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Four-pronged ARM-based Mac rumor channels Rasputin

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Re:Giving up x86

I think out side IT circles, i.e. most of Mac user base, running Windows or Linux on Mac is very very rare. It's anecdotal, but none of the Arty types I know have ever run other than Apple's OS X. Or in the case of very long term users, previously OS 9.

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Maybe it's not true now.

Perhaps this is some other product, a large iPad with keyboard cover?

But eventually Apple will leave niche "high performance" users in the lurch. They will aim for volume market, iTunes lock in etc. So eventually the ARM will replace x86 for Apple. Unlike MS, they switched before. 68000 and then Power PC. So they have no loyalty to a CPU ecosystem and certainly the possible deprivation of rebooting to windows will be low priority.

Nothing new, it's been said before. I've said it before. But I think 2015 - 2016 more likely.

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Watch: Kids slam Apple as 'BORING, the whole thing is BORING'

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Re: Olden stuff

Apple II or Apple ][

I was conned into buying this due to hype. Had to add a card for 80 columns and lower case.

Had to add a Z80 card to get a real OS and a better selection of applications.

Had to add 8" floppies. Even in 1980 / 1981 the Apple Floppies were slower and 1/2 storage or less than others.

Lisa was under powered and not enough resource. I guess they got it right with Mac.

I think even for people in late 1970s the only useful reason for an Apple II was Visicalc.

We switched to Supercalc on CP/M.

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Chuh. Heavy, dude: HP ZBook 17 mobile workstation

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What a waste!

1920 x 1080

We don't need yet another heavy portable DVD / BD player.

1600 x 1200 on 15" (@ 133dpi approx) was March 2002! TWELVE Years ago

So if it MUST be 17" it should surely be at least 1920 x 1200.

Admittedly the 2010 resolution 2560 × 1440 was on stupidly large screens for a desk (27").

At 200 dpi a 15" 4:3 screen is 2406 x 1804 (Kindle eInk and Fax resolution). Not sure what size that would be at 16:10, 2886 x 1804, possibly not far off 17" (Or at 16:9 about 3207 x 1804)

At same height as 1600 x 1200 15" screen you only need 160dpi for 2560 × 1440.

This has wrong screen to be called a Workstation. Thus everything else is irrelevant.

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Samsung WRISTPHONE – for those who wanna whisper to strap-ons

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I can't remember

How long ago was the first GSM watch phone? Long before even iPod.

TV (using belt pack on first model), Radio, even Walkie Talkies have been done. None successful.

BT earpiece and Wrist BT monitor to an existing phone seems more useful, esp. on battery life.

Rather than links contain batteries a solid flexible fat strap can contain a single more efficient LiPo cell. Though I suppose if it goes wrong you may be in queue for a Bionic hand.

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Bondi shark alert systems beams warning to nobody on Google Plus

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Social Medjya

Why use these at all?

What is wrong with a web site that has RSS, SMS or Email. Or all three?

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Watch this! How to use OS X Server for mobile device management

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Hardly any schools waste £600+ on iPads?

Really?

Actually I'm suspicious of iPads or Android Tablets or Kindles for General Educational use. The Teachers aren't clued up enough.

Has there been a trial not funded by a Computer supplier that properly proves any claimed advantage other than Anecdotal Evidence?

Why should Schools fund a single "single source" & "proprietary solution" gadget?

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Profiles on an iThing

Surely such local 3rd party control is anathema to an iThing owner. Only Apple is holy enough to interfere.

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$1000 buys a Mac Mini Server

A mere Fruit fan toy.

Apple stopped making real servers some time ago.

I suppose you can put appropriate software on a netbook, Apple TV or Raspberry Pi and call it a "Server".

The "Mac Mini Server" is a small overpriced appliance.

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Intel cutting prices, taking on all comers in fondleslab market grab

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Re: Intel can buy market share for as long as they want

Nearly true.

But Intel are NOT subsidizing their x86, just reducing the margin. The Intel Tax has ever been higher than Apple or Microsoft Tax on PCs. Otherwise AMD couldn't have got to market at all.

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E-cigarettes help you quit – but may not keep you alive

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Who is selling them?

At least one International Tobacco company is selling them.

I don't know if this is good or bad.

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You know all those resources we're about to run out of? No, we aren't

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Disruption

Coal in UK maybe hasn't been Globally competitive since early 1900s. During WWI and WWII it was important and production increased as fuel was hard to import. In 1920s a lot of miners unemployed. Mines have closed not because coal is exhausted but it's not competitive and not the demand there once was (Town Gas used to be made from coal).

There might even be several 1000 years of coal in UK. It depends how badly it's wanted. Coal now is out of favour. If there was no oil and gas you can be sure non-polluting Coal power stations and Gas production would be built. Meanwhile the Arab strangle-hold on Oil and Russian on Gas in Europe may be broken in a year or two as more shale & fracking comes online. USA may be net exporter rather than importer.

