Feeds

* Posts by JDX

5405 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Review: Apple iMac 21.5in late 2012

JDX
Gold badge

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?)

0
0
JDX
Gold badge

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.

1
0
JDX
Gold badge

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.

3
0

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

JDX
Gold badge

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.

12
1

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

JDX
Gold badge

Re: Install Linux and let 'em come

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

0
0

Boffins spot 7 ALIEN WORLDS right in our galactic backyard

JDX
Gold badge

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.

0
0
JDX
Gold badge

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

2
0
JDX
Gold badge

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?

0
0

Microsoft Surface to hit third-party stores on Wednesday

JDX
Gold badge

expanding the ways in which customers can interact with Surface

This sounds exciting. What are these new interaction opportunities?

0
1

Netflix names Google Fiber the fastest ISP in the US

JDX
Gold badge

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

0
0

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

JDX
Gold badge

Re: Wait, wut?

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

0
0

Facebook T&Cs vote falls 299.5 million short of quorum

JDX
Gold badge

Re: OMG

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

0
0
JDX
Gold badge

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.

1
0

Review: Apple Mac Mini 2012

JDX
Gold badge

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 :)

0
0
JDX
Gold badge

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.

0
0
JDX
Gold badge

Review

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

0
0

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

JDX
Gold badge

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.

4
10
JDX
Gold badge

Re: Is anyone else completely bored of this?

It's not an oval.

I've never even seen this before to my recollection!

5
21

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

JDX
Gold badge

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.

1
0
JDX
Gold badge

Re: @JDX

And some of us open the curtains and go outside our bedrooms every now and then.

Could you BE more of a stereotypical nerd?

2
12
JDX
Gold badge

For those who value aesthetics, they ARE pretty lovely... it's like saying everyone should buy Ford rather than BMW.

Anyway are there any like-for-like non-Apple equivalents? What is there for the image-conscious Windows user who doesn't want to spend £399 on a grey box?

5
6

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

JDX
Gold badge

>>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.

3
0
JDX
Gold badge

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.

3
0
JDX
Gold badge

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.

2
1
JDX
Gold badge

What a witty and interesting person you must be.

3
6
JDX
Gold badge

Quite a neat idea, well done crims.

8
0

US text-to-911 emergency SMS to go live by 2014

JDX
Gold badge

Obligatory...

Or use email

6
0

The best tablets for Christmas

JDX
Gold badge

Re: No Surface Score

When Android tablets first came out, nobody bought them either. How many years has it taken them to catch up one single company in market share? Why would anybody expect a prototype new entry to suddenly sell millions, it is a cautious entry to the market.

2
0
JDX
Gold badge

Re: Photoshop fail

>>Can you really do anything useful, apart from merely consume content, on such a small screen?

Well you can do everything you can do on your phone, better. So that's email, games and web-browsing covered. And you can read books on it. So, yes.

1
0
JDX
Gold badge

Re: iPads feeling expensive now

The top-end iPads feel VERY expensive to me. The entry-level one, not really.

0
0
JDX
Gold badge

Even the most devout fan of Android...

>>Even the most devout fan of Android would have to concede that it has failed to repeat its smartphone success in the tablet arena

You haven't hung out in these forums have you Mr. Writer?

1
1

Stallman: Ubuntu spyware makes it JUST AS BAD as Windows

JDX
Gold badge

This is a great opportunity to gauge the current Reg reader demographic... "RMS is right as usual". Other than actual Linux mailing lists, I can't recall such staunch pro-FOSS bias on even the pure techy forums I visit.

It's quite interesting... UK software people are clearly not uber-Linux fans as a rule so how has El Reg become such a beacon for them? Serious (non trolling) discussion... for those long-term members has it always been a similar make-up or has it slowly become more and more that way over the years? Because it's surely not the case the articles are of the same mindset as the member-base... articles and authors are fairly evenly split between liking MS, Apple and Google and NOT liking them.

8
13

Google kills free version of Apps for business

JDX
Gold badge

I thought the point was they weren't shutting down any existing accounts.

0
0
JDX
Gold badge

Re: Still good value

Yeah, if you don't have fundamental issues with cloud based services and Google, it's an incredible product to get for free, Probably their problem is that the free version is so good, most see no need to pay for Premium.

1
1
JDX
Gold badge
Meh

5 years 10 months

In the IT world, "soon" often lasts far less than 5 years. No need for the sarcasm El Reg!

3
0

Battle of the Clouds: Azure goes lower

JDX
Gold badge

$714k per MONTH

Bloody hell.

0
0

GPU-stuffed monster cracks Windows passwords in minutes

JDX
Gold badge

Re: Shock Horror

When XP was launched, how long it it take or how much would a comparable machine cost?

We're 3 versions of Windows beyond XP - the more important question is how things are different in Vista/7/8 - anyone know?

5
2

Badges for Commentards

JDX
Gold badge
Trollface

Re: The backlash starts here.....

Who cares what you think, you don't even have a Bronze badge!

1
1

Microsoft's anti-Android Twitter campaign draws ire, irony

JDX
Gold badge

Re: Hackers would go after Windows phones...

You guys are so easy.

1
11
JDX
Gold badge

Re: Still at it then

Goodle do this. Apple do this. People involved in FOSS do this, the only difference is that nobody is listening to them.

0
13
JDX
Gold badge

Re: Hackers would go after Windows phones...

@HollyHopDrive

>>I know you are probably trolling but underneath every android handset is linux.

Yes, that's why Android IS being targeted by malware. But Android is NOT Linux. Linux is Linux. Android is based on Linux. Linux is the thing you install on your desktop, which is NOT targeted because statistically nobody uses it for that.

My badge has nothing to do with my rep.

I guess reading isn't your strong suit since you've clearly messed up on both cases. And the hypocrisy is rather fun when you deliberately posted a "bash someone who attacked Linux" response in the knowledge it would attract all the OSS-sheep votes.

4
22
JDX
Gold badge

Re: Hackers would go after Windows phones...

A bit like Linux then.

5
65

Apple shares take biggest one-day hammering in 4 years

JDX
Gold badge

Re: Sheen off the Apple?

Hmm. People have been saying Apple are about to gown downhill since before the iPad. You're going to claim credit because eventually your assertion a share price couldn't continue to rise at a crazy level forever came true? That'd be like claiming you were right about Windows being about to disappear when it stops being made in 2060.

7
2
JDX
Gold badge

Re: Whoodathunkdit??

>>a lot of people hate them for various reasons

"a lot" is not true*. The Register and other nerdy sites are wildly unrepresentative of the world/market as a whole - the world likes iPad and Windows, for whatever reasons. You might say "a lot of open source supporters hate Apple" but I doubt you could even say "a lot of IT people hate Apple" because iPad is a super-hit even among developers.

*speaking in % terms. If every single Reg reader hates Apple that's essentially 0% of the world.

17
12
JDX
Gold badge

Re: Simples

If you really think making iDevices more servicable is going to have a big impact, you're really not in the same world as everyone else. It's a very dangerous mistake to assume your experiences transfer to the majority, surely even the most hardened Linux/build-my-own-NAS/compile-my-own-OS person realises the vast majority of people aren't interested in even taking the case off their PC?

15
3

Nokia uncloaks Lumia 620: A 'budget' $249 Windows 8 mobe

JDX
Gold badge

Re: Meh ...

ACtually, for Windows Phone 7 I think they did preclude additional storage, as well as specifying the exact screen resolution, but WP8 changes this.

1
0
JDX
Gold badge

Re: Why one anyone want a shit expensive phone?

Since it's not expensive and WP8 isn't shit, your point makes little sense.

5
3

The best e-readers for Christmas

JDX
Gold badge

So basically they're all great? That could've been a much shorter review!

2
6

Slash A THIRD off Surface RT price or it's toast, Microsoft told

JDX
Gold badge

Re: Time for plan A (Loss Leader)

>>there is no market for ANOTHER premium tablet

Of course there is... IF there's room for anything except iPad that is.

0
1

Instagram starts filtering out hipster pics on Twitter

JDX
Gold badge

Instagram has a website?

The only thing I use it for is to post photos directly to FB. So I guess Mark will be happy!

0
0