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* Posts by JDX

5384 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Anonymous hacks Westboro Baptists over Sandy Hook protests

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@Robert Long 1

Really is that the best troll you can come up with?

Oh and Toastan, you misunderstand the Scientific Method.

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Re: What I wish would happen to WBC

Although finding out someone is in the WBC without breaking any laws would have to be followed.

Anyway, surely the WBC ARE widely shunned?

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Re: Puzzled

The UK does not have the same laws as the US... the whole constitution thing simply doesn't exist here.

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Quadriplegic woman demos advanced mind-control of robot arm

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I'm not sure which is more amazing, our leaps in technology or the ability of the brain to automatically reconfigure itself to understand how to communicate with a microchip that's been crudely rammed into place.

Actually, I am sure :) The science is absolutely wonderful but in my view, the more we advance in computing, the more amazing the brain is in comparison.

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The best tablets for Christmas

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Re: re-sale value

A universe with eBay. Check for yourself.

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'It’s called capitalism. We are proudly capitalistic. I’m not confused about this'

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Re: "acting fraudulently in a moral sense"

What's TV got to do with it. Are you a tax-dodging ISA fraudster?

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parasitic?

That suggests they don't provide a service. This is clearly tosh whether you like or hate Google.

Perhaps focus your arguments on accuracy rather than how emotive you can make them?

As for "the people who need that money"... oh please.

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"acting fraudulently in a moral sense"

Good soundbite, you sound like one of those overly earnest middle-class students who puts on rags to sit and protest with an iPad in their satchel and an iPhone in their designer skinny jeans.

You don't have an ISA do you?

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@nichomach

>>No, they bail them out with taxes gathered from normal people who can't divert their income to Luxembourg or the Caymans.

A rather poor piece of sarcasm, since the majority of companies in UK aren't multi-national corporations using such tricks.

And of course, it's capitalism which gives people their salaries to tax anyway.

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Re: capitalism

They bail them out with taxes gathered from the capitalists :)

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Is the Reg base socialist then? I thought beardy Linux types were traditionally liberals?

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It’s called capitalism. We are proudly capitalistic. I’m not confused about this

Good on you. Don't act all mock-guilty about it and fumble with your thumbs - if you did it for a reason then stick to your guns,

It's not evil to follow the law. Those who are upset about this perfectly reasonably - spend your time boycotting the government to change the laws, not beseeching corporations to donate more tax.

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Stephen Hawking pushes for posthumous pardon for Alan Turing

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Surely if he was guilty under the laws then, he cannot be pardoned? If you start changing laws retrospectively, anyone convicted could start demanding damages.

An apology is appropriate, in my eyes. But none of this should be because of his importance or what he did for his country. Forgiving "important gays" only is crazy.

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Windows 8: At least it's better than ‘not very good’

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Re: Internet Explorer – the worst web browser in the world

So it was the worst out of 2?

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Internet Explorer – the worst web browser in the world

In the 90s it was hardly the worst browser in the world.

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John Lewis agrees to flog Microsoft's Surface RT tablets

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Re: Hmm....

You'll save "a few hundred" on a device costing £400? You're going to get an i7 PC for <£200?

Well done for totally missing the point btw.

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I haven't seen people think a Surface is a PC without a keyboard. They think it's a tablet. Windows Phone hasn't led to people thinking their phone is a phone-sized PC.

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Re: Demand might be phenomenal

How exactly is it unpopular? Every review of windows 8 on a phone/tablet I've seen has been positive.

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About the same % who are disappointed iOS isn't OSX I'd expect. The general public doesn't want to install notepad++ on their tablet :)

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Re: Profit level is phenomenal.

When it's selling for a similar price and is roughly speaking the same spec, produced on a much smaller scale, why would they make more per unit than Apple do on iPad? Apple have tremendous volume deals with suppliers and manufacturers.

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Re: Consider me baffled

He said demand for W8, not for surface. It's pretty likely they are selling a load of laptops for Xmas, and they happen to have W8 installed on them.

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Re: @JDX (was: The backlash starts here.....)

Poor jake, a nerd who doesn't understand sarcasm :)

Clearly bronze & silver badges mean nothing, they are merely symbols of fickle public opinion. Only gold means anything :)

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Stroustrup on next-gen C++: I didn't want to let go of my baby

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Re: Sounds good

>>or you just used a smart pointer

smart pointers are officially part of C++ already. But if you want to transfer ownership of a chunk of memory from one object to another, you still have to do some mucking about - it's not simple reference counting as that achieves something different.

How will this be achieved/implemented in the new version anyway, anyone got a code snippet?

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Re: Sounds good

You can do it in old C++ too. The point is YOU have to do it. Every time the developer is responsible for memory, an opportunity for an error is introduced.

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The best smartphones for Christmas

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Re: poor iPhone 5 = 90%?

You have to throw a bone to those who whinge about SD cards and USB ports and removable batteries, even though hardly anyone really cares about those things :)

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Re: "Her indoors reckons five is the minimum to keep a girl happy"

That's a medical condition, not an achievement.

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Re: poor iPhone 5 = 90%?

>>the iPhone 5 gets the poorest comment of the whole article yet still records a 90% score?

