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Re: Firing guns in space
You sure about this? Bullet cartridges are pretty watertight, and they dont rely on sucking air into the breach to fire. Arent the percussion caps sealed inside cartridges with pressure sensitive chemical explosives? I'm not sure I would stand in front of an assault rifle in space and bet on it...
Shouldn't it get shorter as it moves faster?
OK, just kidding with the title, but anyone informed enough here care to elaborate on the "At Mach 6 the aircraft will heat up considerably and also stretch out" - is this purely thermal expansion or something else?
Re: poor form chaps
Agreed - a surprising bad end to the article, and make the Reg seem petty and out of touch. I am considering cancelling my subscription...
Worst movie? No way...
I haven't seen Postal, but if its like the trailer, I bet I could sit through it with a couple of friends and laugh. Its clearly not meant to be taken seriously.
There are *plenty* of films worse than 'Postal', mostly because their delivery never met their promise. It depends on what metric you use, however mine is 'enjoyability' - 'Postal' might score low, but shit like Prometheus (and most of the trash Hollywood serves up these days) has a *negative* score for me - I leave the cinema dissapointed and asking myself just how hard is it to have a movie with a plot thats not insulting to the intellect.
2001, Star Wars, Bladerunner, Alien, Aliens, The Matrix.... where are this generations films?
Re: Doesn't Matter
Follow the money. If these kinds of changes start to hurt US businesses, the NSA will soon get their leash yanked.
Re: "Sony's consoles have been harder to develop for"
Factually correct, but Microsoft's tool chain and integration with Visual Studio means that developing for the XBone will be easier (I am basing this on my own experience with XBox 1 & 2, PS1, 2 and watching the swing from Playstation 2 to XBox as the primary target). Also, for better or worse, DirectX has a lot of traction now with graduates, and the employement churn is huge in the games industry, resulting in most of the new student talent being preferring to use DirectX. OpenGL is regaining ground, but it is still perceived as lagging (incorrectly, in my opinion).
Sonys internal culture is that of an electrical engineers, not software focused, and this is often reflected in their documentation and software quality. I predict Sonys console will continue to be slightly harder to develop on.
Ultimately though the choice of primary target when developing (the one you really develop on, and the other is the one you just port to) depends on the installed user base and the likely returns.
Sonim phones are not so tough
I owned a Sonim (XP3300 Force) and loved it, but was dissapointed that learn through experience that the "waterproofing" was mostly superficial. For the most part the waterproofing isnt an integral part of the design, but rather some glued-on patches.
After about a year of normal handling (to and from work in a bag or pocket) and normal temperature variation the glue breaks down and the rubber begins to peel away. The "built for life" Sonim was no longer waterproof, without my knowing. To me the peeling rubber at the grips was surely just a cosmetic problem, but after a heavy rainfall I found my phone to be no longer working. It had become wet inside, and examining the peeling areas I was shocked to find that the phone wasnt in the least "waterproofed" internally.
Re: Surprise, surprise
I agree, have an upvote, and if you are ever in Stockholm lets grab a beer.
"We are going to invest in London"
...is a useful bargaining chip to have when negotiating on tax avoidance in London.
Re: isn't the point to render as a png or the like?
Your post is like a penny dropping right through this thread, reversing almost all previous posts. Well done. Using the font like this would certainly make PRISM work harder.
Re: No you choose your degree at 13
"..at the end of the day a talented programmer can structure and design a reasonable system in his (sadly yes) head while you wait. He then has to spend the next three to six months writing it down. That's a bloody long (and very *precise*) essay/dissertation by anyone's standards. And he has to do that year in, year out, during his programming career."
A fantastic description of programming which had never occurred to me :)
Re: you could STILL turn it off (switch on the wall).
If you remember, the original xbox 1 penalised you for switching it off at the wall. It had an internal capacitor that rapidly powered down, resetting the internal clock. A switch-off at the wall meant it had the incorrect date when switched on again if left off for even just a day or two. Worse, some game saves checked their timestamp against the current date and erased saves with "impossible" dates... You had to be careful to remove your game save dongle (remember those?) before powering on an xbox that had been off.
Sony has it right, this time
I'm a big Microsoft fan. Having programmed for the PS1, PS2 and Xbox 1 (not ONE) and 2, coding for the xbox was a dream after sony's electrical engineering "documentation" and terrible tool support. I also love graphics, and the PS2 never quite cut it for me. I swore I would never have a Playstation in my home.
