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First C compiler pops up on Github

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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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Browser makers open local storage hole in HTML5

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Re: Cookie Size

The article says cookies up to 10Mbyte. Actually I don't want websites to store anything else, unless I go "File Save".

10 bytes is 80bits.

That's 1208925819614629174706176 possible visitors for each website.

What is this? HTML planning for a universe of visitors that it needs 80 Million bits of storage per visitor on your own machine?

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Cookie Size

Madness. All a cookie needs to store is be a unique identifier. Why 10Mbyte? 10 bytes is lots.

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German boffins turn ALCOHOL into hydrogen at low temp

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Re: produces co2

Yes, indeed you need the same amount of CO2 to make it from Hydrogen (perhaps extracted from sea water by fusion power?).

The Catalyst life is a problem though. But can the catalyst be regenerated or is it gradually evaporated into the Hydrogen and then into the fuel cell water?

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Google+ goes single sign-in, exec roasts Zuck's 'frictionless sharing'

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Bad enough

That they want you to use one Google Log in for gmail, Docs and YouTube (As far as I concerned unrelated services).

I'd rather have my own notebook of accounts (never kept near laptop) and my own local password manager (only used for accounts that don't involve money).

Someone needs to beat Twitter, Facebook, Google etc over the head with a stick with nails in it and make them eat copies of data protection acts and security best practice till they change their ways.

Also would places like BBC stop promoting Google, Twitter etc ...

... wanders off muttering darkly ...

Mine's the long brown one with a bag of 4" nails and hammer.

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Mobile TV is BACK: Ericsson launches broadcast video for 4G

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Re: 4G = TV frequencies

Done already years ago.

Never took off in Europe, only much marketed in Germany, but popular in Asia.

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Been here before

DVB-H?

Qualcomm's TV?

What advantage does it give over sticking in a DVB-T2 chip?

Will people pay?

We had quite good real Broadcast technologies before for phones. But I suspect unless it's free no-one wants it.

Coverage?

Ordinary Mobile varies the QAM and data rate as signal gets poorer to give about x8 the range of the fastest data but at slow speed. To get 8x range from fixed speed broadcast you either have to have x64 the power or 1/70th the program / data / channel capacity.

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Ancient lost continent discovered lounging on Mauritian beach

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I thought

Atlantis in the Atlanic (Maybe it's Ireland!) and Lemuria is the one in the Indian ocean.

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Firefox to spit out third-party cookies

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Re: "Use custom settings for history"

Firefox has had a setting since ages to block 3rd party cookies. But it's fairly buried in the settings.

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Cheap iPhone mini 'makes sense' for world domination

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Re: NO! It doesn't make sense. It would ruin Apple!

Yes,

The fact that they are really overpriced and uber controlled by Apple is ignored when selling according to current strategy.

If there was a cut price Apple and it was successful it would destroy existing market. So they would be condemned to make a similar profit from much larger sales. Makes them more vulnerable. Exchange larger market so as to have 1/4 to 1/10th the profit per sale. I don't think so. Apple makes currently x4 to x10 more profit per item because actually they in many cases use parts no more expensive at all. Actually other than Retina display it's hard to think of premium parts in iThings.

Also would need complete cultural change inside Apple.

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Happy birthday, LP: Can you believe it's only 65?

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Flash won? No, CDs overpriced.

Tesco today a decent DVD is €6

But Fleetwood mac Rumours is €12.99 on CD. I did buy it on LP at original release and again on CD many years ago. There are also OLD less quality CD titles promoted at Checkout for a "bargain" €17

C R A Z Y !

(1 Euro about 83 pence Sterling yesterday)

Downloaded files need backed up and entire Albums are over priced.

Buy a CD and rip it at your desired quality and you have a decent backup automatically.

BTW 33 & 1/3 RPM was released about 1929 on plastic, 16" for cinema and then 1931 on 12". But same size grooves as 78 rpm.

"Stereo" as done on 33 & 45 was demoed by EMI in 1933 or 1934.

1948 was the microgroove version. LP

1949 was the 45 rpm

Prototype Wurlitzer jukebox 1929. Common production 1934 (10, 12 or 15 off 78s)

BTW the CDs are PRESSED, not etched.

