* Posts by Robert E A Harvey

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Just 5% of workers ever truly leave the office

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quite

I'm an international service engineer, and I fly several times a week. I've yet to be on a flight with in-flight wifi.

And if I ever am, and if it is free (which it won't be) I will use it to read Girl Genius and Schlock Mercenary, not to work.

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Samsung R780 17.3in laptop

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Want one

I'm typing this on a Samsung SensG910 19" laptop in a cybercafe at Seoul airport, and it is very tasty indeed. I rather think I want one.

The keyboard is slightly gimp in that there are no page up page down buttons except the old-fashioned ones on keypad 9 & 3, need numlock. Otherwise it seems fairly splendid.

Screen is 16:10, not come across that before, 19", 7200 rpm hard disk, 1000:1 contrast ratio.

I reckon big FO laptops are very cool.

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Doctor Wii game comes to the Nintendo Who

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I reckon

I reckon the doctor should have regenerated as Karen Gillan, that would have been much more fun.

Paris, but only 'cos we don't have an Amy Pond icon.

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PARIS team cracks Vulture 1-X wing

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I was going to say most of that

Rather than the diagonal bracing tubes in compression, why not diagonal bits of cotton thread in tension? That would be much lighter and be able to handle much the same by way of forces.

A leading edge profile and a trailing edge stiffener would be normal - perhaps a horizontal bit of card of the same material as the ribs, slotted into the trailing edge? and three slotted radially into the leading edge?

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Secret X-37B space plane lost by sat-spotters for 2 weeks

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rhyming slang

I had to explain rhyming slang to some USAnian crewmates who wondered why they were called 'septics', and they then started to call themselves 'Shermans'.

Mine's the one with the silver star.

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Intel: dual-core Atom netbooks on sale now

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Is it me?

or are these people a bit too far upthemselves?

"Intel has reportedly said it doesn't mind N550 netbooks having displays of up to 12in,"

Dear Mr Intel.

I want to use your nice dual core chip in a device with a 13 inch screen and a detachable wireless keyboard.

Dear Mr Harvey

Sorry, we only want you to use that chip in devices smaller than that

Dear Mr Intel

Who is the product designer round here? Take your nasty dual core chip and re-package it up yourself.

Dear Mr ARM

I want to....

Paris, 12 inch, etc etc.

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Cleveland residents get RFID-equipped recycling

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Brynley Heaven

>I'm seriously considering investing in one of those gadgets that zaps RFID tags

Consider, then, the story of Brnyley Heaven. Around 7 years ago South Kesteven District Council issued tagged wheelybins, with the intention of charging by weight, under a scheme introduced without debate in Parliament by the Bliar. However their public pronouncements denied this.

Mr Heaven removed the tags and delivered them by post to the chair of said SKDC, who threatened him with penalites for damaging Council Property (yes, the wheelies remain their property) and said that without the tags they would not be collecting his rubbish. Fair enough,says Bryn. I'll take it to the tip meself. And did.

The story dragged on with Mr Heaven becoming a sort of low-level page filler for the tabloids, until in the rather lengthy run up to the last election Brown's lot dumped the pay-to-tip scheme. It's gone rather quiet since then, and Bryn has had some sort of limited service.

The whole story was one of pig-headed refusal to listen, as was the same council's insistence that people who lived in terraced labourer's cottages with no front garden should wheel said wheelies through their house every week instead of retaining the black bag system that their own policies said were available for such cottages. Of course, the bins completely blocked the pavement and most 'went feral' on the first or second time of using.

Such over-arching powers should never be given to officials of small local councils, who are Gauleiter to a man.

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Cops cuff man who exposed holes in 'perfect' voting machines

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Hardware attacks?

Surely the simplest hardware attack is a large muscly geezer with a stick making sure you press the button he likes?

I've been to Injia.

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LG touts 'surprisingly productive' iPad killer

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fair enough

>...on the day after Thanksgiving — in the US only, however....

