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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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Ubuntu - yes, Ubuntu - poised for mobile melee

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Can't count

"And Microsoft's next-generation operating system has abandoned Intel exclusively for the first time."

2nd Time. NT did support MIPS, Power PC, 32bit and 64 bit Alpha as well as x86, which isn't just Intel.

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Lane Fox promises sub-£100 PCs

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What was the Survey?

That showed that Advantaged kids with parents that teach them Reading and such before they start school benefit from PC and that Poor Disadvantaged ignored kids have worse Educational performance when they get a PC?

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How did Three get there?

Online but not Broadband.

Why not a choice of Mobile supplier and option of paying extra for DSL or Virgin?

In fact at £9 a month Three makes a whopping loss.

Nothing wrong with Penguins. More apps for Linux than OS X.

Open Office, Firefox and Thunderbird are just the same as on Windows.

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Otellini yawns at Windows on ARM

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You mean

"Bill how do I format a disk?"

"Format C:"

"Bill are you sure?"

"Yes"

All PCs in room start whirling....

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Bletchley Park to rebuild pioneering EDSAC computer

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Mercury?

It's not a consumer product, so mercury delay lines are feasible.

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TVs

TV uses glass (or quartz) as 64uS delay line.

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Asus NX90Jq 18.4in Core i7 laptop

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Meh

Media consumption rather than documents.

only 1080 line.

My nearly 9 year old laptop has more useful 15.4" 1600x1200 screen.

Does NO-ONE make a Desk-top PC replacement any more?

If I want to watch films or TVs, then I'll use an HDTV.

What about a laptop with 1600 x 1200 screen that rotates to portrait mode.

Or 1920 x 1440 screen that doesn't rotate. Space to have 1920 x1080 HDTV and epg/subtitles/ widgets under it.

16:9 is OK for a TV. It's a stupid aspect ratio for a laptop.

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Yorks cops bust Bradford guinea pig farm

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Guinea Pigs?

Guinea Pigs can take -15C, maybe less. Just can't take SUDDEN changes in temperature. So no wonder they suspicious.

We had them living outdoors for about 12 years. They live "wild" all the way from Tropical Amazonian swamps to snow line of Andes in Peru. Very versitile. But bringing them into Central Heating from Cold Outdoors can kill them. Even though they can cope with 30C summer.

People keeping pets should research them better. Could avoid visits from "pigs" :-)

Lawn around our bird table regulary spawns Opium Poppy (common flower bed plant) and Hemp from the bird seed. Cannabis is kind of hemp. It's grown also outdoors as a clothing fibre. I don't think much used for rope anymore.

Industrial Hemp http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp

"common garden poppy" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opium_poppy

I'm sure there are interesting mushrooms in the nearby woods. The "lawyer's wig" that grows in our own garden is lovely fried. (Autumn Fruit)

We have "fake castor oil" plant (Fatsia japonica) not this one http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castor_oil_plant which makes Ricin, but we do get Spurge growing as a weed.

Not just South Americans, but Italians eat Guinea Pigs. I don't think it's for any "mind bending". Supposed to be a bit like rabbit.

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Google axes Jobsian codec in name of 'open'

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convergence

Virtually all Countries use H.264 for HD Broadcasts. Many Countries use H.264 for SD broadcasts.

Anything with a TV tuner is likely to have H.264 codec. It may not be "open" but it's more a standard than Flash is.

This is some sort of commercial or political decision for who knows what reason. It's not because of patents.

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4G networks can screw up cable TV

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Also

Similar issue is DECT phones and Satellite IF cable. Can knock out 5 to 10 channels. Very difficult to cure if you have the problem.

It can be the screening of the coax or a sightly "iffy" connector. Not just the box screening. http://www.techtir.ie/blog/watty/dividend-hurts-cable

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Ballmer says Windows on ARM isn't about ARM

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Alpha NT

First 64bit NT/Windows too was for DEC alpha. 1997?

DEC developed the NT Cluster. I first installed Cluster in 1999 I think.

Windows 8 must be a complete re-write. There is much in W2K, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008 and Win7 that is x86-64 only. They have not done multiple NT cpu platforms since NT4.0

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Skype's mega-FAIL: exec cops to cause

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It's been going down hill in quality..

3.8.0.188 Seems to be last decent version

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Microsoft ARMs Windows for iPad assault (allegedly)

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Windows on ARM

Hardly the NT family, that Win7, Vista, XP and Windows 2000 is based on. It's a long time since Alpha, MIPS and Power PC supported. ARM never was. It's now X86-X64.

WinCE, also the basis of Windows Mobile, Windows 7 Phone and Zune pretty much only runs on ARM nowadays (though it did run on other CPUs).

There are three families of Windows Embedded:

WinCE based (ARM)

Defunct DOS + Win 3.x based (x86 only)

NT Based (NT4.0 version was last to support MIPS and never supported ARM. Now only x86).

So Which version of Windows is this ARM Tablet going to run?

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iPad media apps: Stealthed hobbits thwart Google's flaming Eye

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Google will buy the Apps

Shirley,

All google has to do it buy the apps to browse the App content?

Replacing "The Web" by apps only makes sense if you want a small fee paying audience.

It's just selling virtual versions of Magasines limited to particular device owners.

So how many different OS are publishers going to support instead of one (The Web) which can be behind a pay wall anyway.

You can limit even FREE content to be hidden from Sauron by requiring Membership.

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Hacker warning over internet-connected HDTVs

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Ermm

How can this work with a normal Broadband + Router + firewall setup?

User has Browser on TV goes to web site with evil stuff that does???

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Nokia cuts staff, fiddles with E7

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We're running late, let's get rid of people

Actually adding people when you running late is even worse.

Depending what stage your project is at and who you letting go, can make no difference, help or hinder the project.

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Three punts UNLIMITED smartphone package

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Three Death Wish?

Either they have a death wish and want to go bust

Or

It's a lie

Or

A 3G/HSPA network doesn't NEED to throttle high users. It has so little per sector capacity it throttles itself.

You'd be lucky to get much more than 2Mbps average throughput (total of all users) with a heavily used sector with people evenly spaced from mast to cell edge with 21Mbps HSPA.

So performance will go to hell and you will be unable to Skype or watch YouTube with a half dozen tethered Torrent users on your mast sector.

A cap on Mobile is often the only way to manage Contention and thus congestion.

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Standard setter seeks to unify power, wired, wireless LANs

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Homeplug

Wired Networking?

Nah.,. It's 75% wireless. Wide band OFDM Transmitter & Receiver.

It mostly uses the mains to power itself.

To AC "well I for one"

Your issue is not WiFi or lack of standards. But the implementation. Disable the WiFi on such stupidly configured box and add your own Airpoint.

If you think folks won't screw up P1905.1 then you have little experiance of Humans *OR* Technology.

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Gmail's daddy predicts Chrome OS assassination

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ChromeOS

The point is that Android is sort of a Mobile Linux Distro that can run local apps.

ChromeOS is just a locked Linux OS with a Web browser.

It's not a netbook platform/OS

It's a Browser Appliance. The fact that it's called ChromeOS isn't relevant. Or even what underling OS it is.

It's meant to be far more locked than a Pre Android Archos PMP. Those had Browser and you couldn't install any apps. Android was a step forward.

The ChromeOS is not a Tablet or Netbook alternate to Android, MeeGo, iOS, OSX, Windows (CE or NT families). It's a niche market, the "Cloud Padd". Internet/Cloud apps only.

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Google revives ‘network computer’ with dual-OS assault on MS

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Right and Wrong.

Some sorts of apps and users can be "served" by "clould"

Most PC applications won't be.

Performance

Security

Reliablity

Privacy

Connectivity

Specialisation

Data transfer quantity (True HD content? ha ha ha) Compare Broadcast (DVB) with 10,000 users watching HD IPTV 4 hrs a day. Or 10,000 users watching VOD IP vs local BD (BluRay) for 2 hrs a day.

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Amazon invites 5 terabyte mondo-files into the heavens

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I can see

Why you can post them SATA drives.

I have decent upload speed. I think it would take me 92 days to upload or about 12 days to download. If I did nothing else.

It would exceed my cap.

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Google backs 'Chromoting' remote access for web-bound OS

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PCoIP

As well as VNC and RDP. Though it needs a good connection for 3D accelerated games :-)

Seriously....

The Penguin is pretending to be happy.

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Google delays Chrome OS, punts brandless beta netbook

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Not A Notebook

Lets not call this an OS or a Notebook.

It's purely a Web appliance. The fact it runs Linux, Chrome or looks like a Notebook will be irrelevent for anyone that needs to use this.

It's for Companies or people that don't want the hassle of a computer.

Secure? Of course when you are not meant to install stuff. Of course nit-wits will "jailbreak" it to have linux desktop, thus potentially allowing Chrome OS appliances to be added to the legions of the undead.

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Apple sells more mobile PCs than Dell

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So

As a competitor to Windows, then, OS X is still below 5%

Much much less if you exclude USA.

Poor penguins still out in cold. But of course no figures for how many Macs and Windows Pre-installs are running Linux.

Browser figures don't help either as Linux users may fake their user agent.

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Microsoft 'Xbox TV' rumours: Over the Cable Guy's dead body

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The other problem?

Internet can't actually deliver TV. Not at Broadcast reliability and quality.

Only fibre/cable operators can actually deliver IPTV or VOD that actually works, at reasonable quality, from servers on their own network.

And it's much much more expensive than Broadcast TV. VOD/IPTV is about 20x to x 100 more expensive (if server on ISP's network) than Broadcast to 10,000x more expensive overall if it was on the "Internet".

Also very few people have bandwidth to watch more than one channel and do anything else on BB, even fewer have the performance for HD.

Or the Caps.

IPTV/VOD is not really happening till the majority have cable/Fibre and even then it will be the ISP that delivers. MS, Google and Apple would only be "me too" appliance shifters. Samsung, Sony, Philips, Motorola, Cisco, Panasonic, LG, Toshiba, Sanyo, Sagem, Humax, Vestel etc are ALL well able to deliver TVs and boxes that work perfect on Broadcast and IP without any Apple/MS/Google help.

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Bombshell in platterland: WD tried to buy Seagate

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HDD more battery?

I don't think so.

Expensive SSD is faster than HDD

Cheap SSD much slower to write than HDD, though faster to read.

If HDD is single process/user it can be as fast as SSD. If multiprocess/user then SSD wins by wide margin unless the HDD is about 6x drives HW RAID 5. (random access speed poor on signel drive)

160G HDD is less power in Notebook/laptop than SSD same size.

Boot time more affected by OS than storage:

on Same Laptop

XP 12s

Vista 50s

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Horror AVG update ballsup bricks Windows 7

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"User training + Properly setup PC + External to PC Firewall and Zero AV software."

Has worked for 20+ years for me and the users.

No autorun

No remote content or vulnerable email

No clicking on attachments.

There has been Zero infections. I'd actually have expected one or two.

*FACTS*

ALL AV fails.

ALL AV hurts the system with false positives

AV gives a false sense of confidence

Many AV damage productivity and make PC slow

AV is NOT a substitute for best practices of PC, email and Network set up.

All the most successful attacks con the Mark into deliberate install (This content needs codec, click to install)

If you are insecure in your abilities or the users, fine install AV and have EXTRA trouble that can outweigh the risks. But PLEASE research how to setup PC, Networks, Applications properly. The defaults on most things are wrong.

Yes PROPERLY setup PC, Network and Training of users is NOT perfect. But lower TCO and less damage (none from AV products). We have a WSUS running, but that's just to save WAN bandwidth. We may junk it as Linux use rises.

The way AV works is inherently going to fail, especially if it's a substitute (which it usually is) for proper setup and training. Our mail server blocks all executable attachments. not just exe, com, cmd and bat but all the less well known ones. The users are trained how to spot camouflaged filenames such as mypartypics.jpg_____________________________________.exe where ___ is loads of spaces.

I've removed viruses from MANY PCs over last 12 years. All had AV products. Some up to date (How up to date is up to date? Daily? Hourly?)

I check our systems periodically with script from silentrunners.org and various root kit detectors such as gmer and others. Any unusual traffic on Router is investigated (usually a teenager watching video at 3am and never has been a zombie bot or mailer). Even if you have AV you absolutely should do this.

The real reason fewer Linux servers than PCs with cable modems and no firewall are compromised is the training and expertise of the setup. Not just size of target.

ALL the setup, training etc is not optional. It should be done even if you do have faith in AV.

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The Winner?

Of test of AV products?

User training + Properly setup PC + External to PC Firewall and Zero AV software.

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97% of INTERNET NOW FULL UP, warn IPv4 shepherd boys

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If lots of people

Are saying the same thing, it means they feel someone is not listening.

There is no IPV4 crisis. A HUGE percentage of issued / allocated IPs are not used publicly or even at all

IP6 is not a solution. It needs scrapped and re-designed.

A weasel or other Badger cousin could do it better.

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There is LOADS unused

Loads and loads hoarded by US Corps. Unis and Military

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Chinese telecoms giant furiously scrubs links to Phorm

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Black Helicopters

Suddenly

Juniper sounds like a nice name.

