182 posts • joined 29 May 2008
"beautiful piece of design"?
Probably I suffer some kind of design-daltonism, because I really can't see where's the beauty here. The droves of Android phones, the iPhone, and this one all look the same to me: glass slabs with rounded corners and the same 3 boring soft buttons at the bottom... this one is brushed steel instead of black or white, so I guess that's something... but in all fairness, what makes it different from a Galaxy or iPhone?
The only ones that try to at least *look* different are some of the Lumias and Xperias (I won't comment on their merits as smartphones, I'm only talking about the looks)
Reading this before I start the working day, with a cup of black, simple, real Costarrican coffee at my side, I suddenly realized something: I no longer look forward for a BOfH tale as my Friday's pick-me-up... now I come directly to Alistair's column, and seldom leave disappointed (God, that phrase sounds WRONG).
In any case, thanks a lot for the laughs. They are definitely needed, as I'm still 10 hours from pub o' clock
A couple of people mentioned that, already famous, comic.
As I'm not in the least a security expert, I need to honestly ask: is that a good or a bad advice? At first I thought it sounded reasonable enough, but the tooltip gives a vibe of irony... so it's a good or a bad idea to apply that generation algorithm in the real world?
Re: "Can I play, Daddy?"
And, although it's not mentioned in the article, I'll bet the other 2 difficulty settings are "bring it on" and "I am death incarnate"
Re: "aren't we all?"
Point the young lad to Godzilla: Final Wars. The Hollywood imitation is explained by the characters, mocked and finally annihilated by the Real Godzilla's atomic breath, on top of Sydney's Theater of the opera.
Re: I need to re-think my charging!
I'm sorry, but if you're installing iTunes on a Windows machine, you should pay a hefty compensation to the victim for such a heinous crime against humanity
In few words, it became viral... Why? because!
It's a mediocre game, with mechanics that have been (better) implemented before and graphics ripped off from Mario. The only "unique" characteristic it had was that the difficulty level was cheap and frustrating.
That attracted "comic" video reviewers from Youtube, and the hive mind that is internet took it from there, until it leaked to real world news outlets that try to hard to look cool and hip... Exactly the same cycle followed by the QWOP game a few years ago
"we must consider the truly incredible avian symbolism of a vulture playing a swan in Turkey."
I came to try and write a funny comment, but after reading this gem, I realized nothing I can do will ever get near to it.
Hat's off to you, good sir!
The grammar Nazi in me feels the need to report the word "hechándonos". It should be "echándonos", without that pesky H at the beginning... It's a very common mistake in Spanish, but one that should be fought anyway.
Also, at the end of the article, it should read " si OS atrevéis a usar el Google Translate". Pronouns can be tricky sometimes.
Yes, I know I could have just clicked the "send corrections" button... but my pedantry wouldn't have been satisfied that way.
Re: And for those of us...
The Real Academia de la Lengua proposed güisqui as the proper Spanish form of the word whisky.
As you can imagine, it never took off...
I didn't kow Swype was available for the 700. I'm installing it right away.
I also love my 700, it's a great little smartphone... It has a few annoying quirks, and the sad thing is they could have been easily ironed out with a OS update
These new iPhones and the iPad Mini remind me of that movie Ratatouille... when the fine cuisine chef died, his successor started using his image to sell all kinds of cheap crap form corn dogs to fried chicken to noodles, food that the original chef would have never thought of selling because he was a *classy* chef.
I have never liked Apple, or Steve Jobs for that matter, but one has to recognize that the iron grip Jobs had over the company's style and product range really gave Apple an important market differentiation. Seeing how now they are throwing by the board everything Jobs stood for (except his litigious mindset) is really strange
That was a big steaming load of... laughs
Nobody got cattle-prodded, nobody died (probably), and this was possibly the most devious, nastiest plan ever hatched by the BOfH.
I love to see he's keeping his repertoire fresh!
Re: Oh God
Seeing how The Mouse also owns Marvel but didn't cast Bieber or any other pop starlet as Avengers, I remain cautiously optimistic about this incoming trilogy.
You won't see me queuing at midnight for the premier, but I'll give them the benefit of doubt, at least until it is announced what role will Lucas play in the production. Hopefully it won't be anything more than consultant, or "associated something-or-other", and they won't let him anywhere near the script.
