* Posts by BristolBachelor

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Let's be clear, everyone: DON'T BLOCK Wi-Fi, DUH – FCC official ruling

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I can't comment on why people don't like your post, however I want to answer what you have said. I don't think that the FCC has said that commercial premesis must allow anyone to carry anything they want onto their premesis; nor have they said that they have to allow any activity.

However, the RF bands used by WiFi are open, un-licensed bands free for use by the public, as long as certain rules are obeyed. The FCC is claifying, in un-technical terms, that blocking peoples use of that band it not allowed (you are not allowed to broadcast noise with unlimited power to block people, nor are you allowed to send otherwise legal transmissions that block people).

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YouTube flushes Flash for future flicks

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Re: nice one

"You may be surprised to learn Reader and Flash are not their only products."

Perhaps the original poster knows this already.

For example, we use Lightroom, and still now in 2015 it does not support the idea that you store your photo library on a network and allow you to have your photos and the catalogue for them on that network. Allowing concurrent users to access that same catalogue would be even better!

Wake up Adobe. The network has existed for more than 50 years, and I don't see many laptops that support 8TB of photos without them being stored externally. (I'm not even going to mention CC - oops!)

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Some Androids can be HOSED by WiFi Direct vuln

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Re: A charming mental image.

"So basically android is bollocks, and google is being a c*nt then."

Android is pretty good IMHO, however, you are spot on with point 2.

As an aside, this bug would not be possible on an iDevice - no WiFi Direct. If you shoot a video of your friends kid on your phone and try to transfer it to him, you are met with:

"What's WiFi Direct? My iPhone doesn't have that."

"OK, so you have copied the video to your NAS over WiFi, how do I connect to that with an iPhone?"

Me: How about transfer by Bluetooth? - "No only bluetooth works for headphones."

"OK, tell you what, you'll have to email it to me." so that the video is sent all around the world to get from one phone to the one 2cm from it.

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Re: Not sure why that was downvoted @DougS

Hasn't MS just done the same though? Haven't they said that they are not going to fix the security bugs in IE 9 (The default in most corporate PCs), and that the solution is to download another browser?

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INTERNET of STUFF: Google to replace old Dropcams for $0.00

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"Few vendors would be as generous in this situation"

To be honest, if Ford decided to flick a switch that means all previously bought cars suddenly stopped working, they'd have to do something similar. Of course, if Google didn't want to do that, they'd just have to keep the old service working without change and switch on a new, independant service for the new cameras.

Alas this is the problem with buying a piece of hardware that needs a connection to the borg back home just to relay video from a camera sitting next to me to the laptop on my lap!

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Seagate's spinning rust most likely to crash, claims backup biz

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Re: Seagate 3TB

I don't know how the greens perform, but last upgrade of my small NAS saw me switch from Hitachi to WD reds (for capacity reasons). The WD reds get about half the data throughput compared to the Hitchi (Hitachi were 7200). That is despite the special pixie dust that WD claim to put in them for high-performance Raid use.

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Oz father and son team plan suborbital spaceplane

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Re: All modern cars look the same ...

In what way does it look like the space shuttle? The space shuttle has a fuselage mounted on top of a wing. This has 2 wings mounted centrally about a fuselage. The wings in this case are symmetrical in section, whereas the shuttle wings are mainly flat underneath and convex on top. The wings on this have wingless, the shuttle does not. The shuttle has a low, blunt nose, whereas this has a central spike. The Shuttle has a tail fin, this does not.

Would you also say that the latest Mercedes Formula 1 car looks the same as a Model-T Ford?

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Microsoft Outlook PENETRATED by Chinese 'man-in-the-middle'

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Only news because... ??

Is this only news because the Chinese are doing it? After all we've known for ages that the NSA and GCHQ have been doing it for ages.

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SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS that 2014 was record HOTTEST year? NO

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Indeed. And this alone is likely to cause more hardship, hunger and other bad things very soon than the climate is/isn't changing and was/wasn't caused by man. (as an aside, fewer of us would probably also mean less CO2)

I blame the economists who say that if everything isn't growing exponentially forever, then it's sick. I have yet to see an economist who weighs 1.5 tonnes and is still growing (although admittedly a few of their CEO friends are getting close)

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LIFELESS BEAGLE on MARS: A British TRIUMPH!

