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Comment Re:UK Cell Phone with No Caps? (Score 1) 226

What? Dozens of Wifi points in the middle of a residential and commerce centre in the middle of London? And the 4G? And nobody else notices and the next-door-neighbours go about their evening with no Wifi without saying a word?

Don't think so, somehow.

You know that point, where the bollocks you made up drifts from "plausible but stupid" into "yeah, right, sure"?

Comment Re:UK Cell Phone with No Caps? (Score 1) 226

It's smack-bang in the middle of fucking London.

There's wifi all over that place.

At absolute worst, just get a Pringles tin and make a cheap Yagi and you could pick up hundreds, if not thousands of networks. We're talking a couple of streets away from Soho and massive public museums.

And, yes, ubiquitous 4G in that area. If anything, you'll have more trouble with 4G as the airwaves will be overcrowded during working hours.

The whole thing's a farce to get him in the news again. This guy's in THE MOST CONNECTED PLACE IN BRITAIN.

You don't need to stand outside and offer your 4G to Wifi which will reach about an inch. THE 4G IS ALREADY THERE. And the mobile hotspot will be being swamped by the million-and-one other Wifi networks on 2.4GHz in that area.

Honestly, it's just pandering to media.

Comment Re:Wait, wat? (Score 1) 283


Apple won't let any app use the NFC for payment.

Like they won't let any web browser app use anything but their web controls (Chrome on iPad/iPhone? Yeah, that's not Chrome. It's a UIWebView. The only other allowed alternative is a WKWebView control.

And these people are only just realising that Apple are closed and controlling?

Comment Sigh (Score 2, Interesting) 146

Just people some idiot paid that much to run that name, it doesn't mean that's what it's worth (except to that one seller, that one time).

How do you profit from, say .xyz? By selling domains at .xyz. If those domains are expensive, nobody will touch them. If they are cheap, you'll never make your money back.

You would need to sell tens of millions of TLD addresses to recoup the money invested, even over a ten year period. That's unlikely. Hell, by that time, TLD's might be entirely dead and we've all moved on to something else.

Comment Translation (Score 1) 473

Translation: "I haven't been in the news for at least a week and nobody cares about the shit that I have little to do with releasing any more".

Honestly, given that he lives IN THE EMBASSY how has someone targeted HIS connection alone, how do you know it was intentional, how do you know it was a state actor? It's all bullshit until you pull prove, Julian.

And you're in the middle of fucking London. Order a can of pringles, point it at the centre of town, presto!

More likely, he's forgotten his fucking login but he had to "Assange" it to make it sound like he's important or anyone gives a shit.

Comment Sigh (Score 2, Insightful) 550

Just another performer that I wouldn't go and see live then.

Sorry, but recording devices are not new.

Interruptions from the audience are not new.

Why we feel the need to act on them now that copyright law is VASTLY in favour of the artists, whereas before it wasn't, I can't fathom. But that also seems to be the trigger for this kind of reaction.

If you want me to effectively cripple my phone, something that stays with me all the time EVEN THOUGH I WORK IN SCHOOLS, then we're going to clash heads. I either won't come and see you perform, or I have to jump through a specific, special, nuisance every time I want to do so. Like a form of DRM on a live performance. That will affect my enjoyment, and the rate I'd be willing to pay for that performance.

There's a time and a place for smartphones. I happily agree with you throwing out ANYONE whose phone goes off at a classical concert, for instance. No problem at all. Their own fault for failing to manage their device when they were given the opportunity to voluntarily manage their device.

Even chicken-wire cages around the venue, or whatever. Fine. But to demand I start putting useful items in little bags, you're just trying to be like the TSA and other places who are overstepping their remit under the name of something else (terrorism, etc.). And do you demand the same of, say, a smartwatch?

I can get a mobile phone with camera and wireless and bluetooth that's the size and thickness of a credit card. Literally, now, on Amazon, for 30 GBP. You can't police that kind of thing. And you're at a large venue with people who've paid to see you and you object to them immortalising that special performance?

Wholesale copyright infringement is an entirely different problem. Taking people's phones away doesn't solve that either.

But the problem of "how can I convince an audience that they want to pay money to come and see me?" That's a difficult enough prospect as it is without adding obstacles for yourself.

