301 posts • joined Wednesday 10th June 2009 16:41 GMT
Re: One thing about music when it hits you feel no pain…
“I don’t get it therefore it sounds crap, and not only that it’s got swearing in it and is morally wrong and bad, harrumph harrumph”.
Its not that all of us don't get it. I actually have an extremely varied music collection with stuff from almost all genres from various countries, but its just IMO most* Rap is complete and utter rubbish. Will say though the rappers do have some good background vocals mixed in, and thanks to Eminem and his one uhh... song(?) which the name escapes me I found out about Dido ;)
As for the swearing I have nothing against that just when 95% of the words that are able to be understood in the vast majority of them are fuck, bitch, or whore I stop calling them lyrics(which seems like the vast majority of raps) as I could take someone with Tourette's syndrome throw in some BGM and call them a rapper.
*note I said most not all as I've heard a few ok ones
Re: Back to the Drawing Board
However, keeping guns out of the hands of poor people, or people who have no officially declared taxable income (so if they're not poor, they must be dealing drugs or something) would indeed significantly reduce crime.
yes because all poor people use legally obtained, and traceable weapons to commit crimes...
This stupid law still won't address 99.5% of gun crime(as reported by the FBI) as those are done with illegally obtained firearms.
I'm curious if that .5% that is done with legally obtained guns is by poor people even I'm guessing its done by well off people in the heat of the moment
Re: I see it coming
Shotgun manufacturer Mossberg has had such a system via an RFID ring, dubbed iGun, for over a decade, and Colt tried a similar system using a bracelet before abandoning it.
but hey that never stopped a certain manufacturer of expensive iCrap form patenting something, and infringing on a trademark owned by another company
umm it can't run andriod
unless they actually released it by now I stopped getting my hopes many months ago
also the video playback on the ras pi (at least 1st gen like I have) is very lacking, and laggy like hell. Even the UI I find to be pretty bad.for the video player, and extremely unresponsive.
will say the ras pi does a semi decent job as a SNES though
Re: I really get tired of this bemoaning 'evolution instead of revolution'
I'm pretty sure it does more then the logitech harmony
my samsung tablet has the option too, and if they included peel (the program on the tablet) the program will connect to the internet tell you what is on, and offer 1 button graphical channel changing along with a synopsis of the show that is currently on. It also has brows able categories.
Its actually a very nice program I personally just don't find it extremely useful as I don't watch much TV, but when I do want to see something its a couple thousand times faster then going through my satellites programming guide to look if a certain show is on, and to find the channel.
Re: Adobe Reader
If you work in corporate IT, I'd just like to offer you this hint: I hate you. In fact everybody hates you. Apart from hackers.
As someone who used to work in corporate IT, and was put in charge of making an image before I would like to say don't blame the IT person who made the image. Here's a little story on why images act like crap, and its not the IT techs fault.
When I was tasked with making an image I made one that booted very fast(under 30 seconds, and this was over 9 years ago), and honestly was extremely responsive, but the IT director forced me to install a pile of garbage most of which no one even used anymore. After I installed what the director wanted the boot time of the computer went from 30 seconds to 4+ minutes... Responsiveness also plummeted to behaving like I was trying to run windows 95 on a 386sx with 4 gigs of ram (which btw was possible as I did it for fun).
After that I was the one that had to deal with all the complaints about how unresponsive the systems were, and how they ran like crap cause hey I made the image, and it was my fault not the person in charge who forced changes. I then went and made another clean image not showing it to the director this time, and installed the bare minimum, and only installed what users needed by department, not the typical full of crap for every department image.
I ended up making the users happy, but in the end got written up months down the line when a tech went and reported it to be a dick as he saw some things were missing from one of the pc's as the user couldn't figure out how to turn it on, and reported that it was broken.
For the record the IT director refused to use the default image cause he hated how slow it was...
Own a Samsung Tab 2 7in, and honestly it works pretty good IMO. Does everything I expected, and a bit more.
Will say though Samsung did piss me off when it pushed a update that changed the UI, and gave no option to skip it. I had to find an old image online, fiddle with software to revert the OS, then was forced to root the device(as it tried updating again...), and had to change a couple of settings so the update auto fails. Still kind of annoyed having to hit update daily(cause it will popup at random when in use) just to see a failure message, but I don't blame google at all for it, or Andriod that fault lies purely on samsung.
