* Posts by JDX

5716 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Birds Eye releases 'mashtags' social spud snacks

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"the new product is closely related to the Potato Waffles"

Or Alphabites, shirley?

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Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

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"While a financial success for the box shifter in Nintendo, the console itself was an epic fail"

Being a financial success is the only thing that really matters.

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Re: Wii failed

The Wii was a massive success. It's the Wii U we're talking about.

Randomly, I just started playing on the Wii again recently. I wanted a tennis game utilising motion sensing technology and went for EA's Grand Slam Tennis. The graphics are not good but the gameplay is excellent - it's the first game I've played where it actually feels like I'm involved rather than pressing buttons.

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Reports pump fuel into iCar gossip: Apple in 'talks' with Tesla

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Re: As an optional extra, fine

There is no way there would be a whole Apple-specific model. Developing the core model is a massive undertaking, to the extend the same base model is sometimes used by more than one manufacturer, so there is no way an "iCar" wouldn't be a rebadged version of something else.

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I know an iCar gets a lot of stick...

... mainly along the lines "why tie a car to a specific company".

But as an optional add-on/customisation, it seems like it could sell to me. Car displays/navigation "powered by Apple", well why not? (jokes about Apple maps aside of course).

I wouldn't want one because I'm not too into tech in cars, but it seems at least sellable and that's the thing which matters.

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Korean boffins launch K-Glass for hands-free Google Glass-ery

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Re: Well at least it doesn't make you look stupid!

You'd hardly know he was wearing it!

Also, "AR" clearly is a real term. It means "reality with extra stuff that isn't really there".

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Sony's PlayStation 4 pwns Xbox in the United States

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"JDX once again show how many Americans think only their laws apply"

I do no such thing. If you read my post you'll see I asked a simple, unbiased question which also failed to even hint at my nationality (hint: not American).

Also, I didn't ask about laws regarding data protection, or internet privacy. I asked about privacy in the wider sense; is privacy a right which can therefore be extended to the internet, or is all this clamour about privacy being a "human right" actually based on a falsehood?

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Re: Popcorn

You'd probably be better staying off the internet Gale, people might be watching you.

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Re: Choices, choices... Music

>>Who plays music on other than Phone or Media Streaming box (often mis-advertised as "Radios" but they need the Internet if not using your own.)?

Um, nearly everyone older than 30 and a large proportion of those under? Storing your MP3s on your PC/whatever and playing them back through a HiFi is hardly unusual.

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"I have a RIGHT TO PRIVACY."

Do you? Under which laws?

Serious question... you hear people bang on about privacy as being a first-class human right like the right not to be a slave, but is this set in law or just a modern idea that we should have a right to privacy?

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Re: They're both disappointing.

>>It'd be nice if the xbone could manage 1080 and 60fps

it can

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Facebook adds 50+ gender options: Stalking your 'Friends' just got more LGBT-friendly

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"to me that seems to be a matter of M, F or Other"

But that system puts everything other than M/F as a 2nd tier. It would be like saying to a bisexual person "you must identify as Gay, straight or other (please specify)".

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

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Shock horror, old fans like old version!

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I like it

I'm primarily a Windows user and am more likely to buy a Mac Mini than an iMac for my iOS development work, but if I was in the position to need/afford a stupidly overspecced PC I'd be on this like a shot.

It's a niche product like a Ferrari. You can go as fast as a Ferrari for far less but it's still not the same... most of us will never be in the position to have the choice anyway though!

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The UNTOLD SUCCESS of Microsoft: Yes, it's Windows 7

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Re: If you got a computer you don't buy Windows 8.

>>If you get a pad you don't get one with Windows 8. Why would you?

Because you use it for work, not just for Netflix, email and web-browsing. Just make sure it's not the RT version!

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Re: What the hell did they expect?

With 8.1 you barely have to use the "touch interface" if you don't want to. Laying out the start-menu as a tiled full-screen affair may not be to everyone's taste, but it IS a totally valid non-touch mechanism for the desktop - fiddling around inside nested menus in a quarter of your screen when you can see everything spread out using your whole screen. If anything, it's more like OSX and I don't remember people rampaging about how that is stupid without a touch-screen.

How do the more popular Linux setups approach this? I didn't think they aped the start-menu, or do they? Don't they mostly let you view your programs in lists or tiled pages?

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Google hefts MySQL service into cloud

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Re: Well it is now the most commonly used database server....

Amazon offer MSSQL, Oracle, etc as well as MySQL (or Maria). I wonder if they release stats on number of nodes using each?

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NYPD dons Google tech specs: Part man. Part machine. All Glasshole

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Decent idea

Maybe it'll be useful, maybe it won't, but this is one totally valid use case for Glass or similar tech and trying it out is a sensible idea.

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Re: Of course NYPD cops wearing Glass...

Like how they're allowed to exceed the speed limit and run red lights, you mean? The whole point is they are trained how to drive fast / use tech while driving, while concentrating properly.

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RISE of the MACHINES and Bitcoin: Bill Gates' Reddit tech predictions

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Very interesting reddit.

Recommend taking 5-10min to read through it yourselves. Lots of nice things there.

Also Meredith (though I don't know the reddit culture enough to know if that was real or a joke).

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Re: He taking his cues from Andrew Carnegie

Check your facts, douche.

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Nokia to launch low-cost Android phone this month – report

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Which Nokia?

Is this the Nokia that MS are buying, or the Nokia which is remaining afterwards?

Considering WP8 gets reviewed as consistently better than the bottom-end Android phones in bang for cycle, these must be really low-end. Basically replacing the Asha range?

