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Quit the comment-vertising
Notice the site you plug is the same as your account name, got yourself an El Reg account just to advertise I'm guessing. If your website has as much bollocks as that post then most people here won't be stupid enough to visit it. Do us a favour and quietly efutue
What is the job of the publisher?
So 505 Games declares that the developer messed up, but why did they release the game at all? They retracted the game so quickly that they obviously knew it wasn't up to much. 505 Games are as much to blame trying to sell a game they *knew* was not worthy of release. Were they really just hoping the game wouldn't get that bad a reception that they could get away with some sales?
I notice on Metacritic that there are no critic reviews - usually a sign that they hadn't given pre-release copies to the media as the publisher knows its terrible and doesn't want bad reviews before it is released.
Regardless of how bad the developers are, it should be the job of the publisher of deciding whether it is ready for release or not, they have failed in their job.
Re: pencil cricket
" no one runs five."
Actually, it does happen. The batsmen run 1 and the fielding team mess up the return throw so badly (usually aiming for the stumps) that the ball goes over the rope for extra 4 overthrows, 5 runs to the ball bowled.
Re: re: meta studies
Google the Cochrane Library, and read Ben Goldacre's 'Bad Pharma' - meta studies are the gold standard when it comes to medical evidence, and have saved thousands of lives and millions of dollars/pounds. It's individual studies that need to be regarded with suspician.... That's where the bullshit lies.
I would add, that you could also read Ben Goldacre's 'Bad Science' (predates Bad Parma), he articulates very clearly the benefit of meta studies and why in some cases (when each individual study can only gain a small sample size) they are the only studies that can present useful evidence.
GTA San Andreas was the best GTA. It had all the elements of an expansive world with lots to do while still keeping the game fun. I think it's because they didn't try to put too much 'realism' into the game. I tried GTA IV but I didn't last long with it because I just didn't find it that much fun.
That said, I can't see how playing games like this on a touchscreen would work. There's just too many controls to try and include. The best touchscreen games I've played have simple control systems - Badlands being a classic example.
From the article:
The second thing is that government is the archetypal simple shopper. "We'd like a computer system please but we don't really know quite what one we'd like": face it, salesmen dream of moments like this.
As everyone who has ever run a successful project knows, the first thing to do is to get the specifications right. Only once you've have, written in stone, what the system is going to do and how it is going to do it, can you possibly start to bring in anyone to start building it for you.
That is unfair - to say that government doesn't *know* what it wants isn't necessarily true in many cases. Those in government departments might know *exactly* what they want but the procurement rules prevent stating too specifically, a mixture of treasury, national and EU rules. Specs must be "only as specific as they need to be" and state the minimum necessary level of capability.
The principle is that the government departments must not get too narrow minded and supposedly thinking too specifically will limit the department from identifying any savings or alternative and novel ways of acheiving an objective (or solving a problem) *. However, it could often be argued that this would mean that specs are left too vague for the system/solution to be implemented properly. This isn't limited to software projects but software seems to be less easy to contain within open requirements than other areas of procurement.
But to say this is ignorance from the department rather than, say, accountants making rules in areas for which they do not have expertise, is unfair IMHO.
* - For more info, have a read of 'Investment Appraisal'.
Re: That's Theresa May for you.
Classic Tory thinking -
Landlords, "good people, probably have titles"
Tennants - "ghastly, could be anyone."
I wouldn't be so annoyed about laws checking tennants if there were also laws forcing the 'landlord' to prove who they are and that they own the property or room they are renting out. I've been burnt by that particular fraud myself.
It seems that the old fashioned, out of touch Tory thinking is still very much the way. It reminds me of a Tory MP quote during the fuel panic "just get some extra fuel and store it in your garage" - because anyone who matters has a garage.
Disclaimer - I'm not a Labour supporter or feircely left wing, I don't even disapprove of all Cameron/current Tory policy. However the current Tory party do seem to be enforcing the out of touch, posh git stereotypes.
Don't expect to have any places left that you can shop.
