* Posts by Mage

7209 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

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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Intel to get whacked in Q3 by PC slowdown

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USB3? or ARM

USB3 is not significant. Intel's lightpeak may be better. for storage eSata? Networking 1 Gigabit Everything else USB2 or firewire?

Maybe people spending the money on feature/smart phones, Satnavs, PMP, MID, pads/slates etc all ARM based. Not just iThings from Apple.

Also with lower spec laptops and netbooks that were on a race to bottom on price do people with working laptops need to buy a new one anymore? It's not like 10 years ago.

Mines the one with an old Archos 605 WiFi and Nokia E65 smartphone in the pocket. Hold on while I pack my 8 year old 1.8Ghz 1600x1200 laptop.

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Apple files chip block stack patent

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Prior Art

Samsung SC6400 family

This idea was around even before that. I spec'd a design 3 years ago with ARM, FLASH and RAM stacked in single package. Samsung.

Apple are trolls.

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Samsung R780 17.3in laptop

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Only 1600 x900 on 17."

Is this for people that need reading glasses but won't wear them? It's only about 104 dpi

My 8 y.o. laptop is 1600 x 1200 and 15.4" yet is lower resolution than my PMP and many mobile phones. It's about 133dpi

What happened to the dream of a 200 dpi or better paper like WYSIWG display?

Why is it nearly impossible to find a laptop with a display that can show an entire A4 document at readable quality? (You do need at least 1200 lines, 1080, the HDTV resolution is just too small).

Good review though :-)

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Microsoft trips on Visual Studio Lightswitch

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FAIL

Fail

A backward step.

What next? MS office that runs in a console and uses vi commands?

I want to use my experience of UI design. I don't want the size and layout of UI decided by the designers of Lightswitch.

Or does it really have a visual designer?

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Alibaba opens up coffers for eBay listing service

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Hmm

The Chinese are tunnelling into eBay from below

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Intel's embedded security strategy faces tech obstacles

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No,

This is still a monumental waste.

However, it's Intel's money and may make a profit. But I still think has no relevance to chips.

Education of users is more effective than AV/anti-malware software. Blackhats "trick" (not hard) users into installing the stuff. Putting magic McAfee Pixies inside the chip will not stop that at all.

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It's time to presume the web is guilty

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Big Brother

Yes.. but

Now if anyone can figure how to make this idea work...

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Intel

If the lads and lassies in Intel are serious about Services this is what they should be doing. $7 Billion would be loads spare to spend doing it well.

Rather than buying a "Close the stable door after horse bolted" Marketing company.

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Fear as motivator: why Intel acquired McAfee

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The Intel execs must be eating ones with BSE. I still don't get this.

1) Any security mechanism in Silicon has nothing to do with any McAfee product.

2) It's really only Windows specific

3) The whole concept of how McAfee and other like products work is flawed.

IBM 1970s era "FUD". Psychology, not Technology?

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Intel snaps up McAfee in $7.68bn deal

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Huh?

They paid $7.7 Billion for a brand name.

There is zero McAfee product or IP that is anything that I would build into a chip. The whole concept of AV signature scanning is broken.

Ok, if nothing changes, in 4 years they break even and 5th year and later $2Billion profit a year.

Well they *DID* say they were expanding into services and software, to make chip making the minority sport. It's on their road map. I guess this is a "Service". Not one I'd ever buy.

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WiMAX forum touts version 2. Again

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1Gbps

Needs 100MHz channels and perfect signal. Not likely on any existing Mobile WiMax. or possibly ever on Mobile as a reasonable "cell" based system needs 3 channels and ideally 9. Getting 300MHz spectrum is likely only in Line Of Sight part of Microwave spectrum. Thus outdoor fixed aerials and dishes.

Might be good for big dish backhauls?

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'Free' laptop deals compared

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p per MByte

£240 per Gigabyte is how I'd think of 2.4p per MByte,

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ARM server chip startup gets big backers

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I welcome

our new sling shot wielding small overlord.

