* Posts by Robert E A Harvey

2871 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

The dead reanimates as HP ships Open webOS beta

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not waving, but drowning

I think Meg knows HP did something foolish with WebOS, but is not sure what, and has no idea at all what to do about it.

It would be interesting to see a revival, but I'm not holding my breath.

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NASA funds sexy, stealthy, sideways supersonic flying wing

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Go

I think it is genius.

It can fall over sideways, or nose plant, in twice as many ways!

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Google engineer finds British spyware on PCs and smartphones

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WTF?

Umm

I'm kind of flaky on this 'legitimate spyware' idea

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Archos pushes out 7-inch GamePad, slaps on dual thumbsticks

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any onscreen controls for touchscreen games will be automatically ported to the device's buttons

any?

That's some meaty automation!

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Safer conjugal rights via electronic skin

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Re: Everyone must have seen this by now, surely -

Not sure you could accurately order the groceries from Ocado by waving yer limbs about.

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@HMB Re: I especially liked....

Very short half-life. Decays rapidly. the marital bed, I mean.

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Nokia, Moto, Sony phone wing of Foxconn is soaked in red

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Re: RE: Welcome to capitalism, lads. Enjoying it so far?

Indeed. Exactly so.

Welcome to capitalism, lads. Enjoying it so far?

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Foxconn & China

Welcome to capitalism, lads. Enjoying it so far?

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Windows 8 Storage Spaces: Can you trust it with your delicates?

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Linux

LVM - it works

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Lexmark dumps inkjet arm, sacks 1,700

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Paperless office

I'm beginning to wonder if all printer manufacturers aren't facing the profit crapper.

I can see a future where no-one wants to make them. We could end up with the paperless office after all.

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Not to mention

Lack of Unix support, pathetic drivers, and dreadful after-sales support

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@ThomH Re: Betrayed by your management

Bit difficult to find a vendor who isn't chasing the bottom of the market

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It's Lego's 80th birthday party, but only the boys are invited

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Re: "Single use" pieces?

The Palm Tree fronds from the PotC sets will pretty much only do palm tree fronds, though the can sprout from odd places

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Shove off Prince Harry, now Norway's teen royal in fresh photo uproar

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"a potentially significant security lapse."

"pinpointing the location of royal relatives in near real-time, a potentially significant security lapse."

only for an assassin with a time machine

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Train crash knocks out fibre cables, delays 9/11 hearing

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Re: If only the US had access to US technology.

Aye. I came to say "arpanet" and "survive nuclear attack" but you beat me to it.

Dumb as a box of chocolate hairpins

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Samsung Galaxy Beam Android projector phone review

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Re: Outdated phones

What? oh, probably. Something in the review distracted me.

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Tech conferences: Not just here for the FREE BEER

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Pint

What?

I only came here 'cos you said FREE BEER

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Everything Everywhere to be Nothing Nowhere in rebrand

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On that basis

Why not 'Bodestone'?

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#Old McDonald had a farm, e, i.

hang on.

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Some suggestions, and one silly one.

What-4

Mobile

Masters (they erect masts)

Mobile Masters

Us (join us! be happy with us!)

Interlinked

Onshore

Better (you can't beat us, we are better!)

The Best

The Spheres (music of...)

Intangible

Resurgent

Maxwell's mesh

Gridsquares (implying coverage)

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T-Mobile USA: Our new unlimited data plan is actually unlimited

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"no data caps, speed limits or bill shock"

... For a month or two.

Once users start to use it, the game is up.

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Work for the military? Don't be evil, says ethicist

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Re: value alignment

I would say that it is perfectly possible to design machines to automate the traditional cheese making methods, or pasturise cream, without producing cheese triangles from dairy waste.

The production of flour has been mechanised for millenia, it doesn't have to be assosciated with pop tarts.

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Re: Actually

Not always fortunate - there were dead periods where I was reduced to doing red&blue tape PCB artworks on the kitchen table. Or plugging new cash register printers in at Tesco after midnight.