Microsoft seems keen to move as far as possible away from "gamers" as it can. It completely misreads and misunderstands its audience. Games and gamers are what will decide which console is bought, and Microsoft seem to not have had their finger on the pulse. Gamers dont want always on. Gamers dont want server based single player games. They dont want their game machine to become an ad streaming box. And Microsoft seems to be blind to all this.
And with the Prism revalations - I know I do NOT want a machine which requires internet access every 24 hours and which will lock me out of my own games when I wont let it connect. I do NOT want a machine with an always open mic. I do NOT want a machine with a 3D camera watching me which is a fundamental component and not an optional add-on.
So, fuck you XBox One.
(Even the name 'One' pisses me off, and is telling about how stupid Microsoft's management team are. You already had an Xbox one, and it wasnt that long ago...Its like they wanted a confusing, lack-luste hard-to-google name...)
Its probably very hard to "enable" the games
I completely agree. I also suspect that it will be, by design, very very hard to run these games without a server and authentication.
Re: Re; AIS
"...this is a non-story except for the frustrating sheeple wetting themselves to be told the next enemy of the day. Note the clueless reference to China in an earlier comment."
Sounds like someone needs a history lesson. China may be becoming the enemy-de-jour for some countries, but theres been no love lost between Japan and China for many a year.
You might want to take a read of this too http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senkaku_Islands_dispute and maybe catch up a little with current affairs:
Agreed. This data is probably useful. You can use it to correlate your own intel systems. You may find evidence of breaches of maritime law, or international agreements. You could even cause an internal scandal in japan just by NK holding a press conference showing off readouts of the data.
AFAIK, the japanese "Coast Guard" is a thinly disguised navy, and they are ramping it up - mostly wrt to countering China.
Belarus == World of Tanks
World of Tanks is the only Belarusian MMO that I know of. For a while too early versions of "World of Tanks" would only run as admin. Time to do a fine grained virus check on my machine. Thanks for the heads-up El Reg.
Re: connection comes with a 99 per cent contract guarantee
Even with a decent connection I switch the Xbox on my network to "offline" before I play any online multiplayer games on my PC. With the XBox on, even when playing a game on it which has nothing whatsoever to do with anything networked, the XBox is regularly hogging the bandwidth on my LAN - I can tell from my in-game ping display in World Of Tanks whether the XBox is on or not. And it occasionally causes huge spikes, which I suspect is a background process on the XBox downloading some ad junk.
I really hope Microsofts 'yes' men grow some balls and stop this lunacy because the XBox is a great console, but requiring always-on will be commercial suicide.
Re: was it yesterday?
Yupp, it was in the article about an outed Mossad agent list, and people were convinced that these "pros" would never make mistakes like that. Well, when I see people convinced that something can never happen, I just see people lacking in life experience.
Re: Multiple computers, multiple users, multiple browsers, what an arse
Agreed. Is it possible to install Java as something local to a folder, so I can just point e.g. Minecraft at it? When I install it, its seems to spread its tentacles everywhere - startup, IE, environment etc.
"So how is this going to be used in the real world?"
Early days still, its good but not yet totally convincing. But I suspect you will see these happen in our lifetimes:
Hollywood "stars" will be scanned and sampled, and contracts will mention not just "use of likeness" but animated likenesses etc.
Thirty years from now Justin Beiber et al will be 'virtually' appearing to promote products, appealing to their aging demographics sense of nostalgia for the 2010s. They will have signed away their likeness rights early in their careers while up-and-coming.
Future movies can have fun with mashups, casting actors from different generations together.
Whole body versions of similar tech will be used for porn.
It will become possible to fake compromising footage of famous people, and this will be used for counter propoganda.
Re: Bonkers? Yes... Overpriced? Most definitely
"My point was more that this article didn't go "bonkers" so much as "ridiculously overpriced and sheer overkill""
Yes I thought that too. The machine isn't awe inspiring, only pricey. I'd like to see its budget handed to someone who really knows how to build game rigs and see how they could spend it. I'd expect to see an overclocked monster, with lights to match the mouse, keyboard and mat :) And 4 nVidia Titans in SLI :)
Re: Bonkers? Yes... Overpriced? Most definitely
I disagree. A rig like this will last the user 5+ years. Its hugely overspecced, and PC games allow gfx settings to be moved up and down. At the moment, and for a couple of years, this rig will rip through all games. And as games are tied more and more to the release cycles of the platforms, game gfx nowadays tends to step change as opposed to linearly ramp. So, this rig isnt going to be outdated anytime soon.
