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Bone-bothering boffins pull TINY fanged dinosaur from drawers

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Devil

Bulls, Hippos and Rhinos are herbivores. Swans don't even need to peck to break your arm.

(You should see how Hippos deal with crocodiles)

How hard would it have nipped? How aggressive was it?

I'd rather meet a friendly carnivore than some Herbivores

Icon for the fangs of course.

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EE sets October date to power up UK 4G network

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Speed

Speeds are ALWAYS headline speed, for perfect signal and no other users!

So average cell location = 1/5th of speed or less.

just 6 simultaneous users streaming video

Real speed becomes (40/5) / 6 = 1.33Mbps! Not 40Mbps.

now you know why 3G's 21Mbps is poor.

With about 15 users the "code noise" of CDMA of course means that you have 1/30th not 1/15th speed. So everything else being equal, LTE is twice as good (in same spectrum) but only to the extent of getting say 0.5M to 1Mbps instead of 0.2 to 0.5M, or letting the operator connect 20 users instead of 10,

The other "speed" improvements are simply having more spectrum. Which won't apply at 800, 900 or 1800MHz generally, but only at 2600MHz.

5MHz = 21Mbps (same as 3G HSDPA!)

10MHz = 42Mbps

20Mhz = about 100Mbps

But only for perfect signal. Speed at cell edge is typically 1/100th! All for only one user!

see comparisons of performance vs distance and numbers of users.

Yes, LTE is better than 3G. But if Everything Everywhere get an economic number of customers it will be a slightly faster poorer coverage version of 3G that costs more. No SMS and voice to cross subsidize it. SMS on GSM & 3G costs nothing. Voice is about 1/150th of the traffic for same revenue on 3G. Which is why Three makes no money.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review

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Keyboard

Is there a decent BT keyboard that works with it and about the same size?

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Samsung adds iPhone 5 to patent battle v Apple

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To wit

Novel feature:

A compressed ball of hydrogen of sufficient quantity that it spontaneously fuses to Helium without need for external compressing lasers or plasma containment fields.

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WTF is... VoLTE

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Re: Interesting

Good try, but an operator can tell the difference between their overpriced VOIP and your VOIP application.

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Ofcom tries to chop months off EE's 4G exclusive

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Re: Ireland

LTE is best suited to high density Urban and Suburban.

Depends what you want with your large rural cells.

If you want Mobile voice, then GSM (or even 3G might be better).

If you want Mobile Data, on a large lightly used cell not much to choose between LTE, 3G or even GSM's EDGE+

If you want Rural Broadband, then forget about ANY mobile solution, it won't be reliable, may not connect etc,

Mobile never ensures a connection or a QOS and has no real control over contention other than dropping connections or a poor cap.

Roof top fixed aerials and Cable Broadband over wireless will give reliable 800MHz Rural Broadband. With always on, contention decided at install time and guaranteed speed of 3Mbps to 20Mbps MINIMUM according to how much you spend. Cheaper than LTE and x8 to x16 more capacity per MHz! In use worldwide for years.

LTE is a solution for MOBILE data to complement fixed Broadband. It's not and won't ever be a Broadband solution and certainly not the best Rural Wireless solution unless you need MOBILITY.

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Digital Dividend

Actually with 3D, Ultra HD and all those stupid shopping channels we don't actually have TV spectrum to give up.

There is plenty of badly utilised Spectrum from 900 to 2500. So the Mobile operators will have

800

900

1800

2100

2500/2600

Will the consumer get genuinely better coverage, better prices, less dropped connections, guaranteed minimum 3Mbps? No.

Because the regulators are not insisting on enough masts and not insisting on a RAN on each band.

Also 800MHz LTE will interfere with Cable Broadband, Cable TV and Digital TV.

Spectrum management seems to be just a revenue raising exercise. That isn't why independent Regulators from the P&T ministries were created.

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Ireland

In Ireland the upper part of TV band (800MHz digital Dividend) will be free from November 2012.

Unfortunately the Comreg auction plans are gross stupidity.

