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Re: Morphing more and more into PC's
Any company that released a game that insisted on a particular motherboard, a specific chip from a specific company, a specific graphics card - nope, a cheaper, more expensive or upgraded version will not do - a specific blu-ray drive with known spin-rates and the equivalent of a VPN to a dedicated gaming network would be laughed out of business in days and you know it.
Why are you worried about that? That is the job of the OS not the person writing the game. If they are writing the game for the motherboard ability I would be worried! The OS is supposed to abstract that from the developer, the game is written to the APIs. So you know the card does not support a certain type of shader, great you don't have to code that but if you want it on a system that does (they will) it needs to be coded anyway.
If this is not the job of the OS then why is it there in the first place? Am I missing something and are the people coding the games actually writing for every bit of hardware directly and do not need an OS?
I am not trying to be stubborn here, I am not in the industry of making games so do not have any direct experience so please enlighten me if they are writing directly for hardware and not APIs.
Sounds like a Google paid comment to me!
Re: Morphing more and more into PC's
while I take your point entirely, the thing about consoles is that, as a developer, you know exactly where the target is. You don't have dick about with whether the user has a decent GPU or is going to bitch that his nice shiny Ultrabook with Intel's excuse for gfx onboard won't run it at over 8fps. You don't have to aim low on memory requirements. You know exactly what the sound output is and how the controllers work. Nobody is going to demand to remap the controls for their Logitech macro-able cheat-like-fuck keyboard. In short, you can optimize the holy hell out of everything because you have a static target.
While I get this entirely you have not considered several points. If they are creating a PC version anyway having two code bases for the same hardware kind of makes the point about optimisation useless. Companies can optimise for a PC, it's called listing requirements for the game. This has only been happening since I had my Acorn Electron so it is not something new that people have to learn. And comeon how hard is it to code this:
Normal input to jump = space. This is coded somewhere let me see this can even be and usually is some form of text file. User changes space to another key. Change that part of file. Really, is it hard? Sound output and controllers are mapped by the OS, all you have to do is ask the OS. Same as the Xbox One will require of developers for additional hardware.
How old is the 360 now? And how good does, for example, Assassin's Creed 3 look on it? Yet the hardware is basically obsolete by PC standards. You'd need a PC significantly heftier than a 360 to even consider playing it but when the hardware is fixed, you can work miracles.
The game looks as good as I can get on old hardware on a PC. I have not used the latest £400 GC since I were a lad. It is not needed now-a-days 2nd or 3rd generation back are ample for most games. And there is little need to upgrade the CPU now as they are all so fast anyway.
If this thing or the PS4 goes for £400 or less, it's cheaper than a current best-of-breed GPU. And it will last you approximately five times as long.
The GPU will last you easily that long with the same graphics (or better) there is no requirement to upgrade, but the option is there.
I really get why your coming from but you just used the argument I said was obsolete now, that it is a dedicated machine. It is not, it is commodity hardware put in a box but that you cannot change.
Morphing more and more into PC's
So basically, these things are not gaming consoles any more and are just becoming more and more like general purpose computing devices (AKA a PC.)
The last generation (not Wii) made me contemplate what the point is of owning both and this has just compounded my conclusion that a PC is all you need.
All the 'it is a dedicated gaming machine' arguments can stop right there, it no longer is that. My PC is optimised for playing games and yes it is dedicated to it when I play them because I am not trying to do other things when I am blasting away.
Oh and the last bit, when my graphics card starts to struggle with the newer games, I'll just pop in a new card and not have to wait 5 years to upgrade to the latest standards.
"They need to look again at the bill, which has a lot of changes to stop it being a snoopers' charter. This ability is something that exists now, and will disappear. I have no doubt that if it goes we will be more at risk, so the deputy prime minister is, I believe, putting the country at risk."
If the ability exists currently, why did Woolwich happen and how will keeping it prevent another? Or am I reading the above wrong?
Re: Never received it....
Then there are the people that use deleted items as some kind of store. But that's for another day.
The first thing I do when someone calls about email problems is delete their deleted items. I used to have people that store things in there, they don't now. It may take a few times to realise what 'deleted' actually means but they get there eventually.
Re: Recommendation from ACs
See that's better. I have no Idea who TheVogon is still, but I instantly trust you more for not posting AC. I am looking into this at the moment so will at least take a look at it.
