* Posts by Robert E A Harvey

2871 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

Microsoft Surface Touch keyboards self-destruct – and more

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Re: just pull an apple...

Sounds like the old fashioned shoeshop "we can't take these back, you've walked in them"

"Sorry Sir, you appear to have been pressing the buttons, not just gazing at them in love and affection"

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Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 handset review

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Q2 next year

So thats around 4-6 months from now. Or nearly a quarter of the way through a 2 year contract.

Hmm.

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Box shifters cram UK market with crusty PCs to make room for Win 8

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Re: newsflash: nobody wants celerons

Be fair, no-one wants i3 either

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been wating

I've been waiting for the end of compulsory x768 screens. If they want my money they need to supply something I want to buy.

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Bargain! Desperate Comet SLASHES price of £4,400 iPod Nano

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Re: god riddens to them

Best Buy in Britain was never like your US experience. I went there a couple of times and it was another shed-on-the-bypass staffed by grunting nuckle-draggers and stocked with junk at concorde prices.

Maybe they got their UK management from Comet & Currys?

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Ballmer: Windows Phone 8 'WILL ramp quickly', god dammit

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Re: Hoping that the a single vendor makes the phone exclusive

that would almost make sense if they had coverage.

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Ailing Comet at last prayers: Cawing of accountants and VCs fills air

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Re: Hands up who's actually bought anything from comet?

Screwfix have been opening physical stores for many years

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Re: That explains their TV ad

Bit late for them to be acknowledgnmg the EU law on warranties, having spent years denying it...

Yet another reason for them to die horribly

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Re: Bankrupt Stock Sale

>what's being flogged off on the cheap

Things that people have demonstably not wanted to buy already.

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Yawn

They won't be missed, except by those unfortunate enough to be working there.

The big department stores have more goods per square metre, and many many times higher customer footfall. Going into comet has had an 'end of term' feeling for several years now, and no significant effort seems to have gone into making it a pleasant or worthwhile experience.

The 'extended warranty/insurance' scam put me off for a long time. The delivery and installation service was reasonably good, but no better than the local TIGER retailer and IME the independants were cheaper.

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Big Data's big issue: Where are all the data scientists coming from?

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OK, where do I sign?

What courses would you recommend, Prof?

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BOFH: Tenacious B and the Printer of Destiny

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I had that very printer

We bought 3 and put them on a research ship heading to the antarctic. Along with spares and service manuals and service software.

Ended up having to do all the A3 maps on a pen plotter, which was a tad slow, but I do like the way the light glitters off the ink. Much shinier than toner.

Watching a pen plotter trying to colour most of a sheet of very expensive paper blue was the only time I ever felt sorry for a machine.

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Singapore gov think tank plots SSD takedown

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A: drive

wasn't that not only the floppy, but the trade name of some high-capacity removable?

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iPhone 5 imperilled by Sharp's 'huge' problems with tellies

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Oh, are Sharp still there?

I had a Sharp car radio in the 1970s, the last bit of stuff with that name on that impressed me in any way. It had far better audio quality, including the casette drive, than any of the competition. 2 years on, the replacement had a flashy display, cost twice as much and had lost the HF performance.

I've seen the products from time to time over the last 30 years. All very Me-too. No reason to buy them over any other. They seem to have survived by having capacity in an undersupplied market, and have no idea how to respond to the opposite position.

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Sony Xperia T Android smartphone review

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Buttons

So, are the buttons suitable for left handed or right handed users? I find the side mounted ones on my Nokia bleeding awkward.

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Lab mice drown in their THOUSANDS as Hurricane Sandy fills NYU basement

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Tragic waste of research of course

But this is a university. Did no-one notice the widespread warnings about flooding, and think to move the poor little buggers upstairs?

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Apple puts less of its takings into R&D, hires more sales cultists

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Not enough

Seems that US companies are as bad as Europeans. When the UK used to innovate, it spent between 10% and 25% of turnover, maybe half the profits on R&D.

If Apple had done that they would be printing the whole of the electronic in the screen, no PCBs and no connectors.

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Comet confesses: The receivers are among us even now

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Dixons

>Dixons shareholders skip and clap their hands for joy

Because their business model is so different from Comet's, it could not possibly happen to them.

Err, it's cold out there.

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A history of personal computing in 20 objects part 1

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Pet-free zone

What about the commodore Pet.

Whilst the Apple ][ had visicalc, the Pet was very common in engineering circles for conencting to IEEE-488 instruments. I remember seeing one in 1995, still quietly recording diurnal variations in the earths magnetic field, and pumping them out of the RS232 port. The software had been altered some time at the start of that decade to change the data format.

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Mozilla: Windows 7 browser bungle cost us nine MILLION downloads

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New world

I notice that you can only have IE on the surface RT.

I suspect the EU are powerless to do anything about that!

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'We invented Windows 8 Tiles in the 1990s', says firm suing Microsoft

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Re: On windows, wouldn't the "Clock" do that?

doesn't matter. They wer ekilled in a security fix.

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@Vic Re: Really torn

Oh aye. I used quote marks for that, among other, reason. But the courts are more likely to take them seriously, or at least make a significant award, if the patent represents a real product, and they were active in protecting it. At least, that's what I would hope or expect from an honest judge.

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Re: during those 2 minutes

Yep.

it's like coppery but more silver-ry

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Really torn

Between wanting to dislike the patent troll, and wanting Ballmer to have more egg on his face.

But they hardly "defended" their patent while WP7 was all the rage, so I expect the claim to fail.

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Dell Latitude 6430u set to be first Ultrabook with gigabit wireless

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Ubunutu? Where?