DISRUPTIVE TECH

Maybe solar energy will be deployed on African coast to make LPG from sea water and waste carbon, which can be then more easily/cheaply transported long distance than Electricity or Hydrogen. Or the problem of harnessing Fusion will be solved.

I don't think we are due to run out of anything even in our Grandchildren's life.

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Re: You can recycle energy as well

I'm not sure that's true about glass. Also factor shipping to one of few glass factories vs a nearer hole in ground. But Re-use of glass is certainly good?

Also unlike doors, window frames and floors etc, trees for paper are planted especially to cut down later. Not all paper comes from trees though.

Paper rots quite quicky. Glass never does, but you can crush it.

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Re: I divide recycling into three types

Also sometimes we recycle when re-use or dumping is better.

Glass:

We are NEVER going to run out of sand etc.

It is no harm to fill a hole in the ground.

It may take more oil etc to recycle than make new glass.

If colours are mixed in the waste glass it's a problem.

Reuse can save energy.

Paper may also be problematical. It's interesting that you have to now pay paper factories to take old paper. Also there are different kinds of paper made:

Kleenex / Kotex type stuff isn't really paper

Wood pulp based paper

Rag based (presumably it matters if Cotton, Linen, Wool etc and if a mix)

Paper with surface finishes (glossy magazines, inkjet photo paper).

I presume this why unsorted waste paper has negative value.

It makes sense to recycle Lead Car & Truck batteries. Possibly in recycling Lithium batteries (but primary are 4 technologies and rechargeable are different). But is there really value in recycling an unsorted mix of Layer, Alkaline, Zinc Carbon, Zinc Chloride and Zinc Air batteries?

I don't know but I'm suspicious.

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Re: I would argue the situation was even worse

You must vote for the least bad.

Otherwise the Extremists will get a majority, as they get near 100% turnout of their supporters.

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Apple vows to squash iMessage SMS-KILLER

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I for one

Didn't think it was a conspiracy to block people switching, just a piece of arrogant stupidity,

It's good their ego isn't too inflated and they can admit it and now address it.

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Report: Samsung joining virtual reality race with Galaxy headset

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Re: So

Mmm, not last ever exactly, but way after first few

8bit "PC" with I/O slots and keyboard (Apple II)

Bitmapped GUI desktop (Lisa, Mac)

Newton PDA

Pippin Game console

MP3 player

Phone with touch screen

Tablet.

Skinny stylish laptop

Media Streaming box (Apple TV)

Other products ...

iTunes may have been first legal one of it's kind? Not sure as I have zero interest in buying music and games that way.

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eBay slammed for daft post-hack password swap advice

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Re: Password strength

A password Cracking program doesn't try all shorter than 16 letter combinations 1st.

It check all the words in dictionary and Celebrity names.

Pairs and triplets.

Versions with letters replaced by visually similar numbers

Versions of all above with various prefix and suffix numbers.

Probably alphabetic sequential and keyboard layout sequential such as ABCDE and QWERT

This all very much less than testing EVERY possibility and gets the majority of passwords quickly.

(No I've not done this, I'm sure a regular miscreant though will do it well).

I do let Firefox remember non-critical passwords. I wouldn't trust anything involving money to any password manager.

I do write them ALL down in a safe place with user name, site name and email used. Whoever survives me may need them.

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Re: ebay's password policy ...

Write it in a little address book you never keep in same bag as a computing device.

If you have an accident etc you'd want people to be able to access your computer & websites, so do note site, email, user name etc and tell someone trustworthy where you keep it.

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Facebook wants to LISTEN IN on the songs and vids playing in YOUR living room

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Re: ambient listening

Only if you have installed some stupid app. I worked in Telecom / DECT / GSM/ 3G etc for 20 years and never heard of such a feature on Public Networks.

It can be fitted of course by miscreants. Such as "infinity bug" on Landlines. Or Facebook app.

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EE boffin: 5G will be the LAST WORD in mobe tech – literally

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Obvious!

Some people are victims of Marketing, Wish full thinking or are Employees of Mobile Companies or Infrastructure Companies.

Basic economics, mathematics and physics seems to escape some voters and commentards.

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Re: Whats the point of super fast mobile broadband..

Then when they get more customers you'll be lucky to get 0.5Mbps. It's happened in some Three markets already.

All you can eat only works if you are massively under-subscribed.

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Re: Whats the point of super fast mobile broadband..

The caps are because it doesn't have capacity. They are actually too high for the current mast density.

If you want x2 higher cap in reality who pays for about x4 as many Base Stations? The higher the cap the slower on average the network.

