* Posts by JDX

5902 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Microsoft opens smiley-kids jangly guitar doc-maker to all

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Re: Yet another tens of millions of dollars of programmer-hours ...

Really? What makes you an expert on such things? You are so sure that only "let's do what we did on paper, but on a computer" is the only approach?

Tools like Prezi have shown there's a big market for less conventional content creation/presentation approaches. I have no idea if Sway will be used, or useful (the two aren't always linked) but I have to commend MS for trying something new. As long as they don't replace Word with it!

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Cool Large Hadron Collider to fire into doubly powerful ring

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Quantumness means you can have negative Kelvin, so really who knows any more?!

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Win Server 2003 custom support: That's NOT going to be fun

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Re: Microsoft staff...

You can expect it but it won't happen. That's just wear and tear. If it lasts 10+ years by definition it's not serious defect!

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Re: Maybe you could just...

OK you have a point there but it's not like they haven't told everyone when this was going to happen and since people buying server OS generally should know about such things, I don't think one can blame MS here.

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Re: Maybe you could just...

How many other products come with a free 12 year warranty?

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Four tuner frenzy: The all-you-can-EEat TV Freeview PVR

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Great techy ideals, typical techy implementation?

This sounds the exact reason Apple is able to do so well. Put the same functionality in a prettier box with an interface that just works and laugh to the bank.

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Hackable intercom lets you SPY on fellow apartment-dwellers

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Re: at a guess ...

Or he hacked another flat after telling them he was doing so, or with someone present. He's claiming he didn't _use_ the hack.

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No more free Windows... and now it’s all about the services

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Re: Windows in kit form?

Some of these very cheap W8 "laplets" are really very nice if you don't need a big disk. Cheaper than an iPad and running full-fat Windows reasonably smoothly.

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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

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Cars get better every generation but that doesn't mean you're expected to buy a new one every year.

Even in the CRT days, they were always claiming improvements and breakthroughs. Suggesting anything is different these days is perhaps symptomatic of RTS disorder (rose tinted spectacle)

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Re: Then it's compressed to shit for broadcast

Maybe you should watch the proper version, not a dodgy online stream? BBC/Sky F1 for instance is gorgeous after they upgraded the filming to HD.

Though some channels are far worse and I guess maybe you're watching motor racing on ITV4 or something where it LOOKS like a dodgy pirate feed even though it isn't?

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"If it's a good programme, you soon forget the image quality anyway"

Is that like saying "if it's a good song, you soon forget you're listening to a 96Kbps MP3 rip of a heavily compressed version through your phone's loudspeaker"?

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Microsoft BEATS Apple, Google ... to accepting limited Bitcoin payments

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Re: Welcome to the Darkside

You have BC to spend?

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The Great Unwatched: BBC hails glorious digital future for Three

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"a million Don't Tell the Bride, Sun Sex & Suspicious Parents and 'documantaries'"

What part of "reaches outside the middle classes" didn't you understand? Lots of people like this dross, it's the TV equivalent to reading The Sun. I think it's puerile and stupid but that doesn't mean it shouldn't exist, because I am not everyone.

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Oh SNAP, Microsoft! Asigra steals a march with Office 365 cloudy backup

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Re: one simple rule...

You're the kind of person who a few decades ago would've said "the only safe copy is a paper copy".

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Google+ to offer 'infinite' gender identity options

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Re: Big Deal

Biological gender and gender identity are separate concepts (which overlap, of course). And then some countries have legally accepted "3rd gender" as a real thing.

Hence the whole existence of someone who has a female body but insists they are a man.

Personally I'm sort of with you, inasmuch that I'm not sure that how you perceive yourself should determine how everyone else has to perceive you. Is a man who claims to be a woman to be treated as one, or treated as ill? It's pretty difficult issue to debate objectively.

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Re: Big Deal

Most systems? I see it rarely enough it always catches my attention when you get more than just M/F options.

I never noticed it before until a LGBT (or LGBT* as it's meant to be these days) friend mentioned it as something that is a small slap in the face to such people every time they have to join some website.

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Microsoft says January Windows 10 build will excite sysadmins

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Re: choice

Most users DON'T want choice. Power users shouldn't assume they are the norm.

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Re: We do not need interface changes, they already work and we know how to use them

We could've said the same when Win3.x was around. Or even DOS. The idea that we accidentally stumbled across GUI perfection in W7 is nonsense. Progress and change is inevitable. Sometimes we take steps back but that's probably inevitable. Lots of the stuff we love in W7 was introduced in Vista.

