* Posts by JDX

6344 posts • joined 28 May 2010

The fastest, most secure browser? Microsoft Edge apparently

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I'm sure I definitely never had a security risk from Edge

You know, since I never launched it

It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine

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"standards compliance?"

Last time I dipped my toe in web-dev, code was full of browser-specific checks even for the most standards-compliant ones... because they use un-ratified standards and additional features. I can't remember if these were chromium or webkit but it was a mess and that was without IE kludges.

One possible downside of a monoculture is that Chromium becomes the de facto standard and they just implement what they want. Not unlike MS in the IE6 era.

Naked women cleaning biz smashes patriarchy by introducing naked bloke gardening service

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Re: Why is it sexist

What a surprise, a male-dominated readership is in favour of the idea of naked female cleaners.

It's sexist, just off the bat, because their cleaning service only supplies female workers. That means their hiring policy is sexist. We don't even have to go into the crass objectification of women to see it demonstrably sexist.

For that matter, a gardening business which only hires/supplies male gardeners would be sexist. Why can't I have a naked male cleaner or a naked female gardener?

Perhaps less important than debating the definition of 'sexism' here is just to comment on crass objectification and the general awfulness. Because really, how many of these cleaners do we think are happy for a bit of cash-in-hand for extra services (it has to be cash in hand, they have no pockets).

And for all those men rushing in to gallantly defend and empower women's rights to do what they want with their bodies (for your pleasure), you're happy for your wife/daughter to do those things? If not then you're not defending women's rights, you just like the fantasy of a woman with her jugs out as she cleans.

I was once one of you, F1 star Lewis Hamilton tells delighted IT bods

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Re: Alternatively...

Yeah no women who work there would be interested in a hot billionaire

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We do realise that by getting rid of grid girls, we have decreased the number of women working within F1.

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Re: What a knob

Quite a lot of women work in F1. If you watch it on TV you see them all the time.

Also this is a stupid comment. Lewis isn't the CEO making hiring decisions.

LG: Fsck everything, we're doing 16 lenses in smartphones (probably)

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Coming soon from Apple... "you won't believe what we just invented"

Black Friday? Yes, tech vendors might be feeling a bit glum looking at numbers for the UK

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Shall we Brits just wait until Boxing Day/New Year sales then?

None of this American sales nonsense :)

Reverse Ferret! Forget what we told you – the iPad isn't really for work

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Re: Ipads @ work

The vast majority of people who use a computer for their job don't need a "a reasonably powerful desktop with multi screens". A mid-spec laptop has plenty of grunt (just work out what a £400 Dell is comparable to in 2010). A proper keyboard and mouse and a nice screen if you use it hour after hour. A 2nd screen depending if you multi-task a lot. A proper desktop only if you are compiling C++ or video editing or running VMs.

It costs a bit more but decent laptops can usurp desktops outside a few specialist jobs, and you can trick people into taking them home so they'll do work on them.

I've worked in a software shop who has always worked on laptops (ThinkPads IIRC) + dock and to be honest, it was just fine.

Analogue radio is the tech that just won't die

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I like DAB myself and don't experience terrible issues with it though obvious coverage can vary. It's great to be able to receive a much wider selection of channels.

That said, see no reason to get rid of FM just because DAB works (or doesn't). Most cars don't have DAB and these are surely where most radio usage happens, not in houses.

Thanksgiving brings together Apple's Siri and Google Assistant

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Re: This is not the future I was promised

Um, didn't he say "KITT, ..." to initiate control?

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Re: All inclusive exclusion

Interests like posting self-congratulatory comments on internet forums about how full your life is?

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Re: Stop the world, please.

Also even on mobile phones it's quite easy to avoid. You just don't say "Hey Siri". You don't even have to turn it of.

I'm finding voice control is quite good as long as I think carefully what I want to set up. "Ok Google I need to work late 2 hours" will keep the heating on in my home office 2 hours longer thanks to IFTTT. That saves a fair bit of dicking around launching an app, tapping on the screen and is genuinely useful. Equally "OK Google we want to watch a film" turns on the heating in our TV room so we can do that while on the way home.

OnePlus 6T: Tasteful, powerful – and much cheaper than a flagship

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Re: Dumb dumb dumb

>Oh, and I also run a webserver on my phone that I use to quickly distribute information to others

Well clearly then everyone needs SD. This is a very common use for a phone.

So, you can't get USB->Ethernet adapters for phones? I suppose I'd assumed phones would support USB3 these days anyway but maybe they don't.

