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Angry commentard mobs to feel Facebook jackboot in site tweak

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free-content advertising network

content-free advertising network

fixed it for you

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Google turns South African schools into White Spaces

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Re: Grrr

But we know exactly how well this works. It interferes with TV for some viewers.

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Re: S.A: Put your clocks back...

This isn't about helping SA IT or Education but Exploiting SA to make the system more credible for European & US adoption.

Google is doing this to help Google. There are better cheaper ways to help SA Education. Don't be conned.

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Re: Grrr

There is ZERO need for this technology. But for Google it's better than their Illegal deliberate WiFi Slurp. One end at least of every so called "White Space" deployment has to periodically report where it is and get channel to use from the Database.

Of course Google is offering to run the Database for free. Can't you see that so called "White Space" Radio is simply a corporate ploy to legitimately "spy" on Consumers? It's 100% proven years ago that that it will interfere with some users. Databases and Reception monitoring are not accurate enough.

Also the capacity and speed is actually poor compared with systems running at more than 1GHz. Try proposing this on 3G or 4G or GSM "White Space" channels and see how far you get. The fact is FCC & Ofcom care about phone operators and don't much care about protection of Spectrum for Broadcast Reception users, because Mobile Operators raise them more money.

The allegedly unused TV spectrum is no more unused that a Mobile Phone Channel you don't see used. Look up "Hidden Transmitter Syndrome"

Consider people in Fringe Reception or blocked from "local" TV transmitter by a local building, trees or hill and receiving from a more distant Transmitter. Google's Database won't be good enough to consider it.

Also it has been made HARDER in most countries for viewers to complain about Interference and on Digital TV it's not obvious till it pixelates or freezes (the Digital Cliff).

The ONLY people supporting this are people that either know nothing about RF systems or deliberately dishonest Corporates or Bean Counters in the Regulators.

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Grrr

Trail it in a place where people are easily bribed and viewer complaints will be ignored.

You are scum Google for foisting this on people and exploiting Africans. it is PROVEN that so called White Space is a myth and we know the devices will be misused.

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iPads in education: Not actually evil, but pretty close

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Re: Why do people put forward the idea that iPads are good for art?

Most people are not David Hockney.

Good photographers can take stunning photos with a Kodak Diskman, 110 or Instamatic. But the rest of us are better off with "proper" cameras and curiously unless it's Kodak funded Competition the good Photographers normally use a camera x100 the cost of an Instamatic.

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Oh Dear

Where is the upvote link gone for brilliant articles?

Of course this is telling anyone with two brain cells what they already know.

And as an eReader?

Battery life too low, size too small. Even the kindle is a failure as a School / College eText book because it's best suited for linear consumption of a Novel or small magazine, the booking marking and "random" access of multiple texts is too inflexible.

Always the same mistakes. Computers, Laptops, tablets to class without giving the Teacher a personal one 6mths+ earlier and training.

When I trained trainee secretaries in the mid 1990s the best students had come from schools with no computers.

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Apple share-price-off-a-cliff: Told you that would happen

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Re: The point of Shares ... [is to] invest in the company

Which is why now it's broken and the "markets" are parasites.

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The point of Shares

Shouldn't be to speculate in buying and selling the shares, but invest in the company and get a dividend from the profit related to your share of ownership.

Apple don't pay dividends, nor issue new share capital so the only point of buying Apple shares is to speculate. They might as well be Tulip bulbs.

Apple are also hurting the the US economy as their iShinies suck cash out of circulation to feed their Dragon Hoard and off shore suppliers.

They are obnoxious. They spend more on lawyers, patents and market image than R&D or innovation. Jonathan Ives has even admitted the design styles are copied from Braun/Dieter Rams. The last worthwhile things they did was investing in ARM (for Newton) and Ditching OS9 for BSD based OS X.

It's all smoke and mirrors marketing and egotism.

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India may can low cost Aakash tablet project

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Why did they choose Datawind?

All their products over hyped and poor on delivery.

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Syrian hacktivists hijack BBC Weather feed

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Re: Again?

