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TalkTalk wants more FOURPLAY, jumps into bed with Telefónica

Hubert Thrunge Jr.

Re: 3.5MHz auction?

Remember to end all of your text messages with 73 FB OM HI HI AR (or KN)

Will it use 45 or 50 baud RTTY I wonder?

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Antarctic ice at ALL TIME RECORD HIGH: We have more to learn, says boffin

Hubert Thrunge Jr.

The climate has changed up and down for millions of years.

People used to migrate to work around it.

Now we build expensive settlements and sit there like King Canute.

Global population is more of a problem for the planet than climate change (which I do not deny, nor care about - it happens). The human race needs to stop breeding - cold hard fact.

Adapt or die.

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Yahoo close to investing $20m in disappearing chat app Snapchat

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Coat

Yahoo!

What! Happened! To! The! Exclamation! Marks! In! The! Title!?

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Facepalm

pocket phablet problem

No problems with my Sony Xperia Z Ultra, thats bigger and doesnt bend. Who's a clever little Sony?

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Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Facepalm

Oh dear

They need to keep developing new slick funky technically advanced and affordable devices for people to buy. Marketing men don't do development, they often spend their day trying to polish turds. You can't polish a turd, you can roll it in glitter to make it look better, but it's still a turd.

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PCI Council wants YOU to give it things to DO

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Meh

costly Quango

my business used to take credit cards - only via an Barclays PDQ terminal - no online facilities etc. PCIDSS brought in a more than double rise in my costs, and thats without taking the amount of time given to form filling and admin into consideration.

While I was lucky that I could self certify, it made it all uneconomic, so I told Barclays where to poke it, and if someone wants to pay by card, they can use PAYPAL.

They should.spend their time on looking at ways to make card payments more secure, not at punishing the retailers for not taking cash!

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Has Europe cut the UK adrift on data protection?

Hubert Thrunge Jr.

Mr Cameroon...

As I understand it, Mr Cameroon does *not* wish the UK to leave the EU, but wants the EU, particularly the EC to become more efficient, and more in tune with the electorate of all nation states, rather than it being this deaf leviathan that is hell bent on creating a monster Federal Europe. Something that the people of France, Germany, Italy, etc.. do NOT want.

It is that un-listening monster that is rearing it's head here.. "Don't listen to the UK, they're not part of what *we* want to do".

And what if what "*we*" want to do is wrong? And what the UK is saying is right?

That is my concern here. The arrogance of the issue. Whether the UK is undergoing a political upheaval is neither here nor there, it is the matter that the UK is being ignored in a matter where it has every right to be part of the process.

We're (UK) not the only country to show an anti-EU Nationalist resurgence in recent times. The French, Danes, Dutch, and others have all seen dissent grow in recent times, yet I don't see them getting the same treatment.

Perhaps we should complain to the European Court of Human Rights?

My view - better in than out, but steering the ship, not hanging over the side puking up all the time.

And a ship that only has one berth, not two! The regular movement between Brussels and Strasbourg has to stop - it costs the EU tax payers and is a total waste of money.

Not that the EU has ever wasted money before....

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Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees

Hubert Thrunge Jr.

HNC?

Excuse me, buy you'll find that an ONC is the same as the first year of degree, where a HNC is a technical equivalent, with the difference being that you HAVE to know your stuff in the exams as notes are not permitted like they are in many degree finals.

That's by the by though, it's typical to see politicians back a paper which gives them more opportunities to tax the population.

I have no disagreement that our climate is changing, just as it has for billions of years as the planet evolves. Our weather is dictated by that burning orb at the centre of our solar system, it's full effects are gradually being studied and are debunking many of the AGW hollerers spoutings.

There is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing.

Land masses fall just as much as sea levels rise, it's always happened, and we should learn to adapt, and not keep adopting the King Canute methods of some of the alarmists.

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Samsung Z Tizen OS mobe is post-phoned – this time for good?

Hubert Thrunge Jr.

perhaps..

They're busy working on an Android compatibility layer, like Jolla have in Sailfish OS, and BlackBerry have in OS 10.

I know it's going to seem like they're cutting off their nose to spite their face, but it means you hit the ground running with lots of apps available while native ones are written or ported.

