* Posts by Mage

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Everything Everywhere rushes into third quarter

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Proper priceing

yes, SMS is virtually free. But Using Mobile as Replacement for Fixed Broadband is pricey. The Data costs more per Mbyte than voice, as ALL of it enters and leaves network.

Voice the incoming calls are paid elsewhere

Voice much traffic unlike Internet, may in the Network for a Major Mobile.

For same Revenue, the data traffic is 100x to 400x the voice traffic.

Proper pricing for Internet Mobile Data is probably about the €80 to €100 a Gigabyte. Look at the the typically €100 to €900 out of package / over Cap charges per Gigabyte...

Voice call is only about 12kbps. VOIP can be 100kbps. Data traffic 1Mbps...

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eBay opens Instant Sale for lazy gadget sellers

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hmmm

seems they may make a good profit

Archos 605WiFi 160Gbyte HDD + Charger is $47

It's for very lazy people

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Firefox engine speeds past Chrome after Jager shot

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Things like

On page WYSIWG editors can be very slow Javascript.

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TVonics DTR-HD500 Freeview HD DVR

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Unlikely

"Likewise, feeds from devices connected through the HD500's HDMI inputs weren't as crisp as they are when directly connected to the set, even when input and output resolutions were matched."

A-B double blind test?

If it's an HDMI source selector it can't change the resolution or quality of the other devices selected.

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Apple bolts chastity belt on super svelte MacBook Air

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So it's designed

Like an x86 version of an iPad with a keyboard.

It's a Netbook.

If an ARM is cheaper and gives similar grunt they'll switch to get more Battery life. Nvidia need not worry but Intel should.

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Apple to lead fanbois 'Back to the Mac'

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Hackintosh?

If I want OS X, I'd buy a Mac.

If I want Linux I'll buy a good quality not-Mac.

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Wow they update Mac OS X quite often really compared to Windows.

All the OS X releases?

I've used OS 9, a real Mac OS.

They are due an OS 11 / OS XI

"Since 2002, Mac OS X has been included with all new Macintosh computer systems. It is the successor to Mac OS 9, the final release of the "classic" Mac OS, which had been Apple's primary operating system since 1984."

via Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OS_X

Wikipedia is Wrong. MAC OS9 did not exist in 1984, maybe 1999 though.

They were sued as someone else had an OS9.

Of course Apple, iPhone, iPad, Newton, Mac are all names belonging to other things first.

Mines the one with a copy of NT3.1 in the pocket on 40 floppy disks.

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XP? Thanks for the memories

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Win7 64bit

Don't upgrade. Only buy new Laptop.

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Warning: May contain traces of nuts

There was a 64 bit version of NT4.0

Most ordinary people don't need 64bit windows. It's less efficient.

XP support possibly till 2020

Ubuntu is a more interesting upgrade for XP users than Win7 unless your PC is an expensive game console.

I know one guy with XP + 1G RAM for real work and 8G RAM and 64bit Win7 solely for games.

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DARPA orders miracle motor for its flying car

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I don't think Deltic

Maybe some novel variation of Wankel that solves the seals issue,

Deltic a lot heavier than Wankel

The only Wankels I heard of are petrol, so Kerosene / Diesel version would be novel.

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Apple signals disk free notebooks way to go

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Faster?

Some SSD are slower, much slower on Write. Huge improvement on Aspire one swapping standard SSD module for ZIF -CF adaptor + Compact Flash card.

Ironically SSD will perform better than HDD for Multi-user server than on a notebook as the weakness of HDD is random access, but can easily beat most SSD/Flash on sequential writes.

Decent RAID5 though over 5 or 6 drives with a stripe size cache on bus and controller/software that truly does parallel commands on the disk will make most SSD writes look very slow.

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Aggressive pricing?

Only against "designer product" and Mac.

it's twice to three times as much as the average punter needs to speed for ordinary laptop/netbook but inferior spec to £800 gamers laptop like an MSI "desktop replacement".

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BT quietly recalls shocky adapters

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Alternatives

Cat5e Cable

pair of WiFi Bridges.

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Ireland

Ireland and a few other places use UK plugs. Kenya?

Ireland is in EU, though Kenya isn't.

What about Gibraltar or Malta?

Some ex-UK colonies are still on the 15A Round ones though! (South Africa?)

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Jobs savages 7-inch tablet competition

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This time

He may be right.

If you are clever at package and aspect ratio, you can just about do 4" (16:9) in a "pocket-able device. My 4.3" Archos is just too chunky for pocket, but it does have a 160Gbyte 2.5" HDD and quite wide bezel above/below screen in Landscape mode. 4.3" 16:9 is "just" possible if bezel is skinny on long edges and longer than screen, to fit stuff in without making it fat.

If you go 16:8 = 2:1 you can just about manage 6"

to do 7" in "pocket format you need approx 7" x 3" case and about 3:1 format

7" is too big for 4:3 or 16:9 pocket and too small for a tablet.

I'd argue that iPad is bit small for a tablet and too awkward to hold.

The success of the 3.5" floppy was that it fitted a pocket easily.

We did extensive usability tests back in 1986 to 1989 on "Notepad" concept with LCD touch screen in terms of suit pockets :) using Balsa, plastic and wood models. The trans-reflective back light was on case and fully transparent LCD hinged for OHP presentations, Mono of course in those days. Today you just put an HDMI port for presentations. The pico projectors are too dim.

