* Posts by JDX

6633 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Fancy watching 'Bake Off' together with mates and alone at the same time? The BBC's built a tool to do that

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Re: Wonder why Netflix doesn't have this

It's not supposed to show you things similar to what you watched. It's supposed to show you things you might like based on what you watched (it assumes you liked the things you watched).

Netflix have invested millions into this algorithm - they ran a contest for programmers to tune it years back.

Have you tried watching suggestions? If you do, you should rate them and it will get better.

I have often been put off shows recommended, only to find they ARE exactly something I'd like.

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Wonder why Netflix doesn't have this

As a trendy tech company I am a little surprised Netflix hasn't added 'social' functionality so you can have 'friends' on their system - recommend shows to each other, see your mates' reviews and comments, etc. Adding communal viewing would then be a natural evolution. Integrating their own chat, or Twitter, even VOIP (like multiplayer gaming but for TV).

I am not saying I WANT these features because I fear it would be a mess of "Jeff just watched Tiger King" but it does seem like something a lot of younger users would use!

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Re: "together even when they are physically apart"

Don't worry, nobody wants to watch with you.

You mention YouTube... YT and FB both allow scheduled viewings. FB has "watch party" so you can have a online chat built in as you watch together (I haven't used it myself but I think that's the idea).

In the modern world, people view being together remotely as still being together. Video-chat probably makes a huge difference compared to just being on the phone.

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Re: By requiring Authenticated login for online viewing ...

Well yeah lots of people watch sport together of course. Lots of people (used to) get together for shows like Bake Off, Masterchef, as a social event. Probably others. When we relied on live TV this was actually much easier so this is recapturing something that's lost through on-demand services.

I am sure it's a bit of a niche thing, but it seems a nice enough feature especially during lockdown.

The longest card game in the world: Microsoft Solitaire is 30

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The iMac at 22: How the computer 'too odd to succeed' changed everything ... for Apple, at least

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Re: Didn't Jobs actually say...

Definitely eye-catching and though these days we say Apple charge extra for superficiality, it's machines like this which make the idea of a PC in the living room not hidden in a study/attic attractive.

Now that role has been filled with laptops, and even regular desktops tend to come in quite small cases. It's easy to forget just HOW big and ugly those beige boxes were.

Proof-of-concept open-source app can cut'n'paste from reality straight into Photoshop using a neural network

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I've no idea if it's particularly useful

But what a fun, cool project. That must've been a great feeling the first time it all worked end-to-end.

UK finds itself almost alone with centralized virus contact-tracing app that probably won't work well, asks for your location, may be illegal

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How does a decentralised solution avoid the backround-running restrictions?

I didn't understand how/why everyone else's apps' lack of a central server means the restrictions on backround-running ID sending isn't the same problem.

Can anyone who knows about this stuff give more information?

Lords: New IR35 off-payroll tax rules 'riddled with problems, unfairnesses, unintended consequences'

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I wonder if Rishi will take all this as a chance FOR substantial reform? The system was already a bit out of date and creaking at the seams before things got weird with CV.

Realme's X50m is a decently specced 5G phone – for the price of a 1995 Nissan Micra

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Re: JDX asked:

Speed and bandwidth are different.

My question said 4G is fast enough, are there other advantages? Your answer said yes: more people can GET high-speed SIMULTANEOUSLY. That is clearly a big deal in crowded areas so makes sense.

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What does 5G on a phone let you do?

(Other than give you a Chinese virus of course, ba-dum.)

I can see ultra-fast wireless networking is great in many cases but given 4G is often already faster than home internet, what is the use-case especially on a small screen where, for instance, 4k video is not a huge gain?

Is there more to it than just pure speed?

SE's baaaack: Apple flings out iPhone SE 2020, priced at £419

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Re: @ the AC, re: wireless headphones.

As someone who was really aghast at losing 3.5mm, I bought the 1+6 deliberately as their last model to have this feature and stave off losing it for a couple years.

As it turns out, when I got some wireless ones I preferred them and now I don't use wired on my phone at all. I still dislike people telling me how to use my device but in reality it's OK.

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Re: Only took Apple 2 years...

Apple has made about a trillionty dollars out of expensive phones, I don't think they realised this at all.

I agree though it's a good price-point if you want Apple but not to pay a fortune. Especially if you don't WANT a giant phone.

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Seems pretty good to me. Cheaper than OnePlus (quite a lot cheaper).

And let's not forget, lots of people don't really want a giant phone as screens get larger and larger. For many, this is probably a preferred form factor.

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Correct as in legally required... yes, they do. Campaign for better laws, don't expect companies to toss money away they aren't required to.

