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BitLocker, FileVault, VeraCrypt depending on your OS.
I'd say you're a traditionalist. Nobody's used a WOMBAT since about 1979 although the phrase was still in use in the early 90's.
We chickos needed it explained to us. I had to ask my dad.
I hate you so much. BOWMAN was the reason we had to carry three radios. BOWMAN, actual working older kit, backup working older kit, toolkit, rest of standard packs...
People wonder why Signals tend to be big hefty blokes....
> Agile methods work for some situations, particularly where the client / end users don't know or can't describe what it is they actually want up front
I happen to agree that Agile doesn't suit every requirement but you've literally just described every project ever.
Oddly, the single best methodology for an industry which insists on Waterfall - such as defence weapon systems - is TDD because you write tests for all the documented acceptable outcomes and error conditions and then make them pass.
I wish I could upvote that more than once. Brilliant.
I always hoped it would lead to an end to "project managers" at all but sadly, most employers still reflexively insist on a "project manager" for every project.
One used to insist on selecting the technologies and tools we'd use despite the fact that she literally never written a line of code in her life.
And these are not edge cases. These are normal. "Project managers" are parasitic scum but whichever methodology you select, you can guarantee that some cretin further up the food chain will insist that there has to be one.
> Have you ever played rugby?
Every weekend for about half of every year since 1982, yes. A scrum does not run anywhere unless something's gone very badly wrong. A team does. A scrum does not. This basic lack of information is a fine example of the half-baked nature of everything about Scrum.
small note to mod - the ad hom was ad Erik Meijer.
Agile is just decent communication and getting dickwad project managers off your back so that you can actually take time to refactor code instead of just shoving hastily-written deadline-driven "just about good enough" code out into production.
Scrum is what happens when you let people are a) idiots b) Americans* AND c) in marketing get their hands on Agile and it should be burned with fire.
And Unit Tests are not about predicting failure conditions in live! They are about making each unit of code modular and robust
*seriously, nobody involved in the creation of Scrum had ever even seen a game of rugby. "Oh, it's named for the way a scrum runs up the field passing the ball to each other" - the fuck? Shut up and go away.
small mod tweak - fewer ad homs, please
> In the smartphone market, Chinese vendors now comprise three of the top five biggest sellers worldwide, as consumers opt for lower cost devices
Yeah but those are all FoxConn machines. As are most of Samsung's and all of Apple's.
FoxConn won the smartphone wars. Four years ago. All the rest is meaningless.
At our last house, BT supplied an astonishing 512Kb down/insulting trickle up.
At the one before, they simply refused to admit that ADSL broadband was a thing and tried to sell us an ISDN line.
what, the Windows 3.1 Program Manager?
Don't make me upvote you, Bob. That's just unfair.
> It is ironic that Apple, who actually invented the smartphone
either you forgot your troll icon or you're an idiot.
Explain how they've screwed up, AC.
Surely you weren't expecting Hans 1 of all people to actually read the article before criticizing Microsoft?
BTW mods, still looking for that /ignore function.
When The Reg covers certifications, comments nearly always argue that vendors' accreditations aren't very valuable because they don't reflect real world experience or proven capabilities. App to Cert goes some way towards addressing that criticism. Or does it?
The answer to your question is quite simple, assuming we're still talking in terms of commentard opinions. That answer is "this would be an amazing genius piece of absolute brilliance that solves everything if it were Google doing it but it's Microsoft so it sucks and is evil".
Anyone who takes advice from the ASP.NET forums is asking for everything they get.
Can't you yank the full "Community" version to work in?
Amazingly, you can have visual studio and a browser on screen at the same time in Windows 8 too. I have right now on this work machine, for example.
On topic - most of this looks to merely a widget to save time typing search criteria but the "right-click a compile error" actually looks handy enough for me to install this and try it out.
If comments are still open at the end of the week when I've given it a bit of a live test, I'll reply here with an opinion on whether it's any use.
> If you want to see a group of short changed kickstarters just go look at that poor Star Citizen crowd. Where's their game?
It'll turn up when it's ready. Or it won't. If it doesn't then I'll be mildly irritated but not really surprised (eh, kickstarter...). If it does and it doesn't have stuff they contracted to do as stretch goals (that were met and surpassed) like an offline campaign, I may even go so far as to frown a bit.
We already have a playable dogfight game that I haven't bothered with and there's other stuff that I also don't really care about so it's not like it vanished without trace, which is hopeful.
SC will definitely disappoint some people because some people have insanely unrealistic expectations. It won't disappoint me because I have almost no expectations - I'm just interested to see what Chris Roberts will come up with. He's always done interesting work before.
The difference between this and the Elite:Dangerous experience is that my life is much more mellow and relaxed than an apparently arguable minority/majority (delete depending on your confirmation bias) because I knew in advance that Dave Braben was a massive arse of Piers Morgan proportions and refused to pay him any money.
So I feel a bit sorry for you Flyberius, but don't spare me any concern. I'm absolutely fine.
Would you prefer articles like this?