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Sony promises PC-based PlayStation 4 for Christmas

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Re: AC. Sony and Valve should Merge?

How would it annoy me?

Steam is successful on the PC Platform, but is unhappy with Windows and considering Linux and an x86 console.

Sony wants to be more involved with Online and has dabbled with Linux on PS2 & PS3

Both love DRM ... (I don't mean Digital Radio Mondale either!).

Big screen console style gaming isn't going to go away due to iOS or Andriod. Different market really, the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP type devices more challenged by phone based gaming now that even Primary school kids are getting smart phones.

A fully open HW platform such as PC with Windows or Linux gets problematic quickly compared to closed HW like PS3, Xbox360, Nintendo Wii / U or even Apple's Mac OSX stuff. The PC based Windows for Gaming has become a high end niche, not mass market.

Apple curiously has never managed to leverage the stable HW aspect of its computer products as well as iphone and iPad for gaming, A few stunning titles and some ports.

I'd guess Apple don't like to be reminded of Pippin? Also was the Apple TV (a pretty limited media box and not a TV, not maybe much different from Roku?) a missed opportunity as a gaming console.

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Sony and Valve should Merge?

Discuss...

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Rid yourself of Adobe: New Firefox 19.0 gets JAVASCRIPT PDF viewer

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Re: Mixed blessing

Better to use NO plug in and save file and use a decent PDF application OUTSIDE the browser.. PDFs are NOT web pages.

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Re: It's STUPIDITY

So do people think Firefox should display spreadsheets. Powerpoint, Word, DXF? Display of PDF in browser is just plain stupid.

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Re: Am I the only person...

The ONLY sensible thing to do with a PDF is download it.

I have "Safe Reading Mode" on by default in Foxit.

I don't want ever to open PDFs in a browser.

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I scrapped Adobe years ago

I use Foxit

I ALWAYS explicitly save the PDF first.

You realise that even with an Integrated viewer the PDF is STILL "downloaded" as far as the Server and your connection usage?

I seriously hope this is optional and can be turned off. Really I only want to view WEB pages in a Browser, you know HTML..

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It's STUPIDITY

PDFs should 90% of the time be downloaded and saved, THEN opened,

Best to disable ALL PDF plug-ins in browsers.

Also for a Server viewing a PDF is the SAME as downloading so it will "use" up your allocation of downloads on each view.

Can this so called "feature" be turned off?

PDFs are NOT webpages. They are documents!

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Canonical unveils fondleslab-friendly Ubuntu 'experience'

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Stupidity

The LAST thing you want for productivity and usability is the SAME UI on different classes of devices and form factors.

Flames are not enough!

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AMD: Star Trek holodecks within reach

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More likely Tad Williams Otherland*

With special gloves or even an entire suit (for tactile ear plugs), 2 x projectors on to retina (with Body + head + eye tracking so "3D" works even with one eye closed) and optionally even a sensory deprivation tank I think it can be done today. It would SEEM like a Holodeck, but the other people need not even be at the same location.

A chamber you walk into wearing the appropriate "ordinary" clothes still seems fictional no matter how much CPU you have.

Like 2D display the Internet with GOOD fast broadband is enough if you have the local processing for your head set / gloves / boots / suit / tank. You want less than 50ms Latency and "mostly" it will seem realistic. If the Broadband connection is lost the models of the other people just "freeze".

Also unlike Holodeck but like "otherland" you can have a wide range of "body" and with high end tactile feedback suit and a tank it will FEEL like your body as well as look like it.

Unlike a holodeck we do pretty much have the technology for "Otherland" today. If we figure how to generate fake tactile an inner ear movement sensations with just a patch on your head, then the suit and mobile tank (needs to have 4 axis movement to fool your sense of balance) become obsolete.

[* Much prior art, e.g. John Brunner "The Sheep look up" (? hard to believe The Shockwave Rider is1975) , Nicolas van Pallandt "Anvil" and many more]

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Dell's Ubuntu dev laptop gets much-needed display boost

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Re: 1080p _is_ low resolution

I last bought an Apple in 1981. Given the prices vs performance and experience using and repairing Apple computers belonging to others I won't be conned a second time. I guess the choice is 2nd hand Lenovo.

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Re: 1080p _is_ low resolution

Yes ...

