1894 posts • joined 4 May 2008
Re: Who is ready to pay
"Have market studies shown Windows users will? Seem to remember quite a high level of piracy among Windows users."
I think you will find that Windows users have been paying, over the top, for quite a few years already. There's not much need to do market research on an already very successfull market. Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, Microsoft ring a bell...
"Then you have not been having the right conversations."
Can you actually cite any real world examples of where the OS has been a hurdle in game development....DirectX is actually on par with OpenGL, the APIs are well documented and a lot of the larger companies don't have a problem using it.
"And the grapes are probably sour anyway.."
Why sour grapes, I have both systems, I have never felt the need or requirement to use Linux as a gaming platform and I personally do not see any future in it. And yes I have a steam account, so I am well aware of what is available on Linux...
The developers are not interested in Linux for the simple reason that they need to be sure about earning real dollars before they will take the risk. For the moment that market sector is still very, very unsure..
Who is ready to pay
Steam is not FOSS, have market studies shown that Linux users will actually be willing to pay for the games.
Steam is not a charity and unnecassary for many games, so why bother with it in the first place.. I don't remember many conversations where the OS was the major hurdle.
Personally I don't see this as changing very much at all other than the fact that Steam are trying to capitalise in a niche market.
Re: Campaign for real English words...
This is El Reg after all, not the Financial Times ( although they probably have their fair share of buzzwords too).
The pigistes here are highly skilled agents in buzzword bingo, hell, when the left their marketing department caves to become world renowned El Reg hacks they also dragged along the buzzword pasttime.
Personally I am not a great "buzzword bingo" player but I must admit in having a little penchant for the rather clever titles and headlines that appear from time to time.
This article for example "Circling the RIM". I wondered if it not really a El Reg hack spoonerism for "Rimming the circle"..
Ole El Reg.... ------->>>> The icon represents a toreador...........think outside of the box
Re: By the time kids today are old enough to be pilots
LarsG, you appear to be forgetting the most important factor - Pilots in the sky can only lose once........
Social Media Websites et al
I am endlessly amazed at our culture, feeding on social media websites which eventually arrive at a point of critical mass and once reached "you are pwned".
We have seen this time and time and time again and yet the unwashed masses continue to feed.......
Why the penguin -------->
It is the only icon that looks vaguely like a lemming.
Re: Bankrupt - No wonder
I used the term Island in a more esoteric form, as in the are cut off, at least finacially, from the rest of Europe.
They appear to behave , think , cheat and steal as though they were com,peltely independant from the rest of Europe. They have obligations, like all the rest of Europe but instead they chose to lie about economy and we as a European nation have to bail them out.
For every extra day that one of the Greeks are lying in the sun, having a computer day off, you get the right to pay more taxes, the reaper has to be paid at some point in time.
Bankrupt - No wonder
Did anyone actually work or pay taxes on that damned island ?
I listened to a radio article last night that explained the only reason that the Germans are accepting to bail out the greeks is due to the fact that a lot of the German population have their savings invested down there.
" I think most thieves will choose the latter since it would be a much shorter sentence if you're caught."
I am not convinced that thiefs bring the length of the sentence into the equation when they are stealing things. If they did they would not steal things .....as often..
The biggest problem with any of the fingers is the fact that, where necessary, they can be easilly removed..... Think small knife and Yakuza.
Apples and oranges
"Android is sneaking up on five years of general availability and it still doesn't even have a word processor that can compete with Microsoft Word 2.0 running on Windows 3.1."
Android in the majority runs on Tablets and Smartphones which are not particulary propice platforms for generating complex office documents, some small editing I can understand though. Comparing that to windows/MS Office which runs in majority on full blown PCS is not really a very fair comparison.
SmartPhone and/or tablets are just not very suitable platforms for complex document creation. No physical keyboard or mouse, forget it.
"The peak is 4.9 downloads a month for iPhone owners, and 6.2 for those packing an Android handset"
Are these the figures for someone that has just bought a new smartphone and does it includes "updates. "
After the fad has worn off and you have made your little collection of usefull things, I think the majority would then be downloading about 3 or 4 per year..... Unless were talking about the under 16 year old group.
