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"I give it a year."
I don't think many people will be streaming that film in HD.
"I really don't want to live on this planet any more."
That's a foolish attitude to have, Fab. You should not want Apple to live on this planet any more.
"I know a guy from the New York Army National Guard ..."
Frank, the difference between the guy from the Guard with his Army cartoon and Mr Gallant here is that your guy is only poking fun at his employer. Gallant is making fun of the people who called him for assistance. I don't know how things work where you are, but over here I would expect anyone in a customer-facing role who openly held customers in contempt to be fired for misconduct. Under the circumstances and given how few people had downloaded the game Gallant's employer should probably have given him a severe dressing down and told him to pull the game and replace it with an apology before moving directly to dismissal, but he can't complain about unfair treatment.
(That's not to say his customers weren't stupid, by the way - just that he should have kept his thoughts on the matter to himself.)
"you are on their database, as you are a customer. ..."
True dat, but a company that doesn't separate existing customers from potential new customers is so wilfully incompetent that they don't deserve business.
"a little more careful murdering people under the Stand Your Ground law "
Legal note (IANAL): SYG isn't the law that applies here. "Stand Your Ground" laws remove the duty to retreat from a public confrontation before using force if you are acting in defence of life, and are primarily invoked to allow white people to shoot black people - SYG has a habit of being thrown out as a defence when it's a black shooter or a white victim. This case is castle doctrine, which allows the residents of a property to defend themselves against intruders regardless of whether they believe their life is endangered.
An interesting way to drum up publicity
They might have wanted to try regular advertising first, though. I live in Aberdeen and I've never heard of this place. Not that I'll be trying it now - finding the advert before the restauarant, to me it feels more like a 25% surcharge for not being an Apple owner.
LoveFilm cold called me asking if I wanted to try a subscription. I informed them that I already had one, but would be cancelling it because they had cold called me and I don't do business with companies that use cold calling.
"Pencil and paper? No Spam either."
Sir, I submit that you have never had someone else doodle in your margins.
Pfft. It should have been the casbah.
"HMV was too expensive to survive"
Honestly, there is no need for further analysis beyond this. HMV have been selling their core products - CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays - at RRP. That's rendered them uncompetitive not only with online retailers but with every other remaining physical retailer as well. I could walk into my local independent music store and get The Wall Immersion Edition for £99 if I wanted it, while 100 yards away HMV are still asking the full £120.
When a chain store isn't able to compete on price with a single-outlet small business in the same town, you know there is mismanagement at work.
"Try again fanbois."
Normally I'd downvote your ignorance and move on, but as it's the OP's fault for not properly spelling out the scenario I'll correct him instead. The area of space through which the Kessel Run is made is dangerous because it's littered with black holes. The more powerful your ship's engines, the closer you can get to the black holes before you're unable to escape the gravity well - so being faster shortens your run as you can take a more direct line. Other, slower ships cannot take your route.
"They should offer us a choice though"
Samsung sort of do - the Galaxy S2 at least has an official extended battery which comes with a replacement back cover for the phone. With the extended battery the phone is about 1mm thicker. It's an option more companies should consider offering.
"Am I the only one that finds this just a little bit disquieting?"
Disquieting but not surprising. Ex-Disneyworld staff have referred to the place as "Mauschwitz". While that's slightly hyperbolic, Uncle Walt's Magic Kingdom really is not a very pleasant place.
"water has this nasty habit of changing it's density with pressure"
Yeah, another reason to use the metal kilo instead of water, although you could specify the pressure and temperature conditions for the water. On the other hand, water's freezing and boiling points can be altered and even the speed of light changes under certain conditions so the metre and degree Celsius really aren't any better.
We should all go back to Imperial measures. The area one man can plough with one ox in a day may be variable, but by gum, at least it's got history!
"Just how do you convert a physical entity to a mathematical scribble?"
In the case of the kilogram, with remarkable ease. If a metre is fixed by the speed of light, then a kilogram is also fixed because a kilogram is the weight of a volume of pure water 0.1m x 0.1m x 0.1m. The trick is getting pure dihydrogen oxide, of course, which is why the reference kilogram is made of platinum and iridium.
