3117 posts • joined Sunday 22nd April 2007 18:21 GMT
"It hurts anyone who relies on advertising revenue to survive, The Register included."
As I'm sure a few people here have pointed out: If the adverts didn't pop up, pop under, move around and animate everywhere, then I wouldn't be adblocking The Reg.
Re: Copyright nightmare.
Crikey, it's the WhiteRaven. Hi you.
I understand you're in a somewhat awkward position but, if a teacher has the original DVD, then what is illegal about having the DVD rip somewhere? From what I understand, that's perfectly acceptable anywhere outside of DMCA insanity land.
Didn't know that about the King speech though. That is rather sad.
Re: never have copyright transfer
I agree with you. However, you have to find an argument that will persuade the insane die-hard Randians that think it's perfectly okay for someone to be sold down the river.
Re: Well, that's fabulous
I find it amusing that someone from the colonies can refer to any Imperial measurement as "hilarious". You guys seem to use even less Metric than we do, and even then your units are all buggered up.
Really, US gallons? What's with that asides some kind of 200 year old sulk? Measuring things in pounds but then saying that stones are "leftover units"? Saying all of that without a hint of irony too?
Now that's hilarious.
In the entire history of games consoles, has there ever been a wierd controller peripheral made that has actually been successful?
Seriously, the Wii's motion controllers were a success because they came with the machine as standard. Look at every light gun, or steering wheel, stylus or keyboard that has ever been released for a games console. Go right back to the 8 bit days and beyond. Have any of them ever had more than about 6 games (usually all on the same cartridge) made for them before being dumped? Does anybody even have a PS Move controller or an Eye Toy that they use anywhere near regularly?
Didn't think so. Advantage Nintendo, methinks.
"this has to be the least iPad-like design of any tablets released to date."
You know, the one with a keyboard that doesn't come straight from a 1980's "futuristic" style guide. The one with USB, SD, Micro SD and mini HDMI as standard?
Sure it has rounded corners and a huge, eye-searingly-bright Super IPS screen, but just how many different variations of "big touchable screen" can you get?
Re: @M Gale
Why yes, if I was broadcasting stuff on CB channel 19 and Google recorded it, I would only have myself to blame.
As for directional microphones, how do you think investigative journalists work?
"google grabbing your private data and not using it for anything is the least of your worries"
Seriously, people worried about Google while they're broadcasting everything in plaintext? Are they fucking mental, or just looking for a scapegoat?
Wardriving should not ever be a criminal offense. Not securing your network then calling the waahmbulance because somebody listened in to your porn surfing damned well should be.
Not a new idea, why in the hell was this patent granted?
TrackMeNot plugin for Firefox. Why even try going under the radar when you can obliterate it with chaff and flares?
Re: Well I think it looks great
Unfortunately, ARM is a moving target.
So by the time Intel have managed to cripple a Pentium enough to run in a phone, where will ARM be?
"does it cost something to write a driver for this os and distribute it?"
To throw a few docs out to the Linux guys and say "here's the hardware interface, go program your own sodding driver"? Probably not much. Certainly less than maintaining their own closed-source drivers.
Loki, Tribsoft and all the rest
After shelling out hundreds on Windows games, I am not going to shell out the exact same amount of money or more to get the exact same game working on a different OS.
Seriously, £25 for a copy of X2: The Threat, when I already have every X game ever for Windows in a Superbox that cost me less?
This is why those companies failed. Give me a patch for 50p that'll make the Windows version work in Linux, and I'll grab it in a heartbeat. Doom 3? UT2004? Old games perhaps, but still fully paid copies that work in Linux with a simple patch or the on-disk install script.
So yes, let's ask these companies why they failed, shall we?
Re: I like the Apple buy MS...
Meet the new boss, worse than the old boss?
Re: Start Menu
Well that's funny, because I know people with a similar attitude toward computers. Main difference is that if they can't find it after clicking the big "Windows" button and going through the menu or typing the name of the program in, then it's obviously not there.
Myself, I detest the tendency of software to automatically assume you want a desktop icon, or a quicklaunch icon. I've seen too many computers with no room left anywhere because every available inch of desktop real estate is covered in icons. Usually owned by the same people who use the start menu because it's a damn sight easier than trying to scan through a desktop full of crap or a quicklaunch area that needs to be extended to ten times its normal size to see all the icons.
Myself, I have one or two icons on the desktop, and a couple of choice apps in the quicklaunch area, which I've tweaked to work properly, and not like Windows 7's awful pinning-icons-so-you-can't-tell-the-difference-between-icons-and-running-programs shite.
And Microsoft's answer to this is... to remove the start menu and replace with a bloody big cluttered desktop full of icons. Then make them look like Fisher Price designed it all, as if they didn't learn from XP. Then make it so apps are stuck in full-screen or 66/33 mode, because obviously my bloody big monitor can't fit more than two program windows at once on it!
