1025 posts • joined 10 Apr 2007
A lunatic... but balls of steel to do something like this. Repeatedly.
Photos or it didn't happen
Struck *with* a ship? That's easy...
Somebody forgot the virgin. Suitable ones for cladding scantily can be far hard to come by these days: http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news-in-pictures/news-briefly/news-graphic-201111094520/
...or in this case it doesn't ;)
Re: Too much bran in the diet?
1 for every 12 isn't much. Standard UK domestic guidelines are 1 for every 6 (i.e. 7 people = 2 toilets).
Unfortunately... listening to a few seconds of a track and identifying which one of (many) remixes or versions of it is not the same. I'd be slightly annoyed at uploading the extended remix dub version of Little Fluffy Clouds only to play it back and get the shortened (which in this case is under 5 minutes) version played back.
While de-dupe could be done, it will not be a pleasant prospect and will only work exceptionally well on content purchased through the embedded store.
Yep - pretty much sums it up. In my past I've run into many so called "Technical" Directors (in IT industries) who manage to knacker their systems in almost exactly that way within days of getting a fresh, clean, working and fast system. It's usually the management and executives that are the worst at it.
Solar flares are already listed on the BOFH excuse list. No news here, move along now... :)
The news I'd like to hear is that the writing team is returning to the original pairing, so we'll be saved from the moronic dumbed down mess that was the last full series.
Yet another reason why it should be legal, no - scratch that - encouraged, to exterminate such vermin.
It's OK for a "pet" cat to dig up, piss and shit wherever they feel like however it is not the same for a pet dog. Either let dogs roam free in a similar manner or all cats must have leashes and be kept solely on their owners property. Try arguing that with a typical blinkered cat attendant.
Re: Correlation != Causality
Yep... it could be that the creative kids tended to play more games.
As for the uncreative kids... they were too busy watching TV (a passive medium) to take part in the survey.
... wonder at the sudden re-emergence by the Argies in an island where, according to all reports, none of the locals want to be Argentinian.
Is this worth a research grant to check this? All in the interest of science of course...
Another half baked through from a power / control freak politician attempting to manifest itself. Hell, half baked is probably an exaggeration and an insult to all reasonable half baked plans.
Freedom. A word that used to be in use but has since been removed from the dictionary as its continuing inclusion was considered subversive.
Common enough software problem
Common enough software problem - when the dev (or a later code editor) doesn't think very hard about handling errors and preventing a cascading error loop. i.e. an error in the error handler causes an error that triggers another error in the error handler.
Shame on you unbelievers. The world ended a few days ago, we are now figments of our own nightmares, living in purgatory, the matrix or whatever half-brained the "world is ending on XXX date" come up with to excuse their insanity this time.
Makes a lot of sense
... a dual core processor with unbalanced cores - one for high and one for low power tasks.
Software support will be the important marker of this scheme's success or not.
Dead before birth
Who the hell cares about portable disc players?
Blu-ray uptake is pretty appalling really - partly due to content saturation (have a DVD, why buy the same content again?), the greed when it comes to pricing but also the supposed "benefits"... an extra hour or two of extras that (almost) nobody watches and improved quality that while distinctly better than DVD, the majority of jo-public don't care to even notice. Hell, half of the Blu-Ray players I've seen are connected to the TV using Scart cables or worse.
And this is before you take into account Internet downloads...
Not just Edinburgh
Was on Voda and had plenty of "missed calls" with 4 bars (out of 5) signal but the phone never rang. You can expect a few of these, as the caller might hang up before the phone actually connects, but when they also leave voicemail messages as well?
The exact same phone, prior to being unlocked, was on Orange and never had this particular problem.
Yeah, El Reg need to come up with a scale for something this small. Perhaps something based on the Jedward-Talent?
...or even the Beiber-Talent (ducks in case there are any True Beleibers lurking ready to pounce, not likely on El Reg but you never know...)
A display res. of 2048 x 1536? That'll be interesting to keep responsive and to keep the power consumption levels down, especially when full HD video is involved.
Of course, the latest chips are much more efficient at such video decoding and rendering but it'll be interesting to see it done.
Simple... then just create a new throw away facebook account. You never need to use it again, and why should you put genuine(*) info in it? Same goes for any service that needs an email account to active and use - just create a throw away hotmail account.
* I am of course a 105 year old Algerian grandmother with an Android fetish.
So we're back to the same old "speed, speed, speed" is everything about a driver.
