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Do you work in IT at RBS? Or at the next place to get hit ...?

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Re: the Building Society: Nationwide

But not the one called Irish Nationwide

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Governments probe domain land-snatch: many.gTLDs.suck

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Stupid

I can't even begin to enumerate how stupid all this is and how badly ICANN are managing it.

The plebs and small businesses will forever be plebeian.co.uk while the Fat Cats have anything.fatcats

Has Amazon also bidded for .amazon (Brazil might not be happy?)

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Price Waterhouse Cooper: Only mobile comms can SAVE HUMANITY

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Mobile?

Only as a compliment to real fixed Broadband.

The guy must know nothing about the economics of Mobile Capacity and Coverage versus fibre everywhere.

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Acer bigwig sees gloomy future for Ultrabooks in Europe

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Acer is right

We don't want Ultrabooks.

Unless they are 1/4 or maybe 1/5th cost.

They are priced for Rich Singletons that want to pose in expensive coffee shops.

You don't need it at home or office and would you use something so expensive on the beach, crowded bus or train?

It can't decide if it's a small overpriced laptop or big overpriced tablet with a keyboard that won't detach.

They need 14 hrs+ battery life, keyboard that can detach or fold under or in it, 1900 x 1200 resolution touch screen, ARM cpu and to cost under €500, ideally under €250.

Apple sell so few actual computers compared to phones and ipads that they ditched computer from their name. The Macbook Air isn't a product anyone not called Apple can sell.

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Chess algorithm written by Alan Turing goes up against Kasparov

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Not the Turing Test again.

Turing didn't invent AI nor is the Father of it. He was a Genius an one of the founders of Modern Computing.

The "Turing test" wasn't a rigorous proof, just an idea that has been shown to be flawed. Nothing really to do with AI. Really it's just a conversation piece and not one of his real bits of work, mathematics or research.

Turing obviously proved that a Chess program didn't need AI either (as was thought at one stage).

So far NO-ONE has invented AI, partly because we can't even agree exactly what "real" Intelligence is or how or measure it (IQ tests don't).

Give me a spec for Intelligence rather than a vague goal (Playing Go, Chess or simulating the Archers, or convincing conversation) and I'll design the algorithms and write a program. If the computer "isn't powerful enough" or "hasn't enough database" (two oft excuses) then it will be a slow poorly educated socially inept un-British artificial Intelligence. It will be intelligent and artificial.

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Ballmer welcomes Yammer to the Microsoft family

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Re: If you can't innovate, acquire

Visio and Sybase SQL were quite good acquisitions. They still work.

Skype has been going downhill since 3.8x which a good bit before MS bought it. So I still run 3.8x after testing the later versions on other PCs.

It' seems actually that Vista and especially win7 has result in a rash of poor compatibility Upgrades. Paint Shop Pro? Also very often moving from XP to Win7 you have to BUY a new version of the SW you already have so as to be able to run on Win7.

So the problem is Windows Development generally, not particularly what MS do with acquisitions. But I agree, I think Skype and Yammer are a waste of money for them.

Mines the one with Linux Distro in the pocket

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No one watches TV, Nielsen, and you know it

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Re: sheilas wheels

Radio Adverts big problem (in a News program are worst).

The Mute is no use as you can't tell when the program is back :(

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Re: There was a simple solution in Germany

German TV much better than Italian TV though.

Unless you like inane game shows.

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Big Brother

Content

Loads of people WOULD watch more TV if there was decent content.

But UK & Irish is sinking to be like US TV cable 30 years ago, esp. US daytime TV. It's aimed at a lowest common denominator of poorly educated person comatose on the sofa watching it because it's more effort to do something else.

Will Advertising and the chasing of "ratings" and Broadcasters concentrating on VOD of old content and hbbTV instead of actual compelling Broadcast content kill Radio & TV as we used to know it in UK when Ch4 had only started in Nov 1982? Maybe.