1200p was so 12 years ago.

WE DON'T WANT TO WATCH VIDEO. SOME OF US WORK!

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Ubuntu? Fedora? Mint? Debian? We'll find you the right Linux to swallow

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Re: CentOS for me

CentOS and Debian are good idea for Servers and Appliances. But for an ordinary user with no Linux experience Mint or OpenSuse are maybe better. I used to recommend Ubuntu, but what on earth are they smoking and drinking? What ever it is need a Mental Health warning.

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The universe speaks: 'It's time to get off your rock!'

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London Capital of the World?

Really?

Maybe Capital of British Empire.

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Cambridge White Space boffins cook up Weightless chips

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White Space frequencies that are empty of local TV broadcasts

Please qualify this claim, which has never been proven to work and has been demonstrated causing interference.

Unless EVERY TV set/box is reporting in real time to a Database what it's using the so called "white space" Radio WILL clobber TV reception. Also users will misuse the kit with more power or manual channel selection by hacking database connection.

It's the most ill conceived attack on broadcasting ever.

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New cunning linguist computer has got ancient tongues licked

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With the exception of Latin?

Try also Hebrew (up to 4500 years), a couple of types of Cuneiform/clay tablet stuff (Babylonian and pre-Sumerian, up to maybe 7,000 for earliest), two sorts of Egyptian (one of which in a different script turns out to be preserved by the Copts) , Greek/Linear B (up to 3,200 years ago?), and maybe something Scandinavian? Loads of Linear A clay tablets (3,800 years ago) but no-one has any idea what they say.

I think this tool is a good development. If it helps crack Linear A I'll be impressed.

There are also Chinese, Sanskrit (and other Indus valley/Indian?) Korean and Thai related stuff, no idea how old but the Chinese I believe had paper, gunpowder, Pasta and a Monetary system based on Government guarantee rather than rare shiny gems and metal when Europe was in Wattle and Mud huts using physical cows as currency, if at all.

South & Central America?

There is more really old stuff preserved because when you sack a city or library using clay tablets it makes them more durable. Parchment, Vellum, Paper and Papyrus was rather lacking in archival qualities in comparison (but likely can beat DVD & Tape backups by a thousand years or two). Doing the Library of Alexandria without a "backup" plan was stunningly bad. They WOULD have known the need for Off Site backups, but if they existed/exist it's a well kept secret.

Mines the one with the "Story of Writing" in the pocket.

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Twitter translated to LOLCATZ: Strangely this had not been done

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MS missing a trick

MS spends a fortune on Localisation every version of OS, tools and applications. But would volunteers add the translations?

Proves that some Twitter users Gullible.

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Microsoft needs to keep visible under waves of Blue

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Since 2001 or 2003

Approximately

MS releases have been Bloatware, tinkering and using the major changes in the wrong direction. I doubt I will be buying any more MS. I used to even pay for MSDN / Technet and the entire space under the bed is MS CDs going back to 1994. Every major application, IDE and OS till 2003. Then we cancelled.

They are spending a vast amount and achieving little. No vision either. Trying to ape Amazon Cloud, iOS walled gardens and Touchy Feely Tablets (which are really only useful for Personal Video, Web & email) won't work.

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Microsoft sails into Africa with White Spaces and Huawei phones

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Re: Where's the proof... In the Literature and FCC

No published proof it works. Just Hypetastic white papers.

Plenty of fail published.

Google "Hidden Transmitter Syndrome"

The "Database" solution (aka "White Space Radio" MkII) actually doesn't work in reality even though the FCC accepted the revised version. The ONLY way it could work is if EVERY TV also is connected to Internet and the Database.

The 2nd problem is social. It makes "White space" a fail. People will "hack" the database connectivity limits and add power amplifiers and "stronger" aerials for faster speed (if signal is better you can run say 64QAM instead of 16QAM) or more range, thus causing more interference as the spectrum ISN'T empty or it could be licensed.

Try getting any Mobile operator to accept 3rd party "White Space" Radio on their locally "unused" channel(s) and see how far you can get.

TV is now a soft touch. Africa even softer (Just offer a "good" deal), Chinese Government gets good deals on resources in Africa where Huawei does "cheap" infrastructure.

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This is plain evil

It's all about getting so called "White space" Gadgets in Europe and USA.

