885 posts • joined 2 Feb 2008
I'm buggered if I can remember my login details, the only problem when ipad remembers all that stuff for you.
dodging and blocking have saved my life on several occasions but it does take heaps of stamina.
It's the first Elder Scrolls game where stamina was as important as the other two. I thought that was good.
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Review or advert? and their first paygate.
Overall I had a blast, huge Elder Scrolls fan, from Arena all the way through to Skyrim, MMO newby, only Star Trek Online (and now SWTOR to get used to MMO's).
I loved the crafting, the environments, mostly the quests - tho' they started to feel a little samey after level 7, I found fighting better in third person, exploring in first - awesome sunsets.
Didn't get to PVP.
Dislikes: The three realms felt very... similiar; no Argonian marshlands, no wood elves deep forests, the high elves buildings fusing into the landscape, Redgard deserts. Also the 'You're the hero who will save everyone just like all the other bunny hopping wannabes surrounding you.'
In Star Wars: The old republic, it gives you eight totally unique storylines to play thru for each class, ESO has three (two of them fairly similar up to lvl 10). The Mage, Fighter and Undaunted guilds share the same storyline no matter where you come from.
Swtor gives you choice in quest rewards - or sell for a decent price, ESO appears to delight in giving you great equipment that you can't use or sell for a fraction of it's worth (green text heavy armour sells to you for 650 gold, sellable by you for 8 poxy gold), the economics feels broken. Tho I did craft a really nice medium armour for myself - the crafting looks amazing and deep.
Also, I thought Tamriel was going to be one entire continent - it's not, you can't even walk from zone to zone, I tried, there's an invisible wall blocking your progress - so much for my desire to walk from Daggerfall to Morrowind.
Will I buy it? At £40 and no sub - yes, at £10 a month and free download - yes. But at £40 primary rental price (you stop paying it stops working), £10 a month plus a £20 paygate to get extra's (before release) - no!
Dark Matter, the hypothetical stuff we can't see but which should probably be there in order for our models of reality to work
Best line, ever. Douglas Adams would be proud!
So, when the great central update machine is finally turned off, will Microsoft be removing their DRM (Windows Genuine Advantage) off every copy of XP out there, or when you reinstall XP on an old machine will the activation servers still be running?
Looks like a shit creature from John Carpenters 'The Thing' that got edited out in post production.
For fucks sake!
The Hitchhiker's Travel Guide describes the Marketing Department of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation as:
"A bunch of mindless jerks who'll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes." *
Why don't they put a little 'support us here' button on their toolbar that disappears for 6 months when you do so? If they do this and it circumvents Noscript and Adblock I'm giving up and going back to IE.
* Root canal yesterday, still tender and the Elder Scrolls Online beta finished, so I'm pissed <off>.
Re: And what have we learned Microsoft?
I hate Office 2013 interface, it looks like shit - at least Win8.1 has the desktop and a start button (tho the shutdown options are still hidden away, you can at least start typing shutdown in the start screen and the option pops up), there's no prettying up the latest Office.
Whoever designed it should be taken out and beaten up by all the other designers.
Wanker! (missed my meds today:)
I fucking love that woman! She's awesome, always sticking up for the proletariat.
Eat the rich - except for Viviane Reding!
Overblown sense of entitlement...
Completely different kettle of fish, but I've been playing Star Wars: The Old Republic for two weeks - completely free and completely legitimately, and this morning I paid them for two months subscription.
As a subscriber you do get things the free version doesn't (but importantly nothing that stops you from levelling up - if a little slower), but it's more my desire to support the developers that made me take out my debit card.
They in turn populate the game with more stuff (and other people playing for free to ensure the servers are well stocked - what's an MMO without other players?).
I think what I'm trying to say here is (TL;DR); if you give me what I want then I'll return the favour.
the memory card slides all the way into the slot so I only managed to trigger the spring to get it back out with the aid of an expertly bent paper clip
I actually think this is a plus, stick a 64GB card in there and forget about it, and the rounded edge reminds me of the vanished Notion Ink Tablet, which I liked the look of. Great price too.
Re: User friendliness
Because it does what Microsoft * think* I should want it to do.
This was their only mistake. 8.1 isn't a bad OS, just the UI with no name, and then, only in non-touch screen mode (and maybe those stupid apps).
Choice for the customer, (anyone remember 'the customer is always right'?) - 'How do you want your operating system to work?'
The simple inclusion of a start menu and desktop choice for those wanting it and I reckon the world would have hailed 8.1 as a worthy Windows upgrade.
Eat the rich!
Ewige Blumenkraft und ewige Schlangenkraft
Two thirds of the world are still going hungry or cold, whilst one third of the world are eating themselves to death whilst making the very air we breath toxic - and they say the lizards aren't in charge.
