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Brit chip biz CSR rebuffs US takeover bid from Microchip Technologies

Chris Evans

"30 per cent " massive?

"30 per cent" jump in a share price isn't massive! I'd say the change would have to be 100%+ to be considered massive.

The bigger a company is the smaller a price change would need be to be considered very significant. CSR is big, but not that big. Even with the price rise they are still considered 'Small Cap' by many financial sites.

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Chipzilla gives birth to a TINY comms chip

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Looks big to me

I thought IOT components would be small. I'm also surprised that it is a four chip solution. They could have used PoP for at least one pair of chips.

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GitHub.io killed the distro star: Why are people so bored with the top Linux makers?

Chris Evans

Re: DDG?

"And at least with Microsoft / Bing, a massive chunk of the profits go to charity via Bill Gates."

The sum may be large but it's rather indirect. The money doesn't come from Microsoft but a shareholder. Giving money directly is a much more efficient method.

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No more turning over a USB thing, then turning it over again to plug it in: Reversible socket ready for lift off

Chris Evans

Close up Photo please!

A photo is pretty critical to the article. If they haven't released one yet then surely it should have been mentioned. It seems to be lazy reporting to me.

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'POWER from AIR' backscatter tech now juices up Internet of Stuff Wi-Fi gizmos

Chris Evans

Re: Once saw a wirelsse burglar alarm this could benfit

o.k. I can see that would work for one sensor but what happens if you have 2 or 20 such devices in the same wifi zone. Interference and increased overhead as every IOT will need a mac type address.

If IOT is going to catch on you could have hundreds of devices within a WiFi zone!

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Love in the time of the GPS sees chap propose with Google Map

Chris Evans

Re: " ...suggest they are occasional cyclists with unexciting bikes."

As a club cyclist I'd say that given the short straights the number of turns, u turns, crossing roads and the need to always be aware of where they are on each letter, they were riding quite quickly.

Happiness to the both of them!

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Are you broke? Good with electronics? Build a better AC/DC box, get back in black with $1m

Chris Evans

High voltage DC distribution is coming I hear!

There was a Radio 4 program about a month ago a large part of which was discussing the advantages of high voltage DC distribution. This is being seriously worked on by a number of big companies and Universities. I can't find it on iPlayer even though most of the science programs are available back to 2012.

I did though find this IEEE article:

http://magazine.ieee-pes.org/marchapril-2014/history-12/

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Forty-five years ago: FOOTPRINTS FOUND ON MOON

Chris Evans

He fluffed his lines!

"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind," wasn't garbled he just fluffed his lines and said "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." If you listen to the recording there is no static or pause where the 'a' should be. I recall a psychologist talking about in a TV documentary he believed it was a subconscious slip because Armstrong knew of the great historical significance of what he was doing.

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GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?

Chris Evans

Re: Bad choice for a name too. Yes but how does Tenna Lady work?

My immediate thought was of Tenna Lady and as I'd always wondered how 'one way' fabrics work hoping for an answer!

I remember 'one way' nappy liners 30 years ago when my children were babies and thinking, but they don't tell me which side to put next to the skin?

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Tech industry IGNORES customers: 'It's a supplier-driven world'

Chris Evans

Not just the Tech Industry ignoring SME and not just SMEs!

Almost every industry IGNORES the people who actually use the product. I suspect that about the only manufacturers that don't are those that sell direct to end users. Airbus & Boeing are the only two that come to mind.

Everyone else gets what the manufacturers reckon they can sell.

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Murdoch calls for ISPs to be liable for users' activities

Chris Evans

Receals?

"Submission to Australia/Korea trade treaty receals" Do you mean 'reveals'?

Spell checkers can be useful!

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

Chris Evans

5.25" discs still in use.

Every few months we get asked to transfer data from BBC DFS 5.25" discs.

We've even sold some new 5.25" discs this year!

