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Why Trolls Win With Toxic Comments

Joe Jay Bee Re:F U (298 comments)

Back then a troll was one of the "bastshit brigade" like old Twitter, you took the fact he made a knockoff of your UID as a badge of honor

Oh Christ I remember Twitter. He fucking hated me, he thought I was a Microsoft shill despite being a Mac user. I'd LOVE to see what he thinks of me now considering I own a Windows 8 PC, a Surface RT, an Xbox 360 and a Windows Phone.

And he was a moron.

about 2 years ago
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Zuckerberg Updates Relationship Status To "Married"

Joe Jay Bee Re:CNN.com reckoning of time (335 comments)

Well, 1 could be considered a number of days...

about 2 years ago
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Icons That Don't Make Sense Anymore

Joe Jay Bee Re:Let's see now... (713 comments)

Not least, manila folders actually still exist and are used.

more than 2 years ago
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What Microsoft Should and Shouldn't Do For the Xbox 720

Joe Jay Bee Re:Improve Build Quality (502 comments)

This tallies perfectly with my experience. Only as this is the UK and we don't have UPS stores to take stuff to, UPS came and collected the Xbox (for free). We got the box shipped back a few days later working good as new.

I really can't fault Microsoft's after sales care on that front. It was far less of a hassle than I'd have thought.

about 3 years ago
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NASA Missing Hundreds of Moon Rocks

Joe Jay Bee Aperture Science (132 comments)

They had to make that conversion gel somehow.

about 3 years ago
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Baker Has to Make 102,000 Cupcakes For Grouponers

Joe Jay Bee Re:expensive cupcakes (611 comments)

Thanks for first proving my original point, and secondly for reminding me that that place does sell some bizarre shit :P Next time I need a sugar fix and I'm near there...

about 3 years ago
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Baker Has to Make 102,000 Cupcakes For Grouponers

Joe Jay Bee Re:expensive cupcakes (611 comments)

Does that actually exist?! "Geranium and cherry cupcake" is precisely the sort of thing one would say Waitrose sell if you wanted to take the piss out of them...

If it does, well, that does sound fairly nice...

about 3 years ago
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Baker Has to Make 102,000 Cupcakes For Grouponers

Joe Jay Bee Re:expensive cupcakes (611 comments)

Or you can go somewhere like Waitrose and get better quality for not that much more money. Certainly not £3 a cupcake - I know Waitrose have a reputation but it's not that expensive.

about 3 years ago
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Debt Reduction Super Committee Fails To Agree

Joe Jay Bee Re:So both and get it done! (954 comments)

Even if it isn't the sole factor, it does seem to be something that winds a certain section of the Republican base up even more.

And really, let's face it, do you think the "birther" loons would have got anywhere near the traction they did if Obama was white?

about 3 years ago
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BT Fiber Infrastructure Plans 'Fatal' To Competition

Joe Jay Bee Re:main problem is backhaul (100 comments)

It is technological improvements mostly. Computerised switching means there is little to no human involvement in the average telephone call, which brings the cost right down. Calls are so cheap for BT and their ilk that It would be cheaper to run the entire network unmetered than it is to itemise, send out and collect payment for telephone bills.

Line rental prices are the level they are because they are the price BT levies, and unless you've got your own LLU facilities in the exchange you have to rent subscriber lines from BT. Even if you are LLU, the last mile is still going to be BT-owned anyway. There's no escaping them.

What should have happened with BT's privatisation is infrastructure (as currently vested in Openreach) being owned by and rented from the government at cost price, with telcos providing services over those lines. What happened is both infrastructure and telco services were privatised into one BT behemoth, with the infrastructure then later hastily sorta-kinda split off into Openreach. Who are owned by BT, and who own the entire telephone network - essentially being a private monopoly. We have all the problems of a monopoly with none of the benefits.

Trust the Tories to have dreamed up such a stupid scheme though. A lot of people got very rich from our core telecoms network being sold off at a pisscheap price, and everyone else is still paying the price more than 20 years on.

more than 3 years ago
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Music Industry Pushing For BT To Block Pirate Bay

Joe Jay Bee Re:Alternate DNS/routing. (175 comments)

Both wrong, sadly - BT floated BT Cellnet as mmO2 (t/as O2) back in 2002 or so, making them totally independent - then they were bought by Telefonica.

The present day O2 has nothing to do with BT, other than using their physical infrastructure for "last mile" connectivity.

more than 3 years ago
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Minecraft Is Finished

Joe Jay Bee Re:minetest (272 comments)

I actually just read the Minetest developer's note to "Minecraft fanatics". He actually has the balls to say:

I know a lot of people here are thinking that I am cloning a game, meanly and effortlessly copying what others have done, possibly making some fancy cheap technical improvements or something. [...] You could say all the first person shooters today are clones of Quake. They all look the same and mostly you can do the same things in them. Still everybody thinks they are different games and not clones. Why is it so?

Well the difference is that while Half-Life 2 didn't take Quake's gameplay, plot and look and feel wholesale (while of course sharing similarities in gameplay, what with them both being FPSes), Minetest is a clone of Minecraft, built with the sole aim and intention of being like Minecraft. That's a pretty big difference. There's a marked gap between building on what your predecessors did before and adding stuff, and just taking an existing game and trying to make that.

Hell, even the HUD on the screenshot is identical...

more than 3 years ago
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Minecraft Is Finished

Joe Jay Bee Re:minetest (272 comments)

It's faintly amusing to me that despite the supposed innovation and originality benefits of F/OSS, all it ever seems to be able to turn out in the game world is different versions of existing, proprietary games - only this time free of charge. Civilization became FreeCiv, Lemmings became Pingus and now Minecraft becomes Minetest. Hell, even most F/OSS desktop applications and environments are heavily derivative clones of existing ones.

