94 posts • joined 21 Jun 2007
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.
So basically, what you're trying to say is you're a bandwagoner on the cool "lets hate the new iPad" phase?
It's simple enough to just leave. There are plenty of contracting jobs around at the moment.
Re: If you really have too much money ...
So what charity do you give your spare money to? Beer is a luxury, not a necessity... do you drink that?
My iPad 3 gets 6.5 Mbps, on The Cloud.... no where near.
Re: @does it come with a gps?
The Wi-Fi one does't include GPS. Scarily I _think_ it works it out from SSIDs and IP.
Go and speak to him next time he's "whoring" then you'll understand... and feel a bit small.
Re: I would NEVER
What super market do you go to? It must be amazing!
Have you never realised people who more money than you could possibly have _more_ sense than you?
The Reg hasn't covered it so no one is to know but the guy at the front is brain damaged. He does amazing things considering his disability and he was queueing with the help of his friends and family.
I should have added I'm working in London and my wife is at home today in Hertfordshire.
My wife and I have no text, data or voice capability... Rather annoying as this is her first day on Giff Gaff.
The issue is not on the front page because:
"The reason we've not got this up on the main page (which we usually do in terms of wider issues with a "men at work" announcement) is that the system that we use to change this sort of thing on the site is affected by this outage too."
At lead they are being open, honest and keeping to regular updates.
Or buy the device outright, go with Giff Gaff, get 3GB a month and save about £130
I've had 2 LaCie Rugged drives break on me. 1 hard drive failed and the other's USB connector snapped off from the circuit board. I could still connect over Firewire but it didn't strike me as rugged.
Obviously your milage does vary, but make sure you keep your receipt.
Re: New users here
I manage to use a backlit screen for 8+ hours a day without any eye strain.
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