* Posts by Robert E A Harvey

3013 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

Review: HP Spectre XT TouchSmart

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Linux again

OK, lads. what happened when you tried to boot Linux on it?

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Just spoke to HP about buying this without windows. It's not available with anything except W8. But they did say a Linux laptop would be announced in the next few weeks. We will wait and see....

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Re: how much?!

Yes, indeedy. and only 1920 x 1080 too. Now while that is some sort of improvement on 1368x768, it's not good enough for a machine costing 1200 royal portraits. Not when the Nexus 10 tablet has 2560-by-1600 and comes in at a quarter of that price.

WTF? Been seeing a lot of recommendations for Mint Linux to newcomers, why?

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Re: WTF? Been seeing a lot of recommendations for Mint Linux to newcomers, why?

I think it contains Ubuntu goodness, avoids the fashionable but controversial UI innovations, and comes with all the codecs and libraries for media play without a second installation step.

Nemo cancels Microsoft's Surface Pro launch

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Oh? TV stations are naming storm systems now?

How soon before sponsorship, or even negative sponsorship?

Tennessee bloke quits job over satanic wage slip

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No big deal

A really good manager could handle it.

"Mr Slonopas, we need you. This is going to keep happening to people, and you are obviously a good and prayerful god-fearing person. I would far rather it happened to you, because the armour of your faith means that it cannot harm you at all. Please stay, and be part of our fight against Satan and all his deciepts. Just imagine, once you quit this must happen to someone with far less faith than you, and how awful that might be."

El Reg contemplates the ultimate cuppa

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I drink Earl Grey without milk or sugar.

My contribution is thus barred.

Huge rock-hard marble erection shocks Japanese kiddies

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No way that Playmobil is going to be up to it.

Blighty evades Fujitsu's staff-slashing samurai sword

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We have fundamental, foundation, needs in our society: wafer baking is one of them, as is the manufacture of machines with which to do that.

Seems a bit like farming, where the people who actually make things have had thier margins squeezed by all the other people sitting on thier shoulders, till it is barely worthwhile any more.

I think the concentration of silicon manufacture in fewer and fewer hands is not something I view with equinimity. A catastrophe could occur, for example, or an outbreak of megalomania. I would be far more sanguine if the fundamental trades were widely distributed.

EU: We'll force power plants, Apple and pals to admit hack attacks

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Re: Point Missed: More work for Mr Jobsworth

My feeling is that the best people to report things to are people who will roll up their sleeves , put on big boots, and say "Ok, let's go get them!".

OK , having to report you have a broken fence may be embarrasing, but only if the broken fence register is posted on the outside of the town hall, and people who own fences go and look at it. If it just gets filed in the 'broken fence' drawer and never sees the light of day, all you have done is make extra work.

Perhaps companies should have to report such failures in thier annual reports, and on a case-by-case basis to shareholders?

But if officialdom wants reports, then officialdom should send a 'policeman' out to respond.

Could this be Google's slick new touchscreen Chromebook?

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2560 by 1700

That's a bit more 21st century, if it's true. I can feel my credit card shivering in fear.

Microsoft can't even shift Windows 8 slabs in the middle of a tablet frenzy

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Instant reaction



Burn, baby, burn. A year of commentators and journalists and tech writers telling them it would not fly, but they knew best.

Bwa hahahha snerk ha ha

Antivirus update broke our interwebs, howl Win XP users

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That's what customers do, isn't it?

Windows Phone 8 hasn't slowed Microsoft's mobile freefall

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I've not forgotten what carp WM6 & 6.5 were, and the total lack of updates and bug fixes. And how WP7 users were so rapidly backwatered. There is no way they are getting any more of my money. Ever.

Review: Dell XPS 10 Windows RT tablet and dock

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I telephoned Dell, and they tried to offer me this as a replacement for a netbook, at £600 without the keyboard.

I laughed at them. This really is a joke of a product.

Netbooks were a GOOD thing and we threw them under a bus

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Re: An idea: daft or not daft?

VNC might be a simple way of using a tablet as a screen...

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I want a new netbook

I want to update my current 10 inch netbook to a better, less power hungry, processor and decent screen resolution. Nothing exists. In a recent conversation with Dell they tried to sell me a W8tablet with no keyboard for more than twice what I paid for my netbook. I laughed at them, but really the manufacturers have the laugh, not the consumer.

Google begs for secrecy as it files Glass design with FCC

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non-sequiter of the week.

The story is about Google. And the FCC. Which is about radio compatibility. not patents

I watched Excel meet 1-2-3, and beat it fair and square

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Visicalc, 123, quattro, excel, stagnation

Excel is a bloody good spreadsheet, yes, and has good graphing capabilities.

But once it had 123 and quattro beat it has more or less stood still (Pivot tables? maybe, though they aren't what my maths tutor said pivot tables were)

Calc and Gnumeric are just clones, no-one is breaking new ground.

maths went matlab or Octrave or mathcad, and the proles were left in the 1980s.

How to destroy a brand-new Samsung laptop: Boot Linux on it

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@AC 13:24 Re: Bad Firmware!

I would expect Samsung to design an architecture where critical motherboard hardware could not be over-written by any software, be it installation or executed normally.

If some motherboard component needs a pattern to execute, that pattern should be booted from eprom afresh every boot, or there should be a simple way to restore it completely independent of OS or application code.

It should always be possible to boot the hardware into the on-board startup code, bios, uefi, or what have you. Once you can do that you can re-install a broken OS. If you can't it is the computer that is broken, not the OS.

Boffins baffled over pulsar with 'split personality'

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Quadrature Amplitude Modulation

Someone is sending cat pictures to another galaxy

Nokia turns a PROFIT. Sort of

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Re: Just curious

How not to do it?

