3534 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007
If you can shoot a drone down from 800 feet up with a standard shotgun, I think you deserve less imprisonment and more a bloody medal.
And the drone manufacturers would need a kick up the backside.
...0 out of 5 of them were serious, at of the time of writing.
Methinks this chap is going to have fun reading through thousands of sarcastic comments calling him a twat. My pick of the front page has to be a paragraph by "Fuckfaic McGee", Australia:
I love restrictions. I want always online DRM. I want the game rental business to become obsolete. I don't want to let my friends borrow games, because fuck them. All I care about is my god damn new age console that'll blow everything else out of the water! Fuck the PS4 and fuck those Sony guys for catering to fans who care about their gaming experience. Fuck PC, that shit is stupid. Steam? Fuck that shit. They never have sales or anything. It's not as affordable as buying my games from the XBL marketplace. I love Microsoft and their business practices will be the best forever. Fuck yes. <3 Xbox.
The problem to my mind is making money. App stores allow developers to monetise very easily, how you achieve that with an easy to copy web app is a different matter....
Question is whether you need to put copy protection on the app at all. The endless DRM arms race so far hasn't done much to stop unauthorised copying, but it has provided some pretty nasty ways of ensuring that paying customers are horribly limited.
You never paid for an app via someone's website before? Only, this time it could be a far more seamless "like this game? Buy the full and offline version for only £X.YZ. Click [here]!"
News sites like The Register, except with an article store that'll automatically download today's news so you can read it offline? Full offline functionality enabled via a small subscription.
That or MMO clients. WebGL exists now, and it's shaders as far as the eye can see. Possible to do a WoW or EVE client? Only Blizzard and CCP know that, but they'd be daft not to be running experiments right now.
Or even, shock horror, adverts. Must be a reason I'm being told that EE are doing a Blackberry Q10 on a business plan for just £30 a month, in that little box to the right.
Well, right now and for whatever reasons, my phone company is my ISP. The hotspot feature is not only useful, but essential.
As is an unlimited traffic allowance that actually means unlimited.
Huh, I thought WPA2 fixed the little "sniff one packet and spend a week busting the key at lightning speed" bug that was in WPA?
Of course I could be wrong. Of course, some people still set their access points up as WEP, which really is game over before you even start.
That's funny, I don't think anybody was replying to you. Nor accusing you specifically of anything. You feeling talked to, for some reason?
I have known someone else who claims to have nothing to do with Microsoft while at the same time seeming to profess undying love for them. Except, they work for one of Microsoft's contractors. So while strictly true about not working for Microsoft, this guy knows what side his bread is buttered.
Know what I mean?
Is there some human element going beyond tradition to account for this?
Try just showing the film and not telling people it runs at 48fps. See what the approval rating is then, particularly amongst people who said that 48fps was crap when they were told what it was.
I mean they are watching HD channels on an old SD CRT screen, because it gives a better picture than the shitty blockfest that is standard-def "digital television".
Basically, HDTV finally fixed what digital television broke in a horrific manner and then tried to proclaim as "better".
Quarter of a metric ton per platter, apparently.
Or 59.5238 Jubs in the preferred measurement unit for this esteemed organ.
I have an FRUCing projector
Naughty boy, mind your language!
And wash that mouth out before I do it for you!
Your telly might be 1080p, and some of the media you might watch through it might be 1080p, but the majority of broadcast media is still 1080i or lower.
I consider HDTV as being the point when shite over-compressed digital television finally caught up with broadcast-quality SD from 30 years ago.
Seriously, I know people who subscribe to HD channels and watch them with an old CRT, because the resultant picture isn't full of MPEG artefacts.
And while we're at it, up down left right a+start.
Oh hang on, wrong game.
the late Eadon (RIP)
Well holy pants. Now I'm curious. I want to know what he did that managed to get him turned into an unperson here. Opinionated perhaps, but.. dayum.
So nowt to do with stopping patent trolls and everything to do with making sure only US companies can patent troll on US soil, and only if US.gov gets a slice of the pie?
If so, I wouldn't call it unexpected.
I guess you've never spotted the other posts I've made here, where I've quite clearly stated that neither I nor, that I can see, anybody else is complaining about faster.
I'm complaining about the UI. It's shit. If I want an Xbox, I'll buy an Xbox, thanks all the same.
While we're about "innovations", can you show me anything in 8 that's impossible in 7? No, I don't mean "live tiles", which what Microsoft used to have in 7 as desktop widgets until they removed them as a security risk. I don't mean a new exclusive version of a web browser I'm never going to use either, or an SDK for a mobile platform that's only exclusive to 8 because, dammit, you're going to have 8 if Microsoft have to choke the living shit out of you.
Enjoy the crap UI that does nothing but get in the way, negating any improvements there might have been.
M Gale, Please look at Classic Shell on Sourceforge.
I'd rather not. I have Linux for an OS that separates the UI from everything else. It's designed to let you swap out a shite UI for one that you might like better.
Windows on the other hand, is not designed around this. If 8.1 is anything to go by, it's made by people who are actively hostile to this approach. As you yourself say, Classic Shell needs to have a "fix" for an entirely deliberate problem. To quote the site admin here, "There is no official release of Windows 8.1 yet. At this time it is unknown if Classic Shell will work on it as is or will require modification."
I'll stick with 7 until either Microsoft see sense, Linux takes over the desktop (hah), or it becomes impossible to run anything new in 7.
No, I have the Windows 7 start menu on my Windows 7 machine. Windows 8 Pro sits in a virtual machine being used occasionally to see how crap it is this week, until the UI works properly.
The "we've figured out how to stop those 3rd party hacks from integrating seamlessly" edition.