The Jolla Sailfish app store is steadily growing, even as the Droid compatible layer gets improved.

Yes, this could just be a ploy to rattle Google, but Tizen is more than just a phone OS.

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DAYS from end of life as we know it: Boffins tell of solar storm near-miss

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Joke

It's all our fault...

Must be caused by AGW.

And Apple/Samsung/Beats/Bose/IBM/Snowden/etc.. (delete as appropriate).

Why haven't there been any shock horror knee jerk reaction headlines in the Daily Mirror, or The Sun? Why hasn't the Daily Mail blamed it on immigration?

I think this story is made up.

Never happened. Like evolution, or S Club 7.

On a serious note...

If GPS was knocked out, all transmitters that use GPS as part of it's frequency locking would shut down as part of their fail-safe.

That's modern TV and Radio transmitters

That's Cellular Networks

That's Public Safety Networks.

Then we *would* be in a mess. (and back to Daily Mail/Sun/Mirror knee jerk headlines)

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Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Thumb Up

"You buy it for the same reason you buy designer jeans or a ferrari -- because you're rich enough and want to show it."

Along with the shell suits, Burberry caps, and jazzed up Mk5 Escorts that you also buy alongside your iPhone cos you is rich an cleverer innit.

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How Brit computer maker beat IBM's S/360 - and Soviet spies

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Facepalm

Aircraft rants...

And nobody mentioned TSR2..

There is a flying Lightening T5 in South Africa once more, another of the last 2 seaters.

I had the joys of beginning my working life with Thorn EMI - now there's another conglomerate that made its fair share of screw ups and lost opportunities with Govt backing.

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BlackBerry revenue slips below $1bn as users shun BB10

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Facepalm

BB10

One work colleague said that he hated his BlackBerry Curve and wanted a Windows phone, or an iPhone like mine..... which I pointed out to him was actually a! BlackBerry Z10.... 'is that new, I've never heard of that....' so much for marketing!

The organisation has BES7 servers, so what, I use the MS Exchange support for email.

He has gone off to hassle the IT Dept for a Z10 now.

Good job I didn't show him my Jolla phone, which I prefer in some ways to the Z10.

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Icahn and I will: Carl's war on eBay goes NUCLEAR over Skype

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Meh

if someone...

shot him between the eyes, it woukd be a waste of perfectly good bullet hole.

Its all about him talking up more money.

The guy is a vulture capitalist, and will stop at nothing to achieve his goals.

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Yes! New company smartphones! ... But I don't WANT one

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Linux

Sailfish is not for you, yet.

What you have to remember is that it is still in it's Beta stages of development. There are lots of things to be sorted out.

I'm using it now, and there are times when I consider putting the SIM and the sd-card back in my BB Z10.

Of the phones you suggested for 'Work Phones' then to me, it has to be the BB10 devices.

Some of your android apps will work, some won't. A bit like upgrading your PC OS. I have lots of expensive apps that I bought for MSDOS that don't run on Windows 8......

Penguin because Sailfish is proper Linux for Phones (and other embedded systems)

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Brit boffins brew up blight-resistant FRANKENSPUD

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Happy

but...

Desiree - oh come on, they're an awful spud.

if they'd used Maris Piper, this would have relevance for the chip industry.

Any way, spuds are not legal tender in Norfolk, its Carrots and Sugarbeet, so this is clearly an export contract.

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Tizen teasing continues as new members join but none pledge devices

Hubert Thrunge Jr.

Phone phone phone phone.....no..!

Just because it *can* be a phone OS, doesn't mean it *has* to be a phone OS.

As has been said previously in this forum, Moblin has been used in automotive applications, among others.

Meego was touted a automotive, media devices, and much more, but only really hit the mobile world via Harmattan on the Nokia N9.

Tizen is a step further on from that, and is aimed at Intel hardware in various situations from industrial control, right through to ..... mobile devices.

SailfishOS carries on that theme. Not just aimed at mobile phones, even though Jolla have created a great "beta test" device.

So stop fretting about it "not taking off as a phone OS". If it does, it does, if it doesn't it doesn't.

