* Posts by JDX

5946 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Amazon threatens UK with James Blunt, muscles into music streaming

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Re: Long way from usable

The app and (I'm fairly sure) the website make it pretty trivial to filter video content that's available on Prime from that you have to buy, and the mobile app (iOS anyhow) lets you see content you own separately. The website is certainly not as nice though.

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Re: Long way from usable

I like owning the physical album too. It sits on my shelf while I stream it or play the MP3.

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MEGABOFFIN Stephen Hawking to rattle off answers online for MORE THAN A WEEK

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Re: I've always wondered....

Viewing things as particles is so 1960s ;)

It's all about fields these days.

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Neat but narky at times: Pebble Time colour e-paper watch

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Re: Still of dubious value?

£180 is still quite a lot... well outside the casual gadget range, and outside (I assume) the range of what most people spend on watches. I would've thought keeping the price under £100 is the sweet-spot for this type of thing?

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The French want to BAN .doc and .xls files from Le Gouvernement

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Misleading

So they don't want to get rid of Microsoft products, they just want to eliminate proprietary file formats?

Which is fine since Office supports other formats, no?

However, I thought DOC/XLS had long since been cracked by everyone and their dog to the extent that support for DOC in mobile devices is far better than DOCX.

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Got a GUITAR, daddio? Wanna plug it into iOS or Droid? Try the iRig 2

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Re: I've got the older version

You can run their full PC version of Amplitube on a Surface Pro (or similar) which is quite an intriguing possibility IMO.

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Back to 3.5mm?

I have an iRig HD which is basically a tiny USB interface with adapter cables so it plugs into the iPHone/iPad using the 30pin/Lightning socket. I thought this was a marked difference in quality over the cheaper iRig which used the 3.5mm... I assume it sent the signal digitally rather than line-in?

So why now go back to 3.5mm?

On my iPad, it's pretty good BTW. I'd find it fiddly on something as small as a phone.

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Peak Google? Chocolate Factory cuts costs amid dwindling growth

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Re: Not just that

>> free car oil change for anyone who walks by

Surely you have to drive by?

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Microsoft's Surface Hub mega-slab DELAYED 'cause you demanded it

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I'd quite like one though I prefer the table-based ones, they seemed pretty cool.

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Someone at Subway is a serious security nerd

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Re: Quite agree.

Main benefit for me is I can pay online for delivery, as most local places don't provide this.

Also, half the time when I phone up the combination of noisy work environment and language issues means I'm fairly unsure quite what I've ordered and where they're going to send it.

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Windows 10 is due in one month: Will it be ready?

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How much control/flexibility over the free W10 download?

I'm up for a free OS but not for auto-updating my PC and not having a way to re-install if things go bad.

I know I get some choice when the W10 installation is performed but does anyone know if the 3Gb download can be saved to a DVD/USB stick as a backup in case things go wrong? Historically, you could often do a clean install even with upgrade-only media IIRC.

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Post-pub nosh neckfillers: Reader suggestions invited

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Re: Cheese and tomato sandwich

Cheese toasties.

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The world .sucks at a minute past midnight on Sunday

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Is ICANN.sucks available?

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Re: Predatory?

£150 is hardly out the of reach of a typical person with a genuine grievance that they consider worth pursuing. It does however mean that people won't buy one every time a company upsets them in some trivial way.

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Facebook Moments app NOT COMING to a mobile device near EU soon

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@Warm Braw

Which is exactly what a nerd who doesn't find other peoples' lives interesting WOULD say.

Or... the quality of what you see on FB is strongly linked to the quality of your friends. If you don't like the way your friends act on FB, maybe they're not really friends in real life.

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Re: Mmm, chocpot

The reason FB is not popular amongst Reg readers is because it's geared around people being interested in other peoples' lives, rather than in their computers.

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Re: Never knew FB had facial recognition

You mean the way it says "this looks a person, would you like to tag them"? That's not the same as trying to detect WHICH person, it's just like Google StreetView blurring people's faces.

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Never knew FB had facial recognition

Probably since I'm in Europe (wonder what happens if we vote to leave).

Is it not even a feature European users can opt in to? I'd be interested to see how good it is.

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Facebook ditches HTML mobe future in favour of Zuck-style JavaScript

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Learn once, write anywhere

Can anyone explain what this seemingly catchy phrase actually MEANs?

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Time to face the Apple Music: Spotify looks worried, and rightly so

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Re: I do hope this isn't a issue.

Will Apple Music definitely BE iOS-only? After all, iTunes is available on Windows and allows you to stick your Apple-bought MP3s on your Android device, etc.

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Re: 13% marketshare

iTunes is generating $billions from just 13% of the market.

And it might be 13% of the smartphone market, but it's not 13% of the "people who own smartphones AND ACTUALLY BUY APPS/MUSIC" market. The income generated from mobile sales is disproportionately weighted to iOS.

What % of Spotify mobile users are iOS for instance... I bet you it's far more than 13%.

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Fanbois designing Windows 10 – where's it going to end?

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Might not be representative of Joe Public but...

...Joe public doesn't use the Task Manager or even know it exists. The W10 preview users will be disproportionately weighted to tech-savvy users since for a start, they're the only ones who would know how to find/download/install the preview and also because Joe Public doesn't care (or even know) about W10.

