Re: Portsmouth Sinfonia,
Hmmm, that rendition is a good match for my early attempts at docking in Elite.
1196 posts • joined 20 Feb 2010
Hmmm, that rendition is a good match for my early attempts at docking in Elite.
As I recall it the reaction at the the time was more 'meh' that 'ugh'. In other words it's lack of popularity was because it wasn't a significant enough upgrade from 98SE, not because it was bad.
Personally I'd skipped 98 completely and upgraded straight from 95 (original, not OSR2) to Me. For me Me was the first time I'd seen plug and play actually work and the first installation of Windows I had that I considered stable (7 years without needing a reinstall, eventually upgraded to XP for hardware support (iPod classic). Compared with the frequency I'd had to re-install earlier versions I'd used that was truly remarkable).
People now seem to work backward from 'not that successful' to 'must have been bad'. My own experience was anything but bad. Perhaps I was just lucky?
Shame, the Draco Tavern always sounded like a decent pub.
I know that sounds counter-intuitive, but slow the data down to 88mph and we can get it before we've even requested it...
(yes, the one with the sports almanac in the pocket).
Selling gold for profit was good to get started. However once you'd got one broadsword, piece of chainmail, etc. a much more direct cheat was to 'drop' a negative amount of them.
Don't bother doing that with things you only needed one of though. 10000 men with only one small boat , oil lamp and shovel between them was fairly typical for me.
ALL YOUR MEN ARE DEAD
Search around ebay. You'll probably be able to buy the appropriate cable already made. The key point is that a modern TV is best connected as a monitor, not via the TV modulator. You may be out of luck if you only have HDMI on your TV, but surely you can find one with a scart or composite connection.
Mine seemed to only need 3 specific volume levels: Basic needed quite loud (Dad marked this with a small blob of paint on the volume control), legit machine code (and copies made with CSAVEM) needed a little quieter (happened to correspond to the paint blob just disappearing out of sight), tape to tape copies needed absolute minimum volume (and it wouldn't accept a copy of a copy).
I didn't have tone/bass controls as such, but some games did need the tiny adjustment screw on the tape heads tweaked (generally the Dragon seemed to like it as screetchy as possible).
Also useful was to leave the remote plug out of the cassette player, mine would put a kink in the tape when the motor stopped, meaning one IO error would cause more at the same point due to the kink.
US version though: http://www.cadigital.com/computer.htm
I'd be seriously tempted if it wouldn't cost twice as much to ship it as to buy it. I'd also need to sort something out for the power supply :(
32K RAM, not 16K. Turn it on and type ?MEM if you don't believe me, my recollection is it'll report 27000 and something available. More if you poke the relevant location to turn off the reservation of some for graphics (sorry, can't remember that one - someone remind me,...)
I also seem to recall a price of £175, the Dragon 64 was obviously more, but can't remember how much.
I'm surprised I've not been beaten to this:
Because things have apparently changed, see Buzz's tweet about it which links to a NASA myth debunking post...
I actually see Space/X and REL as nicely complementary.
The Sabre engine is good for the taxi service to LEO and the occasional satellite.
That frees up Space/X and their conventional (ish) rockets to concentrate on the heavy lifting and far-off destinations.
One might be more exciting than the other, but both are necessary.
Even the new films aren't a conventional reboot. A typical reboot starts over with no explanation. The 2009 Star Trek movie establishes a parallel timeline where some characters (old Spock and the bad guy who's name a I can't remember) lived through and remember the original timeline but was involved in the time-travel event which changed things.
The second one get a tad more confused and more like a conventional reboot, because now some things prior to what should have been affected seem to have changed too.
Someone managed to make it into a game:
Or alternatively fried bread to ensure maximum absorption use of the lard/bacon drippings mixture. I suppose there's no reason not to butter it as well after frying.
Practical jet-packs. Viable fusion reactors.
...I still don't see a single feature which wouldn't be better if it was part of a smart switch or fitting which used ordinary bulbs.
Well at least you explained. Though I'm slightly surprised you took as a serious comment on the greatness of sliced bread (I agree it's not necessarily amazing), rather than a reference to the phrase "the greatest thing since sliced bread", which is reasonably common whether you agree with it or not.
