286 posts • joined 12 Oct 2009
They will make a bomb from merchandising. Minecraft is currently very poorly merchandised compared to other IPs (Moshi Monsters, Angry Birds etc). Every kid 8-12 that I know (and I mean EVERY kid) is Minecraft mad. My son most of all.
Once they sort out the merchandising, make Minecraft: The Movie (and its sequels) and so on, they'll certainly recoup the cost.
>>You can transmit a pre-programmed Watch code that your partner will know means "Fancy a quickie?" But winking remains cheaper.<<
Totally misread that last sentence the first time.
Maybe it already has. It then expands outwards at the speed of light. So if happened 200,000 light years away, 200,000 years ago it should be night night time any time now.
I charged my car in Reno...
....Just to watch it die...
We don't have HR
In a company of about 600 people we have no HR department, and not even a single HR person.
Payroll is managed by finance. Hiring is managed by the department that actually needs the staff. Grievances are dealt with by managers/directors. Anyone is free to go and see the CEO about anything if they want to.
Every now and then at a company-wide meeting a newish employee will ask if we can have an HR department. The response from the top is always the same: "If we could come up with a reason why we'd be better off with an HR department, we'd have one."
End result is I work for a company where everyone is happy!
I already have an NFC iPhone
I made it by keeping my debit card in the back of my iphone case. Every time I want to use the contactless, I just put the phone against the reader. Job done.
Sometimes the proposed solutions are far more complex than the easy way...
My debut single
"Brake Failure" should be hitting the shelves soon.
What's the problem?
This is very sensible. Otherwise it'd be like the cops getting a warrant to search a house, but limited only to the kitchen.
I tried to sign up once
Google+ wouldn't believe that my name was real (it's honestly not that weird!) and wanted me to send in actual identification - copies of my drivers license or somesuch.
Instead I closed the browser and got on with my life.
Even when it's free I hardly go
We get 4 free cinema tickets every week with our medical insurance (not sure how encouraging you to sit on your arse for 2 hours whilst stuffing your face with popcorn and Minstrels helps you stay healthy but whatever).
And even though they're free I've only been 3 times this year. There just isn't usually anything worth watching to justify the 30 minutes of adverts and trailers (don't mind the trailers, can't stand the adverts). And sitting in a cinema that's either too hot or too cold, with lots of other people crunching, blocking my view, and just generally being there. And stuck on an uncomfortable seat with not enough leg room.
Better to wait for it on Netflix - or iTunes/BluRay if I really want to see it - and watch it on my own TV, on my own sofa, with no adverts.
When everybody had 20" CRT TVs with a VCR there was a point. Now everyone has a 50" HD TV with full surround sound, the cinema "experience" is not the step up it once was.
Would have loved to have seen this try on Dragons Den.
Just allow it to go higher than 255 in any Octet.
I know it's possible because I've seen it in the movies and on TV with addresses like 622.214.171.1246
At school I had to take Art up until the end of year 3 (year 9 for the current generation).
I was worse than hopeless at it. I am unable to draw a straight line even with a ruler. I have no skill whatsoever in drawing anything at all. I recognise this fact. I have no interest in it either. And yet, I was forced, week after week, to do Art lessons and Art projects. Every term my report card would have an Art-shaped blot on it where the teacher would have to mention I made no effort and was basically just utterly shit at it. Eventually a mutual, unsaid agreement was reached where I would do something rubbish and he'd just pretty much ignore it. Towards the end the report cards stopped being so bad actually as he knew there was just no point in making a fuss about it.
Forcing me to do art - with a complete lack of aptitude for it - was a waste of everyone's time. Teaching coding like this is exactly the same. It won't be valuable for those who don't "get it" in later life any more than Art was for me.
Re: 3.5in floppy
My wife (who was bought up in Seth Efrica) once told me that over there such a device is known as a "Stiffy".
10 years later I still haven't stopped laughing.
Refreshingly nice business model
Netflix - Prices for new customers are going up. Loyal customers get to keep it cheaper.
Most other companies - Prices for new customers are heavily discounted. Loyal customers get large price increases.
