260 posts • joined Wednesday 16th May 2007 10:52 GMT
Re: New Order.
you might be getting confused with Factory Record's co-founder and producer for all their early work. Martin 'Zero' Hannet. He petitioned for FCL to be wound up as basically he wanted to buy a Fairlight. (and basically all the money FCL had was money from Joy Division)
'Anthony Wilson has cited Factory's refusal to purchase a Fairlight synthesizer for Hannett [for £30,000], and to instead earmark £50,000 toward The Hacienda (FAC 51) as Hannett's main reason for taking legal action against FCL.'
(it calls the fairlight a synth, it wasn't, it was a sampler)
to my mind the only thing julie burchill did right
was come up with her description of fry.
bit rich for apple
standard marketing technique is you set your price at the what the market will bear. so their shiny products which are using mainly commodity parts are priced at the point that enough gimp glasses wearing hipsters can get themselves in debt for instead of chasing volume sales.
to critiscise another product is a bit dangerous, to my think anyway.
win 95 did run in 4mb
it was delayed because billg said it would run no slower than 3.11 in 4mb, hence a lot of time consuming optimization.
dodges the point
when i'm ill/in pain/fucked off i know i'm a tetchy git and hole up in the study to keep from snapping at people. thats because i know i'm being unreasonable and as a loving, caring person I want to avoid causing undue distress.
the wife on the other hand almost goes out of her way to invent invisible traps and let you fall in for a mauling. anything. not hoovering the lounge (even though you cant see anything that needed hoovering, she must be looking at the knap of the bloody fabric), not washing the car (apparantly thats my job, washing the outside of a tin can that other people look at and i dont as im f*cking inside the thing. drives nice, clean inside, the outside could have 'i love jimmy saville' spray painted on it and i couldnt give a toss), not taking out a bin bag i didn't even know was there because i haven't installed cctv in the f*cking kitchen and its been there for 3 minutes (again apparently taking a bin bag 4 meters into the garden is always my job for some unknown reason). at times like that you wonder if there wasn't cars, bin bags and spiders you'd be out on your arse.
an old local comedy band covered this topic years ago in a bitter sweet song ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Isv7CiWtyPk ). The lead singer apparently wrote from his experience in all his songs. gets a little dark towards the end - 'i could think of better ways, than spending my Saturdays, in the ward of Southend casualty, PMT stands for Pre, Meditated Treachery, better duck here comes some more well aimed crockery'
basically already done.
can't find it but i've seen an sfx showreel of a guy sitting in a room in a sofa with table and the 3d was calculated from a fixed projector position.
then there's this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67pzdxhRbrM which is the same basic idea but using 3d vision solving to find the objects.
this is the next patent revolution.
80's-2000's ... add 'with a computer' to existing patents
2000's to 2010's add 'with a mobile device'
2010+ add 'with a kinect'
are you 'aving a giraffe?
An industry bigger than hollywood begs for tax breaks?
If GTA set as it is in the states with thinly disguises US cities gets it... wow, what's next? its a bit like classifying independance day as a british movie for that bit where a british bloke goes 'is that the americans? bout time they came up with something'
and this has filth written all over it. even if the definition of british culture was tightened and somebody greenlit, erm, GTA: Catford where you drive round in a Ford Sierra trying to collect the complete set of traffic lights to wait at whilst people pour out of pubs shouting 'leave it wayne, eees not worf it' then i guarantee there will be 1000 people 'working' on it and very few on the 'other' titles. totally ripe for abuse.
oh so you don't watch BBC4 then?
Their films were great. and the bbc cut their funding for original drama. oh well.
i'd be looking for new employees
if their idea of excitement is two weeks of people running round in circles, jumping a bit, throwing stuff, synchronized drowning avoidance etc they are hardly the type of people i'd like to have for company.
pay tv? why would anybody do that
and not just because of pirating, but after you pay for it, there are adverts every 10 mins. and then they stick crap on the screens when you are watching it.
for example i'm watching season 2 of falling skies (yes dodgily I know. apart from bbc4 on iplayer that is pretty much about it). I can barely do that for the giant bright logo in the bottom corner (excellent for a show that mainly takes place in the dark) and giant pop up adverts for other shows that appear. Even if I had no other opertunity to get that content without paying, with ads and logos and crap im not paying. i dont pay to watch a f*cking advert and its only because there are so many dullards with nothing to do (they think) except watch tv there is never going to be enough of a rebellion of people cancelling off short of mass piracy.
economics of everything to do with this stuff is screwed up now. single tv show buying costs are too high compared say taking a subscription out. well i dont want a subscription so your show price is too high compared to other stuff i can do with my life.
production costs have escalated because of indy production companies owning the talent and 'the talent' will only work through the production company (who are their agents and managers etc) who then overcharge for production and take a nice slice out of every level of a programmes budget. the bbc was broken up to give more stuff to indys many years ago to take the power out of the beeb and keep costs low, unfortuntaly they've created a monster that means despite video technology getting hugely cheaper all the time, there is less money to invest in decent product.
