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5321 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Rid yourself of Adobe: New Firefox 19.0 gets JAVASCRIPT PDF viewer

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Re: I've been trying it.

Question - how does iOS have built-in PDF functionality? Is it a special Adobe plugin baked into the OS, or Apple's bespoke PDF reader app, or what?

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Re: Am I the only person...

I find more frustrating that some sites automatically trigger PDF loading in the browser, and others force you to download. I use Chrome and the PDF integration is really good since I don't have to both downloading files.

I imagine this being a new project, it will be worse than Adobe's version for now but if they have drawn a line in the sand, it will inevitably improve if people report bugs. Not totally convinced JS is the right tool for the job though personally; on a mobile device CPU is a precious resource.

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Re: But does it work for local PDFs?

Yes but there's a difference viewing a PDF in the browser using a plugin, and opening a PDF file using Reader.

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BBC: Monster cargo ship delivers '863 million tins of baked beans'

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A billion tins of beans

Not any easier to get one's mind around... a billion is too many to conceptualise.

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Meet the stealthiest UK startup's app Swiftkey - and its psychic* keyboard

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90 staff

Blimey

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Microsoft: You want Office for Mac, fanboi? You'll pay Windows prices

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Re: Microsoft are going to upset Mac-using execs here

Terrified of Google Docs? People who find Google Docs an adequate substitute for Word could just as easily use WordPad!

Even Google aren't seemingly putting much effort into web-office, based on using it quite a lot the last few years at least.

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Re: Office For Mac

Why don't you just use Parallels or VirtualBox? The latter is free, but the former would let you launch Word for Windwos et al from your OSX launch-bar (very cool).

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Does this work on Mac - is it fully web-based or does it [still?] require a downloaded component?

What about the instant-download feature... Windows only?

I was interested when browsing my local Fapple store, to note that they had MSOffice installed on all the demo machines. I'd never thought it was a big deal to Apple users but maybe it is now Apple has managed to get a half decent slice of market share.

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>>Wonder if Open or Libre Office can be compiled for the Mac?

Hang on, that was a serious question rather than snide sarcasm?!

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Python-lovers sling 'death threats' at UK ISP in trademark row

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Extraordinary

Nerds using a phone to communicate with customer service? Don't be daft.

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Review: The ultimate Chromebook challenge

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Re: 12s... enough difference to negate a feature

I still thought Google had designed/stipulated ChromeOS to only run with SSD.

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Re: Multiple accounts?

On Chrome browser you can indeed login to multiple accounts at once... it's a bit flaky but WAY better than it used to be.

But I was wondering more about the machine login... and how tightly integrated your google login id is to the OS. If you can simply do "login to another account" from the browser/gmail that would be fine.

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Multiple accounts?

Does anyone know how ChromeOS handles people who, like me, have multiple google accounts? I have my personal gmail account, but my business stuff is also g-apps powered so I have a jdx@mydomain.com login too... I think these days its the same architecture underneath.

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Re: Why not a tablet?

Has anyone heard of any plans to make a ChromeOS tablet out of interest?

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Higgs data shows alternate reality will SWALLOW UNIVERSE

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Re: A little bubble of an ‘alternative' universe will appear and then expand out and destroy us

S2E17 "Playing God"

While Dax mentors her first Trill initiate, a proto-universe threatens to destroy the station and Bajor.

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A little bubble of an ‘alternative' universe will appear and then expand out and destroy us

Isn't that at least 2 episodes of StarTrek TNG/DS9?

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Baby-boulder bowling burglar breaks Boulder Apple Store's $100k glass door

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looks like it will have to cough up $100K for the replacements

They don't have insurance in America?

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Bill Gates: Windows Phone strategy was 'a mistake'

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It's still too early to announce WP as a total fail. They're playing the long game so for now it's only a disappointment!

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there is no line of business that was started after he took over that has gone ANYWHERE

Kinect. There's one solitary note of success :)

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Own a drone: Fine. But fly a drone with a cam: Year in the clink

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Re: Drones don't take pictures

If I shoot you with a gun, it's pretty obvious it was me. If I shoot you with a remote controlled drone, it's not?

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Re: Tricky one

>>Curtains?

So if I live somewhere not overlooked by any neighbours or roads, I have to make sure to close the curtains in case someone is looking through the window with a drone? Or make sure not to sunbath topless in my private garden which can't be seen any other way?

Considering how frothy-mouthed you lot get about anyone knowing what you're doing on the internet, I'm surprised you're in favour of people spying through your window.

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Re: Dear government...

How's it in reverse when your neighbour uses a drone to watch you getting dressed?

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Tricky one

I think having a drone with camera is an absolutely wonderful toy, if the range and battery life get a bit better than current consumer versions... you'd essentially be able to fly!

But one can definitely imagine a massive use of these for watching people in the nude either for personal use, 'journalism', blackmail, or peep-show porn sites.

Even if it's illegal to peep on people, catching anyone who is using a drone would be a nightmare so banning the sale of such products might, unfortunately, have to be the reasonable solution. Of course people can still built their own but then it goes from a mass-consumer-problem to a minority problem as few people could be bothered.

There's an Arthur C. Clarke story (with Baxter I think) which talks about the death of privacy. In that case it's due to the ability to open mini-wormholes but the principle could be the same.

