93 posts • joined 22 Oct 2007
Somehow I think scientistivism by press release in a some greenie hype "science" mag is wrong.
Foo on the Register.
Good they took the first step in making it a game that's worth installing and playing.
Next step to make it really worthwhile is to defenestrate the link to that turd Origin and it might actually be a serviceable release.
"not one atom of carbon"
- no concrete
- no bricks
- no steel
are they going to organically grow it then ?
I call hogwash.
The NSA probably called that they had issues with reading Windows users data.
If the future is a Steambox I will cease to be a gamer.
Re: XBox One vs PS4
The argument that better specs mean a better experience has been beaten to death and then some.
It depends on the internal architecture as much as the individual component specs.
You can have the fastest processor, memory and GPU - but if you have a bottleneck bus to connect them all, it's like hitting the gas and brake on your car - it makes a lot of smoke and noise, but you're not going anywhere.
Let's wait and see when both consoles are side by side and then make an honest comparison.
Shame the VentureStar SSTO project has been forgotten in the lineup of "things tried"
I'll bite - moniblet!
Easy - Google Tombstone.
Maxis producer has posted a fairly profuse and teary-eyed apology for the mess.
And what compensation/remedy is being offered ?
A fix to remove online requirement ? No.
A fix to relieve people from the horrid system ? No.
More server capacity and a 'game voucher' on March 18.
Like I want another Origin-infected/only piece of crap preselected for me by EA.
Re: Order cancelled
Well I've just dusted off the deliciously enjoyable Simcity Societies -- sure it's not the real Simcity experience ... but enjoyable and close enough to at least make me (temporarily) forget the pain.
Just tried to play
All I wanted was a quick game to get at least a feel for it.
- First having to click away 2 completely useless Origin screens that popped up
- Having to wait for the game to very. slowly. check. for. updates. and. authenticate. itself.
- All region servers except Oceanic 1: Busy
- Login wait time on Oceanic 1: 20 minutes
- No option to play game otherwise
I want a licensed BOFH toolkit and a site visit to EA.
It's not the studio that makes this decision but the publisher, who wants to have their cake and eat it, as well.
Foolish me, if I'd taken 5 seconds to read the packaging before I plunked down my money I'd have cancelled my reservation .. (yes I fell for it too)
Anthropogenic Global Warming to be blamed in 10 ...9 ... 8 ...
Re: Lets take a good long look here
I don't have a problem with God. It's just his fanclub I can't stand.
For more insight:
I'm already carbon neutral - I think it's a waste of time to deal with it!
Seriously, "carbon neutral" or "green" or whatever is the new Medieval Leniencies/Indulgences you bought from the Church to be able to live your life ...
I call April Fools. Ingeniously worded though!
Can I please have a button to vote for "all of the above" ?
A veritable L.E.D. Storm ....
The notice was not served to Donna Laframboise's blog (nofrakkingconsensus) but to Jeff Id's (noconsensus)
Do they have Windows drivers for this ? ;-)
I really don't care ...
Because the unrelenting focus on graphics has turned games into barely interactive movies - and anything that has kept a semblance of playability is usually either a badly botched clone, franchise game or a boring sequel of another equally boring game.
For bog's sakes, spend some money on proper gamedesign, innovation and playability.
If I want awesome graphics with superlative detail I'll go to a frakking cinema for the latest 3DCGI droolfest -- games I want to PLAY.
For a better view and some insights ...
And go through the comments. There's a fair bunch of nuke engineers adding their couple of cents explaining what's REALLY going on there.
More (technical) information and pretty pictures:
these combine all the disadvantages of a laptop with all the disadvantages of a desktop ?
They really don't learn ...
"On Thursday, the company announced the next version of its browser-based media player will feature a new class of trusted applications that let you run authorized HTML apps in the browser"
And who is in charge of this 'trust' ?
How secure is it ?
Is it turned on by default ?
Will it work properly in/with browsers NOT called "Internet Explorer" ?
I imagine the blackhatters are throwing a party in Microsoft's honor right now.
I suggest ...
... a line of Reg Hack dolls, suitably mounted on a Vulture logo :P
And Jobs need to get a grip on reality (again), he's been using his reality-distortion field a bit too much lately ...
I couldn't help but think of ...
... Marvin the Paranoid Android ...
Mine's the one with the Nokia in the pocket ..
part of this problem has been solved. There is a common standard plug/cable standard for electric cars -- the name escapes me but I seem to remember it as "Europlug" -- of course, standards being standards, don't expect anyone to conform to it but introduce their own "superior" standard.
Aside from that, general use electric cars don't remove emissions, they just relocate them from the street to wherever the nearest coal/gas/oil power plant is; and as you correctly identified, it'll take a lot of investment to build the required electrical infrastructure to support home charging for electric cars, provided there's another massive lapse of common sense (otherwise known as "green legislation" or "environmental targets" or equivalent) that somehow makes them more attractive to the general consumer.
I think ...
... he shared more info than you give him credit for -- chiefly, openly stating the motives behind what should be an important field of science, but which in his eyes (and I find myself agreeing) is just one giant scam, which *we* get presented the bill for in taxes, restrictive rules, and impossible project with a *far* greater impact and cost than doing the research properly, not to mention the -damage- these ill-advised schemes may end up doing because they're based more on wishful thinking than fact.
Black Helicopter, surely the AGW Commandos will come to fetch me for the crime of skepticism this time ... ;-)
I smell ...
Can it be ?
Is it ?
Is it .. really ?
No, it can't be ...
*sniffs once more*
But that scent, it's so unmistakable ... a mixture of doubt, fear and uncertainty, emanating from the headquarters of a largely unchallenged company about to get some competition ...
....YES, IT IS!
I LOVE the smell of FUD in the morning!
IB, please catch - but I'm keeping the pin ...
... you guys almost owe me ANOTHER new keyboard.
Fortunately, I ran out of my coffee before I got to the end.
Now where's my 360-degree coffee-serving robot for a refill ?
I applaud those fellows that they came forward with their concerns. Privacy/security get glossed over in the consumer world too often for convenience (or profit -- hello Mr Schmidt and your Oogly-Googly minions) and it's good someone does a reality/sanity check!!
I approve much of this article, and well done to them fellows (and to El Reg for posting it!)
New keyboard please!
"the RAF was on hand to airlift the ailing equine to safety, in the process demonstrating that while any idiot can hitch a donkey to a parasail, it takes proper class to pull off a flying horse."
This quote made my otherwise dreary, boring day :)
But ... it is one more reminder why one never should quaff beverages or consume food when reading the Register. C|N>K damn near happened.
A set of site usage guidelines that favors people use their common human sense over all sorts of silly legislation.
In this day and age such a display of using one's brains instead of thumping on a book/referring to whatever the "offense du jour" is has to be applauded.
Beer icon, the good folks at El Reg deserves a round.
What do you mean, FALSE alarm ?
"World of Warcraft denizens are complaining that an anti-virus update published by Symantec over the weekend falsely labelled a component of the game as potentially malign."
Only POTENTIALLY ?
And he's got a portable bulk eraser, vehicle modification toolkit and more electrical discharge goodies!
I bet it will be ...
... an epic love story that culminates in a legendary ocean liner coming into contact with an iceberg and the lovers tragically sundered from one another.
In a cinema, near you. If we can find the damn DRM keys.
Not anytime soon.
Yeah right ...
.... or we could start using common fscking sense and teach children to eat at a normal pace instead of wolfing down their fastfood ...
Oh wait, I forgot, Common Sense is outlawed in the US at the behest the ambulance chasers, "public interest" groups and various lobby groups.
What a tardegy!
Touche - you are correct sir -- but having one of them flap this in public is at least a start, not ?
"Shadow children's minister Tim Loghton said: "This simply reinforces our view that we need a collective dose of common sense, not more time-consuming, expensive and overly bureaucratic databases." "
FINALLY. Someone preaching common sense over rules, regulations and privacy-invasive databases - and a politician no less!
2010 is looking better already.
A few points ...
At 350km/h this train isn't THAT much faster than the current generation shinkansen - and certainly won't be when the next generation arrives in a few years - JR East especially has a project running that will increase speeds from 275 to 350 in the next 3-4 years (Actually the target speed was 360-400 but that's still some time off; but they already ran a test train at over 400 on their lines, so 350 gets kinda wimpy - look up the "Fastech360" or E954/E955 for a laugh). JR Central/JR West run a similar program, although their speed aims are more modest - this might have something to do with their infrastructure having been originally built back in 1964 rather than new.
Additionally, the Chinese buy their high-speed trains from the Japanese (the model on show is the Chinese version of the Japanese E2 shinkansen), and as the French showed us, if you take a short enough train, with big enough engines on a souped up piece of straight track, no record is out of reach.
Mind you, it's about bloody time they got their rail infrastructure fixed; steam trains (even for passengers) are not an uncommon sight there ...
So before you go claim that the Chinese trains "kick butt", please do some investigation as to why that is - in this case, by purchasing technology from abroad and throwing huge amounts of money at it.
Mine's the one with the rail company logo on it :)
I foresee ..
... a terrible (temporary) tragedy "befalling" the PFY as the BOFH reasserts his dominance ...
Google has gone off the trolley for serious now.
If hiding means something you're doing something illicit, how come Google isn't publishing open and clear how Adsense works ?
Why are their search protocols and algorithms burn-before-viewing secrets ?
Does Mr. Schmidt live in a glass house allowing anyone and everyone film him at any time ?
No ? Really not ? Seriously not ?
Then I call "Pot Kettle Black" on him.
If Google so believes that hiding is bad, maybe THEY should start being more transparent first.
Google Only Returns Garbage
which I already knew, but it's good to see it confirmed.
Between SEO and Google's own results massaging, even the term "search engine" becomes ironic -- I've stopped trying to use Google to *find* things long ago - but it seems they're now actively trying to make searching even harder.
I think "Don't be evil" is only the public Google slogan. I think that deep within the Mountain View HQ, in the same inaccessible vault that houses the descriptions of all their "impartial" algorithms is the real logo - "Don't *appear* Evil"
All too complicated so far ...
Cover the deck in the same ceramic heat-absorbing material NASA has been using for decades on their craft.
Except of course, the US military complex has a horrible case of "not invented here" and will no doubt reject any solution so simple and elegant for something that takes 20 years to develop, and at the point of service introduction, it'll be outdated, outmoded, just in time to grant its developer a renewal contract.
Mine's the one lined with simple ideas for complex problems - that have been rejected by bureaucratic nonsense and whiney (self-)interest groups.
Who cares anyway ...
I think I'll just laugh hard as the fanbois scream and panic over "missing" levels, classifications (or lack thereof) and other made-up mayhem.
He's baaaaaaaaack .... and he's got a portable bulk eraser!
Aaaahh ..... good to see the BOFH back in fine form, eliminating managerial stupidity one airtight conference room at a time!
Good thing I put my coffee down BEFORE I started reading though ... or I'd really have needed that new keyboard.
I'd buy but ...
... Microsoft's PROHIBITIVE pricing and bletcherous licensing puts it out of my reach.
Clue: when the alternative is free, charging 300EU for a copy isn't the best strategy ...
Mine's the one with the penguin plushie in the pocket.
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