Onkyo amp = 72Watts on standby
if you turn on the network features. cant be arsed to look at the model number, but it cost about £900 2 years ago. i assume most if not all of the same make with the same features will do the same.
guns in orbit
firing the direction you are going = retrograde force on orbital speed = reduction in orbital height
firing out the back is the reverse. go higher.
firing at the earth pushes up into high orbit, but with an unstainable orbital speed, will sink again, probably oscillate up and down. until an equilibruim is reaches
sideways gun.. well knocks you sideways.
against weight of the capsule though, probably very minimal change.
fry's biggest crimes
is to take up tv airtime with a radio show - QI and by being on a panel show he's contributing to death of new writing for tv.
i've got QI in mp3 format on my phone. you miss nothing. ocasionally somebody will say something like 'oh look there's one of them' but otherwise there is no loss. its radio with pictures. it should be on radio 4, but then they wouldn't do that they would loose 90% of the audience (the thick part who like nothing else than gawping at a flickering box. radio 4 is brilliant you know, you can enjoy a show whilst doing something with you life). at least HIGNFY (which please god, somebody f*cking shoot in the head, whats it like now, series 1367 with the same f*cking jokes every episode) has a small visual element.
as for panel shows that go on and on and on like energiser bunny... meh. no room for new comedy now which costs more money and might flop. lets just have another f*cking panel show!
and the most galling part of panel shows is we PAY these people to appear and on the backs of their appearance they run out and do countrywide tours and make fortunes (oh and watch the bias of who appears based on the production company-i.e. who is signed to them). screw them. they should pay the BBC for an advertising slot. make it like ebay, they have to outbid each other to ply their trade.
Re: apple menu
"You might want to read up on the reasoning behind Apple's approach:"
ok so i get that. but why not abandon it when technology made it annoying/stupid? Using an APPLE 30" screen with a giant desktop, got a window down the bottom of the page, all the way up to the top again for the menu. then all the way down the bottom again. Stupid, stupid, stupid.
Dual monitors? HAHAHAHHA lets track all the way back over to the 'main' monitor', then alll the way back to our app. very, very ,very, VERY stupid.
its a crappy student pub
with a good food bar attached, and a big outdoor area which is great in the summer even if the view is the corregated steel of the industrial estate next door. as another poster mentioned the fear of tripping down those concrete steps is a huge one though....
as for the name.. change it. who cares? you think people are going there for the name? somebody here said about great hobbit themed cocktails... wtf its just tramp juice to get students pissed quickly. do you read about them drinking cocktails in the book? think not.
as for the use of the name.... well could almost be forgiven given the age.but covering your walls and loyalty cards with pictures from the film... seriously who in their right mind would do that in this day and age? deserves all that coming to them from that angle.
and fry getting involved? simple one fry, quit the film. if you don't you're a damn schill. happy to gain yet more fame from being the stupid person's idea of a clever person ( (c) julie burchill ) yet happy to take the money to appear in the film. which will be shit anyway because its martin 'i cant act for toffees' freeman in the *lead role* *yet again*. Has nothing been learnt from the hitchikers movie?
i've got one, dont think its ugly. and nobody has said anything like that, just been impressed by it.
the ability to have to the keyboard clip on (with extra battery) is the killer feature. yeah its ok to dick about reading emails and watching videos of lolcats being petted by hipsters, but if you've got to do some work in a reasonable time, a real keyboard is unbeatable.
touchscreen? internet? grid of icons? - Handspring!
I remember trialing a corporate service in about 2001, a handspring phone with a gsm data modem attached at the back and surfing the web (incredibly slowly mind). not a million miles from iphone as a user experience. of course add years of improvement in mobile processing, color screen, grafics co-processors etc you get something slicker. but the basics was there.
hate to tell you this
but news should never be entertainment. if sky were embedded with the looters it probably made it look cool and maybe some people went out on the strength of it.
but i'd like to know how much they paid the said looters for safe passage. we've all seen the vid of the injured youth being mugged. you telling me that a gang of these peeps are going after trainers and crappy tellys when the cameraman has close to £100k in gear on his shoulder?
pull the other one. expose sky for paying money to criminals.
when i move to a position of benelovent dictatorship this is one of things I will come down hard on.
