* Posts by Robert E A Harvey

2960 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

Osborne names UK cities to land £100m broadband bonanza

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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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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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Happy

@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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Tony Blair closes RSA 2012, denounces WikiLeaks

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He has changed my mind

It is worth listening to world leaders when they have something to say.

I was ambivalent about WikiLeaks, and about Assange, but if that c*nt is opposed to it I am going to become a true believer.

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Weeing Frenchman sues Google over Street View photo

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but

surely it would have been remarkable if Google got a picture of a french street with no-one pissing in it?

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Intel shows off near threshold voltage chip wizardry

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Headmaster

Zn is -0.76 and iron is -0.44 on the electrochemical series, so a Zn-Fe battery ought to about do it.

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"variable precision floating point unit"

I thought Intel did that once before?

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Ten... digital adult toys

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Nothing for men?

I'll get back to the chrome porn catalogue:

http://www.wera-tools.co.uk/

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Microsoft explains bland new Windows logo

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Re: Re: Re: Re: Back to basics?

St Pirin's flag. All over Kernow.

or conceivably Saint Petroc's

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Philips intros dual-view telly tech

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Pah!

Didn't Range Rover have a dual view system about 3 years ago? No specs required?

Parallax barrier technology, that was it.

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HP Pavilion dm1-4125ea 11.6in netbook

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screen

768 high? Not even a dismal 900.

Do buck up chaps!

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Lego builds Lord of the Rings collection

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Did you surreptitiously sneak a reference to Market Deeping, Lincolnshire into the article?

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Ultra-high resolution laptop, tablet screens to revive display biz

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Hear Hear.

I have postponed a laptop upgrade for some years now because I didn't want a worse screen.

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ESA's first Vega rocket blasts off without a hitch

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2 minutes to first stage separation? that's quite a bumpy ride right there.

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Blue Streak

I'm old enough to remember Britian putting up a satellite with Black Arrow. I wonder how this compares?

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US and EU regulators will give Googorola the nod soon

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gPud

I've invented a thing I call a 'transistor radio' that lets you live stream popular webstream stations without the internet. Might Google buy that from me?

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Ten... Valentine's Day gifts for her

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Negative Ions?

you are /deliberately/ taking the piss, aren't you? I do hope so.

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Google pushes your buttons in its top strip bar - AGAIN

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Startpage is nice and simple.

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StreetView disappears Dutch office tower

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(C) Marcus Brigstoke

But David Blane is a gitwizard

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Suppliers get a shot at £4bn worth of gov hardware deals

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yes, surely to goodness they have bought enough stuff down the years?

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HP may be going the server flash route

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Why does cache need to be flash? surely flash is a persistent store? Would not ram, or even static ram, be better for caching?

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Laser boffins blast bits onto hard drive at 200Gb/sec

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I was thinking of the Domesday disks...

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Dead gamer sat unnoticed for nine hours in net cafe

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Hmm

No save point to restore from?

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Toshiba Regza 40RL858 40in LED TV

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LED?

You are falling for the hype now. LED backlit, not LED pixels!

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Zuckerberg's 2012 personal income tax bill: $1.5 billion

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I don't really care

He made some dosh, and paid his taxes. No news there, surely.

Yes, people have paid rather more per kg for his bubble, but I didn't , so I don't really care.

This is non-news, and we get enough of that from the BBC.

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Eight... HD camera smartphones

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bollox

I like el reg, and if they can make a few tenths of percent by providing a helpful link I don't care. I rather thought that the world had known about amazon affiliate schemes for half a decade.

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Chinese admirer fancies WD's 3.5-inch hardness - insider

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Paris Hilton

eh?

China has competition commissioners? In a communist coiuntry?

The world is too weird for me!

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Airbrushed Rachel Weisz gets watchdog hot under the collar

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Quite

"The beauty and advertising industries need to stop ripping off consumers with dishonest images." should be ' ...stop ripping off consumers by selling worthless rubbish'

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Netflix vs Lovefilm

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Well, Lovefilm doesn't list "Dambusters" but does have "Dangerous Moonlight" and both of Ms Agutter's versions of "The railway children". And "Casablanca" and "Nosfesterau" and All of Alan Plater's Beiderbecke series.

Netflix refuses to discuss what it has unless I join up. So buggerem.

Decision made, I feel.

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