Wow. Thanks guys. That's really appreciated. I suppose at least I have a Linux partition so I can escape from some of this madness.
Re: why haters be hatin?
We used to be able to get from London to New York in about two hours, for the right price.
Now we can't.
What, too afraid for change?
Re: it's all about tablets
So you can spend £500 on this ickle diddy fondleslab that runs a few apps and lets you play Angry Birds...
...or £500 on this beast of a machine that lets you play Angry Birds, and Crysis, and lets you actually do some work as well. And print it out! And share it with people who have a different device to you! And use software that hasn't been pre-approved by the censors!
Yeah, I can see the pirate-bay-loving, porn-reading, games-playing, working-for-a-living public ditching their desktops, honest!
...the payment processor being Google Checkout, you mean?
Yeah, I have to use pre-pay mastercards for app purchases because they don't like my bank card. I'm not changing banks for the sake of a portable toy and a search company that doesn't like implementing SecureCode.
Re: As a side issue ....
Fuel cells are reliable, durable, efficient and can be built to deliver rather obscene amounts of juice if you need it.
They're also sodding expensive per watt.
Re: @AC 22:45 GMT
I imagine the moderators would look down on hyperlinks to Goatse and quickly hit the "zap" button.
Well, after a quick chuckle.
Re: Shitty thing to have happen
5) A remotely addressable neon driver connected to the keys.
6) A remotely addressable lump of C4.
Okay okay, I can see problems with this from the get go. Still though, of all the laptops to steal, I really wouldn't want to steal one from a hacker, whatever colour their hat.
Re: Tom Tom?
Unfortunately, unless you specifically pre-cache areas and don't mind the satellite view disappearing, you can't use Google Maps without a network connection.
Even with pre-cached areas, Maps tends to use the network for everything else, such as search.
Tom Tom on the other hand has its (admittedly expensive) maps built into the device or on SD card. Instant advantage, especially if you're going to use it anywhere outside of a city.
Re: Combining GPL + proprietary in a single program?
The GPL restricts distribution, not use, of software.
You can mix and match as much as you like with as much as you like, so long as it's not being sold on.
Besides, those more cynical of us might say that the law is whatever the people with the guns say it is.
Same as my last Windows gaming rig, then?
(and with the proliferation of online activations, Internet required for single player, half the game being an extra download, and Steam, it'll probably be my last Windows gaming rig in another sense)
Re: Wrong focus.
You're trolling, right?
Microsoft will sell Windows for Warships to whoever has the money to buy it. That's willingly sell, as in with full knowledge of what it will be used for.
But hey, that's obviously the same as a bit of freely-distributable software ending up at UAV ground control because it's freely distributable.
Uhm, a couple of notable wifi and video card manufacturers only releasing binary drivers does not "Binary Blobs all over the kernel" make.
In most cases, those binary drivers are additional downloads, and don't come with the distribution.
"and the UK ISPs want to know why they shouldn't get some licence-fee cash."
Because the license fee is an anachronism that needs to be staked, quartered, burned and its ashes flung to the far corners of the Earth.
Though I'm sure some people will tell me "well would you rather have a tax". Myself, I don't see the difference and I'd rather have neither.
"This is the first time I heard a malfunction threaten us."
Re: I'm curious.
I think you just hit the nail on the head.
Now if they'd have made it so that you had to use Google in order to use the Internet, and that changing search providers would mean having to re-learn everything you know about computers.. If they'd have strong-armed entire industries into helping them to lock billions of people into paying a tax to them.. If they did their damndest to try to ruin any kind of innovation they can find via spurious patent allegations and downright illegal threats.. then it'd have taken decades for the EU to finally turn around and demand that they very nicely please put a little notification saying "hey, Yahoo exists, don't you know" on their web page the first time you ever load it.. if they don't mind terribly. Thanks.
Re: Can they also ask France what they are going to do about their Champagne Dominance?
Personally I think you're doing the word "wine" a disservice by associating it with "Champagne".
Godawful stuff that gets slurped at weddings due to tradition and very few places elsewhere.
Re: "...doesn't explain the collection of everything else they ended up with."
me@home ~/Documents$ sudo airodump-ng --write logfile mon0
Do you think the engineers customised everything to the hilt? Or did they just run an existing bit of software that does the job?
Re: "no real reason for leaving your access point unsecured."
I don't even call them "secure" or "nonsecure" any more. I call them "private" and "public" respectively.
If you're running a public router, expect the public to connect to it. Oh, and for people to hear what you're transmitting.
...my TF201 has no problems picking up a GPS signal.
Wifi on the other hand, is utter pants, with a router in the next room being barely in range. A bit silly for a wifi-only tablet. I could have done with a wifi dongle a lot more than a GPS dongle, Asus!
Re: Not this again
Lots of downvotes from people running unencrypted routers who think they have any expectation of privacy whatsoever?
Silly people. Oh well, carry on with your voting patterns then.
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