Heh, fair point. He did actually seem convinced that the cable "quality" made a difference though.
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The branding will also, hopefully, stop retailers from charging ridiculous amounts for cabling with no extra benefits: the gear should work exactly the same, whether it costs ten bucks or a thousand.
Yeah, that'll never fuckin' happen. I remember buying an Aquos a few years back, and the salesman arguing to the hilt that the $80 HDMI cable would produce better results than my $5 ones. He really wouldn't drop it, and then I found out he had three of the expensive ones at home.
No sale, mate.
The restriction-by-library thing? Yeah, that's shitty. Works for me though, because I'm sharing my library with a friend on the other side of the Atlantic. When he's gaming, I'm working, and when I'm gaming he's asleep. ;-)
Re: Oh, why Steam?
When I want to play a game, I want to play it when I sit down, not when Steam decides that it has server capacity to see if I may play it
Ummmm....what? If you're referring to having to download the game, I am not entirely certain that the Internet is Steam's fault. If you're referring to some mythical capacity check when starting an already-installed game...well yeah, those don't exist.
I shouldn't read threads on Sony stories with my drinking game to hand.
Someone still whining about the rootkit thing when even the format it happened on is dying fast...down the pint.
My main slave the Imp is brought to life with a click of the mouse and a cheeky “Yipee!”
OK, I have played this game far too much to not go all pedantic on your ass. That's what they say when you drop them. When they're born they do this odd half-laugh thing - "Nyh-ha-ha".
DK is one of my all-time favourite games. I still have the DK Gold big box, the sequel, and I have the GoG version permanently installed on my Windows partition just in case I want to make someone miserable.
The Deeper Dungeons though....now there's an expansion pack that will eat your face for breakfast.
Re: Nailed it
It would appear that you consider "good analysis" to be that which agrees with or reinforces your own particular prejudices.
Almost any article on El Reg which concern Apple is little more than troll-bait and is followed by the inevitable troll-fest.
I think you might be the person with the issue you describe...
Re: Surprisingly disappointing (because of a lack of awareness)
First I raised an eyebrow, then I clicked on Jurassic's name and scrolled through a litany of posts, every single one of which was either praising an Apple product to the eyeballs, or attacking another product for not being as good as an Apple one.
Well, at least you're consistent.
So those were NSA launches, then?
Wait, why do you have to pay to queue?
Re: And meanwhile in the real world
If the chance of getting caught was the same, but the sentence was, say, 100 years no parole (EXAMPLE FFS), then the weighing up of immediate gain vs the worst outcome would surely have an effect?
Do you have a single example of where higher sentencing actually deterred crime? In the US, merely possessing a drug can give you a mandatory 5 year jail term, and there are parts of the country that will literally kill you stone dead for certain crimes - do those crimes happen any less frequently? Nope.
I gotta be honest, it was flawless for me. The one gotcha is getting it to show up in the first place, but that's just a case of making sure your Win8.0 OS is fully up to date on security patches and the like. Once I actually started the 8.1 upgrade it worked perfectly, and I gained back a ton of SSD space.
The opening article states there's no bounce in other operating systems, but Win 8.1 has gone from 0% to over 8% in a year, with Win8 only dipping by a single percent point. Wouldn't that indicate that the Windows 8 family is on the rise?
"Five per cent, meanwhile, stumbled by including
irrelevant Android names, descriptions or screenshots in their application submissions."
Fixed that for you.
It's obscure reference time!
If you turn the bracelet around, does it project a countdown on your forearm...?
Men are shit.
Men are shit.
Men are shit.
Men are shit.
Men are shit.
Hey men, wanna come live with us? Why not?
What, every time??!!
Yes, Winston. Every time.
It wasn't meant to be a cliché factory either....
New rule: if you're going to constantly compare X government action to 1984 in the usual tiring Daily Mail way, you have to have read it first.
Re: platform independant hahahahahahahahahahahahahhahaha
That's what you do all the time with your PC. New gfx card this year, oh a new PSU because the last one wasn't meaty enough, oh more memory, oh new CPU is out so new mobo and...
