142 posts • joined Wednesday 1st October 2008 12:29 GMT
Re: In detail however...
Poor management to make yourself the bottleneck and then to whine about.
Central command and control doesn't work.
Torvalds speaks... must... try... not... to falll.... ZZzzzzzzzzz.....
IT! WASN'T! CLEVER! THE! FIRST! TIME!
SO! THE! FIVE! HUNDREDTH! TIME! YOU! USE! THIS! SILLY! JOKE! JUST! MAKES! IT! SEEM! YOU! COMPLETELY! LACK! THE! IMAGINATION! TO! COME! UP! WITH! SOMETHING! INTERESTING!
What a hopelessly biased article.
- No mention of the swathe of destruction she and her ministers wrought to our coal, steel and car industries.
- No mention of privatising national assets and using North Sea oil to fund tax cuts for the rich.
- No mention of destruction of British Rail and the massive taxpayer-funded subsidies (far more even inflation adjusted than was ever paid to British Rail) now paid to foreign companies to enrich their share holders.
- No mention of using the police to forward her party politics- running up such a huge political debt that even today the Conservatives barely dare implement the reform the police so badly need.
- No mention of taking us to war over some worthless rocks in the South Atlantic in order to distract from her domestic failures and impending defeat in the polls.
- And finally, and worst of all, no mention of the fact that she set the stage for possibly the most corrupt prime minister we've ever had: Tony Blair.
That taking BT public was a (partial) success you can only conclude was by accident rather than design.
Re: multimillionaire seeks funding?
Kickstarter is not about asking for loans: as a donator you do not get paid interest, you don't even ever get your money back!
Kickstarter is basically people asking for *COMPLETELY FREE* money.
Re: multimillionaire seeks funding?
Guys, you don't seem to understand what Kickstarter is.
You are ***NOT*** giving them a loan, not even an interest free loan! You are giving them the money outright, for free, forever. You never get your money back. Never, ever.
There are only two things you get: to fund someone else's money making venture, presumably because you really want to sell you a copy later. And, but only if the specific kickstarter says so, you might get some junk or perhaps even a 'free' license to whatever it is being produced.
Kickstarters are all a complete rip-off.
THIS! SILLY! FORMATTING! FOR! EVERY! YAHOO! RELATED! STORY! IS! GETTING! REALLY! TEDIOUS! YES! WE! GET! IT! YAHOO! HAS! AN! EXCLAMATION! MARK! AFTER! IT'S! NAME! WE! GOT! IT! THE! FIRST! TIME! YOU! DID! IT! THREE! HUNDRED! YEARS! AGO!
ENOUGH! NOW! PLEASE! STOP!
@The anonymous coward making up nonsense about PPI.
The eye's ability to 'distinguish PPI', to use your slightly non-sensical phrase depends on viewing distance and is not an absolute.
Have a look at the PPI comparison images part way down this page http://kcbx.net/~mhd/2photo/digital/pixel.htm
I can clearly see a difference between the 250 and 300 ppi images at my normal viewing dstance (about 12") and I do not have particularly great eyesight.
Not checking your facts and just pulling figures out of your arse is inexcusable in a Word with Google. That you think the rest of us are as stupid as you is just insulting.
'FAIL' icon for obvious reasons.
Any decent journalism on the subject?
Whilst I am largely aware of the issues -DMCA, SOPA and the like- of having a Hollywood-controlled US Government controlling major aspects of the internet I am not sure it would be preferable to having countries like Pakistan and Saudi Arabia having any say at all in its management.
Are there any decent journalistic articles on the subject -written by real journalists and not bloggers with opinions- anyone could point me to?
Re: Catholics for dummies?
And yet (assuming you have some level of scientific education) you have no problem believing in wave-particle duality (when in fact it's likely photons are neither), schrodinger's cat, heisenburg's uncertainty principle or the notion of chaos, dark matter, string theory and the list goes on.
Physics inside our Universe is pretty whacky, outside I'd bet a penny to a pound it's orders of magnitude strangers: so why not a being that is 3 in 1 and his own son?
Re: Inscrutably Perfect
What drugs are you on?
I want be sure to avoid them as they're making you write complete gibberish.
Re: Mac Pro
I have to say I think the current Mac Pro case is pretty much perfect. I'd be quite upset if it got radically changed.
Absolutely the contents badly need updating (it would be nice if they made it easier to replace / update the MB in future)!
I take it the game involves rolling an enormous beach-ball around to crush the bad guys?
"(when IBM were saying no one would ever need more than 640kb)" actually IBM never said that, and its extremely unlikely given the Big iron they build that they would.
Bill Gates is the visionary, who also though the internet would never amount to anything useful, that gave us that insightful comment.
Re: No Commodore?
Have to disagree about the Apple II. The Commodore Pet was a much more important machine, released first and sold many more units than the Apple II ever did. It was the world's first personal computer.
Re: the Building Society
I used to work for Psion, programming the Organiser 2 (in assembler not OPL!) and I also wrote the code for blowing eproms.
I once wrote re-locatable (ie could and would be relocated in memory between opcodes) to drive a racal pager (plugged into the top of Organiser) to provide yuppies with share prices! Brilliant code, although I do say so myself, pre-dated SMS by years but Psion could never get the contract with Racal agreed.
When I needed a break from programming I used to wander into tech support and answer a 'phone. Most common question? 'How do I turn it off?'.
Once a year.
Once a year we get a 'security' company (do people seriously trust a Russian security company?) telling us our Macs are doomed and we need to buy their products.
