162 posts • joined Wednesday 2nd February 2011 16:48 GMT
What they're doing is what students have been doing for time immemorial - cribbing other peoples' stuff and trying to change it sufficiently so that you get away with it.
Monkey Island remakes
It's probably me, but I was a little disappointed with the Monkey Island remakes. They looked gorgeous, and the humour was still there, but I found them rather tedious after becoming accustomed to games such as Fallout3 and Skyrim, inasmuch as most of the tasks in Monkey Island felt like the dreaded 'fetch quests' that blight RPGs.
Having said that, I have a lot of affection for Larry Laffer so who knows? But I can't help thinking that the Adventure Game genre has had its day and people demand more these days.
Good stuff, and good to see that *someone* at HMRC had enough brains to go for this approach rather than flinging £35million of our money at Capgemini as would usually have happened.
Yes, John Smith 19 has a fair point, but this is a good start to weaning applications off IE6.
reply to 'Tim of the Win'
Even if you own the physical media to games like 'Fallout: New Vegas' or Skyrim you still can't actually play them without activating them on Steam. All your physical media does on those is to speed up the initial installation process and give you some nice artwork in the booklet (and in Skyrim's case a nice map to go on your wall too) and something to put on your shelf.
I thought I was reading the Mash there for a moment. :o)
If employment is conditional...
Notwithstanding the excellent advise to stay polite and professional, there is a possible legal issues of Economic Duress, Coercion of Will and possibly the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977.
I'm not sure which, if any, apply at interview stage as they are all contract law, but you could argue that an interview is the first steps to forming a contract of Employment.
Re: Oh, the irony
There was a lovely riposte to "Nuclear Power? No thanks." made by the Atomic Energy Authority with the slogan "Stone age? No thanks. Atoms for Energy!"
A quick google images search showed up this picture of it:
Horses for courses really. GIMP is pretty powerful but it has a pretty poor user interface and you do kind of have to bludgeon it into submission a bit, but you can get some pretty impressive results way beyond the rather dismissive "resize and crop a picture" that AC@14:38 seems to think its level is at. Users who want to do that are better off with Paint.net and I active dissuade such users from using GIMP - it's way too powerful and complicated for simple tasks like that.
The main draw (no pun intended) for me is that GIMP gives you a hell of a lot and it's free and Open Source. Photoshop may be fine for those with incredibly deep pockets or very loose morals, but quite simply I have neither so GIMP is a very credibly alternative.
Sure, Photoshop users look down their nose at GIMP users, but at least we have the smug satisfaction of knowing we have both our kidneys and a clear conscience. :o)
Re: Re: While its not a panacea...
Truecrypt is Open Source and multi-platform.
There really is absolutely no excuse whatsoever for not having encryption on a laptop that contains sensitive data. Preferably whole volume encryption.
There's a product on the market that will physically disconnect your battery if the level drops below a certain level, which is designed for cars that sit unused for long periods, so that when you go to drive them you are not left with a flat battery.
I don't understand why the Tesla cars don't have a similar safeguard system that disconnects all parasitic load when the charge reaches a certain level to specifically prevent the batteries becoming bricked.
"worldwide rights ... in 10 different countries"
"We bought Proview's worldwide rights to the iPad trademark in 10 different countries several years ago."
Wait... what? If they're confined to 10 different countries then they can't be worldwide, surely?
Maybe I'm missing something here, but its USP seems to be that it's wider (and hence bigger) than it needs to be in order to achieve some strange goal of "squareness", which it admits it failed to achieve because of the word 'almost'
Bravo, sir! I think I may have to do likewise as I found myself nodding at everything you've written.
sleepy_chicken - I sincerely hope you *are* the main driver and aren't "fronting"
Sounds to me like they should really be advertising 3 jobs for 2 or 3 people. The Personal Assistant type job would be pretty much full-time I would imagine. And the tech support would be another.
Let's face it, you're hardly going to get someone with that level of technical skill who also has the people skills to be a PA / organiser / speaker. It's not exactly a common mix.
And as for the pay? That's pretty pathetic for what they are expecting the candidate to be able to do.
How is this raunchy?
Wait... Mark Zuckerberg has private photos? That he doesn't want to share with the whole world? Inconceivable!
