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Re: Half a second?
Phones which have the "feature" of a user-removeable battery will survive a short dunk if the user's quick enough to do this. Had that happen with a couple of Nokias. They lived on without a problem, except for one that required replacing the ringer.
Late to the party, El Reg ... this blew up on Friday!
Most, if not all of the e-wallet/money transfer services will ask you for official ID before even letting you move money. Which means that either these guys were very naive (doubtful) or they were fully aware that the service would be used by criminals.
Re: Looks like generic cr*p
I unfortunately can infer that even before watching any trailer, because of this:
picked up by The CW Network, a youth-oriented outfit that is home to shows including America's Next Top Model, Gossip Girl, 90210, Arrow and The Vampire Diaries
The only show barely worth watching in that list is the one featuring a pirated version of Ezio Auditore. The others are crap!
I have never watched the original one, but I did get to see a couple of episodes from the 90's revival. More like X-Men, maybe, except that all of 'em have a base set of powers vs. having a special one.
... neither were the first iPhones more than a pricey, shiny feature phone due to the lack of apps. Yet they were still counted as smartphones back then (they turned into one when they released the iPhone OS 2.0, now retroactively known as iOS 2.0.
MS did crash Nokia
While Nokia wasn't doing so hot before the Elopocalypse, they still had a large share of the smartphone market. Elop's switch to WinPhone killed a thriving market overnight, and replaced it with a DOA platform. Real bad move!
Re: Fracking needs to be fully controlled @Charles 9
"Not without the specialized equipment and trained experts that went WITH THE OIL COMPANIES they won't."
Easy, the government just nationalizes it. See Mexico's PEMEX, Iran's State Oil thingy, more recently Venezuela did something like that.
Given enough resources, governments can and will take over all operations, which is why oil companies shouldn't piss off the gov't.
Re: Morphing more and more into PC's
I consider this generation to be the one where the ki'box (Stephen King reference) and the PSX lines are truly morphing into overpriced PCs.
I do get the differentiation between consoles and PCs as a gaming platform, but it used to be that the console hardware was running stuff that let them get better performance for games. That has mostly gone from the new gen, as they're going to be basically crap PCs, kinda like the original Xbox. Ironically, the underspecced Wii was the underdog on the current gen, while the WiiU will be the only one that isn't an overpriced PC this gen.
However, I'm still probably going to buy a PS4, even if it is a glorified PC...
I haven't heard of any case of "I sell games to be able to afford new games" and I live in a pretty poor country
Your country must be incredibly rich if nobody's doing this, then. I can actually vouch for a country where quite a large percentage of the population is poor by most standards: Mexico. Selling old games to afford for new ones (or at least, other second-hand games) is pretty much the standard for most low to lower-middle income people. Piracy used to be rampant (and still is on the PC area), but it is virtually nonexistent on the PS3. Xbox360 is still pirate paradise, however. But hell, there's even a whole store that basically makes a living out of second-hand game sales, and the kids that trade in their games are usually the ones that don't have the money to buy new games.
Article title misleading
What actually will happen is that the hobbling of second-hand Xbox1 games will DOOM the Xbox1.
Which suits me fine. MS already had done some EA-style evilness on the console market by charging for online play (something PC gamers haven't seen since the early 90's) so they deserve to lose the gaming market.
Meanwhile the current gens will still thrive, plus WiiU and PS4 as they don't have these stupid schemes on their platforms.
Re: Seriously? Gadget envy isn't a purchasing decision FAIL
"The PS3 suffers from various weaknesses over the Xbox 360.
Firstly Sony's crap security, which took their online services down for ages. Secondly the PS3 is a nightmare to program, hence why games like GTA4 ran in a lower resolution on the PS3 and they couldn't be bothered to optimise the code for the PS3."
Umm... GTA4 runs on 1080p on the PS3 w/o trouble. The actual FAIL there is to Rockstar, which seems to have b0rked something in their code which makes it prefer 720p over 1080p. If you change Video settings on the PS3 so that only 1080p and 480p are enabled, GTA4 will run on 1080p. There are two other games I think that have the same bug, can't remember which ones.
I do think the x86 switch is a huge step backwards, we should be getting rid of x86 crap instead of propping up consoles with it.
So what is Soylent Food made of, then?
Now this should give "crowdsourcing" a whole new meaning...
Re: What? It isn't green?
The Green one was the one made of people, but the others (theoretically) weren't.
