56 posts • joined Wednesday 30th April 2008 11:46 GMT
Re: An open letter
While I agree with what you're saying, it sounds like the possibility exists that they aren't acting legally. If so then it should be investigated.
Re: Aperture Science
Yup, definite echoes of Cave Johnson there.
Re: Mass profiling
Yes but who would run the country then?!
No, the reputable sources said Iraq had bugger all WMDs.
The problem was down how the reputable sources findings were interpereted / ignored / manipulated ...
Re: It really should be simple enough
How exactly does a "limited number of copies" (digital) benefit anyone? The publisher/author would still get paid when a copy was borrowed, so no loss there - in fact having unlimited copies increases potential payments. The library could simply pay the equivalent of however many physical copies they would have purchased - say 3? - and then be allowed to loan it out as many times as they wish; maybe, worst case for a time limited period..
Incorporating digital deterioration is pointless - i'm sure that over time format changes would cover this.
Re: No need to drag politics in please - Non M
If you're after non M - i'd suggest Transitions (very sci-fi non M) Crow Road & Complicity as starting points, also probably wasp factory (just because it's his "famous" one) - these are my favourite non M ones - the rest (IMO!!) are good to read but I often found the conclusions to be a little unsatisfying (except maybe walking on glass - but that one's just odd.)
I always prefered the M stuff (I think i've read all of them more than once) ... heh, you've got me reminiscing now.
Re: Err... umm... And who is going to enforce the rules, exactly?
The winners enforce them on the losers.
Gotta have rules otherwise governments would go around torturing other people...
Re: Interesting Article
Re: People will pay for music if it is sanely priced
The argument about the price of music always falls flat for me since the price of a CD (~£10 give or take, YMMV) hasn't actually increased since the early 90's, and as far back as i can recall there has always been too much crap around. It's hard to say if it's actually getting worse or the fact that there's obviously still a market for it that just exacerbates the crapiness of it all...
"How does this work with prescription specs?" - at the moment it probably doesn't but, I don't imagine it would be difficult to adjust the thingummydoodah to compensate for different focal lengths etc. or later on even be incorporated in prescription glasses in some inobtrusive manner...
"Or, indeed, being able to show my interest in (say, a fine frigate and or postillion) by making sure that the subject being visualised was aware of the visualisation?" - slack jawed drooling like the rest of us?!
Re: downloads -"none of the associated costs on a physical product"
"when the digital version has none of the associated costs on a physical product" - except that they do. More or less. It's the same situation as with ebooks, most of the cost is associated with producing the game. Sure there's a small % associated with making & distributing the physical product, but not that's going to make much difference and then there are the additional overheads associated with the digital downloads - bandwidth, servers etc.
In any case you pretty much can get most games as digital downloads these days.
Re: Three Thoughts
I think (as in my case) people had xboxes for gaming and now it's became possible to get films & TV programmes through it, and simply because it already happens to be connected to the TV gets used for watching films/tv.
So i'm not sure that it being in more 'normal' households is right either - I imagine it's in the same households but is now being used for more 'normal' activities...
I don't think anyone would go out and buy an xbox purely to watch films/tv on (for a start there's the live subs, though i don't know if you actually need it to get films etc, then there's no blue-ray player so it limits its usefulness there too...) I think in this instance microsoft is just taking advantage of a potential revenue stream simply because it can - squeezing the last bit potential out of the xbox 360 before they bring out the next one.
Re: Something doesn't add up
... and they're not parsing all your documents to sell advertising/appease the government. Well probably not.
Re: And the problem is....?
"We're discussing one of those problems, companies dodging corporation tax."
Yes but since when did "we" give any shade of a damn about companies not paying tax? It's a problem for the government but they've somehow manipulated us into kicking up a fuss about it - threatening to boycott amazon & starbucks etc. It's not the government's ham fisted attempt at running the economy, no it's all those evil corporations legally avoiding paying tax....
Re: And the problem is....?
Here's a poem from the 2000s called "Sorry you're dead Ms Miggins but we ran out of dialysis machines because the economy's screwed and we don't know what we're doing so we're blaming everyone else instead. [sent from my iPhone 5 in first class]"
Looks alright to me...
...the gun thing for a start; you'd never see it held so oddly in a game - there's normally only a few generic position animations for the opposition / other players. Plus I don't think I've ever seen graphics that 'realistic' looking either (looking at the original here btw.).
You need to stay in more!
possibly too sutble...
to be fair the definition of "free speech" does seem change rather frequently these days, or rather the list of exceptions gets longer...
Yup, not even listed...
It was a toss up between Portal 2 and Skyrim (but 1,2 is right so hey) - i had to type Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim manually... as I recall Valve wasn't listed as a dev either...
pretty sloppy voting thing if you ask me.
Portal got made. OK at its most basic it's a glorified FPS, but in its own way it's original and it's commercially successful. I'd wager that these days if you've got a good enough idea someone will stump up some cash...
What would Steve do?
Lock it down with DRM and take a 30% cut.
Ah i see what you did there...
Singing a song someone else sang is one thing. Distributing a copy of a performance of a song someone paid money to write, record and produce (without their permission) is another. That's why Napster failed - it wasn't fair.
A few bugs in a game this complex are probably to be expected, but when the patch breaks stuff too it's not so good - they should've spent an extra week making the patch right (or at least not wrong). Yes people were moaning, but a week wouldn't make much difference - then again it's nearly xmas so maybe that had something to do with it...
Anyway, it is a great game (OK the NPC AI could be better, but...) and to be fair i've hardly noticed any problems with my copy (xbox version) - think it's maybe frozen a handful of times over, well, quite a few hours of play.
