Yeah its pretty much the only site with public rights of way ...
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TBH I think its a good thing...
I don't see anyone defending EA. In fact I'm reticent to defend them. However when faced with the outrageous secondhand sales tactics of companies like gamestop (and many more over here in the UK) they have to do something or they go under.
The problem is when shops take the piss as badly as they do by actively pushing secondhand sales over new sales (including trying to talk people out of buying new) with discounts of around a £1 over the full retail new copy something needs to be done. The companies pay a fraction for the games when taken to them, £10 for a game is not unusual, that they then pass back on to the consumer for up to £44!! How does THAT work? Thats some AMAZING profit right there!!
Ya know what? ... while I'm slightly anti-EA's move I'm far happier to see these retailers taking a kicking for it.
And if the US got rid of software patents ...?
This article would have been a couple of lines long.
I really don't believe the idea that video codecs aren't patentable. I should really get a number of my ideas for wavelet encoding up online as despite having played with such things for years I don't hold any date based evidence of the prior art to invalidate a patent...
Its still ridiculous how cheap it would be to run an efficient modern european PETROL car in the states.
And for Daniel: I really wouldn't call 1.2 times smaller "considerably smaller". It is pretty easy to divide the uk mpg by 1.2 to get us mpg, which if you actually read my message you might have noticed I had done :P
41MPG in city, 35 on highways?
Why is it that my 2004 Ford Focus Estate (Diesel) will do me 65mpg (Thats 54.1 miles per US gallon) on a 150 mile parental visit cruise and yet this vehicle can only do 35 on highways?
Also why is it that in europe cars do better mileage cruising at 50 miles per hour and in the states they do worse?
I know diesel is more efficient than petrol but im pretty sure the european petrol ford focus cars can do better mileage than this "efficient" american hybrid.
Can someone explain to me wtf is going on?
PowerVR have been making low power chips for years. The bonus of their architecture is that memory bandwidth is saved on a MASSIVE scale. This means that you can use much slower, far less power hungry memory with it.
The newer chips have supported pixel and vertex shaders as well as T&L for a good while now. I'm pretty sure they can even support up to DX10.1 level (ie geometry shaders).
Good for VM .. shat for others?
Just tried it with O2 ... got 0.7mbps? I was just downloading something at 12Mbps so im not sure how thats a good test.
Mind the test on be internet's hoempage reported me as 3Mbps yesterday and Be are OWNED by O2 ... and again had just been getting far superior download rates ...
Re: Don't knock O2
I too have recently signed up to O2 broadband and have found them to be reliable, fast and customer service is the BEST I've ever come across. After BT screwed up our line (They were doing a number transfer from Virgin and got completely screwed about by BT including them managing to connect the OLD line to the O2 exchange, by their admission) I had a good chat with the guy there who was actually an interesting nice chap to talk to. Things got sorted quickly and I was online within 48 hours (Though the guy said that this would "probably" be the case he couldn't guarantee that it would be).
So glad I've left Virgin sodding media.
This is news??
Christ ... the quality of graduates has always been shite. I actually quit my degree to enter the "industry". I was told by one of the directors of the company a few years later that I was a good bet as i showed more innate ability than a lot of graduates. To be honest, I wasn't surprised considering some of the graduate interviews i sat in on.
Original version was ripped off too ...
There is an amusing thread on Neogaf and on there there is talk about the original, Amiga, version that they worked on nearly 15 years ago. Turns out people have found that the artwork in that was ripped off too ...
Totally brilliant ... i just can't believe they thought they'd get away with this one ...
Bandwidth throttling is not that little ...
I remember downloading the latest version of the DirectX SDK back in march. The download started off nicely at 450KB/sec but about 3/4 the way through the download my download rate dropped to just 16KB/sec. This lasted for the 5 hours stated. Now i fail to see how throttling a 4meg connection by even 75% can cause me to slow down to ISDN (dual linked) speeds ... VM are full of sh*t. I'm off to join O2 when I move in a couple of weeks and VM can sod off.
re: I'm typing this on an m15X
I agree with what you say on the trackpad and the volume control .. they suck goat .. err .. horns.
Totally disagree on the screen though ... i've got the 1920x1200 and its FAT! :D Used to have an acer Ferrari with a 1680x1050 screen and, tbh, it just wasn't high enough res for me. Its not hard to read the text unless you are seriously short sighted ... Even then you can up the size of the fonts. I like having the ability to see small details as well as larger details.
That said i do a lot of software dev and am a total whore for fitting as much info on screen as possible ...
I do have a couple of problems .. one of the laptop speakers has started to sound dangerously like its blown and every time i come out of sleep mode ... MSN hangs good and proper ... Beyond that ... its actually a joy to use Vista on one of these beasts :)
re: "some people allege it has mental health effects in the long term"
I think you'd be surprised how many heavy regular uses HAVE had mental health problems related to cultivated skunk (and this only, mind ... hash and bush weed appear not to cause the problem). I certainly have. Still spent a weekend over in amsterdam recently and smoked some mind blowing hashes and not once did the schizophrenia kick back in. Note: It ended when i gave up, contrary to what the "system" has been saying, after realising what i was doing to myself. I was a VERY heavy smoker though.
Not true at all ...
"I'd say it's pretty simple to figure out whether it's a public network or not actually. For one thing, public networks have SSIDs like "STARBUCKS" or "BRIGHTONFREEWIFI", rather than "NETGEAR" or "31SMITHSTREET"."
I've seen an ALARMING amount of machines set to accept all incoming Wi-Fi connections with SSID names like "Free public Wifi". Whats that all about? Im fairly sure its some default setting from some manufacturer, though ... cos im seeing it everywhere. Mind anyone in the know can spot the difference between a wireless card and an access point (that little image is handy). The average Joe isn't going to realise this. It would also be a very easy way to hack someone's machine. They connect to YOU and then you hack them. Bet it'd be dead hard to trace as well ...