* Posts by JDX

5716 posts • joined 28 May 2010

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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Google turns off Chinese censorship alert service

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A feature to warn users their searches might trigger censorship or other bad stuff is good. A feature which explicitly helps users re-word their searches in a special language to avoid detection is definitely outside Google's remit in my opinion.

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A giant corporation choosing that it doesn't need to follow local laws is the less evil option then? It is not evil for a company to follow the law.

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Boffins create quantum gas with temperature BELOW absolute zero

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What a story to read at 8am on a Monday Morning!

It's all a trickery about how temperature is defined - it has little to do with heat around absolute zero - but my head still hurts.

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It's JUST possible, but Apple MIGHT not make an iWatch in 2013

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Re: Android's BEEN there DONE... Ooops DOING that!!

Tablets existed before iPad and touch-phones before iPhone. Apple's genius is in somehow making the world want something that they had previously decided they didn't.

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Who knows

People have tried wearable PCs before and failed. A bit like how tablet computers had been written off as crap pre-iPad. Maybe just maybe... Apple could make a watch-PC mass-market-desirable and then everyone else can make better versions which don't sell.

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Re: Intel chip?

Turkey isn't a more expensive chicken, Turkey is generally cheaper meat (because it's not very nice).

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Re: Intel chip?

>>Wouldn't it be self winding - it could generate power from a simple pendulum like rythmic movement of the fanboi's wrist

I dunno, it's typically frustrated teenagers who provide the biggest power supply and Apple is not the OS of choice for nerdy friendless teens.

Plus, put Linux on a watch and the watch itseklf would be a source of arousal for said teens. And Reg readers... if the latter isn't a subset of the former.

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Facebook continues to CONQUER THE WORLD

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Poor old Google

Can't even maintain a dominant position, let alone steal users off FB.

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You could say the same about most social networks though so unless you can argue why the ratio of fake:real accounts is substantially higher on FB (other than on strict sites which demand real-ID verification) this doesn't appear to change anything.

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2012: The year that netbooks DIED

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@LarsG

You could walk into a job as a comedy writer with that kind of material. Sadly, only at BBC3.

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Brits are so outraged by Amazon, they voted it TOP for shopping

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Re: What did Netflix do wrong?

So Netflix are unpopular because people bought a service without checking what it provided? If it's a shoddy service then don't buy it and complain, don't buy it.

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What did Netflix do wrong?

It's a slick service and I found their service helpful (see #9 http://www.buzzfeed.com/expresident/british-people-problems). Wonder what they did to piss people off... maybe low broadband speeds spoiled the experience?

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Re: When you look at the state of most high streets...

For me the best thing is their support. They have managed to grow to a massive faceless corporation without giving you the feeling you're unimportant. When things are late or missing they overnight a replacement without interrogating you, etc.

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The LINUX TABLET IS THE FUTURE - and it always will be

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Shooting fish in a barrel

Still fun to read though.

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Lego quad-copter: your ultimate drone nightmare

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Did anyone see the similar thingie on GadgetMan, I can't remember the name!

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Little spider makes big-spider-puppet CLONE of itself out of dirt

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Re: So, presumably

The textbook example of this happening in short time scale is that of moths in England over the historical period known as the Industrial Revolution. Moths (nocturnal, so inactive during daylight) would rest against the bark of trees, appropriately camouflaged to the species of tree they preferred. Soot from the burning of coal ('dark satanic mills') darkened the appearance of trees in many areas, and this placed a strong 'selection pressure' on generations of moths- favouring those that exhibited a mutation that made them darker. Pale moths would be readily seen by birds and promptly eaten.

This happened in decades, if not years. Moths, like spiders, have many, many offspring.

Sorry but you simply don't understand evolution. The much-vaunted moths example isn't evolution. It is simply a case where there were already two versions of the same organism, and changed circumstances suddenly made one of them at a severe disadvantage. That took months because both types already existed. That is natural selection, not evolution. An emergent new behaviour - from a regular spider to one which makes a fake spider - is a totally different proposition. This takes a LOT of time.

I was nowhere suggesting evolution doesn't occur by the way. Merely that some examples really make it seem that the long time scales are actually not that long at all when it is randomly driven.

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@Dave 126

Sorry Dave I've no idea what point you tried to make. I merely commented that atheists feel happy using 'gross' stuff from nature as evidence against a God, while lambasting anyone who suggests the 'pretty' stuff from nature is evidence for a God.

The downvotes suggest a preponderance of indoctrinated atheists who have learned atheism in exactly the same way many learn their religion... taking someone else's word for it rather than making up their own mind. I'm sure they'll take this post also as being pro-sky-fairy (a term which itself demonstrates an emotive rather than intellectual position on the subject) and downvote in the same way.

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Re: ummm

" The spider doesn't need to know that what it is building looks like a spider. All it needs to know is that what it is building scares off predators. "

So millions of years of evolution give the same result as the spider just standing in the web in the first place? That's certainly not an Intelligent Design :)

I wondered if the idea is it does not scare predators, but tricks them into eating the fake.

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Outlook 2013 spurns your old Word and Excel documents

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Re: Curious...

You can open them. Just not in your email client.

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University of Western Sydney hands out 11k iPads

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Technology is fine but I wonder what this brings that a laptop doesn't - students will still need laptops to take notes and write essays, etc.

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Re: ffs

You've got to be a real prize chump if you think Apple needs to spend money getting people to say nice things about iPad on forums.

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Re: a truckload of South Korean's (sic) finest

Why does it matter if Apple are the leading company in 3 years... iPad will still be a big player for sure. iPad just makes the decision simple... no committee needed to choose which Android tablets, etc, etc.

And since iPhone is STILL the leading phone in the public view, why WON'T iPad be in 3 years?

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Windows Vista woes killed MS Pinball

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@AndrueC

Games code from that era could well have been full of all kinds of horrible low-level tricks which would actually need modifying for 64-bit compilation...

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Re: Good job no-ones using Win 8 then!

I do love it when Linux users make jokes about other OS not being widely used.

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I doubt the "pinball" game had anything to do with the success or failure

No, really?

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