586 posts • joined 10 Feb 2012
Bestest Game Evar!
I suspect the 'best' coin-ops were the popular ones when you were 12-16 years old, however old you are.
(unless you're under 20, in which case you can just f*ck off back to your console)
Galaxians? Pfff. We don't need your steenking Galaxians.
Galaga, though, is a whole other story.
The definitive list will never be agreed on, but here are my faves from the era:
Bubble Bobble (I mean, come on! 100 levels, hidden portals, easter eggs galore)
Wonder Boy (I can still hum the music)
All enemy comms readable by dawn each day
it took an average of four hours each night to work out the day’s settings on each German military network, most of which were changed at midnight
That is very, very cool.
While it's widely recognised that this won (or at least shortened) the war, it must have been harrowing to have to ignore most of communications with the loss of thousands of lives. All to make sure the Germans kept believing their system was secure.
Re: Easy now,
Oh, he's got a spine. He just doesn't give a shit about the little man. In ten year's time, this may well be very appropriate;
And on the pedestal these words appear --
"My name is
Ozymandias Apple, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.'
It's the Vogons!
Flee! Must find lager and a towel. I'll start with the lager.
Ooo you're so clever!
"It’s all about something called the refractive index, which is essentially how well (or poorly) light passes through a material."
For a site which deals with crypto and quantum mechanics on a regular basis (and sometime both together), that was rather patronizing. Plus it's basically wrong, in that the transparency of a material is a measure of 'how well light passes through'. In this context the refractive index is a proxy for the local value of c.
Re: NO! It doesn't make sense. It would ruin Apple!
*lights joss stick, starts whalesong*
Apple has been firmly positioned as an aspirational brand for well over a decade. It differentiates itself by only selling the finest, most polished, most slickly designed shiny-shiny in the business. Owning an iProduct shows you can afford an iProduct, and a lot of people like that.
Producing a cheapo iPhone might provide a profit bump in the short-term, but would harm the brand by eroding prestige and undermining the whole reason that Apple is, well, Apple. I think that would translate into a loss in the long-term, and transform Apple into just another manufacturer of consumer electronics.
As a parallel, look how Burberry screwed its brand by selling cut-price tat to chavs - rolling in cash for a few years, then they bombed out and nearly folded after the fickle chavs moved on to other things.
[Yeah, I get that some people - and perhaps the majority of reg readers - don't but into this schtick, but millions of
bozos others do. A visit to any Apple Store shows you that.]
Re: Size matters
Not a big deal at Uni: engineers always have nice big textbooks.
Guess an iPad does the job these days. iToke.
What is this 'analog'?
Hmph. If you're talking about tech from way back then (and you're in the UK), then it's analogue, not analog.
That's as close to a grumpy-old-sod icon as I can find.
Re: In Redmond Microsoft fire the photo copiers up.
And yet, at the same time, no style at all.
"Rouge Squadron II"
How does wearing blusher help defeat the empire?
s'funny, I thought 'to brick' was transitive verb meaning 'to be very afraid'.
Peter was bricking it when he found out his boss had access to his internet history.
Re: I've been trying it.
@Chris007 - not sure what your beef is here.
So here's a fail back at ya!
Re: But does it work for local PDFs?
Just associate the extension with Firefox, no?
Or am I missing something fundamental.
Re: I've been trying it.
Yep, since the Foxit issue I've been opening PDF's in Acrobat. Nice to have a light viewer back in the browser, and (naive as this may seem) I trust Mozilla's approach to security much more than Adobe or the maker of a third party reader.
Also, no speed issues at this end (so far).
Re: I'm skeptical
Watching the vid it seems as though it's halfway between a capacitor and a battery. Super-quick recharge (capacitor) and then longish discharge (battery).
Super capacitor is a lot more media-friendly than "cattery" or - heaven forbid - "battacitor".
Re: Spider Robinson covered this a few years ago
Or Greg Egan's Schild's Ladder. Course in that case the new universe was expanding at 0.5c, so you could zip along in front of the boundary and poke it from a suitably equipped ship.
Re: Alternative title
Ahem. Actually: Apple's appliance advertising area atrophied after astounding attack.
Able assistance for amateur author's apostrophe angst.
....just put a police 4x4 in front of him, and use it's not-inconsiderable braking power to slow down both cars. No way a Laguna could push a Land Cruiser (or similar) with brakes applied, unless their whole police force drives Renault 12s with comical sirens.
Re: Cooking on gas^H^H^H leccy?
I don't care how smart or swanky they make electric hobs, they'll have to prize my gas range from my cold, dead hands.
(c) Charlton Heston. Who is dead. And cold.
@Ambivalent N7-owning AC
I love my N7. But then again, I don't use it for work, but as a media device.
