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Re: 5GB for £26/month
The One Plan is great.
£18 on a one month rolling contract. Unlimited data, tethering allowed.
Re: You can keep your 4G....
Hate to break it to you but on the One Plan from Three I get:
- Unlimited data (I used 35GB last month)
- 2000 any network minutes
- 5000 Three-to-Three minutes
- 5000 texts
- Tethering included
All for 18 quid on a monthly rolling contract (though you can have it for 15 quid per month if you sign up for a year).
Re: @Don Jefe @John Smith 19 @Don Jefe
Sorry Jefe, didn't realise you were joking. I feel kinda bad now...
The trouble with the Internet is that because there are so many frothing-at-the-mouth crazies spouting all kinds of ludicrousness, it has become very difficult for these jaded eyes to spot the difference between exaggerated tongue-in-cheek humour and genuinely 'serious' comments.
Marketing will simply apply a glitzy name if for some reason it's ever marketed to the public (see the pharmaceutical industry).
It sounds like something that is only ever really going to be the concern of scientists and engineers of one form or another. Engineers don't care what something is called; if it works, it works.
Somebody add turkey hunting and an aversion to proper stuffing to the list.
Have we nominated an official chronicler?
Re: More intelligent psychopaths?
The title of the article is entirely misleading. The study does not suggest that 'VIOLENT video games make KIDS SMARTER – more violent the BETTER' (my emphasis).
What it says is that games involving teamwork and spatial awareness improved the teamwork and spatial awareness of those playing them. A very 'no shit Sherlock' result.
Whoever wrote the title for the article has managed to bizarrely twist this into 'violence is good' because games that require lots of teamwork and spatial awareness (such as first person shooters,) often portray some degree of violence.
I certainly don't subscribe to the Jack Thompson world-view of 'computer games will turn all our kids in murderous psychopaths' but I also don't believe that twisting the facts as this article's title does helps the pro-gaming cause at all.
Re: Stop. Watch.
In other news...
Spartacus claims Spartacus isn't Spartacus. Spartacus disagrees.
Re: Sorry not interested
So, not all that different from Firefly then?
Perhaps the mining rigs depreciate in value faster than the hard currency for which they are being sold?
Or it could simply be that not a lot of places accept bitcoins as payment. Earning a million easily spendable dollars might be perceived to be better than earning the equivalent of two million dollars in not so easily spendable bitcoins. See liquidity.
Re: Inori is close, but not quite...
Singapore is a sovereign state, it's about 700 miles away from Burma.
Also, why are we spouting random geographical facts?
Anyone else struggling to keep images of The Crimson Permanent Assurance out of their heads whilst reading about Google's new boat?
Re: Talks eh ...?
I'm not sure Mark Hamil is that desperate for work. You might not have seen his face in anything lately but if you've watched anything animated in the last 20 years or so you'll probably have heard his voice.
Re: make it look more grainy and "real"
Well, now I am...
Re: @Dodgy Geezer - @Vladimire Plouzhnikov - Sigh...
Why go for expensive efficiency when you can have less expensive and almost limitless energy?
In time the market drives efficiency in technology in order to increase profits, whether this is increased efficiency in manufacturing or simply as a marketing gimmick to sell more fridge freezers. However, you're advocating efficiency as a solution to climate change / the looming energy crisis. This means you need leaps in efficiency to happen in a relatively short amount of time which means lots of investment up front which in turn drives up prices for everyone in order to maintain profit levels.
Re: Not Princess Hacker.
I'm at a loss as to how allowing someone to have a ridiculous job title proves Apple's equality credentials. I don't doubt that Apple is all for equality, I just don't understand the link here.
"Anonymous, despite their less-than-stellar reputation, are rather caring people. They just tend to like the lulz a bit too much."
Or they're a disparate group of people who do things independently of one another. I've no doubt that amongst these supportive Anons there are others who are trolling the comments sections of various outlets reporting on this story.
Though I will admit Anonymous when viewed in general does seem to have mellowed a bit in recent years. 2004-08 Anonymous would probably be hounding that poor and her family right now hoping for some sort of emotional outburst or even suicide. They used to do a lot of sick shit 'for teh lulz'.
So many fanboys arguing whether their OS is 'free' as in beer.
Meanwhile on Linux...
Re: ultra conservatives did not elect Obama
"But the USA is fairly close to being a functional democracy."
Re: No! No!! You've got it backwards!!
"I guess the French will insist on being served liberte' cheese on their Big Macs from now on...."
Ce n'est pas un Big Mac, c'est un Maxi Mac!
Or so I was stroppily told by the woman behind the counter in a Parisian McDonalds several years back (despite the menu behind her quite clearly saying the opposite).
Re: "the most abundant life form in the universe"
"Ah ha! It is on you to disprove them.
Pronouncements like this are safe to make because they can't be falsified. It isn't exactly scientific to say such a thing, the wording is horrendous, but that statement was obviously aimed at the public to assuage fears."
