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Some hands-on previews I've read have said that it is good but there may be some hyperbole in what we've been told.
Specifically, they were referring to the usual grind in fighting swamp rats (etc.) and masses of similar quests with some names/locations swapped out; though they did emphasise that these have all been previews.
Still, worth a watch - loved the KOTOR games.
+1 Internets to you both
My ill-thought argument can rest their for posterity.
Wait... someone help me out here.
"8 per cent decline in text messages per customer"
So "text messages per customer" is the total number of text messages sent divided by the number of customers (assuming we're talking mean here), and they've seen a decline in this figure of 8%.
Isn't that *exactly* the same as saying "8 per cent decline in total text messages"?
(Thursday-afternoon-brain don't do me wrong!)
"Vista and Win7 are mainly about eye candy."
To be fair, OS innovation died a long time ago.
XP covers 99% of what people want in an OS. Vista did a lovely job of shaking up the underlying hardware APIs, but the end user benefit was negligible.
MS (and others) make a lot of money from OS's, so they need to do something new.
However, I completely disagree that DirectX/3D are bad - maybe you're thinking back to the DX3 days when MS were catching up with the emerging 3D market? Nowadays, they're streets ahead of OpenGL (as painful as that is to admit), but they have the massive disadvantage of being platform-dependent.
OpenGL is a reasonable multi-platform solution, but it's been playing catch-up to D3D since about version 8. In terms of features and API, that is.
Personally, I like Win7, but the big things I like are simply usability improvements that *could* have been applied to WinXP if MS could have made the same margins from it.
I don't begrudge them a new OS, though; if I owned an OS I'm sure I'd want to constantly improve it as well - Linux and OS X do exactly the same.
All it needs
is for a manufacturer such as Smart to tie up with BP, Total, etc. and offer the ability to switch your dead batteries for charged ones at a "petrol" station.
Sure, it requires a modification to the car design, but the station can store ready-charged batteries and charge you for a) the cost to charge and b) the convenience of an instant charge.
This way, if you can't charge it home, you can pop in to a garage on the way to/from work and quickly swap your batteries.
Assuming they're making their money, the only other concern for the driver is that they remove old batteries from circulation.
I think this is the only viable solution until almost-instant charging is possible.
"which has since taken the world by storm"
I assume this is my irony fail, since I've heard nothing about it since about a week after its launch.
I can't say I've noticed any amount of iDevice users reading it on the tube or at work either.
Heard it before
Name the culprit: "It's our operating system, we can tell people what browser and media player we want them to use!"
Now take the same idea to printer manufacturers and print cartridges, or cars and fuel. and on, and on, and on
I had the same thought as you.
Certainly "clean room" emulators don't pretend they've never had the console they're emulating, just that they didn't extract the firmware and decompile it in order to reproduce the functionality.
Watching the video of Win8 (working title, apparently), it's clearly targeted at tablets. I can't see anything that makes it look like a productive desktop environment.
They're obviously designing a media-consumption-oriented OS, which is fine, but it doesn't like like it's got the featureset to replace Win7.
I can't see me upgrading my home PCs from Win7, unless they include some kind of "force", like DX10+.
While the sentiment is sound, unless you're running homebrew games (and plenty exist), the value of the emu us clearly in copied ROMs.
I'm not saying I agree with Sega, but I can see how they could put together an argument so that Google decide it's better to cut off a few devs on dodgy ground rather than risk getting in the crossfire.
Now, if Sega were doing it because they had an Android emu of their own to release, along with tested and tweaked ROMs of everyone's favourite classics at reasonable prices, I'd say "fair play" - but they won't. They'll crush all attempts for people to play classic games that Sega themselves have no interest in without offering a legal alternative, and then do nothing about it.
Perhaps these companies should learn to chat to such devs and come up with a legal compromise that pleases everyone, rather than acting like a spoiled brat?
Seriously, they could be making £1 a ROM without putting any effort in themselves.
They need to get their noses out of our data.
If I've paid my £10pm for "unlimited" mobile data, why do they get to say what I can't do with it?
I don't mind "no tethering" clauses (smartphones have different data needs to PCs), but they shouldn't have any say in the features on phones they haven't produced themselves.
