* Posts by Robert E A Harvey

3004 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

Can the iPad save newspapers?

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I am /never/ going to pay anything like as much for pixels as for a physical object. I might consider a pound a month for a local paper, and about half that for a national one. If it turned out to be worth reading.

I can use old newspapers to clean windows, line the budgie cage, and crumpled to make packaging material. Try that with a bunch of pixels.

I think it is far too late to start a subscription model for web news services. The newspapers could have established the habit in 1995, but not now. In effect you would be paying for the columnists and commentators, not for the raw news, like you do with physical papers. And why would commentators not start subscription blogs and keep /all/ the money?

As you say, part 94.

Cable employee admits replacing Superbowl feed with porn

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UK has enough sheep shearers, needs more coders

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That would not be Concept Systems, would it?

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oh, /shearers/.

Sorry, as you were.

Thai floods flush storage channel clean

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Aye. Like Bradley said, there are more important things going on in this story

Toshiba demos monster hi-res tablet display

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So we can have 1600 in the minor direction on a fondleslab, but 27" monitors max out at 1080?

You couldn't make it up!

Gov: DAB must battle on, despite being old and rubbish

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What on earth do the government get out of foisting this rubbish on us?

It can't just be about taking broadcasting out of the hands of the people, can it?

New RAM shunts data into flash in power cuts

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"especially on pcs running OSes other than Windows."

You /are/ having a giraffe, aren't you?

My 'buntu and fedora boxes hibernate with no bother whatsoever. My $MEGACORP can only be hibernated 2 or 3 times before needing a clean boot. If I don't then little things like clicking icons to launch apps, or switching between running programmes slows to a halt and then crashes.

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boot-up time on the CAM system

Vegas man begs web for $1m to fix gigantic scrotum

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@ Blackmore

"NHS...was going to take away the rights of doctors to get rich."

<baldrick>They are sort of rich now, though, aren't they?</baldrick>

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That struck me. It seems awfully bloody expensive. A holiday in Mexico or Uruguay might save a lot of cash.

Acer UK sales slashed in HALF in Q3

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The penalty of "me too"

You do this "me too" marketing trick, and when the market is busting itself to buy you pick up trade. When the market shrinks you shrink faster than anyone else.

What happened to the uniquely Acer products, that no-one else was offering? Things like the N300 series, still used by service engineers and stores inventory people all over the world. (They still sell a P300, if you can find one)

What about all that talk of pocket projectors? never seen one of those in real life either.

Ballmer disses Android as cheap and complex

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I've said before,, and I will say again, they employ a load of clever people, and it would be quite surprising if most of the things they coded did not work quite well (sometimes not well enough, but even Chrysler built the ypsilon). I am actually surprised that this, their 7th (at least) go at a phone OS had stuff missing at launch. I was expecting it to be better than it is.

It is the way they do business that really gets up my pipe. Forcing windows onto pc builders, taking and ruining publically published standards, etc etc etc.

Look at all the business users stuck in winpho 6.5 never-never land (including my own employer, whose java based pda call-out suite can't be ported). I remember autoroute, whose software offerings other than the well-known routefinder included lorry delivery scheduling, solutions for the travelling-salesman problem, area based call management (for service engineers or emergency response). All scrapped when M$ took them over.

I like c#. I thought they way they got .net turned into an ecma standard was laudible. Then they went and spoiled it by 'upgrading' and 'extending' it into proprietory space again.

it ain't the coders I hate, its the management.

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Well, he helped me decide whether to sign up for Skype or not.

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I think there is some truth in Balrog's remark, taken in isolation.

But the biggest disadvantage they have is that theirs was written by microsoft. It just won't work the same way 2 days running.

RIM lifts skirt, flashes 'new' OS at devs

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QNX is a proper OS, developed and maintained by someone who knows what they are doing.

Then RIM bought the company, and seem intent on doing a Nokia. I feel sorry for all the other users.

Stop fiddling about with the names of things, and farting about with press releases, and get on and make something new.

How about a server-based digital secretary, so you can say things like "find out when Frank is going to be in Scunthorpe, and get me a hotel on the same night"? Or persuading app developers by charging a penny per time for using an app instead of buying it outright, then splitting that 50/50 with the developer? coming up with some innovative calling systems - like getting your calls routed to both landlines and blackberry simultaneously, so you can answer whatever is nearer? Having the whole sales force's blackberry ring when someone calls the sales hotline, so the first one free picks up the call?

It seems to me that most of these can already be done, and that RIM is loosing ground by the day. Renaming the OS is a distraction that won't help.

Yahoo! revenue! AND! profits! bomb! as! expected!

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Oh? Are yahoo still going? Not noticed them for over a decade.

Next you will be telling me AltaVista is still a search engine!

OPERA review serves up a feast for physics geeks

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Yes, it does allow tachyons, mathematically. They would need an infinite amount of energy to slow down to C.

Currys, PC World websites slated by punters

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So the on-line places are as satisfactory as the walk-in ones then?

Apple iPhone 4S

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Little college cuties are always good. The phones are irrelevant.

Hundreds of Mr A N OTHERs discovered on payrolls

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Did HMRC refuse to accept taxes levied on Mr Unknown or Ms XXXXXXX?