TBH, they tried to pull a Jobs with Sinofsky, plugging their ears to the zillion devs/beta testers who told them TIFKAM sucked. The difference is that they lacked the Jobs RDF, and that even Jobs knew better than to make Launchpad mandatory, or Gatekeeper, or having the iStuff apps use iCloud exclusively.
Re: OK. What's wrong with XP?
"Personally I bloody hate OS X's UI, with the unified confuso-menu,"
Um... in fact, the ever-present menu bar is the original paradigm. That feature has been there since at least System 3, maybe even the first Mac there ever was. And all of those pre-date Windows. Sure, some of the later UI changes aren't nice, but they're still much better than the toy UI rammed into Win8.
The solution is not to use Classic Shell or Start8. It is to not buy Windows 8. At. All.
Vendor broke it, vendor should fix it. I wouldn't buy a car with the gearbox mounted on the roof, neither should I pay to fix something as stupid as that.
"There are more Windows 8 users than Linux on desktop users combined. Deal with it."
THIS is the actual joke that should be put to sleep. It's not even funny, given that Android+Linux tablets probably outnumber Win8 installs, including Tablet versions.
(Not to mention that Linux servers still outnumber Windows Servers as well.)
Re: Choosy mothers chose JIF
So my memory *wasn't* off track! JIF immediately made me think about peanut butter, even though I haven't seen JIF since 2001...
Um... isn't "jigabyte" the correct pronunciation? Of course, "jigawatt" for Gigawatt was popularized by "Doc" Brown at least a full decade before we started handling Gigabytes, so probably the pronunciation stuck from those days. Then there's the thing that I'm both an English and Spanish speaker, and Spanish pronunciation of "Gigabyte" uses the Spanish-J pronunciation of G as well.
I actually consider the hard-G usage in Giga- as the odd one.
That said, GIF is hard-G. JIF is Peanut Butter (or was it a cleaning product?)
I didn't enjoy the Spiderman movies either, but that's because I never even cared about Spiderman at all. Not quite sure why, but it was one of my least favorite superheroes. (I did however like the Spiderman Unlimited animated series. Too bad it ended in an unresolved cliffhanger.)
I also prefer the X-Men animated series; that one is probably responsible for bringing the X-Men into the mainstream audience. The movies were good, though they deviate from the main plot, agreed that 3 just went way off course.
I don't like scrapyard investors
... but Loeb is right on one thing: the "Entertainment" arm of Sony that isn't "Playstation" is very much responsible of the evil karma attributed to Sony these days. Remember the rootkit fiasco? That was "Sony"-BMG, emphasis with BMG. Hollywood studios and recording industries are the ones that love sticking DRM and stupidity up consumer's butts, and they managed to infest the whole Sony hardware division. See the Playstation 3, originally pandering to the scientific and Linux community, then doing a 180 when a lame non-working "hack" was demonstrated by GeoHot.
Their Entertainment arm has poisoned Sony. Maybe they would be better off spinning out the thing, while still reaping from the Entertainment profits...
Not a Ratner moment.
A Ratner moment would be Murdoch telling the truth that everyone but US Conservatards know: that Fox News is full of bull. Now that would be an awesome Ratner moment!
Where can I buy this Fiat Currency, and what's its top speed?
Re: A non-merkin writes....
"Mexicans crossing the Rio Grande?"
I think you mean "Rio Bravo" ;)
The first paragraph sent my brain into full alert. But then the second one mentions "Dwolla". Meh. That's a US-only thing, and in fact it once was suspended from Mt. Gox for chargeback frauds.
The note is really more about "Dwolla curbstomped by DHS". Sure they're probably going after Mt. Gox, but they're basically stomping a US-only company.
Re: Paypal and GWallet
Hm. Maybe I don't have much of these problems because there's no such thing as an overdraftable account in Mexico? Either your checks go through or bounce, no middle ground. Same thing with bankcard charges. CCs might get overdrafted, but that's usually by mistake, as payment processors and/or issuing banks sometimes lag in reflecting charges against your CC.
That said, I would never, ever link a savings account to PayPal. Or any other service.
Also in this continent
There's a recent pay-by-text system in Mexico as well. Some banks are implementing it, though they don't directly link it to CCs or bank accounts, but creating a specific "mobile" account for funds transfer.
I've opted out from these things, as I would rather have my money safely resting in the bank, thank you very much.
