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Wonder how this'll work over here. Most bankcards (debit, that is) don't even bother putting our name on the card. Whenever I swipe one of those, I end up being called "EL CLIENTE". Oooh!!
not just small towns
Get into a specialist niche market, you'll find that even in a big sprawling megacity, the IT industry is extremely well connected. That dude who was a code monkey at your previous employer? He might be the one offering you a good job 3 years from now!
The only ones that would benefit from SIMless handsets are the operators. Try using your Sprint phone on Verizon? Mexico's Iusacell? Can't? That's because unlike the SIM-toting handsets, the phone itself has all the identity stuff and thus can be thoroughly gimped by the operator.
I ditched Iusacell because they went down the CDMA SIMless route. SIMless phones are for me a relic of the 20th century.
Yanks beat y'all on that
The US beat schools on that, given that DST begins at the beginning of March instead of "right after Spring", so maybe that's why schools are teaching the stuff like that. DST before the equinox does sound daft, doesn't it?
So this is what they threw out Mubarak for? I thought they were fighting for freedom, not for more stupid restrictions!
Re: almost puzzled
I had the idea that it was more like the Poles cracked it (by brute force, but they did crack it), then built the bombes, then realized they were going to get 0wned when the Germans beefed up the Enigma scramblers and sent all their research to the Brits right before they got themselves 0wned.
Then GCHQ built up on this (enter: Knox), but the really damn good speed up was thanks to one Alan Turing who designed the bombes that didn't depend on the repeating day-key.
Oh yes, I've read a lot on this.
Meh. The account @LiamStacey9 seems to have been axed already. So it isn't visible except by the youtube link.
So x86 will plague the mobile market as well? Grim future you have there, prophet! I expect ARM to take over the x86 market, not the other way round!
Drop the channels!
That's what Cable TV has done here in Mexico when TV Azteca upped the price. Don't know if it will work though. But given the content of channels 7 and 13 ... TV quality actually goes UP without those channels.
Re: Please include...
I already submitted Pootie Tang, which I hope doesn't cause brain damage on our reviewers.
An HP Jornada
The one time I had one "assigned" by my employer, was because we got a handful of Jornadas from one of those boxes.
But hey, that one had useful stuff like:
- a SCSI PCI card
- internal SCSI cable
- DDS4 DAT drive
- a Palm Tungsten
some other stuff, but those are the ones that we actually used.
Shiny stuff isn't IT
So it should come out of the Sales or HR budget. "Looking good" isn't IT-related.
He'll probably call it BARSOON.
Now, if only someone could use this heat to get the world governments to cut back copyright down to 50 years.
The Doom Generation
Someone made my brain recall this. I was fooled into believing this was either a Natural Born Killers type of movie, some corny reference to the Doom videogame or something like that. It isn't. The whole thing turns boring 20? 25? Minutes in and nevr really recovers.
In fact, the ending *improves* the movie because at least something happens!
Oh the irony
The Tom Cruise one was much closer to the book than the original... But then Spielberg had to stick that damn annoying girl...
Re: Blind me! Blind me NOW!
And this is one of those movies my brain had deleted from memory. Yes, most of what I remember from that one was the eye pecking scene. GROSS.
This one's improved if you swap it out for the OTHER Jack Frost... The one with a killer snowman!
American Cyborg: Steel Warrior
Manos: The Hands of Fate
I think the other bad movies were so bad, my brain erased them from existance.
Lying carriers and lazy ITU.
ITU relaxed what 4G actually was. Some carriers went on and used this as an excuse to start relabeling 3.5 or 3.75G tech as "4G". At my country, only one carrier has engaged in these lies (IUSACELL), but they've always lied on this, calling CDMA2000 1x "3G".
Re: Why nobody checked the details of the suit before commenting
"The request to sue during Bankruptcy proceeding has been made to avoid the sales of said patent which belongs to Apple in the first place and could make a complicate situation worse."
They either own it or not. If this is truly the case, it would be the same as me going to my childhood friend and take back the R/C truck I gave him on his 7th birthday because I don't like him anymore.
Dear Metavisor, you seem to ignore this:
"rule 1) You must not let anyone else sell something for less than we sell it."
That's even more of a competitor-killing practice than the supposed price-setting Amazon was supposed to be doing (if you believe the iFans). Apple and their fanboi army made a point of deflecting all attention to the 30% comission being lower, while conveniently hiding the fact that:
- Apple was forcing publishers to give them the best price,
- Apple was forcing other platforms (like Kindle) to pay 30% of purchases made from iDevices,
- Apple was forcing other platforms to *offer in-app iDevice purchases* which were subjected to the 30% shave-off.
One of these policies got axed, but I don't remember which one. Any of these things remaining is pretty much anti-competitive anyway.
"3) Would you tell someone who'd spend $2k on a cartier watch they could have bought 200+ casios with that? Actually you probably would."
Yes, I consider those people snobs. However, putting down $10k on a supercomputing project actually serves a purpose; the ubercomputer will actually do stuff faster, while the $2k cartier will have *less* functions than a casio.
Re: "Crushed by reality"??
At $600, people actually expect to buy something that can at least do the same stuff they do on their PC. The iPad can't. Only wealthy people are buying 'em, the rest of us remain unimpressed and keep on using PCs for real work.
Even though people hate using Windows PCs, it's the stuff where they actually do *real work*. Can you do your job on an iPad instead of a PC?
I switched to this format ever since I started putting dates on filenames. Much easier to sort 'em, and databases will also parse it w/o problems, avoiding the DMY/MDY trouble.
Re: Raspberry Jammed
I played the demo for its sequel, Road Warrior. Both of those games pre-date Carmageddon, and heh it was awesome!
Re: thats all wrong
So it wasn't just me that noticed the "lyrics" were wrong!
Now the problem is that I'm still at the office, finishing some documentation but really thinking a giant boulder is coming after me while I hear the Indiana Jones theme!
Re: Cell is a dog that is finally getting put down
Errr... Toshiba used 'em for one of their Smart TVs.
Re: Doesn't make much sense now.
What do the PS3 and 360 have in common?
They aren't using crap archs like x86. Why ruin their superior hardware with it? The Cell is a good thing to have in a gaming rig; by now devs should be already familiar with it, and at the very least they are used to PPC arch by now. Switching to x86 would be more painful than it seems. So yeah, it's possible they're adding AMD Fusion for their graphical stuff, but I doubt it'll take over the main processor.
This has got to be a joke.
Retard is as offensive in the US as it is in the UK. See the whole Tropic Thunder shitfest for their 'full retarded' joke. In fact, it was probably a US dude who complained.
They're the ones pushing the 'don't called handicapped people handicapped!' thing, calling blacks 'african-americans', sticking 'happy holidays' instead of 'merry xmas', and other exaggerated sensitivities.
I actually like El Reg's snarkiness, even if I don't quite agree with AO's particular views but damn if 'freetard' will be bannes just because of oversensitive people!
Re: Go for it!
I distinctly remember 'AppleTard' being used at some point. Or was that just Webster Phreaky?
Oh, that word...
Gillipollas is a non-word in Mexico. In fact, Mexicans who haven't had any contact with Spaniards probably think it's a kind of chicken (pollo) or something.
I had to throw away the Spanish version of Wizard and Glass after I found out that they translated 'motherfucker' and 'asshole' as 'gillipollas', which ruined the insults and made them sound lame.
Mind you, the same will be said in South America about 'pendejo', which means 'brat' over there, but something much more akin to 'asshole' in Mexico. (In fact, it means 'ass hair').
Re: It's amazing
Oh, I am screaming at MS. They're enforcing "secure boot", *and* appstore-only apps ... basically, they're out-Apple-ing Apple in this. There will be no reason for us techies to buy a WOA device because we can't rip out Win8 and put Linux in it.
Looks like I'm back to the Beagleboard...
Re: @Charles 9
"I believe the reality is 'it's either PC or Mac'."
And even that distinction is blurry, ever since Apple went Intel, the only true difference between those is the OS it loads up with, and the fruity unibody outside. It sounded corny to see the 'Get a Mac' ads coming out right after they switched to x86, basically turning that ad into 'I'm a PC, and I'm a PC."
"Which is apparently what happened with DNF; resulting in 1997 style game play with a modern engine, resulting in a game as tedious DOOM 3."
Nope, I actually found it dull because it *wasn't* 1997-style gameplay. It was more Halo-style gameplay, with linear levels, a lame 2 gun carrying limit (Halo's inheritance) surrounded by a nice-looking but nigh explorable world.
I actually found Doom 3 fun, though that one was similar to Half-Life...
Re: How long can it take
Oh so very true. I remember all the talk about StarCraft 2 being canned because of WoW being more profitable. Yet we remained loyal, waiting for Blizzard to churn it out. Before DNF, Diablo 2 had a long dev cycle, so long that some people were betting on which would come out: Linux Kernel 2.4.x or Diablo 2.
It's annoying, but it's good when it finally comes out. Unlike DNF.
The irony of them using the PlayStation brand to strengthen their mobile stuff, but at the same time, screwing the brand with the PSN renaming. My stepson says it sounds stupid and that he prefers PSN to "SEN".
The NFC thingy has a secuure smartcard module where stuff is actually secure; rooting the phone won't get you into it. The problem with Wallet is that its PIN is stored outside this, in the "rootable" part of the phone.
Re: Re: I seem to recall that ..
Heh, the virus-infesting game in my times was Prince of Persia ... maybe I was too young to play Larry and thus didn't know about this? ;)
I could think of a lot of 'em:
- Porting BES to Linux, decouple it from the M$ stuff.
- Support other platforms besides LN/Domino and Exchange. Good is pwning 'em hard because of that!
- Fix the damn BB OS and put out decent specs on the damn things! The #1 cause of BB user rage is the clock o' death caused by shared mem going to 0. I'd expect RIM to just slap on 2G shared mem and call it a day but nooooo...
With cable, I used to get screwed over because anyone could clog up the local segment. I would get dialup speeds just because my neighbor would be downloading stuff. Also, over here cable co's have always used NAT, so you get 10.0.0.0/8 IPs and a crapload of problems with some sites. Finally, any P2P traffic is either banned or throttled, large downloads are usually throttled as well. Gamers have complained about latency, so that's also b0rked on Cable.
With ADSL, I might not get the big speed offerings Cable users get, but at least if they tell me I'll get 6Mbps, I'll probably get at least 5.5 Mbps!
Too picky? Yes, we know that the USA is actually an implementation of a funny model called "polity". However, the House/Senate combo is something they share with fully democratic regimes, and operates on the same rules. If SOPA/PIPA were a constitutional amendment, the different rules would apply, but in this case it is only a regular bill. Therefore, the process can be compared with regular democracies.
"Blasco added that the use of dynamic tokens that offer two-factor authentication would thwart this particular line of attack."
The US MILITARY needs to be told this?!?!?! I thought they already used these things!!!
I'm guessing that all of this is moot, as home users will probably get shafted. What do I mean? Well, MS is bound to put this feature as a "Business/Ultimate only" or whatever, so everyone buying PCs will have to pay double to MS (the OEM license, then the upgrade) to get Storage Spaces. Already the case with their software RAID, Remote Desktop, Hyper-V integration stuff... Bad bad MS.
My company is actually planning on going Apple thanks to that. They rather pay less on MS licensing. :/
"The only thing you seem to want is for Apple to be restricted instead of other companies."
Nope, what the tech industry wants is for the bully to be punished for patent misuse. If Apple wants to use its legal rights to quash competition with its patents, the competition can easily cease to license their own patents in the same manner Apple has been blocking them.
Other companies will be as restricted as Apple. Unless one of them actually innovate instead of doing litigation...
Not a gamer, I suppose?
True gamers actually want mobile gaming devices. The 3DS didn't sell so hot because SURPRISE SURPRISE most gamers already had a DS-something and 3D is mostly seen as a fad.
Smartphone games are something an actual gamer will grow tired of pretty quickly before falling back to more traditional games. The ones that are truly hooked up on smartphone gaming are more of the casual gamers: old farts in the 40+ age group (who probably never put their hands on anything post-Atari, or didn't do games at all) and the small tots crowd, for which the games are pretty good as well.
Too much hype on smartphone games. It is mostly the Wii effect: most Wii owners weren't gamers either.
I consider it a security risk as well, because WhatsApp requires you to exchange mobile numbers. I don't like to dole away my mobile number to the world+dog; MSN and BBM PINs sure, I can block annoying people if I need to and they would still be ignorant of my actual phone number.
Oh, and by the way WhatsApp is buggy on non-US numbers. It suffers from artificial stupidity, it tacks on a leading 1 on our phones! so instead of, say
WhatsApp stores the ID as
Not quite the same, though.
RIM actually blocks a stolen BlackBerry's PIN so it can't be used by thieves. Using your new Blackberry and restoring your last backup file from your nicked BB will result in all your contactlist receiving and updating their contactlist to have your new PIN.... and this is done automagically. Same thing when you switch Blackberries.
The fact that the iPhone isn't doing this shows that security isn't really Apple's concern. EPIC FAIL on Apple's part!
FAIL, @Barry Shitpeas
I take offense at that. I got screwed by this *because* I used my PS3 for both gaming and Linux. PS3 Linux wasn't really there for Desktop use though; the real meat on it is the CellBE processor, which coincidentally *isn't* sold outside of the PS3 since some months before Sony b0rked OtherOS.
After a year and a half of getting stuck with old games, I finally bought another PS3, a phat BC-enabled one. That one is now my gaming rig.
Oh and I'll buy an XBOX 360 when pigs fly. There's no effin' way I'll ever buy the shitbox; I don't like getting pimped for online play. But then, that's MS we're talking about.
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