1030 posts • joined 10 Apr 2007
Re: @Nick Ryan
Well there is that... but not intended :)
Re: Don't mention the Olympics
Try reading the official rules, terms and conditions on the London 2012 website and you'll see the true extent of the lunacy. Specific new *laws* put in place in the UK to give over rights and create "new" offences relating to the use of the London 2012 marks (logos and shit), general branding and words.
* Impossible Mission 1, 2, etc (bugger all relation to the series)
* Gor - 1 and 2, somehow the 2nd was worse, not sure how - must have been through just reusing clips from the first film. So bad they're almost good.
* Star Wars Episode I, II and III.
* Twighlight (1, 2 and 3) - just used "special power" crutches for plot and 2 and 3 are nothing more than remakes of number 1 with pretty much the same "plot"
* Animals United - a host of "stars" were utterly unable to rescue this
* Titanic - it sinks, end of film, done with the whiny singing and wooden acting yet?
* Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus - shits'n'giggles it's so bad with green lights and lockers to simulate a bridge on a ship / sub / etc.
* The Chronicles of Riddick - at least Pitch Black made a little bit of sense, but this one was just conan remade in space. Badly.
* Fast & Furious (all of them). They remade this? Why? But then could generally include anything starring Vin Diesel in this list...
* The Patriot - but again, pretty much anything with Segal in it could be in this list as well
* Stargate (1994) - dull, dull and just dumb. The series was better though
Re: Why keep electronics warm?
Not all electrical components appreciate being very cold and can exhibit wildly different electrical characteristics as a result. These lunar bots didn't feature integrated circuits, they were made up of thick boards of large caps, resistors and transistors and the rest and these can greatly suffer with different temperatures and as a result the circuits themselves will operate differently (and generally in unwanted ways). Running a modern IC chip very cold isn't actually running it very cold as such, it's instead dumping the heat faster (through the increased temp. gradient) and preventing the thing from burning out as a result.
I'm sure somebody who specialises in electronics can give better detail than this but this is the general principle.
Errr... depth has nothing to do with it. Mobile signals will have a tough time going through a couple of metres of earth / rock / concrete - so the additional depth of the tube over the Paris metro is meaningless.
The Paris metro is covered by picocell devices (although there may be various others depending on the branding the manufacturer decides on a whim to apply to their kit).
Re: Stealing focus...
MS did attempt to fix this. They then wrote work-arounds in their own bloody apps to steal the focus anyway... and what MS Office does, other apps copy.
...and 3/3 of them make a balls up of the system, introducing more instability and unreliability than there ever was before.
Same here - looks to be a well thought out product that's well targeted.
Unintuitive - that pretty much sums it up so far.
Aside from it being ugly as sin - yes, I know that some do love it, but design wise I find that it's just foul and akin to a kids v-tech interface. Ugly colour scheme, meaningless icons and an overriding mindset of jumbled and cluttered all the while with lots of empty space. Good use of space is critical to good design, but somehow they've even managed to get this bit wrong.
As for usability, that fails spectacularly. "Mystery meat" navigation is pathetic - a user shouldn't "know" (somehow or other) that do perform a certain function they should move a mouse to an arbitrary corner of an interface (a real bitch when running in a windowed VM and likewise remote desktop) or having to poke a finger on a blank but specific point on a screen is just as retarded.
The only way I've found so far to close most of the friggin' applications that I've opened so far has been to use Alt-F4 otherwise the damn things just linger there until you kill the system, which is far easier said than done as previously posters have already noted. Didn't spot this as I just suspended the VM.
At least Internet Explorer 10 makes a better stab at supporting HTML5 than IE 10 however two different versions with two different ways of operating them on one computer is just adding mindless confusion to the already messy experience.
Currently I'm far from taken with the entire experience but will continue pressing on as it's easy to dislike change for the sake of it and there's likely to be some good points in there somewhere.
Is this Sensible Friday or something?
Simplify consumer kit so it works easily and setup is quick? Pah! That's not the computer way. You should *require* a degree is something technical to be able to figure out which of the identical sockets you need to connect using cables that neither the TV manufacturer nor the Set Top Box manufacturer included in the package.
Next, it should be as hard as possible to do anything on the user interface other than watch streamed adverts. All users appreciate shiny flashy things trying to sell them stuff when all they want to do is something quite simple and specific, therefore these functions should be hidden and visually clouded as much as possible by advertising. All the better if the user can be given a cheap rectangular infra-red remote that barely works from 3' away and even then has a 1 second latency on anything happening in response to a button press. Old people? If they can't get with the times then they aren't worthy of modern TV and therefore shouldn't be permitted to use it.
