* Posts by JDX

5923 posts • joined 28 May 2010

HAPPY 20th Birthday MICROSOFT BOB

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Re: How to be a hipster part 47

YOU sound like a hipster, bleating on about things.

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Apple Watch: Wait a minute! This puny wrist-puter costs 17 GRAND?!

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Re: BBC thread

Apple is the biggest company in the world and accounts for 80%+ of the smartphone market (by value) so anything they launch IS news, by definition.

Is there a site where people are saying what their comments are, that were censored, so we can see if it's bias rather than lots of childish Apple-haters posting "Apple are ****"?

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Re: Waterproof?

All the 'stuff' in a regular £20 watch takes up space equivalent to a pea (or less). An iWatch is probably chock-full of stuff, does that make it harder to find space for better water-proofing perhaps?

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Re: Fun gadget

You don't have to be that rich to afford $10k on a gadget... that's footballer money not Buffet money.

And it's not like they probably expect to sell a lot of them.

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If you're going to spend $10k on a watch why would you buy this overpriced toy

Because if you have that much money, you can afford it the same way most of us would a Raspberry Pi... a fun gadget.

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$349 for an aluminum Sport watch with rubber band

Is the rubber band so you can wind it up?

Seriously though, these things are SO expensive. I don't mean the bling versions - that actually makes sense since there are some very rich people looking to differentiate themselves - but several hundred dollars when you have to have an iPhone as well?!

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Would YOU touch-type on this chunk-tastic keyboard?

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Niche but interesting

Sounds like if it were on Dragons' Den they'd say "great idea but it's not a big enough business to invest in".

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OK, they're not ROBOT BUTLERS, but Internet of Home 'Things' are getting smarter

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Re: Why? For the love of all that's good...

So don't use it then. A bit like all the many varied kitchen appliances most of us see as unnecessary.

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I can see some benefits but not sure it's really worth it

A few thoughts that crossed my head while reading...

- Run a bath remotely

- I want toast to pop up and the kettle to boil as the food in the oven is ready

- Turn the coffee machine/kettle on when my alarm goes off

- Turn off the TV/lights when I fall asleep

But these are all bits and pieces. Maybe living in a "connected home" you would naturally find yourself using it in lots of 'obvious' ways that aren't apparent.

You can already set a timer on your coffee machine, our washing machine lets you program the stop-time so it finishes the load as you get back from work, etc. Is it a case of many minimal gains rather than some revolution?

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GSMA: Er, sorry about that MWC brothel ad with our logo

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They don't seem very discreet. They've got a bloody great sign on view.

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Re: Exploitation?

Oh look, a man is in favour of prostitution. Stop the press.

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Top Euro court ends mega ebook VAT slash in France, Luxembourg

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Re: A book by any other name...

You'd think in this age, they'd be trying to make paper books more expensive to promote environmentalism!

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It's impossible for a tax like VAT to hurt a company

>>It's impossible for a tax like VAT to hurt a company, since it is always passed on to the end consumer. When it comes to VAT, Amazon and companies like it are simply the tax collectors for governments.

If it affects the end-price paid by the consumer, this can definitely affect sales.

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No, I get free 3G anywhere in the world. It's one of the wonderful features that is not that widely known, especially since you can use the free 3G for emergency web-browsing.

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Your Kindle purchases are about to get dearer

Does Amazon actually charge users 3% VAT, or do they charge 20% UK VAT and then pay back 3%?

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Erik Meijer: AGILE must be destroyed, once and for all

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Why is this top story again?

It's from 2 months ago...

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Canadian bloke refuses to hand over phone password, gets cuffed

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Re: CAN$25,000 (US$19,900)

Oops, I seem to have hit a nerve.

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CAN$25,000 (US$19,900)

This WAS a UK website last time I checked.

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Bad news: Robo-cars will make you work BILLIONS more hours. Good news: In 2040

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Re: Having cars that will park themselves will also free up space in cities

Insurance companies work on some sort of margin. If their costs go down - less accidents - they can make the same profit by charging less.

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Revealed: Facebook Boss Zuckerberg's One Weird Trick When Hiring

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10,000 people is small?

Seems pretty bloated to me.

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Storm in a K-Cup: My SHAME over the eco-monster I created, says coffee pod inventor

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Re: Hipsters

From a later post it sounds like this IS a filter coffee alternative, more like a "coffee bag" - so not the same as nespresso et al which claim to use the espresso coffee method?

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Re: Not sure why people do not just use an espresso machine instead.

Aren't decent espresso machines fairly pricey though?

Plus it is much more convenient to just stick in a pod and press a button. Granted you save maybe 30-60s but that's enough to make people not bother using the machine except as a luxury, versus there go-to coffee source.

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Re: Bah ... philistines

Saying only espresso is 'proper' coffee is like saying only Earl Grey is 'proper' tea - idiotic and snobbish.

Totally different products.

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Re: Hipsters

Not everything is the fault of hipsters you know.

And surely, these products don't compete with drip-coffee but with espresso-based coffee? I though that was the whole point of all these pod machines. In that context them make sense, but I prefer regular filter coffee most of the time anyway.

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How many Androids does it take to change a light bulb?

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I rather like the heat and light to be independent.

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UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?

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North East

After all it's apparently a desolate wasteland. And we could do with the jobs.

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£280k Kickstarter camera trigger campaign crashes and burns

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Re: Bah!

