* Posts by Mage

3678 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

Hey, Apple, we’re watching Faulty Tellies. Gonna tell us why?

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Terms

Screen + tuner = Telly

Screen with only baseband inputs = Monitor

The "Apple TV" has neither screen nor tuner. It should be illegal to be marketed like this.

It's only a 2nd rate media streaming box.

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BLADE-WIELDING BOTS conquer humans in RADIO DEATHMATCH

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Disgrace

There are so many other licence free ways these beacons can be done.

This sets a bad precedent.

FCC should be ashamed. It's their job to protect and manage spectrum, not be like Ofcom and purely support large companies.

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Larry Page was held back by Google execs from flooding world with new dot-word domains

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Oh dear

This article highlights the stupidity of this new domain policy and how it will benefit behemoths and otherwise is a cynical money grab.

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CAUGHT: Lenovo crams unremovable crapware into Windows laptops – by hiding it in the BIOS

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BIOS

Should be Open Source, and replaceable.

Also write protected with a physical jumper link.

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Intel left a fascinating security flaw in its chips for 16 years – here's how to exploit it

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Pirate

Require root or administrator access ...

If a miscreant has root or administrator access, then you are stuffed anyway. So while this is fascinating, it's hardly a worry.

Four year old + CPUs would have been prehistoric in 1995 but isn't really old at all in 2015. (ironic that NT & UNIX & OS/2 etc could use a 1995 Pentium Pro properly but Win95 went slower on it).

Now if the bus on a lithium battery pack could inject code, then I'd be worried.

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W is for WTF: Google CEO quits, new biz Alphabet takes over

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Re: Bad boys

"They don't have to adhere to that suffocating "Don't be evil" mantra anymore."

They never have. Only an evil company needs a motto like that.

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Yahoo! parties! like! it's! 1999! with! retro! billboard! revival!

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provides the (literally) only free email service

I don't use hotmail/Outlook (what ejit named a Cloud email service the same as the ancient evil email client?). But I assumed it was free, and that a) isn't Google b) isn't a shady Russian portal and c) can be accessed directly through a mail client and not just through some webmail portal?

I'm sure I once had a hotmail account as well as Yahoo and gmail. These days I use my own domains which is "technically" free as I paid for it all to do websites not email.

I'm not a shady Russian portal and I use POP3 / SMTP with them

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Retro

Bring back Geocities.

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Another day, another stunning security flaw in Android – this time hitting 55% of mobes

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Happy

innocuous-looking app which, when installed

So I'm OK then. :)

Hardly a shock that something you DELIBERATELY install, might be able to do something bad.

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Windows 10 climbs to 3.55 per cent market share, Win 8.1 dips

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Windows 10 looks to be doing alright

What @ 3.5%?

When it's

a) Free to many

b) Being effectively forced on people

Surely that's a Trolling statement.

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Cloud computing’s refuseniks: How long can they hold out?

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Not even new!

This is just 1960s Computer Rental using Internet instead of leased lines and dialup.

Except

Less clarity about what it's running on.

Less security

Less privacy

Connection to it for some is less reliable than leased Lines.

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The "cloud" is useful for short term insecure collaboration for people in different companies or none. But as an actual Business solution or personal backup it's for the naive or desperate.

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Introducing the Asus VivoMini UN42 – a pint-sized PC, literally

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Re: For space retrieval hints.

NT 3.51 was fine on 80 M byte HDD, 16M RAM and 386 ...

Even with Explorer Shell Technology Preview.

Realistically with a decent bunch of applications, Win32S, 32bit Disk Driver, VFW, 32bit TCP/IP the WFWG 3.11 needed a lot more than 6 floppies, 4M to 8M RAM and a 40M HDD. But then that was practically Win95a without Explorer.

Where has it gone wrong?

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Music curation site This Is My Jam to be marmaladed next month

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Black Helicopters

Amazing!

Amazon bought IMDB, abe books, Mobi, Book depositary, Goodreads. Why not this.

Or Apple, or Google or Spotify.

maybe they were not for sale?

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HTC caught storing fingerprints AS WORLD-READABLE CLEARTEXT

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Re: I wonder how many people will be bitten by these biometric shenanigans

Biometrics seem a neat idea for security, but we don't know how to make good security on the Internet.

Only seem. It was always a truly bad idea and real security experts knew it.

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Biometrics

Scrap them now.

The whole concept is broken.

No matter the regulations, specs or systems data is stolen (sometimes insiders or governments). Passwords may be awkward, but at least after a breech they can be changed. Smart & careful people can use a different good password for each different thing (Hello Google?).

One "key" for everything is daft, yet biometrics can too easily become that and can't be changed.

Security access passwords / codes need to be user changeable.

