2231 posts • joined Wednesday 10th June 2009 08:25 GMT
Minimum width of 1366 pixels? So how come after installation (before driver installs) it runs at 1024x768?
Re: I overheard a guy on the train the other night
The Windows key on a Mac is the cloverleaf/command/whatevertheballsyoucallit button to the left of the spacebar.
Re: KDE FTW!!!
Couldn't agree more. KDE might not be (by default) the prettiest or slickest UI in the world, and people looking at a fresh install might just think "Windows clone", but to me it's a well established system with a great app suite, and every single corner of it just bristles with config options.
How big do you want your panel? Should it be translucent? What should it contain, and do you need more than one? What widgets do you want on which screen at what size with what options? Do you want to ditch the whole thing and just have an icon-based launcher on the desktop? Should this window be solo, part of a group, sit on top, or drop its surround altogether?
If you're the kind of person who wants things to work your way, KDE is brilliant. It doesn't take long to config, as pretty much everything is GUI controlled, and once it's kitted out, everything you need is exactly where you want it. Been using it for years, and having played with GNOME/Unity from time to time, I can't see myself going back. (That is, on a desktop. Tried Ubuntu TV at the MWC and it looks fantastic.)
Safe mode can now only be activated by launching a normal boot and selecting it as a reboot option...
Who the fuck thought that was a good idea??
I don't want to live...
...on this planet any more.
Downloading now. Looks interesting...as with others, I'm really not sure about removing the Start button, but at least they're trying. I'm actually kinda warming to Metro, but not on the desktop. The whiplash I get from moving to and from it is just too much.
Judging by this thread and others I've read, the common theme is "it's a really nice system, but we're waiting until it comes down a bit". Sony had better get on with those price cuts and take an initial-loss approach if they don't want this thing to suddenly flop like the 3DS did.
Nice anti-Linux rant there, but at what point did I make any reference to it going mainstream? I was only talking about it being supported through the use of OpenGL.
"...eliminate color except for notification or status change purposes on the page and tools palette."
In other IDEs I use, the colours are *essential*, indicating everything from errors/conflicts to versioning status. What made them think this was a good idea?
"And why the spite against a successful company that makes good, attractive hardware and software that real people like, even enjoy?"
Or worship? I mean, who doesn't say a quick prayer or two to Lord Jobs in the morning, before work? It's just a personal belief, and I'm entitled to it. Who are you to say that Apple didn't invent the wheel? Were you there? Can you prove it, or is this just another "theory"?
The ones to watch out for are the non-believers, these angry atheists. They'll distort history with lies, tell you that Apple are a litigious bunch of shitheads that gained a position through slick marketing and are now attempting to hold onto it with lawyers rather than innovation. I mean, we all know that Android is an evil communist plot. I've read the holy letters of Saint Steve, and it's right there in black and white. He said it, I believe it, that's an end of it.
</creationist_parody> (For thickos.)
I don't think Windows will die, as you put it. I can certainly see its market share being drastically reduced, as we've seen with IE. Computing consumers these days are a bit more savvy to alternatives, and the ones that aren't are drawn in by Apple's shiny gimmickery. But I don't think it will die, simply because of what depends on it.
Games, for example, largely require DirectX, and while it's heartening to see the recent dearth of excellent indie PC games that have gone tri-platform (check out the Humble Bundles), all the big-name stuff is pretty much Windows only, with the odd one getting a Mac port a year down the line. If the death of Windows were the target, then lashings of money would need to be spent beefing up OpenGL and moving onto it. I'd love for that to happen (games on Linux woo), but I don't think it will.
Re: Re: can you still cry with both eyes gouged out?
Don't worry, I was five seconds away from making the same joke.
I'm trying to summon up some sympathy for Apple, but every time I do I end up howling with laughter.
It's not the console - compared to a 3DS and even the original PSP at launch it's pretty reasonable. It's the games. It should not even be possible to pay £40 or more for a portable game, unless it's bundled with the PS3 copy as well.
Re: What's the obsession with 'thinnest'?
Amen. People are always criticising my smartphone for being a "brick". Erm...what? My original mobile phone came with a belt clip and could only text in upper-case, and an N series is a brick because it has a proper keyboard and a decent camera?
I couldn't give two shits if another phone is a few mm thinner - what does that gain me anyway? A more fragile device? If it's an extra 20g heavier, will my weak, crippled hands not be able to heft it all the way to my head?
No, of course not. It's just faddish elitism.
Re: And that may be true...
"It's definitely likely to be certainly possible that there was an ask-no-questions ethos pervading the NotW, allegedly."
My favourite sentence of the week. QOTW, El Reg?
Re: Spark Tablet
Genuinely not being a dick, but that's a tablet. :-p
Let me guess - Murdoch still claims to have had no idea this was going on. It's totally despicable, he'd never condone it, yadda yadda.
Nice idea, and I genuinely think that a portable personal "core" that you carry and connect to shells tailored for a given task is a possible future of computing.
That said, quit pissing around and make a smartphone already! Maemo/MeeGo are dead in the water (again), and everyone and their dog's moving to dumbed-down walled-off systems that send a packet back to the manufacturer every time you pick your nose. Canonical making a phone is my last hope for a useful Linux-based device that drops the irritating hardware abstraction, lets me hack it to bits as I see fit, and is actually natively capable of performing advanced tasks and getting things done.
You know - A BLOODY SMARTPHONE!
Lots of downvoting in this thread. We got a bot around here?
Anyway, my arse that's a desktop client. Look at the rendering on the checkboxes - that's a webpage, that is. Carved up version of the Hotmail style interface. If it's a desktop app, why not show the window frame?
"Windows Internet Explorer is the browser that respects your privacy."
Windows 8, on the other hand...
