* Posts by Mage

3104 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

Sandy 'Mary Celeste' Island undiscovered - again

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No-one took any notice of the Radio Amateurs. It's Tony Hancock's fault.

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APPLE reveals complete updated blueprints of SPACESHIP JOBS

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Re: Never a good sign

Reminds me of Nokia and British Satellite Broadcasting.

Who in Finland will want the Nokia HQ?

Pride cometh before a Fall.

There is another word too... They think they are gods but are only a consumer marketing company with 1 successful service and 2 successful products.

They could always re-jig iTunes for Linux desktop and Android?

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DEKATRON reborn: Full details on World's Oldest Digital Computer

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Re: And it's actually *programmable*

ordinary "orange" (Neon) dekatrons up to a few kilohertz, designed for display. Argon ones are faster. You can buy "NOS" Hydrogen based Dekatrons from Russia, They are very much faster. Some early desktop calculators used Thyratrons and Dekatrons and no relays.

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Re: Try log tables

The Calculators did multiplication by repeated Addition and Division is MUCH harder on a calculator that only does adding & Subtracting than Multiplication.

Earlier Calculators were people.

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Extreme teleworking: A Reg hack reports from the internet's frontier

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Ireland

Our overlords think Mobile or Satellite = Broadband. (They are not, Nor will LTE be BB. Esp. in the 5MHz channels they licensed)

In the Cities the Cable company gives 100Mbps.

Phone lines has dropped from from 82% to 50% due to 3rd world quality and highest in World Line Rental

So your nearly Broadband is better than 1/3rd of Irish population has.

We do have Donkeys and Horses. Sometimes even on the Motorway, which has signs forbidding Horse Buggies, yet there are no Amish.

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Dish: With these restrictions, FCC, you are totally crippling us

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Mad

Why do people think they should be able to run a Mobile Network without bidding for Mobile designated Spectrum?

Anyway, 5GHz only good for Satellite, Fixed point to point or very local "Hot Spots". Really no Mobile should be licensed above about 2.6GHz

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How Intel's faith in x86 cost it the mobile market

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Power consumption?

Maybe when passive an Atom can use as low power as some ARMs. But actually running the lowest power x86 system can be x5 consumption of ARM system, excluding screen and Transmitters.

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Design guru: Windows 8 is 'a monster' and 'a tortured soul'

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He is right.

Jakob Nielsen is very very good. This is really bad for MS.

I have been reading his "common sense" approach for years. He tells it like it is. He has no axe to grind other than usability.

Essentially the GUI formerly called Metro is derived from Zune. It's best for a phone, mediocre for a larger than 6" tablet and useless for a Keyboarded device at desk. They also appear to have over-complicated interaction and dumbed the visuals what was a quite good UI on Zune.

This is exactly to opposite and equally bad as putting the win95 style desktop on a 3.5" phone or PDA. I don't agree with Nielsen though. Two interfaces isn't enough. You need four. One for smallest screens, one for medium tablets and one for mainly Keyboard + mouse desk machines (Notebooks, Ultrabook, laptop, Large tablet with keyboard and fixed Desktop machines).

The Fourth?

HDTVs without a keyboard but added "smart features" beyond TV, inc Internet. Try using a true "Media center" [sic] interface designed for Remote control on a Laptop or Desktop, or a regular "desktop" GUI on settee on a TV.

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UPHEAVAL as Otellini retires: Will Intel look inside?

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Who next?

HP, Apple, Microsoft ...

Larry Ellison?

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Apple said to have let the name of the next OS X cat out of the bag

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OS

XI (11) is after X (10). After 12 years should they be doing a new major version rather than iteration? maybe though iOS is OS "XI"

Mines the one with Roman Numerals Pocket Watch.

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Boffins biff over ‘twisted radio’

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Infinite

Let's for a moment assume that you can encode information in Spin states. That doesn't mean "infinite" any more than than normal phase, fdm or amplitude is (COFDM uses all 3 by multiple carriers each modulated QAM). You can also polarisation, But only paths with no reflections are any use and more than two states isn't useful.

With any encoding system there is a "distance" between symbols. The more states you have the less distance there is i.e. QAM16 vs QAM2048 so signal is less robust. On Cable 256 QAM is feasible and on fibre even 2048, but on RF it's QPSK (very long range), 16, 32 or at most 64.