Re: It's not a phone...
"A few minutes before launch they ran out into the mall, whooping ecstatically as they tore past the queue in a two-abreast formation"
"Next, a staffer assembled the staff into a gauntlet and exhorted them to chant something that aounded like a corporate mantra explaining how Apple goes about its business."
Reg Reader -meeeehhhhh
Can some please explain, in a rational manner, how someone might feel offended or upset by seeing a word that does nothing more than describe a part of the body. Is it because the "children" might actually ask the adult what they mean and that the adult doesn't feel mature enough to respond correctly to the child...
Are there some people on this planet that do not possess rectums, penis, vaginas, breasts, testicles etc...
(There I hust have really offended someone now after using all of those Biological Terms) .....
[What is the plural of Penis ?]
Re: Listening to the radio the other day.
"That's the thing about India and China. There's loads of them."
I think you will find that there is only one of each....
Re: "Does anyone really beleive ..."
Ok lets be pedantic
Does anyone really beleive that a $600 Iphone has any chance of making a MAJOR impact in a country like India where the annual average wage is something in the order of $1200
Does anyone really beleive that a $600 Iphone has any chance of making any impact in a country like India where the annual average wage is something in the order of $1200........
So MS + Nokia manage to bring out a $150 dollar phone and want to make a Front Page spread about how well they are doing.....
Very long and very slow clap for MS and friends, they are becoming more amazing by the day.... ( Ballmer just retire, please for the sake of humanity retire).
Re: Do you know which IT firm Lovell works for? Email me and spill the beans. ®
It might be Ewelet Packard
Re: IT bloke
it's just another of those ewephemisms.
Re: I might have to....
They did at least manage to get the Asia bit right....That's already a big step for a Merican. For the average Merican here are only two continents
America and Not America...
Re: Something for the kiddies
Unfortunately, our company policy locks down our BBs and we can't add other email accounts after we have connected successfully to our BES server ( which connects to an Exchange server).
I have never even considered that it was even possible to connect directly to an Exchange server from a BB terminal..
Something for the kiddies
BBM is just another bloody txting/sms/chat app thing. The kids might like it.
BB Email on the other hand would really make my day, it's the "app" that the anyone/everyone in the corporate world would like to see on Android. Especially if it meant that there would no longer be any requirement for those damned expensive Corporate BB Subscriptions that are an extra on top of the mobile phone bill.......
I honestly don't care for any of the programs on my BB except for the Email....It's the one program in which BB excels.
PS : I hate the word "App", it's either an Application or a Program.. Why does anyone over the age of 13 feel the need to call it an "App".
Re: Khaptain: Mixed Emotions
Those other Dragons are small and becoming smaller...... Google is now the really ugly, bad breathed, big boy of the dragons world.... On top of that Google "kind of" owns the code, it's not really OpenSource n'est- ce pas.....
I digress though, even the small dragons can still be a pain....
Cyanogen have been great, let's hope they don't sell out to the corporate world... although I doubt it, if someone started flashing me some millions I presume that I too would follow the carrot.
Re: Mixed Emotions
"Tread carefully CyanogenMod, for there be dragons ahead."
And that dragon is called Google..........
Re: no queues on-line
And most importantly, Toilet Paper.....( and somewhere private in which it can be used)
Re: Jesus Christ
Yes, but do the Carphone warehouse boys give you High Fives and go Whoop whoop whoop whoop as you leave the store...
The Spooks (Ok the military) invented TOR , kinda stands to reason.
Killing the messenger
Why don't these "studies" ever seem to focus on the real cause of problems.
If people want to use porn : Ask yourself WHY.
If people want to use drugs : Ask yourself WHY.
If people want to buy guns : Ask yourself WHY.
Maybe just maybe, there are a lot of very unhappy people on this planet. Seriously ask yourself why and then go about finding solutions to help the poor buggers. Telling them that Bill gates now has 72 Billion in the bank, oe that Abramovich has the worlds 3 largest yachts is not a solution.
Re: Clue's in the name, isn't it?
"Why a woman would want to smell like the rear-end of a giant rat is beyond me."
