* Posts by JDX

5716 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Boffins run iOS apps on Android hardware

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Re: I bought Android so I could AVOID iTunes

I recently caved and put iTunes on my Windows7 PC because it was a pain having to turn on the Mac just to put content on my iPad. I've heard terrible things about the Windows version in particular (the Mac one seems fine) but so far so good,,, maybe it improved a lot in recent versions or I'm just lucky.

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re:Why on earth would I want to run anything iOS related?

To run apps that are only released, or released first, on iOS for a start.

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Drug-dealing game Weed Firm tops Apple's App Store charts

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So it's just Diner Dash with weed? Anyone played it able to confirm/deny?

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Cisco reboots PC with $1500 'Scandafornian' Android fondleslab

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Re: The trouble with 'touch' on the desktop...

I'm not sure that's a real problem for the majority of people, although it's become a common argument against touch-PCs. Touch isn't mainstream in the consumer world but touch-screens are used by some people all day in specific jobs - mostly factory-based I'd guess.

As a student I had a job as a checkout-dolly in Tesco. You spend 8 hours sitting on a chair sticking your arms out in front of you to pick up items and move them over the scanner, and interacting with a touch-screen checkout. Arguably, having to pick things up is even worse than having to stick your arms out to tap a screen, but people don't have special harnesses or whatever and you see people in their 50s who do this day in day out.

So I don't think the automatic "it's bad for you" response can be taken as gospel, any more than a chair manufacturer telling you that standing up all day is bad for you!

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Motorola Moto E: Brill budget blower with one bothersome blunder

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I'm not sure video-calling is that widely used even on top-end phones,,, by which I mean there is certainly a big market segment of people who don't use this and would buy a phone without the capability.

As for selfies (ugh) it's not that hard to take a photo of oneself surely?

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'My house is on fire m8 lol' ... 911 texting tested in the US

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Re: What about support for photos and video?

You can just tweet the police :)

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WORLD LOSES MIND: Uber valued at TEN BEEELLION DOLLARS, Pinterest pegged at $5bn

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Sigh

I should stop focusing on trying to make a decent business out of medical simulation software and make some dumb app... and sell it for 10X more than I'd ever make otherwise.

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FSF slams Mozilla for 'shocking' Firefox DRM ankle-grab

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Re: Eh?

Most people do, but I can't believe you're foolish enough for that to be anything but a poor troll attempt ;)

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Dear FSF

Mozilla is a company driven by the need to make profit, not a charitable foundation. If you want to create a free browser then go right ahead.

FSF chipping in with their views is like the Humberside City Council releasing a press release damning the Columbian drug trade... inconsequential.

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Boffins 3D-print biomimetic shark skin

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Re: Technically, a bumble bee should not be able to fly but it can.

That's utterly untrue

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I was rubbed down by a lady who wore a genuine sharkskin glove

Kinky

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Simpler way to test

Get two sharks. Sandpaper one of them.

Getting volunteers to sandpaper a shark (obviously using wet'n'dry) might be tricky though.

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Microsoft throws Kinect under a bus, slashes Xbox One to $399

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Re: Slashes price?...

Did you have a choice to buy it without Kinect before? If you don't want kinect, it is a price reduction to the consumer regardless what it saves the producer.

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No games, a shame

I think it's a shame developers aren't pushing the Kinect aspect for games. Previously PS3/XB360 developers had a tough choice, most people didn't have motion-sensitive controllers so requiring them was taking a big risk, whereas on the WII you knew it was there and could build around that foundation.

Personally, proper motion-controlled games are a real new lease of live when done well, in sports games mainly. Obviously, gratuitously forcing it for every game is silly but a console with guaranteed Kinect sounded like a wonderful opportunity to push things forward. But presumably having to release on other platforms still acts as a "lowest common denominator" anchor - you want to develop a motion-control-only game, not try and tack on motion-control (or game pad support) for another platform.

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Re: Meh.

>>The Xbox One still has a 50% power deficiet over the PS4, and every game to date has ended up vastly inferior on XB1... Nothing will change that for the next 8 years, specs are set in stone, DX12 and driver improvements will maybee claw back 1% at best, and Sony can do the same...

What utter garbage. Punters don't buy based on CPU MHz and consoles have never been about raw power otherwise everyone would buy PCs instead. The PS2 and XBox were not evenly matched and the PS2 architecture was notoriously difficult to program for well (I worked at a game developer in this era).

That you think better drivers can only claw back 1% performance increase at best, is a good indicator of how much you know about these things - drivers can be totally transformational depending how good the original ones are.

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Hunt's paperless future: NHS watches £60m vanish down plughole

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Are you tied to only accessing your email from one PC?

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When I pick up a prescription for my wife I walk and say "I'm here for Mrs. JDX". I don't have her prescription or proof of ID other than being asked to confirm her address.

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Paper prescriptions do seem remarkably antiquated really. Being able to walk into any pharmacy and they can see it would be good, as would your chosen default pharmacy automatically fulfilling your prescription.

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Activist investors try forcing Google to pay more taxes

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start paying as much tax as possible

Both UK and US governments allow you to pay additional tax if you wish so "as much as possible" would be "all of it".

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Feature-phones aren't dead, Moto – oldsters still need them

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why ... need specific hardware ... clearly just the user interface that needs tweaking

On feature phones the hardware and the software are not separate. Each model comes with specific software embedded.

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Teardowns confirm $1,500 Google Glass hardware is DIRT CHEAP

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Re: To be fair...

You can see a big difference between £5 and £50 sunglasses though just as you can tell the difference between a S5 and a £100 Android phone even when they're turned off.

