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* Posts by jaywin

44 posts • joined 21 Nov 2011

Siri set to rival Windows beauty Cortana after Apple eats Novauris

jaywin
Facepalm

Sickening

Is it bad I keep reading that company name as "norovirus"?

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Is this photo PROOF a Windows 7 Start Menu is coming back?

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Re: Still doesn't look as usable

- weird left margin with mysterious / sinister black box at the top

That's part of the set

- close button, but no minimize or restore buttons on windows

Minimize & restore buttons are visible next to the close buttons

- tiny icons with no text in the taskbar (hope that the horrible mess overlaying it is something on the stage, and not on the screen)

The "horrible mess" is quite obviously a camera. There's no less text than present in W7.

- tiny start button, less easy to click

Same size as W7

- live tiles on the start menu, presumably difficlt to configure and taking time to go and check how many emails you have, what the weather forecast is, etc whenever you click the start button

It's clear you've already reached a conclusion about the update, without even seeing it in use or trying it for yourself with these sort of comments.

- internet explorer icon next to start button, presumably difficult to remove / replace

No different to W7. I've seen loads of installs with IE there, that can be moved / removed like any other pinned app.

- still letting applications install unwanted crap on right of taskbar (and no clock there)

There's a clock there, and all the icons are for windows features

- that's enough free UI design consultancy from me....

If it wasn't free, I'd be asking for my money back. It's clear you didn't even look at the UI before you volunteered your consultancy.

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UK's CASH POINTS to MISS Windows XP withdrawal date

jaywin

Re: WTF is a USB "encrypted slot"??

> Maybe it's an upside down one.

Wouldn't work - everyone knows that to plug in a USB plug you have to rotate it twice through 180 degrees to get it to go in. Mounting the socket upside down would just reduce the rotations by one.

What it needs is to be mounted at 90 degrees.

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El Reg BuzzFelch: 10 Electrical Connectors You CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!

jaywin

Re: socapex

Socapex FTW

No other connector comes close in the "what does it carry?" stakes - 240V / 415V / amplified audio / motor control / 6 circuits / 9 circuits - all "standards".

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It's big, it's expensive and it's an audiophile's dream: The Sonos Sub

jaywin

Dixtionary definition

Audiophile - hi-fi enthusiast with a credit card

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What can Microsoft learn from 'discontinued operations' at Nokia?

jaywin

Re: The explanation is simple

> Nobody trusts a company that simply is greedy and wants dominate all, cloud, servers, phones, games console etc

As opposed to one that is greedy and wants to dominate all, cloud, search, phones, social media, adverts etc

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jaywin

Yet it manages this on hardware less powerful than the equivalent Androids? And the animations (which aren't lengthy), run smoothly - unlike the equivalent Androids.

I'm yet to hear one single person with an actual clue about the subject criticise the UX performance of WP, in fact, completely the opposite, with many of them saying it's a notable plus of the OS that it can perform so well on such "poor" hardware compared to it's competition.

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jaywin

Re: Reason?

Vast majority of people buying mobile phones don't a) know what the difference between a closed and open OS is; and b) don't care.

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jaywin

Re: Dead Platform

> What a load of <bip> this software was. I never was even able to create any contact ... I mean, it is (and has to be) straight forward on any Android or IOS platform, but is apparently a dark mystery you have to solve on WP !

People Hub > Click "+" button > select "New Contact" > enter details. Done.

If that's a dark mystery then I'm surprised you can operate a keyboard in order to type this waffle.

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

jaywin

Four channels?

BBC One

BBC Two

BBC Three

BBC Four

And then there's:

BBC News

CBBC

CBeebies

BBC Alba

And that's before you include the World Service television channels which will shortly be paid from the licence fee rather than a grant from the FCO.

I'm still not sure which one of those mostly shows repeats from BBC One though...

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Amazon, Hollywood, Samsung: PLEASE get excited about 4K telly

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Waste of time

4K is a waste of time and money. 8K is already being trialled and by the time the 4K market has established itself, 8K will be becoming available. The broadcasters have been working on 8K for years, the only interest in 4K has been from the likes of Sony who're trying to sell TVs and offering to do work on the cheap in order to get some content.

8K, running at 50fps, with a full 12+ surround sound will be a significant upgrade on our current HD systems. 4K is just another marketing gimmick to sell more stuff.

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BBC's 3D blunder BLASTED OUR BRAINS – Doctor Who fans

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Re: I've never understood the need for on-screen logos

> You can watermark without needing DOG's. Trust me, it's been going on for years. Little boxes sit in the broadcast stream and can add watermarking that is undetectable. I was involved in a trial for this 8 or 9 years ago with a major broadcaster and have no doubt it has become far more sophisticated since.

And yet they still persist in putting cue dots into the active picture area, because it's the only signal guaranteed to pass through all the processing...

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jaywin

Re: Cooking etc.

> We'd just start saving money.

