* Posts by Mage

3100 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

Met Office: 2014 was FIFTEENTH WARMEST UK SUMMER on record

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Opening windows when hot?

No!

If it's really hot you open windows and blinds at night.

During the day it's cooler to keep the windows closed and blinds closed to reflect the sun. Even better are exterior shutters during the day.

Ask anyone that lives in Middle East, deserts, hot bits of Europe etc.

Indeed that kind of Cherry picking is daft.

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The late 2014 Apple Mac Mini: The best (and worst) of both worlds

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Laptop

It's a laptop without the keyboard and screen built into the case.

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Trickle-down economics WORKS: SpaceShipTwo is a PRIME EXAMPLE

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sat on to increase ROI on existing product

That would be when the innovative, entrepreneurial founder is gone / lost control and the company is run by an Accountant or other desk jockey.

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Great article

Yes I too 100% support the money spent on Spaceship2, even though it's a rich toy, no use for putting stuff in Orbit or into deep space. It's an excellent use of Branson's money. We all will be 'richer' by what is learned. I don't resent the Rich having joyrides on it.

No doubt many aspects will benefit other Terrestrial and Space projects. Only rich people with a whim can benefit us like this. Governmental sponsored research is too bureaucratic. Most big company research is too safe or never sees the light of day when the innovative founders are gone and "beancounters" and "IP Lawyers" are in control.

Now if Google, Microsoft, Apple etc would "waste" some large percentage of their dragon hordes in a similar fashion it would be wonderful. Branston's "waste" of money is much more sensible than most of what is printed in the Guardian. But I suppose it's a nice wrapper for the fish n chips?

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HP's pet lizard is FERAL PERIL says wildlife group

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Re: Forget the perils of iguanas...

Very good point.

Also who is paying for Tommy's ink? TV adverts might be cheaper.

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Got a spare $600k? Then an ancient Apple-1 could be yours

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Re: The machine that started the digital revolution?

No, some schools bought it instead of RM or Acorn (later BBC).

Most of Apple II success was with Visicalc. It certainly didn't start the Home Computer revolution. Far too expensive for too little compared to competition. I think though it had the first Kings Quest game.

The IBM PC was nothing to do with home market. It was an answer to success of CP/M based business machines. It was squarely aimed at Business.

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Re: The machine that started the digital revolution?

Try harder. There are some. But the Apple II was never sold as a single Board Computer. It was a system, with limited number of keys built in keyboard, cheap Astec PSU, only 40 columns capitals only text and very slow expensive non-standard 100K single sided floppy drive. Early models only did colour in USA because of how they modified it for European 50Hz. Like the IBM PC one of the keys to success was easy to fit plug-in cards. I had ones for 80 column text with lower case, Z80 with 64K RAM and controller for a 5 Mbyte full height 5.25" Winchester / HDD.

The Apple II OS was nothing great unless you wanted only Visicalc. We used UCSD-p system for development for a while and then when we got CP/M via the Z80 card also added dual 1Mbyte 8" floppies.

But Apple dropped computer from their name and a tiny fraction of profit is from Mac. The iPod, iPad and iPhone used hardware developed by others (mostly not PC makers) and succeeded late to market by combination of marketing, slick UI, and in case of the iPhone magic data plans for consumers in an era when only business folk could afford data on a Smart phone.

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Re-writing history

The Apple 1 and Apple II didn't start it.

What about CP/M. 8080 etc?

Wang, HP, DEC ...

The Apple II relied on sales of Visicalc.

Nor did IBM PC. Plenty of non-x86 (actually the IBM PC was the pathetic 8088) and OS before IBM and MS held back computing for nearly 10 years.

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Seriously, for real this time, the 12in MaxiPad is TOTALLY on the way ...

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Re: MacBook

the x86 is a dead end too.

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MacBook

Apple have no loyalty to USERS.

If eventually they can make more money from an iMaxyPad with a keyboard cover, ARM and iOs than MacAir with x86 and OSX, then x86 will die.

They have killed two Mac CPUs before.

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Virgin 'spaceship' pilot 'UNLOCKED tailbooms' going through SOUND BARRIER

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Re: Right Direction?

@ Shrimpling

That then would be a Rocket, not Spaceship2

It may be a plan, but if you do the sums for an actual useful orbit, you'll find the Mother plane isn't much advantage and seriously limits the payload.

If it worked, it would effectively be a completely different orbital launch solution. Spaceship2 is incapable of orbit.