There is no need to use so called "White Space" anywhere. Least of all Africa. This a cynical "back door approach" and nothing about really helping African people or Infrastructure. Practically Colonial exploitation.

It can be mathematically and physically PROVEN to not work, in the sense it DOES block Terrestrial TV. Doesn't matter how good your spectrum sensing or database is.

And no, I'm not attacking "windows". But the totally rubbish concept of so called "White space" Radio.

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Socket to 'em: It's the HomeGrid vs HomePlug powerline prizefight

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Who cares which is better?

They are both spawn of Satan and need to stop lying about

1) Immunity to RFI needed.

2) The amount of RFI they produce.

If tested properly, both are illegal.

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Samsung: Never mind Steve Jobs, let's snap off a piece of stylus biz

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Re: Round and round....

No.

The "holy grail" is a three way combined tablet and graphics screen.

1) Touch

2) Dumb stick

3) Wacom stylus with precision pressure nib, buttons and eraser top. My Wacom tablet is so old it uses a 9 pin RS232 serial connection.

We need 6" 3:1 so it fits pocket, Medium sized handy tablet (approx 9" / A6 in WS and 4:3) and A4 Clipboard sized and shaped.

Also the 6" to 9" ones need to be cheap so you can have multiple "windows" and hand one so someone while you work on an other. Like a Padd.

For designers / CAD it needs to be A3+ and at least 150 dpi visual and 600dpi, they might want a Puck with magnifying lamp, cross hairs and buttons built in. Very niche product.

Other graphics tablets / pens never seem to have been as good as Wacom.

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Ten 3D printers for this year's modellers

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MX80

It's impressive, but I suspect the results of many are at the level of an MX80 doing graphics. But back in 1982 a plotter was horribly expensive and an MX80 could do images not just charts.

Does just one on the list do voids / overhangs? I think that's more important than colour. I like the dual function idea of fitting a Dremel too for hobbyist (small PCBs, tiny aluminium parts, accurate smooth holes) but really you need very beefy chassis and very level bed to even for a Dremel based CNC/Mill.

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Linux boot doesn't smash Samsung laptops any more

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So...

Samsung supplied the code example.

Will they replace the Bricks?

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Samsung mocks Apple lawsuit in SuperBowl teaser ad

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FAIL

Title and Post Very funny

Me too knock off?

Apple: Glossy slick products: The list would fit in the Title and ALL are an Apple Gloss on Prior Art. Apple didn't invent GUI. laptop, Solid State Media player, Tablet or Smart phone. They did do them well.

You could fill the limit of the Post with Products that Samsung innovated and invented in every area of Electronics and many Electrical and Mechanical. They are like today what RCA, Motorola, Edison and Westinghouse were in a previous age, all rolled into one. Everything from Diggers to BD players and TVs.

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Netbooks were a GOOD thing and we threw them under a bus

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Agree totally with Author

Not only about Netbooks,

But it's almost impossible to get 1600 line high lap top with 4:3 Screen. I don't watch videos on the Laptop or netbook. I have a TV for that, or a 4.3" WS 160G Byte PMP for long flights etc.

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Apple to stop European shipments of Mac Pro on March 1?

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And the replacement will be

An Intel chipset laptop.

Meanwhile ordinary iApple "laptops" will change to ARM and app install via iTunes only. but not iOS as such.

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Surface left on shelves as world+dog slurps up small slates

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Also

Too expensive. They will never be Apple.

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Surface tries to be a Tablet and a Notebook and Windows and using ARM. So fails at everything. It might have succeeded if NOT trying to be Windows and a Tablet.

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Who ate all the Pis?

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Re: Slash

On really old DOS (2.11?) you could define switch char

then paths became / instead of \ They dropped it on Ver 3.x something

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Re: "I mean, who would know?"

Nano I think might be easier than Vi or Libre Office (for different reasons)

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Japan promised Ultra HD TV broadcasts two years early

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Re: So what?

Depends on the DVD and BD and if film remastered / rescanned and film quality.

Some DVDs are actually BETTER than some BD.

