184 posts • joined 17 Apr 2008
Re: Last 5 mins of Small Soldiers
Maybe it has a Halo style app that will call black helicopters?
Re: Bad headline
agreed...subbing as its worst.
Not to be mistaken for...
...WhatsRemote. Which does allow WhatsApp on the desktop and works pretty damn well.
Based on conversations I have, this one may backfire.
Throwing the kindle library into Prime...good move, worked well. You can share prime with other members too, so husband, wife, children etc. get the benefit.
Throwing LoveFilm streaming in, great idea too. For £30 extra? No hope at all.
Count me into the ever growing list of people who won't be renewing prime, the price hike is obscene and I have no real need to use the streaming service.
Re: Floppy Eject
"If you allow the user to eject without the data being committed then they lose their work."
But that is no reason to lose the button. Apple put a motorised eject system into the drive, far cooler than a mechanical button. There was no reason at all not to include an electronic eject button in that process that first flushed the drive buffer and then ejected the disk. It's really not rocket science and far more useful than a hidden OS command.
Re: Floppy Eject
"It would have been right there in the Special menu!"
The Special menu, for special people? Sounds about right.
Of course I spent a light of time trying to right click on the floppy icon, which just opened it because there was actually only one mouse button - another eternal source of frustration for users of proper PCs.
I've just always found Macs completely non-intuitive. People says they are so much easier to use than Windows but I couldn't agree less. For example, the window management buttons. On Windows the buttons represent the action. A big square to make it bigger. A little line to minimise. An X to close. All logical. On Macs I get some odd coloured traffic lights. How is a new user supposed to have any idea what red, green or yellow will do? No labels, no help if you hover over. Nothing. Just seemingly random coloured buttons. MS Windows and X-Windows got it right, why do Apple have to be different?
Re: Floppy Eject
I knew how to operate a floppy drive, had done for years. They came with eject buttons, always did on PCs. Apple chose not to include one. I still have no idea why.
I remember once getting the disk out using a paper clip in the hole. The OS instantly displayed some kind of horrible error and wouldn't operate again until it was powered off and back on.
How could this possibly be a good thing?
I used an early Apple Mac to help create the school newspaper and it was quite an eye opener - I'd already been using PCs at home for a while.
I remember saving my file to a floppy disk and then trying to eject it to go home. There was no eject button. I hunted around the operating system and could find no obvious way of getting it out. I was there ages, refusing to accept my failure and ask a teacher. In the end I had to ask for help and I was told I needed "command+E" or something. Not only did Apple not have something as simple as an eject button, it also had an extra key on the keyboard that nothing else had.
From that moment onwards I hated Macs and still do. I'll never have one in my house.
Of course, the beauty of all this is that when they break and my friends ask for help I can comfortably say "sorry, I've never used a Mac and can't help you". I recommend them to all my friends and family now :)
Paris - because even she has buttons in the right places.
The Wii U is a great piece of kit, highly underrated. We use ours pretty much every day, which is more than I can say for most of the electronic kit in the house.
Tegile Mutant Hybrid Flash-Dells
I'll get my coat.
I get your point regarding adverts on commercial channels but don't most people just skip through adverts on their PVR these days? What proportion of people still watch TV live?
Re: Cooking etc.
"Is it cheaper to keep building new production teams to come up with new ideas than it is to continue to make episodes of older ideas which can then be sold internationally?"
If the shows can be sold internationally, then the rights to them would have considerable value if sold.
Building new productions teams to come up with new ideas isn't cheap, that's why we pay the license fee, right?
Re: Cooking etc.
No, not Sky...I said another terrestrial broadcaster. It would be important to keep the shows free to air.
I thought of a simple fix for the BBC license fee argument a little while ago.
Clearly it's difficult to please everybody, there will always be some who argue that they don't want "their" licence fee money going towards a show they don't like. e.g. I think we spend far too much money on Masterchef.
If a show is popular, as indeed the cooking and baking shows appear to be, they should have a limited run on the BBC. Perhaps 2 or, at most, 3 series. After that, the BBC should be contractually obliged to sell it off to the highest bidder.
This indirectly happened with Jonathan Ross when he left the Beeb for unrelated reasons. His chat show is now on ITV, with the same bad jokes. License payers are no longer paying Ross's inflated wages.
Shows like Masterchef, Apprentice, Top Gear, Bake off and Eastenders would all be gone to another terrestrial broadcaster. It happens with sport, why not drama and reality?
The funds received from selling off the successful shows could go towards paying for new television to replace it.
Most of these shows are now "made by xyz for BBC" so there is no reason quality should drop as a result of it changing channel. We'd just start saving money.
Re: total meh
At least the Wii U is managing games at 1080p/60 - the only console in the UK that does.
I had a similar idea for the soon to be empty Tie Rack stores in railway stations. So small, they aren't much use for anything else.
Nobody will notice problems with phones on a platform that nobody uses.
Re: Not for me but...
The pop-ups I get are often crappy survey things, although admittedly I haven't seen one for a while.
Not for me but...
I do hope that the costs of this venture don't mean (even) more banner ads and pop-ups on the main site.
I know advertising is essential to pay bills, wages etc. but keeping costs down can help too.
Not just me then?
I've been wishing I was on the Bitcoin track for some time but clearly I missed the bus. I'm wondering who is actually making the money here? Maybe if you had a solar panel on the roof this could work out quite well?
Beer - it's always a good return on investment.
Re: Again with the PS4 ad?
I prefer the ambiguity..."was he joking?"
In real terms it was a self-deprecating joke. I love my Wii U.
Re: Again with the PS4 ad?
You see to have overlooked the Wii U.
