554 posts • joined 9 Aug 2011
Re: Nooooooooooooo way
At least putting the toilet seat down becomes less of an issue when you're surrounded by your own shit.
My understanding is that the new SimCity is a "bottom-up" rather than "top-down" simulation - rather than, for example, traffic being a function of road usage based on location of residential areas & how many people a road can support (once traffic exceeds 100% you get "heavy traffic", and lots of cars suddenly appear on the road), the new SimCity instead simulates *each individual car* - they're all there because they belong to a house, and are going to a job. Traffic is therefore completely dynamic - there's no preset "low", "medium" and "heavy" traffic, it is what it is. And it affects everything - heavy traffic stops fire trucks dead, cops cant move through the cities, etc. Power is simulated in a similar way (but I believe they've gotten rid of water pipes, and they're now incorporated into the road).
The new cities are apparently all roughly the same size as the "medium" blocks in SimCity 4 - so you won't be able to build a massive, thriving metropolis in a single map, but it puts more focus on getting a smaller city running well - the limitation forces the player to plan, and possibly rebuild, multiple times to get the perfect city. The limitation is due to the "bottom-up" design requiring a lot of power to run, since everything is being simulated, and trying to make the game accessible to everyone who may not be running high end rigs. I don't think they've ruled out bigger maps in the future once hardware catches up though.
Ultimately I'm looking forward to it, it seems EA has realised Societies was a piece of shit and they're giving Will Wright a bit more freedom to make a more faithful reboot of the franchise - the only thing I despise is the "online required" aspect of the game - it means playing with other players on a single region is a seamless experience, but really, EA, why almost cripple one of the few truly great games you've made in recent years by making it "completely" online?! (you can play a "private" region by yourself, but *still* require an internet connection since so much of the game is server side).
even ~600m is ridiculous
for what can only be described as a completely different phone/tablet/everything else. Surely design is only one arrow in Apple's quiver? don't they have other great as pects of their phone tha make them so desir-
no? alright then.
I wonder what Samsung will choose to do with the extra 400m? Perhaps draw up plans for a massive new headquarters in the shape on an oblate spheroid, just to grease the bearings on which Jobs' corpse spins...
I was going to suggest something along these lines - any artist under the RIAA umbrella has all search results stricken from Google's results, autocomplete, everything. Make it impossible to find those artists and see how long it takes for RIAA to back off. After all, only pirates use the internet, right?
Hope burn-in isn't an issue
Although having the Google logo permanently seared into people's field of vision sounds like a Marketeer's wet dream.
Great. It's only a matter of time now before someone teaches a killbot to catch and throw back an EMP grenade.
I, for one, welcome... etc.
Re: Quite Sensible: Don't Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater
I'm not so sure about no patents on genes - in order to maintain investment into gene science and research there needs to be some reward for the companies taking the risks, but I believe patents should be limited in a similar way to pharmaceuticals - you get ~5 years to use your patents, then it gets opened up.
I wouldn't mind a similar thing being done in software, where tech moves so fast that certain aspects (particularly in UI design) become ubiquitous within a couple of years - it also prevents a patent troll sitting on a patent quietly whilst the rest of the industry starts unintentionally violating it, before moving in 10 years later to reap the rewards. Also tacking "on a mobile device" onto the end of an obvious concept should result in the people responsible being beaten with a stick. (Yes, "slide to unlock - on a mobile device" I'm looking at you).
Really though, any move to at least take a closer look at the patent system can only be a good thing IMO.
The 38bn is being subsidised by subscription fees - once you sign up for it, you're not just getting high speed internet for a competitive price, you're also covering the cost of the NBN - the idea that it's costing us with no benefit is a load of bull. Not to mention I'm yet to see the coalition's claims regarding their plan's ROI.
FTTN Won't be "up an running" quick - it may be quicker to build (obviously, since you're not laying fibre to the home) but the contract negotiations with all contractors, plus the negotiations to use Telstra's copper will be anything but quick.
How is using Telstra's copper better for competition when a private ISP will own all the copper needed to provide services? Under the current FTTH NBN, a government owned wholesaler will provide the services to all ISP's, at equal pricing. In terms of competition, the current FTTH NBN provides a better competitive scenario.
The current NBN 100Mb/s plan is 114.95AUD per month with iiNet with a 250GB/month usage limit - that works out to about 76 quid per month. If you're not a big user, then you can drop down to 50GB/month for the equivalent of 64 quid - you'd actually be better off than you are with Telstra at the moment on your 30Mbps plan. If, as you state, you don't need 100Mbps, then you can get their 25Mbps plan @ 50GB/month for the equivalent of 53 quid per month. But, as the statistics show, uptake of 100Mbps plans are at 40%, so people are obviously crying out for more speed. (and that's not "up to" 100Mbps - it's guaranteed).
