279 posts • joined Thursday 15th January 2009 14:31 GMT
Obviously you've not used Steam on Linux. It works a treat, and there are a great number of games. Maybe not the ones you specifically want to play, but there's a tonne that I and many others do, and more and more studios are starting to release on Linux.
Add to that, that if a company like Valve are behind it, others will follow suit.
Also, the Wine comment is pure trolling. Valve aren't pushing windows VMing/emulation they're pushing native Linux gaming, and streaming from a local Windows/Mac machine - think OnLive for the LAN - Genius move! So now you can have one super powerful gaming rig in the den/office/ManCave and stream to the living room giant screen after the wife has gone to bed.
I thoroughly look forward to taking this SteamOS for a spin.
Re: @ AC 2130h GMT - Windows Phone 9
Yep, the full 26 miles
Yes! someone who remembers the truth!
Now I'm off to scarf some Opal Fruits.
"If you learned how to turn off GPS, bluetooth, WiFi, 3G/4G when you aren't using them, and stopped downloading a bunch of useless battery-draining apps, you'd probably do a bit better with that battery."
Big fat fail there Mr Condescending nitwit, because I do infact switch off various things when I'm not using them. But if you actually READ my post you would have seen that I was NOT TALKING ABOUT STANDBY TIME.
I was referring to the claim of 48 hours USE, which is patently utter boloocks unless "use" is defined as listening to MP3s, screen off, with the phone in airline mode.
To me, and any other person not living in cloud cookoo land, "use" means using the phone, which means screen on, and there is no way in hell a battery of that size is going to run a screen of that size for 48 hours straight.
Try reading and understanding a post before spouting off.
Droid Maxx claims an eyebrow-raising 48 hours of usage or 25 days of standby
Yeah sure, 48 hours usage my arse.
It's about time manufacturers are required to put endurance figures for "in use, with screen on" I'd guess this would peg at about 7 hours, when brand new, dropping steadily to 4 after 9 months.
Desperate to buy a new laptop....
But I refuse to buy one with a fracking useless - would have been considered OK 12 years ago 1366*768 screen resolution.
Sure you can pay £1000 and get a quad core i7 monster, but I don't need that level of CPU horsepower!!!
I want a modest CPU (Dual core AMD or i5 is fine), 6Gig of Memory, a nice keyboard and a DECENT BLOODY SCREEN RESOLUTION!!!!
I'd preferably like it sans-OS too, so that I can dual boot Xubuntu, and Windows7 (which I have a license for)
Looks like second hand is my only recourse at the moment :-(
Acer laptops in my experience are total junk, I've had to deal with literally dozens of the god awful things that get bought by friends & family who think they're a great deal, but after 6 months of use (if you're lucky) they are falling to pieces, cracking, overheating, filthy (due to poorly designed/sealed cases/keyboards) and crippled by a metric fuckton of crapware.
Sure you can clean them up, restore them, wipe off the crapware etc, but they just end up falling to pieces anyway.
Whenever I get asked what laptop to buy, the first words out of my mouth are "For starters, nothing by Acer or Advent"
I won't touch them with a bargepole - If I got GIVEN one I'd sell it immediately.
My goodness, will your total fucking bullshit never end?
Sir Robin Jacob does not work for Samsung, he is acting as an expert witness. The only site that even makes a claim that he works for them is the Daily Fail. I'm guessing you're one of their readers. Or if you're American, a Fox News watcher.
If I see a robbery and testify in court, am I working for the victim?
Fuck off back to the bridge you crawled out from under.
"I don't work for Apple, I can assure you of that. I'm AC because it pisses you all off more. Samesung have been proven to use shills on the other hand. As for unsupportable claims:
Yeah cos Apple have an absolutely stellar record of only buying components from suppliers who treat and pay their workers fairly, and none of their staff have ever, EVER taken part in illegal actions or untrustworthiness.
Of all the components that go into a PC, the optical drive was never one that I considered to be expensive.
In fact considering the moving parts and the tolerances involved I always considered them bloody cheap!
Beer because a few pints of that cost more than my last DVD burner.
