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Cellular architectures not great for TV: study

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Re: Indeed. It's called broadcasting for a reason

Beamforming works best on higher frequencies and smaller cells. Planning permissions and cost mitigate against any useful "Beamforming" on UHF. You need huge aerial arrays and much more electronics.

MIMO and Beamforming is way hyped and available on WiFi, 2G and 3G also but rarely deployed on Mobile.

When you have small cells (= higher capacity per area) then 2.1 to 2.6GHz bands are fine. There should be nearly 200MHz at 2.6Hz. Since the aerial size is less than 1/3rd size of 800MHz, MIMO and Beamforming is more practical. Also BECAUSE the 2.6 GHZ signal can't travel as far as 800MHz, frequency reuse to have higher capacity is 10 to 20 times more capacity.

But operators are more interested in maximizing revenue than performance and the Licence conditions let them. The most efficient use of any band is a SINGLE wholesale RAN, not Ofcom's and Comreg's pack in as many operators on separate channels (more licence revenue). On average a single RAN gives about x4 capacity or speed compared to splitting up the band the way Ofcom and Comreg do.

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Re: Indeed. It's called broadcasting for a reason

Yes, it needs to be said. It may be stating the obvious but Governments and Regulators are ignoring the Obvious.

Mobile, Satellite, Fibre, IP etc is all wonderful but complementary to Radio & TV Broadcast.

It was greedy short-sighted stupidity to sell off part of the TV spectrum to Mobile. That part of spectrum is only good for larger cells and isn't enough channels big enough for decent 4G any better than 3G. A total waste.

Terrestrial TV needs the spectrum to compete with cable & satellite TV, which never can be portable or instantly available at a new location. Satellite is very vulnerable and cable only viable for Urban areas, both are tethered so though "Broadcast" are not replacements for Terrestrial TV, despite Ofcom's and Comreg's agenda to abolish Terrestrial TV entirely.

As we read this, Ofcom and Comreg are planning to reduce DTT further to sell off a 2nd block (even poorer mobile capacity and larger cells).

Mobile to give decent 4G coverage and speed needs MORE cells than 3G. This isn't possible on UHF.

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Want to know if that hottie has HIV? Put their blood in the DVD player

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Re: Home Use ??

Ditch/disable the stupid Browser PDF plugin and save the PDF, then open in Foxit or Adobe Reader or Ghostviewer

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Netbooks projected to become EXTINCT by 2015

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Price

They got too expensive.

Also possibly the ending of XP on them helps to kill them.

Tablet + optional BT keyboard maybe makes more sense too.

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Shaky liftoff for Sputnik: Dell's Linux lappie runs its own cloud, ish

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1080p

Rubbish resolution for Development work

1200 lines minimum.

Maybe as a 2nd machine?

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Another 170,000 Freeview homes to be freed from reality TV - possibly

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Actually Cable is affected.

The Transmitter in the 4G Phone/Mobile can block reception on cable by leaking INTO the cable in the house. This can affect Broadband, TV , VOD etc cable services, which will continue to use 790MHz to 862MHz,

Cable companies already did testing and complained.

The 800MHz 4G will not be better than 2.1GHz 3G / HSPA+ when there are an economic number of customers, not enough bandwidth.

Meanwhile Terrestrial TV is crippled on expansion of services and new services such as 3D or higher quality HD. It's handing customers to Pay TV, especially Murdoch & UPC.

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Freeview telly test suggests 4G interference may not be a big deal

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Misleading

They know about 15 but how many had issues and didn't complain, or were near the "Digital Cliff" and a change in weather etc will put them over the edge.

What was the methodology?

How realistic was the use of Mobile Sites?

Actually 15 in 22,000 might be very high. We can't tell from the article.

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Google goes on the Blink in WebKit fork FURORE

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Big Brother

Simple

I'm looking at doing my own / finding existing alternative to Google docs for real time collaborative editing.

Google is too creepy and anti-privacy. I want it on my own rented hosting with only my authorised users, not Chocolate factory Wonkas..

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Review: Intel Next Unit of Computing barebones desktop PC

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Fruity?

How quick before Apple sue if they do a white version?

This is a "Meh" product.

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Facebook buys Dummly from outernet prodigy Dick D'Miner

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I'm sure my Ansible is working

But does anyone else have one? I'm not getting any traffic.

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Giant solar-powered aircraft to begin cross-country flight

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Re: I , for one, am fascinated with this

Efficiency has increased somewhat and not as much as the hype. But interestingly not life. Also curiously if we consider volume and not weight NiMH is as good as Lithium when new and after 6 months of cycles may beat Lithium of same volume on capacity. Easily beat on life. Much heavier though.

Water heating at home from solar is still far better than photovoltaic and will repay costs without subsidy. The photovoltaic only repays cost for user if subsidised.

A photovoltaic aircraft is likely only suitable as high altitude "drone". Even at 100% efficiency the photovoltaic aircraft would not have commercial carrying capacity nor cope with weather to land and take off.

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Re: Success? Weather

This was the problem with the US Airship "aircraft carriers". They were destroyed by weather.

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Indefinitely?

My laptop is on its 5th battery pack.

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Apple files patent for iPhone with wraparound display

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Re: Do me a Quaver Bananas

I'm sure Nokia had a banana shaped phone.

Well, if Bananas are grey and flattened a bit.

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Yet again!

More demonstrations that the Patent system is broken.

There is no invention, novelty or cleverness about this.

It's not even distinctive enough for US "Design Patent" = UK "Registered Design". Too generic. You can't register a bottle, but you can have the distinctive "coke" bottle with waist and fluted shoulders (reminiscent of the seed) as US "Design Patent" = UK "Registered Design".

Most of the current US Patents and "Design patents" should be ruled invalid. All of the Software ones.

We have Copyright. Which again can't protect the generic.

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A lightbulb that does IPv6: You know you want it

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Certainly not acceptable

It's totally unacceptable that any Government or Utility can decide when and which of my appliances to disconnect.

Power and control of people that Stalin, Mao, Hitler couldn't imagine.

It's because of political stupidity that we might be short of Electricity.

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Pyongyang Photoshop tomfoolery shows wet Norks, skirts blown up

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Re: Is it me?

Amazingly the pixels are all the same size.

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Boffins brew eyes on bugs' wings

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I'm confused though

Why did they then decide to grow retinal cells on the wings? What has that to do with Bacteria?

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Apple in Chinese court over patent rights for Siri

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Re: What's good for the goose...

OTH maybe Apple is Chinese and not American.

Where is it all made?

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Torygraph and Currant Bun stand by to repel freeloaders

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iPads and Android Tablets

If they are so great for web browsing why are so many large business web sites try to be Appetising?

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Forget the invisibility cloak: Boffins invent INVISIBILITY FISHNETS

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Re: I hate Boffins

Meanwhile one barmaid throws another faggot on the fire while another brings you faggots, peas and chips with an Ale. Or Cider.

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I've got a super free multi-petabyte storage box for you: /dev/null

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Re: Archive to disc

Depends on type of disk and type of tape and humidity and temperature and density of each.

Finding an interface to read the disk vs a working tape drive and interface in 30 years is easier maybe for Disk. I can still read any IDE/PATA drives easily. Ancient SCSI via PCI or PCMCIA adaptors. But MFM drives need me to boot a machine with DOS or Win 3.0 or Win 3.1 and full length ISA slot. But new Laptop doesn't take the PCMCIA SCSI adaptor, and some of the newer PCs have no PATA/IDE interfaces, nor PCI slots for older ones.

I do have some drives that are a "kind" of IDE (on board CPU, same connection) but used a custom "PIO" ISA like adaptor. Not readable on anything except original Wang Mobo with ISA riser card and Pseudo IDE connection.

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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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