Is fragmentation and niche channels killing TV & Radio? Certainly 40 to 800 Channels is far too many. TV would arguably be better if there was 10 channels. Arguably VOD and Internet TV can't economically or sensibly replace Main Popular Broadcast (or shouldn't). But Channels with 0.1% and less viewers (most of them on Satellite & Cable) are better off and better suited to Internet. That's what Internet on TVs should be used for, not more BBC/ITV/C4 content diluting those channels. They need to concentrate on decent in house content production. Contracting out and Purchasing In "foreign" off the shelf stuff destroys our culture and the Ethos & Character of the broadcasters.

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Adobe feeling drained by new model, but hopes things will improve

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£540

It's way overpriced.

Sell at £99 and x10 more people will buy it.

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Turing Machine brought to life with Lego

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Impressive

But either all Programmable Digital Computers are Turing Machines, or none are (lack of infinitely long "tape").

The tape doesn't have to be a tape. It's all a mind game, a concept. See if you can build Hilbert's Hotel out of lego. For an encore build the coaches for Hilbert's Hotel.

Mathematicians were quite happy with Turing's paper, they had had over 10 years to get used to infinite stuff. Hilbert really upset them about 10 years earlier. I'd guess they were relieved there was only ONE infinite tape and the headaches had worn off.

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Assange's Ecuador asylum bid has violated £200k UK bail, say cops

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Equador

That bastion of free speech, human rights and excellent investigative reporters that are never molested or end up dead.

Or am I confused?

He's a liability to Wikileaks.

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Chick-lit naughty girl MP Mensch starts own web-jabber service

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Oh I don't know

Why should we have only one Facebook and one Twitter?

Lots of people run discussion forums, mostly a saner, web based version of Usenet, but with better interface, search and prettier.

Why shouldn't people set up their own Wikis, Twits and Graffiti covered "walls" with privacy that equals FaceGoo+... Just like the "popular" ones no-one will make you use them.

There are PLENTY of places to talk about Politics Live though.

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Ten... dual-band wireless routers

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1m Distance?

Totally unrealistic!

Also < 10% use Macs

What about TurboG mode on 11g and 5.xGHz 11a modes?

What about testing when 4 users?

Or Laptop speed when a Nintendo, phone or PSP is using 11Mbps b or 54Mbps g?

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LG shelves future tablet efforts

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Apple's lead in Tablets

It's simple.

The Apple thing only resembles a Tablet. It's an iPad. If it was really a Tablet no-one else would be allowed to make one.

You might as well argue that a Mac is a PC :-)

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Mad Apple patent: Cloneware to convince trackers you don't like porn

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Oh dear

When is the Patent system going to be reformed with only "real" patents?

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FATTIES are DESTROYING THE WORLD, scream mad professors

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Hobbit meals

You know how much a hobbit eats?

One is like a family of Americans.

How did the Shire feed them?

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ARM unleashes 8-core Mali 450 GPU, heads down both forks in road

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Alien

ARM dominates smartphones

"ARM dominates smartphones thanks to the iPhone and Samsung's run-away Galaxy S II. The company claims 20 per cent of Android smartphones and half of Android tablets run Mali."

Virtually every other phone (even many not smart) has an ARM core too. Even some dumb phones have ARM core.

Either

"ARM designed Mali dominates smartphones thanks to the iPhone and Samsung's run-away Galaxy S II. The company claims 20 per cent of Android smartphones and half of Android tablets run Mali."

Or

"ARM dominates smartphones".

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Nokia after the purge: It's so unfair

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Re: N900

Add another digit

Sometime around the N9120 or so Nokia lost the GUI plot.

They bought Trolltech too late and destroyed it.

Maemo was years too late (and didn't actually drive a phone!) and was destroyed by Meego.

If ever a company destroyed its world leader position itself by bad management it was Nokia. They make Kodak and Polariod look competent and face the same future.

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FCC: Let's kill analogue early, fob diehards off with converter boxes

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Cable vs Terrestrial

US cable is a similar modulation to Europe, it's DVB-c

Terrestrial Digital in US is different to cable OR European Digital

No Terrestrial Digital and Cable Digital uses the same system as cable can be better SNR and no multipath the DVB-C or DVB-C2 allows x4 as many stations per channel.

There are four main Terrestrial Digital Standards now.

