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* Posts by Robert E A Harvey

2833 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

Acer Iconia Tab W500

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Tempting

I'm quite tempted, even with windows. I still think it is at least a hundred quid too much. But there is a month to go before deliveries, so anything could happen.

According to the people who loaned it to you it can't do 3G, which seems really odd.

Not sure why the keyboard has to be physically attached. Could it not be blootoof?

I'm taking this one more seriously.

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Windows phones send user location to Microsoft

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Umm

Whilst I agree with every word you say

What open source alternatives?

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+1

I came here to suggest that this is looking spookier by the minute. Thats 3 for 4 on the newest phone OS. Anyone looked at webOS yet?

And there has been silence from the competition enforcers over NokiaSoft. Is it in big govt's interest to let the plan go through?

"once is misfortune, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action"

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marketards

>Face it, marketards, you are now hated roughly as much as lawyers & politicians.

And, like them, grossly overpaid compared to the contribution to society

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Google moves to extract more from Apps

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60 days

So google will get paid on the day, while LargeCo will continue to pay all its SmallCo suppliers on 60, 90, 120 day T&C?

Nice.

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2011 Ford Focus

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Other useful functionality

2. If it detects a sainsbury's kiss while parked, it photos the surroundings and shouts "ouch, Someone round here can't drive!"

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20%

I can't do that in my alfa. The turning circle is pretty poor. I can easily do 140%, but 120% would be a serious shuffle, and with the poor corner visibility and the cost of the paint I'd not bother.

What am I saying? Approach at 60, handbrake, full lock, dab-and release and go in sideways. That'd do it.

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Boot space

There will doubtless be a fusion or a cmax with the same spec package soon.

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Vintage flying car offered at auction

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It is a handsome thing.

Anyone know if the design is copyright? I reckon it's buildable at home.

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Motorola pushes laptop-dock Android phone at Brits

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FAIL

No customer here then

I buy my gadgets outright. I don't want some git in a cellphone customer making my choices for me. Exclusive == Unavailable in my book.

Pity, this is quite a neat thing. Although AlexH ought to patent his idea quickly.

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Dell waves its Boomi at large back-ends

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buzzword compliant

I nearly understood nearly half of that article

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Google location tracking can invade privacy, hackers say

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umm.

I thought a foursquare was a phased array antenna.

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router location? phone location?

I'm guessing that the more android phones pick up yer router the better the fix will be. I reckon in my case it is reporting the location of the one house where a visitor had an android phone.

I bet it has reported about 10 routers at that location, too. We are getting channel congestion round by 'ere.

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nearly right

I live at 63. It said my wifi was at 68, and drew the blue blob at 72.

Nothings perfect, it seems.

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Apple stuns Wall Street with 95% earnings surge

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err

why not stick a LT1073CN on a bit of veroboard and make 20V from the 5V?

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Apple's only declining segment was iPods

well, there can't be many more to sell - surely everyone who wants one has got one?

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'Real' JavaScript benchmark topped by...Microsoft

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do we care?

All computers are fast enough, its only a browser, and given how many people they employ, it would be remarkable if M$ did not turn out some good code now and again.

My complaints against M$ have rarely had much to do with the code, particularly their compilers. It's the politics and marketing that gt up my nose.

I don;t see that a benchmark like this is anything but flamebait.

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ARM's Intel challenger set for 2012 release

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risc?

if it's got out-of-order look-ahead, and media extensions, is it still an Advanced Risc Machine, or just an AM?

ITWSBT.

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Multimillionaire's private space ship 'can land on Mars'

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@ Mettler

I'd go.

I'm 60. At some point quite soon I will be taking a one way journey, might as well be that one.

If they built a colony ship, and wanted someone to keep the lights on for the first few years I'd sign up for that too.

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get on with it!

>The only thing that's for sure here is that based on the story so far it would

>be unwise to totally discount what Musk and SpaceX say - no matter how

>far-fetched it may seem

Doesn't seem far fetched to me. For God's sake, from Gagarin to Apollo's landing was barely 9 years, with vacuum tube technologies and no microprocessors.

