* Posts by Robert E A Harvey

3006 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

Everyday doings of a metropolitan techie: Stob's software diary

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1. I agree about Leo Laporte

2. The remark about the samdung disk cloning software is incredible. How many of these have they shipped? I don't disbelieve it, I just can't believe they are still in business. Good tip

3. But Kudos must go to you for "special drawer reserved for disappointing surprise presents for the children of people you don't like" - the best thing on el-reg so far in 2019

Western Digital deploys heatsink on remodelled M.2 to tempt gamers

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Window dressing

Buy me! I am so fast I need a heatsink!

Microsoft, you shouldn't have: Festive Windows 10 Insiders build about as exciting as new socks

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Havn't they finished this yet?

They've been building Windows for over a quarter of a century, and it isn't finished yet?

It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine

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One word response


Is Google's Pixel getting better, or just more expensive?

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Not gone Pixel yet

I am still using my Nexus, and see no reason to upgrade .

I did tell Google that I thought they were overcharging compared to what I paid for my Nexus, and the human on the phone just laughed at me.

iPhone XS: Just another £300 for a better cam- Wait, come back!

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SE for me

I am still using my corporate SE, and have no desire to change it.

My private phone is a google Nexus, and that's still good enough too.

Budget 2018: UK goes it alone on digital sales tax for tech giants

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Design for the coin

I suspect it needs to be riddled with holes, and thus be a hollow sham.

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"Going alone"

I suspect that "Going alone" will rapidly turn into "blazing a trail" and then "leading the pack" until it becomes some sort of self-levelling normal.

Super Cali goes ballistic, net neutrality hopeless? Even Ajit Pai's gloating is something quite atrocious

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baffled now

Is it cooler to ignore or acknowledge the headline writer's obvious skills?

Vodafone won't pay employee expenses for cups of coffee

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About a million years ago I was a telephone engineer for the then GPO.

They gave us vauxhall viva vans - with the heater removed.

I was entitled to a subsistence allowance if I was more than 7 miles from the depot at lunch time. It was 31p (we had just been decimalised).

This was to cover the difference between what I would normally pay for Lunch, and what I might have to pay somewhere I was not familiar with.

So I am in no way surprised.

Core-blimey! Intel's Core i9 18-core monster – the numbers

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Scared again?`

Is this just to shit on AMD?

They could presumably have done this at any time in the last 3 years, so are they doing it now because AMD are climbng out of the well at last?

Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Re: Sorry, but ...

It never occured to me that was a typo...

BA's 'global IT system failure' was due to 'power surge'

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Re: "Tirelessly"?

It must be true. He was wearing a yellow high-viz waistcoat when he said it

‘Artificial Intelligence’ was 2016's fake news

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Half way there

My view is that the industry is half way there. It has cracked the "Artificial" bit. Now it needs to work on the "Intelligence" half of the definition.

willing victims

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willing victims


People have lost thier pron account details to hackers.

WHO in their right mind /registers/ at a pron site? why would you give the shady classes /any/ personal data? These people are, by definition, dodgy as fuck and even harder to get hold of than a jellyfish flambe!

And why would you need to? there is no shortage of pink (or non-pink) pixels to be had, and frankly when you have seen one you have seen them all.

Lambs to the slaugher, the lot of them. No sympathy at all.

Microsoft ❤️ Linux? Microsoft ❤️ running its Windows' SQL Server software on Linux

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Re: Drawbridge?

My feeling is that it is called Drawbridge because they can pull it up at any time without notice.

As they have done to so many previous initiatives.

Hollywood offers Daniel Craig $150m to (slash wrists) play James Bond

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what is going on?

There are at any one time around 400 people graduating from arts and theatre degrees, and a backlog of established actors.

Why does Bond have to be someone we have already seen in 24 other roles?

'Hey, Elon? You broke it, you bought it' says owner of SpaceX's satellite cinder

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Re: Insurance covered the launch

Nah. These checks were an essential precursor to launching, the insurance company would get laughed out of court trying to evade.

Loads of satellites get destroyed before reaching orbit, the insurance for them is pretty mature these days.

If this one was not /adequately/ insured that is the client's fault, not SpaceX. Bluster and Bullshit

If you haven't changed your Dropbox password for 4 years, do so now

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it asked me a few minutes after logging in, which was amusing. It reckoned I had not changed it since 2012, which is a bit rum because I only signed up this February....

BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'

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Re: I used to work on printers for a living..

Printers are made of compressed misery, and filled with liquid evil.

Android tablets too bitter a pill for Dell

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Re: Success requires hard work

good point, well made. I live on too many systems.

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Success requires hard work

Frankly if they put a bit more effort in, they might have sold a few more. They [i]looked[/i] very pretty. But there never were any in PCwhirled, or JohnLewes, so they can't have been that bothered

Evernote riles freetards with two-device limit

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Re: value for money

I had long correspondence with the bloke at CloudMagic Email, which I use on my Android phone and IOS tablet because it shares the accounts setup. The free version is still free, but they are selling a clever little add-on that flags incoming emails with stuff from the sender, like thier facebook or linkdin profiles.

The asking price for this little gadget is something ike 50 times as much as I value it at, so of course I have not bought it. The developer chap was quite open about needing the money to keep things working, and I pointed out that his little toy was going to cost me more than I pay mail.com for the underlying service.

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Bye bye

I just removed evernote from my devices.

Only shame is that the Ubuntu "note" application on the M10 tablet did a good job of using Evernote for distributed notes. I guess they will now have to find something else.

I have Onenote on my Office365 account, so I don't need Evernote as well. I /might/ have paid for it, if the price was sensible, but they wanted more per month than it was worth to me per year.

