2275 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
Hang fire. I wasn't with LoveFilm for long, but when I was, I'm pretty sure the PS3 streamer had a HD option. I remember having to switch down to a lower quality to watch Sky Blue, because their server kept lagging on HD. Did that just happen in my head, or were they "compressed" and "less compressed" as opposed to 480p vs 720p?
It was removed after a load of idiots complained that features cost money. The PS3 was lambasted as being too expensive despite being more powerful, having way more kit, having better backward compatibility, etc, etc, etc.
Not really surprising to see the console makers backing down on this one. They all want an online-only console where they can screw the customer over to their heart's content, but they also all know full well that the first console to do it will get savaged. If the Xbox 3 tried it, the PS4 would come out with a disc drive, keep the important 2nd hand and discount markets, and easily win market share.
It's just console makers acknowledging that online-only is bad for consumers, and they don't want it.*
(*On console. On PC we have Steam, and fairly reasonable pricing, and sales, and competition within the platform, etc, etc, etc.)
He was probably thinking more along the lines of "Norton don't make a Debian client."
Re: @Greg J Preece
Hello, anonymous person I think I know. ;-)
Nice try, but I've said repeatedly on this verrah site that Opera's actually a pretty darned good browser. As for the rest of your down-the-nose attempt at a put-down, do me a favour and look to the left of my above post. See the weird-looking face? You should Google that.
Re: Then - goodbye Opera
Opera is not a concept. Opera is not a religion. Opera is not a state of mental nirvana.
Opera is a company. They exist to make money. From you. Don't ever get the impression that it's otherwise.
Re: page impressions
...in the current version. If FB buy Opera, are you really imagining they'll leave the option in to turn off Turbo?
Soooooo we're gonna have:
IE9, that on default settings sends everything you do to Microsoft.
Google Chrome, which sends everything you do to Google.
Opera, which sends everything you do to Facebook.
Firefox, which sends ever-...oh.
It's still hilarious watching the Opera fanboys react to any mention of the browser. Someone mentioned Opera? Better gush about how you're a "web pro"* for using it, and everyone else is an inferior mindless drone.
* "Web pro" - bwhahahahahahahahaha!
Out of their minds
What a brilliant idea when introducing a controversial new operating system - limiting development for it in any way.
Re: The /real/ problem with this game...
Fuck yeah, Captain Baseball Bat Boy! That show was the shit.
No PC version at release? Did you forget which market gave this game its success? Or are you making sure we don't get another day-1 patch for the game as we did with Max Payne 1? (Which couldn't save games at release - no, really!)
Watching that video, with that music, feels like I just unlocked a wonder in Civilization II.
You'd be suprised. Just recently I was laughing my ass off at a creationist geocentrist dipshit who thought he had disproven gravity with a toy helicopter and a pickup truck.
What's the name of that language again? :-p
Re: The 'mercans seem to be doing OK with feet, inches and funny sizes gallons.
Yes, I can count in base 8, then 12, then 16, or however the fuck Imperial weights go, changing base at different scales, or I could just use something consistent and easy. Using Imperial doesn't make you cleverer, it just means you waste more of your time.
Piss off yourself. Imperial's a right load of outdated shite people cling on to out of some misguided sense of "tradition". It's the same staring-into-the-past attitude that British people regurgitate every damn day, and it really gets on my tits. Why can't we get rid of all this old-fashioned crap and move on?
"The patent covers automatic recognition of phone numbers etc. in things like web pages (so you can tap to call)"
Given that Skype have been doing this on various platforms for about a gajillion years, is this another patent that only made it through because it's Apple?
Re: ASA powerless
Hang on, let me try and summon some sympathy for the homophobe...
Sorry, couldn't do it. He'll have to continue shoving his religion up his arse. Or up the arses of any altar boys that pass nearby.
Incidentally, you are aware that Archbishop Cranmer died in the 16th century...?
I tend to pre-order games only when there's some kind of pre-order bonus involved. For example, my pre-order of Child of Eden meant that I (eventually) got it for £15 with a free t-shirt, which is a reet bargain. My pre-order of Ghost of Sparta got me the game for a mere £16.99. Otherwise, I don't bother.
Oops, sorry, clearly I forgot the narrative on this comment thread. I can't recognise a company for making decent tech whilst acting like wankers. I have to hate them unconditionally.
