2159 posts • joined 8 May 2007
Re: Sequals? Are you sure?
"They did make two excellent Alien films though, but luckily stopped before ruining the series"
so you haven't seen Alien 4 (which did ruin the series), or AVP or AVP2 then?
friend of mine had an old 1st gen ipod touch for playing games on the train to work and when looking for a phone got the Galaxy S as he figured he could play games on that and only carry one device
he still uses the old ipod touch to play games each day, because even on the old machine, there are more games worth playing on the ipod touch than there are available on the android platform. he's been patiently waiting for the marketplace to improve, but so far he's still having to carry around two devices.
when his contract is up on the Galaxy S, he says he's getting an iphone next.
@Ian Wellock - Re: Alas, not so
"but I think few end-users will see the choice of 'click here' versus 'go to your web browser and type this address in, and then go through hoops' as being competitive"
No, end-users won't consider the competitive issue at all, we just want our content. We'll choose the easiest path to get it. If it's a single button click inside the app, that's perfect and a lot easier than mucking about on some website.
But also - if the only way to get the content is to go to your website and go through hoops, then we'll go get the content from another provider using their app that does allow for single click access, because that's a lot easier than the going through hoops.
Apple care more about the end users than they do about the publishers and that's just horrific isn't it?
if there is an iPhone nano, it's not going to be as capable as the main iPhone.
and i'm not sure that you'd be able to play games on a 2/3 size screen, let alone a half-size model. the screen can shrink and the pixel density can increase, but your fingers are still the same size and will get in the way even more.
Angry Birds will be impossible to play on a smaller screen, because you won't be able to get the same accuracy.
So i'd see the iPhone nano being vastly reduced in capability of running apps - and for that, perhaps it would work with a cloud element - but it sounds to me like the cloud rumour is mixed up with the one about MobileMe allowing cloud access back to our iTunes collections.
"If this is bringing you flashbacks of another technology company's anti-competitive practices, well, maybe it should." followed by "This isn't the same as what Apple is doing"
if it isn't the same, why should it give us flashbacks?
i think perhaps you've bought into Sony's propaganda on this issue.
The Sony App was blocked because it _only_ allowed users to purchase from outside the Apple system. It was rejected because it didn't allow the users the choice of purchasing ebooks in-app or from outside. So it's Sony that was being closed here, but forcing users to buy their books from where they wanted them to.
to quote Apple spokesperson: “We are now requiring that if an app offers customers the ability to purchase books outside of the app, that the same option is also available to customers from within the app with in-app purchase.”
we're all gonna die from lunar triffids!!!
re: The Italian Job
Your reality, ma'am, is lies and balderdash and I'm delighted to say that I have no grasp of it whatsoever.
it's an awesome movie, endlessly entertaining, and thankfully missing a holywood feel-good ending. and it's a damn sight better than bloody Kes (although, admittedly, got to give some thanks to Kes for it's influence on the League of Gentlemen sketch with Dr Chinnery... but i digress...).
can I airplay it from my iPad to my AppleTV and so watch it on my telly?
how does the app store threaten the web?
i thought the app store just supplies applications?
there's more than just apps on the web isn't there?
or will you be releasing an El Reg app in the near future??
only one device then?
so is it a one off thing? will their network remember the phone number - MAC connection, or will you have to re-register each time?
cos if it remembers the connection, then it's only possible to use mobiles? i can't decide sometimes to connect on the phone (when in a department store perhaps) and at other times to connect with my tablet (when sat down in starbucks or a supermarket cafe)?
I was talking to someone about that and they pointed out that the cost involved in the manufacturing process to include a rear camera is probably negligable, especially when the economies of scale kick in and you order enough cameras for all your ipads and iphones being made this year.
Even if no one ever uses it, it'll still shut up half the commentards on El Reg who would bemoan the absense of a rear-facing camera if given the chance.
two paramecia enter, one paramecia leaves
Listen all! This is the truth of it. Fighting leads to killing, and killing gets to warring. And that was damn near the death of us all. Look at us now! Busted up, and everyone talking about hard rain! But we've learned, by the dust of them all... Stanford learned. Now, when men get to fighting, it happens here! And it finishes here! Two paramecia enter, one paramecia leaves...
can we have the Wierd Al song playing as the soundtrack?
i tried to enable it, but it refered me to O2 'modem' page that tells me i need to add the tethering bolt-on to enable it.
so while it's awesome, it'll also be expensive at £7.50 per month on top of my monthly contract.
isn't Three offering free tethering?
2TB to 2.6TB?
From a user point of view though, this doesn't seem like much a difference.
