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* Posts by Mage

2290 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

ECCENTRIC, PINK DWARF dubbed 'Biden' by saucy astronomers

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kilometres Fahrenheit

You need Miles or Yards if you want Fahrenheit

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Facebook Oculus VR buyout: IT WANTS your EYEBALLS

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free content ad network.

You mean "content free ad network"?

I know an old joke.

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Original iPhone dev team was 'shockingly small' - Apple engineer

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It didn't need a big team

Actually Big teams are counter productive.

Most of the development was the revised GUI on the OS adapted from OS X as iOS.

They didn't develop any phone or CPU hardware, that had all become virtually commodity parts by then. From the late 1980s the reason for resistive screens was for two reasons:

1) Stylus use of stupid concept of miniaturised desktop GUI.

2) Holy Grail of Handwriting recognition.

Capacitive screens were ignored due to low resolution. Their big step was to say "forget handwriting". The idea of gestures wasn't invented by Apple. That dates back to 1980s or earlier. The stupidity of using a desktop "WIMP" GUI on a small screen was identified in late 1980s. But MS and others wouldn't listen (WinCE ). Part of it too was that for a long while (i.e. Nokia Communicator) a high end phone with GUI and applications was seen as a Business tool, not a consumer gadget.

The best way to do any product is a small team. Or several very small teams working on unrelated aspects.

Maybe if Steve hadn't killed Newton they could not have see their way to an iPhone as it is known today.

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Facebook swallows Oculus VR goggle-geeks. Did that really happen?

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Re: Vociferous NOooooOOoooo

Sony is suddenly looking better.

But Nintendo was really going to be big on this. But shades of Red?

I'm reminded of Lucifer's Hammer, Ursula Leguin's "neareal" and John Brunner.

Hmm.. Is it good either way, I don't know.

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Ancient telly, check. Sonos sound system, check. OMG WOAH

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Agreed

Needs Optical I/O & multiple HDMI passthrough as well as analogue(s) in.

It's a gimmick. Like an iPhone dock

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It's rubbish

4" speakers will do for something portable.

6" main drivers for any living room sound.

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Apple vows to add racially diverse EMOJIS after MILEY CYRUS TWITTER outrage

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Oh Noes

Only the symbol ones work from here

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

Perhaps my OS is a strict Moslem?

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As WinXP death looms, Microsoft releases its operating system SOURCE CODE for free

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Re: Forgot Something

Word for DOS and Word for Windows are unrelated. Yes the WINDOWS versions of Word and Excel were real MS software and on Mac first. But not the DOS version.

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GSMA: EU net neutrality reforms are the enemy of business

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Well? Bears in Woods etc

They'd argue nearly anything imposed on them is bad. Mobile only likes voice and SMS. Comparing the costs for £15 Voice and £15 Data sale, the Data costs them 130x more at least. Overpriced voice and SMS is subsidising Data. Also it's MOBILE. They are are in many cases offering caps to high and mis-selling as Broadband. It's for ON THE GO usage.

They need to realise that people just want to rent a connection. They need to stop blocking & throttling stuff and have more honest marketing. Mobile has limited capacity.

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AMD: Why we had to evacuate 276TB from Oracle DB to Hadoop

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Not surprised

It's a normal development cycle that incumbents get bloated, expensive and lose touch with what customers want.

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TEN THINGS Google believes you believe about Glassholes and wishes you didn't

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Wrong, it can do quick face recognition.

"But even with the limited processor in the headset working in conjunction with a linked smartphone and the greater cloud, you're not going to get Glass capable of the kind of real-time facial recognition portrayed on popular TV shows."

Actually of course it can if any camera can. Assuming you have a wireless data connection of some kind. It could be your own subterranean system.

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This changes everything: Microsoft slips WinXP holdouts $100 to buy new Windows 8 PCs

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Re: Too little, too late.

2002 Laptop

45 seconds boot

1600 x 1200 ultra sharp reflection free LCD.

Xp Pro.

Last re-installed when 6 months old.

HDD upgraded 6 years ago (partitition Magic on a desktop and adapters to copy existing install.

High performance SCSI scanner via PCMCIA /PC Card controller

Firewire still used

Serial & Parallel still used.

