73 posts • joined 27 May 2011
DRM has done a lot of damage to purchasing digital music.
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BBC2 and BBC4 “spread too little money over too much,” and one of the two spectrum-hogging channels could go.
BBC4 is one of the best channels that came out on freeview. Especially when you compare it to the trash that's on BBC3...
One for all and all for one!
Fact is, it should be an all or nothing implementation. Who will hold you at knife-point and decide whether to steal your phone, or not, based on whether it can be remotely bricked? They might realise it's not worth stealing a NZ$24 phone, but a shiney touchy black mirror; they'll take it and flog it for whatever it's worth. Make them all lock-down-able ; or else don't bother at all.
YOU MEAN THE VALUE OF BITCOIN CAN FALL?
Re: Just wondering?
You think it's bad with the number of cars taking up road space with only 1 person in them... Wait until the fleets of empty driverless cars being sent to free parking take over!
Personally, I'd have nominated Eadon for his enthusiasm alone...
Is it just me, or do those crocodile clips look like heavy duty jump leads?
Don't know about you guys, but I'm still hopelessly stuck in the caves level in Dear Esther. Now that's a hardcore game...
"You don't want to be left with all the cards at the end of the game."
Interesting that this article doesn't bring up the thorny issue of advertising. I never took out a Sky subscription after sharing one in a student flat. You're paying extortionate fees for advert-riddled television. Many parents will only put BBC children's TV on for their kids, because they're all too aware of the power that adverts wield over young impressionable kids. Whatever the BBC decides to do; please, for goodness sake, don't introduce adverts and kill the golden goose.
Thanks for that. I was just pointing out that the coulomb would make a better base unit than the ampere. It's interesting that they're striving to define the kilogram by counting standard isotope silicone atoms much in the same way counting electrons could give a better definition of the coulomb...
I always thought it odd that the Ampere is a base SI unit. It's considered a flow rate of one coulomb per second. Surely, the coulomb should be considered the base unit here?
Any explanation would be greatly appreciated...
Christmas shopping in town? See the icon... Fighting your way through crowds of people trying to find presents based on what's on offer in meatspace. I also increasingly find that staff in shops know bugger all about what they're selling. I bought all my stuff online with zero hastle.
Re: Splendid, I am delighted to hear it.
Agreed. There is a definite distinction between "Crap! Robin Hood airport is closed. You've got a week and a bit to get your shit together otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high!!" and directly threatening individuals with rape and murder because you do not agree with their views.
Working out how much this will cost in electricity per hour, and factoring the cost of the hardware is easy enough. Unfortunately, the value of bitcoin is so volatile, and the algorithms to mine new coins gets increasingly difficult (though I believe the latter is reactionary to the evolution of technology, and the number of people employed in mining, so it's not possible to predict). Therefore, there's no way of estimating, or guaranteeing when, or indeed if you'll ever get your money back.
I could see bitcoin mining installed in place of electrical heating (radiators, swimming pools, etc), then you could argue that the energy is being put to better use than heating a resistive element....
A great article. I can only dream as I was at the beginning of IT becoming an MS word subject. There are 2 points you make that I would argue with however:
"pointless subject like French"
Modern languages are considered one of the hardest humanities subjects to learn, and are probably one of the more useful "soft" skills to someone pursuing an unrelated career. The few British employees that speak fluent foreign languages as a side skill are generally well respected for this in companies, especially those dealing with international trade. Modern languages are probably the only formal training kids get in grammar these days as my English was entirely dominated by poetry and Shakespeare.
"The current ICT syllabus is designed on the basis of inclusiveness, dumbed down so that any child can learn it and so that ICT can be taught by someone with no qualification in the subject."
All school subjects seem to teach to mediocrity, and I've been taught many other subjects by teachers that hadn't studied that subject past gcse, but they were bright people and could pick up what they needed to know to teach. I feel that kids are streamed into abilites to late, and should be allowed to specialise into subjects that interest them more at an earlier age. I think they should bring back the 11+ system to bring back vocational schools and subjects. There may even be an argument for permanently. The amount of teaching time I had wasted on disruptive kids because the lessons were too easy/hard/not interesting to a 14 year old was pretty shocking.
Again, other than that, thanks for a great article!
There was one terrible puzzle in Alone in the Dark which I can't believe was left in. Spoiler alert...
