270 posts • joined 11 May 2007
Re: This isn't doing Apple any favours
Obviously I haven't read the WHOLE Apple licensing agreement, but I always assumed that, on the death of a licensee, all Apple owned kit, including content was to be buried with the deceased to prevent it falling into the hands of terrywrists or, worse, discount resellers
How many times have I been halfway through a development project when some sales droid (sorry, relationship manager) comes back from a pissed up progress meeting with a list of new features that s/he has told the client "Oh I'm sure the boys can add those, at the same cost, inthe same timeframe, no problem. I mean it's just zeroes and ones isn't it?"
Cue the raised voices at the next review meeting when MY team is pilloried for not meetin THEIR new requirements.
Re: an excuse
Excuse me, but that's MY adopted crowded traffic clogged hecklhole you''re insulting there. I''ll have you know that it's only actual Sydneysiders who're traditionally allowed to admit what a stinky, brown sky, horribly humid rathole it really is. To the rest of the world we present a united "best city in the world" front.
As for the pissup, sorry, quiet get together, I'm happy to travel Business Class only. Please have your people arrange the ticket and limo
Re: I'm excited! No, not really!
Seriously, you don't need to be 'paid by MS' to suggest that Office (of the MicroSnot variety) would be the killer app for this to be taken up.
Regardless of how 'inferior' it might be to the many alternatives out there, the point is that MS Office accounts for the vast majority of WP/SS/presentation software packages used in business, and it's what probably 90%+ of people use at work every day, so the suggestion that it would encourage people to move to the platform is not entirely left field, is it?
@ John Lilburne RE: CD Format is crap
Actually, the CD/Red Book format is very good indeed. The bandwidth is well beyond anything anyone can hear (unless you're half bat), there's none (ok, very very little) of the harmonic distortion that makes vinyl sound 'warmer' (on that subject, why are audiophiles so keen on valve amps? Adding distortion might subjectively 'improve' the sound, but you can add it with filters instead of buying an amp where it's already built in), and the dynamic range is colossal (~100db).
The main problem with CDs, and pretty much all digital recordings, is that most are mastered with the dynamic range squeezed down to practically nothing. That is, the softest cymbal brush is compressed up to where it's as loud as the unmuted trumpet. To test this, check out any recently remastered old album against a CD from 20 years ago (or a good vinyl copy of the original release). You'll find a total lack of variation between passages - everything in the music is at the same volume, making for a very tiring listening experience.
Talk to any sound engineer and they'll tell you that the music industry isn't designed for audiophiles. Its output is intended to sound REALLY LOUD on cheap equipment, and compression of the dynamic range does that. Google 'loudness wars' if you want to get seriously depressed.
This has been going on since the introduction of the CD and the processing technology that came with them. http://www.dynamicrange.de/en/how-did-loudness-war-start has a graphic showing how dynamic range on commercial recordings has been systematically reduced in post processing since 1986
Re: Cost analysis not feasable
Cost benefit analysis wasn't done on original research. So your point is? Original research is undertaken to increase general understanding. Often, useful or even revolutionary inventions and concepts come out of that research, but the invention of WiFi, for example, was not why the CSIRO was doing astronomical research, it was a by product of that reseach (or at least of the research process and methods)
The NBN is not original research. It's the implementation of existing technology by a company (NBN Co) and its partners with the intention of making money. In that case, wouldn't it be a good idea to find out whether you can make money out of it BEFORE you start digging the trenches?
Re: He previously complained bitterly about the lack of hand lotion.
"3 people who don't get/like that their liberalist values are viewed by many in the world as weakness"
And several more who don't like the idea that their kneejerk reaction of 'I can't be bothered to consider the ramifications, let's just kill someone' is generally regarded outside the US as a sign of morally deficient dickheadedness.
Takes all sorts I suppose.
Interesting that it's the people (esp merkins) who were entirely untouched by this event who are calling for blood and disembowelling, while the Norwegians are calling for the rule of law.
Re: He previously complained bitterly about the lack of hand lotion.