Of course actually 800 should be paired with GSM band to make one more efficient band with the current licence free 864MHz SRD gadgets in the middle of the duplex split guard band.

With current proposals the 800MHz and 900MHz bands will BOTH have an unused part in the middle, AND the gap at 862MHz to 876MHz ish..

Don't fool yourself. The Digital Dividend is a myth. A small short term licence revenue, a waste of a national resource and just something not much better than 3G at 1800MHz would be. The low frequency means you can't have small cells.

Large cells means poor capacity or poor speed.

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Ubuntu 12.10: More to Um Bongo Linux than Amazon ads

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Ubuntu?

You are history here. The latest in a long line of fails. Just as OS X is morphing ot iOS and Walled Gardens, Microsoft shoots their own feet off at the waist, with just about everything they have released, Canonical snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

All they had to do was have what they had two years ago, but faster, smoother, more consistent and fewer bugs. Instead they stick joss sticks up their nose and ear buds with loud whale song and go La La La.... IDIOTS

Debian 4 months ago, we shut down our last MS (Windows 2000) Server. .

So YET AGAIN, for about the 30th year running this won't be the year UNIX, BSD, Xenix, Cromix, Linux etc becomes successful on the desktop.

I guess most people need to stick with XP, or maybe Windows 7. I'll stagger on with a mix of XP (one ten year old laptop) and Debian (all the other Laptops, server etc).

Using various *nx since 1985. It would make a grown Penguin cry.

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Navy devs cook up Android spyware to map your location - in 3D

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Re: This can be used for good, as well as evil.

You are making the assumption that Google's Street view is good and not evil. Maybe it is, but maybe it isn't.

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Happy birthday, Compact Disc

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Re: Is there any truth

No, but DVDs are made differently and some are unplayable due to deterioration of the reflective layer.

Since they are pressed, in theory they could be repaired.,

CDs and DVDs you "write" yourself only have the groove pressed. The 1s and 0s are dark and light (or opaque and clearish) dye instead of bits. They do become unreadable. Especially if left exposed to light.

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Fall in sales

Added to the list of other reasons, all valid, is maybe there is less new music to buy? There is now mostly only the new recordings. Also have you tried to buy anything with a decent loudspeaker in an ordinary shop? Headphones is very solitary and also unless less you have a "bin-aural" processor, stereo isn't designed for it.

Home taping never killed Music. But I think the industry is making a good attempt at it.

Before as well as new releases, which might have been better, the previous back catalogue of 80 years approximately was being released? Not that all of it was ever put on CD, nor have I bought all the music I'd like to buy. Buying DVDs because the TV is so poor takes all my CD budget.

When click did click Emile click Berliner's click Pressed click Gramophone click disc click replace click Edison's click Moulded click Phonograph click cylinder? click click click click ...

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Viewsonic buries fondleslabs for punters, flogs biz tabs instead

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Subsidize HW?

Apple?

Mawhahah!

The iTunes is a 30% levied Gravy, for almost no outlay, true. But no Apple HW is subsidised. Actually they are overpriced as they have up to 3x the profit margin that others have. I bet the others would love to know how Apple does it.

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Sharp punches out über-retina phone screen

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Nice photoframe?

A real 35mm print is about 5M pixel, at about postcard size

Many photo frames are only about 640 x 272, (0.175 M pixel) or 800 x 480 (0.384M pixel) at best.

1920 x 1080 is just over 2M pixels which isn't bad.

I wonder what the power consumption is and can they do a 6" but 3:1 format 3600 x 1200 (21:9) which I think will fit in the pocket better than 5" 16:9

I wonder what it will be in?

Apple can trademark "Retina Display" as a name (if someone else didn't first). No way can they prevent anyone making any display they want and calling it something different.

Also Apple didn't design or develop the "Retina Display" in the iPhone. They buy a finshed product from Foxconn with the display developed and made elsewhere.

Mine's the one with the gadget showing very realistic photographs. Some dithering could be applied to increase the tonal range...

