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Dum, dum, dum dum....
I recall Space Invaders hitting the UK in late 1978 and early 1979
I then moved to South Africa and I recall seeing a Space Invaders coinop being wheeled into the local cafe/supermarket.
The owner was surprised when I said I'd played it, as in 1979 coinops were a relatively new concept in South Africa.
Soon there was a queue to play it, as well as a crowd huddled around the perspex protected CRT to watch the action.
The "dum, dum, dum dum" noise always reminded me of the theme to Jaws!
This was certainly the game that made coinops popular in South Africa and by time we hit the mid 1980's, game arcades everywhere had Space Invaders, Asteroids and other legendary joystick coinops outselling the traditional pinball tables.
Re: dumb question
Another dumb question in reply to your dumb question...
An ereader on a 3.5" screen?
Re: Here's an idea..
I could just imagine a Nork Communism Theme Park...
There would be oversized effigies of all the "Kims" running around..
There could also be a "House of Horrors" that contains wax dummies of former South Korean leaders, former and present western & U.S. leaders and western television personalities, while modern rock music plays in the background
In the "City of the Future" section there would be integrated circuits, pocket calculators, oversized old school mobile phones, 17" CRT monitors, Karaoke machines and fuel injected cars.. The highlight would be a wind up flashlight!
Then there would be the refreshments stands, comprising of rice, fish and soda water, meanwhile the stands' decor would mimic KFC & McD's!
Re: Scientific evidence
But I need to ask will they blend?
And strangely enough....
This article appeared in ElReg but never made the columns in a majority of the printed and electronic news media here in the Banana Republic..
Ignorance is bliss.......
When I was kid I depended on a kaleidoscope to see stuff like this
To see anything remotely interactive I'd head off to the planetarium, which has now been almost killed off by Google Sky and other similar applications, like Starwalk for tablets.
It's awesome to watch rendering sequences like this, it shows that technology brings science to the masses via mediums like YouTube.. and let's not overlook the programming that went into the production
And to think my kids believe I spend all my "Internet time" on YouTube time watching cheesy 80's musics videos...
S.A: Put your clocks back...
I've recently returned to S.A. after 12 years of working in the U.S. and the U.K.
IT in education isn't exactly embraced at government level here; they can't even deliver textbooks* to students in government schools, never mind roll out any form of IT infrastructure for education
Bear in mind that most South Africans do embrace technology at a personal level, but the bottom line is that the government cannot deliver the most basic services to the majority of South Africans.
Rest assured, Internet connectivity to rural and poor areas is not a priority either, most would rather see houses, water, electricity, drainage and asphalt appear in their areas, opposed to a technology that only benefits the "privileged" irrespective of their race.
Kudos to Google for implementing an infrastructure that will benefit the next generation of South African scholars.
Sadly in 3rd world nations with 1st world ambitions, we depend on NGOs to make a difference in areas that are bottom of the pecking order when it comes to development
*The Limpopo province textbook scandal in 2012 when organisations contracted to deliver textbooks to Limpopo schools found it easier to dump them in rivers and on rural open ground opposed to delivering them to the schools that need(ed) them
Re: "Windows" Adware?
Spot on with that. It seems as if most malware is activated by unwary users who believe that they are "not prone to any risk because we run a Mac"
Irrespective of the OS, if you authorise an installation, you will be stung...
Great little mission and a good video of the entire adventure..
It's amazing how ingenious some people can be, using an over the counter RC plane, Helium weather balloon, and other available gadgets, including the GoPro camera to achieve the kind of feats that were limited to science labs and universities a decade or so ago.
The reasonably priced and rugged GoPro camera has really revolutionised video footage for amateurs undertaking high altitude adventures like this,
Thanks ElReg, for not letting the Scandanavian's little experiment go unnoticed..
..but the ElReg readers and Forumites have also added some classics that need mentioning:
Silent Running, without a doubt a grear classic, although it was a 70's eco awareness type message. I loved the three little tape driven drones, Hewie, Louie and Dewie... I was young when I saw it and it sowed the seeds that made me an eternal SciFi fan..