For GOOD DVD typically film is scanned at 1440 x 1152 or higher and down-sampled to 720 x 576 which results in higher apparent resolution and less artefacts than a 720 x 576 camera or scan. Subsequent upscaling will be better than 720 x 576 native video

For GOOD BD typically film is scanned at 3840 x 2160 and down-sampled to 1920 x 1080 which results in higher apparent resolution and less artefacts than a 1920 x1080 camera or scan. Cheaper BD releases just use the scan for DVD at 1440 x 1152 or higher and resample to 1920 x1080. For decent BD you need really to scan and restore the negatives, not use a distribution copy print (less sharp and noisier), so often only new releases in the BD era and premium cinematic content, not "budget" releases benefits from BD.

Older US TV shows might be 720 x 480, so poor on DVD. Also 30fps to 25fps conversion blurs the image. HD versions will be much better, though conversion from 30fps or 60fps to 25fps or 50fps degrades the image,

So it's quite possible to buy DVDs and BDs that are not much different in apparent quality on 40", especially since 42" is almost a minimum size for many people in an average room to benefit from HD.

.Mine the one with a book explaining "kell factor" in the pocket.

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Re: Oh yes

Well at average UK living room size you need 42" to appreciate HD, HD is for BIGGER screens, not really for more detail.

405 lines at same distance on a 9" screen (typical in 1937) is just as sharp. But by 17" you needed more resolution. Again you needed at least a 21" or larger set to appreciate 626 lines.

So unless you are watching UHD on your desk on 42" you need 84" for it to be "worth while", or to put it another way, ordinary HD will look poor in a normal size room on 84". So UHD / 4k x 2K is for adopters of 84" TVs in small rooms.

I'd prefer a 6:1 zoom projector. make it 28" to 36" for SD depending on source quality, 42" for 16:9 and 64" to 84" for letter boxed Cinematic content typically 2.40:1 aspect ratio depending on quality.

If you get 2.4:1 or 3:1 Cinematic content in a 16:9 frame then you do need a bigger screen and more resolution just to have the SAME sharpness.

Similar with 4:3 vs 16:9. Native 28" 4:3 needs a 36" approx 16:9 screen to have about the same picture size.

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Helium: Can it prevent the onset of Shingles?

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Alert

Lifetime

Given the nature of Helium I can't see these having any kind of reasonable life. Of course air can't easily leak in where Helium might want to leak out and it won't deflate like a balloon.

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Lotus 1-2-3 turns 30: Mitch Kapor on the Google before Google

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Supercalc

Visicalc on Apple and Supercalc on CP/M. 1980

I don't think you could buy an IBM PC in UK before 1981

Supercalc IMO was superior to Visicalc. Surprised the Article and Comments didn't mention it.

The last command line Spreadsheet I used was "Cracker" in 1988 to 1991 on PCW CP./M along with Wordstar Clone NewWord.

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Apple loses 'Most Valuable Company' honor to ExxonMobil

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Holmes

Peak

Everything has a peak.

Apple may make obscene profit margin for the next ten years, but at the end of the day they have very few products and are vulnerable to fashion. There hasn't been a compelling reason to buy an Apple product for maybe 15 years. Video editing, Photo editing, Desktop publishing, Tablet Internet consumption, phone usage, Pocket Music player etc can all be done just as productively more cheaply on many other products, with many manufacturers offering more variation of models in price, features and style.

Apple are arrogant and offer little choice. They have been more successful than their product warrants on ipod, iPhone and iPad, but eventually those will be niche products just like iMac and mac Air, unless there is a change in Apple Corporate philosophy. A change in Apple marketing and pricing philosophy could backfire and cut profits even if market share increased, and could even reduce market share.

There is no doubt a large part of the success of Apple has been to hide complexity and make the products seem simple to use with a consistent GUI that doesn't change pointlessly with each release (Hello MS and Ubuntu!).

Perhaps eventually Apple products will become higher quality and more expensive and they will settle down to a 10% peak market share with high margin. This is probably a better strategy that trying to have a majority share and offer cheaper products where you can easily fall off a cliff (Chrysler, MS Win CE PDA, MS Win phone, Nokia, Sun, Wang, DEC).

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Just what is GOOGLE'S MYSTERIOUS NEW WIRELESS NETWORK?

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Re: White Space testing?

Someone doesn't agree with reality.

What ever it's for it's not White Space or Ultra wideband testing.

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