3520 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007
Re: Mass market?
OK - so how does the software cope with differing resolutions?
By not using pixels as a measurement unit. Same as any other system with varying resolutions. Ideally, you want -1 to be one edge of the screen, +1 to be the other edge, and the origin (that's 0,0) in the centre. Or you can stick the origin in one corner and have (1,1) be the other corner. Use whatever relevant system call to detect the screen (or canvas, window, whatever) resolution when you start the application up, and create your OpenGL viewport based around that. Aspect ratio is detectable by just doing width/height. Adjust your UI accordingly.
If you're on a platform that allows window resizing, then attach a function to whatever on_resize event the system has, and have it reconfigure the viewport accordingly.
At no point do you ever want to be measuring distances in your 3D scene with pixels.
Same as everything else, again. There are plenty of test screens that will give you a reference while you twiddle with brightness, contrast, gamma, RGB/colour temp.
different CPU/GPU specs?
Same as every other platform. I already have apps on my phone and tablet that have a "Tegra" edition for extra shininess on Nvidia's chips.
differing accelerometer sensitivity?
One-time calibration. "Put your phone face-up on a flat surface. Now put it face down."
memory limits? differing OS builds with jitter effects from different interrupt handlers?
Oh now you're just trying to think of problems, aren't you? These were all solved some 30 years ago. Just use the 30 year old solutions, like various Android devs seem to have been doing already.
Really, I don't get why people are complaining so hard about the Android "ecosystem" being fragmented, when plenty of people have been developing for quite long enough in the far more fragmented Windows environment.
Don't forget that this is basically just a set of fancy goggles that you strap a phone to. So long as your app presents two images side by side, and has the virtual cameras spaced appropriately, it looks pretty much like it will work.
Re: Point of order
Yes, so was I, back when the first wave of dorky vertigo-inducing headsets came about.
There is a reason nobody went around wearing anything like that.
Doesn't mean I wouldn't want to give this a try. I think it could be quite entertaining, and definitely worth 60 quid to have a virtual gazillion-inch 3D cinema display and gaming device adapter for your phone. I just know I'm going to look hella more of a prat with this outdoors than with, say, Glass.
Probably about as well as your phone does.
Re: Mass market?
I can see the variety of devices being a huge issue with getting it adopted.
Not really. So long as they support devices from 4 inches to 6 inches (and maybe an adapter for 7 inchers), that'll probably cover the vast majority of all Android devices out there. Amazing what some sponge, a strap and a bit of Velcro can do.
I'm not sure whether looking like a dork from the early 90s would be any better.
Inturresting device though. It needs some kind of Splashtop-like software to stream video from your PC and feed gyro/accelerometer data back to it. Oculus but without the price tag or the Facebookiness? Nice.
Oh come on.
STFU already. Fucking slide to unlock, again?
People wonder why I detest Apple. I couldn't give a damn whether they imbue each iToy with concentrated joy and unicorn farts. They are Little Microsoft in cool clothing.
The Norks are insane.
...but they ain't stupid.
Pretty sure Kim Jong Tinky Winky Jr knows that if he were to actually drop the bomb on someone, North Korea would get skullfucked in short order. The Chinese might have an excuse to get a bit miffed about people trying to do that right now, and are possibly quite happy to have NK there between them and SK. If Japan or the Southern state is a smouldering crater however, I can't imagine they'd have any excuse left.
Re: $1500 a day?
That's not enough to pay costs for 2 employees
Where do you work? Buckingham Palace? I'd be pretty happy with a quarter of a million a year, even in USD.
Whether they were actually taking in $1500/day though, is another matter.
Try to maintain your lavish lifestyle (and duck pond (and porn subscription)) using your expenses account, all while trying to avoid public scrutiny and nosy reporters in this virtual Houses of Parliament game.
Game style: Mixed. Some point and click adventure, some driving, some reaction games, some puzzles.
Use Ace Detective-style sequences in the Commons in order to sway the house into voting for measures that allow you to maintain the income that you so obviously deserve, all while keeping the details of your expenses from those pesky activists.
GTA-style sequences where you attempt to get from point A to point B whilst being pursued by paparazzi. You have a prostitute with her lips in your lap, and the idea is to get to point B whilst keeping your Public Outrage star-count low. If the photographers make it back with compromising pictures, your public outrage meter goes up. If you avoid the photographer or flatten them before they make it back, you get away with it.
You may start as a Lord, MP or Bishop. Each character class has some kind of failing that must be kept from the public at all costs. Either £800/roll wallpaper and a penchant for solid gold bog seats, a dope habit, or perhaps a relationship with one of the other class's preteen daughter depending on which class you choose.