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Re: the probe landed roughly where it was expected

Interesting read there Destroy all Monstors. I don't know if the scud part is accurate, but the Ariane part missed a couple of points.

The code was written for the Ariane 4, and in this rocket, the maximum value before conversion from 64 bits to 16 bits could never exceed the bounds of a 16 bit value. The problem was that on Ariane 5, it could. The bug was never spotted, because the result of the calculation wasn't even needed in Ariane 5; so code wasn't fully checked in the initial integration. However in flight, it caused an exception, so the computer shut down and the redundant side took over; which then suffered from the same failure...

One of the compounds I work at have still have some of the original hardware, and the amazing thing is that some of it still works, even after going through all that!

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Apple wants your fingerprints in the cloud

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Re: "Apple wants to collect and store your fingerprints..."@Mike Bell

Apple do not want to store your fingerprints in the cloud. They want to store your fingerprint enrolment data in the cloud, i.e. a hash code. 

You are correct that they are proposing to save the hash, not the actual fingerprint. However, if someone somehow ends up with that hash, you are fucked, because the system only checks that the hash it receives is the same as the one stored. And forevermore, your finger will produce that hash - short of inflicting permanent scars on your fingers and hoping that it changes the hash sufficiently that using the old hash is no longer accepted.

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Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

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Re: joystick instead of wheels

"Current regulations require a solid physical connection between the steering control and the steered wheels."

I'm not sure where it says that. I've certainly driven something that only had a hydraulic connection between the steering control and steered wheels (and hydraulics don't work when the hydraulic oil is solid!)

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Are you running a Telnet server on Windows? Oh thank God. THANK GOD

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Re: first Patch Tuesday in many months that didn't bring with it multiple security fixes for IE

"I know, it's disgusting that it's come to this - the vendors should move faster fixing their flaws."

MS probably had fixed the flaws, but were just waiting for the right day of the month to release them (WTF!?).

I'm sure it sucks to be kicked in the nuts by Google, but hopefully it means that the next fixes won't take longer than 90 days to be released. As an aside how long do the bad guys sit on a bug before expliting it?

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TERROR in SPACE: ISS 'NAUTS FLEE 'gas leak' to Russian module

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Re: failsafe

It is. Imagine that "something" is dangerous. Now think that if you only put 1 sensor and it doesn't work. If the "something" bad happens, everyone dies.

So you would put more than one. Now what do you so if 1 sensor says that "something" has happened? You play fail safe. After all maybe the something is only detectable in one location, or maybe your redundant sensor has failed.

Let me ask you a question. If somebody pushes the fire alarm button in your company(/school/whatever), do you evacuate, or wait until every single fire alarm button is pressed?

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Re: Space Station Updates

At the top the page just tells me Loading..... for ever. Lower down I thought that the latest news is/was/will be from 1st October 2015? :)

I read elsewhere that nothing actually detected bad stuff, but a cooling water pressure increase, followed by air-pressure increase suggested the possibility of an amonia leak.

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Nah; don't want to use the ones in the US side of the station - might drown using one of those (apart from having to open the door to get to it). Better to use a Rusky suit; but that means sending a cosmonaut (oh the horror!).

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Professor's BEAGLE lost for 10 years FOUND ON MARS

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Re: Wwas then never heard from again

I also heard on the side someone saying that you don't want to do that, but I can't tell you why. Nor can you have any data on it (International Trade in Arms Regulations). Just here it is, slightly used but no real data on performances, etc.

I wasn't close enough to know if others did get hints on how to use it, but having worked on other projects, it wouldn't surprise me if they didn't. Far too often, they go and have an hour teleconference, and then come out of it saying that they can't tell you anything.

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Police radios will be KILLED soon – yet no one dares say 'Huawei'

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Re: Huawei only supplier?

"Ah here we go, it was Cassidian (Alcatel-Lucent)"

And according to Wikipedia, EADS Cassidian Airbus Defence and Space / Motorola seem to have done most of the Tetra installations in Huawei's back yard. Maybe the Chinese government don't trust Huawei either?

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"If the chinese government "suggests" to a chinese electronics CEO to put backdoors in his products, do you really think he can refuse?"

So you're saying that if the US government asked a US business man to put back-doors in his comms network and he refused - they wouldn't take away all the business from him that they could and make sure that he ended up in goal?

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Burglars' delight no more: Immobilise UK secures property list

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Re: change the web address??

