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Can't speak for NA universities, but during my CS course in the UK we were specifically encouraged to come up with more interesting names, especially for version releases. It's a bit of fun in an otherwise cold environment.
I still encourage interesting names (especially backronyms) in my professional life, and it does add a small amount of humour to planning meetings that the team can enjoy together. Just the other day we were discussing when "the new OWL will be ready", rather than "version 2 of Monitoring Tool".
True, it might be more appropriate as an internal thing, but it's hard to argue that names such as Yahoo, Flickr, Google, Git, Ubuntu, etc., are descriptive of their services and unrecognisable by the general masses.
@ David Cantrell
Just wanted to add that I agree with you on version naming. I normally espouse a more Ubuntu/Android-esque style of each major version starting with the next letter in the alphabet. No one can be confused if Mozart or Picasso is more recent.
Re: Kerbal Space Program
Tell me you have an antidote?! Don't even want to think about the hours I've sunk in to reaching imaginary planets only to screw something up in the staging and dig a new crater...
Re: Geostationary - bloody tough
Tell me about it! Not only do you have to get to the correct altitude, you need to do it in the correct position.
I can sympathise with SpaceX, as my attempts to do this in KSP have been highly stressful ;)
I thought it was 101ml of liquid not held in a little plastic bag?
Re: The guy is loaded, load-ed!!
"Because a value in Bitcoins means nothing to most of us"
But, given the volatility of the cyptocurrency, it's almost certainly wrong by the time of publishing. Not to mention that you're almost certainly never going to be able to convert that many Bitcoin in to real cash.
It's a pretty useless comparison, really.
Re: Slightly off topic...
It's currently got a large sheet covering the offending (albeit not like the Qatari stadium) side.
Amusingly, the developers' defended themselves with (not verbatim): "this is a temporary problem as the sun will soon be at an angle that doesn't cause this problem"... somehow forgetting what seasons are...
But, as the other poster said, apparently they're going to coat the glass in something less reflective.
To be honest, I've never really understood what they mean by "import" and "export" in these things, apart from physical crypto gear. Digital "property" has blurred the lines of when something is entering or leaving your borders.
Plus, you can't control concepts, no matter how egotisitcal a government is. Cryptographic tech is just the implementation of a mathematical concept, which is easily distributable.
Re: Not expensive at all for what you get!
I've had it for two weeks now, and *could* be happier.
It's the best (of 5) Android handset I've owner, and I even like what LG have done in terms of overlay, having been a Cyanogenmod user before, but they've made one massive fail: The cheapness of the screen lens.
Mine accidentally slid face down across a wooden floor, and immediately had scratches along two edges of the screen; something I haven't seen since Gorilla Glass become standard in other phones. I immediately bought the "smart" case, which is excellent.
Then, a few days ago, I dropped it from my hand (~1m) and the glass shattered, damaging the digitizer.
I've sent it off for repair, but I really feel that they've skimped on the lens in order to make it that little bit thinner.
Re: It ain't gonna work in the UK...
I know. They can't.
I'm currently awaiting a parcel to be delivered *for the third time*.
Courier 1 "tried" twice, without leaving a card, so the first I knew that they had failed was when Amazon emailed me to say that the parcel had been returned; full refund.
Courier 2 did deliver the parcel. Unfortunately, they delivered it 2.5 miles away to a completely different address. But it was signed for, so that's okay. They couldn't even tell me why it was delivered somewhere else, or even the full address of where it was delivered, just the signatory name and postcode. They expected me to figure out where it was, deciding that the driver had done it for the best of reasons.
On the plus side, Amazon's customer service is excellent, so they sent out a replacement without fuss and I'm now waiting for that to arrive, via Courier 3.
Unfortunately for some, none of this can be blamed on the Royal Mail float.
Re: Loving it for all it's flaws
The connection required thing was definitely true of 3, and I'm pretty sure of 2. It's the reason I won't buy 4 until they remove it.
For no apparent reason on 3 (and Arkham City and Arkham Origins), I've occasionally been informed that I've lost connection to their servers and lose all progress beyond the last checkpoint, which can sometimes be a long time ago or just before a difficult fight, etc.