Visiting America? US border agents want your Twitter, Facebook URLs

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which ones

I have 4 twitter accounts, one of which I only use for recieving winter driving condition reports, and it would not be hard to make more than on Fzcebook account

Microsoft releases open source bug-bomb in the rambling house of C

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Re: Bounds checking for C and C++

Yes I was going to say "surely been done before"

Lester Haines: RIP

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We shall not see his like again.

What will El Reg be without him

Shakes on a plane: How dangerous is turbulence?

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Well, duh.

Speaking as someone who was once on a small aircraft approahing Sumburgh airport in the Shetlands in pretty turbulent weather - when we dropped from 4000 to 2000 feet in a matter of seconds, and the seat in front of me came off the rails and went over my head, complete with occupant - I think the case is demonstratable.

Prof squints at Google's mobile monopoly defence, shakes head

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Re: Maps, etc.

My iPad, Samsuing, and Ubuntu phones all use HERE maps. The 'buntu one came with it.

It's jolly good, and so is the phone. Got the same problem with an app desert that Window,s Blackberry, and Firefox had, but the ubuntu phone and tablet are first rate, and HERE maps is impressive.

Good enough IT really is good enough. You don't need new hardware

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26 megapixel

Quite. I have taken the opportunity to go from 8Mp to 12Mp to 18Mp to 28Mp, but only because I needed to buy a new camera at each time.

That said, the Olympus's OM-D E-M5 II is interesting. It's "only" 16Mp, which is a perfectly reasonable sweet spot for taking jolly good pictures - but if you tripod mount it it subverts the image stabilisation motors to dither the sensor about and take a 50Mp image. That's clever, and I can see myself being attracted. But there is no /point/ in going backwards from AP/C to micro4/3rds, and from 28 to 16 just to get 50. So my wallet is safe.


LibreOffice goes cloudy

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Re: That's cool, but not new

I'd forgotten about https://www.rollapp.com/app/lowriter which has been round for a couple of years, and so I went to check up on it. It can use several cloud services, dropbox, box, googledrive, onedrive, and summat called yandex. So this new thing might be pointless. but still fun to fiddle with

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Got it nearly working

OK, I have the cloudy thing installed, and it looks as good as any other. But when I tried to edit a document, it is less than perfect.

It all works, but the status line is drawn too close to the menus, so you can't see more than half a line of the document: http://i64.tinypic.com/6rn04h.jpg

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That's cool

I could say lots of grumpy things like "long overdue" or ask why a choice of cloud storage systems is not available, but hey. It's cool. Well done lads! (and ladesses)

BlackBerry is pivoting from phones to enterprise software

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"A little late but better than never."

Yes. where "A Little" == "Almost too"

How do you build a cheap iPhone? Use a lot of old parts

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Good thing too

Re-use is a good thing, recycling is better than scrapping, and making the most of existing designs is just good engineering.

it is clear that they have updated some components as well, so it is just sound business.

Furious English villagers force council climbdown over Satan's stone booty

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I haven't looked for any photos

I have: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3997650 and http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2594600 are quite recent, and it is not painted white.

Brits seek rousing name for polar research vessel

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Allegedly the poll is currently topped by "Boaty McBoatface"

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"End of Empire"

"Dark Materials"




"Frank Hurley"

UK draft super-spy law 'not fit for purpose,' say 100s of senior lawyers

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What a surprise

After all, every other government policy is so well-founded, based upon valid research, and entirely without unexpected consequences.

oh, hang on....

HP Enterprise Services readies deeper cuts in UK: Now 1,000 techies face axe

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I am surprised that HP still employ such large numbers that they can remove 1000 without it having any effect on the business

BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

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Re: Jim'll fix it and you

>Having a TV does NOT mean I have to pay the BBC a fucking penny!!!

You might be differently correct about that, you know, unless it is not connected to an antenna and not switched on.

Surprise! British phone wins Best Product at Mobile World Congress

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good looking product

I fancy one of they

BOFH: This laptop has ceased to be. And it's pub o'clock soon

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I am having exactly that sort of day

We have a carefully written and reviewed suite of user manuals, but our customers are too dim to read them, so they have written their own. It is apparantly now my job to proof read it and to "make it easier to understand".

My Grandaughter is deeply involved with literature about one Peppa Pig, and even she could understand it.

Latest in Apple v FBI public squabble over iPhone crack demand

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Not so important

Aye, no matter how we got here, it is now the precident that matters more than this case.

Apple must help Feds unlock San Bernardino killer's iPhone – judge

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can they?

I see no reason to suppose that Apple /can/ do this. Who knows how they wrote their encryption?

Private clouds kinda suck, you know?

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Re: Is this not relabelling?

I think so. It is the old days of "the mainframe" brought up to date, with the browser as a thin client and all services delivered through apps.

Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!

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Very dissapointing

I really liked my 10" netbooks, under Ubuntu, but the manufactuers never fitted a proper screen because of Microsoft meddling.

Now I want to replace them the same people who sold me one for 300 beer tokens want 900 for summat similar. Still without a decent screen.

No thanks.

Microsoft working hard to unify its code base, all the way down to the IoT

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Too late

They /should/ have done this a decade and a half ago, instead of relentlessly inventing and abandoning APIs and development tooks.

Motorola cut in half! But still alive, and ready to live again

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brand brand brand

because it is the name not the product that matters, after all!

Chinese unleash autonomous airborne taxi

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Re: Wheels

One press release said it could land with just one rotor> I notice the word "safely" was missing.

It is minor details like that, and the diameter of the rotors, that has me crying "bullshit"

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