* Posts by JDX

5716 posts • joined 28 May 2010

11-YEAR-OLD code wizard hacks Greedy RuneScape geeks

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@Oliver

Typical software geek response... it's not about the end result, only how technically good the implementation.

Whereas to the rest of the world... the guy sitting on a beach drinking champagne with your money for example,,, it's the exact opposite.

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'Disturbed' Dell investors could tank private buyout

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Re: Shock asset stripper thinks his shares should be worth more!

By 'very few' you mean the tiny majority who work in an office or attend school/university?

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Surely this kind of news will hurt the share price and allow buying up of stock in a non-organised manner?

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Björk gives up trying to Kickstart Android music app

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Re: £375,000?

Mmm, 3.5 man-years of work sounds absolutely crazy. Even re-writing from scratch using the source code as a guide shouldn't take so long!

Clearly this is due to Android being crap... nothing to do with her developers. Perhaps she got quotes and they simply tried to rip her off.

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Nemo cancels Microsoft's Surface Pro launch

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Quick...

Get the "both people were upset" joke out of the way...

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El Reg contemplates the ultimate cuppa

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It's foolish to suggest that simply because an ingredient is good, it couldn't be improved with other EQUALLY GOOD good ingredients.

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Has nobody mentioned water?

Tea made from hard water is just foul.

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Huge rock-hard marble erection shocks Japanese kiddies

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Re: It's just a penis.

Unless you're saying beauty is objective than you're talking rubbish!

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Re: It's just a penis.

Most human bodies are not that beautiful.

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LibreOffice 4.0 ships with new features, better looks

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Re: Schools should be using LibreOffice

You can't really list "open source" as a reason it's better, because that opens up the whole argument if OSS is better. To the average user it makes not an iota of difference.

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Re: Party like it's 2007

@Eadon... all the Office files I work with work fine in Office. Every SINGLE time I've tested in OO, it's been useless. Note, I have tested more than once, just tried for 2min once so I could bitch about it for the next N years.

When I send contracts to people who use OO, they send back signed copies with an apology that OO messed it up a bit.

From someone who has actually used both... OO fail.

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Re: Schools should be using LibreOffice

Please define better? And also list your credentials as a UX expert.

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Re: Not a great outlook

It Outlook takes 5min to start up, the problem is your sysadmins. I work remotely on a VM and it takes ~2s - and this isn't a tiny setup either, it's been ongoing for 10+ years so the dataset on the server must be pretty horrific!

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Re: Party like it's 2007

>>Why should LO (or OO) be judged by a standard that MS don't meet?

Because they are the ones trying to steal market share, not hold onto it. If you want to win MS users you need to make the transition absolutely super slick.

If LO's main goal is to win users from MS (is it?) then 100% perfect support for MS docs should be their absolute #1 priority. Otherwise it doesn't matter how good LO is, people won't switch.

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Re: LIbre Office good, MS Office is dying.

>>if you use a closed MS format...

Um, unless you're still using .doc it's not closed.

Hard to see the Linux community liking the "use LO because of PDF" argument either. They hate PDF too.

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Re: The more MS pushes people to rent their software

So you admit you can't come up with a good counter argument then? You eat cheese and it's gone... you use software and it's still there.

Most of the world's software is going service-based implicitly simply by going web-based after all... gmail, dropbox, Jira, github, etc - the question is only if you pay for them or not.

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Re: Am I the only one who likes the Ribbon interface?

>>Maybe that's because "IT types" have some notion of efficiency and how to lay out a helpful user interface.

No they really don't. The last person you want developing a user interface is a software developer... that leads to "well just learn these 100 keyboard shortcuts and then it's easy". Crap UX is one of the only real failings of traditional FOSS offerings... Blender, GIMP, Vi, etc.

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Re: Am I the only one who likes the Ribbon interface?

>>Anything that takes 5 years to become less difficult shouldn't have been released in the first place.

It doesn't. Except to the kind of person who finds menus difficult to start with.

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Re: Am I the only one who likes the Ribbon interface?

I don't know if I like it but I have no problem with it... it appeared and within a week I was happy using it. Sometimes I have to google where to find a specific feature I haven't used before or for a long time, but I don't think that's different than the old system.

The wife loves Ribbon, says it's way better.

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Party like it's 2007

Only 6 years later, you're supporting 2007 doc format properly?

I might try it out - the utter failure to maintain formatting/styling in .docx files is the reason all my attempts to use OO in the past ended quickly.

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Bioshock Infinite, Devil May Cry, SimCity

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Re: The first Sim City was the best

It's probably just his rather limited brain.

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Re: SimCity

Unless you've played the beta, how do you know an offline mode makes sense? It's presumably a new game, not just a rehash with newer graphics - since SC2000 the audience has changed massively - literally a whole generation of new gamers have been born and reached an age to buy games.

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Every single Internet Explorer at risk of drive-by hacks until Patch Tuesday

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A question

MS manage to patch the OS, IE, Office and other software using one mechanism, which is handy. Every other application I use on Windows seems to have its own update checking mechanism.. and the same appears to be true on OSX (unless you buy through appstore).

