* Posts by JDX

5832 posts • joined 28 May 2010

NERDGASM as Apple announces 'special event'

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Re: Special event? I'll set my watch!

Will you then phone up your friend using a hard-wired pulse-based rotary dial telephone?

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El Reg regains atomic keyring capability

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Re: Are these OK at airports?

If there was radiation coming out of them, they wouldn't be classes as "totally safe", surely? The radiation is caught when knocking photons out of stuff.

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STOP! Pebble Time: New color watch clocks up $5m on Kickstarter

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Re: Convenience

So what? When you're designing a product you don't ask "are there people who won't want it" you ask "are there people who will". It's pretty damn obvious lots of people DO want to see/respond to notifications immediately or at least have the option to.

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Re: Wait, what?

Getting your phone out when it's raining or you're carrying your shopping or cycling or you're in a meeting or on a date or ... is not ideal.

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Re: I only worry about damaging it if I'm using diamond cutting discs

If you're using a diamond cutting disk in a way your wristwatch is at risk, it's not the watch I'd be most worried about!!

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Amazon tries to patent 3D printers on trucks

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Re: Stability?

I'm fairly sure that's not a hard problem to solve in engineering terms?

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Re: Good things come to those who wait...

It's a pretty interesting idea actually. 3D printing as a service, essentially - means you can get access to a far more capable printer than you could (sensibly) afford.

3DPAAS

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Re: You gotta' be kidding me.....

There's prior art for catering trucks.

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

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Re: Sometimes fonts and layout DO matter

Yes but the tool for typesetting your novel is not a word-processor. Surely the publisher should do that - obviously the author would indicate the intent in his version.

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Confused

I'm no great lover of Word - some things regarding formatting are awful - but I'm pretty confused what makes it so bad an author would dump it, unless they're doing something avant-garde with formatting.

We have 1000+ page technical documents, 10 years old with hundreds (thousands?) of revisions going back to Word 97 (or earlier) and hundreds of images and tables and what-not. And they work fine.

For writing a book, I would have thought any modern WP is just fine.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: El Reg eggs Benedict

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Smoke is absolutely full of very harmful chemicals. This belief that "natural chemicals" are better than carefully processed, scientifically controlled, chemicals, is asinine. It's purely an extension of "the old ways are better". I hope you go to pick up your non-commercial, chemical-free bacon on your horse, wearing clothes you made yourself.

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And commercial bacon is rubbish - you want the communist kind farmers raised for the common good.

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Leave out the bacon

But no, wait - I'm not advocating vegetarianism or other perversions.

I recently found a cafe near Glasgow doing a wonderful take on Eggs Benedict, using black pudding. It works amazingly well with decent BP because runny-yolked egg is a perfect complement to blood-soaked oats.

Well worth a try - and if you miss the bacon that much stick it in a sarnie and eat both!

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Who uses the Universal Credit system? ALMOST NOBODY, says report

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Finally

A government prepared to commit to long-term projects!

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ATTENTION SETI scientists! It's TOO LATE: ALIENS will ATTACK in 2049

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We have senses. Smell, Taste, Sight and Touch. Without any of these things, we wouldn't live.

It's OK, the aliens will create a biological weapon which removes our sense of smell and it will be decades before they realise that neither a sense of smell (or for that matter sight) is critical to life.

Presumably the author of this statement didn't want to alert the aliens to our sense of hearing, so we'll probably hear them coming when they don't try to be quiet.

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Microsoft launches wobbly Windows 10 phone preview for Lumia daredevils only

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You will see experiences that are clearly just not done yet, and UX that lacks polish

Wow, that Ubuntu Phone project has them so scared they're trying to copy it.

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Lashed Saudi blogger Raif: Prince Charles has word with new king

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Re: "harmed the reputation of the state,"

There was a crime. Just because in this country it wouldn't be a crime, and you don't personally consider he did anything wrong, doesn't change that.

It's barbaric but legal. In fact it's barbaric that it IS legal.

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Re: @"24 mins"(whatever that means, ElReg)was: ACDear Obama,

Half the 'great names' of history, earlier than a certain point, would be considered perverts, racists or paedophiles today. It's not really relevant to the discussion anyway.

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You'll NEVER guess who has bought I Taught Taylor Swift How To Give Head dot-com

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So she's self-taught

Who isn't?

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Re: I think some of us are taking this way to seriously....

It sounds to me like you're just really bitter that even hipsters are cooler than you. Either that or you just term anyone you don't like as a "hipster".

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Re: I think some of us are taking this way to seriously....

This is nothing to do with hipsters.

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Microsoft: Even cheapo Lumias to get slimmed down Windows 10

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Re: Developer... sense... tingling...

