* Posts by Mage

7216 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

Google's WiFi snoop - who knew and who didn't?

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Really

I don't want anyone to have a database of Macs, SSIDs and locations. Never mind the payload.

Only a tiny fraction of WiFi airpoints are public hotspots. It's an invasion of privacy.

I don't want people to be able to type in my car registration plate or Social Security number and get my geo lat long either.

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Seagate preps three terabyte whopper

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FUD

I think it's nonsense to claim XP can't deal with it.

What they mean is can't do it out of the box, or may not run efficiently . But since 1993 you could add drivers for storage devices. XP out of the box won't install on SATA. (I know it's a different issue).

NT (and thus XP etc) since the beginning (1993/1994) has supported Exabyte sized file systems. It's purely a matter of suitable drivers.

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SAP buys Sybase - but why?

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SAP

The main problem with SAP is that their ERP is too expensive and UI clunky.

I'd never have thought of them as a DB company, Simply to have their own MS-SQL like DB to bundle with SAP ERP this sort of makes sense.

But the price seems way too high.

AFAIK there is no older MS-SQL than 6 as it's based on Sybase. Surprised that Sybase are still around and not gobbled by MS. I assumed they were, like visio etc.

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Google: Street View spycars did slurp your Wi-Fi

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Sorry

I just don't believe you can do this by accident. They got caught, public and governments don't like it so as PR they claim to stop.

But how do we know they will stop?

(What's that Wop, Wop, Wop noise?)

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Unlicensed software use 'may have peaked'

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Beacuse

People don't want Vista, Win7, Office 2007, Office2010?

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Competitors vie to provide earthquake-proof radios

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Alien

Or

Vsat terminals as long as there was no Solar Storm too!

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Brit consumers shun the iPad - for now

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Web page

Ubuntu and Windows Firefox

hit F11

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All is forgiven

Great article & iPad review.

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Mozilla spills plan for, yes, Firefox 4

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550Mbyte?

With this page and 2 others on 1600x1200 screen I'm using 114Mbyte on FF 3.6

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WiGig gets spec and Alliance endorsement

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Hah!

I sneer at your feeble WiGig. I have an ancient Sony Laser Link "wireless" video link. Uses Infra Red.

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Physicist unmasks 99-year-old mistake in English dictionaries

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Wiki

They cheated by editing earlier today

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Siphon&action=history

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Email 2.0: Trying to catch up with the web

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No Thanks!

I shall continue to have no remote content enabled, no remote images, no clicking on links, no opening attachments that are not expected AND non-executable.

None of these will be reliable.

The problem is that people do trust links and emails sadly. That's why most infected PCs actually have AV software.

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Man uses meat cleaver to fashion UK-ready iPad

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ROTM revenge

This is the future otherwise

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/10102398.stm

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Copyright law must be relaxed, says new group

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Better

Much better that the Freetardia broken idea of Creative Commons or other similar totally broken denial of rights.

Also the EU wide copyright harmonisation should have idea that creators rights can only be licensed and not purchased outright. This should also apply to people working as employees. They are employees, not slaves or serfs. You are being paid, yes, but that should only give the company exclusive licence to exploit the products, not ownership of your creative thoughts.

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Motorola buys own mobile Linux firm

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Flash on ARM Linux?

I've had it for two years on my Archos A605WiFi, However, now it's a 3 years out of date Flash.

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Reader Top 10s: an experiment in crowd pleasing

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So?

Where do I vote on this Article?

"Vote Early and Often" is the motto in Norn Iron. A study showed it didn't affect results as all parties do it equally.

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Lindsay Lohan to pull off Linda Lovelace

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so..

No connection to the Ada Lovelace film, not even a lesser known relative?

I sure the readers here are more familiar with Ada and have never heard of Linda.

Esp. Tux.

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Microsoft drops second IE9 preview

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H.264 is a standard

Absolutely 100% of broadcast systems replacing MPEG2 use MPEG4 /H.264

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Intel wades into smartphone wars

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Hmm

At more than x10 the number of transistors per CPU core I believe this is a better pocket solution than an ARM when I see it in PMPs and Phones.

