* Posts by Mage

3104 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

Vanished blog posts? Enterprise gaps? Welcome to Windows 10

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what Windows 8 /should/ have been

I seriously doubt that.

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One Windows? How does that work... and WTF is a Universal App?

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Re: So Stupid

Only for trivial apps suitable for a phone screen.

Most of the applications I use on a Laptop are unsuitable for a phone, many unsuitable for a tablet. Some that might be applicable to any form factor need extensive design changes. No way does a Set-box / TV sensibly use same design.

1) I want to write a laptop/Desktop application and have it run on any GUI/OS. That is just about possible.

2) I want to write an App for 4" phone to 8" tablet and run on different OS. That's a little harder.

3) I want to write an application for a Set-box or TV. Extremely difficult to support different products

1 or 2 or 3 separately are Cross Platform development. Not developing for 1 & 2 or 1 & 2 & 3. Unless it's a trivial widget, maybe not even then. Of course some lunatics do and what you get is poor quality that really only suits one of 1 to 3 and poorer than if you took a specific approach. Yes it's nice if 1, 2 & 3 have a lot of the same APIs. That means less to learn.

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So Stupid

Different form factor / usage devices need different GUIs, sometimes different APIs and OS features

Different form factor, resource & use devices (Phones. tablets, desktop PC/Laptops, TVs, set-boxes, mobile Internet vs broadband vs no Internet) often have widely differing applications.

Applications can only be really GUI independent for the same form factor.

MS have always done this wrong (since Win CE, WWFG and Win9x) and are now making it worse.

They don't seem to get it.

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Anti-Facebook Ello: Here's why we're still in beta. SPAMGASM!

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Joining

Shirley,

It seems to be invite only, but based on sample profiles made public, I'd decline if offered.

I'll stick to email and for more instant communications use the #2 Social Media's Messaging client.

QQ International from Tencent

You can create private groups on it

Do Video broadcast

and more.

If you live in west which is least bad reading your private stuff?

NSA

Google and Marketing Associates

Twitter and Marketing Associates

Facebook and Marketing Associates

Or Chinese Security?

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What's a Chromebook good for? How about running PHOTOSHOP?

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Re: I can't find my Instamatic ...

Adobe and Free?

Only applies to consumption tools like PDF reader (I use foxit), Flash (blocked unless wanted) etc.

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Not suitable for anyone

Relying on Cloud (translation: Someone else's data centre over single point of failure local internet connection) for anything that can be done locally, better is stupid.

Spending more than $200 on a terminal is stupid. Actually since the last 20 years unless the issue was central control and maintenance running a terminal app is better value (Everything from PuTTY to Firefox Web browser, inc X, RDP and VNC clients)

I'd not use a Chromebook + Cloud for more than Instagram and I can't much see the point of instagram except for clueless mobile phone users.

I'm not interested in buying a Notebook alike without full notebook off-line functionality, nor ever in paying for Adobe's subscription "cloud" offerings.

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Mine Bitcoins with PENCIL and PAPER

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Gimp

Cogwheels

How long till a someone makes a Babbage type Bitcoin mining rig for fun?

For extra points use nanotech, maybe bucky balls?

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That glass of water you just drank? It was OLDER than the SUN

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Koran

Mohammed copied a lot of it from the Jewish and Christian books as he wanted them to join his new religion. He was quite puzzled that only taxes and/or swords convinced them to convert. The polytheistic people at the time though often converted.

He also only visited Jerusalem in a dream. It's not a reliable source for comment about science. For metaphysical or philosophical explanations the original texts may be clearer.

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Internet of Stuff: Chip rivals try to stop Cortex-M7 from flexing ARM’s muscle

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8051

Intel's take on a PIC.

PIC architecture isn't pretty, but I hated the 8051 in 1983.

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

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Streaming

Another subscription trap like Pay Tv.

Even a 1920s portable battery valve suitcase radio STILL works more places than Streaming services.

I'll buy CDs, thanks. Occasional downloads if no other way to get them. Same applies to DVD and Books. Books should all come with a free download option too, for the purchaser.

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

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Boffin

ability to tell the difference depends on 3 things

Also probably 6" drivers in MDF, chipboard, or possibly plywood baffles / boxes.

Not 4" drivers in a plastic case, which can often be poorer than £2 ear buds. Over the Ear 'phones' actually are harder to do properly than "in ear" earphones.

