I gave up using the BBC News web site some time ago.
I still read the BBC news, I just use the Phone/Tablet app instead, a far nicer interface than the web site.
569 posts • joined 17 Jun 2011
I gave up using the BBC News web site some time ago.
I still read the BBC news, I just use the Phone/Tablet app instead, a far nicer interface than the web site.
Been going on for years already in some games, EA esspecially :-/
My guess is that 'gamers' are more likely to want the new shiny shiny, such as DX12, whereas more 'regular' users, basically don't care about the OS (stability of shiny etc).
Plus there are now a few DX12 games coming out, some of which are DX12 exclusive, which is forcing their hands, "Want this new game? You need Win 10!".
As far as I know, there are only a couple of games so far that are DX12 exclusive, but this is likely to increase over time.
As an example: Gears of War Ultimate Edition is DX 12 and Win 10 only, and can only be bought through the Windows 10 MS store. Lucky for me, it's not a game I have any interest in!
Not sure why you got the downvote.
From what I understand, after the major criticism MS got over Vista, they spent a lot of time and effort optimising Windows 7 to make it faster than Vista, and bring things like memory usage and CPU cycles down.
MS, and with a focus on getting Windows to run on more mobile devices, continued that effort with Win 8.0, then 8.1 and now 10.
Benchmarks and other analysis done over the years shows this is the case, with things like games running faster on the same hardware with the newer Windows versions.
So other than driver issues with older hardware, anything built for Vista/Win 7, should be faster and have a a reduced memory usage, if Windows 10 is installed.
PS: This isn't a comment on the rest of Win 10, I still don't like the snooping or the GUI changes, and will stick to Win 7 for now for personal use.
I'm a gamer at home, so stuck with Windows unfortunately, at least on the gaming PC.
I tried Win 10 on my gaming rig, and it was a failure, stability issues, blue screens, driver issues etc. Went back to Win 7, and it's been solid (again).
I am now dual booting between Win 7 and Mint.
My plan now is to always use the Linux version of a game when available (which seems to be about 50% of my Steam library currently), and only use Windows versions as and when needed. (Some of which I can probably get running under Wine, which I've not tried yet, or Virtual Box).
My worry now is that we seem to be getting new applications and games that now need Win 8.1 or Win 10 as a minimum, and won't work on Win 7. Typically as they either need a newer version of DirectX, or sometimes is that they are using Windows APIs that are not available in Win 7.
I've only seen a couple of these so far, but this is bound to grow over time, which might start forcing peoples hands. :-/
Currently you need an Oculus account, not a Facebook one.
This may of course change in the future!
When I think of this, I had a flash of the old JFK speech.
We choose to <do stuff> in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win.
Quote: "Meanwhile all the supermarkets and DIY centres in Britain continue to charge £10 (949.93 INR)."
I suggest you try a different store!
Even B&Q, which tends to be the most expensive of the DIY stores, sells LED bulbs starting at £2 each, the £10 ones are either specialist units, or multi-packs.
And there are far cheaper stores out there.
Quote: "So, LED street lights really ought to come with a cover so that they only illuminate down."
The LEDs that were fitted on the road outside my place (about 3 years ago), are like an array of spot lights, (GU10 like) all pointing downwards, splaying out towards the edge. So no light at all going upwards (other than reflected light of course).
They are also lower than the older sodium fittings, so are at about the same hight as the bottom of the 1st floor windows sills (the older lights were around the height of the top of the 1st floor windows), which means little of the LED light hits the bedroom windows.
So overall, much better visibility outside, whilst at the same time, reducing both internal and external light pollution.
I've never really got the point of a browser plug in for PDF docs.
Yes please, open the document in a small constrained window with poor controls, and minimal functionality, rather than opening in the proper application I installed for this very purpose (Foxit in my case)!
In Chrome, I usually disable the PDF Viewer under chrome://plugins/
Ah, abuse of the height and width image attributes, I know it well.
i.e. It should not be used to scale your images, it's only there to pre-allocate the space needed to display the image on the page, so the browser doesn't need to keep re-sizing during load!
