192 posts • joined Thursday 5th July 2012 06:49 GMT
On a related note. My current 360, which suits me fine for Skyrim and Fallout, will have to do 'cos I'm buggered if I'm paying all those spondoolics for a new Xbox. 360's are going for about £45 a pop on Fleabay ATM, so there's plenty of spares on the market and I fully expect them to get even cheaper come Xbox One release day!
"The tech giants want to reassure customers and prospective clients that they are not being spied upon in the wake of the PRISM surveillance scandal."
Too bloody late for that! ( Has been for a long time before all this stuff came to light. )
Re: Bottom line? Pay fscking attention!
Good for you, it's good to see a nice story of success in life.
If I've learned one thing in life, nothing is certain. Life has more curved balls than a Yankees game. Balance is the key to life, save and invest, make a nest egg but not so much that you don't enjoy life and suffer in the hopes of reaching a goal that may never come. My Mum and Dad worked their arses off for years, got themselves some good pensions. My Mum retired when she was 60 and my Dad when we was 62. 18 months later my Mum tripped, broke her leg, blood clot to the brain and dead inside 12 hours. My Dad utterly devastated with the loss of my Mum, all the retirement plans gone in an instant, they had so little time to enjoy their retirement.
Life is like that...
"The article doesn't state that this exploit is limited to chrome on windows, though it most certainly won't work on my Mac. (Because chrome isn't available for it.)"
Oh yeah? Strange as I when I wander along to the official Chrome download link via Safari it seems to recognise my Hackintosh box and offers me the latest version of Chrome of OSX!
Plenty of time for the western legal beagles to get their cases ready for when the ban is lifted and they can charge in and sue everyone who hasn't sorted themselves out. Just imagine hordes of lawyers in open top jeeps tearing down dusty tracks to towns, all the time waving fistfuls of paper!
Re: Too bloody right!
"put a watermark on it if you want to hoard it, you image miser!"
I see, it's the victim's fault. You mean like the classic, "She shouldn't have worn that short skirt!" defence?
Re: Gold Star
Ah yes! When forced to call while in a crowded space, the agony of getting the right volume so they can hear you at the other end of the call versus not annoying everyone around you with your personal business. Some of us do still care about those around us, even if those around us don't care about us.
“Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.” - Leo Tolstoy
No harm in having at go at other stuff Jonny lad but you need people around you with the balls to tell you the truth that you don't have a golden-touch in everything design related mate!
Given the fact that kids these days are more docile than any previous generation, not afraid to constant tell the world and his dog their every move, not having any concept of privacy, we're heading away from the Clockwork Orange at a rapid rate.
Teenage rebellion, has to a certain extent, always been an engineered fallacy but these days it's truly a work of the utmost incredible fiction that the master the late Mr Banks would be proud.
Example for consideration. Kids at Marilyn Manson gigs many moon ago chanting "Kill Your Parents!" in the main hall while Mum and Dad sit patiently in the specially laid on parents waiting area for their little Johnny or Joanne to finish pretending to be rebels in the gig next door.
Angst and rebellion is orchestrated by lots of men and women in expensive Soho office marketing company suites paid huge sums of money to makes kids believe they're something they chose to be when in fact they're exactly what they've been molded to be.
Re: Apathy tends to rule these days...
The world has been flooded with a massive tidal wave of mindless shit, we're drowning in a torrent of drivel that keeps the docile masses happy and stupid. From reality TV to mindless pap spouted on Facebook posts and Twitter, we crave information and we don't care what it is we just won't more and more as we don't want to risk being the one person who doesn't know something. The social network sites prey on this fear that we'll fall out of the loop for one second. They use fluffy terms like "friends" "buddies" and such like, all to make us feel cosy while we spill our guts to the world and his dog. They mop it up, recycle it a billion time, attach some advertising and rake in the profit.
Those in charge love all this. They love the fact that we're all slaves to the power of gossip and triviality, it stops us thinking about or even becoming aware of the real problems that are occurring in the world.
One day we're at war with Oceania then a rumour spreads through Facebook and Twitter, next we're at war with Eurasia...
Too bloody right!
Too many people think photographer's images are free just because they're on "da web"!
The day we stop subsidising the BBC through our license fee can't come quick enough to my mind.
Re: They're a real danger
The sort who think TV shows with gun violence are OK, especially reports showing kids of 8 down the local gun club blowing holes in targets, but show a nipple ( male or female! ) or a naked arse crack and someone blows a fuse and next thing there's a debate in the country's parliament about filth being shown to minors!
MS got beaten down by Sony yesterday and now this bad PR, things just going from bad to worse for MS right now. Shame.
Re: Not yet
I have a rooted Wii games on a USB HDD so the kids don't wreck the DVDs ( kids and DVD discs, don't mix very well! ) I never even bothered looking to see what emus were about, stick Wii/MAME on my list of things to do for a quiet Saturday afternoon!
You can download most of their stuff for free from the Oracle website! No need for a license if it's purely for personal/educational use. Sure if you get caught running a business off it then Oracle will have down the "cleaners" faster than you can say "Larry's got an island!".
