230 posts • joined 17 Jun 2011
Re: Minions! I need more robotic minions!
The last proposal I saw was basically to build automated mining rigs, with a built in 3D printer.
The printer would use the mined resources (minerals/metals etc), to be able to create both the inevitable spare parts you'd need, and also to build new mining rigs. So self replicating.
Initially all the extracted resources would go to build new rigs, till you had a cluster of them, at which point most of the extracted materials would be fired of towards Earth orbit, where they'd be used in orbit (i.e. to build new ships, satellites, stations etc.).
Re: Watch it, asteroid pirates...
Just picked up my nice shiny new Mark III Cobra yesterday *, although not done any pirate hunting yet with it. Too busy shooting down Federal fighters :-)
* Elite Dangerous
Re: Do google test?
Why would Google test your apps for you? If you wrote them, you test them.
Now Google not testing their own stuff, that's a separate issue....
Browsers aught to have a 'Allow Tool Bars' option, which if not enabled, won't allow their use at all.
Have the option unselected by default on first install of the new browser. (Perhaps via a hot fix for IE).
If you do want/need to use tool bars, then tick the box to allow them during install of the alternate browser, (or in the settings afterwards if already installed).
@ big_D: Re: There are cheaper, less environmentally harmful options.
Erm.. Check your info before posting.
Apart from the fact that things like lights and wipers are mostly automatic these days, the Tesla S does have manual on/off for all these controls on standard steering wheel stalks, just like any other 'normal' car.
The screen is for the none critical stuff, heating, music, map etc.
@ Brian Morrison
Thanks for the heads up, haven't been on the ThinkBroadband.com site for years, will give it a go.
One virtual beer for you, thanks.
Re: Do they still charge for technical support calls?
Quote: "Half the problem is you can't call openreach unless your an ISP/Communications provider. You have to go through your own ISP/CP, who then call Openreach, who then screw up, call the ISP/CP back (if you're lucky) who then call you (only if you're very lucky)."
I got this type of run around with Sky when trying to find out when/if my local cabinet would be upgraded/replaced with a FTTC one.
The phone line is from Sky, but of course installed by BT Openreach.
Sky: "erm, we don't have any information on Openreach cabinet update plans, you'll have to call them yourself.".
BT Openreach: As you mention, won't even talk to customers directly, and their web site contains nothing of any use regarding future planning.
And of course I can't talk to normal BT, as the phone line is listed as being Skys' !!
So at the moment, I'm stuck on ADSL, despite almost every other cabinet around Town being upgraded. And this is in a new estate, where instead of dropping a nice new cabinet in the middle, they wired everyone up to some old cabinets on adjacent streets!
Re: Remote wipe?
Ah, so a remote Brick, rather than just a remote Wipe?
Quote: "The new build will also include new security settings that can remotely wipe stolen Android handsets"
Erm, current stock Android already has a remote lock and wipe option, so what is this new setting actually adding here?
Just go to https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager
Log in and select your device, and click Lock or Wipe, simples...
Shows up for both my Nexus 5, and my first gen Nexus 7, and has done for a long time.
Not exactly a Microsoft fan here, but what does the cost of a fitted HD/SSD have to do with them? They sell software licences, not PCs.
Now the OEMs, that's a different matter (and that includes Apple of course).
@ OP on price per GB
For price per Gig, (based on ebuyer prices, not the articles):
128GB drive = 42p per GB
256GB drive = 29p per GB
512GB drive = 30p per GB
I've been monitoring SSD cost per GB for a couple of years on and off, and ignoring the 42p one, those other two are the cheapest per GB I've seen so far from ebuyer, and that includes special offers etc.
Re: how would this really differ
Or they just figured out how to use the build in Steam skinning options.
I like PixelVision myself :-)
So a thumbs down but no mention as to why?
Guess someone doesn't like their driving criticised ;-)
erm, you do realise one of the main driving forces for automated cars is to increase safety?
