* Posts by Robert E A Harvey

2940 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

'Camera-shy' Raspberry Pi 2 suffers strange 'XENON DEATH FLASH' glitch

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Flash photography

I unforget being on a Seismic Survey ship with loads of reel-reel tape drives. You know, the sort of thing with a bit of reflective aluminum spliced in as an end-of-tape marker.

One day the Client Rep came in and took a photo. And all the tape drives went offline and started rewinding.

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First look: Ordnance Survey lifts kimono on next-gen map app

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Geograph.org.uk

Can I suggest users of this app might like to photograph their walks and add them to the rather splendid archive at http://www.geograph.org.uk ?

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Google, Amazon 'n' pals fork out for AdBlock Plus 'unblock' – report

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Re: OT, but is Google fleecing US advertisers ?

My local taxi driver used to pay google for advertising. He was paying 3 p per view every time his name was displayed and 11p per click if his web page was opened.

He is in Stamford, Lincolnshire. He started getting dozens of enquiries from Stamford, Ct. some even by phone. His ad costs went up the same month. He complained to Google who told him it was "not possible" that he had been charged for appearing to a US consumer.

He no longer advertises with Google.

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Morality

I agree with Philip Storry, that content providers who depend upon adverts need their cash stream. There is a complex morality issue here, I suppose.

In my case I object to paying high bandwidth charges for ads on my phone/tablet, and would not mind them at all on my unlimited home broadband. Unfotunately, the practicalities of installing blocking software mean I see them in exactly the inverse of my preferred solution.

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Living with a Renault Twizy: Pah! Bring out the HOVERCRAFT

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Fixed it

"No one is suggesting that golf carts are a practical vehicle to take out on the road and live"

there, fixed it for you

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Good idea, wrong price

if this was 2500 pounds, it might be useful and even sensible for the elderly in a remote market town, as an add-on to the Skoda Yeti they use for weekly shops. But I can't work out who would buy one at that price, except some metropolitan exhibitionist with more money than sense.

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Windows tablet price war FINALLY has 'em prying open wallets

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Re: Well

when they start chucking them out next month, I'll give you 2 quid each for a dozen

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IBM jobs axe: 'The cuts have STARTED and are spreading' sigh staff

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The ultimate end

We are seeing now the end of the process that started in the 50s, with lower paid people being replaced by automation and all the money going to the management.

Of course, the chief beneficiary of this in the early days was companies like IBM.

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Microsoft will give away Windows 10 FREE - for ONE year

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Re: It's a trap

fair enough. Loads of journos now say this is not a subscription trap. I was probably wrong about that.

I guess after years of being stitched up, suspicion comes too naturally.

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Re: I'm free!

It's a trap.

I will get a "free" upgrade to the 8.1 that I paid for and can keep for as long as I want, but after the free year is up I will have to pay for it every year on subscription, like Office365.

Not free at all, then.

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Notebook news: Dell does density, but Lenovo's a lot lighter

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FAIL

the black part around the screen

You know, I always wondered what 'Bezel' meant.

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Renault Captur: Nobody who knows about cars will buy this

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Re: Answers

@Cynical Shopper

And does the same legislation forbid them telling us what to actually expect?

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Re: Answers

>manufacturers don't claim the MPG figures

As far as I know the EU does not tell me what the results are, the manufacturers do. They could add "of course, this is bollox, the real world results will be...". But they don't. Seems a lot like a manufacturer's claim to me, in that they communicate it and don't offer any other value to use.

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Answers

>Does it cost a bomb to run?

My hire car managed 28.8mpg on diesel . Don;t believe what the manufacturers claim

> Is it safe?

In my experience no. Neither brakes nor lights were adequate, and it rolled like a tea clipper on the easiest of roundabouts or bends.

>Is it big enough?

No. Put a tall person in the front and the seat behind is only good for dogs.

>Is it reliable?

it has one of those proximity cards instead of a key. I did not have it long enough to evaluate reliability (although the passenger sun visor did fall off). But those proximity cards fill me with dread.

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Tried one

I was presented with one by a hire company for my trip to Cheshire and back.

Awful.

Underpowered, creaky, and with headlights so bad that driving in the dark in the rain was terrifying. I followed lorries all the way back on the A50 because I could not see to pass them. I also doubt that it would have passed them.