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Right Direction?

It's not real spacecraft like Dragon + Falcon. It's a toy. Such a design can't lift people, parts or satellites to orbit.

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UN: Fossil fuels should be TERMINATED 86 years from now

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Hydrogen?

No, Hydrogen is totally impractical.

Synthetic LPG using waste carbon made using Nuclear, Solar, Tidal or Hydro is more practical.

The Politicians are unlikely to do anything much anyway that's unpopular with results only to be seen in 10 years time never mind 50+ years.

Pollution is a consequence of a Consumer society were things are disposable, rarely make it to the 2 years mandated by SOGA and little re-usability rather than recycling. Almost all the lead in car batteries is recycled as car batteries. What about the casing?

Why are drinks and food containers not reusable rather than total rubbish or recyclable? It seems arbitrary as to which wrappers are recyclable and which are not.

USA leads the world in resource waste and pollution per capita. About 5% of population and using 20% to 70% of each resource.

Cut down on Dairy consumption and massively on Beef. Cattle Methane production is about 23% of emissions. Many societies don't have dairy at all and a small fraction of Population eats that Beef.

Do Westerners eat Meat more than once a day? Do you eat Beef more than once a week?

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Snapper's decisions: Whatever happened to REAL photography?

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Re: Digital backs

I'd like one for my OM10 kit. I have a lot of nice lenses.

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Excellent

Fantastic.

It's very hard to find any Consumer Still or especially video camera with Manual everything.

There is similar "forbidden zone" with Video. For SD Widescreen my old 8mm Digital Sony is better than most new cameras as you can hold it to your eye and have it more steady. For an HD Video camera with proper viewfinder with enough resolution to focus, instead of a flip out LCD you are into professional priced territory. Again some phones are barely worse than consumer video cameras.

USA NTSC SD video resolution was of course chosen in 1940s to be roughly equivalent to cheap 16mm film production. (Actually by 1970s probably good 16mm Colour film movie photography in decent light was a lot better than NTSC color).

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Yes, Samaritans, the law DOES apply to you. Even if you mean well

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Re: stop their Radar app from processing your tweets

Yes I read that. But it's inconsistent with the other comments made.

Which is why I can't see how the DPA applies.

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stop their Radar app from processing your tweets

Nonsense.

It's a stupid parasite on the Internet that is SUPPOSED to make your Tweet absolutely public. If you don't want something public, don't post it to Twitter or Facebook.

I do think the app is a bit misguided, but it is not breaking any privacy. The users gave that up by Tweeting.

Icon because Samaritans, The Twitter users and the author of article are showing as much sense.

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'I get it if you don't make money for 2 or 3 years, but Amazon's 21'

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AI

Fortunately it looks like there isn't much risk. Researcher keep re-defining what AI is to make it look like there is progress.

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Ex-Soviet engines fingered after Antares ROCKET launch BLAST

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Re: Depressing: "made it to the moon"?

Russia put rovers on moon.

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Oh, dear! Scientists uncover Afghan VAMPIRE DEER

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Re: Move along nothing to see: Muntjac

"have had Muntjac"

Did we eat them all?

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Me GIVE you $14 SQUILLION gadziddly-DILLION

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Dear Lewis

Please keep Dabbsy.

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OFFICIAL: Fondling of Apple's slab declines – iPad sales DOWN in Q3

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Re: Zombie Purchasing

You started well. But then lost me. Any sort of web browsing more than a minute or too is painful on a phone screen. Battery life poor doing data tasks on Phone. A tablet isn't an alternative to a phone but an alternative to netbook/notebook. If you don't need specialist x86 apps then for many people a Tablet can replace a laptop, with option of real BT or USB keyboard too. As I don't go anywhere and have a dedicated home office and my Laptop is on 8am to 11pm approx, have large screen Android phone and a Kindle DX, I don't particularly need a Tablet. But for most non-engineering and ordinary consumers a tablet is a far better idea than Laptop/PC. No way does a phone replace a tablet. If I had the money to spare I'd get a Tablet too and likely use it more than my phone.

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iPhad and iPhone eventually Niche?

A tablet that costs far more than an x86 laptop and has over 40% margin (less margin on iPhones, Apple average is greedy 38%)?

That's not sustainable as a mass market product.