WiFi upgraded 6 years 11Mbps to 108Mbps

CD Writer DVD -ROM reader upgraded 6 years ago to DVD/CD R/W

XP pro based Media PC using 2 x PCI HD Satellite cards, SATA drives, and dual tuner DTT USB. Where do I get a new PC with 6 x PCI slots?

1 laptop multiboot DOS / Win3.1 / Win98 & Win 2K for things that need it. 1400 x 1050 reflection free LCD.

All else is various Linux distros

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This changes NOTHING!

$100 to compensate for a new PC (with inferior screen) and an Inferior OS?

I'll keep going till wheels fall off, then Mint + Wine.

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Microsoft exec: I don't know HOW our market share sunk

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Re: Inteligent ... Chess

Hmm... Computer Chess playing doesn't use intelligence. It's brute force.

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Screen Sizes

Idiots.

But not the only ones.

A very small screen, 4" approx touch, 6" to 11" touch, 10" and up keyboard/mouse, TV screen with Remote all need radically different GUI.

Once they stupidly tried to fit the Win95 GUI on 320 x240, now the other way round. The Zune/Metro interface isn't a bad idea for more featured PMP, PDA, Phones with touch. Stupid for TVs, Tablets, Watches, PCs.

The Win9x / XP interface is a reasonable improvement of Win3.x and NT prior to 4, but not only is it only suitable for 10" (with 1024 x 768 min) and up screens with no touch, keyboard and mouse, but actually quite good (so are OS X, Risc OS, Gem, KDE, Gnome etc in various more sane incarnations).

Idiots. More concerned with "Branding" and a single appearance than the best GUI for the form factor / Application.

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Integent ... Running Windows

Amazing, 22% of Humans, Apes, Monkeys, Elephants, Corvids, Dolphins etc are running a Microsoft computer OS!

Um ... you do know that because they still can't figure out what intelligence is the AI people have completely changed the definition is since the 1970s? That in real terms there has been ZERO progress in AI since 1950s? Any progress is by redefining AI to include whatever program has just been developed.

Wake me up when you find ANY intelligent device that isn't replicating biologically. Sex is obviously currently involved to produce Intelligence, in a sense.

If we are talking about devices that are not a laptop, Notebook, All in one, PC or Server, then 22% is an amazing figure, and wrong, as MS are non-existent on Set-boxes, Routers, TVs, DVD, Blu Ray, Media boxes etc . Though in the USA in WinCE PDA / Early Symbian days it might have been more than 45%. But about 10% world wide.

(*laptop, Notebook, All in one, PC or Server etc I don't classify as a device but "computers" as they are very general purpose and OS can easily be changed. A device running an OS (the word "intelligent" is meaningless) to me is a gadget where you'd have to go through hoops, JTAG etc to EASILY change the OS. The only non-computer devices close to "general purpose" rather than dedicated appliance are Phones (so called "Smart") and Tablets.

Exactly what is the "Smart" in a Smart Phone? It's as dumb as a basic one that can only do phone calls and SMS with an address book. Just more applications and ability to load applications with awkward Web Browser)

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QUIDOCALYPSE: Blighty braces for £100 MILLION cost of new £1 coin

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Facebook?

Why?

you have perfectly good forums without trying to help Zuckerberg's income with his very creepy walled garden.

No thanks.

(I'll keep my FB account for stalking though).

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Europe approves common charger standard for mobe-makers

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Devil

Networking over house wiring...

Actually those are really illegal transmitters. They 99% just use the local part of wire as an aerial! They pass CE by only plugging in one or not connecting data. They are two way 1 to 30MHz or 1MHz to 200MHz radio systems.

The are also about x50 cost of a USB connector!

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Re: What happened to wireless charging?

The wireless charger isn't. It's a large awkward pad with a cable to PSU.

It's as wireless as Cordless Kettle. Which is strictly a docking kettle.

Why can't they all put USB and earphone so the phone can sit in a cradle like my DECT or my ancient Handheld 2 way radio?

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Win XP holdouts storm eBay and licence brokers, hiss: Give us all your Windows 7

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Re: Oh stop!

Edit time ran out ...

