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NASA agonizes over plan for Mars rock sample return mission

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Re: Something's Wrong

But maybe the answer is that it all makes the Sahara look teaming with life and Mars was only ever a dead rock.

Hopefully it's more interesting than that, but I suspect anything really interesting of extra-terrestrial nature is on a planet in the Goldilocks zone of another Star.

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EFF blows Snapchat a raspberry in gov't surveillance report

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Seems unblanced

For Example:

Google who is almost like Eye Of Sauron and secretly does what's asked and runs their own illegal surveillance and is hard to avoid

Vs

Amazon who is only a retailer and can be avoided.

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Philips lobs patent sueball at Nintendo in US: Seeks to BAN Wii U

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Trollface

Philips have given up on Electronics.

They gone back to Light bulbs (all they did really before 1926) and Healthcare. All the other Philips stuff is someone paying for a badge.

The Components part spun off as NXP.

I guess Patent Trolling is a logical development now. Though of course there may be merit in it.

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Dixons and Carphone Warehouse confirm £3.7bn MEGA-BORG

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It was Curry's Cycles Originally.

People brought their Lead Acid Accumulators to get charged, so they thought "Why not sell entire Radio?" Unlike the Green'grocer's' s'ignage's' they dropped the apostrophe.

All they need now is to acquire Halfords :D

Carphone Warehouse has been a stupid name for maybe nearly 20 years. Why bother changing now!

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Be the next tech hotshot – by staying the hell away from regulators

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Hmmm

Where to begin?

The amount of Sloppy Thinking and biased agenda is huge.

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'Play nice and share': OECD to spectrum owners

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It will be done wrong.

Within certain constraints the idea isn't without merit. But you need a sensible strong regulator to co-ordinate, sort disputes and run a database.

Ad Hoc and Soft Touch Regulation would be a disaster.

(P.S. Why share a Sinclair Spectrum? One could be retailed at £20 with better keyboard, composite video, HDMI and optional LCD clamshell lid. Only 2 or 3 chips needed. Maybe someone has got a conversion kit already for Ardunio or Raspberry Pi?).

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Game of Thrones written on brutal medieval word processor and OS

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Wordstar and New Word

I liked it. But it didn't run well in NTVDM on NT4.0

So I updated a clone in Modula-2 (on DOS, written maybe 1991) to run native in Win32 in a console in 1996. I added ability to use a mouse and double click on a word, and have split screen or single screen and list of open files. If a file of same name existed it opened it, or if not offered to create it. Each file normally a chapter.

I used 3rd party spelling checker on Files.

But by 2002 was using Windows Word for all editing with all the stupid options turned off. I guess no-one showed him the Preferences / Options / Tools menus. I'd wonder what options his Web Browser on separate PC uses. To day I might use Libre Office to write a book.

Perhaps Word Processors should have "Profiles". (Novel, Text to upload to Blog, Flier etc).

I think it shows a great lack of curiosity as he can achieve exactly what he wants on Linux, OS X or any Windows version.

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Activist investors try forcing Google to pay more taxes

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In other news just in

Turkeys have voted to have 4 Thanksgivings per year and a 2nd Christmas in June so folks in Southern Hemisphere can have it indoors while it rains/snows outside.

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Feature-phones aren't dead, Moto – oldsters still need them

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Re: Discovering texting at 92

Wait till you have arthritis and can't find your reading glasses and tell me anyone can use a Smart phone that only has a touch screen.

It's not just a GUI customisation issue, though an option for Big Text ad simple graphics would help.

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Does it do 3G?

2G (GSM) can be turned off by any operator in Ireland with just 6 months notice now. Tesco was selling Doro phones that only do 2G.

3G isn't just for Smartphones (Carphone Warehouse: Only Smartphones have 3G). It is supposed to have a better codec than GSM. Also what use is a 2G only phone when operators switch 900 & 1800 to 3G?

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Russia to suspend US GPS stations in tit-for-tat spat

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Re: Where have you been Murphy?!

The US won WWII in Pacific.

But Russia "won" WWII in Europe.

WWI was different. Though the US entered very late, without them the Germans would have won as the Russians had given up and gone home to fight the "White Russians".

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Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

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Re: 20khz

Sampling at 192kHz allows you to get closer to 22KHz or 24 kHz (CD or MP3) with a cheaper filter. Originally material started to drop in response between 12kHz and 16KHz. With 44.1kHz there must be nothing above the background level at 22.05KHz. A Brick Wall or Cliff filter in Analogue electronics isn't possible.

