1248 posts • joined 27 Apr 2010
Re: Who is the target audience?
You're spot on, here - Doctor Who is a kids' show, always has been, always will be. It's going wrong because it's trying, and failing, to appeal to adults, rendering it incomprehensible to children (quoth my youngest: "THIS IS BORING!").
I think it might also be suffering becuase the stories are crushed into 35/40 minutes, and thus have a hurried resolution - I don't necessarily want a return to the 4 cliffhangers + 1 resolution, of my childhood, but the decent stories of the past 2 episodes have had very rushed conclusions ("it's a flag, he's a soldier, I'll salute him and he'll fall apart" / "I'll leap out of my tardis, brandish my magic wand*, and they'll fall apart"), so maybe it ought to be split over 2 nights (Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun)? It's in the wrong timeslot, anyway - it should come before Strictly!
*about time the Sonic Screwdriver went, too - occassionally well used, mostly just a crutch for lazy writing
Much as this case seems to scream "I'm an idiot, please give me money", I'm always slightly surprised that Lynx haven't been done for false advertising - it's ludicrous to claim that smelling like a teenage boy will make you more attractive to the opposite sex.
what noise does a football make as it flies through the air?
It's about time we implemented The Great British Bake Off, the way Norman Tebbit wanted a Cricket Test - if you're shown the Bake Off and don't enjoy it, you're promptly deported to somewhere far less British.
I read the article, and thought "what a good idea!"
Then I read the comments, and realised that it is a terrible idea.
Still, would be nice to do away with SIMs, entirely.
If the touchscreen packs up in the wet,
does it have physical buttons, for page turning purposes?
Re: Bling bling
About time Flava Flav got into the wearable tech market. I can see it now...
The flavWatch redifines the concept of the watch, as it is suspended from the users neck. It also emphaises its form, by being much larger than competitors' devices. Rather than incorporating WiFi, 4G, or fitness monitoring, it is a single function device - it tells you the time, upside-down.
Re: Philip K. Dick
I ordered my Nexus 6 from John Lewis. Good thing they have such a good returns policy, as I was shocked to find that it wasn't a Replicant.
"Your face has expired, and must be changed"
What if I need to authenticate in the dark?
Re: The state is the failure
IP is not the solution to replace FM. Anyone can have FM for a one off, minimum cost, and it'll work pretty much anywhere. Not so IP.
DAB isn't the solution, either, mind.
I didn't invent the Pound Sterling.
Granted, no one is saying that I did, but they might, so please send me as much Pound Sterling as you can afford, so that I can keep a legal team on retainer.
Re: Best Alien game I've ever played
Although Doom/Aliens becomes a lot less scary when you can pop in a cheat code and shotgun/chainsaw/punch everything to a messy death!
These reviews are just about spot-on (unless we want to quibble details).
This week's Who was the best of the current series, to date. Plenty of "hiding behind the sofa", from my brood, and, whilst the story didn't make a huge heap of sense, it was quite fun (the 66 second countdowns were a good source of tension).
The whole "I teleported everyone to the Tardis, then took them home while you were sleeping" device was a bit cheap, but I can forgive that, as Doctor Who is supposed to be cheap! What really let the whole thing down was Clara not leaving. She has a ready made happy ending (Rose and Amy both got tragic send-offs, we don't have to have another one), and everyone is sick of her - she was Matt Smith's Doctor's companion, and that story is done, so just let her go and have the new Doctor pick an appropriate companion. Even Mel wasn't this grating.
Re: re: Not as easy-peasy as it may seem at first.
Unless employers aren't sure what they're hiring people for, recognition and performance measuring shouldn't be all that difficult - appraisals can be a pain in the arse, but they're not really as arduous as we all think. I don't think experience isn't relevant to remuneration, rather it's taken into account during the recuitment phase.
Maybe I'm just lucky to be working in the public sector, where we have clearly defined (and published) pay scales, and tend to progress up them in an orderly fashion?
@ A Twig
No, if the effort, challenges and responsibilities are going to be very different, I'd set this out in the job descriptions, and set the two positions at different points on the pay scale. They may start at the same company, at the same time, working the same number of hours, and both do a "good job," but they would not be working the same job. It might be as simple as paying a higher hourly rate for the unsociable hours of the evening shift.
I'm going to regret this when someone pulls out the relevant piece of legislation that shows my solution to be somehow illegal, but it's surely a fine principle?
re: Not as easy-peasy as it may seem at first.
It's a lot easier than your making it sound. Established pay-scales, and regular reviews to ensure that employees have the opportunity to progress up their pay-scales. 2 people, doing the same job, will be on the same pay-scale, at points determined by their respective experience/performance.
(Icon is sarcastic - this really isn't rocket science)
Re: Or alternatively...
Using Openmediavault on a collection of reclaimed hardware (old tower PC, various hard-drives approaching end of life), here. Genuinely curious if there's much advantage to splashing out on a dedicated box, or saving the money to spend on better drives?
I remember total immersion gaming, from my childhood.
We'd run around outside.
Thanks, ThomH - that's more like it!
And thanks to malfeasance, too, for the detail on the software..
I thought this was going to come with
the keyboard as a large case that the Pi was then fixed into, giving something resembling a BBC Micro, with the ports accessible round the back (remember when computers looked like computers?).
I'd promised my eldest one of these but the self-assembly element is gone, and he's already started learning Scratch at school, so I can't see the point, now. Shame. £100 seems a bit steep for a Pi+keyboard, too. Will they be offering the software seperately and, more importantly, is it any good?
Ah, so I'm poor.
