* Posts by Robert E A Harvey

2870 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

Help! Apple has snaffled the WHOLE WORLD'S supply of sapphire glass

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Or invent something else. Necessity etc etc etc.

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You'll NEVER guess who's building the first Ubuntu phones in 2014

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Hmm

http://www.bqreaders.com/gb/products/aquaris-5-hd.html

Dual sim, Android 4.2, sd slot 16GB, slightly slow but otherwise OK cpu - might give that a go for 200 german beer tokens!

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Emergency translation

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Emergency translation

I am very impressed with the use of google translate, and a few others, on my Android device - I can even talk to it in one language and it talks back in another.

But that needs an internet connection. I work in some very remote places and might have to say to a complete stranger, in a language I don't speak, "I appear to have broken my arm, please call an ambulance". And maybe he won't be able to read.

Can anyone recommend an off-line translator half way between Google Translate and the Franklin talking dictionery I carry at the moment, with it's 30-odd phrases per language? Something I can install on a memory card and rely on?

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HP 'KNEW' about Autonomy's hardware sales BEFORE the whistle blew: report

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Re: Caveat emptor

Not over simplified at all.

I don't actually care one way or the other. either they knew or didn't. They paid over the odds for somethign that turned out to be less than was expected. I suspect thier customers know the feeling.

welcome to capitalism, lads. How do you like them apples?

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Samsung flings sueball at Dyson for 'intolerable' IP copycat claim

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floated around on its exhaust like

... and what a disaster it was. I used to pick it up so it would suck harder. More effort going into float than suck.

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Something else I won't be buying from Samsung

I am sick and tired of Samsung in so many ways.

I'l get a Vax, if only for old time's sake.

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Toshiba opens curtains, reveals air-cushioned 5-terabyte terror

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before my 50th b'day

My 70th, maybe.

What the blue blistering blazes are we all doing with all this data? I have getting on for a TB of photos I have taken - and I never look at the damn things.

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Friends don't do tech support for friends running Windows XP

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Re: If they have to buy a whole new machine...

VFD -variable frequency drive. Yes you /can/ enter basic parameters through the keypad, but debugging and tuning requires a monitor. And those run on windows.

https://customer.honeywell.com/en-US/support/commercial/software/vfds/Pages/default.aspx

http://www.nidec-asi.com/english/ARTICS_sw_platform.php

http://www.abb.com/product/us/9AAC113388.aspx

And are you seriously telling me you can write programmes for a PLC5 or an S7 with some sort of text terminal? Because I doubt that very much.

http://www.industry.siemens.com/topics/global/en/tia-portal/pages/default.aspx

https://www.rockwellautomation.com/rockwellsoftware/design/rslogix5/overview.page

http://www.mitsubishielectric.com/fa/products/cnt/plceng/items/index.html

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Re: If they have to buy a whole new machine...

>Two exceptions: games, and AutoCAD.

Let me add a couple more.

PLC development environments,

SCADA

FPGA development software

VFD configuration software

Engineers are often prisoners of Redmond

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Ono board mulls Vodafone's offer to grab its pipe for £5.8bn

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what?

80% return is "moderate"? who are these VC people?

To the barracades, mon braves!

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NYPD dons Google tech specs: Part man. Part machine. All Glasshole

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'ang on.

>it could be very beneficial for a cop on patrol who walks into a building

If policemen are walking into buildings, particularly ones as large as they have in New York, then they certainly need glasses. Prescription, rather than electronic, probably.

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Break out the scatter cushions: Google rents out NASA blimp hangar

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Bedfordshire

Shame we could not get them to refurbish the Cardington hangers too.

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For Windows guest - KVM or XEN and which distro for host?

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Space

If space for a 2-box solution seems problematic, how about something that will hang on the VESA mount on the back of the monitor:

http://www.fit-pc.com/web/products/mintbox/

http://www.solid-run.com/

etc etc etc

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Dual Boot

My solution has been to dual boot between Linux and Windows, and use user-space file system access to read my music collection in ether system. You can also set up thunderbird to read the same mbox file structure from both, and the pan usenet reader ditto. By sync'ng firefox via the web the same stored passwords and favourites can be used in both as well.

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This THREESOME is a HANDFUL: It’s the Asus Transformer Book Trio

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Re: How much?

>And want to charge £900 for the privilege?

Some years ago I formulated Harvey's Law. From about 1975 to about 2000 any desirable computer cost just about a thousand quid, because that was how much the chap in the shop needed to take off people to make enough profit to pay the rent and rates.

Then we had the laptop-price-crash and people were buying machines for £350. The trade doesn't make enough money like that, they needed to take a grand off folk, hence the rise of things like this and ultrabooks (which are only slightly better than a netbook, for four times the price).

It ain't the components. It's the rest of the business that costs the money!

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Hurrah!

I am glad to see someone trying something other than follow-the-herd.

The review is pretty encouraging too. My wallet has started making plaintive whimpering noises.

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Windows 8.1 becomes world's fourth-most-popular desktop OS

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"fourth-most-popular"

fourth-most-used, maybe. I see no evidence of popularity.

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Private pain: Dell layoff bloodbath to hit over 15,000 staffers – insiders

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Hmmm.

Given how entirely useless Dell's consumer support was before sacking all these people, I have very real doubts if it will be worth even bothering the web site after they get rid of them!

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Unmanned, autonomous ROBOT TRUCK CONVOY 'drives though town'

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Re: Optimal solution?

Surely the optimal solution is to stop having wars?