If this is a real mode it's unlikely that symbol distance ( immunity to noise) will allow more than two spin states to be useful in an open path. Which may at least double capacity on microwave links. Unlikely to be applicable to portable devices.

Of course the experiment they did might not be using spin at all but only two polarisations.

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Ten four-bay NAS boxes

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Raid0

What sort of useful test is that?

I'd only buy one of these if it was good for Raid 5 or 6.

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Liberator: the untold story of the first British laptop part 3

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Also

Shows that Thorn was wrong company to sell Inmos too and why Thorn owned "badges" making TV & Radio ended up as labels on uncompetitive & poor quality Asian stuff.

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Should Microsoft merge Office into Windows - or snap it off?

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Why?

Why do I read this meandering rubbish.

1. Office built into Windows? Craziest idea ever.

a. Bloat

b. Cost

c. Most people don't need Office

d. Security

e. Competition issues would make IE story look tame.

2. Seemless?

Such drivel. You have an OS, a GUI and Applications. Good design, ease of debugging etc means these 3 layers should be separate and swappable. Applications shouldn't try to do everything, but one kind of thing, so that they are easier to use, freer of bugs, smaller, faster, easier to design well. Sharing information and "Seemless" use between applications of data is not about a Monolithic system but about good modular design and open standards. Exchange can be realtime via TCP/IP local host sockets (extendible across a network), Named Pipes or persistent via open standards files (which need not be bulky XML).

LESS should be bundled and integrated. About the ONLY thing that should be "bundled" with the OS is a lean DB engine for OS use and optionally for applications, with no clash or restriction on adding your own, so it should NOT use the default SQL ports. IBM thought this was a good idea 30 years ago. The "Registry" is an interface to to a bunch of separate files. It and Filesystem should have been using a real database since 1993.

Yet another totally pointless Matt article. Is he trolling us?

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Subjects bestow Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 on Queen

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Re: Perhaps a different brand of tablet would of been better?

But the French executed their Royals. England only infrequently and mostly by other Royals, but after Cromwell it seemed a good idea to have them back.

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RIM adds VoIP digivoice calls to BBM youngster-messaging ware

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Excellent

That is on a platform with a future. Maybe HTC should wait a while and buy it up at fire sale prices. The Blackberry IP at least.

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EU standardises hamtagonistic powerline network tech

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Re: Wow

So, your car goes great without Road Tax and Insurance too.

It's NOT just about Radio Amateurs. But ALL Radio users. Broadcast radio is a unique irreplaceable resource. Satellite and Internet are complementary delivery mechanisms. Not a replacement for Terrestrial Broadcast.

Radio is used by ordinary public, Marine, Aeronautical, Emergency Services, Telemetry and Control of remote equipment by Water, Gas and Electricity Distribution infrastructure. RFID/NFC can also be jammed by PLT. Remote controlled "Toys". CB, Mobile Radio on Trucks, Taxies etc is impacted by the newer high speed units.

Aeronautical and Marine also use HF band as well as the VHF 110 to 137MHz and 156 to 162MHz approx bands. The land based stations will be gradually degraded on HF by ANY PLT ethernet in the Home and VHF links by the higher speed newer units. It's cumulative too as more units are added.

People pay for licences on a Non-Interference Protected Primary basis.

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However

Overall a good article and highlights the biggest issue in UK and Ireland about Radio Interference in General

1) People don't make an official complaint

2) There is no simple mechanism to make a complaint.

3) Even when the Regulator comes on site and proves the TV, phone charger, CFL lamp or PC PSU is creating 100s of times more interference more than legal limit and completely blocking Radio even 30m away, nothing is done, even if it's just faulty and could be replaced. Perhaps they might talk to maker. They will NOT get involved with Retailer or SOGA. Also the neighbours can't go to small claims court over SOGA. Only the Purchaser

The Regulators in UK & Ireland have forgotten why they were created. NOT to serve narrow commercial interests but ALL consumers of Radio Spectrum.

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much to the annoyance of the UK amateur?

They are trying to help EVERYONE using radio from 1MHz to 200MHz.

This technology isn't compatible with any form of radio. It will get worse.

Each generation of Networking over mains uses more Radio spectrum. Amateur Radio will suffer the least. as it implements "notches".

These are really wide band transmitters that happen to plug into the mains and where the wiring assists the signal.

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Windows 8 Euro PC sales SHOCKER: Results actually not bad

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Captive Market?

Well, duh, due to difficulty of buying a new PC with XP, Win7 or nothing pre-installed, what ever sales of "new" PC kit that would have happened is going to happen anyway.

