3215 posts • joined 5 Mar 2009
Re: Neat but pointless?
Oh dear - so peer bullying has become part of the marketing ars(e)anal
Pretty silly yes but these are all 14 year olds - they get what they are given, or what their parents give up to shut them up.
I think the XB CODs are just obcessed - one game and stuff the rest, where as I have two boys who have multiple games, they both have Steam accounts, Vitas, DSs, and share the family PS2/3/4 Wiii, even managed to just about get a Megadrive working on a monitor (doubled up screen still to sort).
They will sit on Terreria, Minecraft, or Garys Mod all evening given the chance, or sit there on Warframe, AC4, or Borderlands 2 until we want the TV, one really wants Borderlands 2 for his Vita.
Definately a bit more open than COD.
Re: Neat but pointless?
Much agreement here. Absolutely pointless. Kids will get these and be shunned by their friends for having a weirdo hipster Dad that buys them a cheap shitty 'droid gaming box instead of a proper one.
Actually there is some right shit thrown around at school, my boys have received a bit for not having Call Of Duty and not having an XBox. They retailiated with the usual arguments against that combination, eg Killzone multiplayer requires a lot more skill (well 2 and 3 did), oh and show them a game which looks better than the output of Naughty Dog, The Last Of Us or CoD 47 - no contest.
So if there is crap thrown for having the use of a Playstation, what chance to kids with a strange device like this have? At least with a PS3 there is plenty to throw back and make the argument starter look very foolish.
Now they can fling PS4 at the XBots at their school.
What will happen when Vita TV arrives?
Similar price, better controller, known brand.
Will be interesting.
I moved to HDV, pretty good for what it is
Are not that bad if you compare to the prices paid in the 1980s.
I paid £400 for a second hand camera and recorder, which were new a £1000 in early 80s, that is the equivalent of £1100 / £2800 in todays money and for that I had a video camera of good picture quality and low number of features (no auto focus), and a heavyish recorder known to be quite light.
I could have spent more if I had the money, a better camera like the JVC GX-N70 with the essential and most popular accessory of 14pin K adaptor, but the recorder was just the best.
Actually the mix and match was good, Sony as an example made the best portable VCR on the UK market by a huge margin SL-F1UB, but their cameras were bare on features (even the HVC4000P 6 x zoom no, AF, no remote control beyond pause), JVC made an excellent camera (GX-N70) but their portable was shite.(cannot remember the model) Same with Panasonic, the NV180 was not fit to be mentioned in the same sentence as the SLF1, but their late model video camera was really good. The cheap cameras from JVC tended to go green, their VCRs could not handle multi generation editing.
In my experience of videoing in the late 80s was that editing on all Sony kit in the domestic market automatically gave you an extra generation to your tapes, basically a Sony master edit tape was better than a JVC or Panasonic camera tape and the duplication copy from a Sony master was better than the edit master from the other two companies.
Part of this was due to the sync pulse handling within Sony kit and part of this was due to the higher resolution of Betamax. I edited onto a SL-HF950, Pro-X tapes all round.
How many are there?
It seems there are quite a few BSD companies, can someone explain why please?
Re: 2K intermediate
Some of us still watch the SD channel rather than the HD because..........
Some wanker put a sodding great big on screen turd on the HD channel
Channel 4 you are turds!
Samsung were good drives
Got two in the home PC and I am after a 3rd drive, but cannot find any more Samsung.
So what do I buy?
Reliable, quiet and large are the important features, as to speed, can it handle HD video if so fast enough..
Re: I was wondering....
What was wrong with O2?
I had Royal Mail try to sell me telephone, I said I was with them as I was with BT, they were confused, why?
1 - Work
2 - One the PC told me to do (MSN via Hotmail)
3 - My Hotmail spam proof email
4 - Abandoned from onetel
5 - Abandoned from ukonline
6 - current BT
7 - Ebay bt
8 - email@example.com
9 - firstname.lastname@example.org
10 - Googlemail
11 - Abandoned from a forum
I use 5 regularly, work, the MSN for webmail, my BT, Ebay BT as they refused my BT, and my .me.uk
Re: It not about the Consumer. But Big Business and Regulator Income.
I only have one working TV with five people.
But it probably cost the same as 8 ordinary TVs.
Small people happier with either I player (daughter) or gaming (sons)
Re: *just* 14 more months to upgrade? @MJI
I do know that MS deliberately removed it. Very annoying.
Since our Windows software uses the same database as the older DOS software, migration has not been too difficult, but certain older tools just worked.
Our reindex tool was more stable in MS DOS executable than a Win32 Console mode, but the netbios thing in 7 32 bit prevented us repairing a database - we zipped it up brought it back to the office to fix.
We did have a competitor using our late appearance in Windows as a selling point, but out MS DOS package was so much more powerful that it took us years to convert. He used to get very nasty and was annoyed when our new version appeared.
