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Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

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Re: They need to release 250GB or 500GB discs for 8K and 4K...

> HDTV became a standard thanks to the Blu-Ray and the Sony Playstation3 gave a huge sales boost worldwide.

I rather felt that HDTV became accepted as a standard because it became available at about the time when flat screen TVs became affordable. The move to flatscreens was a significant benefit to a lot of people, it save tones of space in the living room and made bigger teles practical. Digital and HD just happened to be happening at the same time and got a free ride on it's coat tails.

BTW, Sony's version of HDTV was 1920x1200 not the spec we ended up with which is lousy 1080p. Sure looked good in 1990 when they lent me their demo system for a show stand. Doesn't that make it pre-date the original PS?

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Re: Here you go

Ta Steve

I feel a shopping twitch coming on.... now I just need to find a graphics card to match it

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There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES

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Re: On handguns or American morals

Americans have guns, but are legally forbidden from having nipples. Americans have guns in case they ever discover anyone who posesses a pair of nipples (therefore must be a witch)

If we import American moral standards we'll all need to surrender our nipples in return for being allowed to carry guns, but all right thinking people know that it is better to show people shooting other people than to show any evidence that people are mamals and that therefore Dawin might have had a point.

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Re: My 2p

> Not having much luck in spite of some very good reviews from a few folks whose track records mean they know what they're talking about.

This reminds me of an interview with John Lloyd where he's talking to the BBC management about the original HHGTTG series and having shown them some of the early material the senior BBC man says "Is this funny? Can anyone tell me whether this is funny?"

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Redmond may buy security company it says is wrong about AD flaw

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So

The accountants think it would cost more than $200M to fix the bug you mean.

Why debug when you can bury more cheaply.

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Would it be BAD if the Amazon rainforest was all FARMS? Well it WAS, once

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Re: Sahara etc

> Yeah, we usually blame the extensive deforestation on the Brits - where do you think they got the timber to build all those ships to rule the world from the 16th Century on!

Err that lot of oak came from the British Isles (well mostly)

Funnily I heard something on R4 the other day where someone was saying they'd been involved in some environmental committee a few years back where they were looking at trees and visited the Forest of Dean and he was extolling the beautiful natural woodland, when a local pointed out that none of it was natural, it was all planted to grow battle ships for the navy.

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iPhone user SHAMEGASM: 'I beg of you', delete sex app from my purchase list

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Why?

Would you want to share your purchase history with anyone, let alone your parents.

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F1? No, it's Formula E as electric racing cars hit the track

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Bikes and corners

I remember back in the 70's reading a review in something like Autocar or Motor where they pitched the new Honda CBX inline 6 cylinder bike against the an Aston Martin Vantage, the bike was miles ahead at the first corner, just ahead at the end of lap 1 and then disappeared after that and no one ever accused the Vantage of being particularly good at corners. A Bugatti Veyron might beat one of these to the first corner, but after that it wouldn't see which way this thing went.

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Is there too much sex and violence on TV?

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Re: New Category Needed

Still need to be able to complain so the programme planners know we want something more interesting than the normal twaddle that pollutes the airwaves.

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Judge says there's no such thing as a 'Patent Troll'

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Re: Turkeys campaigning for Christmas

> This is a catch-22 for Apple, fighting a patent troll in court which could lead to a legal decision against trolls which could well be used against their own trolling in the future

Just like Oracle hell bent on asserting that APIs are patent/copyrightable just so they can be forced to hand over every red cent they ever earned to IBM.

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Creepy battery-operated TEDDY BEAR SEX TOY. Sadly, this is for real

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Holmes

Q: What do you buy the woman that has everything?

A: A bag, she's a woman.

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Luxembourg patent troll suing world+dog

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Re: Non-Practising Entities: USE IT OR LOSE IT

You can define "patent troll" as "Non-Practising Entities:" if you like.

Me, I define anyone who thinks that patenting things like slide to unlock or bouncing menus as a patent troll.

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Re: I have an idea.

Because Apply are the worlds biggest patent trolls.

The surprising thing is only that Apple aren't suing the patent trolls for using their favourite business practice. Surely they must have managed to patent that business process by now.

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How the hell

Did any of these things get patented?

Least cost routing? Sorry that's been around since Bell first invented the damn phone. Certainly the companies I worked for back in the 80s all used least cost routing in their automatic exchanges, so these all significantly pre-date those patents.

Hands free? oh you mean speaker phones. How long have they been around for? decades?

Even on mobiles, car phones had this option back when handhelds were little more than a car phone and car battery.

Will someone please do something about patent offices issuing patents when there is so much prior art around.

Perhaps we should introduce a new rule that any company that applies for a patent when there is published prior art automatically has every single one of their patents invalidated.

Preferably the patent office that issues one when there is prior art should have every patent they issued within a year also invalidated. This way businesses would bring pressure to bare on the patent offices to do their job properly rather than simply allowing anyone to patent anything and passing it on to the courts to clear up the resulting mess

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Samsung, Chipzilla in 4K monitor price cut pact

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Re: 4K screen prices are already dropping

> I have a pair of 22" 3840x2400 monitors on my desk

want, Want, WANT

Where do you get these types of displays?

I use a 27" 2560x1440 at the moment, 22" would be a bit small, I'd need to have it closer so would need reading glasses. 40" is probably too large, I'd need to have the screen a lot further away. The 32" inch display on the kids PC (ok HD TV) seems fine.

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4K screen prices are already dropping

I got an email this weekend with an offer on a 40" Samsung 4K screen for under a grand, puts it in the same ball park as a 30" 2560x1600 screen. Perhaps still a little high but now at a point where I might be tempted. 40" is perhaps a little large to have on the desk.

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TrueCrypt considered HARMFUL – downloads, website meddled to warn: 'It's not secure'

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Oh bugger!

I hadn't upgraded to 7.2, I hope 7.1a is OK(ish)

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Chuh. Heavy, dude: HP ZBook 17 mobile workstation

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Re: Dell's offerings are better, I think

Sorry but looking at Dell's website all their 17" laptops are equally useless, They do either 1600x900 (FFS) or 1920x1080 screens. Please tell me I'm wrong, please show show me a model I can buy which will do the job I need to do. My HP 8740w hangs far too regularly for my liking (2 or 3 times this month). I don't want to cough up for a new one, but have little choice.

I need a 17" screen (I'm over 50 so eyes not what they used to be), 1920x1200 (or better) screen. I'd like to be able to use it outside occasionally. The HP dream colour screen is bright, I was using it in a sunny Portuguese garden yesterday afternoon OK. It needs to do drive encryption and it needs to use SSDs OK (my 8740w has been messing up since I switched on drive encryption when running an SSD, SSD with no encryption was stable. My 8370w messed up big time with encryption and an SSD but is rock solid with encryption and spinning rust).

I'd like to be able to plug in upgrades, RAM and disk as time goes by.

Is this too much to ask?

££££££££ waiting for the first manufacture who can match my needs.

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Re: WTF...

No, I work on remote systems which require me to run windows inside windows inside windows and I can't control the size of windows there are on the inside, so I have to make sure my screen can cope. Thirty years or so ago a 1024x768 screen became the normal for a Unix workstation, by 25 years ago the world had moved on to 1280x1024 being the norm. So many programs expect to have that kind of real estate to play with and some programmers go to the trouble of turning off a users right to resize things. So I'm left with realistically needing close to 1200 lines on the screen to cope with these things running inside windows on remote systems by the time you've added all the decorative s*&t wrapped around windows.

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Re: ARGH!

The boxes spend 90% of their time sitting on a desktop and connected to a 2560x1440 screen (2560x1600 displays are still "sillier" money) but I do need to be able to haul it around with me, I'm away from home right now and still need a decent screen but can't bring the external monitor with me.

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ARGH!

Still a crap screen

It's a mobile(ish) workstation. I'm not going to watch BluRays on it, I'm going to use it to work on.

1920x1080 is not good enough, I've tried and I can't live with it. What I do for a living needs at least 1920x1200 so I'll have to stick with my EliteBook 8740w, which I had to buy 2nd hand because the 8760w had a crap Mickey Mouse screen too.

