* Posts by Robert E A Harvey

2940 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

Boffins: The universe is DOOMED and there's nothing to be done

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Nice to know that someone has done the sums to set the alarm clock.

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Random numbers aren't, says infosec boffin

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Bonds

I'd be curious to see his analysis of ERNIE.

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Virtually no one is using Apple Music even though it is utterly free

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@Robert Ramsay

Nowt wrong with Spike Jones, when in the right mood.

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Re: I don't really care about music...

> iTunes Match screws your music library completely and utterly

Not just me then?

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No thanks

I ignored it because it was not free - it cost $9.99 a month after the intro, and that is a lot of money for a bit of mild distraction. I already have enough recorded music that I don't need to buy any more.

And then the cheeky buggers wanted me to pay £9.99 in the UK, which works out at $15.50 a month. Which is industrial-grade urine extraction.

I have cancelled my subscription to music match too, because all that ever did was wholly confuse my already carefully indexed music collection. and no, the 4 movements of Beethoven's 9th are not "songs" that can be played in a random order, you hipster halfwits.

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Sengled lightbulb speakers: The best worst stereo on Earth

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Re: Er, *four* possibilities:

Beat me to it.

I have become VERY suspicious of anyone who gives anything 5 stars on any review. You only have to visit a premier inn and then read the reviews of it to conclude that either people are too indiscriminating to be allowed the use of their own credit card, doing it for a laugh, or are paid to do it.

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Cause of Parliamentary downtime on Microsoft Office 364½ revealed

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QOTD

"it wasn't working quite correctly"

brilliant!

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Future Range Rovers will report pot-holes directly to councils

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Re: The best 4x4 by far complaining about potholes

Yes, you'd think it would be enjoying them, not complaining!

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A minor improvement

A minor improvement to the massive sense of Entitlement that all different-from-a-hedgehog drivers already seem to be equipped with.

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Microsoft picks up shotgun, walks 'Modern apps' behind the shed

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simple response

HOO FUCKING RAY

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Remake, remodel: Toshiba Chromebook 2

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words

" see the doughnut rather than the hole" is my favourite quote of today.

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SpaceX asks to test broadband in SPAAACE

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Re: Excited now.

Space, Bacon, space, bacon. Oh Lordy, how do I decide!

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Excited now.

SPACE! and radio. is there a better mixture?

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Re: Testing antenna configurations?

I think it would be worth testing the whole system, to see if assumptions about loss budget, pointing accuracy, and scattering are valid. I agree, the actual antenna should not be a mystery.

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It's FREE WINDOWS 10 time: 29 July is D-Day, yells Microsoft

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Re: New install upgrade vs "in place"

1. Clone W7 onto new drive

2. Remove and preserve W7 drive

3. Insert and start up W7 clone. Make necessary phone calls if it wants re-auth

4. Update.

How hard is that?

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Re: Whats wrong with W8.1

Ok, lets ignore the UI, except for a pointless irritation. To shut down you click the biottom left and then the top right of the screen. Minor, but bad design.

Things I don't like:

Built in backup programme does not allow the restoration of a single file. All or nothing. Yes, I can buy a 3rd party backup, in fact I have.

File Histories. A very nearly good idea, shadowing changes in a way that can be recovered with tools or with an ordinary file exploder. Except it /must/ be on an external drive, you can't even use an extra internal one unless you do some serious chicken-sacrificing.

Folders and libraries. Libraries were a very nearly good idea, but are deprecated in W8.1 and hidden by default (whats that you say Sooty? file Histories uses libraries to decide what to back up, but that is kept a secret? Gosh)

Context-sensitive help has been abandoned. Hundreds of blue links from the minimalist help pages link to web pages that aren't there any more. When I complained I was told to search the online help!

You say you don't want to hear about the start menu, but the TIFKAM philosophy permeated everything but wasn't finished. The control panel is an unholy mess.

There are two versions of IE, two versions of Onenote, etc etc. depending if you start them from the desktop or the TIKKAM start cinerama. They don't share file histories, cookies, bookmarks etc. they barely use the same screen and keyboard.

Printing stops radio playback. Really. In 2015. A mere 60 years after multi-tasking was invented, on a 4-core cpu with more mips than a mainframe.

USB3 never achieves full speed.

The built-in Skype can only be used full screen. In 2015.

I liked Aero.

The OneDrive integration is clumsy and coarsegrained. The oneDriveForBusiness integration is worse.

Accessing app setups via the charms thing on the right still baffles me. They seem to mix app settings and spystem settings.

I like some of the UI improvements in the file exploder, and in general the start menu livetiles are quite clever. Around 10 years ago I could have small areas of the KDE desktop updating from daemons. I find live tiles nostalgic. Pity 99% of apps can't do it.

