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Vote now for the best sci-fi film never made

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Will Lewis Get a vote?

Footfall

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Where is?

<<Where is War of the Worlds???

or Blade Runner???>>

Because this is a list of Films that have never been made.

"War of the Worlds" made about x5 if you count DVD of Jeff Wayne's (which is better to watch than most of the "straight" flims), not counting the at least two sequels!

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Blade Runner is the FILM title. The book is "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"

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ohhhhhhhh

Too hard....

Possibly pick what will be good Hollywood and won't look trash compared to book.

i.e. Footfall rather than Foundation.

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ARM jingling with cash as its chips get everywhere

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Shocked?

<<For about 3 billion processors per year ARM collects 0.1 billion GBP , that is 3 p each.>>

But some of the entire System on Chips are only $2 or less. Even the High end SoC is almost as much I/O as micro ITX, with the ARM just as one small section of chip. These can be only $10 to $20.

Don't compare with Overpriced Intel Desktop chips.

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Cops raid man whose Wi-Fi was used to download child porn

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PSP?

Sony PSP works with WPA. The Nintendo DS only works with WEP.

Unless it's very old Firmware PSP?

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HP ProLiant power supplies 'may die when dormant'

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Antiques

<<The electrolytic capacitors need a voltage to maintain the Al2O3 layer that acts as the dielectric between the aluminum and the conducting paste that are the two plates. You can reform the layer by gradually increasing the DC voltage applied on startup. This is a standard technique when examining old antiques.>>

Yes, that's why they haven't made capacitors like the one in Vintage Radios since 1930s..

Modern capacitors only need that treatment if faulty anyway.

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

Seems to be batches of Capacitors out there made with dodgy ingredients.

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Google Linux servers hit with $5m patent infringement verdict

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1967

I'm sure this has prior art.

We need patents and Copyright. But not the kind we have today. Just don't put Google in charge of reforming them.

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World's Biggest Pac-Man keeps growing

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Gates Horns

The Browser is required, and must contain IE9.

Doesn't work on FF 3.6 on Windows either.

So... who is going to do "proper" version?

It might as well not be a web page at all if it only works in one "browser".

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ARM's Intel challenger set for 2012 release

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From Archimedes...

Servers are all fine, There are already some ARM based server products.

But imagine no need to sync

addresses

email

bookmarks

documents

The "phone" docks onto a keyboard screen (wirelessly from your pocket using BT for keyboard and Wireless HDMI, or into a charging dock).

It then can do everything a real laptop can do. The ultimate portable workstation. Without Cloud Computing (which is mainframe/big corporation control instead of your own computer).

Needs 30Gbyte to 300Gbyte storage though. Oddly a Toshiba 1.8" HDD uses less power than an SSD. Samsung make a 120Gbyte 1.8" HDD at least. Toshiba have a 250Gbyte model. These are not much bigger than a battery. Would fit a 4" WS (maybe wider than 16:9 to make it slimmer for pocket and more page width?)

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Fast-fingered oldster relieves shop worker of iPhone cash

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Jobs Halo

No doubt

The miscreant is now cap-less, clean shaven, and wearing perhaps a black polo neck.

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Calling all commentards: Want some new icons?

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Also

Hello Kitty, Kitten, meerkat,

dram of whiskey icon

The current selection are ok apart from last four which are pointless

Maybe a waste bin icon?

Maybe change the text hover on some of them?

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The best sci-fi film never made: Also-rans take a bow

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IF you think Covenent and The Land is bad

Don't ever start reading the Wheel of Time.

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Oracle tests find NFC lags in execution

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Why?

Why store anything other than part of a key?

The user having the rest ...

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Server vendors and the dead hand of commoditisation

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Innovation

ARM and Transputer in 1980s was innovation. Since then we just have cost reduction and performance enhancement.

Flash is the main innovation since then.

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OFT probes extended warranties

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Overpriced Insurance not Warrenties

Argos and PCworld/Currys are the worse for these and also denying your "fit for purpose" rights.

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Cloud on a chip: Sometimes the best hypervisor is none at all  

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SCC

It's called an ARM SoC

Samsung SC6400 had stacked RAM, Flash, ARM SoC in one BGA module over 3 years ago.

Transputer was the original idea. Make each computing element have it's own local RAM (with no controller or bus interface needed and 4 x high Speed communication links.

The Transputer died because of Thorn, Thatcher and being British.