Doing 40 mph EVERYWHERE (as previously observed above) is just deadly. 40 straight through a 50mph (limit) zone, then 40 straight through the 30 mph zone, then 40 past the school... and so on.
As is nonchalantly pootling up an ACCELERATION LANE onto a motorway or other fast moving road at 40 mph and having a long line of cars behind you. Then pulling obliviously onto the motorway and causing whatever unfortunate driver is in the inside lane to slow down massively or swerve to stop ramming the rear of the car.
Then of course there is the trick of driving at 30mph... 5 inches behind the fecking car ahead of you.
Slowing down massively when there is an oncoming car... on the other side of a two lane road.
Having no fecking clue whatsoever about what lane to be in around a roundabout. The hint is in the name - you go ROUND it, not straight over it cutting lanes as you do. And the inside (left hand) lane is not the lane to choose when going right.
But other than these minor problems... tracking speed will, of course, detect the bad drivers and punish them appropriately </sarcasm>
Monopoly, monopoly, monopoly
That's all they're after, through every means they can.
Good for the consumer? Hell no! But what does that matter?
Bleh. Most of it is trash - Sky Sports savagely accentuate the 3D effect to make something filmed from 50 metres away look 3D, and I'm just tired of films that spend half their effects sodding well throwing things at the viewer.
When used properly, it can add an extra something to media... but when abused for the sheer hell of it, it frequently detracts. But then the same thing goes for the over reliance on special effects compared to acting ability, dialogue and plots.
Yep - IIRC viruses have already been found and written on these kind of peripherals. It won't be too long before the (GP)GPU that modern gfx cards sport start to get hit in a main stream manner, and it'll be down to idiot operating systems and "developers" forgetting security entirely and adding features that can be used in an insecure way or can escalate their access across a system.
Google could either think of this as bad, or could find the competition good and put more effort into improving their version. Who knows, the copy might produce innovations that features that could be fed back into google's version.
Not a lie at all. I can run down the road at a speed approaching 30mph. Especially when closing time is close. How close I approach 30mph is something else altogether.
Doesn't mean that marketing like this sucks less though
Form over function... again
The design of the FPL website has always sucked balls. Not so much the visual "pretties" (that often tend not to look so pretty, but frequently fail to just load) but the entire engine behind it. The visual design has undergone a much needed refresh, although hard to tell how much its improved functionally so far.
It's just the staggering elementary mis-design of a database and the maintenance tasks behind it that require the entire thing to be offline so regularly is phenomenal. For hours after a days fixtures are complete the thing has often been unavailable... yes, there is a fair amount of data to process but why does this require that the entire database is unavailable? If certain features need to be locked out, for example transfers while re-calculating updated player values as the result of performances, then thats fair enough but why the entire thing?
And as others have already posted, its often unavailable near to the game week deadlines, often for hours before. This is down to what ought to be predicatable load, not database updates.
Of course, the thing is free therefore resources for it aren't going to be unlimited but on the other hand its damaging to the brand.
Re: <evil thought>
If only this wouldn't be so true. When (not if) automated cars turn up, there will be some out there who, just for the sheer hell of it, will to cause them to have accidents, brake suddenly and do anything else unwanted. Doubtless some will have hidden agenda (the tech nay-sayers) but others just for the thrills, malicious or not.
Wondered where these guys had gone.
Not to be too pessimistic, but there are a few points:
* The storage requirements of so much detail is large, very large. Even given a very efficient sorting and filtering algorithm, you can't get over the fact that such detail requires a lot of storage.
* Animation... never seen any with this system. Without animation it's all dull and lifeless. This isn't just animation of things sliding in various planes, it's about twists and bends as well.
* Reflections - still none. The "water" effect in the video is an inverted set of different coloured objects to give the appearance of a reflection. It's an acceptable trick, but now try combining this with trick with animation of the water surface... it's meant to be water, not a mirror.
* Still no sign of transparency, another important visual effect in graphics
* The scenes are extremely repetitive, probably due to having to keep the storage requirements even partly sane. Not even the angle of placement of the repetitive objects is varied, which does seem to indicate possible restrictions of the algorithms in use.
* Still no lighting and shadows, although the end of the video did promise that there are some. In which case, why not properly demonstrate this in the video, even if only a short clip at the end?
Not to say that the tech is without promise, but it's not far from ready for replacement of current tech.