Most crashes are caused by bad driving, either causing the crash in the first place (driving too fast in bad weather etc.), being unable to react fast enough when something happens in front of them (driving too close to someone while not paying attention etc), not being skilled enough to regain control after hitting oil on the road etc. etc. Most of these types of accidents and crashes can be avoided with automated cars (and busses, and HGVs etc etc.).
There would also likely be a reduction in overcrowding, as more vehicles are automated, they can start driving closer together, while still remaining safe, even driving in road trains on major roads, thus reducing the space the vehicles need to take up on the roads themselves.
@ AC OP
Yup, my 18+ month old SSD already runs at that speed, and it wasn't a new model then, so no progress in the last 2 years then!?
20 hours gameplay
I stopped buying FPS games about 2 years or so ago due to them all being about 6 to 7 hours long, and I have little interest in multiplayer.
So that's two short, or one long session and your games done. Hardly value for money.
20 hours though, this might temp me back. Although PC for me.
Re: A shame
Main issue atm seems to be the AAA titles, of which there are none on Linux Steam that I'm aware of, other than ones published by Valve themselves.
But for Indi titles, there are lots. and at the moment, a lot of these indi games seem to be way more fun than a lot of the churned out, AAA clones we see.
Last online article (Feb) I saw confirmed there were well over 300 Linux compatible games on Steam, which should all run under Steam OS of course. Compared with 60 games a year earlier. So the numbers are going up and most of the smaller indi titles do seem to be cross platform from the outset.
Obviously there must be people using Steam on Linux, otherwise no one would bother supporting the platform at all. This should mean once we see the official final version of SteamOS launch, there will be a large library of games already and this will also increase the Linux userbase as well, encouraging more developers to support the platform.
I probably won't bother with Steam OS myself, at least not any time soon, but I could see me setting up Linux Steam on my Linux XBMC media PC under the TV, which would essentially give me the same thing.
You can get things other than Pr0n on the internet now? Le gasp!
There, fixed that for you ;-)
Re: Laptop resolutions...
Indeed. These days I think 1080p is the absolute bare minimum for a laptop display. Although personally I'd still rather have 1920 x 1200, than 1920 x 1080.
Anything less for productivity work, and you have to plug in a second monitor, which makes a mockery of the whole idea that the laptop is portable!
I find it crazy that my mobile phone's 5" screen is a higher resolution than my laptop!
Re: Good Grief!!! @ I. Aproveofitspendingonspecificprojects
Electronics? None needed at all.
Something to stick through the hole in the middle so the record can be spun (wood dowel, with a point on the bottom end, for example), a cone of paper or thin card, and a needle stuck through the narrow end of the cone.
Stick needle on record, and spin = Noise/Music
Goodbye auto-complete extension
Means I can finally remove the auto-complete extension I've been using for the last few years to do exactly just this due to too many sites abusing this option.
Also means Chrome becomes a little more compliant with the W3C HTML specs.
Whilst I can understand Banking sites etc. using this, (and I'll continue to select not to remember on those sites), so many other sites use this option, when they have no good reason to do so (such as sites that don't deal with real money etc).
Putting the User back in control, which is kind of the point with HTML.
How is giving the user the choice to use this or not, annoying and alienating them?
Next you'll be saying that removing options that people use makes those users happy?!
Re: Blackberry Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Samsung do the same. Always annoyed me that every device at home that used USB was the same way up, all except the S3, which was upside down :-( (The USB specs even state which way up the sockets should be fitted!).
Also meant a generic USB phone dock I had, wouldn't work with the S3, as the built in plug wasn't reversible :-/
Using a Nexus 5 now, which has the USB the correct way up :-)
email Importance header
10 years on and they still don't handle the 'Importance' header, meaning emails highlight as important show up fine for everyone else, all except gmail users!
Granted not normally too important to home users (and often abused anyway), but this is often used by business users.
At the moment your stuck with adding things like 'URGENT' to the email title instead, which just looks horrible.