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Tell us we're all doomed, MPs beg climate scientists

Hubert Thrunge Jr.

D'ya mean...

Well, given that the politicians are now doubting the AGW-mongerers, would it be possible to have all of that Carbon Tax money back please?

Also, could you shred all of the laws pertaining to the b*ll*cks known as the "Carbon Footprint" and unburden industry from reams of red tape?

Re-word things along the lines of "Invest to reduce consumption and therefore long term costs" for public bodies to stop them going back to wasteful ways, whilst removing their need to employ lots of staff just to count how many calories of energy are consumed by someone pushing a pen, then offsetting it against "carbon".

As technology in power generation increases, so fuel consumption decreases, with that emissions go hand in hand.

We deserve cleaner air to breathe, and that should be the target. Achieve that, and the CO2 emissions will go with it.

And finally - the fewer of "us" there are, the lower the emissions over time, thus reducing the stress on the ecosystems to provide fuel and food.

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'I had a rare Twitter handle... I was extorted into giving it up'

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Headmaster

Lloyds TSB down...

What kind of reporting is this?

'AN HP Server'????????

Its 'A HP server'.....

Stand in the corner and face the wall for ten minutes with the Justin Beiber hat on.

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Radio boffins remember the future-ture-ture: From the Cold War to (White) SPAAAAACE

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Pint

Valve Porn?

Look at those little beauties... 4CX350B's, we'll soon 'ave the watts throbbing through you!!

Where's the Hancock Angle icon for this? Well we'll have a beer then!

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Boffins: Antarctic glacier in irreversible decline, will raise sea levels by 1cm

Hubert Thrunge Jr.

Glaciers have always moved out to the sea, it happens because of physics more than climate. And as they move, they wear out their own "groove" in the surface, making is smoother as they go, effectively reducing the friction caused by the rock that they move over. Therefore, the accelerate.

This information has only recently been "realised" by scientists.

Engineers would have told them years ago if they'd ask.

AGW is still utter bollocks.

The climate IS changing, it's natural, stop using it as a excuse to tax people, and combat the biggest threat to the planet - people. There are too many. Population explosion is a far bigger threat to the planets resources.

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Chinese Moon rover, lander duo wake up after two-week snooze

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Joke

Chinese achievement!

So you're telling me that the Chinese have sent a Rover to the moon surface, left it in the dark and cold, and it started after two weeks?

A Rover?

I didn't know the AA went out to the Moon?

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Apple loses sauce, BlackBerry squashed and Microsoft, er, WinsPhones (Nokia's)

Hubert Thrunge Jr.

Re: Blackberry Rise and Jolla

I have a BB Z10, and I have to say I'm more impressed with it than I am with wifey's Sammy Galaxy in many ways, now it has the ability to run Android Jellybean apps, it's even better, though the Android compatibility layer seems to ramp up the processor to flat out and thus eat battery - meaning if I use droid apps it'll only last a day of average use, instead of just shy of two days.

It's a thoroughly underestimated phone, and reviewers that have slagged it have been either iPhiles or Droid fanatics.

And market watchers have slagged BB off for not selling more phones - though when I seem how many of my friends still have BB7 devices, they'll replace those one day, and I can see them staying with the brand. We have to remember that the sales figures are often new smartphone sales, and there a lot of upgrade users that have been tied into two year contracts....

BB's move to be less consumer orientated and concentrate on core business customers is the right thing to do and hold off all of those BYOD insecure devices that came in because they're more "bling".

Enough of that....

I am the first one - well that's what it says on my T-Shirt. I'm an early adopter of a Jolla device. You have to understand that this is a "beta" device and expect lots of updates in the coming months, though compared to the first Android device I ever handled, this product is much more functional and mature! No it's not a well worn OS, fairly well sorted and stable, with lots of native apps, this is an "upstart OS", it's stable, and it runs Android apps as well as Android pretty much. Some apps don't run yet, but as the compatibility layer is improved things will get better.

This time next year will see how well Jolla is growing. I expect at least one new model by then, and a big movement in the OS.