When you see that state of some of the women that have had "Aesthetic Surgery" , it is understandable. They already look like the rear-end of giant rats. The skin pulled back, the exploding cheeks, the pouting lips ....all that's missing is the smell.
Re: Anal Ooze
That must have be the kind of camping outing where the scouts are still too young to understand that "Eating some beaver" doesn't actualy involve a small furry rodent.
Does this mean that at some point, someone caught a beaver, pulling various bits and pieces off , including the analy situated scent glands, squeezed them, waited for some ooze and actually though that it might be a good idea to eat.
And then decided it might be a good replacement for Vanilla.
I wouldn't be expecting too much of that in the immediate future. Windows 9 better be written by the hand of [Deity] if the want to see figures rise.
"Corrected, I stand"
Spin doctor spin
The spindoctors are trying to spin as hard and as fast as they can but they still can't drum up any interest.
For an American company to be talking about security is kinda ironic at the moment.
It must be a beancounters nightmare, spend 1 Billion in marketing, recover 10 million in sales.......As Yoda might say, "Bringing success to our company, this will not make.."
Re: Wrong animal
It was actually an American that invented the phrase.....
The Simpsons - Season 6 Ep 22..... ( Wikipedia is my friend)
Crock of shit
"There are times when US special forces use AK47s, even though they have superior guns available."
That's similar to saying I own a old Jeep and a Ferrari but the Ferrari is far superior. It might be on the racetrack but it wouldn't be worth shit when you head out on a wild boar hunt.
Good on the French, by selling the yanks this kind of solution they have probably created their own PRISM Key which opens a special little backdoor into the NSA.
By the way : Are the NSA actually accountable to the American population or do they simply have complete freedom to do and say as they please ?... Wouldn't this kind of group not normally been known as Subversive Anarchists.
Re: Apple forgot why they are popular
"People buy Apple phones because they look expensive"
I think what you mean is that some for some people they are expensive and therefore they consider them as being luxury items, when in fact they have very little intrinsic value. It's more of a wishfull thinking phenomena than anything else.
Hence the existance of fanbois...
Re: How does this help?
There are a couple of guys in this thread that really need to shake your heads a little. My comments were an "example" of what a newbie might just have to go through when installing [insert favorite distro here].
One or two of your answers were exactlly the kind of "I'm an expert let me show you how to do that properly" neck beard kind of answers which genuinely do not help newbies or anyone else for that matter.
It is an unfortunate fact that there are relatively few *nix users on forums that actually know what pedagogy actually means. I can see that you are happy keeping up the tradition.
Re: How does this help?
It's not FUD it's fact.
Here is an example of an answer on how to change the resolution of the video card. And this is an easy question ( a lot of people are confronted with this problem that is the reason I Cherry Picked this one).
I have been running Linux on and off for the last 20 years or so, so I undersand mostly why each of these lines are important and also their general prupose. BUT, this sort of answers frightens the shit out of Joe User..... I would very much doubt that most would even manage to open a terminal.......
Reponse starts here.........................................................................
Uvesafb replaces vesafb in Ubuntu, in case you are wondering.
* uvesafb required v86d package to be installed. Hwinfo package is required for the next step as well.
sudo apt-get install v86d hwinfo
* Find out the supported resolution by using hwinfo.
sudo hwinfo --framebuffer
Sample output :
02: None 00.0: 11001 VESA Framebuffer
[Created at bios.464]
Hardware Class: framebuffer
Model: "(C) 1988-2005, ATI Technologies Inc. M92"
Vendor: "(C) 1988-2005, ATI Technologies Inc. "
SubVendor: "ATI ATOMBIOS"
Mode 0x0321: 640x480 (+2560), 24 bits
Mode 0x0322: 800x600 (+3200), 24 bits
Mode 0x0323: 1024x768 (+4096), 24 bits
Mode 0x03ee: 1366x768 (+1408), 8 bits
Mode 0x03ef: 1366x768 (+2752), 16 bits
Mode 0x03f0: 1366x768 (+5504), 24 bits
Config Status: cfg=new, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown
* Edit /etc/default/grub to make sure we boot with uvesafb framebuffer. For the mode_option parameter change to your native screen resolution you see from running the above comment (if not just set to 1024×768-24 which is safest. Oh, Netbook user – please exercise some common-sense here) Non relevant lines are omitted for clarity.
