* Posts by Mage

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One For All SV9380 Freeview HD indoor aerial

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There is NO SUCH THING as a digital or HD aerial at all.

An aerial that differentiates between horizontal and vertical is better.

An amplifier in a indoor aerial is almost pointless. Amplifiers are to overcome coax loss. To get more signal you need a higher or better sited aerial or higher gain aerial.

An £8 aerial will work just as well.

See http://www.paras.org.uk/

If an aerial in same room (so called set-top aerial) isn't perfect, then you are best to put an outdoor aerial in attic, top of cupboards, wardrobe etc and if that's not good, then outdoors.

£50 on an Indoor Aerial is wasting money and rewarding dubious Marketing.

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Verizon to blanket US with 4G LTE this year

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LTE speed?

Only x10 if you have a really rubbish over congested 3G network!

Only x4 if you have 20MHz LTE channels vs 5MHz 3G, But a Congested LTE is twice as fast as congested 3G., i.e. 800Kbps instead of 100kbps on 20MHz FDD LTE compared to 5MHz FDD 3G/HSPA with heavy load of users on sector.

marketing by Badgers

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Robot teddy bears attack Alzheimer's

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Which story...

The kids are all socially conditioned by their "robotic"/Computer cuddly bear/terminal/friend.

The dissident group tampers with the programming of one Child's Mentor .

What could possibly go wrong when they extend this to kids?

Maybe Harry Harrison's "I always do what Teddy says" from "Two Tales and Eight Tomorrows"

(probably!)

But also could be a Ray Bradbury or Philip K Dick. Too dark I think for Asimov or A.C. Clarke

Not Teddy by Brian Aldiss. I probably don't want to ever watch Spielberg's AI, the film version.

Not The Rowan, by Anne McCaffrey. A rosier tinted view.

I'm sure I've read all the above.

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Humax HDR-Fox T2 Freeview HD DVR

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Regular Freeview gear doesn't work at all on Irish DTT (Saorview), but the Freeview HD (DVB-T2) should, as Irish DTT is DVB-T + MPEG4, AAC and MHEG5.

Some people near Waterford getting Welsh Freeview + Freeview HD and the shortly live Irish Service. So possibly a good purchase for people in N.I. (about 45% will be able to get good Irish DTT signals).

Explained http://www.techtir.ie/saortv/saorview

The UK sagem Picnic boxes appear to work on Irish DTT but will fail as Irish TV migrates to HD only.

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20% of TVs to ship in 2015 will be 3D, says analyst

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"Batteries not Included"

I mean Glasses

Excellent article and why Active Shutter LCD glasses "Stereoscopic TV " is the winner. Lenticular type displays that don't need glasses are very expensive on larger screen. Best for phones & Nintendo 3Ds type stuff. Limited view locations. Passive Glasses need expensive dual polarised screen.

Active Shutter is just a regular 100Hz or 120Hz LCD with a less than $2 transmitter port to sync glasses.

The Glasses will be expensive. Oh see? I have mine already :-)

They will claim great numbers shipped but not many will be using it. I hope the Broadcasters realise this as "HD" in 3D becomes 960 x 1080i or 720 x 1080i instead of the normal Broadcast HD in Europe typically 1920 x1080i satellite and anamorphic 1440 x 1080i on terrestrial

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vBulletin sues ex-devs over 'from scratch' competitor

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We bought VB

But got so un-nerved by the departure of the people that made it good and the issues on new version that we scrapped it only 1/2 through the contract (really you have to keep buying every year now)

We switched to Druapal with "Advanced Forums" module.

We looked at Simple Machines, phpBB etc

IB / VB are becoming Trolls.

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Qualcomm halts the FLO of TV

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handset TV

It only works if it's free and costs the broadcaster nothing extra.

So DVB-h (Listening Nokia?) and Nextwave's IPW-TV (did they ditch IPW again?) doomed too.

ATSC in N.A, DVB-T in europe and friends, DMB China and ISDB elsewhere works, in high end handsets. But less well than FM Radio. You can listen while doing other stuff, but not watch TV. At prime time you are often at home. More http://www.techtir.ie/blog/watty/mobile-tv

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Toshiba outs no-glasses 3D LED TV

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Not OLEL or LED

The screen has 1440-LED backlight array.

i.e. It's an LCD screen.

