* Posts by James Wilson

11 posts • joined 25 Apr 2007

Are Indians too stupid to be trusted with free Internet?

James Wilson

Re: $1 per day

Smartphones. Free Basics is mobile data. I'm guessing probably budget Androids rather than iPhone 6Ss...

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Brit boffins brew nanotech self-cleaning glass

James Wilson

Re: Question

I think it's cr*p phrasing but does actually make sense. On a sunny day heat mainly enters windows via radiation, but leaves by conduction and convection. We get round the heat loss by double-glazing etc., but the amount of heat entering is largely fixed. With this glass they're saying that when it's cold it's transparent to IR, hence all the available radiation passes through, however when it's warm it's reflective so the heat remains outside. "escaping" is an unfortunate word to use.

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Facebook is no charity, and the ‘free’ in Free Basics comes at a price

James Wilson

Half right

Yep, Zuck's being completely disingenuous claiming this is altruism, FB ain't a charity and this is a business strategy. That said, the author isn't exactly against a bit of spin either: "limited only to Facebook, Facebook-owned WhatsApp, and a few other carefully selected sites and services" - commentards should check out what those "few" are before making up their minds whether or not it's a bad thing to offer free access to these sites to them. And follow the link to see how high Indian internet penetration levels and growth rates are.

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Oh, Zuck off: Facebook under attack for its attacks on net neutrality

James Wilson

Re: Free Basics

Sigh. OK, if that term isn't to everyone's liking, how about 'limited internet is better than no internet'? So people who are too poor to be able to afford an internet connection can access sites like Malaria No More, Social Blood and Maya (and yes, unfortunately Facebook).

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James Wilson

Re: Free Basics

Well, because they have to meet certain criteria, mainly about limiting the amount of data being used because FB is paying for it. They're aiming this at people who can't afford full internet access, if someone can come up with a way of providing everyone in India with that it would be way better, but until then it's a choice between a walled garden and no garden at all. I know which of those I'd go for.

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Windows Phone won't ever succeed, says IDC

James Wilson

Well, that's closer than TFA but still inaccurate. 3.54 per minute, or one every 17 seconds or so.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

James Wilson

Kirsty's first attempt to implement ROT-13 was woefully misguided

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Going under the knife? Avoid Fridays. Trust us, we asked a doctor

James Wilson
FAIL

Re: No surprise

My young daughter was sick on (bank holiday) Monday and spent most of it in Southampton General and I still think the NHS is great. Perfect, no, but great, yes.

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Netbooks: notebook evolved - or stunted throwback?

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Me too!

Like many other commenters here, I love my Acer Aspire 1. It's very portable, boots up quickly and has just about a big enough screen for browsing. Plus I can have a look at my camera pics at a decent size.

Of course I was one of the lucky ones - I got the 1GB RAM, 16GB SSD, 3G one for 165 quid. If I was offered a slightly larger one with a spinning HD I didn't want or need, no 3G and Windows cludging it up, for getting on for twice as much cash (i.e. what seems to be available now), well, no thank you very much.

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Humax HDR-Fox T2 Freeview HD DVR

James Wilson
Happy

YMMV

You must have been unlucky, my 9200 is the best gadget I've ever bought. It's not that it's never given us a problem, but they've mostly either been issues that have been fixed or have been when I haven't followed the instructions (reverting to default settings after a patch etc.). It's more than made up for those by being simple to use and doing what it says on the tin. Or in fact more, with the improvements to the functionality that were rolled out later. Now if the powers that be could only get on with turning off the analogue signal to the south-east and boost up the digital power I'll be very happy.

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HP to sell low-cost ink

James Wilson

Ungumming Epson heads

You can often rescue Epson heads - remove the cartridges and drip a drop or two of window-cleaning fluid on to the bit where the ink gets taken from the cartridges. Do a clean and, with any luck, voila.

I've rescued my Epson like this a few times (the printer doesn't get used that often and I use cheap ink). Your mileage may vary.

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