* Posts by g.marconi

28 publicly visible posts • joined 22 Mar 2011

Android in FOUR out of 5 new smartphones. How d'ya like dem Apples?


I think Apple must have given up on the premium market judging by the vast number of problems they have currently with most of their products ! Just on quality and reliability they cannot catch up now, let alone the features and innovation side of things.

Ofcom flogs ex-military 4G spectrum, but ONLY the iPhone 5 can use it


This may not be as difficult a problem as it seems. Most of the radios in mobile phoes these days are actually capable of using many different frequencies, some already have as many as five bands available.

Often when they go to market in a certain country only those bands used in that country are enabled, but others could be enabled by a software up-date.

Google smacks Surface with free Quickoffice for Android, iOS


There have been similar "office" apps for Android for a few years now, so this is nothing new!

Microsoft reissues September patches after user complaints


Sept.14th....I have just attempted to install the latest re-issue of these updates and still have 10 failures!

Some of them are for the ".net framework" and others are for general security issues.

Running a standard windows 7, 64 bit system here.

Microsoft delivers baker's dozen of patches on Tuesday


Great shame that so many of the updates don't actually work ! Of the latest bunch only 4 were successful.

This has been going on for months now, do they not test them at all before distribution?

Bloke in shed starts own DAB radio station - with Ofcom's blessing


Re: Community radio - who needs it?

Why bother with subscription-based radio when DAB works extremely well, carries the usual huge range of stations for all possible tastes, is relatively cheap to buy and widely available for home, and as we have seen above, getting better for cars.


As a totally free and high-quality method of radio reception DAB is excellent. Most developed countries have used it for years and it has become very popular. It was available in north america some years ago (at least in Canada) but it was dropped for some reason that most people suspect was pressure from the fee-paying satellite-radio providers. There is no point in being negative about somethin just because you cannot have access to it yourself !

Microsoft: Still using Office installed on a PC? Gosh, you squares


Just why bother to use MS Office?

It seems incredible that there are still people who don't realise that there are excellent FREE alternatives -

ones which do not change file-formats every few years and can be read by virtually any computer running any O/S. One of the major UK museums, V&A perhaps, had to pay millions to have their archives translated into the current format because they had been created in Office some years ago. I wonder how often the taxpayer will have to pick up the cost of nonsense such as this.

Hanslope Park: Home of Britain’s ‘real-life Q division’


re: Bletchley Park

I fail to understand why the writer referred to Bletchley park as having a "shady past" ! Most people in this country (and much of the world) believe they did a marvellous job !

Review: Kobo Arc Android tablet


Watching films on Kobo

Apparently one can watch films or videos on Kobo just as with any other Android device, but I am puzzled as to why they (KobO) think people will watch them with the tablet in the portrait position. Normally one would use lanndscape for this and naturally require the speakers to be in the left and right postions, yet in the picturae they are to be seen close together at one end of the display....what a stupid mistake!

Who's riddling Windows PCs with gaping holes? It's your crApps


9 out of 10 ???

Surely 21 out of 50 would be 42% not 90%.....or has maths changed so much since I was at school?

And for BlackBerry's next trick: Sawing Android, iOS IN HALF


I think you'll find that essentially Blackberry has had this ability for many years, so it is nothing new and most certainly not inspired by anything Apple may have done.....more likely it is the reverse !

The DIY spy-in-the-sky: From kites to octocopters


I doubt if anyone would bother to use an SLR when there is no-one there to use the optical viewfinder. Also they are a lot heavier due to the weight of the prism and mirror mechanism

Samsung demands Apple's iOS 6 source code in patent case


Clearly ridiculous to allow Apple cases to be tried by an American court.....should be in a neutral country such as Saudi Arabia.

BT's 'six-month free broadband' offer is a big fat FIB - ads watchdog


why is line-rental mandatory?

An even worse scam by BT is enforcing the full line-rental even when customers only need ADSL. With increasing numbers of people using mobile-phones as their sole means of communication very often they do not need a land-line.Telcos in other countries are happy to provide a "dry-pair" for the DSL without voice services at a much cheaper price but BT has always refused to consider this. It should not be legal to charge customers for something that they do not want !

EU proposed emergency alert system won't work on iPhone


Well since more than two-thirds of the entire EU are using Android handsets with apple amongst the remaining users of minority systems it is hardly worth bothering about them. The US has a long history of ignoring, or worse still, deliberately breaking existing standards and since they represent only some 5% of the global population this

unfortunate habit should not be allowed to affect the progress of the world as a whole.

Don't panic, but UK faces BLACKOUTS BY 2015


Who mentioned solar?

It might help ease the load a bit if every household was encouraged to install solar PV panels. Perhaps a financial incentive would be well worth it. Oh wait, we used to have that didn't we and then suddenly it was slashed in half so that for most people it is not worth their investment! Darn, if only we had known about that EU directive last year!