Surely he didn't opt out of his own "share everything by default" privacy policies?
Have they worked out how to make blades shoot out from between your knuckles and later retract again?
So I guess what AC @ 19th November 2011 23:32 GMT is saying is "citation needed" :o)
“One major point of the design was to be as environmentally friendly as possible,” says Julian Fielden, managing director at OCF, the systems integrator for the project.
Huh? Sod that! The major point of the design should be to store terabytes (if not petabytes) of data, and then analyse that data in such a way that may bring us closer to a cure for cancer.
I'm absolutely sick and fed up to the back teeth of all this environment and carbon footprint malarky. If the system is environmentally friendly then it's a bonus, but to make that a major design goal is just crazy.
Bad but could be worse
Salted hashed passwords are useless to the attacker unless they know the salting algorithm, and even then only for replay attacks.
Likewise, if the credit card details are properly encrypted then they are again useless to the attacker.
Having said that, I agree that changing your password and keeping an eye on your credit card statement is fair & responsible advise rather than going "la la la nothing to worry about" or denying everything, so fair play to Valve there.
@ Insane Reindeer
Um, the same way the front tyre manages?
The trouble is that, although cars have got wider, car parking spaces haven't. So although these fatties may benefit from the wider car they may find they can't get out of it once they park up.
You do realise that the only connection that "Quantum of Solace" had to anything Fleming wrote was the name of a short story that had no common elements to the film apart from a chap called 'James Bond', don't you?
So..wait, what they're saying is that they ran it through Google Translate? :o)
I loved the first couple of Monkey Island games, although they did go downhill somewhat after that.
Honourable mention to DotT too.
But, for me, the greatest Lucusarts Adventure was The Dig. A slow burner as it had almost no humour, but oh the atmosphere! Totally captivating. I would dearly love a reimagined HD version of The Dig.
Well there's a (non) surprise
It was obvious from the beginning that this was going to be a White Elephant. I'm sure it was to everyone, although obviously enough palms were greased that this drain on taxpayer's money went ahead anyway.
Petty the mercy killing couldn't have come sooner
Actually, the anecdotes about Fallout3 remind me of when I was in Sainsbury's one time and saw a pack of 50 bobby pins and thought "oh! They're always useful to have" before reality reasserted itself.
Not really new
I remember many years ago playing Doom to much. I was coming out of a lift (in real life, I mean) and someone made some grunting noise and I froze, expecting it was one of the monsters that always made a grunt before pouncing you.
That's probably the closest thing I've been to what is being described in the article.
I've just posted on my Facebook that I will defriend anyone who signs up to this and allows Al Gore to spam me via their account. :o)
"a large percentage of osCommerce websites can't be bothered to install it"
Clearly the author of this article has never used osCommerce.
The way you apply patches, mods and customisations to osCommerce is to merge the actual PHP source code and it very quickly becomes a nightmare. Even if you are fastidious in delimiting changes in comments, it is still a huge diff-merge task to take on an upgrade and one that is beyond a majority of users.
I remember spending days trying to reconcile two osCommerce sites developed for my (now ex) wife that had been developed by the same web "designer" but at different times and based on different versions of osCommerce and it was insane; the differences between them were enormous and trying to make a unified version with the only differences being the visual customisation proved impossible.
Having said that, 'Rich 2' is probably right as well.
Oh here come all the tired clichés from people who either knew someone who had a TVR, or else treat Jeremy Clarkson as the Messiah and believe every word he says.
Still, leaves those of us who actually own a TVR to enjoy them, I guess, whilst the sheeple buy boring cars and trot out their half-baked secondhand ill-informed opinions.
(Although, I will admit that build quality was variable and they do need a little fettling to be at their best)
RE: Consultants & TVR's
Always amuses me when you turn up on a client site in a 15 year-old TVR that is worth maybe £8k (ie. less than a small hatchback) and people say "clearly we're paying you too much".
My attitude is that if you think being a contractor is such an easy life with easy money, why aren't you doing it? You too could be driving an £8k labour of love.
I installed Ubuntu 11.04 and likewise was aghast at the steaming pile of uselessness that was the default UI.
Fortunately someone told me to log out, and when logging back in choose "Gnome Classic" as the UI from the logon screen.
Much usability restored.
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