2462 posts • joined Wednesday 10th June 2009 12:27 GMT
re: Tube surfing
A very worthy sport, that should actually be part of the Olympics. Beginners would do well to practice on the Jubilee Line Extension, as some of the smoother rides are there. A step up to some gentle lateral motion on the DLR (no idea why they sway from side to side in a straight line, but you can get your eye in while relying on the computer controlled acceleration) before you're ready to join the big boys on the Circle Line. As the trains jump from track to track, it makes for some exciting competitions that truly separate the men from the boys!
I seldom go to the cinema for much the same reason. However I've found the perfect way to do it. If there's something I *really* want to see and think will be good on the big screen, I take a day off work and go by myself in the early afternoon. As long as it's not half-term, you pretty much get the screen to yourself, it's off-peak so usually cheaper and no kids - utter bliss!
Still most good films are just as watchable at home. The exceptions are the big blockbusters/CGI-a-thons where it pays to be immersed in the action. Example - last film I saw in cinema (on my own, place to myself) was the Star Trek reboot.
Multi-tasking <> multi-threaded...
"They can make a great iPad3 Kal-El, they wish to. They only lack Steve Jobs to show the way. For this reason above all, their capacity for closed marketplaces, I have sent them you, my only GPU"
""Amongst" and "the whilst" are perfectly okay according to Chambers"
Yes, I know they're listed, but they're completely redundant. I know we have a varied language, but adding "st" to the end of words to give them exactly the same meaning is nonsense(st).
Stick "amidst" in there too actually.
A proper battery gauge on the 3G? That was my favourite.
What was rather odd is that I've since reverted it to "official" iOS, as the battery drained a bit too fast for my liking (not sure why), but the battery gauge has persisted. Identical FW on g/f's phone (same hardware), it's not there.
I assume that the owners were promised some sort of life-time guarantee of service? If not, mmmnnnnn, I'm not sure they can complain..
Would think that they could bodge the firmware to take the OTA Freeview+ EPG that just about every other PVR can grab though, no?
You can lock rotation
But, inexplicably, you can only lock the rotation via the iOS settings. And only if the device is capable of multi-tasking. Clearly it's a very CPU intensive option that only the latest hardware can support.
Apple, who loves ya baby?
Doesn't say that
It's already possible to identify if something is on the IWF list. An informative message saying "this is blocked" instead of the nefarious and incorrect 404 error would be no different, and wouldn't require handing out a copy of the list either.
The "transparent procedures" presumably means "not the shoddy proxy implementation that changes the source IP address and causes all sorts of problems for content that isn't on the IWF list but is on the same server" that causes problems with fileserve etc on Be/O2/VM/BT systems, and witnessed in the Wikipedia/Scorpions debacle a few years ago.
At sea, they would have had access to fresh air, sunlight and a chance of surviving even if the ship went down. The majority of the crew would have likely spent their life at sea as well, so was hardly a change of scene or routine for them. Claustrophobia doesn't really occur when you've got access to a window that opens, or a deck.
Plenty of people went insane though, but they'd have been chucked in the brig, or overboard.
I couldn't figure out the difference. I went to a Scottish school, and then Edinburgh University. By 5th year of school, I had a Higher in maths. As part of 6th year, I was able to do what's called CSYS (Cert of Sixth Year Studies) in maths as well.
When I got to university for a BSc in maths, the first year was spent covering what I'd covered a CSYS, so was an absolute doddle. By contrast, my English counterparts had barely touched any of the stuff I'd already done, and had a relatively hard year.
I could never reconcile the differences though. In hindsight I could probably have started in 2nd year, and completed a Scottish degree in 3 years, whereas the English students would take 4.
But the odds of success have probably gone out the window since the news articles.. :-)
Do you mean
Offshoring? Outsourcing has been a standard practice for longer than 10 years. Cleaning companies are a very good example of outsourcing, and makes much more sense than hiring your own cleaning staff. Outsourcing is not the evil thing it's made out to be.
If on the other hand, you dislike offshoring, then I struggle to see what the alternative is if you're giving a blanket ban on all foreign services and, by extension, products. Just looking round this office I'm seeing very little UK-made products - hello China and Taiwan.
