103 posts • joined Friday 11th February 2011 02:41 GMT
What about Richard Garriot?
How much more of a British astronaut can you get than LORD BRITISH himself?
Well, everyone who remembers the Motorola Rokr for a start.
So now I have my smartphone panties, can I get a tentacle-themed USB cable to complete the set?
It's redundant anyway.
Apple users just turn their iPhones in profile and spank it to how "miraculously thin and revolutionary" it is. It's all the pornography they need.
Die, Java. Die.
In Chrome at least, Java has a pernicious habit of re-enabling itself after every bloody update, something I only find out after some site requests permission to run an applet. It's bloody annoying to have to poll the settings to make sure all the plugins I want disabled are disabled. Fix it, Google.
Re: Soap bubble
You too could attract revenues of 600 million doing almost anything if you were allowed to spend a billion to get them. Revenue does not a sustainable business make.
Re: Billion dollar profit ?
Well, no. This is just the cash splurge from their IPO. This is probably the last time in their history they'll ever book a significant profit.
Re: @ge Alternatively
Generally they're not even sales calls, they're just straight up scams.
We get calls, sometimes twice a day, from the "Microsoft support department" offering to fix problems with our computers. I always presume since they're willing to peddle one form of scam, then any sucker who actually pays them gets a trojan for their trouble.
Having a land line these days is vastly more trouble than it's worth. If you're moving to a new place, just chuck that fixed line phone in the bin and if you must have a communal house phone, make it a prepaid mobile.
Re: At first I thought the calendar is wrong
I presume this is going to be exactly like the C# episode. Much talk but everyone who matters keeps writing in C.
Re: Same fix as BEAST?
Yes. Sort of. RC4 has its own problems as regards security. The cure in this case may be worse than the disease. This attack is for the most part theoretical bullshit in your daily shopping/facebooking/tweeting context since it needs a man-in-the-middle, and a very specific man at that. RC4 may be attacked from anywhere, and not necessarily interactively.
Re: If it's timing-based
The easiest mitigation would be wide adoption of the AES counter mode cipher suites. I've always thought that counter mode really ought to be the default for TLS, you make your implementation much faster than CBC.
Re: Muslims in Space
I have no doubt that in the future someone will invent a gimbal-mounted platform that auo-orients to Mecca for orbital prayer.
On a related note, are Jews permitted to fire thrusters on the sabbath?
Going in to space doesn't seem so special now every pissant despot has their own rocket ship. We need to hurry up and get to Mars to bring some of the mystique back.
Presumably not /that/ Deepak Chopra...
... because his airport scanners would involve dousing rods and chanting.
Want to throw in some D&D while you're at it? I'm sure there's still some good scapegoat juice left in that one even after the satanic panic.
Anything that gets you away from investigating the real problem. You know, that one that you're forbidden by law from funding research in to.
Another victim of "radical pricing"
Yep, they've gathered themselves almost a billion users with the promise of "free". Now watch them desperately scramble to wring enough money from those people to sustain themselves. A few years hence they'll be less profitable than a garage enterprise with half a dozen customers, the only difference is that a few people made themselves rich off the backs off gullible investors in mean time.
Apple already ship seriously deficient wireless data implementations in their devices to stop people actually interfacing with them in non-approved ways. What makes you think wireless charging is going to be any different?
Interoperability is a dirty word in Cupertino. It's reason number one on the list of why you should never, ever buy i-anything.
I am dissapoint
For shame, el reg. Why is your subhead not "Googorola to shove set to box biz up Arris" or similar. You're not getting off your duties just because it's Christmas.
Stockholm syndrome I can only presume.
Re: Capitalism, aye?
No sense of humour? Long-winded bloviating? Describing governments and taxation as theft? The randroid meter is going off the scale! Clear the area!
Time for a one off douchebag tax, to be levied on companies whose CEOs are make smug statements about how proud they are of their tax structures. A couple of billion ought to cut it, don't you think?
Get on it, Osborne.
Seems like an easy fix.
Requiring the defendant to have a product in the market using the claimed innovation in order to defend a patent seems like almost a no-brainer. Patents are supposed to protect a company's innovations, not let them extract rents from other companies who are actually doing the innovating.
If you were feeling especially reform-minded, then it would be amusing to make it so both the inventor and assignee had to agree to transfer the rights to a patent to another party. That would probably go a long way to preventing trolls picking up patents from bankrupt companies.
Part of his cunning plan?
He probably faked a heart attack so he can slip out of the hospital and get back on the lam in a backless gown.
Re: Aruba is overpriced.
I refuse to believe any of those are names of real companies.
Missed a trick there
Harry should have pinned a notice to his wall prominently labelled "Trident launch codes." That'd give the press something to be excited about.
NASA all shook up?
I'm betting they found Elvis dung. Complete with half-digested fried bananas.
A serious suggestion for you reg hacks.
It'd be nice if you tagged all these space filling prognostications, and revisited them in an end of year round-up. It would be wonderful to have an article every December where you cover just how wrong all these analysts were.
