190 posts • joined 6 Jun 2011
Re: Only themselves to blame
Creationism is not taught anywhere
Apart from in the home and in the churches the majority of Americans attend. 42% of the US population believe in a God that created humans as they are, 31% saying god had a guiding hand in evolution.
The faith-based view of the world may well be compatible (with a colossal amount of cognitive dissonance) with a view that evolution exists, but much of the debate around science in the US - be it evolution, climate science or GM - is driven by a fundamental misapprehension of how the scientific process works, what a hypothesis vs a theory is etc.
Clearly Marxism is to blame for that.
Should I be looking for an /s tag in here somewhere?
'Google should make its web experience shit for consumers because convenience and being able to find things easily and quickly on the internet is a Bad Thing.'
I'm sorry, but as a nebulous consumer, I quite like a quick answer to questions like that.
Once they're down below AUD$1500 for a 55" and upscaling software has come on a bit I'm in. I had a fiddle with a Sony 4K telly a while back and once I'd reduced the settings to normal viewing levels (i.e. all the picture 'enhancers' either disabled or minimised) I was still mightily impressed with both the native $k content and the BD of Toy Story 3 being upscaled.
When it comes to content I'll do the same thing I've done with BD - my core collection of absolute must have movies I consider classics I'll quadruple dip (in some cases - the Godfather trilogy I think will be a quintiple dip as I had both 'The Epic' BBC version and cinema release on VHS) and any decent new releases I'll buy in 4K or, more likely, buy a digital copy of them.
You don't have to replace your entire collection - upscaled DVDs look great on my old Sony when played through the PS3, and I reckon the same will apply to 4K.
Re: On being slowly boiled alive with video standards
I've had a Blu-Ray player since I bought my UK PS3 in 2008 along with a 32"1080P telly connected via HDMI and I've never had an issue with audio skipping on either BDs or DVDs in two TV and one console upgrade since then.
So it's probably just a faulty player, rather than a failing in the whole format.
Re: All that safety...
As some have said, some people can't turn their heads that much without twisting their torso, which in turn means they unintentionally turn the handlebar.
Then they shouldn't be on a bike on the road.
I might be getting a bit long in the tooth, but when I took the old UK Cycling Proficiency Test one of the exercises you have to pass is being able to look back over your shoulder without altering the direction of the bicycle.
In much the same way that way too many drivers rely solely on a mirror check, riding in London, and latterly Brisbane, too many cyclists don't do rearward checks correctly, indicate or generally show any kind of road awareness or understanding/reading of what the traffic immediately in front and behind them are about to do (e.g. a car turning left without indicating will still have to break and as the turn starts the body will visibly shift, both are advance cues but some riders don't seem to know how to read them and have to brake sharply to avoid being knocked off).
Can you get Lewis to write a counterpoint article to this report, for 'balance'?
Think you might be re-writing this paragraph after Friday:
Microsoft needn’t worry about failing to beat the PS3’s opening sales tally. Britain, like North America, favoured the Xbox 360 over the the PS3 overall, and seems likely to do so when it comes to the successors to those machines.
In NA & Canada PS4 sold 1m+ units in first 24 hrs; Xbone has sold about that number worldwide
Sony only stopped making the PS2 this year - 13 years in production, 150mn+ units sold.
When Sony are talking about a 10 year lifecycle, they're talking about total lifecycle across world markets - there's likely to be PS3 support (proper support) for at least another 2 years, possibly longer.
Re: Yes, because MP3 playback is "too hard."
But funnily enough:
IT PLAYS VIDEOGAMES
Which to be quite frank is 100% more than the Xbone which does nothing whatsoever until you download the Day1 patch.
Users: Build us a gaming machine, that plays games, and ignore all the multimedia stuff that gets in the way of playing games!
Sony: Here, have a console that's completely prioritised gaming.
Users; WAAAHHHH! Where are all the multimedia functions!?!?!
Sony:??? *sigh* OK, we'll give it to you soon.
