Re: "the image at the top of this story"
Indeed, I can understand them cuttings sizes down for the mobile site (although even that isn't really required these days). But please don't remove them completely.
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Indeed, I can understand them cuttings sizes down for the mobile site (although even that isn't really required these days). But please don't remove them completely.
@ Charles 9
Quote: "When the Steam OS comes of age, nVidia and AMD will make Valve bend over. Valve needs them for good graphics performance. They can stick to Windows."
Windows is slowly dying as a home OS, with the number of tablets, Macs, Chromebooks etc. increasing, people are now becoming more used to using alternate OSs on a regular basis, to the point where the OS itself, almost becomes transparent, or irrelevant to the regular user.
As cross-platform apps and cloud storage becomes the norm, the specific 'OS' you are on, becomes less relevant.
Both nVidia and AMD would want,even potentially need, Steam OS/Steam boxes to succeed, as it would increase their GFX card sales.
Also nVidia partnered up with Valve to help create Steam OS, even updating their Nvidia GameWorks suite to support the new OS. Their Steam OS (i.e. linux) drivers are now on par, and sometimes faster than the Windows versions 9and much faster than the Mac versions).
Isn't Dalvik essentially dead now (other than perhaps security fixes under 4.x)?
It was replaced by ART (Android Runtime). It doesn't even exist in Android 5.0 and newer.
Quote: "But then Apple wouldn't own it. Not the Apple way now is it!"
Don't give them ideas, last thing I want is Apple using some of that spare cash they have down the back of the sofa to buy out Visa!
I moved house a little over a year ago.
To a new build, on a new estate, that is about 30% closer to my local BT exchange than the old place was, and I am now just round the corner from the same main road that the exchange is on. (So not just physically closer, but almost a straight line down a main road to get there).
Yet, my internet (ADSL) went from around 18Mbps, and a solid speed 24/7, to around 13-14Mbps, and is noticeably slower in the evenings.
It also always seems to take a while to initiate any new connections, doesn't seem to matter if from PC or phone, to a web site, or some service accessed via an app. Fail first time, then straight through a few seconds later :-/
For example, Steam always fails its first attempt to log in, try again a few seconds later and you're in. Same with just about anything I try, v frustrating!
I've got an Rift DK2.
Playing an FPS, like Half Life 2, which basically has minimal HUD, so the full screen is moving about as you move in game, I lasted about 10-15 minutes before starting to feel ill :-/
But playing Elite Dangerous, where you're sat in a cockpit, which is effectively static in relation to your virtual body (although you can look around), with all the real 'movement' outside of the window, I've played for several hours, without any impact other than some minor eye strain.
My understanding is that the cockpit basically grounds you in the VR setting, and your brain is quite happy with this, as the cockpit movement, matches your real head movement, The fact that the ship is moving around in the VR environment, doesn't seem to cause an issue, unlike an FPS game.
Would be interesting to see what HL2 is like with the false nose?!
@ AC re 20mph areas.
It depends on if this is an actually 20 mph speed limited area, or a 20 mph zone, there is a distinction.
If it's a 20 mph speed limited area, then the same rules apply as any other speed limit, in that the road should (normally *) have two signs, one each side of the carriageway, to denote the beginning of the new speed limit. ( * There are some exceptions, but they are rare).
If it's a 20 mph zone, then all it needs is a single sign to state you are entering the 20 zone, but this zone must also have traffic calming measures in place, to stop you from doing over 20.
More details here: http://www.abd.org.uk/speed_limit_signs.htm#20
@ Richard Jones 1
Quote: "I also wonder how the 'device' will spot the signs that some councils have cunningly covered with vegetation to"
If you can't see the signs, the speed limit is not legally enforceable. Although this depends on if this is 'on entry' to the new speed limit, or a repeater sign for an area you're already in. (If it's a repeater, you are expected to already be aware of the speed limit).
Useful site: http://www.abd.org.uk/speed_limit_signs.htm
Do the BT plans allow tethering?
As I can't see me getting to 20GB on a phone or 4G tablet, but a tethered PC etc. Maybe.
Doesn't seem to be good value, at least not unless you're already a BT customer and so get the discount.
* BT Plan 1. 500MB data, unlimited texts and 200 mins @ £10.
For £12 (okay 2 quid more), you can get 1GB of data, unlimited texts, and 500 mins. (giffgaff)
* BT Plan 2. 2GB data, unlimited texts and 500 minutes @ £17.
