866 posts • joined 28 Jan 2008
What's the point of all that fidelity if you're going to use headphones? Sure, you can get some very good headphones but they'll never be good enough for you to be able to make any meaningful distinction between this and CD. Then there's background noise to contend with. The best headphones are over the ear but with open backs. They're useless with any sort of background noise, which means you can't use them when you're out and about.
If this product is actually intended to be hooked up to a decent sound system why doesn't it have several terabytes of hard drive space?
Re: Wrong law.
IMO it's far better for the state to admit that they don't currently have a law covering 'upskirting' and act to close the loophole. The alternative is to mangle an existing law which can lead to mission creep and all sorts of unintended consequences.
Re: klingonforming France
Kronosforming? Or maybe Qo'noSforming?
Re: Just add Garlic ,Herbs & Wine
You're only a step away from having packs(?) of mongoose roaming the French countryside...
Re: Not Necessarily Bad
As has been pointed out elsewhere, even if BBC3 goes online only:
- The BBC will still be paying to produce BBC3 content.
- The BBC will essentially be paying for an empty channel since BBC3 simply takes over from CBBC in the evening.
Where are the savings supposed to come from?
Re: The target audience for BBC3 is teenagers
And when those kids who have never bothered with the BBC grow up, why would they suddenly decide to start watching and pay the license fee?
You won't be around forever. The BBC need to get new viewers somehow.
Re: How much does..
Do any of those programmes apart from Dr Who actually have a foreign audience?
Add to that list News 24. It's the same 5 minutes of news repeated all day at a cost of £50+ million per year. There are already regular news updates on the main BBC channels.
What were you expecting? WoW, for example, is 10 years old and clocks in at nearly 14GB.
Re: It's been a long time coming
I'll admit that my understanding of bitcoins is shaky at best but from what I understand, if a user loses access to their wallet then they've essentially lost the bitcoins since there's no longer any way to prove ownership. Is it not possible that MtGox has 'lost' the bitcoins simply by losing an array of hard-drives due to hardware failure? If this is indeed "amateur hour" it seems a bit much to expect any sort of robust backup mechanism.
I don't think the problem is in the filming as such. With a camera or phone it's reasonably easy to tell when somebody is filming or preparing to take a photograph. Google Glass looks the same regardless of whether the user is wearing them as traditional glasses or is actually attempting photography. I imagine that it's the constant ambiguity that causes the aggravation. People act differently when they're being recorded. Just because someone is happy to behave a certain way in public doesn't mean they're happy to have it recorded for all time.
When can we place our orders?
Your implication that the results of that specific research are spurious because a mobile phone company was involved in funding it just seems like an association fallacy to me. If you can't find fault with their methodology or a similar study which attained conflicting results then I see no reason to be cynical (at least no more so than I would be about the results of any other scientific research).
There were also at the time a lot of reputable studies showing that smoking wasn't good for you. There aren't many that show mobile phones cause any sort of harm and none that I'm aware of that show lasting significant harm. You can't just deny results because the mobile phone industry may have provided part of the funding, you have to back up your claims.
"If a company provided no benefit to anyone, it would go out of business rapidly."
Governments are supposed to do what is in the best interest of the people they represent.* Microsoft may provide 'benefit' to certain people but that doen't necessarily mean they are providing as much benefit as other options could. There's also an important question in this scenario: are the people receiving the 'benefit' from Microsoft the people that the governement represents or simply the people running the government?
*Reality may differ.
The humour of the joke derives from the fact that at first glance it looks like it could be homophobic but in reality is not. It's a classic bait and switch joke. 'We called him a nancyboy... because he is a boy and from Nancy.'
Initially we are repulsed by what we have been conditioned to accept is a derogatory remark for a gay man, only to then realise that any inferences about sexuality are a result of our own prejudices and are not actually inherent in what is being said.
Re: Linux is a fractured mess
The likely outcome when you try to tell Debian Stable users that they're beta testers. ------>
Cheers for the laugh though.
Re: Amazing what a bit of competition can do
I don't mind Gnome 3 but IMO it takes too much customization to get back to what I describe as a 'classic' style desktop (application menu, taskbar, notification area, etc). KDE is nice but requires more system resources than I really want my desktop environment using. I've never used MATE. Cinnamon was OK but I felt some of its features weren't stable or fleshed out enough for my main desktop. The less said about Unity the better.
