286 posts • joined Monday 21st February 2011 13:02 GMT
Re: It is probably worth passing comment...
Indeed, the professionally produced music added an extra dynamic not really present in games until the PS1. There was one part (I can't remember the name of the level) where you walk through into a large room that has a large pool and those disintegrating platforms around it. When you walk into the room, a version of the distinctive title music kicks in with the strings and the harp, which was playing as I made Lara dive into the pool and swim about in this huge 3D environment. That blew me away back in '96.
Back then (as an 11 year old), I thought games couldn't get much better. Looking back at TR's dated graphics now shows that they've come a long way, but everything now is incremental. The difference between console generations now is nowhere near as big as the leap between Megadrive/ SNES to PS1 was then.
What I want to know...
...is what happens to these things next year when the inevitable new shiny comes out. And, diamond encrusted or not, according to fanboi law this model instantly becomes an ancient, outdated piece of shit. Is there any demand for the complete product to be resold, or is it simply ripped apart and the diamonds and gold scrapped/ sold off?
No, Apple don't control the price of generally available RAM and SSDs. But they do control what they put into their heavily locked down kit:
"I’m not sure I’m ready to commit myself to soldered RAM and the hope that upgrades will appear for its custom SSD form factor."
So the author hopes that the "passage of time" and the reduction of costs to Apple, will in turn be passed onto the consumer. Which is not bloody likely, given the company's history and contempt towards its customers.
All clear now or would you like some pictorial representations?
Re: Theater, indeed
@Dance With Sheep
Indeed, what could easily have become a tragic event turned into a much more lighthearted and hilarious affair. I remember watching the news at the time, and whichever channel it was, was interviewing one of the passengers who stopped the attack. When asked what happened, the guy said something along the lines of:
"I saw a guy running towards me shouting 'allahu akbar', so I battered him"
Thank fuck for the lack of brain cells amongst extremists. And for angry Scots, of course.
"I can hope the passing of time will lower the cost for a decent amount of RAM and a sizeable SSD"
Ha ha, that part made me laugh. You know this is Apple you're talking about, right?
"rights to the Internet"
The web, dear AC, the web. Not the Internet. You have to get that right on a site like this.
...would quite like Apple to take its ill-gotten gains and fuck off with all this now. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like that will happen.
And it even responded to El Reg! The PR guys must be in a REALLY good mood today.
Re: 2kg in 4 days?
Your weight can fluctuate +/- 1kg in a day anyway, so maybe he weighed himself at different times of the day; the night before the desk arrived, then in the morning 4 days later. Losing 1kg in 4 days is entirely possible, especially if you're clocking up 10k steps at a pace that gets you "mildly sweaty".
Re: Streisand effect in action
"perhaps if they hadn't made a big issue of it with the press"
People should read these articles properly before commenting. It was the press who alerted the family to the image. Excerpt from the article:
"Last week his family was alerted to the Maps search result by local TV station KTVU: its reporters found the overhead pictures showed Kevin's body, a police patrol car, and what appears to be officers examining the scene."
Re: Similar case
It's strange they haven't removed that one. They removed this one pretty quickly after it was reported:
I remember seeing one when they launched one of the South American countries, too (possibly Honduras).
Re: Retail price?
"What about about shipping the units, storing them, and the margins the retailers will be demanding.
And then not forgetting taxes (VAT etc), any import duties and so on."
All of which were covered in the article. And the title of the article. And history. It's all about the GAMES.
And, seemingly the accessories, e.g. the controller, which costs half of what it sells for. Judging by the fact the PS3 controller STILL cost £40 6 years after the release of the PS3, that alone is a tidy earner for Sony.
Re: 500 cycles?
I read it as the stretchy stuff "loses performance" after 500 cycles, meaning it will offer full protection (and "healing" capabilities) for that long, then gradually decrease its effectiveness until it has no "healing" effect at all. That's not to say the battery will be knackered after this, just that it will no longer receive protection from the coating. The silicon electrodes should then continue to function (and decay) at the rate an ordinary li-ion battery does now.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. This is not Apple's fault. I'm no fan of theirs, and I certainly don't own any of their overpriced kit. I don't like their ethos as a company, how they treat their customers, how they do business, and I am underwhelmed by their products. BUT, in the interest of fairness, it's only right that I also comment when they do something right. I do applaud their ethical response to these claims, which happen quite often. They take action, and do more than most to impose restrictions on their suppliers. True, it's probably only because they are in the limelight more than anyone else, but any improvements to terrible conditions are welcome, no matter how they come about.
Apple certainly doesn't deserve to be lambasted for using a supplier which is governed by a third world government, and is also used by every other big tech hardware maker. Sensationalist much, Rik...?
Re: Only got themselves to blame..
No surprise at all. Although I do feel some sympathy for the workers who have been reprimanded and maybe even fired for this. As someone who has had the need in the past to work on people's workstations while they were logged in as themselves, it comes as no surprise whatsoever the ease of which people will hand over their passwords.