In addition, the fact that this guy found it, means that he accessed the records of someone else. Yet "Recipero...has no evidence that any of the sensitive information had been siphoned off."

Gives me the feeling that their "intrusion protection" alarm might be a red light bulb that is not wired-up.

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It's 2015 and ATMs don't know when a daughterboard is breaking them

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Re: How come... Re: Apple iATM

"So simple to use. The 30% transaction fee hurts a bit, but you're worth it..."

Yes, with only 3 options because they don't believe that the users will be able to know what they are doing or be capable of making decisions:

1. Give me cash (Withdrawl of £1000; no need to enter a quantity)

2. Change my pin (To a number chosen by the machine; no need to decide on a number)

3. Automatically pay all my bills (Pays all of them; no need to say which. Guesses your supplier references so you don't have to enter them; tough if it pays your neighbours' bills)

If the options that they have deigned to give you are not to your tastes; then your taste is wrong.

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UFOs in the '50s skies? CIA admits: 'IT WAS US'

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Re: You should be frightened...

Yeah, but it was the left-hand that made the aknowledgement; and that has no idea what the right-hand does

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Internet Explorer 12 to shed legacy cruft in bid to BEAT Chrome

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@David Austin

"I like the fact IE has a functioning menu bar by default..."

You must be using an old version then. The version I am forced to use by corporate only has a menu bar if you find the option to enble it (and you need the menu bar to find the option).

However I have found no way to get the tabs to be part of the actual page that they are a tab of. I mean when you look at a Rollerdex, the page has your contacts and the tab is part of thst page and has the letter at the top. It doesn't have the page and then 3 lines of menu bars and then the tabs floating on top. MS response? " You want the tab bar of tabs conected to the pages that they are tabs of? Well FK you"

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Google sues Mississippi Attorney General 'for doing MPAA's dirty work'

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I didn't read anyone saying that someone was guilty.

What I read was someone offering a potential sentence for someone found guilty that might prevent the criminal type migrating to politics to take advantage of the power the position gives them. Criminals will always try to increase their power/wealth, and if they end up changing laws that affect millions, they do significant damage to society. The possibility of dropping on the end of a rope may make them consider something else.

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Feds finger Norks in Sony hack, Obama asks: HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE KOREA?

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Re: Cut off their internet: problem solved.

"Cut all internet cables to N Korea. Problem solved."

Not really; they also complain that they're being hacked by at least China and Iran. Also loads of other are 'stealing' their IP. Better to cut all the cables going into the US of A, and forget that the rest of the world doesn't exist.

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If 4G isn’t working, why stick to the same approach for 5G?

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Re: in my small village in italy

Hmmm In Spain I pay 178€/year and get 20MB a day of "full speed" and then it drops to about 128bps and most attemps to do anything just time out. Thank god for internet kiosks.

Next year I'm going to try to negotiate paying for a dedicated fibre from the exchange - the exchange has ethernet so is set up for it, and is only 6km away. That will be my carrot. The stick is that othetwise I will force the legal requirement for them to provide me with a copper pair - and all the pairs within Kms are used.

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Re: Strangled by vested interests

"Cellphones as computers are thriving. There's no money to be made for the carriers in the latter."

Why not? How is it different to voice calls and SMS?

Build a network that costs X. Run the network, costing Y per month. Sell data connections costing Z, so that Z pays off Y and a proportion of X to amortise the capital invested.

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EU VAT law could kill THOUSANDS of online businesses

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Re: This is entirely UNreasonable

"This is important in the recent Amazon 1p case: the contract of sale is not formed until the customer has paid, AND the goods have been delivered to the customer. "

That may be the case in the UK, but this whole thing is about the differences in the rules between the different EU members. For example in Spain, the VAT is immediately payable as soon as the invoice is issued. There is no requirement for you to be paid, or for the contract to be upheld. Under a new law, you may be able to convince the tax office to rebate the VAT on something that doesn't end up being paid (although you'll have to wait until the end of the year for your refund, if any).

"VAT is a "Value Added Tax", and the whole idea of is is that at each stage in a production process where value is added, it is taxed."

NO - VAT is a consumption tax. It is paid when something is consumed. Intermediaries in the chain do not charge/pay VAT (and if they do, they claim it back). The idea is that the VAT is charged at the price that the consumer pays, which is normally the higest price in the chain. In your example, the printers buy their ink/paper VAT free, and only if it is sold to a consumer is VAT charged (although in the UK they could claim it is a book, and hence attracts VAT at 0%)

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I had forgotten that Amazon also sell digitally. It was easy to forget; the .co.uk and

.com Amazons refuse to sell these to me in Spain. Meanwhile the .es Amazon just refuses to sell them.

