* Posts by JDX

5716 posts • joined 28 May 2010

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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Google's Native Code browser tech goes cross-platform

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

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

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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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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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IE 10 "Yeah so we like your standards, but we've decided to add some of our own

Just like Google, Mozilla, and everyone else then.

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Life on Mars means subsisting on grim diet of turd-garden spinach

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Re: Wow...

It is processed rather than being dumped straight on, generally speaking. Raw human sewage is not used due to disease risk.

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Murdoch hate sparks mass bitchin', rapid evacuation from O2, BE

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Re: Not so sweet

If you like O2 and hate Sky surely you should want Sky to get gouged for the extra £20m?

Anyway I don't care about that, free BB is a great deal so why cut of my nose to spite my face?

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Re: Another Plusnet refugee

The BBC fractured the rights, they could just have let it go like they do other things costing too much.

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Re: Murdoch may be evil

A company is a legal entity.

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Why would O2 be desperate to keep you when they're losing the contract? Free BB & £200 on my mobile account is a brilliant deal for a 12 month contract which Sky will honour, after which I'll either leave or expect Sky to offer some crazy good deal to keep ex-O2 customers.

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Re: An El Reg survey?

Surely the results are very location dependent... we find O2 excellent for speed and stability but others find them slow and crap.

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Re: Oh no!

O2 had unlimited usage and were charging £5.99 a month IIRC... hardly bad.

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Re: I'm going

Haven't plus.net always been part of BT? They are consistently #1 in customer satisfaction polls year after year.

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Not leaving, Murdoch not a factor

In fact we just moved house and I was anxious to get the new contract signed before the takeover was finalised because O2 offered me free broadband for the contract duration (12 months) AND £200 credit to my mobile account. They also said they expect Sky to honour the terms/price of existing contract terms so most likely we will stay with O2/Sky for the 12 months and then move to Plus.net who were the obvious choice until O2 made their free internet offer.

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Google tells Microsoft to yank its new WinPhone YouTube app

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Sums up the Reg audience

Google complain on behalf of content creators, Google who are famous for putting millions of books online without permission, and everyone sides with them because the other party is MS.

Well done everybody.

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Review: HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook

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Re: 1366 x 768 screen ?????

1366*768 works just as well today as it did 5 years ago for internet browsing and MS Office.

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Re: Are Chromebooks the new "No OS supplied" option?

Seem a bit long-winded, you can get a laptop with Windows already installed.

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New Lumia 925: This, loyalists, is the BIG ONE you've waited for

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Re: great hardware... rubbish OS

We're not all teenagers who want to hear Gangnam Style or "someone with a 10" knob got a text" every 5 minutes.

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(Microsoft still doesn't support music sync over Wi-Fi.)

I'm sure Zune is always telling me I can set up my device for wireless updates.

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Apple seeks techies, designers to revive iWork office suite

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there have been few major changes since 2009

A bit like MS Office then...

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Full metal jacket: Nokia launches new Lumia 925

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Re: Great, but...

And the great thing is, you have the freedom of choice. It's your nose, if you want to cut it off nobody is going to stop you, or want to know about it.

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Re: round objects

One assumes ecosystem == appstore? But many smartphone users are not very interested in apps, it is not something we all consider the main use of our phones... I have a few but mainly it's the web-browser and email I use.

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Not half as sad that Nokia have removed choice of operating systems as an option.

Please list one phone that has a choice of OS.

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Re: Full Metal Jacket?

That 1GB is enough for that OS?

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Microsoft: YES! You can have your desktop back again for FREE!

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For one thing, it is more efficient. For another it has better security... security alone is a big deal for many corporate users.

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Re: “advance the bold vision”

You don't make progress without taking risks. You don't take risks without knowing some will not pay off. Ribbon has (by and large) won users over, but it took a long while - many staunch haters now actually like it. Clearly, Metro desktop is one step too far, or too big a step in one go.

But I believe MS (and other companies) should be taking these kind of risks, if we go by what people want then what they want is nearly always what they know, which is what they have already. Many said touchscreen phones were dumb, and that the iPad was a dumb idea... they were both big risks that paid off.

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Windows 8 'sales' barely half as good as Microsoft claims

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Use it quite often. It's not.

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Re: Good observation

I use my PC about 12 hours a day for software development and I don't have a problem with W8... granted I don't use much of the Metro stuff but neither does it get in my way.

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Re: What IS surprising...

Good job they're about to bring out 8.1 then.

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Re: I only know one person using windows 8

@Eadon - of course Linux distros never use the same tactic of simply reporting the number of downloads rather than the number of installs or number of active users? EVERYONE finds the best way to present their numbers.

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Re: I agree...

Hit the windows key and you see a huge start menu listing all your applications... you don't have to type anything beyond hitting the windows key

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You thought only Google dodges UK taxes? So do all the Brit firms

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Well Duh

Amazon and Google don't do it because they're evil, but because it makes financial sense - ergo every company with competent CFO will do the same by default - if they don't they give a huge concession to their competitors who are doing it.

Tough, but true.

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Amazon launches own currency

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Re: Marketing gimmick

I may be wrong but I'm sure on PS3 if I want to buy film rentals or downloadable games, the ONLY way to do this is via PSN points which you have to buy into your 'wallet' first.

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Adobe price hike: Your money or your files, frappuccino sippers

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Re: What?

Someone else's copy of InDesign.

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Re: goodbye Adobe

Presumably they are more interested in professional users who use it all the time and "subscribe" already by upgrading to new versions as a matter of course.

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Its just makes it more difficult for new talent to enter the industry

Why? Surely they still offer a free trial at the very least?

I haven't looked, but do they allow short-term subscriptions that cost less than buying a boxed copy?

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UK.gov blows a fuse at smart meter stall, sets new 2020 deadline

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What is not to like?

Everything else...

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Oh jeez, we're onto "morally correct" and your "right" to electricity? That's like the people claiming conservation areas which forbid satellite dishes are "evil" because "Sky TV is a right".

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Loads of households have an interest in how much they spend - "if it's yellow let it mellow..." - "turn the lights out when you leave the room" - etc.

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>>accurate billing

Just send them actual meter readings...

>>The oft-repeated premise is that once we can see live charts of our energy consumption we will rush about turning stuff off, as the ruinous cost of electricity at the moment clearly isn't motivation enough.

This is a fair point, well-tested in fact. Tested by all those people who have those little boxes you attach to your meter and wirelessly broadcast your usage. You can do it already and it works great.

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United Nations: 'Overpopulated Earth? Time to EAT BUGS'

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Re: Or...

Congratulations on making the UN not seem like the crazies, no mean feat.

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Deep inside Intel's new ARM killer: Silvermont

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Re: ARM killer? Not even a poke in the eye

Here we go again, emotionalising a purely factual discussion.

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Løvefïlm signs hit beards’n’berserkers series Vikings

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Re: Too many "exclusives"

Thanks to those who downvote a simple question but don't even bother to provide an answer. Presumably because I dared to suggest or at least imply that paying for content was OK?

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