* Posts by Robert E A Harvey

3004 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

HP preps designer desktops for Windows 8

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Re: Screen resolution

My point is most of that.

1. I ggoled extensively before commenting, and found something like 50 stories, none of which mentioned the resolution, suggesting it was not in the original press release, and therefore that HP were looking at their shoes a bit on that aspect. Neither the HP web site nor the press release page mentioned the resolution, even to the point of using the meaningless "HD".

2. Yes, I think that in 2012 1080 vertical is rather feeble on a 23 inch screen. And definitely a major let-down in what is supposed to be a premium product. 'Designer'? ho hum.

3. No, I do believe it, unfortunately. The hardware people have been letting us down rather badly in this respect.

4. Yes. There is a long tradition of journalists asking awkward questions instead of paste-pot re-use of a press release, and I had sort of hoped that El Reg might live up to its subversive self.

I'm guessing your search success came after a few hundred people had actually asked HP and the results had come out.

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$MEGACORP made me do the 'sitting in a chair' training module again. It included the EU workstation directive stuff, about matching screen height to eye level. I am 1.96m tall If I follow all the recommendations I need two yellow pages under each desk leg, and three under the monitor which is already jacked up to wobble-matic levels.

as you say, an AIO is as bad as a laptop.

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Screen resolution

I know I bang on about this, but it is nearly the end of 2012 and people are making computers whose resolutions they are so ashamed of they are keeping it a secret.

iPad no flight risk says Federal Aviation Authority

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Paris Hilton

Re: Isn't it about attention?

I have often heard cabin staff say to people that they must remove thier earphones during the landing phase because of this idea of being able to hear announcements.

But I have never ever seen them wake up a sleeping passenger at the same point in the flight.

<- some of them are not bright, of course

Gov IT bods must shield their budgets from gov's knife – Socitm

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Well, I'm with you

Wheelchairs before workstations, eh?

Everything Everywhere swept away by its own 4G hype tsunami

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"EE says its 4G mobile broadband network will reach 98 per cent of the

UK population by the end of 2014. Here are the cities that will be

covered by the network by the end of 2012. "

and it is the usual suspects all over again. Ho hum.

Why not do something clever and bring connectivity to places that don't have it?

Windows 8 to grab iPad market share wrested back from Android

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My word!

Give that analyst the "stating the bleeding obvious" award. No point looking for any competitors.

How do I get his job?

Ten digital radios to suit all budgets

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Re: price

According to wikilies Logitech have dumped the squeezebox range, all bar some token thing with limited functions.

Amazon: Pay more for Kindle Fire, smoke ads from slabs

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Well, I am twice as likely to buy one now.

Airbus predicts catapult takeoffs and formation flying by 2050

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Do away with the aircraft altogether

Put each passenger in a gel-filled space suit, and fire them balistically to their destination, to be caught in some sort of spiral net-come-magnetic decellaration ramp thing. All the energy expenditure at launch, and much of it recovered on landing.

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@Charles9 Re: Solar - oh FFS

>had better things to do than wait to get from point A to point B


I have spent over 20 years of my working life in the Merchant Navy, in one form or another: Bananna boats, Passenger liners, Research ships, Hydrography. One thing I am completely certain of. There is absolutely no "better thing to do" than to spend the last hour of the day leaning on the ship's rail watching the sun go down over the ocean, Or standing on the bridge watching the bow heave and pitch in a force 10 with mountainous seas.

Back when the Test Team went to Australia by ship they at least knew how far they had come, and by the time they got there the team bonding was pretty absolute. The whole of life is a journey, and it is better to travel hopefully than to arrive.

These days I jet all over the world commissioning giant things. The existance of jet travel at a moment's notice mean that our clients do not have to plan properly or be well organised. Compare that with the 18th century when "Mr Boulton's man" was sent out from Cornwall with a sack of gold coins to prepare for the arrival of the iron bits of a beam engine. That had to be properly planned and executed!

