222 posts • joined Tuesday 17th July 2007 19:24 GMT
"What on earth is going on?"
If we hit that bullseye, the rest of the dominoes should fall like a house of cards. Checkmate.
Re: er, why not the iPad
Because not even the most rabid fanboi would want to hold 10 inches of shiny shiny against the side of his head.
There's looking 'cool', and then there's just looking 'like a dick'.
Re: You're not as special as you think you are.
Surely "Inf Oops" would be a better label, given the circumstances?
You're not as special as you think you are.
Given the numbers involved, PRISM is clearly targeted at specific individuals. When you're doing something on that type of budget, in that kind of business, you want to know specifics. You don't trawl through reams of information looking for snippets that MIGHT be interesting. That would be a complete and utter waste of time and budget.
The fact that mechanisms are in place to allow law enforcement agencies to get comms data from providers is neither appalling, nor surprising. The comparison with RIPA here is appropriate. I would be more concerned if law enforcement agencies DIDN'T have access to this type of data.
It's my own personal view that this whole episode is just a mountain-out-of-a-molehill type of event. It maybe unpopular with those who like to make a song and dance about it, but whatever.
Re: heads need to roll
*cough* Logica *cough*
Re: Big. Deal.
You trust British Telecom to provide a 24/7 internet connection?
"Software isn't physical product, it's virtual product."
Tell that to the software devs who spend their lives creating the games/utilities/operating systems that you use on a daily basis. Real man hours are put into creating these things. Where there is effort, there is a cost.
Re: Does this improve performance
Personally, I was looking for some updates regarding CoreAudio. The latency on a new MBP with an i7 in is just laughable. Not a massive deal, as it's not my main music machine, but it would be nice to be able to faff about with recording stuff while on the road, so to speak.
Trying to light an olympic torch in space would be a Very stupid thing to do. Without convection fire is a remarkably different beast.
...and without Oxygen, fire is nothing at all.
I had a rant on this very subject in another part of the forum a little while back, but Mr. Gates here put his argument across far more succinctly than I could. Let's see if the
bottom feeders politicians will actually listen this time...
Try as I might...
...I just can't get mad at the companies who operate like this. If I were a shareholder in a company, I'd want them to do as much as humanely possible to maximise the return on my investment. These people aren't breaking the law. They're maximising profits by not pandering to the weasels we so regularly employee in the House of Commons.
Yes, this may well be reprehensible to us, but it isn't illegal. And all the naivety of people who call for these companies to 'follow the spirit of the law' and 'do the right thing' are clearly no longer living in the real world.
As long as the loopholes exist, they will be utilised. Unfortunately HMRC appears to have neither the resources, nor the inclination to close the loopholes, and until we see a complete overhaul of the clusterfuck that is our bloated tax system, then they aren't going away. And people like Margaret Hodge can bitch and whine about it all they want, but they're the ones who have to do something about it.
Sorry. Rant over.
Re: Did he not .....
Unfortunately for your average Star Wars fan, whilst EA may well be moronic and useless, they also have a wallet that's more capacious than an Elephant's scrotum.
Re: That bloody bookshelf
Or, you know, let ME kill it.
I wouldn't even mind if it it reappeared after each OS update, as long as I could delete it. Same with the 'default' apps iOS ships with these days which you can't get rid of.
Re: middle class business men
In my experience, the middle class business men are just a better-dressed classed of criminal.
Ahh yes. The anti-Springer. Forgot about them.
Completely and utterly OT...but I wasn't aware there was any other kind of Spaniel than a rampant one...
Neil Mawston is clearly a pillock
What Apple actually need to do, IMHO, as actually release a product that's actually an innovative repackaging of an existing concept again. The iPhone? Not the first smartphone. But well designed, well marketed, and ultimately desirable. Same for the iPad.
Or, you know, they could release something that is genuinely innovative. I fear they're going to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory if this trend of incremental upgrade bullshit that they peddled out between iPhones 4, 4S and 5 continues. And that won't be good for anyone. Not even the 'droids. Because as the Android dominance continues, manufacturers will get lazy. It happened with Microsoft and Windows. it will happen again with the Android peddlers. We need competition to keep the market fresh.
And would it kill Apple to give iOS a facelift? Seriously?
But then, what do I know? I'm not a Strategy Analytics analyst. I'm just a consumer who knows what he wants.
Excuse me whilst I go and dig out Getaway.
Well, shit. Now anytime I read about a Mars Rover, it'll be in the voice of Inspector Grimm.
...in base 13.
Re: Oh dear. Here we go again.
Yes, we all saw how well those anti-terror laws worked out for Paul Chambers, didn't we? Common sense prevailed in the end but my god he had to work for it.
FWIW, I don't condone what he said - it was a stupid, crass, knee-jerk comment. But he didn't deserve the stupidity shitstorm which landed on him as a result.