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Re: Dumb dumb dumb

>Really? Disparage? What on earth for? Just because your use case doesn't mandate the necessity of those things...

Because these small minority of people continually rant and rail Apple et al won't build their devices around their specific needs. The VAST majority of users do not want removable storage or battery, El Reg is in no way representative of the wider world.

Whereas, regular normal people DO want to use 3.5mm headphones. OnePlus even have the data showing this.

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Re: surely a purchase of a 3.5mm to USB-C adapter

I can't see that working well when it's in my jeans pocket?

Also there's the issue of charging while using. Not a problem for me but surely common.

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Huawei alternative?

I was thinking about upgrading recently from my 1+3 due to various problems (not sure if the hardware or Android or OxygenOS). Offers on various Huawei devices on Amazon caught my eye, around the £300 mark. The one consistent negative I see is the UI, not sure I can cope with that!

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Re: Dumb dumb dumb

I disparage the people who rail about SD support and removable batteries but I just don't get the demise of 3.5mm. It's a ubiquitous standard that works incredibly well and has done since the Walkman (and before). We know that voluntary use of wireless 'phones has not gone mainstream - they aren't removing the socket because everyone has stopped using 3.5mm, everyone stops using 3.5mm because it's removed.

I use multiple devices (phone, iPad, other tablet, PC) with my earphones and while some of these support BlueTooth, not all do... and in my experience BlueTooth accessories HATE being shared between devices. So I'll have to dick about pairing/unpairing devices and continually find my earphones aren't working because they decided to pair with my iPad instead of my phone, etc.

Big Falcon Namechange for Musk's rocket: BFR becomes Starship

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Re: Starship

The drone-barge ships are engineer-y things not linked to customers' billion-dollar satellites or squishy organs.

FYI NASA just lobbed its Parker probe around the Sun in closest flyby yet: A nerve-racking 15M miles from the surface

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Re: Talk about the gates of Hell !

So is the number of fly-bys fuel-limited even if everything works?

I wonder if it's set to just drive straight into the sun if all goes well? Or maybe they are 100% sure it will burn up/fail in one of the last orbits and 20 is already several more than it could realistically achieve.

Macs to Linux fans: Stop right there, Penguinista scum, that's not macOS. Go on, git outta here

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Re: Sure why not antagonize a community

How big is the Linux community who wants to dual boot Linux on a Mac? Probably pretty small. I doubt Apple care about antagonizing them, or the wider Linux community who have no interest in their products.

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Re: it really isn't your hardware

"I disagree.

There is a full OS running on a hidden chip inside the processor. I have no access to that OS.

There are plenty of secure or "not owned by me" processes, devices, etc running in my device.

Apple can decide to lock me out with an update because it does not detect the correct signature in the screen or the battery, etc.

Would you say your house is your house if you could not go to the basement or the attic? I wouldn't.

You are not legally allowed to do several things in your house, depending where you live. You own your gas plumbing but you have to get someone certified to work on it. You own your house but you can't arbitrarily modify it without permission. You own your garden but you may not build structures in it freely. You own your trees but you might not be legally allowed to fell them or work on them due to preservation orders or ecological requirements. If your attic has asbestos then you might (not sure) legally be forbidden to enter it.

More closely related to your argument... do you own a car? In your car there is a full OS running in a locked-down fashion with secure processes and devices. I'm pretty sure hacking into it would invalidate your warranty and insurance which might make your vehicle non road-legal(?)

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I don't get why Linux people would want to buy Apple products anyway if they have that opinion of them being vastly overpriced. Certainly not why they would want to dual-boot Linux rather than run it in a VM.

Even Windows users are generally advised to use VM since the tech is so good these days, BootCAmp being for games and other specialist resource-hungry applications.

Is there a good use-case for this?

Samsung 'reveals' what looks like a tablet that folds into a phone, but otherwise we're quite literally left in the dark

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a solution looking for a problem?

I think that's harsh. There are lots of very neat uses, the reason we haven't had them is it's really difficult to build not that they can't think what to use it in. In fact they've had years to plan uses while the tech is proved (a mate was working in this field out of uni, 15+ years ago).

Tablets are way better than phones for a lot of things, but they can't replace phones and you don't really want to carry a tablet 24/7, let alone a tablet AND a phone. The trend in ever-bigger phones/phablets shows there is a desire for a convenient, large-screen device.

A phone that can actually fold out into a tablet, without weighing a ton, would be great. I can't really see how they solve the battery or weight problem though even if the screen is market-ready.

