They STILL don't send a confirmation link to previous email address before changing it on password change or have you type it twice.
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They STILL don't send a confirmation link to previous email address before changing it on password change or have you type it twice.
It's not going to bring real broadband to the masses. Another step in crippling Terrestrial TV to benefit SIGs
see the Radio Museum
Unfortunately Regulators like Ofcom & Comreg, Set makers and even the Broadcasters (esp. ones like BBC & RTE with DAB) are trying to kill Radio.
Digital TV is a good idea and reasonably implemented. Inherently ANY digital Radio system is a poorer User Interface than AM or FM. User Power consumption, Mobile/Portable coverage issues etc. DAB isn't the real problem, though not enough transmitters, only suits National Broadcasters and needs twice as many Mux to have decent bitrate.
I have some lovely colours of Tulips.
Simply hides fraud and allows the bank to claim the user was at fault.
Also the STUPID bank POS doesn't ask Bank if PIN is correct, but asks card! You can make a fake card that simply replies "yes" for ANY PIN.
Also in Chip & PIN countries the criminals are installing fake readers (in one case actually IN a bank!). As the article points out the issue isn't really Chip & PIN but compromised POS systems, vulnerable Web servers (In Ireland & UK, credit card numbers and rear code pinched from a "reward loyalty card" system that should never have had ANY such information). and even Back Office systems (The Remaindered Stock Retailer).
Fraud is endemic and the Banks admit as little as possible. It's mostly due to incompetently designed systems. People Errors. Computer Error? No Rubbish outsourced systems. Management Errors!
But DAB should be scrapped. That unfairly benefits National over local Broadcasters and INHERENTLY all Digital Radio is more user Power Consumption, worse coverage EXPERIENCE and worse radio use Experience. (Tuning / selecting / channel change delay).
Except those figures are fantasy.
Read what Greg Dyke said about viewing cards when BBC planned to leave Solus Card scheme and go FTA.
HOW do you have Subscription model? No FTA tuners. But DTT & Sat boxes and TVs and PVRs with a COMPATIBLE card reader (CAM). The Card company takes a big wack, the more secure from piracy the system is the more costly.
Ofcom of course want to have only Cable and Satellite and prefer purely commercial entitiies. It would suit Ofcom.
PSB isn't about money.
Sky makes most from Subscription TV, yet 92% of what Sky Subscribers watch is Free To Air.
Sky 1 and Sky Sport (all added) each had about 1.5% viewing each.
In reality most people wouldn't pay for an extra platforms. Surveys can be misleading. Sky & UPC (formerly Virgin) dominate pay TV. BBC would become the equivalent of Disney and Nickleodeon and content would deteriorate further to a lower common denominator.
Totally to character. He's not an Activist or Investor. But a Speculator and Asset Stripper.
IMO Chrome is despicable mis-marketed Google Spyware anyway. They are NOT a Tech company but a creepy Advertising Company that uses Tech.
Now that would be worth even more as a food source!
Nuclear fuel (fusion?) Power Station input and synthetic Food out (Sugars)! I don't think a rechargeable one is possible until they figure photosynthesis and then it will only recharge on sunlight, not electricity.
The head "flies" using I think the Bernoulli effect. It's a very very small ground effect aircraft. You'll find that "aircraft" can't fly in a vacuum. It's more stable than any other method of having the head very close but never actually touching.
It puts the term "Head Crash" into perspective :)
You can't hermetically seal in helium. Or keep it out either. Anything with a vacuum gradually acquires helium.
So I wonder how long a Helium filled drive lasts?
Who laid the lovely rustic stone pavement?
I think 15.5s a year of Apple Profits is $20K a year.
How much of the Fruity Firm's profits is €20,000 pa.?
The Digital Dividend existed. The Regulators might not have got as much as they would have liked, but they DID get lots for auctioning the spectrum 790 MHz to 862 MHz formerly used by Analogue TV.
That was the real Digital Dividend. The consumer was lucky to get anything extra (HD, some more channels and real widescreen).
Satellite is for the 1 to 2% that can't get Terrestrial.
The fact some get poor reception is no reason to deprive everyone else.
IPTV, Satellite or Cable can't replace Terrestrial, no matter what Ofcom and Comreg believe. They are complementary.
IPTV and Cable are essentially Pay TV (Broadband to support real IPTV is a lot more expensive).
People are watching more Discs and Internet because TV content is currently a lot poorer than it used to be. This partly because of the dilution of Multichannel TV and impact of PayTV. On Pay TV about 92% of viewing time is still the main free channels.
The people behind this want BBC, ITV, C4, RTE etc crippled, they want Terrestrial and ideally all FTA TV killed and the Regulators want to sell Spectrum Licences. Any service based on LTE Broadcast or some other Broadcast from Mobile Operators will be more expensive to consumer and give worse coverage than current DVB-T.