If you're putting forward an idea, the burden of proof is on you, not everyone else. It's only after you have have presented some evidence supporting your idea that the onus switches to everyone else to try and disprove it.
I'm nominating "Isn't exactly scientific" for understatement of the year.
Made that mistake before.
Imagine my confusion and disappointment after settling down in front of the TV to watch S01E01 of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
Re: 2hrs 45minutes and still not done !
"Windows update + WIndows installer are lot more powerful than those"
I'd rather not be the bleating Linux fanboy but how on earth can you sing the praises of an update mechanism that will download multiple different versions of the same file (because they're encased in binary blobs,) so that it can install them over the top of each other in sequential order?
Re: Xubuntu and XFCE
Xubuntu is great though XFCE's lack of OpenGL compositor gets on my nerves since their software implementation can cause tearing in videos. Thankfully that can be fixed by turning off XFWMs compositor and using Compton instead.
The whole system updated in under an hour. Unfortunately my sound indicator appeared to be broken after rebooting. Sound still worked but the taskbar applet did nothing and there was no 'sound preferences' option in the System Manager. This is the first time I've ever had such a hiccup when updating a *buntu installation so I was somewhat surprised. On the plus side, the Linux community is great for stuff like this. Two seconds on Google brought up this article with the correct fix:
I'm still annoyed that something as trivial as the wrong directory path for something as visible as the sound indicator applet made it into the final release though. How on earth did nobody notice?
Wait... you mean the media has been lying to me about this?
Now I just don't know what to believe...
Re: "Sic" yourself
Trying to make sense of one dialect using the rules of another isn't going to get you very far. Geordies sometimes say 'us' instead of 'me'. You could spend all day complaining that it doesn't make any sense according to the rules of the Queen's English but it shouldn't come as a surprise since the dialect doesn't use that rule-set.
Re: "Sic" yourself
It's also valid in northern England. Of course, as is the consensus view in much of the south, we're all subhuman ape men who shouldn't be taken seriously. To be honest it's amazing we manage to dress ourselves in the morning let alone construct a sentence.
Salmond already makes himself look like enough of a fool. Childish name calling, such as that in the article, does nothing but detract from what would otherwise be valid criticism.
"well she would have had no problem showing her cleavage on an Israeli news network. Israel is also very supportive of gays, abortions and all the other stuff them 'liberals' care about.
however i trust that you won't let the facts confuse you."
"When the relevant section of the penal code was originally written, it contained a "social clause" permitting women to seek abortions for social reasons, such as economic distress. The clause was withdrawn in 1980 under the initiative of the Orthodox parties (see Shas, United Torah Judaism and National Religious Party)."
"About 40,000 abortions take place in Israel every year, about half of them legal."
Re: No discernible utility?
"Or help it break better if you put it in your pocket with the concave side out..."
So don't put it concave side out? In the summer I often carry my phone in my front trouser pocket since there's usually nowhere else for it to go. This curved shape should be a lot more comfortable than the flat slab of most phones. The curve should also help avoid scratches because if you accidentally put the phone screen-side down on a flat surface only the edges will actually be making contact. It's a feature I've missed since HTC stopped making phones with 'chins'.
Re: Y'all GNU kids remember...
I think it's important we all recognise that the Linux kernel wouldn't be anywhere near as useful without the GNU stack and that they both probably deserve equal limelight when it comes to naming conventions.
I think it's also important that, regardless of my previous point, we continue to refer to the whole thing as Linux because trolling Stallman is fun.
It's also the name of an X compositor, so Apple might have hard time establishing that trademark.
Not that somebody else using the same name has ever stopped them before...
I was about to post the same thing.
A lot of four-legged animals run on their toes and have a long 'foot' which never touches the ground. If you look at the back legs of a cat or a dog you could be mistaken for thinking they have inverted knees when in fact what you're actually looking at are their ankles. This robot appears to have 2 sets of back legs, presumably for simplicity, which makes it appear odd. Most of the strangeness however comes from there being no toe/hoof or extended foot beyond that; the machine appears just to run on what I can only describe as 'wrist stumps'. As a result our brains mistake what is actually the machine's tibia for its metatarsus whilst it is stationary. When it starts moving this foot/metatarsus appears to be facing the wrong way.
(Tried my best, I've had a drink or several.)
Re: HL3? What's the point?
Oh $deity... a role-playing snob in the flesh.
I guess you never played the original Fallout games then? You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who wouldn't describe them as RPGs. They may not use paper, dice or have dungeon master but that's what they are. All Fallout 3 did was add a first person perspective.
Re: Calling it now:
I very much doubt Valve will shun Windows PC gamers with a Steambox (and by extension, Linux) exclusive. They'd only end up angering their core market.
What I think we might end up with is a situation where the Steambox is, for a few months at least, the only console that has HL3.
Re: HL3? What's the point?
Fallout 3 is an RPG with first person viewpoint. It's not an FPS. Under your definition you could call Skyrim an FPS with bows instead of guns.