This is followed by the haters -they're the ones with piss-stained trousers staggering down the street- jeering (whilst spending half their lives cleaning malware off their Windows XP machines).
And precisely nothing happens. No Windows-style botnet, not malware, nothing.
12 months later, rinse and repeat.
Obama has a history of 'taking a stand' and folding almost immediately, both before and after he was elected.
He'll huff and puff and then he'll sign it into law anyway like the good little poodle he is.
'I'm no visionary'
First time I've heard Torvalds say something I agree with.
On first thoughts.
My first thought was: Cool!
My second thought was: I wonder if it works. Have they actually done any usability research or did one of their programmers just think it up as something coo
Then I read past the headlines.
And my third thought was: so they've replaced the mouse with a command line.
And my final thought was: Quicksilver has done something similar for a long time and it's still only a tiny niche. Oh well. Kept me amused thinking about it for 5 minutes but probably a dead end. Next article.
Wrong, wrong and wrong.
Battlefield 3 is a joke. Laggy, no support for team play and the graphics were just 'meh'. Even from your own description MW3 should have rated higher.
Deus Ex was the most repetive and tedious game I've ever played. The cities (levels) are more like hamlets. The usual faux-RPG element - where you gain skills by levelling - runs on railroad tracks. Unless you want to skip half the content you have to pick certain skills.
TW: Shogun 2 is a big step back from Empire TW. Small map. A very limited variety of troops and a cynical nickle and diming for content (additional clans) that should have been part of the base game. The AI is zero improvement on the previous games and the AI blatantly cheats and obviously plays to different rules ( low or non-existent maintenance costs for it's huge armies and enormous bonuses to teade income). Probably the worst TW game ever (taking nto account the state of art at the time the game was released).
The ony one you got right was Skyrim: and even there you managed to mess up. Seventh? What are you smoking? Skyrim, even with it's flaws, is easily GOTY 2011.
Just stop them entering the country, deny all work visas. Job done and no need for us to send yet more money to a country that can afford to build a nuclear arsenal and to which we already export jobs.
@AC: Two completely separate cases. The drunk one clearly wasn't serious, although he was seriously stupid and caused some panic/concern in Warrington.
The other one, Blackshaw , was serious and did actually turn up -fortunately the only others who turned up to join him were the police.
You do realise...
that posting on El Reg doesn't count as making a submission to the OFT?
If he doesn't submit it, OFT can't consider it- and that wouldn't the OFT's fault.
That would be the 'fit and proper' test.
I think Ofcom have already answer your question.
My understanding is that because Ofcom believe their investigation might clash with the Police's (yeah I know, the police are demonstrably corrupt but I don't think Ofcom can make that assumption) so they have to hold off until the Police have finished.
Should Ofcom put the merger on hold until then? Absolutely, not even a question of 'should' but 'must'. If they don't then I think that would be an indication that NotW haven't just been bribing the police.
One final thought: given
- the powers they enjoy,
- the public trust invested in them and
- the low chance of prosecution because their fellow officers close ranks,
Shouldn't there be an automatic multiplier, lets say x3, on the minimal penalty imposed in the case of a police officer being convicted of an offence whilst on duty or if taking advantage of his position whether on duty or not (eg using the PNC to find out details of a person he then murdered) as well as automatic loss of pension etc?
I know I'd vote for any part that proposed introducing that kind of police reform.
The test is continuous.
I think (I hope) you've misunderstood.
What I think he is saying is that checking the 'fit-and-proper' test is continuous, i.e. it isn't triggered by a particular event, merger or transaction.
I think it's also proper that it shouldn't interfere with any police investigation (ha!ha!) which Ofcom carrying out their investigation might do.
I do agree with another poster that Ofcom should intervene to put the merger on hold until it can make a proper decision on whether to block it (which it should even without the evidence of wrong-doing that's emerge recently).
The rights and wrongs of prostitution aside the courts reasoning is horribly flawed and could be used to overturn any criminal law. Assuming it's accurately reported the judge should be investigated for incompetence.
So to paraphrase what you've said:
in order to "keep in contact with friends" you've chosen, eyes wide-open, to continue to pay with your privacy and an undeletable history of your activity. I don't see you have any reason to whine about it then.
Me? I don't have a Facebook account, nor do I have a twitter account and nor can I text using both my thumbs
Not going to happen.
The game is tied to your battlenet account so there will be no second-hand copies of this game for sale. Again, part of their business model (and a big reason for not allowing LAN) is to kill the second hand games market.
Same old, same old.
This is a 12 year old RTS with new and shiney graphics.
They've taken none of the advances made in other games- no formations, no cover, no occupiable buildings (with one minor exception taken from the original). Even the backstory has been recycled from the original: terrans fighting against some wicked dictatorship when suddenly the zerg and the protoss show up.
The campaign is just one Firefly-inspired gimmick after another: for God sake this is an RTS, let me build a base and some units so I can do some unscripted stomping!
No LAN play is just DRM which, as is is always the case, punishes the paying customer whilst the pirates have already thrown together a patch to "fix" it: defective by design.
They've also, quite deliberately crippled the map editor: both by censoring designs they don't like, already happened and Blizzard wouldn't even deign to say why) and by limiting your online storage (the only way to get the maps to other people, including your friends) to a miserly 25GB.
So in summary: re-hashed game play, gimmicky campaign, no LAN, crippled map editor, ( poor acting.)
In many ways it's the kind of game the pre-Activision Blizzard would have cancelled long before it's release.