* Posts by Mage

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Intel rewrites 'inadequate' roadmap, 'reinvents' PC

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Intel: Forget about Transistors

It's not packing 40 Billion transistors rather than 10 Billion in a CPU that counts anymore. It's packing everything into a cheap low power chip that counts

Intel needs a CPU with 500,000 transistors instead of 1Billion to 40 Billion

Then they have 1/500th core consumption and space for RAM, Flash, GPU, I/O on the chip.

Moore's law is pointless beyond a certain point for CPU, It's the RAM, Flash and everything else.

Lets see a graph of how many CPUs shipped, not Transistors. Compared with ARM. MIPS, Microchip, Atmel, Samsung, Texas etc.

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E Ink, Epson to build 'retina' display for e-book readers

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Good enough

300dpi is fine. Laser printers historically only printed a dot or not. Even with only 4 levels of grey you can make 300dpi look as good as 720dpi

Also most people don't have the sharp enough vision at normal reading distance to see much more than 200dpi if the image is anti-aliased with a few grey levels.

My LCD is about 133dpi and almost no-one has ever noticed the pixels.

I look forward to getting an eReader with 9.7" screen and 300dpi. Great for A4 PDFs.

PDFs reformat badly, so a 9.7" 300dpi will be very nice for reading and documents

It allows a nice wide margin around "paperback" format text rather than text up to edge of screen.

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Ofcom: Luvvies, TV signals can share spectrum

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2nd worst idiot Regulators in Europe

Irish Regulators (of any kind, as any fule noes) are worse.

"and assumes that wireless microphones won't go outdoors and that all TV aerials are more than 10 metres from the ground."

There are so many things wrong I don't know where to start.

But then they think so called "ethernet" power plugs are OK (In reality wide band transmitters).

They gave up on protecting licensed users of spectrum ages ago.

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Russian rumor: Microsoft to buy Nokia for $30bn

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I believe

I welcome our new Phoney overlords..

Oh...

There is still a lot of Nokia that isn't phones. The ordinary Nokia phones are probably doomed by Samsung and the Chinese.

Best to get out..

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VIA double stuffs x64 clone chips

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Remember?

This is same folks that own HTC?

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Nokia finally gives Ovi brand a mercy bullet

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Ovi was disaster

It killed the rather handy (on conventional non-touch smart phone) widgets.

There already was a web based eco-system of symbian Apps.

It killed what was there without replacing it. The only advantage Nokia had above Android and iTunes was complete random openness. Ovi threw that away.

It would be like as if MS decided only MSN could deliver anything for Windows.

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Linutop feeds mini-PC fans tiny Tux box

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Useless for HD video

Don't bother adding USB DTT stick or PCI-e Satellite card.

The Intel GMA950 + Atom can't do MPEG4 AVC H.264 L4.

Also overpriced for hardware of a Netbook (similar spec at 1/2 the price?) without a screen

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IP firm claims ownership of DVD video-menus

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Anyone remember?

Prior Art:

Kodak Portfolio CDs: Interactive menu using content from Audio CD and Photo CD tracks on one disk (real photo CD format, not the jpg Picture CD). (these are not to be confused with putting your portfolio on a CD.

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

Portfolio CD format never took off (I have a Kodak demo) as the tools to author were far too expensive. Even Photo CD was never popular due high cost of Kodak tools and closed specification.

A few dedicated CD audio/Photo CD players and free windows program can play Portfolio CDs. Basically menus with slide shows that have synchronised CD Audio sound track, but quite complex interactivity with cursor and hot spots. Obviously "portfolio" is proprietary Kodak format that is derived from Red Book (CD Audio) and Beige Book (Photo CD). But I've never heard of a Rainbow book for it.

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

Wikipedia knows nothing of Portfolio CDs.

Also CDi

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Book_%28CD-interactive_standard%29

1984 publicly announced in 1986

DVD menus are pretty much based on "portfolio CD" and CDi.

Appropriate Icon for these kind of "IP holders".

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Microsoft resuscitates 'I'm a PC' ads to fight Apple

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Taking the Tablets

Very often MS do have the right idea but fail on the execution,

x86 second Tablet interface

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_for_Pen_Computing 1991

I worked on a non-x86 "Tablet" project in 1989. The reason everything used a stylus from then rather than a finger was:

1) The holy grail of handwriting recognition

2) Send handwritten faxes

3) Deemed faster for notes and annotation

4) Xerox only made a mouse because they couldn't fit a tracker ball into a pen.

Capacitive type touch screens DID exist, but no-one wanted the low resolution. Everyone chose Resistive to allow high resolution input (ideally to avoid "jiggling" the input resolution should be higher than screen resolution. With light pens it could only ever equal display and only worked if blacks where a bit grey, well dark green)

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Sony’s sorry saga snowballs

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But Next...

PSN and Sony are high Profile.