I'm sure Ivor Catt wrote about this idea before 1980!

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Avast alert finds WHOLE WEB malign

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Of course

Ironically the Web *IS* malign

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Intel does fondleslabs with Atom 'Oak Trail'

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64 bit ARM

Not needed.

64 bits only needed for multiple VM. Cheaper & better performance to have multiple ARM each with own RAM like Transputer.

32bit Intel CPU can do 16 GByte RAM efficiently via extension scheme supported as long ago as NT 4.0 Enterprise.

64 bit CPU will be less power efficient for normal applications that 32 bit at same speed and geometry.

If intel wants to compete with ARM they need a Single Chip 32 bit Atom that connects direct to RAM, Flash, Radio chip (WiFi/Bluetooth/FM radio etc), ethernet, LCD/Touch screen, camera chip, USB and SD card connector directly.

For 3 years Samsung has had ARM sandwich Soc with all I/O built in and RAM + Flash as two sandwich chips in same BGA module. The Atom is too hot for that.

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Nokia E7 Qwerty slider smartphone

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Battery

Doesn't it swap with a screwdriver?

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The BBC struggles with concept of 'tech bubble'

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Web 2.0

I run a few websites for "fun" as a hobby. So basically FB is worth at best maybe 800 Million, not 89,000 Million.

Sounds like some people set to lose 99% of their investments.

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Apple store kneecaps rival browser

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Simples

Avoid Job's Jedi mind tricks. Don't buy any Apple iThings.

They are just shiny.

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Naked at 30: Osborne 1 stripped to its chips

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Dual Floppies

You used one for OS & Application and the other for data.

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Open source .NET mimic lands on Android

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Stallman is a fanatic!

"Therefore, we should not include C# implementations in the default installation of GNU/Linux distributions or in their principal ways of installing GNOME, and we should distribute and recommend non-C# applications rather than comparable C# applications whenever possible."

Why is C# more evil than Java?

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QT

"Go with Qt and use a single codebase to target Android, Symbian, MeeGo and even WebOS which comes with Qt on board as standard. There's even Qt for iOS."

A nice idea if Nokia hadn't driven away all the Trolltech gurus and now be attempting to kill QT.

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Ofcom refuses to interfere on powerline networking interference

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What does Ofcom actually do?

Same as Comreg. Get as much money for Government, avoid annoying incumbents, Mobile Operators, Fixed Line Operators and ISPs (people that finance Comreg).

Certainly nothing related to Infrastructure Strategy or Consumer. The theory is that the more you charge for Spectrum the more the Market will take care of Consumer.

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Teens who listen to music a lot are at high risk of depression

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Wot!

The article didn't mention "trick cyclists"

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Attack hijacks sensitive data using newer Windows features

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Router?

many PCs are connected to cable modems or 3G modems that have no router or firewall. Presumably the ISP though would need to be providing you with IP6 though.

So it's hard to see that many people would be vulnerable as almost no 3G connections provide IP6

It's hard to see how this can work easily.

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Eminent iTrio EM7100 HDMI wireless video sender

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£399?

For that price buy an HDTV and BD player.

Crazy...

Or for 1/10th of money run an HDMI cable.

5GHz through bricks? I don't think so.

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The Osborne 1: 30 years old this month

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Vixen or PC?

I always wondered if it was announcement of Vixen or lack of x86 / MS-DOS compatibility that killed Osborne Computer.

We had an ACT Sirius 1. It did run MSDOS or CP/M86 and was far in advance of IBM PC in late 1981 or early 1982. But though very successful for a year it succumbed to the inferior IBM PC and PC Clones by 1993. For a short while the ACT successor to Victor/Sirius, the Apricot (3.5" floppies) held on in 1984 or 1985.

Vixen would not have saved Osborne Company.

(Mine's the one with the mains lead in the pocket)

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Natty Narwhal with Unity: Worst Ubuntu beta ever

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2001

Even on XP (2001) you can make the Task Bar very like an OS X or Win7 dock and put it on any edge on any of the connected screens.

Unity is maybe designed for small touch screens. Are they falling into the same trap as MS with "Windows" in reverse? One major damaging feature of Win CE (the actually not bad OS underlying Windows Mobile and Phone) was MS insistence it should be like Desktop User interface. The Zune created the first decent MS GUI for small finger operated devices. Trolltech with Qtopia years before had realised this and created a phone edition that didn't have minuscule menus only workable with stylus.

