* Posts by Mage

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The BBC struggles with concept of 'tech bubble'

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Web 2.0

I run a few websites for "fun" as a hobby. So basically FB is worth at best maybe 800 Million, not 89,000 Million.

Sounds like some people set to lose 99% of their investments.

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Apple store kneecaps rival browser

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Simples

Avoid Job's Jedi mind tricks. Don't buy any Apple iThings.

They are just shiny.

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Naked at 30: Osborne 1 stripped to its chips

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Dual Floppies

You used one for OS & Application and the other for data.

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Open source .NET mimic lands on Android

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Stallman is a fanatic!

"Therefore, we should not include C# implementations in the default installation of GNU/Linux distributions or in their principal ways of installing GNOME, and we should distribute and recommend non-C# applications rather than comparable C# applications whenever possible."

Why is C# more evil than Java?

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QT

"Go with Qt and use a single codebase to target Android, Symbian, MeeGo and even WebOS which comes with Qt on board as standard. There's even Qt for iOS."

A nice idea if Nokia hadn't driven away all the Trolltech gurus and now be attempting to kill QT.

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Ofcom refuses to interfere on powerline networking interference

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What does Ofcom actually do?

Same as Comreg. Get as much money for Government, avoid annoying incumbents, Mobile Operators, Fixed Line Operators and ISPs (people that finance Comreg).

Certainly nothing related to Infrastructure Strategy or Consumer. The theory is that the more you charge for Spectrum the more the Market will take care of Consumer.

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Teens who listen to music a lot are at high risk of depression

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Wot!

The article didn't mention "trick cyclists"

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Attack hijacks sensitive data using newer Windows features

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Router?

many PCs are connected to cable modems or 3G modems that have no router or firewall. Presumably the ISP though would need to be providing you with IP6 though.

So it's hard to see that many people would be vulnerable as almost no 3G connections provide IP6

It's hard to see how this can work easily.

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Eminent iTrio EM7100 HDMI wireless video sender

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£399?

For that price buy an HDTV and BD player.

Crazy...

Or for 1/10th of money run an HDMI cable.

5GHz through bricks? I don't think so.

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The Osborne 1: 30 years old this month

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Vixen or PC?

I always wondered if it was announcement of Vixen or lack of x86 / MS-DOS compatibility that killed Osborne Computer.

We had an ACT Sirius 1. It did run MSDOS or CP/M86 and was far in advance of IBM PC in late 1981 or early 1982. But though very successful for a year it succumbed to the inferior IBM PC and PC Clones by 1993. For a short while the ACT successor to Victor/Sirius, the Apricot (3.5" floppies) held on in 1984 or 1985.

Vixen would not have saved Osborne Company.

(Mine's the one with the mains lead in the pocket)

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Natty Narwhal with Unity: Worst Ubuntu beta ever

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2001

Even on XP (2001) you can make the Task Bar very like an OS X or Win7 dock and put it on any edge on any of the connected screens.

Unity is maybe designed for small touch screens. Are they falling into the same trap as MS with "Windows" in reverse? One major damaging feature of Win CE (the actually not bad OS underlying Windows Mobile and Phone) was MS insistence it should be like Desktop User interface. The Zune created the first decent MS GUI for small finger operated devices. Trolltech with Qtopia years before had realised this and created a phone edition that didn't have minuscule menus only workable with stylus.

I think you need 3 or 4 OS, or variations of OS

http://www.techtir.ie/node/1003696

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Fight global warming with Asimov-style Psychohistory - profs

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Imaginary?

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

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Ofcom forced to publish tests on dodgy radio kit

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Not just "HAM"s

Also interferes with SW Broadcast, Maritime & Aeronautical HF, NFC tags, CB, Community Radio and low band VHF, cable broadband uplink.

The newer units also interfere with higher VHF Mobile, FM Radio, Airband and marine band.

The more there are the worse the background noise level.

If PSUs and CFLs allowed the same interference level they would be cheaper. The Comtrend / PLT / Homeplugs etc then of course would have to use higher power levels.

It's reasonable that these should be tested in pairs, with realistic data on realistic house wiring. It's unreasonable that they get FCC and CE by testing singly or without data.

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Microsoft cofounder Allen unloads on Gates

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Dartmouth

"Allen also recalls that the night before he and Gates were scheduled to present their first commercial product – BASIC for the Altair 8080 – Gates had stayed up double-checking Allen's code to make sure there were no mistakes."

It was a port of Dartmouth BASIC.

Did Dartmouth ever get royalties?

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

Story repeated with CP/M -> 3rd party x86 clone purchased by MS and repackaged as MSDOS & PCDOS.