"Which is another way of saying you wouldn't have the balls to take revenge against your murdered child. That says a lot about your sort."
If anything sums up the cultural divide, it's that one sentence. To a merkin, there HAS to be 'revenge'. If you are not prepared to kill SOMEONE because you have been hurt, then you have 'no balls'.
So a coward seeks to preserve his or her hard won standards when dealing with a hideous crime. And in the case of Norway, demonstrated that justice can be done without resorting to mob violence.
A REAL man (one assumes the merkins have no desire for their women to grow testicles at this point) grabs his gun, yells "America! Fuck Yeah!" and immediately guns down the nearest convenient (and if possible, defenceless) target, apparently in the hope that killing someone will bring their lost ones back.
Life's not much fun when your 'World policeman' is a gun toting psychopath with an 'Eye for an eye' T shirt.
Re: Okay not on the bezel
See yours and raise, etc.
I had an early Technics or Teac 4:3 flatscreen (tft I think, but could be wrong - bloody awful quality by today's standards anyway) TV with a row of soft touch controls on the bezel of the screen.
It would have been made some time in the 90s. Oh, and with a screen size of around 20" it was most deffo a 'mobile device" (as long as you had a good length of aerial cable to hand!)
Maybe King (Oh, ROYAL GAMES, sorry) need the money for the expensive lawyers they'll need to keep Ransom tied up in court until he's bankrupt.
That's the usual course of action when a Big Guy is called out by the little Guy, isn't it?
"We have more money than you, so we can buy the court while you mortgage your house to try and stop us"
Re: Are we assuming a new car?
Ah, you're making the classic mistake there. Ownership? VW will, on delivery of 'your' new vehicle, provide you with all the details of your EULA. This will include the obvious fact that what you have bought is a personal, non transferable licence to USE their car for the life of the licence.
Once you decide to upgrade to a licence on use of a bigger or better car, it is your responsibility to return the car to the owner (VW), who can choose to issue a new licence or disable the vehicle.
Result? Everybody trades in their old cars when they buy a new licence, no second hand car market, since any unlicensed car can be shut down from home base.
I remember reading an SF short story once where roads were resurfaced every two years with a rubberised pattern which matched the tyre tread on new cars. If you didn't trade up, your car would literally shake itself to bits as its tyres wouldn't match the pattern on the roads. Please don't suggest this to Call me Dave.
Re: How is this even a debate?
"And what about the actual driver? Don't they get a say in the matter?"
Thank you. Best laugh I've had in ages.
No, not familiar at all
This is the 2014's, people do get by of what you hate"
OK, I've run this one through me logic circuits forwards and backwards. I'm sure it's originally derived from English (or possibly another Germanic language, or something that shares similar roots), but even after careful scanning, I still have no fscking idea what it says.
Is this the new Shoreditch language 2.0 paradigm thing we've been told about?
"Oh, and Linux on the desktop, obviously"
You know, we've been saying that since the 90s. One year, simply by the law of averages, it HAS to be true.
Please tell me it will happen
Re: C64's SID is legendary
The Oric-1 would give the C64 a run for it's money anyday. Plus, having commands in Oric Basic that directly addresses the sound chip ("zap" anyone?) made creating your own noisy games that little bit easier.
Of course, having to produce your own games because there was bloody near nothing available for it was a bit of a downer.
Re: It can be a grey area ...
Don't know what it's like wherever you are, but here most (if not all) car manufacturers will honour the warranty on a car however many owners it's had. And that includes their 5 year Roadside Assistance warranties.
Although when I bought my last new car, I did ask the salesman, if they were that confident of the quality and reliability of the car, why did they need to offer roadside assistance. At least he laughed.
Re: Toyota Update?
It's quite amazing what can be done through a firmware update these days. At it's first service, I complained of a flat spot on the throttle a t 1800 revs, just about at the point the turbo kicks in (it's a diesel). The guy waved that away with 'oh yes, that issue was identified and the fix is in the firmware update. You'll also see some fuel consumption improvements, especially in cold starting and towing.'