Any word on whether you can remove the TIFKAM button and replace it with a Start button?
It's not "allow free trade-ins."
It's "not add a tax to trade-ins."
The former statement seems to imply that Sony are being extra-specially generous somehow.
Given that a PS3 devkit is a PS3 with "TOOL" on the side and some flags in the firmware unlocked, it wouldn't be surprising if the PS4 is similar.
Now PS2 devkits, they were quite the chunky beast. Imagine a PC-tower-sized PS2 and you're about right on the money.
Actually on the 10 point Saville scale it only rates a 2
Now then, now then!
My favorite are the horses asses that refuse to vote because they don't like any of the candidates.
Or maybe these are people that consider that taking part in the charade legitimises it? Same people who are likely to tell you "it doesn't matter who you vote for. The government still gets in."
If you are using encryption and you don't have security clearance, maybe you have something to hide?
Of course I do: My privacy.
Furthermore I suggest thet anyone who puts forward any of those fruit / spice flavoured or night-time / relax abominations, earl grey or anything to do with liptons should be banned from commenting for a very long time.
Never had a good cup of Turkish tea (basically, bits of bush swirled around in a cup) or Chai, then.
Then what went wrong with World of Goo?
A rate of unauthorised copying of around 80%. However, you neglect to include the creator's own opinion on the matter:
“by the way, just in case it’s not 100% clear, we’re not angry about piracy, we still think that DRM is a waste of time and money, we don’t think that we’re losing sales due to piracy, and we have no intention of trying to fight it.”
That's 2D Boy, telling you that you are wrong.The same 2D Boy that found that a DRM'd game in the same study had a 92% piracy rate, though not sure how they determined that.
Now, consider how many games with odious DRM get cracked. Don't you think that the first thing to do once the DRM is cracked is to remove any and all phone-home ability?
How many unauthorised copies of the latest DRM-encrusted Sim City are floating around? You know, that awful "you must be online all the time" shit that was broken within the first week? Foisted upon everyone except the people getting the game from the torrents? Do we even know?
The DRM model IS still the only sustainable model for game development now and into the future
I think you should tell that to Squad. They seem to be sustaining Kerbal Space Program sales quite nicely without any DRM whatsoever. Or perhaps Positech's Gratuitous Space Battles?
Don't forget gog.com as well.
Last I checked, game discs are made of plastic with a bit of metal in them.
Last I checked, hard disks were a spinning substrate with a bit of metal on them.
Oh, the pirates will be playing the games sans-restrictions regardless of what kind of bullshit and spyware you infect the paying customers with. Don't ever buy the piracy excuse, not even for an attosecond.
But can it run Crysis?
Because hitting someone twice for the same thing is such a wonderful thing to do eh?
You should work for government.
Tracing the connection back to a compromised wifi point on the far side of town?
you're a locked in MS customer.
Well, I'm not personally, but many are and that's what you have to deal with.
Steam for Linux
That would be jumping straight out of the frying pan and into the fire, there.
I like Linux.
I also dislike Microsoft as much as anybody except perhaps Eadon.
However kindly explain how I'm going to run the Adobe or Autodesk creative suites, or Microsoft Office, in a nice straightforward manner, in Linux?
No, "use LibreOffice, The GIMP and Blender" is not an answer. Neither is the "will it, won't it" WINE.
And so long as I can rip Windows out and get a refund for it, that'll be just sweet.
and with the proper OS
I'm wondering if it has GLONASS as well?
Nice to get quick satellite fixes by using the first available satellite network, instead of standing around scratching your arse while the tower location method tries to tell you you're somewhere in a mile-or-more-wide ginormous blue circle centred on a phone mast.
If it's a proper pressure sensitive graphics-tablet type pen, it's far from a gimmick. Those things are damned useful for doing anything more complex than the Windows 8 finger-painting advert.
Now if Adobe's Android apps will recognise that stylus and act accordingly, that could be a winner for the arty crowd that would normally go for more fruity devices.
Turn that bloody autoplaying HP advert off right now before I put Adblock Plus on again.
That is all.
LM provided the system for the 2001 census as well, don't you know?
So it's been going on a while.
What are the seti@home or rosetta clusters capable of in terms of raw flops?
I also went on to do a Computer Graphics module which was extremely maths intensive.
I'll second that. The graphics module we were on was more about the math and less about the tools used to to it. Case in point, we were asked to sketch out the algorithms in Matlab.
And Matlab can go love a duck. I don't care if it can keep satellites oriented the right way. It's an obtuse piece of shit that makes the Obfuscated C Contest look easy, and probably only holds its niche market (and niche market prices) because nobody has bothered making anything better. My opinion, of course.
Back when I was doing the "Access to Business IT" course, where we got to see if we were good enough to even start a compsci-related degree, the programming module was split up into two groups. Both groups studied VB and C (plain, vanilla C), but they did it in reverse to each other. I was in the group that did C first. The other group did VB first.
By the time it came to switch languages, my group jumped into VB like a duck jumps in water. The VB group moving onto C took one look at constructs like "int variablename" (what.. you have to tell it what you want to store!? WTF is an int anyway!?), and collectively shat themselves.
We don't need C++ for most sophisticated applications now; it's mainly better for lower level "direct metal" service and platform code e.g. OS kernel, device drivers, and some services.
And computer games, graphics engines, simulations, and anything else that needs the speed more than it needs to be developed in 5 minutes.
You think a scalpel is the only weapon in a surgeon's arsenal?
Do you think a CBP pump can be used by any plonker who can hit a red button?
Does your most complex program go something like std::cout << "Hello, World" << std::endl;?
If so, then yes, C++ is probably not the language for you.