79 posts • joined Thursday 5th January 2012 12:17 GMT
Re: New product?
To upset your reasoning a bit, iphones are used as "must have" fashion accessories by many, there's no choice.
install hidden or lock it away at night?
“He fucked with the wrong nerd .."
Was spending £15 on the 'hidden' app in case your house got broken into , more clever than actually locking the precious laptop in a cupboard at night ....in case your house got broken into?
Re: MacBookPro Owners
Lucky that MacBook owners don't lock their precious laptops up at night!
It's going to be much cheaper to send a man the long way and one way only. There won't be a shortage of volunteers, only the shortage of bottle from an organization to make the unethical decision.
Haha, you had me until the last quote saying Linus will need sofa money for food. Looked out of window, no nuclear explosion, couldn't have been real.
"Education in the USA has long been a stronghold of Apple, the venerable Apple II being cheap and tough enough to survive in that hostile environment, skool.
But Apple’s gouging of UK consumers meant the prices were so high back in the day "
Are you sure it was down to "gouging" and not the weak pound?
Also IIRC, the build quality of American computers tended to be strong and tough to meet more stringent US standards.
The Atari 800 was also found in schools. It was a metal tank covered in hard Plastic, removable hard plastic covered RAM and ROM . I'm sure I read this build quality was partly why it was priced highly in the UK, compared to the flimsy un-shielded Uk offerings.
Funny that build quality and metal casings are actually deemed worthy of the extra dosh today. Often described in reg's own reviews as "classy" Another reason the Atari 8-bits were ahead of their time ;)
Re: Bar Steward
Ironically he intended to go into journalism. No doubt to write articles about "c***" politicians.
They're just desperate to have that now trendy minimalistic way of showing off products. The look and feel that Apple stole from European designer clothing boutiques and tried to call their own.
This trend is actually quite an effective way of advertising, despite rents still being unaffordable for regular traders.
Re: Chocolate Teapot
Apparently the 4 ? "not very good" Typhoons based in the Falklands, could take out the whole air force of the Spanish colony trying to claim islands as theirs.
Re: Yes, Gnome3 is awful
also a good link
Re: who will give them credit
Ironically, the staff would get a better price on ebay than what the company or administrators would get from a 'house clearance' type company.
Maybe administrators should try to pay the staff with hardware, whilst it's still there.
complete with dated and bulky optical media drive :)
Re: Download, upload, sideload...
Before accusing consoles of becoming too much like PCs. AFAIR PCs actually moved towards being like consoles when they were able to slot in a custom graphics and sound cards and have Steering Wheel pedals etc. Custom chips that were being designed for games consoles, Arcade gaming machines and the 'home computers'.
These cards were only affordable in the late 1990s. Even so, it was a long time before PCs were able to do the super slick Arcade beat' em ups, exhilarating Arcades racers and the platformers that the lower powered consoles were doing.
"Samsung Galaxy" "The next big thing" was clear enough for me
Re: Very funny
Apple havn't invented anything, not even the first computer (for which the ran ads having a dig at IBM)
Re: In a nutshell, it's old fashioned and got...
Nintendo's old fashioned consoles sold staggering well during black friday several weeks back. The total was around 1.5 million, with Microsoft selling approx 800,000 (admittedly impressive with just the one ageing console)
Is the market really ready for the ultimate console? Looking at the comments and complaints here and on other forums. A 'gamers' console, to satisfy the majority needs would probably cost at least $800 to build.
Only Apple can get away with that price point. Sometimes people expect Nintendo to be a charity.
The poster claiming it was operators playing frisbee is a closer guess. I would expect the data center to be manned by a large team of operators 24 x7. And with a 25% shift allowance + extra holidays, they most certainly would want to be there. Eating Pizza, watching TV, in between housekeeping tasks.
Potential new gamers 800 million born since 360 launch
Less of the selfish thinking.
The Wii U will be perfect for the young lads and lasses who are coming up to video-game owning age.
Why would they care what has gone before or what graphically superior versions of COD or Need for Speed are available on the next gen? Millions of parents will be making some of the big decisions and importantly handing over the credit card.