(Seriously, if you install Win8, for god's sake hit "customise" and uncheck the million "send your data to us" options.)
This was announced last weekend, and I believe that it could be pre-loaded, so hopefully Steam anticipated that waaaay in advance.
I'm just brassed off that Killing Floor was piss cheap again this week. Every time that happens the harder servers flood with CoD/L4D playing newbies who reckon they're tough. They spawn into a game at level 0, cause a huge zombie spawn, get massacred, and rage quit, leaving the regular players on their own against a horde.
Re: There are some good indy games on the Nintendo eShop
My first ever Wii points card came through the post today (Sin and Punishment the intended target), and I am <b>dreading</b> using it. For a start, it means having to use the bloody store with that bloody interface and that bloody elevator music.
Secondly, the card doesn't just come as a card, oh no. It comes with a DVD, and you just <b>know</b> that it'll be another patronising, repetitive for-fuckwits tutorial that you must watch to continue your task, a la Motion Plus. Five minute unskippable retard-guides, that's what my console was misssing...
This has been the problem with Nintendo for years, but the fanboys refuse to admit or accept it. They just re-hash the same Mario and Zelda games every few years with very little in the way of actual innovation. (No, fanboys, gimmicky controllers and screens everyone stops using after they realise how much they suck do NOT count as gaming innovation.)
I have both console and handheld Nintendo platforms in my armoury, but finding decent games for them is a real challenge, wading through tides of shit and shovelware. That's why Mario games on the consoles continue to command insane prices years after release - because there's nothing else worth playing.
The Sony and MS consoles might have their own shitty "mainstream" titles that they roll out over and over, but at least the other developers are making enough of an effort that you can leave that well-trodden road and find the good stuff.
Re: Sounds familiar
Sure sounds familiar to me - Skype!
Synchronises my chats between my phones, all my computers, my Sony kit, my e-reader...
Re: nearly 7 million quid to tidy up *one* piece of space junk?
If they're only 30cm long, I imagine the plan is to send up lots of them at once. Get the prototype working, then chuck a few dozen into a single rocket and hit go.
There's a similar Space Quest pack that got released some years back, comes in a DVD slim case.
There's also the slew of Atari porn games from Mystique in '82.
Now, don't get me wrong, because I *love* Okami, but I thought the ending wasn't that good. The last boss was a bloody insult. Some really creative, fun bosses before that, with personalities no less, and the last enemy is just a cheap, beardy robot who never so much as taunts you. "In that room there is the big bad, go murder him."
Hmm, anything from before 2004 in there? Looks like another survey handed out to 13 year olds.
Personally, the most memorable for me was probably HL2, when time stops and the G-man just walks out at you. That was bloody cool.
Mass Effect is just one B5 rip-off after another, so despite its excellent presentation my brain wouldn't let me get excited by the not-great-machine at not-Babylon-5 about to be fired by the not-Drakh.
The cockles of my heart were warmed the other day when I finally got hold of Super Stardust Delta on the Vita and found that there is an entire play mode dedicated to turning all that motion control/touchscreen bullshit off, and playing properly. Kick ass!
Amen! Shinier kit and fancier controllers do not make for better games. Even with the Wii turning into a shitpile of shovelware and the Kinect/Move largely falling flat on their arse for anything other than "party" (read: crap) games and 8-year-olds, console manufacturers have realised how much money they can make off all that peripheral goodness.
I just don't get it. Back on the PS2 it was nigh-on impossible to persuade people to buy a Guncon2, but people will queue for midnight releases for a bloody Kinect.
One thing that I think is weirdly true - the manufacturers are in danger of creating a generation of consoles that gamers don't want to play. And once the magpies get over their latest fad, there could be some interesting fallout.
"Tomlinson was not shot."
What's your point? It's police thuggery that went completely unpunished, as usual.
"Duggan was a thug and a drug dealer, his shooting was murky but hardly a great loss to society. Using this a reason for the riots is unjustified."
Wow, you are a toad, aren't you? It's OK if we kill the people you don't agree with, then? Should I expect a Met raid this evening? And if you read my comment, I said that the riots were started when protests against the police killing were themselves clamped down on. Suppression of demonstration *is* a damn good reason for further protest, and it leading to the riot is pretty obvious.
"Forest gate incident, the shooting was unfortunate but he didn't die."
Again, what's your point - maiming people you don't like is OK?
"One of them did have child porn images on his mobile phone but was let off on a technicality."
The images that had been added to and subsequently immediately deleted from the phone several years prior? Yeah, that's a technicality... Because the CPS were just *begging* for a reason not to prosecute the guy and find some excuse for the raid, right?
@Chris W - Wanna bet?
"Perhaps you could tell us all when an incident occurred prior to that, there hasn't been one since."
Not only did the police waste an awful lot of money raiding the homes of innocent men and shooting them, but when questions were raised, they accused one of the men of being a paedophile. Classy.
The Police's original line on Ian Tomlinson was that they bravely tried to save a collapsed man while evil nasty protesters attacked them...that turned out to be kinda bullshit.
Met lied about Mark Duggan shooting at them first, then started the riots by going after protesters.
These were off the top of my head. Want me to actually try?
I actually have an official Microsoft branded WinME coaster. It's a bit shiny, but it's big enough to take even the largest beer tankard.
"The practical impact of withholding unrestricted access to the patented technology from use by the Web community will be to substantially impair the usability of the Web for hundreds of millions of individuals in the United States and around the world."
Around the world? Which two shits are we supposed to give about the US' latest patent balls-up?
I was wondering when Google were going to get around to this, given that Firefox/Opera have had it since pretty much the start. The one advantage of my Firefox sync account though - no-one's reading my data at the other end, unless that encryption key is a big fib.