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* Posts by JDX

5651 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Secrets of an ad broker: NoSQL, millisecond auctions and FLASH ARRAYS

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Re: Very clever, I'm sure

Nice of you to speak for all of us. Actually, we won't.

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Re: How much did this article cost Tapad?

Considering the Reg commentard-base is happy to believe any comment which doesn't criticise MS is paid for, I'll give this conspiracy theory the same level of respect.

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Microsoft to Moto: We'll give you $1m a year for your patents

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Re: Wrong I am

Except H.264 is actually one example where a patent isn't stupid, is it? It's not a vague nebulous idea, but an actual detailed invention.

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Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei 'likes' Facebook despite ban

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EVERYONE lives by double standards.

And are you saying hypocrisy is a mental illness?

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Re: and so it goes on.

"do as I say not as I do" is surely the only sensible mantra for leadership since leaders are human and invariably as flawed as the rest of us. "Do as I do" is never going to get us anywhere.

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I like that we can comment on his page, send private messages, etc. I'm tempted except I'm not sure if I might find angry Iranians at my door...

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Search engines we have known ... before Google crushed them

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I miss AskJeeves.

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VCDX: The elite certification just 105 people hold

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Re: CWGX (Certified Walled Gardens Expert)

You could feel free to set up a body issuing such certification.

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Re: proof that the software is too complex

Some things are inherently complicated. Enterprise-level virtualisation centres sounds like one of those things to me.

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Siri: Can you make a Raspberry Pi open a garage door?

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Re: says:

Finally, a reference other than the bloody pod bay doors.

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Re: Issues

me: cancel... have you ever used Siri?!

Anyway... surely you could modify the software to check you are within range first. Since you can say "Siri remind me to buy milk when I get to work" for instance. Did you not read the "super pre-alpha" description, and the fact this is a proof of concept only.

Seriously, you bunch of luddites! Picking holes in R&D projects because they're not ready for mass-market, well duh.

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Re: in my experience it would be more like...

me: cancel

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2. they'll adapt it to use another voice-control protocol... if Apple don't allow that they'll move it to Android.

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Web devs gasp: HTML5 takes big step toward standardization

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Re: Glacial!?

MS aren't promoting Silverlight for the PC so the assertion they don't want HTML5 makes little sense when they are gearing their tools around it.

Adobe has Flash but similarly seems set/resigned it is on the way out, they seem to be killing it faster than they need to if anything. HTML5 content tools are a massive money pit for Adobe.

Apple don't have a rich web alternative of their own. So unless you think they simply want everything done as a native app rather than a website, which seems a little like a conspiracy theory, that doesn't work either.

More likely, MS and Apple are simply tremendously conservative because they have to support their browsers for several years, unlike Chrome and Firefox who just release a new version and change their minds on feature-sets without the need to provide enterprise support.

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Re: woot!!

Your browser can't properly support HTML5 in 2013 because there isn't a proper HTML5 to support... the really useful bits aren't part of the spec!

So hardly MS' fault this time round.

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'We are screwed!' Fonts eat a bullet in Microsoft security patch

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We've asked Microsoft for a comment, but have yet to receive a reply.

Is that because they couldn't read your email?

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Re: @ t.est The Real Story here...

What are we supposed to use instead of Quark these days... it was THE choice for newspapers when my dad retired from that world and since then I lost touch with what's used, though I note Quark is still selling new versions.

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Anonymous hacks Westboro Baptists over Sandy Hook protests

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@Robert Long 1

Really is that the best troll you can come up with?

Oh and Toastan, you misunderstand the Scientific Method.

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Re: What I wish would happen to WBC

Although finding out someone is in the WBC without breaking any laws would have to be followed.

Anyway, surely the WBC ARE widely shunned?

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Re: Puzzled

The UK does not have the same laws as the US... the whole constitution thing simply doesn't exist here.

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Quadriplegic woman demos advanced mind-control of robot arm

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I'm not sure which is more amazing, our leaps in technology or the ability of the brain to automatically reconfigure itself to understand how to communicate with a microchip that's been crudely rammed into place.

Actually, I am sure :) The science is absolutely wonderful but in my view, the more we advance in computing, the more amazing the brain is in comparison.

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The best tablets for Christmas

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Re: re-sale value

A universe with eBay. Check for yourself.

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'It’s called capitalism. We are proudly capitalistic. I’m not confused about this'

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Re: "acting fraudulently in a moral sense"

What's TV got to do with it. Are you a tax-dodging ISA fraudster?

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parasitic?

That suggests they don't provide a service. This is clearly tosh whether you like or hate Google.

Perhaps focus your arguments on accuracy rather than how emotive you can make them?

As for "the people who need that money"... oh please.