The number of pixels and arrangement suggests a limited number of viewing zones.

Also it won't work at all for nearly 1/5th of people.

Sky HD 3D uses two images in a 1920x1080i frame, so 960 x1080i per Image.

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

An expensive niche product?

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The last storage array you will buy

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Moore's Law

It's a long while since we saw doubling every 18months. Which is what Moore's law used to be quoted as.

We are close to the limits of chippery, a Bigger disk or more platters is a very much cheaper solution than more chips or a bigger chip.

I don't think HDDs are going away. Especially if the figure out the next step in density, which looks more solvable than 14nm Flash.

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Next fashions budget 10in Android tablet

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So

Now St Jobs can sue them.

Does he still own the Next name?

Some buyer in Next just doesn't get gadgets... Or maybe they know their market better than we do.

I for one welcome our Gadget toting Clothes shops, as that's about all that's left in the Shopping Centre apart from Tesco and HMV

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Hammer time as AOL nails TechCrunch

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AOL money to waste

Great for Ego Tech Blogger Michael Arrington

Not sure what this does for AOL shareholders.

Maybe after a year they will close it or sell it to some other sucker.

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Keene USB FM Transmitter

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Nice

Though plugging a 3.5mm jack "generic" "iTrip" gadget into the built in sound card does the same thing with no software to install.

They should have added RDS for the play list info (MP3 Tag or Station Now/Next). I added RDS to the "regular" type iTrip with USB, PIC4550 and inject the RDS into the iTrip chip's modulator. The latest Rohm chips have USB and RDS built in.

Maybe it has RDS but not implemented in GUI?

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IPv6 uptake still slow despite looming address crunch

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IP6 doesn't work yet

I don't WANT ANYTHING on my LAN to be public on the Internet.

NAT may have been invented to get round not having enough public IPs.

But today you are a Moron to put anything other than Firewall/NAT/Router on the Public IP.

Where is the IP6 security? see http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/08/06/ipv6_security_nightmare/

The original US Universities and Gov and Companies have Millions of IP4 where they need hundreds.

There is no real shortage. It's artificial.

IP6 creates more problems than it cures.

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Google mounts attack on penis-pill pushers

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Ads by Google

ON the page of the article

Digital Pharma Marketingwww.PharmiwebSolutions.com

eMarketing to reach healthcare professionals and consumers

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Windows Phone 7 up for grabs from 'excited' 3

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Bad

How quickly have MS scraped off Mo6 from CE and glued a new Applesk interface, so quick they have lost Copy & Paste.

You didn't think this was a new OS?

The last * new * OS commercially released by MS was Windows CE, 16 November 1996; 13 years ago, upon which WinMobile resides.

Windows 7/Server2008 is based on 1993 NT3.1, it's NT 6.xxx

Singularity is a new MS OS. But that's not even intended to be commercially released.

WinCE isn't bad apart from one size fits all for driver, Original stupidity of copying Win Desktop GUI and limited number of processes. Arguably better than iOS4 or Linux/Android. It's just that in entire history of CE/Mobile MS have wanted to have "one size fits all" GUI experience and been clueless about Gadget GUI maybe till the Zune.

So is it really a Zune with a phone, really running 1996 CE? If so the next version, the finished one might be quite good if the Mobile & Gadget division isn't closed first.

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Ten... iPhone 4 accessories

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Re: Have you just... by AC

Actually, no. I bought 6 of the cheap ones for project. Quality is very good. On external 5V (PSU or car socket adaptor). Slightly iffy on internal 1.5V AA cell.

There were non-Belkin cheaper iThing specific models. About €30

Virtually every place had the really expensive Belkin model.

These were real shops, Currys. Maplin, HMV.

Turns out there are are about 4 ICs currently used. Costs under $1.50 All require minimum of 2.5V to 2.7V for operation. Hence "iffyness" on internal single AA.

The fanciest ones add a $1 radio receiver IC to search for empty channel, 20c LCD and $1 CPU to control it. Add couple of crystals, varicap and box.

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Why I haven't bought an iPhone

It's a big market. Or someone thinks it is. All the Music and gadget shops full of iThing Accessories for serious money.

Generic 3.5mm "CE" FM transmitter = €8

iPhone iFied Belkin "iTrip" = €70

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EU Parliament calls for pan-EU copyright law

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A single Market?