For £15, you can get the same texts and minutes, but with 3GB data instead. (giffgaff)
* BT pan 3. 20GB data, with unlimited texts and minutes, £25.
£18 gets you 1,000 mins, and 5GB from giffgaff.
The last BT plan actually looks quite competitive, the others don't to me.
67 is still under the speed limit.
If you're thinking of the 55 limts you see in the movies, you typically only get those in urban (i.e. busy) areas, once you're out of town, it typically goes up to 65 or 70, (dependant on state). or even faster in some states. (Texas has an upper limit of 85mph in some rural areas, I10 is 80mph for example).
There is nothing fundamentally wrong with the idea of Uber, the issue is that they are happy to have unchecked, untrained and uninsured drivers working for them.
If the drivers got themselves an appropriate license, most of the issues hitting Uber now, would likely vanish.
Windows 7 is ridiculous on size after a while.
My 'Windows' folder on the machine I'm typing this at, currently stands at 23.9 GB (or GiB for the SI pedants out there).
This is a works laptop (Lenovo T420) with a custom image on Win 7 Enterprise 64 bit.
This was freshly imaged in Sep 2012, but the 'Windows' folder just keeps growing and growing!
A quick space check with Glary utils and...
After that, the next biggest folder is Fonts at under 400MiB.
Question : With the comments above on compression, is it worth looking at compressing any of the above folders?
Quote: "Why not make Windows more modular, there is a lot of stuff in there that isn't used by most users but could be added on demand over the net."
Like XP then? Where you had the option on initial install of the OS, of selecting or un-selecting various things like Games, Messenger, Outlook Express etc.
You could then launch the same section again after install, to add or remove components as you wished.
Quote: "I can't say I'm bothered about using sleep mode at this point in my life."
I've never really understood this boot time obsession, at least not for productivity devises. Turn on, use it, 8 or so hours later, turn it off. The fact that it takes 10 or 30 seconds to boot up, has no real impact the working day!
For reference, my home desktop, which does have an SSD, spends most of it's boot time doing the BIOS start up bits, (about 7 seconds) once the actual drive kicks in, and the OS boot starts for real, that takes about 4 seconds.
More time would be saved by streamlining the BIOS, rather than the OS!
Or just reduce the purchase costs of the item to a reasonable level, and the piracy would reduce all on its own.
Simple market economies, charge more than people think something is actually worth, and piracy is inevitable.
A 2012 Nexus 7 owner here too.
It felt quite nippy under 4.x, but 5.x (latest release for the Nexus 7) has slowed it to a crawl :-/
Factory resets etc don't fix anything,
My LG G Pad 8.3 (budget/mid range tablet), absolutely wipes the floor with it, but is only on 4.4 (no roll out of 5.x by LG yet).
N7 currently relegated to being a remote control for the Sky planner.
Even the GF refuses to use it, she'd rather use the smaller screen on her phone, than put up with the treacle, that is using the GUI on the Nexus 7.
Might have a look at Cyanogenmod if Google can't get their act together for their own device!
I had a Sky branded modem a few years back, that was also a Netgear (white thing, about the size of a hardback book).
The firmware was customised by Sky, so for example the login was fixed as 'admin' and you can probably guess the password! It also had things like the DNS options hard-coded to only use Sky's DNS servers, so you couldn't select a 3rd party DNS service.
It also had bugs, for example if UPNP was enabled, the router would run slower and slower, and eventually hung a few days later (I'm guessing a memory leak or similar).
Turned out that Netgear themselves had resolved the UPNP bug, plus others, some years earlier for that router model. But Sky hadn't bothered to update their image, ever as far as I know!
I ended up running some tool to extract the ADSL settings, and then flashed a stock firmware. Resolved all the issues I'd had at the time.
I had the 'Science Fair 150 in 1 Electronic Project Kit' from Tandy back in the late 70s, built all sorts, including a lot of things that I just made up myself. Happy days.
Later went on to become an Electronics engineer for around 10 years, although in IT these days (technical architect).
So the Reg getting new stock in at some point, or was this it? :-/
hmm, drink... Back in a sec, fridge raiding time
Or even Night, seen as Nite isn't even a real word!
Are all these various vendors of VR and AR hardware going to be sticking to some form of common API for the games and applications themselves?
I'm all for multiple competing companies bringing out their own hardware, as competition should be a good thing here. It should help keep the specs up, and the costs down.
But what I don't want to see is, 'VR Game X' requires the Rift, but 'VR Game Y' requires Vive etc.
