* Posts by Robert E A Harvey

3004 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

LimeWire settles with record labels, to pay $105m for copyright hurt

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Now how about the damage done to various halfwit neighbours when their kids downloaded mal-ware loaded copies of Limewire?

or vmy sanity trying to clean it up?

Three to supply UK Chromebooks' 3G access

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Oh, "Bundler". Sorry.

US Navy produces smart, cheap 6kg fire+forget missile

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"& forget"

does this mean MOD staff will be leaving these on trains instead of laptops?

Google floats monthly subscriptions to Chrome OS notebooks

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'ow much grgrgranville?

I might have fallen for a fiver a month, wihthout calculating that to be 60 quid a year.

But 28 x 12 of anyone's currency is too much for very little.

Elite coder readies £15 programming gadget for schools

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+1 for Pic generally

There are a variety of dev boards for pic, depending what your interests are. You could start with:



Also have a look at





White House warns El Reg over kitten-killing content

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endless string of silliness

You do realise that you are taking silliness to an extreme, don't you, Lester?

But it's Friday so that is absolutely fine.

World 3D TV sales to jump in 2011

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Doris Stokes

"159.2 million in 2015, the research firm said", befiore asking if there was anyone here called Arthur.

How many times do we have to debunk these charlatans?

The Sandy Bridge Hackintosh

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Paris Hilton

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Keep it up, indeed,

Oh, hang on...

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I agree

The legality of EULA in retail sales is sufficiently dubious that no-one would dare bring a case.

I reckon if I've bought summat its mine. I can hold it, I can do what I want with it. same as changing the OS on a games console. Manufacturer subsidises the hardware in the hope of selling games, that's a gamble. If I put it in the loft & never use it, his gamble hasn't paid off. Not my fault. So if I make it run wierdOS his gamble hasn't paid off either. No difference.

If apple wanted to they could put an encrypted key on the m'board. They havn't. So they don't care. So leave me alone.

Pakistani IT admin leaks bin Laden raid on Twitter

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Is it a leak

Is a witness report by someone not part of the team a "leak"?

I don't think so.

Apple tops Microsoft market cap, revenue, and profits

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My first experience if google docs. Don't think there will be another. I never got to row 117.

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Winmo7 is NOT localised yet

What? Is that true? That seems both unforgivable and astonishing in the present market. Just what were they doing before they released it? Testing the games?

Natty Narwahl: Ubuntu marine mammal not fully evolved

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I'm a very satisfied openSuse user too, although I have Ubuntu as well. There has been something of a see-saw in my affections. But I am now regretting choosing Ubuntu 10.04LTS as my server OS, since there are long-standing unfixed bugs on important (to me) parts of it:




perhaps it is time to investigate centOS ?

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I confess to getting frustrated with the scroll bar thingy for a bit, but it is much more of a problem for people with less-than-perfect eyesight and hand-eye co-ordination.

That said, I welcome real innovation in this new post-XP world of varying choices.

And I'm not sure that all of M$'s eye candy has been thought out enough for people with certain types of visual problems.

There are a dozen desktops to choose from in this world, so I agree that fighting flamewars over them is a waste of time.

Amazon cloud fell from sky after botched network upgrade

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Dear Glod

Does no-one test anything any more? I don't understand how exponential consumption of finite resources can even happen? Did the code not have any form of load limiting?

When I was in mainframe land one of our 6-monthly jobs used to be to test the disaster recovery plan. We took the weekly tapes to the place that would hire us an IBM in a trailer, and timed how long it took to configure the hired gear (following an already prepared checklist), load the tapes, and run 1000 terminal-based transactions. Part of my job was to measure the current drain from the generator while we did that, and the fuel consumption.

Any new system installed, hardware or software, was given a resilience test. We would turn bits of it off and make a timed log of what failures occurred when, and what the consequences were. At weekends during the year we would repeat those failures on the production system and ensure there were no significant deviations in the timing or propagation. We would look for failure to centrally diagnose or report failures, and any such 'hole' had to be demonstrably fixed within a month. (even if this sometimes meant another red lamp over the operator's console and a long cable)

Every single bit of kit deployed had a failure policy, ranging from warranty and maintenance contracts to a minimum of two ways to continue production without it. We used to test the users, too, to make sure they knew how to find the failure policy and use the alternatives.

