87 posts • joined Wednesday 30th April 2008 11:46 GMT
Re: Did I miss the NSFW tag?
Yeah a moment of frantic scrolling there. Spiders? Phew yep spiders are safe.
Though to be fair i really should be doing some work so everything is NSFW at the moment ... bah it's monday...
Re: I remember playing TR 2 and enjoying it.
I don't know - wasn't TR2 mockingly called Doom Raider at the time for the amount of shooting involved?
Later games Legend & Underworld manged to have good puzzles and game-play as well as having glitzy graphics. I'd agree the latest is a bit easy, but is very well done.
Re: re: hate for ID
Rights & justification - lol. Rights can easily* be changed & justification is whatever they say it is.
*except on rare occasions when some politicians act like they've actually got principles...
It's all very well saying this is Britain and you can do what you like within in the law, but let's face it these days that isn't very much.
Then they try to switch it off.
Re: what happens....
"What happens when everyone who wants an ipad ... HAS one?"
You could equally ask the same about android or anything.
The thing is we currently live in a consumer
hellsociety, stuff is manufactured and sold (or people invest in the manufacturers or sell them services or fries or whatever) and 'we' have to keep making stuff - faster, shinier, more desirable stuff. If everyone got what they 'wanted' or made do with what they had there'd be a problem.
"I swear we never asked for any of this."
Re: Whip it out in a bar and all your friends are certain to go: “Oooh...”
I think you'd be OK, up to the point you tried to use it as a phone. I suppose a bluetooth headset could reduce the embarrassment. Heh, maybe someone will combine a bluetooth headset & stylus - maybe standing in a bar talking to a pencil would look less ridiculous. Then again.
Re: Beware of reapers ...
Fair point but...
With the recent security/privacy disclosures I don't think you could trust anybody, 'free' or otherwise to keep fingerprint data. A big database of fingerprints (OK, probably only one finger...) would be far too tempting for the security services, especially if they could correlate that data with location.
Re: About bloody time!
"The pressure difference between sea level and 1000m in air is about the same as the pressure difference between surface level and a depth of 1m in water (a 10% change), so I wonder whether IP67 will really be good enough after the first 30 minutes ...?"
Should actually be better - the pressure 1000m above sea level is LESS than at sea level (rather than more 1 meter underwater) - so there'd be less external pressure to force the water into the phone...
Re: Dubious value proposition?
It is occasionally useful to share images in real time ... but we do it with our phones well enough, and "occasionally" means you don't need to keep the stupid thing on your nose." - yes, but it would be much easier to show someone something just by looking at it rather than waving your phone at it, plus it's hands free, and if there were a number of things you wanted to check, you could pop your glasses on for 10 minutes, do what you need to do and then take them off, much like the way you'd use a phone/tablet at the moment.
I think they have the potential to become very useful. Maybe not something you'd wear all the time (although some probably would!), just something you put on for a specific task.
Re: Huge flaw in article
"You're assuming the people from GCHQ are in some way competent."
If you assume they are competent for a second, it could've gone something like this:
Spook Boss: We've had a request that you supervise the destruction of computing equipment with Snowden's files on it.
Spook: But isn't that pointless, surely they'd have a backup?
Spook Boss: Yes, but the request has come from on high.
Spook: So i'm going to spend the day out of the office destroying computer equipment? Oh well, if i must...
Might require rehab...
Re: @jeremy 3 (Um...)
"During installation on Android a list of permissions that the app wants is displayed" - yes but unfortunately most Android apps seem to want permissions for everything, so the list of permissions to check becomes just another "EULA" and people just accept them with much thought. Sure you can read the list and decide not to install an app that wants unwarranted permissions but how many do?
Only three minifigs?!
After a cursory glance looks like Walt, Gus & Mike - No Jesse then?!?!
Re: Anyone see a Trojan Horse here ?
Yeah and once they've got everyone used to lack of anonymity online they'll suggest removing anonymity offline - get your er, Facecard and make it easy to sign up to social
manipulationmedia and other services...
Re: THIS IS NOT PATENTABLE
Given the current ongoing patent grief, it's probably more a case of getting the patent in before anyone else does rather than it having much merit in itself. I'm starting to think most patents these days are like this...
Re: It is not that simple - cannibalism
Presumably if they can work out how to grow convincing tasting/feeling beef, they could work out how to grow any type of meat you wanted...
Re: @ Trevor Pott
"He killed noone. He endangered noone" - yeah but was that was blind luck. He stole 700,000 odd reports and cables, there's no way he could have checked each one, and he just handed it over to a foreign agency (wikileaks) - sure they say they checked nothing sensitive was published but that's besides the point.
While I think the way he's been treated is pretty abohorrent, I still think he's guilty. I'd have a little more sympathy if he had just exposed what he thought was evidence of war crimes and not just dumped everything he could get his hands on.
I'm getting the impression that the government knows full well that these measures won't work or will cause more problems* than they solve, but getting people to opt-in to unfiltered internet access (or actively bypassing the filter) means that responsiblity for what someone accesses is laid firmly at their own feet; they won't be able to turn around and say 'I came across it accidently while clicking on a link.' - they've made a decision to have unfiltered web access. Plus it has the advantage of placting the mumsnet types. The privacy issues are mostly academic as the ISPs log everything you do anyway so making you opt in before visiting those dodgy sites is mostly immaterial.
*for first world values of "problems" ...
Re: If anybody, it has to be them first
"...significant magnitude to the internet..." or any other field of engineering!
let's face it this award is just so UK politicians can pretend the UK is some kind of technology leader and grunt "look look we invented the web" etc for the millionth time.
They came up with some protocols 25 odd years ago - is that really the best we can showcase?
Nah, some of use can actually play FPS with a controller. Mouse & keyboard are soooo 20th century! ;-)
Re: Grow up people
Which would be all well and good but it seems to be getting far to easy to get arrested for saying or looking at the wrong thing in the UK at the moment, that coupled with the governments penchant for making laws retrospective, makes all this data surveillance a little disconcerting. Sure maybe I've got nothing to hide today but who's to say what will be illegal tomorrow?
"And he argued the long lists of email addresses we saw were in the public domain already and could be "accessed by the public in order for people reporting crime to contact those who reported a crime on their behalf"."
I'm sure there are a few people who committed crimes that would like to "contact" the people who reported them on their behalf...
My money's on what's-her-face (the current assistant) becoming the doctor in another inexplicable episode, but I think Rowan Atkinson would be a good choice.
Heh, or Danny Dyer as someone above suggested. I'd love to see them pull that off successfully!
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.).
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