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Jeez ASAC I bet they never thought of that. They definitely wouldn't destruct test this very aspect of the device knowing it was really difficult to build, and something people would be concerned about. It's not like the entire reason these devices are taking so long to develop is because of that very issue.

I expect they'll want to head-hunt you for more cutting-edge insight.

Woke Linus Torvalds rolls his first 4.20, mulls Linux 5.0 effort for 2019

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Re: Bring back the old Linus

Yes it's a privilege to work for free writing code. Like how people often tell aspiring artists they should work for free as an opportunity.

People working on Linux could be working on another OS and getting paid (the good ones anyway). We owe a huge thankyou to those who are willing to put their time into FOSS projects, WE are privileged that they do so and allow us to benefit from their labour.

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Re: Bring back the old Linus

>There was absolutely nothing wrong about the way he conducted himself


Sorry but you are just wrong. If you can't manage people without tearing them a new one, you're not very good at it. Strong != bullying or abusive.

Old Linus (Linus Classic?) is the poster-child for everything that is wrong in the Linux/GPU world. A spoiled child in a position of power teaching a whole ecosystem that "RTFM" is a good way to answer people asking beginner questions.

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“I'm considering trying to make that a more explicit rule that I will literally stop taking new pull requests some time during the second week unless you have a good reason for why it was delayed.”

Or as old Linus would say


Chuck this on expenses: £2k iPad paints Apple as the premium fondleslab specialist – as planned

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Re: 2000 quid? So they could watch movies on it.

Um, no. You buy the basic iPad for £300 for that, or the 10" Pro for £600.

The £2000 clearly has a LOT more to it which most of us don't need. But for those who do, I guess it's worth the price.

The MS Surface is a far better use for your £2k though in my view, if you really want/need a powerful, ultraportable device. That's a small but significant market for people who spend their time out in the field or travelling.

Mourning Apple's war against sockets? The 2018 Mac mini should be your first port of call

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If you spec a similar micro-PC or whatever the form factor is called, how much does it cost?

Personally I love that I could take the MM with me easily if I travel though I acknowledge this is probably not a common scenario.

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>As I proved recently on another forum, for the same price (of all the models available) I can get a PC that out-performs the Mac for a-half-to-a-third of the price - and that usually a laptop with an HD screen to boot!

Does the one you build fit in the same size box as the Apple one and weigh the same? Or are you saying a Skoda is the same as an Audi because they both fit 4 passengers and do the same mpg? Packaging is important to some people, even if not to you.

And of course, some people will prefer to pay extra for MacOS because they prefer it.

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Re: Tempting...

Yeah didn't they prevent (easy) upgrades in the 2014 model? I rushed to get a 2012 before the stock was used up after 2014 was released!

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Never a budget option?

I am typing this on my late 2012 unibody MacMini. I bought it just before they refreshed the line in 2014 and made it far worse... no quad-core option, less upgradability.

It cost less than £500 for an i7 with 8Gb RAM (which I upgraded). That was a bargain really for a Mac.

So what does the new one get me for all the extra cash? 1Tb SSD as standard? Proper GPU? And can I still upgrade the disk and RAM or have they dropped that feature? Mine is a little erratic and I have thought about replacing it so this is good timing - but for "comfortably over £1000" maybe I might as well get a MacBook or iMac?

Apple's launch confirms one thing: It's determined to kill off the laptop for iPads

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I've not tried an iPad Pro but I would love to. Although in that format I'd probably prefer the MS Surface because it is basically the same thing, at the same price, but it DOES run regular app.

I do think of all their products, the iPad is the one Apple does best objectively i.e. I don't buy into Apple ecosystem but if I want a decent tablet I would only buy iPad (if I don't want a decent one I'll get a Fire HD)

With the 6T, OnePlus hopes to shed 'cheeky upstart' tag and launch assault on flagships

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Re: why all the fuss over a headphone socket?

>Most people I know use bluetooth headsets

Most people I know, don't.

So much for small sample data eh?

I think it's a bold move for a disruptive company to make. They could've kept it and gone conservative. And since they haven't bothered to go waterproof (darn, I was hoping for that) why bother removing the hole? 1+ is not really a company selling lots of peripheries so I doubt they expect to make a load of cash from wireless phones, and they include a wired USBC set in the box anyway.

Should a robo-car run over a kid or a grandad? Healthy or ill person? Let's get millions of folks to decide for AI...

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Re: cats fare worse than criminals

It was a morality quiz, not a technical design

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Re: Important 'cause...

