* Posts by JDX

5707 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Shift up, gran! Microsoft turns living room into AR game 'space'

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Clever but

Surely getting a headset to work properly would allow for far more realism... a headset could still incorporate input from a real-world camera so users can be warned not to knock things over.

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Nokia Lumia 735: Ignore the selfie hype, it's a grown-up phone

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Re: 8gb? really?

Why on earth would you only want maps of Wales? The kind of person who never leaves Wales probably doesn't own a smartphone.

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Re: 8gb? really?

If you don't want to download video, or use your phone as an MP3 player, it's fine. I reckon that's actually a fair proportion of the market.

Of course 8Gb won't give you space for many apps either but again, loads of people want a smartphone for the purposes of text/phone, email and web-browsing. And I _think_ you could still fit on the entire UK maps for use with the GPS features.

Certainly not for everyone's uses, but didn't the article say it has removable storage as well as removable battery (can't be bothered to check now)?

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I was pretty sure you don't need to install the equivalent of those things (now called Windows Phone app) if you just want to access it as a drive. It does install something on Windows, but automates the driver installation just like any printer or portable drive, so I don't think you need to be concerned assuming you run Windows. The clumsy software you used with WP7.x is not used for WP8.x.

I have a 1020 on WP8.1 (was 8.0) and I would recommend the ecosystem. I previously had a Lumia 610 - the cheapest end of the 7.x range compared to the most expensive end of the 8.1 range I have now, and was impressed. All the reviews say the bottom/mid-range WP8.x phones are even better.

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Chap runs Windows 95 on Android Wear

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I know it's a joke

But W8 isn't a bad a touch-OS. It's a good touch-OS which is being sold as a non-touch OS.

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Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast

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Re: What does Win 7+++ Offer?

It's faster, has far better driver support, is much more secure, and is still being patched.

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Huh?

That doesn't seem to show W8 falling fast, unless you mean W8.0 and are conveniently neglecting that W8.1 is gaining share. Unless you combine the W8.x data the graphs are meaningless - by eyeballing it suggests the total 8.x share is slightly increased or stayed about level, but 8.1 growth is pretty obvious.

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Apple's iPhone 6 can REVERSE BALDNESS (and cause it, too)

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"It catches my scruff in the seam"

I'm glad that referred to his beard.

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Will we ever can the spam monster?

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Re: There is only one way.

A well-crafted phishing spam email doesn't prey on greed, and doesn't fall under what most computer users would understand as "common" sense. An email which appears to come from your bank and has a link which looks legit (but isn't if you look at the actual URL) can easily deceive those who did not grow up with the internet... which is still most of us.

As the majority of computer users become those who grew up with the web, it will become common sense and scammers will have to get smarter.

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Our Vultures peck at new Doctor Who: Exterminate or, er ... carrion?

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Re: Jenna-Louise

He's not human, if he changes between incarnations his tastes could bend towards other species entirely.

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One Windows? How does that work... and WTF is a Universal App?

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Re: One app, many targets... what could go wrong?

Um, the same would be true in W10 as well... same binary with different interfaces. And actually, when you build an iOS app your app package contains multiple binaries anyway... watch it compile and it does a whole build for several different architectures these days... arm6,7,64, yada yada. Your single application is compiled for multiple targets.

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One app, many targets... what could go wrong?

This is what you do in Xcode (sort of) to target iPhone and iPad, although to a less extreme extent. It's certainly possible though, many open-source projects do this... for instance my codebase runs on Windows and iOS and I'd say less than 1% of the code I wrote is specific to either platform.

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Facebook apologizes for binning accounts of drag queens

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Re: I don't enroll in a local sport club under a fake nam

That's your problem, you're confusing nerds with normal people. To them, the internet is just one small part of the world, a way of finding information about the world and communicating with the rest of the world. It's not a separate world they need to hide in where they need to hide who they are.

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Re: What follows this title is merely a comment. Nothing more, nothing less.

If your identity is defined by what others call you or how you interact in different situations, you have no real identity. I am still me whether at home with my wife, at work, at church, or at the golf club. I might act differently and be treated differently but the core of who I am is the same. I don't believe different things or have different values. I don't enroll in a local sport club under a fake name... I'm me. Why does this (have to) change suddenly because a computer is involved?

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The whole point is FB isn't about being on the net or doing nerdy anonymous things, or uniting strangers in common hobbies who don't need to know each other. It's about connecting actual people to other people they know in real life.

A forum like this is entirely dissimilar from a social network. The clue is rather in the word 'social'. If you have no interest connecting to people you know IRL, online, then don't use FB... keep your real life real and your internet life separate. But lots and lots of people see the internet as a tool to facilitate RL relationships, not only as an entirely separate world... that seems to be the crux to me. Sites like FB overlap internet and real-world.

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Yes well spotted. And if you're not providing that information, you're NOT PAYING, which was rather my point. If you're not happy with what the service costs, don't use it.

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Re: "Plenty of other users don't feel comfortable giving the firm their personal information"

Person creates product to make money shocker (not).

The motivation may be to make money from real data, but that is also the point of the website and the reason it got so popular. I can't find my old school friends if they are all calling themselves BigJugs44 or whatever. Like LinkedIn, the whole value - both financially and to the users - is designed around the concept of being able to find people you know easily.

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Since when has FB ever been about anonymity? Of course they want to make money from you, they're a business and you aren't paying to use the service.

If you want to be anonymous on the web, just use another service.

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Re: "Having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity."

So use a different website, which doesn't have real-name rules in their T&Cs, for that. It's not your company, if you want to use their service play by their rules... tell them your name and let them make money from your data. If you don't like either of those things, as many don't, steer clear.

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"Plenty of other users don't feel comfortable giving the firm their personal information"

So don't use the site then. A FaceBook profile is not a right, having your profile deleted is not impinging on your personal freedoms.

The entire point of FB - and subsequently the core of their business model - was a way for real people to connect, and re-connect, with each other. If you don't want to connect under your real name, use one of the million other websites out there which don't care.

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Apple tool: Buying an iPhone in a carpark? Find out if it's STOLEN

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Re: Remote IMEI check

If you paid using PayPal you'd surely get your money back pronto as they side with the buyer.

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If you're using the iPhone, that suggests you bought it and it's too late.

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Apple blacklists tech journo following explicit BENDY iPhone vid

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Re: So the shock news is....

Exactly - the way he was doing it he was never going to get anything in return.

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So the shock news is that if you put your whole strength into bending it, you can? You can see his hands trembling at how hard he's pressing, like he's giving a massage rather than a sensual back rub.

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SPECIAL iPHONE TROUSERS will ease Apple into the fashion world

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Maybe cargo pants will become de rigueur for avid phone users?

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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Re: I can't see anything even slightly revolutionary about it

If it genuinely runs across all form factors, without forcing the same UI on all of them, that would be something neat. Writing one application with separate UI interfaces depending if you're running it on phone, tablet or desktop for instance... MVC architecture making a big come-back!

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Loads and loads and loads of medical devices already run on Windows, such as x-ray scanners, etc. "that's not a life critical system" you might say but Windows is controlling how much x-ray radiation you are exposed to...

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Icahn and I DID: eBay volte-faces, spins PayPal into separate biz

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Rather surprised eBay haven't got in trouble before now, for using their dominant position in the online auction space to drive business to their online payments platform business.

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Apple 'Genius': iPhone 6? We've had NO COMPLAINTS about our BENDY iThing

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Re: However, being transported in a user's pocket is a normal use-case for a phone

Indeed. But it's not clear if it was placed carefully in a pocket, or for instance, stuffed in a back pocket.

It DOES sound like the phone is more delicate than some, but that may or may not be to the extent it should be considered a problem. A handful of people reporting the issue out of 10 million is not a big enough sample.

It could be a bad batch with a common fault, even.

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Patch Bash NOW: 'Shellshock' bug blasts OS X, Linux systems wide open

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Always been there or new?

If the former it's scary to think just how many holes there must be out there.

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Good grief! Have you SEEN BlackBerry's SQUARE smartphone?

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Re: "keyboard doubles as a capacitive multitouch trackpad"

I find it hard to imagine swiping my fingers over a bumpy surface but maybe it's one of those things you just have to experience to understand.

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I wonder if MS ever considered buying BB/RIM as well as Nokia, to try and sew up the business market.

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"keyboard doubles as a capacitive multitouch trackpad"

I am struggling to understand this... is the keyboard then just a touch-screen with letters glued behind it, like turning the onscreen keyboard on permanently on an iPhone? Or is it somehow a tactile keyboard with buttons, which is also a touch-pad (seems unlikely)?

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Titan falls! Blizzard cancels World of Warcraft successor

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Re: In unrelated news...

Realising it won't work and refusing to throw good money after bad in an attempt to save face is still a bold move. Cutting your losses can be applauded sometimes.

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Move over, Apple Pay: Tesco trials PayQwiq phone-flash pay app

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Qwiq?

FFS

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Emma Watson urges UN to back feminism – trolls threaten to leak her 'nude selfies'

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Re: I suggest she goes ... to middle east countries ... where it may make a difference.

So you're claiming sexism no longer exists in the western world?

Regardless, if she enthuses western MEN to then go and fight for women in those countries where only men have power, that could still have a large impact in the East.

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Re: But will it make a difference?

Well I for one don't think I'm sexist, but I'd never heard of HeForShe or really considered that most of the people standing up for women are... women. I don't really buy into feminism but that point, urging men to be equally invested in fighting for women, was worth hearing.

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

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Innovation at last

The first mass-market bendy phone?

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SpaceX Dragon cargo truck flies 3D printer to ISS: Clawdown in 3, 2...

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Flies

Just hope they don't get loose. Imagine being stuck in the ISS with flies buzzing around you, and nowhere to escape to.

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You don't know much about early firearms!

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GRAV WAVE DRAMA: 'Big Bang echo' may have been grit on the scanner – boffins

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Re: Importantly!

It's amazing how often atheists want to talk about religion when the topic is science :) It's rarely the religious who bring the subject up in this kind of situation.

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Re: Two modes of investigation - you chose

People using religion to gain power and influence has nothing to do with religion, and everything to do with people. A certain type of person sees everything in terms of "how can I make money", another type in terms of "how can I use this to gain power", and so on.

The fact I can stab you with a screwdriver or smash your head with a hammer doesn't make those things 'bad'.

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Re: Two modes of investigation - you chose

Um, generally the Big Bang theory is immensely popular with ignorant religious folk because it sounds just like "let there be light" :)

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Re: Two modes of investigation - you chose

That's rather an ignorant thing to say for someone espousing a data-based methodology. You clearly haven't actually gathered or analysed data about science Vs religion before making a bold statement on the results.

Religion asks Why, Science asks How... when either attempts to investigate the other's domain things generally get very wish-washy.

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What? I don't remember WW1 or WW2 being religious wars.

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Dyslexic, dyspraxic? No probs, says GCHQ

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Re: That's the most ridiculous thing I've heard this month. Well done.

Ross it's pretty much empirically measured fact, not some airy-fairy notion you can dismiss because it doesn't agree with your pre-conceived notions. You know, statistics and stuff. Disagreeing with it doesn't change anything.

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Re: Duh

Most people are not in the bottom 1% in some areas and the top 1% in others. This extreme spread is characteristic of conditions such as dyslexia.

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Colias robots SWARMING out of the lab

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Robots are always cool, but...

The example videos are not exactly inspirational, and while £25 may be cheap it's way beyond the hobbyist considering you need quite a lot. You'd think they could be mass produced for more like a fiver these days... maybe they will be though?

I also take some issue with the claims about "the limitations of swarm modelling in simulations”. Modelling complex situations can be hard but this kind of simple thing really doesn't seem like something you couldn't simulate rather easily, especially using an open-source game-engine for instance.

Real life robots still trump virtual ones though, of course. I just wish I could afford about 50 :)

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Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. AW... your battery died

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Holding it wrong?

While I find some of the larger phones rather amusing these days, I have a Lumia 1020 which I assume is comparable or maybe even bigger than the iPhone 6(?). I also have decidedly below-average sized hands - I can stretch a single octave on a piano (can't think how else to measure it). I have no issues using the big phone with my diminutive digits, but then I'd never have thought the right way to use the phone was single-handedly. I rather thought the point of a multi-touch wonder-phone was you held it in one hand and fondled it with the other.

Which is the most prevalent technique?

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Man, its smartphones are SQUARE. But will BlackBerry make a comeback with them?

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Life imitates Art

Fans of American Office will remember this.

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