* Posts by Robert E A Harvey

2870 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

N00bs vs Windows 8: We lock six people in a room with new OS

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New name

I think TIFKAM deservers to stick.

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No GPS in the iPad Mini Wi-Fi: People are right to criticise

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until recently

I think I have had a minor stroke.

As long as I could remember, up until 2010, I always knew where North was. In a locked room you could say "where is North" and I would point to it within 10 or 15 degrees. Then one day in a tent in Zambia I woke up having no idea at all where the sun would rise. It was terrifying.

I now carry a compass, but have noticed a lot of strange adaptations. Previously I could drive on the continent without bother. I now appear to automatically transpose left and right in my mind in order to do so. I noticed that on reading a sign in Groningen to use the East bypass, I turned toward the west. So both left turns and left-and-right on the map have been transposed. It's weird.

I can still navigate without GPS, but have come to use car sat-navs in unfamiliar places rather like old people have cookers with giant knobs - for comfort, not because it is essential.

Oh, and Mongolia is easy. Few roads, relatively flat landscape, good recognisable peaks on the skyline. And no woods. (the watch trick is a bit of a bugger when it is snowing heavily, mind) I recently got hopelessly lost in a 5 acre wood I have been walking my dogs through for 30 years. Had to go right out, work out where I was from the sunlight, and walk round the perimiter to somewhere obvious. (didn't need a GPS for that either)

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Lenovo IdeaPad U410 14in Ultrabook review

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Ping Shaun Dormon

Why not pass this comment thread to Lenovo, and let us know their reply?

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Re: Lenovo, read! Re:1440x900

I reckon 1440x900 would still be a piss-take at this price. We have 5 inch phones at 1,920 x 1,080 on the horizon.

The best product differentiation Lenovo could come up with is a decent resolution screen, though I reckon Torben Mogensen is right - a nipple mouse is a Lenovo must.

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Fujitsu assigns team of women to design PC for women

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Re: While this lady surgeon doesn't wear make-up or jewelry or other adornments, most women do

hey! I'm a very masculine man, and I have a dell in Bright (alfa romeo like) red!

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Publicity Stunt of the Week: Ten bizarre phone insurance claims

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Re: you might scratch the paint!

Yes, quite.

I will cheerfuly put my laptop bag on the roof of a hire car while lifting things out of the boot, but would never do it to mine!

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Tedium

If this is the oddest behaviour of the british public, we have become a very dull lot indeed.

And that insurance office must really be a bundle of joy to work in.

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Microsoft has no plans for a second Windows 7 Service Pack

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>Unfortunately there is no real competition for desktop users who *gasp* WANT A DESKTOP OS.

This is a terrible condemnation of companies like HP, really. They've known for over a year that W8 was going to be a turkey, and 18 months ago HP was going to be supplying WinOS on every machine they shipped. if they'd had some guts, and were not being run by witless beancounters, there would be a real pre-installed alternative by now.

I think that Linux and OSX are decent alternatives personally, but 90% of customers want a 300 quid PC that works out of the the box. And the box shifters have wasted a year in which they could have been planning to break the monopoly that sees M$ designing their products for them.

Greed, short-termism, lost opportunity.

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Re: If Citrix...

I let them know.

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Re: Learning from XP

>Microsoft found to their cost that their biggest competitor for O/S's was .... themselves.

This reminds me of Vauxhall.

Me: "I want a set of brake pads for a 2004 Astra please"

Spares dept: "Sorry, we don't stock parts for cars over 5 years old"

Me: "Why would I need parts for a car less than 5 years old?"

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What about corporate customers?

The big corporations are just about moving to W7. They are going to expect proper support for half a decade at least. They won't be at all pleased about this.

And who can blame them?

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LG Vu 5in Android phone-tablet review

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Re: Nice idea

Then there is the HTC J Butterfly - 440PPI 1,920 x 1,080 5in - 16GB internal + up to 32GB microSDHC

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Don't hurry. 700 quid laptops will still be x768 for another decade.

