1428 posts • joined 20 Nov 2008
Re: Well if I had gone back 10 years in time..
See, you could say that, but really, Ballmer just messed it all, and even at the time it was obvious.
In reference to Windows Mobile Devices:
Windows phones for the longest time were just Windows CE devices with a cellular radio, and the only usable ones were HTC devices with Sense. They stuck with resistive touchscreens for ages, they had terrible UI by default (small buttons in the corner, list boxes), and were basically absolutely half-assed.
You cannot for a moment say there was nothing better, as there was: dumbphones and featurephones. The regular, everyday phones people used had better UIs designed for one handed and quick use that didn't require poking at tiny buttons or heaven forbid, whipping out a stylus.
They could have designed a better mobile by looking at the convenient UIs of featurephones, and adding on the 'strengths' of their Windows platform, that it had a lot of random software available for it, and written up UI guidelines and overhauled the platform. Long, long ago that was hyper-obvious. As mentioned before, HTC Sense was basically the only way to make those things decent to use, but Microsoft themselves just kind of ignored that until way, way too late.
In Reference to Windows Vista:
They should never have agreed to let any Vista machines ship with a Vista sticker without DirectX 9 capable hardware and at least 2GiB RAM. Full stop. The godawful experience of Vista without acceleration and even down to 512MiB RAM as some machines shipped was always going to be unusable.
In Reference to Windows 8/8.1:
I don't even know where to start.
Re: More death throws of a zombie business model
How does that make sense? He actually is Japanese, so how can he be a wannabe Japanese?
Re: Note he doesn't actually say he's the man.
His suspicious behaviour and calling of the police and complete avoidance at a mention of Bitcoin, and the fact he's called Satoshi Nakamoto, make it highly likely he's the guy.
I just don't get why finding the guy was key. Leave the bloke alone.
Re: Disappointed with how naïve the dev is
For a start, transaction malleability as an issue in the Bitcoin protocol is credited with a lot of the losses from this particular exchange, and was a known issue for a long time.
If they didn't have the BTC, they could not refund it.
Disappointed with how naïve the dev is
Bitcoin is a total free for all.
The whole point of the wallet is that you keep YOUR bitcoin on your own terms. Easy to lose if you suck at data backup, but not controlled by any entitiy. A key to a sequence in the blockchain.
A Bitcoin developer should know never to trust another entity, as they should know full well that there is no legal meaning to the Bitcoin itself.
Don't invest in this volatile investment unless you can afford to lose said investment. Certainly don't cry about it afterwards when you lose you your pretend bits of verified data in an arbitrary sequence copied to many computers, backed by... nothing.
But these problems are the actual draw to the currency. If it was somehow regulated or backed, it would end up being just another fiat currency. The wild west approach works. People need to understand what they're getting in to, and you'd think a developer of Bitcoin would know that.
As for the fiat currency he had held with Magic: The Gathering Online Exchange, then that's a different story. However, I doubt Magic: The Gathering Online Exchange has many real assets left, and I would imagine their customers are not the first in line to pick for scraps after bankruptcy.
Re: I need to re-think my charging!
Ninite is a great thing and has saved me time in the past.
First thing you need to visit after installing your OS and sorting out the drivers.
Re: IS MICROSOFT AN INNOVATOR?
Sony PlayStation followed every previous console too, and was a result of Nintendo's falling out with Sony over building a SNES CD.
Re: 16/8/4/2 Git/sec
Turns out, an Olympic swimming pool contains a mammoth amount of data.
By my calculations, if you were to simply describe it as literally (H20×Number of molecules in the pool), you'd need 227800000000000000000 TiB (Tebibytes).
As for the individual molecules of the other trace elements in the pool, that becomes impractical and time wasting to estimate. Of course, describing water as simply "H20" doesn't describe all the properties, so it could be argued you'd need to include a longer description per molecule, vastly increasing the dataset required!
Thankfully, this dataset would be compressed insanely efficiently, so it's not as horrifying as it initially appears!
Re: Dumbed down?!
I don't know who voted this guy down, but they're in denial, whoever it was.
Some dude did an experiment where he did nothing but LFR his way to success, in shit gear, rarely doing anything at all, came out laden with epics.
Re: Why cant they just make an
Now that would be a decent idea!
What terrorist would use a webcam?
How on earth is a secret conversation aided by an unencrypted video feed?
No terrorist worth his salt would use a webcam. What purpose would showing yourself possibly serve in the context of a private conversation?
This was worthless data from day dot. Seriously, I'm surprised it wasn't higher than 11% nudity.
