* Posts by Robert E A Harvey

2870 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

Mozilla updates to Firefox 8, disables add-ons

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@Wensleydale Cheese

Wouldn't wget in a batch file be easier?

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Branson backs Twitter co-founder's mobile biz

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I still can't believe these people have not gone for chip&pin, rather than jumpstarting the mag stripe thing all over again.

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Freak lightning strike sends app, storage servers back in time

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I have a shed full of punch card readers and 132 column printers if anyone needs them.

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'Puzzling structures on surface' of YU55 spaceball

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How very odd

The telescope appears to have picked up an advert for a Reebok video and a bright yellow square.

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Ten... high-end Android tablets

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connectivity?

Is it the case, as was said last time we discussed this, that V3 has no bulk storage mode over USB? can one drag-n-drop files from Linux on these? or, come to that, from Windows?

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Samsung PS64D8000 64in plasma 3D TV

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No thanks

* 3D? no, thanks.

* 64"? no, thanks

* 'Ow Much? no, no no.

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NASA deep-space ship gets 2014 unmanned test flight

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Facepalm

Picture: oh look, its 1969 again.

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Only Samsung will challenge Apple's iPad in 2012

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Stop

here we go again

Look, we don't know if there will be a Euro after christmas, or if some natural disaster will wipe out a vital manufacturing process. We don't know if our money will still work in a years time.

We don't know if Samsung will be /allowed/ to sell in certain markets, or perhaps if Apple will.

We don't know the price the new zoom will be offered at, or which eBooks will be offered in europe

So how can we know the individual market shares to this precision?

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Sony Alpha SLT-A35 translucent mirror camera

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OK, smarty

The picture of St Michael in mid air is pretty good.

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Why is that then?

The article says that the translucent mirror implies an electronic viewfinder.

Why is that? I can imagine a translucent mirror with a conventional prism and optical viewfinder, albeit with a reduced brightness.

(missing icon: big Question mark)

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I have to agree. Some of the later Minolta glass was simply superb.

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Gartner: Eurozone crisis will bash IT spending

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>Eurozone crisis will bash IT spending

NSS?

Why are Gartner's predictions either ludicrously over-precise or blindingly obvious?

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Is the electromagnetic constant a constant?

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Boffin

The /really/ interesting question is

"OK - certain fundamentals are not fixed after all. Can we /manipulate/ them?

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Old Programmer's Lore

Constants aren't

Variables don't

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>Apparently he is ok in Real Life though.

Most of us are, thank $DEITY

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fine structure

This is the fine structure constant yes/no?

If so it is known (defined?) to be a ratio between electron charge, Planck constant, speed of light, & permativity/permeability of free space.

So which of these is also varying around the dipole? Seems like we only got half the story.

Sounds like a new type of michelson-morley to me.

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Common brain parasite 'can affect host's actions'

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Oldish news, although the Dopamine mechanism may be newly quantified. Have a look at:

Proc. R. Soc. B November 7, 2006 273:2749-2755 ; Kevin D Lafferty; "Can the common brain parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, influence human culture?" -

"The latent prevalence of a long-lived and common brain parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, explains a statistically significant portion of the variance in aggregate neuroticism among populations, as well as in the ‘neurotic’ cultural dimensions of sex roles and uncertainty avoidance. "

http://www.livescience.com/7019-mind-control-parasites.html

http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2334/2/11 "The subjects with latent toxoplasmosis have significantly increased risk of traffic accidents than the noninfected subjects. "

Jaroslav Flegr, of Prague, have shown that widespread infection is associated with changing the sex ration from 104:100 boys:girls to 260:100.

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Groupon's IPO: don't get too excited about 30% rise

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FAIL

All the UK offers I have seen are things like fish foot massage or "£90 for one lap of an airport in a Lambo". All things that cost nothing much, so selling them at half price is still worthwhile, especially since you can then slot the customers into yer off days.

In have yet to see anything with a fungible value on sale. All the offers are for things I would not have as a free gift, let alone at the Groupon price (and certainly not at the alleged "full" price).

It isn't real, is it?

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Open 'Facebook killer' survives on cash donations

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Perhaps we need to name it facepalm?

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Natwest net and phone banking goes titsup

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yes, two in the same week does seem like enemy action

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Shock movie upset - Daniel Craig still James Bond 007

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Angel

@n4blue

Genius!

I'd watch that!

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Please NO!