I've been IDed in most decent places recently (but so far not Sainsbury's, I imagine that is simply down to luck). I'm healthy and in my 30's, so I don't look old but do not have the appearance of a teenager. I never agree that I "shouldn't take offence" at being asked to prove that I'm older than my mid-teens. It may be a (sort of) compliment for women but being called possibly a 17 year old is an INSULT to men in their twenties and older. Especially when challenged by someone much younger.
Challenge 21/25/200, is stupid, asking someone who looks much older than the legal age to prove that they are in fact older than the legal age. And then refusing them if they happen to be with someone who cannot proove their age as well. It's especially annoying when the sales clerk says "you look much older than 18, but it's challenge 25 here", they know I'm of legal age but still have to check because I might be a different age. It seems to be just enforcing a policy of ID for alcohol for everyone but by the back door.
Only for now. Challenge 25 has risen to challenge 30 in some shops and for anyone you are with. Supermarkets seem to be the worst, but of course that won't stop underage drinking, so challenge 35 will come into affect, then challenge 40, etc. At a rate faster than 5 years I'd guess.
Re: Are we confusing cause and effect?
Hoist by their own petard some might say.
Microsoft often employed the defence that XP was so much more prevalent and therefore was more targeted as the reason why it had so much more malware than its competitors, not that it was more insecure. However they are now saying that XP is really insecure as a reason to migrate away. They can't now use the defence that more users on Win7 or more likely Win8 is safer, because surely that would make Win7 & Win8 so much more targeted?
There's no amnesia more acute than PR
Thales' (which rhymes with chalice)
I disagree, I have always pronounced them as 'Fails'. In seriousness, I know quite a few people who work with them and they all say 'Fails'. Is their founder Hyacinth Bucket?
Re: Just want big dumb panels
Your experience of SMART TVs is not the same as mine. Perhaps your experience "I tried it once" is no longer reflective of the current day quality of the tech. I can't comment on what you used but perhaps things have moved on a bit. Here's my contrasting experience -
I have a 2012 Samsung Smart TV, got it during the Olympics, the Smart aspect was brilliant for the Olympics with its own dedicated channel for all the streams.
Since then, I have been using the iPlayer app, it is fine, both the app and the smart service seem to still get updates often. When I got the TV it had iPlayer and ITV Player, now it has 4OD and 5Demand as well as other stuff I don't care about. The Youtube app works with my phone, so I can find Youtube videos on my phone and play them through the TV.
IMHO if all you care about is being able to play the catchup services for the 'normal' channels (BBC, 4OD, ITV, and 5) as many of my more elderly friends and family do, then Smart TVs, or at least the Samsung I have, is the simplest and cheapest way to do it.
My big problem with Samsung's Smart app, is that there is so much 'bumpf', all these little apps that no one will ever use and can't seem to be deleted but yet are clutering up the UI, I mean Youtube is on the second page. And while it can sometimes play many DLNA files on my networked drives, it also sometimes cannot, and I can't work out why the difference.
Re: Completely unnecessary in the UK.
Yep, I'm genuinely suprised it is needed at all.
I do look at this and all of the silly payment mechanisms that are advertised and ask myself - why can't I just do a bank transfer using my phone banking or online banking service? It uses decent two factor authentication to access the account, and there is a loop for any (new) transaction where you get an automated phone call to my mobile to confirm the transaction. Usually the payment is immediately in the recipient's account. I'm sure my bank probably isn't the best of the UK banks at security but it is certainly decent.
So (notwithstanding the hideous security) why would this system be needed? Is the US banking system that backward, in the land of the almighty dollar, that they can't do banking transactions through a clearing system (like BACStel, faster payments, etc)?
Those stupid Swedes and their stupid legal system holding people to higher standards than the rest of the civilized world. What were those stupid Swedes thinking?
Beat me to it. This is what always bugs me, is there is anywhere in the world where you are more likely to get a fair trial? Assange even went to Sweden because of their legal system, and now is running from Sweden because of it.