I'd much rather have the 17" model than the 15"er but I'd like some dots on my screen please.

Make a decent screen res model and I'll buy one immediately, but this one you can keep.

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EE boffin: 5G will be the LAST WORD in mobe tech – literally

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Re: Whats the point of super fast mobile broadband..

Just signed up with 3 for #1 son as his T-Mobile contract has run its course and they don't have a bill shock proof parent friendly tariff. 3 offer all you can eat data, with more talk and texts than a teenage boy will ever use for £12.90/month on a rolling 30 day basis. Seemed idea contact for a teenage. Only problem is I can't block it at night time to stop nocturnal anime sessions.

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BRITS: Wanna know how late your train is? Now you can slurp straight from the source for free

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Could be worse

Could be a French train that's too wide to fit at the platform.

What ever happened to running wooden mock ups of new rolling stock through the network just to check.

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No such luck: Apple, Samsung say peace talks are off – way off

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Re: And the winners are...

Why would the lawyers be interested in an amicable settlement, this means they don't get to charge their court appearance fees.

Reminds me of when I bought my last house, the solicitors spent a couple of weeks wrangling over one little (well understood) problem. I then spoke to the builder and explained the situation and that I knew you could buy insurance against the problem for about £100, he replied "OK to split it?" "Sure" job done.

The lawyers will continue to fight.

Hopefully saner minds will negotiate behind the scenes in private.

But hey, how many saner minds are there?

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350 DBAs stare blankly when reminded super-users can pinch data

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Re: , all we as sys admins care about is ...

" that data is only important to the users, all we as sys admins care about is uptime and minimum outages."

True, until the bastards try to screw you down and you know all the emails about it are stored where you've got full access.

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Microsoft walks into a bar. China screams: 'Eww is that Windows 8? GET OUT OF HERE'

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Until they realised that it's much harder to pirate Windows 8....

Why pirate W8, M$ can't even give it away at gun point, Why would anyone want to steal a copy?

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Feature-phones aren't dead, Moto – oldsters still need them

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Not a feature phone

I think lots of people in my parents generation want a no features phone.

Can it make phone calls? Yes, that's all I want.

It can do xyz too. Errrr why? can you turn that off, I want a phone please.

My mother's phone was playing up recently and so my ex marched her into CPW and told the salesman to sell her a Doro PhoneEasy, Mum is delighted, big buttons and big text on screen. She's be ever happier if it was even more limited. If anyone sends her a text message she either phones one of use and asks what the message is on the screen or summons nearest grandchild to come and sort it out.

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Russia to suspend US GPS stations in tit-for-tat spat

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Russian soldiers in Crimea to start using iMaps,

> Now if we can only get the Russian soldiers in Crimea to start using iMaps, they'll be out of there within a week without a shot being fired.

They are using iMaps that's why they think they're in Russia.

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EU antitrust bods: Motorola, Samsung too dominant to take on poor little Apple

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"The so-called smartphone patent wars should not occur at the expense of consumers,”

Who else is it going to be at the expense of?

A good start would be ensuring that patents were only issued in the right circumstances.

Personally I believe all software patents to be illegal, but who cares what I think.

Patents should only be awarded where they are truly innovative, adding the words smart phone to the application to cover techniques that are already well know and used in the wider world shouldn't be allowed. In fact implementing anything in software which is well known in the real world shouldn't be allowed at all. Like slide to unlock, there are non SW based implementations which date back thousands of years, how can doing it on a smart phone suddenly become innovative? Neat? sure if you like that sort of thing, innovative? no 'fraid not. Copyright protection maybe, patent? nope.

Patent offices around the world are allowing this shit and the losers are us customers. If a company suddenly find that it needs to employ twice as many lawyers as developers then costs increase. It ain't the companies or the shareholders who lose out, its us, the punters.

If you want to protect consumers do something about the state sponsored abuse the IP laws.

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Windows Phone: Just as well Microsoft bought an Android maker, RIGHT?

