252 posts • joined Thursday 24th June 2010 10:01 GMT
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Indeed, I'm not usually a BBC-basher, I don't mind paying my license fee. But Rory Cellan-Jones is nauseating. If you put him and Stephen Fry in a room together, the universe might well disappear up it's own backside as a result of the ensuing "smug IT pseudo-expertise" critical mass event.
Re: This will either save PC gaming or kill it.
Pretty sure you can just launch XBMC through steam's big picture UI, problem solved.
E L James (50 shades of Grey) would beg to differ. Her work comes from this 'fan fiction' background, and sold very nicely.
Re: About gameplay and atmosphere
Brogue is good. But half of the appeal of nethack is how precisely "un-streamlined" it is, all the silly little touches and obscure details and tricks give it character.
Except for the spelling, it's "Cthulhu".
Re: Raising Skinny Elephants
"Reboot Even If System Utterly Broken" is the one I recall.
Re: I wish the competition commission would do something useful instead...
What you are failing to take account of there is the completely dominant position of Amazon in the e-commerce marketplace. You say "they just can't list it on Amazon if they do" as if that's a non-issue, however for many small companies (not the one I work for thankfully, as we have a brand and a long-established customer base of our own) selling on Amazon is the only way to stay in business; not selling on Amazon is effectively not an option if they wish to continue to pay the Mortgage.
"There is no reason for Amazon to not protect it's customers by asking retailers to ensure that they are not charging more on Amazon than through another outlet"
There is a very good reason for Amazon to not do this: this is price fixing. Don't just take my word for it, the OFT seems to agree.
And if you think that this activity s 'to protect the customers' you are hopelessly naive. For reasons explained several times throughout this discussion, the end result of this activity is higher prices for the consumer, because smaller retailers are basically having to build the Amazon tax into products even when selling them elsewhere than Amazon.
Re: price comparison sites
Spot on. The net effect of this policy was a global increase in retail costs to the public. This is because retailers were forced to bump their "own" prices up to match the "Amazon price" if they wanted to list on Amazon, and the Amazon price was necessarily higher because AMZ takes a significant percentage fee from each transaction. This is good news for customers and for small retailers, and it's very good to see the OFT actually doing something to protect the UK economy from an aggressive tax avoiding "global megacorp" here.
Re: Price competition?
Exactly what the guys above said. I work in an online retailer, in an industry where margins are typically low (10% difference between retail and cost price typically). If we wanted to list on Amazon, we (formerly) had to bump up the price on our own store to include the 'Amazon tax' if we wanted to list a product on Amazon.
This change means that we can now list our products at our own prices on our own site, and also list them on Amazon with the 'Amazon tax' built in to the Amazon listed prices. So the prices will be cheaper on our own site than on Amazon, with the benefit to the customers of Amazon of course being that it provides a single marketplace/comparison site - but those customers might now have the option of finding the product listed cheaper elsewhere by cutting out the middle-man, which is of course exactly what Amazon were trying to prevent.
Re: It'll be the..
"Crap attempt. They already invented that."
Except that they didn't. The Xerox Alto says "hi!".
Re: MacRumours: Android grows to 80% of market, iOS drops to 13%
"Is this "report" just a very clever but desperate attempt to disguise this fact?"
That's exactly what it is. Cherry pick some fruit-friendly figures and pretend that everything is going swimmingly.
Pretty sure you know what I mean. There are likely still jaquard loom enthusiasts out there too, but that doesn't prevent it, or the Amiga, from being very much legacy technology.
I loved the Amiga, and at the time both the hardware and the O/S were way ahead of the competition. But those days are gone, and now it's of interests to retro computing enthusiasts (who I understand and applaud) and small minority of cranks who refuse to accept that things have moved on.
Just what I was thinking.
There were graphics akin to this (ok not quite so pretty, but still filled polygons) in Zarch/Lander back in 1987 on the Archimedes
In 1993, when this was released, the Amiga was nearing the end of it's lifespan, but back in 1989 I was playing Stunt Car Racer - with not drastically worse graphics than this - which even had a "networked" multiplayer mode over a null serial cable.
The GPU-in-the cartridge trick is quite neat though, if a bit bizarre :).
@LDS "but it's true it's not a device for everybody"
To judge by the truly staggering losses being made, it's a device for barely anybody.
I can appreciate that hardware-wise it actually is a nice bit of kit, but I would never go near it personally because of the boot lockout, even if they were to drop the price to sane levels.
Copying is not Apple's vocabulary
... they are 'innovating retroactively'.
I sense a disturbance in the force. You are a user of the operating system known as 'emacs', I suspect? :) I understand that there are plans to add an editor to that, one day?
In VI you can easily remap the number of spaces per tab, I would imagine most new-fangled editors have the same option somwhere.
Which is precisely why you should use tabs instead of spaces, actually. Because then someone else who dislikes reading compacted two-space-indent code can view it the way they want when they open it in their own editor.
