* Posts by JDX

5716 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Nokia: ALL our Windows Phone 8 Lumias will get a cool 8.1 boost

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Re: $599

Since MS are already selling much cheaper Lumias, with reasonable success, how would cutting the price on top-end ones work... they'd collide with their budget-end models!?

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Re: $599

Again, HTC. I don't see them selling their top-notch phone for a bargain.

Also, setting a high price gives the impression of a premium product. If MS sold all their phones much cheaper than their rivals, the risk is Joe Public thinks they're cheap because they're budget products.

You're screwed whatever you do :)

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Re: $599

Well considering HTC are struggling to sell great devices running Android, maybe offering a different OS isn't such a bad move now Samsung is becoming such a behemoth. For top-end phones you'd then have one manufacturer for each OS...

Apple - iOS

Samsung - Android

Nokia/MS - WinPhone

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Re: quad-core and 512Mb RAM as standard now?

That was definitely worth writing in response to a 1-char typo.

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quad-core and 512Mb RAM as standard now?

That is good news. I keep thinking about upgrading my 610 (WP7.8) to a 620 but it seems I'd be better waiting a little longer.for one of these, or for the prices on the 720 to drop as a result.

Note these are still "Nokia Lumia" - do we have an official announcement what the brand will be once the sale goes through? MS Lumia? Windows Lumia? WindowsPhone?

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Boffins make noise about D-Wave chip: it seems quantum

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A little background on WTF a D-Wave chip is would have been nice, even a single sentence!

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Microsoft in 1-year Windows XP survival deal with UK govt

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Re: Wasting taxpayer's money again

How much would wholesale upgrades to W7 and Office 2010 (or newer) cost? Far more than £5m.

For all we know, delaying this long also allowed greater negotiation over a wholesale migration license agreement.

£5m is nothing for the number of computers involved.

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Is this photo PROOF a Windows 7 Start Menu is coming back?

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Since uptake has been so poor, MS are actually in the position they can make fairly bold changes quite easily, which is definitely unusual.

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'iPhone 6' with '4.7-inch' display 'coming soon', but '5.5-incher' 'delayed'

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"Apple has been roundly spanked for sticking to smaller displays in its iPhones"

Only by people who simply see A has X, B doesn't have X and count that as a down-mark, irregardless of what X is and if it is useful...

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Samsung unveils fourth-generation Galaxy Tabs

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Nothing new?

Based on outside appearance and weight, desktop PCs today are pretty much identical to an old Pentium 90. Surely the whole point of a tablet is the minimalist design, and it's what's on the inside that matters as long as the outer case is half-decent?

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Want to see at night? Here comes the infrared CONTACT LENS

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Just like when you're not wearing the lenses then.

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Re: So...

Wireless power akin to wireless phone charging?

Charged through blinking?

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OkCupid falls out of love with 'anti-gay' Firefox, tells people to see other browsers

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Re: So, OKCupid is entitled to their views

No, you are totally missing the point. OKCupid are using their website to launch a campaign against a company, because someone who works there holds views they don't like.

A comparable thing for FF to have done would be to show a popup "This site has been linked to homosexual activity. Mozilla does not condone homosexual acts and accepts no responsibility if you choose to continue viewing this site".

Don't let your personal bias against other people's bias distort the facts. A company is not the CEO. He is allowed personal views. Arguably, one company attacking another company is grounds for a lawsuit, in the US at least.

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Re: So, OKCupid is entitled to their views

>>So, OKCupid is entitled to their views and they're not *forcing* them on anyone, just asking people to change behaviour.

Not the same thing. He is personally against gay marriage. They are using their company product and brand to advertise their views. How would you feel if Firefox took a public "anti gay" stance?

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"roughly 8% of the relationships we've worked so hard to bring about would be illegal."

8% of people who have used their site are in gay marriages? That sounds hard to believe, since even among the minority of gay people, only a minority in relationships are married...

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That's it, we're all really OLD: Google's Gmail is 10 ALREADY

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Lots of people use FB to discuss their real life, hobbies and interests with their real-life friends. But of course you realise that, you wouldn't be making generalisations about a platform which allows people to use it in however serious or fatuous a way they wish.