Is it cheaper to keep building new production teams to come up with new ideas than it is to continue to make episodes of older ideas which can then be sold internationally?

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Ofcom, it's WAR! Mobe networks fire broadside over 2G spectrum pricing

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They seemed all for AIP when it was about getting other users to cough up their old spectrum or pay full whack for it, users like the MOD, ATC and the RNLI...

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Web Daddy Berners-Lee DRMs HTML5 into 2016

jaywin

> It seems that the content industry is so short of funds that they want everyone else to pay to keep them in

> business.

Fancy that. Doing work and expecting to get paid for it.

How very much dare they.

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jaywin

DRM enabled HTML5 or Flash?

How many people against the inclusion of DRM in HTML5 are happy to keep installing / patching Flash / Silverlight / AIR?

I don't know what world the EFF live in, but by blocking DRM from HTML5 they are not going to force even one company to give up their precious DRM. This isn't about the EFF fighting for freedom, this is about them restricting the availability of content in some sort of bizarre war against copyright.

No DRM in HTML5? - the current plug in's will keep being used - not a sudden change in the use of DRM.

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Bill Gates: Yes, Ctrl-Alt-Del salute was a MISTAKE

jaywin

Re: Ignore the obvious choice

That's used under Windows though.

Pause/Break on the other hand... "Hello, IT" "My computer has broken / paused. Fix it" "Just push the Pause / Break button" "Many thanks good sir"

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Ofcom set to fatten up London's White Space TV spectrum

jaywin

The PMSE crowd already have a licensing regime in place and have done for decades. It's not like the US where they just use the spectrum without oversight, Ofcom has been making loadsamoney out of them for years by doing short term (12h+) licences for spectrum they have identified as being available.

If you're in the middle of a live broadcast, you don't want someone marking your current allocation on your presenter mic as now being unavailable causing it to retune, so the database will be of no interest to the incumbents.

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YouTube Wars: Microsoft cries foul as Windows Phone app pulled again

jaywin

Re: Typical non-programmer article - the API is not HTML5, ever

Exactly - I wonder if people would be reacting the same if Google had decreed that all YouTube apps had to be written in Brainf**k to be compliant with their ToS.

API providers should not be allowed to decide what language the client apps are written in.

A browser based HTML5 app does not give the same UX as a native app on any platform - especially WP as the browser does not have access to any of the standard UI features / animations.

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Feds arrest rogue trucker after GPS jamming borks New Jersey airport test

jaywin

Re: The new battlefield...

> How would that work in a road tunnel?

Simple answer: Have a time out for loss of signal before limiting the speed.

More complicated answer: You've got a GPS - the vehicle will know it's going into a road tunnel, so the limiter could be disabled for that stretch.

Anyway, it's an off the cuff idea, based on my experience that for every way round a stupid rule the workers find, the bosses will find a grossly over-exaggerated method to counter the work around in preference to solving the issue the workers are facing.

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jaywin

The new battlefield...

How long until some company starts fitting their vehicles which limits the speed to 25mph when there's no valid GPS signal being received?

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Asus boss flushes down tabs, says 'Windows RT has not been successful'

jaywin

The problem wasn't RT, it was the pricing.

Look at the number of people, even on here who said they'd grab one when it was rumoured to be £199. Then look how many were still interested when the actual prices were announced.

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Firefox OS mobilises HTML5, without the added Steve Jobs

jaywin

Re: I don't see this as an advantage.

This is where things like Microsoft's TypeScript start being handy.

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EU sets ball rolling on ominous telly spectrum review

jaywin

Re: IP

> just think back to Virgin dropping Sky's channels for the same reasons, until they sorted it out.

Or the summer only BBC Red Button HD service not being available on Sky at the moment which is rumoured to be because of the ongoing argument about carriage fees from the BBC to Sky. That issue even managed to make it disappear from Freesat for about a week because of issues with running EPG data through Sky's systems.

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Windows 8.1 start button appears as Microsoft's Blue wave breaks

jaywin

Re: Windows 8.1

You've got the Windows XP Start Menu on your Windows 8 machine?

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Online music world on iRadio: Apple, imagine our concern

jaywin

Sounds like a poor copy of Nokia's Mix Radio service...

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MYSTERY Nokia image-mangling mobe spotted in public

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FAIL

Re: What use is a camera

I'm not sure they're hiding their phones from you because of embarrassment, more boredom of you ranting at them about how rubbish their phone is when you've not tried using it.

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Microsoft offers free keyboard covers for Surface RT

jaywin

Re: More lipstick...

Have you loaded Linux onto your iPad?

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Microsoft's Windows 8.1 secrets REVEALED ... sort of

jaywin

"Apps" definitely existed on the desktop before smart phones were even thought possible. Plenty of references to them in RISC OS back in 1992.

http://www.guidebookgallery.org/screenshots/riscos311

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Microsoft reveals Xbox One, the console that can read your heartbeat

jaywin
Facepalm

Re: BBC article revelations... XBox is not about games!

