2144 posts • joined 8 May 2007
what's the odd Swiss ritual then?
that looked just the same as all the Apple store openings i've been to in the UK
another technically impressive idea that's utterly useless
the amount of people that i see, listening to music on their phone, while staring at the phone's screen the whole time is..... well, it's none actually
everyone starts playing the album or playlist, then shoves the phone in their pocket and either goes back to sleep on the train or carries on walking to work
if i'm listening to music while at my desk, the phone is face-up on the desk, i'm not holding it in front of me.
so i don't see how this device is ever going to get a chance to see what a person's face looks like apart from the 2 seconds when something rubbish gets played and i'm already reaching for the skip track button
when i were a wee lad in late 80s and early 90s, they had these VR arcades in the Trocadero at Leicester Sq (that's in London, England for you sceptics)
and during the summer holidays, we'd inevitably make the pilgramage to London a couple of times to see whatever the big blockbuster movie was, check out what was new on CD in HMV and play on the arcades. These VR machines looked awesome - took up the space of 4 arcades each, there were big queues for them, and each game cost 5 times what it would cost to play Street Fighter 2 or Bonanza Bros.
and we queued and we paid and we played
and we weren't terribly impressed - driving tanks around and shooting at each other, was different, sitting in a machine, but the game itself was a bit poor and a bit dull
the next year they had stand up ones, where you turned around and pushed on button on the 'gun' to move forward and the other to fire the weapon at the other players
graphics weren't much and again, the game was boring to play
i haven't seen any VR games since then. I'm sure in nearly 20 years they must have come on in leaps and bounds, after all, the quality of console games has. except, i don't see them anywhere.
who goes to arcades anymore? we're all playing our PS3s and Xbox360s instead. and if VR gaming really is the future, surely it'll start on consoles - so we should have them here now with VR peripherals
while i'm skeptical about the whole "thin-client" cloud gaming anyway - i can see that it is a possibility - although we'll be playing on our Playstation thin-client or our xBox thin-client, not a Speilberg one.
but VR gaming has died a well deserved death, hasn't it?
re: Give me paper anyday
i'm going to stick with Stanza then until they get the Kindle app upto the same standard
but like OrsonX - it's going to be a while before i'll give up reading books in their traditional format - there's something about reading a book and turning the paper pages that the electronic versions are missing - it's like they've taken the soul out of reading and sterilized it
@ Will Re: Still no news...
did you not read the article? Palm do not have a version of the Pre that'll work on the UK networks. It will only run on the US network. Therefore, no UK launch for the near future.
And if it is correct that they've only been able to manufacture so few, they they're going to have their hands full for the next 6 months or more just producing enough units to sell to US customers before they'll be able to start thinking about the rest of the world and setting up new production runs with GSM chips in them
so it's 300 bucks?
so three times the price of an iPhone 3G
does it have 3 times the features?
it wouldn't be so annoying...
but Fox do seem to get a lot of decent shows - and then they cancel them just as their fanbase really gets going
but is it Fox that is to blame? They are, afterall, just watching their ratings
surely the blame lies squarely with the american public for not knowing a good show when they see one - and then complaining AFTER it's axed instead of watching it when it's on telly
if less people were capping these shows and up'ing them to the interwebz then people would have to watch the shows as they broadcast and so the ratings would be higher
i recon you are quite correct sir
seems to film is available via the nefarious parts of teh interwebz and a look a thumbnail preview image of the film shows 20 still images taken spaced evenly throughout the film - only the 19th one shows a bit of shark - no sign of the octopus though
doesn't make things easier
having to shake, flip and jerk your phone around doesn't make it easier to do. it's far quicker and easier to just use your thumb to press the cancel button to skip a call, or tap the screen to start an application
this is why no one likes motorolla phones anymore
whatever "innovative" ideas they have are stupid and useless - they don't add appeal to the phone, they take it away
this is interesting, because there's been some theories that there are elements of Snow Leopard that haven't been in the beta releases so far
could be that this Final Dev Preview will contain these and they'll use the WWDC keynote as a way of showing them off
really Mr O'Brien, is that the best you can do? epic fail
bring back Webster Phreaky, at least that dude but some thought and effort into his trollin'
epic fail is epic
surely this has fail written all over it, no?
as a game, it's going to fail, because it's going to be everything that a MMORPG should not be. if it'll be playable on the phone or in the office that suggests the gameplay will consist of "go meet agent, perform on casting couch, go do photoshoot, appear on Howard Stern show..." horribly linear step-by-step "quests" with sod-all form of character leveling and gaining exp.