Apple creates face shield for health workers, resists the temptation to call it the 'iMask'

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I assume they'll be selling a rather nice stand to rest it on when not in use, for $999.99

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Re: "should not be used in surgery"

No, there isn't. Certainly not if they are used in the USA or other litigious cultures.

We're number two! Microsoft's Edge browser slips past Firefox in latest set of NetMarketShare figures

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Re: Why the decline of Firefox?

I suspect most of those who use Firefox might be quite interested in privacy, but MORE interested in telling us they use FireFox and how enlightened they are.

FF users are the vegans of browser users. If you want privacy, keep it a secret what browser you use :)

Intel's 10th-gen Core family cracks 5GHz barrier with H-series laptop processors

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Re: Good old intel

I would say their integrated GPUs are pretty impressive certainly compared to those from the past. Of course sheer grunt isn't available on something so small but the featureset in terms of shader model means you can actually DO GPU stuff on a business laptop now. In the past, that was basically impossible.

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5GHz

Yowser. I was under the impression that core speeds had stopped rising once they moved the focus to multiple cores. But I don't follow this stuff like I used to, is this the fancy "one core can supercharge if the others turn off and act as heat sinks" stuff?

NASA reveals the new wavy Martian wheels it thinks can crush the red planet

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I wouldn't have guessed you COULD fly a 'copter in the thin atmosphere of MArs, even with reduced gravity. Is it as marginal as I imagine or not that big a deal?

Maybe the newer rover can be built to perform a pit-stop on the old one.

Huawei P40 pricing is in step with previous P-series efforts – but flagship lacks the apps punters have come to expect

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£500 or whatever on a fancy phone that doesn't have those apps... you could get a far cheaper phone that will still do phone, email, web.

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Re: Facebook Free?

Facebook and Google maybe, but lacking key messaging apps like WhatsApp is going to be a turn-off. WA is the backbone for messaging between professionals and so on who might love a F-free-fone

UK enters almost-lockdown: Brits urged to keep calm and carry on – as long as it doesn't involve leaving the house

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Re: And use food delivery services where you can.

shops are working flat-out to increase capacity and there has been mention of them sharing vehicles, using other sources, etc.

Maybe a guy from Yodel will turn up in a beat-up 206 and chuck your groceries over your fence in coming weeks.

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meetings of more than two people, excluding those you live with, are banned

It's rather a shame they add that exemption.

BT's Wi-Fi Disc ads banned because there's no evidence the things work

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I don't buy that their hub will help much but the discs are just a Mesh Wifi setup. With enough discs I don't see how the claim isn't reasonable (we have 3 in a 3-storey sprawling Victorian house with all internal walls made of brick and it works everywhere, though disc #4 would be better).

Now there are issues with the discs - sometimes one will stop working properly - but that's a separate issue.

UK government puts IR35 tax reforms on hold for a year in wake of coronavirus crisis

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Errata:

What is IR35?

IR35 is a tax reform that was unveiled in 1999 by the UK tax authorities. The latest regulation change will force medium and large businesses in the UK to set the tax status of their contractors and freelancers. Previously this was set by the contractors themselves.

Contractors found to be within the scope of the legislation – ie, inside IR35 – will have to pay the same tax and national insurance contributions as full-time employees, despite not receiving benefits such as holiday or sick pay, pension, or parental leave.

El Reg, this is factually incorrect. They will NOT pay the same tax as employees but without the same rights. They will pay more. Under IR35, you pay the company NI and the employee NI. i.e. you pay what employees do on their income, but you also pay the NI contributions companies make when paying employees.

This is quite an ommission.

Microsoft throws a bone to those unable to leave the past behind: .NET 5 support on the way for Visual Basic

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20 years!

No way, that's the scary thing here. I still think of C# as new...

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And you know what else - Javascript isn't Java. GASP!

.Net is far superior to WASM and the JVM for people who are objective, and the toolchain for developers is better too.

C# is not C but it very deliberately uses C-derived syntax rather than Java syntax. As a C/C++ developer of many years, C# was an extremely intuitive language to pick up in early versions.

Firefox 74 slams Facebook in solitary confinement: Browser add-on stops social network stalking users across the web

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Re: "Log in with Facebook"

I kind of feel Google has all my information already, so I would use their SSO far in preference to FB.

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Re: "Log in with Facebook"

It use it for stuff I care little about. It's a shame because it is really nice not having a zillion logins, that these are normally the only two options for SSO. Did OpenID bite the dust?

We checked in with the new Windows 10X build, and let's just say getting this ready for late 2020 will be a challenge

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I don't really get why a dual-screen device needs a special OS, when Windows supports multiple screens and has done for a long time. I get there is a special 'dead zone' in this device but surely that could be supported in regular W10 rather than require a special OS.

Anyone more expert on this able to explain?