That's only fair. They are the only people to have Thanksgiving. How would people know when to launch in other countries, on that basis?

Don't forget September 19th

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Google's Wave flop: Spare us the warm fuzzies

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How about 'It was a bad idea'

The permanent recording of conversations, ideas, sketches, contributions can have it's use. In the right place. The number of cases where this is true is remarkably small.

It seems to me that most people don't want, or need, an unchanging record of low-content, dynamic, social interactions.

Then there is the reviewing issue. We all know what happens when you archive all the emails and documents from even the simplest project. *You never go back and look at them again* . Big projects can end up with so much data that you can never find anything in it at all. Wave offered us massive, daunting, backlogs of impenitrable drivel for everything we did.

I'm trying to have a zen life, with as few material posessions as possible, and as little data. I didn;t _need_ wave to do anything at all.

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Michael Dell snubbed by quarter of his shareholders

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Fairs Fair

I expect that 25% of his customers would want to shun him too. I wonder if the shareholders have a telephone help line like the rest of us get?

Jimmy Edwards, 'cos Dell deserve a dose of Wack-ho!

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London Tube app adds Augmented Reality

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oooh

I'd forgotten about aberdeen steak houses. They were the coolest place to take yer date in the late 1960s, especially when you had no money and wanted to impress her. Them and Berni Inns.

I'd no idea that Aberdeens were still about. I thought that, like the Berni chain, they had slid into oblivion

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Philips BDP3100 Blu-ray player

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Ye Glods

are we now so up ourselves that we can't wait for a disk to stop spinning?

I know modern life is hectic, but watching telly is supposed to be a leisure activity, not high productivity!

Beer. I'd rather have one of they than watch 99.9% of the things sold on disks.

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Tesco touts budget textaholic SIM-only deal

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suspicious

Is that one of those cashback deals where you have to send all the original bills in a green envelope, and then apply online between 23:18 and 23:21 on a wet thursday using the password given to you just once during the registration process by a Bengali whose pronunciation makes you get it wrong?

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UK.gov to scrap new staff training rights

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I know $MEGACORP

"may only refuse a request for a "good business reason"."

$MEGACORP's idea of a "good business reason" would be "because while you are doing that you won't be out there earning for us"

Might as well get scrapped, I can't see it ever being of any use.

....talking of things that aren't any use...

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Microsoft ends Office lovers' employee discount program

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Point

I agree that there is much wrong with the FOSS systems you mention. The lack of SVG support in OOo is becoming almost comically perverse, for example. But at least the process is transparent. Both major projects do own up to these things, and it is all out in the open.

And then projects like Samba, Filezilla, Clam av, Octave, do respond quite well to bug reports.

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And?

whilst every word you say is true, what is your recommendation for the successor?

Abiword?

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freedom

One of the pleasures of having my own computer is that I get to choose software I want to use.

And, indeed, software where I can report bugs without having to pay for the privilege.

If my employer wants me to use windows or office at home they can damn well give me the software FOC. or, indeed, they can actually sod off. I work in working hours.

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Garmin Asus Nüvifone M10

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Dear mr Garmin

Try again.

I'd like a bigger screen, multi-touch controls, and a non-windows OS. Especially a non-windows OS.

And then I'd like a bluetooth headset, a bit like the Jabra Stone, that lives in the back of the phone to recharge, and which can be taken out and stuffed in my ear when the time comes. That will mitigate the problems of using a larger screen device as a phone, and help with in-car audibility too. And you get to sell me the headset, the money does not go to someone else.

I like most of your software, although I've heard reports that your routing of motor cars is a bit too simplistic, and I like the idea of being able to use the same device walking and driving. I like the fact that you download the ephemeris from the sputniks, not requiring me to get a quickfix over the internut.

But this phone is an odd mixture of "me too" and "worst of all possible worlds".

Try again.

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Perseid meteors - brace for endazzlement

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Wyndham

Don't look if they are all green...