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Mars was a WET mistress: Curiosity probes once-moist bottom

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@trevor

It's not about what it would prove so much as what it would disprove. If there is life that is not on Earth, then Earth isn't special, and the case for god or gods becomes much, much more difficult. If life exists (or existed) "out there", then it is a victory for rationalism and critical thinking and an important defeat for faith and Terracentrism.

Considering conventional teachings are that the whole universe is God's creation, the existence of other life doesn't make anything more difficult, except believing is specific religions whose teachings dispute this. God/gods either exist or not, regardless of the arguments we make (unless you follow Discworld theology!) Your arguments are very heavily biased by the outcome you already expect, just as religious people's arguments are typically coloured by what they believe.

If your evidence for god is nothing more than an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance then the small you can make that pocket of ignorance the fewer people will cling irrationally to faith. If nothing else is achieved from the Mars explorations except that, we will have nonetheless accomplished something mighty.

The "God of the Gaps" angle is not the basis of informed faith. It is an ignorant atheist who clings to this understanding of faith as the only way anyone could be genuinely religious.

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Re: @Mark...well , there you have it....

I'm not aware of major religions who teach life only exists on one planet. Just as the bible/torah/koran don't explain quantum mechanics or _how_ life appeared (except when read in a very literal sense which already contradicts most of what science teaches), they simply don't discuss such matters because nobody had the concept there even WERE other worlds, or really knew what a world WAS.

The bible for one, clearly says the universe is part of creation, not just earth. It says God made the universe, and then God made life on Earth.

The existence of life itself doesn't challenge anything anyway. Only the existence of sentient life - the major religions focus on humanity and count other life as less important - cats don't have to accept Jesus, etc. The big question would, I think, be how intelligent life was folded into that. Some would probably argue only humans 'count' and other species are like animals - they live, they die, that's it. Others would have to figure out how a seemingly Earth-centric religion - why did Jesus come to our planet - applies to other species. The Speaker for the Dead books by Orson Scott Card tackle this to some degree.

And of course, other sentient species may well have their own religions. The notion that only humans have religion is falling into the same trap claiming humans are 'special'. The fact Earth has many contradictory religions hasn't caused us to say "well that's clearly crap" so finding other species have their own religions wouldn't either. Some atheist ideal that finding other life will cause the whole house of cards to collapse is just fanciful naivety which shows as little understanding of people as the crazy religious folk.

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400,000 Windows Server 2003 boxes face SUPPORT DOOM

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Re: "...customers see the need to migrate"

>>Last time I looked Windows Core included a GUI.

Which is optional, no? Server Core mode was one of the big changes in Windows Server 2012.

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Re: "...customers see the need to migrate"

They did. They made one which works via command-line and can be installed without a GUI at all.

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BLAST-OFF! BOAT FREE launch at last. Orion heads for SPAAAAACE

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Re: Degrees

>>When you can add a constant offset to a temperature in Celsius to get one in Kelvin, I'll agree.

y = mx + c is hardly complex maths.

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Re: Degrees

Celsius is just as unscientific really. Do you cook your dinner at 463K?

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MP caught playing Candy Crush at committee meeting: I'll ‘try’ not to do it again

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His job might easily only cover certain topics, therefore he's only paid to be interested in some bits and not others.

And in any other job, this would be entirely normal. People do it all the time and get caught and get snapped at but that's about all.

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Re: Actions speak loader than words

Pete, you never had to attend meetings where some parts had nothing to do with your work, and you were just waiting to get to the parts you were involved with? You never sat doodling or planning your dinner until it was your turn to present something?

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Re: Yay - nothing like...

Anyone who's ever had to sit through long meetings knows full well there are parts which you are not relevant to. Conference calls especially, but IRL meetings too.

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Linus Torvalds releases Linux 3.18 as 3.17 wobbles

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Re: Seems wrong...

>>Pedantry is a good thing in coders. My best coders are pedants

Yes but he didn't say Linux coders. He said Linux users.

Not that I want to be pedantic...

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Furious GTA V gamers seek similar ban on violent, misogynistic title: the Holy Bible

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What nonsense

I imagine the proportion of signatories against the bible who have read it is probably about the same as the proportion of people decrying GTA who have played it.

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It was SPACECRAFT vs BOAT at ORION LAUNCH. The boat won

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Surely one of the first things proper space colonisation needs...

...is to be able to reliably take off when planned?

It's going to pretty crap when our first Mars colony receives an email "sorry, no food for 3 months, it's a bit windy here".

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

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Re: GIMP

>>In a world where everyone carries a camera phone, and "photoshop" has entered the dictionary, GIMP is hardly a niche app.

Everyone (thinks they) know what "photoshop" means/does but being able to use the thing is still niche.

