Re: A new sport - Base Crashing
Well it worked in Just Cause 2...
2384 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
Well it worked in Just Cause 2...
Don't be a dick.
OK, this woman's an idiot, but that description of their programme....
"examined the use of CCTV cameras to monitor the public areas of 19 council-owned tower blocks in Southampton and included the views and opinions of CCTV operators and residents on the impact of CCTV".
Bullllllllllllshit. Let me correct that for you:
"offered voyeuristic middle class punters the chance to ogle the zoo of poor people doing things they would never ever do not even once, and pontificate about what it all means over their Marks and Spencer TV dinners."
Oooh, that was very old-man-ranty of me. That's what a screen full of merge conflicts does to you, I suppose.
The British pound was the *one* coin I could easily identify by feel when my Canadian and British money gets mixed up, and I'm trying to catch a bus, because there's no other coin I've encountered that looks or feels quite like it. Now they're making the bloody thing exactly like the Canadian $2 coin, as if 5ps weren't already annoyingly close to dimes, and 10ps weren't annoyingly similar to quarters. Thanks a bunch. Now the only coins I definitely know at a glance are British are the penny and 50p, because Canada doesn't have them.
I should check out compatibility between the home consoles. There's been a boxed Neo Geo in my local EB for ages for $200, and it's tempting...
Yes, lovely story. On my iPhone, I didn't even need to do that. I take photo, it's on a webpage in under a minute. iCloud.
A "lovely story" you apparently didn't read.
The iPad only has the one port (and a 3.5mm audio) and that seems to be considered acceptable.
The iPad is a fancy window through which the vast majority of users poke at things and don't tend to do much of productive value.
Laptops have keyboards and other such whizzbang things because they're used to actually do/make/produce things. This ability often requires such archaic nonsense as memory sticks.
I recall coming home from a skiing trip with the family and chums. Ex-teacher family-friend couldn't get her photos off her iPad onto her non-Apple machine for love nor money. E-mailing was possible but the UI made it inconvenient, she's 65 and has no bloody idea what "cloud accounts" are, and you can't plug anything into it. You also can't transfer the photos via direct wi-fi or bluetooth or several other methods because that's not letting Apple control your life, and you can't install a better file browser for exactly the same reason.
My old man, on the other hand, just plugged his non-Apple tablet into his non-Apple computer (of a totally different brand) and "oh, look, there it is." He gets drives, and plugs, and cables; those are easy. You plug a thing into a thing and they talk to each other. Got it.
For a company with two pinnacles of design and engineering in its current range – the MacBook Pro and 13-inch Air are strong contenders for the finest personal computers ever made
I shall post my riotous laughter from my MacBook Pro, fresh off it's fourth repair job and waiting on a fifth.
I know this is a serious topic, but the pedant in me will not let this lie. You used a boffin icon!
Half the population have a below average IQ.
I'm interested to see what the new Kubuntu looks like, and I'm glad to hear it's fairly stable already, but it's the upgrading from the Plasma 4-driven Kubuntu 14.10 that worries me. Here's hope it's more seamless than the 14.04 => 14.10 path was.
That pretty much is the only real difference.
Yeah, it's just that a windowing system & appset can be quite a large number of associated packages. KDE isn't small (by Linux standards) so having to install one default environment and then install more is just filling your hard drive with crap you don't need.
Not ALL 12 step programs rely on Jesus. However, the participants in the program have a limited pool of sober examples to choose from.
My apologies, step two refers to a "higher power" that definitely won't be inferred to be Jesus in a US-based structure, and I'm certain that the Twelve Traditions definitely have nothing to do with Christianity either. It's not like the 12-step programmes were created by a Christian institution or anything.
If you don't have a belief structure then you really have no right to criticize those who do.
Well that's a disgusting notion. All ideas are open to criticism except faith? That smacks of intellectual honesty, alright.
What you're basically saying there is "you're not allowed to disagree with us unless you agree with us, in which case you won't, and we don't have to hear any challenge to our ideas." Yeah, fuck that.
Your criticism is nothing less than hate speech.
Criticising an idea is the same as hating the people that hold it? You've got some really funny (twisted) notions of how the world operates, though this "hate speech" attitude reeks of the notion of the poor, oppressed, put-upon minority (75%) of the population that's religious.
I'll continue to criticise the institutionalised pushing of religion on the non-religious, thanks. If it was reversed I'm sure you'd be throwing a shit-fit about it.
Actual medical treatments for alcoholism? Research? Drugs? No, no, no, the US court system has taught us that all you need is Jebus! That's why they order folks to take 12-step programmes, which might only have the same success rate as non-attendance, but at least they don't use any pesky scientific facts or suffer from earthly corruption.
MS' motives in developing and offering Pointer Events for free? I don't know. Good experience for Windows tablet users? Hard to find a cynical reason although I really am trying.
In recent years the attitude from MS has been changing to the point where I'd be tempted to consider it actually altruistic.
