884 posts • joined 25 Jul 2008
Re: Robotron!!!! Most insane game
All of Minter's Llamasoft games were insane. Fond memories (too many years ago!) of playing them on my old Vic-20, C64 and Speccie. Stuff flying everywhere at manic speed, dying quite quickly but always wanting to go just that little bit further. Some good tunes on the C64 one too if I remember well.
Definitely Robotron inspired, and absolute classic. I feel an emulator evening coming on...
And of course, even today at work (semiconductor manufacturing equipment, appropriately enough) all of the hand-held teaching and control units for the tools are always referred to as gameboys...
I wish my car was that plucky and reliable, rather than just being similarly dirty...
An Easter pint to the true survivor though.
Re: Isn't the sea ...
Yup. "Up from the depths, 30 stories high..." (at least that was the kids cartoon one from when I was a nipper, which is now going to be today's ear-worm).
And we can forget sharks with frikkin laser beams on their heads. We'll now have Pacific sharks with laser beam eyes...
On my 4.4.2 Kitkat N7 (2012) the media importer app is still required for USB OTG.
Somehow I don't see that changing whilst Google are trying to flog paid subscription to their cloud drive...
Re: I wonder...
Which Ravpower device?
My RP Filehub will happily power a WD MyPassport hard drive through its USB port as well as hosting an SD card, acting as a portable WiFi NAS for my HTC 8X and Nexus7...
Re: worried about damaging the USB port
there's no reason why idiot phone makers couldn't do that instead of sticking in 8 or 16 Gb
Unfortunately in reality there is reason, namely if punters who know no better are willing to pony-up 3x the price for it to be built-in. Or that they can then sell their own cloud storage solution as an alternative, thus generating their own captive market (looking at you Google and Amazon).
There shouldn't be a reason, but greed and profit will trump any kind of logic like that.
Or alternatively go on Amazon or wherever for an OTG cable for a couple of quid, then just use one of the many full-sized USB thumb drives that most people already own?
This thing makes sense if it's going to be (semi-)permanently stuck in the phone or if you are in the market for a new thumb drive for whatever reason, but from experience for most uses just hooking up to a cable works well too and saves buying yet another drive.
That said for general travelling I use a Ravpower filehub and a WD hard drive, which turns both my Windows Phone and my Nexus7 (and my work laptop) into shared 2TB wifi beasties instead.
but with that dust and splash protection, it’ll certainly prove its worth on the beach.
So it'll have a ready-market for those management types who can't take more than 10 minutes off from their emails for fear that either the company will grind to a halt, or more likely that it won't and quite how little contribution they actually make might be noticed.
Proof against sun, sea and sand and chunky enough to be used as a blunt instrument by their exasperated spouses fed up with being ignored for the sake of that last email no doubt.
At least this time it won't be the normal stooge of J Random Taxpayer, aka you and me...
Re: @Big John Obligatory...
where are the meatballs?
Maybe this prophet and messiah is female?
...with the balloon up a tree...
...with the balloon up a tree...
So at least something went as you would expect it to have done... :)
Anyway nice one lads, beers and bacon butties all round (and one of the latter for me, great name for the launch site too btw).
Re: That's better than I expected then
Not everyone has something interesting to say,
...but sadly in some higher profile cases, that doesn't stop them doing so anyway.
The missus is one of the silent majority, but only because the kids school decided it would be the best way to send out updates etc when they are off on school trips etc. Makes sense as a notification board type use, but of course is rather sporadic and occasional.
included knights, native Americans and builders - a combination not seen again until the rise of the Village People a few years afterwards.
Umm ok for the builder and the Native American, but there was never an armoured village person was there? Cop or a GI/solider yes, but never a knight that I can recall?
And on this subject, SPB aside, where have all the Playmobil reconstructions gone from el-Reg lately anyway??? But the Jetbag Speed racer figurine (it's what it says on his chest, honest guv) which is currently sat on my monitor stand here gladly accepted the birthday wishes :)
Re: rm is temporary...
Either that or it's a very succinct criticism of the future of the Royal Mail after the recent sell-off.
