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Private clouds kinda suck, you know?

Robert E A Harvey

Re: Is this not relabelling?

I think so. It is the old days of "the mainframe" brought up to date, with the browser as a thin client and all services delivered through apps.

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Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!

Robert E A Harvey

Very dissapointing

I really liked my 10" netbooks, under Ubuntu, but the manufactuers never fitted a proper screen because of Microsoft meddling.

Now I want to replace them the same people who sold me one for 300 beer tokens want 900 for summat similar. Still without a decent screen.

No thanks.

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Microsoft working hard to unify its code base, all the way down to the IoT

Robert E A Harvey

Too late

They /should/ have done this a decade and a half ago, instead of relentlessly inventing and abandoning APIs and development tooks.

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Motorola cut in half! But still alive, and ready to live again

Robert E A Harvey

brand brand brand

because it is the name not the product that matters, after all!

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Chinese unleash autonomous airborne taxi

Robert E A Harvey

Re: Wheels

One press release said it could land with just one rotor> I notice the word "safely" was missing.

It is minor details like that, and the diameter of the rotors, that has me crying "bullshit"

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Microsoft's 200 million 'Windows 10' 'devices' include Lumias, Xboxes

Robert E A Harvey

Re: Lies, Dammed lies and Statistics

Well, I would have done. I was planning to sit out 8 and build a machine for 9, when it came, but had to do summat sharpish and ended up paying for 8.1 as a distress purchase. I could not get an OEM copy of W7

If 10 had not been free I would have cheerfully paid for 10

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Robert E A Harvey

fudging the figures

So they included all the people with Lumia phones in the total?

All six of them?

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Volunteers wanted to help manage web site

Robert E A Harvey

Re: NOT Volunteers wanted to help manage web site

Got told off by Geograph Towers for posting this. They are looking for paid part time sysadmin(s)

First plan: document the existing system

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Robert E A Harvey

Volunteers wanted to help manage web site

The Geograph project at www.geograph.org.uk has been going for ten years, collecting photographs of the UK & Ireland laid out on the National Grid mapping system. There are currently 4.7 million photos. The project is regularly backed up by the British Library's Web Archive, so those pictures are saved for posterity. The original idea was to collect photographs representative of each 1Km square, an objective still incomplete. But it has also developed something of a social history flavour too, and is committed to recording change as much as a single snapshot.

Since we started compettion has arisne from Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram, among others, but Geograph is still unique in being moderated (very lightly - only to avoid obvious errors), geolocated, and searchable using a range of metadata (some provided by the photographer, some automatically). The site has a number of user forums, blogging tools, and other attractions.

It is an entirely volunteer run project, and the principle volunteer, one Barry Hunter, does a wonderful job. But he needs help. More volunteers and newer skills are needed to take the project forward. As well as running the existing web site, we are looking for people who can modernise it, and perhaps produce apps for posting direct from mobile devices.

See http://www.geograph.org.uk/blog/?tag=job%20posting for details

Everyone welcome as Photographers, contributors, and volunteers.

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Bah humbug. It's Andrew's Phones of the Year

Robert E A Harvey

Re: Yota

I nearly bought one till I saw the price

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Sued for using HTTPS: Big brands told to cough up in crypto patent fight

Robert E A Harvey

Simpler solution

Flamethrowers

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TalkTalk offers customer £30.20 'final settlement' after crims nick £3,500

Robert E A Harvey

Case proven

I thought they were a nasty money grabbing bunch of tossers.

Now I am certain.

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Microsoft's OneDrive price hike has wrecked its cloud strategy

Robert E A Harvey

Re: 365 was unlimited?

If you went over 1Tb it automagically changed to 2Tb.

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Robert E A Harvey

Lies and Trust

What I find peculiar is the attempt to blame a handful of over-enthusiastic people whose only error was to believe that unlimited meant what it said.

I don't use any form of cloud storage for anything at all important. I was quite pleased with the idea of unlimited storage as part of office 365, as a sensible admission of the obvious, but have actually used (checks up) around 2Mb of it so far.

But without actually causing me any harm at all M$ have completely undermine my recently recovered trust in them, W10, and Office, as sensible ways to use a computer. It has taken me many years to be comfortable using them again, and after a few months they have kicked me firmly in the bollocks.

I have alternatives.

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TalkTalk attack: 'No legal obligation to encrypt customer bank details', says chief

Robert E A Harvey

One word response

Tossers

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We snubbed Microsoft's Surface Pro wooing, says Lenovo exec

Robert E A Harvey

Re: catering to customer needs

So does a Trollop. And I don't think they should be criticised either.

HP, Dell, and street whores are all in the business of giving the customer what they want at the price they are prepared to pay, as quickly as possible. It is unsurprising. Just good business.

Lenovo have adopted a more thoughtful approach, which is their choice to make and I doubt it will be to their disadvantage either.

Both approaches make sense, so good luck to all of them.

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At last, UK customers are buying PCs again

Robert E A Harvey

Simple explanation

Buying PCs again? Would that be because they don't come with Windows 8 any more?

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So just what is the third Great Invention of all time?

