Methinks once it's been unplugged and tossed onto a balcony, the "electrical" part of the fire has been mitigated.
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"Mobile" gaming is console gaming with a 3G chipset. Same or similar business model, same locked-down hardware, same Tomy interface.
If anything, Microsoft seem desperate to turn the PC into a games console.
Re: aside from the obvious hard drugs
"What worries me is that pharmaceutical companies have been trying to produce THC pills"
Just to clarify, there's a UK trial of the Sativex product by GW Healthcare. The bottle states that each 100 microlitre spray contains 2.7mg delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and 2.5mg cannabidiol from Cannabis Sativa. The company say that you get the medical benefits without the high.
A friend of mine with some serious and painful illnesses who's managed to wrangle themself onto the programme says that you damned well can get high from it, but only if you take a heavy dose. Apparently it works medicinally quite well though. Better than slow-release morphine, but "not as well as a bud", so says the afflicted one. It also costs the NHS something like £240 per month to provide it, which might explain many doctors' reticence in prescribing it. Basically it costs the NHS more than it would cost someone to buy raw bud from a dealer in ounces, given the medicinal dose for bud is a lot lower than you'd have to get high.
Of course at 300W for a grow, with photoperiod plants, 18h veg cycle and 12h bud cycle, you'd spend maybe £100-£150 or so at the usual per-KW/h electricity prices to make several ounces of your own at home. In metric, you're looking at maybe 0.5g per watt of lighting if you do it right, or at least so say the books on the subject. Doing so would put you into serious-legal-penalty territory and it gets worse if you try and make it neat and tidy, because that means it's a "sophisticated" grow. You probably will be doing time if caught, might well lose your job, could lose your children if the courts decide you're unfit to look after them, could very well lose your home if it's a rented property (as increasing numbers of homes in the UK are). And all over a grow tent.
People say that marijuana induces insanity. Maybe, perhaps, but only in the minds of the lawmakers.
Re: alongside the wizards and dragons
I don't know what you're smoking son, but I'll buy an ounce.
Re: Turning a profit in colorado
For the same reason that beer brewers make money in the presence of legal hops, barley and yeast. Some people would rather pay someone else to grow a warehouse full of plants so stinky you can chew the atmosphere around them.
Re: A *BIG* difference
Sour grapes at an OS with a Linux kernel under there somewhere getting to be phenomenally, unbelievably successful?
Let me look at your posting history...
Yep. Sour grapes. Sorry boy, but Microsoft aren't going to borg this industry. Neither are Apple, now.
Re: Instant On
That's easy when it never really turns off.
I have an Asus Transformer Prime that does the same thing. Oh, and an old Windows XP laptop that's pretty similar. Even Linux machines are at it.
Now try Windows 8 from a cold boot, and enjoy watching Mint v12 beat it to a usable desktop.
That does show that Microsoft could have skipped spending all that money to develop a phone interface for the desktop, released the kernel improvements as a Win7 service pack AND dropped the price, and still made a shitload of money out of it. After all, it's not like most people are going to buy or otherwise use any OS except Windows when they buy a computer. Microsoft could release a great steaming turd and people will buy it because buying anything else means saying goodbye to the vast majority of all software written for PCs.
In fact, I do believe that's what Microsoft has just done with TIFKAM.
Re: One-trick pony
IIRC, my last update was a notification. "There is new firmware available, you want?"
I said "yes please". Did the same thing for a minor update a few days ago.
Asus do make nice tablet-tops.
Re: Does rather beg the question...
I used to have a Bluetooth KB/Mouse combo that did that.
30 seconds of non-use turned them off. You then had 5-10 seconds of waiting for the Bluetooth handshaking to complete before either switched back on again. Upon which, the keyboard buffer would dump itself and you'd end up with all the keys you mashed in frustration being input.
Annoying would be one word for it.
Re: S, E and X keys?
S, E and X keys?
Oh I can't be bothered. Someone write a punchline for me.
Re: All very well...
I'm too tired.
I saw the self-censorship above and thought it was a malformed regular expression.
Just thought I'd share that with everyone.
Isn't a MAC address usually notated in hex anyway? Why would you need to convert it into hex unless your software is retarded and gives you decimal notation, or 64 1s and 0s?
Re: Wndering why there isn’t a simple FB alternative that utilizes existing email accounts?
There is a perfect alternative.
It's called "email".
Must be a way of doing it. Similar to torrents, with file chunks verified with checksums/hashes, but the nodes are people with smartphones and netbooks wandering around and coming into periodic contact with each other.