I'm an XFCE user. It provides a classic desktop whilst using a low amount of system resources and offers just enough eyecandy that I don't feel like I'm running Windows 95. Despite what the troll up top says though, it's not perfect. It still uses a software compositor by default. For a low end system from several years go with poor graphics hardware this is a godsend because all compositing is done on the CPU. For anything built in the last 5 years, even low end systems, it's a pain in the arse. Even computers with integrated graphics these days have enough oomph to handle window transparency and vsync. All a software compositor means for these systems is tearing in videos which in 2014 is ridiculous. Luckily you can replace the default compositor with an OpenGL one which will make use of your graphics hardware. I like XFCE, I think it has the potential to be the best Linux desktops out there. As I said though, right now it's not perfect.
I actually know of Meizu. Their phones are a decent enough spec and low enough cost that they sometimes get featured on Android related sites, usually with a comment along the lines of "wouldn't the world be grand if someone imported this into Europe".
It seems a little unfair to lump them in with the "pop-up" Chinese manufacturers who produce iPhone lookalikes containing ancient ARM SoCs and (bizarrely,) analogue TV tuners.
"You are being deliberately obtuse. Annoyingly irritating or slow to understand.
The end user will give a damn when they try to install a game without the Internet being involved. Or those remote DRM servers."
You're the one that's being slow. You need to be online to buy things from GoG, you need to be online to buy things from Steam. After that no further internet connection is required for either.
If you like."
Congrats, you've found an opinion piece with no hard data and a Google search which brings up a bunch of articles stating that removing DRM did not reduce piracy rates.
"If Valve were to go bust, then Valve would no longer be in control of their own business. The creditors would."
If Valve wind down, they'll issue the patch. If Valve or their creditors sell Steam then the service will still be operational.
"Don't be deliberately obtuse. GoG specifically does not use DRM. Steam is all about Steamworks. Steam would not exist without it."
I'm not being obtuse. When there's no effective difference in functionality for the end user between DRM and a non-DRM game, why should the user give a damn?
"The question is, when time after time you see surveys and reports showing how DRM makes absolutely no difference, and if anything increases the amount of piracy of a given game title"
"I just don't care. They can die, I am not concerned. Valve and EA could go into liquidation Tomorrow. It doesn't affect me, because I haven't locked myself into their shitty DRM."
Well it does affect you since you've deliberately barred yourself from playing a large swathe of games. It has been repeatedly stated that if Valve were to go bust then Steam would be issued with a patch that no longer required it to log in to Valve's servers.
"So... downloading an archive from a CDN somewhere is the same as activating it via Steamshite? No. No it is not the same. Did you not even read what I said about GoG?"
Yes it is.
You activate game on GoG by paying for it with a credit card and then download it. You activate game on Steam by paying for it with a credit card and then download it. You can back up your games to disc with both services and you can reinstall your games offline from those backups with both services (though it needs to be on the same account with Steam).
"A quote from the back of the box on nearly every fucking game in the shop these days. I'm not confusing anything. Valve are rapidly becoming the Microsoft of PC games."
This is such a stupid argument. You're getting mad at an online distribution company for requiring you to go online to verify your purchase. Instead you should be getting mad at games developers for requiring you to use an online distribution service to verify the purchase of a physical disc. As I said earlier though, you're not going to get far with that since it's a lot more cost effective for developers to only use one kind of DRM (especially one maintained by a third party and offered to them as free to use).
"How about "no DRM"? Even less expensive."
How about, this is the real world and if you're going to get mad about games developers trying to protect their shit, then you're going to be perpetually mad. When it comes down to it you're complaining about one of the most permissive forms of DRM available. This isn't some EA style crap that requires you to maintain a constant internet connection to play and which refuses to store your game saves locally, it's connect once on initial install and you're done. It's also far better then the bad old days when every company had their own protection system that'd install as a constantly running, resource hungry, background process. You could literally end up with a dozen of these things going at the same time. Or when companies put so much protection on their discs you couldn't even backup your purchases.
"So, the AAA videogames industry really can die. I'll dance a little jig on its grave."