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A close shave: How to destroy your hard drives without burning down the data centre

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Sand? Chlorine TriFluoride

Chlorine trifluoride and gases like it have been reported to ignite sand, asbestos, and other highly fire-retardant materials. In an industrial accident, a spill of 900 kg of chlorine trifluoride burned through 30 cm of concrete and 90 cm of gravel beneath.

The compound reacts violently with water-based suppressors, and oxidizes in the absence of atmospheric oxygen, rendering atmosphere-displacement suppressors such as CO2 and halon completely ineffective. It ignites glass on contact.

Fun stuff.

It is extremely reactive with most inorganic and organic materials, including glass and teflon, and will initiate the combustion of many otherwise non-flammable materials without any ignition source. These reactions are often violent, and in some cases explosive. Vessels made from steel, copper or nickel resist the attack of the material due to formation of a thin layer of insoluble metal fluoride, but molybdenum, tungsten and titanium form volatile fluorides and are consequently unsuitable.

Not sure how you modify HDD to use it. Sounds like it will do in SSDs too!

It's likely you are mad if you consider it as a rocket fuel

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlorine_trifluoride#Rocket_propellant

It is also hypergolic with such things as cloth, wood, and test engineers, not to mention asbestos, sand, and water

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Perhaps middle-aged blokes SHOULDN'T try 34-hour-long road trips

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But it's not really about roads or tax?

More about automation?

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It's incredibly easy to bump someone off online, and here's how to do it – infosec bod

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Passport applications and driving licences get blocked,

Not everywhere and only because of "Day of Jackal" etc

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Oracle brews PERPETUAL, all-you-can-eat database licence

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Flat fee

It sounds like a perpetual subscription.

Subscription is evil

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Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs

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Windows

Win 7

Where are legitimate copies of Win7 for sale?

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thought Windows 10 in-built P2P network prevented gobbling of t'internet

After Win7 is wiped. This is running on Win7

But probably that system has bugs anyway...

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Re: One commentator here said 'it will only get worse' a few days ago

Probably me and a load of other 'tards.

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Update Firefox NOW to foil FILE-STEALING vulnerability exploit, warns Mozilla

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Re: Sandboxing

Licensed Android, aka Google Spyware isn't a good example. Serious Privacy fail with it.

Browsers ought to be 100% sandboxed.

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View PDF

PDF and other NON Web content (Active X is worst) has always been stupid in a Browser. Always been better to disable such, no matter if built in or 3rd party plugin.

1) Only download.

2) Only from a sensible source and only stuff you really want

3) Check anything downloaded

4) Never click/double click/ open /run random stuff to see what it is/does.

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Big, ugly, heavy laptops are surprise PC sales sweet spot

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Re: No surprise

buying a barebones Intel NUC

... lack of portability?

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No surprise

If you don't want a Mobile workstation, you might just get a tablet with keyboard cover.

Unless you are setting up a call centre, you don't want an all in one Desktop, which are often really poor spec non-portable laptops.

You really only want a conventional desktop (in last seven years maybe) if you have I/O card or many monitor or special disk requirements.

Low spec laptops often only 1080 or even 768 vertical resolution. A lot of work needs 1200 or more. Not a hyper shiny screen for video.

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Power Bar: EE was warned of safety risk BEFORE user was burned in explosion

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A symptom of CE

The problem is the CE mark is now useless. It needs scrapped and a new mark:

1) The ! isn't good enough to indicate non-universal EU. If it isn't universal EU, no mark.

2) Must be 3rd party tested for safety, EMI, RFI, compliance with advertising claims and other regulator features, in REALISTIC and WORSE case scenarios. Actually connected and in use, not just plugged in etc.

3) Must have random sample inspection from Retail. Otherwise makers will cheat and ship cheaper different thing to what is shipped.

4) Non-compliance Fines that seriously hurt. Levelled against Maker and importer.

5) Compensation to Retail and Consumers

6) Serial number (barcode or RFID) read a time of sale. No need to have receipt or be original purchaser to claim rights for failure under SOGA, as many items are now never returned. EU database so you can return to ANY shop and Wholesale + Maker has to pay costs. It's unfairly on Retailer at present. Retailers can't test.

7) Fine and loss of Mark if the failure rate inside SOGA period is too high

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Bitcoin can't be owned, says Japanese court, as Karpeles sweats in cell

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Ah ...

So it's just a virtual thing used for speculation and money laundering?

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Hasta la Victoria Siempre, GDS! This is not the end, no way

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Who is pretending to be Steve Bong?

That all made total sense.

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Lenovo topples Apple from PC summit by declining less slowly

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WTF?

70% of Apple's PCs are Tabs

"Lenovo was down 5.6 per cent to 15.9m machines, giving it a market share of 14.6 per cent, just leapfrogging Apple, whose unit sales declined 11.1 per cent to 15.72m, giving it a 14.4 per cent share of the spoils.