Not the sharpest knife in the drawer
"Police latched onto Monsegur, an unemployed 28-year-old from New York, after he made the mistake of logging into an IRC chat server used by LulzSec without using the Tor anonymisation service - and just days after LulzSec had attacked the Feds."
Monumentally stupid move. That's like having your KGB spies show up with KGB badges outside the FBI. Really, doing something like that is a surefire way to get the Feds knocking on your door!
Re: Only the second?
The thing with Windows ME is that it wasn't force-fed to users at all. Back then, you could still buy either 98SE or Win2000, so many people went for these versions. The ones hit by ME were the suckers that bought it, and damn were they hit hard by it!
Vista and 8 are both cases where the alternative is made either hard to get, or outright impossible to buy. Thus 8 is "the second" in that sense.
Re: Your underlying assumption
Yes, but it isn't the only thing that isn't being cut out from this pseudoinvestigation. Other mitigating factors that make the train time non-productive involves:
- Working in secure environments. Some resources might not be available outside the corporate network, and sometimes even with VPN access they are unavailable for security or legal reasons.
- Sometimes, internet access while on the move will be flakey. If your work needs constant internet access, you will suffer.
- If the trip is long enough, instead of working on the move, I'll revert to sleeping through. That'll end up being wasted time anyway.
Very much agreed
The article itself lost me with the first mention of "model toy trains". I'm currently living the hell caused by a government actually axing intercity rail transportation: trying to get into or out of Mexico City is HELL. At certain times, even when you've left the city, there's a particular toll station that will be packed with lorries, and it will take 30 to 40 minutes just to get through the damn thing!
If we had even a not-so-high-speed train linking say, Mexico City with Querétaro, the 2.5-hour trip would cut down to little more than an hour. But noooo ... our government decided to hear the stupid car-centric gringos, and now we all suffer the consequences!
Re: the fat lady is warming up
If you have actually monkeyed with a Z10, you wouldn't be so sure of the S4 kicking the Z10's butt. The one thing that does sway people toward an S4 is that there are more apps on Android than BlackBerry. But that might change as well.
I'm sitting 'till the Q10 comes out, because I don't like keyboardless smartphones.
MSN is still alive, though the client itself is no longer downloadable. But if you did have it updated, it'll still connect.
Agreed that being forced to Skype sucks; for me Skype is the thing for VoIP calls, not for messaging.
Windows 8 did tank PC sales.
"No, it didn't, hasn't and won't.
Microsoft could have not bothered with Windows 8 and we'd be up to Windows 7 Service Pack 3 by now - it would have made no a single jot of difference:"
But it did. Sales for PCs show a steady decline, then a sharp downturn right after win8 came out. Mostly it happens at the point where all the remaining Win7 stock sold out, and everything was slapped with Windows 8. That was when PC sales went down the drain!
Re: Colour me shocked
Eadon's right, dudes. Everyone knew that PC sales were declining for all the known reasons (current ones are good enough to chug along for years, tablets substitute casual use) but Windows 8 managed to make the sales decline steeper. Even IDC knows it.
MS really shot its foot this time.
One of those things that used to be grown in the US, before DuPont got Marijuana banned because hemp-based paper was a danger to their wood-paper patents.
Now it is not only a good fuel, it's a good supercapacitor material as well. How long will we suffer for this boneheaded lobbyism?
Re: The problem with Sony is
They used to be different in the 80's. In fact, they were the ones that fought for time-shifting rights, getting us to tape TV shows as "fair use". It was only after they bought BMG and the studio stuff that the entertainment arm started infesting the rest with pointless DRM crap.
Re: Vita vs Smartphone
I'd rather buy a Vita if the objective is gaming, because:
- I already own a smartphone,
- Phones suck at games for lack of controllers, and
- the Vita actually has real games, vs time-killers in the smartphone area.
One of the biggest misconceptions in the gaming industry is lumping up casual gaming with hardcore gaming. 7 years ago, many "experts" were announcing Nintendo as the undisputed winner of the console wars, as they outsold PS3 & xbox combined. Years later, most of those Wiis are now gathering dust, while the PS3s and 360s are still being played.
Same thing with the "social gaming" stuff, oh no they're the future! They'll take over Steam and the consoles! ... yet now Zynga's bleeding money because people are now bored of their games.
Dump MS, Nokia!