Most people don't care what resolution its broadcast in. They have a 4k telly so think they are watching 4k. Like how people thought an HD telly magically made all broadcasts HD.....
Which is where all the "I can't tell the difference" bollocks comes from. My old man, nicely into his retirement years, can easily spot the difference between HD football and not on his TV, and will buy blu-ray over DVD if available for the higher quality. He's the exception because he knows roughly what's going on, so he knows to match the source to the screen.
If the source isn't up to the screen, then it isn't worth it. Also, as others have said, 4K makes little difference to TV media in the living room on even fairly large screens.
Video games, on the other hand? Bring it on, bring it on, bring it on.
Soon every TV you can buy will be 4K. It'll make absolutely no difference to you if you're going to bung 1080p into it, but it'll be there. I'm pricing up a new TV for the back room, and it'll be a 4K one, simply because the TVs with all the features I do want are now all 4K.
Legal notices with potentially serious consequences being sent by scripts you clearly didn't QA properly? Yeah, you...you should stop doing that.
Re: (2); Jobs' letter came two months before Adobe finally managed to launch a preview version of Flash for Android
I keep hearing over and over the claim from his open letter that Flash "still wasn't running on Android". Ask anyone who owned an Android phone at the time - we had Flash. The N900 had Flash. Flash was on mobile. I really don't get what that whole thing was about. Had every version of Flash on Android before then been a beta or something?
*if you're in Chrome it will work natively on Linux. Not sure how I got FF's name in there. Was probably thinking of my next sentence.
That was a bit vicious. The reason I discount the whole "Jobs was right" thing is two-fold:
1) He was stating the bloody obvious. HTML5 was being implemented at the time and its enhancements were fully intended by all parties to replace needless Flash installations. Now every time someone says "Flash is shite" everyone yells "seeJobswasrightomgwhatanamazingvisionary" when no-one was arguing that point.
2) He was only making his super-amazing-wise proclamations in response to people bugging him about why iOS didn't have Flash. He decided to point the finger at Adobe and get on a high-horse about how making things worse for the end-user was actually a feature - something they eagerly lapped up - rather than admit his devices were deficient compared to their competitors.
Odd, it works fine on my linux machine which has never seen Silverlight (or Mono)...
Chrome implemented the HTML5 DRM extensions that Netflix's HTML5 player requires, so if you're in Chrome it will work natively on Firefox. Before that became a thing, I was utilising a package within an Ubuntu repository which was basically a Windows version of Firefox and Silverlight pre-packaged to work under WINE. Worked pretty damn well, but native is nicer.
That's true if you live in the land of the free. But here under fascist oppressive Canadian regime - opposing an oil pipeline gets you listed as a threat to national security by the RCMP.
Unless you're a crim you have nothing to fear as no one gives a rats arse what you do online.
Why do people who quote this absolute bullshit line not get the obvious problem with it? You're not a crim now, but once someone has complete control over your ability to dissent, and changes the rules, what then? The prudish UK government is constantly one moral outrage away from making kink illegal, for example. Yesterday you weren't a criminal, now you are and the proof is already in the government's hands.
Your personal experience may not be definitive. We've been using Scrum for years, and I've generally found the daily scrums useful. I'm in three feature teams at the moment, which means 15 scrums a week; they rarely take more than fifteen minutes a day together, and I'd estimate at least one participant learns something useful about the state of the release in 10-12 of them.
Scrums are brilliant for team newbies. I'm a remote worker on a new dev team, and the daily scrums mean that there is a guaranteed 15-30 minutes* each day when all the busy people who already know everything about the system stop and talk about it for a bit. If I have a question on how to proceed, what something does, or I need help on some stack trace explosion that happened because silly ol' me dared to run "bower update", I can get assistance.
*10 mins of team updates, generally extended by a follow-on discussion on some aspect of dev
I'm surprised at that. I was expecting something more abstracted/contained, as on other devices these days. On the upside, apps will be fast and the choice of language gives me hope they'll have all the hardware access they could want. On the downside, prepare yourselves for all the memory overruns and segfaults you can handle! It's also a fair barrier to entry, compared to FOS' HTML5 coding for example.
You do recall the part of the article where these "asscowns" were found not guilty, yes?
This sounds fantastic. If they bring out a well-made, well-supported cross-platform API, it'll be one more nail in the coffin of Windows-only gaming.
Better than better than that if you live outside the UK. $15 in the US, and $16 in Canucksland. Was going to get it on PC, but if it has cross-play and I can play it in the living room with my roommate and ladyfriend to help out with the puzzles, I'm game. This time, just this once, I might betray the PC Master Race.
Why no PS3 version, though?
I thought it was OK, with some superbly done moments and good humour, but missing something to make me really enjoy it like I have some of their other stuff. I think it's down to some flaws in writing here and there. Hiro's (really, that's the name we're going with?) brother was so perfect and flawless I knew he was dead the minute he appeared. The ending had a couple of cop-outs that just weren't necessary and play out so predictably that there's no tension or drama to them.
