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

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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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Heistmeisters crack cost of safecrackers with $150 widget

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Sometimes ...

Filing cabinet: A regular drill on lock

Ordinary door: Sledge hammer or ram

Safe or ATM: Fork lift it away or blow it up

I guess they did this to see if they could.

Other approaches are to see which buttons are worn or have finger prints. Most commonly the digits ascend or descend. But if you know the digits and not the order you have dramatically reduced the number codes to what can be done by hand.

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Any SW keyboard locks I have designed quadruple retry delay on each wrong attempt with a one day reset period.

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Nadella's Karmagate howler was response to MICROSOFT BOARD DIRECTOR – report

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Amazing

You couldn't make this stuff up..

1) Nadella's mad answer. Even if it was given to men, even worse to give it to women who are almost universally paid less for the same job and quality of work. Or for much better work.

2) Who asked it.

Machiavelli would have been proud of her though!

Definitely a better ploy than trying to get the subject added to a Board meeting agenda quietly!

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Xiaomi boss snaps back at Jony Ive's iPhone rival 'theft' swipe

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Re: Oy Xiaomi

Only if you are a Famous person connected with a successful phone brand. So that rules out anyone at MS or RIM/Blackberry ...

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Take CTRL! Shallow minds ponder the DEEP spectre of DARK CACHE

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CP/M applications

Various pre MS applications used Ctrl-C, Ctrl-X, Ctrl-V for editing

In windows Console the Copy & Paste is associated with Mark command in the title bar menu under edit. A handy way of copying out a column is to display the text in Console (which may or may not be actual 32 bit console or a DOS command shell in a VM) and Edit Mark, then paste in the Windows app.

Actual MS DOS command line on real DOS without windows had little value in copy/paste as only one process and loading an application would trash any shell buffer usually.

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Re-light my diode: Trio of boffins scoop physics Nobel for BLUE LEDs

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Re: Beware of seemingly low-cost gifts

LED wavelength is too long compared with Mercury Discharge UV. Cheap high efficiency CFLs have poor colour rendition. Lower efficiency 'better' phosphor mix CFLs are not as good as Halogen, but FAR better than any existing 'White' LED at any price.

There is also an issue with phosphor life and light diffusion. If even overall lighting and good colour rendition is needed then CFL is far better. If daylight quality colour is needed, then you need Halogen. As halogen is continuous perfectly smooth spectrum the colour temperature can be adjusted on electronic Photography easily. Better colour temperature Halogen are more efficient but sadly much shorter life.

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Lies, damn pies and obesity statistics: We're NOT a nation of fatties

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Fat maybe

But obviously not because of eating per-se.

It sounds complex.

Certainly kids that used to walk to school, or walk to & from bus stops don't anymore.

There is more TV watching, in 1950s and 1960s the TV wasn't on 24 x7. Programs only from late afternoon to before midnight.

No computer games till late 1970s.

No Interwebs till 1990s.

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10 Top Tips For PRs Considering Whether To Phone The Register

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Great

Obviously mostly useful tips for anyone dealing with anyone.

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White LED lies: It's great, but Nobel physics prize-winning great?

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Re: @Zog

No, Colour Temperature isn't the problem, its Colour Rendition, which is rubbish. The directionality is an issue too. LED lighting is ghastly compared to CFL.

RF noise of badly designed SMPSU for LED or Electronic Ballast of CFL can be easily solved. Regulation and enforcement is too lax.

Labelling is misleading .

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Re: LED Lighting: RGB vs UV/Blue + White/Yellow Phosphor

R + G + B will ONLY EVER work for a colour display. It's absolutely rubbish even if correct Colour temperature for lighting as the colour rendition is about the worst possible. Perhaps R G & B laser light might be slightly worse.

"White" LED are worse even than CFL or Florescent lamps as the UV LED isn't short enough wavelength for decent phosphors.

Very efficient CCFL, CFL or Florescent lamps are poorer colour rendition than best ones as the best colour uses more phosphors and less efficient ones to get a smoother spectrum with less gaps, spikes, dips etc

Unless there is a new type of UV LED, the White LED will be always poorer rendition. The phosphors wear too. White LEDs also are not as energy efficient as suggested due to PSU losses and less wide angle light.

Halogen is still best colour artificial light, with some less efficient Florescent lamps and CFLs less good.