Do Intel realise how cheap ARM core chips are? Do they really want to be in the $1 to $10 part of the market competing with Samsung, NXP, Freescale, National Semi, Analog Devices and everyone else that isn't Via, AMD or Intel?

Meanwhile are Microsoft hedging their bets and porting NT Aka Windows 7 to ARM?

This might compete in larger 4" screen MIDs/Phones.

Products is what counts. Not vague hints of loads of customers we can't name.

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Nokia puts out platform-slutty Qt SDK beta

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Sounds good

But I'll wait for a non-beta. As Nokia doesn't pay me.

I looked at QT before and Symbian development before. Now if the confluence is as easy as VB6, we'll be flying it.

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Spider-Man and Jedi Knights bust X-Men comic thief

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Suspiciously dressed in regular clothing

Brilliant.

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Applesoft, Ogg, and the future of web video

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MPEG4-ACC?

Don't you mean AAC?

Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) is a standardized, lossy compression and encoding scheme for digital audio. Designed to be the successor of the MP3 format, AAC generally achieves better sound quality than MP3 at similar bit rates.

It's not just about Patents, Open vs Closed.

I was involved with VOIP development. We looked at Speex and iLBC as "free" codecs, Speex is "gnu type free" and iLBC is "free" in the ordinary sense. iLBC was already supported by Cisco routers and the user ATA already with customers, but the "safe" decision was to stick with G.729 and G.711 (default). Speex support is much poorer.

All DVB TV is migrating from MPEG2 to MPEG4 H.264 (without exception) from MPEG2.

All newer Digital Radio formats and sound on newer Digital TV is migrating from MP2 to AAC.

Icom use the proprietary fairly poor AMBE codec for Audio.

Most companies would rather pay the money and back the winning standard.

AAC may displace MP2 and MP3 eventually, ogg won't.

MPEG4 H.264 has already won for video. Why use a poorer performance, less supported codec that needs transcoding if converting from Broadcast for Streaming?

All commercial payTV VOD / IPTV is migrating fast from MPEG2 to MPEG4 H.264

It's thus commercial suicide NOT to support MP3 (or possibly the better AAC) for Audio and MPEG4 H.264 for video.

We might not like it, esp. the religious zealots of FSF / GNU / Open Sauce, but it's the reality.

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Microsoft: 'Prepare for 15 billion more clients'

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Win CE

Win CE is not Windows NT Embedded.

Perhaps there will be Phone 7 version of Windows CE for Embedded. But the article seems to be talking about the NT family, not CE family,

It's hard to see how this Windows 7 version of NT embedded will get traction in more than ATMs, Terminals and POS (Point of Sale Terminals/Tills/Cash registers), which already use Windows. These don't get updated, support for Win 3.1x only just finished for Embedded (POS mostly). Only new products get the new OS.

Win CE --> ARM

NT Embedded (AKA Win 7 embedded now) --> x86, x64

There are also plenty other chip families used for embedded. Also neither Linux nor Windows NT are "Real Time Systems". Even Real Time Java/Solaris or Real Time Linux Kernel are fudges compared to "real" Real Time Systems.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real-time_operating_system

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real-time_computing

Only a small fraction of embedded systems need a RTOS.

Also only a very tiny fraction of Embedded Applications are Terminals (like the Wyse), ATMs or POS. Maybe the POS for the petrol (gas in USA) pumps may use Windows, it's unlikely the actual pumps do.

Windows CE (ARM) and Windows Embedded (NT4.0, XP, Win 7) won't run on many of these

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

Anyway, back in 1993 the big selling points of NT (3.1 then) was

* layered,

* Componentised

* true 32 bit OS with pre-emptive multi-tasking and protected kernel

At one stage they supported MIPS, Alpha, 64bit Alpha on NT4.0, power PC, 386, 486, Pentium, and Pentium Pro. I think since NT 4.0 embedded (which is componentised) they have gone backwards. CE was always a sort of cut down simplified version of NT with very limited number of processes. Originally it too supported a few more CPU families than ARM.