US prez Donald Trump declares America closed to those flying in from Schengen zone over coronavirus woes

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the "EU failed to take the same precautions" as the US

The scary thing is people in the US will believe that, rather than that the USA has probably been the worst-prepared civilised nation.

Think your smartwatch is good for warning of a heart attack? Turns out it's surprisingly easy to fool its AI

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Re: Is AI really suited for this problem?

That you can "immediately see" the difference is proof that a neural network is pretty good for this sort of pattern detection. You might struggle to quantify it but you know it when you see it,

And no, you couldn't pull a function together in a few hours. You could maybe do so (maybe) for that one particular trace but it won't work on 99% of the other traces. Whereas your eyes could.

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Re: Surprisingly difficult problem

If you feed fake "attack data" into the NN training set and identify it as such, would one expect the NN to be 'immune', like a vaccine?

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Isn't the input data for these NNs carefully controlled i..e taken from real clinical cases? Or do they crowdsource it from the public?

Is this really a problem, or a proof of concept with very limited applications and concerns?

Bloodhound gang handles the pan again to get back to Hakskeenpan

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One presumes there are advances in some scientific fields that are transferable. Although this does come across as "let's smack the biggest engine on our car" somewhat to me, refining existing tech to brute-force pushing the envelope?

I would imagine steering and stability controls are an area needing a lot of attention.

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Cars are the past

Come on guys, get to work making a 1000mph HS2 train.

After 1.5 million days of computer time, SETI@home heads home to probe potential signs of alien civilizations

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Re: Sorry, too late...

We can't rule out the idea that civilisations can last for long periods. Even modern humanity has been around for anything between 500-5000 years depending how you define 'modern'. We've no idea if our civilisation is just getting started or about to enter some sort of steady state, or likely to be gone soon, but neither do we have any idea what the norm is in other advanced civilisations... there might be some which exist for many thousands of years or even longer especially if we suppose intelligent life were quite common.

Your phone wakes up. Its assistant starts reading out your text messages. To everyone around. You panic. How? Ultrasonic waves

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Re: LASERs

Yeah that's the one. IIRC it was responding to a proper academic paper?

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LASERs

I saw a video demonstrating you can trigger voice commands in a similar way by encoding audio commands in LASER (I think it was LASER, light of some sort). They didn't seem very sure exactly why or how it worked but it seemed to.

Don't worry, IT contractors. New UK chancellor says HMRC will be gentle pushing IR35 rules

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Makes it worse

HMRC have shown they are more than happy to enforce rules retrospectively. So this only plays into their hands. If you are caught by the new rules you WANT to know so you can do something about it, not find out later you are going to be penalised for this year after all.

Realme's 5G handset is a bargain at €599 – but it's only for cool young people. Sorry

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Flat Earther and wannabe astronaut killed in homemade rocket

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Re: I doubt he was bright enough to build a rocket

It'd a bold claim "none of them really believe it". People genuinely believe in fairies in their garden, and all kinds of things weird and wonderfully silly.

Arrogant really, or at least very lacking in empathy that you genuinely don't believe people believe something just because you find it stupid. A sign you've not been exposed to a wide cross-section of the world... get outside more.

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Re: What an incredibly stupid way to die.

While his goals were laughable I can't say that being killed in a rocket you built yourself is "stupid". He died in pursuit of his passion doing something that drove him and that he loved.

Doesn't seem a bad way to go to me.

Researchers trick Tesla into massively breaking the speed limit by sticking a 2-inch piece of electrical tape on a sign

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I imagine humans could be tricked too

Put a fake speed sign up (easy to steal real one) saying a road is 40 instead of 20, or is NSL instead of 30.

One assumes Teslas will slow down below the perceived limit if the road is too bendy? Or not?

Glue's clues: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip dissection reveals a pholdable mired in adhesive

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Foldable phones inevitably come with compromises.

Seems like so far the compromises FAR outweigh the benefits. And I actually like the concept... maybe in 5 years?

Jeff Bezos bungs $10bn at climate change after chump change for Oz bush fires

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El Reg not at all bitter about Jeff's wealth then...

Also isn't it weird the richest man in the world, possibly the richest man there's ever been, is called Jeff?

Microsoft's coding for noobs hits 1.0, decompiling to C# in Visual Studio, and Windows 10X makes its debut... on Mac

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Sorry if it was mentioned but is SmallBASIC a .NET language? Or a standalone toy?

25 years of Delphi and no Oracle in sight: Not a Visual Basic killer but hard to kill

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Iit turned out that Delphi programmers either did not want .NET or preferred to switch to C#

It gets its flack but especially compared to what else was around at the time, C#/.Net/VS really is a wonderful development platform and it is pretty amazing it was able to supplant Delphi.

Wasn't C# masterminded by one of the top Delphi people, or based on PASCAL, or something?

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