The "up to" speeds quoted for the coalition's FTTN vary massively - the coalition has said they'd provide speeds "up to 80Mbps" - but if you live a km away from the Node, or your copper is not new (entirely likely) then you won't be seeing even half that. So you'll have forked out for a cheap and nasty NBN, and gotten no improvement on service. Not only that - but you're stuck with it, since you're unlikely to see any investment in the infrastructure for a long time afterwards (that is, after all, what the coalition is promising). And at the end of all that, they then want people to fork out even more to get the same service that is currently being built!
You don't have to be "1 of 15 people in Australia who need a 1GBps connection", you just have to be someone who doesn't want to be stuck on current speeds for the next 20 years to see the sense in investing in a full fibre network.
Coalition NBN + Telstra negotiations =/= quicker.
My understanding was that the nodes would have to be upgraded to move from a FTTN to a FTTH setup? Is Turnbull saying that isn't the case anymore?
And the other issue is cost - what are they expecting the consumer to have to pay in order to have their home "upgraded" to be equal with what the NBN is now?
a) people will have to cop the full cost of the node to home fibre, which will be prohibitively expensive for the majority of australians, and thus they'll feel better off under the current NBN
b) The cost will be subsidised, presumably through taxpayer dollars, and *all* Australians will be paying for a fibre-to-the-home connection that many might not even have.
I don't see how anyone is better off under this plan; the only advantage it has is that it's going to be "quicker" - but if they have to negotiate with Telsra for the use of their copper (which they will) and they'll have to keep replacing copper as it degrades (which they will) then I hardly see how it's going to be that much quicker - particularly when Telstra knows the coalition needs to use it's copper in order to keep their election promise.
Re: Ted Nugent.
"Some context for Ted's more impassioned ravings: "Give me liberty, or give me death" is an old sentiment in the US, attributed to Patrick Henry in 1775. Henry was also known as an impassioned orator with fiery speech."
If I recite Martin Luther King's "I Had A Dream" speech, that doesn't make me an "impassioned orator". If Ted was so great he'd come up with his own incredible speeches, instead of dribbling someone else's into a microphone.
I love that gun nuts recite the "right to bear arms" section of the second amendment as gospel, but cheerfully forget the "well regulated" aspect.
That picture is not to scale...
Re: Thought exercise for the day
Wasn't there a Nokia "lipstick phone" from about 10 years ago? smallest one I can think of...
"I can't believe anyone could be so stupid to leave a phone on when you put it up your bum."
Whereas turning a phone *off* before sticking it up your bum would be an eminently intelligent thing to do?!
Re: A little more background...
I fail to see why Coke should give compensation here. When your dentist says "Gee, maybe you should let up of the coke, hun?" As he's pulling rotting teeth out of your face, you should probably take that as a hint to cut down a bit.
If I ate 5 jars of peanut butter a day, and nothing else, I'd be a fucking moron to try and blame Kraft for making me a fat turd.
People need to take responsibility for their own stupidity.
"a byte of brats"
I've often wondered what the collective noun for a large quantitiy of cracker spawn is.
Re: He's missing a track here!
Or make a new brew with half the alcohol, in an aluminium bottle that is impossible to open without breaking it.
A new low
Apparently in Turnbull's magical visions, employees will just have to drink whatever water they find in the exchange pits - there, saved $100,000. This will prove that they're the better financial planners.
Also, when this dies down - boat people! Yes, they're the NBN's fault too...
I think in this instance NFC = No Fucking Clue
$200 last-gen phone, covered with expensive crap
Yup, sounds like Vertu to me.
The sort of people who pay stupid amounts of money to make their average phone look pretty sound like the type of people who pay stupid amounts of money to make their average girlfriend look pretty. As such, a casino sounds like the perfect place to sell them.
Re: Call me cynical
From the article:
"Its mass could be as little as 16,000 tons or as, uh, massive as one million tons, the company said in an email."
Most companies would wait until there's at least a *little* bit more certainty than that - the asteroid is getting closer, not further away, and it's not going to suddenly change it's mind about coming towards earth, so at this point in time the company could easily have waited, and estimates would have inevitably gotten better. Of course, it's entirely likely that this would result in the asteroid being a fraction of what they're claiming it *could* be. Unless they're being irresponsible, in which case see previous post.
Call me cynical
But what are the odds that all the eleventy billion dollar asteroids somehow manage to fly past Earth in the next seven years, whilst DSI are still waxing rhetorical to their investors about how gold will fall from the sky, and then in 2020 we'll suddenly find out that the only asteroids left are "smaller than expected/not as rich as expected/not in ideal orbits/too expensive to access/etc etc".
