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* Posts by Robert E A Harvey

2833 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

AMD: Star Trek holodecks within reach

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Oi! Science!

Now look, lads. You promised me Flying Cars before you promised me Holodecks. One thing at a time, eh?

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Higgs data shows alternate reality will SWALLOW UNIVERSE

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There's a bloke here

...in a box with a flashing light on the top.

Says he can stop it with a blue led

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Dell's Ubuntu dev laptop gets much-needed display boost

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Re: 1080p _is_ low resolution

Yes.

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Why do we put up with this?

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Dev preview of Ubuntu for phones touching down February 21

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Want!

I've read all the naysayers, and the caveats, and the warnings.

But I still WANT ONE.

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Reg readers scuffle over the ultimate cuppa

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The Night Watch

In one of Pterry's novels Commander Vimes is offered a cup of tea '3 sugars, boiled orange in a builders boot' and he confesses that is how he likes it.

These recepies are all pale imitations of that Ur-tea

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Nokia's Elopocalypse two years on: Has Microsoft kept its side of the bargain?

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@Microsoft 5636771

"1 post • joined Thursday 14th February 2013 12:28 GMT"

I think someone with a sense of humour is having a complicated joke here...

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Fashionably slate

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@Stuart Logland

Where is the +100 upvote button?

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Perky smartphone figures can't stop droop of worldwide mobe sales

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Why do we expect any growth?

... but it's Shiney!

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Paris Hilton

Upvoted for Paris

But I am fairly sure she ain't smart enough not to need her features.

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Re: Buyers are getting full?

>I don't understand how 'intense market competition' could weaken sales

You and me both. My Tosh-o-meter certainly twitched at that one.

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Re: As with desktops

That's right. I've had the same non-smart phone for 6 years now. I don't need a smartphone, I've got a laptop. I don't want a smart phone, I don't want to be answering emails in my own time.

It's like electric cookers. Once every bugger has got one, you only have a replacement market.

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Register reader Ray revs radio-controlled Raspberry Pi race rover

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Re: URL?

It's damned cool, though all the same.

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Montana TV warns of ZOMBIE ATTACK in epic prank hack

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Cameron and co will tax them so hard they will

.... wish they were dead?

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BT copper-cable choppers cop 16 months in the cooler

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Re: Silver Linings

I rather think it was El Reg who told us that you could buy BT for less than the value of the copper they owned.

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Morons

>The same motor was used in a similar blag in Fernheath

They really deserve to be nicked, don't they?

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Apple said to develop curved glass iWatch with Foxconn

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Re: Wow, like playing darts.

iCowl: a monk's hood style garment with head-up displays around the edge and which makes a swishing noise when you turn corners

iHowl: A companion robot wolf that follows you round and has a built-in moon phase indication, by sound.

iJowl: nodding robotic dog that negotiates all your insurance needs.

iPowell: (prounounced Pole): automated novelist, can only write books with the same characters.

iDowel: computerised device for jointing the edges of wooden boards, or building substructures for abacuses

iFoul: portable device to assist football referees

iFowl: portable egg production device.

<- I'll get me iCowl

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Re: A watch to make calls through your phone? How i-nnovative

I think the Mash has it about right:

http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/science-technology/apple-takes-on-casio-2013021259359

Apple fan Julian Cook said: “Will it have a picture of an apple on it? OK, I’m in.”

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Review: HP Spectre XT TouchSmart

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Re: Linux

OK, you got me there!

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Linux again

OK, lads. what happened when you tried to boot Linux on it?

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Linux

Just spoke to HP about buying this without windows. It's not available with anything except W8. But they did say a Linux laptop would be announced in the next few weeks. We will wait and see....

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Re: how much?!

Yes, indeedy. and only 1920 x 1080 too. Now while that is some sort of improvement on 1368x768, it's not good enough for a machine costing 1200 royal portraits. Not when the Nexus 10 tablet has 2560-by-1600 and comes in at a quarter of that price.

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Microsoft can't even shift Windows 8 slabs in the middle of a tablet frenzy

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Re: Apple wannabe.....

>Who'd have thunk?

Aye. After all it was such a thundering success for HP & RIM, wasn't it?

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Instant reaction

Bwahahhahhhaha

Snork!

Burn, baby, burn. A year of commentators and journalists and tech writers telling them it would not fly, but they knew best.

Bwa hahahha snerk ha ha

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WTF? Been seeing a lot of recommendations for Mint Linux to newcomers, why?

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Re: WTF? Been seeing a lot of recommendations for Mint Linux to newcomers, why?

I think it contains Ubuntu goodness, avoids the fashionable but controversial UI innovations, and comes with all the codecs and libraries for media play without a second installation step.

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Nemo cancels Microsoft's Surface Pro launch

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Oh? TV stations are naming storm systems now?

How soon before sponsorship, or even negative sponsorship?

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Tennessee bloke quits job over satanic wage slip

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Angel

No big deal

A really good manager could handle it.

"Mr Slonopas, we need you. This is going to keep happening to people, and you are obviously a good and prayerful god-fearing person. I would far rather it happened to you, because the armour of your faith means that it cannot harm you at all. Please stay, and be part of our fight against Satan and all his deciepts. Just imagine, once you quit this must happen to someone with far less faith than you, and how awful that might be."

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El Reg contemplates the ultimate cuppa

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Unhappy

Disqualified

I drink Earl Grey without milk or sugar.

My contribution is thus barred.

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Huge rock-hard marble erection shocks Japanese kiddies

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Aye

No way that Playmobil is going to be up to it.