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash nomodeset video=uvesafb:mode_option=1366x768-24,mtrr=3,scroll=ywrap"
* Edit /etc/initramfs-tools/modules to include uvesafb by adding the following line.
uvesafb mode_option=1366x768-24 mtrr=3 scroll=ywrap
* Force the use of framebuffer:
echo FRAMEBUFFER=y | sudo tee /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/splash
* Update and we are done :)
sudo update-initramfs -u
* Now reboot and enjoy the high resolution sensation :) (my first reboot hangs, but 2nd time onward it works flawlessly). If it works correctly, you should be able to have moving dots with the splash screen; lesser time of blank screen and much more time with splash screen.
And this is only "one" of the variations that were found on the forum. There were also far more "exotic" responses....
Re: How does this help?
I pity the poor fool that heads on down to a Linux forum and asks a noob question.... There is nothing worse than some next beard explaining that you need to write a little script in python which pipe outs to a second bash script that makes reference to various regex expressions, grep and awk and a fistfull of parameters.
That is not the way to gain support.....
RTFM , no problem but which manual....... There are million of them and "man" is a f****ing mightmare for anyone less than a Stephen Hawkings groupie... ( With MAN you actually have to read the MAN page on how to use MAN)
Congrats for the title
Fool floated far from fixed footing, finally fell.
Re: Crap clothes + crap cameras = crap photos
They don't want to lose the Chavness
Re: "Suicidal squirrel”
LOL, I wonder how many El Reg readers even know what the Tufty club is, that's made my day...
Keyholder information please
And who holds the encryption keys ?
Does any of the data "pass thru" any of the Merican servers at any time ?
Maybe instead of backdoors we should now talk about Prism Keys.....
Re: France and secure communication
Cligg you should have added that all content is written in "Verla".( Not sure how to spell that word please read on to understand why)
For the unwashed masses : Verlan is a technique in which the french reverse all of the sylables in a word.
The word Verlan is actually the word " l'enver " in reverse = "len" + "ver" = "ver" + len" = "verlan" ( Yes they do change some of the spelling as well but it iis more of a verbal thing than a written one.
The word "l'enver " actualy means Reverse or Backwards.... All very clever really.
"Et les keufs et les meufs dans le RER, la banlieue c’est pas rose"
AstroGlide and Szechuan pepper
I think the problem lies in the fact that we really do not need smartphones. They are esentially gadgets which have come from a Geeks Only status to a General Public status. SmartPhones are becoming passé.
We have essentially learned what they are usefull for and also what they are not usefull for. Their evolution is reaching it end.
Ones phone/smartphone was once a "symbolic icon" for who er are/who we pretend or aspire to be, today it's just another gadget in our pockets. It's all become very bling bling.....( talking mass market here, not professional usage)
We now need something radically different,....
We need a new form of entertainment, clothes that can talk, or bicycles that can sing, personal hologram devices( 3d Tamagotchis) . etc etc etc .
Now that we are at the end of the wave a new one will come along, for the life of me though I cannot imagine what it will be.
No it can't be because most crooks have a code of honour, whoever runs the NSA has no scruples whatsover.
Re: British billionaires
Not forgetting what the proverb states about what comes before a fall.......
Re: British or not British
I would argue that it is necessary to give a new name after every three 0s. In the same manner as a we have in IT Mega, Giga, Terra, Peta, Exa etc ....
I think is easier to think in terms of "2.7 Giga" than it is to think about "two thousand seven hundred Megas", or worse, "two thousand seven hundred million bytes" or even worse "twenty one thousand six hundred million bits". And this is only at the Gigabyte level....( although that is roughly where the Billionaires are for the moment)
it is also far easier to write.....
Why 2016 ? because that's how long it will take the main Operators to strike a price fixing deal together and also to invent some new scams. Maybe they will stop subsidising the telephones or find some way to create a "Media Tax"...
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