* Posts by JDX

5716 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Windows XP market share decline stalls, Mac OS X surges

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Re: "What methodology is used to calculate StatCounter Global Stats?"

I was with you until that last sentence.

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Re: "What methodology is used to calculate StatCounter Global Stats?"

>>That explains why even strong pro-Windows websites like TheRegister

Also, El Reg is one of least pro-Windows websites I visit. I suppose to Linuxtards used to visiting sites like BallmerBlowsGoats.org, sites who objectively report on Windows and Linux are massively pro-MS but that's only in comparison.

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Re: "What methodology is used to calculate StatCounter Global Stats?"

It also only measures computers which go on the internet, and are turned on. Noscript is not a common plugin (in terms of market share not absolute numbers) so the skew is within tolerable margins, certainly not enough to materially affect their findings.

Can anyone confirm that AdBlockers do block analytics tools?

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

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In 2011, HTC invested $309m for a 50 per cent stake in the company

So in 3 years the company value has quintupled from 0.6bn to 3.2bn?

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Web cesspit 4chan touts '$20 bug bounty' after hackers ruin Moot's day

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Re: Vandalism

How would you tell it had been hacked?

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Cameras for hacks: Idiot-proof suggestions invited

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A step backwards

Forcing journalists to take their own photos can't be good for the end product. Unless it's a myth perpetuated by photographers that photography is hard, which I a very much doubt, this seems like a boss saying "my nephew did some graphic design at 6th form, lets pay him £5/hour instead of hiring an expensive graphic designer".

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A first-world problem solved: Panoramic selfies, thanks to Huawei's Ascend P7

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Re: Truisms Spoken Aloud

Don't you pronounce it in a Scottish way, or possibly the North-Eastern "H'away"?

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ARM exec: Forget eight-core smartphone chips, just enjoy a SIX-PACK

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Re: egg based measurement systems

Then they call make special high-performance models under the product name Baker.

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Google updates Maps app for iOS, Android, adds Uber support

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Re: Google is working from Microsoft's playbook

Netflix is reasonably small-fry but you really don't want to tangle with companies like Amazon & Google - even aside from their massive clout what's the bet the telecomms companies rely on services like EC2?

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Re: Offline functionality...

This kind of functionality comes for free in Lumia phones - full GPS satnav with no data connection required. And I know you can get the same on iOS apps so presumably the big-name apps are on Android too.

You might have to pay £2 but unless you're totally cheap or ideologically opposed to paying for software...

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Potato in SPAAAAACE: LOHAN chap cooks up stratospud with Heston Blumenthal

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Serious errata

"Dave's missus Julie, seen here as the filling in a Dave-Heston sandwich"

I'm seriously concerned that El Reg do not know that a sandwich has the filling on the inside, especially given the importance of bacon sandwiches to space research.

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You'll hate Google's experimental Chrome UI, but so will phishers

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Re: Anti-phishing could be done in other ways

They still make Safari for Windows?!

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Re: Good thing

>>How does being ignorant regarding a certain technology make you feeble-minded?

Nerds like to feel superior to people just like everyone else with self doubt issues, they just have to work harder to find anyone to look down on.

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El Reg Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse back on the bacon

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Re: Rice

Great point regarding soup.

And I never knew there were so many bread snobs!

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Rice

It seems slightly bizarre that in the UK, the cheapest staple appears to be rice grown thousands of miles away rather than potatoes or bread which made up the bulk of our ancestors' diets.

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Atom, GitHub's code editor based on web tech, goes open source

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So it's a desktop/cmd-line application using HTML5/JS? Presumably they are also planning an actual web version... because that would actually be more useful to me?

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Mozilla asks FCC to unleash the nuclear option on net neutrality

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Re: doubt Mozilla has enough dosh

They have revenue of $300m a year, nearly all from Google.

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El Reg Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse crawls towards finish line

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That curry...

.. looks pretty great, actually.

If it's a struggle to deal with the monotony of just a few days' simple diet, think about doing it your whole life!

