66 posts • joined Friday 27th April 2007 08:24 GMT
You tax pounds at work!
This is a fantastic idea... whilst wearing pink shades... and standing on the moon. All you need to do is imagine a world where Capita or Serco run the IT for every single council in London... go on, imagine it, i dare you!
/duck and cover
Upcoming Holiday - Device Suggestions Please!
In September i'm going for my holiday of a lifetime to Japan(!) which will basically be 3 weeks of touring the courtry photographing (and possibly filming) as much as humanly possible. I'm in need of a device with which to keep in contact with the outside world, upload pictures and video to Facebook etc and keep me entertained during the various journeys to, from and around the country.
My requirements are: must be fairly light as i'll be doing a fair bit of walking around, must have good connectivity (wifi, possibly bluetooth but most importantly either full-sized usb slots or full sized sd card compatibility for data transfer), a keyboard is a nice bonus but not a deal breaker, a good battery life, movie and game-playing capabilities and good storage (either internal or external).
The way i see it i have 3 options - a tablet, a netbook/ultrabook or a proper laptop. A tablet will be nice and light, cheapish, should have good battery life and decent entertainment but will struggle with connectivity and storage. A netbook will be light, cheap, decent battery, decent connectivity but crappy entertainment. An ultrabook will be light, ok battery, good connectivity, decent storage, decent entertainment but stupidly expensive. And finally a laptop will have questionable battery life, be fairly heavy but have good storage, connectivity and full-on entertainment.
I think i've rambled on long enough, does anyone have any suggestions? Hmm and while writing this piece i found this today: http://www.simplyacer.com/Acer_Aspire_S5-391_Ultrabook_1203454.html, whatdo you guys think? :)
Yeah, ooh aah, that's how it starts...
To anyone thinking this is a good idea (i'm looking at you bolccg), that' we'll all end up with AR implants or other such in-body tech, i HIGHLY advise you to watch one the Black Mirror series of dramas written by Charlie Brooker, particularly the one called The Entire History of You. If you still feel that same way after watching that then... well i guess there's no hope.
Oh and by the way, if any of you like watching X-Factor, Britain's Got Talent etc, i recommend watching the episode called 15 Million Merits. You'll never look at reality talent shows the same again!
Megashark vs Giant Octopus
Seriously, if you don't vote for this film you literally have not seen it! :) A few highlights:
It stars Debbie Gibson!
The megashark jumps out of the water and catches a jumbo jet!
The giant squid eats a bridge!
A scientist mixes coloured liquids for absolutely no reason!
This film is stuffed to the gills with so much incomprehensible ridiculousness as to render all other films ever made into potential oscar winners! Seriously you have to see it and even then you won't believe what you are watching :)
Phew that's lucky!
For a minute there i thought australia's law makers maybe going a bit soft in their old age and turning into some kinda of left-wing tree-hugging liberal elite whose sole job is to corrupt the youth by feeding them japanese rape simulators and terrorist training games. But no! Rest safe people of Australia, your government has once again shown itself to be the world's only true bastion of incorruptibility, protecting your innocence with a vigour and zeal not seen since the Spanish Inquisition. Remember, they are doing this for your own good because, lets face it, you're all still children at heart and need to be told what to enjoy. Go enjoy Bondi Beach, leave the decisions to the adults aka the politicians.
I wish the UK was just like Australia! Please Mr Cameron, I'm too stupid and susceptable to know what's good for me! If i tell you what i'm thinking will you tell me if it break's the law? In fact wouldn't it be better if we all told you what we were thinking so you could reprogram us when necessary??
But in reality it's never gonna work. "Here Fackbookers, pay $29 or however much to continue chatting and sharing photos etc with your friends... obviously only if they've paid their $29 too." And he says that Google, Fackbook et al are at the behest of governements etc, whats to stop the US governement or any soverign state demanding the master keys to whatever encryption software is on these things in the interest of national security or they'll be banned from sale?
re: it's called parenting
You're absolutely right! The problem is, it's far easier for the parents to stick their head in the sand for a bit of peace and quiet rather than control their kids entertainment. So they'll give kids a pc for their room "cos my mate steve's dad got 'im one and i want one innit!", then they'll go buy them GTA 4 "cos keith down da road said it was well sick innit! straight merk dem fools innit blud!"
