310 posts • joined 28 Nov 2010
I've gone off Maplins a bit.
Last thing I bought from there was a small stereo to 2 mono jack adapter, and unbelievable it was wired incorrectly!! The boss came over when I took it back, saying that they buy them in batches of 2500 and there was probably no point in swapping it as they're all have the same error!! He's clearly been there before.
He then went on, lamenting the old days and that everything in 'his' shop was imported from China. I got my 2 pounds back and bought the parts from a musty old electrical shop tucked down a side alley that's been there for decades. Should have gone there first.
I bought a halogen heater in Maplins once as well, the power switch broke and one of the lamps failed in a few weeks.
Although, I see weak quality control in many products over the last few years, from everywhere.
The Internet and general procrastination mucks my day up enough.
I can't imagine what it would be like to have new messages from outside work coming at me while I'm trying to type, say, an important draft for a Parliamentary White Paper.
*BingBong - Jimmy has sent you a picture of his sandwich, how nice.*
*BingBong - Jenny has shared a video of idiots hurting their arses on the floor*
I suppose switching it off would make the boss think you're antisocial or something god-awful like that.
Re: Quake III Arena
I see what you mean, but it was probably a cut down version with less polygons. It was a ported game after all. And I suspect it wasn't in HD (!), the foundation want it running on the RPI at 1920x1080.
If those keys, err coins, resurface again...
...would they be worth anything?
When they get rid of that fan...
...and I can hear the music playing, and not have to communicate by shouting really loudly.
THEN I'll buy one! : )
Ordinary people got caught up in the frenzy for the Wii...
...not to mention Nintendo's freakish family adverts for it - more like Haribo than Call of Duty.
So that's where they found the market, everybody said it was easy to use.
Not everybody is computer literate, of course, and this was advertised as Gran, Mum, and Bro could play all at once, or compete. Try that with Splinter Cell - I don't think Gran would approve.
The Wii U was a design nightmare, and it really didn't help when rumours about an EA boss saying "Wii U is dead to us" and then saying it was a 'last gen' console.
But I think the biggest mistake was presuming that Wii owners were going to buy a Wii U, or even if they understood what the hell it was, or even available. And lastly I think that perhaps Nintendo completely forgot that the Wii had a great price, which made it more of a toy than a computer console - and as a toy it was genius.
Some of the games on the Apple store were not copies.
According to some reviews, they came out BEFORE Flappy did, and have now shoved up the charts because thousands of little fingers want to sooth their addiction to it. Bless.
Western Computer told me they have one hidden in the shop...
...They could show it to me if I wanted to, but I can't buy it! I just refused, with a jolly smile of course, as they get easily offended in there.
I don't want to buy one anyway, because it lacks professional attributes like PCIe slots for things like ProTools. Time to buy the exterior add-ons... oh dear.
Other than the fact that it's a carpet dust sucking ashtray of a thing.
Perhaps they should have called it the 'Mac TopToy.'
We have Microsoft spying in our parliament with cloud based Office software, and we now have another American corporate running our police information cloud. Why don't you just send that foreign country everything you have on us, and get it over with already!
Re: Revising History?
It's not as simple as it being just a tablet though. It's not the hardware that plays the trick.
It's the whole experience of Apple's iPad, and the interaction with it that people responded to. It's desirability was built in on purpose.
Ergonomics, visual smoothness, and all that fluffy stuff is the key. And no, people don't mind buying Apps in a walled garden - who'd have known. : )
Can you please make Windows 9 just like Win 7, only more efficient, bug free, and user friendly.
Oh and make it about £20,
Re: Shock and horror.
It's OK, software theft is endemic, how many MAME games do some people have, do you think? 3000?
It's the same attitude.
And of course it's worse for old software as it's seen as being worthless by many. In other words, people think they can get away with it easier.
Shock and horror.
I can't help feeling that there's got to be some people on here going all shock and horror at the programmers not being paid royalties, though at the same time feel it's fine to download pirated software for themselves. Oh, that's different I suppose. :p
Some people are dropping their bids to £1.
But with 2 hours left it looks like this is going ahead anyway.
Re: Android only?
Who's thumbing down? LOL, it's what they said, not me!
BBC:- " Another GCHQ report, in 2012, laid out how to extract information from Angry Birds user information from phones on the Android operating system."
Sky news:- "A 2012 British intelligence report laid out how to extract Angry Birds users' information from phones using the Android operating system, according to The New York Times."
