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* Posts by Robert E A Harvey

2850 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

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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Pirate

ipud pricing, I reckon

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FAIL

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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Big Brother

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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Paris Hilton

@DrXym

Are you saying it is supposed to look stupid? or just that it looks stupid?

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How can you omit freefall?

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How can you omit freefall?

Ok, I'm a bit in love with Florence, but you got to admit this bloke must be drawn from life:

http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02174.png

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Windows XP support ends two years from now

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Meh

I tried reactos, but at the time hardware support was poor and very few applications (e.g. Serif ones) would even install. Not bothered recently.

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Eight... Rugged Cameras

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Pentax Optio WG-2

So was the weird shape a good idea or a bad one? easier to use or awkward?

[big question mark icon]

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HTC One X Android smartphone

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@Rebajas

Well, quite.

I just had a 'chat' consultation with a Dell salesdroid who confirmed the highest resolution they offer is 1920x1080, and that on top end devices. He said that people were "choosing lower resolution over other advantages" although how much choice is actually available escapes me.

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Gorging Dell crams Canadian legacy-app rebore outfit into cakehole

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So will Make's customers suddenly discover they can only order via a web site, and that what is delivered will have two parts of the original order missing? And customer service will tell them they never ordered them in the first place?

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HTC sues fans for premature unboxing

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Ye glods and green things!

It's only a phone, lads, only a phone.

Why are the children so excited about filming it coming out of its box?

And why the blue blistering barnacled blazes are HTC getting so bent out of shape. They make hundreds of phones. If they hadn't said we would not have know n it was not last years!

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Qualcomm's S4 chip set to shrink laptops further

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Linux

Suits me.

I bet it will run xBuntu.

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Sod the size

Can it address LCDs with more than 1080 pixels?

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Coders' 'lives sucked out' by black-and-white Visual Studio 11

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"Really, there's no need for that kind of filth here"

Oh damn.

I've obviously been reading the headlines wrong for the last 8 years thenn

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Vote now for the WORST movie EVER

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Interesting

Phantom Menace, while not out in front, is currently beating The Happening. Which means that M Lite shamalamdingdong's worst stinker is better than Spielberg's worst stinker.

Which does not mean that Emm Line Shawaddywaddy is a better director than Steve, does it? Does it?

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RIM retracts denial on consumer devices: Pulls out, spins in circle

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Re: Wrong day

Thing is, I'm so disinterested in Rim now, I don't care what the stories say, true, enemy action , or spoof.

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You do the hokey kokey and..

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Apple drops 'thermonuclear' patent bombshell

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Re: Hmm

More original than:

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/facebook-book-trademark/

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Hmm

Taking the piss out of Apple, patents, and the obesssions of your own commentards. Well done.

Can I also point out:

https://sweetshark.livejournal.com/10372.html&title=LibreOffice%20goes%20money%20printing

http://thelincolnite.co.uk/2012/03/lincoln-lawyer-possible-legal-fix-for-lincoln-barrier-crossing-delays/

http://linuxblog.darkduck.com/2012/04/hsiloof-linux-real-breakthrough-no-more.html

http://bmw.co.uk/bmwuk/about/news/0,,1156__181267300_,00.html

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EMC registers mysterious new trademark

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Boffin

Nah

I bet it is something like this:

http://www.advertisingarchives.co.uk/assets/thumbnails/106/2/004bc99dbb302c3dbe7b9da152c805c9.jpg

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Use the holy word of God to stay secure online, says bishop

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Obvious

I used to tell people at work who asked for the administrator password on their desktops "The password is obvious"

After an hour watching them trying the company name, my name, their name, 'password', 'computer', etc, I would wander past and give them a bit of paper with a single word written on it.

"obvious"

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Re: hmm

Shakespeare, along with act & line nos.

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Drobo inks chumship with Acronis in virty cloud combo package

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businesses with limited resources that are embracing virtualisation

Ah. Another category to add to my "one born every minute" file.

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China's budget handset makers facing mass cull

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Welcome to cold, hard, capitalist, reality boys.

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FLA, Apple and Foxconn shake on new deal for Chinese workers

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Headmaster

"Critics argue some abuses are still being ignored"

People just don't understand Capitalism, do they?

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Philips 42PFL7666 42in 3D LED Smart TV

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LED

We are back to LED meaning 'led backlighting' then?

oh dear.

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This interactive wind map is a Big Data lava lamp

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worked for me this morning in FF 5.0

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Chinese to burn iPads in upcoming celebrations

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Re: It's symbolic (@Jedit 09:11)

>all those paper iPads become fully functional iPads in the afterlife

Interesting idea, of course. If we could modify that 'technology' maybe worthless euros in germany could become fully functional currency in Greece?

Instead of the other way around.

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fooling the gods

I used to work on cable laying ships, and whenever we dropped a splice in the water off China, the client rep would throw a handful of "luck money" into the water. If even one bit blew back onto the ship we had to grapple for the cable again, cut and re-splice it, and drop it again ditto.

This "luck money" is essentially worthless photocopies of currency, to give the Gods. Are Chinese gods so easily fooled? It would appear to be the opposite of Omnipotence to me.

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NSA's top spook blames China for RSA hack

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It is official

The Chinese are back to being bogey-men, it seems.

When I was a kid we had Dr. Fu-Manchu and his evil oriental henchmen, and then for a while the world was quite sensible and civilised about funny people from far away. We had discovered they were good chaps after all, and our new friends.

Now they seem to be the dark forces of evil again.

ho Hum.

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Acer set to unleash 15in fibreglass MONSTER

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daft

And no doubt with a 1400x760 screen

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