190 posts • joined 12 Nov 2007
As usual, real-world quantum behaviour is weirder than anything we could make up...
I love the way Superman beats the crap out of a wife-beater who then faints at the sight of his own blood! Having never read it before now, it's better than I expected.
The most dangerous object in a car is the idiot behind the wheel. I don't recall the last time a car rolled itself out of someone's garage and mowed a bunch of pedestrians down.
@Chris Wareham -- "Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on handheld phone use by drivers"
This this this SO MUCH THIS. The problem is enforceability. There is a massively decreased police presence on the roads, and an actual traffic stop is the only way to catch someone doing this.
Guys, D&D edition wars are so 2010, didn't you hear? Play what you like, leave everyone else to do the same.
@Hellcat - I envy you, I really do.
Re: Fire the studio-heads, let the markets decide what gets green-lit...
@AC - If you don't think the Transformers movies are market-driven, you need to look into how much money they make. That franchise is the most commercially-green-lit, by-the-numbers cash-cow you could possibly imagine. No-one forces people to go watch them, but they do.
The constant upward trend in cinema ticket prices is not sustainable. Like @Sampler I go once or twice a month for movies I think will benefit from the big screen and/or 3D. I enjoy the experience (else I wouldn't go), but the price is rapidly approaching the point where, for me, it's just not worth it. This is especially true given the (what seems like) almost immediate release of the thing on home media or streaming services. Three-star middle-of-the-road efforts like "Monuments Men" or "Cuban Fury", where I might have gone to see them at the cinema ten or fifteen years ago, are just not worth it any more.
Very little of this is the fault of the cinema itself, by the way. Over-priced concessions are just about the only way they make any money at all for movies which drop off the charts after two weeks. Make sure you focus your wrath at the right people.
Re: you mean movie makers still have not realised
@Denarius - If you think crap movies don't make money, I refer you to the Transformers franchise.
Re: Brooks is FOUND innocent
@AC "i.e. they didn't find enough evidence". Yes, commonly known as: being found innocent.
If we could please not turn this thread into an anti-Kickstarter, anti-crowd funding tract, that'd be great. TIA.
You're actually *complaining* that RF signal jammers are illegal? Who the hell are you people?
Re: What about Amazon?
@ForthisNotDead Law of averages says social engineering hack. You don't think Code Spaces would be trying to point the finger at Amazon if they had even the tiniest evidence it was their fault?
This is a process failure, not a "cloud" failure. It seems these guys established their business by basically lying about the security they offered, and now it has collapsed around their ears.
Re: Fuck them all
@AC Maybe that "journalist" (actually just a blogger) should be aware of the conditions under which his free email service was provided, and then not try to use it to harm *the company that provides the service in the first place*.
Re: Put these kids in ......
Ahem. "This is a Unix system. I know this."
Re: "Protests aren’t the answer"
They're protesting themselves into obsolescence. How much extra business do we reckon Uber did yesterday? How much free publicity? They must be laughing their knackers off.
I actually agree with them that vehicles and drivers designed to convey the public for money should be licensed and regulated.
I certainly wouldn't get in some geezer's Passat just because he rocked up to the door and offered me a lift, but that's essentially what users of Uber are doing.
However, knowing a couple of cabbies as I do, I can confidently say that if they don't get with the program, they are going to be utterly crushed by this kind of technology.
Re: Filmed in the UK for the tax breaks,
@wowfood It's usually only "noticeable" because those backgrounds can't possibly be there, so your brain recognises they must be fake. But how many times have you not realised there's a green screen there, when there was?
Re: If history repeats, we can expect Windows Phone to top the charts in about 2030. ®
You know that endlessly repeating the same thing doesn't make it true?
The truth will undoubtedly be way more mundane than these guys think. Scheduling, different teams owning different bits of different OS's, simple oversight, that kind of thing. But why let that get in the way of a jab at MS?
Re: I'm glad...
@TRT I think you're reading way too much into very little actual commentary from the film-makers.
In any case, the prequels weren't failures because they over-used CGI. That's a straw-man. They failed because the story and dialogue were, for the most part, dreadful.
Re: I recently had the misfortune to listen to Fit III - V
@Peter "Of course, you also need the albums for a slightly different version."
This is the definitive version in my opinion. The dialogue is is whizz-bang sharp, every joke top notch, and the music absolutely brilliant. I couldn't give a toss about the rest of my vinyl but I bought a USB record player to make sure I could listen to this whenever the fancy took me!
For those bemoaning the unlikely result of detecting radio waves in a form we can understand, bear in mind that our methodologies will change as technology and computing power increases. We can now look very specifically at planets we know are there and that we know are in the habitable zone; and we can now start to look for characteristics that demonstrate intelligent life is likely to exist on them. We may one day be able to look for signs of artificial satellites, for example.
Re: Time to buck the convention
@AC you are not alone in enjoying JJA's stuff. Not all of it hits the mark but when you're prolific and flavour of the month, you get to try a lot of stuff, not all of it worth anyone's time.
Alias, Lost (early seasons), MI:3, Super-8, and at least the first new Star Trek...all brilliant. Claiming that the man has no talent, as some in this forum have done, is idiocy in the extreme.
Re: Sounds to me like...