Mine is the double layer leather one with a chicken wire face mask.

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Nude trampolinist bounces free from court

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size matters

"publicly exposing their persons in a shameless ..."

Would rather depend on if they had any reason to have shame, surely?

Paris, because, well, really, just because.

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Botnet with 60GB of stolen data cracked wide open

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Researchers?

sound more like enforcers.

Still, if they are doing research, perhaps they could give us a breakdown of the machines owned by OS, manufacturer, AV running, and age?

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Dell outsourcer lifts US woman's saucy pix from PC

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t t t

“My conscience is talking to me, saying ‘Tara, don’t send this. Are you crazy?’ I sent it anyway,” she said.

yes, dear. you are crazy.

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Microsoft rushes out emergency fix for critical Windows bug

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quite

I've never understood the abandonment of proper real-time kernels, and OS's like OS9 wor Windows.

Nor do I understand naive connection of scada systems to the internet. Surely there should be some secure server/firewall/vpn destination as a cut-out?

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Mozy insists: It's not a bug...

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Humpty Dumpty

I could not agree more.

It is stupid to think you know how something works based on so informal a naming convention. What matters is defining your needs in advance, and examining how products can offer that. Work, not shopping

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Aussie broadband is slower than a slow thing in a slow town

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thanks for that

I could NOT remember the name.

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Slower than New Zealand

I thought that was a general principle?

As in " every time someone emigrates from NZ to Oz, the average IQ of both countries goes up."

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Microsoft should starve on radical penguin diet

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It did

But there were Z80 & z8000 ports too, including the tandy one. I worked on one for 3 months till it bancrupted the customer.

Bit of a familiar tale, in fact.

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?They bought a licence from SCO.?

'tother road about. They bought a licence from AT&T and shipped an OS called 'Xenix'. They sold the whole thing to the Santa Cruz operation.

http://wapedia.mobi/thumb/4cf814822/en/max/470/360/Ms_xenix.png

I spent months trying to support an OS called Xenix on a multiple Z80 machine from Tandy. Could not be done at all.;

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Or

Microsoft could just FOAD.

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AMD, GlobalFoundries, and the Intel gap

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oh dear

This is all starting to sound a bit 'my cock is smaller than your cock'.

processors are a squillion times faster than the old IBM AT, but I can still type faster than MSword can put the letters on the screen. Isn't about time the software types started doing their bit?

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Polaroid 300 instant print camera

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armpit

The first pull, rip & squeeze polaroid I had came with a curved metal frame. The idea was to sandwhich the developing print in the metal sheets, and stick it in yer armpit to be a constant temperature environment so it all developed properly...

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Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G 18.4in laptop

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Unhappy

Hmm.

wobbly keyboard, dull screen, tinny audio. And windoze. Is there any reason to lash out on this?

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Firefox 4 second beta hits minor delay

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4 second

I'd have said that 4 second is a minor delay, yes.

Sorry, was there a story underneath?

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NHS spunks £7.5k on porn room

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Lack of imagination

I don't understand why the clients would even need pictures. Surely a mental image of the little lady at home would be enough? And if it isn't, surely that is an important part of the diagnosis?

Who are all these people wearing white coats?

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Judas Phone: more Photoshop tomfoolery

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whot?

10p? Blimey, was time travel involved as well?

Mine's the one with £50 of 20p coins in the pocket.

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Airline ejects passenger for being hungry

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no flight safe mode

several airlines don't allow for flight mode. They even insist on you turning off mp3 players whenever the seatbelt signis on.

Perhaps they should buy better aeroplanes

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err..

"As to your story about a 'passenger' with a gun... you don't say who he was. (Active duty soldlier, law enforcement, etc...)"

How am I supposed to know? He was some geezer sitting on a plane with a gun in his carry-on bag. I'm not psychic. He might have been the duke of kent or a kentucky barkeeper for all I know.

