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Sorry, but I just don't believe you.
You show me a jam sandwich combined with a nice cup of java that survives long enough to display nightmares of the security kind.
Re: balaclava, shotgun and a crowbar
Actually, even without the shotgun, you could still get done for carrying a weapon (the crowbar, we're not talking about weapons against fashion) around with you.
Many years ago, a guy I worked with got stopped speeding to the office where we worked. It was 2 in the morning, and the security systems had been tripped - he was the emergency contact. Just in case it was a real problem, he had a baseball bat with him on the front seat. The policeman who pulled him over suggested in future he arm himself with an over sized maglite because "we can't do you for carry one of those around".
Re: Self driving cars
I'd prefer that before they open the floodgates to this that they make sure the cars can do at least as good a job of driving as an average human
I'd prefer they wait until the cars can do a much better job at driving than the average human. Most humans I encounter on the road can't drive for shit.
If you can't roast a stuffed turkey that turns out nicely cooked, deliciously tender and succulent, and doesn't make you sick, then maybe cooking isn't for you.
Re: Why Windows is doomed.
My windows 7 box boots in about 12 seconds.
I wonder what your definition of "boots" is?
I don't know what his definition is, but I can tell you mine.
From the second I press the power button on the front of the case, to the time I can enter my password is about 14 seconds for my Windows 7 machine. It's a fairly new machine (about a year old), but not top of the range by today's standards by any means.
The Windows Experience Index gives it the following scores:
Gaming Graphics 6.8
Hard Disk 7.9
Re: Next they'll claim...
What will be interesting is to see what Apple make of this - they tend to take exception to anything that isn't 100% native IOS and built on a Mac.
Ironically, it's Mono which has always been the weakest link as far as Unity is concerned. Their optimiser is pants - but maybe that's just C# in general (where optimisation is concerned - it's a great language).
Re: Microsoft is giving a leg up to Widows developers
"Widows Developers" == "The Mafia"
IE is absolutely awful on Windows Phone. It's the weakest link on an otherwise excellent platform.
Are you listening, Joe? IE on WP sucks.
Re: Writtten for 13,000
Not bad for three months work.
Re: Monopoly can be a hard game ..
...bitcoin was made to get idiots to work for nothing...
It's not even that. It's just a pyramid scheme for the 21st century. The guy who invented it, and the early adopters never need work again. The rest of the chumps who joined the party late, will never make anything from it.
Re: "You WILL use CHROME!!"
"In all honesty anything that forces people away from non-standards-compliant, buggy browsers is a plus for those of us who develop web applications."
But then again, the flip side of that are browsers which only implement standards and none of the extensions of other browsers. And how well do any of those work in the face of the Chocolate Factory's code? Well, you only have to look at all the hacks Opera have had to put in over the years for that answer.
And before you talk about HTML5 support, why not wait until it is actually ratified as a standard, eh?
Not that it matters anymore anyway. Opera forking Chrome is basically admitting defeat in the face of Google's policy of doing whatever they want, safe in the knowledge that everyone else will have to follow suit. They're no better than Microsoft were 10 years ago.
Re: "No" button
I would love a No button next to where Google says "Did you mean...".
That smug, self serving suggestion needs to be put in its place once in a while.
Paris, because she never says no.
Re: The ultrasonics bit sounds like utter cobblers to me.
You don't even need to go that high either. Just outside the audible range is sufficient. Not many people can actually hear a 20KHz sound anyway.
Doesn't USB implement its own autoplay to a certain degree? It has to know when a device is attached and detached, for example, and even without autoplay from the OS, the OS is still notified about the device.
USB itself is standardised. Maybe there's a hole in the standard that all controllers have implemented. How much code in a controller is actually proprietary? I would assume it's far more likely controller vendors take some reference code and modify it (maybe) for their needs.
I'm not an expert on USB, but I wouldn't dismiss it so easily.
“We are very aware of the community concern about the situation, and it is unfortunate that we were forced into the legal process, but unfortunately my client is a giant dick."
There, I fixed that for you.
Paris, because she likes giant dicks.
Re: Here we go again...