Probably the most irritating part of the film, by far, was GoGo. Holy crap, I thought we left these overly-aggressive too-cool-for-school tough-girl stereotypes back in the 90s where they belong. I spent the entire movie wanting her to get crushed by something. If you have, with a straight face, written a character whose catchphrase is "woman up!", go back and try again because your subtlety circuits have completely failed.
Disagree - I use OSX, iOS, Win7, Android, OpenSUSE, Mint... Never use search on any of them. Like the OP, I know where things are. I've never got this fascination with searching for things that are exactly where I left them.
I use quick search on all of them, for simple speed reasons. Win key, type two or three letters, hit return. I don't even have to break flow and reach for the mouse.
Le gasp, Linux has options? That's new.
I was simply pointing out that "we did it properly" is a bit bold, considering that the implementation is late to the game and inferior to other offerings. Your retort seems to be "nobody uses Linux", which is kinda irrelevant.
Alright then, we'll do it your way. OSX is used by half as many people as Windows 8, which "everybody hates", so I feel sufficiently justified in calling it a niche system and dismissing the original assertion outright.
you might not like it, if you haven't been exposed to it being implemented correctly, as it is with OS X and iOS
I think my eyebrows just left holes in the ceiling, unless that was an astonishingly poor typo of "KDE".
Because Google like to keep implying that Firefox is defective/behind in some fashion, when it isn't. I've seen them casually state similar things before. I, too, have been watching HTML5 video on YT through Firefox for a long time now, but hey.
You haven't heard of the DRM extensions for HTML video? Chrome's the only browser I'm aware of to have actually implemented them, which is why I can use it for natively watching Netflix on Linux without any Silverlight WINE hackery.
It's sat on my shelf, along with First Light, TLOU and Killzone, waiting for the PS4 to play them on. Yes, I know. Amazon did a ridiculous sale at one point over Christmas and I couldn't stop myself.
That was Sony's original apology to the masses for the hack (and the resulting month-long downtime). It's also how I got into inFamous, which I'm quite happy about. :-)
This is Sony offering actual financial recompense to people negatively affected. To the best of my knowledge, if my data was taken it wasn't used. By now the card that was in there is long since dead, and I haven't noticed any ill effects. Hopefully their competitors looked at the time that Sony took after the hack to secure their servers and quietly checked their own systems over before similar hacks could arrive.
That fucking super-speed attack thing at the end where he literally makes the villain spin around so fast he drills into the ground like a fucking Looney Tunes cartoon... When the guy started singing "Who Wants to Live Forever" I wanted to reach through the screen and get me some quickening.
Don't worry, you got the best part of that deal. Scott Pilgrim was awful.
One of the duties of a parent is having to sit through 'must see' movies on a Saturday afternoon, the worst of which in my case being, by a considerable length of chalk, Pokémon: The Movie 2000. I would honestly rather undergo dentistry than have to sit through the final hour of that for a second time.
Is that the one where the film spends five minutes (*actually* five minutes) talking about how "fightings is totally bad you guys", and then everyone's memories are erased because Nintendo realised that would completely nutfuck a series based entirely around fighting?
Don't forget Highlander 4 and 5. Yes, I am 100% serious. In fact, Highlander: The Source is far far worse in sheer concept alone than Highlander 2.
Can we get "completely methods aghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh" as the QOTW?
That would be nice - let's hope Microsoft do that. In fairness to them, the various data reporting things in Windows 8.1 were mostly set to "off" by default, and there was a switch for each one. I'd be tempted by a Win10 phone, too. While I use Android, I have no particular affection for it, and the Windows phone I've used in the past was a pretty slick experience, even if the one I had at the time was very basic.
Some interesting features. I'm optimistic, so long as:
1) It doesn't track every last sodding thing you do.
2) Where it does have info-hungry apps like Cortana and the like, there is an off switch. Remember that one, Microsoft? Not everyone hates Metro (I don't), but everyone hates that it was mandatory.
I'd be tempted to give it a go. I'd looked into other chordboards previously as a method to relieve the damage done to my aching wrists by years of programming (apparently they can help - no dodgy desk resting positions, etc). What I'm wondering is - if it's Bluetooth connected, could you up your chording speed by holding one in each hand? ;-)
This thing does look kinda cool, especially for someone who's been wanting to play with a Meta 1 since that company decided to screw developers around.
Then move to BC and live in tri-cities. Barely any snow.
The Canadian attitude can also be seen in their response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks. France? They arrested 54 people on hate speech charges in one week. UK? They used the attacks as a springboard to try and ban encryption. Canada? They want to kill off their blasphemy laws.
I love this feckin' country sometimes.
Just ask Kryten:
Gah! Can we not post Back to Earth clips? Especially ones misidentified as CSI spoofs by idiots?