NT4.0 was less layered than NT3.51 as they moved the GDI into the Kernel to get a 10% or so improvement in Media playback/ Video/Animation. Direct X was a reversal also ot layering and HAL basically to encourage porting DOS game designs. It goes against all principles of clean API (have you seen how much docs it is?), HAL and clean OS design. Ditto the change with Vista and Win7 of how GUI is done to now make it use Direct X/Direct 3D essentially rather than the original layered HAL concept of design. So that Eye Candy runs faster.

They need to throw away Windows and start again. The new Windows 7 phone seems to be just ditching the stupid Desktop GUI and bolting Zune GUI on the same underlying Windows CE, but I could be wrong.

Apple did it going to OS X from OS 9, though their choice is hardly a new OS design, just new eye candy on basically a 1976 design.

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Win7 embedded?

ha hahah haha haha

The last decent embedded from MS was NT4.0 embedded or maybe WinCe 2.x

QNX (just bought by RIM), Linux, VXworks etc are the OS of choice. Even Microchip has working ethernet-WiFi-TCP/IP and USB stacks

Yes, a lot of tills/POS and ATM got MS OS in past. Less likely in future.

Anyone using Win7 proprietary bloatware or WinCE anymore on embedded need head examined.

Let's see < 7% Smart Phone and less 1% of Phone use WinCE/WinMob.

How many Setboxex compared to Windows Media Centres used with Living room TV (>99%)?

How many setboxes run ANY version of any MS OS? I'd guess < 0.1%

Yes, embedded systems outnumber PCs and Phones. A percentage are ARM. many are AVR, Microchip, 8051, ST20, 68HC11, MIPS etc. Hardly any are x86.

Which CPUs does Windows 7 (aka servers & desktop, not the new Zune like GUI on on WinCE which is ARM only?) support?

A lot less than NT 4,0 supported.

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Lights out at Lala - Apple shutters music service

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Lou Gosselin; Fantasy

"I mentioned this above, since mp3s are a better representation of the wave form. Bit for bit mp3s have far superior fidelity than CDs."

Nonsense. Read up on the difference between quantisation, sampling, linear encoding and compression.

MP3s are not better representation, they don't really represent the waveform at all directly. They are a pysco-acoustical lossy fudge to reduce storage. CD's use PCM encoding, they are an exact copy of the waveform, to the temporal limit of 1/2 sampling rate and amplitude limit of the digital quantisation.

To non-humans or maybe Aliens, mp3's at *ANY* bit rate might sound terrible. MP3 is a lossy compression method that takes advantage of how we perceive stuff. It does this "better" than MP2 and "worse" than AAC. But Identical bitrate and quantisation PCM encoding is the "gold" benchmark. That's what EVERY scheme starts and ends with. Where do you think they get the data for MP3s and how do you hear them?

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Terminator

Borg

Why no Borg icon?

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Handset also-rans create new mobile platform

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Pirate

blackjack and hookers?

The rectangular liquorice chewy sweets and the West of Ireland rowing boats?

http://www.treasureislandsweets.co.uk/acatalog/Black_Jack_Chews.html

and

http://www.galwayhookerassociation.ie/

I suppose you can chew the Blackjacks while Rowing? But how does this relate to Phone APIs?

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HP eyes webOS iPad rival

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Track record

HP (and previously Compaq) I think have a poor track record on Mergers and acquisitions.

I'll be pleasantly surprised if this works out.

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HP agrees to buy Palm for $1.2bn

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Wince?

PushF12

WinMob is less than 8% and Symbian > 40%

in USA RIM is up there with iPhone and Android. Windows Mobile has dropped in USA from over 26% to less than 7 % I think.

There is also an attempt to launch two new platforms: Samsung's Bada and Nokia/Intel Meego

We have 8 significant phone platforms (there is also Brew and various other Linux versions apart from Android/Meego etc). Win CE/ Windows Mobile is Dying. The WebOS has been making no traction.

HP are backing the two bottom of market OSes. What next? Support for Bada?

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'Gossips' say Apple will acquire ARM

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Alternatives? What alternatives?

The high end Atmel and the PA Semi use ARM licensed core.

Microchip use MIPS core for 32F series.

