* Posts by Robert E A Harvey

3004 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

2010 will be the year of the net tablet, claims analyst

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Or

Try the Archos 5. Bit video-centric, but with other uses too.

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Nothing wrong with e-readers

The problem is with e-books. I can buy the paperback cheaper than the download in many cases, only 2-3% of titles seem to be available, and none I want to read (let me recommend: http://www.boydell.co.uk/0150386X.HTM)

When I can give an ebook I've finished with to a friend, or to oxfam for re-sale, then I might start thinking about it.

Now what about scribble-tops?

I quite like the idea, but like an expensive dunhill cigarette lighter to a non-smoker it looks like a useless if attractive gadget.

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MS spins IE security disaster into Windows 7 upgrade opportunity

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FAIL

Mayb so

But that doesn't mean I'm likely to buy the new washing powder or the new car or the new version of windows.

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Gates Horns

I wouldn't mind

>office 95

$MEGACORP upgraded us all from Office 97 to Office2003 two years ago, and I'm still finding things that used to work and don't any more. There are no plans to upgrade further.

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Gates Horns

Trust us, we know what we did wrong last time

OK, the last 13 things we sold you were crap. All your problems will be solved by giving us some more money.

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Darling forces ministers to draw up spending hit lists

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Big Brother

Easy

1. Bring the troops home from Helmund

2. Scrap the aircraft carrier project. Carriers are to protect surface ships, and we havn't got any.

3. Scrap the arts council. Small beer, I know, but a lot of noise!

4. Scrap the Olympics. I never wanted it anyway

5. Turn remaining RAF camps in Lincolnshire into housing for asylum seekers. Stop paying rent to private landlords for them

6. Scrap the NHS IT & ID card schemes.

7. Double road tax on Lorries, to get goods back on the railways. charge a per-dieum road tax for foriegn lorries while in the country

8. Tear up the treaty of rome and tell the EU to get stuffed for their money

9. Tell the welsh and scots that if they want full independence they can have it, otherwise we are going to shut down their toy parliaments and scrap the barnett formula while we are at it.

10. Charge parents for schooling used as child minding. Stop giving them vouchers.

11. Charge for NHS maternity care. Pregancy is not a disease.

12. Increase unemployment pay but require at least two days a week of community service organised by unemployed managers

13. Tax all bankers at 100% on earnings above 700K

14. Double the road tax for second cars in a household.

15. scrap income tax. Put it /all/ on VAT. Including local VAT for local taxes. You can't have a black economy if people aren't paying income tax.

16. Tax banks on the difference between deposit rates and loan rates

17. All able-bodied adults to be recruited into snow clearing teams in the winter. Each team resonsible for 1 day in 5 of pavement and road clearing using their own shovels. The army to do bits between towns.

18. double VAT on satellite TV subscriptions and films not made in the UK.

19. Legalise and tax all drugs

20. Legalise and tax brothels.

and next week, my plans for invading Mars!

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Information Tribunal abolished as new service takes charge

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Big Brother

So

Under the new system, what would have happened to the FOI requests for MPs expenses?

Thought so.

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One second-hand space shuttle: Yours for $29m

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Welcome

uk.rec.sheds please note

'The bargain price represents the estimated cost of "transporting a shuttle from Kennedy Space Center to a major airport, and for displaying it indoors in a climate-controlled building".'

So you get a free air-conditioned shed with every shuttle, then? Bargain!

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US makes travellers go online, before getting onboard

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re-checking bags

When you get into the USA you have to collect your bags and re-check them for onward flights.

"have these bags been with you at all times?"

'No, for the last 11 hours they've been in the hands of the airline'

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But

When I went out at the start of Jan. I needed the online thing AND the bit of paper filled in on the plane.

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Government personal data handling 'better'

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Big Brother

Pah!

"Government personal data handling 'better'"

It could not be much worse unless they'd got some walpaper paste and started lining the tube stations with tax returns.

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Discrimination warning over airport body scanners

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Wrong problem

I don't think we should be worried about the operators being perverts. I think we should worry about them going insane. For every lustworthy body they get to look at through smoked glass, they will have to watch 132 like mine.

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British government ignores MS browser fears

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Gates Horns

But

There is a good case for the government deciding which internet browser the government should use.

And a reasonable case for them not using that one!

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dumb wins again

If people had /listened/ when we told them that IE was not standard compliant, and they should stick to Opera or nutscrape/italian cheese, all the clever clogs in industry would not have written code that only runs on IE

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mystery to me

... that the NHS allowed them to write non-standards-compliant code and still paid them, and is even dreaming of paying them again to put it right. It should take all its previous suppliers to court if they won't do now what they should have done then - and FOC.