Also reading the comment from big_D - here in Spain you have to be registered for VAT from 0€ upwards (oh to have an exception for small players like the UK!). This has the side effect that all payments that go through the books must match with a corresponding invoice with Spanish or European VAT number. In addition, if VAT is charged by a European overseas seller (which it shouldn't be under inter-community trading rules), we have no way of claiming it back. We have found a lot of VAT registered companies who refuse to do VAT free sales. In this regard, Amazon actually do everything properly.

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Maybe, but since Amazon is a seller of physical goods, ordered thrpugh electronic means, it would appear to be exempt, no?

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Hold the front page: Spain's anti-Google lobbyists lobby for Google News return

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Re: In other news

Given that the Portuguese sites are generally in Potuguese and the Spanish read Spanish (the bilingual ones also can also read 100 words of English), I don't really see that happening.

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Re: ROFLMAO

"celebrated an unemployment rate of one in four"

Well I have a theory about that. It's not strictly true. As much as the man in the street complain about the corrupt politicians, they are the same. There is little regard for the law (just look at the driving/parking). Almost everyone would pay in cash to avoid IVA (VAT). Paying in cash also helps because of the rampant black economy of people being self-employed/running companies but not declaring it; and not passing the cash through bank accounts makes it easier to not declare it. I'll admit that it takes a special type of person (politician) to forget that you have 40M€ stuffed in Switzerland/Andorra.

On the other hand it's almost impossible to become self-employed. Imagine having to pay 280€ a month every month despite having no income. Plus you have to be VAT registered from 0€, so you can have an extra outgoing to pay a gestor to manage all the complexities for you. You alao pay the VAT on all your invoices the instant that you think about charging someone; even if you are still waiting to be paid 2 years later (and by Madrid city council just to add insult to injury).

The combination of not wanting to declare employmrnt to avoid taxes, and not being able to afford to do it properly, means that the step can be missed out.

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Re: Does anybody outside IT

Be careful what you say! Remember the other new law that you are a terroristand can be fines/jailed if you demonstrate against the government, OR say anything that shows Spain for what it is in a bad light.

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Google vows: Earth will VANISH in 2015

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Re: word change...

"it is US the tax payer that funded the R&D that put all those satellites in orbit."

Quite a bit used to come from Spot image and Infoterra which are European, but do go on.

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UK flights CRIPPLED by system outage that shut ALL London airspace

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Re: Generator stories....

"All works great, except that the pump was connected to a non-essential supply....."

I think I maybe worked at that site. Was next to a small regional airport with a grass strip?

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Boffins weigh in to perfect kilogram quest with LEGO kit

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Re: But

"Worse still the standard kilo (as located in Paris) appears to be CHANGING (not a lot, but enough)."

I read that they found out that it was accumulating mercury from the air. They had a standard one that was kept sealed, and the day-to-day standard. Every now and then, they would compare them, and found that the day-to-day weight was gaining mass. The last guy who was qualified to polish and clean it, did a final clean before he retired and they analysed what came off. They assumed that the mercury came from the breath of the staff who had amalgum fillings.

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Spanish scraper scrapped: Google axes Google News

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Re: "rightsholders sit around and lobby government for handouts"

"...in nature, no lion ever sued another..."

No. What happened was that one lion killed another. Are you suggesting that is the correct way then?

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Re: "publishers who want to appear in Google News can't waive the right to a fee"

"If the publisher is not a member then it has to ask for the money otherwise it stays with CEDRO."

Shouldn't it be called "CERDO" then? (or is it an in-joke?).

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I'm looking forward to when the Google Search engine returns the following message to any search:

It would be unfair for Google to provide you with links to what you are looking for without your going to the site first.

You can start by looking here:

http://003.000.000.000/

http://003.000.000.001/

http://003.000.000.002/

http://003.000.000.003/

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Blu-ray region locks popped by hardware hacker

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Re: Forced to view content (Adverts etc.)

"The alternative is jumping to the top menu and selecting "Play Feature". OK, it's more button presses, but a whole lot faster than the default."