Try stepping back from the mic, it's probably feedback.

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New Lumia 925: This, loyalists, is the BIG ONE you've waited for

jaywin
FAIL

Re: Have you noticed they're hiding the screen...

Please catch up at the back there Eadon. The actual press release, while headlining with a video, has this image just below, clearly showing the W8 UI.

http://cdn.conversations.nokia.com.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Lumia625_group_465.jpg

If you're going to rant on about the platform, at least make your complaints vaguely accurate. Remember the old saying of it's better for people to think you an idiot than to open your mouth and prove it.

EADON FAIL

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jaywin

Re: Meh

Why?

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Microsoft: YES! You can have your desktop back again for FREE!

jaywin

Re: “advance the bold vision”

> All the users who have an extra couple of inches of monitor they don't actually want to use?

Good point, except the ribbon takes up a few pixels less height than the previous menu bar + two toolbar set up.

As for the collapsed ribbon, that takes up even less.

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jaywin

Re: Kiddie interface

Last time I heard people complaining about a preschoolish UI, they were referring to that abomination XP. It's a good job that MS reverted that UI look as it totally wrecked that version of Windows and there's no way that anyone in business would ever contemplate putting such a childish design on their PCs.

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Microsoft: Next WinPhone 8 update to arrive this summer

jaywin

Re: Microsoft - Enter These Holy Commands

If after all that effort, it's still going to suck, why not just write off the whole exercise and ignore the platform, leaving those who don't mind it to go about their business and saving your keyboard from your wrath into the bargain?

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Nokia's debuts new 'Fastlane' UI in $99 flagship Asha 501

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Boffin

Re: Landfill Android vs SEWER-FILL WinPho8

Eadon, I know you normally meticulously research your posts and provide clear and concise reasoning to your points, which has left me in shock that it seems to have escaped your notice that this phone doesn't run Windows Phone 8.

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Work for beer, Neil Gaiman's wife tells musicians

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FAIL

Re: Enough snark already

> Those who are keen to have some fun playing music with an increasingly high-profile act, and gain in the

> process valuable exposure to an evidently supportive and music loving fan-base, are also free to do so.

How exactly are these musicians she recruits going to benefit? Has she offered to introduce them all and who they are to her audiences? Has she offered to link to their profiles from her website? Has she offered to do a write up on her site about them? As far as I can tell, no.

So how exactly are these people getting exposure to the supportive and music loving fan base, if none of them have a clue who they are?

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jaywin

Re: From the horses mouth

Wow... I suppose you could sumarise that response by "Amy, you just don't get it. Go away."

It's the little revelations in there, like how it's fine for her to do this because 'Beiber's fans would jump at the chance of supporting him', or 'David Byrne' once spent a few hours doing vocals with me', which shows how out of touch she is with peoples concerns. Like David Byrne is going to struggle to pay the rent by doing something for free for a few hours, and he'll probably get some good exposure to a different market by doing this, it's not like she's planning to introduce the all the supporting artists on stage.

But it's the 'for the big important shows, we've decided we have to pay people to do this, so we've contacted some professionals' that blows her entire standpoint out of the water. She needs these musicians, without them her show isn't going to work, and she acknowledges that she's going to have to pay for this on the big shows, but she just doesn't get how this is exactly the devalument that was discussed by Amy in the post which kicked this all off.

Sorry Amanda, it's you who doesn't get it. Now go away.

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Teflon slips smoothly over LOHAN's mighty rod

jaywin

Any chance of an overall progress update / review?

See title...

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Doctor Who to hit small screen on 1 September

jaywin

"Heartbreaking exit"

Does this mean that when Amy / Rory die in this season, they're actually going to stay dead for once?

You mean we won't automatically be able to shout "Oh my god! You / they killed Rory! You b*****d!" in response to their inevitable deaths because the resurection isn't guaranteed?

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Yes, yes, the Olympics are near. But what'll happen to its IT afterwards?

jaywin

They turned the Athens broadcast centre into a shopping centre... don't think that option's available here.

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Judge: Patent litigants behave like animals

jaywin

Maybe...

... patent protection should last for variable times, for example twice the development time from when you first document the idea to when you have it working. The item is unprotected until you have it working.

That way companies which spend 10 years and billions on making something come to life get 20 years of legal protection, where as the companies (no names mentioned) who decide to do something obvious in their latest phone UI, taking no longer than a week, only get a couple of weeks protection.

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Ofcom to borrow cup o' spectrum for Olympics

jaywin
Black Helicopters

Only 3 airbourne camera feeds?

I was looking after 7 in Athens, and working with another 5.

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YouTube-linked microwave shows vids as it nukes

jaywin

Is it bad that I really want to make loads of videos of food cooking in my microwave and upload them to youtube just to confuse these guys?

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