Seriously though, most TV interfaces I've come across are terrible and while, being technical, I can cope with them (despite wanting to frequently throw the remote at the set), elderly people such as grand parents tend to have an awful time with them. It's not just the cheap freeview boxes than are like this either, many of the more pricey boxes confound all non-technical users.
Some bits of unity are OK, but there are glaring holes in the usabilty of the damn thing...
* Usability has fallen off the wrong end of the scale for a large chunk of the functionality. WTF do we need to remember arcane key presses or mouse locations just to do standard functions.
* Huge chunks of preferences have disappeared from the normal system. This makes doing basic configuration a bitch when it should be made easy. Yes, you can still access the old tools but you have to rummage around the file system or use the (not obvious at all) launcher.
* Windowing is a bitch. Windows are placed over the idiot launch bar, which periodically appears and hides as it feels fit. Move to click on a window button (i.e. close) and often you'll find you've just launched (or switched to) the app that happened to be in the same position on the bar that's just popped up. If the launch bar could be made to be there permanently and was separate to the windowing space for applications the system would be hugely more usable.
* Try using an idiotic "move mouse to X side of screen" in a virtual machine or remote session that's not running full screen on the local system. Yep, another interface fail.
* Applications - would be nice if it were actually possible to find the things after installing from the software centre (should it feel like working during this particular phase of the moon). Instead you have to do the ninja-fu keyboard shortcut, start typing the application name and then you can run it. Yes, you can pin it to the application bar but that's only after finding it. Whatever happened to browsing installed applications?
Not that it's all bad, but the usability failures and general level of frustration meant that I gave up after a month and switched to the classic interface instead which solved so many problems...
Schools don't teach Computer Science - they teach "Using Microsoft Office". The Universities have to follow on from this void of basic skills.
Microsoft win one way, but fail the other...
They're still going? After all they failed to keep up with Internet search, repeatedly butchered all attempts at delivering a portal site (and when it was partly working, butchered it again) and then murdered their webmail interface, repeatedly.
So what do Yahoo actually do now?
I'm trying to figure out if these voice controlled apps (including Siri) are better or worse than the non-native-speaking outsourced call centres I get lumbered with when attempting to contact what passes for an intelligent human when calling my bank, broadband technical support or some other faceless corporation.
The delay in response, lack of understanding of basic language (at least I don't have a strong regional accent) and inability to shift off script makes them seem worryingly similar at times.
Re: Re: Re: Re: Who the hell do they think they are?
"marketing, distribution, legal teams, advisers and so on."
"All people that only exist because lock in (and now DRM) and IP right are the way they are."
Not true. While I'm happy to agree that many don't add to the quality of in some ways to the value of the work, they are often required:
* marketing - help the public find out about the work in the first place.
* distribution - those CDs or books don't get to the stores on their own
* legal teams - ok, maybe they should all be shot (in front of their families no less) but some form of legal assistance is often necessary. If only to ensure the split of royalties is correctly drawn up. (notice how I'm avoiding the word "fare")
* advisers - artists aren't always the most world savvy people and often need assistance. From how not to get arrested too often, where to holiday without being mobbed or just how to avoid paying quite so much tax.
With a switch to digital these roles would change, however there are still a lot of cases where they are needed. For example, if you're a talented singer with a good band but nobody buys your music because nobody knows who you are - would you like to put the effort into learning how and where to best promote your band or would you employ somebody who has the experience to do it and you can get on doing what you like doing best - i.e. creating music? Simplistic example I know, but still valid.
And yes, I'd be more than happy to pay less and have the artist / creator get more of the money. However that is muddying the issue and while nastily tied up with Copy Protection and DRM, is a separate blight on the creative industry.
Re: Re: Who the hell do they think they are?
Is this always fair? No. However the original creators of the content should be rewarded (compensated) for the skill, talent or just effort involved. Beyond the original creators of the content there are teams of people who often end up supporting it - marketing, distribution, legal teams, advisers and so on. These people should also be adequately rewarded for their skill, time and effort.
The situation is made complicated because with a digital copy, i.e. online, there is no restraining physical media. For example, with a book you can in reality quite easily (haha) copy it using a photocopier and handing the resulting pile of dead tree to a friend to read. On the other hand you could just lend the book to a friend once you've read it and this kind of usage of content is thoroughly ingrained in how we act. As a result a book has a form of copy protection built in but it doesn't have any rights management - there is no realistic way for the publisher of the book to stop you lending it to a friend, not matter how much they'd like to as they'd much prefer to sell your friend a fresh copy.