Other news channels, like the BBC and Sky, suggest it's an Android OS specific hack.
It was done on purpose, because their reserves were low...
"In most legal systems, a bank deposit is not a bailment. In other words, the funds deposited are no longer the property of the customer. The funds become the property of the bank, and the customer in turn receives an asset called a deposit account (a checking or savings account). That deposit account is a liability of the bank on the bank's books and on its balance sheet. Because the bank is authorized by law to create credit up to an amount equal to a multiple of the amount of its reserves, the bank's reserves on hand to satisfy payment of deposit liabilities amount to only a fraction of the total amount which the bank is obligated to pay in satisfaction of its demand deposits.
Fractional-reserve banking ordinarily functions smoothly. Relatively few depositors demand payment at any given time, and banks maintain a buffer of reserves to cover depositors' cash withdrawals and other demands for funds. However, during a bank run or a generalized financial crisis, demands for withdrawal can exceed the bank's funding buffer, and the bank will be forced to raise additional reserves to avoid defaulting on its obligations. A bank can raise funds from additional borrowings (e.g., by borrowing in the interbank lending market or from the central bank), by selling assets, or by calling in short-term loans. If creditors are afraid that the bank is running out of reserves or is insolvent, they have an incentive to redeem their deposits as soon as possible before other depositors access the remaining reserves. Thus the fear of a bank run can actually precipitate the crisis."
And yeah, I probably watch too much Keiser Report on RT !
Re: "I know absolutely nothing about the black holes...
"Could anyone comment on the quantum structure of the event horizon of the progressively deeper hole that one Reg Commentard is digging?"
They are called 'brown holes.'
Would it be more secure if...
...I simply give my friends a large RAR password key to keep on their desktop? They can copy and paste the key to decompress the email file I send them. That way I can send them links to cat videos without the slimy snoops knowing about it.
I would be perfectly fine without the BBC.
I mean it's not like it's an Earth shattering change in life! : D
Beside, I have the full Sky package, why would I want to spend £145 extra for the BBC channels, it doesn't seem right, especially as I don't really watch them much.
The BBC news has become like a magazine, where RT and others provide far better information about World news.
And what about the radio stations? Will they have adverts on them? I'd like to see how that works if not.
Re: Say what you like about Apple (and I often do!)
Apple have the iOS experience with the 'Launchpad' app in OS-X, with big friendly graphics that can be arranged how you want them. It's basically a fat scratchpad of your favourite applications. BUT it's just a separate thing, NOT forced down your throat from boot-up!
I only ever see on US TV shows.
The one I saw last night had the user go to the desktop almost immediately. They didn't have a touch screen, so it must have seemed a nightmare with the laptop pad.
I'm hoping it will stay in the fictional world.
What's wrong with saying,
It's not as if the Reg has never used a rhyming pun before.
The Room 1&2 are great games, beautifully designed and crafted. The hints are wrong somewhere on the boat's table, but that just adds to the fun!
They should starting with growing brain matter, not mucking around with vegetables.
You need synapses, not sandwiches!
I thought he said...
..."These links will work assuming you are on the same network as a BrightBox router and that it has the standard IP of 192.168.1.1, otherwise they will likely result in an error."
I think my FX-100 still has the same batteries from the mid 1980s. Magical rejuvenating batteries, although I recently had to clean the dried up leakage on the contacts.
If been telling people that FB and Twitter were games for ages.
The people most likely to disagree about Twitter being a massive social game, are the people that use it.
The gaming parallels are in there for a reason - they make it addictive. So all the same design criteria for games are used, and beautifully, it's all user created content, people make their own game environment. They enjoy it because all the same psychological techniques are used to make games.
Games are cleverer than you think, and that they exploit brain chemistry far more than initially expected to those not in the industry.
Of course it's a game, and yes CB likes being a troll and it's funny, but as always he was making a an alternative view point, and pressing it home. It's what he does well.
In the end, why does it matter if it's a game, does it hurt you to call it that? Why? Does it make you feel you've wasted a large part of your life on it, and you want to lash out at Brooker for offending you?
Re: Why no TV Capture?
Good call. They probably ran out of space, and price limit. Then they cut out the leased used thing, or what was considered the least used thing.
Or perhaps it's the HDCP High-Bandwidth Digital-Content Protection!
That GPU score is terrible, does it handle BluRay streaming ok?
Re: No gong for Mr Raspberry Pi?