Not much more so than Win7 /Win 8 users.

If un-needed services off, stupid plug-ins on browser disabled, separate firewall on Router (use a WiFi/Ethernet Sharing box/router for a 3G/4G dongle, don't plug in direct), sensible usage, no Outlook, MS IE etc then less likely in next 10 years to get malware than 8.1 or later Windows users.

Check with silentrunners.org and gmer, maybe even booting to safe mode, periodically.

MS though should consider Win 7 demand and amount of XP that their whole strategy stinks now.

I'll use Libre Office rather than any version of office after 2003, and Linux with WINE if I can't use the Win98, Win2K and WinXP laptops I have any longer. Unless MS swallow the Ego and make a fixed version of XP. as alternative to Win 9 for users that want it.

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Oh stop!

"Anybody running Windows XP after that date will face malware and virus writers targeting the OS alone unless they pay Microsoft for custom support."

Enough of the misleading propaganda.

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US govt: You, ICANN. YOU can run the internet. We quit

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Relief

For a horrible moment I thought Carl Icahn was getting it!

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Is no browser safe? Security bods poke holes in Chrome, Safari, IE, Firefox and earn $1m

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Re: Why

Maybe "hacking" and designing and writing are three different skills,

Why is so much time and money spent on appearance and tools continue to be poor, underlying design poor etc?

It's daft to claim these contests are part of testing or QA. Quality and security is DESIGNED in, and implemented, not hacked and patched after the fact.

It [patching] leads to messy code and new bugs.

Why about 30 years after C++, Modula-2 and Objects etc are we still seeing Array Bounds vulnerabilities in SW?

I'm on a lot of security mailing lists and the bugs and vulnerabilities on for example PHP based CMS are all the more of the same year in year out.

We are doing it wrong in the first place.

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4G auction helped keep mobile networks competitive ... for NOW

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Garbage

Garbage

The real point of the spectrum auctions and TV digital dividend is a bit of instant cash for the Government.

There are better ways.

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Actually, there is an Arapaho word for 'pliers'

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Re: Is there an Arapaho word for this?

Also pens are sentient and escape via wormholes to a Sanctuary planet.

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O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! Friday is Pi Day

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ISO?

3,141 59 27 Doesn't work

but 31,415 9 27 does,

But I might be dead by the 31415

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Not sure if you're STILL running Windows XP? AmIRunningXP.com to the rescue!

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Cynical

Never this hype on any other MS EOL.

Are they getting desperate?

Why don't they do the obvious and bring out a Windows XP SE for "legacy hardware"? Big market.

Or have they misplaced the source tree or too big an Ego?

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Windows Phone beats BLACKBERRY in mobe OS popularity stakes

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Re: Hollow Victory

yes, considering Blackberry / RIM may be doomed.

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UK's CASH POINTS to MISS Windows XP withdrawal date

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It's irrelevant.

If they are not connected to Internet and Users are not installing applications why does it matter?

Loads of stuff even running DOS, Win 3.11, Ancient pre 2000 Linux, OS/2, Win98, NT4.0, Win2K etc simply running. Nothing is ever updated or installed, nor is it networked.

If we are talking manager's and Office PCs on Internet it's more of a story, but even then may have no issues depending on configuration.

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Blurred lines: Android e-ink mobe claims TWO-WEEK battery life

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2G

You know many Operators have been conned by Vendors and have permission in some countries to switch off 2G replacing it with 3G?

Even though 3G for voice only is inferior to modern 2G implementations as it has nasty cell breathing due to being based on horrid CDMA.

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Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?

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Nokia N9100 N9200 Communicators

Pocket PC with a phone on the outside?

Handy for sending faxes!

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Blighty teen boffin builds nuclear reactor INSIDE CLASSROOM

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Image Dissector Tube

"The Image Dissector Tube was the sensor used on the space shuttle to image low brightness stars to update it's attitude and position in space."

Nothing to do with Farnsworth's tube. Farnsworth's tube only sensed light the instant each part scanned by electron beam. It was rubbish. It would always have been rubbish as that method means sensitivity is abominable. Every successful sensor/tube accumulates charge based on light the entire time it isn't scanned/read.

