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Vulture News anchor Regina Eggbert is (sort of) LIVE from London

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Audio

Is it the Accent, my tiny laptop speakers or the Audio encoding quality?

I couldn't make out a word.

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Ofcom will not probe lesbian lizard snog in new Dr Who series

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Bestiality

Philosophically is a sentient entity who isn't Homo Sapiens a beast? Surely only sexual activity with Beasts (Animals) is Bestiality and a lizard like sentient being is something not quite envisaged in past Moral codes. Or was it?

It's not clear who the "benei ha-elohim" and "ha-nephilim" were. Maybe Eric Von Danken claims they are Aliens, I don't remember.

The Koran and Hindu writings have strange beings.

Greek Myth has Zeus as Bull seducing a woman.

http://www.desy.de/gna/interpedia/greek_myth/zeusLover.html

Genesis 6:1-4

"And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God (benei ha-elohim) saw the daughters of men that they were fair, and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years. There were giants (ha-nephilim) in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God (benei ha-elohim) came unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them, the same became mighty men (ha-gibborim) which were of old, men of renown."

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Agenda

BBC seems to care more about promoting LGBT than actually decent plots / Stories any more. I'm not saying I agree or disagree with "promotion of LGBT" but if you think it is your mission surely it should not be amateurishly shoe horned into kids programs. Well Dr Who used to be for kids long ago.

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Siri: Helpful personal assistant or SERIAL APP KILLER?

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Most Apps are pointless

No surprise.

A decent Web browser with big enough screen and decent User interface makes most of them pointless.

The only App I've added was a "Jotter" that makes text files. I'm not going to sit talking to it, even assuming the speech recognition is good enough to replace writing.

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Software bug caught Galileo sats in landslide, no escape from reality

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Re: Russian sanctions against European sanctions about Ukraine

Certainly a good one for the Tin Foil Hat users.

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Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?

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Re: does not remove their Google Glasses is doing." Seriously?

Potentially.

But the privacy issues for the poor wearer (the real victim) are worse.

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Bit feeble

It needs to be about x 3 resolution

optionally both eyes

Less obtrusive and the electronics demountable from holder and mountable on ANY spec frame.

Can it use a battery & feature expansion pack styled like a phone/MP3 player/pocket radio with cord only needed for power? If not, why not.

Needs to be configurable for any services including your own home server. I'm never EVER going to buy a "walled garden" gadget again. It becomes a brick if vendor loses interest or goes bust. At least my Kindle can be used still if Amazon vanishes, though its "Share" feature is stupidity as it only works with Twitter or Facebook, but at least the notes can be read as text via USB storage (but missing context!).

The Glass appears to be uselessly Google centric and invasive to privacy of the user. (who has really just taken out a lease rather than actually buying a gadget.

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Pay to play: The hidden cost of software defined everything

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Obsolete gear

I have a DVB-S test meter. Satellite TV now has a lot of DVB-S2. Now DVB-S2 needs new hardware. That's fine.

My gripe is that the purely software update to allow the test meter to have a poor spectrum analysis feature (900MHz to 2200MHz approx) is hundreds of ££.

I have an Archos with now uselessly out of date Flash on its browser and no way to load my own applications. Only Archos supplied applications. The flash / HDD bootloader is so crippled with DRM that if you ever replace the HDD because it fails the replacement will not work.

Both consumer and professional equipment you can assume that support is stupidly expensive (cheaper to buy new model) or non-existent.

Lots of electronics goes to landfill needlessly.

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LOHAN tunes into ultra long range radio

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900MHz

The 900MHz option is probably only USA. Illegal in EU.

900MHz doesn't exactly need LOS, but all UHF (400MHz to 1200MHz approx) has HUGELY BETTER range LOS than not. Obviously too the 470MHz TV gives better non-LOS coverage than 790MHz TV. TV used to be up to 862MHz.

In EU there is licence free SRD in 864MHz to 868MHz. But it's low power. (SRD = Short Range Device) similar to 433MHz allocation. The EU 446MHz allows more power but only with built in aerial walkie talkies, not random function devices such as 433MHz (usually wireless weather stations, door bells and IR remote extenders, such as back channel on 2.4GHz video senders).