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NatWest 'spam' email cockup got me slapped with late payment fee, says angry Reg reader

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Re: SPF natwest.com

>set up by a big boy

No, they were lying. It is what businesses do now when caught out.

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

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Oh?

Do they assume that everyone currently compelled would suddenly subsribe?

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Ofcom says yes to sat broadband on PLANES (and trains and ships)

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Roaming

Is it possible that the charges wil be higher than O2's £6 per MB?

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

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Re: Do they have quantum PC's yet

yes.

and no.

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Microsoft shops ditch XP for New Year as Windows market share expands

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The clue is in the name 'NetApplications'?

Presumably these stats have nothing to do with what people do at work, only what they do on the innertubes?

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Bit of rounding going on?

65+31+5 = 101.

'down from last year in the face of growing competition.' - presumably from Microsoft, her figures leave little room for anyone else!

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You're spending WHAT on iPhone 6? Wells Fargo downgrades Apple stock

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Humph

And "Analysts at Wells Fargo" aren't do-nothing parasites on the business world at all, are they?

Chair weights. What have they created?

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El Reg's contraptions confessional no.5: The Sinclair Sovereign

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They did. I saw one in Brazil at about that time, along with one shaped like a pen that was /entirely/ voice-op

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Ubuntu desktop is so 2013... All hail 2014 Ubuntu mobile

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Re: It's coming along

Yes. This.

Bloody good show for trying.

Really hope something wonderful happens.

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You've got $60k: So, 2013 sporty Corvette, or a year of AWS's new I2 beast?

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1936 Rolls-Royce 25/30 Gurney Nutting Sedanca de Ville. GHL3 For Sale

http://www.realcar.co.uk/25_30_ghl34.htm

500 quid change.

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ZX Spectrum REVIVED as Bluetooth keyboard

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OK

...that's cool

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Santa brings Dixons £31m profits as ghost of Comet is laid to rest

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walked out yesterday

I wanted to try out some cameras, to navigate the menus, to see what the options were. All of them were connected with microUSB cables, so all should have been fully working. 2 out of 16 would power up.

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Excise Xmas prezzie indecision MISERY with El Reg’s gift guide²

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They have to buy their own printer

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Re: But what sort of hammer?

A dummy, of course.

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Re: washable keyboard?

Brilliant idea. Why has it taken so long?

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Microsoft: Here, we'll make it easy for you Gmail lot. Meet our Outlook.com movers

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Gmx

I pay for a mail.com account, but you can get the same thing free from gmx.com

Recommended

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Proverbial move.

"Out of the frying pan...into the fire"

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Microsoft rallies channel troops: Sell, sell, sell our spanking new 'Cloud OS'

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Watch yer backs

So that's 25 companies lined up to be shat upon in 2.5 years time, is it?

Microsoft's "partners" have never been guaranteed a long advantage in the market place.

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Hey Linux newbie: If you've never had a taste, try perfect Petra ... mmm, smells like Mint 16

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Yep

I've used it when self employed to manage my business, and to do Xwindows development on.

I also persuaded a couple of survey ships to standardise on it to avoid the continual virus infections they were getting.

It is superb for electronic chart applications too: run VNC on the chart computer and display it anywhere withoug worrying about licence fees or updating or antivirus. Or people installing stupid games.

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Blighty could put a (WO)MAN on MARS by 2040, says sci minister

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What the UK can bring to the table.

We have a pretty impressive set of people who would improve the planet. By leaving it.

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Cheap 64-bit Snapdragon hopes to blow Chinese middle class's SoCs off

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Attention Ofcom

FM radio, you notice. Not DAB.

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Teary-eyed snappers recall the golden age of film

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Democratised

Yep. For example look at geograph.org.uk .

3 million pictures by people, people like me.

A handful are good photography. You still need to know where to point it,what not to include, and how to be patient.

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Inside Steve Ballmer’s fondleslab rear-guard action

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Re: So that's one fondleslab

>1280x1024 (svga) recommended

And yet they flogged us all those x600 or x768 screens!

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Our Vulture strokes Dell's ROBUST 15 INCHER: Inspiron 15 Core i7

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Re: Are offset touchpads common now ?

It seems to happen when there is a numeric keypad, yes.

I'd quite like the touchpad to be at the end near where I would use the mouse - so I did not keep moving the cursor while touch typing.

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Two million TERRIBLE PASSWORDS stolen by malware attackers

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Sick and tired of remembering hundreds of passwords

1960s technology belongs in the 1960s.

It really is about time we had a better way of proving who we are.

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Calling Doctor Caroline Langensiepen of Nottingham Trent uni

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Ah

So it's you who has my old saw? I was looking for it this morning.

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Recommendations for private cloud software...

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recomended

Sharefile.com have collaborative workspaces with secure access, not sure how good the logging is, never used it.

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DON'T PANIC: No FM Death Date next month, minister confirms

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Re: Build It And It Will Come

Don't bother.

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How STEVE JOBS saved Apple's bacon with an outstretched ARM

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I just think it's a shame

That they can't make some RiscOS machines for fun. With an income like that they could afford to fill British schools with them, for free.

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Want to reach out and touch your Chromebook? How does $299 grab you?

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Re: Or get this..

I assume you are having a larf. So I will. Can you install Linux on it?

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HP’s ENORMO-SLAB: The Slate 21 MONSTER tablet

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impressed

Ok, 1080 lines isn't much, but its a fair price & nice to see wired Ethernet..

I might buy it.

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