140 posts • joined Monday 12th November 2007 14:04 GMT
Re: John Carter
Yeah, saw it at the flicks with a friend of mine who is a massive Burroughs fan, and even he liked it, which was something I never expected. Rollicking good fun, if you ask me, and deserved a lot more than it got.
@Stevie: all true re: TNG, except for the beautiful HD remasters that SyFy has been showing recently. Absolutely delicious.
And while modern tellies handle video-transfered progs extremely badly, Game of Thrones doesn't half look the business.
I grew up with Baker and so, of course, love him as the Doctor.
But, my favourite Doctor will always be the one that operates in my favourite series, and right now, my favourite series was Matt Smith's first. So by that reckoning, he wins.
They're whistle-blowers, dontchaknow?
Re: Netflix vs Lovefilm
Weellll, we stream LoveFilm in HD all the time without any problems, so that balances that. :)
Re: WP has the best notification screen - the home one.
@LDS Ironically, there's an app for that. "Power Tool"
Alright, I'm gonna say it, I just don't buy the conspiracy theory that day one supplies are deliberately retarded to gain some nebulous "we sold them all!" PR benefit.
1. Throw as many XB1's into the sales channel as you possibly can, because public awareness of your product is never, ever going to be higher than on opening day. Sell them by the truck load, securing the largest early user base as possible and maximizing attachment revenues across the life of the product. Make a ton of money.
2. Don't make enough, or make too many and hold half of them in warehouses somewhere and hope that the information somehow never leaks out. Crow about how you sold out and how awesome you are, in the hope of recreating some solid word of mouth for your next supply drop, and maybe make more money.
it makes *no fucking sense* to do anything but option 1. Please persuade me otherwise, and have some facts to back it up.
Re: How many lives
£10bn over 15 years, so no. Still a ridiculous sum of money, but no.
"B) Such externalities shouldn't be considered in sentencing At all."
Of course they should, it's why judges dish out sentences for serious crimes as opposed to a sentencing guideline spreadsheet.
In this case, the impact of the offence and the gross injustice it caused seem not to have been taken into account. We should be asking why.
Are the judge's remarks available?
@Dumb "Corporate greed just kills off everything worth having in the end doesn't it?"
Corporate greed created GMail and Hotmail in the first place.
Thanks to the Reg community for giving me a much-needed laugh this Monday morning.
It will never change. Complicated document systems always have the potential for error, human or otherwise. Sensitive documents have the most complicated systems of all.
No, *not* convicting him would have been the dangerous precedent.
Re: As a slight aside...
Yeah those Sky ads are particularly strange...just how much do you have to offer Bruce Willis so that he appears in a broadband advert? At least the Bacon ones have a legitimate dose of self-deprecation and humour about them.
Re: mine is ok
I have a 620 and it's absolutely...fine. Battery life for normal day-to-day phone, messaging, etc. is pretty good (maybe 4 days?) but apps and games suck it dry disappointingly fast. This is a pity because the bundled Nokia apps are bloody excellent. I do suffer from the problem that some of the apps I want are iOS and Android only, but I don't lose sleep over it.
My wife has an 8S and it's excellent in all respects. She really loves it.
The WinPhone8 OS itself is IMO great fun to use and has made a lot of really smart choices. Office and SkyDrive integration is slick as hell. Objectively, to me at least, it's the best interface on the market, and if you're part of the MS ecosystem, it is a complete no-brainer. For the broader user, not so much, and therein is the problem until it gets some serious traction.
Re: Raises hand...
I'm not sure that's exactly true. I think people like to think they care about apps, and there's a certain security in knowing that if and when they care about apps, it's (reportedly) iOS and Android that should be their destination.
However hard it was going to be for MS to make a dent in the post-Apple smartphone market, they're not doing themselves any favours with poor promotion and glacially slow updates.
@Trevor_Pott "Oh, and before you set about accusing me of being "anti-Microsoft", you should stop and think for a bit."
Don't lump me in with echo-chamber commentards, please. I tend to stop and think for a bit quite often, as it happens. The Reg itself works hard to see merit where merit is due, and that includes with MS. My comments are aimed at its community, not its authors.
Whenever I'm pro-MS it's in the interest of pointing out what I believe to be entirely unfair and, most often, ridiculously inaccurate statements made by posters on MS-related articles. I want balanced discussion, with people whose brains are engaged, not demented Eadon-wannabes who just waste everybody's time. If that's the nature of our community, as you say, then the people whose brains are engaged are eerily silent most of the time.
"Looks like people - just as with companies and most other things in life - just ain't so black and white as we'd like 'em to be, eh?"
I'm pretty sure you could be more patronising if you stopped and thought about it for a bit. You've sure made a lot of assumptions about me for someone lecturing about the grey area. Sheesh.
@Trevor_Pott "I completely disagree with your thesis that there is an anti-Microsoft bias here on The Register....at least insomuch as it is stronger here than it is amongst the general population."