What if NO Apple Mac or PC had an OS pre-installed and you could SEPARATELY chose OS X, Redhat, Debian, Ubuntu, Solaris, Suse, XP, Win7 or Win8?

Mine's the one with a 4G SD card containing RiscOS in the pocket.

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4GEE data marketing campaign accidentally gets Irishmen salivating

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Re: Not in Northern Ireland it isnt...

Not in Mid Western Ireland.

Gee = Horse

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Post-defenestration Microsoft: It's the APIs, stupid. And Metro

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Re: WP8

My 1st NT machine was a 16MHz 386 with 12M bytes RAM. NT3.51

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Apple granted patent for ebook page-turning

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Re: Why do I get a feeling of Deja Vu ?

And that one was bunkum too.

Prior art is earlier than 1987

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BOSS Bang boffins: DARK ENERGY spreading across the Universe

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Call me a sceptic

But doesn't this somehow contravene the concept of conservation. What next? A Perpetual Motion machine?

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Peak Apple: Forstall was 'closest thing to Jobs they had left'

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But

It's unlikely that Jobs will be back again.

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A bitter spill to swallow, or 'how to smeg up your keyboard'

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Sherry

Sherry seems bad for keyboards.

Just sayin'

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Revealed! Prime Minister's iPad 'dashboard' for controlling Britain

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Radio 4

They definitely called it an iPad App on R4 "Today" at breakfast time.

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Japan Display cranks up ultra low power colour LCD panels

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Colour vs brightness

Since the colour is by a filter, inherently the better the colour the less light there is. If the filters perfect you'd lose 2/3rds of the light as the Red filter blocks all the green and blue parts of spectrum to get the red colour.

Hence if you have pastel "weak" colour the filter blocks maybe 10%.

So they can't make it much "Better". It's physics. If you are using passive filters and ambient light then maybe 50% to 60% reflection with very pale colours and no better than 28% to 33% with good colour.

Mirasol can achieve the brightest passive colour display as it's mirrors, not pigment/dye filters and LCD.

The LCD polarisers also lose light.. The LCD itself can be pretty clear.

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BBC in secret trial to see if you care about thing you plainly don't

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Re: DAB should not be more expensive

DAB+ Ha!

They would just use it to have slightly lower quality and twice as many stations to reduce the costs.

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Re: Blowing air

Yes, DAB needs about x6 more TX sites and double the number of multiplexs or half the channels. 256K MP2 is fine.

Currently online streaming is higher quality than DAB. Current DAB suits a 2" loudspeaker. With enough TX and Muxs so as to have coverage and Quality DAB could be OK. DAB currently is a waste of spectrum and electricity.

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Re: Blowing air

Far more people are always affected and object than the number that complain officially.

Besides will the BBC tell honestly how many complain? Will they have a dedicated freephone number advertised in the local "freeish" papers, A clear link on website with Form. a dedicated email address etc?

Will there be a well publicised consultation.

Or is the procedure and information gathering designed to give the answer they want?

Answers on back of a stamp.

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Re: What about Long Wave?

I heard the BBC had reduced R4 LW power by half.

I know it has been much worse at dawn and dusk than it was and there is interference more often. But is this the season, more chargers or the BBC reducing power?

Also

There is a problem with CE mark and lack of policing:

1) The EMC limits are too high

2) They are not properly tested in terms of radiation from the house wiring

3) Radiation from Lighting wiring is worse as often it's loops, not "Twin and earth"

4) It's self certified, so often the product doesn't really meet CE

5) The capacitors in CFL /LED lamps "dry out" with age and the interference rises due to heat from lamp

6) Powerline/Homeplug adaptors are not realistically tested. All basically would fail CE if "real life" testing used.

7) Individual models of TV or charger can lack filter components (deliberately or accidentally), but neighbour has no idea why the Radio is poor or who to complain to.

8) Ofcom (and Comreg in Ireland) are trying/have offloaded Spectrum protection/complains to others and it's nearly impossible to get them to investigate. Even though it's one of their primary roles and ordinary Domestic reception is protected by Wireless Telegraphy Acts, EMC directives signed into law, EU and International Treaty.

You have no "absolute" right to have a newspaper delivered every day. You do have an Internationally agreed right to receive Broadcast without jamming, even from another country if it's not on a frequency allocated to your more local national transmitter.

