1491 posts • joined Thursday 11th June 2009 12:46 GMT
Bad news for gamers
If you play any kind of P2P multiplayer game, this will not be welcome news. I had any number of NAT failures when trying to play Company of Heroes and god help you if you want to play something like Civilization.
What kind of half-assed punishment is this?!
6 months suspended is nothing for releasing more of Ms Spears garbage on the world.
Re: : )
I wouldn't be cheering just yet, if this article is correct. It's like chasing away a pirahna and ignoring a very hungry great white shark sneaking up behind you.
My god, it all makes sense now. Cthulhu is the CEO of Coca-cola.
The poor bastard has already lost
Not in the sense of the trial but in what he was trying to achieve. He sure as hell didn't leak all that information "for the lulz" as most hackers are wont to do. He leaked it to try and get the military to be more open with its mistakes.
Now however, no-one in possession of a full set of marbles will try to leak military detail in future. "See that guy we locked up without trial and subjected to inhumane conditions? That's exactly what you'll get if you try and do what he did."
All the stuff about the trial is merely paperwork. The mesage has been made loud and clear.
It might be in a few million years that certain species of shark develop this electro-sensory organ even further and become fully electrogenic, like eels and rays. That'd be awesome and a great saving on laser beams.
Re: My thumbs...
I miss my Communicator as well. It briefly resurfaced the other day but the battery had dodo'd, which was a shame because the rest of the unit was in pretty decent condition. It's so hard to find a phone with a decent keyboard on it and weight be damned.
Why doesn't El Reg have a coffee icon yet?
Bonking in the living room, bonking in the kitchen but alas no bonking in the bedroom yet.
And there's the problem
"Of course, while their opinions may carry some weight with judges and lawmakers, no one actually has to obey the statement as it's not legally binding."
Neither Apple or Samsung or anyone else will play nice unless they are legally forced to. "Why the hell should we when all these other bastards aren't?"
Looks like those angling for free cash were barking up the wrong tree.
An update to the OP
First off, thanks for all the replies so far, including the ones doubting my sanity.
To elaborate a little on my interests - I do actually *enjoy* working with computers, especially dealing with the hardware side of things. I get a strange sense of satisfaction in watching a system I've put together or upgraded boot up and run as sweet as a nut. I also enjoy exploring things about computers that I don't know too well. Manually configuring networks, the dustier corners of Control Panel, mucking around with Linux. Learning new things and then being able to apply them in a troubleshooting context - I like stuff like that.
Of course, I do understand that a large amount of stress comes from computer problems that are not software or hardware related...but then again, I can't imagine it's too different to working with patients. Failing that, there's always the five-pound lump hammer in my IT toolbox as well.
I have done a Computer Studies A-Level in my dim and distant past but the majority of it was taken up with building a database and front end in Microsoft Access, which bored me to tears. We were also taught Pascal which was much more engaging - during the same period I also taught myself Visual Basic. The latter was not such a good idea; I wasted most of my lessons writing an almost passable game of "21" with a basic level AI opponent and forgot to work on the database.
Amusing anecdotes aside, ultimately I'd like to go into network administration, through means of support and helpdesk work (hands on if possible), looking after individual computers and building up from there. Linux support also looks very appealling but I was advised that I'd need some basic level Linux experience first before I'd be able to do the Comp TIA Linux+ course. I'm guessing books would be a good starting point, unless anyone knows of any good online resources?
Once again, I really appreciate the lengths everyone is going to to help me out here. You guys and gals rock.
How the hell can this possibly be healthy?
Nutrition isn't my particular field of medical expertise but wouldn't this leave the stomach open to all kinds of potential infections, not to mention screwing up all kinds of delicate systems in there?
And many thanks
...to Mr T. Cook for the news tip.
I salute you, righteous fruitcake o7
These stories are massively entertaining.
All good IT hardware should be capable of inflicting horrible injury.
Blu-ray hasn't succeeded in replacing DVD by any means and if video streaming services like Netflix and Lovefilm continue to grow, why will people want to shell out a fortune on expensive TVs when a computer is capable of doing the job?
Like many other folks, the aesthetics don't really hold much appeal for me.
That said, the ergonomics of this thing could be a very different kettle of fish. I played on a 3DS and found the controls immensely uncomfortable, having rather large hands. Even the PSP didn't get it quite right. A full size X-box control I can use comfortably for several hours of gaming. Maybe it's not something you'd play on the way to work but it'd be ideal for playing on holiday. The screen size should be larger than that of a PSP or 3DS as well.
As always the two things that are going to make or break this are the actual games available - the Xperia Play languishes in my cupboard due to a lack of decent titles - and pricing as well. If the price isn't on a par with either the 3DS XL or PS Vita, this thing will be dead in the water.
By the by, wasn't Razer working on something like this, or was it something else with a screen? Can't remember.
EDIT: Just thought of something else. The PC Streaming feature would be a very nice touch for me - playing Dark Souls & Witcher 2 while laying in bed or even in the tub (with caution ofc) sounds like a might appealing idea, especially considering how heavy my last laptop was.
Should have played EVE Online
I know a number of highly unsavory individuals that would be more than happy to grief someone repeatedly, often completely free of charge too, especially if there's lulz involved.
An alternative unit of Force
I humbly put forward the Yoda as a unit of Force.
Now before you all start groaning at the lame-ass pun, hear me out. The little green guy is capable of quite a large amount of thrust, as we saw in Empire Strikes Back when he lifts the X-Wing out of the swamp. Randall Munroe does a considerably better job of explaining the details: http://what-if.xkcd.com/3/
However, Mr Munroe's calculations only give us the potential wattage produced by application, not the force output.