NASA joins ESA dark stuff hunt

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IRTA 'dark staff hunt' and thought they were weeding out the sith infiltrators, or lizard people...

Tech firms face massive tax bill if Dutch vote to end loopholes

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Re: We are not doing anything illegal or immoral

>Where does it say in the bible/quo'ran etc that paying taxes is a moral duty?

"Render unto Ceaser that which is Ceaser's"

‘That’s not art’ says Apple as it pulls nudes from AppStore

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USAnian priorities baffle me.

A gun in every hand is good, but catching sight of a pair of tits will cause the downfall of civilisation?

Sounds like the taliban to me.

New stats: Blighty's PC market ended 2012 on its KNEES

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same same

in 2011 I didn't spend a thousand quid on an ultrabook with no bundled optical drive & 768 vertical pixels. In 2012 that was what they wanted me to buy, & I didn't buy it then either.

Yet tablets doubled in processing power, pixel resolution, & dropped in price.

Opera sings WebKit's tune for new mobile browser

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I used to pay for Opera versions on the PC. Then they stopped wanting my money. So that was lost income.

First Google wants to know all about you, now it wants a RING on your finger

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and counting

Will there be one really special one that controls all the others?

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Re: So, in every Cracker Jack box


oh, sorry, wrong one

Microsoft's ARM blunder: 7 reasons why Windows RT was DOA

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Re: Dell marketed and sold linux

Sold, perhaps, if you were determined enough.

Marketed? no. It was a dirty secret, not offered with any enthusiasm.

Top Gear isn't TV, not when it's on YouTube

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I shall file this to show the TV licencing hitmen

Nokia: Ship's now stable, all we need is passengers

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Re: Android is Nokia only hope

That dockable ubuntu phone/pc might be a better bet

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Re: Nokia Suite is great

Never thought I'd hear that - or agree with it. Apart from insisting on splitting my contact names into imaginary first & surnames, it's pretty solid.

Ten affordable mid-sized Full HD monitors

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1920 by 1080

1920 by 1080 is a telly, not a monitor.

Boffins create quantum gas with temperature BELOW absolute zero

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Playing fast-and-loose with the definition of temperature with a few hundred potassium atoms balanced on individual laser beams is one thing. Making new and novel stable materials is a whole different bunch of subatomic phenomena.

Up your wormhole: Star Trek Deep Space 9 turns 20

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If we are going to play that game

I vote for 'A for Andomeda'


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I really admired the Babylon 5 thing. They managed to have a beginning, a middle, and an end, rather like a novel, and still spawn stand-alone stories. OK, the silly-alien-hairstyle method of speciation must be something they came to regret very quickly, but the characters under those nightmare prostehtics were complex and layerd, and that was unusual in the land of goodies and badies.

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Too much woo-woo

I really thought all that pseudo-religious crap about the guardians and the destiny of Sisko was uneccessary.

ST was supposed to be Science Fiction, not magic.

Soz, switch-fondlers: Doesn't look like 2013 is 10Gb Ethernet's year

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Well Quite

>the bulk of businesses just don't need 10x the bandwidth

>and aren't willing to pay 3x the cost

It has been a long time since hardware purchases have been anything other than a distress purchase!

Ubuntu for smartphones aims to replace today's mobes, laptops

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I want one

I want one now!

Microsoft says Google trying to undermine Windows Phone

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for glod's sake!

I could stand still with my arms folded across my chest and undermine windows phone. It's automatic.

UK games market clutches chest, bleeds out sales in 2012

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It's a recession

Look lads, that's what a recession is. When food and petrol start to cost a bigger chunk of a shrinking budget, people cut down on fripperies. Like computer games.

Ever had to register to buy online - and been PELTED with SPAM?

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Re: Amazon recommendations

The recommendations do make an amusing parlour game - "what made them think I wanted that?"

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Cleft stick

The worst offender I know is spex4less. I have bought spectacles from them in the past, and may well do so again. Their prices, quality, and customer service are first-class. I've had them telephone me to confirm a prescription because it was so far different from the one I gave them the year before. Brilliant. But they do have the habit of trying to sell me another pair every day after I have bought one. They bombard with emails.

I want to continue to shop with a reliable, trustworthy, and cheap supplier. I don't want the drifts of emails that clog up my inbox. Telling them this does not change things.

This is what spam filters are for. I take them out of the blacklist when I place an order, and put them back after I have recieved it. They are clever enough not to send direct marketing while an order is open, so it works nicely.

Yes, hundreds upon hundreds of websites CAN all be wrong

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Misheard lyrics

Wogan built a career on it: 'Mulligan's Tyre', indeed.

His high water was Kenny Rogers:

"You picked a fine time to leave me Lou Seal,

with four hundred kids and a cop in the field"

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Re: re. Bootnotes

Bar: where you find all the people who can explain beats and time signatures

The amazing magical LED: Has it really been fifty years already?

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Duck tape

Since we have so many pedants around, I am surprised tnat no-one has pointed out that Duck Tape is a brand of duct tape. In the Uk we call it 'Gaffer' tape, after the head electrician in theatres, renowned for using it to solve all problems!

Boffins build substrate for 'peel and stick' solar cells

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Re: I wish to place a bet...

Oh, Merry Christmas, you grinch...

China 'enhances' Great Firewall, teaches it to choke off VPNs

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Company security

That's an end to company email whilst in China, then. More opportunity to break $MEGACORP rules by using gmail.

Opposable thumbs for FISTS, not finesse, say bioboffins

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All wrong

The thumb has evolved to get the highest possible ballroom hold marks from Craig Revell-Horwood.

(Guess what Mrs H has been doing on saturday evenings?)

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