* Posts by Robert E A Harvey

2990 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

Hollywood offers Daniel Craig $150m to (slash wrists) play James Bond

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what is going on?

There are at any one time around 400 people graduating from arts and theatre degrees, and a backlog of established actors.

Why does Bond have to be someone we have already seen in 24 other roles?

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'Hey, Elon? You broke it, you bought it' says owner of SpaceX's satellite cinder

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Re: Insurance covered the launch

Nah. These checks were an essential precursor to launching, the insurance company would get laughed out of court trying to evade.

Loads of satellites get destroyed before reaching orbit, the insurance for them is pretty mature these days.

If this one was not /adequately/ insured that is the client's fault, not SpaceX. Bluster and Bullshit

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If you haven't changed your Dropbox password for 4 years, do so now

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done

it asked me a few minutes after logging in, which was amusing. It reckoned I had not changed it since 2012, which is a bit rum because I only signed up this February....

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BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'

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Re: I used to work on printers for a living..

Printers are made of compressed misery, and filled with liquid evil.

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Android tablets too bitter a pill for Dell

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Re: Success requires hard work

good point, well made. I live on too many systems.

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Success requires hard work

Frankly if they put a bit more effort in, they might have sold a few more. They [i]looked[/i] very pretty. But there never were any in PCwhirled, or JohnLewes, so they can't have been that bothered

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Evernote riles freetards with two-device limit

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Re: value for money

I had long correspondence with the bloke at CloudMagic Email, which I use on my Android phone and IOS tablet because it shares the accounts setup. The free version is still free, but they are selling a clever little add-on that flags incoming emails with stuff from the sender, like thier facebook or linkdin profiles.

The asking price for this little gadget is something ike 50 times as much as I value it at, so of course I have not bought it. The developer chap was quite open about needing the money to keep things working, and I pointed out that his little toy was going to cost me more than I pay mail.com for the underlying service.

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Bye bye

I just removed evernote from my devices.

Only shame is that the Ubuntu "note" application on the M10 tablet did a good job of using Evernote for distributed notes. I guess they will now have to find something else.

I have Onenote on my Office365 account, so I don't need Evernote as well. I /might/ have paid for it, if the price was sensible, but they wanted more per month than it was worth to me per year.

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Visiting America? US border agents want your Twitter, Facebook URLs

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which ones

I have 4 twitter accounts, one of which I only use for recieving winter driving condition reports, and it would not be hard to make more than on Fzcebook account

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Microsoft releases open source bug-bomb in the rambling house of C

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Re: Bounds checking for C and C++

Yes I was going to say "surely been done before"

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Lester Haines: RIP

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We shall not see his like again.

What will El Reg be without him

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Shakes on a plane: How dangerous is turbulence?

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Well, duh.

Speaking as someone who was once on a small aircraft approahing Sumburgh airport in the Shetlands in pretty turbulent weather - when we dropped from 4000 to 2000 feet in a matter of seconds, and the seat in front of me came off the rails and went over my head, complete with occupant - I think the case is demonstratable.

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Prof squints at Google's mobile monopoly defence, shakes head

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Re: Maps, etc.

My iPad, Samsuing, and Ubuntu phones all use HERE maps. The 'buntu one came with it.

It's jolly good, and so is the phone. Got the same problem with an app desert that Window,s Blackberry, and Firefox had, but the ubuntu phone and tablet are first rate, and HERE maps is impressive.

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Good enough IT really is good enough. You don't need new hardware

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26 megapixel

Quite. I have taken the opportunity to go from 8Mp to 12Mp to 18Mp to 28Mp, but only because I needed to buy a new camera at each time.

That said, the Olympus's OM-D E-M5 II is interesting. It's "only" 16Mp, which is a perfectly reasonable sweet spot for taking jolly good pictures - but if you tripod mount it it subverts the image stabilisation motors to dither the sensor about and take a 50Mp image. That's clever, and I can see myself being attracted. But there is no /point/ in going backwards from AP/C to micro4/3rds, and from 28 to 16 just to get 50. So my wallet is safe.