Yeah, that's charities for you.
An ugly thudding word, 'mod.'
It's painful watching MS do things like this, but the name isn't as bad as 'Zune.'
Re: A Trademark is not a Patent
True, I have emails from people from all over the world where English is not their first language, and they spell everything in the American way without any exception, just like The Register it seems.
I wonder if this is inversely proportional to the numbers of Apps released.
Could this be the result of a flooded market, or just a Freemium aware public?
I was with you until 'Apple charger'
I really don't blame for that, it's a good idea, as melting your face on a lithium melt down from some dodgy charger would be last thing I would want for my lawyers, I mean, customers.
More foreign investment.
Oh well I don't blame them. Good luck with the piss-batt, let's hope it becomes something great.
Was it easy to hack like answer phones?
Are all their employees chiefs?
Where have all the programmers and designers gone? Not to mention any testers.
Well that's what it seems like anyway.
The Ferrari symbol gets mirrored when the car turns.
A mirroring technique that was probably used on all the car sprites, which of course saves half the memory used for full rotations.
Keep looking at the logo on the back of the car:-
Re: These pirates are thieves, not 'leftists'
Of course being against copying software, films and music for free isn't very popular among people that do. They can't put themselves in the shoes of the people that make the stuff they are freely taking, stuff that takes a long time to make. But hopefully one day they'll grow up a bit.
Re: These pirates are thieves, not 'leftists'
That WAS the hilarious justification. Just doing something because it's convenient and easy for you, doesn't make it correct. You can live without doing that, and it can become an addiction - People say they actually buy everything they are watching and listening to on their servers, but I bet there's many with other stuff on their drives, because, hey it was easy.
Ask a teenager how many songs they've got on their device? 2,000 is it? That must have been expensive, or not.
It's got to a point that people openly admit that they've downloaded an dodgy film when they are on the IMDB forums without even thinking or caring about whether it's right or wrong. They've grown up with it and see it as perfectly OK behaviour.
I like to fight the attitude whenever I can, unfortunately it's like using a mop to clean up a tsunami. Oh well.
You know damn well I was talking about piracy, not purchases. The moral stance of pirates is not to think about the bigger picture, and it's the old 'us and them' excuses that I hear most often, followed by "they're big, it won't matter" and the classic, "but piracy makes it popular." They are all self justifications for something that is illegal, whether you agree with the law or not.
These pirates are thieves, not 'leftists'
There's definitely a sense of kinship with TPB in this article, and it makes me wonder about the amount of copyrighted material sitting around the Register's office, and whether they understand the seriousness of piracy for those that are affected by it.
Pirates sneer through the endorphin rush their little 'triumph' of theft gives them. It's pathetic, if you think about it.
But the justifications for it are already swimming through your head though, aren't they? The 'I do it because [fill in the blank]' excuses are always hilarious though. Just don't.
 I'm sorry, it's just something that I feel passionate about, especially when I see my own software being hacked on the net. I'm not a 'big corporate.'
Re: I'm going to get a lot of downvotes
"I'm looking forward to Wuxia Movies made on the Moon. The martial arts should be amazing."
Hey, I didn't expect diary to come in between assault vehicles and assault ships!
The Germans got one a year ago.
It looks smaller too...
Re: Think lower and faster
These OpenGL kings have been advising ARM about rendering techniques for a while now. It's all great news for ARM.
Ray-tracing is still a long way off for general real-time computing, but I love this direction towards it.
Their Siggraph papers are very interesting:-
A stationary BMW catches fire? How?
That's the biggest mystery here.
And that second to last paragraph, shouldn't it say makers of video games are like drug dealers, not the people playing them?
A wind-up light is far better and lasts longer...
6 LED lamp...
"This practical lantern is simple to use as you simply need to wind up the torch for 1 minute to enjoy 25 minutes of light. It takes just 10 minutes of winding to fully charge the lantern, giving you 100 minutes of light and making it perfect for camping." :-
So... yeah, I don't get it.
It would be nice if you could put it on a wall.
With that rounded back it looks like it has to be hung in a room, but the light is on one side. I don't like the design, but I wish them luck with the trial
The PS4 is smaller, cheaper and faster than the Xbox one.
Plus it doesn't have a great big power transformer outside the box.
Try a little harder Microsoft, and then we'll look at it again.
How can he see what he's taking a picture of -
- if he's staring at the back of the phone?
Silly old Anakin.
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