Re: Sure, its a piece of crap
But if I'm holding up a bank or hijacking an aircraft, I only need it to work once. And a dirt cheap disposable gun (printed or otherwise) might be just the thing to serve the corner convenience store holdup market.
Beg to differ you need it to fire multiple shots. One shot to prove it's not a toy as I've seen nerf guns that look more like a gun. And at least a few more in case people decide to beat the living shit out of you.
Re: pretty nuts from over here.
Aaron, and that ban in chicago has worked SOOOOOOO WELL crimes committed with illegally owned guns aren't even reported in the news anymore unless a kid(usually has to be multiple) gets shot or something, and even then its usually just a few seconds where a viewer submitted picture of a puppy would get more screen time.
Does the fracking state department (I won't give them the respect of capital letters) think they can put them back? What id10ts...
From what I've listened to from people that work in the government, and their grasp on how technology works I'm sad to say they probably do think taking them off the site means they won't get distributed again.
@DougS Re: The difference?
The range and aim on these one shot guns may be terrible, but if you're close enough to shake hands...
a plastic knife*, ice pick, sharpened pencil, and a pile of other way more easily concealed things would be way more effective IMO.
This like most of the 3d printer things was just proof of concept.
*there are many 3d printer files of those deadly weapons from what I seen on sites the government might want to start going after those.
Re: Once again, we can vote with our dollars
The only way those publishers will get the message that drm != customer-service is to vote with the dollar. Enough people do this, they'll get the message.
Dunno about that if you look at the software, movies, and music industry majority instead just blame piracy for the loss of sales(even if no one ever downloaded it), and use some skewed figures to prove their point to the share holders.
looked up the reviews of it (wish I didn't learned way more about bronies then I ever wanted), and honestly the reviews I saw of it said it was terrible, and one went on to say it was so crappy that wasn't worth anything, and to bootleg it if the readers were interested. The reviews I read were written by bronies who almost seemed offended by it, and how it portrayed their... uhh.. culture...
So IMO that isn't a good example as the TV distribution was probably dropped due to reviewers thinking it was terrible at best. And lets face it there isn't any major TV station I know of that would put something like that on if it was done as bad as the reviews say as they generally screen something before airing it.
But Circuit Judge Pierre Leval said he thought the authors would be overjoyed to have their books digitised, particularly when the works were obscure and Google led readers to where to buy them, Reuters reported.
couldn't you say the same thing about movies, video games, and other content too?
By his logic the movie, and music industry should be happy places like TPB bother advertising most of the crap they churn out.
Re: Shock News - Tor treats fans with respect, Fans continue to treat Tor with respect
So true about DRM only pissing off legit customers. There are many things I would have purchased if I wouldn't have had to deal with draconian DRM to get it to work. But I'm not going to pay a company to treat me like a criminal, and restrict to high hell what I can do with what I paid for.
I'm sure companies just chalk the lost sales on people like me up to piracy even though most won't even bother pirating it either which they use to beat the DRM drum to death...
I will say though DRM has saved me a lot of cash as I've not bought 1/100th of what I would have if it was DRM free :D
And here I thought it was common sense that everything in existence is known to cause cancer in California so why would mobile phones be immune?
Seriously I've seen the warning on a power extension cord even...
I'm hoping no US lawmakers get any bright ideas from this as it seems right up the current administrations alley for things to pull.
Re: Over forties
its not the only the over 40's hate to tell ya
I never saw the 1st one even, but from what I saw of the commercials I couldn't have stood it I would have probably walked out of the theater. I couldn't stand the bridge that looks like it was designed after the set maker walked into an apple store looking for inspiration...
Re: Are they "Cooking the books"?
Here is why the numbers get better when the economy doesn't. Its cause once you no longer qualify for unemployment benefits you no longer count on it. Also remember employment means a person working for minimum wage flipping burgers barely making ends meet in the US, which is pretty much what people who's unemployment benefits are forced to do.
... insecure women with limited socioeconomic resources may be vulnerable to situations such as sex work, transactional sex, and early marriage that put them at risk for HIV, STIs, unplanned pregnancy, and poor reproductive health ...
I'm more then sure it has nothing to do with H1B's, and other crap the companies do to make sure people barely make enough to survive(if that) in the US.