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Large Hadron Collider gives young ALICE a black-hole ray gun

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Season 2...

"Previously on LHC..."

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Microsoft's certification exams: So easy, a child of six could pass them. Literally

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Re: Nice @Whit.I.Are

What an unpleasant sounding child. Does he refuse to do history because "it's just about the past", French because "I don't want to leave the UK" and maths because "what use is SOHCAHTOA when I'm trying to make change"?

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Get another loan, fanbois, the new MacBook Pro and iMac are here

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Re: yawn

He's just jealous HE can't afford one.

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Windows 10 to MELT YOUR BRAIN and TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE

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Re: crap to uninstall...

In an enterprise environment you can remove games and such already I think so I am sure that will be the same. Or maybe it will only ship in home versions anyway.

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Elon Musk: I'm neither a samurai nor a bastard

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Re: US management - confusing hours worked for productivity

Anyone who has ever started there own business knows that working every hour available DOES have benefits, The "working extra hours doesn't improve productivity" dogma only applies to people who are told to do so - especially if they're not compensated for it. If you care about what you're working on, that's a different story.

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SpaceX Dragon crew capsule in 'CHUTE ABORT drama – don't panic, no one died

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Re: Zero to 100mph in 1.2 seconds

Slightly less than an F1 driver experiences each lap of a race.

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Apple MacBook 2015: Twelve inches of slim and shiny fanboi joy

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RIP Magsafe?

I always thought this was a real touch of genius and remains one of my favourite Mac features. Can't believe they're ditching it.

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The 2304x1440 IPS panel [is] more than adequate

That's rather an understatement

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Heroic Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse tighten their belts

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"We lost out to the manager at the local store, no cheap meat today"

Meat is a luxury not a staple.

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Apple to devs: Watch out, don't make the Watch into a, well, a watch

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Re: It certainly is by any definition a monopolist within its eco-system

What does that even mean?

Nobody should be allowed to comment on monopolies without at least reading a wikipedia page on the MS case or something.

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Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse taunted with sausage sarnie snap

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Re: 'two eggs/four slices of bread'

= twice the calories you need for breakfast. Maybe more, depending on the bread. That's quite a big breakfast.

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Re: so it's either live only on sausages for a couple of days

I see no problem with that.

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The Apple Watch: THROBBING STRAP-ON with a knurled knob

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They really called a paint app...

... Procreate?!

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Don't shoot the Messenger: NASA's suicide probe to punch hole in Mercury

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The Greens are going to hate this

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Life after Nokia: Microsoft Lumia 640 budget WinPho blower

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My tests of an early W10 preview were pretty positive. But then I'm not one of those people who spends ten minutes braying about how W8 is unusable every time I need to touch a W8 PC... I just work around it because I've got work to do.

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Royalties please.

You turned my comment into a 3 page review:

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/2487048

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So they tried putting a great phone UI on the desktop, and it flopped... now they've fixed the desktop UI and are going to stick it on the phone?

aaargh.

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Lib Dem manifesto: Spook slapdown, ban on teen-repelling Mosquitos

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Re: there wouldn't be so many kids hanging about if thier parents could stump up the fees

What utter clap-trap. The kind of kids hanging around a)aren't university age b)are not would-be university students. They're hanging around when they should be at - totally free - school.

University attendance is already too high.

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Chrome version 42 will pour your Java coffee down the drain: Plugin blocked by default

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Which is easier to type?

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Microsoft Lumia 640, 640XL: They're NOT the same, mmmkay?

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Under a ton

Bloody hell, you do get a lot for your money these days. I just hope W10 for Mobile doesn't ruin everything (happy WP7, 7.5 & 8 user).

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Daniel Radcliffe to feature in GTA biopic flick. Well, it's work at least

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Re: Why?

It's not like they even need a good script normally.

This rash of biopics annoys me too. is It faux-culture... allowing cinema-going masses to feel snobby?

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Power, internet access knackered in London after exploding kit burps fire into capital's streets

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One of those newfangled telephones?

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Tim Cook: I'll give just a THIRD of what Gates gave to charity last year

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@The Crow From Below

What a dumb rant

You think money paid in tax doesn't get spent on things like this?

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Re: Whats Apple's tax compliance got to do with Tim's personal charitable contributions?

Well presumably he has influence over such things

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I helped Amazon.com find an XSS hole and all I got was this lousy t-shirt

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Protection Racket

"That's a nice website you have there. It would be terrible if someone publicly disclosed a security vulnerability".

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Make up your mind: Microsoft puts a bullet in Internet Explorer after all

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Re: Not going to be just the NHS.

Just run Parallels (or similar) on the Macs.

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Re: Not going to be just the NHS.

He's after the repeat work.

I'd rather build you a desktop application if you need native code, that way you can probably keep the existing code running, but not inside ActiveX.

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

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Re: Hmm...

My phone GPS knows the speed limits on all roads anyway - it's almost creepy how as you drive past a speed limit sign the phone displays the new limit within a few metres.

With an internet connection it can know temporary restrictions too, but realistically such a system doesn't HAVE to cover every special case when the driver retains responsibility.

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