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BT: Hey guys, we've developed NEW MOBE TECH! It’s called... 2G

Anna Logg

Re: Let's party like it's 1989

The only place I ever saw Rabbit phones used in anger was the Hutchison/Orange office in Bristol, and they probably had no choice in the matter!

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Microsoft swings axe at 18,000 bods in its largest ever round of layoffs

Anna Logg

Re: Told you so

yep, having seen it from the inside that was pretty much the point where the plot was lost and the ambitious idiots had taken over.

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Silent, spacious and... well, insipid: Citroën's electric C-Zero car

Anna Logg

Re: Electric cars just aren't there yet.

Batteries and electric motors have both been under development for over a century, we're way way past the 'easy win' phase of development hence it's difficult to see electric cars in anything like their current form making much progress.

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A first-world problem solved: Panoramic selfies, thanks to Huawei's Ascend P7

Anna Logg

Re: Truisms Spoken Aloud

When I worked for them a few years back the Chinese Overlords pronounced it how-whey in a slightly Geordie fashion. Going back to the mid 90s many Americans I met pronounced Nokia Noe-kee-ah in an attempt (presumably) to make it sound like Ikea.

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Windows XP is finally DEAD, right? Er, not quite. Here's what to do if you're stuck with it

Anna Logg

Won't some of this stuff be running on XP Embedded?

"That “somewhere” can mean anything that’s not a PC – so passenger information systems, kiosks and airline ticketing systems.

And let's not forget ATMs: two-thirds of the country’s 60,000 cash machines are also, as of today, still trucking along on Windows XP."

Support for XP Embedded doesn't end until 2016, presumably a good chunk of the above will be running on that.

FWIW I was sitting in the pub the other evening, guy comes in and takes the Quiz Machine to bits (I assume he was invited...), in order to replace the monitor. When rebooted it showed a Win 2K Pro splash screen :-)

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The Reg's desert XP-ocalypse aversion plan revealed

Anna Logg

I'd start by going over to www.ninite.com, as that will create a custom link to automagically download the majority of programmes mentioned so far.

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Hundreds of folks ready to sue Bitcoin exchange MtGox

Anna Logg

Rule #1 of litigation: ensure that the party you are suing has the means to pay any potential settlement in your favour.

"The exchange has claimed to have 127,000 creditors and liabilities of 6.5bn ($64m), with assets of just 3.84bn ($38m)."

Fails Rule #1 then.

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Desperate Venezuelans wiped clean of bog roll

Anna Logg

Re: DESPERATE VENEZUELANS WIPED CLEAN OF BOG ROLL....

there's a (c)rapp for that

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Ofcom ploughs up UK spectrum fields, reseeds them with 4G

Anna Logg

Re: Double the power needed at the phone end?

All other factors remaining equal then yes, the mobile would have to transmit twice as much power to maintain a balanced link. Seldom that straightforward in practice, but upping the base station maximum transmit power by 3dB isn't the 'easy win' it might first appear to be.

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Anna Logg

@ James 51

..the same as will happen to the millions of smart meters and other M2M appliances that use GSM modems, they won't work. How OFCOM intend managing this issue - if they intend doing so - will be interesting to see.

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Nokia Siemens slim-down continues

Anna Logg

@Mage

Speaking as one of many ex-employees, it didn't do the ex Nokia Networks folk much good either.

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UK's first 4G network just switched on - and it's not from EE

Anna Logg

well good luck anyway

Nobody from Ionica onwards has made wireless broadband access work financially, but maybe now is the time when the finances finally work out. Maybe.

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Thank Freeview for UK 4G by mid-2013 - NOT the iPhone 5 nor EE

Anna Logg

Re: iPhone 5 not compatible with UK 800MHz band

Presumably the iPhone 5 supports LTE at 1800MHz though, so should work on the EE network.

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DAB dad Pure deploys DVR

Anna Logg
FAIL

Re: Could be good

Same here, DMX mini system CD player started skipping after 14 months, then the DAB radio started losing its tuning memory randomly (both common faults judging by Amazon reviews). PURE's only repsonse was to offer a discount on a newer PURE product - and that discount was more than Amazon's normal price anyway. No more PURE products for me.

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AT&T to mothball 2G network by 2017

Anna Logg

could be interesting trying this in the UK

..given that the majority of these "smart" utility meters being rolled out at great expense use GSM modems for communication IIRC.

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Gone fishin' with Nokia

Anna Logg

Way to go Andy! The spirit of Seymour Bybus lives on!

