* Posts by JDX

5960 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Life after Nokia: Microsoft Lumia 640 budget WinPho blower

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My tests of an early W10 preview were pretty positive. But then I'm not one of those people who spends ten minutes braying about how W8 is unusable every time I need to touch a W8 PC... I just work around it because I've got work to do.

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Royalties please.

You turned my comment into a 3 page review:

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/2487048

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So they tried putting a great phone UI on the desktop, and it flopped... now they've fixed the desktop UI and are going to stick it on the phone?

aaargh.

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Lib Dem manifesto: Spook slapdown, ban on teen-repelling Mosquitos

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Re: there wouldn't be so many kids hanging about if thier parents could stump up the fees

What utter clap-trap. The kind of kids hanging around a)aren't university age b)are not would-be university students. They're hanging around when they should be at - totally free - school.

University attendance is already too high.

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Chrome version 42 will pour your Java coffee down the drain: Plugin blocked by default

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Which is easier to type?

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Microsoft Lumia 640, 640XL: They're NOT the same, mmmkay?

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Under a ton

Bloody hell, you do get a lot for your money these days. I just hope W10 for Mobile doesn't ruin everything (happy WP7, 7.5 & 8 user).

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Daniel Radcliffe to feature in GTA biopic flick. Well, it's work at least

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Re: Why?

It's not like they even need a good script normally.

This rash of biopics annoys me too. is It faux-culture... allowing cinema-going masses to feel snobby?

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Power, internet access knackered in London after exploding kit burps fire into capital's streets

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One of those newfangled telephones?

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Tim Cook: I'll give just a THIRD of what Gates gave to charity last year

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@The Crow From Below

What a dumb rant

You think money paid in tax doesn't get spent on things like this?

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Re: Whats Apple's tax compliance got to do with Tim's personal charitable contributions?

Well presumably he has influence over such things

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I helped Amazon.com find an XSS hole and all I got was this lousy t-shirt

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Protection Racket

"That's a nice website you have there. It would be terrible if someone publicly disclosed a security vulnerability".

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Make up your mind: Microsoft puts a bullet in Internet Explorer after all

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Re: Not going to be just the NHS.

Just run Parallels (or similar) on the Macs.

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Re: Not going to be just the NHS.

He's after the repeat work.

I'd rather build you a desktop application if you need native code, that way you can probably keep the existing code running, but not inside ActiveX.

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Re: Spartan won't support ActiveX controls or Browser Helper Objects

As a developer I love ActiveX and NPAPI (never used BHO) for what they allow me to do... rendering in a browser tab, open an Excel document in the browser, etc. But that's more "this is a cool nerdy thing to do" than "this is something useful or sensible".

There are still valid use cases for these type of technologies (despite what Google claim about JS being able to do everything) but they are very niche.

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MS have been trying to persuade everyone to stop using ActiveX, etc, for years now. There comes a point where it stops being MS' fault that people refuse to accept they're going to have to rebuild their software.

Given that IE11 is still being shipped, ActiveX WILL still be available anyway - for now at least, you can see it being removed in Windows11.

Historically MS share a lot of blame historically but companies who refuse to re-build 10+ year old internal software are the issue now.

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

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Re: Hmm...

My phone GPS knows the speed limits on all roads anyway - it's almost creepy how as you drive past a speed limit sign the phone displays the new limit within a few metres.

With an internet connection it can know temporary restrictions too, but realistically such a system doesn't HAVE to cover every special case when the driver retains responsibility.

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Re: Hmm...

You realise that realistic fake signs would work on human drivers too, a lot of the time?

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GitHub ordered to hand over access logs to Uber

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If you leave your car unlocked it's still a crime for someone to steal things from it.

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El Reg reforms the Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse

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Re: Group efforts make sense

Why? Most of the poorer people in the world do live as families together.

Seeing how far you can get with £5 a day for 5 of you could be pretty interesting.

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Group efforts make sense

Even two people with £10 benefit, a family or group of housemates much more so.

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Millions of voters are missing: It’s another #GovtDigiShambles

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How do I tell if I'm registered to vote?

Slightly off-topic, but I have no idea. We get things in the post from time to time about local elections and they all blend into one in my memory. Can I check, easily, if I'm registered?

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Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

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Considering the article only goes as far as IE4...

...it's not particularly useful.

Joel Spolsky did a good article on the demise of Netscape: http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/fog0000000069.html

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Woman caught on CCTV performing drunken BJ blew right to privacy

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Harmed her social life and job prospects?

You'd think it would make her more popular.

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Hello? Police? Yes, I'm a car and my idiot driver's crashed me

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Re: Even if you're at home watching the TV?

If a lorry trashes my parked car then the police coming out doesn't seem like a bad plan.

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Re: Exactly what problem does this solve?

If there are no other cars nearby, maybe nobody can call.

Or, maybe the fact it sends your GPS location rather than "um, we passed a pub a while back" and vague phone location which I assume is something they can track?

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>>How long before NSA, GCHQ, police etc are turning on the microphones in these cars to listen into conversations?

Unlike when you dial 999, the police definitely don't listen to those calls.

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Re: You're screwed.com

If I'm stationary and a lorry drives into me, I think I'd still like the emergency services to come!

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Blighty's 12-sided quid to feature schoolboy's posterior

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re:OT, but you never see many £2 coins these days.

Yes you do - I see loads of them. Which is good as I much prefer them.

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ISIS?

They've infiltrated the Mint!

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The voters hate Google. Heeeeyyyy... how about a 'Google Tax'?

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Re: The voters hate Osborne

Well that's entirely legal and she is still paying tax. Company profits are taxed, and dividends which take your personal earnings into the higher-rate tax bracket then attract additional tax. It's probably more tax efficient BUT it's NOT allowed to simply quit your job and do the exact same thing through a Ltd company. Or rather, that is legal but then the dividend thing isn't - you can work through your company but lose the tax and NI advantages (IR35).

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Re: The voters hate Osborne

He didn't impose a tax cut. He partially reduced the TEMPORARY new tax band created by the previous government. That tax bracket was never supposed to be around long-term.

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Re: Hmmm

Not really. Avoiding tax means you are explicitly arranging your affairs in some more complicated way, for the primary purpose of reducing how much tax you pay - but that all of those mechanisms are legal. The issue is that some avoidance is just common sense and some is obviously devious.

What's that quote about "I can't define right and wrong but I know them when I see them"? Clearly, the legal system has to work to the letter of the law but that doesn't mean some cases aren't very obviously taking the mick - while others look fine to some and dodgy to others.

For instance an IT contractor working through a Ltd company (because agencies aren't happy if you work as a sole trader) can balance their income between company dividends and salary as they see fit. How can you possibly draw a line where that balance becomes 'wrong'?

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Re: google are still paying HUGE rates on offices, VAT on purchases...

So what? If I have a salary of £100k I can't say to HMRC "look, I pay my National Insurance contributions and that's quite a lot, so I won't bother with income tax as well"

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$17,000 Apple Watch: Pointless bling, right? HA! You're WRONG

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Re: Not intended for you

Since when have Apple done solid-gold products for the luxury market?

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What's the gold worth?

Has anyone got any idea what weight of gold is actually used in a solid gold Watch, and it's raw value as gold?

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BT inks deal with Williams F1 for go-faster cloudy goodness

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It's a pretty thing, that car.

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

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Re: The big worry

Surely someone's made one of those already?

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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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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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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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