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* Posts by Robert E A Harvey

2686 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

Sitting down all day is killing you

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Re: Does going to the pub for a quick pint count?

No, but it sounds like a good idea. It's a half hour walk so by the time I've found my boots and locked the dogs in the shed, this is the time to set out.

Thank you.

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OFT warns wallet-raiding debt collectors over web ads

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Blimey. A regulator doing some regulating.

Miracles will never cease.

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UK.gov gives nod to .scot

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argh!

Brainbleach please.

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it will be the Former United Kingdom

so .fuk then?

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Re: Yes but...

we are allowed any character set in urls now, so perhaps something in ogham?

http://www.mockfont.com/old/ for fonts

<- I wonder what fonts the Greys use?

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AIUI, the correct form would be .softsouthernlagerdrinkingjessies or .softsouthernlagerdrinkingpoofs

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Oz regulator to Apple: Don’t call it 4G if you can’t connect

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Re: Weasel Words

http://mee.bo/maxj4X

'Guess what doesn't mean "Goodness"'

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>The Powers That Be have allowed LTE to be called 4G even though it isn't

Some powers. In some places. Perhaps.

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CD: The indestructible music format that REFUSES TO DIE

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I'm listening to Schubert on Radio 3 as I read this (In HD streaming, as it happens) and I agree that the thing that is missing these days is Music. We have a lot of Marketing, but no real music.

OK, I like

Adelle

Ali Farka Touré

John Adams

Where are the likes of:

The Albion Band

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Ian Drury

John Williams

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London fire brigade outsources 999 control centre to Capita

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Re: Meh...

Lincolnshire Police have already outsourced their control room to G4:

http://thelincolnite.co.uk/2012/02/lincolnshire-police-sign-200m-outsourcing-contract-g4s/

They are hoping to get some sort of kickback from G4 if other forces sign up, for the training and startup benefits G4 will learn from Nettleham. [1]

[1] is putting a kettle on so very difficult?

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Barclaycard pay-by-bonk fraud risk exposes Amazon's security

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I've already said I don't want contactless anything, so will maintain my previous stance.

I have not asked for it, I don't want it.

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Senators chime in on employers’ Facebook snooping

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Re: HRoFH

>Human resources official from hell??

Bit tautological, that.

I only know of one type.

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Warp-Speed Planets?

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Sounds like the advanced culture would be freezing to death quite quickly.

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Thai floods derail Hadron-colliding antimatter boffinry

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Euroappeal

If they are really desparate I can probably round up 5Tb of unused disks here, and I bet other hobbyists across europe could as well. LVM could turn them into one big bit bucket.

If a pan european call to donate hardware went out, I'd box some stuff up and post it to them.

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'Intelligent systems' poised to outsell PCs, smartphones

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So lets see if I've got this right

People will stop buying phones and iPuds because their car can talk to their Fridge, so they won't need a desktop to do word processing on?

Is that what he said?

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Computacenter rips up £43m council contract over razor-thin margin

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Time for Cumbria to go the Icelandic route?

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Moneybags Apple loses $1.2m Italian warranty fine scrap

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What about the rest of Europe?

AIUI the 2-year rule originates from the EU and applies throughout. What warranties are offered in France, the UK or Netherlands?

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Intel next-gen netbook chip to sport Ivy Bridge graphics

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What, with a 1024 x 600 screen and Windows Stater?

As you say, underwhelming and pointless.

(need big yawn icon)

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Lenovo recalls 160,000 all-in-one PCs after blaze warning

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I don't believe it

They sold 160,000 things that fugly?

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Toshiba outs monster 13in tablet spec

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Everything you need to know

..is given away by the thumb prints. it's too big, too heavy, to be used in one hand.

It's a turkey, that's what that is.

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Ex-Dell man Boyce to head up Computer 2000 sales patch

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Meh

in other words

Man we hadn't heard of gets job with company we hadn't heard of.

Hurrah!

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6,000 sign e-petition to put Turing on £10 note

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Brian

I reckon they should put old Jug 'andles on the back. It seems to be the only way he will get his face on British currency.

Mine's got an ermine collar, thank you.

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August DTV700B portable Freeview TV and DVR

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the all-too-common feature of not being very good.

See, that's what reviews should be like.

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The Facebook job test: Now interviewers want your logins

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Easy.

Have two facebook accounts.

* One with loads of stuff about Nietzsche, 17th century choral music, wallace and grommit, and oxfam.

* And one with pictures of your bum grafted onto cherie blair's neck.

Simples.

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Dr Who scores new companion from Emmerdale

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@AC 20:37

Whereas Billy Piper looked like the south end of a north-bound warthog? But is spoken of in hushed whispers to become Dame Lianne Piper?

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Osborne names UK cities to land £100m broadband bonanza

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@Liz 1

I've seen him from both sides...

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Belfast, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Manchester

No real surprise there. All done on population numbers, I suppose.

It would have taken real intelligence to realise that there is more disposable income in Poole/Bournemouth, more chance of creating new employment in Plymouth, or more cultural need in North Wales or Norfolk.

Frankly, I'd have thought London, Manchester, and perhaps Edinburgh were rich pickings enough to have funded this with revenue, and not needed tax money.

