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Broadcom uncloaks zippy '5G WiFi' chippery

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5.8GHz

Basically you are lucky if 5.8GHz can do more than one room. Certainly much worse than 2.4GHz to cover a household.

Any open plan Office I know only has a "guest" wifi point and all the laptops/Netbooks plug into wired ethernet.

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SNR

256QAM

ha ha ha

you need a coax cable or twisted pair for more than a metre or so.

In the real world few people will see much more speed.

80MHz ... Is a bit unfriendly unless range is about 2m and you only have one ... Oh wait.

My coat is the one with Shannon and Nyquist papers in the pocket.

http://www.techtir.ie/comms/signal-loss-limits

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Kodak heading to Chapter 11

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They blew it long ago

Photo CDs were and are superior to Picture CDs: Priced out of the market by Kodak.

1992!

The Portfolio CD was a great Kodak Innovation. But no-one could afford the software to author them. Priced out of the market by Kodak.

1993? Wikipedia doesn't even know about them. I have a demo :(

"The page "Portfolio CD" does not exist."

Picture CD quality was poor. We bought our own consumer scanner and made better discs.

Kodak knew this was coming in 1985!

The DLP was invented in Texas Instruments in 1987

This was the last wake up call for making millions doing "prints" for each Cinema Release

"On February 2, 2000, Philippe Binant, technical manager of Digital Cinema Project at Gaumont in France, realized the first digital cinema projection in Europe[7] with the DLP CINEMA technology developed by Texas Instruments."

Next was dedicated Cinema HD satellites and GPS locked, registered Cinema HD satellite Receivers to drive the Cinema DLP

By 2005 it was obvious phones would kill standalone snapshot cameras, Film, Instant or Digital.

I have an OM10. I now use a small Fuji better than many camera phones and borrow a "Serious" digital camera for serious work.

Kodak even produced Digital Cameras. But that was really the wrong market as they where never a high end camera maker, and only those would eventually survive outside phone cameras.

So what should they have done? Maybe competed with Adobe undercutting them to get market with Photo editing and also Authoring tools for PhotoCD, Portfolio CD and later VCD, DVD, BD.

Produced Digital Projectors and video cameras (with still resolution good enough to beat camera phones), eventually HD, licensing DLP. etc.

Maybe Kodak were just doomed. Like Typewriter makers. Brother has managed to stay in Inkjet market. But Kodak inkjets had nothing to recommend them in a crowded market.

Anything they had that could have been the "answer" they either did it badly, too low end, or priced themselves out of it.

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But "Kodak safety film" doesn't burn.

It's significant that in the bargain store the Kodak batteries are beside the inferior Polariod AA cells that are under weight due to two big empty plastic bungs in the case.

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2012: The year when smartphones become smart?

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not smart.

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Boffins glue self-righting ROBO-VELOCIRAPTOR tail to car

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I for one ...

Welcome our new righteous robotic lizard overlords.

Seriously though...

Would it have application for motorbikes and Reliant Robin cars?

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Ferguson Hill FH009 home theatre system

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80%

Deserves 40%

Pathetic little drivers on cheep perspex horns that are going to be quite directional.

Many DVD/BD players do not mix down to stereo properly. Unless it's got 1 bass/effects channel and 5 regular channels, it's not a "Home Theatre" (or Theater for Americans) amp.

This system is an overpriced gimmick. Not a Marmite system. It should retail at no more than £150 too.

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Comet 'sold 94,000 pirate Windows CDs', claims Microsoft

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Pirate

Hmm, tricky one.

This is not as simple at all as the Title would suggest.

Even MS own site has an article saying you don't need your own CD/DVD media to re-install or "Slipstream" service packs or drivers. You only need the Licence.

So obviously the problem was how Comet was supplying these. If they supplied separately from the sealed HW package, without permission or royalties , then likely they ARE in trouble. Free or charged is not relevant. You'd probably need permission to commercially copy the media, even if supplying it "free" in the PC box.

Comet may have been idiots.

MS are acting like Apple, unless Comet was selling these to ANYONE, not just included solely in HW box.

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Wi-Fi Protected Setup easily unlocked by security flaw

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Not just LAN access

If the default admin password hasn't been changed on the Router (common on most) then the attacker will next change the DNS server your router uses.

Then all your computers are vulnerable to Man-in-the-middle attacks even on HTTPS that can be forward to the real bank and echo back, so you see the "real" web page and do the transaction. When you log out the attack server ( man-in-the-middle via poisoned DNS) gives you a fake page, then it adds a transaction before logging you out.

