* Posts by Robert E A Harvey

3004 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

Apple's TV killer 'on shelves by summer 2012'

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old joak

PAL: because of lack of bandwidth the colours can't fully saturate. Hence Pink-Amber-Lilac

(Yellow was a subtractive term)

NTSC: the hue signal was transmitted so far from the carrier that it was Never Twice Same Colour

The French and Russians used SECAM: System Entirely Contrary (to the) American Method

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There were indeed loads of back panel trimmers, the most famous being horizontal & vertical hold.

Inside there were loads of really cool ones, like linearity & keystoning. Electrical & magnetic focus.

Microsoft mum on leaked Phone OS plans

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I was recently in the Philippines, where Skype is a way of life for families talking to fathers working abroad. I have heard a lot of complaints about bad audio, dropped connections, and not being able to make video calls any more.

Skype is having problems. I doubt they are caused by M$ but they might be caused by being taken over. I wonder if it is now harder to get money to get new hardware into the servers?

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I don't think M$ wants to kill Nokia. They need Nokia to build and sell WP7 phones.

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That there is no point in trotting out awards as any arguement at all.

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"Titanic" got Oscars. Didn't stop it being a crap film. Come to that "Avatar" got oscars despite having no sensible story line at all, apart from "Wheeee..." And don't let me get all Kermode over "Pirates of the Carribean"...

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Welcome to Great Smell of Brut

Thanks for signing up just to say that.

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If Genuine?

"leaked to Wmpoweruser.com" says it all. At the risk of Mr Boobies telling me I need to see a doctor.

Jobs' 'nuclear war' is not doing Apple any good - analyst

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I quite like pilchards. Apparently they are the same fish the Portuguese sell as Sardine.

Japanese boffins crack arse-based ID recognizer

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You still read Bede, as it was written?

Um. Yes. I was doing exactly that half an hour ago, oddly.

>Chaucer gets you all titillated

No, but the odd wry smile.

New ATLAS particle part of 'everyday mass'

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I've always imagined that the adjective was needed because under a desk somewhere, perhaps pedal powered, was a 'small hadron collider'

Lumia sales fail to set world alight

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I wonder if the astroturfers ever report back to M$ what the rest of us are saying?

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Only one buyer

Elop will balance the dismal performance and share price so that no-one else can splurge on the corpse of Nokia. Only M$ and Apple are likely to have the cash, and I don't think apple shareholders will be keen on buying an M$ house, and even if they think of it, Elop will be there to recommend acceptance to the Nokia board and shareholders.

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@AC 12:44

to be fair, of the 3 lads I was working with two have now got their old blackberries back, and the third is using his privately owned iPhone with the company sim in it.

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crikey. Razr coming up fast there.

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And thank you for my new fact for the day. 'Eggcorn'. Brilliant.

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I've seen 2 WP7 adverts this year on UK telly, and several instances of the annoying one about dad & son both using W7 laptops.

I've seen loads of adverts at airports for iThings & Galaxy things. Not one for W7 or WP7 (Or playbook for that matter)

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And not all sales are to people who want them. I recently worked with people from a huge Swedish multi-national who have all been given Lumia, [1] and who are all trying to give them back. One chap has had 3 fail in a month.

Now while there will be equally unwilling users of other brands, I doubt whether most Galaxy users are not volunteers.

[1] I assume the plural of Lumia is Lumia?

Inventor flames Reg, HP in memristor brouhaha

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I am worried about losing the two-terminal part of the definition, but I don't know why.

Shareholders rage over Imation's incredible 88% plunge

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At the end of the road I grew up on is an old Victorian building, now turned into flats.

At one time it was the country's largest manufacturer of blackboard chalk, and later produced yellow acrylic lenses for driving goggles.

Things change, this happens. Have you tried to buy a Gasogene lately?

Is Microsoft brewing a Win8, WinPho code merge?

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Surely 'min win' is as dead as winFS?

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little consequence

apart from needing another few hundred memory chips...

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which begs

which begs the question 'why?'

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Violins playing

We've heard all this before. Was it WP6? I really don't care enough to remember.

Like Linux, it would be perfectly possible for them to come up with a Kernel that can run on anything from a writswatch to a supercomputer. But they won't.

Like Linux they could then install different types of user experience on top of that, for different types of Appliance. But they won't.

They won't because they can't break the legacy link, unless they are going to give us all a free XP VM to run legacy programmes.

The Best of El Reg 2011 now on Kindle

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Well, I'd pay a tenner a year to read el reg, so long as that bought a little bit of exclusivity - like the articles not going public till all subscribers had read them.

