* Posts by Mage

7372 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

Mio Navman V575 TV satnav and Freeview tuner

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Poor Idea

480 x 272 lines is so nearly 5 years ago. Toy Sat navs have this. A new Model with nearly 5" and less than 800 x 480 is crazy.

A Satnav with built in TV is crazy. It's obsolete too with much of Europe (and even UK for HD) using MPEG4 for SD and HD.

Ireland's DTT is MPEG4 only and no simulcast of SD and HD.

This is a truly obsolete and daft product.

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Inventor of the Workmate dies

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A real Designer

Sorry to hear he had a bad fall, long illness etc.

Something like that design deserves Copyright, Registered Design etc.

Great and original idea, and actually made.

Shows how stupid SW patents are. The most that software should have is Copyright.

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Five Reasons to be cheerful about Nokia-Microsoft

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One really good point.

I agree.

If all the other WinMo Licencees run off to Android and MS *DOES* regard Nokia as unique and valuable sole HW partner then this could work.

Initially I thought this was the stupidest thing Nokia could do. But on reflection they are probably doomed in 5 years anyway if they didn't.

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Fifa, Uefa lose free-to-view footie challenge

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ha ha

Nelson points --->

The silly money has nearly destroyed football and the exclusive "rights" distorted Pay TV market.

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What sealed Nokia's fate?

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Win CE

It's not true that WInCE was bad. It was a quite good "cut down" NT concept with little DOS/Win3.1/Win95 junk. The stupidity was trying to make it have the same Branding and especially GUI as Desktop Windows.

Zune was then the first decent GUI on Win CE for small graphical devices.

After the Communicator N9200 it seemed downhill for Nokia. They should have turned Maemo into Consumer Phone in 9 months. Instead they choked it and then nearly killed it merging with Intel's Moblin to give Meego. The QT debacle also was poor as the article points out. Another good idea strangled. They'd have done better simply outsourcing to Trolltech.

The open sourcing of Symbian was another great idea gone bad.

So the choice for Nokia was continue as is and asphyxiate or adopt the now "nearly good enough" WP7 and hope for W8 x86/ARM for Tablets.

It's probably too late. Unless there is a radical change in the way MS partnerships, maybe Nokia is doomed in 5 years as the Chinese eat the basic & Feature phone market and Android, RIM, HP and Apple eat the Smart phone/Tablet market.

MS too needs major change or the next version of Windows Phone could be the last.

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Boffin breakthrough doubles Wi-Fi speed

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The Real World More Difficult.

There is nothing new about this. Analogue phone lines do it for voice and 1Gbps Ethernet on CAT5e does it on each pair.

I'd say vanishingly impossible on RF. You need over 90dB of isolation. On a Cable the characteristics are 1000s of times more stable than RF in a room and the Transmit and Receive signal levels not that hugely different. On a Wireless Set, the Transmit can be +18dBm and receive at -85dBm.

Mobile phone networks mostly use separate channels for Transmit and Receive. The main application would be WiFi and it's not going to work in the real world. You would be doing fantastic to get 18dB isolation, which would make for VERY short range WiFi.

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FOSS maven says $29 'Freedom Box' will kill Facebook

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Exists already

A router with USB hard drive running OpenWRT.

Some Commercial Router/WiFi/Media boxes can do this off the shelf too. At the minute the cost is closer to $290 though (including Hard Drive).

Also it can be done securely today with a hosted Server account from about $20. Solves issues of traffic and "always on". Customise the free mail server, add Drupal, Wordpress, Joomla and whatever plugins. Give your friends accounts. Say goodbye to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Google Docs.

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Patent attack launched on Google's open video codec

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H.264 quality not that great?

Really? That's why almost every broadcaster uses H.264 L4 for HD and all newer Digital TV systems use H.264 L3 for SD?

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It's official: Nokia bets on Microsoft for smartphones

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I can't tell

Is this is really clever or complete suicide for Nokia?

