* Posts by Robert E A Harvey

2871 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

Cornish pasties awarded protected status

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Hurrah!

The Stilton listing has done nothing but good, with other cheeses being sold as 'British blue' or (better yet) finding their own identity, like the superb Blackstones.

We already have the 'west country' company selling generic pasties, and no doubt someone will come up with a Somerset name soon, like 'Somerset duffs'

This is good news, except for Ivor Dewdney, although I just checked their web site, and they already comply.

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Memo to iPad mimics: No one wants a $799 knockoff

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Yes but

Whenever I look they are sold out...

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Yes!

It's a laptop with no keyboard, hinge, optical drive, hard drive, or M$ tax.

I can get one of they laptop thingies for 300 beer tokens. Why does leaving chunks off add 500 b.t. to the price?

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iPad 2 launch could be delayed by two months, analyst says

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Diddums

>This in turn would knock likely shipments this year down from 30.6 million to 23 million.

Not, you notice, from 30.4 million or from 30.65 million.

Plonkers.

"Something that no-one has promised might be a bit later than the bloke who didn't promise it made up last week and that means people won't be able to buy something that doesn't exist until a bit later, always supposing it exists then." And, I suppose, without any reference to whether it will be worth buying.

No wonder the bloody weather is changing with all this hot air going on.

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Cowon D3 Plenue Android media player

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This is not a title

By the sounds of it then, forget that it's Android - the OS is no more accessible than in a sony walkman - and the rest of the review was of a media player.

This is as things should be. Buy the product, not the development route. Wide range of formats, clunky menus. But by the sounds of the review the audio quality is good, which is what I would expect from Cowan. 21 hours battery life is not bad for something with a big screen, I think I might be tempted.

How do you get music on and off it? USB storage mode in Linux?

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Huawei to gift underground coverage to London

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It is nonsense

It is nonsense, isn't it?

The tube is a very noisy environment, and on the train you need both hands to hold on as the carriages lurch from one big of Victorian subsidence to another.

No message can possibly be that urgent. People need to grow up.

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Motorola 'flagship' Honeycomb tablet to ship sans Flash

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Is it the BBC

Is it the iPlayer that makes Flash important in the UK? I'm beginning to loose track of what needs what.

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Apple iOS dominates Euro smartphone usage

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Europeans far less keen on Android than Americans are

That wouldn't have anything to do with pound=dollar predatory pricing, by any chance?

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Intel boss searches planet for post-Nokia MeeGo spouse

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China

That's where the next Nokia will come from, you mark my words. Say "Meego to China". See? sounds right doesn't it?

I'll get my beautifully embroidered mandarin jacket

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Intel seeks connected home for Atom

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yes but

I'f youve got a pc in it it will have cost so much you won't be able to afford a new one!

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do we forget so easily?

The trouble that Talkie Toaster caused on Red Dwarf?

Stop this nonsense now, before it is too late!

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Romanian middleman pleads guilty to $2.7m auction scam

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Yep

Lovely country, den of thieves.

But we have the City of London and the Banks, so who are we to criticise?

What is worse, having to create a new email address, or having to pay 25% extra tax for the next 10 years?

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Florida lag packs prison survival kit up jacksie

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Be Prepared

I imagine he was merely using whatever came to hand to perform stretching exercises. Its best to be prepared.

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Fifa, Uefa lose free-to-view footie challenge

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Alert

and

There's only one F in Murdoch.

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Boffin breakthrough doubles Wi-Fi speed

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GKA!

Nay, no 'w' prefixes here, although my first ship was 6YSP. Home ports were GNF or GKZ, or PBF

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Umm.

I started my working life as a ship's radio officer in the 1960s. All the gear was based on thermionic valves. Now most of the traffic was still WT and 'keying' used to close down the receiver to avoid overload. But we had these exotic things called RT that allowed telephony. And the gear allowed for simplex, half-duplex, & full duplex working. These folks are talking about full duplex.

The trick then was frequency domain separation. Any decent communications receiver had an IF strip with very steep 'sides' to the selectivity. A few tens of KHz separation on a 16MHz base worked just fine. People could talk & listen at the same time without messing about with pressels.

Now if they are trying to achieve full duplex on the same frequency, yes that is clever but I don't think even the proposed trick is novel. I think it was called 'RF bucking'

And it suggests that the people who did the original wifi band planning were twits.

And the idea of it doubling throughput is doubtful. Traffic is rarely symmetrical. Hardly likely to make the iPlayer stream 'Top Gear' any quicker is it?

(pressel == PTT)

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Saucy spy Anna Chapman to design Russian space uniforms

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el Reg

For more IT relevance the 2nd picture should have been of an ex-borg on the crew of a federation starship.

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Five Reasons to be cheerful about Nokia-Microsoft

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6.

6. It might give WebOs a fresh start.

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Sarkozy: Microsoft represents all that is great about France

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Legion D'Honneur ?

There is another French Tradition I think they should honour Mr Balmer with.

And he would be lying down when it was awarded.

I'll get me knitting.

