* Posts by JDX

5716 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Windows hits the skids, Mac OS X on the rise

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Good attempt but saying Linux has the best UI makes it a bit too obvious. Also since most of the software written and work done on computers by people generally is done on Windows computers, clearly Linux can't win productivity either.

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"Linux NOT having a huge market share is a good thing for me."

Yeah whatever. When it sucks and nobody wants it you Linux dweebs will be all "we like it this way, keep the software crap and hard to use so noobs will stay away". If it ever does start to challenge for mainstream market share, you'll change your tune faster than an iPos Shuffle and be crowing about how you knew this day would come, Linux is so awesome, etc, etc.

Nobody is buying it.

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Re: The Irrelevancy of Windows

Selling an OS isn't an anachronism. Software is free either because it's open source, or because the creator uses the software to make sales in a different way. OSX is only free because you're paying a "Mac Tax" (I hate the phrase "MS tax" but everyone else uses it) by buying their hardware - buy a new Mac or a new PC and you get the OS for free.

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"applications from the Microsoft store did not slow down my computer"

Are you sure this isn't true, that they don't get suspended when not in use in the same way as mobile apps typically do?

I've no idea if they do or not, but it is a possibility.

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"It was obviously designed in a epoch where PCs only had one screen"

Like 99% of PCs still do now?

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Re: stating the bleedin obvious

Apple can "win the laptop game" without having majority market share. Just as with phones/tablets, by focusing on the top-end you maximise profits per unit. They aren't interested in selling products to people with no money (a H2G2 paraphrase).

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Re: IMHO, It would be fair

"IMHO, It would be fair to compare the shares of each OS actually installed by users themselves"

No, that would be deliberately biasing results in favour of the result you want to see. It would also be asinine since uninstalling OSX on a Mac is an incredibly niche thing to do, and people don't uninstall Windows to install a new Windows (you said you wanted to measure people removing pre-installed OS). Probably 99.9% of manual Windows installs are done on machines which came with Windows in the first place.

If we purely focused on % of installs regardless of previous OS, then you'd still see OSX users upgrading to newer versions of OSX but the vast majority would STILL be Windows installs.

And that's even leaving aside the elephant in the room which is that most people are happy with the default OS. Saying anyone who doesn't re-install their OS isn't a relevant data-point is just stupid.

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WOW! Google invents the DIGITAL WATCH: What a time to be alive

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Re: Aaaaaand...

Wearing a watch which is a fancy gadget would fall into the same category, even if what you said was true (it's not, everyone I know wears a watch and most of them are fairly un-jewelled)

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Is Apple about unleash a cheaper 8GB iPhone 5C? O2 'leak' suggests: Yes

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You'd think they might as well have sold the 16Gb for for £50 less and drummed up some interest. I have actually seen a few 5C phones in the wild and rather liked them.

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Re: 8GB is pretty useless

I've an 8Gb phone and it's just fine. If your software makes swapping what music is stored on it trivially easy, it's not a big deal for many people.

If you don't use your smartphone phone for storing music/video but for apps, email, web-browsing and streaming audio/video, it's also not a big deal.

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GRAV WAVE TSUNAMI boffinry BONANZA – the aftershock of the universe's Big Bang

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Lots of common particles have zero mass. They don't travel FTL.

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" throws enormous weight behind the famous theory of the Big Bang."

AFAIK it specifically supports the theory that the universe began by expanding at an increasing - even exponential - rate before settling into the standard model of decelerating due to gravity?

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Think drone delivery is hot air? A BREWERY just proved you wrong

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Re: Nice advert. However, ...

You know, people are allowed their own opinions on what makes beer nice. There isn't an absolute truth here, you snob.

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Re: AI is advancing!

You're confused. The word here starts with 's' but ends with "tupidity". Just making up lies isn't sarcasm.

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Re: AI is advancing!

Did you watch a different video? Because nowhere did either of those things happen in this one.

Also, reading handwritten coordinates is a trivial problem anyway.

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Re: The fishing theme is a nice touch

If you look hard enough, you'll see CG and photoshopping out of your window.

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Pegatron goes on hiring spree as iPhone 6 release date approaches

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Sadly for Apple, fanbois seem to prefer the high-end 5S

Such a shame for Apple people want to pay even more...

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iPhone 6 FEELS your heat, wetness... and it'll TELL Apple – report

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Re: Over a hundred billion in the bank

Considering they got the $100bn in the bank by resisting the urge to stuff every pointless gadget on their products... just because you can do something technologically doesn't mean you should.

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Is no browser safe? Security bods poke holes in Chrome, Safari, IE, Firefox and earn $1m

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Re: Why

Hackers shouldn't be employed to code. But employing them as testers and/or in-house security specialists wouln't be a bad plan.

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Re: No mention of Linux

Would bugs found in ChromeOS be potentially reproducible on other Linux setups? How much of ChromeOS IS Linux?

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Earth's night-side gets different kinds of neutrinos from day-side

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I would like to go in that tank

The ultimate in sensory deprivation.

50000 tons of water, that's basically a 120 foot cube?

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IT is used to process the data?

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Mozilla takes Windows 8-friendly Firefox out back ... two shots heard

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Re: @Tannin @JDX

"And your blind defence of Microsoft's biggest ever GUI design blunder is only matched by your fanboy zealotry."

I haven't ever said W8 Metro is good on the desktop. And my comment was not defending MS in any way.

Perhaps you should realise that pointing out flaws in someone else's stupid argument doesn't mean you endorse whatever they are complaining about.

But then making up lies (or being so blinkered you believe those lies) to try and score points is what being a rampant loser fanboi is all about.