I remember being asked in the early 00s to check why a web page was taking ages to load over dial up. The remit to the developer was to create a page of thumbnails, that linked to some screen shots (about 20 of them).
Turned out all the developer had done was to upload the raw image files, then used the height and width attributes to create thumbnail sized images, rather than creating real thumbnails. So locally the page loaded okay, but over dial up this was painfully slow.
Port holes of an ever decreasing size
This looks way more interesting for live streaming in VR/3D than things like football or tennis etc. At least for me!
Interesting listen. Thanks for the heads up.
Quote: "Still running an i5-2500k at home and it does everything I need. Since this came out Intel have gone from 32nm to 14nm but the actual speed has gone up 200mhz, no increase in cores etc either.
Yup, this ^^^
My last major Desktop PC update (triggers broom style) was in early 2013.
New MB, CPU and Memory, everything else (HDD, GFX, case etc) was a carry over.
At the time I fitted an i7 3770K, stock speed is 3.5 GHz.
About a year later I fitted a liquid cooler (Corsair Hydro H60), and the CPU has hummed along at ~4.3GHz since, without issue.
The latest Skylake 6700k (14nm), has a stock speed of 4.0 GHz.
So 500Hz more than a stock 3770K, but 300Hz less than mine is currently running at. So I'd have to OC the 6700k to even match my current 3 year old system*
So an update just isn't really worth it.
* Yes I'm aware there are other benefits to the newer CPUs, but it's just not worth the time, effort or money to upgrade from the 3770K currently, and it's rare the CPU is ever the bottleneck.
I can confirm that Mint looks quite good in 3440 x 1440 :-D
I've also had a productive weekend with Mint, building a dual-boot Win 7/Mint system.
I did try Debian at first (as I was already familiar with it), but hit a few hurdles (Grub issues, then X Windows crashing on boot etc.). So tried Mint instead.
Mint installed without issue, even recognising my GTX 980 Ti, and giving me options of which drivers to install. Propitiatory ones from nVidia themselves, or an Open Source version, all in a nice little Driver window, listing pros and cons of the different options. Mint recommending the nVidia propitiatory ones, which is what I used, and installation was just a matter of a couple of clicks.
The only issue I had was my audio, which is a Creative SB card feeding some 5.1 speakers. but I was already aware of Creative's lack of Linux support, so expected this anyway. (Mint recognises the card, knows it's a Creative sound card, but no sound comes out).
But my monitor has built in speakers (not normally used), and Mint automatically configured the nVidia audio driver in the GTX 980 Ti, which let me select Displayport as my audio output, so the system still has audio, just stereo at the moment, rather than 5.1 (for now).
As a quick gaming test, I installed Steam (direct from the web site), and then installed a couple of test games, which worked without issue. (About 40% of my 178 items in my Steam library showed up as Linux compatible).
I'll keep Win 7 for now, but hopefully over time the need for Windows will diminish, I've also set up a Win 7 64bit VM within Mint itself, which seems to work fine so far.
"Honey, the free coaster delivery is here"
Windows 10 Blacklist:
If your using Win 7, why do you have a Win 8/8.1 KB listed?
KB2976978 is the Win 8/8.1 'Compatibility update', KB2977759 is the Win 7 version.
I've also got KB3083710 and KB3112343 on my blacklist, but otherwise have essentially the same list as yourself (I'm also on Win 7).
Quote "...and start predicting them, but then if that's the case a timer would surely suffice?"
As far as I know, it's not just things like getting home at a particular time.
It's tied to your phones GPS, it so starts to recognise if you hangout somewhere most days (e.g. the office), and what route you normally take home, and how long that typically takes. So if you head home early one day, it's knows to turn on the heat sooner, or if you are still stuck in the office, or traffic, it delays turning the heating on till it knows your on route again.
It also works out how quickly it takes to get the house up to temperature, from it's current (unheated) temperature, so in deep winter, it would turn the heating on sooner, but as the ambient temperature goes up, so takes less effort to get up to full temperature, it reduces the heating time.