Tim Coulling, senior analyst at Canalys, told us that 70 per cent of Apple’s PC shipments are tabs and tab sales made by the company dropped 17.7 per cent – though it remains the dominant force in that particular sector"

So does that mean "real" Apple PCs are not 15.7M but 4.71M, less than 4% of the market?

(About 5% were Macs before Vista, so even with only Win7 the bright spark of Desktop since XP, 14 years, Apple STILL hasn't made much progress even though MS are annoying everyone?)

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How many Win 10 PCs were in distribution the week before launch?

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14 Million eh?

About 0.6% of PCs.

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Sengled lightbulb speakers: The best worst stereo on Earth

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not often these days that you are disappointed by a product

Really?

Almost everything now that uses batteries or Electricity is a race to the bottom in quality and crap,

Poor life, or poor ergonomics, or terrible performance or designed in spyware or beta SW etc.

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HAM IN SPAAAAAACE! ISS astronaut contacted by Gloucestershire bloke in garden shed

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Or Orbitron

Postcard ware.

YEARS ago put Orbitron on Scout hut wall via video projector.

Mag mount car aerial on scout hut roof.

Mobile Radio was pinched from car too.,

Sure enough the radio woke up with chatter when the edge of footprint touched our city

http://www.stoff.pl/

Amateurs world wide doing this for years. People on ISS are often also Hams.

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AIDS? Ebola? Nah – ELECTRO SMOG is our 'biggest problem', says Noel Edmonds

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Re: Magnets...

I don't think anyone really knows how a Magnet works.

But Electrosmog is pure nocebo.

All in the mind.

I think F**king Magnets would be painful.

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Too much vino? LG brings Wine Smart oldster-mobe to Europe

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Choice

Not everyone wants a flat slab of display. Hence sales of covers etc.

Sliders and flip phones make more sense.

Lots of people too, HAVE A LIFE! They have a tabet/Laptop etc for Internet / games / work. They just want a FLIPPING PHONE!

Of course it ought to have an MP3 player, Camera, Radio, calculator. That WOULD be like 1999 if you had to carry five gadgets instead of one.

Email? No, it can wait till I'm home, or I have the Netbook/Laptop with me.

GPS? I always know where I am, how to get were I'm going and how to get home. Or I study a map first.

Play Store, and other Google App? No thanks. If I want a Nintendo DS I'll buy one. If I want Google to know where I am, I'll tell them.

Web Browser.? You need a silly 5" to 6" phone and expensive data contract. No thanks.

I have big glass front Android phone. I never turn on 3G or WiFi data.

P.S. The Doro and some other phones supposedly for old people are overpriced and 2G Only. Some places only the Regulator needs 6 months notice for ending 2G and none to retail or users! It's assumed everyone has at least 3G.

Other places are keeping 2G (as it does some things better than 4G) and ditching 3G.

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That's not an Ofcom email about your radio licence – it's a TROJAN

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Hams

Very many have email Address publicly available on internet and also aren't they often in the RSGB year book?

Probably do USA, Canadian, Irish ones in time.

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I could spoof Globalstar satellite messages, boasts infosec bod

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Two way Internet also

Traditionally very poor security. The newer Ka Band stuff based on DOCSIS is supposed to be better security.

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Sony Xperia Z4 4G Android tablet – gift of sound and vision

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Linux

Alternate to Win10 laptop

If Web, basic doc typing etc is the needs?

Though I'd fancy an alternate to Android or switching off all reporting to Google.

It's laptop price.

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Allow the merger, please, we'll play nice, NXP begs EU competition chief

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If it was Intel or any US?

If a USA company was talking over ex Philips NXP what concessions?

What concessions were there when Texas took over Nat Semi.

Freescale is Spin-off from Motorola in 2004

NXP is a shadow of Glory days too, Spun off Philips in 2006, IPO in 2010.

I'm reminded of UK blocking UK Ever Ready in 1972 from taking over Mallory (now Duracell). UK Ever ready spun of from US Eveready about 1905 (Later, NCC, Union Carbide and Energiser). By 1982 was being asset stripped by Hanson and by 1996 the Brand sold to Purina (pet food owner of Energiser). Ever Ready, Vidor (then Compton), GEC, Exide etc, all UK dry batteries are gone.

Then disgraceful Inmos asset strip. It's a wonder there is still ARM.

NXP shouldn't be forced to divest of anything. Once Philips was the last European CE bastion against Japan imports, they retreated and sold TV and Audio brand to Asians and now only light bulbs (as they were in 1926) and Health products.

There is continuing merging of semiconductor companies due to spiralling cost of state of the art fab and race to bottom in retail gadget pricing.

To survive NXP needs to be super powerful.

Where are all the other European Semiconductors now? Ferranti, GEC, Plessey, Pye (Newmarket), Intermetall, Telefunken, Siemens etc.

