* Posts by Mage

4597 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

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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need multiple colour LEDs

Worse, LEDs are nearly monochromatic. Putting R, G & B in a device lets you make a colour display with appearance of white, but rubbish for illumination due to the fact that really orange, yellow, cyan, magenta etc objects will be gray or wrong colour. Colour rendition is poor. A CFL or old style tube has a mix of phosphors to get a smoother spectrum. The better the colour rendition, the poorer the efficiency. Colour Temperature is NOT Colour Rendition.

LED lamps are poor colour rendition, but better than R G & B LEDs because the "yellow" phosphor is a broad spectrum. Often objects with reds and cyans are poor colour accuracy. As the phosphor ages, the light becomes more violet. They are ghastly compared to CFL or fluorescent tubes, which can be poor if higher efficiency types. Halogen is as good as artificial light gets, but of course the better colour temperature / higher efficiency ones are running hotter and have shorter life.

A "white" laser is only good for a projection display.

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Let's all binge on Blake’s 7 and help save the BBC ... from itself

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Sky though

Sky and other Subscription services are often parasites and poor value for the consumer. They ought on Internet to be able to constantly increase the long tail catalogue.

But in practice they behave like a video rental shop. Netflix removes stuff from catalogue.

Actually buying the actual physical discs can be better value than a mindless auto-renewed subscription that still charges the same no matter how much or how little you watch.

Almost 92% of Sky's Satellite viewing time is actually Free To Air content. That's not counting pay TV repeats of FTA content.

Get a BIG PVR and ditch the rip off subscription, Buy the disc of anything you want to watch more than once.

There is also a "digital divide" on internet based Video content that doesn't exist for disk or broadcast. Much of BBC Disk catalogue seems overpriced too. (RTE even worse.).

The reality isn't as simple as the article suggested.

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Windows 10 in head-on crash with Nvidia drivers as world watches launch

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Update Clash

It's only going to get worse.

MS has lost the plot on Windows.

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Hawking, Musk, Woz (and Riley): ROBOTS will KILL US ALL

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Black Helicopters

Excellent

Why then one wonders is the real motive of these otherwise reasonably smart people to sign such a pointless petition?

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Ballmer's billion-dollar blunders: When he gambled Microsoft's money and lost

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Re: Xbox 360

It's a failure if they hardly make any money. Success isn't just about market share. Apple has a minority share of phone market and makes more profit.

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Re: Hmmm

They bought very little. Only temporary use of the Brand and only a licence for the IP. Some would say they only bought the Distribution as the factories shuttered and almost all the staff sacked.

But who is / was responsible for:

1) Windows CE in set Boxes: Died a death. BT even updated existing boxes to Linux.

2) Original Xbox. Subsidized for years.

3) Media Centre and it's original inability to be be used sensibly for European Terrestrial or any Satellite. Third party SW has always been better.

4) Movie maker and it's inability to make European format content.

5) Office ribbon and other GUI stupidities instead of fixing bugs.

6) half baked transition to .net with 3 different incomplete GUI APIs, no sensible migration or backward compatibility for VB6, though C# is a good development of J++

7) So many stupid variations of Desktop Windows. A Workstation and Server version is just about excusable. But three versions of server and four of XP, then the crazy Vista versions debacle.

8) Vista PCs that could never properly run Vista out of the box.

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Boffins go to FUNGI town: Riddle of 100-year-old HAIRY, ICY dead wood finally cracked

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Next ...

It will be used as a stabiliser for ice cream to stop it either setting like concrete or growing gravel like crystals.

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Jeep breach: Scared? You should be, it could be you next

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Re: CAN Bus

There is no inherent security in CAN bus or Profi bus or RS485 or RS422 or USB or Token Ring, or Ethernet or any traditional industrial bus. The assumption was a separate system was used for any out of building communications. I've been pointing out the error in this since Token Ring and Ethernet and Internet arrived. With direct dialup connections we always configured that it hung up and rang back to pre-decided number for that account. That layer of security vanished with Internet.

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Acer Revo One RL85: A pint-sized PC for the snug

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Hmm, it's a laptop, a netbook

but without a real keyboard, or a screen. So should be cheap.

