* Posts by Mage

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Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom

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Re: 470kHz?

used to be around the 1950s

but 455kHz is the standard since Asia took over.

It would be bad for cheaper sets as they have almost no IF rejection!

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Boffins say they've got Lithium batteries the wrong way around

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Re: Scientists...pah

It's well known that charging and discharging isn't uniform. That's why NiCd get dendrites.

But interesting research to quantify it.

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What?

This was known AGES ago about Alkaline cells (which unlike Zinc Carbon can be somewhat or entirely recharged if not discharged too much).

I was sure I read it a year ago about Lithium Ion cells.

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Evil mining firms? Please. Obeying profit motive is KINDER to the environment

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Hillarious

Wonderful Tim.

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The Apple Watch and CROTCH RUBBING. How are they related?

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U2

I've heard of YouTube.

Remote controls are free and a replacement is under £20. I agree mostly with the sentiment ...

BUT

1) Needs to run a week between charges not one day

2) Needs to be under £50

Apple have lost the plot.

If I'm honest I seem to remember something called the Joshua Tree

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Starship Troopers beat Aliens, Robots AND Chuck Norris to WIN in a FIGHT

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Army powered suit

They are also advanced on an exoskeleton that allows load/unload of freight in forward area with no hoist/forklift.

Also Mule replacements.

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Sleepy spotless summer Sun's shock solar storm surge stuns scientists

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Re: " ... our nearest star."

I hope it is our start or the back rental / leasing bill will be horrible.

I suspect none of the others are ours.

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Italy's High Court orders HP to refund punter for putting Windows on PC

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OS refund ruling

Wasn't there a similar ruling some years ago somewhere else?

Certainly I heard of Dell purchasers getting Windows OS refunds.

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spɹɐʍʞɔɐB writing is spammers' new mail filter avoidance trick

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Meh

opening random email attachment no matter what it is called is stupid

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Apple iPhone 6: Missing sapphire glass screen FAIL explained

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Sapphire

I doubt it will be on larger mobile devices ever. Break too easily.

Smaller gadgets. like a watch. Or a pebble sized tight jeans pocket flip phone. with two screens like a powder compact.

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Intellifridge terror: Internet of Stuff kit must fend off hackers of the FU-TURE-TURE-TURE

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Re: Simple solution

Black listing on router doesn't work if the neighbour can pick it up directly.

Actually some stuff is so badly done, the likely scenario is that it connects to Internet with neighbour's public WiFi (stupid people think it's good to encourage people to share public WiFi) without the owner even knowing they bought an IoT gadget.

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Simple solution

Don't buy an Internet connecting Fridge.

If you buy a gadget with the stupidity of built in WiFi that can't be disabled and no other way to operate it, take it back as "unfit for purpose" under Sale of Goods Act.

No matter what you do with your Router/Firewall, you can't make a WiFi gadget secure.

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Scottish independence: Will it really TEAR the HEART from IT firms?

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Re: The REAL problem with Scottish independance

Most of the price is already Excise duty and VAT. Scotland will decide how much it is taxed in Scotland, The UK situation will be unaffected. Unless for some bizarre reason the Scottish put an export duty on it.

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Re: What's in a name? Little Britain

If we are going to be pedantic, Great Britain is in contrast to Little Britain, AKA Brittany, Never Ireland.

Meanwhile N.I. is going the opposite direction. Its assembly doesn't work.

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Geneva Convention

Even the current UK Nationals Grandchildren will be probably be UK citizens.

All people who had parents or grandparents born anywhere in the Island of Ireland before 1922 are UK Citizens with right of abode in UK. (Under EU law any Irish Citizen has right of abode in UK even if they are not eligible for a UK passport).

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Ulster Bank & RBS

Maybe Scotland will be better off WITHOUT idiots like the RBS.

The UK has negative balance of payments already. Nearly £40 Billion of UK exports will become Scottish Exports. Maybe more.

All of Scotland will still get BBC on Freesat if BBC pull out. STV (not part of ITV), C4 and Five won't. Given the stupidity of the BBC lately maybe Scotland will be better off having their own TV tax (aka TV licence) instead of the misused BBC funding. I'd miss BBC Radio Scotland in the evenings, but maybe they can do better.

