* Posts by Mage

3104 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

Microsoft's $7.1bn Nokia gobble: Why you should expect the unexpected

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Re: Shame

Visio

Powerpoint

SQL

DOS

Original MS Basic (but they just took it from Dartmouth, they never paid for it) I presume ported to 8080 for CP/M?

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Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile business

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Re: bargain

MS only has a 10 year licence. Nokia still have the Patents. MS didn't buy Nokia, only the phone division.

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Re: Thoughts

But Google got the Moto phone patents. Nokia still owns all the patents. MS only has a licence.

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Re: Patents & left behind

Nokia bought out Siemens from Nokia Siemens Networks, NSN.

Phones are not the only thing Nokia does.

They don't make paper, wellie boots, Satellite TV gear or TVs any more though. Probably they wish they had kept the paper (lots of trees in Finland) and Wellies (lots of fashion wellies now).

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Nearly no surprise

Surprising that MS paid so much. If they had waited it would have been cheaper.

Not the end of Nokia, but only of the phones. MS will mess this up as well as the last phone maker they bought.

Or ...

Maybe not if Elop is the next MS CEO now that Balmar has resigned.

Or maybe that would kill MS.

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Google chap reverse engineers Sinclair Scientific Calculator

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Roundworld's Bergholt Stuttley Johnson

Almost every Sinclair Product had a touch of genius but fatally flawed. If the design didn't have a flaw then it would be a failure due to poor production (Amstrad was horrified at the Production when he bought them).

Micro Smallest Radio (which wasn't even before it came out). TRF Reflex.

Grossly exaggerated specs of sub spec IC10 (Plessey) and IC12 (Texas)

Watch almost impossible to fit in case

Three iterations of pocket TVs with different flaws (oddly the first one the main flaw was too expensive, rare for Sinclair 2nd flaw battery. Last model was obsolete at release by LCD and Sony had better "flat" CRT to market first).

Wobbling RAM packs

QL "tape" cartridges

C5 bike using Washing machine motor.

We need people like Sinclair, but with better attention to Production Engineering and Quality.

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Punter strikes back at cold callers - by charging THEM to call HIM

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email

How do I set up an email address that works like a Premium phone number?

I never get cold calls on phone. But I get spam.

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Look out ARM, Intel, here comes MIPS – again

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Hurts Intel's attempt

As MIPS is already more established in Domestic Routers/Modems than x86, this likely hurts Intel's attempt at getting into the phone market see Intel: Our new mobile chip SoCs it to its predecessor. I can't see it taking more than a few percent of ARM's juggernaut.

It's likely to be more attractive for Tablets than Intel's "Clovertrail" too.

If Intel want to succeed in phones and tablets then they need to get MS to stop calling all versions of their OS "Windows" and only call the one compatible with 2000, XP, Vista and Server applications "Windows". Maybe MS also need to market XP with a new service pack as Legacy Windows and examine why the XP tablet failed outside of specialist markets. I'd say it wasn't the UI as it was a large screen, but cost and battery life.

The Zune like TIFKAM is a good idea for phones and small tablets (The classic desktop style CE UI on a 320x 240 PDA was daft). Larger tablets where the thumbs can't address all of the screen need a different GUI. 10" approx and larger tablets need a different approach. A screen on a desk used with a keyboard needs the traditional WIMP GUI.

So MIPS has some future. Hard to see one for Intel Cloverdale/Medfield unless they sell them cheap for cheap windows x86 compatible notebooks. Phones don't need x86 compatibility as the screen is too small for traditional Windows applications like Sage, Excel, Powerpoint, Visio, MS Project, or even traditional Outlook with Exchange server for meetings etc. Applications for handheld devices need not just a different GUI but need to be written differently too.

There is no "one size fits all".

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Silicon daddy: Moore's Law about to be repealed, but don't blame physics

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Messenger Boys

William Preece, head of P.O. said it. He changed his mind and not only introduced telephones but gave an unknown Irish-Italian a big break. A guy called Marconi.

But I don't see how it relates to Moore's law, which really ended already.

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Star Wars revival secret: This isn't the celluloid you're looking for

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24 fps ... bah

The biggest lack on HD is poor frame rate. Noticeable with motion.

HD should be 96 FPS. More important than 2000 or 3000 lines in the home. Digital Cinema recording is already about x4 the home HDTV resolution.

Bit of a gimmick using 35mm to film.