If I ever did want to go to such a thing, and there was a warning on booking that this was required, I'd cancel. If I turned up and this was an ad-hoc policy, not notified and only implemented on the door? We're going to have an argument and I'm going to seek a refund for more than just my ticket and time wasted.

Comment Games (Score 4, Insightful) 59

"If you think about what makes games so fantastic, it's the experiences you have with your friends,"

Er... not really.

I mean, sometimes. I can remember a handful of really fun sessions on games across LANs (using everything from 10Base2 to Gigabit, and serial, and even - at one point - IP over daisy-chained parallel cables using a DOS-based packet driver).

But usually on games that, from the point of their release until several months later when we could organise a session, were only played on single computers by one person. And the vast majority of games that I love are inherently single-player.

And though I run multiplayer servers for a number of games, and a few of them are incredibly popular in that little niche game, the multiplayer experience is there because the game demands it, and then because I can't stand playing with the majority of morons that exist online today. I honestly cannot play online any more without a KICK/BAN button that I can guarantee will work without the democracy of opening it up to a vote. And, yes, even with that kind of dictatorship admin, I still run extremely popular servers.

The latest one for me is Factorio. Love the game. It's fantastic and sucks time like all those games of old that I used to play but had to give up when real-life intervened.

It's multiplayer. It's online multiplayer. I have a server for it. Myself and a random guy spent three hours setting up a factory. Then another guy joined. 20 minutes later, I found missing pieces of transport systems and entire buildings destroyed, and then the new guy started attacking us both. By the time I kicked him, the game was ruined.

Even amongst friends, the problem is not that it's not possible - multiplayer over the Internet is easier than ever. It's that friends don't have the time, money, inclination, or play in ways that make it fun to play with them. My brother is a gamer, I can't remember the last time we played together. I think it was when AOE2 was remastered on Steam, because it worked and we'd always played that with each other.

Some of it is age, but when you go play with younger people who are "into games", their attention span is incredibly limited, they piss about not playing the game half the time, there's no semblance of teamwork or organisation and I "ragequit" (as they say - I mean, they have a specific phrase for "we're so shit that we make other people mad and not want to play with us"!).

That's why I run my own servers.

That's why - unless it's casual games at a party - I don't bother to try to play even with people on my Steam friends list.

That's why I very much prefer games that don't require that kind of interaction and are playable in their own right - not by having friends on the same service.

And even if you have a great set of friends and a lot of games and interests in common, and all the facilities in the world - the number of times you can play in a game against or (more difficult) with a significant number of your own friends, for any significant amount of time is truly limited.

Hell, I'm a CS-player from since before 1.6, and some of my best gaming moments were had in things like TIS-1000, Flight Control, and Master of Orion (the original) than anything else. And rarely were my friends crowded around the PC going "Oh, wow" at them (because nobody has any need to crowd round a PC like that any more).

The best gaming moments ever are things like playing Half-life 2 for the first time. Or getting through Syndicate to that impossible last mission. Very rarely do they involve other people, and certainly not playing against random strangers.

I've just cut TF2 out of my life, after years of casual play on it. Everything became "serious" and competitive, and that's not what the game is about. So everyone ends up peeing about and ruining the game to get some relief from even the "casual" server setups that are no fun at all.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 3, Insightful) 58

5-year-old website nobody's ever heard of, with no business plan, little to no profit ever and obvious misuse for piracy that offers yet-another-file-download service bouyed up for even that long by a handful of ads.


100-year-old bricks-and-mortar, household-name geek store, which we all have nostalgia for the local equivalent of, slowly pushed out of the high street, as a sign of declining necessity and changing use of technology, after a long-established and massively profitable business in many countries for nearly a century, until last year.

Yeah. Same thing.

Comment Really? (Score 2) 58

"Unprofitable business model leads to business not making enough profit"

Honestly, where's the news or the shocking surprise.

A high-end, tech-heavy hosting site that you can upload stuff to for free, and share to people for free, and they can all watch it for free, not making money? Amazing.

