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20 posts • joined 21 Jul 2010

North American teams land in Oz to race for the sun

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Interesting UK entry also

There is a in interesting UK entry this year also. Employs novel option of constantly adjusting tilt of the solar panels to keep maximum output.

see:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23810535

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Reg to Australia: Here's your chance to find NBN answers

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Damn Straight

And a follow up study for the UK rural areas?

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Microsoft waves white flag: We'll put Outlook on Windows RT slabs

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When?

When is this available. How do I get it?

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Judge drops TV ad-block block: So how will anyone pay for TV now?

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Squeezing the last drops

This feels like the Dinosaur incumbent squeezing the last drops out of an outdated business model. I think they need to see the writing on the wall, and accept that the current way of doing business does not have much longer to run.

The future has to be the customer paying for content to be delivered at their own convenience. The BBC iPlayer is, I think, the best current example of this. However, Netflix, Amazon and even IMDb feel like they are circling like vultures over the carcasses of the old media executives.

Perhaps when the fat cats have taken their comfortable retirement packages and retired to the coast the inevitable truth will become clear that change is not in the hands of the traditional controlling centre, but will be driven by the consumer ourselves.

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Second US Navy robot stealth bomber takes flight

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Once you own the skies you control the battlefield?

The taliban still control Afganistan, Pakistan and Dagestan,,,,, No sign of air superiority achieving anything but longer lingering march of death (on both sides). The IED is still the 'killer' app. Once there is a way to find and destroy these, there will be another example of inimitable human ingenuity that will emerge from the minds of a desperate people with nothing left to lose.

A true stealth weapon would be something that crept in and created an an economy providing structure, reward of opportunity, and a hope of a future worth not dying for.

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Amazon on Facebook: 'la la la we're not listening'

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JD Sports in Poor Customer Service Shock!

nuff said really

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Dell intros '14in screen, 13in body' notebook

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That looks just like my old MacbookG4

I have an old MacBook G4, looks stunningly similar to this machine, right down to the vents on the side.

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Swedish cops free boozy moose from tree

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efforts

"efforts proved fruitless"

tee hee

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Amazon solves wait-at-home-for-deliveries problem

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not so limited

Although I can get my stuff delivered to home, it almost always seems to arrive when my wife is taking or collecting the children to or from school.

It is clearly not going to work for all, but there is a pretty big niche here I think.

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Dob in suspect blingy neighbours on Facebook, say cops

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Take it National

Sounds like a half decent plan on the face of it. Needs to be rolled out to all areas though.

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LinkedIn U-turns to appease peeved users

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All of the above

It is lazy, duplicitous and stupid all at the same time. The only extra I can add is that it is mostly driven by blind greed in a desperate revenue grab in support of an over-valued IPO.

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Anonymous unsheathes new, potent attack weapon

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Black Helicopters

The alternative plan?

Perhaps this is actually the 'plan'

Let some tameable skiddies loose to stir up public opinion in support of regulation (e.g. French Pres. Sarkhozy's recent speach) - so there is something else to focus on (apart from gov having no money, no gold, no clue).

Once they get too damaging, reel them in and put them on show, then roll out controlling legislation.

(Mind you, our western record of controlling guerilla forces that we set up is not exactly spotless, so there may be a problem here)

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Apps overrated in mobile web wars

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New FT.com case in point

The new ft.com site (http://m.ft.com) optimised for iphone/ipad to bypass Apple's restriction on the customer relationship is a great example of what can be done well. An optimised mobile experience instead of a platform specific app.

There are specific optimised versions for ipad and galaxy tab, so platform specialisation is still necessary and being done - but the FT / Pearson Group maintain the direct relationship with the customer; not Apple, Android, Samsung or the Carriers.

Content is still king in the end.

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NASA eyes Atlas V for 'naut-lifting duties

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Strap On?!

Giant penis indeed. Coupled with 5 solid strap on's - quite a party! (if a little expensive). Phnarr

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Sydney newspaper hacks Wi-Fi networks!

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captive portal login

If you use a network with a captive portal to control security of access - e.g. conference centres, hotels, etc - the initial network is unsecured (no 'little padlock' icon), but you cannot go anywhere until you have put your voucher code / room number / username + password / etc.

In these cases, the network shows up as "unsecured" but _can_ be quite secure in fact, as you are being dumped into a walled garden (captive portal) first.

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ISS and Atlantis crews face 'daunting' box-shifting job

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"for return to Earth" ?!

Surely: "for incineration as it burns up in the atmosphere from the friction of trying to return to earth" ?

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Nuclear merchant ships could open up Arctic routes for real

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What could possibly go wrong

Small, portable nuclear reactor - ready in a transporter box (ship) surrounded by huge amounts of explosive fuel (methane)..

What could possibly go wrong !??!!!

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IM what IM

easytoby

OK, noted.

Trevor, OK, will wait for next instalment. Thanks for taking time to respond.

However, I am still with @Sebastian Brosig at this point - I am not yet convinced that it is worth the expense and overhead against ad-hoc others, especially for smaller teams.

Clearly the enterprise type functions, message archive retention particularly are important and missing from the free alternatives.

However, 37 Signals' Campfire product does well, and is integrated into Basecamp as a bonus. And does not require any setup, plus the conversations are filed against the project automatically.

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FAIL

Payola

This sounds like paid advertising to me....

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