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* Posts by JDX

5541 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Amazon-bashed HMV calls in administrators, seeks buyer

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Amazon Outlet Stores?

Maybe? Or just more £1 shops?

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Re: Wonder how much tax HMV paid

Since they made a loss, presumably none at all. That's how tax works...

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Microsoft ends Mac users' Windows Phone 8 misery

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Re: Surprising choice

I don't believe the majority of Mac owners are fanbois any more than Windows users are. Although it's fair to assume Mac owners are the demographic who favour iPhone the most.

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Titsup Windows Phone 8 orders user to cram 'boot disc' in mobe

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Re: Lol.

Crap troll. When Linux is used people are building on a legacy. When NT is used it's "can't be bothered to write a new OS".

People who don't know the first thing about programming probably shouldn't weigh in on subjects they are embarrassingly ignorant of, especially when they are fans of a 25-year-old OS.

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Demonstrates that Windows NT code still lurks under the surface of Windows Phone 8

That's the whole POINT of W8 that it is built on a proper PC kernel for the first time, not a crippled CE/mobile OS like WP 7.5.

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Re: True innovation

Unlike Android of course, built on an OS that pre-dates Windows NT.

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Scientists spin carbon nanotube threads on industrial scale

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Re: replace all those copper cables that the metal thieves nick all the time

Who says 2nd-hand nanotube wires won't be worth anything?

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Gosh

I thought this was one of those world-changing technological breakthroughs that was always 'just around the corner'. What next, sustainable fusion power? Linux desktop going mainstream?

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Siri, will Chrome's new speech features kill you?

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Re: Strange

I find it silly but my wife uses siri all the time to add reminders and it works remarkably well, for that use case I'm grudgingly forced to realise it is quicker to do it that way. Though it's the natural language processing which is really the time-saver.

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Zuck on that! Instagram loses HALF its hipsters in a month

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Re: Excellent!!!

Instagram is two guys in a shed, hardly an evil corporation.

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Re: Heartening

Wine and cheese Vs millions of French people. A tough choice.

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New tool jailbreaks Microsoft Surface slabs in 20 SECONDS

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"Do you *really* think jailbreaking - in whatever form - should be this easy on an MS operating system / hardware device in 2013?"

Sure why not? iOS devices get jailbroken without fail, as do Android devices (those which try to stop you anyway)

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Review: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Windows 8 convertible Ultrabook

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Re: Interesting but...

If touch-screen PCs take off then OSX and Linux distros will suddenly be rushing to do something similar to create a touch-friendly UI.

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Microsoft spin-out floats Azure for open-sourcers

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Re: Suddenly Microsoft wants Open source - when it suits it

Google also use OSS only when it suits them, to get people on side. What is the story here, you expect a private company to embrace OSS purely for idealistic reasons?

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Review: HTC 8X Windows Phone 8 handset

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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?

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

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The 10 best … Windows Server 2012 features

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Re: Windows Server is obsolete except as an exchange server

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

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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')?

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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.

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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?

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Panasonic pitches Ultra HD 4K x 2K monster tablet

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For any sailors here...

It would make an awesome chart table[t]

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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?

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Re: Dump the Windoze

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

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Potty-mouthed Watson supercomputer needed filth filter

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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.

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Mozilla claims 25 per cent JavaScript speed boost with Firefox 18

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"super excited"

awesome.

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Scientists snap first film of giant squid in action

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<shudder>

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Guitar-playing keys enable extremely thin keyboards

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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.

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

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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.

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

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Re: IE truly sucks

Grow up.

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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.

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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?

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Ten affordable mid-sized Full HD monitors

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Review comment

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

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FAVI smacks your dumb TV with £30 Android SmartStick

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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?

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

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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?

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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.

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

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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?

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

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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.

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Re: TV boycott

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

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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?

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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.

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Now you can control ANY Win 8 kit with your EYEBALLS

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Big screened quad-core Chinese beasts splash down at CES

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>>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.

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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.

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Canadian astronaut warns William Shatner of life on Earth

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

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