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* Posts by Robert E A Harvey

2827 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

Microsoft to devs: Don't ruin Win 8 launch with crap code

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Aye

Pot, meet kettle

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Will UK.gov crack down on itself for missing Cookie Law deadline?

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must get round to blocking GA

Ghostery + adblock plus.

You will have to turn off ghostery for the new version of the Met office web site. Their new version introduced a few weeks ago won't work unless you are being tracked. The old one was fine

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World+Dog as likely to view vids on PC as TV

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But viewing figures down

I'll tell you why.

Because the content is crap, that's why

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AMD: New Trinity laptop chips out-juice Intel graphics

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@Alan Edwards

>Proper monitors aren't much better. 27-inch, but only 1920x1080??

It's a major piss-take in my opinion. The Iiyama HM703U crt was 1600x1200 and 17" in 1999.

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What is the point?

The bluddy box shifters will only fit toys-r-us screens. Why do they need stonking great graphics ships?

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Sony to add full HD display to 15in Ivy Bridge laptop

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@dogged

In 'every other article' I have suggested that in this day and age we should be seeing a Miniumum of 1200 vertical pixels, and would expect more than 1500. I had CRT monitors with 1600 vertical pixels at the turn of the century, and >1200 vertical pixels in a 2004 dell laptop.

I really don't think that 1080 is anywhere near enough. On the 15 inch screen that works out at around 147dpi, fractionally less than a Motorola Zoom tablet. The Disgo 8100 tablet, manages 117 and that only costs 99 quid. The Galaxy S3 phone is 306dpi.

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Yawn

1920 x 1080 should be baseline. It is not 'impressive' in any known language.

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Google shoves cybersquatter off 763 Googletastic domains

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can't say 'hoover'

No, but in this context I don't think they'd want to 'suck' them up either.

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Sony stock slides to 30-year low after record loss

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@unexpected Bill

Yes.

I was loyal to Sony for Analogue electronics: clever, straightforward, mini hi-fi, Trinitron CRT tvs, a car radio/cassette player. All solid, reliable, high quality sound (& picture). Then came the first Sony Tv with teletext/viewdata/whatever it was called that week. I had to have 4 before I got one that worked. They argued all the time that there was nothing wrong.

Then the removal men dropped a 1 year old telly. It was 4 years before the insurers returned it, because of problems with Sony supplying parts.

I'd stopped believing in them long before the rootkit fiasco, although that was when I stopped buying anything, already annoyed by a lock-in policy that covered cameras, audio players, etc.

They made their name with good quality affordable well supported products, Once they had the name they dropped the other 3 things. And I dropped them.

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Grab your L-plates, flying cars of sci-fi dreams have landed

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How about a car-boat-rocket-plane

Superthunderstingcar! is go!

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BOFH: Siri, why do users lie?

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Pint

Ah, yes.

Welcome back, Simon, it's been too long

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Intel plans massive push around touchy-feely Ultrabooks

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Re: Open Letter

Dear Mr Intel

Oh really?

Tell you what, you want to call it "ultra" anything, I suggest you up the MINIMUM specs to something with more, well, 'Ultra' in it.

Robert Harvey

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Open Letter

Dear Mr Intel

I would have already bought one of your ultratoys to replace my nasty Dell mini with its 600 vertical pixels, were it not for the fact that you hobble your customer's designs to something like 768 vertical pixels.

This is 2012, and I expect something better than the Hercules adaptor I had in my IBM-AT in 1985.

If your ultraslab has a screen resolution of 3000-odd by 1500-odd, I shall beat a path to the first person who tries to sell me one.

Oh, and yes. Mending is right. Some modern connectivity, and how about /built in/ wireless for an external optical disk, using some scheme that leaves the wifi and the bluetooth free. Ability to take phone calls. SD memory card slots (plural, note).

But most of all get us away from these miserable tv-based video standards to something more appropriate for computing.

Yours sincerely

someone who is going to pay for what I want, not what you want me to want.

