Thirteenth Floor is great. like all great sci-fi films, you should get to the end and go "oh? what?"
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I liked Chronicles because it didn't try to imitate Pitch Black. They're both very enjoyable in different ways, so neither detracts from the other, in my opinion.
Re: Stob - never one to let facts get in the way of a good rant...
how do you know that isn't the icon that offends her? perhaps she liked the old when she used to use it?
Re: There is only one thing a text editor needs
i use a text editor as a tool, to make life easier. i could just concat all my code onto the end of a file, i guess, but using a text editor makes it easier to spot mistakes and type in lots of text.
having to type in the commands to control the app as well as type in the text i'm typing doesn't make life easier at all.
the one thing a Monday morning needs...
...to make it bearable:
an article from Stob to get me through to the end of the day.
Re: Why is bacon "processed"?
the report states that even traditional curing methods produced the negative effects and so its included as processed meat. it seems that any effort to prolong the shelf life of meat has a negative effect on your when you eat it.
Re: I doubt it
i was once told an anecdote. the major investment bank they worked for failed in it's overnight payment processing repeatedly, every night. Eventually they determined it was happening at exactly the same time each night. so they upgraded the ram/disks. patched the software. replaced the whole server. nothing helped.
Finally, head of IT decides enough is enough, takes a chair and a book to the data centre, sits in front of the server all night long to see what it's doing.
and at the time when the batch failed every night previously, the door to the server room opens, the janitor comes in with a hoover, looks for a spare power socket, finds none, so unplugs the nearest and plugs in the hoover. yes, you guessed it, plug that was unplugged was the power lead for the server in question.
just because you're a big firm, doesn't mean you don't get taken out by the simplest and stupidest of things
to add some detail, if it's the same one, that would suggest that no one did any due diligence, or lessons learned, or root cause analysis or any of a dozen other service delivery buzzwords that all basically mean, "wtf happened and how do we make sure it doesn't happen again?"
you'll always get new issues that break things. such is the way of IT. no system is 100% perfect. you just have to put in as much monitoring/alerting and backup systems as you can afford to ensure any impact from outage to your business critical systems is as minimal as possible.
New South Wales For Work?
What about stairs?
I dunno about you, but sometimes I'm outa breath after using the stairs at work because it's "healthier"
But apparently I'm killing the planet .
For that matter they ought to tax people who can't leave their homes on time in the morning and so have to run down the road and over the train station bridges to catch their trains.
And that's not to mention the CO2 produced by people having sex.....
Or perhaps their own advertising for the PS3 - they're entering the Third Place....
Thing is, you'd expect the sales to have been much better from all those in "the BB way"
But that doesn't seem to be happening, so even the old BB devotees aren't flocking to the new device.
Perhaps they're all waiting for their current 2 year contracts to end, but can Blackberry really wait the, perhaps up to, 18 months for all their old customers to come back to them?
Re: Are you kidding?
@OP - the point is that there is a single port on the iDevice, which is used for multiple functions, not just video out. one port, multiple adapters. not multiple ports, each with a separate adapter each.
you're obviously content to have a device with multiple ports, which you may or may not need. iDevices have a single port, which you at least need for charging and possibly for syncing. if you want to do anything else with it, then you buy an adapter, but not everyone needs video out. not everyone needs a GPIB interface. So the few that want a video out via cable have to pay a bit extra. the rest of us stream to our AppleTVs to get video on the telly, without having to pay even the $5 for the hdmi adapter you mention.
i know it's not what the experiment was, but when i saw the headline on the news this morning i assumed they'd just observed that when rat A thinks of cheese, so does rat B!
boffins with brains the size of planets
and they can't come up with imaginative names for their telescopes.
Still, I guess there's no time to waste on daft names when there's planets being created. I mean, 10 years will go past in a flash! if they're not careful.
Weird, it had never occurred to be that Bathroom wasn't a British word!
You learn something new everyday! And also, to everyone complaining about Apple stories on ElReg, this goes to prove they do have a use. Not only has this furthered by understanding of my own language, but also earlier contain a very useful discussion about depression and public message on caring for those so afflicted.
What prevents a black hole from spinning faster than light?
Matt Bellamy at the centre, shredding on his guitar
can it tell the difference between different fingers?
i.e. can it tell the difference between when i'm using my index finger to scroll a webpage or move icons around, and when an app crashes and i flip my middle finger at the computer, will it be able to recognise that and issue a End Process command to the hanging app?
Take two devices into the shower?
