Angry Birds lets the NSA know my sexual preferences?
I suppose it's no secret that I like birds, but not of the avian variety.
1520 posts • joined 27 Apr 2010
I suppose it's no secret that I like birds, but not of the avian variety.
No museum is going to survive solely on middle-aged patrons. Still, sacking the tour guides is probably not the answer (I caught the piece on Radio 4, where the guide was sacked after taking his group round the computer museum - utterly heartbreaking).
Not all history on the beeb is in "docu-drama" format - there's plenty of person-who-knows-what-they're-talking-about-presenting-to-camera, too (Lucy Worsley's recent series comes to mind, particularly as her passion for the subject really comes through).
to encourage users onto the app - it's hideous.
Maybe Android should be changed so that, if you enable Developer mode, you get fine control over permissions - that way, those who give a monkey's can get it done, and those who don't care don't have to worry about it?
Thanks, Martin. What about all the people who don't want to watch the same things that you do?
You can have Radio 4, when you TAKE IT FROM MY COLD, DEAD, EARS!
Hmm, that doesn't really work, but you get the gist.
Sarcasm doesn't work on internet forums; please use the joke icon in future.
from not having the option to beat the crap out of the opposing team!
Really? I (and all the other customers) give the bank all my money, and let them do what they like with it, so long as they hold enough in reserve that I can take it back out again. Interest rates might well be in the dirt, but I'm sure that they've found some way of turning a profit from my money.
Most people I know never bother to eject their USB drive before pulling it out, and I've yet to see this cost someone their data (I've yet to see one pulled mid-write).
Still, at least this thread has taught me why Word'95 used to throw such a hissy fit when people would eject the disk whilst the document was still open!
on the dangers of clicking the adverts in Google search results?
Nonsense - that's a perfectly cromulent word (in German).
only without the distraction of a mobile phone. But, oh, the fuss when you push one of them into the road...
Alcohol isn't regulated in the same way as other drugs, much like nicotine isn't either. Communication works best when both parties have the same understanding of what is being said - no doctor is going to advise their patient to avoid tobacco and alcohol by telling them to "stay off the drugs".
"Please wait 30 minutes for the rinse cycle to start, or buy exclusive Candy Dollars and load unlimited washes for the next 24 hours!"
I'm looking forward to the slew of sequels, followed by the inevitable relaunch of the game that started it all: Kandy Krush Klassic.
I have accounts on both Twitter and facebook (not the sort of thing I should confess to on this forum!), but only facebook is host to my IRL (is that the correct TLA?) friends, thus facebook is a handy communication tool, whilst Twitter is a waste of time.
At least, I hope it is.
You can keep your Netflix - I like my advert/license fee funded background noise!
No joke icon, as I'm serious. I tried Netflix, but didn't like it - TV should be a passive experience (never mind that I am one of the many people doomed to never have the audio/visual be in sync).
I think TV is different. People buying digital cameras don't look past the Megapixel count, and this is probably true for phones (if they look at the camera specs at all) but, when it comes to TV, most people (in my experience) are quite happy with an HD Ready (720p) set and a DVD player hooked up over SCART.
4K looks lovely, but I can see it having the same problem that Blu-ray does - the technology that it's replacing is already good enough for most people, and so there's no motivation to replace the existing kit (unless it breaks, and even then a like-for-like replacement will be easier on the wallet).
This puzzled me, too, so I wrote it off as the US being utterly terrified of anything that might be considered "socialist".
If there's very little going in, does this not suggest that the music buying public don't really value the music all that much?
I'd imagine that there is money to be made from musical ability, but the old way (indie label -> major label -> mega-stardom) would appear to be dead.
Isn't this less about "the need to flash your pricey gadget" and more about running a customer loyalty scheme without handing out physical loyalty cards?
Game run a similar scheme (they've replaced my loyalty card with a QR code in the mobile app), and I'm quite pleased not to have to clutter up my wallet with anymore plastic. I certainly don't get any sort of validation from waving my outdated mobile at the staff.
I bought my kids a VTech MobiGo - sadly, compared to the games available on the family Wii, and my phone/tablet, it's only mildly diverting, and my kids aren't so easily amused that they didn't tire of it in a matter of days. I'm not making that mistake again (kid-friendly tablets aren't cheap) - when I think they're old enough for a real computer (or tablet, or whatever), I'll get them one, and make sure that they undetstand how it all works, and how not to bankrupt Daddy. In the meantime, I'm very grateful that every purchase through the Play store requires authorisation (does that inconvenience you dreadfully?), and that my kids are smart enough to understand that they are not to attempt "real money" purchases, anyway.