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Intel: Our new mobile chip SoCs it to its predecessor

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Maybe a Tablet

A 7.5" x 11.5" cased tablet with about 13" diagonal screen, minimum 1450 x 960 pixels (133dpi) ideally about 1960 x 1300 (180dpi) or about 2140 x 1400 (200dpi). BT keyboard should be included ( :) ). Also you should be able to chose iOS, OSX, WinXP, RiscOS, Linux, Android or Win8 (or whatever, pre-loaded and swap later).

Can't see the point of it in a phone.

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Google cripples Chromecast third party replay

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Re: Idiots.

How?

This gadget needs an Android Gadget and WiFI.

Use an HDMI cable or Wireless HDMI and:

Better quality possible

Many tablets/PC/Laptop/Phone can play HD HDMI video.

This is a Shiny Shiny to make Google Money and Spy on your usage. No-one needs one.

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Amazon spaffs MYSTERY private Wi-Fi waves all over Apple's orchard

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One Channel?

Higher WiFi Speeds actually use 3 to 4 channels or even all of them.

For non-interfering coverage at decent speed you need 3 x 25MHz channels. This Globalstar ch 14 (not "band" really) will make no significant difference. Less than 10% capacity improvement.

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'Silent' staff stood by as £100m BBC IT project tanked – DG

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Re: "Shifting the blame to the workers, rather than the management, ..

Except EVERYONE repeatedly DID tell Management!

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Re: Baloney

The guy suspended TOLD them it need scrapped. BBC Research told them it needed scrapped. But they insisted on "full steam ahead" even though the guy suspended was brought in because they KNEW it had hit an Iceberg. BBC Management is in the wet place in Egypt.

You should hear any of the Cringeworthy replies Senior folk make on Feedback.

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Four ways the Guardian could have protected Snowden – by THE NSA

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The spooks use

Numbers stations and one time pads.

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Microsoft announces execution date for failed QR code-killer

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The way it's implemented even QR is toxic

Why don't phones display the URL and ask if you want to load it?

Otherwise it's a way to deliver drive by malicious URLS.

The real QR is easily replaced by a sticker. But Colour was stupid. Less ubiquitous to high speed print unique codes for offices.

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Apple big-screen TV rumor zombie RISES FROM THE DEAD

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Re: Just what we need...

Indeed!

Which sells more. iOS or OSX?

Which is more locked in to iTunes store?

Which is more likely to be used on the settee? iPhone/iPad or Mac?

Which is used on TVs:

Windows CE

Windows 7/8 destop

Windows Phone

Windows RT

Android

Linux (and derivatives)

Answer: even dumb TVs often run Linux. A tiny few have Android. None I know of run Windows. BT's set box used to run CE, but to MS chagrin BT even upgraded the almost all the ones in use to Linux remotely without customer intervention.

Which OS does Apple's existing misnamed Apple Tv use (no screen or Tuner. how is it a TV?)?

You deserve a Beer.

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Court throws out Icahn's demand to stall Dell shareholder vote

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Icahn

He's buying more shares in Apple and changing his name to iChan

He will offer access to the thoughts of Chairman Jobs.

He's lost this one.

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Bureaucrats foil Nestlé's bid to TRADEMARK KitKat's chocolatey digits

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Bunnys and Alps

I think Lindt lost the gold foil and red ribbon Rabbit case.

What next? Alternate Toblerone?

Extremely chocolately caramels? How Chocolatey? 82% Cocoa or they should drop the Extremely.

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Boffins harvest TV, mobile signals for BATTERY-FREE comms

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Re: Replacing POE with POWiFi ?

Maybe if you used the Microwave Oven's Magnetron. Over say 2m distance you'd need much more WiFi power than the power brick supplies even if it was 100% turned into RF. You'd get cataracts if you looked closely at the new high power WiFi aerial too.

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Re: And is illegal in the UK

Actually the article was quite clear it's not new. The "new" bit is that one unit detects the signal variation by the other unit connecting its aerial and thus reducing local signal. Laws of Thermodynamics. No free lunch.

If you have an appliance making interference on only one frequency and it can't be shielded, then a series tuned L C circuit with its inductor coil well coupled will significantly reduce the radiated interference.

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Re: And is illegal in the UK

Depends on the scale. Microwatts is not stealing as a larger aerial in strong signal area might almost achieve it. Milliwatts or more is questionable and difficult. Actual Watts is harder still unless you are near a LW, SW, MW mast and is certainly theft.

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Never be practical.

These kinds of gadgets almost go back to 1921. You need a strong signal. Perhaps it would work at 2m range for 15% of the population.

Clue, what % per country can run TV without freezing or pixelation on a set top aerial?

