822 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009
"As this footage shows, the IRA gunman succeeded in destroying a British helicopter... by firing a toilet at it."
Gabe Newell said it
"In general, we think there is a fundamental misconception about piracy. Piracy is almost always a service problem and not a pricing problem. For example, if a pirate offers a product anywhere in the world, 24 x 7, purchasable from the convenience of your personal computer, and the legal provider says the product is region-locked, will come to your country 3 months after the U.S. release, and can only be purchased at a brick and mortar store, then the pirate's service is more valuable. Most DRM solutions diminish the value of the product by either directly restricting a customers use or by creating uncertainty." - Gabe Newell of Valve fame.
Basically boils down to "if piracy provides a better service than the producers, of course people will pirate."
This whole 720 suffix thing is just speculative right? Right?
It's a trap!
"Where would that come from? We already have a list of *well-behaved* installed applications that the user can remove if they wish. It's in whatever Control Panel calls itself these days."
That's pretty much the list I'm talking about. My idea would be to present the list in the refresh options, so that you can _put back_ everything you think is OK.
I've had trouble with XP that needed a rebuild but it was mostly hardware to blame. On the other hand, without doing anything other than turning it on, Windows 98 SE sometimes just forgot where bits of it were.
I hope it works at least as well as system restore.
Sounds like a useful feature. Providing a list of desktop apps that were installed and allowing you to choose which ones to reinstall would be better than ditching all of them though.
It seems to be pretty clear that your IP being listed proves absolutely nothing about whether you actually illegally download stuff. At most it shows where you live, but that doesn't mean torrents were ever downloaded from the location the IP is currently tied to.
Not that the site authors care about this. If anyone mentions it, they say its just for fun, or just to show that torrents aren't secure.
I'd be a little more worried about false positives.
I doubt I'll ever pay a grand or more on a TV in my life. Something a bit more down to Earth would be nice.
We've come a long way
...and this is humanity's zenith.
I just don't see why
The little console thingy is £70 and buying a game costs the RRP and is unlikely to drop.
For that you're tying yourself to a service that may not last forever and you never actually own your game.
Why not just buy a second hand xBox 360 (I got a 2009 model Elite for £80 last year)? You can then hunt around for the best prices on new releases and pick up plenty of cheap old games. Or just rent them the old fashioned way.
No mention of the subscription fee. Is that still around or did they decide it was silly?
You do have to pay £20 for a ticket into Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, which includes only one tour of HMS Victory.
Commissioned in 1778
At that time we were the hated enemy.
Makes me feel all warm inside.
Apple has invested a lot in having the biggest brand value. Even though some other manufacturers have brought out arguably better hardware, some of which is quite innovative (e.g. the ASUS transformer), there's just no marketing going on. Without making a name for themselves, people won't recognise the other brands and when Apple steals the best ideas (as they always do), people will just think it's Apple being clever again.
Also, although you may not agree, the "it just works" mantra around which iOS is designed appeals to a lot of people. Android is different on every machine.
"Keypads r mch nicr"
They don't help your typing though.
Bread won't keep you warm in winter
Actually, good shelter is a pretty important consideration. In temperate climates you need a decent house to survive the winter. In hotter climates you need to be able to get out of the sun.
...and when that fondleslab breaks?
Far better than your last article.
Please, just let it be. The mini-series was god awful!
You'd have to get to point 3 or above on the _top_ pay band at this uni to get over £49k.
"...the leading smartphone operating system Android."
"The biggest advantage we have over Android is that you don’t need to be a computer scientist to use a Windows Phone"
I didn't realise there were so many computer scientists out there.
Nothing but hot air from a baffoon.
Out of interest, how many requests have been made by the UK?
I've never understood the clamour to get something on release day. If you haven't pre-ordered, why bother?
"Rob Shoesmith, a former binman from Coventry, camping outside the Covent Garden store for ten days in order to be the first to hand over 500 quid for the new phone."
1. Where does a former binman (former? what does he do now?) get that kind of throwing away money? Clearly I'm not getting paid enough in science.
2. If he's working, why the hell would he waste his annual leave camping on a street?
3. If he's not working, first refer to question 1, and second, why isn't he spending this time looking for a job?
Better be free
If I'm using my wireless network, the bandwidth of which I already pay for, I'm not going to be sending my mobile operator money for something that I could use Skype for anyway. If it ain't free, I won't use it.