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SkyDrive slips snapshots into cloudy wallet

Anna Logg

Re: Image Compression

There seems to be no way of changing the PC app so that full size is the default upload though; I doubt if I'm the only one that's accidentally staretd uploading a batch of pictures and then relaised it's defualted back to 2048 pixels wide again :-/

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Avaya poaches Huawei veep Culmer to run UK ops

Anna Logg

@Taylor 1

Having worked for Far Eastern companies I suspect it's more a case of lack of local authority to change anything without consulting a vast range of managers back at HQ.

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Analogue switch-off hits London today

Anna Logg
Flame

what about repeaters?

"the remaining digital channels [will] become available in all areas".

Even to those on repeaters which will only broadcast the "Freeview Lite" channel selection????

My mum lives in Weymouth, and her range of channels has actually decreased post DSO, because she's on a repeater.

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Nokia v Apple nanoSIM format war: Victor will be named next month

Anna Logg

Re: NFC

Software SIM? No thanks, I rather like being able to swap my phone number between phones in seconds.

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Philips 42PFL7666 42in 3D LED Smart TV

Anna Logg
Flame

Re: distract from the dullness of the content

Nope, becuase stereo sound is almost certainly part of the original production, wheares the TV adding some random light show of its own is not.

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A million TVs to go dark across London

Anna Logg

Re: when

April 18th guv.

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HP offers contractors a choice: 5 per cent pay cut ... or 100 per cent

Anna Logg

Re: Easy way to cut costs

Manage payroll??? Takes me all of 5 minutes to total my monthly hours and submit an invoice to my clients. Can't see any point in paying a third party to do that, particularly if you're a limited company.

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Americans resort to padlocking their dumb meters

Anna Logg
Flame

Re: Smart meters serve two main functions

"The meter disconnects supply anyway if the meter loses wireless connectivity"

Please tell me that's not true!!!!! That's an insane idea.

Lorry parks by smart meter, cuts off signal, all power goes off ......

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Pioneer SC-LX85 9.2 AV receiver with AirPlay

Anna Logg
Flame

fast is a relative term

"Network streaming has fast become an integral component of the modern AVR"

Well my fairly mundane 'DSGi special' internet radio/media streamer was introduced in 2006, and was harldy pioneering then, so 'fas't isn't the right term here.

While I'm being grumpy, thiis a tech site, so some idea what "audiophile grade ICEpower Energy HD digital amplification" actually means (if anything) in electronics terms would be good.

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GM puts the brake on Volt e-car output

Anna Logg

3600 unsold cars parked up

Let us hope the batteries handle long term storage better than the Tesla ones....

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Wireless breakthrough: one frequency, multiple signals

Anna Logg

ah, think I finally get it.

So, currently it isn't unusual to transmit via HP and VP on the same frequency at the same time, this concept takes the principle further by using a whole range of angular polarisations between HP and VP. Possibly.

Can't see how that will work in the real world where any refelections of the signals will start causing interference between them and a loss of orthogonality.

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Anna Logg

Re: History is written by the winners..

Well there''s always Wikipedia then :-/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jagadish_Chandra_Bose

or:-

http://www.minhas.net/culture/indianpeople/jcbose.htm

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Anna Logg

History is written by the winners..

"Since Marconi first demonstrated wireless communications in 1895,"

J.C. Bose, my all time science hero, arguably got there first:-

http://www.tuc.nrao.edu/~demerson/bose/bose.html

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Telefonica zaps 100Mbps 4G masts with shrink ray

Anna Logg
Windows

Re: Streetside location

I submitted a draft patent application for that 10+ years ago, turned down on the basis of prior art.... For sure there are plenty of base stations dotted around now in streetlamp like hardware.

O&M and backhaul have always been big issues when looking at rolling out loads of little base staions as opposed to fewer big ones - look how long it's taking Femtocells to get any traction.

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Everything Everywhere pushes towards 4G, wants to show off its wad

Anna Logg

Re: 4G LTE?

We get this comment every time 4G is mentioned :-/

The ITU moved the goalposts around 2 years ago so that vanilla R8 LTE could be called 4G.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2374564,00.asp

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Nokia Asha 201 Qwerty phone

Anna Logg

Re: No 3G?

LOL (through gritted teeth) I recall being subjected to a death by PPT in 2003 (Feb 12 to be accurate) about how nobody would be buying GSM infrastrusture by 2005, hence there as no more need for the site I worked at. They got that well and truly wrong.

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Femtocell Forum grows big – rebrands as Small

Anna Logg

LTE IS 4G

The ITU moved the goalposts at least 2 -3 years ago so that vanilla LTE met the requirements.

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Anna Logg

multifunction devices

The Technicolor TG870 does wifi + ADSL + femto + USB connectivity for a media server

http://marcomtelecomms.co.za/WebFiles/Femto/TG870/DS_Technicolor_TG870.pdf

Been around for a while, but never seen one in the flesh.

