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Comment: Re:Not a surprise (Score 1) 172

by DomHawken (#39494611) Attached to: UK's Largest Specialist Video Games Retailer Enters Administration
Gaming was the last straw for Woolworths. It started with the decline of music sales (the CD kind) and their move to online. At one time in the 90's, it was impossible to place in the UK top 40 music singles chart without Woolworths stocking your single - they sold that many. Since Woolworths buyers only stocked around 10 new releases in any one week, much of the labels plugging budget was invested in persuading Woolworths to stock theirs. The natural move to online distribution as bandwidth and storage continues to expand exponentially (and obviously the move to cloud-based distribution systems) will naturally kill of the current stores that don't either move fast to transition to online, or continue to specialise in niche markets that retain enough demand.

Comment: I think he was just very, very naive (Score 2) 922

by DomHawken (#39485659) Attached to: UK Man Jailed For 'Offensive Tweets'
We had a similar thing in the UK with the riots a few months ago - there was a prison sentence of four years for someone who called for his friends to come to a riot on facebook, even though no-one other than the police turned up. The naivety is with the people that think it's acceptable to incite violence or make racist comments because it's on the internet. This is usually because they think thing like twitter and facebook are some big anonymous system and they won't get caught, whilst ironically in the UK this behaviour is currently less tolerated than similar crimes committed in person.

Comment: Adjacent channel interference (Score 0) 178

by DomHawken (#39044003) Attached to: FCC Bars Lightsquared From Using Airwaves
This ruling basically renders Lightsquared dead in the water - they will no doubt continue to challenge the FCC but it's extremely unlikely that it will be overturned. There's $14 billion invested from Harbinger Capital at stake, which I can imagine is a large chunk of funds and could also bring them down in the fallout.

Whats interesting here is that this part of the spectrum has been licensed to them (and presumably paid for), yet is unusable because up to 75% of GPS receivers, that use frequencies just up the range, next door to Lightsquared's spectrum, have insufficient adjacent channel rejection and will be jammed. This is not a problem of Lightsquared's making, it's because the GPS's have been built to poor design standards and allowed onto the market and into circulation.

Presumably there is therefore an agency that can be sued for allowing the spectrum to be compromised in this way? $14B is a lot of money...

Comment: Investment in the company? (Score 1) 1065

by DomHawken (#38980027) Attached to: The Zuckerberg Tax
I'm sure Investors will be very pleased to know that $5B of their money is going directly into Mr Zuckerberg's pockets rather than into the company for development and expansion etc. If an investor puts in capital to enhance and improve a business, the last thing he expects to see is that money being taken out by the business owners as wages.

Facebook over-valued. Facebook floats. Facebook buys real company (Sony?). Facebook growth stalls. Sony loses money. Bubble bursts. Remember AOL Time Warner?

Comment: Canada to the West Country? (Score 1) 150

by DomHawken (#37202956) Attached to: When Algorithms Control the World

From TFA - 'Meanwhile, a transatlantic fibre optic link between Nova Scotia in Canada and Somerset in the UK is being built primarily to serve the needs of algorithmic traders and will send shares from London to New York and back in 60 milliseconds.'

Nova Scotia and Somerset - the trading capitals of the Western World. Perhaps building a link from New York to London might shave off an extra millisecond?

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