* Posts by Robert E A Harvey

2870 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

BT to gobble EE for £12.5bn – BTEE phone home

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Re: Phew...sort of

It's coverage that affects me.

I have tried 3 and Giffgaff in my ipad, and have O2 on my company phone and Virgin on my private one.

from O2/GiffGaff I get no coverage at all on the hills between Grantham and Stamford, and close to nothing in the middle of Spalding. Driving from Lincolnshire to Cheshire I got coverage only in Stoke on Trent, and scrappily in Crewe. I could not even make a phone call on the Derby ring road.

Meanwhile the 3 and Virgin systems were at 5 bars for all of those examples.

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Searching to destroy ... Bing? Facebook JILTS Microsoft

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Err..

I had no idea that Facebook could or did display search results, so I don't suppose it matters very much.

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Oh SNAP, Microsoft! Asigra steals a march with Office 365 cloudy backup

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umm.

Cloud to cloud backup.

OK.

Tell me again why the cloud is better than local storage?

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I am in two minds

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I am in two minds

Look, I am a pacifist and repelled by violence of all kinds.

Is it wrong of me to think this is unutterably cool?

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/laser-gun-us-navy-unveils-new-weapon-in-video-9916776.html

(US navy has laser gun and permission to use it)

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UK slaps 25 per cent 'Google Tax' on tech multinationals

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Re: Apple users are already used to paying a premium

I suggest that Apple users are effectively already paying the tax, it just isn't going to the right coffers.

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Re: They should pay tax here

There is no road tax. There is a tax on owning a vehicle

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Re: Anyone help?

Giteon is not trying to raise revenue, he is trying to raise headlines.

"Make Google and Amazon pay their tax" is a mantra on the left. He thinks if he joins in with the chanting we will be fooled into voting for him.

At this point in the cycle fiscal announcements have nothing at all to do with the economy, or balancing the budget, but everything to do with the impending election.

Giteon is not foolish, and his officials will have reminded him that you can't tax a fart, but he may very well have decided that we are foolish enough to fall for posturing.

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Give nerds their own PRIVATE TRAIN CARRIAGES, say boffins

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Re: Pacers

No disabled toilets? Whenever I get on a pacer the toilet is always disabled.

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BOFH: Everyone deserves a little DOWNTIME

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Re: Lucky South Easters!

Jolly? to London?

Whitley Bay or Brown's pie shop in Lincoln would be a Jolly. That Lunnon is a Penalty.

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Re: Thank you!

I think Gina is putting him off his stride. How did all these chairweights get his phone number?

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How to get ahead in IT: Swap the geek speak for the spreadsheet

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Re: Job salesmen

i've had more recruitment approaches in the last 5 weeks than in the previous 5 years.

And, oddly, they are more relevant, realistic, and attractive.

I suspect that the economy has gone to a place where the parasites cause less damage than usual?

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Its odd

it's odd, but back in the 70s there were a whole class of 'business analysts' who did understand what the company made and how that produced a profit. They worked for the 'mainframe department' and wrote specs for the coders and job stacks for the operators. Some did accountancy, some did manufacturing, then learned data stuff. And we had amazing things like parametric CAD and parts list compilers and stock consolidation and sawtooth stock control and batching. None of which feature in excel.

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Thought tab sales were in the toilet this year? Hah! Wait for next

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Yep

Got one, don't need two.

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The Glorious Resolution: Feast your eyes on 5 HiDPI laptops

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too late, too expensive

These sorts of screens are what I was looking for five years ago. The fact that Laptop vendors are still peddling x720 screens now is the main reason I have not bought one. (the other was W8) I just feel they are taking the piss.

Frankly, given where other consumer electronics have gone in the intervening period, these screens should be available on anything north of a 500 quid flaptop.

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UK boffins: We'll have an EMBIGGENED QUANTUM COMPUTER working in 5 YEARS

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in 5 years...

What was the predicted start date for Skynet?

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MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'

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Re: God help these clowns...