Issuing statements about how ridiculously massive their profits *could*, potentially, maybe, possibly, theoretically be seems irresponsible at best.
Re: The government are VERY worried about zombies...
The zombie plague is obviously just an Obama conspiracy - the "damaged women zombie" vote pushed him over the line. The best way to get revenge against the living dead is by living.
Re: This is the stuff
Probably NRA members foaming at the mouth at the prospect of being able to say to the pinko left wing commies "SEE! SEE! WE TOLD YOU WE NEED GUNS!"
It could also have been a bunch of ignorant, inbred hicks, but they're made up predominantly of the aforementioned NRA cardholders anyway.
I'm adding Montana to the list of places where breeding should be strictly controlled.
What. the. fuck.
“the ability to access and collect personal health records associated with the consumer in a secure and private manner”
Like every developed country has already been doing for decades?! Why does the US's broken patent system persistently try and fuck up the rest of the world?
I think I might try and patent "the ability to access and collect personal banking records associated with the consumer in a secure and private manner", but i fear someone else may have already patented "the ability to create ridiculous, broad and fucking obvious patents, before using them in an idiotic manner".
Re: Is there anybody there?
Maybe they were holding it wrong?
Re: Maybe he read Richard Dawkin's "The God Delusion"
I've read many (most?) of his books, and whilst it was a breath of fresh air after (catholic) high school, the more preachy books are becoming a bit cringe-worthy - I agree with many of his views, but not with the way he presents them - in many cases deliberately antagonistic, and seems to be happy to abandon the moral high ground and stoop to the level of the right wing hardliner religious set. I believe the moral high ground is worth a lot more than that.
The books on evolution are a different story - he waffles on a bit, but The Selfish Gene among others is what sparked an interest in evolution, and an appreciation of the natural world for me. I'm sure there are some who disagree with his scientific views as well, but that's what science is all about.
I thought we'd be past 2/3rds by now
I mean, who downloads porn pictures these days?
Re: Coffee for staying awake at work, tea for relaxing at home
Almost forgot to mention - If the temperature drops below "too hot to drink more than one mouthful at a time" at any point, it's finished. Cold/warm tea is a form of torture.
Coffee for staying awake at work, tea for relaxing at home
Coffee is always a "work" beverage for me - one in the morning to wake up (or, if I've slept in, one at lunch instead) and when I get home I'll relax with a cuppa. Usually teabags (english breakfast, steeped for a while to get a decent bit of flavour) and a dash of milk (enough make it opaque, whilst keeping the temperature at scalding). Sugar depends on how buggered I am, usually half a teaspoon, or none. Almost always needs a biscuit though, scotch finger or milk coffee (milk coffee has to be eaten quick though, they fall apart easily - and fishing them out with a teaspoon is impossible - once it's in there, its gone) or a cream bikkie if there's one in the jar. Teabags are simply out of laziness rather than a preference - If I've got time I'd rather tea leaves, but it's usually a "with friends" type thing. Can't be fucked if I'm the only one drinking.
I'll probably get destroyed for this, but as a kid I loved early grey with milk and 1 sugar - a taste I've grown used to (and I've been assured, it does take getting used to) It's a perversion I've tried to get over but still have one every now and then if I know no-one will be around in the house to see it.
their "R&D centres" are "located" in high tax nations, whilst their "sales" departments are "located" in low tax nations.
One can only hope that their expenses are given a thorough going over, at least the groundwork has been done in forcing them to appear and publicly disclose information. In lieu of this development, perhaps they'll even give El Reg a response to any questions they have? Perhaps that's asking a bit much...
False colour, blurry...
all they need is a couple of hashtags and it's ready for instagram.
A fantastic photo, really puts a lot of things in persective... Mainly how unimportant we are.
Re: The first Sim City was the best
"Kept failing and did not know why"
Surprised you didn't try and blame Windows 8 for that as well
I believe some compensation is in order
$666 ought to cover it.
If David was donning a massive pink tentacle it'd all be perfectly fine
Error in title
You spelt "wankers" wrong.
Are Zeptonics a publicly listed company?
I hope so, if only for the irony that their own (or, more appropriately given the court decision, Zomojo's) HFT technology and algorithms would be crucifying them on the stock exchange right now.
They didn't find it hiding in a dust cloud, per chance?
All we need is hyper-assisted travel and we'll be there in no time - I just hope it's not moving towards us...
Cyber-security firm says attacks are proof we need more cyber-security
In other news, the baker said we should eat more bread, the milkman said we don't drink enough milk, and the butcher says we need to eat more meat.
