* Posts by Jess

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Leaked images claim to show BlackBerry's first Android phone

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Not what I want.

What I want is a dual SIM 7" phablet running BB10.

If I want a small phone, I certainly want something like my Q5, however having recently purchased a cheap Chinese Android phablet as a second phone I have found that is the form that works best for me.

If BlackBerry abandon BB10, then I will abandon them. Just like I abandoned Nokia when they dropped Symbian.

If I'm going to be pushed into Android, I'm not going to pay a premium for a phone.

BlackBerry would be far better off putting their system on some cheap Chinese hardware to replace the budget range they used to have, and keep a small range of high quality kit for business, etc.

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ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini: The able Android smartie the company won't sell you

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I bought a dual sim 7'" phone on Amazon for £35

The brand is Mediatek, it is only 2G (But there are similar 3G devices advertised).

For £35 is a decent device. Not slow, screen is bright, sharp and not laggy (low resolution and poor off axis) It makes a decent job of 720p (not tried 1080).

I bought it just to learn about Android, but it is good enough that it has replaced my second mobile. I managed to find a tmobile sim, which should allow me do the 6 months (limited) internet deal for £20, be interesting to see how usable 2G is. (Annoyingly BlackBerry 10 left off the ability to switch to 2G only (there are a few places where 3G data is useless, and switching to 2G manually would be good)

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Android apps are flooding on to jailbroken Win10 phones

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Re: Remember OS/2 Warp

What I remember from the situation is that OS/2 shared origins with NT.

It supported the Win 16 api very well but only had partial support for the Win 32 api (60%?). IBM took the decision not to chase full compatibility with the Win 32 api.

How different would IT be today if IBM hadn't, by that idiot decision, gifted Microsoft with a near monopoly on the desktop.

BB10 is somewhat ahead of the situation in the video. From the start it ran ported apps. The first official Android support allowed loading Amazon, which then worked to install apps. (It is now bundled).

It is also possible to sideload a working Google Play store compatible app. (So far the only app that annoyed me by not working was Expedia.)

An interesting question is whether android apps will be able to be run on Desktop WIndows 10 (as widgets, perhaps.)

But this news changes my opinion of Win 10 phone from something I'd dismiss out of hand, to a maybe.

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Opera Software asks fat lady to stay shtum for a bit, but keep humming

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It seems they did the same as Nokia.

Dumped their in house system in favour of something third party. Losing a huge chunk of their support, and gaining nothing back.

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Windows 10 on Mobile under the scope: Flaws, confusion, and going nowhere fast

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Re: The Windows GUI peaked with Windows 95

When 95 arrived I had been using OS/2 (OK). RISC OS (Great) and Windows 3.x (Poor) at work and GEM (OK) at home.

Windows 95 split the gap between the windows 3.x interface and the RISC OS one, and was quite nice (as long as you stuck to 32 bit programs and DOS programs only).

Ironically all the schools who moved from RISC OS to 3.x in the interests of industry standards royally screwed over their students, because when they entered the work place they were faced with something very different to what they were used to, rather than something quite similar, which they would otherwise have been.

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

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Re: Here we go

> What happens when small businesses like us suddenly have an update forced on us that crashes the

> £3000 per seat CAD/CAM software we use?

You laugh at them for using the home version instead of the enterprise version.

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HP won't ship PCs with Windows 10 preinstalled until mid-August

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I tried W10 on an a couple of old Dells

On a ten year old Dell Power Edge it works rather well, and and the latest release didn't leave me screaming for classic shell.

On a much more recent XPS laptop, it didn't work very well, it kept locking up.

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Microsoft giving up on phones? Naaahh ... Windows 10 Mobile lumbers toward release

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i doubt Windows Phone is dead, as such, but it is a bit of a lame duck.

Microsoft won't let their presence in the mobile arena go, it would be too embarrassing. I think that would be why they are trying to use the same system on all devices. (That and misinterpreting the tablet market as a desire for slate shaped computing, rather than for windows free computing).

If they actually come up with a system that scales between phones, tablets and PCs then it will be easy for them to keep available, even if it is a flop. (They will have niches.)

What I could see is it going x86 family only, if they fail to bulldoze it though to a respectable market share. (They have lots of form for this, leaving the old system users high and dry.)