In general there are few Radio transmitting gadgets that are able to be EU (CE) and USA (FCC) legal. Amateur Radio doesn't have to use approved equipment for full licence in most of EU so USA 420 to 450 MHz equipment can be used by Full Licence people in most of EU as long as they only transmit in 430 MHz to 440MHz band.

Note: Just because you can easily buy a transmitting gadget doesn't make it sensible or legal in your own country.

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Tim Cook: I'm NOT worried about CRAP iPad sales. It's just a 'speedbump'

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Re: performance hike?

What, for Cat videos?

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Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins

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Flash vs SD

The reason to use external SD (or Micro SD) rather than onboard flash:

Allow swap of projects faster

Reduce likelihood of bricking

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Re: The B got a memory memory in a previous rev

It's not a Media SoC. Not in the sense of Home Media, It's support for media on a phone device!

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Re: desktops, media players

There are LOADS of solutions for that.

That isn't the aim of the Pi Foundation.

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Re: XBMC & Media Hubs

You need to research difference between MPEG4 H.264 DVB-T (SD & HD) (or DVB-T2 MPEG4 H.264 HD) and ripped discs. It's not a driver issue. The Pi was NEVER intended as a Media Box solution (it's not even cost effective as one). It'san ARM SoC chip for cheap phones (that use a separate ARM SoC for the phone functions on a break out board for learning and experimenting with HW controlled by your own SW.

Obviously some people simply don't get it!

Also a media box that can't use SATA drives directly is pretty crippled.

I'd not buy a Chromecast or Apple TV. But there are good DIY solutions far better than a Pi for media if you don't want a Roku.

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XBMC & Media Hubs

Waste of nice HW using Pi for Media applications. It can't manage MPEG4 HD and DVB-T stick properly and basic media solutions don't need all the GPIO etc. Plenty of good products for a Media solution. No built in SATA.

It's an embedded Linux controller, not a Media box!

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Show Mother Russia you love her: Click HERE and AHHH NYET!

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Tesco

I'm sure loads of people are fooled by the Tesco survey offers.

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LG pokes G3 Stylus at Samsung's Galaxy Note

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Depends on detail

Price with no contract.

Battery life when typing or annotating.

Er.. Price and Battery life.

200 dpi is in the realms of "good enough" unless I put on really strong reading glasses. Obviously at same size of font the 533dpi or what ever will look like 600 dpi laser print to an extent, but if anti-aliasing is used then 200dpi is better than 400dpi laser and near 600dpi as it can't do intermediate shades.

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Cleversafe CEO: We would tell you about the 8TB drive, but...

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The 5.25" twice CD /DVD drive height?

Or something smaller, later.

Or something bigger (8" maybe 14"?)

Stability, yield, power consumption, heat/thermal issues/calibration. For larger diameter you have poorer random access time and also a lower spin speed. DVD drives in data mode are limited in speed due to desire of the disk to turn into shrapnel.

Power consumption is perhaps linear vs number of platters, but possibly a cube law on rotational speed, hence 4800 rpm laptop drives and "Media drives" (PVRs) are often 5400 rather than 7200 so that they can record / replay without having to stop and do thermal recalibration.

15K rpm 3.25" was pretty much fastest. I think more than twice the 10K rpm disks consumption. Very old drives have wider tracks and thus didn't have built in thermal calibration. But a low level format at -1C in an unheated warehouse was a bad idea!

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So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL

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Re: Breakthroughs

Apple didn't even invent the iphone concept, Just successful at marketing it and forcing carriers to offer attractive data plans. A simple GUI stuck on existing HW and similar did exist from niche companies. Just not from Nokia, who had real smart phones from 2002, but messed up on GUI and also data wasn't affordable.

No innovation on original iPhone. I had a Samsung 4.3" touch screen dev kit (not a phone) based on same CPU Apple used. QT phone edition and some other GUIs pre Nokia take over and iPhone release were fine too.

