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* Posts by JDX

5405 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Samsung, carriers tout first Tizen mobes for late 2013

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How is using HTML5 for apps the way to promote efficient use of CPU and prolong battery life?

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Peak Facebook: British users lose their Liking for Zuck's ad empire

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Re: Zucky is pretty good at biz

MS has been top for 25 years an still hasn't sunk. FB isn't going anywhere soon... not until something else comes to replace it.

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Re: Hotel Facebook

What a small and sad life you lead.

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Cue idiots...

"Facebook is about to disappear"

No, it has merely (finally) reached the peak of stupidly fast growth and now has to take a reality check. Until something comes along to usurp it, FB will remain a big player.

Also remember this is specific to the UK, who are probably like 3% of FaceBook's user-base.

FB is no longer the cool new thing but it is still the dominant player... look how many decades MS has stayed top and how slowly their position is eroded even with Vista and W8.

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Penguin pays $75m to settle ebook price-fixing case

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Does this means Amazon won?

They were strenuously complaining about publishers fixing prices on Kindle books, meaning they sometimes sold paper copies cheaper than e-books, so does all this mean companies like Amazon now but e-books at an agreed price and can sell them for whatever they want?

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'Leccy car biz baron Elon Musk: Thanks for the $500m, taxpayers...

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Re: Okay then...

Or one that's worth having.

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Apple cored: Samsung sells 10 million Galaxy S4 in a month

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Re: iPhone no longer compelling

What rot. The market can support multiple top-end phones at once, not only one. When Ferrari bring out a stunning new model, Lamborghini don't go bankrupt.

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More than half of Windows 8 users just treat it like Windows 7

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Almost nobody using Windows Store apps, survey finds

Not surprising. However I think the whole concept of a desktop app-store is to blame, not MS' implementation - I would expect to find the Mac AppStore isn't used much and that is a MUCH more integrated ecosystem. Similarly, the Chrome AppStore for PCs.

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FLABBER-JASTED: It's 'jif', NOT '.gif', says man who should know

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Re: 25 years too late

How do you know he hasn't spent 25 years saying this?

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Yahoo 'won't screw Tumblr'? Then Tumblr will screw its balance sheet

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Re: What is cool?

>>Keith Richard is cool. Apple, Google, Yahoo, Tumblr, Facebook and Myspace aren't, weren't and never could be.

What planet are you on? Apple is cool. Facebook was/is. Myspace definitely was once.

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Microsoft reveals Xbox One, the console that can read your heartbeat

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Re: The sleek, black 64-bit system carries an eight-core x86 processor...

I wonder why they went for an 8-core CPU then, games are hard to multi-thread efficiently so I'd have thought a fast dual/quad core CPU would be better. But perhaps the price-point necessitates AMD.

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I thought that too - just a black box. Hardly sleek based on that photo, not that it really matters IMO.

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Re: The sleek, black 64-bit system carries an eight-core x86 processor...

Is it actually a fancy 8-core CPU or just a standard i5 with hyperthreading?

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Re: Rest of the world?

Well you can already get apps for LoveFilm and Sky Now and iPlayer on XBox360 so why would it be any different?

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Re: x86 Arch

When you are only targeting one specific hardware combo, you can tune for it.

Also... even the original XBox was x86 and based on Windows/DirectX.

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Kinect steals the show (again)

Other than Kinect it seems a simple evolutionary update - better hardware, more integration, etc. Which is not a complaint really. But it seems like Kinect may again overshadow the platform itself... like nVidia accidentally entering the super-computer market this could be one of MS' big wins this decade.

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XBox has used DirectX since the original XBox...

What ahppens is every game dev company writes their own abstraction libraries (game engine) around the underlying APIs so they don't have to write separate code for each platform for each game.

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Smartwatch face off: Pebble, MetaWatch and new hi-tech timepieces

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Re: Smart watches are still pretty dumb

Charging weekly is hardly an issue. Build chargers into mouse-mats (actually I patent that).

A screen that turns off when not being used is not a problem either really in my view if you get advantages to make up for it.

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David Cameron asks UK biz to pay their low, low taxes

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By paying his corporation tax? Or by going back in time and changing his father's tax planning?

No doubt you have full copies of his tax records to indicate he is not a person but a corporation paying VAT in Luxembourg?

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The iWatch is coming! The iWatch is coming!

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Re: The iWatch is coming! Ergo The Microsoft Windows Watch 8 Pro is coming!

You don't need to upgrade a WP7 phone, you just wait a year for the free upgrade. Like 95% of Android users in fact. The only people who reliably upgrade their mobile OS in bulk are iPhone users because Apple virtually force you to.

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Re: Watch out!

Don't let the facts get in your way AC, those sales figures are totally irrelevant.

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display smaller than a smartphone is going to struggle to display ... with any degree of usability

People said texting on a touchscreen would be lousy and not catch on, too.

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They WANT to EAT YOUR COMPUTER - welcome your ANT overlords

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Re: Bah!