Android would be no good as everyone is doing it.

Their problem is that Meego isn't ready, probably "wrong" because it's part Intel and They messed up the GUI aspects of symbian.

Also Phones are becoming "lego" kits. Samsung, Texas, Qualcomm, Marvell lego. Not actually clever Apple, HTC , Motorola or Nokia hardware.

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DEC founder Ken Olsen is dead

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Last Hurrahs of DEC

64bit NT on the Alpha. Long before AMD 64 or XP.

Their version of ARM that was acquired by Intel and became xscale family now mostly sold by Intel to Marvell, the main ARM phone competitor to Texas, Samsung and Qualcomm

Wolfpack that became NT Clustering.

In the end, too much proprietary legacy stuff, inability to focus quickly on shifts in Technology (VMS vs UNIX, PC vs Alpha.

Could have been there at the start of PCs and UNIX for the Masses, before IBM and Compaq.

But IBM doesn't do PCs any longer.

Windows has reached a crises point unless becomes leaner, cheaper, faster and better on x86 and ARM on win8, it's going to lose relevance.

Really the sale to Compaq was the old horse going to the Knacker's yard. Very sad.

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First fondleslab found in 1970s kids TV sci-fi gem

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Antenna gate

Obviously being telepathic lack of 3G, or indeed any cellular service wasn't an issue.

I wonder would I enjoy it as much now as then or simply think it silly?

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Equinux Tizi iPhone TV tuner

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Overpriced, Incompatible

Badly thought out "glizty" product let down by lack of compatibility and MHEG5

http://www.saortv.info/terrestrial-saorview/the-black-list/

Most places won't have good enough signal.

Waste of money.

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Google does fractals in HTML5

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Hmm

Only 2nd time ever I have seen Firefox crash.

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Humax adds BBC iPlayer to Freeview HD DVR

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Please not PLT!

Cat5e cable is faster, no interference and easy to run like a phone flex around the room edge and under doors.

Why bother mentioning Power line ethernet?

WiFi will work too for iPlayer. It's not as if iPlayer is HD.

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Flickr flap illuminates cloud concerns

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Sync Metadata

Bill B

Yes, very possible

I don't know of anyone that does though.

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Metadata backup

"This issue was with all the meta-data and links to the photos from other people. If you have some mystica, magical way to backup that lot as well, I'm sure we'd all like to hear it."

Run your own hosted site. Not perfect but better than Flickr or MS Sidekick if you do it right.

I have a daily cron job that exports the SQL server. I backup that file. I can loose at worst the last day's Metadata. If it was a busy site you maight do hourly SQL replication also.

The uploaded files are separately backed up. If I had money and really paranoid I'd have a mirror with a different provider in a different country. And clever stuff with DNS.

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Twenty-tonne space truck poised for ISS trip

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Pity

They have to de-orbit them and can "lego" or "kinect" a modular village of them eventually.

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Vodafone txt loses revenue crown to data

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The reason is

That £10 voice costs them 50 times less than £5 data.

Voice is about 12kbps symmetrical and in a perfect scenario what the pay out for out going calls termination charges is nearly balanced for what they receive in incoming call termination charges.

Many voice calls are on their own network.

Almost all Internet data is I/O on their network to others. All of that they pay for in both directions per MByte, not time.

So maybe 50:1 to 200:1 difference in profit for same Voice and Data Revenue

People want > 1Mbps for Data.

A Cell phone mast sector can only support maybe 3 to 5 people simultaneously streaming YouTube. So capacity/Congestion is a huge issue for data versus voice.

Also if people using it instead of Fixed Broadband, instead of a complementary "on the go" Mobile solution, their data sessions are very much longer than typical phone calls.

Another problem also is that for equal SMS and Data revenue, the profits are maybe 1000:1 as SMS costs them nearly nothing. Especially on their own network.

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Flickr thinks again about 4,000 pix loss

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Make it easier to restore deleted accounts.

