2033 posts • joined Tuesday 8th May 2007 12:11 GMT
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.
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"
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
another move in the software giant's territory battle
Territory battles in software usually result in prices being brought down, not up.
Someone needs to explain to M$ that increasing prices isn't the right way to attract new customers - perhaps they had a price-userbase graph displaying upside down on their Surface pad
Re: Gates quote
Totally agree - i think he's just trying to find something to say to give the end of the piece a positive spin.
Windows 8 - too early to call, but if it's the "key to the future" then it hasn't had the greatest of starts.
Surface - again, doesn't seem to have done anywhere near as well as they would have liked it to, but need more time to tell i guess
Bing - "people have seen is a better search product" i dunno about that. i switched from Google to Bing after all the UK tax issue, but i'm going to be switching back again because Bing just isn't as good, the top results often aren't the ones i'm trying to find.
XBox - while yes, it's been a successful product, it's at the end of it's life and hasn't really done anything in the last year, has it? Everyone is looking towards the next XBox, not the old one.
Re: "The device is called an EyePad not to primarily annoy Apple"
EyeTV is already used by Elgato:
Re: People actually read the Wikipedia front page?
i had no idea there was a front page! i usually just go straight to the topic i'm looking for directly from google or bing.
possibly this whole Gibraltargate is an attempt to make people aware that such a front page actually exists?
I dunno, I'd imagine Google exec's aren't entirely happy about this news.
What happens if Samsung suddenly decide to switch their devices over to Bada instead?
If the general public are buying Samsung's because they're Samsung's and not because they are Androids, then there's the risk that Google will lose that install base.
This gives Samsung a very strong hand against Google, should they ever wish to use it.
I thought this article was going to be about a joint venture between McCaines and WeightWatchers
>Holding big databases in memory
But surely the appeal of having a big database in memory is that you'd get memory speeds.
From the way I read the article, this would allow you to load the big database into memory, but you'd still be caching from the slower flash chips and so you'd still have performance not much better than holding the big database on a flash hdd and caching through your standard memory, no?
Re: Engineering judgement
are the birds the result of Space X and Tesla? or just solely the result of his vast piles of cash?
wish we could name them "#itIsAPlanet" and "#damnit!"
"that's no moon!"
Re: Iphone4s DDOS update.
that would be the networks the phones are tied to!!
O2 is the network that the iphone was originally tied to. but so far, haven't heard of anyone on O2 having this problem.
Re: Don't go into that TRAP DOOR!
thank you sir! i'm going to be humming the theme to that show now all day
(which is not a bad thing, so again, thanks!)
So basically there is no practical use for this discovery
depends, the number of calculations for this kind of thing are huge. so i suspect, the scientific drive to find these number does, in part, fund the research into making faster and faster computer systems. and eventually, that research filters down into the graphics cards that allow us to play such great looking games on our PCs and watching stunning CG fx in movies.
Re: poor FX
Can NASA make it look better? Yes, for barrels and barrels of money
while my original comment was made somewhat tongue in cheek, what i meant was, couldn't they run the video through a filter to remove all the noise and speckles? that wouldn't cost barrels and barrels of money, i'm sure something as simple and free as iMovie can both remove camera shake and despeckle the video image.
it's like they left all that in, to purposely make it look like it was a poor video sent from the middle of space.
The inverse mullet for the fashionably adventurous?
Suit trousers and a hoodie?
Sure, people will scoff, but that's only because you're at the cutting edge of business fashion. Plus, hoodies always have those big pockets on the belly, the perfect size for carrying around your tablet of choice.
my favourite tea
best tea i've ever had is at my grandparent's house (this might be biased slightly by childhood memories of cups of tea and my Nanna's home made chocolate cake or lemon cake etc, but regardless).
i recently found out that they buy loose tea, English Breakfast and Earl Grey. And then, in an ancient square tin, my grandfather blends the two together, one part Earl Grey to 3 parts English Breakfast.
they live miles away, and after the long drive to see them, that cuppa tea is the most curative and restorative drink ever (again, an opinion perhaps influenced because of it's close association in my mind with my nanna's home baking).
wasn't there a bit on QI where they explained that 666 isn't actually the right number and that technically it's something like 616 or something that's the real number of the beast, according to the original texts?
so not only is this guy a doofus, he's also completely wrong in his facts
Death Star UK
One interesting side effect of the Death Star kickstarter is that the guy raising it is from Leicester. This means that, should he raise the required money of the stretch goal to actually build it, it'll be a UK production, and so under our control and not under that of the sceptics.
Whether or not that makes them more or less likely to view the Earth as an Alderaan substitute depends, i guess, on your nationality.
Re: Aren't you forgetting something?
you got the wrong icon, you should have used the Thumbs Up one :)