Personally, I'd deliver video (possibly using SSL) within a logged in account on a website. The user can view the content from pretty much anywhere and if the content is time limited, the account detail can be updated to no longer provide the content. The end user *could* make a copy of the content but if the price is right, access is very easy and tangible rewards are offered for purchase (i.e. exclusive loyalty offers not sourcable elsewhere) then an provider could be onto a winner. Somebody could always point a camera at the screen, but the point is to make it far easier to get it legitimately for a fair price. Unfortunately the entrenched industries don't see it like this, see increased prices and greater restrictions as the only way to improve market penetration and when they commission reports into the alternatives they already know what they want the reports to read.
Re: Who the hell do they think they are?
A copy of something isn't the same as possession.
While you do indeed own the physical media and packaging and therefore you can do whatever you like with this physical side of it - including, much to the utter horror / disgust of the media companies, reselling, lending or giving it away.
However what you are really purchasing is a bit of packaging with a *licence*, restricted as legally as possible (check the small print), to view the content that just happens to be encoded in some form on the material itself. As a result, making a copy of this content is a violation of the implicit contract you agreed to in purchasing the licence to view this content and the physical packaging that just happened to come with it and doing so without the Copyright holder's prior permission is also a Violation of the Copyright of the content - it is not, and never can be, *theft*.
Re: Re: Dreamland
I'd be annoyed because it took me a while to get the bugger stuck up there in the first place. Ever tried herding cats?
It's the perspective distortion and image photoshoppery that combines to make the overall image a little unsettling. The girl on the left is quite obviously suffering from distortion (face and waist show it) and the phone she's holding appears heavily touched up or just overlaid.
... it's going to be tough for WOA not to follow the path of Itanium. Not impossible, but very, very hard.
But then who remembers that Windows NT actually had support in it for platforms other than Intel x86? Not many, but the old header files mentioned Amiga, PPC, Motorola and various other platforms.
Re: Re: Searching
On this topic, Apple should be sued because iTunes specifically facilitates the illegal shifting of format from one to another without obtaining the copyright holder's prior permission.
...and we already know that Apple doesn't think of the children appropriately enough given the sweat shop factories they use.
Seriously though, Apple is one of the companies that has put pressure on the UK government to align this law with that of the rest of Europe, let alone elsewhere. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14372698
Re: Re: Re: Not news
Not "stolen". This is Copyright Violation, which is entirely different. Stealing something is the act of taking without permission an item or resource and in doing so preventing the legitimate owner from using it. [roughly the equivalent from the legalise]
Copyright Violation is simply making a copy or close enough facsimile of something when you do not have the right to do so. If in doing so you are not paying for a copy of the version then you are depriving the victim of the *potential* money but you are not, and never are, *stealing*. If you would never have paid money for the resource in question then how can you be said to have "stolen" anything. Even the idiot statement that companies such as "BSkyB" are making are propagating this fallacy and it is of course purposely spread through "FACT" and other similar lobby and scare-mongering institutions.
This isn't to say that Copyright Violation isn't bad because it is - if you may have paid for a copy of something but then choose to make a copy anyway but not to pay for it then you are depriving the original creator of the money you would have paid. The original creators put time and effort into creating it and should get some form of reward and typically this is money. The issue of the grossly unfair split of this money is another matter altogether but through its nature tends to be mixed in with this.
May I be the first to bow down to our pint sized lizard overlords.
Oh dammit, fingernail sized...
Great plan... and this could also be combined with a companion series called Celebrity^h^h^h^h^h^h^h^h^h below-average-soap-actors dancing on ice special version involving the Arctic. I hear Polar bears are quite hungry these days therefore we can solve two problems at once with this one... :)
Ah... the infamous "don't do anything" followed by the hell-on-earth when you diligently follow that particular instruction :)
To be fair, the glowing square is not always obvious - depends on the colour scheme in use and especially whether or not Aero is enabled. Also when you have a few items open it can be hard to tell what's going on - for example applications either side of the one in question can make the one in the middle look active to the casual glance.
Unfortunately most seem to forget the part about "User" and the fact that UI design encompasses usability as well as shiny things.
They're jpeg files.
Shame there aren't more
Shame there aren't more dual sim phones, but doubtless from the mobile manufacturers point of view they're seen as a quick way to reduce sales rather than increase them.
We've got cameras in our phones so no longer [u]have[/u] to carry a separate camera just for quick snaps.
We've got MP3 players in our phones so no longer have to carry around an additional device, including charger and headphones, just to play music.