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Chinese iWatchers: Apple's WRISTPUTERS ALREADY in production

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Re: You will need

Well I'll happily stand corrected that such things exist and are affordable. However given that I've NEVER seen anyone use wireless earphones, while I have seen wireless headphones quite frequently - though still a tiny minority - I stand by my other point.

Taking an absolute number of users proves nothing. It's a tiny, tiny niche of the earphone market of interest to a very specific group of people.

Now that being said, one thing Apple are good at is making people decide that suddenly a pre-existing, barely used technology is desirable to the point we have the silly jokes about Apple "inventing" things. So given that BT earphones actually do exist I will also happily change my position on an iWatch to "cautious interest".

As a side question - I'd love BT earphones which were two separate parts without a connecting wire, so you literally just plug in each ear. Do they exist?

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Re: Sure....

What have you got that only lasts 7 hours on a full charge, other than an iPhone running a video loop?

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Re: How many millions?

Yeah, I start to see more and more of these. It's just nobody was in a rush to go out and buy a 5c like they were a 5s - but when coming to upgrade people ARE attracted by the cheaper option.

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Re: You will need

Can you get BT earphones rather than headphones, with sensible battery life? They certainly haven't caught on which suggests nobody wants them.

Also even if you're right, BT earphones would be the reason they cost £150 so he's half right.

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BSkyB broadband growth chopped in HALF

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Re: Smart consumers

Ours has been fine since we switched nearly a year ago. For staying with Sky BB they gave us a free Sky dish and box and a year's free subscription to a decentish package!

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Quid-a-day Reg nosh posse chap faces starvation diet

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an average man needs 2,500 Calories each day to survive

No, that is an approximate figure for the calories needed to sustain the same weight. For a week, you'll just be hungry and rue your bad planning.

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Re: you may not starve as much as you think

Well yes. But you buy it dry so presumably he bought 500g of dry rice which when cooked weighs more like £2kg

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BBC hacks – tweet the crap out of the news, cries tech-dazzled Trust

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Re: Flash?

>>As far as I know most mobile devices do not easily support Flash content.

>>However thr BBC seems determined to ignore this.

Their live sport doesn't require Flash, and this is a welcome improvement. I think it's the same for coverage of music stuff e.g. festivals - I hadn't realised news wasn't the same,

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Google forges a Silver bullet for Android, aims it at Samsung's heart

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Don't Google already design and sell premium Android phones/tablets? So isn't this essentially the same... which hasn't exactly hurt Samsung so far! Unless they block OEMs from using Android, which doesn't appear to be the idea.

Anyone?

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Firefox, is that you? Version 29 looks rather like a certain shiny rival

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Re: Terible idea

But you're saying it's not better for the majority of people because it's not how you want it to be. That's a very bad assumption. Look at what you're using the main menu bar for in FF, and ask yourself if that's what a regular user who just wants to browse the web would be doing.

For instance I reckon I click the Chrome menu button about once every couple of days, to re-open a recently closed tab or look in my history. That doesn't make a permanent menu bar particularly useful and to me, the Chrome approach IS a better experience.

Neither you or I are typical users though. Our opinions are equally worthless :)

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Re: adblock etc...

Does adblock on Chrome prevent the blocked elements loading at all now, like on FF? I remember in the early days they were still loaded but not displayed - Chrome didn't expose a way to get in early enough or something like that.

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Re: Fix the performance instead of giving us yet another redesigned UI!

You'd kind of hope a Linux user would know better.

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Re: Terible idea

>>you can no longer have the style that you consider decent

Really? What about the ability to apply themes and customize things?

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>>Yes, UX is important, which is why you don't go changing it unless you absolutely have to.

That's the stupidest argument I heard for a while. I can see why you post anonymously.

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Re: still no top left double click to close

Because most users don't know any better. That's why when you buy a typical camera it has auto-focus and auto exposure settings turned on.

I might not know better for you individually, but as an experienced software designer it is my role to know better than the average user. If you ever worked with your customers and ask them "what do you want" the last think you do is implement what they ask for, or you end up with some god-awful mess of an interface.

Maybe you missed the part where they allow you to change it using themes. So what exactly are you complaining about - to typical users they are trying to present a one-size-fits-all "auto-focus" approach but for expert users you CAN configure it to behave as you prefer.