I have had to replace scanners, printers and software that wouldn't run on it. No bad thing perhaps, except quite a lot of new stuff is worse than whatbI had before. HP. canon.

My new TOMTOM never worked on XP, but is fine on W8.1. The built in camera app works better with my Conrad microscope than the conrad programme. So its not all bad. But most of it drives me to disrraction with a hundred tiny annoyances that I've not mentioned here. It is smug and insufferable even when its wrong!

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Signed up!

I'm going to let it do it ASAP. I never wanted 8.1 in the first place, and it can't be worse

can it?

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: The new common-as-muck hybrid

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Re: you want an I8

Actually, Yes. Yes I do. But there are three problems there:

1. $MEGACORP is daft, but not quite that daft.

2. I do need to carry luggage

3. I am 1.91 metres tall, in me stocking feet. I need to be able to get in it.

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Buying one for the wrong reason.

i may be ordering one of these because the company car tax is one quarter that of a proper car. I will never plug it in, because $MEGACORPs fuel card scheme can't cope with charging, so if I plugged it in I would be subsidising company mileage. $MEGACORP have forbidden plugging them in at work. So I will be buying diseasel to burn to lug all the extra weight around.

So it will /never/ be used as a plug-in but will save me £1500 a year on my tax .

Absolute nonsense. Courtesy of HMRC

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Microsoft: Profit DECIMATED because you people aren't buying PCs

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Dodgy Product

The windows market was dominated by x768 line laptops and dodgy operating systems. I had money in my pocket for something good, and Apple made it. So guess what?

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The coming of DAB+: Stereo eluded the radio star

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Re: I have to drive to Lincolnshire this weekend

I do hope your phone is not with O2

(views: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4220964 )

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Re: " it is harder to spot in a car most of the time."

I have had three hire cars with DAB this year.

A citroen which I used to drive from Lincolnshire to Cheshire via Derby and Stoke. I got DAB reception in Derby, for about 10 minutes.

A Vauxhall Insignia in which the tuning was so baffling that I could not find radio 4 /at all/ on DAB. The software writer appeared to think that /any/ station was what I wanted to listen to.

A VW Passat in which I drove up the A1. It worked for around 15 minutes, till I got to Grantham, then it never worked again. On the way home it did not start working either.

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Re: DAB...

DAB == Dead At Birth?

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Force your hand: Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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Wait for the 15"

You suggest waiting for the next upgrade of the 15" model. Is that a speculative thing, or do you know summat we don't?

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Chipzilla spawns 60-core, six-teraflop Xeon Phi MONSTER CHIP

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Thomas J. Watson

What's the world-wide market for these? perhaps five?

(yes, I know he never said it)

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BT gently returns to mobe biz with cheap SIM-only swoop

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Is it me?

That still seems like an awful lot of money.

I can't use much of my home broadband when I am not there, so why should my mobile data cost so much from the same supplier? I'd have thought a fiver for unlimited would be an incentive to have BT broadband, but these prices don't look that attractive even if you are a home broadbean customer.

Now if they were to bundle the whole lot, home and up to 4 mobile users, into one flat rate bill, I might think about it. If the flat were flat enough.

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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Death

Pterry and his friend Neil Gaiman both had a character called Death. In both cases, they were the most compassionate characters in their respective universes. Another writer I am fond of, Phil Rickman, has mentioned the angel of death as a comforter.

The older I get the more I understand it. It iwas the genius of Sir Terry to be able to pass that wisdom, and a lot more insights like it, straight to young people. To grant them wisdom without any other experience.

The truly great writers are not the tragedians, who hold a mirror to that part of humanity we have known since childhood. But the comic writers, who can teach us the unexpected and the true.

One of his books was called 'The Truth'. It was his only stock in trade.

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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett: Discworld author finally gets to meet DEATH

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Oookk. OOK.

Oookkk oook ook.

Ook.

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Google gives spit n' polish to world's most expensive Chromebook

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Price

i5 = £800

i7 = £1000

Nearly tempted

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Panda antivirus labels itself as malware, then borks EVERYTHING

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i am amazed

I didn't realize anyone used Panda anti-virus

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The voters hate Google. Heeeeyyyy... how about a 'Google Tax'?

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Worth thinking about

I do think that there is a germ of political reality in the idea of finding a way to stop multinationals hiding profits. The amount of tax not paid in the UK by Google, Amazon, Starbucks, and probably Microsoft is a real issue.

But I am not convinced that our politicians are up to actually doing something about it, and this particular initiative sounds like a populist gimmick rather than a workable idea.