Yes a computer can do many of those things. Your reaction time is measured in tenths of seconds. Not to mention, the car will ALREADY be tracking every person/object in view so it doesn't have an "Oh ****" moment.

I do sort of agree though. A human doesn't try to decide who to hit so for this tiny edge case SHOULD the aI be making these decisions? It should probably work out who it can hit in the least damaging fashion and how many people to take out, nothing more.

Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can't wait

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Re: I stopped right here...

According to the article they have kept QA for real-world end-user testing but dropped automated testing in favour of crowd-sourced testing... WTF?

You can't replace automated tests - unit tests and so on - with human tests because some of these things are not directly testable at user level. Surely, crowd-sourced testing should (if should is the right word) replace some of the end-user testing instead?

F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

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Re: With that amount of censorship internally, just imagine how Google Search will end up.

I would hardly call it censorship to insist you don't use profanity on WORK documents. It's called professionalism. Let coders swear in the coffee-room or when they're "pair programming" (that's a circle jerk anyway so it's apt) but I'd rather not sit in a meeting or one cubicle along from a co-worker who is turning the air blue.

If you want to swear at work, get a job as a white van man.

Apple to dump Intel CPUs from Macs for Arm – yup, the rumor that just won't die is back

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Re: Rosetta-a-like is absolutely necessary

What about legacy apps? Are we suggesting nobody uses them on Mac?

Microsoft's elderly .NET Framework shakes stick at whippersnapper Core while Visual Studio drops another preview

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Re: there can be multiple versions of .NET Core , .NET Framework is not so fortunate

Thanks for clarifying

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there can be multiple versions of .NET Core , .NET Framework is not so fortunate

>While there can be multiple versions of .NET Core on one computer, .NET Framework is not so fortunate, and Redmond knows it.

Unless things changed recently, different versions of .NET framework ARE very much separate for exactly this reason, that .NET can introduce breaking changes. Certainly when I was last working on .NET you'd commonly see different frameworks installed side by side. If you needed 2.0 then your 4.0 installation wouldn't (IIRC) work?

Watch Series 4: What price 'freedom'? About as much as you'd expect from an Apple product

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Re: Kinda nice

Any normal company would be delighted to have the 'small' sales Apple TV/Watch garner. It's not just about the total sales anyway, but the brand awareness and tie-in.

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Kinda nice

It is quite amazing how Apple have turned this dog around, after most people wrote the Watch off.

I'm not an iPhone user but if I was, I think I'd be strongly tempted hearing reviews of Gen3/4.

RIP Paul Allen: Microsoft cofounder billionaire dies at 65 after facing third bout with cancer

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Re: If there is any afterlife

Bill was famously involved in the Windows source code even after Windows was a huge deal. Big Bill reviews or whatever they were called.

Microsoft resurfaces Surface kit alongside Windows 10 update

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Re: Redmond's techno ear muffs will set you back $350

You must have somehow missed the words "noise cancelling" and "headphones".

Laser-sharp research sees three top boffins win the Nobel Prize in physics

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Re: Especially glad to see a 96 year old get the prize

I heard he was very pleased to receive the prize, especially after they told him what it was he'd done.

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Re: Newspapers making big deal of 1st woman for over 50 years

>I suspect we’re going to start seeing more and more backlash against gender equality as time goes on and people (ok, men) start feeling they are getting a bad deal

Yeah it's really tough being a man. I assume this 'backlash' will be coming from men angry that after 1000 years of women being 2nd-class citizens, men have allegedly been slightly penalised for about a decade due to an overcorrection. How terrible for us, that we might face minor inconvenience once in a while.

Facebook: Up to 90 million addicts' accounts slurped by hackers, no thanks to crappy code

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Re: I don't...

I thought Zuck was a proper nerd who would be bored by all the business stuff and would sell out. But then Bill Gates was a proper nerd and he stayed for decades.

It's easy to ascribe power hunger but I don't know either got into IT for that purpose. Perhaps they both share the same sense of genuinely caring and thinking what their companies do is important. Gates always seemed pretty passionate.

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Imagine being the one who figures it out

Facebook spotted the hole after it noted a suspicious "spike" in user activity on Tuesday. The attack was "fairly large scale," it admitted, and when it investigated the cause, it discovered hackers were using the site's API to automate the process of grabbing users' profile information.

I'm sure many of us have had on a much smaller scale has an "oh crap" moment (formatting the wrong drive, etc, etc). But the process from seeing that spike to figuring out what is happening must involve a pretty substantial sinking feeling!

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