Recommendation from ACs
These always make me instantly wary of the product. It may be a great product and you may have a really good reason to be posting AC but nevertheless a recommendation from someone that does not want to show a pseudonym for some reason sends of the warning flags.
Re: @Ragarath @HolyFreakinGhost
Did you miss the part where I found that they're modelling heat emission using the Stefan-Boltzmann law, which is only valid for blackbodies, and that they didn't test whether or not this object is actually radiating as a blackbody (hint: it won't be), and that they would have to modify that law to T^(4+delta) with delta<~1? That's the point I stopped reading. The font is off-putting through experience: I've refereed a lot of papers and I have never seen a paper that I would accept for publication that was submitted in Word and standard MS fonts. That's not a reflection on Word, and it's not actually snobbery (which you may notice I acknowledged in the original post); it's an observation.
Whoa there, I think you misunderstood my post, and reading it back now I think I understand why (because I am a dolt). The snobbery part was meant to be light hearted (your the one that brought it up! and in response to yojb's post) and reading back dismissing was too harsh a word for what I wanted to convey. I should have used 'rubbishing' or some such. You even state in your original post "The rest of it may or may not be valid but if they're not verifying that" which in my opinion means you were although I must admit not just on the grounds of formatting.
From my post:
"I don't like the way they used a font I don't like so their publishing format and because of that I am dismissing their work (which I have not read and probably would not understand so I will not even go there.)"
I confused the way I was writing this and yes reading it back it looks like a dig at you because I was talking from your point of view to parrot back then continued using the first person in brackets to talk about myself. As in the not understanding part would be me, not you.
And yes, I do call myself a scientist. Back when things were scribbled on scraps of paper I would read things scribbled on scraps of paper. These days we can do rather better, and a seeming lack of effort makes me wary. Bad science inside -- or, at least, unacknowledged sources of error -- makes me even more wary.
Read my post again, it is not the scraps of paper, it was the ink in question or even (though not in the post) the style of handwriting used. Yes formatting and neat layouts etc. help a lot but work should not be discounted because it is not in what one person deems to be the correct way of writing it.
But it still remains is it "The Real Slim Shady"?
Re: Having not read the paper yet
Gosh we are a lot of snobs aren't we. I don't like the way they used a font I don't like so their publishing format and because of that I am dismissing their work (which I have not read and probably would not understand so I will not even go there.)
You call yourself a scientist? What would you have done when things were scribbled down on scraps of paper? Complained that they did not use the right consistency of ink / carbon?
Re: Really? @ annosomini2
Thanks for the correction. I missed a zero off when I typed in 3 million.
Billing twice certainly shouldn't be possible. The process flow of a payment is well known, and the till shouldn't issue multiple receipts any more than it would accept two successive Chip-and-PIN payments for the same goods.
How many people have had the person operating the till say something has gone wrong, pull out what looks like a receipt and chuck it away? Then you have to make sure you look at that transaction on your statements to make sure it went through properly.
I have had this several times. so in my opinion these things are more likely till operator error / bad training. Maybe not, but it seems more likely to me that it reading a card 40cm away if they are built to the standard.
Just to throw something else in, (and because I am not sure if it would make that much off a difference) would the fact that the moon would have been closer also have made a difference? With my calculations using the speed the moon is moving away today, it would have been 11Km closer 3 million years ago.
Would this affect sea levels much? I am not sure can some astro boffin save my poor head?
Re: Colour me shocked
Eadon, you ask men in the street what they think about Microsoft? Blimey!
Yes he does, and look they tell him that they have not used it but believe the here-say!
From Eadons post: They tell me that they are hearing bad things about it. Note: they are hearing. Not after trying it.
These type of people that do not try before commenting (probably like Eadon as I am sure he would not touch the MS software from hell) are not worth bothering with. If someone told them person X is a witch they would help burn them without ever testing it themselves.
Anyone who thinks a global standard can ever be possible is really ignoring the whole of history.
I don't think that at all, hence the brackets and the "if it gets that far" part.
We can be optimists though, and hope. There will always be people that disagree with each other, but what we need to encourage is more cooperation not less.
Nothing ever got built/done by saying "It won't happen," "that can't be done" etc. Try, try and try again. Although I think there are other things that require this before worrying about tax evasion.
Did you not read the whole part about trying to make it a global standard? Once it is (assuming they get that far) a global standard. Where are they going to move?
