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* Posts by JDX

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62,000 fewer shops: Welcome to the High Street of 2018

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Re: High Street

I'm pretty sure free parking is a big factor. Why go into town and pay £3 when the out-of-town-mall is free? Even a small fee can put people off on principle.

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Good

It would be better if town centres moved towards being interesting places focused on services like restaurants and coffee shops (independent please) rather than desperately trying to cling on to the old model of people going into town to shop. Put all the boring Boots/Tesco stores out of town if that's how it is going, and make town centres about leisure and people.

And please ban £ shops from the high street.

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the online retailers dont/wont pay any Tax due to legal loopholes

What makes you think the loopholes only apply or are only used by online companies? I don't recall Starbucks being an online company for instance. The loopholes are available to virtually every multinational company, which means the majority of high street chains since they are typically owned by multinationals even if they don't themselves operate much overseas...

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Windows 8.1 Start button SPOTTED in the wild

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Re: This seems rather half-arsed

Customers complained they can't find how to launch apps. MS add a start button. THe way apps are laid out is not the issue and in fact for "your granny" a single screen of apps is arguably better than delving through pop-up menus which close if you move the mouse a bit hastily.

There is also nothing really wrong with a full-screen start menu because you cannot multitask while the start-menu is open anyway.

I had zero problems using the W8 start screen, it's simply people complaining about change and deliberately finding things difficult (Reg Users anyway).

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Stop the Microsoft, Skype wedding, screams enraged Cisco in court

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Where is there a legal requirement for open standards?

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Warming: 6°C unlikely, 2°C nearly certain

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Re: Can I have my money back now please?

2 degrees would be quite nice in the UK. But it's not happening until after virtually everyone reading this will be long dead.

So now politicians have to keep everyone convinced that in the midst of recessions, it's better to spend trillions on something that will not benefit them or (in most cases) their children rather than helping them put food on the table.

I wonder if the pendulum of mass support for environmentalism will swing the other way in the next few years.

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So now we have to wait a century?

It's still "certainly" 2 degrees but now it will happen after we're all too dead to verify this, rather than last Thursday as was originally claimed?

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Mozilla teams up with Foxconn for Firefox 'fondleslab'

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Re: "Foxconn Fire"?

Foxconn Troll?

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Foxconn has been looking to reduce its dependence on Apple

Selling 8 FF devices isn't going to help. FF(O)S is going to make Nokia look like a giant.

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Bill Gates: Corporate tax is not a moral issue

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Re: Bill is wrong

Except that in this scenario the role of the black people, who had no rights, is filled by the government, who make the laws in the first place. So it's not in any way the same.

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Re: Who pays corp taxes?

Rubbish. They only pay taxes on profits after paying salaries and fat bonuses. They only build CT into prices in the sense that they want to make money on sales.

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Opera debuts Chromium-luvvin' desktop browser Next 15

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Re: Tried it

This article is about Opera full-fat desktop version, not Opera Mini, isn't it?

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Differentiation?

As a non-Opera user, how does this new version differentiate itself from Chrome in terms of real functionality (rather than simply being Chrome without alleged spying)? Does it bring Opera's old featureset along, whatever that is, or is this a total restart?

I like Chrome but wouldn't mind trying something Chromey if it has some cool features.

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Google releases Glass' roots, warns it may turn specs to bricks

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Re: I'm still baffled ...

If you can't find an interesting/useful application for affordable wearable computing, you're not very imaginative.

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How interesting to know a list of things some anonymous person on the internet doesn't want to buy. Do elaborate - are cucumbers on that list too? What about your favourite brand of crisps?

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Stand by for PURPLE KETCHUP as boffins breed SUPER TOMATOES

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Re: Tomatoes in the fridge - Nooooo!

I like chicken.

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Re: Have you noticed that every effort to make food suitable for supermarket shelves

You can keep them.

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Re: the key question....

We already have beef tomatoes after all.

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Forget tax bills, here's how Google is really taking us all for a ride

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You're going on a job hunt: Time to catch a big one?

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Is the next-gen console war already One?

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Grow up. Nobody is interested in your political opinions or your little life. Maybe watch less sci-fi and read El Reg comments a bit less, and go outside for some fresh air, clearly you're very easily influenced.

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STROKE this mouse to make apps POP, says Microsoft

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Re: Yeah, about that Windows button...

As someone who switches between Mac & PC I share your pain but I think it is the difference between the two OS which is to blame not either OS doing anything wrong.

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defeats the idea of using Win8 as a touch screen operating system

No because in case you hadn't noticed, W8 is targeting the 99% of desktops and laptops that don't have touch.

It seems a sensible idea but I'm sure I could easily configure one of the spare buttons on my existing MS mouse (Laser Mouse 5000, very nice it is too)

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Samsung, carriers tout first Tizen mobes for late 2013

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All these new mobile OS...

... a more serious question, is there a good comparison anywhere because I'm a getting a bit lost between the Mozilla one, Tizer (as I want to call it), Ubuntu, and who knows what else.

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How is using HTML5 for apps the way to promote efficient use of CPU and prolong battery life?