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he reacts like a teenager whose divorced dad has been seen dating a young stripper.

What you mean like

Cool Dad, and I thought you were passed it.

Now, about this pocket money, oh and does Mum know?

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US judge: Our digital search warrants apply ANYWHERE

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Re: Not just a blow to Microsoft's attempts to assure non-US customers

> The ruling is a blow to Google, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and probably even non-US based companies (though enforcement would be more difficult)

Big blow, sounds like they are ripe to end up piggy in the middle here. The victim of this intrusion can presumably sue MS for non adherence to EU data protection laws.

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OpenBSD founder wants to bin buggy OpenSSL library, launches fork

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@Alan Brown

"You can write bullet proof code in assembler, you just need to know what you're doing."

But assembler isn't portable.

My point was that you don't need some high level language to watch your arse if you know where your own arse is.

The problem with good code is its often boring.

Flying by the seat of your pants is often quicker and more exciting. Remembering to check the return from every call is dull dull dull but a good plan if you don't want to run the risk of problems later on.

During a formal code review I once upset a programmer by complaining that his code was boring to read. Well boring it might have been, but I'd have been more than happy to get on a plane if he'd have written the flight control SW.

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Re: Madness is doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome

"Too busy coding"

"Writing in C"

Those are not good words.

You can write bullet proof code in assembler, you just need to know what you're doing.

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Brazilian president signs internet civil rights law

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Re: Going, Going, Gone?

> "Any data collection or treatment should only be carried out with full agreement of the parties involved"

How much do you want to bet she's lying?

I bet the Brazilian police like to monitor suspected criminals' email and other digital detritus just as much as other countries do. I'd be surprised if the the Brazilians don't ever spy on any other countries, even if they don't do it to the same extent as the NSA/GCHQ its probably not due to a lack of ambition.

Can't see any government on the planet signing up to that statement, at least not without their fingers firmly crossed behind their backs.

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

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Re: iRaise you

The 5c is conclusively proved that people don't want to pay less for an iPhone, so logic surely says ask them to pay more.

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Samsung's thumb-achingly ENORMO Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

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What about the PC control app?

I'd been hoping the review would have given some details of this. Has anyone used it? Is it any good? Given that all modern laptops are shit and I suffer the need to run an app that is Windows only can I easily use this to run the app from the tablet,say when I'm in the living room, while the PC is in the study. What's the latency like? Can I attach to the PC running above the laughingly called "Full HD" resolution, Getting the full screen res of this thing would be nice, lets face it you can't buy a 2560x1600 monitor at this price. But even cira 2002 era 1920x1200 would be acceptable.

What's the input like on the PC control app? are any third party keyboards any good on these? Does anyone make a suitable case?

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European Court of Justice rips up Data Retention Directive

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Re: At Last ! ... and the wine

Except that the EU has all sorts of stupid laws about the production of wine within the EU. For instance it's illegal to make desert wine in the the UK.

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Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

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Re: coding @AC 2014-5-5 SometimeOrOtherPerhapsElRegCanRestoreTimestampsPlease

> Unlike French ...

English has found it preferable to have a catalogue tracking its actual usage, thus allowing the language to grow and evolve rather than be tied down.

Of course these changes upset those of us who acquired their experience at an earlier time or in a different place.

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Re: I've RTFM for English

Please do tell

I'd love to know where I can get a manual for English. I rather thought the whole point was that it didn't have one.

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Google confirms Turkish ISPs 'intercepted' its DNS service

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Re: Fallout

Oh the joy of working on the Internet in Turkey. A remember a few years ago being out in Istanbul to run a training class and one week they'd blocked port 22. YAWN, restart the SSH server on another port too and get back to working normally again. I mentioned the problem the next morning to my students, they all knew they needed to do this from time to time.

But it comes to something when a countries president is posting hacks to get people around restrictions imposed by their Prime Minister.

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ISPs failing 13m Brits on broadband speed, claims consumer group

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Re: The ISP needs to be responsible too

> Yep another happy A&A customer here.

Me too, been with them for years.