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A Norsified Linux for Windows and OS X wobblers

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Re: Bottom Dock/Panel (Like ones from the 1980's)

That would be an illogical conclusion.

1) I don't design desktops

2) complete UIs I've designed are for 1 x line text, 2 x line text, 64 x 128 1 bit graphic and 320x240 colour with custom buttons & Keypads, sometimes physical buttons labelled by screen.

3) Desktop Applications without stupid impossible to understand icons or daft ribbons, but intuitive

4) Sensible navigation, layout, icons and search Web sites

5) UI for gadgets with no display panel

Been on the mailing list from this guru since forever

Nielsen Norman Group

Don't agree with everything but a lot of common sense

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ISIS?

I used ISIS II, a sort of CP/M clone in 1983 on an Intel Development system. Seemed a strange name for a Linux project in the first place.

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Bottom Dock/Panel

Why is everyone copying Apple's stupid dock?

With screens wider than tall (and currently only best suited for video) such a panel is best at the side.

For about 18 hours a day my desktop has full height of screen documents / windows open that are NEVER full width. I watch laptop video in a window (if at all), or for really watching and relaxing, I watch video in the Lounge on big TV (optionally fed from HDMI Media PC (or phone) or VGA netbook (or Laptop))

I have an auto hide/display side panel. ONE of them. So much UI design seems just glossier and prettier but backwards in useabily compared with best 1978 to 1998 designs.

But then I have actually been designing UI and GUI since 1986

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Hackers thrash Bash Shellshock bug: World races to cover hole

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Re: How to check?

I actually have a BASH shell on Windows as well as all my Linux boxes and Laptop!

Edit:

No, it's not actually BASH on either

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Indian MOM just LOVES it on Mars, tweets fave holiday snap

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Re: Growth rate

so the MOM = 6c per person I think.

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HOT WET ALIEN world discovered in constellation Cygnus

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Weather Struggle

Easy to know about clouds today,

Predicting Tomorrow is harder

Next week is nearly impossible.

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Good grief! Have you SEEN BlackBerry's SQUARE smartphone?

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Pity they didn't get this out last year.

This is probably their last chance. If it fits a standard inside pocket in a suit, a shirt pock and jeans, then the shape is OK. Less likely to get bent?

A real keyboard that is a touch pad sounds good if properly done.

Now if there was a Flip version same exact size (but a little fatter) with lid as 2nd screen able to fold underneath ...

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Fake tape detectors, 'from the stands' footie and UGH! Internet of Things in my set-top box

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IBA

Yes. Lots of interesting stuff for Engineers.

I enjoyed my visits some years ago. I persuaded Turkish and Chinese stands to sell me something. Security to board the plane was interesting. Then the security guys wanted to know where to buy the large Turkish made item. Or maybe it was at the big 'Equipment for Cable TV providers' etc exhibition in Germany. (more specialised, but a similar Trade only show) Anga

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MOM: CHEAP Mars ship got it right first time. Nice one, India

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Alien

Re: Venturesome Alien Forces Fielding Dark Web Enterprise GetGo .....dDutch Initiative

Quick nurse I need another dried frog pill. I'm starting to understand amanfromMars

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Re: Nice package...

Al -gebra is Indian stuff repackaged by Arabs

They may have invented place number notation to, indicating the lack of a power of ten which became the Zero

Read from " One to Zero"

Here are the previous posts about poverty, grants, space

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

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Re: There is a solution to this

Also it's why a Sapphire screen can't be used till they switch to Titanium or something less bendy

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Le whoops! Microsoft France boss blows lid off 'Windows 9' event

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OS/2 and MS

MS didn't kill it by blackmail, except indirectly with OEM deals, consumer success of Win95 and rising penetration of NT 3.5x

IBM killed it. Bad driver support for consumers. Bad internal politics, pricineg and marketing

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Re: Stop! Take a breath...

XP may be a bit more bloated, but Win2K was indeed the unfinished version of it.

ME was the most broken version of Win3.x, it, Win95 and Win98 was basically all the 32 bit addons for the 1993 version of WFWG.311 and the new explorer shell. Nothing to do with NT3.1 to XP development.

The Win9x family should only have been on a dedicated gaming console.

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London slaps down Salesforce's bid to rename Heron Tower

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Yes

Like RCA did in 1931

I think it was later GE and now Comcast

Or Crysler

I thought though for a moment it was the Heroin Tower,

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Swiss cops BAN MASKS at meeting of rebellious United Nations IP staff

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Amazing

You'd not be taken seriously if it was in a book ...