How do you (generally) speaking get updates on Linux systems? Does your package manager do it, or do apps monitor themselves or is it all down to the administrator to keep on to of these things?

This is assuming you get OS patches and updates in the same way as Windows/OSX, which seems pretty likely... even Linux has bugs!

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Re: So,

>> The parent poster posted useful information.

No, he posted rhetoric based on information that by his own admission a decade out of date.

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The Register: Our all-new app now available for Android

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It works for Kindle...

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At least they named the developer who built this.

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@Eugene

What a surprise, a web-designer suggesting a site should be redesigned.

I've never found a single site, even one brand new from a good designer, that other designers don't tear to shreds. It seems ingrained into being a web-designer that every site must be completely re-designed every year or two.

Of course this is unbiased professionalism, not blatant self-interest.

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Re: 17.07MB ?

More than 1Mb seems OTT.

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Re: This

Maybe you can do it in CSS, but it's far easier not to. HTML+CSS is an abomination creaking at the seams.

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Microsoft can't even shift Windows 8 slabs in the middle of a tablet frenzy

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Re: Not only can't MS sell tablets...

I see loads of adverts on Amazon, but then they also did a special feature why the iPad wasn't any good... probably in their interests.

The problem with ChromeOS is it's shit. Windows is shit too you might say, but at least it's still shit when you don't have wi-fi.

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Hmm, a tile-based interface. That doesn't remind me of Android and iOS at all. Oh, it does.

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Re: Actually...

>>Remember this point, the public now want computers (mobile and even desktop) that do not run MS operating systems.

The public don't know what an operating system is. They just want something they have heard of, and in the phone/tablet market that isn't something MS is able to achieve.

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Re: Contempt!

Jobs rebuilt Apple based deciding what people should have, listening to nobody even other Apple people.

But of course, he also pretty much ran it into the ground by deciding what people wanted.

I'd rather MS made bold moves and got it wrong.. we can always leave MS products... than that everyone sat there doing nothing.

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Re: Instant reaction

I'm not an apologist, I don't really give a crap beyond having a personal preference. I certainly don't get all frothy-mouthed and punch the air based on how a giant multinational corporation is doing.

You bunch of losers. All those stereotypes Linux users are so extreme, it's hard to believe they're basically true but you guys exemplify them.

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I think I'd prefer WinRT tablets if the desktop was not present at all... Metro is a perfectly good touch UI but desktop is just ugly on a 10" screen with no keyboard.

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Re: Contempt!

That sounds more like Apple than MS. ASking customers what they want and then making it generally leads to a horrible product. Companies SHOULD take bold moves in designing their answer to a problem... but they need to be right.

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Re: Instant reaction

Good news... your life is obviously so empty that I'm glad a story like this comes along to make it a bit more worthwhile.

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Space station 'naut supplies Reg with overhead snap of Vulture Central

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Looks more like a scene from Matrix:Revolutions after Neo is blinded.

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A new Mac Pro coming this spring? 'Mais oui!'

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Re: The lack of a new Mac Pro

For 90%+ of users, the MBP is vastly overpowered as it is. Apple are not superficial, they simply focus their main activity on the home user market rather than business... similar to FireFox really in this regard. Nothing wrogn with being focused.

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Re: Whatever the change will be,

They're hellishly expensive, but I have always wanted a fully maxed out Pro, if I won "the PC of your choice".

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Re: Nah.

Perhaps a dictionary would help you, look up what "recognisable" actually means. Then you won't look such a plum fool.

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Seagate squeezes out 4TB desktop monster

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Re: Can I format it in FAT16?

You can't use Swedish characters, etc, as drive names? How sad.

Is this still a limitation of Windows out of interest?

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Microsoft techies bust data centres, pull plug on Bamital botnet

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Re: chalk one for the good guys

These botnets target desktops if I understand rightly, but with the explosion in the number of servers running is it likely we'll see botnets attacking cloud servers, etc? In that world, targeting Linux would be the obvious route just as targeting Android in the mobile space is the sensible choice.

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Apple serves up 25 BEEELLIONTH iTunes download

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Re: titles are for toffs.

You can put stuff on iTunes with no label, in which case 30% cut is an amazing deal.

You realise that the major labels pay maybe 5-10% to the artist, so Apple are taking maybe 2-3% of what the artist gets.

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>>Expensive ≠ Quality

True but MacBooks and iPads have a real feel of quality to them even if it's misleading. Apple sure do make good boxes.

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That's why they sell the most expensive gadgets and are focusing on margin rather than market share?

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It could be argued iTunes was Jobs' biggest success, not iPhone.

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Antivirus update broke our interwebs, howl Win XP users

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If only it were so simple.

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Fed confirms but downplays Anonymous Super Bowl banker hack

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So the conclusion we reach is...

...that computer nerds don't watch the SuperBowl. Who knew?

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GNOME project picks JavaScript as sole app dev language

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M$ Titanic?

Yeah I've probably only got 20 more years of milking that cow. At which point, I can simply switch to whatever has replaced it. Or retire on the $$$ I've made from M$.

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