745 posts • joined 20 Feb 2010
re: Treating bitcoin as a foreign currency is *exactly* how it should work.
Which most of the time is 'go away and come back with some proper money'. Leave the handling of weird non-native currencies (whether they be paper notes and coins or binary digits) to banks and currency exchanges - let shops get on with actually selling stuff.
Re: Robotron!!!! Most insane game
Er not quite. Jeff Minter's robotron inspired Llamatron was the truely insane one...
How hard must these things be to repair...
...if they're confident enough that noone is going to be able to fix at least one of the 4 pairs and get a working unit for $50?
I thought Space-X were supposed to be making space flight cheaper...
...this one was so expensive it needed an arm and 6 legs. Thats five whole legs more than what is normally considered expensive.
Looks like it took them longer than expected to get Message Bearer refuellled.
That's no moon...
...oh, wait, it might be.
Re: One Question
Or if there aren't going to be any more updates (the whole reason for this exercise).
The only reason I can see is that if you don't have it on you'll have to put up with notifications about it being off. It would have been nice if the final update would have adjusted this behaviour.
The chances of anything coming from mars are a million to one he said
What colour is that bright light? Better hope its not a green flare...
play a simplified version of the popular game Flappy Bird
How on earth do you simplify a game which only has one control?
Re: If curvature is so great, how come it only curves in one dimension?
They'll be saving curving in both directions for the next round of 'upgrades'.
I can also see them trying to sell us different type of curvature, spherical, parabolic, hyperbolic or maybe just hyperbole.
Re: Can't see this catching on....
Actually improved built in speakers may me one benefit. There will be more space for something a half-decent size behind a curved screen than in a thin flat panel.
Whether they'll use that space or not is a different question.
I still don't want want though, just finished getting my TV mounted flat on the wall and connected to proper external speakers.
I suppose you subscribed to the theory that noone would ever need more 640K of RAM too...
Re: Doubtless, 5 of the 7 5.25" bays are empty...
Actually no. From the top:
1: Card reader (OK, thats 3.5" device in an adaptor)
2: Blu-ray re-writer
3: Drawer. Yes, a drawer. Its a handy place to keep SD cards and USB sticks.
5,6,7: Additional fan
I think they're quite often filled on gaming rigs, either with water-cooling reservoirs or relocated hard disk racks. 5.25" drives themselves might be nearly extinct (optical drives seem to be just about hanging in there), but the bay itself isn't going away for some markets - its handy to have a largish, standard sized hole to put things, even if its not holding the thing it was originally designed for.
Re: This is all very nice but...
Er, my case has 7 5.25" drive bays.
Re: "Because ethernet and wireless are the same."
Well yes, someone could plug a wireless widget into the port. But if they've got sufficient access to the car to do that then they've also got sufficient access to interfere with a car with no electronics (e.g. cut brake pipes).
So instead of the wrong way up...
...we'll now be finding the wrong port.
While the USB-A port is a horrible design at least its the same port on every host device (admittedly the other end of the cable has had this problem for a long time). With cables I guess its not too much of a problem, but most of my USB-A plugs are directly on the device (memory sticks, bluetooth adaptors, security dongles, mouse receivers). True an adaptor cable will work, but it removes some convinience.
Re: people have pointed out this is a scene from 'The Abyss'.
Apparantly even the movie version was done for real (*). The movie may have had its share of special effects shots, but this wasn't one of them.
(*) well according to the internet anyway.
Glowy bits on clothes?
Look no further than TRON for inspiration.
I overdid my hacking of the PC version of Xenon 2
I found where the costs of each upgrade was stored in the executable and lowered them (all the way to zero I think). However it seems that what was available at each shop was determined by a price-check, not an explictly coded set of options - so the result was I'd also made everything available half-way through level 1.
It was however great when you just wanted to mess around with some of the less practical options without having to get through half the game just to try something.
(I actually first played this in CGA on an 8086. Even that was far from unplayable, though it was much nicer when I got a new machine with VGA. Even the title music through the internal speaker was recognisable.)
Re: tracker rubbish
Tracker programs did of course exist for the PC too. I even had software which could play Amiga .mod files through the internal speaker with no soundcard (quality was very dependent on the size of the internal speaker).
There were even trackers which extended the concept to PC specifics, such as Screamtracker which could track both adlib and soundblaster style sound in the same file.
No need for a pound coin...
...just allow disassembly of the 2 pound coin and let each part be used as a quid.
(although this new coin could become two 50p pieces when dismantled)
I had an LCD with burn-in from the Windows start button...
...I wonder if its of any interest to Windows 8.0 users?
I don't think those who can't see will mind that its not for big screens...
...in fact wouldn't it be an even better idea if it worked with a phone with tacticle physical buttons, instead of a (to someone who can't see) featureless expanse of glass.
