* Posts by Mage

4697 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

THESE ARE THE VOYAGES of the space probe Discovery

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What the heck ... make all of them

Allegedly the decision of Grundig boss when shown prototypes of new radios and had to pick one, in 1950s.

I mean USA, under 12% of world's population, rich, world's leading super power consuming nearly 75% of many resources and they can only do ONE cheap quick project?

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Microsoft sabotages own Lumia smartmobe flagship launch

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Re: Any bets ...

Second time?

I think more than that. Or else once. Which phone was the first windows CE PDA with a phone built in. People made smart phones (with various OS, not just CE and Symbian) long before they were called smart phones and MS had CE in phones long before they messed up Danger/Sidekick.

It's only the second time they bought a phone division.

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MYSTERY PARTICLE BLASTS from Ceres strike NASA probe Dawn

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Alien

A giant ancient starship?

Intriguing internal moistness

emitting particles

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Tear teardown down, roars Apple: iFixit app yanked from store

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Paris Hilton

Re: Don't get it

Yes. Also often there is a non-disclosure contract. I've even signed such with Trolltech for software and created them for others to sign.

Once it's on retail sale, then iFixIt can do what they like. I think the issue was they didn't just go out an buy them so NDA applied.

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Re: Information wants to be free!

" Apple logo was based on the symbolic apple from Genesis "

Nice idea, but wrong.

It was because they were Beatles fans. Beatles had Apple Corp

There is no symbolic apple in Genesis. It's comparatively recent idea to describe it as an apple, (Abraham is in Genesis and that at least is drawing on nearly 4000 year old oral tradition maybe written 3,500 years ago (biblical inscriptions have been found on jewellery that old).

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Relax Schrems, EU-US Safe Harbour ruling coming soon

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I fell of my chair laughing!

"“The US does not and has not engaged in indiscriminate surveillance of anyone, including ordinary European citizens."

Yes you do.

So apparently does GCHQ.

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Do you agree with our fee hike? Press 1 to answer Yes; or 2 for Yes

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Pirate

Shakes head

If you had the stuff about ICANN in a book, a fantasy, people would find the magic fireballs more plausible.

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BlackBerry's tactical capitulation to Google buys time – and possibly a future

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Priv: last phone?

Even if RIM / Blackberry has a future, will they produce another phone ever or rebadge an HTC or Chinese phone with keyboard?

Sadly most people are not interested in security and privacy, even companies that should know better.

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Now you can be tracked online by your email addy. Thanks, Google!

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Shirley Illegal?

At least in EU and many other countries.

There must be INFORMED consent ...

"So if you buy a bike and give the store your email address, and the store gives that information to Google, the internet billboard giant can find the Google account associated with that address and tag you as a cyclist."

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Vodafone left the lonely singleton as Liberty deal kiboshed

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Vodafone

It was Vodafone chasing after Liberty for just the UK cable (maybe Irish too). Liberty Global said "Buy everything everywhere or nothing". So it was never going to happen. Liberty was happy to listen to Vodafone till they got fed up and went away.

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Will IT support please come to the ward immediately. Weeeee have a tricky problem

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Pharmacutical Company.

Mouse piss rots motherboards badly.

Dead mouse inside PC case, there was one ISA slot rear cover missing.

I wondered why such a company had mice and what it died of. We were there swapping Token Ring cards for Ethernet cards and installing them.

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US eco watchdog's shock warning: Fresh engine pollution cheatware tests coming

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Re: LINPACK: Drive Size

RAM etc inherently is powers of 2. Incorrectly calls 1024 Kilo and 1024 x 1024 Mega.

Giga is 1000,000,000 not 1024 x 1024 x 1024.

Drive sizes are correct.

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BlackBerry emits Android mobe as biz goes down the Priv

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Odd

Reminds me of the old original Psion, the one with small LCD and big keyboard with sliding cover.

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

I had one at the time (about 1984 or 1985) for something hardware related.

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If you got Netflix for Miss Marple, you're out of luck (and a bit odd)

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Re: Elysium

maybe, but what is the point of streaming services with no long tail, and removal of content they did have.

Perhaps you see, real quality VOD needs a huge number of distributed servers at various nodes of each ISP or it doesn't scale. This problem (solved by Netflix insisting major ISPs install their servers) was identified over 15 years ago for IPTV / VOD. Storage costs thus go up linearly with the number of customers, as the number of servers has to rise as they get more customers.

So only the current popular stuff. Netflix and all the other streaming services only replace physical video libraries in the high street, ultimately they can't replace DVD sales or BD sales. Apart from the fact than nearly 90% of people don't have bandwidth for even decent DVD quality. What too if the kids, the teens and mum and dad (or sharing students) want to watch different content?