How is this legal or justified? We are being ruled by idiots, perverts and power hungry idiotic perverts. Also, those who follow them and just nod their head because PAEDOPHILES and TERRORISTS.
I don't think this will ever stop, because political will is as limp as a paedophile in an retirement home.
Quake III Arena
A game that played fine on a Dreamcast.
200MHz Hitachi SH-4, 16MiB RAM, 100MHz PowerVR2 8MiB VRAM. Optical disc.
Over 13 years ago.
Even had 4 player split screen.
Not exactly a monumental achievement for a supposedly far more powerful device
700MHz ARM11, 512MiB RAM, 250MHz Broadcom Videocore IV. NAND flash.
People making money from these mugs don't hate them, though
I am indifferent. Taking money from idiots doesn't seem like a bad thing.
As for beards, I thought all you had to do was not shave for a while, then, boom, beard. That's how it works for me..
Re: The rise of the 2 chins techy
No, I think that's just because they are fat bastards.
Re: Now I feel sullied
I thought the same. Daily Mail as a primary source? You should feel bad.
People have never looked down to read or write in all of human history?
In fact, with the advent of computers, we are looking straight ahead to retrieve data more often than ever - clearly reading paperwork would require a much more downward looking gaze.
Probably all that mulled wine spiced bleach they were sniffing.
Re: "glass" is a useless bit of kit.
Re: Can't see the point myself.
Slipping standards at The Register?
"And while your at it,"
you are at it, surely, or "you're".
Re: Mt Gox home page has hidden HTML comment
This shows something very interesting/positive
The fall in BTC value, I mean. The fact remains, many other cryptocurrencies remain at higher prices compared to BTC.
So, the ratio between, say, LTC/BTC means if you're holding LTC, the value is going up in terms of the amount of Bitcoin you can buy with it.
4", 800x480, 768MiB RAM and a microSD slot!
Damn, better get my Desire HD back out, apparently it's the latest thing...
'Industrial Design is a hard way to make money. '
Especially because most design is about targeting something to a demographic and making it as cheap as possible, not making the best possible design.
One sure-fire way to make designers lose heart is make them destroy their creation.
On top form!
So much truth in this.
Re: More death throws of a zombie business model
I know someone who uses a pre 3 and hp touchpad, both with wireless chargers.
What, you mean you don't need the latest device, and you want to spend less?
Attack of common sense! Good to read.
I suggested a long time ago they make different smilies
But now they've made a stupid hashtag thing? Jesus.
I wanted some different expressions to stab with my fork! Not a hash or an at sign.
Re: I quite like it
Zombie Master. That was a great mod.
Re: Add a bit of shine and open it up to devs
"Release a new Wii with minor graphics improvements so it can do HDMI"
You mean the Wii U?
Re: Not in agreement with the core of the article
"I'll concede one point: yes, "WII" and "WII U" are ridicule names, sure. But let's get over it."
Nah, I think it's actually very important - a lot of consumers think Wii U is some kind of tablet accessory for the Wii, a console they're already a bit tired of.
Whether the name is ugly or bad is personal opinion, but it's pretty clear it's a confusing name.
Re: I quite like it
There are fun and innocent games on other platforms, but I do agree with one thing - the family living room - the key thing that I'm glad Nintendo is still doing is local multiplayer.
Other platforms cynically are going to online multiplayer, and Nintendo still provides good opportunities for split screen and so on. This is good. But that's Nintendo the game developer, not Nintendo the hardware producer.
There's no reason they couldn't make the same games with the same great local multiplayer for PS4, for example. Wii U infact makes the situation worse than the Wii - because not all players can have a touchscreen controller!
How did they die? Do they start shutting down randomly? Open the case up, unscrew the PSU, and pull the PSU up from the contacts, give those contacts a bit of a clean and reseat the PSU. Often this simple trick helps.
I hear this "Dreamcast" comparison, but I'm never sure where it comes from.
The Dreamcast was the first practical online console (first with a built in modem), it was the first with analogue triggers, it was the first with a screen on the controller, it was notably more powerful than other consoles at launch (launched before PS2, and even compared to PS2, all output was progressive so it holds up better today, supported hardware AA), and is fondly remembered with a quirky line up. It also has a far better name than "Wii U".
The Dreamcast and Wii U have completely different mindsets behind their design. The Dreamcast was from a powerful arcade manufacturer who wanted to cleanse the palette of the misguided 32X and Saturn, and get back to a solid gaming experience with a powerful machine (the arcade version, NAOMI, lived on for a very, very long time). Games were varied, and often as good looking as it was possible to make them (Shenmue for example).
The Wii U on the other hand is everything a cookie-cutter Wii sequel should be - gimmicky and underpowered. Thing is, it's not that interesting second time round (or arguably, the first time round).