No John sodding Cleese, no Harry fucking Hill, and preferably not Russel shitbrains Brand either.

Why not a female Q? Someone like Joanna Lumley? or Zoë Wanamaker?

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Delay

Surely most of the delay has been raising the money, cos Question of Sport was rubbish.

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ooh, how about whotisface [1] orf the X factor? [2]

[1] I don't actually know any of their names, I've only seen it once.

[2] I'm only stirring, here.

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Are we in the middle of a PATENT BUBBLE?

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Big Brother

Who told you about my pizza fusion process?

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The Beeb is broken

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... and now gpodder says that all the podcast rss feeds are missing.

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You say that clicking things takes you to the normal pages, but trying to play radio or podcasts is coming up 502 here.

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RIM is now worth less than its assets

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So can google now top up their patent pot rather cheaply?

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Kindle users can 'borrow' an extra book - forever

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be fair, amazon don't get a slug of yer council tax.

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Airbus brews Scandium smackdown for carbon Dreamliner

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All true, but how cool would it be if people built new Dakotas? And Ford Trimotors?

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Holmes

It can't be very difficult to find someone with 2 product lines, one of which is advertised as containing Scandium.

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HP has another crack at fondleslab market

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Headmaster

Well, quite.

here is Harvey's prediction.

At the end of 2012 windows tablets will make up <0.5% of the market

At the end of 2013 they will make up <1%

That will be their peak.

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Bill Gates strangled Microsoft's 'tablet for creatives'

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@petur

Right. And who was running the company? The Balrog.

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>Gates reportedly asked Allard how Courier users would receive email on the device

See, much as I dislike him, this is why he got rich. He understands the real world, not some sort of fantasy like the RIM people have.

I still don't like his company, but he goes up in my estimation again.

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Desperate RIM in 'buy two PlayBooks, get one free' offer

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@James51: Whilst I might agree with you, it seems that the management at Rim aren't thinking like that. They've built a zebra, no-one wants a Zebra, so they are trying to convince people it's a racehorse. Doeasn't matter how good a Zebra it is, they are pretending they made something else.

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Official: Kindles get heavier as you add e-books

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"Yeth Marthter"

"Igor! the Kindles!"

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Hard Disks

This idea surfaced (!) a couple of years ago for hard disks. There, IMHO, the refutation is easier: a magnetic domain weighs the same no matter what way up it is.

Now I know less about the structure of eeprom cells, and it is not impossible that there are more minority carriers trapped in a '1' than a '0'. Are they symmetrical, these days, or a single junction? That might represent a difference in mass: but as others have said the battery would have to be topped back up before making any measurements.

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Farewell then, Sony Ericsson

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Yes, but Sony rootkitted my pc because I bought one of their CDs, not because I copied one. I never did that. All I did was play the damn thing, which is what I bought it for.

Last thing I ever bought from them.

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Pedantry

Rotary telephone? or rotary dial?

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Cheaper competition? Right, we're outta here

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These unbrave CEOs will be the death of the west, you mark my words.

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Google TV receives (much needed) upgrade

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Neither the blog you link to, or the web page it links to, mention anything outside the USA.

Nor, come to think of it, does the article mention that this is a Leftpondian project.

How about World TV, anyone? I'd love to watch Australian cop series, and watch google translate subtitling Polish ones.

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CERN boffins re-running neutrino speed test

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I don't think you can persuade neutrinos to go round corners.

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Igor!

Igor! The Swit...

Oh, you have already, already.

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Applied Micro leaps ahead in ARM server race

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@Ramazan

Yes, but admit it.

1. It would be cool

2. It would surprise the hell out of Intel

3. It would be cool.

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Impressed.

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LG LSM-100 Mouse Scanner

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Just the ticket

my portable page scanner can't do till reciepts. This looks the dogs bollocks.

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Miley Cyrus cracker: 'I'm too short for the slammer!'

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The whole Smiley Virus thing is beyond odd. Are you sure she isn't Jeannette Krankey?

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"am I a bad person?"

Yes.

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AMD beats analysts' bets with profitable quarter

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Yes, and There are relatively simple tabulations on wikilies too.

But surely I should be able to go to a chip makers wibble & find out what they make? what the architectures are? the instruction set & extensions? the interfaces, the memory types supported?

Not be subjected to hand waving & smoke and mirrors condescension?

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Dell bundles Ubuntu Linux on PCs in China

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I wonder how the chinese will take to unity?

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