37 posts • joined Monday 26th November 2007 13:16 GMT
More than a quarter (even) watch TV on a mobile device!! The only way that can possibly be true is if the surveyors have mistranslated 'portable' for 'mobile' and then included the smartphone/tablet users who would gladly eat up their battery lifespan watching mostly drivel.
Whatever happened to the kittens?
A couple of years ago the folk at b3ta used kittens in CAPTCHAs; the bot or human had to distinguish the kitten from the other life form/object. Has anyone adopted their approach? Seems a lot cheaper than animations!
Only the tastiest and wholesome nuts go into our cereals!! Try with strawberries and cream for something different ...
People who fall for this stunt have never experienced BSOD so the context is lost when displayed in a browser window.
They'll still fall for it though ...
in view ...
Voila! In view a humble Vaudevillian veteran cast vicariously as both victim and villian by Lenny the Lion.
Lost or impersonate?
If a kid wanted to do naughty things then hey presto! Dennis the Menace or Minnie the Minx could swap swipe cards with Walter the Softy! Gnasher could distract Walter with ice-cream or something whilst Dennis does the exchange. Pie-Face or Curly could be involved too.
Imagine the uproar when Teacher gives Walter the cane!!
Take the ferry
Of the 59 phrases that make up my sat-nav's vocabulary, I've wondered when I might be advised to take the ferry, (large unavoidable metal thing at a river or sea crossing). Maybe it would be better to include a watch-out-for-the-impending-cliff-edge! phrase instead.
Mine was left flat and still scratched discs from day one. I got a load of tosh from an MS-employee, telling me to keep the unit horizontal, on a vibration-free surface etc. I reminded her that I've never seen this happen with any other optical disc readers/writers I've purchased over the years. I highlighted her to the well-documented problem to which she made no comment. If MS knew nothing about the problem, wouldn't she be surprised and a bit more sympathetic?
There's an identical DVD-drive available for PCs: these units have a protective resin around the laser housing, the XBox ones don't. When the disc spins up, it knocks against the housing and the give is all in the plastic of the disc. This happens when the XBox is reading data from the disc; typically when lots of data is required for the application running (graphically-intensive routines).
Eventually, the disc wears out at the spot and is rendered unreadable.
DVD / PlayTV
Lets hope that the 'period of inactivity' doesn't switch of the Sixxaxis whilst watching a DVD, Blu Ray disc or Play TV. I found it annoying on the 360 when my controller 'remote' would power down after 10-15 mins.
Pause live TV but first connect to your console via Bluetooth.
The BBFC's rating is instantly recognisable as it resembles the film rating. The Pegi system is just a load of numbers to most people and lets face it, Britain hates numbers; especially reading some EU document pertaining to what the numbers mean. Those parents will let their kids play the 18 rated, adult themed games as well as watch the video nasties.
There are some truly terrible kids-games out there - they might as well play with some quality s/w like Call of Duty 4 or GTAIV.
Oops I've lost my last stylus. I think I'll buy one that I can't actually slot into my DS. Hang on a min, that's the reason I lost all mine in the first place. I won't loose this Star Wars one because I'll be having lightsabre battles with all my Jedi friends.
Yet again ...
... I've not been asked to participate in a survey.
Then again I don't work for IGA Worldwide or know someone thereof.
If you're listening Sony, it's a big no from him and a big no from me.
Headshot to those 1300 'gamers'! Remember this, you'll stand out like a sore-finger camping next to a large, neon billboard!
They already bend the ruling
I complained about the amount of advertising on Lost when it was on C4.
The regulations go on about hour slots. This means that if a programme doesn't start on the hour and runs into another hour slot, (quite feasible for even a 40 min show), then the programme can utilise both hours advertising allowance. No rules are made for the channel's own adverts - this is at the discretion of the channel itself to broadcast as few or as many - the case here with C4.
There's a fine line between what people can put up with and what the broadcasters can get away with although judging by the popular shows, for the majority of the viewing public, this isn't much. Carte Blanche for advertising then!!
A company, (read Director/Shareholder), stands to make a fortune in albeit temporary sales in their particular brand of metal detector. I bet the CCTV manufacturer, sunning himself on his desert island, from a massive sale a couple of years back is expecting a new neighbour.
Children are impressionable and will lap up this 'security' meaning less people to complain about all this intrusion.
Here are the discs
Not only a waste of time and money for the police but also the HMRC. They'll have to verify each CD received. There will be many pretenders to the 20 grand and one CD looks pretty much like another.
From day one, (March), I had this unreadable error on GoW. To my distain, when I removed the disk to give it a wipe, there was the first scratch. As said, any graphically intensive XBox 360 game, where the data is streamed from the disk will cause scratches, (with one particular DVD-ROM drive). Oblivion was rendered unplayable and Forza II too.
That was the final straw. Back to Microshaft the box went via courier. Six weeks later, even after multiple calls, no sign of my box. Over the phone as expected, Microsoft wouldn't acknowledge the fault with the DVD-ROM, even telling me to keep the pantyliner-shaped box on a level and stable surface. Stand the machine horizontal etc and not put jam on printed side a la Tomorrow's World.
Main point of the matter is that they would only refund me four weeks on XBox live. In total my box was AWOL for eight weeks. In fact my box is still AWOL, I got sent a new one, which I promptly sold. Never looked back, (until writing this now). My PS3 might not have all that many games yet but I've the confidence in the product to be working for time to come.