Then when their precious little mouth-breather goes off the rails it's everyone elses fault - the government, the schools, the video games, the internet, keith down the road and steve's dad. Cue Mrs frothing spittle-flecked outrage from Litttle Hatington writing to the Daily Fail, "Why won't they think of the children!!!" Knee-jerk from the Minister for Soundbites, "This is outrageous, we need legislation!" and the next thing we know there's some ridiculous attempt to randomly curtail a wide variety of liberties in the pursuit of a glowing redtop headline and some Sky News facetime.
And anyone with half a brain is standing there thinking, what... the... fuck?!?
re: Public sector pay "freeze"
Ah, the great public sector gravy train fallacy.
Yes most public sector workers do have a sliding scale when they join but i think you'll find that:
a) The increments, which average around 2%, lasts a maximum of 3 years so if, like me, you've been in your job for 6 years it's now a distant memory.
b) The majority of new jobs in the public sector are now fixed term contracts, a lot of them lasting 1 year. You don't get an increment when your contract finishes obviously.
c) In my council we got a 1.47% pay rise in 08/09. We got 0% in 09/10, 0% in 10/11 and will be getting 0% in 11/12 and 12/13. Coming out with figures like 6%-9% is just ludicrious in the extreme.
So please, before you start tarring everyone in the public sector as a work-shy layabout with their snout in a trough, actually try speaking to us first.
Nigerian officals are famed for their honesty...
When i was a youngster I went through Lagos airport with my father so i'm well aware of how seriously they take following the rules to the letter :P That particular time my father spent about 10 mins jovially chatting with the immigration official before handing him a saville row tailored shirt. We were swiftly ushered through with no regards to paperwork or anything silly like that. And on the way back he managed to "convince" them to allow him to carry the best part of a gallon of highly flammable palm oil as hand luggage for the flight home :P
So when the "outraged" offical says he'll go and deal with it what he actually means is he's pissed he didn't think of the idea first, now he's got to go and blackmail the security guards to both extort money and get preferential access to the nudie scans.
Paris, because you don't need a $100k perv scanner.
A.N. Other DARPA death-trap
Gotta love the death-tech boffinry's attempts to make killing american soliders even eaiser. Well, unless you're the poor sap in the back of that thing when it gets shot at. They just don't get it - flying cars will never work if you just tape a mini to a cessna and camo paint it. Ducted fans are getting there but still not right. A flying car should look like a car, not a frankenstein monster, and that will only happen when some genius cracks true anti-grav tech.
So never then. Damn :(
Err i'll think you'll find in this borderline OCD age of flight security the LAST thing anyone would do is to joke about any aspect of airline security or police or anything. Judging by the fact he was immediately booked on the next flight rather than taken to some windowless office which happened to be "down a number of flights of steps" says this was just a misunderstanding imho.
Also as a lefty
Lewis you are so wrong its frightening.
I think this is utterly ridiculous that such an obvious design flaw was missed in testing. And then the stunning arrogance of his holiness to tell me that i need to hold it differently or buy some stupidly overpriced rubber band to make it work properly is truly astonishing. And the fact that you are sitting here apologising for and making excuses for a mutli-billion dollar global company is frankly even worse.
I don't use phone cases, never needed one as i'm not a club-handed simpleton and i don't see why i should be required to buy one to use an iPhone 4. But hell if your happy holding the phone in the Apple proscribed fashion and buying a large variety of overpriced Apple endorsed peripherals to enable the product to work then you go right ahead. A fool and their money will always be parted.
And another thing...
I find it very interesting that all those racist bigots posting here are too scared to post with their real name. Obviously putting your name to your pissant little opinions makes your already shrunken balls shrivel a bit more.