I don't like white things. That was Ives copying Braun. OK in showroom, look rubbish after a few months use.

http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/braun_taschenempf_t4.html

http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/braun_p1.html

http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/braun_ce12.html

http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/braun_kleinsuper_sk22usk_22.html

http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/braun_phonosuper_sk4.html

http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/braun_phonosuper_sk41a.html

http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/braun_phonosuper_sk42sk_4.html

http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/braun_sk61.html

Also some non-radio products.

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John McAfee: Ashley Madison hack may ‘destabilise society’

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Re: "Wildcard" indeed

It's been documented that free chocolate is enough.

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Contactless card fraud? Easy. All you need is an off-the-shelf scanner

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I said before

This tech as implemented, was designed for warehouses. It should NEVER have been mis-applied to passports, credit/debit cards, retail labels, travel and door locks.

A connector (such as on cards already) is better. Though there is a horrible flaw in Chip and Pin that need not exist.

For retail tags any info should be in a database, only a serial number for warranty return purposes in the product.

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Intelsat to FCC: For the love of satellites, STOP ELON MUSK!

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Re: Is Musk going for geostationary?

FCC prior stupidity

The Lightsquared debacle. Originally approved by FCC, should never have been and then was axed.

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Intelsat is being reasonable

No satellite licences can or should be issued without knowing Orbit(s) and Frequencies. Why should Musk be exempted from the sensible requirements that EVERY other commercial operator had to meet.

No doubt Military is different, but they won't want to cause interference.

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Austrian court rules online radio streaming is not broadcasting

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Also ...

To save money they turned off AM radio in Austria,

However if EVERYONE "listens" via Internet at same it might get as expensive as AM.

FM isn't as much coverage as AM. I don't know if Austria has dreadful DAB like UK and Germany, which has even worse coverage.

Unintended consequences. Is this really about Radio or TV? Do they seriously still collect Radio licence fees in Austria?

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Right and Wrong

online radio streaming does not actually constitute “broadcasting”,

Technically, streaming is rarely broadcasting. It's a more modern version of the stations (common still in USA in 1980s anyway) that you phone and listen to on a speaker. Actually "dialup" live programmes existed in Europe even before 1921 and dawn of Broadcasting.

So in practice it's a different way of delivering content. In Australia, originally, you got a licence for a station, but other countries you got a licence (originally for technical reasons and later merely a tax) to have Wireless equipment.

So in the sense that Streaming doesn't use Broadcast Wireless Equipment, you don't need a licence. If the licence was changed (as it is in Ireland) to be consumption of live broadcast by any alternative means (fibre, Cable, Internet) then, yes, streaming of anything other than back catalogue on demand, i.e. a "station" the same for everyone, logically ought to need a licence (a tax on consumption in reality).

Technically in Ireland using PC and internet to watch "live" BBC requires a TV licence. The Radio licence (like UK) abolished long ago.

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Jeep hackers broke DMCA, says EFF, and that's stupid

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Exemptions?

The entire DMCA is evil, anti-consumer, doesn't prevent commercial piracy and should be scrapped.

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Lottery IT security boss guilty of hacking lotto computer to win $14.3m

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WTF?

Lotteries

A tax on the poorer people usually.

I can't see how you can trust a computer based system at all. I'd presumed this was why some use bouncing numbered balls on live TV.

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Jeep drivers can be HACKED to DEATH: All you need is the car's IP address

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I knew DAB was stupid.

This vulnerability makes the Jeep look sensible!

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-33622298

A crafted DAB broadcast and ALL vulnerable vehicles in range are hacked, e.g. slam on brakes. You can buy a DAB transmitter to hook to PC data under £2000.

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Microsoft open-sources Sora software-defined radio

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old school radios that lasted 20

I have some working 86 year old radio sets.

How long will Windows 8 last?

The $10 SDR stick has abysmal dynamic range and performance.

If this is Open Source is it going to be ported to other OS?

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SpaceX's blast shock delays world's MOST POWERFUL ROCKET

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Re: OK Say you get to Mars

A space elevator might work on Mars, with Kevlar cable, unlike Earth where it might always be more expensive than rockets, even if it can be made with diamond / carbon nano tubes or whatever (no current material available).

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Silicon Valley sides with Samsung in anti-Apple patent war

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Apple vs Samsung

Apple has bought in a couple of techs

Does almost no real R&D

The "Design Patents" themselves are not engineering or R&D at all, but STYLE (copied from Braun!), what is called Registered Design in UK. Unlike the iconic fluted Coke Bottle (inspired by cocoa pod?) the Apple styles are too generic and should never have been awarded.

