1258 posts • joined 27 Apr 2010
It was a nice idea, but would almost invariably advise the user to contact a health professional, as it had to err on the side of caution. Told me I was having a heart attack, once (I had cold).
Re: Thanks Notch
I remember playing some VR game at the Trocadero, towards the end of the 90's. Looked like crap and gave me a headache, much like 3D gaming did when I tried it out on an Xbox360.
Bah, and indeed, humbug.
I'd like to upgrade from the speakers in my TV.
I've owned a couple of Philips Home Cinema (DVD player + 5.1) set-ps, each of which has died an ignominious death (and frustrated me with the cabling). Pretty sure a £600 soundbar, that needs extra hardware to actually get hold of the audio, isn't the answer I was looking for!
Nice to see I'm not the only curmudgeon, with a wallet full of moths, on the forum today.
Re: In a nutshell
Celebrities can be very useful, if they ally themselves with a charity or a cause - they're most likely invaluable when it comes to raising the profile of said cause, and encouraging the masses to donate/get involved.
But then we make the mistake of assuming that they know what they're talking about, and they seldom do.
Matt Damon was interviewed on the radio, recently, in his capacity as the token celebrity for a water charity, and he was refreshingly honest about his involvement, deferring to the charity head on the details, and admitting that he's baiscally just there to put a pretty face on it all.
Re: theoretical non-event
My Desire S went from Gingerbread to ICS, but this wasn't over the air, and it wiped the phone in the process. My wife's Xperia Mini never got off of Gingerbread.
I won't claim that these two phones are representative, but they do balance out your examples.
My Nexus 7 gets all the updates, and I slightly regret letting KitKat on.
Re: Wow, RealPlayer.
Quite. I assumed that consumer stopped using RealPlayer because it was awful, and likewise content providers stopped using RealNetworks' proprietary formats because consumers didn't want to use RealPlayer (because it was awful).
Yup, something like the Matrix might work, as it removes all that "wearing silly headgear and flailing about" business. Still not convinced that a move to totally immersive gaming is actually desireable, though.
Re: A few problems with these things
I'd hope Sony would know better than to promise that which isn't technically acheiveable (remember the hype around the PS2 promising "movie quality visuals"?), but I think the biggest problem with the whole VR-helmet idea is that nobody want one.
Cue flood of comments explaining that they do, in fact, want one. Just remember, if you're wearing a VR-helmet, you'll look like a helmet.
Re: "such a project would cost and take decades"
And there we have it. No government is going to spend all that cash now, only for a completely different government to reap the benefits (or have the whole thing crash and burn, again), unless they're sufficiently ideologically invested, I suppose (the Tories aren't, and Labour won't want a repear of last time - *cough cough* NPfiT *cough cough*).
Just because NPfiT was a massive cock-up (let's throw more money at Accenture, et al.!), doesn't mean that it had to be.
Whilst I was quite glad to see the back of it, I don't think that it was a bad idea in principle, just very poorly handled.
As for green screens and UNIX-based PAS systems, they went out of fashion at the turn of the century (see, it's cutting edge in the NHS!).
Re: Namco Xevious
Thank you - I know I played Zenon (or at least watched it on the telly!), but I never owned it. Thank you for reminding me what I did have a copy of!
As one of the few people on this forum
who was broadly in favour of the "default filtering" proposal (which still hasn't been enabled on my BT broadband - I really must find the password and find out how to turn it on for myself), even I think our MPs are getting a bit carried away, now.
Whilst I appreciate the availability of universal filtering (even if it is a bit crap/easily bypassed/not actually switched on), that's enough - I've no desire to devolve all responsibility for my children's wellbeing to the state. Boys will be boys, so they're going to get to the porn eventually, but I'd rather they weren't encouraged to half-inch my credit card at the same time.
I don't think I want to know what that is.
Can we have a proper beer icon, please?
Re: Worra laff
Lovely. My middle name (and that of my first born) are taken from my paternal grandfather. Your son gets his from his mother's birth canal.
On the small number of occassions that I've used them,
I've found it to be a handy service. I do worry that they're just leaching money away from independant businesses, but I do appreciate the convenience of not having to try to make myself understood over the phone (I've not the greatest diction, so getting the wrong order is not unknow).
Re: No British food
Hard luck - there's a place in Luton that'll deliver roast dinners (and no, it's not Meals on Wheels).
I'm sure this was relevant when the EU started debating it,
but pretty much everything has Micro-USB, now. Just my luck that most of my devices date from a few years previous, and have Mini-USB.
Re: As if this will make people happy!
Thanks for telling me how I should have been using my PC.