And he was right - no actual mechanical fixes, just different software.
For an old skooler, that's just WRONG.
"...To be honest, Nokia have been doomed since the release of the N97..."
Now just hold on there. I'll have you know that I myself had a Nokia N97 and it . . .
Ah, yeah. I see what you mean.
The Real Elephant in the Room
One has to assume that the Renault engineers have never driven in Mumbai. In a city where you have to deal with suicidal cyclists, scooters, random changes of direction from 25 vehicles at the same time, usually in at least 25 different directions, drivers making their own overtaking lanes on the pavements or in peoples' gardens, people running across 6 lane highways to try to sell something to you, mad bloody mobile phone users and the general Indian driver technique of 'point it towards home, foot down, eyes closed, adding quadcopter drones is simply adding a new technological method of dieing horribly in a blazing wreck.
Honestly, even 10 years later the memory makes me shudder.
Re: Can I get a refund...
Not sure about that. According to the music industry, none of us have 'bought' our CDs, MP3s, vinyl albums or cassette tapes. All we've bought is an exclusive, non transferable licence to LISTEN to the music on whichever media it has been encoded onto.
Therefore, if changing technology decrees that he can no longer get hold of the technology he needs to exercise his limited rights under that licence, isn't it the responsibility of the music industry which granted that licence to provide him with a medium he *can* listen to?
of course, it would mean he has no right to sell the 'obsolete' media without ensuring that someone else doesn't inadvertently listen to music under his personal licence, but it also means that the music industry cannot continue to charge him again and again for the same piece of music just because it's been poured into a different container.
Re: I think he's lost it
If you think JMJ should produce MORE content, then you've obviously never spent a weekend in the company of 2 rabid JMJ fans.
"..and this is the version he did in 1986. You'll notice that the bass line is a lot more pronounced than the '84 Monserrat version, but still less fluid than the version he played at the Destination Docklands concert. Hold on, there's another 17 different revordings here. Some of them are quite distinct. Where are you..? oh really? that tired? OK, night night. hope the daylight doesn't keep you awake"
Re: The Oxygene of publicity...
Personally, forget about the oxygen of publicity. JMJ should be denied the oxygen of oxygen
Re: iPhone 4, 3 years later: FUBAR
Dropped my old Dell Streak many times more than once. It ended up with a single crack in the corner of the screen that was visible if you looked at it edge on because it broke up the screen image.
I've also dropped my current Note more than once - no indication of damage issues as yet. Oh, and neither one had a case because in the case (ha!) of the Dell, there weren't any, not in Oz anyway, and in the case of the Note, it turned a slim, neat looking mobile into a leather half brick that wouldn't fit in my pocket.
It did NOT end up with a shatter pattern that looked like a bullethole in laminated glass after being dropped, once, onto carpet as a frlend's iPhone 4s did.
Re: seems an odd thing to do
"most Android phones cannot run the latest version of Android"
You have something to back that up, I assume?
My first Android device was a Dell Streak 5 (ok, I know). It came with Android 1.5(Cupcake) and upgraded in its time as far as Gingerbread (2.3.7) with no issues whatsoever. My current phone came with ICS and is currently running on KitKat, again with no visible slowing.
Please don't just repeat allegations without some grain of investigation first. Leave that sort of thing to the Met.
"..your investment can go down as well as .."
El Reg a TABLOID?
Sorry, but that is a vicious calumny. I believe The Reg (or 'that old rag' as my SO calls it) has always prided itself as being a prime example of the new breed of gutter press, since I understand that's where most of their hacks end up sleeping after their Friday night drinkies.
Red Top and proud of it say I!
Well, if 3.5mm jacks should be on there, surely we have to include the 6mm jack?
And after several hundred comments, I'm appalled, yes appalled that nobody has yet spoken up for the humble GPO A jack plug.
