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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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GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?

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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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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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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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NASA: ALIENS and NEW EARTHS will be ours inside 20 years

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Atheists and Religion

Atheists and Religion are irrelevant to this, both groups have people that think we are alone or there are Aliens.

We have not been looking very long and have poor tools so far. At the minute it's impossible to confirm or deny.

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Re: Helium

Waste gas from our Fusion power stations?

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Viruses, Bacteria, Fungus, yeasts and Food

I agree viruses are likely not a worry.

Bacteria, Fungus and Yeasts could be. Maybe even Algae could be dangerous. Some of them are not species specific and others are.

There is no reason to suppose that Plant life elsewhere is all inedible. It will have Starches /Carbohydrates/sugars/minerals. Some may have poisonous chemicals (like oxalic acid). Vitamins may be an issue. We can of course plant our own seeds and roots etc. But better be careful.

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LG unfurls flexible SEE-THROUGH 18-inch display

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19" 1280x1024

???

Why not variable 1024 x 1520 to 2800 x 1520? for 19"? (Portrait, to 4:3 to Widescreen)

My 12 year old 4:3 15" screen is 1600 x 1200. Why aim for such low resolution?

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A phone like Earth Final Conflict

I want my A4 display area pocket sized phone/tablet.

With display NOT transparent at all, when on.

Solar panel under the screen on a Tablet though?

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ISPs 'blindsided' by UK.gov's 'emergency' data retention and investigation powers law

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Re: Get a grip

Not without a specific warrant

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Presto! After Supreme Court loss, Aereo says it's a cable company now

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Re: I said it: Crawl?

To get a better deal vs PVR which is no part of a regular licence

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I said it

I got loads of down votes a few days ago for suggesting they are just a Cable Co. Aereo seems to agree with me.

On that basis if they crawl nicely to TV companies they'll get their licence. The Aereo customers will have to pay a little more, but they are after all getting a Cable DVR service via IP they can use anywhere with good enough broadband rather than physical cable tied to the box outside the house..

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Say goodbye to the noughties: Yesterday’s hi-fi biz is BUSTED, bro

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GiGo

Garbage.

Speaker wire for 6 speakers is easier to install than the mains power. Only two really at the back, the centre and sub Woofer channel are easy.

All the wireless speakers and sound bars I've seen are junk anyway. No way round having a big sealed box yet for a speaker.

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10Gbps over crumbling COPPER: Boffins cram bits down telco wire

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If it was "Last Mile"

Then it would be wonderful.

But it's 30m (or 70m of slower) under good conditions. So only from the cabinet. Problem is lots of cables from cabinet is more than 900m which means ADSL2+. If you have 30m to 100m then today's FTTC + VDSL is already better than 95% non fibre.

Also how much RF interference from those copper wires on the pole to the 1MHz to 106MHz band?

This is interesting. But I'd hate to see it used by politicians and bean counters to justify FTTC/FTTK rather than FTTP/FTTH. If it's only 30m to 70 then in most cases the existing cable can be used to pull in a fibre.

The best value for it may be apartment blocks? Fibre to each floor and then existing copper.

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Would it be BAD if the Amazon rainforest was all FARMS? Well it WAS, once

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Sahara etc

The Sahara was 1/2 the size I think 2000 years ago. I think they blame goat keepers.

Not sure about Australia.

Ireland used to be forest. Now look at the Burren. Manmade.

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iWatch watch: Apple tags sales bod from luxury Swiss watch firm

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iWatch power

'vampire' tap in at your wrist to power them.

Also used to measure Iron, Insulin, Blood Sugar, etc and means no wrist strap spoiling the clean lines of the design.

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Star Wars: These are the 'unknown' actors we were looking for

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Meaningless comment

"I am NOT your father"

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Five arrested over money-grubbing fake UK.gov shocker

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Meanwhile ICANN stupidity

adds more TLDs to make fraud easier and push up domain costs for everyone

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That AMAZING Windows comeback: Wow – 0.5% growth in 2015

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Market growth / Sales

MS Would make more due to volume selling

1) A SP4 roll up / bug fix /some feature for XP £4.99

2) Selling an XP classic based on (1) with all the STUPID stuff off by default (i.e. Classic shell with minimal animation, no personalised menus/Icon hiding, no auto run, all server and other vulnerable services off by default (no File/Printer sharing by default), new users NOT administrator by default, no startup /welcome screen, log in only, file name endings off, no Active X in Browser / Email. No desktop remote HTML or email remote HTML, remote images or Active X by default etc etc. £19.99 Or £29.00 on a USB stick (able to run from USB)

Of course actually I have no desire to see Apple, MS, IBM, Intel, Oracle, Google, Amazon etc be more dominant or successful. Time for USA dominance to be diminished. Let's have some fresh innovation without the American cultural arrogance.

Yes MS IE, especially 6 was stupid. XP though isn't inherently slow and insecure. Problem is stuff on by default, people being admin, stupid MS IE & Outlook and badly written apps that needed gurus to set them up so non-Admin users could run them.

