* Posts by Paul Hampson

9 posts • joined 16 Oct 2007

Sony demos ultra-expensive, ultra-thin OLED telly

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Did you...

kidnap this guy and film this in your secret underground bunker - or is this what counts as a "stylish" demo area in the credit crunch era? Liked the rather interesting black radiator though...

Vintage IBM tape drive in Apollo moon dust rescue

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Alien

Years in hex??

"... nearly 40f years ago ..." - wow! 1039 years ago!!

Qinetiq ships first 'Transformer' war-droid

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Just remember...

... not to have a photo of this on your t-shirt

Ballmer eggs on Hungarian student

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RE: Dairy based foods?

The only relation seems to be the root of the word... http://www.ochef.com/772.htm

Vendor touts notebook as desktop server replacement

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With all those fans...

...does it hover above the desk? That would be an exciting feature!

Teen-mum flick gets filmgoers hungry for hamburger phone

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Food Phones...

I remember in my first year of university we (as a prank... can you tell there were 4 engineers in my block?!) dismantled our friends internal phone and built the earpiece and microphone into a banana... worked well for a while before the banana turned to mush.

We then transferred the earpiece and microphone to polystyrene burger box - wasn't particularly ergonomic but it worked...

Network down? Must be New Year's Eve gunfire

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They hit a fibre optic?

Now correct me if I am wrong but isn't a fibre optic cable quite small? Even an entire cluster of them is a pretty small and a randomly fired bullet falling from the sky and breaking them- seems a tad improbable!

Cambs cops podcast 999 timewasters

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Paying for non-emergencies...

The thing that really hacks me off about the non-emergency numbers is that you have to pay for them! It cost me £2-3 on my mobile for me to report a vehicle which I suspected to be an abandoned stolen (and turned out to be stolen, after waiting 30 minutes in the pouring rain for a pair of Community Support officers to turn up!)...

That 101 number scheme would be better. Especially if it is free...

Digital Switchover: town to lose BBC 2 tomorrow

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@A possible use of the spare capacity

According to the comms course I took last year Freeview and analogue use the same frequency band. Digital can be transmitted alongside analogue as it can cope with a lower Signal to Noise Ratio. This is partly why freeview reception is currently rubbish in many areas. When they switch over, they up the digital power and thus you get a much better/reliable signal. So there is no more 'capacity' freed up... though the digital system enables more data to be transferred over the band.

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