"""other details I don’t want to go into because of the security situation"
I wonder how he'd feel if somebody leaked that information?"
Why would they ? It's not like that information is in the Public's interest quite unlike the Diplomatic Cables and the Apache video that were released by Wikileaks."
Except that it is of public interest to the Ecaudorian people who pay his room and board and allow him to be very close to the operations of the embassy and its staff. How much do the Ecuadorians pay to keep him a fugitive? Or is Julian Assange and Wikileaks now the judiciary with power to decide what is and what is not in the public interest for the entire world?
Perhaps Ecuador prefer to keep their reasons to themselves, for irony purposes. I mean, if Wikileaks, Assange and Ecuador think diplomatic cables are in the public interest, then why don't they release Ecuador's?
@Harvey Trowell re:Bootnote
I believe you are correct. The Ryder Cup can be drawn but in that case the defending team keeps the cup so has sort of won anyway. Major golf tournaments last 4 days with an outright winner decided by playoffs if there are equal lowest scores after 72 holes.
However, I think that if the weather prevents a result then the trophies may be shared. Modern cricket isn't that dissimilar in that draws generally happen because the weather prevents 5 full days of cricket, you don't get many draws after 5 full days.
Golf isn't a bad analogy in that the duration is part of the brilliance. In many ways I don't try and defend the time that test match cricket takes because that is the point. In major golf you can have a great 18 holes but you have to keep that going for 54 more over the next three days with increasing pressure. Cricket is even better, you can play well for a period, but you have to keep playing well (or not screw up) for 5 days under massive pressure, more so in The Ashes. Things don't always happen, but when they do it's huge because it isn't guaranteed and can change so much. One moment can decide 5 days of efforts.
Re: 2 Things I love
Seconded, I love cricket too, glad to see it get some airing on El Reg.
It was very pleasant to be out in the US recently. Often talking sport, it would seem that (real) football is getting quite big (perhaps it might not be so in more rural areas) but I did have fun explaining cricket. They were really interested but I did realise just how difficult it is to explain cricket but only in brief!
Apple support versus an Android
I'm not a great fan of Apple Corp, but I do like some of their equipment, particularly their laptops and iPods/iPhones. The old Jobsian stubborness to 'the only way' does annoy me (such as making it so difficult to use right click, surely Apple you can let this one go now?). And I particularly dislike being locked into one mega-company with a litigious bent and deliberately bespoke methods and systems (haven't we learned that lesson?).
However I brought an iPhone 3GS and then the 4S (64Gb) a few years later. I'm very happy with both devices but would like the option to move to Android at some point to free mysefl from some of the annoying designed-in restrictions (video file formats, advertising in the browser, iTunes being a dog) and make use of some of the more modern phone features the iPhone hasn't adopted.
But the main thing that would hold me back is the lack of support for Android compared to the iPhone, this is my thinking -
iPhone - if the iPhone stops working (my 3GS did once brick) I can walk to the Apple store and walk out with a replacement, free of charge if the phone is less than a year old. Also Apple does seem to provide iOS support for phones several generations old, and of course updates can be rolled out quickly from Apple to me. This story just adds more evidence that Apple's long term support is dependable.
Android on the other hand - if my phone breaks I probably have to send it somewhere (manufacturer or network), being without a phone for a period, with an unknown amount of confidence in how good some of the manufacturer's are with customer service - a big risk. Furthermore, if it isn't the Nexus brand, how long will updates take to get to my phone? will they ever? How long before the manufacturer just stops supporting the phone at all. Some Android phones don't seem to get a single update after they have been built.
In summary, when I do replace my 4S, which shouldn't be for a while, there's no reason to change at the moment, there's a good chance I will decide against advancement and modernity (a new Android) for the low risk option (a new iPhone). People talk of being seduced by the shiny, but my phone is so important now that there are other attractions to choosing Apple. Stories like this just reinforce my thinking.
