2234 posts • joined 8 May 2007
For sure, it's not great on a 30mb or 50mb connection either. But surely 1mb connections are the minority of gamers these days, so for you there's still the physical product, which costs twice the price of the digital download. So you either pay more, and play as soon as you get home from shops or amazon deliver it, or you buy it digitally and leave it downloading in the background for several days.
At the moment, you can get Hitman for 18 quid in the supermarket (and probably later cash it in at Game for $5+) for pay £44 for a digital download. That doesn't make any economical sense to me at all.
Could mean that pre-next-gen titles such as GTA5 will be on 1 BR instead of swapping between several DVDs.
You should play MGS4 - there's a rahter funny bit in it that harkens back to the disc swapping in MGS1 on the PSX.
I don't know why there aren't more games available as direct downloads. Surely this will be addressed with the next gens.
I know the prices are currently prohibitive, which explains why people aren't downloading them, but surely it makes sense to the game developers and publishers to try to sell the games direct via digital download? Especially on consoles where it should be easy to lock the download to the users account, negating piracy fears.
Then all they need to do is drop the price. At the moment it is greedy, charging full RRP for a digital version when the digital version has none of the associated costs on a physical product. AND the user can't then sell on the game to the 2nd-hand market, which is a primary problem for the games publishers as they only get the money from the first sale and see nothing from all the subsequent 2nd-hand sales. If they dropped the price of the digital versions to nearer the 2nd-hand market prices, they'd get their share of all those sales and kill the 2nd-hand market at the same time.
Re: Once again, a reminder
Also pertinent: more people have died swimming in the ocean than those that have while standing on the moon.
I see posts above about large amounts of ammonia, really, that's depressing?
Surely this is undeniable evidence AGAINST the existence of Intelligent Design or a supreme being, no?
What intelligent being would possibly consider creating all that squid just dying to be cooked in batter and then make it inedible???
So much calimari, such little chips and lemon juice...
Re: Being a paranoid(ish) type ...
and they don't even have to get their hands on it. they just need to brush past you close enough to leech all your NFC-available data (credit cards, address book, contents of fridge) without you even noticing.
trying desperately to find a use for NFC
This all sounds a bit desperate to me. They've got this tech, it's great, but people aren't using it enough, so they're desperately trying to find more uses for it.
Like the fridge idea:
while a phone tapped against the fridge can present recipe suggestions based on what's in the appliance
but how does the fridge know what is inside it?
LG reckons barcode-reading software on a smartphone
So... why the need for any NFC in the fridge? if i've scanned the barcodes via my phone, then my phone knows what's in the fridge and can suggest recipes without needing to go anywhere near the kitchen. and when none of them appeal (beer + eggs + cadbury's cream eggs is a challenge even for Heston Blumenthal) then i'll just order from Dominos via the phone instead. don't need to leave the sofa at all until the doorbell rings, and more importantly, never needed to make use of NFC at all.
Re: And really, who needs it
RFID tags in your socks, underwear, t-shirts etc? Are they really necessary?
but it does save your mum having to sow your name in to them. you just need to use your smart phone to find your clothes in the school lockeroom.
Re: Why aren't they doing it themselves?
As evidenced by this article, not all Android apps run smoothly on BB. So why bother with having to support the handful of BB users? To adequately support it, you'd need to buy the hardware and divert time and resources away from your support of the Android platform. I suspect most devs just aren't willing to take the chance until there's proof that the majority of RIM10 users aren't other developers (and pirates it would seem).
PC gamers expect to have to, and be able to, upgrade all the time.
Console gamers would be the ideal market for this, 'cept they'll dislike it because it's a PC gaming rig at heart.
While I'm sure lots of people will sign up for more info, I wonder exactly how many will translate into real sales.
Restores your faith in corporations and government, doesn't it?
At least, for a short while.
one issue with the AC's advise too - ignoring that this is an old, underspecced work pc which is tightly locked down preventing the possibility of installing an alternative web browser, let alone a new OS - if i did switch to his preferred OS, i'd need to look for a new job, as we run a lot of proprietary software, written many years ago, no doubt highly inefficient and the main reason for the poor performance, which may or may not run under emulation in something like wine but regardless, there is neither the budget nor resources to fully regression test and prove that. which is why we're still running everything under WinXP and only recently purchased servers run anything as new as WinServer2008!
the other issue is, i am, to use the parlance of someone posting above, a mac jerk, so if i was going to be switching OS's here at work, it wouldn't be in the direction of the penguin-botherers.
I currently have... 21 windows open on this PC, one of those is Firefox with a dozen tabs as well. And it's a fairly light day today at work and I've been quite focused in the things I'm working on. Some days there's far more than that and the pc struggles to handle it.
I can't see how having 50 paper screens scattered over my desk is going to be an improvement. I'll have to tidy them up and stack them on top of each other - which'll copy the data between them and screw everything right up!