I don't think he's suggesting they spent it on other projects... but saying they shouldn't have changed/re-thought the project after the KS was funded. As Haje says, if they had stuck to the slightly clunky initial version there's a good chance it could've got shipped.

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The blog post is very interesting

Definitely worth reading. I'm sure to many of us who have been involved in managing/running software projects, it will resonate strongly!

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Tinder Plus charges oldies MORE to ogle young hotties' pics

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Re: NSFW

Is El Reg supposed to be SFW? Shouldn't you be using your work time to... work?

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@phil

I wasn't talking about school. Children shouldn't be using online dating.

But university and your twenties is the time when people are not yet married and tied down by children, so are able to socialise far more easily. Once you get to 30, your peers start staying in with the spouse and kid even if you don't. If you exit a serious relationship, you may know barely anybody who isn't part of your "smug marrieds" friendship group.

I actually thought the bulk of the online dating market WAS 30 and over, but I don't know where I got that idea from!

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Re: Dating apps really hate the over 30s

Don't over 30s form a massive part of the online dating market since they typically aren't mingling in big friendship groups as much?

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: A side swipe at smartphone design

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"still easy to hold without accidentally touching or activating the edge display."

I have my doubts. It's bad enough with my Lumia 1020, which has physical buttons on the right edge (lock, volume, camera).

One of those things you have to try in person, methinks.

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He can't give it away FAST ENOUGH: Bill Gates richest man in world again

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Re: Most philanthropic American...

You miss the point. Giving away 3% of £150k is easy. Giving away 3% of £50bn - in a way that you're happy all the recipients are deserving courses and will use it responsibility - is very different. He's using the money to fund the creation of new charitable projects, not just bunging cash at existing charities, as well.

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3 spectastic Lumias for price of 1 rival flagship: Microsoft sells biz on cheapie experience

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I've had mixed Bluetooth success with my Lumia but in my experience BT is just unreliable full stop.

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Re: 2nd that have a Lumia 925 great user experience...

I really like the WP UI/UX (and I guess the OS by extension) and of course the 1020 is pretty amazing hardware - I got a 64Mb one for £240 which is just crazy.

It does still seem a bit rough somehow though. The browser is fine but just isn't quite right in some way I cannot fathom.

And some sites refuse to let me load the desktop version even if I tell the browser... which combined with shortage of decent apps means some sites I just cannot use. SoundCloud for example - I can't actually log in in the browser and rely on a 3rd-party app which lacks upload functionality.

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Pebble Time Steel ready in May. Plus: Now you can strap on sensors, GPS ... Geiger counter

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Battery in straps

Why isn't this something being done as standard? Surely there's enough space in a strap you can get a semi-decent amount of storage? It makes 3rd-party straps harder to do but with something like iWatch surely that's not a major thing anyway - and lots of 'real' watches have the strap and face integrated anyway.

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Sick of Chrome vs Firefox? Check out these 3 NEW browsers

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New browsers pop up all the time. They're mostly either focused on some specific niche or do nothing new/interesting and are forgotten.

El Reg must have had stories on dozens of the things over the last few years?

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Atomic keyring's eerie blue glow lights SPB lab

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Re: UV blue

well what does "violet blue" mean then? Isn't violet purple?

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UV blue

Is that just marketing for blue, like how Apple have "space gray" or does it actually act as a uv light source?

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Forget 1,000 lashes for Facebook posts, Saudis now want to behead blogger Raif Badawi

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plus a ten year travel ban when he gets out

So they're saying they're country is so terrible, being forced to live there is a punishment?

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Out of time: Huawei, LG unveil watches nobody wants to buy

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It's the unbiased reporting that keeps me coming back to El Reg

One feels some of the reporters would feel more at home in the comments section :)

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NERDGASM as Apple announces 'special event'

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Re: Special event? I'll set my watch!

Will you then phone up your friend using a hard-wired pulse-based rotary dial telephone?

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El Reg regains atomic keyring capability

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Re: Are these OK at airports?

If there was radiation coming out of them, they wouldn't be classes as "totally safe", surely? The radiation is caught when knocking photons out of stuff.

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STOP! Pebble Time: New color watch clocks up $5m on Kickstarter

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Re: Convenience

So what? When you're designing a product you don't ask "are there people who won't want it" you ask "are there people who will". It's pretty damn obvious lots of people DO want to see/respond to notifications immediately or at least have the option to.

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Re: Wait, what?

Getting your phone out when it's raining or you're carrying your shopping or cycling or you're in a meeting or on a date or ... is not ideal.

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Re: I only worry about damaging it if I'm using diamond cutting discs

If you're using a diamond cutting disk in a way your wristwatch is at risk, it's not the watch I'd be most worried about!!

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Amazon tries to patent 3D printers on trucks

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Re: Stability?

I'm fairly sure that's not a hard problem to solve in engineering terms?

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

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Re: Sometimes fonts and layout DO matter

Yes but the tool for typesetting your novel is not a word-processor. Surely the publisher should do that - obviously the author would indicate the intent in his version.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: El Reg eggs Benedict

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Smoke is absolutely full of very harmful chemicals. This belief that "natural chemicals" are better than carefully processed, scientifically controlled, chemicals, is asinine. It's purely an extension of "the old ways are better". I hope you go to pick up your non-commercial, chemical-free bacon on your horse, wearing clothes you made yourself.

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Who uses the Universal Credit system? ALMOST NOBODY, says report

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Finally

A government prepared to commit to long-term projects!

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