I make the same point above, I'm glad it isn't just me that noticed. MPs cause (or exacerbate) a problem then somehow complain that there is a problem. But it isn't just cuts, it also is an increase in what government and public departments are supposed to deliver - it might be possible to achieve a more output but certainly not when you are making cuts to people and funding.
Take the example of teachers -
While there is a perception (enforced by the Education Minister) that teachers have it easy with their long holidays, anyone who knows a halfway decent primary school teacher knows someone who works long hours and through a lot of their holiday.
In recent years the amount they are expected to do has increased massively while the resources and support they get has gone down. I've seen a capable teacher work almost every day for the last year and breakdown under the pressure of modern teaching.
And so it's pretty galling seeing how much teachers have to do, without the authority they once had, to be berated by the Education Minister (their ultimate boss) for not working hard enough, while he benefits from an education that cost far more than he is now willing to provide. A personal take on the gripe but this story on the Border Agency is no different
Funding not IT.
Yep. The problem might be identified (too long to wait) but entirely the wrong cause has been identified.
The Agency is told by MPs that they can't make an "either or" decision but if they only have enough money for one or the other what are they supposed to do? Everyone before the Olympics was telling them to ensure the queues weren't long.
I suspect the real cause is that Parliament hasn't given them enough money to do their job while also forcing manpower cuts on them. It's the same across government, less money, less people but somehow having to achieve more. Parliament causes this and then has the balls to complain about it. A poor IT system doesn't help but I'm willing to bet they weren't given enough money to put in a system that really does what it needs to and then have had to make do with what they can get for their money.
Re: Do they mix?
All of the Ministry of Sound CDs I have are mixed, that is part of their selling point.
Re: I cant wait to see the price of a Monster HDMI 2.0 cable
I can understand that the signal is no better on a more expensive digital cable but I have purchased some very cheap cables and submitted them to a bit too much abuse that they failed a little too quickly. So I can understand choosing to pay *a bit* more than 32p for a more robust cable. But it's really the protection against physical damage that one would be looking to gain and certainly paying more than a tenner would be crazy.
Another vote for Xmarks
Just to add my ten-peneyth worth to other posters' recommendations:
I use Xmarks to keep my bookmark/favourites up to date across the browsers I use. It works fine and without any interaction from me, keeps bookmarks consistent between my browsers on my computer and also safari on my iPhone whenever I sync.
There's been a record rapeseed harvest this year.
Hasn't it just, it's been doing my hayfever no good at all. I keep reading articles with these twitter comments and straight away my eyes start watering
Re: Chinese open source hacker tool ..
I'm so glad 'EPIC MS FAIL' isn't here any longer, your comment would have broken this discussion wide open!
My attempt at a poor analogy
Actually I reckon it's more like wanting to revoke the liquor licence for the Red Lion but identifying it by its postcode. And thus the pub next door, the restaurant and the supermarket across the street getting their licenses revoked too. If they had gone by name ("FirstRow1.eu") rather than address, they would have actually got closer to getting it right. Still miles away from anything that would work mind.
Re: And the Premier League would rather it continued
And now, having posted, I can see the corrections button.
And the Premier League would rather it continued
The BBC had more on this, and it has a pretty arrogant and chilling statement from the Premier League. As I can't see the corrections button -
"The Premier League said it had never intended legitimate sites to be affected. But it also expressed concern at the idea that the ISPs were taking unilateral action.
"The court order that requires internet service providers to block this website clearly states that any issues they have in implementing the block must be raised with the Premier League before taking any further action," said a spokesman.
"This is the first we have heard of this issue and are looking into it as a matter of urgency.
"The fact remains that the High Court has ordered an injunction requiring ISPs to block First Row Sports and we will continue to implement it and expect the ISPs to respect the ruling."
So in summary, FAPL (FA Premier League) didn't intend but certainly *don't care* if anyone is harmed, they expect everyone to get screwed until *they* decide to take action. Considering FAPL aren't responsible for ensuring internet service (that *was* the ISPs job), they have no incentive to actually sort the problem in any reasonable timeframe.