WTF is... NFC


Oh dear another "journalist" who couldn't be bothered to research the topic properly. There has been quite a choice of NFC equipped handsets in the UK for at least several months. Some manufacturers like Sony have more than one model, so does Nokia and Samsung, in fact just about the only comapny turnong its back on NFC is Apple - once again not ready for prime-time.

Yes, RFID has been around for years and is essentially the same technology but it uses a low radio frequency (125KHz) which enables a longer reading-range. NFC uses a much higher frequency (13.56MHz) which has benefits such as preventing the two systems from interacting in any way, and the receiving distance is shorter which assists the security of a transaction.

The technology is mature, applications are simple to write and thus plentiful - just look at the selection of Android apps as an example, and many consumers are eager to use the tachnology if only it would be made more available.

What is holding it back is the various service companies fighting tooth and nail to get in on the act.The banks of course feel that anything to do with money is their god-given right, so do the credit-card companies. Now too the mobile service providers see an opportunity to influence and control their customers to an even greater degree and quite overlook the obvious point that shopping transactions are absolutely none of their business. Just the thought of permitting these providers to become involved in this should fill us all with fear - after all they do not have a great reputation for keeping consumers' accounts straight as it is, what will happen if they have some control over our credit-cards and/or bank accounts too?

Now almost unnoticed in all this is that all these companies who are salivating over the thought of becoming involved and whose in-fighting is actually delaying the roll-out, are all expecting to be paid for handling our money. Who is going to pay them - the consumer? Surely not, we do not actually see the handling charges from the credit-card companies, we carefully seek out ATMs that do not charge us, so I hardly think we will be happy to accept new charges for the privilege of waving a phone at a terminal instead of a card !

Hold the chips: Apple axes Samsung RAM order for iPhone 5


Re: Tumbleweed Moment

Androids generally were selling 4 units to every single Apple one and that was some time ago. The margin is likely to increase as people mostly want the latest products not from someone always playing catchup. Apple were essentially the last people to get into the mobile phone business and naturally benefitted greatly from all the development done by others before them. Has everyone forgotten that they had to pay Nokia for wrongly using no less than 12 Nokia patents! Some would say it would be hard to imagine a less ethical company.

4G? Pah! Boffins charge up the dial to 5G data EXTREME-band kit


Well actually FM radio came long after television. Early TV, say 1940's, was on about 51MHz and did not move into the UHF frequencies until 20years later.

Speak to any experienced Radio Amateur for an informed and practical explanation of the effects of frequency and mode of transmission upon the useful range of radio signals. Unless some currently unknown method such as the "sub-space" transmissions as featured in science-fiction TV can be developed, realistic RF range at 80MHz is more likely to be measured in metres rather than kilometres.

Qantas to provide wireless iPad entertainment on 767s


these ipads are not FREE!

More than one website has reported - or given the impression - that passengers get to keep these ipads.

Naturally this is not true they are merely substitutes for the normal seatback screens that are on most

planes these days.

PayPal is bleeding market share and it's all eBay's fault


Another thing I found to my cost on one occasion when a sale was voided and item returned, that when the vendor refunded my money paypal took another commission on that! Can that be legal anywhere in the world?

Successful remnant of Motorola acquires successful remains of Psion


Yes they were excellent machines and way ahead of their time in a sense.....basically the problem was not being American. Remember Palm ? I'd guess they came along some 10 years after Psion's pocket companion but somehow they managed to convey that Palm had invented the pocket computer. Even more amusing is the Wikipedia entry for "pocket computers"....a quick scan suggests that Bill Gates invented the pocket computer.

South Africa and Australia to share SKA


One square kilometre

Why all the fuss about so much space ? One square kilometre is only about 32metres by 32meters

which would easily fit on a cricket ground.

Vatican in pact with Microsoft to initiate world's youths into Office


"Doing what is best" - how could that be? Unless this is a donation from MS it would be positively sinful to waste the contributions of the faithful when there is so much free and open-source software availble !

Samsung shows 'designed for humans' handset


So who was the jerk who thought "including British English" was funny ( or perhaps simply ignorant) ? You just need to say "English" since, by definition, that is what is spoken in Britain.

Of course if somebody wants to distinguish between variants from standard English such as South African, Australian or American then the country would need to be specified.

iOnRoad Augmented Driving


Front-facing camera at last !

At last for all those who are confused about the question of which way a camera is looking....this app clearly demonstrates that the front-facing camera is on the back of the phone NOT the little one on the screen-side of the phone. (All cameras use the front-facing lens after all otherwise we would

all be taking pictures of the view behind us!)



Thrutu in USA

You mentioned that some users complained that Thrutu could only be used on wi-fi .The problem for some users in the USA is that they use the poorly engineered CDMA system which can only transmit either data or voice but not both at the same time ! This is just one of the reasons why so few networks found the system of interest. At one time it was unable to send text messages outside its own network...imagine that!