Kindle, Netflix, surfing, casual gaming: it does all of those things will aplomb and it's light enough to hold comfortably on the tube, or when lying on my side in bed. The battery life is more than adequate too.
So I agree, it's a toy of sorts. But I've always loved toys, and this is a good one...
Re: But still they come
Richard Burton's voice-over on that is fabutastic.
I was delighted to find it on Spotify a couple of months ago, and spent a very happy afternoon listening to it at work.
When ever I've left an Apple store I feel more depressed than when I went in. Either I can't afford what I want or I have a nagging feeling I've spent a lot more than I should have.
So, more like anti-Prozac really.
Re: bark of Saint Peter
On the other hand "Bark of Saint Bernard" would have been perfectly acceptable, although somewhat surreal.
Is there anybody there?
I can just imagine Tim Cook and the rest of the Apple board sat there with a white, minimal Ouija Board, their sweaty palms resting on a puck mouse.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
Good for them
*Caution: When-I-Were-A-Lad Rant*
Glad to see Playmobile bucking the trend for increasingly banal toys. It's the trend that has seen cap-guns, spud-guns, toy swords, and bow-and-arrows-with-suckers-on-the-end all but eradicated from toy emporia, but has seen the rise of increasingly sexualized girl-toys, 'cos that's just peachy.
Bought my lad a Playmobile cop van and was horrified that I felt mildly uncomfortable with the miniature shotgun and pistols. Note: horrified by my reaction, not the toy. I felt like I'd been brainwashed. Fortunately, he loves it, and he brought a tear to my eye by pretending to shoot his sister's doll with all the appropriate sound effects. Must join him in a shoot-out later...
Re: "1980s research attempting to predict the future of computing"
I am indeed confused. A Paris Hilton moment...
Re: Anyone else thinking...
Would sort out the blackest of blacks race, for sure. No backlight leakage from a source that is actually OFF.
"1980s research attempting to predict the future of computing"
The Xerox paper talks about 3G and bluetooth. 80s it aint.
That's an amazing shot of the balloon burst.
Re: Vibrating pen? Interesting.
5mm? My sympathies.
Your optimism is touching, but sadly misplaced.
By 2015 The Register's entire output will will consist of 3 comment wranglers, 3 cut-and-pasters, and a multitude of commentards a.k.a. saps.
Stop the ride, I'm going to be sick
There was a lot of high-forehead spin-science in that. Feeling a bit dizzy.
Hearty congratulations for not using the word 'quantum' in the whole article though. Makes the whole proposition more credible and less mystic-perpetual-motion-machine-energy-field-y.
Re: no rating?
Top of the Amazon link is a vendor selling the drive for £20 more than suggested on El Reg, and claiming is uses 25nm tech.
Hardly a fantastic first impression.
Re: Free to air TV will suffer the same fate as print media,
Heh. Fair point, though still the best of the prequels.
It was the first Bluray I saw that really made me go "wow". Whatever you think of the plot and dialogue (and OMFG it can be bad), the visuals are first-rate.
Re: Free to air TV will suffer the same fate as print media,
"Except that most people are happy with what we've got already"
I was happy with VHS until I watched The Fifth Element on DVD. Vowed never to go back.
I was happy with DVD until I watched Revenge of the Sith on Bluray. Vowed never to go back.
Ditto mono/stereo. Ditto stereo/surround.
3D, however, sucks.
Given the stories of young males in China dying after playing for 60 straight hours, or receiving counseling for computer addiction, or their fathers hiring virtual hit-men to grief their son's characters, I was rather surprised to hear there was a console ban in the first place...
Re: Helium supply
Helium is actually found in natural gas (>1% in many deposits). It gets there from subterranean radioisotopes decaying.
Qatar is now a major player in helium production as a result - but still lags waaay behind the US.
Re: More explanation please
Also interested to hear more. The article wasn't super-informative on that front.
I assume they need to change the shape of the disk heads to maintain the correct float distance in helium, too - presumably by making them bigger, or by giving them teeny-tiny wings (shaped for confidence and comfort, natch).
"Those Specs In Full"
Yet no mention of processing capability.
I'm pretty curious, for one.
Alien Space Rocks
I think we should petition NASA and ESA to change their standard vocabulary:
"asteroid" to "alien space rock"
"meteorite" to "flaming alien space rock"
"fireball" to "flaming alien space rock of DOOM"
Now if only RIM can plug the holes in their own sinking ship, we might have the makings of a decent competitive, innovative phone market.
Monopoly very bad; duopoly quite bad; quadropoly probably ok.
Re: I'm impressed
That would be "gateau", mon ami.
I can see nothing at all that will go wrong with this plan. Not a thing. It is a perfect solution which will be implemented without incident.
Vive la France!
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