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Moving to Windows 7: Is it worth it?

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Win8

If win 8 is Bad, switch to Linux or wait for Win9 ^_^

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Wait..

Windows 8 will be out before 2014 XP EOL.

People are best to look for alternatives to Exchange and Sharepoint which are clunky, proprietary and need expensive Windows Servers. Servers is one thing Linux does do well.

So the netbook/Laptop/desktop choice is Windows 8 if you insist on being locked to MS Server apps. and Windows 8 or Ubuntu for XP replacement if your Server side is "open".

I see no compelling need to upgrade to Windows 7 unless you have vista.

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Download data versus piracy claims: the figures don’t add up

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Overstated

Great Article

The ISPs, Government s everywhere need to ignore these guys. Yes there is some significant downloading of Copyright Material. But the response needs to be appropriate and proportional and not penalise the innocent majority.

Wide Spread monitoring would add cost and drive the minority that do real piracy to use BluRay disks in post or encrypted vpns. It would catch very very few real pirates and substantially add to cost.

Rights holders need to pursue real commercial pirates and also make content available to buy, universally in all markets at same time and price.

A warrant should be needed to monitor someone's Internet connection, just like phone or mail.

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Patent-pimping pair attacks Apple, PayPal, Victoria's Secret

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Please

When will the World and US in particular ditch Software and Business method patents.

I accept the idea of Copyright on implementation. But not Patents of this kind of stuff.

Photo of guilty "patent" holder included.

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Pervasive encryption: Just say yes

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Cores?

Routers and ARM SoCs often have dedicated HW for cryptography. About 1/100th of cost and power consumption of using a "core".

Most people best to ignore Cloud blandishments.

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MS embraces/shuns Google's open video codec

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Also DVB-T and DVB-C

"H.264 is used in Video Cameras, Mobile phones (in hardware), Bluray and DVB-S2 (Digital Satellite). H.264 enjoys universal video support in professional video software too."

Almost all HD on cable TV. Soon SD on Cable too.

All recent DVB-T, not just DVB-T2 use MPEG4 H.264 L3 for SD and MPEG4 H.264 L4 for HD

Over 20 countries.

It's rapidly replacing MPEG2 for SD, not just HD.

All consumer video devices/ TVs will have (and many do have) Industry Standard H.264

If you want to replay that WebM as a file you may need to re-encode it to H.264 or inferior DivX, losing quality.

What is Google really doing? They don't care about open source except to exploit it. Android development is never open sourced till it's released.

They don't care about Privacy or Copyright. If MS is the Great Satan who is Google? Not the Saviour of Mankind.

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Asus Eee Pad Slider

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iWant

ILike

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Microsoft releases IE9 for chip happy Windows world

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Sandbox?

Remember Direct X security issues?

Are they using undocumented (to anyone else) API calls? There is no reason why other Browsers, even Cross platform can't run Javascript and render HTML as fast as IE9 unless MS are cheating and using an Interface not publicly available.

Also, isn't for most people the Limitation the actual Internet connection speed or Server in the Cloud.

Compare MS Word 2003, Google Docs wordprocessing, WhizzyWig javascript based WYSIWG editor on Drupal and Current OpenOffice/Libre Office.

On 8Mbps with 25ms latency, the Google Docs is like treacle no matter how good your browser is. With The "WhizzyWig javascript based WYSIWG editor on Drupal" it's perfect on a decent broadband connection, can be rubbish on Mobile.

I use OpenOffice. But Frankly it's very slow and clunky compared to MS Office 2002/XP/2003 version.

You should see how well Word 2.0a runs on any modern PC. Or the fact that Win 3.1 boot time in DosBox is 2 seconds.

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Customers clobber Clearwire as execs jump ship

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The bigger the Hype

The more people are let down.

If these Mobile Wireless Internet Services are realistically sold there isn't a problem. The problem is pretending it's Broadband. Unless nearly every street has LTE or Mobile WiMax, it won't be Broadband.

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Honey I shrunk the chip ... now what?

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1 core

but no L1, L2, just RAM at CPU speed on the Chip

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Museum readies touch-tastic retro comms gear hands-on

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Radio

No-one can see you when you are on radio.

Not sure why BBC Radio Announcers had to wear a suit and possibly more formal.

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Obama to overhaul heinous US patent system

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simple process

Just reject 99.9% as

Not inventive or Novel

Prior art

Simply applied Engineering, Software or process

Design or Art not Invention (most of Apple)

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BOFH: This buck's for you

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Big Brother

But...

What will they do if the management are so frightened that they approve the plan?

They might have to then do real work and see a big cut back on other budgets.

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Sinclair ZX81: 30 years old

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industry changed massively and that shook Sinclair, Acorn ... others back down to nothing.