But most of us have jobs so we still have to carry a second phone, often with a different charger. Yes, there is a *standard* mobile charger connection however some manufacturers have decided to continue ignoring the rules. From a business point of view it makes a lot of sense - an employee would take better care of a personal phone compared to a business phone so just supply a SIM instead.
Splendid description of a new processor sir!
If I could run 20 miles and still bonk I'd be proud.
Next time though I'd insist that playing hard-to-get is not taken quite so literally, running around the bedroom a couple of times = good, running halfway across the city = bad.
Is this one of the first Intel Android mobiles? Would explain the decision to make it available for developers in this way.
As for Consumer Laws - in the UK the core of these apply equally both to B2B sales as well as Consumer purchase.
Not that crazy
New blood usually bring new initiatives and ideas into existing projects and organisations. While these new idea are often very useful and sometimes lead to new possible devices and features for the future they tend not to help with established and properly planned project schedules.
I'm sure some of Apple's (new) staff will have known the details of what they are working on, however more junior staff tend not to be given the big picture and instead be given a narrow project target aim that is carefully documented and limited in scope. For example, if your task is to design a physical press button that fits into a particular form and is easily manufactured, reliable and hits the appropriate budget targets you don't really need to know the exact full product that it will be used on as it could be used on many.
@David D. Hagood - Well, let's see
While I respect your point re. N.A.S.A. - I still want to see a pic of Europe dammit.
It is tiring for those of us who don't live in North America (which is most of the planet's population) to find that most of the planetary imagery, art and not just photos is centred on North America.
Damn nice piccie though. Nice place. Let's live there :)
Wouldn't say so. The *only* use for the VM (previously NTL) email account I have is when VM themselves send me mails.
After all, only numptys use ISP specific email addresses when there are so many (better) alternatives. Unfortunately most non-savvy users are foisted on and railroaded into using an ISP's email address and doubtless this is seen as a carrot/stick by the ISP when it comes to retaining the punter - after all changing your email address just because you change ISP (either for cost or provision reasons) can be an extremely annoying process.
It's even more ridiculous when a company has gone to the trouble of getting their own domain name and website and yet still uses <mycompany>@btinernet.com or something equally amateurish. Keeps "web consultants" in a job though...
hahaha, I remember the Amiga viruses... and these were MENS viruses, not these namby pamby information stealing bits of fluff the yung'uns of today complain about. These modern fandangled things are so busy trying to steal information that they forget to deliver trippy payload screens, randomly formatting every media unit they can find and still find time to insult you and the other virus writers.
sheesh... the youth of today...
...because at every opportunity to optimise or implement something sensibly, the developers of Sharepoint decided to do something stupid. Often very stupid.
There's a reason why they can't get it to run at a decent speed - because it's Sharepoint. Even given a quad code "application" server with 16GB of RAM and a separate 8 core database server, gigabit links and following the MS "Best Practices" the thing still sucks. It's not that the components aren't operating fast enough - the metrics on the DB performance will show very low latency, the IIS configuration will show the thing running very efficiently as well. Combine the two with Sharepoint and some form of space-time-continuum problem happens and you'll swear that somebody's replaced one or both of the component servers with a 286 PC with 4MB RAM.
All this is before the brain dead "security topology" comes into play, which is marginally more on topic of the original article. Normal Windows FS (NTFS) security is nutty enough, and somehow rather than improve on this the Sharepoint developers managed to produce a scheme that was even worse. No wonder that there are so many security issues with Sharepoint such as the one the article highlights - give users an inkling of control over security and you'll spend days unpicking the mess. If the SP admins attempt to administrate security themselves then without very careful planning the workload typically becomes astronomical and to help with they'll often take shortcuts - the hint here, is to delegate SP access to AD groups and prohibit any and all individual rights changes.
@Whatever, they'll just go to their friends house
No offence intended, and it's slightly off topic but that's the kind of response I get tired of hearing from the pond-life that can't be arsed to stop watching TV and start parenting.... usually when it comes to putting the relatively tiny amount of effort into sorting out their kids head lice.
Comical... Really can't think much beyond that.
Regardless of your particular love / hate affair with iOS (iPhones), Joe Public consider them the "in device" to have and claiming that winPho will miraculously shoot up in market share in such a manner is just delusional.
This is before you consider the lengthening contract lock-ins that most phone users suffer with these days. i.e. somebody who purchases an iPhone today is likely to have a 2 year lock in before changing and during this time even if the device annoys the hell out of them on occasion they will have content and purchases that are tied to the vendor if not the device. This tie in might be loose but should not be underestimated when it comes to the weight of encouragement it places upon the user in their decision to either stick with the same vendor or move away. After all, keep with a similar system that you at least understand and keep your content and purchases or move to a new, unfamiliar system, and risk losing your content and having to re-purchase applications that you previously paid for?