The Wii is still selling well and is still an ideal first console if you can weed out the gems. Gems which tend to be unavailable on other platforms.
To existing console owners, the Wii U should probably be considered more of an upgrade (something PC owners have never had a problem with) to a unique platform rather than next gen technology designed with bragging rights and I wouldn't be surprised if MS and Sony abandon big, noisy powerful boxes next time.
Tablets are all the rage at the moment and get people excited, including the people piling up the money. Nintendo turn a cheap one into a controller, genius.
As for the price, it's the same as the 80s and 90s consoles with inflation, offers much more than the did and still cheaper than most of the top gadgets kids have been desiring of late.
Of course the platform is at the mercy of Nintendo's tightness, quirkiness and often stubbornness. Support for 2TB USB drives is a reasonably good sign though.
Accept Nintendo arn't going to do it perfectly and have some fun.
Re: Every generation
Not the Tasmanian aborigines who survived the last melt 10,000 years ago, were cut off from the mainland but were wiped out by your ilk less than 200 years ago. The Aussie aborigines don't have it better either. Even if we're not harming the planet, at least half of us will end up with mental illness, the more cramped, nosier, restless environment we make for ourselves.
Having a better life isn't just replacing Oak trees with steel
Still doesn't make me want a tablet.
it seems ipads were only successful, because they became more toy-like compared to the unsuccessful windows tablets that were available years before.
MS need to rebrand, in the gap between PCs and Xbox. All they've done is make desktops look like Smart phones with Xbox live branding shoved in. I'm a fan of windows phone, but Surface and Windows 8 RT aren't toy-like enough to compete with the ipad IMO.
It will give businesses the chance to force ads and special offers as a customer logs in on their phones. It would be great for larger businesses, department stores. Argos, DIY shops, Garden centers?
These days, people tend to take more notice of their phones, than placards around them.
Hardly surprising the "if I had my own business" types, don't get it. That's why you're not in business.
Re: Up-front cost...
I hope to have saved half the cost of a new van in Diesel by buying a new economical van over a cheap thirstier van.
I imagine the fuel costs through the life of this EV vehicle would be substancial.
One of the problems seems to be that in western culture people change cars for fun and never reap the benefits of long term ownership.
It seems everyone having a pop at EVs expect it to be changed for something fancier in 3 years.
Vauxhall sell one of the best and most successful vans in the Vivaro. If the Ampera is as good, then forget the tales about the odd Vectra dying after 50k.
At a minimum, the people generating their own electricity will be interested in these cars. There's also a growing DIY conversion scene with EV vehicles. Conversions that cost up to 10k just for the parts.
Vauxhall are working on an electric Vivaro van, that they hope will save delivery companies money. I wonder how the EV naysayers here, will try to spin that in the oil companies favour?
Re: But seriously...
Posting from, ISS?
Warlords in Africa for 20 years? or 100s ?
I wonder if there will be a good second market for consoles stuffed to the hilt with games. Could be some good deals about later in it's life. Gamers really need to resist buying new shiny if the industry is trying it on. There's plenty of quality unplayed games out there for most of us.
Re: Expensive or not?
Batteries, motor, drive train, controller, wiring looms wont be as mass produced as regular parts and research and development would owe them more at the moment.
In the past, electric cars were actually subsidised.
Car dealers make very little profit on each unit, instead they are rewarded for volume and make most profit on after sales.
So no it shouldnt be cheaper. If Apple wanted to make cars, they would price them at least 30% more expensive than this to keep with their business model.
The DS lite was still selling for £140 just over a month before the DSi released at £149. Here on mainland Europe they sold for a long time (still do) side by side with that small price difference. As they did in the USA $129 v $169.
LIke I said before, the extras on the DSi were certainly worth it to the millions of parents who wanted to keep their kids amused for that bit longer You could perhaps argue that serious gamers were/are happy to make those savings to focus purely on games.