Qualcomm, PA, Samsung, Analog Devices, Freescale (Ex Motorola), Intel(they didn't sell all ARM to Marvell), Marvell, Nat. Semi. NXP (ex philips) Atmel, Renesas (formerly Hitachi and Mitsubishi), Sony, Broadcomm, Infineon, Toshiba, Texas, NEC, Fujitsu, Zilog and many others licence ARM cores or IP.

ARMs account for over 75% of all 32-bit embedded CPUs. The new Cortex M series (priced down to $1 go after Microchip/AVR/Atmel/8051 8bit and 16bit embedded CPU markets. The Cortex A series chase the Atom MID/Netbook market.

Also other ARMs displacing MIPS, ST20 etc. and x86/Geodes from Routers and Setboxes.

ARM powers more than Smart phones. At least 80% of phones use ARM

Public Licences:

http://www.arm.com/products/processors/licensees.php

This would be like MS buying Via, AMD and Intel to prevent production of Apple Mac and Linux PCs.

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Google's Schmidt pitches Chrome OS netbooks

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Daft

Even an iPad is more sense.

If these sell well, it proves that Humans are on average pretty stupid.

Offline use?

Flexibility?

Security?

Privacy?

An identical spec HW running Linux and Firefox will do everything these do. Can be locked down to have only a Browser. Has no SW tax.

With Google you are paying. Via every product you buy advertised via Google.

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Election promises: Wi-Fi chain gangs and maximum wage

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Obviously

If Ireland had stayed in the Union (1922, 1948), the Celts would now be in a position to control Westminster and make England Independent federated Monarchy of Yorkshire, The Home Counties, and the rest. Cornwall would of course be invited to secede from England and joint the Celtic Alliance.

Then the next target would be Brittany and part of Spain. Then the Celts would have a strong voice in Europe. N.I. Could have dual Sovereignty to Ireland and Scotland.

Perhaps the IoM could come in from the non-UK cold and join the Celtic Alliance too. The Channel Is can either stay as they are, be independent, join France or Become part of the United Kingdom Of Yorkshire, England, Gibraltar, Falklands and CI.

mine's the one with a celtic fringe on the bottom.

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'Goodness, evilness makes you powerful' - like the Force

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Hmm

Tennyson?

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First among SQLs

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I'm looking forward to the sequel

It may be weird and arcane, illogical an d not really a programming language as we know it, but it's far better than the alternatives.

It is indeed very unpleasant to swap btween DB2, Oracle, MySQL and MS-SQL even on a fresh project, never mind trying to port a large one.

And ODBC and VB6 + IIS on MS-SQL and you'll really want to start over to use PHP, Java and MySQL. :(

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'iPhone 4G' loser outed

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Hmmm

Viral marketing?

The worlds most Appleish Gadget site happens to get it?

My credulity that it was lost by accident and Gizmodo happened to get it seriously stretched.

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Sony's PS3 firmware update shows how retailers can be exposed

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Sky PVR

It's made clear at purchase that all PVR functions are subscription based, only the basic receiver works without a sub, on FTA channels.

I have 100% sympathy on that, but KNOWING this is the basis on which it's sold I'll only buy a Freesat or other non-Sky PVR.

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Google Chrome OS to route print jobs around planet

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Which is more stupid?

Google or anyone that uses this.

Privacy & Security fail.

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Jobsian email axes early-iPhone support

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Feature?

Well, the 1st iPhone *DOES* multitask, just not 3rd party. Much lesser chips can run a RTOS.

The iPhone OS4 is only what the original should have been. Most of apple's new iPhone releases are to my mind just service packs.

It's still overpriced bling for people more interested in posing and looking at stuff than making phone calls. It's not a smart phone, it's an iPod that can make phone calls.

Just like my Archos 605 wifi is NOT an Internet tablet, but a personal video player that happens to have an Opera browser (with Widgets and flash (8?) without ever crashing).

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CEOP renews attack on Facebook

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Go

Douglas Adams

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There. Fixed.

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Ofcom consultation brings out the tinfoil hatters

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It's not simple

No matter if your transmitter is PERFECT, receivers on neighbouring bands will have limited out of band rejection that varies with frequency. Sometimes receivers at IF image frequencies (0.07MHz to 400Mhz lower or higher depending on IF and actual Receive band).

