81 posts • joined 22 Jun 2010
"Retail firms continue to be the big spenders on web ads, buying a fifth of the year's total, while financial services companies bought 13 per cent of the ads and the auto industry ran a close third with 12 per cent."
I might buy a DVD off the t'internet but no way would I consider banking with Bank of Uganda or buying a car from a website advert.Those are the sort of things that need a bit more than a sidebar ad before I look at them. That means 25% of the adverts I don't see are wasted on me.
Re: Do Dell still hate the environment?
Most Dell kit is that ugly it needs double bagging.
"They trawl through a load of old rubbish and say they'll come up with, I don't know, sales leads - and do they? No. 'Data Scientists', my arse."
That's the giveaway line, no American NSA insider would ever use the word "arse".
Am I the only person that sees this as a quick route for facebook to get a product to market which is (roughly) the equivalent of Google Glass?.
Are we soon to faced with hordes of faceholes?.
Interesting way to boost your business.
Buy an exciting new* technology that a lot of gamers and gaming companies are really interested in.
Because of who you are alienate the whole of the same gamer client base.
Because of how you do business alienate all the gaming studios.
Build a new client base from people who don't even know what the product is or what it does.
Result - VR Candy Crush
*I know it's not at all new or original but you know what I mean
I think a point is being missed here.
MS don't really care about gaming on the PC, witness the gradual closing of studios and abandonment of IP's, but they do care about Xbone gaming a little bit more. At this moment it is obvious from the games released that the PS4 is the better gaming (and selling) machine and even showcase exclusives like Titanfall can't manage full HD on the Xbone. By allowing developers closer to bare metal performance will help to close this gap and help to justify more general gamers (as opposed to fanboi must have that exclusive gamers) buying the Xbone. This of course then gives MS a much better chance of making it's "Xbone as an entertainment centre" vision happen with the associated money rolling in from third party media sales.
Running games better on Windows, no matter which version, is just a bonus.
Pilots disable passengers and crew with knockout gas.
Pilots, knowing about and by now having purloined uber expensive cargo, bail out having set auto pilot to send plane to the most remote place possible.
Pilots quietly disappear and live life of luxury.
Now was that a conspiracy theory I heard or just a film / TV script I half remember. Maybe it was just a repeat of the D B Cooper episode.....
Re: That's my code knackered then.....
and many many more.....
If you ask a neutral question in the Midlands like "What do you think of faggots?" I would bet that the majority answer would be "lovely with mash, peas and a bit of gravy" and at most 1 in every 100 might even consider it to be a question about homosexuals. Like many words that have been hi-jacked over the years (Hacking for example) some people believe that the new, agenda led meaning is the only meaning and anybody who happens to use the word in it's older (or normal for many people) context is all of a sudden sexist, racist, homophobic, whatever.
However don't worry that your not being marginalised enough because not enough Midland people understand your narrow meaning of a self perceived insult, Midlanders have plenty of terms of abuse and ridicule that can and are used to insult uphill gardeners who pay with nine bob notes to travel on the other bus, just not the word "faggot".
That's my code knackered then.....
I suppose I can expect a takedown notice for my "Faggot Finder" app which so many foodies have found useful on visits to the Midlands in search of this great delicacy.
And this is news why?
I had always sort of assumed that Github was a hub for Gits anyway.
And this is censored......
At the moment I am playing through the "South Park - Stick of Truth" game which is censored in Europe but not in the US (on the consoles but not on the PC apparently). I have come across three censored scenes, one regarding anal probing by aliens and two in the local abortion clinic. All the missing material is fully described with an apology to "Europe". Given the American sensitivities around abortion especially I an surprised that this censorship wasn't the other way round - i.e. allowed in Europe and blocked in the US. As I have just taken part in a battle which ends up with my opponent being crushed by a giant breast and myself being crushed by a giant pair of testicles with the battle taking place under the heaving sweaty bodies of a couple making love I find this type of censorship laughable by Apple. Is it a case of chronic bad language, graphic violence, gratuitous sex and outright all round offensiveness is fine so long as its a game but if a real women is displayed in quite an artistic way then its banning material?
Re: Or even...
Fair comment :)
I suspect that the only people who will bother to turn up in London will be employed at the silicon traffic calming measure or whatever it's called and may not be representative of real life.
Get thee out to the sticks and you will save more than the rail fair in reduced ale prices.
Before this latest burst of interest from the popular press I had already done a "I do not consent, sod off" letter for my GP. When I took it down to the surgery I expected blank looks from the desk staff along the lines of what are you talking about?
