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'Maybe we haven't been clear enough about med records opt-out', admits NHS data boss

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How do you check what they have done

How would you check that the surgery or others have followed your instructions regarding the opt-out for your data. I did receive a leaflet but it was wasn't very clear and personally this whole thing is the wrong way around, your data should stay private unless you say it can be released.

Once the data is out there you can't get it back so why is it assumed you can chuck it out by default.

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sagepay data leak

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sagepay data leak

Wel, I was looking at the Ovivo mobile options and decided to try and run through the purchase process using garbage details I.e. just random characters. Basically got through to the Sagepay page and entered in a random 16 digit number for the visa credit card obviously expecting to get rejected. I did get rejected but to my surprise the random characters in the surname field were replaced with a proper surname!! Nothing else was changed but this would indicate some form of data leak is occurring.

Time for the reg to investigate..

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LG: You can stop hiding from your scary SPY TELLY quite soon now

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What happened to Privacy first

As the titles say, why is there an assumption that the user has to turn off or stop the device doing something. What happened to a presumption of privacy unless the individual wants to give it away.

This whole situation is the wrong way around i.e. only those who think about it get privacy whereas everyone else doesn't. Isn't privacy a fundamental human right and the clowns at LG and others think people aren't entitled to?

Doesn't the European human Rights Act have anything to say about this?

There is probably a graph somewhere of IQ v Privacy which follows the y=mx+c formula..

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A £30,000, 295bhp 4G MODEM?!? Must be the Audi S3 Quattro, then

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Re: I don't usually descend to obscenity...

Yes but you have forgotten there was probably a volvo driver the front of the queue.

I would also point out that a lot of bmw drivers have changed brand to audi so the twat in the beemer is now a twat in an audi. Irrespective the vehicle brand they are still twats but come in all different brands.

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OK, so we paid a bill late, but did BT have to do this?

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BT = Bully Tactics

I am not impressed with them either, I used to get bill payment reminders when picking up the phone but what annoys me the most is geting clobbered with a £4.50 charge for not paying by direct debit.

I choose to pay online but at a time of my choosing not theirs as they cannot be trusted not to empty your bank acocunt, so how does 3 transactions when convenient to them a quarter cost more than 1 transaction convenient to me. I think I am being punished for not bending over and taking it!!!

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Windows 8.1: Microsoft's reluctant upgrade has a split-screen personality

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Arrogance v competence

Now that Balmer is on his way to obscurity they seem to be getting a bit of competence back, it isn't that difficult to support both desktop and tablet interfaces and give people a choice. From Microsoft's perspective surely it doesn't matter how you use it but that you do use it.

What we have now is the result of an arrogant company being beaten round the head just enough to compromise and stay in business. Hasn't gone far enough to make me jump from win7 to 8.1 but it is progress.

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Startup claims 1W wireless charging at 10 metres

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Re: More than 100W

Hmm,

Very suspect as I believe there is power spectral density requirement as well so this cannot be a 4W CW signal but must be spread over several MHz. As it is using multiple antennas these will get added together to calculate the total power radiated.

Still I wouldn't want to go anywhere near such a device as meeting RF Exposure requirements seems a very distant dream, wonder how they would SAR test a wall?

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Hands on: Panasonic bakes a 20-INCH tablet for big biz to swallow

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That's not a tablet, more like a grave stone..

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ISPs scramble to explain mouse-sniffing tool

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Well how do you stop it and still use the web???

Well as the reg has raised the issue I think they should write an article about how to block all this is sort of shenanigans.

What annoys me about all this is me the user doesn't have any say in the matter and these people think they are entitled to do this. They aren't entitled and I don't like it either.

I predict the future will be a black box suppository for the ultimate in personal tracking.

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Telefonica and Arqiva set to mop up BILLIONS in smart meter cash

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Already done

OFCOM have already made the changes necessary to allow LTE or 4G into the existing cellular bands i.e. 900MHz, 1800MH and 2100MHz.