Robert E A Harvey

Another idea

Contraception

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HP boss hopes MS Surface Book will jack up notebook prices

Robert E A Harvey

Re: Gives them something to shoot for

Not just HP.

$MEGACORP buys Fujitsu laptops, partly because of the built in smart card reader. The latest generation has a plastic spring to press the contacts together, rather than the previous metal one. Mine broke in days, and the Fujitsu response was to withdraw the warranty on the whole machine because of mishandling. I have been using a USB reader ever since.

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Robert E A Harvey

Oh for glods sake

Look HP (and Dell etc.) You, yes YOU could have jacked up prices if you had jacked up the product. But no, you still churn out low end scrap with screen resolutions below 1080 lines and expected me to drool over it. With low end CPUs to squeeze up the battery life when I needed processing grunt.

If YOU had made a decent product, I would have bought it from you 4 years ago, and probably replaced it this year. But you didn't. So bugger you.

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Holy litigation, Batman! Custom Batmobile cars nixed by copyright

Robert E A Harvey

DC have licenced at least one replica

These folks have a licence:

https://buybatparts.com/cms/

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Boffins: The universe is DOOMED and there's nothing to be done

Robert E A Harvey

Nice to know that someone has done the sums to set the alarm clock.

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Random numbers aren't, says infosec boffin

Robert E A Harvey

Bonds

I'd be curious to see his analysis of ERNIE.

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Virtually no one is using Apple Music even though it is utterly free

Robert E A Harvey

@Robert Ramsay

Nowt wrong with Spike Jones, when in the right mood.

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Robert E A Harvey

Re: I don't really care about music...

> iTunes Match screws your music library completely and utterly

Not just me then?

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Robert E A Harvey

No thanks

I ignored it because it was not free - it cost $9.99 a month after the intro, and that is a lot of money for a bit of mild distraction. I already have enough recorded music that I don't need to buy any more.

And then the cheeky buggers wanted me to pay £9.99 in the UK, which works out at $15.50 a month. Which is industrial-grade urine extraction.

I have cancelled my subscription to music match too, because all that ever did was wholly confuse my already carefully indexed music collection. and no, the 4 movements of Beethoven's 9th are not "songs" that can be played in a random order, you hipster halfwits.

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Sengled lightbulb speakers: The best worst stereo on Earth

Robert E A Harvey

Re: Er, *four* possibilities:

Beat me to it.

I have become VERY suspicious of anyone who gives anything 5 stars on any review. You only have to visit a premier inn and then read the reviews of it to conclude that either people are too indiscriminating to be allowed the use of their own credit card, doing it for a laugh, or are paid to do it.

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Cause of Parliamentary downtime on Microsoft Office 364½ revealed

Robert E A Harvey

QOTD

"it wasn't working quite correctly"

brilliant!

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Future Range Rovers will report pot-holes directly to councils

Robert E A Harvey

Re: The best 4x4 by far complaining about potholes

Yes, you'd think it would be enjoying them, not complaining!

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Robert E A Harvey

A minor improvement

A minor improvement to the massive sense of Entitlement that all different-from-a-hedgehog drivers already seem to be equipped with.

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Microsoft picks up shotgun, walks 'Modern apps' behind the shed

Robert E A Harvey

simple response

HOO FUCKING RAY

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Remake, remodel: Toshiba Chromebook 2

Robert E A Harvey

words

" see the doughnut rather than the hole" is my favourite quote of today.

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SpaceX asks to test broadband in SPAAACE

Robert E A Harvey

Re: Excited now.

Space, Bacon, space, bacon. Oh Lordy, how do I decide!

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Robert E A Harvey

Excited now.

SPACE! and radio. is there a better mixture?

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Robert E A Harvey

Re: Testing antenna configurations?

I think it would be worth testing the whole system, to see if assumptions about loss budget, pointing accuracy, and scattering are valid. I agree, the actual antenna should not be a mystery.

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It's FREE WINDOWS 10 time: 29 July is D-Day, yells Microsoft

Robert E A Harvey

Re: New install upgrade vs "in place"

1. Clone W7 onto new drive

2. Remove and preserve W7 drive

3. Insert and start up W7 clone. Make necessary phone calls if it wants re-auth

4. Update.

How hard is that?

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Robert E A Harvey

Re: Whats wrong with W8.1

Ok, lets ignore the UI, except for a pointless irritation. To shut down you click the biottom left and then the top right of the screen. Minor, but bad design.

Things I don't like:

Built in backup programme does not allow the restoration of a single file. All or nothing. Yes, I can buy a 3rd party backup, in fact I have.

File Histories. A very nearly good idea, shadowing changes in a way that can be recovered with tools or with an ordinary file exploder. Except it /must/ be on an external drive, you can't even use an extra internal one unless you do some serious chicken-sacrificing.

Folders and libraries. Libraries were a very nearly good idea, but are deprecated in W8.1 and hidden by default (whats that you say Sooty? file Histories uses libraries to decide what to back up, but that is kept a secret? Gosh)

Context-sensitive help has been abandoned. Hundreds of blue links from the minimalist help pages link to web pages that aren't there any more. When I complained I was told to search the online help!

