375 posts • joined 2 Feb 2010
Devs Can Do UI
Yeah seems pretty sensible and all but the whole idea that the ability to program and the ability to make decent UI are mutually exclusive is a myth.
The real reason programmers aren't "good" at UI is that it is boring and our time is better used elsewhere so when we are forced to do it we resent it. There are also a lot of developers who just have no pride in their work and really don't care about users of their systems. Simply stopping and thinking "would I want to do this if I were using it" never occurs to them. See pretty much every 2011 game UI for evidence of that (I'm looking at you Bethesda and Volition).
Still too Expensive
You can buy albums for about that much (less if you buy second hand). So why not just buy a new album or 3 every month instead.
$5 and maybe I'll be interested. Oh and if it were available in the UK of course.
Not that I watch TV any more but yeah it is still annoying here.
What is far worse though is when they repeat the same advert (or advert for an upcoming show) over and over again until you are so sick of seeing it it has the opposite effect to what they intended.
2Mb - I wish
I'm lucky if I get 1Mb! And I know that many in the UK they get even less.
It will not work for most people and hardcore gamers won't settle for anything less than cutting edge.
Also I'd be amazed if it scales well.
There's certainly room for competitors. The only problem is though that so far they all seem a bit naff. The big names anyway.
Take Azure for example. I like MS stuff generally and Azure looked great, but it's a joke. Everything about it seems unfinished, hard to use and pointlessly limited. SQL server for example - one of MS' best products, is nobbled so much on Azure that it's like using SQL Server 2000. Not only that but it is EXPENSIVE.
Maybe if there was some decent competition Amazon wouldn't be having as much of a free ride to monopoly but as it is, they really are the only game in town.
Breach of Contract
It's so ridiculous that the government are still signing up to contracts that totally bind them and have no constraints on the company actually delivering the goods.
In any sensible scenario it would be: "company - you have not delivered the system we paid for, we are not going to pay you".
Or you could just not do things in public that you would be overly embarrassed if people you knew found out about.
Missing the Point
No one is saying that playing good games on mobile devices isn't sought after - quite the opposite in fact.
The point is that by the time you can have such cool stuff on a hand held, anything that can afford to be a bit bigger and take up more power is almost certainly likely to be even more powerful and games will ALWAYS be at the cutting edge of technology.
It's a point that these "console / pc games are doomed" people always miss.
Can't happen soon enough. No more scum bags asking for change or mugging you if no one ever has any usable cash on them.
Publishers - the new MPAA
Welcome to the club guys, pull up a chair.
Or you could maybe embrace the new technology and give up on your stranglehold rather than be obliterated?
Jeez, it must be someone's time of the month. Get back in the kitchen and cool off dear ;)
Seriously though, advertisement is crap for both genders. Look at something aimed at women - their main technique these days seems to be "make a man look stupid" * where as anything targeting a man is aimed at lager swilling bloke blokes. Either way it's patronising and irritating.
Still, not worth getting too annoyed about - just don't buy their stuff.
*Such as the Maltesers ad where the girls put their boyfriends into a compromising position - imagine the outrage from feminists if that were the other way around
And it's even worse for computer games.
Want to release your game but can't be bothered to finish it? Fine just put out the finished version as DLC, which can't be resold and the punters have to pay again for. In fact while we are at it, lets lock the game itself down to Steam so that can't be resold either.
So essentially greed didn't exist before Jobs? I seem to remember there being something in various religious scriptures about such things?
In any case, the whole "thank god for what you have" bullshit is completely counter to human nature. We strive to better ourselves and the lives of those we care about, just as any creature does. Their attitude that we should all be humble was blatantly invented to keep the peasants from getting above their station, nothing more.
"i" is a reference to "internet"
... I don't think it is. It's just a gimmick.
Yeah mostly agree but
"it’s a tough market that may be getting worse"
Sorry but that's bollocks. I am still constantly hounded by recruiters for decent looking programming jobs (and some that are quite clearly crap of course) because I have a fair bit of experience and a good CV. If anything our market is getting even bigger because all the proles have realised that technology exists.