Managers have to lean that difficult != unnecessary, and that expensive != unnecessary.

Legal goons threaten researcher for reporting security bug

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I seem to be alone

in wondering what is the point at all in publishing this 'research'.

I see the company would benefit from his initial advice, but I can share their concern about subsequent publication. How would they know all users had patched?

What value does the wider community get from knowing the entrails, rather than the existence, of this vulnerability? OK, if it is novel then some anonymous details might help other programmers, but otherwise I reckon blurting the works is no more than self agrandisment.

Even though I am very doubtful about the publication idea, If it were me a polite request to defer and a bottle of champers would be infinitely better than raising the landsharks. That does smack of management-by-panic.

Vote now for the best sci-fi film never made

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Star ship troopers

"not that bad a film"????


It was even more vile than Avatar. Unsubtle, bombastic, trash. Not sure what the american eqivalent of jingoism is, but thats what it was 99.9% of the time. UShigh school coming-of-age-stock story line in Rio? ugh. Vietnam war style dropship troops in space? urgh. Ugly=bad? bleearch.

Nastyy, lowest common denominator yah-hoo trailer trash fodder without any artistic merit.


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I was thinking that

What with this list and the also-rans, there is a solid, well-recommended library.

Now what was the tale about time machines like motorbikes that included the butterfly effect before mathematicians ever thought of it?

Acer Iconia Tab W500

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Is there a viable touch interface for Windows?

Serious question. Last time I tried an XP tablet all the handwriting recognition stuff was part of the apps (notably word) not the OS. seemed rather broken to me.

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Yes but

As bilgepipe says below, it has windows on it. I'd not expect day-long battery life on anything with windows (or (trying to be fair) Ubuntu or Suze).

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I'm quite tempted, even with windows. I still think it is at least a hundred quid too much. But there is a month to go before deliveries, so anything could happen.

According to the people who loaned it to you it can't do 3G, which seems really odd.

Not sure why the keyboard has to be physically attached. Could it not be blootoof?

I'm taking this one more seriously.

Supermarkets trounce telcos on mobile services

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Know what you get

I suspect that someone buying a phone from a supermarket is an experienced user and already knows what they want and need.

Leaving the witless to wander unaided into the den of fools run by most telcos, who would pay less if they could for an even spottier youth.

And so a feedback loop forms. The people who need technical support end up buying from the suppliers who are demonstrably the worst at providing it, and so the spiral of death develops.

And it becomes easier to buy from supermarkets.

I'd accuse tesco of cherrypicking the easy customers and leaving the expensive ones to the competition, just like with everything else. But in this case I have no sympathy for Ono or Vodalone or minus3 or the rest of them, so:

* Good on yer Tesco.

* Where is my Aldi phone?

Windows phones send user location to Microsoft

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Whilst I agree with every word you say

What open source alternatives?

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I came here to suggest that this is looking spookier by the minute. Thats 3 for 4 on the newest phone OS. Anyone looked at webOS yet?

And there has been silence from the competition enforcers over NokiaSoft. Is it in big govt's interest to let the plan go through?

"once is misfortune, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action"

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Paris Hilton


>Face it, marketards, you are now hated roughly as much as lawyers & politicians.

And, like them, grossly overpaid compared to the contribution to society

Google moves to extract more from Apps

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60 days

So google will get paid on the day, while LargeCo will continue to pay all its SmallCo suppliers on 60, 90, 120 day T&C?


2011 Ford Focus

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Other useful functionality

2. If it detects a sainsbury's kiss while parked, it photos the surroundings and shouts "ouch, Someone round here can't drive!"

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I can't do that in my alfa. The turning circle is pretty poor. I can easily do 140%, but 120% would be a serious shuffle, and with the poor corner visibility and the cost of the paint I'd not bother.

What am I saying? Approach at 60, handbrake, full lock, dab-and release and go in sideways. That'd do it.

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Boot space

There will doubtless be a fusion or a cmax with the same spec package soon.

Vintage flying car offered at auction

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It is a handsome thing.

Anyone know if the design is copyright? I reckon it's buildable at home.

Motorola pushes laptop-dock Android phone at Brits

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No customer here then

I buy my gadgets outright. I don't want some git in a cellphone customer making my choices for me. Exclusive == Unavailable in my book.