So, based on the supplied mass of an X-Wing as 5,600kg (5.6 metric tons) and acceleration of 0.39m/s2:
5600 x 0.39 = 2184 N
Quite a lot lower than a charging elephant but 20 times stronger than the Norris. Hmmm. More thought required with regards to scaling here.
The Fifty Thousand Volt Horizontal Foxtrot.
Re: Batttery on the HULC goes flat? One hour??
True but I'd suspect that you can't reverse engineer it in a cave with a box of scraps.
Sure, there are a lot of similarities between B5 and DS9 but both are definitely worthy of viewing. B5 takes the crown for me though as Season 2 on my iPod Touch got me through seven hours of purgatory at Dubai airport once.
This is vaguely irritating
Whenever someone talks about this OS, I feel a nagging urge to drink some fizzy red liquid with a billion additives and artificial colours in. =/
Re: Internal vs External vs ExtraTerrestrial
You know, a black box recorder for humans would be an extremely useful thing, from both a medical and crime investigation point of view.
Re: Memory is the second thing to go
It's a fascinating idea. Using hardware to store memories that can't be held by human memory due to conditions like Alzheimer's...the next step would be using processors to replaced damaged neural tissue but we're hundreds of years away from trying something that complicated.
Re: ...spend “is not proportional to its effectiveness”
Well, why not have both Linux and Windows in schools? That way kids an get experience with both OSes and encourages them to draw similarities between the two, which only help their understanding of how computers work?
Crazy talk I know.
I don't get the question
Why does it even matter if women are recruited into IT or not? You don't see women commenting about the lack of male midwives out there. A programmer is just a programmer and unless you're planning on typing with your 11th finger, genetalia doesn't really affect your ability to do the job.
Re: Perhaps none.
You'd also need to factor in the energy costs of the laser, unless sufficiently focused sunlight might do the trick (i.e. similar to a magnifying glass). It also depends on the type of magnet being used as well. If it's one of those super-cooled magnets, the amount of energy required to reach the necessary temp might be prohibative.
One other thought is that although they can heat only a specific section of the magnet, what stops the heat spreading through the rest of it? If the magnet reaches it's Curie point, it'll lose its magnetism. (I learned about that from one of those "Choose Your Own Adventure" books! ^_^).
Which qualifications are worthwhile?
I'm considering a change of career from my current medicinal line of work and stepping into the great grand world of IT. My current plan is starting in helpdesk work and moving up through network admin jobs (i.e. a junior position and working upwards).
Most of my current IT skills are self taught; it's pretty basic stuff like building a PC, installing hardware and OSes and setting up very basic home networks - pretty much a "gamer's toolbox". I've read a fair number of articles on here saying this qualification is worthless, that degree is worthless....
So what qualifications *do* IT recruiters look for in a newcomer? A friend of mine suggested that the Comp TIA A+ or Linux might be a good stepping stone but I'm throwing this one out to the more experienced folks out there. How does one actually get started in IT?
Oh, one small caveat - a degree is out of the question. I can't afford to quit my job and study full time. I'd be looking for a course I can do as an evening class or weekend class. I'm based in London if that helps.
Thanks in advance!
Re: Left out...
Was "Z-cars" one of his or was it just from the same era?
Can somebody call the Mysterons please?
Got a little job for them. Hell, they brought back Captain Black, they should be cool with bringing back the creator of their universe.
Re: Nice one!
Apple is the new Microsoft. Microsoft is the new RIM. RIM is the new Symbian. Symbian is the new plot in the graveyard.
"We respect that your photos are your photos..."
...but we're still going to use them and receive money for doing so anyway.
Re: More like rickrolling
Neat. I've never been rickrolled in purely text format before.
Fortunate for Mr Mckinnon that he wasn't extradited.
I understand there are currently ample supplies of both floury baps and cocker spaniels in America.
If this is really about saving on the costs of textbooks, why wouldn't the considerably cheaper Nook, Kindle or Kodo be an option?
The things is, while technology for schools has advanced, the books themselves have not. Even in medical circles we have ponderous great tomes that students and professionals have to read through. Every once in a while a text book may stuff a cheap CD in the back with some low quality .avi files but it's a poor solution as you're still havibng to divide your attention between screen and page.
Perhaps rather than looking for new ways to display old content, we should be looking for truly interactive text books. Something openable on either a tablet or PC, with pages of text with embedded videos and an exam section at the end with immediate scoring.
HTML would be a good way to do such a thing as it has most of the right tools. The trick would be persuading people to put down Microsoft Word and thinking about how they can demonstrate, rather than talk.
Re: Looks like Pete Cooke
Man, if ever there was a game deserving of a high definition like-for-like remake, it'd be this one.
I always found it amusing when I was six that I could send a spaceship out by typing "lunch" as a command. =p
I sometimes go months in between drillings. =/
Being serious for a moment, I really hope the project doesn't have to be scrapped. If they can prove the existance of life down there (and hopefully take some photos of afforementioned subterranean world!), it might convince folks at NASA to send the next rover probe to Titan. That'd be freaking amazing.
Time out a second...
Did they just say a particle that gives *mass* to substances decays into massless photons? I'm not a scientist and my understanding of stuff like this is hazy at best but shouldn't this be impossible? oO
I don't think Gary McKinnon is likely to go alien-hunting again any time soon. At least the poor bastard can move on at last.
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