I built a rig like this as a treat to myself after a nice payrise a few years ago. Sadly its still going strong, hitting 60fps consistently even with the latest games. I *want* to buy a new one, and can afford it, but its difficult to justify when my 3 year old rig is still going so strong. A rig like documented here, or something similar (good Intel thread-strong chip, masses of memory, and a top-range nVidia card) and you will be in gaming heaven for years.
As to Windows...I dunno wtf you people are doing with your PCs? Like or hate Microsoft, my Windows (currently using 7) is f*cking rock solid. Keep the nVidia drivers updated, dont run as admin, dont-be-stupid-online, prefer to use Steam to buy and manage your games, and you should be good.
I do agree with the DRM issues. See also EA / SimCity et al. Vote with your wallet, just dont buy from them.
Windows 8 is ruined by its GUI though.
Also, not mentioned, "Cleanability" of the case fans is something I rate highly when buying a case.
Do know evil
"In any Google search for a well-known brand like eBay, Amazon or John Lewis, that firm's site is going to pop up at the top of search results anyway..."
Until they stop paying for ads.
Its already reality in Sweden
Here in Sverige, a relatively progressive country in terms of tech adoption, the ability to remotely interact with your house is already being advertised to Joe Public by the utility companies. Pundits are being sold the notion of controlling light switches and heating via their mobile phone whilst abroad. Personally I cannot see the usefulness of this *ever* being balanced against a nagging worry about potential vunerabilities.
Re: Linux is a strong solution
You are making a fool of yourself.
Re: Re: SO what?
"They will go around flogging everybody half price Boeings..."
The ones that are grounded? :)
The weapons are pretty unbelievable too
Most sci-fi films have line-of-sight weapons. "Stay on target..." etc. Film aliens will get a real shock if they ever take on humanity and face the arsenal of over-the-horizon self-guiding MACH2+ weapons we have.
"Oh you researched interstellar travel and came here to eat us? Well, humanity's principle technological drive has always been weaponry, so I have some really bad news for you..."
Won't someone think of the children?
Genuine question which I am sure a Reg reader can explain well: Nokia are hardware makers. Why is the browser of their phone directing web traffic to their servers at all? Isnt this a configuration between the phone owner/user and his service provider, which is presumably not Nokia?
If this seems like a dumb question to you, then you are probably the right person to answer it, thanks :)
Whats good for the goose..
The USA fines companies huge amounts even outside of its legal duristiction e.g. Swiss banks etc. This should set a nice precedant for fining Florida based phone callers.
Re: A wise check to make
I'd upvote this twice if I could.
I would also add considering not using your favorite email address when using an agency, and ideally use a single use email address. Agents will take your adress and CV with them when they move from job to job, and its almost impossible to get the scum to stop mailing you with irrelevant jobs. "My client is looking for a Visual Studio programmer..."
> "I'm pretty sure many games run on an event driven routine where mouse, keyup/keydown and joy events get pumped into a handler."
Correct. On windows they can now just use the classic windowing event loop, or use DirectInput (which is now almost the same, but polled). When done right theres no hooks...
2 pages and no best bond babes??
Martinis? Cars? Gadgets? Aren't we forgetting something else about Bond? :)
Re: Why C
I think the main reason is that C is easier to statically analyze, and this seems to be a method of bug finding they rely on heavily.
Its important to remember that DirectX and OpenGL are just software interfaces to the graphical capabilities of your machine, usually a dedicated graphics card. Its very similar to having two different menus and waiters in a restaurant, but the same kitchen and chef in the background.
In the last few years DirectX has greatly improved (and has converged in many areas of its API on the directions OpenGL originally took), but it has indeed also overtaken OpenGL from time to time, mostly due to the standardization needs of OpenGL, and the longer life expectancy of any OpenGL standard.
DirectX is for developing games; OpenGL is for developing games but is also the correct choice for any non games related visualization required by an application (medical visualization etc) and of course, its very cross platform too.