No, I just take one HUGE one that's too big to fit into the shower anyway!
i know people who have their ATM pin written down inside their purse/wallet. how do you explain to them that each time they use it, the numbers of the code are going to be different?
and sure only the simplest of patterns are going to be used. anything remotely complex is still too hard for the average person to remember (can you recall without looking the patten used in the example?)
Re: A somewhat harsh editorial...
I think the point was that, given that both iOS and Android have made progress and improvements since they were launched, it's strange to see FirefoxOS come out with so much progress and improvements yet to be made. Surely they've looked at a recent example from the competition and so should have made an effort to compete.
At least, that's how I read it.
We can't stop here
lol reads like Fear and Loathing in Barcelona :)
Andrew's post at the end of the event will just read
"This is bat country"
Re: Kerberos ...
the vote was organised by SETI, who did that thing where everyone screen-savers formed a massive parallel processing to decode the radio messages from space, didn't they?
Re: why ?
Instead of the "I'll get me coat" icon we need a "I've got my towel" one!
"Also, you'll need to be comfortable using the command line"
but, i can't imagine there is anyone that would be thinking of putting an Ubuntu or similar linux-y OS on a smartphone that isn't a fully paid up penguin-fiddler and so already dreams in command line scripts rather than a visual medium.
Re: Mos Eisley
the thing about Mos Eisley, is that "you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy". And a hive of scum and villainy shouldn't be spartan and empty. It's s'posed to be a hustly bustly spaceport, oozing with ne'erdowells and skullduggery occurring at every corner. That's why Han Solo is there. That's why Luke and Obi Wan go there to try and book passage off Tattooine without the Imperials noticing.
Yes, photographically, the original looks better, desert cities should be soulful and bleak, but story-wise this is the kind of place where gun flights and someone getting their arm cut off in a bar go unnoticed as long as you tip the barkeep. That kind of place shouldn't have soulful ambiance, they should be seething with... with... well, with scum and villainy.
Re: ha ha....ha ha ha
I've never understood how analysts stay in business. its seems they never make mistakes, they just "revise their figures"
If my coding was consistently completely wrong I'd get the sack. I wouldn't get the chance to "revise my methods"..... ohhh and now i think i understand what Agile programming is all about and why Agile developers keep getting employed without ever delivering a finished product. :)
lol i can't remember the last time i even took a cassette out of a case, let alone played or recorded on it.
so by that standard, seems the "is killing music" campaign worked well and put a stop to it!
Re: Didn't Nokia have a video of something like this
Is that not prior art?
it seems like nearly every patent application that gets reported here gets a comment about there being prior art.
and yet still the patents continue
seems to me that the US Patents Office dont really care about prior art. is it really an important part of patents, or is it just a urban legend that prior art is a consideration?
Re: 'Click to view the map'
Do you really expect me to click to download a 320GB jpeg over my puny broadband?
Do you really expect that they'd be able to afford the bandwidth costs of sending out the whole image file to everyone that clicks?
It's like google maps, it only loads the bit you need to see at one time. each time you pan or zoom it loads the next bit of view for you.
So bad fiction automatically equals an absence of Truth
the clue is in the word "fiction"
or do you lot have your own bloody dictionary too now?
and then a spaceship lands and John Travolta and a bunch of Psychlos run out and kill everyone?
Well it seems Game.co.uk are taking pre-orders already.
Or rather, they want a £20 deposit from you, and then i guess they'll charge the rest of the price on the release date.
Trouble is, not sure I trust the Game brand, weren't they teetering on the brink of oblivion recently along with HMV and the like?
Think I'll wait until Amazon have it up for pre-order instead.
Well we saw Killzone
And there was talk of Final Fantasy, which presumably is going to look mind-numbingly incredible.
I wonder if GTA 5 will still come out on the PS3 or if they will slip the release date a bit further to be part of the PS4 launch.
Is there going to be an Assassins Creed 4?
Surely they won't be able to resist putting out Uncharted 4 also.
and Gran Turismo, of course.... cept we probably won't see that until 2018.....
Really? cos the only PS2 game i ever got around to playing on my PS3 was Shadows of the Colossus, and it looked really poor. And then they released the HD version for the PS3 which looked great so now there's zero need to fire up the old PS2 again.
With the PS4, you'll likely be able to stream PS3 games to play them, so you can sell all your old PS3 games via music magpie to raise the cash to buy access to the streaming version of the few PS3 games you'd actually want to play again.
I disagree, i'd say that people who aren't audio/videophiles would be the ones who see value in buying a single piece of equipment that does the job of 3 or 4 (games / blu ray / dvd / streaming iPlayer/Netflix/LoveFilm / plays music / etc).
