* Posts by JDX

5716 posts • joined 28 May 2010

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

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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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Jesus phone RAISED from DEAD. Watch iPhone 6 get BURNED, DROWNED, SMASHED

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Re: Personally

Most people would be holding the phone more than 3' above the ground when standing. Many people's pockets are more than 3' above the ground, meaning a fumble getting it in/out of your pocket achieves that. IF you keep your phone in a jacket pocket, even sitting down it's higher than 3'.

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Exercise-tracking app not QUITE fit for purpose

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Re: I thought date of birth was like a password

And definitely don't tell them your real height and weight, you don't want them knowing too much about you!

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Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed

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Re: I'm puzzled

Who said it was a new audio format?

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Re: Can't be pirated?

Music isn't just about the audio though, is it? Otherwise people wouldn't pay loads of money go to listen to songs in a big room with poor acoustics next to lots of sweaty strangers, that they already paid for and can listen to in an armchair through some nice headphones.

I think that's what this is about... something beyond just the sound. If you record a concert, even in blu-ray, it is not the same as being there. The musical experience IS fundamentally un-pirateable.

How on earth you get that kind of stuff into iTunes I have no idea of course :)

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Re: I used to think he was a tosser

>>The man is an eejit, he reckons he can make music un-pirateble

You do realise you've fundamentally missed the point? He isn't claiming to have invented unbreakable DRM. It's about a wider "something" beyond simply listening to the track. Akin to pretty artwork in CD cases, etc, which are not the same if you try and photocopy them.

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iPhone 6: Most exquisite MOBILE? No. It is the Most Exquisite THING. EVER

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Re: Mr Fry

But if someone offered you the money you'd probably do it, which is the case here.

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Re: I can't even...

It's not a phone. It's a computer more powerful than the desktops we grew up using, selling for a fraction of the real-terms prices of those computers, which is smaller and lighter than a Sony Walkman, and contains a phone.

Modern phones ARE flat-out amazing, regardless of brand.

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Re: meh

El Reg just seems desperate to start a feud. Maybe Fry refused to sign an autograph, or maybe it's just a cheap publicity grab. But it seems rather crass to stoop to tabloid levels to choose a target of ridicule.

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meh

El Reg's harrying of Fry is staler than Apple's R&D department.

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Read IBM's note to staff announcing mandatory training and 10% pay cut

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Re: @JDX Sarcasm?

9-5 is already rather a big part of your life, considering you wouldn't put that much time into nearly any hobby even if you had the time!

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Re: Sarcasm?

So Cheesy, you expect me to do that in my free time after I slog my guts out working all day? Or should I decide to do it when I could be getting work done - that doesn't sound like a decision I can make lest I get a kicking in my annual review for loss in productivity.

I may be motivated to keep current but as an employee that motivation manifests as pushing for training. Not spending my personal time and money.

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Surely if employees haven't kept up to date it's because their employer has not provided adequate training in the first place?

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Buying memory in an iPhone 6: Like wiping your bottom with dollar bills

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Re: "A little eBay shopping and you can find 128GB Micro SD cards for under a tenner"

Is an SD card as quick as built-in memory? I assume it is, if you get a decent card?

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Reg bloke zips through an iPHONE 6 queue from ZERO to 60 SECONDS

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Oracle's Larry Ellison quits as CEO – new bosses are Hurd'n'Catz

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Glad I didn't decide to sell AAPL and buy Oracle shares!

Maybe he's just bored and wants to spend his loot.

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iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!

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Re: So WebGL

Since their entire business model is about to be wiped out by browsers blocking plugins, they have little choice - like Adobe trying to migrate their tools to HTML5 from Flash.

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Re: So WebGL

I wouldn't say "better" - in fact as a developer I would say the opposite. But as a consumer it means it is supported natively in the browser without the need for plugins. Unity doesn't work on iOS or any other browser which doesn't support plugins, unless you package it into a standalone app. If what you are making is a website with 3D content, that's not great.

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Re: Blimey Windows Phone 8.1 supports WebGl as well

IE introduced it in either IE10 or IE11.

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

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Re: I can feel the difference...

The only 4k TV I've seen IRL was simply stunning and made every other TV - even expensive ones - in the shop look awful. However whether that's down to resolution or just a superior screen I have no idea. I find it hard to see why the pixel size should have such an impact when standing 20-30 feet away, as I was when casting my eyes across the array of TVs, but the 4K one was just in a different league.

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Re: Alternative name for Blu-Ray 4K...

