Feeds

* Posts by JDX

5327 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Review: HTC 8X Windows Phone 8 handset

JDX
Gold badge

Re: @ Al Taylor re - DropBox

I thought SkyDrive was available for other OS too - not the case?

I have a SD account (I assume, I own a WP7.5 phone) but never used it... DB does exactly what I need in a no-hassle way so I am struggling to see how any product will improve on that.

I wonder if I can set SD and DB up to monitor the same folder without them interfering?

1
2
JDX
Gold badge

Is it deliberately colourful to ape Nokia, or is this a Windows demand, or what?

3
1

The 10 best … Windows Server 2012 features

JDX
Gold badge

Re: Windows Server is obsolete except as an exchange server

Oh grow up. The whole 'you're posting AC' argument is meaningless.

8
5
JDX
Gold badge

Does 2012 allow you to jump to desktop like W8 does, or is the choice Metro or nothing (nothing as in cmd-line not nothing as in 'no choice')?

1
2
JDX
Gold badge

Re: Write apps for windows at your own risk

"Write apps for windows at your own risk. If you start to make money, then Microsoft will bring out their own version and attempt to steal the market you created."

Yes, it's called capitalism. When companies try to stop others doing this, you complain about "stupid software patents stifling free competition". Make up your damn mind.

15
7
JDX
Gold badge

The article makes it clear the 2012 is pretty awesome and mentions catching up or sometimes surpassing the competition a few times... but the competition is (presumably) Linux which is free. Now I know that software/license costs can dwindle to insignificance compared to hardware and human costs but even so, you'd want to be cost-effective.

AS a non-server guy powershell sounds a killer feature but doesn't nix match that for example?

0
0

Panasonic pitches Ultra HD 4K x 2K monster tablet

JDX
Gold badge

For any sailors here...

It would make an awesome chart table[t]

0
0
JDX
Gold badge

I'm a bit confused how this is a tablet rather than simply a touchscreen all-in-1 PC.

It's good that W8 allows such high resolutions, and flexibility on spec at all really.

But isn't this basically like the old MS Surface table thing?

1
1
JDX
Gold badge

Re: Dump the Windoze

7 it would seem. Maybe they just think it's a stupid comment.

8
1

Potty-mouthed Watson supercomputer needed filth filter

JDX
Gold badge

Bullshit?

If that's the worst it came up with after perusing UD they got of VERY lightly indeed. They're lucky it didn't invite anyone for a hot lunch.

0
1

Mozilla claims 25 per cent JavaScript speed boost with Firefox 18

JDX
Gold badge

"super excited"

awesome.

0
1

Scientists snap first film of giant squid in action

JDX
Gold badge

<shudder>

1
0

Guitar-playing keys enable extremely thin keyboards

JDX
Gold badge

Re: Best haptic feedback there is on a "glass keyboard"

I was impressed how effective it is even on my cheap-ass Nokia Lumia 610 (WP7.5). The tiny buzz really is quite effective.

0
0
JDX
Gold badge

Just leave him with his £289 DELL laptop, he's happy with it.

0
0
JDX
Gold badge

Re: What's the buzz?

>>So basically this is a solution in search of a problem?

Not at all. He's not trying to convince people whey should want thinner units, he's providing a solution to that existing desire but doesn't really understand why it's desired. Big difference.

3
0

Security bods rip off Microsoft's 'sticking plaster' IE bug fix

JDX
Gold badge

Re: IE truly sucks

Grow up.

1
2
JDX
Gold badge

Re: IE truly sucks

Considering other browsers routinely get boshed pretty much instantly at those hack contests, your vision seems a bit blinkered here. MS spend more on security alone for IE than FF and Apple collectively spend on their browsers in total, I'd wager. And MS hire decent people.

4
12
JDX
Gold badge

A question to hackers or security people

I've always wondered when MS say "this vulnerability could allow an attacker to take full control of your computer" , what does that actually mean? In my head I see them using a vulnerability to mysteriously launch an RDP session to your PC or something but that sounds unlikely... anyone know first hand what it actually 'looks like' from the hacker's side?