Hollywood can't even remember what ideas are to know how to run out of them
I lent my weedy voice to the masses calling for this.
Had they chosen to continue making it hard to tweak the OS, I certainly wouldn't have been able to consider buying a Sensation.
Having been through the hoops to unlock a friend's Galaxy S, it was easy to see that the manufacturers were getting better at preventing rooting.
True, the original film (despite its late 80s graphics) was a reasonably good adaptation of Dick's attempt to confuse the concepts of memory and reality.
The re-imagining, apart from highlighting that Hollywood has no more imagination, has plenty of leeway to play with the same concepts and make something good.
Should be interesting to keep an eye on.
Don't make me feel old!
Is "pukka" really one from the by-gone years? It was certainly a big word when I was still legally allowed in playgrounds (as a child, I mean; I don't have any dodgy convictions).
I can't say I've every head "chunter" before though. And I'm not entirely sure that "twee" is ever used outside of being ironic...
Seems he's going for the "I'm bound to get it right eventually" approach.
He clearly isn't very good at calculating probability (although, if it happens before his prediction, I don't suppose anyone would take him up on it).
How many governments are going to hold Sony responsible for the huge data-loss that's occurred?
They had an obligation to protect the information of their users, so it should be a pretty landmark case if it (rightly) kicks off.
Jesus bin Laden
I like the idea that history will become so confused that in a few thousand years people will remember the Son of God as "that bearded dude who blow up some buildings and then died watching porn".
Have you used Hotmail?
I'll confess I haven't, but from what I've heard from friends who do, the refresh a few months ago (teething problems aside) was remarkably good.
Yes, they've "borrowed" features from Gmail (who borrowed them from lesser known services), but they've implemented them well (so I'm told).
I don't use either, though I have accounts with each, but I'm tempted to fire them up and have a gander.
If MS really have done something good, well done to them.
I've been using Handcent for over a year and just tried Go.
Maybe it's just me, but it seems to be 90% the same... I don't know who got there first, but the customisation dialogs are identical and the general inbox/conversation stylings are too...
I'm going to play with Go for a while, but I can't currently see any features that make me prefer one over the other... am I missing something?
Absolutely love the game, but with two niggles:
* SP campaign was too short (I finished it in a little over 6 hours, and I didn't feel I rushed - I have started a second run, though, to find the last two achievements)
* None of the puzzles felt nearly as hard as some of the ones in Portal; I was always hoping for a large mind-bender near the end, but it wasn't delivered
The story was worth it, though, I hope they find something to continue for a Portal 3, and all of the voice acting was perfect.
Can't wait to get some coop fun going :)
Not only that
He's actually making space flight cost-effective, which I think deserves massive props.
If he's making a profit at the prices he's quoting, it just shows what healthy competition can do to an industry.
Are you sure?
The Void trilogy is set over a thousand years after Judas Unchained, still prominently featuring Paula Myo and a few other characters.
Maybe you're thinking of The Night's Dawn trilogy, which is in a different universe?
I think "ICT" (having taught it and know people that do) should be dropped and a proper Computer Science syllabus be added as an optional GCSE.
I learnt how to use Office at school and how to program VBA at A-level. It wasn't until Uni that I really got in to memory structure and OOP. I'd have loved proper CS courses at GCSE/A-level, but they just weren't/aren't there.
I'm hoping for Matter. (not that it changes anything)
It's got everything a good sci-fi film needs and it introduces the Culture without getting too heavy or relying on lots of backstory.
On the plus side
it's all MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) - or a "Patent Gap" in Peter Sellers talk.
They'll all fight it out and then agree to stop suing each other because of the sheer size of the suits flying around, and a few years later it'll all start again.
The patent system is so opaque that they don't even know if they hold valid patents and most companies aren't really interested in being proven wrong. It's the legal equivalent of slapping your dick in someone's face.
(Where's our evil lawyer icon? No need for the good one)
Agreed, "cloud" is just marketing speak for what people have been doing for years (IRC?).
But then the same is true for "social networks" - people think it started with facebook or Friendster, but BBS' and forums were doing the same thing since the 80s (sans Farmville).
But then, where would Web-2.0 be without ignorant hype?
It only works because of the "clever" cuts between scenes.