For Arkham City (with the dreaded Windows Live integration), it actually completely corrupted my save, so I stopped playing.
Buying the game and getting a cracked copy is definitely easier than living with their failed attempts at DRM.
Re: Holy Moley!
Talking as someone who works at a (very large) company still using IE8 on XP, I can say that we struggle.
Hooray for local admin rights!
Re: Yup. That's me.
I used that very excuse yesterday... and got away with it!
Re: @ Schultz (was: Total, complete & utter bullshit.)
If you can prove it doesn't exist at all, you should really be publishing your results as the scientific community is generally in agreement that this is a real phenomenon... hence this published paper.
Re: 'Twas ever thus
I was with someone who had run out and (innocently) asked an American colleague if he could "bum a fag"... the look he got was absolutely priceless, and it too us Brits a fair few seconds to even recognise the oddity of the phrase.
As a G2 owner, I'd argue that the power button only has one proper location: on the back!
Re: Idiot tech?
Thanks for the link.
Interestingly, it mentions the first thought I had: "Technology fans argue that Glass, which displays simple, monochrome information in the wearer's peripheral vision, is less distracting than satellite navigation tools that include a visual interface designed to be used while driving."
I don't get the logic behind it, but then I'm not a law-maker, so it's not my position to.
"Mafia Vampire Farm"
I would play that game!
I clearly don't work in the ad-peddling industry for a reason, but in my wildest imagination I can't see the benefit of this. Maybe it's because I'm a trackball user, but I regularly move the cursor around the screen without any relation to my next action; what are they going to learn from that?
Assuming ads work (which is something else I don't understand), people either click on them or not... which is surely all the mouse tracking you need?
Re: Much like the Higgs Boson...
Was it Asimov who said something like "the best scientific discoveries are the ones that start with 'that's funny...'"?
Re: Idiot tech?
Was there a specific reason given? I don't really see the difference between this and people using a hands-free kit while having their satnav on their windscreen.
From what I've seen, some of the really fancy cars will even pop up your texts and emails on the central satnav screen... What does Glass do that's so different?
Re: Very much more fo the same
I got it on PC for £25, which fees about right for, effectively Arkham City 1.5.
Not saying that in a bad way; I really enjoyed City and am enjoying Origins, but it really is just more of the same.
The best bit about it has to be the lack of Windows Live; the lovely and entirely superfluous piece of software that deleted my saved game just after completion, due to a known bug...
I'm also enjoying the new style Riddler puzzles, which feel more like part of the game than an forth-wall-breaking addition.
Could be wrong (and can't be bothered to look it up), but wasn't the solution to simple run left instead of right? Then you could fall down every hole and climb up the ladder
Re: A thinner tabler is that it, how robust, it will need a bulky case????
"One might, if one were to be a bit pedantic, suggest that moving from a 32-bit processor to a 64-bit processor is something that qualifies as a bit more than an "incremental" upgrade."
I, however, will be pedantic and say that I think it is exactly an "incremental" upgrade... what other increment is there from 32-bit? 33-bit? 48-bit?
I can't make a comment on whether it will be more than incremental for performance, though.
Only needs to be partially watertight and then pressurised; a motorised diving bell/bathysphere.
Part of me thinks Top Gear might already have done that...?
Re: More a TV remote simulator than a game
No having a PS3 meant I missed out on Heavy Rain, but I thoroughly enjoyed Fahrenheit / Project Indigo on the PC, and interestingly had the same experience as you where my sister basically watched the game like a movie while I played it.
Re: A sad misappropriation of valuable resources!
I feel like I've wandered in to a BBC HYS...
Re: Hold on a second
If you're worried about plot holes in a Star Trek film, you might be doing it wrong ;)
I think, lens flare and pop-culture-pandering aside, he's got the Star Trek "reboot" pretty spot-on. I see it as more of a homage to Star Trek than anything else, but it's highly entertaining (XI more than XII).
"to find offence"
Felt to me like it was just more El Reg snark.
I like that Apple has a sense of humour; something that really doesn't come across in their other endeavours.
