2027 posts • joined 21 Jul 2009
Re: Don't worry
It riles me that certain types of people want to infer everything from my choice of tablet. You're still doing it, for instance.
Look, you're posting in a community populated by Assembly programmers, aeronautical engineers and bearded guys who code using only a magnetised needled and a steady hand.
Indeed, I'm part of that community - that's why I'm posting here - although I prefer vim to a magnetised needle.
It's geeky that I got excited about a software update to a music player. What's your excuse?
Re: Why is it only for premium users?
Two main reasons:
1) The desktop client uses P2P as well as direct downloads to source media, where as the mobile client only uses direct downloads. Therefore, it does cost more for them to offer access to mobile devices.
2) Mobile access is the USP of the premium account. It is the main feature differentiator between the two account types. If mobile access was allowed on the mid-range package, no-one would buy the premium account. The account type you are in is specifically designed to make you want to upgrade to the premium account.
Re: Don't worry
Let me guess, you have neither an ipad nor spotify, yet felt drawn to read and comment on a story about both.
I don't need to justify my geekiness, it is apparent in every facet of my existence. The ipad doesn't "qualify me for geekdom", it is just my tablet and, unlike you, I don't think I am defined by my choice of tablet made two years ago.
This has made me happy in a way that on reflection makes me feel ashamed of my geekiness.
Having said that, I am now sad that I will almost certainly have to re-synch 16GB of music off the old iphone version of the app and into the ipad version.
Re: To paraphrase Christine Keeler
Pedant alert: That was Mandy Rice-Davies.
AV is a con for the stupid. If you aren't stupid, you don't need AV.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of stupid people out there who think they aren't.
Re: Lily's counter eexamples
Facebook have no visible revenue stream? Are you joking? Their ad revenue basically allows them to print money.
While I don't have any data on the total number of tech companies in 1995 versus 2012, I'd hazard a guess...
Why base the entirety of your article on a supposition? You couldn't be arsed to get lists of F500 companies in 1995 and 2012 and categorize them by sector, but are happy to eulogize about what your supposition means?
Re: There should be a cynic in the house of Lords
Would you trust 12 randomly selected voters off the street to oversee the country?
Re: Engineers vs Politicians
Do Crossrail for £500m then.
If you don't think we need Crossrail, come down to Stratford station tomorrow morning around 8:30, and ride the Central Line to the City with me.
Re: Did you guys actually read the Phoronix article?
I would imagine every game on Steam that runs on both OS X and Windows already has DirectX->OpenGL compatibility magic going on, so I don't think it will be particularly tricky.
There is one man whose idea is now responsible for over 50% of the traffic on the internet, but his name is unappealing to the kind of industry types who sponsor and run these sorts of events.
Wonder when Bram Cohen will get inducted - I'm guessing never.
All (major) politicians are regularly invited/allowed to write OpEd in 'friendly' newspapers. If you read the Guardian or Mirror, then you will see OpEd from people like Wallace^H Ed Miliband, Ed Balls etc, whilst if you read the Sun, Times or Telegraph, you will see OpEd from Boris, Cameron, etc.
If you read student newspapers, then you will see LibDem OpEd :)
Really looking forward to Windows 8
Finally, something that makes Linux look polished.
My most memorable memory of computing from childhood is going to a friends house to play on their speccy, spend 5 minutes listening to the tape deck screech all whilst holding the tape connector at just the right angle so the game loads - and then the inevitable "LOAD ERROR".
More from this author please
Re: @Admiral GH
I use my own mouse and keyboard at work. Work have standardized on some quite cheap tacky MS wired keyboard and mouse.
I'm someone who actually spends the vast majority of the day touch typing, not looking at the keyboard, so for me the most important things are consistency of keys, the action and travel on the keys and feedback.
These laptop style keyboards drive me nuts - I spend most of the day coding in vim, where the escape key is hugely important (switches between insert and normal mode), so after a day using these new keyboards, I bought a 2nd hand Model M. My desk is now easily the noisiest in the office, the reassuring sound of clicky keys fills the air.
Still trying to get them to upgrade our stupidly small 2nd monitors from 17" to something I can actually read a page of code on. 22" widescreen in portrait mode would go down a treat.
Re: Devil's advocate...
This is nonsense. The reason the company you worked for didn't pay mileage is that it is no longer financially worthwhile (either for company or employee) to provide mileage allowances for using your own car.
15 years ago, it was a good deal for both employee and employer, and so everyone and their dog was getting mileage allowances.
