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34 posts • joined 19 May 2007

LTE's backers vow to KILL OFF WI-FI and BLUETOOTH

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Re: Going nowhere fast

Going right back to GSM, all the digital mobile network standards have included the function of automatically modulating the transmit power up or down to the lowest level necessary to maintain a usable signal. It's an essential feature to enable efficient use of limited spectrum bandwidth. This is why network operators are able to increase capacity by adding base-stations without having them block their neighbour's spectrum.

So an LTE implementation designed to replace Bluetooth should not transmit at any higher power when devices are in the normal Bluetooth range. It would just be able to boost up to a higher range than Bluetooth.

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Shift over, TV firms: LTE Broadcast will nuke current mobile telly tech

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Sorry, but you're talking nonsense.

You appear to have no understanding of the topic at hand.

Firstly, it has no direct bearing on net neutrality. Net neutrality is about how network participants treat each other's traffic. A new technology such as this might be used as an excuse to break net neutrality, but the problem would lie with the ISPs, not the technology.

Secondly, you don't seem to understand the technology at all, and use the words multicast and broadcast interchangeably, while talking about it being "wasteful", which is totally wrong. It makes me suspect that you're talking about IP multicast over LTE. LTE broadcast is a genuine radio broadcast technology implemented on the LTE system.

DVB broadcast = one radio transmission on one frequency listened to by many receivers = efficient.

Conventional IPTV (including IP multicast) over LTE = Individual 2-way LTE frequency channels to each receiver = very inefficient.

LTE broadcast = Single 1-way LTE broadcast frequency channel listened to by all receivers on the cell = as efficient as DVB.

In fact, more efficient, because LTE is much much much better at cramming data into the available frequency spectrum, and cells are more localised and run at much lower transmission power than TV transmitters, so block frequencies from reuse at a much smaller radius. Why are there so few terrestrial HD DVB channels? because they don't have enough spectrum. DVB is a dead-end.

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Open source incest: GPL forked by its coauthor

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Re: Woah...

I don't see how the Open/Libre Office fork can be characterised as a "debacle", quite the opposite, it was a demonstration of how the ability to fork inherent in free software projects can be an advantage for the end users.

Very quickly there was no doubt as to which branch users should follow. Everyone that mattered went to LibreOffice. The major Linux distributions adopted it within a few months and the project was re-invigorated after years of stagnation. The same thing also happened in the transition from XFree86 to X.org.

Contrast this with being locked in to a proprietry product which the vendors decide to neglect or take in the wrong direction. You think you would be better off?

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BA staff to google for snaps, dirt on biz-class passengers

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So when their Googling reveals my penchant for Cocaine and high-class hookers, will they be laying them on for me on a long-haul?

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Tube bosses: 'Wireless tickets too slow, we think'

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Re: It'll make paperless statements more popular.

More logical would be to do a pre-auth for the maximum daily charge (It's something like 15 or 20 quid) on the first bonk, then reconcile things and charge the actual amount owed at the end of the day.

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Re: Response time of Passengers

Your supermarket must have better self-service machines than my local Tesco. In my experience, bagging as you scan shifts the weight around too much, confusing the system and resulting in numerous "Unexpected item in bagging area" messages that require a member of staff to override before you can continue scanning. I changed to from "bag as you scan" to "scan, then bag" on the advice of a staff member and now I whizz through much quicker than most of the self-scan amateurs around me.

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75,000 Raspberry Pi baked before August

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Re: Cheap media streamer?

"Don't get me wrong - I love the RasPi, but if someone just wants a low-cost, plug'n'play HDMI media player: once they've invested in all the necessary add-ons and the time needed to configure the Pi, I think they'd be better off with something like a WD Live or Apple TV."

The people buying Raspberry Pis for this purpose don't want plug-and-play, we want openness and customisability. You won't get that from WD, and especially not from Apple.