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There have been great improvements more recently

Though they tend to slip in without too much fanfare, and often rely on browser HTML5 support. For instance copy-pasting images from the clipboard was a massive boon that was sorely missed compared to Outlook, and the inline resize-image thing is pretty neat. Also drag-dropping attachments to new emails, and previewing attachments on received email in the browser.

GMail is the one web-app that really genuinely replaces a rich desktop application in my eyes, so many are "good enough" but GMail is probably the best thing Google have done.

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HTC One M8: Reg man takes spin in Alfa Romeo of smartphone world

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Re: Great Sound?

Obviously there are good uses for it, but grrrrr.

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Great Sound?

Maybe it's great, but MUST you encourage people to use their phones without headphones?

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CERN team uses GPUs to discover if antimatter falls up, not down

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This is a rather more elaborate attempt than the weaponised Apple article, I'll give you that...

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Boeing, Cupertino to 'explore weaponisation of Apple technologies'

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If you sharpened the edges on an iPad or MacBook Air, Oriza style (Stephen King reference) they could be quite formidable.

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Meet the man building an AI that mimics our neocortex – and could kill off neural networks

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Re: Machine learning != AI

AI is a very broad umbrella term... generally it includes everything about instilling learning or simulated intelligence. Which as you correctly point out Charles, are utterly different.

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Hawkins VS Google etc

Generally speaking, companies invest in developing AI for some purpose. They don't want a genuine 'alive' AI but to simulate human intelligence to solve certain problems. Academics on the other hand are keen on creating a genuine mind, but lack the resources both in terms of money and skill as computer programmers.

I other words, companies focus on artificial intelligence, academics on artificially creating a real intelligence.

So a company which can invest considerable financial resources in pure AI research "just because" IS likely to make big leaps from anything we've yet accomplished.

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Treat yourself to some FA or NFL action at Wembley

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Re: Out of interest...

Who are you to why anyone is "supposed" to be there?

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Selfies are OVER: Welcome to the age of 'Sleeveface'

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Re: @Stoneshop (was: All I can say is ...)

Much of the crap is people feeling they must share their opinions about everything they disagree with.

um...

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FINALLY Microsoft releases Office for iPad – but wait there's a CATCH

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Re: 5 people editing one document simultaneously

If you set up your document in sections this is minimised. No idea who that specific case IS handled though, it doesn't sound like there is a perfect solution.

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Re: Typical Microsoft (but which one?)

Good point LDS (although you do get the online stuff as well, which IS like G-Apps).

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Re: FIFY

If you post "Windows" or "Microsoft" and your post doesn't include incredibly obvious derogatory comments, the idiots downvote without even bothering to read. e.g "I hate Windows but X is actually quite good" is far too unbiased for the kind of person who views an operating system choice as a religious matter.

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Re: 5 people editing one document simultaneously

I don't know about simultaneously as in all 5 typing at the exact same time, but 5 people potentially working on the same document day-in-day-out isn't uncommon. One project I work on has a 500-page operator manual which has to be updated as features are added/removed - with about 10 developers multi-edit is useful.

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Re: Owwwww My Eyes !

Why is a document with 200 pages harder to read on a small screen than one with 5 pages?

If only there was a way to make what you see on the screen bigger.

Not to mention that there is prior art in fitting a whole page of a document on a device even smaller than an iPad without problems for the viewer. It's called a book - move the iPad closer to your face than your laptop is, you utter imbecile. Who sits with their iPad at arm's length?

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Re: Owwwww My Eyes !

Good well-thought out reply rm. If you want to write stuff railing on MS without risking people pointing out how fallacious your claims are, head over to WordPress and start a blog. But be sure to turn comments off, lest someone disagrees with you. The added benefit is that nobody will read it.

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Re: Owwwww My Eyes !

Who said you would be using your iPad for that purpose - this allows you to create and edit files but doesn't mean they think it's a substitute for a proper W8 computer ;)

Also, if they have a great touch interface (a big if) I wouldn't bet on it being unusable although that's personal preference a lot - I don't find reading a page on my iPad to be a problem as long as it is sensibly zoomed and laid out.