Re: Quite pants?
Only for the first month.
Re: Quite pants?
£1700 for a single month. Not per month.
Re: Re "and probably should, in certain scenarios."
The problem is that it is very hard to ask an ISP for a list of the IPs that a user has connected to over the past month if the ISP is not already collecting that data. Hence the bill.
You can do it currently only going forward, eg once you've identified a terror suspect, you only know who he has been communicating with after the fact.
If, after an explosion, you are trying to work out who was in contact with whom before the explosion, and you only have details from after the explosion, then you can see it's a bit tricky.
I agree with most of the arguments made here, and probably wouldn't like to see this Bill in law as it is now.
We as a society seem to have spent billions on ad tracking technology, consumer tracking technology etc. Ads are so precisely targeted, they know where you are, where you've been, and what you bought last week.
The police and intelligence services don't have that information or tools, and probably should, in certain scenarios.
I don't want the police to be able to monitor cell phone locations, but if there is a murder, they should be able to get a list of all phones within 200 metres of the incident at the time of the incident. It shouldn't require court orders, it should be available quickly, the police should use it to aid their inquiries and dump it afterwards.
Similarly, if the SIS are monitoring a potential terrorist, an action that requires many court orders already, they should be able to see who they are communicating with. Are they opening a VPN to Karachi and shovelling all their traffic through that? Again, they should be able to see it. Who else is talking to that IP range in Karachi? Bosh, terror cell identified.
What should not happen is PC RacistTwat looking up what web sites I look at for a laugh.
I suggest that if this information is collected, it is only queried by one independent agency. All queries go through them, and must have valid reasons. If a user's details are examined, they must be informed, unless it is a case of national security. People working for the agency would have criminal liability for leaks; the privacy of the data should be sacrosanct, you should be doing bird if you betray the public trust.
It is our data, we are merely allowing the government to use it for the purpose of crime prevention or detection.
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If you can't wash concrete off the touch screen under a tap, this won't last long in many brickies arse crack.
Sure, but none of that applies to Apple. Apple don't need distributors to get Apple kit into the country, and they don't need independent retailers to flog their kit. The stores that sell Apple kit (Apple stores) don't need distributors to advance them a line of credit.
So why do the distributors feel that they are getting shafted by Apple, so much so that one of them is suing to force Apple to give them more stock? That is what I don't understand. On what legal grounds can one company sue another company to force the latter company to supply stock to the former? It's nonsense.
I don't understand this non story. Why should company A be allowed to sue company B for not allowing company A to sell as many of company B's products?
Apple kit is expensive enough, it is better that they move to more direct sales. Why would I want another middleman taking a cut for importing it into this country, sitting it in a warehouse for some time before shipping it out to a reseller who will charge me more than buying it direct from Apple.
Re: Er wrong!
I really don't think it is that emotive, apart from for the pro-lifers.
The vast majority of people believe that it is the women's right to choose, and that is the end of the story.
Some pro-lifers take so much umbrage at this that they shoot people, bomb cars and practices, hack personal details of users of the practices, and just generally be very unpleasant. I'm not aware of any pro-choice advocates doing anything unsavoury.
You used the wrong icon mate, you were looking for 'Troll' and found 'Orwell'.
You can debate all you like about whether abortion is right or wrong, but I'm fairly sure hacking peoples personal details at a particularly tricky part of their life and then threatening to publicise it is not a recognized debating technique.
Is Sandy naked or am I? Or both of us?
Can you give detailed instructions on how to receive these dreams please.
Re: A rubber-keyed speccy?
You were lucky, I had to make do with whatever computer my friends had.
And yes, when I was a kid, I was friends with some people just because they had a cool computer, lots of games, and parents who didn't give a fuck.
Not many people know it, but the Fuhrer was a terrific dancer.
Re: Have none of you ever been here : http://www.badmovies.org/
If you like bad movies, may I recommend the Ruthless Guide to 80s Action Movies:
One of the many wonderful movies it put me on to is "McBain". Christopher Walken is "McBain", an ex Vietnam POW who decides to invade Nicaragua with 4 of his buddies with guns they nicked from some drug dealers. Whilst flying a single prop into Nicaragua, McBain shoots down a jet, with a revolver, from inside his cockpit. Mad props!
Amazon not involved in price fixing? Are you smoking crack? Amazon tell the publishers how much they are going to pay for a book, not the other way around.
