408 posts • joined 27 Apr 2010
...That is all
...Good ol' Pusnet
Re: not one mandated maintenance of code comments
They were run by incompetents then.
Agree with the Orwellian (though rather obvious) comparisons being made in this thread. But what I want to know is: Who the fuck keeps DVing these perfectly reasonable expressions of disgust and outrage? I'm quite sure the culprits aren't about to provide any open support of this hideous behaviour in these forums - at least, not under their real handle - so I guess a sneaky DV for any 'subversive' comments is the only way they can safely suck up to our Lords and Masters.
I'd like to see them try...
...and inforce those illegal T&Cs in the UK. Good grief. Thank Noodles we've got decent consumer / contract legislation here (if little else decent).
Re: "So they are living in sin so to speak..."
...just...wow...I give up.
Re: 'boy toy'?
Hell yes, you're going to get DVd, and rightly so, regardless of any part of your argument being logical.
Have a thumbs-up for excellent prose. 'Cleanse the palette...' indeed! However, I sooo want to DV you for the WiiU comments! I love the little black box full of Mario & Luigi goodness. I loved Mass Effect 3 on it, and Arkham City Armored Edition rocks (in unstrained full HD). I still play the console regularly and buy new games for it, it's hooked into my 1080p monitor with an HDMI switch box along with my main PC and PS4 and I flip between all three video sources every day. Just recently got the new Mario 3D land. Oh, and I run Wii mode quite a lot too. Love Mario Galaxy, NSMB, Mario Kart Wii & Wii Tennis, plus some lovely JRPGs like Pandora's Tower.
Re: Well, I'm sure glad...
Sarcasm not really appropriate in this context, tbh.
Re: I struggle to see how Office could be useful on a tablet
Actually I have some disabled clients with highly limited mobility and manual dexterity, for whom a traditional PC is just not feasible. For the bedridden, a small tablet can be placed on a tilting overbed table, possibly with a bluetooth keyboard on the lap.
Why should people like this be denied access to full-fat word processing and accounting packages? My most recent setup was a Samsung Galaxy Tab3 10.1 for a lady who writes plays and other creative writing; I chose this solution among other reasons 'cos it ships with a full office suite that supports .doc and .docx, plus a decent level of voice assist.
Re: Rolex Presidential or some other hideously ostentatious watch
... have to agree with you there...
Re: Mine's the one with a a reference 5712G-001 up the sleeve
Ok Mr Lewis,
a) I'm a *huge* watch and pocket-watch fancier, but from afar. I love Patek Philippe & their history, and regard it as the premier crafter of timepieces.
b) I could probably afford one.
c) I would *never* buy one. Perhaps my take on these things is all wrong, but items of loveliness as they may be, I would not even dare remove it from a vacuum chamber for a quick fondle, not to mention how pretentious I'd feel wearing one.
Make of that what you will, and label me appropriately as makes you feel best.
Re: Mine's the one with a a reference 5712G-001 up the sleeve
Dude, totally shot yourself down with that Patek Philippe reference.
NB: I love watches, but not watch snobbery (in either direction, eg won't be seen dead with one vs won't be seen dead without a £40,000 one)
Re: what do you mean by spoogeware???
Well, I'm glad to see you keep away from <ahem> certain websites that infest many (most?) of my clients' similarly locked-down browsers. Also, I believe I actually did name a few examples! Most of this crud gets on machines when people download trojan-riddled freeware, and / or respond to 'Your PC is running slowly - click here to fix!' stuff. And not all adblockers catch all of these.
I should point out also that my browsing is also like yours - spoogeware free, and I intend to keep it that way!
I feel your pain, Hans
Having been down the same route. Now we live in a happy world where it really makes little difference which browser you use, and mainly comes down to personal taste. I mainly use Chrome, despite my Microsoft bent (hmm), due to its portability, and these days I tend to measure a browser's worth by how easy it is to dislodge spoogeware such as Inbox, Ask, Babylon, et al (hint - IE = easy peasy, Chrome = harder, FF = bloody difficult).
Downvotes ahoy, me hearties!
Re: Sad, sad, sad.
