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Was meant to be released Tuesday in the states and Friday in Europe.
But they did some clever viral marketing and offered to release it early online if enough people played some of their other games. They succeeded and it was released on Steam worldwide very late on Monday. Most stores worldwide then unanimously decided that all of them breaking the street date and selling it in store was better than losing several days sales to online.
I haven't installed it and the only site that has ever asked me to is the Xbox live website. I'd actually assumed that Silverlight wasn't being used anywhere and Microsoft were still trying to convince people to use it.
Read this one
Drive was pruchased from a market on the Russian-Chinese border, when he went back to complain, the stall was gone. Woooo, spooky. I wonder if there was a puff of smoke just as he turned his back.
The article also says that the firmware was altered to report that it was 500GB, and as files were added it calculated their sizes and deducted them from the available total so it looked like the whole file was transferred but only held 128MB at a time and then started writing over the start of the drive when it was full.
Don't blame the schools
If someone can't work out what 10% of 500 is then they're likely beyond help.
"honest mistake or genuine misunderstanding of the law"
Utter bollocks! Since when has ignorance of the law been a defence? If they were receiving conflicting legal advice then there should have been no action taken until they were certain that they were acting within the law.
If an individual were to claim that they mistunderstood a law and so cannot be held liable for an offence they would still be prosecuted. Too much money exchanging hands behind closed doors here methinks.
Iron ions? Heh.
Reminds me of Look Around You:
"This is a model of an Iron molecule, and this is a model of a model of an Iron molecule, modelled in Iron."
Enormous waste of time
I had a DAB alarm clock briefly last year, the reception was terrible, it took up to 5 seconds to 'tune' every time I turned it on and it lost reception completely requiring a power cycle every time I dared to switch a lightbulb on or off within 20 feet of it.
The technology simply doesn't work, why the push to force eveyrone onto it?
I use Firefox exclusively, I have several other browsers installed as I work in web development and actually bother to check compatability with multiple browsers before making sites live. (Unlike many developers I've come acros over the years).
So even though I've probably opened IE on my home machine 4 times in the 18 months I've had it (every tiem was to help isolate a rendering issue) Microsoft no doubt count me as a user of their browser. In a few months when Windows Update insists that I update IE they'll probably also count that as an extra user of IE9. Even though I'll probably never even run it.
The only people this will affect are those dumb enough to think that Top Gear is a serious review program. It's enourmously entertaining but most people figure out within 5 minutes that you can't believe a thing they say.
Do people selling Nitrous injection systems sue because the original Stig was killed by a Nitrous powered car falling off an aircraft carrier?
re: extra l
Sorry, I obviously meant "la fond lesbian".
Italian for 'The Bottom Lesbian'
It's an anagram of 'a fond lesbian'.
Sorry, it's a slow day.
Age old saying
"Everything is worth what its purchaser will pay for it." - Publius Syrius
It could cost £5 in parts and be assembled for pennies by children in a chinese sweatshop (In fact that second bit is probably closer to the truth than they'll admit), but you could still sell the things for £100+ because the general public are always willing to pay the money for stuff like this.
I like it!
Forget the space elevator, just have some bloke on the ISS with a bloody long yo-yo string.
He lets it down and you quickly clip a payload onto it as it comes within a few feet of th eground, then with a flick of the wrist it's on it's way orbit-ward.
Star Trek already did it
The Enterprise-D would project a forcefield around a fire and let it burn out as the oxygen inside was consumed. Sounds like this is a similar idea.
Any thoughts on what it would do to a person's oxygen consumption? I can imagine this has potential applications as a future 'crowd-control' device.
You are a bit
My father is disabled and for a time had a care worker visit twice a day. The idea behind these was that a spare key to the front door was kept in a metal box with a combination lock bolted to the wall near the door.
The care agency have the code to the box so if they arrive and the door is locked, rather than waiting for the occupant to make their way to the door to unlock it (or if there has been an accident or fall and the resident can't get to the door), the care worker can just let themselves in and you (theoretically) don't have the security risk of handing over your door key to an agency.
Plus, if there is more than one care worker who visits (as they work shifts it may be a different person at different times of the day), you don't need to give each one a key, they just all have a copy of the box code.
Don't forget the timestamps
64bit is going to be essential in about 27 years when the 32bit timestamp rolls around in 2038.
The problem is that even that is just putting off the inevitable, according to my (admitedly mostly beer-fueled) calculations, 64bit timestamps will only buy us another 6.3 billion years.
We'd better have moved onto 128bit by then, but again that will only get us some more time. I'm afraid I don't know exactly how much because they called last orders so I had to stop working it out.
This is a 40 year old reactor, its main cooling systems have been damaged and it's backup systems don't appear adequate to control it. You would never get permission to build a reactor like this any more. There are also some reports that maintenance in the power plant may not have been as thorough as it should have been.
Modern nuclear reactors are built specifically to prevent these kinds of problems. Reactors don't just explode because someone trips and spills coffee on them.
Um, you seem to be missing my point entirely
My comment is nothing like theft of bank or card details. That's clearly illegal as it's not public information. I was stating that public property or records suggests that the information is just that, public. Surely if it's a matter of national security then it's not public.