Yes, that's one solution.

The other is to ignore it and facebook leave it to folks that want to be spied on, be egotistical and wash their smalls in public.

If I'm really publishing important stuff, surely people using RSS in their Email Client makes more sense that giving an Advertising Parasite a monopoly. The BBC really needs Twitter to Publish? It's lazy journalists and bad management. Article about Twitter on R5 PM today too.

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But, But

Why are the BBC wasting time and people on Twitter at all?

They have their own IT and Servers. Why do they continually promote Twitter? Do they think people can't use the Internet?

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Steve Jobs' death clears way for Adobe CTO defection

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Built on Flash?

I think Adobe has more products than Flash. Also "Flash" as the Video Delivery + DRM is quite different stuff to Interactive Animations controlled by Action Script etc encapsulated as Shockwave Flash.

Photo editing (Photo shopping) and PDF viewing/creation are like Hoovers and Kleenex.

Though I use Paint Shop Pro and Foxit.

They do other stuff too.

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Nvidia's skirt-chasing chips ogle babes, eyeball Twitter and YouTube

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Holmes

Nothing to do with chips.

Is purely software really technology?

Also anything with a stored picture and the application and Internet can do this. No doubt a GPU can run the algorithm faster than a general purpose CPU.

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First sale doctrine survives US Supreme Court

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Re: Yet in Ireland

The Levis case was similar but earlier. This was more upmarket clothes.

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Yet in Ireland

A man selling Legally purchased US Clothes had his stock confiscated as the Maker's Agents had not imported them but the man imported them himself.

Currently big companies in US appear to be able to control who imports to EU and set EU price. This seems unreasonable.

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Build a BONKERS gaming PC

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Re: Bonkers? Yes... Overpriced? Most definitely

Yes, but it's Bonkers. It thus needs to be overpriced too. Maybe Apple should make a Gamer PC that runs windows.

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Freeview suddenly UNWATCHABLE dross? It may just be a 4G test

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FAIL

The Majority

Will most people know this is happening or know who to complain to?

Actually to have HD, 3D and other new TV services the DTT needed to keep this band. Governmental greed driven by 3G auction results. The amount of spectrum and number of operators means when economical subscription levels are reached the performance will be no better than 3G.

Operators will cherry pick locations rather than use this band to give Universal Rural coverage (the frequency is too low for small cell sizes needed to give decent Urban capacity).

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Schmidt still scanning the skies 50 years after defining the quasar

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Re: No, no, no, no, no....

Also perhaps the quasars are used to calculate the orbit to put satellites in rather than satellites directly observing them. Certainly if you had a Star ship the quasar map would be brilliant.

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Re: No, no, no, no, no....

Maybe it seems dim because it's very far away?

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Samsung's new Galaxy S 4: iPhone assassin or Android also-ran?

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Re: When are smartphones actually going to become smart?

Windows has the personalised menus and hide little used Icons feature by default. I turn it off on everyone's PC as it is the stupidest idea ever. The lesser & seldom used menus and Icons need the SAME prominence, the order and prominence of such MUST NEVER change on it's own or

A) You forget or don't know the item exists.

B) You can't find it when you need it..

Such a feature doesn't work in the real world except for people that only ever do half a dozen things and get someone else to fix phone/PC/Tablet etc when they need the 7th thing.

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As long as you can turn off bits.

It will be fine. I presume a BT physical keyboard works?

Maybe time to the replace the Nokia E65 and Archos 605 WiFi with one gadget?

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Reg readers reveal MIGHTY DOMESTIC DATA CENTRES

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Re: Bad photos

maybe web cams?

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Attic.

We did have server, extra external SCSI drives case, Firewall/Router PC, and PC as packet Radio node controller and router. A visitor to the bathroom was sorry he asked about the strange noises.

Down to a single sever with mirrored SATA. Still in Attic. Power cord to UPS on a kitchen shelf via airing cupboard.

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Freeview telly channels face £240m-A-YEAR shakedown by Ofcom

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Mushroom

IPTV is complementary.