I don't see why many people would want the current range, I certainly wouldn't. (Apart from the one with the good camera, but I'd still prefer an N808.) The big problem is being locked to an App store when you have a device with poor market share. The BlackBerry doesn't have this issue (and in addition can run lots of android apps, even Firefox.)

This leaves their market to those with a special requirement that the system caters for (niches) and people who would be just as happy with a dumb phone or a feature phone. (And probably happier with the battery life).

I suspect a fair part of their market has been those who saw the name Nokia on the front and thought that's what they were getting, until they drop it and it smashes, rather than cracking the tile it lands on).

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Busy BlackBerry wheels out BB10 and QNX updates

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I wonder if blend will let me use my playbook on my Q5

As if.

However the previous update bought back things missing since BB7. (Coloured alerts, Phonetic non-latin keyboards).

If they would re-instate the timed power-on-ff schedule I'd be pretty much happy.

the rest of the system is great.

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US plans to apply export controls to 0-days put out for comment

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Shouldn't things like this be blocked by TTIP like deals?

Shouldn't a security firm based in any of the countries that already has a TIP deal be able to sue?

Or does it only work one way?

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Microsoft: Free Windows 10 for THIEVES and PIRATES? They can GET STUFFED

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Re: However most XP era hardware is probably too slow

Certainly not ALL old kit. The preview is running fine on a 2003 Dell PowerEdge.

I tried a couple of newer (2007?) laptops, and it was very clunky, but adding classic shell sorted that.

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Microsoft uses Windows Update to force Windows 10 ads onto older PCs

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Re: "where did everything go?"

Classic shell has a version for win 10 :)

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All-Russian 'Elbrus' PCs and servers go on sale

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The processing power is irrelevant.

The majority of the work these things will do would be the same as that done on current machines with windows 7, and in the past on Pentium 2 machines with XP and before that 486 machines with Windows 95. (Prior to that on DOS and CP/M).

You just don't put on all the bells and whistles that aren't needed.

Anything that needs more power would stay on the current hardware, until the local stuff catches up.

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So what would the economic effect of leaving the EU be?

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Re: Cameron ... _LEAVING_ the EEA period.

Cameron does not want this (at least publicly). He wants a rearrangement of the structure, and a referendum, to 1. apply pressure for restructure 2. Placate the kippers and 3. Settle the matter.

The Green Party policy is similar (but for different reasons).

The Tories basically don't want the EU protecting the little people from their rich mates. Whereas the greens favour decentralisation, (but like the freedom of movement) however, I think we should sort our own democracy out before we start whinging about the EU. (At least EU votes actually elect people).

What no-one addresses is if the freedom of movement is lost, what happens to all the Brits using it to retire in the warm? I'm sure they won't actually simply be chucked out, but I suspect there would be progressively more expensive annual visas, plus requirements for fluency in the local language. Meaning most will come home in poverty (since their houses won't be worth much). I guess they could move in to the homes vacated by the Euro workers currently here. Who would actually do the work to replace them though, and where would they live?

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EE springs Wi-Fi phone calls on not-spot sufferers, Tube riders

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Sounds great, but

I bet it's geolocked just like UMA. (Bria works fine, of course)

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Midlife crisis, suck ingenuity? Microsoft turns 40; does the dad dance

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Re: Vista wasn't that bad in retrospect.

Vista's problem was reliability and performance, the same was true of Windows 3.x, 98 and XP, after significant revisions these were all made reliable, the difference was they renamed Vista to Windows 7. (The latest Vista, isn't too bad, now).

The reason (I believe) that they couldn't steamroller Vista through, with its original name, was the years of grief that it took XP to become a stable secure system. (Code Red, etc.) Who would be stupid enough to risk going through that again?

Windows 8 however is totally different. Underneath the shell it seems to be the best system yet for stability and security. The problem is the shell. Totally inappropriate to the kit that people will use it on. (Touch screen on a desk? Yes I want RSI.) The user experience is the worst on any system I can remember, short of Windows 3. (Where the jumping to full screen when you start a DOS program, was of course a step forward from the previous option of single tasking.)

Adding classic shell makes it quite a decent OS, but why would anyone upgrade to a new system that is dependent on a bit of freeware to make it usable?

