* Posts by JDX

5716 posts • joined 28 May 2010

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

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Re: Simple solution

Don't you have to tell the device to join your WiFi, rather than have the WiFi ask the device to join? Isn't that the whole principle of WiFi... so the fact it is WiFi enabled means as long as you never let it join your network, it's OK?

Or can one coerce a device to connect by pushing a request from the router?

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Google swallows SMARTSPOON manufacturer Lift Labs

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Re: Great idea

I'd probably have bought him a mug. But I agree, it's a very neat idea. And deceptively simple, a real "how did nobody think of that" project.

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I'm not sure there is. You need massive budgets for legal and certification/regulation. Things don't only cost a lot due to greed and profiteering, they also reflect the extortionate barrier to entry costs.

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This flashlight app requires: Your contacts list, identity, access to your camera...

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Is the default for apps to want everything?

I've turned down a metronome app recently on WP8 because it wants access to all these things. Do the vast majority actually USE any of this data, or has the developer left everything checked? You'd think the OS would know, based on what classes you use, exactly which permissions are required since it's sandboxed?

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Microsoft to patch ASP.NET mess even if you don't

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How exactly do you envisage MS changing the behaviour on your server if you don't install the update?

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Who on Earth would buy a digi-watch? Answer: NUDISTS - in their millions

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"I am not one of the current generation who has a smartphone glued to his ear at all times"

Then why is his opinion of any interest when discussing a modern smartphone accessory? It's about as relevant as asking an Amish what they think of the self-parking features on a modern car.

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Smart meters in UK homes will only save folks a lousy £26 a year

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Re: not smart

"They don't know what power I use and at what time, all the now is substation X is drawing Y power at Z time. They also don't know what is using the electricity in my house.

So in answer to your point, they are intruding a lot."

Firstly, how does a smart meter "know what is using the electricity in my house"?

Secondly, how is knowing when you're using the energy an intrusion? That's like saying your ISP and mobile phone provider are intruding because they know exactly how many Kb you are downloading/uploading each second, or that BT are intruding because they itemise exactly when you make each phone call, and how long it lasts.

It's almost like all the privacy-freaks haven't really thought this through before getting all hot and bothered. Seeing a 2min spike in your energy use at 5:17pm is surely far less intrusive than knowing you phoned your mum at 7:13pm for 5 minutes and 4 seconds?

The only thing that's "serious scary" is how uninformed supposedly well-educated, tech-savvy people are, and how little they think before jumping on a bandwagon.

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Re: Shiny thing make everything all better says politician

The fact you think everyone is that smart suggests you yourself are far less smart than you like to think.

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Re: Shiny thing make everything all better says politician

And everyone else is just like you, right?

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Re: not smart

Your utility company already knows how much power you use. What aspect of your private life are they violating by knowing you use more at 5pm than 4am?

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Apple's Watch is basically electric perfume

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Apple Watch ... a solution looking for a problem

Couldn't the same be said for the iPad? Many of us thought so.

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Why Apple had to craft a pocket-busting 5.5in Plus-sized iPhone 6 (thank LG, Samsung etc)

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Re: The 5C just failed to raise the interest of the buying public.

That's not really true. IT didn't meet with a clamour of desire but it's sure been selling well.

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Re: Surely there are two sides to the size thing?

What size is the 5S? It does seem odd not to keep the same size as an option. Maybe the 6C will do so?

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Re: NFC? . . . .

Learn not to be so bloody clumsy? Half the people in crowded underground stations already have their phones out already...

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re:That awkward moment when the #applewatch mockups are cooler than the actual #applewatch

When the mockups are just pulled out of someone's backside based on looking cool with no need to comply with what's actually possible in 2014, it's not surprising.

And surely the whole point is it looks rather like a watch, NOT like a futuristic gizmo?

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Quit drooling, fanbois - haven't you SEEN what the iPhone 6 costs?

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I'm writing this before the great unveil and you'll be reading it afterwards

Great journalism then.

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Apple's ONE LESS THING: the iPod Classic disappears

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Re: They've already started to go up in price

Or manage which 60Gb you carry around with you, maybe once a week.

Or buy something from someone else, since you can download all you music in DRM-free formats anyway.

I think there's no cloudy conspiracy here, it's just shrunk to a small enough niche they can't be bothered. As you mention, phones and iPads now offer comparable levels of storage anyway.

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TV techies proudly display their MIGHTY BENDERS in Berlin

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Re: If you're spending 100k+ on a TV, you're not in the real world

They're not practical either.

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Re: how many modern houses have a room big enough

Outside the UK and Japan, lots?

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Re: Bendy, why?

Yes, that's why I asked about bendy screens, not curved screens.

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Re: Curved aghhh

If you're spending 100k+ on a TV, you're not in the real world :)

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Bendy, why?

Never mind the debate over curved TVs, what is the supposed point of bendy screens?

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BONEHEAD FANBOIS encamp outside Apple Stores

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"This couple is sponsored by VideoMedicine, which allows doctors to Skype their patients."

I thought Skype allowed doctors to Skype their patients.

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Re: not a Delivery?

They don't have to, they choose to. Since they generally stop selling the previous model rather than adding the new ones along-side, it makes some sense anyway.

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Moto 360: Neat gizmo – if you're a rich nerd

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Re: I have this watch.

Lots of people do screen calls though, or only take work calls during the day, yada yada. Clearly not everyone, but enough that this kind of use-case exists.

Of course that's a bit like having an old-school pager all over again but shush, this is new and exciting!

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Re: Navigation...

You don't take your phone with you when you go out on your bike?

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Re: I have this watch.

The obvious thing is that you don't have to stop what you're doing and wrestle your over-large phone out of your pocket to see if it's a call you want/need to take.

