* Posts by JDX

6196 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Motorola Z2 Force: This one's for the butterfingered Android lovers

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If you can slap on a protector then physics says so can the manufacturer.

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Facebook faces foe formation in facial fingering fight

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Seems like a direct correlation...

...between the potential usefulness of any feature and the potential for it to piss people off, where the internet is concerned.

As a nerd, the idea that FB can automatically detect me when someone uploads a photo of me is bloody cool from a techy point of view and obviously very powerful. As a user the idea of not having to tag everyone in photos, and to be notified whenever someone uploads a photo of me, is straight out of sci-fi.

The obvious flip side is that any clever tech to help FB identify me and track me for cool reasons allows them to identify and track me for nefarious reasons... or for others to do so if FB deliberately or accidentally exposes this data.

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Windows 10 Spring Creators Update team explains the hold-up: You little BSOD!

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Re: Windows insider Program

>I know I'm repeating myself, but why don't common Linux distros have these problems? You can take a stable release of RedHat, Debian, or pretty much any popular Linux OS, install it on any non-exotic hardware (aka anything Dell) and it just works. You can update it and it just works. You can update the kernel and it just works

"it just works" is certainly not the first thing that springs to mind when thinking about installing Linux.

That aside, Linux is installed on FAR fewer home PCs than Windows, by people who are on average FAR more knowledgeable about how to set their system up. I don't think it's a fair comparison. And I'm sure Linux MUST brick some people's machines but because there are fewer of them and they will spend time fixing it, we don't hear about it as much.

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Re: Windows insider Program

Isn't the Insider program broadly akin to open-source software where the vast majority use the stable version but early adopters can use the pre-release new version and real adrenaline junkies can use the nightly build or active dev branch?

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Chrome 66: Get into the bin, auto-playing vids and Symantec certs!

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Re: Ok, so you have fixed some bugs

When did Google ban ad-blockers? I've had one installed for years - since they ported from FF - without issue.

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Re: Ok, so you have fixed some bugs

>But does it still send everything you do back to the Chocolate Factory?

>If it does then why would anyone use it? Or don't you even care?

I don't really care. I rather assume everything I do online is viewable by someone who really cares, but that they almost certainly don't. If Chrome is working within the law(?) I'm OK with that.

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Car-crash television: 'Excuse me ma'am, do you speak English?' 'Yes I do,' replies AMD's CEO

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The only confusion is why he went up to someone he didn't know, rather than anyone else. In what world is a tech boss recognisable other than Gates or Zuckerburg?

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Microsoft has designed an Arm Linux IoT cloud chip. Repeat, an Arm Linux IoT cloud chip

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Re: So

If it means IoT devices are properly securitised this might be preferable. Better than hundreds of 2-bit no-name companies mass-producing chips we haven't the slightest clue about, perhaps?

Of course your whole argument is predicated on the supposed axiom that proprietary = bad, this dogma is after all only opinion.

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UK pub chain Wetherspoons' last call: ♫ Just a spoonful of Twitter – let's pull social media down ♫

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Non-story?

If it's a non-story then you're gullible fools for covering it... a major company dropping all SM is significant.

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Google's not-Linux OS documentation cracks box open at last

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RE: the Fire is a crippled tablet

Apart from the fact you can as already mentioned get Google on Fire quite easily, you're missing the point.

To many people, a tablet that can browse the web, do email and stream content from Amazon+Netflix+iPlayer+YouTube is as functional as they need. It can cast to a Fire stick too. Not everyone installs lots of apps on their tablet the way they do on phones.

In fact to many just being able to watch Netflix & iPlayer is all they want. At the price of a Fire tablet, that's pretty good for them.

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Apple, if you want to win in education, look at what sucks about iPads

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Re: Whole thing's nonsense

Your arguments aren't actually backed by any kind of science.

Your main argument seems to be "before tablets existed billions of people, in fact 100% of people, were educated without tablets. All the smart adults around today were taught without tablets so clearly that's the best way".

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Re: Just nonsense from teachers that are too dumb to do anything...

Try managing 30 kids at once who don't quietly follow instructions. Duh

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BT to slash landline rentals by 37%... for the broadbandless

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Re: Seriously

You just wait for a deal and then get a new one when it ends by threatening to leave. Anyone who pays the advertised rate to their ISP is missing out.

