772 posts • joined Wednesday 26th March 2008 22:28 GMT
Re: Doesn't look good
I know how you feel, none of the launch games have jumped out at me as being interesting, maybe there'll be a must have game at some point, but not yet.
For me, it's not about the specifc console, it's about the games, and i have loads already for both ps4 and 360
Ironically if either the ps4 or Xbox were backwards compatible with anything, games/peripherals, I'd have got one or the other straight away. There is potentially hope for my Fanatec racing wheel working on the ps4, maybe, at some point in the future, but no chance on xbox by the looks of it.
Re: Does it really matter?
I got fed up with every episode of mythbusters consisting of about 5 mins of actual content, the rest is
what we are about to do
what we've just done,
what we'll do after the break
what we did before the break
blow something up!
Re: More programmers?
Most of the professional programmers, developers, software engineers, I've worked with over the years are no longer allowed to do it, they sneak around cobbling little tools and utilities together in their spare time to keep their hand in as the bulk of it has moved to somewhere cheaper. I'm not sure that teaching a new generation programming just so that they can supervise a sea of offshore coders and review some shocking quality stuff is that worth it.
I like the idea of everyone being familiar with programming, especially if theyar e familar with doing it properly, but I'm not sure it will be the saviour of british computing when so few of the already qualified and experienced coders are actually allowed to do it as a job anymore.
He's very lucky
as a 17year old, in the Uk he'd likely be in prison, and on the sex offenders register for life, for the creation and distribution of child pornography, even if it is himself.
Re: Almost unsolvable problem.
if you want a horror story look at what Ken Thompson did inside Bell Labs, and this is probably childs play compard to what is possible now, 30+ years later.
An early unix C compiler contained code that would recognize when the login command was being recompiled and insert some code recognizing a specific password allowing him in.
He also made the compiler recognise when it was compiling a version of itself, and automatically insert the code to do all this again. Having done this once, he was then able to recompile the compiler from the original sources; the hack perpetuated itself invisibly, leaving the back door in place and active but with no trace in any of the source code.
details are published in “Reflections on Trusting Trust”, Communications of the ACM 27, 8 (August 1984), pp. 761--763 (text available at http://www.acm.org/classics/)
a handier use, if you dont make international calls
"Hackers quickly produced a wrapper which would pass through all communications except the request for a network identity, to which it would respond "AT&T" without alerting the underlying SIM."
If I understand this correctly, then this technique could be used to produce a 'sticker' that you put on your sim, that would let it work in exactly the same way as it always did, but when your network locked phone queries it it returns whatever network the phone is locked to.
I used safari
For about 10 mins before going in search of a replacement.
I'd love to know what idiot though it would be a clever idea to completely hide the full URL. Maybe it's because I'm a techie, but I actually want to know exactly where I am on the net, not just get the gist of it.
There maybe an option to disable it, but I can't find it anywhere.
Re: British or not British
this is in reference to the numerical value "British billion", which is IMHO much more logical and sensible than the system adopted in the 70's, as you only add a new description when you need it, not just every three 0's
a billion is 1,000,000,000
a british billion is 1,000,000,000,000 - ie you have 1 hundred thousand million before going to the billion.
Re: How many programmers?
Oh please, it will be nothing like 60% for coders.
I'd be surprised if more than 20% of the budget went on actual design and build. There are all those management layers, possibly some time on the now old fashioned and mostly non-existent 'requirements gathering phase', all the bunfighting, the red tape. Lets face it some project has to pay for all those motivational conference calls, telling you that "we understand that you are stressed by being forced to work 60-70 hour weeks and we are dealing with it... we have stress management courses you can attend", your annual training has to be charged to some project, same with filling in your 'balanced scorecard'.
If it's not called Elerium, I'll be very dissapointed with the scientific community.
I am dissapointed with el reg though, for mentioning call of duty and tomb raider, but not the classic game that revolvd around it.
>“You’d be surprised to see how many unknown genders there are. That’s interesting.” says Cole
The majority of things companies do have no need to know someone's gender for the service they provide, and so they aren't supposed to collect it.
as someone who does support
This is an essential tool.
automatically analyse emails to the support mailbox, assign a stupidity value, and set a threshold. if the stupidity is over the threshold, the idiot gets a shock.