Draw up the borders and isolate the UK from any foreign parties if you like, but recognise that the rest of the world will operate in a global economy, and that maybe instead of bitching about it, you contribute to how the UK can find its place in it.
You blew it up!
Perfect - 8 months left for everyone in the team to have a monkey suit made for the rest of the team. The opportunity passed us by to pretend the world had gone Planet Of The Apes when they got the Chilean miners out. For all that's holy, let's not have this moment pass us by again!
Could be the greatest practical joke since the moon landings and/or Elvis's death! Let's get planning...
Not only are you missing local sales tax from the US prices, you're also missing import duty, warranty costs, built-in restocking fees (US charges to return products, UK doesn't - but guaranteed you're paying it somewhere), not to mention shipping and distributing it into the UK and the general higher cost of doing business here. It's unfortunately not as easy as you make out to compare US/UK prices. You also need to consider what the spending power of the $ is compared to the £.
Import if you like, nothing is stopping you. You may save some money, but you forfeit your warranty and statutory rights, so are effectively getting less for your money. It sucks, but "rip-off Britain" is less tangible than you might think.
What's the alternative?
I'm looking for a small device to attach to my bedroom TV that will stream from a uPNP server in the loft. Currently use the PS3 for the main TV, but looking for a discrete box for the bedroom. Suggestions? I was hoping this would be it...
O2 -> Be
In true Be style (where they don't seem to be able to employ any sys devs), they're currently unable to transfer O2 customers to Be. You have to cancel and re-join up. During which time, you'll be without Internet, and if you were on a congested exchange, may not be able to join again (if the DSLAMs are full - Poplar for example)
To the AC tool who thinks driving with dipped headlights at night in a built up area is wrong, I direct you to rule 115 of the highway code:
"You should also use dipped headlights, or dim-dip if fitted, at night in built-up areas and in dull daytime weather, to ensure that you can be seen"
Sidelights, or parking lights as they are officially called (for a reason), aren't enough to make you visible. Hell, even if it's raining you should have dipped beam on.
I'm amazed you're allowed on the road with such limited knowledge.
It's not surprising
Apple have been operating a "closed" hardware model for years now - witness the loss of Apple clones and the ruthless way they pursue anyone marketing Hackintoshes. It was inevitable they would move towards the same software model.
Incidentally, I think they're more talking about the desktop App Store, not the iOS model. But again, it's still nowhere near a monopoly so I'd be surprised if anything was done about it. It will start to make small to medium enterprises wary of either a) using Macs (what if a business critical app were suddenly deemed unacceptable in the App Store) or b) developing for Macs (again, the possibility of their revenue generator suddenly cut off from customers). All this assumes that they close their door to any other method of deploying to the Mac, but it's looking more and more likely as time passes.
"All of the Rock Band and Guitar Hero games have the option to switch into 'lefty mode', for those of us of the sinister persuasion"
Erm, yes, but we're talking about the "real" guitar, which won't allow for that. You'd have to restring the guitar (probably with new ones due to the different lengths required), flip the string guide (if it's not fixed in place), adjust the bridge and the tuners, and hope the pickups aren't tuned to the expected strings. In electric models, the guitar is now upside down, and usually rather uncomfortable, not to mention the machine heads are on the underside now.
And that's before even getting into the complications of the midi pickup interface, or hoping the game copes with it.
"stalls as they try to engage second gear"
Sorry, that comment made me spit my sandwich halfway across the office, and some very strange looks received - thank you for that :-) But more because I heard the grinding of the gearbox in my head.
The RB3 guitar is interesting, I agree. But it's at this point that GH/RB fans will realise that what they've been doing till now is *nothing* like playing a real guitar.
However if they put in the same effort, they may find they learn a real instrument. The paybacks won't be as immediate though, which may put off a lot of people.
Erm, it won't - the time doesn't appear at the top of many apps. Besides, having the time set wrong is hardly noteworthy - could be wrong by accident, or could be wrong deliberately (operating on a different timezone). Would barely get a "ooh, your clock is wrong".