So to all you people crying tokenism, political motivation and all the other pointless FUD arguments i ask you this:
Would you have preferred if some anonymous chubby white male with glasses was the new "Face of Engineering"? Does it somehow make it all less of an honour, less of a recognition of her abilities and more of a political statement because she has an african heritage and her sexual organs are on the inside? Or are you just thick?
No doubt she must have sucked her way to the top or used her drug-dealing, hood-rat, fried chicken-eating bro's to threaten the IEEE board into giving her this recognition. Because obviously anything else would just be preposterous...
Let me ask you a question and i would actually really like an answer to this: Exactly when will a black woman's success in a traditionally white male dominated field be seen as some thing other than politically movitated tokenism?
When are they gonna start using hydrogen fuel cells? Or nuclear battteries that last for years? Hell the original batmobile was using atomic batteries back in the sixties and the world STILL hasn't caught up!
Standard MacroBloat vitriol aside, by all the accounts i've read W7 is actually shaping up to be decent and XP is starting to feel a bit creaky. I have absolutely no intention of ever buying a Mac and i'll probably only ever use Linux on a netbook or as a server so for my standard box Windows, for better or worse, is where i'm at.
I'm sure i'll garner some hate for daring to appear supportive of M$, but i counter that by saying opinions are like arseholes, everybody's got one :)
The signal to noise ratio is pretty high in this comments section.
"Think about it, this kind of crap is one step away from the real thing, so ask yourself if you 'really' want to see this, and if the answer is yes then you are wrong in the head and need help (or secure isolation)."
I'm sorry but you are utterly incorrect with this statement. Saying that watching something is "one step away from the real thing" neatly avoids the fact that its a massive life-changing step and requires a person to actively decided to commit the act in question. And using your same logic on anything else of a disturbing nature shows just how flawed it is, e.g. i watched plenty of news and footage of the suicide bombings in Iraq - do i want to be a suicide bomber because of that? I actively sought out the footage of that iranian woman randomly executed during the recent unrest, which is quite possible the most saddening and disturbing thing i've ever seen - do i want to start shooting iranian women because of that? I've watched documentary footage of whales being harpooned - do i want to join some japanese whaling fleet because of that? I recently played a game on the PC where i used very realistically modelled weapons to shoot all manner of people - do i want to join the army and shoot foriegners because of that?
The answer to all those questions is a very obvious NO. Equating wanting to watch something disturbing or distasteful with wanting to mirror those same acts myself in real life is quite possibly the single most dangerous threat to freedom of speech and freedom of expression you can come up with. You may as well accuse anyone who watches a documentary about Hitler with wanting to become him. Patently ridiculous.
Oh and you completely missed the minor issue that, according to your logic the censors themselves should be locked up for wanting to do their job.
Can i be the first to say...
Fwap... i mean bap... i mean BACKache may be a real problem for her, to further her career its probably the right move :)
Paris, because she's put her back into furthering her career :P
Sense at last?
Teenagers do stupid things, it's their nature. Acusing them of be pedophiles is spectaularly stupid, even in the pantheon of governmental stupid. Glad someone is finally seeing a little perspective on the matter.
Built for Spec Ops...
I doubt the standard grunt will use this but i can see speical forces like the SAS using this. Get a six man team, give them half a ton of explosives and enough ammo to lay waste to an army, use the HULC's to get their payloads "in theater" or whatever the vernacular is, and watch them flatten a city :)
Or give them a million copies of "Random Bloke does Paris 4" and win hearts and minds by some good old imperialist propaganda :)
Personal Guards vs Army Regulards
Looking at not only what they are wearing but where and how they are standing, i'd say at least 2 in not all 4 soldiers around him are all personal guards, the rest, in differing uniforms, are all cannon fodder.
I'm sure it's entirely safe
I for one welcome our new etc etc
Mine's the one with the broken off switch in the pocket.