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Blighty evades Fujitsu's staff-slashing samurai sword

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worrying

We have fundamental, foundation, needs in our society: wafer baking is one of them, as is the manufacture of machines with which to do that.

Seems a bit like farming, where the people who actually make things have had thier margins squeezed by all the other people sitting on thier shoulders, till it is barely worthwhile any more.

I think the concentration of silicon manufacture in fewer and fewer hands is not something I view with equinimity. A catastrophe could occur, for example, or an outbreak of megalomania. I would be far more sanguine if the fundamental trades were widely distributed.

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EU: We'll force power plants, Apple and pals to admit hack attacks

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Re: Point Missed: More work for Mr Jobsworth

My feeling is that the best people to report things to are people who will roll up their sleeves , put on big boots, and say "Ok, let's go get them!".

OK , having to report you have a broken fence may be embarrasing, but only if the broken fence register is posted on the outside of the town hall, and people who own fences go and look at it. If it just gets filed in the 'broken fence' drawer and never sees the light of day, all you have done is make extra work.

Perhaps companies should have to report such failures in thier annual reports, and on a case-by-case basis to shareholders?

But if officialdom wants reports, then officialdom should send a 'policeman' out to respond.

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Could this be Google's slick new touchscreen Chromebook?

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2560 by 1700

That's a bit more 21st century, if it's true. I can feel my credit card shivering in fear.

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Antivirus update broke our interwebs, howl Win XP users

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Testing

That's what customers do, isn't it?

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Windows Phone 8 hasn't slowed Microsoft's mobile freefall

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History

I've not forgotten what carp WM6 & 6.5 were, and the total lack of updates and bug fixes. And how WP7 users were so rapidly backwatered. There is no way they are getting any more of my money. Ever.

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Review: Dell XPS 10 Windows RT tablet and dock

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Joke

Junk

I telephoned Dell, and they tried to offer me this as a replacement for a netbook, at £600 without the keyboard.

I laughed at them. This really is a joke of a product.

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Netbooks were a GOOD thing and we threw them under a bus

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Re: An idea: daft or not daft?

VNC might be a simple way of using a tablet as a screen...

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I want a new netbook

I want to update my current 10 inch netbook to a better, less power hungry, processor and decent screen resolution. Nothing exists. In a recent conversation with Dell they tried to sell me a W8tablet with no keyboard for more than twice what I paid for my netbook. I laughed at them, but really the manufacturers have the laugh, not the consumer.

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Google begs for secrecy as it files Glass design with FCC

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Erk?

non-sequiter of the week.

The story is about Google. And the FCC. Which is about radio compatibility. not patents

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I watched Excel meet 1-2-3, and beat it fair and square

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Visicalc, 123, quattro, excel, stagnation

Excel is a bloody good spreadsheet, yes, and has good graphing capabilities.

But once it had 123 and quattro beat it has more or less stood still (Pivot tables? maybe, though they aren't what my maths tutor said pivot tables were)

Calc and Gnumeric are just clones, no-one is breaking new ground.

maths went matlab or Octrave or mathcad, and the proles were left in the 1980s.

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How to destroy a brand-new Samsung laptop: Boot Linux on it

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@AC 13:24 Re: Bad Firmware!

I would expect Samsung to design an architecture where critical motherboard hardware could not be over-written by any software, be it installation or executed normally.

If some motherboard component needs a pattern to execute, that pattern should be booted from eprom afresh every boot, or there should be a simple way to restore it completely independent of OS or application code.

It should always be possible to boot the hardware into the on-board startup code, bios, uefi, or what have you. Once you can do that you can re-install a broken OS. If you can't it is the computer that is broken, not the OS.

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Boffins baffled over pulsar with 'split personality'

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Quadrature Amplitude Modulation

Someone is sending cat pictures to another galaxy

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Nokia turns a PROFIT. Sort of

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Re: Just curious

How not to do it?

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NASA joins ESA dark stuff hunt

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headline

IRTA 'dark staff hunt' and thought they were weeding out the sith infiltrators, or lizard people...

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Tech firms face massive tax bill if Dutch vote to end loopholes

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Re: We are not doing anything illegal or immoral

>Where does it say in the bible/quo'ran etc that paying taxes is a moral duty?

"Render unto Ceaser that which is Ceaser's"

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‘That’s not art’ says Apple as it pulls nudes from AppStore

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Priorities

USAnian priorities baffle me.

A gun in every hand is good, but catching sight of a pair of tits will cause the downfall of civilisation?

Sounds like the taliban to me.

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New stats: Blighty's PC market ended 2012 on its KNEES

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FAIL

same same

in 2011 I didn't spend a thousand quid on an ultrabook with no bundled optical drive & 768 vertical pixels. In 2012 that was what they wanted me to buy, & I didn't buy it then either.

Yet tablets doubled in processing power, pixel resolution, & dropped in price.

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Opera sings WebKit's tune for new mobile browser

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income

I used to pay for Opera versions on the PC. Then they stopped wanting my money. So that was lost income.

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First Google wants to know all about you, now it wants a RING on your finger

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and counting

Will there be one really special one that controls all the others?

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Re: So, in every Cracker Jack box

CRACKERJACK!

oh, sorry, wrong one

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Microsoft's ARM blunder: 7 reasons why Windows RT was DOA

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Re: Dell marketed and sold linux

Sold, perhaps, if you were determined enough.

Marketed? no. It was a dirty secret, not offered with any enthusiasm.

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