<<Like thsuch e Parliament's report, Kroes advocated the creation of a 'multi-territorial' licence for material. "Creating the legal Digital Single Market will lead to a wealth of options for citizens. It will strike a blow against piracy and benefit authors and artists," she said.>>

The Merkins and Sports people won't like it.

Let them lump it. Too long the FIFA, Hollywood and such have divide and conquer attitude.

Even "non-pirate" "grey" subscriptions and imports are on a massive increase (Sky Italia, Arab, Tring and Albanian satellite subs in Ireland and UK).

By all means have copyright and IP. Ditch SW patents. Copyright is more than enough.

But lets have fair prices and availability

Oh Arrr my hearties!

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AT&T chief: 'All your iPhone are belong to us'

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But...

Until there is a LTE Verizon the capacity and speed will be rubbish.

3G can dynamically share between data and voice.

CDMA/EVDO uses 1/4 size channels and separate data and voice channels, so the peak speed is 1/4 or less and also the network utilisation is less efficient.

I can see Verizon grinding slow when that get much iPhones or Smart phones that people want to eat data on. Of course it won't affect voice traffic.

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Intel confirms HDCP copy-protection crack

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Re: Even E.E. Doc Smith had this one right in his pulps

I think it might be back to 1930s.

Anyway 100%,

also any system where the KEY also has to live in public domain is doomed. ALL DRM is doomed to fail since inherently the players have to have keys.

Given the raw data rate this is less important /critical than encryption of the actual disk or broadcast. A GPU won't do it. But a custom chip that has MPEG4 ethernet and HDMI clear pass through is not only possible but inevitable.

The Displays all have to have a key and decrypt it. Those are all with the public.

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re: huzzah

You don't need to re-encrypt

HDMI works without HDCP

The raw data rate is about 2.5 Gbps though.

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The iPad is killing laptop sales

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I call Marketing Spin

They want to sell more of these overpriced iSlate tablet things.

<<The company will make iPads available in all its 1,093 shops. Dunn said: "People are willing to disproportionately spend for these devices because they are becoming so important to their lives.">>

This is advertising dressed as Market Research.

Tux, cos even though I mostly use WinXP, a penguin knows Marketing Hype when he reads it :-)

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Project Canvas becomes YouView

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I thought

Didn't they say they would Open Sauce it once they had finished tinkering?

OR did I miss that bit?

How does it relate to EBU HBB TV?

Well the exact Spec of Freeview and Freesat (D Book?) seems to be secret too.

Gerbils too.

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Microsoft: IE9 will never run on Windows XP

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yet again

MS make a product stupid to promote their "latest version"

Like Office 95 on Win95 but deliberately made to not work on Win3.11 So they had to patch NT3.5 to NT3.51

Well.. Those majority of people with XP may just use Chrome and Firefox forever.

Explain me again why a browser should use HW acceleration at all, like this?

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Yahoo! economist rebuilds ad empire with 'Magic Formula'

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$100Million?

In UK 23 Billion?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spectrum_auction#United_Kingdom

Should the Million not be Billion?

Regulation isn't supposed to raise revenue. It's meant to ensure the best use to benefit the Infrastructure and Economy, also ensure no Interference between services.

Ofcom thinks the way to do this is purely consider "efficiency" (a doubtful but partially true measure) and then make the mistake of thinking highest bidder will make most efficient use of the Spectrum. The reverse can be proved to be true as a very "Good" (benefit in Spectrum efficiency and Infrastructure quality ) likely has a much higher per user install cost.

I have no idea how this relates to making money from advertisers, or the effectiveness of advertisers other than that the application of this formula to Spectrum Regulation, in particular Auctions may maximise Revenue but is otherwise " A Bad Thing".

Is pure maximisation of Revenue or Profit today the best aim? The Banking Crisis and the Irish Celtic Tiger that was really a Ponzi scheme (Anglo Irish Bank) and Property Bubble (everything else) suggests that simply maximising today's revenue or profit might be too narrow a view.

Maybe Magic is only in Books. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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Qualcomm grasps for gold while turning silver

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Re: LTE is still 3G?

No.