MInigames include a steady-hand game where you have to try to evenly divide an 8-ball of coke into separate lines. Points rewarded for even distribution and number of lines tapped out. There's also a reaction game where you control a dominatrix spanking your character in time to music, DDR or Rock Band style.
Prevent copying and readers get ticked off and won't buy, but allow piracy and publishers don't see the money angle and will rather let their collections rot.
For some years now, you've been able to go out, get the paperback edition, lop the spine off with a guillotine and stack the whole lot atop the document reader on a cheapish flatbed scanner (the HP Officejet all-in-one series for instance). Total process probably an hour or so, and it's pretty much unmanned. You just tell it where to store the jpegs and let it get on with it. So, about as hard as ripping your average DVD or Bluray, and takes about as long. True, you still have a bunch of pages with no spine afterwards, but if you're looking to distribute your copied warez far and wide, you won't care about that, will you?
I just figured I'd let various publishers know that. You know, in case they thought that eBooks are going to kill the industry like videotape and audio cassettes totally fucked up the movie and music industries.
Re: "in likelihood unconstitutional"
They're what allowed 2Jags Prescott to rubberstamp changes to the building regs that made it illegal for you to do your own electrical work in your own house.
The really amusing thing is that you can tack an 8 way extension with a sealed plug to the wall and stick it into the two-way already on the wall. Unsafe? Possibly. Messy as hell? Definitely. Legal? Absolutely.
Do the exact same thing but you extend the ring into a new set of sockets and ixnay on the plug? Safer, sure. Neater? Definitely. Overheating? Well duh, 13 amp fused socket on a 30, 40 or more amp ring. Funnily enough, 13 is less than 30 and you have a fusebox with your consumer unit in case you end up dragging that much total current out of the ring by accident.
Legal? Yeah, you're nicked, mate.
Honestly, whilst I know that mains electricity is something to be treated with extreme respect, you'd think this was about messing with the gas mains. One will start a fire and electrocute you at worst. The other will detonate your entire house and send flaming fragments of it into properties all around the street. Your roof will probably land a couple of houses away. You'll probably land three, four, and five houses away in separate pieces. Oh and that's more of a normal-case scenario when gas goes wrong.
The two are not the same, and that law desperately needs un-fucking, preferably just a repeal back to the way it was.
Re: Of course
Grumblegrumble bloody Americans grumble.
Re: Idiots abound. (was: Water music)
Yes, Jake, we know.
I was hoping you'd know what site this is. I mean I was trying to make it a bit obvious.
I guess they stick it in an autoclave, where it is blasted with superheated medicine under pressure?
Re: Water music
Remember that a blue whale ejaculates about 50 gallons, of which about 2% finds its way into the female.
So if you ever wondered why seawater is salty, well. No need to thank me. My pleasure.
Re: I'm slow to notice things
Those that aren't are 30 to 40 years old.
And the rest.
You could argue that Compuserve, initially set up to lease out the spare computational capacity of a very powerful business machine, was one of, if not the first "cloud provider". Sounds very similar to how AWS started, doesn't it?
Re: In other words...
I find it mildly amusing that the guy who got spied on and fired should have gone with Google if he wanted privacy.
In other words...
...they got caught with their hands in the cookie jar but hey, look at Google! Yeah, over there! They.. uhm... drove around with airodump-ng running! They have bots that fling adverts at you based on keywords! The bastards!
Re: "applications from the Microsoft store did not slow down my computer"
They get "suspended" automatically and may be terminated at any time, which is basically shit outside of a games console and only barely excusable on a smartphone. How a store app can do background processing was not explained either by this document nor by the Microsoft reps that came to tell us students at the time, how chunderfully wonderful this spangling new Metro thing was going to be. How, if you can do background processing, this will not slow the computer down at all, is also similarly not explained anywhere.
ALT+F4-killed apps are also suspended, and then terminated 10 seconds later, hence the delay.
Apparently all those store apps are going to magically save all state reliably in the few seconds that the OS deigns to allow your app to have in order to do so. Honest. Yeah, no problems foreseen there. Nope, none at all.
It's the iPhone and "you don't really need multi tasking or any actual control do you" all over again. Bleurgh.
Re: But do all Macs run OSX?
With the menus at the top of the screen you always know where the menu bar is going to be.
With the relevant menu for the application in question being attached to the window of the application in question, you'll never know where the menu for the relevant application will be?
Personally I have more of a problem with crappy "unified menu bar" interfaces like OS X and some Linuxy things. Sometimes the menu you want is not for a window that is in focus. Yay, more alt tabbing, yay more mouse clicking.
Re: stating the bleedin obvious
But, no, why bother, it's not even proper UNIX.
