* Posts by Robert E A Harvey

3004 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

Dell uncloaks trio of muscular mobile workstations

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screen screen screen

I can't believe they even have a x900 option. I would have thought, for that sort of money we would be getting x1440 or at least x1280

I am sick and tired of waiting for a 2003 screen on a 2012 laptop.

Samsung flogs 10 million Galaxy S IIIs in 7 weeks

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"Not quite keeping up with the iPhone 4S"

No, but making the Lumia look really stupid!

Is running IT for the Olympics the worst job in the world?

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@Danny 5 Re: Atos?

Well, I can't say - we have rules on social networking. But the client is worldwide, and the hell desks are in Manilla and Rajshahi

The thing that makes it doubly difficult, and reinforces the world-class stonewalling, is the refusal to use email. I have to telephone the idiots or put a message on a web page (that I can only get to via the company network)

The only thing that the staff there want to do is close the ticket. I've never had them make any attempt to fix a problem.

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We at $MEGACORP have to put up with ATOS for our desktop hell desk.

A bigger shower of incompetent inbred miscreants you could not hope to find on one phone number.

Gov must act on 'innocent' web-browsing copyright timebomb

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Ye glods and little blue fishes

If you don't want people to look at stuff, don't put it on the interenet.

If you don't want people to link to it, there are plenty of dynamic ways of writing a web page.

If you want to criminalise your customers, you won't have any.

Windows 8 'bad' for desktop users - Gartner's one-word review

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Re: How about with a touchy apple-like mouse?

How about cutting out this typewriter crap and going for direct neural interfaces?

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@ DrXym Re: Service Pack 1 (win8SP1)

I believe the gramattically correct form is "tout de bloody suite"

Australia to publish live, free, satellite images

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Fantastic news - why can't all countries be this sensible?

Well done Oz!

Why British TV drama is crap – and why this matters to tech firms

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@Boltar Re: British TV drama is NOT crap

And of your list, how many originated in the last 3 years?

I'd add Garrow's Law, BTW.

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@arbee Re: Piffle

I thought the A team format was: improbable problem, client mysteriously ignores opportunity to go to police, catch phrase, team argues, catch phrase, lunatic expenditure of ammunition & explosives with no fatalities, team argue, more mindless wholly ineffectual violence, catch phrase, catch phrase, I wonder what the hell just happened.

Microsoft picks October 26 for Windows 8 launch

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October 26th is PENGUIN DAY!

Behold: First look at Office 2013, with screenshots

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Lawyers ahoy!

>which attempt to capture the look and feel of sites like Facebook and Twitter within local workgroups

Is that OK now? copying other people's ideas? so will M$ stop blackmailing android phone makers?

Eurozone crisis hits pay TV: Punters pick broadband over telly

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Not the medium, the message

If the programme material on TV were anywhere near as interesting as the things on the world wide wibble, then perhaps revenues would not be so vulnerable.

People aren't paying for the wires, or the method of transmission, they are paying for the content. If it ain't worth the money, they will stop paying.

Build a bonkers hi-fi

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Re: Nice kit, but...

From 1957, Flanders and Swann "A song of reproduction":

#But I never did care for music much,

# It's the high fidelity!

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Bonkers? oh yes.

Best laugh of the day - well done.

The bit that said "bathed in azure light, ostensibly to improve laser reading accuracy" had me in stitches.

Reg hack bumps into Cockfighter

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When I saw the headline I thought you had done something interesting, Like met Mr Oates in the garage.

Just buying a z-ist dodgy video isn't much of a space filler

Christians get God-optimized 'Edifi' Android fondleslab

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27 translations of the bible?

There must be something about gay marriage in at least one of those, eh?

Early verdict on Intel Ultrabook™ push: FAIL

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what could change my mind

If that price included:

a battery operated, wireless connected, external DVD drive (what happened to wireless USB?)

a wireless mouse (with an internal adaptor that does not take up a USB slot)

a wireless headset (ditto)

an ethernet adaptor

a screen with at least 1200 vertical pixels

and if the thing had built-in 3G connectivity, and could make VOIP and cellular calls with the aforementioned headset.

Disable Gadgets NOW says Redmond

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They've been bolloxing up security for years. Will they ever learn?

All-in-one PCs: bright star of the desktop biz, says analyst

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Lets wait and see

What screen resolution they offer, shall we?

Aluratek, Coby license Microsoft patents for Android

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So hang on..

At what point do microsoft earn more if Nokia &WinPho vanish?

Study: Climate was hotter in Roman, medieval times than now

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Re: vineyards and ice fairs

A few years ago I was in Slovakia, in temperatures of -20C with snow on the ground. They said it was a normal winter.

They have vinyards on the south-facing slopes, and make jolly nice wine. So the presence of Roman Vinyards says very little about the average temperature.

It may tell us something about average summer rainfall, though, grapes being very susceptible to mildew.

Cut'n'paste UK launch for cut-price Motorola Android

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You ring them up and talk to them.

Watch out for the GIGANTIC ALIEN JELLYFISH, warns space boffin

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Re: "She estimates there will be as few as four alien civilisations sharing the universe ..."

Dunno. Bt if she;s right I hope we find all 4 ('cos I don't reckon we qualify.).

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There is hardly a corner of this planet without perfectly-adapted life evolving into it. So how about above the clouds?

Back in the 50s & 60s there were reports of falls of a mysterious substance called Angel Hair, a phenomenon not recently reported. I've often wondered if diaphonous gas-bag creatures used to fill our skies, solar heated and so vast and light that the tiniest temperature difference would keep them afloat. And the era of jetliners ploughed through them and wiped them out before we knew they were there.