LTE and 3G are completely different incompatible animals despite Mobile Operator hype about their iHSPA and HSPA+ base station gear that runs over the 3G air interface. Just because a base station hardware can be reprogrammed to do LTE or WiMax on 2.6GHz (Clearwire) or 3G or LTE on 2.1GHz without hardware change at basestation doesn't make the systems remotely the same. Mobile WiMax is much more similar to LTE (assuming both are TDD or FDD versions. Mobile operators generally prefer FDD, different band for up and down links)

3G uses:

W-CDMA downlink thus suffers CDMA breathing

Four separate protocols over Air Link. GPRS, SMS, Circuit Switched Voice and IP Data

Fixed 5MHz channel (IPW is like 3G, but can use smaller channel)

LTE uses

OFDM on downlink.

Single Native IP protocol over Air Link and back to Central. Voice is using VOIP.

Various possible channel sizes up to 20MHz

You might as well claim that 3G doesn't exist as it's only a 5MHz combo version of 2.5G EVDO and 2G CDMA-1

You can't build LTE "on top of" a 2G Network.

1) GSM (UK's 2G) air interface is 200kHz channels with TDMA slots for traffic. Not remotely compatible with LTE. USA CDMA-1's 2G is 1.25MHz CDMA, also 100% incompatible with LTE air interface (There is also GSM in USA).

2) Existing UK GSM licences only allow GSM. Not 3G or LTE.

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Partial Truth

It's true that with one user LTE is no more efficient per sector than 3G/HSPA.

But with 10 connections the 3G cell shrinks badly (CDMA breathing) and LTE may be twice as efficient.

Also LTE only uses VOIP for voice calls which is actually less efficient than 3G, but since voice is small amount compared to YouTube etc (30% mobile growth a year) and people are rolling out LTE for data primarily, that maybe doesn't matter.

LTE won't deliver real Broadband either unless mast density is about x4 higher at least and 120MHz of FDD spectrum per operator or shared RAN.

The Mobile Wimax war is over though. Intel hiring GSM/CDMA/3G/LTE gurus and has bought Infineon Wireless.

TBH the 3G should never have used W-CDMA. It should either have been bonded carriers of GSM (as per EDGE 2) or OFDMA based. CDMA was obsolete before 3G launched. It was a political choice. The original 350k approx of 3G was also too small.

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Mozilla chucks Roc at Microsoft's new hardness

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Nuts

What sort of mad web content needs Hardware Acceleration "built-into the Browser"? What is that content going to be like on Tablet., iThing, MID, single core Atom Netbook with Integrated Graphics?

Or is it the case that unless you do this on Windows 7, that Windows 7 is SLOWER than XP with same content on Same Browser on Same PC, because MS has deliberately "slugged" the traditional Windows APIs in favour of the Direct 3D etc that Aero needs?

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Cyber-jihad hacker claims credit for 'Here you have' worm

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Amazing

People in Disney wanting to view smut?

When are people going to learn.

The problem is not people neglecting to have AV software but disengaging brain and low level or user training of PCs. People will even give away their passwords in exchange for pens or chocolate.

Apart from problem that they use same user name and password everywhere. I wrote about this after the El Reg Waledac article http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/09/08/waledac_takedown_success/

here http://www.techtir.ie/blog/watty/waledac

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Nokia's new boss is Microsoft man

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Break into Market?

RIM is rising

Android is rising fastest.

Apple has peaked and falling, at 15% peak

Windows Mobile has died. MS hope Win Mobe 7 will be the Second Coming.

Nokia at over 40% world wide and tiny in North America. IF Nokia even does 1/2 as well as Android, RIM or Apple in USA, then their World Wide share will be massive.

RIM, Android, MS and Apple ONLY make Feature phones.

Nokia also make Smart phones and Basic Phones.

Apple is just "breaking in" and has stalled. MS is retrying.

Nokia is already there.

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Stereotypes are bad.

An American MS guy is not automatically worse (or better) than a European (or UK, have they joined Europe yet?).

Stephen Elop is Canadian. That's nearly European :)

Also some things MS has understood and done well. But Phones isn't one of them. Still, he won't actually be designing anything.

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ARM flexes muscles with fivefold performance boost

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NT and ARM

NT (and Win7 is NT 6.1.xxxx, first version was NT3.1 in 1993) had at various stages:

386 (won't run on 386 now)

MIPS

Power PC

DEC Alpha

486

Pentium

pentium Pro + PAE (Win9x was like a dog on this and killed the Pentium Pro)

DEC 64bit Alpha (NT4.0)

x64 Intel/AMD

NT4.0 was last version to run loads of non x86

In the 1990 to 1996 era the ARM wasn't very suitable for NT.

