* Posts by Mage

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Latest Intel, AMD chips will only run Windows 10 ... and Linux, BSD, OS X

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Re: Does this mean...

Yes, years ago I made a slipstream disk for XP with SATA drivers, as the SATA drivers don't come on floppies (and you can't swap the CD / DVD). In the olden days the SCSI RAID controller drivers came on floppies, so you could add the driver at install.

If there are drivers that work on windows version < 10, someone will figure out how to install.

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Re: Bloat

The ONLY value to windows for maybe the last 10 years is to be able to run ancient stuff without a copy of an ancient OS in a VM.

Windows is pointless without good backward compatibility.

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Re: Opportunity to get rid of 32bit silicon?

Alpha 64 had first 64 bit Windows, NT 4.0!

Some stuff is actually LESS efficient on 64 only code.

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Re: Not compatible?

Weasel speak:

"Windows 10 is your only supported option" != "Only Windows 10 version of windows works / compatible"

i.e. the only option MS will "support" is Windows 10.

Well, in nearly 20 years of doing Windows stuff, the only MS support was Technet or more expensive MSDN. Pretty poor after Server 2003, because, well, Ribbon, Aero, etc are stupid.

Migrated to Linux.

Any new hardware ongoing will be Linux, Android or BSD or something Chinese, certainly not Win 10.

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Paint your wagon (with electric circuits) but leave my crotch alone

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Heat & Electronics & fans

The vision switching electronics in BBC used to overheat (1970s). The window mounted aircon fitted to help would ice up In warm weather. So back of 19" rack bay would be opened and a big fan sat on a stool to help cool it.

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Ditch tape and fly into the public cloud with us, beams bullish Actifio

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Daft idea

For a start you'd need peered fibre to their data centre.

Public Cloud? Nothing more than Remote transfer via internet to a third party server with no real assurance on privacy, security or reliability.

People would be mad to do this. I suppose some bean counter may insist on it as a "cost saving". If it saves money then the service is a "loss leader" or inadequate.

Only slightly better than copying all your data to /dev/nul

Consumer cloud backup sold by some retail companies has been a disaster already.

Another one for #Cloudfail

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SETI searchers: We still haven't found what we're looking for

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Hah!

Much as it would be nice to detect Aliens, I did say this couldn't be them, though I didn't mention the passing mil-sat option.

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Still got a floppy drive? Here's a solution for when 1.44MB isn't enough

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Re: Embedded systems!

An ordinary 3.5" 720K DS drive works fine on a PCW, and the 3" PCW drive on a PC (though you need utillity SW for the CP/M FS), it's a dumb adaptor cable is all that is needed. Also 37 way 8" floppies work on 3" or 3.5" drive cable with a dumb cable adaptor.

There was a HDD for the PCW, but that didn't use the floppy cable.

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Re: 3.5Mb? Floppy?

CF cards use the old Compact Memory card I/O, (ROMs, EPROMS and Static Battery RAMs), which also could support other peripherals eventually inc IDE as it's a subset of the old PCMCIA (a CF to PCMCIA can be just a pair of connectors and wire). CF cards support at least two storage modes, one of which is parallel IDE. A USB (USB stack needed) or SD (can be simple) based Flash storage is serial I/O.

I'm a little baffled as to why I'd want this, unless it exactly looks like a floppy drive in SOFTWARE, with no driver needed, to BIOS and DOS. Plenty of things used to plug into a floppy connector and NOT work without an OS driver (Zip Drives, Tape drives, MO drives etc), usually for Windows, rarely for DOS, sometimes only Win NT, or Win95 and later.

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Re: Embedded systems!

But does the BIOS and DOS see it as a floppy? Just because it uses a floppy interface and bay doesn't make that true.

Mine's the one with a 3.5" bay USB CF/SD/MMC/Firewire/USB €10 add on.

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Want a Windows 10 update? Don't go to Microsoft ... please

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Benefits MS

However does it benefit the user?

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Robot cars probably won't happen, sniffs US transport chief

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Horse and cart

Yet people HAVE been prosecuted for being incapable / drunk etc with horse and cart.

Planes have good auto pilots. Automated take off and landing was demonstrated more than 40 years ago I think. Pilots can't fly if they are drunk. A plane is in many ways less difficult than a car.

Prove the technology with trains, then planes, then ships. Then trams. Cars and trucks should be last, not first. Exactly what is the motivation?

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Re: I'm not so pessimistic

So do trains first.

" I reckon once autonomous cars are shown to be substantially safer than a human driver"

I'd say "IF" rather than "once"

I've been programming since before PCs and I'm sceptical that they will ever be robust. They rely too much on Lidar (easily jammed) and databases as well as human programming.