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El Reg deep dive: Everything you need to know about UK.gov's pr0n block

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Re: @JDX - Here's a question... does the porn industry WANT to restrict underage access?

1."Mechanisms like Age Verification will affect *everyone*, whether or not they have children, and remember the majority of households in this country *don't* have children, so why do we all have to be "protected" from this stuff?"

What kind of argument is that? It's not about protecting adults, but checking users are adults. Where have you got the notion this is about whether we have kids from? Besides, the idea a rule is needed only if it affects the majority is clearly nonsense. I submit you're just acting out of self-interest that YOU don't want to have to jump through hoops.

2. I (deliberately) never made any comment on porn being harmful but I'd hope we agree it's not a great idea for pre-pubescent children to be exposed to hard-core porn, or to explicit sexualisation in any sense.

That said, "it doesn't do anyone any harm" is just a load you've swallowed (ahem). Whether or not it harms the consumer, it is a matter of fact that porn is linked to abuse and trafficking. It is very hard(!) for you to know if the stuff you're consuming is legit when it's just a stream on some website. Some people might go out of their way to source "ethical porn" but most just type some search term into Google.

But while we're on the topic, I refute your claims it's harmless. It just smacks of tobacco companies funding research showing smoking wasn't bad for you. Whether it has a negative affect on mature adults, to suggest that children who grow up consuming porn before they start interacting with the opposite sex in real life won't be affected AT ALL is a very bold claim. It's not like there is any line between soft and hard stuff so a curious 10yo is just as likely to come across(!) some really dark stuff. It has also been shown that porn is on average getting harder. Maybe we grew up thinking a topless woman was pretty exciting, these days content very typically includes violent overtones, dominance, etc, not two people having a fun consensual time together.

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Here's a question... does the porn industry WANT to restrict underage access?

They say they do, but that any actual restrictive mechanism is likely to be harmful. Do we really believe them... genuine question? Do we think pornographers are good citizens running legitimate businesses, or dodgy types who - like cigarette makers in the past - are more than happy to get the next generation hooked?

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Can be bypassed by putting in a fair bit of effort to steal a CC... you could say that about many things now but most people don't immediately turn to theft or identity fraud the moment they can't have something they want.

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"Parents and schools need to be having discussions with their children about pornography"

Parents and schools need to be having discussions with their children about pornography, explaining that it is not a representation of real life and it is often a fantasy that can take things to extremes," said Lust, who has created a site that aims to help do this.

"Instead of trying to fix a social problem with technology, children should be educated and given a safe space to explore their sexuality."

Girl on the Net agreed, saying that young people have been crying out for "properly funded sex ed, which doesn't just cover the very basics like pregnancy and STIs, but which is broad and covers issues such as consent, self identity and pornography as well".

The many teachers I know bemoan the fact that they ALREADY have to teach this stuff at a younger and younger age and that this clearly isn't helping. They say they should not be having to talk to under-10s, or even under-8s about porn, consent and sexuality, and that the focus is all on sex not on relationships. They definitely don't like the idea of pre-pubescent children being encouraged to "explore their sexuality"

It seems like the things being requested are already part of modern sex-ed, but they don't seem to stop modern kids growing up with the impression that spaffing on your GF's face is a respectful relationship as long as they consent to it.

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Your code is RUBBISH, says GitHub. Good thing we're here to save you

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Re: Ambiguous headline

Way to be an arrogant douche.

What a surprise, hobbyist and amateur coders don't write very good code. We definitely should criticise them for using version control - they should keep all their ugly code on c:\codez so us professionals don't have to see it.

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Fermi famously asked: 'Where is everybody?' Probably dead, says renewed Drake equation

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Who said it di?

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They're probably dead but...

``The statistical likelihood,'' continued the autopilot primly, ``is that other civilizations will arise. There will one day be lemon-soaked paper napkins. Till then there will be a short delay. Please return to your seat.''

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Wearables are now a two-horse race and Google lost very badly

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I remember Watch being laughed off at launch

Expensive, not waterproof and crap. It didn't sell well and seemed doomed to disappear.

Did Apple pull it out of the bag then, I hadn't noticed much chat about it to know if sales took off. I thought back then the feeling was FitBit et al had stolen the wearable market - simpler, more targeted devices.

