Not after Destiny. Stephen Merchant in Portal 2 was much better.
(Or maybe Dinklage correctly saw that Destiny wasn't all it was cracked up to be?)
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Not after Destiny. Stephen Merchant in Portal 2 was much better.
(Or maybe Dinklage correctly saw that Destiny wasn't all it was cracked up to be?)
As Q: "Bond, have you tried turning her off and on again?"
Chiwetel Ejiofor looks pretty hard in Triple 9, albeit with a big dose of vulnerability.
Mark Strong playing a Bond-esque British agent as a straight role opposite Sacha Baron Cohen:
Ridley Scott on Mark Strong's performance in Body of Lies: "a marvel of exotic suavity and cool insinuation"
Roger Ebert on the same: " I particularly admired the work of Mark Strong as the suave Jordanian intelligence chief, who likes little cigars, shady nightclubs and pretty women, but is absolutely in command of his job."
Sean Bean was a 00 agent though, albeit one gone wrong. [Goldeneye]
The 'working class Bond' concept was played with in 'Kingsman'. Really though, the whole point of Bond was escapism - fantasies of fine food and travel for readers in ration-book Britain, and the idea that 007 could hob-nob with rich evil elites without arousing suspicion. But hey, if you want an accent other than Received Pronunciation, may I suggest Timothy Spall?
with Rich Fulcher as Felix Leiter.
Damn you, I've just spent ten minutes trying to find Richard Ayoade as Dean Learner as Thornton Reed - with shotgun - on YouTube!
I would also love to watch classic Bond scenarios featuring Matt Berry as 007...
'Man to Man with Dean Learner' shows that Ayoade already has his own tuxedo... and damn you Channel 4 for blocking YouTube videos. Also damn you for requesting Comedy Central geoblock the UK even though you stopped showing the Daily Show. And damn you for replacing the excellent comedy you did in the nineties with Big Brother.
No problem with being a female (indeed, if you search the Reg forums for her name, you'll see the OP but yours that mentioned her was from me), but an American?
But hey, voice coaches do wonders these days, and any lingering trace of her native accent could be ascribed to her character having spent time studying in the US, or on secondment with the CIA or whatever.
It's annoying that few TVs have a DP input, whilst few PCs - or modest graphics cards - have HDMI 2.0 outputs. Hopefully a Home Theatre PC graphics card (i.e small and silent for video and 4K desktop duties, but not gaming) will arrive in time.
Or maybe this will be the better solution:
I don't know, I haven't tested it. (The three buyers who left reviews on Scan.co.uk suggest it does what it says on the tin)
Every new TV should include a small IR blaster - the size of a coin - with just one button: On/Off. This blaster will have an adhesive back so that it can be affixed to one's PVR/Satellite/Cable Box remote controller.
TVs have a 'wake on HDMI signal'.
The TV remote does little more than turn it on and off - the rest is done through the Humax PVR remote. The PVR remote can double as the TV remote, but the step of pushing [TV] [On] [PVR] [On] confuses and infuriates my dad.
[Off Topic: My mum is merely confused when watching the TV and it suddenly says 'Spotify' - a result of my dad in the next room selecting the wrong device from his phone ( I named the Chromecast Audio dongle in the kitchen 'Kitchen'... I don't know what else I can do). ]
>If I want to search for/look at a YouTube video when seated at the TV, I'd rather do it on the TV than go fire up some other device. So I'm rather annoyed at this development.
It sucks that something that did work now works no more. However, a Chromecast dongle - using as it does a phone, tablet or computer for text input - makes searching for Youtube videos so much easier than using a standard IR remote that I don't begrudge the extra power consumption. It also more than makes up for the time it takes for the Chromecast to boot up.
That said, our new Samsung TV presents itself as a Chromecast device, making Google's dongle redundant for the time being. The PlayStation 3 offers similar functionality from the Youtube app on an Android or iOS device.
> [Microsoft] is solely responsible for the decline of PC sales,
MS has caused me as much exasperation and frustration as the next user, but I have to suggest that at least part of the decline in PC sales is that older PCs are still fit for purpose.
My five year old Core 2 Duo w/ 4GB RAM is still happy to do 3D CAD work, as well as office and video tasks... for sure, a newer and faster machine will complete ray trace renders quicker, but that itself isn't reason for me to go out and drop £1,000 on a new PC.
MS have clearly made some infuriating and bewildering decisions over the decades, so you don't need to exaggerate!
