* Posts by JDX

6093 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Google Chromecast 2015: Puck-on-a-string fun ... why not, for £30?

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Ugly

It looks neat enough on its own but as soon as you plug it in it just dangles like a limp phallus. Add a power cable and you have a weird loop arrangement.

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Streaming devices need to be wired and come with a proper remote IMO

So buy one that does, and let other people make their own choice.

Some people don't like having 7 remote controls... if a phone could replace ALL of them that'd be kind of neat really.

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Tear teardown down, roars Apple: iFixit app yanked from store

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Big deal?

Apple seem not to have an issue with the tear-downs. Merely that iFixit gave out privileged information from a DEVELOPMENT unit.

If you break an NDA or whatever, this is what happens... try leaking details of a MS/Sony devkit and see if your license to develop for those platforms gets revoked.

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Re: It should not be the case that companies 'own the market', that's not healthy

Supermarkets choose if they'll stock your product, isn't this broadly similar though? Tesco can decide on a whim to stop selling your stuff (perhaps with some notice period based on your contract).

Don't enterprise developers get the ability to run their own private app-stores... not sure if these can also be pulled or not?

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We saw the future: Apart from the bath apps it looks like the past

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Only as an optional feature where you realise you don't want/need/have time for the bath after all.

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It's mostly so useless I end up coming out the other side and like it.

Although I would genuinely love an automated bath - so many times I go to check my emails while it's running, then come back and find the back is luke-warm because it's overflowed all the hot water down the drain.

Although a bath that simply stops the tap when it's full would solve this, temperature control and the ability to start it running while I'm still on the exercise bike would be sweet.

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Bill Bailey: The man, the musician, the comic, the troll, the legend

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Black Books

Still one of my very favourite shows, although I think Moran has as much to do with that as Bailey. Maybe more - a near-perfect combination.

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Blighty's Bloodhound 1,000mph rocket car unveiled ahead of record attempt

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Re: "It's unlikely we'll see much return from all this" - WHAT?

Measurable return. Indirect return is very hard to gauge.

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Reg Xmas lectures tackle transhumanism, driverless cars and life as a hostage

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Re: Driverless cars v kids.

What does a human driver do in similar situations? It's hardly a common occurrence.

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Man given positive pregnancy test in an Apple Watch box

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I'm assuming this is some rhyming slang rather than racist slang?

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I don't really want an iWatch (since I don't have an iPhone) but I absolutely don't want a baby.

So I'll take the watch (back to the nearest Apple store for a refund)

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Amazon reveals $50 Android-ish Fire tablet it will axe in two years

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Amazon Underground

What now?

Who on earth buys 6 family-focused tablets? A well-off Catholic?

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Sharp's new TV has over 7,000 lines of pixels – but there's NOTHING TO WATCH

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Re: Alternatively...

I doubt your shooting will be as good as in those videos. How close can you get to a killer whale as it chases a seal?

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Jeremy Corbyn: My part in his glorious socialist triumph

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Re: and even before that

The UK has never been socialist. People parroting quotes should perhaps look at the facts.

And saying "X never works"? Well...

- "a coalition government will never last a full term"

- "printing money always leads to runaway inflation (QE)"

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Intel's 6th gen processors rock – but won't revive PC markets

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Re: Nothing is going to revive the desktop market

>>PCs will be replaced at the same rate as they wear out

Which is EXACTLY the same as "Nothing is going to revive the desktop market". Revive means sell more of them, claw back some market from laptops/tablets. I cannot see this happening, and I cannot really see the desktop managing to avoid losing more market share to laptops when you no longer have to spend a more to get a laptop that's adequately specced for normal home use.

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“There are over 500 million computers in use today that are four to five years old or older.”

“There are over 500 million computers in use today that are four to five years old or older. They are slow to wake, their batteries don’t last long, and they can’t take advantage of all the new experiences available today,”

My desktop PC is ~6 years old and only cost ~£400 new. After I put in an SSD, it boots in 10-20s and awakes from hibernation in ~5s with no sluggishness.

The CPU has not been the limiting factor for some time in desktops. However the power-saving is excellent news for laptops.

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Apple iPhone 6S: Same phone, another day, but TOTALLY DIFFERENT

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3D Touch... finally

Finally my phone will be able to tell when I'm pissed off. Tap the "reject call, send text" button and it will send "sorry I'm not available". Thump it and they'll receive "F*** off I'm busy".

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Apple's iPad Pro: We're making a Surface Pro WITH A STYLUS over Steve Jobs' DEAD BODY

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"four speakers touting three-times-louder volume"

Oh great, just what trains, coffee shops and pubs need - someone showing their mate YouTube videos at 3X the volume.

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SPACE WHISKY: Astro malt pongs of 'rubber and smoked fish'

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Re: Acceleration

An average night out like that in Glasgow doesn't generally feature single-malt whisky in the bottle :)

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Acceleration

I wonder if the take-off/re-entry/landing process has any part to play... normal whisky isn't generally exposed to high acceleration and chucked around roughly?

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Re: Scientific newbies

It's not really, though is it? It's just the "cool single malt" people who like to be seen drink single malt go for. Like rappers drinking Cristal.

It's very nice, but it's just another very nice whisky out of dozens/hundreds.

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Re: Barbarians!

>>The traditional system works perfectly well.

What an abjectly stupid thing to say. The traditional system is a result of centuries of experiment. Authentic whisky was originally just rough moonshine brewed illegally... good job someone was happy to try new things "what do you mean, you want to store your drink in a barrel someone else kept wine in... what a stupid idea".

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Yes, but that's not the point of the experiment - to produce a delicious 10 year old whisky. It was to compare how things were different in a more limited time-frame.

I rather suspect that someone who does whisky for a job would be aware of the limitations of using wood shavings...

