238 posts • joined Wednesday 17th June 2009 06:38 GMT
Hoping it's better than AC3
All 3 episodes of Ezio's storyline were great; Connor's was noticeably worse. It would seem from the current crop of reviews that they've kept the best of AC3, the sea battles, and dropped the rampant collection-fest that plagued Revelations and AC3.
Still, I won't be buying this until the price drops. AC3 was too much of a disappointment to splash out that kind of cash.
Re: Change or Revert
"MS needs to do what worked well for it in the past and then build on that"
I seem to remember that they got convicted of monopolist crimes doing that. It may not be the way to go.
Re: Huge flaw in article
"not least of which the fuser assembly and the memory"
I think you meant the formatter. The fuser is usually just a pair of heated rollers to melt the toner in place. Image formation happens earlier in the process and most fusers just have a power connection and motor.
Re: Best upgrade...
"My biggest worry with spinning disks on a hard drive is reliability and file errors and every few months having to do a scandisk /f and crossing my fingers hoping for the best."
My biggest worry with SSDs is reliability. When flash dies, it goes down HARD, with zero chance to get data off. Pray that your customer has a recent backup.
A console has its advantages
As stated, there's no ongoing maintenance. It's a buy-once item, so need for OS upgrades, driver upgrades, graphics card upgrades, etc.
My PS3 has sat under the TV, acting more as a entertainment hub than a games console, for several years, where the main use it gets is iPlayer, Netflix and discs. We rarely watch broadcast TV any more.
I played a LOT of games during some convalescence, and here the PSN+ subscription came in to its own. It's actually a fantastic deal; worth far more than the subscription for anyone with the time to game. Just the free games makes it worth it, never mind the discounts.
I won't be getting a PS4, as I really don't need one. In time, some new killer feature or game may persuade me otherwise, but for now the PS3 is still bloody ace!
"As far as I can find, there IS no UK office.
The closest one is in Ireland - which is not in the UK.
Now, after the London office opens there might be (well, have been, as I would guess it won't open either)."
It's just off St Giles High St. You can see the Google logo behind reception. Google Maps even lists it, at 51.516067,-0.127234
I've been using Lastpass for a couple of years and have found that it's really useful, especially when combined with the Xmarks bookmarking service.
Being able to access any website, each of which has its own secure password, from mobile, home laptop and work desktop makes web browsing far easier. You only have to remember one master password, which can be changed quickly. The browser plugins detect when you change a site password and update the vault accordingly. The "Fill Form" function makes online forms a doddle, especially given that you can have multiple forms for different locations. Logging in to one device even logs any others out, and this is all from the free version.
I did pay for the premium version for a year, but found that the free version was enough for me, as it probably is for most people.
Re: Wi-Fi Tracking.
Airplane mode is great. Not only does it stop you being distracted whilst reading, but it extends battery life immensely!
"Besides passwords, another option is to not associate a credit card with the iTunes account and to fund it with iTunes gift cards instead"
This is the best option, if the devices is mostly used by the child in question. I have friends who have bought tablets, iPod Touch's and other shiny for their children as a placebo. Not associating a credit card is by far the safest way to go. If it is just a password, then they WILL figure it out eventually.
The market is still there,
if not the one they want. Businesses want and need a good, secure device for work communication. OK, it may never grant the megabucks that Apple & Samsung pull out of consumer devices, but there is a place for a well designed, controllable, work-based system for serious companies. I know several companies that already deploy BB, and they only reason that they will consider staying with them is if the control and deployment is easier than a multitude of iOS / Android / Exchange compatible phones.
3 are easily the best value
OK, I live in London, so the network is good.
But I recently wanted to get a personal hotspot. EE wanted £26 for 8GB/month. 3 offer 15GB/month for £19. No contest.
"No one [at the NSA] has wilfully or knowingly disobeyed the law or tried to invade your civil liberties or privacies. There were no mistakes like that at all."
Because they changed the law and kept it a secret! They didn't try to invade your privacy, they succeeded. Plus it wasn't by mistake, they intended to do it.
It really isn't.
There are plenty of people who will easily work 10 hours a day, especially those who run their own business. I used to do 60 hour weeks when I was 16, working for my Dad.
You smell that?
"Just so you're aware, we're not enjoying the benefits of big pay rises or bonuses either," he claimed. "It's not one rule for one group and one rule for another. Everyone in the business is feeling the pain..."
Yeeeeah, riiiight. Somehow methinks that the bosses on 100K+ aren't quite feeling the pinch as much as the field / call staff on 20K.
Re: Energy saving, PS3 off occassionally?
Depends. If you have a Sony Bravia TV (I don't know about other brands), then the remote will control the PS3, via the HDMI. I've watched lots of Netflix, iPlayer, & DLNA video using the PS3 without touching the controllers.