Why a thumb drive? Although i know they can be small, i have one on my keyring that is barely bigger than the USB prongs, a micro SD card would be better.
Given how tiny they are, you could very easily hide them. Eitehr about your person where even the most invasive body cavity search would be unlikely to reveal them, or even in your luggage. Unless everything you are carrying is going to be cut into 1cm square chunks it'd be hard to find a well hidden one.
I have a large mobile phone, in the best possible case I have to charge it up every few days. In a prison I'm sure there must be some way to stop anyone who smuggles a phone in to stop them getting at anything that would let them charge it.
Although, if they do manage to smuggle in a charger as well, that makes it a bit harder, especially with a uk plug!
They can be a symbol, but it goes both ways, a flashy gold rolex that could be used to club a seal to death, will elicit a response of "what a t**t" but similarly, if you are sporting a plastic, pound shop style, digital watch you also won't be taken very seriously either.
Re: Not eveyone can code
in a lot of cases automation can contribute towards badly written code. It does so much for you, people who barely know what they are doing can be let loose on the systems and you'd be amazed at what sort of damage they can do.
no mariokart yet
is a big mistake
This is the fallback party game for my group of friends, and a lot of people i know. It should have been a launch title.
all the recent crud that has been spouted abont the net, suggests we should move towards segregation of the internet, set up a separate kiddynet, with no porn, no swearing, etc and let them loose.
Then leave the existing net as-is for adults. Provide some simple way of selecting which net you want to access, so your kids only get acess to kiddynet, and you can access the grown up net in all it's perverse glory.
Re: Electricity bill
I used to leave my gaming pc on all the time, my wake up call was when I had a problem with it, and basically slotted a netbook into its role as a server temporarily. My quarterly electricity bill was over £100 less due to this one change.
A gaming PC with a 1200 watt supply, to a netbook with a 40 watt charger, 24/7 it adds up!
Re: Maybe they needed a reason to upgrade to a Nokia
There seem to be two schools of thought around someone producing a tougher form of glass.
The 1st is that it will make the phone tougher and more resilient
The second is that it can be made much thinner without being weaker.
This second one is what apple seem to go for.
good to know
It's not just me having issues with an iPad 2 and X-Com, i was a bit concerned intiially about how it was going to handle it, but it was listed as compatible, and the constant crashing after i got it didn't sell me. It did get past the worst of it though, possibly after a reset.
Re: How does it gauge effort?
> If it had a GPS tracker I might be slightly interested
If you have a smartphone, with GPS, there are free apps out there that will act as a GPS tracker/fitness monitor. I use one if I go out walking as it will take account of hills and give a calorie count.
Missing the point
It's not about them succeeding, that's almost irrelevant. It's about taking the "high powered management types" who you work with everyday, giving them a practical task, and watching them fail spectacularly due to some schoolboy error.
You watch it and think "I was right in what I thought about my managers"
Re: NOT be prosecuted
nope, as laws generally don't apply retrospectively. This is generally a good thing, as it means you can't be arrested for doing something perfectly legal, if in future it becomes illegal.
Alan Turing hasn't been pardoned yet.
Flat screen tv changed things
I used to get what can only be described as blinding headaches growing up playing computer games. The issue was getting eye strain from sitting close and staring at a 50/60htz crt tv/monitor for hours on end. As soon as CRT went up to higher refresh rates it got better, and went away completely with flat screens that don't flicker.
It may not affect everyone as much, but I can actually see a 60htz monitor flickering, and its uncomfortable to even look at one now.
I fell foul of the keywork matching
When I posted my CV to a recruitment service, I mentioned that I'd done a small amount of ASP as part of my university course, among the other things on the course. It wasn't listed in my actual skills or previous jobs.
I then proceeded to be swamped with job offers looking for experienced ASP.net developers... Makes me wonder why companies bother with some recruitment agencies, as any i'd applied to would have thrown it away the moment a human actually looked at the cv. Nevermind they were all way outside of the area I'd said I was prepared to travel to.
