* Posts by Mage

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So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL

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Re: One Trick Pony

One at a time. for example the any Mac is tiny volume compared to iPhone and iPod is nearly dead.

There is no breadth of product range.

OSX is essentially free. It's not a real product like MS Windows, never has been.

IiTunes is a service to monitise the iProducts.

The Mac Server line is dead. Mac OSX will be replaced by ARM based iOS iBook Mac Air look alike as soon as they decide that gives more control (iTunes only source) and profit.

Apple have no loyalty to users. Apple fans really don't get it. I'm familiar with Apple since the original Apple II.

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Cloud

Why is Cloud listed? It's not a thing or product. Just marketing speak for remote hosted services such as:

iTunes

email

Instant Messaging

photo hosting

So called social media

Real Websites

Collaborative documents (like Google Docs)

Hosted storage (you're mad to rely on it as sole copy, Amazon, Dropbox, Google Drive etc, or your own private hosting.)

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Paris Hilton

One Trick Pony

Apple II

Mac

iMac

iPod

iPhone

(Though all good ideas let's not consider Pippin, Newton, Lisa)

It could be a few years till the next "trick".

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

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Italy

I was on cloud nine for days once because an Italian told me my choice of coffee brand wasn't bad, especially for Ireland. They do serious coffee. If in Netherlands avoid the local Dutch mud (Rombutts, also very common in Ireland) if you like Italian style.

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Pint

Mud Coffee?

*MUD Coffee*

Very fine ground espresso of high quality

Put in tall mug

carefully pour in boiling water, don't stir!

dribble cold water to sink any grounds.

(This is not proper Turkish / Greek / Balkan / Middle East method but needs no equipment and works well. Do NOT take last mouthful).

I have the lovely Alloy two part pot in 1st photo in two sizes. Wonderful.

I usually use a cheap supermarket (< £15) filter maker with deluxe tinned espresso grounds. Keep coffee grounds in freezer or sealed jar or damp makes it bitter.

Sometimes for a change I use my cheap glass and steel сafetière à piston. I have a single and multicup size. Choice is good to have.

I also have a cheap pressurised espresso maker (under £20). It's microswitch failed but I have a bag of those. Tastes as good as any espresso with lovely creme, also can make Latte. Choice of grounds is more important than machine. Personally the only things I ever add to coffee are Water, Brandy, Whisky/Whiskey or possibly the Galliano amaretto liqueur stuff. I regard stuff from tits in Tea or Coffee as an abomination. It's for kids or cornflakes. Even muesli I microwave just with water.

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Your move, sucker! Microsoft tests cloud gaming system that cuts through network lag

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Stupidity

There is no way to mitigate the Round Trip delay.

Only the most trivial repetitive actions can be anticipated. But also this adds jitter. A fixed latency is better than a high amount of jitter.

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No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate

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Re: > Isis please.

We used ISIS II for 8085. Giant cake cover disk packs in enormous blue boxes. 1983

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Brit Sci-Fi author Alastair Reynolds says MS Word 'drives me to distraction'

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Re: @ Khaptain (was: Personally ...)

I just wrote about 140K words in last two months using notepad++

Tabs for open documents

Wonderful regex search and/or replace on selection, document, all open documents, all in directory or including subdirectories.

Minimal markup when imported later to something else:

_and_ for auto itallics

*and* for auto bold

Auto tables from comma separated lists

Auto headings base on line spacing

I now distribute copies for proof reading etc to Kindle etc using .prc fornat

(text -- > Word or Libre Office --> Save as filtered HTML --> Mobi Creator --> eBook)

Kindle DXG is nice for proof reading and allows markup. The "share" feature is rubbish sadly.

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BBC goes titsup: iPlayer to News websites down – Auntie working to fix it

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BBC.com

BBC news text / web content inaccessible outside UK too.

Why should the Websites, Sony PSN and BBC iPlayer be related? Three completely different things.

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BOFH: We CAN do that with a Raspberry Pi, but think of the BODIES

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Soo missed the point

This is like a Dilbert Story.

The PFY has fallen into the trap of being Dilbert instead of being Wally.

The Pi is irrelevant. It could be the Game port on an Apple II in 1979. Story identical

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Is it an iPad? Is it a MacBook Air? No, it's a Surface Pro 3

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2160 x 1440

The resolution is nice 2160 x 1440, but a taller same width screen 1920 x 1440 is better for Documents and Internet.

Stylus, keyboard, touch screen and 256G or more and 4G or more RAM is OK.

But the price is stupidly high. 8G RAM 512GB storage is £1,649 ex Keyboard. I'd rather have the keyboard, pay £500 and have 250G HDD and 4G RAM. Maybe if I had it I might pay £800 for the right spec and OS.