( I do love seeing copies of Oracle RDBMS turning up on torrent sites, it's guaranteed way to get your ratios up! )
Re: how does this hit resales?
We all know how companies feel about second-hand markets and if they could ban the practice they all would in a heartbeat!
Well bugger me with a fishfork!
So MS are basically saying that you're less likely to kill lovely fluffy polar bears and penguins by running IE than if you run those nasty other ( non-MS ) browsers?
Re: @ MacDiamond Gang Clothes? Seriously?
We had been stupid enough to leave the old satnav ring on the windscreen in our old car, needless to say it got done. Funny thing was the scumbags raked through the glovebox they nicked..
SatNav 12v cable
And...a 15 year old pair binoculors in a PVC pouch that looked exactly the right size for the TomTom unit! We never left the SatNav in the car, only took it out on days out or holidays.
Would have loved to have been there when they opened up that little bag and found a knackered old pair of bins worth about £1.50!
"Give me a fair alternative..."
Excuse me?! iTunes, 70p for an MP3 track ain't exactly daylight robbery and believe it or not people do actually like to be paid for working! You're not paying for the film or the music, you're paying for the hard work that's gone into making it. So if a mechanic fixes your car, would you say, "Fuck you, I ain't paying!" and drive off?
No you're not stealing as in physical stealing. If you take a copy, decide you like it, KEEP IT and never pay for it, that is a lost sale. Don't give me that bullshit about, "I was never going to buy it anyway." No you weren't but you got it, you like it and you KEPT IT, you owe them the sale now. I see nothing wrong in downloading anything to see if it's alright for a taster, if you like, pay for it.
Let's be clear, it's not the executive with the ferrari that gets hit, no. It's not the multi-million selling artist that takes the hit, no. It's not even the manager or producers of the content, no. It's the little guys, like you and me. When those at the top start to feel the pinch against their fuck-off big bonuses, they think don't cut back on the bonuses now do they? Nope! They sack those in the middle, one less caterer, one less PR secretary, one less electrician, that could be your wife, girlfriend, brother being laid off when the crunch comes. So you carry on thinking what you put and when someone you care about, who works in the creative industry gets laid off, you keep telling yourself there's nothing wrong in what you do.
Re: Baby steps
Yep, next thing fine-art photo websites with male and female nudes, that includes the Royal Photographic Society showcase pages, DeviantArt, 1x.com, all perfectly valid photography art sites but some prude with the blocking app on their PC at UK Gov HQ will no doubt deem the merest hint of a naked body to be porn and that's that!
Going to be just like the US, your kids can see all the beatings and shootings ( no blood of course! ) they like on pre-9pm TV but one flash of an inner-thigh or a nipple at any time, anywhere and all hell breaks lose!
Re: Mark Thomas left-wing agitator?
I think prefer Eddie Izzard's very British take on anarchy, "Kick the fucking doors in, 'It's OK, we'll pay for the damage.'. I say let's have a revolution, just budget for it OK?"
Re: Please stop...
No he's not "ha ha" funny, he's bitterly funny. I love the watching his shows, he makes you feel very uncomfortable which is what good creativity should be about. Even if you don't want to go and protest about something big, the next time you get irritated by a surly shop assistant you have a lot more gumption and make a point to demand your rights.
Re: Oh Dear god - not again
Dangerous path you're treading there! Suppose we all had an outbreak of common sense like this, my God think of the state the world would be in?! ( cue images children from all faiths and nations dancing under rainbows )
We must have pathetic knee-jerk reactions to issues! How else can MP's justify pay-rises to 6 figures plus unless they're appearing on talk shows and current affairs programmes playing to the gallery of the rabid, loony-right, Sun and Daily Mail reading, NIMBY populace?!
Sex on the sofa?
"Things you will no longer be able to do in your own living room:
Have sex on your sofa (or wank) - assuming all your porn legitimitely aquired"
If you've nothing better to do than watch me making a desperately poor attempt to please the Missus, be my guest! I must warn you that it'll be 4.2 seconds of your life you'll never get back!
You know why it's called "One"? Well at the moment we all use the last bit of a consoles name, PS3 ( not Sony PS3 ), we say "360" ( not Xbox 360 ), see where this is going? Yep some arsehole marketer knows the hipsters and tosspots are going to call it...."THE ONE CONSOLE"!
"Yeah right, they just released XYZ on the 'ONE' console."
Yep, those ad-men think it will be really cool for tosspots to call it "the one" all the time, as in the one and only console there is!
Re: Read the story
"And just yaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnneeeeeeeeedddddd.
The only people who care about this must have sad, insignificant, inconsequential and unimportant lives."
Cue obligatory "You read it so you must care diatribe...."....is it the weekend yet?
Happier, crappier, simpler times!
I remember actually buying a full boxed edition of this and 3.1!
I remember having to dial up the AST Computers ( remember them? ) bulletin/support board at 2400 baud and download some specific Windows 3.0 drivers for my whopping 512KB graphics card so I could drive it at top resolution to a huge 640x480 display!
