Re: Cell is a dog that is finally getting put down
Errr... Toshiba used 'em for one of their Smart TVs.
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Errr... Toshiba used 'em for one of their Smart TVs.
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.
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!
I distinctly remember 'AppleTard' being used at some point. Or was that just Webster Phreaky?
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').
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...
"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...
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.
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...
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
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!
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.
However, if YouTube were to pull something like that... BOOM. I'd like Google to shut down YouTube and put up a banner saying "closed until SOPA is voted down. If SOPA passes, this closure will be PERMANENT. Call your representative NOW!"
The sheeple might live without Wikipedia, but you'll have to pry their lolcat videos out of their cold, dead hands!
Why does nobody mention comms? Quantum-entangled stuff should theoretically enable us to do a real-life ansible. Now if we only could get to do FTL travel as well....
Quicktime USED TO BE awesome when it came out; and even then, only in Macs. There was multimedia stuff that actually exploited the wider QuickTime stuff in the early 90's. But then something happened, QT on Windows sucked (same thing with iTunes), and QT suddenly became the same as realplayer, only with the fugly OSX theming stuck in it. No fullscreen mode, low resolution, etc. But realplayer at least could do fullscreen, and didn't look odd with forced OSX theming.
Sometime during the early 2000's QT became bloatware. :(
This basically would create a CA's CA. Another SPOF, and one that would be like OCSP: good if you have it, useless if you don't.
It would be much more easier for CAs to use real secure stuff like FIPS level 3 compliant HSMs requiring Operator Cards/Tokens to actually *sign* the stupid certs. Sure it's slower, but at least it means that some shady hacker won't get his rogue cert signed w/o physical access to the CA's site. Make some CA standard requiring this and blacklist non-conforming CA entities!
The other option is simply to use the Convergence alternative.
FOSS, even the "commie" GPLy bits create jobs. The consulting sector can now grab FOSS and offer support or tailor-made versions of these products to their clients and get paid for it instead of acting as glorified salesmen for closed & crappy products.
The GPLy FOSS merely forces you to release the source code with the software.
The "intercepted" stuff works only for BIS. BES works with a fully-encrypted link down to the BES server, which makes it impossible for RIM to snoop on. Yes, we BIS users are vulnerable, but BES users aren't.
I really, really HATE sites that don't let you set up your own custom security question. "My pets name" is stupid (see Paris Hilton's SideKick hack); street, teacher... Easy for anyone who knows you; and "mothers maiden name" ain't worth using for Latin Americans and Spaniards as we use *both* surnames; my mother's "maiden" surname is right there in my ID.
While I might not do these stoopid games, I wouldn't risk my security questions by doing so. I'm smarter than that!
Facebook has been doing this with their daft "top nees" feature, it's just natural for this timeline munging to permeate down news sites doinf FB.
41 is related to homosexuality in Mexico. Wonder if any Mexicans are in that route? ;)
if my "infringed" patents were on bullshit and/or common claims like "rounded corners" I would probably know that my patents are BS to begin with.
It's a SHOOT the Shaggy Dog Story.
Or maybe a Burn the Shaggy Dog Story?
I was actually expecting the plods to use the ADS "pain ray" at the OWS raid they did on Monday. They didn't... but probably because it's still expensive!
No spice nearby, though...
Make a Google doodle saying "SOPA Act - Applying Chinese Censorship in America, Act NOW!" or something like that would wake up public conciousness on a large segment of the population and would bring public opinion against this crap bill.
As it stands, only the tech bubbles know about it. It has to be known by the American public before the MAFIAA breaks the intertubez!
Most kids even in primary school have cellphones these days. Granted, they might not have smartphones, but bog-standard cellphones? Sure they have one.
Ture for *any* dubbed movie. The Spanish dubbed version of "Grown-Ups" ruined the "maize" joke, because the Spanish word for "corn" is "maiz". So all the jokes related to using "maize" instead of "corn" turned into using "maiz" instead of "maiz".
This is the main reason why I really, REALLY hate dubbed movies.
... and the first ship to land there will be trashed by a weird giant ice-worm...
Can ActiveSync remotely wipe a stolen handset?
Can ActiveSync apply security policies/restrictions on handsets?
... I thought so.
BB isn't just about "ooh mail sync!" but a matter of sane IT administration of mobile devices.
At home, I actually am pondering on upgrading my PC.
But that's because I'm planning on setting one single PC with 4 VM's, and having everyone else use said VMs instead of building four separate PCs.
I'm going to do that as soon as spice comes out for ARM. The rest of our "PCs" are going to be thin ARM clients...
In fact, the "end" is more or less the Mayan equivalent of Y2K as their units span much more than 12 baktuns. The difference is that Y2k was caused by us humans writing last-2 digits encompassing 100 year intervals, while the Mayan Long Count was commonly written in a 5000 year period. The "common day" calendar used a 54 year cycle, which resets much quicker than the LongCount. Yet nobody was shouting "end o the world"!!!!
Er, my 2007 SonyEriccson W300i handset did report it was in unencrypted mode when I tried to call under such mode. Which handsets axed that reporting?
We can manage to use PAYG sims on our phones w/o problem. Giving away the GSM SIM smartcard is just plain stupid.
People seem to dismiss that those added game sales are on a demographic that wasn't interested in mobile gaming, and that "mobile gaming" for them used to mean Snake or BrickBreaker.
In other words, its the Wii all over again.
It's how I check my gmail these days. Why Google? If they kill Google Maps I expect an uproar to follow. Ok, I hope it will...
Same company that hasn't given out any dividends for more than a decade. How's that a good investment? It's only good if you sell the stock before the imminent nosedive...
I've just lost the courage to go through laser surgery; that would be the "farewell to glasses" one. Yaaarrrrgh!
iSCSI Targets can be implemented, for free, with Linux and a bog-standard x86 server. Hell, it can even be done with the plug computers, NAS appliances with custom firmware and most ARM hardware running Linux. It is also supported out of the box by most OSes, even the creaky ole winXP. Why would we want AoE at all?
The fun thing with DNF is that most sites went on saying that it was a 90's FPS that felt dated, blah blah. I found the true problem with DNF to be that it was basically Halo with Duke-themed stuff. The things that hamper DNF are the same ones hampering Halo:
- Linear level design, can't really explore everything: Check
- Carry only two weapons: Check
- Regen health that gets you killed quickly while waiting for refill: Check
I'd add the long loading times, and the surprisingly LESS interaction with the environment compared even to older games like Doom3. Hopefully they'll fix this on a sequel.
Interesting tidbit: my 15 year-old stepson (who was porn after Duke3d came out!) actually liked DNF, sans the loading times. Maybe it isn't that much dated?
While it is pretty bad that we'll lose the 5 PS3 activations, the ability to remotely deactivate PS3s compensates for that. I'm on my third PS3 (first one had defective BD drive, second never got past 3.15 because of the OtherOS issue) so I'd be screwed if they didn't add the deactivation feature!