@Content Consumption vs. Content Creation
And don't forget to add the Cloud Gaming (or whatever it's called this week) where the end user, quite rightly, doesn't give a damn about the configuration of their Computer - they just want to frag things in pretty 3D on the latest First Person Shooter. Other than the control issues, doing this kind of gaming on a tablet is ideal and BT or USB peripherals can negate many of these control problems.
...shows the level of epic cock up that Commodore managed!
Straight up the wrong tree.
Straight up the wrong tree - multiple times.
Almost comical (if it weren't for all the job losses amongst those who did the work) what has happened to Kodak. Starting with digital denial, then producing a bucket load of awful digital cameras, forgetting the digital print business and then making the printers where even an addled grandparent can work out the poor economics of printing using them and not an Internet bureau given how costly they were to run (it was still cheaper to go to a high street digital print kiosk - which are now priced much more competitively).
They had a good brand name and an ideal opportunity to be at the leading edge of consumer digital photography, but lost the plot entirely. All they needed was a bit of thought (tough at board level at times) and some vertical integration. Consider how well they could have done if 5 years there was an easy way to connect your Kodak digital camera to the Internet, automatically upload photos and have them nicely printed and delivered to you the next day. It's always been possible, but the trick would have to make it so seamless and easy it would have been more trouble not to do it.
Not just then...
Damn service has been up and down like a prozzy's nickers. Since Monday this week the service has randomly dropped out around midday, only to reappear hours later (requiring a modem reboot). Was down last week for about 16 hours on one day and another 8 the following day as well. Of course, when finally through to some hell desk minion called "Tom" (blatantly in a call Centre in some other country where the first language most certainly wasn't English), the response was "There were no problems", "The internal systems show a problem, just not the published status", "Engineering work is being done", "There is a fault, will be fixed in 48 hours". Confusing: Hell yes.
Agreed. Nukes? Hardly enough to wipe ourselves out. Seriously inconvenience the large population centres and reduce life expectancy (increased cancer rates) but not much more.
I read a stat somewhere that went along the line that in a few minutes a single hurricane / tornado weather system puts out more energy than the entire world's nuclear stockpile.
The only way man could wipe out all life on the planet is to find a way of pushing the planet into the sun - and detonating all the world's nuclear weapons on one spot of the planet would just produce a shed load of earthquakes, no orbital change worth considering.
£400 and still a crappy sub $1 remote
... for that budget they could at least have sourced decent remote controls, not the cheap'n'nasty standard part items that they found that just need overlays to customise them.
Ah, it's all coming back to me now. Just the sheer level of hackery that was possible through doing dastardly things to the sprite control registers. Getting the damn things to be 24x24 rather than 24x21 was one trick - albeit IIRC at the sacrifice of the number of sprites possible... but the multi colour mode was a pain as well due to the limitations of this. Other than this, the fun with the collision detection (remarkably good but had its flaws), the hassle of moving past the 1 byte horizontal register maximum (screen width was wider than 255 pixels) that meant many games used the right hand side as game information instead.
The fun with the SID chip was good as well, fondly remember when I first got the algorithm working for polyphonic playback of sound. OK, with only 3 channels it wasn't great in the poly-department but a lot better than the previous situation where a subsequent note cut the trailing portion of the prior note stone dead. ADSR anyone?
The processor was a "real" one though, not pathetic like the Z80 with all its stack shenanigans to due the most simple tasks (x86 is just as bad in some ways) and only *girls* had CPUs that could multiply or divide. I can almost remember the machine code decimal values for starting the most commonly used interrupt register callbacks :)
I can't believe I googled that to see what it might be.
It's not even Friday.
Re: There is nothing "cool".....
"No sir! I didn't see you playing with your dolls again sir."
Re: Ignore the application involved..
Not sure if Safari is installing any driver level update or usage processes, but I'm seeing a consistent pattern on Win7 64 where iTunes is installed (and the associated update processes) that system performance periodically tends towards dead snail like. Naturally Task Manager is still reporting 99% idle CPU and <10% HDD access of course... have to love the fact that Task Manager doesn't not count some application levels as using the CPU and while I can understand the problems that may occur in tracking driver level application services, it's frustrating as hell. It may not be a specific iTunes / Apple problem but on systems where this software is *not* installed, these particular problems do not seem to show up.
Some applications implement their update processes as driver level services to ensure that they work around UAC problems and can update a system without bothering the user. Unfortunately at this level of process the OS protections are somewhat reduced - often required for real device drivers but taken advantage of by update processes.
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