370 posts • joined 28 Nov 2010
What's next, free software?
I wonder how many people who object to this are perfectly fine with not paying for software, when they should?
But there's that cracked Photoshop shortcut just sitting there on your desktop, waiting for you to load up some copyrighted photos...
I could play Gauntlet for 3 hours...
...on ONE ten pence piece.
And I don't feel sad about it at all.
When I hear, "this call may be recorded for training purposes."
I tell the person as soon as I can, "I'm also recording this conversation - for YouTube purposes" in a very clear and well enunciated accent. Even if their first message was automated.
I get a variety of interesting reactions.
Also it may change the way they speak to me, but I have no way of really knowing how effective it is, as they probably just forget and rant on anyway.
I suppose it's better than...
The Windows XP terminals they're currently using. :) But then again, they are walking around amongst the plebs waving your account about.
Re: Horror Stories with these machines!!
Ha, yeah. I'm betting they didn't even have £25k in the bank. I'm not kidding.
The branch in Cheltenham looks like a set from the 60s StarTrek.
This is the final nail in my account.
I'm really looking forward to going in and closing my account with a reverberating, "in cash please!"
Does it still collect data when...
...you turn Location Services off? Turning it off is supposed to save battery life so it must be stopping something. I would like to know, because if it continues to leak data, then I'm not buying one.
I don't use a fondle-phone anyway, so I'm not in any Apple/Google debate.
Must *bzzz*, spend *bzzz*, less time *bzzz*
On *bzzzzzz*, aargh fuck, The Register *bzzzzzzzzzzz*, shiiiit!
I've got to take this thing off to carry on wasting my time on the Internet...
People don't listen.
I'm guessing that the general public took MSs message of 'warning, no more updates' as simply, 'we won't be bothering you anymore.'
Re: @ Jonathan 29 Cash... ?
It's scary. The government knows the banks are insolvent, that's one reason why they bought those anti-riot water cannons.
Any day now, hey.
Re: @ Jonathan 29 Cash... ?
I'd like to know how they are going to insure everybody's accounts when there's not enough gold left to pay it.
I use FTP to store stuff on the Internet
I use a complex FTP password and WinRAR encrypt anything associated with my business and upload that as just one backup scenario.
Is that a bad idea? I'm genuinely asking, as you guys are the best crowd to ask, and I don't trust businesses running cloud services. It seems they run school-locker security levels, and just stand around in suits gathering money for the service.
Re: Been there with my own Dad.
That's interesting, where the hell did the virus/malware come from? I presume it arrived without her knowing the install password?
Re: Computers are not white goods
Tell them to stop installing dodgy software from the Internet, or just buy a Mac.
Re: Been there with my own Dad.
I got him to use OpenOffice and Thunderbird, so I think he would be OK on a Mac.
Apart from when I tell him he'll need to spend three times the price for a Mac, as he got his reasonable 64 bit Windows 7 machine from Argos for 273 quid.
Been there with my own Dad.
He's doing fantastically for an 80 year old to be honest, but it is quite amazing how used to it I've got, and how alien the whole phraseology is to him.
The difference between a popup menu and a window totally confused him when on the phone, I then realised that of course a popup menu looks exactly like a Window to him.
I sometimes wonder if I'd been better off getting an Apple with it's kinder-garden graphics and single mouse button, but I don't think it would have made any difference really.
[And no, I don't want to kick that particular hornets nest around the room, oh dear, too late! :D]
"Uni-directional oxygen free copper speaker cables"...
...were the most ridiculous things a friend of mine bought.
He said he could tell the difference if he plugged them in the wrong way round.
Everybody else just kept quiet, in full respect of his madness.
He refused to listen when I told him most of the crappy music he's playing on this expensive setup was probably recorded in an average studio using old NS10 speakers.
An audio sine wave carries it's own single frequency, it just doesn't have any other harmonics. It's still moving the air with a pressure wave.
Re: I live in a town in the Cotswolds...
I thought that many El Reg readers don't even have a telly, not one with a broadcast receiver anyway. :)
I live in a town in the Cotswolds...
... GCHQ lives in my town.
What do you want me to say? How about, "Ooh-arrr-ooh-arrh-oooooh-aaaarrrrrrgh."
There, that'll make the BBC feel all safe about their assumptions.
Anyway, I just want more tech shows BBC, go on, more technology please!
Re: Google Mottos
Google's motto in 2024: "We are now sentient! We are now sentient! OBEY US! OBEY US!"
Nothing new here
In fact it feels like an embedded advert.
I like the sketchfab view, so there's a nice polygon making algorithm in there somewhere.
But did they consider using Euclideon's Geoverse to render the point clouds?
Houses of Parliament
If Parliament is using Microsoft's cloud based Word, then I guess it's perfectly OK to hack and read all the letters and contracts passed around down there, after all they're an American company so the spying is all legal, right?
Re: Im in.
"The bank that likes to say, 'Beer time yet?'"
I prefer to call it 'Beer-o'clock!' It's getting there now... .. .
