244 posts • joined 17 Jun 2011
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.
I must have missed the memo, at what point did Android become a Desktop OS?
Don't get me wrong, I like Android, I have 2 tablets and a Nexus 5 phone, but last time I checked, they were still classed as a Mobile, not a Desktop OS.
This is one of the reasons I didn't like Win 8+.
Why would I want, or need, to log into a local PC on my Network, with an Internet email account that rarely gets used?
Let me log in with a proper local account with a name of my choosing, then let me add my Live account once logged in, but this should be optional.
Can't see me moving away from Win 7 anytime soon unless this policy changes.
Re: Optimal solution?
Quote: 'I seems to me it would be a lot more effective to use remote drivers, the way they pilot drones.'
I would suspect they can do this anyway, as it would be simple to implement once you have the rest of the autonomous processes in place. And would be useful as a backup for things where the truck isn't sure what to do, or some part of the autonomous system breaks down.
But I suspect there would be too many issues for this remote driver mode to be used under normal circumstances. Couple of thinks I can think of :
1. Latency. With drones not really an issue, as you're flying through empty space (hopefully), so no pedestrians suddenly jumping out in front of you. For anything requiring quick reflexes, by the time a remote driver had received the images/warning, and responded to it, it would already be too late.
2. Comms: With a drone, you're up in the air, so would have line of site for a lot of the time, and then satellites once beyond the horizon. A truck on the other hand would be in valleys, driving through tunnels, under bridges etc. At which point your going to loose comms, so for a remote driven vehicle, you'd still need to have a fully autonomous mode for those situations, and if you have full autonomy, not really much point have a remote driver.
Re: Molex Power Connector
All? In older PCs yes, but not current ones.
HDs and Optical drives switched to SATA data/power connectors years ago, decent case fans and coolers normally use motherboard headers (so the voltage can be controlled). High end GFX cards which used to use them for extra power, switched to the 4-PIN 12V CPU type connectors many years ago.
I can't think of anything else, other than legacy items, that might use these in a current PC? Only exception I can think of are the cheaper case fans, that normally run at a fixed speed, but those are rare now (in my experience).
But I also agree, most definitely a cheap, horrid connector.
Ah yes, I remember when the company I worked for (long since defunct) decided to experiment with switching from screw terminal junction boxes, to Krone ones.
Typically we'd be using these to hook up multiple 2, 4 or 6 pair cables, into a single 20 or 40 pair cable.
Some of these could take half a day or longer to complete one junction box.
With the Krone version, we could do the same number of cables in about 20-30 minutes.
Piracy needs a market solution, not a technical one
Piracy exists in any market place when the users perceived value is less than the current value as defined by the service provider. (I don't just mean monetary costs here, I'm also talking about quality of service, flexibility etc. etc.).
So as long as people think the official channels are not worth the money, then piracy will exist, irrespective of the technical constrains put in place, or the potential legal consequences.
So no amount of DRM, blocking, or changes in law will ever stop piracy, period.
To stop Piracy, or at least vastly reduce it, all they need to do is make sure the cost of a service matches, or is less than, the perceived value of that service. At that point, it's not worth going via piracy channels and people will naturally switch to legit services.
Personally I've always thought that there aught be rules around subscriptions and advertising.
If you have adverts on your channel, it MUST be free to air.
If you charge a subscription fee, you are not allowed to have adverts (or sponsorship) on that channel.
So you pick one, or the other, revenue stream. Not both.
I hope you're just trolling!
If not, then to use you analogy:
They are not buying houses, they are buying a blue print of a house, and then telling everyone else who builds houses that look a bit like the one in the blue print, that they have to pay them a fee for each one sold. This despite the fact that they have no plans themselves of building houses, or the fact that lots of other houses of the same design existed years before the blue print was drawn up.
Most of these patents, and all software patents, should simple be rescinded. And help bring this entire sorry, embarrassing, innovation crippling, chapter of ridiculous corrupted patent law to a close.
Re: These are not the pixels you are looking for.