To my very pleasant surprise about half way through my first sentence the lady handed me an opt out form pre-printed by the surgery just requiring my name, address and signature. My trust in the practice went up no end especially when a few weeks later my other half was there and her doctor actually raised the issue and offered her an opt out form.
With that level of open defiance from the shop floor it makes you wonder who actually wants the data and what its really for? (rhetorical)
"I can't wait to see what knighthoods and directorships people get for this, surely they will both be large numbers"
Just put that right for you.
Re: WHo exactly is claiming the royalties?
Psygnosis - Now owned by Sony
come to mind not to mention many individuals who still work in the industry and as also mentioned companies who have gone into other software genres.
From the Bluetooth.org website
"1.2 Who should join the Bluetooth SIG?
Any company using Bluetooth wireless technology in their products, rebranding or reselling Bluetooth enabled technology, or advertising qualified Bluetooth products must become a member of the SIG. (Membership in the Bluetooth SIG is for companies, not for individuals.)"
Elite are planning on using Bluetooth technology in the product. - That's enough from what it says above.
Even if they are going to reuse an off the shelf chipset I would expect that as a piece of consumer electronics they will still need to get the correct certifications which would include one for the wireless system. (Qualified product?)
Does anybody know how much it costs to join the Bluetooth SIG as I can't seem to find Elite Systems name on there. Or is the required membership going to be funded out of the kickstarter funds?
Something the backers of this project don't seem to realise is that even if everything goes through and the keyboards are delivered then they will most probably be useless paperweights.
Given the kickstarter states they are only certain to work with Elites version of there "licensed" games and the mood among the developers is not at its best to say the least with many now considering legal action to recoup royalties and takedown notices based on such a serious breach of contract it seems unlikely there will be many if any games to play.
At present not one single developer has come forward to say they HAVE received any royalties.
I realise that it's not in kickstarters interest to pull a funded project due to the loss of money they will suffer but I worry that the bad press resulting from this matter will do them significant damage and it would be in there long term interests to put this project on hold until these serious allegations against Elite and Mr Wilcox are investigated. If these matters are resolved then the project can be reinstated, its not as if its time critical after 30 years of waiting.
The developers are all big boys now and can defend themselves via legal remedies but I can see 800 plus kickstarter backers, many of which don't understand there is no obligation to actually deliver anything at all, being stung and the reputation of kickstarter and possibly even the wider Sinclair / Spectrum community being damaged.
Promise the world
"The revived Spectrum is imagined as a superior way to play the retro games Elite delights in making available on modern platforms, and also a rather nice design for a wireless keyboard (albeit not a productivity-enhancing one)"
According to the kickstarter it probably wont be a nice wireless keyboard as it is only cited to work with the compatible games Elite will release. (and IOS only with no guarantee it will work on anything else)
It will also be interesting to see if this means that the original authors of the games in question will now start to receive some of the royalties which, to date, have apparently mysteriously failed to materialize. (http://www.worldofspectrum.org/forums/showthread.php?t=46365)
I notice that Mr Pester ends his tweet with PDP. Are these his initials or the technology the system runs on ?.
So can we assume that all broadband story's will now be quantified using the new Register standard of "low res grumble flicks /second" with additional standards of "HD grumble flicks / second" and "4k grumble flicks / second" as they become more applicable?
Reading this while my car defrosts makes it a little surreal at best.
Posted from Birmingham, England.
Let me get this right....
The NSA are complaining the kit does have backdoors, just not theirs?
"Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson - On my Nexus 7
Interesting - I didn't realise that Andrew Orlowski also writes for the Daily Mail under the name Nicholas Booth.
I think when its all up and running I will ask that all ISP's put facebook on the list of banned sites as it's well documented in the national press for a causing a number of cases of juvenile suicide because of bullying.
Let's see either how long that lasts or the reasoning behind it not being added to the strictest level of filter.
Re: 100km? Or 100m?
Is that an Australasian Sea Eagle or just a general Asian Sea Eagle?
less appetising job
Most of the less appetising job adds I see start something like...
1st Line Helpdesk operative required.
"The minister for welfare reform Lord Freud claimed:"
Am I the only cynic that read that as....
"The minister for welfare reform Lord Fraud claimed:"
Same as many people above - arrived on Monday.
I had this as an upgrade from my nexus 4 and after a couple of days playing I am very impressed. Call quality and wifi both seem to be much improved and download speeds seem to be much quicker. I could just about live with the previous 16Gb so went for the 32Gb this time and with all my essential apps and a decent selection of music on I still have more than enough space not to worry about the lack of a memory card slot. Of course YMMV.
