229 posts • joined 2 Feb 2011
Re: im excited by this
No idea why you got downvoted for that, Mike; you're bang on the money there.
Re: Three trilogies
The books are canon within the Expanded Universe, yes.
George Lucas has always maintained that the films and the Expanded Universe are separate canon though, which gives him a nice Joker for not having to respect the canon of the Expanded Universe.
Totally with you on that; Dark Empire was really rather superb.
I think this could be good news and I'm cautiously optimistic
Disney have already shown that they can nurture a franchise with their purchase of Marvel. "Avengers Assemble" was absolutely brilliant. And I for one really enjoyed "Tron: Legacy" as well.
They also have the potential to pull in some decent directors and writers. Let's face it, George Lucas isn't actually a very good director and he's not that good a writer either. His character development and dialogue in Episodes 1-3 was pretty dire. Especially the love story between Padame and Anakin.
Suffering from lag?
No offence, but BBC News got here 4+ hours before The Register and in more detail too.
I kind of expect El Reg to be first with Technology stories and in more technical detail. It's a pretty unfortunate state of affairs when they're several hours later and with less detail.
Re: Perfect embodiment of everything Apple.
It was this paragraph that suggested it, Doug:
"The design suggests this isn't really an ocean-going craft, since those hull windows would be a liability in very rough seas and the doors and windows of the superstructure aren't slanted but run at a 90 degree angle from the deck. This make the ship trickier to steer in high winds and much less resistant to wave damage."
Re: Perfect embodiment of everything Apple.
Yes, that was my immediate reaction too.
Has to be The World Is Not Enough, simply for the gorgeous Sophie Marceau as the delightfully complex Elekra King and the solid performance of Robert Carlisle as Renard.
But it was hard to choose as I have so many favourites. Tim Dalton put in a very solid performance as the 'Bond of the Books' but was let down by poor scripts, and Daniel Craig has put in an equally good stab at it too.
I was lucky enough that my dad bought a white Lotus Esprit S3 not long after The Spy Who Loved Me came out. Being dropped off at school in James Bond's car was totally awesome. So that film has a special place for me too.
Indeed. Much awesomeness with the Propellerheads track.
Re: "Nerd alert"
I had a pristine example too. My ex asked me to let her son have a go, and I said he would lose the rockets. She assured me he would not. With crushing inevitability, he immediately did. :o)
Indeed. The white Esprit that went underwater was a S1, which was Naturally Aspirated and produced way before the first Turbo.
Pretty sure the one they blew up in For Your Eyes Only was a Turbo though.
The article would have been better had it referred to "Major Boothroyd" instead of "Old Q". For that was his name.
I rather think you are missing the point of the game if you think that.
It's not meant to be realistic; it's meant to be a laugh. And it is one - a brilliant one.
Yes, I agree. This is one of the most annoying aspects of the game - it's not something you can dip into and you have to be able to set aside time to play it.
Other than that it's brilliant though - really good fun and a good sense of humour too.
Re: They are screen shots
Although the game does use a cartoon style, the pics in the article are not screen shots - they're artists impressions. The look and feel is subtly different to the in-game shots like the ones I posted.
Re: Inventory fatigue
In B2 you can tag weapons in your inventory with a star to denote them as faves (ie. keep) or a red x (to denote junk). When you get to a vendor machine and select "sell" you can hit Delete to sell all items that have a red x next to them.
So that's an improvement over B1.
Here's two I made earlier, Chris.
Re: Method of measuring could play a role
I agree. My father, bless him, doesn't even know what a browser is. To him it's "the internet".
I installed Firefox on his PC when I was working on it once, and afterwards he asked me what "that Mozzarella thing" I installed was. I said it was an alternative browser. He asked what a browser was, I said it was like Internet Explorer that he already used, and he told me he had no idea what I was talking about.
Re: Please Stop it.
Every time I turn my telly on it says that new channels are available and do I want to retune the telly. I gave up saying 'yes' after a while. It's really annoying.
Whilst it is within the manager's right to refuse entry, there's a right way and a wrong way to do it.
Publicly humiliating customers mid-meal, whilst no doubt personally satisfying, isn't really a good PR move. Quietly telling them at the end of their meal that they are no longer welcome at the establishment in future would have been a better way of doing it.
Eel have a hard time living that one down.
Re: Not this "pin everything to the taskbar" argument again
I'm the same. But I also enabled WinXP's Quick Launch bar because that happens to work for me. Many people don't realise that Win7 still has it, but disabled.
I have to use WinXP at work and I choose to run Win7-64 at home, and I have to say I miss an awful lot of Win7's features when at work.
Re: What is lacking in the controller space
You mean something like the 3Dconnexion SpaceNavigator, Clive?
If there's any cake to be had
Indeed. The cake could quite possibly be a lie.
The thing I simply cannot get my head around is that we have military-grade encryption available to us all, for free, cross-platform and easy to use.
