* Posts by JDX

5936 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review

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Re: Simples...

If they take money from your CC, wouldn't you immediately go to the CC company and complain about an unauthorised payment?

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NASA launches new climate model at SC14

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Re: My quotes better than yours club

>>"Two years from now, spam will be solved." - Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, 2004

When did gmail come out? Since then, it has been 99% 'solved' for me (not only gmail but filters in general).

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Stephen King, William Gibson and The Quantum Moment

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Re: If you want to feel cheated by King...

I've always held that King simply can't write endings. I'm a huge fan but even his best books - even the 8 volume Dark Tower epic - either tail off or basically end with "The End?"

Speaking of TV adaptations, "Storm of the Century" was a great mini-series that never got massive publicity. I don't know if it was a book too but it's classic King, AND fits the TV very well. I only ever watched it on Chinese VCD!

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Re: Sounds like a good batch

The thing about King is that even if you only like 10% of his books, that's still about 5x more than most authors write in total.

I had found more recent stuff a little tired (Duma Key) but Under The Dome was proper King to me - long, slow but somehow gripping regardless.

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Shoot to THRILL: Assassin's Creed: Unity and Halo: Master Chief Collection

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Re: Dear Mr Reviewer.

Out of interest how are you measuring fps on your consoles?

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

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Yes, it is a shame. They haven't understood it properly, and are partly responsible for the mainstream view of Christianity being preachy and judgemental; the "Dot from Eastenders" stereotype. But it's again unfair to use that generalisation, when so many others are out feeding the poor and advocating for the helpless at the grassroots level. But of course you only want to mention negatives as that supports your viewpoint. In fact, "The Church" has caused great good and great harm throughout history.

You might as well say all IT folk are arrogant borderline autism sufferers based on stereotypes and vocal minorities on internet forums - in reality most are fairly normal.

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Re: Dawkins

Um, I AM speaking for others... based on things they've said, not based on me not liking Dawkins myself. On geeky IT forums, where religion discussions are generally pretty one sided, he normally attracts more criticism than praise.

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Re: Most people who 'like' the Bible

Those two points weren't linked? You weren't suggesting others who read it wouldn't reach the same conclusion?

If not, fair enough my mis-comprehension.

Although becoming an atheist because you don't believe one religion's teachings seems a little narrow. That sounds more like "I don't WANT it to be true" rather than "I strongly believe it's not"?

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Re: Robert Long

"I have to wonder if this is true. The book is so obviously just bad folklore and contradictory nonsense mixed with flat out lies"

Oh yes, it's "obvious". And clearly I'm just lying, because nobody could possibly have a different viewpoint than you based on the same facts. All those centuries of debate, and some IT nerd has the arrogance to suggest "it's obvious".

I rather doubt you bothered to read the thing or read books around the subject because it's so obvious that would be a waste of time, right?

This reminds me of a non-technical person "what do you mean it will take 2 weeks for this feature, you just have to do this one thing. It's obvious"

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Re: Most people who 'like' the Bible

While I commend you for reading it and making an informed decision, it's reaching to suggest your experience speaks for others. For instance I approached it as an atheist determined to analyse what it actually taught, and went the opposite direction to you... but I don't claim that would happen to everyone.

I think quite a lot of people set out to read it to prove their pre-determined ideas about religion - from either side - are right. It's actually quite hard to read it from a neutral/objective point of view - because like it or not things that resonate jump out at you.

But I agree most people who would say the bible is important have no idea what it says!

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Re: Dawkins

Really? Even most of the atheists I know find him and his works irritating biased and smug!

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As an actual 'bible-bashing' Christian, "contains principles and guidelines to be a good person” is not what the bible is about. That's a massively watered down, namby-pamby don't-want-to-offend-anyone interpretation tied to the middle-England idea of Jesus as a friendly white bloke with flowing blond locks who went round telling people nice things about themselves.

Having said that, "seriously awful things in the bible" is also rather disingenuous.

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Neither of those are in the bible. At the very least you have paraphrased them. And you've done the usual thing of make some statement about the bible without providing references, knowing most people will blindly believe you (ironic in the circumstances).

That aside, you can play that game - cherry-picking sentences or shorter out of context - with just about any source. The papers like to do it all the time, as do politicians.

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Re: Noddy goes to the seaside

It wasn't insightful the first time either :)

I'd bet the majority commenting about the morality of the bible (whether in a positive or negative light) are doing so primarily based on what they remember from religious studies lessons as children.

