* Posts by Rampant Spaniel

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Chip rumor-gasm: Intel to buy Altera! Samsung to buy AMD! ... or not

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Re: Samsung AMD one sounds a bit rubbish

As a consumer who has switched between amd and intel over the years I can see some sense in this. I just bougth an amd because it was i5/i7 speed for i3 pricing (in a sale). AMD has a place in the market, they are doing some interesting things compared to intel, but they dont have the scale behind them. The question for us as consumers is would an acquisition by Samsung leave them better able to take on Intel? Access to current generation fabbing would work for AMD and bring even better economies of scale for Samsung. Access to all the GPU tech would make for interesting moves in the ARM products from Samsung. If Samsung can get them for a sensible price it could work out very well for everyone, especially us. I can dream anyway!

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Galileo! Galileo! Galileo good to go after six-week recovery effort

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Re: Inservice dates anyone?

True, but in fairness the military knew what they wanted, knew who to get in from, and how to implement their plan. Brussels on the other hand will have changed their mind about the spec 6 times, employed their half wit relatives as consultants, and blown most of the initial budget on junkets to Thailand and the other half on the then necessary penicillin.

Having worked for a company with a multi billion pound government contact (railway renewal) I can honestly say I have never seen people know less about what they want our need yet so willing to throw (other people's) money at a problem. It was so bad we ended up changing to a cost plus billing model because they changed their mind so frequently. Genuinely huge amounts of money were routinely wasted. I wonder if it would be the same if the shortfall came from their pension fund.

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'Just a kid' Zuck's word is his bond ... but NOT in his backyard, lawsuit claims

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Sorry but seriously, you knock millions off a sale and don't have the reason for the discount documented in blood and witnessed?

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Pathetic PC sales just cost us a BILLION dollars, cries Intel

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I agree to a point on the graphics. It makes more sense on an in than an i7 to me. Short of them actually putting discrete class graphics on die (then you have power / heat / memory bandwidth concerns) I felt the higher end chips either needed basic or no graphics. The current situation is kind of a halfway house, especially for desktops. I understand with laptops it makes a lot more sense. I'm probably in the minority as usual though :)

With a desktop is cheap and easy to throw in a graphics card. If a top end i7 is $300 and half the die is GPU, is that GPU on a level with a $150 discrete card? I'd rather have 8 cores and add a discrete card and upgrade it later if needed but 8 cores is a lot more money.

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For too long they have just released incremental, minor upgrades. They haven't really produced anything earth shattering. They release i7's with huge areas of the die devoted to graphics that many won't use. When they do nix the graphics and add more cores they charge a fortune for it. If you want my money you need to do better than a 10-12% increase in performance.

I just built a new desktop after maybe 5 years with the old one. I went with the amd 8350, not because I am a fan but because the MB, SSD, RAM, antex case, psu, CPU and gfx card came to about $400 in a sale. It's not as fast as an i7, but for lightroom, coupled with the ssd, it's plenty fast enough. It has also saved me a fortune on the heating bill. The AMD isn't better but for the $125 I paid for it I don't have buyers remorse, it combined with an ssd made the better choice then even an i5 for the same total cost.

I respect intels play it safe approach with (mostly) regular release cycles but I think the lack of serious high end competition from AMD has allowed them to rest on their laurels. I would have liked to see them be brave and ditch an upgrade cycle since they keep slipping and bring forward skylake. I'm looking to get a tablet soon and I would love a goldmont chip to be in it but thats probably not going to be for ages. So I will wait, perhaps by then AMD will be using 16nm and be able to compete a little better?

Spending $700 - $1000 on a new desktop is a fairly serious commitment, if you want to get people to spend it you have to deliver a decent jump. It's too easy to look at what you have already and go it's just not worth the cost for a modest speed bump. ymmv

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MENOPAUSAL KILLER WHALES are wise old birds, trick-cyclists claim

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True. And any parent of older kids knows the grandparent is chuckling away to themselves thinking "they think a newborn is hard? Wait till the little bugger gets mobile, or hits their teenage years"

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Jake is that you? Or shitpeas?