For me, I like the Western Digital MyBook range, and I've got a bunch on 1tb ones from when they were about £90, and then when the 2TB ones came down to about 90quid last year, I got a couple of those.
So I'm not likely to buy any more at 2.6gb. I'll be waiting for when the 4tb external drives come down to 90quid before I next buy disks, and by that time, perhaps the SSD tech will be affordable?
So while it's great news for anyone buying a new machine this year, or just now thinking about upgrading their internal disks, I don't see that Seagate are going to get a massive increase in sales, this increase in capacity is not enough to encourage people to upgrade their storage, they'll just make do with what they have for the moment.
for those of us that already have an iPad, then the cost of using it as a second monitor is only 1.99 which is a fraction of the price it'd cost to go out and buy a second monitor
i don't imagine for a minute that they are pitching this as the sole reason why someone might buy an iPad
missing the point? or just being pedantic?
i think the point of the post is that ptable is created using simple web tech, and yet it looks flash and dynamic to the lay-person. and that's the point. to create a good looking website that delivers a lot of data easily, you don't need expensive solutions and you sure as hell don't need to build it in Flash. you just need html5, css3 and a bunch of jquery
Angry Birds vendor now even angrier?
if they're angry, they've only themselves to blame for not following the guidelines
for a 4-day battery in a smart phone, it'd weigh a ton and be the size of an 80's mobile phone brick. and while you might be willing to buy it, i'd suspect you're the only one
but if in include depreciation?
but he's still up if you consider the amount anyone elses car would have depreciated after 2 years
You state: "take-up of the Mac apps store might prove more difficult" than it was for the iOS store, but what's your reasoning behind this?
From what i've seen, most developers are pricing their products very close to their iPad prices, which are low enough that everyone will try them out. In most cases, they're asking for less than a cheap shareware fee.
While it's questionable if you'd ever purchase the likes of Photoshop via the iOS store, for many of the smaller utilities and particularly short-term games, I can see the store doing quite well, in much the same way as it has on the iPhone.
And if it does, we know Microsoft will follow suit in about 5 years time once they've realised.
so now i need two chargers?
one for my iphone and one for my ipad?
is this smartphone's only? so there's still billions of unsmartphones that'll need seperate chargers?
or is the idea that, being usb, we shouldn't need chargers because we can just hook it up to our computers at home and at work... except, at work, we're so security paranoid that any usb device that is connected gets wiped and some encryption software applied to it which blitzed all the data on people's Android phones here. so we'll still need to use a stand-alone charger anyway.
go see Tron in an Imax
the glasses are like Oakley ski sunglasses, they're very funky and don't fall off your face
plus, the film is frikken awesome on the huge Imax screen
that said, I'm also going to be getting it in 2D when it comes out of blu-ray/dvd
there's no need for 3D that requires expensive glasses in the home - I'll wait until they make it work without the need for glasses
i think i'll use my 40 quid a year to buy another game each year instead of paying to be allowed to access online gaming
i bet the performance is much snappier than 2D displays
Kinect can handle up to 4?
in the advert, the game clearly shows only 4 players doing the Michael Jackson dancing stuff.
But there's 5 people dancing in the room 'playing' the game...
only if you want a media server
You're description of a NAS suggests you're only thinking of it as a media server type device, and for purely streaming music, a NAS is probably the best option. But the Mac Mini is better suited as a full server, hosting web domains and email accounts. Instead of a rudimentary web interface of a NAS box, you'd remotely connect to it via Screen Sharing and use it like a normal desktop machine. If you wanted it as a media server, you can load iTunes with all your music/movies/tv-shows and then stream it all to your AppleTV.
And how many more network connections do you really need than wi-fi or ethernet?
They're called macminicolo.net
I've been using them for years, because I thought it'd be a laugh to have a personal server to host my website and email on. I'm still using an old single core Mac Mini, both for my personal use and for hosting websites that I'm building and are in development.
Can't recomend Macminicolo enough.
They're extremely helpful. I think their prices are very good, especially compared to the alternatives. I don't think I've ever experienced an unscheduled outage and even then, I think they've only had a sheduled outage once in the last 5 years and that was only for an hour I think. If you need to have a server that is entirely under your control, but want it in a secure and power-managed server room, I can't think of a better option.
I think they're a great solution. When there's been major OS releases that have required full installs they've offered discounts to their normal charge and roll out the upgrade to all the clients that request it in a single weekend. They also provide the option to have a remote connection to the power supply that your mac mini is connected to, so in the event of a complete crash you can power cycle the device (1st Rule of IT Support - Switch It Off Switch It On).