Also how will the safety testing be achieved?

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Nest developers become Oompa-Loompas in Google shake-up

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Prediction

If it doesn't deliver enough personal information and profit margin, they will shutter it, like so many other Google projects.

Google at heart are an Ad company, fuelled by personal information from their search, third parties hosting Google "trojans" such as analytics, fonts, javascript libraries, users using Android with data enabled, Chrome Browser, Chrome OS, Google Maps, YouTube, Gmail, Uber etc.

If Nest is a success, then they will hoover up other IoT like Petchute, door systems etc, not actually have Nest widen product portfolio. It's easier for them to buy in stuff (a lot of their stuff was bought in).

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Tim Cook: EU lied about Apple taxes. Watch out Ireland, this is a coup!

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Devil

Well, bears in the woods etc.

Very predictable response that rings a little hollow.

They may win the appeal on a technicality. However their greed is now clearly exposed. If Apple owes nothing in Ireland, that still leaves some issues:

The flagship products in terms of design are largely only cosmetically and software Apple US origin.

They use the same kinds of parts and same factories as products selling for a fraction and they have a four times bigger profit margin.

They consistently try and flout EU SOGA on their direct sales.

Their accounting and tax may be legal, but they are like a dragon sitting on all that cash. Taking cash out of the world economy is hurting it. They are parasites, though of a different less evil kind to Facebook and Google.

They don't spend very much on real R&D, their incremental Software Development and their Patent Applications preparation and costs come out of that budget. Most of their innovations (Multitouch GUI from fingerworks) are bought in. Remove style and cosmetic and stupid things and what is left?

Where do they pay any tax on their profits?

Really they are a cosmetic badge operation of Asian and generic HW with USA gloss. So why does Silicon Valley, Obama etc rush to defend them? A tiny proportion of their profit is spent in USA.

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US spectrum auction falls short by, oh, you know, $66bn thanks to tightwad mobile giants

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Cellular.

This is a stupid waste of TV spectrum that cripples future developments of Broadcast. Broadcast is complementary to Internet, the Internet can't replace it.

Really there should be no mobile / Internet etc below about 800 MHz as the cell size is too large and undefined.

The whole point of Mobile is NOT more range (hugely wasteful of spectrum and poor speed and capacity) but to add more masts. The most masts the lower the power and better the capacity.

The existing Mobile / Cell spectrum above 800MHz is poorly utilised.

This was regulator greed, as is Ofcom's and Comreg's proposals to sell off TV spectrum.

Poor TV content is no reason to penalise Broadcast forever.

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Lenovo's tablet with a real pen, Acer's monster laptop, Samsung Galaxy S3 watch

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Yoga Book

1980 wants their keyboard back!

"There is some haptic feedback but it is still a flat hard surface and fatiguing to use. Still, many users will only do occasional typing and it is an innovative device."

Sounds like a ZX80 and similar, except without the clicky metal discs.

I have a hatred of even occasional typing on touch screen, even if so called "haptic".

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FBI Director wants 'adult conversation' about backdooring encryption

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Re: sympathetic towards these agencies and support the backdooring.

It would just be the death of any USA related products that use encryption outside the USA.

All USA commerce etc would be open season for other Governments and criminals and terrorists.

Either he's totally deluded about how security and encryption works or this is about something else, noise, a distraction.

If the FBI has a backdoor, then sooner rather than later every script kiddie in the world will have it too.

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AT&T trash talks Google over Fiber fiasco: Leave ISP stuff to the experts

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But ...

Google not only cares less, it thinks it should make the rules and own all your personal information.

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BBC vans are coming for you

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Re: Confusing

It's worse than that. Not all iPlayer content actually counts as material needing a TV licence!

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Re: why do I have to tell ... my address?

Because it's the law. The government decided.

Here you in Ireland you don't, though they want to introduce it, including

It's NOT a BBC Licence, they just happen to get most (but not all) the revenue. In the old BPO days when the Posts & Telegraph folk controlled everything, the BBC only got 2/3rds. It's a Television receiving apparatus licence. There used to be a loop hole where if you lived some place with no TV signals except foreign satellite (before BSB), you could get an exemption.

In the 1980s my company removed tuners from TVs so they could be sold as monitors not requiring a licence, for home computers etc, though one licence covers a household.

I think S4C gets some of the money. Does C4 get any?

A similar arrangement exists in many countries, though often part of the money is set aside for locally made TV for any local channel.

People are paying £300 to £600 a year for pay TV and then watching 92% free content on it, yet complain about the TV licence? Baffling.

Governments can tax whatever they like.