I'm sure they are well aware too, but it doesn't hurt to register formal disapproval on their actual website
Re: Sad, sad, sad.
Thanks, hooch. They have a 'Contact Us' link so I helpfully alerted them to the coming shitstorm caused by their crass behaviour, and included the URL of this article.
Re: I'm waiting...
Re: I'm waiting...
Ad hominen much? But apparently it's me who's the nasty bully, not to mention a prejudiced abuser, for making a clearly marked trollfaced-icon gentle windup comment. Thanks, I treasure your warm sentiments from across the pond.
...for our American friends to sound off on the evils of banging up bullies just for being vile and threatening personal harm. Countdown to some righteous 'First Amendment' shenanigans in roughly 5 hours time, when the east coast wakes up...
When you consider...
...that by most medical standards the guy should have been Hawkin's Ghost decades ago, yet is still managing to contribute strongly in the field, one can only be in awe of the man. Einstein rattled around in Princeton for years trying in a similar vein to unify seemingly unreconcilable theories, without success. Our best and most agile thinking tends to get done in our third decade, sadly, but experience and wisdom still counts for a hell of a lot in later life.
@ AC top poster...
Wow. opensource? codes? Not sure I'd want you as a boss. And that's before we even consider the hideously slanted take on employment in the modern tech sphere.
Incidentally, as an 'employer', why the AC? Just asking. Normally the only legitimate reason for posting AC is genuine fear of reprisal. All other AC posts are simply afraid of the thumbs down button.
I particularly liked...
...the ad link beneath the article which said "The power of cloud"...
Icon 'cos closest match..
Re: most of Europe might be speaking German today...
Wow. You really seem to believe that, too.
This isn't directly analogous to the Striesand Effect I know, but the outcome could well be very similar. I hope. They don't have a leg to stand on; this guy seems to have ticked all the constitutional boxes in his complaint and I don't see any wiggle room for Oracle, unless they try and leverage the L-1 visa issue. But even if they argue successfully that they can fire someone without notice due to their visa status, the whole sordid affair is now out in the open where it belongs.
"They have had a gradual downturn in the number of players"
...not to mention those players, like me, who tried to play the game, couldn't, and shelved it permanently in disgust. However I'm more than happy to give it another go with this patch. Now I can finally enjoy it. 'Bout time!
Re: I believe that he's probably jumped the shark on this one
My thoughts exactly. I'd really love it if MI5 were 'outed' as his evil executioners, but chances are he was so bitter at his treatment by those who should have lauded his achievements that he topped himself with a broken heart.
re: ragging on Yanks is a well-known Reg pass time
Think you mean passtime. But I digress; The Reg is a UK site so I s'pose you are largely right!
Re: Because of a lack of availability
Hmm. Not so sure. I bought one on launch night at Bluewater. Just walked in off the street with no issues. Drove to Game at 12:45 on a whim, thinking I'd maybe miss the queue and possibly bag one just before they sold out. They seemed to have plenty, but then the fuckers were only offering two bundles to off-the-street plebs like me who dared dodge the pre-order / queue kerfuffle: £549 or £599. Both bundles were Killzone packs with included mandatory 12 months Playstation Plus subscription, two rubbish films, AC Black Flag (yum) and fucking Fifa (which I immediately traded in for £30 off Knack).
I saw no evidence of mass hysteria / sad empty-handed punters etc. Although a staff member slurping a Starbucks outside in the corridoor said when asked about the lack of any queue, "Oh yeah there was... you missed all the fun!". Well actually what I think I missed was all the pain...
Re: This post will probably be sent to hell by the Apple Haters
Not by this one. Have an upvote. My issues are with the boneheads who posted facile twattery like 'hur hur why don't Apple just buy ARM and have done with it', or 'Apple saved ARM'. Take nearly all mobile phones from from the late 90s on, plus Android tablets, and every Nintendo handheld since the GBA to get just a small idea of how little ARM needs Apple.
.Net applications the API's are fairly clean and fast...
Not enough facepalms available. You aren't actually a programmer, are you?
Re: PC games?
Have an upvote for 'Uglysoft', Mr Bones. Small anecdote: Bought Assassin's Creed II for PC a little while back as it was on offer. It refused to install without creating an Oooplay account. Created one through gritted teeth. Bastard still failed to let me play due to some fucking Oooplay error that I can't be bothered to remember.
