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* Posts by Robert E A Harvey

2827 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

REVEALED: Reg trails claw along Apple's 'austerity' 21.5-inch iMac

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Re: All Macs have obsolescence built-in

Which seems to be the 21st century way. I can't get a sump for a 7 year old italian car, and there are no spare window motors for the 5 year old nissan next door to it.

At least with the iMac the OS it already has will remain working.

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Re: Everyday performance

This is the cybercafe machine for airport lounges and posh hotels. I reckon Apple need to market these quite hard at that sort of slot.

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BlackBerry's Passport will be the WEIRDEST mobe of 2014

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Re: Tough to fit in a pocket.

Oh. I was sort of thinking it would be the same size as a passport.

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Microsoft is still touting Android smartphones – meet the new Nokia X2

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Re: Bing maps or Here maps?

According to the Windows Weekly podcast, it's Here maps

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Why?

Why are all multi-sim phones low spec?

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Mozilla to cram a full web-dev IDE inside Firefox browser

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Circle of time

Are they trying to re-invent Netscape?

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F1 racing ace Michael Schumacher's medical records were pinched

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Really?

Pinched, stolen? or just copied?

Permenantly deprived the owner, or just intruded into privacy?

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Microsoft ups OneDrive storage, slashes prices to match Google Drive

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Re: Watch the lawsuites fly...

>mapping your own personal cloud storage to a drive letter would be feckin' ace

Drive letters? how quaint. How 1970s.

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David Cameron wants mobe network roaming INSIDE the UK

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Landlines

Really? Is our PM incapable of using landlines? Don't the secret service all around him have TETRA handsets?

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SEA hacks Reuters website widget DESPITE 2FA security

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Taboola

I have taboola blocked by ghostery, it seems to specialise in "how to get an ipad for $3.99" type scams

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Who needs a ride-on mower when a ROBOT will cut your grass

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Clippings

I want a robot mower that can deal with the clippings.

Anyone who tells you that a mulching mower produces no mess obviously does not have dogs, and anyone who tells you a toy cutter like that has can mulch is having you on.

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Glastonbury debuts festival wide Wi-Fi network - fitted to COWS

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I hope

These are going to be methane powered.

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Foxconn to take on 100 THOUSAND workers prior to iPhone 6 launch

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So Hang on

... the most complex one so far (almost by definition) and probably the most expensive, is going to be built by 100,000 agricultural labourers dragged out of the fields at the very last minute? Doesn't bode well for reliablility that.

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It's a Doddle: Amazon inks train station parcel deal with Network Rail

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Re: Collectplus?

Except that not one of our local corner shops wants anything to do with it. They reckon it is all work and no revenue.

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Google starts selling Glass to Brits – for £1,000 a pop

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Re: Airstrip One

It's not free. It costs two monkeys. At least one of which is wearing it.

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Firefighters deliver trapped student from GIANT GERMAN LADYPARTS

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err

Are we going to get a Playmobil reconstruction?

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LOHAN in FIGHT to DEATH with brace of cantankerous canards

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Re: Has anyone ever heard of the KISS principle

I think PARIS was the KISS project.

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9 Dark Social Truths That Will Totally Blow Your Bowels!

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Re: Excellent!

Indeed. I'd forgotten it was Friday, and this has cheered me up.

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That's no plane wreck, that's a Google Wi-Fi balloon

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What?

"when they land"?

Err - do they mean 'crash'?

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Top 10 tech essentials for the festival season

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Re: Tents

Cracking tent!

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Re: Hang it from the cross-member of your tent?

You have to be very carefull hooking things over ridge poles - in a single skin tent the pressure point can cause an annoying leak.

Most tents worth buying have a couple of fabric loops sewn into the roof for hanging lanterns from.

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Mobe battery flat? These ELECTRIC PANTS will pump things up

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Gas powered?

Where does the initial energy input come from?

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Amazon's not-actually-3D Fire: Bezos' cash register in YOUR pocket

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Good stuff

I am quite impressed. It's good to see someone not following the herd, but actually thinking about what you can do with all the wizardry about.

I don't want one, of course, as it is a temple to consumerism by a tax-evading group of shits. But it is a clever temple to consumerism by a clever tax evading group of shits.

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Assange™ makes fresh bid for FREEDOM from Scotland Yard's 'physical encirclement'

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Escape

Surely the time honoured method is to dress up as a washer woman and walk out carrying a basket? As long as he remembers to wear big black boots and say "Lawks" a couple of times he'll be fine.

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Re: Watch a front door

All this economics baffles me. Do we /only/ pay him while he's looking at a front door? Would we not have been paying him if he'd been e.g. Stop-and-searching some poor black kid?

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DANGER MOUSE is back ... and he isn't half a GLASSHOLE

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Re: Load of Shite

oh. farthing.

as you were, then. Sorry.

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Wikipedia insists paid editors reveal their bits in public

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Re: inverse case

>was the review consistent with the (eventual) content of the book?

It was essentially a personal attack on the author for having the temerity to write a book on that subject, and saying all his facts were wrong. I suspect a rival publisher who hadn't noticed the release date.