That's not a bug, it's a feature.
OS X is not "proper Unix" either. A Bash shell and BSD userland utilities does not a Unix make. Apple did however, grease the right palms in order to be able to say it is.
And why the obsession with whether an OS is certified to be like an OS from the middle of the 1960s?
Re: bring the rock into orbit around Terra.
Yep, and as you might have guessed by the Kerbal comment earlier, I've been watching the development of the officially-done-with-NASA-and-everything asteroid recovery mission pack for KSP, where the idea is to try and replicate what NASA are planning with your own crazy rocket construction ideas. Want. Oh do so much want.
And if you've never played or even know about Kerbal Space Program, where the hell have you been? Go. Find it. Play it. Enjoy the rocket surgery. Oh, and the inevitable explosions and rapid unplanned disassembly.
Re: Moving at 800 m/s
Relative to Kerbin, of course. I think they must have installed the Kerbal Attachment System mod to do the whole harpoon thing.
Wonder how many science points that's worth?
Re: How much does this wrap weigh?
Depending on the vinyl used, it can be thinner than a coat of paint. Usually gives a smoother result too without hours of 600-grit sanding, assuming they don't hand the job over to Bubbles McCreases, the YTS lad.
Re: Silly headline
I've never heard of localStorage either.
All 5-10 megs of it?
I know exactly what a cancel message is, and a newgroup message, and various other control messages that most USENET servers are set up to either vet with a human or utterly ignore due to them being abused by trolls, malicious hackers, shills and other Internet low-life.
Good luck asking every USENET admin in the world to delete that embarrassing post that you don't want seen.
So how many of these malicious apps affect people who haven't rooted their handsets?
If the user has checked the little box to allow installation from unknown sources, how many of these apps have broken out of the per-app sandbox?
I'm reckoning that number will be zero, just like I said. Even if you do get something dodgy, you uninstall it. Just like I said.
Head-in-sand? Hardly. Broken handsets more likely to be infected. Well, I think that falls under "no shit, Sherlock".
Now, as I said (again): I've yet to see anything that affects a handset that hasn't had its own security measures broken to "root" it.
When you can find an example of malware that will infect a non-rooted device, and break out of the sandbox, and be unable to be simply uninstalled like any other app, then maybe I'll listen. I just haven't found any.
And Dalvik still isn't Linux.
Re: The devil's in the detail
but nothing like the things that Windows users have to put up with on a daily basis.
Which Windows users would they be? Or do you mean the endless streams of malware and hack attempts that Windows users have to put up with?
I've certainly seen offline, in-the-flesh examples of console fanbois telling each other their machines are shit, but then most of these people were somewhere in the order of 13 to 15 years old.
In my own experience, the only time someone's accused me of having a "crappy Wintel box" was a mac-fanboi uncle in pre-Intel, PPC-mac days, while I was running a Linux distribution on an AMD-powered laptop.
I just smirked.
It doesn't matter if it's manually installed and due to poor config. It's still a breach!!!
It doesn't matter if you took your bullet proof vest off, got out of the armoured vehicle, stuck a high visibility jacket on and walked toward the insurgents waving your hands in the air and shouting "come and get me, you pig-eating motherfuckers." Bullet proof vests aren't worth the kevlar they're made out of!
Just look at the Android malware scene for a hint of the carnage that would result if a significant percentage of people actually used Linux on the desktop.
What Android malware? I've yet to see anything that affects a handset that hasn't had its own security measures broken to "root" it.
Personally I'd rather like to see the CM guys come up with a way of re-locking the device under your own personal key. However, as far as a device you buy from a shop and use goes, you're basically wrong. Even if you do install some rogue app, it's all contained. Uninstall it. Job done.
Oh, and Dalvik isn't Linux.
Re: Race to the bottom...
Of course, this could never happen without doing something to tackle the Android piracy problem...
The only Android piracy problem is the one in your head.
No, really. I've seen some bloody ridiculous reports that claim 90-odd percent of Android and iOS software out there is an unauthorised copy.
And then I actually go out and look at the real world, and come to the inevitable conclusion that these reports are complete and total shit.
A fair price
Well since everyone has already paid for it, that would be zero, yes?
I have to wonder how a whole classroom (in fact, a whole school) of people on wifi connections is going to enhance anything "high speed"? Well, asides the rotation of water molecules in the immediate vicinity.
Re: Remember SCART?
If legislating connector types in this manner did any good then why did SCART never take off in North America?
I guess an unhealthy dose of "Not Invented Here". That and the EU is not the USA. SCART worked incredibly well for what it was meant for, which was basically connecting your different tellyboxes to/from the telly. A lot better than expecting everyone to plug red/white/yellow leads in the right way, and heaps better than RF modulators into the antenna socket.
