* Posts by Robert E A Harvey

2961 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

Deep beneath MELTING ANTARCTIC ice: A huge active VOLCANO

Robert E A Harvey

Re: the next Yellowstone

I thought recent news suggested that the next Yellowstone would be Yellowstone?

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Getting it right on the second attempt: Sony Xperia Z1

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Re: Never buying SONY again

I have an Xperia tablet from work. Connecting a Bluetooth keyboard kills thw WiFi dead.

Sony have /never/ replied to reports, emails, posts on their own forums or on farcebuk. I have tried to telephone both them and O2 and had no responses.

Buggerem. Sideways. With a rotating pineapple.

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TOQ of the TOWN: A second screen for the second screen. Third screen?

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anti-fashion

All these things look like a dick Tracy Crystal set radio from the small adsin american comics, along with the seebackrascope & x-Ray spex.

I might become interested when they

*don't make me look like a berk

*do something revolutionary and indespensible

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Backup software for HDD and Cloud

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...the worst backup software there is except ...

The thing that annoys me about Acronis and all the other "user friendly" systems is you can't find out what they do from any documentation. When you fire up and give a backup name do you need to include the date? will the next one ask you again, append to that one, make a delta, make a new one by auto-increment the first name? what? say you want to use a physical device for backups, does it have to always be there? can you move the backup set to another bigger drive in 2 years time? or does it have to do it.

Seems to me the only way to find out is to try it and waste a lot of time.

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'Weird' OBJECT, PROPELLED by its OWN JETS, spotted beyond Mars orbit by Hubble

Robert E A Harvey

Re: Monster mash

That's a million-to-one, surely?

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We've invented the FONBLET, says Samsung

Robert E A Harvey

Re: trouser pockets

Is it time for the thigh pocket ('sadlebag') to escape from the hill-walking fraternity and make it to high fashion and saville row? One of these monster phones is not unlike an OS map, after all.

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Pebble smartwatch app guys! Put your mind at WRIST: New SDK + iOS 7 alerts

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rushed out

Yet another root-and-branch upheaval a few months after launch.

Does no-one finish anything before selling things any more?

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OK, maths wonks: PRIME TIME has arrived

Robert E A Harvey

One hour at a time

So now we know it takes less than 60 minutes for the angels to wreak eternal vengeance, 'cos they have to be done in time to move on to the next time zone.

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Is it TRUE what they say about the 'Moto G'? We FIND OUT on the 13th

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Re: iPhone

Dual (or more) sim would be a killer!

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Apple will FAIL in corporate land 'because IT managers hate iPads'

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Re: it just needs to integrate better with AD.

Everything you say is true.

It doesn't make me stop wishing that AD would die in as horrible a way as possible.

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Playground insults

It does rather read like "Apple are smelly 'cos I say so".

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Blighty promises £49m to get more British yoof into engineering careers

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Re: IKB must be spinning in his grave.

But knowing him he will be doing at at some hitherto impossible rate!

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The Prof is absolutely right

Where I work at $MEGACORP engineers are lower paid than managers or sales people.

I just spent a whole year sorting out an impossible system that some idiot sold. I got it working. All I got was my salary. The idiot got a huge bonus for selling it, despite that it cost us nearly twice as much to get working as we made on the sale. He got the bonus last year, and there is no way of taking it off him.

Two ideas:

* Engineers should not be lumbered with student loans. If the country needs engineers, the country should train them.

* Engineers pay should always be higher than the pay of people who merely sell things.

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Apple: SCREW YOU, BRITS ... no unlocked iPhones for you

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Analsysis flawed?

You can buy an unlocked phone from Apple, so why do you think the problem lies with them rather than with the resellers? Is there some contractual complexity you aren't telling us about?

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Fed up with Windows? Linux too easy? Get weird, go ALTERNATIVE

Robert E A Harvey

Re:waiting in the publication queue

... which probably accounts for the dead link on page 1.

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Lenovo stands up rinky-dinky new Yoga tablet

Robert E A Harvey

Re: they really have nothing

>Side profile is pretty much identical to an Apple wireless keyboard / magic pad

It's been while since someone invented a new topographic form that hasn't been seen before.

you might just as well say that the Psion had a round bulge at the hinge and so has this...