The added bonus is that CEX gave me £133 for the nexus 4 so an outlay of £200 makes this fantastic value. Add to that an unlimited data + calls + unlimited texts plan for £12.50 a month and TCO for 2 years is "only" £500 - less than the phone only cost in many cases plus whatever resale value it retains.
To quote Rogers Profanisaurus -
I bet that arse holds some shit.
You must live somewhere nice - they don't call them anything that pleasant round here.
Apparently I already have a Steambox - At least the spec in the article is more or less the same as my gaming PC is so I assume I should just be able to load up the Steam OS and I should be good to go.
I do run a much meatier PSU (750W) to give myself a bit of slack and water cool to keep the noise and heat down but those are luxury's rather than essentials. Come down to the bottom end of the quoted spec and you are price matching PS4 / XBone machines so your chasing the same market segment.
I wonder if they want any freelance testers just to check the games comparability on a home made rig.
Re: Odds on....
Did it check behind the sofa?
I always read BOFH for the humor but looking through the door to our hell desk all I see is reality in this episode.
Are they going for the "People with funny shaped over-sized pockets" market now?
"Google has now removed the pliers, presumably at the behest of its tooled-up lizard overlords."
Damn, that was the only tourist attraction in West Bromwich.
You think inkjet refills are expensive - Pah
Wait until you have had the joys of using a Sinclair Thermal printer and buying rolls of the silvered paper for that not to mention the days it took to print anything out. Some progress is good.
It's not that much of a stretch to say the whole site is one giant advert.
Re: During the meanwhile ...
"why would a sexy wallpaper need access to my phone book?"
So young sexy single ladies can contact me directly instead of just randomly emailing my porn browsing account.
As the argument rages about this OS being safer than that OS with respect to nasties does anybody have any figures on how many viruses actually use windows as the directly attacked platform as opposed to using some third party program (Adobe & Java - looking at you) as the attack vector which then goes on to compromise the OS.
I suspect that 'modern' windows, say Versions 7 & 8, are actually very robust and the vast majority of the infections are due to third party applications.
I can see this as being a major flaw in 'phone and tablet OS'es where they request, and are inevitably given, permissions far in excess of those required for purely operational needs in the same manner as many windows programs have "needed" administrative permissions in the past and thus provided an easy foothold into the OS.
And the Lab was fined how much?
You all seem to have missed the obvious downside to all this. It means there is going to be a new series of "Pope idol" on TV.
Is the E-machine brand the same one as I remember as the biggest load of incompatible hardware ever thrown into a box and passed off as a computer in the history of box shifting or am I doing it a disservice?
Re: Oh, maaa-aaan, they really got this one wrong...
"The trademark application covers 10 classes of products including computers, jewellery, educational material, footwear, film streaming services and paper packaging for audio tapes."
I notice that you only name 6 classes of products, is one of the others for urine extraction plants?.
Your right they have come a long way.
£5 has changed into £50 to buy a game.
Originality has given way to re-skinned generic cloned games.
Tape to Tape copying is a bit of a waste of time nowadays.
Flogging and reflogging a dead horse with DLC was never part of there game plan.
Being abused by 12 year olds practicing there swearing was never a problem on the 8 bits.
Swapping playability and re-playability for shiny graphics.
I can see how years of progress has changed Activision for the better
I work in an organisation where HR is obsessive compulsive about all things politically correct regardless of the stupidity of the situation.
Recently Brother, our main printer supplier, has started to ship printers made in black plastic rather than the more normal cream. When we first saw these we all had a good laugh about the calls we would get about problems with the "black brothers". It should be added that two of the people most mocking of the situation happen to be of West Indian descent. Given the comedy value we agreed that the first few support calls we got for these printers should be handled by these two guys just for the laugh. They were all in favour of this and promised to report back.
A couple of days later some HR droid phoned up to whinge about problems with his new black brother (we had primed the helpdesk to ask users of the new printers what colour they were). One of the lads is duly dispatched to HR, arrives in the open plan office and loudly announces "Who's got a problem with a black brother". Apparently the only noise was that of jaws colliding with desks. He then announces "So, your all allright with the black brothers then?". More silence. "Right I'll close the call then" and walks out.
For some reason they never called back to reopen the call.
Re: The times
It's possible, though highly unlikely, that in some universe on some timeline Windows 8 will be a good operating system, we know that will never happen with Vista.
- Analysis Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update
- Opportunity selfie: Martian winds have given the spunky ol' rover a spring cleaning
- OK, we get the message, Microsoft: Windows Defender splats 1000s of WinXP, Server 2k3 PCs
- Spanish village called 'Kill the Jews' mulls rebranding exercise
- NASA finds first Earth-sized planet in a habitable zone around star