With 192kHz sampling you can have flat response (inc Phase) up to 24kHz and then use a DSP filter to limit content below 22kHz before downsampling for CD or Distribution. Anti-aliasing.

Distribution doesn't need more than 16 bits & 44KHz Sampling. But it's an advantage to capture and edit/process/mix to use 192kHz & 24bit ADC.

On playing also interpolation to 192KHz sampling simply allows a cheaper 22kHz low pass filter on the DAC or Class D Amplifier, you have to have a filter after a DAC before an Analogue Amp (Or after Class D amp driving earphone or Speaker).

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Re: Yup

Most Multitrack analogue tape is generally not as good as CD quality.

More distortion

Lower dynamic range

Maybe 16KHz max.

For HiFi mono full width of 1/4" Tape and 15 ips was used. It's only up to about 15KHz though.

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Gigabyte Brix Pro: You don't need no steenkin' Xbox... when you have 4K-ing amazing graphics

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Nice box

Shame to put Win8.x on it.

No good for living room with noisy fan though. Long HDMI & USB cables and put it under stairs or in Attic?

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Spotty solar power management platform could crash the grid

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Re: 566 terawatts a day?

But water heating makes more sense in Europe than Subsidizing Solar voltaic.

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Nintendo says sorry, but there will be NO gay marriage in Tomodachi Life ... EVER

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Re: And this from the company.......

If brothers that's worse?

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Hey, operators... 'member our edge-of-SPAAACE interwebs balloons? Help! - Google

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Idiots

They may be experts at selling advertising, slurping users's information and Search. But they really ought to listen to an RF / Comms Engineer.

This project is doomed.

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Quick Q: How many FLOPPIES do I need for 16 MILLION image files?

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Bookmarks

I came across some 1970s Punch cards used as book marks in an old cookery book at Christmas. My wife dropped three boxes of cards (large Fortran program) down the stairs once. She was delighted with the CRT screen editor on UCSD-Pascal vs removing an card or two and punching new ones to edit a program.

She still prints "hard copy" of everything, 35 years later.

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$3.2bn Apple deal would make hip-hop mogul Dr Dre a BEEELLLIONAIRE

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Lost in Space

I know a Brand can be valuable.

But Beat Audio is nothing more than a Brand that could be as irrelevant as Myspace next year.

Has Apple flipped?

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Amazon granted patent for taking photos against a white background – seriously

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Obviously a conspiracy

USPO is a front for the USA lawyer Mafia.

No, it's not made OK if Amazon claim they are never going to sue someone. Who knows when someone like Murdoch or Ellison would own Amazon in the future?

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Want a twenty-buck smartphone? Go to China, says ARM exec

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Re: Interesting thoughts

But Apple *IS* a Chinese phone. With USA marketing and OS.

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Samsung's NX300 cam is bad in bed: Snatch victims' pics over the air

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hardware engineers suck at software security

Really?

Citation?

Any more so than the 90% of Software only people clueless at security?

How do we know the SW in the camera was done by HW folk anyway?

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Brit chap weaves silver bullet for wireless health scare bollocks

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Fake Snake oil

The kind of nano silver in Anti smelly stuff isn't RF blocking or conductive. An RF shield has to have wires long enough and in all directions to "short out" any induced current. Foil or fine mesh is best. Any metallic threads in a yarn used to weave will not short reliably.

Also two large holes at base and big hole at top. Maybe lead lined pants would block an ionising radiation source at crotch level, but these will not block RF.

Also there is ZERO evidence that any normally encountered RF Field has any harmful effect. A strong field will give cataracts, like if you peer into running transmitter waveguide or stand in front of high power radar dish (pretty much like microwave oven 700W average power, 10kW repetitive peak).

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Robins' inbuilt navigators pecked to bits by AM radio

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Migratory Robin?

Ours are lazy then. There is no MW radio here (during daylight and Robins don't fly after dark) and the Robins never go anywhere.

They have a pretty song:

"This is my territory, come any closer and I'll kill you"

This may be why you only see one Robin at a time or a pair.

I believe they are same family as Thrush and Blackbird, do they have compass beaks too?

Is there some other kind of Robin in mainland Europe?

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Ninten-DON'T: Wii U bomb blows Mario Kart giant off track – but new console promised

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Sony

It's a Western name. They ditched their Japanese name nearly 60 years ago.

Nintendo needs a better strategy or they are toast. Perhaps selling their games on iTunes for iThings and Playstore for Android and maybe on Amazon (40% of UK online purchases last year were on Amazon). Amazon has a TV box/console thing and will happily sell anyones' games for it. Probably.