We still have a couple of customers running our DOS system on XP, and a few customers still using older DOS screens on a couple of PCs against the latest database.
I liked XP as I could run both our old system and our new system. As a developer being able to run all of your software is good.
Now we get sales where prospective customers do not like the same competitlrs software,
Re: *just* 14 more months to upgrade?
Why don't MS get 7 to run software which XP could? Vista started the rot.
IP over NETBIOS
Full screen DOS programs
VGA mode DOS programs
Re: Partial Repayment. Sony & Nintendo
Actually two completely different teams came out with two similar ideas at a similar time.
There are many differences just for starters.
Wii system uses IR lamp ontop of TV and IR sensors in the controllers
Move system uses glowing balls and a camera
Different methods same result.
Those patents are a bit tenuous
Looks like they used patents for the wrong things to try to troll Nintendo
Re: More important drink in the UK
I like the alcoholics too, and like you cannot touch coffee
More important drink in the UK
What about the effects of tea?
Well I like mine like the Box Set and sometimes the blockbuster.
It was good to see developers I have heard and read about for years.
Could be a series if they looked at more games.
Nice to see TLOU mentioned near the end before socail networking reared its ugly head.
last itme I used directory enquiries
I used 192
If someone asked me to try a 118 I would try 118 192 first then 118 000 then work up from that.
Re: Glasses here
To be honest I need to buy a PC set, reading I am fine, driving OK. Drilling small holes for handrails and door handles OK, for applying transfers accuratly good.
Because my close up vision is pretty good I see more problems with my models!
I am pretty short sighted, but now getting a new issue due to age, not so easy to focus, I struggle to see close up things with my glasees on. But when I do take off glasses I can do a lot of closeup work, as a modeller it is actually not a problem to be short sighted.
If I had contacts or laser treatment I would now be in a more difficult place than I am in now.
However I do annoy the fashion police as they talk about brands they mean frames by fashion designer, whereas I mention brands like Nikon and Zeiss, so middle price metal frames here with bloody expensive plastic!
Someone needs to invent the formats. Sony develop good ones but they often do not take off.
ATRAC is good, better than MP3, worked very well with Minidisc.
Memory stick is OK, there are a lot of card formats anyway, best thing about MS is it is easy to hold.
Betamax was first to market, and was technically better than the opposition and is what got me interested in Sony kit in the first place.
Formats developed with other companies however. Do you use CD? DVD? DV/MiniDV/HDV? BluRay?
Trying to compete on price
Really hurt them, I hope this is a return to premium products at a reasonable price.
Yes I do consider £1500 a reasonable price for a good LCD TV, compared to say £500 for a rubbish one.
I also still perceive Walkman to be better than IPod, yet they are cheaper. I have always felt you get what you pay for with Sony, pay too little you get little, pay a decent amount you get a decent product.
If you want to see engineering and design, go back to 1983 and look at their top of range VCR, everything built for quality, even the 4 year later top end VCR did not have the fine reel control of its predecessor (I own the portable version of the first and I do own the 1987 VCR).
Basically Kaz needs to bring back the premium feel of the 1970s and 80s before their descent into cheap crud and people will buy it again. Just think how many ex Trinitron owners have a Bravia, I bet it is not 100%.
I am still sad that Pioneer cut back on its ranges, and I am still worried that Panasonic may take the cheap road to junk. We need premium consumer level kit, so stop always chasing the cheapskate.
Before people mention PS4 prices, the PS4 is the cheap fix to get you hooked into the games where the profit is made.
Well lets think, what games am I after this year?
Infamous Second Son
Then I will have the next Fallout and Borderlands games.
I think my current console will play them and I do not need a XBone for them. Apart from the 2 PS exclusives all would be PC games as well.
Steam boxes will sell,not madly but enough to make a name for themselves. Our next PC will be either Mint or Steam OS.
Got 4 accounts here, my sons have one each, I have one and my wife just set one up to play an old game she used to love.
My daughter is a holdout, but give it time.
My wife even had a go on Hat Fortress 2 but still does not get the hat joke.
I noted they went for the XBone sales rather than the higher PS4.
I may be interested in Steam OS as our main gaming PCs are both running XP, the older PC is also running Linux and some games work on that. I have more important things to buy than newer copiees of Windows (such as PS4s and food) and I don't think the older 2.8 P4 will run Win7.
But now you can get games for Windows, Linux and BSD.
Portal 2 was a PITA played with a controller, after using mouse on Portal, (Got Orange Box on Steam and Portal 2 on PS3), but the Move patch fixed that.
Now I see the Steam boxes as a supplementary console at the moment, big PC gamers can use them to play their Steam games on their TV with a controller. Other console gamers can use it to play ga,es not on their console.