I'd want XP or Debian/Mint as the OS. Or a later than Win8.x that is more like NT4.0 but "modern".

Who is the customer? People with too much money will buy Apple. It can't replace my Kindle DXG, Tablet or Laptop. Not any one of them. Even if it was free.

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Boffins build CYBORG-MOTHRA but not for evil: For search & rescue

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Devil

Anyone feel creeped out?

I mean killing and eating stuff is one thing.

Training horses, sheep dogs, guide dogs or African cane rats (which are not really rats) is another thing.

But enslaving creatures as if they are gadgets?

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UK.gov sinks another £1.6m into Internet of Stuff spec HyperCat

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WWW

Nothing related in significance to Hypertext.

Nor will you have other cats when you click on a Hypercat link

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The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The WEEKEND

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However

Examination of traffic and posting times / dates suggests most reading (and posting on all Forums) must be from Work computers and 9 to 5 approx for the time zone of user.

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Gigantic toothless 'DRAGONS' dominated Earth's early skies

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ROC

There was a very large NZ bird (contemporary to humans) that may be the origin of the Arabian Roc myths.

These though are not Dragons. Maybe Wyverns.

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TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button

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Re: Interesting terminology...

1955

The UK Band III converter to add ITV to TVs that only had Band I BBC (made before 1955 or 1954) was a set top box. The TV then was as deep as a record player.

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Rupert Murdoch says Google is worse than the NSA

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Pots and Kettles

Though Google is worse at privacy than Murdoch, who may be envious. I'd not hazard an opinion on which is worse, Google or NSA. I don't want either spying on me.

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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

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Re: Alkaline

"A" sized cells are probably pre WWII, 1930s anyway,

Three "B" cells are still in the 3R12 4.5V torch battery. Old 1289 rear cycle lamp, a size still common in mainland Europe

"F" Cells are still inside the spring top 6V "996" Lantern battery.

"A" cells did exist. AA was a 1914 smaller version for "penlights". The AA, B, C, D, E, F and G USA sizes are actually 1947 designations.

The American 'A', 'B' and 'C' designations for old tube radios (mostly prior to 1938 for 'C') refer to Filament (heater), HT (anode) and Bias (grid) supplies, not particular sizes or voltages of battery.

E and G seem to have vanished during 1950s (and only inside other packs even then). So today we have AA, B, C, D and F of the pre 1938 batteries. The D and F are before 1900. The Radio 120V packs common before 1939 had 80 of the B cells.

F is not Flag, a Flag, Bell or Igniter battery (all same size) is very large, but the 7.5V round 90AH Zinc Air Fencer battery has 5 cells the same size as Flag / Bell.

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Re: sell by?

For new Alkaline (not Zinc Layer, Zinc Carbon or Zinc Chloride) a 10 year date is feasible. A 7 year date would be fairer. But assumes storage between +5 and +21 C.

An unaffiliated Battery Boffin site Blaukatz

Carbon Layer cells are better than regular cylindrical Zinc Carbon or Zinc Chloride and can work out cheaper than branded Alkaline 6LR61 PP3, with only 30% less life at normal temperature and very low current. At higher current or extended temperatures they can be 90% less capacity. Shelf life is much poorer above 15C.

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Alkaline

Possibly they were using very cheap Carbon Zinc? No-name Alkaline are as good as branded ones.

But really 6 x AAA, 6 x AA, 6 x C or 6 x D Alkaline cells are a better choice than PP3 sized 9V as they are six F23 size layer (poor temperature stability, but otherwise better than cylindrical Zinc Carbon or Zinc Chloride if current draw is low). The Alkaline small 9V use 6 off LR61 cells which are almost the same as AAAA cylindrical cells, so don't give a huge increase in capacity over layer cells at normal temperature and low current draw.

They could save 75% per battery vs no name Alkaline 6LR61 and even more vs Duracell / Energiser (Eveready) by fitting 6 x AA adaptors if there is space. The Zinc Carbon and Zinc Chloride AA are rubbish, even if Eveready, but no-name Alkaline AA are just as good as Ray-o-vac, Energizer or Duracell.

Is the news story Duracell or Energiser propaganda?

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Totes AMAZEBALLS! Side boob, binge-watch and clickbait added to Oxford Dictionary

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Re: Each year we get the 'new words' announcement...

Ah, you are a "Listener In"!

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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

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Re: That's not a mandatory part of the standard

Not any more. But it should never have been a part of it at all. Not unless there was the concept of NAT and that MAC could ONLY be used for unroutable addresses.

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Re: NAT is a kludge

Yes NAT is a kludge. Rather than killing it, IP6 should have had a fixed version. Even VOIP can work via NAT (it's one of the trickiest).