The Wii U is innovative in what way, exactly? PlayStation has had remote play with the PSP and PS3 before the Wii U, and still has it now with PS4 and Vita. Motion controls were popularised with the Wii, but were around before that (Dreamcast fishing controller can be used like a crude Wiimote).
The only shame is that Nintendo won't develop or port their games for other platforms.
Re: Wii failed
N64 dated at launch? What? Super Mario 64 is the most influential 3D platformer of all time, and OoT was one of the most epic and playable Zelda games.
Not to mention Goldeneye 007, which was basically the only game in town when you had 4 people around a screen, followed up by Perfect Dark. There were some key games on the N64 that made it stand out.
Re: Pfft .....
I think maybe you've posted this a little prematurely. I'd hope El Reg wouldn't be the place to find console fanboys, heaven forbid.
These days I prefer everything on the PC, although I tend to use a 360 controller with a lot of newer games.
Not just for the graphical quality, but for sheer convenience. PCs will also be "backwards compatible" for a lot longer than any console, so I can have a decent unbroken experience.
I have plenty of consoles myself: Xbox 360, PS2, Dreamcast (x6), GameCube (x2), N64 (x2) SNES, Xbox, of course a DS Lite for good measure. Had a Gameboy Advance SP, but no idea where it went.
PC is still the most versatile, and newer consoles lack the unique charm of the older machines. I know that all my old console games are frozen in time - as long as the hardware and disc works, I can play that game forever, as it is, with the same experience every time. Newer consoles, they may want to update, the virtual stores may die out, you'll get a system update which flips things around and tosses ads in your face.
Re: The ENTIRE point ...
Boot faster? You don't have an SSD. Sorry.
Run leaner? RAM is cheap these days.
Re: What the hell did they expect?
I wish people would stop saying "Windows 8 is fine, you can totally avoid Metro".
The ENTIRE point of Windows 8 is to push Metro and their app store.
If you don't use that, you may as well be using Windows 7. Using Windows 8 gives Microsoft the wrong idea in stats. The idea that they pushed out a worthy update.
Re: y'know ...
Couldn't be "whablet", where does the h come from?
The h in phablet is clearly from "phone". So it would be just "Wablet". But that would be wrist and tablet.
I guess unless you are putting a phablet on your wrist. VLW? Very Large Watch.
Sounded shite from the off - because you could clearly see the flaw in attempting to overlap everything - and it of course shows up in the form of abysmal write speeds.
I can't imagine it's a very reliable process either.
Helium filled drives, well, my hat goes off to HGST for trying something new.
Re: Proprietary NAS? I don't think so.
Yeah, it's also the reason I would never run hardware RAID at home.
If I use software RAID, it doesn't matter what system dies, essentially.
Re: I keep looking at these NAS devices
Yeah, these things need to be way cheaper to be considered.
If you buy, say, the cheapest Dell server (yes, really! PowerEdge T20 starts at 219 ex VAT with no drives), then stack it with your own drives, you'll end up cheaper than this box...
.. But now you have a fully functional piece of kit, which you can run almost anything on.
That's because nobody can buy a high end AMD card, all the miners kept buying them at inflated prices.
Re: Android is one big spying platform
Yeah, I don't use my actual Google account when I use YouTube, which is the only thing I need an account for (sodding Google merging accounts). I use one that has a fake, temporary email address.
It's very handy for keeping a subscription list and allowing adult content, or I'd do without the thing entirely.
If you're rooted..
XPrivacy allows you to revoke permissions and feed applications with fake data all day long
That said, I'm still happy to see more about John McAfee. He's one charismatic guy.
First time I've ever heard of "YouView". So there's that.
To be fair, the man comes from Belgium, where they have frankly incredible beer, so it's hard to compete with that from the off.
I'm sure things will get better!
No, it's far worse.
Haha, why not Robocop?
No, really, Robocop had the HUD too with perp detection and so on...
... Not Terminator. He had it, but not for a strict crime prevention tool, more of a combat effectiveness and situational awareness tool. Cops shouldn't be comparing themselves to Terminator, who was, himself, a criminal.
Re: "13 years. 13 years. 13 years is far too long to expect support."
In Windows PC terminology, the machine is only the same if it has the same motherboard, to prevent the confusion over whether a case counts as "the same machine".
If you replace the motherboard, Windows will want to re-activate, as it believes it is a different machine.
He is indeed a massive arse.
But again, correct.
There's no doubt whatsoever that easy access to vast quantities of information has provided a crutch for many.
To school kids these days, learning means copying and pasting from Wikipedia.