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Sounds like he took a videogame FPS plot and turned it into a novel.
Currently reading the Hyperion novels by Dan Simmons, if you want galaxy and time spanning sci-fi there's little better.
Re: And we're still...
I immediately thought of:
"Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly hugely mindbogglingly big it is. I mean you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space."
Good thing about SMEs..
...is they're less likely to have the resources to dodge the corporation tax they should be paying (assuming they make any profit to pay tax on).
On the subject of growth isn't it really tied to population growth inexorably driving demand.
What happens when/if as predicted population growth stalls in the middle or end of this century?
Do we finally have a society where working 3 days per week is the norm? Or just a greater divide between those with jobs and those without?
Blakes 7 remake/recast = Firefly
"Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them."
and sadly even Joss Whedon couldn't get more than one series of that made.
How much explosive can you fit in a mobile?
vs how much explosive do you need to depressurise a plane?
Does anybody know how viable such a device would be?
And wouldn't sniffer dogs be a better bet for detecting this kind of thing?
Rejoice! - beer is just as good for you
Bah, venture capitalists.
More proof that Douglas Adams was right and our ancestral gene pool was polluted by
the contents of the Golgafrinchams B Ark.
+1 for Worms, Tekken and the Chaos Engine
Fond memories indeed. Still remember 5 of us sat round a mate's PC playing worms. First man to lose all his worms made the tea/fetched the beers and sat out the next round.
Which Tekken game had the bowling mini-game in it? Played that for hours.
Heard this interview on Moneybox
I actually heard this interview on the Radio 4 Moneybox programme.
Mr Grant said that previous versions of the OS would
allow you to reset the device when setting up as 'new device'
but the latest version doesn't (don't know the details, I'm not an
They weren't after their mum's content, just wanted to re-use the
Moneybox got in touch with Apple who refused to budge.
However potential happy ending is that solicitor handling the
will can provide a document (for no extra charge) that
shows that the mother intended for her estate go to her sons
and this will effectively act as a court order.
“High male fWHR has previously been associated with surviving in hand-to-hand combat, aggressiveness, self-perceived power, and CEO’s financial success,”
I say let's prove it and put all the CEOs we can find into a last-man-standing cage fight.
Re: Does anyone remember "Space 1999" ?
Weird, was just discussing this with a colleague today, remembering an episode where one of the flare clad pioneers was possessed by some alien entity that sucked power out of the moonbase.
Similarly commented on how it suffered from being made in the 70s, together with the original Tomorrow People series, where the jaunt belts were sadly overshadowed by the tank tops and massive collars.
Big upvote for the Reggie Perrin reference, made me
Ecclestone for me too
Grew up with John Pertwee and Tom Baker and enjoyed them both but for I'd give it to Eccleston for his successful re-potrayal.
The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances is still my favourite of all the 'new episodes'. One of the few that reminded me of the touch of fear the old programs used to conjur up.
'Are you my Mummy?'.
Credit C&VG magazine
Learned my early Basic skills from Computer and Video Games magazine, typing and debugging game listings into the school Commodore Pets and my Vic20 (which I badgered my parents into buying but was only allowed to use for about an hour a day on account of how we only had one telly).
had me reaching for the thesaurus. Word for today?
Sweep the leg
Methinks thou dost credit Bungie too much?
"In a novel move for an FPS, Destiny is a game that puts an emphasis on co-operation"
Hmm, I'd put a few other games ahead in that category, going all the way back to Team Fortress, Tribes, Borderlands etc
More recently this sounds a lot like Planetside 2.
Re: There is no problem
Would question the wisdom of two people with serious yeast infections getting jiggy with it.
Horses for courses
While I can see a bank putting it's web-site or mobile payments/banking front end in the cloud, I'd be very surprised to see them putting retail banking or credit/fraud risk applications and I'd be shocked if they put the core banking systems in the cloud.
The complexity of the systems and sensitivity of the data for a lot of the banks applications would seem to a big barrier to migrating.
Java Card not the only credit card OS
Java Card is mainly used by Visa.
Mastercard credit cards typically use Multos
Other OS are used for cheaper applications.
Re: Paying a lot for that light weight
@Dave 126 and Bodhi - thanks for the tip, I'll have to check the dusty nether regions of my telly tonight for a USB port.
Paying a lot for that light weight
No micro HDMI, inferior screen, inferior battery to Nexus 10 and £60 more expensive for the 32Gb version.
No Micro HDMI is the killer for me, google Play is a convenient way for me to rent movies but I want to be able watch them on my big telly with the family.
I want to like it but for those reasons I'd stick with the Nexus 10.
Optional PIN Authentication?
Can't believe PIN Authentication would be optional. That takes it from 2 factor to 1 factor; something you have.
If the punter turns this off and then loses his phone, whoever finds it can use the Zapp app to make free purchases.
Will there be additional authentication checks equivalent to Verified by Visa and whatever the M'card equivalent is?
How will PIN security be managed?
Devil's in the detail which that Zapp site seems a little light on.
Reading an article on how much energy cloud computing will save, because a cloud computing application is down?
I only ask as our Salesforce connection is unavailable or rather the "application scheduled downtime extended" for 2 hours this morning.
I'm going with....
More importantly the marketing must be a job for Steve Bong.
..to my untrained eyes. Very best of luck.
Re: A few comments
"In car terms both of them have (console / PC) have an engine which produces 500bhp. But the PC weighs in at 3 tonnes and only has rear wheel drive. The console weighs in at 1.7 tonnes and is 4 wheel drive. It's lighter and has more grip off the line (sorry I've been watching a lot of top gear lately)"
Ok, it's Friday and post lunch so I'll take that car analogy challenge and raise it some:
The PC can be fitted with superior cooling and then have the CPU and Graphics Card overclocked (Nitrous and Turbocharged), it can also be fitted with an SSD drive (slick tyres?) while the console has to be stock clocked or even underclocked in order to avoid overheating it's tiny box . So the PC is the drag racer, while the console is the production line machine. If you watched Top Gear a few weeks back when they drove around the U.S.A you'll know how that turned out.