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"And the amount of people who say "I want it to do X" - media centre PC, emulators, etc. - and the answer is basically "It won't" show that it's being regarded as some general purpose device instead of a small embedded unit that's not suitable for most things a smartphone can manage."

It can do most of the things a smartphone can manage. It has the guts of a smartphone, after all, minus things like the radio, keyboard and screen, all of which can be attached via external ports as required. It's eminently suitable as a network media player, having ethernet, 1080p playback capability, HDMI output, and running linux which has plenty of media centre options available.

If you're seeing lot's of "it can'ts", it's only because the software to easily achieve these tasks has not been ported yet - and this will change once enough people start getting their hands on the thing.

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Samsung shows 'designed for humans' handset

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Paris Hilton

Re: also automation is worrying

"It's worrying as it might automaticaly send the latest picture you accidently take to all youre friends, heck your mate might take a picture of his privates on your phone for a laugh for your phone to not know it was your mate or have any form of facial identification and as such automaticly upload to your flicker accounts on natrual surroundings which is PG rated. This is automation."

Clearly such automation needs appropriate safeguards built in. Perhaps some sort of penile recognition technology to ensure that it only automatically uploads pictures of it's rightful owner's privates to Flickr and Facebook.

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Indiana cops arrest violent 6-year-old

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Re: The good old days when a quick smak fixed 99% of the se problems.

"Would it be ok for a Policeman to administer a smack to an adult, if the adult wasn't co-opertating with him? No, it certainly would not and it's the same for kids."

Er, police are allowed to use reasonable, proportional physical force when justifiable as necessary against uncooperative individuals. Are you now proposing that police lose their enforcement powers and just have to try to talk violent criminals into calming down?

"Please stop stabbing that woman, sir, it's not very nice."

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Re: @voland

They are not renouncing their authority. Their authority to implement effective measures to control children was taken from them a long time ago by stupid legislation.

Those of you who are blaming the teachers here, please eloborate on your vague notions of "having control" or "asserting authority" and explain exactly what they should do when a child ignores their verbal instructions to behave.

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Pay attention, 007: Wi-Fi cufflinks perfect for a spy

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I don't get it.

So you plug the wifi cufflink into your computer and it can be a "router" - but actually that's just a software function of your computer, so it's really just a USB wifi adaptor. But maybe you want it because it's so small, and portabilty is important to you. So presumably you'll be using it with a laptop or other portable computer, which will almost certainly have wifi anyway, making this gadget completely redundant.

Or am I missing something?

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BlackBerry BBM, email offline AGAIN

Degenerate Scumbag

Some of us in the UK are fine too.

I manage a team in London with six Blackberries on T-Mobile and our service has been problem free throughout, despite recieving apologetic SMSs from our carrier.

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Bloke pissing in reservoir prompts 8m gallon flush

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Lunacy.

Only in America could people think that covering potable water reservoirs, like developed nations have been sensibly doing for the past 150 years, is some sort of big-government conspiracy.

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More Than a Little Behind the Times.

As an industry professional, I find the idea that Oregon has open potable water storage in 2011 absolutely mind boggling. We covered our service reservoirs over a century ago. You should see the regulations we have to abide by over here with regard to securing the vents and access hatches, but the yanks are still happy to let animals piss and shit in it?!?!?!?

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Degenerate Scumbag

Urban myth, never true.

About 75% of the water in London comes from the Thames upstream of Teddington. The Rest comes from the river Lea and well/borehole sites. London's treated Sewage effluent is discharged into the Thames at Twickenham, Beckton, Crossness, Long Reach and Riverside STWs, all of which are downstream of the abstraction points.

Some amount of effluent is discharged by smaller STWs far upstream on the Thames and Lea, but it's extensively treated and heavily diluted in the river flow (which of course is also open to contamination from all the usual environmental sources). The discharged effluent is generally cleaner than the river water. But anyway, unless you're counting evaporation and precipitation (in which case who knows), the idea that it goes around many times is complete myth - it goes through once then out to sea.