Hmm... it appears you can use Win7 in a VM without contravening the licence. What isn't allowed is using the same Win 7 licence for both the host OS and guest VM.
>But the license doesn't allow that...
Does it not? Genuine question.
>a phage isn't a bacterium, it's a virus.
Quite right. Maybe the writer got confused by phage being an abbreviation bacteriophage - a virus that 'eats' bacteria?
>The Grid still looks modern and can be used in future Sci-Fi movies.They just need to put in a UHD colour screen and a new motherboard with a modern CPU.
Or they could just leave the GRiD in its original state and insert a new display in post-production! :)
>Never understood why they removed the robot sentries (and Ripley's search for her daughter) from the original film.
Commonly cited reasons given for films in general are:
- Potential cinema audiences can be put off by films over a certain length
- Theatres want shorter films to allow more showings per day
- The pacing and rhythm of a film
These days, many DVD releases are longer than the Theatrical Cut without even advertising the fact - people are more comfortable on their own sofas with a Pause button for toilet breaks.
Pacing is more an art than a science - the 3 3/4 hour long Apocalypse Now Redux 'flows' better than the original, whilst Cameroon was right to remove a scene of a cocooned Burke from the third act of Aliens - just as Scott omitted a cocooned Dallas scene towards the end of Alien - because it just broke the momentum.
The GRiD was in Aliens, but only in the Special Edition edit of the film that was released some years after the theatrical release. Should you be be scratching your heads and thinking "What drone guns?" it is likely you've only seen the TV broadcast version! :)
The director James Cameroon featured another strange portable computer, the Atari Portfolio, in his film Terminator 2 - a device developed in Surry, UK, and licensed to Atari. John Connor uses it to hack an ATM, and later a vault in the Cyberdyne lab.
>Are we into mass production (tonne lots) [of Carbon Nano-Tubes] yet?
*It depends upon how sir would like his CNTs. How long d'ya want them? How consistent, how pure? What's your application? Do you want them for their electrical properties, or for their mechanical or electrical properties? What's sir's taste in substrate, if any? We regret to inform sir that we currently have no mile-long tubes available for extreme engineering projects...
>So why are they aiming at a couple of minor niche markets when they could seemingly take over the entire world's memory and storage markets?
Because some of the advantages of non-volatile RAM would be currently wasted in mass-market devices such as desktops and phones. One these devices are designed to take advantage of it, the market will grow and prices will drop - a virtuous circle. There's always been games of chicken and egg in IT! :)
>Speed increases will, doubtlessly, be noticeable but does this then move the bottleneck to the system bus and or HDD/SDD and how many years before the price makes this technology practical for us home users?
Good questions, for which clues to some answers can be found in the history of the tech we use today. Already you can buy mass storage that sits on your PCIe bus instead of your SATA.
Some advantages, such as an 'instantly wake from a non-power consuming sleep state' might require a tweak to the computers power management system and CPU. The lower power consumption is of greater benefit to embedded and mobile applications than to desktops, though.
In the mid term, a technology that is as fast as RAM and as non-volatile and capacious as a HDD will change how a desktop computer is designed fundamentally. That is, why have separate RAM and mass storage?
Whilst you might not consider yourself an expert, you know better than others where the bottlenecks already are in your system, in relation to the tasks you put it to.
Phoenix/MVS is remembered for the responses that it gave to its HELP command. One such was the response to the command HELP GOD, to which Phoenix/MVS would reply "Deities must be invoked directly and not via Phoenix MVS."
>confused about the above comment , i'd think they'd love people to use weaker password words
Strategically, the UK Gov might want more data, but doesn't want its citizen's (and corporate organisation's) data to be snaffled by some other nation states.
RightStallionCellClip it is then! :)
The DSP will be doing more work when its 'view' changes - i.e when the wearer moves or rotates their head. When the wearer moves or rotates their head, there will be more airflow.
I'm assuming that Hololens production won't ramp up until MK II or III or whatever - so there's some scope to fab at process sizes smaller than 28nm.
> Maybe they should have just gone for an ARM-based SOC instead of a custom thing with an Atom on the side, Windows 10 is supposed to be cross-platform after all.
Quite a few of the software partners are used to developing for x86:
Not sure why you suggest an ARM-based chip in place of this custom DSP - even phones use GPUs that aren't ARM-based.
The law was changed in the UK, ohh, about ten years or more ago. It was in the news and everything.
The recent Karl Urban one was very good, but we only saw a bit of MegaCity One - and other than him passing Anderson's probation, it was presented as being just another day for Dredd. A great shame that no sequels are planned, though Karl Urban is keen - even suggesting that he could do one in a decade or two, portraying different parts of Dredd's career.
