* Posts by Robert E A Harvey

2871 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

HP networking boss leaves after less than a year

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Long tradition

Rocks ahead. Time to put on the grey furry suit with the long tail, stick on some whiskers, and desert.

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Ex-Microsofties' IE6 kill squad hits UK

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Warships run on W2K as well

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Ten... all-in-one inkjet printers

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.inf

..of which none were supplied with the MFP supplied by the office.

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FAIL

@AC 17:07

ALL of HPs printer software is bleeding annoying.

And they don't fix bugs.

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How the Yahoo! homepage predicts your clicks

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I just reclaimed my yahoo name, for grins, and found a cluttered portal, not a search engine. There must be some incompatibility with something I set in 1998.

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Samsung-Apple patent lawsuit tally hits 21, and counting

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Paragraph 2?

Does this article origintate elsewhere?

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Google Wallet and PayPal in electro-purse war

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Its the banks, stupid

Banks owe a duty of care over credit cards which they want to say won't affect NFC. If someone rips off yer nfc device, they will argue that it is your problem like losing cash.

In the first round there was a £50 spend limit before a pin validation was required, in various forms. It is the vends within this total, the 60p newspaper, that is being sold as 'fast and convenient' - you don't see people using pins with oyster cards.

I think this is why most of the action is in the phone arena, despite banks issuing nfc equipped cards. The banks are trying to pretend it is nothing to do with them, whilst still raking off their merchant fees etc.

I want none of it at all. No-one asked me, it is just being foisted on us by vested interests

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MS denies secure boot will exclude Linux

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Another snag

Assuming you want to stay with windows, how will the motherboard code learn the key for windows 9? or 10? Not only will this daft idea stop you running linux or qubes or whatever, but there is a good chance you will need a new mobo for each new version of windows.

Who benefits from that?

M$ ? yes

Mobo makers ? yes

users ? -err - umm - no.

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Display defect may crimp iPhone 5 shipments

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Wintek

I followed your wintek link and my browser started singing.

Bad register, naughty register. Go to your basket.

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Wyse does a cloud on the desk for iPad, iPhone

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what?

so just any external file server is a 'cloud' now?

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Lingo iMini DAB/FM iOS pocket tuner

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shazam?

Why would you need to identify tunes? don't DAB stations put the title in the data stream? And don't the inane^W DJs tell you what they are playing these days?

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HP dumps Apotheker for Whitman

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"careful and thoughtful deliberation"

That will have been a new experience for them, then

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Microsoft exec departs after tweet about Nokia phone

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CE

There are loads of industrial things, e.g. touchscreens, running CE. I wonder if the system designers knew how MS was going to leave them in the lurch when they adopted it?

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8?

Turd, meet Brasso. Brasso, meet Turd...

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Apple sued for iPhone, iPad chip 'patent rip-off'

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See

Now those actually sound like sensible things to be able to patent.

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Capital gets trendy address: .London on its way

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As far as I can see it is a superb method of filtering. By avoiding anyone with a .london name I can stripout all the self-important, opinionated, tosspots at a stroke.

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Microsoft: Mango arrives in two weeks

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ripe?

Every time I buy a mango I have to leave it in the fruit bowl for weeks until it is any good.

When is SP1 due?

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Google now a serious rival to Microsoft in cloud email

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eh?

When did webmail become cloudmail?

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Irishman's coke-packed abdomen poses for police

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>not even vaguely following the outline of the gastrointestinal tract

I was worried about that, as well as the clarity of the pics and the absence of even an outline of other organs.

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Sony BDP-S380 Blu-ray player with IPTV

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if you want 3D you can always go to a theme park.

grin

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BT trying for fibre 'monopoly', claims TalkTalk chief

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Ballcocks

No-one is stopping talktalk getting a licence and digging up streets and pulling fibre.

Get on with, don't try and freeload on other people's ducts and then call them names

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Cancellation technique doubles wireless throughput

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doubtful

Every local reflection of the transmitted signal is going to add another copy at another phase that will want subtracting.

And the front end is going to have to remain linear over a huge dynamic range to avoid intermodulation (mixing) with arbitrary phase products.

It still sounds to me like something you can get working on a bench, but not in real life.

(Although I do believe some of the satellite-pirate phones do this, albeit with a very controlled signal path (no multipath, no local reflections) and a stable loss budget, to steal access in the guard bands)

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Galaxy Tab remains illegal in Germany

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Happy

Schiphol

As I came through Amsterdam Airport on Tuesday the KLM lounges had displays of tehtered samsung tabs and phones, and jolly nice they looked too.

I bought a camera instead.

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Apple seeks product security boss after iPhone loss

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Oh?

Is he going to follow every employee into the toilet in bars?

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Dixons drops Motorola Xoom price... again

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Interestink, but

It still needs another £150 off.

PC whirled, for example, have a SAMSUNG NP-NC110 for £249. And that has a 250G hard disk and a keyboard. And 11 hour battery life. And it's purple.

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Facebook deletes hacked Pages, destroying years of work

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yes, and Yes. And yes.

"use it to engage" - absolutely. Clever exploitation of a new niche

"depend solely upon it" - stupid idea, giving control of your business method to someone over whom you have no contractual control.

