* Posts by JDX

5716 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

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I'll wait until Windows 9 before considering an up/down grade from win7

Well it wouldn't make sense for W8 to radically change and still be W8, really. W7 is essentially Vista with the problems fixed, but it makes more sense it is a separate version. Much easier to say "we realise we mucked it up, this new version fixes it" than try and get everyone to notice that W8.3.2 suddenly addresses all the problems with W8 - people aren't going to listen/care/notice.

Most likely we'll all be waiting for W9. Vista didn't really hurt MS - they carried on selling XP and then they had massive uptake on W7 afterwards.

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Snowden: You can't trust SPOOKS with your DATA

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

a)I bet people were prophesying the same thing 100 years ago.

b)Things are going to change so fast in the next 100 years, you wouldn't believe it

c)The whole "killing the planet" line is imbecilic. The worst we can do is make it a bit dirty.

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"setting fire to the future of the internet."

Oh jeez. That's on a par with hand-wringing "but you're killing the planet" types.

And did he really get so cheesy to have the Bill of Rights behind him (based on the image, I don't have an hour to watch it)? A leaf from Saul Goodman's book?

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What do you mean there are no Surface Pros? HAND 'EM OVER, yell Microsoft resellers

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So they made lots and nobody wanted them... then they din't make any and now people do want them?

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Will the blighters pay this time? Betting big on developers

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Can take as read the "only a moron would put their IP on someone else's server" comments and NSA witticisms, rather than have to suffer them for the Nth time?

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Can you smell bacon? Yes! And it's coming from your iPhone!

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Re: This can't be right!

It wasn't funny. Observational humour are supposed to be based on fact, not just making stuff up.

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Sad

Is how you would feel when you woke up to the smell of bacon, and found there wasn't any.

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Re: This can't be right!

Lame. Most iPhone users are middle-managers.

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Windows 8.1 Update 1 spewed online a MONTH early – by Microsoft

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Re: So what's in it?

Yeah, that would be nice. Is is a Big Deal update like 8.1?

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Zaphod Beeblebrox style third arm cyborg prosthesis unveiled

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We've seen prosthetics start to be developed which properly link into your nervous system for automatic control by the brain. It's known that the brain is more able to adapt when young so I wonder if you fitted extra limbs to a child, if the brain would automatically learn to use them, controlling 3 arms totally naturally?

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Bloke rattles tin for giant 3D two-headed beast

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over eight different materials

Does that mean "nine"?

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Winklevoss twins say their Bitcoins will take them to SPAAAAACE

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Re: Bye, chaps

I think I can say with some certainty that no matter how little the Winklevii have done for the world, it is more than you or I.

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Re: Bye, chaps

The people the world would be better off without are the pathetic internet wags who are so keen to rid the world of everyone they don't like (which is normally anyone who has done better than them).

Get lives, little dweebs.

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Roll up, roll up for the Commentards' Ball

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It's my wedding anniversary, maybe better not.

Does El Reg have 50 commentards over drinking age? The forums suggest a large number are teenagers. Or maybe they just live with their parents.

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Microsoft to get in XP users' faces with one last warning

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Re: lovely..

Come on, it's MS. There's bound to be such a setting for enterprise.

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the potential to confuse less-than-technical users

>>On the downside, both the dialog and site also look like they have the potential to confuse less-than-technical users

Computers generally have this effect on less-than-technical-users. There is no way to warn such a person "you need to update your OS" without risking confusion, because they don't know what terms like "operating system" or "Windows" mean.

My mother falls into this category so I'll wait with interest to see if she asks me about it.

But - won't this functionality rely on you having auto-update turned on in the first place?

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Bill Gates is BACK... as CHIEF RICH human of PLANET EARTH

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Re: Microsoft stock

The richer he gets, the more he can give away. He is growing richer even after giving away $billions. Finding how to give away $50bn+ in an effective way to people who will use it wisely is not exactly an easy thing to do.

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German freemail firms defend AdBlock-nobbling campaign

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Re: /sigh

Or find how to trick Adblock rather than Adblock users.

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Fitbit fans: Want your Netflix to pause when you nod off? There's almost an app for that

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Actually quite a useful idea this. Having to figure out where you got to is annoying.

Although waking me up would be a better option so I can go to bed rather than sleep on the sofa.

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Japanese boffins build 'earring PC' for hands-free computing

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Terminal

As described by the late Iain M. Banks.

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Bitcoin or bust: MtGox files for bankruptcy protection

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1000,000 of their own

One millionty?

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Facebook ditches TOP SECRET email service. Did YOU know it had one?

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Re: The irony

Considering nobody is interested in his email, he looks to have a point!

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Re: Why redirect?

If it's being redirected, will it still be addressed to a @facebook.com address? Then you could easily set up a filter/rule.

Equally, you shouldn't need a new throwaway email account. If your email is john.smith@gmail.com, change your FB profile to john.smith+facebookcrap@gmail.com. Then again, set up a filter/rule to delete anything sent to that address.

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Re: One provider, one service please

Apple: you make computers, don't bother making a personal music player

Netflix: you rent DVDs, don't get into all this streaming hi-tech stuff

Amazon: you are a shopping site, don't invest in a cloud computing platform

Nintendo: you make playing cards, don't get into video games

Nokia: you're a paper company, don't get into phones

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Re: don't recall FB trying to promote its own email service

Maybe I just blocked it out :)

It is surprising though - to many people FB is the hub of their online interaction, rather than email, so it seems weird so few people bothered with it. Maybe inertia against changing email addresses is just too great.