So for a long time to come, streaming, physical disks and broadcast are complementary. Netflix and similar really most appeals to the regular video library customer.

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PEAK FONDLESLAB: Fewer people will use tablets next year – claim

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iPad

Restricted compatibility via USB, no SD slot, 40% over priced. How did they manage to get 42% of the market?

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NASA rover coders at Intel's Wind River biz axed – sources

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Agism and fools

Idiotic

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Global productivity explodes as Facebook's service takes a dive

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Facebook, do I care?

Yuck

I made an effort with a fake ID to do this facebook thing. But obviously I'm not an addict as they sent me emails today informing me that they unpublished two pages due to lacking updates for a month.

I've websites I don't pay for either that haven't been updated for about 14 years, working perfectly.

I tend to only put content on my own hosting, that I actually pay for, though it's not expensive.

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Official: North America COMPLETELY OUT of new IPv4 addresses

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If you understood the ways in which these organizations actually used the address

Yes, I do. Badly, wastefully, insecurely and stupidly. For between sites they should only be using VPNs with 1 public IP per site.

I changed a small college from over 600 public IPs to 5. With a decent edge router it could have been one.

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Class A address holders

Very many USA institutions and businesses have crazy big allocations. when they only need dozens of public IP.

In reality the USA IP 4s are nowhere near exhausted.

The ONLY really good thing about IP6 is that we won't run out. It's a terrible design, that's why adoption is so slow.

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We saw the future: Apart from the bath apps it looks like the past

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One born every minute

No-one is actually forced to buy this tat?

I wonder do the LED lights really last 20,000hrs including the power supply capacitors? I doubt it.

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Ofcom triples licence fees for mobile operators to £200m

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Idiots

The licences should be nominal cost and for a single infrastructure company that resells to Retail Operators. This will more than double efficiency because the spectrum is so limited.

Income from the VAT of the end users.

Taxing spectrum and splitting limited spectrum between companies is just greed and stupidity.

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PETA monkey selfie lawsuit threatens wildlife photography, warns snapper at heart of row

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We should support Slater

With money.

Yes there are spurious Trademarks, Design Patents/Registered Designs, Patents and Copyrights. But this isn't one of them.

Stupidity. PETA are increasingly looking like raving lunatics.

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Thanks for the memory: XPoint put under the analyst microscope

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memistor

It sounds suspiciously like the HP memistor though. But it like Video 2000 (wonderful piezo head wiggling to reduce tape guardbands) must be nearly impossible to make or HP would have been selling it already. I guess in 2017-2018 we know if this is more vapour ware.

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NIST's quantum boffins have TELEPORTED stuff over a HUNDRED KILOMETRES

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Re: hmm

You can't actually send information at all, whatsover, purely by having two separated particles at each end that are quantum entangled. It may be the effect of reshuffling the pack is instant, but you have no way at the receiver of knowing, thus no method to send a signal. This is about sending photons (a little slower than light speed as it's in a fibre). It's about security, not speed.

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Re: And after

No. It's not that Quantum Teleportation, Quantum entanglement is like two identical packs of randomly shuffled cards, you don't know the state till you look. You can't actually send information that way. This does nothing whatsoever for speed (still light speed) or bandwidth. It's about encryption and security, knowing if the message has been tampered with.

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You call THAT safe? Top EU legal bod says data sent to US is anything but

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Re: The threat to commerce is overblown

MS is currently fighting the USA over data in Ireland!

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Re: It's always been useless

Yes, even the dogs in the street have always known it.

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Shattered Skype slowly staggers to its feet after 15-HOUR outage outrage

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FAIL

Other IM systems are nearly extinct or purely internal?

Really?

Tencent might be as big as Facebook.

They do have QQ International, an English version client of QQ

It does all that Skype does and more and better. QQ even lets you open multiple copies of client with different identities at the same time!

QQ Replaces Skype

However I can't get it to run on Linux, either the Chinese Native interface, nor the English version on Wine. But I've seen it running on Android (in English) and Windows Phone, though those versions lack many features in the Windows desktop version. You can even turn off the adverts.

Skype seems to have a tendency to use 90% + CPU on some netbooks/notebooks, though this may be related to camera, Ironically the MS Linux Skype version is fine on same machine and has no adverts!

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Re: The old days of Skype

The original selling point of 3G when it was only 240Kbps, no HSPA or Data plans was video chat. But it was too expensive so it sort of died off.

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Have a backup solution...

Email, IRC etc for text & files

QQ for voice, video, text, images and files. Though only seems to work on Windows, Android and Win Mobile

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It's 2015 and a text file can hack your Apple Watch. IS THIS THE FUTURE YOU WANTED?

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Sounds like previous version was garbage.