Plus joypads suck, keyboards and mice for teh win.
+1 for Rollerball
I'd put Rollerball in there. Not just for it's depiction of escalating violence for entertainment but also it's vision of a future dominated by large corporations.
Logan's Run is another with a very big idea at it's core, a post-apocalyptic society
where euthanasia is enforced in order to preserve limited resources. Bleak, but certainly
makes you think.
...the game that launched dozens of '3d' beat-em-ups
Amidar - weird game where you play a paint roller
Jump Bug - a game I was so addicted to that on holiday in Spain once I used to play a broken cabinet version that had a small electric current running through the metal joystick with my hand wrapped in a t-shirt until the tingling became too intense.
How much to play Monopoly?
Come on Lenovo, £1058 for a table top computer and the best you can come up with is touch screen Monopoly and a virtual roulette wheel?
Could have least got a Worms or Civilization port up and running.
D- for imagination. Must try harder.
What he said
Have to agree with Avatar.
Halo just scraped a few bits from various PC shooters, stuck em together in a cliched sci-fi environment and marketed it at 10-year olds.
"Master Chief" come on give me a break.
Next stop James Bond renamed Agent Spy.
Minimum Legal Payout
Surely the real scandal is the Statutory Redundancy pay which is currently capped at £430 per year of service (roughly).
When first introduced in 1965 it was £40.
The current equivalent of which would be around £638.
Makes it much cheaper for international companies to lay-off employees in the UK compared to the rest of Europe.
Of course it also makes it attractive for companies to hire in the UK knowing they can divest themselves of staff at relatively low cost.
Not sure that really makes for a solid basis for a stable economy.
Had to know about the green hair
Apparently the hot water stripped copper from the pipes in new houses:
Everybody knows there are huge reactors under the surface of Mars just waiting to generate a breathable atmosphere.
I saw a rather disturbing documentary on it a while back.
Presented by Arnold Schwarzenegger I think.
I could be confused.
I also got tired of waiting and bought a Nexus 7.
Think Amazon have missed a trick. By the time they launch the Fire 2 here a large chunk of the market will already have a rival tablet, either Apple or Android.
Looking in the wrong places
There is good drama on British TV you just have to know where to look.
I find many BBCs headline dramas (with the exception of the excellent Shadow Line last year)
derivative and as you say often 'made for export' but get off the beaten track away from
crime and kitchen-sink dramas and you have the likes of Sherlock, Channel 4's Misfits, BBC3's
Being Human and The Fades.
In addition for every Sopranos and The Wire US TV churns out plenty of dross.
Just look at Channel5's schedule and the turgid remake of The Killing.
Good drama doesn't need technology, just needs a bit of imagination.
The reason I bought a SNES
This was the sole reason behind my purchase of a SNES, lost many hours to trying to complete it, broke several joypads through throwing them down in disgust and even bought a programmable joystick to try and finish it with some of the trickier characters. Ahh happy days.
If the LHC suggests another, bigger LHC should be built then the Douglas Adams estate is due some royalties.
vs Xperia Arc S
I seriously looked at this phone for my first smartphone purchase but in the end I plumped for the Sony Ericsson Experia Arc S which can now be had for around £250 sim free.
The Arc S has this beaten on most fronts (bigger screen, faster processor, more memory, better camera) but I would say that it doesn't feel nearly as solid and well put together as the wife's HTC Desire S.
Still don't see it happening anytime soon for a couple of reasons:
1) If I'm interpreting those latency charts correctly and you're looking at 160ms as your 'ping' then that's way too slow, I'm just a kean amateur FPSer but even I know anything over 100 is bad.
2) Bandwidth - if you're piping all that graphical data to an end user rather than just exchanging a few bits and bytes of positional info you are quickly going to eat up your monthly allowance or exceed your 'fair usage' policy (for 'unlimited' users). The ISPs would have to have a vested interest in providing very fast unlimited connections.
Only one vote ?
I so want to vote for 3-4 of those.
Then pledge money so that they are never made.
The money would pay for a superhacker modeled after the 'girl with the dragon tattoo' who monitors potential suspects e-mail and assassinates them at the first mention of any of those titles.
All valid points but isn't this fundamentally the same article as this one:
Deleted my copy of MW3 at the weekend. Got fed up of all the haxors in multi-player.
With no proper dedicated servers, no votekick option and no sign of the promised Elite option, PC players are shafted with the CoD series.
Will avoid fervently.
BOFH vs Steve Bong
Now there's a crossover that'd rival Marvel's best.
P.S. enjoyed the article, keep it up, somebody needs to keep pointing out the emperor is stark bollock naked.
"Let there be dinge" resulted in serious drink spillage.
It's all broken from the top down
When senior execs can make enough money in 3-5 years to live comfortably without ever having to work again then short term-ism is inevitable.
Until we get independent analysis and stringent long term performance clauses in executive pay it will continue unabated.
Payoffs and bonuses should be linked to companies performance 5-10 years after the exec's leave the organisation. So the company's fortunes nosedive during your tenure and after you leave you get nothing.
So is it only me who looked at that picture.....
....and thought The Big Bang Theory ?
From left to right, Raj, Howard, Leonard, Sheldon.
Friday caption competition anyone ?
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
Many many years ago at a sci-fi convention in Cardiff I sat through this drivel at about 3am in the morning.
Even drunk and sleep deprived it's sheer awfulness left a lasting impression.
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