188 posts • joined Friday 16th February 2007 14:10 GMT
Re: I'm not sure what the point it.
What's the point? What's the point of anything new and untried? Usually something useful comes of it. People ask what was the point of the Apollo programme, but it led to modern CNC machining, fire-retardant paint, cordless drills, and so on.
And, no doubt, people enjoy doing it, which is worth far more than any useful tech spin-offs.
Perhaps only 214 people paid for it because it's poorly executed and utterly unoriginal. It's a rip-off of Game Dev Story (which is rubbish), which is a clone (possibly unwitting, and via numerous intermediate clones) of Software House, which is a clone of Millionaire and Software Star.
Yes, we do try to accomodate other peoples' cultures. That's what makes us a more attractive target for immigration than most other places, and why we, with the help of immigrants, do so much better than most other places, attracting the best, brightest, most driven people from those other places.
Re: The welsh lobby
I'm sorry but it's absolute bollocks to say that there are any significant number of Welsh people who have difficulty with English. Welsh monolingualism has been rare since the 50s, so any that are left will be very old indeed. The best thing that those who love the Welsh language can do is to let it die with dignity instead of bleating and whinging.
Re: Why don't you...
I was born in the UK in 73 and had never heard of this programme. I suppose I just had good parents who made sure that I didn't need to take the advice of a piece of furniture if I wanted to know how to amuse myself.
Yes, this would produce more kinetic energy than the electricity put in, when in use. Whether there's a net energy gain I don't know - you have to consider the energy cost of manufacturing the fuel pellets, and of boosting them out of the atmosphere so that you can use them without all those pesky NIMBYs getting cross about the thermonuclear explosions.
They talk about pellets the size of a grain of sand. At that sort of scale, it's not difficult <handwave handwave> to make solids behave like fluids. Or to transport them in a fluid.
Re: I upvoted you
Being able to play offline matters, because although people might have broadband at home, they don't have it all the time. For example, people might want to play while travelling.
What's that you say? You relied on a free service with no SLA provided by an advertising company? And you expected things to go well? Bwahahahahahaha!
Re: If Mobes and fondleslabs
Waddaya mean that there are no other commercial entities that could offer you an alternative service? The service is the games. If the console is unlocked, you can run a game from any publisher who cares to support your platform, not just Nintendo.
Re: Are you kidding?
and pass the savings on to people who don't want to attach their phones to a projector or TV. ie, most users. Seems sensible.
Re: Tongues untied
We can know how Latin was pronounced by reading descriptions in Latin of how it's pronounced, and can also get useful information from poetry - some pronunciations work better than others to fit the metre, for example.
An iPad might be the modern equivalent of the back of a fag packet, but back when I worked in metal bashing, just about all my employer's products started off as rough sketches on the back of a fag packet, either in a meeting room with our customers, or on the shop floor to fix a production cock-up. Being able to easily transfer sketches from fag packet to CADDS would have been Quite Handy.
If you want to know what's likely to happen, ask a bookie. If you want to know how risky something is, ask an underwriter. And if you want to know whether something is worth anything or not, ask a thief.
Not surprising ...
... given that the only significant difference between the new shiny shiny and the previous shiny shiny is the size of the screen. That, my friends, ain't worth shelling out 500+ quid for.
Re: Surprise, surprise
And also unsurprisingly, almost all the games available, including those from the big companies, are shit.
The good games are those made by one or two people just to earn a bit of beer money. Thus it has always been.
Even if they did attempt to "steal" (I think you mean "illegally copy") the work, 9 is below the age of criminal responsibility throughout Scandiwegia.
Re: No, not exactly
The iPhone options are more expensive than a stand-alone unit? Really? Are you sure? You're looking at about 80 quid for a stand-alone TomTom device, according to Amazon, or 40 quid for the TomTom app.
Re: Kristian Walsh
Christina Aguilera might not be going hungry, but the session musicians who appear on the record might. And if you pirate Skyfall, Daniel Craig and Judi Dench won't go hungry but Lara Dunleavy (trainee hairdresser) and Joe Cassar (carpenter) might.
