* Posts by Mage

7209 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

Apple patents glasses-free, multi-viewer 3D

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Stereo vision gives 3D for every animal.

That's not entirely how 3D vision and Depth perception works,

If one eye is enough weaker (almost no-one has matched eyes), then pure stereo vision doesn't work. I.e. if one eye sees box and other eye sees animal, with perfect stereo vision the animal is in the box.

It doesn't work for significant number of people.

Also REAL 3D has depth. The eyes focus at different distances according to the object. With FLAT Stereo vision that doesn't work. You get a headache.

http://www.techtir.ie/blog/watty/sky-launch-3d-channel

So not only is this not going to work for some people, as even Active shutter doesn't work (which is surprising, I thought active shutter might work for slightly "lazy eye", but apparently doesn't)

But it's horribly complicated and not really an original idea.

The guy is wearing Stereo goggles obviously

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Stereo is not 3D

No matter HOW you do it, Stereo viewing doesn't work for nearly 20% and gives eye strain to everyone.

Maybe all LCD TVs will have active shutter "3D", because it costs nearly nothing to add. Cost is in the glasses. But other forms of so called 3D other than lenticular handheld are unlikely to ever be very popular.

Still nice to see Apple try to innovate. Even it is prior art dressed up to look new. The USPO should chuck this out. It really fails originality.

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Windows Phone 7 gets unlocked

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Windows Mobile 7?

But does anyone care any more?

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The Mac that saved Apple (and Steve Jobs)

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" primitive version of connection sharing ... comedy reliability. "

At home

We had a network of Win 3.11 with TCP/IP and NT3.51 server running a proxy on 33k modem using Wingate 1.0 in 1995, nearly 3 years before this rather limited iMac came out.

(I read the manual, so despite using various versions of Wingate up to 2005, it was never an open proxy. Nor ever primitive or unreliable)

(OK I was an early adopter, I had an Apple II, used an ACT Sirus 1, 300bps BBS and Prestel in 1981)

By 1996 we had mix of Win 95, Win3.11 and NT4.0 Workstations with an NT4.0 Server. At home.

The iMac only jump started Apple. It was only significant in USA and in Education only significant at all in USA. It never had a enough market share to be significant to jump starting anything else.

I was teaching people DTP, WP, Spreadsheets, Programming etc on Windows by 1992.

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So 12 years later

"Whatever the bitter and twisted anti-Apple-tards might post in these articles, Apples resurgence redefined the PC industry - and that's why *every* major tech company is now scrambling to keep up with them."

So that's why under 6% of computers world wide run OS X

They have removed Computer from their name

They are now the US equivalent of B&O. Not bad consumer electronics at an inflated price.

The iPad may be architecturally a tablet Computer, but is really a Web & Apple App overgrown PMP, not a "Computer"

Apple has even dropped their "Servers". Which was only ever an Apple Fan product as Solaris, Linux or Windows has more functionality or performance, often at a lower price.

I never ever saw one of the original iMacs in the flesh, despite being in IT from 1994 to 2004.

We did add MS Windows Servers and HP plotters to some places with Macs.

Expect OS X or OS 11 / OSXI to be more iOS like with less openness. More like an appliance. I expect Apple will do real TVs or what ever other non-Computer device that can leverage the Apple brand, be sold to a large market in-expert on tech specs for an inflated price. Like B&O, Monster, Bose etc.

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Europe's broadband bird goes up tonight

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Mobile

Mobile isn't reliable. It may not connect or only give dialup speeds.

It's much worse than dialup for reliability and can easily be slower than ISDN.

Here is why even 21Mbps Mobile is inferior to 1Mbps ADSL.

http://www.techtir.ie/comms/mobile-vs-fixed

Also mobile data is currently subsidised as much as 100:1 by voice. 3 sells Mobile data aggressively in the hope you will use their voice service. At least If I was a shareholder I'd hope that's the reason they do it.

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Actually?

Ka-Sat, not Hylas1 is the big Not-Spot Bird. Launch in Dec

http://www.techtir.ie/blog/watty/ka-sat-countdown

Viasat + Eutelsat Partnership. Serious resources. 80+ Ka Spots and 70Gbps traffic.

However, Hylas1 is Avanti's 1st satellite. Up till now they have been a reseller.

http://www.techtir.ie/blog/watty/hylas-launch

Mostly ESA funded as it's partly an experimental platform. Otherwise Avanti would still be just a reseller. Only 8 Ka-Spots of unknown capacity.

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What's the frequency, Kenneth?

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Hmmm

If the listed options are correct, then some of those are illegal imports.