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BT blasts hundreds of would-be customers' data into Infinity

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once again at the bottom of Europe?

No. Ireland is.

FTTC is NOT Fibre backhaul to exchange. It's Fibre to a Street Cabinet.

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Powermat iPhone 4 wireless charging kit

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It's not Wireless

It's a connectionless connector!

The pad still needs a cord. It's as wireless as my cordless kettle. The fact is a 30 year old "holster" as used on Mobile hand-held radios works better and cheaper than these "mats".

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WTF is... DLNA?

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uPNP and SSD

I disable both of these as it is the PC waving a flag "Infect me" (uPnP allows a device on the network to install its driver on your PC).

If you need to connect something to Cat5e ethernet or WiFi you need to know something about networking. It's not much more to figure or set IP of a file serving device.

DLNA is a failure.

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Climate change apocalypse NOW

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some 939 at last count - to complain...

yes.

A program that annoys100,000 of people might have 300 of posts on a forum and maybe 5 people writing to ASA.

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Robot goes berserk in Balkan lab: 6 boffins given dead arms

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Read More

PovšE

I've got little boxes with numbers and As with ~ on top. Am I missing a font?

I saw a picture of said Robotic experiments. It's like a scene from Hammer, but I didn't spot Boris Karloff or Peter Cushing,

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Quango bonfire torches websites

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Good line

The Advisory Committee on Conscientious Objectors has also been given a stay of execution

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One For All SV9380 Freeview HD indoor aerial

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The gain?

If it's two patches on a single feed line, then it might be about 2dBd after losses.

Lower gain than the 3 director + dipole + reflector set-top yagi type aerial that costs about £5

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HD

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

An aerial that differentiates between horizontal and vertical is better.

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

An £8 aerial will work just as well.

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

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

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

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Verizon to blanket US with 4G LTE this year

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LTE speed?

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

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

marketing by Badgers

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Robot teddy bears attack Alzheimer's

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Which story...

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

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

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

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

(probably!)

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

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

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

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

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Humax HDR-Fox T2 Freeview HD DVR

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Also

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

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

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

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

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

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"Batteries not Included"

I mean Glasses

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

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

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

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

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vBulletin sues ex-devs over 'from scratch' competitor

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Troll

We bought VB

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

We switched to Druapal with "Advanced Forums" module.

We looked at Simple Machines, phpBB etc

IB / VB are becoming Trolls.

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Qualcomm halts the FLO of TV

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handset TV

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

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

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

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Toshiba outs no-glasses 3D LED TV

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Not OLEL or LED

The screen has 1440-LED backlight array.

i.e. It's an LCD screen.

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

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

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

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

An expensive niche product?

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The last storage array you will buy

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Moore's Law

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

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

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

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Next fashions budget 10in Android tablet

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So

Now St Jobs can sue them.

Does he still own the Next name?

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

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

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Hammer time as AOL nails TechCrunch

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AOL money to waste

Great for Ego Tech Blogger Michael Arrington

Not sure what this does for AOL shareholders.

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

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Keene USB FM Transmitter

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Nice

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

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

Maybe it has RDS but not implemented in GUI?

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IPv6 uptake still slow despite looming address crunch

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FAIL

IP6 doesn't work yet

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

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

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

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

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

There is no real shortage. It's artificial.

IP6 creates more problems than it cures.

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Google mounts attack on penis-pill pushers

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Pirate

Ads by Google

ON the page of the article

Digital Pharma Marketingwww.PharmiwebSolutions.com

eMarketing to reach healthcare professionals and consumers

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Windows Phone 7 up for grabs from 'excited' 3

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Bad

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

You didn't think this was a new OS?

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

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

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

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

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

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Ten... iPhone 4 accessories

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Re: Have you just... by AC

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

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

Virtually every place had the really expensive Belkin model.

These were real shops, Currys. Maplin, HMV.

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

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

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Now I Know

Why I haven't bought an iPhone

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

Generic 3.5mm "CE" FM transmitter = €8

iPhone iFied Belkin "iTrip" = €70

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EU Parliament calls for pan-EU copyright law

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A single Market?

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

The Merkins and Sports people won't like it.

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

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

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

But lets have fair prices and availability

Oh Arrr my hearties!

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

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But...

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

3G can dynamically share between data and voice.

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

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

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Intel confirms HDCP copy-protection crack

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

I think it might be back to 1930s.

Anyway 100%,

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

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

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

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re: huzzah

You don't need to re-encrypt

HDMI works without HDCP

The raw data rate is about 2.5 Gbps though.

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The iPad is killing laptop sales

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I call Marketing Spin

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

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

This is advertising dressed as Market Research.

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

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Project Canvas becomes YouView

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I thought

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

OR did I miss that bit?

How does it relate to EBU HBB TV?

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

Gerbils too.

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Microsoft: IE9 will never run on Windows XP

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yet again

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

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

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

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

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Yahoo! economist rebuilds ad empire with 'Magic Formula'

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$100Million?

In UK 23 Billion?

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

Should the Million not be Billion?

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

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

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

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

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

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Qualcomm grasps for gold while turning silver

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Re: LTE is still 3G?

No.

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

3G uses:

W-CDMA downlink thus suffers CDMA breathing

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

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

LTE uses

OFDM on downlink.

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

Various possible channel sizes up to 20MHz

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

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

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

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

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Partial Truth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mozilla chucks Roc at Microsoft's new hardness

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Nuts

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

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

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