No self-serving press releases going on here...
a fairly farcical study.
Shirley the study could also demonstrate a relationship between people who are conservative types who abhor pornography (and therefore won't admit to watching it in a survey/interview) and, being conservative types, abhor gay marriage (and therefore won't support it)?
A more accurate conclusion to the study, I believe, would be "conservative prudes who say they don't watch porn have a tendency to be opposed to gay marriage as well".
Which more or less tells us what we already know. Ultimately though, the study seems fairly broad and nonsensical - conducting a survey about what many perceive to be sensitive personal stuff will only ever produce a result that demonstrates people's refusal to be truthful in such matters - the way the questions are presented will, as always, have a large impact on the result of the study, and people have a tendency to give answers that show them in the light they want to be shown in, rather than how they actually are.
Re: I'm cancelling my subscription!
Philip Lew- I mean, Code Monkey, has it ever occurred to you that maybe there are just a lot of people who don't like Stainless Games' products, and prefer those of their competitors?
When people feel the need to defend their beloved Stainless Games by dismissing everyone who doesn't adore them as "Stainless haters", it reminds me of the term "Suppressive Person" used by certain other fanatics.
As an owner of a Nexus 4
I know the value that lies in a phone that doesn't try and slide off every surface on which it is placed. I'm fairly certain the Nexus actually levitates a few nanometers off any surface, thus allowing it to slide off a seemingly flat desk when a call is received.
While I hardly think Apple and Android will be too worried at this stage, I think they'll be watching over their shoulder to see how the market reacts - it's be Microsoft who really should be paying attention, since they seem to be a bit more "business oriented" in their marketing, and have the most to lose from business-types going back to Blackberry.
Re: Three Strikes?
"I don't understand what her three strikes were?
Does this mean you can get three strikes for downloading a single song?"
"Rhianna’s Man Down and Hot Chelle Ray’s Tonight Tonight"
^Those were the first two strikes. The third one was actually feeling the desire to download them.
Was a rebrand necessesary?
I was hoping theyd just do a Dick Smith-style piss-taking advertisment, playing on the smuttier aspects of the acronym "RIM":
- I've been waiting years to get RIMmed again!
-My girlfriend is RIMming me for my birthday!
or even just job advertising application - RIMjobs, perhaps?
Back to the phone though, I'd like to see it take a piece of the market, competition is always a good thing, and whilst they're not for everyone (including myself), Blackberry, whilst not good at everything, seem to be focusing on doing a few things well.
Reckon the US is bad? Wait till you see Africa
Those cats don't fuck around
If they're being shared between classrooms already occupied with "old, low-powered PC's" then the monitors, keyboards and mice are already there.
True, embedded device excludes usage as PC or media player - but I'm sure it wouldn't be too hard for the school to get their hands on more to replace them - if indeed the students are finding useful applications for them and making use of them as embedded devices then obviously it was a good idea to put them in schools in the first place, and the small additional investment from the school to increase the numbers of Pi's would be a very intelligent one.
Purely from the perspective of letting schools know that there are alternatives to constantly updating PC's in classrooms, having a "sample" of Pi's saves schools money in the long run - if a school decides, as you already have, that they're not suitable, then the school hasn't lost anything. If they decide there's a good use for them, they've got potential savings - since populating the entire school with them would be cheaper than the purchase of a few desktops.
Regarding how many are going to each school, that depends on the implementation - it's entirely possible that they could be going to a small portion of schools in less well off areas, or on a first come first served basis, or distributed evenly - trying to convince yourself that it's pointless and fruitless doesn't necessarily make it so.
I think the advantage over existing computers is
a) kids can be left with them more or less unattended without the hard drive filling up with virii and porn
b) The Pi's can be bricked at little cost to the school
c) Can double as embedded devices, media players, small PC's - generally as a learning tool they offer the flexibility that desktops don't.
d) the pi's can be taken home by students, taken from class to class, don't require large amounts of labour to get them to school classrooms, don't require large amounts of power, don't require an entire classroom to be dedicated to them, don't require setup on the same level as desktops, are less of a target for thieves...
So there's quite a few advantages.
It may be a bit of a token efffort by Google standards, but any donation to a school in the name of education can hardly be frowned upon - and it's more than most other big tech companies are doing.
"Vodafone reckons the average duration of phone calls on its network has halved in five years"
I think many people on Vodaphone would be happy to have a phone call last more than a minute...
Re: Muslims in Space
I'm sure that by the time we sort out stasis chambers and extended space flight, this whole religious conflict malarkey will have sorted itself out, and everyone will be much more tolerant of each other and not so obsessed with 2000-year-old rituals.
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