Granted you might get one game running 'better' on certain hardware, i.e. one VR headset might have a better resolution, but another VR headset a better framerate, so some games would likely favour one vendor/headset model over another, but we should still be able to play all the VR games (for a given platform) on a single headset, irrespective of vendor.
Even if we all played nice and shared everything equally, we still need to get off this planet and live somewhere else, preferable in multiple places.
A single place to live, like one planet, means a single point of failure, (to throw a bit of IT vernacular in there), one chunk of rock of the right size, hitting us here, means goodbye species, possible even goodbye all life on Earth.
We are more likely to survive if we are spread out, irrespective of why Earth goes boom!
It was a cloudy day at the main SETI site on Gliese 581, the day the signal was discovered.
Several hours were spent going over the data, and getting confirmation from other smaller sites, before any announcement was made. But it was confirmed, this was a real live signal from outside of our local system. This was not of our making, we are not alone!
Analysis showed it to be coming from the direction of a rather nondescript, yellow star, around 20 light years away. We'd detected several gas giants around the system before, but had never been able to find anything that indicated life might exist there, at least not yet.
The signal was completely different in structure to anything we used ourself, and so teams around the world set to, trying to decode it's mysteries.
Speculation ran amok as to the contents of the signal, from a simple greeting, to designs for unlimited energy, to a declaration of war!
Whatever the message, the World changed that day, religions began to collapsed as people denounced the existence of the gods in droves , local conflicts ended as peoples and nations absorbed the fact that we are not alone, that there were more important things to consider now.
Nations started to work together, more so than any other time in history, eventually to become a single World government, with one focus, to understand the message and it's meaning.
The signal became an obsession around the entire globe, almost a religion in its own right.
A few years later, a breakthrough! Suddenly the signal was decoded.
A live broadcast was planned across the entire planet, so that every single member of the now single world wide collective, could receive the wisdom from the star people, all at the same time.
The world stood in silence, as the broadcast started.
A short while later, almost in unison around the entire planet, "WTF is this @#&$ !!".
@ John Robson
Exactly my thought.
Surely this ruling means that all advertising not deemed suitable for kids, must now been pulled from YouTube in the UK? At least until such a time as YouTube fix their filtering system, in order to catch this specific use case!
Check this out for anyone interested in 'cheap' VR
Basically a 'posh' version of Google Cardboard, but better quality, and no searching for parts...
Playing devils advocate here, so bound to get some downvote by those who don't understand what one is, but....
Quote: "Nope that would be ALL 5 & ALL 4"
MS don't do that for Windows, why would you expect Google to do it for Android? Typically MS requires you to be at a specific Service Pack level on an OS to receive new security patches, usually the last one released for an OS that is still in support. The Android equivalent of the service packs, being the minor releases, x.1 x.2 etc.
Why would Google be expected to patch 4.3 or earlier, when the current (and I would guess last) release of Android 4.n, is 4.4?
If a phone is still on 4.3 or earlier, go grumble at the carrier/vendor/manufacturer.
Granted sometimes you could be hardware limited, but you'd hope a phone would need to be 3+ years old before that became a factor. Minor release 'should' be able to be run on the same hardware.
There aught to be something in law coving these things. i.e Force OS updates for the handsets within a reasonably time (say 90 days), for the life of the contract or a minimum term, whichever is greater (say 3 years min), or the vendor becomes liable for any losses incurred by the phone, for anything related to a vulnerability that was fixed later on.
e.g. If your phone is on 4.3 currently and is a carrier phone (EE etc), and a 4.4 generic image has been release for your phone, just EE haven't done their tweaking yet, then the carrier becomes liable for all losses and personal injury caused by any vulnerability fixed in 4.4 after 90 days of 4.4 coming out. Liability cascading up stream, so if the manufacturer still hasn't release 4.4 after 90 days, it's them rather than the carrier that become liable.
I doubt AR will cause illness, not like VR can anyway.
With VR you have no view out to the real world, only the generated one. If that generated world isn't grounded somehow to the real one, you start to feel sick.
As an example, in a sim game, such as Elite Dangerous, you're in a cockpit, the vr world might be whizzing around you outside the cockpit, but the cockpit itself is static to your body (if not your head). But it's enough to fool your head. I've played for hours at a time with no issues.
But play an fps, and that changes rapidly for some people. I managed about 30 mins before needing a break!
