* Posts by JDX

5911 posts • joined 28 May 2010

4Chan man Moot logs off as admin for last time

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So long...

...and thanks for all the F***

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Microsoft will give away Windows 10 FREE - for ONE year

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Cortana?

I'm still waiting for it on my Lumia 1020. At least I think I am, nobody has told me it's available or that I have it installed, and voice recognition is only good enough for "phone mum" or "call 0123 456 789".

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Polish chap builds computer into a mouse

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128 GB flash ... nobody will be able to work for long with so little storage

If it was 32GB maybe, since many Win8 tablets ships with 32-64Gb SSDs. For a travel-PC that spare 90Gb will do nicely, we forget just how much space ONE gigabyte is when it comes to storing documents!

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#CASHTAGS are a thing: you can now bank on Twitter

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Seemingly both incredibly daft and actually quite cool, in a nerdy kind of way.

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'If you see a stylus, they BLEW it' – Steve Jobs. REMEMBER, Apple?

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re:some of us were not born with dainty little pinkies but chipolata digits

I think all of us were BORN with dainty fingers. They just didn't stay that way.

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It's almost like the world of technology changes over time.

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Facebook poaches design talent from Toronto firm – fate of staff unknown

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Re: unclear if ...

America's the best country in the world and if you don't agree I'll shoot you with this gun I am entitled to own.

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unclear if ... staffers will disrupt their home lives in Toronto in favour of a job in San Francisco

In an American's eyes, a Canadian would view the opportunity to relocate to the US of A like a winning lottery ticket!

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Buggy? Angry? LET IT ALL OUT says Linus Torvalds

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Re: So he admits it

Gates was known for being pretty tough too in the early days, but more on the technical side where you might get ripped apart if your proposal wasn't thorough.

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This could be a case for Mulder and Scully: Fox 'in talks' to bring back The X-Files

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Re: Reboot

Well they both left already didn't they - X-files went on for something like 9 series and at least one of the main cast left well before the end. I only watched the first few series but I'm told it went down the Lost route i.e. crap.

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Saudi govt pauses flogging dad-of-3 for Facebook posts – after docs intervene

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Re: All things considered...

I'm not sure - being lashed to the point they have to stop so you don't die, allowed to heal so they can repeat the process, TWENTY TIMES, many might prefer death. He's surely likely to die from the punishment and/or spend years in agony.

Ugh.

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Elon Musk: Wanna see a multimillion-dollar rocket EXPLODE? WATCH THIS

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Re: boom

It was pretty soft really, all things considered - like it was coming down sideways.

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Kiss your Glass goodbye: Google mothballs techno-specs (for now)

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I recommend reading "The Light of Other Days" (SF novel) as a "what if privacy disappeared" thought experiment. It's quite apt. For that matter, the Culture universe (Iain M Banks) - which is often depicted as a free-thinking utopia - shares this concept although it's not really a key theme.

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The implementation was undeniably ugly but there's really SO much promise to the concept. Maybe not for every-day use - that depends on fashion as much as utility - but for many, many learning and educational uses.

I have a few great app ideas but it seems a bit pointless to work on them with nobody to sell the apps to :(

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Pretty misleading title

They've stopped selling the prototype version and moving the development team out of the "pie in the sky department" into a real division - that sounds more like gearing up for a real product to me.

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Microsoft rolls out even cheaper 'Notkia' Lumias

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Re: Meh.

Yeah, the 1020 is flipping amazing not just as a camera but for video and audio. When you record a live band/gig on it, and play it back in your living room, it actually sounds like you remember it!

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Bacon-smoking locals provoke noxious Chinese smog

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Re: Giving up smoking bacon?

The picture even shows someone half-way through trying to make a bacon roll-up.

I guess you could grind up crispy bacon and mix it with tobacco. I'm hereby registering "Pigar"

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Google UK doubles London Kings X mega-office sprawl

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Re: (sigh)

So you want to the EU to dictate tax rates to member states?

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Re: (cough) Tax (cough)

You pay tax on profit. Paying 2000 salaries costs quite a lot :)

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Google unleashes build-it-yourself 'Ara' SLABLET phones (in Puerto Rico)

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Re: resell

Yeah, every country uses the same technical standards.

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Microsoft snubs Codeplex, moves big projects to GitHub

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Using an open-source tool in preference to their own product? Ouch. They used to use Perforce for Windows OS development as well during the VSS era.

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$500 TEDDY BEAR teaches tots to spit up personal data

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Re: Nearly 60 years ago, my parents started raising me.

That seems a poor argument, regardless how useless this particular product is.

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With baby crap that's all you need to sell, sometimes... play on the worried parents' insecurities about their ability to look after the child.

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I think you're overthinking this.

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Re: Creepy

Parents have been using baby monitors for decades so really this is in that mold, not some new development.

Still way OTT though, you'd be constantly freaking out "oh no his heart-rate is 2bmp faster than normal what's wrong"

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Silicon Valley WAGE-FIX: Tech firms mull new deal to kill staff lawsuit

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Re: BUT...

It's a fix!

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Re: No settlement, EVER....

Giving 10% of annual revenue to said employees is ridiculous. They would be so much richer than their peers that everyone else would be jealous they never got screwed over in the first place!

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It's hacker jihad: Islamist skiddies square up to Anonymous

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Re: For fuck's sake

Anon don't really care who they fight with as long as they have someone to fight and it gets them in the news.

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TERROR in SPACE: ISS 'NAUTS FLEE 'gas leak' to Russian module

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They probably store them in their side of the ISS.

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PlayStation-processor-powered plutonium probe prepares Pluto pics

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Light, camera, wait - what about the light?

40X further from the Sun than Earth is, there can't be a whole lot of light to take pictures. Does that mean pictures will inevitably be low-quality or does it carry a massive flash-bulb?

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UNDER A VEST: Man cuffed for smuggling 94 iPhones strapped to his body

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Re: Metaldetector

He should've carried 5C models then it would've been OK.

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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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