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Apple patents glasses-free, multi-viewer 3D

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Stereo vision gives 3D for every animal.

That's not entirely how 3D vision and Depth perception works,

If one eye is enough weaker (almost no-one has matched eyes), then pure stereo vision doesn't work. I.e. if one eye sees box and other eye sees animal, with perfect stereo vision the animal is in the box.

It doesn't work for significant number of people.

Also REAL 3D has depth. The eyes focus at different distances according to the object. With FLAT Stereo vision that doesn't work. You get a headache.

http://www.techtir.ie/blog/watty/sky-launch-3d-channel

So not only is this not going to work for some people, as even Active shutter doesn't work (which is surprising, I thought active shutter might work for slightly "lazy eye", but apparently doesn't)

But it's horribly complicated and not really an original idea.

The guy is wearing Stereo goggles obviously

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Stereo is not 3D

No matter HOW you do it, Stereo viewing doesn't work for nearly 20% and gives eye strain to everyone.

Maybe all LCD TVs will have active shutter "3D", because it costs nearly nothing to add. Cost is in the glasses. But other forms of so called 3D other than lenticular handheld are unlikely to ever be very popular.

Still nice to see Apple try to innovate. Even it is prior art dressed up to look new. The USPO should chuck this out. It really fails originality.

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Windows Phone 7 gets unlocked

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Windows Mobile 7?

But does anyone care any more?

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The Mac that saved Apple (and Steve Jobs)

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" primitive version of connection sharing ... comedy reliability. "

At home

We had a network of Win 3.11 with TCP/IP and NT3.51 server running a proxy on 33k modem using Wingate 1.0 in 1995, nearly 3 years before this rather limited iMac came out.

(I read the manual, so despite using various versions of Wingate up to 2005, it was never an open proxy. Nor ever primitive or unreliable)

(OK I was an early adopter, I had an Apple II, used an ACT Sirus 1, 300bps BBS and Prestel in 1981)

By 1996 we had mix of Win 95, Win3.11 and NT4.0 Workstations with an NT4.0 Server. At home.

The iMac only jump started Apple. It was only significant in USA and in Education only significant at all in USA. It never had a enough market share to be significant to jump starting anything else.

I was teaching people DTP, WP, Spreadsheets, Programming etc on Windows by 1992.

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So 12 years later

"Whatever the bitter and twisted anti-Apple-tards might post in these articles, Apples resurgence redefined the PC industry - and that's why *every* major tech company is now scrambling to keep up with them."

So that's why under 6% of computers world wide run OS X

They have removed Computer from their name

They are now the US equivalent of B&O. Not bad consumer electronics at an inflated price.

The iPad may be architecturally a tablet Computer, but is really a Web & Apple App overgrown PMP, not a "Computer"

Apple has even dropped their "Servers". Which was only ever an Apple Fan product as Solaris, Linux or Windows has more functionality or performance, often at a lower price.

I never ever saw one of the original iMacs in the flesh, despite being in IT from 1994 to 2004.

We did add MS Windows Servers and HP plotters to some places with Macs.

Expect OS X or OS 11 / OSXI to be more iOS like with less openness. More like an appliance. I expect Apple will do real TVs or what ever other non-Computer device that can leverage the Apple brand, be sold to a large market in-expert on tech specs for an inflated price. Like B&O, Monster, Bose etc.

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Europe's broadband bird goes up tonight

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Mobile

Mobile isn't reliable. It may not connect or only give dialup speeds.

It's much worse than dialup for reliability and can easily be slower than ISDN.

Here is why even 21Mbps Mobile is inferior to 1Mbps ADSL.

http://www.techtir.ie/comms/mobile-vs-fixed

Also mobile data is currently subsidised as much as 100:1 by voice. 3 sells Mobile data aggressively in the hope you will use their voice service. At least If I was a shareholder I'd hope that's the reason they do it.

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Actually?

Ka-Sat, not Hylas1 is the big Not-Spot Bird. Launch in Dec

http://www.techtir.ie/blog/watty/ka-sat-countdown

Viasat + Eutelsat Partnership. Serious resources. 80+ Ka Spots and 70Gbps traffic.

However, Hylas1 is Avanti's 1st satellite. Up till now they have been a reseller.

http://www.techtir.ie/blog/watty/hylas-launch

Mostly ESA funded as it's partly an experimental platform. Otherwise Avanti would still be just a reseller. Only 8 Ka-Spots of unknown capacity.

