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RIM share price nosedives following stinky numbers

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Won't be hard for MS to come third I'm thinking. All they need to do is stay on the Market.

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Celebrating the 55th anniversary of the hard disk

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Why Drums?

Didn't anyone pay attention to Music? Edison's Phonograph (drum) was awkward and "blown away" by the disc.

Emile Berliner Gramophone discs from 1886!

http://www.techtir.ie/history/innovators

So why did ANYONE ever build a magnetic drum and not go straight to disc storage? The machines to cut masters even had linear tracking servo arms.

I've never understood why drum storage was built.

We are lucky I suppose that the first optical drive was disc (Sony/Philips CD) and not a drum.

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Big Apple fake Apple stores agree to rat out suppliers

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Pirate

What is baffling is that Apple has the biggest profit margin, is one of the most successful gadget companies and yet Foxconn that make it are making a loss?

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How gizmo maker's hack outflanked copyright trolls

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I have no interest in having one of these, but unlike many shiny gadgets it's really innovative.

If the other end of the WiFi link though was a box monitoring the cooker, doors, freezer etc to put up alerts I might be interested though.

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Scientists discover Tatooine-style world 200 lightyears off

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It was long ago though.

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Powermat crafts wireless Duracell Bunny boiler

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Pointless

The power mat needs a PSU, it's less portable, it uses up more table surface and it needs a cable to the mains.

"Wireless charging" is pointless gimmick for people too lazy to find the end of the cable and plug it into their gadget.

It's less efficient and limited in power compared to a direct cable.

I'd also be surprised if it doesn't generate more interference too.

Or are Duracell going to sell rechargeable power mats, or worse, ones with disposable cells?

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AMD snags Guinness World Record for clockiest chip

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But...

How much liquid nitrogen does it use?

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AMD: Windows-8-on-ARM app compatibility is relative

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Deja Vu?

Anyway, ironically DOS applications will be fine.

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AMD: Windows-8-on-ARM app compatibility is relative

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DOS

DOS programs will run better than on NT4, Win2K, XP, Vista or Win7 ...

As long as you install the 3rd party Dosbox for ARM. the x86 Dosbox VM runs DOS programs better than NTVDM on x86 XP. Also runs them on Linux.

16 bit windows will run *IN* DOS box on ARM quite well too.

Java, Flash, Air, .NET applications will all run.

It's 32bit and 64bit Native Windows applications that either won't run at all, or like a pig in a VM.

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Cello C42T71DVB-3D 42in passive 3D TV

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Coffee/keyboard

Contrast

Any contrast issues are LCD related. Nothing to do with type of back light.

If you don't mind the depth, only expensive RGB led true back light (not "white" LED edge lit) is maybe better than CCFL or CFL.

It's too expensive.

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Galaxy Tab remains illegal in Germany

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Blind Droidtards?

Of course it looks the same. What other way is there?

The Pen & Pad I designed in 1988 looked the same too.

The issue inst the similarity, the issue is does Apply have exclusivity to a simple rectangular shape with a rectangular screen.

Yes it could look like a Cardassian terminal. But that would be as stupid as cars with Octagonal wheels.

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Designer styles bendy Samsung smartphone

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Doing a Gizmodo?

Art student renderings are news now?

Rendered 3rd party imaginings are rarely ever practical or influence anything.

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How Apple's Lion won't let you trash documents

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Not a new idea, but badly done

IBM had that idea in mind for OS/2

I described it in 1988 for a Pen & Pad Operating system.

But Apple has made a mess of implementing it.. Because they are not good at actual real development, only taking industry standard stuff and adding their own candy.

I can think of nothing Apple has done that's original. Except maybe the unique and poor 5.25" floppy format of the original Apple II drives. Lowest capacity at the time?

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IBM, 3M glue chips into silicon skyscrapers

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Samsung

About 4 years ago Samsung doing ARM SoC, RAM and Flash, one 3mm high package, three layered chips. Doesn't work with x86. The RAM and FLASH would fry.

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Skype: Microsoft's $8.5 billion identity tool

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as much as 40 per cent of website user accounts being fraudulent.

Hmm

About 300 members and 11,500 rejected spammers.

I make that about 97% fraudulent.

Real Names is a fraction of the 300 valid non-fraudulent members.

Or...

You could say we audit so well that none of the 300 are spammers. 100% of the user accounts are not fraudulent.

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DNS hijack hits The Register: All well

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Unhappy

Nothing here all day

Even If I typed in the IP of El Reg

I think the ISP must have "pulled the plug".

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Samsung outs 5in Galaxy Note as new smartphone concept

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4" is the limit

5" is too big unless it's a 3:1 or maybe 2.5:1 form factor. Too wide.

The iPhone looks like older "tablet" devices. How distinctive can a rectangle that is as much display as possible on front going to be? You don't want a Lemon or Toblerone shaped handset?

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Openwave sues: Asks for halt on iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry

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Nokia Communicator

Before Nokia SW sank in a morass of Bureaucracy.

I had one. Fax worked well. Email perfect.

I had a company account so they paid for double timeslot GSM so Web browsing was 28k. I only had 19K on the home phone line.

The office used ISDN, DSL was in office end of 2001.

I liked my Nokia Brick. You could do real work on it too.

I have no idea of the virtue of these claims though.

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UK to make White Space devices legal

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Mushroom

Morons

Idiots

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Mac Lion blindly accepts any LDAP password

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Enterprise?

Does not compute. Macs are not for Enterprise. Even Apple agrees. It's a consumer product. Didn't they scrap their server HW product?

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After Jobs: Apple and the Cult of Disruption

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but but

Apple hasn't changed the world.

You can watch TV, make phone calls, create and consume information easily on a Computer based device, listen to music etc etc without a single Apple product.

They are successful and have slick GUIs. They are very very good at Marketing.

World changing, Innovative, Creative? No.

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Post-Jobs run on overpriced Apple shares fails to occur

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Lost its way?

Acorns grow into great Arms.

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But

Surely the revenue and profits are irrelevant if they never pay profit related dividends.

Apple shares are entirely thus a speculation vehicle as having them gives you no income.

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Samsung refuses to buy HP's PC business

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So HP actually make Laptops?

I thought "desktops" sales now much smaller than Laptop + netbook, and those all outsourced by HP anyway?

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Motorola Atrix Lapdock

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The inherent concept is good

No need to sync bookmarks, documents, email contacts.

It's just not useful till the phone has all functionality of a Netbook and just as good/fast and the phone + dock are similar price. Then why buy both.

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Bad design

Stupid.

The phone should "dock" at the "touch pad" location and then be a touch pad / programmable keys

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Hardware-happy HP has swallowed a Sun death pill

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They bought a shell and some IP

The People that made Autonomy what it is will leave. How long do the founders and visionaries of any of these small companies stay when bought out?

Sidekick

Trolltech

MySQL

HP may have really been facing challenges. But ditching Itanium rather than WebOS would have made more sense.

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New Apple move against Galaxy Tab on Euro front

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Seriously

This Apple crowd need a bloody nose.

They have done some pretty UI stuff. That's it . Zilch other real innovation.

I designed a small tablet with touch screen back in 1987. Basically any such device has certain obvious features that NO-ONE should be able to copyright or patent as they are too obvious.

1) Rectangular as skinny as possible.

2) Rounded corners.

3) Screen takes as much of front as is possible.

4) Icons on the main screen for all the commonly used functions (Since Xerox in 1970s)

5) Maybe a button or two separate from screen.

http://elab.eserver.org/hfl0155.html

My was called the Pen and Pad.

The "pen" had a 2.5mm optically read ball and option for ink (as you can make IR transparent black or coloured ink). Microphone near tip, Earphone at top. Three buttons. WiFi, Bluetooth etc didn't exist then so the Cordless link for voice and data from Pen to Pad was 60kHz Ultrasound. OK the FM receiver had doppler shift issues if you waved it about too much.

If any good lawyer wants to work on a no-win-no-fee maybe the lapsed patent can be revived and we sue EVERY blue tooth headset maker .... :-) I don't think so.

It's time Judges, Juries and patent offices did some real research and stop all this nonsense.

Of course there was the same thing in 1920s over valves and 1930s, 1940s on Radio and TV patents.

Not to mention the despicable behaviour of "Enforcers" of Cine Camera patents at the dawn of Cinema (Nickelodeon isn't a Documentary, but it gives the flavour well).

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HP to 'spinoff PC biz'

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Printers

I think HP make ZERO on printers. Maybe a loss. The profit is all on the Ink.

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HP chief bows to Jobsian cult

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Apple Shares

Are only a Speculation vehicle as they don't pay a dividend.

1990 was the time to buy them, not now when they could be near peak. Apple are actually vulnerable to change in "Fashion" and have very narrow range of product.

But I agree it's terrible:

DEC gets bought by Compaq and all the best stuff thrown away.

HP buys Compaq and seems to chuck the best Compaq and HP stuff away in the Product rationalisation.

HP was once a leading Test gear, semiconductor and optical device company. They became very successful at selling PCs and Laptops that frankly always seemed less than best.

Do they make anything in US still or is it all Foxconn or other Chinese anyway?

Obviously they think the best strategy is to copy IBM.

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Snap said to show iPhone 5s being stacked by bunnies

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Not an iPhone5?

Then they will be sued by Apple :-)

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DARPA shells out $21m for IBM cat brain chip

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Hmm

Really it's nothing like a Cat brain.

Fortunately.

As cats don't have owners, they have hosts.

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David May, parallel processing pioneer

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Multple Cores

Need multiple separate RAM

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Maggie Thatcher

Thorn EMI was of course about the worst possible owner.

Maggie Thatcher of course didn't believe in Manufacturing or Industry. It's not all in China.

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Nokia invigorates old Symbians with Anna

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'Task Switcher'

'Task Switcher' for jumping between and closing down running applications.

Eh? Hasn't Symbian always had that?

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White Space: The Next Big Thing in networks

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Not Really Space

It's not a revolution. It's a niche.

Likely to cause a lot of problems too.

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Google SHOCK! Snaps up Motorola phone biz for $12.5bn

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Apple And HTC take note

But for Different reasons.

Google now has REAL phone IP instead of the toy phone patents of Apple.

But it puts HTC etc in a Quandary...

Apple + iOS

Microsoft + Winpho + Nokia (but who wants to come on board with an OS in a nose dive )

Google + Android + Motorola.

Also Android isn't "really" open source. Honeycomb is only the start. If it's more advantageous to Google to put all the eggs in Motorola and Closed source they will.

Google has no real commitment to Penguins. Only committed to Google.

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IBM PC daddy: 'The PC era is over'

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Only consumers

don't need a mouse and keyboard.

People that actually create information DO need a keyboard and mouse.

No-one is taking away my laptop.

I'll have one of every size Tablet to go from 4" to 12" though to go with it. That's the bit that Trek git wrong.

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Q: Why do defenders keep losing to smaller cyberwarriors?

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Daft

He may have some point, but hardly coherent.

Physical damage from "cyberwarfare" is overstated. Stuxnet isn't typical and there are simple methods to protect against such threats.

Computer configuration and user training is more important than any AV package.

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LinkedIn pulls Facebook-style stunt

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Black Helicopters

Two settings on

Neither of these default on settings existed originally:

PRIVACY CONTROLS

* Manage Social Advertising

* Turn on/off enhanced advertising

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Hauppauge Colossus HD PCIe card

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No HDMI or DVI out?

Are they serious?

Has the reviewer made a mistake? Is there not even DVI out for DVI to HDMI (which is just a connector and does support HDCP)

Component out only is use really just for obsolete or US HDTVs.