The only thing I had to use the controller for was ITVplayer, as the direction buttons didn't quite move the cursor properly and it needed the joystick.
Re: Well I want one, but am I a small and unusual?
It could also work well for people on holiday in, say, a caravan or canal boat. Lots of these have small TVs, so add a phone and a MiFi, and you have IPTV.
Re: A self proclaiming prophesy
The same can be said of phone and laptop batteries. Given some of the horror stories (icon) in the media, and my own bad experiences with the lifespan of "compatible" batteries, I'm sticking with branded from now on.
Re: belief in non existing things
“All right," said Susan. "I'm not stupid. You're saying humans need... fantasies to make life bearable."
REALLY? AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.
"Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little—"
YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES.
"So we can believe the big ones?"
YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.
"They're not the same at all!"
YOU THINK SO? THEN TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY. AND YET—Death waved a hand. AND YET YOU ACT AS IF THERE IS SOME IDEAL ORDER IN THE WORLD, AS IF THERE IS SOME...SOME RIGHTNESS IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MAY BE JUDGED.
"Yes, but people have got to believe that, or what's the point—"
MY POINT EXACTLY.
+With thanks to TP+
The problem comes when people believe that the little lies are *all there is*. They can't see beyond the Lies to Children and don't want to investigate the Lies to Adults that allow us to glimpse how things might work and how we fit in to the mechanism of the cosmos.
Re: Let there be.....Ignorance?
With apologies to Dr Jones: "Science is the search for fact... not truth. If it's truth you're looking for, Dr. Tyree's philosophy class is right down the hall."
"the ITU is planning an advisory to all mobile phone operators"
And they'll do what? Push out a firmware update, send everyone a new SIM or try and sell you a new phone?
The thing really lacking in the Map app is the ability to submit new data. You can report a problem with an existing location, but not if it doesn't have a marker already. There are a lot of places that just don't exist in the Apple / Yelp database. They do exist on Google.
The market for expensive phones is saturated. Everyone that wants one, has one. Future growth, if any, is going to be in lower end handsets in emerging markets. The first world smartphone thing is pretty much done.
How can a touch screen tell which button you are actually fumbling toward?
I'd like my car (and TV, and for that matter, phone) to just work. I don't want my driving data to be posted to Farcebook, or slurped by my insurance company, any more than I want my viewing habits given to Sky.
The Enterprise Tablet
Even with their current message, MS don't seem to know what their current market is. They seem to be pitching The One Surface. But they are pitching it to consumers and enterprise, without tailoring the message for the markets.
Consumers consume stuff; they watch videos, email, browse the web and play games. All of which the iPad and Galaxy Tab do very well. In order to get a piece of this action, Surface will have to do these better, as Jobs predicted when he launched the iPad. That's a hard task, as iOS and Android are pretty good at what they do.
For Enterprise, it's going to have to do content creation better than a laptop. Another very hard task, as RT & 8 haven't exactly covered themselves with glory thus far. And do MS want to sell a Surface, or an OS license?
Surface is going to be joining the othe MS hobo, Zune.
I've come to the conclusion that the only way is to run in private mode almost all the time, and resetting the browser at the end of every session. This means I only get ads for financial services, which are the only things I need a regular session for.
Re: Hope it's better than OSX's Outlook
Be thankful that you didn't have to use the abortion-in-progress that was Entourage. When MS shifted to OSX and abandoned Outlook For Mac (OS9) I didn't think it could get any worse. It did.
Outlook for Mac (OSX) is several steps better than both of these, but still horrendous compared with the basic interoperability built in to iOS and OSX.
And the remote wipe feature works in iOS Mail as well, administered from OWA.
Standard business practice
Most manufacturers of anything will have a minimum order value. There are plenty of warehouses the world over that have a part pallet of old stock that some buyer optimistically ordered and they've never managed to shift.
It's just that the order value here is just rather more than Verizon have managed to sell.
The publishers are having a larf! MS and Sony both want total control of the games market and to move us all to tied licenses. But they also want to keep gouging us for £30+ per game, which just isn't realistic.
I saw a talk by one of the founders of Oddworld Inhabitants, inventors of the extremely lovable Abe. It’s very illuminating; both in the way that this small developer chooses to work, and for a telling fact. When they shipped boxed product, a game that retailed at $60 would pay a royalty of $7. The rest went on manufacturing costs and licensing and other sundries. Now, distributing their titles via PSN, Steam and XBLA, a sale of $10 nets the same $7 royalty. And this is for games that cost $4m to produce!