You should see what percentage of Road Tax and Fuel tax goes on roads. Tolls and Road Tax are totally stupid taxes. Simply taxing fuel would be more efficient, fairer and save consumer money for same revenue raised.

Lots of taxes make no sense. Like Corporation tax. Tax the actual human beneficiaries.

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Re: 66% discount

So called "colour blind" is different perception. Only people practically blind, who would be registered blind have monochrome vision. Read up on Rods and Cones.

I'm baffled why they have a separate monochrome licence at all actually, many countries don't.

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Astronauts sequence DNA in space for the first time

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why microgravity should affect DNA

It's probably NOT about real changes to DNA, but apparent changes due to some unexpected effect of microgravity on the minION tester. It's an interesting bit of kit. See Wikipedia minION and related articles.

Good news that the gadget gives same the result on ISS.

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Re: Nanu Nanu Pores

Or to test it before installing the minION on the robotic probes we will send to Proxima b and any likely looking moons of Jupiter, or comets etc.

But do aliens use DNA?

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Deep inside Nantero's non-volatile carbon nanotube RAM tech

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Re: Niche

"So why are they aiming at a couple of minor niche markets when they could seemingly take over the entire world's memory and storage markets?"

When production volume is still low they want to make as much profit as possible. Hence niche market.

Then when it's clear that that production can safely be scaled, they will do that and reduce price.

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Space

Radiation is the problem.

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Microsoft's beta language service gets C# dev kit

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Big Brother

What is it exactly?

A standalone thing or a pointless API to use Cortana?

I don't want to use so called "Cloud" voice control / response EVER. Alexis/Echo/Amazon, Apple Siri, MS Cortana, Samsung TVs, Barbie Dolls, etc are EVIL gatherers of private info. We had phones, PCs, car Radios etc with working voice control/recognition built in previously. These privacy theft, corporate services are damaging and setting back speech user interface development.

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USBee stings air-gapped PCs: Wirelessly leak secrets with a file write

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Re: Infra-sound?

Been done already.

One version modulates fan noise.

Another version can to an extent monitor variations in system noise without any malware pre-loaded.

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John Ellenby, British inventor of the first laptop, powers off

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Re: Forward thinking

Upvote,except in 1979 the personal computer was well established, though the IBM PC didn't exist. 1976 was the start of home and desktop computers.

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Making us pay tax will DESTROY EUROPE, roars Apple's Tim Cook

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Coffee/keyboard

Two options

No corporation tax for any businesses anywhere: Tax share income, and tax profits on selling shares much harder.

OR

ALL businesses should pay same corporation tax everywhere.

The US claim that this is "robbing" the US tax payers is laughable, with 40% US Corporation tax, the Multinationals simply keep the profits outside the USA and borrow in USA if they need to spend there! In the unlikely event that Apple pays this bill, it will be out of the cash mountain they have no intention ever of bringing to USA under current USA tax rules!

The present global system and especially the silly USA 40% and taxation of US individuals living abroad is crazy.

Why am I having to prove to USA Tax people I'm not American, even though I'm not in America, for my personal sales outside USA because an American company is retailing for me?

It's the USA tax system that's broken, Mr Obama, not the EU.

I'll reserve my opinion about the Irish Government. though it sounds like that they have been suckered by the Big USA multinationals if they are not even paying the Irish 12.5% or what ever it is (which the EU is happy with, it's Ireland charging 0.5 to 0.05% tax that's alarming the EU!)

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$329 for a MacBook? Well, really a 'HacBook' built on an old HP

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Re: A linux style macOS 'LiveCD' isn't going to happen*

Because after sale they make lots from iTunes with iOS users (and 1000s times more of them) and almost nothing after a MacOS sale.

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1600 x 900

2013 Really? WS, less than 1920 x 1080, or better 1920 x 1200 is a decent minimum.

I've had 1600 x 1200 since 2002. 1600 x 900 is bit lacking for text editing or reading PDFs.

Seems like a bit of a waste of money. Also really the only valid way to have a spare Mac OS license seems to be to buy the Mac HW and break it.

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Microsoft Outlook.com redecoration delay rumors: THE TRUTH

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Re: OUTLOOK.CRAP - Says it all

Has to match how rubbish the OS Outlook "lite" and MS Office Outlook are. The only reasons I can ever see for them is people using appointments/scheduling/calendar sharing via Exchange. Since the forever there ever was POP3, IMAP and SMTP mail, better free solutions than Outlook have existed. The PC clients at default settings were a magnet for malware. Why did MS think ActiveX on Internet facing programs was a good idea?

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MS Estimation

The programmer visiting friends

Is there a Dilbert too?

