2690 posts • joined Wednesday 10th June 2009 12:27 GMT
@Fab De Marco
"I just can't wait for Star Wars style Hologram TV's to take off."
What, small, grainy, monochromed see-thru images? I'm ok thanks :-)
Agree with all your other stuff re: 3D though. With luck it will be a passing fad (saw interesting numbers a while ago saying that teens, presumably the target, were rejecting 3D in favour of 2D films - fingers crossed)
Land of the free
@DrXym - "Google will (as one might expect) make reasonable accommodations for various ethnic naming conventions."
Such as only having one name, as in India or other non-Western societies who may well live in America?
@Crazy Ops Guy - "Non-discrimination only applies to Government organizations and employment"
Really?? Didn't realise that - so in effect, in the US, a shop can refuse service to someone based on race, colour, religion or sex? Not the case in the UK due to the Race Relations Act(s).
Huh. So you're OK with the fact that Google is also excluding certain ethnic and/or religious groups with this "rule" that they're free to make up? Try looking in India for example.
Even better, surely with this tech (the shutter/two images) your missus could be watching Come Dine With Me on the same TV as you playing GTA??
I've gone quite weak at the knees at that very thought...
"that means the moon is only 244444 miles away"
Erm, yes. That's about right. It's ~250,000 miles away at the furthest point. Apologies if there's some weird sarcasm going on in your post that I'm missing...
"Leopard users can update directly without having to buy Snow Leopard."
The Ts and Cs still require Snow Leopard to be there (the minimum req's are OSX 10.6.6). There is no (legit) upgrade path from Leopard to Lion, you are paying for exactly the same product that you're downloading from the App Store, but at a $39 premium. Our math[s] skills are just fine thanks.
Plus regardless of this, you know fine well Apple could sell a DVD version for a helluva lot cheaper.
By "hard coded, non-reusable", I meant the USB key.
PS check the system requirements, regardless of whether it's download or USB, the system requirements are "OSX 10.6.6" which is Snow Leopard - you can't (legally) upgrade from Leopard.
I wondered that. It's almost like we've been living in a fairytale or an M Night Shyamalan film.
Instead of saying "oops, we f***ed up with that original speculation of a new iPad in 6 months" to, "ah, they really wanted to, but can't. We can't show you any proof of that though"
I could almost accept the "no physical product" sales pitch, but to whack it onto a (presumably hard coded, non-reusable) USB key instead of just pressing a DVD is just lunacy, even without the $40 overhead. Even from an environmental viewpoint, surely DVD is better??
The Snow Leopard retail pack was sensibly tiny (compared to Windows 7's big honkingly awful orange plastic box, say), being a slightly thicker than average cardboard sleeve.
"Second, it's critical to remember who buys Android devices versus iOS devices: kids buy Android ("It's cheap!") while adults largely buy iOS ("Pricey, but it makes me cool with the other soccer dads!"). Guess which group will be buying devices long into the future?"
This assumes that kids will never ever changed their mind and the market won't change at all. As kids, we were all buying Nokia. I don't see many of those kids that are now grown-ups sticking with their 3310s.
"some are suggesting its just a complicated protest against the overriding power of the establishment"
Learn the rules people, establishment knows best:
"It's a bigger number, so people will think it must be better! We'll call it Firefox 623"
But market research (of which testing with users falls under the umbrella) only tells you so much. Quite often market research involves getting a bunch of people to try something out for financial reward (focus groups) and they're just so pleased to be there, they'll tell you what you want to hear.
Besides, unless they had to scrap a whole heap of unsold goods, I'm sure they either made some money off this, or at the very least expanded their knowledge in the mobile/tablet market.
syllabub is correct
Think of it this way. If a friend of mine has my phone number and "syncs" his contacts with his phone, FB now has my phone number without my permission. Although they're not sharing it with anyone except the person who put it there, why on earth do you think that will remain the same?
Bottom line, a "friend" has technically (but probably unwittingly) given my phone details to FB, without my knowledge or consent, and FB have stored it.
re: No HDMI or DVI out?
"Has the reviewer made a mistake? Is there not even DVI out for DVI to HDMI (which is just a connector and does support HDCP)"
You know it's not a graphics card, right? The only thing it can output (on component) is whatever it's being fed from the input - nothing from the PC. Not great not having an HDMI passthru, but not life threatening for what it's intended.
"with lossless compression, you indiscriminately remove information before compressing if you want to achieve the same final size."
Dear Lord, do you actually engage the brain before spouting such nonsense, or just let it flow naturally?? Lossless = lossless. You start with the digital file, you compress it as best you can, but only in a way where you can recreate the original sound. Zip is a good example of lossless. Try zipping a text file, and unzipping it. Do you get a synopsis of the document?
You only have to walk down the same street as their stores to start gagging..
But in their defence, you've missed the eco-friendliness of it. The reason you can smell it all is because they don't use packaging. Just because soap is strong smelling, doesn't make it a pollutant, or artificial. They also don't test on animals.
I still can't bear to walk past a store though..
Not holding breath..
.. does it improve upon the UI currently embedded with the PS3? i.e. the only way to really control it is through the PS3 controller, defeating the purpose of having the BD Remote that works for pretty much every other function (bar games, natch)? I'm not holding my breath..
You missed how the only reason she had to go to the NHS was because she f**ked up with her private healthcare. She managed to piss off the "jobsworth" receptionist further by explaining that she didn't need to be registered and that they couldn't possibly require her medical notes.
Waste of oxygen, turns into an (accidental) fundraiser - I'm torn!
As mentioned, it's not a hack. It's also not something that can ever be defended against really, unless you have a network time server for the game to check against (which this apparently doesn't). The host device's time settings are gospel.
Unfortunately, I can't say I'd have done this when I was 10. But only because my C64 didn't have a real time clock that I could manipulate like this. Do creating my own Action Replay codes to search for the "number of lives" register count??
"with the text already public it will be a hard fight to win"
Not really, it can still be dismissed as evidence regardless of how widespread it is - common knowledge can be excluded from trials if its deemed to have been obtained. The (now) ease-of-access is irrelevant to the argument and jurists can be instructed to ignore facts they know from outside the trial. Whether they do or not, or are subconsciously influenced is another matter...
re: not liking card
As pointed out, cash costs just as much if not more to handle than plastic. However, any retailer that knows what they're doing has already factored the costs of financial reconciliation into their overheads, be it cash or plastic. There is *always* a transaction fee, be it cheque, card, cash etc, it's just hidden somewhere that's quite difficult to extract and explicitly say "this is more expensive".
"Upvoters, show yourselves"
I'm not sure where you think that an upvote of any of the above comments was justifying anything? Regardless, there are plenty of arguments both for and against, with "lesser of two evils" seemingly the prevailing argument for.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debate_over_the_atomic_bombings_of_Hiroshima_and_Nagasaki if you really want to find out more, but do you really think this is the place for it??
"With 4G on board wouldn't it be quicker to rent some time on Amazon's servers to crack the WPA encyption? Let's face it, 5 hours is a long time to stay aloft trying to pick a lock"
That's exactly what it does - it connects to a backend server, passes the encrypted data to it and waits for the brute force to be done.
You'd never get enough power up there for a GPU powerful enough to run brute force, let alone keep the plane in the air.
Not to mention
How eco-friendly does a probe in orbit around Jupiter need to be anyway? It could have a dirty great coal fire going up there and it would actually be *more* eco-friendly (less coal that could be burnt here)
"Why did they need a send-date?"
Because it's a third party system that sends more than exam results one day a year I would imagine. Would seem a bit extreme for the SQA to have their own system specifically for this purpose.
"Personally, wherever possible I've been shifting my alliegances to companies that employ British staff; next year I'm planning to shift my banking business to Santandair, but don't tell my current bank yet!"
Well, every bank in the UK employs British staff, just not exclusively. And if you believe that "Santandair" [sic] only employs British staff then you've not only believed the hype, but missed the fact that it's a Spanish bank.
Ah... the ironies
You mock me for having a pseudonym, and use the anonymous tag. You mention stupidity taxes, yet manage to double-post. You miss the whole point of the "appeal" where it's primary reason for being is in the cases where the accusation is false.
Where do you get the impression I'm unable to help myself from downloading pirate stuff? Since when is borrowing or blagging a copy (assuming you mean it literally) a crime?
Utter, utter fail, but thanks for playing.
Not a sign of loudness
How much you can hear of a person's music is seldom an indicator of how loud the headphones are turned up, but how crap/cheap the headphones (or, normally, earbuds) are. None of the last (I'd guess) 3 sets of headphones/buds leaked audio to the outside world.
Ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat
So, Mr Record Exec besmirches my good name and I get to pay £20 to prove him wrong? Perhaps so, but I would expect that this should fall under the definition of legal aid. Otherwise it gives Mr Record Exec the opportunity to blow me out of the water financially (what's to stop him from giving me 10,000 warnings?)
Utterly, utterly mental. At least try and balance it slightly, say you pay £20 for a failed appeal, but equally have something to come back on Mr Record Exec - that a successful appeal results in him paying a £20K fine for a false accusation (or "libel" as a court may like to call it).
The alternative (and preferable?)
The BlackGold BGT3620 is the alternative I believe, and while it's an internal PCI express card, it operates as a dual DVB-T2 tuner. Is roughly the same price bracket I think.
You're right though, the T2 devices are expensive, as in the case of all new tech. My original DVB-T (single tuner) cost £100 way back when. In fact I recall my analogue Win-TV card costing upwards of £80 in the late 90s.
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