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Short of subliming they could've retreated into awesome Virtual Realities and stopped advertising their presence in the galaxy.
After all, on Earth, there are plenty of sheep but also not a few wolves.
Templecloud has the measure of you people, you're clearly not in love with magic leap
It's like Nessie, you have to believe to see it. I mean, it's got magic in the title, you need to look with different eyes, like, every-time you doubt it's existence a fairy dies.
Re: What really narks
I'm definitely not going to buy any of that advertised shit
This is what I don't understand, by kicking and screaming about adblockers they're actually advertising adblockers existence. I can't imagine anyone who uses adblockers would ever buy their product (if I saw something I wanted in an advert I would actually open up a new tab, google for it and buy a competing product because I hate adverts so much).
The Hitchhiker's Travel Guide describes the Marketing Department of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation as:
"A bunch of mindless jerks who'll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes."
Curiously, an edition of the Encyclopedia Galactica which conveniently fell through a rift in the time-space continuum from 1000 years in the future describes the Marketing Department of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation as:
"A bunch of mindless jerks who were the first against the wall when the revolution came."
Only their complaints department survived the general economic implosion of the company as a whole.
"We're trying to understand what is going on there: what's the physics? What the neuro-technology? What's the neuro-anatomy happening? How do we gently slipstream into that and not disrupt things? We want to talk to your neuro-cortex in a biologically friendly way."
Well, that gives me wood! Course, I wouldn't pay someone to utter them but if someone wanted to gently whisper them into my ear I wouldn't say no :)
However, I do want to watch a 3D film on my coffee table (courtesy of Star Wars Chess game) - or like K's girlfriend in Bladerunner 2049, an external laser array of some description.
Only our propaganda is good propaganda. Doubleplusgood! We are at way with Eurasia. We have always been at war with Eurasia!
While modern CGI can be entirely convincing
Like Princess Leia in Rogue1? The autopsy scene in Carpenters The Thing was stomach churning, gross and awesome, the CGI in The Thing '11 was laughable. Apart from CGI spaceships (which always look amazeballs) and the CGI bugs in 97s Starship Troopers it mostly takes me out of the movie.
The recent Apes movies were excellent, the CGI was almost perfect, but it's the almost that takes me out of the story and leaves me marvelling at the FX.
...until the headset is as thin as a pair of large glasses with wide FOV and massive resolution at a respectable price.
And I cannot fucking wait! Happy Christmas El Reg - keep up the balanced reporting <3
The killer app for VR is porn, it's always been porn :) The internet wouldn't be what it is today if it weren't for jiggly bits.
[i]Mozilla chief marketing officer Jascha Kaykas-Wolff has posted a mea-culpa on the Mozilla blog. "We’re sorry for the confusion and for letting down members of our community," Kaykas-Wolff wrote.[/i]
Worst apology ever!
No promises of a review or how it happened nor promises to avoid doing it in the future. Mozilla (and I guess Google Reddit etc), have lived long enough / grown big enough, to forget about their users.
It's always wrong if Apple do it.
No, it's always late when Apple do it. Copy / Paste, notifications etc. In fact the only original thing Apple ever did was take away the SD slot and charge an extra hundred for minimal storage upgrades. They didn't invent touch screen, rounded corners, slide to unlock etc etc etc...
Oh for some public PSA adverts warning people about trusting emails, website ads or cold phone calls to not poison their computer.
I'm kind'a surprised people are still falling for it. If a government agent phone me up with my national insurance number, place of birth and known political affiliations (philosophical anarchist), I would still ask that he (or she) send me a snail mail letter with a phone number that I could verify as being a UK gov based number before refusing to let him (or her) near my PC (at least without a warrant).
Re: Doomed to fail (again)
[i]I though porn was the killer app for VR[/i]
Graphical fidelity isn't really good enough, Screen Door Effect isn't too bad in fast paced games because you're not focused on the same (groinal) area constantly, it's not even great for simple flat movies or strong black on white (Elite Dangerous star fields) imagery.
I did hear the PSVR uses sub pixel tech which mostly eliminates SDE but I don't think any of these MS headsets uses that, plus their FOV / sweetspot is smaller than the Vive / Rift - seems like wasted potential, it's been over a year and they're worse than Gen1 products (and not much cheaper anymore).