While the ISPs may be breaching the specific court order, I would rather that they do breach it to ensure that no one the order wasn't intended for doesn't get affected, while also forcing the FAPL to act a lot more quickly. My bet is that if the ISPs carried on waiting for FAPL to decide, FAPL would take a lot longer to take any corrective order action.
No save, no sale
the lack of a mid-mission save option, meaning that should you need to break off your game to, I don’t know, live your real life maybe. You’ll find yourself either having to lose your progress since the last autosave point, or else facing the prospect of leaving your game on extended pause – neither being a great option.
If a game doesn't have a mid-mission save then I simply can't invest. I don't sit down to my PC to play for a continuous few hours like I used to, at the very least it's often paused. If I can't play knowing that I can stop and leave without much loss in progress I just can't commit to playing. Especially with a roleplaying game, the last thing I want to do is keep replaying a section just because I had to stop last time
Not just football
I do get annoyed when football (a sport I do like but just not my favourite) dominates to the exent that it is the only sport talked about. The arrival of BT Sport affects rugby fans much more than football fans.
This season, you can watch many live football Premiership games on other broadcasters and several broadcasters, even the BBC, show extended highlights of them all. However, you can only watch live Pemiership Rugby on BT Sport, with a small highlights package on ITV.
From a selfish point of view, it's a real kick in the teeth for me, I have Sky (broadband and telly) in the house, I was looking forward to watching the cricket and the rugby. Now after the Lions tour has ended I just get the cricket. If I wanted to watch football it wouldn't matter, still loads of games on Sky and tons of highlights of every game. Unfortunately ITV's highlights of the rugby is awful, usually terrible quality and most games are just 30 second round ups of of the trys.
Breaking up the sports on TV was supposed to help the consumer but the unintended consequence is that we end up having to pay more for what we want and were getting.
Re: Does anyone still use Three?
All the comments above yours would suggest people do. I do, better signal (in the south west) for me than the other networks and much better contractual terms. YMMV I guess but when I was on O2 their network went down twice last year.
@tom dial - Thank You
I don't belong to the "OMG NSA are EVIL, destroy all government" crowd who seem to be spewing all over these boards and to be honest was getting quite tired of all the angst. However I'm glad that you can post a sane and well thought out argument for placing further limits than currently seem to be in place, whilst not just simply claiming that all US security agencies are pure evil and destroying every freedom you have. It's a breath of fresh air and one that has genuinely made me question my opinion (not saying if it changed it or not).
If more discussion about this subject were along the rational lines of your post we might actually reach a constructive consensus. Too much of this debate has been along ludicrous lines of: paranioa with a lack of perspective, versus blind faith in authority - i.e. not really an adult debate at all.
Thank you for showing that we can have some rational discussion
How legal is this?
Considering this is essentially a suicide mission, could this be considered legal anywhere other than, perhaps Switzerland?
Here in the UK, time and again the judiciary has confirmed it is illegal for people to assist those wishing to die or even help in getting them to a place where it is legal. Even people who are in chronic pain, with no hope of recovery and not able to do anything for themselves still cannot exempt their loved ones or doctors from assisting them. I'm guessing the US has a similarly harsh legal position.
Which makes me wonder - how exactly is what is basically a sucide mission legal?
I'm not convinced that these projects are any more than elaborate manslaughter methods in the eyes of the law. Have they really taken reasonable efforts to prevent death? I wonder how much funding they will be able to generate if the projects are on such dodgy legal ground.
I don't necessarly agree that this should be illegal but considering the current legal position has been explored in great detail recently (even in wartime scenarios), I do wonder whether the law is against them.
Re: I haven't watched Doctor Who since I was a kid ...
I hate Doctor Who but a Malcolm Tucker Doctor Who would be enough to make me watch, although saying that I can think of few programs that wouldn't be made better with the addition of Malcolm Tucker
Re: Unbiased != giving equal weight to all viewpoints
Well done for not reading the whole the sentence I had written. I notice that you came to the (incorrect) conclusion that I'm a predjudiced Guardian reader without bothering to even read the whole paragraph. Therefore I'm going to assume you're a Daily Mail reader.
