67 posts • joined Friday 13th August 2010 13:09 GMT
Re: This could be useful-
> Just getting it connected to the indicators on a BMW would be a help.
BMWs have indicators?
Re: EU lost the plot
I don't see a "Browser Choice" screen on either Apple or Android devices either.
Re: Too little, too late
Sorry, but that's not a very good analogy. That would be more closely equivalent to Microsoft receiving back some or all of the fine they paid initially.
A better analogy would be if the person who stole your car was let out of jail (after their sentence - equivalent to the fine in this case) and then allowed to steal your car and smash it up again without further retribution because they've already "paid their dues" for doing so the first time.
Re: Why are we paying for this research?
"If these researchers would just place 7, 23 and 39 in laboratory conditions and observe them they might learn a lot about the behaviour of prime numbers"
They might even spot that 39 was there masquerading as a prime number but how long would they take to see through its disguise?
Re: Mourning HMV
But HMV stores were not a pleasant place to be any more - crowded, cluttered and unwelcoming.
If I go to a store to buy it's because I want to see the product, or don't want to wait for delivery - or that I want advice or opinions. HMV didn't need to try and stick every single item they have in stock out on the sales floor, they could target specific products along with some related items on the floor, as long as they have some sort of stock checking facility which avoids having to queue at the counter.
Music/video/gaming are leisure activities and for the most part people do them to relax so it would make sense if the environment you go to purchase them in was to reflect that.
But in the meantime they don't want anyone to know as it might cause a dip in sales of the current iphone if some people decide to wait for the cheaper version?
Re: suspect data?
If that is true regarding Steam then I might be inclined to agree with you for at least a portion of the difference. I think the PC games market is relatively small in comparison to consoles but I know this year Steam have been selling a much wider variety of products. Most of my old gaming friends buy the majority of their PC games there now.
It has been a really slow year for "good" game releases though, not that many major "big money" releases that I can remember, and practically all of them in October/November. Next year will be interesting with the new GTA due to be released (assuming it is on time) as that normally is good for a fair few sales.
Re: Good luck with that
It reminds me somewhat of sites which used to blare out a terrible midi version of a file the second you hit the page. Generally the moment that crap started playing, the back button got struck hard.
Winds me up.....
.....when I am showing someone something on my laptop screen and then THEY start prodding it to point things out. I've actually remarked that "it isn't a touchscreen you know" and found myself wondering if they prod everything in their life so hard....
Has he resurrected?
"Jobs said in October 2012: "We've done tons of user......."
2012? I know he was viewed a bit like Jesus by some of the Apple followers but unless he has literally been resurrected, I'm pretty sure Jobs wasn't around in October 2012 to say anything!
We'll chalk that one up to a typo :)
Re: RE 1 & 2 = Good
I have to agree - I thoroughly enjoyed the older RE games for their ability to scare the pants off me. I gave up after RE5 when it became plain that all they were interested in releasing was a very generic game with all the atmosphere of a Fred West garden party. Like several posters I think QTE sections are just pointless, as while looking for the next button to press you actually miss the pretty on-screen action. Trap-points (that last for too long) and over-reliance upon boss fights just smacks of a lack of imagination or trying to "stretch out" the play time of a game.
Was waiting to see if RE6 was a big improvement upon RE5 but it doesn't sound like it so I probably won't bother buying the game.
I still fail to understand.....
......why anyone carries sensitive data on an unencrypted USB device these days.
Re: Extended support
Yes, it does. It was due to end in 2012 previously but they extended it further.
@AC 08:50 GMT
"On the other hand, 64gb micro SD is not yet available at all"
Well, this looks oddly like a 64GB microSD card, and is available and in stock. Although I do agree with the pricing comment, and it seems much better value when you take the 32GB to 64GB jump.
My biggest issue with the game is that I have basically lost progress when quitting. I am sure that I reached another checkpoint (in fact several) after the point it sent me back to, but basically lost about 2 hours of progress. Redoing the same missions confirmed a number of "checkpoints" which seem to have been lost in the save game.
