* Posts by JDX

5846 posts • joined 28 May 2010

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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Re: Crap Service is the Norm

Amazon, FirstDirect are notable exceptions

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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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Re: More cloud frauds going on...

This isn't true. I've been looking into such technologies and been disappointed that while you can get DaaS, with a few niche exceptions 3D rendering was simply not provided.

It's not for everyone but definitely a powerful tool - for instance I create powerful 3D-simulators for business users who typically run basic business laptops, maybe even 5-year old business laptops with terrible onboard graphics chipsets.

This kind of approach means that rather than tell them they have to get brand new PCs for every user, I can provide an alternative.

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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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You TWITS! Facebook exec erects billboards shaming texting drivers

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Re: He is just annoyed that they are texting ...

"As for the rest of us we could try reading a map before we begin our drive."

Or put your destination in the sat-nav BEFORE setting off, by the same token.

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Re: RTFA

The people that dumb are almost certainly the people already texting while driving anyway.

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Ancient telly, check. Sonos sound system, check. OMG WOAH

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Re: Snobby

But if you don't want a massive system, you can buy a smaller one. For £300 - not £1500.

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Soundbar

For the same reasons as the reviewer, we went for a soundbar by Philips - a full home theatre isn't of interest but TV speakers are sucky. We got the same kind of improvement in experience for £200.

The speech clarity is the biggest boon, although it's not perfect. It totally failed to help in the latest Riddick film because his voice is so deep, but luckily not being able to tell what he was saying in no way detracted from the film.

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As WinXP death looms, Microsoft releases its operating system SOURCE CODE for free

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Re: – a trend it finally broke with the sixth version of the operating system.

6.22 was amazing!

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Re: Are you insane?

>>Just imagine an operating system 100% compatible with Windows, but without all the useless crap added in the newer versions?

Like performance and security features - yeah what a waste of time.

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Gr8, it's the new M8! Ideal for that celebrity funeral selfie

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DoF

Another article I read claimed this phone DID let you take pictures and then alter the focus in the built-in apps. El Reg seems to be claiming it doesn't (yet)?

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What price justice? 73 CENTS in book price-gouging case

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Re: *There is, as always, a better way.

If you* want to be a dirty little thief, why bother going to that trouble when you could just find a ripped copy online?

*the hypothetical you, obviously.

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Nvidia unveils Titan Z: An 8TFLOPS off-the-shelf supercomputer disguised as a gfx card

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Yowser

12Gb on a graphics card.

Can someone convert this thing's likely real-world performance to units I can understand, like approximate number of i7 CPUs for general computation or something?

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BOYCOTT FIREFOX, rage gay devs as Mozilla appoints JavaScript daddy as CEO

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Re: I'm boycotting FF too

FF is a slow behemoth these days which is a shame as it used to be my favourite. I'd rather use IE10/11 than FF but Chrome is the best (if you don't have privacy hangups) although it too is succumbing to some early middle-aged spread :)

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Re: I just want to browse the internet

But he hasn't done those things.

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I'm boycotting FF too

But only on the basis it's crap these days. And I never realised I was supposed to tell people I was boycotting it.

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The Reg's desert XP-ocalypse aversion plan revealed

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Re: MSE ! @rm -rf /

Because obviously two people couldn't think you're an idiot.

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Re: Java (JRE) standalone?

Office, Chrome and I assume Libre & FF all support print-to-PDF natively.

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Re: MSE !

I'd still recommend Acrobat because my motivation isn't to show how tech-savvy I am, but to provide standard tools people will have heard of.

As for "if you were up to date you'd know firefox has a PDF renderer already built in" yeah great so does Chrome. Often, links to PDFs open directly in the browser and this is pretty great. But then sometimes they demand you download the file and I don't want to be opening local files with my browser.

Also - I am up to date. That's why I don't use FF anymore.

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Ray-Ban to produce Google Glass data-goggs: Cool - or Tool?

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Re: I hope Glass becomes popular!

Ah yes, the smack in the face that you would never dare deliver yourself but hope to live vicariously through.

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Re: Ooooohhhh Shiny-shiny

>>No, but I do. Hope I can still get them without Glasshole circuitry.

Is this your entry for "stupid comment of 2014"?

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The plot to kill Google cloud: We'll rename Windows Azure to MICROSOFT Azure

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Ah the wisdom of nerds

Little engineer wage slaves in their protected environment. Safely isolated from the rest of the world and able to pontificate about how "marketing is a waste of time" and "engineering is all that matters", totally unaware that without the marketing department they would be out of a job. Occasionally, a talented nerd will come up with an idea for a new product and bravely let go of mummy employer's hand to set up on their own, only to realise that actually building the code is only about 10% of the work needed to create and sell their software - messing about with SEO, adwords, etc.

Marketing may not be to our taste but it makes a difference. Get your heads out of your cubicles.

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