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GRAV WAVE DRAMA: 'Big Bang echo' may have been grit on the scanner – boffins

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Importantly!

Wonderful Boffinry

I have no idea though why some people are trying to drag in Religion.

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Science vs Religion

There is no competition. One is about measurable things and the other is about meaning. There should be no overlap. Religion should have almost nothing to say about science (be Ethical). Science has nothing to much to say about Morality, Love, Hate, Justice, Mercy, Faith.

You need both, even if your 'religion' is 'Rational Atheistic Humanism".

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I sold 10 MILLION iPhone 6es at the weekend, says Tim Cook. What did you do?

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Re: Queue

It's only a Media/Web/Phone.

I wish there was a better name than Smartphone. They are not smart, just multifunctional

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Queue

I queued with the kids for a harry potter book once. Just because it was a fun street party, people were asked to come in Fancy Dress. Getting the book the night before the normal daytime release was irrelevant.

I can't imagine queuing again, or EVER for a piece of technology. If there is an apocalypse I'll queue if it's the only way to eat.

So are there Apple Street parties? Is it for 11 year old kids? Why would Adults queue outside of some bizarre dictatorship or post apocalyptic world for anything?

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Mushy spam law's IDEAL for toothless watchdog: Spamhaus slams CAN-SPAM

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Spamming old Databases

Three after taking over O2 in Ireland spammed both ex O2 customers and those that O2 had stopping emailing as they had asked for no more.

Three should never have been allowed to purchase O2. But that is another story.

Anti-spam legislation seems to be pointless. But the underlying problem is how email was designed in the first place. Step 1 should be "xyz" wants to add you as a contact, Yes/No. If No is selected then every email from "xyz" should be bounced from first SMTP / MX not under "xyz" control. Implementing this with the current systems is impossible as "spoofing" an approved contact as "from" is trivial.

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India vs America: Earthling invaders in race to MARS

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Re: Not sure it is that big of an accomblishement

Beagle anyone?

USA needlessly messed one too by mixing Metric & imperial.

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About 1 bowl of rice

India's poor would rather that India has a space program that creates employment.

in 2013 India's population was 1.252 billion

They spent about 6c per person.

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Pop open this iPhone 6 and see where the magic oozes from ... oh hello again, Qualcomm

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Re: Which major chipperies missing?

ARM design enhanced by the ARM SoC design house Apple bought in so they didn't have to keep buying Samsung (1st iPhone was using Samsung SC6400 family).

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Your chance to WIN the WORLD'S ONLY HANDHELD ZX SPECTRUM

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Meh

They want extra bits of your soul to accept an answer. I could make it up I suppose!

But I'll leave it to someone more enthusiastic.

Now to customise my PCW8256 (which already has a 1.44 3.25" 2nd floppy, extra RAM, dual Serial port and Mouse added by me) into a "netbook" using a separate WiFi to Serial port module. and nintendo / console style wobble stick. It also has franken tilt and swivel base. So seriously lacks value as vintage computing artefact.

I also had a stupidly slow 1 bit scanner attachment that used the printer with ribbon removed.

SuperCalc clone, New-word Wordstar Clone, X25 PAD modem SW, for 1987 email via Telecom Gold gateways to Telex and Bitnet. Spice & DTP, Prolog, Pascal and Modula-2 all on CP/M.

I can't remember there being any games.

I did buy a ZX Spectrum in 1982 possibly as a Test Card Generator.

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Why Oracle CEO Larry Ellison had to go ... Except he hasn't

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Oracle is now late on cloud

Bananas

Cloud is just marketing remote hosted services.

Thus logically every cloud provider is a potential customer. But Oracle licensing doesn't suit cloud providers and their DB is overpriced for everyone.

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Does this float your boat? Dead Steve Jobs to hijack yachts from BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Tesla

What did Tesla use to control the remote controlled wireless demo model boat around 1897?

@ZanzibarRastapopulous

The Price of Patents..

But the USPO doesn't seem to check anything, They are supposed to. Or is operated for the benefit of US lawyers?

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Man buys iPHONE 6 and DROPS IT to SMASH on PURPOSE

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Sapphire

Sapphire is more scratch resistant but cracks more easily. Hence suitable for watch faces / screens. Unsuitable for out to edge phones.