The idea that any government prepared to sign up for TTIP expects to be able to get multinationals under their thumb is simply comic. But then, they are all clowns anyway, so what else would one expect!

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Ad bidding network caught slinging ransomware

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Re: Flash

>If a site or entry demands Flash, then I pass by

... as have I for about a decade

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Ouch! Google crocks capacitors and deviates DRAM to root Linux

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Re: underlying hardware

I used to design embedded systems between the 70s and 90s, and we used to use static ram exclusively because of effects like this - accidental, not malicious.

If you are involved in volume design, then it is a lot easier, but in small volumes a cockup in the layout or timing of dram was very costly, in time and money. So we didn't use it at all.

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Shove off, ugly folk, says site for people who love themselves

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Re: Tawnie Lynn (pictured)

>usual parade of people needing to disparage the looks of someone

I rather think that anyone who puts their head above this particular parapet is fair game for gettting shot at.

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Sick of Chrome vs Firefox? Check out these 3 NEW browsers

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Re: Vivaldi?

Been using vivaldi since the reg first trumpetted it, and it seems quite good.

But yes, diversification is good

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Re: BASED ON A MORRIS MINOR

A half-timbered traveller, mayhap?

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D-Link removes fingers from ears, preps mass router patch

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well, there you go

Bit late. I threw mine away last week. The TPlink I bought instead is reporting twice the speed to the exchange, and all speed tests are better too.

No idea if the d-link was pawned, but it wasn't working well. Though I can't imagine a hack that makes it report the link rates wrongly.

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Bradley Horowitz on ailing Google+: Islands in the stream, that is what we are ...

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Re: You had me sold

Well, yes. Most of usenet is a puerile mess and full of trash, but uk.rec.sheds remains a beacon of what discussion groups should be like.

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Re: Tried it, it's stupid

Hmm. A number of lines of text seem to have vanished. Suffice it to say I went on to criticise the inability to make nuanced reports. You can "report" a post but not offer any explanation of why, and anything reported just vanishes. There does not seem to be any attempt to correlate reports and build up a view on the originator, who seems free to do the same again straight away.

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Tried it, it's stupid

The basic concept of g+ as a bit of social media is fine. But it seems to have gone all wrong.

* Hundreds of asians stealling and re-posting other peoples pictures, with no copyright traceability. They get "auto enhanced" every time till they end up looking like crayon images

* Snotty self-opinionated people setting up groups and then arbitrarily moaning about what you post.

* '+1' ing has become an end in itself. Loads of people trawling for likes

* I have not had a decent converstaion on it with anyone. Even facebook is better for that, and Usenet remains king for sensible discussion

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3 spectastic Lumias for price of 1 rival flagship: Microsoft sells biz on cheapie experience

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Re: Excellent pricing

Yes, that's my feeling too. Sensible prices for what you get, if only you got something else.

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Would you trust 'spyproof' mobes made in Putin's Russia?

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Experience

>"Would you trust 'spyproof' mobes made in Putin's Russia?"

well, to be fair, the people molishing them have a lot of background experience in being spied upon. They may well know of what they speak.

And, as AW says above, I fear the near government more than the far away one!

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He's baaack: Microsoft's axeman Nadella to give Chinese staff the chop

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If I were a Microsoft shareholder

... I would be asking just what I got for my 5 billion dollars

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BP: Oil prices crashed, so must our ICT budget

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About a thousand years ago

I was working for the UK half of a USA petrol pump design company. We had just ordered a computer, a PDP11 to automate stock control and payroll. There was a downturn in oil industry business, and the instruction came from Texas to cut overheads in half.

Being scared of taking decisions, the local management sacked half the accounts department, and cancelled the order for half the computer. So we ended up with a computer that could not do the stock control and an accounts dept. that could not do it either

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Lenovo: We SWEAR we're done with bloatware, adware and scumware

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Too late, too late

They are off my list, as are Sony. Still unforgiven for the root kit.

Look lads&ladys, the only way to bring it home to these companies is to stop buying their shit.

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Ubuntu smartphone to go on sale: It'll be harder to get than a new iPhone

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Failed to get one

I played their stupid game and by the time I got past it the phone was out of stock.

Irritated now

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Re: No PC capability this time

I rather thought that the docking cradle thing was the whole point. Dissapointed now.

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Microsoft: Even cheapo Lumias to get slimmed down Windows 10

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Re: Small touchscreen

I have an wacom intuos graphics tablet next to my keyboard which I can use as a touch device. OK, it's not got a display on it, but you can manipulate the mouse pointer, pinch-zoom, and do other gestures on it. It's great.

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Linux 3.19 released for your computing pleasure

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Re: I miss the old days

>why not just use a single number

Firefox does that, and I still havn't adjusted

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