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‘Scapegoated’ BBC tech boss calls foul, kicks off unfair sacking tribunal

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Re: Four things ought to happen before this all gets settled:

Marge?

I've been called a lot of things.

Also no "may have been called in too late to be responsible". He was called in because out of panic they repatriated it from Siemens. When he analysed it and reported his bosses. stuck their fingers in ears and went "la la la la".

The actual engineers in BBC also were not just ignored but told to stop being "negative".

The non-Engineering upper management are responsible. They refused to listen when told.

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John Linwood

He is a scapegoat. HE told them it was a disaster that was going nowhere. He was brought in when all the bad decisions had already been made. They were not his.

DMI (A project for Production) was doomed from the start. Ironically BBC R&D had a better working Archive system ALREADY which could have been extended for Production.

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Slow IPv6 adoption is a GOOD THING as IETF plans privacy boost

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Re: NAT has to go, yes

We used NAT + Firewall + Proxy server as single access point to Dial up 1994 to 2005. Couldn't get Broadband till then.

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Epson takes on Google Glass with wired 'augmented reality' glasses

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dot matrix

I understand your attempt at humour.

[pedant mode]

Unless there is a CRT based headset all headsets are Dot Matrix

[/pedant mode]

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schematics displayed

Only if you want to scroll a lot. 960 x 540 is about a quarter of the resolution you need.

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less than half the current price

But the current Google price may have no relationship to any Google retail product price which could undercut Epson by over $200.

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ARM targets enterprise with 32-core, 1.6TB/sec bandwidth beastie

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Re: Hmmm

The 21st C Archimedes runs Android instead of RiscOS and a keyboard + mouse is optional.

Though the Archimedes did have a UNIX option (from about 1987?), Linux Kernel (only) was released about the same time as entire NT 3.1, 1993.

How does a Redmond x86 system today compare with 1987?

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AMD beds ARM in 'Project SkyBridge' and home-grown 'K12' ARM architecture chips

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Re: Over compromised?

It seems to be mainly a packaging ploy, I can't see how it compromises the ARM architecture. It's not like they are going to put an ARM into a 286, 386 or 486 standard package.

(If they are, I had a box of old ISA MoBos somewhere, but they don't take much RAM).

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AMD Opteron is also an ARM?

Confusing ...

Maybe MS will be a customer for their Surface. I'm not sure what the logic of this is, unless the ARM chips fit an existing design of board that uses Another Company's x86 chip?

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HALF of London has outdated Wi-Fi security, says roving World of War, er, BIKER

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Re: re: Had to downgrade security as the TV supports WEP!

You can spoof MACs

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Even the UK Police recently mentioned what I said over 6 years ago.

Don't use ANY public WiFi without VPN. There is no way to know how trustworthy it is.

HTTPS isn't secure from a "man in the middle" attack.

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Watch out, Yahoo! EFF looses BADGER on sites that ignore Do Not Track

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It's really only 3rd party cookies that are the problem. You usually DO want the one(s) belonging to the sites you log in to.

Almost all privacy issues are 3rd party ones (they let a 3rd party track you as move from site to site!).

Firefox lets you disable all 3rd party ones. But some actual sites then are confused unless you delete the cookies for that site and let them be re-created. I don't know if it's a bug. But at the FIRST time you disable ALL 3rd party cookies you might have to log out of a site, delete (not same as disable) all cookies, close browser, open browser then log in again and the "desired" site cookie then works.

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3rd party cookies

There is zero reason to allow 3rd party cookies. I have them blocked ever since I could.

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ARM tests: Intel flops on Android compatibility, Windows power

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Intel has an ARM licence

They didn't flog ALL the ARM chips to Marvell either.

Why don't they swallow some ego and use their world beating production engineering, design skills etc to make a better ARM SoC.

Or could it be they think that they can charge a higher margin on x86 chips if they manage to dominate a market?

Really we don't need a narrow focused US company that dominates the PC CPU arena to be successful in Mobiles, Set-boxes, Tablets and over charge the Consumer, do dodgy deals with OEMs and cripple SW development with poor architectures and concentrate more on Process Shrinking than Architectural Innovation.

ARM's licence model encourages diversity and innovation. Intel's sales model is the opposite.

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Stephen Hawking: The creation of true AI could be the 'greatest event in human history'

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Re: Re. AI

There is no evidence that complexity or performance results in AI. A modern CPU is no more intelligent than a Z80. It's faster. Presumably if you had enough storage, data and a suitable program an AI program's speed, purely, would be affected by technology used.

There is also no evidence that replicating neurons or what people think is a brain's structure would result in an Intelligent machine. If Turning is correct, then any program that runs on a Super computer will run (slowly) on a real programmable computer made with mechanical relays. All CPU parts can be replicated with relays. Add sufficient storage for the program and data. Even Address size isn't an issue as that can be and has been addressed by a larger virtual address space and even software based paging to additional storage. This just simply slows the program.

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Re: AI is already here . Dumb enough

None of those actually use AI.

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Re: I just wish....

In reality Moore's law started to tail off rapidly about 2002.

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Agreed

None of the present examples are AI. Hawkins should stick to Physics & Mathematics etc.

We can't even agree on a definition of Intelligence, which is partly tied up with creativity. So how can anyone write a program to simulate it. The history of AI in Computer Science is people figuring how to do stuff previously thought to require intelligence and redefining what counts as AI rather than coming up with a proper rigorous definition of Intelligence.

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Laser deflector shields possible with today's tech – but there's one small problem

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Re: "spin and a highly-reflective coating"

No, still a chance as the USPO largely ignores publications and prior art.

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Oh Sony. Have we learned NOTHING from SuperAIT?

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Seems bonkers

Unless about 1/10th price, high margin, very reliable and about x4 the storage and speed of competitors.

This seems unlikely.

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Boffins pen 'Guide to better spamming'

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Fraudulent Source?

How do you decide that?

I have ONE SMTP server access, my ISP.

I have 20 or so email addresses on different domains.

I select appropriate source and reply to, which is hardly ever the domain of my ISP, when sending.

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Sony on the ropes after revising losses UP to $1.3 BEEELLION

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Re: It's not my birthday today! @Gene Cash

CD was joint Sony / Philips.

Compact Cassette was Philips, but Sony made first pocket sized player. They had earlier made a portable transistor tape recorder with wind-up motor (i.e. like clockwork) to save batteries. A German company in late 1940s or 1950s had made a portable battery valve tape recorder with gramophone style "clockwork" windup for tape transport. Sony miniaturised it with Transistors in early 1960s.

Sony did do the failed Elcassette which was really HiFi (compact cassette wasn't!).

They also made a wonderful 8mm portable VCR/camera that could play Analogue tapes as well as recording/play Digital. Great "bridge" to put analogue on PC via Firewire via its analogue input.

They also made the failed US slot mask idea into the working Trinitron.

BD isn't dead, they just can't compete with Chinese.

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Re: Ooops

I doubt it. Apple do not have the Reality Distortion power any longer to sell £200 TVs at £400 and £500 models at £1000.

There is no margin in TVs. Samsung and LG make very good TVs. With slightly rounded corners. Would Apple's Sony-Apple branded Chinese made models compete?

If they don't sell them as Sony, they don't need to buy anything. Any Chinese OEM will make Apple a TV, nearly as good as a Samsung or LG. If they did sell them as Sony they can't have Apple pricing.

I think Turkish Vestel is now making the Toshiba. They made the Mitsubishi Black Diamond even back in the 4:3 CRT days. So why would Apple buy ANY Japanese TV brand today? The physical sets would be made in China or Turkey or Malaysia anyway by existing OEM such as Foxconn or Vestel.

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Sad

The giant Philips is gone. Back to pre-1922 Light Bulb business. They were the only serious European innovation [consumer Electronics, Valves, then Transistors then ICs, they owned Mullard from 1928) and only meaningful competition to Japan from 1960s.

The great German companies all gone entirely (Grundig, Telefunken) or only Industrial (Siemens). The UK consumer Electronics played out by 1960s, Thorn was the last and strangled by their own bean counters killing quality.

Another step toward Chinese dominance. All those traditional labels you see (RCA, Alba, Bush, Goodmans, Grundig, Philips are just labels on Chinese or sometimes Turkish (Vestel) OEMs.

The American Consumer Electronics are all long gone. RCA 1986.

(Apple is a Marketing company, Intel & Qualcomm narrow chip markets, MS well ... no Consumer Electronics giant).

The influence of the Media division from the days of Mini-Disc has crippled Sony Electronics.

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Shocking 'new iPhone' is also - BZZZZT!! - a Taser-like stun gun

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Re: Stun devices

Take the 300V generator out of a single use £5 camera from Tesco.

Probably best to swap the 300uF capacitor used for the Xenon tube for a 1uF to avoid killing yourself (will cycle 300x faster too!). Uses a single AA cell.

It and the battery will fit in a matchbox or scrap gadget of your choice.

Warning: carrying this may be an offence in some countries. Or kill the owner.

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