<gets off hobby horse>

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WHITE WHALE spent 4 years trying to tell us something, then stopped

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Douglas Adams

"I wonder if it's friendly?"

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WD blames hard drive woes on dominant mobile gear, feeble PCs

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In other news

Makers of gas mantles complain of falling sales.

Very poor market for starting handles.

Domestic coal deliveries at all-time low.

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Everything Everywhere prices up UK 4G

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Fixed it for you

"Everything Everywhere prices up"

That's about it.

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Oldest unreadable alphabet yields to 'tablet' computer

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grone

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Re: TBottom image

"May contain nuts"

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BT and Virgin sue over £10m state-funded Birmingham broadband

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Re: @AC 13:56

>VM can go and boil their bottoms on this one

That cheered me up no end on a dull morning. Ta.

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Gates: Microsoft will merge Phone and Windows platforms

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Stop

And the band played 'believe it if you like'.

Heard it all before. WM6, .net, silverlight...

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European Space Agency to launch exoplanet-spotter

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Headmaster

Cheops

Not quite an abbreviation, not quite an acronym. More like a word search puzzle in 1 dimension. That's a pretty desperate way to come up with a memorable name, taking the 'o' from 'exo'.

Good luck with the search, though lads.

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Facebook won't pull unmarked police plates page

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Re: Illegal compilation of motorist plates?

Genius! Claim car numbers are copyright, & go after them through the courts!

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Re: Re Morons

Having read some of the comment threads, I am worried that morons may be getting a bad name.

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@Thorne: Re: Reverse tactics

>It's a total waste of time.

My view too. Subversive tokenism.

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Alcatel Lucent battles unions in bid to slash 5,500 jobs

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Globalisation

So the USA has trumped up a non-tarrif trade barrier. That leaves Europe as a market. So Europe will need a barrier, dumping looks like a convenient hook to hang it on.

I suspect that if the 80s & 90s were the era of GATT, globalisation, & the free marketr, the teens & twenties will be the reversal.

Once things are obvious enough that you can hit politicians over the head with them, things change.

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Education Secretary Gove: Tim Berners-Lee 'created the INTERNET'

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deispite all the argument above

The fundamental point for me is

Gove == Idiot

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Google rolls out new, cheaper Chromebooks 'for everyone'

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Does this one have the developer switch that lets you install linux?

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Red rag, bull, etc.

1366-by-768

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Slideshow: A History of the Smartphone in 20 Handsets

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6315

I had an Ipaq that I used for a couple of years, but it had to be rebooted daily to keep it working. What is the point of a phone that might not ring?

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Re: Nokia N-Gage?

For the same reason they made it. It looked arresting.

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Free WiFi in London Tube stations extended until end of 2012

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Coverage

Here in Lincolnshire we would be delighted by public wifi.

Or trains.

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Billion people now own a smartphone

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that's ..

Well, there are 7.05 Billion of us, according to various sources. According to indexmundi 26% are under 14 years old. and 8% are over 65. So lets call that a potential world market of 7.05 * 0.66 = 4.65 Billion economicaly active adults. [1]

The suggestion is therefore that 23% of the adults in the world have a smart phone. Wow. And if it /does/ double, as they suggest, that will be getting on for half of us. [2]

I wonder what else has achieved market penetration like that? The ball point pen, perhaps. Certainly the knife. Shoes. If you include plain phone phones, how close to 100% do we get?

http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/ict/facts/2011/material/ICTFactsFigures2011.pdf says there are 6 billion mobile phone subscriptions, that's 87% of the whole world population and 129% of my rough-and-ready count of world adults.

Now, look. This is something done by Science, not religion or governments. It has changed the world very profoundly, which is what technology has done since the stone age. religion and government is dedicated to the status quo, Engineers to tearing it down. I rather think I know who is winning.

[1] I am aware that in some countries schoolkids have smartphones.

[2] But not me.

