* Posts by JDPower

118 posts • joined 24 Jan 2020

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Mall of duty: Black Ops. No, you're not a customer, you're just an ad audience metric

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Well that is fairly easily worked around.

Marketers for an Open Web ask UK competition watchdog to block launch of Google's anti-tracking Privacy Sandbox

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Re: How sweet

Too obvious. Must troll harder - 1/10

Ordnance Survey recruits AR developer to build 'geolocated quests' to help get Brit couch potatoes exercising outdoors

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Re: Maverick app for Android

An app that hasn't been updated in nearly four years and has multiple reviews stating it's not functioning fully? I'll pass thanks.

Dell online store charges 16 million dollars for new laptop with paint job

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Re: TCO

As the owner of still functioning 15 and 7 year old Dell laptops, I personally think that only applies to their budget consumer level. Business and mid to upper level stuff tends to be pretty solid in my experience.

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Re: Probably because the pigment

I'm presuming your predictive text replaced "not at all reminiscent" with "very reminiscent".

Tim Berners-Lee asks everyone to do new biz a Solid and let him have another crack at fixing the Web's privacy

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Re: "Tim Berners-Lee asks everyone to do new biz a Solid"?

Hmmm, thanks, never heard of it. Still the Reg putting attempts at being 'clever' above being in any way sensical though

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Re: Yet another way for people to share (and steal) data.

You haven't understood it.

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"Tim Berners-Lee asks everyone to do new biz a Solid"?

I know Reg like to do oh so clever headlines, but can you at least have them make some sort of sense, grammatically or otherwise.

European Commission to take a closer look at how Amazon uses business data of third-party sellers using its platform

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"No company cares more about small businesses or has done more to support them over the past two decades than Amazon"

Well at least the investigation hasn't dented their sense of humour.

Somebody's Russian to meddle with UK coronavirus vaccine efforts, but GCHQ won't take it lying down

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Re: Still confused about the 90%

No, it's the 90% in the trial who were regularly tested. Quit trying to make the story fit your moronic agenda.

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Re: Say no more, Squire

Have you been at the strong liquor?

Apple opens pre-orders of iPhone 12 Mini and Pro Max models, the cheapest and most expensive in the lineup

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They're really not that complicated from a repair point of view, in fact with the modularity of modern phones most are simpler to repair than they were 10-15 years ago. The hardest bit is actually getting into them.

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Have you been drinking?

South Park creators have a new political satire series with some of the best AI-generated deepfakes on the internet yet

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Of course it was, they just dubbed a different voice on. Geez, I thought Reg readers were smart!

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Was I the only one thinking that MUST be a Trump lookalike? That's the first deep fake I've seen which I couldn't tell was fake. Even the others in the video you could tell, but the Trump one? Scarey.

Right to repair? At least you still have the right to despair: Camera modules cannot be swapped on the iPhone 12

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Such an Apple approach - "Look, we ARE making our phones more repairable. See, access is easier, components are easier to remove. Replace them? Oh no, that's software locked now but look - you can take them out!"

Oh Mi: Xiaomi shows off 80W wireless charging, claims battery fully fat again in under 20 minutes

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Excellent, now phone companies can use even smaller batteries.

Let’s check in with that 30,000-job $10bn Trump-Foxconn Wisconsin plant. Wow, way worse than we'd imagined

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Re: El Reg becoming political now ?

I agree, the Hunter Biden story could be reported here - picking it apart for the nonsense it is would be quite interesting. Failing that, Vice did it for anyone interested: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.vice.com/amp/en/article/qj4gqv/the-ny-posts-hunter-biden-laptop-story-is-a-right-to-repair-nightmare

We bought a knockoff Lego launchpad kit from China for our Saturn V rocket so you don't have to

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Corgi would like a word with you ;-)

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They're also the world's biggest tyre manufacturer

Lift us up where we belong: UK's Network Rail puts elevators online

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I'm sure this will be a great comfort to wheelchair users who are still in the exact same end position of not being able to make their journey. How they find out doesn't fix that ultimate issue. I suspect this is more about keeping pissed off customers away from the station so they don't have to deal with them.

Crown Prosecution Service solicitor accused of targeting judge ex-wife's lover through work computer systems

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Re: ?

You conveniently left out a definition:

"INFORMAL: Engage enthusiastically in sexual or disreputable pursuits."

Maybe you're not based in the UK, but it has a well established negative connotation in UK media/tabloids. And even If the author meant they were "prancing about" (your chosen definition), I suspect they are smart enough to know the other uses of the word so why use a loaded term in the first place when there are a myriad number of ways to state that she was just in a new relationship.

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"as she cavorted with new lover"?

Have you hired an ex Sun journo?! The marriage had apparently down and she was in a new relationship, there's no need for language that implies she was doing something wrong. She is the victim here ffs.

And then you go on to make it worse with "Kate Ainge is not the only judge to have been involved in Computer Misuse Act proceedings in recent years". Comparing her, the victim, with someone else who committed a criminal act. Or do you somehow think she is in the wrong here, not her husband.

Gives an unpleasant sexist undertone to the article that is well below Reg's usual standard

Boeing Starliner commander Christopher Ferguson bows out of first crewed mission due to family commitments

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Next year is "very important for my family."

As in "it's very important for my family that I don't die"

Twitter: Our image-cropping AI seems to give certain peeps preferential treatment. Solution: Use less AI

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Facepalm

Come on Reg. For once a company correctly refers to it as machine learning, and you still call it AI.