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Samsung Galaxy S III: A Swiss army knife of wireless tech

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@illiad

But buying the phone won't mean you don't need a house any more, surely? It's not an alternative, it's an extra.

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US, Euro e-car makers back 'standard' AC/DC jack

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Re: Back of the envelope

>Do these vehicles allow for the dissipation of 10kW of heat

Toast 12 slices of bread in one go?

Up for that!

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@Lost all Faith

Oh Aye.

Back to PoE then.

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IT angle

This may displace the claims of the Power over Ethernet people that their socket is the only 'power outlet' which is the same in every country on earth.

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Dell sneaks out Ivy Bridge special edition Inspirons

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vertical res looks awesome

"awesome" is a funny way of describing something worse than I had in 2004. Should be twice that by now, and 768 on the 700 quid one is a hell of an insult

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NHS trust goes 100% over IT budget in patient records rollout cockup

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Public sector

So, they overspend by 100%.

Who got the sack?

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Nokia's 41Mp cameraphone shoots towards retail

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"The demand is there for Windows Phone"

Where?

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UK plc 'needs a chief engineer' - also a chief trick-cyclist

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Re: Whats the point?

>at least those in charge will have fewer plausible excuses when they get it wrong.

They won't care. They have no shame.

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Sony outs its first Ultrabook

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Fail

1366 x 768.

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LG: We're not walking away from Windows Phone

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Re: Lets keep this in perspective

>I don't know ANYONE with a Windows Phone, not personally, or in the tech sector,

> it's become a laughing stock.

And yet, tiles have been such a magnificent success that the flagship desktop product is adopting them.

Hmm.

Fail, MS, fail.

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Microsoft hikes volume prices by more than a third

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Linux

Linux

Time for the penguin.

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Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook

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...not enough sockets...

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Swedish men ordered to present cervices in database flub

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Oh well

At least it can't be described as a cock-up.

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Quantum cruncher beats today's computers by 1080

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Oh. So you need a bigger one of it to check it?

Research funds, lads!

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Nikon recalls camera batteries

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rationally engaging in discussion?

Ah. Right. OK then.

Is that /every/ day?

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Hanging's too good for 'em - so what do you suggest?

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Easy

Australia worked out OK.

How about being the labour force for Asteroid Mining?

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Apple sued for every touchscreen device by Flatworld prof

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Re: Apple bitten.

but why wait until now? I'm using an 8 year old Draenetz power analyser with a touch screen. Did he sue them 8 years ago? or the Estate Agents who 15 years ago had touch sensitive overlays on shop windows with a 'puter screen indoors to let you browse the houses available?

If I was to award him damages I would want him to show he has taken every step to protect his patent ever since it was granted, not wait for a fine crop of cherries to pick.

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Metallic Glass iPhone 5 to battle pottery Samsung Galaxy S3

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Re: Liquid Metal

how do you know he was the last one?

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Re: 11 Million

Nah.

It just means that the next someone who wants to use it will have, to buy the lads out of the apple agreement. Have to keep the lawyers busy you know, otherwise they will start working on the rest of us.

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Great HR mistakes of our time - Aviva fires 1300 by email

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Re: Face to face

I've twice had to lay off my entire staff, and always told them face to face, even when it meant driving round the country at my own expense to do so.

In one job it was obvious we were being shut down, and the boss asked me how to do it. I replied "Whenever I have had to write a list of names I have always put my own at the top", explaining that you need to be able to look people in the face when sending them home. "Jah" he said, "Dat is gud advice". He went and wrote a list and put my name at the top.

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Ten... Satnavs to suit all budgets

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Info please

So how do these compare with using a tablet?

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Intel to ship 30 MILLION Ultrabooks in 2012 - report

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ipud pricing, I reckon

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letterbox screens?

They won't be selling one to me as long as they insist I only need 600 or 700 vertical pixels.

Give me a 12" one with the same number of dots per inch as modern phones and I will have their hands off, mind.

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'Perfect storm' drives electronics stores to EXTINCTION

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Re: Game over already

I cannot praise Campkins or University Cameras in Cambridge enough.