Gateway to the Hollow Earth found! What next, Flat Earth?
How long's the Pirate Bay been blocked in the UK, five years? Can still be gotten to with a minimum of effort. And I know Theresa May is attempting to destroy the internet but better men than her have tried, it was designed to withstand nuclear war for gosh' sake!
If certain folks keep pushing them, I look for an example to be made of someone disappearing or perhaps a very public and violent end. It's happened before.... allegedly.
I do worry about Ron Wyden, he is always popping up as being for democracy which puts him in an untenable situation (I'm from the UK and apart from presidents that's the only US political name I instantly recognise).
Long may he make waves - o7
The PC tech isn't coming down in price at all and is still high-end gamer-only kit, and it's a lot to pay to "hedge" on yourself enjoying those kinds of games.
MS has teamed up with Lenovo / Dell etal to produce Win10 VR, RRP 3 to £400. Inside out tracking, resolution and refresh pretty much on par with Rift / HTC and coming out this year running on not so high end PCs / laptops. Might ignite some interest but agreed the price to quality ratio is way out of whack.
The bigger problem is no killer app. I love Elite Dangerous and so splurged on a rift (hate Facebook, distrust Oculus, love the headset), but a lot of the stuff out there is either crap or good but short, like 5 hours of content short.
It's also great for driving / flight sim type games but the lens imperfection (fresnel, SDE, FOV) make it less good for movie watching and or desktop use.
My favourite overhaul would be to permanently disable Cortana
Allows you to disable many of the more unsavoury aspects of Win10.
Re: Why I use Firefox
Wasn't really aware of that but after Googling (oh the irony), it seems they're making even more since losing the Google only cord, bundling Baidu in China for eg, it seems Mozilla has a total of 12 search partnerships raising their revenue to $421 million in 2015, looking even better for 2016.
Mozilla doing well financially is a good thing. Not only for users of Firefox, but also for the web community as a whole. It is the one major browser left standing between browsers maintained by large corporations.
With 2016 looking even better financially, it is fair to say that Mozilla won't crash and burn any time soon.
Mozilla also do a monthly email thing, the last one discussing why you shouldn't overshare on Facebook, instagram etc... and promoting Data Privacy Day (https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2017/01/26/data-privacy-day), which I've not noticed the other browser companies do.
Plus, as others have mentioned, NoScript is always the first extension installed on my Firefox, closely followed by Ublock.
Why I use Firefox
There are four major web browsers, and three of them are designed to profit the companies that produce them: Apple (Safari), Google (Chrome) and Microsoft (Edge).
Firefox is the only one to put the user’s interests first. Other things being equal, that’s a good reason to use it. (Stolen from the Guardian).
Plus the Firefox sync feature is...
The security goals remain the same: there is still a strong random secret key, and Mozilla's servers cannot decrypt your data. However, instead of using pairing, a “wrapped” version of your secret key, protected by your password, is stored alongside your Firefox Account. (Stolen from Firefox).
It's nice to know when I close Firefox it's really closed, which is why Chrome seems faster at launching, most of it is already running - secretly... in the background... talking to Google*
* Disclaimer: I like Google, it's my home page and primary search engine, but I don't exactly trust 'em.
Re: How many tablets does a person need?
I really like the idea of this, just got an Axon ZTE 7 and would love a slot-in larger screen for when at home (Netflix) or in the office (third PC screen). Someone needs to design a phone agnostic version of this.
Already been done, 1990, Gunboat. For the Amiga, ST & PC'
It was awesome! :)
Well at least we know why BT are putting up their prices now, their shareholders probably lost a penny on their stock options. Gotta get it back somehow! /s
BBC £12 a month (license fee)
Netflix £6 a month
They still lose, and if they sell their service cheaper to the rest of the world they stand to lose even more British viewers.
Apple spokesman Josh Rosenstock said "Blah, blah, blah... stealing isn't right."
Apple founder Steve Jobs said, “We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.”
And the only winners in this whole debacle were the lawyers.
