1492 posts • joined Thursday 11th June 2009 12:46 GMT
"Would you put an incandescent light bulb in your brain?"
Sure. Sounds like a really bright idea.
The OS for the masses
System asks - "you're trying to run some really dangerous shit here, are you sure you want to run it" (or it says "Are you sure?")
This is the sort of message an operating system needs to give people, along with such favourites as "Stop clicking that fucking mouse button a billion times, I know you want to open up Internet Explorer to look at porn, I'm working on it. It's not my fault you didn't bother to give me a decent processor or RAM."
CEO: "We want a serious, professional-grade tablet for the high powered executive types in the business world."
Marketdroid: "Sounds good. Why don't we call it the Playbook?"
There's an error in the article
It states that a Mac was infected by malware, which is clearly a mistake. Only PCs suffer from malware.
Very very wrong
Space flight should be a primary concern so I can get the fuck off this rock and away from these morons.
Why do governments and companies insist on listening to these whiny, self-important overprotective people? It's really not rocket science to look at a browsers page history and if your juvenille-delinquent-in-training has been looking at something they shouldn't have been, then take their damn computer away. Want to know why the web is full of messed up shit? It's because people are messed up shit and like it or not, your precious little angel is one day going to wake up to the fact that s/he is messed up shit, just like his/her parents.
Now piss off back to the Daily Mail forums where your kind is tolerated.
That's just crazy talk.
Smart move by Japan
Why is it that only the Japanese government is willing to annoy Sony in this way whereas Sony Europe is willing to just shove its services back up with a promise that (for all we know) could be so much smoke and mirrors?
I think people are overcomplicating it
Take Heroes of Newerth as an example.
This is a game filled with some of the most wretched and evil people I have ever played with (and this is coming from someone who played EvE Online). Trolls, griefers and asshats are a growth industry in this game and woe betide any poor newbie that makes a mistake. A system such as the one described by Gabe would do wonders for this game and could be surprisingly simple.
The reductions should only be reserved for players who really go the extra mile to help the community, with guides, a popular and helpful forum presence, etc, not the "10 clan mates allow Y to play free". As for the price increases, putting this in the hands of the players would be like handing primates the key to the shit slinging factory. No, the way I would see it working is in the hands of GMs and so on - a player that has verified and repeated reports of griefing or being a rude and arrogant fuckwit gets to pay more. If his behaviour improves, the price comes back down.
All well and good
...but what's the supervillan angle on this piece? I can't really see it unless these things are burrowing around in a tank of quicksand; each with lasers strapped to their heads, as a besuited spy is slowly lowered in.
I'm not entirely sure why Microsoft has done this, let alone splashed out 8.5 billion on this.
It's effectively obsoleting their Messenger and Lync services, given that Skype has a pretty robust text based talk system, in addition to the phone capabilities. It's also going to cause friction with carriers that Microsoft are trying to persuade to take up more Windows smartphones. Then there's the question of revenue as well - a relatively small percentage of Skype's users pay for the additional features of the service and while it could be argued that advertising will bring in some funds, it's also going to drive people away as well.
"This was a triumph
I'm making a note here: huge success
It's hard to overstate my satisfaction
We do what we must, because we can
For the good of all of us
Except the ones who are dead
But there's no point crying over every mistake
You just keep on trying til you run out of cake
And the science gets done
And you make a neat gun
For the people who are still alive....."
GLaDOS is a fantastic singer.
If they think they have trouble with PC piracy at the moment, wait until they start putting out DVDs.
I can see it now, a montage of clips that make the "You wouldn't steal a...." warning seem like an open invite to freetards everywhere. Or maybe they set off an EMP pulse at the end of each cinema screening, in order to fry anyone that might have recorded the film on their mobiles.
And in next week's MacGuyver
He builds a working death ray from his crappy LCD watch.
Oh those poor fools....
If only their customer data centres were as well secured as their PS3s......
I work in a hospital
So by the OP's logic, it's ok if critical patient information and medical details go missing because, hey, we're only human?
No. What happens when a hospital loses patient details is we get our bollocks nailed to the wall. When a multinational conglomerate does it, there's no accountability.
The real deal decider for me
...is going to be game availability.
While there are a number of good Android games out there, I would expect near PSOne levels of gaming from this thing, given that it is almost double the cost of a PSP. But, as I learned before my PSP's ignomious departure to a second hand store, having a game store and having a *well-stocked* game store are two very, very different beasties.