I think Wind Waker can help sales. Yes, it wasn't very well received because of it cartoon looks, and wasn't a killer app for the Cube.
But now Nintendo is betting for the nostalgia factor, which admittedly has a lot of potential to stir sales... I can't say if it's a good or bad thing, but it's a fact that nostalgia is all the rage these days
I don't know how much is The Reg paying to the person who came with the idea of using the Grauniad for the plane's left wing and Daily Mail for the right... whatever amount it is, it's not enough!
Re: Outer Limits
"Demon with a glass hand" and "Soldier" it seems
At least according to an article from Cracked.com (gotta love that site)
Is this brave hack drinking or eating something else besides this thing?
If not, does it really satisfies the hunger? I would have though that drinking a glass of whatever would do f*ck-all to keep the person from starving.
<--- I'd prefer THIS liquid diet, thank you very much
Re: The future of gaming lies elsewhere IMHO...
I just had a taste of the future of gaming last weekend... and it was horrible.
It all started when I finally got my hands on Starcraft 2. After the install, which took the best part of 1 hour, including some obscure "optimizing", it decided it needed to download a patch. Sounded fine, until I found out it was a 7.8 GB patch... uhmmm.... The DVD sitting inside my dvdrom was not enough storage? Anyway after 3 days downloading (in this little country where I live, the normal internet connection is not more than 1 mbps) I finally got the game to start... and then it didn't want to recognize the game code I had already set up with my battlenet account. That was one more day in order to get it fixed. Bottom line: I needed 5 days just to get the game to actually let me play. Marvelous, just marvelous.
In the meantime, I started playing Modern Warfare 3 on my PS3. Graphics were impressive, and the plot was interesting enough, but that was not a game: It was a nice movie were they left me interact in certain scenes with my controller, but I failed mission after mission for not doing tasks in the exact way and the exact time the developer wanted me to. Want to take a moment to admire the scenery of a battle-torn NY? though luck, your teammates took the boat and left you behind. Want to try and pick a fight with those enemies? No dice, your AI mate was killed because you weren't stealthy enough.
And it wasn't even a long movie at that: The campaign mode took me barely 6 hours to finish. And I payed full price for that? The disc is barely more than an expansion set for the online multiplayer, which I am unable to play (see internet connection above).
If PC and console gaming are moving this way, I think this was my last generation as a game enthusiast (I'll leave the term "gamer" for more dedicated people)... I'll just live off the memories I can get on my Wii's Virtual Console and with the PS2 games rehashed in HD for the PS3, for as long as those consoles manage to continue alive.
I'd guess he was born in China...
Thinner and narrower...
Does anyone, in their right mind, thought the SIII was unbearably bulky? seeing how it sold, I'll guess no.
So why Samsung, and in fact the whole industry, is locked in this race to make their phones razor-thin and feather-light?
I mean, I would have preferred a phone with the same dimensions as the SIII, with additional space to fit an even bigger battery... Obviously it's not completely fair to compare the battery life of the Nokias of old to this new generation of smartphones, but it seems to me the current trend (making phones with smaller bodies and bigger screens) is rather absurd.
But it seems we, as a market, are already accustomed to be grasping for a power outlet at the end of the day, every day, and that is a sad (and it seems avoidable) state of affairs
Not sure if a cunning PR stunt...
But I don't care: this phrase is just beautiful: "RIP Jeff Hanneman – let your jams with Dio and Dimebag be heard on the thunder."
I can't think of a better sendoff for these titans
Re: I rather agree that the Yahoo! house style is getting a little tiresome.
I don't think it's a joke anymore.
It's more like a part of El Reg's style guide: Yahoo! stories must have exclamation marks in the title, Google is to be referred to as the Chocolate Factory, and every Apple story must include the text "The register tried to contact Apple representatives but they have not answered at the time of publication"
And I don't have problems with any of them... I think they are part of the site's charm.
What are they hiding?
Something was clearly (and poorly) edited from the first sky pic, near the bottom right corner. What did they find up there? Evidence of the sky-beasts that roam above us? An intelligence from beyond the stars? The newest project from the marvelous mad scientists at DARPA?
