1200 posts • joined 27 Apr 2010
Free as in "complimentary for paying customers"
or free as in "give us all your personal details, so that we might pass them on to all of our advertising partners"?
Have you not learnt anything from sci-fi?
Don't give the machine a reason to hate us!
The choice between a limescalescale-encrusted kettle, and a boiler (which is only ever hot, not boiling) make a decent cup of tea an impossibility at the office. No tea is preferable to bad tea.
Instant coffee, however, is a little like sex or wine, in so much as that even though it is bad, it is usually good enough.
I drink out of a mug.
Re: I've no use for this,
Retro all the way! If I had my old Amiga lying around, I'd happily rip the innards out and hide my RPi inside - having a keyboard sitting under my telly is already making me smile, having an ugly, beige keyboard, with a large backside, could only make my smile wider.
I've no use for this,
but the keyboard looking like it was borrowed from an old, scientific calculator, has cheered me up no end. Now, can someone please install Win8 on Major Morgan, or a Speak'n'Spell?
Re: I do it myself
What happens when he's able to kick your arse and tea-bag your (virtual) corpse? Does this end with him putting out his own eyes?
Re: It's not an illness
Video games might not be physically addictive, but the psychological effect should not be ignored. Humans are pretty weak and easy to manipulate, and online games are designed to hook you and keep you playing.
Still, yes, +1 to the parent's original thinking, although I'd probably just have taken his PC away (or cut off the broadband).
If you've got a TV big enough for this to make any difference,
then I look forward to seeing your house on "Cribs".
it looks like a compact (y'know, mirror, foundation and a puff; women's stuff). Maybe a sign that gaming is no longer a male-dominated field, but still...
Re: Why does no one care about the other dozens of girls who were raped that weekend?
Make enough fuss about one high profile case, and maybe the general attitude will change (the general attitude apparently being that rape is just a bit of fun, and boys will be boys)?
Re: They only kidnapped, drugged and raped her...
Sad but true - it's not rape if you pretend to be her boyfriend, apparently. As I heard it, she was asleep with her boyfriend, the boyfriend left, another male entered and she awoke to him raping her, which is charming. I would source this, but I'm not googling "rape" when I'm at work.
and TekWar is tragicall ignored,
For a dedicated box the lounge, I probably would move to an HTPC OS.
As a bedroom TV, WMC on my PC is ideal. On the rare occasion that it deigns to start in response to the remote that came with my TV card, it's damn near perfect.
Horses for courses, I suppose.
Re: They had no idea
I cut out TV entirely, and now force my children to perform plays of my choosing, in the living room. It's sooooo much more convenient.
Re: well thats a surprise
MythTV etc. may be far superior, but WMC came installed with Vista when I bought my PC, and (generally speaking) works without any faffing about.
After 30 minutes of faff, trying to get the EPG populated on MediaPortal*, last night (tragically cut short by a power cut), I'm rather glad to hear that I can expect to see WMC working as expected when I get home.
*all the settings in a completely seperate application, with a different interface? My, how convenient that isn't.
Re: Iron man calling his attacks
Only one of them runs around with rubber nipples, yet still manages to be the idol of every boy (and an unhealthy number of grown men).
Giving him back his purple costume would have made him far more memorable.
I'll have to downvote you,
if only because of the memory of Major Kira running round in her grubby vest, like an female, alien, John McClane...
...ooh, cold shower, please.
As an ardent fan of TNG,
I loathed DS9 when it first came out, as the whole "immobile spacestation" concept struck me as very much not Star Trek. The first series was a bit ropey (Dr. Bashir was just unlikable (probably suffering in comparison to the fantastic Garak!), and watching Avery Brooks chew up the scenery was at once hilarious and tragic) but, once it hit it's stride, it really was an excellent show. Shame I never saw the conclusion (think I stopped watching after it was alleged that Gowron had been replaced by a shapeshifter*), but I think it really was the equal of TNG, afterall (unlike Voyager, which was pants, and we can all pretend that Enterprise never happened).
*nothing wrong with the storyline but, as I was 15 when it started, I assume that I must have moved on to other pursuits by this point!
Depressingly, you are quite correct. However, smash two cars together, and block the highway for long enough, and they'll probably turn up eventually.
Re: Satnavs - The curse of modern driving
Isn't "driving without due care and attention" a criminal offence? I'm sure the police would take a pretty dim view of it, at least.
If Hackers is anything to go by,
Mr Cluely's concerns about glamourisation are unfounded. As for trivialisation, if film has taught me anything about hacking, it is that it is most often performed whilst on the run from G-men, probably on a skateboard, and by hooking up a Palm to a payphone. Trivial? It sounds like hardwork to me, and certainly not worth the payoff of inserting Max Headroom into the Superbowl.
Re: This is vaguely irritating
Don't do it - the current formulation of Tizer tastes nothing like the drink you remember (they've replaced all the E-numbers with "fruit extracts" or some other unsuitable crap).
Coward! I just by porn.