I actually do use the start-menu-type-what-I'm-looking-for approach on my Mint desktop, but that's only because I've never gotten around to organising the menu properly (and thus can never find anything). I'd rather not flick my hand back and forth between keyboard and mouse, thank you very much, which was why my Vista (shut up) Start menu was organised so that everything I used regularly was accessible with a minimum of clicks.
Having used every desktop version of Windows since 3.11,
8 has been the only version where I couldn't sit down in front of it and find what I wanted straight away.
I don't oppose change, but MS has made a huge mistake by not giving people what they want. Technically, my phone, tablet, and desktop all run Linux, but it doesn't take a genius to see why Android is not installed on my desktop.
Take the hint, MS, and make whatever-you're-not-calling-Metro go away on desktops - no more half-measures.
If PlusNet are anything like their BT masters, then their routers won't allow you to change the DNS server settings, rendering OpenDNS worthless.
More of this sort of thing, please!
Even if I don't actually want one.
Another upvote for Mint, here. Was dual-booting with Vista but, since I upgraded my hardware, Vista almost never gets booted, anymore. As of Mint 15, I didn't even have to faff about to get my Broadcom Wifi working, either.
Does everything I want, bar playing nicely with the household printer, for some reason.
I normally do that sort of work for a cup of tea, maybe a biscuit. I think I see why I'm still not worth £millions.
I tend to find that I go in Maplin a lot, but leave empty handed as, if I pop in for a browse, I've enough self-control to avoid picking up armloads of crap, but if I pop in for something specific, they either haven't got it, or have it at too high a price.
Having exhausted the entertainment potential of my work town,
I just pop in some earphones, and take a walk. It does you good to get away from your desk, rest your eyes, and take in some fresh air.
Good grief, that sounded smug - maybe I should take up jogging!
Probably a silly question, as I know next to nothing about BitCoin,
but is it possible to invalidate the stolen BitCoins? I would have thought that they carried some sort of unique ID and, being virtual, it's the unique ID that gets stolen?
I'm probably wrong, as usual.
Re: Question is, why isn't Firefox adding WebP/WebM?
You can't go around recommending Opera, anymore. Not since it became just another Chrome clone.
As someone who has grown out his beard, in spite of it being somewhat patchy,
I'd just like to voice my approval of the tone of this article.
More than 1 quarter of users have no antivirus running?
Who says Linux hasn't acheived critical mass yet?
They all laughed at me for wearing an ascot.
Well, who's laughing now?
I assume that the smiley is actually #innocentface ?
Re: Wii Component cable
I bought one of those, hoping for an improvement in the graphics. Granted, things got a little less blurry, but it still looks like arse on an HD Ready TV (just about passable on the kids 23" telly, unbrearable on the larger telly in the living room - and that's only 32"), and some of the games purchased through the online store refuse to work with it!
Our Wii is due to be replaced soon (2nd hand, knocking on a bit, and not seeing the latest releases) - tempted to get a U so that we can finish off any old Wii games, but a cheap PS3 is more appealing. Think I agree with everything in the article.
Re: Red Button
Sounds reasonable, I suppose. My current box can display freeview channels that are delivered through the ethernet port, so I can't see that it would be a big stretch to have the Red Button point to one of those channels, rather than a "regular" freeview one.
Of course, this then borks the Red Button for anyone without an internet-connected freeview box!
Maybe the BBC et al. should work on the marketing of YouView,
rather than throwing out what appears to be a perfectly workable platform? Having seen YouView running on my inlaws' BTVision, it'd be something I'd look for when replacing my current PVR. I can't see any benefit to them developing another, identical service.
Re: History often comes with rose-tinted specs
I hate to agree with this, but articles like this one lead me to believe that Sugar does indeed know what he's doing (some of the time, at least).
I don't have any friends.
Anyone want to sponsor me to the tune of £000s a week to prove that money doesn't have to make you miserable?
Re: join the club...
In defence of various people's wives, letting Google find the page you want might well be a safer option than typing in what you think the URL might be - probably quite a high chance of landing on some impostor site, otherwise (pretty sure that "facebok.com" lands you somewhere unsavoury, for example).. Google's naggy little spell checker ("did you mean...?") has its uses!
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.
Very sensible comment.
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).
I don't think this is true.
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).
I think facebook design their mobile site
to encourage users onto the app - it's hideous.
Re: "permissions model was at the insistence of the app developers"
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?
Re: The quality would improve greatly....
Thanks, Martin. What about all the people who don't want to watch the same things that you do?
Re: BBC's monopoly on FM Band.
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.
Re: "Cultural Marxist grooming"
Sarcasm doesn't work on internet forums; please use the joke icon in future.
Every other sports game suffers
from not having the option to beat the crap out of the opposing team!
Re: "don't actually pay for a current account"
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.
Re: Floppy Eject
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!
Perhaps the UK government should launch a public awareness campaign
on the dangers of clicking the adverts in Google search results?
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