50 posts • joined Tuesday 27th April 2010 11:54 GMT
Watched the 3d version on iplayer, complete with one-eyed logo.
It WAS a bit annoying, but I was able to tune it out after a while. More annoying was the flicker - there was a lot more than I'm used to with blu-rays. Don't know if the refresh rate was lower or something.
I struggled to actually watch the thing in 3D, despite having all the required tech. I was out at the weekend. I eventually found an obscure blog posted on the Friday suggesting how to record from Sky using the red button channel. Not useful to me as was away by then.
For some reason my (not as smart as they'd like to think) TV wasn't able to work out that it's own built in iPlayer app was trying to display some 3D content. Luckily my Blu-ray player also can talk to the internet, and I'd got iPlayer fired up on that I was able to get properly cross-eyed.
Perhaps all these things might suggest why few people have been watching BBC in 3D?
Oh yes, and the whole helicopter over London sequence. That was a bit pointless. I've since watched the episode in 2D, and can confirm that the helicopter shots looked better in 3D. But it didn't add anything to the plot, and wasn't really all that funny.
The paintings worked much better in 3D than 2D, and they were intrinsic to the plot, so thumbs up for them. As did the battle scenes, despite the non-movie-budget FX.
Yes, I can remember the Ringstone Round song, even now.
I'll need to see if I can find this series on some internet thing...
bit of a coincidence really
I find it amazing that with that HUGE revenue, their expenditures match to within a couple of percent. It could have gone a billion either way... I guess it must be pure luck.
re:They're avoiding double taxation
Except no company pays VAT - it's always the customer.
Entirely appropriate memorial
Beats the hell out of a wee blue plaque.
Seems the asteroid is probably big enough too. I'm not sure you could hide a GCU in there. Maybe some ROUs.
I propose the next steps are:
2. send robot spacecraft
3. hollow out a nice big cylinder
4. get it spinning to simulate gravity
5. err did I miss out the bit about inventing a way of sourcing free energy from the vacuum?
" As Rob himself says, I may enjoy beer, but I don't want to drink it twenty-one times a week"
between this and the untested frying status of this gloop, it's clear their research team need to come to Scotland for a couple of months.
Really like the idea of being able to set levels of music, fx and dialogue. The standard mix is not suitable for all circumstances. For instance turning the volume down so neighbours are not awoken by explosions can mean that dialog is inaudible.
But having seen how surprisingly complicated it is to mix surround sound properly, it may not be as easy as turning the fx down a bit.
Vaguely interesting idea, but we've seen from the world of web development the difficulties involved in getting of content to work across multiple browser - especially where high quality presentation is expected.
What's the problem? Simply use the previously tried and tested method.
Here's the development process:
1. Take a normal graphite pencil, and a roll of sellotape.
2. Apply the sellotape to the pencil "lead".
3. Remove the sellotape.
Voila! A perfect sheet of graphene.
4. scale up the above process to pachydermic scales, and repeat.
This methodology may result in the devastation of the worlds remaining Sequoia forests as we attempt to make pencils large enough. It may be prudent to decide up-front whether this is a wise thing to do.
look ma, no hidden variables
I never totally understood why these spooky action at a distance interactions couldn't be explained by simple hidden variables. I've always just gone with the flow on it. If Einstein couldn't prove it was wrong, what chance have I got.
However, this experiment does show - without possibility of confusion - that something weird is going on, and that time is not a one way-trip.
It also gives me a few ideas... now where's my "Hong Kong Book of Patent Applications for Things I Know Nothing About?"
I'm sure one of the many-cited reasons for using cannabis was that it eases the symptoms of M.S.
I'm sure I can get a strangulated witticism out of that if I really try hard. Hang on a couple of minutes...
re Veering off topic a bit
I have the same thing re SF/SciFi.
It was probably a foreword by someone like Harlan Ellison to a book of (SF!) short stories that did it.
Probably the one that's missing from the list for me (and hasn't been mentioned) is "Never Let Me Go." And not a special effect in sight.
Maintenance scheduled for this morning
Don't know if it's related or not, but Plusnet were "performing some software upgrades on one of our RADIUS authentication servers." this morning, according to their customer service site. It was expected to be a 5 minute task.