I don't expect HL3 to be as linear as it's predecessors but it's worth pointing out that such linearity was the norm for their contemporaries. It doesn't seem fair to compare HL2 to a game that was released half a decade later.
Re: Money for old rope.
I'm considering signing up myself.
Admittedly I'm a designer and as such have no formal qualifications in securing computer systems. I'm assuming though that they're using the usual government and media definition of 'hacker'. I believe I'm just as capable as the next man of guessing someone's Facebook password.
Re: Half Life? What is this?
"FPS? Whazzat? Fine Piece o'sh***?
(sorry, I tend to play adventure games for the most part, like the ZORK and Myst series... but please enlighten me: what does FPS mean? Honestly!)"
First-Person Shooter. Though to add to your confusion FPS can also stand for frames per second which is an acronym used fairly often in the FPS community.
Re: Half Life? What is this?
Half-Life and Half-Life 2 are FPS games that are often regarded as having redefined the genre. There are many reviews out there that could tell you about them in-depth so I'll not bother here. I will say however that if you played them when they were released they probably still hold a place in you heart as 'one of the best games of all time'. If you play them now they're still good games but it'll be hard to see the innovation since world + dog have copied them (not that that's a bad thing).
I wouldn't recommend them for your kids unless they're in their teens. There's some violence, as with any shooter, but the games rely more on their tense and often frightening atmosphere more than they do gunning down hordes of mooks. There's also the added bonus that the main protagonist is an experimental physicist rather than some dimwitted, muscle-bound, misogynistic mercenary.
The Valve complete pack contains everything Half-Life related as well as some other great games (Portal1&2 and L4D1&2). The portal games are are based around physics puzzles set to the background of the player being a human guinea pig in a test chamber run by an AI that has completely lost the plot. The L4D series are zombie survival horror games. They offer some great co-op gameplay but I'd vet them first before giving them to your kids. They're certainly not intended for a younger audience.
It's worth bearing in mind that Steam often has sales offering large discounts. You've just missed the giant summer sale where they slash prices on everything but they do still pick random games or series of games each week and reduce their prices. You might be able to pick up the individual games in the complete pack for a much lower cost. There are also third-party sites like GoG, GreenManGaming and GameFly Digital which sell keys to activate games on Steam but have their own sales at different times to Steam itself.
9 / 3 = 3
HALF-LIFE 3 CONFIRMED!
Re: Who is ready to pay
You all seem to be missing the point a bit. This isn't really about Valve trying to shift everybody to Linux. It's about Valve encouraging games developers to shift from DirectX to OpenGL. OpenGL can run on all of the major operating systems. The OS specific code is a small fraction of a game's total codebase. If developers use an open graphics API then releasing for multiple platforms requires a lot less effort which in turn makes exploiting smaller markets more attractive.
If you're a staunch Windows gamer you might be wondering why you should give a damn but consider this: The version of DirectX you are running dictates the graphical quality of your games. DirectX versions are tied to specific versions of Windows. You could have the newest, most cutting-edge graphics card on the market with DirectX 11 support but if you're using Windows XP your games will only ever be rendered using the features of DirectX 9. However, if your game is written using OpenGL then the graphic features available to the game are dictated by what your card can support, not what Microsoft says your version of Windows can use. OpenGL 4 is comparable in features to DirextX 11 if not more advanced and will run on any version of Windows.
If you think about it like that it makes a great deal of sense for game developers to use OpenGL even on Windows. If they start doing that then ports to Mac and Linux become much more cost effective which is good news for Valve (and incidentally everyone else,) because it wants to expand its Steam store on these platforms.
Re: OpenGL is now reportedly faster than DirectX
"I read that they optimised OpenGL late last year and ended up with it being faster than DirectX."
This was the claim they made when they first ported L4D2. The odd thing is that their Linux ports of current Source games use a baked in D3D to OpenGL layer* and they still turned out faster than D3D on Windows. IMO it speaks wonders about the underlying OS.
*Valve are planning for their next games engine, Source 2, to be written natively in OpenGL but a translation layer seems like a good compromise for older games. Everything else in the binary is native but the DirectX calls are translated.
There's a video about it here. (The camera man stops pretending he's in an earthquake after a couple of minutes.)
"Where are all the yank haters on this one?
I suspect they'll turn up; don't forget GCHQ used NSA developed software, and probably performed the hack at their behest as well."
I notice Lewis Page has been keeping his head down recently. Surely this is the perfect opportunity for him to espouse the virtues of American cyberwafare tech. As in the real word, so in the digital.
Re: "trouble spots such as Yemen and Syria"
Best send round the stormtroopers to arrest me in a
bloody loud covert midnight raid. I am a dangerous convert to mayonnaise on chips.
Though, if pushed, I will admit salad cream is still better.
"What kind of dumb-ass names ultra-secretive operations with names that are anything to do with their subject matter?"
I upvoted you but 'a British bureaucrat' springs to mind.