* Posts by JDX

5707 posts • joined 28 May 2010

The late 2014 Apple Mac Mini: The best (and worst) of both worlds

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"But at least it used to be a doddle to expand the previous incarnation’s memory: rotate the base, unclip the Wi-Fi card’s antenna, unscrew a metal plate, and there’s your RAM slot."

That's not even nearly true. You simply rotate the base, and the RAM is RIGHT THERE (in the 2012 model anyway).

I also very much doubt Yosemite is really using 7Gb of RAM out of the box.

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Microsoft, Dropbox execs go public with their Office hookup

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Re: All good

If they really want them, they can probably get them anyway. And no I don't mind, if Obama is that bored he is free to look.

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HP's pet lizard is FERAL PERIL says wildlife group

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Forget the perils of iguanas...

...it's disgusting that they promote destroying the planet with reckless printing. Surely little Tommy should've set up a viral #BringBackOurIguana campaign on social media and championed the cause on national TV.

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Re: TV direction

It's not because the population are idiots but because they love to sue. Other countries have as many idiots but they wouldn't try and sue the company when they drive on the wrong side of the road after watching an advert.

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Like crocodiles, green iguanas make appealing pets when young

That sounds like something only an Australian would say. I'd never considered a croc to be appealing.

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Improving JavaScript: Google throws AtScript into the mix

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Re: Most (if not all of this) this was available in JS2 2006 or so.

Considering how all major players are clamouring how their browser is the new fastest JS machine...

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Why don't the various major browser manufacturers just agree to add a proper language in their browsers, i.e. JS 2.0 or something? It would take a long time but we got there with HTML5 in the end.

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Mozilla promises browser just for DEVELOPERS3

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Developers! Developers! Developers!

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UN: Fossil fuels should be TERMINATED 86 years from now

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Re: I want to see change in my lifetime. Now.

By "where I live" I pretty much mean the UK.

It seems rather suspicious that climate change, for all the "it can make things colder as well as hotter, dryer as well as wetter" claims (or excuses if you were cynical), only has bad effects. Some places will suffer, others will thrive.

Whether we will have to face changes in our own lives or not, I rather suspect that we cannot fix/prevent the changes we'll experience in our own lives now, we can only avoid them getting even worse after we're gone. i.e. what we do now will have an effect 50 years down the line.

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Re: I want to see change in my lifetime. Now.

I haven't seen any obvious change in my lifetime that needs to be reversed and I'm really not sure anyone else has, other than "you had proper summers when I were a lad".

Where I live the weather is OK; we don't get washed away or serious droughts etc. More seriously, DO most people really give a fig about doing something for "our children" if they won't be there to see it - or in fact if even your children will be dead by then? Is that kind of altruism really that common or am I just overly cynical and selfish?

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Bona-fide SCIENCE: Which forms of unusual sex are, um, mainstream?

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Re: "view the psychology departments of the world primarily as a source of entertainment"

Would psychology predict a snotty rant to quip on an internet forum?

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"view the psychology departments of the world primarily as a source of entertainment"

Psychology is not a science

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Would you recognise the Vans shoes logo? Neither would Euro trademark bods

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Maybe they need a logo which looks like a van then.

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Microsoft now licensing Windows by the user, across multiple devices

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Buy for existing systems?

Is this likely to mean I can buy a license for PCs I've already got, so I can clone my W7 system onto a second PC?

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Windows XP market share FELL OFF A CLIFF in October

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Re: "Net" marketshare

Most corporate worstations are allowed to browse the internet so I don't think the XP "dark matter" is anything like as significant as you suggest.

You're also blindly assuming that all those "dark" PCs are running XP rather than Vista/7/8.x, in fact you're using the lack of data to argue this is the case which is hugely unscientific,

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Branson on Virgin Galactic fatal crash: 'Space is hard – but worth it'

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Re: Oh no it is

And you don't think a vehicle which can do a sub-orbital flight and return to be used hundreds of times is worth anything?

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Apple spent just ONE DOLLAR beefing up the latest iPad Air 2

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Crappy reporting

The cost of the components today in the Air2 is presumably about the same as the cost of the components in the Air1 when it went on sale.

That's probably why the iPad prices haven't changed (I think?) - they refresh the spec to fit the desired price point.

You get a lot more from your money in terms of components than you did before.

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Tim Cook: The classic iPod HAD TO DIE, and this is WHY

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@Mark 65

Mark you totally fail to understand how these things work. Apple don't make the iPod because you find it's the best option. They make it because the mass market wants to buy it. The mass market has made it clear that a device which requires daily charging is just fine, since they generally have access to electricity, and that ~32Gb is just fine as far as storage goes. A minority who demand more space but don't want to pay through the nose may well have jumped to Android/WindowsPhone so they can slip in a128Gb SD card but the sales speak for themselves - people aren't, in general, interested.