To be honest, I can ignore a lot of the bugs as I love the open nature of the game and the satisfaction of mashing zombies with a variety of violent weapons.
Now instead of people going around with a third of their vision blocked by a TomTom in the middle of their windscreen they can effectively block even more of their sight by somehow mounting an iPad in the window.
I've only tried using an iPad (original) once for navigation, and the satellite reception was so poor I had to give up. The newer ones might have better reception - I couldn't say - but it couldn't be much worse.
Re: Re: Re: Humans
"Humans have vision, senses and reactions far in excess of any machine."
As others have said, no they don't. What (some) humans possess far in excess of any machine though is cognitive thought. The ability to analyse a growing situation before it becomes dangerous, rather than react to a pre-programmed routine when a danger appears. Of course the programming can get smarter, but at present the humans still lead on this count.
To be honest, the biggest concern I have about robocars is the fact that the programming is only as good as the people who made it. I don't know of many applications that don't have some sort of bug and encountering a bug at 60mph is significantly more dangerous than when sitting at your desk - unless of course you have a life-critical desk job.
I'm also not sure about how useful the human "failsafe" will be once they are used to the car driving itself. Sure, the first time you go in one of these cars you'll be watching everything it does, but by the 100th time do you really think you'd pay as much attention as a "decent" driver (by this I mean someone who actually uses observation during driving)?
Re:I know I'm going to sound really old...
Sound leakage from headphones is more often a case of shit quality headphones than pure loudness in itself. A decent set of phones, particularly in-ear ones, would allow them to listen to music at deafening levels without being audible from the outside. They also have the advantage of allowing you to listen to the music at a quieter volume as they cancel out some of the background noise. Although I'm completely with you on the fact that it sounds shit anyway.
"This is good news, as it means money is actually getting back to the companies that CREATE the games in the first place, rather than staying with the retailers, who already make money on the original sales, and then double-dip."
Wrong. What it means is that you will get even less for your pre-owned games when you sell them back, and the companies who trade them on will likely still make the same profit. Essentially they will hurt themselves as quite people buy games with the express intent of playing them, then selling them on while they still hold some value (to trade in against another new game). As the trade-in value for even a week old game will now be lower, people will simply have to be more picky about which games they buy.
You can tell this to be the case by the number of almost new games that are available "pre-owned" within the various game retailers. So if people are forced to either spend more or buy less, my guess is that the overall spend will not change too much.
Re:Lawyers are the problem
I've been hounded by one of these personal injury claims companies due to a non-fault accident I had about a year ago (someone not paying attention hit the back of my car in a queue of traffic). I was not injured and therefore decided I need not claim anything other than to fix the damage to my car. However, on the one occasion that I actually spoke to one of these people they made me feel like I was missing out by NOT claiming. In fact, although I told them I was uninjured, I was told that "everyone else claims anyway", and "nobody could prove I did not get whiplash" if I decided to claim for it. I was practically being told that I should be dishonest and make a fraudulent claim for an injury I did not get.
It's this sort of shit that puts everyone's insurance premiums up and you can tell by the falling profits of insurance companies that it is hitting them hard (Direct Line for example swung around £450 million from £200m profit to £250m loss). If it were my decision, I'd make everyone attempting to claim from insurance take a lie detector test (or perhaps a random selection) - it'd still be cheaper than the payout on the false claims, and especially these no-win, no-fee type claims.
I've always objected to women paying lower insurance prices than men, and even thought about trying to get insurance from Shiela's Wheels and then taking them to court based on their blatent sexism. Every day I see women driving like idiots, either aggressively (one this morning almost took out another lane of traffic trying to veer between lanes queue-dodging) or "without a clue" - the latter of these cause plenty of accidents while hardly every being "at fault". Last Friday, three (yes three) separate women drivers almost caused accidents at roundabouts within my sight (one directly in front of me) by cutting across deciding they wanted to turn right from the left-lane.