We have had 50 years of "research" in LEO about the effects on humans of being in space,, 50 years of building launchers. We don't need to wait any longer. Lets bloody get on with it before we run out of anything we can use for fuel!

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Google to sell subscriptions to Chrome OS notebooks?

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Been wondering about that

DER rented out tellies (and in their early days washing machines and fridges) for nigh on 50 years, until they became too cheap to bother.

When home computing started they rented a few comodore pets & apple ][s , but discovered that the public could not tell the difference between "its broken" and "I am a shit-kicking yokel who doesn't know the first thing about computers" and very wisely dropped the scheme.

Good luck to Mr Google with that.

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Google Linux servers hit with $5m patent infringement verdict

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Wirth

I wonder if he could give evidence?

I bet he wishes he'd patented everything in his book!

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iPhones secretly track 'scary amount' of your movements

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Calling all commentards: Want some new icons?

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more suggestions

"Please explain" - big question mark

"I remember" - Grandfather clock? abacus? punch card?

"I agree wholeheartedly" - Big Tick? +1? Two heads?

"Der-brain" - big head, litle brain?

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Hardware boom boosts IBM in Q1

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Big contrast

oh look. http://www.reghardware.com/2011/04/12/context_uk_pc_sales_q1_2011/

'UK PC sales during the first quarter of the year were down 7.7 per cent, well below the European average of 2.9 per cent."

Looks like IBM is doing even betterer than the article suggests. Or is this another manifestation of Obama's 'spend yer way to affluence' policy?

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'Fierce competition' drives Apple's iPhone 6 changes

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Boffin

not trying hard enough

>when we have full coloUr, high resolution, roll up, flexible displays

Passe - we want direct neural connection, and we want it now!

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@Anomalous Cowherd

The lens/camera combo sounds marginally less likely to kill you too.

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more suggestions

IR pyrometer,

electric/magnetic field non-contact sensors,

A load cell so you can weigh tiny tings to high resolution (what /could/ you use that for?)

anenometer

Hygrometer

ultrasonic distance measurer for estate agents

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Asus N73SV Core i7 Sandy Bridge 17.3in laptop

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buglisting this idea

I've raised https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=36400 to suggest relocating controls in LibreOffice

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vertical pixels in short supply

What is it about vertical pixels? A few years ago 1024 was the norm for vertical pixels, then people went all 900 high and now we are supposed to wet ourselves because this has 1080? Why are screens not 2048 high by now?

This shift to wide-screen TV proportions has made a lot of software with its men us, button bars, navigation bars, drawing bars, status lines all very crowded. Lets put the controls down the left hand side now that we have wide screens, and give us some workable space back on the document/maths/canvas/feature area.

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Brussels threatens to name ISPs with 'doubtful' market practices

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HURRAH!

At last, some value from taxes paid!

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Microsoft opens Office 365 beta floodgates to the world

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one born every minute

>equally amusing that companies such as Microsoft believe people want to

>use Cloud based "services" such as this in any sort of meaningful volumes

Can you say "Royal mail"?

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Citroën lifts lid on looming diesel hybrid

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dear god

30,000 POUNDS? Are they serious? Seems like a very expensive way to beat the congestion charge to me.

For that sort of money you can get 3-and-a-bit Citroen C1 1.4 HDi Rhythm, they are plain diesels that do 60mpg That will be 12 seats for the price of 4!

Include the lifetime carbon (build and recycle effects) and this is a very stupid idea indeed.

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SCHEITERN: Scientologists want to friend schoolkids on Facebook

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eww, creepy

right decision, mind. creepy, creepy

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Oracle tests find NFC lags in execution

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never fast enough

It will never be fast enough to persuade me to trust it. Far too far left field.

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So, what's the best sci-fi film never made?

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Dear gods, no!