0
1

Ten affordable mid-sized Full HD monitors

JDX
Gold badge

Review comment

It'd be nice if the inputs each supported were listed to save checking each individually...

12
0

FAVI smacks your dumb TV with £30 Android SmartStick

JDX
Gold badge

Re: HDMI HiFi

Why would the kind of person who has a modern separates HiFi, which is rather expensive, be spending £30 to add smartness to a crap old TV? This product is surely aimed at a much more typical audience who simply have a TV stuck in the corner and a bog-standard wireless router?

0
11

Intel bets the farm on touch-enabled 'convertible and detachable' Ultrabooks

JDX
Gold badge

Re: I wouldn't mind a nice 14" Intel tablet

Is there any reason you want such a high resolution on such a small display other than because you're jealous of Apple?

2
6
JDX
Gold badge

Re: Winning the battle...

Maybe but an extra 5W doesn't sound like too much in a tablet which has much more battery capacity than a phone, and where the screen is even more the dominant power drain.

I'm not convinced by these convertibles, but it seems to me hating Intel is just what one subset of geeks like to do, just as others hate MS - it doesn't matter how much they improve or even transform areas of historical weakness, haters will still hate. MS write insecure software, Java is slow because it's interpreted, yada yada.

2
3

'Wide-set' twin stars can drive dirtball companions WILD, insist boffins

JDX
Gold badge

Re: Binary Stars

That's what I was thinking, this hardly sounds cutting-edge so what's new about it? Is there something subtle that means this isn't just a simulation of masses under gravity?

0
2

Mega-res telly demand to boom, say ball-gazers

JDX
Gold badge

Re: Cart meet horse

Why won't you be able to download 4k content? If the bitrate is too much for streaming, we'll see providers reverting to download copies as a sales method.

0
1
JDX
Gold badge

Re: TV boycott

Whereas posting on internet forums is a valuable use of your precious time.

2
3
JDX
Gold badge

Re: @Cyborg If you've got a TV big enough for this to make any difference,

What compression is used on BR video... it's certainly possible to get a lot more video on a DVD than the DVD standard codec allows using modern codecs so perhaps the same is true here too? Or maybe BR is already using a near-optimal codec?

0
0
JDX
Gold badge

when a computer is capable of doing the job

What makes you think people aren't watching Netflix on TV? Modern TVs have it built in and the rest of us just use the PS3/XBox/Wii or plug a laptop into the TV. Meaning you have a computer AND a TV.

3
0

Now you can control ANY Win 8 kit with your EYEBALLS

JDX
Gold badge

Re: Winking

Actually now I think more isn't winking/blinking already used for special disabled interfaces, along the same lines as Prof. Hawking?

Voice control is already built into Windows (7 anyway) for simple commands.

0
1
JDX
Gold badge

It says one system detects finger motions rather than eyes so presumably you'll have to be careful when you swear at the PC in case it turns itself off.

1
0
JDX
Gold badge

Re: pointless

I was thinking winking too. I'm sure it's possible but maybe it's not very user-friendly... try deliberately winking every time you click the mouse for a bit and see what you think. Additionally, some people can't wink!

0
0

Review: Dell XPS 12 Windows 8 tablet-cum-Ultrabook

JDX
Gold badge

Looks cool but...

... like looking cool is pretty much it. Like it would be great to see someone using it in a TV show but rather pointless to own.

0
2

Bringing Iron Man to life: Exoskeletons, armour and jet packs

JDX
Gold badge

Re: Iron man calling his attacks

@wowfood

Because Stark isn't an expert when it comes to physics, engineering, chemistry and computer-science? Nothing like choosing the answer you want to come up with before you start... simply label Stark as 'genius' but list every manifestation of Wayne's genius as a separate thing to make the list look longer.

0
1
JDX
Gold badge

Re: Yeah, but they also believe in God.

British people believe in God/gods too... the majority of them in fact. Wonderful how two people in a row make such brain-dead comments in an attempt to make other people look stupid.