Thought not.

Apple and Samsung discuss... CPU production deal

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Is Apple's cash pile big enough to Buy Samsung?

iPhone 4S: Our *hit list

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The cache/cloud storage problem could be saved by using the SD memory card slot. Oh, hang on...

Apple: 4m iPhone 4S handsets sold, thank you very much

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Ignoring the other issues, handling 4 million of anything in 3 days is impressive

WD: Thailand floods worse than feared

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Can we spare a thought for the people whose homes and jobs have been affected already, and in the future? around 300 are dead and 3 million homeless.

I don't know about you, but I can live with my existing hard disks for a while.

if you want a tech angle, the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand is organising communications and accepting relief donations: http://www.qsl.net/rast/

Boffins whip up SELF-WIRING chip

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Old friends

Wouldn't Ivor Catt have loved this?

Apache insists OpenOffice is alive, well, and flush

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There is some development in LO to that end, but the Ios toolchain seems to be hampering things there

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I don't mind in the slightest if both OpenOffice and LibreOffice are succesful, or if they diverge. I suspect that both will benefit a bit from M$'s continual tinkering with its user interface.

Both have rough edges to be removed, but I wish both of them well.

Toyota Yaris 2011

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What about it?

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Not to mention the insignificance of drag coefficient on a car that will spend its whole life in traffic jams on the school run.


Apple, tech titans lead US brands to world domination

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I strongly suspect the the Brits are top at harris tweed, shotguns, leather thigh boots, and grousemoor as well.

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Lets see if I've got this right?

What we are saying is the ten most famous US companies are from the USA?

Is that it?

ISPs end PM's web smut block dream

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In response to all the down-voters

it would not be hard, as in many hotels, for the ISP to have a filter maintained by them at their end, which you could ask to be be removed on a subscription-by-subscription basis. Then, at least, the big boys would be doing some of the work, not blaming the victims.

My Virgin Mobile account worked exactly like that. I telephoned them and confirmed I wanted access controls removed, and they did it. What is wrong with that?

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Bone idle bastards

I can recall campaigning in the 1990s for them to develop spam-proof email, but 'nothing to do with us, chief'. Still the same. Giving customers a hollow choice over what they do on their own machines will cost them nothing.

It is this sort of 'give us money, we do nothing to earn it' attitude that will lead to government legislation, and that will be a shambles

Ubuntu's Oneiric Ocelot: Nice, but necessary?

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Nothing wrong with trying something new

I applaud Canonical for trying something new. And, if it is not to your liking there are loads of alternatives, unlike certain other OS suppliers.

That said, I'm not too convinced yet, and find the idea of searching by programme name faintly laughable in an environment where silly names seem de rigeur!

But lets not stick in the mud, eh? This is an industry that started with teletypes.

Hubble snaps dark matter warping spacetime

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That would be an external person with a warped sense of humour?

Ubuntu One client now available for Windows

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I know its considered cheaper than its rivals, but it still seems like a load of money to me. And once hooked you can't stop paying,...

Microsoft flags Firefox and Chrome for security failings

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(can you guess which I think it is).

can't it be both?

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I am reminded of some dockyard whore watching a lady in evening dress and describing her as 'a bit of a slapper'

I think the Mandy Rice-Davies comment is apposite here.

Which actor should play Steve in upcoming biopic?

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Please, no. What on earth would be the point?

PCTV Broadway 2T network Freeview tuner

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I was thinking that

So, how does the power consumption compare to an htpc?

Dubstep ringtone wins Nokia compo

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The sound equivalent of the olympic 2012 logo

Viz Profanisaurus

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From tonight's news

We can expect TalkTalk, Sky, and BT to block this then?

Pay Jobs due respect - by crushing the empire he created

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I want to disagree

But I read the article twice and I am still not sure what point is being made.

So I sort of basically feel in disagreement with something or other.

Would you trust a dot-bank site more than a dot-com?

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It ain't the domain that's the problem.

It's the bankers.

Stallman: Jobs exerted 'malign influence' on computing

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Some of Stallman's achievements have been very important, world changing, liberating.

But he can be a complete arse sometimes.

Email and compliance: How not to blow the storage budget?

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Single instance

I know CCmail used to do this, and do it well. Atachments were singled out too, held once even if appearing to be duplicated in replies and forwards, or dragged into completely new threads.

I've see no evidence that exchange does any of this.

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$MEGACORP enforces a 5Gb limit for network profiles, including shadows of 'my documents' and of outlook email.

It then tells us to use rtf format emails. Most company-wide emails are html format.

Then there is a retention policy that, as far as I can see, means we have to keep everything except birthday-cake-at-the-watercooler announcements. For >6 years. The retention policy includes rules on email naming conventions that I have /never/ seen the management respect, and on trimming quotation of older emails that I have /never/ seen the management respect either.

My .pst files are around 10Gb each, and I have been given a 500G LaCie to shadow them on. In five years no-one has once asked if I am doing that.

According to the policy failure to retain emails is my fault.

The effects of Consumerisation results

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I doubt non-tech people would cope with the questions!

Olloclip three-in-one lens

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That's actually quite cool.

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