DVB-T is just one of them and now has 3 main variants:

Old DVB-T is MPEG2 only

Newer DVB-T uses MPEG4 for SD and HD

DVB-T2 is more efficient Modulation and usually uses MPEG4 for SD & HD.

Standards. Wonderful for Choice :-)

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Cisco vs TiVo DVR smackdown: Whose patent is it anyway?

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It's Wrong

No matter how many Judgements Tivo has, their patent should never have been allowed. Nor the the other patent that Cisco/Scientific Atlanta has.

I believe in patents, but these kind of patents shouldn't be allowed. All the DV concepts were just waiting for a affordable HW to implement.

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World+dog discovers hi-res aerial maps, thanks to Google and Apple

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Street vs aerial

The Street view privacy is a greater issue than the aerial photos. The Aerial photos can be an issue depending on quality, public availability and commercial use.

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Apple introduces 'next generation' MacBook Pro with retina display

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Resolution

A3 landscape or 2 x A4 side by side should be readable if a bit small. A 15.4" 4:3 would be better. Might need stronger glasses to read a full A4 PDF as a 15" 4:3 1600 x 1200 while only 133dpi is actually TALLER (over 10 years ago) even though a smaller diagonal.

Strong glasses icon.

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Linux

Hmm..

If it was 1/.2 the price and came with XP I'd be sorely temped, or maybe Linux. Or Was simply 1/2 the price and let me triple boot or VM those.

8:5 aspect screen if square pixels (16 x 10). A bit better than 16:9 for Internet, email, PDFs, CAD and schematics. (1.6 vs 1.78 is 16:9 and 1.33 is 4:3)

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Insider cuts into Apple, peels off Intel Mac OS X port secrets

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Linux

Boot camp

Buy overpriced HW and an Overpriced non-OEM Windows? Madness.

Windows on cheap HW + Cygwin or Linux on cheap HW + Wine makes more sense.

Apples are for people that only want Apple OS.

In the future, only Apple Approved Applications.

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Habeas data: How to build an internet that forgets

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Geocities?

Only bits of it saved on various places.

Stuff gets deleted by owners of sites all the time. One site recently deleted a huge part of its content against the wishes of its technical users. Some was dross and much was valuable.

Anyone using Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Google+, YouTube, Yahoo Groups, Google Groups should save important stuff, as these outfits WILL delete stuff when it suits them. Or when the suits say so.

There is nothing new in this article.

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Europe crams ultra-fast 4G into tight spectrum crack

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ha ha

120MHz is enough for 6 x 20MHz channels, a minimum for sensible LTE.

So they ALL need to pool the spectrum and have a single RAN

To avoid interference each mast needs 3 channels, each in a different direction so two neighbouring masts are on different frequencies.

In exposed rural areas the coverage may be too great so the mast beyond the neighbour mast needs the other 3 channels (increasingly so as you go 1800MHz and then 900MHz). In Urban areas on 2.1, or 2.5 you need all 6 channels to double the capacity..

The GSM 900MHz and Digital dividend 800MHz should be used as one band.

FDD is good. Far superior to TDD. Perhaps it doesn't need as much spectrum for uplink. But voip and skype video needs symmetric.

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Google Plus plus Meebo equals Google minus $100m

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Google Facebook Gatekeepers?

If Google took over Facebook we could have more free time. No need to build and maintain pesky websites. We would all use our Walls in Circles covered with FaceGoo.

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US reiterates resistance to ITU-Internet land grab

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Tricky

The USA shouldn't be in charge of anything except the American bits.

But you don't want a load of nutty Dictators deciding anything either.

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I need to multitask, but Windows 8's Metro won't let me

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maybe... 7"?

Perhaps they forget that some people have large screens, some people have screens that are really HD (PC CAD & DTP outstripped TV HD resolution over 10 years ago), some people have tiled screens making a single large desktop.

Metro sounds like it's for 7" Tablets.

It was stupid putting the Explorer interface on PDAs and Phones. It's equally stupid forcing everyone to use a UI designed for Phones and 7" Tablets.