Harvesting the local user's Mobile modem, phone or Home Plug transmission will work better than receiving outdoor transmission. Actually some plug top PSUs /Chargers (Wall Warts I think to North Americans) have so much interference they are almost usable as "wireless" chargers at close range. Maybe the cable with plug is for the "charging mat" :-D

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Microsoft: That $900m Surface write-down is smarting

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Do MS "get it"?

The Andriods and Apple and Kindle are in Tesco.

Where are the supermarkets on the list? If they are only aiming at offices they have missed the point. Ordinary office users are not going to use a Tablet at a desk all day. Screen too small. Also loads of other issues.

The BYOD stuff is chosen and paid for by the employee, rarely from anyone on that list and is usually in addition to the Business supplied kit. Are call centres going to buy Surface RT or Pro?

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Big Mike heading for victory as SAM dumps HALF its Dell shares

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Re: it would seem the investor senses its Dell bid can go no further.

They sound like a Speculator and Asset Stripper, not an Investor.

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Facebook's request to the flash industry: 'Make the worst flash possible'

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mv /dev/nul

Or something, my UNIX is rusty. It's only Facebook. Do they care about any of it as long as it brings in advert revenue.

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Peak Apple? HOGWASH! Apple is 'extremely undervalued,' says Icahn

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Apple in Trouble.

They should be worried when serial asset strippers, carpet baggers,speculators and divestors (opposite of investors?) take an interest.

Icahn may be none of these, but certainly his pronouncements are designed to increase profit for icahn.

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PEAK Apple: Cupertino's hopes died with Steve Jobs, says Larry Ellison

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Ives an innovative Designer To Save Apple?

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/apple-design-doesnt-fall-far-from-brauns-tree-176668

http://visual.ly/braun-or-apple

Ives admits being inspired by Dieter Rams' Braun Products.

http://blog.needsupply.com/2013/06/16/dieter-rams/

Jobs was fantastic Charismatic marketeer. Very much like Edison. Who didn't invent the Light Bulb and insisted DC mains was better than AC mains. Nor did Edison invent Cinema, though he claimed no-one could do it with out his Patents.

Maybe even if Jobs was still with us Apple would be close to "peak". There is a limit to how many times Apple can do what they have done. Ives on his own plagiarising 1950s & 1960s Braun/Rams can't save Apple.

What actually have they innovated rather than successfully marketed? Not the iPhone HW, nor its OS. Similar GUI did exist on prior niche products. The capacitive gesture GUI was slickly implemented. Is that innovation or just doing prior art better? In the 1980s the industry wanted handwriting recognition and ability to sketch / annotate rather than browse menus & content, hence they decided to use resistive rather than capacitive input (both existed!) for much greater accuracy. The best solution is to have both.

We may not be quite at Peak Apple, but even with Jobs the future might not be much different.

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REVEALED: Simple 'open sesame' to unlock your HOME by radiowave

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DOS on Wirelss.

Wireless is really stupid for alarm sensors. Alarms by default go off if they detect jamming. So you repeatedly "jam" the frequency/band without attempting entry. Then when the alarm doesn't go off, you break a window at the rear. You park the white van in front or even the driveway. During the day! Carry everything out by the front door (Mains angle grinder at bolts if a deadlock).

Locks and wired alarms are a deterrent. Wireless alarms are an illusion for Cheapskates that don't want 4 core alarm wiring.

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ZTE to flog Firefox OS mobe worldwide via eBay

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In Black?

Is this real then?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ZTE-OPEN-Firefox-OS-BLACK-/171099372585?pt=UK_Mobile_Phones&hash=item27d6513c29

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Waiting for a Windows Phone update? Let's talk again next year

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Three incompatible GUIs

So they should be!

It's insanity to try and have the same GUI for a pocket device, a tablet/pad sized device and greater than 11" approx screen with keyboard and mouse.

Mines got a tablet holder and laptop backpack. The phone is in my jeans of course, what else would the bulge be?

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New blinged-up 'iPhone 5S' touted by Jobs FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Re: I can’t wait, give it a few years…

Is he really dead, why does he remind me of Lysaer s'Ilessid?

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ULTIMATE cuppa contenders prepare to go mug-to-mug

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Re: You just don't get...

You do know the nice crunchy bits in a Hobnob are goblin's toenail clippings? Won't stop me eating them.

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Re: I wonder

We call our tea "Black" or "Indian/Ceylon" but in China it's called Red Tea. It's certainly less popular than Green tea.

I like local Kenyan (black) tea, large leaves. Nothing like the exported Kenyan tea though.