Always cry "Theater" in a crowded fire. 'Bob Dobbs - Church of the Subgenius.'
Slack is where it's at!
Old systems still working
What about all those old systems that are still working but simply can't run Vista/7/8.1. I've come across people running XP with the original 512MBs. MS is effectively saying dump 'em and buy new systems, not very eco friendly in a world suffering unseasonable weather effects that may be due to climate change (not saying it is), to just put more stuff in the landfills. With their billions in profits how much is it costing them to just keep XP security updated anyway?
Re: Star Citizen
That landed one with the people under her nose looks awesome.
Someone really should get all the meticulously mapped parts of our neighbours and turn them into flight sims. I really want to fly along Mars Valles Marineris... Hoping David Braben (Elite) will get that stuff in.
Or perhaps they should consider continuing the free upgrade policy to 8.2
In fact, if they don't do this then MS deserve everything they get. They should have done it for Vista to 7, generated a lot of good will and probably gotten a better response to the abomination that is 8, knowing we could trust 'em to fix it... eventually.
DISCLAIMER I'm running a touchscreen netbook / tablet with Win8.1 full and don't hate it - spend most of my time on the desktop.
Uh, hello, hello?
Oh, hi kettle, this is pot. Black!
Tho' from reading the article, will it protect from spying? if the Chinese government can, I'm sure the US & UK will join in. We really need a (Star Trek nerd reference coming up), fractal encryption key to be released into the wild - who's gonna break Gods own invention?
I bet the NSA and FBI have shitloads of data on Viviane Reding, she's just so outspoken, and usually on the peoples side. Man I wished she were running the British government - she'd tell GCHQ to tell the NSA to FUCK OFF AND DIE!
Not anonymous as... well, what's the point really.
Re: A smart watch would be of interest to me if...
They just stick to the basics
eink tech and bluetooth with battery lasting weeks, not hours since most info is just text based.
touch screen so you can scroll thru and read emails, texts etc, and mic & speakers to answer phone still in pocket.
Price point: £50 (maybe given away free with phones, like bluetooth headsets).
How brave of the supreme court to uphold the constitution they were created to protect.
So, it's UK, USA & AUS all fucking with democracy and spying on their 'friends', also, all countries El Reg residing in, synchronicity? or are you the oil in the fly in the ointment? uppity serfs want to know...
Also, who the fcuk are Indonesia, do they make our iProducts or own oil - or do they hold a <shudder>, special relationship with China?
Wouldn't it be funny if the European Union threw us (UK), out for having alleged ties with American expansionism & creeping tyranny, and created their own internet which we couldn't access. Being that the Europeans have a healthy regard for consensual adult entertainment it would be better than ours and still child friendly.
Re: No sale
sd slot and removable battery
Since using Google Play and having my entire music library up there and it streaming well, my demands for an SD slot on the phone have vanished (I don't watch vids on my phone or play games - that's what my iPad's for (which taught me how to live without an SD card)). As long as there's space for a few favourite albums when online is off, I'm good - and I've never replaced a battery (tho' I'd trade a couple of millimetres extra thickness for a more powerful battery).
I'm still with iPad3. Cannot stand the widescreen aspect that most of the tablet market follows. Not too tempted by the air tho', no fingerprint unlock and I don't really play any games that need that power omph, and no extra battery life. I'm also lucky enough to be strong enough that I can hold the iPad3 in one hand for some time before becoming fatigued.
Ideal tablet still waiting for: 4.3 ratio, pressure sensitive with pen included @ a Google price with offline voice and text recognition.
Windows 3.1 had more flexibility than Windows 8. When windows XP came out there was an option to make it look like Windows 98. From an aesthetic point of view Windows 8 looks worse than iOS seven. If customers want a start menu, give them a start menu, if a start screen is better they will eventually start to use that instead, but never force a customer into doing something they don't want to do. Economic's 101.
I use Ubuntu 13.04 (dual booting with Windows 7), and I prefer Unity and iOS 7 over Not Metro. I am dictating this on my iPad 3 and have an android phone (cyanogen mod 10.2). I love technology and operating systems that make hardware dance - but I dislike Not Metro (loved 98SE, XP and 7, IBM OS2 & Warp, MS and DR DOS).
And it's not because I'm too stupid to find the shutdown option in the 'Charms' menu, or the missing Start menu, or too lazy to press the start button on the keyboard, or the fact that it's become a bit of a spyware program in its own right, or the clusterfuck that is UEFI, it is simply that Microsoft have stopped listening to me, to allow me to work the way I want.
Having said all that, I'll probably still check out 8.1, as I do like a challenge.
I want one, as my htc sensation with cyanogenmod 10.2 is getting kind of long in the tooth (hardware wise), and tends to shut down whenever I use sat nav. But I do want to know if it come's with uk offline dictation as I'm getting used to talking to my phone and it annoys me when you can't reach the google or apple servers.