And we can still transfer data from most sizes of syquest discs.

www.cjemicros.co.uk

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Hungry for humbler Pi? Check out kid-friendly LED-laden Pibrella

Chris Evans

Better pass through connector Yes and No!

Thanks for the link Frumious Bandersnatch. That certainly looks like a decent connector at a very good price. One draw back is the 15.95+VAT delivery charge as its a Farnell US stocked item.

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Treat yourself to some FA or NFL action at Wembley

Chris Evans

No prices?

I thought all adverts had to show prices?

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Raised £350bn in crowdsourced funding? Tell me about it (not)

Chris Evans

O.K. Alistair so what type and style of Press release do you like?

Maybe I should say "what type and style of Press release would you read?"

As a starting point.

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Inmarsat: Doppler effect helped 'locate' MH370

Chris Evans

Only one satellite?

Given the large distances I'm surprised the pings weren't picked up by more than one Inmarsat satellite?

Or have I missed something?

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Watch the MIT MER-BOT – half droid, half soft 'fish' – swim by itself

Chris Evans

Sloppy reporting!

"...they say will be more durable" than what?

The article on the MIT site does not mention durability!

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Roku flashes $50 HDMI TV web dongle at anyone sick of Google's stick

Chris Evans

broadcom bcm2835?

I wonder if it uses the same Broadcom bcm2835 chip as in the Roku boxes and Raspberry Pi

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Alcatel unveils 'cheaper-than-Chromebook' Lapdock-alike phablet-powered laptop

Chris Evans

Difference from a Motorola lapdock?

I'm not sure what the difference is from a Motorola Atrix lapdock?

That didn't take off because of £4-500 price. Now they are available cheaply second hand they are very useful for use with a Raspberry PI. I wonder if the Alcatel unit with USB and HDMI connectors?

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Cisco HAUNTED by $655m memory components snag

Chris Evans

Not a long list.

It was much shorter than I was expecting

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Apple in bid to turn MORE and MORE humans into iPhone-stroking fanbois

Chris Evans
FAIL

Re: Half a job...

Yes a common failing by journalists to give half the info. Experience shows El Reg is just as bad as the tabloids in this respect.

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Bangable poster firm Novalia makes printed 'leccy keyboard

Chris Evans

no * As In "* Where printer head can operate from either axis"

What does the * relate to?

I can't find a * in the article and neither can Firefox's search!

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Hadron Collider urinal cake tale wins El Reg's LHC book giveaway

Chris Evans

Re: Link? Consistently unhelpful

Glad to see ElReg are being consistent in their refusal to include relevant links.

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SAY MY NAME, ALIEN SCUM. NASA to send 'you' into SPAAACE...

Chris Evans

"a bit misleading" no!

I call it laziness!

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I found an asteroid! yells revived probe NEOWISE. Boffins nod politely

Chris Evans

Re: Did they call the AA out?

A good bit of re-purposing. They seem to be very good at that with probes, rovers etc.

A pity more of it doesn't happen, so much stuff is thrown away that could have further use. Recycling is very poor last resort. Councils are very into recycling but do almost nothing to aid re-purposing.

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Chris Evans

Did they call the AA out?

"NEOWISE – originally WISE – was mothballed at the end of its original mission, when the solid hydrogen that cooled its telescope to 7.6 Kelvin was exhausted. ...However, NASA was able to secure funding for the new asteroid-hunting mission"

Did the new funding pay for a man from the AA to replenish the Hydrogen?

Seriously, how have they started a new mission?

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Sony seeks mojo reboot with 147-inch 'honey-you-can't-afford-me' 4K home projector

Chris Evans

Toture!

"Imagine being an avid surfer," it would torture!

Surfers want to surf not look.

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Google poised to become world's first TREEELLION DOLLAR company?

Chris Evans

Missing negative?

"it's important to remember that prognostication is a no-cost pastime "

Surely the writer meant:

"it's important to remember that prognostication is NOT a no-cost pastime "

"If you're not putting your own money where your own mouth is." or NOT I'd say.