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Apple Watch will CONQUER smartwatch world – analysts

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129 per cent

Tiny when the market is tiny.

Also the stupid battery life makes Sinclair's daft LED black watch look good.

Very very niche product. Without the cache (or is it Cachet? I can't spiel) of being a true luxury brand.

In other news the price cut of Apple's poor iCloud offering is now only twice the price of the competition. Some day the iFans will stop paying the Apple Idiot tax. Apple have the BIGGEST MARGIN in the industry. So irrespective of how good the products are and the market share people are paying far too much.

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What's an Ultrabook? Now Intel touts 2-in-1 typoslabs to save PC biz

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Cables?

If I'm at my own desk I like cables. No pesky batteries to run out.

Reliable fast data transfer

Mouse always works

Fast SCSI scanner

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Apple's ONE LESS THING: the iPod Classic disappears

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Re: Other options

Only stupid tinny gadget speakers have no Aux In. Every HiFi since 1950s can be fed from an earphone socket with a suitable cable.

Also the data has to be changed from Digital to Analogue somewhere. Some phones and MP3 players have better DACs than your typical plastic dock with 1960s transistor radio speakers inside jazzed up with alloy domes on the voice coil.

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Cloud & Streaming?

Don't be daft.

That costs a lot.

No ubiquitous universal Internet coverage in ANY country, nor will there ever be.

Streaming and Cloud is complementary to having your own copies.

I have all my music on CD/DVD/Vinyl/78 etc as well as saved on my Server, my laptop, my media PC, my 160G Byte Archos player and only a subset on my Android phone. I don't yet have any of it stored on my "personal cloud" aka hosting. I may do that as an off site backup, but at someone's house that has fibre and no cap. Too slow on my broadband.

Does any current iProduct take an SD card?

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

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The Solution

The solution the TV content providers appear to have currently is to make the content so rubbish no-one would want to pirate it.

Personally they'd have to pay me to watch some of the Garbage.

1) Invest in better content

2) More Local TV companies will buy it (more profit)

3) Have a sensibly priced Netflix style service. (more profit)

4) Offer it at sensible prices on DVD & BD. BBC sets are mostly overpriced. (More Profit). Less than 1/2 people have suitable broadband for (3).

Then piracy will not matter.

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Jony Ive: Apple iWatch will SCREW UP Switzerland's economy

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Re: Dieter Rams

I know all about classic Braun designs. Since before I bought an Apple II (which is pre-Apple Copy Braun Era)

But spelling is what I'm worst at.

My Magery is purely in technical stuff. I have studied Dieter Rams and know that he does believe that 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery'. But most deluded iFans think Apple is original and deserves their patents, of the design kind and the technology sort. Having worked in Electronics and Computers and studied the artistic side (industrial) as well as engineering design since late 1970s I regard Apple as a very successful confidence trick.

I suspect he was was only half joking.

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Dieter Rams

Ives is deluded.

Now that he has already copied all of Dieter Rams he's clutching at straws.

I doubt that this will displace any luxury product, nor does Switzerland rely on watches (or Cuckoo Clocks, or Toblerone).

I'm sceptical that it will do much better than the Newton or Pippin. But who knows how many chumps are out there.?

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Oi, you don't work here, MR ANYTHING BUT incisive – get your grubby mitts off our commentards

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Re: a quick Google tells us exactly who you are

I see what you did then Jack.

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Jimbo tells Wikipedians: You CAN'T vote to disable 'key software features'

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More Like Facebook?

How ghastly.

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Epiphany hits Raspberry Pi founders, users

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Cheap PIC

The Pi is fine if you want / need RiscOS or Linux and I/O.

If you want a veroboard and PIC, and a £10 (inc everything) solution then PIC programmed in JAL is far superior learning or DIY embedded environment to BASIC (or C). What ever bits of OS you need you write or port yourself. Ardunio is a 3rd different market again.

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BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV

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Oh Dear.

This will go badly.