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Vulture 2 fills beak with Pi in the Sky

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Re: Just a thought...

Or Kepler's 3rd law anyway, not much harder than F=MA

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India’s Karbonn launches £26 Android phone

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Re: Available from China for a long time

"original manufacturers spec... 1800mAh"

So believe the Chinese manufacturer but not the resellers?

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PANDA chomps through Spotify's DRM

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Re: Licence Offence

IN UK.

In Ireland simply having equipment that COULD be used triggers the TV licence requirement.

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Re: Use spotify myself

What if you make a new OS, a new device? You are at the mercy of the DRM provider. It's inherently bad for competition, innovation and the consumer.

The nature of how the service is delivered has no relationship to justify DRM.

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Re: Use spotify myself

Sure stuff should be paid for.

But that is not ever a justification for DRM.

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Crazy

Install a Virtual Audio cable

"Record" the stream.

No DRM.

Or a 3.5mm to 3.5mm jack cable and 2nd Laptop if you don't know how to install and configure multiple virtual audio devices.

DRM has never ever prevented commercial Piracy. Only inconvenienced Home Users.

DRM on Video, books, Music, images should be outlawed as it extends control past the date copyright expires, allows commercial control of Public Domain works "republished". Limits platform portability etc. It removes normal consumer rights and 'fair use'.

I support copyright. But for a reasonable period of time and only the traditional way, take a civil suit against those that break it. Don't penalise all those ordinary customers.

DIE DRM DIE!

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

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Re: Windows

Does Word 2.0a run on Win7?

I must see, if the "gold" CD I transferred the floppies on to still works.

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Brit SPACE HEDGEHOG team flies student Mars payload

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Alien

Don't worry

When I get my Fusion Generator working I'll sell the Helium as a sideline.

Interesting project for younger kids.

Perhaps the pods should be hermetically sealed and opened in isolation chambers.

/me remembers Quatermass (TV) and The Andromeda Strain (book)

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OMG, sorry about 'poor comms' on Facebook secret emoto-meddle tests. Laters!

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Thanks

Though you are still getting details wrong

"Content Free Ad Network"

is possibly a slightly more accurate description.

Hardly surprising. I wonder what they are doing today?

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We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

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Re: Audiophile?

There are real Audiophiles and also complete Audiophools.

The Audiophools buy rubber rings for their valves, expensive gold plated mains leads, Litz speaker cable with arrows on it etc.

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Transmission Line Bass Reflex speakers

I built a pair. Fantastic frequency response (separate sealed mid range units and horn tweeters). Brilliant Bass.

But complete rubbish to listen to actual music or speech on due to the temporal distortion. Presumably.

It's hard to make decent speakers without a giant sealed box. Murphy of olden days loved giant baffle boards, which is another route. But people don't want speakers larger than their 42" TV.

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Mystery bidder plunders the whole haul in Silk Road Bitcoin auction

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Re: Not yet faced trial?

But whoever owned the website would be a Criminal and it would be proceeds of crime.

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Surface Mini fondleslab farewelled

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Microsoft

Not a HW or design Style company.

Software and Services.

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NIST shows off one-way photon-passing metamaterial

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Amazing

And they told me one way mirrors are impossible, aerials are exactly the same on Transmit or Receive Etc.

I suspect though they can't make very big pieces of this!

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New research: Flash is DEAD. Yet resistance isn't futile - it's key

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Re: Nobody wants storage

I've no wish to trust faceless corporations, only have access where there is suitable infrastructure and rent the storage forever. Or trust someone not to to delete / copy and trust backups.

Also most people are about 1 x JCB from losing their cloud connection.

I can write more convincing SF & F than cloud marketing.

I have a spare bridge if you want to buy it.

Which is faster?

Ordinary post of 2T Byte to a Data centre or 2T down any affordable fibre even in 20 years time?

P.S. I rent hosting too. It might be in Kansas. It was supposed to be in the UK. But who knows next week.

Cloud is just renting Hosting with free arm waving, whale song and joss sticks.

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Paris Hilton

Re: 1TB on a *single* chip

Yes,

But having started with 5M byte HDD, 64K RAM and 4MHz clock 8 bit CPU, with ASCII graphics, 300 bps or 1200/75 modem and worked up to multiple HHD (some are 2,000,000 M Byte), 8,000,000,0000K RAM and multiple core 64 bit cpu at 2,400MHz with dual 1600 x 1200 32bit screens (or dual 19200 x 1080) with GPU using 128,000K RAM and 8,000,0000 / 1,000,000 bps fixed microwave link modem (nearly 9 years for the link) at a fraction of the price of 1982 (real inflation cost) I'm now expecting stuff better than SF and at poundland prices.

I know no satisfying some people.

Pity the software is mostly just prettier than 1988 and full of bugs :-(

I had FutureNet Schematic Capture, Spice, Spreadsheets, Wordprocessor, DTP, CAD / Vector drawing, email via X.25 pad, BT Telecom gold / Bitnet (300bps modem!). My last taped up MPU board was 1982.

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