I moved from O2 to 3 this year. I didn't need a new phone just a contract that gave unlimited data with around 10hrs calls and a decent amount of texts. Most companies only gave 1GB data limits which I kept hitting, it was affecting how I used my smartphone. 3 offered a good price for contracts with unlimited data, whereas other networks were asking for double the price for an equivalent (if there even was one). It was a simple desicion and what was better is that I get better coverage over most of the areas I'm in than I did with O2.
Having wonderful 3G phones with loads of possible data usage and then offering only a 1GB limit is pathetic. I've been pretty happy with 3 and can understand why others have moved too. Why would 4G be attractive right now when there is little 4G coverage available, few phones that can make use of it and for most tasks 3G is sufficient.
Re: Mythbusters ...
A Mythbusters report - Well that's all the evidence the Aviation Authorities need, job done.
Because there's no danger of a sodding TV programme that has the name 'Myth*busters*' rather than 'Myth-investigators' (kind of set up their results in the name haven't they) doing a poor scientific investigation. It may be a good program, it may not, but this isn't a 'myth' it is the risk position of aviation authorities who for some crazy reason are just a little bit risk averse.
Re: full undivided attention of everyone on the plane is required
So that's why the Easyjet cabin crew specifically told me to unplug from my ears and put away my 2nd gen iPod Nano (no bluetooth, Wifi or GSM) before we taxied to takeoff? I even replied that it didn't broadcast any signals but the reply was clearly "all electronic devices" and I felt a bit stupid for not listening to the announcement properly in the first place. Just because some airlines are lax in enforcing the rules doesn't mean that mobile phones are a special case.
Re: Unbiased != giving equal weight to all viewpoints
Very true. This explains the problems of insisting the Beeb (in particular) have to show 'balance' because everyone thinks the Beeb is biased*. When they need someone to show the insane point of view of the murderers of Lee Rigby, out comes Anam Choudry presenting a point of view that he states is the position of Muslms, when in fact he speaks for almost no one. (An even worse problem of this is that this presents an idea to insulated people watching the news that 'this is what all *Muslims* think', a false impression causing extremist views, editorial 'balance' creating extremism, or unbalanced views)
* In my view the BBC is as about as unbiased a news source as they can be, in that everyone on either side of the spectrum of viewpoints think they are biased against them, that's pretty good evidence that they are balanced politically. The right hate the BBC for giving time to the Left's view of the story, the left hate the BBC for showing the Right's view. However when stories don't fall somewhere in the middle of political viewpoints (say for horrific events) then false balance suggests that half of the reasonable viewpoint exists against almost everyone's viewpoint.
'Mulitple' news sources? Unfair comparison
So let me get this right, News International and Sky News are considered separate? while their ownership is barely separate. I know the merger was blocked but there still is a significant proportion of ownership of both companies by Murdoch.
A quick check of Private Eye's "I-Sky" column shows how much the Digger uses both outlets to mutual benefit (often to promote each other for instance). Still makes the BBC look so much bigger than The Sun and Sky that I'm sure Murdock won't be upset.
Re: Punish Thought Crime vs Real Crime
Upside down IQ
Rapists and murderers get early release yet our prisons are filled with people posting nonsense on facebook and other victimless acts such as not paying BBC licence fees.
Yes they should have convicted another pedo, despite the fact that person may have been innocent. I can see how you would think that someone declaring to several hundred people that they have made their decision on a serious trial before evidence is presented as "victimless". I mean what's the worst that can happen with an obviously unfair trial? someone spends their life in jail, meh!
What I *can't* see is you enjoying is being sent down for a crime you didn't commit. Or winning any prizes for intelligence
Are you a Sun journalist?
I'm guessing he is, probably annoyed juries get in the way of The Sun convicting people.
Re: The origin of the jury
Are you kidding me - only landovers or people not claiming net benefit from the state are fit and proper members of society to judge whether someone is innocent or guilty of a crime? - what kind of Daily Mail hell do you view the world from?