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Nearby exoplanets circle naked-eye-visible star

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Re: Thank you: 20 years?

Poppycock. White LED is Violet LED using a yellow phosphor that wears as fast as coating in CFL etc. Sodium is ghastly but lasts much longer. High pressure mercury vapour? Don't know life.

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W3C's bright idea turned your battery into a SNITCH for websites

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I fear not Skynet

But ever stupider IT and developers.

This was a stupid idea. It doesn't even really make sense.

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Websites that ID you by how you type: Great when someone's swiped your password, but...

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This stinks

1) Biometrics of ANY kind is stupid for password replacement as it's easily stolen and can't easily be changed,

2) It's being done secretly, which is probably illegal.

3) Invasion of privacy, ought to be illegal if it isn't

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Hacking Trump: Can we not label web vandalism as 'terrorism', please?

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So what is the penalty for spray can graffiti?

Did they do it in French too? It's breaking an extra Canadian law if you only deface in English?

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Nokia sells HERE maps to Audi, Daimler and BMW for €2.8 billion

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Re: Hmm.

Same future as excellent Symbian widgets had when Nokia created Ovi store. Zero. If it had been a "phone" /"Internet" related company maybe a future. This will be in the cars so they are not beholding to a 3rd party for built in dashboard satnav. Makes a lot of sense for the Auto guys to have their own rather than Google's spyware.

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UK's first 'DIY DAB' multiplex goes live in Brighton

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Re: DAB ... now try DVB

Digital Radio is stupid anyway, but DVB-T2 actually works "better" than DAB and can be used in same size channel. Doesn't have to be 8MHz.

Not much scope for community DVB-T as Ofcom wants to sell ALL the UHF spectrum for mobile.

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Stupid and Pointless

"innovations" like DAB are killing Radio listening.

We don't need it.

The quality is garbage because no-one will pay for decent bit rate.

The ergonomics of Digital Radio, unlike Digital TV is inherently unfixable.

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'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

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3D buttons

Fine on a basic 386SX on Windows For Workgroups 3.11 in 1993.

They are going backwards on GUI. I remember Windows 286.

Aero, transparency and animations are a bit evil though.

Maybe in 2016 they will see sense and commence work on Windows Classic, based on NT3.51 with Explorer only as a shell (Explorer was available as tech preview prior to NT4.0), nothing stupid in Kernel and choice of hot fixes via Internet for vulnerabilities (free) and paid SP rollups with features for subscribers (or once off payment) on DVD, SD Card, USB stick or Download. Each later SP including all changes of earlier ones and manual or automated selection of non-critical features to add,

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Boffins get the inside dope, craft white laser

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Re: need multiple colour LEDs

For efficiency or projector lamps. Not for room illumination:

Xenon, operated as a 'neon light,' consists of a collection of mostly spectral lines, missing much of the continuum radiation needed for good color rendering.

A flash tube is more incoherent and broader spectrum, closer to continuous white light. Far better than LED camera lamp.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenon_flash_lamp

High power Xenon Arc Lamps are not going to be used as room lighting

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenon_arc_lamp

The spectrum of any Xenon lamp is inferior to a Halogen. It's hugely more efficient though.

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Re: need multiple colour LEDs

Yellow or Cyan can be:

a monochromatic source

OR

a mix of monochromatic sources

OR

a mix of broad spectrum sources.

Magentas are an illusion in sense they don't exist by splitting white light in a prism. They are a mix of colours from high frequency and low frequencies of the spectrum with the green our eye's green sensor uses depressed. Such objects will be unnatural if seen in discontinuous fake white light (e.g. Violet LED + yellow phosphor, or worse R G B LED even if colour temperature is correct).

Real life objects have broad spectrum of reflection or else they appear dim.

The R G & B of our eyes responses are very broad indeed and overlap.

Any discontinuous spectrum seriously distorts the perceived colours. Colour video is a trick. You use broad spectrum genuine white light to illuminate and then the camera sensors must NOT be narrow R G B filters, but overall have the same response as a typical eye (thus red has tiny blue response and some green, and Blue has some green and very little red). Green sensor peaks at green but has some sensitivity on the entire spectrum.

Then the display can use monochromatic R G B at the eye peaks, or for less colour range, other sources with the data matrixed. You can even add pure Yellow and/or pure Cyan too as long as the driver matrix is correct. Monochromatic Cyan stimulates Green annd Blue part of eye (and a little red) and Mono Yellow the Red and Green plus a little blue). This might be done to make whites brighter or improve pastel shades if the R G and B are not the ideal frequencies.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colour_perception

also

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cone-fundamentals-with-srgb-spectrum.svg

Note the lens and covering of the eye blocks almost all UV. Everyone is more UV sensitive in the blue if a synthetic lens with no UV filter is fitted. Some women do appear to be slightly tetrachromatic, so they will not be so impressed by your new TV.

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