Lets not re-write innovation history simply because Apple was better at marketing and Nokia was drowning in internal politics and had a stupid GUI (as had MS, Sony, Motorola, Ericsson etc). Nokia wasn't the only phone maker then. The GUI is actually minor part of the design and not even part of the OS.

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Re: One Trick Pony

One at a time. for example the any Mac is tiny volume compared to iPhone and iPod is nearly dead.

There is no breadth of product range.

OSX is essentially free. It's not a real product like MS Windows, never has been.

IiTunes is a service to monitise the iProducts.

The Mac Server line is dead. Mac OSX will be replaced by ARM based iOS iBook Mac Air look alike as soon as they decide that gives more control (iTunes only source) and profit.

Apple have no loyalty to users. Apple fans really don't get it. I'm familiar with Apple since the original Apple II.

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Cloud

Why is Cloud listed? It's not a thing or product. Just marketing speak for remote hosted services such as:

iTunes

email

Instant Messaging

photo hosting

So called social media

Real Websites

Collaborative documents (like Google Docs)

Hosted storage (you're mad to rely on it as sole copy, Amazon, Dropbox, Google Drive etc, or your own private hosting.)

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Paris Hilton

One Trick Pony

Apple II

Mac

iMac

iPod

iPhone

(Though all good ideas let's not consider Pippin, Newton, Lisa)

It could be a few years till the next "trick".

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

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Italy

I was on cloud nine for days once because an Italian told me my choice of coffee brand wasn't bad, especially for Ireland. They do serious coffee. If in Netherlands avoid the local Dutch mud (Rombutts, also very common in Ireland) if you like Italian style.

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Pint

Mud Coffee?

*MUD Coffee*

Very fine ground espresso of high quality

Put in tall mug

carefully pour in boiling water, don't stir!

dribble cold water to sink any grounds.

(This is not proper Turkish / Greek / Balkan / Middle East method but needs no equipment and works well. Do NOT take last mouthful).

I have the lovely Alloy two part pot in 1st photo in two sizes. Wonderful.

I usually use a cheap supermarket (< £15) filter maker with deluxe tinned espresso grounds. Keep coffee grounds in freezer or sealed jar or damp makes it bitter.

Sometimes for a change I use my cheap glass and steel сafetière à piston. I have a single and multicup size. Choice is good to have.

I also have a cheap pressurised espresso maker (under £20). It's microswitch failed but I have a bag of those. Tastes as good as any espresso with lovely creme, also can make Latte. Choice of grounds is more important than machine. Personally the only things I ever add to coffee are Water, Brandy, Whisky/Whiskey or possibly the Galliano amaretto liqueur stuff. I regard stuff from tits in Tea or Coffee as an abomination. It's for kids or cornflakes. Even muesli I microwave just with water.

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Your move, sucker! Microsoft tests cloud gaming system that cuts through network lag

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Stupidity

There is no way to mitigate the Round Trip delay.

Only the most trivial repetitive actions can be anticipated. But also this adds jitter. A fixed latency is better than a high amount of jitter.

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No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate

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Re: > Isis please.

We used ISIS II for 8085. Giant cake cover disk packs in enormous blue boxes. 1983

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Brit Sci-Fi author Alastair Reynolds says MS Word 'drives me to distraction'

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Re: @ Khaptain (was: Personally ...)

I just wrote about 140K words in last two months using notepad++

Tabs for open documents

Wonderful regex search and/or replace on selection, document, all open documents, all in directory or including subdirectories.

Minimal markup when imported later to something else:

_and_ for auto itallics

*and* for auto bold

Auto tables from comma separated lists

Auto headings base on line spacing

I now distribute copies for proof reading etc to Kindle etc using .prc fornat

(text -- > Word or Libre Office --> Save as filtered HTML --> Mobi Creator --> eBook)

Kindle DXG is nice for proof reading and allows markup. The "share" feature is rubbish sadly.

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BBC goes titsup: iPlayer to News websites down – Auntie working to fix it

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BBC.com

BBC news text / web content inaccessible outside UK too.