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Rise of the (tiny) machines: US boffins make nanomotor breakthrough

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My hope is that nanotech is the game-changer for medicine within my lifetime, the biggest thing since antibiotics.

My fear is it is the medical equivalent of sustainable fusion power. Always just around the corner.

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Apple investor Icahn backs down on share buyback plan

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Re: Maybe there is hope for Wall St. yet?

Beating Icahn might push up stock prices meaning he still wins though.

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Gamers in a flap as Vietnamese dev pulls Flappy Bird

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Re: Gamer's rights

So you reckon he should've changed it to cost $5?

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Re: "an open source remake"

>>Is it OK to rip off Nintendo's art assets though?

Now what was that saying you were taught about two wrongs?

>>Also, if he's not selling it anymore, how is he being ripped off?

Indie game developers run into this all the time, wanting to use assets from old games. "EA doesn't sell this game anymore and I don't want to make money off it, so that's OK, right?" Nope.

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"an open source remake"

Because ripping someone off is OK if you make it open-source?

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James Dyson plans ROBOT ARMY to take over the world

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I think the parents are supposed to set an example of the value of hard work by doing some themselves, not sit about on their arses and make the kids do all the chores ;)

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Renault unveils mini-SUV equipped with a QUADCOPTER DRONE

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or when the OS crashes and it bricks in mid air

Your modern car is already computer controlled but you don't drive along worried the OS might crash.

Drones colliding should be easily overcome with collision avoidance that overrides human input. Watch a big flock of birds and you'll see thousands in close proximity without any communication, yet they don't bump into each other.

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Firefox's touchy-feeling Windows 8 makeover now in beta

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Re: No one told them?

Indeed. Loads of custom apps feature embedded browser functionality for instance.

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Re: Better avoid..

I guess it's targeting Windows Surface? Is there an RT version too or is it for Surface Pro and full Win 8.x only?

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Re: No one told them?

How does Windows know an application is a web-browser? Something has got twisted in the telling here surely?

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Apple cash stash dash results in Icahn v CalPERS bitchfight

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a relatively small investor

I bet that really peed him off. Zing!

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First man/machine nerve grafts restore amputee's sense of touch

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we can rebuild him, temporarily

We have the technology

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Asus unveils dirt-cheap Chromebox desktops with Haswell chips

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Re: I really like my C720 Chromebook but ...

I think most is a vast exaggeration. For most, the fact you can get them as fast as you can watch them is enough.

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Re: I'd be interested in the I7...

What are you wanting to do on a low-power system that needs 16Gb? PCs have pretty much stopped shipping with increased RAM since 4-6Gb became standard 5 years ago.

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Because Netflix uses Silverlight

Netflix works wonderfully on my TV, iPad and on the wife's Nook (Android) tablet. Surely they don't all use SilverLight. EVERY new TV and gadget has a Netflix app, maybe some bespoke version but why can't Chrome have one of those two?

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Re: OK for web browsing

No Netflix? How come - ChromeCast supports NetFlix after all.

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Re: 16GB, really?

What part of ChromeOS do you not understand Ketlan? If you want to store all your files locally, buy something else.

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Twitter shares plummet as first-ever earnings show weak growth

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IPO-related overhead, including a $521m charge for stock-based compensation expenses

WTF? We see numbers thrown around but five hundred million dollars as a fee?

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Schmidt gets $100m in Google stock on top of his $6m bonus

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What business has he ever started and built from the ground up?

Who cares? Running a massive corporation is not like starting a startup. Totally different in fact.

Look at GOOG's worth when he joined, and now. Case closed.

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The revival of survival – the gaming genre that refuses to die

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Re: Expensive

Battlefield 4 is in a whole different league to these games though.

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Expensive

Paying for beta access isn't that new, and I don't mind the idea. But you should be paying a fraction of the full price and £20-26 is quite expensive even for a finished indie game. You're supposed to be incentivised to play pre-release by getting it cheap, or getting free life-access to pay-subscription features.

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IBM nearly HALVES its effective tax rate in 2013 - report

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Gonna point me at the law which says that is their duty?

Um, you seem to piss the point. If it was the law he would've said it was the law, not that it was their duty. It can't be the law for it to be your duty because then it's not your duty, it's the law.

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Bangable poster firm Novalia makes printed 'leccy keyboard

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Re: Intresting

Has anyone done that yet? You could print the whole sheet AS a solar cell except where it was used for circuitry.

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Re: @fibbles

However you can do this, which is almost the same:

ElectronInks KickStarter

edit: this is in production, having brought in 7X the amount they wanted HomePage

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Facebook turns 10: Big Brother isn't Mark Zuckerberg. It's YOU

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What a load of boring rot

No, not FB. All the "non conformists" who despite being unique have posted almost carbon copies of the same template "I don't confirm, I never use FB, it will fail". Ironic really.

I bet you all have blogs where you complain about the narcissism of posting on Twitter and FB too.

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It's good you accept your place is on the sidelines of society. I mean really, when a computer nerd LIKES a social tool that's the time the owner should be worried.

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Re: Stop it, Now!

>>I've never used it. I have no need for it. I don't get sucked into fads. I never follow the crowd

Other than the "I don't follow the crowd" crowd. Or the internet forum fad.

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EVE Online erects mashed-up memorial to biggest space fight in history

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I never played Eve (or any MMORPG) but I've read a few stories like this over the years and they always make it sound fascinating.

I've no idea how it really works but I am choosing to picture this battle as being like something from an Iain M. Banks novel.

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