If you can't be bothered to think up an original word to describe your product you have no NO *NO* rights to the individual words you've welded together. think of the problems with easy jet etc.
in fact even raising it in my new world order would mean your website got banned and the CEO was sentanced to an ass raping by Brian Blessed in full Flash Gorden outfitbefore being unblocked (broadcast live on skype - another name you can't really arse around with if you'll pardon the pun)
seriously, plenty of others have got round it like, erm, amazon, bing, hulu, boxee, google,... list could go on forever. its only shit people that have to weld words together.
apple are exiting a lot of the market
specifically the pro end. their enterprise support has been woeful at best. now they've killed xsan hardware. lion server is crippled, xsan client is built in. FCP turns into FCA (final cut for amateurs) with no support for xsan (or any shared system).
Color? $30k a seat till apple bought it. now killed it with no replacement in site. same as shake.
mac pros are the next one to go (really i don't know why anybody bought them anway with fcp only using one core. though they could have after effects running i suppose to justify it)
and with the growth of the ipad, OSX is starting to look risky.
none of these things are about the products - but why waste good talent on products that get very little in return compared to the ipad?
'because of a court case?'
really? after all they've done? worried about contempt of court? not about all the hacking they've done?
something smelly fishy. it's a fish.
the mini displayport on your macbook will probably work, check it out.
just a shame they don't stick a proper dvi port on the back so you could use it with a non apple product. they'd get some more sales through that.
did some tech support for a uk company in the 90s...
that did some work for govt. secret areas were separate, locked and connected to a separate set of servers (locked room from main server aisle) via fibre. that room had NO other external data connections. If any of us were in there we had to have somebody else in the room. bust hard drives went into a locked safe in that room until we did a secure rubbish run.
that.s how you keep things safe. can i have my £300,000,000 security consulting fee now please?
to somebody who has never rejected my mostly drunk rantings I salute you
ok so its 4am and i've just woken up from another drink related snooze to, err, have some more drink and empty the fridge of anything edible without cooking,,, again...
where was I? oh yeah. best wishes for the future, when you open a rival the el reg do let me know :)
nice pic BTW :)
versions = legal nightmare. disable it.
Why? FOI and data protection rules.
Say I write something slanderous in an employee report. save document. come back from lunch and reconsider. delete offending remark. I've still got a saved copy of my slanderous document. sitting in versions.
along comes johnny employee with a data protection request, where you have to give him everything you've got on him. including your slanderous document revision.
i hope versions has a button to extract all versions of all files as well, otherwise some poor bastard is going to have to go through and save every version of every file.
i think UK biz might need to know about this before using it.
back to 1990
my first computing job - working on a vax cluster and all the individual projects the company ran were charged on cpu usage, storage and printing. (and first experience of something the size of a small car being replaced with a desktop unit with more power)
we *have* kind of reverted back there with corporate email/calender servers, gmail etc. instead of the vt100 clients we now have smartphones and chrome netbooks. the 'dumb terminals' might be 'smarter' but the centralisation is what we all really need to make the information available everywhere.
nice gfx, shame about the game
that does not look like a barrel of fun to me. slow and limp I would say...
not running xsan servers on the backend then?
silly me i forgot apple have cancelled them.
now there's faith in your own technology. and here's us running their now obsolete hardware with a 'hot backup' that only works if *every single client* is turned on.
now i know why they didn't use their own kit....
look at the mbed
heres what i am messing about with http://mbed.org/handbook/mbed-NXP-LPC1768
arm,96 mhz, built in ethernet phy-just add a magjack. this is about £45 at the moment.
£15 for this seems damn cheap for so much extra performance.
play with the mbed though its good fun. if you are looking to create a game, have a look at http://www.arduino.cc/ with the gameduino shield http://excamera.com/sphinx/gameduino/
so many damn fiddles in tax systems
here's what I propose for the world. tax on income, not profit. anything else invites misuse. even just a couple of percent i reckon would sort everything out.
