* Posts by JDX

5716 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Microsoft does a U-turn, releases Windows 8.1 to developers early after all

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Re: @JDX

Thanks guys. And to the dumbos who down-vote honest questions, get a life.

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Hang on

MSVS 2013 requires Win 8.1? I thought they were allowing us to carry on using Win7 for developing?

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Five SECRET products Apple won't show today

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Re: Who the hell cares?

"You forget! There are millions of mindless zombies out their desperately searching for their indentity by purchasing one!"

Get off the keyboard, and get some fresh air. It will do you good.

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Nobody with a brain buys into over-priced crap.

It's a conundrum how you need to be rather wealthy to buy Apple stuff then, given that outside the world of sport it's rather hard to earn big bucks without a brain.

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TV's goggle gaggle: EVERYBODY'S first with something at consumer tech feast

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How do you measure curved TV size?

Straight line from corner to corner as normal, or drape a bit of string to get the extra distance and make it seem as big as possible?

Two 3D images on one screen is pretty impressive technically, though I guess rather pointless.

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Seagate parades spinning skinny model to oust flash from fondleslabs... almost

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Re: It's not like this is a new concept

Indeed. I never heard the iPos classic had problems and that must take far more jiggling since people use it on the move, even running, whereas tablets are generally used while standing still. People surely don't throw their tablets around much, they're too expensive and shiny to risk scratching!

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Bin half-baked Raspberry Pi hubs, says Pimoroni: Try our upper-crust kit

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Re: The least of its problems

Could they supply it without one but with the chipset still included so people can solder/clip one on?

Although I feel having a tiny computer which is smaller than all the bits you glue on to make it usable suggests you should perhaps have bought something a bit more complete in the first place!

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Microsoft to unveil new Surface slabs at September 23 event

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Re: Simple test

Pro isn't even competing in the same market as a 7" Android tablet. Pro isn't trying to be a mass market iPad killer, it's trying to exploit a market in which there are no competitors at all (other than other windows tablets).

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Pro

Did the original Surface Pro even make it to the UK yet?

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Amazon DENIES launch of iPhone-killing freebie smartphone

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Re: @JDX

Yes, and if it's locked how do you circumvent that?

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Re: Invitation to an antitrust lawsuit

If they were deemed to be exploiting a monopoly to gain market share elsewhere that would be bad (what happened to MS). But it's hard to find a market Amazon could be claimed to have a monopoly on. At least so far.

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Re: Free = very locked down?

You're forgetting that 99% of the population aren't nerds and wouldn't even think of rooting their phone, even if it was easy to do. In fact, a few nerds saying how cool the AmazonPhone is [because they can root it to Android] might even act as advertising to the average Joe... "well my brother's a nerd and he likes it, so it must be good".

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Apple prepares to unleash iPhone 5S, 5C for the GREAT BRAWL OF CHINA

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Re: Cheaper Option?!?!

What about the iPod Shuffle then?

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Re: Does this mean

There's not a hope in hell you'd be able to buy a new 4S for £300. They remain in massive demand - hell even a 4 is still pretty pricey unless you buy a used 2nd hand one.

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Smartwatch news: Sleek-but-vaporous timepiece promised by... NISSAN?

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Re: Road Safety

I think when you're in the car, all the information the watch shows would be visible on the dashboard.

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Re: To be fair

It is a little tag/handcuff-esque, but I like the fact it looks a bit sci-fi.

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Google Nexus 7 2013: Fondledroids, THE 7-inch slab has arrived

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Re: iPad Mini 2

>>Not sure how a 35% difference can really be considered "reasonably close".

Similar ballpark in my view, especially by Apple standards.

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iPad Mini 2

Assuming Apple do reveal this as expected, that will be the chief competition and it will be interesting to see a direct comparison since the prices will be reasonably close. For instance should Apple do a full retina 2048x1536 display in the mini 2, they win back the dpi crown but what about performance benchmarks?

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The Solar System's second-largest volcano found hiding on Earth

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Re: Square miles? Feet

For a start the UK also uses imperial units.

And then of course, exactly how enlightened/civilised is using a measurement system based on how fingers you've got? Seems pretty primitive to me.

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Re: Goin' downtown

Or maybe the plates could just get 'stuck'?

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Since about as long ago as we measure distance in miles.

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Virgin Galactic spaceship goes supersonic in second test flight

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It really does look exactly like something on the cover of a 1970s SciFi magazine!

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Penguins, prepare to get SPACED OUT: Ubuntu 13.10's Mir has docked

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eliminate the need to differentiate between devices

It's proved popular for MS.

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Crack open those wallets: Microsoft is raising software prices AGAIN

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Isn't the point that they are pushing Azure prices down and self-host prices up to encourage people to move to PAAS?

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It's the software, stupid: Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch bags big apps

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Re: This world needs lots of things.

If their friends are also joggers, they'll find it interesting. The rest of us will presumably (hopefully) be able to block those posts specifically.

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Apps

Is it going to have Netflix?!

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Re: Reportedly...

How exactly is this giving Apple a kicking? It only paves the way for them to enter a market that actually exists.

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Wrist SLAP: Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch hands-on

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Or what happens when you want to change your phone

This is v1.0 for early adopters and as such, aimed at people who are happy with limitations to live at the bleeding edge. Wait for v2.0 or iWatch for something slicker.