The full talk is here: http://www.oddworld.com/2012/10/oddworld-does-eurogamer-expo/
Available on Sands of Time
The original game is available, in some form, on the Sands of Time game. Gamespot has details for the different platforms. http://uk.gamespot.com/prince-of-persia-the-sands-of-time/cheats/
The one downside of a SSD is its lifespan. And once it goes, all the data is gone. Traditional platter recovery methods don't work and anyone who has a single SSD, perhaps in a laptop, has to have a regular backup strategy. Otherwise, one day, they are going to get a nasty shock.
I'd be surprised if they change the form of the most recognisable workstation on the market. And it's fairly well designed internally. We're probably just talking a new system board to support newer CPUs and graphics, USB 3 ports and maybe eSATA.
Re: Still using them here
4 copies with 2 brands, actually. One of each to the reference Library, the others to offsite storage.
Still using them here
DVD and BD are by far the most cost effective archival medium for lots of people. I used to work for a games manufacturer, and we had rooms of DVDs keeping the reference copies of old work. Not business critical, so not on tape, but needed and important to have available on short notice.
Don't bet on it. Sony wants to move to download only. That way they only sell licenses, kill the 2nd hand market (which they currently make NO money on) and have total control of the distribution.
Still worse service and speed than Be, for roughly the same cash, over copper. Fibre is still a white elephant, unless you live right next to the cabinet.
Re: Worse than pointless
>As for the nagware campaign. I just love the "you would not steal a car" thing at the start of a DVD I just paid for. Makes me want to run off some copies and hand them out on the street corner.
Unskippable too. That really pisses me off, to the point that I haven't purchased a DVD or BD for 18 months. That and the fact that just haven't been any new films I want to see that much. I'll probably get the new Batman at some point, but at the moment, online offerings make more sense.
Lots of places use InDesign now. The publisher I used to work at migrated when Adobe started selling CS2, as it integrated well with the in-house Repro solution as well as the obvious CS advantages. Plus the fact that Quark alone cost as much as the entire CS bundle!
That's what I'd like from a tv. All it needs is a really good display, with sufficient ports that I can plug whatever boxes in to it I'd like. My current set is a Sony with their XMB UI, which is pretty good. It came with Freeview and Freesat built in, but both of those are superseded now. Most of my "smart" viewing is done via the PS3, either over interwebs, or streamed from my NAS.
Good picture, good sound, lots of ports. Nothing else required.
Re: (i)OS unification
This already happens, to some extent. The OSX installer will detect which hardware drivers are required in a given installation. Also, the discs that used to be shipped with a Mac where only good for that model, as they lacked the full range of drivers included in the Retail edition. Now, the Restore function tells the server what drivers it needs and downloads them in a rebuild.
It does make sense to have as many common modules as possible, but I personally preferred the previous lower levels of iOS functionality in OSX. It was easier to support in a business environment.
Let's hope she gets on well enough to have the chance to do some good.
If the Govm't are so concerned about this, then they need to fix the tax rules. Taking the time to do it properly will mean more money for them, more competitiveness in the market (good for us) and they get to be seen doing something good. While they are at it, they need to fix personal tax dodgers like Phillip Green as well.
Multinational profits made in a country should be taxed in that country.
Unit sales are a better measure. If they want to talk about comparison to movies, then they need to relate players to viewers. AC3, Ubisoft's biggest ever launch, sold 3.5 million units the first week. How does this compare to that?
Re: Simplez @ AC@12:34
Thanks for the advice, but the iPad both suits my fancy and fills the requirements. I looked long and hard at the competition when deciding on a tablet and the iPad is best for me and what I want to do with it.
The beef I currently have is that the Apple YouTube app was pretty good, until it got pulled in iOS 6. The current Google one is not an iPad app, just an iPhone one. It just gets scaled up to the larger screen. This looks bloody shite on the big screen. The old app had a lot of the functionality of the full web page. The iPhone app is severely limited by comparison.
And just to clarify one of your points. Some apps are iPhone size (like Google Maps) and scale to the larger screen. A few are "for iPad". The vast majority (such as Galaxy On Fire) are dual format and contain both the iPhone and iPad layouts in a single app. So purchasing these apps once lets you use it on iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, whichever you own.
I just wish they'd do a decent YouTube app for iPad. The current one is rubbish.
I have a ReadyNAS Duo. I'm really happy with it. It's quieter now that I've replaced the stock fan, although it wasn't that bad in the first place. Upgrading the RAM made quite a difference, but was a PITA. Back when I got it, NAS support for Apple Time Machine was few and far between and this was a major factor in the purchase. I'm rather surprised this article went for a NV+ rather than an Ultra4.
Re: Blame Mozilla
Mozilla don't support H.264 because it isn't an open codec. It isn't even FRAND. Apple started the big push of H.264 in iOS. Guess who has a large stake in the consortium that owns it?
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