Worst broadband in the world? Well, no.
Because at 0.1Mbps, it isn't a broadband service. If memory serves, the minimum speed requirement for a service to be considered broadband is 160kbps. Services which cannot consistently attain that speed cannot legally be described as broadband.
"It's not very fucking useful."
And yet, still more useful than your post.
There are a lot of good reasons for going back to first principles, not least of which is because it gives a better understanding of those principles. Considered in that light EDSAC-2015 is not a computer, it's a map. If the writing is in big letters and it only shows main roads, that's to help you read it better.
"This was a well-organized, professional scam committed to make a profit".
True, but for the amount of effort involved, I don't think $15000 is a good return on the MPAA's investment.
Unhappiness with station environment facility staff
It's always the way, isn't it? The younger generation misunderstood by the old.
Re: Ouya is an onomatopoeic name
Even at cost a Tegra 3 chipset alone costs $25. That's a quarter of the price gone already. I've seen industry experts stating that they think it will cost at least $77 for parts per unit, leaving $22 for manufacturing costs, staff wages, warehousing and shipping. And remember, this is not a Sony-sized company that can get rock bottom prices on everything or sell as a loss leader.
"First Patrick, now Alex...not a good week."
And to round it off the trilogy of 1960s icons, we just lost Ravi Shankar as well.
"You've not needed it for the last 2000 years "
No, we didn't need a law to ensure security on the public internet (est. 1995) for the last 2000 years. By a bizarre coincidence, we also didn't need road safety laws before we invented cars.
Don't get me wrong, I agree completely that overly intrusive internet regulation must be avoided - but whack job logic like yours does not make it easier to persuade the typical member of the public who does not understand why it's a bad thing.
Silly big TVs
The article forgot to mention Panasonic's 4k2k plasma TV, the TH-152UX1W. As those familiar with Panasonic's naming structure will know, it's a 152-inch screen with all the bells and whistles. For those of you who have walls that can accommodate a TV which is 13 feet along the diagonal, it's a snip at a mere £600,000.
"What does a company gain from not commenting"
Plenty. It's a certainty that every HDD maker is developing drives above 3TB, but they'll want to have as much time as possible to do R&D and reduce the failure rate. If the rumours are true, then by admitting it WD let their rivals know the window in which they can get their drives out first. If the rumours are false, then by admitting it WD give their rivals the opportuniy to say "Well Western Digital may not be able to do it to that timescale, but we can!"
By leaving everyone in the dark about their plans until they're good and ready to announce them, rival companies are deprived of the ability to plan their schedule based on WD's.
"More than enough of that judgemental bollocks"
I think we can say with certainty that post-op male-to-female transsexuals have had more than enough of bollocks, and are doing very well without.
"Or, you know, not being a prejudiced caveman: 211.5 men, and 10.5 women."
Did you consider that some of the transsexuals may have been female-to-male?
Re: Star Citizen
From the guy who made Wing Commander and nothing good since, and the game has pay to win for Kickstarter backers only. Also, the last time Chris Roberts started up a studio was Digital Anvil. They announced four projects, two of which were never released and a third was released two years late with a lot of the promised features missing.
So yeah, look out for Star Citizen ... in 2016, and only if you've already bought it.
"It's best described as a rogue-like space game."
FTL is best described as "a totally random mess". I remember a roguelike where you had something like a 1 in 100000 chance to die instantly every time you went down a level. Up that chance to 1 in 50 and you have FTL. Don't waste a penny on it.
The Binding of Isaac, on the other hand, is well worth its tiny price. It can also be infuriating sometimes when you hit a bad run for items or get some nasty room layouts, but the RNG factor is at least held to a reasonable level.
"When will you people get bored of typing that on every bloody thread?"
We may stop when Apple patents it.
No, it still needs correction.
guilty people Daily Mail readers get set free believe what it prints."