True, Google are a multi-tentacled beast of data/information gathering, but their humour and Easter eggs show a slightly more human face than many other companies allow.
<conspiracy>Or hide their evil ways!?
Re: Hold on a second
"digital cameras still suffer from lens flare"
I disagree; in a JJ Abrams film, it's the audience that suffers from lens flare.
I like his stuff, but I prefer to be able to see what's happening on screen.
Re: Knocking up a model of it in Kerbal Space Program now
Re: If it wasn't stone dead before
Maybe as a consumer device, but the accessibility stuff coming out of the Universities using Glass is incredible.
Re: instant fail
Re: A pipeline?
What I like about Musk, though, is that he comes along with fully-formed and costed solutions. This isn't an entirely vapourware concept; he's sat down with his team and figured out the initial logistics to make it real.
He's also highlighted how governments can be utterly lazy in their own solutions as they don't really care about the costs they incur.
Why don't we have more maglev?
Personally, I'd opt for quinine. Preferably in some kind of liquid form. The flavour's quite bad, though, so I'd have to mix it with something to improve it.
Re: Found a good 3D film
I've seen a few where it worked, but it worked in the way that it only made the film more immersive, so I can't actually remember which films...
I can't stand it where they've clearly designed a scene to show that they have 3D - the natives chasing Kirk in the latest Star Trek, for instance.
Now that brings back some memories!
Given you ended a rhetorical question with an interrobang, why the additional bang‽
Re: What is news here?
Growth figures (like all statistics) are either useless or lies designed to cover an uncomfortable truth.
If I release a product tomorrow and it sells just 1 unit, that's unlimited growth.
Re: I would eat it
I loved Kangaroo steak when I had it. I'm sure it just depends on how it's cooked, like any meat.
Wild boar is always a winner; especially the stuff I've had in the New Forest.
Re: Can it compete with Bean Curd and Tofu?
"Dow/Monsanto/whomever with their genetically-crippled seeds that produces "sterile/non-multi-generational" seeds, the intent being to force farmers to endlessly return to the seed trough?"
While I agree this does sound like some nefarious scheme to force farmers to continually buy GM seeds, these companies are not allowed to release GM products that are multi-generational, due to the fear that they will become the dominant version of the plant, displacing/replacing version 1.0*.
* More likely 1.1 or higher, as we've domesticated the original.
Even if it had been a true apocalyptic event, the headline would have been "Royal Baby unlikely to survive apocalypse - Public's reaction pages 2 to 32".
On a different note, why are we measuring a three-dimensional object by its length? Is it a perfect sphere of diameter 100m, or can we be told the more important mass or even volume figures? In Olympic-sized swimming pools, natch.
Re: Hardly news
I think the news it that the IETF are completely incompetent and that at least part of it can foresee the danger that the new TLD land-grab poses to those who aren't paying huge sums of money for it (i.e., us).
I've nothing against companies suggesting new TLDs, but they should continue to be managed by decentralised, not-for-profit* organisations; and they need to be heavily vetted.
Re: Have and have nots
"where it is dead easy and maximum profit can be achieved"
Well, they are a for-profit company, so that seems pretty reasonable.
Were their remit just to provide the best connection to the whole of the UK, this type of thing could be easily solved.
Re: And THIS is why you bu an iPhone.
Err... there are hundreds of travel chargers... I have one for exactly the situation when I'm using the phone heavily (screen always on + GPS, for instance) on the go.
Re: F R A G M E N T A T I O N
I thought that Jelly Bean was supposed to reduce all this by allowing UI customisation without modifying the OS so much that patches can't be applied...
Obviously there'll always be some limitation to that, but being able to supply base security updates without affecting the window manager should be standard.
Pre-ICS I was always a Sense fan, but I'm happy with AOSP now.
Yeah, this new scheme is horrible...
Guys, just because you've paid a UI/graphics "designer" to tell you how things should look now, it doesn't mean they're right. In fact, my experience is that they rarely are right in terms of actually user happiness.
Can we vote to go back to the old system. Here's mine >
Re: Square bullets
I couldn't find any interesting images at a cursory glance, but even during the 16th century they used hexagonal shot in cannons as early attempts at rifling.
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