* Posts by Daniel Durrans

12 posts • joined 16 Apr 2008

I've seen the future of car radio - and DAB isn't in it

Daniel Durrans

Caching will only get you so far

Ever tried driving outside a city? Mobile internet when switching between cell towers at 70mph+ just doesn't cut it. Take a journey up the M5 and try to sustain a connection. Worse what about Scotland or the Welsh valleys or Cumbria? Sometimes the live chat of a radio station is what you are looking for - not a pre created playlist of music.

Huawei set to pump MILLIONS into 5G mobe networking research

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Coverage is more important

The industry has this all wrong. Up until a few years ago speed was important. However I would argue that it is now more important to improve coverage. Until you travel you don't realise how difficult it is to remain connected. Travelling along any major transport route (be that the motorway, A road or rail network) it is almost impossible to sustain a conversation let alone keep a VPN connection running due to coverage gaps. I can understand having little to no coverage in very remote locations but I should at least be able to sustain a decent 3G level of speed (not necessarily delivered by 3G tech) when travelling along major arterial routes.

WTF is... up with e-book pricing?

Daniel Durrans

Price fail

For as long as I can buy a new physical copy for less than the digital copy then there is something inherently wrong with the pricing model. Publishers need to understand this.

Secondly in order for me to accept eBooks I need them to either fully work across readers or for each book store to have the same range of books that Amazon can supply me in physical format.

3D TVs to drop below £1000 in 2012

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Only by restricting available TVs to only 3D

I for one am not interested in 3D content until I don't have to wear those silly glasses.

However if in 5 years time I replace my current TV will I be able to buy a decent set that isn't 3D ready? I highly doubt it. In the same way that you would be hard pushed going into Currys and buying a TV that isn't HD Ready.

Average UK broadband just over half advertised speed

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How was the research conducted?

Up to 10Mbps from where to where? From my computer to the ISP? From my computer to OfCOM? From my computer to a server connected to the net at 2Mbps somewhere on the island of Aruba?

The problem is not the marketing bullshit which is totally accurate. You will get UP TO 8Mbps or UP TO 10Mbps. The problem is the public understanding of how the technology and for that matter the internet works. If you have a 1Gbps line connected directly into LINX you need to be very methodical in your speed testing before you start complaining you aren't getting your full 1Gbps.

CPW and Vodafone finally make up

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And this affects the high-street how?

I really don't care. With only five viable consumer networks in the UK all fully represented multiple times over on any UK high-street consumer choice is hardly limited or expanded by CPW having or not having Vodafone on board.

Why would anyone run their own base station?

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But the home LAN has many advantages...

I quite like having a home LAN that is mostly secured from the outside world where I can share music around my devices and have my xbox talk with my pc talk with my laptop talk with my hifi without having to do weird negotiation with the outside world or having to VPN between them. Just saying.

Articles for the sake of articles is bad editorial. What is this, digg?

Microsoft arms half-wit developers with PHP handgun

Daniel Durrans

My X is better than your X

My car is better than your car

My dad is better than your dad

My house is bigger than your house

My mac is better than your PC

My operating system is better than your operating system

My programming language is better than your programming language

You get good developers and bad developers regardless of the language they use. So you hate PHP. Great, good for you. But without it there would be far less innovation on the web due to a higher barrier of entry. However you would still get badly written, unscalable applications no matter what language you are using.

Your mum is better than my mum.

E-car supplier demos battery swap-shop

Daniel Durrans

Great idea

This is a good idea. It could actually make electric cars viable for long journeys. I don't see why it is such a difficult idea to have a standard physical size battery. The car manufacturers are being difficult on purpose. We have standard batteries for lots of gadgets - I really don't see the issue. Maybe the battery manufacturers could come up with a standard.

Net shoppers bullied into being Verified by Visa

Daniel Durrans
Paris Hilton

I hate VbV

My main problem with VbV and Securecode is that I don't purchase enough stuff to remember the secure password that I set. So either I have to store that password somewhere, which could be considered to be insecure, or I have to set a password that is very easy for me to remember (which will probably also be insecure).

I have found that even when there isn't a a "no thanks!" button with Natwest if you get past the first page of activation (before it asks you for a password) then on the second page there is a "cancel" link which has worked every time.

Paris because the system is retarded.

New mobe operator slash Wi-Fi hotspotter launches in UK

Daniel Durrans

Spectrum Interactive

I used a Spectrum Interactive hotspot once. It was the most expensive hotspot I ever used to the point where I don't think I will be staying in the Hilton Euston ever again. I don't see UK01 as being any competition for the established players.

Wi-Fi spoofing sends Jesus phone disciples off the true path

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All very well and good, but...

Firstly you have to actually block the other signals. Also for the Jesus phone you would have to block out the cell phone tower signal since it uses that as well. So assuming that the user doesn't notice that they don't have any mobile coverage then yes it could be done. However in practice this sounds like scaremongering with a hint of possibility.


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