Someone, somewhere is working to hack Xbox Live, iTunes, Google, AWS etc..

Scrap that.

Lots of people everyewhere are working to hack Xbox Live, iTunes, Google, AWS etc..

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Intel's Tri-Gate gamble: It's now or never

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Intel better make ARMs

Because Samsung, Texas, Qualcomm etc will make ARM FinGate FETs... At the moment there is no value in putting FinGate FET in ARM Soc as it adds to cost.

The other aspect of x86 vs ARM SoC apart from Power and SoC Integration is much lower ARM prices.

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Ten... fantasy gadgets you wish you owned

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Peril Glasses

LCD 3D glasses hacked and hooked up to Stress sensor (heart rate, sweat, Adrenalin)?

One of the most feasible things on the list, about 100%. Not 10%

Some of the 80% + items listed are not likely more than 1% likely.

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Intel keeps heat on AMD with Tri-Gate transistors

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Intel Mobile Strategy?

They lost that one by

1) Not developing the i960 into a Mobile part

2) Flogging off their ARM stuff

3) Sticking to recipe of ONLY aiming for more transistors, clock, benchmark on CPU

4) Belatedly looking at SoC. ARM success is partly that you get a whole system (many different ones) that simply happen to have an ARM as only one part.

x86 is a deadend architecture that is holding back Computing. Has done for 30 years.

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Apple thinks Intel is fab?

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Strong ARM

They sold most of it to Marvell. But I think kept a communications processor.

It was later versions of StrongARM, the PXA series mostly they sold. Marvell is doing well with ARM stuff. Even some PC Mobo Ethernet/SATA combo chips are actually Marvell ARM.

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Foundry?

Does Intel currently fab any non-Intel chippery?

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Elgato Tivizen iOS Wi-Fi TV tuner

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Hmm

It's rubbish.

1) Too expensive. A USB DTT stick is from £10

2) Since is connects only with WiFi, why only for iOS?

3) Most locations need external aerial. The Telescopic aerial should either be on a connector, or there should be a separate connector.

4) Streaming video on WiFi is very demanding. A direct dongle on the iThing and option for an external aerial would work FAR better, give far better battery life and cost a fraction.

It's basically a $6 DTT chip and a portable WiFi point. It's a nearly pointless shiny toy.

Though Elgato do make the only decent Apple Mac OSX TV tuners. But then for Windows or Linux you can use many more (almost any on Linux).

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Huawei smacks ZTE with patent and trademark lawsuits

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But but

Chinese suing Chinese?

Bit like a Scorpion trying to sting it's self. Maybe they are trying to prove how "free market" and "not run by the the Government" they are.

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The Sandy Bridge Hackintosh

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Mystified

Iv'e used OSX on real Mac, though I'd not buy either.

I'm still mystified as to why people

1) Buy a real Mac and install Linux as many "serious" Computer people do. Seems like paying a HW premium for a more limited platform that may or may not look prettier.

2) Install OSX on a non-Apple box rather than Ubuntu, Fedora etc which is more open, runs more applications. Seems like paying a SW premium for a more limited platform that may or may not look prettier.

Can someone enlighten me?

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Vote now for the best sci-fi film never made

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Will Lewis Get a vote?

Footfall

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Where is?

<<Where is War of the Worlds???

or Blade Runner???>>

Because this is a list of Films that have never been made.

"War of the Worlds" made about x5 if you count DVD of Jeff Wayne's (which is better to watch than most of the "straight" flims), not counting the at least two sequels!

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Blade Runner is the FILM title. The book is "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"

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ohhhhhhhh

Too hard....

Possibly pick what will be good Hollywood and won't look trash compared to book.

i.e. Footfall rather than Foundation.

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ARM jingling with cash as its chips get everywhere

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Shocked?

<<For about 3 billion processors per year ARM collects 0.1 billion GBP , that is 3 p each.>>

But some of the entire System on Chips are only $2 or less. Even the High end SoC is almost as much I/O as micro ITX, with the ARM just as one small section of chip. These can be only $10 to $20.

Don't compare with Overpriced Intel Desktop chips.

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Cops raid man whose Wi-Fi was used to download child porn

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PSP?

Sony PSP works with WPA. The Nintendo DS only works with WEP.

Unless it's very old Firmware PSP?

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HP ProLiant power supplies 'may die when dormant'

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Antiques

<<The electrolytic capacitors need a voltage to maintain the Al2O3 layer that acts as the dielectric between the aluminum and the conducting paste that are the two plates. You can reform the layer by gradually increasing the DC voltage applied on startup. This is a standard technique when examining old antiques.>>

Yes, that's why they haven't made capacitors like the one in Vintage Radios since 1930s..

Modern capacitors only need that treatment if faulty anyway.

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

Seems to be batches of Capacitors out there made with dodgy ingredients.

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Google Linux servers hit with $5m patent infringement verdict

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1967

I'm sure this has prior art.

