* Posts by JDX

5830 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Acer to unveil a 15.6-INCH Chromebook WHOPPER at CES

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15" is not a whopper

That's a standard laptop screen size, or it should be!

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Pastebin: The remote backdoor server for the cheap and lazy

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wp_nonce_once

Is that a real WP variable or part of the dodgy code?

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Mock choc shock: 3D candy printer is good news for sweet-toothed swingbellies

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Re: Typical time to market for 3D Printing

And that IBM system was available for consumer purchase at a reasonable price?

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Would it work with dairy products?

Printed cheese or butter designs would be pretty cool.

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Re: It doesn't matter if it's chocolate or beer...

I have to say, I couldn't disagree more. That distinction is very important to me, at least!

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3D food printing

How long before Heston Blumenthal starts using one in his restaurants?

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Elite: Dangerous 'billionaire' gamers are being 'antisocial', moan players

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'billionaire' gamers are being 'antisocial'

billionaire player behaving antisocially in-game, safe in the knowledge that their bank balances can handle a few million credits of virtual fines

If the purpose of an MMO is to model people behaving as people in a virtual world, then this seems spot on. People are gits, rich people get away with it!

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SpaceX: CATS with FRIKKIN' LASERS to blast off to space station

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Still, having your stuff in a rocket which blew up would be pretty neat (if it was unmanned - was it?)

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UKIP website TAKES A KIP, but for why?

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Website goes down. In other news...

... I think I'll have cheese for lunch.

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NASA to launch microwave SPACE LASSO to probe Earth's wet spots

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Not VERY different. Basically just gravity; one expects they do their tests in vacuum. Maybe they even test it in controlled free-fall?

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Facebook privacy policy change leaves Dutch stomping feet

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Re: Groan...

You mean when it was rubbish because nobody was investing money in it, companies thought a GeoCities page done by the boss' nephew was a "web presence", and we didn't have decent internet even if there was content worth waiting for?

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Nvidia flops out TERAFLOP X1 for self-aware cars

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Re: just to draw attention to things an attentive driver should be able to see

Yeah why make something easier?

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Re: Wing mirrors

I rather read this as keeping the mirrors as is, but adding HUD to them so you look in your wing-mirror and it highlights the fact the car coming up behind you is an Audi travelling at 108mph so you can get out of the way! Combining real optics and extra information rather than just putting in a camera... so if there's a fault you can still see.

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Renault Captur: Nobody who knows about cars will buy this

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Built to a price?

Based on the article I thought the price would be like £9k... not £16k! That's proper car prices.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: White

For balance, it's not too white. It's quite pleasant on all my monitors.

I use Visual Studio and NotePad++ and MSWord and Explorer all the time and they don't hurt me either, and I don't change all my theme settings to brown on black or anything.

Maybe you all have your monitors turned up too much or sit too close to the screens :)

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@moeity

From my experience consulting members just makes them believe they will get what they want and they'll be just as cross when they don't, maybe more so "you didn't listen to us at all".

I think "dump the new site and stick your fingers in your ears" is probably as good an approach as anything. Feedback will always be overwhelmingly negative with a large proportion clamouring "put it back how it was" so I'm not sure attempting to placate people actually achieves anything other than wear you out and risk you getting pissed off with your users.

You raise good points but being pragmatic, people are going to bitch.

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Re: Educational Training - news just in...

When a web development teacher knows the first thing about designing a proper website I'll eat my hat. I've never ever seen a site, even one built by a good web designer, that ANY other web designer wouldn't say "that's a bit crap, you should re-do it".

It is massively subjective for a start, and also affected by trends and fashions just like magazines are in terms of what looks good.

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Re: Oh for goodness sake

In my experience lots of people clamour "this is awful" and "I'll have to consider leaving if you don't put it back" but very few actually will leave unless the site is actually broken rather than aesthetically unpleasing to them.

And the ones who really will leave over a colour scheme, are generally not that much of a loss although they think they will be.

Sorry for being blunt in my other comments but as I said I've seen this story unfold on other techy/IT/nerdy community sites and it's almost like there's a script that gets passed round. The moment I saw the new design (I wasn't aware it was coming) I knew the kind of complaints and feedback El Reg would get. So forgive my grumpiness, people complaining about someone trying to improve a wonderful resource they get for free makes me feel old and weary the Nth time round ;)

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Re: Oh for goodness sake

'Loyal' communities are the worst when it comes to changing anything because they view the site as home and think they own it or have some say over it. When management come in and run roughshod over their desires, it's a reminder that's not the case.

I think that's why things get so heated, it's like if your local pub of 30 years has a refit and you hate it, you feel like you should've been consulted.

I actively choose to just get on and acclimatise even if I don't like it much because I never saw a site flip-flop on these kind of things and the content is what's important. I've already almost stopped noticing the changes in layout/

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Re: Oh for goodness sake

>>One of the most irritating posts which comes up far too frequently is the idiot who says "get over it" when people voice legitimate complaints about a change.

No, it's the idiot who thinks that because they're borderline autistic and can't cope with change, this is a legitimate complaint someone should do something about.