Re: Beware hokey religions and ancient mantras
Isn't the normal definition of an "innovation" usually a solution in desperate search of a problem?
As opposed to "invention", where it is the proper way around.
Re: Long live the BS meter
Plus you probably risk incurring the wrath of John Lloyd, Stephen Fry and Alan Davis for aping QI.
Whether this is a good or bad thing I will leave as an exercise to the student...
a fantasy near-future in which high-speed-train passengers will be able to pull e-reader devices out from their armrests and download a book to read for the journey
I'd rather see the fantasy near-future where everyone on the train has armrests, as provided by everyone actually having seats rather than being packed in like stand-up sardines...
As for the rest of it, a nice article but it seems you don't have or deal with teenagers much either? It's good practice for decoding similar verbal obscurity.
(Paris, as we're talking about fantasy and teenagers here)
I was just pondering the subtle irony that would apply for this in my own industry (semiconductor manufacturing).
I could be damn sure that trying to walk into one of the fabs (or even sites) where the silicon bits of the Glass are made would just result in both me and the tech ending up off-site so fast feet wouldn't touch floor. They don't allow "proper" digital cameras on most sites, and indeed get very nervous even around smart (and dumb) phones with them built in.
An enjoyable little irony for a Friday afternoon as we head towards beer o'clock.
Re: Excellent idea
As the saying goes, no good deed ever goes unpunished...
It would be fine if you could guarantee me which way up the damn socket was actually installed too, given "up" could physically be pointing up, down, left or right.
Part of the problem with current (micro at least) USB seems to be there's no standard way for the socket itself to be oriented. I've got a selection of tablets, different e-readers and phones, and with the screen facing you some need the micro-USB inserted with the wider side of the USB upwards (top of socket is towards the screen side), and some with it downwards (top of the socket is towards the back side of the device).
It would certainly help if there could be an over-riding "normal" as to which way up the damn socket should be, so all we need to concern with is which way up the plug-end actually is...
and a lot faster than the introduction of USB 2.0 back at the turn of the century
and a lot faster than the introduction of USB 2.0 back at the turn of the century
You really know how to make a man feel old, you know that...? ;)
...as Tiles could show live information
Well, at least live to within the last half-hour or so, except for selected ones like the HTC clock tile.
Now if they could work out how to make live tiles truly live without murdering the battery in the process, that would be really welcome.
Or even into the ethernet socket just on the other side, whose width is just about the same?
Re: @ frank ly - Am I the only one ....
At least on the expensive proprietary chargers from the manufacturers anyway.
Buying cheap stuff from Chinese sweatshops could be about to become even more of an incendiary gamble than it currently is...
Re: all thumbs
Personally I'd more predict confusion when it won't fit, followed by a realisation that I'm trying to put it into an "old style" micro-USB port which will no-doubt still be included for legacy compatibility with the multitude of kit out there still.
Re: Brave or Foolish?
Or alternatively just pair a Ravpower Filehub with a suitable portable drive (personally I use a WD My Passport 2TB), get all this devices features (except drop-box) plus an SD card slot and a built-in battery that can be used also to charge things in an emergency (plus power the drive otherwise), and save yourself about £50 on the overall deal. And DLNA-supporting firmware is apparently coming sometime this month (as is a new version of the Filehub with it onboard), to give alternative to the current Samba.
OK it's two items rather than one, but both fit nicely into an Amazon Basics My Passport case. Makes a nice little travelling entertainment solution.
And if Frogmanaut is flying Judy (ooer missus, to continue the Carry On theme), then it does beg the scientific question of who is flying Punch? These important scientific tests need witnesses as well as cameras.
Enquiring minds need to know!
Re: IT angle?
Come on, Lester must be having an off-day. Got through a whole article about a naked woman getting cuffed and having her collar felt without asking if they matched...
But at least they'd know if it matched her cuffs...
Re: Ahh BOFH..
Indeed, although in the gaps in between our dear Mr Dabbs does seem to be slowly metamorphosising into a PFY, to quite entertaining effect for a Friday afternoon read instead.
And if I'd managed to lose the equivalent of $120million down the back of the sofa, I think I'd be asked even more questions than they already have been. Plus wouldn't these have been the property of someone before, who seems to have conveniently forgotten they exist?