It's already selling like a hot cake in the home market of Finland. Their initial carrier DNA has it out selling the iPhone 5S since launch!! Other Finnish carriers are now trying to do deals to take it, and soon others will without a doubt - "Beta phone" or not.

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Rogue Android: We show you how BlackBerry's pain can be your gain

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Linux

good good

I had thus on my Z10 back in October. Works very well, but as the man says, eats battery.

I now have my Jolla phone, yes its a beta testers delight, but has Android support native without need for add-ons, and doesn't chew electrons in the process.

In some ways I prefer the Z10, but the rapid development of the Jolla Sailfish OS is going to overtake it soon I feel.

I reckon that BB should have been to market two years sooner their BB10 OS and the Z10, because if they were, the market would be a different place.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing when you're wearing blinkers !

Sail on!

#Jolla

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Scientists discover supervolcano trigger that could herald humanity's doom

Hubert Thrunge Jr.

Who's going to start a book on whether it's Jellystone or Naples that blows first?

US scientists once said "any time in the next 3 to 3000 years..." might seem a long time to you and I, but that's a sniff in Mother Earth's existence.

Naples - well, "expect an event within decades".

With the decimation to the population that one of these babies going up could cause, who's going to pay the AGW taxes then? I mean, the Carbon Footprint from Yellowstone would be [Jeremy Clarkson voice] absolutely HUGE [/Jeremy Clarkson voice].

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Ex-Nokia team unveil Jolla smartphone with added Sailfish OS

Hubert Thrunge Jr.

Re: dont think it's a good idea

Visionary - Steve, Steve Elop, hello, is that you?

Ordered mine from the webshop a few days ago. Waiting patiently.

As a previous N900 and then N9 owner, this is the logical progression.

Currently using a BlackBerry Z10 which also has a gesture based interface and also runs android apps, Candy Crush works perfectly thank you. ;0)

I'd still use my N9 now, but the battery is shot, and this Goosebury has enough life for a hard days work, plus it's removable.

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IT'S patent WAR: Apple, Microsoft vs Google, Samsung, Huawei

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Meh

laches?

Someone mentioned the legal premis of Laches.

Sureley if these patents have remained unchallenged for so long, then Laches applies and it's case dismissed. Nortel's creditors laugh their $4.5bn heads off as the Rockstar cartel falls flat on its face.

But I have to agree with the comments that this is a mess created by the USPTO.

Software / process patents that are vague should never be granted.

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Island-hopping Beardy Branson: I'm dodging rain, not taxes

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Joke

and another one..

In another shock revelation, US President Barack Obama was found to also be not resident in England so does not pay UK taxes. An outrage says the Sunday Times.

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Can't fit slab AND mobe in your tight pockets? 10 tablets with built-in 3G/4G

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Linux

How about

I bought a Hyundai T10 slablet a while back. I went for it for a number of reasons, it was quite fast - 1.6GHz A9 quad core Samsung Exynos 4412 processor, "gb ram, 16Gb storage with a micro SD slot for expansion, all the usual WiFi, GPS etc, but the main reason - GSM/3G connectivity. As a phone, it works just as well as any other droid device. Comes with an earphone/mic jobby, but obviously supports Bluetooth borg implants just the same, and has a HDMI output if for some reason you want to connect it to something bigger.

The battery is 6500mAh, which gives good life.

5Mp camera on the back, 0.3 on the front for webcam use.

Unlike many other slabs, it's metal (aluminium) cased.

Most are shipped with Android ICS installed, though JellyBean was released for them a while ago.

Antutu reports 15580 as it's score, which is a fair bit quicker than the Nexus 7 and 10.

The down side - it comes pre-loaded with lots of Chinese market apps which take a little getting rid of, and by default, it's set to Mandarin out of the box!

The plus side - they sell for around £220 on eBay.

They make a 7-incher, the T7 too.

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Startup claims 1W wireless charging at 10 metres

Hubert Thrunge Jr.

There are some people on here that have as much idea about RF as this "inventor".

Having 100 transmitters connected together does not simply give you 400W. It gives you 100 4W signals.

Do you understand fourier analysis? Go work it out... Also Vsum=V1+V2=Asinωt+(-Asinωt)=0

Using one transmitter and 100 combined 36dBm amplifiers would get you 400W, but that's actually still a single 400W transmitter then and not legal.

The FCC in the US permit 30dBm (1W) into a 6dBi gain aerial for point to point links = 4W EiRP.

For general use, the FCC and the EU rules are the same = 20dBm EiRP.

Not sure if it's still the case, but France used to be 13dBm EiRP.

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Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile business

Hubert Thrunge Jr.

Nokia - RIP.

So they moved from one (two) Burning Platforms to another (WinPho8) which has torched the company value and led them to this.

The investors that have stuck by Nokia will no doubt be big funds that will be waiting to cash in their chips for a profit. Now they'll be looking to cut their losses and take whatever Redmond offers - OR they'll reject it, kick Elop out and turn the ship in a different direction.

Maybe Carl Icahn could step in and help rescue Nokia??????

I give them two years tops, and they'll all need a "Jolla".

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Apple tries to trademark the term 'startup'

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Coat

I'm going to patent 'The use of a generic word, phrase, or name for.the purpose of product or service naming or identification or branding, including the use of one or more words abbreviated, reduced, reversed, or converted into an anagram such as it/they may be joined together, preceeded by, or folllowed by, with or without any form of punctuation mark..

just going to file that and get the lawyers on the phone.

I'm also going to patent 'The use of fruit to name a company, product, or service.'

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What Surface RT flop? Nokia said to be readying WinRT slab for September

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Coat

Here's a plan....

Here's the plan.

Big Bill appoints Eflop as Ballsupmores replacement.

M$ shares plummet dramatically as Marc Dillon is appointed as Nokia's new CEO. Nokia's shares surge dramatically as they announce new phones running Android and more importantly - Jolla's OS Sailfish - which brings about Nokia's worth overtaking M$, leading to Nokia buying a majority stake M$ and Dillon temporarily taking over control of Redmond.

Marc Dillon issues a memo/email to all M$ staff, talking of "Burning Platforms" - WindowsRT and Windows Phone 8 are immediately dropped, Windows development is turned towards Linux.

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BILLION DOLLAR BALLMER: Microsoft chief makes $1bn simply by quitting

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Holmes

Bye Bye Ballsy

So, he's gone. And the stock market like it (that says a lot!)

Dear Nokia - read and learn.

Sherlock because, well just because!

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Hitch climate tax to the ACTUAL CLIMATE, says top economist

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Meh

It's all about taxation

AGW is all about taxation - it's a socialists dream, a cockamamy excuse to raise revenue to blow on jobs for the boys.

Real climate change is about understanding the changes to our planet brought about by the changes in sea currents, which in turn are affected by tectonic movements, and thus affect the air currents (Jet Stream etc), and so our weather is affected.

The lemmings should stop looking at short term data and look at the proper long term data to see the cycles which show that it's been warmer, and it's been colder too.

What they, the policy makers, should be concentrating on, is adapting to climate change, rather than acting like King Canute sitting on his throne on the beach commanding the waves to go back!

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Oz's 2013 heatwave was man made

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Mushroom

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics.

The way I see it - the original model used data going back to 1911, the "new" model uses data over a much narrower period.

Surely using a wider range of data produces a broader more stable model, and thus the new model is flawed and potentially inaccurate. It hardly covers one solar cycle.

I have no doubt that the earth's climate is changing, but I refuse to believe that the change is as man-made as the climatologists maintain. Only recently we heard that the sea bed was changing due to tectonic movements, and this will change under-sea currents which in turn changes sea temperatures, which changes atmospheric temperatures etc.... There's a lot more to the climate than "we're all doomed because of our carbon footprint".

Only recently, the Canadian govt released data which showed the northern polar ice sheet grew by over 11M sq.Km this last winter - the highest level for many years, and the trend in the data is increasing, not decreasing. The Antarctic ice sheet is growing, and the scientists are baffled because their computer models said that it must be melting and everyone will die.

Sorry WOPR got it wrong. Mother Nature is throwing a curved ball just as it's done for millions of years.