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Bad news: Robo-cars will make you work BILLIONS more hours. Good news: In 2040

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Re: Job creation

@haefen

What I find the hardest to believe is that although our political systems allow everyone voting parity people can and do vote in regimes that are detrimental to their interests. Put simply the poor outnumber the rich but governments that serve the rich at the expense of the poor still get elected :(

I don't understand how do many people can abdicate their responsibility to think about who they are voting for because it might give them a headache and just vote for whoever their patents voted for or whoever their union told them to vote for etc.

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Re: Packet collisions first, real collisions next

It's not so much the number of vehicles as the type of data. They are likely to be sharing coordinates, velocity etc rather than video. The father away another vehicle is the less you would need to know about it. Using fairly high frequency transmissions over short distances (probably with line of sight, forming a mesh network) and lower frequency for longer distances would allow for efficent use of spectrum and avoid overloading. It's probably not something we are going to throw on tmobile's edge network, but its technically reasonable. Although I understand why it would appear otherwise. The best and the worst thing about high frequency spectrum is its limited range. The short range allows many more users of the same spectrum (although the same could be said for lower band spectrum if you tune down the transmit power) as you have to be a lot closer to be sharing the same spectrum.

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Re: Job creation

There's always more jobs that can be created if employers are brave (or just not evil). I choose to take the money I would have spent on pesticides and increased seed costs and spend it on additional wages/jobs (rate varies but all significantly above minimum wage) which to be fair this style of farming needs. The outcome is organic produce which amusingly wholesales at the same cost as the 'conventional' produce (because I am not an absolute twat and charge a premium simply because I can, I get the difference back in volume). I am not going to be buying an aston for roaming around the farm anytime soon but it provides a comfortable living. Then again I am a farmer and not a CEO, I probably wouldn't last 5 seconds running a major company before the shareholders beheaded me. But basically it does come down to choice, I view my approach as sustainable, if I do my bit not to screw over the local population they will be in a better position to buy my produce. There's also a local collective of farmers who help new farmers get started, labour, loaning machines, teaching, seeds and slips etc. It makes sense, the more robust the local supply the more business we get as a whole because there is no longer the need to rely on imports for a reliable supply. Plus is just plain sucks to see land unused when we import food.

There is certainly the potential for many new jobs to be created, but consumers do play a part in forcing change with their wallets. If you want more jobs, try and find ways to support companies that provide them locally. Over time there will be a flow from one industry to another but there should be some that are left largely untouched, and if companies know that outsourcing will kill their business then they won't do it. I haven't lived in the UK for a while but before I left I remember the start of a backlash about offshored call center jobs and companies starting to onshore the jobs and boast about them. Just start applying the same tactics. I honestly never understood the logic behind offshoring large swathes of staff because if you send 20% of your jobs abroad and 50% of other companies do, you just made 10% of the working population likely unable to afford your products and also put up taxes. They should work to strengthen then economy by creating jobs, rather than undermining it. But wtf do I know :(

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FREAKing hell: ALL Windows versions vulnerable to SSL snoop

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So what does the A stand for?

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Boffins find Earth's earliest Homo in Ethiopian hilltop

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Re: Let them chew on this

True, I forgot about them. Although (not that it makes it any better) the scientists weren't beheading people that didn't agree with them (as scientists, the vast majority of them would have disagreed with their political ideology. I guess they probably would have disagreed with the master race ideas).

My point was contradict a scientist, publish a paper that disagrees with their work and the strongest you can expect is a snarky dissent and some stink eye at a conference. Many allegedly religious folks are a bit more serious in their response. Science doesn't warmly accept is fundamentals being challenged, but it does recognize that it is based on an evolution of ideas and if you can prove one idea over another it does succeed it. Can you say the same for most religions? Say you found a drawing of God by Moses in a cave somewhere depicting God as female, how do you think that would be taken?

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Complicit Kiwis sniffed Pacific comms says Snowden

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Re: You should read the mainstream news articles

And nobody in their right mind wants to be on the other end of some upset Tongans and Samoans! Get Sasa!

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Apple: We could expose our WHOPPING 12 INCH iPad - but it's not real

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I can understand yield may be an issue with these screens, but the DPI isn't. It's lower than a 1080 5 inch screen. I think one big area holding them back has been chips that can drive that resolution smoothly within the tablet power envelope. We are only just getting to the point where top end mobile chippery can drive a UHD resolution GUI at acceptable framerates. There has been one pseudo sighting of a UHD Tablet running on a snapdragon 810 but we have no idea how goosed the chip was nor the frame rate involved as it was just playing video which ( assuming a hardware supported codec) is usually less demanding than playing a game or even navigating the standard launcher with the transitions Etc. I have noticed that with the same chips even the transition from FHD to QXGA to WQXGA results in a marked drop in performance, the former having half the number of pixels as the latter. Going to UHD doubles the pixels again. It's going to happen, the next tranche of chips can do it, but they are still just starting to arrive at the engineering sample stage.