Microsoft didn't create their BASIC or their DOS. Ferengis indeed.

It shows that's it's not good ideas or orginal product that makes a success, but marketing, management and being in the right place at right time.

The MS and Apple founders not from poor families, but from much richer families than any "middle class" Englishman.

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Microsoft: IE9 not yet 'broadly' available

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IE10 and Win8

Maybe Win7 will never overtake XP, as it will be bypassed by Win8.

The mix of IE8 + IE9 will be bypassed at same time by IE10

As to what Linux, OSX or OS11, Chrome OS, Android, WebOS, QNX etc will be doing by then, or what Firefox, Opera, Safari or Chrome will be doing?

I have not yet updated to FF4. maybe next week.

I'd expect a big number of FF 3.6 users to upgrade to FF4 once they are satisfied nothing bad is happening to early adopters.

Can we have a Kittens Icon as well as Badgers as the Interweb obviously runs on Kittens.

http://www.teaandkittens.co.uk/

http://icanhascheezburger.com/

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Apple plays whack-a-dev after WWDC sellout

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Scam

yes, $1599 for Dev conference is deffo a scam. Shame on you Apple.

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Back to the nano-mechanical future

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Z1

Can we build a Z1 on a chip now?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z1_%28computer%29

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Nokia talks Pure typographic cobblers

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g

The g doesn't look right.

Gill Sans will do me.

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Curiosity kills 3D Cameron cams

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Really?

Cameron said: "While Curiosity won't benefit from the 3D motion imaging that the zooms enable, I'm certain that this technology will play an important role in future missions. In the meantime, we're certainly going to make the most of our cameras that are working so well on Curiosity right now."

So HE paid for the cameras and owns them?

Presumably the Zoom ones eat more power, might get stuck due to hot/cold/dust or wear out. Certainly would need a lot of testing.

What does a Film Director know about the technology needed for Science?

I guess he does know it's just Stereoscopic and not actually 3D? 3D Motion? Is he expecting Alien life forms? How fast do rocks move?

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Avanti's bird plumps up feathers

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Broadcast

The best use is Broadcast for TV, backup feeds to Broadcast sites, Cinema HD feeds, OB feeds and temporary emergency communication.

Internet in Europe by Satellite doesn't make sense. Similarly, the best use for LTE is Mobile, not a replacement for real fixed Broadband.

Mine's the one with GPON specs and maps of ducts and poles for fibre.

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Steve Jobs vindicated: Google Android is not open

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It is an "open platform"

And that means?

So in a way Windows NT, OSX, OS/2, CP/M

An "open platform" has nothing to do with "Open Source". Besides Android phones are not usually open Platforms.

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Android never has been really open.

All Android development is behind closed doors. The road map is secret and under Google control.

The Google practice of publishing each Android version after development makes a mockery of the normal Open Source practices.

Could someone fork and have really open development of Android? In theory yes, in practice unlikely in the extreme.

Open source fans have been conned by Google all along.

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Ellison drops iceberg in front of HP's unsinkable Itanic

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Itanic

Does Intel care about it any more? What about their Mobile devices and Services Roadmaps?

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Nanotech nerds assemble überfast-charge battery

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20 seconds for 90%

You going to need a BRICK of a PSU.

14V 4000mAH approx = 1hr @ 56W (about 90% of a 4400mAH pack), and er, 4 amps

same charge in 20 seconds is 180x, = 10kW! at 720A on the 14VDC, (about 45A, or more than three plug sockets!)

So ... maybe very small phone batteries. But not big laptop packs.

Do I smell burning motherboard?

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Tribunal rules Digifone paid bung for Irish GSM licence

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Absolutely

The point of all the Irish Tribunals is to make sure no-one gets prosecuted and that by the time it's finished as many people as possible have died/retired/left the country/changed party

Otherwise it would have gone to normal legal process in the first place.

Mine's the one with plane tickets in the pocket

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4G: What does the auction mean for the incumbents?

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This auction as it stands

Shows no thought at all. Ofcom deserved to be sacked.

A huge waste for 10 years of a unique National Resource.

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MeeGo or MS? Nokia ponders tablet OS

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Missed the Boat.

They had the Communicator 9000. But messed with S60 instead of a decent GUI for a Symbian Smart phone. by 2002 the 9210i had Flash too.

They had the N770 Linux tablet in 2005 but made tiny incremental changes to produce N800, Nokia N810 and Nokia N900. Never produced a large enough screen size or good enough GUI.

Nokia lost the plot years ago.

QT was a nice idea. But they bought Trolltech and killed it.

