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* Posts by JDX

5405 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Asus Transformer Book T100: Xbox One? PS4? Nah, get a cute convertible for Christmas

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Obligatory

Amazed the first comment wasn't the always-funny "if only they sold it with a proper OS".

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Dixons selling £68k gold, diamond, ruby and sapphire iPhone for Xmas

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Happily.

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Anglo-Australian cricket brawl spills over into coding clash

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No decent cricket games at all?

You'd think the Wii or Kinect would allow a fairly decent gaming experience on the batting side of things.

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Re: Amazing

I think you're right, it must have been F:E2 because it was launched to massive hype which must have meant it wasn't the first game.

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Re: Yeah...

Unity3D is specifically targeted as being easy to use, which is why indie teams use it so much.

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Amazing

You don't get to see such a total shambles of a game get to full release that often. Memories of Elite and OS/2 Warp.

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Re: Not really up to the task

Unity is an entirely adequat engine, if not suitable really for AAA titles.

These are game logic bugs and look like something a 15-year-old hobby programmer would be ashamed of.

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Elon Musk scrubs lucrative MONEY RING debut again on Thanksgiving

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Re: Measure twice...

More like measure 100 times, cut once in that industry!

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Microsoft wields turkey knife, slices Surface to $199 for Black Friday

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Surface or Surface 2?

As title

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False widow spiders in guinea pig slaughter horror

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Re: Jordan

Not a basketball fan then?

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Microsoft hires Pawn Stars to shaft Google

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>>You spelt Linux wrong.

So did you. It's called GNU/Linux.

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What next, Storage Hunters?

A scene where they bid like crazy after seeing a pile of laptops in a unit, only for the winner to realise they are worthless ChromeBooks?

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Office 365 includes native applications - Word/Excel/etc you install as normal - AND web-applications which you can run through your browser on Chromebook.

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Re: The overwhelming message I get from these ads

Or they are targeting ads according to market. There was that anime IE thing in Japan the other week... and this kind of brazen ugly advertising is normal in the States, their TV/radio advertising is VERY different to ours.

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Hello! Still here! Surface 2! Way better than iPad! says slightly desperate Microsoft

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>>For the $500 you spent on an iPad, you could have bought a TV...

Yes I could, if I wanted a worse solution. I can't take a TV to watch in the bath or in bed without waking the wife.

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I use my iPad almost exclusively with the cover acting as a (crap) stand, for watching Netflix. Many others do the same. A stand is not just for typing Word Docs :)

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Bitcoin value breaks $1,000 barrier in FRENZIED HYPEGASM

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How do you spend the darn things...

... if one unit of currency is worth $1000? Can you spend a fraction of a BC?

It puts me in mind of the Triganic Pu...

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Twitter mobs attack wrong celebrity Ian Watkins after child abuse case

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Considering many inmates have mobile phones, it seems quite likely he would... plus they do have internet in gaol...

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Sysadmin job ad: 'If you don’t mind really bad work-life balance, this is for you'

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What's wrong with it?

Many people happily have a poor work-life balance when they love the work they do, so it's good they note they only want someone who lives to work and will invest in the job.

As for having to "do 4 jobs" that's hardly unusual. Especially in a small company, you often find a developer doing sysadmin stuff anyway.

It puts things bluntly, but if I was still as much of a hardcore nerd as I used to be, I'd find it appealing and I think that's the point - it will put off "career" people and attract passionate people.

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Visual Studio 2013: 50 Shades of Grey not a worry for MONSTER dev TOOL

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Re: Edit & Continue

I can rarely get Edit and Continue to work in 32bit, which is a shame because in C++ it would be such an awesome feature if it worked reliably.

On the other hand with native code I can see why it is hard to achieve...

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PS-PHWOARRR: We review Sony’s next-gen PlayStation 4

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re:I assume it'll be making me *rent* the same game that I've already purchased...

It'll also let ME rent games I never purchased. And you don't need to keep those old games to have a lciense either.

Anyway this is a stupid argument. You wouldn't claim it's unfair you have to buy a separate XBox/PC version to play the same game on multiple platforms.

If you already OWN the games, just use your old console and stop complaining about something the rest of use will find useful.

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Valve pal iBuyPower touts cut-price Steam box as powerful as PS4 or Xbox

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Ooh, 8Gb of RAM, how novel. Or not... pretty standard spec on a decent workstation and not expensive at all.

8 core CPU is a bit unusual but you don't simply compare number of cores to see which CPU is more powerful.

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HP’s ENORMO-SLAB: The Slate 21 MONSTER tablet

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Interesting

Sounds rather well executed, and I'm very impressed indeed with the price.

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You DON'T need a new MacBook! Reg man fiddles with Fusion, pimps out vintage Pro

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Why DO you need to upgrade?

If your MacBook Pro was an adequate desktop replacement, why isn't it now? I'm finding in the Windows world that you really don't need to keep upgrading like you used to. Other than an SSD, if you have 4-8Gb RAM and a dual/quad-core CPU, things don't seem to be getting slower. Other than games of course, but they are always a special case.

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Julie Larson-Green: Yes, MICROSOFT is going to KILL WINDOWS

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Re: Why Windows is doomed. @JDX

"You could leave a desktop PC sitting in sleep mode but my experience of exploding PC power supplies forces me to turn off at the wall."

Yes, and the reason you need to do a full shutdown rather than hibernate is? Rebooting from hibernate is near-instant in many cases. For me it's a sluggish kind of instant, but then my storage isn't entirely solid state like a phone/tablet.