Quote: "How does it tie the people in the room with their account anyway, do you have to walk around the house waving your smartphone or smartwatch?"
I was wondering that too, once home (much to by gf's annoyance sometimes) my phone gets put down somewhere, typically the kitchen or the bedroom, and doesn't get touched again until I need to use it.
Unless the system has sensors in each room, it's not going to be much use to me.
Site tries to 'induce' me to stay.
1. Copy Domain.
2. Add domain to host file.
3. Search for domain in chrome, and when it pops up in the results, click the 'block domain' option (provided by the 'Personal Blocklist (by Google)' add-on)
Quote "elsewhere on the internets the figure of 5K (in USD) popped up"
So quick calc, that's about 24p (UK) per GB, which is quite good actually (Using £3,553.57 for the calc). Although that likely doesn't take into account VAT in the UK.
Even at 1-to-1 US to GB (which is typical with tech prices here!) at £5,000, it's still around 33p per GB.
For comparison, current retail SSDs (consumer SATA) are around the 17-25p per GB (from places like CCL/ebuyer etc).
"Leverage" and especially "Leveraging" [sic]
Makes my skin crawl. <shudder>
What's wrong with "use" and "utilise"?
Quote: "this cybercrime organisation used laptops and the internet,"
I'm curious to know what the other cybercrime organisations are using, if it's not laptops and the internet? As they seem to be implying this is unusual behaviour for cyber criminals!
Also why is 'Tips and corrections' missing on the mobile Reg page?
(And no option to add icons on the mobile forums either?)
If it sends back GPS data, how about spoofing the location to make it look like you are heading for China?
If you can figure out the unique watch ID (assuming they have one), then you could spoof all the watches, and make it look like all the watch owners are heading for China.
If you could physically locate the phone home IP, then you could have everyone heading there :-)
Icon, well you never know...
Quote: "we are now poised to launch 10 new titles this year.
This smacks of pile it high, sell it cheap.
It also means that teams and people will likely be being spread around too thin, unable to spend enough time on a specific game, before they need to move onto the next, affecting things like quality, productivity etc.
They'd be better of focusing on just 2 tiles.
Where practical, create two internal teams, one per game, and set up some friendly rivalry between them. Maybe offer a bonus based on how popular the game is 1 month after launch.
Competition, especially with a carrot (bonus etc), rather than a stick (your sacked if you loose), drives people.
I'd have thought at this conference in particular, that the developer should have expected someone to try to crack the app.
They should have written it better, and then perhaps left some sort of Easter egg in there for people to find.
Reminds me of the time some of my rugby playing mates popped into the local supermarket to pick something up, and when they got back to the cars, someone in a mini  had double park in front of one of their cars, blocking them in.
 This was the 80's, so a proper mini, i.e. it was actually a small car, rather than the bulbous large things they brand mini's now.
They were in a rush, so rather than waiting, they simply picked up the car and carried it out of the way.
After driving their car out of the space, and being the nice guys they are, they duly picked up the mini again and put it into the space that they had just vacated.
Okay, they weren't that nice, they did put the car in sideways!
Some sites also seem to break if the tracking is disabled!
I've had things like missing buttons, or pages that just won't load unless you disable ghostery and reload!.
Google have apparently already updated the software so that this type of accident won't happen again.
Google cars now assume buses are driven by asshats, who will always just barge through, irrespective of the car being in the middle of a manoeuvre.
If you're using the standard Microsoft OS progress bar for that counter, shouldn't it be more like...
Working in Chrome too.
Although you do have to wonder why the Reg are still using Flash, rather than a HTML 5 based player?!
MS telemetry bypasses the hosts file. If you want to block, it needs to be at the firewall or router level.
It only works on Wi-Fi or mobile data as well.
If your using a LAN connection, e.g. Ethernet to a desktop etc. Then the 'metered connection' option is missing :-/
Unless I'm reading it wrong, I don't see any mention of what benefit this offers the end users?
It's a standard that only seems to run on one platform (Android).
It will cost users money to use, i.e. the same model as SMS/MMS, so needs funding somehow.