I think there's probably a cool use case for bendy screens like this, but i don't think they've identified it yet.
Does it really need all that much stuff?
First, you'll need a fridge. Plus a few hundred thousand quid, a reinforced floor
You can get 20tb with one of these:
So you'd only need somewhere to store 50 of those - and $109,950 to buy them.
Yes, sure, this probably isn't the ideal enterprise solution, but when talking about personal use, if you decided you absolutely had to have a petabyte of data, and you have a spare room or basement space, you could do it. AND if you set it up in your basement, you'd probably never need to heat your house :)
Re: They should feel so proud
/I was not trolled
you replied = you were trolled
(unless, of course, you were yourself trolling with that statement, in which case, fair play, i bit)
Better alternatives these days
While I'm sure the above posters are correct, the likes of Pixelmator and Acorn and so on aren't a patch on the current version of Photoshop, I don't think there is a lot that the CS2 version of Photoshop has to offer that an alternative from the AppStore couldn't also provide.
And as has been said, for the home user, those advanced features of Photoshop just aren't necessary.
We've learned more about the ...damages award
But, I'm not seeing in the article anything new that wasn't already expressed in the previous article 10 days ago. Whatever new details you've learned, you seem to be keeping them close to your chest.
Not many companies can pick and choose which court ruling to follow.
yes, because Samsung, Google, Microsoft, and any of the other firms who's court cases have been reported here haven't tried to appeal any of the rulings that went against them, did they? Samsung ponied up that $1 billion fine super quick, didn't they?
what's he on? sounds like a large and constant supply of bath salts...
the same people who told us all how the world + dog was gonna bust a nut to have 3D tv last year?
because if so, i suspect they're more of an advertising firm than market analysts
-1% is that like infinitely good as a result of a divide by zero error?
But then, you said there were bugs, so surely that warrants taking off a couple of percent points?
Re: Prints are good...
yes, but printers are so cheap that it's almost cheaper to just buy a new printer every time you go on holiday than it is to take a SD card to your local Boots or PontaPrint or whatever
Re: Prints are good...
I may be in the minority
I think you probably are. Otherwise, the likes of Polaroid and Kodak wouldn't be in such trouble these days if everyone was still so keen on getting properly printed photos.
A lot of these comments say about how great photo albums are... but there's nothing stopping you from printing out your snaps on your home printer, most of them these days will even print photo paper.
This is Polaroid solving a problem that no longer exists in this day and age. It'd be like Ford setting up highstreet stalls for re-shoeing horses...
Re: How do we know that it came from Mars?
because it has the "Work, Rest and Play" logo stamped on the back....
I totally agree, they should have done their homework more thoroughly before signing the cheque.
Re: My karma just ran over my dogma
The problem with eliminating religion:What do you replace it with?
Do what those cats in the bowling alley did, create your own version of Discordianism. Better to believe and follow a religion that makes sense to yourself than to blindly follow something that someone else made up previously.
Religion for the modern age? It's Android/Apple/Samsung/PS3/XBox. The old gods (not to be confused with the Ancient Ones) have been forsaken to be replaced by shiny shiny. Or by Kim Kardashian and Lindsey Lohan, if your not of a technical leaning.
And, despite what Charlton Heston said, I think this is a good thing. Why not put your faith in idols of the modern age that at least have some relevance to our lives? Why live your life according to rules created by prophets and priests many hundreds of years ago who couldn't tell an evil Nexus 7 from a divine iPad Mini?
Error with Question 22
22. In how many Reg stories was Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak mentioned during 2012?
B. not enough
C. too many
D. Steve who?
In a somewhat Schrödinger's Cat fashion, the act of asking a question about Woz in a quiz published before the end of the year has impacted the result, meaning none of those answers are now correct.
But where's the....
Actually, it's a bit of a poor show for a tech rag to have a quiz, and only provide us with a printable scoresheet? In this day and age of glorious technology, is it too much to ask for an interactive form with radio buttons next to each answer and a funky piece of HTML5 to keep track of our results?
so the "news" in this article is that Cook's pay is less than last year, although, it's not because last year included special one-off bonus, and in fact, this year he's got a little bit more than last year?
i'm not sure there's any real news there, although, fair play to El Reg, the FT also covered this in a full page article.
Re: Actual Value
that's a good point. Marvell products are in everything, hard drives is likely a small percentage of where their income is generated.
If the amount they've been told to pay is calculated by the amount of money they should have paid CMU over the years, then that suggests the cost of the license, had they sought it at the start, would have dramatically increased the cost of Marvell's hard drives, likely making them highly unpopular, so they never would have sold so many and so CMU wouldn't have received anywhere near as much money.
sounds like the guys at MIT have already got better stuff:
Re: Same article
Is this a low news day
It's midday and there's only been 3 articles on the site so far. "Low news day" is a bit of an exaggeration I'd say.