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What's the frequency, Kenneth?

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Hmmm

If the listed options are correct, then some of those are illegal imports.

Legal licence free (excluding RFID)

27MHz

49MHz

433MHz

446MHz (only FM walkie talkies and one AMBE digital Codec model)

866 to 870MHZ (868MHZ)

2.4GHz ISM band

5.8GHz ISM band (WiFi and Registered Outdoor PMP only in some countries)

RFID http://www.rfid-handbook.de/rfid/frequencies.html

Satellite is mostly Ku for DTH, but Tooway VSAT uses Ka band

So some of the stuff is illegal if the questions are correct.

Other stuff has used DIFFERENT bands at different times... Legally. Such as Mice and Keyboard have variously used 27MHz, 49MHz, 433MHz, 868MHz and 2.4GHz. MS has used 27MHz and 2.4GHz for similar models.

Note that 2.4GHz is not always Bluetooth or WiFi, even if it's digital.

Some licensed gear uses 1.4GHz

Ireland has 10.450GHz for licence free Movement detectors

3.6GHz and 10.5GHz. FWALA (Licensed Fixed Wireless).

I think the quiz is flawed.

418 & 915MHz is USA

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MS drops drive pooling from Windows Home Server

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Simple Solution

Don't buy the expensive crippleware MS Homeserver

Either buy a Generic cheap "NAS" box

OR

Buy a cheap PC and put Ubuntu Server on it (Or Linux of choice if more techy minded).

This was always a pointless overpriced product with bugs. Now it's more overpriced and pointless.

They are maybe going to copy Apple (again) and drop Server products :-)

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US ARMY prepares force of GIGANTIC BOMB RATS

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Closer to Cavies

Not really rats, though technically just about Rodentia

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Masochists add Jimbo Wales to every webpage

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Is it possible?

That these people don't realise this banner is ONLY in their own Browser?

Do they think they are actually adding it to each site they visit?

Stranger things...

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Microsoft reins in Windows server prices

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Still too expensive

Even when Linux wasn't realistic competition the server products too expensive.

They need to be 1/2 the price of Workstation and require NO client licences.

They can do like Red Hat do. Charge for Support.

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Attachmate gobbles up Novell for $2.2bn

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UNIX

I remember installing MS Xenix back in 1987?

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Apple scraps 'never-formed plans' for iPhone SIM in 2011

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SIM

And can you move your CDMA phone between Operators? In theory yes, in practice no.

EU can still say to GSMA "Yes your SW SIM works, but it's not legal in EU"

I hope they do.

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Tech firms warn Ireland on bailout

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Well said

"Perhaps if these companies weren't using loopholes to reduce their tax bills to next to nothing, the people of Ireland wouldn't be in such a situation."

The fact is some are greedy parasites and move at drop of hat (DELL). They are not even paying 12.% or their American liabilities.

It's the Stupid Irish government allowing the loop holes.

The ONLY people in Ireland that have ever paid all their tax liabilities properly are the pure PAYE workers with no sideline jobs.

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Why Microsoft is Acorn and Symbian is the new CP/M

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not quite

MICROSOFT

Win Mobile < 7 = MSDOS

Win Mobile 7 = OS/2

Kin = Win ME

NOKIA (and deserting friends)

Symbian = BSD free + X-Windows...

Maemo might be Linux ... or OS/2 Warp :-)

APPLE

iOS = Mac OS

Palm = BBC Micro, then they did WinMo for while I think? then with new OS = Archimedies

RIM = CP/M. This is why they bought QNX OS

BADA = MSX for sure!

Mines the one with the DR MultiDOS manual in one pocket and Minix OS boot Floppy in the other.

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3D printers, one-dimensional enemies

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Copy Vinyl

Doesn't need a 3D printer.

You clean disc

Use a rubbery liquid that sets (vibrate the bubbles out) to make a mould

Pour suitable plastic in to mould, then peel off and re-use.

There are several sites that show how to do this.

However a studio quality record player +HiFi mag preamp + Sound card + PC and you have a file you can "clean" with PC tools, then burn a "gold" archival copy and make MP3s.

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Sling Media Slingbox Pro-HD network TV tuner

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FAIL

Most Euro world setboxes will only do SD on component.

You need "freeview HD" even for Irish SD. This is ten years out of date,

Good review for pointing out the shortcomings!

Thanks.

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