It's the audio/videophiles who will be wanting to spend even more on a high spec blu ray player that's seperate to their home cinema 7.2 surround sound system, and also a seperate dedicated dvd player because it upscales better than the blu-ray player does, and a dedicated NAS box somewhere for streaming their downloaded content, etc etc etc. The PS3 did all that stuff okay, but it wasn't the perfect option, if you were particularly obsessed with sound or image quality..
Most of the people i know that are non-techies and have gotten themselves a tablet are the ones who only really had a cheap laptop before, sitting on the coffee table. And now they've got a more expensive iPad instead. i'm not sure how that works, must be Apple's RDF in action i guess.
if the specs are similar, and the chipset is very similar, presumably this will make it very easy for developers to write games for both systems? so perhaps no longer any need for a title to be on one device and not another perhaps?
Re: Sony have dropped the ball
Thing is, when Apple show off their new shiny shiny, it's generally either available to pre-order (for delivery within the month) immediately after the show is over, or it's in their shops at the end of the week.
Sony have at least 6 months before putting the PS4 in the shops. If they show off the design now, there's plenty of time for Microsoft to copy and improve on any particularly good aspects of it.
And it's not like they have any competition at the moment - you can't go an order/pre-order a competitor's next-gen console today because you didn't get to see what the PS4 will look like.
So they can wait - If Microsoft are going to show the next Xbox at E3, then Sony can also surprise everyone at the same time by showing the PS4. And it'll be the PS4 that gets all the headlines, precisely because they've created all the hype now by not showing it.
It was far too expensive for a games console, perhaps yes, but for many it was also the cheapesst blu-ray player at the time, so actually made economical sense to get one.
Or at least, that's how I rationalised spending that much money to myself.
Then again, I'm not sure the same laws apply. In a world where we're buying tablets for 500 quid just to surf the web and play "small" games, why would it seem daft to expect people to pay up a lot more for a next gen console that again is not just a games machine but also a full media centre for your living room?
I wouldn't be surprised to see both the PS4 and the next Xbox with (at least initially) asking prices similar to the expensive tablets.
Was there a tv nearby?
There's a well documented cause for SHC:
Re: By any chance
"the life of a repo man is always intense"
How would you know your machine was part of a botnet these days?
install something like LittleSnitch. That'll alert you to anything new that starts communicating from your machine to the outside world.
It's a pain for the first week or so, as you get alerted to everything, and have to acknowledge the ones you're okay with and investigate the ones you're suspicious of. But after you've got it bedded in, then you know that any alert that comes up which you didn't do anything unusual to initiate is likely malware trying to dial home, and so you can kill it.
perhaps not the best idea
except, for some of us, we have to run Java to do our jobs. and if we don't, then we don't get paid, so can't pay the rent and so are thus homeless and starving to death.
so, on balance, i'd say installing Java to remove the malware was a good idea, and at the same time, following the advice in this article to be aware if someone does manage to get malware on my machine:
at last a use for it!
i've got one of these dvd writers. seemed like such an awesome idea - burn a disc, and at the same time, burn the label to tell you what's on it!
sadly, the reality wasn't as good as i'd imagined it would be, and while the labels were readable, you mostly had to be in the right light holding it at the right angle. so i think i only used the Lightscribe part perhaps 3 times, it's been used as a regular dvd drive ever since.
but now! now at least i can feel that it wasn't completely wasted money! now i have something useful. if i can just get someone to employ me to make them supercapacitors....
Re: I've been trying it.
Apple's desktops have long since had native PDF ability. Since 10.2 i think.
Because of this, not only can you view pdf files with just the system tools, but also makes it very easy for any app to render a pdf doc - hence Safari has been displaying PDFs from the web for years without needing to install a plugin. A nice side effect is that because it's part of the system, any application on a Mac that uses the default Print dialog should be able to print directly to a PDF document instead of a printer.
So i assume the same Quartz code that is baked into OS X was also included in iOS from the start as well.
The headline has this text 'I WILL find and KILL the spammers who hacked me' in quotes.
I thought quotes were used when, you know, quoting what someone said. Not for when you're paraphrasing and using your own emphasis on the word KILL. And failing to include the quote from the movie which puts a more humorous angle on the rest of the quote.
Here's an article that describes where to look on your mac to see if it's got the malware. Apparently the site that was hacked to distribute the malware was a "mobile developers website"
They're suggesting that the idea was to allow them to inject malicious code into the code being developed for mobiles, rather than trying to hack mobiles directly.
they're an ISP but they're taken out by a DDoS
suggests that any sites they host aren't going to be very well protected against DoS's either.