Actually, it isn't. I can get PC components that will outclass console gear for not a lot of money, and sit on them for years at a time. Last PC was 7 years old when I ditched it, and that was because I moved. This new scratch-build didn't cost me all that much, and it can blitz anything currently on the market without blinking. I imagine I'll sit on this for quite some time too.
If I do decide that I want to upgrade a part of it, I can. And with a console?
Were you expecting that games would miraculously work for Linux overnight? Valve doesn't have a $make_linux_worky_time_now variable in their code, you know.
I find it interesting that we didn't have this same kind of FUD and blah-blah about it being completely pointless when the OSX version came out. Perhaps - and this is just my defective brain at work - more games will appear on Linux over the course of time? Most indie games I look at now seem to release for all three platforms.
I was in the Steam for Linux beta. Back then I had around 30 games available to play, mostly Valve. Now I have 130, so perhaps a better way of looking at it is that the number of available games for the platform has more than quadrupled since release. I'll bet money it's got more games available than any of the new consoles, but no-one calls them pointless for being new.
Re: Browser emulator
Eventually they condescendingly acceded to that... in version 24 I think?
Right, and before that downloads were in a separate window, which I thought was irritating so I installed a plugin that moved it to a tab. Still had full progress reporting though. I can't recall ever using a version of firefox that didn't show me download progress.
Re: Browser emulator
Development tools aside, we were told we couldn't get a download progress bar "because that belonged in a plug-in", yet the sorry shit's got Twatter, Farcebook, and ObscureSocialThingMeToo integration right in the core.
Sorry, what? This is Firefox? I'm in it right now and downloads are under an icon to the right of the URL bar, with progress displayed just fine. And I haven't seen Facebook or Twitter any time other than when I request them as URLs. What are you on about?
Incidentally, KDE Linux here also, as well as Win8.1 and OSX Lion. Never seen what you're talking about in any Firefox version. Personally, I just removed three more add-ons from Firefox because their functionality had been built into core, so the trend for me is in the opposite direction to what you describe.
Re: Not such a big change
Er, this is the same with your basic debit card, the only difference is you swipe the stripe and then key in the pin. You can do this in the same 100s of places on the same terminal that could be compromised in the same way.
I've been tapping a lot recently, especially at the local 7-11. I have no idea what my tap limit is, but it seems to be ludicrously high - I put $200 through it a month ago and the reader just said "yep, sure" and processed the payment!
Re: PIN lengths here are variable... 4 digits is pathetic.
So what do you do when you travel outside of the enlightened Canada and are presented with a prompt for a 4 digit PIN? Will the first 4 digits work?
When I travel to the states and am lucky enough to get a chip machine, the longer pins work just fine. I believe the restriction is in the card, not the reader.
The part I never got with chip & pin was the 4-digit limit on PINs. Then I moved to Canada, and was both pleasantly surprised and frustrated to find that PIN lengths here are variable between 4 and 12 digits, according to user preference. I have a PIN at the higher end of that range as a result. 4 digits is pathetic.
IE isn't a bad browser any more. It hasn't been in a long time. That comment about web devs hating IE9 in the article - I sure as shit didn't. It wasn't exactly bleeding edge but it was far superior to all of its predecessors. IE in Win8.1 is a perfectly fast, stable browser, burdened with the reputation of some versions ago.
Re: They need to step up their game
Sluggish is right. Remember that patch earlier this year that brought the U's boot time "under 30 seconds". Thirty bloody seconds? My PC boots in seven! What the hell was the boot time before that?
As one user put it when the patch was announced:
Well shoot, this is usually time I spend doing laundry. Or building a car. Or learning to speak a new language. Or creating a new color in the spectrum (I think I'll call it "tulra").
Re: They need to drop the gimmicks.
Quite the reverse. The Wii was a stroke of genius, it brought Nintendo a whole demographic that was more or less completely ignored by Sony and Microsoft.