I'm really not understanding why anyone would even be allowed to take up a USB drive that hadn't been comprehensively checked both before and after any files or apps were dumped on it.
But does it play BF4 on Utlra?
Re: Hexacopter choreographer
You should probably offer your services to SpaceX as a volunteer hexacopter programmer or something.
...can it run BF4 @ 4k/120fps?
Yeah, you get to pay £80 more for the privilege of a piece of hardware you don't have to use to make the console function anymore.
The culmination of many years of listening to you, our fans,
And 6 months of panicking and U-turns on just about every feature we said it'd launch with at E3:
DRM stuff - gone
Always on interwebs - Gone
Kinect - doesn't have to be switched on
Clearly listening to the wrong set of fans, eh?
Musk-inspired Tony Stark
Would it be wrong to point out that Iron Man first appeared in 1963, 8 years before Musk was born?
I'm deeply distressed - I only got as far as 'Kim Kardashian's bosom' and find out the article, far from displaying or being about KKs mounds of heavenly glory, is actually about some twat being a twat and getting twatted for it.
Re: Only the KGB?
It's the FSB now.
Same personnel, new logo.
So if I were, for some reason, to want to buy an Xbone, I've got to pay £80 more for a peripheral that now doesn't have to be used by anyone anymore, which means that like the PS Eye2, no-one will develop for it.
This is all kinds of genius on MS' part.
Re: "First real 3D?"
Starstrike II - that's the one I was trying to remember!
I was a C64 owner and bought a speccy solely to play that game. Amazing visuals for it's time.
I also had no idea that Realtime made one of my all-time faves, Carrier Command.
First real 3D?
Even if you're only talking about shaded vectors, I'm pretty sure Driller on the C64 & other 8-bits was in there in about '88. Or indeed The Sentinel in 1986.
Re: Dear Gmail. STFU & GTFO.
You've mistakenly sent this to the El Reg forum, whereas google customer service would probably be a better bet, since you're addressing them in the voice of an INTERNET HARD MAN!
Click on the + sign at the edge of the last tab, check the boxes for the tabs you want.
I too haven't seen any of the 'gemails', and actually think this is the most useful addition to an email inbox I can think of.
Re: Pro Tip:
You don't want to confuse users with things like the window key. IME most of them get scared by numlock being switched on.
How hard is ctrl-alt-delete > lock computer?
Too hard for most *users* it seems.
Why oh why didn't the mining company take the advice of a certain Corporal Hicks about taking off and nuking the site from orbit?
Dances With Giant Smurfs 2-4 - great.
Re: OOer missus
That's 'Tits or GTFO' according to the rules of internet
"Right away we knew this was our chance to take <strikethru>what we’ve built</strikethru> the amount of cash we have to the next level.
Re: Have and have nots@Ledswinger
Since you have insulted half the population
80% of the UKs population live in towns or cities, so at most he's insulting 20% of the population, many of whom more than adequately fit the colourful characterisations offered by Ledswinger.
Given that this contract has been managed by Accenture, IBM & HP, that sounds like a lot of private sector fuck ups.
Altho according to this article:
initial procurement was fucked from the beginning. Wonder if either of the two whistleblowers quoted in this article were involved at this stage?
Re: As backed by NSA
Perhaps people don't feel the need to mention this fact in every single article written about it, especially since there's always a good, concerned global citizen such as yourself to make the point somewhere in the comments...
"Yet now it is being reported," he says, "that after promising not to do so, the President ordered his Vice President to pressure the leaders of nations from which I have requested protection to deny my asylum petitions.
I'm fairly certain and old hack like Joe Biden wouldn't need to be ordered to do something like that.
Putin's big reaction to all this would probably have been one of wincing laughter as if he were watching The Office or similar comedy - and probably thinking 'Well, I'm glad we don't use private contractors in the FSB and that everyone who does work there knows they'd be dead before Grenwald had a chance to write an op-ed piece about them.'
Re: Wow, nobody talks about the elephant in the room?