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It's going to be a White (Space) winter after all

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Idiots

Well Americans may as well all get Satellite and Cable as the FCC is determined to destroy Terrestrial Reception.

The databases will not be good enough.

Users will patch the firmware to avoid them

Users will add high power amplifiers.

TV signals WILL be interfered with.

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China pumps CCTV into Freeview HD boxes

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WMC

It will be like getting MPEG4 DTT working on WMC (Ditch XP or Vista and get Win7, or use a 3rd party system) . You wait and buy Windows 8

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Apple's TV killer 'on shelves by summer 2012'

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Pirate

Also compatibility

Digital Terrestrial has

3 common flavours of DVB-T, though if your set does MHEG5, MHP, DVB-T2, AAC, MPEG4, VHF and UHF, it will work in most DVB areas.

There are then 4 incompatible non-DVB DTT standards.

Will it have Component for USA, SCART for Europe, Analogue RF (several kinds of SECAM, PAL, NTSC etc) for countries not using DTT yet, or with Analogue Cable?

People used to buying "grey" imports will import the North American version and find it works almost nowhere else in the world on Digital.

Even HD is country specific resolutions and frame rates, even on HDMI. Or will Apple pretend 25i and 50p don't exist. Will it support 24p and 48p for better North American disc playback of stuff transferred from Cinema?

Or will it be like the original iPhone, almost only a GUI and packaging exercise with standard electronics?

If they do release a "real" TV, any one buying it is wasting money, as it will be more expensive and more restrictive than a similar quality non-Apple TV.

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bah.

There is no point to Google or Apple TVs, except for Apple and Google.

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Wi-Fi desk rodents break free from oppressive cabling

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Ermmm

TV's and Set-boxes are arguably better using IR than BT.

A mouse is better on a cable if you are forgetful of having spare batteries, charging etc.

how likely is it that these WiFi mouse work with your existing arbitrary OS and WiFi stack that's in infrastructure mode with an Airpoint?

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Another Alliance pushes into White Space

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While most developed countries are agreed that White Space should be filled

Which proves Regulation is done now by Bean Counters, Lawyers and Arts graduates with no significant Communication Engineering input, or advice of real engineers totally ignored.

A database doesn't really solve the problems. Assuming users don't figure how to disable it.

This one idea that should be strangled at birth and all unlicensed TV band transmission equipment seized at customs. Otherwise it's going to be the worst thing that's ever happened to TV.

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Hasbro sues Asus over Transformer Prime moniker

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All those guys with Iron

Better stop selling those transformers with copper windings or else rename them Induction Coils or Ruhmkorff coils.

Virtually every larger electronic device uses them, all chargers, Electricity Substations etc.

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Ofcom's Local TV dream: No smut, an hour of news, endless ads

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Nuts.

Sack these idiots. Besides Parliament should decide Broadcasting Broad policy, and then C4 and BBC as the PSBs should implement "local Tv". If you make it remotely commercially viable or unsubsidised it will be Babestation + QVC.

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Shareholders rage over Imation's incredible 88% plunge

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Growth?

No chance. They needed to innovate 6 years ago and make something else. The Dogs in the street could see this coming.

The stupid Rebranding to Imation never did them a favour either.

The day a Mac with no floppy was shipped should have been last call.

When Netbooks started shipping with no optical drive at all, then they were doomed already.

It's just an animated corpse now. Trying to invent themselves as a "brand" to sell others products was stupid. Especially with daft rebranding to Imation.

Everyone I know always said it reminded them of Imitation.

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IT'S OFFICIAL: AT&T, T-Mobile deal is dead

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How can it be a scam?

Unless T-Mobile are quietly laundering most of back to them?

I have no idea though why they agreed such a daft penalty.

I wonder what T-mobile / Deutsche Telekom will do with it? You could almost do FTTH for small country like Ireland with that and have enough left for Urban /Suburban LTE for 80% of Irish Population.

Or do 1/2 of Brooklyn.

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Parody is illegal, say barmy bureaucrats

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Childcatcher

"A Modest Proposal"

Unfortunately some people in England thought Irish people did eat babies.

Dean Swift had the right idea though.

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Andrew? You believe this?

"Traditionally the civil service is not supposed to set policy, but carry it out. The advice they give ministers is expected to be dispassionate and weighted."