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Nothing to sniff at: Dell Ultrabooks REEK OF CAT PEE, scream users

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IRTA

"Dell's Latitude 6430u Ultrabook Stink " ... and of cat pee

Sorry to Dell, whose hardware actually looks pretty good.

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Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it

Robert E A Harvey

The triumph of commerce over democracy

I thought governments were supposed to listen to us?

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Sueballs lobbed at Tosh, Samsung and LG over 'optical disk cartel'

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You need to make what people want

I stopped buying HP optical drives because they did not support DVD-ram, and kept disconnecting in Linux.

Sorry, HP, it's not a cartel at thier end - it's overpriced mundane products at yours!

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LG G Flex: A new cheeky curvy mobe with a 'SELF-HEALING' bottom

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H21 1D

The fact that they are still selling Windows Mobile 6.5 tells you a lot about how little Microsoft has thought about their legacy customers when designing WP7 & WP8.

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Robert E A Harvey

a front trouser pocket

That's not a pocket, that's the fly.

Some of us find the space within already filled.

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Re: HTC

Aye. I rather liked that design.

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Robert E A Harvey

Re: Curved is good

The thing is, curved is only good if the length matches the ear-to-mouth distance, like the old telephone handsets.

That said, being curved in this plane makes more sense than the Samsung version!

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Singaporeans BEG government to block website

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Old idea

A girl I was at school at opened a card-index and telephone based version of this back in the 1960s. She laid on the hotel rooms and the champagne as part of her fee, and ended up convicted of 'procuring' or some such anti-pimping legislation. I do wonder if M-A charging a fee doesn't lay them open to the law in some countries.

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Don't crack that Mac: Almost NOTHING in new Retina MacBook Pros can be replaced

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You can't have it both ways

But what products do Apple (or Microsoft Surface for that matter) offer for people who [i]do[/i] want to chose serviceability rather than thinness?

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Ofcom: By 2017, even BUMPKINS will have superfast broadband

Robert E A Harvey

Re: Rail network would be good too

Where I live doctor Beeching ripped our railways out, so I don't think it mattes here.

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Surface Pro 2: It's TOOL-PROOF and ultimately destined for LANDFILL

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SK Hynix as its RAM supplier this time around

... In the one that got taken apart.

I don't see why MS can't buy from multiple suppliers over time, or even at the same time. I am slightly dubious about some of these stripdowns - OK, CPU and wireless chips will be pretty much fixed, but there is no reason to suppose that things like SSDs, accelerometers, screens, other modular parts can't vary between production runs.

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THIS is the kind of clout a British Prime Minister has: Facebook pulls ONE beheading vid

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is this the same Facebook

... that regularly takes down the photo of a woman who had a floral tattoo after a mastectomy?

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Lumia 2520: Our Vulture gets his claws on Nokia's first Windows RT slab

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connectivity?

Can I plug in a USB peripheral? memory stick? share data with clients?

Can I use a USB cable to charge my phone? Headset?

Can I connect a bluetooth headset and make a phone call? or a 3.5mm headphone/mic & join a conference call?

Can I connect a video projector on a client site? with audio?

Any way to use cat5 internet connections? for customer sites that don't offer wifi?

No? not really a business device then.

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Expensive

Yeah. Putting aside all discussions of OS and performance, they seem to be wanting to charge me a hundred quid for a keyboard.

I might be from Lincolnshire, but I bain't a cabbage!

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HP CEO Whitman: We've built the PC that GOD wants

Robert E A Harvey

Oh?

Does God get the choice of what Operating System he wants to use?

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Nice job, technology. Now we have to work FIVE TIMES HARDER

Robert E A Harvey

The promise of automation

We were told in the 60s and 70s that 'automation' would mean we would all work 3 or 4 day weeks. Instead those of us with jobs work 7 days and loads of people are out of work. It must be possible to share the benefits out a bit better than this!

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Microsoft pulls Win 8.1 RT code which upgraded Surface 'slabs into BRICKS

Robert E A Harvey

Re: To the vast majority of "normal" users, that's gobbledegook right there.

So why do they think they need a computer?