Re: One hour
Well, it is in the French half of the country, not the hard-working German bit.
The iPod touch, iPhone and iPad all lack album shuffle. Does this? If it does, it should be mentioned in the review because it would make the thing unusable for listening to music. If it doesn't it should be mentioned in the review because it is a change from the previous version of the iPod Nano.
> Amazon seem to want to get out of the e-Reader market
No, they are maybe getting out of the bit of the market that you are interested in, because hardly anyone apart from you is interested. If you want to look at large pre-formatted documents, then other solutions to the problem are available, namely some random cheap Android tablet. You can get something second-hand off ebay for nearly free as you hardly need the latest and greatest for looking at documents.
You might not like it, but the profitable bit of the market is cheap devices with long-lasting batteries for people to read novels on. The profit, of course, coming from the books, not the device. I, like you, sometimes use my Kindle to look at data sheets and papers. But I don't get those from Amazon, so there's no profit there for them, so there's no motivation for them to produce special hardware for me.
I can't believe that no-one's mentioned the chicken-powered nuclear land mine!
Re: @sabroni (was: @Flocke Kroes: Religious truth depends on faith)
It's important to separate the practices of Buddhism from Buddhism. You can have either one without the other - you can practice without believing, you can believe without practicing, or, of course, you can do both or neither. Buddhism, as opposed to the practices of Buddhism (mindfulness, meditation, giving up worldly attachments etc), is incompatible with Christianity, because of the belief in multiple bodily reincarnations (Christians get at most one, IIRC, at judgement day), because of salvation (enlightenment) through neither faith nor works, and because of personal responsibility for your deeds (no repentance and absolution, just karma).
Terminator, because judgement day.
> I come from a parish where the average level of education is a PhD...
There are some really fucking stupid PhDs out there ...
Re: Meanwhile, in the real world...
I wanted to become a cricket umpire, but to even sign up for training you need to be CRB checked. That's something I refuse to do because I don't want busy-bodies prying into my life and I refuse to co-operate with stupidity. So I'm not a cricket umpire, and English cricket suffers from a desperate shortage of qualified umpires.
Why is the CRB check even needed? It's not as if umpires, standing out in the middle of a large flat field where everyone can see them, are going to indulge their wicked fantasies in a bit of kiddy-fiddling.
Who cares about longevity when the things are so cheap? Yer average geek - the only ones who will actually overclock, because people using them for things that *matter* like education are more conservative with their hardware - can afford to replace the things every week or two.
Re: "You are just whining because you can't afford shiny stuff."
We're talking about Microsoft tablets here, not shiny stuff. Shiny stuff is cheaper.
This does *not* look like a good upgrade from my 3GS. Just about the only feature of any interest is the extra row of icons on the screen, and that, my friends, is not worth several hundred quid.
Re: "content"? discontent
With a little bit of shell scripting anything can be turned into a podcast!
Re: MySQL was faster in the early days.
" It's just that as soon as you need Real Guarantees it drops the ball. You can shuffle backends around a bit, but that just makes it more of a hobbyist jumble "
This used to be true, maybe a decade and a bit ago, but MySQL has grown up and is a Proper Database now. It is the back end for an awful lot of *very* big systems that deal with huge amounts of traffic. iPlayer, for example, uses MySQL databases, and I've used it for everything from medical systems to telecoms billing.
These days, it's just another database. It has its idiosyncracies, like all complex software, but it's a damned useful tool in a lot of cases.
Re: Too right
Lots of chatter amongst geeks, but they're a tiny proportion of the population, and most of it would have been just that - chatter, with no follow-through.
Re: Praise tapes
No mechanical problems on tapes? are you having a laugh? have you ever actually used tapes for backup?
Oh this'll be fun. I share my letter box with another flat, so it's gonna have to be something like ...
stuff for flat 2 can be delivered to flat 1 or flat 3, or number 9 next door, but definitely not number 13. stuff for flat 3 can be delivered to [list of who he trusts and distrusts].
The posties seem to have enough trouble reading the names of the roads, so you can guarantee that they'll fuck that up, and deliver my mail to the loony next door who thinks that I'm trying to gas him.
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