47 posts • joined Thursday 31st May 2007 22:05 GMT
Re: Just a thought
was going to post exactly the same sentiment. Lead by being innovative. If others copy you, they are still
behind you, you still lead the curve and race - and imitation is the best form of flattery.
wife needed it
a month or so ago....
Old WinXP laptop died and replaced with little Windows netbook - she had CS2 and still needs it - so I went through the whole debacle of trying to install from CD/DVD package.... which couldnt activate. went to adobe site with her adobe account and found the info about CS2 licence and download. et voila. after many hundred MB of downloads a working CS2 on Windows Vista.... which turned into a working CS2 on Windows 7. After reading about the Adobe update tool and error codes found the clock/date fix which means it understands the update for eg photoshop so you get some patches.... funny, their licence servers are pulled and their X509 certs have expired too for update tool.
one thing I am cautious of though - these are old old products and if there are any vulnerabilities they are very unlikely to be fixed/patched now.. thats why CS3 et al came out after all. Am looking at free or cheaper alternatives for why CS2 had to be installed but not happy with any of the packages so far (I'm a big Linux fan so am aware of all the usual GPL tools ...but I am also realistic about their user friendliness ;-) )
I think the consumers have no choice - last time I looked, if you wanted decent features (freeviewHD, HD ready display, DNLA or smartTV, etc etc you can only get those on the bigger panels.
(there again, even bigger panels are missing vital features.... and I think they should have brought in a law to ensure that any HD TV sets that offer Freeview reception should have FreeviewHD receivers)
Bad week for Samsung's lawyers ?
no, Bad week for consumers.
Apple is using legal tactics to keep itself in a position which it acheived because no other
companies blocked their entrance...its called an Open Market. they are now sticking it to the other companies. If there were legitimate patents (ie ones that arent obvious, arent prior arent and are really cool and novel ways of doing things) then yes, they would have a case. ...talking of cases, I cant believe it will be next year when the case goes to court, the phones will all be old generation by then, Apple will have used this legal method to basically block any free competition.
as others have said, I expect Apple to start taking litigation against these same companies the moment
they launch a TV screen...probably along the lines of claiming all rights to high resolution screens
or a screen which has a motion detector built into it in a certain way.
my next phone is Android, my next tablet is Android - where I can choose which model and which manufacturer I like.
Given that TPB moved from being a torrent track system to simply a magnet file search system.....how long until courts tell ISPs to block access to Google (on which I can freely search for magnet links?). Eh? (in fact I can use Google to search for old fashion torrents too....and non secured cctv streams, peoples bank details etc etc)
80s computing with no real mention of the Amiga. launched int he middle of the decade and spanked all those other toys into touch....by the end of the 80's people could even afford them in the UK ..the amazing A500 batman pack dropped to 399 quid - which was, for that amount of compute, and incredible offer...and the start of computer/console + games bundle era.... still going strong with eg PS3/Xbox360 bundles...
Re: It's so clearly a turd - Windows for control freaks?
yes. to certain devices. and its not very easy to do..i think they hid it away because it is so 'old fashioned' to print things out (and its limited to a small subset of printers...wouldnt want all those users to complain that they cant actually print even though the device says 'print' ) ;-)
as others have said...shame they couldnt hit the printers properly with the business end of those tools. i think with a good strike with the long-handled axe you could go clean through an HP.
next video, VIVA LA REVOLUTION! stick those blue-blooded printers into madame Guillotine! ;-)
...only language they understand?
I think you'll find thats PCL6 ;-)
Re: Not writting it off....
I dont sleep next to my electric meter - its 2 floors down in the cellar...but I do sleep next to my mobile phone - on my bedside table. The smart meter is using GSM - my mobile phone has WiFi and 3G on. I'd still worry far more, like others have mentioned about the phone...given that its next to my brain for quite a large amount of time...and if not in use...right next to my chest in my coat pocket, yes, we'll find its a killer technology, literally, in maybe a few decades and a cause of new, currently unknown cancers...but we'll also find that other tech that we've lived around for a long time and these smartmeters ARENT a cause of ill health...and if used right should help save the human population from its own doom (peak oil gone, lack of any natural resources and all that good stuff) - people blocking the install should be charged more and pay for not having smart meters
one of the key points is that these (and many more missed out - especially the PixelJunk series) are
just as good, if not better than the big retail 40 quid games....and at 5 to 10 quid they are a sound investment into entertainment.
