16 posts • joined Thursday 20th August 2009 11:32 GMT
Time to become an aerial installer! When LTE goes live and complaints pour in, it will be down to the householder to demonstrate that their external antenna, any amplifiers and receiver are in good condition. Only then will there be any investigation. It's the same process regardless of whether it is a telco, the radio ham with massive antennas on the roof down the road or a CBer with a linear amplifier and antenna in the loft.
With EU support, this could be a runner.
Careful design of the DC output connector would be required to support different voltages, single and double-ended, maybe communicate the required voltage and current limit to the brick.
A new market in universal power supplies could be born, devices shipping with just the cable. One 8-way brick on the charging table at home, portable single-way for mobile use, power out socket in you car...
There will only be two groups of winners...
... both in the legal profession!
The US patent system is broken beyond repair, with prior art (I'm sure I learned about hash tables in the 1980s), and the blatantly obvious being rubber-stamped as a matter of course.
You might think that the lawyers created the problem deliberately!
Re: I smell some sport!
Not quite - no events in Brum!
Re: Wrong numbers
Not only will it need to be a separate box, it will need to be completely self-contained with a back-up power supply and completely ruggedised and fire-proof (while maintaining a transparency to RF signals).
It cannot use existing GPS or sensors because they, or the wiring may be damaged in the accident. Locating the device might also prove difficult. It will need to be able to see as much of the sky as possible whatever orientation the car is in. Mounting on or near the roof will be useless if the car ends up upside-down.
And what about the areas of Europe that have no cellular coverage?
Nothing less than an EPIRB with its Satellite monitoring infrastructure will really fit the bill. Okay, when Gallileo is active, that may be able to support such an emergency call system, but I, for one, would rather see that reserved for maritime distress!
Re: CHP is a snare! @ Horsham sparky
"The thing I like about the CHP fuel cell units is that you're not in fact using any more gas than you normally would to heat your home. You're getting some free* electricity in the bargain."
Not quite - look at the CHP efficiency as a central heating boiler alone. The outlet gasses of a modern 'A' rated condensing boiler are remarkably cool, barely warmer than body heat. Any electricity generated will be at the expense of heating efficiency.
Anything else would be running into the limits imposed by the first law of thermodynamics.
Overall, the only benefit of domestic CHP is that the reduction in heating efficiency is less than the energy wasted as heat at a power station. But remember that we are past peak oil and these use a dwindling resource as their fuel. In the long term, alternative sources of electricity will reduce the benefits of any domestic CHP systems.
Re: We need to invent light switches!
For those trying (and those disappointed by) LED GU10s or MR16s, go for the warm white versions.
It is down to how we perceive the light. The same intensity of a 'warm white' will appear brighter than a 'cool white'.
Someone took this advice with some scepticism and changed the GU10 LEDs in a lift car - the difference was substantial - looking even brighter than the original halogens.
I can imagine this exchange:
User: "Siri, BBC Two Please"
Siri: "Sorry, I can only select TV Stations in the USA"
It looks like Dell UK temporarily had a spec sheet available
Thanks to Google's cached page:
"Enjoy remarkable computational density with the PowerEdge M420, capable of deploying 32 server nodes in just 10U of rack space. Scaling up to 16 processor cores and 192GB of RAM, each M420 couples processing power and memory capacity with tremendous I/O throughput, with up to four ports of 10Gb ethernet available in an exceptionally compact, individually serviceable form factor."
Come on Google, get Google TV out!
This would be the ideal opportunity to steal Apple's thunder by launching a new, competing platform.
Where are your references?
Come on verity, after four years, you must have learned about the Harvard referencing system. Where are you references (after all, you don't want to run the risk of fallign foul of the plagarism police!)
Most of uw will have longer than just a year of grace.
Even then, they will only act when there is a complaint.
New regulations = empty words.
direct.gov.uk does not comply! Who does and who does not might be surprising!
direct.gov.uk is in breach of the directive!
as is the UK's largest employer www.nhs.uk
as for www.number10.gov.uk, they have had nearly a month
Come to think of it can www.parliament.uk claim parliamentry privilege to carry on storing those ever-so intrusive Google Analytics tracking cookies?
Surprisingly, GCHQ and CESG do comply because they don't use analytics (is it that they already know who you are and what you are about to think?)
Oh Well, surely the Lib. Dems will be championing the cause for Europw and our privacy. Yet another disappointment... _gat._getTracker("UA-xxxxxx-x") but no sign of anyrequest for my permission.
Oh Well, I'm sure my privacy will be safe when I go and see where this directive came from - safe in the knowledge that I won't find a cooke named something like "ec_exit_survey" without beuing asked - oh, it does exist!
Well, I'm sure we can find somewher that the law is obeyed, maybe where it was passed www.europarl.europa.eu (right click, page Information) ... surely the cookie called __utmz must be there in error - but it contains my search terms - FAIL
Disgusted! I think I'll have to get back to work and just forget all this scaremongering!
Why can't they just leave it for PMSE
We all want out telly programmes without unsightly wires and our singers dancing around freely with out tripping over loudspeakers - all this takes bandwidth - a huge chunk of which is being taken away in 2012.
I have heard it said that X-Factor uses over 45 radio microphones, plus in-ear monitors. In the west end, the bands are so loud that everyone on the stage has to have a radio mic with a channel that is not in use in any other theatre up the road.
Then, when someone wants to organise something in Trafalgar square - a celebration over winning the right to host a sporting event, that's more channels needed - then some for the world's press.
The numbers are staggering and with the existing users being forced onto lower frequencies with a greater range, it's not going to be pretty.
Like an employer is going to buy a dual SIM phone? and other reasons for multiple phones
So, you get a mobile for work, but you are not allowed to use it for personal calls. In order to cut costs, the phone is several years old or the bottom of the range - they would never buy a dual-SIM phone to allow their staff to use their own account! PHONE 1
Then you look at getting a dual SIM personal phone to use your work SIM in too - NO SUBSIDY. A personal phone on contract is far cheaper because the contract is no cheaper if you buy the phone outright. PHONE 2
Then there is 'Line Two' Probably the biggest missed opportunity. Many phones can support it, but the networks have never pushed it very well. For example, you could never get line two on a separate contract so no chance of adding line two to your company SIM and what company wants the admin overhead of recharging line two calls?
And then there's employment agencies who refuse to use email because they cannot do hard sell! As soon as you make your CV available, the phoone rtings off the hook. Don't they understand that the reason you are a 'hot property' is because you still have a job that your would really like to keep until the right job comes along. Would they be allowed to take a 20 minute personal call every half hour while they are at work? The only option is to get a PAYG phone, give them that number and leave it on silent! PHONE 3
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