Tinfoil hat is firmly in place. Black choppers are circling. Conspiracy time is go!
I guess the author wanted to say "El Número Dos"
Other than that, I'll just say it's infuriating (and at the same time oddly amusing) watching both companies flinging sh*t at each other, like monkeys in a cage, rather than trying to convince customers about why their shiny glass bricks are better than the other's shiny glass bricks.
Not that the situation is going to change in the foreseeable future...
Re: Social? .... Where's the SPLIT-SCREEN gameplay?!
"narcissistic wank". Indeed there's no better way to describe all this hype surrounding social networking.
Maybe I'd be interested in the list of games my friends are playing, but watching replays of their games? please... I can't understand why would anyone think I want to know what they are they doing every second of the day. Hell, I'm sure nobody cares about what I am doing when I play. As with current social networks, this will be a case where everybody broadcast for their own pleasure, so they can feel important on the web; and nobody, NOBODY listens... a pathetic state of affairs, really
And I couldn't agree more with you about the split screen gameplay. I found a fair number of PS3 games that had that option, but usually it was buried in the menus or, in the case of RE5, plainly absent from the menu, so you had to follow a series of cryptic button presses in order to get it.
Not a connoisseur
... Far from it, as you shall see, but the only way I have found I enjoy tea is strong, with a generous amount of lemon juice and two sugars (Not iced tea, but hot tea with lemon)
For some reason, the taste of tea with milk makes me think of dirty socks... It's not that it *tastes* like socks (at least not exactly), but I have that strange association in my mind, and accordingly, find the tea with milk repulsive
No. Not all of them are from South Korea
A quick search in the Bootnotes got me this: "A Chinese Dad has come up with a unique way of persuading his game-addicted son to turn engage with the real world: hiring gaming pros to destroy his morale by hunting him down online"
What a quick search didn't get me was how to put a link here, so I'll just leave the url:
Re: so basically if they hadn't axed symbian
I just got a massively discounted Nokia 700. It's a nice little smartphone that uses Belle. It does what I need it to do and is actually very pleasant to use, barring a few minor hiccups when I unlock it.
But after all it's already 1 year old, and watching it I can't stop thinking *what could have been* if Symbian continued alive. It's really, really sad
Nah, something called "Large Plasma Device" probably consumes "Exotic Fuel-y Stuff" and is controlled via "Huge Thingamajigs with Knobs on Them"
"When a company reaches junk level, it will find it almost impossible to raise money for its business, which can push it over the edge"
So Finch is basically giving them the Kiss of Death. If true, t hat's a lot of power. Who controls it? is there any way to ensure it's objective?
Re: Only one thing I want to know
There is a proper controller... "classic pro" or something like that... can't remember the name. I was announced on last E3 and looks very much like a Xbox 360 controller (TOO much, for my liking)
Re: Sadder still (was: Tui......)
So that's why skunky beer is skunky... I had always thought it was just a baseless perception, never knew the chemistry behind it.
And that's why I love El Reg's forums... you always learn something new!
Re: "a major espionage centre like Vienna"
They are trying to get the secrets of the Hapsburg Napkin Fold, obviously
Re: Is not the price, or the controller for me
That "Nintendo Land" thing that was announced in last E3 and a new super Mario Bros are the most important first party games that will be available at launch... If that's an indicator, I'll hope the family centric / party games emphasis of the Wii won't be completely lost with this new console.
I don't think Nintendo needs to ditch the hosts of new customers they got in order to get back the hardcore gamers... if they can balance both aspects, the WiiU will be a hit. Sounds risky, though
"No, the real Windows Phone 8 advantage is actually that it's not iOS or Android"
I wholeheartedly agree with the author here.
I'm stuck with a still trusty, but very old and badly aged Nokia phone. I haven't migrated to a new one for a simple reason: I dislike Google. The problem is I dislike Apple even more, and I'm pretty sure I can't be the only person in this situation.
When HP bought Palm, my hopes went thru the roof: I had found HP iPaqs to have rather acceptable hardware, but appalling behavior, and Palm could have been the solution. I shed a tear for WebOS when HP killed it.
