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* Posts by Robert E A Harvey

2827 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

Penguins, I give you: The SOLAR-POWERED Ubuntu laptop

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Re: WANT!

Yes, but in the absence of those I will buy the one someone actually makes!

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WANT!

I want one, especially at $350. Bargain!

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Bloke in shed starts own DAB radio station - with Ofcom's blessing

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Re: Changing channels

Changing channels? why?

is there more than one TMS then?

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Re: DAB? I'll just get out of my car first...

>An aside, why have car makers dropped AM and LW from their receivers?

Because they are part of a dark and terrible conspiracy.

or

Because they can't be bothered to suppress plug leads any more

or

because they are designed by juvenile members of the pink-trouser brigade with no knowledge of the world beyond rap music and bright orange socks, and have not even heard of long wave.

or

because Blaupunkt is having a laugh at our expense selling junk to half-wit buyers in large corporations who are so far removed from the consequences of their decisions that they are quite likely to put digital Radio Mondiale in there next.

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Re: about france

Of course, or as they might say: 'May Wee' (wocab)

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Re: I did miss DAB R5L cricket

that is why God gave us Long Wave, so we can hear TMS throughout the whole civilised portions of the planet. And france.

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Two more counties to get gov-funded bumpkin broadband from... guess?

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Bumpkin?

Oxford bloody shire?

Where Clarkson lives? And Cameron?

That's not Bumpkin territory, that's Knobshire.

Bumpkins live in Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Somerset. (no, not Devon. That's full of UCTs as well)

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Davros liable to criticism for huge STRAW DALEK he never built

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Re: Straw?

err.. yes?

How would you have done it?

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I, for one,...

...welcome our environmentally friendly renewable Dalek overlords

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Don't Worry

The new Doctor will Huff, and Puff, and blow the straw dalek away.

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Peter Capaldi named as 12th Doctor Who

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Re: Matt Smith was too young

I recall watching An Unearthly Child and suspect that an older, creepy, irrascible Doctor is long overdue. Remember William Hartnell!

I also don't like this cyberpunk Tardis. Since it can rebuild itself when the Doctor is in trouble, I'd welcome a return to the old style console.

Welcome Mr Capaldi, anyroad.

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Microsoft cuts Surface Pro price by $100

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What about the wheels?

Are they throwing in the trucks to convert them to something useful?

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Big blue Avatar movie spawns THREE SEQUELS

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Re: Yellow cab

...packed with thermonuclear warheads, on fire, heading for the sun, perhaps

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Re: Great

Can I just say Jar sodding Jar sodding Binks?

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Re: Three Duds?

Ignoring the well-deserved 3D dig, I'd find it hilarious if all 3 were to bomb. Ha ha ha.

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Climate change EVEN WORSE than you thought: It causes WAR and MURDER

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Re: Biggest problem

Oh you think so, do you?

I have written elsewhere, even on here, about how Britain's problem is not immigration but birth rate: that the number we can feed and clothe from our own land area was passed some time between the 1450s and the 1750s (depending how you choose to measure it)

But I would not like to deprive you of your simplistic assumptions, so just carry on feeling good about yourself, please.

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Re: m'Lud

>In short, Your Honour, society, and climate change, made him do it.

To be fair, the recent really hot days have left me feeling stupid and slow. My Learned Friend may have a point.

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Biggest problem

The biggest problem is uncontrolled population growth.

That may, or may not, have a climate side effect. Either way the population increase will cause food shortages & wars over water, food, land & energy.

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Who's who: 12th Doctor has been chosen, will meet you on Sunday night

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Me!

I'm Spartacus!

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Apple snaffles low-power wireless firm Passif Semiconductor

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Microwave light bulb

No, there will be a market soon for a continuous microwave source, so that battery-less devices can be powered parasitically.

Pubs and hotels will display a special logo (I was going to say "black power", but that;s been used. "dark energy"? nope - also spoken for). "Stray energy" perhaps?

Then the foil-hatters can sell allyhats to thousands of people to wear in their own rooms.