I'd like to see how well your legacy IP4 gadgets (which can't be migrated to IP6) work, how good your security and privacy works etc, when there is no IP4 for your router.

Privacy and Security appear to be kludged afterthoughts on IP6.

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We need IP6

Just not the IP6 on offer.

I'm glad to see other people catching on to the practical problems IP6 creates that I have been harping on about for many years.

I was considering changing my name to Cassandra. Perhaps I should have used it as my nick here.

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£100m DMI omnifail: BBC managers' emails trawled by employment tribunal

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Re: UK TV Licence

"You need a licesence to watch broadcast TV or to stream media 'as live' (ie as its being broadcast). Catch-up TV in its various forms is fine."

In the UK. In some other countries with a TV licence the rules are more restrictive, simply having any receiving device (even if broken or no aerial or can't do Digital) (i.e. VHS) makes you liable. The UK is more enlightened than some! Having no TV licence doesn't seem to work too well for some countries judging by quality, but don't worry, the BBC is doing its best to make a case to abolish TV licence. Careful what you wish for. TV licence does pay for BBC Radio and some good TV content, still.

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I worked in BBC in 1970s

I'd not touch them with a barge pole now unless there is a clean sweep of management. There needs to be about 1/4 as many and people that care about Content quality, Engineering Quality and what the viewer and listener needs (not what an agency, focus group or poll identifies ... That route leads to mediocrity and a poor copy of US Commercial TV).

BBC management only care about themselves and viewing figures.

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Re: Public money

Needs reformed.

Sell it off and you have another Channel Five.

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Re: At least it's not my money these buffoons are burning

They have changed.

30 to 20 years ago they produced good Radio & Telly, did their own engineering (Comms, & IT etc). Now it is all dumbed down, outsourced and agenda driven (Climate Change, Reality TV, LGBT, junk popular "science" (Wifi Headaches etc) etc all driving decisions).

Netflix, Lovefilm and Internet isn't the problem or solution, The issues are CONTENT (too little) and MANAGEMENT (too many). Both are garbage.

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Microsoft: Just what the world needs – a $25 Nokia dumbphone

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Re: Nice thing to have

WiFi is really hard on power compare to MP3 playing. Esp. If screen light blanks.

Phone talk time harder.

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Re: Yes please

Except it's 2G only and in some countries operators can change existing 2G spectrum to 3G use with only 6 months notice to regulator.

There are cheap phones sold even in Europe that are similar, but without the video (pointless?) and MP3 (definitely needed). Sadly they are all 2G only.

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Intel admits: Broadwell Core M chip looking a bit thin, no fans found at all

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You mean sick. The l key is beside k, probably a finger slipped.

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Re: Here's an idea

I think Intel has a full ARM licence.

I think they even have an ARM based comms SoC someplace. They only sold MOST of their ARM (from DEC originally) to Marvell.

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AMD's first 64-bit ARM cores star in ... Heatless in Seattle*

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Still

Apart from power it's likely to be a lot cheaper than Xeon in quantity, maybe also a later version have disk I/O, USB and Networking built in.

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IBM boffins stuff 16 million-neuron chips into binary 'frog' brain

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Only called Neurons

Any resemblance to anything to do with real brains is just that. It doesn't help with mimicking a real brain as we don't know

* How a brain really works. Saying a brain has neurons isn't useful.

* What is intelligence exactly? If someone gives me a spec, I'll have a slow AI running on my server once I implement it. Storage and existing Data is no issue with an Internet Connection as long as speed doesn't matter. It can learn very much quicker than a baby, child or adult once the basic English is programmed in. Just give me a spec.

* What is sentience?

* What is self-awareness? (though you can test animals with mirrors and blobs of paint. Some behave in a manner that suggests a concept of self and other instances of the animal. But then cats hardly react to reflections or video because the smell is absent.)

Exactly ultimately how is this different from Transputers? Other than simpler elements and more of them using smaller geometry?

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Microsoft throws old versions of Internet Explorer under the bus

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If its to sway XP users?

XP users need Firefox and Noscript anyway. as well as a firewall, so no direct 3G dongle, Only use mobile dongle with a WiFi point or ethernet router that has a firewall.

I hope future IE

a) By default has Active X disabled, and if enabled only works on private IP ranges.

b) is standards compliant

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Intruder alert: Cyber thugs are using steganography to slip in malware badness

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Hmmm

Put your original Trojan in a nice free mouse / glide pad / keyboard / USB TV stick (from $6) / USB memory stick.

Use this and the email / webmail interface trick too.

Send to selected executives, ministers etc ...

Why bother with random public.

