* Posts by JDX

5834 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Bill Gates – I WISH I was like Zuck and spoke Chinese. Yep, I drink poo

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And you know exactly how many people the limit is?

We already sustain 10X more people than would've been possible in the past, I see no reason more breakthroughs won't continue to increase yields of existing land AND enable farming of land previously untenable (deserts, oceans, etc).

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Re: Bill: The one thing I want but I can't have...

He probably installed W8 and then got frustrated because tapping the screen didn't work - thought it was like the iOS update which added waterproofing functionality.

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Re: A Linux Terminator

Just imagine how unfriendly a Linux robot would be.

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The new Falcon Heavy: MOST POWERFUL ROCKET since the Apollo moonshots

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Re: What is it with these people

"In the Navy"

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Is it?

Just how falcon heavy is it?

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Facebook kills pic of Mohammed weeks after Zuck's Je suis Charlie!

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a court in Turkey ruled that it infringed a local law

Non-story.

I think El Reg just wanted to post the image themselves - now who's hating the hero image?

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: Horrible, awful, empty white space. Not you too, El Reg!

Clean design with space between things is hardly modern BS, it's graphic design 101.

BTW are you complaining about desktop or mobile - I feel people should always stipulate.

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What gets the internet REALLY excited? Kittens? No. EXPLODING Kittens

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Re: 14nd place?

They're in 14nd place with three million dollars. Where will eleventy million put them?

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Re: You crack me up, Mr. Pott

Come on El Reg, at least tell us what he was banging on about - in a thread about a card game - that was bad enough to delete twice?

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Why so tax-shy, big tech firms? – Bank of England governor

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"the challenge will be for people to develop skills that cannot be displaced by machines"

"Over the next decades the challenge will be for people to develop skills that cannot be displaced by machines", he said.

"The world we are creating is an opportunity for mass creativity. Those are the sorts of jobs that we need," he said.

Or, the challenge will be for societies to get over this notion that everyone should HAVE to work. If machines can do all the work, people should be freed from work not pushed into doing something new for the sake of it. Why bother using labour-saving technology in the first place if we don't want to save people from labour?

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FBI-baiter Barrett Brown gets five years in chokey plus $890,000 fine

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Re: Club Fed

Officials who can lean on the prison governor.

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Re: The kid has balls

Just comes across as a smart-arse to me. Although not really that smart given his life is utterly under the control of the government.

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Doomsday Clock says 3 MINUTES to MIDNIGHT. Again

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Re: to places where Climate change is real.

So global climate change is only happening in some places, that is to say it's not global?

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What was Tim Cook worth to Apple in 2014? $9 MILLION, apparently

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In all fairness he probably does deserve it based on company performance - he's in charge of a company which has grown in value incredibly under his reign.

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Is Windows RT not invited to the Windows 10 upgrade party?

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Re: Does this mean the end of the ARM powered Windows Phone?

I was under the impression some WP8.x devices would support W[P]10 although I cannot remember where I got that impression.

"Write once run on any device" doesn't actually mean all devices have to have the same instruction set. Even with Apple, you have to compile your code multiple times to build binaries compatible with 64bit & non-64bit hardware and sometimes more - it does this automatically and packages it into one big file but you can see it compiling 2-3 times in one of my projects.

So W10 could still support x86/64 and ARM in the same way as long as they have all the APIs - Visual Studio would just build multiple versions which get uploaded to the Store, and your device automatically downloads the appropriate one.

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RT seems pointless now

Maybe it was in theory worthwhile initially - although Winsows Phone would probably have been better - but as El Reg showed only this week you can now get a full Win8.1 tablet, that actually runs OK, for £100! So where's the place for a cut-down, budget version that costs more than the real thing?

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Hola HoloLens: Reg man gets face time with Microsoft's holographic headset

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Re: droool...

Is it a glass table?

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FIVE Things (NOT 10: these are REAL) from the WINDOWS 10 event

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Re: Touch screen on a laptop

Yeah, nobody at MS uses computers for their job. They don't count as 'real people' when it comes to knowing about computer use-linked RSI.

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Re: Pricing Confusion

Really very similar to the super-cheap W8 upgrade they offered (£25 IIRC) except it's totally free this time rather than almost free during the promotional period.

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Re: Touch screen on a laptop

Where is your medical degree from Jess?

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"never ... interact with my phone while driving...the radio is on and occasionally the sat nav.""

My Lumia phone IS my sat-nav.

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FORCE Apple to support BlackBerry hardware, demands John Chen

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Re: How about "no", Mr. Chen?

Not if it works he hasn't!

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Drinking to forget? OK. But first, eat a curry... QUICK!

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It's 0820

And now I really want curry. You bastards.

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4Chan man Moot logs off as admin for last time

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So long...

...and thanks for all the F***

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Microsoft will give away Windows 10 FREE - for ONE year

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Cortana?

