22 posts • joined Sunday 5th July 2009 10:22 GMT
Re: I might have thought this was a good review until I got to this bit:
"I still don't know why I bothered to check in on the fifth movie"
Your best bet is, upon having watched 2, is to go straight to 6, and then 8 (if you're still in the mood) and pretend the others don't exist. The 6th (and 8th, but that's TNG) are the only other films to be anywhere near as entertaining as the 2nd.
Having said that, I haven't seen the new one yet...
Re: Any love...
"If you haven't read the book, you won't understand the movie "
To make matters worse, if you haven't read his earlier short story, The Sentinel, you may well struggle to understand the book!
As an aside, I do believe it's the only Arthur C. Clarke book I've read where a named character is actually killed before the bad guy (well, "misguided and slightly less well qualified clever people / person / machine", with motivations usually explained in a previous chapter of exposition to make sure you don't get the wrong idea about them) is stopped non-violently by a of <deep voice>"men of science"</deep voice> (these tend to save the day a lot in his books, at least the one where there's a day that even needs saving), and I've read a fair few of them.
I'd disagree about hating the film though, it only starts being good after you've read the book and actually understand what's going on (a bonus point being that the book doesn't go all weird and psychedelic at the end).
Re: Just to start a shitstorm
Could someone help me understand why it's so popular to be down on Terminator 2?? It's in my personal top 10 of best films and I always thought it was a astonishing movie on multiple levels, both watching it as a child and as an adult. Just because the effects are brilliant (and they're actually better than a lot of the stuff produced today) and it's popular, doesn't make the movie bad.
The 3rd and 4th ones were fairly forgettable and the 1st suffered from a somewhat limited budget, but T2 is simply a very very good film.
Re: As usual, underspec'ed and overpriced
If someone makes a conscious choice to pay a surcharge for build quality / asthetics, etc. them more power to them, but I'd imagine that a lot of consumers buying this will just think that Apple == Best, irrespective of the details.
Clap, clap, clap
Is the implication that the girlfriend gave the hotels his real E-mail address when booking the rooms? He may want to raise his standards a bit going forward...
Isn't that basically Argos?
"...items most commonly used on their desktops"
My desktop is completely empty (it's used to move windows around...), so I get the impression I'm not going to like this. After ribbon I really don't trust them with "improvements" with menus.
Microsoft developed the platform, adding 3D in the third version ...
Yeah, because Sublogic Flight Simulator was this 2d side scroller...
re: O RLY?
The latest version of IntelliJ Idea (and I'm struggling to think of another commercial Java IDE) comes with Android support out of the box, so if that's your preferred development environment, you're well catered for.
Any developers here?
Some of the commentators really don't understand the nature of open source. In day to day development for all sorts of enterprise and other applications, an absolute shedload of open source libraries, apis and toolkits are used as a matter of course and the developers not told about it. It's just the way it works.
Apple are to be applauded for actually using this sort of resource!
Re: Long term strategy?
Well, the thing re: 3 is that it's actually quite nice for most people to not need to worry about where the apps or the music comes from and just be able to press a button to "make it happen". Most people like the saving in time this gives them to do more interesting things with the lives.
If anybody's into Java, the equivalent is IntelliJ vs. Eclipse. In Eclipse you have to specify n different plugin servers for to get what plugins you want, in IntelliJ you just click on whichever plugin you want from a central list and that's the end of it. In my experience most developers for prefer the "click on something from the central list and make it happen" as it saves time to get one with more important stuff (like developing the software).
On a more pedantic note, the "MP3 player" is actually primarily and MP4 player AFAIK which really just does MP3 as a sideline (and having owned crappy generic MP3 players in the past, I could tell you why it became a cultural institution as well, but that's different post...).
WIFI Radio "Return Path"??
Nice job completely side stepping the question of WIFI radio by only talking about it as a return path, not for content delivery. I have a WIFI radio and it doesn't even have a return path. The quality of (a) reception (well, it's coming over the internet) and (b) audio (once again, streaming over the internet) is far superior to traditional delivery methods.
Doesn't do me much good in the car of course, as I funnily enough, my car (a) can't connect to the internet and (b) doesn't have a WIFI router.
One of the problems with DAB seems to be that, beyond outright lies about reception and audio quality, there's no reason for anybody to switch to it. Am I missing something?
I studied neural networks at university 10 years ago and I'm pretty sure I remember the brain's decision making process being described in this way. I don't think it was revolutionary at that time, so which part of this is means to be new?
RE: Man milk = bad, moo milk = good? #
Look up the word "pasteurization" at some point for a really good reason not to do this... besides, the cow might object...
All that aside though, have you ever eaten an egg? If you have a problem with cow's milk, you don't even want to know where those come from!
Re: Freesat guide #
ITV HD is just another channel so you can tune into like like anything else as long as you know the frequency.
As far as I remember from the last time I used Eyetv, it shows up as a radio station in a channel scan so you need to manually edit the channel list configuration file to make Eyetv recognise it as a TV channel. Once you have that though, you can just add it to your channel lineup like anything else.
What kind of "technical person" is that then?
"Indeed, the Java world has taken a stab at e-mail, but has failed miserably."
Have a look at something called "Commons Email", by the folks at Apache, then reconsider statement. And as someone else quite rightly said of course, Java Mail (which ships with the Java distribution).
Seriously though, the RFC's for SMTP, POP3 and IMAP are easily available (and Exchange can be configured to allow them as protocols). Any "technical person" who can't research and understand them well enough to code a simple client for any of them should really go back to script kiddy college and leave the real work to us grown-up software engineers (you know, the ones who can imagine writing network apps without HTTP and write protocol implementations without a third party API?).
I find "how would you code a simple E-mail client" a great interview question to weed out people who are worth hiring...