Re: Well hopefully
I take it you mean because they are charging for content they won't show advertising? Good luck with that! If there are two income streams why cut one off?
I point out the paper in question. You pay for the paper (to read I presume or maybe P3 but then there is the web for that) and what do you find inside? Yup adverts, so the case already exists.
Re: Only three infrastructure providers in the UK
Why should those of us living in cities subsidize those who live in rural areas so much? We pay considerably more council tax here in town than our friends who live 10 miles away in the sticks. Who in turn pay far more than friends in rural Northern Ireland. I don't have much sympathy for people who grumble about rural connections while this anomaly persists.
Why should I subsidise those living in cities? I pay and I get less services, much less.
Stop being an idiot. People in "Cities" and those in villages and small towns are no different. Neither could survive without the other (OK in reality those in the countryside could live very easily without those in the town as that is where your food comes from) so lets all get along. Phone lines are pretty much universal so what is the difference with fibre?
Re: Game of Thrones
Some people have said that they find the nudity excessive
I take it you did not read the books first more of it is described there than shown on TV.
The series is actually quite close to the books and stuck to the story well enough, but there are still some parts that TV just cannot depict well enough to the viewers. I keep having to clarify parts of the show to my Wife because they have failed to describe what in the book I felt was important.
Re: Quick Eadon!
Please stop spreading this FUD!
What FUD? Are you saying it hasn't happened?
For one, they don't even know how the malware is installed, and given the relative small number of sites, it it believed each one was hacked manually.
Ahh no you realise it has happened, so that makes your first statement a barefaced lie. As for how it got their, the fact that they don't know should worry you more than making up how they "think" it got there.
One reason is that you can't simply go changing the apache binary the way they did, unless the one doing it had root rights.
Then how did they get the root rights? You have still not explained this? Was it an exploit, manually done from the site, brute forced? No one has answered this yet you wave it around like fact.
Re: New product?
And an up-vote for taking it on the chin!
Re: New product?
Bah there is always one wrong icon BTW. I knew as soon as I posted I would get at least one but the editing here is well non-existent. Anyway you get a DV just for being a pedant ;)
Re: MS Windows in high security organisations is a recipe for disaster.
Yes Eadon, we all believe your rhetoric. No malware can ever cause the downfall of your beloved Linux....
... hang on I am sure I read... yes there it is! Cdorked!
Re: New product?
I've never seen anyone say "It's an Apple product so I will buy it no matter what"
I have, lots of them, you can't work in IT if you have never met one.
but I've seen lots of people say "It's an Apple product so I won't buy it no matter what".
Now I am one of these people and do not mind admitting it. I recommend Apple to the people it would benefit but long before OSX came around, MACs were the biggest pain in the arse. Hense they no longer get my custom due to being burned back in the day.
Incidentally, I do not stop my wife from buying Apple but she chooses to avoid them knowing how I feel about them. She has found, like so many, that the functionality and more than is offered by Apple is generally available elsewhere.
Re: Most accurate watch in the world?
But then, as I do, she would know the watch was 2 minutes late and realise she can be 2 minutes late.
Then one day, the watch connects to an ntp server, realises it is 2 minutes fast, sets the proper time and then she turns up 2 minutes late for the next 1000 years :)
Not if your speaking from the Time reference of Earth.
Re: Call me paranoid
The ITC agreed with a judge who ruled that the technology, patented by Google-owned Motorola Mobility, was too obvious.
The part of all this that niggles me is that if they were too obvious, why were they granted? A nice way of sorting the USPTO out might be to allow companies that have patents passed that are deemed ovious to claim costs back off of the USPTO.
Perhaps then they would do their job!
Re: Who let the data out?
We are the Borg. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Resistance is futile.
They would be silly to do so.
[i]Google said it would not dispute the fine.[/i]
We did wrong, we know it, you can't touch us with these piddly fines. So yes of course we will not dispute it!
With fines like these do you really think the data slurp was an accident?
Re: Scan, Copy & Paste
Combine this with something like say Google Glass and then the whole world becomes manipulatable with the right software.
We may not have the processing power right now on Glass (not sure on this btw) but it won't be long.
I can see many uses for this.
Where is the bite for these misleading and plain wrong adverts? Again and again we see the watchdog say "don't do it again, now off you totter." Yet everyone knows they did this and worded it in such a way as to confuse people.
