108 posts • joined 21 Jun 2007
Re: POS upgrades?
No new hardware. The CIO of McDonalds has said: "Customers can already use the terminals to pay with Google Wallet, MasterCard's PayPass, Visa payWave and other contactless payment systems. The existing hardware and software will now support Apple Pay."
So it looks like it's just a software upgrade if anything.
Re: I'm baffled...
Don't forget that, as far as I'm aware, the US doesn't have chip and pin, so it's miles above what they have over there.
As for in England, it will stop a waiter or bar staff skimming your card. If you lose your phone as opposed to your wallet and don't realise immediately, it will stop any dishonest people who find it using contactless payment to buy booze and fags or whatever they fancy that's less than £20.
Also, you just remote wipe your phone and you don't need to apply for new cards.
Other than that it's no improvement.
Re: Sounds bloody insecure
If you haven't read about, which is fair enough, then what are you basing your security statement on? There is little to no information in the article explaining the process to be able to judge the security.
If you have read about it else where you you'd know that the credit card number is not sent when a payment is made, instead a 1 time use token is instead. This means that a retailer will never see your card number or CCV. The card information is stored in the same place as fingerprints, which has yet to be "broken in to". It's also backed up with fingerprint authorisation which will stop someone shoulder surfing then stealing your phone.
So what elements of that sound "bloody insecure"?
Re: I am amazed
Did you not read the article where the hackers said it was harder than expected to hack in? I'm guessing not.
Re: Understandable I guess
"Text to voice is more than good enough for most games" - What the absolute, fucking fuck?
Re: Selfie Mode Picture
The image would be mirrored and therefore be showing the person holding up their right hand.
Stevie, could you post a link of such a laptop here please? I'm not saying one does't exist, but I've never seen one. The same specs at half the price would be an exceptional machine.
I don't see the Air ever getting a Retina display. Side by side, my 15 inch retina MacBook Pro is as thick as the thickest part of the Air.
If they put a retina display on the Air the thin edge will have to become thicker to accommodate batteries at which point you are left with an underpowered MacBook Pro.
This is amazing!
I just ran it on my bank account outbound transactions using this guide: http://www.theiia.org/intAuditor/media/files/Step-by-step_Instructions_for_Using_Benford's_Law.pdf
Here is the resulting chart: http://www.bouncingball.mobi/apps/files/benford.png
Knowing this, I will conduct my fraud much more efficiently in the future.
Re: Solution in search of a problem
The concept isn't new. A slightly bulkier, also Kickstarter funded version, can be bought from Maplin.
Can you explain why that is? It's a pretty string opinion you have, which is fair enough, but where has it come from?
Re: Have you all seen....
Second this. Great bit of kit. I've backed it and will use it along side Oculus Rift for different development scenarios.
I've been working on and off on paid Oculus Rift prototypes for companies for around 6 months now. None of them have been for games, all of them have been for "experiences". I have never really seen the Rift as gaming hardware.
The technology hasn't just changed over night, it's still the same hardware. The same things will be able to be created.
People need to try and apply some common sense. 3D Facebook? Of course not. Rift Facebook Games? No.
The Rift takes a while to set up, get on and it messy with all the cables. It's not something you'll want to put on just to play a 3 minute game.
Getting good content is hard, it either requires good 3D guys or expensive stereo 360 cameras. Facebook can help make this happen. Virtual museum tours (something I had worked on) will now be much more plausible, as will the other experiences Zuck mentions.
I have a set up in my house using MiLight. They work out quite a bit cheaper per bulb and are 9W RGB+W bulbs. You can also get strip LEDS too.
Re: ...a trick that actually owes much to God of War.
Funny, there was me thinking that Robotron used the left stick to move and the right stick to aim...
The article, which you should read, says "the left stick is used for movement and aiming, and the right for evasive manoeuvres."
Re: The lack of Ethernet is a killer
Not sure if you're talking about the Air or this Dell machine, but there is a gigabit ethernet adaptor for the Macbook line, but it has to have the new Thunderbolt port.
It was a bit of both, but mainly contract work for others
Re: Why not just buy a laptop??
Because you look like a tit watching films on your laptop on the train. The review says this is an excellent media consumption device... By your reasoning why buy laptop? You could buy a full on desktop for the same price... A laptop doesn't always fit the same use cases as a tablet.
Re: 80% for the best 10" tablet on the market?
* It has a better screen than the iPad 4 - But few apps to take use of it
* It has more RAM than the iPad 4 - But few apps to take use of it
* It has a faster CPU than the iPad 4 - But few apps to take use of it
* It has a faster GPU than the iPad 4 - But few apps to take use of it
* It can handle mulitple "official" stores e.g. Amazon + Play and no doubt others (iPad 4 can't) - But few apps on those stores that are of any quality
* It can run emulators from official stores (iPad 4 can't) - Yes, it can also run malware from the official stores
If I buy an Android tablet it will be this one, it's the best by a long long way from what I can see, but until there is a good amount of quality Android tablet apps it will just remain a test device.
Re: Sheltered Life
The Nexus 7 not buggy?
The first time I ever turned it on it displayed in text: "show low low battery warning" and the back case was not fully attached to the front.
Specs are nice, software and build, on mine at least, is garbage.
Re: Sheltered Life
Have you used the iPad Mini yet? I work with phones and tablets all day long and the iPad Mini beats the hell out of the smaller tablets when viewed as a whole.
Cheap Android tablets feel like shit. They use thin, horrible plastic, they are slow and they are buggy.
If you are only basing on price alone, then yeah, the iPad Mini gets beaten, but if you add up the device features as a whole it's worth every penny.