Re: How straight is BT being about the availability of Infinity?
I shouldn't get too excited. The dates refer to the date the exchange gets updated. My exchange was updated over a year ago (Central London), still can't get FTTC.
I want a super hi res monitor like that more than almost anything. Tech lust has taken over me.
Re: @Thomas 18 re OnLive removing games
And this is why most people don't play on onlive.
Re: "rubbish mate"
Yeah, that's the way forward, imply it is all frippery and lace. I'm surprised you didn't say they were iChairs.
If you want to imagine what a £500 chair might look like, go to any reputable furniture store (no, 'Argos' and 'PC World' are not 'reputable furniture stores').
Here is a website you can look at to further spur the imagination, with a wide selection of quality chairs:
The main points to consider:
Higher quality workmanship
Longer warranties - some Vitra chairs have 50 year warranties
More scientific ergonomic designs
Installation and training included
Re: Which is the bigger crime really?
The chairs in our office have a list price of £1000, although obviously, buying 300+ of them at once, we didn't pay full price.
Re: Oh no...
Comparing Game of Thrones to Legend of the Seeker is just wrong!
LotS had no story beyond Season 1 really, just "magic" and New Zealand. Game of Thrones is the start of an epic.
Also, no worries about GoT not getting picked up again. It's renewed for a third season already, and is on HBO, so is not reliant on chasing mass viewing figures for advertising. Plus its the number one show in the US.
Re: Oh dear, spoilers
Cmon, they did it for western sensibilities. Daenerys is listed as 12 when she marries Drogo in the book, and even HBO won't show kiddy porn.
Having said that, there is no acknowledgement that a Westerosi year is the same as an Earth year, so say each Westerosi year is a 1.5 Earth years, she was 18. So all cool.
Re: Oh, also -
That's my biggest worry too. I only found out about the book series as a result of the TV show, but from maybe episode 3 in the first series to about now I've read GM's entire output, and judging from previous form, can't expect the next book for another 5 years.
I also worry that GM hasn't really grasped how he is going to finish this. Book 5 just spreads the story wider and wider, without getting particularly close to anything you might consider a conclusion.
If you have read them all, you may have also noticed that time slows down massively as the books go forward, with each book taking up less and less 'wall time', but the stories growing wider in scope, and the books getting chronologically out of order (parts of book 3 happen after parts of book 4, similar in 5).
Having said that, the show barely holds a candle to the books. It has some wonderful visuals, but the detail that the books go into is what really envelopes you. Compare and contrast the events at 'Crasters Hall' as shown in the most recent episode with what is in the books - nothing that stops the story from progressing, but the flavour and character of Craster and his wives comes through much clearer in the book.
Still the best thing on TV though.
Haven't people realised groupon is a scam yet? There is no future in their business, at least not a high value future. They've padded their earnings and projected earnings and quickly sold off a large chunk of the company at an inflated price.
Any investors who couldn't see this coming deserve their shirts being taken tbh.
There is nothing wrong with a bit of righteous indignation, but in this case it is unjustified.
BBC streams are not encrypted, and these additional streams will be carried on Freesat.
BBC, Sky and Freesat have announced today that they've come to an agreement that will deliver the 24 channels to all Sky and Freesat homes. Sky will also pick up the costs of satellite distribution, irrespective of whether other platforms join in
So in fact the dirty digger will be paying for this for both Sky and Freesat customers.
Re: Depends on your point of view
If you liked "Zombie Strippers", can I point you in the direction of "Nude Nuns With Big Guns". Modern day classic.
OK, I do get that tastes vary. However, even if you don't think it's particularly funny, you think it is the worst movie ever made? It is slick, polished, good acting - they portray the roles well as intended - not too slow, reasonable plot and a box office success, with good post-box office figures as well.
This is a poll for "the WORST movie EVER", right? Not for "the most popular movie that I didn't like".
I'm shocked that my fellow commentards don't adore this film. It is the epitome of "stupid funny", and in my mind much much better than "Dumb & Dumber"
Re: South East News Bias ? - Nahhhhhh.......
Would you be better with a wall around the M25? No, you'd be skint.
In fact, lets stop fucking about with this silly "Devolve Scotland" question. London, East Anglia, South East, South West and parts of the Midlands sounds like a perfectly fine country to me, we'll have higher GDP per capita, low taxes, full employment, free education and comprehensive welfare.
Re: eBikes and the law
Don't be daft, he knows chapter and verse of the law, he is clearly not a copper.
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