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2895 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

Dr Dre's crew gets Beats-down from Apple: 200 jobs to go – report

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Probably nearly all of Beats' staff. It's only a reseller and marketing company.

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PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users

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One app for all?

Maybe for some trivial apps.

But small phones, large phones & small tablets, large tablets, PCs (inc Notebooks) and "Smart" TVs or any of above driving a TV at 1m to 3m viewing distance need 6 flavours of GUI.

Some applications simply are not suitable all classes of device, even if the underlying API and tools let you write one app for all Java (despite some short comings) can either use Programmer's skin or the native GUI / Skin of the target. I've certainly done some applications in Java that are write once and work on Gnome Linux, windows and a mad 320 x 240 PDA device running Debian on ARM.

So are yet again MS jumping from one extreme to the other? Pre Zune & Metro you had the stupidity of Win95 style interface on WinCE. 320 x 240 devices.

So SOMETIMES you can write one app for all platforms. Other times really best usability is a different application for each. Absolutely though the different platforms need different GUIs.

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Has Europe cut the UK adrift on data protection?

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Re: Democracy

N.I. no longer has a Democratic Government. It's a fraud to keep IRA happy.

It's an example of a place where Democracy doesn't work. The same is true of some other countries. e.g. Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Libya, Palestine, Sudan, marginal in Turkey and Pakistan (That's why the Military keep taking over to protect people).

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4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles

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It just isn’t feasible to run both DTT and mobile data services in the same band.

TRUE!

Also the 800MHz sell off was Governmental GREED.

No "Digital dividend" for viewer or Broadcaster.

The Mobile operators have captured the Regulators.

They are using existing 900, 1800, 2100 etc poorly.

It's driven by Licence Revenue. Not logic. Ofcom's agenda (And Comreg and some others) is to abolish Terrestrial TV.

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Speak your brains on SIGNAL-FREE mobile comms

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Nothing to see

Poor version of existing tech on a USA only channel.

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Microsoft bakes a bigger Pi to cook Windows slabs

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You can buy expensive x86 family dev boards with Windows

Since forever, with licence for what ever Windows MS was pushing at the time.

Since this one has no networking (WiFi or Ethernet) it seems particularly poor.

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Asteroid's DINO KILLING SPREE just bad luck – boffins

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Alien

Not Luck

Obviously those guys that live in Asteroids did it deliberately because the Dinosaurs making too much noise.

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Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

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Re: Four problems

Yes, we need 96fps progressive, then Film at 24 or Digital cinema 48 can be interpolated. We need to migrate to 96fps instead of mad mix of 24p, 25i, 30i 25p, 50p and 60p at present.

Going to 96fps will give a huge improvement. Also Progressive higher frame rate source means that 3840 x 2160 interpolation from 1920 x 1080 will look really good, esp if the camera was 3840 x 2160 @ 96fps progressive and down sampled with anti-aliasing to 1920 x 1080.

UHD streaming or transmission at 25i 50Hz, 30i 60Hz, 50p or 60p is stupid.

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Re: It doesn't matter how good the display is if there's nothing to display

25fps 50Hz interlace 1080 lines

or 50fps 50Hz 720 progressive

No-one in Europe or UK broadcasts 60Hz.

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aware of the benefits of 4K

What benefits?

1) Unless you are sitting about 2m from a 84" screen (4m from 160") or larger there is little point in more resolution.

2) Where is the content?

3) Hardly any broadcast or streaming does full quality existing 1920 x 1080

4) Who wants an 84" screen in an ordinary room? A motorised screen and motorised zoom on a projector makes more sense above 40" to 56" for most homes.

Most HD content made for TV is still framed for SD, usually far too close in framing.

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You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad

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Doomed

Wrong CPU. Probably subsidised. Intel has seen 85% drop in Mobile division revenue.

But sadly Tesco here has only ever sold Hudl sleeves. They sell Samsung and Apple though.

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Bring back error correction, say Danish 'net boffins

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DOCSIS etc

Just implement FEC on the physical links and then TCP/IP won't resend as it won't get errors.

Many fixed wireless, coax and satellite links do this already.

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Indie ISP to Netflix: Give it a rest about 'net neutrality' – and get your checkbook out

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Re: Nearly had me agreeing

You miss the point.

If all the traffic is Netflix there is a problem with the connection between ISP and Netflix as in this case there is no affordable peering for the ISP.

The content provider has to pay for their connection to "internet".

Your sub is only paying for connection to ISP and the ISP's normal peering costs.

The whole net neutrality debate is too simplistic.

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Re: Even the story doesn't seem to make sense.

Running the Netflix servers isn't free

They eat data too daily even if the users don't

A very High cost for a small ISP.