I also did this at university
when I inevitably ran out of money a week or two before my next loan payment, it was a bit easier then though, as you clould get a cheap 'value' loaf of bread and 5-6 cans of 'value' beans for under a pound.
Re: XBOX forcing people to subscribe to its "Services"
I don't actually have a big problem with the nominal fee, it can be had for £3-4 a month, and it keeps some of the riff raff honest.
On a free acccount, if you cheat or are obnoxious to someone and you get banned, you can just create another account and do it again. At least you have something to lose with the annual fee if you do that.
Re: Kids today...
I went through all of that process, what are the prospects, money, enjoyment etc, and like a lot of people in the 90's came up with IT as the answer (software engineering in my case)
Unfortunately the IT work prior to the millennium was no reflection of the work afterwards, the panic was over an not a lot happened. Due to the sheer number of people who came to the same conclusion that IT was a good career option, and the drop off in available jobs, it wasn't a good market by the time I finished my degree. I actually did end up with a career in IT, but I don't know anyone else I work with who actually has an IT related degree.
the whole point of exams/degree/qualifications/etc
Is expressly to differentiate between people's abilities.
Everyone getting an better education is a noble goal, however everyone getting an A(A*), or everyone getting a degree defeats the entire purpose of the system. Now a degree is fairly worthless*, everyone has one, you have to have something else to stand out as a candidate. I am currently trying to get as many professional qualifications as possible through my employer, but even those are becoming industry standard, instead of something exceptional.
*that's not to say that not having one won't count against you, but actually having one won't put you ahead of the pack
Re: I would not be so sure
I'm not so sure about that. The case you list of child protection, would probably have been due to involving a child in a criminal activity, ie the kerb crawling. Not something relating directly to trying to get him laid.
sex is legal at 16 in the UK, so I'm pretty sure he could have arranged it in other ways that wouldn't have caused problems. I can't see why hiring some strippers should cause any issues if everyone there was 16+
If they weren't all 16+ though, the person who arranged it would probably be banged up and on the sex offenders register before their feet hit the ground.
"Time to remove the tax-exempt status on all religions. If because they are a deity's respresentative on earth, why does the taxman care? If because they are doing good in the world, then why are they different from other do-good organisations?"
Scientology isn't recognised as a religion in the UK, so doesn't enjoy tax exempt status.
Somehow they managed to get classified as a not-for-profit body though, so they are VAT exempt.
Re: More likely Tad Williams Otherland*
In otherland the serious net users had their brains plugged in directly, even wirelessly for the expensive kit, which is probably a more practical way of getting a holodeck like experience. I think they've even had something similar in Star Trek calling it a poor mans holodeck.
Is it wrong
That my first thoughts when I heard this were "what scandalous story from his past has just been discovered by the press that could be broken any day?"
I recall the good old days of school computer security... Where the drives were just hidden to secure them, and creating a Shortcut to c: could get you access to them.
I don't think the IT teacher ever figured out I was using winpopup to troll the thickies, and was completely stumped as to how a group of us were playing network games of hearts in the lessons.
I was coding long before I was 11, good old Sinclair basic and computer magazines full of code listings and I learned all sorts from it. Even when I started on pcs it wasn't plain sailing. My first experience of dos was fiddling around with interrupt and dma settings in several vain attempts to try and get some sound in games. Nevermind the joys of EMS and XMS. Kids today have it far too easy to actually learn much from what they are doing.
But things are far too easy and reliable nowadays, nothing ever goes wrong so you don't get people delving into the internals to try and get things working, they may be able to do a lot more than we could, but it doesn't mean they actually know and understand what they are doing.
"Am I the only one who likes the Ribbon interface?"
No wij you're not
I like it as well, it's a good replacement for the toolbar. The only problem I have with it is that they took away the menu bar too.
Re: Slowly closing the gap with Microsoft Office?
"Then write the CMYK support, or hire someone to write it, or sponsor the project, or write the specs, or help with the testing, or the docs, or...."
Or pay a nominal sum of money to obtain commercial software that already has these features, along with support?
