620 posts • joined Saturday 20th February 2010 23:01 GMT
Re: As with any tent...
Ah, but at least you're not going to have to pack it away in the rain then have to wait for a sunny day to dry it out and then repack it yet again.
I've still got a floppy drive :) And a copy of T.I.M. on CD.
No, you're not getting either of them.
Maybe on some types of construction, but most British houses are built from an outer wall of brick and an inner one of concrete blocks. Insulation consists of injecting foam or rockwool between the inner and outer skin - not very easy to add a foil layer to that.
(Timber frame is getting more common, but there's a lot of masonry houses around).
Do they do a non-blocking paper in the same pattern?
If not its going to be a problem to have consistent decor in a room without also blocking the signals between rooms - surely you'd only want this on external walls and not internal ones.
But will they be the right colours
These days it seems the chances of a program correctly using the user's colour preferences from the system's settings is approximately zero :(
What happened to diamond chips?
I'm sure I read about those years ago. As I recall they were very heat tolerant, so we could go back to the GHz race (well for desktops, heat might continue to be an issue for stuff you have to be able to hold).
Re: Fair list
If you didn't have a dragon/coco then you might find a few titles from it you've never heard of. It might have been missing a lot of titles from other platforms, but had its share of unique titles too.
As for phantom slayer I was never that keen on it. The one video of it on youtube pretty much matches my experience of trying to play it: wander around maze, find phantom, die instantly.
All this nostalgia could work out expensive
Its a long time since I still had my Dragon, but you've prompted some nostalgic searching. It seems it might still be possible to get a brand new one, which is rather tempting.
Re: Tape errors
A tone control? Luxury! I kept a small precision screwdriver with my tapes in order to adjust the head position screw which was located down a small hole. As I recall things the screachier and more painful to listen to the more likely it was to load.
Re: Dragon 32
Not all of them overclocked sucessfully. I remeber games with instructions to delete the relevent poke command if you didn't have one of the overspecced 6809s that could handle the extra speed.
I also recall reading that the poke stood a chance of damaging the SAM chip, since it wasn't really intended to be poked.
Definately my favourite platform game ever. I have a suspicion I still subconciously know the routes around the first couple of levels to completely avoid the birds without stopping.
I also remember spending in ages typing in pages of hex code to patch a level editor into the Dragon version.
Re: when was the last time you saw anybody under the age of 45 wearing a watch
Er, right now? On my own wrist. Being a somewhat ugly but practical casio g-shock its definately there for function, not to look pretty. While I could use my phone as a pocket watch, I don't want to for pretty much the same reason pocket watches got replaced with wrist watches in the first place. Its a long time since I bothered to use its ability to hold phone numbers though...
I'd rather have something designed by Tony Stark.
<----- Because it could probably do this :)
Re: Titanic II
Nice try, but there's already a spoof trailer for a titanic 2. "Too the surface" or something. The plot involves defrosting Leonardo's character in the modern day. Trailer is great, but I suspect an actual film would be pretty bad.
Re: Here, butterfly...
I suspect it came down to mechanical complexity and expense. With today's tend towards ever thinner devices the extra mechanisms required would probably be sacrificed in favour of a thinner device too.
My favourite keyboard on a portable computer was a different IBM: the portable PS/2s. Much nicer to type on than any laptop keyboard, but only really practical as a machine to use at different desks rather than actually while moving. Second place for portable keyboard I'd give to the Amstrad PPC for at least having all the keys, even if it was a much cheaper and nastier key mechanism than the IBM (it gets last place for the screen though).
Just needs to be able to spin things around to cover the keys in tablet mode and we're back to Microsoft's tablet-pc form factor.
I liked hand tuning config.sys and autoexec.bat. With enough tweaks you could get more than 640k base memory available if you didn't need graphics. If I remember correctly it was just a matter of creating an upper memory block in the video video address space, which since it started at 640k DOS was smart enough to recognise it could use. I may even still have a boot floppy configured that way somewhere.
The real question is
Is 64k enough to implement minecraft in assembler? Obviously the world size will have to be limited a bit, but otherwise might it be doable?
Re: what's the big problem?
Problem is you've ended an IF block with NEXT. Wtf? NEXT ends a FOR loop...
Re: 20 years away!
I can't remember where (some TV program) but I once saw a fuller version of the 20 year theory. Its not 20 years from now. Its 20 years from when we start spending real money on the problem. The same program pointed out we currently spend more on novelty ringtones.
The journey time from London to New York is measured in hours, but only once you get on a plane. If you insist on swimming then its going to be longer.
So they're both crap?
So one isn't any smaller (needs a tray), and the other can't be made compatible (contacts wrong).
If only they'd have the sense to combine the best of both: Doesn't need a tray, but can go in a tray for compatibility. Or better still realise the sim is already small and there's a benefit (*) to them all being the same size and easily interchangable and just leave things alone.
(*) problem is the benefit is to the customer, not the manufacturer
...Nokia will win, but Applie will use their design in their next phone anyway. I'd love to be wrong, but suspect I'm not.
You still have a phone with a full size sim? Not seen one for years! A full-size sim is credit card sized... You're probably thinking mini-sim.
Sorry Mr Braben
I sold my copy of the first PC version of Elite (the CGA version on 5.25" floppy) on ebay for more than it originally cost (not accounting for 20 years inflation). I was slightly surprised by £50, even if it was a relatively rare version.
Just like a speeding driver...
...they've been caught breaking the speed limit once and now they're being careful for a bit. Perhaps they're running out of points on their license or can't afford the increased insurance premiums.
I'm starting to wish they'd never ditched the 9x version of Windows
There might have been some hope they'd only stick Metro on 9x and leave NT alone.
Re: "Full Payment Amount: £1,195.00"
Thats the 'cheap' version. If you want it leather bound it as near as makes no difference £2000.
re: Internet Explorer as its rendering engine?
The version I had used Netscape (version 2 I think).
Obviously not a refueling spaceship
Looks nothing like a Cobra Mk III.
(or any other snake derived ship)
Re: Does it tiny tiny chicanes ?
I thought about it, but decided against it. If you want to try and find a car that small when it flies off the track then be my guest...
No coding required
Just one iPad per player and a ping-pong ball. An additional iPad to track the score is optional.
Also supports cross-platform play with android tablets. iPhone players may be at a disadvantage when playing against larger tablets.
Re: Meaningful problem?
100ms sounds short, but its a meaningful time to a fast typist, say 120wpm. Based on a standardised 5 character word thats 600 characters per minute, or 10 characters per second, i.e. 100 ms per character. That'd mean they weren't getting any feedback on whether a keypress registered until they'd normally already be typing the next one.
Now whether anyone can actually type that fast without a proper keyboard with moving parts is another matter. However part of the problem might be that what little feedback mechanism there is can't keep up.
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Really? Wow! I'm very tempted to do that, but not quite sure what I'd actually do with a full size F1 car. I'm guessing you recommend not expanding tower bridge indoors?
Re: A squishy stig?
Yes, various things you could have picked before the squishy stig. E.g.
- One of those torches that live in your lighter socket, and so won't be flat in an emergency.
- A wired iPod/mp3 solution. E.g. something from Connects2.
- A socket splitter so the other gadgets aren't fighting for the same socket.
- Does anyone do cable management systems for cars? Also useful with many plug-in gadgets.
In fact even a headrest mounted coat hook would have been better than a squishy stig.