Legal licence free (excluding RFID)

27MHz

49MHz

433MHz

446MHz (only FM walkie talkies and one AMBE digital Codec model)

866 to 870MHZ (868MHZ)

2.4GHz ISM band

5.8GHz ISM band (WiFi and Registered Outdoor PMP only in some countries)

RFID http://www.rfid-handbook.de/rfid/frequencies.html

Satellite is mostly Ku for DTH, but Tooway VSAT uses Ka band

So some of the stuff is illegal if the questions are correct.

Other stuff has used DIFFERENT bands at different times... Legally. Such as Mice and Keyboard have variously used 27MHz, 49MHz, 433MHz, 868MHz and 2.4GHz. MS has used 27MHz and 2.4GHz for similar models.

Note that 2.4GHz is not always Bluetooth or WiFi, even if it's digital.

Some licensed gear uses 1.4GHz

Ireland has 10.450GHz for licence free Movement detectors

3.6GHz and 10.5GHz. FWALA (Licensed Fixed Wireless).

I think the quiz is flawed.

418 & 915MHz is USA

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MS drops drive pooling from Windows Home Server

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Linux

Simple Solution

Don't buy the expensive crippleware MS Homeserver

Either buy a Generic cheap "NAS" box

OR

Buy a cheap PC and put Ubuntu Server on it (Or Linux of choice if more techy minded).

This was always a pointless overpriced product with bugs. Now it's more overpriced and pointless.

They are maybe going to copy Apple (again) and drop Server products :-)

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US ARMY prepares force of GIGANTIC BOMB RATS

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Closer to Cavies

Not really rats, though technically just about Rodentia

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Masochists add Jimbo Wales to every webpage

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Is it possible?

That these people don't realise this banner is ONLY in their own Browser?

Do they think they are actually adding it to each site they visit?

Stranger things...

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Microsoft reins in Windows server prices

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Still too expensive

Even when Linux wasn't realistic competition the server products too expensive.

They need to be 1/2 the price of Workstation and require NO client licences.

They can do like Red Hat do. Charge for Support.

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Attachmate gobbles up Novell for $2.2bn

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Linux

UNIX

I remember installing MS Xenix back in 1987?

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Apple scraps 'never-formed plans' for iPhone SIM in 2011

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SIM

And can you move your CDMA phone between Operators? In theory yes, in practice no.

EU can still say to GSMA "Yes your SW SIM works, but it's not legal in EU"

I hope they do.

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Tech firms warn Ireland on bailout

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Well said

"Perhaps if these companies weren't using loopholes to reduce their tax bills to next to nothing, the people of Ireland wouldn't be in such a situation."

The fact is some are greedy parasites and move at drop of hat (DELL). They are not even paying 12.% or their American liabilities.

It's the Stupid Irish government allowing the loop holes.

The ONLY people in Ireland that have ever paid all their tax liabilities properly are the pure PAYE workers with no sideline jobs.

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Why Microsoft is Acorn and Symbian is the new CP/M

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not quite

MICROSOFT

Win Mobile < 7 = MSDOS

Win Mobile 7 = OS/2

Kin = Win ME

NOKIA (and deserting friends)

Symbian = BSD free + X-Windows...

Maemo might be Linux ... or OS/2 Warp :-)

APPLE

iOS = Mac OS

Palm = BBC Micro, then they did WinMo for while I think? then with new OS = Archimedies

RIM = CP/M. This is why they bought QNX OS

BADA = MSX for sure!

Mines the one with the DR MultiDOS manual in one pocket and Minix OS boot Floppy in the other.

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3D printers, one-dimensional enemies

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Copy Vinyl

Doesn't need a 3D printer.

You clean disc

Use a rubbery liquid that sets (vibrate the bubbles out) to make a mould

Pour suitable plastic in to mould, then peel off and re-use.

There are several sites that show how to do this.

However a studio quality record player +HiFi mag preamp + Sound card + PC and you have a file you can "clean" with PC tools, then burn a "gold" archival copy and make MP3s.

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Sling Media Slingbox Pro-HD network TV tuner

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FAIL

Most Euro world setboxes will only do SD on component.

You need "freeview HD" even for Irish SD. This is ten years out of date,

Good review for pointing out the shortcomings!

Thanks.

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Content producers should chip in for mobile internet costs

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Mobile speak with Forked Tongue

The content providers already pay for their pipe

The voice customers are already massively subsiding Data.

Why don't they simply price it per Gigabyte used based on cost and add a normal margin?

Or are they more interested in growing customer base and want everyone else to subsidise this?

See how the subsidised prices are wrecking Ireland's Infrastructure: http://irelandoffline.org/2009/08/is-mobile-midband-in-ireland-destroying-broadband-infrastructure/

and as mentioned earlier here 3's voice subsidy of Data

http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2056080309

Don't listen to ANYTHING mobile operators say.