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Base stations get high on helium, ride MUTANT kite-balloons at the football

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Didn't Richard Branson back a similar idea for Wi-Fi coverage using tethere balloons.

Agree comments structure change is pretty naff.

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People really liked our Xperia. Throw in a weak yen and KERCHING - Sony

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Re: No mobile phone can really compete with a dedicated camera

Being able to complete on specs is one thing but the best camera is the one you have with you when you need it.

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Giving them away

Sony have been shipping more Xperia Z's because they have been giving them away with Sony TV's, obviously run out of phones as now it is a soundbar on offer, considering the crap sound from the telly maybe I should have waited for the soundbar..

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Samsung Galaxy S3 explodes, turns young woman into 'burnt pig'

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Make them safer

There is not a shadow of a doubt that li-po batteries in their current form are becoming problematic, most cells are just contained in an insulated aluminiun bag so if something goes wrong there is no containment, so we end up relying on the product enclosure to contain the failing cells. Most people treat car batteries with a bit of respect because they understand some of the risks but abuse mobile devices.

As most products that contain these batteries are made of plastic, the device just becomes a very hot molten mess that sticks to people's skin and makes a very nasty injury.

It is accidents like the one in this article that make me only buy genuine batteries/chargers for phones and other devices just on the basis of better battery costruction that is less likely to fail.

I would also point out that in Europe there aren't any specific safety standards for lithium ion batteries, there are in the US because of the problems these things cause, maybe the EU will wake up to the danger these things presnt and do something about it.

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IT bloke publishes comprehensive maps of CALL CENTRE menu HELL

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Use 0800

Just phone the 0800 sales number and you will usually get put through to the right department but at their cost, if they don't you haven't lost anything but it has cost them.

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Microsoft: All RIGHT, you can have your Start button back

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Why keep changing things???

This obsessions with constantly changing the user interface is just madness and makes no financial sense, it is like a car manufacturer deciding the put the steering wheel in the boot just because it is different.

Microsoft should take a leaf out of Honda's book, all the controls in their cars are in the same place throughout the generations, this is why people (espeically older people) like them because there is no steep learing curve trying to find everything. We want to use the operating system not fight it just to get the basic things done.

I took the plunge and built a PC to avoid Win8 and keep using Win7 as it just worked, quite frankly I don't believe a word of Microsoft insisting they have listened to their customer/users.The astonsihing arrogance they display just doesn't disappear overnight so I will sit back and patiently wait for MS dump their next offering over their customers.

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60-inch Apple iTV to be controlled by iRing remote?

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I wonder which finger you have to wear the ring? Right hand possibly...

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Freeview telly test suggests 4G interference may not be a big deal

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Doing it on the cheap again...

The filter maybe cheap if used indoors, as soon as it needs to be installed outdoors right next to the aerial it is a different ball game. Are they expecting (assume) that they can just ship a filter and the problem is solved i.e. The person suffering the interference has to fit i.e. FOC to the operators/at800.

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Texan contends iPod EXPLODED IN HER FACE

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Re: 'medical bills of an astronomical "amount in excess of $600.00,"'

They probably told you it was a CT scan but how would you know it was a CT scan of you and not a CT scan of someone esle that had been re-used many times?

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This 320-gigapixel snap of London is size of Buckingham Palace

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Re: Huge invasion of privacy !

Funnily enough you can read number plates, didn't Google get a good bashing for doing the same thing with their streetview application???

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Boeing 787 fleet grounded indefinitely as investigators stumped

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You have to shut off the charging current as well, if the battery is still being charged the fire won't extinguish until all the fuel has been consumed.

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UK 4G auction kicks off in total silence

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Re: Anything to stop TV companies buying it?

It's a con however you spell it

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Vodafone micro SIM application - unwanted, access to everything and uninstallable!

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Vodafone micro SIM application - unwanted, access to everything and uninstallable!