Aren't they copy-pasting the review scores from when they were originally reviewed... the person writing this article is giving his personal view and then telling you the official scores.

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Goldman Sachs: Windows' true market share is just 20%

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Tablets the future?

Every university student needs a computer on which to write essays, etc - (well they can use libraries but they all have laptops). That remains a pretty stable market, a substantial % of the population.

Similarly, office workers need a computer on which to work.

MS is losing market share primarily because the market has suddenly got far larger - the pie is growing so in relative terms MS' slice is shrinking.

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Google maps app is BACK on iPhones, fanbois spared death

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Re: Your move apple...

Quick, patent "determine your location by viewing a map on a screen with a dot on it", "figure out how to get someplace by showing a line on a map", etc.

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Good news for Apple

Now everyone put off by their crap-maps can by iPhones again safe in the knowledge the platform has great mapping software.

Apple get Google maps back, but this time they don't have to pay for it.

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Review: Apple iMac 21.5in late 2012

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Re: USB Eject

>>There's a pretty good reason why you have to eject USB drives, it's called buffering.

So how come Windows dropped this requirement in XP (it was XP?)

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You can get an ugly grey box with the same grunt but no-name components for 1/3 of the price. For many of us, that's the same as saying you can build the same for 1/3 the price... but for many others it definitely is not.

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Ooh, they let a non-fanboi review a Mac for once :)

I think it looks bloody lovely, and it's nice you get the fancy keyboard, fancy mouse AND fancy trackpad in the box.

I'm sure normal users don't care they can't upgrade it, BUT if there's a fault it'll be way more trouble even for an Apple Store to fix.

I'd use it if someone bought me one, but I won't be buying one.

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Microsoft licence cops kick in TWICE as many customers' doors as rivals

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Re: Install Linux and let 'em come

LibreOffice can open Excel documents but It doesn't support loads (any?) of the interop functionality.

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Boffins spot 7 ALIEN WORLDS right in our galactic backyard

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Re: sorry but ain't ever gonna happen

It doesn't matter if there are no other planets on which we could just step out of a ship and wander about. Thinking in the long-term, terraforming or building sizable closed cities are both feasible. EVolving to suit an environment is one thing; a technologically advanced species is another.

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On Earth yes. Is it safe to assume all life requires water-based processes?

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Re: How accurate can they be?

Well Venus surely SHOULD be categorised as POTENTIALLY habitable by any scan which can't measure atmospheric conditions. They presumably want false positives rather than ruling planets out as well.

Anyone - can we even tell Venus is uninhabitable from Earth-based telescopes, or only from probe data?

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Microsoft Surface to hit third-party stores on Wednesday

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expanding the ways in which customers can interact with Surface

This sounds exciting. What are these new interaction opportunities?

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Netflix names Google Fiber the fastest ISP in the US

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You perhaps underestimate how widely used Netflix is in the US?

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Sheryl Sandberg offloads $41.5m in Facebook shares in just 6 weeks

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Re: Wait, wut?

If you'd bought at the lowest point you could still have made a mint.

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Facebook T&Cs vote falls 299.5 million short of quorum

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Re: OMG

They are under no obligation to have the system for voting in the first place.

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Big Deal

The fact anyone expects them to act democratically in the first place seems a bit daft. A company would be foolish to allow a mechanism where users can dictate how things are run rather than merely suggest desired changes. the site is FB's property, it's their responsibility to decide how they run it - and users should vote with their feet just like any other product.

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Review: Apple Mac Mini 2012

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Re: Question to Mac Developers

Well apart from the fact I could test the artwork proper on an actual iPad3/4, couldn't I just get a Mac Mini and buy a hi-res monitor?

And a MacBook Pro is definitely not in my price bracket :)

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Question to Mac Developers

Is the Mini the Mac of choice for iOS development? And how would this incarnation review on that basis?

My 2008 MacBook is showing signs of age and I don't need a laptop.

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Review

No score, and more crucially no handy table of specs!

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This is out of hand now: Apple attempts to trademark the LEAF

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Re: @JDX

By "never seen this before" I clearly meant Apple's use of it, not this type of shape. What a bunch of dumbos.

And no, an oval cannot be pointed. An oval has a continuous differential, a pointed shape like that has a discontinuity.

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Apple: 27-inch iMac won't ship until next year

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Re: Seriously?

>> there is no inherent value in aesthetics, it's all in your head

Ah, how rational of you. Because something's [not] important to you, that makes it objective rather than opinion.

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That square QR barcode on the poster? Check it's not a sticker

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>>Or they could just put up a bus timetable.

Which is really confusing when it tries to cram all that data onto one sheet of A4 which then gets defaced by youths or goes out of date.

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Re: What kind of idiot uses these things anyway?

Every real businessman I ever met had business cards. Do you think every meeting they have, they whip out their phone and enter you as a new contact or something?

As with many things, the digital equivalent isn't always the best. In the real world, a boss might collect business cards and then get his PA to enter them electronically since he doesn't have time.

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Re: Url warning

I think mine (built into search on WindowsPhone) shows the URL floating about too.

And pur-leeeze. Nobody has the 'right' to a smartphone you arrogant pin-head. Since 90%+ of IT is used by "idiots" I think you should be careful what you wish for, lest you find yourself out of a job.

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