* Posts by Robert E A Harvey

2870 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

Don't panic, but UK faces BLACKOUTS BY 2015

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Re: Power outages have benefits, too

No, he's right.

I sold a lot of generators and changeover wiring in the 1970s, and will do so again.

Bring it on!

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SpaceX's Falcon places Dragon in desired orbit

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I hesitate to call a bum note on a great step for industry, and I am delighted that we have not forgotten near-earth space.

But who let them call that 'Dragon'? it's a bit -err- mundane for a dragon.

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Microsoft sets date for Windows Phone 8 unveiling

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Re: Microsoft have come a LONG way in a short time

>Microsoft have come a LONG way in a short time

short time? short?

Windows Embedded Compact (as it was then) was launched in 1996, and only received the most desultory support ever since. One PLC maker had to wait 3 years for a fix to the networking that condemned their touch panels to a daily reboot to keep working.

>Windows CE was god awful.

was? is! a lot of people are stuck with it on embedded systems, with no sign of a future.

It's also why HP purchased Palm. (Hmm, just had a thought. Was it pressure from M$ that caused that to go so badly?)

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First it was, Windows Phone 7 will be great, and it wasn't,

I got heavily downvoted for suggesting that WP7 should not be cut any slack because I suggested it was not a brand-new OS but, err, the 7th iteration.

Now it is a commonplace that it is just WinCE rebadged.

I got suckered into WM6 on a phone, that never worked and never got fixed. Ditto WM6.5 . Had I been fool enough to believe the hype over WP7 they would have done it to me again. There is no good reason to trust WP8.

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HP's Whitman: 'I will turn this company around – by 2016'

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Re: Dead and buried

>If the rumor is right UK government intends to do that.

It's quite a good idea. Snag is /all/ of their suppliers should be on the list. First one they name will be straight to the high court like a spoiled teenager: "they are still talking to Frank! It's sooo unfairrr! Wah!"

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oh yeah

that's the bugger. Late, tired etc.

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Re: well

HP were pretty unkind to mobile. Letting the PDA/phone business fester, then the Palm fiasco. Don't blame mobile!

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R&D is good.

It seems a long time since anyone invented something new.

How's the varistor doing?

Any plans to research new methods of data entry?

What about higher screen res? Any movement on making x1500 screens for the price of x768?

And software? any good stuff from enterprise that could be packaged up? intelligent data mining? The post-spreadsheet data mangling app? translation? natural language? Visualising? Project management?

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oh?

No mention of phones & tablets? Have they changed their mind on those again?

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Oracle nudges Sparc T5s back out to 2013

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Take no bets

I'm expecting T5 to be the end of the road, unless someone takes it off them.

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EE sets October date to power up UK 4G network

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Bear of little brain

I use my phone for talking & texting, but have been considering a change of heart.

But the more I read the more bafflingly complex it becomes. This or that 'edition' of a phone? what is/is not LTE? who will have what options? Not to mention what happens if you dare take your mobile to another country. I think the whole industry is doing its damndest to make sure I won't bother.

Going to go back to Morris Dancing & wood carving, I reckon.

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Liquefied-air silos touted as enormo green 'leccy batteries

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Re: Penny wise, pound foolish.

I agree with solidsoup, the 70% idea is windowdressing. This thing will have to face the laws of thermodynamics twice, on import and export, so I'd have thought the 25% figure is as good as it gets.

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HP Spectre XT 13in Ivy Bridge Ultrabook review

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@GitMeMyShootinIrons Re: Agreed.

>even with SSD, a slim form factor and a fancy new processor.

...and no optical drive.

Even 300 quid laptops come with an optical drive. for £900 they should either spend the money saved on a proper screen, or put an external drive in the box.

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@David Gosnell Re Novatech

I really like the way you can buy stuff from them without a copy of Windows.

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Robert E A Harvey
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Ping Cliff Joseph

I think you should print out this comment section and send it to whoever lent you the sample, then tell us their response.

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Is there a genuine reason for it ?

Not to put too fine a point on it:

>Is there a genuine reason for it ?

Yes. They are all tightwad cunts who want to have us by the nose

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iPhone 5: the fab slab to grab

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Re: The state of his marriage

There's no such thing as a single entendre.

whatever works best, I reckon.

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The state of his marriage

>Maybe you should get an iPhone.

Maybe he should give her one.

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>Surely there is no excuse for GPS not getting your position to within 1m these days?

It's still very dodgy in city canyons.

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Satellite broadband rollout for all in US: But Europe just doesn't get it

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rain-fade

I'm sure you are right, but I had far less experience of Ka on ships - the sputniks we used were equipped for C, and if the rain was heavy enough we would lose either signal or symbol lock.

Like I say, my Sky (?Ku?) box doesn't like wet weather

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Not Needed

Satellite internet makes sense when the US population is so sparsely scattered. In Europe population densities are higher and terrestrial solutions more practical as well as actually faster.

Not to mention the weather. I used to work on ships and our C-band internet feeds were often interrupted by rain at one end or the other. (My domestic Sky TV sometimes goes off in heavy rain).

And Europe has more aesthetic control over building use: the planning laws would go do-lally over so many dishes, whereas in the US people have large back yards to lose them in.

</sweeping generalisations>

Oh, and it is expensive.

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JK Rowling's adult novel arrives on ebook full of FAIL

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Sod the eBook

Is Emma Watson going to do the film?

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Icelandic town demands vulva museum

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Homologues

Meh. You've seen one, you've seen them all.