Re: IR is NOT a useful addition to a phone
"Except what when you leave the room with your phone and there is now no remote. As someone else said Logitech Harmony is your solution not a gimmick IR"
Come on AC that's a strawman argument if I ever saw one, and you know that otherwise you wouldn't be posting AC.
Why would *I* want the remote if I'm not in the room? I'm not suggesting that the phone completely replace the remotes. I'm hardly going to get this phone and immediately pack away all the remotes into the atic and just say bollocks to the mrs (although she has a Galaxy Tab2 7.0 so has this capability also).
It's called a feature. An additional function that the device is able to perform, and to me and a LOT of other people a damn useful one.
Why do people like you bemoan additional features just because you don't see a reason for it yourself? There's probably 1/2 a dozen features on the phone that I'll never use, but I'm not going to bellyache on here saying that it's a pointless feature. Pointless for me, yes, pointless for everyone - highly unlikely.
And the Logitech Harmony, can't run the XBMC remote!
"what next a centronics-on-the-go cable"
Re: IR is NOT a useful addition to a phone
Horses for courses mate, to me at least this is an extremely useful addition.
I currently have 5 remote controls in my living room. One of them can almost do everything, but it's not all that nice to use - in particular the ff,rw, play, pause, stop buttons aren't in the places that the Sky remote has trained my fingers to think they are meaning I have to look at the remote to find stuff, which is difficult in grew dark... Also there's no record or colour buttons, and no Media/hub button for the telly to access iPlayer / lovefilm.
But the main problem is actually *finding* the bastard things, undoubtedly my 20month old squirrel/daughter, the mrs or I will have absent mindedly left them in the kitchen, on the computer desk or at the bottom of a toybox.
Having a genuinely universal remote in my pocket will be an absolute godsend, and if I lose it, I can just ring it from the housephone... fecking awesome! Add that to the XBMC remote that is already on my phone anyway and we're onto a winner-100% control of all my devices from a device that's nearly impossible to lose.
Re: Two years too late
"As evidenced by it's continued declining smartphone marketshare. The Nokia brand alone isn't enough to sell smartphones that run a platform that consumers aren't interested in buying. Don't make the same mistake that Nokia did, which is to believe that Nokia customers will continue to buy Nokia come what may. Customers are a lot more savvy than you - and sadly Nokia - give them credit."
That's precisely the point - Nokia + Windows Phone = something very few people want to go anywhere near...
Nokia + Android however... mmmm, that's going to be somthing seriously tasty, and I'd happily drop my Samsung allegiance to have some of it, as would many, I'd wager.
Sadly, Elop and his puppetmasters are unlikely to allow Nokia to go that route now, and Nokia will die a slow and painful death :-(
"This is an utterly irresponsible act."
Possibly. But what is more irresponsible is putting a device, ANY device out there with not only TELNET enabled, but also with global root access, and either a blank or same-as-username password. THAT'S the utterly irresponsible act.
Just thinking "oh security doesn't matter - this device won't connect to the internet" is bloody stupid... if that were truly the case, then why do the devices have default gateways configured... allowing communication with the outside world.
If this guy really wants to avoid negative legal action, he should send out notifications to the owners of all the IP addresses that he managed to get into to tell them to fire their IT staff!
So... it's basically a crappy knock-off of Vocera then?
Wifi SIP comm badges that have been around for over 5 years... They're currently aimed at hospitals & stuff, where you can tap your badge and say "Call an available radiologist" or "where am I" or "call Simon Jones" for example, and get proper responses like - "Available radiologist is Frank Smith - placing call" or "You are in block 6, childrens ward" or "Frank Smith left site 25 minutes ago, would you like to call his Mobile?"
Very very very impressive stuff.
This thing is just a bluetooth in car handsfree kit with a clip on the back....They will have had to do something VERY impressive with voice recognition for it to be worthy of anything more than a 'meh'
May I humbly predict the launch title?
Half Life 3 (aka HL2 ep3 probably)
I recon this is why it's taking so bloody long to come along. I tell you what - THAT will shift a few boxes!
Be customer for years - best ISP I've ever been with.
If I lose my static IP I will NOT be impressed.