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New York to San Francisco

...is the perfect route for a proper high speed or maglev train service.

The South Korean government is planning, when their re-unification eventually occurs, a line from Seoul to Moscow. I met the chap planning it.

on Jun 4, 1876 the "Transcontinental express" did NY to SF in 83 hours, coal fired and hand stoked. Today it takes over 140. Doesn't sound like progress to me. The rail distance is something like 3,400 miles. Were that all French TGV standard it would take around 17 hours. The technology to get that below 10 hours is either known or imminent. For heavens sake, the old British Rail 225 sets from the late 1980s could do it in 22 hours, at least a few times. Virgin's Pendolinos could do it in 27, although It might take longer as I think they might have to stop for a lube break at some point!

By the time fossil fuels expire we might be very pleased to take 24 hours for a journey that would take 4 to 6 months on foot.

I'll get me coat. It probably still has a 1968 combined volume in the pocket.

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Re: My thoughts

Yes, Trains are another immensely civilised form of travel, and they very rarely hit the ground from thirty thousand feet. Truly, the future of travel is the past.

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Re: Solar - oh FFS

I've been travelling around the world for around 5 decades, am old enough to have flown in a scheduled route in a Dakota and a DeHavilland Rapide.

And I'm about sick of it. My fervent hope is that we can't find a replacement for fossil fuels and have to go back to travelling by sailing ship, a genuinely civilised form of transport which doesn't involve being groped by security staff every 14 yards through the port.

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Re: glide + landing = controlled crash on wheels, hopefully

Do you not remember the first ever episode of "Thunderbirds"?

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Wing Root

The comet had many failings, but wings falling off wasn;t one.

I imagine the passion for suspended engines has more to do with maintenance access,

Build a bonkers home cinema

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richersounds ... rather more helpful than Dix*ns..

When it comes to IT the oxfam shop is rather more helpful...

FCC to TV broadcasters: Ready, set ... give your spectrum up

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Secondly, what would they actually "give up"?

Well, British consumers have had to give up their analogue tuners, so that the TV broadcast specturm can be lopped and filled with digital multiplexes, and the rest flogged off - to whom exactly?

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It's MF up to 3MHz, so you could say that the HF band is only 27MHz.

2.1GHz is part of of the 300MHz-3GHz UHF band according to the ITU

Traditionally microwaves start in the 3GHz to 30GHz SHF band.

See http://www.itu.int/dms_pubrec/itu-r/rec/v/R-REC-V.431-7-200005-I!!PDF-E.pdf

(I am not responsible for the multiple plings, they did that all by themselves!)

Intel rolls eyes at flaccid PC biz, cuts $1bn off expected sales

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Joke of an ultrabook

Quite. Had they mandated a decent screen and not tried to pitch it at 5 times netbook pricing I'd have bought one by now. And that would have added 1 to the sales...

The world's first Windows Phone 8 hands on – what's it like?

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Re: Never ever, EVER again

I had a 6340 as a replacement for my failed and much missed palm V. I grew to quite like the idea of a phone, PDA, camera, and music player all in one.

The problem was the damn thing didn't work. I had to reboot it several times a day, cold boot it a couple of times a week, and could not depend on it ringing when someone wanted to talk to me, or knowing where my contact list was when I wanted to talk to someone else. Even the idea of syncing with the supplied copy of outlook was beyond it.

So yes. Not ever again. Once bitten twice shy.

Apple land-grabs iThingy feature management patent

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that hasn't mattered so far.

Toothbrush fixes ISS’ stuck bolt

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Robots? pah!

This is why manned spaceflight matters.

Get on with it lads!

Nokia tears wraps off new Windows Phone Lumias on steroids

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can't get accused of copying the iPhone design with those colours

The lawyer from Balamory is getting excited though

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Engineers make something wonderful like PureView, and marketers think it is the name that makes it special!