I'm still waiting for it on my Lumia 1020. At least I think I am, nobody has told me it's available or that I have it installed, and voice recognition is only good enough for "phone mum" or "call 0123 456 789".

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Polish chap builds computer into a mouse

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128 GB flash ... nobody will be able to work for long with so little storage

If it was 32GB maybe, since many Win8 tablets ships with 32-64Gb SSDs. For a travel-PC that spare 90Gb will do nicely, we forget just how much space ONE gigabyte is when it comes to storing documents!

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#CASHTAGS are a thing: you can now bank on Twitter

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Seemingly both incredibly daft and actually quite cool, in a nerdy kind of way.

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'If you see a stylus, they BLEW it' – Steve Jobs. REMEMBER, Apple?

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re:some of us were not born with dainty little pinkies but chipolata digits

I think all of us were BORN with dainty fingers. They just didn't stay that way.

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It's almost like the world of technology changes over time.

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Facebook poaches design talent from Toronto firm – fate of staff unknown

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Re: unclear if ...

America's the best country in the world and if you don't agree I'll shoot you with this gun I am entitled to own.

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unclear if ... staffers will disrupt their home lives in Toronto in favour of a job in San Francisco

In an American's eyes, a Canadian would view the opportunity to relocate to the US of A like a winning lottery ticket!

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Buggy? Angry? LET IT ALL OUT says Linus Torvalds

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Re: So he admits it

Gates was known for being pretty tough too in the early days, but more on the technical side where you might get ripped apart if your proposal wasn't thorough.

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This could be a case for Mulder and Scully: Fox 'in talks' to bring back The X-Files

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Re: Reboot

Well they both left already didn't they - X-files went on for something like 9 series and at least one of the main cast left well before the end. I only watched the first few series but I'm told it went down the Lost route i.e. crap.

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Saudi govt pauses flogging dad-of-3 for Facebook posts – after docs intervene

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Re: All things considered...

I'm not sure - being lashed to the point they have to stop so you don't die, allowed to heal so they can repeat the process, TWENTY TIMES, many might prefer death. He's surely likely to die from the punishment and/or spend years in agony.

Ugh.

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Elon Musk: Wanna see a multimillion-dollar rocket EXPLODE? WATCH THIS

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Re: boom

It was pretty soft really, all things considered - like it was coming down sideways.

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Kiss your Glass goodbye: Google mothballs techno-specs (for now)

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I recommend reading "The Light of Other Days" (SF novel) as a "what if privacy disappeared" thought experiment. It's quite apt. For that matter, the Culture universe (Iain M Banks) - which is often depicted as a free-thinking utopia - shares this concept although it's not really a key theme.

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The implementation was undeniably ugly but there's really SO much promise to the concept. Maybe not for every-day use - that depends on fashion as much as utility - but for many, many learning and educational uses.

I have a few great app ideas but it seems a bit pointless to work on them with nobody to sell the apps to :(

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Pretty misleading title

They've stopped selling the prototype version and moving the development team out of the "pie in the sky department" into a real division - that sounds more like gearing up for a real product to me.

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Microsoft rolls out even cheaper 'Notkia' Lumias

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Re: Meh.

Yeah, the 1020 is flipping amazing not just as a camera but for video and audio. When you record a live band/gig on it, and play it back in your living room, it actually sounds like you remember it!

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Bacon-smoking locals provoke noxious Chinese smog

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Re: Giving up smoking bacon?

The picture even shows someone half-way through trying to make a bacon roll-up.

I guess you could grind up crispy bacon and mix it with tobacco. I'm hereby registering "Pigar"

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Google UK doubles London Kings X mega-office sprawl

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Re: (sigh)

So you want to the EU to dictate tax rates to member states?

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Re: (cough) Tax (cough)

You pay tax on profit. Paying 2000 salaries costs quite a lot :)

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Google unleashes build-it-yourself 'Ara' SLABLET phones (in Puerto Rico)

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Re: resell

Yeah, every country uses the same technical standards.

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Microsoft snubs Codeplex, moves big projects to GitHub

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Using an open-source tool in preference to their own product? Ouch. They used to use Perforce for Windows OS development as well during the VSS era.

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$500 TEDDY BEAR teaches tots to spit up personal data

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Re: Nearly 60 years ago, my parents started raising me.

That seems a poor argument, regardless how useless this particular product is.

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With baby crap that's all you need to sell, sometimes... play on the worried parents' insecurities about their ability to look after the child.

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I think you're overthinking this.

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Re: Creepy

Parents have been using baby monitors for decades so really this is in that mold, not some new development.

Still way OTT though, you'd be constantly freaking out "oh no his heart-rate is 2bmp faster than normal what's wrong"

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Silicon Valley WAGE-FIX: Tech firms mull new deal to kill staff lawsuit

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Re: BUT...

It's a fix!

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It's hacker jihad: Islamist skiddies square up to Anonymous

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Re: For fuck's sake

Anon don't really care who they fight with as long as they have someone to fight and it gets them in the news.

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