Not that wikipedia is always the fountain of all truth, but: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Screen_of_Death
Personally I have more fond memories of the Guru Meditation errors...
Re: Win7 all *that* better?
Couldn't have put it better.
On one hand I utterly agree that once you have a tool that works well for you, why should you buy another one just because the manufacturer has released a new version. On the other hand, there's the constant security threat as old problems in old code get found and exploited, the continual improvement of systems (sometimes even to the perceived benefit of the user), and the need of a business such as MS who must introduce either a) churn or b) subscription / repeat charges in order to maintain their income in a market that in a lot of areas is saturated.
Churn is easy - make the old stuff stop working.
Subscription / repeat charges - this is harder if the company is so greedy as to charge to much that even the most maths-shy user can see the poor value in it or if there is no real or perceived benefits from a subscription model - such as extremely well developed code that is continually being improved both in terms of efficiency and new, useful (to the end user) improvements.
Disk vs Disc
Hard Disk, Floppy Disk
Optical Disc (CD, DVD Blu-Ray)
That's seems to be the "traditional" split of usage.
From what I remember...
It wasn't the fact that the licences wouldn't be cheaper with a large purchasing capacity, it was the fact that with the change to what is effect an annual rental process, the long term cost (even over a mere 3 year period) exceeds the stand alone purchase cost. After this period it's money for nothing.
This does omit the possibility of improved licensing procedures and reduced support costs, and the ludicrous situation where an OEM software suite installed on one PC can't be transferred to another when the first one bites the dust which, given reality, will occur quite often.
Balloon - not really a bad plan at all, as long as you can control the ceiling height properly. If these were filled with hydrogen (who *really* cares about explosions / leakage?) Just fill them quick and let them go and run like hell just in case. Or as a safety measure, have a lot of Oxygen at hand, after all, what could go wrong - the H would combine with the O and you'll just get wet and no explosion. There, sorted! :)
Just hang a smallish chemical rocket off it, fit a couple of stabilisers to it which will help to initially stablise the flight even at the height of the weather balloon and send it roughly upwards. At a reasonable angle you shouldn't need too long a burn to clear the atmosphere - after all the majority and hardest part of the launch distance has already been covered and you didn't need the rocket to expend valuable and heavy fuel reaching it.
Once in orbit (however you define that), have the rocket signal broadcast the insertion point (which will make the payload easier to track) and monitor the payload as it goes...
Simples. What could possibly go wrong :)
Go into a supermarket and look at the own store's brand products and compare to the well known brands of the same. Notice how the look and style is often copied by the store's own brands.
Just how similar does something have to be before it is considered worth the effort of throwing more money at lawyers on the off chance something useful (for you) happens?
Win win win...
for the lawyers. Once again.
yet another law to show just how forward thinking our lords and masters are. It will protect us against the unscrupulous websites that prey on and steal our personal details, about our children no less. Is nobody thinking of the children?
Or, on the other hand, it's yet *another* layer of annoying beurocracy that legitimate businesses have had foisted down their throats and will be ignored by those that were abusing it in the first place.
With all their extensive CPU experience and immense financial clout you'd have thought that Intel would have come up with a half decent GPU by now. However they seem to be stuck in the game of pushing a god-awful instruction set and basic architecture as fast as possible. Not really surprising given the persaveiness of this architecture but disappointing nonetheless.
Pushing such a horrible and inefficient instruction set as the x86 one at the HPC crowd shouldn't seem to be much of a starter, even with the touted "ease" of writing code for it. I'm sure it'll take off in part due to this but when you're in the business of trying to eek every instruction you can out of a chipset, employing coders who can code for it compared to stock x86 coders who can just about do something other than click a mouse button, doesn't seem the most efficient way to tackle the problem and even in the short term the cost savings won't be great. Sure, x86 co-pros will make some ground, and as costs go down the usual mainstream inefficiencies of coder cost vs hardware performace will take a toll, but for the real high end systems still nothing will beat properly coded systems. But then how many (G/Co)CPU cycles do you really want to spend shifting a very limited set of registers around when they should be doing something useful instead?
All this, of course, and Intel produce some of the best code optimisation and compiler tools around...
How many times?
El Reg is getting slack. again.
PICTURES OR IT DIDN'T HAPPEN.
Surely I'm not the only one who, having played Halo and PC Third Person Shooter games, wonders just what the heck the fuss is all about with Halo when compared to the PC TPS games?