You really need about 6 styles of GUI

Handheld/Desk

Less than 4.5"

4" to 8"

7" to 12"

11" upward

Media / consoles / TV via remote/game controller, much longer distance

SD TV (for 4:3 and 16:9)

HD TV larger than 37" and 16:9 only

Somewhat depending on DPI and how good your eyes are and personal preference / kind of task at the "boundaries" between sizes.

MS have been doing this for a very long time. Why are not able to get it right?

Computer Media SW (Windows or Linux) often assumes ONLY TV Media centre use and is then a pain to use at desktop distance on Mouse /Keyboard. PC Media SW needs to always be able to switch between "living room TV mode (HD or SD)" and Desktop mode and Tablet mode.

One size will never fit all.

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Dell ARMs up for hyperscale servers

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Linux

face palm

Intel got the StrongARM of DEC and later sold most of its ARM stuff to

Marvell

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Microsoft will fiddle with prices as euro burns, UK biz fears

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Happy

Solution is simple

Ditch Sterling and use the Euro.

Problem solved

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Belkin YourType Folio

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Cloth

A piece of cloth over the keys?

Some Dell Laptops circa 2002 had an issue with some keys eventually marking the LCD.

A Belkin product that might be worth getting? What a novelty. Maybe eventually a Mac Air will be like this?

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Sysadmins: Chucked your Exchange servers up? Let's enable SSO

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Re: Or SBS

SBS = MS Crippleware versions of MS Server Applications

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Or

How about how to get rid of MS Proprietary Clunky products like Exchange and SSO needing to support MS authentication and use lighter weight, multi-platform alternatives?

The Domain Server architecture and Exchange are horrors. Especially for smaller offices.

After using MS Server since NT 3.5 (1994?) I'm migrating to Linux and abandoning MS Windows Update Server.

Migrated LONG ago from MS Mail, then Outlook + Exchange to MDaemon on Windows and a succession of mail clients. Yes I know Outlook and Exchange do appointments etc.

I don't miss Sharepoint either.

I used to install MS Solutions, had MCP cert, wrote and gave training course in NT Admin etc. No longer.

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Rival mobile networks hang up on EE's 4G call

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Boffin

Tell Comreg.

In Ireland Comreg is insisting on 5MHz allocations for LTE!

LTE in SAME spectrum actually isn't much better than HSPA+ unless the mast is heavily loaded. Then in 5MHz it is twice as fast! 250Kbps approx rather than 125kbps approx!

The only sensible solution *IS* a single RAN for each band, which is then wholesaled to each retail operator. That would typically double performance for many users.

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MPs wrestle slippery bureaucrats in intellectual property Jell-O

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Why?

"Sir Humph" always has a logical reason. Even if it's stupid and self serving. What do the Bureaucrats get out of damaging Copyright?

Though the protection period is probably too long, format shifting for personal use needs to be legal and what constitutes "fair use" extract copies needs to be clarified. But the proposals of Hargreve et al are stupid.

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Wireless remote control inventor zaps out at 96

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Re: There were of course

The BBC R4 report was particularly stupid.

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There were of course

Earlier Radios in 1930s with Wireless Remote (one used an actual radio transmitter and a telephone like dial).

Also Earlier US and even UK and European sets did have wired remotes.

But still, a real innovator and as usual El Reg report it far better than the BBC.

Later remotes (the first "clickers") had a tuning fork, which gave way to Modulated Ultrasonic.. Many modern IR remotes actually use the same modulation of the IR as the Ultrasonic frequency and then modulate that modulation with the OOK modulation used on Ultrasonic remotes. (33KHz to 42KHz main "carrier"). This allows good sunlight and Mains flicker avoidance.

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Facebook IPO plunge sparks tidal wave of lawsuits

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The shares will fall more

Maybe to under $10 in a year.

Income is from advertising. A 100:1 share value to annual earning ratio is mad, especially as in most of the West they are near saturation penetration. Most of the people not using it don't want it.

Bubble is spelled B E B O

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Why on Earth is Microsoft moving to Euro pricing now?

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MS European HQ

Is in a Euro currency country.

Probably HQ for Middle East & Africa too.

They also do Localisation for S. America (Particularly Brazil) in Dublin. But there is a more logical reason for that than Euro Pricing.