The UK is a fierce market and I imagine you got your lite for £99 after a knee jerk supermarket fire sale. In which case the DSi would have looked overpriced. If you're savvy enough, you'll scan all the hot deal websites, bargain forums for the right prices anyway. I believe Morrisons were doing DSis for £99 around Xmas time, with similar good deals on the XL. or the recent Amazon £129 3DS bundle. Totally unheard of on mainland europe and out of Nintendo's control. Hence why I would spring to their defence.
My point was that too many mature gamers were wrongly criticising Nintendo for not making the DSi worth the 'upgrade' to them. I dont think these people really know themselves what market they are in. To me its the "demand shiny new tech" market, which is owned by Apple. With Nintendo continually stubborn in giving us the proper wow factor, but then they are a defacto toy company, not a big boys toys company like Apple have are become. I would love to see Nintendo do an Ipad or iphone, with their innovation on top, but its not the price point or market they like to do business in.
Re: Price, Price, Price!
"£40 for a Vita game, vs £5 for Shadowgun on my Asus Transformer Prime."
I would expect people who post here, to be slightly more savvy than to pay RRP for console games. Even if you don't like shopping online, following many of the hot deal websites or bargain forums, Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsburys always end up knocking a good £10 or £15 off.
Still, quoting the £40 RRP seems to be winning a lot of arguments at the moment. Just as it did when PC gamers often tried to justify the expense of a PC v Xbox 360 gaming.
I've yet to pay over £23 for a 360 game and have some real quality for that money.
You should also consider the technology inside the VIta for the subsidised price, compared to the extra £200 + you pay for your less portable gaming device.
At the end of the day, most of us only have a certain amount of time and money to spend gaming anyway.
"13. House Alarm ... GPIO hardware interfacing to existing alarm zones .. remote monitoring/alerting .. PIR / door monitoring for movements .. runs off same alarm supply with ups."
You're from the UK right?
Re: Re: Pre-Order
Fairly professional. The immediate pre-launch and launch were a balls up though.
No emails sent to subscribers, instead many people found out via HUKD.
Displayed the choice of two distributors to buy from. With option 2 not selling any.
I remember reading this was supposed to be 'available' on 20th Feb, but delivery still looks like 2 months away.
Re: @Mike Flex
"So you're implying that school PCs *should* be available for hacking code during school hours, when you should be learning Math and English. Someone that can't do basic math, read, write, or speak well isn't going to do anyone any good and isn't going to get a job, even if he can program"
The team clearly criticised the I.T curriculum of UK schools and wanted programing to be available where word and excel were being taught instead of the programing availble in the past (when the team were at school)
I thought this would be the last place to find posters calling the RaspberryPi 'computer' "just a board" and that people wont know what to do with it, collect dust etc.
It has RAM
It has bootable onboard removable storage
It has a CPU and GPU
It has HDMI
It has 3.5mm Audio out
It has USB 2
It has Ethernet
It is more populated than a barebones PC at ebuyer, but low power and a tiny form factor, giving it even more possibilities.
The distributors are selling kits to let you have it up and running as a fully functional computer on delivery day.
If you still think its just a board for devs and geeks, you need a history lesson.
Our IBM compatible PCs started life as a business machine with green screens and no sound.
Re: Re: I cant wait for mine!
There are less powerful biege boxes over 10 years old still being used, nosier and consuming more electricity. This is a fully functional computer if you buy the bundle.
What is a computer used for? Not enough space to answer?
Without viewing the large photo on each order page? I would say a couple of drunks maybe.
only alright, Apple are cleaning up
You didnt need to be a Ninty fanboy to see the PSPGo would fail.
IMO its largely about being in the right place at the right time and now they have the thorn in the side that is Apple.
I dont think Sony have ever got over Nintendo inventing the Gameboy.
Nintendo are very good at distancing themselves from trends, fashions and what other people are doing, or at least pretending to.
Before Apple took over , Sony probably had the best brand names in gaming. I think it went to their heads. Their best ever gaming product is still the PS1 and that only started with a joint venture with Ninty.
Why the hell couldnt they have used one of those mini SSDs found in hte Dell minis. They could have easily turned it into a proprietary connector to make the money back they need.
Two steps forward, one step back.
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