I do agree that WinPho7 is pretty easy to use and fairly polished in use, it's just that it looks so awful and toy / plasticy especially compared to the polish that is available on iPhones and, to a lesser degree, Android phones.
@Aimed at the wrong market
They're (largely) useless for business because they're aimed at kids with the playschool appearance interface and repeated heavy marketing focus on xbox-live, social networking and everything else that _most_ business users neither need or especially care much for.
To make matters worse, bespoke apps that used to run on the old OS won't run on the new so that quickly shot down a lot of potential business upgrades to WinPho7 in a flash as few businessess want to fork out even more now for existing (legacy) applications to be ported to a new system and in the meantime concurrently run and supporting both old and new versions.
The old WM6 phones were horrible to use and often barely successful as functioning as a phone. Part of this was the daft idea of trying to cram a windows (95/3.1!) interface into a mobile, the unsuitability of the underlying OS to support reliable, smooth telecoms and the awful applications and operator shovelware that tended to push the poor things over the edge. However their MS-centric side of them made them a good choice for businesses... and would probably have been very successful if RIM hadn't already sewn up the market years earlier with good phones which were streets ahead of normal devices and had the centralised configuration and management tools that made deploying and supporting the things almost a pleasure. Almost. Don't forget that most businesses provide phones through their ICT department and the staff there have to deploy and support these things and anything that comes with the tools that makes this process easier is likely to get picked in preference to devices that don't or can't.
Now MS's marketing spin department is trying perform an about turn to shove a playschool user interface at businesses with built in "pocket this", and "pocket that" but are hanpered by the continuing strong marketing push of the device as a "toy".
Notice how most of the marketing for the other smart phone OSes is more targetted, carefully chosen and / or appropriate? Apple's marketing shows the device in potentially useful scenarios that could happen to anyone, business or personal, and covers scenarios from gaming and photos through to useful navigation and information tools and even for the gaming tends to show it in situations other than teen-brat usage. Android's marketing is similar to Apples which given the similar target audience is inevitable and in Europe, at least, RIM's is very solidly business and productivity orientated however this is beginning to change slightly. MS's marketing, on the other hand, is either "toy / games" or "office / outlook" with no real hint of it even being averagely useful or doing anything especially interesting or anything in between.
You forgot one
... when the maths co-processor was swallowed up and became integral to the main CPU. IIRC this was around the time of the DX (as compared to SX) processors. There wasn't really much (PC) CPU competition about at the time and even for larger systems everything had discrete maths units.
"However I dont hear anybody complaining about pabx mfgrs?"
Alright then... Avaya. Their (management and end user) software is indescribably awful in almost every way and their product retention and support for anything over a couple of years old is along the lines of "what product? don't remember making that!"
Happy now? :p
Re: fn key
Yes, forgotten about them omitting the Windows key for such a long time. That was a real pain that was barely fixed using custom keys.
I agree physically about the keyboards though, the keyboards are generally good quality, although the dumb-arse fn-key positioning is the biggest bug bear for me when moving to use normal keyboard... aside from the damn forward and back navigation keys that I accidently hit all the sodding time of course. Wouldn't be so bad if it was possible to disable these keys without using a shovel load of crock-ware, however the fn key is fixed in a stupid place.
Could be worse - could be the cretinous Logitech (?) keyboards that had a function key lock that default to not using the function keys and instead mapped to dumb "media" functions instead.
Keyboard... wonder how coffee proof it is. And "good" to see that the a-holes at Lenovo are persisting in putting the f***ing Fn key in the place of the Ctrl key as usual. Barstards, causes so many problems when switching between Lenovo and normal keyboards.
E-mail... doesn't matter as long as MS Live, MS Mobile X and whatever else junk are part of MS Lync still work. Ish. Marketing tossers :(
Saw an unrelated MS presentation the other day and *ALL* they ineffectively pushed was MS Live, MS Mobile and MS Lync and how the entire world will be a better place with them. No mention and utter glossing over about what end users and support staff might possibly want - i.e. reliability, accountability and good diagnostics for *when* things go wrong (*).
(*) Because, to be fair, things always do go wrong (not just MS) but it's and damn sight easier when it's more transparent and the logs are present and comprehensible you stand a hope of figuring out the cause. Most problems are relatively simple to fix... as long as you can work out what the problem is.
Pictures (*and* playmobil) or it didn't happen. We weren't all born yesterday. On the other hand if we were, please worship our comprehension and leet typing skillz.
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