I supported the original Digital Dividend idea in late 1990s and early 2000s. But It was a mistake. More efficient use of 872 to 2600 Mobile bands would give consumers better service than tacking on 790 to 862MHz Digital Dividend (The only real dividend was Regulator Licence auctions). It has crippled expansion of Terrestrial Digital TV. The plan was originated before HD or growth of pay TV.
Satellite is a much much cheaper broadcast platform for a Broadcaster, especially Pay TV. But Foreign controlled, vulnerable to a "Burp" from the Sun and twice as expensive per TV for viewer to install. Not easily transportable or portable.
Cable TV is Pay TV, Not easily transportable or portable and only Urban/Suburban.
IPTV is 1000s of times more expensive than Broadcast if it was a mass viewing technology with true HD and able to support multiple TV sets.
We will soon have PVRs that can record ALL free channels on a 2 week rolling basis. Makes a nonsense of the running costs and national capital expenditure for Universal IPTV for mainstream viewing and "catch up" TV.
Comreg (Irish Regulator) already stated their aim is abolish all Broadcast. I'd bet Ofcom has the same aim.
Carp are a traditional if rather lacking in flavour fare for hundreds if not thousands of years. Some supermarkets have them live in the tank (though I only saw this in Foreign places). But I wouldn't eat anything that up and died on its own. I'm not a Rook*.
(*UK Rooks found to be as clever with Tools as famous Caledonian Crows. Boffins surmise that normally they don't bother showing off such technological skills due to prevalence of Road Kill and other free nosh).
The NiMH solution would be similar volume and overall not much weight. Actually the battery boxes would not need to be as strong and heavy Stainless Steel, so the weight increase is small.
Lithium is used in Laptops due to battery being a high proportion of weight, not run time. Lithium used in phones etc due to ability to have rectangular form factor and small size where NiMH become less efficient. I think the Airbus uses NiMH.
Generally excellent, but this is plain wrong:
"The world’s strongest industrial nation, the United States, has probably reached that position because its constitution separates the state from churches."
I think by 19th Century the Church wasn't holding anyone back in Europe. During that period the USA ignored copyright (even today there are issues with US Book & Magazine distributions in UK & Ireland in retaliation and still a problem with Music Industry royalties on Radio in USA vs Rest of World) and ignored patents. Right in to 20th Century.
They only strengthened USPO and US Copyright in 20th Century to protect their own alleged IP.
Nothing to do with the bizarre Religion vs Government in USA (In God We Trust). C.f. France since the Revolution. Also Northern Germany became Protestant in Luther's time to avoid Church interference in State.
Rest of article more reasoned opinion, but that statement is false.
Also China is or may soon outstrip USA. But again it's nothing to do with separation of Church and State.
Exchange and Sharepoint are probably MS's worst Server Products.
c.f. Last Starfighter.
As we can't know what might be interesting later.
Or an Advertising agency with one Cyber Billboard disguised as a "Social Media" site.
Not a Tech company.
On Portable Devices: LED VFD then LCD
Though VFD type devices date from early 1950s and LEDs early 1960s. The VFD is about 1/10th of voltage of Neon/Plasma displays and much easier to drive / matrix. Can work as low as 15V.
VFD still used in Cars, Setboxes/Disc players, Ovens (Microwave or Resistive).
VFD (Matrixed Triodes) and Magnetrons (Diode) are really the only two valve devices left in Volume Production now that CRTs gone.
No, nothing like Animals scent marking.
Except consumer 200MHz Digital Scope is poorer than most 10MHz Analogue ones. You need a £5,000+ 2GHz sampling scope to compete with decent S/H analogue 100MHz £50 scope.
Cheap digital scopes often only 8bit (which means less than 7 bits really), limited input ranges (not as sensitive nor high voltages) and totally rubbish triggering. Also useless for X -Y mode. Actually some quite expensive digital scopes are poor at X -Y.
Each steel needle is only good for ONE side!
It's not the first x86 phone.
It won't be the last one.
It will be a failure.
A phone where you can pick your own OS is definitely niche. What percentage of laptops, notebooks, desktops are sold that way. Most people want to just switch it on and start using it.
They sound like they have 6 months to 18 months left.
Definitely a burning platform.
The British version
I'm told the Railway engine version was very distinctive sound. Very powerful too.
That would be easy. ARM based Phone, set-box and TV makers do it all the time?
I just see a packaging & Style solution, not innovation.
If you like OSX and a more powerful Mac, enjoy this. It might be the last. Where are the Apple Servers today? This is a very niche market for Apple.
Yes, it's striking and different, but a niche expensive product. Maybe there might be one more generation at most.
It's getting further from WinCE & Intel
(BT actually changed the EXISTING user's boxes from WinCE to Linux).
Intel inside on TVs and Setboxes was Intel's plan. But they are now collectors items.
Why are Apple allowed to call their Streaming Media box that has NO tuner and NO screen an "Apple TV"?
Much later he added a very creepy Zeroth law.
I see what you did then. So what's the revisionist Zeroth law?