(before anyone suggests that partially sighted people might benefit from a larger screen even if they can't see it well - this is for people with eyesight bad enough they need to be told about obstructions 2m away, so I don't think they're going to be reading any phone screen regardless of its size).
"hardly going to set fanbois on fire"
It depends. If somehow it causes the battery to overheat enough then it might...
Re: i'm pretty sure Amazon doesn't sell anything nuke...
Yes they do:
Re: Temporal error
Not just the same thing, but often from the same supplier.
Its this that proves that targetted advertising is utterly pointless. In a world where we can search for stuff we know we want there is no point showing adverts for that stuff. I'd guess it has a higher click-through rate, however I'd expect the actual extra sales generated to be less than random ads that actually stood a chance of showing you something you weren't already going to buy anyway and may not even have known you wanted (or that it existed).
Hold a chicken in the air
All this mention of Arapaho has unfortunately reminded me of the old Spitting Image Chicken Song ("learn to speak Arapaho"). Can Lester please stick a deck-chair up his nose as punishment for this?
Although the line "Then extract your wisdom teeth" does bring us back to the subject of pliers...
Re: cutting cables
Pliers? Side-cutters? No.
You want a decent pair of electricians scissors for that job.
(Electricians scissors and molegrips are also great for opening things. My electricians scissors deal with those totally sealed hard plastic packages reasonably well. Molegrips are by far the best nutcrackers in existence (overkill for hazelnuts, but I'd not use anything else on a brazil)).
I thought those were actually side-cutters...
Why does the article and sub-heading (at the time of writing, it may have been corrected by the time you read this) refer to it as a Nintendo classic? It was ported to Nintendo systems (along with pretty much everything else), but the Nintendo version wasn't the first, so why single it out?
Re: Ok, but...
There should also be a Cessna flying past...
Re: n the knitting trading forum
I wonder if the reverse is true?
In the fizzy booze forum:
I'd like to buy 44 magnums of champagne...
...Facebook: "this is an illegal transation".
Re: What am I missing?
The two posts above explaining why he can't re-open the case for a start...
Re: Well that will be worth anticipating
The lack of a pre-existing plot might be good for the movie (assuming they add a plot). However I'm less sure that having an associated plot would be good for the game, some people may then feel they have to play it a certain way (obviously they don't - but some people are easily influenced).
Re: Can't be worse than the Battleship movie
The most non-sensical would have to be the spoof Tetris film trailer on Youtube (sorry can't do a link - lunchtime post from work computer) with giant flying blocks and tetris pilots flying them.
Re: Power law
I don't normally grumble about downvotes, but on this occasion hope those responsible aren't specifying processors for real-time systems where a response is required in a certain timeframe to prevent something physically crashing/exploding/otherwise killing people. That isn't the time to be deciding a processor which can't deliver results in time but uses less power is appropriate.
Re: Power law
Things per wall watt only matters if things and things per second are sufficient. While often that is the case sometimes its not.
Re: auto-parrallelise code?
Surely image processing is relatively easy to (auto)paralise - just split up into multiple smaller images. Not all processing parallelises that easily.
Re: Rocky Horror Picture show?!?!?!?
Yes. Barry played Brad in the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
However Christopher played Brad in the Rocky Horror Show. I.e. the original stage production, not the film.
Drying washing on the line?
You missed that this is a UK company behind this didn't you? I don't think anyone has managed to dry washing outside for about 3 months now...
Last on the list
Way down at the bottom: Nokia 3310.
Nuke? About the only 'test' they've not been subjected too.
Re: I wouldn't know what colour went with what anyway
Its really very simple:
Black goes with everything.
Especially more black.
(yes, yes, technically not a colour in the strictest sense, but for these purposes...)
Re: If all your toolbars are way over on another monitor you'll do a lot of mouse-miles.
Touchscreen monitor... Just poke it with a finger, same as you would with the specialised keyboard. I'm sure you can even find a monitor you can take off its stand and lie flat on the desk if you prefer not to have it vertical.
Re: The "S" is for stupid
Why a tablet and app? Do you really need an input device containing a battery, processor and ram for this? Wouldn't just plugging a second touchscreen monitor into the computer make more sense?
Much as I normally like physical keys and detest touchscreens...
...this seems not very future-proof. Do they expect you to buy another one every time a new version of photoshop adds a new feature and associated shortcut? It seems that a second, touchscreen monitor to dump a load of toolbars on would be a more sensible option.
Re: The browser
Opera mini definately works fine on a feature phone. Posting this on a 7 year old Nokia 6600 fold.
Re: Dwarf planet, asteroid
Dwarf planet, asteroid, or deathstar - whichever one you pick: That's no moon...
Re: Ten pound note of pressure
One million quid in a bar?
Thats going to be one heck of a hangover!
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