Quote: "Or is it easier to market "MORE PIXELS!" than better quality...?"
It's worked as a marketing gimmick for years for compact and mobile phone cameras, so why expect TVs to be any different?
Re: These are not the pixels you are looking for.
Would be nice if they would define a reasonable minimum standard for HD, in order to be allowed to claim a channel is actually HD.
I find it annoying I can watch one Sky HD channel, and it looks fine. Then switch to another supposed HD channel, and it have noticeable compression artefacts, pixelation, colour banding etc..
Sorry but HD is more that just a higher resolution. If you're channel looks worse than your SD channel when there is a lot of movement, or other things happening on screen, IT IS NOT HD!
Re: 2K intermediate
Quote: Most cinema is processed at 2K.
Yes, for now, but they are switching over to 4K, so at some point 2K will be depreciated. (How long this will take, is another question).
Re: "They have had a gradual downturn in the number of players"
Same here, tried playing for the first week or so, (after leaving it a couple of days so I could actually log in).
Managed a few sessions, then constantly started hitting issues with having to restore cities to a previous save point, thus loosing sometimes hours of game play. In the end gave up.
Once the off-line turns up, might have to give it another go.
Re: i'd do the contrary
Just need someone to port Wine to Android then,. although would probably still need x86 rather than ARM to run at a reasonable pace.
@Charlie Clark Re: The mighty have fallen half way
Android has, as far as I know, always supported mouse and keyboards, USB or Bluetooth.
Got a Nexus 5 phone here (and have done the same on multiple devices since my old HTC Hero), plug my HID wireless receiver in for my Logitech keyboard and mouse, and magically a little black mouse pointer appears on screen and just works.
Re: for me it works but who knows about everyone else?
I've been planning on updating my media PC (an old ION box running Win 7 and XBMC) to something a little more meaty. I was going to ditch Win 7, and just put Ubuntu/Mint or some flavour on it, with Linux versions of XBMC, plus Linux Steam for casual games. (I have a full Win 7 game rig upstairs for AAA games etc.)
I might just wait a while now to see what these Steam boxes come out as.
I may still go down the Media PC route, but stick Steam OS on as a dual boot, if it performs better than Steam under generic Linux.
Re: Don't see this taking off in a big way
Just to second the constant upgrade myth.
As you say, a mid range gaming PC will happily play games for years without needing any upgrades. I typically keep a GFX card for about 2-3 years, then buy the same card again, but by then very cheap of course, and run in SLI, so doubling performance at little relative cost.
And even once you hit the point where new game engines come out, that an existing PC/SteamOS rig can no longer reach max on, then you just drop the GFX down a notch any carry on playing.
If you finally decide you want to get back to Max settings again, or maybe you've just bought a new 4K TV, you just swap the GFX card for a new one. Can't do that with a traditional console.
Also for the first poster, bear in mind that with newer console games, closer to the end of their life cycle (i.e PS3, 360 for the last couple of years), then that notching back of the settings is basically being done for you within the console version of the game engine. As the console is no longer able to play the updated engine at full pace. The engines and the PC(Win/Linux/OSX) move on, the console can't. Hence why so many multiplatform games look so much better on the PC.
This will happen again with the PS4 and XBone, the game engines will move on, and initially they will be able to tweak and improve the performance of the new consoles, getting more and more from what they have. Improving the visuals etc. But eventually, say 2-3 years from now, they will run out of head room to tweak and after that point, there will be no noticeable GFX improvement till a new generation of consoles is created, probably 8-10 years from now.
Meanwhile, PCs, (Win, Linux, SteamOS etc). will continue to be able to keep pace with the updated game engines.
But doing so is the users choice. Either stick with your existing hardware, like the console users, and continue playing the games at the quality that your system is capped at, or go out and upgrade to get the best out the the updated engine. Which with a PC or SteamOS box, is likely to mean just replacing a single component, namely the GFX card.
SteamOS gives you console convenience, but with the same upgrade choice you have with a PC. But this is still a choice. If you choose not to upgrade, games don't stop working, they just don't look as nice as they do on an upgraded box.
