Re: Down with this sort of thing
435 posts • joined 19 Nov 2008
"So send it to your work address and have them take receipt of it and set your downloads to run at night instead of daytime. It really is not that difficult to overcome your two main objections."
My employer won't allow us to have things shipped here, why should they pay for the reception staff to sign for and store my property for me until I collect it?
And downloading overnight would require me to leave my console or pc on overnight which is a waste of power. I put everything to sleep at night, the noise of my PC fans alone would keep me up all night.
"My house has this amazing device installed called a letter box. Google it, I think it's going to be the next big thing."
Yes, and I love receiving those "While you were out" cards when I get home every day. Almost as much as I love having to go collect my ever-so-slightly-thicker-than-the-average-letterbox parcel from the post office depot that closes every day at 7:30 am.
Not everyone can wait in all day for the postman to deliver Amazon packages. I'm at work between 8 and 6 Mon-Fri so my only option is to book the day off or have it left with a neighbour. Now they're lovely people next door but I feel a bit bad relying on them this much. Plus, downloading a game can take several hours at peak times, compared to going into a shop and buying a physical copy that I can play right away.
That looks like either a Nintendo or xBox avatar, and the interface is almost identical to the once used in The Sime 2 & 3 to create your Sims.
Only an idiot would think that this was in any way enforceable.
Siri can do any of the following things for me:
Open the weather app and show the location I ask for (about 50% of the time)
Tell me the time in other time zones (about 40% of the time)
Tell me what the time is 'here' (about 10% of the time, it uses the GPS to figure out where 'here' is and keeps getting it off by about 20 miles then telling me it doesn't know the time in *address across town*
Do a google search (roughly 70% accuracy)
Play songs or albums from my library (pretty good 90% accuracy but then there is a set word list there)
When I see the advert that shows people checking their email and messages or asking where their brother is (presumably he had to check into the place first?) it makes me angry that they can blatantly lie about it's capabilities like that and get away with it.
So 'official' hours and overtime are being reduced. Along with the wages earned by the workers.
I wonder how many staff will continue to work un-official overtime under-the-table in order to maintain their meagre wages?
Agreed, it they're actually doing that then there's no excuse other than wanting to wring as much money out of their customers as possible without spending any on developing more games.
Don't forget the guy who had a picture of a cartoon gun on his t-shirt. That was just as dangerous as a real one.
Telford is the same, 2 Game stores within 2 minutes walk with a HMV about halfway between them, and a GameStation 2 doors down from one of the Games. Apparently both of our Games are closing leaving only the GameStation.
Do they carry out the drills in the proper way? With red lights flashing everywhere, a siren going off and a computerised voice instructing everyone to abandon ship?
El Papa just needs to pray for a bit and God(tm) will sort the problem out straight away. That's how it works right?
"Google has been fined for breaking the law for example."
I'm sure that fine really hit their multi-billion dollar bank account hard. They won't try that again in a hurry.
Why stop there? All scoring should be removed from every game or sport everywhere. Can't have people attempting to judge their progress against their previous attempts can we? Let alone comparing themselves to anyone else.
While I have to grudgingly side with Apple in this dispute I still can't help but laugh at
"...we would never knowingly abuse someone else’s trademarks."
"If the police find evidence of such a conspiracy, then this just got a WHOLE load more serious than illegal intercepts - maximum sentence of life imprisonment..."
...or, a brown envelope changing hands in the local park followed by a dropping of charges, a pat on the head, and a complimentary lollipop for the inconvenience.
2 Game stores, although 1 is staffed by late middle-age men in shirts and ties who have likely never played a game in their lives while the other is staffed by actual people.
It seems that non-gamers go to the 'posh' one to talk to the smartly dressed men who advise them on which one their grandchildren would like for Christmas. The actual gamers (like myself) go to the other store to talk to staff who actually know what they're talking about and will go out of their way to help you. I got a very good deal out of them when I tried to buy a handheld console on sale only to find out that that particular sale ended the day before. They spent a good 15 minutes working out a way to sell me the same items for the sale price even though the till kept telling them no.
There's also a GameStation only 1 door down from one of those which seems to only stock second hand DVDs now. Very disappointing.
Yes, about an armful.
The easiest way is to simply class any accident caused by mindlessly following a satnav as dangerous driving.
Once they can't just use "Oh the woman in the dashboard told me to drive into the river" as an excuse for their idiocy either the number of accidents will fall or the stupidest 1% of drivers will have their licenses revoked.
It's the same as copywrite, something intended to protect the creator and ensure that they benefited from their work, now twisted into yet another money-making scam for the big businesses.
Actually, in the UK you can't say anything you like. If you say something negative about someone or something, even if it's true, it can be classed as slander.
So every news story should only ever be reported once? What about those of us who don't scan all available news sites for new stories?
It's been a long time since the police were held accountable for any of their actions. One could piss through your letterbox and still somehow claim that it was 'pertinent to their enquiries'.
