736 posts • joined Tuesday 27th April 2010 11:33 GMT
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).
Depressingly, you are quite correct. However, smash two cars together, and block the highway for long enough, and they'll probably turn up eventually.
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).
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.
Coward! I just by porn.
No, I jest, no one buys porn, anymore.
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 Shame I never saw the conclusion (think I stopped watching after it was alleged that Gowron had been replaced by a shapeshifter*), but I think it really was the equal of TNG, afterall (unlike Voyager, which was pants, and we can all pretend that Enterprise never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!
Giving him back his purple costume would have made him far more memorable.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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!
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...
I can't like this enough.
Nice one, science! Still, it's only a matter of time before she puts the hand to better use, crushing the skulls of those who would oppose her - go girl!
To attract the attention of ill-educated bogans who don't realise that you can get free anti-virus software?
Apologies if this is either racist of class-ist. It's probably a bit of both.
Don't tell me it's still going?
An oppressive regime,
engaging in hypocritical behaviour? Whatever next?
Re: battery life of just one hour 20 minutes,
Yes. Reading this, I could quite see it living under my telly, hooked up via HDMI, and with a Bluetooth keyboad/mouse (family asleep? Full screen gaming ahoy!), so the small screen and weedy battery would never be an issue. But really, what would be the point? More than likely I could put something together to do the same, without spending £1k or more, were I so inclined.
Still, credit where it's due for the accessible innards - that's a nice feature in a laptop/netbook.
Re: sub $100 tablets
I really like the sound of these cheapo tablets, and there's always someone on forums like this extolling the virtues of the one they've acquired. However, whenever I look into buying one, it's invariably an unknown quantity - reliable review sites seem to stick to the established brands.
It's a shame, really, as I'd quite like a cheap one for the kids (so I don't burst into tears when they inevitably smash it!), but the thought of buying one and then finding out that, say, Angry Birds Star Wars* won't run, doesn't exactly fill me with enthusiasm.
*don't judge me, it's as good a benchmark app as any
@ Paul Crawford
Common sense in short supply, as usual. Of course, it doesn't matter, as we're supposed to bin our mobiles every 12 months.
Re: Good ol' Google
"Google doesn't drive [etc.]" I hope they don't employ anybody. Fuck society, eh?
@ Cynical Observer
As a salaried employee (of the state), I am allowed to claim expenses. However, when I spend that money (e.g. on petrol, car maintenance, train tickets), I am paying tax (VAT, fuel duty). At the end of the year, HMRC look at how much I've claimed, then reduce my personal allowance, ensuring that I pay tax on my expenses again. I'm certainly not making a profit out of this.
I like this arguement.
Complaint: "Duck Duck Go is shit. I used it to search for something, and it didn't find it."
Response: "No, Duck Duck Go is fine. You should have gone to the relevant website and found it for yourself. Why would you need a search engine?"
I'm still using Google, simply because Google is the best there is at what it does (even if what it does ain't very nice).
Re: It is *all* the politicians' fault.
Well said, Ken. Sadly, who are the politicians more likely to listen to - the wealthy, with their party donations and media influence, or the voting public?
Max Headroom was just Matt Frewer in latex?
Oh, man, I feel such a fool...
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