Mines the one with a Spectrum Analyser in the pocket

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Re: Then there is Radio 5: Mobile?

Actually if you are streaming at 100kbps approx (can be more or less) then one mast can reliably manage about 30 to 90 connections at best. It's not actually possible at all as there are only usually 3 sets of 3 channels and so the masts would interfere if more than about 20 (generously). Can't see how you can have more than 2,000 users no matter how much money you throw at Mobile.

FM level of coverage needs about x6 as many DAB TX. AM level of coverage maybe x20 (lots of small fill in due to it being 200MHz Band III)

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DAB vs AM/FM

Lots of places need the "Whip" up for FM. The AM is convenient and gives coverage to small number of places not reached by AM.

Battery costs

1) Old AM Valve Portable Radio using replicated battery packs: 60 to 400 hours and 6p to 12p per hour depending on model. The 1953 to 1960 models only used 25mA @ 1.4V per filament and 6.5mA to 9mA HT depending on model

2) Decent 1965 to 2000+ AM/FM portable transistor or IC set: 60 to 250 hours and typically 1p to 8p per hour depending on Model and loudness.

3) DAB sets : 4 hours (4 x AA some current models) to allegedly 120 (latest Roberts using expensive Alkaline D cells) 5p to 75p per hour. (Lower price assuming cheap supermarket Alkaline, not Energizer/Duracell/Panasonic and Roberts are truthful about consumption).

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RISC OS comes to Raspberry Pi

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Re: Great News

I bought a pair of SD cards in Tesco marked to 1/2 price for this purpose. I must find them

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Re: And

RiscOS was ARM Archimedes, not the 6502 based BBC Micro

It just happened to have the similar BASIC.

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Linux

Whoo Hooo!

A newer OS than UNIX/Linux :-)

1987 vs 1976?

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Ohio voting machines have 'backdoor', lawsuit claims

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Old Country?

Ireland has a load of eVoting machines for sale.

One suggestion was to sell them to Irish Themed pubs abroad.

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EXTREMELY RARE never-seen-alive WHALES found (briefly) alive

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Shhh!!

Don't wake the Kraken

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Apple iPad Mini 8in tablet review

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FAIL

Price

You need to be seriously deluded by the Reality Distortion Field to pay what this costs.

It's for people with more money than sense.

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Naughty-step Apple buries court-ordered apology with JavaScript

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Certainly Contemptible

They are like a naughty Child.

Will the tell the Judge that the Dog ate it?

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Cambridge boffins bag big-time backers for White Space standard

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A problem

So called "White Space" is a myth and will simply cause interference to other (non-whitespace) users.

However the standard and Protocols may be of use on bands licensed for it.

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Brain boffins: 'Yes, math CAN make your head hurt – LITERALLY'

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Math?

Maths!

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Apple puts less of its takings into R&D, hires more sales cultists

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It's not as if they have many products.

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Ailing Comet at last prayers: Cawing of accountants and VCs fills air

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Next

Will be PCWorld/Currys. Maybe they need to get back to selling bicycles?

Internet competition? Maybe. But also Tesco and Argos.

Harvey Norman still has a big Electrical, AV and computer section here, but I doubt if they make money on it.

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EE 4G LTE review

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High Speeds?

Only because hardly anyone is using it.

Ten people on a mast sector and you get 1/10th or less speed.

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Dry martini, shaken not stirred: Cracking the physics of Bond's martini

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Ice?

Ice in any drink is a modern abomination. Certainly for Whiskey, Whisky, beer or Wine.

Maybe OK in vodka served with raw fish above the Arctic Circle?

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Hmm, I think I'll order an iPad Mini on Amazon ... Oh no I won't

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iFad?

The new iPad mini needs to be either 1/2 the price or twice the spec. It's like the spec of a no-name tablet, made in same country but x3 the price.

Only fans or people doing no research into subject will buy it. Cook better hope that Jobs really is dead and not faking or Forstall won't be the only one looking for a new job.

If you have no intention of buying Amazon content then a Samsung might be better. If it's Amazon content you want (and hardly any is eBooks), then the Fire looks best.. If you only want Amazon eBooks then the "paperwhite" is best.

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Forgetting Microsoft: How Steve Ballmer's Surface could win

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Re: Confused

They have Matt Asay because he is popular with all the other writers. Many may hate what Andrew Orlowski writes sometimes, but he can write coherently most of the time. When do follow what Matt is saying, is usually seems like nonsense anyway.

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