Also why those sort of core features not in original version?

So the impression is low quality rushed software with too much effort into appearance. Thus the current version will also be full of bugs and exploits. You don't patch in or test in quality, it's designed in then carefully implemented. Sounds like they need a careful redo from scratch.

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Indianapolis man paints his ball every day – for FORTY YEARS

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Re: Darwin Awards Equivalant

It's not fatal, so not Darwin related

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Orange juices internet of things

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Capacity?

Long range, low power so very slow. Even if the gadgets only do 1:1000 duty cycle what if a city of 100,000 has 10 per person?

So how many Things at what speed? Is is scalable at all beyond traffic lights?

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Dialog Semiconductor gobbles Atmel for $4.6bn, with 'synergies' on the way

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They didn't seem familar to me as a UK company

"On 10 February 2011, Dialog semiconductor announced that it had completed a transaction to acquire SiTel Semiconductor"

They indeed are not very British

Dialog Semiconductor originated from the European operations of International Microelectronic Products, Inc. – a Silicon Valley company founded in 1981. Then 1989 Dialog Semiconductor formed as part of Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm (part of Daimler-Benz).

According to Wikipedia, which doesn't entirely make sense.

September 2009 – Relocates to new Swindon facility (from Germany?), hence the "UK" connection.

December 2012 – New Design Centers in Livorno, Italy and Istanbul, Turkey

July 2013 – Acquires iWatt Inc.

They seem to have an Edinburgh centre since 2007.

I guess the Ardunio folks will be nervous for a while.

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My parents don't know I'm in SEO. They think I play piano in a brothel

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Oh dear.

Content, Content, Content. Lots of it, relevant with quality and more each day.

Otherwise folk are just annoyed when they land.

I'm increasingly of the opinion that most SEO is snake oil. Certainly most spam selling it is.

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Hello? HELLO? Major Skype outage hits folk WORLDWIDE

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Re: That's Skype, the P2P network

I use QQ now on Windows, I'm more comfortable being spied on by China than NSA and GCHQ as I'm not Chinese. Sadly doesn't work on Linux (ironically Skype works better on Linux than Windows!). There is always email and IRC if it's just text chat rather than voice or video. QQ video has better features too.

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You want the poor to have more money? Well, doh! Splash the cash

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Worstal does sort of believe in a minimum wage.

Summary:

Worstall does sort of believe in a minimum wage.

But not one that will interfere (much) with the market, so difference between that and a "living" wage has to be made up by welfare payments. Welfare payments have to ultimately come from Taxation. Any other Governmental income will be minuscule?

You need means testing.

Obviously this sort of scheme also ultimately applies using same means testing to actually unemployed, no matter if traditionally, or due to a Robot Apocalypse. While most people made unemployed (or their children) by Robotics/Automation find other activities, perhaps the underlying trend will be upwards.

Royalty income from Copyright for people deciding to be creative (IMO less likely to be replaced by AI than most AI enthusiasts think) is important. So the push by Google and friends to have only their Intellectual Property count has to be squashed.

It's important to see the big picture.

EDIT: PS: to Tim Worstall

Keep doing these good thoughtful articles. It didn't seem long at all. Even if we don't all agree with all of it. What's the point anyway of posting stuff everyone agrees with, that would be stuff like "rain is wet"?

I like your engaging comments in the comments.

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Look out, world! Apple is about to launch .apple

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Such fun

Will Apple Corp sue them a third time?

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RFID wants to TRACK my TODGER, so I am going to CUT it OFF

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All absolutely true.

I'm glad it's not just Me Mr Dabbs.

F&F brand in Tesco has their labels now printed with a helpful scissor icon and dotted line. Though nothing happens when you touch or tap it.

I see there is even an icon of someone removing a label.

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Hate noisy jets above you? What if they were charging your phone?

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Not all US patent applications are granted

Unfortunately it's still far too much stuff that has prior art, or is obvious to expert in the field or are too broad, or otherwise totally lack merit. The USPTO should have to get paid x2 for rejected applications. Then they would be proper patents.

At least this patent is "mostly harmless" even if totally pointless, or is the real target something else?

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Brown kid with Arab name arrested for bringing home-made clock to school

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an Apple watch?

Bah. Any £1 / $2 / €1.50 Analogue face Quartz alarm clock would take about 2 min to wire alarm contacts to suitable battery and detonator instead of buzzer. The contacts are mechanical. A detonator needs more than the 1.5V of the clock battery. An LCD digital clock alarm about x4 more. LED clocks take too much power, all the ones I know run off mains and count the 50Hz or 60Hz, though there is usually a low accuracy RC oscillator and 9V battery, but in that state the display is off and the alarm doesn't work. They start at about x5 the price of analogue face quartz alarm, or x10 there is a radio.