The Stallone film, whilst blaspheming, is worth watching for the production design and more ambitious scope - we go to Cursed Earth, even if its poorly realised. Stallone has since apologised for not making the film as it should have been.
Still, we'll always have RoboCop (emotionless lawman in a satirised world), and Dirty Harry (Clint being an influence on Dredd)
You didn't spot the tongue in a cheek, kryptylomese? :)
>Of course all I know about this historic literary figure is what was in that episode of Blackadder III, so I'm no more refined than the next lout.
Just to add to your knowledge of the man, Johnson was fond of insulting the Scottish and Scotland. I've yet to learn why.
>Just out of curiosity why didn't you use Muslims have for Women Imams instead of "Samuel Johnson had for women preachers", given there are Women Preachers and there's zero Female Muslim Imams.
Your curiosity didn't extend to clicking the link? The alternate analogy you provide wouldn't express the nuance of the author's views.
Johnson: "Sir, a woman's preaching is like a dog's walking on his hind legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all."
>Will it insist on putting the side lights on even when it's sunny? Easy to bypass with a switch on the dash!
Why would you want to turn them off? Daytime Running Lights have been shown in studies to improve safety for years*. Even your own observations as a driver should tell you they substantially increase a car's visibility in most driving conditions. Even on bright sunny days, when a road moves through areas of shade, DRLs really help other drivers a, spot you, and b, better judge your speed. If you haven't observed this, then I hope driverless cars arrive sooner rather later.
The number of people (usually in grey or silver cars) who don't turn on their lights in dusky, misty or rain-spray conditions is incredible. It's almost as if they want to be invisible on the motorway.
*The first study of DSLs I read of in New Scientist, about fifteen years ago, was conducted in Australia. I'm assuming you have a rough idea of the difference in visibility conditions between New South Wales and, for example, South Wales...
Indeed he is, and you can sense his anger. Rather than a retelling of a Le Carre novel, this shenanigans could be from the pages of one of his recent books, such as 'A Most Delicate Truth'
>I don't see why this would change anything wrt the pushback from equipment manufacturers and network operators that is slowing the rate of updates to a crawl.
Because with a different OS architecture, you could update more parts without waiting for an SoC vendor to release a binary blob to an ODM.
>I can't tell whether you're joking. QNX as a mobile OS died with Blackberry's smartphone
And QNX lives on as it has for decades, battle tested, real time - and a tenth the size of Linux. Google are happy of there are devices around that inform them about their users, but those devices don't have to be phones.
Still, it'll probably save them headaches if they roll their own OS.
>The real reason they can't distribute updates quickly is because they let the OEMs customize it, thus they depend on the OEMs to port their changes onto new versions before they can be released.
Doug, you're forgetting a few stages, such as the chip set vendors creating binary blobs that are them passed onto the ODMs.
>Worse still I can find no evidence it [http://www.pwbelectronics.co.uk/product/cream/cream.html] is a spoof Someone has reinvented snake oil sales for the 21st century.
No proof of a spoof, but all evidence points that way:
Free sound improving techniques:
Plain piece of paper under one of four feet.
Pinning back one corner of a curtain.
Plain piece of Blue paper under any vase of flowers or any pot plant in the listening room.
Tying a Reef knot.
Freezing using a domestic deep freezer.
Pieces of quarter round wooden doweling in all right angles.
Aligning the slots in screw heads.
>So when you buy a TV, you have to peer at the specs to find out if they are kilopixels or kibipixels? Stuff that.
Don't bother, just look for the UHD tag - that'll mean that it is 3,840 x 2,160 and that's all that most available content will take advantage of.
Then look at your viewing habits and environment - do you watch TV in a well lit room, or is it in a darkened cave for cinema-style film viewing? This has a bearing on which display technology will be most suitable.
After that, just make a decision about whether you want to spend extra for UHD Premium and/or Dolby Vision - these refer to the colour and dynamic range. Do note that the UHD term alone means that a TV will likely offer superior colours and dynamism than your older TV anyways.
The BBC are making Planet Earth II (narrated by David Attenborough) in UHD. It's due to be broadcast later this year, hopefully with a UHD BluRay to follow.
I know it's not David Lean, but like Lawrence it should have some spectacular scenery in it! :)
> Googling "IPS glow" should give you some pretty extreme illustrations.