I only got mine as a test device but my wife has been on it all weekend and will be getting her own in a couple of weeks.
Category has been 5 games and 1 photo changing app. Price has been 69p.
My next game, the one I gave prices for above, will be £1.49 and is for iPad only.
This app isn't out yet. Not billing in my time the apps have given paid out about 3 times what they cost to produce. Whilst that isn't enough to live on they have also got me jobs, one of them being a 2 year contract with a day rate so their return in that respect has been awesome.
If I was to work on my current contract which is billed hourly rather than writing the game I would be getting £50 per hour (which is only slightly above average for any iOS contract work) so the economics are exactly as I said. I chose not to work every single hour I have as I like to have a life... and sadly with that life I program for fun and for free :(
If you spend enough time and effort on an app for iOS and do your marketing you will also be on the front page of the app store in New & Noteworthy. I've released 6 apps from my company and 2 of them have been on New & Noteworthy... Hopefully my next one will too.
Re: @ Gary Riches
Fair enough then. I'll have another. How much can it hurt ? :)
Honestly, it's just not worth it for me. Figures are based on my last app and are by no means representative, I'm just explaining from my situation.
Supporting hardware: £100
Marketing and promotional materials: £1,100
My time (I don't normally factor in my time but technically it's time not spent doing other work):
240 hours x £50: £12,000
So £2,280 without factoring in my time or £14,280 factoring in my time.
This was for iOS so dev time was much faster than it would be on a new system and even on iOS I'm not guaranteed to make $1,000. The promise of $10,000 from RIM is not enticing at all.
Whilst the phone is not for me I do think it's a lovely phone, but was far too large. This should be an excellent device all round now
Jeez, that looks ugly and why bother even making it with that resolution.
I'm happily married, have an awesome daughter, a nice house and a fast car. That's excitement enough for me. There is beer, there's good food... There's all sorts.
Re: MUMMY'S ALLOWANCE
When I queued there were 4 other contractors who all earned about 90k a year. Hardly an allowance from mother.
There is a good sense of camaraderie in the lines. Everyone looks out for everyone else... except the pissed Russians that just threaten to kill everyone.
I've queued out twice to promote apps I've made and I'm not going to lie, the experience was brilliant.
Re: I just don't get it
As stated, you just don't get it. The people at the front of the queue get lots and lots of publicity for a cause or product or app they are releasing. The people a bit further back still get publicity for their products, and the rest are there for the Chinese scalpers. You can get a hundred quid mark up on the phone for queueing, get 2 and that's a tidy £200 for wasting your time. It's the people at the very back that are the ones waiting for the phones.
To be fair I feel my time is worth more than that but I've queued for publicity and got my app mentioned in the Evening Standard and on Sky News. I couldn't buy that kind of press so waiting a few hours for it is worth while.
Re: Every time
I assume you mean by "lightening to USB" you mean the lightening to micro USB adaptor? It's 18€ not 30€... But obviously it doesn't look as bad if you use actual figures rather than made up ones.
You're complaining because Apple, a business, created their (admittedly closed) ecosystem to maximise profits?!? Has anyone informed the papers of this breaking news? Corporations trying to earn money?!
That's all good and all... Except we're on BST... Hopefully no one is relying on The Register to work out the timezones for them.
Man, you'll be so disappointed. I used this the other day. The whole back of the devices flexes like a margarine lid and the split screen apps run poorly. I find it odd neither was mentioned.It's fine to want to get rid of the iPad but you can do much better than this. I know everything is made in China but this FEELS like it was made in China.
Of course they do you bell end. Not everyone is a free loading little prick.
Re: Textbook clueless agent
Never use "brown trousers" and "gaping crack" in the same sentence every again you hear?
"originally designed for home theater PCs" - Funny, I though Xbox Media Center was originally designed for Xbox... The clue is in the name really
They're not fully hacked. If you validade your IAP receipts (as you should) then this hack won't work.
Re: Surely some mistake, the Samsung Q30 was the first Ultrabook ;)
Oh my fucking eyes! I just googled that POS. First ultra book?! Get real, that's a Fisherprice toy.
My "bribes" get paid to charity by the giffgaff... hardly nefarious.
Re: Or Maybe.....
Yeah, when Apple anniunce things like his they're normally available within a few hours, so this way it stops some of the complaints I would imagine.
I love this idea, it's very original and, with the exception of the rough edges, seems very well executed.
"Adobe is revisiting ActionScript, which has gone virtually unchanged since its introduction in 2006" and "ActionScript is up against its ECMAScript cousin, HTML5"
Did you actually understand what you were writing about?
I'm not normally one to bitch and moan, and I don't even like Flash but this article is utter bollocks.
Re: Angry Birds was Rovio's first own app
Just noticed you wrote "inferior" which makes my other post a bit redundant, sorry.
Re: Angry Birds was Rovio's first own app
I quite happily make a living making apps for other people. A good going rate is about £110k a year on contract in London. It's hardly paltry. Compared to my personal apps, the best of which has only pulled in £3k over 7 months, and my figures are the reverse of yours.
I buy all my content digitally rather than getting discs so iTunes is a good place for me, my friend acquires his films in a rather more dubious fashion so has installed XBMC on his and it works a treat.
The thing I mainly use it for is streaming music to the good speakers in the house.
When having a party leaving an iPad hooked up to your remote iTunes library is brilliant as people can pick it up and change the house wide music in an instant.
iPad > iTunes Library on computer > All airplay devices in the house > win
Re: new retina screen makes my existing content look worse
I don't quite get how but it does look worse. Look at a non retina app on the iPhone retina display it also looks worse.
It doesn't seem logical to me as 4 pixels should look the same as 1 pixel but it doesn't work out that way.