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"acting fraudulently in a moral sense"

Good soundbite, you sound like one of those overly earnest middle-class students who puts on rags to sit and protest with an iPad in their satchel and an iPhone in their designer skinny jeans.

You don't have an ISA do you?

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@nichomach

>>No, they bail them out with taxes gathered from normal people who can't divert their income to Luxembourg or the Caymans.

A rather poor piece of sarcasm, since the majority of companies in UK aren't multi-national corporations using such tricks.

And of course, it's capitalism which gives people their salaries to tax anyway.

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Re: capitalism

They bail them out with taxes gathered from the capitalists :)

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Is the Reg base socialist then? I thought beardy Linux types were traditionally liberals?

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It’s called capitalism. We are proudly capitalistic. I’m not confused about this

Good on you. Don't act all mock-guilty about it and fumble with your thumbs - if you did it for a reason then stick to your guns,

It's not evil to follow the law. Those who are upset about this perfectly reasonably - spend your time boycotting the government to change the laws, not beseeching corporations to donate more tax.

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Stephen Hawking pushes for posthumous pardon for Alan Turing

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Surely if he was guilty under the laws then, he cannot be pardoned? If you start changing laws retrospectively, anyone convicted could start demanding damages.

An apology is appropriate, in my eyes. But none of this should be because of his importance or what he did for his country. Forgiving "important gays" only is crazy.

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Windows 8: At least it's better than ‘not very good’

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Re: Internet Explorer – the worst web browser in the world

So it was the worst out of 2?

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Internet Explorer – the worst web browser in the world

In the 90s it was hardly the worst browser in the world.

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John Lewis agrees to flog Microsoft's Surface RT tablets

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Re: Hmm....

You'll save "a few hundred" on a device costing £400? You're going to get an i7 PC for <£200?

Well done for totally missing the point btw.

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I haven't seen people think a Surface is a PC without a keyboard. They think it's a tablet. Windows Phone hasn't led to people thinking their phone is a phone-sized PC.

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Re: Demand might be phenomenal

How exactly is it unpopular? Every review of windows 8 on a phone/tablet I've seen has been positive.

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About the same % who are disappointed iOS isn't OSX I'd expect. The general public doesn't want to install notepad++ on their tablet :)

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Re: Profit level is phenomenal.

When it's selling for a similar price and is roughly speaking the same spec, produced on a much smaller scale, why would they make more per unit than Apple do on iPad? Apple have tremendous volume deals with suppliers and manufacturers.

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Re: Consider me baffled

He said demand for W8, not for surface. It's pretty likely they are selling a load of laptops for Xmas, and they happen to have W8 installed on them.

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Badges for Commentards

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Re: @JDX (was: The backlash starts here.....)

Poor jake, a nerd who doesn't understand sarcasm :)

Clearly bronze & silver badges mean nothing, they are merely symbols of fickle public opinion. Only gold means anything :)

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

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Re: Sounds good

>>or you just used a smart pointer

smart pointers are officially part of C++ already. But if you want to transfer ownership of a chunk of memory from one object to another, you still have to do some mucking about - it's not simple reference counting as that achieves something different.

How will this be achieved/implemented in the new version anyway, anyone got a code snippet?

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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.

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The best smartphones for Christmas

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Re: poor iPhone 5 = 90%?

You have to throw a bone to those who whinge about SD cards and USB ports and removable batteries, even though hardly anyone really cares about those things :)

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Re: "Her indoors reckons five is the minimum to keep a girl happy"

That's a medical condition, not an achievement.

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Re: poor iPhone 5 = 90%?

>>the iPhone 5 gets the poorest comment of the whole article yet still records a 90% score?

Aren't they copy-pasting the review scores from when they were originally reviewed... the person writing this article is giving his personal view and then telling you the official scores.

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Goldman Sachs: Windows' true market share is just 20%

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Tablets the future?

Every university student needs a computer on which to write essays, etc - (well they can use libraries but they all have laptops). That remains a pretty stable market, a substantial % of the population.

Similarly, office workers need a computer on which to work.

MS is losing market share primarily because the market has suddenly got far larger - the pie is growing so in relative terms MS' slice is shrinking.

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Google maps app is BACK on iPhones, fanbois spared death

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Re: Your move apple...

Quick, patent "determine your location by viewing a map on a screen with a dot on it", "figure out how to get someplace by showing a line on a map", etc.

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Good news for Apple

Now everyone put off by their crap-maps can by iPhones again safe in the knowledge the platform has great mapping software.

Apple get Google maps back, but this time they don't have to pay for it.

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Review: Apple iMac 21.5in late 2012

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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?)

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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.

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

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Re: Install Linux and let 'em come

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

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