I cut my teeth on these little beauties using patch bays in mahogany cabinets, courtesy of the BBC - 3 distinct modes of operation on the same jack - unplugged means a closed (or sometimes open, but usually closed) circuit, linking studio signal to the desk, full push in to break the circuit and direct it elsewhere, partial to 'listen in', allowing you to patch a studio output to another channel without disturbing the original feed.
And they were BRITISH dammit!
Re: Learn something new every day
The Indian lashup reminded me of a trip to Koh Samui last year. Once you get out of the main tourist strip, the mains is all overhead cables, and the way you hook up your house is that two johnnies come along with cable, big crocodile clips and a LOT of wide insulating tape. Also thick gloves.
They wire to the house, carefully avoiding letting the cable hang too low by pulling it taut, then scurry up a ladder with their gloves on and jam the crocodile clips into the live overheads. Then it's just a matter of seeing how many rolls of insulating tape they can wrap around the junction.
Apparently this saves the inconvenience of switching off power to customers while splicing in new cables.
Yes, we did have a remarkable number of power cuts while we were there. Why do you ask?
Re: "BuzzFelch"? WTF?
My Favourite was 'It's the thin end of a very long and complicated wedge'
Re: compel the donation of organs without opt out
"..expanded to include compulsory pre-death organ donation by people that aren't considered worth having around.."
Funnily enough, that was close to the subject of a discussion on ethics at Uni.
Suppose transplant techniques have improved to the point where the success rate is approaching 100%.
A doctor has three patients; one, a gifted scientist, will die without a heart and lung transplant, another, a highly qualified neurosurgeon, will die without a liver transplant. The third, an ex footballer, is confined to a wheelchair and is under treatment for depression.
So in terms of A) quality of life and B) benefit to society, is it ethically acceptable for the doctor to cannibalise the third patient, who is in no immediate danger of death, in order to save the lives of the first two?
Leads to many a late night argument, especially when you start switching the patients' conditions around a bit.
Of course, if this ever happened in the real world, it would be the one with the most money who was saved.
Sorry, I just looked it up too. Seriously? 38 grand just to tell the time?
Ah well, I guess it's worth it as long as there are other twats around willing to pay stupid money for it when your Timex comes back from repair.
Re: Slightly hypocritical, no, we have a memory of what needs to be done
Dunno about Pride Marches though. In Sydney the annual Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras is a damn good reason to stay indoors with the doors and windows locked, if only to avoid the Liza Minnelli tributes.
Re: There was a time.....
I'll see your Honda Jazz and raise you a Samsung Pro815 camera. Fantastic device in everything, until you come to the range of flat buttons around the top LCD screen and down the side of the main one. Dark brown 'bronze' buttons with the function incised into them with the world's narrowest laser.
Result? Off with the glasses, peer at the buttons from a distance of 1-2cm, look up and "Oh, I can't see what I was taking a photo of now"
Re: Early, Early days
"There was a second game that was in a similar style set on a space station, can't remember what it was called though!"
That would have been Dun Darach (sp?). I had that too, more of the same with a nice bluish background but just as confusing and frustrating.
No, I don't know why I bought the follow up when I couldn't make head or tail of the first one. But it was a new Speccy game at a time when new releases were reduced to less than 70 a week.
Does anyone remember the name of that game where you had to walk through a maze which had giant balls moving around and you had to avoid them? All I can remember is that the movement algorithm was supposed to be so complicated that the balls would not repeat their pattern of movements within the life of the universe.
Well, that and the fact I never got more than halfway through level one, of course.
Early, Early days
I used to get those cover tapes on the old Spectrum mags, and they'r often come with demos of new games - first level, usually.
There were so many games I never bought because I could never complete the bloody demo level!
Plus the games I bought that I ended up seeing 10-20% of because everytime I got to THAT bit, I'd get killed and have to start from scratch. And to be honest, there's a limit to how many times you can do the first hour of Tir Na Nog before it just becomes tedious.
Savescumming might be as bad in SP as camping is in MP, but at least these days I get a chance to finish the game!