If it really was as cheap as $600 in Norway it'd sell by the bucket load. As it happens though, $600 is cheap for a phone over here. I just bought my girlfriend a Lumia 1020 for a little over $1000. I could have saved a couple of hundred dollars by ordering online, but she would have been off travelling again by the time it arrived.
It was a small price to pay to not have to hear her complain about her old phone ever again. :)
If you think Lync is poor, you should try its predecessor, Office Communicator. That's what we're stuck using in the office. It's embarrassingly bad.
A lot of companies, like the one I work for, have blanket bans on all peer to peer software including Skype. I just wonder what they're going to do when Communicator/Lync is taken out back and shot repeatedly in the head and replaced with Skype.
Probably start using Lotus Notes just for email. (Don't laugh, I actually worked somewhere years ago which used it for just that.)
Re: Interesting idea. When a user program crashes don't let it crash *others*
Running in a sandbox isn't just about crashing though. It's about preventing an application's bugs and 'features' from opening your whole system to attack.
I would say sand boxing is more a step towards the general principle of capability based security, where an application is only ever granted access to things it should have access to. Write to 'that' file only, read the contents of just 'this' directory, only allowed to open 'this' network port, etc.
All mainstream operating systems today are a long long way from having that kind of security as standard.
Re: Big Bang Theory?
I admit that once upon a time I thought it was a pile of shite too. Then my girlfriend started watching it.
I will admit that now I think it is probably one of the better sitcoms around at the moment. It does take a bit of determination to get into, but it is worth the effort IMO.
It's no Breaking Bad, of course, but it's not bad.
Re: I'm eating a plate of chips.
Wait, you're eating a plate made of chips? Or are you eating chips off a plate?
After 18 years of programming in the games industry (where I've worked on every aspect of game coding at some point or another) and a couple of years in the oil and gas industry (which is just data crunching - mostly), I guess I've dealt with some pretty tricky problems in the past.
Not sure what the trickiest thing I ever had to work was though. Although they may produce complex behaviour a lot of AI systems tend to be fairly basic finite state machines in design and structure. A lot of the other parts of a game engine are just basic math when all said and done. I guess the hardest part of producing something that runs at 60 frames per second is the optimisation side of things. Trying to fully understand exactly how your data is going to flow (or not as is more often the case) through a processor's caches and trying to design for that seems more like art than science at times.
Calculating and compressing the routing network for ships sailing between the 80 historical ports of the 17th century Caribbean was a fun problem. From any given port, a ship had to take the most sensible route to any other available port in such a way that shipping routes were automatically created and available for the player to target. The system was written to run offline and produce a binary blob of data that could be reloaded at runtime. The first "working" version took around two days to run iirc - back when 200MHz Pentiums were considered fast. The final version ran in about four hours, I think. I guess today the same code would probably run in a few minutes, and I'm sure I could optimise it a lot better today than I could 15 years ago.
Re: piece of shit landfill Android
She replaced the original Google Nexus. Which she bought shortly after they were released.
Yes, it's an old phone. But it's also one she has owned since it was a new phone. She lived with Android for three years, and in the end decided she didn't like it. She also doesn't like iOS that much (we have a couple of iPads at home) either. She liked the look of Windows Phone (I have an HTC 8X) and wanted something which could also replace her middle-aged digital camera (a Canon something-or-other which is also about three years old).
So far, she's extremely happy with her choice.
Just before getting the Nokia, she was on vacation recently with a close friend who seems to love everything Android - she (the friend) has an Android phone, and a reasonably new Android tablet. After using the iPad at home, my girlfriend was shocked at how bad the Android tablet was at pretty much everything.
Re: few in their right mind want a high end Windows Phone
My (extremely non-techy) girlfriend just replaced her aging Android with a Nokia 1020. She is so happy she doesn't have to deal with all the bullshit that came with her old phone (random restarts, inability to update anything due to lack of memory, sluggish performance, etc). And I have to admit I am properly impressed with the quality of the camera. If the 1020 was smaller and a tad lighter, I would probably have bought one too.
Re: black lab
Your black lab is clearly smarter than my yellow one then.
The only way I can get her to look at something is to stick sausages (or anything remotely edible) in it and liberally cover it in Pâté.
"Nvidia drivers are never on par, performance or feature wise, with their Windows counterpart."