Re: Pile of c**p being disseminated by the media
I am baffled why you have been downvoted for this, Chris. It is exactly the case that a few individuals have ruined the existing status quo for the vast majority of sensible, law-abiding publications whether big or small.
The real question is why these select few publications got away with it for so long. The answer to that question has never been 'lack of legislation' - moreover the existing legislation has not been applied. And that is the biggest WTF about the whole sordid affair.
Re: the imac audio stutter fix is long overdue
Ooh very nice. I started out with the Edirol UA-5, which was a brilliantly solid bit of kit, although a bit on the small scale. Work with a M-Audio Fast Track Uktra these days - although it certainly lacks the joyful robustness of the Edirol kit!
P.s. silly Core Audio...
Re: the imac audio stutter fix is long overdue
If you're a music producer, then surely you have some sort of epic external sound card to handle all that pesky audio processing. Or was this a bug in CoreAudio?
I think this is the point. Client-Server works exceptionally well as a business model when:
A) The application is a distributed business app, possibly bespoke, serving a specific set of needs.
B) Is not architected, developed, and deployed by a bunch of numpties.
C) Is not a 'single player game'.
I think C is the most important point here. There is absolutely zero need for something that is ostensibly a single player game with a multi-player element (which you're not even forced to look at) to be using such an architecture. EA / Maxis say that this thing is about the epic number crunching the servers do in the background. Bullshit. If the average home PC these days is capable of searching the night sky for habitable planets in it's spare time, then it can cope with some complex number crunching. That's why we have multi-core architectures. that's why we have bucketloads of RAM.
If this was about DRM, then what the hell is the point in Origin? This is about control, and built in obsolescence.
For the record, I was absolutely 100% going to go out and buy this, because I love SimCity. Happily, I didn't pre-order, so will be voting with my wallet.
I've been using it for a little while, and I really like OpenShift. It's really simplified a lot of the bread and butter work that goes into deploying applications in stable, scalable, and above all, maintainable manner. I'm only using it for personal projects at the moment, but I can see how it would be really useful for all types of projects, ranging from the personal like mine, right up to the enterprise level.
Big thumbs up.
Re: Baroness Dotcom?
...in a dress.
And THAT'S the problem. It might not be the case any more, and as a Mint user, I wholeheartedly agree that using the terminal can improve your experience. But the perception amongst the wider user community (i.e. Not Linux Users) is that Linux is still defined by the terminal, and that's an obstacle that the Linux community isn't really helping to overcome.
Honestly I think at this stage Canonical need to start running TV ads or something, and make this point in big shiny capital letters. Because Ubuntu is the closest thing we have to a household name at this point.
Re: F**** Yeah!
I DID enjoy Team America...
I can't be the only person who would love to see a 'proper' adult version of Thunderbirds made. In the sense that it would be Christopher Nolan's 'Batman Begins' to the camp antics of the original Batman TV series. I'd watch that.
None of this 'appealing to children' rubbish. Give me a decent film, and please, try not to fsck it up.
The Chinese just don't give a fuck really, do they?
Intellectual Property and Copyright just seem to be 'something which other people should be concerned about'.
1996 Ford Escort Masquerade.
Yes, it was an Orion, but it had a poncy name, so that made it OK right?
@AC Re: If anything fuck5up starwars
How very dare you, sir! RISC OS is a timeless OS - vintage, I tell you! Vintage!
OP's opinions on Disney however, leave a lot to be desired...
It can't just be me...
...who is happy that someone is making a mainstream sci-fi film? There are so precious few of them made these days.
I thoroughly enjoyed ST when I was younger, and thought that JJA did the right thing by opening up the franchise to a wider audience. Did it appeal to everyone? No. But it brushed the cobwebs off an otherwise dead franchise, revered only in the minds of an ever-dwindling fanbase. It was fun, it was entertaining, it had the requisite amount of explosions, and it had a half decent plot. Which as far as I'm concerned is all I really need from any film, let alone a ST film.
Let's just hope that JJ can do the same with the piss-poor wreckage of Star Wars that George 'I haven't had a good idea in years' Lucas has left him.
Re: Go asteroid mining? Really?
PLOT TWIST: Lee Harvey Osmond is actually Prince Charles.
Re: "ALASA" is FALCON reborn?
Had to double take reading your comment. Momentarily went full retard and forgot that the Chinese are alledgedly Communists.
The fail is strong in me today.
As a current PlusNet customer I wholeheartedly concur. A
Re: Undo the damage?
If only you could do that with small children. Or any children, for that matter.
Re: I don't really see a problem
I don't have anything constructive to add but wow - BadMonkey really hates IMAP.
I've got £40 pledged IIRC. Part of my motivation for funding it is so when it finally meets it's funding goal, people will stop whinging about Elite 4 being vapourware, and find something else to moan about.
Like Elite 5, for example.