Ok, I've never worked for the NSA and I don't know what kind of general computer security training they gave their people before Snowden (I'd put money in it being a hell of a lot better now!). But I have worked at small private companies, large multinationals and even public sector. In each scenario, a great deal of trust is placed on sysadmins, as they have to deal with users of varying technical abilities, and have access to highly sensitive information. In every job I've had, the user mindset has been "oh, he works in IT, he's trained in data security. He has more access to my system than I do and can access all sorts of data, so there's no problem handing over my password." Even when I've not asked for it (I try not to, and if the need does arise, I tell them to reset as soon as I've finished).
It might not be right, but it's the way it is in many office environments.
Re: I was going to make a "Spare some piss guv?" joke
"or act en masse as a "mobile, distributed sensor network". "
or act en masse as a "mobile, distributed human flesh-eating network of sado-murder machines".
"Google doesn't rule the internet"
Who are you trying to kid? Of course it does...
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"there were 19 refusals to decrypt data to date in the period 2012/2013. Of those 19, three were successfully prosecuted"
So the other 16 had no charges brought against them? Those odds look pretty good to me! Definitely worth withholding the encryption passes.
Great article, well researched and very interesting.
Re: Really, a race?
"I really doubt their predictions are that good"
I certainly don't doubt the guy was just bigging up Tesco with that example. But the fact remains that they've been collecting shitloads of data on every clubcard user for almost two decades, and there are infinite uses for that data. Not just predicting and attempting to sway customers in what to buy, but reminding them of things they might not have bought in a while (those vouchers tend to work on me more then the predictions).
Whether Tesco uses this data to its potential is anyone's guess, though.
Really, a race?
"The race is on for retailers to gather as much information about us as possible"
Tesco has been collecting shitloads of data on customers since the mid 90's with Clubcard. In a recent documentary, a senior exec boasted about how they would know their customers were pregnant before they did, for example, and start targeting them with vouchers for nappies and such. They've been at it for almost 20 years and no other supermarket does it to this degree. This is no race.
He's a fool for even considering this
I wouldn't trust the US government as far as I would throw them. He should stay put in the country he fought so hard to get asylum in until his 2 years are up, and then reevaluate his position. The NSA may well monitor his video call to the Germans (I'd be really surprised if they didn't), but that's better than risking life imprisonment getting on a plane.
Re: Comment from the Cockwomble in question
I actually didn't take issue with the term "boring weirdos", as many people have stereotypical views of us programmers (or any other type of "IT Geek"), and using these in a provocative way, I'm sure, appeals to a certain demographic. Personally, that type of "ooh look at me, look how controversial I am" journalism certainly does nothing for me, but then again I'm not a Telegraph reader. It was clearly an attempt to provoke a reaction from within the tech community, which it did. It also spawned various articles in tech news publications, which helped your cause. You don't need to pretend reader numbers aren't important to you, though.
What I did take issue with was the overall view that teaching coding to all kids shouldn't be done. You were right in pointing out that the current system is broken. But relying on after school, extra curricular "clubs" to instill the coding "bug" is not the way forward. I'd also agree that early primary school is too young for coding (5-7 year olds), but basic computer science and coding should be included in all early high school teaching years, and possibly even later primary school years. Children should be taught what goes on behind the scenes when the power button on their laptop is pressed, as well as how it's possible for their favourite website to appear on the screen.
Telling us it's a waste of time trying to teach all kids to code is like saying we shouldn't make all kids sit through PE, art, geography, history etc. for some of their academic lives. Of course a portion of them are going to hate it, as I hated PE and religious education when I was at school, but once they reach the third year of high school (or "year 9" as it's now known), they can bin off the subjects they no longer want. I don't see how programming and advanced computing is any different. How are those kids with a knack for coding going to know about it, if they aren't exposed to it in some way?
Re: Vote with your wallet
"what's the fucking point in them?"
Well said. If standards aren't good enough, they need to change.
What we should remember, though, is that a serious accident would be catastrophic for Ryanair. People know full well they aren't going to get a good service, but will put up with a short flight in these conditions as the price is so low. They compromise more and more on customer service, but not on safety, as a fatal accident would completely wreck their business. And in almost 30 years of operation, there's only been one accident, caused by a birdstrike (not their fault), which everyone on board survived.
Re: Big Bang Theory?
How dare you...!
From some of the accounts I've read, quite the opposite is true for the first few days...
Re: Um, nope
"Auctions listing something for a ridiculous price ≠ items actually selling for those prices."
That's true, but a Completed Listings search reveals the fact that buyers actually do buy old 2G tat at high prices. Such as this one, "like new" which sold for £250 + postage.
It may not be the £800 as mentioned in the article, but it's still a hell of a lot.
"I would use "an hallucinogen" in the same way I would use "an hotel"."
Why would anyone say "an hotel"? I've never heard that before, it's really odd. Perhaps in some thick northern slang where the h is not pronounced ("an 'otel")?