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Mystery object falls from sky, area sealed off by military: 'Weather balloon', say officials

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WTF?

released from Where?

Do they really expect me to believe there is a place called Wallop's Island?

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Samsung brings back clamshell phones with added Android

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I like the look of that.

Now we need a star-trek(kirk) style mesh flip-up to protect the external screen and I will get my wallet out!

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Nokia sidles up to Qualcomm, hands over bulging map package

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Biggest question

Should be adapted to the home, and the most frequently asked question of all time: "where are my glasses?"

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First Austin, now live across the US: Watch Americans pay by bonk

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Re: CnP

A couple of years ago the head of a medium size retail operation told me "It's ridiculous: we would have to change all our terminals". When I told them that everyone in Europe had already done so he didn't believe me!

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Leapfrog

So the USA is going to go from mag stripe to NFC and skip chip-n-pin?

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Wikipedians say no to Jimmy's 'buggy' WYSIWYG editor

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does not work

>It's so slow and buggy, in fact, that editors have

>voted not to use it.

Even worse, it has huge chunks missing. The editing of citation templates etc. is missing, and most wikinazi editors get apoplectic if you do them even slightly wrong.

I know one editor who spends his whole life taking out spaces before | delimiters. He must be going Vesuvius by now.

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The O2 4G Lottery: Are YOU in one of the three LUCKY cities?

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Re: What about improving existing services?

$MEGACORP gives us O2 phones. Complete disaster, but they have not been dumped. The number of dropped calls, particularly on the continent, is astonishing.

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Yawn

No imagination, any of them. Nodlon, Deels, Fradbord?

Just imagine the publicity if they had chosen Narwich, Tynesideside, and Aberdeeeen. And probably the same customer demand.

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HALF of air passengers leave phones on ... yet STILL no DEATH PLUNGE

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Re: Not just radio signal safety

@ Should b Working

I fly once or twice a week, and regularly sleep right through the Humberside-Schiphol hop And quite often the Schiphol - Hong Kong or -beijing long haul. I have never been woken up before landing, so long as my seat back is upright and my tray table stowed.

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Re: Not just radio signal safety

>the full undivided attention of everyone on the plane is

>required in case of an emergency exit.

So why is it that they are keen to get people to take the earphones out, but they never ever wake up someone who is fast asleep and ask them to pay attention during the landing?

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Boffins use lasers to detect radio waves

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There is, indeed, nothing new under the sun!

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Clever

But I challenge the assertion 'not using antennas at all'. The aluminium foil is an antenna. It's even a resonant antenna.

Any resonant antenna will give improved selectivity in a high-noise environment. It is the band-selectivity of the antenna that rejects the ambient noise. And mechanical resonances have been used for narrow-band selectivity before - like in SAW filters.

That does not mean I am not deeply impressed by the idea of making an antenna sensitive enough to generate significant mechanical movement from the incident wave - to actually take mechanical energy out of the radiation. I will also cheerfully admit that the fact it gives higher than normal sensitivity is entirely contrary to what I would have naturally assumed. Fantastic effort, lads! Have a gold star.

All new developments in Radio are proper advances in technology. This is far more like science than e.g. dreaming up sliding unlock controls on a touch screen. Look, patent trolls - this is a proper advance!

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Ministry of Fun launches news quiz - and the BBC is in its sights

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Re: The news we need

>From the BBC it is often half arsed, heavily biased and without linking any sources

Yes. But without it we would be looking at CNN or Faux news which is far far worse.

I do have to scatter my reading about, particularly using Al Jazeerah and The Moscow news to get another viewpoint, and the Inde for a different view again. That doesn't mean there is anything uniquely wrong with the BEEB, I'd expect to do that anyway.

Oh, and the daily mail web site has really impressive photo stories. Shame it is associated with the bile duct.

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USB accelerates to 10 Gbps

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what is next

USSB? then USSSB, U4SB...

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Google Glassholes can't take long walks off short piers thanks to Merc app

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Re: a SatNav for walking?

>intent on the delicious kebab

That will be why they don't make that sort any more?