EVERYONE was deep in litigation with RCA and Marconi 1922 to late 1930s. So in that sense he had plenty of company. Edison (much earlier) Marconi, RCA and Philips were the Apple / Oracle / MS of the era (depending on country), Though Marconi, EMI and RCA did do a lot of real R&D. But many patents bought in and others prior art (TV, Superhet, FM etc). The patents awarded were too broad and frequently ignored prior art and even patents outside UK or USA.

The big companies in 1920s and 1930s created patent cartels/pools. Hence RCA never sued EMI.

Baird tried to use Farnsworth cameras, but his Film camera with near real time development and essentially film scanner to video worked far far better. People's eyes were damaged the lighting needed for Farnsworth's camera so bright. The EMI and RCA (very similar to each other) cameras of same time able to work in ordinary overcast daylight.

Pre WWII electronic TV

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Farnsworth Fusor

I know nothing about the Farnsworth Fusor. But Farnsworth Image Dissector camera was inherently doomed. Farnsworth invented "a" TV system. but like Baird's it wasn't actually original nor part of modern TV development (starting 1926 and EMI & RCA success in 1935). Farnsworth's and Baird's was a dead end. Though ironically DLP is mechanical TV, albeit using nanotechnology. The RCA and EMI electron gin cameras and today's chip cameras work due to charge storage per frame rather than only sensing light level at scanning instant (Farnsworth's Electronic Image Dissector and Baird's disc then mirrors) thus about 10,000 more sensitive for SDTV and over 30,000 times more for HDTV.

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Roku flashes $50 HDMI TV web dongle at anyone sick of Google's stick

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Chromecast

The Google creepy dongle is NOT FUNCTIONAL AT ALL without a suitable host device. It's effectively a wireless replacement for the HDMI cable from a Notebook, Tablet or Smart Phone.

Completely different.

If you want more functionality plug in a Roku3, tablet, smart phone, notebook etc via HDMI cable.

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Steve Ballmer: Thanks to me, Microsoft screwed up a decade in phones

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Re: Windows phones .... Blackberry

Eh? Win CE and Win Phone predated Blackberry.

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Got 4G? Wake up, grandad. We're doing 4.5G LTE-A in London - EE chief

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There is no 4.5G

Even LTE isn't much more than 3G really. They fudged the definitions to market WiMax and LTE as 4G.

It's 4G and the speeds in Marketing are fantasy.

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Windows XP market share GROWS AGAIN, outstrips Win 8.1 surge

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It's simple

Here MS, is how you make lots of money.

Release XP SE. (Special Edition).

Works as an update.

Makes all versions of XP be same as XP Professional SP3, but with all bugs and inconsistent behaviour fixed. (Everything that REALLY annoys me on XP GUI is the SAME or SIMILAR in Vista, Win7 and Win8!)

(Explorer moves or copies? Icons in some Desktop folders insist on list display)

Extra features:

Check box to turn off Autorun on everything

All Server type services off (disabled) by default

Built-in install time SATA support (I have a slip streamed XP pro install disc that supports sata)

Allow PXE (Up to 16G RAM) and more than 2G application space. Like NT 4.0 Enterprise and Server 2003. The current XP memory limitations are a deliberate change. Not because it's 32 bit.

All current patches etc as SP4

Lots of sales.

Offer 50% discount to genuine validated XP Users.

Most users just want a less buggy version of what they have. Not something with gratuitous OS GUI changes and new shiny shiny with new bugs.

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Microsoft to get in XP users' faces with one last warning

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Never before?

Win 2.0

Win 286

Win 386

Win 3.0

Win 3.1

Win 3.11

MS OS/2 (Yes this non-IBM version existed about 1989)

WFWG 3.11

Win 4.0 (Chinese?)

NT 3.1

NT 3.5

Win 95

NT 3.51

Win 95b

Win 98

NT 4.0 Workstation, Server, Enterprise server, PPC, x85, MIPS, Alpha and Alpha64 versions

Win 98 SE

Win ME

Win 2000

Win 2000 Advanced Server

Win XP workstation 64 bit NOT for x86 but Itanium: Killed LONG ago, No Support now I think.