"Really, publishers should bring back the days of the free demo, for instance, Diablo II had the entire first chapter available as a demo, and it is precisely because of this that I bought the game. Diablo 3 had no demo, just hype, and in hindsight, I might have saved my money, had I known. The cynic might suggest that the reason most publishers no longer offer game demos is that the games are of poor quality and derivative and when people see them, they decide not to buy the full version. In other words, if you offer a demo of a good game, it is a sale gained, and if you offer a demo of a bad game, it is a sale lost."
WELL I know for a fact if I got a demo for D3 I wouldn't have bothered with it. Hell I got a "demo" for Mist of pandaria(the beta), and didn't buy it after being a loyal wow subscriber for many years. Hell if there was a demo for StarCraft 2 WoL I wouldn't have bought it either as after a few hours that game ceased being fun.
To fight piracy is simple give people an incentive to get the legit copy. Blizzard used to be great at this with SC1, and diablo 1, and 2 as B.net requires a legit key to play on their servers. I actually had all 3 of those pirated originally, and I ended up buying them soon after as I felt the value was worth it(I've done this quite often). Now if I did the same with SC2, and D3 I wouldn't have bought them as I stopped playing those after 2 days (aka pissed money down the drain) as neither was fun in the slightest to me, and I've never touched them since.
It seems most companies instead of saying HEY WE MADE A SHITTY GAME NO ONE WANTS instead say OUR SALES DID BAD DUE TO PIRACY PIRATES ARE EVIL NOW LETS PUNISH THE PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY BUY OUR SHIT WITH DRM THAT IMPEDES GAME PLAY TO FORCE THEM TO PIRACY TO BE ABLE TO PLAY
I am also someone who has like 30 or so steam games, and regularly buy stuff I find fun, and will spend some cash on those F2P MMO's that have item shops. So no I am not some freetard as I will spend money on things I see worth it.
"Also; maybe they only sold 214 copies because the game is shit? I've not played it, but it's a distinct possibility..."
looking at the pictures of it the game more then likely is shit
I'd be more than interested in knowing out of those 214 people that bought it how many of them previously played the "cracked" edition.
Would have been also neat to have a survey in the game for people that played the "cracked" copy to submit if they even thought the game was even worth the time it took to download(again looking at the screen shot I'd almost say no)
Use the ""'s around cracked cause technically can it even be considered a cracked game if a company puts it out themselves? I'd say it was more keen to shareware of the early 90s that would put out games that had some functions gimped to get you to buy the full thing, but for the most part they ended up sucking so bad no one would bother with the full version(kinda what I think happened here).
Re: Public Domain
difference in samsungs patents the majority they have is for actual chips used in devices(and apple has not paid to use but get away with), and other things that are required for phones to work
Vs apples rounded corners, and other prior art patents that are for superficial looks.
Apples patents being thrown free domain I won't argue as they shouldn't even be valid in the 1st place, but samsungs actually required R&D money and paperwork that wouldn't fit on the back of a bar napkin.
Re: I wonder how much
well in the states AT&T, and most other ISP's would be ecstatic as after reaming people for the $50 or so a month for 100gigs after its used that all up in a week they could ream an additional $5-10 per 5 gigs every time.
Maybe there is less women in IT because they did their homework before embarking on the dead end career path as they don't feel like competing with people from India for the jobs they won't be getting.
Vs men who rush in not looking first like I did(and regret) :(
Re: Less is more
Well as for the windows I will agree if you bought a netbook with windows on it yes it ran like crap due to all the crappy trial ware the companies put on them. That and that absolutely terrible bloated program that can make quad core pc's behave like 486's named iTunes killed windows performance. Everyone I ever knew that claimed their windows netbook was too slow I would disable symantec (we fuck up the pc more then a virus) anti-virus, and iTunes, and they would be like WHOA YOU MUST HAVE UPGRADED MY NETBOOK ITS SO MUCH FASTER...
But then again disabling those 2 infernal pieces of software services on any windows PC will free up like 40-60% of its resources though.
Now I have one of the 1st netbooks dell made laying around here with windows XP installed, and honestly I've never noticed any issues with it running or the speed of it. Only issue the dell has (and it seemed chronic) was the damn hard drive's wire comes loose requiring 20 something screws to get to so the cable can be pushed back in. Actually the cable issue is how I got it for nothing as its original owner was so fed up with having to push the cable in 2 times a week they were going to just throw it out.
They ended up buying a normal laptop as by this point the netbook prices were almost the same as the low end laptop prices that eclipsed them greatly.