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Microsoft tries to trademark 'Mod' in the US

Chris Evans

A Trademark is not a Patent

Why the sloppy reporting of: "The patents were uncovered by NeoWin..." Tabloids journalists get this sort of thing wrong but I expect better of a Technology Website.

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ARM server chip upstart Calxeda bites the dust in its quest for 64-bit glory

Chris Evans

Re: $90m - where did the money go?

Yes other significant costs would be:

License from ARM $1M?

Legal fees >$1M

Cost of fund raising: Often about 10% so $9M

Then you have rent, equipment, travel, PR etc and they wouldn't be cheap as they had to look the part.

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Google embiggens its fat vid pipe Chromecast with TEN new supported apps

Chris Evans

Re: I won't read this

"Same reason we'll downvote someone who doesn't get, say, a Doctor Who reference, and then proceed to insult the author of an article because of it. "Embiggens" sure isn't a real word, but it's also a well-known made-up word that's been used a lot in The Simpsons - in fact it's part of the city of Springfield's motto."

No. I know the etymology of the word and try and not be prejudiced because of its origins . If it was coined by Mother Theresa it would still an ugly word and shouldn't be used by anyone wanting to be taken seriously.

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Chris Evans

I'm with you on that.

Anyone who uses such an ugly word, is very unlikely to have anything to say that I want to hear.

Thanks for putting in the title is saved me having to read the article.

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How UK air traffic control system was caught asleep on the job

Chris Evans

Re: Odd.

Whilst I'm sure they have the capability to do ATC. I'm sure they don't have the necessary capacity at the drop of a hat to cope with the same volume of traffic. The limitation may be personnel! I doubt Air travellers/taxpayers want to pay for 100+ people to sit around at the correct locations doing nothing 364 days a year. Then there is the number of extra workstations needed, they won't be cheap.

But they do need a alternate backup system in place for as many parts of the system as possible.

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Brit inventors' GRAVITY POWERED LIGHT ships out after just 1 year

Chris Evans

business model wrong? No.

"They need to look at how they can provide the light to their target users at a price those people can afford. Perhaps selling it to the more wealthy countries "

In a way they've already done that with the money they've raised for the prototypes, Profitable sales in the Developed world would be a good market but I'm sure they would spreading themselves too thin if they were to do that now and it can't be relied on.

"then use that money to subsidise sales to the poorer nations?" If appropriate charities within the relevant countries may chose to subsidise or even give away the units.

I'm a bit reluctant to say give away (Thomas Paine: "What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly:")

I have a lot of friends who work or have worked in developing countries (Micro Enterprise etc) and they tell me anything given away is often broken, discarded or lost quickly.[1]

Short term emergency relief is another matter.

[1]I'm sure the same basic problem happens in this country to!

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Server, server in the rack, when's my disk drive going to crack?

Chris Evans

Wrong deductions. Year 0!

"After that, things get nasty: in year three a surviving disk has an 11.8 per cent AFR." WRONG!

The graph clearly shows that bottom of the trough is year THREE. it is AFTER year THREE things start to get nasty

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Dodgy Kaspersky update borks THOUSANDS of NHS computers

Chris Evans

...apologise for THE' inconvenience. NOT 'ANY' inconvenience

That should be "Kaspersky Lab would like to apologise for THE inconvenience caused.".

Companies saying 'ANY really annoys me!.

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WAIT! What's that sound? It's Intel stomping into the 'Internet of Things'

Chris Evans

Re: Stop......+1

Ironic given that Intel's first CPU the 4004 is regularly reported as being a washing machine controller!

4004 begat the 8008 which begat the 8086....

I do agree that a PIC would normally suffice, though being able to monitor it could be useful:

Fault finding.

Control to use off peak electricity etc

Logging usage (various uses)

I'm sure there must be more

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Adobe users' purloined passwords were PATHETIC

Chris Evans

Adobe should NOT now insist on strong passwords

Adobe should NOT now insist on strong passwords, if they do some people will use the same as they use for their bank etc.