Re: I used to have the same problem
I wish I could have upvoted your post 50 times, thankyou for the funniest thing I've read on't 'net in months. I was just literally crying with laughter.
A shining example of satire - a shame none of the previous 16 responders seem to have picked up on the joke... *sigh*
Re: Holodecks aren't just about processing power
"Ok smarty pants... how are they going to achieve that? Or make it possible for two people in the same room to travel at the same time to opposite parts of the world?"
Oh, I dunno, maglev shoes? Millions of tiny motorized balls on the ground? Suspension in a full climbing harness?
As for multiple people you could just have multiple people each in their own deck.
My post wasn't suggesting that this is possible at all, just advising how they do it using fictitious 24/25th century technology, which the post I replied to was implying had never been explained. :-)
Re: Holodecks aren't just about processing power
I agree that of course the holodecks are just a plot device, but the whole question about do they move around in the holodecks has been 'explained' many times...
They don't actually stand on the floor, they're actually suspended a millimeter or two off it on a forcefield, and when they walk they just get the sensation of walking, and the 'forcefields and photons' move around them.
A great demonstration of this is the episode of Voyager when Torres is trying to kill herself, and she leaves the holodeck part way through a skydive. (I don't remember the episode name... I'm not THAT geeky :-)
Re: No need for any cache - just go pure SSD
"And a 512GB SSD would be enough for what exactly ?
Booting the OS maybe and just that.
Nowadays a PC can't have less than 2TB."
The VAST majority of users don't need anything approaching 2TB - My Gaming machine for example has a 250Gig Samsumg 830, running Win7Pro, Libre Office, a few other apps, Steam and about a Dozen Games installed, and there's room to spare.
Granted I'm not storing Gigs and gigs of Videos, and if I want to install a new game I need to install another, but where's the problem with that?
The overwhelming majority of users run Windows with some antivirus, Office apps and everything else they do is through their browser - that would all fit in a 64Gig drive without any issues at all.
And your comment about building 12TB of storage using SSDs only is argumentative and distinctly trollish. This article is about devices which are aimed at home/laptop use - no-one is suggesting using hybrid / cache drives for enterprise storage where 19" racks of dozens of disks are the norm.
Go and crawl back under your bridge.
Re: Genuine question
Not for nothing but it ARM were half as smart as Intel they'd make quite a lot more than 160m while we're at it.
Yep, that's how Cyrix, SiS & VIA became the powerhouses they are today!
Re: BHP's measure ability in dollars
Oh all right, I'll take 2%
Re: Quality writing (i.e. better proof reading), evidence for opinions and statements, more balance.
"typo's" is arguably OK as the word typo is itself a contraction of the phrase "typographical error".
So without an apostrophe is OK if the "s" is a multiple of the word "typo" (is this now accepted as an English word?) and with an apostrophe is OK if it's a contraction of "typographical errors".
Unless there's an English teacher/professor who wants to weigh in on that. :-)
Re: "golf is already massively overrated"
I own, and still absolutely love my nearly 10 yr old Golf mk4, PD TDi. Started life as a 110, but with an economy mapping thats up to 130ish with a slight increase in MPG. I've done nearly 160k in it and it's still going strong - built like a tank.
It's as reliable as I could possibly hope it to be - the only thing that's ever gone wrongwith it (outside of the usual running costs / exhausts, brakes etc) was a short between the rear demister and the brakes, which amusingly caused the brake lights to come on when I put the demister on. This was fixed in 10 minutes by my local garage during a service I wasn't even charged for it as it was so minor.
However for my next car, I'm seriously considering going elsewhere for my next cat, which I'll be purchasing in the next 12 months or so... The reason being that ever since this period, VW reliability has gone down the drain.
My local VW specialists advise me that mk5/6 Golfs get brought in for faults 2-3 times as often for little problems as the mk4s did, apparently they started using "cheap Spanish components" that fail all the time.
This is a real shame, but probably the reason for the low reliability ratings. VW trying to cut corners on the more recent models.
Re: Gesture Typing
I'm doubtful they have a patent as Swype isn't unique.
I'm 'typing' this using the SlideIT keyboard, which is much the same thing as Swype (draw a line through the letters of the word you want to type) but IMO is better due to more preferences.
