* Posts by JDX

5923 posts • joined 28 May 2010

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

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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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Re: WiFi?

HomePlug might be another great option.

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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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Million Mask March: Anonymous' London Guy Fawkes protest a damp squib

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Re: Great journalism...

He has more evidence than you, since he was an eye-witness. Clearly he was a blind eye-witness, or maybe you just have your own viewpoint you're blindly following?

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Re: Does this journalist write for The Sun?

Clearly if you disagree with what was written, it's wrong/rubbish.

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Re: @Ketlan

It's also not bias if it's reported as opinion, which it was.

They didn't seem that bothered about keeping their masks on either

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All but full-fat MS Office to be had on iPads, Droidenslabben for NOWT

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Re: Of course they don't care, because they don't know any better.

Nominate as most arrogant comment of the day... if only they were as informed, smart and awesome as me they'd clearly take my viewpoint because that is objectively the only sensible viewpoint any right minded individual COULD take.

Get over yourself.

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Re: It's free....

"Tie yourself and others into proprietary formats, and be at the whim of a single entity who's only purpose is to extract as much money from their customers as possible?"

Proprietary, open formats which are a recognised standard that other major players support?

Oh, no, a company who exists to make money. If only we could all work for free!

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Re: compatible Android tablets

Just highlights how/why Android is harder to develop for than iOS.

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Re: I remember

In the old days you HAD to know how to do minimal coding and monkey about with your config scripts just to USE a PC effectively.

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Then why are you commenting on the story you prawn?

"The new Ferrari is useless, I won't be buying one for sure. Oh, also I can't drive"

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Re: "inserting section breaks"

Why would any features be blocked.crippled in a FREE version? If they put all the good stuff in, nobody would pay.

Seems they've given enough for people to write letters and personal spreadsheets, anyone using it day-to-day for more serious stuff would need to pay.

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How is that LibreOffice iOS app working out for you?

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Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?

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Re: Lunacy

People who aren't paranoid I imagine, and the subset of geeks who aren't obsessed with the NSA.

Whether it only phones come when it hears it's name is quite relevant I think. The article suggests not but could just be inaccurate.

As for why: don't know. Being able to control music playback in your home, lighting, etc, could be neat. But that doesn't really require cloudy stuff, surely PC software can do it.

Seems to me one problem is simply the mic won't hear you unless you're in the right room. For this to be as transparent and useful as possible it needs to "just work" no matter where you are... so you can wander between rooms.

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Re: Bandwidth hog

Why would sending a few analysed voice commands be an issue. It may be listening the whole time but is it like having Skype turned on all day, or only when it hears its name will it actually open a channel?

Either way, I rather think it is the point. It's a techy thing for techy folk.

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