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Scottish PhDs hoist kilt to reveal storage array killer

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Wonderful

What a pity that this wasn't part of what MS Lanmanager was (1.0 on OS/2 (1987?), MS-OS/2 & UNIX 1989, MS Windows For Workgroups 1992 and NT3.1 in 1993).

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Satellite broadband rollout for all in US: But Europe just doesn't get it

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Re: the sub headline?

There are two main Ka Satellite Internet services in UK, one from Avanti on Hylas 1 and one from Tooway on Ka-Sat.

Neither (nor the resellers) are anything to do with DTH TV such as Sky. Nor actually is it Broadband.

Sky don't actually own ANY satellites nor do they own the Set boxes or Dish on your house. They are a Pay TV Service that also has some channels they sell to Cable Operators.

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Satellite is NEVER broadband

The ENTIRE satellite capacity of UK is about one small rural exchange or Virgin street cabinet,

Contention is dire. Look at fine print of the Cap. It's horrible.

Also HTTP acceleration doesn't work with 3rd party VPN

Latency is 25 x worse than real Broadband.

Satellite is for people living where there is ZERO infrastructure and no mains electricity. You can in reality get fibre cheaply to anywhere that has mains electricity.

Fibre to the Home, or at worst Kerb UNIVERSALLY is about the same cost as an LTE rollout that does about 70% geographic coverage and average loaded cell speeds of about 1Mbps to 2Mbps.

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US said to designate Assange 'enemy' of the state

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Assange cannot be a traitor

But it doesn't prevent him from being a self serving egotistical idiot. I suppose it's a bit better that he molests grown women than children.

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Re: @John 104

"live in the Free World © owe the US a never-ending debt of gratitude "

Actually it was Probably Germany Attacking Russia that Saved UK and Western Europe from Hitler. Not the Americans. They OTH impoverished Britain and are the only Nation ever to use Atomic weapons on Civilians (or indeed at all other than tests).

Where is the Eastern Bloc today? Was it anything the US did? No. The US never won. The Russians just changed the rules.

Or maybe they were playing Calvinball all along.

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Network boffins say Terabit Ethernet is TOO FAST

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Bonding

That's why they are not doing 1Tbps. It has to be cheaper than bonding (i.e. cost per bit must be lower) since it's fibre only and many fibres in one cable is no big deal.

So they must think 400Gbps optical can be be cheaper than 2 x 100Gbps. In a reasonable time frame. Since the 1 out of 62 was only voting to decide later, the 400Gbps is pretty unanimous.

"It's Ethernet, but not as we know it, Jim."

400GHz happens to be around the upper limit of currently available Microwave ICs. The folks using these buy bare chips rather than fully packaged parts. Perhaps there will be Soc pairing with a laser diode /photo diode interface?

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JK Rowling's adult novel arrives on ebook full of FAIL

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Adult Book?

I've been assured it's a book for Adults and not an Adult book

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Canonical bungs kill switch onto Ubuntu's Amazon 'adware'

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Debian

This is just the latest in Ubuntu losing the plot.

Also Phones, 7" tablets and regular screen+keyboard+mouse need different GUIs. The one fits all approach with GUI best for a Touch 7" tablet is as stupid as MS putting regular windows GUI on a 3.5" 320x240 PDA Windows CE.

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Fuming fanbois flood 'flimsy iPhone 5 Wi-Fi' forum

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Black Helicopters

LTE is working fine?

Since it's not compatible with the majority of LTE bands (and thus most countries), that narrows down the location of the complainant.

He'll soon meet a helicopter.

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Politico's locked room mystery Linux install crime solved

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Magic

Priceless.

I wonder did a Parent or Grandparent of Michael Grimm the Republican work with McCarthy?

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Blazing new comet may OUTSHINE THE MOON in 2013

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Hmm.

Watch out for strange plants around the same time. XKCD can tell us how many lasers it's equivalent to.

Mines the one with really dark sunglasses in the pocket.