If you have skills and your current job is tolerable, a perspective employer needs to sell itself to you and you can be as picky as you like.
You are TOTALLY correct.
I actually asked one of them about the whole demanding phone thing once and she told me (quite honestly) that it's a combination of them being lazy and rubbish at typing and wanting to hear your verbal communication skills.
There are those who send me a really vague "I have a really cool job on offer - give me a call" emails and those I don't even respond to. If it's that good then give me some details.
The worst was one which looked good, advertised as being in my home town but it turned out to be in a city in the same region where I had worked previously and left cause it's a shit hole (amongst other things). So don't talk to me about lies on CVs - recruiters lie worse than any applicant.
"some industries which are more profitable (banks and financials among others)"
Please tell my employer this :P
From the looks of the videos I have seen it suffers from the same awful jump mechanics as Sonic 4 where you have to hold down the analogue stick to control your in-air motion or you just fall straight down. Hopefully it won't be as bad as it looks but I really can't understand why they don't just make it like Sonic 1 - Knuckles.
I don't see why amateur photographers who actually care about this don't just put a ruddy great watermark over the stuff they upload and freely give out and avoid uploading high res versions. Fair enough if the mark gets shopped out then they could be annoyed but I bet it would be more hassle than it's worth for a paper to do that (especially with the level of shop skill shown by most papers).
Don't flame me please, I actually would like to know why they don't do this.
Looks lame and serious - even more distant from GTA than 4 was. No doubt they'll put in even more (girl)friend crap and take out even more good features.
Also digital download only so no second hand market?
Rockstar can fuck off. They lost me with Red Dead Redemption (most over-hyped, buggy piece of crap ever) and this is just a reminder of why you now suck.
Thank heaven for Saint's Row, which I pre-ordered yesterday :)
Sounds to me as though there are a whole load of errors occurring for different reasons and the exceptions are just being eaten rather than being handled properly. That's what happens when you hide stuff from the users to trick them into thinking that "it just works".
If they are ashamed of what's online then they shouldn't have been doing it in public in the first place. If you do something in public you have to assume it will get on the net and all your peers current and future will see it.
I don't think it's the fact that they change their mind when faced with evidence that gets peoples back up as such, it's more the way they promise in the first place without checking then ones they've realised it's impossible they act as though they always knew that. If they did come out and say "sorry, I was wrong and those that I promised it to are idiots" I for one would have more respect for them.
Intentional Saint's Row Reference?
"_the_ Los Zetas"
You're right though, they gonna get burned.
Exactly what I was thinking.
Funny isn't it that these people always ignore the elephant in the room - that most child abuse (sexual and otherwise) is done (or at least allowed) by the parents (male AND female) so have never seriously suggested that all parents should be monitored in such an invasive way.
Why the down vote?
I'd love to know why I got down-voted for this ... I wasn't even ragging on OpenStreetMap - I actually think it's good. The point is though that SSL on it just wasn't feasible for us. If I missed something please tell me what.
Might be different now but when I looked into Open Streetmap (and other solutions too), the main problem I came up against was the lack of SSL support. Generally it turned out that if you needed that, Google or Bing turned out cheaper anyway.
In the end we ended up going for a horribly clunky, hacked together and probably dodgy Google solution.
I really don't think it's anything to do with age. In my experience, middle aged people are by far the worst when it comes to even basic spelling let alone the use of the apostrophe.
It is actually a very recent development that the majority of people are as literate as they are. The only reason we see more bad spelling and grammar these days is that communication is so easy that even the peasants can do it. Which I suppose is actually a good thing.
Ah fair enough, I'm not going mad then. Ta.
OK, am I getting de ja vu or didn't the reg already do this story earlier in the year?
I agree completely - those magnets are awesome and fun to try and pull apart once stuck :)
Also the platters themselves make nice coasters.
"shift cyberspace away from being a multi-stakeholder, people-driven model, to a system dominated by centralized government control."