...most of these would make REALLY bad films. The bits that make these books special (and i'll admit to only having read maybe 60% of them ) just wouldn't translate to the 'big screen'.... saying that i think Altered Carbon would (and the sequels) so it got my vote despite the fact it's not one of the better books on the list...
Paris - gotta be an obvious casting for Hari Seldon!
how? by making better handsets than everyone else...
... and Nokia are quite good at that.
The other side of all this is that Microsoft NEED to get a decent mobile device out there - the current trend seems to be towards mobile computing and they could do worse than Nokia for hardware.
This could be like you say, a long slow suicide - but equally it could be the thing that makes them both.
"when it is no longer needed for the purposes for which it was collected"
who decides the data is "no longer needed."??
"Please delete my data"
"No, we need it to sell advertising."
"That's why we collected it in the first place."
Maybe it is all legit
Probably the first thing an aggrieved suspect (which probably makes up most of the people these guys go after) does is make a complaint - "help help i'm being oppressed/beaten/setup by fascists/racists" etc. And doubtless they all have to be recorded these days regardless of how unfounded they might be. So maybe it is all legit.
It should be noted that i am writing this of my own free will, and am not being coerced in anyway at all. (sorry, how do you spell that? c-o-e-r-c-e-d? OK got it)
let's hope it's a server chip...
...xPads are so passe.
Fair point but...
As mentioned in the article, it wasn't this that cause the crisis.
"How the bankers "make" the money is by doing it thousands of times a second so it all buids up and this would stop this." WHY do you want to stop this?!?!? OK the whole banking system is a big farce built on imaginary money, but this bit actually "works".
"The banks by doing this are taking the money out of our economy i.e. us and giving us nothing in return." - well no. The bank makes a profit - their staff get paid, their shareholders get a dividend, and the bank has money to invest in new business etc.
For now all *I'd* do (& IANAB) is fix the system so that the last crisis can't happen again (or can easily be mitigated) and then step back and think before doing anything else. Knee-jerk reactions/laws/regulations never really work. & Yeah i know it's how the current (UK) government operates but hey...
not electrical anyway
one of the limitiations of binary based electronics is how fast you can switch between "1" & "0" voltage levels and still accurately tell what you had (against noise). I imagine any gain from using ternary bits would be lost in speed, plus the associated logic would need to be more complex - almost getting towards old analogue electronics!
still, nice to see the Chinese trying to develop new stuff.
"If you need a secure method, surely you would have a more secured centralised SQL server for the police force to access confidential data from?" -
you don't mean like a "database"?! I have reservations about the amount of information the state maybe keeping on me in various databases, but i always assumed (somewhere in the back of my mind) that they were actual *databases*, only accessible by certain people that had been vetted and trained to use them. Not some poxy spreadsheet that gets cc'd to all and sundry.
damage confidence in the police?! - damage confidence in the whole damned system more like...
I think the titanium guy might have a valid point - as long as the apps correctly use the Apple APIs, they'll probably be OK. This is probably what the new SDK clause was really about - his argument sounds plausible/sensible anyway.
In any case how would apple be able to tell an app was written using a translator (barring any headers it might add) and not straight in Objective C or C++ etc? (OK, if the app doesn't use the APIs i suppose that might give it away...)
Yeah i remember that Portillo documentary - as i recall they tried different gasses (on pigs?) and found some gasses (nitrogen etc) although effective caused the pigs to become stressed due to suffocating (i.e. it would be inhumane). I think they settled on argon? But as you said the pro-death penalty guy said it was too easy - but that might have just been an extreme opinion for the sake of 'good TV'.
Read like a Verity Stobb stream-of-conciousness-piss-take and then it stopped. Hmmmm.
Still, beats Topeka.
Yeah, we should all use passwords instead(!) <ahem>
4 digits is OK for a PIN - it's not like you can stand at the ATM/checkout and try and brute force it.
an 'easy' way round this problem is to make customers give their cards to the cashier who then inserts the card into the reader. The customer then enters the PIN on a separate keypad and the card is returned at the end of the transaction.
let's face it there's never going to be a secure way of doing this. However at least now banks (should!!) now have to admit that chip & PIN is not secure as they made out and take some of the liability themeselves.
...but it's a fair point tho.
I agree the internet is currently a 'better place' since Google arrived, but you must be a little concerned at the dominance/influence they have. In the end they're just another company. You know, like Microsoft. Big companies need to be periodically attacked to 'keep them honest', if the attack is baseless it'll be ignored, if not then maybe things can be improved.
And lets face it having a motto "Don't be evil" is just asking for it really!
@Tony Paulazzo - Pirates
it's in their own interests after all global warming is causing a decrease in the number of pirates (or is it the other way around...) and that would certainly worry me if i were a pirate.
' "geoengineering"- artificially modifying the climate - must be considered as a countermeasure to global warming...'
yeah, given the reasons for global warming seem change every other week how would anyone actually know for certain how to "geoengineer" anything - they could potentially (read: probably) make things 'worse' (relative to this weeks version of the apocalypse). It seems there's still far too much uncertainty to take any positive action.
Just (coincidentally) installed Debian 5.0.0 Lenny (really only because there was that Reg article about it recently and it stuck in my mind) on an old-ish (P4) laptop - never used Linux before (a bit of Unix way-back), so i thought i'd give it a try.
and bugger me sideways if it wasn't disgustingly easy. On top of that it managed to install a dual-boot (using GRUB - iircc) with windows XP (that was already installed) and it all seems to work fine with minimal effort (OK I skim read the install manual one lunchtime) Not really had much of a play yet, but am quite impressed so far...
"We need to patrol the internet to keep predators away from children in the same way as we patrol the real world," - only when the pubs kick out and on special occasions?
maybe if people treated the internet like the 'real world' then lots of problems would go away...
Software Theft?! Surely Federation Against Insufficient Licensing would be more appropriate...