>Michael Bay directing Rendezvous with Rama?

I'll not sleep now. Ugh

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+1 for Greg Bear

Terraforming mars as a multi-film franchise.

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Just a reminder

Don't forget that "Cold Comfort Farm" is in some wise science fiction - with video phones and private jets taken as read for the metropolitan population, to further contrast with the rural isolation.

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Alien

Bit of a laugh

If we can have Agatha Hetrodyne, could we have Crimson dark

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two remembered, one nearly forgotten

The city & the stars. Childhoods end. Clarke.

'Wild geese' Forgotten author, perhaps the commenards can help. Space ship is an Irish convent, run by a scheming Mother Superior. Wild Geese was the name for the company of lay brothers and mercenaries that ran the ship & did any fighting.

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Server vendors and the dead hand of commoditisation

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me too

I think the problem is me-too management styles, where executives see an established market and want a slice of /that/. Innovation would take time, cost money, need explaining. Just photocopy what is already selling and get on with it.

You can see the same thing with compact digicams, and white goods.

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Arcam FMJ AVR400 AV receiver

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The imaging precision is pinpoint,

Umm. Care to explain? I am an old wavefront-reconstruction stereo buff, is that what you mean? But how can that possibly relate to n+1 channels? Does the supplied microphone and calibration thingy include phase delay correction? or what?

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Internet radio

Does the internet radio include BBC radio channels? Streaming or iplayer?

It would be tragic if I could not use this for the HD stereo used during last years proms on Radio 3. Does that work?

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Ellison's Oracle washes hands of OpenOffice

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Well, that's the other shoe.

Hands up who was not expecting this.

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WTF is... 4K x 2K?

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Stop

Stop pissing about with the tellies

I won't buy a new telly every 18months when most channels are still showing shows made when 625 was the only choice.

Stop pissing about with the screens, it's the dodgy content that puts me off, not the picture.

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German prangs dad's £275k supercar

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title

Boys will be boys. At least everyone is still beathing.

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BBC engineers see PLT knocking out DAB

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@AC 10:06

So what are you saying? Someone is having a Gigle?

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Hate

DAB is a geriatric solution to a problem that does not exist.

Originally conceived as a way of automating radio listening so that people did not have to re-tune their car radios as they drove along, or suffer fading from multipath it was also adapted to increase the number of channels available by TDM. But we are not short of FM spectrum, particularly when so many local commercial radio stations have been merged into national conglomerates. And a serious attempt to measure the artistic quality would be very disappointing. Very dissapointing indeed.

The battery consumption of portables is appalling, and the level of technology required means that cheap radio is impossible. And the abysmal bit rates drive the final nail into the coffin from my point of view.

Oh, and as early adopters, nay originators, we are lumbered with a system that the rest of the world has moved on from.

We have internet capacity enough and satellite channels that cover all the stations (although the satellite channels are under-utilised, being fed from the low bit rate DAB channel in too many cases). Our american cousins, for all their failings, have adopted satellite receivers for cars rather than DAB, and we could do the same. On the subject of internet capacity, that could be improved if ISPs put simple caching servers in the exchanges, so that multiple consumers of radio or tv could be given a single feed over the backbone, rather than multiple identical feeds occupying bandwidth.

And yes, I live in an area which is "marginal" for DAB, but then it is "marginal" for FM, DVT, rdio 5 MW, and broadband as well. If DAB were any good I'd be putting up antennae

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"only"

Sadly, long range radio listening on HF has become pointless just as a new generation of software controlled radios was making the hobby innovative again.

I really miss listening to Strauss from Vienna on 12MHz, and one of the high points of my life was listening to the Bernstein "Ode to Freedom" performance on Deutsche Welle's short wave live coverage.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Beethoven-Symphony-Freedom-Bernstein-Berlin/dp/B000001GDR

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STONERS are DESTROYING the PLANET

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Steady on!

>real work this afternoon

Don't lets go completely down the fantasy trail...

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