Sunshine: Visually stunning and also real scifi in the fact that mankind would dontate his nuclear arsenal to rekindle the sun... but it was the little things like how a slight alteration in course almost led to disaster and even with all the technology in place, man is the weakness that made the maiden mission fail..
Black Hole, sure I am going to hell for digging this Disney "classic" out, but it was entertaining and also visually brilliant for its era too.
Event Horizon: Love it or hate it, it was believable SciFi with some scares in the plot. Quite enjoyable and one of LFJr's better roles as a stern faced, no nonsense salvage crew commander
..before Games Workshop sues someone's ass off for 3D printing WarHammer figurines?
I cut my teeth in the mainframe game, we ran DG's iCobol on Eclipse series AOS/VS boxes in the mid 80's
In our IT department we had a framed photo of Grace Hopper as our geeky tribute to this pioneering woman.
The chairman of the group of companies we worked for one day asked us about this photo portrait of an elderly woman in a Navy uniform.
Our lead programmer gave him a brief synopsis of Grace M H's contribution to the digital dawn and also highlighted that our entire financial system was based on Cobol.
The chairman was quite impressed, but I reckon it was because of our program team leader's passion for what she had achieved.
A few years later we relocated the IT department to the group's corporate HQ. The chairman and directors were giving some high profile customers a tour of the HQ including our IT department.
One of the VIPs asked about Grace Murray Hopper's framed photo which was relocated too. Our chairman rattled off, almost word for word how she was a pioneer in computing. He also made mention that the companies within the group used Cobol too.
I guess Grace Hopper touched us all in a small way, she was the unsung hero known only to us back room geeks.
Every now and then she gets a mention and I can only smile when she does. A brilliant mathematician who was a pioneer in so many ways..
Grace, once again, I salute you
This brings back some fond memories of being a teenage immigrant lad in South Africa in the late 70's as the arcade games era hit us..
I recall Ridge Racer, then Space Invaders being the first two I saw at the local cafe (as the cafe's were the pre-games arcade hangout for "gamers")
Then came Donkey Kong, my next addicition and introduction to the Brothers "Mario"
"Track and Field" was known as "Hyper Olympics" here, exact same game, different name but a great game!
By the early 80's games arcades sprung up all over the place, usually alongside roadhouses or cafes, as the (usually Portuguese or Greek) cafe owners saw the opportunity and opened arcades.
I do recall most of the titles, we didn't get them all here, sadly, but one thing I believe needed a mention is this nostalgic article was "Asteroids"
Thanks for the trip down memory lane to when I was a teenage school/college boy who used to starve all day just to spend his "lunch money" on those great CRT and oversized button equipped coinops..
I know a guy who is squint, he wears glasses but it's a problem he was born with and has had for many years. Sadly his conditon cannot be corrected with surgery.
So, I have to ask what will happen if he looks at the screen? Will the camer misinterpret the occular feedback and scroll up/down and sideways at the same time?
Yes, I know, he would just disable the feature...
Just for fun....
...I'd buy a few pairs of those and stick them in the washing machine, just to freak my other half out...
But as for ever putting something like that on a phone? Noways, the entire concept is pants in my opinion
I loved this game like no other.
It was such a huge improvement over the 2D original and the fact one can terraform your map prior to building your virtual empire was awesome
Adjusting tax rates, building parks and museums to appease the binary citizens, building right angled highways and prisons made it an experience I shall never get tired of.
I have to ask just how many SimMayors left the game running overnight to accumulate beeelions in taxes so we go the mega route and build those Arco type buildings,.
The biggest bous of all for me was integrating your SC2K maps into SimCopter so you could get a real bird's eye view of your creation!
Yes, I still have a copy but sadly it's been years since I played. Rest assured that this weekend I will dig through my old jewel cased software collection and install it on the Windows box...
Cool for CATs
I'm diging it... but will make the earth move for me?
Hopefully they'll be available where I live and perhaps I can scrape enough together to buy one
It's a lot better than the JCB branded phone we saw on ElReg about 18 months back..
Re: Question for the *nix crowd
Good question, seeing MacOS was replaced by OSX in 1999...
A good article and and it highlights a lot of truths about the Interwebz dating thing..
I recall IRC was always a fairly decent resource for "Internet dating" and I know a few couples who hooked up on the IRC #Channels in the mid 90's and are still together today.
