* Posts by Robert E A Harvey

2992 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

Airbus predicts catapult takeoffs and formation flying by 2050

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New York to San Francisco

...is the perfect route for a proper high speed or maglev train service.

The South Korean government is planning, when their re-unification eventually occurs, a line from Seoul to Moscow. I met the chap planning it.

on Jun 4, 1876 the "Transcontinental express" did NY to SF in 83 hours, coal fired and hand stoked. Today it takes over 140. Doesn't sound like progress to me. The rail distance is something like 3,400 miles. Were that all French TGV standard it would take around 17 hours. The technology to get that below 10 hours is either known or imminent. For heavens sake, the old British Rail 225 sets from the late 1980s could do it in 22 hours, at least a few times. Virgin's Pendolinos could do it in 27, although It might take longer as I think they might have to stop for a lube break at some point!

By the time fossil fuels expire we might be very pleased to take 24 hours for a journey that would take 4 to 6 months on foot.

I'll get me coat. It probably still has a 1968 combined volume in the pocket.

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Re: My thoughts

Yes, Trains are another immensely civilised form of travel, and they very rarely hit the ground from thirty thousand feet. Truly, the future of travel is the past.

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Re: Solar - oh FFS

I've been travelling around the world for around 5 decades, am old enough to have flown in a scheduled route in a Dakota and a DeHavilland Rapide.

And I'm about sick of it. My fervent hope is that we can't find a replacement for fossil fuels and have to go back to travelling by sailing ship, a genuinely civilised form of transport which doesn't involve being groped by security staff every 14 yards through the port.

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Re: glide + landing = controlled crash on wheels, hopefully

Do you not remember the first ever episode of "Thunderbirds"?

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Wing Root

The comet had many failings, but wings falling off wasn;t one.

I imagine the passion for suspended engines has more to do with maintenance access,

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FCC to TV broadcasters: Ready, set ... give your spectrum up

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Secondly, what would they actually "give up"?

Well, British consumers have had to give up their analogue tuners, so that the TV broadcast specturm can be lopped and filled with digital multiplexes, and the rest flogged off - to whom exactly?

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Headmaster

Pedantry

It's MF up to 3MHz, so you could say that the HF band is only 27MHz.

2.1GHz is part of of the 300MHz-3GHz UHF band according to the ITU

Traditionally microwaves start in the 3GHz to 30GHz SHF band.

See http://www.itu.int/dms_pubrec/itu-r/rec/v/R-REC-V.431-7-200005-I!!PDF-E.pdf

(I am not responsible for the multiple plings, they did that all by themselves!)

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Intel rolls eyes at flaccid PC biz, cuts $1bn off expected sales

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Joke of an ultrabook

Quite. Had they mandated a decent screen and not tried to pitch it at 5 times netbook pricing I'd have bought one by now. And that would have added 1 to the sales...

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The world's first Windows Phone 8 hands on – what's it like?

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Re: Never ever, EVER again

I had a 6340 as a replacement for my failed and much missed palm V. I grew to quite like the idea of a phone, PDA, camera, and music player all in one.

The problem was the damn thing didn't work. I had to reboot it several times a day, cold boot it a couple of times a week, and could not depend on it ringing when someone wanted to talk to me, or knowing where my contact list was when I wanted to talk to someone else. Even the idea of syncing with the supplied copy of outlook was beyond it.

So yes. Not ever again. Once bitten twice shy.

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Apple land-grabs iThingy feature management patent

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that hasn't mattered so far.

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Toothbrush fixes ISS’ stuck bolt

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Alien

Robots? pah!

This is why manned spaceflight matters.

Get on with it lads!

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Nokia tears wraps off new Windows Phone Lumias on steroids

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can't get accused of copying the iPhone design with those colours

The lawyer from Balamory is getting excited though

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Typical

Engineers make something wonderful like PureView, and marketers think it is the name that makes it special!

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UK's non-x86 server sales dive off cliff, vendors take a hit

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eh?

I thought the world was supposed to be creaming itself over arm based servers by now?

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Famous SAS man trousers £1m as e-publishing startup sold to Tesco

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Re: They're OK...

I suspect James Blunt was a better soldier.

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'World's first' dog to sniff out pilfered cabling is Brit black lab

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Selective breeding

They don't need to be PhDs.

They just need to be smarter than Plod

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Old men who use computers less likely to get dementia

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Yes

as a 62-year-old my immediate reaction is: Why did I come here? what?

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NEC looks to offload Lenovo shares

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buy-back

I wonder if Lenovo have the money to buy them back?

If not, it would be in China's interests to repatriate them somehow.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 hands-on review

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Re: "Stylophone" Love it! Now there is a blast from the past.

That remark alone made me upvote the article

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Sun daddy: 'Machines will replace 80 per cent of doctors'

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Hello, this is 1980

We had this idea back then. "Expert systems" would be created to encapsulate the best practice of the finest [Doctors|Surgeons|Engineers|Financiers] to assist the less able. Died a death then, I suggest it will again.

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Space Jam: stripped bolt bugs spacewalkers

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Natural consequence

of trying to work in gloves

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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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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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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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