Xperia Z3 Compact
currently sells for the better part of £400 - did you mean to reference the Xperia E3 as Sony's budget model, or am I just poor?
Children can't give consent to having explicit photos taken (because they're children, and are protected against this sort of thing by existing laws); adults can give that consent (because they're adults), but that does not equate to consenting to have those same photos splurged over the internet.
Nothing sexist in that.
Focus is being placed on women, I expect, because they're more likely to be victims of this sort of thing, but it wouldn't necessarily follow that this would be women-only legislation.
Re: Michelle Gomez
I didn't think much of Green Wing, but The Book Group was great. Revealing her to be The Rani would be rather wonderful (if a tad predictable, I suppose).
If we're lucky, they'll have something special in store; if not, well, at least I'll be able to impress the kids by knowing more about the character than they do!
I'd like to moan about how bad the current Doctor Who scripts are,
but they've probably always been that way. I've only noticed it post-relaunch, as I've been watching them as a grown-up, not a (easily pleased) child.
That said, they really ought to decide who the market is, as they seem to be slightly too difficult to follow for children (and now in too late a timeslot, for some reason), and slightly too crap for adults. Shame, really, as Capaldi and co. are doing their best with what they've been given.
Re: It's things like this
It's always important to comment on articles like this, so that you can register your disinterest.
Re: How to use the Facebook Messenger app
Excessive permissions seem to be the standard, but there's usually a good reason for having call access (making calls from the app, as has been mentioned above). I got more cross with the default behaviour of facebook messenger, where it splurts "chat heads" all over the screen, obscuring anything and everything. Shitty, shitty app that did not need to be a standalone entity.
Re: Mixed up humans?
Gasp! What a faux-pas!
Re: What Marketing Needs To Do Is...
Nigella would probably shove it up her nose.
Are these prices that the social networks/ad agencies have put on personal data, or values that consumers have put on their own data?
The first set would have some meaning, the second set would be hot air.
Theresa May was playing the same card during yesterday's conference speach.
It's very important that we all give up any thoughts of privacy, so that she can protect us from the paedos and jihadis.
The politics of fear is alive and well.
If there's any justice in the world,
they'd roll this out as a free upgrade to anyone who got Windows 8 bundled with their PC, and have a handy checkbox to switch off all the Metro crap.
And who is it that's going through this forum and downvoting every single post?
Re: Am I the only one here...
I was shocked to read past the sub-head, and discover that this wasn't about Jude Law.
Re: Depends on the context of the incitement, surely?
I'd hate for the ends to be used to justify the means, but if he's the sort of dingbat who thinks tweeting pictures of his wang to party groupies is a good idea, it's probably best for us all that he be removed from government office.
I'm reasonably certain that ID cards have died off,
in the UK, at least.
"Microsoft Lumia XXX with Windows."
Windows is a bit misleading - maybe they should drop the brand all together, and launch Windows 9 as Microsoft Tiles?
And then relaunch Windows 7 as Tiles For Desktops, just to maintain the air of confusion.
Re: "something more useful"
In the case of my town, that'd be dummy shop fronts, in an effort to make the town look less deserted than it actually is.
Re: She's already released a sex tape.
"sex file" just doesn't sound right. Unless it involved David Duchovny, I suppose.
Re: Targeted marketing..
If no one ever clicked on those ads, they wouldn't be there (and Google wouldn't be making all that money). But, they are there (and Google are raking it in), therefore: someone must be clicking.
Who are these people?
Surely an understanding of the way someone sees themself is invaluable if you are trying to sell them a modile handset, which would more than likely be something the customer would use to reinforce their self image?
I can't believe I just came out in favour of marketing.
Re: What the hell was that
I think someone has invented an app that will lead horny men to other horny men, on the off chance that one of them might be a woman.
Re: So why is Microsoft firing so many people?
No, REALLY, writing your posts in OCCASSIONAL caps makes you look like a MENTAL.
At the risk of a) feeding the troll, and b) sounding like a shill,
the nice thing about Android is that I can "fiddlarse about" if I so choose, but it's not a requirement (unless you have a shitty handset - but even then, it's just a case of finding out how to remove all the shit that Samsung have preloaded it with).
I've not played Minecraft, so don't know what made it so good,
but if the creator is off with his big pile of cash, I doubt it'll stay good for much longer.
Re: Why the Telcos?
Telcos and manufacturers should be required to cooperate, to ensure that users always have access to the most up-to-date OS (that their hardware can support). Still pie in the sky, but at least all the bases are covered!
Re: This is a positive thing.
Much like CarphoneWarehouse, they were OK if you knew what you wanted
Me: "Can I have [handset] on [contract]?"
Them: "No, but you could look on our website."
Never got any pressure off of the salespeople in either CarphoneWarehouse or Phones4U. Stark contrast to the greasy little shits in the network shops (with the exception of the nice boy in one of the O2 stores), who all seemed to want to a) get me to upgrade to 4G, or b) convince me that a crappy handset was a good reason to stay with their network.
I hope this sells well,
and that other manufacturers will take note, and reduce the amount of crap that they shovel onto our handsets.
Can't say I was a huge fan of Phones4U,
but I'm less a fan of reduced consumer choice.
It was always clear that the networks resented their existence - the man in the Three shop advised me not to go to Phones4U, as they "wouldn't have tested all of their handsets on our network". Granted, the chap at Phones4U couldn't get me a deal that suited, but he was a lot less pushy than any sales drone from the network-owned shops, and didn't try to blind me with bullshit.
How do you pitch a tent on a pavement, anyway?
Maybe a stiff breeze will sort this problem out?
Are Norton giving out updates for free, then?
Last time I checked, you needed to pay an annual subscription.
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