Why should the Websites, Sony PSN and BBC iPlayer be related? Three completely different things.

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BOFH: We CAN do that with a Raspberry Pi, but think of the BODIES

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Soo missed the point

This is like a Dilbert Story.

The PFY has fallen into the trap of being Dilbert instead of being Wally.

The Pi is irrelevant. It could be the Game port on an Apple II in 1979. Story identical

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Is it an iPad? Is it a MacBook Air? No, it's a Surface Pro 3

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2160 x 1440

The resolution is nice 2160 x 1440, but a taller same width screen 1920 x 1440 is better for Documents and Internet.

Stylus, keyboard, touch screen and 256G or more and 4G or more RAM is OK.

But the price is stupidly high. 8G RAM 512GB storage is £1,649 ex Keyboard. I'd rather have the keyboard, pay £500 and have 250G HDD and 4G RAM. Maybe if I had it I might pay £800 for the right spec and OS.

I'd want XP or Debian/Mint as the OS. Or a later than Win8.x that is more like NT4.0 but "modern".

Who is the customer? People with too much money will buy Apple. It can't replace my Kindle DXG, Tablet or Laptop. Not any one of them. Even if it was free.

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Boffins build CYBORG-MOTHRA but not for evil: For search & rescue

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Devil

Anyone feel creeped out?

I mean killing and eating stuff is one thing.

Training horses, sheep dogs, guide dogs or African cane rats (which are not really rats) is another thing.

But enslaving creatures as if they are gadgets?

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UK.gov sinks another £1.6m into Internet of Stuff spec HyperCat

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WWW

Nothing related in significance to Hypertext.

Nor will you have other cats when you click on a Hypercat link

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The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The WEEKEND

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However

Examination of traffic and posting times / dates suggests most reading (and posting on all Forums) must be from Work computers and 9 to 5 approx for the time zone of user.

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Gigantic toothless 'DRAGONS' dominated Earth's early skies

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ROC

There was a very large NZ bird (contemporary to humans) that may be the origin of the Arabian Roc myths.

These though are not Dragons. Maybe Wyverns.

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TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button

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Re: Interesting terminology...

1955

The UK Band III converter to add ITV to TVs that only had Band I BBC (made before 1955 or 1954) was a set top box. The TV then was as deep as a record player.

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Rupert Murdoch says Google is worse than the NSA

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Pots and Kettles

Though Google is worse at privacy than Murdoch, who may be envious. I'd not hazard an opinion on which is worse, Google or NSA. I don't want either spying on me.

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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

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Re: Alkaline

"A" sized cells are probably pre WWII, 1930s anyway,

Three "B" cells are still in the 3R12 4.5V torch battery. Old 1289 rear cycle lamp, a size still common in mainland Europe

"F" Cells are still inside the spring top 6V "996" Lantern battery.

"A" cells did exist. AA was a 1914 smaller version for "penlights". The AA, B, C, D, E, F and G USA sizes are actually 1947 designations.

The American 'A', 'B' and 'C' designations for old tube radios (mostly prior to 1938 for 'C') refer to Filament (heater), HT (anode) and Bias (grid) supplies, not particular sizes or voltages of battery.

E and G seem to have vanished during 1950s (and only inside other packs even then). So today we have AA, B, C, D and F of the pre 1938 batteries. The D and F are before 1900. The Radio 120V packs common before 1939 had 80 of the B cells.

F is not Flag, a Flag, Bell or Igniter battery (all same size) is very large, but the 7.5V round 90AH Zinc Air Fencer battery has 5 cells the same size as Flag / Bell.

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Re: sell by?

For new Alkaline (not Zinc Layer, Zinc Carbon or Zinc Chloride) a 10 year date is feasible. A 7 year date would be fairer. But assumes storage between +5 and +21 C.

An unaffiliated Battery Boffin site Blaukatz

Carbon Layer cells are better than regular cylindrical Zinc Carbon or Zinc Chloride and can work out cheaper than branded Alkaline 6LR61 PP3, with only 30% less life at normal temperature and very low current. At higher current or extended temperatures they can be 90% less capacity. Shelf life is much poorer above 15C.