Elop brought only grief to Nokia by dumping Symbian and tying them to the unsellable MS/WinPhone platform. The cursed ship has usually claimed the companies that have backed it, like Sendo and Palm. Why the hell did they take that path?!?!
It is probably still time to dump Elop and change course. Nokia should do it while there's still cash to do so...
This game I came to know under the name of "Brickles 4.0"... and it was on a Mac+. Even though I know all the Atari Breakout story or "How Jobs cheated Woz out of the big prize", I had never seen the actual game 'till today. So it is Brickles daddy!
Steam OS stats
"Looking at OS stats on Steam, Windows 8 64-bit in third place (behind Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit), so I think there are more people using it than you realise."
Windows 7 64-bit 54.18%
Windows 7 13.39%
Windows 8 64-bit 10.86%
Windows XP 32-bit 8.25%
Windows Vista 64-bit 4.45%
Win8 might have a third place, but the two places above Win8 take 67.57% of the cake, vs. 11.65% for Win8. (I'm adding the measly 0.74% for Windows 8 32-bit.)
JDX already bit the bait, now just waiting for mmeier and the "AC" army to appear.
And for the actual, corporate data
Our clients skidded all purchasing orders to a halt when Windows 8 came out. This is in spite of an XP to Windows 7 migration project going on corporate-wide in at least one of our clients. And I'd like to note, the project is still Windows XP to Windows 7 migration. Windows 8 is banned from corporate premises. Only one exception was made for a consultant who was hoodwinked into buying Win8. Said consultant has since switched back to Win7 because Win8 blows.
For the clients I'm talking about, this would be a "sample size" of at least 2500 users. Not one of them wants Windows 8. The real idiots are Sinofsky and whoever thought the Metro/Modern UI was a good idea to force upon Windows users.
On my side, I congratulate Microsoft, as they ended up making me switch to Mac, even though I hate Apple's wall garden policies and Jobs dick moves and control freakery that seem to still haunt the company, even 2 years after his death. At least Apple seems to be better at testing the waters on UI changes.
The difference is, of course, that on OSX you're changing the UI paradigm to the one that MS originally ripped off anyway. Instead of a Start menu, you get Spotlight (search for apps), the Apple menu (for system-wide stuff) and the Dock.
Oh, and if you have to use Office, even with the latest 2011 version you still have MENUS. You know, the ones that MS excised in the Windows version. Yes, 2011 has the Ribbon, but it is less annoying as it doesn't take that much space as in Windows and you can bypass it mostly thanks to the menus.
Thanks to Windows 8, jumping to OS X is now less painful than jumping into the Fabulous Fred toy OS...
XML is bloated.
It does have its uses, but "XML Fever" has made XML find its way into stuff where it was never intended to be used.
Then there are those who now eschew XML ... and then instead come up with JSON. Gah!
All of these schemes are basically re-inventing ASN.1 anyway...
They're calling Icahn's bluff? Whatever Icahn says, be very weary! The SS Ichan's Jolly Rodger is up!
Re: Kiddie interface @jaywin
The difference being that the XP preschool UI was more of a skin makeover. You could keep it enabled and not suffer any changes between "Classic Mode" and "Luna UI".
OTOH, Metro/Modern forces you to use it (no disabling) and it changes how you do everything. So while XP didn't impact productivity, Metro/Modern does.
Actually, I'm betting they're giving "Blue"/Win8.1 as a SP because this allows them to backtrack on the issue without giving away the clusterfuck that Win8 is. When they rushed 7 as a Vista fix, anyone could see that Win7 passed Vista sales real fast, thus confirming what everyone knew: Vista was shit. If they sold Win8.1, the same thing would happen (assuming they'll demote Metro on the Desktop PC versions).
This way, the "fixed" Win8.1 version will silently overtake the kiddie toy UI version and MS can keep it all hush-hush.
Re: Reg: Suggestion - use "The Sun" or "Sol"
So, I see I wasn't the only one that read "Sun" and assumed Sun Microsystems. Sadly gone down the Oracle's belly, though if you watch closely, there's a Sun/Oracle logo to be seen in Iron Man 3...
We already do insect as food
In a large part of Mexico, you can buy a bag of fried "chapulines" (I think you call 'em either crickets or grasshoppers), and they're eaten mostly in the same way as potato chips.
I have to say, they *are* tasty. So it's just a matter of which insects are in the menu ... I would never, ever eat other kinds of bug (i.e. cockroach. Gross!!)
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