Considering the majority of Christians haven't read the whole thing, and most lay-people people will happily believe just about anything you tell them about the bible/Christianity if you sound certain, I think it's a safe bet. Certainly most of what I thought the bible taught before I read it was either incorrect or came from somewhere else entirely.

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Re: The Bible

It's hard to say the bible's place in the best-seller lists. Leaving aside bulk orders (which I think count?) there are so many versions. Probably a dozen or so 'mainstream' (NIV, NKJV, American standard, etc) of which many are published in different formats (plain bible, study bible, bible in a year, amplified bible). And that's before you get on to less rigid translations like The Message which are very popular but cannot really be classed as translations.

You'd have to combine the sales of dozens of different books to get a meaningful figure. Maybe this is done as a matter of course, I have no idea?

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Re: Pedants would say that it's a collection of 66 books.

What about the fact many of the 'books' are letters and one is only one page long? I think you need to be more pedantic.

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My top 3

Of books that affected me and shaped my world view:

- Brief History of Time

- The bible

- Surely you're joking, Mr Feynman

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Of course since you suggest you haven't read it (or maybe either) it's a completely stupid supposition.

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Re: Dunno the exact answer

Interesting point. The goal of distributing the bible to as many people as possible must have driven advances in technologies such as printing, as well as in understanding many many languages... people learning obscure languages purely so they can provide a translation to those people.

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Re: brief history of time??

It's had WAY more impact.

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I'd rate it as pretty important too and I haven't ever read it, and I'm a Christian. I don't agree with Islam's teachings but it's a very important book merely because so many people do - similar to the bible in that respect. Together they have shaped our world (for better or worse is for each individual to decide).

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The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning

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Re: "and run all the important apps"

I've worked in offices where anyone might need to do scanning. We didn't have a scanner on every PC. We had one PC with a scanner, which you'd jump on if you needed to scan something. If we'd been a business who did a lot of scanning it would've been different but then that's a special case in which case your whole argument is meaningless because we're talking about general IT, not any number of niches (programmers, architects, artists, scientists, etc)

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Re: "and run all the important apps"

Yes but in your example, you need one person with a PC used for such things, you don't need everyone to have a PC just in case they need to do some scanning.

Of course some people need a full PC interface either for performance or input/usability reasons - just as some people actually need 4-wheel drive or a pickup truck to drive around in day-to-day.

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Is your kid ADDICTED to web porn? Twitter? Hint: Don't blame the internet

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Yeah because clearly a)those are the ONLY two options and b)experiences online don't affect perception of the real world or vice versa.

Looking at a photo of a naked lady online circa 1995 dialup is very different from what is available now. And it's not like extreme/hard porn is any harder to find, potentially even easier, than soft stuff. If finding the hard stuff required special effort it might be different but kids are likely to stumble across pretty extreme stuff right off the bat.

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Re: The internet is 'outside'

I like that analogy.

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Re: It's the parents not the kids

While it's an important issue "it's all the parents' fault" is a bit of a glib, automatic generalisation.

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Mozilla re-negotiates Google multi-million dollar sugar-daddy deal

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Re: ... if they actually wanted it.

My mum can (just about) figure how to install FireFox or Chrome - she had it on her old PC which my late father set up and knew she wanted it on the new one. But anything past that she has no idea - the settings menu is intrinsically a scary place to most people remember. :)

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@sisk

I'm sure there is truth in what you say but I think you overstate things. Many people are savvy enough to install FireFox (or Chrome) but simply install it and consider it installed. The proportion who know how to set their preferred search engine is likely higher on FF/Chrome than IE but I'd suggest is definitely not more than 50%.

Still worth a chunk of cash to MS, definitely.

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I wonder if Google would consider dropping the Mozilla deal?

It might hurt them but if as suggested, Mozilla couldn't function without Google's cash, would Google like to kill FF? Or do they not care what browser people use as long as all browsers are fast and support stadnards well - i.e. do they care about browser share or only that people are doing everything online?

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Re: What do the rest pay ?

Well they surely pay a similar level of royalties, but on a far smaller scale.

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Behold the Lumia 535 NOTkia: Microsoft wipes Nokia brand from mobes

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Re: Lovely hardware

It's not really the reality though. WP8 is a nice, easy to use OS. It's not particularly exciting but it works well enough for most people's needs.

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re:That'd be weeks of ammunition

That rather depends on your circle of friends.

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Branding

I'm surprised they so boldly brand it "Microsoft" rather than put the MS logo with "Lumia", which has gained some brand awareness and is not (IIRC) owned by Nokia.