Given that other ISPs were affected, I'd guess it's unlikely to have been the cause of today's problem.
They post warnings about future work like this all the time, and rarely are there any probs.
Plusnet are owned by BT?
I've been with Plusnet long before they were bought over. I have been surprised - and pleased - that their customer service has remained as good as it always was.
Also their product still has all the stuff BT users don't care about, like fixed IP addresses, php webspace etc.
Having said that, my wife is at home without no internets this morning.
nah, that wouldn't get past the TM police.
Re: It was a great game
Boba was one of the bosses, I don't think you could avoid him.
He was the flying one who attacked you with rockets, like the mark 2 robots but without a plasma gun.
I'm sure you kill him, which since the story takes place before TESB is a bit wrong. But it's possible he was just having a kip or something..
Being unable to save games mid level really upped the ante on this game.
The last one was particularly nasty, as you'd expect.. The adrenalin was really pumping as you got locked in the hangar with a bucketload of robo death and only a couple of lives left. You knew if you died, you'd have to go all the way back to the start, to face all those rocket-wielding, plasma-blasting goons again.
The very end was a bit of a revelation - never thought I'd feel sorry for an inattentive imperial officer, but there you go.
he could have been working
Perhaps this poor bloke wasn't addicted to gaming and didn't "play" himself to death.
Maybe he was just trying to earn some money via the real money auctions in Diabo III.
I've got a couple of the 500 AV plus and a 500 AVtriple.
They work well: a pc previously connected via wifi now has a solid, reliable connection, while another which had previous been directly connected to the modem/router hasn't had any degradation at all.
I got the 500mbps version for futureproofing: our exchange is due to get fibre broadband this year.
OK it won't use all the bandwidth available to the 200mbps kit, but stick in a NAS, and a bit of interference* as neighbours start using the same kind of kit, and you might be hitting your head on that ceiling.
*I have no idea if your neighbours powerline network really will affect yours. I'd just be very surprised if it didn't, at least slightly.
What a rubbish film the Wraith was. A total waste of an evening. Neither the topless girl nor the single funny line made up for how bad it was.
The most annoying thing was that the excellent "Bad Taste" was in the next screen, a film which i didn't see until years later.
Don't suppose that was the guy who used to rant for pages about psychosis -inducing "Acoustic Bullets", mind reading government agents and stuff?
I started to read one of his posts, but managed to stop before it was too late.
Interesting article ( though no mention of either a ZX Spectrum, or computers used for Moon landings.)
I think your homebrew hardware is showing where some of the price differentials are coming in: cooling and infrastructure.
I'll bet supercomputers being used today need a bit more cooling that a couple of noisy fans, and more infrastructure than a domestic power socket.
Scale up that Generic PC to even Roadrunner speeds, via an imaginary beowulf array, and you will have a shed full of quarter of a million grey boxes. Going to be hot in there, and you'll need a few 4-way adapters too.
If you're using this to record video, that big sensor might help with anti-shake, as well as post-production cropping.
It does do video, doesn't it?
That 3fps for low res doesn't bode well, i suppose...
all they'll see is 3 different signals (or is there another one for B&W).
they can translate that into whichever frequencies they want.
We'll do the same, It'll be interesting how many different signals they'll send - will they be like dogs and see with fewer receptors? Or squid with far, far more?
The good news is that they'll have been watching our TV for the last 40-50 years.
Currently such delights as Bergerac and the Crystal Maze will be hitting their screens, as well as, conincidentally, Red Dwarf. Lucky them.
Presumably they've not been sending us their telly? How selfish! I reckon they could do a good line in "Dark Humour".
Are you sure this isn't a picture of the clanger's home world?
Looks far more like it than our side, which suggests Oliver Postgate was either prescient or a space traveller.
Actually the latter might explain a lot.
They could get round this by including a view mode which uses the same flicker technique as active screens use:
1 picture for red filter, next for cyan.
It'll probably be unwatchable because of the flicker, but it would be full hd.
(Should I be patenting this idea? or is it too late now it's in the public domain? d'oh, i always do this.)
Future graphene research projects.
There are several significant inventions we're still waiting for - could graphene be the missing piece in the jigsaw?