Probably

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LibreOffice goes cloudy

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Re: That's cool, but not new

I'd forgotten about https://www.rollapp.com/app/lowriter which has been round for a couple of years, and so I went to check up on it. It can use several cloud services, dropbox, box, googledrive, onedrive, and summat called yandex. So this new thing might be pointless. but still fun to fiddle with

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Got it nearly working

OK, I have the cloudy thing installed, and it looks as good as any other. But when I tried to edit a document, it is less than perfect.

It all works, but the status line is drawn too close to the menus, so you can't see more than half a line of the document: http://i64.tinypic.com/6rn04h.jpg

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That's cool

I could say lots of grumpy things like "long overdue" or ask why a choice of cloud storage systems is not available, but hey. It's cool. Well done lads! (and ladesses)

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BlackBerry is pivoting from phones to enterprise software

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"A little late but better than never."

Yes. where "A Little" == "Almost too"

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How do you build a cheap iPhone? Use a lot of old parts

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Good thing too

Re-use is a good thing, recycling is better than scrapping, and making the most of existing designs is just good engineering.

it is clear that they have updated some components as well, so it is just sound business.

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Furious English villagers force council climbdown over Satan's stone booty

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I haven't looked for any photos

I have: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3997650 and http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2594600 are quite recent, and it is not painted white.

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Brits seek rousing name for polar research vessel

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update

Allegedly the poll is currently topped by "Boaty McBoatface"

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ideas

"End of Empire"

"Dark Materials"

"Beagle"

"Arathusa"

"Bagpuss"

"Frank Hurley"

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UK draft super-spy law 'not fit for purpose,' say 100s of senior lawyers

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What a surprise

After all, every other government policy is so well-founded, based upon valid research, and entirely without unexpected consequences.

oh, hang on....

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HP Enterprise Services readies deeper cuts in UK: Now 1,000 techies face axe

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Puzzled

I am surprised that HP still employ such large numbers that they can remove 1000 without it having any effect on the business

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BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

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Re: Jim'll fix it and you

>Having a TV does NOT mean I have to pay the BBC a fucking penny!!!

You might be differently correct about that, you know, unless it is not connected to an antenna and not switched on.

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Surprise! British phone wins Best Product at Mobile World Congress

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good looking product

I fancy one of they

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BOFH: This laptop has ceased to be. And it's pub o'clock soon

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I am having exactly that sort of day

We have a carefully written and reviewed suite of user manuals, but our customers are too dim to read them, so they have written their own. It is apparantly now my job to proof read it and to "make it easier to understand".

My Grandaughter is deeply involved with literature about one Peppa Pig, and even she could understand it.

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Latest in Apple v FBI public squabble over iPhone crack demand

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Not so important

Aye, no matter how we got here, it is now the precident that matters more than this case.

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Apple must help Feds unlock San Bernardino killer's iPhone – judge

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can they?

I see no reason to suppose that Apple /can/ do this. Who knows how they wrote their encryption?

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Private clouds kinda suck, you know?

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Re: Is this not relabelling?

I think so. It is the old days of "the mainframe" brought up to date, with the browser as a thin client and all services delivered through apps.

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Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!

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Very dissapointing

I really liked my 10" netbooks, under Ubuntu, but the manufactuers never fitted a proper screen because of Microsoft meddling.

Now I want to replace them the same people who sold me one for 300 beer tokens want 900 for summat similar. Still without a decent screen.

No thanks.

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Microsoft working hard to unify its code base, all the way down to the IoT

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Too late

They /should/ have done this a decade and a half ago, instead of relentlessly inventing and abandoning APIs and development tooks.

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Motorola cut in half! But still alive, and ready to live again

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brand brand brand

because it is the name not the product that matters, after all!

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Chinese unleash autonomous airborne taxi

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Re: Wheels

One press release said it could land with just one rotor> I notice the word "safely" was missing.

It is minor details like that, and the diameter of the rotors, that has me crying "bullshit"

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Microsoft's 200 million 'Windows 10' 'devices' include Lumias, Xboxes

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Re: Lies, Dammed lies and Statistics

Well, I would have done. I was planning to sit out 8 and build a machine for 9, when it came, but had to do summat sharpish and ended up paying for 8.1 as a distress purchase. I could not get an OEM copy of W7

If 10 had not been free I would have cheerfully paid for 10

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fudging the figures

So they included all the people with Lumia phones in the total?

All six of them?