Not entirely unlike Linux in general then. ;)
Paris because she doesn't enjoy sub-par performance either.
This is basically asking to be sued:
"I'm suing you because I spent all my life's savings last week because your watch said I was going to die on Saturday but didn't."
"I'm suing you because my grandfather's watch said he had another three months to live, but he died last Thursday and I didn't get to say goodbye."
I'm not convinced suing an ailing company is the best way to help them turn their fortunes around either. If you're not part of the solution, and all that...
Re: All that money
And the USB keyboard also comes with (wait for it...) extra USB ports.
Paris, because she knows all about dicking around the back end trying to find where to stick it.
Re: Simple test:
The eye will still register points of light that are smaller than the resolution it can see.
That was sort of my point about seeing individual pixels though. The smaller the pixel, the less light you'll see, until at some point it will not be visible. At that point, there is no point increasing the resolution. You can argue that you don't need to go quite that small. But no matter how much you argue that, I'm sure you'll find someone else to argue with. :)
@LarsG; Re: Finally!
I would bet large amounts of other people's money on the fact that just about everyone can see pixels on any screen released this (and next) year.
Simple test: Create a fullscreen black image, with a single white pixel in the middle. View it at 100%. Can you see the white pixel? When you can't see the white pixel with the screen resting on your nose, then you have reached the maximum required screen resolution. Exactly what the resolution of that screen would be, I don't know. I do know, however, we're not there yet. The ultimate goal for the resolution junkies is to not have to use any form of anti-aliasing to make up for screen deficiencies.
While it's nice to wax lyrical about faithful colour reproduction, that's not going to happen while we're stuck with 32-bit displays. Using more than eight bits per colour channel needs to happen first - Personally, I think full 32-bit floating point values per channel would be the best thing to aim for. Switching away from RGB or adding ancillary channels to improve CIE 1931 colour space reproduction wouldn't be a bad thing either.
Overall quality of screens is improving all the time. You wouldn't argue that the speed, viewing angles, brightness, etc hasn't improved since the first flat panel monitors were released. And these things will continue to improve as they have been already. Increasing the resolution is still the driving force, because that's the thing that's most noticeable to the consumer.
Re: Reversing Moore's Law
"Tell me what you want to do?"
"Email Susan and tell her I'll be 20 minutes late because of traffic".
That, 1000 times, that! (but who's Susan?) - though the email part becomes redundant, the "smarts" would just record your voice, filter out extraneous background noise and send that as the message.
Back in the late 19th century there was this machine called a telephone. I understand it became quite popular for a while. Nowadays you can just send people text messages from a small device that fits in your pocket.
Re: Other ways to get a back door
A decent coding standard with automated static code analysis would catch that too.
"Assignment within conditional expression."
Re: Why oh why
"If you cannot use all the registers in 32 bit / thumb / 64 bit then it goes against everything arm has ever tried to do."
How would you address those extra registers in 32-bit mode? Although it's been about 20 years since I wrote any ARM, I don't think there are any free bits in the 32-bit instruction format to access additional registers. When you compile for 64-bit, you'll get access to the extra registers.
It's a bit like expecting to be able to access r13 on a 64-bit x86 processor from a 32-bit app. It's just never going to happen. (Although with all the register renaming that goes on inside most x86 processors these days saying you have 16 general purpose registers doesn't really count for much anyway.)
Re: One use I've found for NFC
Here in Norway I already buy my monthly train/bus ticket through an app on my phone. If the conductor ever comes around (which is rare because 75% of the carriages on the trains are for prepaid tickets with no conductors) I just load up the app and shove it in his/her face.
No need for NFC, because there are no pointless barriers preventing people from getting on to trains/busses in the first place (and therefore nothing preventing them from escaping in an emergency either).
As an aside, if you happen to live in Tallinn and are registered as a resident there, all public transport is completely free, which is even better. :)
Re: We bought our own plane three years ago
If you don't mind me asking, what did that set you back, and what does it cost you back on a monthly basis to maintain and keep?
The ban on liquids is being phased out in the EU, and should be completely lifted by January 2016.