Re: Not surprised
I heard it sold about 7 million copies on launch day. If that's death's door, sign me up for death. I guess what people are really paying for is essentially a subscription to an online service. You pay your 40 quid every year for privilege of access to the servers people are shooting each other on. It scarcely matters if they offer anything new or not, as long as they're better than the competition, they can sell millions every time.
Re: what do you expect them to do
"Taxes are an imposition extracted through the state's monopoly on the use of force,"
Oh god, the Randroids have arrived. Abandon thread.
Re: what do you expect them to do
Really? That's your advice? Just lower taxes? Taken universally, that just means a race to the bottom Britain can't win. There's always going to be an island nation that'll be happy with a few thousand for a business license and no income tax at all.
Companies who want to do business here need to pay what they owe, and not export their profits overseas. To do otherwise is simple theft, and ought to be prosecuted as such.
It's about time they pruned iTunes.
iTunes really is suffering from the never ending feature creep. It would be really nice if they ripped everything that had nothing to do with playing music out of it and put it some different apps. I suspect that's not what they're going to do though.
Doesn't it ever strike the people that work on this software that iTunes is a daft name for an app that sells people Angry Birds for their phone?
Bring your own challenge.
One caveat that deserves to be mentioned for this game, it's incredibly easy even on the very hardest difficultly setting. If you're looking for a game like Thief, a brutally unforgiving sneak-em-up, you're out of luck. You get an arsenal of magic powers that make either killing or sneaking around people incredibly easy. Once you have the fully upgraded stop time power, nothing really presents a challenge. You're even given a sort of second chance at stealth in the form of sleep darts, so if someone comes upon you unexpectedly holding a maid in a compromising position, then it's one shot and nighty-night guard.
If there's one thing I could change about this game it would be to have a proper very hard difficulty setting. One where the guards aren't imbeciles who don't notice when you abduct their friend from the room they're patrolling and stash his limp body in a nearby toilet. One where if you remove a full tank of whale oil from a security device to power it down, someone comes to investigate and you can choose between either taking them out, or substituting in an empty tank to make it look like it just ran out. Little touches like that would make the game a challenge.
As it is, it's a fun game to play, but the challenge you bring to it pretty much has to be with house rules. If you're the kind of person who likes to artificially limit themselves, this would be a good one for you. It'd be interesting to see how hard it would be to be stealthy without using the see through walls power, for example.
The asset stripping continues apace
I guess selling off the physical plant means they've run out of engineers to fire? I'm sure Nokia will soon be down to a nice, neat size where they can be bought out for their patent portfolio. You do have to wonder how the executives who preside over these things live with themselves. I guess the mutli-million pay cheques help.
Make one that dispenses skittles...
... and I'll be first in line.
Re: it's pretty obvious how to turn it off
So basically you're saying that advertisers will respect DNT right up until the point people actually start using it. This cynical point of view may well be true, but it's more a reflection of advertiser's willingness to annoy and disrespect the people they're advertising to in the name of making a buck than it is Microsoft's bad faith.
Microsoft clearly have the right of this. If you polled a thousand web users, how many would really want advertisers to track their browsing habits? I'm betting not many. Privacy should be the default, not a privilege to be exercised by an elite few. If DNT isn't going to work when it's the default then it isn't going to work at all, and when self regulation fails then the advertising industry will have to accept government regulation of their behaviour.
Nerf Reaper drone to make this useful. Then you could call in office air strikes on your colleagues when they break the build or lock themselves out of their computer.
Sending explicit pictures...
... "via text"? So that would be 8======D then?
I can't understand this logic
The PC game market, which is bigger than any one console,and, for many classes of game that receive both console and PC releases, frequently bigger than all the consoles put together. I can't understand why you'd want to pass up that money just because you imagine (doubtless based on very dodgy statistics) that for every quid you take, another 19 could have been taken from people who pirated your game instead of paying.
How does it make any sense at all to forego all revenue because you're now foregoing some revenue? How does free to play help you make revenue from those people who now pay nothing? Aren't there people (like me) who would pay full cover price for your game, but would never use in game stores for vanity items and have a distaste for anything that smacks of pay to win?
It's just such a strange accounting that makes real these imaginary losses from piracy and using them to wipe out the real profits you're making from real sales.
... is an expert hunter, but strangely enough won't touch anything which even reminds him of meat. Offer him most wet cat food or meat prepared for humans and he doesn't recognise it as food. He only seems to eat biscuits. Whoever owned him before we did has a lot to answer for.
I'm not sure who these kitties are who manage to catch birds though. None of the kitties I've ever owned have managed to get within so much as a meter of a bird before they were spotted. One did bag a rabbit though. A big, adult rabbit. Which he dragged through the catflap. Minus its head. And left under the sideboard. I think he might have been trying to tell me something.
Re: Dangerous suggestion
Bloody foreign muck. The Britisher uses Salad Cream.
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