The problem with focusing previously on the "party market" is that they're very fickle. Just ask the guys that made Guitar Hero. The Wii was a trend, not a console, and the U is a pretty crap follow-up to that if you're going to try and keep the momentum. It doesn't hit the price point, it doesn't have the right games, and Nintendo's attitude to online play is absolutely lousy.
Re: Anecdote, anecdote, anecdote
The only oddity was that all of them kept presenting the update as available even after it had been installed.
That happens to me all the time on my Macbook Pro. The update will just reinstall itself over and over every time I run updates, if I let it.
Kudos to Apple for getting a fix out quickly (though I really wish they'd talk to people more before turning up whenever they feel like and handing down a fix from on high). Thing is: if Airs really were bricked by the previous update, how do they go about getting this one?
Re: Another hitchhikers quote might have been more appropiate...
"Ever thought of going into advertising?"
Re: Noooo! Noooo! Run away! Save yourself!
I don't see Holder offering you a couple of seats in our Senate.
No legislation without representation, eh? Maybe it's time we broke away from the overlords across the Atlantic...
Re: Just what the world needs
MS have gained traction with C# but that's really the stand-out counter-example in terms of a new "next best thing" language that has been adopted into the mainstream.
And let's be honest, while C# is a good language, that's also partly down to what came before it being so hideous.
The look of the Dock has been modified to look a bit like iOS, whilst the whole design looks a bit more Flat, which was the name for the beefed-up design of iOS 7, for those who remember.
So will the iFans ever come close to admitting that super-trendy Apple are now taking design cues from Microsoft? Because they totally are.
Re: I do both
My wife has a Netflix subscription, but she uses it far more often than I do; I've seen their selection, and there's not a whole lot there I'm interested in
Which country are you viewing it from? Netflix's catalogue varies wildly by territory. Its anime section in the UK, last time I checked, was a whopping eight titles.
Re: All well and fine, but...
Of course, as always, YMMV
It certainly might. As a re-telling of Kelly's Heroes with somewhat blacker humour, I thought Three Kings was great. :-D
But the tunnel thing doesn't bother me so much. I guess I'm so used to jumping through hoops to get around region issues with any gaming service that isn't Steam or Origin. I have a second browser permanently set to talk to a local SOCKS proxy, and firing up that tunnel is the work of seconds when I need it.
Re: All well and fine, but...
Every streaming service I've tried do NOT provide subtitling for the feature, and some have no intetion to ever provide subtitling, hiding behind clauses such as "the licence holder prevents.."
Netflix *definitely* has this, at least in NA. Grab yourself an SSH tunnel and enjoy.
I do both
I've long been an advocate of disc ownership, because you can watch what you like, when you like, and no one can control it or take it from you. That said, I now also have streaming subscriptions, because now that I live in Canada and Netflix doesn't suck, it's totally worth it. (Plus, I have the obligatory US connection to get the "proper" versions of Netflix and Hulu, which are both awesome.)
Being able to check out series I've heard of on a whim, legally, instantly, and with a surprisingly good indexing system is great. The recommendation system might be useless but most of my recommendations come from friends. Hulu's anime section is unbelievably good for a free service, and Netflix is well worth the $8 a month I pay for it.
That said, I do still buy discs, in two cases:
1) Something isn't available on streaming.
2) The content in question is something I really enjoy and want to have permanently available, especially as blu-ray.
So the library on my shelf is becoming a list of favourites in the highest available quality, and general watching is done via Netflix or Hulu. Honestly, I don't actually know anyone in Vancouver that even watches traditional TV any more.
Re: So, how do I stream when
Turn those devices off, unplug everything and basically, get a life!
Said the man on the online forum.
Is this now an obligatory thing here? The old-man moaning post about how online interactions somehow aren't real, the world was better when I was a kid, sweets were half a farthing, etc, etc? It's getting as tedious as the Opera fanboys invading anything to do with browsers. (Though they've quietened down since it became a Chrome clone, harf harf.)
I thought the optimisation was terrible, uPlay was its usual piece-of-shit self, the main storyline was garbage, and the hacking gameplay elements were pathetically shallow. Nice NPC AI though. Overall, thoroughly disappointed.