For now I don't think Steam box will take main console sales off the X1 or PS4 but it will definately take secondary console sales. I would see me more likely to buy a Steam box than a XBone.
As a modeller
of other things this is a great article.
There is a lot of cross interest between all the model types, I personally do 4mm scale model railways, but also like building 1/72nd aircraft and also balsa rubber powered aircraft like the West Wings.
So you will see us Railway Modellers getting excited by these machines, as we also appreciate all the work put into these.
Now I am going to have to try an RC aircraft!!!!
Prefer in 9s and bright red
eh? Are you talking about any 4 stroke engine? Or just one of these rotary/radial doo-hickeys?
Rotary and Radial only
4 stroke requires an odd number of cylinders, if you follow the cycles it makes sense.
2 strokes do not care and the compressed air engine is nearer to a 2 stroke.
That Junkers engine though - seen much better than that, search up Napier Deltic. 18 cylinders, 36 pistons, 3 cranks, triangular engine shape, normal home being in pairs, in what was originally the worlds most powerful Diesel loco, now just the UKs most powerful passenger Diesel loco.
The Mosquito could carry a similar load as a B17 to Berlin.
It was a superb aircraft.
There used to be a flying one at Staverton years ago in the Skyfame museum.
I have flown in a Comet when I was a few months old.
Like I did.
Messing up the internet, may not be able to connect to the office, false positives, health sites ect.
And that they do not block the sites you do want blocked such are virus and phishing
Re: how to watch the Daily Show int he UK
And what is it on Freesat and Freeview?
I have fonder memories of the
Used to use some of their tyres
Time to edit HOSTS
Just need to find the URL to block for this.
My wife will moan if FB goes back in HOSTS.
They need culling
Only answer now, if these people disappear it will put off copycats.
Re: Aux input
Well that is used for my CD changer.
Re: It's fair to say that if Bauer want it, it's wrong.
Well I am fed up with the remains of ILR.
Started when we moved into our current house and I installed a nice FM aerial, some company bought the local radio station.
Few years later driving cross country, 3 local radio stations playing same songs, got nearer home, ours the same.
Then now, another company bought them and they disappeared, and some stupid name one now there. Had to swap to BBC local radio and that keeps hopping to other stations which are not local to me but BBC assumes they are.
No wonder I change to CD or listen to V6 instead.
I can't go DAB in the car
Because I would lose the ability to play CDs and MDs.
I like my MD head unit, I can play copies of my LPs with it, including stuff not on TPB.
I like my CD changer as well
DAB is too like a poor MP3 to me
Re: 97% of the population
Freesat - get a Humax HDR, dish and quad LNB (2 spares)
Re: A pet hate
Worked it out, it was a heavy gun so it got dropped.
Good game, ending was a downer.
Could have done with some down time between the boss battle and the final assault
Re: Why the assumption that every subscriber has kids?
I really hope they are!
I just block news international sites so I don't get the you have to pay crap if I accidentally chose them.
The mail site is not that bad and provides another news view if you compare with other sites.
I do not read papers any more and I prefer to get news from seeing what comes up in a google news search.
Who is middle England?
As a traditional centre right tending towards libertarianism person#, I would tend toward the Conservatives on the least disliked method*. Yet what they are doing is not what I would want, and the other parties are no better.
In fact no party is trying to appeal to me, they are all tryng to put me off. Cameron needs to take a close look at some of his other MPs and see what they stood for, David Davies for a start, then there is Ken Clark, two politicians I prefer over a lot of recent ones.
I do not have to agree with a poliician to like them, Tony Benn is a good example, not a fan of his politics but he is a conviction politiician not a sound bite one - oh and he saved the Concorde project.
Some politicians though I just cannot abide, like that tit who visited Gadaffi.
# Private companies making a profit is not evil, most likely making profit for your pension. I do not want the state micromanaging my life. I do not want the state owning all the businesses, and I do know that sensible tax regimes take in more money than so called progressive ones. Yes such things as defence and NHS need to be paid for. So when they talk about 40% rather than 50% for high earners, these high earners are more likely to be UK registered for tax if they are not being ripped off.
* Basically order you want to punch them in. Milliband is more punchable than Cameron. Cameron is a well meaning fool, Milliband is just a fool.
As to UKIP, am I the only person who thinks that Farage resembles a used car salesman?
Clegg is not forgotten, well he should be, Keneddy was more likeable, so what if he had alcohol problems he is only human.
Faceache, time to use their behead the user policy against them
I actually had facebook blocked for ages due to links from other sites loading crap.
But my wife joined them!
Re: am I the only one...
Restrict the devices.
I am looking at a new hub to do this apart from I want to QOS PSN
I want web sites blocking
I want phishing sites blocked, virus sites blocked, cryptolocker sites blocked, anything sites designed for dangerous payloads blocked.
But do not cut off harmless sites with naked people on them!
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