In my own personal experiences, airport security is fairly random at the best of times. A couple of examples:
Many many years ago (post Lockerbie, pre 9/11) my girlfriend at the time was returning to the US through Heathrow (she had been living in the UK studying French Patisserie for a year). Going through the security controls, the guy on the x-ray machine told one of his colleagues to check her bag - but neglected to tell him what to check for. The second guy opened it up, rummaged through a few layers of clothes and declared everything was fine. My girlfriend thought nothing more of it. Until she got home and unpacked. Her roll of rather large chef's knives were stuck in the bottom of her carry-on bag.
And secondly, about nine months after 9/11, I was returning back to the UK from Bergamo (very outer Milan) for a weekend with a backpack toting, role-playing guy off to some whatever-it-is-those-folks-go-to in front of me. The backpack was full of chain mail, assorted accessories, and a couple of very large swords sticking out the top. I swear the security guys didn't even bat an eye lid when he went through.
Re: Naturalist! = evolutionary biologist
I've been saying for a long time that IQ tests should be mandatory precursors to having children. Within a hundred years we'd be a fitter, smarter species, most probably with only the slightest residual traces of religion hanging on at the edges of society.
Re: Stopped evolving?
How will jockeys help?
Re: In fairness...
It looks like a gun, yes. When you see it on its own.
However, when you see someone holding it, you realise how huge it really is. I mean it looks ridiculous it's so large. You could almost load it with wooden stakes and go vampire hunting with it.
"to build an exact replica of the Titanic"
Presumably what he really means is an exact replica before it sank.
Oh Sony, you
make such nice
If only it didn't break so easily,
and you didn't treat all
your customers like shit.
Re: 4k benifits?
Nearly all Ultrabooks have at least 1080p screens now - even the 11"ers. I know, because I've been looking around with a view to picking one up in the near future.
Re: Even more confused
To be honest, I'm glad Windows doesn't support left-button select (which isn't just select, it's actually a select+copy), right-button paste. Whenever I have to use any unix based system I am constantly amazed how piss poor that system actually is when editing source code.
Copy something to the clipboard, select the text you want to replace, and paste. Oh, hang on... selecting the text replaced what you wanted to paste. Sometimes. I have to admit I have had varying success with that too. Some editors sometimes copy when you select, and sometimes they don't. It seems as random as selecting text on an iPad.
Oh, and - to the best of my knowledge - Remote Desktop (in the Windows world) has supported copy and paste across sessions since the first version introduced with NT4.0, which was released in 1996.
Or maybe the bubbles lock screen was dropped because it's a terrible idea.
It looks cool, but breaks just about every rule of interaction design out there. Having moving hit targets that never start in the same place, or move in the same way will just frustrate users beyond belief. Especially on a device that requires you to block your line of sight to actually interact with it. Even if we do eventually get see-through fingers, it's still an awful concept.
Re: tent spacing
Mud generally doesn't burn though.
Re: The computer that 'lives on your head' will change mankind
The people I video called with it all wondered "why would I want to look at your living room wall instead of who I'm talking to?"
That is pure genius. No really - I laughed so hard when I read that, I almost fell off my chair.
Which oompa-loompa in the chocolate factory honestly thought that would be a good idea? Maybe Google should start installing bathroom mirrors all over major cities so people can see who's calling them. It could usher in a whole new era of video selfies.
"Microsoft aren't exactly known for their prowess in hardware design."
The CPU in the Xbox 360 was pretty heavily customised at Microsoft's request. Whether they actually employed the hardware engineers themselves or whether they merely submitted design requests, I don't know. Either way, I'm guessing they did the same with this CPU.
What I do know is the additions that were introduced to the Xbox 360 CPU made for a pretty powerful processor. It wasn't perfect, but for the cost and power restraints imposed it was pretty damn good.
While I wholeheartedly agree with what you're saying, I will add that in my own past experiences I have found that the Intel compiler is outstandingly good at optimising code. Far better than any other compiler I've used.
- It's true, the START MENU is coming BACK to Windows 8, hiss sources
- How UK air traffic control system was caught asleep on the job
- Pic NASA Mars tank Curiosity rolls on old WET PATCH, sighs, sniffs for life signs
- Google embiggens its fat vid pipe Chromecast with TEN new supported apps
- Microsoft: Don't listen to 4chan ... especially the bit about bricking Xbox Ones