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Re:YOU CANNOT MATURE A SPIRIT IN ZERO G

>>I can tell you that the experiment was pointless outright. YOU CANNOT MATURE A SPIRIT IN ZERO G

If all our questions could be answered using theory, we wouldn't rely on experiment and empirical evidence. That you think a simple chemist can state the answer without experiment is rather worrying for a trained scientist.

I guess the LHC was a waste of time too?

More seriously, the results suggest that you CAN do this, because they DID. And I'm not sure that your comments on convection are entirely valid; when we're talking years of maturation isn't diffusion alone going to be quite significant?

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OFFICIAL: Zuck's BIG in-your-face Facebook Messenger SHOVE finally pays off

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Re: FB

The quality of what you see on FB is a function of the people you befriend. All those complaining it is full of facile narcissistic dross should consider that :) My wall is generally full of interesting conversation, sarcastic banter, and updates on what my (real-life) friends are up to. But I don't have as FB friends people I wouldn't talk to IRL.

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Re: Downloaded yes , used ?

Why doesn't she just IM through Skype?

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Re: Didn't "force" me...

Why not just go to facebook's website on your phone?

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Bloke clicks GitHub 'commit' button in Visual Studio, gets slapped with $6,500 AWS bill

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Re: Free account monitoring service for the next year...

So you don't back up your config files? If they're not in Git they're going to be somewhere...

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Re: Free account monitoring service for the next year...

Really? Where do you want to put them - in a config file or a DB? But then the config file is in plain text and you can access the DB unless it requires authentication. Oh, but where are you going to put the password to access the DB?

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Re: Free account monitoring service for the next year...

But if they got _hacked_ and his key stolen, wouldn't they be liable?

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Feeling sweary? Don't tell Google Docs

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Re: Answer

Go use some other software.

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Well presumably, nothing. Otherwise Google Maps would be a bit f*****

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Earth wobbles on axis as Google rebrands

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It's so bad. Like someone's kid wrote Google with fridge magnets.

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Ashley Madison: ‘Our site is full of women, and members are growing’

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Re: I conversed with a fair few ladies whom passed the turing test

You really know how to treat a girl.

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Dropbox DROPS BOX as service GOES TITSUP worldwide

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Re: Any port in a storm…?

DB going down only means (for the vast majority) that your local changes are not getting backed up for a few hours. Probably not a big deal.

There will be a few people who need to sync to a new device - setting up a new PC or something - but that will be a tiny minority in the timescale in question.

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Mozilla testing very private browsing mode

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Re: Works for me, too

How do you get "entitled" from that? It's a plain fact that supporting a site through advertising is hard work, if you want to do more than just cover the hosting costs.

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PALE, MALE AND STALE: Apple reveals it has just ONE black exec

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Re: Maybe the Old White Dudes...

I like that you jump to the assumption this is the case though.

Interesting that El Reg's largely white, male forum membership is so quick to defend a company for hiring white, male people.

(I am being sarcastic)

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But one might argue there are a fair number of talented non-white, non-male people who are pre-grown.

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You're suggesting they did badly because of the women?

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Re: So?

They should be able to hire who they wish based on who they think is best. However if they think the reason someone is best is partly because of their race, religion, sexuality, gender, etc, I would say we have a problem.

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Riddle solved: Do bears crap in the woods? No – they're stressing out over drones instead

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Re: Terminate their funding NOW

20m is a long way really, for something that is supposed to be stealthy.

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Cheers, Bill Gates. Who wouldn't want drinking water made from POO?

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Re: Not too long ago

I think it is, when we're talking about small beer.

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Sengled lightbulb speakers: The best worst stereo on Earth

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Re: Take two items never designed to go together

Like a telephone and a personal music player?

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Re: WTF did you expect?

Did you read the article? He clearly stated he wasn't expecting super quality sound, just something on a par with your typical bluetooth speaker you'd plug your phone into in the kitchen. That level of sound is more than adequate for music in the background or while you're cooking, or listening to the cricket.

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Obsolescence of food is complete: Soylent now comes in bottles

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Re: Transporting water?

I struggle to believe you're really that stupid not to see that this has uses. Clearly you've never seen ready-to-drink milkshakes on sale, only the kind you mix your own milk with powder. Or pre-made sandwiches, only shops selling bread and ham separately.

If you want lunch at work or while travelling, faffing about mixing things together IS clearly a faff and if the point of this product is convenience, then more convenience is clearly better.

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I get the impression Neil isn't that impressed

I might just be reading too much between the lines, but there seemed to be a very slight negative bias in the article.

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If you installed Windows 10 and like privacy, you checked the defaults, right? Oh dear

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Re: Thinking of friends/fam I'm hoping some kind soul will write a nice little "freeeedurm" script

Thing is while most of this isn't ideal, the objections to it are largely ones of principle, not that anything is likely to happen because MS knows this stuff. So your friends/family probably aren't really that bothered, unless they read some scaremongering "Windows is stealing your soul - you won't BELIEVE what happened next" 'article' on FB. You can help them out but they probably won't really understand why you need to unless you scare them with a biased viewpoint on the subject.

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Amazon threatens UK with James Blunt, muscles into music streaming

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Re: Long way from usable

The app and (I'm fairly sure) the website make it pretty trivial to filter video content that's available on Prime from that you have to buy, and the mobile app (iOS anyhow) lets you see content you own separately. The website is certainly not as nice though.

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Re: Long way from usable

I like owning the physical album too. It sits on my shelf while I stream it or play the MP3.

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MEGABOFFIN Stephen Hawking to rattle off answers online for MORE THAN A WEEK

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Re: I've always wondered....

Viewing things as particles is so 1960s ;)

It's all about fields these days.

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