re: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
trans: "Are you watching that custard?"
871 posts • joined 17 Jun 2009
I remember a visit to an Italian aviation engineering firm some 20 years past and being shown their vending machines. The coffee machine would put a Star Trek replicator to shame, for gadgetry and options, and all operated by pre-paid, active and encrypted staff keys.
Next to it was a rusting rock-ola style coin-operated snack machine full of packets of dried things, that I doubt even the Fonz could get to dispense. I was advised not to touch it or anything that came out of it as it hadn't been restocked in years.
Syndicated cuts really ruined a few key scenes in the UK broadcast of 'The Magicians', despite only ever being on very late.
There's a hilarious bit in the syndicated edition of 'Haven' where an effect of a person exploding is edited out, but the following week, in the 'Previously on Haven...' intro, they show the same scene uncut!
'Aurebesh' is the written language in Star Wars, which is basically A-Z plus a couple of extra phonetic runes. The numbers are easy to read, the letters less so. They're not used for much, but they're used for a lot more sight gags in the LEGO Star Wars animations (even though ordinary English crops up from time-to-time if the viewer is actually meant to understand something!).
Superman comics and TV use another runic cypher for Kryptonian, though background stuff in 'Krypton' I think was meant to be nonsense, maybe to give the impression that the underlying language isn't English. But in the comics it's obviously a 1:1 cypher for English, and they usually print a code key somewhere. The symbols are quite fiddly and some are hard to distinguish from others, but they are simply A-Z.
The classic Star Trek one is pipes on the engineering decks labelled GNDN - 'Goes Nowhere, Does Nothing'.
Seems to me that what you say 'ruined it' is in fact all it's good for. It has no real-world application because it can't be directly tied to any physical process or goods. As has been pointed out above, when you use it to record the existence or movement of goods, that data input is as vulnerable to corruption as any other recording system. It is purely a virtual paradigm that can only process virtual goods. That leaves purely financial transactions and speculation as pretty much the only application.
Malbec - now you're talking - I'll keep an eye out. What got me into rosé was on holiday getting reds served at 35°C at the end of a hot day rendering them undrinkable, whereas the rosés came out chilled. And most Greek ones are as dry and full-bodied as a lot of reds. Mind you, the whites can be pretty heavy too; Santorini ones are particularly lush - something to do with bugger-all rainfall. There's a nice Tsantili rosé at most airports, although with 'Macedonia' on the label you should avoiding whipping it out in front of any former Yugoslavians at the moment...
Those new plant bits aren't bio-degradable; they're just made from polymers derived from plants instead of oil. They're just as stable as any other plastic.
So no, stay green, and remember to always fish out your kids' plastic pollution prior to pulling the chain. Won't somebody think of the turtles?
('No Shit' icon seems appropriate...)
Those 'filings at Companies House' to which you refer...
...Have just been reversed.
Shenanigans? From this crowd? Surely not?
(It appears one party is asserting - at least publicly - that they were not appointed by the board; the other that they were appropriately installed by a majority vote of shareholders).
So you haven't played any of his games, but you're more than ready to write them all off as crap? How delightful.
The Egghead sequels are more like a cross between the Monty Mole and Dizzy series, and alongside those Albatrossity, GameX and Slubberdegullion are as good as any top-selling title from the 80s. At least, when run on a real Spectrum.
Also, what publisher do you think is going to run up tape duplication for Spectrum games in 2018? They'd have to be completely barking mad.
It's a disaster that there are no 80s games on this device, and indeed plenty of more recent games were offered up to RCL after the row over permissions was stirred up again earlier this year, but none of those have appeared.
The games run perfectly well on other platforms. They don't need the GPL code if there's a Z80 CPU to hand! And the emulator works perfectly well without the games. They're entirely separate layers of code.
But if you're then expecting RCL to provide you with the source code to 1000 different games, many from over 30 years ago? Best of British to you there...
I remember when a book told you about ROM and OS calls, not APIs! Wasn't there a second-hand bookshop near the top of Charing Cross Road (near a similar second-hand CD place) that had a load of computing books? I got a few very informative volumes about the Atari ST from there.
On another note I recall p*ssing off the entire English department of my school without realising it. I'd won a prize of a book token and the deal was we chose a book, bought it, then returned it to the school to be dished out at an awards evening in front of assembled parents. But afterwards, I was subject to derision and abuse from my barking mad, Victorian-attitude English teacher, and I had no idea why.
It was only much later that I realised the deluded staff honestly thought they were instilling a love of literature in their students, and my choice of 'The Complete Spectrum ROM Disassembly' as a literature prize rather tactlessly highlighted their failings. It was apparently referred to as 'not even a proper book'; Doctors Ian Logan and Frank O'Hara apparently not on the department's list of acceptably tedious and departed authors.
They probably couldn't have picked a more controversial alternative right now.
Who's in charge of the mint? Wait, let me guess, we've sold that off to China too.
Next up, the 'secret security measure' in the new £1 coin turns out to be dessicated tiger bollocks...
Yes - but similarly the industry moved to teams working together under high-pressue conditions, with 16-bit development kits for 8-bit games paid for by the business and all the management overheads that go with running concurrent projects on tight budgets. The software houses repeatedly shrank and consolidated until there was pretty much only Ocean Software left. And later on the magazines were devaluing the market by competing to give away more and more complete older games (not just demos) every month.
A few homebrew coders like Jonathan Cauldwell just kept going, regardless. And there's been a resurgence in the last few decades using PC-emulation-based development tools. If you haven't seen a Spectrum game since 1990 you may be in for a surprise as to what's been achieved lately. I'll immodestly cite my own 'Buzzsaw+' as a title that has graphics that wouldn't look out of place on an Amiga, yet will run on a genuine original 48K Spectrum from 1983.
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