No, I jest, no one buys porn, anymore.
Re: Meh, They may be better off without it.
I like how responses to this comment are all along the lines of "Wii is shit" and "Why won't you acknowledge keyboard layouts other than QWERTY?", missing the point that 1) Wiis are everywhere, 2) many people like to view YouTube, and 3) when using a Wii, the keyboard usually comes up with the expected QWERTY layout.
Are we overrun with Google shills, now?
Do you need to go for a lie down? You seem to have gotten yourself quite worked up over nothing.
Re: Basics: What Is a Contract??
Yup. Three took pains to direct me to the relevant small print on their website, when they decided to up my monthly charges. I gave them the benefit of the doubt, and assumed that this was what was written into the contract at the time I signed it, and promptly left them the following month (fortuitous timing, really).
Doesn't having multiple credit cards over short periods eventually wreck your credit rating?
I've often considered this approach, but worry too much about missing a payment, and thereby getting stung with some hideous interest charge, and so have avoided it, so far.
Re: yet more pseduo-news with a ridiculous headline
Support for Windows Vista isn't due to end until 2017, so why shouldn't I still be using it?
Why Vista's Media Centre can't just pull the EPG from the transmission is beyond me, and has been ever since I set it up - the EPG that is downloaded from BDS (or whoever) is crap, and rarely matches up with all the channels, but it was, however, better than nothing.
Thanks for posting this. I set up my RPi at the weekend, and was worried that I was doing something wrong (Class4 SD card not fast enough, for example). Will probably be experimenting with some alternate OS builds, and looking forward to learning as I go (my Linux knowledge pretty much fits in a thimble, at present).
Linux may be the dominant OS in the forms you describe, but they are viewed by the public as appliances, not computers. You don't need to know anything about Linux to operate your PVR, but knowing how to operate your PVR won't be of any use if you then decide to install Linux on your PC
That said, I think people still view their phones as appliances, and so Ubuntu for phones should have as much chance as anything else (probably not a hope in hell, given the dominance of Android & iOS, and the fact that every executive wants to be able to use his/her iPad as a business device). Good luck to them, though.
The stamp goes digital?
About time, and it may even cut down the volume of spam I receive (yes, Dad, from you).
On the other hand, this looks set for an epic fail.
re: Mad but true?
It's madness gone politically correct!
Don't use Windows 8 - it's confusing and unfamiliar!
Here, take this Linux disc, which is equally confusing and unfamiliar.
I didn't really want to upvote this - I've started to come to the realisation that Google are as evil as the next corporation, afterall. But what you've said is true, and I haven't stopped using their products, inspite of their evilness.
I read the headline as "Octonauts"
and do not wish to be corrected.
A quick survey of everyone I know that uses Instagram,
reveals that 66% of them work in media. OK, so my sample size was 3, but still...
Re: I used to box as a yoof as well as playing both codes of rugby.
This research is all well and good, but you won't catch me punching a gorilla, anytime soon.
Re: download the sustrans app
A fine idea (and I did download a couple of cycle-computer apps, when I got my Android phone), but I don't really want to risk my handset getting smashed/soaked/nicked, so a cheaper and/or well-mounted device would be a better solution.
I couldn't help but read that as
"Do as we say, not as we do." Par for the course when it comes to US foreign policy, I suppose.
Re: Charities waste money
The RSPCA spent money in order to prosecute someone over fox hunting? Regardless of your own views on fox hunting, I'd expect the RSPCA to be against it, and so be more surprised if the RSPCA hadn't done that.
Thanks for reminding me that Toby Young is a twat.
Somedays, I don't think about him at all, so it's good to know that he's just as much of a twerp as he ever was.
"preventing sexualisation and commercialisation of childhood"
When he's finished with that, I've got an empty stable with a door that needs closing - I hear Mr Cameron's quite good with horses.
If the "religion causes wars and is evil" debate is going to carry on,
I, for one, will welcome the sweet embrace of death, on Friday. At least it will be quiet.
Re: Microsucks Windoze O/Ss suck
Has "Micro$haft" fallen out of fashion?
I know my place.
The only advice I would offer to app developers targetting children
would be to leave out all the click through adds. Of course, that's their revenue stream, and they'd all go bust if they couldn't depend upon the parents not putting a PIN on their app store account!
Re: Sesame Street != muppets
What? What's Guy Smiley, if not a Muppet?
The only good vigilante is Batman.
Anonymous, are you Batman? No? Shut up, then.
On the other hand, WBC deserve everything they get, so full steam ahead!
Oh, I'm so conflicted...
- Oh noes, fanbois! iPhone 6 Plus shipments 'DELAYED' in the UK
- The sound of silence: One excited atom is so quiet that the human ear cannot detect it
- Bloat-free, unlocked Moto X to be dubbed 'Pure Edition', says report
- In a spin: Samsung accuses LG exec of washing machine SABOTAGE
- Feature Be your own Big Brother: Monitoring your manor, the easy way