The SIM in my galaxy S3 died so I requested a replacement from Vodafone which duly arrived but having installed and activated the SIM I noticed a new app named Vodafone had appeared in the list of applications on the handset. The app just seems to provide links to 'allegedly' useful things but checking out the permissions of the app it has permission for just about everything, all your contacts, text messages, location, pretty much every permission in the android handbook!

Now as someone who likes to know what is or isn't happening on my handset I wanted to know where the app came from especially as it could be deleted, you could force stop it but it would restart and there was no way of uninstalling. Eventually Vodafone said it was on the micro SIM and is being rolled out to help customers. After the HTC Desire bloatware debacle I won't buy a branded handset again so was unhappy that Vodafone have found another way to put unwanted software on the device that the user can do absolutely nothing about, has access to all areas of the handset and can be used to extract information remotely from the device.

I hope El Reg will take this up and make Vodafone come clean about this, why does it need such a wide suite of permissions? If this is just to help customers then why aren't they being open about and let people choose not to install rather than force it on customers.Make it available on the app store so people have a choice.

Naughty Vodafone, go sit on the naughty step!

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Brits are so outraged by Amazon, they voted it TOP for shopping

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Re: Another Red Herring

Back to the politicians to apply the laws we already have, can't see anything changing then.

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Another Red Herring

This whole not paying tax issue is a red herring and designed to divert attention away from the fact the government can do nothing about it. It is a by product of being part of the EU common market where to retain company headquarters you need to make it attractive for them to be in your country. The 1% tax rate that the Netherlands gave Amazon is the reason why they are there.

What is wrong is using internal cross charging at extortionate rates (i.e. above market rates) that are designed to suck any profit from one location to another where tax rates are more favourable.

If people want this to change then we have to accept harmonisation of tax rates to remove the race to the bottom tax rate. The companies themselves are doing nothing wrong and are complying with the tax rules in force.

PS if you work for a multi-national company in this country then you are working for a company that is using the same tax rules as Amazon, Starbucks and Google, if they pay more tax you might not get a pay rise this year.

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Dutch operators: Ugh, we really overdid it on the 4G last night...

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Licence term is typically 20 years but with rollout and coverage milestones.

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Re: mike@plokta.com

The 1800MHz licences that EE have deployed 4G (LTE) in just had there terms and conditions changed, no money changed has as EE already owned the spectrum.

It literally could have cost the time to write a letter and the stamp to send it to OFCOM.

The other operators could also ask for the same change in T&C's to do exactly the same thing. The technology restriction in the licence to GSM only is one of the reasons why GSM has become a global technology that pretty much works in any part of the world,.

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Re: 3G

Same old, same old.

This is exactly what happened with the 3G auctions and prices for everyone rocketed afterwards, we never had 2 year contracts before the 3G auctions but did afterwards. After the UK and Germany had extracted all the money the operators had, the remainder of the 3G licences were issued on the 'beauty contest' basis.

3G is still over-priced for most consumers and 4G will be even worse. Wonder how long contracts will become, would you sign up for a 3 or 4 year contract at extortionate prices?

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Won't follow Apple Store rules? How 'bout an iTASER TREAT!

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OTT..

Everyone who carries a taser type device should test it on themselves so they know what if feels like, they might be less inclined for use it unless absolutely necessary. Joe Public has been getting upset in shops for as long as shops have existed without being tasered, smacks of a totally over the top reaction relative to the incident.

Sueing for excessive force might be more profitable than shipping iphones to china...

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Senator threatens FAA with legislation over in-flight fondleslabbing

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The reason for not using mobile phones at petrol stations has nothing to do with the RF signal at all, but if the person (idiot) using one drops it. This can actually cause a spark when the battery contacts temporarily disconnect due to the impact of the phone with the ground. It is the spark that represents the danger especially due to the flammable gasses that are typically present in a petrol station.

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Abscence of proof is proof of abscence

It seems the abscence of proof is proof of abscence argument is at work here, there are no tell tale signs of a EMC problem, it's not like seeing a hole in something and being able to say that was the fault, inteference appears in many ways and does not leave a trace than can be followed so it is very hard to say something happened because of an EMC problem hence the no proof of the problem.