However ARM has always been the main cpu for CE (spawning Phone, Auto, Mobile Editions). At one stage ARM became the only supported CPU for Mobile or CE.

"Embedded" Windows is confusing. There are three incompatible families

1) CE based and runs on ARM, There is a version 7. A GUI was optional

2) NT based (NT4.0 was best). There is a version 7. used to Support MIPS and PowerPC, now only x86-x64. A GUI was optional

3) Win 3.x/DOS based. 386 or more (maybe 286 possible) . Killed recently.(Last Autumn?) Used POS and ATM.

The original issues with ARM in 1990 to 1996:

Though technically a 32bit CPU, in some respects more like a 16 bit RISC. Thumb-2 in 2003 added more 32bit goodness

Originally no 16 bit type. Not good for Porting Windows efficiently.

Originally No MMU

Originally No FPU (not actually a huge issue)

Current higher end ARM could run a ported version of Windows NT. Rumour is that the reason some bits of Win2K, XP, Vista and Win7 are the same is because MS doesn't have the source. Only x86 binary. I don't believe this myself.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARM_architecture

Tux knows how to run on ARM, MIPs, x86, x64 and few other things... It's those happy feet.

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64 bit

the intel & AMD 64 bit cpus don't address 64 bits.

An MMU is fine. 32 bit Intels did fine on NT4.0 Enterprise accessing more RAM than many 64 Bit systems have.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physical_Address_Extension

Supported by NT4.0 and later, OS X and Linux.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X86#Physical_Address_Extension_.28PAE.29

x64 Physical addressing

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X86-64#Physical_address_space_details

The Address space is really 48 bits, not 64,

The upper limit on RAM that can be used in a given x86-64 system depends on a variety of factors and can be far less than that implemented by the processor. For example, as of June 2010, there are no known motherboards for x86-64 processors that support 256 TB of RAM

OS

Ability to use up to 128 GB (Windows XP/Vista), 192 GB (Windows 7), 1 TB (Windows Server 2003), or 2 TB (Windows Server 2008) of random access memory (RAM).

Also with Intel architecture the 4 or 16 cores share the memory, meaning you need 2x to 16x as much memory. If each core has its own memory bus then memory access on a 4 core machine can be x4 faster and physical addressing can be be x4 less.

Address space on a Well designed 32 bit system isn't a problem especially if you have multiple memory interfaces on your SOC.

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PayPal update email 'violates own anti-phishing advice'

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PayPal

ALL of their Updates are detected as Spam

I always go direct to site.

I'm never much wiser afterwards as PayPal T&C are as clear as Elbonian Mud.

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Privacy watchdogs challenge laptop seizures at US borders

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We need to know

"devices of 6,671 travelers from October 2008 to June 2010"

And how many Terrorists did that net?

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'Larry and Sergey's HTML5 balls drained my resources'

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It does indeed

It works very smoothly on my 8 y.o. 1.8GHz P4M laptop 1600x1200 GeForce 440 go 32M

But does indeed use 100% CPU. But only at load or if you "mouse over" it,

There is also always Bing.

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Mozilla 'cloud' code editor breaks with Lando Calrissian

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I don't quite understand

But I'm leery of Cloudy Stuff.

Also why javascript?

:confused:

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Intel to pay $1.4bn for Infineon WLS

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Replacing WiMax in Laptops?

<<The acquired technology will be used in Intel Core processor-based lap- tops, and myriad of Intel Atom processor-based devices, including smartphones, netbooks, tablets and embedded computers." It will also enhance Intel‘s HSPA activities>>

Article all very interesting. But Intel has yet to prove itself in MID, tablets, PMP and phones. Laptops & Netbooks built in "Centrino" or other Intel branding WiFi + GSM/3G-HSPA/LTE.

The consumer market envisaged by Intel for WiMax built in rather than an Outdoor Fixed Wireless has not materialised and now never will.

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It's alive! Duke Nukem Forever breaks out of vapour trail

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Vapourware

Don't come close to record for long wait for a release?

Xanadu?