Nokia missed the boat because they went to the Train station by mistake and took a rickshaw..

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You can't have it both ways.

@Mark.

Yes Nokia is still the market leader by volume. But their smart phone products are mostly just used as phones.

There is no doubt that even if Nokia Sales are increasing, the Dumb and Feature phones are under threat from China by price and their Smart phones are under threat from everyone.

Apple may not see much more market share. But Nokia has demonstrated that they can't do GUIs. that the best aspect of Symbian was designed by Psion. Symbian is still best choice for a basic feature phone. But with falling ROM. RAM and CPU costs, cheap Chinese Linux Feature phones may be "good enough".

I doubt Intel and Nokia can ever deliver a decent GUI experience on Meego. Meego is 5 years too late. That's why Nokia has missed the Boat.

Win Phone can't Scale up to Tablets and ARM Win8 is yet to be proven to be any use at all on a Tablet. MS has been trying to get GUI right for Tablet since 1993 Win3.11. They may have finally got Phone screen GUI on WinCE "OK"ish via Zune for WinPhone7. That's not a Table OS. They may be too late also. Getting WinPhone7 on Nokia may be too late. Has MS missed the Boat?

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4G über-auction coming next year

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Spread Spectrum?

"Isn't this technology a spread-spectrum thing? Why can't they give the same block of spectrum to all the operators, and let their use of it be determined by the number of customers they have? "

CDMA-1, EVDO, FOMA, 3G/HSPA/UMTS/W-CDMA and CDMA2000 are all spread spectrum. There is no free lunch. Google Cell Breathing. On 3G each operator uses 3 x 5MHz + 5MHz separate channels, or it would be rubbish.

LTE is like DAB, WiMax, DTT , it doesn't use Spread Spectrum, but OFDM.

The off quoted 100Mbps is for ONE user only connected, in one sector, on a 20MHz + 20MHz channel with a perfect signal. Cell Edge is 0.6Mbps with only a SINGLE connection in Use.

To make a cellular network you need a minimum of THREE different channels, and 6 or 9 is much much better.

To get more capacity you need more channels or much smaller cells. Random isn't evenly distributed. So with smaller cells and more operators, it's more likely some have too many people and some have only 1 or 2.

See http://www.radioway.info/comparewireless/

and http://www.techtir.ie/comms

various nearly accurate Wikipedia articles on all this too.

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Stupidity.

Words fail me.

LTE needs 120MHz + 120MHz to even think of being decent.

You need Shared RAN (wholesale). This makes the speed on poorest Mast sectors up to x5 better.

Tax profits. Not Roll out cost (Big Licences).

Tax Mobile use x8 more than Fixed Wireless.

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MoD rejects Gaddafi low-flying aircraft complaint

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Grenade

Curiously

Iraq is on the list

Afghanistan isn't

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SpectraLogic adds tape 'validation' to fight silent decay peril

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But, But...

"...it periodically and proactively checks tape cartridges in its libraries to ensure they can be read..."

Doesn't that wear out the tape?

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Moving to Windows 7: Is it worth it?

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Win8

If win 8 is Bad, switch to Linux or wait for Win9 ^_^

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Wait..

Windows 8 will be out before 2014 XP EOL.

People are best to look for alternatives to Exchange and Sharepoint which are clunky, proprietary and need expensive Windows Servers. Servers is one thing Linux does do well.

So the netbook/Laptop/desktop choice is Windows 8 if you insist on being locked to MS Server apps. and Windows 8 or Ubuntu for XP replacement if your Server side is "open".

I see no compelling need to upgrade to Windows 7 unless you have vista.

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Download data versus piracy claims: the figures don’t add up

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Overstated

Great Article

The ISPs, Government s everywhere need to ignore these guys. Yes there is some significant downloading of Copyright Material. But the response needs to be appropriate and proportional and not penalise the innocent majority.

Wide Spread monitoring would add cost and drive the minority that do real piracy to use BluRay disks in post or encrypted vpns. It would catch very very few real pirates and substantially add to cost.

Rights holders need to pursue real commercial pirates and also make content available to buy, universally in all markets at same time and price.

A warrant should be needed to monitor someone's Internet connection, just like phone or mail.

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Patent-pimping pair attacks Apple, PayPal, Victoria's Secret

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Please

When will the World and US in particular ditch Software and Business method patents.

I accept the idea of Copyright on implementation. But not Patents of this kind of stuff.

Photo of guilty "patent" holder included.

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Pervasive encryption: Just say yes

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Cores?

Routers and ARM SoCs often have dedicated HW for cryptography. About 1/100th of cost and power consumption of using a "core".