IP can NEVER EVER replace LW, MW, SW, FM & UHF TV broadcast. No portability. Needs massive infrastructure and costs more the more people listen/view. The Broadcast systems allow portability, user operation on almost no power, and minimal infrastructure.

Streaming on IP (via coax/Fibre) is complementary to Radio Broadcast.

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Morons

They can only see ££££

Greater good of the Nation and unique nature of broadcasting means nothing to these money grabbing idiots that want to destroy Broadcast by:

1) Overcharging for spectrum

2) Removing protection by allowing so called white space licence free devices

3) Ignore issues of 4G and Tetra

4) Ignore PLT, CFL and PSU noise destroying LW, MW, SW and now VHF reception.

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Copper load of that: Ofcom claims HUGE jump in 'average' broadband speed

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But ...

How many DSL users as a percentage of DSL users are using lines longer than 5km?

How many people are on Satellite or 3G Mobile because they can't get real broadband such as Fibre, Coax (Virgin), DSL or proper Fixed Wireless (which can be a genuine 8Mbps or 20Mbps and up for Business grade links).

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Ten pi-fect projects for your new Raspberry Pi

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Is that it?

Really the top 10 projects El Reg can find?

Hmmmm...

Mines the one with 20 Bernard Bambini Pi Projects.

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Bye-bye Telinco - death warrant finally issued by TalkTalk

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Big Brother

Domain name cost?

How much a year does it cost the owner to keep the domain alive? £20 a year inc their own Admin costs, plus a once off script to move the existing accounts to a currently maintained server?

It's about branding and income. If a service doesn't make money and isn't current corporate branding it will be axed.

The alternative to zero privacy "who knows where hosted" email is your own domain and hosting package with a smaller known National datacentre. Move it when they can't tell you what country it's in.

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Enormo-display Apple iPhone prototype surfaces

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Re: @ Mage - This is how that thing happened:

The original Star Trek has a lot to answer for with Scotties inflation of time and then infeasibly fast delivery. For years plagued by managers assuming we were all like Scottie. He'd also ask the most junior team members for estimates of project duration.

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Re: This is how that thing happened:

Timescales and cash a bit low, but probably not far off. Put x5 on everything.

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Re: More likely

Similar systems from Inhand and Samsung. Apple probably didn't build or design it.

This example has 4G in 2006 and fits in a large pocket. Zero custom hardware, ran Debian and Qtopia. Cost about £3,000.

Apple is about the Marketing, GUI and services.

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Marvel: 'Come and get 'em! 700 first-issue comics! FREE!'

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iOS and Android?

What about people with decent size screens laptops/PCs?

A two page spread would be nice on 15" size 1600 x 1200

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New Apple TV may hint at Apple-Samsung divorce

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Trade Descriptions Act. & SoGA

No Tuner

No Screen

Why are they allowed to call it a TV? It's just a locked down overpriced Media playback & Streaming device.

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Tech fest 'net activists offer free 'Super Wi-Fi': Now go tell the FCC

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" taking it back is hard"

It's pretty near impossible when it's something the public buys.

"But White Space allows regulators to hand over some spectrum for a bit and then take it back - within hours if opinion changes. Those lobbying against it are more concerned that the people will refuse to give it up rather than concerning themselves with any technical problem."

Indeed it *WILL* cause problems and the new gadget users will neither keep the rules nor give it back.

This is a disaster in the making.

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'Wireless charging' in Galaxy S4 will betray Samsung's best pal

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Since the charger needs a wire

Is it as wireless as a so called cordless kettle?

If you don't like a USB plug, a round jack or a dock, then I suppose you need it. But any range more than a few cm or so will cause issues. Inductive charging is just about ok, RF charging a stupidity.

You are STILL going to trip over the cord of the charging mat and forget where you put it or its wired "wall wart".

Extra expense for little value, a marketing gimmick?

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Six things a text editor must do - or it's a one-way trip to the trash

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Re: Multi-Edit

But unless I'm mistaken this isn't a review of text editors but Verity Stob lightening our day.

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Re: There is only one thing a text editor needs

Maybe 10 years ago, now it's nano.