Or are you stating this is what should be the case. The weasel word is "supposed".

I watched a REALLY good documentary on this. Not one scene in the Houses of Parliament though.

I think the DVD tile was "Yes Minister".

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Zombie Microsoft antitrust case shuffles to retrial

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Truth and Lies

Word by 1992 had trashed Wordperfect, because actually Word was one of the best Programmes MS ever did (Excel was the other). Ironically first done for Apple Mac and Ported for Windows.

So Wordperfect was doomed anyway.

But MS *DID* do dirty tricks with MS Office and Win95. They even created pointless APIs on Win95 so the largely 16 bit Office 95 wouldn't run on Win3.1, Win3.11, WFWG3.11. The Win32s on Win3.11 to allow NT programs didn't allow Office 95 to run. MS had to release NT3.51 for free to NT3.5 32 bit users so they could buy Office 95.

Did MS put stuff in Win95 to stop Win3.x programs running? Not so much. I think virtually all of my Win3.1 SW runs on Win95 including Adobe Première Video Editing and VCD/MPEG1 capture/playback hardware.

Did MS do lots of evil nasty anti-competitive stuff relating to Windows 95? Probably yes.

Did MS do anything to stop Wordperfect running on Win95? Probably not. The last "good" Wordperfect was on DOS and the DOS version of MS Word was starting to look better.

If you were cost conscious on DOS probably the Wordstar Clone "Newstar/Newword" was best as "real" Wordstar had got too bloated. The Cheap simple Wordstar clone also had a brief resurgence on CP/M on the PCW8256, PCW8512 and PCW9512.

In the end Wordperfect failed because they where YEARS too slow in doing a sensible Windows version.

I have Word 2.0a (with Manuals) and it's better than any Wordperfect or Wordstar ever was. I think I have about 10 licenses still, and it's trivial to run on ARM. Vista, XP, Win7, OS X by running Dosbox emulator and loading a copy of Win3.1 (in about 15 seconds on a 10 year old XP machine).

The last version of office for win3.1 was Office 4.3 Office 95 wasn't a huge step forward, nor was it even a real 100% 32 bit Windows program.

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Jedi light-sabre beats Taser in Oregon parking-lot fracas

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Formosa

Not on the Statute books here.

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Han Solo

But it was very long ago, not to mention very far away.

My money would be on them all being dead 1000s of years ago.

Lucas obviously based his story on a history found in a crashed UFO.

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Nikon 1 V1 interchangeable lens compact camera

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Full HD 1080p video recording at 30fps or 60fps

OK for USA or Japan.

But the rest of us need 25fps / 50fps. Does it do it?

Macro distances?

viewfinder resolution?

Otherwise sounds interesting. Esp if more lenses etc become available. Or are there other lenses and accessories that work?

(Tele converters, fisheye, ultra macro/microscope, bellows for offset lenses whatever)

Mine's the one with a camera in the pocket.

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Microsoft copies Google with silent browser updates

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"pin" to Task bar?

Umm.. you can save a web link and have it on your task bar in XP. It then opens with a single click in the default ("any") Browser.

So how is IE9 and the Apple clone Win7 taskbar pin better?

In fact I suspect you can do similar on ANY OS and Browser actually modern enough to be usable on the Internet safely (XP is over 10 years old).

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Apple mulls new chip boffinry HQ in Israel

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Terry Pratchet is correct

The Truth will make you Fret

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Danger in Israel?

It's no worse and possibly better than any time since 1948. Plenty of International companies invest there. Possibly no Iranian or Syrian ones though.

Syria claims the entire region including Lebanon and Jordan is Syria.

Iran just isn't too fond of Arabs. But hates Israel more.

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R&D

About time Apple did more than design boxes and GUI. I don't think they have done much R&D since the original power PC macs that replaced the 68000 based Macs. There is certainly no "developed by Apple" HW in an iPhone or iPod or iPad. Or UltraMac.

I welcome their decision to do R&D.

How many years has Intel been doing R&D in Israel?

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No oil

Also since 1948 all the Arab countries kicked out most of their Jewish Populations. Many trades blocked (like Medieval Europe), so many professional (lots of subsistence peasants too). After 1933 Lots of European Jewish people tried to go to the Palestine Mandate (4/5ths is now Jordan). Even when the Muslim Turkish Ottomans ruled a lot of people got Turkish permission prior to 1914 (a lot at end of Victorian Era) escaping Czarist and East European Pogroms.