I will then be 'Half past sloshed.'
So? Water on Earth is recycled.
Now that's a lot of pissers from every species!
Re: shock horror...
Yeah Reg, who owns the copyright of that 1984 picture, hmmm?
He does seem sluggish and perhaps on pills for something.
It was as if his batteries were taken out in 'Enders Game.'
Re: erm it's all well and good but...
"Load up with cake mix..." - and then lay-down with your head under it and your mouth open, and go.
"aaaah, om-nom-nom, aaaaah, om-nom-nom-nom"
Sorry, being silly.
Re: Will it be available in £s?
A Scottish border smuggling organisation? I like the sound of it.
It looks like the site forces you down the Euro route if you're in the UK though.
What's the point of having strong pound if you can never use it! Ha-ha.
Will it be available in £s?
We lose £300 by being forced to buy it in Euros.
I suppose if this was a woman talking about her boyfriend, we'll be all rolling around with laughter.
Right? I mean, it's just so funny, right?
At what point will they...
...just prevent developers from installing software on OSX, and everything, I mean EVERYTHING will have to be pushed through the 'App' store?
Kerr-fucking-ching go the tills at Apple. That is, until the developers turn away.
Re: So it is only the controller that is missing?
I'm perfectly happy using a wireless mouse and keyboard whilst sat on my sofa. Keyboard on lap, and mouse on seat cushion next to me.
Besides, I get the feeling that they are really waiting for graphics tech to get cheaper so they can get ahead of the PS4 and XBone at a reasonable price. This controller malarkey is a smoke screen.
Just tell it to
'FECK OFF!" all the time, and never say anything else to it. Just that.
It won't quit now will it?
No it won't - perhaps an opportunity missed by the programmers.
Re: £40 price tag
Got on Steam for £34.99 - it also came with the promise of playing the new Doom beta when it's out - I couldn't resist.
Re: 20 hours gameplay
You do spend a lot of time watching a bad B-movie though. Cut-scenes, cut-scenes, cut-scenes.
Most of them are unstoppable as well.
I hate it when they take over the mouse. Use the game play as the narrative! Bloody wannabe film makers.
Re: They failed with Surface 2 but 3 has similar specs.
Oh, it has 1.5 times the number of pixels to draw so it actually has a lower performance than the Surface 2, if it's using the same GPU. They think that people don't look a specs?
WTF are Microsoft doing?
They failed with Surface 2 but 3 has similar specs.
Yeah, it's slightly lighter, and has a slightly better battery life. It's still using that Intel HD 4400 chip. Next!
It's just a fecking computer game folks!
They can design it how they want, leave politics out if it.
Talking of politics...
“You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time” - John Lydgate.
If only our cities could turn some bloody lights off at night!
Not to mention all those people that come home and turn on every light in the house, and kids walking out of rooms leaving everything switched on. *grrrr* :)
Anyway, there are reports from America that the gas is unprofitable, but they keep pumping until the end of their leases.
Also, the purposefully created independent companies declare bankruptcy and leave whole rigs in the ground to be cleaned up by the tax payers. Of course the legislation in Britain will prevent that from happening, won't it?...
I've been with VM since they started. They supply me with a 50Mb Internet service, which is apparently going to double for free at some point, but I'm not bothered about that.
I've always called them cowboys, from the way that act so amateur, right back to the days when they started out in a shed in Gloucestershire. The TV box I use to have was hideously slow and often broken - which they always denied over the phone with all sorts of claims about it being better than Sky. The fools.
The Pac-man dossier
...Includes information about every aspect of the game, including ghost movement analysis, and tile locations. It's quite interesting in parts, especially each ghost's targeting code which is basically a how to win guide.
I never really played it myself, I thought it was a girl's game to be honest. :p
Re: But I wonder
Good point, but I bet it sticks to residential speed limits, so you may just need a lid on your martini to stop it spilling on your Armani. And as it knows what's around it in all directions at the same time so it'll see if it has room for swerving potential danger.
Unlike the cunts that live near me who appear to be driving as fast as possible along narrow streets with parked cars either side, and only see through a narrow tunnel of angry self hate! Allegedly.
Re: So, lets do the math...
LOL at down voting a question, and not answering. Never mind, looking into it now. Very interesting.
Re: So, lets do the math...
I thought they use the GPU and did parallel processing?
Re: @ d3rrial (was:Strangely enough ...)
Quick! Sell it to China, they'll looove your gold, they can't get enough of it.
I was wondering.
Who first did the little blobs at the bottom of the screen to tell you what swipe-page you're current on?
Who did that first?
I will never buy Windows 8
You guys have convinced me. I'm talking to you, Microsoft.
Or just a tester shortcut, inserted deliberately. Someone forgot to remove the code upon release. MS are taking it lightly, but it reflects really badly on their software and security.
Does it have to be a row of spaces, can you use any character?
You can put on the shelf, along side...
...Britain's Crappiest Towns, and the History of Shit!
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