You say you don't want to hear about the start menu, but the TIFKAM philosophy permeated everything but wasn't finished. The control panel is an unholy mess.

There are two versions of IE, two versions of Onenote, etc etc. depending if you start them from the desktop or the TIKKAM start cinerama. They don't share file histories, cookies, bookmarks etc. they barely use the same screen and keyboard.

Printing stops radio playback. Really. In 2015. A mere 60 years after multi-tasking was invented, on a 4-core cpu with more mips than a mainframe.

USB3 never achieves full speed.

The built-in Skype can only be used full screen. In 2015.

I liked Aero.

The OneDrive integration is clumsy and coarsegrained. The oneDriveForBusiness integration is worse.

Accessing app setups via the charms thing on the right still baffles me. They seem to mix app settings and spystem settings.

I like some of the UI improvements in the file exploder, and in general the start menu livetiles are quite clever. Around 10 years ago I could have small areas of the KDE desktop updating from daemons. I find live tiles nostalgic. Pity 99% of apps can't do it.

I have had to replace scanners, printers and software that wouldn't run on it. No bad thing perhaps, except quite a lot of new stuff is worse than whatbI had before. HP. canon.

My new TOMTOM never worked on XP, but is fine on W8.1. The built in camera app works better with my Conrad microscope than the conrad programme. So its not all bad. But most of it drives me to disrraction with a hundred tiny annoyances that I've not mentioned here. It is smug and insufferable even when its wrong!

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Robert E A Harvey

Signed up!

I'm going to let it do it ASAP. I never wanted 8.1 in the first place, and it can't be worse

can it?

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: The new common-as-muck hybrid

Robert E A Harvey

Re: you want an I8

Actually, Yes. Yes I do. But there are three problems there:

1. $MEGACORP is daft, but not quite that daft.

2. I do need to carry luggage

3. I am 1.91 metres tall, in me stocking feet. I need to be able to get in it.

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Robert E A Harvey

Buying one for the wrong reason.

i may be ordering one of these because the company car tax is one quarter that of a proper car. I will never plug it in, because $MEGACORPs fuel card scheme can't cope with charging, so if I plugged it in I would be subsidising company mileage. $MEGACORP have forbidden plugging them in at work. So I will be buying diseasel to burn to lug all the extra weight around.

So it will /never/ be used as a plug-in but will save me £1500 a year on my tax .

Absolute nonsense. Courtesy of HMRC

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Microsoft: Profit DECIMATED because you people aren't buying PCs

Robert E A Harvey

Dodgy Product

The windows market was dominated by x768 line laptops and dodgy operating systems. I had money in my pocket for something good, and Apple made it. So guess what?

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The coming of DAB+: Stereo eluded the radio star

Robert E A Harvey

Re: I have to drive to Lincolnshire this weekend

I do hope your phone is not with O2

(views: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4220964 )

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Robert E A Harvey

Re: " it is harder to spot in a car most of the time."

I have had three hire cars with DAB this year.

A citroen which I used to drive from Lincolnshire to Cheshire via Derby and Stoke. I got DAB reception in Derby, for about 10 minutes.

A Vauxhall Insignia in which the tuning was so baffling that I could not find radio 4 /at all/ on DAB. The software writer appeared to think that /any/ station was what I wanted to listen to.

A VW Passat in which I drove up the A1. It worked for around 15 minutes, till I got to Grantham, then it never worked again. On the way home it did not start working either.

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Robert E A Harvey

Re: DAB...

DAB == Dead At Birth?

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Force your hand: Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Robert E A Harvey

Wait for the 15"

You suggest waiting for the next upgrade of the 15" model. Is that a speculative thing, or do you know summat we don't?

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Chipzilla spawns 60-core, six-teraflop Xeon Phi MONSTER CHIP

Robert E A Harvey

Thomas J. Watson

What's the world-wide market for these? perhaps five?

(yes, I know he never said it)

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BT gently returns to mobe biz with cheap SIM-only swoop

Robert E A Harvey

Is it me?

That still seems like an awful lot of money.

I can't use much of my home broadband when I am not there, so why should my mobile data cost so much from the same supplier? I'd have thought a fiver for unlimited would be an incentive to have BT broadband, but these prices don't look that attractive even if you are a home broadbean customer.

Now if they were to bundle the whole lot, home and up to 4 mobile users, into one flat rate bill, I might think about it. If the flat were flat enough.

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

Robert E A Harvey

Death

Pterry and his friend Neil Gaiman both had a character called Death. In both cases, they were the most compassionate characters in their respective universes. Another writer I am fond of, Phil Rickman, has mentioned the angel of death as a comforter.

The older I get the more I understand it. It iwas the genius of Sir Terry to be able to pass that wisdom, and a lot more insights like it, straight to young people. To grant them wisdom without any other experience.

The truly great writers are not the tragedians, who hold a mirror to that part of humanity we have known since childhood. But the comic writers, who can teach us the unexpected and the true.

One of his books was called 'The Truth'. It was his only stock in trade.

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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett: Discworld author finally gets to meet DEATH

Robert E A Harvey
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Robert E A Harvey

Oookk. OOK.

Oookkk oook ook.

Ook.

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