Then the ones surviving the Hitler/Nazi extermination of 6M (many educated people) in Europe, many went to USA or Palestine Mandate/ Israel after WWII. Then in 1980s to 1990s many left Russia.

Jewish people, especially the secular ones always have believed in Literacy and Education. There was once a Golden age of Moslem scholarship (women not invited though), but by the latter days of Ottoman Empire the average Arab (Christian, Druze or Moslem) had no opportunity or interest in Education. The Ottomans at one stage controlled almost all the Middle East, Turkey, parts of Europe and North Africa. They were lazy and corrupt rulers and not much liked by their Arab subjects. It wasn't hard for Lawrence of Arabia to make promises. However the French and British broke most of the promises made 1914 to 1936 to Arabs in the middle East and THEY, not Arabs decided most of the borders and Countries. "Modern", Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, Iraq, Syria, Israel and other places exist in present form due to French and UK decisions.

The Arabs didn't know about this till too late. Not that they could have changed a thing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sykes%E2%80%93Picot_Agreement

The Iranians are and have been very well educated. But don't call them Arabs. Moderate ones will just tell you politely that you might as well accuse Australians of being Chinese.

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Apple's Galaxy Tab ban was best advertising ever - Samsung

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I always think it sounds like a sugar free version of a "Douglas Adams" cocktail.

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The moment a computer crash nearly caused my car crash

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Off Button on Dashboad?

Lucky you.

Some are only reset if you disconnect the battery!

Some can only be reset by diagnostics computer.

Air bag warning on on car at least can only be reset by Power off, disconnection of sensor, repower, power off, reconnect, repower.

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Microsoft gives up on proprietary 2D barcode, accepts NFC

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Colour was a fail

Colour printing is so much slower and more expensive.

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Laptop display pixel counts to quadruple in 2012

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HD isn't good enough for documents

I have a 1920x1080 TV to watch video.

I want to create and read documents on a Laptop or PC. A WS screen isn't a good shape. 1800 lines in 4 x3 aspect would be good at about 133 to 150dpi At 180 dpi you need over 2000 lines

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Strictly Come Dancing in 3D: the facts

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3D?

Stereoscopic. Not 3D

No one has 3D broadcasts. Not even the old monochrome ones long ago & far away.

Stereoscopic doesn't work for 20% (1/5th) of people and affects many more badly. Why is the BBC wasting money on a Gimmick first pushed by Cinema to "fight back" against TV and second pushed by TV makers that want to sell new sets?

There is very little merit to it compared to colour. A waste of Licence fee to promote pointless and overpriced TV upgrades.

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Ofcom squeezes local TV into 20 cities' tight White Spaces

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dotdavid: Not Valuable

Worthless Frequencies. White Space is a myth. The channels ARE in use enough places that that further use will interfere.

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We used to have Local / Regional TV

It was called ITV

Either the frequencies shouldn't be used at all (as "White space" is a myth) or use needs to be very very carefully licensed. With immediate and permanent closure if any viewers of "main" stations are affected by co-channel interference.

The Wales/Kippure experience in SE Ireland and parts of Wales shows that DTT is less resilient to Co-channel interference than Analogue. The time for "White Space" experimenting was from 1969, not now.

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Bristol boffins bring qubit computing a tiny step closer

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Vacuum Tubes

You mean prior to 1940? (a lot used in Bombs)

1939

http://www.radiomuseum.org/tubes/tube_ef39.html

1940

http://www.radiomuseum.org/tubes/tube_1t4.html

1950s (Russian) 8.5mm x 43mm

http://www.radiomuseum.org/tubes/tube_1j17b.html

(better versions in late 50s and 1960s. Family production till 1991)

1959 Usable as Triode 5.5mm x 28mm

http://www.radiomuseum.org/tubes/tube_dm160.html

Similar Russian 6.5 x 25mm

http://www.radiomuseum.org/tubes/tube_iv-15.html

1960

http://www.radiomuseum.org/tubes/tube_ck5676.html

(Family production till about 1971). Versions in Korean war

a similar size used in WWII bomb proximity fuses. One RAF raid would use up 250,000 sub-miniature tubes, a miniaturised version of 1T4 etc.

Regular mains Radio valves about 3W for the heater. By late 1950s sub-miniature military types only used 14mW for the filament heater and could use 22V HT.