Although, on the BBC they say "an historic" quite a lot, so who knows?
Still, back to the matter in hand. Yay for weed!
Re: So tell us Mr. Branson
I can think of several off the top of my head:
- Atmosphere/ prestige
- Hula girls
- Excellent weather (warm sun most of the time, cool tropical rain storms now and again)
- Awesome house (see "Cribs")
- It's your own frigging island! Who wouldn't want that? You could effectively be the king
And like the man said, he has an absolute shitload of cash. Paying more or less tax in a year won't make any difference to him; he can't spend whatever he has left anyway.
"Although, confusingly, if Jobs were still alive and running Apple, Robertson would reconsider his position"
I don't think that's particularly confusing. What I got from that statement was that Jobs, the "genius with a heart of black" was able to whip his
slaves staff into shape, and convince his disciples customers that what they wanted was the same product, slightly improved and repackaged, year after year. And while he was at the helm, that happened.
Without him, under the leadership of Cook the Timid, his people are now let loose, and the Apple wheels are starting to fall off. Makes sense to me.
@MrXavia Re: @AC
"but can you really blame the lower classes for taking the cash??"
Yes, you absolutely can. The banks really didn't help the situation and needed to tighten their lending rules. A lot. But people who take on credit they know full well they cannot afford, whether you think them to be of a "lower class" or not, need to take responsibility for their actions.
And there's nothing wrong with a 110% mortgage, as long as the bank can be as sure as they can be that the people they're lending to can afford to repay.
... WD have finally started to offer what Synology have done for years.
Re: El Reg is getting worse....
"Ferrari, Mercedes Benz and Rolls Royce could all make a shit car anyone could by"
Er, the A-Class...?
Re: Did I miss something
Define "decent people"
Seems about right...
...for your average punter. But to many regular readers of this site, I suspect it will be much higher.
I am a web developer by trade, and I reckon mine is probably more like 5-6, even excluding porn ;-)
"so these discussions are either at a very early stage – more brainstorming than formal proposal – or the world of Windows Phone is in even worse condition than it appears. "
Or the third option; the rumours are bollocks. I'm not saying they are, just that it's an option.
Christ on a bike
If you're going to do something as stupid as filming whilst driving, at least have the courtesy to spin your phone round and film it landscape. Sheesh.
"Home beer brewing takes entirely too much time, is too imprecise, and frankly, when you account for all of the clean-up, is not all that fun,"
I've never brewed my own due to a lack of space, but I imagine I'd get a great deal of satisfaction from putting in the effort and eventually working out how to create a decent brew. You know, doing it properly and persevering until it's done right?
That little quote pretty much sums up America though, doesn't it?
Re: Candy Crush..
Anyone would think they created a mobile game to make money, or something. Those bastards...
Re: Prior art
I had a gold cover for a (very) short time on my Nokia 3210 in the 90's. Does that count?
Re: "We love you, Steve!"
Yes, certain parts of this article read like some twisted paragraphs from nineteen eighty four.
he does deserve more, but we don't have the all the facts. However, the judge saw fit to award a payment of £2m, which is certainly not be sniffed at for an individual, and won't make a dent in Apple's profits. I suspect the 6 years of court costs will have cost them a fair bit more.
It'd be good if this was an end to it now; I'd like to see Apple simply pay up and this guy can enjoy his new found wealth. But this being Apple, I doubt they'll just drop it and won't appeal (unless that's as far as it can go? I don't know much about the Japanese legal system).
"it's not just Apple that sucks at pictures, it's android too."
Yes, you're right, the manufacturer known as "Android" doesn't know how to make a decent camera. Fool.
"Click on her, said anti-virus outfit McAfee, and you'll get something nasty."
And if you're unfortunate enough to have McAffee installed on your PC, you'll only find out about it AFTER it has been able to penetrate your system and do its damage.
"1) You'd think they would have done that for the 5C if that were the case ("ooh, look how popular this one is too")."
Not really. I should imagine they have teams of people reading the tech reviews/ previews/ popular blogs and, realizing world + dog (even hardened fanbios) think a poorer quality but only slightly cheaper iShiny is a shit idea, instead focused all their attention on the expensive iShiny.
"Starving the market" is an old trick, and is one Apple has successfully employed every year since 2008. How many more years they can get away with it remains to be seen, however.
The assumption here
is that independence would mean complete severance, which would not be the case. There would still be shared service agreements, as used in N Ireland:
"Northern Ireland’s Social Security Agency uses several DWP contracts and systems including its Central Payment System"
The article acknowledges that sharing services such as the DWP would be essential for a time, and then could be phased out. But if both parties benefit from the shared services, why would they?
To be honest though, looking at how well Scotland runs government IT, healthcare and education (and other common sense bye laws such as vehicle clamping and gazumping), if they did gain the independence many Scots want, I'd be tempted to pack up and move there (to Edinburgh, of course. Not Glasgow).
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