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* Posts by JDX

4987 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Firefox's touchy-feeling Windows 8 makeover now in beta

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Re: No one told them?

Indeed. Loads of custom apps feature embedded browser functionality for instance.

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Re: Better avoid..

I guess it's targeting Windows Surface? Is there an RT version too or is it for Surface Pro and full Win 8.x only?

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Re: No one told them?

How does Windows know an application is a web-browser? Something has got twisted in the telling here surely?

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Apple cash stash dash results in Icahn v CalPERS bitchfight

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a relatively small investor

I bet that really peed him off. Zing!

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First man/machine nerve grafts restore amputee's sense of touch

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we can rebuild him, temporarily

We have the technology

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Asus unveils dirt-cheap Chromebox desktops with Haswell chips

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Re: I really like my C720 Chromebook but ...

I think most is a vast exaggeration. For most, the fact you can get them as fast as you can watch them is enough.

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Re: I'd be interested in the I7...

What are you wanting to do on a low-power system that needs 16Gb? PCs have pretty much stopped shipping with increased RAM since 4-6Gb became standard 5 years ago.

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Because Netflix uses Silverlight

Netflix works wonderfully on my TV, iPad and on the wife's Nook (Android) tablet. Surely they don't all use SilverLight. EVERY new TV and gadget has a Netflix app, maybe some bespoke version but why can't Chrome have one of those two?

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Re: OK for web browsing

No Netflix? How come - ChromeCast supports NetFlix after all.

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Re: 16GB, really?

What part of ChromeOS do you not understand Ketlan? If you want to store all your files locally, buy something else.

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Twitter shares plummet as first-ever earnings show weak growth

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IPO-related overhead, including a $521m charge for stock-based compensation expenses

WTF? We see numbers thrown around but five hundred million dollars as a fee?

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Schmidt gets $100m in Google stock on top of his $6m bonus

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What business has he ever started and built from the ground up?

Who cares? Running a massive corporation is not like starting a startup. Totally different in fact.

Look at GOOG's worth when he joined, and now. Case closed.

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The revival of survival – the gaming genre that refuses to die

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Re: Expensive

Battlefield 4 is in a whole different league to these games though.

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Expensive

Paying for beta access isn't that new, and I don't mind the idea. But you should be paying a fraction of the full price and £20-26 is quite expensive even for a finished indie game. You're supposed to be incentivised to play pre-release by getting it cheap, or getting free life-access to pay-subscription features.

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IBM nearly HALVES its effective tax rate in 2013 - report

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Gonna point me at the law which says that is their duty?

Um, you seem to piss the point. If it was the law he would've said it was the law, not that it was their duty. It can't be the law for it to be your duty because then it's not your duty, it's the law.

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Bangable poster firm Novalia makes printed 'leccy keyboard

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Re: Intresting

Has anyone done that yet? You could print the whole sheet AS a solar cell except where it was used for circuitry.

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Re: @fibbles

However you can do this, which is almost the same:

ElectronInks KickStarter

edit: this is in production, having brought in 7X the amount they wanted HomePage

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Facebook turns 10: Big Brother isn't Mark Zuckerberg. It's YOU

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What a load of boring rot

No, not FB. All the "non conformists" who despite being unique have posted almost carbon copies of the same template "I don't confirm, I never use FB, it will fail". Ironic really.

I bet you all have blogs where you complain about the narcissism of posting on Twitter and FB too.

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It's good you accept your place is on the sidelines of society. I mean really, when a computer nerd LIKES a social tool that's the time the owner should be worried.

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Re: Stop it, Now!

>>I've never used it. I have no need for it. I don't get sucked into fads. I never follow the crowd

Other than the "I don't follow the crowd" crowd. Or the internet forum fad.

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EVE Online erects mashed-up memorial to biggest space fight in history

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I never played Eve (or any MMORPG) but I've read a few stories like this over the years and they always make it sound fascinating.

I've no idea how it really works but I am choosing to picture this battle as being like something from an Iain M. Banks novel.

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UK picks Open Document Format for all government files

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Re: "...Adobe make all the best software for creating PDFs"

>>Do they fuck.

Damn right, MSWord is awesome for making PDFs.

Not sure whether I'm serious or joking here, it's one of the best features even though PDF printers were around for ages before hand.

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OXML was at least a step towards open standards from MS - you can now actually create and edit DOCX files using standard libraries for instance - and of late they have been supporting more FOSS projects (where it suits them obviously).

I wonder if longer term MS might actually move to supporting some standard life ODF by default?

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El Reg BuzzFelch: 10 Electrical Connectors You CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!

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Re: BS 546

The US 2-pin mains plug is just horrible. I never understand how it isn't actively dangerous, you always seem to get sparking when you plug stuff in/out, and plugs just wobble rather than engage securely like the UK plug.

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HARD ONES: Three new PC games that are BLOODY DIFFICULT

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@Ragarath

If you die so much that you have to do it that many times then you are obviously not meant for that game, choose an easier one

If the game mechanic has a health meter of some sort, then being able to respawn mid-level can be seen as making it overly easy. But if it's an instant-death mechanic, you're wrong. The fact I got to point X means I already proved I can do everything before X. If X is hard and I have to try it 10 times, why do I need to prove over and over I can do the bit which didn't cause problems?

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Less than generous respawn points ... rehashing whole swathes of levels again and again

And for that reason, I'm out. This is one way modern games HAVE moved on. Make me keep re-doing the bit that killed me, but not the whole bloody level.

Also, did he really say you lose ALL progress if you quit the game?

AAAAAAAAAAaaaarghhh.