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Windows 8 tablet freezes in Microsoft keynote demo

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good proof point that this is actually real stuff

yes, this is what their real stuff actually does.

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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

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The worst I've paid to see is Starship Troopers, but I've had exposure to Battlefield earth and it is a stinker.

But I've twice had to sit through 'raise the Titanic' and it is in a league of awfulness that I hope is its own. Lower the Atlantic, it would be more believable.

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HP unveils hamper of Ivy Bridge notebooks

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@Caleb Cox

Hows about you pass the comments in this thread to whoever gave you the press release, and then tell us what they said.

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FAIL

Still with the Vtech play computer screens

768? 1080? 768? Double those and I might be interested.

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FAA mulls scrapping in-flight iPad, Kindle ban

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Re: Frustrating

And then there is Schiphol.

If you go from non-Schengen to Schengen space, you have to open the laptop to prove it has a keyboard and has not been hollowed out.

If you go the other way they don't want you to do that.

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Re: Oh the old petrol station turn mobile phones off drama lama

The cell phone ban is, I suspect, left over from the CB radio ban.

Because some early electronic devices (are you listening Dresser) could be zeroed just by keying a 25W transmitter next to them, garages put up spurious "transmitting can cause an explosion" notices, and the meme appears to have stuck.

'course, the transmitters were not the problem in the first place....

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Belkin Dual-Band Travel Router

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Proxy?

This needs a proxy in it too. Lots of hotels charge for access and tie the password to a mac address. If you could make this device the mac address it would be very convenient too.

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Groupon monstered in OFT complaints probe

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Feeble regulation

There is some wooliness in most things on that list, ut when we come to

"Groupon applies refunds policies and cancellation rights in accordance with the Distance Selling Regulations."

That seems to have been a demonstrable breach of law that should have been prosecuted, not discussed.

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Underwater Greek volcano brewing Lara Croft style earthquake

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on a donkey?

Just the one?

Poor bloody beast.

I sat opposite him on a train back from the Liverpool garden festival. I am less than svelte, he is, well you know. The carriage wrecked a wheel bearing under where we were sitting.

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Future car tech

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With Satre, the vehicle in front controls its followers

And, yes, the vehicle in front will be driven by a bulgarian halfwit trucker who has not slept for 78 hours, consumed several bottles of strong lager to keep awake, and will cheerfully turn down a railway line because he does not understand his satnav.

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iPlayer repeat fees threaten BBC earthquake

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good idea, bad price

I'd pay 25-30p for an hour's television, not a peculiar amount like that.

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Ten... stars of the Geneva Motor Show

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want

I want the Jag estate or/and the Morgan electric.

Not that I can afford either, but I can dream, can't I?

Yes, the Bentley SUV is wretched.

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Speedy 3D printer creates 285µm Formula-1 speedster

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"The team is now looking at practical applications"

Make a tiny submarine and send Stephen Boyd & Raquel Welch through someone's bloodstream?

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Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4

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@Mike Richards ('western' fan?)

I have driven a petrol hydraulic car It was french (wocab) - either a renault or citroen - made in the 1950s. It had a constant speed engine, a variable stroke hydraulic pump, and variable stroke hydraulic motors in each wheel, Pump and motors had swash plate variable stroke mechanisms, operated by cables from the 'throttle'. and it could (with the crude swash plate limiter unscrewed) go as fast backwards as forwards.

The one I drove also had a 25 litre drum of replacement hydraulic oil and a suitcase full of replacement rubber seals in the boot. It never went a week without popping something and dumping all the oil on the road in milliseconds (that's what pumps do!).

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STUNNING NEW APPLE DEVICES that will follow the iPad 3 HD!

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Other possibilities

the iPurse - contains money that can only be spent on iThings.

the iNurse - robotic child minder shaped like Steve Jobs, with a calming voice that says "nanny knows best" whenever signs of of intelligence break through.

the iCurse - a portable device for practitioners of witchcraft.

the iTerse - speech synthesiser that reduces whole sentences to bad-tempered single words.

the iWorse - USA's next president.

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Toshiba outs monster tablet 'concept'

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Fine, as long as you can make it hover in mid-air so I can use both hands on it.

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Western Digital slips solid hardness into EMC's eager slot

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all been said

I came here to comment on the headline, but feel I have nothing left to insert.

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Europe is a happy hunting ground for TiVo

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@AndrueC

But they can't be trusted.

I've been paying a premium for a premium service for some years, and discover they have invested nothing at all, not even in LLU.

I'm going to sidegrade to a cheapo service now, it won't be any worse.

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Really?

"Virgin Media, the UK's dominant pay TV operator"

I'd have thought that was Sky.

But I don't watch TV, so what do I know?

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Asteroid could SMASH INTO EARTH in 2040

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I'm all for it.

We can stop worrying about global warming, running out of resources, and the effects of big motors, and have one hell of an extinction party instead.

WOO HOO!

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Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet

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Re: I wonder...

The more massive you become, the more likely virginity is to be conserved?

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Wireless breakthrough: one frequency, multiple signals

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@videoguy

Bit of multipath going on there, I reckon.

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Re: History is written by the winners..

And, of course, they are Hertzian waves anyway

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