I'd more wonder if they mysteriously appeared as a result of waking up next to a horses head...
Re: I'm not happy unless I'm complaining.
Isn't there a going to be a competition? If so I'll submit a picture of the Queen, a sure winner :D
But just to mess with people's heads, have her looking left rather than right...
Re: Who sued who?
And both get a nice bit of free advertising (for a given value of free, depending on quite what the undisclosed figures were and who paid what to whom), and the lawyers get their usual percentage...
I think that only came in with Android 4.3 or thereabouts, so whilst it's good for up to date systems, it's of limited widespread usage. I looked into it when we got our kids their Hudl's for example, and as those only currently run 4.2.x then it wasn't available.
That said I've also gone the route that others above have mentioned, no cc is associated with the device play store apps, and if they want stuff they can swap their pocket money for gift cards and go that way. So far it's worked out well, and indeed is a useful part of their learning money management.
Does /any device/ generate more energy than it consumes?
My kids after a slurp of full-fat Coke or similar hyper-sugar juice?
All we know is...
We now need a nano-Stig to test it around the track (a racetrack oscillator should do nicely).
Re: Ap Liu Street in Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
if you reach Fuk Wing Street, you've gone too far
I'm sure many a young man has thought that in the cold light of the morning after...
Re: Arrghgghghghg MAAPLIIIIIIIIIIIN
Speaking of hover-stuff, saw this yesterday and it gave a good laugh (and is quite well done):
Ultrasonic dog-chaser: A totally practical gadget for any central London office
Look around you - are there any dogs in the office snarling and waiting to tear your throat out?
No? Well it obviously works then ;)
Ikea for the technophile.
Can't walk out of that bloody place either without a bag full of stuff I didn't need when I went in. Plus of course there's the additional lure there of the damn meatballs.
Also have one here for my 2012 N7. It's basically just a bluetooth keyboard, so it works with just about anything that has bluetooth on it and can accept keyboard input (I have before had it running with my work Dell Latitude laptop, albeit just to see if it would).
The only problem I found with it is as it doubles as a cover/case, there is a raised ridge along the front of it where it clasps around the N7 when acting as a cover (especially at the middle - you can see it in the images in the Amazon link above). It's quite sharp, and I keep catching my fingers on it when trying to type (which isn't that great an experience as the keys are small, but it's do-able if you're not writing a novel).
Got mine for about £15 if I remember well. Was a nice little purchase, although not something I use too often I must admit these days.
Re: What do you want?
What do you/we want?
A little application of compassionate common sense?
Oi - my shed's got a rather big lock on it. Nice and secure.
And no Austrian psychoanalysts are left in it overnight anyway...
Be careful or he'll set his missus onto you. Ready steady cook'd Pingu...
In my job I travel a lot across Europe, so have a little HD and wifi hub set-up which I use to carry some movies and TV programmes on to keep me away from local TV and somewhere near sane. Usually I take my old netbook with me (with HDMI output) and play them onto the hotel TV via that, but I'm very much in the market for an alternative solution where I can just take the hub/HD, plus my Nexus7 and HTC 8X and use one of those to send the media to the TV (the hub has SMB support, and apparently is soon to get DLNA via a firmware update, also probably around April-ish).
So I've been looking at both Chromecast (not in the UK yet), some of the cheap Chinese DLNA/HDMI dongles (cheapest I've seen is ~£20 inc P&P), the Android-on-a-stick's (which I'm not keen on as I don't want to need a bluetooth keyboard/mouse) and now Roku have added this to the mix.
I'd be interested to know of others experiences doing something like that. Current front-runner I think is the cheap Chinese job, as I don't really need iPlayer/Netflix (said hotels are usually abroad which would kill off live iPlayer, and their wifi speeds would kill Netflix et al) so just looking for something to act as the receiver for the locally-sourced files (mostly MP4).
Re: I'm Mr Angry, from Birmingham...
To mention nothing of the gentle irony of people taking to the internet to moan that they can't get on the internet...
Re: How to load an airship with celebrities
My first thought on reading that was maybe they've just found the new Big Brother house?
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