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Here comes Windows 8.1! Microsoft grits teeth, pushes upgrade to world

Robert E A Harvey

Re: Metro will never die!

Don't worry, RR, I won't vote you down. I recognise heavy irony when I see it.

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Robert E A Harvey

Re: Why have PCs failed to have useful hardware improvements over the past 3 years?

> since you can just pop one in.

Which is presumably why the more modern devices don't have removable bits.

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Expensive blingo-rama iPhone 5S OUTSELLS cheapo-plastic 5C

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>just as many working class with them

chav appeal. I earn LOTS but I don't have a smartphone of any sort.

> sky dishes up on council estates.

Aye. well-known effect

Was a time when http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3690181 had all the satellite dishes in town.

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Oz bookshop to deliver by drone

Robert E A Harvey

Re: Wrong Payload

Do you like tacos?

http://tacocopter.com/

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cool.

In the land of the flying doctor and the school of the air, I can really see the point of this.

But, as was pointed out, books may not be the best market. Delivering car spares, hand tools, bits and pieces, even fashion, to remote locations would be cool. And you could 'chute drop them.

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Let police track you through your mobe - it's for your OWN GOOD

Robert E A Harvey

Re: Fine by me.

OK, here we go

* Alec Days butcher - one 3Kg chicken, 300g of sausage meat, box of stuffing, 300g runner beans, 300g sprouts. Some wooden parsnips.

* Branch Bros. 100kg limestone chippings, 100Kg builders sand, 10Kg cement

* Bourne market - 5Kg potatoes, 10" venison pie, cabbage, watch battery, bag bananas, bag plums, 500g wet walnuts.

* Special Import tools: Wiha 36931 ratchet

That's it for the last 7 days. Do let me know how much you get paid.

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Fine by me.

I am perfectly happy with that idea. I also don't really care about being tracked - as someone said above I am not very important. If I was going to meet my mistress [1] or drug dealler [2] or KGB contact [3] then I would leave my phone at home and take a 'burner'.

[1] Imaginary.

[2] no, I don't do that either

[3] Damn, you got me!

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Gates, Zuckerberg to deliver free coding lesson

Robert E A Harvey

Be fair

Clippy was the one Microsoft product I've never seen crash.

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I'll call for UK law shakeup to cuff global web crime lords - new top cyber cop

Robert E A Harvey

Good

Good idea

Good intentions

Good luck with actually achieving anything.

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Will you strap on a Google KitKat 4.4 smartwatch this month?

Robert E A Harvey

Good efforts

I'm not convinced by Glass, or linked watches, but I am really pleased that people are trying new ideas. Like SMS some unexpected take-up might happen. We can't plan the future, but we can scatter ideas about and see what happens. Good on them for trying.

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Leaping SpaceX GRASSHOPPER ROCKET jumps 2,500ft, lands safely

Robert E A Harvey

@Andy Gates

Thanks for the lucid explanation.

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extra flame

What is the extra, non-thrusting, flame coming out of the side?

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Microsoft store staff to hold all night vigil for Surface 2

Robert E A Harvey

Re: Who would queue up at midnight for this?

>MANY tablets which run Windows or Windows RT

eh? are you counting the unsold ones one at a time?

I'd take 'a handful', but 'many'?

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Tech specs wreck: Details of Google's Nexus 5 smartphone LEAKED over interwebs

Robert E A Harvey

re: as for the phone

... and no removable storage?

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Microsoft: We're nearly OUT OF STOCK of Surface 2 and Pro 2

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Coat

Both sold out?

did the same person buy one of each?

I'm sorry, I'm just not buying this.

Or the story.

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Ofcom sets out next DECADE of spectrum policy: Use it or lose it

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Re: a Decade?

Fair enough. I'd put their uselessness down to being told to be useless by Brown, Cameron, et. al.

But as you say, it might be built-in.

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BOFH: Welcome to Helldesk, ma'am, may I take your bags?

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Hurrah!

So that's my CV rendered worthless, then.

A certain company in the Aberdeen area, which shall remain nameless but it's initials were Racal Survey, used to insist on photos with CVs. Rumour was they wanted to silently avoid anyone with a non-reflective cast to their skin.

I had my picture taken in a Ginger wig with pigtails and painted freckles on.

I got the job.

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