Re: Video Machine
Thanks to all who responded on this - XMBC/Kodi, here I come!
210 posts • joined 29 Oct 2007
Thanks to all who responded on this - XMBC/Kodi, here I come!
Hmmm - this is interesting. The article mentions the box being used to play videos via VLC...I wonder if it's got enough grunt and connectivity to manage XBMC, with ripped DVDs on a NAS box....
 Or whatever the hell they've decided to call it this week.
Agreed - this is also contrary to the usual Reg stance when overzealous laws are proposed on the security front. There they'll quite rightly refuse to accept arguments like "this law could be used in bad ways, but it's OK - if we bring it in you can trust us to only use it when we should".
Here they're saying "this is a bad law, that can only be used in bad ways, but no need to fuss or repeal it because they haven't used it yet".
It's more a "might start looking ropey" rather than a "will stop working after" thing; tritium has an half life of a bit over 12 years, so after that long the glowring will only be (at best) half as bright as it was originally. Dropping to a quarter as bright as it started after another 12 years, etc...
(That's assuming the phosphor doesn't degrade, or any other factors creep in to nobble it...)
"Given that computers are an embodiment of mathematics then giving up learning the higher tongue is likely to create at the very least miscommunication as well as limiting your competence to technician grade rather than professional."
Misquoting is creeping in again; Trevor didn't express a dislike of mathematics - he expressed a dislike of calculus, a specific branch of mathematics which is primarily related to continuous changes. And continuous changes are things computers, networks, etc.. aren't actually much of an embodiment of, what with them being digital and all.
Calculus can be useful to know if your work involves developing various types of simulations, but Trevor said he disliked being a developer before he even mentioned calculus, so it's not as though he's shutting any doors he'd particularly want to be open there.
If you're going to present something in quotes in a response to an article it's generally best be quoting something that was actually said. And what Trevor actually said was he "hated calculus", not (as a badge of honour or otherwise) that he was no good at it.
Which is fair enough - everyone likes different things, and it'd pretty damn masochistic to steer yourself into a job involving something you actively hate. Or that you're not good at, but it's not remotely clear that that's the case here, other than in your easily offended imagination.
But are there enough people frequently short of one component to keep a bricks-and-mortar retailer going? Much less an entire retail chain.
Well, I'd thought it might be, but TBH it didn't really seem to be funny enough to be that.
<Chandler Bing>Could that *be* any more non-committal?</Chandler Bing>
OK, and thanks for posting the one above, which - clearly - I wasn't expecting.
Will see what can be done in future. I'm seriously not trying to sneak things past the radar here, but at the same time when you're commenting that you think a writer's going full guns with personal jibes himself it's hard to say so in a way that isn't itself personally critical.
Not expecting or wanting dull, bland objectivity, but once the articles pass a certain amount of repeated biased knocking of the same targets mental filters start kicking in, and they become counter-productive as far as getting the writer's actual argument across is concerned.
@The Mods, re. my non-appearing post regarding this being far better than Orlowski's typical hobby horse articles.
I get it - given this, and other similar experiences, anything remotely critical of the great Andrew O doesn't get shown. Will try to avoid wasting all of our times by posting more of the same in future.
Must be a bugger having to reconcile Orlowski's eagerness to lay into all sorts of targets at the drop of a hat and with his refusal to take anything at all in return.
From the piccy on the Android site, and reviews elsewhere, it looks very like it's a single removable 1,700mAh battery. Shame.
If that's the best they can do for battery life then what's also needed is wireless charging plus a family of chargers that are built into everyday items you tend to have your watch hand next to. Mouse mats, steering wheels, that sort of thing.
Of course, Apple's probably patented that idea already...
"Arbitrary"? The folding patterns look to be very pre-defined (and in this specific case, actually a singular pattern) to me.
That struck me as a poor bit of reviewing; re. IR it simply says "But really it is something that must have just seemed to be good idea at the time. It isn't."
So why isn't it a good idea? Doesn't work at all? Limited range of devices covered? Lousy UI? Reviewer just feels daft pointing a phone at the TV?
Without a few more specifics we're really not being given enough to go on.
codejunky: "They make win8 unusable by GUI design. Then they made win8 incapable of update after a restore.
I can accept that MS couldnt have foreseen this"
But the thing is that they didn't need to foresee it; from the instant early versions were made accessible to the wider world there were howls about the Metro/Modern system, coy menus and vanished Start Menu.
All of which MS chose to ignore, as they were convinced they knew better and everyone would grow to love (or at least accept) the changes if they were forced down their throats. Sadly mistaken, as it turned out.
Seriously? You've never seen anyone on El Reg or elsewhere explain (often at great, frustrated length) why they don't like Win8?
Do a quick search and I'm sure you'll find lots of posts covering exactly what you're looking for...and I have a feeling that now you've pushed the button there'll be a few along in this thread too. :)
Icon because, well, one suspects...
...given the choice between continuing to use Windows 7 and upgrading to 8 (or 8.1) for free, I'd rather stay where I am.