Of course they're subjective - that's why it wasn't constructed by one person :-)
Critics are usually blessed with understanding of what makes a film "good", notice things that you see unconsciously, ignore gratuitous "ooh that was cool" moments etc. You can usually recognise a form of critic by their ability to complete the sentence "I liked/disliked that film because <blank>" with more than "it was good and had Keanu Reeves in it"
I think you missed my point - when the glorious day of reckoning comes, and all boxed copies are banned, then "Digital: £1825.89" *will* be the cheapest, as there will be nothing to compare it to. Admittedly it will also be the most expensive..
Variety of platforms
Wondering how it fares on the 3GS, or even 3G? Does it reduce the quality, not run at all, or just judder? Some mention of the tested platform would be nice. I note it's not a native iPad game yet either.
I'm sure it's just around the corner when it's decided that the *only* way to get software onto a Mac is via the App Store.
Still, we should be grateful, right? At least that way it won't be more expensive than the boxed copy, as the boxed copy won't exist....
Surely it was God that invented the paving slab if we're basing it on the commandments. There are some who think God invented the iPad too though :-)
"Passengers who are bumped in a foreign country should always remember that every airline agreement permitting flights to countries contains a clause that each airline is responsible for the removal of all passengers from a country that were brought in to the country."
"Bumped" means there wasn't enough room on the plane for them. Yes, under those circumstances I'd say Ryanair has a duty of care. However if they turn into idiots and abuse staff (as in this case), they're well within their rights to eject them and let them find their own way home. If that were the case, they wouldn't be able to sell single flights.
There are some countries who have requirements on visitor visas to prove they have a return ticket, but it's not the airline's responsibility to ensure they make it.
IANAL etc, but that's what embassies are for.
Budget flights are hideous enough without the multiple bell-ends who rock up late with a massive suitcase then start bitterly complaining about the charges when they discover they're not allowed on with more than one piece of hand luggage.
Mind you, I can only imagine the dismay, quickly followed by sheer joy for the remaining 60-odd passengers who turned up for a flight, realised that a group of 100 were going to be their "entertainment" for the flight were subsequently booted off. Horror, followed by bliss!
Maybe I'm just a grumpy old fool though.
Bombarded and beamed
"This means that children and those not wishing to have pornography beamed unasked for into their homes and on their mobile phones are not being bombarded, while those adults who do, can opt in."
Where is this happening and how? Is there a pornographer outside this woman's house with a projector pointed through her window? Or has she missed how the internet works, in that you *request* it.
Bloody oxygen thieves...
"These discoveries underscore the importance of NASA's science missions, which consistently increase understanding of our place in the cosmos"
"These discoveries underscore the importance of NASA's science missions, which consistently diminish our importance in the cosmos"
Does anyone think that Google will give a rats ass? They said *they* wouldn't support it, but doubt they'd ban someone from developing a plug-in. I'm assuming that Chrome can cope with MP3 files, and hopefully this is through a 3rd party plug-in if they're following the same logic as H.264 - otherwise I'd suspect they're doing it to p1ss off Apple/MS.
Find it somewhat odd that they'll continue to include Flash by default though.
Can't tell if it's being deliberately ironic and he was looking to introduce a bill that was the exact opposite? "Your bill will improve people's health, well mine will drastically reduce people's health - booya!"
I can't imagine bar fights, drunken nights etc when everyone was locked and loaded..
"Because Obamacare is NOT nationalized healthcare. It's simply a requirement that each person buy health insurance from one of the same miserable insurance companies that already exist."
It's the same thing, it's just making sure that insurance companies (and their lobbies) buy into it. National healthcare would be the same thing, with the gov cutting out the middle man - something big business wouldn't care for.
We in the UK pay for healthcare too, but we just pay for it through tax and NI contributions. Obama has just done a sleight of hand with how it's paid for, and kept the lobbies on board. The alternative would be a tax increase and a massive reduction in health insurance.
Really? You were taken aback? By Jezza's humour? The majority was said by Hammond, the food criticisms were by May - Clarkson barely said a word other than repeating the "sleep a lot" bit.
The bandwagon can currently be found outside the Daily Mail's office, maybe you should go there and complain about Speedy Gonzales - something which apparently is quite popular in Mexico. Meanwhile I'll be complaining about the Austin Powers movies.