Re: Grrr

But we know exactly how well this works. It interferes with TV for some viewers.

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Re: S.A: Put your clocks back...

This isn't about helping SA IT or Education but Exploiting SA to make the system more credible for European & US adoption.

Google is doing this to help Google. There are better cheaper ways to help SA Education. Don't be conned.

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