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Intel launches ARM battery life Windows 8 Atom chip

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Misleading

Battery life while actually DOING stuff is what counts.

It's what, about x5 worse than an ARM for battery life when actually running?

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Apple MacBook Air 13in review

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Decent? Really?

"decent display featuring a 1440 x 900 resolution." Only if it's rotatable to portrait, maybe.

That's very low. you need at least "something x 1200" to read A4 / Letter documents without scrolling. Which is why I'm waiting for the "big" kindle to get cheaper. There is no other eReader that can sensibly handle A4 PDFs. 12 years ago I had 1400 x 1050. For 10 years I've had 1600 x 1200.

These are toys. Also anything with a shiny screen *WILL* give a headache if there is reflected movement and is seriously poorer for reading than "matt". I've had "Matt" Laptop screens for about 15 years. Best CRT before that was in 1981, ACT Sirius 1 / Victor 9000

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Google spikes old MS file formats

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Makes no difference

The import / export/formatting etc was always rubbish anyway.

I'd avoid Google docs / apps like the plague for anything that isn't

a) Collaborative

b) Less than 3 pages.

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Carbon fiber MacBooks to appear soon?

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Re: Patent... really!

No, nothing innovative at all.

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Madness

Never mind Patent vs Design Patent vs Registered Design,

Shirley the only protection they can have is Copyright, and only if hit has a big Apple with a bite out of it. Though that was them being fans of the Liverpool Lads.

When are they switching to ARM instead of intel in the Mac Book? That would be news, yet another Apple patent where x10 or more was invested in the "Patent" process than any real R or D isn't news. It would be news nearly if there was a halt on these.

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Google celebrates as Android hits 25 billion downloads

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Re: ...but how many of those downloads got erased seconds after trying the app?

So it's like a PC then?

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Brit turns Comp Sci coursework into $100k glad-rags search biz

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Google?

I imaging that Google will snap this up. Most of their good stuff is bought in and EVERYTHING they have is to sell adverts. Search is important to them.

You can't sensibly search for images on t'Webs currently unless they are labelled, Though recently Google has been using the surrounding text to "guess", sometimes with hilarious results.

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Chip strip reveals 'handmade' Apple A6

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Thermal & Standard sub parts

Looks like library parts placed into a die to maximise spacing and reduce thermal issues. Only Intel with their insanely over complex designs needs to "fill" the chip.

Any layout is a mix of autorouting and manual expertise or else anyone could buy the tools and do it.

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Einstein's brain FOUND ON APPLE iPAD

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Hmm.

Isn't this like trying to understand art by analysing the pigments?

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Mmmm, delicious new sugar batteries keep gadgets up all night

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Operating Temperature?

I thought Sodium batteries

a) Had to run Very Hot.

b) Are quite fun if water gets in.

But maybe I'm thinking of Sulphur batteries and metallic Sodium.

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What does Steve Wozniak do at Fusion-IO?

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remind me

Apart from the success of the Apple II what actually has Woz done since?

P.S. I bought an Apple II

But I had to add a real display card, a real keyboard, and proper disk 8" drives to do any real work other than a spreadsheet.

We made a lot of money repairing the Aztec SMPSUs in ones under warranty for Dealers. I've sorted out HW & SW problems on other people's Macs, but never bought another Apple product.

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Apple weekend iPhone 5 sales miss forecasts

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No they are idiots

It's getting widespread. But in fairness to Humanity only a tiny proportion (< 1%) are prepared to worship it and queue for it..

It's just a "smart" phone. Not penicillin or sex

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Re: supply constraints spin

The ONLY good thing ever really is the slick user interface. No Apple phone was ever good value or a good phone if your main interest was simply phone calls,

Not posted from my myPhone, but from my 1600 x 1200 laptop.

In general there seems to be a lot of fondling the [smart] phone to waste time or be rude while in company. Maybe when the novelty wears off people will be a bit more polite in their [smart] phone usage.

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Made for each other: liquid nitrogen and 1,500 ping-pong balls

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Replace Ping Pong balls with balls of charcoal or Coke

And Liquid Nitrogen with Liquid Oxygen.