Shame he hasn't just done an updated Populous. Reboot the franchise. Used to love those games on my Amiga.
It would appeal to new and old players. He could even do a mobile version, especially if it was close to the early Populous versions (1 & 2), which would fit in quite nicely with small touch screens.
Re: Thanks for converting to the British from the Dutch German
@ Scroticus Canis
And even in the USA, C (or K), in fact metric in general, is used in scientific circles (and also military/engineering peeps for that matter).
Plus anyone that knows what an AU is, really should be fully familiar with the metric system. So has no reason to 'dumb down' an article by using Fahrenheit!
Re: "Mark Zuckerberg's acquisition of Oculus VR"
The guys from Oculus have already stated there will be no requirement for an FB account to be able to use the headsets, and no adds provided via the Rift software itself. Although they also stated they have no control over what the apps that use the Rift will do, so they could still do ads, jusrt like some games do now.
But who's to say what things will be like in a years time!
Re: VR (motion) Sickness
You are aware that most new 5" phones comes typically with 1080P (or similar) displays now? With many optimised for HD movie recording and playback.
So I'd expect viewing stereoscopic images and movies will be fine.
But for rendered gfx (i.e. games), as you say, I suspect there'd be too much delay between head movement and screen updating. It's one of the main challenges they have had with the Oculus Rift, and they are using dedicated hardware and a high end PC.
Re: Modern Victorian diablerie
If it's the same process as the Diableries, then it's a split screen. Left half, right half.
Years ago (hmm, try decades ago...) I created a home brew version. I just used an old cereal box, plus some reading glasses. I'd had a book given as a gift that was full of stereoscopic pictures, everything from Victorian photos, to modern ones, to artificial creations of impossible 3D images etc..
The simplest way is just to hold a piece of card in between you're eye's, in line with your nose. And hold this against an stereo image. So each eye can only sees one image. But warning, this causes eye strain after a while, hence why the lensed versions are better for a movie etc.
If you acquire a 3D movie, then playback on a normal 2D device, you'll see the left right split. (You can also get top/bottom split, but left/right is more common I believe). So if this played on your phone with these goggles, then viola, 3D (well stereoscopic) playback :-)
Modern Victorian diablerie
I quite like the idea of a modern Victorian diablerie, especially using tech you already have around the house (i.e. phone), as it will improve each time you get a new device).
Can't say I'm bothered about games on the device, (I have a PC for that, so will probably get the Oculus Rift at some point).
But I could see this as a poor man's 3D IMAX without the need to replace the perfectly good 2D HD TV I have now.
Re: Gamers on the whole will move anywhere and pay anything if...
The unified driver model that nVidia implemented years ago, typically means those tweaks they implement do affect all cards currently supported, at least the previous generation or two, and not just the latest generation. It's just that they get the most improvements out of the current cards (as they are not as mature yet, so haven't managed to get the best out of them yet), so those are the figures they crow about.
I've got a previous get card, not a 7xx, and I regularly see improvements in current games after an update. (and I don;t just mean bug fixes for new launches).
It's one of the reasons I've preferred nVidia over ATI for many years, their driver model (and reliability) was just so much better than ATI, with support for older cards, including tweaks and updates, and little things like not having to re-boot after a driver update etc.
Note I can't comment on current AMD drivers, as I've not used ATI cards for many years, so things may have improved since then.
Re: What odds is it if it's 8 upwards only?
Same here, regular gamer, home built PC, large Steam catalogue, plus lots of other games as well.
And happy with Win 7 (with dual boot to XP for those really stubborn older titles).
I see no reason to switch to Win 8.1 at this time. As far as I can see. it provides nothing new to what I already have. Big deal that it boots a little faster. My Win 7 box takes around 8 seconds to cold boot from hitting power, to being on the desktop, so even if Win 8.1 was twice as fast, I can afford to wait the extra 4 seconds!
So at the moment, no plans at all to use Win 8.1 ever.