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"He needs to put his hand in his pocket."

Yes.

But that is how he got into this problem in the first place, isn't it? Not putting his hand in his pocket.

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Yes, But

The right way to use Farcebuk is to use it grab your customers and funnel them to a web site. If necessary, feed and cater for them there, with daily content changes, webcams, feedback forums, special offers.

>There are plenty of businesses that solely survive on being on facebook.

If they have no other plans they could be in real trouble. No-one plays golf with one club, or sets out to shoot a rogue elephant with a single bullet.

Like ebay traders who were suddenly soaked for bigger ebay premiums, or the entire country of Uruguay exporting only the one thing - corned beef - you are in severe danger of catching a cold in a monculture.

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Dong business on the cheap

I have little sympathy.

If someone's business model is to freeload around the media space, and depend upon the cybergypsies they pick up along the way, then the old biblical tale of building a house on sand sounds like a far better planned arrangement.

Look, cheapskates, there is a reason that hosted web sites and web designers cost money: they are a proper way to do business. The electronic equivalent of flyposting is not.

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Amazon's cloudy vid-tablet breaks cover: Not an iClone

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@ Eddy Ito.

Good call.

But No deal. Thank you very much.

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Unhappy

I expect so

I was quite taken with the colour Nookie thing, but it is, and always will be, US only

Bit like XM satellite radio, or NASCAR

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HP plucks webOS team out of departing PC division

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What I fail to understand

Is why there are any boffins still there. I would have run the moment the product line was scrapped.

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Galaxy Tab 7.7 pulled from IFA after new Apple moves

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Sounds like a business opportunity to me

A few white vans to Turkey, or wherever, and back

Homburg hat, trench coat, black oxford shoes, big poacher's pocket

Night time, street lamp, (black and white view)

"Psst - wanna buy a Galaxy tab?"

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HP Pre 3 webOS smartphone

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Unhappy

and once again

and once again, the short-termism inherent in a stock-market driven economy that only cares about quarterly results has grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory.

I am immensely saddened by the whole sorry fiasco

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Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Note

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re: Why not integrate Bluetooth headset into pen?

Why not? There is a long tradition of sticking a pencil behind yer ear.

Or of the Man from Uncle talking into his pen.

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The market for this is who exactly?

Well, me perhaps.

I like the bluetooth headset idea (why isn't it integrated and sold with it?).

I like the stylus idea.

I could use it as a super notepad for working on things, and making notes as I go, photographing serial numbers and writing down test results.

It would make a fantastic satnav for those of us oldies who take a long time to change focus from infinity to tiny writing on the autobahn, especially at night.

nearly sold. Does it take two sim cards?

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TomTom fights falling satnav sales with iPad app

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@JohnG: on WP7?

AIUI the Navigon WP7 app is still only 'promised'; iGo myway's web site talks only about the iPhone. Trafficmaster's website says it will be available soon on WM6.1, so that's not too promising either.

I doubt that the correct response to TomTom ignoring WP7 is to change both yer software and yer phone.

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DiskAid

DiskAid? That's not to do with Bono is it?

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I'll buy from somebody else.

good luck with that.

Do pop back and let us know how you are getting on.

if you can find your way.

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Domino's to serve pizzas on the Moon, apparently

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Hmm

Chap I was at school with won a seat on the first Pan-Am flight to the moon. I think he still has a ticket.

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Bury council defends iPads for binmen

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No

Yes, there is a landfil tax.

But the hole in the ground is usually owned by some faceless company who will charge for that too.

I am afraid councils pay quite a lot for landfill.

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id

We have RFID on our bins. The council were going to weigh and charge until there was a stink about the idea, then they said they were not going to use the RFID.

However when one bloke took his tags out and posted them to the chief executive, the council stopped collecting his bins in a fit of overzealous pique. Look up "Brynley Heaven" on the FWSE

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First Ultrabooks surface at IFA

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Oh?

Suddenly the macbook air is looking quite reasonably priced. 13", 128G, 1100quid.

And you can have one now.

What will apple announce by the time these come to market?

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Samsung unveils 20Mp EVIL shooter

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oh dear

I thought we had got over the pixelcount race with compacts, but here it is still going on.

I had a look at some of this nx/nex stuff at schiphol & I don't see the point.

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NHS digital pens: The 'Total Solution'

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err..

Since commenting on this item, the title appears in my el reg sidebar.

Where I read it as 'NHS Digital Penis' out of the corner of my eye.

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Twitter to serve unsolicited ads in Facebook style

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oh well

Unsubscribe.

Delete account.

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Sharp shows off 8K4K hi-res prototype telly

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But

If all there is to watch is "Big Bother", why should I, err, bother?

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Renault Scenic Bose Edition 1.6 130dCi

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the Bose pack easily justifies it’s £1500 premium

Nurse! I think I just had a heart attack.

£1500? You can buy a rover 75 for that!

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Samsung Tocco Icon budget mobile

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"looks more swish than it actually is"

Ah, yes.

The 21st Century in a nutshell.

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One last production run for TouchPad

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FAIL

heavy traffic has whacked its sign-on page out of service.

Really?

And these people are giving up hardware sales to make money telling people about software?

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