* Posts by Robert E A Harvey

2871 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

Privacy expert dismisses PRISM-busting typeface as 'art project'

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Missing the point.

Yes, end-to-end encryption is clever for pre-established links. But it's poor at widespread dissemination, which is (I imagine) the mode intended for this font.

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Quantum transistors at room temp

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err..

I thought all transistors were quantum. Only, you know, just a little bit?

<-- That one might be mine

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Ferocious fungus imperils future of British gin and tonic

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Re: strange when I walk around naked covered in paint

It is strange if you do it in January. Though you need less paint.

<- is it me, or is it cold in here?

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Michael Dell: 'Cash in your shares, we are in a mess'

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trying to get the share price down?

I suspect he read Gerald Ratner's biography

<-- mines got the £1.99 bling hanging out the pockets

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YES, Xbox One DOES need internet, DOES restrict game trading

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Re: Microsoft: "We're always listening to our customers"

To be fair, it must be monotomous, when 80% of what you here is someone saying "jesus christ on a bike, what is it doing now?

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Quantum boffins send data ACROSS TIME AND SPACE

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Shock horror

Scientists reduce the amount of stuff needed to make people go "err, right..." to 4 photons

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Review: Samsung Series 5 Ultra Touch Ultrabook

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FAIL

1366 x 768 ... stop reading at this point.

You know me so well.

What is the matter with these people?

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Marks & Sparks accused of silently bonking punters over the tills

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Nextb week's news

HSBarclyTSB announce ATMs will not issue cash unless the NFC is working 'for added security'.

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Life on Mars means subsisting on grim diet of turd-garden spinach

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Perjorative

Don't understand the 'turd garden' reference. Ultimately /all/ gardens are turd gardens.

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Telly apocalypse foretold for 4G arrival fails to hit London: Brighton next

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shock horror

Places where interferrence is unlikely because of channel allocation plan suffers no interferrence!

So, that's the laws of physics confirmed again. Well done.

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Review: HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook

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Re: 1366 x 768 screen ?????

That is the one thing putting me off this now.

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'Liberator': Proof that you CAN'T make a working gun in a 3D printer

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Great Britain and Australia can successfully ban guns because they are island nations.

really?

How did the IRA get theirs then? How do a few thousand people and industrial quantities of heroin get in every year?

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Rules, shmules: Fliers leaving devices switched on in droves

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am I strange?

I welcome a few hours without gadgets.

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Re: The real reason they want them turned off

I find it odd that they make you take off headphones at the end of a flight 'so you can hear the announcements', but they don't wake up anyone slumbering at that point.

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Unlocking Technology Act plans to let freedom ring for devices

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Hmm

Why not treat the phone contract like hire-purchase. Once its paid off it's yours and you can do what you like with it.

And, while we (they) are enacting freedom, lets make it illegal to force you to buy widnoz with a 'puter. Then we will see you enacting from principle, not vested interest.

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Notebook sales to surge, says notebook seller

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Re: A journey of 1000 miles begins with one step. ~ Lao Tzu

Absolutely. Start running the company yourself, not letting foreign corporations run it for you. Take yer own decisions!

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Tell you what, Ray

here's what you need to do:

1. use a decent screen resolution, worthy of the second octile of the 20th century. Not x768, not x1080. We don't all want wide screen TVs, some of us want a computer.

2. Either a minimum of 4 USB ports (all USB3, of course) or ship with a wireless mouse so we don't lose a USB all the time to a plug-in for a mouse. You could offer an optional wireless optical drive too, while you are at it. And 4 USB anyway.

3. Bluetooth. And Let us bung a SIM card in for connectivity if we want, too. My Dell mini-10 cost less than £200 and has bluetooth, sim slot, camera and microphone all built in. You could throw in a bluetooth earpiece too, that parks inside the case or wall-wart for storage and charging.

4. Use bog-standard memory and hard disk interfaces so we can upgrade when we want. It's our sodding computer. It doesn't have to be as thin as a sheet of cardboard. If it is, it will probably break. Oh, and a plug-in battery so I can change/upgrade it later when its knackered and the 'puter isn't.

5. SD card slot. Full-depth. So I can leave a card in all the time if I want. Better yet, two of them.

6. Firewire. Thunderbolt. HDMI. VGA adaptor cable in the box or as an option. Ethernet, or adaptor cable in the box.

7. Touchpad with buttons, not the-corners-are-the-buttons. Adjustable sensitivity for 'tapping', including OFF. (as in FRO?)

8. One of those wall-warts with plug adaptors based on a figure-8 mains adaptor, so we can swap them or use a longer cable if we want. Oh, and stick 1 or 2 USB headers on the wall-wart so I can also use it to charge some other stuff from the one socket in the hotel room.

9. Touch screen if you must but not as an excuse for charging a thousand quid. Meh.

10. As others have said, A CHOICE OF SODDING OPERATING SYSTEMS. Not one rammed down our throats like a randy Geordie lasses tongue on a saturday night, all fags and curry, leaving a nasty aftertaste.

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Microsoft honcho pleads with media: 'Stop picking on us!'

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the PR people need to go to the same place as all the lawyers.

The B ark ?

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Re: Unfortunately for Microsoft...

Nor The Independent:

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/steve-ballmer-the-boss-who-bet-his-company-on-windows-8--and-lost-as-computer-giant-announces-biggest-product-uturn-since-new-coke-8605776.html

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha...

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Re: "Microsoft honcho pleads with media: 'Stop picking on us!'"

Tell you what, Honcho, ship 8.1 AND 7 and tell us which people buy.