But in my case the only option is BT for the cabling and they don't seem to give a stuff. For Christmas they decided that doubling my network latency would be a good idea. Complaining doesn't do any good, Openretch (sic) don't care about latency times and will only look at changes in bandwidth of over 50%.

So once the packets get to A&A they're good to go, until then you're in the lap of the Openretch

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Brawling neighbours challenge 'quiet' cul-de-sac myth

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Re: Tip toe through the cat crap

Our American cousin's insistence on the right to bear arms seem to make sense here.

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Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

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Re: This isn't doing Apple any favours

It damn well is, why should Apple care about publicity, most of their customers would buy from them whatever happened. If Apple allowed an iphone/pad/pod to be passed on then they'd possibly lose a sale, they'd also be giving up on the chance to resell the content to the inheritor, they'd lose their 30% cut of everything. Remember you don't own anything any more, your only rights are the rights to pay and pay and pay. If you could hand on what you'd paid for then the record companies and Apple wouldn't be able to make so much money.

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Belgian judge mulled BANNING APPLE (actually, its website) in Euro warranty row

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Apple covering you breaking your iphone for 1 year...

Do they offer that on the charge/data leads? Which seem to have been made of cheese and only seems last about 4 to 6 months. This isn't just my experience with the son, but several friends and also explains the Apple$tore has over 800 fanbois giving it a score of 1.

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New 4G router pitched at biz bods sick to death of titsup networks

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Antennas?

Does this thing take external antennas? This was what I found limited the supply of 3G and 4G routers. The windows in my office decimate the phone signal, open the double glazed door, 5 bars, close the door 1bar :-( So I needed a router that would take an external feed. Latency was more important for my app and 4G didn't seem to offer any improvement over 3G, so it was cheaper to stay at 3G.

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Samsung brandishes quad-core Galaxy S5, hopes nobody wants high specs

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Re: Peak Smartphone

> This is proof that samrtphone technology has reached a plateau.There is only so much hardware one can cram into a phone this size.

Then they should damn well full their fingers out and get on with developing something more.

Me, I want a smart phone about the size of this thing, but which I can plug into a bigger screen screen when I want a tablet and plug into a dock when I want a laptop or desktop. One central unit which can do all these jobs, perhaps with scalable CPUs so that plugging into a bigger box gives a bigger punch, but does it seamlessly. Then I wouldn't need to have a smart phone and a tablet and a selection of laptops and the on going problem of where did I put X...

Surely this isn't too much to ask for. Now product production companies please sort this out and make it snappy!

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Re: think ill pass

> I'll see your S3 and raise with an S2.

I only replaced my S2 with an S4 to get the bigger screen (getting short sighted as I get older). Other than that, as you say, the S2 did all I wanted.

I did find that the HP16C emulator runs better on the S4.

Other than that, its a phone, live with it.

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Cable thieves hang up on BT, cause MAJOR outage

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Re: Damn thieves

> I hope you choke on the 10p you made.

The problem is the copper under the ground is worth more than the full market cap of BT.

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Stuff the delays! PM chuffed to have BT's superfast broadband in his constituency

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Just because they give it to you

Doesn't mean they can't screw with it afterwards.

After repeated broken promises FTTC arrive at Easter last year. YEAH!

Nice big jump in bandwidth, but couldn't handle two lines running to the same house at full speed. Also most welcome, a great drop in network latency time.

Then BT decided that for Christmas what I really needed was to have my service degraded. Ping times on one line, then a few days later on the other double while the headline speed rating dropped a bit. So my latency is back to being worse than when I first got ADSL as a replacement for ISDN2. Called my ISP only to be told that BT won't do anything about latency times and won't respond to drops in bandwidth unless it drops by 50%.

I guess when you're the PM and they want a favour they might do something for you. Meanwhile the rest of us are still all over a barrel.

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Battle of Bletchley Park: TNMOC chief calls for review of museums' Mexican standoff

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Oh the irony

Seems it was ever thus, even back in period there was open hostilities between some of those at Bletchley Park and Tommy Flowers and his reckless approach to the use of valves. Seems even the success of Colossus can't quell hostilities.

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