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Wonderful

We need more exposés like this.

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Jurassic squawk: Dinos were Earth's early FEATHERED friends

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Sparrow actually, not even Sparrow Hawk

See XKCD

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NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'

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Re: US Immigration

I was stopped by Highway Patrol in USA outside Wooster Ohio.

They were very thrown by a UK British Driving Licence and a newish Irish Passport. Explaining I'd never had an Irish Licence or British Passport confused him more.

He had to radio someone but let me go. Fortunately I had a Indefinite Stay, Multiple Entry perpetual visa stamped in the Passport. I don't think too common then.

I lived and drove (legally) in Ireland for 8 years before I had to hand in my British Licence (renewed) and get an Irish one in exchange.

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Re: We know, you know.

Some do.

I went to a meeting for a grant application in a Country whose name I'd rather not mention to random strangers on the Internet. I'm sure various agencies know exactly where and when.

They asked a lot of questions about my boss.

They knew everything. Every trip by everyone.

The Interviewer was only prepared to admit he was NOT with the Commerce people.

It was interesting what he claimed they suspected us of. It seemed plausible even to me. In the end he told me and my colleague that either my boss was very clever or very stupid. By implication us too.

We voted for "Stupid".

My colleague was "taken away" from home that night and questioned more. He wouldn't tell us what the questions were and couldn't say where he was taken.

You only hear about stupid stuff!

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Re: Tennessee

Cleveland

1983

The place I wandered to they claimed didn't have "white guys". One Black dude wanted to buy my brown jeans that had leather edging on the pockets etc. On Monday back at office (elsewhere in Ohio) they were amazed that:

1) I wasn't injured or had anything stolen

2) Car was intact when I when I returned to it.

I was last in USA in 1989. I've no desire to return as I hate long haul flights, security and can't afford to visit the more interesting to me bits such as Mountains and National Parks. Four long business trips has stated my curiosity for US Cities.

Keep up the good work Dabbs.

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Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage

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Re: iPlayer

There is no BBC Licence. There is a UK tax collected by BBC that partially funds BBC. They refuse to collect it outside UK.

Of course some countries there is a TV tax applicable even if you can't get local reception.

The BBC may be partially funded from UK TV tax. It's not a BBC tax though. It's a tax for being able to receive UK TV in the UK.

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iPlayer

I don't give a fig about iPlayer*.

But iPlayer and normal web content should not be the same servers.

(* I don't have enough Cap for ANYONES video, not YouTube or Netflix (So I buy DVDs) and most of iPlayer doesn't work outside UK, which is where I happen to be. I get all the Broadcast UK content live fine though none via DAB platform and my media PC can record 2x DTT, 2 x Satellite (from four satellite positions) and 1 x Analogue Radio simultaneously (100kHz to 1300MHz, Analogue includes up to 8kHz bandwidth narrow band data such as PSK or FSK Weatherfax) UHF Digital reception, Motorised Sat Dish and 28 + 19 + 13 + 9 E sat reception with 16 outlets).

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ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US

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Re: I really think that the USA should think about what they are saying here.

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Badly named.

It's the USA protection authority for American companies to implement Protectionism. It should be illegal. The UN and WTC should demand

1) USA respect other countries laws

2) USA respect non-USA IP

3) USA fined for each attempt at protectionism and attempt to disrupt international trade.

Muppets.

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USA

The USA copying of IP or Books started to get endemic in 19th Century. The only protection Europeans had was to have a US company and US registrations.

Then in early twentieth century foreign owners forced to sell out to Americans. E.G. RCA formed from forced sell out of Marconi America.

The USA still doesn't handle Broadcast Music copyright royalties properly.

The Canadians fed up with USA companies and copyright violations took a leaf from USA and passed at law that any book NOT offered in Canada by USA publishers within a certain period could be published without payments to the US.

The USA also double taxes US citizens abroad. Refuses to acknowledge that US citizens, solders and corporations abroad should be subject to the local laws and also passes internationally invalid extra-territorial laws.

They need to stop trying to export their concept of Democracy and foisting their culture and laws on the rest of us. The USA isn't divinely created by God or appointed to by them to run the rest of us. They need to stop trying to out do the Russians in Arrogance. Russia is terrible. USA is a different more insidious kind of world cancer.

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PROOF the Apple iPhone 6 rumor mill hype-gasm has reached its logical conclusion

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Re: Logan's Run

Those are months of course.

Apple still refuses to believe in 2 year SOGA.

Sign up in O2: All iPhones are 1 year Warranty.

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Re: Colours?

I had a pre-Apple Sagem clamshell almost dumb phone with RGB notification indicator for call, SMS txts, alarm etc.

