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OpenWRT has always been better than Tomato or DD-WRT. It doesn't have this flaw from what I can see.
People might want S/H Clansman.
But Bowman is rubbish. You'd have to pay any self respecting tech thief to steal it.
The soldiers use Mobile phones instead.
In the awkward situation
Of cheering Mr Philip Pullman, who has Anti-regligious propaganda dressed up as Fantasy.
I'm torn between supporting him and being glad he will not be there in person to put his narrow views to kids.
In the end I suppose I will disagree with people but defend their rights to have a different view.
Good but missing Gotchas
an In depth comment
These speeds are TOTAL PEAK Capacity for sector and only achievable close to a mast. More aerials adds serious costs (as it needs a shelf of electronics) and only increases nearby capacity, not peak user speed. The 160Mbps or 300Mbps translates to a 4Mbps to 5Mbps total throughput a virtual sector edge. Or about 1Mbps per person. Only just entry level Broadband.
The future is LTE not WiMax.
... and for good voice coverage Operators may do better to keep GSM than switch to "breathing" W-CDMA based 3G with its unreliable coverage.
It will be 4 to 10 time better than 3G. But coverage and speed/capacity depends on Cell density. MIMO adds a lot of cost for extra capacity. More ROI by not deploying MIMO and simply having x2 to x4 slower speeds for same capacity. (peak speeds are the same, with or without MIMO).
Overall a fairly good article, though lacking the "gotchas".
The Mobile Industry still seems to suffer from delusions. They should make the top execs use HSPA and LTE modems exclusively on a economically loaded mast (for ROI) and then on a decent Fibre fed Cable and/or FTTC VDSL/ADSL-2 and then they might understand the difference between Mobile and Broadband.
The Mobile Operators should help companies put modems in Gadgets (money, subsidised operator sales etc). Play to their strength of Mobility, not compete with fixed Broadband.
Also we need a level palying field. LTE is NOT going to be cheap. But more expensive than GSM/3G as it the subsidy by voice can't continue. LTE is also VOIP only, it's not a telephone system with Data tacked on as GSM/3G is.
All AV is worse than the disease.
Money invested in training, mail servers that eat executables, decent firewalls and email clients that won't load remote images, activeX or remote HTML or run java etc.. Block all emails with executables.
A 2.1GHz licence is NOT technology neutral. It's a 3G licence. LTE isn't 3G. 3G phones and modems will not work on LTE.
So LTE needs to become well established outside of 2.1GHz
A 3G operator needs a new licence for LTE.
1800 is a GSM licence
2100 is a 3G licence.
Oddly you need regulators that allocate spectrum to a master plan. And licences.
Not a consumer gadget with dodgy software, hacked manual overrides, licence free and not ever properly tested.
Spectrum Allocation should be on real needs of the State & Consumer too, not doctrinaire pushing of Digital vs Analogue agendas and fundrasing.
The problem was that Win95 was really DOS & Win3.11 with a new shell so everything worked.
OS/2 Warp really needed OS/2 apps, OS/2 drivers. So lots of hardware didn't work and lots of applications didn't exist even though it was a real OS.
In 1989 after parting with IBM, MS released MS-OS/2 with LAN Manger. This is why 1993's MS real OS was NT3.1 and not NT1.x
NT3.51 in 1995 and to a lesser extent NT4.0 was also a death knell for OS/2 as they ran OS/2 console apps natively, DOS programs in the NT Virtual Dos Machine, 16 Bit Windows apps (office 4.3 and Office 95) using WOW translation of 16bit WinAPI calls to native NT... NT can (or did upto 4.0) also run on an OS/2 HPFS partition...
It worked quite well
I was most baffled and spent nearly an hour searching on Ovi for Widsets to reinstall them.
I hoped it was a temporary Glitch.
I miss them.
Several other apps seem to have vanished or stopped working on My E65 of late. So I thought it was just me.
Nokia seems to be losing the plot. Apple may have iTunes, but the point up to now of S60 was you could get SW nearly anywhere, Like a laptop / PC Windows/Linux.
I don't want a walled garden. Nokia should have stuck with doing things like Widsets and not trying to copy Apple's control Freak iTunes.
The AI myth
Driving with a camera isn't AI. It's brute force programming. Like Chess isn't AI.