So now I'll have to put up with the noise, movement and inevitable shrieking and screaming of a funfair ride while I'm trying to watch a film?
Yet another reason to not bother with the cinema anymore.
Translation: The Steam servers will be unavailable for the next 48 hours as thousands of people try to download MW3.
Oh, is that what that was?
I could access some sites but not others, all seemed fine from my phone on 3G but ironically I couldn't get to the Virgin service status page to check if there was a problem. All slowly came back over the course of the evening though.
Hmm, balancing a tablet on my lap while holding the controller? I'd rather just use my home console in that scenario.
Wrong person, the woman with the herd face was from the Moos of the World.
"The bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy."
The government needs to keep paying the salaries of politicians and bureaucrats. As those salaries increase and more and more consultants/middle managers/advisers/spin doctors get hired then more money needs to be brought in to keep them all well fed and happy.
Since the largest repository of money resides in the pockets of the proles the government continues to wring as much of it out of them as possible while maintaining a pet police force and a firm grip over liberties to reduce the chances of an uprising that overthrows the bunch of overpaid time wasters.
If they're so brief that the iDevice is ignoring them as noise then why does it highlight the pressed keys as normal?
Also, what are you typing your one-page letters on, a normal keyboard? There are only three errors made in that video and when using a touchscreen keyboard that offers no tactile feedback that seems to be a perfectly normal error rate.
Problem is that 5 minutes after you buy one George Lucas turns up and swaps all of your food with raw turnip and suet, because that's how he originally intended it.
If it's as light as it looks you wouldn't need screws, just a piece of sticky-back plastic.
Same here, I develop in Firefox then check through IE6/7/8, Chrome, Safari and Opera to ensure everyone can at least use the basic functionality. The amount of time I waste ensuring that each browsers "quirks" are attended to, verges on farcial.
Until other countries are forced to fall in line and copy them.
I for one agree with you. The classic companions didn't need to be in love with the Doctor, why do so many of the new companions have to fall for him. (Well OK, it may be understandable to get a bit of a crush on the awesome guy with the sexy ship, but it doesn't need to be their defining characteristic).
Get another few companions in, who can have the adventures and be entertaining without constantly mooning over whether the good Doctor has noticed their new outfit.
"if you need ABS, you're driving too fast / close in the first place anyway"
You've obviously never driven onto a patch of black ice and felt the ABS kick in to prevent you from gliding at 5 mph into the van in front of you who has just stopped to let someone out.
She did have an address, it was the scrapyard where the TARDIS was parked. And presumably she was at school so she could learn like a human child and fit in. At the time they didn't know how long they would be living there.
This article has nothing to do with iPhones. While all phones have their flaws I don't understand why you feel the need to try and hijack this comment thread to attack apple.
No video? Disappointing.
I wanna see it squirm.
Personally, I think we're all in a 'Truman Show'-esque experiment where Mars and everything else further out aren't really there at all. It's just a giant spherical rear-screen projector. All of the previous missions to Mars had either been rigged by the overseers to return false information, or were sabotaged to discourage us from going there ourselves. Wouldn't want up puncturing the screen would they?
This would also explain why we can't see any dark matter out there, you can't rear-project black onto the screen.
Someone also needs to say "it's a million to one shot, but it just might work."
"If you are a rickshaw peddler and a fat person sat in your rickshaw charging them more is not discrimination, it is a surcharge."
But think of the wear and tear savings that come with having your front wheel pointing up in the air.
I've said it before and I'll say it again.
You should have 2 doors leading onto the plane, one 'normal' sized and one double width. If you can't fit through the normal one without a lubricant and a team of people pushing/pulling you through, then you have to buy a second seat.
The same applies at swimming pools, but if you can't fit through the normal door then you shouldn't be wearing a swimming costume in public and the double width door just leads to the cafe.
Water cannot be proven to be good for you so you can't say that it is.
Homeopathic remedies cannot be proven to be good for you, get given benefit of the doubt as long as they're careful about how they phrase it. Go Brussels!!!
Call me when it's actually being used in something.
I hear a dozen reports a day about these incredible new technologies that will revolutionise how we live our lives and how many of them ever make it as far as a commercial product?
You're still asking me to eat an entire lettuce a day, every day for a week. I'm pretty sure I'd get bored by the third day.
Wasted food? Really?
So if I want to make a mixed leaf salad I should buy a dozen different lettuces, take a few leaves off of each one and then throw the rest away? Seems more efficient to buy a bag of pre-mixed leaves so the rest of the lettuces can go to other people. Instead of me ending up with one salad and 5.8 lettuces that I have no use for.
I didn't say anything about Tanuki, I said dogs. I don't know what breed they were, but I'm pretty sure it was a Channel 4 documentary about illegal poaching and the trade in animal products.
I don't support PETA in any way, I think they're a bunch of headline grabbing, hypocritical twerps. I do, however, support animal rights.