I wish them success. They need marketing and political luck as much as a good design.

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OpenSolaris axed by Ellison

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So like Google then?

People have the mistaken idea that Android is FOSS development.

The Android road map is secret.

Google alone develops a new version of Android and *then* releases it as Open Source. Google decides what item of confectionery it will be called.

So Oracle has taken a leaf out of Google's book :-)

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Oracle sues Google over Java in Android

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Choice

A pox on both their houses

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UK set for eBook pricing showdown

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Publisher Set Pricing

Didn't they make Publisher Set Pricing in UK illegal on Paper Books?

So now they bring back that nonsense on eBooks? Shame on them.

Till eBooks are 50% cheaper than PAPERBACKS (not Hardbacks) and a Reader is < €100 and the content can be used on my Laptop or a newer better eReader of different make via local back up, I'm not interested.

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Virgin Media puts Dave and Gold on the block

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Broadcasters and Pay Platforms

It's enough that Sky has a virtual monopoly on pay TV via Satellite in Ireland and UK. They should be forced to sell off all their shares in Channels.

I think it's a good decision of Virgin Media to concentrate on being a Cable operator (pipe for VOD, BB, Broadcast pay TV and phone).

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re; But

Conrad Longmore:

But Virgin Media with this sale will be like the cable version of Arqiva (once part of NTL). Going back to roots as a Distributor (as NTL cable was) and ceasing to be a Broadcaster.

It's Sky that's the problem. Not just here but in other countries too where they want to control Content and Delivery.

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Unpatched kernel-level vuln affects all Windows versions

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Re: Give them some credit

AC says: "As a Mac user ... I am not advocating they do an OSX, dump the current line and start from scratch,"

Well OS X is simply recycled UNIX from NeXt Step with a new shiny UI added. Nothing to be proud of and after 10 years is still < 5% market share. It's really an inferior security model, but just less attacked.

Certainly not from scratch. Suffers from the same bloat as Windows and Cruft and stupidity going back to 1976 that Linux has.

Windows 7 is latest version of a 17 year old OS based on work started in 1980s

OS X is an 10 year old OS based on work started in 1970s

I'll go now. Mines the one with Knuth's "Fundamental Algorithms" in the pocket.

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C null terminated strings

C null terminated strings and similar stupidity.

C, C++ and all related languages suffer from this. Modula-2 you can put inline compiler directives to turn on or off RUN TIME array bound checking. Since 1983 or earlier.

Software engineering wise PC programming is still living in the 1970s. The only useful thing (misused) was C++ "objects" which is really just an automatic way of hiding a pointer to an instance of struct where some members are pointers to functions. 1987

Windows 7 is the latest version of NT3.1 (1993) based on 1985's IBM/MS OS/2 (MS had an OS/2 version of their own in 1989 with lan Manager added, hence NT first version is 3.1).

So OS programmers in MS (and Solaris, Linux, Mac OS X) have been knowingly writing insecure unreliable software even though "technology" existed since early 1980s to avoid this well known problem even then.

In 1986 you didn't just get an application error, Array bounds (buffer overflow) error did everything from rebooting the PC to erasing the disk.

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Defcon speaker calls IPv6 a 'security nightmare'

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Hmm. Broken

Seems they need to skip IPV6 and design IPV7 properly.

I'll stay with IP4 then thanks.

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Elon Musk plans new Mars rockets bigger than Saturn Vs

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Exchange rate?

About 3 Shekel to the Dollar?

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Clearwire puzzles over LTE migration

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networks are congested as they are -

Because they *are* 3G.

A 3G sector only reasonably supports about 5 simultaneous users. Two maybe if you watching YouTube HD.

4G of course needs more spectrum to have any more capacity. 20MHz channel lets you have x4 more people at same speed (Operator's desire), or the same number of people at x4 speed (operator needs to charge x3 more then).

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Intel eyes up Infineon for purchase

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Coffin Nail on Mobile WiMax

I think this is as much about built in Modems on Netbooks, Laptops etc.