Sadly unlike the proper dating websites that require a valid email and often require credit card details, IRC was also the hunting grounds of some unscrupulous characters too, good moderation was really needed to protect the unaware from these type of people
In my experience, I find Internet dating tends to bring people together from afar. I know of people who have met their ideal match, however their "match" may live in another state or country. The glue that initially holds them together tends to be phone calls and Skype, but, hey it works for them
Quite a few have actually met their distanced cyber-matches and made it work, I do know of some who have been gravely disappointed too..
Momentus.. the shape of things to come?
The Seagate Momentus XT disks do wonders to speed up boot times and isn't that what most users want, a really fast boot time?
Perhaps as NAND dies are shrunk and the production costs decline, we'll see hybrid drives contain more than a fraction of a percent to one percent of flash capacity. I believe when we hit 10%+ flash capacity is when we'll really reap the benefit of these hybrid type drives.
Of course the market for this type of technology is for those who understand it and the benefits it brings as well as the premium paid for it
To most "consumers" the "hybrid drive" technology is "gobbly-geek" and fitting hybrid drives into "Joe Public's" laptop or desktop is like feeding caviar to pigs.
Wow, gives new meaning to scrubbing the disks..
Very malicious indeed and his sentence was quite light taking the damage he done over the period.
If he was "than unhappy" why didn't he just look for another job? FFS!
.. that the concept design diagram you submitted will soon appear in the Iranian press as a "homebrewed Iranial rocket powered drone that will singlehandedly lead to the destruction of the enemies of the ayatollah"
Intel Desktop Mobos
A pity, they were never the fastest or most groundbreaking product but they are rock solid reliable
The Channel likes the product, sure a few dollars more than an ASUS oe Gigabyte equivalent, but Intel's warranty policy is fairly decent.
I don't think most will miss the products, but the OEMs may just shed a tear or two.. after all the little "Genuine Intel BOXDH77EB - Eb Lake LGA 1155 Motherboard" on the quote gives some buyers a peace of mind..
The Tweenies featuring a puppet "impersonating Jimmy Savile".
So this cigar smoking puppet was luring starry eyed teen girls to parties, then to hotel rooms?
It must have pulled some strings to get all that right...
So as I suspected...
..Anonymous are a bunch of "Windows Kiddies"..
My advice to any University is to supply Windows 8 fondleslabs, that way Windomynous will be at peace...
To be honest...
..I'd rather eat a kilogram of horsemeat than anything from Macdonalds..
Excellent in depth story about the LISA and what she brought to the party in regards to "personal" computing
This was briefly covered in the documentary film titled "Weclome to Macintosh" where some of the original development team members were intrviewed
As for a LISA being worth almost US$25K, I wonder how many former owners rue junking their LISAs now?
Bumping up the stats...
Congrats ElReg.. this site is a legendary institution among us IT / Tech types
In the past year I have been located in the UK, France, Germany and now South Africa.. so although I am just one avid reader (and Commentard), I wonder if I helped bump up the stats just a fraction?
Either way, may the reader (say 'followers') number continue to mushroom
Par boiled rice..
I've used pair boiled rice to dry a cell phone out that my son left in his shorts pocket when wakeboarding
It's like natures silica gel and sucks up water faster than Gordon Brown could suck up the working class taxes.
The article just goes to show how well made modern servers are. Kudos to the techs who embarked on the mission of mercy and revived the saline infested server
If it was my server, I'd continue to use it as rename it to "Lazarus"
Re: Suck my Glock..
@Destroy All Monsters
> Federal Hydrashok
Why U buy fancy stuff? Standard ball not good enough?
No they are not, at close on 1000FP/s they tend to go straight through the [human] target and don't always immobilise them
Hollow points cause massive tissue damage and mass bleeding, thus almost always rendering your target immobile in an efficient manner.
Now please bear in mind, I have never shot or even pointed at any human being with my weapon, but if I have to, the hollow point will do the job effectively.
I do use RNFMJ for target practise at the range though, consideably cheaper and a little more accurate on the long distance targets.
Suck my Glock..