I just called Dell UK:

me: I want this with Linux

Dell: It is only available with windows 8

Me: Not interested. What other OS do you offer

Dell: It is only available with windows 8

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screen?

1366×768? what is the point of super wireless and an i7 cpu with a toys-r-us screen?

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Nobody knows what to call Microsoft's ex-Metro UI

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Germans

Interstingly they did not approach M$ until quite late.

My view is that they would have gone along with it had the wretched thing shown promise, but when they saw what a turkey it was decided "We don't want any of this on us" and unleashed the lawyers.

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Too long. Abbreviate. MeSy

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WiMAX Forum runs up white flag, concedes 4G battle to LTE

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Subtitle says it all!

a project without products or customers coat-tails one with some and some. Will anyone notice?

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El Reg acquires wildly dangerous laser cannon (with lightsabre option)

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This is what I want from a tech publication

Mindless gee-whizzery!

Hurrah!

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EE 4G LTE review

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What on earth is the point of a 4G account capped to 1 or 3 or 5G?

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Guess who's still doing OK in PCs? Fujitsu, though it has troubles too

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WORKING

$MEGACORP gives us Fujitsu laptops, and I got my latest one in April and it hasn't gone wrong yet. This is a big step forwards.

I am still waiting for $MEGACORP to resolve the lack of RS232, parallel, [1] and PCbus - all of which I need to programme $MEGACORP products, but that is only partly Fujitsu's fault

got a witless x768 screen, but since I can't actually use it for anything important that is not a big thing. The big thing is it hasn't gone wrong yet.

[1] the docking station has the ports, but they don't work.

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Quarter of Eastern cell towers BLOWN down BY SANDY - FCC

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Monkey wiring

It doens't just look 3rd world, it is. have you seen some of the splicing techniques used?

Then there are the traffic lights, swinging from wires as well. Contraption, not construction.

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Acer is the latest maker to delay plans for a Windows RT fondletop

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Bwahahahahahhaaa

that is all

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French gov 'plans to hand Google €1bn tax bill' - report

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Bloody good show

The french are pretty good at looking after No. 1

I hope Cameron/Osbourne are taking notes.

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NAND ho! New Intel and Samsung SSDs heave over the horizon

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cycle life

Well, the number of write cycles is certainly as important as the speed. In the long run more so?

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China fingered as counterfeit parts flood tech supply chain

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It ain't easy

$PREVIOUSEMPLOYER got suckered by fake IGBTs. Their supply chain was unbelievably short: Fab-Warehouse-Factory. 3 steps, including themselves, massively complex 'release record' tracking, numbering, back-checking, supplier visits, external audits. But they still got suckered for $INDUSTRIAL_QUANTITY of Euroes. Police never solved it.

'twas reckoned the bad guys had to have people on-payroll in all 3 steps to get away with it.

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WinPho 8 fans now able to order HTC handsets

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SD slot

It appears the cheap one has a memory card slot, and the dearer one doesn't. How very peculiar.

[BFO ? icon]

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EC tells Euro rebels: Hike up your ebook tax to 15%, or else

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Cherry flavoured whale

mmmmmmmm.

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Or

The EU could change its rules and have traders charge - and pay - the VAT in the country of use.

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Microsoft aims to herd 70% of enterprise onto Windows 7 by mid-2013

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Hmm.

So, it seems that MS is not expecting Enterprise to adopt Windows 8. Thought not.

$MEGACORP still has hundreds of thousands of us on XP. I know there are some W7 users out there, but lots of corporate systems don't work on it, and our own applications for talking to customer machines are only intermittently happy. I suspect that we might be moving to W7, but I think mid 2013 is over-optimistic.

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Chrome extension blocks political speech on Facebook

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projectile vomiting illiterate crap

Yes.

I've heard nothing substantive about what either candidate will do about climate, depletion of resources, overpopulation, employment, or making friends with other cultures.

I have heard a lot of manic hooting about who is allowed to do what to texan vaginas, and the more rabid ideas of nutters lower down the political pecking order.

Unless there is an alternate information stream available to the voters of the giant playground, I would suspect that the correct answer is "none of the above".

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cat gets elected president.

Give one the nuclear button? Worrying. evil buggers, cats.

footnote: cats are more likely to be able to pronounce 'nuclear' than recent button-weilders

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Re: Can I be the first

Do I want to know about 'Chaff Bag'?

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Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid car review

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95%?

I can see the reson for the high score, but you can buy two ford focuses for that. or one, and an enormous amount of petrol.

It's getting cleverer, but what is the lifetime energy budget? By the time you have made, shipped, exchanged, recycled, and disposed of the batteries, are we collectively better off.

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Android, heal thyself

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will be improved by users upgrading to newer versions

Users upgrading? Users?

That's loads of phones to throw away, then.

Was it too much to hope that an OS with a unix heritage and written entirely in the 21st century would have been secure by design?

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Fujitsu assigns team of women to design PC for women

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Re: How come Range Rover...

Evoque? good? It's a transit van for tarts, a Wag Wagon.

Shudder

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Microsoft: Just swallow this tablet ... the rest will take care of itself

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Re: "Microsoft actually writes fantastic software"

To be fair, they've done some pretty good compilers & dev systems. And Excel seems pretty good, especially at pretty graphs.

But there have been some real turkeys, and some half-finished stuff too. And yes, AD is the work of satan

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LSI puts on brave smile, blames sales droop on 'soft' PC biz

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It's a recession

It's a recession, sweetheart.

There was a chap on Radio 4 running a 300 year old building company, who has had to cut his staff to a quarter and is living off the cash they saved (saved!) during the good years. An self-employed relative of mine has had to cut his rates to about half just to keep in work. LSI's problems don't seem half as bad by comparison.

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