265 posts • joined 18 Nov 2008
So, he's asking smartphone manufacturers to make a payment to musicians for music that is not on their devices, but might, potentially, by some users, be added later on.
What could possibly be flawed with that?
Absolutely loved Out Run, even owning an official Out Run t-shirt at some stage. I remember the first time I completed it, in an arcade in Oxford St, during a lunch break in my induction week at Midland Bank in on Tuesday 13th September 1988.
The music was great too - if Japanese jazz fusion is your kind of thing!
The home computer versions were, inevitably, poor by comparison, but I believe the Sega Saturn version is a very good version of the real thing. If I had the room and money for a top-spec cabinet version, and could get hold of one, it would be installed at the drop of a hat.
Re: Fascinating article
I recently retrieved my C64 from my parents' garage where it had sat for many years, along with many cassette tapes (and some discs for my "Enhancer 2000" disc drive from Evesham Micros. Why they felt the need to name it like a sexual aide I was never sure...)
I connected the Commodore up to my 42" TV (a little different to the 13-incher it was previously connected to), stuck in my Daley Thompson's Decathlon cassette, and am happy to report it loaded first time.
In this 'test' the cassette certainly showed good reliability over nearly 3 decades.
Then the south Koreans need to understand (and the majority may well do) that when a non South Korean does it, it is NOT considered rude.
Bill does far more good than harm with his position and wealth. I guess tall poppy syndrome is why some want to criticise him for a faux pas any westerner there could have made.
Re: "He told reporters at Beijing airport in China"
I believe you're thinking of New-Beijing in Broxbourne. http://www.new-beijing.co.uk/
Still in Hertfordshire, so pretty close, although the runway is rather on the small side.
Frankie's version of Born to Run is a fine version (not that I'm knocking Bruce's. Thanks for the reminder.
Will it also include the kind of weak spot included in the original that, if you happen to hit with a laser, means the whole thing explodes? It did seem something of an odd feature.
If they do choose to include it, any idea if there's an American company which specialises in including huge vulnerabilities in its products that might be called upon?
'...rather than traditional methods such as dictation.'
"Do you use a dictaphone".
"No, I use my finger like everybody else"
Our merkin friends stress both words in a similar manner of course, so you read it pretty much as they would have pronounced it.
How can this be banned while Halifax adverts are not?
That's (Freddie) Mercury's face on Mercury - and it's not a smile, it's a moustache, conveniently in time for 'Movember'.
Re: Hang on....
Because they just got DNA confirmation.
2 years does seem absurd though.
Despite the link omission, the term 'pant-cacking' was worthy of a smile. Might try and slot it casually in to conversation this afternoon.
Re: Not edge of space.
The edge of the edge, perhaps?
I, for one, am touched by His noodly appendage.
Re: time flies ...
Peanut butter wasn't it?
Not sure whether it was smooth or crunchy though.
Re: No matter how much bandwidth you generate
Why do people feel the need apostophise acronyms? What is wrong with "LOLs"?
(The fact your post was largely drivel is a seperate issue.)
",...build there own?"
Re: It isn't as easy as it looks
"blown his arse off" - brilliant.
Since when did judges decide what is and what is not cool?
Traditionally (in the UK anyway, perhaps it's not as bad in the US) judges are hopelessly out of touch, e.g. "Who is Gazza" at the height of Paul Gasgoigne's fame.
Re: prescription glasses
Perhaps they will come in prescription versions, if the glass can be ground to different prescriptions, or, ultimately, can be calibrated to modify what any wearer sees to put it in focus (which might kill off the regular lens-making industry).
As a "speccy four eyes" myself I'm optimistic we'll be accounted for.
It was a strange line, given the price is both in the article and the title.
Oh well, to err is to be human, or vulture, or some such.
Just a reminder RIM (te-he) still exist before they disappear from the radar altogether.
The day I start taking advice or guidance from the vatican on, er, anything, is the day my sorry life should be over.
Re: 55 websites?
Even claims in dodgy ads for making eyelashes 'lusher', or some such manage a larger sample size than that.
Can almost imagine the scene at the KPMG 'research centre': "Shit, we've got 7 minutes before we have to hand in this report, been caning the gak for the last 8 hours and 23 minutes....right, let's see how many sites we can squeeze in".
And these twats audit how many of the FTSE 100?
Oldest. One. In. The. Book.
The people who perpatrate this crime are utter wankers, and their victims are stupid, greedy idiots.
I won't hold my breath waiting for the various religions to apologise for making claims about their god(s) they can't back up.
TBH I just feel a bit sorry for people who do *actually* believe in god. I'm pretty sure a lot of various senior religious people know it's a bunch of bullshit, but when it makes good money, and gives political power, why let the truth get in the way?