Not really much space for luggage either: my tools fit in the boot of an Insignia, but took up the whole car behind the front seats. That isn't safe if you brake hard. I doubt that it would have braked that hard thiough.

Dreadful. And dangerous.

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ISS Robonaut gets LEGLESS ... in spaaaace

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OH?

What does the Playmonaut have to say about this?

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World, face Palm: PDA brand to RISE FROM THE GRAVE

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Re: Sheep

'flocks' - that's the bunny!

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Brandbollocks

this branding thing is weird.

The newspaper headline 'post code lottery' or "'health lottery' both denote something bad. So someone launches actual lotteries with those names, and idiots buy the tickets. Is that just because they are familiar with the phrase in complete isolation from the context?

Then there was Park Hampers, who went bust taking people's christmas savings with them. Within a year someone had bought the name, and up and down the land people were giving them money . What happened to the toxic assosciations?

Will people really think 'oh good, Palm is back, I must get one'? Yes, probably, in droves. Or should that be 'herds'? Sheep come in herds, I think.

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BOFH: A miracle on PFY Street

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Comic turns of phrase

" that particular train has sailed"... Genius!

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Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde: Fun, but not for all

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Re: Alfa ownership

Yes, and I keep spending that money on my 156 because it puts a smile on my face when I drive it. I can't say that the Gulietta is as pretty as the 156 - in particular the 'frigtened animal' look from the front is pug ugly. It has a nice arse, but the whole package is meh.

Not driven the cloverleaf varient, but more power can't be a bad thing

Been waiting for a replacement for the 159spacewagn for too long. The Gulia has slipped a year every year for too long, and now looks like it will be priced outside my range.

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BT to gobble EE for £12.5bn – BTEE phone home

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Re: Phew...sort of

It's coverage that affects me.

I have tried 3 and Giffgaff in my ipad, and have O2 on my company phone and Virgin on my private one.

from O2/GiffGaff I get no coverage at all on the hills between Grantham and Stamford, and close to nothing in the middle of Spalding. Driving from Lincolnshire to Cheshire I got coverage only in Stoke on Trent, and scrappily in Crewe. I could not even make a phone call on the Derby ring road.

Meanwhile the 3 and Virgin systems were at 5 bars for all of those examples.

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Searching to destroy ... Bing? Facebook JILTS Microsoft

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Err..

I had no idea that Facebook could or did display search results, so I don't suppose it matters very much.

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Oh SNAP, Microsoft! Asigra steals a march with Office 365 cloudy backup

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umm.

Cloud to cloud backup.

OK.

Tell me again why the cloud is better than local storage?

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I am in two minds

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I am in two minds

Look, I am a pacifist and repelled by violence of all kinds.

Is it wrong of me to think this is unutterably cool?

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/laser-gun-us-navy-unveils-new-weapon-in-video-9916776.html

(US navy has laser gun and permission to use it)

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UK slaps 25 per cent 'Google Tax' on tech multinationals

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Re: Apple users are already used to paying a premium

I suggest that Apple users are effectively already paying the tax, it just isn't going to the right coffers.

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Re: They should pay tax here

There is no road tax. There is a tax on owning a vehicle

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Re: Anyone help?

Giteon is not trying to raise revenue, he is trying to raise headlines.

"Make Google and Amazon pay their tax" is a mantra on the left. He thinks if he joins in with the chanting we will be fooled into voting for him.

At this point in the cycle fiscal announcements have nothing at all to do with the economy, or balancing the budget, but everything to do with the impending election.

Giteon is not foolish, and his officials will have reminded him that you can't tax a fart, but he may very well have decided that we are foolish enough to fall for posturing.

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Give nerds their own PRIVATE TRAIN CARRIAGES, say boffins

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Re: Pacers

No disabled toilets? Whenever I get on a pacer the toilet is always disabled.

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BOFH: Everyone deserves a little DOWNTIME

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Re: Lucky South Easters!

Jolly? to London?

Whitley Bay or Brown's pie shop in Lincoln would be a Jolly. That Lunnon is a Penalty.

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Re: Thank you!

I think Gina is putting him off his stride. How did all these chairweights get his phone number?