We need patents and Copyright. But not the kind we have today. Just don't put Google in charge of reforming them.

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World's Biggest Pac-Man keeps growing

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The Browser is required, and must contain IE9.

Doesn't work on FF 3.6 on Windows either.

So... who is going to do "proper" version?

It might as well not be a web page at all if it only works in one "browser".

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ARM's Intel challenger set for 2012 release

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From Archimedes...

Servers are all fine, There are already some ARM based server products.

But imagine no need to sync

addresses

email

bookmarks

documents

The "phone" docks onto a keyboard screen (wirelessly from your pocket using BT for keyboard and Wireless HDMI, or into a charging dock).

It then can do everything a real laptop can do. The ultimate portable workstation. Without Cloud Computing (which is mainframe/big corporation control instead of your own computer).

Needs 30Gbyte to 300Gbyte storage though. Oddly a Toshiba 1.8" HDD uses less power than an SSD. Samsung make a 120Gbyte 1.8" HDD at least. Toshiba have a 250Gbyte model. These are not much bigger than a battery. Would fit a 4" WS (maybe wider than 16:9 to make it slimmer for pocket and more page width?)

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Fast-fingered oldster relieves shop worker of iPhone cash

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No doubt

The miscreant is now cap-less, clean shaven, and wearing perhaps a black polo neck.

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Calling all commentards: Want some new icons?

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Also

Hello Kitty, Kitten, meerkat,

dram of whiskey icon

The current selection are ok apart from last four which are pointless

Maybe a waste bin icon?

Maybe change the text hover on some of them?

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The best sci-fi film never made: Also-rans take a bow

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IF you think Covenent and The Land is bad

Don't ever start reading the Wheel of Time.

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Oracle tests find NFC lags in execution

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Why?

Why store anything other than part of a key?

The user having the rest ...

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Server vendors and the dead hand of commoditisation

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Innovation

ARM and Transputer in 1980s was innovation. Since then we just have cost reduction and performance enhancement.

Flash is the main innovation since then.

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OFT probes extended warranties

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Overpriced Insurance not Warrenties

Argos and PCworld/Currys are the worse for these and also denying your "fit for purpose" rights.

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Cloud on a chip: Sometimes the best hypervisor is none at all  

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SCC

It's called an ARM SoC

Samsung SC6400 had stacked RAM, Flash, ARM SoC in one BGA module over 3 years ago.

Transputer was the original idea. Make each computing element have it's own local RAM (with no controller or bus interface needed and 4 x high Speed communication links.

The Transputer died because of Thorn, Thatcher and being British.

I'm sure Ivor Catt wrote about this idea before 1980!

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Avast alert finds WHOLE WEB malign

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Of course

Ironically the Web *IS* malign

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Intel does fondleslabs with Atom 'Oak Trail'

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64 bit ARM

Not needed.

64 bits only needed for multiple VM. Cheaper & better performance to have multiple ARM each with own RAM like Transputer.

32bit Intel CPU can do 16 GByte RAM efficiently via extension scheme supported as long ago as NT 4.0 Enterprise.

64 bit CPU will be less power efficient for normal applications that 32 bit at same speed and geometry.

If intel wants to compete with ARM they need a Single Chip 32 bit Atom that connects direct to RAM, Flash, Radio chip (WiFi/Bluetooth/FM radio etc), ethernet, LCD/Touch screen, camera chip, USB and SD card connector directly.

For 3 years Samsung has had ARM sandwich Soc with all I/O built in and RAM + Flash as two sandwich chips in same BGA module. The Atom is too hot for that.

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Nokia E7 Qwerty slider smartphone

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Battery

Doesn't it swap with a screwdriver?

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The BBC struggles with concept of 'tech bubble'

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Web 2.0

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

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

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Apple store kneecaps rival browser

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Simples

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

They are just shiny.

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Naked at 30: Osborne 1 stripped to its chips

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Dual Floppies

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

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Open source .NET mimic lands on Android

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Stallman is a fanatic!

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

Why is C# more evil than Java?

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QT

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

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

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Ofcom refuses to interfere on powerline networking interference

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What does Ofcom actually do?

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

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

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

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Wot!

The article didn't mention "trick cyclists"

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Attack hijacks sensitive data using newer Windows features

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Router?

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

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

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

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Eminent iTrio EM7100 HDMI wireless video sender

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£399?

For that price buy an HDTV and BD player.

Crazy...

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

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

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The Osborne 1: 30 years old this month

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Vixen or PC?

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

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

Vixen would not have saved Osborne Company.

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

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Natty Narwhal with Unity: Worst Ubuntu beta ever

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2001

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

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

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

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

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Fight global warming with Asimov-style Psychohistory - profs

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Imaginary?

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

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Ofcom forced to publish tests on dodgy radio kit

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Not just "HAM"s

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

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

The more there are the worse the background noise level.

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

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

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