270 posts • joined 16 May 2007
people and products?
They might be infringing on MY patent. I've patented photographing *objects* against a white background.
security and expansion
right, so how we going to secure this to the desk guys? normally cages go over the top but thats going to interfere with the cooling.
and you're not a pro unless you've got a fibre link out to a decent storage solution. used to have pci cards for that.. now out of thunderbolt into a tb->pci adapter (about £700 FFS), leaving dodgy, non lockable cables hanging around ready to be knocked out.
and hold on, how do I secure that as well?
he has done corporate schill work for HP
nice friendly, non profit making companies, both of them.
he talks about companies destroying the earth, then bogs off to the US to make 3rd rate movies, then jets around the world to promote them. how does he get there? row? He could make crap films in the UK and not do the promotional tours and save loads of carbon. but its old mammon again waving a large cheque in your face.
ive personally not voted for a long time. firstly because I was living in such a safe seat it would make no difference, and then after labour was returned for the final time, I gave up. the general public are too stupid to understand the choices they are making either through pure dimness or being totally stuck in a polarised world that cannot accept that another party might have better ideas, stuck shouting 'toff' or 'red' at each other.
i will say one thing though, on facebook, the only people i know who have joined the 'brand for prime minister' type groups and share his updates are the *thickest* people I know.
I had a G+ account attached to my google apps for domains account. Only used it to keep up with the statuses of the Dart team (as only about 3 people I know are on G+)
i started getting messages on youtube about do I want to use my real name? no I don't. a week later, same thing. ignored. then it seemed to get to the point that I couldn't do anything, even view videos without this same old shit happening. either use your real name or create a g+ channel for your login. feck off I don't want either. so I deleted my g+ account, telling them why.
just checked. although my youtube account works, when i clicked to add a comment it went back to "if you do this you will have to create a g+ channel with your name". i clicked no, message at top of screen goes "OK, we'll ask you again later".
totally fusking bizarrely I just uploaded a video and made it public and it didnt ask me about creating a google+ channel.
contrary to popular belief I do add useful comments at times :) though this whole g+ channel thing means i'm not posting comments on youtube anymore. screw it, really not worth it. but people will just click ok because they are idiots.
bit like the thing going round FB at the moment, the 'whats your brain age' test where you have to agree for them to be able to see all your contacts and all your posts etc. and people still click ok.
even after spending the better amount of £5k on kit from ebay on my barclaycard in the last 18 months without so much of a twitch, the other day, whilst in the middle of paying an import duty to UPSon the phone I was called by barclaycard.
apparantly my spending pattern had flagged up suspicious activity. that week i had spend £3.24 on a cheap game on steam and paid £50 odd to UPS.
after i rang back the message (as i was still on the fecking line to ups at the time) it said something like 'hi we're barclaycard and we hate you. we think you're doing something dodgy, so please call us back on this number you've never seen before in your life and doesn't match the number on the back of your card. just to prove we aren't some fly by night shyster, log into your mybarclaycard account online and there will be a message in there to prove this is legit. i'd just like to remind you we're regulated by the financial service authority but we still hate you. later looser!'
so i log into mybarclaycard and... lo and behold.... NO MESSAGE. quell suprise! so phone on normal line. listen to barney harwood from radio 4 talking me through typing my number in and shit. get through to confused of india #1. talk talk talk talk. ok putting your though to fraud now... wait wait wait wait...get to go through the same fusking questions again and get to talk to confusied of india #2. i get the spanish inquisition. what was the £50 you just spent for? I'm sorry that's none of your fucking business. OK, what I meant was, this transaction with UPS, what kind of service do they provide? UPS? biggest delivery company in the world? WTF do you think its for? OK thank you sir. This payment of £3.24 to Steam Games what was that for? a game. oh, maybe it was weapons grade nuclear material. no i paid for that on my other card so definately a crappy cheap game. mumble mumble... type..type.... I see you reset your access code 2 weeks ago. was it you who did that? yes. why was that? because i forgot it. ok... (is this the bit where you go 'because i'm a master criminal and i've stolen this blokes identity')... eventually after like 20 mins on the phone this evil witch said 'is there anything I can help you with today'...
so just like watches now
most people don;t wear one as they have a mobile. its only the twats with money to burn of hipsters who will be wearing them
yet again, more fiddling with nothing
... as the version number changes.
lets get this straight. for 99% of stuff, changes to 'THE OS' don't matter. the os is different to the UI. most changes to the UI are fiddling in the corners (unless you do a windows 8 in one step).
i bought my ipad 2 a good few years ago and keep it up to date. what have i noticed change? nothing. im using app and that hasn't changed. like new versions of OSX. over 200 improvement they trumpet. all i can see is a few things missing from the right hand side of finder and an increased load time because i forgot to turn off the numpty "restart all the applications i previously had open" option. oh and 'foldermege' which windows has done since version 1 and doesn't mean the unwary loose data because they expected it to work in a logical way.
they poo-poo android for all these versions, but i got an old motorola atrix phone out my drawer and gave it to a friend. yeah it worked, some stuff was in diffrent places, but what have i gained to my galaxy S3 with its newer OS? erm, nothing.its mainly a phone and an app is an app.
drives me nuts when people go 'oh the apple OS is so much better' then you find out all they do is run a browser (mozilla) and adobe apps, so their total expsoure to the 'OS' is explorer. or the file save dialog.
David Thewlis, playing it like 'Johnny' from 'Naked'
please god, i've endured 20 years of shit, I want this. Mike Leigh directing as well please and Dick Pope on cinematography.
even if he's not channeling Johnny (which wouldnt happen, thats a bit strong) he would be the best doc for years. superb actor. he would have the gravitas that the last couple of ....things... couldn't replicate.
i remember a post you did a year or so ago about how i**** users were the most in debt compared to android.
im not sure how education correlates in this.. how paying more for less correlates with education i can only image works like more education = more money = will pay more money for a fashionable brand.
not 'ive made a rational decision about hardware, os and platforms and i even though i've got an arts degree i know whats the best devce for my banal shit like instagram'
re: patents and licencing on camera
really interesting and often missed thing is if you are using something like a canon 5dmk2 or even panasonic eng cameras like 151 and 371 (and all others i would imagine, those are just ones where i've looked the manual) and filming with h264 or avc.
you are ***NOT*** licenced to use the recording for commercial work.
unfort i can't seem to copy and paste out of the pdfs, so check 5d2 english manual pg 241 - "about mpeg-4 licencing' or the panny hpx-370 manual pg 6.
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.
stupidest opening line ever...
"PC users who secretly covet their cubicle neighbour’s 27in iMac but don’t want to leave the Windows world"
... can install bootcamp.
there, fixed it for you.
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.
obviously apple is so secretive they don't even tell the webmasters what products they are announcing in advance, they have to cobble the information live from the presentation.
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.
more big up for Wolf ET
I know, not related, different dev & all
but wolf et was the best multiplayer game of all time, forcing you to *really* co-operate. i spent *so many* hours playing that
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?
can it really be this simple?
bolting 2 pre existing things together is patentable? what's next? recipies?
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?
isn't it 30 quid with tax
well that's what i've been charged anyway
yes of course
but you've got to force everybody in your organisation to do this every single time somehow.
just turn it off (if you can)
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.
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 :)
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.
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