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Broadcom reveals $20 'Pi in the sky' IoT development widget

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£30 isn't bad though

Presumably the tools will allow applications that run on a server and are accessed by Web Clients, Android, Windows, OS X and Linux, not just iOS. I presumed the iOS was only an example?

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Google flushes out users of old browsers by serving up CLUNKY, AGED version of search

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Obnoxious

They keep putting banners now and again telling me that I ought to use Chrome. That's abuse of their dominant position,

I prefer Mozilla's spyware.

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If you think 3D printing is just firing blanks, just you wait

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the kit's been discontinued?

Where does the typical home user get the CAD model?

Also the car parts etc. Most people can't use CAD SW to draw anything much more than a cube or pyramid. If that.

Even if someone has a decent 3D scanner, it's not like scanning books.

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The File

Where are the decent CAD models, 3D scanners etc even if a home 3D printer produced better than kitch nik-naks?

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Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?

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Planning

You STILL need planning laws.

Otherwise mad stuff happens.

I agree Rent control doesn't work. But this is very very hard stuff.

Also increasing Rent allowance or 1st Time buyer Grants etc doesn't work. Also "buy to let" doesn't work either (you get incompetent landlords). The supply only increases a little and prices go up.

There needs to be conditions on providing Infrastructure or the Developers won't do it.

Nor oddly are Developers smart enough to build houses or the kinds of apartments people want where they want them. We have a shortage of housing in Ireland yet empty ghost estates.

Selling off Council housing is only laudable if councils build more accommodation to rent. That increases supply and keeps rents down. It's absolutely the only way to help with housing for poorer. Giving poor increased rent welfare only creates a marginal increase in supply. Mainly it puts the price up.

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Love XKCD? Love science? You'll love a book about science from Randall Munroe

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science is really, really cool

Also can be Weird and Dangerous.

I'm temped to drop hints to anyone buying me a Christmas present.

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RIP MSN Messenger, kthxbai. Microsoft finally flicks on KILL SWITCH in China

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Skype, QQ is good alternative

Even before MS bought it, it was getting broken.

It's been unusable on many Win7 machines (recent ones).

Since June MS started killing Skype log on of older Windows Clients.

What alternatives to Skype? Loads but some are too complicated for Consumers (Teamviewer) and others creepy (Google & Facebook). Others are poor

QQ seems to be one

QQ is better functionality than Skype, and I worry less about Chinese than Google/Facebook/Microsoft/NSA spying on my messages.

Only gripe is that "Search" only searches your EXISTING contacts. You click on an Icon with a Cluedo Head and + to add a Contact, then click on new form to "find people you might already know". Also nickname search failed. But QQ ID number worked. The Image Caphta thingy on International Sign up page doesn't work, but using English on the Chinese site Signup page (which is presumably why the blog post has two URLS / Domains) does work.

BBC had this MSN news too

End of MSN Messenger

Probably redirects to bbc.com outside UK.

I still have IRC but that's very limited. I used MSN and ICQ a million years ago before using Teamviewer and Skype. QQ seems fine.*

(* Can I have my free stuffed Penguin now?)

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Boiling point: Tech and the perfect cuppa

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Temperature

Equally important are:

Blend of Tea chosen: Not just Red vs Green etc. Personal preference largely.

Temperature: A problem at higher altitudes for open "kettles" to get 100 C

Water: Pure distilled deionised isn't nice. The water has to be just right hard/soft. The sort that only causes very slight limescale, not too much nor none. I think water from peaty or granite source isn't as good. Obviously should have no taint from excess chemical treatment. But this may be personal preference.

Oxygenation: Water reboiled too much is too low in dissolved gas.

Brew Vessel: (pot or cup, Metal, type of china, Glass, etc)

Brew time (also on Stove or natural): Depends on personal preference

Cup : A cup only used for tea. Different kinds of tea seem nicer in differing styles of cup / mug.

Additions: Natural, Milk (low, normal, UHT, condensed etc), cream, whitener, Lime, Lemon, Rancid Yak butter, sugar etc are in the realm of personal preference. I prefer tea with only water, or occasionally lemon or lime slice in certain red (black) teas.

See also Chai

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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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