I think you need 3 or 4 OS, or variations of OS

http://www.techtir.ie/node/1003696

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Fight global warming with Asimov-style Psychohistory - profs

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Imaginary?

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

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Ofcom forced to publish tests on dodgy radio kit

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Not just "HAM"s

Also interferes with SW Broadcast, Maritime & Aeronautical HF, NFC tags, CB, Community Radio and low band VHF, cable broadband uplink.

The newer units also interfere with higher VHF Mobile, FM Radio, Airband and marine band.

The more there are the worse the background noise level.

If PSUs and CFLs allowed the same interference level they would be cheaper. The Comtrend / PLT / Homeplugs etc then of course would have to use higher power levels.

It's reasonable that these should be tested in pairs, with realistic data on realistic house wiring. It's unreasonable that they get FCC and CE by testing singly or without data.

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Microsoft cofounder Allen unloads on Gates

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Dartmouth

"Allen also recalls that the night before he and Gates were scheduled to present their first commercial product – BASIC for the Altair 8080 – Gates had stayed up double-checking Allen's code to make sure there were no mistakes."

It was a port of Dartmouth BASIC.

Did Dartmouth ever get royalties?

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

Story repeated with CP/M -> 3rd party x86 clone purchased by MS and repackaged as MSDOS & PCDOS.

Microsoft didn't create their BASIC or their DOS. Ferengis indeed.

It shows that's it's not good ideas or orginal product that makes a success, but marketing, management and being in the right place at right time.

The MS and Apple founders not from poor families, but from much richer families than any "middle class" Englishman.

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Microsoft: IE9 not yet 'broadly' available

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IE10 and Win8

Maybe Win7 will never overtake XP, as it will be bypassed by Win8.

The mix of IE8 + IE9 will be bypassed at same time by IE10

As to what Linux, OSX or OS11, Chrome OS, Android, WebOS, QNX etc will be doing by then, or what Firefox, Opera, Safari or Chrome will be doing?

I have not yet updated to FF4. maybe next week.

I'd expect a big number of FF 3.6 users to upgrade to FF4 once they are satisfied nothing bad is happening to early adopters.

Can we have a Kittens Icon as well as Badgers as the Interweb obviously runs on Kittens.

http://www.teaandkittens.co.uk/

http://icanhascheezburger.com/

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Apple plays whack-a-dev after WWDC sellout

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Scam

yes, $1599 for Dev conference is deffo a scam. Shame on you Apple.

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Back to the nano-mechanical future

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Z1

Can we build a Z1 on a chip now?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z1_%28computer%29

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Nokia talks Pure typographic cobblers

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The g doesn't look right.

Gill Sans will do me.

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Curiosity kills 3D Cameron cams

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Really?

Cameron said: "While Curiosity won't benefit from the 3D motion imaging that the zooms enable, I'm certain that this technology will play an important role in future missions. In the meantime, we're certainly going to make the most of our cameras that are working so well on Curiosity right now."

So HE paid for the cameras and owns them?

Presumably the Zoom ones eat more power, might get stuck due to hot/cold/dust or wear out. Certainly would need a lot of testing.

What does a Film Director know about the technology needed for Science?

I guess he does know it's just Stereoscopic and not actually 3D? 3D Motion? Is he expecting Alien life forms? How fast do rocks move?

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Avanti's bird plumps up feathers

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Broadcast

The best use is Broadcast for TV, backup feeds to Broadcast sites, Cinema HD feeds, OB feeds and temporary emergency communication.

Internet in Europe by Satellite doesn't make sense. Similarly, the best use for LTE is Mobile, not a replacement for real fixed Broadband.

Mine's the one with GPON specs and maps of ducts and poles for fibre.

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Steve Jobs vindicated: Google Android is not open

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It is an "open platform"

And that means?

So in a way Windows NT, OSX, OS/2, CP/M

An "open platform" has nothing to do with "Open Source". Besides Android phones are not usually open Platforms.

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Black Helicopters

Android never has been really open.

All Android development is behind closed doors. The road map is secret and under Google control.

The Google practice of publishing each Android version after development makes a mockery of the normal Open Source practices.

Could someone fork and have really open development of Android? In theory yes, in practice unlikely in the extreme.

Open source fans have been conned by Google all along.