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How to get ahead in IT: Swap the geek speak for the spreadsheet

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Re: Job salesmen

i've had more recruitment approaches in the last 5 weeks than in the previous 5 years.

And, oddly, they are more relevant, realistic, and attractive.

I suspect that the economy has gone to a place where the parasites cause less damage than usual?

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Its odd

it's odd, but back in the 70s there were a whole class of 'business analysts' who did understand what the company made and how that produced a profit. They worked for the 'mainframe department' and wrote specs for the coders and job stacks for the operators. Some did accountancy, some did manufacturing, then learned data stuff. And we had amazing things like parametric CAD and parts list compilers and stock consolidation and sawtooth stock control and batching. None of which feature in excel.

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Thought tab sales were in the toilet this year? Hah! Wait for next

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Yep

Got one, don't need two.

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The Glorious Resolution: Feast your eyes on 5 HiDPI laptops

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too late, too expensive

These sorts of screens are what I was looking for five years ago. The fact that Laptop vendors are still peddling x720 screens now is the main reason I have not bought one. (the other was W8) I just feel they are taking the piss.

Frankly, given where other consumer electronics have gone in the intervening period, these screens should be available on anything north of a 500 quid flaptop.

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UK boffins: We'll have an EMBIGGENED QUANTUM COMPUTER working in 5 YEARS

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in 5 years...

What was the predicted start date for Skynet?

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MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'

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Re: God help these clowns...

TBF, the world might be a better place with most Youtube, Daily Wail, and similar commentards locked up. Not necessarily safer, but definitely better.

We are just fine, of course.

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DEATH fails to end mobile contract: Widow forced to take HUBBY's ASHES into shop

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I recall SWelec contacting me after my Father died. "Can you put me in touch with Philip Harvey please". "Easy. Come here and I will shoot you in the head. You can talk to him yourself after that".

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Re: leave them open to a lawsuit

Which they richly deserve

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Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

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Re: eh???

Yes, but it's half the price of a hudl and less than a quarter as good. I just came through Munich Airport where they were remaindering wifi galaxy tab 3s for. €99

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Reg hacks see the woods or the trees In the Forest of the Night

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I Wondered if the diassapeared sister had been the trees, or in charge, or summat. Which is why the younger one could hear voices?

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America's super-secret X-37B plane returns to Earth after nearly TWO YEARS aloft

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>Any opaque sticky squirty stuff

Dissapointed. I was hoping for a door behind which was a boxing glove on a spring.

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Nokia STORMS back into profit, FREE from phones and Windows

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simple response

Good.

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ICO warns UK broadcasters over filming using drones

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Re: Spitfire

The obvious way to bring it down is with a net, rather than gunfire. You would recover it more or less intact and could hold it to ransom, or re-purpose it.

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Confused

The abbreviation of UAV for "unmanned aerial vehicles" is causing me some confusion. Back when I used to build them a UAV was an "underwater autonomous vehicle", although the Leftpondians used to call them AUV "autonomous underwater vehicle".

can't we just call them "targets" and have done with it?

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It's a TAB-tastrophe – 83 million fewer units to ship in 2014

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Re: Yep.

And yet mine has lost the ability to reliably cut and paste, can no longer see wifi networks more than a few metres away, and safari, google+, flipboard, and the podcast app keep crashing.

Perhaps I should not have used 8.0.0 first

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Re: Doesn't seem too much interest from manufacturers

I sort of agree with you, except that in the new world of Millions of shipped items, an order for 500 would probably be seen as chicken feed. If you had said 50,000 it might have woken them up. But that is only as many as Tesco shipped HUDL last year, and that is seen as a niche.

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Yep.

Got one.

It works.

I'll maybe get another when it doesn't work.

Some suspicion that Apple may have deliberately borked it with 8.0

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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Re: Patents

Isn't half life affected by relativistic effects?

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Forget passwords, let's use SELFIES, says Obama's cyber tsar

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Re: Cut'n'paste

I remember Clarkson driving around in a Bill Oddie mask.

I can see the obvious flaws.

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Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function

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continuing the trend

So, Powerpoint induced people to think and present facts in a particular way.

Sway appears to do it all for them, so they don't have to bother with the thinking bit?

I am simultaniously not impressed and very impressed. How did they do that?

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