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Samsung says teaming up with mobe-maker Microsoft could violate antitrust law

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The MS Patents

Even if they are due royalty for patents, it's likely that if there had been proper due diligence at the start the MS Patents wouldn't exist. The Patent on Long File names on FAT for example is nuts. Only ways of doing it should be copyright. It's not the kind of idea that should ever get patent protection.

It's baffling that everyone didn't get together and oppose MS at the start. After all, a lot of them have real inventions, not just a fairly trivial idea that can be implemented in Software and should only have copyright protection for implementation, which is the case on most MS patents allegedly infringed.

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Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to sling abuse at Tim Cook

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It proves something

Best not to use Twitter.

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Pixel mania: Apple 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display

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Re: Value for money?

Resale price is irrelevant.

I keep tech till it is beyond economic repair. My Jan 2000 laptop is controller now for a piece of test gear.

I'm not sure why there an authentic IBM AT (upgraded to VGA, Network and bigger HDD with 2 x full size AST memory expansion cards) and upgraded Amstrad PCW256 (2nd drive is DS 3.5" and RAM is 512K and has Clock/2xserial/1xParallel adaptor) in my attic. I did dump the 68000 based Mac with single 3.5" floppy drive. No-one wanted it even for free.

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The display

Where can I buy the screen (preferably in black), with VGA, DVI and HDMI connections.

Also should cost about 1/3rd of iMac price.

I don't need an iMac. I rarely edit video (Have ancient Adobe Première on Windows as well as various more modern Windows & Linux free tools) and Email + Web is much the same on anything.

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Even a broken watch is right twice a day: Not an un-charged Apple Watch

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Woman's Hour R4

More Women than men wear watches

Women prefer watches with numbers on them

Many Women prefer chunkier watches, similar to traditionally worn by men.

Perhaps the Apple Watch is for Women?

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Re: Useless, expensive AND inconvenient, a genius idea

My Russian watch in 1960s wound itself. Other more expensive Swiss ones were better of course!

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Re: Odd

And how does the charging pad get power? It's Contactless charger connection. Not Wireless. You need to find a suitable plug socket. Fun when travelling.

I'll be losing faith in humanity if this more successful than the Apple Pippin.

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Steve Jobs appeared able to do in his sleep

Really?

I don't think very many new successful product categories in Apple ever (Steve wasn't there for some)

In about 36 years ...

Apple II

Lisa (fail)

Mac

Newton (Not Steve's): Killed by Steve but had potential

Pippin (Failed game console)

iMac

laptop Mac

OSX based on NextStep/BSD replaced Mac OS

iPod

Wristable Ipod mini thing

iPad

iPhone

Various incremental developments of above are NOT really new products. So maybe on average one really new Apple product / category every four years. Did Steve sleep so infrequently?

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Hungary PM ditches internet tax plans after mass protests

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Or ...

Just raise VAT.

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Google’s dot-com forget-me-not bomb: EU court still aiming at giant

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Relevance

Why is it so hard to search by date?

i.e. Content created or changed since 2013 etc

or Before 2001

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.com

Lots of people based in Europe only have dot com dot net etc due to over charging by TLD registrars for many European Countries. About x3 in many cases.

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Plasma-spaffing boffins plan spaceships driven by FRIKKIN' LASERS

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Re: Saw this on Larry Niven/Jerry Pournelle's novel, Footfall

?? I don't remember that, but must be 25 years since I read it. I do remember (who could forget!) that Footfall used Project Orion style Nuclear bombs as a propulsion.

"The Mote in God's Eye" (Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, 1974) has an awesome ground based laser speed a Light sail propelled craft. The 1990 approx sequel is good too.

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FIFTEEN whole dollars on offer for cranky Pentium 4 buyers

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Rats

I got one in 2002, someone else paid for it and I don't live in America. Foiled again.

At least it still works.

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DRUPAL-OPCALYPSE! Devs say best assume your CMS is owned

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So ...

Drupal 6.x is OK then?

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The NO-NAME vuln: wget mess patched without a fancy brand

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Windows

Wget has a windows version too. I presume it's as vulnerable.

I also presume that on all versions Wget can only overwrite directories you have permission for.

Also on Windows as well as Linux if you bother to install:

X

Bash and other shells

Gimp

Libre Office

Thunderbird

Firefox

Wget

dd (raw byte copy direct to devices)

Putty

Filezilla

Mysql

Apache

... and many other programs / utilities

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FCC boss Wheeler clears way for internet TV and cable unbundling

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OTT

It means unicast rather than Broadcast. Over the Top of Broadcast. It's an abbreviation and says nothing about quality or content.