The Patents Apple wants special treatment on are REAL engineering & science patents. Every one else has agreed deals.

Apple also have the most overpriced kit, they are a MARKETING company, hence have the biggest profit margin and largest value despite having a minority of the market. Apple Greed and dishonesty.

Exactly what to Apple have that wasn't a copy or bought in (iOS GUI from Fingerworks, OSX from Next / BSD, they used Samsung SC6400 ARM family in 1st iPhone and then bought a niche ARM designer). Almost all Ives stuff is copied from / inspired by 1950s & 1960s Braun stuff by Dieter Rams, he's a stylist, not an Engineer. Apple even copied the Swiss Railways clock.

iPhone and iPad names even belonged to others first.

Apple Logo and name shamelessly pinched from Beatles Apple Corp (two court cases, after the first they agreed to keep out of Music Industry, then Apple launched iTunes).

I don't much like many of the other guys, but Apple deserve ZERO damages and ought to have the bulk of their claims at USPTO scrapped as too generic, too derivative or plain copy / prior art or too trivial or too obvious to anyone versed in the Art.

Buying Beats, a perfect purchase as another cheaply made product sold far above its retail value.

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El Reg hosts the IBM Bluemix Programming Competition 2015

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Spyware-spewing Wi-Fi drone found on Hacking Team, Boeing's to-do list

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Re: Anyone still using a non-VPN WiFi?

Queen Elisabeth I secret Police Chief, Francis Walsingham, basically read everyone's mail, even if in code.

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Neil Armstrong's MOON spacesuit: One small donation from you - one giant leap for Mankind

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$500,000

To exhibit an existing 50 year old (approx) space suit?

Seems rather expensive. Can someone explain to me why it costs so much? Like with comparisons to Mediaeval armour, WW II pilot's suit, Victorian brass helmet diving suit etc.

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Microsoft: Hey, you. Done patching Windows this month? WRONG

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Adobe crapware again?

how the Windows Adobe Type Manager Library handles OpenType fonts.

Microsoft Windows does not release any OpenType fonts natively. However, third-party applications could install them and they could be affected by this change

atmfd.dll is the vulnerable file.

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Tablets, smartwatches just not doing it for Apple right now

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3.9M Apple Watches

That many?

Be interesting to see next quarter.

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Obvious

The iPad is in a saturated market. People don't break or upgrade Tablets as often (no stupid phone plans which in reality "tax" everyone with a mobile.). Also "Tablets" start at £40 approx and even Samsung has some cheaper ones about £120. There is simply nothing compelling about the iPad walled garden and its pricing.

So what are the iPod figures?

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Here's why Whittingdale kicked a subscription BBC into the future

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A subscription-access BBC isn’t a new idea ..

No, and Ofcom would love it as it would be the end of Terrestrial TV.

Ofcom is obsessed with mobile (it wouldn't be the licence revenue) to exclusion of caring about any other spectrum use. Both Ofcom and Comreg want to sell off ALL the UHF spectrum and close Terrestrial broadcast.

Subscription BBC would massively boost Cable and Satellite Pay TV too. So there are many powerful anti-consumer interests that want to throttle the BBC and Free To Air TV.

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Being common is tragic, but the tragedy of the commons is still true

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Re: 5000 years

Yes, we have air travel to spread the 90% fatality 1 month incubation time, spreadable before symptoms appear parasite/fungus/bacteria/virus.

People going to public toilets, using door handles and exchanging money and not washing their hands too. Have we really changed much or just have a lot more gadgets?

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Obvious when explained

I think though the problem with a lot of Government regulation vs Private regulation isn't simple.

Some Governments are traditionally really controlled by Civil Servants*, others by corruption. The problem too with Government can be lack of enforcement or penalties for complex reason. The World Bank uses the Privatisation of Eircom (Ireland) as a case study of how NOT to put regulation in place and privatise a Semi-State or State company. If Greece manages sell off and regulation of near monopolistic business badly the results can be worse than doing nothing.

Long term Profit isn't always the motivation of Business, but can be asset stripping or other short termism policies.

[* Yes Minister is a documentary on the subject]

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HSBC takes Twitter tongue-lashing over failure to offer Apple Pay

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Re: Why?

We don't need Google Wallet either.

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