0
2

Big screened quad-core Chinese beasts splash down at CES

JDX
Gold badge

>>Why can't manufacturers release two phones with the same (or near identical) specs and different sizes?

Um, this has happened several times.

>>and I still don't understand why we need 3g tablets when wifi will link up to your mobile hapilly..

Not everyone wants the hassle, or wants to drain the batteries on 2 devices to use one... a tablet can store much bigger batteries.

2
1
JDX
Gold badge

Re: Resolution

Probably because you're a cheapskate... or because Apple hasn't made screen resolution a key selling point on laptops the same way they did on phones and tablets.

Ironically phones don't need the resolutions now being used, while laptops do.

1
5

Canadian astronaut warns William Shatner of life on Earth

JDX
Gold badge

When you live at the forefront of science, everything is a kludge, although prototype might be a kinder term.

1
0

Google turns off Chinese censorship alert service

JDX
Gold badge

A feature to warn users their searches might trigger censorship or other bad stuff is good. A feature which explicitly helps users re-word their searches in a special language to avoid detection is definitely outside Google's remit in my opinion.

0
0
JDX
Gold badge

A giant corporation choosing that it doesn't need to follow local laws is the less evil option then? It is not evil for a company to follow the law.

2
4

Boffins create quantum gas with temperature BELOW absolute zero

JDX
Gold badge

What a story to read at 8am on a Monday Morning!

It's all a trickery about how temperature is defined - it has little to do with heat around absolute zero - but my head still hurts.

0
0

It's JUST possible, but Apple MIGHT not make an iWatch in 2013

JDX
Gold badge

Re: Android's BEEN there DONE... Ooops DOING that!!

Tablets existed before iPad and touch-phones before iPhone. Apple's genius is in somehow making the world want something that they had previously decided they didn't.

1
0
JDX
Gold badge

Who knows

People have tried wearable PCs before and failed. A bit like how tablet computers had been written off as crap pre-iPad. Maybe just maybe... Apple could make a watch-PC mass-market-desirable and then everyone else can make better versions which don't sell.

1
0
JDX
Gold badge

Re: Intel chip?

Turkey isn't a more expensive chicken, Turkey is generally cheaper meat (because it's not very nice).

4
0
JDX
Gold badge

Re: Intel chip?

>>Wouldn't it be self winding - it could generate power from a simple pendulum like rythmic movement of the fanboi's wrist

I dunno, it's typically frustrated teenagers who provide the biggest power supply and Apple is not the OS of choice for nerdy friendless teens.

Plus, put Linux on a watch and the watch itseklf would be a source of arousal for said teens. And Reg readers... if the latter isn't a subset of the former.

1
1

Facebook continues to CONQUER THE WORLD

JDX
Gold badge

Poor old Google

Can't even maintain a dominant position, let alone steal users off FB.

1
1
JDX
Gold badge

You could say the same about most social networks though so unless you can argue why the ratio of fake:real accounts is substantially higher on FB (other than on strict sites which demand real-ID verification) this doesn't appear to change anything.

0
0

2012: The year that netbooks DIED

JDX
Gold badge

@LarsG

You could walk into a job as a comedy writer with that kind of material. Sadly, only at BBC3.

0
1

Brits are so outraged by Amazon, they voted it TOP for shopping

JDX
Gold badge

Re: What did Netflix do wrong?

So Netflix are unpopular because people bought a service without checking what it provided? If it's a shoddy service then don't buy it and complain, don't buy it.

1
0
JDX
Gold badge

What did Netflix do wrong?

It's a slick service and I found their service helpful (see #9 http://www.buzzfeed.com/expresident/british-people-problems). Wonder what they did to piss people off... maybe low broadband speeds spoiled the experience?

0
0
JDX
Gold badge

Re: When you look at the state of most high streets...

For me the best thing is their support. They have managed to grow to a massive faceless corporation without giving you the feeling you're unimportant. When things are late or missing they overnight a replacement without interrogating you, etc.

11
0

The LINUX TABLET IS THE FUTURE - and it always will be

JDX
Gold badge

Shooting fish in a barrel

Still fun to read though.

0
0