>>well when you can take hardware that cost same as everyone else's and sell it at 2-300% mark up, yet people still buy it cause they are idiots. You will have insane profits, google may not have the insane $ but they are seen as a much better company as most their products are FREE.
As per the article:
Google profit margin: 22%
Apple profit margin: 21%
I used to work in the old Racal building on Davis Road... I can't imagine anyone wanting to buy a flat there!
The Devastation Of Smog
Best of the Hobbit movies, I reckon.
No mention of his birthday?
He would have been 62 today.
Of course, he's not really dead. He's just spending a few years that way for tax reasons.
Surely he's still making money?
All the existing users can still play the game. So if he was making $50k per day from them, he will continue to do so. He just won't make any more from new users.
Of course it'll die down in a few weeks anyway as people gradually stop playing. But he gets to stop a lot of hassle immediately, whilst still coining it in. Smart guy.
Why not other things? I.e. amplifiers and speakers and CD players. Things whose SOLE PURPOSE is playing music.
I think what we should do is just automatically tax babies a one-off payment of £5000 the minute they're born, just in case they decide to listen to some music at some point in their lives.
Inspiration from Harry Potter
Just replaced the Owl with a Robot.
Rowling should sue!
>>Now we need teachers who are both knowledgeable and - most importantly - passionate about computer science. Computer science is all too often taught by people whose first degree, and general interest, lies in another domain. We must attract talented computer scientists into teaching so that they can pass on their excitement about the subject to the next generation.<<
How will this happen? People who are knowledgeable and passionate about computer science will go and get a job actually doing computer science. They won't want a job paying them half what they could get whilst doing some actual, interesting stuff. And they certainly won't be happy teaching FOR loops to disinterested kids who'd rather be Snapchatting.
The only people you will get teaching CS is those who aspire to be teachers, not those who aspire to be programmers.
>>Exactly, it's pretty expensive given what it delivers and it's too 1.0 right now. I have a decent, cheapest watch right now ($100 \ 70 quid citizen ecodrive) which any $300 smart watch should at least match in a few areas.
You just precisely described Pebble.
Cost - £100 (Kickstarter), so only £30 more than your Citizen. Not sure what RRP is.
Battery - 3-4 days easily
Waterproof - Yep
Daylight Readable Screen - Yep.
And of course it'll work with IOS and Android out of the box.
Seems like problem solved
So, over the past 50 years CFC gasses were increasing and the temperature was rising.
We then stopped CFC gasses from increasing and the warming has stopped.
Seems like we solved the problem.
Paris - coz the explanation is very simple.
Getting a spaceship to go really fast and cutting voyage time down to a manageable level is a problem we will solve fairly easily I expect.
It's the slowing down when you get there that's the real problem.
Re: What an original idea
>>Rather than the industry standard - you can only watch this series in the USA, the rest of you have to wait 2years to find out who killed JR. Or just pirate it.<<
Except this is still somewhat the case. I really love Netflix, but I can't watch, for example, the Walking Dead on British Netflix. I have to jump through some hoops to watch it on the US Netflix instead.
And don't even get me started on why there are a lot more Classic Dr Who on US than UK!
Booze, women and fast cars.
The rest I'd just squander.
Dad bid on it, wife found out and went mental, so blaming the kid was the only way out of the mess.
Re: "YOU WOULDN'T STEAL A CAR..."
You wouldn't shoot a policeman.
And then steal his helmet.
And then go to the toilet in his helmet.
Then give his helmet back to his family.
And then steal it again.
(Just been off sick for a couple of days. Netflix and the IT Crowd made me better).
All seem to be rip-offs
I've heard 2 of their songs. One rips off Summer Loving from Grease and the other rips of Should I Stay or Should I Go by The Clash.
Sounds like business as usual for them, then.
Have I missed something?
If they get a NEW patent granted, then surely they can't sue anybody for infringing it in existing products, as those products would therefore constitute prior art??
Goes up to 11
Maybe Spinal Tap could have blamed their Stonehenge on this.