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Nokia boss smashes net neutrality activists

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Technically they can and do sell 'better' connections. Your cable connection is a contended service, in practice you can usually hit the advertised speed but that level of speed is not dedicated to you. If everyone in your neighborhood were to try and max out their connections at once nobody would get their advertised top speed. ISPs also sell dedicated connections, leased lines is another term, where usually your full speed is guaranteed 24x7 and you usually hey money back if they fail their SLA. On top of this you usually get better support, so if there is congestion slowing down your traffic somewhere on the ISPs network they will restore the traffic and if it is external to their network they will try and send it via a different peering partner to avoid the congestion. A hospital shouldn't be running off a home cable modem, they will be paying more and getting more (and probably utilizing redundant connections with multiple ingress points).

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My apologies Donn, I wasn't directing my post towards you but towards Suri. He has zero credibility, one of his companies largest areas of business left is mobile network infrastructure, most of his customers are against any form of NN. He is basically shilling for his customers.

You are correct that traffic which originates on and never leaves their own network is not covered. How much of an issue this is remains to be seen, if it allows them to sell a fast lane by moving originating servers on network then that is a worry.

QOS remains untouched, you cannot block, charge for prioritization or throttle data based on certain criteria but source neutral QOS isn't actually banned. Tmobile can also continue their capped service (once high speed data allowance is exhausted) based on what we know of the new rules. I think sprint might be ok also with their prioritizing data based on the type of subscriber plan (i.e. pay per GB has priority over unmetered\unlimited plans) depending on your reading of the word "services".

Apologies, removed my comments about Netflix as it was off topic in this particular discussion.

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The spy who leaked me: Ex-CIA boss Petraeus 'fesses up to blabbing intel to his mistress

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Re: How quickly the hornet-squad attacks

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I agree with most of your post, however, do you not think motivation should play a part in the decision. Also just because people in the past 'got away with it' doesn't mean it's correct. This isn't a case like Manning, he wasn't whistle blowing to try and highlight a wrong, he was leaking classified information (of unclear importance) in return for sex, for no other reason than for boom boom. There was no greater cause, he was just trying to impress a younger lady and score some honey. That an officer in his position can be so easily conned when he has access to such privileged information is worrying. That he lied about it is probably the greater crime given the suggestion that the information wasn't top secret but rather personal notes.

I don't think an example should be made of him purely because of his rank, but nor should he be let off lightly because others in the past have used their political connections to secure a lighter sentence. Continuing an injustice does not make it any less unjust.

As to his sentence, honestly without knowing exactly how much potential trouble it may have caused it is hard to say where on the scale the punishment should fall. He has no doubt been disgraced and this will affect his personal life as well as future earnings. The man is a disgrace and betrayed the men and women he was sworn to serve and when caught brought further disgrace by attempting to lie about it.

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EasyGroup continues bizarre, time-travelling domain crusade

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Re: And the idiot woman who favoured Easyjet ?

Or perhaps banister?

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Re: And the idiot woman who favoured Easyjet ?

Jane Lambert of NIPC? Iirc she's actually a barrister (not barista as her actions would suggest). Sadly she is entrenched and unlikely to go anywhere soon. This is just typical attention seeking behavior.

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East Timor was officially removed from the internet yesterday

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Apologies if I am being over simplistic about this but wouldn't the appropriate path have been to mirror all .tp over to .tl then after a period drop .tp? Running the two in parallel with different domains is just asking for trouble. I understand the desire for the change, but it shouldn't actually affect who has what domain name, just the suffix at the point you terminate the original.

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Google dips toe into U.S. mobile market with 'small scale' offering

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Re: We don't intend to be a carrier at scale

They should probably buy dish as well then, or just save the money for the 600MHz auction. Tmo is good but they need nation wide low band and they will need more spectrum in s couple of years, less if they keep up this growth rate coupled with the growth in per sub data use.