It was basically HDMI before HDMI, and without the nasty HDCP crud.
Not quite sure, but I think there's something in the standard about two modes of operation. The normal mode for USB 1.1/2 is 500mA. Or, the charger can pull both data pins to ground, and that's interpreted in the device as "this charger will give you as much juice as it can without dropping the voltage."
Of course, people throwing 15V across the USB cable in response to some oddball data handshake are another matter.
Micro USB is flimsy. I buy about one per month as the plugs are a easily damaged such that getting only intermittent contact with normal wear and tear ( for me ) after 3 or 4 weeks on the road.
Crikey, what are you doing, using the USB cable to hang the thing off a necklace?
After checking the statistics on the Ingress client, a game I usually play on foot, it seems I have managed to walk for the vast majority of some 350km (217 miles or 2531 Brontosaurus lengths) with a micro USB cable strung between the 36WH battery in one pocket and the Xperia Arc S in the other. Both still work and it's the same lead.
Try not buying your USB cables from Poundland. No really, those cables are a bit shit.
I propose a new word.
For when you're making a real, erm, meal out of it.
Oooh, subtle threats of violence. Classy.
I would say it's more like an assertion that the OP has some restraint. As in "I won't go insulting you regardless of how big and hard I may or may not be."
I certainly don't see where the threat is, subtle or otherwise.
SIlly question but...
...what would be wrong with the output of a reverse-biased transistor being used to seed ye olde Merseinne Twister?
I couldn't think of many things more random, myself.
Re: 700 watts
Fortunately it's only there to turn the chocolate tube-steak into charcoal, same way that you can turn wood into charcoal I guess. Heat the stuff up in an environment that's as oxygen-free as you can get it.
700 watts, in an insulated box the size of a bucket, should be enough to thoroughly roast whatever you put in there.
This bitching is more like that that followed Vista: A lot of people complaining about a new interface that seemed to be change for change's sake, and grumbling that the new version provided little if any benefit over the previous.
There was quite a lot of bitching about WGA and how it would only inconvenience paying customers. Enough that Microsoft didn't distribute WGA with their volume license customers. Oh, and that fucking awful fisher price colour scheme, which was at least trivially changeable back to something.. well.. else.
Win9x was bitched at because it took up 80 to 100MB at a time when a 210MB HDD was not unusual. Oh, that and the horrific compatibility issues with DOS software which was still bloody common at the time.
Oh I know about those, and that's still a pretty big lump to stick in a phone. If you can get three times that, in a paper-thin wrapper around the phone battery?
Joyful times, perhaps.
For something that wraps around a phone battery, 3 farads is approximately equivalent to 1 fuckload.
Have you seen the size of the one-farad caps that go into cars with obnoxiously huge speakers to stop the bass from causing the lights to dim? Try the size of a litre bottle of pop.
You can already use Bluetooth to stream music to your car for example, but in a couple of blocks the phone is out of power.
Now I know people like to joke about smartphone battery life but, exaggeration much?
Yes, let's toss the phone onto the dashboard so it can slide and fly all around the passenger cabin. Or, set it up in a cradle or a tray where it's securely held. By which point, erm, how much easier is this than a USB thing into the ciggy adapter?
You wouldn't expect an IT person to work for free if they tools which help automate their job eg building images for multiple use rather than installing everything from scratch...why should a company be any different?
And you think the person who created the "includes Firefox" build was hired specifically to make that particular build? Or is it that they probably perform all kinds of tasks within Dell, and creating the Firefox build was an hour or two of mucking about on top of their normal duties?
This is something that cost Dell close to zero to make, that they probably recouped the costs on with the sale of a single, no-Firefox PC. Dell are also breaking Mozilla's license agreement by charging money for software that Mozilla stipulate should be freely available, which is kind of why Mozilla is a bit miffed at Dell right now.
And no, no I don't expect the company to work for free. If you've not noticed, PCs are quite expensive. Asking for £16 just to select the image with Firefox on it is a piss-take. Usually when people rob old grannies and other weak or disadvantaged people, we slap them in a prison cell for a while. Or perhaps just slap them a few times. Wonder what should happen with Dell, then?
Re: A completely fair charge
and at 50p there'd be no profit for them.
Quick, someone tell Google and Apple. All those 62p games are going to make them bankrupt!
Seriously, for the "service" of selecting the "includes Firefox" install image? 50p is probably a bit too high. I'm probably being generous and the price should be more like 10p (or perhaps free, you know, as per the license terms), but hey, gotta make a profit.