"It appears that you've exceeded the maximum number of posts you can view"
"To unlock the forum and continue viewing messages, all you need to do is to Register for a free account. The entire process takes just a few minutes so create your account now and view as many threads as you like! "
try reading more than a certain number of messages and you get that. no idea what the limit is, i get that every time now.
i think you missed the point. its register to READ the forum. that's a bad sign. If el reg was register to read how many readers would it have? arsing around with yet another random sign in just to read something? f. off!
and you said -> " being way off target is unforgiveable." but I forgive you as its easter.
as for noise, my PCH squeals like a stuck pig for about 15 mins after being turned on with a faulty fan. i'm not the only one with this problem i noticed *before* they stopped randoms reading their forums.
as for ui's anything that doesn't let you change mistaken files from inside the UI is useless for consumers.
still want the gigabit fixed, takes forever to copy files up to the unraid server.
but is it better than a popcorn hour?
sounds very similar. nice idea, crappy firmware leaving things you bought it for not working. i've got a PCH A200 after over a year i still don't have gigabit ethernet working. their developers reasurre everybody that they've got it working there, but over here, in the real world, nada.
instead of fixing the shit you bought the box for, they've added a crappy and slow jukebox system, even though there are plenty of 3rd party products that can do that for you.
it has FINALLY got iplayer support, but when I tried it there seems to be a frame dropping problem you can see in pans and end credits.
i don't know if they've fixed it because their offical support site, networkedmediatank.com now requires you to register JUST TO READ IT. if there's a greater warning about appaling firmware problems i'd like to see it.
only reason i'm not buying this game
seriously valve, why did you pick such a divisive figure? for everbody who loves merchant and gervais and their brand of 'humour' and 'acting' i can find 10 people who would rather be kicked in the testicles than listen to their childish 'ironic' prattle and sub am-dram performances
crap for idiots
as much about hard hitting science as the wonders of the universe.
oh i made something blow up. whoopee. the dumbing down of science tv continues.
did you see the whole thing?
an ugly piece of angular metal crap. and it looks like they've installed it in the middle of trafalgar square. way to ruin hundreds of tourists photos.... not seen anything so inappropriate since thousands of fuckwits were allows to arse about on the spare plinth.
i'm not surprised.
as much i think java is a pox ridden bastard of a quiche eater's language now run by people I don't trust, it's much nicer than objective C which took a terse, easy to make spectacular failures language and bolt on a bunch of ugly crap that makes code *less* readable.
i'd rather program in that poor excuse of a language known as python than objective c.
Well, sue LOADS of people then.
OK, any interference with program code loaded into memory is a voilation of dmca? so in windows those DLLs that get loaded automatically at process start that can intercept any system call - of which there are loads - sue them as well. its interfered.
like the patent rules which say you must protect against any infringement, it should be applied across the board.
seriously what type of effed up OS is this if the flash player is crashing all the apps? why is it being loaded in all the apps?
meh. adobe should kill mac support. that would kill off the mac pro. then steve can concentrate on overpriced toys.
not like apple going anywhere with their "pro" apps...
just a plan to get people to support safari
unfortunately "open standards" in web browsers means "subtle hacking around weird edge case problems for different browsers". Flash is pretty much write once run anywhere if they've got the plugin and it solves all those problems. I reckon:
low safari use
lots of sites don't test or update for safari quirks so less people use it
force people to write for safari on ipad
boom now the whole app is running on safari
safari can grow market share
he also wants people to write in objective C so they could fairly easily port to native osx. and objective-C is the ugliest language i've seen.
we're going to develop an internal app on adobe air anyway. its got to work on the most number of platforms with the mimum amount of fuss (i.e. not having to work with the foibles of mobile/browsers). sorry iplod users
So apple admits the iPad is a toy?
a) what, no cross platform compatibility? yeah i'm gonna rewrite something just for one platform.
b) no calling other apis? really? isn't that common libraries out of the bloody window? they export APIs. Argue me calling a library you haven't written to do something that might interface with the iphone (i dunno opening a file or something) means you aren't calling an API. look up its definition on wikipedia.
c) oh they want it to be just like the ibollock interface then without some kind of intermediary api. what about this then. http://almost.done21.com/2010/04/adlib-apples-secret-ipad-web-framework/ . guess doing it not straight to APIs is a bad, bad thing.
d) objective-c. uglier than PHP, less easy to read than PERL, with all the drawbacks of C
g) i hate objective C
i must say as an enterprise with around a few thousand customers, we will be building in flash/air to support the maximum number of users across multiple platforms. the vagarities of various browsers can sod off its not going html5 as telling people to change their browser is painful.
adobe should just cancel CS for the mac. screw 'em.
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