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I disagree. The browser is a window to the internet, a container to let me view the website. I don't want distracting... 99% of the time I only use one button and one text field so why show me stuff I hardly ever use? In fact for non-techy users, all that stuff is just confusing.

Plus, in Chrome you can stick loads of extra stuff under the tab bar if you so desire. So I'm certain you can do to even greater levels in FF.

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Re: still no top left double click to close

How hard is it to click the big red X once?

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Re: WTFFFFF?!

Windows 3.11 worked. Wearing a suit and tie every day worked. The world moves on, either you accept this and move with it or you get left behind, talking about the Old Days and becoming increasingly irrelevant.

Nobody should work in IT if they can't accept a rapid rate of change, regardless if it seems justified.

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Re: Terible idea

Menu bars were "modern UI concepts" once you know.

Exactly comparable to music, IMO - most people get 'stuck' at some point and from then on, new music is crap. Prior to that, you rolled with changing genres and styles. It must be a natural part of life - I personally believe that unless you consciously fight this it will happen with music and technology. Whether that's a bad thing or not I can't comment but it's why I quite deliberately expose myself to new music and tech, and try to watch out for myself wanting to dismiss some new website as a "stupid fad".

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Re: Fix the performance instead of giving us yet another redesigned UI!

Maybe you should run Windows, it [FF] works fine on the PC I bought for £400 about 5 years ago.

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Re: Hate it already

>>I don't want everything to move around every 3 months as another version gets released!

They said they'd been working on this 5 years. I'd say a total overhaul once or twice a decade is probably about right.

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Quelle surprise... the open source Linux crowd don't value UX. That's probably the one remaining drawback of so many otherwise excellent projects - the interface is cobbled together by programmers who think that there's nothing wrong with requiring users to know dozens (or hundreds) or key shortcuts.

I understand things are improving in big-name projects though; tools like Blender and Gimp used to be prime examples of this problem and I seem to recall OpenOffice had a bit of "just put options under a menu, it doesn't matter which one".

UX IS important. Unless all your users are nerds.

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They would clearly argue it is not "for no good reason". UX, ease of use and intuitiveness are all pretty important - as important as the functionality hidden behind the interface even (because many users will not invest time understanding how to use the functionality even if it's amazing)

Whether FF's old UX was bad I cannot comment but in principle an overhaul is quite worthwhile.

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Re: Ribbons, we don't need no stickin ribbons

Everyone's caught up with Microsoft?

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What HAS BEEN SEEN? OMG it's a thing that looks like an iWatch

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Re: Could be a laptop computer or an earpiece device.

Since apple is a multi-national corporation, it doesn't have body parts and you're getting all personal about a corporate entity.

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Twitter investors squawk as user growth, income disappoint again

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When you think about it...

Breaking even means that they brought in enough cash to pay for that massive headquarters, pay a small army of developers, pay massive salaries to their executives, etc.

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Marauding quid-a-day nosh hack menaces teepee hippie villages

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Re: Does he

It's not all about calories. Nutrients and minerals and vitamins and so on are important. And 1500 calories is hardly a starvation diet, assuming you leave a fairly sedentary life.

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celebratory full English breakfast with extra black pudding

Costing more than the entire week's budget!

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Faster Macbook Air pops out: What, a NEW Apple thing and ZERO fanfare?

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Zero fanfare == good

It means it's an incremental update which is good - unlike iPhone where you get nothing between each generation it's good that their PCs gradually improve spec during a generation.

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Stephen Elop: I was RIGHT to BURN the PLATFORMS

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Re: At least it seems we're finally watching the MS empire slide down

Well if an analysts says it, it must be true. They hardly ever spout utter tripe.

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Re: Regret? Pah!

TBH I don't really find day-to-day problems using even WP7.8. But then I'm not a high-end user so I don't expect my 610 to compete with an iPhone. I plan to get a 1020 and am curious how my views will change when running their newest OS on their flagship handset - clearly I WILL expect that to be pretty slick.

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Why two-player games > online gaming: See your pal's shock as you bag a last-second victory

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GoldenEye

Surely that's up there in the "defining games" category too?

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