Whilst i will admit that the old Reg site was a bit of a 3-legged pony and quite rightly has be led to the glue factory, i think the fixed width of the new site is unnecessarily restrictive and the 2 huge grey bars on my widescreen monitor are just plain ugly. Next the icons for the comments section are FUGLY in the extreme. They look like they were designed by a 10 year old with a drinking problem. Seriously, bring back the old and all will be forgiven! Oh and the new site banner is pretty meh too, the font's a bit too Daily Mail for my liking (thick and ugly if you were wondering).
All that aside i think the body of the site looks nice and readable, less a shotgun blast (or vomit splash) of stories everywhere, now much more newspapery :) The "Don't Miss" boxes could use a touch of colour too, grey is just so miserable a colour. And a better font.
Overall a 9/10 for effort but a 5/10 for results.
Hmm EA (or your corner of EA at least) are considering dropping PS3 development? I'd be surprised if that happened as i've read a number of analyst analyses of the console market and they all say the PS3 will be outstripping sales of the 360 sooner rather than later. But then again analyst analyses is like saying military intelligence so who know what to believe :P And besides the really winner this time around is the Wii by a country mile but both MS and Sony pretend it doesn't exist :)
Anyway thanks for the word from the inside and as for have one of each on your desk... its a tough life :P
I never said anything of the sort. What i asked was for the games AC had that we're exclusive to the Xbox, not the full list as i'm well aware of the 360's back catalogue. My point being, half the "exclusives" on the 360 will end up on another platform sooner or later, whereas that's rarely the case with PS3 or PC exclusives.
And WRT downloads vs bluray, you don't need to buffer bluray, if your HDD dies you don't lose anything and you actually own the media rather than renting from the download service :)
IMHO neither console is good enough for 1080p 60fps (True HD as Kaz likes to call it), the only thing which can do it is the PC :)
Ok i got a question for you, as an insider to the whole development game, can you give a no-bullshit. unbiased assessment of the potential of each platform? From my limited vantage point it seems that the Xbox is orders of magnitude easier to code for but the PS3 has more theoretical power but is much harder to unlock. Is that close to the truth?
Oh and when is the next SSX coming out??? :D
Re: Sony Fails Again
I'm interested AC, you must have a huge library of exclusive AAA games for your 360 and i'm sure you'd love to share that list with us... And while you're at it i'd be interested to hear about all the HD films you're streaming off the net, or are you downloading them then watching?
Well done! "PS3 fanboys = pwnt" Wow that's hilarious, you sir, truly have a towering wit and an unsurpassed command of the english language! However there are a few minor, nay trivial points that i'd like to make.
Xbox 360 RRoD we're due entirely to shonky manufacturing by MS, the console HAD to be sent back to MS to be fixed and it cost them $1 billion plus an awful lot of negative mainstream media coverage, hell it was on the BBC news a few times.
The PS3 "bricking" is not a bricking at all but a code conflict issue between the new firmware and a particular file or set of files stored on the HDD. It sure as hell aint gonna need a mass recall of consoles at the cost of vast sums of money, nor is it gonna be reported on anything other than tech sites.
The PS3 has exclusives which will generally stay exclusive to the console for it's entire life. Most Xbox 360 exclusives end up on the PC (where they are generally better with the excepion of Halo 1 & 2, both of which we're appalling conversions, and comparatively average compared to the vast array of FPS's on the PC.)
Now before you explode into a frothing ball of bile-filled hate and start flinging your poo around like a deranged monkey let me just say that the PS3 is FAR from perfect. The stupid SKU changes, the ridiculous "Oh we can do dual 1080p 60fps outputs" bullshit, the "we cant put motion-sensing and rumble together cos it's like hard and stuff" scandal, "that" Killzone 2 video and giant enemy crabs. Historically accurate giant enemy crabs :P
Bottom line is both consoles have their good points and their bad points, wibbling on like a slacked-jawed drooling yokel about how your e-peen is so much better than theirs makes you look like a gormless fuckwit.