DAB is pointless
Given the availability of internet radio, I find DAB a little pointless. As you can pick up global radio stations from anywhere with an internet connection, whats the point in a poor broadcast service? Many new cars now have internet access options, which could be used for in car audio.
Given the spam that LinkedIn send, it's a good job they have limited access to corporate address books.
So twitter starts as an SMS based service, limited on characters due to the protocol it runs across. Anybody could use SMS, but they used twitter to be social.
Now you can use it for IM? But everybody had that to start with.
Re: You will be bored but...
3.5GB per download?
So that's going to take, um, ZERO GB out of my download limit.
Can't believe people have deployed this crap, we stuck with Windows 7.
Houston we have a problem...
Apollo 13 wouldn't have been anything like as good a story if they had one of these on board.
Re: Not needed@ Ben Rose
Thanks, interesting information, but it ignores the costs of running the electric water pump. Surely significant? A cupful of lost gas versus loads of, more expensive per kWh, electricity. Your boiler efficiency theory is sound but ignores this part - the condenser fan also needs to run.
Interesting that this article touches on hot water. I never really turn mine off, any heat lost from my hot water tank will only go towards warming the house anyway.
Re: Not needed
Similar calculations to yours, just not negating the same stuff.
Rate of heat loss is proportional to temperature, so if the radiators are hotter they will heat the room quicker. Once up to temperature, the boiler and water pump can both shut down. Running the pump for longer uses more electricity. Running the boiler for longer uses more gas. With cooler water temp the boiler may cut out sooner but will come back on quicker as the boiler return temperature will be much lower. The hotter radiators will stay warmer longer too, keeping the house warmer for longer and removing the need to turn the boiler back on.
My boiler instructions say to run at MAX temperature when it's cold outside. This is apparently more efficient. In that case, why is it not more efficient at all times?
Re: Not needed
"when it's warmer outside it also lowers the radiator water temp as that's more efficient than running hot, shutting off and then cycling again"
Really? Is it? Can you prove that with some basic Physics?
All my maths suggests the precise opposite. I've made a lot of eco efforts in my house and the hot water temp is the only one I've never had a conclusive answer on.
What a waste of time and money
I'm not entirely surprised people tinker with the app all the time, they've wasted their hard earned on it. On top of that, it's a thermostat...people drive me mad with those. In the words of Victoria Wood:
"I thought I was going menopausal and then I realised the cat had been playing with the thermostat".
It's not rocket science. Decide what temperature you would like your home to be, set it and leave it be. Some homes have hot and cold spots, but thermostatic radiator valves should cater for this.
The new generation have homeowners grew up in a home with parents who never had central heating when they grew up. CH was a mod-con and preferable to lighting a fire when they got up each day. This trend stays with us in the form of "it's so cold, i turned my heating back on this weekend" each Autumn. My heating never goes off...that's what the thermostat does. When it's warm, like it Summer, the heating doesn't come on. When it's cold, as if by magic, it fires up the boiler.
Modern boilers are hot and modern radiators efficient. You can heat up a cold house in around 20 minutes in the depths on winter. Remote control really isn't needed.
Will I be able to run EA Origin under SteamOS?
Cool, integrating YouTube comments with Google+
That's the same as turning them off, right?
Yes, of course...
We had to put down 6 mice last week due to incurable infections.
She's a bigger act than you think...
Lily Collins has actually been in quite a few movies, I've seen her in a couple of things recently, I doubt she needs any more promotion.
Mirror Mirror was perhaps the most memorable where she played Snow White alongside Julia Roberts' wicked Queen. She even sang one of the main songs in it. I checked carefully and it was disappointed to find it wasn't produced by the Genesis guy either.
No PC Version...
The humble PC beginnings yet there is no PC version of GTA V. Fail.
As other, somewhat more sensational, news stories have demonstrated; there is clearly a culture of keeping quiet within the BBC. Seems to be an organisation full of people who are scared to lose their jobs.
Gold iPhone ringtone...
...would have to be a certain song from Roy Chubby Brown.
MS Quality Assurance at its best
Does nobody test this stuff?
I mean, they even forgot to put the Start button in Windows 8!
But what about...
...G+ users? I psychologist could have a field day with that lot.
LASER not laser
Is it just me who gets annoyed when people don't use LASER?
It's an acronym like RIM or OSX, but I don't see El Reg gettng those wrong.
Could go either way
I'm not sure this is going to change a whole lot. My limited viewpoint sees a lot of downloaders watching their content offline on phones or tablets these days, which Netflix doesn't do much to help.
Sure if you watch your downloads on TV, your broadband is fast enough, your ISP limits allow it and you have a TV that is able to play Netflix then this might be a winner. For everybody else, the download will be a higher bitrate and have 5.1 surround.
Re: Not concerned..
Mutli-user has been available since Windows 95 but not until ME did they actually have separate NT style profiles. e.g. c:\documents and settings\username\etc
This type of profile allowed different settings to be stored easily for each user and, in the case of Chrome, would mean two entirely separate password repositories in different folders.
Mutiple user profiles have been in "domestic" flavours on Windows since Windows ME. During first time set-up of a new PC they have positively encouraged people to have multi-user logins, with their own wallpaper etc. It works well and your desktop etc. are stored in an area that is off-limits to other users.
I share my PC with a wife and 2 children. Can they see my saved Chrome passwords? No.
Clearly Scaramanga will make one of these in the Daniel Craig remake Bond movie "The Man with the Plastic Gun".
Re: So many choices
I think Cumberbatch should be the new Master!
Ronnie Corbett, Richard Madeley (random, but think about it), either of the guys from Pointless.
In fact, I'm happy with anybody except Miranda or James Corden.
Doesn't Harry Potter need a good job? Swap his wand for a sonic screwdriver.
Re: It'd be nice
Now you mention it, the Tardis does crash a lot lately.
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