So they expect to incorrectly delete accounts frequently then.

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World shrugs as IPv4 addresses finally exhausted

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No Unallocated but plenty unused

"In reality, the exhaustion of IPv4 has long been predicted but has remained a distant prospect until recently thanks to the use of Network Address Translation (NAT) technology, which meant banks of corporate PCs all sat behind small ranges of IP addresses. Many units of internet real estate are still sparsely used, with only around 14 per cent actually been utilised, according to a study by the University of Southern California, published on Tuesday."

In reality we may not need IP6 for 10 years.

Existing IP4 won't stop working.

How does someone with ONLY IP6 address IP4?

They need to rethink IP6 interworking and security.

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Intel shakes off $1bn chipset flaw

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I'm leaving quickly.

I like to not be a Pioneer of the Bleeding Edge.

It's unpleasant though watching who gets arrows in the back...

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MSI Windows webpad goes on sale

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Thoughts

Even NT 3.51 had a not very good Virtual keyboard. I tested the NT 4.0 one with a wacom tablet.

I'd imagine Win7 has one.

I'd rather have netbook with either a slide up screen that covers keyboard, or one where keyboard swivels underneath. The keyboard/tablets with swivel in middle + hinge are fiddly, wobbly and fragile.

By time you add weight of decent screen and batteries, the keyboard isn't much extra weight.

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UK a 3D TV nation? Not half

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The snag is you will get it anyway

(Man or Woman with so called 3D glasses)

But eventually ALL TVs will be 3D (stereoscopic) as it costs 40cents

cost of IR LED sender to sync the glasses

They will only charge extra for glasses, About €50

You won't be able to buy a TV without 3D,

People buying them now getting ripped off €500+ extra for the 40 cent gizmo + Glasses at €80 to €120.

Of course at the minute the 3D HD is two 960x1080i images side by side in a 1920x1080i frame. That's why it's inferior to HD and works with any 100Hz HDTV with a small bit of software and IR LED to sync glasses.

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Google named babysitter for steroidal white space Wi-Fi

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Sad

Very sad for privacy.

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Intel's biggest ever buy is going ahead

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Access to the Technology?

Who cares.

If Intel want to waste money on this, only their shareholders need be concerned?

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Forget Flash – content is king

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So?

Pope Catholic: Check

Bears in Wood: Check

Content is what makes a web site useful, Flash, H.264, Silverlight: Just containers. Need useful content: Check

Is there a story here?

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UK tech retailers are rubbish

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UK retailers Dominate Irish Retail

TV is MUCH scarier here in Ireland.

They have NEVER had disclaimers in ANY shop that the Digital part of the TVs are not compatible. They sell "Freeview HD" stuff in the UK branches but not the Irish Branches. UK "Freeview HD" works on Irish Digital. Freeview sets don't unless they happen to be pan-European Models with MPEG4. Tesco is worst with only a "Freeview is not available here" disclaimer.

http://www.wattystuff.net/2011/01/money-back-if-it-isnt-a-tv/

DVD recorders will of course never work on MPEG4 or HD other than to record via Analogue from SCART on a set-box. Irish Digital is MPEG4 minimum. RTE2 is HD transmission only, no SD simulcast. Currys only sell DVD recorders here. Not one single "freeview HD" PVR (which would work on Irish Digital http://www.saortv.info

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Toshiba shows second-gen tablet

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Web chat

web chat resolution is about 1/4 VGA usually = 0.078M pixel . 0.2Mbps is odd though.

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Aavara PCE122 HDMI extender

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HDMI info

Sky and all other Satellite 3D transmit the left and right eye in two 960x 1080i images squashed into a 1920 x 1080i 25fps 50Hz frame. So that will work fine.

Only 1920x1080p 100 (i.e. 50fps per eye) 3D needs the higher rate HDMI.

HDMI will also go direct over a pair of shield Cat5e cables. You can even buy wall plate with HDMI socket on front and 2x RJ45 sockets on rear. Distance up to 15m. DIY by cutting a 0.75m 7 euro cable in half.