They're bigger than the film and music industries combined. I wouldn't hold your breath.
You're the one confusing the issue. You don't need to be online to play anything on Steam (apart from the online multiplayer parts obviously). You need to be online to activate a game but that happens as you download it so the two are equivalent.
Installing some games from disc does require going online to activate with Steam and you do have a valid complaint there. That's hardly Valve's fault though. There's no reason the developers couldn't provide a non-Steam install option on the disc as well. The only reason they don't is because you're in a minority and they don't want the expense of developing a version of the game with different DRM just for you. Valve isn't stopping them, they just don't want to spend the money.
It's worth mentioning that a lot of games on Steam don't actually have any DRM enabled. Steam just acts as a downloader and launcher. You could copy the game files out of the Steam folder if you were so inclined, even put them on a different computer and the game would still run. I also have quite a few games bought on Steam that can be alternatively downloaded direct from the developer's website. I can burn them to disc and install them any time, internet connection or no.
The only time Steam requires you to be online is when you download the game, then you can play in Offline Mode indefinitely. I'm not sure what more you're expecting from a digital download service.
Re: Want more?
Surely the repetitive song from the multi-cultural Disneyland ride It's a Small World would be more effective?
The English portion:
Though it actually loops in about a dozen different languages, sometimes played simultaneously. This video gives a better impression of its true horror:
It's odd the things that stick with you.
Teenage me seems to have typed that key so many times I now know it off by heart.
Re: @Fibbles - WTF is "tiles"?
That folder displays most visited pages by view count which is not the same thing as a most visited website. For example, an internet forum might be one of my most visited websites but the one page that shows up in the 'most visited' bookmarks folder is the 'post successful' page. That's not particularly helpful.
Then there's the actual ease of use:
Bookmarks > Most visited > Website
New Tab > Website
I'm not expecting you to have some sort of epiphany about the tiles on the new tab page. Everyone has a preferred workflow and there's nothing wrong with that. A little less condescension would be nice though.
Re: @Fibbles - WTF is "tiles"?
"Perhaps you should re-organise your bookmarks a bit more coherently, then?"
They're organised coherently into categories so that I can always find something no matter how obscure. However, this means that some of my most visited sites are buried 3 levels deep in the bookmarks menu. It's easier to have them as tiles on the new tab page so that they're one click away. Much the same as my programs menu is well organised but my most used applications get a shortcut on the desktop.
Re: WTF is "tiles"?
I use those tiles every day, they're quicker than delving into my labyrinthine bookmarks menu for my most visited sites.
I'm not overly keen on ads built into the browser. However, since they'll only appear briefly to first time users I'm not going to complain. I use FireFox every day and Mozilla have never asked me for a penny.
Presumably you can create your own at home using a piece of paper and a graphite pencil?
Re: Obligatory adblock comment.
"I don't think even Adblock can save you from having an ad play before you see the video you want."
First time I saw a video ad play on Youtube was about a year after they'd introduced introduced them whilst trying to watch something on a friend's computer. Spent a good twenty minutes trying to figure out if she'd installed some dodgy search toolbar or other crapware that was causing it since "Youtube doesn't have adverts".
Obligatory adblock comment.
There are ads on Youtube?
Re: now that's how you 'take a fall'
We all laugh at the Darwin awards. An IT guy tops himself though and suddenly it's serious business!
Re: Is it a real problem for Wikipedia?
Really? I had imagined that most people use Wikipedia as I do; good enough for a brief overview but not to be trusted on the finer details.
Re: SteamOS means Win7 is my last Windows ever
I don't want to dampen your enthusiasm, but a few points:
- Only the games in your library that have a Linux port will work on SteamOS.
- Whilst the underlying Debian system of SteamOS can be accessed you'd probably be better off installing a *buntu and the traditional Steam client if you want to use the computer as a general purpose PC as well as a gaming rig.
- The nVidia proprietary driver is by far the best graphics driver available for Linux. It offers performance parity with that of their Windows driver. It is AMD who really need to pull their finger out. I'm guessing the 'weak history' you refer to is in regard to the open source drivers which nVidia only offers limited contributions to. You'd be right, AMD is a lot better at this which is why the open source AMD driver is probably as good as if not better than the proprietary. Sadly however, both are a fair way off their Windows counterpart in terms of performance.