Um... do it outside and stand further away ...

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The Jupiter Ace is 30

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Re: Test

Late 1983 ... not 73 (when do we get an edit feature?)

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Test

It was great for writing programs to test stuff. I forget what we connected it to. They should have had a DIN module version from the beginning with an expansion I/O backplane. That would have been a niche market but successful.

I gave my personal one away circa 1973. The Pac-Man game ran well. Being able to use any number base was "unusual". Base 32 anyone?

Forth and of course HP RPN calculators are a bit Marmite.

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UK.gov squatting on £1bn IPv4 motherlode

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The US

Each major US University, many US tech companies and US DOD have 100s of millions of unused or unnecessary IPs

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Intel builds 'can't be built' working digital RF transceiver chip

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Flexibility vs Consumption

A "Digital" radio is very flexible but eats more power. Most data radios have been mostly digital for years, there is a Analogue filters, rx rf amp (LNA), tx RF amp (pa). Other companies such as Analog Devices and Qualcom do have chips that work by aliased ADC. You CAN sample 2400MHz RF at only 200MHz as long as there are no signals +/- 50MHz either side of the 2400MHz. The 200MHz sampling by nyquist means the max data bandwidth is 100MHz, so 50MHz bandwidth is fine. If you sample 2 channels at a 90 phase shift you can double the resolution.

This will (a) Be way behind Analog Devices and Qualcom "Digital Radios" and (b) take more power, the significance is the Atom CPU cores.

But Analog and Qualcom have chips (SoC) with ARM cores. Much much less power hungry.

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Cambridge boffins: Chip and PIN cards CAN be cloned – here's how

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The real reason

Is to reduce the ***Liability of the Bank*** for card fraud. It's a PIN, so you gave the card & PIN to someone else or took the money yourself. A Signature makes it easier for the customer to prove it WASN'T them (thusly the bank has to pay).

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Open IPTV joins HbbTV in connected telly love-in

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Fantasy

To believe VOD and pod casts will replace Linear Broadcasting. They are complementary.

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Mars probably never wet enough for life, nuclear bomb crater indicates

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Obviously

The ancient Martians totally destroyed the environment and created these Noahcide clays by Nuclear war?

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Investors toss $5m to UK firm: Just keep making that White Space kit

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Re: Ofcom

The spectrum should be leased at nominal pepper corn rent and income made from taxing the Operators. Spectrum should NEVER be allocated on basis of max immediate revenue of auction, but the USE and value as infrastructure to the Nation.

Management.

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"White Space has massive potential,"

To destroy the protected status that Broadcasts to the home have had for the last 90 years.

It's a bonkers idea that is doomed to create inference. People will add big aerials, "after burners", patches to disable database look up etc.

Also anything like this is a disaster in Europe until CE approvals are pro-actively policed and interference sources shut down Ofcom are already bad and Comreg are already useless at this.

They can't even get noisy CFL lamps and wall warts right never maind "Digital Dividend" and mains Networking.

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Windows 7 passes XP, Mac OS X passes Vista

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Re: What amazes me...

NT?

Which one

3.1, 3,5, 3.51, 4.0, 5.0, 5.1, 5.2, 6.0, 6.1 or win 7 which is really approx 6.2

I suspect they mean 4.0, but it should say so

So even though you get Win7 pretty much automatically if you don't buy an overpriced Mac, it's only 0.3% ahead of the 11 year old OS?

written on

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]

(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

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Patent flame storm: Reg hack biteback in reader-pack sack attack

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Which is that the patent system gives us a huge social benefit.

That I agree with. But that was obscured by the rest of the rambling. Not up to your usual quality of writing, which I think is good even when I don't agree with the conclusions.

I believe in patents. But there needs to be tighter control on what gets a patent. Most should NOT be approved. This started in 19th Century USA and got worse. Totally frivolous claims that should be thrown out because of prior art or too broad.

The system doesn't even really need changed. The problem is the people implementing it.

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