Re: THere is a shortage of skilled people
Hard to get skills when the bottom level entry positions require 5-10 years exp, over $1k of certs in very niche things all for a whopping $10-12 an hour tops, and HR drones pass over anyone that doesn't tick every box of what they are looking for.
There is no shortage of workers that can usually be easily trained to become skilled, but there is a gigantic shortage of companies that will train new employees, or even give someone a shot.
Re: @Tom 35
Kinda what I was trying to get at this is just to create more money for the politicians to piss away while doing nothing for the average citizens while using trying to help local businesses as an excuse. Basically kinda like most laws of recent...
Re: God I hate politicians...
Gene Cash there is that too 90% of what I do buy online is not available by me. I only know one store that can order it but they are over 40 mins away... And half the times screw up orders up getting the wrong part(then blaming the customer for poor penmanship), or tell you to come back in 3 days after they order it and they never got it, because you find out later there was no record of the order. I USED to shop there all the time(place was ALWAYS busy) even with the local tax's, and cost to go out there till it ended up under new management which fucked the place up completely.
And the people that think this means more brick, and mortar stores will hire more people are disillusioned at best, they will just make what they have work harder for no additional pay.
The politicians just want a pay raise which I bet will be the thing after this if it passes voted on.
Re: God I hate politicians...
Where I live it won't make a difference as to park by most local businesses(which the bill should help) you have to pay $4-5 for 30 minutes...
Actually when the city put that parking fee in a few years back was when the local businesses got hurt, not before. But this is where I live. I also doubt it will help anywhere else.
God I hate politicians...
What these idiots in D.C.(Dumbass Capitol) don't think of is these stores are able to hire people due to no interstate taxes, and they get to ream the additionally employed peoples paychecks instead.
So now that this will more then likely do is kill most online places tax revenues will more then likely fall as people will also no longer afford to be able to buy as much as they were, and people who were employed will now become unemployed.
Shipping companies profits will drop as why would people pay $10 shipping, and 10% tax , and they will more then likely terminate jobs.
Amazon on the other hand offers free shipping due to their insane size, will make out like a bandit...
Always told people putting a dumb fuck politician from Illinois (land of corruption, just look at how many politicians end up in jail, and they are mostly democrats...) in the white house was the worst decision imaginable.
Obamas thing last time he ran for president should have been striving to put americans out of work.
Re: Wrong solution, as usual
About 25% of my paycheck is already stolen by the government for them doing jack shit for me. I also have to pay ludicrous taxes on everything else I can't buy online like gasoline (our taxes are over 30% of the price), juice is considered a sin, and has like a $15 cent additional tax on the dollar. Hell we have a tax on bottle water cause its a sin to drink water...
Any wonder people shop heavily online to avoid taxes?
I bet after this is passed you will hear all politicians give themselves a pay raise across the board like the last time my state raised taxes cause we were so broke, the govenor, and all the state legislators gave themselves a 15% raise... While the taxpayers got a 1% cut of pay due to them
well guess I'll have to go back to ordering my parts I need from china, and having them marked "present cost $2"
Or like others said Canada if I can find any distributors there.
I order online as my state, city, and county taxes are friggin ludicrous(some of the highest in the country), and honestly these SOB's don't deserve a single damn penny for the crappy job they do, and the retarded laws they pass.
Or maybe they could follow suit put a job ad for a CEO that none could possibly fill and bring someone from another country over to act as CEO for $20k a year and no benefits. Cant be worst than a fair chunk of CEO's I've seen at screwing the company up.
not really all that does is keep the lawmakers quiet as they can keep giving themselves raises.
If the taxes were hit hard then they would do something about it which would happen to off shoring them to another country, but as that does not happen in this case they can give a shit less what goes on.
Also to the people that say or think well vote the people out. Problem is the other party isn't any better 99.9999999% of the time. Either they are just as corrupt, or worst. And I know by me to run for office you need a LOT of cash just to get on the ballot, let alone the fortune you need for advertising.
So pretty much it is set up so if if you are a politician, and you don't sell your soul to these companies that pull this shit off you can't win unless you are a multimillionaire, but at that point you probably pull similar crap off yourself.
The US government does not represent the people, and hasn't for awhile it represents the corporations, and all this gun control crap they spout is just so the people will not be able to rise up against the oppressors like what has happened in the past for far less :(
sad thing is I've seen too many job ads not far off that...
Re: I think this says all that needs to be said on this.....