AR helmets like this let you see the real world, so no confused head, as long as it doesn't try taking over your entire vision anyway. So I can imagine people being able to use this all day long without any real issue,
Looks quite cool too, unlike the Rift currently ;-)
One is AR the other VR, so not the same usage, they will compliment each other, not be in competition!
Saying the Oculus Rift isn't as good as the MS offering, because you can't see throught the Rift, is like saying your TV is no good, because you can't see the wall behind it!
I bought a 1920 x 1200 monitor, just before all the 1080p hupla came to town. And of course it was basically the same wide as 1080p, but more pixels down. So played HD content with any scaling being required.
A couple of years later a friend of mine was looking for something similar, and struggled to find anything that was above 1080p, without paying stupid sums of money!
I'm using on 1440p now, but look forward to seeing what the 2160p monitors are like for cost in a year or two from now (i.e 4K).
@ Daniel B.
1080p (or there abouts) was an acceptable resolution for gaming around 10-15 years ago when a 17" CRT was the norm.
Consoles were always a huge step backwards for gaming fidelity, as they assumed TV low resolutions were acceptable.
Even current gen consoles, which now tout full HD!! Have only just caught up with a 10 year old PC.
1080p is entry level, has been for years.
@ John H Woods
Amen to that. 1080p has been a massive road block in the progression of high res displays, probably set things back by at least 10 years.
Hopefully things have started to move again now.
My ideal monitor would be something like this:
An ultra-wide curved monitor, say 7,680 x 2160, (i.e. 2 x 4K) or even 11,520 x 2160 (i.e. 3 x 4K).
That way it would wrap around, say 140-160 deg, field of vision, and so be more immersive (especially with head tracking).
PS: I think curved TVs are pointless, as you're to far away for it to make any real difference, but for gaming, that's different....
True, but you don't need 4K on a 20" set to do that, you'd have to be sat way too close to the set to start having pixel issues on a screen that big.
You'd likely not even need 1080p at a normal viewing distances on a 20" set, at least not unless you have well above average vision.
If you were also using the 20" set as a monitor, then you'd warrant 1080p, perhaps even 1440p, as your sat much closer to the set then, but even then 4K would still be a waste.
The only reason I still have Flash instead, is for the PC Steam Client.
Come on Valve, please extract finger and replace your vid functionality with something better than Flash, i.e. HTML 5 video or something similar..
I'll then be able to remove flash completely (other than what comes built into my Browser anyway).
Does the Linux Steam client/OS also use Flash for the vids? If not, update the PC client to be the same as the Linus client!
Innovation was the main thing they had going for them years back, I was quite a fan boy of theirs from around the K6 onwards, and each upgrade/rebuild always meant a new AMD, as they were so close to Intel performance (occasionally better) at the time, but so, so much cheaper. Which usually meant I could fit a better GPU than I'd have been able to afford if I'd gone the Intel route, and the GPU was normally the bottle neck, not the CPU.
I think they were the only company ever to force Intel into backing a rivals instruction set (x86-64). basically having to adopt AMDs way of doing 64bit, as it was obvious they'd had the better idea, and of course AMDs method allowed backwards compatibility with 32bit, which meant you didn't really need 32bit CPUs anymore.
Unfortunately that time seems to be over, such as shame.
My last rebuild about 3 years back had me jump ship from AMD to an i7 3770K, as a gamer, single thread performance was, and still is key* and the i7 just thrashed the AMD processors at that time (and presumably still do?), and 15 years on from my K6/K7s days, budget wasn't really the issue it had been.
* This is starting to change, but for now, a faster clocked 4 core, still beats a slower clocked 8 core for gaming.
So far, 3 years on, I've yet to find a single game that can use all 4 cores flat out in the i7 (it's also overclocked to 4.3Ghz), so whilst the GPU has been upgraded since then, I've seen no reason to switch away from my now old model i7. (The only tool I have that does use all 4 cores at 100%, is a video encoder).
Mount backup drive
Backup to a different username i.e. 'backup'
Unmount backup drive
Don't mount the drive again till you need it.
Preferably phsically remove the drive until needed, or use a separate NAS.
I'm in a similar position, although I have a gaming PC in the den (otherwise known as the spare bedroom), rather than a PS4.
My laptop (which lives in the living room) gets used mainly for a bit of on-line shopping, or on the rare occasions when a web site isn't tablet friendly (Android), or if I'm expecting to do a bit of typing. But it's getting long in the tooth, is slow to boot, and the battery lasts about an hour at best.
