* Posts by JDX

5936 posts • joined 28 May 2010

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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Re: Spartan won't support ActiveX controls or Browser Helper Objects

As a developer I love ActiveX and NPAPI (never used BHO) for what they allow me to do... rendering in a browser tab, open an Excel document in the browser, etc. But that's more "this is a cool nerdy thing to do" than "this is something useful or sensible".

There are still valid use cases for these type of technologies (despite what Google claim about JS being able to do everything) but they are very niche.

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MS have been trying to persuade everyone to stop using ActiveX, etc, for years now. There comes a point where it stops being MS' fault that people refuse to accept they're going to have to rebuild their software.

Given that IE11 is still being shipped, ActiveX WILL still be available anyway - for now at least, you can see it being removed in Windows11.

Historically MS share a lot of blame historically but companies who refuse to re-build 10+ year old internal software are the issue now.

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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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Re: Hmm...

You realise that realistic fake signs would work on human drivers too, a lot of the time?

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GitHub ordered to hand over access logs to Uber

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If you leave your car unlocked it's still a crime for someone to steal things from it.

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El Reg reforms the Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse

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Re: Group efforts make sense

Why? Most of the poorer people in the world do live as families together.

Seeing how far you can get with £5 a day for 5 of you could be pretty interesting.

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Group efforts make sense

Even two people with £10 benefit, a family or group of housemates much more so.

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Millions of voters are missing: It’s another #GovtDigiShambles

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How do I tell if I'm registered to vote?

Slightly off-topic, but I have no idea. We get things in the post from time to time about local elections and they all blend into one in my memory. Can I check, easily, if I'm registered?

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Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

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Considering the article only goes as far as IE4...

...it's not particularly useful.

Joel Spolsky did a good article on the demise of Netscape: http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/fog0000000069.html

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Woman caught on CCTV performing drunken BJ blew right to privacy

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Harmed her social life and job prospects?

You'd think it would make her more popular.

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Hello? Police? Yes, I'm a car and my idiot driver's crashed me

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Re: Even if you're at home watching the TV?

If a lorry trashes my parked car then the police coming out doesn't seem like a bad plan.

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