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Punjana and Nambarrie

Weeps ... Punjana and Nambarrie are good. I've not seen Nambarrie for 23 years though. Barrys is barely tea.

Well that leaves Yorkshire Tea, Tetleys, PG tips and Twinings Breakfast.

Milk is OK on the Cornflakes and muesli, but spoils tea. All those Chinese can't be wrong surely?

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Mozilla links Gmail with Persona for email-based single sign-on

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Re: Single login?

Indeed this is one of the aspects I hate about Google. What has Google Code to do with YouTube?

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Chrome, Firefox blab your passwords in a just few clicks: Shrug, wary or kill?

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Re: Firefox already does what he asked

And even if you used the password for the session already you need it explicitly EVERYTIME you display passwords of the saved sites and usernames list.

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Michael Dell accuses Icahn of using court as takeover tool

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Ever Ready and Hanson.

I've run out of popcorn and corn chips.

Icahn must think he is going to win. But Sean Quinn thought he could keep doing leveraged buyouts too.

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Bill Gates's barbed comments pop Google's broadband balloons

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Re: Malaria? Isn't that Bill's monopoly

But Google's Balloons are just PR. Google has consistently ignored privacy law and consistently shown they are only interested in selling adverts.

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PEAK iPAD: Slab looking a bit peaky, needs big biz to take more tablets

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Re: MS Office Missing?

Offices usually have desks rather than armchairs and settees. Also any serious size office the desks are cabled with ethernet. WiFi is ok only for half a dozen.

Surface is a fail too in the office as a real laptop costs less!

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E-reader barons file FCC plea to opt out of disabled-friendly regs

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Re: Everything should be as accessible as possible.

No, they would just remove all communications from cheap ereaders, so disabled people would not benefit at all and everyone else would be penalised.

Should Ballet dancers wear lead weights, ear plugs and distorting dark glasses?

Yes, general purpose computing devices (tablets, ereaders with colour video screens) should have audio accessibility. But not the electronic paper.

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no LCD screen, no camera,

Yes anything not capable of color video should be exempt.

Shouldn't have any other restriction though on software.

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Irish watchdog won't probe Apple, Facebook over PRISM... but COULD IT?

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Re: It's not just this one case - this *regulator* needs investigating

They did stomp on Sky when they decided they would unilaterally supply all customer info to 3rd parties for Advertising. Curiously Sky wrote to all the Irish Customers explaining this, so I guess the Irish Regulator could hardly ignore the thousands of letters and phone calls. Usually people in Ireland complain on Radio phone ins and to each other and never bother actually making official complaints because:

1) Usually they have no idea who to complain to.

2) A belief that little has changed since before 1921 (same Civil Service?) so it would be pointless.

Compared to the Irish Financial Regulator and Communications Regulator, the Data Protection Regulator is wonderful. The others appear to only exist to raise direct revenue.

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Samsung rolls out first mass-produced 3D NAND flash memory chip

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Re: re. photo of V-NAND package

Why does it look like a 1970s Military grade EPROM?

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Horrific moment curvy mum-of-none Mail Online spills everyone's data

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Have you had Cyber Sex ... ?

Asked the Book Keeper (in the Shop around the Corner in "you've got mail"

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Win XP alive and kicking despite 2014 kill switch (Don't ask about Win 8)

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Re: I read this yesterday: RAM

If you don't have too high a resolution of Graphics and turn off everything not needed, then XP SP1 will run in less than 90M fine. But SP3 needs a fair bit more than 128M. NT 4.0 is faster on a 1/4 speed CPU and 20M RAM !

Standard Distros of Linux won't work on a 1999 spec PC either though, but it's easier to create a pared down version.

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Bloke in shed starts own DAB radio station - with Ofcom's blessing

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Re: @Danny

FM channel hopping is instant and with RDS automatic. DAB Mux switching is PAINFULLY slow. Even within a mux channel changing is slow due to the MP2 (or AAC on DAB+, probably slower!) decoder buffer.

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Re: Why bother

Useless for really portable use. FM & AM are better. DAB is a dinosaur.

DAB+ is NOT better, just cheaper as they fit in more stations.

DAB isn't "green" for Receivers or for a single channel of transmission rather than a bunch of stations multiplexing the data to the COFDM modulator. FM was popular BEFORE the patents ran out and they are still trying to promote DAB.

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SAP boss cops jail time plea after Lego barcode bust

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Re: "dish liquid"?..... Fairy Liquid

Olive Oil

Corn Oil

Sunflower Oil

Cod Liver Oil

But Baby oil and Fairy Liquid?

What are they made out of?

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