TBF, the world might be a better place with most Youtube, Daily Wail, and similar commentards locked up. Not necessarily safer, but definitely better.

We are just fine, of course.

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DEATH fails to end mobile contract: Widow forced to take HUBBY's ASHES into shop

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I recall SWelec contacting me after my Father died. "Can you put me in touch with Philip Harvey please". "Easy. Come here and I will shoot you in the head. You can talk to him yourself after that".

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Re: leave them open to a lawsuit

Which they richly deserve

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Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

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Re: eh???

Yes, but it's half the price of a hudl and less than a quarter as good. I just came through Munich Airport where they were remaindering wifi galaxy tab 3s for. €99

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Reg hacks see the woods or the trees In the Forest of the Night

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I Wondered if the diassapeared sister had been the trees, or in charge, or summat. Which is why the younger one could hear voices?

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America's super-secret X-37B plane returns to Earth after nearly TWO YEARS aloft

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>Any opaque sticky squirty stuff

Dissapointed. I was hoping for a door behind which was a boxing glove on a spring.

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Nokia STORMS back into profit, FREE from phones and Windows

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simple response

Good.

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ICO warns UK broadcasters over filming using drones

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Re: Spitfire

The obvious way to bring it down is with a net, rather than gunfire. You would recover it more or less intact and could hold it to ransom, or re-purpose it.

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Confused

The abbreviation of UAV for "unmanned aerial vehicles" is causing me some confusion. Back when I used to build them a UAV was an "underwater autonomous vehicle", although the Leftpondians used to call them AUV "autonomous underwater vehicle".

can't we just call them "targets" and have done with it?

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It's a TAB-tastrophe – 83 million fewer units to ship in 2014

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Re: Yep.

And yet mine has lost the ability to reliably cut and paste, can no longer see wifi networks more than a few metres away, and safari, google+, flipboard, and the podcast app keep crashing.

Perhaps I should not have used 8.0.0 first

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Re: Doesn't seem too much interest from manufacturers

I sort of agree with you, except that in the new world of Millions of shipped items, an order for 500 would probably be seen as chicken feed. If you had said 50,000 it might have woken them up. But that is only as many as Tesco shipped HUDL last year, and that is seen as a niche.

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Yep.

Got one.

It works.

I'll maybe get another when it doesn't work.

Some suspicion that Apple may have deliberately borked it with 8.0

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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Re: Patents

Isn't half life affected by relativistic effects?

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Forget passwords, let's use SELFIES, says Obama's cyber tsar

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Re: Cut'n'paste

I remember Clarkson driving around in a Bill Oddie mask.

I can see the obvious flaws.

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Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function

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continuing the trend

So, Powerpoint induced people to think and present facts in a particular way.

Sway appears to do it all for them, so they don't have to bother with the thinking bit?

I am simultaniously not impressed and very impressed. How did they do that?

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Lies, damn pies and obesity statistics: We're NOT a nation of fatties

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Re: Bollocks

Well, I'm seriously overweight and have been for 40 years, my father lived and died fat, so did his mother. There seems to be a genetic component, and my thyroid gland shrivelled up and died at some pont. I think his did too. I exercise a bit, and am careful about consumption 8 days out of 10. I never eat fast food, drink fizzy drinks or alcohol. And i still have a 50 inch waist. So am I a statistic? More obese than 20 years ago? Or the same?

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Vulture takes BlackBerry's Passport through customs

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Headset

The obvious thing for makers of giant phones to do is incorporate an earpad/bonephone thing thatbparks in the phone to recharge, but can become earhung for conversation.

And yes, I have proposed this more than once.

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Report: HP to SPLIT OFF PC, printer biz from enterprise wing

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Bound to be a success

After the recent run of stageringly shrewd business decisions at HP there is no way this could possibly be a mistak.

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Marriott fined $600k for deliberate JAMMING of guests' Wi-Fi hotspots

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Harvey's law

I travel all over the world for work, and stop in accomodation ranging from a guesthouse to a 5 star business hotel.