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Ellison drops iceberg in front of HP's unsinkable Itanic

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Itanic

Does Intel care about it any more? What about their Mobile devices and Services Roadmaps?

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Nanotech nerds assemble überfast-charge battery

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20 seconds for 90%

You going to need a BRICK of a PSU.

14V 4000mAH approx = 1hr @ 56W (about 90% of a 4400mAH pack), and er, 4 amps

same charge in 20 seconds is 180x, = 10kW! at 720A on the 14VDC, (about 45A, or more than three plug sockets!)

So ... maybe very small phone batteries. But not big laptop packs.

Do I smell burning motherboard?

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Tribunal rules Digifone paid bung for Irish GSM licence

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Absolutely

The point of all the Irish Tribunals is to make sure no-one gets prosecuted and that by the time it's finished as many people as possible have died/retired/left the country/changed party

Otherwise it would have gone to normal legal process in the first place.

Mine's the one with plane tickets in the pocket

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4G: What does the auction mean for the incumbents?

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This auction as it stands

Shows no thought at all. Ofcom deserved to be sacked.

A huge waste for 10 years of a unique National Resource.

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MeeGo or MS? Nokia ponders tablet OS

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Linux

Missed the Boat.

They had the Communicator 9000. But messed with S60 instead of a decent GUI for a Symbian Smart phone. by 2002 the 9210i had Flash too.

They had the N770 Linux tablet in 2005 but made tiny incremental changes to produce N800, Nokia N810 and Nokia N900. Never produced a large enough screen size or good enough GUI.

Nokia lost the plot years ago.

QT was a nice idea. But they bought Trolltech and killed it.

Nokia missed the boat because they went to the Train station by mistake and took a rickshaw..

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You can't have it both ways.

@Mark.

Yes Nokia is still the market leader by volume. But their smart phone products are mostly just used as phones.

There is no doubt that even if Nokia Sales are increasing, the Dumb and Feature phones are under threat from China by price and their Smart phones are under threat from everyone.

Apple may not see much more market share. But Nokia has demonstrated that they can't do GUIs. that the best aspect of Symbian was designed by Psion. Symbian is still best choice for a basic feature phone. But with falling ROM. RAM and CPU costs, cheap Chinese Linux Feature phones may be "good enough".

I doubt Intel and Nokia can ever deliver a decent GUI experience on Meego. Meego is 5 years too late. That's why Nokia has missed the Boat.

Win Phone can't Scale up to Tablets and ARM Win8 is yet to be proven to be any use at all on a Tablet. MS has been trying to get GUI right for Tablet since 1993 Win3.11. They may have finally got Phone screen GUI on WinCE "OK"ish via Zune for WinPhone7. That's not a Table OS. They may be too late also. Getting WinPhone7 on Nokia may be too late. Has MS missed the Boat?

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4G über-auction coming next year

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Spread Spectrum?

"Isn't this technology a spread-spectrum thing? Why can't they give the same block of spectrum to all the operators, and let their use of it be determined by the number of customers they have? "

CDMA-1, EVDO, FOMA, 3G/HSPA/UMTS/W-CDMA and CDMA2000 are all spread spectrum. There is no free lunch. Google Cell Breathing. On 3G each operator uses 3 x 5MHz + 5MHz separate channels, or it would be rubbish.

LTE is like DAB, WiMax, DTT , it doesn't use Spread Spectrum, but OFDM.

The off quoted 100Mbps is for ONE user only connected, in one sector, on a 20MHz + 20MHz channel with a perfect signal. Cell Edge is 0.6Mbps with only a SINGLE connection in Use.

To make a cellular network you need a minimum of THREE different channels, and 6 or 9 is much much better.

To get more capacity you need more channels or much smaller cells. Random isn't evenly distributed. So with smaller cells and more operators, it's more likely some have too many people and some have only 1 or 2.

See http://www.radioway.info/comparewireless/

and http://www.techtir.ie/comms

various nearly accurate Wikipedia articles on all this too.

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Stupidity.

Words fail me.

LTE needs 120MHz + 120MHz to even think of being decent.

You need Shared RAN (wholesale). This makes the speed on poorest Mast sectors up to x5 better.

Tax profits. Not Roll out cost (Big Licences).

Tax Mobile use x8 more than Fixed Wireless.

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MoD rejects Gaddafi low-flying aircraft complaint

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Curiously

Iraq is on the list

Afghanistan isn't

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