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Re: @JDX - "When you buy Google Glass for $1,500...

Great counter-argument. Laser discs didn't make it but CDs and DVDs and other optical media did. Glass is a similar earlier forerunner of wearable tech. Saying Glass won't make it is a fair point, saying that this is the same as wearables not taking off is asinine.

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Re: To be fair...

£20 isn't exactly overpriced in the grand scheme of things.

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Re: That's what they call the *gross* profit.

Please John, tell us about your industry expertise as a recognised analyst with a proven track record, rather than an arse who is pulling numbers out of the air to fit the conclusion they want to support?

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Re: "When you buy Google Glass for $1,500...

I was going to make a scathing remark about supposed IT experts being so out of touch that they dismiss something which is clearly going to be huge, but then even industry leaders consistently fail to predict what seems utterly obvious in hindsight (the famous Bill Gates mis-quote for example).

Stop being so unbelievably arrogant as to think that because you don't find a prototype product immediately useful, that the concept won;t be of interest to the wider market.

But I'm wasting my words. I'm talking to the community who though the iPad would never take off and that tablets were just a gimmick, and (IIRC) that touch-screen phones would not replace physical keypads.

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LG: Smartwatch? Pah! We'll measure your heart rate through your EARS

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Re: You have to assume they've done the audience research

Lots of people like to measure their heartrate while in the gym or exercising - apps that plot your run/cycle route and give you a graph of speed, bpm at every point.

So probably a useful thing to have.

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Nice idea

Although shame you can't plug straight into 3.5mm somehow.

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Google Maps adds all UK public transport timetables

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Re: Nice

Even without... trying to figure out which the hell bus you should take even in a small town can be confusing.

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Boffins search for dark matter in abandoned Australian mine

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It's obvious space is mostly dark matter

You only have to look up - the sky is nearly all black!

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I wonder if they will also offset the change in neutrino irradiation that has been measured

Those experimental physicists are not well-known for their cowboy attitude to measurements.

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Google CAN be told to delete sensitive data from its search results, rules top EU court

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Re: Barmy

Asking people means each of them has the choice what to tell you, it's not the same as the information being freely accessible.

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BEAK DRONE: 1080p HD Wi-Fi quad-copter by Parrot takes to skies

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re:Mark my words, private ownership of these will be banned soon enough.

Nah. Ownership will be OK but using them in public areas will be banned. Cops will all have interceptor drones used to take yours out of the sky :)

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LG teases 'G Watch' wristable, releases new tablet trio

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Re: Naah!

Who did you have to call when you were 10?

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G Pad

Only a couple of steps away from iPad. Literally.

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Google: Mmm. Tab-free Gmail desktop client? We won't DENY it

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Re: Just the ticket

ANY software that's web-based can change design at any time whether you pay or not.

But then, so can desktop software - you can refuse to update to the newer version but that really is only a short-term protest until you give in or stop using the software, because you not only miss out on bug-fixes and new features but may likely find the server stops supporting your client version at some point.

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Re: deja vu

"Look identical across a variety of screen sizes" and "function across a variety of screen sizes" are entirely different things. Separating content from layout is what CSS has been doing for the last decade.

You know, like how gmail.com works on your desktop and your mobile - it's the same code but it looks different.

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Re: Still not used to their weird thread view

It is sane... most users are happy with it so as a default it is acceptable. I don't see any unintended consequences - the thread is an entity not an individual email message so if I delete the thread, it is deleted.

That threads you deleted come back when a new reply is received is a little weirder but better than having orphaned messages I reckon. And the fact deleted messages are so easy to find and undelete makes it moot in most cases.

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What the frag? Earn millions as the world watches you SLAY rivals

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Re: Performance?

I missed that bit - I saw a photo of a USB port and mention of USB and thought it was some funky USB device.

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Performance?

From trying to do this in the past, you ran into issues that recording slowed everything down. Does external hardware remove that problem... how exactly does it get what's on your screen though?

Maybe this is a 2002 problem and display architecture is different now.

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Mozilla axes HATED Firefox-ad-tab plan ... but will try again

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Free software in "trying to make money" shocker

Mozilla is a company who wants to make money, not some charitable foundation trying to make the world a better place. Only an open-source browser not driven by a commercial entity can be free from commercial considerations.

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Archive.org web trove hits FOUR HUNDRED BEEEELLION pages

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even shows how El Reg looked as a young vulture in the summer of '97

I prefer that version!

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Netflix FREEZES prices for existing UK users to stop them quitting vid-streaming service

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Re: lack of content

I am actually seeing lots of old stuff like original Dr. Who, Bottom, etc but "old stuff" is a pretty wide category :)

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Re: well...

Yeah they are similar to Amazon in that free trial means free trial, not making it as hard as possible to quit so you end up staying subscribed.

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Re: RE: VPN usage

Uno is what we use. Very good - it is supposed to cost £2/month which is worth it IMO but by tweeting about the service every couple of months they keep giving us free service.

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Don't use a VPN, use something decent instead.

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How Google's Android Silver could become 'Wintel for phones'

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Re: No Problem

I'd love to hear exactly what part of giving away free OS which companies have used to make $billions is evil.

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$3.2bn Apple deal would make hip-hop mogul Dr Dre a BEEELLLIONAIRE

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Re: The chaps at Beats are VERY good at getting their products on celebrities

OK Dad.

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Re: I always thought it was ......

Yeah right and Android has magic MP3 powers.

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Re: This is all about...

Hilariously, some of the more timeless classic rap is stuff like Will Smith SummerTime!

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Re: Listening to beets would sound better

Absolute junk based on what?

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