Most people best to ignore Cloud blandishments.

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MS embraces/shuns Google's open video codec

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Also DVB-T and DVB-C

"H.264 is used in Video Cameras, Mobile phones (in hardware), Bluray and DVB-S2 (Digital Satellite). H.264 enjoys universal video support in professional video software too."

Almost all HD on cable TV. Soon SD on Cable too.

All recent DVB-T, not just DVB-T2 use MPEG4 H.264 L3 for SD and MPEG4 H.264 L4 for HD

Over 20 countries.

It's rapidly replacing MPEG2 for SD, not just HD.

All consumer video devices/ TVs will have (and many do have) Industry Standard H.264

If you want to replay that WebM as a file you may need to re-encode it to H.264 or inferior DivX, losing quality.

What is Google really doing? They don't care about open source except to exploit it. Android development is never open sourced till it's released.

They don't care about Privacy or Copyright. If MS is the Great Satan who is Google? Not the Saviour of Mankind.

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Asus Eee Pad Slider

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iWant

ILike

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Microsoft releases IE9 for chip happy Windows world

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Sandbox?

Remember Direct X security issues?

Are they using undocumented (to anyone else) API calls? There is no reason why other Browsers, even Cross platform can't run Javascript and render HTML as fast as IE9 unless MS are cheating and using an Interface not publicly available.

Also, isn't for most people the Limitation the actual Internet connection speed or Server in the Cloud.

Compare MS Word 2003, Google Docs wordprocessing, WhizzyWig javascript based WYSIWG editor on Drupal and Current OpenOffice/Libre Office.

On 8Mbps with 25ms latency, the Google Docs is like treacle no matter how good your browser is. With The "WhizzyWig javascript based WYSIWG editor on Drupal" it's perfect on a decent broadband connection, can be rubbish on Mobile.

I use OpenOffice. But Frankly it's very slow and clunky compared to MS Office 2002/XP/2003 version.

You should see how well Word 2.0a runs on any modern PC. Or the fact that Win 3.1 boot time in DosBox is 2 seconds.

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Customers clobber Clearwire as execs jump ship

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The bigger the Hype

The more people are let down.

If these Mobile Wireless Internet Services are realistically sold there isn't a problem. The problem is pretending it's Broadband. Unless nearly every street has LTE or Mobile WiMax, it won't be Broadband.

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Honey I shrunk the chip ... now what?

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1 core

but no L1, L2, just RAM at CPU speed on the Chip

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Museum readies touch-tastic retro comms gear hands-on

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Radio

No-one can see you when you are on radio.

Not sure why BBC Radio Announcers had to wear a suit and possibly more formal.

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Obama to overhaul heinous US patent system

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simple process

Just reject 99.9% as

Not inventive or Novel

Prior art

Simply applied Engineering, Software or process

Design or Art not Invention (most of Apple)

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BOFH: This buck's for you

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Big Brother

But...

What will they do if the management are so frightened that they approve the plan?

They might have to then do real work and see a big cut back on other budgets.

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Sinclair ZX81: 30 years old

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industry changed massively and that shook Sinclair, Acorn ... others back down to nothing.

I have 1987 Acorn User with review of Acorn's ARM based Archimedes. Also later issue featuring RIscOS.

As many ARM licensed cores shipped per day as x86 from Intel in a Month, or more.

MS win2008 will run on ARM.

MS winCE/WinPhone/WinMobile/win7Phone runs on ARM. MS for some years now has only really supported ARM for WinCE/Phone family.

ARM also runs

iOS

OpenWRT

Linux,

Android

RIM OS

QNX

VX works

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WordPress comes under 'extremely large' web attack

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8.5%?

That 8.5% is irrelevant. That includes non-Worrdpress hosted copies installed elsewhere.

The attack isn't against all wordpress installs, but only against Wordpress's own servers.

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Seagate launches XP-supporting 3TB drive

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Deja Vu

I remember all this before. The problem is not XP but the BIOS.

A million years ago we used to stick a tiddler drive that BIOS understood on Primary and NOT INSTALL on BIOS the 2nd LARGE drive at all. NT3.51 and NT4.0 Diskmanager could see them. It's supposed to deal with Exabytes...

Anyone tried this with the > 2 Tbyte drives?

There were various bios updates and various size limits. But none ever applied to Drives that BIOS didn't know about, but Disk Manager did.

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Android phone to replace shop till

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Alien

Security

Or Privacy?

Like Google knows all you buy, when you buy, where you buy to formulate their search results and adverts for you.

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Moderate boozing good for your heart: Official

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So unless

The computer is pedal powered I need a Drink?

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