Dear god, your poor mouse wheel!
"Well, they're wrong. Braces come in pairs and should be visually paired up by putting them in matching columns. Putting the first one at the end of the line is just stupid."
Having the brace pairs match up doesn't really matter, though - having the closing brace line up with the relevant function/method/class/other language construct is what actually counts. As such your extra newline just makes for more whitespace - probably you are the sorts of programmers who judge your success by line count, the higher the better? ;)
On the other hand I'm a former paid JAPH, and as such spent years working with code which looked like an explosion in a punctuation factory - and loved it - so my opinion on this matter can safely be ignored.
"Seemingly if a user account (especially an admin/moderator account) is compromised then there is nothing much that can be done apart from limiting what those accounts can do in the first place"
That's very true. The issue is that vbulletin is really not a very security-minded application, it's a 'kitchen sink' forum application which is designed to provide any features a forum owner might want. Basically if you have admin access to it you have been given full access to the server, especially through the 'hooks' mentioned in the article - at the absolute minimum the Ubuntu sysadmins really should have disabled that feature.
The mistake Ubuntu made was being lazy and choosing to use vBulletin rather than writing their own custom forum application, compounded by their failure to properly review the vbulletin configuration from a security perspective - not a very big project given the wealth of development talent available to them. Considering that they are asking he public to stump up 30 million dollars to help them develop a smartphone right now they really need to take a little more care.
And I say this as someone who's really not anti-ubuntu, or anti-vbulletin, I have used the former at home and the latter at work.
That's either deeply misinformed or deeply misleading. If you're saying (as you seem to be) that the web is a more dangerous place than usenet was, then yes, strictly you are correct. It's also true that our motorways today are much more dangerous than the bridleways of the eighteenth century.
Yes, using a browser on a windows machine is considerably more risky than using rn on a soliaris box in the early 90s was, but this is hardly evidence 'web applications are evil' unless you are writing from a 'back to nature, progress is evil, smash the machines' viewpoint, in which case I have to wonder how you managed to make this post in the first place.
Given that Step 3 is probably..
3) Permanently lose the use of your hand when it fails spectacularly.
..I'm not sure that your step 4 is accurate.
Re: Raises hand...
I think the point being made was more that many people don't care about the wide availability of 15,000 fart apps, and are mostly happy to use the apps which come as standard with the phone.
I mean, I'm an alpha nerd who was compiling kernels by hand back when linux came on 22 floppies, but I still don't really have the time or inclination to mess around with my current smartphone (nexus 4) much. So although in theory I am glad to own an unlocked phone which I can potentially tinker with, actually for 99.9% of the stuff I use the phone for, a winphone would probably do the job just as well despite a much smaller pool of apps.
Re: And yet the NSA never even noticed?
Not this, unless the data in question was slurped from government systems.
Re: Sorry if it contravenes the 'Linus is God' mindset ...
Actually she's not a volunteer and she's not working for free, she is in fact being paid by Intel.
Sure, the man is no diplomat. But on the other hand, his occasional habit of letting loose when people who should know better make stupid mistakes has probably saved us (as in the many people in the world who depend on linux one way or another) from a lot of grief and annoyance.
In short: "Boo Hoo, someone shouted at me over the internet because I messed up". These people presumably have never been on xbox live, they would have a breakdown in minutes.
Personally I like the fact that Torvalds is human and not just some faceless corporate drone.
Re: There are many LED matrices
Assuming you mean me, I dunno - I'm just a code monkey :) But we're not on the highstreet so probably the latter.
Re: There are many LED matrices
"But non-free S&H often ruins an otherwise decent price."
As someone working for a non-tax-avoiding UK online retail business, I often wonder how people have come to the conclusion that all shipping should be free nowadays. Sadly, none of the couriers we work with are prepared to move our stuff around the country without requiring some kind of payment in return (how selfish of them!). Perhaps you know of some secret underground network of couriers who act out of sheer goodwill? If so please let me know!
And yes, I know why people expect this nowadays: Amazon. But surely you must logically understand that the only way this can be achieved is either through sticking markup on items to cover the margins, or by making savings elsewhere such as nominally running all your profits through the "greater republic of nonexistia", and thereby making the UK taxpayer pay for the shipping anyway, albeit indirectly.
Research is hard
1. Google for 'Google SSD'.
2. Click first link.
"Go back to bed, America. Your government has figured out how it all transpired. Go back to bed, America. Your government is in control again. Here. Here's American Gladiators. Watch this, shut up. Go back to bed, America. Here is American Gladiators. Here is 56 channels of it! Watch these pituitary retards bang their fucking skulls together and congratulate you on living in the land of freedom. Here you go, America! You are free to do as we tell you! You are free to do what we tell you!"
Stephen Mangan would be another reasonable choice in a somewhat Cumberbatchian vein. Slightly more bonkers, which is always good for a doctor.