Re: Sad Situation
Are you American?
Nothing of value is ever free in life. Anyone who is willing to work hard, should reap the rewards of their labor. Not the lazy POS watching from the side and giving opinions on how to do things.
Consider the fucking lillies in the field... A Quote - although, I don't actually disagree with you, work hard & get rewarded, unfortunately in our present economic climate, those that do (or want to) work hard are generally the ones getting shafted whilst the tricksters and shysters running companies & banks (and Hollywood) are getting all the rewards - it's not the pretty girl behind the counter at your favourite bank that's pulling down a billion a year, she's the one likely to be laid off at the first sign of trouble.
You need to either read the book "Atlas Shrugged" or watch the movies to get a clue.
You need to watch / play any distopian film / game where corporations are in charge. It's not pretty - eg. Weyland Yutani.
America is slowly sinking into the sea of irrelevance - the death cries of a civilisation are always loudest near the end, but if you have children I would ensure that they learn to speak Chinese for the future. End of line.
Or, maybe, he knows something the rest of us don't about the markets
Yea, from what I hear...
there's a few of 'em...
- and here in the UK we're looking at future power blackouts because the energy companies profits aren't obscene enough!
I don't understand
Why is iOS 6 & 7 listed? 7 is just a theme pack with some extra's thrown in...
In addition, its lack of customization contributed to WinPho's poor showing in user-experience friction, as well.
As opposed to ios' inability to change anything you might not like? (locked in browser, user selected colour combinations, missing widgets, not allowed VLC, no fullscreen Safari for ipad, no onscreen customisation aside from folders etc etc etc).
Also, I think Fandroids like to bitch more than iTards.
DISCLAIMER: I own an iPad3 (with iOS7 - which I like) and Cyanogen rooted HTC Sensation (running Jelly Bean 4.2 so sweet).
Re: Looks a lot nicer
Still is bookshelves, check out iBooks app.
Re: ipad review?
Still no full screen on Safari for iPad users. Why do Apple hate me? And still no touch navigation or choosing your default browser (like icab browser which does do full screen and touch navigation).
CC handily also provides direct access to the Calculator and Camera apps, and the Timer section of the Clock app... ...a button that lets you use the camera’s flash as a torch.
Except on the iPad, timer and camera only.
And as for anti skeuomorphism, there's still notepad, camera and a few others, and the games centre icon imparts no information just bubbles...
Think I'm going back to jail broken 6.1.2.
The offer will only run until October 27, which presumably is when Surface 2 is slated to hit the streets
Ah... Was almost tempted there for a pico second... alternatively, sell my ipad3 with 32GB for approx £300 on ebay then buy a Surface Pro 2 on release...
British people are not being offered the gift card
Oh, well - Fuck you too Microsoft! I won't bother, I'm obviously not the market you are after.
I'll just keep the ipad and feel safer doing online banking.
Microsoft won't post the release-to-manufacturers (RTM) build on either MSDN or TechNet
So just like Barrack Obama's review on global spying, Microsoft are saying a massive fuck you to, well pretty much everyone...
Well, not their Xbox fans obviously.
“it is not necessary to accept everything as true, one must only accept it as necessary.' 'A melancholy conclusion,' said K. 'It turns lying into a universal principle.”
― Franz Kafka, The Trial
Re: This is funny
Some people act like this is a bad thing.
I think it's more like annoyance that we (the people) can't break the laws whilst those in power shit all over those same laws with utter impunity.
Politicians lie and commit treason by destroying the constitution, soldiers torture suspects, the police murder civilians, bankers destroy the economy and they all get big fat bonuses - meanwhile, you smoke a joint and get placed into the slave trade (ie the American penal system) - get caught three times and lose your liberty for a long while..
So what non American options are there El Reg? Is Ubuntu One UK based in place of Dropbox? Is there a Pirate Bay version of Evernote? A Mega email solution. Time to sack American Data Thieves...
Re: Have you actually used a surface RT?
Yes, because I'm totally going to splash out £279 (£133 for schools natch - but not students or teachers), + £120 for the better keyboard before slagging it off in El Reg's hallowed pages.
Actually, at this point, I'm not sure I'd even buy it at fire sale prices - there's a stink of desperation about it.
Would love a Surface Pro tho'.
Too pricy, too underpowered and its advertising (a bunch of Glee reject dancing students), snapping open and shut its (£100 extra) keypad*.
They thought to compete with Apple when they should have competed with Google.
Keep the pro at £800 (well specced ultra), but sell the RT (with 'Not For Work' Office and crappy keypad) for £250 - I suspect their results would've been fairly different today.