Now Win 9, that might be a different story, but then historically, MS have tended to do the old hop between <good os>, <bad os>, <good os>, <bad os>. So if history repeats, Win 9 might actually be worth looking at, But time will tell.
and PS: serious games don't care what the OS is, only the game matters!
Re: other uses...
How about a remote control drone with stereo video and using head tracking camera.
Either hooked up to a PC/Laptop via software, or even via custom hardware with USB inputs and HDMI/DVI output into the Rift.
Re: I often look at my keyboard
Spill alcohol, sacrilege!
* Long straw/tube.
* Beer cap (2 x beer cans with drinking tube) hmm, maybe not, might upset the beer with all the head movement.
* Water Pouch (the sort you fit in a back pack when walking/hiking)
* Gym bottle. So doesn't matter if you knock it over. (Although depending on what you're drinking, could be a little lively on the next swig.
Re: Crystal cove @ Ian Yates
Could not peripheral vision be achieved simply by having the lens system in the final version wrap around a bit? i.e. Just use the left and right 5% (or so) of the screen output as the peripheral area?
Re: A few problems with these things
Quote: "a) The Occulus [sic] Rift isn't on sale in its final form so I fail to see how we can know what it will cost at retail. Realistically it's going to be at least $300 but more likely $500. And Sony have never been known for selling kit cheaply."
The new 1080p Oculus Rift Dev Kit v 2 can be pre-ordered for $350 (out in July). This is of course not mass manufactured with no large bulk purchases of screens etc.
Once the commercial version is launched, with bulk purchasing of components and mass manufacturing, then I don't see any reason why the targeted < $300 price tag cannot be achieved, they are almost there now!
I'd still like to know when the final version will ship, as I've got a few games, and some on the way, that would be really nice in VR (Elite Dangerous for example).
Re: I'm all for this stuff... @ AC (where did the times go?!)
Quote: "I would suspect Steam being a better bed partner, as many games for oculus are already available on steam, and others just need Linux support adding"
I'm all for games running under Linux, and agree that a better partner would be Valve (I assume you mean Valve here, rather than Steam itself?)...
But what does "and others just need Linux support adding" have to do with adding support for Oculus Rift to a game?
Most Oculus Rift games will be Windows PC games, not Linux. Although that may change over time (i.e. in a few years time, assuming Steam on Linux takes off over the next year or so)
Re: Still not buying the Cloud as a primary storage mechanism
Similar here. I have both GDrive and Dropbox, GDrive for collaboration docs, and Dropbox as an sync tool and to give me access to items on my phone, at work etc.
But they only cover a specific subset of files, and anything important goes into TrueCrypt.
My main backup is a FreeNAS setup with 4TiB of local storage (mirrored), full system backups etc.
The important stuff (i.e. things I can't just rip or download again) also get written to DVD or to an external HD which lives at the GFs house (and I have her's at mine).
Chuckle : "for heavens sake, my smartphone has more pixels! not fun!"
Works laptop screen (Lenovo T420): 1366 x 768
My Nexus 5 phone: 1080P (i.e. 1920 × 1080 )
Crazy, really, really crazy!
Quote: "The universe is far to[sic] large to have come from a singularity."
What? Do you even know what a singularity is?
Singularity = A point in spacetime in which gravitational forces cause matter to have an infinite density and zero volume.
Therefore how large the universe is, is irrelevant, as any amount of matter could be fitted into a singularity.
Re: Non PC colour code
@ Non PC colour code
For 9, we always used "Willingly" instead.
Re: "Merely...make money"
Hence why the following is always added to the hosts file of all my PCs, home and work:
Speeded up loading times no end :-D
Re: "Merely...make money"
Quote: "you should see the content as the creator intended. DELIBERATELY altering that content is creating a derivative work without license and against the law."