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Re: a pole?

>>Why not just make peeping in a bedroom window with a camera illegal?

One would think this surely IS illegal already, but perhaps the wording excludes remote viewing or is ambiguous and they don't want lawyers using it to make money.

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Barclays: So sorry about LIBOR... How about some free Wi-Fi?

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Chip on shoulder El Reg?

It reads like this entire article was merely an opportunity to bring up the LIBOR scandal, which is totally unconnected to the actual story.

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Apple design bloke Ive finally honoured properly - with Blue Peter badge

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If you're a grown man watching BP in the first place something is wrong.

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Brand-new black hole found in supernova remnant

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Re: Why does there have to be anything left

Even if it blew everything into a cloud of individual electrons, protons, etc, that would still be 'something'. Even a 100% total matter->energy conversion would leave behind all that light and x-rays and stuff.

Define "anything"?

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Re: Jellyfish

Oh look it's the evangelical Atheists. Stop forcing your beliefs on me!

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The universe speaks: 'It's time to get off your rock!'

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I think people thinking they're smarter than they really are is far more of a danger than religion.

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Re: This whole debate...

Rubbish. Even with a very significant event, our climate will STILL be less difficult than that of Mars/Moon.

I'm not talking about billions of us surviving, but tens of thousands is all that is needed. That's a pretty huge colony.

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This whole debate...

... is predicated on the axiom that there is some special reason why our race should survive. Evolution/natural selection inspires life-forms which seek to stay alive but by avoiding predators and so on, not planning centuries ahead. Perhaps the blind assumption that we must/should spread from Earth is part of the same thing?

In my opinion, any impact other than one which would literally destroy the planet would not wipe out humankind or life in general, and would leave behind more people than we could set up on a colony. We're not dinosaurs, reliant on a certain climate or delicate environment, but tool-users able to survive a wide variety of conditions.

Putting the time/money into building a framework - libraries, tools, etc - that would allow a remnant of the population to survive the harshest conditions following a major event seems better. For the cost of a program to build a self-sustaining colony on Mars, we could surely build 100 equivalent kits which could be used to re-colonise Earth!

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Reg readers scuffle over the ultimate cuppa

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Re: Good work.

But how to do eggs properly is a nightmare all on its own. I'll go to one egg if you'll let me have black pudding.

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Re: Ugh, cheap tea

The important thing you have to realise is that we're not snobs.

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Ready or not: Microsoft preps early delivery of IE10 for Windows 7

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Re: IE10 scores much higher than IE9 on html5test.com

Several of the sections on html5test are not part of HTML5, they are 'related' technologies or unratified standards. We're back in the land of "standards are what the majority support" since the official HTML5 stuff is such a small subset of "HTML5".

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Re: IE10 in corporate

Was that a comment that they have _finally_ added SC or a dig that they haven't?

I have an addon for IE9 which works great but yes I do not understand why it's not built in. You'd think AT LEAST installing Office would give you SC!

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Re: IE9

It's the people who [think they] know what they're doing who seem to most often have problems, maybe because they broke their system. The rest of us 'idiots' just find the new version works fine.

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Re: IE9

>>Utterly hopeless.

Don't be so hard on yourself.

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Re: IE10 on Xbox ......

Never thought of that. A decent browser on your console is kind of useful for video sites, and the PS3 one is definitely terrible (although Flash support might be the primary problem).

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Re: @JDX

I thought IE9 already supported HTML5, or at least some of the core bits?

edit: using http://html5test.com/ the answer is that it supports canvas, video, audio and many other things including local storage and geolocation. To me, that means it does support "HTML5".

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Weren't there valid security reasons against WebGL?

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Anyone tried it in anger?

IE9 is a massive step from IE8, how does IE10 compare against IE9 for compatibility, performance and miscellaneous gadgetry? Big changes or evolutionary?

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Dev preview of Ubuntu for phones touching down February 21

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Re: Ubuntu this, Ubuntu That

Silly AC. Didn't you remember - repeat after me...

LINUX IS BEST.

LINUX IS GOOD.

WE MUST NEVER DOUBT LINUX.

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Re: I wish they'd

But then as I was beaten around the head with, Android is Linux.

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ANOTHER phone OS?

Just what we need :)

With this being Linux, does that mean everyone who decides to do a Linux phone variant will make their own totally new GUI - or are they adapting the desktop GUI for touch? How much customization have they had to do?

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Satanic Renault takes hapless French bloke on 200km/h joyride

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Re: No brakes?

Is it safe to put on your parking (hand?) brake at 100mph on a road with other cars?

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Yes. A small % of crazy computers is far better than a large % of dickheads.

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'Bah, this Apple Shop is full of APPLES'

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Re: What would you expect

What about if I run 'Apple computer repair', a local PC shop?

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Re: Cider: it just works.

With a bottle of cider, it really is your fault if you hold it the wrong way.

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Any storm in a port

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Very glad

That after several years, most USB plugs now actually identify the 'top' in some way... same for iPod dock plugs... and device makers _seem_ to be standardising accordingly.

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Inside Microsoft's Surface Pro: A fiendishly difficult journey

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The surface Pro isn't a tablet. It's a laptop with no keyboard. You can blame Intel if you must, but it probably has 3-5X the power of even the iPad4 (which is literally 2X as fast as iPad3).

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