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inverse case

A friend of mine had a devil of a job getting Amazon to remove a negative review of a book they were listing but which wasn't going to physically exist for at least 12 months.

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'Forced'

Whilst I applaud the principle, I don't see how this can be policed.

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'Cortana-gate' ruins Satya Nadella's Microsoft honeymoon

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Oh

So something I don't want won't be available on something I don't have before it becomes available on something I have but don't use.

OK, then.

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Missiles-on-rooftops Brit spy Farr: UK gov can slurp your Facebook, Twitter ... What of it?

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I don't care

I've never twatted nor facebukked anything that I didn't want people to know.

And I do support certain political viewpoints on there, and if MI* are collating my remarks about IDS and Blair and Gove and Microband, then there is some chance they may get to hear my views, if only as part of a bell curve. Good. 'cos they ain't listening any other way.

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Chap builds rotary dial mobile phone

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For reasons you don't want to know, I once wrote an AT command parser in the script language for the procomm plus terminal emulator.

Just 'cos Turing said it was possible, didn't mean he said it would be easy.

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Bloke squeezes Apple's boules, predicts millions of iPhone 6s, iWatches

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I wonder how many he owns?

I do hope this chap isn't just indulging in stock pumping, by predicting higher earnings using pure guesswork. I wonder how many he owns?

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Smartphone SEX APPS will give you CUPID'S MEASLES - study

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Re: ointment

As long as it's ointment you need, not oinkment

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Bring your own device – as long as it's Microsoft

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Starting?

> starting to baulk at “spending £500-plus of their own money on a device they will use for work”

I'm several decades ahead of that curve then.

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IoT cup claims 'instant' identification of what's in it

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Re: I know when I've had enough!

I like a man with literary pretensions

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How practical is an electric car in London?

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Identification problem

"...allowing electric cars to drive in bus lanes.... California allows electric cars...car pool lanes,..."

Given how ordinary all cars look now, surely this would require all electric cars to have a BFO "E" stencilled on the bonnet in flourescent paint, so that the camera operators would know they are entitled?

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BOFH: On the contrary, we LOVE rebranding here at the IT dept

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Oh good

It must be Friday. I was getting worried for a bit.

I've actually enjoyed this week. Siemens S7 programming. Training Ladder, statement list, real-time interrupts. Accumulators, register indirect addressing, binary. Made me think I was back in 1974.

Just wait till the boss discovers he booked me on the wrong course!

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Dell exec: HP's 'Machine OS' is a 'laughable' idea

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Al of that.

I think that Dell rubbishing the idea of innovation is of a piece with Boeing giving up on innovation and all the other death-of-the-west retrenchment in businesses run by accountants and engineers . We desperately need innovation and R&D.

But I too have my doubts that HP will make a success of this. Their track record in recent decades is not encouraging.

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Marc Andreessen: Edward Snowden is a 'textbook traitor'

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Unpopular view

My view is that

* Snowden was, by simple definition, a traitor

* The world is better off for what he revealled

So he was a Traitor working for a corrupt regime. He decided he could not keep the secrets secret. That makes him a good man, but does not stop the unfortunate side effect of being traitorious toward a regime that neither he nor I respect.

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Freeview's rumoured '£100m YouView killer' is real – and it's yet another digital TV thing

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Re: FFS!

FFS can't they make content I actually want to watch?

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Evidence of ancient WORLD SMASHER planet Theia - FOUND ON MOON

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Named by whom?

I find the BBC this morning was fascinated by the name. Just because someone dreamed up a name, it doesn't make it any more real.

I am interested in the science, but this populist crap is a dilution of it. Why didn't they name it "Norman"?

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Londoners urged to cut landlines and take up wireless broadband

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Re: slightly less bonkers cabinet minister

are there any?

A friend recenctly described the spat between Gove and May as "A battle of wits between unarmed combatants"

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Quiant, indeed. I am getting the same effect.

Ah well, it will be a thousand years before it gets to PE10 anyway.

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Gunmaker finds KILLER APP for Google Glass

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Re: Marketing rubbish

Yes, this is just hype.

The idea of a remote display, even a HUD, for an aiming camera is not something new, or something made possible by gurgle gloss.

Someone is just creating clickbait.

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Doubletalk: Geeksphone Revolution dual-OS smartphone

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Interesting

I wonder if the Ubuntu phone OS or Sailfish could also be ported to it?

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Please be seated at your FOUR-LEGGED PC

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Re: Ugly and unergonomic

Watch out. I said something similar and was roundly condemned for having my own views!

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LG G3 fights off screen-res war rival Samsung with quad-HD cutie: In pictures

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pull out antenna

I want one, even if it doesn't do anything.

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Re: I really can't see a point...

I understand what you are saying, but they are a really good way to confuse the salesdroids at PCwhirled, who will try and sell you a laptop with 768 pixels and a phone with 1200 all at the same time. It's worth doing, if only to see the existential angst on thier little faces.

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Calxeda co-founder unleashs 48-core ARM SoC

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OK, that's exciting

I have no idea what I would do with it, but It is quite something.

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