as you correctly point out, the hoards of gaming freaks that are addicted to WoW and Eve etc will find nothing challenging here. this is pretty much going to end up like the Sims with hot birds. In fact, didn't they already do a Playboy Mansion game that was like the Sims in lingerie?
and for the one-handed fap brigade it's just going to be pointless. they'll be too frustrated at having to go through the games hoops to get their reward that they'll just give up and download some hardcore donkey action from the pirate bay instead
that said - it does present an awesome opportunity for plenty of jokes and innuendos by merging gaming and rpg terms with the world of Playboy bunnies
now if you'll excuse me, i'm off for a grind with Miss February before i ding to the next level up
Re: A few things...
agreed, that's an ugly mofo piece of hardware
i think i'd rather wait to see what piece of pure sex design Apple's engineers turn up instead
still - i do like the idea and I think OS X is the idea OS for a touch screen interface
that, and I'd love to play EveOnline on a tablet
re: Wow & @Rik_Myslewski
yes - it's next month
@ Rik :
"Apple bars 2.0 code from App Store" and "iPhone 3.0 or nothing" are not actually true, are they? your being a tad tabloid and sensationalist here
all apps will need to be 3.0 compatible, yes, but there's nothing stopping them from being 2.0 compatible also
you're headlines make it sound like anyone who doesn't upgrade to 3.0 won't be able to download any apps going forward.
if it only warranted 6.5 then that's very dispointing
i think perhaps i'll just watch the original one at the weekend instead then
Nukem 'till they glow, then shoot 'em in the dark!
"Duke Nukem Forever, probably the best known example of vapourware in PC gaming, may now never be completed"
Last decade just called, they want their news back!
but if Take2 own the rights, perhaps they can give the franchise to Rockstar to complete. R* are certainly capable of the right humour
although, they haven't even gotten around to making the 50meg service available in my neck of hertfordshire yet, so gawd knows if they'll ever manage to give us this
but if they do, i want it
if it gives me some anti-lag advantage while playing Eve, then it's all worth it
and besides, if i don't have it, i'm gonna get pwned by some git who does have 200meg and blasts me when i lag
actually - does this make the whole dubious OneLive thing a little bit more plausable?
re: Losing the nerd facor
he's gotten himself sucked into some MMO like WoW or EVE and hasn't left the house for months as he's too busy grinding away, mining for metal
re: Schoolboy error?
"That's a campaign for an infinite loop (which might have been the intention)."
you mean, like a divide-by-zero-error?
(and there's your IT Angle for all you lot complaining about the lack of relevance of this article)
surely, El Reg is just generally anti-politics - i don't see this as a pro-Tory article, it's just anti-establishment like most of the rest of the articles. if Cameron were in power, there'd be the same article about him, no?
OMFG i want!!!
cannot adequately put into words how much i want to drive that thing
however, living in the UK, i'm concerned that when it rains here, it is very rarely vertical - even a small bit of wind and you're gonna end up wet driving that
still - by the time this goes into production, global warming will have evapourated the seas and chances of rain will be negligable
re: @"in Vista? oh really?"
but obviously Microsoft haven't got a patent for it - if they developed this function for Vista before then, surely they'd have patented it first?
but also Apple thought of this in 2007
yet i do not see it in Safari yet - not even the betas for version4
so were they waiting for the patent to become public before implementing it? or more likely, it's just another Apple patent that's never going to be turned into anything the user gets to use
in Vista? oh really?
that is interesting, cos Apple filed the patent in November 2007
so can Apple now sell the patent to some two-bit pointless company in Texas who'll then sue Microsoft for every version of Vista under the sun... oh that's right, there aren't many so it's not worth it
re: How Much
i'd be surprised if it was just 10%
i think Apple a well aware that there's a recession, but they're equally aware that some of us will make the cuts in our yearly spending elsewhere (like food and heating) before we're prepared to consider not getting the latest model of iphone
mines the one with the RDF glow
re: Tried the plugin
Oh yeah, if it proved to be a better alternative to Flash, that'd be good
but i fear that it's being developed to make online 3d texas hold'em websites.