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AdBlock Plus: Open source for fun (not funds)

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I'm guessing...

...that the full interviews will be in printmedia somewhere

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The collaborative motive

I think all of this was best summed up by the 'Stone Soup' fable that used to be part of the documentation for Fractint. People achieve more together than apart.

Now it has been some years since I released code under the GPL but my motive whenever I did was to (unknowingly) get more value out of the work I'd put in. I had spent a couple of days solving a problem that I knew other people would need to solve as well. Why should they waste their time when a solution existed? And, of course, I got the chance to pay back something for all the GPL code I was using.

Look at Wikipedia. For all the lies, self-agrandisment, turf wars, and us tv series it is infected with, the core content is fantastically useful, and has been contributed to make the world a better place. I love where I live, and want to share that pleasure with other folk, so I freely give my photos to Geograph. No individual photo is worth anything to me, I still have it to look at. But together everyone's pictures becomes a special thing.

It seems to me that this is a very old idea. Mathematicians have usually been sponsored in one way or another, but their researches have been given away freely to benefit us all. The output did not become the private property of anyone.

In the 20th century people started keeping algorithms secret, proprietory. In the 21st century the trend continues. The world is a worse place fr it.

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What sealed Nokia's fate?

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that's the bunny!

@dogged:

>Specifically, you mean Ramone Dexter from Sinister/Dexter.

You clearly have a better memory than I. A trawl through the character names on their web site does raise a smile.

Ta.

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generally, yes

OK things like "changing the microSD card causes WP7 to restore factory defaults" are double-plus-ungood, but you notice some of the opposition have no removable storage at all.

I'm on record elsewhere as explaining that, no matter how good the code and UI might be in the short term, I have no faith in the long term, having been burned too many times before.

What is surprising is that a company the size of Microsoft can take so long to come up with something that is only "remarkably good" and that it is "remarkably good" at doing only what everyone else is already doing.

Surprise me, Nokia and Redmond. Think of something new.

Remember that Black guy from "AD2000" who had a sony logo on his eyebrow? Built-in TV and cellphone? That would do for a start.

Or if you want something simpler, look at my Jabra Stone bluetooth headset. I have to dock it with the battery to charge it up. Why can't I dock it with the phone? And the act of undocking it confirms the pairing?

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Sun spews out massive solar flare

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I, For one, welcome...

What's the betting this gets the blame for the first WP7 bugs?

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Nokia's developers wait and wait for Windows Phone

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Simple, and easy to understand

I like explanations like that!

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What exactly do Microsoft have to do to get a positive article...

Innovate?

Come up with a really good system? Windows 7 has not had a bad reception here, compared to Vista. Do things right and people will appreciate it.

Stop anti-competitive and voracious business practices?

Stop over-charging for development environments?

Produce programmer's interfaces that remain stable through version upgrades?

Stop behaving as though they own the world?

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Airport face-scanning robots switched off

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Can't tell arse from face

You start with "Can't tell arse from face" and then throw in "facial recognition gates"

And you REALLY don't expect me to read that as 'faecal recognition'?

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Microsoft polishes Windows Phone 7

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Back story

My wife has bought me various toys at Christmas time. The palm V was brilliant, life changing. I was able to debug NMEA navigation systems with the RS232 port, connect to sun servers with telnet & vnc & get my cix mail with a modem. Brilliant, simple, never went wrong.

She bought me a linux pda once, for which no updates ever came, So next time she bought me a windows phone/pda from HP, thinking that M$ could be relied on if it didn't work. Guess what.?

Then I got a windows phone to take to Korea. ver 6 Garbage, absolute garbage. Then I got bought a newer one with GPS, and never got that to accept my address book, or send sms. or run any gps software.

That's getting on for a thousand quid of our money down the toilet on Redmond's earlier efforts, partly because there were no working alternatives. Why should I take yet another punt, especially when their trading practices are so consumer-unfriendly? And when I do now have a choice?

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Microsoft polishes Windows Phone 7

"Turd, meet Cherry Blossom".

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Boffins demand: Cull bogus A-Levels, hire brainier teachers

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Primary schools

The initial graphic was about Primary schools. I think it was pretty shocking, but it is not the biggest problem in that sector. There are still plenty of people in education who think it 'inappropriate' for men to teach in Primary school.

Do you think that people that far up their own agenda are going to give a stuff about mathematics or future employment or the good of the country?

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Old folks' phones set to take over from nurses

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Hmm

Glad this isn't on WP7... "overdoseGuard.exe has performed and illegal operation and will be shut down. OK?"

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The repeal bill: what's left in, what's left out

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1. The available punishments for all crimes are laid down in statute or guidelines. That seems a pretty good way to decide what is likely to lead to a jail term.

2. The french, swedish, etc. get on pretty well with inquisitorial magistrates. Are we a special case, then?

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Bring back the stocks

I have a number of suggestions for them:

Bring back the stocks, for a start. Nothing like leaving someone out in the rain for two days to soil his pants and get laughed at by his mates as punishment for behaving like a dick.