I was arguing that since the information is suggested to be publicly available and all that has been done is to take a copy of it and publish it to a wider audience, then how has there been any theft.
You then go on to attack my question, and me, with some vague comments about my remarks being 'crafted' and then you ramble on about me belonging to some group that has free music and books? What the hell is that supposed to mean? Are you accusing me of being some sort of anarchist pirate? Judging by the number of down votes in your comment history I'm asusming that you're either a troll or just a generally unpleasant person and think you're somehow superior to everyone else here. Either way, your responses to my question are completely useless.
"theft of public property or records"
How is taking a copy of something theft? Especially of 'public property', surely if it's public then anyone has access to it and as long as he leaves the original there no actual theft has taken place?
Did you even read the article?
It says right there that they are also investigating the use of the word unlimited in mobile and fixed data plans. There, saved you the trouble really.
99.9% of germs
Is only used because it's impossible to prove that 100% of them are dead. Unless you've got a really good microscope, a guaranteed sterile environment and a few days to spare checking each and every one. Pretty much any bleach will kill 100% of germs, but if you can't prove it then you can't have it in your advertising, up to 99.9% is, apparently, acceptable as it's not specifying an exact figure.
Agree with you there
"The average shop monkey doesn't even know what a contract is"
When I went into the O2 store to buy a new phone it came with 'unlimited 3G usage*' The * at the bottom of the page (in minute writing hidden under a photo of a happy smiling person using an O2 phone) said that the unlimited usage was subject to a FUP. When I asked for a copy of this FUP before buying the phone/signing the contract not a single person in the store, including the store manager, knew what it was. After about 10 minutes of rifling through papers and advertising they just said "It's probably on the website somewhere".
I still haven't found it yet.
Hmm, I see a potential scam here
Woman swallows drug package shaoped like a foetus, customs think she looks dodgy and x-rays her. 'Baby' shows up on x-ray and they assume shes just pregnant. Woman subsequently sues airport when she 'miscarries' later.
Doubt any grunt working in customs would know how to distinguish between baby and baby-shaped object. Airport doesn't want to draw attention to it's shiny new toy potentially killing babies so settles quietly out of court.
First round is on youtube
Starts at about 6:30 in, the first 6 minutes or so are a walkthrough of the servers and description of how Watson work. It's just the first round but gives a pretty good idea.
Sorry, but I'm with Microsoft and the bank here
She entered and saved her card details, then went to the parental control settings and authorised her son to access xbox live. At what point did Microsoft do anything wrong here? You do not require card details to have a live account, you can just buy an annual membership code over the counter from any game store and use that.
It's obviously a problem but she can't just expect to get all her money back when her son has purchased and spent several months using the content.
Not a darwin candidate
Children cannot qualify for Darwin awards as they're considered too young to have learned better. Same goes for the mentally disabled. (Menaing 'actually' disabled, not just clinically stupid)
"there will still be many diehards who simply don't accept that homeopathy or herbalism are sciences"
Because they're not.
Diluting something in water over and over again until there is no longer any significant amount of the original substance left, then selling it at an enourmous mark-up to gullible idiots whilst claiming that the water somehow 'remembers' what was originally in it is not a science. It's a glorified con.
Never been there myself
But my father worked in Mexico quite a bit and always told me that out of all the places he had been in the world (quite a few as he was an engineer who was sent to install hardware at sites in a different country every week for more than 30 years), their food was the worst he had ever encountered. This was in 'real' Mexico too, not the tourist towns. Apaprently a cheap hotel he was staying in served chilli soup at breakfast, which he described as just stupidly hot chilli sauce mixed with warm water.
"Out of this door might come something, or we might send something through it,"
If we're going to send something through might I suggest Jedward? Or would that be considered un-neighbourly to our interdimensional bretheren?
I'm on the 20Mb and don't really consider myself a heavy user. I do use the internet a lot but only really web browsing and xbox live, no big downloads or torrents. Last week I bought a game off direct2drive which was 12GB, 20 minutes into the download they capped me at 5Mb for the next 24 hours, took a full day to download the game. They say that if you are one of the <5% who get 'restricted' that it only stays capped until midnight, that's a blatent lie as I checked again the morning after it happened and was still on 5Mb.
I've never actually seen the 20Mb either, normally hovers between 9-12Mb, but drops to 6-7Mb during 'peak hours' (Which they define as anytime I'm at home)
Not certain, but
perhaps it's because the entire point of the test is to confirm who exactly the father is. If you're taking the test then there must be at least some doubt as to whether the 'father' involved is really the parent. I imagine it's more likely that the mother is known to be the parent.
Nope, nothing so interesting
The antimatter is just repelled by the Earth's magnetic field
A good start
When can we expect a similar judgement for the guys who charge £1500 for 'Ultra-High Quality' HDMI cables. Ignoring the fact that there is no difference between HDMI cables, I've seen several both online and in stores that claim that they contain some revolutionary new technology that prevents the image data from degrading on it's trip to the TV.
Accidentally? Pfft, not likely.
They mean they got caught and so are now claiming that it was an accident.
'Quick Bob, they're starting to notice, turn the bandwidth valve the other way a bit!'
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