Visual observation is a useless test. You need to measure signal distortion and that it's simply outside the minimum (better than minimum adds nothing to quality).

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Brazilian cult condemns USB

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Blue eyes

Wikipedia says

Blue eyes are found in the Levant and the Middle East, especially amongst the Jewish population of Israel. However, many modern Israeli Jews are of European Ashkenazi origin, among whom this trait is common (53.7% of Ukrainian Jews have blue eyes)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye_color#Blue

Who knows?

Photography was invented somewhat later.

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Blue Eyes?

I don't know, but red hair (like Finns and Celts have) is Jewish. King David was supposed to have Red hair. But wouldn't that be Green Eyes.

Some Berbers have Blue Eyes?

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Publisher takes swipe at StarCraft II game mod

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New name

Starcraft is sort of related to earlier Warcraft.

So new name can be WarStars

or Starwars

Oh

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Ubuntu - yes, Ubuntu - poised for mobile melee

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Can't count

"And Microsoft's next-generation operating system has abandoned Intel exclusively for the first time."

2nd Time. NT did support MIPS, Power PC, 32bit and 64 bit Alpha as well as x86, which isn't just Intel.

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Lane Fox promises sub-£100 PCs

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What was the Survey?

That showed that Advantaged kids with parents that teach them Reading and such before they start school benefit from PC and that Poor Disadvantaged ignored kids have worse Educational performance when they get a PC?

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How did Three get there?

Online but not Broadband.

Why not a choice of Mobile supplier and option of paying extra for DSL or Virgin?

In fact at £9 a month Three makes a whopping loss.

Nothing wrong with Penguins. More apps for Linux than OS X.

Open Office, Firefox and Thunderbird are just the same as on Windows.

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Otellini yawns at Windows on ARM

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You mean

"Bill how do I format a disk?"

"Format C:"

"Bill are you sure?"

"Yes"

All PCs in room start whirling....

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Bletchley Park to rebuild pioneering EDSAC computer

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Mercury?

It's not a consumer product, so mercury delay lines are feasible.

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TVs

TV uses glass (or quartz) as 64uS delay line.

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Asus NX90Jq 18.4in Core i7 laptop

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Meh

Media consumption rather than documents.

only 1080 line.

My nearly 9 year old laptop has more useful 15.4" 1600x1200 screen.

Does NO-ONE make a Desk-top PC replacement any more?

If I want to watch films or TVs, then I'll use an HDTV.

What about a laptop with 1600 x 1200 screen that rotates to portrait mode.

Or 1920 x 1440 screen that doesn't rotate. Space to have 1920 x1080 HDTV and epg/subtitles/ widgets under it.

16:9 is OK for a TV. It's a stupid aspect ratio for a laptop.

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Yorks cops bust Bradford guinea pig farm

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Guinea Pigs?

Guinea Pigs can take -15C, maybe less. Just can't take SUDDEN changes in temperature. So no wonder they suspicious.

We had them living outdoors for about 12 years. They live "wild" all the way from Tropical Amazonian swamps to snow line of Andes in Peru. Very versitile. But bringing them into Central Heating from Cold Outdoors can kill them. Even though they can cope with 30C summer.

People keeping pets should research them better. Could avoid visits from "pigs" :-)

Lawn around our bird table regulary spawns Opium Poppy (common flower bed plant) and Hemp from the bird seed. Cannabis is kind of hemp. It's grown also outdoors as a clothing fibre. I don't think much used for rope anymore.

Industrial Hemp http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp

"common garden poppy" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opium_poppy

I'm sure there are interesting mushrooms in the nearby woods. The "lawyer's wig" that grows in our own garden is lovely fried. (Autumn Fruit)

We have "fake castor oil" plant (Fatsia japonica) not this one http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castor_oil_plant which makes Ricin, but we do get Spurge growing as a weed.