[Edit: I seem to have wandered into the "speaking as a parent..." trap, and thus probably invalidated my own opinion. Bugger.]
No? You're slipping.
(something for which Twitter is eminently suited), but it'd be polite to at least wait until they've been convicted - naming someone as a "drink driver" when they are charged is probably libellous, not to mention likely to prejudice any trial.
Remember when we could read an article on browser features and just add "you should try Opera" to the comments?
Such a shame that our contribution has been reduced to "remember when Opera was still good?".
at killing off the music business, so it's about time someone had another go.
Whilst I don't agree with one company profiting off another's IP, I also like a vibrant, competitive market, and driving HTC out of the UK will limit consumer choice. Maybe it would be better to allow HTC to continue selling, and have them pay a fee to Nokia for each (infringing) handset sold?
Porn does normalise the treatment of women as sex objects (hey, this'll be a popular point of view). The erotic context of cherub statues seems to have passed me by, however.
@Graham I think that GTA puts its content in context (and it's BBFC certificate indicates that it's intended for an audience who can appreciate that) - I certainly wouldn't argue that child/sexual abuse is something that should never be tackled by the arts, but I'd view with suspicion anyone who enjoyed themselves in a rape simulator.
I'm not big on banning books/drawings/holodecks, either, but could the arguement not be made that sexually graphic depicitions of minors in such media risks normallising the treatment of children as sexual objects?
Works like Lolita and Romeo & Juliet are not intended to arouse, but a holodeck simulation, wherein you could screw underagers, would appear to have no other context, and thus encourages users to regard such behaviour as acceptable.
Accounts from other sources suggest that it was a rather weak (not to mention distasteful) password, although I've seen it reported as the password to his laptop, rather than cloud locker.
If the crack wasn't performed by a pair of scruffy oiks, in a darkened room, accompanied by blaring techno choons, I'll be sorely disappointed.
I'm wary, too. Got a Galaxy Ace for my Mum, and it was complaining about a lack of storage from the get-go. Killing off all the Samsung crud would probably leave her with a nice phone, but why should we be jumping through hoops?
I like the look of this Moto, though - a practically naked Android should mean that 8GB will be enough for my nearest and dearest, so I know where I'll be pointing them when they want new handsets.
during the Olympics? Someone's probably itching to let a couple of those off.
You'd better not be hiding in the wardrobe when I get home.
Someone ought to let my wife know.
Sorry, I'll be on my way...
Oh, and better* things to do with my time.
Alright, Russel? You missed an opportunity to plug your new DVD, there.
The Bell's End, shirley?
Better a choice of devices/designs than the black-box-or-nothing approach of regular games consoles, I suppose.
that looks to be a large, ugly box, and not the sort of thing I'd want occupying space in my living room (much like the XBoxOne).
that the mainstream media doesn't give a toss about FOSS.
In my (admittedly limited) experience of under-15s playing GTA, they will quickly abandon the story missions in order to rampage about and obliterate the civilians (literally - chainsaw-ing the corpse until it fades away is hilarious, to the right mindset).
Factor in the prostitutes, where you can pick one up, have her make sex noises, then murder her with the over-the-top weapon of your choosing, and it's basically catnip for boys.
As to why news media focus on this? It has plenty of shock value (murder and sex), and thus is a sure sign of the collapse of civilisation.
Tell me about it. Everytime I buy a car, I make a point of ripping out the radio and throwing it at the salesman.
Is it the same person, over and over again, hoping that she'll agree to a date?
I hope you're right. Still, cliff-hangers should come at the end, not be tucked away, mid-episode!
@DaneB No, I had a Playstation, not an N64. Platform games peaked with Decap Attak on the MegaDrive, anyway.
Thanks for posting this. I couldn't answer the "why have they picked up the TARDIS with a helicopter, and why can't the Doctor just teleport them away from it?" question over the weekend - now I can!
Yes, that's great - use the BBC as a proving ground for Sky.
Most of what I watch is on 4 or five, and they're always under the threat of their programming disappearing off to satellite (I quite enjoyed the first few series of House, for example).
sudo killall -9 Autopilot