No doubt Bab5 was an excellent sci-fi show but BSG is the best show of any kind on TV in the last 20 years. I'm a huge Star Trek fan (no i don't have any paraphenalia, but i do have a purple lightsabre, go figure!) have seen all of NG, DS9, Voyager and the abomination that was Enterprise and i can name precisely 4 episodes of all that Trek (Best of Both Worlds, Way of the Warrior, All Good Things, Sacrifice of Angels) that comes anywhere near the quality oozing from every BSG episode to date.
Mine's the frakking jumpsuit with bits of frakking toaster stuck to it.
There are people who commit billion dollar frauds and get a couple of years in a holiday camp. Rapists generally get 3-5 years. Murderers 25 years. But some kid who stupidly tried to change his grades could get 38 years?? There something seriously wrong with that.
Bethesda's attack lawyers will soon be all over the Daily Hate like a hot rash after i helpfully emailed them a full description of the article plus link :)
Why all the Hamilton Hate?
I don't understand this, why are so many people so vitriolic in their dislike of Hamilton? It's not his fault the media have made a huge circus of the fact he's the first black man to drive in F1, and like it or not he is a very very good driver, if still a little green around the gills. Schumacher was no different when he started, the raw talent was obviously there but just needed a couple of years to properly bed into F1.
Don't hate the man, hate the media for the ridiculously disproportionate hype they have built up..
In related news...
Microsoft buys the Houses of Parliament - "We'll knock down that dusty old relic and build a gleaming new edifice of corporate greed! With riverfront views too!" gushes a senior MS source.
Nobel Council stuns world by announcing Robert Mugabe as prime candidate for Nobel Peace Prize - "Well he's the obvious choice, but personally i would have chosen George W Bush" an unnamed source wittered.
And so on and so forth...
Mines the one made from unicorn skin and fairy wings
RoTLM (Rise of The Lumbering Machines)
Wow its so impressively.... slow. When you're in a rush i'm sure watching this huge robotic arm slowly trundle its way through its programmed routines won't cause undue annoyance :P
As far as i was aware, both the Sony and Nintendo controllers use Bluetooth to connect and sync? If thats the case then shouldn't the lawsuit be against whichever group came up with the Bluetooth spec? Or is it suing Sony the new black?
All Hail His Noodly Appendage!
I second AC's demand for FSM iconography! It's our right as jedis (jedii?) dammit!
Back in my teen days me and a few friends created the Barbara Windsor Religious Front, in honour of the First Queen of Bawdy Humour. If ANYONE is in more need of religious idolatry than Barbara Windsor, then that religion is frankly made up!
/looks suspiciously at Tom Cruise...
/Coat, hat, umbrella
Well if he had been involved in a fatal accident i seriously doubt he would have failed to report the incident or pervert the course of justice and again the courts would have made an example of him entirely because of his public position.
However he probably wouldn't have campaigned for stiffer sentences during his trial.
To be honest this seems like a perfectly reasonable punishment, if not bringing the full weight of the law beacuse he's a road safety copper. I know for a fact that you can be stopped by police doing that around speed and just get 3 points and a £40 fine (ok this was actually a number of years ago so fines may have gone up since), certainly no 42 day ban which is a much stiffer penalty. IMHO the court actually made an example of him which is nice to see.
He may be guilty as sin...
But credit to him for owning up immediately and stepping down from his position immediately. If only all police officers in positions of senior responsibility would stepdown when they've been caught screwing up...
@ Bill L
Bill i agree with some of what you are saying, big business has exploited NASA discoveries for it's on profit with the blessings of various US administrations, much more should be spent on advancing medicine and cheap clean abundant fuel sources before we destroy the planet completely.
But it seems to me your anger is directed at the wrong target. Back in the sixties space exploration was a very big deal, the apollo missions were watched by tens of millions are the world and given big news coverage. Nowadays people are far too interested in the latest celebrity gossip and terror story to care about what, in my personal opinion, is the greatest adventure humankind will ever take, exploring the vastness of space.
