245 posts • joined 17 Jul 2007
Given the sheer volume of skepticism in this thread around this thing, we should have an El Reg Official Sweepstake. With our dear Vultures as book keepers, we could all put down when we think this thing will fly, as dates working backwards from the projected first launch - because let's be honest, it sure as shit isn't going to fly early.
I'm optimistic. I'm going for 3 months behind schedule.
Escape key because there isn't really one when you've got that amount of potential energy strapped to your backside.
Re: Boeing huh?
Oh, I don't know - perhaps a risk-averse government department who, whilst fully aware that Boeing, Lockheed et al have a nasty habit of swallowing up the tax dollars, also know that these guys have a track record of actually building heavy-duty spaceworthy vehicles.
It would also be political suicide for NASA to go out and do something like Commercial Crew programme with something like this. It's just too much money NOT to have it funnelled back into some Senator's back garden.
Explosion, because it's Rocket Science, innit. And there's no Kerbal icon available.
Seconded. It took me chuffing ages to get rid of the Search crap that came down with the latest install of uTorrent I did. Yes, it was my fault for being a bit click happy through the install screens, but my god that stuff wouldn't let go. Hijacked the Search functions in Firefox and Safari, and it wouldn't let go of Safari for love nor money.
FWIW, Thief is actually quite engaging. Sure, you can mission through the main plot if you like, but there are little side missions and things to keep you occupied if you go look for them.
I have also been struggling with the game content of the XBone, but Thief was a good buy for me. Won't be everyone's bag of course.
Will also probably pick up Wolfenstein though - that looks fun.
I dunno - how does "poops and giggles" sound?
Jeb's still stranded on Duna from the last time I tried to slap together a probe. One of these days I'll rescue him.
Re: Looks familiar.
Depends if you let MechJeb handle all your rendezvous maneuvers or not :-)
I don't know why you're being downvoted. As someone who has just reached the end of his contract with an iPhone 4S, I'm seriously considering a jump to WP8 (Lumia 925). I found your write up really useful to read, and if anything, cemented for me that in that general if I made the jump, I wouldn't really be losing out on any of the functionality I take for granted with iPhone and iOS.
So thanks for that. I appreciate it, even if no-one else seems to!
And there folks, is your problem right there. Nothing on this scale will ever be done again because
1) It can't be done in one political cycle
2) The direct benefits to those in power in the short term are not readily quantifiable.
An so the endless cycle of underfunded grandstand projects such as SLS continue, whilst NASA slips further and further into obscurity.
I love NASA, I really do. But the budget stranglehold placed on them is laughable. The fact that they get so much out of their meagre handout is amazing, and the missions they run are a constant source of fascination to me. BUt will they ever do anything as big as the moon landings again? I doubt it. The will is there, but the cash...the cash dried up years ago.
I've had iPhones for the last 4, 5 years or so. My contract's up next month on my 4S, and I find myself seriously considering a Nokia Lumia 925. Why? Because it's a bit different, the majority of the apps I genuinely use (as opposed to downloading once and never touching again) are still present and I like the hardware.
The only other option I'm thinking of is sacking off the whole upgrade process altogether and just moving down to a SIM-only contract, because I can't see Apple releasing anything in the near future that would be a worthwhile upgrade path from where I'm at now.
The sociology professor, who works at Umeå University, said that Snowden had made a "heroic effort at great personal cost" by revealing the existence of a shadowy US surveillance network
It's not shadowy. It's a surveillance network. That's the whole damn point.
Merely a gesture
The problem with protests like this - and Godrich's reference to it as a 'meaningless' protest highlight this accurately enough - is that not enough people will undertake such actions to make a difference. Yorke pulling his material isn't going to make a damn bit of difference. It might make him feel better for not supporting the model, but everyone else will continue to get bent over the desk and screwed six ways until Sunday for as long as Spotify deem worthwhile. Yes, their royalties are pathetic. Yes, artists know this. But it still remains a valid way to get exposure.
Ironically, the established artists are the ones most in position to do something about this. What would be so bad about a return to the eCommerce store hosted on an artists website? They're the ones with enough of the accursed 'market penetration' to get word out to fans that they'll only be retailing / streaming via their own websites.
Meanwhile everyone else will use Spotify et al as the exposure platforms they should be.
> Survival of the fittest is surely best? lots of projects and the best one gains traction and the others fade out.
Except it doesn't quite work like that, does it? You end up with a bunch of evangelists pushing their favourite dead technology at just a loud enough volume that people still pay a smidgen of attention.
And nothing ever dies.
Icon says it all. There are no words.
I find myself torn on the subject of Snowden.
On the one hand we have an individual who has essentially forfeited his personal liberty in aid of the common good - that is, the exposing of government programs which routinely track and hold communications data regardless of who you are or where you're from. he has highlighted the most important point for me here - not whether or not any laws were broken, but the fact the they didn't NEED to break any laws to accomplish what they set out to do.
On the other hand, we have someone who was entrusted with national secrets, classified information on delicate subjects, and was deemed responsible enough to keep those secrets. And he betrayed that trust. I don't care what your personal beliefs are, when you're dealing with the affairs of a nation state and you've been trusted to do a job, you do that job without expressing whatever political viewpoints you may have.
What i guess I'm saying is that it's not black and white. Snowden's actions define a whole new murky shade of grey, and I'm not sure how to objectively view it all.
Re: Nothing to contribute
Yacht are you lot talking about?
...Microsoft concentrate on building a rod for their own back?
...to the Chinese on this one. They are progressing in admirable leaps and bounds.
Hopefully private industry's moves to commercialise space-based resources will lead to similar efforts in the West. I'm looking at you, SpaceX...
Re: Why are they using taking up police time?
I thought copyright infringement was a civil offence?
Re: mint - linux year of the desktop?
Hasn't almost EVERY year since about 2001 meant to have been 'the year of the Linux desktop'?
Re: Is anybody really surprised...
I had similar thoughts. With a name like that, I'd be really p*ssed off as a tax payer if they weren't intercepting communications.
'Rozzers' is also an acceptable synonym.
"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: "Please Select Your OS Choice:"
Or click the scroll wheel. For 'tis a button too.
P.s. Good OS choice. Well done.
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.
"a short while ago I decided it was time I ought to try it out and see what the diminutive, Linux-running micro can do."
Run RISC OS really really well.
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?
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