RGB LED is far better LCD backlight than "White LED", most cheaper "White LED" are a bit purple and CCFL backlight may yellow a little with age, but after a few years the CCFL backlights are superior as backlights to cheap "white" LED. Very few TVs and Notebooks now have good backlights. Built down to a cost.

The AMOLED phone displays are not traditional R , G, and B LEDs, Sony calls the true LEDs, Crystal displays.

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Jonny Ive: Flattered by rivals' designs? Nah, its 'theft'

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Hypocrite!

This is the guy that copies Dieter Rams who did so much iconic 50s & 60s Braun. Who is flattered by the imitation.

The whole point is simplicity of style, thus any product which has Dieter Rams principles applied will look similar.

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SHATTERED: Apple's jilted glass supplier to shut down sapphire ops

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Re: Sapphire is unnecessary for the application

I don't believe sapphire can't work anyway, it's more brittle. Only suitable for small screens. This is the reason no-one is doing it.

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ePassport to Transnistria: NEXTIFYING the Nation State with BONG

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Um ...

For once I'm rendered speechless. At 300fps.

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Remember that tale of a fired accountant who blamed Comcast? It's kinda true, says telco

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Re: Record how?

You can get a cheap gadget to connect to phone line and laptop line in

Or put on speaker phone and use mic on laptop.

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Was Nokia's Elop history's worst CEO?

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Wrong comparison

Android is the layer that runs Java like applications using a slightly forked (or not depending on version) Linux as OS.

Symbian is only an OS. Crystal ,S80 S60, Anna etc are the GUI/Application layers on it. Symbian wasn't ever really the problem. The problem was the layers above it. They decided on QT as layer for Symbian far too late and then stupidly bought Trolltech and trashed the management instead of outsourcing to Trolltech.

I built a 4G (not LTE or WiMax) touch VOIP 'phone' using Debian and we demoed the PDA versions and Phone versions of QT on it in early 2007. The 'modem/Radio' was a prototype PCMCIA laptop card that had the aerial bump just visible at top of handset.

Nokia had totally lost the plot long before 2006

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Re: Too slow

Nokia went off the rails LONG before iPhone, probably about 2002. It was just iPhone's consumer friendly Operator data model and slick GUI exposed the rot. Before then only business users could afford data on smart phones.

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Re: Hardly

Wang too

Gateway?

Mitel

RCA

Westinghouse

Hallicrafters

Zenith Radio

Thorn

GEC

Rank-Bush-Murphy

McMichael

EMI/Columbia Graphaphone/HMV/Marconiphone Radios

Grundig

Telefunken

Akkord

Ever Ready (UK)

etc ..

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Re: Um, no...

Exactly MS has paid a fortune and only got a licence for IP, a brand they will stop using, staff that they have laid off and factories that are closing.

At the end of the MS is losing a fortune, getting really nothing and Nokia got a fortune for a Zombie division.

Any conspiracy must be Nokia's not MS's

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee defends decision not to bake security into www

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Self Signed Certs

Because of how people build websites, Certs (even if they worked!) don't address the privacy issues at all!

Forget about certs. They are indeed useless for privacy.

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Re: HTTP or HTML?

I knew email security was broken in 1987 when I was using it. I was even able to use an email gateway in another country to send an official looking Telex to another country. Using a 300 baud modem, a server account, an X.25 account and CP/M.

UUCP was predecessor of email. Even then sensible people worried. The first trojans existed back in pre PC mainframe days.

By 1978 is was obvious to anyone that cared. This is a forty year old problem at least. Or over 100 years old if you include Telegraph spammers in Victorian London!

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Privacy

I think you don't get it.

No-one should know you like to browse El Reg and chuckle. It's not just about banking details etc.

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Buy Certificates?

That model is daft and broken.

Of course you shouldn't have to buy certificates. It doesn't even work!

1) How often have you been told cert of MegaCorp site is invalid or expired?

2) How often have miscreants obtained certs?

3) HTTPS (which is what they are for) isn't even secure anyway. Evil SW on a Café or Hotel WiFi point, Or Government / Evil ISP on an ISP's router.

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HTTP or HTML?

Yes, HTML should just be markup.

HTTP should be private. HTTPS seems broken (man in middle attacks).