"Thorin sits down and starts singing about gold."
You're a dead man, Vanni. I'm still scarred for life by that, since I discovered that you can put yourself into the chest in Bag End.
You see, if you climb into the chest then close it, the game very cleverly knows that it will be dark. Unfortunately, it being dark means you cannot see. So, despite being inside an unlocked chest, you can't get out again because you can't see it to open it. I spent far too long trying, and much if it went like this:
> THORIN, OPEN CHEST
Thorin ignores you.
> THORIN, OPEN CHEST
Thorin sits down and starts singing about gold.
> THORIN, OPEN CHEST
Thorin sits down and starts singing about gold.
In my next game, I discovered there is a very small chance that KILL THORIN will actually work.
"No mention of Hellblazer or Sandman?"
This is an article about comics for kids. I don't think two books that feature body horror, full frontal nudity and multiple rapes qualify somehow.
(And before you mention Watchmen and TDKR - they were mentioned only in the context of how they made it so comics weren't for kids any more.)
"Halo Jones probably needs the same thing."
If you want the whole run, The Ballad of Halo Jones is available as a single volume containing all three books.
"Never did find out how that finished..."
After the end of the Great War stories there was a second run in which a 40-year-old Charley volunteers for re-enlistment in World War II. It was planned to carry on deeper into the war, but sadly Joe Colquhoun's health began to fail to the point where he couldn't keep up with the art and it was felt that nobody could replace him. As a result, the story was wrapped up when Charley is wounded in the retreat from Dunkirk and leaves the forces. The last episode ends with him starting to tell the story of his service in the First World War, after which Battle began reprinting the stories from the beginning.
Charlie^W Simon forgot to tell a joke!
Of course, as a former IT bod I've had the reverse of this conversation many times. If you think lusers asking for things they can't have because they don't understand how complicated it is is infuriating, try talking to support staff who don't let you have things you genuinely need because they think it's far more complicated than it really is. There's a Japanese proverb: "A strategy not fully developed is the cause of grief". It's never been truer than when dealing with incompletely trained IT drones.
"Now you are slating them because there isnt a big queue"
When there are no queues for an Apple launch, it is not because Apple have stopped marketing massively overpriced, overhyped tat to fashion victims. It is because their naked greed has risen to the point that their customer base can no longer afford to buy all the tat - that, and the tat is so much tattier that even fashion victims won't buy it.
"What about Montgomery ?"
What about Montgomery? My grandfather was in Africa during World War II where he served in the First Army, and it always annoyed him that people think Montgomery and the 8th Army were the only ones there. If you want to put anyone on a bank note for the Tunisian Campaign make it General Sir Harold Alexander, who commanded it.
Re: Come back Douglas
"The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy has this to say on the subject of zombies..."
Also, as any fule kno Krikkit is not a H2G2 reference - it's a Doctor Who reference. Adams originally wrote the story for Who, later recycling it for H2G2 with Slartibartfast as the Doctor and the Starship Bistromath in place of the TARDIS. This is why the Wikkit Key plot bears a suspicious resemblance to the Key to Time arc of Who.
"that extra inch means you can hold the thing comfortably in one hand!"
And also counterbalances the inch that is lacking from the thing you're holding in the other!
(I'd get my coat, but apparently you're not allowed to wear one while being evil.)
"For "thing on a car roof" nothing beats a mate of mine"
He couldn't have been a very good mate if you left him on your car roof.
"Spare a thought for those who invested in an iPad 3"
Yes, think on how they'll be able to use all existing peripherals while people who buy an iPad 4 or Mini will have to replace theirs.
The manufacturers of iCade must be spitting teeth; their device is now obsolete, and due to its nature (it's an arcade-style case with joystick) you can't use an adaptor with it.
"my address was not suitable for Amazon Prime Delivery"
Your Amazon default address and your Prime delivery addresses are separate values. If you changed one without changing the other then this will cause problems.
I'm given to understand that Finland still uses teletext, so it's not gone forever. You'll just have to move to Finland. And learn to read Finnish.
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