Now there's a new option in town, and given my (admittedly somewhat irrational) aversion for both Apple and Android, I may as well give Win Phone a chance.
Re: Silent Hill wasn't bad.
You're right. The first half in particular was surprisingly good, they made a fine job capturing the creepy and disturbing ambient of the game and translating it to the movie.
Sadly, in the second half they just dropped the ball, somewhere just after the jaw-droppingly brutal attack of the Pyramid Head. I don't know, I just feel they abandoned the links to the games and started doing *whatever* with the characters... the quality of the film fell sharply as a consequence.
When they <SPOILERS> killed Cybill </SPOILERS>, I knew they had gone too far.
Even so, it's one of the best video game movies out there. Which is kind of sad if you think about it
A lingering question
"Phobia said that the whole intrusion was designed to take control of Honan's Twitter feed because it had a three-character handle: @mat."
Why? What's so special about a three-character name?
.... Or Phobia has phobia of short handles?
Re: Too Many Humans
I would say it was Agent Smith, or maybe the Gozer the Gozerian
... because if a person wrote that, talking about humans in 3rd person, he or she needs professional help, pronto!
I only see 2 options here: If the PS4 games are made to really integrate the Vita into the gameplay, but I don't have the Vita, will I be missing half the game because I am playing an incomplete version with just the basic controller? In this case, I could be forced to buy the Vita just to fully utilize the console and games I already have.
On the other hand, if the games are created to work fine without the Vita, I would just get access to throw-away gimmicks that probably won't justify buying the handheld console (just like it happened with the GameBoy Advance and Game Cube... hooking them up was a waste of time and money)
In the case of WiiU, the tablet is part of the console, so the games *should* be optimized to use it. I'd say It's a safe bet that at least first party Nintendo games will be making a good use of it.
Damn you, Register... damn you to hell!
I *had* to work today, didn't you know?
The FAIL? it's for me, and for today's tasks
D10 Tech conference...
So, when Apple representatives are talking, would it be the "iD10-T" conference?
Great game actually., I still should have the CD somewhere... but they made a terrible mistake with the "black humour" mentioned by the writer: they made me feel pity and even *gulp* sympathy for the poor nazi soldiers... a thing that should never, ever happen!
At the start of one level you could hear 2 sentries complaining because the night was freezing and the high command hadn't issued them with enough blankets, so they had to endure the night shift under prepared... a few second later, I hosed them with a spray of hot lead, it was the only sensible thing to do. In another level, other 2 soldiers were scared sh*tless by the murdered beast that had escaped from the dungeon (i.e. Blazkowitz) Poor, poor guys
Thanks to this article and fellow commentards, I've visited, in rapid succession, pages about a drum of lube, a children's book, pepper spray and a male hair removal gel... all linked from an article that directly addresses torture...
Now, the FBI is watching me.... isn't it? ISN'T IT??
Black choppers... I'm certain they're circling me...
I'm trying to look for a site that allows me to "see" what satellites or other orbiting objects were visible from a given point in the ground at a given date. I've checking heavens-above but, although it's a great site, don't provide this capability (or at least not during daylight hours)... Google only took me so far...
The reason for the question (as if it matters) is that I saw today a really faint dot in the sky, around 11:30 am, I watched it by sheer chance in the first place, as it was almost invisible. It wasn't Sirius, as it seemed to move slowly and in a seemingly straight line, but seemed too distant to be a plane. I thought it could be the ISS (it wasn't) or maybe an Iridium satellite, but cant find a way to be sure.
Little green men from Outer Space? I hope no...
Because morphing bio-blobs worked sooo well for the Elder Ones...
Re: James Bond
It reminded me of the Siberian missions in Goldeneye (the video game)... the only thing missing is a blocky Spetnaz dude making cartwheels
Re: What're people moaning about?
A for intentions
D for execution
Overall, subject must improve trolling skills before attempting the action again.
Telefonica AND Electronic Arts? this couldn't be more evil if Google itself was part of the plan... who inked the contract, Beelzebub?
I don't think it's that odd... If the things only work as advertised in the States (see Siri or the 4g Australian fiasco) it's no wonder they prefer to sell them were they can be actually used, and be less prone to lawsuits...
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