Re: Look on the bright side
"The problem with Abbott is not that he is stupid, it's that he's a sanctimonious git. "
Yes, but to be fair, he IS a STUPID sanctimonious git.
Oh yes, That 'pub' reaction
"Yes, only last night I was at the pub - well, the Commons Bar, with a few of my (what was it again? Oh yes. Thankyou) 'mates', Simon and Tarquin from MI6, a couple of Johnnies from the Foreign Office and my secretary, and I mentioned surveillance.
Well, they all agreed with me that it was a jolly good thing, except my former secretary, so there you go. The Vox Populi has spoken and agrees with me.
I think our Dave would look fabulous on a railing outside Westminster. Hell, in the old days, every one of the buggers would have been offered a once in a lifetime opportunity to never again have to buy a hat.
Re: But, how long before it can discriminate between:
"Polygamy Porter ("Why have just one?")"
You sir owe me a new keyboard
Re: American beer? @ DiViDeD
"..I'll bet you just haven't tried the right American craft beer.."
That's what I thought, which is why I didn't want to trash American beers straight off. I think the issue is that you can go into (almost) any pub in Europe and find a beer that you're going to like. I found in the US that all the regular bars seem to serve the same selection of <pardon the term> weak cat's piss.
I'm sure there are some great American beers out there, but you have to search.
A bit like going to the Boxmoor Working Mens' Club* and trying to find a working man - not impossible, just hard work.
* of course there is an argument that taxi drivers, chartered accountants and graphic designers *are* working men. YMMV
Re: American beer?
Yes, but none of them are terribly nice, are they? My experience of US craft beers (limited to Sam Adams and a couple of New Jersey/new England microbreweries was that they were all a bit 'hoppy' for my taste, rather like the dark but still very 'lagerish' beers we get in Australia, Of course, it might well be an acquired taste, but I think I'll stick to me Belgians thanks.
Mind you, none of them prepared me for the disappointment I had in New York when we found a bar that served Amstel draught. Weak as piss and most of the flavour gone. Someone told me that Amstel for import to the US is watered down from 4.6% alcohol to 2.5, although I don't know how true that is. But it certainly tasted like it was. I was tempted to buy it and pour it straight into the urinal to cut out the middle man.
Re: Phoneless Phreedom @DiViDeD
Yes, the SAR guys can concentrate on the poor bloke who fell of a cliff and will be able to call for help as soon as he manages to drag himself 40+km on his elbows to where he can get a mobile signal.
Always assuming his phone didn't break in the fall and he hasn't broken his elbow, of course.
This is Australia. When I go camping, I carry flares and a 2 way radio. I'd rather be snug inside my vehicle/tent waiting for rescue than dragging myself many kilometres through a bush where 90% of the wildlife wants you dead and the other 10% want to watch (and pick up the bits the actual killer didn't want)
Re: Phoneless Phreedom
Stay thrown back as long as you can. I''ve just come back from a camping trip where one of the husbands drove 86km round trip every morning and evening to get a signal so he could 'just check in with the office'
His wife was well steamed by about day 2 (well 1 Tbh).
I can happily report that when I got back my mobile was still on the kitchen bench where I'd left it.
Re: Once upon a time....
"...why would you lock the doors?"
My thoughts exactly. But not, unfortunately, the thoughts of the people who designed my car. Once it reaches ~10kph, all the doors lock. And they stay locked, even when stopped, until you either take out the key (which you can't do until the car is in Park with the handbrake on), or press the 'lock/unlock' switch on the driver's armrest (which is not much use for resting your arm anyway, as there are so many control switches on it)
Many of the innovations in my car I like (electric seat adjustment, auto phone linking, steering wheel controls for practically everything), but the door locking thing I really don't understand. I mean, it has child locks on the rear doors, should I ever be foolish enough to transport a child, so why lock me in evrytime I drive?
Re: HUD? - modern satnavs
"..my driving in London has become much safer with the satnav.."
I wish I could say the same about driving in Sydney. My phone navigator is fine, but the one in the car has an awful tendency, in the inner suburbs, to assume it's on the road parallel to the one it's actually in.