I'm just saying that people should make their own choices. Maybe if I had been different I'd still be in charge of an R&D department instead of using a screwdriver and a torque wrench on a daily basis. Maybe I'd have earned more. But I earned enough, and can live with having designed control systems in the food and printing industry.

I'm not sure that people do work on weapons systems without a certain amount of introspection: I know a few who did exactly that. I rather think this chap's advice is null. I think that most designers and developers know very well what they are doing. it would all get smelly very quickly if they didn't.

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Actually

I've walked out of 3 jobs because I didn't want to work on military hardware, and skipped a thousand or so job adverts.

I still managed to pay off the mortgage, bring up 2 wonderful girls and design 3 things that are in the science museum.

And now $MEGACORP pays me to travel the world and commission things the size of a house that do good stuff.

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Best Buy, Target, Walmart, others to take on Google Wallet

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Yep

I've paid at the pump with chip-and-pin in the Netherlands, Norway, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Russia, Pakistan, UAE, Philippines, and even France. Same card, same PIN.

Oh, and Peterborough.

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Re: Not another one!

Even before the EMV connector was widely used on cards (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMV) the banks issued and maintained a PIN system used all over at least europe and south america. Terminals had to be complient and approved, and were often issued by the banks: but there was a standard that they all more or less agreed to.

I have been using swipe-and-pin terminals since the late 1980s, and chip-and-pin since the early years of this century. I don';t think I have had a card mag-swiped outside the USA since around 2003. Even in Malawi, China, and The Andaman islands shops, cash machines, and banks all work with the chip-and-pin method. Damnm, I designed a swipe-and-pin terminal back in 1976, when the banks wanted to maintain separate PIN algorithms.

The world has had a generic PIN system since some time in the 1980s.

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Not another one!

Sick and tired of US retailers home-made alternatives to a proper system. Like the petrol pumps that demand the billing zip code for credit cards instead of a pin code, and the sudden appearance of mag swipe on iphones, years after the civilised world has chip-and-pin. Starbucks qr-code-on-yer-phone-scanned-by-the-till instead of a proper system. On and on and on, contrapting ramshackle systems instead of co-operating on standards

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GPS trigger will light LOHAN's fire

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Dog

I like Patterdales, very much a one-man dog. Can be grumpy when cold and wet.

What's not to like?

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Microsoft reveals Windows RT OEMs

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Re: "Yawn" You are clearly horribly dissapointed that Acer is not on the list.

grin.

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Yawn

The usual suspects then...

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Windows 8: Microsoft's tablet-desktop still painful to swallow

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Re: 438 per cent better, but that is for drawing rectangles

"up to 438 " - does that mean anything at all?

'at least...' might have some value, but 'up to...' ?

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First, Google goggles - now the world gets self-censoring specs

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or are they lacking

I'm beginning to think so

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El Reg probes pregnant Playmobil lass

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Rumours are true

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/aug/07/london-2012-condoms-olympic-village

"The Australian BMX cyclist Caroline Buchanan tweeted a photograph of the bucket, which featured a sign reading "Kangaroos condoms, for the gland downunder", and a picture of a boxing kangaroo.

She joked that bucket seemed to back up rumours that the village becomes a hot bed of activity as thousands of competitors complete their events and celebrate after years of working to get to the Olympics – tweeting: "Haha, the rumours are true. Olympic village."

Barcelona started the trend of supplying free condoms to athletes when the Spanish city held the Olympics in 1992, with the International Olympic Committee endorsing the move.

The London Olympic organisers provided 150,000 free condoms in dispensers for the 10,800 athletes at the Games, supplied by Durex which paid for the supply rights.

A Locog spokeswoman said they were trying to find out who distributed the Kangaroo condoms, with the container shown to hold condoms from Durex's rivals Ansell Ltd, an Australian company, and Pasante, a private British firm.

She said athletes and officials were allowed to bring products into the village for their personal use.

"We will look into this and ask that they are not handed out to other athletes because Durex are our supplier," said the spokeswoman."