Offer to pay me to upgrade, *then* I might just consider it.
All those lonely sheep in the Outback?
The real danger with R4 is that the alarm goes off when they're in the middle of a "here's the latest on the euro-finance bill"-type piece. That sort of thing would have you struggling to maintain consciousness at the best of times; first thing when you're barely awake to start with it's a guaranteed lapse into coma.
Stross has had well over a dozen novels published commercially - recent works making #1 in the US and UK Amazon sales rankings in their category - and won several Locus and Hugo awards.
Wish I was as bad a workman as that.
Then you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you did it *right*.
Which will console you enormously as you retype all that data (or retype your CV ahead of the impending job hunt).
Well, it obviously shares a title and basic plot with a seventies series so I don't think anyone's trying to sneak some sort of reboot past us on the quiet.
As far as it being a reboot of Heroes goes...not really. In Heroes the characters generally had one signature power (c.f. X-Men, and a lot of other superheroic things), in Tomorrow People - or the classic one, at least - it's very much a standard power set all of them get.
Both programs have the "people with special powers existing in secret" angle, but as a basic plot idea that one stretches back to ancient mythology and the "scion of Gods raised as a mortal" thing.
So...hardly original, but no more a knock-off of Heroes than Heroes was a knock-off of the original TP.
Yeah, these weird tech kid-types and their crazy speak, eh?
Without the "[sic]" I would have taken that as a typo for sure.
The might pay their debts, but Lannisters also aren't entirely against taking what they desire by intrigue or force of arms if circumstances demand.
I'm guessing that if they had BitTorrent available they wouldn't be too shy about using that either.
Of course, that could just mean that the Chinese state-backed cyber-spies are particularly inept and leave obvious trails back home.
The states that are really behind 96% of cyber-spying have spies that don't get spotted at all.
@Kubla - Yeah, I did consider that...but as there didn't seem to be much to choose between "really not knowing who Neil Gaiman is" and "knowing who Neil Gaiman is but also thinking he's obscure" I when for the first option.
Still, if the OP wants to flaunt feigned ignorance rather and actual ignorance that's their call.
If only there was some sort of "engine for searching" out there. Better still, one freely accessible to all, maybe on the internet or somewhere like that.
A ridiculous idea, I know, but one can always dream...
"The ruse is an extenuation of earlier scams..."
I do not think that word means what you think it means.
It must give you a nice warm feeling to have the delusion that people could only disagree with you because they're retarded, ignorant, or both.
A pretty feeble effort: 2/10
Would not respond again.
"I have a medical condition called nystagmus, basically me eyes don't ever stay still. So would this leave me unable to watch video, and with the screen auto-scrolling around like a flea on speed?"
I suspect the quick answer to that question's "Yes".
I suspect the longer answer's "Yes, unless you turn that feature off".
Shurely Timmay meant "bringing a business to its knee's". :)
Alternatively, long live backups.
Technically, don't you need more than zero craft to have a fleet?
There is no spoon.
I guess you could set up an induction loop arrangement where wireless power was broadcast to a set of these PaperTab thingies from under the desk, and use something along the lines of Bluetooth to handle their content updates. Then you'd only need a fairly tiny set of chippery on the PaperTab themselves, which might give you something like the system manufacturers are selling it as.
Of course, unless you had a mobile charger pad you could put a PaperTab on to walk around the room with (turning it into a Kindle, more or less) you'd only be able to work with the tabs at the desk.
Erm, I may be completely missing a joke here, but isn't the most significant issue in getting an IT job with Lehman Brothers the fact that it went bust in 2008? And in doing so started the ball rolling on the economic slump we've had ever since?
I'll grant you that that does leave a lot of opportunities for clearing up the mess, if you can find someone to pay you for the job.
Not that hard; the final series was set on 20th-century Earth.
I'll get my browncoat.
It's a very nice picture, with oceans and continents and fluffy clouds and everything. Which in the circumstances makes me suspect there really should be an "artist's impression" in that caption somewhere.
FFS, that's near enough what they had before they even started; the original, working, TiVo app that just needed a bit of tweaking to get the Virgin Media colour scheme on it.
What the hell have they been doing all this time?
>>what's being flogged off on the cheap
>Things that people have demonstably not wanted to buy already.
...at their original price.
Not if they'd been locating the office with Apple Maps.
@Adam McC: You know, I was so sure the update was to Jelly Beans, but just checked the About info and you're quite right; still on 4.0.4. C'est la vie. :(
@Owen: If you haven't got it already, download Kies from here to do the update. When you plug your phone in it should automatically detect and offer to install ICS as soon as it's available (which it wasn't 5 minutes ago when I tried). Also, it looks like your phone needs to have any lock screen unlocked as you plug it in for Kies to detect it properly.
@The 3 people that downvoted me: Thhhhhhhhppppt! :p
UK-based, operator "3", and Sammy's own Kies thingy cheerfully updated my Galaxy III to Jelly Beans on the 15th of this month.
[...sits down and gets the popcorn ready]
This'll be good!