Not conflicted so much as short-sighted. As digital consumers we've embraced free content like it's our right, and spew indignation over the forums whenever someone who has put their heart and soul into a web project has the temerity to ask us to consider turning AdBlock off. It pisses me off.
It never ceases to amaze me how much information can be carved onto a bit of plastic.
Re: Will the free market come to the rescue?
It's exactly the lack of alternatives that allow the ISP's to get away with this.
Sony have made some of the best gear I've ever bought, but it seems that the price squeeze put on them by other actors in the electronics market is finally doing them in. I certainly don't want them to disappear.
Re: Any word...
@Rob "Later this year" along with the iPhone version.
Re: Crystal cove
@Oninoshiko - "I wonder if they are going to be a demonstration of the old proverb "Dit que le mieux est l'ennemi du bien," " the best is the enemy of the good.""
That is a worry, but aside from getting the technology right, Occulus want to get this thing out at a reasonable price. I get the impression that's half the battle they're trying to win. I can't see Sony's over-designed head-wear marketing at $350 unless it's heavily subsidized.
Correct. Unfortunately, now he's hired a lawyer, everyone must hate him. I read that in a manual somewhere.
Re: They exist because ....
@dogged. "So please spare us your fanboy apologism."
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"Fanboy" (see you've already nailed that one!)
"Slap in the face"
"Literally worse than murder"
"No concept of balance"
Re: They exist because ....
@ratfox. Over the years the levelling experience has been streamlined, smoothed, and vastly increased in speed compared to vanilla WoW.
Re: They exist because ....
@dogged "I don't buy that either. If it were true there would be no powerlevelling."
WoW could have issued you pound coins via your PC's air vent every time you dinged...and power-levelling services would *still* exist. It has nothing to do with the speed or quality of the experience, and everything to do with people who simply have no time, or patience.
And by the way, please spare us your pseudo-philosophical claptrap.
@Andrew Jones 2 -- you cannot *possibly* be serious?
Re: No, it's a sign that security & encryption is hard
@Destroy All Monsters "2) This has NOTHING to do with security & encryption. If you have this kind of problem in your radiation therapy machine, you have Therac-25 and dead people."
That's one healthy sense of perspective you've got there.
Without the know-how or experience to personally prove that their demands are being met, all they'll do is out-source it to people who *do* have the know-how and experience, and those are the people that will get it wrong.
Trying to push for personal liability (and jail time, of all things) in such areas is nutty. Privacy breaches are most often the results of mistakes, bad policy, or sheer laziness. Such things might be annoying, but they're hardly criminal. If they were we'd all be locked up at some point in our lives.
I didn't have much experience with this machine, EXCEPT for its version of Elite, which was by far the best I had seen (next to the C64 and BBC versions).
Re: The moral is....
The one and only rule you need to follow when considering a Kickstarter pledge is as follows:
Can I afford to throw this money away?
If the answer is no, DO NOT PLEDGE. There is a chance nothing will come of the project.
If the answer is yes, then go right ahead, because there's a good chance you'll make something great happen.
I have tried Eve on three separate occasions and every time, just the tutorial bored me to tears, however...
After seeing this over the weekend, I had to get in there and try it again and I'm pleased to report everything is MUCH better these days. Solid tutorials, a context-driven interface that actually seems to work, and plenty of advice on what to do and where to go. I actually put four hours in, which is three hours and forty minutes more than ever before.
Re: Amiga graphics
@Vociferous As I recall a tiny, windowed version of Doom did appear on the Amiga. I'd moved on to PC by then and only remember seeing it on the cover of one of the mags.
The Bitmap Bros were to me on the Amiga as Blizzard are to me on the PC. Chaos Engine co-op and Speedball 2 1v1 were together the finest moments served up by my A500.
Re: Follow what money?
Well, yes, otherwise it wouldn't be much of a disincentive would it?
Anyway, that 1 in 10 figure is just perverse. Surely those on very low incomes should be exempt.
Honestly I'm less annoyed about Sky's first-to-market clutch on movies than I am about the absurd fragmentation of the European vs. the US streaming catalogues. I guess Dr. Who is the perennial case-in-point: only seasons 1-5 available to stream from any service in the UK (Netflix, Amazon, etc.), but all series available in the States? How is that even possible?
I really don't know where I stand on this. Being a professional artist in any medium is hard as hell, but to hear someone say "the internet will suck the creative content out of the world" is just barmy. The internet does exactly the opposite: it dumps a megaton shit-load of creativity into the world every second of every day.
I am vehemently against file-sharing and fervently believe that artists should be paid for their work, but it seems to me that these artists are clinging to their old royalty models the way the music industry tried to pretend the internet didn't exist for ten years.
Re: That was bizarre.
@Electric Wizard "Why not let the facts speak for themselves? The second page is an odd preemptive strike against criticism."
The second page is a *response* to the general flavour of commentary which follows any climate article on the Reg.
I've been waiting a long time for page 2 of this article. Well said.
The C64 conversion was nothing to shout about, but Probe's C64 conversion of Turbo Out Run was awesome, and notable (IIRC) for the 64's first genuinely sampled audio in the theme tune from SID legends Maniacs of Noise ("H-H-H-H-Hit the Gas!").
Re: Who appointed America as the world's policeman, judge and jury?
And pays for the investigation, trial, and incarceration on all of our behalf.
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