You're probably the only person around here to ever downvote a reference to making bacon sandwiches.
what about sliced bread? lts the thing used as a standard of relative greatness.
Of course it also pairs nicely with your suggestion of bacon. Time for breakfast I think...
First there was Tetris the computer game.
Then there was the human Tetris TV game show.
Image recognition now allows the two to be combined...
She wondered if this week's Register caption competition looked any more sensible if I look at the upside down picture upside down.
She was starting to regret insisting her friends stopped posting vertical videos without also being explicit about which of the two horizontal orientations should be used.
But not as good as it's less polite equivalent which was mentioned earlier: clusterfuck.
"Someone who aspires to be intelegent enough to be a fuckwit"
See the first reply to the first post...
It's a plastic fibre. I think this 'works' (*) by using the laser for it's property of being a single-frequency light source, not for being a straight narrow beam. Apparently the frequency is chosen to affect a certain molecule in the hair or something.
(*) for very loose definitions of works.
It did work. The Dr points out he doesn't need the translations. They carry on with them for the crew & audience.
Well it was pretty hard to miss...
That needs to stay almost as much as the glasses need to go.
I'm hoping that at some point an actual screw will need to be tightened or undone. When the attempt to use the arm of the glasses to do this fails we can go back to the screwdriver. (*)
* Yes it has actually been used on screws in the past.
More like the world's worst magna doodle.
AC to power the charger, which converts it to DC to charge and power the tablet itself.
Personally I'd be much more keen on a fingerprint as an option when the keyboard is disconnected and password entry isn't so easy (yes I know about the 'picture password option). If the sensor is on the keyboard and not the tablet it loses that benefit.
Nice that they finally introduced an option for a more laptop type keyboard. However I don't think they've quite got things perfect.
What I'd actually like to see (from Microsoft or anyone else) is not a purchase-time choice between a laptop-style keyboard and a built-into-tablet-cover style. It'd be better if the same tablet could use either keyboard. Then it could be a decision made when leaving the house: do you expect to do a lot of typing today? If so take the laptop style. Expect to be doing less typing? Take the lighter cover.
Perhaps a better price comparison is with Google Glass. That was $1500, rather more than Occulus, half the price of Hololens.
Dammit, I came here to say it wasn't an ear but was the weird looking VR console from Existenz. Beaten by mere seconds.
Well the obvious would be:
1) Charge people to have "their" profile removed. AKA blackmail.
2) Put ads on it. Most web-based business plans seems to start and finish with selling adverts.
The first I remember about haptics was actually in relation to mice, not touchscreens. My recollection is that the aim there was also to provide some tactile feedback about the UI elements under the cursor (e.g. a 'bump' on the edge of a window corresponding to the visual bevel) - additional feedback on pressing buttons would be largely pointless on a mouse with a naturally clicky button. Obviously this was back in the days when the visual design of UIs had 3D effects to emphasise edges, rather than everything being flattened like it is now.
*IF* it was covered in life then that would merely be appropriate hype. But the reaction we always get to the pre-announcement turns out to be over-hype when yet again the rock isn't covered in life.
It's always a rock.
It might be an important and interesting rock.
But it'll be a rock.
(Don't take this the wrong way, I like space rocks, just not them being overhyped and the inevitable OMG-LIFE!!!1111EleventyOne!!! response from the press and others)
I'm not so sure that would be bad news...
The dirt options are just a rock ground up into lots of really tiny powdered rocks.
(Which reminds me of my galactic astronomy lecturer's assertion that planets were 'just big dust'.)
Hey Dad, my battery is getting low, can you send me a very small lightning bolt please?
Casio here, but similar sentiment. Watch security should mean a strap that won't accidentally fall off your wrist.
Even worse some people have even had to use their phones to make phone calls.
I think I do actually have a copy of colossal cave on a 5.25" floppy somewhere. I've even got a PC with a suitable drive (not as ancient as you might expect - it's a 1.2GHz Athlon).
However I decided instead on digging out the version of the source code I've got which has been adapted for Windows. I had to use XP mode to get the 16 bit installer for the necessary Fortran compiler to run. The resulting Win32 executable seems to run fine on Windows 7 though.