Not just South Americans, but Italians eat Guinea Pigs. I don't think it's for any "mind bending". Supposed to be a bit like rabbit.

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Google axes Jobsian codec in name of 'open'

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convergence

Virtually all Countries use H.264 for HD Broadcasts. Many Countries use H.264 for SD broadcasts.

Anything with a TV tuner is likely to have H.264 codec. It may not be "open" but it's more a standard than Flash is.

This is some sort of commercial or political decision for who knows what reason. It's not because of patents.

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4G networks can screw up cable TV

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Also

Similar issue is DECT phones and Satellite IF cable. Can knock out 5 to 10 channels. Very difficult to cure if you have the problem.

It can be the screening of the coax or a sightly "iffy" connector. Not just the box screening. http://www.techtir.ie/blog/watty/dividend-hurts-cable

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Ballmer says Windows on ARM isn't about ARM

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Alpha NT

First 64bit NT/Windows too was for DEC alpha. 1997?

DEC developed the NT Cluster. I first installed Cluster in 1999 I think.

Windows 8 must be a complete re-write. There is much in W2K, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008 and Win7 that is x86-64 only. They have not done multiple NT cpu platforms since NT4.0

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Skype's mega-FAIL: exec cops to cause

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It's been going down hill in quality..

3.8.0.188 Seems to be last decent version

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Microsoft ARMs Windows for iPad assault (allegedly)

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Windows on ARM

Hardly the NT family, that Win7, Vista, XP and Windows 2000 is based on. It's a long time since Alpha, MIPS and Power PC supported. ARM never was. It's now X86-X64.

WinCE, also the basis of Windows Mobile, Windows 7 Phone and Zune pretty much only runs on ARM nowadays (though it did run on other CPUs).

There are three families of Windows Embedded:

WinCE based (ARM)

Defunct DOS + Win 3.x based (x86 only)

NT Based (NT4.0 version was last to support MIPS and never supported ARM. Now only x86).

So Which version of Windows is this ARM Tablet going to run?

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iPad media apps: Stealthed hobbits thwart Google's flaming Eye

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Google will buy the Apps

Shirley,

All google has to do it buy the apps to browse the App content?

Replacing "The Web" by apps only makes sense if you want a small fee paying audience.

It's just selling virtual versions of Magasines limited to particular device owners.

So how many different OS are publishers going to support instead of one (The Web) which can be behind a pay wall anyway.

You can limit even FREE content to be hidden from Sauron by requiring Membership.

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Hacker warning over internet-connected HDTVs

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Ermm

How can this work with a normal Broadband + Router + firewall setup?

User has Browser on TV goes to web site with evil stuff that does???

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Nokia cuts staff, fiddles with E7

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We're running late, let's get rid of people

Actually adding people when you running late is even worse.

Depending what stage your project is at and who you letting go, can make no difference, help or hinder the project.

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Three punts UNLIMITED smartphone package

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Three Death Wish?

Either they have a death wish and want to go bust

Or

It's a lie

Or

A 3G/HSPA network doesn't NEED to throttle high users. It has so little per sector capacity it throttles itself.

You'd be lucky to get much more than 2Mbps average throughput (total of all users) with a heavily used sector with people evenly spaced from mast to cell edge with 21Mbps HSPA.

So performance will go to hell and you will be unable to Skype or watch YouTube with a half dozen tethered Torrent users on your mast sector.

A cap on Mobile is often the only way to manage Contention and thus congestion.

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Standard setter seeks to unify power, wired, wireless LANs

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Homeplug

Wired Networking?

Nah.,. It's 75% wireless. Wide band OFDM Transmitter & Receiver.

It mostly uses the mains to power itself.

To AC "well I for one"

Your issue is not WiFi or lack of standards. But the implementation. Disable the WiFi on such stupidly configured box and add your own Airpoint.

If you think folks won't screw up P1905.1 then you have little experiance of Humans *OR* Technology.

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