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Phabba-dabba-do: Samsung hypes up Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

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Re: Built in battery, no SD slot, no waterproofing?

Quite a few things. I have a few games that are 2-3 GB each. Offline terrain maps run about 10 GB for the Island. Music, videos etc. Books is a huge one, I have loads for work which take up about 23 GB.

I'm probably highly abnormal (what's new) but I can see others using far more than me just with music and videos.

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Re: Meh

Yes, that along with the climate and also the chemistry of the battery and many other factors. The point being if the battery is non removable then if its 9 months or 14 (and age does play a part as well), it's still a brick at that point whereas if it is replaceable then it is down to whatever else goes terminally wrong first which can take some time. There's no reason not to expect a phone to last 3-4 years, but the battery is not likely to be all that useful at that point, it's already going to be suffering half way through that time. Perhaps it's the yorkshire in me but I don't see the point in trashing a $6-700 phone after a year to 18 months because a $30 part that could be replaceable isn't. Especially when the trade off is just making an already thin phone 1 mm thinner.

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Re: And their USP is...?

Thats true, although I am keeping in mind support for tmo's newer band 12 lte. I'm not really after the s series, more worried about them screwing with the note series as that is what I had planned to replace my current note with :( I could just about forgive the loss of the replaceable battery and sd card slot if they did something stunning like made it fold out into a tablet.

As for build quality, just basic better than some chinese bodge job of a reference design with whatever rom kind of makes it start. Samsung, HTC, Nokia, etc all make phones that are well built both hardware and software. Some not so top tier manufacturers seem to be including some headline features like gorilla glass but with second rate quality control (as demonstrated by my niece's never ending saga of how her latest random name brand phone has died yet her ipod thing has survived forever).

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Re: And their USP is...?

Thanks for the suggestion, I was thinking of something like that for my works phone. For my personal phone I was looking for something with higher specs than that, or at least I will be in a couple of years when its time to replace my note. There's no reason the note shouldn't last 3-4 years with a couple of battery changes. Screen burn is likely to be its biggest issue. Additional band support is likely to be the only real incentive to upgrade before then. Project ARA (or whatever its called) could make this even less wasteful in the future.

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Re: And their USP is...?

Honest question, who does a phone these days with a removable battery, SD card slot, decent hardware, and good build quality?

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Meh

If this is a sign of what's to come with the next Note then there's no chance of me upgrading. Fast charging won't mitigate the loss of a replaceable battery. The real reason behind a fixed battery is it forces you to junk a working phone once the battery won't hold a respectable charge. I needed a new battery after about 14 months with my note. Easy and cheap enough to replace it With the note 3 but what about this model? A couple of hundred bucks to replace it? I bet their helpful answer is buy an s7.

Phones are already stupidly thin, well beyond it conferring any advantage beyond poser value.

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FCC says cities should be free to run decent ISPs. And Republicans can't stand it

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Are you a farmer? Perhaps it varies state to state but inspections do occur without deaths.

You are right about gaps, not so much about the pesticides with organic. The rules are very strict, some larger organic operations use BT but we don't, it is allowed on organic as it is essentially an organic method of control although personally I don't like it. Various neem based sprays are all we have used, crop loss is minor so we haven't been pushed to look for anything else.

Regulation could be more effective and also less onerous for sure, but special interests will ensure that doesn't happen. There most certainly is proactive checking, especially with the new anti small farming laws.

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Food is very heavily regulated at a federal level. Leaving aside the inspections and record keeping that goes along with being organic, we have to maintain comprehensive records of manure use and comply with new rules about time between use and harvest, as well as water and soil sampling throughout the year. This is on top of all the regulations governing slaughter , storage, transport etc.

Much of the regulation is requested by (paid for) by large agricultural companies to increase the overhead of smaller farms making them easier targets.

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Re: VICTORY!

I can kind of understand the municipality issue. If I had invested money in building out a network I would be upset if a local government used it's advantages to undercut me. However, I have seen first hand how these companies operate, they do the absolute minimum and charge a fortune safe in the knowledge that is too expensive for any serious competition, hell they frequently didn't actually build their own networks but buy them from companies bankrupted by building them. So frankly if these odious little thugs are upset by the challenge then all the better. Free market types are always saying that the market will always adjust to ensure the best performance, municipal ISPs ARE the adjustment. If they had invested in a quality service with periodic upgrades and realistic pricing then there would be no public desire for a solution and therefore no political will to provide one.