It doesn't seem to provide any tangible benefit over current SMS, which works everywhere on all phones, universally.
It seems to be worse than existing messaging apps. as it removes a layer of privacy.
Quote: "an alliance of vendors who can agree to standardise on an expansion slot"
This * ∞
Without an agreed standard, by at least a good chunk of the major players, it's not going to last long.
It also needs to be free to use, preferable an fully open standard, that then gets adopted as an ISO standard, that any phone or peripheral producer can use.
Although personally, I don't think this should be classed as a modular phone, it's a phone with an expansion port.
Found it, it was a Multiface
Mine was the Multiface One, as it had the Kempston joystick port on the side.
Forgotten what it was called now, but I had a snapshot type device that dumped the Spectrum memory to the Sinclair microdrive.
As this could work at any point in time, it meant you could also save your game progress, as you just hit a button, and it froze the system. You could then dump the memory state to the microdrive at that point in time, mid game, and reload again later.
Hmm, it's going to bug me what the thing was called now!! Anyone any ideas?
It was a small box, plugged into the rear expansion, and had a single red button on the top. Hit that and the speccy froze, and you got an on-screen menu that let you peek and poke memory, save/load to/from the microdrive, and various other bits.
"Hall of the Mountain King" : Over and over and over and over again.
Icon --> As that was my head after a few hours on Manic Miner!
I was 13 when the Spectrum 48k came out.
I was a bit of an electronics tinker back then.
At 14, I worked out what frequencies were used on the tapes, and built an in-line multi frequency band pass filter to try and remove background noise between the tape player and recorder.
Took a while to sort it out, but once done, made perfect 'backup' copies of games :-)
Happy days, although Manic Miner background music still haunts me to this day!
Hybrids are a stop gap, and should vanish as tech improves.
But I suspect most everyday cars, e.g. under 30 miles a day, nip to the shops, local office etc. will be electric. That way most car users can simply charge at home, and never need to visit a refuelling station/garage.
I see hydrogen being used for high mileage users, (sales reps, HGVs, intercity buses etc), and those that need to be driving for most of the day, such as local public transport etc.
Eventually though, I think private ownership will diminish, and you'll just use an Uber style app to call a car appropriate to your specific journey.
I always thought Hangouts was a bit odd, not one friend ever used it, and I thought it was horrible as an SMS client.
So on my Nexus 5, it's disable.
But that still doesn't stop it from using over 23MB of space, and crashing in the background occasionally. (How can a disabled app still crash!!).
Out of curiosity, what do people use root for these days? i.e. Why do people feel the need to root your phones?
Genuine question, not trolling.
I've been a user of Android since the original HTC Hero, which I rooted at the time, and did the same to several phones after that point.
But I haven't bothered rooting for a while now, as all the things I'd used root for previously, are possible now in a non rooted device.
For example, firewalls and granular app permissions, work without root these days.
So what other things do people feel they need to do on their phones, that requires root access?
For reference, I use Nexus devices these days, so don't have to deal with the cruft installed by the various manufacturers. So this likely also plays into the no root needed for me.
This could be fixed if they could mandate that all OS related updates be managed centrally, regardless of manufacturer or carrier.
The manufacturers/carrier could still do their customising, to help differentiate their products, but this aught to be as extensions to the OS (e.g. drivers, custom controls for non standard buttons etc) and via standard app installs.
Think yourself lucky, I've had an LG G Pad 8.3, for about a year, (was a freeby give-away when I bought an LG TV).
It's still stuck on 4.4, despite 5.1 coming out on it in other regions in the middle of last year! :-/
How much effort is needed to create a new regional version?
I'm in UK also.
Indeed, 4GB is pitiful these days.
I've little running on my (work) laptop atm, and it's still used >5GB of RAM.
4GB single stick is around £15, a full 8GB kit (2 x 4GB) is about £31, and that's from a main online retailer.
Yet buy an 8GB laptop, and you'll add £50+ onto the price!.
You're better of checking to see if the 4GB laptop has a free slot, and just buy and fit the extra stick yourself.