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Re: siri et al

I use the simple voice commands on my Lumia 1020 for "call XXX, mobile" or "call 0192 ... 444" which are handy when walking.

My wife uses Siri a lot for setting reminders, and it genuinely seems to serve a purpose here. Very reliable it appears.

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O2 breathes life into Amazon Fire: Mobe to hit Blighty in WEEKS

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Re: Even free isn't cheap enough

99% of arrogant nerds are total idiots that don't understand people.

(or grammar)

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We give Panasonic's new 5-inch Toughpad phablets a kicking

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Re: Water / splash proofing is so handy in so many countries

I put my kindle in a sandwich bag and my iPad in a large freezer bag when using them in the bath, and don't consider the need for this a detraction on the device. People don't generally like standing in the rain on their phone anyway!

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Heads up, Chromebook: Here come the sub-$200 Windows 8.1 portables

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Re: with Bing

Most Reg commentards are more than happy to complain about OS and hardware they've never used, whether it be Windows Phone, iPhone, Linux, etc.

I doubt many here have tried W8.1 on a 1Gb PC considering a)most people don't use W8.1 b)very few PCs have 1Gb RAM.

Only those who have specifically tried VM testing 8.1 to see what resources it needs likely know the answer. And unless you state that you have done this, I'm assuming you're a venting Windoze-hating blowhard like the rest :)

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@Anonymous Bullard

Just because you're in the 1% I already mentioned doesn't mean everyone else is. The fact some people have the requirements you do is why I said 1%, not "nobody".

Angry computer nerds are a very small slice of the market, especially the £200 market.

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Re: Chromebook competitor - not really

I think it's a great competitor to Chromebooks... they're both pretty useless.

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Re: 1Gb of RAM?

16 is ludicrous, 32 is workable if you don't want to download videos.

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Re: with Bing

How do you know 8.1 won't run OK with 1Gb RAM? It's more optimised than 7, which was more optimised than Vista, which was a total hog compared to XP :) So does that mean 8.1 is now somewhat comparable to XP in resource use, or what? Because XP would sure run on 1Gb.

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Secure boot doesn't make them useless. It makes them useless to the 1% of people who want to buy them as cheap kit and rip a different OS on.

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Don't bother with Apple's 9 Sept hype-day: Someone's GONE AND BLABBED IT ALL

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Re: Hate the idea of a watch

I am very keen to see what Apple can do with a wearable, if they really are making one. Not because I particularly like the idea either, but because I'm just interested to see if they can pull it off, unlike everyone else so far.

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Look, ma, FOUR HANDS! Microsoft bigs up pixeltastic TWO-USER mega-screen

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Re: "Most mainstream touch-technology, like that on an Apple or Windows tablet, is single touch."

You can track every individual touch in iOS if you choose to work at that level rather than have iOS recognise gestures for you. It's pretty basic iOS programming and I assume Android and Windows expose the same stuff.

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Love XKCD? Love science? You'll love a book about science from Randall Munroe

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Re: Just keep near the surface

The fact the water shields you from radiation isn't the only factor to consider, even if it turns out to be perfectly safe when those factors ARE considered.

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Nearly there! LOHAN Kickstarter pot o'gold breaks £29,000

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Re: Dear Reg...

Ta... and I se most of these things are on the KS page if you actually scroll down.

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Dear Reg...

Forgive my ignorance but what are the two different logos - and why are there different ones to start with?

Also, any chance you have pictures of any of the mugs, shirts, tankards, etc?

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Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?

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Re: Well, no I'm not in favour of thumping people as a general rule but.......

Easy. Don't go to the type of bars where people find thumping strangers fun. I doubt that would restrict my choice of bars because why would you go somewhere like that anyway?

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BAT-GOBBLING urban SPIDER QUEENS swell to ENORMOUS SIZE

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Re: an insect chopper / mincer in the hose

It's not needed but from a marketing angle it would probably work.

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Re: Not just Oz.. happening in the UK aswell

A vacuum cleaner is fine, it will be smashed to pieces inside.

Squishing leaves a really ugly mess and the whole glass/piece of card thing is not suitable for real arachnophobes.

If it's too big to fit under a pint glass, maybe just let it HAVE the house.

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Re: Any SF author want to take this idea and run with it?

Web, by the great John Wyndham. An excellent book, and exactly what that photo brought to mind.

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Roll up for El Reg's 3G/4G MONOPOLY DATA PUB CRAWL

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Re: Beer?

Sam Adams is mainstream.

And beer pretension is just daft. Nothing wrong with lager.

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Beer?

3 photos in pubs, not a drink in sight in any of them!

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Just in case? Unverified 'supersize me' iPhone 6 pics in sneak leak peek

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Re: About what it's worth...

I'm starting to see quite a few 5Cs, owned by sensible people who can't justify the price of the 5S and are upgrading from the 4/4S. Having played with both the S and C in the flesh, I was surprised how nice the C actually is and how cheap it doesn't feel.

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Power of iPhone 6 hype-gasm: Apple a sniff away from record stock high

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Re: "working on a much-needed update to its iPad tablet"

Doubling the performance is (roughly) what they have done in previous upgrades and that pretty astonishing improvement is seen as just a tweak.

Aren't other tablet manufacturers in the same boat - the tablet paradigm is essentially polished now and you have to resort to gimmicks rather than innovation to have change for change's sake? The laptop paradigm stayed the same for a decade or more while hardware improved, until netbooks and ultrabooks tried to shake things up; even now the basic laptop looks like it did in 1994.

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"working on a much-needed update to its iPad tablet"

Why is it much-needed? They only just released a fairly major update in the Air and one could argue the concept was polished to perfection by the 3rd generation. It's a rectangular panel, it doesn't need anything fancy.

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