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Re: Why Windows is doomed. @Filhart

Have you timed how long your phone or tablet takes to do a cold boot? It is by no means instant.

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Undercover BBC man exposes Amazon worker drone's daily 11-mile trek

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Re: Crappy Job but its still a job

Some people walk 11 miles just to GET to work, and consider themselves lucky.

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Re: I was top of my classes

If you're stupid or underprivileged, count yourself lucky you live in a country where the "worst job" involves walking for 8 hours a day for a decent minimum wage. In the majority of the world, this would be seen as a great job.

If you never got a break but are not stupid, this kind of job pays enough you could still continue your education and get into something better.

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Re: Is this a story?

Postmen seem to manage, even carrying a bag full of post. Now who's the asshat?

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'Best known female architect' angrily defends gigantic vagina

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They couldn't have picked a more fun-loving, tolerant, non-sexist nation for it either.

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Lead ONTO your pencil: Bill Gates pours cash into graphene condoms

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a use for graphene which will literally touch our every-day life

Every day? I wish!

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SuperStride Me: Reg man attempts to walk off GIANT CURRY

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Re: 2kg in 4 days?

1kg is quite a lot to fluctuate over the course of a day, if you don't imbibe all your food and fluids in one go and aren't drinking several pints at lunch.... Ah - he's a journalist.

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2kg in 4 days?

That does not sound either realistic or healthy to me. 1lb a day?!

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What’s new in SQL 2014?

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SQL 2014

I didn't realise SQL was shorthand for SQL Server ;)

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Bill Gates orders HITMAN to KILL right-hand man STEVE BALLMER

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Re: WARNING HEADLINE INCLUDES SPOILERS

It's a cartoon. The plot is not why people watch it.

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World's first selfie found on Wayback Machine

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Re: It is vital that we preserve our early selfies for posterity

I think you totally fail to understand what FB is for, to its users. It is a way for people WHO ACTUALLY KNOW EACH OTHER to keep in touch.

The fact my friend got a new kitten is indeed insignificant and uninteresting to 99.9999% of the world, but it is interesting to me. If you restrict your use of FB to only those people whose lives you are actually interested in, it makes much more sense.

I suggest the reason FB is so boring to so many on this site is because they HAVE no interest in anyone but themselves. Which is ironic when you're claiming FB is about people who only care about themselves.

If someone on FB is boring or spews updates that are boring, I simply block them. I'm sure they do the same if they feel my updates are dull too.

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Google deletes Maps satellite photos of 14-year-old's unsolved murder

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Re: Similar case

Why are they not responsible for the content they display on their website, when they gathered the content themselves?

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If this doesn't terrify you... Google's computers OUTWIT their humans

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Interesting but not surprising

This is exactly how neural networks work - you don't understand how they're doing what they do, you just train them to do it. Of course there are risks, you think you've trained it to recognise photos of cats but actually it has learned to recognise something else present in all the cat photos.

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We go joyriding in the Google Maps-killer's ROBO-CAR

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HERE says it's only recording the GPS locations of open Wi-Fi hotspots

Why do they record them at all? Is it for use as fixed reference points?

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Stephen Hawking: 'Boring' Higgs Boson discovery cost me $100

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In my experience Computer Science majors put the second most hours in

Very much doubt that's true. Not where I went anyway - the only people who seemed to have full schedules were Chemistry and Engineering!

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Re: I did 1,000 hours work at University

You're assuming he went to all his lectures.

It's on record that he found the degree material dull and hence didn't do very well - only in his interview did they realise he was doing badly because the work was so far beneath him.

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SuperStride Me: Reg hack spends week working at 'treadmill desk'

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Walking VS Standing

I can't really see that a walking desk offers a great deal more than a standing desk, at the cost of increased bulk, lack of flexibility, and... cost. Simply standing up counters the problems of being sat on your arse all day.

I think it stretches the envelope of mainstream use a little too far. The thing with decent standing desks is they can be used as normal desks depending on user preference.

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Check out The Register's Google+ page

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FaceBook?

Is G+ following on from a FB page that's so old it doesn't get a mention, or is El Reg making the novel step of using G+ instead of FB?

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Bitcoin mining rig firm claims $3m revenue in just FOUR DAYS

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Huh?

I'm confused how this all works. What hashes are you solving and why does this make you money? Is it in some way illicit or is "printing your own money" the way BitCoin works?

I always thought they were just an electronic currency that could be transferred between owners, all this talk of mining is bewildering and just sounds like something out of a MMO...

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AIR TIME! Our expert cosies up with the new top-end iPad

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Re: no point

The Air is a LOT more powerful than an iPad3 when you consider the iPad 4 was a big step up and the Air is a considerable step up from the 4.

Plus you can get it with more memory which could be a factor. Otherwise you're pretty much right, although being able to sell your old device is a big factor.

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Microsoft bags another glamorous Office 365 customer

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"single price discount retailer"

Is that Reg sarcasm or for real... I genuinely could believe either these days.

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Nookie becomes, um, a virtual reality for Oculus Rift gadget gamers

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which allows the male users to have virtual sex

I initially thought this meant with each other!

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Microsoft fears XP could cause Indian BANKOCALYPSE

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MS ARE offering extended support

But for enterprises only, and it's pricey. For banks though, that seems a viable option.

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Re: XP 2.0?

XP 2.0... like W7 then?

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Android in FOUR out of 5 new smartphones. How d'ya like dem Apples?

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Easy fix for Apple

Packaging their kit in a slightly bigger handset is not really a technological problem, if the market shows this form factor is desirable they can trot one out easily. Even with literally no new features, the 5S would be a big competitor in that market.

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