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Scan co-jacking nets crooks '€40k in IT gear'

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40K

yet they have to fence this stuff on to cash in on the scam. How much are they going to get? 4K? 10K tops. Seems a lot of effort for not much return. They'd do better flogging fake Costa franchises, where they are trousering cash.

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Sony KDL-55HX853 55in 3D LED TV

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Let's get it over with now

3D? meh.

LED backlit != LED

£1800 and no glasses? sharp practice

55" and 1080p ? = big fat pixels

55" - not in any house I can afford.

Walled Garden internet = not internet at all

Sony? not in a thousand years, thank you.

oh yes, nearly forgot

'Ow m-m-m-uch Gr-Granville?

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TalkTalk subsidiary's customer data placed on the web in IIS whoopsie

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Re: Suprising

my detector of exploding sarcasm detectors just exploded.

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Re: @AC 09:44

Static ip address, no cap, allegedly no shaping (though I have my doubts), uk call centres, inertia.

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@AC 09:44

I am a talk talk business customer. A residential one. Freedom2surf was merged with Opal & became TalkTalkBusiness

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Boffins develop nanoscale vacuum tube running at .46 THz

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Re: @Robert E A Harvey -- somewhat older in fact -- A ceramic power tube methinks.

Interesting. Yet ITT specifically splashed them as 'vacuumless'. I wonder what was going on?

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re:Since when were thermionic valves (vacuum tubes) digital devices?

Since W,H. Eccles, F.W. Jordan, "Improvements in ionic relays" British patent number: GB 148582 (June 1918)?

or O. E. Schmitt [Jour. Sci. Instr., 15, 24-26 (1938)] ?

Both transistors & themionic valves are linear devices that at the extremety of the load lines exhibit switch-like voltsdrop & pass currrent values. By saturating them hard you can defone two discrete states with a rapid transition between them.

Seems just as digital as a transistor to me.

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Re: somewhat older in fact

In the late 60s ITT built a marine HF transmitter with 'solid state valves' or 'vacuumless tubes' depending which side of the pond you were from. I never did find out what was inside. They still had heaters & similar anode voltages. The package was ceramic wit a BFO heatsink on the top.

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oh?

we measure power in volts now?

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YouTube takes on Instagram with 'Frontrow'

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Prior art?

Surely 'FrontRow' is the name of a tiresome radio programme on the BBC? and has been for 30 years?

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ITU adopts two ultra-high def TV specs

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Hurrah!

If the glass-makers start doing 4K screens some might end up in laptops and let me see the whole Logic5000 editor without desktop scrolling!

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Trekkie wants to build USS Enterprise … in twenty years

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" our own little planet's gravity well"

Space Elevator.

That is all.

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Toshiba America says no to new netbooks

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letterbox screens?

The only reason I have for even thinking about replacing ny dell netbook is the irritatingly low 600 vertical pixels. If I blow getting on for 900 quid on an ultrabook I will get... 768? What is the point?

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Top Facebook exec begs students: 'Click on an ad or two'

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Re: What adverts?

I am happy to use adblock and ghostery to cut back their hedonism a bit

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IP law probe MPs hunt for smoking gun, find plenty of smoke

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allegedly

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Noise can improve quantum computing, says ANU scientist

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It’s quantum computing: of course there’s a paradox

Best subhead of the year!

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Vulture 2 trigger triggers serious head-scratching

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rate of change

Whatever method you choose, presumably the optimal altitude is where the baloon runs out of lift, at which point the rate of climb will be tending to zero.

Such a system would overcome the downrange problem with the spherical methods - downrange speed would be roughly constant, so rate of change would be zero (for all practical solutions - if the slant range was > 45 degrees it would be wrong, but I am guessing the slant range will be no more than 2 degrees off zenith).

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Range-range timing

Before GPS we used to use a whole variety of hyperbolic positioning systems. One that ought to work well here is a range-range or pinground system. Have the platform send a radio ping to a repeater on the ground and wait for the (frequency offset) return. the round trip time will define a sphere around the ground station, and hence be a good approximation to altitude. I am sure baloons go more up than sideways.

Back it up with the baloon straingauge and a timer, mind.

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Will UK.gov crack down on itself for missing Cookie Law deadline?

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Re: Met Office website

After I diagnosed it myself - they made no sensible suggestions- I got the following from one Sarah Martin:

Dear Robert

Thank you for your email.

"The Met Office uses Webtrends Analytics to understand how people are using the website and identify areas that can be improved or removed."

This is covered in our cookie policy page: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/help/cookies#third-partyy

I hope this helps.

Kind Regards

Sarah

Met Office Customer Feedback

I now use Meteox and Weather Underground which work even when their many trackers are blocked. If you want a blobby forecast instead of doing it youself Weather Online" seem just as good as the met orifice.

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must get round to blocking GA

Ghostery + adblock plus.

You will have to turn off ghostery for the new version of the Met office web site. Their new version introduced a few weeks ago won't work unless you are being tracked. The old one was fine

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Microsoft to devs: Don't ruin Win 8 launch with crap code

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Aye

Pot, meet kettle

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World+Dog as likely to view vids on PC as TV

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But viewing figures down

I'll tell you why.

Because the content is crap, that's why

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AMD: New Trinity laptop chips out-juice Intel graphics

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@Alan Edwards

>Proper monitors aren't much better. 27-inch, but only 1920x1080??

It's a major piss-take in my opinion. The Iiyama HM703U crt was 1600x1200 and 17" in 1999.

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What is the point?

The bluddy box shifters will only fit toys-r-us screens. Why do they need stonking great graphics ships?

