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  1. The future of IP telephony

    Yes, in the sense that we aren’t as reliant on it for TV - satellite is at least as common and I think has been around for longer. I don’t know about their respective use for telephony though as I don’t think I’ve ever lived anywhere with cable!
  2. The future of IP telephony

    A fair point on the mobile coverage aspect - as an example I had a look at Madison, WI, as a reasonably similar size city as Derby in the UK - you don't have to go much more than 5 miles from the centre to find black spots that look pretty similar to where I live. On the cable coverage though, there's quite a difference. According to this speech from the UK comms regulator from last year, 80% of UK households are still reliant on copper networks for their broadband, whereas in the US that's more like a third of households. I can see why, on that basis, more of the US population would be willing to give up the copper-based landline.
  3. The future of IP telephony

    Yeah, it looks like where I am is just a black hole as far as mobile coverage is concerned, so I won't be getting rid of my landline any time soon. My point was that this isn't really an exception in a country like the UK, but actually pretty common for anyone who doesn't actually live in a city (and sometimes for those who do). I suppose the other point is that we don't have as wide-ranging a cable network like the US does, so for a lot of people if they want TV beyond what's available through their aerial then they need to keep a landline to run the fibre service down.
  4. The future of IP telephony

    Unfortunately even on the "All carriers" version of the map my street is showing as "weak signal"
  5. The future of IP telephony

    It may not be the rule but it's certainly a reasonably broad exception. I live in a village in the UK that is only 5 miles from the centre of a city, but I can't reliable hold a conversation on my mobile phone in my own house. It's still a pretty common issue in the UK (and I've even had trouble with signal in central London). Netflix for example would almost definitely be out of the question. At least in the UK, mobile phone tech is not good enough for us all to ditch our landlines just yet.
  6. Two multiple choice questions

    B and D, on the basis that
  7. Half-Lives (Chemistry)

    The numbers here lend themselves to a more straightforward analysis than using logarithms though. The target amount can be reached by halving the amount a certain number of times (I'm guessing the more complex logarithm analysis isn't expected given the simplicity of the numbers).
  8. Producing a hierarchy of human life .

    Mike, is this what you were watching? https://www.channel4.com/news/pentagon-admits-secret-ufo-investigations Because I've just watched it a couple of times, and as far as I can tell the only "disclosure" in the whole story is that the Pentagon, for the period 2007 to 2012, had a division which was investigating UFOs. An interesting story from a political point of view, perhaps, but nothing more (particularly when, as the piece points out, the UK government has never hid the fact that they ran their own such investigations). No actual revelations of what might have been found during such investigations (and given that the division was disbanded five years ago, it seems unlikely they found much of interest). The rest of the four minute piece is background and filler. Unless you were watching a different story?
  9. disertation

    So do you only receive an honours degree if you do that extra year? I think here honours is the standard degree.
  10. disertation

    I don't know what that is and I wonder if it's American-specific, we don't have them in the UK as far as I'm aware. What I mean is, for my degree content I had to choose 8 subjects, and although most of those were taught subjects, one of the options was a 10,000 word dissertation, on a subject of my choosing (which then meant one less exam). I think they called it a library dissertation, i.e. you weren't expected to carry out research (that was a separate option). EDIT in fact it was indeed called a library dissertation - scroll down to the bottom of the table here:- https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/courses-listing/psychology-experimental?wssl=1
  11. disertation

    Don't forget that you can also have dissertations at undergraduate level too, I did one as part of my BA.
  12. Mass shooting Las Vegas, Oct. 2. 2017

    I agree that there's unlikely to be a "reasonable" reason, but that's not the question. A "reason" doesn't have to be "reasonable", it just has to be the "why".
  13. Mass shooting Las Vegas, Oct. 2. 2017

    Well, the point of the OP was that he was "demanding" the shooter's reasons. Apart from DrP's suggestion that it was an attempt to save future lives by forcing the debate on gun control forward, what are the other possibilities?
  14. Global Warming is Opinion

    Regardless of the conclusion, one picture doesn't show anything except a one-off occurrence. Look at what happened in the UK over the winter of 1962/63 where the sea froze for a mile out from the shore:- Minnis Bay on the south coast of England in 1963 - https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiag72Wg9fWAhXGIMAKHWl_CTMQjBwIBA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.birchingtonheritage.org.uk%2FMinnis%20from%201940%2Fice63.jpg&psig=AOvVaw3HFvMpmIBxhTK33t-JlmOR&ust=1507208453530588 Minnis Bay today - https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiqsfSng9fWAhUBAcAKHVGwDKIQjBwIBA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.thebeachguide.co.uk%2Fpublic%2Fgeophotos%2F1471487.jpg&psig=AOvVaw2hpiHbfe_oxhPgbkmqpOyj&ust=1507208476399119
  15. Mass shooting Las Vegas, Oct. 2. 2017

    Hey, if it can occur to us both in the space of 24 hours, I'm sure a fool with plenty of time on their hands could come up with it by themselves.