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2802 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

The O2 4G Lottery: Are YOU in one of the three LUCKY cities?

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Re: What about improving existing services?

$MEGACORP gives us O2 phones. Complete disaster, but they have not been dumped. The number of dropped calls, particularly on the continent, is astonishing.

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Yawn

No imagination, any of them. Nodlon, Deels, Fradbord?

Just imagine the publicity if they had chosen Narwich, Tynesideside, and Aberdeeeen. And probably the same customer demand.

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HALF of air passengers leave phones on ... yet STILL no DEATH PLUNGE

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Re: Not just radio signal safety

@ Should b Working

I fly once or twice a week, and regularly sleep right through the Humberside-Schiphol hop And quite often the Schiphol - Hong Kong or -beijing long haul. I have never been woken up before landing, so long as my seat back is upright and my tray table stowed.

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Re: Not just radio signal safety

>the full undivided attention of everyone on the plane is

>required in case of an emergency exit.

So why is it that they are keen to get people to take the earphones out, but they never ever wake up someone who is fast asleep and ask them to pay attention during the landing?

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First Austin, now live across the US: Watch Americans pay by bonk

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Leapfrog

So the USA is going to go from mag stripe to NFC and skip chip-n-pin?

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Boffins use lasers to detect radio waves

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There is, indeed, nothing new under the sun!

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Clever

But I challenge the assertion 'not using antennas at all'. The aluminium foil is an antenna. It's even a resonant antenna.

Any resonant antenna will give improved selectivity in a high-noise environment. It is the band-selectivity of the antenna that rejects the ambient noise. And mechanical resonances have been used for narrow-band selectivity before - like in SAW filters.

That does not mean I am not deeply impressed by the idea of making an antenna sensitive enough to generate significant mechanical movement from the incident wave - to actually take mechanical energy out of the radiation. I will also cheerfully admit that the fact it gives higher than normal sensitivity is entirely contrary to what I would have naturally assumed. Fantastic effort, lads! Have a gold star.

All new developments in Radio are proper advances in technology. This is far more like science than e.g. dreaming up sliding unlock controls on a touch screen. Look, patent trolls - this is a proper advance!

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Ministry of Fun launches news quiz - and the BBC is in its sights

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Re: The news we need

>From the BBC it is often half arsed, heavily biased and without linking any sources

Yes. But without it we would be looking at CNN or Faux news which is far far worse.

I do have to scatter my reading about, particularly using Al Jazeerah and The Moscow news to get another viewpoint, and the Inde for a different view again. That doesn't mean there is anything uniquely wrong with the BEEB, I'd expect to do that anyway.

Oh, and the daily mail web site has really impressive photo stories. Shame it is associated with the bile duct.

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USB accelerates to 10 Gbps

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what is next

USSB? then USSSB, U4SB...

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Google Glassholes can't take long walks off short piers thanks to Merc app

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Re: a SatNav for walking?

>intent on the delicious kebab

That will be why they don't make that sort any more?

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'Steve Jobs killed music biz', but Bon Jovi don't mind Google Glass

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killing the music industry

Can I quote again Mitch Benn from the now show:

"Downloading isn't destorying music. Simon Cowell is destroying music."

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Dell committee says 'no way' on takeover vote change

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Plan B

>If that happens, Michael Dell will be out of a job – but with $12bn in assets in his equity

>firm, there are worse things that could happen to him

Plan B: buy Nokia and Nokia-Siemens Networks

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Wii U sales plunge: Nintendo hopes Mario and Zelda will shift some kit

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Wake up, corporations!

People have got houses full of devices that work well enough.

And no money.

You can't keep selling them tiny variations on what they already have. It's not like the 1980s, when new was very much better than old.

You want people's money? Think up something they need rather than just want!

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Microsoft Surface sales numbers revealed as SHOCKINGLY HIDEOUS

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The other lesson

People seem to have missed the other lesson.

According to the Reg story figures Microsoft spent over a thousand dollars in advertising to earn each $600 sale.

Just remember that next time an ad agency is making a pitch for their attempt to sell your product, and ask them how come they can be so clever when they weren't even clever enough to get the Surface RT account.

Advertising pays? pah! No such thing as bad publicity? Pshaw!

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You're 30 years old and your PIN is '1983'. DAMMIT, biz mobe user

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Re: toooooo many passwords

Mallon

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So, who here LURVES Windows Phone? Put your hands up, Brits

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Re: Yet to see one in the wild

>So if people are buying them, they're not using them in public as far as I can see.

Yeah, I'd be afraid of being laughed at too.

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Beam me up? Not in the life of this universe

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Heisenburg

I'd have thought that a successful teleport would require the position, energy, and velocity of every subatomic particle. Something the uncertainty principle says we can never know.

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WikiLeaker Bradley Manning found not guilty of 'aiding the enemy'

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Wrong again

I thought it was self-evident that he had been 'aiding the enemy'.

Does not the US government regard most of its own people as 'the enemy'?

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BT's new broom turns out to be carving knife: Retail wing sliced in half

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The company is betting big on television with its sports channel

Puts me right off.

They sent me a brochure. No technical info, no channel listings, no service level targets. Just a load of drivel about futba'

So that went in the tub.

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Sony and Panasonic plan 300GB Blu-Ray replacement for 2015

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Re: I use Ultraviolet to watch movies

Coo. I'd heard that a few of us were Tetrachromic, but I had no idea we were evolving out-of-band receptors too!

Oh, OK -->

You can probably see through my invisibility cloak anyway, with vision like that!

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Microsoft haters: You gotta lop off a lot of legs to slay Ballmer's monster

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Re: The other killer feature keeping Windows alive is old, proprietary software.

This too. And not just old. Brand new as well.

Rockwell, Siemens, etc. only supply their PLC programming environments on windows (they started with DOS). You can't set up a data acquisition unit from National Instruments or a temperature sensor from Neoptix without windows. Try talking to an ABB motor drive without anything but windows. The only way to get data out a Tektronix 'scope or a Fluke OTDR... well, that's the thing.

You'd think that engineering companies would be capable of making portable applications. But they can't be bothered.

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Re: a big market for "naked" computers?

Probably not. But that is no reason for having no market because "we are not allowed to sell computers without windows".

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Desktop monopoly

They will continue to have a desktop monopoly as long as manufactures like Dell and HP; and retailers like PC World/Currys, are too cowardly to stand up to them.

I applaud the handful of retailers like Novatech who will sell you a laptop with no OS.

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Fed up with poor Brit telly and radio output? Ofcom wants a word with YOU

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Re: How about......

>Maybe if programme output was done by the DJ's and not a commitee,

Abso bluddy lutely. Ban playlists, say I.

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Apple Developer portal partially resurrected

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Bob Mansfield

Reuters say that Mr Mansfield postponed retirement last year, and is going to be on the Special Projects team.

Are they going to deliver my talking computer soon, then?

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London Mayor shows off GIANT BLUE COCK in busy square

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Re: Lady Hamilton and Nelson's Column

I thought Lady Hamilton was regularly responsible for... oh, you mean the one in Trafalgar square. As you were, then.

There's a coat here with only one...

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Happy

everything has to be somewhere.

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From our East Cheam correspondent

"Hahn/Cock"

Very nearly an arm full?

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BOFH: Don't be afraid - we won't hurt your delicate, flimsy inkjet printer

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Pint

That's why they put WEEE recycling symbols on them

Oh yes. I remember proper printers.

And pen plotters. They were amazing.

Page Definition Languages as well. Printers with a brain, not parasitic growths off yer desktop CPU that stop everything working when you have the temerity to want a paper copy.

Gah!. It's time for a beer instead of getting all agitated.

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Signing out of a broken Britain: The final Quatermass serial

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Powerful stuff

I remember the final Quatermass as more powerful than it seems now, even though we are rapidly heading toward a world not unlike the one he portrayed. I think the Planet People seem less likely than they did, but that's about it. But there is no doubting the complexity of the vision and the depth of detail that went into creating the world in which the story took place, far more than in the earlier stories where it was somehow not necessary: they had a contemporary setting, this last one was near-future.

Ringstone Round is a thoroughly clever British invention. It sounds right. It sounds like it really exists, and there are some people who claim the children's chant is traditional.

OK, there is something of 'Midwich cuckoos' in the denouement, and some of the acting is a little perfunctory. But the story remains tight, faithful to the Genre, and has that same sort of 'that would explain a lot' quality of the The Pit . I thought in that the Hobs Lane and medieval mythology was handled with a light enough touch to be realistic, or at least not break the disbelief, and the idea of finding a rational explanation for stone circles in the last story has that same deftness of touch.

Yes. I enjoyed it. I enjoyed them all, and this was part of the set. The whole series had some of the qualities of Britishness that makes doctor Who interesting, while still being proper, serious, story telling. I'd put them up there with Day of the Triffids and War of the Worlds, as fine quality SF on our own turf.

Out of interest, who is writing SF with a British background now? Is there a hole in the market?

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Guinness: Have a quick bonk over the bar and receive FREE BEER

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... lots of opportunites for rapid touching there.

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Indian military pondered attack on Venus and Jupiter

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Not exactly rocket science is it?

no, but not unrelated either.

Mine's got a steel collar for attaching the helmet...

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Surface RT: A plan worthy of the South Park Underpants Gnomes

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Re: I think I've spotted..

>The ones who clog up our helpdesk with calls.

Helpdesk? What helpdesk is that, then?

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Headmaster

credibility

I am not going to take advice from someone who can write " absolutely shined".

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FAIL

Wilfully stupid

>believing that they could come in to the market as a new player,

> but with products launching at Apple prices.

Doing that at all was, as you say, Arrogant.

Doing it after watching HP go face-first with the WebOs products - making exactly the same mistake - is beyond Arrogant, it is Wilful Stupidity.

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Free cloud server self-destructs in 35 minutes

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Good luck to him

It's not a bad idea. It gives people the chance to try something out quickly. The $6 is cheaper than paying an engineer to do something from scratch. If he is up-front about the costs, and the timeout on the free one, well good luck to him.

And if people are stupid enough to pay him his rates on a long term basis, well good luck to him. Stupid deserves to bleed, it's how we keep the market fit.

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Microsoft's earnings down on slow Windows sales, Surface RT bust

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and the followers

... and all those companies and corporations whose business model is "Sell whatever Redmond makes" are going to have to start thinking for themselves. Maybe even design their own product.

Beer, popcorn, deckchair.

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HP the only PC maker to bleed distie sales in Blighty

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Hewlett Scrapyard

People have long memories of past purchases, and really don't want last year's CPU with last century's screen resolution.

I do wonder, too, if customers being ripped off for printer ink does the brand any good.

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Brit telly, laptop flogger Gimmi goes titsup owing whopping £1m

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Trusted the bankers?

"the lender hiked its charge per transaction from 1.75 per cent to 5.45 per cent"

just like the interest-free period on yer credit card running out. You cannot base a business plan on the introductory offer. Who could not have seen this coming?

[Banker: interesting business here, why should he be making the profit instead of us? I know...]

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Look out, Lenovo! HP: We're not happy with being a 'number two'

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x768?

>you are too embarrassed to state it

Yes.

This.

Exactly.

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Oblox

" We have a multi OS,...computing strategy"

-- that forces your retail customers to buy windows 8.

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CIOs bombarded with hybrid cloud surveys

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Harvey's new law

If it's business and you don't mind doing it in the cloud - you probably don't need to be doing it at all.

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Planet-busting British space bullet ready to bomb ice moon Europa

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Space!

Sorry but I think that's really cool!

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Pure boffinry: We peek inside Nokia's miracle cameraphone

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here is an idea

Just make the camera. Don't lumber us with a phone, just sell us the camera, the smallest, lightest, most capable pocket camera ever.

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Microsoft lathers up Windows 8.0 Surface RT for quick price shave

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Meh

Hmm

Tell you what lads. I've not bought one nearly every day since it came out. No, I'm wrong. It's exactly every day. Is that a big enough clue?

How about you give me $549. and I take it away? I'd be half interested in that deal.

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Cubesats to go interplanetary with tiny plasma drives

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Re: Earth's upper atmosphere as fuel?

Ooh - a mini Bussard. Lovely idea.

Perhaps with an electrotether to help with iniital accelaration?

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Is your Apple gadget made of human misery and eco-ruin?

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All gadgets

"Is your Apple gadget made of human misery and eco-ruin?"

I can't see that Apple are any different in this regard than anyone else. You can go and buy a reasonable quality socket set (in a nasty blown plastic case) for a couple of hours wages. When I started work it would have been a couple of months wages.

When I was brining up my girls a school uniform would have cost us a few hundred pounds. Now, decades of inflation later, you can get one from Tesco for a tenner. They are not made by the school uniform fairy.

This is a major success of capitalism (I nearly wrote crapitalism) and a major failing of society.

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Forecast cloudy as Office 365 pushes into 38 new markets

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it's a social experiment.

Redmond want to find out if they can fool all of the people, all of the time.

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Swollen cloud could burst at any time, splatter us with FAIL – anxious tech biz

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we were warned

A lot of people - including my humble self - were saying "this is madness" right from the start.

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Is it a BIRD? Is it a plane? Right first time – and she's in SPANDEX

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Central somerset?

To be fair, the comment under the story by adgec is a work of genius.

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