AI doesn't exist. If it did an ordinary Super computer would just do it very slowly.
If you use 3G for the laptop you have a max speed of 7.2Mbps.
If you use WiFi the Max Speed is over 100Mbps.
The WiFi is definitely free to your own LAN and no extra on Broadband. Can you say the same of 3G?
The latency of WiFi here is < 2ms. The minimum latency of 3G to your own broadband router is over 70ms
There is NO good reason to get one of these other than you have poor or no coverage on a 3G only device.
Was my 1st copy.
I later bought an Apple II. Cured me of Apple Reality Distortion Field Syndrome for life.
I stopped buying it years ago when it became Adverts with snippets of inane rubbish between. So although ease of access of info on Broadband is a factor, the fact is that all the Magazines have drifted downward (LCD) to the point that the Sun or Daily Mail or BBC Web site is more useful.
Flames as I must clear all the old ones out to the recycling centre.
Even a pigeon can beat the Internet for speed.
Test with microSD cards strapped to legs have been done.
You can get high packet loss and latency is lower than Royal Mail.
For higher bandwidth use more pigeons.
It take me about 5 hours to download 16Gbyte.
About 40 hours to upload 16Gbyte.
Even one pigeon can get to/from the datacentre from me faster than that. Is this an uptapped market by hosting centres?
And if times get hard you can always eat your own pigeons.
Tux, because he admires his winged cousins.
Develop for all the sensible platforms.
Obviously Apple are clueless and can't tell the difference between a Search&Render tool or built in content.
Either they should remove Safari or allow any application.
But you can rip all your personally owned DVDs and CDs to your PMP already, easily everywhere and legally many places.
RIAA et Al fighting the wrong war.
Probably a mistake
I thought OpenWRT started off as customisation of the Linux source Linksys had published for some prehistoric WRT
Some of th e cheaper ones use VXworks. I guess when Cisco took over they "forgot" the rules.
My Linksys WRT54G3G runs WhiteRussian OpenWRT and my PCEngines Wrap1E runs the Kamikaze OpenWRT very happily.
I have the source of my Archos605 and my DLink DI634, but neither of those allow loading of 3rd party firmware. :(
It's of limited value to Linksys purchasers, but that is not the point, the point is really the community of people (including other commercial companies) using customised GNU/Linux for embedded applications.
It's the removal or at least the default
Firefox is properly installed as default. I have Opera. I have IE7
Why does ONLY Foxit PDF reader launch IE7?
MS's own XP tools to set default don't work properly.
Ditto on default Image editor (PSP, but occasionally MSPaint or MS Photo editor launch)
The problem is not inclusion of IE, but the consistently buggy default application for a file, which is set in more than a few places and has never entirely worked.
.html is labled as MSWord doc! (though FF does launch).
MS have broke their own product.
If you need XP that much, why install Win7 at all. The only thing it seems to add is DX10.
Are we going to see WINE on Ubuntu NATIVELY (no virtualisation or emulation) run win apps better?
Have MS lost the XP source?
Do Intel & MS talk these days with Intel promoting Moblin.
Not really 16 bit8088 8086
Most S100 used 8080 originally and then later Z80 or 8085. Few used 8088/8086 as it wasn't really 16bit. 68000 was really the first S100 16Bit. I remember Cromemco UNIX like Cromix 5 years later on dual Z80/68000 "minicomputer".
the 8088 uses an 8085 8 bit data / 16 bit address multiplexed and 4 extra address bits on the 8088 for 1024K MAXIMUM. But the various peripherals and screen RAM was mapped between the 640K and 1024K. The 8086 had 16 bit data on external bus otherwise identical to 8088.
Additionally the 8086 and 8088 are not true 16bit CPUs but basically the 8085 with a few 16 bit instructions and only 64K memory blocks like the 8080/Z80/8085. Later a Z80 clone had segment page memory manager for 1024k and the 8bit Z80 in Amstrad PCW could access 512K.
So the 640K was really a limitation of the small segmented address space of the pseudo 16bit 8088 and 8086. The amount of contiguous RAM depended on if text, hercules, CGA, EGA or VGA to and extent. It was much later that TSRs (AKA dirvers) could be loaded into unused holes in the 1024k as early DOS didn't support it and early IBMs had 128K, 125k, 384k, 512K or 640K physical ram. Later 1M physical DRAM was used.
The first real 16bit IBM PC was the 286, but DOS used it as an 8086. Only UNIX flavours of OS used it as a flat 16M address space.
The PC and DOS held back PC computing nearly 10 years as it was really not much different to the CP/M and 8080/8085/Z80 8bit machines, just more standardised.
MS are now in terminal delusion.
People won't buy a computer that can only run three applications. most Netbook users at least have Skype, browser, media player, email and and an application running. Media playback is one of the more attractive apps.
People / businesses won't buy new PCs with Win7 to run virtualised XP. They will run XP. Or Linux or OS X.
They need to sell ONE version of windows at one price for non-servers, with check boxes at install (and configuration any time later). And One version for servers that by default has all the junk off.
By default the Desktop version also should have server service, eye candy all all else unneeded junk off with a Wizard for those that need to turn it off.
An a LAN/WAN button to turn off EVERY serivice/feature on the gateway interface if you connected to Internet directly rather than a firewalled LAN.
They have completely lost the plot
It's more likely to get launched and in position than Avanti's Hylass1 launched on Falcon9.
You won't be from an undefined location. You either get an IP related to country your terminal is supposed to be in or get an IP of country the hub/earth station is in.
So nearly 1/3 of IPs are to a handful of US companies & Universities, about 1360M unused addresses . That would last a few years or so
While it's true that VOIP (particularly SIP) wasn't designed with NAT in mind there are working solutions.
VPN also solves it for companies as it can be forwarded via NAT
Skype works just fine. We have simple NAT /IPtables rules for Skype an other things,
Until every gadget and PC and site has IP6, everyone needs IP4. No migration plan :-(
So the Big Lads will have to give up some of their 1,300,000,000,000 unused addresses
Never mind the stupid graphic design/layout skills, there is some useful content.
I saved a few myself
wget -r will save all of them :-)
wget -r -np will save one site.
(Linux and Windows versions available)
Mines the one with the "css for Dummies".
You mention HD
UK HD on DTT is going to use DVBt-2. Does the Tuner HW support this?
(French and some others use DVB-t MPEG4 for HD on DTT).
About 16 countries including Ireland and Estonia use (or will use) MPEG4 rather than MPEG2 exclusively for DTT SD TV (not just HD). Does it support that? The Sony Play TV was a long time before they added MPEG4 reception to the PS3 (odd seeing as it does MPEG4 for BD) and it still will not play MPEG4 recordings (though pauses Live Irish TV, which is record/play of MPEG4).
A lot of unanswered questions.
Even Turbo 11g (108Mbps) or 11n 250Mbps may not stream TV reliably, especially if more than one person is using WiFi. You really need wired ethernet or special Video QOS WiFi for broadcast quality TV streaming.
Don't confuse Symbian with looks of weird S60 GUI.
Gnome, KE, IceWM or Android aren't Linux.
Android isn't really about Linux. It's about out doing iPhone at having CONTROL. It's a proprietary version of Java on Linux really. I'm amazed the way FOSSers are all gungHo about Android, They don't understand the Chocolate factory.
"If product tagging within supermarkets (one of the many lauded applications for RFID) took off, consumers could pull up nutrition information, allergy warnings, supermarket price comparisons,"
Actually you can do it today with a barcode reader. Only better camera phones can read the 1D EAN/UPC though. The fixed focus cheapo cameras can only do the 2D codes. I have a nice wireless/serial laser reader battery LCD terminal.
The only useful thing I can think of for RFID is baggage handling. Even auto parcel sorting can use barcodes fine.
You only need to store a unique ID. Storage capacity is thus irrelevant.
RFIDs are also a security hazard and never intended nor should ever have been used in passports or creditcards. They are indeed a solution desperate for a problem to solve.
maybe identifying your Coat?
Pré as I have no idea how to type Prē
Is there a SINGLE case of Terrorists taking photos of buildings?
Besides there are cheap covert cameras.
This is State Organised Terrorism.
The killing, burning, beating, destruction is only a means to an end with terrorists. The aim is to frighten and disrupt normal life. Too many governments doing the job for them.
It makes sense on WiFi and possibly on LTE, But not most Mobile networks as they exist.