But POP3, SMTP, IMAP (and all email gateways/MX servers), FTP, Telnet, and HTML are massive fails. Email in particular is wrong in concept from the beginning.

1) There should have been no way to spoof the From/Reply to data

2) A sender only allowed one short query explaining who they are to get Whitelisted with recipient. All subsequent emails to bounce otherwise, including if whitelisting is revoked.

All protocols should have had extensible upgradeable encryption.

I've never been 100% clear if he invented HTML, or the Protocol or both. Non-Internet 'Hypertext' systems (not using HTML) existed much earlier, apart from vapourware such as Project Xanadu. Such as Hypercard on Apple and Futurenet Schematic Capture on DOS, both in 1980s

I was using Internet ages before WWW existed.

So did he invent both HTTP and HTML?.

Sites using multiple unrelated domains are a red flag to me. Even with baked in security that is a serious privacy issue created by the site developers. Sometimes deliberately and sometimes clueless. It seriously annoys me too when I discover a skin or theme I have installed on my own websites is using 3rd party site resources, even if innocently. Stupidity. Please put the JS and CSS dependencies in the the theme / skin files you bloody thicko morons! I don't want those 3rd parties slowing load times, slurping my users IPs and page accesses, later introducing malware on my site or going titsup and breaking it.

So problem isn't what Tim Berners-lee put in or left out but the moronic designers of skins, themes, websites and dammed evil site owners or advertising companies!

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LTE's backers vow to KILL OFF WI-FI and BLUETOOTH

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Piss off Qualcomm

For an earpiece or keyboard LTE is power hungry overkill.

For Gadgets, phones, laptops and tablets in the home and office LTE isn't a good match either. That's a lot of legacy gear.

Qualcomm have for years been more interested in patent revenue than technology. That's why they bought Flarion and killed it and Flash-OFDMA.

Sounds a bit like MS and one Windows to Rule them all.

One size doesn't fit all. Stick to Mobile Network stuff.

Oh and LTE totally messed up any provision for Mobile voice. On air should be a native frame based low overhead voice codec with conversion to VOIP at the mast equipment. Not VOIP over the Radio to /from the mast. The mind boggles at the dog's dinner a committee driven by Qualcomm patent revenue dreams would make of replacing Tetra, Bluetooth and WiFi.

Would we be happy with only Oracle controlling most patents for Databases?

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HOT BABES! Worried you won't get that JOB in IT? MENTION how hot you are

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Re: Why?

Handy for mounting potentiometers, aerials etc.

Perhaps even assembling racks.

It's important that Engineers learn and have some experience of technician skills. You'd think the local Uni would give the students at least one lesson in Soldering.

The person in the article sounds like a 'Trick cyclist'.

The commentator was no doubt thinking of Mechanical Engineering or would have alluded to Soldering Irons (don't pick them up at hot end) if thinking of Electronics.

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Adobe spies on readers: 'EVERY page you turn, EVERY book you own' leaked back to base

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192.150.16.235

Adding to block list on firewall

adelogs.adobe.com

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192.150.16.235

I actually don't use this product, nor Adobe PDF reader.

I Use Ghostview & Foxit for PDF. Calibre and Mobi for eBooks. Also Kindle DXG with 3G turned off except when I'm panicking and need free 3G Wikipedia Access.

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How much is Microsoft earning from its Android taxes again?

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Purchase Nokia?

Only the phones and a LICENCE for the IP. Nokia isn't owned by MS and still owns their IP.

MS paid a lot and got a dying phone division (only one part of Nokia) and no IP ownership.

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'Apple Watch' sapphire glass maker files for bankruptcy protection

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Bend?

It's more scratch resistant than glass. But it will crack, not bend or flex

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What’s the KEYBOARD SHORTCUT for Delete?! Look in a contextual menu, fool!

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I bet you think I’m joking.

Not at all. I used to give training courses. Some day I'll write a book.

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Worst. Comic. Book. Ever. Marvell's Chipman defeated by France in another patent battle

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Oh dear

US still upholding nonsense patents.

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Particle that behaves like matter AND antimatter found: Majorana fermion

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" Majorana had an interesting biog"

I read that as Blog and wondered how, since he vanished in 1938.

I really don't like sans fonts.