Where am I?
I seem to have to woken up in Australia.
A few pints and a packet of peanuts
"What do we DO about it?"
Nothing. Nothing at all. Even trying would be futile.
If it happens tomorrow, just try to relax and be thankful that your life has been good to you so far. If it hasn't been good to you so far, don't worry. It won't be bothering you much longer.
If memory serves...
Ditching the telephone sanitisers resulted in the death of the rest of the species due to infection caught from dirty telephones.
Unfortunately the whole 'lemmings charging off a cliff' thing is nonsense.
The moth metaphor would have been OK. Sheep is also an option, but would make you sound like an arse.
"Xbox is useless without Gold"
Mine is pretty useful without it. Plays games and can download stuff and everything.
Not interested in playing against 13 yr old CoD fans in multiplayer so why would I want Gold?
Besides BBC iPlayer must be free to a license fee payer by law.
"Ernst contested the claim"
"When they applied for unemployment benefits, Ernst contested the claim, saying that since the resignations were voluntary, unemployment was not justified."
Are you telling me that in the US a former employer can potentially block a unemployment benefit claim? Seriously?!?
What wisecracks? What pooh-poohing? The author seemed pretty pro-this kind of thing.
Also, watch what you say about 'Britards'* and sciency stuff. Some of us do just that.
*Thanks for that by the way... *sigh*
Ah, I wasn't accusing the Register of being sensationalist, that was aimed squarely at the Mirror and Daily Mail. In a brief article like this though the description of the work made it sound like absolute fluff, which is the conclusion some of the commenters above have obviously come to.
Sheffield has a horrible square ended cathedral in the city centre. Having played a lot of Fallout 3 on a pretty old PC, I imagined that someone must have set the draw distance quite low and that if I walked a bit closer the apparently missing spire would fade into view.
Not that I'm mad or anything.
...and the way El Reg described it made it sound like bad science, i.e. setting out to do a study using a tiny and biased sample. Whereas it was really a paper that says to other scientists "hey this is interesting, we're going to study it further".
The Mirror and Daily Fail clearly only cared about a sensationalist negative anti-gaming article, but then that's not anything new.
Not a binary classification
There's a whole spectrum of games between meat-headed COD and 'plan meticulously but still get shot by someone a mile away that you had no hope of seeing' Op Flashpoint. This is certainly closer to COD, but there is at least a semblance of tactics required, i.e. taking cover from time to time rather than running around like a maniac.
Some people like to cuddle afterwards.
...and how many professors actually wear their gowns to anything other than No.1 dress occasions?
Just in time
Just in time for me to get a new phone when my contract runs out.
"On top of which, sometimes it is just better to have 2 devices for doing 2 different things in 2 different places."
I agree with this. That's why I'd rather have a PC with separate monitor, or TV with separate DVD player and digi-box, rather than any kind of combo. If something fails, or you want to upgrade it (my HTC hero is going out the door as soon as my contract is up), you just swap out one of your gadgets instead of buying a whole new system.
It won't shut up the conspiracy nuts
...but I'm certainly impressed.
Finally a way to deal with those beat-thumping hip-hop listening neighbours.
What a shame.
Since SETI was essentially trying to find patterns in that static you see on an untuned TV, CERN have a slightly better chance I feel.
Forward thinking of them
I first read the conference name as "20th Unisex Security Symposium".
You then need to consider the possibility of getting it wrong. While your system is fallible, you can't allow capital punishment to continue.
Tends towards Godwin's Law
All of them, my good fellow. Providing the "correct" political views are those of right minded non-bastards, i.e. those who don't go in for death penalty, human testing, torture, genocide etc.
To take your argument to it's ultimate conclusion, are you suggesting that an organisation should employ EDL, BNP, all the way up to (neo-)Nazis, regardless of their political views?
You'll find that those who support capital punishment would love to see the consequences you describe. Without actually considering what that would mean, or course.
"half of us discard pennies and tuppences as pointless, and a third have refused to buy cheap things for fear of breaking a note."
Wouldn't it be nice to have so much money that you can afford a complete lack of common sense.
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