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Nokia snubs UK with N9

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Linux

No, not an Idiot.

For the new strategy, the worst that could happen is that a mass market buys the N9.

I'd guess they are only selling it at all because the plan was in place before the scrapage and contracts signed to make some initial quantity.

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Apple nudges out Exxon Mobil for top spot on Wall Street

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Bubbles

Because they never pay dividends and really only have 3 products, Mac, iPhone and iPad.

World wide the Mac is < 10% of PCs and iPhone including ALL phones is tiny. 18% of Smart phones?

They are the leader in the Tablet Niche. Though didn't invent it and won't stay leader.

Of course market share isn't everything.

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Google kills off app maker

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Anyone here old enough?

Remember the hype about "The Last One"?

http://www.tebbo.com/archive/wf8104.htm

Or Smalltalk

Or C++

Or Java

Or .Net

Or PHP

Mine's the one with Z80 Instruction set in the pocket

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Blackberry QNX phone details leaked

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QNX is not Linux

Linux is a bloated copy/clone of 1976 UNIX. Kernel release (only) about the same time as entire NT 3.1 OS release in 1993.

Phones work best with a RTOS, unless you have a 2nd CPU to run the Phone stack. QNX is a RTOS, Standard Linux is not a RTOS, though it's been kludged.

Linux is a Macro Kernel OS. QNX is not UNIX like, no matter what Wikipedia claims, unless you think NT3.1 or Minix are "UNIX" like.

NT had "POSIX" subsytem for years like QNX has, that doesn't make it UNIX like.

QNX is *REALLY* old, dating from 1988, but unlike Linux is a complete design for embedded systems and was really only used for Industrial Controllers, SCSI subsystems and automotive systems till RIM bought it.

Is it a good idea for a phone? I don't know.

Does it need the latest and greatest CPU? No. It likely needs as little or less than Symbian, much less CPU than Linux + Java, (Or Android Davik which is really Linux + Java).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QNX

Though X windows was ported to QNX somewhile ago, QNX is more known for NOT having a GUI. RIM has their work cutout. They might have been better going for Meego, Windows phone 7 or Android.

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AMD slips into desktop RAM biz

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@ Tsunamijuan

2400mhz is 1000,000,000 times slower than 2400MHz memory, so is fairly poor.

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Apple sued over Mac OS X 'quick boot'

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FAIL

This is crazy

Why are things like this allowed to be Patents at all?

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Ofcom report: Mobile operators feel the squeeze

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Data vs Voice

Data is a Big problem.

For the same customer revenue (i.e. £20) the traffic on data compared to voice is about 100 to 200 times as much.

Virtually ALL data traffic is i/o from the Network, many voice calls terminate on same network.

While operator pays termination charge for O/G voice call, the Operator receives revenue from I/C voice call. For Data the operator pays for the traffic in both directions.

LTE charges need to be much higher, maybe x10 to be profitable. Really data at the minute is subsidised by voice and SMS. SMS of course is a great revenue earner that costs nearly nothing to run. Internet IP IM in contrast makes the operator no money and costs them 1000s of times more than an SMS.

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Linus Torvalds dubs GNOME 3 'unholy mess'

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Yes

I'd not agree with Torvalds on much..

But Unity, Gnome3 and KDE4 are stupid.

I'm not that fond of OS X or Win7's candy mode. At least Win7 can be "reset" to be somewhat like NT4.0 / XP, except the configuration tools and Control panel are designed like some evil web site done by a secondary school work experience student.

1992 to 2000 the GUIs were improving. Now eye candy is replacing functionality and usability on all OSes. Not just a Penguin problem.

Are Desktop GUIs getting designed by Webinista Arts Students these days?

For Linux there is also Ice Window Manager? Very basic, but at least it does what it says on the tin.

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It's official: IE users are dumb as a bag of hammers

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Successfull hoaxes

Tell people what they want to hear.

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