Free market ideology only really begins to work when there is a sensible level of competition. The idea of PUC's regulating commercial monopolies is ludicrous, the companies just buy off the PUC and do what they want. Whilst capitalism is probably one of the better ideologies out there it does need a level of effective regulation or it just descends into robbery.

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MEGA PATENT DUMP! Ericsson, Smartflash blitz Apple: iPhone, iPad menaced by sales block

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You could fix this overnight. Any patent used in a standard must be included in a patent pool. If you don't want to 'settle' for a share of the pool then don't fight to include your tech in standards. FRAND has proven itself nothing but a boon to lawyers paid for by us indirectly via increased costs passed on to us.

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Amazon tries to patent 3D printers on trucks

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Re: How on Earth is this patentable?

they have been awarded a patent but it is worth nothing until it is tested in court. The idea is (not sure I agree that it works) is that to keep the cost of patents down the process is fairly simple and virtually no serious verification is done. In theory that comes in court if there is ever a need, so patents that aren't ever challenged don't need to bear the cost of the verification. Sadly this allows for large companies to file for invalid patents then use their size the force smaller competition to cease competing. That and actually challenging them in court usually comes down to who had the most money rather than actual worth of the patent.

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Photoshop daddy: 'I’m not happy with body image issues it creates for a lot of women'

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He didn't create a new concept, he did however increase the range of what could be done and make it a lot more feasible. Minor work could be fine in a dark room, dodging and burning, colour balance, even using vaseline on the enlarge lens to blur detail. To go beyond that required huge amounts of skill and time. If you wanted a tuck in a waist it wasn't just a minor tweak and magic fill, you'd pretty much have to print it (very) large, manually cut and draw then shoot your doctored image. It is possible (especially with e6 or slide film) to draw directly on slides, easier with an 8x10 than 35mm, but still requires an amazing artist. Any hoon can doctor an image now, just move a slider and click a wand. It's massively abused at all levels now unfortunately, it's the tobacco / star filter of the modern age.

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Mostly, there's a tweak to the hue (possibly also the colour balance). The point is very valid however, for a fashion shoot there would be a lot more work done. Eyes would be brightened and saturation increased (the technique for touching up eyes often involves just working on a small 'pie slice' then duplicating and rotating it to fill the full eye, saves time). Any skin blemishes would be removed then the skin softened and lightened with a tweak the the hue if needed. Lips are reshaped. Teeth are whitened and straightened. Hair is tidied up. There would also be substantial tweaks to overall shape, tummy tucked, balloons inflated etc.

It's not something I ever felt I wanted to do. I know some photogs make some pretty amazing pictures even better in post, but usually by highlighting what it already there, i.e. removing superfluous information to highlight the focal point. Personally I haven't used photoshop since lightroom came out. That said, it's all down to what people buy \ want to see.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: El Reg eggs Benedict

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Re: Muffins

Avocado and hollandaise sauce for breakfast? Is Lester a pseudonym for Peter Mandelson?

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HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans

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Re: LOOSE != LOSE

I do believe I got that right :) Google Oxford Comma.

As for how much, usually £40 an hour.

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Re: LOOSE != LOSE

Interesting point. On the one hand we pay nothing for accessing this site, it's us supported mostly by advertising. The financial realities of this probably impact the editorial practices. That being said, a professional wordsmith supported by editors shouldn't really be making basic errors. My command of the English language is tenuous (chalk that up to Yorkshire schooling where grammar is someone who knits you hats) so I hire a friend who is an author ,ex journalist, and Olympic class pedant to review anything I intend to inflict on adults in a professional capacity. Much like an editor would do ;)

That being said, we are rather constructing mountains out of mole shit here.

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BOFH: The Great HellDesk geek leave seek

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Re: This sounds horribly familiar

Amen. A certain UK cable company had an amusing process for reimbursement. You filed it the form online and v printed it (out also registered the claim in the payroll system pending verification). Then you photocopied your receipts. All sane so far. Then it had to be sent in a special 'expenses envelope' which we like the proverbial hens teeth. They rejected any requests in normal envelopes, they refused to send you envelopes and they shit entire housing estates worth of bricks when I got hold of an envelope and made duplicates on the colour copier. Amazing how quick they got me a stash of envelopes when I refused to buy anything myself.