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Pure One Mi portable DAB/FM radio

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Horrible

A total fail of a user interface.

Ugly design

No Digital Radio Mondaile, LW & MW.

Horribly expensive battery pack.

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IP Wireless enlists ST-Ericsson to design in mobile TV

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If you study the history

This is doomed.

DVB-t in a handset, free, There is no market for an non-Internet walled garden video service or Pay TV on handsets.

I've seen this running via add-on module on a Koran phone in IP Wireless. Nice trick but no market.

They are really looking for miracles to save the company as their Mobile Internet is inferior to Flash-OFDM and pointless compared to WIMax and LTE juggernauts.

A lot of great engineering expertise doesn't equal a viable company without a market. There isn't one for anything they do.

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Steve Jobs chucks Apple server biz from pram

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nobody

Ever needed an Apple Server. NT4.0 was superior. Come think of if people were using Novell Netware long after it made sense.

Nowadays I don't think anyone needs a Microsoft server. Exchange has always been crazy stuff. It and WSUS are the last to reasons to run MS.

Now I'll get loads of down votes because I dared to suggest an Apple product that is now dead was always only for Fanbois and pointless.

The whole point to Mac OS and Mac OS X is the GUI and desktop user experience.

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Ofcom explains the not in the not-spot

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Mobile

Mobile won't ever be Broadband, though. Not economical at £45K to £300K to build enough base stations for the capacity.

Voice only needs 12kbps.

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Adobe Flash foils MacBook Air battery life

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Flash

No Flash Block plugin on Safari so you only run flash when you want and never for adverts?

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Ofcom clears deck for re-farming

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Unfair?

No, but a total waste

3G is a rubbish system. "Cell Breathing"

This is just for the incumbents to save money. It does nothing for Consumer.

ALL 900 spectrum should be used by a single wholesale operator, FDD with the so called "Digital Dividend" spectrum at 800MHz.

Maybe Ofcom is a poodle for the Mobile Operators. Didn't they oppose EU roaming caps?

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First Windows Phone 7 handsets sell out

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Re: Crashing?

Common in a few Win Mo phones a couple of years ago.

Like Mio.

Windows phones renowned for it actually, before there were iPhones.

It's still only WinCE, not a new OS. just a revision and a new GUI glued on top.

Like NT3.51 with Explorer Shell Preview. Except not as good OS.

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Artificial Shortage

a) In case of Kin type scenario

b) Boost publicity if it does run out for a bit.

It will all be tears by Spring.

Mine's the one with netbook in the pocket. A boring S60 is fine for phone calls :-)

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Zuckerberg: the iPad 'is not mobile'

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iPad App

If a 10" screen is so good, and it has a browser why should it need an App?

maybe a 7" screen might...

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Android phone sales up 1,309%

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Nokia have embraced Linux

Symbian will be used for dumb, feature and also some smart phones. Why? Because it will run well on a much cheaper platform than Android or iOS.

Meego will be on high end Smart phones. Linux without the Sugar pastry creepiness of Google's Android based on Linux.

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The survivors

Will be Android, Nokia and Apple

RIM Hp/Palm and MS are doomed

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Top Ten Retro PC Games

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Too many FPS

I think Lucy, I would not want to meet you in a dark alley.

In no particular order ...

Original Duke Nukem

EGA Trek

Pacman

Asteroids

Commander Keen

Jill of the Jungle

Titus the Fox

Dragonsphere

Simon the Sorcerer

Broken Sword

Civilization II and add-ons

Warcraft original

Many more far better than most on the list.

I'd only rate one or two of those as top ten.

I know lots of people liked Doom, but it's mindless "wack a mole" really...

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Duracell MyGrid cable-free gadget charger

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No

The mat uses a cable, it needs a wall socket, doesn't run on pixie dust.. This is a gimmick.

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Everything Everywhere rushes into third quarter

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Proper priceing

yes, SMS is virtually free. But Using Mobile as Replacement for Fixed Broadband is pricey. The Data costs more per Mbyte than voice, as ALL of it enters and leaves network.

Voice the incoming calls are paid elsewhere

Voice much traffic unlike Internet, may in the Network for a Major Mobile.

For same Revenue, the data traffic is 100x to 400x the voice traffic.

Proper pricing for Internet Mobile Data is probably about the €80 to €100 a Gigabyte. Look at the the typically €100 to €900 out of package / over Cap charges per Gigabyte...

Voice call is only about 12kbps. VOIP can be 100kbps. Data traffic 1Mbps...

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eBay opens Instant Sale for lazy gadget sellers

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hmmm

seems they may make a good profit

Archos 605WiFi 160Gbyte HDD + Charger is $47

It's for very lazy people

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Firefox engine speeds past Chrome after Jager shot

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Things like

On page WYSIWG editors can be very slow Javascript.