You almost hit the nail on the head talking about two devices re: cameras but again fail to realise that for most people, a separate camera is pointless. A minority want a separate camera but it's no longer something everyone buys, more a specialist item. That's the territory the iPod finds itself in now and it simply isn't a big enough market for Apple to divert attention to.

If there is demand, someone else will step up and make one. Given Apple make great profit on the iPod, suggesting they killed it deliberately is silly. They go where the money is, and it's not in storing 256Gb in your pocket.

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Swedish 'Future minister' doesn't do social media

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Re: I'm wondering

Running things through Twitter at least implies the public can see what you're up to - an uncommon level of transparency.

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Facepalm

Maybe she's too busy getting some bloody work done to be posting here personal thoughts on the internet.

;)

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Re: tax raising monkeys in charge

I thought Sweden was held up to the world as a semi-socialist utopia?

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Arrrr GOSH! Argos website goes titsup to make it EVEN BETTER

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I'm surprised more restaurants/bars don't try the app route. Of course making sure you were ordering from the branch you were in would be important but forcing you to scan a QR "table number" code could automate that.

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My Argos has free WiFi. I can pay for stuff before I leave the house.

And they have a partnership with eBay (I think).

So they rather seem to be doing as you suggest already.

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Jim Beam me up, Scotty! WHISKY from SPAAACE returns to Earth

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Re: Blasphemy

Soccer?

Besides that's a bad comparison. You're comparing a sport with a wonderful, venerable tradition for the masses, with football, a sport for drunken louts.

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Re: Expected effects?

Lots of weird stuff happens in microgravity, the experiment is not without precedent.

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Mozilla: Spidermonkey ATE Apple's JavaScriptCore, THRASHED Google V8

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Re: Speak for yourself

I run Windows, Mac, and iOS but what we use is irrelevant. Nobody in the world would claim Windows wasn't the dominant OS of internet-connected computers, by a long way. It _might_ not be the market leader overall when you factor mobile, but then mobile don't run OSX or Linux... so either they should be benchmarking on Android or Windows.

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IE doesn't work on Mac or Linux (which is where we benchmark right now)

So you run your benchmarks on operating systems most people don't actually use?

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Amazon hopes FIRE STICK will light up its video service

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"After this it seems to have disappeared completely"

"After this it seems to have disappeared completely. You’ll have a hard time finding it on the Amazon home page amidst the offers for Kindles, while even Prime members don’t get the hard sell."

1)Go to amazon.co.uk

2)Hover over or click "your prime"

Or:

1)Start typing the name of a film/TV-show in the main search box

And oh look.

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iPad Air 2: Vulture chews on new Apple tablet

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Re: Specs - blimey

What can an i7 CPU that a 486 cannot? I can write code that will compile equally well for either.

While I agree that for the majority of apps and the OS itself, this makes no real difference:

1)If a game would previously run at 10fps and now at 20fps, that means before it was unusable and now it is fast enough to be fun. So whole new types of effects and so on can be used which simply weren't possible before.

2)Similarly, increasing the speed increases the range of applications you can run on the device which require real-time perfromance and cannot be allowed to skip. Games are one obvious example but similarly real-time audio/video applications such as guitar effects modellers, etc

71% isn't "a bit faster" either.

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Specs - blimey

Considering how big a jump the Air was from the 4 (and the 4 from the 3 and the 3 from the 2) it's pretty impressive to get such a performance jump at roughly the same power usage.

It's pretty mind-blowing how powerful a modern tablet is; these newest ones must surely have reached the point of being comparable with a low-mid-range desktop, or at least a PC a few years old. The sheer grunt of CPU/GPU means they really can do pretty serious stuff.

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16GB would be fine in the scenario described, but as mentioned it can fill up quite easily if you install games or videos

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Even a broken watch is right twice a day: Not an un-charged Apple Watch

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Re: Is a broken watch is right twice a day?

Given that typical watches show each second for about a second (whether digital or analog) rather than moving in a continuous fashion, about 2 seconds a day.

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"You’re going to wind up charging it daily"

Nice pun there Tim.

Would it be possible to have a windable e-watch, how much winding would you have to do?

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FATTIES: Boffins say their miracle sunshine skin cream 'prevents obesity'

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Re: FFS There is NO miracle cure

Oh dear. Someone has a metabolism which means they don't put weight on easily and has combined this with a GCSE in physics... what's that saying about a little knowledge being dangerous?

"If you want to lose weight you need to have less calories coming in than are going out" is at a similar level as "you are less likely to be in a car accident if you don't drive".

The human body is incredibly complicated. The basic calories in/used argument is obviously true but if you take two people they won't gain the same calories from eating exactly the same food and they won't use the same calories from doing the exact same activities.

For all those who think they can apply conservation of energy blindly, go work out the mass-energy equivalence of the calories contained in a big-mac.

And OF COURSE diets work. "Eating sensibly" IS a diet, you muppet.

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Re: Also

Really? What do all the skinny women you know eat?

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Meet Mr Gamification: He's got a NUDGE or two for you

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Re: The event sounds awful...

Gamification != a game

But adding scoring metrics and goals means users are motivated to try to better their score, and continue using the simulator longer than they would otherwise. Clever metrics will motivate them to focus on important aspects more.

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Re: The event sounds awful...

The moment you add goals or scoring metrics to a simulator, that is gamification.

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The event sounds awful...

...and rather spoiling the image of gamification which certainly CAN be powerful and very serious. I developed a training simulator teaching doctors how to perform a surgery which used this idea, and they liked it very much.

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Lumia 830: Microsoft hopes to seduce with slim 'affordable' model

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Impressive

Removable battery, SD and Qi built in, all in the same phone. Is that a first in the Lumia range, most seem to have one or two?

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Fanboi-and-fanfare-free fondleslabs fail to fire imagination

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They're incremental updates

Adding the finger-print doodah is the one real change, because Air and Mini-retina were the big upgrades... we don't NEED another big one. I don't think even Apple expect people to upgrade every generation, this is just keeping the lineup fresh.

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Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec

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Re: Downvotes

Rather than being distracted by Glass, you could use it to record the date for hours/days/weeks of introspection "what he mean when he said that" "is she giving me signals when she touches her hair" etc

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Pretty arrogant

If you're the type of person who would wear Glass on a date, the chances are the type of person who would date you would also be a big nerd. They might be interested or even turn up wearing Glass themselves! Maybe Glass is how you got talking to each other in the first place, I imagine if two wearers see each other they often say hello.

It rather suggests only men would wear Glass, and no women are nerds, or want to date nerds, which is hardly the case and is actually kind of sexist. Some of the biggest nerds I know are women.

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MARS NEEDS WOMEN, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less

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Re: Serious question

Why do you think femonauts would be permitted to menstruate while in space? It seems foolish to have to ship sanitary products so I very much think they'd be forced to be on the pill (or similar).

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Re: Missed the most crucial point

Yeah, isn't casual sexism funny.

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Re: You seem to be confounding weight (or lack thereof) with mass.

Nope, you are confusing real life with GCSE level physics. When you carry something heavy from point A to B, the vast majority of the work done is not accelerating the mass, but fighting the gravitational force. In free-fall, moving a 20Kg sack of spuds involves a simple push at the start, let it float across and another push to stop it. About 2 seconds of physical activity, regardless of the distance. On earth, you have to trudge/drag/pull it the whole way. On Mars, the same but it's far easier.

The wrench example is correct but considering the whole point of the wrench is to overcome physical weakness in humans in the first place, just making the handle 1 inch longer would overcome the issue!

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Re: Who would deal with the spiders from mars?

How much heavy lifting do you think will be involved in weightless space travel and low-weight conditions on Mars?

And if you want to just say "men are better than women" stop beating round the bush and just say it.

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Boffins who stare at goats: I do believe they’re SHRINKING

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So as long as climate change isn't reversed the goats will be fine, as the harsh winters aren't happening. In fact, we'd be endangering the goats if we DID reverse CC?

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Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012

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How does Ireland make any money by being a tax haven ?

You have to pay tax somewhere but if you funnel all your profit into a country with a much lower taxation rate, you pay far less tax - but that country gets all of it. So for example Ireland might get tax on all of Google's EU profits, in a simple example.

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I don't think a terrible idea is better than no idea. Forbidding all these companies from operating in the UK is an idea.

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Taxing revenue is a stupid idea. My 1-man company's profits are something like 80% of revenue, for large corporations it could be only 2% if they rely on bulk sales at tiny margins.

And, personal tax sort of taxes profit rather than income by giving you a tax-free earnable allowance; you only pay tax on earnings after (approx) £10k. If you tot up your essential expenditure (averaged over adults in your home I suggest) where does it come relative to that? At a very rough guess in our household the allowance is about 2/3 of the per-person spending so not great but not a million miles off either.

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