* Apples advertising: Camera looking at an iPad screen whilst different software runs, including educational, musical, magazines, office and games.
the need for a reasoned review
Held in secret by a secret court who must keep the findings, details and reasonings secret for National Security
I read this paranoid fantasy scifi trilogy in the 80's who posited a shadowy organisation attempting to destroy the constitution of America and basically enslave the human race: The Illuminati. It doesn't feel so scifi anymore.
Can't believe Obama ('Time for change') supports this, still, guess his chances of assassination are much lower now.
Are MS aware that the instant they lower the price of something in America the entire world is aware of it thru' something called 'The Internet'. They might want to get onboard, there's load of good info on it like-
Tidal wave of hatred on Windows 8 months before it went on sale, demanding a start menu but just adding the button for the .1 upgrade
Screwing consumers over first sale rights and demanding once a day online verification when releasing a new games machine
Getting into bed with NSA then releasing Cloudy office and always on kinect.
Who, in the UK, Australia etc are going to buy a full priced RT when it's For Sale in USA?
Steam Vs Xbone (as was)
Steam allows you to burn all your bought games to disk, Steam allows offline play, Steam has sales of up to 95%, Steam has promised  that if their servers go dark to rid the DRM off all purchased games.
Microsoft: No backups, no offline play, paltry sales, when their servers go dark so does your console - oh, but 10 'family' [I'm assuming 'live'] members can play demoes of any game in your library.
Doh! Please sir, may I have another. In other news - Fire sale of the Surface RT.
Wouldn't it be funny if the iwatch was a smokescreen and they bring out something truly revolutionary, like a wearable iMac powered by movement. That would be awesome! So it'll probably be an iwatch - boring...
I predicted the tablet would be a success, this will fail (unless its a complete ipad type unit that will transmit wirelessly to a bigger screen / tv output where available).
Re: Silly comparisons
we pay the extra for the level of quality that comes with the product
Quality maybe, but longevity not, I guess.
Save the Earth! *
As for the S3 get it tested, my friend has one and it never crashes.
* Only kidding, I lust after the next upgrade same as (nearly) everyone.
And it’s critical, as two of the largest economies and military powers in the world, that China and the United States arrive at a firm understanding of how we work together on these issues.
Obama: so you be our enemies and we be your enemies. That'll keep the proles in line.
Xi: Tianeman square never happened!
a raft of improvements to such elements as multitasking, the Safari mobile browser, and Siri. Still no ability to change the default browser, no resizable widgets and still flat textureless boring icons.
"We just completely ran out of green felt," and idea's.
Siri gets an upgrade I actually like Siri, seems to understand me better that GNow.
Still no intelligent password control (if connected to known wifi turn off password). One positive - the makeover looks like a nice implementation of MS' TIFKAM.
Take the text away from the icons then say what each app does, only about 50% are obvious, and the itunes / music player are almost the same.
Can't stand flat, flat is boring, not next gen.
Ok, I hated the stupid green baize in the game centre app but you know what I hated more? that fricking fracking unused skeuomorphed bookshelf icon that I'm not allowed to hide, not being able to see at a glance what the weather's like outside my door, the very basic notification system...
I'm actually expecting to be underwhelmed (unless they bring out a contact lens screen wirelessly connected to my ipad) - that'd shut up Google.
DISCLAIMER: I love Apple, Google, the NSA, GCHQ and the glorious land of America.
As a relatively new Kindle reader (rediscovering old faves), I just started rereading the dying Earth series which blew my mind as a young geek - could never really get into the more fantasy orientated stories, but I well remember walking thru the sun engorged magical lands of Cugel and other mad characters in that far flung dying Earth. In my mind it was always dusk.
Didn't know about the crime books, might have to look out for them.
Apple ensured that many of its contracts also had a “most favoured nation” clause
OK, IANAL but doesn't that clause preclude anyone selling at a lower price than you, ie, pricefixing, or could Amazon continue selling ebooks on the kindle at a reduced price? because if they couldn't, then the price was fixed at a price Apple were happy with, but not Amazon (and I assume supermarkets - or could they continue to sell cheaper hard copy books - and if so, how?).
Now we have a menace that is called Twitter," Erdogan said. "The best examples of lies can be found there. To me, social media is the worst menace to society.
As others have noted when he says 'society' he actually means despots, politicians, Hollywood & bankers.
Eat the rich!
From Google Glasses to...
Google Contact Lenses and virtual graphics overlaying reality.
Hey Apple & Intel, that's called Research & Development...
Or the advancement of the human condition - it's not just about stockpiling cash in Ireland.
- Vid Hubble 'scope snaps 200,000-ton chunky crumble conundrum
- Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?
- Windows 8.1 Update 1 spewed online a MONTH early – by Microsoft
- Something for the Weekend, Sir? Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?
- Review 'Mommy got me an UltraVibe Pleasure 2000 for Xmas!' South Park: Stick of Truth