UHDD

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First Irish boy band U2. Now Apple pushes ANOTHER thing into iPhones, iPods, iPads

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Isn't Apple tip-toeing along the same tightrope here ...?

"I vaguely remember when a dominant company "integrated" systems into its os to block out competitors"

The key word is in your own post. Dominant. iOS/Apple is not in a dominant position in the mobile OS market, and it is nowhere near being a monopoly. The dominant player is Android/Google.

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Re: OS vs apps

Paint is part of Windows, surely?

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Re: @JDK

I've used it and didn't find it a must-have.

And for typical PC users, they would just end up lost "where's my internet gone". Alt-Tab is a power-feature to the majority of Windows users. Expecting them to find applications they can't even see on their screen anymore... you're kidding. As IT people, it's easy to forget just how low the common denominator is. It's not a criticism on users, just an observation.

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Re: anyone, and everyone has had this as STOCK for the best part of a Decade now

No they haven't. About 5% of people have. Because that's (being generous) how many people aren't running Windows.

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Re: MS always bleeding edge ... not

I bet Windows has loads of features Linux doesn't and vice versa. For instance, Windows has a really sucky command line... but for 99% of users it's not a problem, whereas a much higher proportion of Linux users use the command lineor even rely on it.

If you try and add every feature everyone has, you get a big mess, not a perfect OS.

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>>It's useful for many people, especially power users working with many different applications at once.

Maybe a large number of people, but relatively a very small segment of Windows users. It's niche enough that people who need it could buy an add-on.

However I would've thought these days, more and more people would be using VMs to meet the same goal rather than running hundreds of applications on one PC?

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Indeed, I've seen it in Windows at least 10 years ago. Not sure if it was an add-on, or part of the graphics drivers support.

It's not really that useful a feature for most people.

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Apple gives fanbois The Sweetest Thing: A delete button for that U2 album

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Re: I don't have any iThingies...

There's a difference between what's stored on your device, and what's in your account. If you own a phone, PC and tablet, you may have different content downloaded on each.

And you can't (that I know of) delete content from being IN your library. It's not in your library to begin with really, Apple just record in a central server which albums you bought and are allowed to download. "deleting" it doesn't make much sense if you paid for it, unless you want to hide your music taste from someone :)

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Re: automatic download

Thanks AC, that does make a bit more sense, probably it shouldn't have been allowed to get onto your device without explicit permission.

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For goodness' sake

They never made you download it, they only made it available to download IF you wanted it. They did not upload the album into 500 million peoples' accounts, they merely set the permissions so that everyone could access it.

People concerned about security and privacy really should bother to do the slightest amount of research if it's something they are worried about, rather than remain totally ignorant while simultaneously complaining they don't feel safe.

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Chinese city creates footpath for smartphone addicts

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Re: Alternative Suggestion

It's jerks like you who MAKE people want to escape the real world!

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Re: Footpath to a cliff ?

People walk about reading books all the time without attracting such ire.

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Who wants to be there as history is made at the launch of our LOHAN space project?

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What happens in case of delays?

If the person is able to hang around - no pressing return flight - would they be offered a seat in the next attempt?

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Slough isn't fit for humans now, says Amazon. We're going to Shoreditch

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Re: Which is worse?

Shoreditch is 10min away from good places though.

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Re: moving for tax reasons?

At the very least they'll be paying an absolute bomb for the offices.

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Apple iPhone 6: Missing sapphire glass screen FAIL explained

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Except there was no bait.

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Re: Vaporpus Sapphire

They never told their fans and investors they were planning to do it in the first place. People assumed it based on rumours, now are blaming Apple that those rumours weren't true.

Nothing to see here.

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Google swallows SMARTSPOON manufacturer Lift Labs

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Re: Great idea

You said he couldn't eat soup, not that he couldn't drink from a cup either. I was not being glib, because if you'd said his tremor was that bad I would have suggested this spoon is probably unable to combat such extreme issues. He doesn't have a tremble, he has a full-on shake - surely when it's that bad just getting the spoon in the bowl is pushing it?

They do make anti-spill mugs though I think often for use at sea, if he can physically hold the thing one of those might be of use for regular drinks... tea through a sippy cup can't taste the same.

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Intellifridge terror: Internet of Stuff kit must fend off hackers of the FU-TURE-TURE-TURE

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Re: Simple solution

I find that rather unlikely.

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Re: My TV is talking to me

If they have WiFi then this isn't changing anything. If they don't, then a Wifi-capable fridge which isn't broadcasting (since it's not joined a network) isn't going to do much either.

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Re: the lifespan of a fridge is 25 years

Is it? Says who?

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