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Intel's makeshift Kaby Lake Cores hope to lure punters from tired PCs

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DRM is evil

DRM is immoral and removes rights under the Berne Convention, as unlike copyright, it doesn't usually expire.

Anything helping the use of it is a really bad idea.

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Ireland taxman: Apple got NO favours from us, at all, at all

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Local Laws?

If this was really "legal", then the law is an ass, and may be even invalid.

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SETI Institute damps down 'wow!' signal report from Russia

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Nonsense in the Media

A lot of silly speculation in the Guardian and UK Independent.

"He wrote that the strength of the signal might suggest that it came from a Kardashev Type II civilisation." Because actually if it is from 90 M LY away, it can't be an artificial signal using any physics we know. How likely is it that it's even a directional signal? It will be something generated by the star, if it's real at all.

The Kardashev scale is science fiction, a nice idea with no basis in fact or science, that E. E. "Doc" Smith would have been proud of.

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Alien

Most likely

If it's real and more than 20 LY away, then it's natural.

In the unlikely event that it's artificial, then it's rather close (like Proxima B etc).

The Cosmic Background Radiation, Inverse Square Law and Thermodynamics (Shannon-Nyquist Law) mitigate against any distant artificial radio signals. We need to concentrate on Spectroscopy.

I hope the James Webb project is successful.

Note that the purpose of the Radio Telescopes isn't to look for alien transmissions but signals from stars, which are incredibly powerful radio sources compared to any possible artificial radio signal. Clue in name.

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Replacing humans with robots in your factories? Hold on just a sec

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Robots?

What sort of robots?

We have had programmable factory automation since 1930s*. CPUs and flash memory Profibus has replaced paper tape, punched cards etc. Manipulator arms etc that can be trained by a human to do the welding, spraying or pick and place etc have replaced less flexible hardware.

[* The Luddites objected to the power looms in the early 19th C., Card programmed weaving patterns using a powered loom invented in 1801!

Most robots are not humanoid. I don't see that the shape makes any difference to corporate responsibility. They are all programmed by humans. All are no different to any computer controlling moving parts.

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Windows 10 Anniversary on a Raspberry Pi: Another look at IoT Core

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Re: We should use neither

Pi is a phone chip on a break-out board. It's for learning, hobby, prototypes. Any volume application is going to use a bespoke PCB.

At what Pi is meant to do, it's brilliant.

Arduino is best at the non-ARM end of simple AVR microcontrollers, similar in capability to PIC 16F and 18F (now bought by Microchip). The clumsy "shield" system is for people that can't solder a stripboard / vero and micro-controller on it. It's great at what it does for certain kind of hobby community. It's not directly comparable to the Pi, as entry level Arduino can't run Linux, they are a target. The Pi only needs screen, keyboard and mouse to be a beginner's development system and target.

The Arduino is as much a hobby system as Pi, but for a different demographic, though there is some overlap. I expect you can develop for an AVR based Arduino on a Pi, but not vice versa.

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Indeed both pointless.

Intel for IoT is pointless, unless Intel does new ARMs of its own.

Microsoft anything for ARM is pointless. They stopped proper embedded NT and multi-platform NT support after NT 4.0. They killed Win CE and Win CE embedded after killing multi-platform.

Win 10 is a sick joke. The Pi and IoT both have alternates to Windows if you don't want Linux, though you'd be looking at some pretty niche OS other than Linux.

This is Marketing, not useful platform.

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Big data busts crypto: 'Sweet32' captures collisions in old ciphers

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Need bigger ...

With more data capture and maybe quantum cell assisted computing, if you are changing, then change to biggest key and best cipher available.

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UK watchdog: You. Facebook. Get over here now. This WhatsApp privacy update. Explain

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FAIL

Decline or uninstall

Once you've used something online that needs a real number to send a confirmation text, it's game over. Uninstalling or declining won't work, unless you bin the phone number, i.e. new SIM.

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Facebook replaces human editors with McChicken romping, Fox News faking AI bots

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Paris Hilton

Facebook has a long way to go

Can we trust Facebook at all ever?

Isn't it the mental and privacy equivalent of a WMD?

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Weapon of Mass Distraction.

Note to World Media and other Websites: Facebook is NOT a News Source. Stop doing articles based on so called Twitter & Facebook Content!

At least this article is real news about Facebook!

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Ireland looks like it's outpacing Britain in the superfast broadband rollout stakes

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Re: Official announcement from the ministry of propa... communication

It's propaganda.

The NBS was supposed to bring Broadband to 10%, not one single broadband connection was delivered.

Then the RBS was a failure, because it only offered Satellite.