Pity, this is quite a neat thing. Although AlexH ought to patent his idea quickly.

Dell waves its Boomi at large back-ends

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buzzword compliant

I nearly understood nearly half of that article

Google location tracking can invade privacy, hackers say

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I thought a foursquare was a phased array antenna.

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router location? phone location?

I'm guessing that the more android phones pick up yer router the better the fix will be. I reckon in my case it is reporting the location of the one house where a visitor had an android phone.

I bet it has reported about 10 routers at that location, too. We are getting channel congestion round by 'ere.

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nearly right

I live at 63. It said my wifi was at 68, and drew the blue blob at 72.

Nothings perfect, it seems.

Apple stuns Wall Street with 95% earnings surge

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why not stick a LT1073CN on a bit of veroboard and make 20V from the 5V?

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Apple's only declining segment was iPods

well, there can't be many more to sell - surely everyone who wants one has got one?

'Real' JavaScript benchmark topped by...Microsoft

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do we care?

All computers are fast enough, its only a browser, and given how many people they employ, it would be remarkable if M$ did not turn out some good code now and again.

My complaints against M$ have rarely had much to do with the code, particularly their compilers. It's the politics and marketing that gt up my nose.

I don;t see that a benchmark like this is anything but flamebait.

ARM's Intel challenger set for 2012 release

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if it's got out-of-order look-ahead, and media extensions, is it still an Advanced Risc Machine, or just an AM?


Multimillionaire's private space ship 'can land on Mars'

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@ Mettler

I'd go.

I'm 60. At some point quite soon I will be taking a one way journey, might as well be that one.

If they built a colony ship, and wanted someone to keep the lights on for the first few years I'd sign up for that too.

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get on with it!

>The only thing that's for sure here is that based on the story so far it would

>be unwise to totally discount what Musk and SpaceX say - no matter how

>far-fetched it may seem

Doesn't seem far fetched to me. For God's sake, from Gagarin to Apollo's landing was barely 9 years, with vacuum tube technologies and no microprocessors.

We have had 50 years of "research" in LEO about the effects on humans of being in space,, 50 years of building launchers. We don't need to wait any longer. Lets bloody get on with it before we run out of anything we can use for fuel!

Google to sell subscriptions to Chrome OS notebooks?

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Been wondering about that

DER rented out tellies (and in their early days washing machines and fridges) for nigh on 50 years, until they became too cheap to bother.

When home computing started they rented a few comodore pets & apple ][s , but discovered that the public could not tell the difference between "its broken" and "I am a shit-kicking yokel who doesn't know the first thing about computers" and very wisely dropped the scheme.

Good luck to Mr Google with that.

Google Linux servers hit with $5m patent infringement verdict

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I wonder if he could give evidence?

I bet he wishes he'd patented everything in his book!

iPhones secretly track 'scary amount' of your movements

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Calling all commentards: Want some new icons?

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more suggestions

"Please explain" - big question mark

"I remember" - Grandfather clock? abacus? punch card?

"I agree wholeheartedly" - Big Tick? +1? Two heads?

"Der-brain" - big head, litle brain?

Hardware boom boosts IBM in Q1

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Big contrast

oh look. http://www.reghardware.com/2011/04/12/context_uk_pc_sales_q1_2011/

'UK PC sales during the first quarter of the year were down 7.7 per cent, well below the European average of 2.9 per cent."

Looks like IBM is doing even betterer than the article suggests. Or is this another manifestation of Obama's 'spend yer way to affluence' policy?

'Fierce competition' drives Apple's iPhone 6 changes

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not trying hard enough

>when we have full coloUr, high resolution, roll up, flexible displays

Passe - we want direct neural connection, and we want it now!

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@Anomalous Cowherd

The lens/camera combo sounds marginally less likely to kill you too.

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more suggestions

IR pyrometer,

electric/magnetic field non-contact sensors,

A load cell so you can weigh tiny tings to high resolution (what /could/ you use that for?)



ultrasonic distance measurer for estate agents

Asus N73SV Core i7 Sandy Bridge 17.3in laptop

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buglisting this idea

I've raised https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=36400 to suggest relocating controls in LibreOffice

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