What is a fact is that the human population is growing at an exponential rate and nothing is being done to stem the unsustainable growth in the amount of us draining the planets finite resources. The religious zealots all over the world would have us breeding like rabbits to increase their flocks, without for once thinking about where we're all going to live, and what we're going to eat in the future.

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British lord sets new world electric vehicle speed record

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Mushroom

Re: "four-cylinder Mopar A4 Midget racing engine"

Uh yes - http://speeddemon.us/i/HRDP-081000-DEMON.pdf

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That Microsoft-Nokia merger you've been predicting? It's no go

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Meh

Smartphones? Is that it?

All these anal-ists talk about is Nokia's smartphone sales being not up to much.

Their Featurephone sales are doing quite well, and that's bread & butter income - along with that from NSN.

I can see Nokia quietly assisting Jolla in bringing hardware to the market, if they do, we'll get phones with good RF performance, and a nice smart UI.

I'm on my "last" Nokia at the moment - a N9, it's RF performance beats wifey's Samsung S3 dramatically. We're on the same network, and I often have 1-2 bars on the display with 3G (where available) data, where hers has no service. The only Nokia I've ever had my hands on that didn't perform well "on air" is the E7-00.

Hopefully Mr Elop will leave Nokia soon and someone with guts and drive will return the great ship Nokia back to it's proper course.

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BBC-featured call centre slapped with hefty fine for unwanted calls

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Devil

Sorry can you call back...

I've seen a couple of good spoof answers for their calls... if you get the silent pause before you hear background noise of the call centre (just before they speak), whisper quietly - "It's done, but there's blood everywhere", then hang up.

Alternatively, (when they call you on your mobile phone)(this is for the UK) "Sorry, the phone's going dead on my mobile, can you call me back on my landline" giving them a number of of the ICO, or Ofcom, or on my case - the direct line to the local Police control room (which I just happened to have), and I gave him my name as "Oscar Wun" - "Make sure you ask for me directly it's Oscar Wun".

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Pttow! Ofcom kicks hams out of MoD bands

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Facepalm

Beardy band users? No - wrong stereotype.

Actually, you'll find the bearded Arran sweater types on HF, the microwave bands are exclusively for those with half moon glasses and proper hand tied bow ties (not yer cheap clip-on's, that's 70cm) - how could you not know that! This is boffin territory - this is where the bleeding edge development is done, the area where experimentation is the key to amateur radio use of the spectrum.

It is inevitable that Amateur Radio will lose spectrum to commercial users in the 2GHz and up region because that's where the bandwidth is that will allow the networks to provide the super fast mobile broadband that people allegedly want, because they want it now!

4G on sub 1GHz is going to be about "low" speed data, but longer range (to ensure the country is covered fully), 4G on 2GHz and up will be about high speed high bandwidth.

2-3GHz is still in the area where equipment can be made to work well and cheaply. When you go further up precision becomes more and more important as wavelength becomes millimetric, and that costs £££ that the consumer wear, and will make infrastructure hellishly expensive.

If you read the consultation from Ofcom fully, they have covered most angles in their options.

The phrase "use it or lose it" doesn't come into this conversation - it wasn't "ours" in the first place, we were just allowed to park there for a while.

And finally - increased spectrum at 146-148 and in the lowband area is unlikely UK wide as the Scottish Parliament haven't released it - apparently they're still using it for their emergency services (who all moved to Airwave years ago!!) - and their "Spectrum Manager" is a radio ham too which I find puzzling.

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Climate scientists agree: Humans cause global warming

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Mushroom

And then...

Wonder if the Roman Senate had this same debate when the temperature rose during their heyday? "It's all those hot baths causing it Centurion!" So, they stopped washing, died out, and we were left with the dirty smelly Medieval period where we had a mini ice age. What the hell caused that?

All this talk of "We must STOP Global Warming". Well you won't. it's like trying to cap an active volcano with a bit of tissue paper.

We should prepare to live with the change in the climate. But we can't, because our population is growing so fast that we won't have enough space for everyone to fit in or feed ourselves in about 100 years the way we're going. Only China seems to have a grip on it's population issues.

NASA recently published a report that showed the increased levels in CO2 in the upper atmosphere actually reflected more solar heat away from the planet, leading to a cooling effect.