Re: Reg Fanbois are twisting in the wind of iPhone success
"nd to make matters worse for YOU, it's not even using your GB/European 4G standard. No wonder you are all so upset! LOL
It's all about the user experience, and iPhone brings the best. No question, every generation. And this one, like all others before it, will set new records and sell even more than any of the previous models. Android is FAILING BADLY. Win Phone v8 or whatever will do a face plant, no normal person on the planet will even CARE that it is out. The 'competition' as weak as it is, are but mere shadows of the iPhone. Copying after it like Windows copied Mac. Boldly copying, and pretending it's original WON'T CUT IT. No wonder the tech geeks hate Apple so.
You know Windows is next to fall. Win 8 will be a tragedy of Vista proportions. And they DESERVE it.
Your site is pathetic."
What's the matter? Did your Mum not feed you this morning?
Just remember not to throw your feces at her when she comes home from work, or she might not bring any dinner down to the basement either.
Re: What will happen should Samsung be banned from doing sales in the US of A?
That's easy, Black Markets.
Re: Car Analogies?
But that's the thing...
Android; naked, with TouchWiz, Sense or anything else I've used 'feels' nothing like iOS!!
Some are inferior, some superior, apart from the fact that iOS's 'homescreens' have grids of icons, and so does Android's app drawer, where's the similarity?
iThings have only one button (+power) Androids have 3 or 4. Android had the notification pull down which was unique until Apple copied it. Android has widgets, iOS doesn't (it probably will soon, and google probably won't do anything about Apple copying that either, because there is a ton of prior art.
In fact I really struggle to find /anything/ that Samsung has actually copied from Apple, that wasn't already a feature from somewhere else.
So again, the very genuine question is: What unique feature has Samsung actually copied from Apple?
Now the iPhone 5 is out...
We can all see why Apple has been trying to sue Samsung into submission...
The new iPhone5 is like the SGS2's twin brother! Seriously! No Samsung device has ever been created that looks that close to an iPhone, then Apple do what they've been accusing Samsung of!
Talk about slavishly copying design...
And has anybody yet come up with a single example of something that Apple has done that hasn't either
A) been done before (rounded corners, single physical button at bottom of screen, grids of icons, global search)
B) a bloody obvious evolution (pinch zoom, swiping, click to dial)
That's a genuine question... I see nothing that Apple has done that is genuinely revolutionary ( except successfully marketing it and making it sexy) that has not been done before, or was not obvious.
What, you don't think Mossad, the CIA, MI6 and every other government agency on the planet didn't already know about this?
They probably knew about it before the locks started getting installed!
Re: And on, and on, and on.
I know I'm risking feeding the trolls, but my Goodness have you been drinking the Apple Kool Aid much?
Look at the iMac. Until that was released, PCs tended to have multiple items
Er, no - There were MANY other manufacturers of PCs that combined the computer into composite devices (Usually the keyboard)
iMac + Keyboard + Mouse = 3 Pieces
Amiga / Atari / Archemedes + Mouse + Monitor = 3 Pieces
Schneider IBM PC (1 example) + Mouse + Monitor = 3 Pieces (We had these in my secondary school)
C64, BBC, Spectrum, Amstrad and just about every other 8/16 bit and earlier Personal computer + TV/Monitor = 2 Pieces.
The notebook: Apple were the first to shrink a full size computer down to the size of (an admittedly huge) laptop, and the first to use the current Clamshell arrangment of an LCD folding over a keyboard.
Seriously? Tell me you don't actually believe that!
A quick Google reveals that Apple released theirs at least 6 years after the first - Epson, Radio Shack, NEC, IBM and Compaq all got their first.
The iPad: The first tablet PC with a UI that wasn't just a desktop UI shrunk. Also the first tablet with reasonable battery life.
I'll give you that they produced the first tablet that had vastly reduced functionality (that isn't necessarily a bad thing).
The iPod: One of the first hard drive based MP3 players, and a lot easier to use than most of the competitors.
First - No - there were several that came out before - just google.