When does Server 2003 support end? (Basically Server version of XP)

Anyway end of support isn't a big deal behind a physical firewall, with most services off and noscript etc on Firefox and very few web plugins, no Auto run on anything etc.

Even less of a deal for something with no Internet.

I still have machines with DOS, Win98 and Win2K for dedicated applications.

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Alcatel unveils 'cheaper-than-Chromebook' Lapdock-alike phablet-powered laptop

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This sort of makes sense

If done properly as I remarked on an earlier post.

The "phone dock" part shouldn't be much more than screen, keyboard and to make it really useful, ethernet and 4 x USB host sockets (though any decent smart phone has wifi, sometimes wired ethernet is better, e.g. open plan office).

For smartphone users that only want email, internet, simple document editing & photo crop/Upload this makes more sense than a separate tablet or laptop. Nothing to sync.

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But... you work in IT... Why aren't we RICH?

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"just use Skype blah blah blah", a text is much easier .."

I'm baffled.

I mostly (99.9% of time) use Skype only for text.

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PayPal row heats up as eBay chair calls Icahn claims 'false and misleading'

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Once more

Icahn proves he is an asset stripper and not an investor.

The sale of Skype made sense as

a) It wasn't doing anything useful for ebay, Paypal or eBay + Paypal.

b) MS was prepared to pay silly money for it

c) There is no obvious way Skype itself can make money.

OTH

a) Paypal makes money and has potential

b) ebay makes money and has potential

c) If ebay didn't have PayPal or it didn't exist, the synergy means it would make sense to buy it or invent it.

d) Selling it only makes a quick buck for people like Icahn and in the longer term reduces ebay ability to do its business.

e) Even Tesco has a "bank" now. Oddly I trust them more than RBS/Ulster Bank etc.

f) While ebay & paypal isn't without faults I trust it better than the classfied ads and <enter name of major UK bank>

PayPal got me money back of a fraudulant ebay seller. Would they bother if they and ebay had no connection?

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Get Quake III running on Raspberry Pi using Broadcom's open-source GPU drivers, earn $10K

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Happy

Good News

I hope this and the recent Nvidia release is the start of a trend. Not that I'm against software you have to buy (in some circumstances), but it makes sense for drivers to be open source as they are not charging for the drivers anyway.

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Apple investors fall for CEO Cook's product-presentation prank

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The Apple TV – deemed a Cupertinian "hobby"

So many buying into subscription viewing....

But it's NOT a TV. No screen, no Tuner.

It's just a very very cheap box with a PMP chip set, networking and video out.

Sad really.

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New radio tech could HALVE mobe operators' bandwidth needs

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No free lunch

You can't.

Shannon.

There is no free lunch. In real world you need more power or less speed. We are already close to Nyquist / Shannon Limit.

Mesh networking is REALLY SLOW and high latency compared with real basestations.

All of this has been done for years. Nothing new here just hype,

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Samsung and Apple BEWARE: Huawei is coming to eat your lunch

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Whah Wei?

"There are some problems with your post."

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China's web giants unite to defuse Windows XP bombshell

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Maybe

These guys will be repackaging XP Embedded updates. Which are till 2016 or later I think.

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We nearly MISSED OUT on iOS7 redesign: But someone snatched Jony Ive from the jaws of quit

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Well at least original

Robin, Chopper original.

Ives just copied 1950s Braun stuff by Dieter Rams.

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Magnets to stick stuff to tablets: Yup, there's an Apple patent application for that

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Magmount

Though mine has three magnets and a 2.5m aerial.

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Facebook pays $19bn for WhatsApp. Yep. $45 for YOUR phone book

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Re: charge outrageous amounts for data

Actually no, Mobile Data is too cheap compared to Broadband Data. Voice and SMS subsidise it as they are GROSSLY over priced.

About £20 of voice is about 135 M byte (depending on Codec and Country). Incoming termination charges about equal outgoing call costs. If the call isn't on their own network. SMS costs them nearly nothing.

Almost all data is I/O from the Mobile Network and ALL of it, both directions is paid for to other parties per Mbyte transferred, not by time.

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Re: Speak for yourself...

What about your friends and/or relatives with your details? Are none of them on Facebook or Whatsapp etc?

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