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NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14

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Re: heh VB

There is no VB after 6.0

Madness for .net to use vb.net instead of C#

VB.NET is C# dressed to look like VB

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Chips are down at Broadcom: Thousands of workers laid off

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Very sad

Depressing really.

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Are you broke? Good with electronics? Build a better AC/DC box, get back in black with $1m

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A decent sinewave and no RFI makes it hard.

It's trivial to do for sort of rubbish pseudo near square wave converters typically sold.

Good design and quite old power MosFETs can do this easily for pseudo near square wave converters. I'm baffled as to why it's a competition though.

Perhaps the real purpose is Google publicity.

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iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms

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Re: iPad's iFad: Intel irrelevant.

Tablets are in the Mobile or PC category?

Intel is 85% down on Mobile and 5% to 6% up on PC/Server

Intel got kicked out of Routers, Set-boxes, TVs etc. Intel are irrelevant to tablets. Actually there will be a Mac Book Air based on ARM. Apple goes for what gives them the best revenue. They have used 68000, Power and x86.

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Re: Drop in Ipad sales / saturated market?

The iPad also seems expensive.

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Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network

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Re: Hmmm. Flying a Flag bad?

Yes.

In N.I. anyway.

They should just ban ALL flags there.

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GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?

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Re: Citizens' Band

Packet is legal on 10m Amateur.

Not on CB 11m in most of Europe. I'm sceptical that Ofcom allows it.

CB != Amateur

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Re: 151-154 MHz

I mean no PMR433, not PMR443 (well that doesn't exist either)

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151-154 MHz

Only in USA.

USA FRS and Europe PMR446 are not compatible.

There is no PMR443, In Europe there is SRD433 and SRD864, SRD = Short Range Device, i.e. about 30m range, a few mW for lower power "toy" walkie talkies, video sender reverse remote links, Wireless door bells, wireless Weather sensors etc. Similar short range for 49MHz CE and so called "iTrip" VHF 88-108 FM Stereo transmitters. CB is legal in most of Europe (but not all on same bands/modes) and can be SSB, 4W or 5W, I think. Decent very large Whip aerials are needed for range, but can seriously beat PMR446. But a special new regulation would be needed for Data use like this. You could just talk on a legal licence free CE marked hand held CB (8ft whip is good!) or a PMR446.

This GoTenna is mostly marketing hype. Also in Europe a PMR446 version would need a new derogation from the regulators for text data use. Do-able though. There may be some short range (1km to 5km) application for the idea on Moorland, mountainsides or water where there is no cellular coverage.

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WTF is ... Virtual Customer Premises Equipment?

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Madness

What are these guy smoking?

This leaves the user totally vulnerable

Adds massive processing overhead to ISP

Means you don't actually have a broadband Internet connection, but a LAN connection to an ISP data centre

Probably removes much user flexibilty

You can't get back original functionality of ordinary connection by adding your own router.

Total fail

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NEW, SINISTER web tracking tech fingerprints your computer by making it draw

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Blocking

Install Noscript

go addthis.com (any page)

now on Noscript you can block addthis.com permanently

Bottom feeding scum?

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

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Star Wars vs Star Trek

Almost everything in Star Trek is either nonsensical (Energy > Matter to make a cup of tea?) or not valid physics. Don't let me get started on Transporter Beams. Even if you solved the Information content issue, the energy needed, who wants to be killed and replaced with a replica every time?

I wouldn't worry about Star Wars. It was long ago and far away. Maybe a passing space dragon grabbed Luke's Sabre. Or a micro-worm hole in space. Or it caught on a TV aerial and the cable guy took it and dropped it later.

I may watch it and then decide. I wasn't hospitalised on after watching the last three (though I thought Lucas and some of the Actors needed treatment).

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BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled

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Stupid BBC

They now serve different news content to UK and outside UK. Often exchanged links won't work. Sometimes the bbc.com/news and bbc.co.uk/news links do automagically change domain when used across the national GeoIP border other times you get nothing. BBC future is unavailable in UK. They claim for commercial reasons of charter & Adverts. The real reason is that it seems to be recycled from other websites.

bbc.com/news working all weekend but very slow apart from the Clown Error page once.

Also too much damm video and flash rather than text and photos. Also outside UK EVERY video is poisoned with a prepended unskippable long advert. I do not wish to use up my Cap downloading stupid advert video.

They, ITV and C4 seem to stopped making much decent TV too (Five never did). I've gone back to Radio. I have no wish to watch soaps, Fry, reality TV, quizzes, crap rude comedy and US imports or franchises.

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Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS

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Get rid of that awful Google Update

I'm still baffled why people want Google Spyware instead of an alternate browser.