Mobile infrastructure can only cope with a tiny percentage of customers connecting at the same time, unlike Broadband which has to cope with over 75% connecting at the same time (that will rise to nearly 100%).

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Walkie Talkies

Tetra can do it now.

So can a pair of smart phones with WiFi.

It's of very limited value. Mesh based connection to eventual back-haul is staggeringly slow speed and high latency, would encourage Operators to have a few less masts. Better performance needs more masts.

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Speed

5G will generally be no faster than 4G. Just more flexible.

If 3G hadn't used an older more obsolete "Air Interface" than GSM due to US Companies political pressure to make it an incremental upgrade of CDMA-1 (inferior to GSM), we would hardly have needed 4G.

The physical limits are the handset / modem having an omnidirectional ground level or indoor aerial and amount of spectrum economically viable for one user to have. Much speed improvement needs about x10 more masts. That's not economically viable. If there is fibre to each street and every other lamp has a Wireless Base, then you get more speed and capacity. But that's probably not economically viable and not applicable to Rural.

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Robotics pioneer: Intelligent machines are 'scary for a lot of people'

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Re: ATM language

I was demonstrated ATM picking language based on card in 1987 or 1988. They have done it for years. Perhaps in USA Spanish vs English is a problem if by default people are issued English tagged cards and are Spanish speakers. I think in a few years it might be a Majority language in USA.

Point is it's a bad example as ALREADY the card can simply tell ATM what language to use. Nothing personal stored on ATM and a minimum of information on the Card.

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Terminator

These are not real:

Terminator

HAL in 2001

I Robot

AI

etc.

I've never encountered a machine even approaching Intelligence.

I agree, given poor track record on Privacy I don't want more personalised Computers. There was actually an item on BBC R4 this morning about it. Stupid Enthusing person and Interviewer appeared to think it would be GOOD if a coffee shop greeted you personally based on automatic interrogation of your phone or whatever.

I don't have many friends. But I prefer real ones to fake and don't want my personal information in open access gadgets or machines that might be hacked.

Which is worse in your house? Marvin or the Sirius Cybernetic Corp Doors? I don't want either thanks.

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China to become world's No 1 economy. And we still can't see why

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Interesting

Why did School waste time teaching Latin and French as if we lived in 19th century? Of course only about a 1/3rd I think in China actually speak Mandarin.

We needed companies like Inmos, not ICL and Thorn. By the 1960s most UK electronics was either only interested in UK Defence/Aerospace (Plessey & Ferranti previously in Consumer, though Plessey was OEM for most Big Names from 1920s to 1950s, Co-op, Ever Ready, Cossor, EMI/HMV/Marconi) or medical (Cossor) or outsourcing. Poor Quality Control. Asian makers setting up in 1970s in UK couldn't use most UK parts (quality too poor).

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

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Re: Getting cancelled has little to do with a show's worthiness.

Usually ...

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iPhone-stroker-turned-fandroid sues Apple over iMessage text-slurpery

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Re: I had this

Typical Apple Arrogance.

Apple created this problem with their buggy implementation of iMessage. Either Apple are incompetent or it is a deliberate attempt to make it hard to switch.

I suspect it's arrogance and incompetence.

Most phone users are not IT experts. Many have never used email or internet other than on phone. In Many Developed Countries as high as 33% have not used Internet.

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Bitcoin blockchain allegedly infected by ancient 'Stoned' virus

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Re: 2,000 thumbs down can't be wrong

As another has said, the MS AV is free and I'd argue it's probably not much different to any Paid AV.

The whole history of paid AV products is false positives that cripple machines. I'm no MS fan, but I wouldn't single them out on this.

Not when there are bigger targets of MS stupidity like one GUI for everything (CE era Desktop WIMP stupid on 320 x 240 PDA, today Zune GUI stupid on Desktop PC). The Ribbon. etc

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Re: Bitcoin Bomb?

"yet we have put as much, or more, trust in them than we have in buying REAL gold and silver coins which have inherent value"

Who are these "we" you refer to?

Also I don't think real Gold & Silver coins are used any more for trading. All trading currencies are "fait".

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Apple, Google: WE SURRENDER ... to each other in patent war truce

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Re: I wonder what is that Apple is so afraid of

Component makers have never needed Apple particularly, All the big margin is Apple's. the majority of the component makers products go to other makers, in some cases phone products a minority of their business.

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Real, hovering SPEEDER BIKE can be YOURS for cheaper than a house

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Weekend Training?

I thought a hovercraft needs a pilot licence.

Hint. They don't do corners as well as a Microlight.

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'My house is on fire m8 lol' ... 911 texting tested in the US

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Re: More importantly

Actually on GSM if the signal improves enough for SMS to send, a voice call will work. 3G is a bit more complicated.

4G doesn't even have real SMS.