The argument that because the pilots are allowed to use ipads it is okay for everyone else to use obviously makes sense to politcians but not in engineering terms, the immunity of aircraft systems may well be fine with a small number of ipads on board but not if a large percentage of passengers had them. Compare 3 ipads for the pilots versus say a 100 for the passengers. Having 3 ipads increases the noise level by a factor of 3 but 100 ipads increases it by 100 fold which can potentially overwhelm some critical system. An alternative analogy is lie on the floor and let the pilots put 3 car tyres on your chest, you can probably still breathe okay but if they let a hundred passengers each put one car tyre on your chest you're probably dead because it is too much for you to breathe, exactly the same for aircraft electronic systems, can tolerate 3 but not a 100.

The people demanding to use an ipad will the be first in the queue complaining that the plane got lost or had to make an emergency landing (assuming they survived)..

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FCC urges rethink of aircraft personal-electronics blackout

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Passenger generated electro-smog..

The real issue is the immunity of the RF systems (particularly safety critical ones) is probably well known by now but the sources of potential interference brought in by the passengers are not. This leads to a situation where several identical devices operating together may actually exceed the immunity level of an aircraft system causing mis-operation. Some devices are very popular so many passengers on the plane could have the same device or using the same interface e.g. Wi-Fi, it's all about emissions adding up.

The passengers would be pretty unhappy if they got lost or worse because of passenger generated electro-smog, being disconnected for a few hours is not too high a price to pay for getting to your destination in one piece.

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Why do Smart TV UIs suck?

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More grunt and customisation needed.

They need to put some processing power in the box so it doesn't feel like you are being ignored when you have the audacity to push a button on the remote. My Sony TV is a fussy sod and only plays a very limited number of formats so I end up transcoding on the fly.

I don't mind the extra add-ons that are in the internet video bit if I could delete them but I can't, about as user friendly as a hungry salt water croc.

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Speaker Bercow's loquacious wife finally silenced - On Twitter

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At last..

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EU standardises hamtagonistic powerline network tech

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The coach and horses have left the building

This is the inevitable result of letting politico's sort out technical matters, at the moment the interference is limited but as these devices becomes faster the signal bandwidth increases and this is the future danger. There are reports of interference with FM radio, what worries me is when these devices start interfering with communications that affect peoples lives e.g. police/ambulance/fire services and someone loses their life because of it.

Some may argue that is already happening because the HF band is getting swamped by these devices.

I also wonder why I spend the time I do making sure the equipment I work on meets the CISPR and ETSI limits when PLT can do what they like, not a fair playing field. Anyway how do you measure the RF exposure from one of these things?

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Apple tries to add Galaxy Note, Jelly Bean to patent slapfest

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Pathetic..

Starting to get pathetic, apple are looking like over paid bully boys. The judge should throw both cases out and fine them both for wasting the courts time.

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Naughty-step Apple buries court-ordered apology with JavaScript

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Grow Up Apple

They are behaving like a stroppy child and I hope the UK court's make an example of out them for such petty behaviour. I think this really shines a light on what Apple are really like.

Their products maybe very polished and sell well but their attitude stinks.

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Ailing Comet at last prayers: Cawing of accountants and VCs fills air

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Same thing on an expensive combi-oven, died after 5 weeks, no discretion by the manager and only offered a repair. Totally unacceptable customer service - they're getting their just deserts, the market has decided.

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Re: look at the reasons

Going into a shop and playing with the products, letting them make their pitch and then buying on the internet is completely unfair on the shop. If the shops hadn't abused their customers over the years people feel would feel some form of loyalty to the shop and wouldn't be so inclined to do this.

Personally if the shop has made a good sales pitch and I like the product, does what I want, etc I would buy it from the shop but not before getting a discount that reflects what the competition if offering. Trouble is more often than not the sales pitch is appaulling and they don't make their sale even if they offered a discount.

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Re: At Last

+1 having also dealt with their customer service (used in the very loosest sense) I won't be mourning its passing.