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Here's the $4.99 utility that might just have saved Windows 8

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Re: So what we're saying is..

Vista. Win7 and Win 8 are thus pointless for laptops & desktops and all users & Business really want is a SP4 for XP that removes some bugs and inconsistencies.

Most of the stupidity of Explorer's design is STILL in Win8.

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HTC slays Nokia's two-headed Android patent dragon in Germany

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Re: Came to think about it

No. Edison, Marconi, RCA etc famous for it. Huge battles and 1000s of spurious patents awarded.

It started getting out of hand in the late 19th century.

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Re: re. the '974 patent

They had TVs running 405 lines in the 1950s with a CdS sensor for ambient light and controlled the TV screen brightness. What idiot gave a patent on such a simple obvious idea?

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Safety authorities to hold hearings into Boeing 787's battery woes

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NiMH

NiMH are heavier for same power, but similar power to volume and after 200 power cycles may actually beat lithium on capacity vs weight.

The extra weight isn't than much overall. Less likely to have thermal runaway.

Unsurprisingly Airbus who were considering Lithium Ion are going to stick with NiMH (though news item said NiCd, I suspect it's NiMH).

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Mmmm, TOE jam: Trev shoves Intel's NICs in his bonkers test lab

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Re: most of this stuff is old

Mmm... Roland A3+ ...

Mine isn't working properly. No pen up/down and faulty Home position. Can't find the schematic though. Maybe time to dump it and get a laser etching systems.

I must have a dumping session to recycling centre, box loads of ISA x86 Mobos, MFM drives, boxes of ISA cards, boxes of stone age DRAM.

I might hold on to the genuine IBM AT stuffed full of AST memory cards. And the upgraded PCW8256 (3.5" 2nd drive and 512K RAM).

Maybe the DELL 486

Some old Mobile Radio programming SW needs a real DOS with a real serial port. Though no doubt someone clever can get it working on <insert HW & OS of choice>

Mines the one stuffed full of Writing MS-DOS device Drivers and Interfacing to the IBM PC in the pockets.

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most of this stuff is old

Really?

What does than make my PCI 10/100 Intel cards?

Or my 16Mbps Token, 2Mbps wifi 5V PCMCIA cards and 10Mbps ISA cards with 15 way connectors to vampire taps?

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First C compiler pops up on Github

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Re: Stupid Question

Yes, Compiler writers of ANY language love to write the compiler in the same language.

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Re: K&R c...

No, it was not.

The language was ambiguous. You could write a "bug free" C compiler and it would produce different code.

Or you could write "correct" C code for an agreed "compatible" compiler and it would not do as expected.

C++ was supposed to sort some of these issues, but unfortunately the original version was too much backward compatible.

C was not used for many critical control systems for this reason.

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Re: Allow me

C was then just the idea of a portable macro assembler to make it faster to port UNIX to new machines.

Hence the awful reliance even today on the #define abhorred by Bjarne Stroustrup.

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Plastic Logic shows off bendy 'leccy posters: Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

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lasers

When lasers were invented people used them as posh "rulers". Communications? Nah.

Certainly if the price is right then this *IS* cool technology that deserves a market. I thought by now I'd have an A4 (or legal size) roll up eReader that fits 211 mm x 12 mm x 80 mm form factor. A bit smaller than my old Slide Rule in its plastic case.

It's a pity people want video and colour on phones and colour inherently needs a back light or it can be no better than 1/3rd brightness of B&W ePaper.

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4G operators move into new homes in the spectrum 'hood

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and so will likely suffer more than the rest

Three suffer?

No, the poor viewer that doesn't know what's wrong will suffer.

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'Google Maps' of US White Space spectrum goes LIVE

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seriously disruptive

To Digital Terrestrial TV viewers who will never register as complaints about White Space as there is no mechanism for them to understand what is causing pixellation or freezing and no money assigned for independent verification of user compliance and non-interference in the field.

The Databases can never be accurate enough and eventually too many people will be using extra power, bigger aerials or even disabling or faking database.

There is simply not enough control and oversight.

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