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I don't know really. I just had a crawling in the neck, rather than a 'disgusted of Tonbride Wells' moment.

A little vulture cash-box icon would be nice, or a different colour or font. But I don't think its a big deal, just a dark thought. Your standards are your own.

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Is it me, or is anyone else uncomfortable with el reg puffing product in the guise of news stories?

Bah, humbug! Virgin Media censors Charles D**kens

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testing? that's what customers do, surely?

Google+ gets group vid, Nokia still has a Pulse

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Well, Quite.

E-book reader sales to boom as prices plunge

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2nd hand trade

I can take old paper books to Oxfam, or to that most perfect of human endeavours, the second-hand book shop. I can exchange them in traveller's libraries in nicer hotels.

When I can do that with eBooks I will be interested.

I'd like to commend Scarthin Books, in Cromford. The Reader's Rest in Lincoln, and Robert Humm in Stamford.

Dell flees netbook market, dumps Minis

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My mini-10 came with 'buntu 8.10, which I replaced with UNR - using it now. I bought it because it came without windows

TRhing is, nothing new has happened in this space since.

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I have a 2133, and you are quite right. That and a mobo/bios problem that permenantly disconnects a sleeping hard disk& then locks the whole thing up

Google's Siri-a-like to be named 'Majel' after Trek actress

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If it speaks with her voice, I'm sold.

A real start trek talking computer? How could I resist?

Paul Allen latest plan: Space rockets on MEGA PLANE

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flying boats

When I were a lad there was a scifi story about using flying boats to get to orbit, slowly spiralling up from the earth's surface with a succession of different engines.

It took a school scienc teacher a few seconds to dismiss the idea in terms of amount of fuel. It takes a rocket 9 seconds to climb the gravity well. The 2 days of the flying boat, acquiring the same amount of potential energy would represent impossible amounts of fuel. This seems the same.

Apple's request for HTC ban delayed again

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I'm sorry, but the headline is too obtuse for me. Is there an 'on' missing as word 3?

Wikipedia simplifies article editing for world+dog

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it's not the editing, its the editors

I think the huge number of good looking pages suggests the problem is not the editing.

I think that the nasty way that a few self-appointed people run roughshod over other's work is far more off-putting. I'm not going back, for a start.

Brits turned off by Smart TVs

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Not wanted here

I have loads of ways to get on the interenet. If my TV offers me net access, but then only shows me a tiny part of it I shall regard it as broken.

Acer TravelMate Timeline X TM8481T 14in Core i5 notebook

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when did a Core i5 become slow?

When they put windoze on it?

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Yes, another mee-too clone with nothing unique about it

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Yet another nasty screen!

More than one pound per vertical pixel?

It's very clever to get an extra 1" onto the lid, but still with lower resolution than I was using in 2004?

Higgs boson hunters have god particle in their sights

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115 to 131 MeV

That's a pretty big hole to keep searching in!

Microsoft beaten down 16pc on software sales to NHS

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I pay for the NHS. Can I get that pricing?

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I would be more sympathetic to the 'cost of retraining' aguement ir there was any evidence at all that they have trained anyone on MS stuff.

Word documents laid out with spaces, "databases" kept in Excel, using memory sticks to copy files between machines in the same building.

Need I go on?

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so paying 100 quid for something you can get for nowt is bad, but paying 84 quid is good?

Greenland 'lurched upward' in 2010 as 100bn tons of ice melted

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1mm a year?

We are all doomed!

Gov websites' value not at all clear despite trimming

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It's queer thing

When the penny [post was invented, govt. departments had to deal with letters from people. When the telephone came along they started answering the phone. I don't recall anyone agonising over the costs then.

Now the internet has come along, and they'e responded. So why the costs analysis? It's something they need to have, like a roof.

Dell XPS 14z 14in Core i5 notebook

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Again with the cheap & nasty screen resolution? On a premium product? Yuk.

HP throws WebOS to open source community

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No sensible judge would back a patent on a product so publically abandoned and whose core OS had been loudly open sourced like that.

Now we need sensible judges...

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It does seem to confirm the Betamax effect, doesn't it.

No product, no matter how good, no matter how well designed or built, can survive incompetent management or vested interest.

Digital certificate authority suspends ops following breach

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If penetrating a web site implies penetrating the trusted certification setup, then something is wrong. You wouldn't surely run the public-facing web server on the same iron as the authentication service? or, indeed, have any connection whatsoever?

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