Religion is shit.
Out of interest
I wonder how they're so sure these are from Apollo 11, rather than the other Apollo missions? They would all have had a similar trajectory I presume?
Excellent news. The Apollo program was truly "awesome", and anything that puts it back into the public domain is fine with me. Hope they get the go ahead and succeed in this project.
Re: You don't need new laws
I'm inclined to concur, but in times when employment opportunities are relatively few, some people won't have the luxury of telling the prospective employer to Eff-right-off if they make such a request.
Whether a specific law is required or a current one fits the bill, my knowledge of US laws is far from good enough to know. I doubt one specific to Facebook is appropriate though.
Where does a request for personal information stop? "We need photographs of your wife naked in order to get this job".
Part German, of course, but plenty of Merkins involved too, both in terms of design as well as build.
Too good to be true
What Futjitsu are saying here sounds too good to be true, so presumably will itself turn out to be bullshit.
What were the Soyuz 7K-LOK and the N1 rocket designed to do?
It's true, the Russians didn't get very fair with their manned lunar programme, but would be incorrect to say they didn't have one at all. How viable it was is another matter.
That said, the US chose to go to the moon because Kennedy was (correctly as it turned out) sold the idea it was an achievement they could achieve before the Russians.
They should only be allowed to use images from the original Commando video game.
Er, so they only just worked out Rush Limbaugh is an utter twat? What took them so long?
Given the pope is apparently going to pop their clogs later this year that sounds like a great idea.
Why have to pay for a second sim card when many smartphones will enable you to teather?
Well, HTCs will do it nicely, Apple will charge you a fortune for the privilege of course.
Well done ASA
I wonder if the ASA are prepared to do anything about the signs at the front of some churches that similarly make claims which 'lack [the] empirical evidence that most "experts" would require', to the effect that non-believers are doomed, or that attending their services give us access to something spritual?
Or is it one rule for product-bullshitters and another for sky-fairy-bullshitters?
"Anyone claiming to be in touch with such a power (other than a recognised deity) must be very clear that they're doing so "for entertainment purposes only" and not just with a banner at the bottom of the screen either, it has to be stated by the presenters."
I'd like to see the same rule applied to recognised deities too, given there's as much evidence of being in touch with him is there is with dear departed auntie Norma.
I made the mistake last year of buying a 42" LG (42LD490), primarily for use with my Xbox, but was not aware of the potential issue of 'input lag', and my research at the time didn't highlight it. Most reviews don't mention it and, it turns out, most people selling TVs for a living I've spoken to are unaware of it.
The effect of this lag on my gaming (mainly F1...each to their own!) was horrible, always "behind" the action.
I recently did some more research and based on that purchased the Panasonic Viera TX-P42ST30 you suggest. For games it's input lag time is considerably reduced compared with the LG. Sure, not as fast as a CRT, but small enough to be inperceptible.
Anybody thinking of buying a big telly for gaming really need to think about this. My focus is racing but I believe for first person shooters the issue is even more accute.
I would like to see El Reg's reviews of TVs compare their input lag times with CRT...I can't be the only El Reg reader who uses their TV mainly for gaming.
You've read Tom Vanderbilt's "Traffic" too I take it? (At least, that's where I read about the steering wheel spike suggestion).
Excellent and interesting book.
That is all.
The name 'God particle' must be one of the biggest misnomers since 'Lord Adonis'.
As many religious types like to believe almost anything is 'proof' of there being a super space fairy, no doubt finding this particle will be used to support the same theory, and the press perpetuating this misnomer doesn't help.
MP4-12C v Ferrari 458
To quote Top Gear:
"So we're going to ignore the empirically ‘better' car, and choose to take home the car that delivers a sucker punch to the soul - the Ferrari 458 Italia. Because sometimes winning isn't just about being faster."
As if hacks didn't have an overblown sense of their own importance as it is (present company excepted, obviously).
I have read (can't remember where) that is the reason the BBC do NOT make iPlayer available through Xbox. They want it to reach as wide an audience as possible, but not if the customer has to pay a premium to access it.
All gods are fictional (or 'fictionary' if you prefer).
You are quite right that insulting non-existent sky-fairies will get you a lot of grief in a lot of countries. At least it helps to highlight the countries that are totally f*cking clueless.
Oh, there were proposals for anti-blasphemism laws here in the UK too - our lovely politicians attempt to make us as bonkers as the rest of these regimes who don't like their special celestial-superbeing-felatio-fest criticised.
My take on this is that if grown ups choose to believe in fairytales. that's up to them. For governments to impose such utter shit on their people is both scary and laughable.