Ban Lawyers in all cases not likely to result in a prison sentence. On both sides. let the Judge ask some searching questions, and allow questions from the public gallery.

Ban TV adverts for compensation lawyers, or in fact any sort of land shark at all.

Replace the insurance and banking ombudsmen with committees of other policy holders, chosen at random by computer.

Just repeal the law that costs pubs a thousand quid for a music licence for one night, and replace it with nothing at all. Then start to ask really serious questions about why we have any controls on opening hours. Find some way to stop Greene King buying up and ruining small hotels and make them concentrate on brewing good beer again.

Remove Sky's apparent monopoly on big screens in pubs. With any luck football will stop being broadcast at all.

Oh, and bring back the Sunday trading laws. I really like Sundays in Germany where all the shops are shut. You can sit and a have a few beers in peace instead of traipsing round buying sofas and shoes and sealing wax and soup and suits and sausage and suzukis and and Sauternes and spacehoppers and stuff and stuff and stuff...

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I’m not a Trojan horse: Nokia’s Elop hits back at neigh sayers

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I’m not a Trojan horse

I refer the assembled members to the reply given by Miss Mandy Rice-Davies in the trial of Stephen Ward.

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Teaming up with Microsoft turns it into a “three-horse race”.

Oh? is he suggesting that it wasn't already? Sounds like tacit agreement that WP7 was going nowhere.

Its still WP7. does that mean we have a 3-horse race but rather less than 12 horses legs?

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Samsung intros 10in Android tablet

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Misery

All this partnering with network operators is all very well, but when you live, as I do, in a VodAlone void, then Mr Smasung is cutting off my nose to spite his face.

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Sony Ericsson outs Neo, Pro smartphones

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Hmm

Can I access them as USB storage devices from Linux?

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Grief and disbelief greet Elop's Nokia revolution

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"Who cares want consumers want."

...and who cares what the Nokia shareholders want.

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over the threshold

I'm reminded of all those European folk tales where the evil one is invited into the house unrecognised, and then the inevitable happens...

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In five years time

It will be:

*Apple

*HTC

*Chinese Android phones

*HP & WebOS

* The odd Samsung

err.. that's it.

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Microsoft, Nokia, and MeeGo: Are they all doomed?

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My 2d worth

Forget about Meego. It was another Linux spin-off, and there are plenty of those. There is no compelling reason why this one is different from any other. Moblin made some sort of sense when Intel thought it could squeeze windows out of netbooks and tablets to increase margins for it's chip customers. But Nokia has dropped the Maemo ball so many times that there is nothing worthwhile to pull out of the wreckage.

HTC and, to a lesser extent, HP and Samsung will offer WP7 phones for the rest of this year, then drop it like a hot potato: they already have somewhere else to go. This might be the inadvertent making of WebOs - or did HP read the writing on the wall when Mr Elop joined Nokia?

The big mystery is what will happen to low-end phones. Most of the world, from Nairobi to my wife's mother, don't want a smart phone: they want a cheap one. That makes phone calls. WPx will never be cheap, because M$ have a revenue mindset not a volume mindset.

This could be China's moment. OvTech, C-EASY, Huawei, and all the rest are waiting in the wings. They are more than ready. Hutchison Whampoa owns '3' and could easily want to join in. They have the world-wide contacts.

We are living, as they say, in interesting times.

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DEC: The best of systems, the worst of systems

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Nasa. whine:

"Some say his left leg runs on Vax microcode..."

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US gov says it can't build an interstellar starship

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Don't forget

The Inertial Dampers!

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long time scale

This timescale is another US conspiracy - this time to cheat me out of my chance to go!

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Intel defends MeeGo after Nokia defection

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Nowhere now

Unless Intel can persuade someone like Motorola, or some other once-mighty but sleeping phone company to join it, it might as well go find something else to play with. No MeeGo phones are going to come to market.

It does all make WebOs seem so much more attractive, doesn't it?

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HP rocks Redmond with webOS PC play

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And the network guys over in the corner being grumpy old sods who dont agree with anything

Snore, snthak. what? What? eh?

Oh Sorry, did you want something important?

No, OK then.

I'll get back to, err, ...

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Delighted

I have been depressively predicting WebOs would be too little, too late. I have been excited by this announcement. if HP can pull it off, I'll be delighted. And, am already thinking of splashing out on the pad and the phone. Bring on the PC!

Anything that chips away at M$ smugness is good, too.

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Nokia Digital Radio Headset DAB

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Nokia Digital Radio Headset DAB

I appear to have had a stroke, or something.

I keep reading that as "Nokia Hospital Radio Headset DAB"

Must be the headset associations.

Oh look, here comes someone with a white coat...

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Ah.

That would be especially handy if you spoke Strine, Danish, Swedish, (4languages), German, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Czech, Funny English, Cantonese, Malay, etc, etc.

I'll get me language lab disks

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Battery life?

The complex processing has always meant that DAB is power-hungry. My Sony portable can eat 4xAA batteries in 8 hours.

What happens to the phones? what do nokia say happens?

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