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Chilly willies: Swedish nudie nightclub opens in -11°C to disgust of locals

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Leave your clothes in the cloakroom

Considering how much that costs, and the lines, just for a coat... this is going to be a nightmare. Especially when you lose your cloakroom ticket.

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Fender's 'smart' guitar amp has no Bluetooth pairing controls

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Re: I still don't want to dick around with a telephone/iFad when I'm playing guitar.

Classical musicians are able to turn pages in their music while playing. Guitarists often tweak their guitar, amp and FX settings using both their feet and their hands.

I think you're deliberately misunderstanding the point of these features to make some point. Being able to play a backing track through your amp is a common practice feature and it's only natural BT would be supported as well as line-in these days. But maybe using your iFad to play music is also "dicking around" and you'd rather wind up the gramophone.

Using BT to tweak the amp settings is also something you would do in between songs or similar. The point being you can download dozens or hundreds of profiles on your phone and 'beam' one to the amp. TC Electronics have been doing this on their critically acclaimed TonePrint pedals as just one example.

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Sony Xperia XZ2: High-res audio but no headphone jack

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There's a hole in my headset... thank goodness

Earplugs are great for listening to music with any noise around as they tend to offer decent sound cancelling even at £15 BUT I cannot abide taking a call when I cannot hear myself. You end up shouting or just feeling really self-conscious. Feeding your mic back into the earphones would be ideal but this seems good too - though a way to turn it on/off would be even better.

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Re: High-res audio but no headphone jack

I'm not sure analogue automatically equals better; it surely depends on the chips involved.

I have an iRig for using my iPad as a guitar amp modeller and the version that plugs into the iPad dock socket is much better than the one which plugs into the 3.5mm port.

Isn't the other issue it aids in waterproofing and reduces size needed for components?

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Smartphones to be inescapable, even at 40,000 feet

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LEO is anything really from 150-2000km. Let's low-ball at 100km, 10^5m. Area of a sphere ~ 10r^2 so the amount of space at LEO is very conservatively 10^5.10^5.10 = 10^11 square metres or 100 thousand square kilometres.

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Here's how we made a no-fuss RSS vulture app using trendy Electron

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It should not display images at all, because they take up screen space and slow load times.

Written just below a large photograph which added no content :)

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Vatican sets up dedicated exorcism training course

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"lawyers and professionals"

I really hope that was deliberate.

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Re: Exorcism is highly effective

You seem a bit obsessed with child-exorcisms, which was never mentioned.

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Microsoft ends notifications for Win-Phone 7.5 and 8.0

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I liked it before they hobbled it

The first versions of WP were functionally really bad but the UI design was such a bold, refreshing change. However they ruined the Hub and then apparently WP10 was just ruined. :(

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Apple's HomePod beams you up into new audio dimensions

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We used to think that Palm and Psion PDAs were “mass market” once too

This has to be a singularly stupid comment. They aren't around because the functionality became available in other devices (you know, your phone) not because people didn't want the functionality.

So by comparison the efforts of Echo/Home/HomePod will be seen as the crude fore-runners of a ubiquitous take-up in smart-home technology not tied to specific manufacturers.

Which is not a thrilling prospect in my view.

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MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF CARS: SpaceX parks a Tesla in orbit (just don't mention the barge)

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That simultaneous landing

Epic show-boating.

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A Hughes failure: Flat Earther rocketeer can't get it up yet again

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If only someone else was launching a rocket today with a live video feed.

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Well done, UK.gov. You hit superfast broadband target (by handing almost the entire project to BT)

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Re: 95% bullshit ?

I think the key word here is "village".

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Trebles all round! Intel celebrates record sales of insecure processors

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Siri, what's a monopoly?

Why are you asking your iPhone, which doesn't run an Intel CPU, about this?

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New Zealand joins the Space Race

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Re: It would be so easy for Australia to also have a space industry

With the vast, uninhabited interior, isn't Oz a great location for space stuff? If it crashes or blows up, nobody would be at risk.

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Google fuels up Chromecast Wi-Fi flooding fix

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Do I need to do anything?

Is this an update to the app on my phone and to the CC hardware, or just the latter? App updates are easy, does the CC update automatically?