Re: The PirateBay
Blocked by a UK ISP?
Plenty of proxies on offer if you bother to fire up Big G's website and look for them!
Some things just don't make sense in this world!
Far quicker and easier to simply download a rip off a torrent proxy than wait the 30 odd minutes it takes to rip a DVD movie from a disc you bought! I think the last one I did was "Titans" just after it was released on DVD, took just over 3 minutes to download ( that's at 720x576 ) and would have taken 35 mins to rip the movie into basic 640x480. I got a better rip in a tried and tested media format without only a couple of clicks.
I bought Threads on DVD about 6 months ago, pretty scary stuff and worse when you think we came pretty close it becoming a reality. Has a young Reese Dinsdale who starred in "I.D." another nutty role in another nutty film!
Being a spotty 16 year old thrash metal fan in the late 80's we got a regular dose of being told that the end is coming whether you like it or not, so stop worrying and just get out and party just before you get wiped off the face of the earth!
I'm sure it's more likely to be about the act and the possibility of being caught but Jesus wept surely it's easier to just go and pick up a Gratton catalog ( or whatever the local version is called ) if you fancy a quick oogle at a women arse? That's before we even get to the to whole "How big a percentage of the internet is grumble-flick sites now?" debate!
I'm all for new tech and interesting ideas, and apologies in advance if I'm wrong but somehow this seems like just another bell-end designer riding the "I must use Twitter/FaceBook/YouTube for something so I can get attention for myself!" syndrome!
Re: There's a lot more detail in the BBC article than here at the Reg which is surprising...
Love Fallout and Skyrim too much to part with my 360. Still at least getting spares or replacement 360's should be a darn sight easier, I bet the prices have dropped through the floor on Fleabay already!
"The results can match the output of an SLR"
Hmmm, I'm sure it can. Shame it can't match the quality due to the superbly engineered and very expensive glass we use on (D)SLRs!
There's a bloody good reason a 600mm L-series Canon lens costs around £10k!
Hmmm, lots of lovely numbers that should give the "measur-bators" something to get excited about!
Google don't pay taxes. Governments don't have as much money. Care homes get closed or have less money. Kids at risk. Ergo Google are Evil!
Is it not diversity as you've suggested in you references to lots of technology? Are we seeing more diversified use, ie horses for courses?
I was a PC fanatic but I find that an XBOX does fine for my gaming, the PC for my photo editing and uploading to sharing/stock sites and practically everything else is on my tablet, including checking on my social networks and general browsing. Slouch on the sofa, tablet up and running in seconds flat and you're chatting to Auntie Doris in Oz on Facebook, while watching an episode of something on TV or possibly in another window on the tablet itself.
We have so much more choice of device now, ones designed to perform certain tasks perfectly, the PC is not the one-size-fits-all it used to be and is therefore fighting to maintain our attention when it comes to upgrade time. We often can't afford to upgrade all items at once, the manufacturers are cutting great deals on cheap tablets so being savvy consumers we're upgrading those while the prices are reasonably good.
Re: Eadon's theory of Techie "Waves" - TWO types
You're nothing if not consistent mate!
Zero positive votes and all negatives again!
Well bugger me a fashion trend is coming to an end!
Well call those bears that are squatting in the woods and those Popes that are not in the least bit confused to find themselves at Mass.
Isn't this the point, that fashion trends only last at most, just a generation? Christ Almighty! Sometimes I think I made a big mistake dropping out of college when I could have had an easy ride in certain academic circles, coming up with surveys and reports that take 300 pages to tell everyone the bleedin' obvious!
I have no problem providing it saves me money, I know two OAPs who have them on their water and gas they are over the moon as they have saved almost 50% off their bills in the last year....
However I do not them as I know this will be/is a serious fuckup from the government, costing us way more than it should due to cronyism and back-handers. The energy companies will use it as an excuse to screw us about. Security? Ha ha! Do not even attempt to put the words security and government on the same page, let alone the same sentence!
"and was told by her bank that they had never heard of private companies asking for this information."
You ever shot stock photography? Well they ask for it! Shutterstock.com will not give you an upload account without you submitting your driving licence or passport to prove your identity.
Ha ha! Funny!
Knowing how much this software is used by the world and his dog, I give it less than 24 hours after each release and there will be patches and patched versions available from your local "freetard trough" site!
"One colleague has indeed checked with Adobe and been told that if you allow your subscription to drop then you'll not actually be able to open your old files."
No, what they said is the application you've lapse with the subs on will not run up, the PSD files from Photoshop for example, will still be yours and still usable on any other app that can read them. You suggest that no subs paid and they will lock your files up!
Why let the real facts get in the way of a bit of journalistic FUD, eh?
Re: So many complaints all about the same thing
The quirky, gimmicky style of your post combined with that dreadful last line leads me to one of two conclusions, you're either an MS ad agency shill trying to "get hip" and "down wiv da MS 'friends' " ( customers as adults call them ) or you are in fact a 14 year old ICT student who's entire IT experience started with Windows XP3 and has seen nothing of the evolution of consumer IT development in the last 25 years!
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