I'm not talking about technical glitches like alignments getting broken, but the things I mentioned. I've seen loads of community websites announce new versions and these comments come up EVERY TIME. Even when a website refreshes a 2nd time, the same comments come up again. They're not comments about usability or real problems, they're just people who cannot adjust.

Again - voice real complaints and then let go, it is the quickest route to getting on with your life and getting over the thing.

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Oh for goodness sake

Every single site redesign I've ever seen people demand "I just want the choice to turn it back the old way". Get over it and grow up, like you had to with Ribbon.

The quicker you accept it is here to stay, the quicker you will get used to it and stop even noticing. The other choice is to choose to make it a massive problem which only hurts you in the long run, like people who love to show off how they can't use Office or Windows8. If those people spent 10% of the time they spend bitching, learning how things worked, they would be fine.

As for the "too white" - this also comes up all the bloody time on site re-designs. It is NOT bad for your health. If your eyes hurt, turn your monitor down or stop staring at it. It is no whiter than all the other sites you look at.

It's a bloody website.

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Git thee behind me, Git crit security bug!

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So is it Git or GitHub?

>>GitHub has acknowledged there's a flaw in its client software

>>GitHub ... issued a recommendation ... update their Git clients as soon as possible.”

GitHub DO have their own GitHub client specifically for people using GitHub - but this is entirely different to a regular git client.

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Soon EVERYONE will be doing it with a strap-on: The Reg's 20 festive wearables

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Microsoft Band

I hadn't even heard of this - is it new and had a soft launch? I'm sure I'd have heard people laughing about it otherwise (although it doesn't sound too bad).

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Re: Useless junk

It's called having a hobby, you boring jackass.

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HUMAN HAIR will soon be FOUND on MOON: Brit 'nauts aim for SPAAAACE

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Re: Yay

Yes, 115 is such a significant number. Wait, what?

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Microsoft whips out real-time translator for Skype calls

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Re: But...

Probably. Didn't someone already invent something that would make your eyes appear to be looking at the camera rather than always looking down at the screen?

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Re: German

How do human translators do it? If you fundamentally can't translate the sentence/clause until the last words resolve it, that's what algorithms will have to do too.

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Microsoft opens smiley-kids jangly guitar doc-maker to all

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Re: @JDX (was: Yet another tens of millions of dollars of programmer-hours ...)

Or put another way, you're stuck in your old ways - you've been doing things so long you can't imagine there could be another way.

And what expertise precisely does 40 years writing _back-end_ code give you when it comes to evaluating modern content creation/aggregation ideas? The majority of your "expertise" pre-dates the internet (as a mass-market thing) for crying out loud.

As for common sense? It's not very common and it doesn't mean "whatever I think is obvious".

You rather sound like a dinosaur I'm afraid. No doubt you'll win many up-votes because the Reg readership are very conservative as a rule, and love tearing down anything new.

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Re: Yet another tens of millions of dollars of programmer-hours ...

Really? What makes you an expert on such things? You are so sure that only "let's do what we did on paper, but on a computer" is the only approach?

Tools like Prezi have shown there's a big market for less conventional content creation/presentation approaches. I have no idea if Sway will be used, or useful (the two aren't always linked) but I have to commend MS for trying something new. As long as they don't replace Word with it!

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Cool Large Hadron Collider to fire into doubly powerful ring

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Quantumness means you can have negative Kelvin, so really who knows any more?!

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Win Server 2003 custom support: That's NOT going to be fun

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Re: Microsoft staff...

You can expect it but it won't happen. That's just wear and tear. If it lasts 10+ years by definition it's not serious defect!

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Re: Maybe you could just...

OK you have a point there but it's not like they haven't told everyone when this was going to happen and since people buying server OS generally should know about such things, I don't think one can blame MS here.

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Re: Maybe you could just...

How many other products come with a free 12 year warranty?

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Four tuner frenzy: The all-you-can-EEat TV Freeview PVR

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Great techy ideals, typical techy implementation?

This sounds the exact reason Apple is able to do so well. Put the same functionality in a prettier box with an interface that just works and laugh to the bank.

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Hackable intercom lets you SPY on fellow apartment-dwellers

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Re: at a guess ...

Or he hacked another flat after telling them he was doing so, or with someone present. He's claiming he didn't _use_ the hack.

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No more free Windows... and now it’s all about the services

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Re: Windows in kit form?

Some of these very cheap W8 "laplets" are really very nice if you don't need a big disk. Cheaper than an iPad and running full-fat Windows reasonably smoothly.

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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

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Cars get better every generation but that doesn't mean you're expected to buy a new one every year.

Even in the CRT days, they were always claiming improvements and breakthroughs. Suggesting anything is different these days is perhaps symptomatic of RTS disorder (rose tinted spectacle)

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Re: Then it's compressed to shit for broadcast

Maybe you should watch the proper version, not a dodgy online stream? BBC/Sky F1 for instance is gorgeous after they upgraded the filming to HD.

Though some channels are far worse and I guess maybe you're watching motor racing on ITV4 or something where it LOOKS like a dodgy pirate feed even though it isn't?