Easier to use - possibly - although the previous ones had the ubiquitous up/down/left/right/play/pause/stop/RW/FF etc buttons, which people had been used to using for decades, so they were pretty damn easy to use. The interface was better streamlined - absolutely, and the iPod became 'sexy' so that non-techies went out and bought them.
Apple produce great Human Interfaces - probably the best in the world, and they make products sexy, making non-techies go out and buy them - fantastic - other than that, they haven't really innovated anything - just taken other peoples ideas and improved upon them - that isn't a slur - what they do they do well, but I challenge anyone to come up with an example of an apple 'innovation' or 'invention' that wasn't thought up before (or had prior art), or was just a natural, obvious evolution of an existing technology (e.g. multitouch)
Re: Gun ownership.
Perhaps all the gun toting criminals in Chicago bought their guns in Vermont? Or just stole them.
A criminal is hardly going to use a gun which they bought and registered in their own name are they?
Having different rules on ownership in different states / cities doesn't work unless you have airport-style controls on all the borders - something that would be near impossible to implement.
However if handgun ownership were made illegal (or tightly controlled - e.g. they have to be stored at the gun club and only used there) nationwide then this reduces the available guns for the scum to steal and use illegally.
Gun Ownership is NOT a deterrent, if a burglar is in a neighbourhood where he knows 9/10 of the house owners are armed, he'll just arm himself and go in anyway, and the house owner is that much more likely to be killed.
In a country where there are (virtually) no guns, if a burglar is disturbed he will run. In a country with guns - he'll shoot first to make sure HE doesn't get shot - it's simple.
Take a look at the Firearm Related Death rate and compare the US to England / Wales. There's a reason for the rate being 10 Times higher in the US - and its the availability of weapons.
Having said all that it's pointless arguing the point - Americans are addicted to guns, and there's nothing anyone can do to reverse that - unless someone invents a star trek style stun gun (not a stupid 1-2 shot Tazer), THEN it will be interesting to see what excuse they can come up with to keep them.
Re: AMD Fanbois go get a life please
Yeah, and look at all these idiots going out and buying Fords and Renaults and Volkswagens - hell these manufacturers can't even keep up with 40 year old Ferrari designs.
What losers they are too eh?
Mine's the one with the keys to the Quantum Computer powered Lamborghini in the pocket.
LoveFilm Instants content
The content is bloody awful.
Sure there are some box sets, which are slightly interesting time-wasters, but the Film content (Surely the main purpose!) is abysmal.
2-3 decent recent films, and the rest are all god-awful b-movies and flops. Seriously.
Try going in there and sorting by film rating - there will be about 3x 4 star films, but the vast majority are 3 and below.
After getting the steaming service I spent 2-3 evenings watching stuff - there's literally nothing left on there i want to watch. If I didn't get the service heavily subsidised through work, I wouldn't pay for it.
Re: Lets get the inevitable comment out of the way
Oh, I wasn't trying to compare Chinese workers to prison workers, nor was I knocking the use of prison labour. I actually think that we should be doing it in this country too. They should contribute to society rather than just being a further drain upon it, but that's another conversation...
What I was getting at is that US prison labour, is actually far closer to actual slavery than that which goes on in Foxconn.
I take your point though.
Re: Lets get the inevitable comment out of the way
I'm no Apple fanboi, far from it, but many (not all) of the stories about so-called slave labour in the foxcon plants are incorrect.
If these plants were based in the US or UK, then yes, the level of remuneration would be unbelievably low, but over there it isn't.
And no one is /forcing/ these people to work. Far from it, the queue in the hundreds outside these plants for the opportunity to work there.
Comparatively speaking, prisoners in the US doing 'hard time' making license plates, and working with dangerous chemicals and getting paid just a couple of dollars a day are VASTLY more underpaid.
Re: Give me back my google!
Posting from a smartphone is a pain in the arse on el-Reg :-/
Give me back my google!
The only thing I want them to introduce is a tickbox that excludes shopping and price comparison sites from my search results.
I am sick to the back teeth of searching for technical information, or reviews of products and getting back 3 solid pages of pricerunner, kelkoo, ciao and other fucking useless middleman websites that waste my time.
www.gmbmg.com used to work quite well, but don't think it's been updated in some tune
Re: Victims? Really?