I have 1987 Acorn User with review of Acorn's ARM based Archimedes. Also later issue featuring RIscOS.

As many ARM licensed cores shipped per day as x86 from Intel in a Month, or more.

MS win2008 will run on ARM.

MS winCE/WinPhone/WinMobile/win7Phone runs on ARM. MS for some years now has only really supported ARM for WinCE/Phone family.

ARM also runs

iOS

OpenWRT

Linux,

Android

RIM OS

QNX

VX works

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WordPress comes under 'extremely large' web attack

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8.5%?

That 8.5% is irrelevant. That includes non-Worrdpress hosted copies installed elsewhere.

The attack isn't against all wordpress installs, but only against Wordpress's own servers.

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Seagate launches XP-supporting 3TB drive

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Deja Vu

I remember all this before. The problem is not XP but the BIOS.

A million years ago we used to stick a tiddler drive that BIOS understood on Primary and NOT INSTALL on BIOS the 2nd LARGE drive at all. NT3.51 and NT4.0 Diskmanager could see them. It's supposed to deal with Exabytes...

Anyone tried this with the > 2 Tbyte drives?

There were various bios updates and various size limits. But none ever applied to Drives that BIOS didn't know about, but Disk Manager did.

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Android phone to replace shop till

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Security

Or Privacy?

Like Google knows all you buy, when you buy, where you buy to formulate their search results and adverts for you.

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Moderate boozing good for your heart: Official

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So unless

The computer is pedal powered I need a Drink?

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Mio Navman V575 TV satnav and Freeview tuner

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Poor Idea

480 x 272 lines is so nearly 5 years ago. Toy Sat navs have this. A new Model with nearly 5" and less than 800 x 480 is crazy.

A Satnav with built in TV is crazy. It's obsolete too with much of Europe (and even UK for HD) using MPEG4 for SD and HD.

Ireland's DTT is MPEG4 only and no simulcast of SD and HD.

This is a truly obsolete and daft product.

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Inventor of the Workmate dies

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A real Designer

Sorry to hear he had a bad fall, long illness etc.

Something like that design deserves Copyright, Registered Design etc.

Great and original idea, and actually made.

Shows how stupid SW patents are. The most that software should have is Copyright.

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Five Reasons to be cheerful about Nokia-Microsoft

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One really good point.

I agree.

If all the other WinMo Licencees run off to Android and MS *DOES* regard Nokia as unique and valuable sole HW partner then this could work.

Initially I thought this was the stupidest thing Nokia could do. But on reflection they are probably doomed in 5 years anyway if they didn't.

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Fifa, Uefa lose free-to-view footie challenge

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ha ha

Nelson points --->

The silly money has nearly destroyed football and the exclusive "rights" distorted Pay TV market.

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What sealed Nokia's fate?

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Win CE

It's not true that WInCE was bad. It was a quite good "cut down" NT concept with little DOS/Win3.1/Win95 junk. The stupidity was trying to make it have the same Branding and especially GUI as Desktop Windows.

Zune was then the first decent GUI on Win CE for small graphical devices.

After the Communicator N9200 it seemed downhill for Nokia. They should have turned Maemo into Consumer Phone in 9 months. Instead they choked it and then nearly killed it merging with Intel's Moblin to give Meego. The QT debacle also was poor as the article points out. Another good idea strangled. They'd have done better simply outsourcing to Trolltech.

The open sourcing of Symbian was another great idea gone bad.

So the choice for Nokia was continue as is and asphyxiate or adopt the now "nearly good enough" WP7 and hope for W8 x86/ARM for Tablets.

It's probably too late. Unless there is a radical change in the way MS partnerships, maybe Nokia is doomed in 5 years as the Chinese eat the basic & Feature phone market and Android, RIM, HP and Apple eat the Smart phone/Tablet market.

MS too needs major change or the next version of Windows Phone could be the last.

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Boffin breakthrough doubles Wi-Fi speed

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The Real World More Difficult.

There is nothing new about this. Analogue phone lines do it for voice and 1Gbps Ethernet on CAT5e does it on each pair.

I'd say vanishingly impossible on RF. You need over 90dB of isolation. On a Cable the characteristics are 1000s of times more stable than RF in a room and the Transmit and Receive signal levels not that hugely different. On a Wireless Set, the Transmit can be +18dBm and receive at -85dBm.

Mobile phone networks mostly use separate channels for Transmit and Receive. The main application would be WiFi and it's not going to work in the real world. You would be doing fantastic to get 18dB isolation, which would make for VERY short range WiFi.

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FOSS maven says $29 'Freedom Box' will kill Facebook

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Exists already

A router with USB hard drive running OpenWRT.