Just my 5 cents anyway :-)
Re: HL3 is all fine and dandy
Even Valve started referring to Episode 3 as HL3 some time back. Not that they've mentioned it much lately :-/
But would be nice to finish the story off, before I get to old to play games!
Wait, what am I saying, I'll never be too old to play games :-D
These are being aimed at people who either don't have a current PC suitable for playing games on, or people who want something to stick under the TV as a supplement to their existing PC install.
Existing PC owners are likely to just stick to running Steam on their OS of choice. (Win, Linux or OSX).
I'll probably try SteamOS out of curiosity, but can't see me bothering to install it on it's own machine any time soon, unless it starts to include XBMC type media functionality.
Original reason I got a 1080P TV was for my XBox 360.
After that, and watching a few HD steams via XBox & PC, I eventually got Sky HD, (but only after they hit 20 HD channels), now of course just about all major channels on Sky have a HD version.
I don't see any point in going to 4k thought, at least not until there is 4k content readily available.
Or Nexus 12?
Re: Sad, sad, sad...
Casio fx451 here also.
The Hex mode was very useful while doing assembly code courses and similar.
Ah, another fellow Casio fx-451 owner here. Bought it myself just as I started college.
Still have it here, 'he says reaching over to the shelf to the side'. Yup, still switches on and does still get used occasionally.
Re: USB isn't "universal" after all
Please clarify, what is incompatible?
USB 1.0 to 2.0 is pin for pin the same, only the protocol/speed changed, and this was specifically done to be backwards and forwards compatible. i.e. USB 1.0 devices work in USB 2.0 hosts, and USB 2.0 devices work in USB 1.0 hosts, just slower. Plus does anyone actually have anything that still uses USB 1.0 anyway? USB 2.0 has been around for 13 going on 14 years now.
The same goes for USB 3.0. In fact USB 3.0 is literally USB 2.0, with an extra data channel. So plug a USB 3.0 device into a USB 2.0 host, and it just acts as a USB 2.0 device. Like wise plug a USB 2.0 device into a 3.0 host, and again it just continues as a USB 2.0 device.
Even the cables work, i.e. a USB 2 Type A to micro type B (i.e. typical cable that comes with a current phone), can be plugged directly into a USB 3.0 host port on a PC/Laptop, and the other end into a USB 3.0 external device (External HD etc) and it just works, just only at USB 2 speeds.
So what incompatibility?
Quote: 'If they're going through the effort of changing USB all over again, why not adopt a better sized port? One universal port across mobiles, desktops, laptops, etc.'
That is what they are doing, at least that how it seems to read when I looked at the Intel PDF. One new Type C plug for everything.
Why would you add analogue to a digital connector and have a huge step backwards?
So you'd rather have a restricted number of audio channels prone to interference, that can't be updated without adding more wires, than a digital solution, that has no such limitations, and can quite happily cope with anything from simple stereo, to HQ 7.1 with DTS etc.
Even Apple dropped analogue from their Lightning connector. (External speakers, Lightning to old style adaptors etc. now use a DAC to convert the digital data to analogue).
So just do the same with USB, create a USB 'profile' that tells the PC/Phone you've plugged in some USB speakers, and the Speakers do the DAC.
@ Kubla: Where have you been? USB has always had a square connector!
The square one is a standard type B connector (i.e. the original Type B before we got mini and micro versions).
The Type B is what should be used in devices such as printers, external HDs, Phones, Tablets etc.
With the Type A being used in the Host, i.e. PC, Laptop etc. (The original Type A being the big rectangular one, i.e. pen drive connector).
Note: Some device manufacturers do do this wrong, especially with older external 2.5 HD drives, which often use a type A in the drive, when it should be a Type B at the drive end. (Presumably done as the type B was too wide to fit in the thinner cases).
Phones and tablets have space constraints, so use the mini/micro versions of the Type B, printers have no such space constraints, so continue to use the old square type B connectors instead. The same is true for many external HD caddies, especially with 3.5 inch drives.