Adverts pushing malware you say, I don't believe it - it's a dirty plot from those nasty adblocker people! /s
32GB seems a little stingy when the phone costs this much, particularly as there's no SD card slot, but the thinking at Google is that cloud storage is the way forward
Also the fact that Google are selling it as a VR good phone, that 32 GBs is worse than useless and streaming VR from the cloud? get real. Also, the non XL has a crappy* 1080 screen. plus the body looks f'ugly - whats the top and bottom dead space for?
If you want to use Google Daydream VR you basically have to buy the 128GB XL (which shares the same resolution as the two year old Samsung Note 4) to minimise the dreaded screen door effect for £820 (vs the iPhone 7 256GB for £800).
Having said all that, that particular version of the phone has sold out so what the hell do I know?
Re: Microsoft Surface Studio
John Lewis is...
Not only price match, two year warranty as standard, they also have the best customer service I've ever found. If they say they'll ring you back - they do! Take that Curries / PCWorld. They don't try and hard sell you extended warranties and are happy to discuss what a customer needs as opposed to what gets the best commission.
I don't work for John Lewis (honest), but I'll happily point customers their way looking for new PCs.
There are noises
that it's the fast charging software that might be part of the problem, not just the battery.
I'm kind'a surprised at the lack of Chinese knockoffs for VR headsets yet. I remember the 1 hour battery life tablet knockoffs coming out within months of the first ipad release.
Come on China, get your finger out - altho' please don't use child labour as we're not really comfortable with it; except, their little fingers are probably perfect for all those tiny little circuit boards...
VR isn't going to hit mainstream until the whole kit & caboodle cost about £500 (sterling), killer app is already here, vrporn.
And that's for the poxy 32GB model. With no expandable storage and VR (+ music etc) storage demands you're gonna need the 128 GB version for £700 (or £819 for the 5.5 phone).
Google can get bent!
I guess they've just become another corporation now - profit being the be all and end all...
I was going to get one last weekend, but seeing the news I might hold off for a while...
Wait for the fire sale - this phone is dead in the water, should be able to pick up a refurb (replaced battery) for peanuts when this is all over.
Mind you, am shocked they didn't send a message to every Note7 urging them to get a replacement immediately, wouldn't this open them up to lawsuits (esp. in the litigious US) - just heard about a child being burned, this is a PR disaster..
Re: Numbers which have been collected without their holders' approval
If someone who has your number uses it, they've already sucked your number...
Number, name, address, email, business and any notes they've written in their contact information - which facebook now also has.
Re: Well at least
Maybe they'll come out with a USB-C health warning on the packaging - This may cause your device to explode! (not covered by warranty).
Do you feel lucky punk... well, do you?
Wow, corporate brainwashing at its finest, not one comment asking whether companies should be held accountable if their cables fry an expensive £600 device, a cable, btw, designed to fit that device. USB C needs to be killed, we're back at the point where you can only plug your device into the cable that comes with it and daren't connect any others just in case.
Re: Samsung v Xiaomi
My Note 4, not rooted / cyanogised has recently updated itself to Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow) - so pretty up to date...
Microsoft axes 2,850 more Windows Phone, sales staff – a week after Justin Timberlake sang on stage for them
Re: Ah yes,
And how much to buy that Timberland chap for a couple of songs?
I've only got 4 devices (and don't change passwords that often), so cables work fine for me.
Personally can't wait for biometrics to finally take off properly - got a fingerprint reader on the ipad, Surface Pro and phone yet none are properly integrated into the browser, or any password apps (that I'm aware of).
cloud password vault
The weak link is one of the words above. First right answer wins the internet for a day. Hint: For fucks sake!
Hint 2: Keepass can be kept off the internet, can be used on iOS, Android & Windows (not sure about Linus*), and is free.
* Security blanket :)
I love Netflix! I pay them a fair sub, they don't advertise at me, I get to watch some shit hot TV.
This current score also assures that the new Star Trek TV (streaming-only in USA), is gonna be a big success.