Naa, he was probably just told they were entry level MacBooks.
"Only £1400? And you don't want my left testicle and firstborn son too? FUCKING BARGAIN!"
Re: *twitch* *twitch*
So I correct someone on their intentional misuse of grammar, ('Could of' / 'Should of' etc) and omit the obviously simple typo's.
You pick up on said minor typo's and accuse me of being a pedantic dickweed.
*I* love how by doing this, you actually prove the opposite, and prove yourself a hypocrite! That's a two-for-one - Well done sir!
Re: Interesting list
What an unusual mix of correct apostrophe usage, fairly good spelling, but terrible grammar! Red Biro at the ready...
"Intersting list, _A_ few I wouldn't _HAVE_ picked"
"One ommision I feel you should _HAVE_ had in there was InfraRecorder http://infrarecorder.org/"
"Also I'd say I do prefer applications I can just run _OFF_ a memory stick, why install anything onto windows with that option _?_"
"I'm sure others will add _THEIR_ gems"
Re: Author can't understand anything but money
You mean 'losing', not 'loosing'.
Re: Twice as nice
Yeah, that's called RAID 0, and has been around for a bloody donkey's year.
The problem is that by using 2 drives, you are effectively doubling your chances of suffering a HDD failure, because if you lose one drive, you lose all data on the array.
I suppose what you're proposing is a self-contained RAID0 array in a 3.5" / 2.5" package, which is interesting, but would cost much more than double the cost of the original drive with worse than half the reliability, plus you'd be relying upon 1.8" or micro-drives for your storage, which aren't particularly fast or capacious in the first place.
If speed was that important to you, then you'd be using flash, or if you need speed and capacity, you'd use your own RAID array of either HDD's or flash drives.
So, nice idea, but it fails the reality check.
Re: @DRendar (was: Gawd/ess. The mind boggles.)
I don't think Melatonin is available in the UK - Not legally anyway - Might be wrong, but I've never seen it in Boots / Superdrug / Holland and Barratts.
"Failing that, might I suggest a career change? Making artisan pasta, bread, cheese or salumi probably pays better than you are drawing now ... and on your own schedule."
Unfortunately my 7 Month old daughter doesn't operate on my schedule :-)
"The tooling to gear up for home production isn't all that expensive, either. I was pulling down ~US$1000/week making all four when I was working on my PhD at MIT ... over a quarter century ago. Out of a two bedroom apartment."
I'll stick with being a network engineer for a huge multinational ta very much - I'm pretty happy with my payslips ;-)
Re: Gawd/ess. The mind boggles.
You are obviously one of those lucky bastards who is actually able to get to sleep when they want to.
Personally I have immense sleep problems... I suffer from Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome, which means when most peoples bodies start producing melatonin, and their body temperatures start to drop at about 10-11pm, mine doesn't do that until about 3am. Which considering I have to be up at 6 is fucking torture.
Things like daylight alarms help a great deal... I can't speak for some of the other gadgets listed here, but just because YOU have no problem going to sleep, and waking up when you need to, doesn't mean everyone is in the same boat.
Re: DOES ANBODY UNDERSTAND THIS
WTF is a valedictorian, and why would being one make you any more or less able to understand brand new, practically fringe science concepts?
I actually found it relatively easy to understand what they've done, actually... I don't understand how they did it, or why it is so significant (not being a crypto nerd), but the idea of measuring the minute fluctuations in the strength of a split laser beam, which was passed through a near perfect vacuum and using those measurements to generate random numbers seems pretty straight forward to me...
Re: O.... k....
" I mean, Apple makes mobile phones?! C'mon,whentheywerebusyselling Apple ii and the first Macintoshes, who'd of thought they'd make mp3 players and phones..?"
Considering that mp3s didn't exist then, let alone portable players and mobile phones, I'd have a wild stab at 'none'.
That aside - It's "who'd HAVE thought"!!
For example, who'd have thought that Compaq (also a personal computer manufacturer) would develop the world's first hard disk based portable digital music player? (3 years before Apple released the IPod by the way)
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