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New Earth-observing satellite snaps 'blue marble' shot

Anna Logg

Yeah, several Finns pointed out some degree of commonality with Hungarian, so I think it is true. Having lived in Finland for a few months it's a bad ass language to try and guess the meaning of words, for sure - other than those they've just imported from English and added a vowel on the end. Back to the Nokia parts database!

induktanssi = inductor - not difficult to guess

kondensaattori = condenser = capacitor - not difficult to guess

Vastus = resistor - no chance!

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Anna Logg

suomi indeed

Many moons ago I worked for a certain Finnish (well it was then) telecoms company, I needed some cable ties, at that time the parts system was still in Finnish, so I asked one of my Finnish comrades what cable ties was in Finnish. He scrawls a word down on a post-it note, I dutifully enter it into the parts system, no results. I check my spelling with a couple of other Finns, they just laugh.

Turns out my comrade from the North had actually written down the word for pubic hair; who says Finns don't have a sense of humour ;-)

P.S. cable tie in Finnish is nippuside just in case anyone needs to know.

pubic hair / ladygarden is pillunkarva

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Current Comet owner hit with half year loss

Anna Logg

Presumably they'll shut down all but the most profitable / least lossy stores and flog off any tangible assets,

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O2 smears 4G trial over capital

Anna Logg

HSPA+ is already 'combat proven' to a fair degree by many operators; the idea of a trial network is to try out new stuff and see if it breaks. Vodafone are keen to push HSPA+ as their main tool for mobile broadband, presumably O2 want to try out something 'better'.

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All 4G telcos must hit 98% coverage, Ofcom told

Anna Logg

2G into 3G

Technically there's nothing much to stop it working here, it's more of a legal issue as outlined in the article.

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Anna Logg

optional

I assume this would be 98% of population coverage, as 98% georphical coverage would be a tad expensive to implement.

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Voda to plug not-spots with mini-masts in boozers

Anna Logg
Meh

Not so Sure Signal

Mine allows me to make 15 minute plus phone calls, but there's a 25% chance it'll fall over when I terminate the call, and when it does fall over, I have to reboot the femto and my router.

Plus it does occasionally fall over for no apparent reason, maybe once a week. Once it managed to jam my 3G coverage, so I had to switch to 2G to get any signal. Oh, and it used to fall over as soon as I started uploading anything via my ADSL, but a firmware upgrade of my router seems to have cured that one.

Having said that it is sufficiently useful to justify its existence, my in house coverage has gone from maybe 1 bar to 5 bars most of the time.

Can't see how using femtos will fly in pubs and such like, not enough capacity, unless they make a 'super femto'; but then that's almost a Pico.

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Digital UK names date for end of analogue TV era

Anna Logg

HDTV format wars

Circa 1934:-

http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/technology/technology3.html

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Ten... Freeview HD recorders

Anna Logg

@Taysider

Does export to PC work with HD content? I thought most of these boxes, at least the 'big name' ones, locked down HD content so it can only be replayed on the box it was recorded on, I was hoping some of the more 'left field' brands might not have been so rigorous about DRM.

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UK patent office spawns free search site

Anna Logg

Huh? they've always been free

From the European Patent Office at least:-

http://worldwide.espacenet.com/?locale=en_EP

Agree with MAE on the language, you have to use the word 'plurality' as often as possible IMX in patent applications.

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AT&T asks Apple to signal iPhone 4S is a 4G phone

Anna Logg

4G: the goalposts were moved!

Can't recall exactly when, maybe 18 months ago, but I'm pretty sure the ITU changed the definition of 4G such that vanilla LTE met the definition, so it is legitimate to call it 4G.

See the following for example:-

http://www.lightreading.com/blog.asp?blog_sectionid=958&doc_id=201850

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Ofcom admits 4G auction will slip

Anna Logg

no

"Not that the operators will complain; as long as no one else has 4G there's great incentive to push ahead quickly."

I think there should be a 'no' in front of the 'great' or that sentence doesn't make sense.

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Cambridge Audio iD100 hi-fi dock

Anna Logg
FAIL

Meh

A ten quid cable adaptor with a 140 quid shiny shiny paperweight attached; OK maybe another tenner for the remote control, make that 130 quid paperweight.

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Sonos Play:3 network music player

Anna Logg

@Tim Walker

Maybe worth looking at a Squeezebox Duet on the Logitech site, they have some 'blemished box' ones for 120 notes:-

http://www.logitech.com/en-gb/special-offers/blemished-box/devices/7116

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Cambridge Audio Sonata NP30 hi-fi streamer

Anna Logg

no gapless playback!

unimpressive an such an expensive box

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