Wait till they introduce Windows as a service and start charging for updates. I forsee a stampede (among the computer literate at least) back to 7 / 8.1 / maybe the penguin. The PC illiterate crowd will just refuse to pay for security updates, Trump & May will make online security a hole riddled bucket and we should attain global botnet by 2020 (hopefully it won't attain sentience and wipe us out for being an insane child race).
Re: Hey Microsoft
part of the deal was 30gb of camera roll space on OneDrive
Probably too late now but you could apply to keep a certain amount of space that was being reclaimed (can't recall the details), but I'm keeping 25GBs plus photo roll (I think). Maybe look into it.
As for a 'few bad apples', absolute tosh, don't offer unlimited storage space, it's obvious some people are going to abuse the offer, it's fucking human nature! 15GB free storage space is astoundingly generous anyway and I doubt anyone would complain if that was bundled with O365.
We are so fucked!
You don't "own" it, you merely have a licence to use it.
And yet the record labels never sent me new albums when mine got scratched, they expected me to 'buy' another copy, or are you saying the license ends when the physical product ends, like tapes were worse than albums were worse than CDs. Buying the digital copy now means the license exists in perpetuity, was this not always the case? cause I don't recall any albums stating the license to use it was only temporary.
In fact all I can recall is that home taping is killing music which turned out to be a big fat lie.
Re: it's a backdoor, not a bug
Lenovo installed freeware on their machine that sent telemetry back to the mothership. If the user deleted the free software it would be reinstalled by the BIOS at every bootup. They were called out on it, released a BIOS upgrade to remove it then were found to be doing something similar again a few months later.
Google Superfish Lenovo.
I'd happily pay a (fair) one time price but I'm not renting a note taking utility. Would use Googles keep but it's a little schizo on its syncing ability. I use Onenote for more long term noting stuff, so I guess it'll become my default note taking prog - I like that you can backup to where you want, it's fast across all OS's (ipad, android phone, Win10, browser based Ubuntu) ,and, so far, has never mis-synced for me.
8 CPU cores and 6 teraFLOPs of GPU capability and 4K and Rift compatibility - not a $300 console then?
Supposedly a better sense of Presence. Like I suffer from Vertigo, but on the GearVR I can stand on a mountains edge and feel nothing, whereas put me ceiling height in the real world and I get the fear. The better the VR the more heightened the sense - but not tried the Rift or Vive so can't validate that.
Re: How about fixing the iPhone keyboard ?
nonsense about emojis
Just come back to the Apple fold (getting more customers coming in 'cause ios is no longer the 'just works' it used to be), time to relearn the eco system.
Was pleased to see you could finally dl a swype style keyboard (along with dire warnings about the devs being able to see everything you type on it), but its usage is spotty at best - the apple keyboard will pop up for certain passwords, no microphone on the new keyboard, I'd forgotten how constraining Apple products are.
Everything seems to be bloating too, bought a 16GB, but exchanged it for a 64GB version as you started off with 11GB, not many apps, some music and vids and poof, gone! (John Lewis FTW - allowing me to upgrade) - and now 10 sounds even worse for the bloat (and notice how many devices are not getting the upgrade).
I do love the fingerprint sensor though, and the quality of the screen...
Why Haven't you reached out to Microsoft for a comment, the readers of Reddit can't (well, they could but MS would ignore them), this story was cribbed, almost verbatim, from there - which is cool, but then your journalistic instincts should take over, question MS, ask the big questions.
Microsoft are acting like the douchiest of companies at the moment and no one is calling them out for it. Same with Oculus (Facebook) and their terrible after sales support / DRM on VR headsets. Demand answers, ruffle feathers, be journalists...
Perfect smart watch for me
replace the phone with 64 GB storage space
voice and motion controlled with 4G connections
Holographic display when required...
In fact, screw the watch, how last century is that? a Star Trek: TNG pin that beams a holographic display (with working keypad) in front of you.
I'd never install that Facebook shite on my phone, either - but if other people's phones have it, and if it does listen in, then it's still listening to conversations that involve me. Even if it doesn't know specifically who I am
Hey, that's my Intellectual Property you're stealing Facebook, is that even legal? I'm surprised Hollywood hasn't taken a hit out on Zuck (judging by the amount of people who don't put their phone in aeroplane mode whilst in the cinema).