(Windows 10 seems a bit more pleasant with classic shell, too)

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So you're saying Windows was superior because it ran on cheap hardware.....

OPEN hardware.

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Apple boots Windows 7 out of Boot Camp

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Re: An odd decision by Apple

Abandoning Snow Leopard is quite annoying. it is the last OS that can run Power PC programs, that keeps many people on it. 32 bit machines (that includes those with 64 bit processors, but 32 bit firmware) cannot upgrade to the new free OSes.

Most Mac users I know are using SL (or earlier, on PPCs.) I can't see any reason to move to Yosemite (it's fugly too) other than software support being dropped, (and even Tiger on PPC still has well maintained Firefox and Thunderbird ports).

You pay a premium for Macs, but that is usually reflected in the quality and longevity of the devices (except when they have design faults) Good ones are usually perfectly usable at 10 years old. (I am typing this on a G5, which is far quicker than a *cheap* new PC.) So it is a dirty trick trying to pull the plugs so soon.

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Blackberry touts UNCERTIFIED 'secure' slab in hunt for public sector biz

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Re: Lots of claims .. Windows Phone

Windows Phone is supplied by an American Company and therefore subject to the patriot act. BB is Canadian and therefore not.

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Re: whatsapp

Just curious how it could work without access to your contacts telephone numbers. Manually enter all your contacts to a separate database?

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Vodafone: Can't make calls on our network? Use Wi-Fi

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I had UMA on an old BlackBerry on Orange a few years ago.

It was quite good, but the newer phones don't seem to support it. I now have whatsapp for text and Bria for voice on my BB10 device.

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Price slashed on Reg-branded Swiss Army Knife

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Why is it not based on the cybertool?

So it would have tools useful for doing the job, rather than just celebrating after.

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Microsoft cuts Facebook Messenger, Google Talk from Outlook.com

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Re: What is that Outlook.com anyway?

It is the only way I know of using Skype on a PowerPC system. (text only) It is also useful as a destination for spam (i.e things that demand an email address)

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

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Re: people had to buy expensive monitors for their computers,

No they didn't. It was (and is) perfectly legal to use a TV as a computer monitor with no TV licence. What you need a licence for is to have it installed for reception or to use it for reception.

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If the BBC becomes funded by a universal tax

that means it is directly funded by the government and then faces great pressure to lose its independence.

At least with the present tax on installation and use of equipment, there is some sort of correlation to its customers. If you don't like it, you can get rid of the TV.

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Windows XP's market share grows AGAIN!

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Re: why Microsoft don't make Win 10 operate just like Sinclair BASIC

Isn't that what they pretty much did with windows 8?

All the apps jumping full screen, so almost single tasking. And typing commands is the only reasonable way to do things on a desktop or laptop.

(OK realistically it has the feel of Windows 3.0, so only 2/3 as old, really)

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Linux clockpocalypse in 2038 is looming and there's no 'serious plan'

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Re: relies on time values and is over ten years old, let alone twenty

The machine I'm reading this is is over ten years old.

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Did NSA, GCHQ steal the secret key in YOUR phone SIM? It's LIKELY

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Re: renewables

It is an absurd assertion that non renewable could do that indefinitely. (By definition)

So your idea is use it all up and f*ck the great grand kids is it?

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Raspberry Pi, meet face: You're probably NOT Blighty's biggest PC maker!

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Re: Archimedes

RISC OS on the Pi works rather well.

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Patch now: Design flaw in Windows security allows hackers to own corporate laptops, PCs

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Re: decent wifi APs have isolated client stations

So as long as users are trained, to know the difference between a decent one and a poor one and only connect to those, all is fine.

Connect with another device first and check the netmask, perhaps?

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Boy, 16, cuffed after posting selfie with body of kid he allegedly killed

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Re: I wonder... Darwin Award?

It would seem likely that he will get at least life without parole.

That could arguably make him eligible for a Darwin award, anyway.

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Re: I don't even know what "conductor non-linearity" is, but I bet it's undetectable..

> It means the resistance of the wire changes with temperature

That is an example, not the only case. (And I would think that the effect would be trivial, with respect to non-linearity, because the change would be related to the average power over the last part of a second, and so be a linear change to high frequencies.)

Another commenter posted an example of the type I was concerned about, far clearer than I managed.