But clearly the point is, the circuit can be killed so the strategy works!

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Re: Windows 8 computers are safe

You still used a hashtag.

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Re: Windows 8 computers are safe

If we've started putting hashtags in comments, that's a new low.

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WordPress warns of mass Tumblr defections after Yahoo! deal

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prompted a flood of established users to flee

Or less politely, idiots.

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Crack Army pilot to be first PROPER British astronaut IN SPAAAACE

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Re: "Inspire the Next Generation"

Children are the next generation of adults you silly man.

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So you want to be a contractor? Well, here's how it works

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Re: Indeedy

That may indeed be you. Having your own company means you only need to take money out as needed so you can avoid seeing your personal bank balance getting so large you start frittering it away.

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more trouble than it's worth

Get your contracts reviewed and insurance against investigations through PCG and you're set. Many also get PI cover.

Definitely still worth going Ltd.

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Biz bods: Tile-tastic Windows 8? NOOO. We lust after 'mature' Win 7

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Re: Whats the point of a touch UI on a desktop?

People probably said the same about the mouse and GUIs once ;)

Actually, some of the Linuxtards on these forums probably STILL say it.

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Windows 7 sucks. It seems good to ... have not stepped outside the Windows microcosm

I've used OSX 10.5->10.8 a fair bit and I still think Win 7 is better than OSX.

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And?

It's still sales for MS. Many businesses skip a version anyway to save time & money, as long as they are buying Windows what does MS care... and many businesses will wait 1-2 years for issues to be discovered and fixed so we might be on 8.1/Blue by then and find they start switching at this point.

Who knows, if MS are going the Blue route maybe a business edition will allow even more of the Mettro stuff to be turned off as a policy?

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Google's Native Code browser tech goes cross-platform

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If NPAPI is proprietary how come it is supported in WebKit/Chrome and was even supported in older IE.

Not being able to grasp the point under discussion and going off on a technical tangent is a typical nerd failing. Only nerds would find it ambiguous what was being discussed.

And we do have a standard for running native code on different platforms - it's called an application. No reason to run it through the browser at all, unless of course you are trying to turn the browser into the OS and show that you don't need anything else... hardly a coincidence it's Google doing this.

Having said that, plugins are a pig and NPAPI is pretty ancient, but browsers are moving away from plugins already.

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Well done for missing the point, nobody said NaCl and ActiveX are alike technically (I know exactly what an ActiveX or NPAPI plugin is since I've written one). Rather that they are both attempts by dominant browsers to force standards on the world.

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It is a fair comparison, although I'm not sure other browsers were/are allowed to implement ActiveX even if they wanted to? PNaCl seems a dumb idea to me, you could just write a desktop app, so I can't seem other browsers wanting it really. It's technically very cool but I don't want every app to be inside the browser.

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US boffin builds 32-way Raspberry Pi cluster

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Very neat

Interesting point about the network cabling being an issue, they are quite heavy in comparison to the units themselves.

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Re: MSFT breeds Haters

Does Windows support 32 cores?

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Surface Pro to hit Blighty priced 25% up on top-o-the-range iPad

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Love the downvotes for what are entirely objective comments, based on the entirely factual nature of the iPad Vs Pro hardware.

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Pro is a whole lot more hardware for your money than iPad. Plug in your monitor and keyboard and it is a real computer.

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Strong anticipation that it will FAIL maybe

Loads of people seem genuinely interested in Surface PRO, while simultaneously laughing at Surface RT.

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Re: £800????

Windows 8 has the biggest ecosystem on the planet, apart possibly from Windows 7.

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That $1,000 the lad in Lagos needed? Just email it with Google Wallet

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Re: 'the launch should have PayPal and its ilk very worried indeed'

No. All they have to do is get businesses using it and people will learn quickly.

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Interesting

If they can roll it out to other nations this really could scare PayPal... to get money to people overseas PP is often the easiest (and even cheapest) way, but in many countries PP isn't able to link to local bank accounts. If Google can overcome that issue, you could see freelancers switching to it in droves.

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NASA signs off on sampling mission to Earth-threatening asteroid

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So now we'll know exactly what it is that wipes us out

Great.

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Google builds crowdsourcing into new Maps code stack

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Re: Map Of Reality scale 1:1

It's almost like if you want an amazing service, you need to give something back.

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Congress: It's not the Glass that's scary - It's the GOOGLE

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how the privacy of netizens USING the gizmo will be protected.

How is that an issue... it's just another Android device like your smartphone. The difference is surely about the privacy of those in FRONT of the glasses, not those BEHIND?

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Microsoft conceals job ad in Bing homepage

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It costs about $100 to advertise a job vacancy. It probably cost more than that to get this into the production version of the website. This is not about saving money.

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Re: Would you like to debug this page?

You'd only see it if you're a developer, you muppet. It's great when people rush in to show how clever they are and trip over their own shoelaces...

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I can't be arsed to knock up a greasemonkey script just to blot out your comments

So why not use the built-in "ignore commentard" functionality on the site then?

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