As I say, been a very happy customer of theirs for years. Highly recommended.
sadly, Police Squad wasn't at all successful when it was first shown. US Tv execs apparently claimed that it didn't work "because you had to watch it" and no one pays attention when they watch tv. But I loved the show when I saw it as a kid. However, probably a good thing, because otherwise they wouldn't have turned it into the movies.
The man was a legend who made so many people laugh so much.
so do i
I'd be willing to sell my AppleII for £129,998.99 :) :)
this is just a phase of evolution that the human race is going through
eventually, after all the people who are stupid enough to use a mobile while driving are removed from the gene-pool, we, as a species, will be better off, and safer on the roads too.
it's all about the eggs and the omlettes
my girlfriend and i once spent a very happy afternoon in the Trocadero at Leicester Sq determined to complete Time Crisis. i think we also spent about 20 quid each in the endeavour, cos we weren't all that good at it, but it was still good fun
but why HD
why not get a cheaper but equally as good 1080p HD telly?
GT5 will look just as good and you won't get crippling motion sickness from the 3D effect
you guys have no idea how the iAds system works, do you?
This is just advertising thinly disguised as research isn't it?
Isn't there an advertising watchdog or something that should be looking out for this kind of skullduggery and putting a stop to it?
do not want
the irony is that, if it becomes possible for one of my friends to import the email i have on FB into their Gmail/Hotmail etc etc then i'll be switching my registered FB email to my gmail account email that i never look at and just collects spam. i don't know my 'friends' on Facebook well enough to trust them with a real email address.
re: why all the fuss?
there's been an awful lot of people asking "why is this even news?" and "who's going to buy them when fans are likely to already own the entire catalogue on cd?"
yet the fact remains, as mentioned in the article: "since when rumours have continuously circulated"
every bloody year, there's a rumour that the Beatles catalog will be available on iTunes.
so evidently, there's quite a few people to whom it does matter, otherwise this eternal rumour wouldn't continue to live
personally, i'm hoping that it is the Beatles music coming to iTunes - at least that'll put an end to this blasted rumour once and for all
re: Being less of a Nerd and reading more - Priceless
wtf? you're somehow assuming that the same game that comes out on Steam will also be available within the Mac App Store? I doubt that is going to happen, where's the benefit for the developers to have to create two builds?
so it'll be just the same as it is now - if you want to play the games that are on Steam, you'll get Steam. if not and you're more interesting in smaller, light-weight games, you'll get them from the App Store
and blackberry too
my line managers iphone and blackberry went off one hour late apparently
my iphone was fine though - but then i'm running the beta of the next OS release
nice to see someone writing an article on this with a sensible view rather than the attempts to move the market that were happening during the week by idiot analysts who haven't a clue how the real world works
really? mine's fine
wtf are you doing with your phone then? i've not bothered to be particularly careful with mine, it's not in a case, i throw it in pockets with pens and coins and earphone jacks and so on. it sits on my desk and gets pushed around by the mouse. or it's in my car and dumped in the cup holder. i've had it since launch day and both front and back are perfect still
moving the bar?
by bringing out a design that looks just like a fat iPod Touch?
sadly won't happen
the trouble is, because they've all been so long to bring a product to the market, they're all going to assume that they have to fight with the iPad for the customer base. so they'll all be offering a hyped-up smartphone interface instead of a streamlined desktop OS
while a lot of IT people i know would like a tablet like you describe, i can only assume these companies have done their market research and discovered that what the majority of the population want is something like an iPad. but i'd have thought, if that were the case, then that research would have resulted in the answer "like an ipad but cheaper" but so far, no one seems to have solved that 2nd part
again and again
"Microsoft must change if it is to regain relevance"
doesn't someone say that every two or three years? and they never do, they just keep on getting worse and worse. face it, they're not listening and they're never going to learn
re: In your face...
"So all these Mac evangelists are now eating their words..."
Not at all.
There is a simple to solution to this: go learn Objective-C and then you can build your apps in X-code. Not that we want your crappy apps on our beloved hardware anyway so jog on you javatard!
> Did you read the review at all???
the commentard trolls on this site don't read the reviews, don't be silly! if they took the time to read the review, then someone else might be able to post a sensible and intelligent comment before them
well we don't want you either
such a shame as the concept of a post-apocalyptic version of the Monkey story sounded awesome
they should have got Rhianna Pratchett to do the writing - she worked on both Risen and Heavenly Sword with Serkis and although the Heavenly Sword gameplay got a bit repetative, the story and dialogue was highly entertaining and kept you going to complete it.
only 50 quid
at amazon, cos i ordered mine this morning.
and 50quid for a zxspectrum style keyboard is a bargin, even if i get bored of it in a few months and get another case instead
3 years will be remarkable if i'm still using it by then, i'll consider i'll have well and truely got my money's worth
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