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Re: Nokia has some value...

I lived with one for over a year and then bought another one. So I have about 30X more experience than you and therefore my opinion is 30X more valuable.

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Samsung slams door on OLED TVs, makes QUANTUM dot LEAP

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Re: Random TV question: 'juddering' in fast pans

The NowTV is actually on my (reasonably decent but not amazing) plasma TV but maybe that's irrelevant?

I was aware about the 24fps thing, but I thought other things mattered e.g. TVs boast of 600Hz (or whatever), 5ms response, etc.

Is it really the case that everyone sees that nasty judder even on top-end TVs then? I guess I thought all that fancy processing in a £2k tv compared to a £500 one magically fixed such things!

And - thanks for the great answer.

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Random TV question: 'juddering' in fast pans

I've seen this both on TV and in cinemas - the camera pans quickly and you can't really see clearly what's happening, like it's not really that smooth.

I don't understand how that happens on a modern TV or projector - is it actually part of the recording, the display technology, or my eyes/brain? It's certainly worse in some cases - F1 on NowTV streaming for instance - but considering I see it in big budget movies in the cinema I am starting to wonder if it's me?!

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I have, and last time I was there you could spot the 4K TV from the other side of the store, the difference was so big.

It made every other TV look crap which possibly was a bad thing as people who couldn't have afforded 4K might've decided to buy nothing!

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Re: This argument has been made before

It would be interesting to get figures on how many hours are spent watching films in cinemas per week, compared with TV. I don't know if the data is available but you could for instance find a 1-cinema town and ask how many tickets they sell per week, multiply by 2. Scale up based on town population Vs national population and compare to official TV viewing figures.

My total guess is cinema viewing is tiny in comparison, like 2% of TV watching 'man hours'. Anyone able to do some guesstimates or provide data?

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Based on what counter-argument? More and more often you'll see people in a communal living area watching Youtube videos on their laptops/tablets/phones, even while the main TV is on.

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If he can't see a difference between HD and 4k in the carefully contrived showroom then I suggest maybe his eyes ARE the problem.

Either than or the person who set up the demo units should be fired.

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Re: But...

As you say - SOME cases. But not to the extent most people bother buying dedicated HiFi equipment any more, they just use their phone or PC.TVs are still in the "everyone has one" phase, like HiFi was 20 years ago.

I'm not so sure TVs are on the way out but it's certainly a possibility.

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Bendy, but hangs loose too: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10-inch Android tab

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I don't suppose that stand would function on a soft surface like a sofa/bed, would it? I like to watch iPad in bed and getting a stand which is stable to keep the screen near-perpendicular on a duvet was a bit of a pain.

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Re: Intel based

Who cares? If the performance/price combination matches up to expectations, what does it matter?

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FUTURE ROBOTS will EXTERMINATE UK jobs – study

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Isn't the ideal that we reach a point that the mundane jobs are done by robots, and people don't HAVE to work - we have enough resources that rather than having to be a "benefits culture" claimant, work becomes a choice rather than a necessity?

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The Pirate Bay co-founder exits jail, now, er, free to eat vegan food

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"My body just got re-united with my soul and mind, the parts of me that matters and that never can be held hostage"

What? Surely that's the exact opposite of "you can imprison my body but not my spirit".

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Boxing clever? Amazon Fire TV is SO CLOSE to being excellent

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Amazon Prime UK works fine on my wife's Android tablet. It's a Nook which she replaced with Cyanomod's Android.

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Re: WiFi?

My HomePlug unit acts as a WiFi network as well as having ethernet sockets - so you can simply have one WiFi network per room (I have one in the garage).

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Re: Obsolete?

Especially when games consoles also have all these apps, and you can (I think) also plug in your iPad to display content from all these iOS apps on the TV... presumably Android allows this too and obviously so does a laptop.

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At last! Now you can STIFLE dull chums you can't really unfriend on Facebook

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Given the stuff you see is from people you told FB you were friends with, "how utterly stupid a large proportion of the population is" reflects more on your social circle than the population as a whole.

While I agree most of the population are stupid or boring (to me) I only make friends in real life with those who don't fit that description... why not follow the same rules online?

FB is FAR more useful and less annoying when you use it to network with people you'd actually talk to. If you open it up to people whose opinions you aren't interested in, of course it will seem rubbish.

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I thought so too.

It is a sensible thing though because often there are people who you ARE friends with, who decide to post 5 pictures of their baby/cat every day or link FB posts to every app and game they play.

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