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Security theatre is out of control

Last year I witnessed a polite, nervous, old man ask a stewardess if he could be moved as his seatback would not stay upright. She started screaming at him, and a few minutes later the captain came back and said he would not tolerate passengers behaving like that, and that the police had been called. I immediately gave him my business card, saying I'd heard the whole thing and would stand by him if he were prosecuted, or chose to sue for defamation. Half a dozen other people joined in.

When the police arrived he was arrested in front of all of us under security legislation, although there had been no mention of any security matters before, and he was hauled off. The police later took a statement from me by phone, and when I got back to the UK I was interviewed - not about his 'offence' but about my behaviour in offering support to a terrorist subject. I just laughed at them.

I had already written to the airline about this sham, and got no reply at all.

In other incidents, I have had my 'kensington' cable confiscated at the bag search, because the loop meant it could be used as a garotte. They also took my RS232 and Allen Bradley cables 'in case I strangled someone with them', but left the power cable for the PC 'because you need that for the computer'. Last week I had a roll of PVC insulating tape confiscated 'because you can restrain someone with it' I pointed out that someone would have to be remarkably compliant, and it would be much faster to loop my belt through it's buckle and use that. Blank confusion.

In January I was on a plane with an armed passenger, who was merely asked to surrender the gun to the chief steward after it was discovered. No-one called the police or had him arrested. Oh yes, that was a flight from Washington to Dallas. They gave him his gun back as we got off.

My last flight from Aberdeen to Humberside was delayed 'for security reasons'. I quizzed the cabin staff who admitted that the spelling of someone's name on the boarding pass did not match the passport, and they had been taken away by the scottish police.

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India to place $11bn order for AIP hi-tech submarines

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trident

That's the same argument as is made for us scrapping Trident.

Which we should, of course.

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Microsoft lines staff pockets with Windows 7 phone

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Hmm.

There is much in what you say. But

>it's just that they underestimated the importance of the UI

needs expanding a bit

it's just that they underestimated the importance of the UI or of the phone not needing rebooting at least once a day and cold starting at least once a week.

There, that's better.

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Imitate Real Ale quaffers, save the economy, says biz prof

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odd

>Just because JD Wetherspoons is cheap doesn't mean they can't keep and serve a good pint of beer.

why don't they then?

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Ipswich?

I went to primary school in Ipswich, and have been back over the years. I have never ever been able to answer the simple question

What is Ipswich for?

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Nah

>Or should I read the article before commenting?

why break the habit of a lifetime?

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Seagate intros networked storage for the home

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title title title

So, windows or mac? is that right?

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Treasury pulls plug on Wiki-cutback site

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Sir Humphry

>why?

The civil service wanted to discredit the whole thing as quickly as possible?

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Linux to eclipse Microsoft's 'all-in' tablet enthusiasm

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oh, aye

there is much in what you say, but it is suely just as likely that they will slip out a device variant as that the two untried versions listed will be crowned?

It still looks like lazy, alchohol-inspired futureology, and devoid of facts.

But it still looks like M$ is on the way down...

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Oh?

So the only linux distros considered are the 4 newcomers? We havn't seen a single working meego or chrome device, but we aleady know they will beat slack ,debian, suse, hed rat, 'buntu, & 'driva?

I'm all for the idea of shunning gates, but there is a lot of the made-up-in-a-wine-bar-by-some-fashoin-victim-using-buzzword-scrabble about all this.

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So long then, Windows 2000

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t i t l e

What happened to all those W2K powered warships?

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Futurologist warns of malevolent dust menace

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My thoughts, more or less.

Abraham Derby, the early iron master forsaw the day when all men would ride Iron Horses (nearly right) live in Iron Homes (not really, except for steel framed towers) eat off Iron furniture (only in twee coffee shops) wear Iron clothing (mind control beanie anyone?) and be buried in Iron coffins. (What? to be carried by Iron mourners, no doubt). None of his ideas was impossible, but quite a lot of them were daft.

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