Some Commercial Router/WiFi/Media boxes can do this off the shelf too. At the minute the cost is closer to $290 though (including Hard Drive).

Also it can be done securely today with a hosted Server account from about $20. Solves issues of traffic and "always on". Customise the free mail server, add Drupal, Wordpress, Joomla and whatever plugins. Give your friends accounts. Say goodbye to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Google Docs.

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Patent attack launched on Google's open video codec

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H.264 quality not that great?

Really? That's why almost every broadcaster uses H.264 L4 for HD and all newer Digital TV systems use H.264 L3 for SD?

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It's official: Nokia bets on Microsoft for smartphones

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I can't tell

Is this is really clever or complete suicide for Nokia?

Android would be no good as everyone is doing it.

Their problem is that Meego isn't ready, probably "wrong" because it's part Intel and They messed up the GUI aspects of symbian.

Also Phones are becoming "lego" kits. Samsung, Texas, Qualcomm, Marvell lego. Not actually clever Apple, HTC , Motorola or Nokia hardware.

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DEC founder Ken Olsen is dead

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Last Hurrahs of DEC

64bit NT on the Alpha. Long before AMD 64 or XP.

Their version of ARM that was acquired by Intel and became xscale family now mostly sold by Intel to Marvell, the main ARM phone competitor to Texas, Samsung and Qualcomm

Wolfpack that became NT Clustering.

In the end, too much proprietary legacy stuff, inability to focus quickly on shifts in Technology (VMS vs UNIX, PC vs Alpha.

Could have been there at the start of PCs and UNIX for the Masses, before IBM and Compaq.

But IBM doesn't do PCs any longer.

Windows has reached a crises point unless becomes leaner, cheaper, faster and better on x86 and ARM on win8, it's going to lose relevance.

Really the sale to Compaq was the old horse going to the Knacker's yard. Very sad.

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First fondleslab found in 1970s kids TV sci-fi gem

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Antenna gate

Obviously being telepathic lack of 3G, or indeed any cellular service wasn't an issue.

I wonder would I enjoy it as much now as then or simply think it silly?

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Equinux Tizi iPhone TV tuner

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Overpriced, Incompatible

Badly thought out "glizty" product let down by lack of compatibility and MHEG5

http://www.saortv.info/terrestrial-saorview/the-black-list/

Most places won't have good enough signal.

Waste of money.

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Google does fractals in HTML5

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Hmm

Only 2nd time ever I have seen Firefox crash.

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Humax adds BBC iPlayer to Freeview HD DVR

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Please not PLT!

Cat5e cable is faster, no interference and easy to run like a phone flex around the room edge and under doors.

Why bother mentioning Power line ethernet?

WiFi will work too for iPlayer. It's not as if iPlayer is HD.

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Flickr flap illuminates cloud concerns

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Sync Metadata

Bill B

Yes, very possible

I don't know of anyone that does though.

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Metadata backup

"This issue was with all the meta-data and links to the photos from other people. If you have some mystica, magical way to backup that lot as well, I'm sure we'd all like to hear it."

Run your own hosted site. Not perfect but better than Flickr or MS Sidekick if you do it right.

I have a daily cron job that exports the SQL server. I backup that file. I can loose at worst the last day's Metadata. If it was a busy site you maight do hourly SQL replication also.

The uploaded files are separately backed up. If I had money and really paranoid I'd have a mirror with a different provider in a different country. And clever stuff with DNS.

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Twenty-tonne space truck poised for ISS trip

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Pity

They have to de-orbit them and can "lego" or "kinect" a modular village of them eventually.

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Vodafone txt loses revenue crown to data

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The reason is

That £10 voice costs them 50 times less than £5 data.

Voice is about 12kbps symmetrical and in a perfect scenario what the pay out for out going calls termination charges is nearly balanced for what they receive in incoming call termination charges.

Many voice calls are on their own network.

Almost all Internet data is I/O on their network to others. All of that they pay for in both directions per MByte, not time.

So maybe 50:1 to 200:1 difference in profit for same Voice and Data Revenue

People want > 1Mbps for Data.

A Cell phone mast sector can only support maybe 3 to 5 people simultaneously streaming YouTube. So capacity/Congestion is a huge issue for data versus voice.

Also if people using it instead of Fixed Broadband, instead of a complementary "on the go" Mobile solution, their data sessions are very much longer than typical phone calls.

Another problem also is that for equal SMS and Data revenue, the profits are maybe 1000:1 as SMS costs them nearly nothing. Especially on their own network.

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Flickr thinks again about 4,000 pix loss

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Make it easier to restore deleted accounts.

So they expect to incorrectly delete accounts frequently then.