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National Identity Card holding chumps have buyer's remorse

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Legally validity is what counts.

They were legally valid as travel documents. It's not surprising that so early in the program some people rejected them due to unfamiliarity, but this would obviously have changed had the full program gone ahead. Furthermore, my point is that I would have carried both - leaving my passport safely locked in the hotel safe whilst my (cheaper) ID card would have been in my pocket satisfying my legal obligation in several European countries to carry recognised ID on my person. Therefore I would be more likely to lose the ID than the passport. What's more, even if it was the other way around and my passport was lost, the ID is more likely to be recognised in Europe for the journey home since they are more familiar with national ID cards.

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Degenerate Scumbag
Stop

There was a good reason for having one.

All those of you laughing at the supposed stupidity of these people for opting-in to need to engage you brains a little more and consider why they may have done so. I'm afraid it is you who are the morons, because there was at least one clear and obvious reason for having one:

You're not allowed to apply for a spare passport.

The cards were valid for European travel and recognised as offical ID. A lot of European coutries actually have laws stating foreigners must carry their passport or ID on them at all times. This makes loss or theft of your passport a significant risk.

Many would consider £30 well worth it to insure against the hassle of being stuck without a passport and possibly missing your flight home whilst you sort it out. Indeed, had the full roll-out proceeded I would have bought one for the £60 full price.

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Canadian flyboy prangs CF-18 Hornet

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D'oh!

Low speed, excessive yaw angle leading to stall... Would have developed into a classic flat spin had the ground not intervened already. If he doesn't have a bloody good excuse, that's a pretty basic pilot error.

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Big Blue demos 100GHz chip

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Your arse indeed.

As processing power increases, more becomes available for encryption as well as cryptanalysis. Longer, stronger keys become practical, so snoopers are no closer to easily breaking crypto. The only caveat is that any older data that is still sensitive needs to be re-encrypted with the newer schemes to remain safe.

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Facebook kills 'Kill Obama' poll

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FAIL

Morons

Asking if the president should be killed is not a threat.

Even stating that you think he should be killed would not be a threat.

Stating your intention to carry out said act is what would constitute a threat.

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Firefox 3.5: In, out, shake it all about

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FF3 is more stable than FF2

For those complaing about FF3 crashing: Upgrading from FF2 to FF3 halved my memory usage and hugely increased stability. From conversations with other users, my experience seemed to be the norm. If you suffered instability, the most likely cause is extensions you were running or something else left over from your FF2 setup - I suggest you try installing with a clean profile.

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Remembering the true* first portable computer

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Geekish nitpicking

"The on-board system navigated by measuring velocity with gyroscopes and acceleration with an accelerometer"

Surely it measured attitude from the gyroscopes? It doesn't need to measure velocity, it can calculate it from the acceleration.

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Re-jigged Intel mobile Linux stack dumps Ubuntu

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@ Steve P

Apt v rpm is trivial? It directly impacts how users aquire and install software, and what is available for them to run. As such, it is one of the most significant differentiating points between distros.

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NHS IT: what went wrong, what will go wrong

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It's £12.7bn now?

That's about £210 for every man, woman and child in Britain... or about £360 for every tax-payer - for a database.

How could anyone remotely begin to justify a database that cost as much as a PC for every individual recorded in it?

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Heaviest Virgin Media downloaders face new daytime go-slow

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Boffin

@Adam Re:What, XL is 20mbps?

"Only I've had the XL service for coming up to a year, and the only times I see anything close to 20mbps is when I'm running one of those ISP speed-test websites with a mirror on the Virgin network. Every other time I generally see 1mbps downloading (through http and ftp, no torrents here)"

If you're getting 20mbps on the speed test, then that is the speed of the connection. It takes more than just a fast connection your end to get that throughput on a download. There has to be enough bandwidth at the other end, and at every router in between. TCP window sizes and round-trip latency place an effective limit on the throughput of an individual TCP connection that can be quite low (this is probably the 1mbps you are seeing), so you will need to open multiple TCP connections. You'll get these from a well seeded torrent, a decent premium Usenet server or a resume-capable HTTP server with an appropriate download manager. For 20Mbps you'll need many connections.