The fact you seem to suggest Gimp/Photoshop are the right tools for the masses to use with their cameraphone photos only compounds the sense that either you don't know what you're talking about, or are an expert user totally out of touch with the majority of computer users.

GIMP is a high end tool for people who are prepared to put effort in to learning how the darn thing works.

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Re: GIMP

It's hardly an everyday tool for the masses. You might as well clamour for Blender or Audacity to be in the list - all 3 are great but all are a bit niche.

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One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

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There are some great 8.1 devices out there

Not so much the traditional laptops, but mini-laptops with touch screens and in some cases detachable screens. They start from really low prices (to me) as well - a full-blown Windows 8.1 Intel-based touch-screen laplet (is it a thing?) for £300 or less. Compared to an i5 or i7 they must be very underspecced but I was unexpectedly surprised how little you need to spend to get W8.1 running reasonably.

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Wikipedia won't stop BEGGING for cash - despite sitting on $60m

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Why an annual intrusive push?

Couldn't they just have a permanent bottom-bar, similar to those used for cookie notifications or "site feedback" - it would be noticeable but not intrusive.

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No wristjob, please, we're Apple fans: Just 10% would buy the Apple Watch

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With a v1 product, 10% take-up would be a big success story.

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Amazon DROPS next day delivery amid Cyber Monday MADNESS

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Re: Almost all of this is buying presents no?

Not really. Almost-always next-day delivery has rather changed my whole approx to buying stuff. If I am working (doing programming or on a DIY project) and find I need something, the fact I can just buy it and it turns up the next day is a massive boon. Compared to the old fashioned "wait and see when it will arrive" approach.

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Re: Prime was trumpeted as...

Given Amazon's normally excellent customer service, if lots of people start kicking up a fuss I wouldn't be surprised if they part-refunded subscription costs.

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I bet if you want to courier a parcel using DPD or RM directly you can get it next day, just like you could last week.

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Re: So does this affect Amazon Prime Members?

That's the fault of the couriers operating in your area, or more specifically the individual drivers, not anything specific to Amazon.

I am only a member for free next-day delivery - joined before they rolled out video streaming and jacked up the price. I'm not sure we'd stay at the higher price but if it's not even next-day shipping, what exactly is the point?

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Re: So does this affect Amazon Prime Members?

That's going to be fun for their customer service staff then :)

I don't see the connection to BF either. Why would a massive 1-day sales spike mean they cannot do next-day delivery for the whole of December - surely the BF sales are the problem not their normal day-to-day stuff?

I do note Amazon are now offering two new delivery options:

No Rush: it takes longer but they GIVE YOU money

Scheduled: pick a specific time for it to arrive

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Pebble: The brilliant stealth wearable Apple's Watch doesn't see coming

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"the steps counter was counting an arm flex as two steps"

Snigger

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Never fear, Glassholes – Intel to the rescue! 'New CPU' for tech-specs

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Re: Google should be awarded Nobel prize for driving innovation

You're confusing innovation with invention.

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Re: Google aren't doing this for humanitarian or altruistic reasons

Most of the great technological and medical advancements weren't. Or at least, weren't funded for those reasons, even if the people doing the R&D were.

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Randall Munroe: The root nerd talks to The Register

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Re: Monetization!

Since he said he left Nasa when his hobbies were bringing in more money, and that was several years ago when he was far less well known, I think we can assume he does OK.

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APPLE set to Air PLUS-SIZED iPAD – claims mag

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a 12-inch iPad as big as a dinner plate

Glad El Reg clarified this because I was about to say that if a 12" plate is standard, no wonder obesity is such a problem.

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Ten Mac freeware apps for your new Apple baby

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Re: You should try pressing ctrl in addition to cmd+shift+4

Yes that is what I generally do. But then you need a program ready to paste into... hence my question :)

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MSPaint equivalent?

Is there one bundled with OSX I've never spotted? If not, is there a de fact standard really basic tool for quick & dirty image editing?

I love the screenshot options in OSX - like Windows Snipping Tool but built in and better - but not being able to paste that directly into something is a PITA.

Suggestions? And yes I know Gimp is available but it's way overkill ;)

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F.Lux

My wife has something similar (maybe the same thing) on a Vista Laptop. It's quite weird just how red it goes in the evening.

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Tough Banana Pi: a Raspberry Pi for colour-blind diehards

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Re: Trademark Breach?

Apple is a fruit. Windows are on your house. Focus is something your eyes do.

However I thought Pi is by design an open spec, so other people could build them if they wanted?

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Beyond the genome: YOU'VE BEEN DECODED, again

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We're also the only species known to make pancakes.

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