* Posts by JDX

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Microsoft fears XP could cause Indian BANKOCALYPSE

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MS ARE offering extended support

But for enterprises only, and it's pricey. For banks though, that seems a viable option.

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Re: XP 2.0?

XP 2.0... like W7 then?

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Android in FOUR out of 5 new smartphones. How d'ya like dem Apples?

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Easy fix for Apple

Packaging their kit in a slightly bigger handset is not really a technological problem, if the market shows this form factor is desirable they can trot one out easily. Even with literally no new features, the 5S would be a big competitor in that market.

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Google makes Gmail EVEN NOISIER, or should that be nosier?

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Re: Sharing optional

It's sad that to many people. Google is the most 'evil' thing they're aware of in the world. And it's not even like we can assume most of these idiots are Americans.

But hey, people being murdered for their beliefs is far away... having to use your real name is much closer. And I'm probably being silly to suggest having to provide your personal information is perhaps a rung or two down the ladder of evil.

Since we're being cool and trendy I'd better jump on the hashtag bandwagon too (what a moronic habit that is while we're on the subject).

#MiddleClassInternetWarriors

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If Google can earn more money by releasing a more useful product, good for them. Even if those two facts are happy accident rather than cause and effect.

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AIR TIME! Our expert cosies up with the new top-end iPad

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Older models

So if iPad2 is being sold as the budget model, does that mean iPad3/4 simply aren't on sale any more?

I'd hoped iPad Retina (3/4) would take the £329 slot and iPad2 would sink even cheaper, or simply be discontinued. iPad2 is still a decent tablet since iOS7 supports it, I'm very happy with mine. Like the reviewer, iPad Air/5 is the first one to really make me consider upgrading.

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'F-CK YOU GOOGLE+' ukelele missy scoops BIG WAD of $$ - for Google

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"For forcing us to use the social network no one wants to use" you mean?

It's quite possible this kind of tactic will get people using Google+, it's an entirely legitimate way to build critical mass on the platform. FaceBook remains king of social by inertia and crowd effects only.

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A single sign-on which *requires* you to provide your full name

Back in the good old days, telling someone your name was considered rather normal.

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Internet Explorer 11 for Win7 bods: Soz, no HTML5 fun for you

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Re: Basically, another bloody version

Though I was mistaken above, IE10 is different in Metro and Desktop mode already so it's already 2 versions (at least).

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@Kristian

Ah, I didn't realise they had decided to build Flash into the browser in that way - thanks for correcting. In that case we're left with the API possibility.

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HTML5-DRM isn't a killer feature until everyone stops supporting Flash/Silverlight and relies on HTML5. I can't see that happening very soon so to most users this isn't a reason to dump IE - only when lack of HTML5-DRM is an issue will they do that.

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@Tom 38

You seem to have forgotten how to read, or at least chose not to before responding to what I wrote.

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The only reason I can think of for this (other than bullying) is that all W7 PCs are assumed to have Flash, whereas Flash isn't allowed in IE in metro-mode on W8 (plugins are only allowed in the desktop version of IE in W8).

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Star Wars VII set for Xmas release. Ho, ho, ho... not THIS Christmas

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Re: Oh noes...

IV, V and VI were nothing special. Time - same message to those still campaigning for FireFly S2 - to get over it.

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Google 'fesses up: Yup, we're KILLING OFF IE9 support for Gmail, Apps

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Re: So when they say dropping support..

Presumably it just means they cease any formal testing on IE9. It might work on IE9 - it probably will - but they don't care if it doesn't.

I mean, gmail works on the experimental browser in my Kindle e-reader and they sure as heck don't test it on that browser!

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Microsoft: Just so you know, we'll be ceasing support for this OS in 7 years.

Google: Oh didn't you notice? We stopped supporting your OS last week.

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Re: "You WILL use CHROME!!"

Ah yes, Robin Hood wasn't a criminal because he stole from nasty people.

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Oooh! My NAUGHTY SKIRT keeps riding up! Hello, INTERNET EXPLORER

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Re: Inori is close, but not quite...