Which is what they have always wanted and thought they had until recently when they realised their assumptions on all things tech were completely wrong. Now they are waking up and desperately trying to claw back that thought control they've had (over traditional media) for so long.
We're talking about all governments here right, not just those in sandy countries?
Yeah, that should go with any alleged crime really.
In this case though I'm guessing they'll just bypass all the "red tape" and do a data transfer onto the sex offenders register ;)
This is exactly what I was thinking.
Of course it is certainly possible they already did this and were ignored or told "tor, onions, wtf? You guys are just winding us up". Whenever police talk about this stuff they always come across as incredibly technically inept and don't seem to realise that not everything is a "website" so I really wouldn't be surprised.
When will they learn?
Will they air US shows shortly after they air over there and in their uncut form?
Will you have to pay TV licence?
No one likes to be cock blocked ...
You are clearly a good parent. The negative comments I'd say are aimed at those chavs and those who I prefer to call "cattle" (brainless fodder who gain their entire knowledge of the world and all of their opinions from the Daily Mirror / Daily Mail / Sun / BBC news).
Please have more kids and tell your equally good friends to do so as well :)
And have a pint - that's not banned to save the children (yet).
This is obviously nothing to do with parenting - it's to do with trying to redemonize sex, something christians did years ago to control the population and keep women down (and now the attitude is so ingrained into society that feminists will now quite happily fight for less freedom on this issue).
I'd love to know what these lot have over Cameron to keep making him do this stuff - it was the same when he backed down over making rape trials fair on those falsely accused.
I agree with the article for the most part, especially the parts about the unsung heroes. (A friend of mine made a similar comment on another paper but cited Turing as a man who was was more worthy of such praise).
Still though, the implication that world wide communication is not a big step for humanity is pretty small minded - anyone can see that such a system is very influential and far reaching. Not that it was Jobs' invention of course but this article seems to imply that just because people accredit the whole Internet to him, the Internet is unimportant.
Wouldn't go so far as voting anyone in purely on that fairly unimportant single issue but I agree with the sentiment.
The beeb is a total leach and I get the feeling that lots of people seem to think that the fee goes to other channels as well or they don't actually know which ones they watch.
The only things they air that are any good are shows from the US which they run months late and cut the gritty bits out of anyway.
Gimme a £5 / month stream of HBO and I'll gladly pay it. Till then though I'll just manage in other ways. Either way though I'll never pay the TV tax again.
First they bring out DLC (means they don't have to finish making the game before they can sell it - plus it's a great way to charge for bug fixes). And of course DLC ain't transferable so if you sell on your game it's useless to you and the buyer has to buy it too.
Now they nobble their online play. It's Sony for now but they'll all do it.
How long before they start scamming us with "activation fees" or some other BS way to destroy the second hand market even more?
So don't buy second hand from game then - there are plenty other second hand game retailers.
Sorry but from my experience that's complete BS. Most self taught coders are atrocious. They usually have massive gaps in their knowledge of basic practices and theory so tend to create bizarre overly complex solutions to solve simple problems. They also tend to be much more unwilling to learn anything new unless they discover it meaning they are a nightmare to work with.
Disappointing move from MS - I had thought they'd gotten past that kind of evilness to an extent. Still at least they have come to an agreement rather than simply throwing their toys out of the pram and trying to get the products banned.
Exactly my point - it did no harm to me or my mates at all. If anything it just made me totally accepting of other people's choices.
It's a really good point about the stifling too - it's so bizarre that as a society we totally shield anyone under 16 from the real world and responsibility then when they turn feral we wonder why.
Still - sounds like you have the right idea - it's nice to see that not everyone is totally illogical :)
Sorry but I don't believe that.
I know that all of my friends who had net growing up (and me for that matter) used to look at porn. And it made no difference to us at all :P But then boys always find porn, even if it's a stolen dirty mag or whatever.
At least they cancelled it now. Had Labour still been in I bet they would have kept it going and eating cash indefinitely.
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