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Royal Mail's Colossus move gets ex-WREN's stamp of approval

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Did the Germans have anything similar (to colossus) during the war? Or even a program to attempt something similar.

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Euro broadcast industry still in a fug over that 4K-ing UHD telly

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Re: "Satellite is the ideal way to distribute 4K. We will drive it just as we did with HD"

They pioneered HD by monopolizing a lot of the content then charging a fecking fortune for the box and the service. Satellite is a reasonable method for delivering TV content, but no better or worse than cable or broadcast IP in most situations (obviously some people will be better served by a particular provider in some locations). Download on demand / streaming UHD is not likely to cause the sky to fall in, not much content coupled with a slow uptake of sets and improving compression should mean that connections evolve fast enough to keep up for the majority of folks. Plus, the fall back of 1080 from UHD shouldn't be drastic so marginal connections won't be terrible. This sounds like marketing bollocks, so essentially just marketing.

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German 700MHz auction signals start of Euro spectrum flogoffs

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Re: 800MHz sell off may have been a mistake, 700MHz is Greed.

Have any of the UK mobile companies stated trialing 8x8 mimo yet ? Sprint is using it over here on their 25/2600 MHz and getting decent results even with dual antenna phones (so essentially 8x2. They reckon it makes it on par with 1900MHz). I noticed a decent jump in signal quality at the edge of cells when tmobile switched in the 4x2 mimo antenna here.

Also with cell sizes, you can often use tilt to shrink a cell without a huge drop in transit power. So you get the full benefit of the building penetration but a smaller area is covered.

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Re: 800MHz sell off may have been a mistake, 700MHz is Greed.

Not entirely correct. In rural settings cell density would remain constant with the superior propagation characteristics of the lower band spectrum extending range and the additional frequency increasing aggregate capacity. In urban settings lower band frequency is likely to be deployed on all masts (it certainly had been here) with antenna tilt and tuning (transmitting at lower levels than the maximum permitted) used to prevent overlap whilst still gaining an advantage in building penetration and again in aggregate capacity. You can always transmit at a lower power and our tilt the antenna to reduce range but you can't transmit above the legal limit, hence low band spectrum is more versatile and therefore valuable. Plus any additional spectrum is valuable as demand increases rapidly. Whilst your comments about cell size are superficially correct the lower band spectrum would be used in addition to existing mid and high band spectrum so the only load on the low band spectrum would be those subscribers out of range of the mid band spectrum. It hadn't been the case elsewhere that it resulted in any significant decrease in sites. Providers that typically had low band spectrum have actually been hard at work increasing their site density as a method of increasing capacity as well as adding mid band spectrum.

Also regarding iptv, you are mistaken, ip multicast or whatever is called this week had been around for a long time and would result in very little strain on fixed networks. It actually makes a fair bit of sense to switch to using an ip broadcast solution apart from for those wanting a mobile connection or those not able to be serviced by a fixed line connection.

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We can change a bit from 0 to 1 WITHOUT CURRENT, say boffins

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Re: ?

@amut

Do the cables have gold plated connectors? :)

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Norks: FBI's Sony Pictures' hacking allegations are 'groundless slander'

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So they have the ability to do it, the motive, evidence seems to point to them (not entirely sure how reliable it is though), and applaud that it was done but would like us believe it was them, honest!

The real baddies for me are the managers who allowed employee information to be stored in such a lax manner so they could collect a bonus for trimming their budgets.

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How much for a wrist job? A tenner normally, but for this one, over $30k

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Finally something that could replace the speed boat as Bully's star prize!

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Swiss McDonalds serves up no-holes-barred cheesy action to punters

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Re: And that's the news from Siwtzerland...

True, not surprising they foster that quiet image given how much tax avoidance they pay a part in. And don't ask who the paintings belong to!

They do seem to have a fairly decent political system, or isn't it as good in practice as it seems?

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Identity thieves slurp Sony Pictures staff info – as CEO sends 'don't sue me, bro' memo

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I can understand that beaches may occur if someone is determined enough but isn't that why you also ensure that everything is heavily encrypted so if someone does get in they don't find anything they can easily use, like stuff stored in plain text?

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