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Is Mandy right to cut science funding?

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Paris Hilton

what?

"Is Mandy right to cut science funding?"

Can you make me a list of the last six things Mandy was right about?

Paris: she has more integrity

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NASA Titan moon-balloons to run on cloud fuel

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hang on

They are planning to burn /the atmosphere/? How will they confine combustion to the baloon, and not the whole lot?

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ACLU challenges US laptop border searches

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I will admit

I removed all my mp3 files of old BBC radio shows before flying to the USA at the new year, in case they were mistaken for bittorrent downloads and I ended up in gaol.

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Discounts damage for Microsoft Windows 7 PC boost?

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FAIL

so lets see if I've got this right

Microsoft bully computer vendors so you can't buy a computer without windoze, and they /still/ have to discount W7 to bribe people into trying it. Just how bad can it be?

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Philips 40PFL9704 40in LED backlit TV

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ethernet port

Can't really tell without seeing one, but it looks like the webTV access is pre-configured and won't include the BBC iPlayer. What about ITVonline? C4od? you've obviously played with it, el-reg, did you try that bit out?

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Boffin

Umm..

"Users outside the UK may be able to take advantage of the MPEG4 decoding, and the CI+ slot too, but for those of us in Blighty, an external source of some sort will be needed if you want to watch HD programming."

Does that mean I can buy one at Schiphol and watch HD freeview when it launches? I don't understand this paragraph at all. Are you saying a chunk is left off the tele in the UK, or that the decoder it has is the wrong one for us?

At this point I need the blue tefal-head icon, but upside down.

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UK BitTorrent admin acquitted on fraud charge

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and

and, indeed, contempt of court. The judge should have fined them.

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Steve Wozniak, your time is up

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Dead Vulture

contrdictory

"It's time to file each and every story about Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak into the circular "Who Gives a Flying Fuck?" bin." - or, indeed, to write two sides of A4 about him?

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Secretive Brit millionaire buys Segway Inc

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Alien

Schiphol

I too have seen robocops at the airport. They even have little flashing blue lights.

Wierd, or what?

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'Domestic extremism' police called in on climate hack

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Big Brother

Odd

When I was alive ACPO was an acronym for Assosciation of Chief Police Officers.

So now we have investigations being run by a trades union for placemen and timeservers?

What's next? The Grand Lodge organising fraud enquiries?

I'm sorry, but I expect policing to be done by County forces, Scotland Yard, or perhaps MI5. Not the Masters of Foxhounds Association, or th Angler's federation.

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LG publishes bendy 19in e-newspaper

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paper

why pretend to be somerthing else?

I'd like a 19" screen if it dould be stowed in a walking stick, but just being a bit floppy is needless parody.

Newsprint is fine. Leave it alone. It can be used to line bird cages, crumpled up for packaging, or used to light a fire.

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Microsoft predicts Linux will fail mobile 'quality' test

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Gates Horns

Oh look

132 comments, nearly all the same. I DO hope you will be sending Messrs Bach and Ballmer a transcript!

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real time

I think this is a far comment of lowest-common-denominator Linux, and would be equally (more) applicable to Windoze.

As others have said there are real-time extensions or alternative kernels for Linux. For windows, there aren't.

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Paris Hilton

Bwhhhaaaa

That's the funniest thing I've seen for months. Microsoft taking the high ground of windows phone quality?

I've had 3 windows [mobile][phone] phones in 5 years. Every one of them needed at least one warm start a day and generally two cold starts a week. The HP ipaqw one cold started to factory conditions, and I had to retrieve the apps and addres book from the ipaq backup on the SD card. Twice a week.

/Linux/ will fail the quality test? Bwhhhaaa ha ha ha ha eh he ha ha ha. <dires eyes>. Oh deary me.

Paris. because she believes what she is told.

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Survey outs Britain as nation of tech twits

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and...

"One in 20 Britons think Steve Jobs is a Division II footballer, six per cent think a virtual hard disk (VHD) is a sexually transmitted disease, and 10 per cent believe a wireless dongle to be a sex toy."

and 9 out of 10 like messing with people asking them daft questions.

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Is it art or is it pr0n? Australia decides it's ALL filth

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or

Ban photography, drawing, and painting?

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Google releases Nexus One SDK

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Well, quite

Give them a chance to stuff it up properly

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Microsoft Office 2007 migration aches foreshadow 2010

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WTF?

or

or indeed stick to 2003. it puts words on a page, spell checks them, and does excel calculations. What more do you want?

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Nokia Booklet 3G

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'ow much Ggggranville?

It looks nice, big battery, lots to recomend it. But no ethernet jack and a silly price.