Fire up the node, select your wishlist of known file names/hashes, wander around a heavily populated area for a bit. Think of it like old-skool VHS and and audio cassette-swapping for the 21st century.
Re: Dear Matt,
"The graphics and space scenes in it were all rendered on banks of Amigas for example."
Ah, that myth.
No, Babylon 5 was not rendered using Amigas and video toasters. The Babylon 5 pilot movie was, and then they went to Pentium PCs, DEC Alpha workstations, a handful of Macs and some SGI equipment.
"There were all those home PCs like Spectrums and Commodores."
Which were okay as toys, but the only computer with any oomph even back then was the old IBM/PC compatible.
Thing is, Sean there was on about choice. Exactly what in, I'm not sure, as the modern wave of things such as the Beagle Board, Raspberry Pi, the forthcoming Via APC, the venerable Arduino, the Ouya games console and various other platforms seems to mean far more choice than back in the 80s, where a home computer had to be made by either Sinclair or Commodore, and business machines had to be either made by IBM or compatible with IBM plus Microsoft. Certainly more than the 90s, where the IBM/PC compatible got proper sound and graphics cards, came down (ish) in price and proceeded to wipe the floor with just about every other home computer format that wasn't a games console.
Re: Dear Matt,
"I had more choice and freedom in operating systems in the 1980s and 1990s."
No you didn't. Even by the 80s, Microsoft DOS was the one single OS that mattered.. though you could use the mostly-perhaps-maybe-compatible DR DOS if you liked. Amigas, when they becamne available, were for playing games and occasionally making techno music in Modtracker or something. Your choice for big computer OSes was Unix, Unix or Unix, with that Linux thing not even written until 1991.
Sure, you had various odd manufacturers with odd operating systems and odd hardware. You still get that now. In fact I'd say you have radically more freedom now than at any time since Microsoft first got the contract to buy someone else's OS for a computer system that would become the defacto standard microcomputer.
Just got to keep the momentum up and make sure the bastards at Redmond don't do to mobile what they did to home and business machines.
Speak for yourself. I found myself more confused than impressed by two-finger scrolling, especially when it goes off when you don't want it to.
That said I like to turn most of the "clever" off in software anyway. Mouse taps are what mouse buttons are for, FFS. The whole pad does not need to be a button!
Re: adequate but unexciting software
Adequate but unexciting is what I want. I do not want to turn my computer on and go "woah, holy shit! What have they done THIS time?"
It doesn't matter if WIndows 8 is faster, leaner or meaner under the hood. My desktop is not a phone. They've given birth to a supermodel, then taken it out back and smashed its face in with a brick. If I want TIFKAM, I'll buy an Xbox. You know, a toy.
Until then, that abomination sits in a VM jail where it belongs and gets used so that I can say I've used it. Everything else uses a halfway-sane desktop interface.
So does this mean that the people loving all over the walled garden as being somehow immune to malware get a free cup of shut the fuck up?
Or is it not malware if the developers say it's not malware? I bet that argument went really well for Sony, and all that did was rootkit you in private, not try to out you for something you didn't do.
Brings back memories of the moderatrix and her gleefully-administered emasculations.
Come back Ms Bee, it's just not the same without you!
Let users upload a selection of their own 32x32 bitmaps. Banhammer available in case of penis.
Re: Digital babelfish, how I miss you
Your problem is that a language is more than just words, and words is all a computer sees. Sometimes there is no direct translation and one word becomes twisted into a partial sentence in an attempt to convey the same meaning. See the German "schadenfruede", which translated to English is.. errr.. "schadenfruede".
Then you add homonyms, synonyms and odd dialects of the same language, and what you have is a recipe for a programmer's nightmare. Multiply that by the number of languages in the world, and you can see the scale of the problem.
Or just pump the phrase of your choice into here and have fun with the problem instead. Yes, yes I was looking for an excuse to post that link.
Re: limiting choice
"Android and tweaking your car with underbody lights and flared wheel arches - some would argue they want the 'choice' to do it but 99.5% of people don't..."
I find that ironic considering some of the rather garish iThing covers that are routinely spotted on the buses.
As for why you'd reconfigure the home screen.. well a grid of icons might be good for you. For me though, I rather like something a bit more useful for a phone.
Or even a tablet.
The lock screen clock looks pretty sweet too, with the 3D rotating live wallpaper of an EVE ship in the background, but frankly I can't be arsed screencapping it and blurring my owner details out at gone 3am. You'll just have to take my word on that one.