Early post WWII hearing aids used valves based on the WWII sub-miniature types for proximity fuses and same size as a 1953 transistor. 0.7V filament to power two in series of 1.4V silver cell and HT a miniature 22.5V battery about same size as PP3

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Chrome is the most secured browser - new study

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Wrong headline.

Chrome most secured and Popular Corporate Spyware ever.

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Samsung gets a few days of Christmas

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$$$$

I presume the prices are AUD and not USD?

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Steve Jobs' last design: New Apple HQ pics

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Apricot

An interesting PC with a somewhat too small screen based on the Victor 9000 / ACT Sirius1

Both far far better than "official IBM PC" of the era, but not "compatible". Lacking the Reality Distortion field of the Apple, Apricot is now gone sadly.

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RIM gives up on BBX name after court order

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X?

Not many of today's Jobsian latter day disciples remember OS 9 to realise the X in OS X is a 10, and not "Echs".

Though perhaps Apple is fond of the X and one the more recent releases really ought to be OS 11 ?

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QNX

It's a really good non-Linux really "Real time" OS. (Linux can at best be "kludged" to be real time). It's quite old and used for storage controller cards, embedded systems. You know, stuff that maybe has an LED or two as a UI.

So bound to take some time to add a GUI. Though years ago QNX got a sort of UNIXy bloat and an attack of X Windows I think, so not exactly from scratch.

Still strange idea I thought to buy QNX, though it does (or did) have a good reputation as a RTOS. Handy for running an actual Phone stack on.

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Baby-kissers battle over what to do with White Spaces

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"Television broadcasting is horribly inefficient: a massive transmitter blankets a huge area with a single frequency, while a neighbouring transmitter has to be on a different band to avoid interference – but that means the neighbouring transmitter's band lies empty on the far side of the first transmitter, which is where a low-power White Space device can lurk."

Wrong. TV Broadcasting is up to 10,000 more efficient than Internet solutions.

Wrong. It's only mostly empty. It's stupid simplistic analysis like this that is leading to the fantasy of "white space"

Mobile / Cellular radio has to use 3 to 9 channels with only one available to a particular person for a similar reason.

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Groupon grotty grotto rage forces Santa's chief elf to quit

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Hmm

Wasn't this in 2010? papers missed Christmas and filed it for this year?

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Facebook disses Effin Irishwoman

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Why?

Why do people use Facebook at all?

Don't they know how to use Email and the CC and BCC as well as TO

Maybe I should design a local Email client that runs in a Browser and looks like Twitter/facebook/Linkedin?

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WD dries out flood-trashed fab, pumps out first disks

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So..

Wait till the summer before doing Disk upgrades.

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Tesco: buy a DVD, get the download free

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The other way round makes more sense

Buy it ONLINE and get the Download at once and the DVD is posted to you?

Perhaps they will do that next. Or can you do it now on Tesco's online delivery Site?

Seeing as someone is likely to put the Jars of Pickles and Block of Cheese on top of the Bread, I've only used Tesco's online delivery to send my Mum flowers.

Anyone is welcome to use their online service and get the delivery to my address though.

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Hollywood siren invented key phone tech TRUE

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Headmaster

Well known

But probably only by RF boffins

Other well known and less well known tech heroes before 1950s

(Hedy is near the bottom, it's an almost unordered list though)

http://www.techtir.ie/history/innovators

Grace Hooper and Cobol is too "modern" for the list..

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The TARDIS through the ages

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Presumably

It was redesigned because someone nicked the original when it was on tour. Though when I visited it, I didn't think it was the original, but more mock-up done by someone who had glanced at it once.

I do remember Ian & Barbara being suspicious of Susan's answers and wanting to meet her Grandfather and following her.

Even as a small kid that seemed like a couple of massive plot holes, I may have missed part that made it more believable:

1) Why was she at School /College?

2) How did she get enrolled without address, biirth cert etc?

Someone once said the Best SF is where there is only one "unbelievable" fact . Of course Dr. Who isn't SF now, if it was once. Sort of a rubbish mixture of Horror and Teenage drama now. I guess it gets such good ratings because the dilution of Multichannel T, Reality TV, Soaps, phone in and such that TV is generally now so poor we are reduced to to watch DVD box sets.

If there are repeats of any good programs they are either on daytime or pay tv.

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Nokia has good Black Friday, won't be sharing with NSN

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NSN

It was a bad "merger" and degraded Siemens' excellent support & Services.

No doubt too much middle managers.

It was a gift to the Chinese.

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