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Volunteers wanted to help manage web site

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Re: NOT Volunteers wanted to help manage web site

Got told off by Geograph Towers for posting this. They are looking for paid part time sysadmin(s)

First plan: document the existing system

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Volunteers wanted to help manage web site

The Geograph project at www.geograph.org.uk has been going for ten years, collecting photographs of the UK & Ireland laid out on the National Grid mapping system. There are currently 4.7 million photos. The project is regularly backed up by the British Library's Web Archive, so those pictures are saved for posterity. The original idea was to collect photographs representative of each 1Km square, an objective still incomplete. But it has also developed something of a social history flavour too, and is committed to recording change as much as a single snapshot.

Since we started compettion has arisne from Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram, among others, but Geograph is still unique in being moderated (very lightly - only to avoid obvious errors), geolocated, and searchable using a range of metadata (some provided by the photographer, some automatically). The site has a number of user forums, blogging tools, and other attractions.

It is an entirely volunteer run project, and the principle volunteer, one Barry Hunter, does a wonderful job. But he needs help. More volunteers and newer skills are needed to take the project forward. As well as running the existing web site, we are looking for people who can modernise it, and perhaps produce apps for posting direct from mobile devices.

See http://www.geograph.org.uk/blog/?tag=job%20posting for details

Everyone welcome as Photographers, contributors, and volunteers.

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Bah humbug. It's Andrew's Phones of the Year

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Re: Yota

I nearly bought one till I saw the price

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Sued for using HTTPS: Big brands told to cough up in crypto patent fight

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Simpler solution

Flamethrowers

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TalkTalk offers customer £30.20 'final settlement' after crims nick £3,500

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Case proven

I thought they were a nasty money grabbing bunch of tossers.

Now I am certain.

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Microsoft's OneDrive price hike has wrecked its cloud strategy

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Re: 365 was unlimited?

If you went over 1Tb it automagically changed to 2Tb.

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Lies and Trust

What I find peculiar is the attempt to blame a handful of over-enthusiastic people whose only error was to believe that unlimited meant what it said.

I don't use any form of cloud storage for anything at all important. I was quite pleased with the idea of unlimited storage as part of office 365, as a sensible admission of the obvious, but have actually used (checks up) around 2Mb of it so far.

But without actually causing me any harm at all M$ have completely undermine my recently recovered trust in them, W10, and Office, as sensible ways to use a computer. It has taken me many years to be comfortable using them again, and after a few months they have kicked me firmly in the bollocks.

I have alternatives.

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TalkTalk attack: 'No legal obligation to encrypt customer bank details', says chief

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One word response

Tossers

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We snubbed Microsoft's Surface Pro wooing, says Lenovo exec

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Re: catering to customer needs

So does a Trollop. And I don't think they should be criticised either.

HP, Dell, and street whores are all in the business of giving the customer what they want at the price they are prepared to pay, as quickly as possible. It is unsurprising. Just good business.

Lenovo have adopted a more thoughtful approach, which is their choice to make and I doubt it will be to their disadvantage either.

Both approaches make sense, so good luck to all of them.

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At last, UK customers are buying PCs again

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Simple explanation

Buying PCs again? Would that be because they don't come with Windows 8 any more?

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So just what is the third Great Invention of all time?

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Another idea

Contraception

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HP boss hopes MS Surface Book will jack up notebook prices

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Re: Gives them something to shoot for

Not just HP.

$MEGACORP buys Fujitsu laptops, partly because of the built in smart card reader. The latest generation has a plastic spring to press the contacts together, rather than the previous metal one. Mine broke in days, and the Fujitsu response was to withdraw the warranty on the whole machine because of mishandling. I have been using a USB reader ever since.

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Oh for glods sake

Look HP (and Dell etc.) You, yes YOU could have jacked up prices if you had jacked up the product. But no, you still churn out low end scrap with screen resolutions below 1080 lines and expected me to drool over it. With low end CPUs to squeeze up the battery life when I needed processing grunt.

If YOU had made a decent product, I would have bought it from you 4 years ago, and probably replaced it this year. But you didn't. So bugger you.

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Holy litigation, Batman! Custom Batmobile cars nixed by copyright

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DC have licenced at least one replica

These folks have a licence:

https://buybatparts.com/cms/

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