I agree it's a stupid name.

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for the more popular networks to subsidize the less popular channels

No, it allows them to "compete" by claiming to offer more channels and to make more profit. E.g. justification of prices for Sky UK priciing and bundles.

In days of Analogue Access cards they only could do bundles. Now though the card can have any mix of channels, Satellite and Cable operators deliberately have bundles because it's more profitable.

Pay TV is stunningly bad value in UK and Ireland since over 96% of what Irish & UK Pay TV subscribers watch (based on time watching) is Free Channels. That's not even counting content that was Free To Air repeated on Animal Planet, Gold / Dave etc.

See BARB (UK) and Nielsen (Ireland Figures). USA is different.

Of course compared to 1980s there is far too much mediocre USA content in Europe and BBC/ITV/RTE too much soaps/RealityTV/Xfactor style etc garbage.

Multichannel is killing decent TV content. Too much fragmentation.

Also BBC & RTE too much enamoured with delivery, web content, digital (esp DAB), twitter etc rather than actually making content to broadcast and doing Journalism.

Traditional Broadcasters risk becoming irrelevant and wiped out by Netflix, iTunes, YouTube etc if they do not concentrate on producing quality content themselves and their own journalism. They can't compete in the future and have a reputation simply commissioning and buying it in.

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China lunar mission readies for return to Earth

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Re: Sunlight

"neither image has been doctored"

At least to add the Chang'e, unless there is ANOTHER craft or it ejected a camera with a radio link

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Tim Cook: The classic iPod HAD TO DIE, and this is WHY

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Re: Nonsense 2.5" vs 1.8"

Shortage of coffee error.

I have such a bare drive sitting here. I did mean 1.8"

Though a 2.5" drive version could be only slightly longer than drive (for electronics) and slightly fatter (battery & screen). There are less high 2.5" drives.

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FAIL

Nonsense

They just didn't want to do it.

Plenty of 2.5" HDD available.

maybe though no OEM wanted the hassle of the stupid Apple formatting which means that such drives don't work in other things such as Notebooks, and 3rd party drives don't work in Apple's gadget.

The procurement and engineering needed is trivial. There is a decent market for a 500 Gbyte USB backup drive that works as an iPod.

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MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer

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Many women?

Or one woman many times?

In the many woman scenario there is much higher likelihood of catching and spreading something nasty.

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Netflix and other OTT giants use 'net neutrality' rules to clobber EU rivals

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Providers pay too

Yes you pay your ISP for a connection, but usually the T&C forbid public hosting on a domestic connection. In the past providers had to pay per byte for upload AND hundreds of times more for the connection. Why should Netflix get a free ride?

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Does the Googler tapped to run the US Patent Office still believe in patent reform?

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Reform?

I see Business as usual in US patent office.

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Microsoft to bake Skype into IE, without plugins

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Re: Skype has stopped working

QQ is better features than Skype and works on every platform I think.

QQ replaces Skype

From the biggest ISP you never heard of!

Which is worse (potentially) the Chinese listening or NSA/Microsoft?

Unless you are in China / Hong Kong / Taiwan the question doesn't really need answered.

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Stupidity

Stupid people.

I'd never run Skype as a plug in and always disabled the insecure and web page breaking of Skype linking to what it thinks are phone numbers in a web page.

What next in a Web Browser?

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Microsoft has Windows Server running on ARM: report

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Linux

Alpha, 64 bit Alpha, PPC, MIPS and Itanium

Yes we were here before. I think in 1992/1993 there was some other cpu type that the original development was happening on. The 64 bit XP Itanium Workstation version was quietly dropped possibly even before Vista was released. The other versions died with NT3.5x / NT 4.0

However potentially there are more native applications likely for ARM than Alpha, 64 bit Alpha, PPC, MIPS and Itanium, especially for server. I did after all have MySQL, Apache and X running on Windows before I ditched our last Windows server.

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Samsung turns off lights on LEDs worldwide – except in South Korea

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much better light quality?

Unless the CFL is garbage, CFL is HUGELY better colour rendition. LED source is simply too long a wavelength to have the decent mix of phosphors.

Colour Temperature is NOT Colour Rendition/Quality.

Also more efficient CFLs have poorer colour than other CFLs, but all kinds are better spectrum that any LED.

Light diffusion is still an LED issue.

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