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"If it's a good programme, you soon forget the image quality anyway"

Is that like saying "if it's a good song, you soon forget you're listening to a 96Kbps MP3 rip of a heavily compressed version through your phone's loudspeaker"?

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Microsoft BEATS Apple, Google ... to accepting limited Bitcoin payments

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Re: Welcome to the Darkside

You have BC to spend?

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The Great Unwatched: BBC hails glorious digital future for Three

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"a million Don't Tell the Bride, Sun Sex & Suspicious Parents and 'documantaries'"

What part of "reaches outside the middle classes" didn't you understand? Lots of people like this dross, it's the TV equivalent to reading The Sun. I think it's puerile and stupid but that doesn't mean it shouldn't exist, because I am not everyone.

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Oh SNAP, Microsoft! Asigra steals a march with Office 365 cloudy backup

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Re: one simple rule...

You're the kind of person who a few decades ago would've said "the only safe copy is a paper copy".

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Google+ to offer 'infinite' gender identity options

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Re: Big Deal

Biological gender and gender identity are separate concepts (which overlap, of course). And then some countries have legally accepted "3rd gender" as a real thing.

Hence the whole existence of someone who has a female body but insists they are a man.

Personally I'm sort of with you, inasmuch that I'm not sure that how you perceive yourself should determine how everyone else has to perceive you. Is a man who claims to be a woman to be treated as one, or treated as ill? It's pretty difficult issue to debate objectively.

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Re: Big Deal

Most systems? I see it rarely enough it always catches my attention when you get more than just M/F options.

I never noticed it before until a LGBT (or LGBT* as it's meant to be these days) friend mentioned it as something that is a small slap in the face to such people every time they have to join some website.

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Microsoft says January Windows 10 build will excite sysadmins

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Re: choice

Most users DON'T want choice. Power users shouldn't assume they are the norm.

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Re: We do not need interface changes, they already work and we know how to use them

We could've said the same when Win3.x was around. Or even DOS. The idea that we accidentally stumbled across GUI perfection in W7 is nonsense. Progress and change is inevitable. Sometimes we take steps back but that's probably inevitable. Lots of the stuff we love in W7 was introduced in Vista.

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Mars was a WET mistress: Curiosity probes once-moist bottom

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@trevor

It's not about what it would prove so much as what it would disprove. If there is life that is not on Earth, then Earth isn't special, and the case for god or gods becomes much, much more difficult. If life exists (or existed) "out there", then it is a victory for rationalism and critical thinking and an important defeat for faith and Terracentrism.

Considering conventional teachings are that the whole universe is God's creation, the existence of other life doesn't make anything more difficult, except believing is specific religions whose teachings dispute this. God/gods either exist or not, regardless of the arguments we make (unless you follow Discworld theology!) Your arguments are very heavily biased by the outcome you already expect, just as religious people's arguments are typically coloured by what they believe.

If your evidence for god is nothing more than an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance then the small you can make that pocket of ignorance the fewer people will cling irrationally to faith. If nothing else is achieved from the Mars explorations except that, we will have nonetheless accomplished something mighty.

The "God of the Gaps" angle is not the basis of informed faith. It is an ignorant atheist who clings to this understanding of faith as the only way anyone could be genuinely religious.

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Re: @Mark...well , there you have it....

I'm not aware of major religions who teach life only exists on one planet. Just as the bible/torah/koran don't explain quantum mechanics or _how_ life appeared (except when read in a very literal sense which already contradicts most of what science teaches), they simply don't discuss such matters because nobody had the concept there even WERE other worlds, or really knew what a world WAS.

The bible for one, clearly says the universe is part of creation, not just earth. It says God made the universe, and then God made life on Earth.

The existence of life itself doesn't challenge anything anyway. Only the existence of sentient life - the major religions focus on humanity and count other life as less important - cats don't have to accept Jesus, etc. The big question would, I think, be how intelligent life was folded into that. Some would probably argue only humans 'count' and other species are like animals - they live, they die, that's it. Others would have to figure out how a seemingly Earth-centric religion - why did Jesus come to our planet - applies to other species. The Speaker for the Dead books by Orson Scott Card tackle this to some degree.

And of course, other sentient species may well have their own religions. The notion that only humans have religion is falling into the same trap claiming humans are 'special'. The fact Earth has many contradictory religions hasn't caused us to say "well that's clearly crap" so finding other species have their own religions wouldn't either. Some atheist ideal that finding other life will cause the whole house of cards to collapse is just fanciful naivety which shows as little understanding of people as the crazy religious folk.

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400,000 Windows Server 2003 boxes face SUPPORT DOOM

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Re: "...customers see the need to migrate"

>>Last time I looked Windows Core included a GUI.

Which is optional, no? Server Core mode was one of the big changes in Windows Server 2012.

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BLAST-OFF! BOAT FREE launch at last. Orion heads for SPAAAAACE

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Re: Degrees

>>When you can add a constant offset to a temperature in Celsius to get one in Kelvin, I'll agree.

y = mx + c is hardly complex maths.

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