Well that explains why 99% of job ads I've seen in engineering over the past 8 years or so had such insane mandatory requirements for just above minimum wage that to fill the requirements you almost had to be their employee already.
Wish I could turn back time and skip the degree I would have probably gone further...
all I will say is god damn....
I'll be paying almost what they are charging for my 20mbit connection, and WAS paying that prior to AT&T(aka the crappiest ISP on the planet) for 1Mbps ADSL about a year ago...
Is it sad I would trust google more with my privacy then I trust my current ISP or AT&T?
Wish the googleian overlords would grace my city next
Re: Leet or not...
Well better that he put a nice message there instead of people with less morals that would add some malicious backdoor to a trusted program on the site that would have infected a pile of people who would give the program permissions to install it if asked for it.
Re: Sometimes US Judges act like idiots just to prove a point
The issue from how I read it isn't that he was using it as a GPS, but he was holding the phone, and using it while driving. That is illegal where I live too(no where near California), and can be met with a $250 ticket if I remember it right.
Now if he would have secured it to the windshield or somewhere else, and not had it in his hands he would have been fine. Honestly he was more likely texting while driving than using it as a GPS IMO if he had to hold it in his hands, even if he was setting coordinates in a GPS he should have pulled over, and done it, not do it while moving. A idiot like this deserves the ticket, and like some of the other posts I saw I agree they should reword it to any mobile device not just phones.
Didn't know LOHAN really stood for Low Orbit Homing Assisted Nuke
Icon for obvious reasons
Almost had me for a minute as I've see real lawsuits that were stupider till I noticed 2 glaring issues in the story itself. Then checked the date, and was like OK nice try
Funny enough Dilbert covered this a little while ago http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2013-03-17/
Well I tell people all the time the US is not the land of the free anymore, but at least I don't have to eat tree bark as a meal due to the government screwing us over (yet at least...)
The world must be ending, a politician that wants to make a sensible amendment to a law....
Seriously I don't know how bad it is in other countries currently, but you have no idea how many times I've almost been rammed off the road due to people being distracted by cell phones, MP3 players, or I've even seen them watching god damn movies while driving on LCD screens while almost ramming people. I can't even begin to imagine them with things like google glass on, and how bad it would be.
I vote they also go one step further, and ban them on people walking on the damn street cause I've seen pedestrians walk into the street so many times into oncoming traffic while they were so engrossed in texting(while wearing ear buds blasting music so they can't even hear you honk the damn horn) its not even funny.
would like to do a minor correction to the last line
Here, have a free crap game on us for being our good little bitches that will require you to buy at least $40 in DLC to finish.
reminds me of the sims free play for the tablet's requires an internet connection to play. Unless you log in facebook all data is saved on the tablet. It only checks the internet connection at start to see if there is an update cause I've lost connection (was on a extremely weak hotspot), and was able to play like normal till I accidentally hit the bottom button to pull up a menu, that forces it to check the servers again for an update...
I remember when I had to reset my tablet and lost all my play thinking it saved on their servers seeing that is how they made it look...
Re: DRM Encourages Piracy
Actually I was going to buy it till I read about all the issues
Hell the past few months I've spent a nice chunk of change on games that have that online 1 player DRM bull shit, but only time I will pay for it is when it is at vastly reduced prices say like on steam. But still my progress saved to my computer, and not had to reply on EA which my friends lost over 8 hours of game play so far cause their servers said it saved, and went back next day and BOOM no saves...
Well only thing I disliked about ST TMP was its length. It took me like 6 times watching it to not fall asleep usually near the same exact point. 5th time I tried watching it on VHS (1st 4 times was while it was airing on TV), and for the 6th I was like screw it I just jumped to where I nodded off on the 5th attempt, and hyped myself up on caffine. The point I usually fell out was the part where the enterprise is flying with music playing in the background with no action of any kind for like 4-7 minutes(might be wrong on its duration as it seemed like hours)... But outside the extremely long scenes of the enterprise just flying I enjoyed it.
Re: Mobile gaming is a joke
agree tried a few games out on my tablet, and honestly I don't see why people keep saying its going to decimate handheld sales. The on screen controllers I find inadequate for the majority of games outside stuff like angry birds or that one jewel matching game.
And before people start chiming in you could use a wireless PS3 controller with a tablet or some other huge bulky thing that is not portable. You at that point need a dedicated stand, a surface to sit it, and something to carry the extra controller in as it doesn't all fit neat in your pocket.
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