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SMS

It's not interactive.

It's not real time.

No assurance of delivery at all ever nor within any time period.

The only time SMS works and Voice doesn't is if you can't talk or phone broken. SMS can be added, but should only be used if voice is unavailable.

SMS isn't like online chat.

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Cloud computing is FAIL and here’s why

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Re: Points of Failure

My Daughter and her husband on different segment of Grid, and different Fibre fed Cable.

Or I can bring my Generator, It likely would survive a disaster to my property.

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Re: Points of Failure

I have a choice of 3 laptops, 3 PCs and a Server with backups.

I have the network on two switches (I can move stuff to one and ditch some stuff).

I have a spare modem. spare router.

Switches, UPS, Modem & Router on UPS

I have a generator and lots of fuel

I have backups of the backups.

If house burns/falls down I will go to my son's house.

I have no idea what the Cloud Provider has.

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Re: Sorry, but you are incorrect Alistair.

No, EOL of MS XP is due to MS Ego. Nothing else. As has been the case for every MS OS ever. XP EOL isn't anything new. MS has always sold support, at about 4 levels. (Tech Net, MSDN, Select and Bespoke Megacorp/Government contracts). Actually MS just sold a year's Support of XP to a UK Gov. Dept. But on condition they migrate to Win 8.x not Linux.

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Cloud is a Euphemism

It's the old Big Company Server Subscription model of 1960s.

There is no way at all it's ever "better" for the consumer. You are losing control to a 3rd party. What if they lose interest in the business? What if their disaster planning is rubbish? What if they have a single point of failure?

I'll use the "Cloud" (my rented hosting or 3rd party services) to "publish" my Web sites, share files, do email and browse other people's web sites.

Self hosting isn't practical for an individual or SoHo or SME.

Cloud services are an abomination and backward step in cost, privacy, reliability, access, control etc for applications.

The Policies and procedures of most Cloud providers are opaque or a lie.

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Intel shows off tech bubbles, low-power yacht racing and... a DIRECT solar charger

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Good Grief!

Are these just examples of Co-op Student projects?

Yawn.

Really Intel.

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Whoa! NUDE! SELFIES! for! Marissa! Mayer's! Blink-gobbling! Yahoo!

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Re: Yahoo?

Ya? Who?

They had a nice widget thing on my Nokia Phone. Then Nokia inexplicably killed all the widgets insisting that their useless "app shop" would be a replacement. But the value of Symbian then was

a) Nice little Widgets (Comics, Teletext, Yahoo etc)

b) Able to install free or paid application downloads from anywhere like a real OS such as Linux or Windows.

The App store never had replacements for ANY of the Widgets.

What exactly is Yahoo's revenue model anyway?

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Adobe blames 'maintenance failure' for 27-hour outage

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I have much sympathy

For creative people that have no choice but to use Adobe Products.

Too much to hope for a U-turn and all local SW to work without Internet connection/log in?

I seriously doubt that the Cloud Subscription model will save customers money in the longer term. It's designed to make Adobe, Microsoft etc more money. So "savings" are impossible.

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Giant pop can FOUND ON MOON

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Re: They might want to rethink this effort

But I don't think any of us would buy it.

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Black Helicopters

Or Russia.

But the Chinese Rabbit may decide to annex it.

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Re: 'Pocari Sweat' - whaa?

Sweat; Because it's a "sports drink"

Pocari: Made up. Just sounds nice to Japanese.

I like your explanation better though. You should be writing for "The Incredible Truth", "Call my Bluff" etc.

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IBM accidentally invents new class of polymers

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Re: What to call it?

Will it be in a range of yellow to green shades?

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Boffins suggest storage be baked into mobile base stations

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Re: vendors are working on this right now

Vendor propaganda to make mobile operators spend more (e.g. Three who don't understand).

Unless your infrastructure is rubbish, then the bottle neck is ONLY at the air interface. The backhaul has to be able to manage full peak base station traffic anyway. If your Base Station is only using copper or ancient Microwave too slow (modern microwave and fibre can feed easily 5 to 10 base stations) then this is like lipstick on a pig.

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Nearly pointless

You need fibre or dedicated microwave link anyway for any decent basestation.

Caching needs large number of users to be effective.

A Mobile Basestation can only serve video to about 15 users if signal is good, less if signal is poor.

This is about as useful as a cache in a WiFi Air point (which isn't useful). Which actually on average can server more users faster than LTE!

Caching may be useful at the edge Router, Exchange or Cable head ends, waste of money at a Mobile or even fixed wireless (x 10 to x30 capacity) base station.

We'll be generous and assume it's done properly.

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NASA agonizes over plan for Mars rock sample return mission

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Re: #bringSpiritBack

That one XKCD Spirit always nearly brings a tear to the eye.

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