With the lack of 3G data capacity for iThings MID and smartGadgets, they need more bases, closer together.

There should ALWAYS be power limits. Why should other people have to replace ALL their receivers with ones that have much larger and more expensive filters?

RF screened goggles to avoid cataracts, obviously,

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Microsoft: Silverlight youth beats Flash experience

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Security

Seems to me that whatever Silverlight 3 was is irrelevant to Silverlight 4.

executes outside the Silverlight3 sandbox and an access numerous HW direct. Looks like an ActiveX / DCOM / COM / OLE type disaster waiting to happen. Don't they learn?

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Computer pioneer and Gates mentor Ed Roberts dies

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Whose code?

Why wasn't MS Basic simply hacked over a Weekend From Dartmouth Basic.?

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Microsoft slings mud at Google Chrome

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http://www.browserchoice.eu/BrowserChoice/browserchoice_en.htm

Less choice than you think!

you don't want IE8

you should avoid Chrome

Safari has been known to install Apple's installer updater that nags for iTunes

Some of the others are really IE8. One is maybe a rework of Firefox.

So Opera or Firefox, or if you like Safari, get an Webkit not by apple, say arora http://arora-browser.org

The browser choice is a strange collection on the 2nd group.

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Novell (not SCO) owns UNIX, says jury

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This isn't the SCO you are thinking of.

There have been two unrelated Companies called SCO.

Also once MS had a UNIX (Xenix?) based on their AT&T Version 7 licence (1980), and sold it to various people, including SCO (founded in 1979). SCO released their port to the IBM PC in September 1983.

In 1987 Microsoft transferred ownership of Xenix to SCO in an agreement that left Microsoft owning 25% of SCO. This is the "old SCO" Santa Cruz Operation.

The current SCO is actually not related, Caldera did buy a lot of SCO assets in 2001, and then the original SCO became Tarantella and Claldera became SCO group., only being separate from parent company in about 2005. Tarantella was sold to Sun in 2005., which is now part of Oracle.

So really Oracle is SCO as you know it. Caldera aka SCO group appear to have done nothing of value in the last 5 years.

In related irony MS-DOS (The people that sold the original SCO, Xenix) was a clone on CP/M. The IBM PC version of CP/M was CP/M86 and then DR DOS. Digital Research's CPM & DR DOS was bought by Novell who sold it (perceiving it of no value) to Caldera in 1996.

Caldera aka SCO Group would be on firmer ground sue Microsoft for infringing FAT, DOS, Windows 7 Batch scripts, Win7 / NT Console etc since they appear to own the original CP/M & DR DOS (CP/M 86) that MS's DOS and FAT is based on.

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Apple 'real cost' comparison shows inflation beaten mercilessly

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Apple

Massively overpriced then, massively overpriced now.

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Apple display patent enslaves sun

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Light pipes to illuminate?

It's not worthy of a patent.

An implementation might be worthy of being copyright or a registered Design. If this sort of stuff is getting approved it ultimately will bring the system into disrepute.

40 years ago toy cars used this (on the roof) to "light" the headlamps.

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Windows XP Mode skips virtualisation hardware requirements

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XP mode

Don't "upgrade" to Win7 . Just install XP

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Apple bins iPhone covers

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Real phones

don't need after market skins, bag, films, protectors...

you just replace the clip-on replaceable shell if it gets too tatty.

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IE9 - the big questions and Microsoft's half answers

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Who needs IEx anymore?

See

http://www.browserchoice.eu/

Firefox or Opera will likely be a better choice for W2K, XP, Vista, Win7 and Win8

Chrome? No thanks to spyware and the Ministry of Love.

Safari? A browser that in the past tried to install iTunes and produced by the most arrogant Tech Company. No Thanks. Pointless as is everything Apple. Better Ubuntu than OSX as Windows Alternative.

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Energizer battery rechargers still haunted by trojan backdoor

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Battery Charger SW

Any sw in a smart charger should be well tested firmware, built in.

Mistreated batteries go on fire or explode.

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