1) try firing a beam of neutrinos at some of the stuff. Who knows? You might invent a time machine. Or a Warp drive. It's worth a try.
2) Or what about concentrated light? There's got to be a way to turn a handful of laser pointers into a lightsabre, and graphene might just be it. Since the lightsabre sound is v. important, try firing laser and sound at graphene at the same time.
3) Maybe it reflects gravity. We already know you can write upside down using a graphite pencil. A hoverboard would be cool.
4) But not as useful as a teleporter. Not one of those boring quantum teleporters. A real one. Maybe a pair of entangled sheets of graphene would to the trick
Come on! This isn't about namby-pamby double-bluffed testing. It's about throwing science at the wall and seeing what sticks.
like several others here, I only use the news landing page.
Out of curiosity I just had a look at the new "official" home page. I liked the 80's style clock.
That's about it.
Their main problem is that there are so many competing realms within the Beeb, and they all want a link from the home page.
I think they'd be better chucking it all away, and leave a google style interface (with menus if you really must). I'll have that by next week please.
I reckon Lovefilm/Amazon must be attempting the same end - meltdown - using different tactics.
Their online selection has been pathetic for a while now, but it seems that their selection of DVDs is not being updated as you'd expect. Instead of seeing options to "pre-order" a title, you're offered the option to buy on Amazon.
I don't want to buy! I'm happy waiting a REASONABLE amount of time, then renting.
Why would I want to buy more films? I've already got a bunch sitting on a shelf gathering dust, not being watched. That's why I rent.
space based laser
Yes, Mr Bond, I have taken control of the vastly over-specified 190GW space laser and will target North and South Korea, Jerusalem, Mecca and Dallas, thus igniting World War 3...
Unless the British Government pay my ransom!
That'll be ONE MEELLEEON DOLLARS! Bwah hah hah!!
base plate & support
If the motor base plate and support were a standalone structure, like this:
_ _ _ _
_ _____ _
You could use pre-made piping for the cylinders, and wouldn't need to worry about welding / gluing anything to the inside of the inner one.
I played much more realistic versions of asteroids years ago, with better animation.
Having the spaceship in the middle being circular means the player can't tell which way he's facing - pretty poorly thought out that.
But worse is that the collision engine doesn't look like it's working: the spaceship didn't go bang.
1 out of 10 - rubbish. wouldn't buy it.
Fair point Graham, you're right about the driver being bored.
However, I'd guess that because the driver is more involved in the driving process, their level of alertness is higher than that of the passenger. Not a fact, but maybe something worth investigating.
As far as your challenge is concerned, again your point has merit. You will see some events before the driver. But how many things will the driver have spotted before you? You can't tell.
To have the best of both worlds, perhaps the black box should sit in the background, ready to take over if the driver should do something stupid?
if you look at the report itself, it says "Fixed line telecoms is the best example
Government fails to leverage its scale".
I don't know if anyone remembers when BT was publicly-owned.
As far as I remember the idea was that UK telecoms would quickly cease being a monopoly, and would therefore bring significant saving to the customer.
err. 26 years later, not sure if that has happened yet.
And it seems that one of BTs bigger customers - the government we pay for - is, instead of getting its phones at cost price, having to pay through the nose.
great stuff that privatisation.
and don't get me started on HMSO...
Next time you're a passenger on a long car journey , try to remain alert and focussed on what the driver is doing. Perhaps you could keep your hand near the handbrake just in case something rare and unexpected happens and the driver doesn't notice.
If you think you can do it, you're probably kidding yourself. That kind of concentration in the face of boredom takes training - and, to my mind, is harder to do than actually drive a car.
Google (or someone) will eventually get the tech to a good enough standard to be sellable and legal to use. For some driving tasks - I'm thinking parking in tight spaces - the computer will be significantly better than humans.
The main problem will be the human who will be behind the wheel. The human will be legally responsible for the computer's actions, yet will be disconnected from the majority of the driving decisions, and will have "switched off" - until it's too late.
Crash, bang, dead cyclist, driving ban, prison sentence, sad face.
I have a W60, which is excellent for hillwalking.
Just stick it in a trouser pocket, and you don't need to worry about the rain or anything.
The photo quality is more than adequate for me.
Sounds like the W90 is smaller, more rugged and has better video - all to the good!
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