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OK, Google: Why does Chromecast clobber Wi-Fi connections?

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BT HomeHub?

I just concluded my HH router's 2.4GHz chip had died because I kept losing that SSID (5GHz worked fine). The only thing that changed is I added a CC Audio on the 2.4GHz network.

I concluded it was (another) crappy HH and invested £100 in a nice shiny router. Is it possible I shouldn't have? I should note the CC is hardly ever used whereas the SSID started disappearing about once a day. However I don't know if CC re-awakes periodically if not used?

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Microsoft Surface Book 2: Electric Boogaloo. Bigger, badder, better

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Re: Eh?

The packaging is something people are prepared to pay for too. You can buy a fridge for £300, or a branded one for £600 which stores about the same but has digital display and looks way nicer in your kitchen... both are equally adequate at keeping your food cold.

You can buy a lovely desk for £1000 or get a kitchen worktop and 4 legs from Ikea for £200 (tops). Both offer the same storage area (actually the cheap one is bigger) and pure functionality.

Computers are not immune to this.

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Erase 2017 from your brain. Face ID never happened. The Notch is an illusion

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Re: I'd happily own a phone

Video calling is a pretty core feature surely these days?

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Nokia 8: As pure as the driven Android - it's a classy return

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So is this a OnePlus-beater?

The 1+3 was a great feature/cost trade-off but now 1+ has gone higher-price. I'd love to see a direct comparison review between the 1+5 and the N8.

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Drone collisions with airliners may not be fatal, US study suggests

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Re: Chicken cannon

You don't have to test at 250kt to correlate simulation against real life. If your simulations against lower speeds bear up well to real life, you extrapolate the same holds at conditions you are unable to test easily. This is rather the point of simulation... anything other than "fly a laden passenger jet into a load of drones" is by some measure a simulation.

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Re: "may not be fatal"

As a passenger being told "you _might_ survive if this happens" is really not great to hear.

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What will drive our cars when the combustion engine dies?

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Re: And where does all the plastic come

Solving that problem is much easier. We can already make many plastics without needing fossil fuels and this will doubtless get better with research.

And then consider the amount of plastic used in a car, with the amount of fuel burnt over it's life time. The argument electric cars are bad because they use many kilograms of plastic is either horrendously ignorant, or deliberately manipulative.

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Re: fossil fuel - we're addicted.

I think Prst you're missing the point.

For a start, you now only need to distribute fossil fuels to one location not all over the place. For a second, you can burn the fuel far more efficiently and cleanly in a huge power station.

For a third, the Tesla doesn't care where the Watts come from. We can burn things, use fission and renewable sources in whatever mix we can manage. So a Tesla can consume energy from any power source - including petrol - whereas your combustion engine is inflexible and inefficient.

"Electric cars still need fuel to be burnt" is a daft argument anti-electric people use trivially, and largely, ignorantly.

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Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

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Rare common sense from government!

Cost of software is tiny compared to cost of training and development

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Mythbuster seeks cash for roller skates to wear in virtual reality

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Re: $50K?

You don't get rich by spending money.

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Re: Nice idea, but without some scaling-up, this shoe just stinks.

>>But when I think of who has the extra dough (dosh) to waste on this, and the time, and takes risks to try new things, I think of a certain brother-in-law, who is even taller than I, weights more (all muscle), and has a size 16 foot. Mr. Hyneman's proposal as-is would exclude him outright.

>>Nice idea, but without some scaling-up, this shoe just stinks.

Sorry but "there are a few really big people who aren't just fat" is not a reason why such a product would fail. Any more than 3D movies or VR itself would be sunk by the fact some people don't have balanced enough eyesight.

The vast bulk (!) of people are under 215lb - I own ladders with a lower weight limit than that!

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This could be our favorite gadget of 2017: A portable projector

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Re: 6.5" cube and 2kg

It's smaller and lighter than a 6-pack of beer or a wine-box. I consider those to be pretty portable.

If you can't get a 6" cube in a your 'small rucksack' then you maybe be confused between a rucksack and a handbag.

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The UK's super duper 1,000mph car is being tested in Cornwall

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Re: Aircraft w/ no wings

It definitely does have some sort of wings, to very carefully stop it taking off or pressing into the ground too hard. At those speeds, I'm sure it can fly without additional control surface area?

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