>As a result, such patents would typically need someone with a money truck handy to create commercial products
hmmm... not unlike all those patents that patent trolls sit on waiting for someone to actually
invest money and actually MAKE something. eg Intellectual Ventures who The Reg have mentioned a few times recently...dont actually make anything..they just sit on patents and get cash in from companies.
this Easy Access IP is the decent way of doing things
one of the better stores
this is pretty miserable news - i like Best Buy - they are one of the better tech retail stores
around and i've had some good purchases from them since they opened their store here in Nottingham.
now all we've got left is the DSG bunch of overpriced horrendous stores - and random tech stuff in tesco/ASDA/etc etc - horrible.
I wonder if it would have been better of they actually advertised more...word of mouth seems to have been their main method....and The Gadget Show was still DSG sponsored - that was the sort of spot that BestBuy should have grabbed.
oh well, online shopping only...along with MMC splitting up of DSG
gamecity 6 , nottingham
Anyone in the nottingham vicinity can go to gamecity6 and try out this game in a travelling EA game trailer/pod at the market square. I didn't as there are far more indie titles elsewhere that I personally prefer ... fez dez rez, for example , rocks my boat rather than another paint by numbers FPS
I got my 'personal computer' which was far more advanced than any PC or Mac in its day - and
it had draggable windows...all at different resolutions.... Amiga
of course, what happened to Amiga just as the iMac was being outed is probably the worlds biggest loss in terms of computing freedom and ability. Still...20 years later its still going - OS4 updates
keep coming out. the OS is exactly what others have been trying to make theirs operate like now for the past 20 years..
a little more advanced now
40Gb backbone with 10Gb to several of the campuses. The current JANET network is still made up of Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs) who have local expertise and knowledge..and their own dark fibre in many places - providing each campus with ethernet WAN is most places.
JANET is also ahead of the game for wireless roaming too - thanks to eduroam - 802.1X WPA enterprise wireless at all involved sites meaning that visitors to the eduroam SSID authenticate using their home site credentials - from wherever they are in the world.
7" formfactor is just right
I've always said that the 7" form factor is just right for 'on the move' tablet stuff, rather than eg sitting on sofa or at desk ...smaller sizes feel like overgrown smartphones and bigger ones are a balancing act or cause your wrist to be well exercised
I'm not surprised at lower battery life if the CPU is chucking that amount of horsepower around...perhaps they should have gone for eg eeepad transformer speeds? Wouldn't be surprised to see a large community around this one..perhaps performance tweak to improve such things by a magnitude eg underclocking mods/utils
If your network access was that slow, why would you want your own data on the other end of it? You wouldn't/couldn't enjoy eg streaming your flicks to your tablet on the sofa. Better a NAS in the cellar.. (unless you are serving it out to the world. I guess)
..you already can..
well, on Android you can. eg http://www.appbrain.com/app/pl.polidea.y5
no App2SD support - otherwise it'd be an instant purchase
PS don't care if its available for other platforms. you'd have to be a
bit of a twit to switch phone platform just for one nice little App - after all,
such an App could exist as a Cloud-based web application that you
simply e.g. tweet your photos to.
passwords stored encrypted?
>Industry practices dictate they should never be stored in clear text
...unless you're in France where theres a big fight going on against the Government who
want all passwords stored in plaintext on remote servers :-|
some smart phones are better...
after the Register coverage of the Orange San Francisco phone (aka 'ZTE blade') I popped out
and picked one up (for playing with...) 89 quid with mandatory 10 quid top-up (I think its 99 quid with 20 quid topup now...)
it lasts for over 5 days from a single charge when used as a enhanced phone (ie dont run data apps etc). thats actually not that bad!
@Bruce - yes, been following Diracs progress via BBC Backstage for quite some time now
mines still running strong
A1200 with PowerPC upgrade - 240MHz of 603e power and 256Mb of RAM - with a Voodoo3
card on PCI busboard expansion. yep - these things could be expanded WAYYYY beyond their original shape/design.
anyway, for those intrigued by the current AmigaOS etc then you could do worse than head on over to amigakit and look at the SAM440EP system with OS4.1 http://amigakit.leamancomputing.com/catalog/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=sam+flex+system
down with the union
when i was at Sussex Uni, every year a motion was brought forward to not pay the NUS
affiliation fee... it was always voted down primarily because of the 'we get cheap drinks'
argument.. with no cheap drinks I can see many bodies dropping their NUS affiliation.
that said, when I was at Uni, the Uni bars werent cheap - you could go into town (Brighton)
and get far more drink for your cash.. 2 for 1, half price, free shot with every pint etc etc.
yes, there was very cheap drink when i was a student - at least 1 quid per pint - and yet we didnt have issues with binge drinking in the early nineties as we seem to have now (or is it all just media hype?) - its not cheap drink..drink isnt that cheap (reports have said cocaine is cheaper ;-) )
theres a _reason_ why people are drinking themselves into stupors every wekeend in the UK - because life int he UK is currently quite sh*t and theres nothing better to do for a large proportion of the population.