I'm not asking this in a trolling way - where exactly is the innovation here? Are there any F/OSS games (bar Tux Racer...) that aren't merely copies of some proprietary equivalent?

more than 3 years ago
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What's Keeping You On Windows?

Joe Jay Bee Re:Why do people use computers? (1880 comments)

I can't see myself switching from Win7 for at least another few years. My OEM copy of it cost me £80, so basically I'm paying, what, £20 a year for it? And frankly, given how well it works, I feel it's worth it.

I tried running Linux (Debian to be precise - Ubuntu, oddly enough, wouldn't work) on the same hardware and gave up. Windows Media Center alone is worth the price of admission, and before anyone says, MythTV is in no way, shape or form a good alternative - I know, I tried. The configuration headaches alone ruined that, and something like MythBuntu made no sense as this is a general purpose gaming/browsing/office work/whatever box which happens to sometimes moonlight as a media centre.

Meanwhile, my laptop had an interesting bug where whenever it went to sleep it would be 50/50 as to whether it would wake up again, and if it did the clock would suddenly be three days in the future. No such bug on Windows, on Linux it was crippling, as things would suddenly refuse to work, I'd look up at the clock and swear under my breath.

£20 a year for not having to deal with that crap strikes me as a good deal.

more than 3 years ago
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What's Keeping You On Windows?

Joe Jay Bee Re:As a switcher and a switcher. (1880 comments)

It was bollocks then and it's bollocks now. There was no DRM in the network stack. That doesn't even make logical sense - there's nothing to be gained for anyone (not Microsoft, not the *IAAs, not anyone) in putting DRM in the network stack.

more than 3 years ago
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Obama To Veto Anti-Net-Neutrality Legislation

Joe Jay Bee Re:Wow (355 comments)

A point for having the courage to not hide your knuckle-dragging, racist idiocy behind an Anonymous Coward tag. That does take balls; so many people are unwilling to do so.

Minus a million points for the nonsense you're saying though. In total you're still a point above most of the derp I see, though.

more than 3 years ago
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Modern Warfare 3 Released

Joe Jay Bee It's Great news (201 comments)

Keeps all the retards off the rest of the Internet

more than 3 years ago
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Windows Phone Unlock Tool Goes Official

Joe Jay Bee Re:In Soviet Apple (118 comments)

But seriously, this "jailbreak" is a Microsoft-sanctioned app that costs $9 and requires you to log-in to windows live... Doesn't sound like a jailbreak to me. Sounds like something that Microsoft should have BEEN OFFERING IN THE FIRST PLACE.

Paying $9 to be able to run whatever shit you like compares remarkably favourably with Apple's "fuck you" policy towards unsigned apps, in which you can do it if you want but only if you hack the damn device, and then expect it to break the next time iOS updates. It doesn't make them the best by a long shot (BlackBerry and Android win that handily) but it's reasonable. At least, unlike Apple, they give you a legitimate way to do it.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple's Secret Weapon To Influence Industry Pricing

Joe Jay Bee Re:True for tablets, not computers (407 comments)

I'd say that there are good reasons for the iMac to be a bit more expensive. You pay a premium on the iMac for the all-in-one enclosure, the form factor, the custom parts, the proprietary OS... if you were to try and custom-build a PC with the same form factor as an iMac, as well as various things like having an HD webcam built into the monitor, the touch-sensitive mouse, the aluminium keyboard etc it would most likely cost you more. My home-build PC cost me about a third less than the equivalent/worse-specced iMac (including an OEM copy of Windows 7, admittedly, which put the price up a little) but I'm not stupid enough to pretend it's entirely equivalent. Certainly it's bigger, looked a lot less polished and of course I had to build it, whereas the Mac comes as a complete package. That's another thing - you also tend to pay for convenience. Dell charge more for a PC than you would sourcing the components too. But at the same time, they build and support it for you. If my homebuild explodes one day I don't have someone I can shout at down the phone to fix it. Dell and Apple do that.

Of course there's no denying that at least some of the price is due to Apple wishing to position themselves as a "luxury" brand. I'm not going to defend that but I can understand that. They want to be a premium product so they charge a premium price. Personally, although I'm not a Mac user (but have been in the past, and would be again... if I could afford an iMac ;)) I'd feel the price is worth it, but that's just me.

more than 3 years ago

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Radiohead Changes Tack, Joins iTunes

Joe Jay Bee Joe Jay Bee writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Joe Jay Bee writes "The British rock band Radiohead, who previously stated that they wouldn't want to have their music on Apple's iTunes Music Store (and, indeed, were unhappy when their Kid A album was released via the store) have performed something of an about-face; virtually their entire catalog, including singles and their B-Sides, has appeared on the store. The band previously said they only wanted their work sold as complete albums, which Apple refused to go along with; however their tack has apparently changed, and all their songs are available to mix and match, including their most recent work, In Rainbows. The albums are all available in DRM-free AAC format."
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Building An Online Community From Nothing?

Joe Jay Bee Joe Jay Bee writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Joe Jay Bee writes "I'm currently trying to get a politics and current affairs discussion site (ad free link) off the ground, and finding it fairly hard; most places that would usually have users into such things don't allow links in signatures or recommendations, or indeed anything. So my question is this: given that I don't currently have a userbase, or any way to get one, how should I go about getting people interested in what I have to offer? If you've been in this sort of situation before, how did you manage to get off the ground? Have you got any tips? (beyond "Stick up some Google ads and make a mint", obviously.)"
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