If you are a gamer, simply don't worry about it - just buy yourself the best graphics card you can happily afford and enjoy the beauty of todays amazing games.
Re: not to mention
AFAIK, all the GPU API calls begin life as OpenGL extensions, as this allows nVidia and ATi to develop, test and demo them, where they then may move into DirectX and/or the OpenGL standard. I would argue that its not OpenGL but DirectX who does the following.
It may take some time for some concepts to enter the final OpenGL standard, and usually for excellent reasons, as OpenGL is designed to last, unlike DirectX. Twenty year old OpenGL 1.0 code will almost certainly still compile and do what it was intended to do. Good luck getting a codebase written to DirectX 1.0 to compile and work...
Re: "Colossus paper tape instructions?"
"Regardless of platform, I've created working code which is every bit as useful as a handwavey design document, only it is already working."
I find that the added constraint that the code must also be well formed within <language of choice> is unhelpful, to me, when designing.
Also, this isn't a "handwavey design document" - its an exploration of the problem domain, without the need to compile/interpret anything, or run anything. To each their own however - I would have no issue with someone writing 'pseudo code' which was also working Lua etc.
Re: "Ever heard of pseudocode?"
I use it, very often, when *designing* algorithms. I find it invaluble for stripping away the language specifics and capturing the functionality. If find it clearer to "see" an algorithm in pseudo code, and its a doddle to transfer a pseudo code description of an algorithm to most programming languages. I also believe that the code produced in this manner can be often easier to read, especially if you transfer the pseudo code naming into the final code, as the naming will usually illustrate the "why" (and not the how). I have also on several occasions been very grateful for pseudo code descriptions of some classic algos, so I can implement my own.
How useful would Turings chess playing algo be if he left it to the world as Colossus paper tape instructions?
A good few years ago, wanting to break out of games, with its poor salaries and job security, I interviewed for a programming position with a massive US financial firm with a base in London. I can confirm that the interview was much as described above, the only notable difference perhaps was I was interviewed by the staff in sequence, as opposed to as a team. The process began early. I sat bemused in their expansive expensive foyer, too nervous to eat the foods on offer. Even the toilets had stockmarket tickers, although I seriously doubt that serves any use except to make traders believe they have a finger on the pulse (and not their penis).
The interviews didn't impress me much. Coming from the games industry which is generally fun to work in and populated by genuinely motivated, creative, interesting people, what struck me was how shite this job seemed to be. The IT dept was located in a glass walled basement of this impressive building, and reading between the lines, they expected loooong hours as standard. Commute through London to get to this office for 08h00 and then be expected to work until 19h00? Hmmmm....
I wasn't impressed by the technical interview. I suspected these people were not strong software engineers, to judge by the focus of the questions, which did seems to tend towards textbook "difficult" C++ questions (actually easy i.m.o.) and interleaved with dark hints that the real job actually consisted of maintaining a horrible legacy codebase (something you no longer can pay me enough to do).
Then came the smug-based non-programming part, of which I remember some strange bullshit question about being in a room and having a hat on and I had to tell the interviewer what colour it was or something. Just like the textbook C++ questions, many of *these* questions seemed to be lifted from logic puzzle books ("One of the doors only tells the truth, and the other only lies...").
Finally came a HR interview, a thoroughly unpleasant septic woman. Her job seemed to be to tell me all the rules of working here, one of which I remember was no office romances. By that time I had decided this was certainly not a place I wanted to be, and having a company rule that I couldn't date someone I met through work was a liberty I was unwilling to give away. As it happens, the company decided it didn't like me either, and we went our separate ways.
Portrays *women* negatively??
Is anyone treated sympathically in the show? I love it, and I work in IT and I recognise some aspect of myself and those I work with in the show, but its just a comedy. The two male leads are maladjusted lovable hapless dateless unsexed nerd losers; if anything, the female lead is the most normal of the three.
Re: I wonder how many of the engineers developing this tech have actually spent time on the water
Ssssh. The scientists working on this tech probably know full well there might be practical problems in the real world, but meanwhile are happy to do research while funded. Reminds me of the LASER research in the 90s (late 80s?) where the scientists involved knew full well what they were being asked for was probably impossible or impractical, but were receiving massive *weapons* funding anyways. Afaik, the project produces a lot of material mostly of use to chip manufacturing. Its seems that now too, it may have contributed to the 'flying laser' weapons too.
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