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Dropping

All my phones from my Analogue Mobile up to my E65 survived multiple dropping. The later ones are too skinny, awkward to hold, too sealed (flying apart reduces risk of breakage).

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Oracle's Larry Ellison quits as CEO – new bosses are Hurd'n'Catz

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Eh?

I can't see how this is going to work.

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POW! Digia straps Qt into ejector seat, gleefully pulls handle

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QT Framework

It's a nice alternative to Java GUI classes/libraries to have a cross platform framework, but can be faster due to underlying C++ and other languages. You can in theory do a lot of GUI without using the real programming languages. But I doubt you'd do a real application in QT without the underlying design in C++ or something. It's a wonderful way to do the GUI part of any application.

It was a pity that Nokia didn't adopt it earlier to produce a new GUI for Symbian instead of S60 GUI, they should have just outsourced that to Trolltech instead of buying the company. By 2002 Nokia could no longer manage software.

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First Irish boy band U2. Now Apple pushes ANOTHER thing into iPhones, iPods, iPads

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Re: OS vs apps: Paint

Ah, clever sarcasm.

Original iPod

Apple enters MP3 player market after Creative and others, but does better marketing and end to end ecosytem. People are convinced iPod is original MP3 player.

Original iPhone

Apple does a phone with no physical keypad based on off the shelf chips (Samsung SC6400 family ARM CPU) that is an iPod merged with a reference phone design.

They do a lovely port of OSX as iOS (derived from Next, derived from BSD) with a very slick UI designed for capacitive low resolution touch (ignored from 1980s because foolishly the goal was handwriting recognition which needs a resistive screen to get resolution).

The original iPhone is hugely successful because it's the first with a decent Data plan from phone operators. Other smart phones are only usable on WiFi or by business due to x100 data cost. Yes the simplicity and slick GUI helped a lot.

Ever after they have been accused of innovation.

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Amazon REINTRODUCES Kindle swindle vulnerability

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Mitigation

1) You have to be NOT using USB storage mode to copy books. Why would 'pirates' risk sending their books via Amazon. Surely Amazon monitors everything sent to a kindle.

2) You probably have to be getting 'pirated' books

Does this work on any Kindle reader?

There are three different kinds:

1) eInk type Kindle

2) Kindle Fire, a Tablet

3) Kindle reader app for Windows, Mac OS, iOS, Android etc.

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OECD lashes out at tax avoiding globocorps' location-flipping antics

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Tax Rate

There does need to be a universal system system without exploitive loop holes. having NO corporation tax and tax elsewhere MIGHT work. Because you can tax the income of dividends, tax sales, tax workers and Management etc.

I have no idea if zero corporation tax everywhere would solve this. But at least there is agreement that big international companies are getting an unfair advantage over small local companies and distorting the economies.

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Re: probably not enough

Corporations like Apple & Google do not act the same way as Super Rich people.

Apple actually BORROWED money to pay a dividend, rather than pay tax on their offshore cash mountain.

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probably not enough

But a start.

Dragons depress the economy by sitting on cash rather than putting it into circulation.

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As bankruptcy looms for RadioShack, we ask its chief financial officer... oh. He's quit

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Maplin is likely next.

I think online became the only feasible way to buy electronics parts ages ago. The SAME part as in Radio Shack or Maplin from Asia, 1/5th price. INCLUDING postage.

Selling "boys toys" and junk tools won't save maplin.

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Microsoft splurges 2½ INSTAGRAMS buying Minecraft maker Mojang

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Re: WTF?

They bought Skype already, which used to do Text Chat fine!

Though they are messing up Skype

QQ is a good alternative From the #2 Social Network company you never heard of.

If the aim is a whole platform, it's daft. Actually this is just bonkers.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

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TV

The content was good up to 1980s (but not so good in USA), but the technology was poor.

Now TV tech is good but the content is poor. Apple can't fix that. It's USA media domination that makes it poor!

Radio content hasn't gone down hill as much. But the available AM/FM sets are poor compared to 1980s (or even 1930s to 1950s) and DAB is pointless. Terrible concept, bad UI, bad delivery and no decent sets.

TV sets now universally need decent external speakers as otherwise they are like a 1970 pocket disposable Hong Kong AM radio with 2" speaker.

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eBay DROPS DEAD AGAIN - tat bazaar says sorry, scrambles to resurrect site

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Fire Alarm

And if a member of staff set it off accidently?

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