So I agree that insurance should not be gender-based, just like it should not be race-based. At the same time, something needs to be done about the "injury" claims which are becoming more commonplace as I think it's ridiculous to seek a couple of grand based on having a slightly sore neck for a few days (or at least saying you did.....).
Pie in the sky?
I certainly hope not, although as much as I would love to see us all flying through the air "Jetsons style" I think we're still a good few years away from a useful and affordable solution. This, as you say cannot lift two average size men and that does not account for briefcases, bags etc. making it an expensive toy.
Really it's just a plane that can be driven on the road rather than a viable flying car. I don't think a true flying car - which can carry four people (2 adults, 2 kids) plus light luggage, and will not cost hundreds of pounds/dollars in fuel every trip - is possible with the current propulsion technologies in use.
Good luck though.
Not sure about this one
I've only played the demo of Infamous 2 whereas I had played the original through a couple of times (good and evil) but my immediate feeling was that the controls felt like they had been overcomplicated. I didn't like the way that at least a couple of the buttons now seem to have dual functions (L3 I think is one - depending if you are in range of a power source or not?), and they seem to have done away with the standard attack lightning "bolt" and gone for some sort of ball of electricity.
I was going to buy the new version, but based upon the experience of the demo I decided to wait until I can get it cheaply, probably as a preowned copy.
And not even a good ripoff of the Honda ad. It looks like it is entirely CGI anyway, which makes it less impressive even then some of the tech demos I recall seeing when buying new Nvidia and ATI graphics cards.
If you're going to take off someone elses idea, at least do it better.
So how does this account for people with different tastes? I like my tea much stronger than quite a lot of people I know, some of whom barely want the teabag dipping in the water. One man's ambrosia is another man's poison.
"EA has denied claims that gamers who pre-order Battlefield 3 will not gain an advantage in play over those who don't"
Denying they will not gain an advantage surely would be confirming that they do? Perhaps the article should have read "EA has denied claims that gamers who pre-order Battlefield 3 WILL gain an advantage in play over those who don't"
Not even a new concept
Qriocity already does pretty much the same thing - adding any existing music in your collection to your "cloud available" collection. I don't get the fuss really - if anything it discourages making copies as your music should already be available to you on any enabled device.
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"Some people think I'm a freak"
Change "Some" for "Practically all" and you're just about there. Give me a real pair any day, big or small they'd still be far more attractive than these sideshow attractions.
Well yes, if you choose the broadband contract with a 40GB limit. They DO sell an "unlimited" service as well (certainly for infinity), which of course is "subject to fair usage". Quite what fair usage entails on a trial of "up to" 100Mb fibre is anyone's guess.
One other thing to bear in mind
Not entering into the "Sony are great/Sony are arseholes" debate, or even the legality/morality of the patent war, there is one point which may have no legal value but is of definite relevance:
It is mainly down to Sony and to the PS3 that Blu-ray won the format war with HD-DVD. Had the situation been otherwise then the chances are that HD-DVD would now be the favoured format upon the high-street and LG's patent would be for a technology that had about as much retail value as a bag of frogs - as it would be almost impossible to topple a statistically similar tech once it was already established.
I don't like Sony, or their attitude towards their customers, but I do think that is relevant.
And thus highlights the problem with storing your data in the cloud, and therefore under somebody elses control.
I see potential for the same issues with other cloud-based services, meaning that essentially you still need to keep a backup of your entire data-set even though you have supposedly offloaded the cost of doing so to the third-party. Granted, he probably doesn't have a corporate agreement with Flikr along with SLA's and agreed support/backup, but still it's one of the things the beancounters do not consider when looking at the attractive costing of cloud-based services.
No comparison really....
If the real terror attacks were modelled using experiences from MW2, I'm pretty sure that at some point before the explosion the terrorist would get "pwn3d" by a 12 year old who would then repeatedly tell them how badly they had been beaten.