I'm on the XL tier and with 40 TCP connections to my Usenet server in the US I get a steady 20Mbps... for about half an hour in the evenings before the F*@!ing STM kicks in...

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The economy: A big Arab did it and ran away, claims PM

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Cheap and Decent Whores

That shortage has been solved over recent years by importing large numbers from Eastern Europe.

Perhaps Mr Brown should be mending our fences with Russia's new premiere.

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Home Office won't appeal immigration ruling

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@Spleen

This has nothing to do with the Poles. EU nationals don't require visas or any sort of permit to live and work in other EU countries for any length of time. (A temporary restriction was enacted on the latest wave of new member states, but not in the round before when Poland joined.)

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Obituary: HD DVD 2002-2008

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@Malcolm Weir

Optical disks winning over Magnetic media for longevity? You're kidding, right? This may be true for pressed disks, but for data storage we need writable disks, and that means layers of phase-changing dye - organic compounds which are subject to degrade with light exposure and time. This technology does not have a good record of storage longevity at all. Ever heard of CD-R bit-rot? Studies showed significant data loss after only 5 years - and this ties in with my own experience. I'd take magnetic media over optical any day - just make sure you re-copy any precious archived data every few years. With the way prices fall, this shouldn't be an expensive proposition.

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MP calls for law to force online shops to verify customer age

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@John Munyard

What existing laws? Why do you think it's illegal for under-18s to buy them?

The whole point of prepaid cards is that they're not credit and are free of any contractual baggage. Therefore, they're not subject the credit and contract laws which prevent under-18s from getting other cards.

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HP plunks 16GB SSD drive into slim business PCs

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@ LEO Rampen

That 8GB drive you saw was probably about 1/40 of the transfer rate and capable of surviving far fewer rewrites. Flash of a suitable spec to replace desktop HDDs is much more expensive.

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MIT student walks into airport wearing circuit board and wires

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@ Simon

I pretty much agree this girl deserved to be shot, however...

The comparisons you make with Jean Charles de Menezes are totally incorrect. That's the false account that *cough* "somehow" got spread about in the tabloids in the days following the shooting. It later emerged that there was nothing suspicious about his appearance or behavior. He entered the station calmly like anyone else, used his oyster card to get through the barrier, and only dashed from the bottom of the escalators across the platform to catch a train that was already there. Once onboard he sat down calmly. He was never even aware he was being followed before the armed police came in and blew him away (without shouting any warning, because a warning is just a chance for a suicide bomber to detonate.)

Personally, I think the shoot-to-kill policy itself was quite justified when dealing with suicide bombers, but it was criminal negligence on the part of the police to firstly misidentify a completely innocent man, and secondly allow him to enter the tube when they could have apprehended him earlier, in the open, where the shoot-to-kill would not have been necessary.

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IBM's Power6 spotted bashing Oracle at 4.7GHz

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Process Tech

Don't IBM share fabs with AMD? If this speed bump has been achieved within sensible power/cooling constraints, it could have interesting implications for AMD's coming generation of chips.

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GPL to undermine Microsoft's Novell deal?

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Nonsense

The GPL V2 on already released code absolutely CANNOT be revoked.

Where people/organisations have lost their right to distribute under the GPL, it has been because they breached it's terms, thus invoking the clause that strips them of all rights granted under the license. It absolutely cannot be done on the author's whim.

The wording in GPL V2 regarding later versions is "or any later version" not "the most recent version". Ie, you can choose to stick with GPL V2 if you want. Of course, if all the developer begin releasing newer versions under GPL V3, you will be forced to fork or stagnate.

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