Are you Japanese? Do you know how marketing and advertising work in Japanese culture?

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McDonalds ponders in-store 3D printing for Happy Meal toys

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Re: Nothing but a story

Yeah, 3D printing has reached the end of the road, it's not going to get faster and cheaper in the next 5-10 years at all.

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Re: I agree with Sir Wiggum

So Star Trek was pointing to McDonalds then? This would be a great idea... printing burgers from vat-grown meat without a surly teenager spitting in them.

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Fury as OS X Mavericks users FORCED to sync contact books with iCloud

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Re: Are there any non-evil computer companies left?

Well since proprietary/closed-source software and walled gardens aren't inherently evil, your question makes no sense.

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Re: Nanny knows best

Perhaps you should look up the meaning of the word shill. The whole point of Apple users is they support Apple without Apple NEEDING shills.

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Facebook gives THUMBS DOWN to its OWN design makeover

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Unless you're a web-developer, there's no reason you'd know how this stuff typically works. Most FB users aren't web developers so your statement makes no sense, it's just nerd snobbery.

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Localisation

Is it a good idea to use text-buttons when most FaceBook users don't speak English as their first language? Or does FB offer localised versions of their buttons?

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Google's Nexus 5: Best smartphone bang for your buck. There, we said it

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"90% of what's needed"

Did you mean "90% of what's on offer in gimmick-filled phones" or "90% of what's needed". Because if it doesn't do 100% of what I need it's of little use!

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'Last EVER REAL Nokia' phone heads for Verizon, leaky pic-spurt reveals

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Don't these giant corporate sales generally take ages to actually go through... e.g. the news reports "MS has bought Skype" but it has to go through regulatory procedures and so on. Has MS already bought Nokia... if not do we know when it will be finalised?

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iPad 4 is so OVER: 5 times as many fanbois now using iPad Air - survey

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Re: I suppose...

>>Let's hope they are ready for the three-times-the-cost investment they'll have to make so they can edit Powerpoint documents...

Um, the value of work done in 5 hours could easily pay for the difference in cost in a single flight, certainly a return trip. I work freelance and if I can work on a long flight or train ride, that's several hundred pounds earned as well as making the time go by faster.

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'It's a joke!' ... Bill Gates slams Mark Zuckerberg's web-for-the-poor dream

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What's the point of surviving malaria if you can't benefit from technology

Well all the developed countries got to that position without the internet, so I'll wager if we cure malaria et al, it is possible to then provide education even without GoogleBalloons.

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iPad Air BARES ALL, reveals she's a high maintenance lady

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Re: The point is

Fixit were able to take it apart, that means any number of people running little kiosks and shops can do the same. The fixit guys aren't magicians... and they presumably only tried on one unit. Someone running a business of replacing your battery will do this hundreds of times and get VERY good at it.

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Re: Is there anybody who approves of this?

The question is not "is making it hard to repair a bad thing" but "do the gains of making it this hard to repair outweigh the problems".

It's not my specialist subject, but could they make the thing as light, slim and resilient using more accessible fastenings (i.e. screws and stuff)?

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Mars defends: HUMANS to SEND UFO to Red Planet by 2016

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re:Can I be the first to vote Piers Morgan on

No because the 'nauts have to be smart and capable enough to deal with the mission... the plan is those selected will undergo numerous years of intensive training in everything from medicine to gardening.

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Google's new Glass: Now with audio connection INSIDE the SKULL

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Re: There are so many ...

I don't know, but we were saying the same of smartphones and then touch-screen phones, and now we all have them.

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Style is subjective. Even in the same time and same city, widely disparate things are seen as stylish by different groups.

I don't see them being stupid looking as many want to claim... to me they look exactly like what we've been seeing in SciFi for decades. To many, bringing SciFi into the real world is cool.

In a few years nobody will look twice.

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FREEZE, GLASSHOLE! California cops bust Google Glass driver

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Re: hah hah hah

Hipsters care what they look like...

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Gasp! Twitter displays pictures in main feed as IPO looms

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Re: request to el reg

Yeah, and the colour red. Having to read it on a computer screen is rather a strain too, couldn't you make the site black & white and arrange to sent printed copies around, perhaps on a weekly basis?