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Re: Why on earth....

Convenience I suppose, if you viewed your email through FB.com. Plus it would allow integration e.g. reply to a chat message/comment by email, etc.

For active FB users I'd have thought it could be quite useful so I'm surprised it didn't get used. Maybe the implementation was cruddy? Or maybe they didn't advertise it well... I heard via El Reg about the "use FB email by default" stuff but I don't recall FB trying to promote its own email service to me through the main page.

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Microsoft's JavaScript challenger nears 1.0, wins Visual Studio love

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Re: Let me get this straight ...

Javascript isn't inherently insecure.

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Samsung brandishes quad-core Galaxy S5, hopes nobody wants high specs

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Confusing name

So people are expected to choose between a 5S and an S5 now, and both have fingerprint scanners?

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Re: Anyone know what it is using for water resistance?

As Dr. Who discovered on Mars.

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Re: Anyone know what it is using for water resistance?

Watertight seals are hardly new technology. A humble cork is removable but watertight. Or look at a tupperware box which is basically a seal of rubber/cork/whatever under compression.

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Cheap'n'cheerful Chinese mobesters ZTE launch Firefox phones

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Re: while Nokia punts Android as 'entry level'

Like a modern day 8310?

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Telefonica’s strategy

"It’s Telefonica’s strategy to sell Firefox phones to users in markets where digital watches are still seen as being a pretty neat idea"

So basically target people who don't know what a decent smartphone is supposed to look like.

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Muslim clerics issue fatwa banning the devout from Mars One 'suicide' mission

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>>>treat everyone like we would like to be treated

Sounds a bit like the bible, that.

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Re: There's no pope in Islam.

Where were religious fanatics mentioned?

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All nonsense aside

Weren't Islamic nations involved in much early exploration of our planet, which was certainly dangerous?

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Groupon plans MORE losses next quarter: Will lob wads of cash down marketing's maw

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Re: Losses why?

Non of that answers the question of how they are haemorrhaging so much cash. Their business model brings in LOTS of money and at this point, surely most target businesses are aware of Groupon in the same way most takeaway owners are aware of JustEat.

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Losses why?

Groupon seems to offer a service, certainly loads of businesses still use it and seem to sell lots of deals through it. Even if sales are declining, their model - a cut off the top - means they are bringing in substantial money worldwide. That they are making losses means they are spending too much, not that they need more revenue and fancy features. Surely Groupon is a perfect example of an online business which should not cost that much to run?

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Nokia launches Android range: X marks the growing low-cost spot

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Why?

Isn't the 510 doing really well in such markets? Or is this a drop-in direct replacement for the Asha range rather than any besmirchment on WP?

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Toshiba Encore: The Windows 8.1 tablet that might catch on

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Because people are choosing between touch-based form factor devices. W8 tablets do far more than an iPad, but iPad is much smaller. These are valid comparisons because people are buying them for similar purposes.

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Re: "to use the Encore as PC you really need a good Bluetooth keyboard "

If you want to use a proper keyboard, the extra bulk of a mini-hub doesn't seem a big deal. You could presumably even get a keyboard with microUSB, which has its own USB hub built in?

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Re: A word of advice to tablet makers

"Local storage, how very noughties. You'll be talking about SD cards next.

How quaint. Puts me in mind of a VCR."

Joe Public hasn't caught up with cloud storage yet, and most tablets don't have 3G. Good luck listening to music and watching video on the bus without local storage.

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"to use the Encore as PC you really need a good Bluetooth keyboard "

Why? What's wrong with USB... you can plug in a regular £5 keyboard and mouse, right?

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Re: A word of advice to tablet makers

Yeah, that's why Apple are selling untold millions of tablets with the same screen size as their competitors, but anything from 30% to 300% more expensive.

Storage and 3G are major factors even for Joe Public.

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Amazon fuses LoveFilm, subs service, calls it Prime Instant Video

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LoveFilm supports lots of devices. Clearly just not yours. Maybe they've done analysis and found that while Android has the biggest market share, console & iOS owners are the ones who represent the bulk of the people willing to pay for their services.

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Re: Prime one-day delivery? Ha!

We had it for a year and a bit and ordered dozens (literally) of things. When we ordered before mid-afternoon, I'd say about 3-5 items didn't arrive the next day, and 1 item took longer than two days.

I have also NEVER heard of Amazon ignoring complaints. I've had them phone me back within two minutes of lodging a complaint on their website to sort it out.

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Elon Musk ADMITS he met Apple: iCar 'great idea', keeps schtum on Tesla hookup

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If the fruity lot do get involved with Tesla, then that's a dream car off my list :(

Why? Are you picturing it as a normal model which only plays music through your iPhone?

Far more likely you'd see an "i" version of existing Teslas, they need to keep their customer base wide.

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Partnership rather than buy-out seems far more likely unless they want to ape Google and develop self-driving cars.

You'd think it'd be better for Apple to partner with multiple firms though so you can buy an iFiesta, iTesla, etc according to budget.

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Facebook pays $19bn for WhatsApp. Yep. $45 for YOUR phone book

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If my phonebook is worth £25 and my medical data £100s...

... why don't you just offer me the money directly? I bet loads of people would voluntarily sell their information and would at least know they ARE selling it.

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Facebook gobbles WhatsApp for SIXTEEN BILLION DOLLARS

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Re: What is that?

It is very popular but it's not quite an "everyone has it" app along the lines of FaceBook or Twitter. Unless your friends use it, you might not have heard about it.

Isn't $16bn twice what Skype sold for?

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