Re: New Dr.
Bill Nighy - yes please! Unfortunately I think we're going to see another young doctor because they seem pretty settled on having romantic overtones between every doctor and assistant pairing nowadays.
That's not really fair to Ruby (the programming language) though, this is a failure of Rails (the application framework). You can write insecure applications in Java, too.
Way to completely miss the point. This wasn't built in order to provide a lot of processing power for the price. It was done as an economical way to provide a platform on which the PhD student could develop massively parallel software without having to share access to the university's "real machines". In case you still don't get it, this was NOT his PhD project, it was something he built to help him with his PhD project.
Re: No surprise here - It is DRM that increases piracy
So, you've seriously convinced yourself that there is no extra inherent cost associated with chopping down thousands of trees, pulping them, pressing them into flat sheets, running those flat sheets through machines which cut them to an appropriate size, printing ink onto those smaller sheets, gluing those sheets together, and finally physically distributing all those heavy objects to thousands of locations throughout the target country.
That horse is dead.
Please desist from flogging it.
The boat already left, and Microsoft weren't on it.
Re: I'm gonna start up my own social network
I've always preferred 'Twatter'.
Also 'Arsebook', and the useful portmanteau 'FaceTwatter'.
Re: 'specialist' eh?
Securing one machine is relatively easy. Securing every machine out there, many of them running (for example) ancient copies of XP which haven't had a patch in years, is basically impossible. What you're saying is correct, but it's not an easy problem to fix.
Re: last paragraph...
The article you quote states that "Apple’s iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S together accounted for 1 in 5 of all smartphones shipped worldwide in Q4 2012". Obviously that's impressive, but I don't see that you can really describe it as 'dominating the sales' in the way that they used to. Clearly Apple "own the profits" as you say, but since they don't seem to do much with it other than store it off-shore from the US so as to not pay tax, I'm not sure that this really matters much in terms of the article concerned.
I have owned both Apple and Android smartphones and currently own neither, so really I'm not deeply bothered, but as a 'neutral observer' it still seems to me that the market is distinctly shifting away from Cupertino and towards the little green robot guy. Perhaps I'm just wrong, I guess time will tell.
At any rate, I get the strong impression that you care more about this than I do so I'll leave you to it :).
Re: last paragraph...
The thing you are missing is that not so long ago Apple WAS the smartphone market, more or less, with more apple phones selling than all android phones combined. The article you linked lists an 'others' figure, which will be almost entirely android smartphones, with a number which dwarfs the units shifted by Apple. So the trend is most definitely towards Android gaining market share.
As someone working in retail for a company with margins (i.e. difference in cost and retail price) typically around 10%, I can forsee some major problems with your 'tax everyone 10% turnover' plan..
Re: Google Doing Good Things
The point is not to teach them about how specific applications on computers work such that they can become effective office drones in 10 years time. The idea is to inspire a new generation to tinker with the nuts and bolts and teach themselves about computers from the ground up, in the way that many of us did with 8 bit computers back in the 80s.
Whatever your thoughts on FOSS vs. Microsoft or whatever is, there is no doubt that Linux provides more (i.e. complete) access to it's internals than commercial software.
Re: Looked good...
Curious to know what you're doing that requires more than 4GB. That's plenty for regular office tasks.
Re: Beats me
The Kilogram is really no more of a specific physical entity than a Meter, what is important is that as a unit of measurement it should be constant such that measurements taken today hold true tomorrow.
Because of this such a unit of measurement should be based upon universal constants rather than a single physical object subject to the tender ministrations of entropy. This chunk of metal may be a physical entity, but the conceptual kilogram (which is vastly more important than some historical conglomeration of atoms) is a mathematical entity.
Re: "popular Japanese Reddit clone 2channel"
Came here to mention this, you beat me to it. For those who aren't sure why this is nonsense: 2channel was established in 1999, and was already very popular when reddit was established 2005.
Re: This and many other reasons...
Linus is just providing an unusual frank form of 'peer review', which is why the linux kernel is actually a very robust piece of software. In a many more 'traditional' development environments bad code gets allowed through because everyone is busy just watching the clock and dealing with their own little jobs, and nobody steps forward to say "sort this sh*t out" when it's actually necessary.
Re: getto fan install
Looks like a perfectly regular case fan which has been fitted to the case using the ventilation slot provided by the case manufacturers for an additional fan. Most cases, including the very high end ones (which, admittedly, this one isn't) don't come with fan slots fully populated, instead they provide locations for enthusiasts to mount their own fans as required beyond the basic number which they provide with the case.
I doubt very much that the 120mm case fan was the cause of the fire, and I don't really see why you are calling it 'getto' (sic). If the ventilation was (badly) self-drilled or the fan was stuck to the case with sellotape that would be 'ghetto', but I can see nothing particularly out of the ordinary in those pictures.
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