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* Posts by JDX

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Fandroids blow $200,000 on secret PANIC BUTTON for their smartmobes

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Re: Not the right design

Presumably it can/will be disabled when the phone is locked.

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Vulture 2 spaceplane rises from the powdered nylon

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Re: I dun geddit

The opposite of regular 3D printing then, subtractive rather than additive? Like how Apple make their unibody cases?

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Facebook strips away a bit more of your privacy – but won't say why

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Not bothered but...

I actually don't object to being given a free service in return for using my information, as long as you tell me how it will be used and let me quit if I disagree. Someone has to pay for it...

However, I would be interested in FB offering a paid membership to opt out of all that crud - give people who object a way to keep using your product and paying the revenue you would have got through ads.

For now, if I just don't 'like' products and brands the problem seems to go away. The only time I would 'like' is to support a local business or enroll in a contest which I'll then 'unlike' later.

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Re: Evil

No, not even slightly. Perhaps use a dictionary... evil doesn't mean running questionable practices, just as a moron is not someone who is technically incompetent.

Dubious, questionable, controversial, worrying, unethical are all terms you could use quite legitimately. Evil is several orders of magnitude above any of those, unless you view that taking liberties with digital privacy is on a par with throwing Jews into gas chambers. If you do, then I'll make an exception against using the term moron.

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Google goes back to the future with SQL F1 database

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Time to update the CV...

... with 5 years Google F1 experience

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Selfie twerks its way into the dictionary

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Re: Words like this will get forgotten

or 'tosser' and 'lodger' for someone who plays loud music and leaves muddy shoes in the hallway

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And each generation ends up sounding like sad old crusties when they come out with stuff like:

" I'd suggest that the disease of social networking is to blame for the rapid rise in the nonsense language as kids try to be individual and identify themselves."

(not picking on you just making a point)

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Re: Literal (n): metaphorical

If there is less redundancy doesn't that mean less ways to say the same thing which implies the language is easier to learn?

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Dopey dope-growing dope smoked out by own dope dope-growing vid

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Please stop with the "Growing plants" thing

Opium is a plant. Any number of incredibly toxic poisons are plants.

Saying "it's just a plant" is as empty of fact as "it's just a natural chemical". It's as bad as people claiming pornography and pedophilia are the same.

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Re: My inner libertarian says

Shush, druggies aren't great at logical arguments.

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Smoking a joint != growing your own plants.

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Tor usage up by more than 100% in August

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Re: @Anon 07:00 GMT probably the NSA turned on the switch

>>Do you really think they don't look at what El Reg commentards are speculating on?

Yes.

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Skype: 3D video calling is the FUTURE

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Yeah, it's cool to do even if there's no immediate use. Remember, video conferencing used to be something people willingly paid big bucks for, before the tech (mainly infrastructure) became ubiquitous.

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Re: Whoopee

R&D for its own sake isn't pointless.

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Google's Project Glass headman answers most pressing question: 'Why?'

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An interesting view on this from Sci-Fi

The Light of Other Days by Arthur C. Clarke (sort of) covers the idea of ubiquitous, total communication in a fairly plausible way. One direction such things could take - which would appear utopian to some here and unacceptable to others.

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Re: email – essentialy a private, mobile telegraph

Thanks for pointing it out - all this toss about privacy being eroded is daft. In the past, every telegram you wrote HAD to read by someone else. Every phone call you made was listened in on.

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Re: Honey someone's calling you

How short sighted (ha!) to assign today's limitations as fundamental road-blocks. You'd hope people on a tech forum would be a little more open-minded.

Pessimism generally is a self fulfilling prophecy, people need to be excited about new tech. If it doesn't work, move on, but don't be apathetic and kill it before it can have a chance.

"Yeah, but why would you WANT to fly to America in 3 hours?"

"You want to send someone to the moon just so they can come back?"

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Re: The computer that 'lives on your head' will change mankind

Yeah, because one thing failed all things will fail. It may be a pivotal moment, it may be nothing much - these things are only easy to see in retrospect. Similar with self-driving cars.

Glass 1.0 isn't such a big deal, but the concept has maybe a 50:50 chance to truly change the world IMO.

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Silicon daddy: Moore's Law about to be repealed, but don't blame physics

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Re: Been hearing this...

>>Been hearing this...... for almost 15 years. Wake me when it really happens.

True, but "it hasn't happened yet" is not a good argument for "it will never happen". The boy who cried wolf did get eaten by a wolf.

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Boffins force Skype to look you in the eye

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Re: Eye contact

Maybe you smart guys, who have never seen this running, should write to the inventors and explain to them why the thing they already developed and used won't work.

Failing that, read the linked article which talks about robustness.

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Thought the PC market couldn't get any worse? HAH! Think again

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Re: Surely it's becoming apparent

Most homes still need the ability to write and print a letter, print a coupon out, etc. Now, sure, you can print from your phone or tablet but getting your home network up and running without a PC is a faff.

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Web showered in golden iPhone 5S vid glory - but is it all a DISTRACTION?

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Re: but Apple will probably wait ..

Touch-screen smartphones and proper tablets (not just a computer stuck in a touchscreen unit)? Siri? iTunes?

First to mainstream market on those, no? Someone selling a few mp3s online doesn't really count, and I think modern tablets are different enough from their predecessors to count. And a fully touch-screen phone is /was a pretty bold move.

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Re: What's interesting

The cheaper iPhone is an older model, like Sony releasing the PS2 slimline.