Tom Dennis or London Camera Exchange in Lincoln too.

You need somewhere like that.

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The other way

Ah yes.

Sensible prices, up-to-date stock, honest and knowledgeable staff and good customer service.

Do you think it might catch on?

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Re: Tesco ? No thanks

Trading standards. Sale of goods act. Directive 1999/44/EC. Woof.

If they still weasel, local newspapers, facebook, twitter. There is no excuse for this sort of bollocks.

If they still carry on, they will go the same way as Dixons, and no greater loss either.

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Re: A shame in one sense

There is a tiny little mobile phone shop in our tiny little town where I can by a USB cable for under 2quid on a sunday or a microSD card for online prices.

We have a 2-man computer shop that repairs old base stations and will sell you a hard disk for the same price as amazon if challenged. You want a 700 quid i7 with a terrabyte disk and stupid amount of ram? be ready for you tomorrow morning sir. and, no, you don't have to have it with Windows.

They had 70 quid android tablets in the window 2 years ago.

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Re: @Alan Firminger: There's truth in both camps

There is a little local hi-fi shop in Stamford that is run by a handful of blokes who know exactly what they are talking about. They will show you all sorts of entertainment stuff working together in the shop, deliver it to yer house and connect it all up - including taking a brick cutter to the wall, burying the cables, and skimming and painting the wall afterwards.

If something doesn't work, they make it work. If a customer says "it doesn't work" their first assumption is that the customer is right, not an idiot. If something stops working they are usually there within the hour, and will only charge you for new parts, not their time.

They sold the first Plasma TV I ever saw, routinely install DLNA systems, and will sell you a linux micropowered server instead of leaving a PC on all day. Their first love is hifi, not 7.1, and certainly not oxygen-free cables with arrows on the side. Go in for a DAB radio and they will try to persuade you to stick to FM unless it is clear there are stations you know you want.

They have been in business more than 30 years and I expect them to be there in 30 years time.

Curry and Dixon both moved out of the high street in recent years. There is one of the megashedds on a nearby estate, but I don't know which one as I have never been in it, and judging by the car park no-one else has either. When we had the snow that end stayed unsullied till the thaw.

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Barclaycard slaps pay-by-bonk plasters on mobes

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Mcdonald

... or just eat the phone.

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Hands on with the Nikon D3200 DSLR

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affordable

in the US at $700 including a lens, seems very attractive.

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Punters want BBC iPlayer in TVs, not 3D

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waste of money

why run the survey? why did they not just read el-reg forums?

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Swiss, German physicists split the electron

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this is why I read El Reg

See, this is possibly the most important bit of news this week, and certainly the most exciting. And none of the 'big' web sites are covering it.

Presumably because it is not about football, or illustrated with a candid nap of an x-factor judge's gusset.

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Windows 8 diet exposes Microsoft's weak ARM

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Joke

Can I offer...

... this:

http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/business/all-three-versions-will-be-shit,-promise-microsoft-201204185136/

"...One major development is the absence of the 'Start' button, which was removed on the grounds it gave people the impression that something may actually happen...."

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Toshiba Regza 46YL863 46in Smart TV

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no no no

I'm 62. I' d have to change me specs to shift my view from the middle to the edge.

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Ten... Bedroom Gadget Treats

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Big Brother

Last picture

The last picture is deeply scary and reminds me of something from 'the prisoner'

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Boeing plans super-secure Android smartphone for top echelons

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Questionable management

"this is probably the first time the company had got into the cellular phone business "

Probably?

He's the President of the company and he doesn't know for definite?

What else are they doing he's not told them about?

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Nokia drops Lumia 900 price to $0 in response to bug outrage

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The real point

How do you miss a bug as big as that?

Not testing? or maybe they have a fleet of internal malcontents who would not bother doing anything about it if they did find out?

Either way, it is a management failure.

And yes, the response is uncharacteristically swift - but that should not engender praise: it is exactly the sort of response one ought to be able to expect.

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