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'Steve Jobs killed music biz', but Bon Jovi don't mind Google Glass

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killing the music industry

Can I quote again Mitch Benn from the now show:

"Downloading isn't destorying music. Simon Cowell is destroying music."

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Dell committee says 'no way' on takeover vote change

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Plan B

>If that happens, Michael Dell will be out of a job – but with $12bn in assets in his equity

>firm, there are worse things that could happen to him

Plan B: buy Nokia and Nokia-Siemens Networks

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Wii U sales plunge: Nintendo hopes Mario and Zelda will shift some kit

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Wake up, corporations!

People have got houses full of devices that work well enough.

And no money.

You can't keep selling them tiny variations on what they already have. It's not like the 1980s, when new was very much better than old.

You want people's money? Think up something they need rather than just want!

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Microsoft Surface sales numbers revealed as SHOCKINGLY HIDEOUS

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The other lesson

People seem to have missed the other lesson.

According to the Reg story figures Microsoft spent over a thousand dollars in advertising to earn each $600 sale.

Just remember that next time an ad agency is making a pitch for their attempt to sell your product, and ask them how come they can be so clever when they weren't even clever enough to get the Surface RT account.

Advertising pays? pah! No such thing as bad publicity? Pshaw!

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You're 30 years old and your PIN is '1983'. DAMMIT, biz mobe user

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Re: toooooo many passwords

Mallon

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So, who here LURVES Windows Phone? Put your hands up, Brits

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Re: Yet to see one in the wild

>So if people are buying them, they're not using them in public as far as I can see.

Yeah, I'd be afraid of being laughed at too.

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Beam me up? Not in the life of this universe

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Heisenburg

I'd have thought that a successful teleport would require the position, energy, and velocity of every subatomic particle. Something the uncertainty principle says we can never know.

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WikiLeaker Bradley Manning found not guilty of 'aiding the enemy'

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Wrong again

I thought it was self-evident that he had been 'aiding the enemy'.

Does not the US government regard most of its own people as 'the enemy'?

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BT's new broom turns out to be carving knife: Retail wing sliced in half

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The company is betting big on television with its sports channel

Puts me right off.

They sent me a brochure. No technical info, no channel listings, no service level targets. Just a load of drivel about futba'

So that went in the tub.

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Sony and Panasonic plan 300GB Blu-Ray replacement for 2015

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Re: I use Ultraviolet to watch movies

Coo. I'd heard that a few of us were Tetrachromic, but I had no idea we were evolving out-of-band receptors too!

Oh, OK -->

You can probably see through my invisibility cloak anyway, with vision like that!

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Microsoft haters: You gotta lop off a lot of legs to slay Ballmer's monster

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Re: The other killer feature keeping Windows alive is old, proprietary software.

This too. And not just old. Brand new as well.

Rockwell, Siemens, etc. only supply their PLC programming environments on windows (they started with DOS). You can't set up a data acquisition unit from National Instruments or a temperature sensor from Neoptix without windows. Try talking to an ABB motor drive without anything but windows. The only way to get data out a Tektronix 'scope or a Fluke OTDR... well, that's the thing.

You'd think that engineering companies would be capable of making portable applications. But they can't be bothered.

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Re: a big market for "naked" computers?

Probably not. But that is no reason for having no market because "we are not allowed to sell computers without windows".

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Desktop monopoly

They will continue to have a desktop monopoly as long as manufactures like Dell and HP; and retailers like PC World/Currys, are too cowardly to stand up to them.

I applaud the handful of retailers like Novatech who will sell you a laptop with no OS.

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Fed up with poor Brit telly and radio output? Ofcom wants a word with YOU

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Re: How about......

>Maybe if programme output was done by the DJ's and not a commitee,

Abso bluddy lutely. Ban playlists, say I.

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Apple Developer portal partially resurrected

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Bob Mansfield

Reuters say that Mr Mansfield postponed retirement last year, and is going to be on the Special Projects team.

Are they going to deliver my talking computer soon, then?

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