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Fujitsu beams URLs to mobes through your TV

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Prior cartoon art

The story arc currently running in the web cartoon Schlock Mercenary had embedded blood-nannies being subverted and re-programmed by low-speed data steganographed into TV pictures. Maybe Fujitsu engineers read web cartoons?

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Panasonic gets second chance with £4.7 BEEELION bailout

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¥600bn in loans

That sounds more like a noose than a lifeline.

Whatever control the Matsushita family still had over the corporation is likely now diluted to homeopathic levels.

[grim reaper icon required}

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Intel CEO: PC market slogging along at half speed

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Re: 90 days

The really clever journalists will have an appointment with him that afternoon.

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Foxconn: THESE child workers were NOT making Apple products

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THESE child workers were NOT making Apple products

Oh, good. That's fine then. Hurrah!

face,desk,face,desk

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Planet hunters double down with FOUR-STAR SYSTEM

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(aren’t scientists citizens? - Reg)

Only in dangersous commie-run european countries.

In the coming New Biblical America all scientists will be hunted down using our high-tech weaponry given to us by God.

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Global notebook sales tank in recent months

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Wanna guess which one?

Presumably the one that doesn't try and gouge you 900 quid for a x768 screen & usb2 ports.

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British car parks start reading number plates

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Re: Where is Patrick McGoohan when you need him?

I have half an idea there was an episode with everyone walking round with earpieces, like MP3 drones.

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Where is Patrick McGoohan when you need him?

I think I just saw a big white balloon bouncing along the road outside.

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Tremble, operators: UK gets ACCURATE mobile coverage guide

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Re: other apps

Bill - do you suffer from mild nominative determinism?

Sticking PE10 9NE [1] into OpenSignalMaps reveals two things:

1. It's a map of user locations, not coverage. Where coverage is sparse it's pretty much a map of individuals.

2. What the hell is going on in Auster Wood? [2]

[1] Lloyds bank. I use their postcode instead of mine, for privacy reasons. I don't care if minor criminals stalk PE10 9NE, they are already outclassed.

[2] more likely to be poaching than dogging. It does make me wonder about a pikey logging site.

[2'] Auster wood: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1290138

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Re: PE10

We in Lincolnshire are famous for stating the bleeding obvious...

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PE10

No results at all for where I live.

But that might just be because...

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iPad voice app back after patent spat: Mute kids get 'voices' back

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And being able to re-define keys is *such* an original, patentable idea.

if it really is, it's going to cost Prof Hawkin a fortune every time he talks.

This patent nonsense needs to be nuked from orbit.

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Asus N56VM 15.6in notebook review

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getting closer

I'm nearly tempted, though I still think that at least x1200 is needed on something big enough to have a numeric keypad.

What happened to the battery, lads? seems a very odd result.

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Skydiver Baumgartner in 128,000ft plunge from brink of space

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Ever noticed how the mash says the things the reast of us only think?

http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/science-technology/baumgartner-suit-absolutely-full-of-urine-2012101444834

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How Nokia managed to drive its in-house Linux train off the rails

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fixed it for you

> or partnering with Google or Microsoft, and ultimately plumped for the latter.

s/ultimately/unfortunately

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'It's not a post-PC world: Just a post Windows one, maybe'

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Re: eh?

No, I've seen loads of reviews about desktop users, but none based on a proper touch-only device. The odd mention of desktops with touch monitors, where it seems to do well what it is supposed to do well. But nothing about touch devices. Still not sure that many exist.

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eh?

>While Windows 8 was getting great reviews on touch devices,

Oh? care to point to, say, 24 of them? I've not read above 2 that could qualify as a 'review' in any sense of the word.

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Don't delete that email! Why you must keep biz docs for 6 YEARS

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.pst

$MEGACORP has a retention policy - it is up to us to retain it in .pst files on our local hard disks.

There is also a retention policy about what should and should not be kept, and an email subject line policy about naming things for the same reasons. It's a big document. I've put it in a .pst file on my local hard disk.

<-- now, where was I?

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