But then I've long since ignored El Reg opinions on games.
I guess I'm in a minority when I prefer the vehicle control scheme of Borderlands, which uses analogue input from the mouse to steer instead of digital input from the A and D keys.
Yeah, definitely in the minority there. I can get why you'd like analogue input for steering, but with the mouse? Halo on PC had that control scheme and it was bloody awful (but then Halo was bloody awful anyway).
Re: Popular commands...
Yes, but only to the extent that everything you do in Chrome is tracked. Or possibly less.
Have a guess why I don't use Chrome.
Re: Popular commands...
It's the same as when they were reporting how many enemies had been killed in games, how many combos had been done, etc. Microsoft's willingness to use these figures in their marketing demonstrates that everything you do on an Xbox 180 is tracked.
It really is the Xbox 180, isn't it?
Remember when Microsoft said this would never happen?
So now we have two consoles at the same price, with the same general capabilities, but one is getting PS Now, wasn't locked down, has better games (though naturally that's subjective), and is more powerful to start with.
Making your product more like the PS4 to stop people buying the PS4 isn't gonna work, just like making your game more like Call of Duty to take down Call of Duty does jack shit.
Neither did I, until they all responded to the article going "oh wow, Fluffle Puff!" ;-)
I realise that makes me sound cynical, but it's the truth.
No, it makes you sound like a fanboy.
"They're comparing the U's user experience to other consoles, those bastards! They should favourably compensate for the U's inferiority, but they don't, so it must be bribery."
Worked OK here upgrading Kubuntu on my desktop. Given that the laptop is a tri-boot hybrid-partition bootloader mess (thanks, Apple!) I might hold off on doing that one for now...
Being a developer, I do organize my data, my folders and my disks. I know where I put things and I must be sure of what copy of a given program I am launching in order to properly interpret the results.
I'm also a developer, and my projects folders are meticulously organised. But am I going to click into a file explorer, then down through level after level to get to the right spot, or am I going to type a few letters of the filename and select the right version from the results? KDE will show me the version or path of what I'm about to hit, so it works pretty well.
Re: The fixation with 'serarch' for everything
Why search for everything? Because it fits well with a keyboard-centric way of working. Unity is pretty meh unless you're a keyboard freak, then it effortlessly outstrips everything else out there.
Amen. If your work is keyboard-intensive (I'm a programmer, myself) as opposed to mouse/tablet/other arty things, then quick-search is the very best. I used to be that guy that slavishly organised all his menus, back in the XP days, but since the advent of first KDE 4 and then Windows 7, I've started using quick-search for everything. Hit ALT+F2 or the Windows key (depending on system), type what I want, hit enter. All the programs I use that have different versions are tagged as such at installation, so it works really well for me. It's also why the Windows 8 Start Screen on my desktop and laptop doesn't even remotely bother me any more - if you're a keyboard user then it works pretty much identically to the Win7 menu, so who cares?
Horses for courses, naturally, but that's what's great about Linux. If the way Unity does something isn't for you, install something else.
Lastly, I definitely agree with the person above who said that a lot of small changes over time make a big difference. Even without comparing KDE 4.0 to its current state, I have to use XP from time to time, and going back to it now feels like using a dinosaur. I guess it depends how static your working methods are over time, but using XP now just pisses me off. Its reputation is far in excess of what it deserves.
Re: Still beats the alternaives
I started learning C# / .NET 4 in earnest recently so I can leap across to another project, and I quite like some of the stuff in there. The concepts behind the CLR, CTS, etc seem sound enough, and as an experiment I wrote an interface in Visual Studio to control an LED sign over a serial connection - 6 lines of code! Seemed pretty nice to me.
What about it drove you potty? Advance warning is always appreciated. ;-)
No idea at all, I'm afraid. I read a blog post or two that alluded to some security settings getting flipped in the bowels of the system, far beyond the GUI, and Fiddler being required to re-enable access, but the fix looked a little dodgy to me. Fortunately it seems to be OK now.