All data that goes out of my house - whether it be USB memory stick, portable HDD or laptop - is encrypted, the latter with whole volume encryption. I use TrueCrypt but there are others too.
So why do we keep hearing of these serious data breaches again and again? It's like hearing that some companies keeps getting burgled again and again because they are in the habit of leaving their front door open every night and don't employ a security guard.
Re: Old RPGs
We need a film of The Dig.
Considering it was originally going to be a film and was instead made into a video game, that would be do-able.
Not entirely sure Day of the Tentacle would work as a film, but I have very fond memories of playing it. Brilliant game.
Re: Doom is awesome
Indeed. I quite liked the Doom film.
I mean, sure, it was no Citizen Kane. But for what it was I thought it did pretty well at it.
Re: Pump and Dump ladies and gentlemen
Yup. I've been saying the same from the outset.
What a remarkable man. I confess I had not heard of him but it seems we owe him a debt of thanks.
Why is it taking so long
A hybrid solution has been the obvious choice for years now, ever since SDDs started hitting the market, so I'm confused as to why it has taken so long. I would have predicted that pretty much all HDDs would be hybrid by now but clearly they aren't.
(Don't flame me - I really am genuinely confused as to why they aren't more prevalent. Is it price?)
I know a lot of Second Life residents had a Facebook account for their avatar as an extension to their Second Life presence. Linden Lab even semi-encouraged it inasmuch as you can link your Second Life profile to a Facebook account.
Apparently Facebook had a massive cull on this last year and removed thousands of such accounts.
I also have friends who have an 'online persona' type Facebook account that they are less picky about who friends along with a 'proper' account that only actual friends are invited to.
So, as others have said, alt accounts are more prevalent than Facebook think.
Step away from the cash machine. You have 20 seconds to comply.
Well, I've just taken a punt on four of the 2TB drives to go in my FreeNAS box (HP Microserver FTW!) and it'll be interesting to see how they work out.
Novatech aren't yet stocking them so I bought from Dabs.
If they do what they purport to and the street price comes out competitively, then I'd be very interested in these.
I currently have 4 pretty old WD Caviars at 500Gb capacity in my NAS and am looking to upgrade them.
I didn't even need to open that to know which XKCD skit it was. :o)
That is possibly the most awesomest t-shirt ever created by man. In fact I might change my name to Cunty McFuckoff. :o)
Yes, indeed. But the point I think Gary was making is that it was originally called XBox Media Center and was originally for the XBox. You're quite right that the only way of running it on an actual XBox now is to use the xbmc4xbox fork though. In fact I did just that only last year for a bit of amusement and even got it outputting in HD. Then, once I actually had it running fine, I lost interest and never used it. D'Oh! :o)
XBox Media Center
I was thinking much the same thing, but you beat me to it. :o)
Wait... the passwords were being stored *unencrypted* and *unsalted*, in PLAIN TEXT?
Seriously? Anyone who does this should be taken outside and shot. Repeatedly. Then a few more times to make sure.
A rose by any other name...?
I've said this before on another thread, but I've always thought that the name 'Maemo' was kind of a cool name, but the name 'Meego' had a whiff of the naff about it.
I think Nokia's Plan B is to release a series of critically-acclaimed Hip hop / acoustic / soul / rap songs and... oh, wait. Sorry. Got confused there.
The comment claiming that everyone else "lags some months behind El Reg" on reporting news did make me smile in the light of the fact that The Register was 24 hours behind everyone else on the "Hitchhiker shot while researching 'Kindness of America'" story and a full week behind everyone else on reporting on the sale of MoneySavingExpert.com, and these are by no means isolated incidents.
I'm not saying that you (the author) don't have your finger on the pulse and I'm not knocking the Reg, but it does seem to lag a day or two behind the mainstream media on mainstream tech stories.
Opt in vs Opt out
Yet again Facebook demonstrates it doesn't understand the concept of 'Opt in'
Yesterday's news today
I'm sure I read this on the Telegraph website yesterday.
It's by no means the first time the Reg has played catch-up although it's better than the 6 days it took to report on the sale of MoneySavingExpert.com
Dab of Oppo
"The Volkswagen Up! is a b*tch and I spanked it"
~~ Troy Queef, Executive Associate Editor-At-Large for DAB OF OPPO magazine
Re: Breaking News from June the 1st.
I was thinking much the same - that I'd read this in the national Press last week.
Ok, that's a fair point. I guess trading is a lot more fast-paced than online banking.
Clearly he didn't take enough care of his computer's security, but also Spreadex allowed an authenticated session to persist for too long. The article suggests he left his machine at his girlfriend's and it was accessed in his absence. The logged-in session should have been dropped by Spreadex, surely?
I think both parties are guilty of lax security really.
Indeed. For example, Lloyds TSB's online banking requires you to enter your password again to confirm any transaction that debits your account. It's a pest but a good safeguard against exactly this sort of thing.
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