I don't see the point in getting another laptop, as that's just another device to install AV on, and keep patching and cleaning etc. And I really can't be bothered these days. If I really need to use Office, I'll boot up the desktop, or break out my works Lenovo.
A chrome book seems to fit the bill, small, light, long battery life, a keyboard, and now a reasonable screen resolution, especially for the price. (The cheapest laptops with 1080p seem to be around £100+ more than the Acer).
I suspect it probably uses a 12V charger, rather the current USB standard of 5V.
Roll on the new Type-C connector, and USB 3.1, as this includes USB PD (Power Delivery), which as well as 5V @ (up to) 2A, includes 12V @ 1.5A, 3A & 5A, plus 20V @ 3A and 5A.
So should be able to replace just about any charging requirements for any type of portable gadgets.
In general, Entrapment as a defence only works if the defendant would not have otherwise broken the law, without the influence of the entrapping officer. i.e. they were an otherwise upstanding citizen, and only broke the law on that specific occasion, and only because somehow the officer managed to persuade/pressure them in to doing so. (Still depends on what you did though).
In this case, Uber drivers are willingly driving illegally, without the required license, and likely without valid insurance, therefore are already a danger to themselves, their passengers, and other road users. So it's not entrapment, as the officers are not the ones making them break the law, the drivers are doing that themselves already.
Single point of failure?
Statistically, driving on the left is also safer.
The vast majority of people are right handed, and driving on the left means your dominant hand is always on the steering wheel, while your left hand is doing things like changing gear, If you were on the right hand side of the road, most people would have to let go of the wheel with their dominant hand, in order to change gear etc.
Also the right eye is dominant over the left eye, so driving on the left means your right eye is watching the oncoming traffic, and it also means pedestrians crossing the road, also have their dominant eye towards the oncoming traffic on their side of the road.
As far as I know, there are no positive reasons to drive on the right, only negative ones.
I'd love to get fibre, cabinet or home, but don't have the option :-/
I live on a nice new estate of about 80 houses, where BT in their wisdom, decided not to install a new type cabinet in the middle of the estate for the new houses, but instead wired the houses to the cabinets on nearby side streets, which they have yet to upgrade, and won't provide any clue as to when an upgrade might happen!
Come on BT, extract finger and get a move on!
Taken from the summary of the above blog, for those who don't want to read the whole thing:
So given that these two meanings of decimate appeared almost simultaneously, why are we so obsessed with assigning the punitive meaning to the word? A likely answer is that people are falling prey to what is known as the Etymological Fallacy, a tendency to believe that a word’s current meaning should be dictated by its roots. Unfortunately for the etymological purists, decimate comes from the Medieval Latin word decimatus, which means ‘to tithe’. The word was then assigned retrospectively to the Roman practice of punishing every tenth soldier.
So, next time you attend a symposium (etymologically, drinking partner) with someone sinister (etymologically, left-handed), and they launch into a tirade about the misuse of this word, you’ll be able to decimate their argument in no time at all.
You lean something every day, thanks Badvok :-)
PS: To tithe means to pay a portion of your income, typically a tenth, in tax, or to some other organisation (support for the local church etc).
I agree in general, although it's normally the publisher that releases the game, not the developer. (Unless it's a small development house/bedroom developer using Steam as the publishing mechanism of course).
But I do think games, and software in general, should come under the same kind of control as other purchased goods.
i.e. Fit for purpose, faulty, misleading/inaccurate feature lists or requirements etc.
I suspect one of the main barriers, is you are not actually buying goods, you are paying for a licence to use someone else's product. You don't actually own anything :-/
But that's not to say rules couldn't be implemented, i.e. if a bug is serious, (i.e. game stopping) and affects more that n% of the user base, the publisher must, by law, fix that bug within a reasonable time (i.e. weeks, not months).
How you would police this though, is another matter!
Try reading again, only the H4 Portable is battery powered.
Yup, as far as I'm concerned, if it's an article on anything remotely scientific, Fahrenheit shouldn't even get a mention, not even in parentheses.
If you're into science in any way, even as a layman, you really should be more than familiar with Celsius already (& Kelvin).
Last time I looked, it was stated it had a limited top speed of 25 MPH, so I don't think driving fast is going to be an issue (or even achievable!).
Quote: "Do you really think thrusty salesman wanker is going to give up his Audi"
Do you think they will be given a choice?
As soon as the company that employs theses sales persons, realises that having a fleet of automated cars reduces costs, i.e. fuel usage, insurance, accident repairs, etc etc. Then they will jump on them.