I actually had to torrent a bloody crack for my legal game to play it. Seriously. And I don't really care who knows it, I'm still that steamed up.
...other people probably should get lives before it is too late...
Really?? So those of us who like to use our iPhones as a satnav don't have a life? Okaaay... Friendly comment, that.
Re: 'it makes complete sense to ditch win32 altogether...'
I can only assume from this slightly deranged assertion that you're not a commercial programmer...
Without going into the boring detail, I'll just say: Because speed.
Cats = Fleas = cat turds on the lawn
Fleas = dirty hovel + no flea collar / flea drops
Cat turds on neighbour's lawn 'cos cats aren't dumb or dirty :)
Re: ...disqualify me from knowing what I'm talking about. OK,
...lighten up, Mr Success. No one said you didn't know your job. Don't let a bit of light joshing from a self-confessed grammar nazi and 'campaigner for plain English' penetrate your armour so easily...
Re: Use Case is a term of art in software engineering
No, it's not. It's jargon. Speaking as a software engineer of some 30 years vintage, only managers use phrases like this. It's hardcore buzzword bingo. You've been busted, me bucko!
Re: I've yet to see anyone explain why a full-screen start screen is a bad idea...
Ok, try this. You've installed an application (note: proper desktop application, not Metro-crud-app-a-like). Lets say, Office 2010. It would be rather spiffing if an icon for Word or Outlook could be right-dragged from its home on the start menu to the desktop for instant access, without having to flip to a whole other screen first. Ok, no problem. Lets just... oh, wait...
Re: he does look a bit like Will Self in that photo...
... I thought he was Will Self
Re: "liberal regulators"
Re: >Since when does XP 'Phone Home' every 90 days
You are correct, but so am I. A user was wondering what would happen once the activation servers go offline, because of the 'phone home to authenticate' feature in XP. He was obviously under the impression that a legitimate copy of XP would then somehow become 'deactivated'. I'm pointing out that once they pull the plug on updates, there is *no requirement* for XP to authenticate, quite obviously. It will remain operational forever (hard drive permitting.
For the tldr guys, XP will not simply self-destruct if > 90 days pass since the last activation.
Re: I wonder...
Eh? Since when does XP 'Phone Home' every 90 days? I've dozens of custs on XP boxes, some without any internet (just use it as a typewriter basically) - it doesn't auto-expire, you know.
Re: So you didn't think of trying Ctrl+Alt+Delete?
Wow. That's really intuitive for the novice user base MS is aiming at.
Re: Newly installed apps hidden
Not saying you aren't used to Windows 8, but it has always allowed you to create a local profile rather than log in with a Live account. Perhaps you never looked closely at the foot of the screen during this step? You seem bent on ticking off someone who ought to be more familiar with the OS, when he was actually correct in pointing out that if 8.1 disallows local account creation then it is quite a lot more restrictive than 8.0.
Astute as always, Don J
Re: iPad Mini 2
@Frank Bough: Utter crap.
I have both. I use both, every day. iPad Mini has generally higher quality games, and also a better Kindle app and I prefer its Marvel comic app too. It's also a fast grab for various other things like evernote.
But the N7 is my go-to device for power user stuff and movies. The various wifi toolkits, the use of mail and calendar adjustable-size widgets (so scheduling at a glance), not to mention much, much better NAS video streaming through ES File Explorer & DicePlayer on that lovely screen (File Explorer on iPad has quirky behaviour and stutters *badly* on HD rips, and the screen is pixely by comparison).
Both have good and bad points. But note I have the original 'slow' N7 and it still is a must-have tool that complements the iPad Mini's shortcomings.
Please comment based on actual knowledge, not frothy conjecture.
...Samsung isn't really shooting themselves in the foot
Not so sure. If you've just bought an HTC One or somesuch, you're going to be pretty peeved about this, no?
...The new Sony works with any Android 4.0+ device
Really? Cool. Last time I checked, the new LiveView 2nd gen watch needed an Xperia-brand mobile for full functionality. If they've opened it up since, I may check it out.
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