Having written programs that do mysterious things, I'd be annoyed if I couldn't do what Chrome is misusing. There is a problem though with Animation, Real Time I/O (even slowly) etc on all desktop OS. This why "serious" Industrial controllers don't run OSX, Windows or even normal Linux (a special version of Kernel is used).

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Fear a terrifying killer robot revolution? GET A GRIP: Boffins invent cyborg hand for humans

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Souds good

But I wouldn't want it connected to the Internet ...

Or would I if my 'friend' had one and we connected via peer to peer VPN.

So what other exp-skeleton body enhancements can we think of?

Both intuitively operated by existing body bits and perhaps by a remote 'friend'?

Why stop at a pair of fingers, what about a 3rd (or extra pair) of Arm(s) or Leg(s)?

These existing body parts control?

Toes:

Neck:

Eyebrows:

Tummy in/out:

There are lot of possibilities cheaper than an entire remote avatar mimicking your movements.

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MYSTERIOUS Siberia CRATER: ALIENS or METEOR not involved, officials insist

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Re: What does "huge" mean?

Over 800 metres diameter I think.

I'd call that huge.

Not sure how deep. Don't knock the bucket in, just in case!

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Microsoft's Xbox TV studio OBLITERATED

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Re: Not mourning

Fortunately I missed it. Thanks for the warning.

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Microsoft swings axe at 18,000 bods in its largest ever round of layoffs

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Re: Told you so

Nokia started to lose the plot around 2002

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Huge FOUR-winged dino SPREAD LEGS to KILL – scientists

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Arrg The Falconer

He'd love one of these.

The Falcon for Emperors :-D

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Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

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PDF?

Kindle DX is your friend.

Also a Ghostscript powered PDF virtual printer to change margins etc.

Assuming you can't export the PDF as text and use Mobi Creator or Calibre to make a real eBook that works on little eBook readers and phones.

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Whoah! How many Google Play apps want to read your texts?

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I agree

Despite the commercial axe to grind the Android model is COMPLETELY wrong.

Each aspect should be denied by default.

Only asked for activation when the Application needs to access it and then either:

Allowed once.

Denied this time.

Allowed every time unless user changes it later (Choice of notification or not)

Denied every time unless user changes it later (Choice of notification or not)

All settings to be accessible without launching the App.

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Programming languages in economics: Cool research, bro, but what about, er, economics?

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FAIL

Baffling

Of course most economists seem to be as smart as barrel of drunk monkeys. Most of the things they thought were good resulted in the 2008 crash.

(The 1930s crash was probably due to punitive post WWI sanctions on Germany insisted on by France. Which UK and USA knew was a bad idea but didn't prevent. The resultant collapse of German banks caused the 1930s depression.)

I can't see this paper being of any value to programmers, managers or economists except as a warning that someone has "lost the plot".

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OpenWRT gets native IPv6 slurping in major refresh

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Re: So much better than original FW

I have been using OpenWRT on a "home brewed" router based on a Geode based industrial x86 cpu board with two ethernet ports, usb and two connectors for Laptop type WiFi modules or other gadgets for about seven years! It's so reliable I'm loath to upgrade! Unlike the various commercial routers I've used before (and since on other sites) it rarely needs a reboot.

I also have an older openWRT on an old Linksys box with PCMCIA slot that was adapted to have NiMH inside. It was a demo "proof of concept" Mobile WiFi hot spot in 2006 to 2008 with easy swap of off the shelf 3G PCMCIA modem and a pre-production 4G modem. The 4 +1 ethernet ports could be configure as simply a 5 port switch to "router" connected to PCMCIA card or partitioned networks or a router & firewall on a separate Broadband modem (DSL, Cable, Fixed Wiireless, Fibre etc).

Sadly the later OpenWRT wasn't compatible with it as it was an old product only purchased because it had a PCMCIA slot.

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Can nothing trip up the runaway cash monster that is Intel? Well...

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Re: Intel is getting a huge lift from mobile...

Intel swallow pride and use the ARM licence they already have since forever. They didn't flog ALL their ARM to Marvell either. They have an ARM based comms SoC.

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Google Nest, ARM, Samsung pull out Thread to strangle ZigBee

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Two problems

1) Google

2) Connecting ANY Gadget to be accessed via Public Internet. You need at least a 2 layer model. A hardened secured SINGLE "firewall like device" is Internet connected. Then ONLY one device needs security updates and can have all kinds of intrusion detection. It's daft to try and include this in every light bulb and plug top. Possibly the Gadgets should in fact use a non-routeable network protocol.

Really I can't trust any gadget maker for Security or Privacy, especially not Google. I'm sure some suitable plugin SW even HW can be used with OpenWRT and similar projects.

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