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World shrugs as IPv4 addresses finally exhausted

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No Unallocated but plenty unused

"In reality, the exhaustion of IPv4 has long been predicted but has remained a distant prospect until recently thanks to the use of Network Address Translation (NAT) technology, which meant banks of corporate PCs all sat behind small ranges of IP addresses. Many units of internet real estate are still sparsely used, with only around 14 per cent actually been utilised, according to a study by the University of Southern California, published on Tuesday."

In reality we may not need IP6 for 10 years.

Existing IP4 won't stop working.

How does someone with ONLY IP6 address IP4?

They need to rethink IP6 interworking and security.

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Intel shakes off $1bn chipset flaw

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I'm leaving quickly.

I like to not be a Pioneer of the Bleeding Edge.

It's unpleasant though watching who gets arrows in the back...

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MSI Windows webpad goes on sale

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Thoughts

Even NT 3.51 had a not very good Virtual keyboard. I tested the NT 4.0 one with a wacom tablet.

I'd imagine Win7 has one.

I'd rather have netbook with either a slide up screen that covers keyboard, or one where keyboard swivels underneath. The keyboard/tablets with swivel in middle + hinge are fiddly, wobbly and fragile.

By time you add weight of decent screen and batteries, the keyboard isn't much extra weight.

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UK a 3D TV nation? Not half

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The snag is you will get it anyway

(Man or Woman with so called 3D glasses)

But eventually ALL TVs will be 3D (stereoscopic) as it costs 40cents

cost of IR LED sender to sync the glasses

They will only charge extra for glasses, About €50

You won't be able to buy a TV without 3D,

People buying them now getting ripped off €500+ extra for the 40 cent gizmo + Glasses at €80 to €120.

Of course at the minute the 3D HD is two 960x1080i images side by side in a 1920x1080i frame. That's why it's inferior to HD and works with any 100Hz HDTV with a small bit of software and IR LED to sync glasses.

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Google named babysitter for steroidal white space Wi-Fi

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Sad

Very sad for privacy.

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Intel's biggest ever buy is going ahead

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Access to the Technology?

Who cares.

If Intel want to waste money on this, only their shareholders need be concerned?

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Forget Flash – content is king

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So?

Pope Catholic: Check

Bears in Wood: Check

Content is what makes a web site useful, Flash, H.264, Silverlight: Just containers. Need useful content: Check

Is there a story here?

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UK tech retailers are rubbish

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UK retailers Dominate Irish Retail

TV is MUCH scarier here in Ireland.

They have NEVER had disclaimers in ANY shop that the Digital part of the TVs are not compatible. They sell "Freeview HD" stuff in the UK branches but not the Irish Branches. UK "Freeview HD" works on Irish Digital. Freeview sets don't unless they happen to be pan-European Models with MPEG4. Tesco is worst with only a "Freeview is not available here" disclaimer.

http://www.wattystuff.net/2011/01/money-back-if-it-isnt-a-tv/

DVD recorders will of course never work on MPEG4 or HD other than to record via Analogue from SCART on a set-box. Irish Digital is MPEG4 minimum. RTE2 is HD transmission only, no SD simulcast. Currys only sell DVD recorders here. Not one single "freeview HD" PVR (which would work on Irish Digital http://www.saortv.info

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Toshiba shows second-gen tablet

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Web chat

web chat resolution is about 1/4 VGA usually = 0.078M pixel . 0.2Mbps is odd though.

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Aavara PCE122 HDMI extender

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HDMI info

Sky and all other Satellite 3D transmit the left and right eye in two 960x 1080i images squashed into a 1920 x 1080i 25fps 50Hz frame. So that will work fine.

Only 1920x1080p 100 (i.e. 50fps per eye) 3D needs the higher rate HDMI.

HDMI will also go direct over a pair of shield Cat5e cables. You can even buy wall plate with HDMI socket on front and 2x RJ45 sockets on rear. Distance up to 15m. DIY by cutting a 0.75m 7 euro cable in half.

Visual observation is a useless test. You need to measure signal distortion and that it's simply outside the minimum (better than minimum adds nothing to quality).

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Brazilian cult condemns USB

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Blue eyes

Wikipedia says

Blue eyes are found in the Levant and the Middle East, especially amongst the Jewish population of Israel. However, many modern Israeli Jews are of European Ashkenazi origin, among whom this trait is common (53.7% of Ukrainian Jews have blue eyes)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye_color#Blue

Who knows?

Photography was invented somewhat later.

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Blue Eyes?

I don't know, but red hair (like Finns and Celts have) is Jewish. King David was supposed to have Red hair. But wouldn't that be Green Eyes.

Some Berbers have Blue Eyes?

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Publisher takes swipe at StarCraft II game mod

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New name

Starcraft is sort of related to earlier Warcraft.

So new name can be WarStars

or Starwars

Oh

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