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TVonics DTR-HD500 Freeview HD DVR

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Unlikely

"Likewise, feeds from devices connected through the HD500's HDMI inputs weren't as crisp as they are when directly connected to the set, even when input and output resolutions were matched."

A-B double blind test?

If it's an HDMI source selector it can't change the resolution or quality of the other devices selected.

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Apple bolts chastity belt on super svelte MacBook Air

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So it's designed

Like an x86 version of an iPad with a keyboard.

It's a Netbook.

If an ARM is cheaper and gives similar grunt they'll switch to get more Battery life. Nvidia need not worry but Intel should.

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Apple to lead fanbois 'Back to the Mac'

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Hackintosh?

If I want OS X, I'd buy a Mac.

If I want Linux I'll buy a good quality not-Mac.

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XP? Thanks for the memories

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Win7 64bit

Don't upgrade. Only buy new Laptop.

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Warning: May contain traces of nuts

There was a 64 bit version of NT4.0

Most ordinary people don't need 64bit windows. It's less efficient.

XP support possibly till 2020

Ubuntu is a more interesting upgrade for XP users than Win7 unless your PC is an expensive game console.

I know one guy with XP + 1G RAM for real work and 8G RAM and 64bit Win7 solely for games.

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DARPA orders miracle motor for its flying car

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I don't think Deltic

Maybe some novel variation of Wankel that solves the seals issue,

Deltic a lot heavier than Wankel

The only Wankels I heard of are petrol, so Kerosene / Diesel version would be novel.

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Apple signals disk free notebooks way to go

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Faster?

Some SSD are slower, much slower on Write. Huge improvement on Aspire one swapping standard SSD module for ZIF -CF adaptor + Compact Flash card.

Ironically SSD will perform better than HDD for Multi-user server than on a notebook as the weakness of HDD is random access, but can easily beat most SSD/Flash on sequential writes.

Decent RAID5 though over 5 or 6 drives with a stripe size cache on bus and controller/software that truly does parallel commands on the disk will make most SSD writes look very slow.

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Aggressive pricing?

Only against "designer product" and Mac.

it's twice to three times as much as the average punter needs to speed for ordinary laptop/netbook but inferior spec to £800 gamers laptop like an MSI "desktop replacement".

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BT quietly recalls shocky adapters

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Alternatives

Cat5e Cable

pair of WiFi Bridges.

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Ireland

Ireland and a few other places use UK plugs. Kenya?

Ireland is in EU, though Kenya isn't.

What about Gibraltar or Malta?

Some ex-UK colonies are still on the 15A Round ones though! (South Africa?)

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Jobs savages 7-inch tablet competition

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This time

He may be right.

If you are clever at package and aspect ratio, you can just about do 4" (16:9) in a "pocket-able device. My 4.3" Archos is just too chunky for pocket, but it does have a 160Gbyte 2.5" HDD and quite wide bezel above/below screen in Landscape mode. 4.3" 16:9 is "just" possible if bezel is skinny on long edges and longer than screen, to fit stuff in without making it fat.

If you go 16:8 = 2:1 you can just about manage 6"

to do 7" in "pocket format you need approx 7" x 3" case and about 3:1 format

7" is too big for 4:3 or 16:9 pocket and too small for a tablet.

I'd argue that iPad is bit small for a tablet and too awkward to hold.

The success of the 3.5" floppy was that it fitted a pocket easily.

We did extensive usability tests back in 1986 to 1989 on "Notepad" concept with LCD touch screen in terms of suit pockets :) using Balsa, plastic and wood models. The trans-reflective back light was on case and fully transparent LCD hinged for OHP presentations, Mono of course in those days. Today you just put an HDMI port for presentations. The pico projectors are too dim.

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BT blasts hundreds of would-be customers' data into Infinity

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once again at the bottom of Europe?

No. Ireland is.

FTTC is NOT Fibre backhaul to exchange. It's Fibre to a Street Cabinet.

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Powermat iPhone 4 wireless charging kit

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It's not Wireless

It's a connectionless connector!

The pad still needs a cord. It's as wireless as my cordless kettle. The fact is a 30 year old "holster" as used on Mobile hand-held radios works better and cheaper than these "mats".

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WTF is... DLNA?

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uPNP and SSD

I disable both of these as it is the PC waving a flag "Infect me" (uPnP allows a device on the network to install its driver on your PC).

If you need to connect something to Cat5e ethernet or WiFi you need to know something about networking. It's not much more to figure or set IP of a file serving device.

DLNA is a failure.

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Climate change apocalypse NOW

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some 939 at last count - to complain...

yes.

A program that annoys100,000 of people might have 300 of posts on a forum and maybe 5 people writing to ASA.

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