* Posts by JDX

5946 posts • joined 28 May 2010

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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£280k Kickstarter camera trigger campaign crashes and burns

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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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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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Re: Good things come to those who wait...

It's a pretty interesting idea actually. 3D printing as a service, essentially - means you can get access to a far more capable printer than you could (sensibly) afford.

3DPAAS

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Re: You gotta' be kidding me.....

There's prior art for catering trucks.

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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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Confused

I'm no great lover of Word - some things regarding formatting are awful - but I'm pretty confused what makes it so bad an author would dump it, unless they're doing something avant-garde with formatting.

We have 1000+ page technical documents, 10 years old with hundreds (thousands?) of revisions going back to Word 97 (or earlier) and hundreds of images and tables and what-not. And they work fine.

For writing a book, I would have thought any modern WP is just fine.

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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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And commercial bacon is rubbish - you want the communist kind farmers raised for the common good.

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Leave out the bacon

But no, wait - I'm not advocating vegetarianism or other perversions.

I recently found a cafe near Glasgow doing a wonderful take on Eggs Benedict, using black pudding. It works amazingly well with decent BP because runny-yolked egg is a perfect complement to blood-soaked oats.

Well worth a try - and if you miss the bacon that much stick it in a sarnie and eat both!

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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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ATTENTION SETI scientists! It's TOO LATE: ALIENS will ATTACK in 2049

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We have senses. Smell, Taste, Sight and Touch. Without any of these things, we wouldn't live.

It's OK, the aliens will create a biological weapon which removes our sense of smell and it will be decades before they realise that neither a sense of smell (or for that matter sight) is critical to life.

Presumably the author of this statement didn't want to alert the aliens to our sense of hearing, so we'll probably hear them coming when they don't try to be quiet.

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Microsoft launches wobbly Windows 10 phone preview for Lumia daredevils only

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You will see experiences that are clearly just not done yet, and UX that lacks polish

Wow, that Ubuntu Phone project has them so scared they're trying to copy it.

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Lashed Saudi blogger Raif: Prince Charles has word with new king

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Re: "harmed the reputation of the state,"

There was a crime. Just because in this country it wouldn't be a crime, and you don't personally consider he did anything wrong, doesn't change that.

It's barbaric but legal. In fact it's barbaric that it IS legal.

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Re: @"24 mins"(whatever that means, ElReg)was: ACDear Obama,

Half the 'great names' of history, earlier than a certain point, would be considered perverts, racists or paedophiles today. It's not really relevant to the discussion anyway.

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You'll NEVER guess who has bought I Taught Taylor Swift How To Give Head dot-com

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So she's self-taught

Who isn't?

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Re: I think some of us are taking this way to seriously....

It sounds to me like you're just really bitter that even hipsters are cooler than you. Either that or you just term anyone you don't like as a "hipster".

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Re: I think some of us are taking this way to seriously....

This is nothing to do with hipsters.

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Microsoft: Even cheapo Lumias to get slimmed down Windows 10

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Re: Developer... sense... tingling...

If they're still working on it, they probably don't know themselves yet.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The Red Dwarf chilli chutney egg sarnie

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Re: Nice Recipe

At least English sliced white bread is actually bread, unlike trying to buy a sliced loaf in US/Europe where it typically has a shelf life of about 4 weeks.

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Re: Aren't we paid?

This is no place for elitist snobs.

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Re: Encona?

Do we really have to have a flame war over hot sauce?

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LICKED: Behold my TOAD-PROOF ERECTION, boasts Aussie boffin

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They hitch a ride on the camels.

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The fence they built for rabbits worked so well, I can see why they'd repeat the strategy.

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Microsoft takes lid off .Net Common Language Runtime sauce

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Re: Copying Java 15 years too late

While I like Java, coming from a C++ background I have to say C# is just nicer IMO. On the other hand, the standard libs and de-facto standard Apache Commons are better for Java. So it's a bit of a toss-up really. Either way, C# as a language is very good indeed.

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MS Garbage Collector

I'm amazed nobody made a joke about this yet.

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UK boffins DOUBLE distance of fiber data: London to New York WITHOUT a repeater

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That would rely on El Reg having someone who can understand this stuff :)

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LOOK OUT - it's a GOOBER! Google's über-Uber robo apptaxi ploy

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Re: I'd be more shocked

Actually I'm surprised trucks aren't an area they're exploring more directly. It seems like a specific scenario especially well suited to automation, with pre-planned routes predominantly on 'easy' roads.

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Re: What it will do is kill off taxi drivers, truck drivers and car park attendants.

A bit like the Stephen King novel "Christine"?

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Re: "Uber probably has a fair while before it needs to worry about this development"

And that should've been "a FARE while", surely :)

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Sizzling sag aloo

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Re: Not wanting to go all Delia but - Olive oil in curry ?

Why not? If it tastes nice, it's good.

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Why Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2? Upton: 'I drank the Kool-Aid'

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Re: Excellent

And I used to run Windows on a system with far less than that - so what?

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Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

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Re: Still 100 MBIt and no SATA

Why is 100MBit useless? For most desktop duties that's just fine and as a thin-client, it's total overkill.

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