history teaches us lessons. if we dont learn from history what hope do we have? not that long ago a similar portion of the population used to wpend their free hours in gin houses drinking the cheapest mind-bending stuff they could. those 2 were the days when the poor were porr and the rich were very rich and thousands died of curable illnesses. ah yes, and now its 2009 and its all the same again.
wou;dnt be running old firmware anyway!
these software releases are fairly old - anyone keeping up with bug-fixes,
features etc would already be running the latest firmware anyway
of course, you'll then hit the caveats and bugs in the newer release - but
at least those ones aren't known/published yet! ;-)
not really an issue
This is really a non-issue. Nintendo gamers have already had to buy the nunchuck addon alongside the WiiMotes for a lot of games - and those are pricey. This , i doubt,
will be any more cash.
And anyway, most Nintendo gamers will probably rush out to buy Sports Resort which
will come with the required add-on gyroscope extension anyway. moot point me thinks.
At end of day, this sort of controller requirement is fully workable; you don't see too many complaints about having to buy the guitar for GH, the mics for singing games etc - and whilst the wiimote can be used for other 'board' games - the real board (as used in WiiFit) brings a far more rewarding experience. I , for one, will prefer the advanced experience with this dongle than play the games with basic. This aspect is the annoying one - the current games would also be improved if they could use this new better sensor too (I'd even go out to buy Red Steel at Lego Star Wars - they suck with the current WiiMote only!)
gaming is a must!
Agree wholeheartedly with ANtti - this is ideal for head-to-head gaming - no chance the other player can 'cheat' by seeing what you are doing.... or could be used in quiz games etc so others cant see your answer
hmm, sorry, someone who uses firefox is labelled as a freetard?
but I cant recall paying for IE6 or IE7 - it came free too - with the Windows OS.
does that make me a 'freetard' if i use that too? great!
perhaps I'm supposed to PAY for a web browser? What I CRAZY idea. Its the sort of stupid thing I did when when Voyager browser became available on the Amiga.
hello. 1998 called. they want their 'pay for the browser' mentality back now.
wirelessHD is the real answer to your requirement Bemi
3Gbits of data xfer speed - to increase up to 25gbit through
the next couple of years. plenty to move HD video around
whilst doign lots of other stuff.
details microsoft gains
Peter - have you never sniffed the TCP/IP traffic from a PC when opening
a document with microsoft office? very enlightening!
next gen - you are all wrong
quick fact. Wii is the same generation as xbox 360 and PS3 - look
at the release cycles and the previous console release cycles.
quick fact 2 - NONE of them are 'next generation' - as they now all exist and have been in the market for over a year! They are therefore correctly described as 'current generation'
when will we start seeing them correctly described as thus?
(any pedants out there need me to publish the full generation cycle for consoles since 1988?)
not many people have a clue as to what the 'next generation' consoles will be like. a few obvious guesses point to built in networking, HD gfx output, multiple CPU architecture, motion sensitive wireless controllers with feedback. other than that...
regarding the 'next gen' i think another posted has correctly stated that we wont see advances made in the gfx/sound - a lot of gamers dont care for more photorealism...the future will give us more unique control aspects, better AI, better multiplayer options etc - i'd propose systems that have dual display outputs etc might enter the console gaming mix.
t'other day my wife shocked me by revealing her hours of working with a CMS... Umbraco. http://umbraco.org/ - turned out to be open source and quite useable too. I'm going to investigate it further - as currently I've got a lot of Drupal, Joomla and PHP-Nuke sites.. some need migrating and updating.
so...after all these years and still Pure Digitals 'The BUG' is stil to be compared against as the standard bearer?
SDCARD recording (MP2 of course!) with pause/rewind etc. external antennae connector, Digital output, stereo speakers, multi function alarm clock, program guide etc.
its wierd though, patching a radio with firmware.....
they host their site on a nice server farm - each one responds with a different
server 'identity' - i've just talked to their Dragon 32 , their C64 and their MSX.
its a nice/neat/geeky way of ID'ing each machine in such a setup
SP nice to see the Amiga going strongly in this thread. mine's hardly a classic - 240MHz PowerPC 603e with voodoo3... not what most people recall as Amigas
(those A500 with sensi soccer or monkey Island 2 - aka 12 diskettes of doom)
if they'd had half a clue they could have installed the mesh wireless onto these devices as they were deployed......logistics eh? ;-)
I'm for the other comments regarding just replacing the head-units of the old