Mammalian structures are remarkably consistent.

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Morality

Would it be illegal to pay to go in?

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Architectural issues

I'm wondering what the Entrance Hall would look like

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Microsoft: 'To fill 6,000 jobs, we'll pay $10K per visa'

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WTF?

Telecommuting

Surely M$ of all people should be able to employ people in Brazil and the UK and Portugal and Kenya without them dragging their sack of bodily fluids to Redmond?

or if it doesn't work for them, why are they trying to flog it to the rest of us?

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AMD launches Android app store for Windows PCs

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Obvious Question

> Apps that take advantage of hardware-specific features

> – such as phone dialing and SMS, GPS positioning, or

> sensors – aren't much use with BlueStacks, either.

Is that mostly 'cos the host hasn't got the hardware, rather than a Bluestacks issue?

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Intel: Behold the TABLETS of our partners, proof of Win8's MIGHT

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Re: Win8 Most undesirble Chrimbo Present competition winner 2012. win8FAIL

Well, I think the greedy little sods should get a stocking with a wallnut, a satsuma, A Beano annual and a new toothbrush. And think themselves lucky it wasn't full of Coal.

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AI game bot HUNTS DOWN ENEMIES, passes Turing Test

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Depressing

The narrower the subject matter, the easier it is to pass the test. Limiting case: it is very hard to decide if a human or a machine is solving 3+3.

But it is depressing that our Turing candidate is being assessed on it's Genocidal abilities, rather than - say - playwriting or portraiture

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Japanese boffins unfurl banner above newly-discovered Element 113

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Re: Godzillium!

That's even better than my Godzilla-based joke!

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Google spikes old MS file formats

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Re: @KJ re downvoting

2 up, 3 down.

Well done lads. I knew you couldn't resist.

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@Vic Re recruitmenr reptiles

When I was last jobhunting 80% of agencies only wanted CVs in .doc.

They were the same 80% who sent my details to every damned job that didn't match what I was looking for.

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@KJ re downvoting

I've given up trying to understand the mad downvoters.

All I know is they consistently rob me of my ambition to have 10x as many up as downvotes!

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Tech budgets in schools heading north again

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New plan

Why don't we think about what we need to teach, and how, and then think about the hardware required once we know what it is for?

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Vandals break into congressman's office, install Linux on PCs

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And would this not have happened if the culprits had installed Windows 7? or AmigaOS? or OS/2?

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Microsoft Research man: It all starts with touch

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Data gloves

Anyone remember Byte Magazine? Loads of articles about data gloves in the 1980s.

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touchscreen CRT monitors in use in factories back in the 1990s

Indeed. Baker Perkins was using them in 1985. 20 inch. summat like 2100x1500

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Events in stratosphere can affect Earth's entire climate

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Sorry?

Why is anyone surprised by this?

Had you told me there was no such linkage I would have been very doubtful and demanded serious evidence.

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Verizon CFO: 'Unlimited' data is just a word

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Nearly right

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/post/1519560

- That was about T-muddle, but same idea, different hat.

You can't trust 'phone companies.

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Ten external battery packs

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Make yer own

http://www.ladyada.net/make/mintyboost/

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Re: What, no AAs?

Yes.

I have a 4-cell caddy I got free with an external hard drive, and it is fantastic for topping up phones. And at £0.00 it was a bargain.

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Product convergence

I was quite happy to put the double size battery and big cover on the back of my Motorola Timeport, back in the 90s.

I think that phone manufacturers are all chasing the one market. I'd have thought that, like the big-button market for older users there was a case for a big-battery market for people like me away from base for days.

I agree that the fact that so many of these external devices exist show the phone makers are being a bit too mee-too in following each other down one road. Lets have some divergence for a change.

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Apple iPhone 5 review

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Re: 'The thinnest, slickest, fastest iPhone yet.'

Comparing a product with its own earlier versions is very thin gruel indeed.

What matters is to compare a 2012 iPhart with a 2012 Androne.

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Neil Gaiman’s saucy pop wife agrees to pay her musicians in money

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TL;DC

Too Late; Don't Care. Lost interest in her now.

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Swiss railways ticked off at iOS clock knock-off

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@Velv: The Swiss have saying about Trains

True. Two illustrations.

I was standing on the platform at Hardbrukke, on a frosty, foggy morning. The train was 45 seconds late and a chap started to have a panic attack. "Where is the train?"

I was in Chur, and as people were getting off they were being given leaflets. The train had been 1 minute late 3 days running, and this was the explanation.

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Copyright

I've got a pocket watch based on the design which I bought at an SBB ticket office. They do guard the design very carefully, and I expect them to win this one. And so they should.

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Climate sceptic? You're probably a 'Birther', don't vaccinate your kids

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Is it time for this again?

http://www.eclectech.co.uk/mindcontrol.php

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Mars rover Curiosity gets ready to blast its first rock

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Odds

It's a million to one, I tell you!

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iPhone 5 has 'laser keyboard, holographic images'

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Re: Fox would not have been caught out like this ....

I have a mental picture of people walking through the door at Fox and their phones exploding in thier pockets.

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False storm

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False storm

This is going the rounds at the moment:

http://paritynews.com/network/item/325-department-of-work-and-pensions-uk-in-possession-of-169-million-unused-ipv4-addresses

I find it hard to imagine that it is the scandal some have suggested, just the fall-out from an allocation policy set firmly in the early years of networking.

But it might raise a few bob, like selling off the spectrum. I shall be signing the petition that suggests it:

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/38744

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