Would Sterling Folk "Like" the Euro to fail, even though it would hurt UK terribly? The Euro may be ill-conceived and Greece being allowed to join idiocy (better if UK had joined), but unravelling it all would be more painful for everyone (Europe, Asia, USA) than continuing to bandage Greece.

Mines the one with EMEA economic outlook in the pocket.

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Canary Islands host long-distance quantum teleportation

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Re: synchronise time

Both use a pulse from the same very distant stellar source. Is that why those stars exist? Convenient Galactic Navigation beacons and clock synchronisers?

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Encryption

The use of Alice and Bob suggests the reason behind this experiment isn't to develop an Ansible, but make communications more secure (at the same speed).

I'm sure Eve is watching with interest.

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Re: Ok, perhaps I am being dumb...

maybe Eve fiddled with it.

Sadly while extremely wonderful research it's never going to lead to an Ansible. Actually the article doesn't explain why this would be better than existing communications systems.

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US space programme in shock metric conversion

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Re: Good luck with that

Commie Plot, Curious they think that, seeing as as the French invented it over 100 years before Communism and the French supplied the Statue of Liberty and helped them against the English in the War of Independence. Odd.

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Orange pulls out of women's Fiction

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Re: The Colour Purple

That's more a sort of Vodafone colour?

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Re: "Five Quarters Of The Orange" by Joanne Harris

A good read too.

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UK mobile broadband carriers compared

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Holmes

femto cells for free. : Coverage Maps

Yes, well, they should pay YOU to use a Femto cell. You are paying for the traffic on your Broadband!

Mobile Operators will LOVE 3G and LTE (so called 4G) Femto cells as it gives them more income, more network capacity and more coverage.

Now if the "real" ISPs would only improve the "real" Broadband they could supply even more of them.

Ironic that Mobile Internet is set to really benefit from any major Fibre roll out to cabinet or home as it makes their mast backhaul cheaper and simpler and makes Femto cell deployment in Malls, Offices and Homes much more viable. Also reduce the number of "fixed" users on Mobile making performance up to x5 better for people on the move.

Mobile isn't Broadband and never will be. It's for "on the go" Internet use. "Mobile" use!

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Coffee/keyboard

Inaccurate and unscientific

No Mobile operator offers Broadband. It's mobile Internet.

* Latency can exceed BB latency

* Never always on

* virtually impossible to get a static IP

* Some don't even use Public IP

* The only contention control mechanisms are mast getting "full" and "Data cap"

* The quoted mast speeds of HSPA+ is typically only for 1.5% of coverage area and assume only one person per sector is downloading/ fetching email/ loading web page. Speeds can vary between 0.12Mbps and 21Mbps according to distance from mast and number of people using it.

If there are 20 simultaneous streams of data (Skype, web page, email, video, anything) then if EVERY user has perfect signal the speed can't exceed 1/20th of 21Mbps with a perfect system. In practice the overhead of CDMA with multiple codes for different users means 1/40th of peak speed is more likely.

Thus an adhoc test by one user of Mobile is meaningless.

Such tests of cable is representative of what users can get.

Such tests of DSL at known distances of 100m, 250m, 500m, 1km, 1.5km, 2km are representative assuming all are ADSL2+ with enough backhaul on exchange.

If a 3G mast sector is busy you may not even connect. Voice calls cost 100x to 200x less for the operator (comparing revenue vs connectivity costs), so unsurprisingly Data connections will be dropped if the capacity is needed for voice.

Will LTE be better? yes and no. Lightly loaded it's the same in same channel width (5MHz), the higher speed is if there is 20MHz channels (x4 speed). Loaded with 20 simultaneous users connections data speed approaches 1/20th of peak speak for the signal level rather than 1/40th.

You can't break laws of physics. Driven as "hard as possible" the speed MUST go to about 1/4 (with only one user connecting) every time you double distance to mast. So LTE still only does the peak speed for 1 user in 1.5% of mast area.

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Noise can improve quantum computing, says ANU scientist

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Coffee/keyboard

Not Good :(

I'm beginning to get an impression that we are a long way off having a Quantum Computer.

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