.. was the sbumper sticker I had on my car in South Africa in 1997. It said "Gun Free S.A. suck my Glock" and was a stab at the anti-gun lobbyists who believed that law abiding, legal gun owners were the cause of violent crime that was rife from 1994 onwards.
I bought my Glock Model 17, Generation 2 in 1994, a fine pistol indeed. Light, easy to maintain and strip, plus it held 17 rounds of Federal Hydrashok 117Gr +P hollow point rounds in the magazine.+ 1 in the "spout" which is always a round nosed full metal jacket in the chamber in case I ever shot myself in error.. as the Glock's safety mechanism is on the trigger
Don't pull the trigger and it won't go off was the brainwashing I had to give myself when I forst took delivery of the Austrian potent polymer pointing device.
It's a good choice for the armed forces, a proven design with a solid track record and the 17 is chambered for NATO's tried and tested 9x19mm ammo choice, 9mm ammo is easy to obtain (legally)
Sure the legendary Browning HP 9mm has had a good run in the British forces, but it's time to move on and I think the MOD made a wise choice with the G17 as a replacement
Strangely enough most believe the Glock 17 got it's model designation from the magazine capacity, i.e. 17
But it was the 17th patent of the company, hence the model number..
Re: Interesting but...
My issue with it is that, according to the photos, when folded into tablet mode, the keyboard becomes the base.
I see an issue with that, as the keys may just inhale dust, fluff and other matter when placed on anything other than a very clean, flat surace.
Other than that it's not a bad concept and Lenovo in their true manner have not tried to emulate any other brand's design.. which in itself gives it kudos with me..
I could not agree more, although visually entertaining, I do agree it was a crock of shyte
As for including Rihanna is the cast, I guess that was nothing more than a ploy to attract a younger audience to a crap movie.
As for the other choices, they're all valid and yes, 2012 was a year of production line crap that some term as "entertainment"
Let's see what this year holds...
Janet Starr Hull has been warning the public about the dangers of Aspartame for years
She has a fairly informative website www.sweetpoison.com gives a good run down on the effects of the artiificial sweetner gunk..
I've always avoided sweetners and anything labelled "diet" mostly because they taste shit. I do enjoy frshly ground coffee though, with no sugar and a gallon or two of full sugar Coca~Cola
Top tip for Lenovo
Get a damned good legal team on board....
Re: IT angle?
Re: IT angle?
USB 2.0 (Unrivaled Sibling Bonking) interface.. but with one port and two devices, there was bound to be an I/O conflict..
"By being taught what baby sounds mean – whether fussing indicates a baby is hungry, hot, tired or in pain – a sophisticated speech recognition system would correlate sounds and babbles with other sensory or physiological information such as heart rate, pulse and temperature," Big Blue said.
Hmm, this kind of prediction makes me wonder if technology will take the parent out of parenting.. I can just imagine some future yuppie suing an App or gizmo manufacturer because the device mistook their baby's colic cry for for teething pains...
This tells me TWO things...
Firstly, the Clangers know exactly what's going on here on planet earth
Secondly, our kids may dream of circuit boards and build a pressurised orb and travel to outer space, a-la the 1985 film "Explorers"
I'd love some to hack into the Ayatollah's Facebook account and "Like" the following:
...and of course: LOLCatz!
..take the "Install now and contemplate licensing later" approach.
Not just on the Server products but also on the desktop OS and Office suites too, because they 'can get away with it' With so many KeyGen utlities being available, it makes it easier to get a system up and running "illegaly"
MS are just doing due diligence, a little like those questionable characters who knock on your door and demand proof of a TV license, however the revenues that MS can recover are probably quite good. After all, no comapny ever wants to be named and shamed or possibly shitlisted over a few MS licence costs
Re: Not very "Green"
"I'm more surprised that various regions such as the EU put up with this."
Yea, just like they don't put up with the new motor vehicles that cannot be fully serviced by the owners on their driveways without the need for any special tools or diagnostic equipment....
Puts "something" into orbit?
I foresee another mission objective for the very secretive USAF X-37B..
- Review Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Proof the pen is mightier?
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- Spin doctors brazenly fiddle with tiny bits in front of the neighbours
- Game Theory Out with a bang: The Last of Us lets PS3 exit with head held high
- That Microsoft-Nokia merger you've been predicting? It's no go