Plenty there for Dan Brown in the Wikipedia article. I hope not.

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Still great Boffin stuff.

So they might have evidence of a Majorana fermion, but what ever is really happening other people can take a peek without having massive colliders etc.

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Vanished blog posts? Enterprise gaps? Welcome to Windows 10

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Re: Windows Store

Version 666 surely?

You are holding it wrong.

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what Windows 8 /should/ have been

I seriously doubt that.

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One Windows? How does that work... and WTF is a Universal App?

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Re: So Stupid

Only for trivial apps suitable for a phone screen.

Most of the applications I use on a Laptop are unsuitable for a phone, many unsuitable for a tablet. Some that might be applicable to any form factor need extensive design changes. No way does a Set-box / TV sensibly use same design.

1) I want to write a laptop/Desktop application and have it run on any GUI/OS. That is just about possible.

2) I want to write an App for 4" phone to 8" tablet and run on different OS. That's a little harder.

3) I want to write an application for a Set-box or TV. Extremely difficult to support different products

1 or 2 or 3 separately are Cross Platform development. Not developing for 1 & 2 or 1 & 2 & 3. Unless it's a trivial widget, maybe not even then. Of course some lunatics do and what you get is poor quality that really only suits one of 1 to 3 and poorer than if you took a specific approach. Yes it's nice if 1, 2 & 3 have a lot of the same APIs. That means less to learn.

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So Stupid

Different form factor / usage devices need different GUIs, sometimes different APIs and OS features

Different form factor, resource & use devices (Phones. tablets, desktop PC/Laptops, TVs, set-boxes, mobile Internet vs broadband vs no Internet) often have widely differing applications.

Applications can only be really GUI independent for the same form factor.

MS have always done this wrong (since Win CE, WWFG and Win9x) and are now making it worse.

They don't seem to get it.

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Anti-Facebook Ello: Here's why we're still in beta. SPAMGASM!

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Joining

Shirley,

It seems to be invite only, but based on sample profiles made public, I'd decline if offered.

I'll stick to email and for more instant communications use the #2 Social Media's Messaging client.

QQ International from Tencent

You can create private groups on it

Do Video broadcast

and more.

If you live in west which is least bad reading your private stuff?

NSA

Google and Marketing Associates

Twitter and Marketing Associates

Facebook and Marketing Associates

Or Chinese Security?

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What's a Chromebook good for? How about running PHOTOSHOP?

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Re: I can't find my Instamatic ...

Adobe and Free?

Only applies to consumption tools like PDF reader (I use foxit), Flash (blocked unless wanted) etc.

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Not suitable for anyone

Relying on Cloud (translation: Someone else's data centre over single point of failure local internet connection) for anything that can be done locally, better is stupid.

Spending more than $200 on a terminal is stupid. Actually since the last 20 years unless the issue was central control and maintenance running a terminal app is better value (Everything from PuTTY to Firefox Web browser, inc X, RDP and VNC clients)

I'd not use a Chromebook + Cloud for more than Instagram and I can't much see the point of instagram except for clueless mobile phone users.

I'm not interested in buying a Notebook alike without full notebook off-line functionality, nor ever in paying for Adobe's subscription "cloud" offerings.

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Mine Bitcoins with PENCIL and PAPER

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Cogwheels

How long till a someone makes a Babbage type Bitcoin mining rig for fun?

For extra points use nanotech, maybe bucky balls?

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That glass of water you just drank? It was OLDER than the SUN

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Koran

Mohammed copied a lot of it from the Jewish and Christian books as he wanted them to join his new religion. He was quite puzzled that only taxes and/or swords convinced them to convert. The polytheistic people at the time though often converted.

He also only visited Jerusalem in a dream. It's not a reliable source for comment about science. For metaphysical or philosophical explanations the original texts may be clearer.

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Internet of Stuff: Chip rivals try to stop Cortex-M7 from flexing ARM’s muscle

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8051

Intel's take on a PIC.

PIC architecture isn't pretty, but I hated the 8051 in 1983.

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

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Streaming

Another subscription trap like Pay Tv.

Even a 1920s portable battery valve suitcase radio STILL works more places than Streaming services.

I'll buy CDs, thanks. Occasional downloads if no other way to get them. Same applies to DVD and Books. Books should all come with a free download option too, for the purchaser.

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