UK's non-x86 server sales dive off cliff, vendors take a hit

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I thought the world was supposed to be creaming itself over arm based servers by now?

Famous SAS man trousers £1m as e-publishing startup sold to Tesco

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Re: They're OK...

I suspect James Blunt was a better soldier.

'World's first' dog to sniff out pilfered cabling is Brit black lab

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Selective breeding

They don't need to be PhDs.

They just need to be smarter than Plod

Old men who use computers less likely to get dementia

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as a 62-year-old my immediate reaction is: Why did I come here? what?

NEC looks to offload Lenovo shares

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I wonder if Lenovo have the money to buy them back?

If not, it would be in China's interests to repatriate them somehow.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 hands-on review

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Re: "Stylophone" Love it! Now there is a blast from the past.

That remark alone made me upvote the article

Sun daddy: 'Machines will replace 80 per cent of doctors'

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Hello, this is 1980

We had this idea back then. "Expert systems" would be created to encapsulate the best practice of the finest [Doctors|Surgeons|Engineers|Financiers] to assist the less able. Died a death then, I suggest it will again.

Space Jam: stripped bolt bugs spacewalkers

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Natural consequence

of trying to work in gloves

The dead reanimates as HP ships Open webOS beta

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not waving, but drowning

I think Meg knows HP did something foolish with WebOS, but is not sure what, and has no idea at all what to do about it.

It would be interesting to see a revival, but I'm not holding my breath.

NASA funds sexy, stealthy, sideways supersonic flying wing

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I think it is genius.

It can fall over sideways, or nose plant, in twice as many ways!

Google engineer finds British spyware on PCs and smartphones

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I'm kind of flaky on this 'legitimate spyware' idea

Archos pushes out 7-inch GamePad, slaps on dual thumbsticks

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any onscreen controls for touchscreen games will be automatically ported to the device's buttons


That's some meaty automation!

Safer conjugal rights via electronic skin

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Re: Everyone must have seen this by now, surely -

Not sure you could accurately order the groceries from Ocado by waving yer limbs about.

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@HMB Re: I especially liked....

Very short half-life. Decays rapidly. the marital bed, I mean.

Nokia, Moto, Sony phone wing of Foxconn is soaked in red

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Re: RE: Welcome to capitalism, lads. Enjoying it so far?

Indeed. Exactly so.

Welcome to capitalism, lads. Enjoying it so far?

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Foxconn & China

Welcome to capitalism, lads. Enjoying it so far?

Windows 8 Storage Spaces: Can you trust it with your delicates?

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LVM - it works

Lexmark dumps inkjet arm, sacks 1,700

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Paperless office

I'm beginning to wonder if all printer manufacturers aren't facing the profit crapper.

I can see a future where no-one wants to make them. We could end up with the paperless office after all.

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Not to mention

Lack of Unix support, pathetic drivers, and dreadful after-sales support

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@ThomH Re: Betrayed by your management

Bit difficult to find a vendor who isn't chasing the bottom of the market

It's Lego's 80th birthday party, but only the boys are invited

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Re: "Single use" pieces?

The Palm Tree fronds from the PotC sets will pretty much only do palm tree fronds, though the can sprout from odd places

Shove off Prince Harry, now Norway's teen royal in fresh photo uproar

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"a potentially significant security lapse."

"pinpointing the location of royal relatives in near real-time, a potentially significant security lapse."

only for an assassin with a time machine

Train crash knocks out fibre cables, delays 9/11 hearing

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Re: If only the US had access to US technology.

Aye. I came to say "arpanet" and "survive nuclear attack" but you beat me to it.

Dumb as a box of chocolate hairpins

Samsung Galaxy Beam Android projector phone review

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Re: Outdated phones

What? oh, probably. Something in the review distracted me.

Tech conferences: Not just here for the FREE BEER

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I only came here 'cos you said FREE BEER

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