There is even an extended version of the original square type B for USB 3, with an extra plug on the side for the extra data connection. (That way you can still plug an older USB 2 square lead into the USB 3 socket, and just access slower).
There are also micro versions of Type A, although I've rarely seen them used, as most Hosts are large enough to still fit the original Type A, such as in a Laptop, so don't really need the smaller forms. (The micro A has square edges, rather than angled edges we see in the type B connectors).
Re: Guns won't work, so let's look at alternatives...
Make sure it flies over water, and let the shark mounted lasers do their stuff......
My thought too, interesting idea, but at what price!! Seems to be 100%+ mark-up!
I would have thought that scanning in a broken component (assuming you still have all the bits), and stitching them back together in software, would be relatively easy task to do these days, with modern processing power etc..
You could have something as simple as scan in the items, then it would highlight the edges it thinks are the broken ones that need joining (colour coded for example) , and the user just confirm or adjust as needed. The software then autorotates till the edges match up, with some algorithms so smooth out edges if they were deformed when broken, and fill in any holes if small parts were missing (i.e. little shards broken away and lost).
If the software doesn't exist yet, I'm sure someone could write something, or collaborate on something opensource.
So the next couple of weeks are going to go one of two ways...
1. Disappointment that the new Nexus (watch and/or phone) isn't as good as I'd hoped. (or just not released!) or ...
2. An expensive month with new toys to play with for Christmas.
I know which option I'll be rooting for :-)
Agree on the hot spot, if you have a car like this, you're gonna already have a smart phone, so just use the phone.
Personally I'd like a slot large enough for a 7" tablet to sit, including USB connectivity for power etc. and the ability for it to close and secure it while your out of the car, without the need to unplug it each time and take with or hide in the boot/glove box etc.
Who displays it is irrelevant, all that is important is that it was displayed in public, before being protected,
Re: Steam DRM luv?
Nope, it's a distribution system. DRM is optional and up to the people releasing the game, not Valve.
Some games under Windows Steam, if you install a desktop icon, and launch the game via the icon without Steam running first, Steam doesn't even launch, so not used at all.
Granted not many games are DRM free, but it's not Valve/Steam deciding this. If a publisher wants DRM, then they'll use DRM, irrespective of it being via Steam or not.
At least Steams DRM is unobtrusive. Unlike other major DRMs, that for example force you to be online etc.
Re: From my position of ignorance - this seems a fine idea.
Very similar to myself. Was an avid PC player, then moved to console (360), got board of the console games (games being just clones of each other for the most part). So let Gold lapse and went back to the PC about 2 years back.
Now playing mostly strategy games, so not sure the Steam Box (i.e. TV and controller) will be all that good for me, other than the occasional casual game. I can see this replacing the 360 though. (and I'm waiting for GTA V on PC).
But I can see the Steam OS being used with the Linux ported games, as more get ported from Windows to Linux.
I feel a potential dual boot option becoming viable. My existing Win 7 for the none ported (and legacy games) and Linux/Steam OS for the new releases.
Anyone know if Steam OS will still function as a normal Linux install? i.e. can you still install 3rd party indy Linux games along side you're Steam games?
My old favourite was to take a screen shot of their desktop, with task bar and icons etc. Then hide all the icons and minimise the task bar (auto-hide), then set the previous screen shot as the wall paper and walk away.
Some people got it quite quickly, other people not so much, although the room full of sniggering people usually gave the game away eventually!
Isn't it about time a proper standard was defined for multi factor authentication? Including APIs etc.
Then once defined, and accepted, newer ISO standards and such for security, such as how banks, the government and other organisations do authentication and identification, could then be updated to insist they support this one standard.
That way you could get one token, but it then works universally for anyone complying with the standard.
Otherwise we are going to just end up with a pocket full of these, one for each service or set of services you use.
This would also help get round the growing issue of being able to prove who you are, such as when applying for loans or a new passport etc. ("Please bring in 3 recent utility bills with your name and address on it", "erm, I do everything on line, I don't get bills in the post!")
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