...that you did not include a GPS running device such as a Garmin or similar but did manage to include a foot massager and a puzzle. My Garmin has a heart rate monitor and a cadence sensor so is really useful for both running and cycling, a free website to upload all of my exercise as well as a standard export format which many other running and fitness websites accept.
The GPS is also accurate and there are a variety of options such as virtual training partner, courses (with route map), auto-lapping, auto-multisport, pace and heart rate zones and the 400 series have heartrate-based calorie calculation.
I have used one for a year now and wouldn't be without it for a long run or race.
Re:So - RIM and "others" are losing at the expense of iOS and Android...
"It looks like RIM was the big loser and it's market share was split fairly evenly between iOS and Android"
Not really, when iOS ganed 7% and Android gained almost double that, not really "fairly evenly" - only if you liken it to me running a 100m against Usain Bolt and considering we'd be "fairly evenly matched"!
Although I was going to say something similar as it's not really iOS losing in favour of Android as the article suggests, but rather it looks like RIM are the big losers during that time period. I'd like to see that graph continued a little further back as the jump in iOS sales is probably along with the release of the iPhone 4 and/or iPad (which makes sense) so I'd be interested to see what happened prior to June.
I think the big factor in Android growth is simply the number of new devices from various manufacturers being released whereas of course only Apple make iPhones and iPads. So if you DON'T want an Apple device (but want a smartphone) then there are plenty of droid devices to choose from.
To the person near the beginning of the comments who suggested all Android devices are buggy, I haven't experienced this problem with my company phone - no more than with any other smartphone I've owned anyway. Maybe not quite as aesthetically polished as iOS but I enjoy using it as much as my iPhone now. When I next replace my own phone unless the situation changes I'll probably end up basing my decision on cost so may well end up going for a Droid-based device as I can get better hardware for the same money.
Well two of the exchanges in my area are going live with Infinity very soon but apparently my exchange is special, trialling FTTH (or FTTP if you like) in my area. All this really means for me though is that it will be longer before a decent connection is available.
We get 1-2Mb on a good day over DSL.
"A tenner says every jury woman sees a conviction as punishment for the beating"
What beating? It was her previous husband that she was having the affair with who was also the one whom she left for beating her. I didn't see any suggestion that the "hacker husband" had beaten her.
The precedent set if the woman wins this case is a frightening thought.
Instead of using the various different measurements for shock tolerance (which means we have to work out for ourselves what it means) can you not just describe them in terms of how many bulgarian airbags it would take to safely arrest the fall of each drive?
To echo what a few others said
As others have said they "would" buy 3D if their current TV broke I've actually just had that exact situation, with my (just over) 5 year old TV going tits up. I did also look at 2D plasma and LCD screens (one of the plasmas even from the same point in the panasonic range) and there was a noticeable difference in the quality of the display even with a 2D stream. I went for plasma ultimately because they are still generally accepted as being better for gaming.
So 3D ended up being a sort of bonus on a screen with a better display quality than its 2D sibling which I was originally looking at.
The thing is, if you'd asked me even 6 weeks ago whether I would buy a 3D TV then the answer would have been no, but then situations can change.
Sort of agree
I actually own a PS3 but I do have to agree that the games comms stuff in particular is much better on the Xbox - it's still sadly quite lacking on the PS3. Being able to have chat channels started outside of games, grouping and the like and still use them when within a game so you can carry on chatting with your mates whan on a public server.
That said, while the Xbox has Sky Player, the PS3 now has BBC iPlayer, the ITV player and 4 on Demand all built into the XMB, and you don't need to pay for any of the content to use them.
It's probably a fair rating comparatively, but if you actually take into account the cost of online gaming on a 360 then I'm not sure if I'd be willing to pay for that "privilege"
....although our military may be undersupplied with the tools they need to actually do their jobs, at least we'll be able to hold our own in an Angry Birds conflict.
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