Harvey's law says that the higher the price of the room the more likely you are to have to pay for internet access. And the slower it will be.

I've spent €30 a night in a gasthof in Germany, and got free super-fast internet, and paid $250 a night at an airport in the USA and been unable to connect to an nntp server despite paying an extra $50 for the right to try.

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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

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Why it got waved through....

... Because the government are a mental bunch of useless twats? Who couldn't point to a horse's arse even while holding a copy of 'start at the tail' by Desmond Morris?

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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Slight dissapointment

cynical remarks aside, my disappointment is that I will have to wait 6 months longer before building my post-XP MACHINE.

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cynical remark

10 is twice as far from 8 as 9 would have been.

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Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer

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Nowt to sell

A shop with nowt to sell is bound to close. Had the management not noticed they only had one supplier, and an agreement due to run out next year anyway?

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

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wrong end of stick

The biggest problem with TV is not the user interface. It is what the user interface brings forth.

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Moto 360: Neat gizmo – if you're a rich nerd

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Nope.

Spot on. People desperate to sell you something, but no idea what. Yawn.

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iCloud fiasco: 100 FAMOUS WOMEN exposed NUDE online

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Sloobs

I don;t understand the hype. Why do people want to look at these pics? Do celebs have different bits than the rest of us? Are they trying to look at Mr Film Star's Boomlong? or Mrst Film Star's Sloobs?

Or is this just more fluff about the "look at me" people?

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Chumps stump up $1 MEELLLION for watch that doesn't exist

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Put Lester into space

... and for another 1.2 millon bring him home again!

(Have a beer, mate, only kidding)

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BOFH: The current value of our IT ASSets? Minus eleventy-seven...

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Things

I used to work on Seismic Survey ships. On one of them there were three diesel compressors, each owned by a different investment company or pension fund or something. They used to turn up once a year, in a wholly uncoordinated series of raids, to check their compressor. As long as they saw a thing the size of a combine harvester with thier serial number on, they were happy.

I noticed that two of the three owners had carelessly logged the model number instead of the serial number in thier asset lists. Of course, all three had the same model number on. So I could show the visitor any one of them and they would be happy. One bloke did say "I thought ours was the Port one, not the Starboard one" and I said "Port in the Northern Hemisphere is Starboard while we are down here". "Oh, of course", he said, making a note of it on the form.

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Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

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I imagine it will be easier to use for what YOU want than anything shipped with the car.

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

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Anecdotally

In my case it has led to me keeping an ascii file of all the business software passwords I use on my phone.

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welcome to the 1970s

I am amazed that 50 years on we still have no better way of proving who someone is than the name of thier first girlfriend. It is bizzare.

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

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Oh ye glods, not more

What I fail to understand is why all these people who are so keen on football are not in a park somewhere kicking a ball.

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Intel teams up with rap chap 50 Cent on heartbeat headphones

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head/hands

"brand" "on trend". have we come to this?

Make good stuff that sounds OK and does not charge more for being pink or in a box with some hedonit's photo (or monogram) on the cover, and I might, just might, buy it. If I like it. If I need it. If I can afford it.

If you think that strutting about like a peacock or listing all the people you have persuaded to strut with you will not convince me of anything. If you try to cram in lots of extra functionallity that I probably don't want just because other people are cramming it into other things, then I am quite likely to walk past disinterested.

If I want something that will fret about my health, weight, exercise routine, and general wellbeing I will marry one. In fact I did.

{Hedonit was a typo for hedonist, but I have decided it makes my point better as it is]

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Microsoft: Just what the world needs – a $25 Nokia dumbphone

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Oh look

A phone that is only a phone? Whatever will they think of next!

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Password manager LastPass goes titsup: Users LOCKED OUT

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Lastpass

I thought lastpass was pretty good, but dumped it in favour of another method that did not depend upon other people's services or software.

There are other password manglers out there and they all seem to me to lock your eggs up in thier basket. I suppose that is the nature of the beast.

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