Dell seeks Linux fans to try cut-price Ubuntu Ultrabook

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You say that like it is a bad thing!

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Mine certainly was, by the time I'd specified extra ram, better cpu, etc. to match. Oh and in 2010 it had the 2008 version of 'buntu.

Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Haggis pakora v huevos rancheros

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Next challenge

I had some blutwurst ravioli in Berlin.

How about something with Black pudding in?

Mozilla shoots down Thunderbird, hatches new release model

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It would have been nice to fix the decades old problems still in the bugzilla, mainly for the usenet filtering and blacklisting ideas.

Apple faces Italian shutdown over warranty skulduggery

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@AdamWill Re: You would

>It can't have spaces in it.

Mine must be defective then, it has 3.

Just sayin. I don't think the rest of this argument is worthwhile. But facts is facts, and that one isn't.

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@LDS Re: You would

>...extended warranties are bad, communist, stifle innovation...

There really is a shitstorm of stupid going on over there, isn't there?

Taking Dell to court

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Burned too

I deeply regret buying Dell.

When I placed the order for this machine I ticked the box for a magic sim with 3 months unlimited free internet. It did not appear on the confirmation. When, after 2 days, I got through to someone on the phone they said I hadn't ordered it - because it wasn't on the confirmation. Nor would they add it, as it was only available with the internet ordering system, not on the phone.

I placed, then cancelled, another order with a dead card. the magic sim wasn't on that one either. I decided they didn't exist, and that bait-and-lie was a new version of bait-and-switch.

Ultrabook demand soars Stateside

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Be quite interesting to see what effect the likes of brokeBuy had. Last time I went in one of theirs, the only thing on offer were 900buck++ untra books

Is it a genuine trend if people are denied anything else?

Viviane Reding says imitate US and form FEDERAL EUROPE

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I don't understand

I don't understand why the right thing to do in Europe is to create a single union, when apparantly the right thing to do in Britain is to break up the union.

Which of us is doing it wrong?

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the USA is pushing toward becoming more European

My irony detector just committed suicide.

Join the gov consultation on net porn ... and have your identity revealed

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>It was the first the bureaucrats had heard of the problem, apparently,

>despite users posting comments exposing the issue directly on the site.

Well, if they aren't going to read the comments, what makes us think they are going to read the consulation?

Dixons and Best Buy start selling Google Chromebooks

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>they wanted Windows.

I think that world has been changed since then by IOS and Android.

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Odd decision

Will there be any branches of Dixons open by the time the shippments arrive?

Ministers consult public on 'opt in for smut' plans

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Re: Three reasons to say 'No'

I agree. I had to authorise 'adult' services on my Virgin account in order to get to on-line clothing retailers selling 4XL Y-fronts.

Microsoft says tablets will trump PCs in 2013

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@Horned Devil Re: Confusion of numbers

Ah yes. Fractional

Speaking as a mathematician, since no-one has 3 legs [*] and a few have only 1, the average number of legs must be <2.

Therefore nearly everyone on the planet has more than the average number of legs.

[*] yes, yes. That's either Rolf Harris, or it's not a proper leg.

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Confusion of numbers

Well, maybe. Maybe tablets will outsell PCs. Thing is everton mints outsell Mercedes C-class saloons. Socks outsell underpants 2:1. You aren't comparing like with like.

in 0.5 billion office workers need a desktop PC this year, the fact that each of their children has an iThing, outnumbering the desktops by 2,5:1 does not mean that those 0.5 billion won't want a desktop to do their job next year. It's a class error.

M$ has become deluded into thinking the toys are an alternative, not an extra. If they concentrate all their efforts on the toys, the desktop will suffer.

Oh look. Already happening.

Panasonic chief says no to low-cost OLED TVs

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Re: New TVs

62 here & have owned 4:

A White painted wooden thing that Mrs H already had, VHF/UHF dual tuner, but colour

A Sony Trinitron that did Tellytext

A Phillips thing, CRT analogue/digital. OnDigital were supposed to write the code, but went bust first. After 4 years Phillips sent me a set-top box gratis, that my niece is still using.

A Samsung 32" LCD with LED backlight for the digital switchover. We had that 2 years early. 1080p, but not 3D, and I don't miss it.

Mighty ROBOT achieves total SUPREMACY over feeble humans

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I think we did all the mighty johnson jokes up there a bit.

Exotic proto-mineral 'panguite' from before the planets found in meteor

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IRTA "Penguinite", and wondered if it glowed green. And deprived Linux of its super-powers.

Millionaire Ubuntu space nerd Shuttleworth live on The Reg

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I really like *buntu. Shame my 10.04LTS to 12.04LTS upgrade has failed totally. And the bug report was closed with the suggestion I do a clean install.

That gives me the incentive to try something else. Suggestions?

Microsoft Surface: Join the Windows 8 teardown

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Re: Hmmm

which suggests it is going to fall flat on it's back?

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Re: If you need a pad to do your job....

I need a botnet so I can upvote things like this lots and lots

AMD and Intel mainstream desktop CPUs

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system price

I'm beginning to get fed up with this sort of comparison of unlike with unlike.

What is the comparison between combined cpu/motherboard price, for example?

UK Supremes back Oracle against reseller who brought Sun kit to EU

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Re: Confused

Aye. Recent cases have confirmed car companies can't discriminate against personal or grey imports, so why computers?

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large multinationals


Didn't Tesco & superdrug get this overturned when they sold grey import perfumes?

Surely it can't be the case that the biggest company always wins? can it?

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