Re: What a waste
3036 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
Depends on your content delivery system. I find freeview as good as analogue ever was on the primary channels. The compressed-to-buggery channels are less so, but the content usually warrants that... I have noticed on parents VM box that the quality of the same channel can vary enormously, but the freeview multiplexes are standardised.
Still, it doesn't help that your TV is massive compared with what it would have been like even 10 years ago :-) Try watching it on a 24" box and see if it's watchable then
"Given the general nature of our beloved readerbase, there are those in the office who now confidently anticipate our follower total hanging paralysed for months at 9,998 - but we're sure these curmudgeons have misjudged you all."
<cough> because none of those curmudgeons figured that someone would have had the nous to create two Twitter accounts. Either not so bright, or massively underestimate the average Reg reader..
Beancounters will be blinded and confused by the terminology! As an example, think how many invoices for "virtual power supply" and "virtual LCD monitor" for each virtualised server you can redirect to the IT slush fund!
Hell, you can even then later invoice for the WEEE compliant disposal of those virtual LCD monitors. Virtual toxins used in the manufacture can be dangerous to Second Life/WoW players and leave the company open to expensive lawsuits...
Not least for that line alone, glad to see them back :-)
1) *he* didn't film it, one of the women did
2) *he* didn't know it existed (IIRC)
3) *he* didn't release the video
4) *he* didn't publish stills accompanied by allegations it was a Nazi related
In short, he did something entirely legal in private which is now in the public domain with defamatory narrative attached. Other than having sexual desires different to yours (S&M with multiple partners), I don't think he did something "stupid" that he can "learn from". It's worth noting that he already tried to (reasonably IMO) get an injunction against anyone publishing the video, but lost as the judge ruled it was already out there.
"So, what you're saying is that Google should block anything that matches "Max+Mosely+sex+video"?"
Erm, no, I think you missed the sarcasm.
Even though I haven't used them in at least 20 years, I still remember the colour coding on the Game Boy bundled buds - blue=left, red=right.
Pretty much any bud I buy these days are either marked or are asymmetric in design so that left/right is ruddy obvious. Quite a cool idea for switching to mono automatically though.
On a slightly related note (games being pocket change), the number of comments I see on game/apps reviews rating it "1 star as it's not worth the price" when they're talking about a 59p game is incredible, occasionally you see it applied to free games too where they may not be great, but still provide at least 10 minutes of entertainment... for nothing. Fav example at the moment is the modernised Dizzy game.
I only mention this as I'm not always sure that people will stick with the "m'eh, what's £x?" argument once they acclimatise to the new price point - people will forever demand a bargain and a cheaper-than-what-they-currently-pay product. Be an interesting (but likely unworkable) experiment to launch an abysmal game on the App Stores with a negative price, i.e. you're paid to download it and see the results...
And what data do you think they're keeping about you? From the sign-up process I went through, they asked for an email address (entirely disposable - one time verification needed), username/password (if you give anything vaguely important to your ID, then hell mend you), date of birth (no need to provide anything accurate - I didn't) and region (which is explicitly exempt from the data collection, and even if it isn't, is used to ascribe which regional variation you receive, so pick somewhere close).
The *only* thing they can glean about me or any other user is "people who like watching BBC1 at this time, also watch BBC2 at this time" etc. Highly valuable to TV marketing and scheduling types, absolutely worthless when it comes to spamming me or selling data I consider as personal. They can also (apparently) target the adverts better at the beginning of each stream. Good luck to them.
I never bothered installing the app, I just go straight to the website. Is there any advantage of the app over this?
Can't believe it doesn't make popcorn either...
I can't tell if that post is an attempt at sarcasm or what, but seriously??
"They were very smart"
Were they? I don't think the principal has realised the problem in being shocked that they were honour roll students with great grades, who, erm, only got great grades once they changed them.. :-)
"Initially there would have been no way to deliver anything sensible without it. In the days of GPRS (and Edge here and there) the bandwidth of an average mobile connection pretty much required re-writing web pages. The "other uses" came later."
Not quite. Initially there was WAP/wml which the sooner we forget about, the better, but that was designed to create custom "web" pages on small screens with the bandwidth limit on GPRS. It wasn't http/html so can't really be considered interfering or rewriting (although that technically happened - wml was converted/compressed to bytecode by the WAP gateway).