I hope it is cheaper on contracts, that's all I say.

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Blu-ray capacity to increase by a third

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FAIL

The Carrot connection

Jasper once said he would not but a DVD until 'they promised never to invent anything else'. This is the second post-dvd idea, and Jasper 'Betamax man' Carrot was right.

3D? HD? not demanded by the public. Things they want to sell me, not things I want to buy.

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Oz firm seeks talented IT developer

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Pint

odd

Quite a lot of my bosses have /been/ a tight tw@, especially in the bar. Never heard of anyone advertising for one, though.

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Microsoft sees its chance in Googlephone

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Gates Horns

Idea

Memo to Microsoft:

If you want to be big in phones, try making an OS that is quite good.

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Pants bombs vs America: The infernal conflict

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Mastery of the problem.

I flew to the US on the 4th of Jan, held up by the panic at Newark. I was told to expect more searches and pat-downs, and someone did just that as we entered the gate before boarding.

No such extra security took place on the internal USA flights, or on the return flight to the UK.

Oh, and no-one took any interest in my underpants at all.

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Plastic Logic unveils executive e-book reader

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The Gillette model

You are suggesting that this is the shaver, not the blades, to be sold once at a loss and then subsidised by the repeat business?

But Gillette made the blades. As far as I know, PL is not a publisher, news operation, or collective of authors.

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Palm fishes for devs with $1m lure

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'ang on a mo?

So appp writing is open to everyone, but the phones are tied to one network?

Some mistake, shirley?

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Vevo to strip content from YouTube API

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Yawn

Oh dear. One mindless collection of time-vampires tries to entice away the customers of another mindless collection of attention-distracting trivialists.

Wake me up when it causes the end of the world.

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Samsung's Galaxy stuck in history

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how odd

I thought these comments were moderated, but the mod seems to have missed a duplicate here!

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It's the end of TV as we know it

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Paris Hilton

it's all about the software

It's not IPtv or tv-on-demand that is 'the end of tv as we know it'. It is 'tv as we know it' that is 'the end of tv as we know it'.

The orignal BBC-only service was obliged to give a variety of programming, to a minimum standard. Then came ITV, with regional obligations and local programming. Even adding BBC2 and ch.4 wasn't a problem: they produced good, varied, programming

Now we have a multiplicity of satellite channels - which are either endless repeats of programmes from before satellite multiplicity (The good life, To the manor born, Fools and sodding horses) or are endlessly and minutely repetitive (escape to the sun in the country cooking kitchen) - and then endlessly repeated.

For glod's sake, further opportunities to view drivel doesn't stop it being drivel. We have enough distribution channels already - arguably far too many. What we don't have is anything remotely worth distributing on those channels.

I'm going to buy a season ticket for live theatre. And renew my library ticket. and then take the dogs for a long walk and check the local wildlife.

Paris. 'cos she is not only who the programmes are aimed at, but who they are about!

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O2 grovels for London network failure

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Knew it

3 years ago someone came up with the idea of selling off surplus bandwidth capacity for data. Then the marketing people realised it was a 'product' and started competing for the business with other networks.

Snag is, they forgot they were trying a bit of marginal revenue from a bit of underused capacity, and they have oversold it /without putting in any new infrastructure/.

Sound familiar?

Mobile suppliers really are the pits.

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US mum calls 911 over Grand Theft Auto

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Paris Hilton

My guess

I reckon they'd been hoping to gat a peek at this kid for drugs, porn, or hacking and this was the perfect opportunity.

Or they were bored witless

Speaking of witless...

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UK government considers open source Ordnance Survey data

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bit late for this year

I gave up years ago on royal mail's search.

But with a nearly accurate name and half an idea of an adress it's a doddle to find subscribers on bt.com. If they've got a landline phone. The displayed address includes a postecode

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5-megapix 'iPhone 4' set for June?

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Jobs Horns

Capitalism red in tooth and claw

Bit by bit they are converting the iphone into what people thought it was all along.

Clever, though. Selling the victims a new one every year, when they are on 2 year contracts.

Needless to say, I don't have one.

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Microsoft loses appeal on Word injunction

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Aye

Cheered me up.

Now lets hope they have to 'patch' all the copies out there, because that will probably break them.

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O2 takes a Christmas break

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If you can

Good job you have an iPhone, then. I once bought an HP614c & there was no way to edit things lipe APNs. All you coud do was tell it your operator name. It thought it knew best after that.

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A decade to forget - how Microsoft lost its mojo

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Hear Hear

I have much the same approach, and now work on Large Power systems and PLCs instead of knocking my brains to bits re-learning the same product every 18 months

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