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Re: It'll be the..

I was referring to the iMac, duh.

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Is Glass too new to copy?

iGlass might be a bit close in name... I like the pun of calling it iWear.

I'm not convinced we'll see fingerprint scanning on the 5S, or at all until they can actually make it do more than replace a lock code... integrate it as your iTunes purchase authentication and by implication use it in a wallet to order pizza without ever using a password.

That seems to need more infrastructure to me.

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Re: It'll be the..

Crap attempt. They already invented that.

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Do not adjust your eyes: This Kobo ten-incher has a 2560 x 1600 resolution

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Great

Those crappy YouTube and nice 1080p videos are going to look so much nicer now. And I will finally be able to read text on the screen easily.

I guess I'll now be able to read 2pt type now, but that's not really high on my want list.

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Boffins' keyboard ELECTROCUTES Facebook addicts

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Re: There are easier ways...

Tasing yourself would be preferable.

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Re: Ignores behaviourist research

The whole point of FB is the content is based on you and your friends. If you find FB content hugely boring that says more about you than it does about FB.

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Re: Those

Actually, those of above average intelligence actually realise that just because someone doesn't like the same things as you doesn't make them less intelligent.

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Possibly because we're talking about FaceBook, not FakeBook. Possibly, you're just a retard with no understanding of logic who gets enjoyment out of generalising other people and then insulting them, in the same way black people were once treated.

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wouldn't it be simpler just to look at the URL on the browser?

Computers can these days run more than one program. The fact your browser is on FaceBook doesn't mean you are using FaceBook.

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Re: Just let the fucking idiots waste their time on facebook.

Computer nerd in "people who don't like what I like are idiots" shocker. Of course someone who spends their time blithering on about how other people are idiots, or compiling their OS, is a fully integrated normal member of society.

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Microsoft Xbox One to be powered by ginormous system-on-chip

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I hear the PS4 won't play PC games either. It's almost like they're completely different devices which happen to include "xbox" in the name.

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Tesla tops $20bn as Elon Musk claims arm-wave design tech

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Re: "High frame rate hologram generator."

Why do you need a hologram for it to work... why not a pair of augmented-reality glasses which simply makes it look like there is a hologram?

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Re: Battery life

>>Wooohoo. My diesel car retains 100% of its tank capacity after five years

Think before speaking. The tank doesn't lose capacity but the engine WILL lose power and the mpg WILL deteriorate... net effect, a full tank will not get you as far as it did when new.

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Re: Battery life

>>They already did that. It's called Petrol. Or Diesel.

I never drove a car that could do 5000 miles on a tank of gas. Or that cost $5000 new.

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Why Teflon Ballmer had to go: He couldn't shift crud from Windows 8, Surface

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there were those of us commentards who were saying he wouldn't last the year

When you've been saying that for the last 5 years it doesn't sound quite as prophetic ;)

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Sponsored Stories ruck: Zuck chucks 15 bucks at ad photo suck schmucks

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Why only those who complained?

With something like FB, you can actually tell exactly who was affected because FB owns all the data... they can very easily see every user used in a sponsored ad.

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Re: The Cost of "Business"?

Why on earth should they give away everything this brought in? If they only earned $5m from stories, they shouldn't still be fined $20m?

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Google cripples Chromecast third party replay

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Re: "I don't see any benefit at all for Google in doing this"

Grow up

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BILLION DOLLAR BALLMER: Microsoft chief makes $1bn simply by quitting

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Clearly he rose from one of the original members of the company when tiny to running it when gigantic by being stupid.

I very much doubt he is stupid. Out of touch, yes. Eccentric and with poor social skills, yes. Stupid... no.

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Ballmer's emotional farewell to Redmond: I LOVE THIS COMPANY

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Who will choose?

Will Steve get to pick or will the board do it? Will it be someone internal or an outside appointment - I can't really name any other MS folk now Sinofsky has left?

I wonder why he implemented such a massive reorganisation right before leaving. Shouldn't the person initiating such a huge restructure be the one to see it through?

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Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison

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Now he wants to be a bird

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Bradley Manning, the US soldier who leaked secret US government documents to the Wikileaks website, has announced he wants to live as a woman

WTF?

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What point exactly are you making? Because other people and countries do bad things, that makes it right to do so yourself?

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Need the loo AND need to build a website? There's an app for that

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Re: While we're grumbling....

I guess they figure the search term is more memorable than a URL. In many cases they're probably right.

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Re: Fine but...

You don't have to install WP any more than you have to install this thing... many companies offer hosted WP and will do everything for you.

What makes you think this setup is any less open to hacking?

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Re: Dedicated web presence

If they could have a URL which simply redirects to their FB page, this would probably be slightly better IMO. I don't want to have to "find you on FB".

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Fine but...

I don't object to template based sites, they are in fact far preferable to the kind of crud many small businesses use.

But what's wrong with just using WordPress? It lets you use templates and will also work from iOS since you can do everything from the browser.

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100 MEEELION self-driving cars will be sold globally in 2035 – report

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Re: Driving a chore?

Lots of people like riding horses but they were replaced by cars. They are now exclusively used for recreation (OK 99% to account for people on farms, etc but you get the point).

The same could happen to self-drive cars but more likely is that you'll always be allowed to take control, except perhaps on motorways where it makes sense to force everyone to be automated.

Driving in the Scottish countryside is not going to disappear.

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