I can't see why you'd use an Apple watch. If you want remote operation you just use a cheap phone with anonymous SIM and a simple one transistor adaptor to fire detonator from signal on the ringing piezo speaker. Make sure you unticked the receive marketing texts / calls when buying sim or it will go off early.

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Wi-Gig signals are bouncing off the walls, can't settle on the sofa

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LOS

Even 10GHz is really only Line Of Sight. 60GHz will be limited really to ceiling mounted units in open plan offices. Like LED networking.

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What should we do with this chunk of dead air? Ofcom wants to know

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DAB

Turn off DAB and use it for FM Radio.

76-90 is used in Japan

The OIRT band in Eastern Europe is from 65.8 to 74.0 MHz.

Some countries are considering extending FM below 87.5MHz.

Existing sets (unlike DAB) can be converted using a less than £5 adaptor.

Maybe add part of 175MHz to 220MHz too (where DAB lives)/.

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Disney's light-bulb moment: build TCP into LEDs for IoT comms

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LED Optical WiFi

Been demonstrated some while ago at 1Gbps. Of course that was Line Of Sight only.

This is purely developmental stuff. No research or invention involved. 1Kbps comms has been on LEDs since 1970s, not with TCP/IP till late 1990s.

To actually control LED lamps, without ethernet via the power, surely Bluetooth or WiFi or an IRDA or even RC5 IR remote would be better.

I've implemented encryption on a carrier compatible with RC5 IR receivers using Manchester encoding over OOK at 38KHz. That's all you need for a light controller.

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How did jihadists hack into top UK ministerial emails if no security breach took place?

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Re: Probably been said before

No, it's the Popular Judean People's Front today.

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'I promise you I will win', says completely sane presidential candidate John McAfee

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Yahoo Messenger.

Really? There is still such a thing?

Well ANY software can be compromised by 3rd party addons. Like Programs on any OS. So they have a point.

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Intel's 6th gen processors rock – but won't revive PC markets

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Meh

Yawn.

I boot three laptops once a day. Even an 13 year old laptop is 45 second boot on a mechanical HDD.

I never use sleep or hibernate.

New batteries can be bought and I only see ARM tablets with significantly longer battery life. Four hours versus 2.5 hours isn't a reason to upgrade. 8 hours would be.

I don't want a new MS OS unless it's a re-imagined NT3.51 with decent desktop or maybe a new version of XP. MS can stick their too mobile, too touchy, too privacy breaking, too broadband dependent, cloud and rental orientated W10 junk. I thought they couldn't get worse after Office Ribbon. Then they did Vista. Win 10 is a rushed attempt to fix Win8. Unlike Win7 (which ought to have been free to Vista owners) which was a more considered patch of Win7.

Migrating to Linux Mint using Mate and WINE. Bye Bye MS. Intel is trapped. The Itanium was a fail. The x64 was really AMD's idea. Instead of using their ARM licence they STILL fiddle with "low power" x86-64 for an OS no-one wants anymore. They could do a brilliant ARM SOC for phones, tablets and entry level laptops and do some decent chunky Workstation Laptops for the legacy X86-64, if MS bothered to do a sensible version of Windows. Of course there is still Servers and Mac OS (for now) and there will always be Linux for those that want it on a workstation.

This launch lacks vision and focus.

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Marvell superheroes and the Fantastic Four (hundred million dollar loss and internal probe)

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what happens when you build silicon for a declining device

Actually maybe two thirds of the loss is due to the patent case loss for "silicon for a declining device" about 50c a chip.

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'A word processor so simple my PA could use it': Joyce turns 30

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1985 3.5"

Apricot, Apple and others.

I forget when Amiga and AtariST came out.

IBM was late to the 3.5" party. The sole reason to use the 3" was cost. I heard the prototype 3" drives used cassette tape heads and were developed in Eastern Europe, which always seemed unlikely.

The only differences were the formats used by OS. The actual 8", 5.25" 3.5" and 3" drives all used the same control bus, only a dumb cable adaptor needed. A major exception was Apple II 100k flip over 5.25" floppy, I'm thinking it had different cost reduced electronics.

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Apple's iPad Pro: We're making a Surface Pro WITH A STYLUS over Steve Jobs' DEAD BODY

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Re: Slavishly Copied

"Only after Apple showed the way on how to create a usable interface on a mobile phone (because smartphones we already had) did the smartphone take off,"

Actually yes, it was better than Symbian S60. But success was due to having first decent data plan and subsidised sales in mobile contract. The GUI was bought in from Fingerworks and other people you mostly never heard of had good phone GUIs before Apple. They didn't innovate anything to do with phones.

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