That's 2100 in the whole US? But just the state of New York has 34,000 registered offenders?
Either, a lot of them didn't list _all_ their online aliases/emails or hardly any sex offenders play video games. Which would seem contrary to the belief that violent games lead to violent behaviour in the players.
We all know how this will end.
In an adequate, yet slightly disappointing even though we knew we weren't going to get what we were hoping for, trip to a far distant planet, wherein we discover the origin of life and weird inky black stuff that tries to kill us.
They'd be better off leaving the cave etchings to just fade away into nothingness - curiosity didn't kill the cat... but it did kill Harry Dean Stanton when he went looking for it.
Re: Great article
I wonder how much of an impact that would really be. Yes, games' bubbles burst, but is that not as much because the pro players have moved on along with the casual players?
Take StarCraft - the casual player probably moved on from that many many years ago (with the exception of the occasional nostalgic replay). But the pro players never stopped (at least, not in South Korea it seems). Which in turn must have made Blizzard's decision to make the sequel much easier.
only a matter of time...
I can't see there being much money in this for FB from legitimate use. But I can see spam companies spending enough on this for FB to decide that it's a Good Idea(TM). $1 might be enough to deter spammers, but sounds like FB are more than happy to revise that price until it become popular.
So, it's only a matter of time before the inevitable second stage - FB introduce a new feature for their users - pay $1 to stop the spam messages from getting through to them*.
*this, of course, doesn't block the Premium Messages, which
spammers companies can pay $2 to ensure guaranteed delivery. Unless users pay $3 to block those too, meaning they only see Platinum Gold Special Messages (which cost 4$ to send) unless they pay $5.... ad infinitum....
Early Xmas present
Yay!! i was worried we wouldn't get anything from Verity this month. That's made my xmas, and it's not even started yet :)
Instead you have to lug around the, frankly, MASSIVE POP Portable power supply instead? Have you seen the pictures? it looks nearly bigger than an iPad!
This thing is bigger than a usb power plug and three or even four usb to usb/usbMini/iPhone30pin/lightening leads.
The only thing shocking about this story is that enough people thought it was a good idea for it to succeed it's Kickstarter stage.
that reminds me...
must get around to installing MASSIVE electro-magnets on either side of the front door.
although, yes, does mean my granny with the pacemaker won't be able to come visit anymore....
Whoever came up with that name was obviously no student of Cockney rhyming slang.
Cracks me up everytime I see it.
Re: I thought that ...
Just because they're currently making chips for Apple, doesn't mean that in the future, they can't use the same fabrication technology to make chips for someone else.
This is a sign that Samsung are committed to making chips, if Apple go elsewhere, then there's plenty of other people wanting chips with the specs that this plant can produce.
Re: So, presumably
but if the shape is chosen through trial and error, then that would suggest that arachnophobia isn't restricted to just human beings. the spider shape must scare the bejeebus out of creatures of all kinds the willies, not just my girlfriend
Re: That much!
Not sure there's many people in emerging markets that can afford a Lumia 920. Even the 820 isn't that cheap.
Re: The Microsoft effect
I think AC meant that the iPhone5 sold 5 million in the opening weekend in US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore. By comparison, 4 million Lumia's in 6 weeks in the same territories isn't very good, unless you're a Nokia fanboy looking at it on a slant.
"it's clear that consumers prefer to have choice"
I don't think the average consumer is walking into a phone shop and saying to themselves "well this brand have a far greater range of different models with different features, so i'll get myself one of theirs"
I think it clear, instead, that if you have a wide range of phones covering a wide range of features, then you'll appeal to a wide range of demographics within the public and therefore sell more phones. Consumers don't prefer choice, they like to have the phone they want, not be stuck with indecision. Samsung just have a bigger net to catch many more different types of consumer than other brands.
what? you're telling me we won't be able to have panda-fur-lined spaceships?!?!?
Re: Ping Time
If it is habitable, that means it could be already inhabited? How much is that going to piss off the natives if we slam a probe through their atmosphere? Have to hope they haven't got FTL drives otherwise their invasion fleet will arrive here before we get the response from the probe warning us of the huge intergalactic faux pas we've committed.
Re: Okay result
The fine is a joke. A bank the size of Morgan Stanley won't notice 5 million. They've probably got a slush fund 100 times that much for misc expenses. The fine is purely to appease the press and the common Joe on the street to make it look like the SEC is at all capable of intimidating the Wall Street banks. When in fact, this has exactly zero deterrent to stop Morgan Stanley or any other bank from doing exactly the same again.
Brilliant - i never go to theme parks, so i can look forward to a nag free future :)
btw - that content map site is pretty good, i didn't know about that before now.
Don't worry, Anna will find some way to portray that in a negative light.
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