From the top of my head, the one that stuck out was every time he goes to the basement door it cuts to him being in the basement until the very last attempt when he realises he's dead.
Maybe it's just hindsight, but the film seemed far less clever the second time around. I think that's probably true with all MNS's "twists", though.
I thought that until I tried to watch it a second time.
Although, watching Sixth Sense a second time showed just how weak the pretending-he's-not-dead thing was.
Signs was just dreadful.
I'd argue 5 minute charge would be the upper limit to being a true mass-market product. I can't see owners nor forecourts being happy for people to sit around for 30 minutes.
If the charge was only a few minutes, 110 mile range would be livable.
Actually, I take that back; I'm sure Thingy Bean cafe will love having people around with nothing else to do.
Have to say
I actually like Bing. True, they've renovated more than innovated most of the features (certainly a lot of Google and Yahoo features in there), but I've started using it as one of my main search engines.
I think it would be a mistake for MS to push it too hard, though; I tend to rile against default search engines, and we all know how much ire it can get from the technorati.
Not too interesting, but I have a few old ZX 16K/48Ks with voice synthesizer, thermal printer, and microdrive.
These were my home computers growing up (we had multiple due to the number that stopped working).
I got the whole lot (with 50-odd tapes and microdrive "disks") out of the loft about 10 years back, but all of the microdrive disks were dead (no surprise) and I couldn't get most of the tapes to fully load.
The Hobbit worked, if I recall, and it really made me appreciate how patient I used to be to play any of those games.
In the end, the Speccy emulators are superior to digging up the real deal (IMHO).
Almost forgot: how awful were the keys on those units, though? eh? Crazy little rubber things
And what was with 5/6/7/8 being the arrow keys? Threw me off for ages trying to play things like Dan Dare.
The screen sounds very clever: capacitive for the hands but a dedicated layer for detecting the more precise stylus.
Unfortunately, from what I've read, you can't rest your hand on the screen while using the stylus :(
Drop the price a couple of hundred quid and I'll consider it.
Have they mentioned Honeycomb support for the future?
I was going to disagree
But then I heard an interview with Musk and he has a pretty awesome villain voice.
Not just that
But these aren't even OS functions; these are clearly just applications bundled with the OS. Why not release these as some kind of (paid for) suite for Vista/7 and do a smaller OS update with only OS changes?
I always thought that the sign of a good safety device was one that worked in the absence of something telling it not to. i.e, dead man's handles or engine governers.
Sprinkler systems work through water pressure, but this new device will require electricity. I may be wrong, but their version (while very cool) sounds like it has the most potential to fail in its duty.
Having seen the screenshots, I'm not sure I'd go with "discriminatory", but maybe I missed something since I'm heterosexual.
It struck me more as being hugely misleading and questionably dangerous (based on anecdotal evidence of the damage their therapy has had on people).
I don't disagree with Apple removing the app since it did give a "homosexuality must be cured" message, which I find pretty sickening; in the same way I'd be against a "homosexuality is better for you" message.
Being the provider of a public forum gives you the responsibility to not encourage/allow extreme views (IMHO).
I think the extremity of their message might be where the "discrimination" aspect is coming from; not so much direct discrimination but espousing discrimination of their lifestyle.
And if you want to know their viewpoint, go to their website. I doubt these guys want to be engaged in discussion.
PowerShell is a much better CLI than cmd/command, and it takes a lot of lead from Linux/Unix CLIs (ls and ps, for example).
MS finally put in features like coloured text for error outputs (and other) - amazing!
I've seen lots of people complain about how different it is, but that's a lose-lose argument ("I hate cmd but ps is too different").
I'm still a Bash man, though ;)
I completely agree; I wasn't defending their preparedness or lack thereof, just pointing out that they actually had tsunami defenses in place.
The 2004 tsunami was expected to have reached at least 20m at landfall... and that's the low estimate.
I'm inclined to go with someone else's comment about how fair it is to attack them on trading off cost for extreme safety (especially with the odds of such a large earthquake/tsunami occurring). Where do you stop? A 20m+ tsunami is not a trivial problem to prepare for.
I think they've proven they designed the nuke's damned well*, but it would have obviously been better if they'd been able to get the whole thing under control so much faster.
* Given the age and inherent flaws in the design of the reactors.
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