* Posts by JDX

5960 posts • joined 28 May 2010

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

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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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The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning

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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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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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It's just about writing the code but the fact you have to rewrite big chunks for each OS, especially the UI side which is pretty darn important. Clearly the effort went in to iOS first and that would require them using OBJ-C (well not having to but on a project that size it would make sense) which means it's likely an entirely separate development team than those who would work on a WP version.

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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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Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

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Better not have that MMR either. I mean, you can't be too careful.

I wonder how many people get eye injuries due to their glasses every year (actually serious question, considering how many people injure themselves getting out of bed every day).

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Re: I gamble with my money, not my health

That's a crock. You gamble with your health every time you eat barbecued food or go outside on a sunny day... a rogue particle could knock a free radical loose. You gamble every time you eat food you haven't prepared or use crockery someone else has 'washed'.

You gamble every time you play sport - a knock could detach your retina or any number of other things.

Having dental treatment has risks too. You gamble that saving your tooth or reducing your toothache is worth the tiny chance of something seriously wrong happening.

As you get older and get a cataract, you gamble that improving your eyesight is worth the small risk of making it even worse.

Heck, even contact lenses have risks.

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Re: I only know two opticians.

They say doctors make the worst patients.

The statistics are available to doctors and patients alike... maybe the former are just more conservative.

I'm fairly sure the guy who did my consult had had the treatment.

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Re: Eye laser surgery is not for everyone.

I also now need eye drops but then I spend all day staring at a screen which is about the worst thing for that.

Still worth it just to be abel to go outside in the rain or walk into a hot room in the winter and still see.

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@Les Matthew

Gee Les, what an original and witty remark.

It doesn't actually make any sense but hey it's a nice pithy meme.

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Re: Another solution

Oh for goodness' sake, stop holding the web up as some idealistic paradise. It only exists in its current form because massive companies and governments have ploughed untold billions into the infrastructure, in the belief they can make money from it in some sense.

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Re: Depends on perspective

If you post on someone else's site, they can take it down at their discretion. Internet forums and social networks are the "Wild West", if a grumpy moderator doesn't like you then tough.

Of course if you are making part of your living through a page on FB it gets murky. Has nobody sued FB for this yet, and at least made it to court?

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Apple strap-on wristjob: You WON'T be able to spend more than $5,000!

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Re: Gold-plated?

Lots of expensive things don't last as long as cheaper ones. I'd wager a 500k supercar will last far less time than an old Ford Focus.

It's for the super rich, if they have enough money this counts as disposable income then good for them, let them buy it.

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I'm surprised Apple don't team up WITH a brand like Rolex or whoever for the fancy designer versions. Brand is important in that world - gadgets and expensive watches are very different markets.

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The late 2014 Apple Mac Mini: The best (and worst) of both worlds

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But now 16Gb IS available... and that's the maximum you can officially install. So unless you can actually cram in more than is supported (you could with some older MacBooks) things are a bit different.

The main issue is simply it costs you more now. I'm not sure how much more though... Crucial sell 16Gb kits for £125 although of course that way you did end up with 4Gb left over you might be able to sell.

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Re: Laptop

Interesting. I wonder if that's a new thing or if they did this previously? It would make sense given that low power use and less need for cooling are important on the Mini.

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Re: To think Apple once marketed the Mini as a server machine (do they still do that)?

Your Mac Mini has a better GPU than the Pro?

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