And their premium offering gave you:

- Ad-free access and no waiting
(So you pay to make the ads go away)
- No daily streaming limitations
(Amazing - how much time do you think one person will spend on such a website streaming videos from it exclusively, such that they will pay to remove the restriction?)
- Unlimited parallel downloads
(Ooooh... so I can download more than a handful of videos at the same time. Or just do a few and wait)
- Upload larger files - up to 5GB
(5Gb of MP4 is a LONG movie)
- Files never removed due to inactivity
(Except if the company goes bankrupt...)
- Special dedicated servers just for PREMIUM Members
(Oooh! But if the free service was shit, nobody would bother to pay for the premium one anyway)
- Mobile access - iPhone and Android
(You mean I can watch videos on my smartphone too!?)
- Download original files
(You mean I can download the thing I'm watching?!)
- Upload more files simultaneously
(See "Unlimited parallel downloads")
- Create custom links to track traffic
(Because there's no other way to do that)
- Ultimate file security with AES encryption
(WTF does that even mean in the context of a video-sharing website?)

Amazon Prime? People queried why I bought it. Because my usage pattern makes it have value enough for me even if theirs doesn't.

But what these people have made is a pay-for YouTube. One of thousands of them. A website that's incredibly annoying to download anything significant from, and would confuse people for even casual use (e.g. your family video), and which nobody with a brain would ever pay for against other sites offering the same or more.

And I imagine the costs of DMCA takedowns alone would wipe out anything that you've got coming people. People will badly abuse a site like this, and maybe even pay to do so, just like any other file download site.

Where was the profit, ever?

There should be a register of people who have owned a company with a turnover over a certain amount, which later closes business, so that you can deny these people ever running a business again.

Comment Re:Translation (Score 1) 183

I'm a mathematician.

Fuck taking notes in a lecture on advanced maths with anything approaching markup or GUI maths entry.

I studied maths and computer science at uni, many years ago. It was before tablets or laptops or phones were practical for everyone to own one and carry to each lecture.

But Maths lectures were the one place I just put any concept of typing on a device to one side and just dug out the pen and paper, even if I then spent the evening on Maple or LaTeX working out what I needed.

Comment Translation (Score 2) 183

"Our old API was shit and didn't take account that touchpads existed, thus forcing mouse emulation and proprietary third-party drivers that don't work on anything else.

After 20 YEARS of laptops having touchpads, we've exposed the underlying data of the devices in question and made it an API that will fuck up the second "3D touchpads" or whatever come along.

Despite having had touchscreens for all that time too, and smartphones for much of it (with capacitative screens, hover, etc.) and entire other OS being designed to take account of those kinds of input devices as the primary input."

And they're supposed to get congratulations for this?

You can also guarantee that the API will be incomplete or difficult to manage, or not backward-compatible breaking all your old laptops, thus still ending up with third-party junk to do the job for us that doesn't work for any other manufacturer.

I'm STILL waiting for the day when the whole keyboard surface is flat-but-springy (like, oh my god, a touchscreen!) so you can type on it, hold a pen on it, or use it as a giant trackpad in the keyboard layout of your choice (numpad or trackpad? Trackpad below and center or off to one side? etc.).

Tech moves SO SLOWLY in this regard until someone spots it after many years and puts out a mass-market device like that and everyone goes "at fucking last".

Comment Re:Where is my grub menu? (Score 1) 150

Surely the problem is the whole architecture then?

x86 etc. is an architecture - a standard chip, a standard instruction set (even if it evolves), and a standard set of interfaces, memory locations, hardware and functions.

ARM is just a chip.

x86 has common platforms like UEFI and even BIOS, as well as standard buses and standard interfaces.

ARM doesn't. At least not enough to guarantee.

It's like saying you've released Linux for Z80. Cool. What's the Z80 plugged into because that's by no means a given in any way.

Nobody really puts x86 chips into embedded hardware without replicating the entire x86 architecture (e.g. XBox). But ARM chips can be joined in all kinds of ways and all kinds of free-for-all designs.

It's not a problem you can solve with just a boot menu and a USB.

Comment Re:Why not just a single font? (Score 1) 175

That's not what Unicode is for.

If you want Serif or Sans Serif, those are entirely different typefaces.

If you want monospaced or not, again those are entirely different typefaces.

All Unicode does - especially when you combine it with TrueType semantics or want a font that works everywhere - is provide characters for everything you might need.

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