If it takes off, you can bet Android will get built-in support to fix these issues.

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Panasonic whips out MONSTER fondleslab for serious S&M sessions

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Re: Someone has to say it

It'll be really annoying to have a tablet that I can run all my existing applications on.

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Niche but cool

I can see some uses for this, in specific situations. I even sure a MS Surface (the table not the tablet) used in a restaurant recently.

In my field - medical visualisation - I could definitely use one of these. Maybe I'll have to try and get a demo unit ;)

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BT doles out measly 2GB to customers in Dropbox-alike BT Cloud

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Re: I don't trust any of them.

You realise that isn't cloud, and is barely even storage? One of the main benefits of proper cloud storage is the possibility for massive redundancy. I guess your provider would sell you backup services for your server but then that would probably just be using a proper cloud anyway :)

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our fascist (or communist depending on your viewpoint) government

Says it all about the typical ranty poster. Doesn't know what these words mean, just that the moment your government takes more control than you like over any aspect of your life, they must be one or the other. Probably better throw in 'evil' at the same time... that bunch of evil fascists.

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iPad 5, Retina iPad mini with 'A7X' chip home for the holidays – report

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iPad Mini 2

I'm actually pretty interested in a better specced mini - for development work I have an iPad 2 and I don't really want to spend full whack on a 3/4. If the mini is basically a 3/4/5 in a smaller case for less money, this is perfect.

I seriously doubt iPad mini 2 will use the iPad5 chip though. Makes more sense to me the mini uses previous generation tech - iPad mini is an iPad 2, iPad mini2 should be an iPad 3 or 4 spec.

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You'd prefer they didn't improve the specs?

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Jury reckons Motorola wasn't 'fair and reasonable' to Microsoft

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Looking forward to the comments on this one...

Should be very balanced and objective.

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Ministry of Sound sues Spotify over user playlists

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Re: Madness

So what - it is their brand. A brand they have been building and marketing for decades

And for the sake of argument, compiling a CD might not be the most strenuous job but you have to assume it still takes a fair amount of time for them to decide the songs to use and the ordering - real bands take ages sometimes doing the same on their albums after all. So while you coming up with the same order by chance is perfectly fine, deliberately copying their work is a bit dubious. Doing so and then distributing this USING their brand name seems a bit blatant.

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Mixing

It's been a long time, but I thought MOS sold recorded mixes, i.e. NOT just bunging songs on a CD?

Anyway, what about NOW? If I call a playlist NOW45 what then?

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Re: Madness

Copying the order and calling it the same name as the CD.

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Samsung stakes claim to smartwatch market with Galaxy Gear

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This is why Apple wait rather than innovate

They don't want to bring the buggy, untested products to market, only a polished slick version based on thorough examination of the failings and successes of first-to-market products.

As a business strategy, it makes sense to me!

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Sysadmins hail Windows Server 2012 R2's killer ... clipboard?

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Confused

I've been copying and pasting between VM and host machine and between VMs for ages through use of RDP. It does seem pretty arbitrary when it works and when it doesn't.

I'm not a sysadmin, just a humble user, so can someone explain why what they've announced isn't what I already use?

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Hypersonic 'scramjet' aims for Mach 8 test flight

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Re: Ok what have I missed

Oh come on. Gravity may be detectably different at the poles but really this is not a factor in doing rough sums. And they are not going a long way up - the Earth's radius is ~6400km so they are only going to be 5% further from the centre of mass than you are right now. Again, measurable but pretty minor.

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myOpenID to close down for good in February 2014

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Re: and what happens

I think you'll find most of us have G/F accounts, but don't want to use them as ubiquitous logins.

Doesn't StackExchange work primarily on OpenID - I have about a dizen sites all on the same login so that's going to be annoying.

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Xbox One launch date REVEALED - and it's on the 360's birthday

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8 years

Wow, that's a long time in computer terms.

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Canadian comet impact fingered for triggering prehistoric climate shift

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the Corossal crater

Is it?

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Barnes & Noble knock Nook slate down to £79

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Specs and usefulness?

How are these as general Android tablets... and how crippled are they if you don't root them? Would one of these be adequate for Netflix/iPad HD streaming - that'd be the main use other than web-browsing & email.

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'Peeping while you're sleeping' NSA parody T-shirt ban BACKFIRES

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So basically the creator of the shirt is lying about their shirt being censored in order to sell more shirts?

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But it's only wafer thin: Skinniest keyboard EVER is designed by Camby biz

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If they make it cheap enough

Every iPad case could have one as standard (like the Surface but you don't have to pay silly money). Apple could invent the idea of a tablet with keyboard... or more seriously could be the first company to actually do it in a slick way people want to buy/use (actually I think MS did that with Surface but nobody noticed).

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iPhone rises, Android slips in US, UK

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The biggest chunk of Android market share is surely the Samsung Galaxy series

Surely it's not. That would imply most people own premium top-end phones and that seems massively unlikely when you consider how many low/mid-range models are on offer. Most people don't want to pay £35+/month.

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Microsoft gives TechNet a one-off reprieve

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As the old saying goes...

... if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Technet and MAPS both fall into that category for me. They're amazing resources for a tiny startup.

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It's official: Apple sends out invitations for September 10 event

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Re: Think of the fanbois - El reg.

I bet you can use your iPhone to turn on a coffee maker.

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