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Re: Typical Microsoft

SaaS isn't a MS obsession. It's a general IT obsession MS are jumping on to

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Zuck: Web drones, not balloons (cough, cough Google) are way forward

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It's very cool from the tech/sci-fi angle, that much is true. Claiming it is "helping the world" is a bit much but I don't particularly think private companies have a corporate responsibility TO help the world. It's great when they do, but it's also great when massive companies are happy to invest in long-term, far-fetched projects. No reason they can't do both.

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Tesla firms hot bottoms: TITANIUM armor now bolted to Model S e-cars

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Is driving over debris in the road fast enough force it through the bodywork common? It sounds like it would be dangerous in a petrol fuelled car too.

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Play Mario using just your EYES as Google Glass gets JavaScript

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Yes but fashion is subjective. Many people thing the Segway is cool... and as long as those people have the money to buy one, it doesn't matter what the rest think.

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Microsoft's ALREADY telling of bugs in Fondle-Office for iPad

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Re: Nothing new here then, move along inside...

Don't be silly. Linux was released in final 1.0 form and then never ever needed any changes.

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Re: I'm sorry, buf if your company needs that...

Since plugins serve a genuine use-case, it's not at all surprising some web-based projects need them. Typically, web-pages requiring plugins are a sign of something that perhaps shouldn't be a website in the first place, but there ARE legitimate uses.

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Sticky Tahr-fy pudding: Ubuntu 14.04 slickest Linux desktop ever

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Amazing

Menus AND resizeable windows. OMG, it's like Windows XP.

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Brit game devs WILL get tax relief for, er, EastEnders Game and Legend of Slough

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It's not YOUR money. It stops being yours as soon as you give it to the friendly folks at HMRC.

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Re: Eastenders Game

An Eastenders Diner Dash game actually sounds quite a good idea.

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Little pink handjob: Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact

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a high-end Android smartphone ... Nokia 925

You know something about MS' Android plan you want to share?

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BT snatches crown: Soars to top of complaints list

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Re: I haven't had problems...

Isn't it a bit embarrassing for a Linux user to be contacting support in the first place?

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How does such a flawed analogy get so many upvotes? You don't pay for "gallons" of data, you pay for access to a pipe which can dispense X gallons/minutes. In a petrol station this would be like paying per minute for as much fuel as you could get out of the pump.

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Re: Yodel

And you do realise that your local Yodel delivery boy isn't Yodel, or that one parcel is meaningless statistically?

I hope you make sure to send Amazon proper complaints every time something like this happens because that's the only way they would realise if one delivery company really is consistently below par. It costs them money after all.

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Re: Crap Service is the Norm

Yodel is not part of Amazon customer service. Customer service are the people who fix the problems Yodel introduce.

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iFixit boss: Apple has 'done everything it can to put repair guys out of business'

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Apple DON'T repair your iThing

Or so I was told when I looked into it after buying a used iPad with a cracked screen for testing purposes. I was told Apple will simply swap your device for a new one (possibly even the newer model) for some fixed fee and then send the old one off (to be repaired, recycled, who knows).

Can anyone corroborate or refute this?

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Samsung Galaxy S5 in El Reg's claws: This time the 'S' is for 'sensible'

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Fitness Fad

This whole thing for fitness functionality seems to ignore the fact most of the Western world is fat and lazy (myself included)

Or are such features akin to gyms offering cheap deals in January for 12-month memberships, knowing it makes them money but will never be used?

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Nvidia, VMware join to pipe high-quality 3D graphics from the cloud

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Cost

This is my big concern. When I looked into various DaaS providers they all seemed very expensive compared to using something like EC2. It didn't seem like it would take long to have paid more than a physical PC would cost - presumably my needs don't align well with their business cases though.

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Boffins power wearable tech with body static

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They're missing a trick

What about those caps with the little propellors on top. FREE WIND ENERGY. And if you lower your head and run around, you can generate additional power FOR FREE.

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