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BBC man Linwood 'was unfairly sacked' over £100 MILLION DMI omnifail

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Re: Never mind the "talent", what do their HR people get paid?

He inherited it and his bosses went La La la when he or anyone else suggested there was a serious underlying problem with the approach.

There was a different project in BBC R&D that works that could have been adapted. But that presumably would not have suited Siemens.

How can you possibly bring anything outsourced to Siemens back in without scrapping it and restarting with a new spec? He was doomed to fail.

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Brit kids match 45-year-old fogies' tech skill level by the age of 6

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Ofcom has forked tongue

a) I agree with all the earlier posters. Having a false confidence to click the icons till something happens proves nothing. It's not about technology but use of shiny gadgets with style speced by Marketing and Arts people.

b) Anything published by Ofcom is suspect in methodology. First identify the Ofcom agenda.

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

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Re: Forget about the solar panels!

Doesn't solve Interstellar travel problem.

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Re: At last

The last Starfighter?

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True fact: Hubble telescope spots ZOMBIES in SPACE

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Close Galaxies

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_galaxies#Closest_galaxies

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Chinese 'linkfarms' propel Microsoft to web server crown

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Deja Vu

Wasn't this the IIS news last month too?

So MS has the lead in Servers that only serve an advert for a domain name. Equivalent to a book publisher whose most sales are adverts on bus shelters?

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Microsoft KILLS Windows 8.1 Update 2 and Patch Tuesday

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Re: Typical Microsoft

and why SP7 was cancelled for NT4. I ran and tested preview NT4 USB stack that would have been in SP7. Win2K drivers / applications worked on it.

Or why no SP4 for XP.

They don't like SP since they moved to online updates. I'm amazed there were ANY SPs for any windows after XP SP3

Lots of people still don't have Broadband. They need SP CDs.

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Scottish independence debate: STV player flops under weight of viewers

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Re: Add it manually to Sky!

Absolutely.

Also already on any £25 to £40 generic Sat box (which runs off spare connection on the Sky Dish) like from B&Q, Aldi, Lidl.

Or stick any random Scottish post code into a Freesat box. My Freesat HD, Sky box and generic boxes, PC sat cards all work fine with STV.

IPTV of the Web variety rather than ISP supplied subscription cable clone is rarely ever scalable to cope with larger than usual demand.

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Re: Std Dirty tricks by tory boys of the westminster clan

My theory is that the Yes campaign can't win by anything they say.

But Westminster or the "Staying together camp" could lose.

Perhaps the Tories will in the last week issue some statement that totally enrages the Scottish and they all vote yes.

Then Tories have permanent majority. If you want a conspiracy, I think my idea is better.

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BAD VIBES: High-speed video camera records your voice from trash

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Laser eavesdropping

yes, it's off the shelf to eavesdrop by a special IR laser on a window and process the reflection. That's quite simple.

This is more complex and defeats special anti-eavesdropping windows.

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Nokia Networks: Don't hate us, broadcasters – we're testing LTE for TV

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8-VSB is poor

European DVB-T and especially DVB-T2 is nothing to do with politically chosen 8-VSB

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Oh dear

This is about Nokia selling gear to dumb operators.

It's no more efficient than DTT. National transmission coverage would cost more than DTT.

It's duplication unless you are scrapping DTT. (a wet dream for Comreg and Ofcom who want to abolish DTT)

It's a massive number of masts to give current DTT coverage.

Not about LTE or efficiency. About Nokia making money.

Let us use Broadcast spectrum for Broadcasting. We need to stop changing the specs too and have stability. People do not want to buy new TVs and Setboxes every few years.

Use Mobile Spectrum for Mobile. Efficiently. The reality is that there is NO need for 800MHz. If the 900, 1800 and 2100 was single Wholesale operator that would give a x4 improvement in many places. But Regulators want to maximise Licence revenue. Licence the retail resellers and have NO licence fee for spectrum, but single regional, national or pan euro wholesale operators for spectrum efficiency.

DTT is maybe 20x more expensive than Satellite for TV broadcaster, (LTE TV won't save money) but should be mandatory for ever for any TV station with a Broadcast licence in the territory. Nor should a station be allowed to give up FTA Terrestrial unless they are encrypted advert free premium subscription only on Cable and Satellite.

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Windows Registry-infecting malware has no files, survives reboots

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Silentrunners

Does the Registry Execution Point analysis tool here on Silentrunners.org find this?

I find it a very useful tool, coupled with rebooting in safe mode and using a couple of root kit scanners is better to check and clean manually than any performance crippling AV. (see gmer for an old one)

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END your Macbook SHAME: Convert it into a Microsoft SURFACE

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Apple

If there is a real market for this Apple will do it.

They may sue these people out of existence anyway.

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