This

http://www.techtir.ie/node/1003503

Looks the two main Mobile WiMax rollouts and Imagine's Pseudo Mobile WiMax rollout in Ireland.

I think Fixed WiMax is a successful niche market, but low volume as it's one Radio set per building and one per gadget/laptop. (We have up to 2 Netbooks and 7 laptops, 3 smart phones, 4 handheld consoles and one Archos PMP all on two Wifi points, but only one outdoor Fixed Wireless Broadband radio.)

Mine's the one with LTE specification and roadmap in the pocket.

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Wacom Cintiq 21UX interactive pen display

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WS vs 4:3

I find WS too big if it's 1600 lines.

Many WS laptops and screens lack height resolution. 1200 vs 768, 1024 or 1080 makes a big difference.

I welcome it being a 4:3. Especially if you want a 2nd screen.

This is an interactive drawing board. When did you ever see a Wide Screen Drawing board?

The advantage of a light pen is of course anti-aliasing. Inherently a light pen works at lower than screen resolution and a touch panel with orientation and pressure stylus can work at higher resolution.

I think this is excellent for serious Artists, slightly less useful for regular CAD and not a good idea at all for people doing only occasional photo editing and no drawing/CAD.

It's a nice tool for professionals in addition to a regular screen, even maybe an addon to serious laptop.

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Ofcom prepares to open up on emissions

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Scanner

And a loop Aerial.

The Terrorists, Foreign governments and sundry Anoraked folk likely know the frequencies and locations of the ones that they are interested in.

It's the planners, competitors and Public that don't know.

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US law to neuter libel tourism

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UK Law

I thought there was a case thrown out because the Judge said it had to be substantially published in UK, or read by people in UK or UK law didn't apply. Apparently they couldn't prove than more than a handful in UK had read it.

or something...

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Apple releases multi-touch 'magic' trackpad

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Re: Er... → # ↑

Eponymous Howard

....how long ago?

This was about a year ago.

And old Mac that had come with OS9.

Upgraded to OS X.

The point is the brand new "PC" mouse worked perfectly.

I've noticed a than practically the only comments I make that are down voted are ones to do with Apple topics. And these are up voted too.

It's my experience Apple Users accept a load of nonsense, over charging and poor quality that other users would never defend.

I note you can get an entire wireless keypad and trackpad for 1/2 the price of the overpriced "Magic Trackpad".

You can get a €6 optical USB mouse that is better than a "Mighty Mouse".

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Apple and mice

They have always hated mice.

It has to have a button. Three are needed at times. Jobs only reluctantly lets them have one.

A mac user I know was positively delighted when I showed her that a 2 button + scroll wheel "PC" USB mouse gave her more usability.

She put her apple mouse in the waste basket.

No doubt for later recycling :-)

The penguins have no truck with inferior mice.

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Broadband advertising speed gap widens

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Virgin

The fibre feeds a box of tricks that feeds coax. The coax is shared among a number of users. So while any user (unlike DSL) can get the full speed, once the number users and their activity exceeds the shared coax bandwidth, then it gets slower per person.

DSL is only shared at the exchange/ backhaul (equivalent to virgin's fibre), but the line speed drops dramatically with distance.

http://www.techtir.ie/comms/dsl-limits

Fixed Wireless (used more in Ireland) is like lower capacity coax. Mobile Wireless (i.e. 3G or 4G) is up to x10 or x16 worse than fixed Wireless, which is worse than Coax. So the 7.2Mbps or higher claims of Mobile phone networks are totally dishonest and make DSL claims look saintly!

http://www.techtir.ie/comms/fixed-wireless-broadband-better

see some comments & discussions

http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2055981258

and

http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2055978819

Mobile is advertised as Broadband, and compared to DSL or Cable, it's not remotely Broadband. A scandal.

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3G at 2G frequencies edges closer in UK

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3G on GSM frequencies

Madness.

Wasteful CDMA on frequencies better suited to OFDM.

It should be LTE, not 3G which is brain dead.