You complain that 0.6% of the US's national budget is spent exploring space - how much is spent bombing various bits of the world? Building ever more new and innovative death-tech? Propping up all those companies that seem to hoover up various government contracts? Does anyone know how much money the US military spends sending stuff into space? I wouldn't be surprised if it a surprisingly large amount given the spend on NASA. You say we should leave space exploration to the billionaires, how will that help anyone other than more rich people? What about humanity as a whole or should space only be a priviledge afforded on those few super-wealth individuals, the ultimate playboy playground?
IMHO space exploration should be under the auspices of the UN, with all countries channelling 1% of their national budget into a global fund for space exploration, from which we all benefit, not just a rich and powerful few.
So i thought i'd try a nice straightforward phrase to wash through multibabel, something that couldn't really go wrong:
"Would you please take care of my mother, she has a bad back."
Translated thus: English > French > English > German > English > Italian > English > Portuguese > English > Spanish > English its came back with the following:
"They caused that it requested the excessive mine to but/mother, he a later face of this one defective one to preoccuparsi."
I'm detecting a slight change in my original text... :P
I hate to say it...
And i'm probably sounding the death-knell for my service but i generally get a rock-solid 4Mb connection out of VM. As far as i'm aware i don't get any throttling or limits or anything like that. I'm never gonna tell VM to change my service cos they'll fuck it up completely!
I would strongly disagree about value for money, i personally think they have proven far more cost efficient than a manned mission ever could.
There is no doubt that a manned mission would be ideal but you have to admit that having a mission originally scheduled to last 3 months pushing on into its 4th year is only feasible with unmanned craft to do the exploring. It would be prohibitively expensive to sustain a group of astronauts on Mars for the length of time the rovers have been roving.
IMHO robot explorers are the fastest and cheapest way of exploring our solar system. Only if they find something spectacular should the risk and expense of a manned mission be attempted.
The First Rule of YouTube...
...MySpace, FaceBook etc is to NEVER, under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, publish ANYTHING. Ever. At all. :P
Imho sites like these are as much social networking as they are social engineering. They cater to and provide extremely easy access for self-indulgent self-aggrandisement, and faaaaaaaaaar too many numptys are willing to post their life stories/bank details/crime sprees for all the world to see.
Methinks you are forgetting the one actor/indestructible hardman who can slaughter an entire hospital full of gun-totting bad guys while carrying a baby inside of a half hour before jumping out of a 6th floor window and walking away!
There is only one Chow Yun-Fat. Accept no substitutes!
@ Dana W
Heh fair enough, i did think for a while that you were Apple-head going for the hijack rant but as you are in fact an ex-macrobloat user i feel your pain :)
And yes i was being metaphorical wrt willy-waving, i apologize if i came across as sexist. As Forrest Gump said, life is like a box of metaphors... or something :)
Re: Dana W
See you started off so well and then descended into pointless willy-waving about Vista. As any self-respecting geek knows, Vista is the deformed bastard-child from the unholy union of Beelzebub and Microsoft, allegedly (and i say again ALLEGEDLY so back off you jack-booted attack lawyers!) :)
Ahem... as i was saying, any self-respecting geek wouldn't touch Vista with a barge-pole for at least 2 years, seeing as XP, for all its flaws, does everything Vista does, just a lot quicker and less buggy. And without a plethora of pointless cpu-sucking graphical widgets. Or broken file-copying system.
IMHO the iPhone is a case of pure and simple greed and profiteering, off the back of Apple devotees and fashionistas. You all got taken for a ride and quite rightly should be pissed. Any product that can have 33% sliced off the retail cost after merely 68 days means it was never worth that price in the first place.
IHMO the unfortunate truth is that people who don't know any better will equate the Japanese love of high tech gadgetry to a love of IT which in actuality are 2 different things. I would suspect (tho obviously this is my own supposition with no basis in fact :P) that PC's per head is significantly lower in Japan than most of the rest of the Western world.