MOST ELITE:DANGEROUS PLAYERS OKAY WITH EVERYTHING
Nothing to see here, move along.
Seriously, go away. ®
Probably not much in the way of revenue on that one.
*EDIT - FFS guys, turn off the automated carriage return linefeed thingy. Formatting is all but impossible.
It would be better than now when BT customers get a line fixed in three days and Talk Talk customers might get a line fixed in three weeks if Talk Talk support bother to do anything about it.
> That almost made sense...
It's agonising, isn't it? With a normal amanfromMars1 post you pretty know what you're reading from the fifth word but that one started out as if it was going somewhere and then slowly fucked with your head.
I really should start reading the poster names before I read the text. Self-preservation demands it.
I agree with you!
However, a quick glance through the sadly now apparently no longer updated spEak You're bRanes clearly demonstrates that much of what you find on Have Your Say (and the Mail's comments, and many other places) is quite clearly racism, not to mention illiterate and retarded.
I think UKIP are a shame. I like the anti-EU thing because the EU is a wholly corrupt, undemocratic, porkbarrel-based money pit with very few redeeming features (note - the ECHR is entirely separate from the EU and almost entirely worthwhile so fuck you Farage) but they couldn't just stick to that.
Oh no, it had to be the eternal "immygrunts" ruining everything for hard-working
whiterespectable British people. Because they are entirely to blame for austerity. Not the banks that shat the bed in 2007, not successive ludicrous amounts of unnecessary government borrowing, regulating and policing, not the tax system that seems to be entirely designed to fuck poor people in the ear while anyone who can afford to hire PwC (a deductible expense...) pays none at all, not the illegal, disastrous foreign wars, not restricting housing supply in order to create bubbles and give MPs a cheaper and more profitable ride on their Buy-To-Let schemes, not practically forcing kids to do expensive and mostly useless degrees in bullshit subjects from the University of Greater London (formerly Chelmsford B&Q)....
No, it wasn't any of the ruling classes with their protected and bailed out gravy trains. It was all "immygrunts". Let's pick on some brown people, that'lll make everything alright. And jobs for British people because after all, arbeit macht frei, nicht wahr?
A tempting suggestion but I doubt very much that UKIP can afford to pay for astroturfing legions on the comment section of a local newspaper. There are so many local newspapers. And then there's the BBC's Have Your Say to shit mindless racism all over too.
I thought Sony were in financial trouble, AC.
Nice to see they can still afford you.
> the media "marketed" the idea didn't help
the actual details didn't fit in a tweet (or red-top headline).
You own the console. Do what you like to it.
You do not own the servers you want to connect it to. To do so, you must comply with conditions that are set in order to
a) maintain "fair play"
b) prevent PS3-style cracking of that system, thus hurting other players and
c) ensure that you're not playing against somebody who paid full whack with your pirated game (this is really a subset of a) but I felt it needed emphasis).
So sure thing, hack away. But you can only hack what you paid for. And you did not pay for ongoing support patches - those are warrantee items and you invalidated your warrantee when you hacked the box.
Well put, @Lost all faith.
Then don't buy one.
You're happy and the lack of you complaining about a console you don't own will make everyone else happy too.
No, they don't. Bars are a suicide risk.
Whatever happened to Pixel QI?
Not really. Your local Temple Of Apple Genius Bar Design Holiness is the obvious vector.
Put it on a Mac that you're having the non-replaceable SSD replaced on. Boom. Suddenly every "genius" is infected and every cultist pleasured by that "genius" is probably infected too.
Assuming the kit phones home (via at least seven proxies!) you just sit back and collect your nicked data, safe in the knowledge that all the machines you infected are owned by people who are not only wealthy but also too stupid to fix their own computers.
I found that an interesting phrase.
One could charitably assume that they meant it to be parsed as follows -
"the film is an attempt to profit by glorifying international espionage" since Snowden himself has certainly not profited.
But if so, one wonders when dear Horace will sue Sony, current owners of the James Bond franchise.
The Lumia 520 is the single lowest spec WP8 phone and from GSMArena -
Card slot microSD, up to 64 GB
Internal 8 GB, 512 MB RAM
And from your article -
Windows Phone 8.1 is now accounting for 65 per cent of Windows Phone app downloads, with Windows Phone 7 at under five per cent.
The most popular Windows Phone device is the low-end Lumia 520, which accounts for more than a quarter of all app downloads. Devices with fewer than 256MB of RAM dominate downloads with 71 per cent of the total, suggesting Windows Phone's most active users are using cheaper handsets.
Now, I am merely a programmer so obviously the "industry analyst" who supplied your figures knows more than me (quiet at the back), but since the only Windows Phones with 256MB of RAM (and there are exactly zero Windows Phones with "fewer than 256MB" as you state) are WP7 phones*,the statements are wholly contradictory.
I find this remarkable, if true.
It's not true though, is it?
*the only one I can think of is the Dell Venue Pro with the slide-out keyboard. Good idea, canned early because Dell only sold about 25 of them.