Nonsense, the whole point of HTML is that the pages are rendered how the user wants to see the page, not how the author wanted it to be viewed. While the author does have some control, (colours, text scale etc.) the user has control over what font to use, what size, whether to load images or not. These are all standard settings within any Web Browser, and any author of a web page knows this (or should). Just because most people leave the settings at their default, does not remove their right to change these if they so desire.
If the author wants their content to be viewed in a specific way, then they need use a format suitable for that, such as an image (JPEG etc.), PDF, or a <shudder> Flash site etc.
If an author chooses to use HTML, then expect your content not to look the same from one user to the next, based on their local user preferences.
Re: apps that pull weather forecasts to predict sales and set order quantities
This is a POS system, so I'd expect weather is going to be that day, hourly, perhaps the following day at most. For long term, you'd use your normal weather services.
I think this is more, "It's going to rain today, so fetch a few more umbrellas out of the stock room", "It's going to be warm tomorrow (I wish!), so pick up some extra ice cream from the wholesaler on the way in". etc. etc.
Re: Proprietary NAS? I don't think so.
My NAS at home is a re purposed Desktop with FreeNAS installed on a USB drive. Which leaves the currently 2 x 3TB drives for data (mirrored). In the process of adding some more drives, to this.
Nice thing about running a NAS on a 'real' PC, rather than a low power device, is you can run other services on the NAS drive without impacting its performance, and therefore remove the need to have a dedicated server running separately. e.g. Torrent client, DLNA media server. Subversion/GIT repository etc. etc. Yes it uses more power than a low power NAS, but it meant I could decommission a server that was running 24/7.
Re: If you're rooted..
Would be nice if this was available for none rooted devices. Typical Bank apps won't run if they can detect the device has been rooted.
Re: android upgrade debate
It seems to be a purposeful direction by Google, presumably to get around the issue of carriers and phone manufacturers not releasing (or being very slow to release) new OS versions.
This seems like a good idea to me. Get the core OS to do basic low level functionality only, providing APIs into the hardware etc, then have everything else essentially as an App on top of it. If security issue are found, and it's in a function managed by an app, then simply update the app. Google can already force updates to some built in apps, such as the Play Store itself.
I can imagine things like the stock Android home screen, Contacts and anything else current included as a function of the OS, turning up as an official Google Apps in the Store at some point (or perhaps a hidden one, like the Store itself).
The more functionality removed from the core OS, the less likelihood that security issues would be in the core itself, so reduced the need to update the OS itself, just update the app that's running that function.
Obviously if the issue is in the core OS, you'd still need an update to fix it. But this likelihood should reduce as more of the functionality is moved away from the core OS, and put into an application.
I can imagine in the future, perhaps with Android 5.0, the core OS being a very lightweight framework, with a driver layer to the hardware, and an API layer for everything running on top of it. With all other functions, the Home screen, camera, keyboard, contacts, clock, calendar etc etc all being applications, that can all be updated as needed (some may be hidden apps, but just update in the background like the Play Store does).
At this point, I can imagine updates to the core Android OS to be few and far between, as there would simply be no need to update the OS itself except when adding new low level APIs, for example new types of hardware, or for bug or security fixes.
Looks like a good thing to me,
Re: Just wondering?
You get clamped for parking illegally (or at least that should be the reason).
But no need to do that with a self driving car, as long as the law allows it to continue driving without you in it..
I can image you'd drive to where you want to go. Find no parking spaces near by, or only very expensive ones. So get out and tell the car to go find a space somewhere else.
If you're going to be a while, the car could drive a mile or two out of town and park somewhere for free. Then just head back to pick you up with a press of a button in an app.
If you're only there for a short while, get the car to drive around for a bit.
None of this is exactly environmentally friendly, but if they don't provide adequate or affordable parking, it's what they will get.
Re: Sir, You Are Being Hunted
Thanks for that, not heard of it before, will check it out.
Re: There's a reason I have disabled Java.
I don't even install Java these days except in a VM for the rare, and getting rarer, occasions I might have something that needs to use it.
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