There has been a clear up and down cycle in the climate for millions of years, ever since Apple patented it (had to get that one in), and this will continue. The tectonic plates will move, some land will rise, some will fall, islands will appear, islands will disappear. It's life.

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Why UK slid £150m to tax-exempt phone-mast master Arqiva

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
WTF?

Arqiva is what's left of the ntl: debacle that was Cabletel who went of a buying spree, buying everything telecoms related, including the IBA sites, all of the old Philips radio sites, DTELS (the privatised Home Office telecoms division), creating a monster that encompassed cable, broadcast, and public safety infrastructure & services. ntl: went into Chaper 11 insolvency when their loans were up, and they hadn't made enough money to pay them back, so it was split up into two sections. One bit (the cable side) became Virgin Media, the other bit was bought by Macquarie (an Australian investment bank) to form Arqiva.

Now the BBC's transmitter sites had been bought by the Americans (Crown Castle), who were also in the doo doo, so they sold them to NGW. Now, NGW was the conglomeration of National Grid and British Gas's communications site business. That left the UK with two big players in the marketplace. There were others also swallowed by Arqiva - including Eastern Group Telecom - who owned many radio sites in the East of England.

Then Arqiva had a good idea (for them, not the market) to merge their business with NGW forming something pretty close to a monopoly in the market.

Because they own pretty much every decent radio site in the country, Private Business Radio has suffered a decline as companies cannot afford either Arqivas high rents, or their restrictive site access practices (which costs even more per year in "accreditation" fees.

The matter of them not paying any tax - well what did you expect - they're owned by a Bank, backed by pension funds from Australia (owned/managed by Macquarie) and Canada. They have no profit because its all used to pay the interest on their loans.

Now don't mention Airwave - the network provider for the Emergency Services - also owned by Macquarie..... they don't make any money either (profit) as all of their money has to go to pay off loans.....

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Sun lets loose with THREE record eruptions in 24 hours

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Alert

Re: Daft Question

Not coming this way guv. It won't affect us.

Moving on....

At last scientists are shouting loud enough that it is dear old Sol that controls our planets climate, and is f. all to do with people driving SUV's, burning coal, etc....

Perhaps the "Warmists" will shut up and they can remove all of the tax burden that we're suffering to help stave off climate change. Stop wasting BILLIONS on studies and other rhetoric relating to our "Carbon Footprint", and just get the hell on with life.

The correct action shouldn't be "Stop Climate Change" but "Adapt for Climate Change" because it's going to happen, regardless of whether the Greens get us to return to the Stone Age.

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NASA boffins: Space 'scope JUST missed dead Cold War spy sat

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Coat

Clean-up job

They could always send a shuttle up to do a clean-up job, bring back the scrap and weigh it in to cover the costs....

Oh wait....

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More and more likely that double CO2 means <2°C: New study

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Stop

More than likely that all that carbon tax was wrong....

So they got their numbers wrong, impending doom isn't impending anymore. NASA recently released a report stating that the increased level of CO2 in the atmosphere was responsible for reducing the atmospheric temperature by reflecting more solar power back into space.... Ya can't win!

But all these studies never declare the "Roman Warming Period" where temperatures rose much more than they are today, and oddly enough, their chariots didn't belch fumes, but then again, perhaps they did because there was the Medieval Mini-IceAge which must have been brought about by those nasty polluting toga wearers from Rome.

Looking at the ice cores, we can see that Mother Earth's climate rises and falls, and newer solar data, and other geological seismic data show similar patterns which to my simple mind tells me that it's not us, it's the sun at the root of all evil, and to save ourselves it must be put out! ;)

Political hype of climate change has been nothing more than a reason to tax and restrict the population more and more. Socialism had been in decline for some time, now it's back with new clothes.

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Are biofuels Europe's sh*ttiest idea ever?

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Meh

Interesting

I wonder which major oil company funded this "Thinktank"???

The main issue to mother earth is it's population. And while there is uncontrolled population growth, there will be an increased demand for energy and food. Due to natural market forces, this is a supply and demand market, that will lead to increases in commodity prices since there is a reduced amount of resource, per capita, available. How do you increase that per capita resource - 1. increase the size of the planet to accommodate the growing population or 2 - stop the population growth/reduce the population.