If they're still working on it, they probably don't know themselves yet.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The Red Dwarf chilli chutney egg sarnie

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Re: Nice Recipe

At least English sliced white bread is actually bread, unlike trying to buy a sliced loaf in US/Europe where it typically has a shelf life of about 4 weeks.

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Re: Aren't we paid?

This is no place for elitist snobs.

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Re: Encona?

Do we really have to have a flame war over hot sauce?

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LICKED: Behold my TOAD-PROOF ERECTION, boasts Aussie boffin

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They hitch a ride on the camels.

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The fence they built for rabbits worked so well, I can see why they'd repeat the strategy.

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Microsoft takes lid off .Net Common Language Runtime sauce

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Re: Copying Java 15 years too late

While I like Java, coming from a C++ background I have to say C# is just nicer IMO. On the other hand, the standard libs and de-facto standard Apache Commons are better for Java. So it's a bit of a toss-up really. Either way, C# as a language is very good indeed.

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MS Garbage Collector

I'm amazed nobody made a joke about this yet.

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UK boffins DOUBLE distance of fiber data: London to New York WITHOUT a repeater

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That would rely on El Reg having someone who can understand this stuff :)

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LOOK OUT - it's a GOOBER! Google's über-Uber robo apptaxi ploy

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Re: I'd be more shocked

Actually I'm surprised trucks aren't an area they're exploring more directly. It seems like a specific scenario especially well suited to automation, with pre-planned routes predominantly on 'easy' roads.

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Re: What it will do is kill off taxi drivers, truck drivers and car park attendants.

A bit like the Stephen King novel "Christine"?

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Re: "Uber probably has a fair while before it needs to worry about this development"

And that should've been "a FARE while", surely :)

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Sizzling sag aloo

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Re: Not wanting to go all Delia but - Olive oil in curry ?

Why not? If it tastes nice, it's good.

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Why Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2? Upton: 'I drank the Kool-Aid'

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Re: Excellent

And I used to run Windows on a system with far less than that - so what?

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Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

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Re: Still 100 MBIt and no SATA

Why is 100MBit useless? For most desktop duties that's just fine and as a thin-client, it's total overkill.

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Microsoft eyes slice of Raspberry Pi with free Windows 10 sprinkled on top

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They're making it available, not forcing you to use it.

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Tesla bumps up Model S P85D acceleration – with software update

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I didn't have sound...

...so I may have missed something important, but what's so impressive about a car being able to drive slowly on snow?

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Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish

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Personally I love being able to multitask when the modal start-menu is on-screen in W7. Hang on, I can't. Maybe the other 95% of the screen could serve some purpose when looking for apps...

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Strap on fitness finesse: Withings Activité Pop

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water-resistant to five atmospheres: good for splashes and perhaps the shower and surface swimming

5 atmospheres would let you do more than that.

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Charles Townes, inventor of the laser and friend to both science and religion, dies

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Re: Religion is...

And that kind of trite, cliched, biased, ignorant response is why people like Townes are important regardless which side of the fence you're on. Maybe like me, you should try and find one of his books.

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As a Christian and Scientist (the 'and' is pretty important!) I'm sad I never even knew of the man. I shall have to look him up - maybe others could recommend if there's a good biography or if he wrote an "popular science" level books as well as hard academic material?

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Re: Religion is...

No you're confusing religion and people. You could just as easily pick holes in "science is about understanding the universe" since so much of science is also about politics and people i.e. where grant money is available, climate change, etc.

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Microsoft Outlook comes to Android, iOS: MS email now a bit less painful on mobile

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What's wrong with the built-in mail client on WP8.x?

I use it for work email and it's pretty nice, albeit minimal.

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Your gran and her cronies are 'embracing online banking' – study

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Re: HSBC

Unless he just means the Rapport security software, it seems unlikely.

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Re: Bankers for anyone...

Passwords? For online banking? Is it 2005 again?

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Bill Gates – I WISH I was like Zuck and spoke Chinese. Yep, I drink poo

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Re: I've never understood

Intelligence created by humans could likely be a little human - vicious, egotistical, etc :(

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And you know exactly how many people the limit is?

We already sustain 10X more people than would've been possible in the past, I see no reason more breakthroughs won't continue to increase yields of existing land AND enable farming of land previously untenable (deserts, oceans, etc).

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Re: Bill: The one thing I want but I can't have...

He probably installed W8 and then got frustrated because tapping the screen didn't work - thought it was like the iOS update which added waterproofing functionality.

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Facebook kills pic of Mohammed weeks after Zuck's Je suis Charlie!

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It's their site, their rules - as long as those rules don't contravene laws. Just like on El Reg, they can decide to remove stuff that is posted for any reason they wish.

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