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Sony to add full HD display to 15in Ivy Bridge laptop

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@dogged

In 'every other article' I have suggested that in this day and age we should be seeing a Miniumum of 1200 vertical pixels, and would expect more than 1500. I had CRT monitors with 1600 vertical pixels at the turn of the century, and >1200 vertical pixels in a 2004 dell laptop.

I really don't think that 1080 is anywhere near enough. On the 15 inch screen that works out at around 147dpi, fractionally less than a Motorola Zoom tablet. The Disgo 8100 tablet, manages 117 and that only costs 99 quid. The Galaxy S3 phone is 306dpi.

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Yawn

1920 x 1080 should be baseline. It is not 'impressive' in any known language.

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Google shoves cybersquatter off 763 Googletastic domains

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can't say 'hoover'

No, but in this context I don't think they'd want to 'suck' them up either.

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Sony stock slides to 30-year low after record loss

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@unexpected Bill

Yes.

I was loyal to Sony for Analogue electronics: clever, straightforward, mini hi-fi, Trinitron CRT tvs, a car radio/cassette player. All solid, reliable, high quality sound (& picture). Then came the first Sony Tv with teletext/viewdata/whatever it was called that week. I had to have 4 before I got one that worked. They argued all the time that there was nothing wrong.

Then the removal men dropped a 1 year old telly. It was 4 years before the insurers returned it, because of problems with Sony supplying parts.

I'd stopped believing in them long before the rootkit fiasco, although that was when I stopped buying anything, already annoyed by a lock-in policy that covered cameras, audio players, etc.

They made their name with good quality affordable well supported products, Once they had the name they dropped the other 3 things. And I dropped them.

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Grab your L-plates, flying cars of sci-fi dreams have landed

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How about a car-boat-rocket-plane

Superthunderstingcar! is go!

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BOFH: Siri, why do users lie?

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Ah, yes.

Welcome back, Simon, it's been too long

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Intel plans massive push around touchy-feely Ultrabooks

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Re: Open Letter

Dear Mr Intel

Oh really?

Tell you what, you want to call it "ultra" anything, I suggest you up the MINIMUM specs to something with more, well, 'Ultra' in it.

Robert Harvey

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Open Letter

Dear Mr Intel

I would have already bought one of your ultratoys to replace my nasty Dell mini with its 600 vertical pixels, were it not for the fact that you hobble your customer's designs to something like 768 vertical pixels.

This is 2012, and I expect something better than the Hercules adaptor I had in my IBM-AT in 1985.

If your ultraslab has a screen resolution of 3000-odd by 1500-odd, I shall beat a path to the first person who tries to sell me one.

Oh, and yes. Mending is right. Some modern connectivity, and how about /built in/ wireless for an external optical disk, using some scheme that leaves the wifi and the bluetooth free. Ability to take phone calls. SD memory card slots (plural, note).

But most of all get us away from these miserable tv-based video standards to something more appropriate for computing.

Yours sincerely

someone who is going to pay for what I want, not what you want me to want.

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Samsung Galaxy S III: A Swiss army knife of wireless tech

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@illiad

But buying the phone won't mean you don't need a house any more, surely? It's not an alternative, it's an extra.

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US, Euro e-car makers back 'standard' AC/DC jack

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Re: Back of the envelope

>Do these vehicles allow for the dissipation of 10kW of heat

Toast 12 slices of bread in one go?

Up for that!

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@Lost all Faith

Oh Aye.

Back to PoE then.

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IT Angle

IT angle

This may displace the claims of the Power over Ethernet people that their socket is the only 'power outlet' which is the same in every country on earth.

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Dell sneaks out Ivy Bridge special edition Inspirons

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vertical res looks awesome

"awesome" is a funny way of describing something worse than I had in 2004. Should be twice that by now, and 768 on the 700 quid one is a hell of an insult

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NHS trust goes 100% over IT budget in patient records rollout cockup

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Public sector

So, they overspend by 100%.

Who got the sack?

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Nokia's 41Mp cameraphone shoots towards retail

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"The demand is there for Windows Phone"

Where?

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UK plc 'needs a chief engineer' - also a chief trick-cyclist

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Re: Whats the point?

>at least those in charge will have fewer plausible excuses when they get it wrong.

They won't care. They have no shame.

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Sony outs its first Ultrabook

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FAIL

Fail

1366 x 768.

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LG: We're not walking away from Windows Phone

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Re: Lets keep this in perspective

>I don't know ANYONE with a Windows Phone, not personally, or in the tech sector,

> it's become a laughing stock.

And yet, tiles have been such a magnificent success that the flagship desktop product is adopting them.

Hmm.

Fail, MS, fail.

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Microsoft hikes volume prices by more than a third

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Linux

Time for the penguin.

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Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook

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...not enough sockets...

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Swedish men ordered to present cervices in database flub

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Oh well

At least it can't be described as a cock-up.

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Quantum cruncher beats today's computers by 1080

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Oh. So you need a bigger one of it to check it?

Research funds, lads!

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Nikon recalls camera batteries

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rationally engaging in discussion?

Ah. Right. OK then.

Is that /every/ day?

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Hanging's too good for 'em - so what do you suggest?

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Easy

Australia worked out OK.

How about being the labour force for Asteroid Mining?

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Apple sued for every touchscreen device by Flatworld prof

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Re: Apple bitten.

but why wait until now? I'm using an 8 year old Draenetz power analyser with a touch screen. Did he sue them 8 years ago? or the Estate Agents who 15 years ago had touch sensitive overlays on shop windows with a 'puter screen indoors to let you browse the houses available?

If I was to award him damages I would want him to show he has taken every step to protect his patent ever since it was granted, not wait for a fine crop of cherries to pick.

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Metallic Glass iPhone 5 to battle pottery Samsung Galaxy S3

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Re: Liquid Metal

how do you know he was the last one?

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