I don't need to Google it, I've seen it! :D Very noticeable when watching 'letter-boxed' content (i.e a movie whose aspect ratio is different to that of my old LCD/LED screen. The 'black bars' at the top and bottom of my screen are not black, and can be easily seen against the background if the room's lights are turned off.
My friend's OLED TV is a different matter. You just cannot discern any letterboxing at all in a dark room - which is what you would expect. It really does make for a better film viewing experience, especially during darker scenes. He knew his viewing habits, weighed up the benefits against the cost and made decision.
However, read up on it - if you use your TV for watching football on a Saturday afternoon for example, you might be better served by the greater maximum brightness of a modern LED set.
>But how does it offer "greater dynamic range"? It is a TV with pre-recorded content, OLED and black is black, white is white. How can they "increase" that via the source data or by changing from 8bit to 10bit colour? They can't. ;)
How? Because UltraHD includes the Rec 2020 colour space specification, at either 10 bit or 12 bit per pixel. The specs cover the content, not just the final display output.
'White' is not the brightest. For a demonstration of a file having more information that the display device, just download a *.EXR or *.HDR image file, view them in PhotoShop (Gimp users need a fork called CinePaint) and play with the slider in the bottom left hand corner - it is akin to adjusting the exposure of a camera. Such files are used as environment maps in 3D raytracing, because light sources depicted in the images have their brightness defined by the extra bits per pixel - thus the rendered object will have highlights and shadows. To a lesser extent, many RAW files will also contain more information than most monitors can display.
If you reread my original post, you'll see that I said that UltraHD TVs have greater dynamic range, not '4K' TVs per se. That was very deliberate distinction, though of course most '4K' sets will soon conform to UHD (the first 4K sets were sold before the standards were finalised).
>The UHD/4K provides better resolution.
UHD is a set of standards that include resolution *and* colour space, including a greater dynamic range.
>The OLED provides better dynamic range. (Black has always been black, white has always been white, everything else is false advertising)
OLED does allow for proper black (each pixel is its own light source), but there are techniques that increase the dynamic range of LED sets (effectively 'local dimming'). LED sets still won't have the absolute black of OLED, but they have greater absolute brightness. This is accounted for by UHD standards.
>TL:DR, the advertisers and marketers are very good at using the wrong words to describe real changes, and you seem to have fallen for it.
I'm not clear what you think I've fallen for. Your post suggests that you think UHD only covers resolution. The idea that 'black is black and white is white' applies to printed images but not necessarily to display devices (or for that matter, stained glass windows).
>... not to mention the fact that the analogue vinyl recording format makes no provision for DRM
Well, vinyl wouldn't provide Digital Rights Management, hehe! The idea of 'vinyl Analogue RM' may have been around, but it never worked in practice - if it was ever implemented at all:
Copy-protection for vinyl in the 1970s
CDR? Get back to your cave, Mr Flintstone! :D
'4K' is only really a marketing term, but a useful one - the screen is almost 4,000 pixels wide, and the screens have nearly 4 times the resolution of 'HD' screens.
I can't really think of a better, easily grokkable term for them: 'SuperDuperUltraHD' or somesuch would only confuse consumers after the whole 'HD Ready / Full HD / i / p' kerfuffle.
UltraHD TVs can be very nice - not because of the extra pixels, but because of the greater dynamic range that is contained within the standard. A friend of mine recently bought an OLED 4K TV, which cost about 4 times more than a LCD/LED 4K TV... but the image is gorgeous.
Annoyingly, few 4K TVs have DisplayPort inputs, and few non-gaming graphics cards have HDMI 2.0 output yet. For sure, most 4K TVs can access 4K content by themselves (Netflix et al), but it would be nice to have a 4K computer display for pictures and the like.
>a very poor audio mastering on CD can still be worse than a very good audio mastering on vinyl... ...lets not kid ourselves (or trick innocent people into believing that vinyl has some "mystical" and "warmer" sound - they might as well start investing in hand-braided interconnect cables and special speaker cabinet wax).
Indeed. Because of its inherent limitations, mastering on vinyl requires greater care - by a human being with ears. This can give some recordings a different sound on vinyl compared to CD, sometimes a sound that can be called 'warmer'. High fidelity? No, it is isn't. Better sounding than CD? Sometimes yes, though of course it is subjective - and largely a function of the mastering, not the medium.
The 'VR Helmet' mentioned in the article is actually an AR (augmented reality) helmet for training exercises - infantry in a real field can see - and respond to - simulated tanks and aircaft etc.
Doors? Where we're going we don't need doors!