Why is it people need to be constantly reminded of this fact?
I'm waiting for the US to get truly pissed with the EU hissy-fitting about being spied on and release information about EU member-state spying operations in the US, or remind everyone about the honeytrap they used to embarrass the French a few years ago.
Re: Equador, the pillar of freedom
Not to mention of course that St. Julian is now a criminal under UK law as he's broken his bail terms, so he'd also need to extricate himself from having provably, and very publicly, broken the law.
Re: Aaaargh! "if we redirected our entire global military spending into research"
Common historical error of correlating warfare and advancement in science. Actual war catalyzes some types of research - i.e. stuff that has an immediate military application; preparation for war ('defence spending') does the same. The vast majority of innovation in the sciences, engineering and technology are funded by and primarily investigated by civilian agencies.
Both your argument and the one you responded to are gross simplifications of the complex social processes involved in discovery and innovation - warfare has just as often set things back or meant that some fields remain static in development by being deemed irrelevant for the needs of warfare (not to mention the massive resource hogging & destructive nature of war generally).
How much do you want to spend? You can pick up a PS3 for as little as £120 these days (12gb HDD) and get the games 2nd hand.
BRD player, media centre and a games console to boot and the console will be supported by new software releases for at least a couple more years
Re: What a show
can't we get the footage directly from Russian or Kazakstanian TV?
Perhaps they aren't making it available? Perhaps they are, only NASA publicise it more? Pehaps they're doing it in local language and not English, making it slightly less accessible to non-Russian/Kazakh speakers.
Others have pointed to the other flaws in your bizarre post.
...make for interesting reading.
This, surely, is a situation where the market will decide - if AWS service is as cost-inefficient as Nate is claiming, then EMC and so on will be OK, but might be forced to adjust some of their business practices (pricing seems to the be the big one) in response.
If, however, it's as good as json is claiming, AWS will win - and it's interesting to note the other cost factors json alludes to that are missing from Nate's posts.
So in the UK, google will only have the 68% of the population who wear glasses to market to, Tim.
So we got to see a box...
...and heard lots and lots about nebulous social stuff & groovy feature (much of which Sony had already announced as part of the PS4 spec - snap-on, for example), a new Kinect sensor that you *must* use for the console to function and broadly similar specs to the PS4.
Still leaning toward Sony atm - I think price-point is going to count for a lot.
Re: Oh, come on.
Or you could just do something useful. Either way.
Or you could do something useful, like all that stuff you just said.
Maybe start with Cornish.
The pair didn't see any white ammonia flakes, meaning the chemical was no longer leaking from the platform.
Did anyone think of a certain 'malfunctioning' AE35 unit when they read this?
Re: Does it have a name?
Sag A *
Sag a star.
We should call the SMBh at the galactic centre Kerry Katona.
Re: Count as 'hands free'?
Google have said they're working on a Glass build that can work with prescription glasses.
As someone mentioned above, they should give that one to Oakley.
Re: But there ARE uses for this!
Just as I posted my rant to Bernard and his 'there's no market for this' including the example of logistics, I read your post suggesting exactly the same thing!
Re: The fact that
but there's just not a market for this
Really? You've conducted both in-depth consumer market research as well as talking to professional groups like surgeons & surveyors about the possible applications for Glass? You've investigated and rejected how this could be used in logistics if combined with say an RFID unit to assess visually the level of stock in a warehouse.
I'm sure that's how you've come to your conclusions about whether there's a market for Glass and similar products or not.
Re: "The rocks driving the geothermal plant have a temperature of about 242°C."
What does that equal on the 'homes this could power for how long' scale?
Re: Let's NOT buy the google glass
Since you're not one of the 1500 Americans who've bought the Explorer, V1.0 of this product none of this need concern you. You can't buy one yet, and there's nothing to indicate these would be standard TOS for a commercially available product.
As someone said above, I also suspect that this is a being done to both limit the prospective secondary market one what was a raffled product and that for a full commercial release reselling would be permitted.
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