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Ditch IE7 and we'll give you a FREE COMPUTER, says incautious US firm

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inherent hatred ... will never disappear.

I think it will. Already, people entering into web-development this decade may never have to work with IE6 at all. Those entering the field in a few years will never have to work with IE7 or 8, and with IE9 things took a big step forward.

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Microsoft's own fault for thinking they didn't have to bother complying with standards

Back in the bad old days, nobody considered standards important. FOSS didn't really exist, not in the mainstream anyway, and everyone developed their own 'standards' as a matter of course.

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Re: Rare pragmatic response

The point is it doesn't cost much more if you plan on it up front, rather than design everything on Chrome and then try to make it work on other browsers later.

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Re: I ditched IE in 2000.

Which browser wasn't ugly in 2000?

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Re: Rare pragmatic response

I doubt it was really cheaper. More than likely, they designed their new site without proper thought and then realised "oh shit, it doesn't work on IE7 and all our customers use it". And now it's cheaper to do this than rework it all.

They probably let some bright-eyed graduates on the job, who were determined to do the whole thing in the newest web technologies just because they're new and cool.

It's a recruitment site. It doesn't need loads of HTML5 and a super-efficient JS compiler. It shouldn't anyway.

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Reg reader crafts 3-axis GoPro 'Stubilizer' for skull-mounted cameras

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Why's it always KickStarter these days?

Firstly, wonderful project and well done on all the hard work.

But it seems like KS is obligatory now, and innovative companies have been growing all over the place for decades... did you already approach the more traditional channels?

I'd have thought this would also be a perfect thing to apply for Dragons' Den btw, if you're of that bent.

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Murdoch's BSkyB stares down Microsoft: Redmond renames SkyDrive to OneDrive

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Why are you surprised?

Because ask anyone in th UK what they think of when you say "Sky" and they will say "Sky TV" not "BSkyB", and trademarks are supposed to be limited to a certain area. Cloud storage and satellite television would seem far enough apart in my mind.

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Shame

SkyDrive was a really strong name IMO. Surprised Sky won this one.

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Fancy a little kinky sex? GCHQ+NSA will know - thanks to ANGRY BIRDS

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"but we don't seem to have a problem with Google"

Every second comment on El Reg is blaming Google for something, it sometimes seems to me.

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Tinfoil aside...

...I work under the assumption anything I do online could probably be linked back to me by governments if they could be bothered. The fact this is proving to be true doesn't really surprise me, it just shows all those silly computer films from the 90s were actually bang on accurate ;)

I do however find it fascinating from a techy point of view.

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New Doctor Who's new costume newly REVEALED by Beeb

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it's slick and stylish and grown-up

Because he's an old man :)

Looks OK to me although his legs don't seem right. And I don't like trousers that don't match

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What can Microsoft learn from 'discontinued operations' at Nokia?

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I'm waiting

I looked at upgrading my 610 to a 520 or 625 but was told new models are due out in 2014 on the back of a WP8 software update - which might also make the lower RAM on budget models a bigger problem.

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Quivering, spine-tingling wearable tech: Strap it on and don't look back

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With the strap-on in place

Possibly that hypen is a little misleading :)

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Cryptocurrencies now being pooped out by cartoon cat

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Re: I don't get it

Yeah but nobody is asking to buy LOLCODE. Doesn't the existence of a cryptocurrency mean at least come of the currency exists, and can be traded?

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Re: I hope we never ever EVER see.....

TwoGirlsOneCoin?

Which has the added benefit that "OneCoin" sounds rude if you say it right.

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I don't get it

Cryptocurrency is currency, and to be taken seriously - bitcoin is working hard to been seen as legitimate and secure. So why make some joke currency that is likely to disappear? OK, that might be fun, but why would anyone actually buy any of such a currency when it might not be here next week (like the Kanye one)?

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Google sets $2.7m Pwnium prize for cunning cracks for Chrome OS

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Re: I'd like to see someone crack Chrome or Chrome OS the way I run them

They wouldn't be able to crack your computer if you unplugged it and buried it in a lead box either. Well done, you've metaphorically made yourself safe from athlete's foot by hobbling yourself.

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Thanks for suggesting eBay should flog PayPal. It's not happening, CEO tells Carl Icahn

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Re: Have to agree with the board...

I rather think it is, actually.

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Re: activist?

"It gives real activists a bad name."

No worse than they have already.

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Alcatel-Lucent and BT unveil super fat pipe, splurt out 1.4Tb per second across London

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Re: Great

"Maybe you should concentrate more on that rather than spending a fortune on headline grabbers."

Rather a lot of people live in London and the other big cities.

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Facebook will LOSE 80% of its users by 2017 – epidemiological study

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Re: It's true but the time is probably off

a)You need something to move TO

b)Since when do we believe such theories?

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LogMeIn: We're stopping our free offering from, errrm, NOW

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Oh is that why the software store for both Apple and Google are making hand over fist these days?

Exactly - selling entire applications for £0.50 - £2.50 in most cases. You see reviews stating that "even at the high cost of £5 it's worth it" for software which is often a full-blown application that wouldn't be out of place on a PC.

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HOT AIR-FILLED Apple fanbois SHUNNED iPad 2 at Xmas

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The whole point of it being a "subjective 5%" is that for someone else it's 25% or 50% or 200% or -50%. You're basically admitting in your own argument that it's just your personal opinion, so why bother telling us?

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Vultures circle to feast on carcass of free remote desktop service LogMeIn

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Re: Hell hath no fury

How long does it take to log into his PC using LogMeIn, and install something new?

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