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Standard Model goes PEAR-SHAPED in CERN experiment

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Oh

The hunt for 'the god particle' is over. Now we are looking for 'merlin matter'?

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FONDLESLAB market DEATH STRUGGLE: Latest rankings in

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Fix that for you

s/irrelevant/hatstand/

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Branson's SpaceShipTwo succeeds in first rocket-powered flight

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Re: Kids should NOT be allowed.

>At what age do Humans begin to make 'rational decisions'?

I can only give you my own experience:

about alchohol - 23

about sex - maybe 25

about tool purchasing - 45

about going into SPACE - I'm 62 & I wanna go NOW! - call it, oh, 106?

it's SPACE!!!

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Fried-egg sarnies kick off Reg man's quid-a-day nosh challenge

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Good man

I fasted for a week for Christian Aid in 1974. Drunk water & black tea. It can be done. Kept working too, though I stopped driving after 3 days.

I might do it again some time.

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Raspberry Pi space jaunt ends in dramatic mountain rescue

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Re: only made it to suffolk?

He said "third world" not "stone age"

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Ten Windows tablets

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It's 2013

No-one is getting /any/ money from me, /no matter what/ if it says 1366 x 768 on the box.

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Google's 'power to switch off the lights in Europe' has 'chilling effect' - rivals

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Re: "Microsoft has a diametrically different view about verticals than Google,"

>a tick box to specifically remove price comparison sites

Oh yes. And vacuous -strings-of-towns- ones. (http://www.britevents.com/whats-on/lincolnshire/guthram-gowt/?category=theatre etc.)

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@AC 16:38

>In this analogy, the payday lender is the financial equivalent of a sex offender.

but that's true, although the sex offender may have some shreds of empathy with the victim.

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Brit cops blow £14m on software - then just flush it down the bogs

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£13M?

We could have had a couple of funerals for that!

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Winklevoss twins claim to have enormo $11m Bitcoin stash

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Winkelvoss?

So we can stop feeling sorry for them for bumming out in Farcebuk?

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Mars orbiter finds remains of pioneering Soviet Mars 3 probe

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tracks left by the Martian Tripods yet?

Nah. That'd be a million-to-one surely?

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Dissapointed

No pics of short chaps in cowls carrying bits away as scrap!

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Netbooks projected to become EXTINCT by 2015

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Re: Like for like

>Linux-hostility from teachers

They are a weird bunch, aren't they?

A couple of years ago someone on here recounted the tale of his kid's IT teacher saying "No-one uses keyboard shortcuts." I asked around, and the schools round here thought that too.

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Re: @gcarter 12Apr13 21:42

>Also because it was practically impossible to get hold of a

> netbook with built in 3G, Bluetooth etc. etc.

My Dell mini-10 has both. Shame that Dell never took the product line forward. Cost me £189 with ubuntu, and the only thing wrong with it is the hideous x600 vertical resolution - which they kept a deadly secret when they sold it.

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Google asks Blighty to slave over its Maps for FREE

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TomTom

I sort of don't mind correcting google 'cos its free. TomTom, however....

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... time machine. Iranian Dr Who claims he invented a ...

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Skegness got there first!

Havn't we seen this before? Sounds like Zoltar!

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f185/quadrophan/zoltar.jpg

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StreetView spots possible roadside nookie down under

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Oh? Streetview cars have human drivers?

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60-inch Apple iTV to be controlled by iRing remote?

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Mushroom

iRing

....to rule them all?

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HP chairman Lane yields to 'here's you hat, what's your hurry?' pressure

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So

55% is not a high enough proportion to indicate confidence.

Are you listening Uhuru Kenyatta? David Cameron? François Hollande? Angela Merkel?

(Tony Bliar, John Major...

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Google forks WebKit, promises faster, leaner Chrome engine

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Says 'large-scale architectural changes' coming

I read the subheadingas Says 'large-scale agricultural changes' coming and wasn't pariticulary startled, the way words get suborned in this business.

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Re: definition of a fork...

How many tines does a pitchfork traditionally have?

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Scottish SF master Iain M Banks reveals he has less than a year to live

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Sad now

It's not often that two of yer favourite authors die simultaneously.

Good man, Enjoy what's left, eh?

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'Proactive Wellness' rebranded as 'Infosight' by Nimble

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'ang on

I'm missing something here. Ever since the 60s 'Nimble' has been a starch reduced bread. 'Proactive Wellness' would appear to be what they have been about all along.

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Boss of Irish-based R&D hub: Man, this place is the back of beyond

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Does Birmingham have a direct flight to London?

I do hope not. That would undermine HS2

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this place is the back of beyond

...But the beer is fantastic!

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Rocket boffinry in pictures: Gulp the Devil's venom and light a match

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Re: Good summary

Yes, I like Skylon. Good luck to the lads.

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Good summary

I enjoyed that. If only the UK had kept up our own programme...

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Dell directors foresee unremitting brutality in PC market

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Let me see

The PC makers is building what Microsoft and Intel tell them to build and no-one is buying like they used to.

Maybe they should stop letting two geriatric corporations take all their management decisions for them and start building their own product? Be innovative, creative, and differentiate their offerings from each other?

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Review: Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2

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life is getting simple again

"Windows 8" == "not worth it" on an increasing sample size.

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Are the PCs all getting a bit old at your office? You're not alone

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Re: Can't remember the last time I saw a corporate laptop

$MEGACORP supplies Fujitsu. I don't think those would sell at all outside the 'order 5000 doorstops for the troops' style of buying. A Medion would be better value for money, if it had the capital-asset-over-the-network chips, or the smartcard reader.

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