You have to remove the wedge from some beer barrels in the cellar to uncover a secret passage to the caves under the mansion. If you go into this passage from the cellar, you get eaten by a zombie worm. However, when escaping the caves at the very end of the game, you have to do it through this passageway. If you didn't clear the barrels half way through the game, you get stuck on the final "run" out of the mansion and have to play half the game again to put it right.
That aside, what an epic game. Tres bien fait!
I know you're in Spain for Lohan
But what's the IT angle on this?
Re: Shock, horror, gasp etc
I paid £90 for a Das Keyboard. But then, I spend eight hours per day, 5 days a week using it, and hope it will last for quite some time. I don't want this to come across as preachy, but it's so much nicer to use than a £5 budget keyboard, and I feel the amount of (ab)use it gets more than justifies the cost.
Just because it's not as popular as a £15 mouse doesn't mean that there isn't a market for it (I spent £25 on a laser gaming mouse, but £265 seems a bit of a stretch for my needs).
Well thank god the Register's forums are here to take up the slack!
car PC gets 40 rods to the hogshead and that's the way I likes it
Your car automatically avoids that plastic bag that just blew in from your peripheral vision and steers into a concrete bollard instead....
My major fear
Is that very small quantities of our GDP are being put into science and engineering research to develop alternatives to fossil fuels. I fear the social disorder from sky high energy prices (gas, electricity, diesel, petrol) than I do any of the environmental concerns of fracking.
Fracking, tax cuts, drilling the arctic: it's only postponing the shortages, not addressing the root cause.
Re: XP? Pah!
I have a hammer and chisel
Hmm, looks like an alien seedship to me. Good job they got it out of that field before it spawned more experiments! Great story.
This is where I think the Wii U got it wrong: a massive screen on one controller only. By putting a small cheap(ish) screen on each controller, you can have a private window for sociable strategy games played competitively around one big screen. I can see this being a real plus for bringing many popular board games to the television where you don't spend forever faffing about with little pieces.
Regarding the trackpads, I suspect Valve has put a lot of testing, polish and thought into this, and dismissed many other possibilities that they were researching in favour of them. Finally, regarding cost, because this is all open source hardware, you can bring your own controller round to a mate's for a gaming session on a PC, or any number of steam consoles that will be released next year.
He made such a long lasting cultural impact.
aka Micky Mouse edition...
What happens if the premises floods or burns down taking all your data with it?
Re: Frakking Skylons
More affordable delivery systems makes launching systems to de-orbit junk more affordable. We just need to work out the space law as to who pays for this service...
Why isn't there a $DOLLAR icon?
Had the UK only invested more generously in this earlier
Instead of bailing out banks and the financial ponzi moneylenders. Here's a way to leave a lasting impact on science, engineering and technology.
God, I feel like a BBC commentard sometimes!
Re: Genuine question...
Do you suffer from a sado-masochistic split personality disorder?
Fortunately, these muppets are too impulsive to consider any need to cover their tracks. A pint for the police for acting on this & taking it seriously.
Re: A little off topic, but...
Wow, thanks for clearing me up on that. Only on the Register can you get comments from people with so much knowledge in tech subjects.
Re: A little off topic, but...
I can't speak for the Spanish system, but in the uk, an Automatic Warning System (AWS) activates before a sign which gives advance warning of a major drop in the speed limit. The driver has to push a button to acknowledge this warning and then look out for the signal/sign that pertains to it. If the AWS is not acknowledged in a set time, the brakes are automatically applied to bring the train to a stop. Of course, you could end up in a situation where a driver just pushes a button every time the AWS triggers, and eventually misses the hazard it's supposed to warn you about. There is nothing to "force" a uk train to obey the speed limit.
On the other hand, at almost 200 kph, it'll take at least a mile for a train to stop on emergency brakes. the crash happened 2.2 km from the end station. Imagine how much worse this disaster could have been had the train not derailed where it did and smashed into a station instead.
A little off topic, but...
That video is so tragic. It really brings home the responsibilities involved with big heavy things full of people that travel at over 200 kph. I'm sure lessons will be learned around the world from this incident.
"[or]else new music producers should be bold and vote with their feet."
Like many potential customers already do with the industry already.
little of this going to the artists
128 kbit/s mp3 downloads
"Wrestling back a Microsoft splitter is "incredibly painful"
Indeed, it is painful for the (ex)customer.