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Peak Facebook: British users lose their Liking for Zuck's ad empire

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Re: Zucky is pretty good at biz

MS has been top for 25 years an still hasn't sunk. FB isn't going anywhere soon... not until something else comes to replace it.

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Re: Hotel Facebook

What a small and sad life you lead.

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Cue idiots...

"Facebook is about to disappear"

No, it has merely (finally) reached the peak of stupidly fast growth and now has to take a reality check. Until something comes along to usurp it, FB will remain a big player.

Also remember this is specific to the UK, who are probably like 3% of FaceBook's user-base.

FB is no longer the cool new thing but it is still the dominant player... look how many decades MS has stayed top and how slowly their position is eroded even with Vista and W8.

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Penguin pays $75m to settle ebook price-fixing case

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Does this means Amazon won?

They were strenuously complaining about publishers fixing prices on Kindle books, meaning they sometimes sold paper copies cheaper than e-books, so does all this mean companies like Amazon now but e-books at an agreed price and can sell them for whatever they want?

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'Leccy car biz baron Elon Musk: Thanks for the $500m, taxpayers...

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Re: Okay then...

Or one that's worth having.

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Apple cored: Samsung sells 10 million Galaxy S4 in a month

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Re: iPhone no longer compelling

What rot. The market can support multiple top-end phones at once, not only one. When Ferrari bring out a stunning new model, Lamborghini don't go bankrupt.

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More than half of Windows 8 users just treat it like Windows 7

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Almost nobody using Windows Store apps, survey finds

Not surprising. However I think the whole concept of a desktop app-store is to blame, not MS' implementation - I would expect to find the Mac AppStore isn't used much and that is a MUCH more integrated ecosystem. Similarly, the Chrome AppStore for PCs.

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FLABBER-JASTED: It's 'jif', NOT '.gif', says man who should know

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Re: 25 years too late

How do you know he hasn't spent 25 years saying this?

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Yahoo 'won't screw Tumblr'? Then Tumblr will screw its balance sheet

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Re: What is cool?

>>Keith Richard is cool. Apple, Google, Yahoo, Tumblr, Facebook and Myspace aren't, weren't and never could be.

What planet are you on? Apple is cool. Facebook was/is. Myspace definitely was once.

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Microsoft reveals Xbox One, the console that can read your heartbeat

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Re: The sleek, black 64-bit system carries an eight-core x86 processor...

I wonder why they went for an 8-core CPU then, games are hard to multi-thread efficiently so I'd have thought a fast dual/quad core CPU would be better. But perhaps the price-point necessitates AMD.

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I thought that too - just a black box. Hardly sleek based on that photo, not that it really matters IMO.

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Re: The sleek, black 64-bit system carries an eight-core x86 processor...

Is it actually a fancy 8-core CPU or just a standard i5 with hyperthreading?

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Re: Rest of the world?

Well you can already get apps for LoveFilm and Sky Now and iPlayer on XBox360 so why would it be any different?

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Re: x86 Arch

When you are only targeting one specific hardware combo, you can tune for it.

Also... even the original XBox was x86 and based on Windows/DirectX.

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Kinect steals the show (again)

Other than Kinect it seems a simple evolutionary update - better hardware, more integration, etc. Which is not a complaint really. But it seems like Kinect may again overshadow the platform itself... like nVidia accidentally entering the super-computer market this could be one of MS' big wins this decade.

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XBox has used DirectX since the original XBox...

What ahppens is every game dev company writes their own abstraction libraries (game engine) around the underlying APIs so they don't have to write separate code for each platform for each game.

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Smartwatch face off: Pebble, MetaWatch and new hi-tech timepieces

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Re: Smart watches are still pretty dumb

Charging weekly is hardly an issue. Build chargers into mouse-mats (actually I patent that).

A screen that turns off when not being used is not a problem either really in my view if you get advantages to make up for it.

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David Cameron asks UK biz to pay their low, low taxes

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By paying his corporation tax? Or by going back in time and changing his father's tax planning?

No doubt you have full copies of his tax records to indicate he is not a person but a corporation paying VAT in Luxembourg?

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The iWatch is coming! The iWatch is coming!

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Re: The iWatch is coming! Ergo The Microsoft Windows Watch 8 Pro is coming!

You don't need to upgrade a WP7 phone, you just wait a year for the free upgrade. Like 95% of Android users in fact. The only people who reliably upgrade their mobile OS in bulk are iPhone users because Apple virtually force you to.

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Re: Watch out!

Don't let the facts get in your way AC, those sales figures are totally irrelevant.

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display smaller than a smartphone is going to struggle to display ... with any degree of usability

People said texting on a touchscreen would be lousy and not catch on, too.

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They WANT to EAT YOUR COMPUTER - welcome your ANT overlords

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Re: Bah!

But clearly the point is, the circuit can be killed so the strategy works!

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Re: Windows 8 computers are safe

You still used a hashtag.

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Re: Windows 8 computers are safe

If we've started putting hashtags in comments, that's a new low.

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WordPress warns of mass Tumblr defections after Yahoo! deal

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prompted a flood of established users to flee

Or less politely, idiots.

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