This plan was supposed to start years ago, they can't agree who is eligible.

Meanwhile Siro and Eir compete with UPC (Virgin Cable) and there are fake claims of fibre that are just fibre to exchanges by Eir.

Imagine's imaginary superfast fibre speed broadband isn't, it's Nomadic LTE on 3.6GHz.

I'd not applaud until we see fibre rollout outside urban areas that often have 200Mbps HFC via cable (UPC /Liberty licensing the Virgin name in Ireland since they bought UK Virgin Media).

Ireland outside cities compares very badly with BT's efforts in N.I., we'll see in 2020 if Rural Ireland has Broadband at all.

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Europe to order Apple to cough up 'one beeellion Euros in back taxes'

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Re: "We’re not going to bring it back until there’s a fair rate."

Nothing to do with TIPP.

Why should big International companies decide how much tax to pay? Governments decide. The small or purely national company is at a disadvantage.

Tim Cook: Your company is one of the most greedy, but at least you are not as exploitive of privacy as some of the other greedy companies.

Why is Apple's profit margin nearly x4 on a phone and where are you paying tax and how much?

I've no sympathy. Shame on the Irish Government too, "aiding" one of the most profitable and successful companies on the planet. Lots of very profitable multinationals don't pay any more tax % or even less than Apple in Ireland by using different schemes. Mostly involving the Bahamas which are a UK controlled parasite.

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Ultimately though

Many US companies come to Ireland for lax regulation and English spoken. They are experts at not paying tax even if there isn't "State Aid". The Apple thing is partly historic because in the days when they were a computer company and making their own computers, they did make some in Cork and they even had Microsoft aid to keep them going (before iPods, iPhones and iPads).

Look at what tax these guys pay in Ireland or Europe (or Luxembourg, Amazon)?

Google, PayPal, eBay, Starbucks, Microsoft, IBM, BSkyB (Irish subs VAT went to UK for years), Analog Devices, the Drugs companies etc.

Apple was using an old no longer appropriate loophole.

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Apple sued over shoddy iPhone touchscreens

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Re: Not again .....

Out of Apple Warranty, or bought more than two years ago?,

EU SOGA, enacted into Law even in UK. Italy has fined Apple for selling 2nd year Warranties for iThings.

SOGA is two years minimum, manufacturing defects, not working as claimed, dishonest advertising etc. Retailer that sold it to you is responsible, which is only Apple if you bought on Apple Web site or Apple Store.

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SpaceX Dragon capsule lands in Pacific carrying 12 moustronauts

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Re: Deja Vu

Some guys even went to the Moon. I remember watching the grainy B&W video.

I'm baffled. There is even an old wiki article

What is the real reason for these experiments?

Long term LEO radiation experiments have also been done on Mir, Spacelab and ISS.

On 31 August 1950, the U.S. launched a mouse into space (137 km) aboard a V-2 (the Albert V flight, which, unlike the Albert I-IV flights, did not have a monkey), but the rocket disintegrated because the parachute system failed.[5] The U.S. launched several other mice in the 1950s.

On 22 July 1951, the Soviet Union launched the R-1 IIIA-1 flight, carrying the dogs Tsygan (Russian: Цыган, "Gypsy") and Dezik (Russian: Дезик) into space, but not into orbit.[6] These two dogs were the first living higher organisms successfully recovered from a spaceflight.[6] Both space dogs survived the flight, although one would die on a subsequent flight. The U.S. launched mice aboard spacecraft later that year; however, they failed to reach the altitude for true spaceflight.

On 3 November 1957, the second-ever orbiting spacecraft carried the first animal into orbit, the dog Laika, launched aboard the Soviet Sputnik 2 spacecraft (nicknamed 'Muttnik' in the West). Laika died during the flight, as was intended because the technology to return from orbit had not yet been developed. At least 10 other dogs were launched into orbit and numerous others on sub-orbital flights before the historic date of 12 April 1961, when Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space.

On 13 December 1958, a Jupiter IRBM, AM-13, was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with a United States Navy-trained South American squirrel monkey named Gordo on board. The nose cone recovery parachute failed to operate and Gordo was lost. Telemetry data sent back during the flight showed that the monkey survived the 10G of launch, 8 minutes of weightlessness and 40G of reentry at 10,000 miles per hour. The nose cone sank 1,302 nautical miles (2,411 km) downrange from Cape Canaveral and was not recovered.

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Deja Vu

Didn't we do all this in the 1960s?

Also any orbit inside the magnetosphere / van Allen / Ionosphere etc or whatever, lower orbits, doesn't have much radiation compared to interplanetary space, or even space between here and the moon?

Mines the one with the radiation badge.

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