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3D films fall flat

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Ripping off

1) Camcorder through one lens of 3D glasses

2) There are "3D" Camcorders. put 3D glasses on it.

Probably they will bring a small person with camcorder fitted inside fake head?

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Microsoft's ARM deal fuels hope of a chilled-out Xbox

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Lost

I begin to wonder have MS lost the plot.

Buying Danger (Sidekick), cripple the design of new phone, release Kin and kill it 46 days later.

I suspect if Phone 7 is not a roaring success it and Zune will be gone by Easter.

Xbox wants to make a big profit (not just outsell Wii & PS3) or after Christmas it will be turfed out to the Animal shelter too.

Why on earth would they want to fiddle with CPU innards? Did someone click wrong box on ARM shopping trolly? Do they want to prove that they are better than Intel or Intrinic/PA Semi/Apple at fiddling with Silicon?

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Steve Jobs death-grips iPhone 4 reality

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The Truth is out there.

The Ministry of Truth makes sure of that.

(mine's the one with the dog-eared copy of 1984)

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Miracle-tech that could fix almost everything: Major advance

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Quick

Give Lewis Page a dried frog pill..

This is overwhelming him!

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Apple swaps good iPhones for bad, say fanbois

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Either way

It's still a rubbish design where function is playing 2nd fiddle to appearance.

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Symbian Titanic heading for iceberg

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Future?

Smart phones Meego

Feature phones Symbian ^4

Apple has pretty GUI, but all are poor phones. For you know, phoning.

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Android will sink Symbian

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Symbian

Because the revamped Symbian will only be for feature phones. Not smart phones.

Nokia realised this was a problem so tested a Linux distro. This has "morphed" via 3 stages to Meego.

Meego is Nokia/Intel/Novell competitor to iOS4 and Android. Not Symbian

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Microsoft's earthbound server chums fluff Redmond cloud

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So

A new way of selling MS Cluster based Servers.

Clouds = Someone Else's server(s) you have little control over.

(Mines the one with the copy of "The emperor's new clothes" in the pocket.)

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Consumer Reports: 'We were wrong about the iPhone 4'

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Bumpers, Cases

Why all the fuss about the styling of iPhone, iPod, iTouch when the 1st thing people get is a case or bumper?

No-one else's PMPs or Phones seem to need a 2nd case. The manufacturer's case is good enough. Though on many nokias you can change or replace most of the casing for the price of a couple of coffees.

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Drive suppliers hit capacity increase difficulties

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5.25" full height?

I still have my external 8" drive

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Apple bars radiation nanny from App Store

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Snake oil

A hot hand-held radio crackling away gives a headache from holding it and heat. Not the 144MHz RF.

However peering into a waveguide or a running microwave oven with no door will eventually give you cataracts and cook your face. No cancer.

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Google versus Facebook: stop your photocopiers

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But

You can't really do real applications with web

the Web apps need a connection.

I don't want to go back to Mainframe + terminal but with connection replaced by unreliable Internet. It is giving up control of your application choice and data to the Cloud owners.

No Thanks.

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Microsoft seeks patent on ebook page flip

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Meh

We were discussing this in 1988-1989 and Xerox hade looked at it in 1970s.

Nothing new here.

Storybook weaver I think on win3.x in 1990s?

Patent Trolls. :-(

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Microsoft's KIN goes to hell: Site offers comfort

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Next

If Zune and WinMo7 don't do good over Christmas 2010, maybe the whole phone & Zune division will be closed next year.

MS need to concentrate on what they do well *and* make money from.

Xbox could be in trouble too.

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Power line tech could crash aircraft and shut down the Archers

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CE PSUs!

Here is a CE PSU sold by Maplin.

It's mysteriously missing all the filter parts that make it CE compliant.

It stops Homeplug and Comthingy Power networking

http://boards.ie/vbulletin/attachment.php?attachmentid=117779&d=1277236210

two chokes missing and jumpered

five capacitors missing

from http://boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?p=66559374

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