Maybe a difference between tablet and phone? I've noticed ICS/JB on phones doesn't have that annoying permabar, for one.
A moot point anyway, but still worth a giggle for a company that praises itself so highly on its design skills.
Or did they remove it because it breaks the page layout on every single available browser for Android?
Re: Crapy decision ...
"I don't mind working without a camera, but wireless... Really?"
Seriously? Wifi issues in 2012?
Maybe one of these years will be the Year of Windows On The Desktop. Until then, it's plainly not ready for prime time.
(sorry, couldn't resist).
Re: Buy cheap...
"(cheap knock offs are never as good as the real thing to be honest :D)"
And expensive knock-offs are even worse. Hence why I wouldn't touch iOS with a barge pole.
Re: More mugs queing up to be reamed.
"18 month guaranteed support period for WP8 phones. Try getting that sort of guarantee from any one else."
"standing on the train or on the loo."
Must have a strong seat.
Is this like some kind of steady-aim game?
Re: M Gale == Idiot.
Well gee, I never knew that.
Sarcasm mode off, I know the difference between the Linux kernel and Android. It's the same difference between the Linux kernel and a JVM. One might come with the other, but they are not the same. You might as well say that a web site is a Linux because there's Linux and Apache (and, yes, the rest of the GNU stuff) under there somewhere.
Or just call me an idiot. Easy when you're hiding behind a mask.
Re: "If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I've won" : Linus Torvalds
To use an analogy (and yes, analogies are inherently shit): Android is Linux like a pizza is a motorbike.
One might be delivered with the other, but they are most certainly not the same.
Re: @M Gale
These days, so does Microsoft.
In fact, Android is looking less toy-like than Windows 8 right now, which is a bit perverse.
Re: @M Gayle
"Guessing you just blindly type into text boxes without looking at what else is on the screen? The option to sign in with a local account is on the same page as the one asking for your Microsoft account."
I expect set-up options to be obvious, not hidden in an Apple-apology style. This isn't Slackware Linux; it's supposed to be easy.
"That said, how is this different to requiring a Google/Gmail account on Android, or an Apple ID on the iPhone?"
Because they are toys, and I'm trying to set up a computer? Let's not forget that you don't need a Google account to use Android. You can install apps from all over the place, and the Google account is for Google services like the Play store.
Microsoft trying to turn computers into toys is half the problem. If I wanted an Xbox, I'd buy an Xbox. Happy that it's hidden away in a VM jail though. I don't think I could stand Metro for doing anything other than selecting which variant of Angry Birds I want to play, and even then I fail to see how it's better than the Frequently Used section of Win7's start menu, or attaching an icon to the desktop.
Still, at least poking around in the settings has found the Local Account options. Microsoft plainly wants to harvest a shitload of email addresses and personal details, and I trust them even less than I trust Google with that, frankly.
Have you tried setting Windows 8 up?
No such option available. Or if it is, it's hidden. I'm just glad it's in a VM and I wasn't stupid enough to replace the host OS with it.
"Do you need an Office 365 account to access your own computer?
I thought you only needed it to access Office 365, which is running on their computers."
Windows "we need to know your name, postcode, phone number and two valid email addresses to give you access to your own computer you bitches" 8.
Can already view Office documents, thanks all the same.
As for Office 365, that can take a run and flying jump along with Windows "we need to know your name, postcode, phone number and two valid email addresses to give you access to your own computer you bitches" 8.
Have you looked at a Note 10.1 yet? I don't see iThings with proper stylus control, and you'd have to be a dipstick to confuse Android with iOS.
Re: Whoo Hooo!
Unix perhaps. Linux = 1991.
I'll go pedant at people somewhere else now.
Nice trick. Hardly groundbreaking, I've worked in places where the colour of labels is scanned by dedicated colour-detection "cameras". Put in quotes because the only output from these devices is not an image but a value for "is what is in front of me the correct preprogrammed colour value(s)?"
For a one-geek-and-some-tools trick though, it's pretty awesome. A challenge to others to see if they can do it better, perhaps!
There are already several Android apps that locate free wifi hotspots already?
Nice of Microsoft to play catch-up.
Re: Peltier cooling
Unfortunately all that does is makes the heatsink even hotter as the heat is actively dragged from the CPU. Not much good for thin and light designs, because while the CPU might be running at negative-degrees celcius, the heatsink would be rapidly melting a hole in the chassis.
Now heatpipes on the other hand, they can help. Even if only to spread the radiators around the inside of the chassis to distribute and diffuse that nasty hotspot.