But realistically EDGE/3G/HSPA/EVDO mobile can be very poor for SIP VOIP or Skype and the Sector of Cell will support maybe 1/10th as many calls. Latency is 90ms to 2000ms.
Also Data packages are artificially cheap. In Ireland the Data to User works out to User at about 150 times cheaper on Vodafone to 500 times cheaper on 3. The cost for the operator per MBybte is slightly higher for Data than regular voice calls.
So a service offered at a loss (Skype) has the potential to give the users a poorer service and force the operators to increase data charges by x 50 at least if voice & SMS revenue collapsed
Finding WWII valves
The other machine at Bletchley uses valves.
Likely such things as 6V6, EF39.
you can get them on eBay. it's possible someone in Russia or China makes them. Some are still used in retro Audio Amplifers.
You can even buy 807 as used in WWII 19 set transmitter.
Yes the 1st Bombe was Polish and the guys that brought it never knew till years after war what happened in Bletchley.
As Bruce says...
There is no penalty for attempting to carrying on a banned item. You are not logged when it is taken off you.
The terrorist only needs to succeed ONCE.
The security screening has to work 100%, not 99.99999%
Comparison with Freeview
Of course 10% to 15% maybe don't have good freeview signal. And maybe 90% in Ireland :-)
I think it's worth it for SD recording. A sky+ or SkyHD box won't record or playback at all if the subscription is cancelled.
Dartmouth College should sue MS for stealing BASIC
ETH Zurich/Logitech and Xerox sue MS for the Mouse
Xerox sue MS for Windows
Bell Labs sue them for adding subdirectories and UNIX like commands
Digital Research/Novell/Caldera sue them for MSDOS and Filesystem.
IBM and DEC (now most IP owned by HP) for making NT out of VMS and OS/2
Mosiac for messing up the Browser
Bell Labs and Sun for Mashing Up C, C++ and Java as C#
Borland for pinching ideas from Turbo Pascal for VB6
Xerox sue them for having Networking.
I saw touch screen systems and multiprocessing 20 years ago.
All the decent stuff they have they copied or bought the Company or Rights
The only two really good original programs MS have done are Excel & Word (for Windows, not DOS), ironically first launced on Apple as MS Windows on DOS didn't really work till version 3.x
MS needs to throw away WinCE/Mo and NT/Vista/Win7 as they have trashed them. Spend the money on rewriting them properly from scratch.
"in many cases"
Yes there are occassions where this is needed because WiFi won't work or cables are difficult.
I alluded to that in the OP.
But we do need proper standards testing of these, which doesn't exist. At the end of the day if the designers can't make them work correctly then we need a different solution. The Radio Spectrum is assigned and protected by National laws and International treaty.
It may be that these need an allocated band. Or limited to the difficult buildings (which often block the transmissions from leaving the building).
Most people don't need them. They do pollute the Spectrum, especially some models/makes. Since some are much worse than others it suggests the correct standards and testing is not getting applied.
These are becoming de facto by stealth,
In reality they are unlicensed transmitters, getting CE mark under the wrong regulations. Mains wiring is not shielded, screened, coaxial or twisted pair. These things radiate a huge amount of RF outside the home destroying MF & HF reception of analogue and newer DRM services.
For people too lazy or mean to run CAT5 cable in many cases.
I don't think there is much difference in seek time between a good 1GByte drive circa 1999 and a 1TByte drive today.
Still in the same order of magnitude.
Mine's the one with a voice coil actuated zipper
And fring have your usernames and passwords too.
Maybe when they have enough they could sell those. Some might be the same as used for PayPal or other services.
I use a different password for everything.
Mines the one with fat notebook in pocket
"The stats to back this up looked at how 100m Europeans are beyond the reach of fixed broadband. Mobile costs ten per cent of putting in fixed broadband, and people on broadband are six times more productive. By building more mobile infrastructure, we can build our way out of recession."
Only if you compare digging with only enough masts for 100kbps at peak time.
Even LTE will only deliver under 400kbps per person with 20 people on sector.
There are lots of smart ways to deliver Broadband. Mobile isn't one of them and isn't cheap.
£200 a Gigabyte if you are over the usually 1/2 to 1/5th size real broadband Cap.
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