Grrr, Sony shit, all bad, nothing good, grrr, knuckles bleeding, make mad, grrrrr.
I do hope they sort themselves out. While the company themselves can be completely schizo at times, and can act like assholes, they do make very good kit. They're not the only people I use, but the Sony kit I have bought has never let me down, and tends to be technically superior to the majority of the market.
Erm, forgive my squirrelly ignorance, but surely a route is more than just the beginning and end points? Aren't those what you start with, and the route is the bit inbetween?
I just love how TfL's primary response to the Olympics screwing over the capital seems to be "just walk." They wrap it up in the usual help-us-out/save-the-planet/this-is-doing-you-a-favour bullshit, but at the end of the day all this massive ad campaign says to me is: "we really fucked up with transport for this massive event half of you don't want, so we're asking all the people that paid for our network to not use it."
Cue 1000 server admins calling PHP a shit language whilst providing no superior alternative.
Off to fire up the Unreal Development Kit and make a quick mod where you kill Keith Vaz, then dilute him in vast quantities of water as a homeopathic remedy for being a twat.
Re: Time to resurrect the Usenet group...
Is there anything more painfully boring than someone commenting on an article to say "Never heard of them"? Thanks for your superb contribution to the debate. Perhaps, given that this site is fulla nerds, they'd be more interested in the opinion of another nerd than that of the latest chart rapper?
I follow Wil on FB and this is exactly why. In this case at least, he's absolutely right.
"Politicos had been testing the Apple 'slab in the Commons since early 2011 with the idea being that the devices could save money on print costs."
Erm, why do laptops require you to print anything more than tablets do?
Re: Bloody hell ...
Reducing the time between donations might bloody help, too. Your body recovers from a blood donation within 4 - 6 weeks usually, so many countries limit it to 8 weeks between donations to be on the safe side. Here, we make it 12 weeks, which is far too long. No wonder you're short on blood supplies when a punter can only donate 4 pints a year!
Armchair activism put to good use for once. Kinda sad that any kind of altruism is far more effective if you give someone the option to tell everyone about it on their Facebook feed.
"Ubuntu's menu of the future"?
You mean that autocompleter they swiped straight out of KDE (right before they dropped support for KDE)?
5 downvotes already? U MAD, FANBOYS?
Heresy! Opera works everywhere, always, and better than anyone else. :-p
What's with the focus on the extensions API anyway? A year or two ago, wasn't the party line that Opera didn't *need* extensions because it was already perfect, extensions make Firefox bloated, blah blah yadda yadda?
Hoping Huawei do as well as predicted, as they're one of the companies to have promised Tizen phones later this year. Bring it on!
Re: Newell ... advocate of Linux ... dislike for Microsoft's Windows 8
"If so you'd have to have Linux and Windows versions of every single game, and that relies on the developers bothering to do so"
The Mac gaming market isn't a patch on the PC one, but they have support for it, and more games are being made dual-platform (or being ported to Mac if they prove to be successful). I'm in Windows at the minute so I can't check, but I seem to remember at least 30 of my approx 200 games working on Mac. It'll just take time to develop, and I think the Linux market are hungry for it to be honest, whether the purists whine about DRM or not.
"Linux users are stereotyped as not being overly fond of paying for software - whether this is accurate I'll let the Linux users answer, and would be interested to hear."
I believe that this is the exact opposite of the truth, to be honest. Linux users don't just pay for software - they willingly donate to it. Using my Humble Bundle example from further up the thread, they release all their games on all three platforms, with pay-what-you-like donations to charity, and Linux users have topped the donation scales every single time, followed by Mac users and lastly by Windows users. We'll definitely pay, but only for quality.
Wasn't code referring to a Linux port found in the beta of the Mac client or something? Seem to remember that. Anyway, with regard to Steam on Linux, three words:
OK, it's a smaller portion of the market, but percentage-wise Mac isn't exactly the majority, and Steam for Android appeared first! And while the major publishers might see all PC gamers, and especially Linux nerds, as freeloaders, the Humble Bundles have proven every single time that Linux nerds pay for quality software, and pay more. That, coupled with the huge increase in the size of the PC indie market (thanks in large part to AAA publisher hate and Steam love) makes me more optimistic that this time it'll actually happen.