My concern is the contact between the cable and the equipment. And in my experience this is far more important than the difference between decent cable and fantastic cable.

I never disagreed that shielding would cause capacitance. What I stated is that it is a different property.

More capacitance does not mean better shielding. Better shielding, *may* mean more capacitance. (example a pair of wires in the centre of a 6 inch copper pipe will be better shielded that a pair with a thin braid close to it, but less capacitance.)

But in speaker cables, I can't see capacitance ever being an issue that needs thought. (just like the insulation would only ever be an issue if you decided to use mains cables pulled out of a 1930s house for speaker cable).

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Re: which would, theoretically, make the bass less controlled

not just theoretically, very noticeably.

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Re: Semiconductor sulphides

The thing that gets me about plated plugs (especially gold) is the whole thing is plated, not just the areas that make contact. (I know sometimes plating the whole thing would be easier, but sometimes a separate part is needlessly plated.)

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Re: Unidirectional Cables do exist.

Someone with no concept of star earthing appears to have down voted me.

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Re: I don't even know what "conductor non-linearity" is, but I bet it's undetectable..

You're not Nigel Farage are you?

It means it does not have a linear relationship between current and voltage.

The time it will be important is when you have a loose connection or a dirty connection. It will cause distortion; harmonic and intermodulation.

When it is undetectable, you don't have a problem. Given the high dynamic range of human hearing, you don't need much distortion of this type to notice the sound isn't so good.

Good clean connections solve the problem. (Which would be why gold plated connectors are popular, not because they conduct better, they don't, but because they don't tarnish.)

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Re: Only 3 qualities?

shielding is the rejection of other signals, it is a different quality to capacitance and can be achieved by star-quad arrangement that wont have the same capacitance issues as a co-axial arrangement.

Impedance isn't simple resistance, it includes reactance, which is the capactive/inductive part. A transmission line exhibits a characteristic impedance, which is what you would measure on an infinite length of it. It should be terminated with the same impedance, otherwise reflections happen. With audio the the reflections are *probably* negligible (in short cables), but with video and data they are not. (The cables have to have the correct characteristic impedance or you get distortion/data errors).

My theory of why the connection improves is just the two layers settling into each other under pressure over a few weeks, possibly current flow helps but possibly not. (You can buy contact enhancers, that presumably do the same effect.

I prefer tight grub screws, as I understand it, this gives effectively a cold weld.

Your original comment didn't limit it to audio. And I think skin effect would be more trivial that some of the effects I pointed out. There are many other properties that need to be right. (dielectric breakdown of the insulators is one that occurred to me since and another commenter pointed out dispersal - how did I forget that one?)

I don't disagree with the points you have raised other than the claiming they are the only points. If you limit yourself to certain scenarios they may be.

Many of the parameters are just 'have to do the job' parameters, in many situations. But not in all.

There is a big difference between audio interconnects and speaker cables. Your example of a stupidly high power system the insulation of the cable will have to be considered so it doesn't breakdown under high voltages. In interconnects the rejection of interfering signals is very important.

If you were to qualify the statement - e.g. to the speaker cables of a typical domestic hifi system, then I wouldn't take issue.

Another thought, the use of one way speakers (either in a full range design or an active crossover system) removes a load of the horrible reactance, meaning the amplifier doesn't need to be so beefy and the cable quality is less important. Hence why if you put a pair of Amstrad midi system speakers on an expensive hifi, they sound quite nice. It rarely works the other way around.

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Re: HiFi Power cords

There is certainly a difference with a high power amplifier between an old power cable with corrosion on the power plug, and a nice shiney one.

I'm not convinced there is much between an nice clean kettle lead, and an expensive audiophile power cable though. Anywhere other than the power amplifier, I've not heard a difference.

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Re: Only 3 qualities?

I know you mentioned shielding, but it wasn't in your list of 3.

All insulators conduct. It's just how much they do that determines how good an insulator they are.

Impedance mismatch (and impedance vs. frequency) has everything to do with the cable. A cable has a characteristic impedance, if it is not terminated correctly you get reflections.

Non-linearity is not simple resistance change, it is resistance changing against input. (An extreme example being a diode). It will cause distortion; intermodulation etc.

