27 posts • joined 16 Aug 2012
Re: That Hideous Strength
saw the headline came to the comments ctrl-f 'hideous strength'. Yay more people thought exactly the same thing as I did. I love the cosmic trilogy and this has to be one of my favourite books. The whole book is almost prophetic in the way it describes society, this is just an extension of that.
Surely that means they aren't independent any more then...
It looks very interesting, I might just try this out...
Oh but look at the permissions! No way am I letting this thing on my device.
I don't remember reading about taxes in the book of Acts.
The in app purchases are insanely priced
Seriously, as an example, the My Little Pony game from Gameloft came out on iPhone/Android with eye-wateringly high prices for in app currency, ($99 for enough gems/coins to finish HALF the game) and fans worked out that it would take ~28 YEARS of playing every single day to complete without paying money. To just complete the main quest (the bare minimum) in less time it costs ~$40. The *buy more stuff* page pops up almost constantly, and it becomes hard NOT to open the store to do anything.
Parents should check what games they let their children play, most if not all games on iPhone/Android have some sort of in app purchase available and there are far too many companies out there looking to rip off customers by taking lots of money from unsuspecting parents accounts.
MICRO transactions are one thing, but anything over £10 for imaginary currency/items is just taking everyone for a ride.
Re: "11-YEAR-OLD code wizard"
Huh what was that? Something from the government about kids not knowing how to program these days and needing special computer science courses to teach them how? Oh I'm sorry I couldn't hear you over the sound of me laughing my ass off at the irony of this article.
Still using IE?
If you are still using internet explorer 6 then you deserve to get hacked!
RE: Torvalds = BOFH
Needs more cattleprod...
Re: Internet Explorer? Oh, yes ...
I didn't think it was possible to fully remove IE from a windows machine? I would really appreciate some instructions on how to do this, because for now, I've just shoved it out of the way where my parents can't find it and have disguised firefox as IE so they don't complain about where the 'internet button' has gone.
It was worth going
I won! :)
Big thanks to everyone who organised the event and took part in it, was an amazing experience working with such fun technology and interesting ideas.
Thank you for this El Reg :)
I've registered a place and am now booking train tickets to get there. I've been looking for something like this to go to for a while (next thing I had on my events list was a gamejam in January) and now I can't wait to go.
Mines the one with a pi in one pocket and pie in the other :P
Why does programming have to be in 'IT' lessons?
As someone who has recently graduated with a degree in computer science from a top uk university for the subject, and having had these 'IT' (or Microsoft Office) lessons, where I literally spent 8 years of high school and sixth form doing nothing but be taught how to use microsoft office. (oh and we had to use dreamweaver for the web-design module in AS ICT *cringes with pain*) I entered uni with no real experience of programming other than what I had been teaching myself for a couple of years.
I think we are still looking at this all wrong, I think programming, should be a part not only of IT lessons, but of maths lessons too, and in primary schools, along with addition, multiplication and fractions, children should learn about if then else statements, and a simple programming language like python to do simple tasks.
Re: And regarding the "Revelation" rant...
As a Christian* girl myself, I am proud to say I would have done exactly what this girl did, and for exactly the same reasons. While I admit that these lanyards are not the mark of the beast, they aren't far off it, and I certainly would not wear one.
Beer, because I want to buy her a pint.
*Bring on the down votes you bunch of Atheistic Liberals.
Don't like windows 8? Tough, you can't run anything else.
I think that Microsoft are doing this because they know how bad windows 8 is, and that a lot of people aren't going to like it, so are preventing people 'jumping ship' onto linux. I know that for a lot of people, vista was the big tipping point that made them try other things, such as ubuntu, and I know many of them that haven't looked back since.
Does the music 'industry' even exist anymore?
Before the internet, the only music people could buy and listen to was what the big studios published. People had no real choice, and bought what was available, making the studio's a lot of money. As technology has improved more musicians and artists who otherwise might have never got contracts with the major labels, have been able to record from their basements and bedrooms and publish online. Suddenly there was an explosion of new unheard music and artists, and people started listening to them.
Yes, people also became able to 'pirate' media, but I think the main reason the big studios have been 'losing' money, isn't so much that people are 'stealing' their music, but that less people actually want or need the music they put out there.
I myself don't pirate, I listen to independent artists, and pay them directly either through donations/pay what you want websites, or on occasion itunes or similar. I think that the problem with the music industry is that it has become obsolete.
Anyone else fearing the rise of the microtransaction computer?
Windows and Firefox are both jumping on the 'store' bandwagon, and I'm getting more than a little worried.
I don't like the direction things in IT seem to be going with 'apps' replacing 'proper' software, and companies charging you micro-payments for them. (and then again to unlock features inside them) I'm half expecting to see in windows 9 only being able to install software that has been bought from the windoze store and approved by microsoft, who then take a hefty slice of the profits. All this on top of the cost of a machine, and in windows case, the operating system as well. Oh and if it will probably be covered in ads as well if Xbox Live is anything to go by!
I'm rather hoping that things don't continue along this dangerous direction, or it could spell the end for smaller developers and free software.
Re: This could be the end of the world...
Took far too many comments for this reference. I'm glad too see that I wasn't the only one who thought this the moment they saw the article.
Masters of double speak. Sounds just like another bunch of marketing hype over something that is probably destined to fail. The end of microsoft can't come soon enough for me!
Think this is a conspiracy by those wanting copper wire replaced by fibre optic...
Re: The only use for java these days
That's why I play minecraft using Linux...
Re: With apologies to Freddy Mercury
This just made me laugh so much. Have some internets. And a pint on me.
Bullies and Trolls are not the same thing
I've had enough of people* thinking that trolls and bullies mean the same thing. They do not. Trolling is for teh lulz, doing something for fun, a digital prankster if you will. Bullying is doing something to hurt someone else. Put it this way, if the general population would find your actions funny - its trolling. If they would find it upsetting or offensive then it is bullying.
*read the media and non-internet users.
A good idea...
However it seems to be horribly overpriced for something that is limited to only 12 numbers, and has no other features. Perhaps at a lower price they could have mass market appeal for those looking for a disposable mobile, but I don't think there's much of a market for it currently.
BREAKING NEWS! Ice is melting in the summer!
Apparently the well documented fact that ice melts in warm weather that comes during the summer calls for headlines to be written and articles scaremongering 'global warming' <- or should that be 'climate change' these days?
I think this is the least excited I've ever been about a new season of Doctor who. The trailer just wasn't all that interesting, and really, Daleks again? I'm getting completely fed up with the inability to be creative with enemies and just reusing the same ones over and over. /rant
New season of MLP: FiM on the other hand...
Re: Go to surfthechannel.com and read his side of the story
Not sure how much of this I believe, but it does seem that something horribly underhanded and illegal went down to bring this case to court. I hope there will be an appeal.
- Twitter: La la la, we have not heard of any NUDE JLaw, Upton SELFIES
- China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain
- Apple to devs: NO slurping users' HEALTH for sale to Dark Powers
- Is that a 64-bit ARM Warrior in your pocket? No, it's MIPS64
- Apple 'fesses up: Rejected from the App Store, dev? THIS is why