£50 to plug a box in, sheesh. I am sure the box comes with instructions.
Re: Only £5,000?
I think they would be more scared of the jail time part that can (and at least I think) should be applied if they moved them.
The $5,000 fine is for people like you or I that it would crush if done accidentally.
Why so long?
Surely this is less AI and more well, physics calculations. (Disclaimer: not looked into it more than this article)
If you know the values of breaking the things on screen and the locations of the required objects (image analysis) then how is this AI? Someone has told it what those values were and it calculates the exact trajectories based on those values.
Or is it trying the level multiple times to see what works and what doesn't? If it is doing this why does the article not mention it?
Re: Which is a real problem if some pillock has parked their car on the kerb as well.
Illegal to drive on it. Not illegal to park there, or something like that.
How do you think a car parks on the pavement? Magical teleportation?
While this is great, and I will admit right away I have not had time to read up on the full method, there are more things than stars in galaxies were these included in the simulation.
Also they put up information about transparency and changing it on the particles the further from the centre they moved. This seems to me a bit like cheating. To be honest, if they did not vary the transparency it looks to me like it would still be a disc rather than a spiral.
Is this due to the time frame this occurred over and then extrapolating the data? Please someone in the know put me out of my misery. Okay I actually have to work and don't have time to read up on it, but I will look later.
Icon for the hopefully technical answer.
Just buy a computer! Sorted.
Please note the icon.
Re: Which is a real problem if some pillock has parked their car on the kerb as well.
Rule 244 actually states this:
You MUST NOT park partially or wholly on the pavement in London, and should not do so elsewhere unless signs permit it.
Now taking the whole sentence into context. Should not means in addition to the original must not. The critical point being the UNLESS clause. It has to be marked that you can park on the pavement for it to be legal.
I prefer more fruit in mine, not to much, but not 2 bits either!
Mines the green one, no the other one.
but it wasn’t awarded a US trademark until 2004. In an email to The Reg, Lindberg asserted the PSF had the right to use Python in Europe due to prior use of the word on the Continent.
Not defending Verber here as I agree that it would cause confusion in the space the trademark was being applied for but...
PSF thought the name was important for them to trademark in the US, but not important enough for them to trademark else where?
Why throw the baby out with the bathwater if they failed to do so and only assumed they had the right when someone else applied for the trademark?
I assume they will now trademark it?
Re: Beer, because at 1p off, why not?
I thought you were going to say spilt beer then! Heinous crime that it is, should not be allowed anywhere.
Luckily it was the making room for more beer that was the culprit and thus you were saved.
Re: Using a default username and password isn't hacking
So if I notice your car keys on your table through your window. I can break the window to get your keys to take your car, because otherwise you would not have windows in your house for easy access.
Yes my example is ludicrous but I am afraid so is your statement.
Re: "Super-fast broadband by 2015"
All along it has been said, 2mbps. That is it :)
**Dear anti terrorist plods - this is a joke, observe the joke icon. I do not, nor ever have built a pipe bomb. The reason that I am making this clear is because I know someone who posted something similar and was awoken from his slumber by a group of tooled up bobbies.
A clever ruse to try and confuse the plod! Never! Stick it to him Bobbies!
Once you've got 4G, there's something a little miraculous seeing web pages rolling into your mobile faster than they do at home over Wi-Fi. But at £61 per month for 20GB of data, that's a luxury few people appear to want or can afford. The tariffs succeeded in generating next-day headlines such as "get 4G for only a fiver more than the cost of 3G". But as soon as people saw the small print - and realised they'd bust their data allowance in a few minutes, the die was cast.
We are all aware of what happened and what continues to happen with 3G, you cannot get coverage and when you do the network is not built to handle the amount of people trying to use it so you do not get the speeds you are paying for. The data bundles cost a fortune and all that leads to people using Wi-Fi as often as they can and 3G when they cannot. But of course when you can't get Wi-Fi it is most likely that you cannot get 3G either.
All these 98% coverage articles I have seen I also do not believe will happen soon if ever and if they do it will again be masts that cannot handle the load (to keep costs down) and your still stuck with silly data limits.
To me mobile operators are like 2nd hand car salesmen. Once they have your money they no longer care. All contracts are usually in favour of the seller and because they are all doing the same thing (no competition at all in this space that I have ever seen) you have no choice but to accept the contract or not use a mobile phone.
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