Atari threatens to hit fourth VCS shipping deadline, provides pictures of boxes as proof of product delivery

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Re: Box of sand

Sand? No, there's Silicon in sand, there's no way there's any silicon content in them boxes.

Uber allowed to continue operating in English capital after winning appeal against Transport for London

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"Updated on 29 September"?! Finally Reg have mastered time travel.

Can The Register run Crysis Remastered? Yes, but we don't see why you would want to

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If your gonna asterisk a sentence for further comment or explanation, can you at least put the explanation at the end of the paragraph, not bottom of the article, 20 paragraphs of scrolling away. Or, here's a radical idea, just put the additional info in brackets instead of asterisking to another place on the page. It's something Reg does far too often, and really not necessary for the sake of a single sentence.

England's COVID-tracking app finally goes live after 6 months of work – including backpedal on how to handle data

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Pint

Thanks

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So, questions. Does this require you to have Bluetooth turned on or does the OS/app turn it on in the background regardless of user setting? And will force stopping it prevent it from running in the background or is stopping it not possible (or it just restarts itself)?

(as someone who is not getting out much at present, would far rather have it only running when I go out, not running all day, every day for no good reason)

Ancient telly borked broadband for entire Welsh village

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Old TVs don't just stop working without an analogue signal.

Ah yes, Sony, that major player in the smartphone space, has a new flagship inbound: The Xperia 5 II

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Why are they using promo pics with a phone that appears ro have a faulty screen?

0ops. 1,OOO-plus parking fine refunds ordered after drivers typed 'O' instead of '0'

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Re: And this ladies and gentlemen...

Wow, that is spectacularly crap design!

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Re: good grief

If you've paid to get a specific plate there's even less excuse for getting it wrong.

Samsung shaves 0.1μm off pixels to make new ISOCELL sensor lineup 15% slimmer

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This is stupid, was nothing learned from the megapixel race of digital cameras. The worst things you can do to a sensor when it comes to image quality - smaller sensor, smaller pixels, massive megapixel count. They are literally spending money on making the product worse! And the entire tech industry has known this for years. But hey, it'll make the phone a few μm thinner, and we all know thinner phones are better right? Doesn't matter if the camera is worse, battery is tiny, no room for headphone jacks or SD slots. All unimportant, just bow down at the altar of thinness and keep buying the shiny shiny.

The one before Harmony? Huawei pushes out EMUI 11, running on Android 10

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"EMUI 11 will begin rolling out to users of the beta programme later this month, with a wider general release expected not long after."

Yeah right. My Huawei has only just updated to EMUI 10, a year after it was released. I won't be holding my breath for version 11 (hell there is a 10.1 release before EMUI 11 too)

Vivaldi offers users a 'break' from browsing. No, don't switch to Chrome... don't sw..

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Re: Not safe for travel

Unlikely given it'll only 'conk out' if you press the 'conk out' button. And then you could just re-press the conk out button to unconk anyway.

China launches and lands its first re-usable spacecraft

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If they were keeping it secret there wouldn't have been even a three sentence story. China like to make the most of any technology advances, at least locally, so I remain suspicious of such a low key, detail free, article on a site aimed at the domestic audience. Only time will tell I guess.

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This article ends saying they won't be shy about it, yet here we are with a "three sentence story". Which suggests to me either this flight didn't go as well as reported or, more likely, it was the most basic of prototypes and they'd feel embarrassed publicising details.

There's a battery-free Game Boy that runs solely on the power of sunlight and the speed of your button-mashing

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Look at the angle he's having to hold it to get max sunlight, and how much button mashing he's doing, and it STILL turns off. They've built a battery free device that doesn't actually work battery free, and instead of MAKING it work just threw in a game save workaround for when it stops working every few seconds. Nice idea, failed execution.

Xiaomi and Samsung go head to head with new phones in bargain-basement 5G battle

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Someone let El Reg know what "bargain basement" actually means, they seem confused.

China trolls Trump with tech export rules changes that could imperil TikTok sale

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Good. This politically motivated forced sale stinks to high heaven, I absolutely hope China manage to block it.

US Air Force shows off latest all-electric flying car, says it 'might seem straight out of a Hollywood movie'

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This flying car seems to be distinctly lacking in the "car" department.

Uncle Sam to blow millions on getting fusion power finally working – with the help of AI

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Pint

Re: But how long will it take to get there?

I was going to correct his silliness, but you did it with actual facts and figures. Have a pint on me.

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Re: But how long will it take to get there?

If only there was some way to harness the sun's ongoing fission reactions.

Epic Games gets itself epically banned, launches epic Fortnite death match with Apple over App Store's epic 30% cut

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Re: What about PS and xBox stores

As already stated by ay an earlier commenter: "Neither Sony nor Borkzilla have any clause mandating a fee over in-game purchases, so nothing will happen there."

Xiaomi turns 10 and celebrates by sitting down to relax in front of its new transparent television

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"your humble hack has beheld them frozen into fridge"

Absolutely no idea what that means.

Microsoft spills beans on release, pricing for folding fancyphone: Start your Surface Duo engines now

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Standard for any modern writers nowadays, proof reading is a thing of the past, all they look for is the red line under spelling mistakes, fix them and publish.

Transport for London asks Capita to fling Congestion Charge system into the cloud

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"talented people of capita"???

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