Re: @Greg J Preece
Really? The guy pleaded guilty, accepted the fine and apologised. Compare that to other celebs, such as - oh, I dunno - Paris Hilton. The woman had a petition to stop her going to jail for repeated drunk driving offences, claiming that she should be immune because she brought excitement to otherwise mundane lives (I shit you not).
And please explain to me why a rich person should be fined more for the same offence than a less wealthy person. I'm getting rather tired of this recent notion that success = evil. "How dare you make money in exactly the way I'd love to?" The same crime requires the same punishment.*
*Between individuals. I don't believe, however, that companies should be punished on the same scale - see Google being fined $25k.
Re: Fina aside, not really a punishment is it
Surely an entire hunting season (or the latter half of one/first half of the next, etc) would be covered under "a year."
From my perspective, I might not agree with Nugent on a lot of things, but you've got to give the guy props for straight-up apologising for what he did and taking it on the chin. He didn't try to weasel out or blame anyone else, he just accepted responsibility and said sorry. Fair play.
Does anyone else think that Gabe Newell is sat somewhere cackling and rubbing his hands? Given that his is not only the largest online distribution system, but that it's one of the few with a concept of pricing...
I bought a dozen second hand games from the "please will someone take this stock" end of CeX's website the other day. Cost me practically nothing, but I can almost guarantee that I'm going to get into at least one franchise through this, and that will generate future purchases from me.
Unless, of course, you do something dickheaded like this.
Re: Hollywoods already rubbing it's hands together
@Bill - Beat me to it. I was going to point out the irony of the guy who made Aliens founding Weyland-Yutani.
Not seen the Agenda before, but it looks seriously nifty. Always wanted to try out a chordboard - they still exist as USB peripherals aimed at RSI sufferers. Want to see how fast I could get my typing speed up on one.
Re: Happy birthday old pal
And me! First bit of programming I ever did, at a ridiculously young age, and all because the introductory programming manual had a wizard on the front cover, and a kaleidoscope program in the back...
My Speccy, Speccy+ (hard keyboard) and ZX81 are all still going strong, though I did lose my joystick interface. :-(
Re: The New Justice[tm]
Thing is, no matter how much the software developers (whose point of view I do appreciate) complain about MegaUpload, it had legitimate uses, like every other file sharer on the net. When MU went dead, so did half the links in the KDE theming/widget system, as the hobbyists who made all that stuff used MU as a reliable, fast method of distributing it. Everything on the net that copies anything can be used for piracy - should we just shut the net down? Allowing attacks like those seen against MegaUpload set a precedent that basically any service can be taken down any time the music/record/software industry says so.
Which is bullshit.
Re: The New Justice[tm]
"if some german bloke didn't get rich off making it easy for people to copy for free what we've spent years working on"
Dotcom invented the file-copy command...?
Man promptly replied "Fuck you then, I'm off to steal some from Saturn. We don't need your self-obsessed ass."
OK....that was completely irrelevant.
I wonder if the other Cameron (Kirk) will pay any attention to these findings...
@MaXimaN - Re: N900 upgrade path
The Desire Z is not far off the age of the N900. (Did it get an S upgrade? Don't think so.) The Mini Pro got a refresh but it's too damn small. Plus, the reason I'm on an N900 is: I don't want Android!
Re: Anyone remember...
Pro-tip: people can tell you're a shill when you:
a) Post anonymously
b) Use the word "synergies".
Definitely a PR invasion on this thread. Sorry guys, this is El Reg. Not gonna wash. And this is coming from a guy who actually kinda likes Windows Phone. One of my phones is a Lumia 800, and holy damn is it fast. Just missing quite a few bits of software...
Re: N900 upgrade path
Can't agree. The N9 is a nice phone and I like MeeGo, but Nokia abandoned another OS at launch, and the N9 has no keyboard. Now, if I could get my hands on an N950, that would be ace, but I'm stuck on my N900 for now. Going to go SIM-only and wait to see what happens with Tizen.
Someone make a proper smartphone with a bloody keyboard. Please? Please??
"In any case, said Munster, the timing of the iPhone 5's launch doesn't matter: it'll so impress, fanboys and regular punters will snap it up."
Well just how the fucking fuck would you know? How does he know it'll have a "revolutionary" new design? How can he know one damned thing about a design he almost certainly hasn't seen?
One of the few good applications of 3DTV, but 23" is just too small. The TV hanging on my wall is 40", and I used to have a 52". Make one that size and we'll talk.
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