A huge proportion of students, single parents, the disabled and the retired all fail to meet your criteria as worthy of sufficient qualification. Do you really think most of these people are characters from Shameless?
As for the point about landowners, maybe you should leave the 19th century. Many people, myself included, rent and I have been in full time employment for over a decade, I earn more than the average wage but happen to live in an area with very high house prices and very little building. It is, shock horror, a choice to rent. But obviously, I and a large number of people in their twenties and thirties couldn't possibly sit on a jury under your vision.
Re: What happened to Eadon??
I have just googled this to satisfy my curiosity. I'm glad Eadon eventually got banned.
I too have reservations of policing trolling, as I'm nervous about 'creeping censorship' and I also consider trolling healthy background noise usually.
However in Eadon's case, this isn't government censorship, it is a private news site that has a duty to all its customers. While there were perhaps legal boundaries he crossed, there was also the more simple problem of the hijacking of the forums and comments sections of every story. It was spoiling my enjoyment of, at times, some very insightful and interesting discussions. I imagine that I was not alone in that regard. In the end, Eadon was spoiling the site for everyone else and a company like El Reg, can have only one winner in that contest.
Discussions here have been more readable and enjoyable to me since.
Simply, Thank You from this Reg reader.
Even mother nature wants to eliminate The Phantom Menace from existence. What more obvious sign could she/he/it/them give?
To be honest no real Star Wars fan would even recognise that there ever were any prequels, just like there was only one Matrix film.
Kind of a shame you joined recently though, you missed all the idiocy out of this banned nutjob named Eadon, which was vastly entertaining.
It really wasn't. As someone who reads these comments quite a bit but doesn't comment a lot and not being anywhere near as technically advanced as others on these boards I appreciate the insight and level of knowledge of many comments (rocket scientists commenting on rocket science news stories for instance). However, Eadon was totally ruining the comments sections. Trolling on anything that was even vaguely related to Microsoft and even commenting pointless anti-Microsoft nonsense on discussions that had nothing to do with IT. It's not that many here don't even agree that Microsoft isn't our favourite company, but the level of stupidity exhibited by Eadon in any discussion was becoming very tiresome.
Having said that, what happened in the end? I see all of his comments have been removed by a moderator.
Still doesn't explain the ball of the century
Shane Warne's amazing delivery wasn't just the drift (slightly bending trajectory through the air as if pushed by the wind) that helped the ball evide the batsmans attempt to block the ball by drifting to the right of its initial trajectory but more the point that when it landed it turned very sharply the other direction, seemingly taking a 90 degree turn to the left. The drift was a part of the delivery, but the change of direction when pitching is the most significant aspect.
No one seems to be able to explain why some balls spinning at a rate turn sharply upon landing but others spinning exactly the same rate do not. The nature of the surface has something to do with it but again there is inconsistency.
What would be far more interesting is if someone can nail how swing bowling works, there are theories but no one seems to have established sufficient proof for it to be considered solved. Especially considering how difficult it is to produce swing.
Re: 3D doesn't need the BBC
I think the sporting 3D broadcasts have been an interesting experiment, but only that
Very early on, Sky pushed 3D sporting broadcasts very hard, going to the lengths of having interactive maps displaying where the nearest pub showing the game in 3D was. Now they don't seem to be making any noise about it, if they even are broadcasting any sport in 3D.
It's my experience only but I went to watch a game of Rugby in 3D, it was a big game and the pub was packed, so the atmosphere was good. Unfortunately, not only were there the usual problems with the glasses and viewing position. But the effect of the Stereoscopic medium was that the lines on the pitch didn't look straight, balls being thrown straight looked as if they were curving in the air, with something like rugby this was really off putting and spoilt, rather than enhanced, the game. I haven't had any interest with 3D sport coverage since.
I can understand the BBC putting effort into a new broadcast technology, I do believe it is part of what they are supposed to do but I'm also glad they are being proactive to pull out. Hollywood please follow suit.
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