I always used to wonder why the French used the same word for "electronic chip" as for "fleas".
[The grammar Nazi is also interested in etymology....]
We know it's finally out when we hear it shout:
Re: If car manufacturers were to do the same...
I'm not a luddite, I just think that standardisation, rational thinking and designing things with the end user in mind are good principles to engineer by. Let's try some rational thinking to why replacing the crank shaft is a good idea, and swapping pedals around isn't.
Replace Crank shaft with starter motor
You don't run the risk of your engine backfiring and smashing bones in your hand.
You can start the car quickly if you stall in busy traffic: try having to get out and crank your car in rush hour.
You can use the starter to nudge your car forwards in an emergency when the engine won't start (stuck on a level crossing for example)
Disabled or plain not strong people can start their cars.
You no longer impale people on the starter handle (was quite a problem, I think)
You'll need to replace your starter motor with a refurbished one ever decade or so (depending on use case)
Swapping the order of the pedals around
It's more aesthetically pleasing, and makes you more hip and trendy
Anyone else that drives your car will likely crash it
Once you get used to this standard, you'll probably crash any other standard car you drive
Re: I look forward enormously to the restrained, thoughtful and cerebral debate we can expect.....
I can see why they've waited for Friday afternoon before publishing this article....
If car manufacturers were to do the same...
Wouldn't it be fun to change the order of accelerator, brake and clutch on cars every ten years' or so to "move with the times". I think that boring layout is long overdue for an aesthetic overhaul.
I, for one, am waiting to see what Valve do with the Steam Box. I think it's a pretty good platform on the PC, though I rarely pay over £10 for a game. On the plus side, they'll probably have a lot of support for alternative games from indie developers rather than the overdone fps, racing and sport games. I've bought quite a few of these and have often gone over to friends' houses, logged into my account, download a 150 Mbyte game and have a good multiplayer session.
If the PC Steam client is anything to go by, the Steam Box will be download only, no trading and the same sort of DRM on Steam. A lot of people (myself included) accept this on their PCs, so this is how it will likely break out into the console market.
I expect Valve are watching the Xbox180 quite closely.
Just to expand on this, take London as case in point. Businesses could make huge savings by moving up to the north or out to Wales through lower wages and cheaper office space. By being reasonably close to an airport and mainline rail station, they can still get good links to London, and failing that, there're the interwebs.
It will be interesting to see if HS2 indeed moves more businesses out of London, or simply turns Bimingham into another commuter belt. I, for one, sadly fear that it will be the latter.
Perhaps, like homebrew, the content of these games will mature with age and we will all be pleasantly surprised....
"Sky said at the time it was buying Acetrax for its experience and expertise in streaming."
Oh the irony....
Re: New Zealand Insurance
You're right. I had a drunken conversation about it a couple of weeks ago with some friends that had spent a few years out there, and they put me right after talking to them about it last night. When you mention "medical insurance", injury claims (both genuine and bogus) make up the lion's share of the cost of insurance in the uk. In NZ, you're only liable for damage to property should you choose to drive uninsured. However, because car insurance is not mandatory, my friends said that buying private insurance was really cheap compared to the UK.
There's no dunce's hat icon here, so I guess face palming at my own original post is the closest I can get!
Car insurance is such a racket in the UK now. I wonder what the overheads of private insurers in the UK are, having to advertise, pay shareholders, and subscribe to comparison sites which feature irritating opera "singers". In New Zealand, a car's road tax also gives it 3rd party insurance for anyone to drive, covered for by the government.
"So what we have here is not, as everyone is saying, proof that 3D printers can be used to make guns. It's proof that they can't, and that 3D printing at the moment is basically pretty useless."
I don't think you should write off 3D printing as useless, just because it can't meet the material requirements to manufacture a firearm. Perhaps in a few decades time, when prices come down, and material technology applications improve then some more lethal weapons could be produced. All of this is for nothing if you can't get hold of a bullet:
Most of the other things you've said; I agree with, however.
- Vid Hubble 'scope scans 200,000 ton CHUNKY CRUMBLE ENIGMA
- Google offers up its own Googlers in cloud channel chumship trawl
- Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?
- Interview Global Warming IS REAL, argues sceptic mathematician - it just isn't THERMAGEDDON
- Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad