* Posts by Mage

4588 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

Boffins raise five-week-old fetal human brain in the lab for experimentation

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Prescient.

As long as they don't grow it for long enough to ask it questions?

Disturbing.

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OpenOffice project 'all but dead upstream' argues prominent user

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Re: That Weird Sound You Hear

Did MS bribe Oracle to annoy the Devs and fork before it was given to Apache?

No, Oracle messed this up as they have messed up Java, Hudson (or whatever it was) and a lot of other stuff. Obviously worse people than Oracle could have bought Sun, but not many.

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Vaio returns from the dead wearing sharper suit, bolts in neck

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Vaio and Minidisk

I thought Minidisk was a nice idea, then I discovered that neither the net MD player nor the Vaio with a built in Minidisk allowed you to digitally read your own recordings? On the Vaio it seemed you could only write to the built in drive? So I bought a Dell Inspiron instead in 2002.

Sony made some nice HW, but crippled by media division and bad software?

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relaunch the brand on Windows 10

Well, they might as well launch it as Chrome book as that mess of a rushed out privacy slurping OS.

Don't rich people want privacy?

(I'm not confusing Upmarket with Celebrity?)

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Why do driverless car makers have this insatiable need for speed?

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Re: Descisions

Automate the Pedestrians.

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Apple: Samsung ripped off our phone patent! USPTO: What patent?

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Apple's design

It's not a design.

Rounding corners of rectangular things, (kids books, toys, radios, gadgets, MP3 players, solar panels, phones etc) is a standard engineering approach that people have been implementing since they started making rectangular things.

Where is my ancient Roman/Greek/Babylonian/Hebrew/Chinese tablet icon?

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Re: Taketh away

Other parts of the world are not confusing by calling it a Design Patent. It's a Registered Design and more to do with copyright than patents. Unlike the fluted coke bottle it's too generic and on that basis shouldn't be eligible. Prior art doesn't even need to be considered.

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Boffins dump the fluids to build solid state lithium battery

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Re: Another week...

Actually by VOLUME Li metal cased cells are about same energy capacity as quality NiMH But the NiMH are a lot heavier for same size as plastic cases Lithium (LiPoly)

1980s the NiCd AA was about 450mAH and had a problem with memory effects and dendrite crystal shorts. Now an NiMH AA is about 2500mAH, C cell 5,000mAH and D cell 10,000mAH. But an NiCd is still lower cell resistance. Self discharge is a bigger issue with most NiMH than Lithium. though the Eneloop type NiMH is similar self discharge but lower capacity.

The Lithium type has not as long life (number of cycles) as decent NiMH. But seems to be a materials issue or charger management as some Lithium packs last 4 years and others barely 18 months.

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Re: Another week...

Laptop batteries per charge longer, phone batteries per charge much less than 10 to 15 years ago.

The actual batteries life hasn't much changed in 15 years. About same number of cycles. It's largely the same Lithium tech as 15 years ago.

Some NiMH are better life than 10 years ago and some NiMH are dreadful compared to older batteries.

This though sounds more believable than Aluminium based (instead of Zinc) or other zany batteries reported. I expect if this is affordable it may be in products in less than five years.

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US appeals court: Yes, Samsung ... sigh … you still have to pay Apple

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Crazy

Apple shouldn't have these things as "patents" in the first place.

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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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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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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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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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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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