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D-Link DHP-306AV powerline Ethernet adaptor

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There two kinds of Gbps PLT

<<http://www.reghardware.com/2009/11/02/review_networking_belkin_powerline_hd/

And no, I didn't see near-Gigabit speeds with these, but then I've never seen any powerline product - or wireless, for that matter - deliver anything like the 'up to' speed.>>

Those have 1G ethernet. They are not the "real" Gbps adaptors. They work to 30Mbps.

Adaptors that *really* go faster than 100Mbps use VHF.

It's much cheaper and more reliable to run Screened Cat5e along edge of carpet or skirting board. And it really goes at 1Gbps, doesn't interfere with Marine HF, SW, CB, Aeronautical and DSL or be interfered with by CFLs or SMPSUs.

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Radio 4 FM

Only damaged by the true Gbps adaptors.

Try BBC WS, or CBs or Shannon Air Radio reports on Short Wave.

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Nice but

Great concept well done.

But realistically another illegal Radio Transmitter using a testing loop hole for certification. Just like all the other Networking over mains.

I bet it still connects WITHOUT any mains wiring. Extension cable and switched of table lamp on a UPS will be enough aerial.

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Apple TV: Third time unlucky, Mr Jobs

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It's Meh...

<<What this deal means is that content which can be viewed for nothing on TV, can be bought. And a 22 episode TV series will cost you more than the DVD, if you buy it one online rental at a time, a total of $22. And at the end of that you can’t watch it again, as you could with a DVD.>>

And even then, the "HD" will be poorer than DVD upscaled due to compression needed, never mind BluRay. Quality streaming on Demand (real VOD) isn't really possible on the Public Internet and not possible at all for nearly 50% of people not on fibre or cable. Their connection isn't good enough for other than Web TV quality.

It's a "me too" Streaming service for people more interested in instant access rather than waiting for Disc to come in post or going to Shop or than quality of picture.

The winning service will be one offering FREE streaming when you order the DVD/BluRay online.

For a long time to come most of the World won't have true ISP provided VOD, and only ISP provided VOD can be done economically at Broadcast quality, probably ever.

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Paul Allen's patent madness not worth single penny

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What's to say

The article says it all.

A Patent should enable someone to "make" one just from the Publish patent, but pay royalties.

Most patents are either non-novel broad brush wordfests or pointless drivel.

The point of a patent is to protect what you are producing now, to have a temporary monopoly, not to stop it happening at all, stifle innovation or make money years later as a parasite of all the people that did go out and do something.

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Jobs moves to the heavens with Apple TV

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HD Streaming?

if it's really only streaming and really HD (!) I wonder who apart from Cable (Fibre hybrid) and Fibre users will be able to use it?

(!) Of course may not be HD in sense BluRay or BBC Satellite is HD.

I can't see why I would buy a box to rent poor quality video (compared to Broadcast, DVD or BluRay). Of course people did that with VHS. But they used the VHS to Time shift and save shows too. Cheap DVD & BluRay purchase and Broadcast PVRs make this a niche product.

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Archos announces five Android tablets

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Small tablets

Are easier to swallow.

<<a "tablet" with a 2.8in screen? hmm not entirely sure tablet is the right name for that?>>

While Archos tries to emulate Apple style and pricing, it's good to see cheaper prices (for Archos).

I have an Archos 605 WiFi 160Gbyte disk model. Only got it because it was 1/2 price. At least the newer ones there are more applications. I'd have liked a nice eBook reader. The Web Browser or Slow PDF reader doesn't cut it for eBooks.

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Apple Magic Trackpad

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If

at 1/3rd price and using USB instead of batteries and Bluetooth, I'd consider it.

I'm sure these can be made with USB and sold at /6th price and make a profit.

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OED goes the way of all flesh paper

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but

What Hari Seldon really doing?

Won't they release it on DVD also?

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Doc develops RSI-reducing rolling mouse

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Not a joystick?

"It's mouse - it moves around the desk. The tilt and pivot bit is nothing to do with control per se, only the angle at which you hold it at a given place on your desk."

Then it's too high off the desk for comfort at all.

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Intel to acquire wireless chipmaker for $1.4bn

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Hedging Bets

A Centrino that has WiFi and 3G/LTE rather than Mobile WiMax?

Last nail in WiMax Coffin?

http://www.techtir.ie/watty/mobile_wimax_dying

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