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Alkaline

Possibly they were using very cheap Carbon Zinc? No-name Alkaline are as good as branded ones.

But really 6 x AAA, 6 x AA, 6 x C or 6 x D Alkaline cells are a better choice than PP3 sized 9V as they are six F23 size layer (poor temperature stability, but otherwise better than cylindrical Zinc Carbon or Zinc Chloride if current draw is low). The Alkaline small 9V use 6 off LR61 cells which are almost the same as AAAA cylindrical cells, so don't give a huge increase in capacity over layer cells at normal temperature and low current draw.

They could save 75% per battery vs no name Alkaline 6LR61 and even more vs Duracell / Energiser (Eveready) by fitting 6 x AA adaptors if there is space. The Zinc Carbon and Zinc Chloride AA are rubbish, even if Eveready, but no-name Alkaline AA are just as good as Ray-o-vac, Energizer or Duracell.

Is the news story Duracell or Energiser propaganda?

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Totes AMAZEBALLS! Side boob, binge-watch and clickbait added to Oxford Dictionary

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Re: Each year we get the 'new words' announcement...

Ah, you are a "Listener In"!

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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

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Re: That's not a mandatory part of the standard

Not any more. But it should never have been a part of it at all. Not unless there was the concept of NAT and that MAC could ONLY be used for unroutable addresses.

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Re: NAT is a kludge

Yes NAT is a kludge. Rather than killing it, IP6 should have had a fixed version. Even VOIP can work via NAT (it's one of the trickiest).

I'd like to see how well your legacy IP4 gadgets (which can't be migrated to IP6) work, how good your security and privacy works etc, when there is no IP4 for your router.

Privacy and Security appear to be kludged afterthoughts on IP6.

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We need IP6

Just not the IP6 on offer.

I'm glad to see other people catching on to the practical problems IP6 creates that I have been harping on about for many years.

I was considering changing my name to Cassandra. Perhaps I should have used it as my nick here.

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£100m DMI omnifail: BBC managers' emails trawled by employment tribunal

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Re: UK TV Licence

"You need a licesence to watch broadcast TV or to stream media 'as live' (ie as its being broadcast). Catch-up TV in its various forms is fine."

In the UK. In some other countries with a TV licence the rules are more restrictive, simply having any receiving device (even if broken or no aerial or can't do Digital) (i.e. VHS) makes you liable. The UK is more enlightened than some! Having no TV licence doesn't seem to work too well for some countries judging by quality, but don't worry, the BBC is doing its best to make a case to abolish TV licence. Careful what you wish for. TV licence does pay for BBC Radio and some good TV content, still.

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I worked in BBC in 1970s

I'd not touch them with a barge pole now unless there is a clean sweep of management. There needs to be about 1/4 as many and people that care about Content quality, Engineering Quality and what the viewer and listener needs (not what an agency, focus group or poll identifies ... That route leads to mediocrity and a poor copy of US Commercial TV).

BBC management only care about themselves and viewing figures.

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Re: Public money

Needs reformed.

Sell it off and you have another Channel Five.

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Microsoft: Just what the world needs – a $25 Nokia dumbphone

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Re: Nice thing to have

WiFi is really hard on power compare to MP3 playing. Esp. If screen light blanks.

Phone talk time harder.

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Re: Yes please

Except it's 2G only and in some countries operators can change existing 2G spectrum to 3G use with only 6 months notice to regulator.

There are cheap phones sold even in Europe that are similar, but without the video (pointless?) and MP3 (definitely needed). Sadly they are all 2G only.

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Intel admits: Broadwell Core M chip looking a bit thin, no fans found at all

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You mean sick. The l key is beside k, probably a finger slipped.

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Re: Here's an idea

I think Intel has a full ARM licence.

I think they even have an ARM based comms SoC someplace. They only sold MOST of their ARM (from DEC originally) to Marvell.

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