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Picture size

If there are restrictions so you can't post massive images, I don't see this being a bad new feature. Having to click on links is annoying and shortened URLs are never trustworthy.

It'll make a twitter version of 4chan much more possible too :)

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Reg mobile correspondent Bill Ray hangs up his Vulture hat

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Re: The title is too long.

It is a nice idea in theory, I remember reading "A Christmas Carol" and seeing which sections others had highlighted. But I wouldn't normally stop reading to add notes unless I was reading for study rather than pleasure.

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Re: The title is too long.

I think you miss the point - Kindle provides this functionality with its normal slick style, but nobody seems to use it.

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Naughty Flash Player BURIED ALIVE in OS X Mavericks Safari sandbox

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Re: Interesting idea. When a user program crashes don't let it crash *others*

>>That's pretty much a ground up principle for mainframes and I thought most *nixes.

Then please explain why Linux webservers can become inaccessible, even via SSH, if something goes wrong with an application.

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New iPad mini gobbles Retina display, 64-bit brain, puts on little weight

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Re: does one need 128GB of RAM?

I load ripped DVDs onto my iPad to watch at the gym. Now I can obviously batch what's on there every few days, but it's a bit annoying. Equally if you go away with your iPad and want to watch non-streaming content, or can't guarantee good WiFi, you can easily fill it up with a single boxset.

If that isn't something you do, then I agree - 16Gb is/should be enough for most people with only a small amount of extra faffing.

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Re: But is it worth it?

Hard to say without actually trying them I imagine... is a BMW worth more than a Ford?

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Where do you buy RAM that is small enough to fit in an iPad for comparison?

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Re: Some Simple Maths

It also depends a lot on what the app is doing. A 3D game rendering at full resolution will need 4X the GPU power to get the same FPS (approximately) but pretty much any other app will not be maxing out the GPU. And, 3D apps don't have to render at full-resolution... they can still render at 1024x768 - which is just fine for 3D gaming on a small screen - and use loads more detail. It means you can render scenes at decent FPS you simply couldn't before.

And the CPU improvement is relevant in either case too - your game can have much better AI or whatever.

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Re: more or less the same size and resolution as any competing 7-8" tablet.

Meh, I have an iPad2 and the resolution on that is in no way a problem, let alone an embarrassment. It looks sharp and clear. When I use a retina and non-retina side by side, I'm hardly bowled over.

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>>Meanwhile, the rest of the industry decides to stick with tradition and continue to incorporate incremental improvements without making up kiddie-talk names for them.

Yeah, tech companies never make up stupid names for their new refinements. Only all the time.

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It's NOT an iPad - but that's FINE: I learned to LOVE Microsoft's Surface 2

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A single USB port is not enough

Really, on a tablet you should be praising it for having a full size USB port at all. The fact it's USB3, doubly so.

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Chrome for the slurp-weary: Cookie-binning Aviator browser arrives

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Shock news

Companies don't want to cut off their revenue sources. Who'd have thunk it, eh?

While a good point about tracking is made, it seems silly to suggest commerical browser makers "should" provide ad blockers. Adverts are, and always have been, part of the web.

Providing a way for 3rd-parties to create ad blockers is enough IMO.

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Pimp my office: 10 cubicle comforts

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What an uninspiring list

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New MacBook Pro: What's actually new, here?

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@wibble

I see nothing ridiculous about it. Most PC workers are not glued to the keyboard/mouse - certainly not the keyboard.

I have tried the motion of raising my hand to do this and it feels quite natural, as long as the screen isn't too far away. At a trendy standing desk - which I am currently trialling - it actually feels quite natural.

Granted I wouldn't want to KEEP my arm outstretched but some use cases fit it quite well. I don't think it's necessary, but I think it has SOME merit - if someone can work out the kinks. And sorting out the kinks so it can be slick would suit Apple.

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Re: still no touch on the pros and air?

I am slightly surprised Apple haven't "invented" touch-screen PCs yet.

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