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Chris Evans

Re: Unique passwords are easy.

O.K. So someone hacks El Reg and sees your password is say: passwter11ord they could easily spot your system and know that your paypal password is passwpal6ord

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Vietnam jails man for Facebook freedom campaign

Chris Evans

Canned reporting

Is it a Vulture Tower rule that all statements are referred to as 'Canned'? It's getting rather tedious!

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Mega-distie Ingram Micro takes knife to costs in 'very challenged' Europe

Chris Evans

S, G & A?

Why journalists use acronyms not in common use by their readers without expanding on first use, is bad journalism.

Via Google I got SG&A (alternately SGA or SAG) is an acronym used in accounting to refer to Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

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ITU to Europe: One charger for all mobes good. One to rule them ALL? Better

Chris Evans

Won't we all be wireless charging soon?

Can anyone quote the efficiency reduction in using wireless charging?

I'd find it difficult to believe that it isn't significant!

Also won't the extra/replacement components weigh more?

It would be very convenient if it could done efficiently, power and weight but I doubt it is possible.

"Ye cannae change the laws of physics, captain"

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Apple handed Samsung-busting nuke after Steve Jobs patent U-turn

Chris Evans

On the other hand see Trevor Baylis

On the one hand I like many find these sort of patents either absurd or obvious and don't think they should be granted a patent.

On the other hand one of the Sunday papers was reporting yesterday how Trevor Baylis has had to do an equity release from his house as many companies have circumvented his many patents.

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The life of Pi: Intel to give away Arduino-friendly 'Galileo' tiny-puter

Chris Evans

No monitor or sound output!

I realise that there are many applications for headless units, but many of them make use of a display in development, testing , installation and support. I suspect they will also price it too high to really catch on.

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Great Britain rebuilt - in Minecraft: Intern reveals 22-BEEELLION block map

Chris Evans

Credit where credit is due!

Whilst it appears that they've credited Joseph Braybrook in the press release, he gets no mention at:

http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/innovate/developers/minecraft-map-britain.html

come on Ordnance Survey show some people skills!

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Paypal not sure if its bargepole is long enough for crowdfunding

Chris Evans

Why use PayPal? Customers like it!

I buy services 10-20 times a month from websites that offer PayPal or Credit card.

if I use PayPal then I enter email address (Normally offered by browser so no typing) and then PayPal password. So easy and quick.

If I use the credit card option I need to enter a 16 digit number, xp date, CV2 then go through Verified By Visa or Master-cards equivalent.

Guess which option I choose?

I'd actually be willing to put a bit of effort in to not use PayPal as I know their fees are much higher than Card Merchant service providers but the time and effort required is too much.

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But it's only wafer thin: Skinniest keyboard EVER is designed by Camby biz

Chris Evans

I prefer Tactile but...

I prefer Tactile normally but the Conductive Inkjet Technology CIT which comes from UK company Carclo is one to watch out for, it offers significant benefits over what most smart phones and pads currently use.

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Google chap reverse engineers Sinclair Scientific Calculator

Chris Evans

My Dad bought me a non scientific calculator on HP!

I think it was in 1972 my Dad bought me a non scientific calculator on Hire Purchase from Dixons! Well it was £49.95!

IIRC it only did: add, subtract, multiply & divide.

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Patent tank VirnetX fires 'secure domain name' design claim at Apple

Chris Evans

FRAND? "You've completely failed to understand what the veto did"

"Because the Samsung patents are FRAND"

AIUI only patents that form part of an agreed standard are FRAND. I didn't think an agreed standard was involved in this case, if it is which is the standard?

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AMD's newest chip: Another step toward 'transformation'

Chris Evans

Re: eleventy squillion x86 developers?

Your talking from a Software perspective.

How about the number of x86 Hardware developers?

n.b. I don't know the answer.

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