I was not referring to warming up, systems sounding better a few weeks after being installed. (Not having been switched on 24/7). An effect I noticed in the 80s after any significant change (i.e unplugging) of systems. Not dependent on a change of equipment or configuration. My hypothesis is that is is down to the physical connections bedding in, and becoming more linear resistance.

And no. It was an observation that I seek to make an explanation for. As I stated, it is the linearity of the connection between plug and socket that I suspect settles down.

And who said anything about digital systems? This is analogue, we are discussing.

Your statement was too sweeping. In different situations, different characteristics have different effects.

e.g. 100V line PA systems don't have the same issues with wire resistance that an 8 ohm system does,

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Unidirectional Cables do exist.

If you do a star quad arrangement with a shield, that is only connected at one end, for example. The shield is then connected at the destination end.

However, for any cable with physical symmetry I have yet to be convinced there is any way for it to be directional.

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Only 3 qualities?

> There are three qualities and only three qualities of a cable that affect its transmission of an AC signal:

That is wrong.

An obvious omission is shielding.

Another omission is self-inductance.

Conductance in the insulator.

Impedance mismatch between source, destination and transmission line.

Non-linearity in the conductor. (I believe this one could explain why some systems sound better after they have been used for a few weeks after being plugged up.)

And that is just off the top of my head.

However, you seem to be only thinking of speaker cable, and only the final one on my list is really significant.

Typical high quality domestic speakers are a difficult load for an amplifier, capacitance and inductance to deal with, plus moving cones that need their momentum controlled very quickly.

The biggest issue is resistance, and the two big issues are the thickness of the cable and the quality of the connections..

I believe the reason multi-strand cable is usually better, is due to it making a better connection to the plug or post. (as you say, skin effect is a bit irrelevant at audio frequencies)

I have found that using banana plugs seems better than just the binding posts. (The type where two grub screws clamp down on the cable.) And I got a noticeable improvement with locking banana plugs that splay the pin to make better contact. (Downside is when you have a builder who can't work out how to unlock them.) £8 a pair from Amazon. (Or £80 if you go for rhodium and snake oil plated).

Good engineering does make a difference to sound, however snake oil is very prevalent.

For my speakers I purchased 14 awg ofc cable and biwired them, each of those with two cables in parallel. using the locking banana plugs.

For interconnects I usually go for THX ultra certified cables.

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Microsoft: Even cheapo Lumias to get slimmed down Windows 10

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Re: With an utter lack of scientific and statistical rigour...

Possibly you live in a statistical blip?

Yesterday I was in a van and 66% of the phones were BB10, and the other a dumb-phone. Does that mean BB has 100% of the market?

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best camera sensor, lens, maps / nav,...

I think I'd prefer a pureview 808

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Microsoft explains Windows as a SERVICE – but one version remains a distant dream

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Lifetime of the device.

Meaningless, because they haven't defined it.

So the lifetime of the device means until they drop support.

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RIP Windows RT: Microsoft murders ARM Surface, Nokia tablets

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re:Will you be able to upgrade win phone 8... - Yes

I seem to recall that at this stage in WP7's life it was expected that devices would get upgrades to WP8.

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Google, Amazon 'n' pals fork out for AdBlock Plus 'unblock' – report

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Re: I only use chrome for gmail,

I find the current gmail interface so horrible that I normally disable scripts for google on first use, then set it to plain html. (With Chrome the setting doesn't seem to stick when you re-enable).

However the best fix is Thunderbird.

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Windows is TAKING the TABLET market... what's left of it, anyway

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Re: I'd consider Surface more of a super ultrabook than a tablet

A good point. They are sold to be used as laptops, but register in the tablet figures.

Better for Microsoft, they don't look as sad in the tablet market, and it doesn't appear to laptop makers that they are taking their customers.

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Microsoft tells big biz: No free Windows 10 for you, crack wallets open

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Re: There has to be a catch somewhere.

My guess is that the free upgrade will be to a home version. (i.e no domain support). Not that business users will be ineligible, just that it will be of no use to them, so they have to pay.

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Re: am I right in reading this..

Yes, I think so.

The only thing new is them actually saying it.

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You must have at least 8 inches for Windows 10 to go all the way

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Re: Apple just make stuff look lovely. No choice.

I'm not sure that Applies to Yosemite.

It looks vile compared to what has gone before. (OK still nicer than the best Windows.)

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