"more intuitive and pleasurable to use"
not just for the average Joe and Jane, as you put it, but also those of us who know what we're doing with a computer seem to prefer them too
a little foolhardy
to release the crack for the 3.0 while it's still in beta, no?
this isn't going to be the final beta and it's certainly not going to be the build that gets released, so all they have done is shown Apple a couple of the holes they've missed. which Apple will fix
so if we visit TPB but will all the adblocker plug-ins enable and images switched off and so on, so we are sure to avoid being shown any advertising, are we safe to assume we're not support those nazi scum?
it's far easier just to go to usenet i think
re: The Real Story
I agree - sounds suspiciously convenient for Google that this story suggests the Latitude service actually can be useful. more like a dogey advertising scam to my mind
Re Mac Owned / Re Shock and Awe
so there's one botnet exploit on OS X
how many are there on windows? even if those 20,000 macs are infected and spamming DOS attacks, that's a drop in the ocean compared to the damage being done by infected windows machines
killer apps on the Wii? which ones, exactly?
i don't know any serious games players that carry on using their Wii after 2 months of owning it. they all switch back to the real games on their 360 or ps3
re re 8e6?
and microsoft - micro implies small, soft implies flexible - and how many gigabytes does it take to install windows?
or maybe the OP is a penguin abuser - because Linux (or SuSE or Fedora etc etc) are perfectly reasonable names aren't they?
it's a good job we're not all so xenophobic about strange sounding names, eh Mr Ettel?
rumours are that there'll be a new Zune coming soon, aimed at competing against the iPod Touch - big hd screen and.... that's about it
maybe they'll make it so you can run windows mobile apps on it as a way of compensating for the AppStore.
somehow, i can't really see it doing much to dent the Touch's marketshare either. but i'm sure M$ have a cunning plan, they'll probably roll out their ingenious Apple Tax theories (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/04/11/microsoft_flames_macs/) to convince people to get a Zune
it's not _that_ secret then is it, if you've just told us about it
or are you confident that fundamentalist extremists do not read El Reg because their offended by the lack of IT angle in the playmobile articles and the obsession with Paris Hilton on the comments pages?
how pretty does EvE Online look and does it play the native client without crashing?
i thought the Android platform was going to be such a utopia where phone users were able to use their phones in just the way they wanted, free from the shakles of zealous app store management and network demands?
it seems like as more time passes, the more and more like the iPhone (in the restrictions) Android gets
what's that i hear? the drawing in of breath from all the Pre-lovers about to tell us how much better it will be when/if their beloved device ever actually appears in the shops?
noticable themed clothing
like a suit, shirt and tie theme?
there's hundreds like that on my train everyday! they must be some kind of sect - who do i report them too?
that's damn sexy
obvious photoshop is obvious
why would they move the mute switch, that'd make the interior design and also assembly much more complex, wouldn't it?
if this is an actual apple product, it's much more likely to be the next ipod touch than iphone
i'd still vote for him...
...to be prime minister though
Dave Lister's time has come
but, 2x1tb is cheaper
I've got 4 of the MyBook Essentials now. they're on amazon for about 80quid each
so if the EU price for a 2tb is any more than 160 quid, it becomes a really expensive way to free up a usb slot
shadow of the colossus
one of the most incredible games of all time, the sheer scale (ha!) of the idea - such awesome graphics. no one knows much about what Team Ico are doing with their 3rd game, but with it being a PS3 title, it's going to be incredible. and judging on their graphics work on Ico and SotC, you'll be able to pause it, take a photo of your telly, and hang it on the wall
can recommend this
i've not done any Objective-C before, and though this book recommends that you should be a bit familiar with the language, i decided to dive right in and pick it up as i went along. and so far, it's going well. the book provides a nice learning curve and is quick to point out the differences between OS X coding and iPhone coding alongside the similarities. The writing style is very relaxed and easy to read - it reads more like being in a lecture than reading the textbook, if that makes sense?
2.2.1 has been out for ages though - you'd have thought the problem would have been more widely reported if it was the heat issue. it can't just be such a tiny proportion of the units were somehow built less heat-efficient than all the others, can it?
the amount that they'll settle for is chump change to people like HP and Apple
but these patent trolls get more and more vauge and ridiculous. sooner or later someone is going to start suing all companies because they have a patent for "some thing, that does stuff"
"Please turn left....
...when you have a great idea Charlie"
@ac re: I'd like to know who's making all these MP4 players
i think perhaps the point rather: who is making mp3 players now that are not also mp4s?
yes, i know you can get cheap players that don't do video, but if ipods carry such a large percentage of the market in portable digital music devices, and the only the shuffle being non-mp4, then it's fair to say the majority of people are buying mp4 players, even if they're only using them to listen to .mp3s
thing is, if the iPhone wasn't around, i think they'd be alright
but in these economic times, i'm not sure the market is there to support both the iphone and the pre - and if Palm don't have the cash reserves to push the pre after launch, then i fear it'll be short lived. unfortuantely Apple are sitting on bags of money and will be able to out-market Palm without trouble. the only chance they have is if the Pre is absolutely flawless
re: @Yes, but
but how long did they take to dilute the ipod brand? there were many years were the only ipod was the form factor that we now refer as the "classic" model
and it's still only really 3 models - the Touch if anything is part of the iPhone brand, just with the pesky battery-draining phone options removed
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