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Why is solid-state storage so flimsy?

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Re: SSDs and HDDs both require backup...

I upvoted this because it doesn't really matter what you use for storage it can and will go wrong at some stage, usually a critical moment. I suffered a HDD crash and got zilch data back from the disc, even the pro's couldn't retrieve anything.

Having a backup strategy and using it is the only sensible course of action, anything else is just foolish and asking for trouble..

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Major Freeview EPG revamp to go ahead after appeals rejected

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Re: Renumbering

The box might but people aren't programmed that way, wish they would stop messing around, the friggin EPG is fine - it works and that's all that matters.

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Top admen beg Microsoft to switch off 'Do Not Track' in IE 10

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Is it IE10 or IE8 they are talking about, article is confused but good that the Admen don't like the Don't Track feature. Hope they don't buckle under the pressure.

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Mobile phones still failing to kill people – Nordic scientists

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Re: Mobile phones don't cause cancer?

You could cook a chicken in it?

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Mr Bank Manager, help yourself to my smartphone contents

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NFC Cards

Well I just got a replacement card from my bank with contactless payment technology in, interesting conversation with them about why I just wanted one without. Eventually they agreed to send one out without it (did mention closing all my accounts with them).

I do not understand why they think this is a secure way of making payments? The blurb that came with it said your pin will be requested for the first few transactions but after that probably not required, this is a recipe for fraud albeit only upto £15-20 per transaction at the moment. No doubt limits will go up same way as they do on your credit card.

This reminds me of the incidents that Tesco had when the automated tills were first introduced, they didn't need a PIN to be entered for small transaction values, they got ripped off and had to modify the tills to require a PIN for all transactions.

De Ja Vu all over again..

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Everything Everywhere bags 4G monopoly in UK - for now

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Re: A Brave Decision...

My understanding is for EE to implement LTE they either need another plug in card or a software upgrade, I don't believe it is a major problem for EE to switch on LTE hence the expected switch on date 11th September.

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A Brave Decision...

I think it is an interesting decision by OFCOM, everything everywhere decide to upgrade their network using Huawei kit that also supports 4G and took a risk that the 4G auction would be some distance away, the regulator has backed that idea and the other operators are upset because someone has stolen a march on them. Vodafone, etc all have spectrum and could have taken the decision that everything everywhere did but didn't.

Vodafone, etc can still take advantage of the same decision as EE because the OFCOM decision in favour of EE changed a technology specific licence i.e. GSM only into a technology neutral licence, it would hard for OFCOM to argue against a request by any of the other operators to deploy LTE in the bands they currently occupy subject to anyone actually making equipment for those frequency bands. EE are going to need a lot of Band 3 LTE handsets to make this work but I don't see many (if any) on the market.

As for speeds, LTE can you give poor speeds just like any other technology given the wrong situation but is capable of some astonishing speeds in the right situation and if the operators give it the bandwidth.

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PLT chair: UK Radio Society is 'living in a dream world'

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surely PLT is an installation?

The argument goes that PLT is not a transmitter so OFCOM are behaving like ostriches, as an alternative view.

By plugging a PLT device into the mains wiring and to other devices, this could be classed as an installation under the EMC directive and would have to meet the relevant requirements i.e. EN55022, if the installation just happened to be in a domestic environment then class B would be an appropriate.emission limit.

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Mobile phone health rules need update, warns US watchdog

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Agreed that different frequencies produce different levels of exposure but that is the luck of the draw, suggest you find a phone service at a suitable frequency for minimum exposure. Just for the record the electrical characteristics of the fluid used to simulate human tissue is adjusted to compensate for different frequencies, this is to ensure the fluid represents the correct electical properties at the frequency being investigated.

Besides I think the GAO is right in asking the question, current FCC SAR limits are much tougher than else where because of the tissue volume of 1g. It's not as if all European users have brain cancer but American ones don't but Americans are more lilely to sue so I suspect the limits will go down and people will then complain about bad coverage, call dropping, etc and sue the networks.....

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