On my Panasonic Bluray recorder, trying that just returns you right to the start, so you have to start watching the anti-piracy and adverts all over again. In fact on some DVDs where you have to use the top menu to watch the firm gets you stuck in an infinite loop. Thankfully I still have an old school DVD player, and will never buy Panasonic again.

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Re: Region Locks

"Things like that are illegal in every other industry. Why should they be allowed for media rightsholders?"

Well not quite. Weren't Tesco sued for selling Levi jeans that they legally bought in the US, then legally imported into the UK, paying all required duties and taxes? (note to our cousins Tescos is a retailer in the UK, and Levis here cost ~50x the price in the States)

Didn't Levi say that they owned the "rights" to the mark "Levi", and that Tesco were selling things that had that mark on without permission? (IMHO not the fault of Tesco - it was Levi that put the mark on the jeans!)

However, you'll see the words "Rights" again. The big companies have them, the rest of us can just FK off it seems.

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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

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Re: What The F...?!

No - HDR photography is taking photos with a high dynamic range. There is no need to take multiple exposures if your image sensor has the requisite range (12 stops is not enough). There have been a few image sensors that had alternate photosites with a different gain (sometimes done electrically, sometimes by using smaller/larger photosites). Using these sensors, the de-mosaic works out the correct photosite to use because one will typically be saturated, and the other somewhere in the noise floor.

The idea of HDR video is to still take a series of single exposures, but each one has a wider range than currently.

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'I don't NEED to pay' to watch football, thunders EU digi-czar

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Re: Oh, you mean

"Ah, a lot like regional coding on DVDs'???"

Yeah, but you see that (possibly because of the European common market), the whole of Europe is region 2, so if you want to buy your DVDs in Amazon UK, ship them to somewhere else in Europe and watch them there, you can. However, they do try to bend the rules by not putting sound tracks in certain languages; e.g. forcing you to buy the Spanish version of the DVD at 18€ instead of buying the UK version for £4.50.

What he's complaining about is things like Sky saying that you can't be a subscriber if you don't live in the UK (even if you have the necessary 3m dish!), or things like iPlayer saying bog-off because you aren't using a VPN.

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Solar sandwich cooks at 40 per cent efficiency

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Re: Uh, so let me get this straight...

In space you can't use silicon cells - they degrade too quickly because of the radiation. Satellites currently use "Tripple Junction" cells made from Galium Asenide. The 3 junctions each capture photons of different wavelengths which increases the efficiency, so similar to what was done here, but without mirrors. They are currently in the ~30% efficiency level for cells (once you add physical structure, harness, prptection etc. it drops a litle as a system. If interested look here at some examples Azure Space

The article mentions solar thermal generation efficiency, but fails to mention what efficiency the new system has at storing the power so that you can use it to light your house after the sun has set. This built-in energy storage is what makes solar thermal more flexable

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Orion BELTS UP: Space shuttle wannabe preps again for test flight

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Re: Idle curiosity

I believe that the valves need to be re-serviced after 3 attempts, but I am not too involved in that end of the rocket - my stuff is at the top.

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BLAST-OFF! BOAT FREE launch at last. Orion heads for SPAAAAACE

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Fahrenheit?

'fraid so, yes. Also feet and inches, except for Mars orbit insertions which are measured in London Double-decker buses.

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One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

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@J3

Tell you what; print all your documents on an Epson FX80 grot dot-matrix printer. Any whinging and I'll tell you that it's in your head, and you can't really see the difference. After all even an A5 printout from the printer has a resolution of 996*696.

I remember using computers before windows even existed I can still see the difference between a Galaxy Note 1 screen at 1280*800 and Note3 at 1920*1080.

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ESA's spaceplane cleared for lift-off in February 2015

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Re: With it's enhanced direction control...

It's sadly lacking in space (and life support) to be a lifeboat. As it is, the Soyuz can depart at a moment's notice; no need to wait while the ISS disintegrates around you (worst case). That is unlike the Space shuttle, which needed to wait until an oportune moment to detach.

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Countdown contestant pays homage to IT Crowd's Moss

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Re: "Not available in your country. Sorry."

"As in Amazon.co.uk? (can be used to order stuff to a French address)"

Yes, and I can tell you that Amazon.co.uk can sell you the DVDs. (even to a French afdress, although they'll now stiff you for postage) I can also tell you that the DVD loading sequencies, menus and extras are all worth watching.

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