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@Tannin

Your arrogance is matched only by your ignorance.

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Re: 1000 Users!

"For Mozilla to flush an 18 month project at the final stages shows how dismal the Windows Store really is. MS can't spin that."

What about Chrome? Is there a Metro version of that?

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Straight to 8: London's Met Police hatches Win XP escape plan

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Re: Government departments surprised by arrival of April 2014.

They're not surprised. From the sounds of it they're going to get free extended support on XP until 2015 which sounds like rather good negotiating.

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Microsoft, Oracle FINALLY get a room: Now they're ready to take on Amazon cloud

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Oracle maybe; MS is a big player, and growing, in this market.

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Facebook's Zuckerberg buttonholes Obama, rages against NSA dragnet spying

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"Zuckerberg is a large, annoying pimple on the arse of society"

Maybe. But he's probably done more to change the world than Obama. He IS an important person - those who control information are important.

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Irony? When you sign up to FB you are voluntarily giving FB your data to use. You may not know what they want to do with that data, but it's no surprise they have the data and no great surprise - even if a disappointment - when they do use it.

FB wants your data and that's the point of their business model. Hardly the same as a government forcing them to provide your data, and trying to force them not to tell anyone this is happening.

And FB is serious about security - they don't want anyone else accessing your data because THEY want it to themselves :)

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Amazon wants me to WEAR NAPPIES?! But I'm a 40-something MAN

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Filed under HARDWARE > GAMES?

It should be under wetware. And there's nothing funny about poop.

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Bill Gates-backed SOLAR POO RAYGUN COMMODE unveiled

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Re: One slight niggle

I think the FO here is just a "light pipe", not anything fancy.

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Huawei: We'll sell a dual-boot Android, Windows 8 smartphone because, well, isn't it obvious?

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Microsoft is taking this angle because

Um, MS isn't taking an angle, Huawei is.

ps: how do you pronounce Huawei?

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Apologies

Maybe I just know what I'm doing.

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What battery drain?

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Yes it does.

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FANBOIS' EYES ONLY: United Airlines offers FREE MOVIES on iOS kit

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Re: This is probably a technology decision more than anything else

Not an "Apple gave us lots of money" decision?

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Excellent news

But only because of how much it will upset the anti-Apple brigade about how "it's unethical for them to spend money supporting Apple's walled garden" or some such tosh.

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Noooo... WAIT. Google slaps on Chrome patches ahead of Pwn2Own hackfest

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The parallel Google-funded Pwnium has been running in parallel since 2011.

Did you repeat yourself or just state it in parallel?

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Candy Crush King plans IPO valuing it at $7.6 BEEELLION

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Re: Hold on..

Presumably they paid some tax.

They might have paid their top bods massive salaries.

Have they bought any other companies?

Then they had to pay all their developers and regular employees. If they've any sense they will be developing LOTS of new games in the hope a couple hit it big

Maybe they commissioned a fancy new headquarters somewhere expensive?

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Serious money

"the firm made $567.6m last year on revenue of $1.88bn."

A margin of over 25%, very good. A revenue of over a BILLION pounds is bigger than some FTSE 100 companies.

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Re: You're having a giraffe...

What on earth are you talking about? Are Sony and MS close to extracting all the money from their customers on consoles? Are EA close to extracting all the revenue from people who want to play football games?

People play new games when they get bored of old ones, they don't give up on games. King could develop 1000 new games from their profits from a single year, they don't need to always have THE biggest game to stay profitable - they just need to have multiple popular games.

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Windows Phone beats BLACKBERRY in mobe OS popularity stakes

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Re: US only

Of course MS isn't going to drop WP8 anytime soon. It's arguably their best OS.

The Nokia Android models are replacing the Nokia feature/dumbphone ranges like Asha. Bottom end.

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US only

The US market is very different from European markets - Apple share is disproportionately large and I suspect WP is disproportionately small... both by a factor of two maybe?

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NZ bloke's drunken poker bet ends in 99-letter name

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Re: No 16 Bus Shelter

Romantic, isn't it.

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Fish & Chips (for twins)

Amazing. Going to remember that one.

For pets, not children.

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Snowden: You can't trust SPOOKS with your DATA

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Re: Or do you really think it's going to all be okay even in 100 years time?

That is still "a bit dirty" by planetary standards. And I doubt we can even do that, except possibly through massive radioactive contamination. Climatologically speaking, large mammals were around in vastly different conditions to what we have now both in terms of temperature and atmospheric makeup. And larger mammals survive, thrive even, in conditions ranging from -20 to +40 degrees. And you only have to look at some of the worst polluted cities (China) to see that even when things are 100X worse than we've got anywhere else, people and other mammals carry right on living. You get illness and shortened lifespan but that's not uninhabitable by a LONG chalk. And all of this is without any technological intervention - animals don't have that but people do so we're probably now at the point we could survive just about any conditions we create for ourselves. Not in our current numbers, but again that is not the same as wiping the species out.

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You thought it was dead – but Flappy Bird may return: Millions prepare to poke own eyes out

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Re: Once burned, twice willing?

He might simply enjoy creating games, many coders do. Seeing your game being enjoyed is a reward in itself and it sounds like he wants that, without the celebrity and even without the riches.

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Boffins demo FIVE MICRON internal combustion engine

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Self-powering?

You have to input a voltage - does it generate more energy than it consumes, so it can run in isolation? Is that relevant?

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Q. Can your Linux PC run Crysis? OK, it can. But will it run natively? A. Soon, very soon

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More likely next year - it takes time to get everything working. Most likely, upcoming games will add Linux support if it's now close to free to do so.

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