Of the options you mentioned, only writing it myself or hiring someone to write it will actually guarantee the specific functionality gets created. That's not going to be free to do. If I needed hundreds of copies in several months, this might be a way to go and save some money on licencing. If i need 4 copies immediately, the only sensible approach is to go out and buy something that already does it.
I like your attitude!
I consider this to be useless unreliable crap... I must unload this on someone unsuspecting via eBay as soon as possible!
Re: Interesting business model
Hmm, odd that they want to exit the low to midrange market. I got my first OCZ flash drive based on them being a reasonably cheap "named" brand with decent performance and reviews. I was so pleased with it that when I upgraded my higher end systems I went for their range as well, based on them being a reasonably priced but respectable brand. I could have gone cheaper but no-name, and the randomness that comes with that, is something I refuse to gamble on nowadays, or alternatively I could have gone a lot more expensive for dubious performance gains.
Re: Limited Expansion
It's a weird one, especially as they won't cable up new builds. Some places would be a negligible amount of work to add to their network, but they absolutely refuse. Bu they can go to ridiculous lengths for their existing areas.
One of my friends moved his service to a new house, and after having the local scum cut his cable 3-4 times over a couple of months he got them to come in and dig up the pavement, road, garden, etc. to bury it all.
Personally, I've thought their cable Internet is outstanding when it works, had great experiences. But I despair of ever having another issue that requires dealing with their support.
It's not signed by Buster Paper Commercial ltd, its signed by DigiCert. However as that's a CA I've never heard of and know doesn't have root certs on any of the serious systems I'm responsible for I can't say it would worry me much. Now if Thawte or Verisign had issued it I'd be a bit more concerned!
Pretty much all of my friends own a wii, and we all fall back on the same staple games, house of the dead, for the 'light guns' and mariokart.
Both of them serve as party games for my crowd, all of whom fondly remember the snes version of mariokart. As an aside, one of my friends fired up his old snes and let his daughter have a go on mariokart, she kept crashing as the motion controls were 'broken'
You've hit the nail on the head, there's a lot of great stuff it could do, but isn't used for.
But Nintendo aren't the only ones, using your fallout example, xbox smartgalss, or ps3 remote play could be used to do a pipboy on your smartphone/ipod/ipad/psp/vita... a bit of sellotape to attach it to your arm :)
That could be patched into the game today and most of the game's owners could use it with no extra hardware costs over what they already own
They might have been better off providing a cheaper controller along with something more generic such as a smartphone app.
Re: Uhm, no?
One of the supposed benefits of outsourcing is that you aren't supposed to care about that sort of thing anymore, you are paying a company to do something for you, the actual individuals involved should be irrelevant as long as the skills are there. Succession planning should be their problem, not yours.
If you have to constantly check up, and mange staff, you might as well hire someone directly and do it yourself.
Re: I think MS might be right
"I can't find a compelling laptop, even in the "ultrabook" range.
I haven't seen one device that is powerful, thin, has a large trackpad, a hi-res 13" display and nice graphics."
This is exactly the thing that keeps tempting me to get a macbook pro, no-one else seems to do anything as nice hardware wise, especially now they have the retina version. I'm not a big fan of OSX so I'd probably end up putting windows 7 on it anyway.
I believe Mythbusters did indeed prove that you can polish a turd!
Re: To be honest...
"I want to buy horsemeat as it is tasty but I've never seen it for sale in the UK. I always bring some back with me when I go on holiday in France."
I'd like to try it, I had a zebra burger at a local agricultural show last year and that was really nice. I really don't understand why it's near impossible to get anything even slightly out of the ordinary in the uk. I have a local restaurant that has all sorts in its buffet, ostrich, crocodile, kangaroo, and everyone always enjoys them, but you can't really get it yourself.
One of my friends went to Thailand and managed to "lose" masses of his Facebook "friends" by posting that he'd tried dog and enjoyed it.
I got it today
I was of the view it was £8.95 for professional plus so I might as well give it a try. So far it feels a bit weird, it's a different look, but I'm not sure how much of an improvement on 2010 it is yet.
It was quite odd that it didn't seem to do much of an install, it didn't even replace 2010.
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