"At the traffic lights, turn right" becomes "WHAT traffic lights? Those? But that's a pedestrian crossing! There's no turn! And I'm here in the right hand lane with my blinker going! Should I turn into that school?", all while the GPS is yelling "Turn Right! Turn Right! In 500 metres perform a U turn" at me.
Not sure whether it's not enough satellites or too many streets.
Re: "Handy" - WTF
OK, I know I'm a bit of a pedant, but how can 'Handy' be an abbreviation of 'Hand'?
Re: Other attractions/museums that might interest you all...
By Damn, Herstmonceux! Apart from their 'weird science' interactive exhibits, the best part was listening to one of the astronomers explaining how the whole observatory had been designed to 'blend' into the environment, with copper domes that weathered to produce a neon green that stood out from the trees like a searchlight, and variable level platforms and walkways interspersed with interesting water features. Apparently, in the days of purely eyeball astronomy, many an astronomer, trying to maintain his/her night vision, ended up in the water or falling to their doom (well, sprained ankles were the main issue) when the ground suddenly turned into a staircase in the dark.
Interactive displays, minimum wage actors and professional video would never have reduced an entire tour group to helpless laughter as we listened to the stories from someone who was there
Re: An amazing experience will be lost
"...building your attraction on the experts who were there at the time isn't a long term strategy, because sooner or later nature will take it's toll (noone lives forever)."
Exactly. Which is why we should be both making the most of those who have volunteered their time and knowledge while we have the chance.
Down at Paradise Park in East Sussex is the Newhaven Maritime Museum, and they've been active for many years in recording, first as audio, then onto VHS, now digitally, the memories and stories of those who lived through the Depression, the two wars, and simply the years when lifestyle was alien to us now. It's an irreplaceable and very human record of times past - not a replacement for the documents and artifacts, but something that brings it alive, makes it immediate, in the same way an old chap sitting in an armchair at BP captured the imagination of everyone in the room, simply by reminiscing.
That's what the BPT should be doing now - not dismissing and pissing off volunteers, but capturing their memories and enthusiasm for one of the most momentous times in both social and computing history.
Many who worked at BP have already gone, and their memories are lost. Surely 8 million can buy enough recording kit so we don't lose any more?
Couldn't agree more! I visited BP several times in the late nineties and early naughties, before moving to the Arse end of Trailer.
To be able to explore the grounds, what remained of the accommodation and work huts, and simply to listen to the stories of people who'd BEEN there, who'd worked on Enigma codes, watched, or even participated in the build of the Bombes and Colossus, hearing a man explain about how many awkward, geeky but brilliant men found themselves thrown into the company of some of the most attractive and intelligent women (many daughters of landed families found themselves posted to BP rather than be put into danger, and many dalliances and even marriages came about among two groups of people who would never have even met had it not been for the war effort), to hear how the girls who transcribed the messages were knitting and chatting while they worked, from the actual girls themselves.
I remember going round the rooms full of ancient computers, looking at the System 36 that was being lovingly restored by volunteers, and coming within an inch of saying 'You can have all my free weekends if you let me work on this stuff'.
No Infographics or 'audio experiences', little in the way of archive footage, but I'll bet you won't find anywhere near the MAGIC once Mr pencil neck has finished 'moving it forward'
You're lucky, I immediately had 'Hello John, got a new motor?' in my head, which then transmogrified into that bloody awful Toshiba Ad!
I think I need a lie down
Re: I thought a recent court case went the other way
"..HP loosing a lawsuit .."
Really? and after they'd loosed the lawsuit, what was the result?
Did they lose or wiiiiiin?
- Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?
- Windows 8.1 Update 1 spewed online a MONTH early – by Microsoft
- Something for the Weekend, Sir? Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?
- Review 'Mommy got me an UltraVibe Pleasure 2000 for Xmas!' South Park: Stick of Truth
- The land of Milk and Sammy: Free music app touted by Samsung