All the while though, GPRS/EDGE was also capable (and did) provide a "pure" net connection, with no proxies or interference on internet connections. Using IRDA or Bluetooth I regularly used my mobile as a modem - initially as "dial-up" (you could use it as a 9.6K dial-up modem to any ISPs numbers), then as a pure GPRS or EDGE connection directly through an APN, you even had your own IP address and it would permit any traffic. Part of the reason Opera Mini took off was because it would compress images/html etc. I'd say it was around the time of 3G taking off when network operators started introducing the closed model with Opera-esque NATed/proxied content with content re-writing.
The Information Commissioner doesn't consider this to be a breach of DPA, as apparently a mobile telephone doesn't constitute personal data. Quite how the &^%* they come to that conclusion, I've no idea, but O2 are free to give it out to whichever "trusted parties" they choose, regardless of your permission.
Courtesy of text message to Chris Evans on Radio 2 this morning... "to bold-lego where no-one has gone before..."
Made me smile anyhoo!
Apparently phone numbers inexplicably *don't* count as personal data, and so aren't covered by the DPA..
The deluge of press requests from a number of sites including el Reg, plus the fact their @O2 Twitter feed exploded with complaints!
Good to see social networking working as it should :D
You could, but not via the O2 network - the proxy would strip it out, or replace it. If you did it from outside the O2 network, the IP addresses wouldn't match and it would be obvious it was done manually.
Lazy O2? I'd say the opposite - you have to go to some effort to create such a balls-up. I find it hard to believe it was an accident.
As it turns out, not his effing house to sell!
In the case of the seller, it's the highest they can get away with. Chances are good they can get it higher if they're not being hampered by £100K worth of day-glo covered MDF in the living room.
Of the joke about the man who walks in on his wife and his best friend:
"Mate, I have to sleep with her, but *you*??"
It's presumably in her name and *not* paying the mortgage would cause the bank to repossess. Selling may not have been economically viable due to either negative equity or given the timescales involved, an endowment mortgage with a significant shortfall. He may also have been paying rent. Finally, selling a fixed asset in your name before a divorce isn't always the smartest move either as its harder to prove the money raised by the sale isn't both of theirs.
You forgot the combination:
Candles in a vase = amazing (candles should still not be lit)
Or the Christmas alternative:
Twigs spraypainted gold or silver in a (inexplicable different) vase = Festive and good
"his hobby is no harm to anyone else"
Except his to-be-ex-wife, y'know, the owner of the property? It won't sell any time soon at its correct price. You're right, he's perfectly entitled to a hobby/obsession and good luck to him, but spunking close to (what's now) £100K on permanent fixtures/fittings to a property that's not in your name isn't the brightest idea, and from what I can tell they'd separated when he kicked off his project, so knew this must be on the cards at some point.
In the same way you can do bold, italics etc...
Given ouija boards are based on what the participants expect the outcome to be, then doesn't seem too wild an idea to me. Ouija's only give results that the people holding the marker believe it to be - if they thought he was guilty based on the evidence, then the ouija result would tend to show that too.
In the case you're describing though (mid-90's murder trial), IIRC it was only some of the jurors who did it, the defendant got a retrial, and was found guilty again.
I don't think you can say the jurors discussed the case with anyone else - to do so would be to concede ouija boards are contacting the dead and other such bollox.
It's "until". From the latin ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat
"do you seriously expect these people to base their decisions solely on the information they are given?"
Yes, how is that even slightly difficult to comprehend? A judge rules on whether something is admissible in court, namely based on whether it is a legitimate piece of evidence. Someone being accused of something in the past is not a relevant piece of evidence and shouldn't be considered.
Lawyers from *both* sides put forward evidence. You're whinging as if only one side is put across and that jurors are being denied frivolous information. Juries are not "uninformed", they are informed of the pertinent pieces of information, not whatever they can find on Google or wikipedia. If past convictions or even accusations were even slightly relevant, we could save ourselves a whole lot of trouble and just wheel the same burglar into court for every breaking and entry charge.
It's not that hard to find out instead of guessing... It's not acceleration, nor deceleration (which is the same thing).
"I was betting on this. I actually got here from theregister.com :)"
And you do know that .com doesn't mean "America", or even "United States of"? GMT/UTC is the International standard for recording time, it's not some prissy Brit thing - in fact funnily enough, GMT/UTC runs all the way down the prime meridian and is the time zone of many countries. It's also a lot easier to calculate from one reference point instead of two.
On top of Station Grey's points, unless the jailbreak is a physical one (bloody unlikely) then Apple would just need to do an iOS point release to address whatever gap they've used to get in. They don't need to punt out a new hardware revision.
Jailbreaking isn't keeping the older iPhones selling. I've yet to meet someone buying a 3GS or 4 just for its jailbreakability, they buy it because they want an iPhone but don't want to spend top whack for the 4S.
You keep using the word "undercut" in the case of Megadownload as if a) they were making money from selling digital copyrighted goods (they claim they weren't), and b) even if it were the prime income, they weren't selling it a product that it cost them to produce. I could "sell" digital versions of the entire Universal back catalogue for £0.01 more than the bandwidth it costs to transmit it and make a bloody fortune. Would you still consider me to be "undercutting" Universal?
I agree that digital downloads aren't anywhere near their true costs compared with buying it off the shelf (which I'd generally do, knowing I effectively "own" and am able to transcode it how I like), but I'm rather bored of the pretence that people are pirating to bring down evil profiteers or for altruistic reasons. Greed exists on both sides of the fence.
They entered the inkjet market waaaaay too late when it had been established and pretty much dominated already.
Funnily enough, I saw a Kodak inkjet advert tonight, bragging about the ridiculously cheap price of their ink. Couldn't tell if they were trying to do a loss-leading strategy to get the numbers up, which only really works if you force the competition out of the market which was never going to happen against the likes of HP.
"4x2TB drives in X-Raid ( Raid 5 for the sake of argument ) and get well over 6TB usable"
You get over 6TB of usable space? Where's the magic extra space coming from?
I'm generally suspicious of patented RAID solutions though, and prefer to have ones where I can swap the RAID controller and know it'll continue to work..
How's the noise levels on the CFI A7879 case? I like the look of it but suspect it's not very quiet and reverbs with the hard disks?
People do get it that it's a good game, they just don't know why you even had to criticize parts of the game that were irrelevant, especially at the time it was released. It's like saying Quake is a great game, shame there wasn't any anisotropic filtering.
D'oh, yes I meant to say that, I was trying to draw a parallel to a similarly teched game at the same time.
I'd argue Far Cry was technically better than HL2 in terms of its engine - more so when the HDR patch was released.
I haven't downvoted you, but I imagine many people rightly will. Of course HL2 is "dated"! It's bloody 8 years old now. Feet were an absence from most FPS games until quite recently - Crysis being the first example I can think of. Far Cry (released after HL2) didn't have them either, where hands had only just progressed to being on guns (and were part of the gun model itself)
The "importance" of it that you quote isn't seminal in HL2 either. A silent protagonist with health pickups you say? Sounds very much like you can trace the all the way back to Wolvenstein. I'm not sure why you draw parallels to ID and say Gordon Freeman is representative of that - HL2 had bugger all to do with ID. Your equivalent of Sonic or Mario is either Bitterman, Doom Guy/Marine or B.J. Blazkowicz.
That sounds very much like something Cave Johnstone would say...
"They're telling me I should stop making these pre-recorded messages. That gave me an idea, make more pre-recorded messages!"
"Waiting patiently for over four years is a daunting task"
Suggests that there are people out there who can't get on with their lives until they know if a game sequel is even planned.
I would love for a HL sequel to come out, but it's not like I'm ignoring other game franchises until I know for sure...
I get your point, but we missed being eaten by dinosaurs by about 65 million years. Have you been watching the Flintstones again?...
No mention of Crystal Kingdom Dizzy, or Bubble Dizzy then? Or the truly abominable Dizzy Down The Rapids?
But bear in mind that digital publishing is massively controlled and curtailed by publishing companies that are yet to move with the times (digital copies roughly the same price as the existing hardback) and is very hard to tap into as an unpublished author. If Apple can remove the barriers to entry for "regular" people to publish, mainly removing the cost, then you'll flood the market with crap, sure, but with a lot of diamonds that would never see the light of day.
It really could change the market, but yes it would shift the power to Apple. A bugger, but no real alternative yet for people to get into the market in the same way that some developers have now managed to make a living from the App Store.
Positive, but with a large caveat attached!
Varying the length of a second doesn't really work, as it's not that it's currently wrong, but more that it's getting more and more wrong as the earth slows down - a variable second dependent on the Earth's rotation doesn't really work.
Is it a forum, or merely a topic?..
There's the case to be considered where <b>I</b> can become an Apple fanboi purely by reacting to an Android fanboi/gurl. It's an easy trap to fall into, and simply by virtue of arguing against something, you become a fanboi for the other team.
Maybe I'm wrong, but I can't think of any examples where there is a single-entity fanboi status? (Apple vs MS, iOS vs Android, PS3 vs Xbox etc)
Can't seem to work out these darned tags though...
I can't wait to see the system explode once the .<anything> kicks off.