Don't need loads of notifications
I have a Pebble (Kickstarter backer). It is honestly one of the best gadgets I've ever bought. The existing notifications are ALL I want.
I get notified of incoming calls and SMSs appear on my wrist, with a nice little buzz every time they appear. Calls and texts are what I consider important and things I want to know about immediately, because they are a fairly immediate method of communication - something the sender expects a reply to straight away and probably something you want to know about straight away. I don't care about Facebook notifications because there is no way they are important. Ditto email - I don't want all 100 daily emails pinging on my wrist. I'll get those when I'm good and ready. In other words, for me, it's perfect out of the box notifications-wise. I always used to miss calls/texts with my phone in my pocket and on silent. Not any more.
Music control - superb. Get in car, plug phone in, 3 taps of the center button and music is coming through my stereo. Don't even need to look. At home, do the same, quick fiddle on the phone to route it over Airplay then phone goes back in my pocket and I can skip songs or pause whenever I like without finding the phone and messing with the screen.
The apps are then the icing on the cake. The RunKeeper integration in particular I use quite a bit.
Battery is not a problem. I have to charge my phone every night anyway so I just charge the watch at the same time.
Good tech should change the way you do things and make your life easier. That is EXACTLY what the Pebble is doing for me so far. The only downside is I have a nice, expensive-ish watch at home that I now never wear. I love that other watch to bits, but it's now relegated to "posh nights out" because the Pebble is just so damn useful.
When you can prove to me that the earth's climate was exactly stable for the past couple of billion years, and only changed when humans started emitting CO2, then we'll talk about man-made climate change, mmmkay?
As this is obviously total bollocks, how about we accept that it's going to change, and lets work out how best to deal with the consequences. And I don't just mean dealing with increasing temperatures, but dealing with decreasing ones too, because it's certain we'll get another ice age at some point.
Re: Not surprised
If I was forced to buy my own IT kit for work, I'd buy the absolute cheapest crap possible.
If it makes me massively unproductive then tough shit - they should've given me the tools to do the job.
Outrage - Company Provides Services, Makes Profit!
I redid the headline for the Daily Fail.
I so need this. I often worry about turning up to work 0.00001 seconds late.
I bet the battery doesn't last 1000 years though.
Re: ...an inflight glass of wine spilling onto our lap...
And then they'll charge you more to cover the extra weight of the bars...
My grandmother died after they shut down Megaupload
So shutting it down killed her! Killed her I tell you!
I am soooo going to sue for this.
Your nipples don't work?
How do you pick up Jazz FM?
My sons toy train also has several rigidly attached bogeys.
More like Double Entendre:
The game tasks Bimmy Billy and Jimmy Lee with reaching Willy's base and both giving him a good hard seeing to.
Even in the final showdown when Willy is furiously pumping out projectiles all over the place
So if he has a trial, will it last 30 days?
Re: What he is trying to say is.....
I'm sure he'll soon leave the planet by his own means.
Graham-Cunning. Plan 28
Came for the Cunning Plan jokes. Left disappointed.
I’m worried that I under-specified the hard drive in my new notebook. At half a gig, it's not much
Yep, a 500MB HDD is way underspecified, unless you've been sitting on this article since 1992.
Re: Hats off
As a customer, I'm very pleased that they went to such lengths to keep my service available.
People simply don't often put Windows on a dev job spec. It's just a given - the default.
Re: There's nothing wrong with cultural sensitivity
> Golliwogs are grossly offensive you'll be hard pushed to find anyone - particularly anyone who isn't white, generally anti PC, male and commenting on the internet - who will defend them.
A shop near me had them for sale quite recently. There was a huge fuss made by the council (any prizes for guessing we're in Lib Dem land here?) and by the shopping centre and by various local mouthpieces who all wanted them banned from sale.
The local rag got involved, went out and quizzed a whole ton of black (coloured,negro,african,whatever pick your own damn word) people as they went past the shop. Nearly all of them couldn't give a shit that it was for sale and supported the shop keepers right to sell them. They, like most of us, had grown up and moved on. It's no more offensive than a Barbie doll is to a thin, blonde white woman.
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