A draconian Chinese style "one family one child" rule globally would help, though it would upset many of the worlds religions who promote ridiculous ideas about family.

The best solution, if you want to help the planet by reducing consumption of natural resources is to simply stop breathing!

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Reg readers reveal MIGHTY DOMESTIC DATA CENTRES

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Linux

Power Consumption

In these days of tightening belts, I'm going to through the process of replacing the servers in my cellar with Raspberry Pi's!!! Do I need a multi-processor uber-server to run BIND, or DHCP, or even the mail/web servers? Nope.

According to my reckoning, when I'm done I'll have 4 x Pi's doing all of the work that 2 x IBM dual quad-core-operteron servers are currently doing. Yeah they'll be slower, but they'll be muchos quieter, and instead of sitting there drawing 300W each, they'll be using a total of about 30W, and silently. In a much smaller enclosure.

That's not to mention the 2 x P4 boxed providing firewall, asterisk, and other servers which will also be covered by the 4 x Pi's.

If I'm careful, I may be able to reduce it to 2 x Pi's!!

All that money I'm going to save!! Bigger beer budget!! Has to be good.

AND I could reduce the size of the UPS - or just live in the smugness that my servers will keep running for a couple of days on battery, instead of about 4 hours for the existing setup.

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Freeview telly channels face £240m-A-YEAR shakedown by Ofcom

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Holmes

Never mind the quality, feel the width..

If, say by previous example, it requires 3Mbit/s for watchable reasonable quality IPTV, given the number of TV's in the UK on at any one given time, doing it wirelessly via LTE etc would require more spectrum than there is currently available if you remove every other user from it. If you approximate it to 40 million TV sets, all requiring their own feeds, that's 1.2Tbit/s of bandwidth, in radio terms you'll need about two to three times the amount of RF spectrum vs the data rate, so we'll call it 3.6THz of spectrum.

And that's more efficient than a couple of hundred MHz of broadcast bandwidth?

The 700MHz issue is another international one that Ofsod have to sort out, there are the beginnings of an international level agreement to utilise that spectrum for a global public safety/disaster relief service that will be common, and the money is on it being a TETRA stack over LTE.

In some ways, the DVB-T guys missed a trick in the way they wrote the code for the TV receivers. They should have done it like RDS where the RX looks for the best signal for any given broadcaster channel, and uses it. DAB works that way too. So if you're driving around and run out of the range of one transmitter, it'll have found the next one and seamlessly moves you over to it. Now had they done that with TV, they could defragment the spectrum seamlessly without having to keep asking people to re-tune their receivers. You just put up the new TX, then turn down the power on the old one so the receiver seamlessly retunes to the best signal - the new one. They could then clear the spectrum much easier and quicker without having to spend a million or two having "planning consultations" - just simply allocate the new TX frequencies, tell Arqiva to get on with it, let us know when it's done, rather than "it'll take until 2018 to do it" which is utter crap.

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BlackBerry bets fans are willing to upgrade skills

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Meh

No BBC iPlayer??

http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/15956/

As for 70,000 apps, yes I need them all, every single last one of them. Never mind the quality, feel the width!

Some else posted on here - to find the number of actually useful apps, divide the total number of apps by 1000.

Surfing through the Google Play Store - I was looking for a particular app, and found over 30 of the type that I wanted, ranging from one star rating to five star. Some free, some not so free.

I don't for one minute think that BB will regain their market share, but I'm sure that this device will reverse their slide into obscurity, and they'll regain some ground where BYOD has taken people to other devices that had apps that BB didn't (but now do!).

The current price of the Z10 may look high compared to the S3, but the S3 has fallen in price since it's launch, and I have no doubt that the Z10 will fall in price as supply ramps up and other models come out.

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Huddled immigrant masses face 'British values' quiz

Hubert Thrunge Jr.
Stop

You just can't!

You can't please all of the people all of the time!

Imagine there's no countries

It isn't hard to do

Nothing to kill or die for

And no religion too

Imagine all the people

Living life in peace...

---- Yes John, absolutely..

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