This is just a mad comment. Based on volume of posts and propensity to down-vote, the reg community is enthusiastically anti-MS and uses every opportunity to say so. Contradict someone's loony ravings on MS software and at best you can expect to have a net effect on your voting record of zero.
I would however agree that stupid comments about free software are usually down-voted appropriately.
I have absolutely no doubt that is already happening.
Y'know, I just find it hard to see how Spotify is at fault here. I'm not even sure they've posted a profit yet. Maybe they're being made the scape-goat for artists' distrust of streamed music services.
Re: Quake, iD, Doom.
Rage is perfectly good. It's matured out of its early instability and stands as a fine, if old-fashioned shooter with plenty going for it. The driving is passably fun.
Yes that's right internet, there's a huge wide continuum between "awesome" and "crock of shit". Most things fall into that space.
Unreal never did it for me in the way, say, Quake 2 did, but it certainly looked gorgeous. Volumetric fog, wide-open spaces, and very high-detail enemies all contributed to that. If I'd had a PC with more muscle, maybe I would've enjoyed it more.
Not sure how we're calling generational splits, but Half-Life was based, at least originally, on the Quake engine and is superior to Unreal (and everything else that came before it) in almost every respect. So, no, not the best single player FPS of its generation.
It's hella not before time that the "Windows" division was dissolved, it had, by all accounts, far too much clout and far too much autonomy. Maybe now we'll see some half-decent communication and collaboration between the Win8, WinRT, and WinPhone people.
Re: Thats appalling
Banged up for almost four years and hit with a £170k costs charge. To me, that seems proportionate.
"LOLZ! Windows 8 has no apps! Apple has a bajillion apps! M$ shit!"
"100,000 apps? Yeah, but most of them are fart apps or paid for by Microsoft amiright amiright? LOLZ!"
Tech debate on the internet.
@Martin 47 The NSA quips are getting really tedious. We get it.
Re: It may take a while, but...
Let's say you cease your subscription after the first year. In your head, what happens to your data?
If, in your head, your data is now imprisoned by a cackling Microsoft, just go and stick your head down the toilet and flush the chain.
You're suggesting that it was MS that caused Nokia's downfall? Good luck arguing that.
A feeble effort. See Eadon after class for hints and tips.
Thanks for that. I have the warm feelings.
Re: With 20Mp sensor - NOW will you try Windows Phone 8?
In a world drowning under iOS and its Android clones, it just boggles my mind that MS can be accused of not innovating with WP7/8.
Re: NOW will you try Windows Phone 8?
With the amount of utter bollocks you post about it Eadon, we all knew that already.
Re: Stalkiness factor
It will be invisible when the novelty wears off and Google starts building it into more traditional-looking specs.
I'm interested in what, exactly, these things represent that is such a terror, in terms of what isn't already being done.
Location tracking? Got a smart-phone, you can already be tracked.
Spending habits? Google gets a much better picture of that from what you do online now.
Invasion of other citizens' privacy? I can already whip out my smart-phone or HD digital camcorder and record you all I want, legally. I suppose there is a certain inherent stealth in the technology, but seriously, if I wanted to record you walking into M&S without you knowing, I could do that right now.
Re: Appeals process a sham, sherlock
@Nick 6 "As any fule kno, the parking operators' appeals process is a tactic to get to to engage, admit who you are, that you drove the car, you parked there, and that they have valid contact details for you."
In order to do what, exactly? Spam you? Genuinely interested.
I think a lot of the the current generation of IT nerds is simply going to have to accept the fact that a generation is growing up for whom no toss will be given about what some faceless corp does with their data, and on some level I can agree with that view.
But somewhere in between thinking that it matters whether Google knows about the lolcatz sites you visit, and your every move being physically tracked by your insurance provider, is a middle ground which we should all actually be worried about.
I'm a textbook case with my own consumption over the years moving from my tower -> laptop -> netbook -> Nexus tab. The phone is good but only when I don't have access to the tablet.
But, I still need my tower for any serious work (design, programming, business docs, etc.), and of course any serious gaming, along with the Xbox. So really, you could say that the PC space is shedding those consumers who never actually needed a PC in the first place.
Doesn't change the numbers, though.
Inspirational, and really artfully shot.
Totally agreed. I have a 620 and it's the dogs knackers. It's a beautifully designed OS.
Re: I find these whole debate a Joke !
Re: Age restricted sales = ID card preparation
@ST7 "this is conditioning a whole generation to carry ID and think it is ok to be challenged at any time."
Please don't try and turn this into something it's not. I got regularly ID'd going to clubs and buying booze in the '80's.
Re: More proof
My bran is not dead. I was just with it.
Re: Ah the incompetence of the police.
Just to counterpoint, because no-one on the internet seems interested in posting stories about the police doing a good job.
When my bike was stolen from the front porch, a plod came around immediately to record the details. Then a member of some local crime unit phoned, I don't remember the details exactly but it was a softly-softly "victim of crime" follow-up. A week later I was called again and told they'd found it.
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