* Posts by Robert E A Harvey

2959 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

Gartner: Eurozone crisis will bash IT spending

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Holmes

>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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Coat

>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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Coat

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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Well

Well, at last they are starting to think instead of shooting from the hip.

I hope its not too late for them.

I had waited a year for a webos device, and was badly let down with what they offered. They are going to have to do something truly remarkable now.

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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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Meh

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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Thumb Down

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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Headmaster

"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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I just wish they could explain their products on their web site. I can't find a simple tabulation of what the different processors available are.

All I can find are a page-per-product with things like "Edit really big movies!"

Back in the 80s I could get copies of the data sheets for things like CPUs and make informed decisions. Now I appear to be a moron.

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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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Details of all internet traffic should be logged – MEP

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Thumb Down

Oh well. Time to switch off.

Not because I have anything to hide, but because the cost of all that storage will fall on the ISP, and therefore on me.

If I had anything to hide, I could use an anoynymous vpn somewhere like latvia. I'm just fed up with being governed by complete morons.

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Google Maps API now costs $4 per 1,000 requests

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Unhappy

But there is nothing evil about giving free samples before selling things.

or if there is, we will have to exorcise Persil, Kenco, and garages that let you have a weekend-long test drive.

Oh hang on. At least one of those is evil, isn't it?

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Windows XP and iPod: A tale of two birthdays

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Can I point out that I have a rational Microsoft hatred?

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Credit card companies plan to sell your purchase data to advertisers

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Stop

Not sure what to think about this. I am, of course, against it on first principles.

But my buying history would almost certainly blow several fuses in the algorithm, so I would get my vengance that way.

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‘Want to be more secure? Don’t be stupid’ redux

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Easy. That's what Kesteven Consultants charge £2500 a day for. My phone number is...

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A rapid first hands-on: Nokia’s Windows phones

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"Suddenly the MS tie in looks more like a noose."

Suddenly?

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Leaked Nokia WinMobes ready for midrange scrum

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@hardcastle. re tethering on new phones only

Doesn't that rather beg the question of why the hardware was not there all along?

This does not look like a carefully pre-planned product to me! Rather a panicy reaction to what everyone else wants.

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Boffin

I want to be able to have 3 sims active at the same time [2], and a months standby time. [1]

I want to be able to make and receive calls.

I want the voicemail on the phone, so I don't have to pay for international calls to retrieve it when I am abroad

I don't really care about SMS, I would not miss it if it was missing. I certainly don't want to use up my battery listening to music or being a torch.

I don't think this is rocket science.

[1] My TimePort L7089 with the double size battery and extended case could do around 45 days standby time. in 1999.

[2] I have had two Smasung that did this for two sims, on rental, but they are not quad-band or world-wide which is daft. There are chinese knock-offs with up to 4 sim slots, but the software is so crap I end up throwing them at the wall.

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Appcelerator juices HTML5 support with Particle Cloud buy

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'Juices'

First 'goosing', which means something very different to me, and now 'Juices'.

When I Juice a lemon, it stops being a lemon.

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