My personal view? Young, fit, active people with something to celebrate? Why not?

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OK Go and do a search for

"Noch 15958"

"Noch 15951"

"Noch 15955"

"Vollmer 2250" - how did they get in?

"Preiser 10439"

"Preiser 29004"

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Acer dishing out 16,400 cheap OLYMPIC laptops to schools

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flog? FLOG?

I thought there was supposed to be a legacy?

Cheeky buggers.

There are several charities in that part of the world who could do a lot of good with those - and have ways to stop them ending up on Ebay!

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Microsoft: It was never 'Metro,' it was always 'Modern UI'

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"The Manhattan project"

Good choice. It's going to blow up in their face.

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@Phil

Problem with calling something 'modern' is progress. It more or less means that W9 will be 'post-modern', and no-one would want a post-modernist computer.

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Bucks muck chuck muck-up leaks 840 email addresses

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How about the councillors have a fine deducted from their pay?

Councillors are an elected fig leaf with no control over the officers, who are mandated by central government to do things regardless of what the chamber says. I know of councils where councillors may not even talk to the staff unless the chief exec is present. They certainly can't instruct them.

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"We take the security of our data very seriously" - but not that of anyone else.

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Oooh-la-la! 'iPhone 5' bares all, strokes tiny nano-SIM in pics

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how you'd design a state-of-the-art smartphone

Use the camera.

Have a massively complex multicoloured QR code on a bit of paper that you take a picture of. The phone then connects to the service and says "let me be that number.

Point two phones at it, they both become that number like an old-fashioned plan 1A domestic extension. Both ring together - even in separate countries - and the first one that picks up is online.

Point the same phone at several certificates, and it will accept calls for all those numbers, and ring out on any one.

Buy a prepay at the garage, get a top-up you point the camera at. Pay for top-up at a cash machine, and photograph the rapiidly changing screen,

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HP writes down a whopping $8bn from EDS gobble

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8 Bn?

It's a good job they are doing so well with all the other parts of the business.

oh, hang on...

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T-Mobile puts 'Full Monty' tariff on diet

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Bait, switch, dump

What else does one expect. They are a telecom company.

Any company with such a large customer base will never see them as people, or have any interest in their individual complaints. They only respond to statistically observable movements, like large chunks of people dumping them.

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HP must throw its PC biz overboard to survive, says analyst

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Re: Wall Street in slash and Burn shocker.

>some bellend-brained analyst

That's probably all of them

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Microsoft Surface slate: Acer, resellers predict a riot

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Hyperbole Police

hey, I'll plead guilty to the "cool and interesting", but I'll take the 'blindingly obvious' defence over the Antichrist thing.

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I'm torn

I can't decide whether to buy a surface because it is cool and interesting and something new, or to shun it because it is made by the Antichrist.

Let's see, does Acer's opinion help me at all? No, because I would not value their opinion on whether their bum needed wiping, let alone anything remotely clever.

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@HMB Re: Go MS! - Actually customers should come first

But from Microsoft's position the OEM is the customer. The rest of us are users.

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Office for ARM will lack features, report claims

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Oh come on

It is not so many years ago that they released a version of office for MACs that did not have macros, largely because they could not port the code.

I never expected the RT version to be identical, and if anyone did they were living in cloud cuckoo land. I've got a fairly advanced flaptop here with a 4-way core processor and loads of stuff. MS office can bring it to a screaming, shuddering halt. And does. I can type faster than it can render glyphs on this beast.

What chance has it got running on an alarm clock?

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Radio hams unite to fight off new powerline comms standard

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Re: What does Ofcom regulate, again?

IMO Ofcom are as useless a bunch of chairweights as you will find anywhere.

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Curiosity success 'paves way for Man on Mars by 2030s'

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Oh and

Kudos to El Reg for the 'mars attacks' picture on the maun page!

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Microsoft dumps Metro from Windows 8

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@Allan George Dyer

Windows Allegro sounds about right. It had a square steering wheel, everyone talked about it, and no-one willingly bought one.

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