> But Braben going bankrupt from apparently negligently mishandling his business is a reasonable outcome, and part of the creative destruction that capitalism thrives on.
Can't tell if sarcasm, presuming not.
Well, quite. There's nothing to stop him going bankrupt due to this in the same way that backers (not "buyers", let's maintain the paradigm) have no guarantee that their investment will get them what they wanted.
> When companies screw things up royally with their only product they often go tits up. Or is Braben too big to fail?
Only his ego.
A little bored Googling indicates that kickstarter contributions are regarded as taxable in the US (the potato salad guy may have a problem in the region of $2,100 or so) and that VAT is levied at source in the UK.
Therefore, I am quite probably wrong although we'd have to await a test case to set a precedent.
And I agree, when - probably not "if" - it happens, it'll certainly be interesting.
> I don't know if you played at a friends
error - assumes friend(s).
That was self-mockery. I did have friends, I just didn't see them often because farm workers tend to live miles from anywhere and our nearest neighbour was nearly two miles away.
There was a school computer club but it met after school and those of us who bussed in couldn't go because, er, bus. Looking back, it seems like it must have been really hard being a country kid. I wonder if it still is? Perhaps this is something that the government's stupid "Year of Code" could address instead of teaching MPs how to write <blink>Hello world</blink>
> That's an interesting assertion. I'm not saying you're wrong - but I wouldn't like to bet either way. It would be interesting to see it tested.
I'm pretty certain Kickstarter donations are regarded as exactly that, donations. Offerings are "rewards" based on contribution, not a contract and not a sale. If it was done any other way, Kickstarter contributions would be taxable (and probably liable for VAT) which I don't think they are although you might want to check with HMRC.
So, yeah, I think Kickstarter is regarded as investing in a business and you can quite legally lose your shirt on any investment. Hard to see how the Sale of Goods Act would apply to it.
"dogged" because it means two different but entirely appropriate things. And I like dogs.
They could have got funding for Elite if Dave Braben was prepared to commit to publisher standards (ie, timeframes and specimen of requirements up front). He isn't. He never was. The only reason nobody else has done an Elite game is because Braben has a habit of suing if they try.
Kickstarter was basically so he could avoid "compromising [his] vision", not because there was no funding anywhere else.
The irony appears to be that he compromised his vision almost immediately by agreeing to an offline campaign and has now failed to deliver it.
I just wanted to comment on the quote you've provided (regardless of attribution)
There has been a lot of uproar about this but the bottom line is that they have moved so much stuff to the servers they physically cannot produce an offline version now. All of the commodity prices, background simulation, module upgrade availability, bulletin board missions, injected events and I suspect even the NPC AI are run from the servers. *
"Background simulation" is probably an in-house term so I can't really talk about it, and "injected events" is another. On the rest though....
If commodity prices are kept on a local machine, they will be hacked. Somebody will tweak the hex values - in memory if necessary - to buy low and sell high. In a single-player game, that's irrelevant but where multiplayer is even a possibility, it's a nightmare. NPC AI and upgrades would be the same. To go offline, you'd need a complete local copy and a means of switching to online sources from context. Along with a scripted campaign and set of missions. As I understand it, much of the game is procedurally generated which complicates this.
I'm not saying it can't be done or even that it's hard. I am saying it's a whole lot of work that somebody has to pay for.
I understand all of that and that's fine, downvote away in any post where I imply that by all means.
However, this is not explanation for downvoting the mindboggling over committing to produce two games when you have budget and time for one game.
It's not a stretch goal, right? They didn't attempt to raise extra funding for this?
I apologize for the lack of tantrum but this is almost as bewildering as the act of committing to developing an offline campaign. It's like you're not allowed to say that insanity is insane.
I'm interested in who's downvoting my comments on the insanity of committing to deliver an offline game as well as an online game.
Is that just somebody who knows dick about game development but REALLY WANTS IT TO BE EASY SO THAT THEY CAN HAVE WHAT THEY WANT WANT WANT SO MUCH?
Or has somebody actually got a valid objection?
Upvote for reminiscences...
Ours was a relatively unusual situation, I guess. My dad was a farm worker. He earned £28/week in 1983. We did get free milk though.
(Although I contributed to Star Citizen because I like Chris Roberts whereas Dave Braben was always an unlikeable bastard. That doesn't mean I'm expecting anything. It was a Kickstarter. It does not come with a guarantee. The Sale of Goods Act does not apply).
> I can't see how you can defend the way they have handled it.
I'm not, the whole thing seems like some kind of crazy fiasco. I can't quite get my head around the idea of any seasoned game dev agreeing to produce two games for one budget in the time allotted for one game.
I still think refunding backers would simply destroy the chances of the existing game, though. So those who complained get their money back (minus depreciation!) and nothing at all to show for it and all those who are happy get Frontier going bankrupt from paying refunds and no money to keep the online servers going. Not exactly a happy ending.
XNA is canned, yes. I forgot XNA. You are absolutely correct. It was kind of fun, too.
Maybe they've just vanished in the Brentford Triangle.