You don't get a charger with a Kindle, at least not outside US.
There are some laptops with 120W supplies.
I can't see this working. Also probably about 3 different DC voltages needed.
My old 2000 year car has a nice 75cm whip. The little bee stings and shark fins are poor for VHF-FM and useless for MW or LW.
Fantastic LW, MW & VHF-FM on it. Awkward to add weaker stations. The RDS and TA (BBC seems to switch from R4 to R. Ulster for Traffic Announcements) works great though so only one preset needed for each VHF station.
Actually after many years research I conclude that Digital Radio is always going to be inferior to FM. Don't forget AM either, it's useful too.
The Problem isn't DAB, DAB+ would be just used to deliver 64kbps and double number of stations. At 192kbps or even better 256k, the advantage of DAB+ becomes slight.
DAB should be 256K. MP2 on satellite used to be 256k. At higher bit rates such as 256K MP3 or AAC hasn't so much advantage over MP2. In some cases MP3 and AAC can sound worse if you have poor hearing as it's a psycho-acoustic model based on normal hearing and "throwing away" even more data..
Digital Radio of any needs x6 as many transmitters as there are today, though most are small, to "fill in " coverage due to digital cliff for Mobile/Portable users, unlike very gradual AM and quite gradual FM in fringe reception. The "bubbling mud" isn't purely a DAB thing, it's an artefact of not enough FEC data before you fall off the "digital cliff".
Comparing Digital TV vs Analogue and Digital Radio vs Analogue the Digital TV has almost no disadvantage and many advantages. Digital radio is usually better quality than AM, never better than FM but every other aspect it's inferior to AM or FM!
The user interface experience is rubbish. Preset stations only, large inter station delay, massive delay if you have to change Multiplex frequency (there is a limit to SFN size), typically x20 power consumption, hardly any DAB sets have RDS on the FM, current DAB features inferior to RDS + TA, virtually no sets with LW / MW (even FM isn't universal, also what about stations outside UK?).
DAB is about dominance by BBC (extra channels) or very large commercial outfits. It's not about real choice, quality, value or ease of use.
This ultimately isn't investment but asset stripping.
Avago and LSI are both now doomed by a millstone of debt. The winners are the the people who got the money.
Sky is ITV's competitor.
Multichannel Pay TV has destroyed the UK Telly, not BBC.
No one mentioned the Toy Franchise yet?
The Chinese are missing out not having at least two toy versions:
"lego" clone version
"Tomy" ready made remote controlled version
For rich kids (Geek Adults):
iPhone controlled version with camera
Chassis for Raspberry Pi/Ardunio with the dish as a functional 5.8GHz WiFi link.
My coat has an Argos Catalogue in one pocket and ToysRus in the other.
Great Achievement. After all they didn't steal German Factories and Scientists in 1945 though fought the Japanese to a standstill, while having a civil war and occasionally fighting Russians (pre 1939).
"Don't ask your government for help. Unless you're in China or Zimbabwe. They generally mean well but they will strangle you to death, by accident."
Yes. I discovered this with LEDU and NIDA etc in 1980s, £10,000 and it wasn't worth it. We ended up employing 11 people and making a profit by the time DeLoran closed. He got millions the same time they gave us £10,000. Because he lied. The UK never even checked his story of Shannon Development approval (IDA and Shannon Development thought it was a con and turned him down).
Under powered "sports car". Vibration made the steel skin come off the fibreglass. All this was obvious before the Gov gave him his millions.
Any Government will strangle you with bureaucracy. Apple wasn't successful due to good ideas with iPod then iPhone. Both pre-existing products. Ideas are nice, but having money and good marketing is the reason Apple is successful. Neither Jobs or Bill Gates were POOR students. Even their own families had enough money to fund their start. Jobs built his marketing on Woz's ideas initially and Gates repackaged Dartmouth Basic.
I'm all in favour of R&D and Innovation and Engineering, But that's maybe 10% of what is needed for a successful business. The rest is equal dollops of Hard Work, Money, Marketing and Luck!
Apple was very lucky as well with the iPhone because of the incompetence of Nokia, RIM and MS:
Nokia lost the plot on UI and R&D about 2002
RIM was a niche product
MS fixated on having ONE GUI and identity of OS (So CE was a stupid miniaturisation of Desktop, now the Desktop is a stupid enlargement of Zune)
Other "players" were too small and under the radar. Apple cut down OS X to iOS but bought in a decent GUI instead of miniaturising Mac GUI. All the rest was pretty much of the shelf. I built a 4G touch screen myself before the iPhone came out but didn't have a decent GUI and knew it (it didn't matter either, as it was only a Proof of Concept demo of the 4G Flarion Modem, then bought by Qualcomm) .
The iPod success was down to copying Deiter Rams' Braun styling and marketing, also simply being Apple. Other MP3 players as good.
You can parody the Pink Bunny.
Duracell lost, even though Energiser was basically copying the Duracell bunny, cos the Judge and Jury thought it amusing?