Re: Don't see this taking off in a big way
You're approaching the concept from the wrong angle I think.
IMO the Steam Boxen are not really intended to be viewed as traditional consoles because, as you say, they lack the benefits of a standardised hardware specification. They should instead be viewed as a more convenient way to get into PC gaming, something that can be hooked up to the TV in the lounge rather than nestled away in the office. I have a fair few friends who have over the years expressed an interest in PC gaming but have generally been put off by the the need to source all their own parts to build a decent rig. A few have unfortunately made the mistake of wandering to PC World and asking for a 'gaming PC' only to end up with something that struggles to run games on even the lowest settings.
I also have to pull you up for perpetuating the 'constant upgrade' myth. A mid range gaming PC (something built for around £400-500) should be fine for playing the latest games on decent settings for at least 3 years, probably longer.
I have a mid-range Geforce GTX 560 in my gaming rig. It's about 2 and a half years old and still handles everything I throw it.
Re: HL3 is all fine and dandy
They called it "Episode 1" because it was the first of the episodic releases.
I blame the marketing department of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation.
Bunch of mindless jerks...
Re: Glasses free 3D
"One assumes that glasses-free 3D television would require the the viewer to sit in a specific spot. If the mechanism is tunable, it could potentially track the users head using a Kinect-like device."
Done using a Nintendo Wii in 2007.
"Anthropogenic climate change happens to be approximately 10 degrees hotter."
I realise your post was tongue in cheek but where'd you get that figure from? Even the IPCC only predicts a 2C rise.
I'm not going to pretend that the misses and I don't argue, it's just part of being in a relationship and as someone else said it can be (occasionally) productive. However, if you're sick of being nagged to pick up your shit and wash your dishes there's and easy solution: pick up your shit and wash your dishes.
It was a pound of silver, surely?
Pound sterling and all that...
Providing your mobile network gives you decent data coverage I find I get more peace of mind from using 3G/4G than I do from public WiFi hotspots (the devil you know and all that). The free WiFi you just connected to could be doing man in the middle attacks oe anything.
Re: red dots
No, those are incoming Mark VI photon torpedoes. Apparently someone out there doesn't appreciate being spied on.
"If 80% of people have made the active decision to switch OFF the filter, it is extremely unlikely that Cameron (or whoever) would want to upset that many voters by trying to force people to accept it.
If it was 50:50, then there would be more chance of legislation ("to force the few remaining"). And the worse the ratio, the greater the chance."
The thing about modern politicians is that they usually don't base their decisions on numbers but on who shouts the loudest. It's difficult to get people to speak out about network level filtering if they think they're going to get themselves branded as a pervert. This unfortunately means that, regardless of the actual numbers supporting filtering, the 'something must be done' brigade are going to seem very loud indeed.
With our main political parties being very homogeneous they'll likely all respond in the same way to this noise; legislation mandating compulsory network level filtering for everyone. At that point it won't matter who you vote for, the outcome will be the same.
AFAIK you aren't opted in by default. You're presented with a choice where the default selected option is to opt in to filtering. That's not technically the same thing since you're actively given a choice. I'll admit I don't know if that's still against EU rules though.
To be honest, if someone has pwned your system enough to be able to reprogram your webcam's firmware then the fact that they can see you gurning at the monitor is probably the least of your worries.
Re: Such memories.....
I swear I remember playing Afterburner in one of those r360 cabinets sometime in the mid 90s. They looked like giant wheels and would rotate a fair bit from what I remember.
A real pilot would have g-force pinning them to their seat. I just remember it being very difficult to aim at anything when you banked the plane and suddenly the cabinet shifted and you were pinned up against its interior wall... Still, it consumed quite a lot of my money.
I've no doubt it'll run Crysis at a fair clip but workstation cards aren't really tuned for gaming. You could probably get similar performance for half the price by buying consumer graphic cards.
- Fee fie Firefox: Mozilla's lawyers probe Dell over browser install charge
- 20 Freescale staff on vanished Malaysia Airlines flight MH370
- Did Apple's iOS literally make you SICK? Try swallowing version 7.1
- Neil Young touts MP3 player that's no Piece of Crap
- Review Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked