837 posts • joined 17 Jun 2009
Re: Jonathan Who?
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...
Maybe it's time to do an Atari.
Just pack it all in and flog a few T-Shirts with the logo on.
Back in the day before that day...
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.
Quite a common procedure if you have to pay an excess baggage fee coming back from a Greek airport.
Except more in keeping with the Russian ethos they'll also retain possession of your passport until you return to the issue desk with a receipt...
"...time is running out to secure a front row seat..."
I'm taking that as meaning they haven't sold a single row of seats yet...
"There is no connection between Olifiers and RCL"
But you're going to drag it up anyway.
Aren't there any grown-ups at The Register who could cover this story?
Re: Quake on an Oscilloscope.
I've seen the same trick done with a disco laser, playing Pong on the side of the Garden Gate pub in Aldershot (kit supplied by Video Game Carnival).
This affair is older and more childish than you can possibly imagine.
You do realise that this whole fudge cluster kicked off at exactly the point where someone tried to follow up on the ZX Spectrum model with a Commodore 64 equivalent?
Given that a crowdfunding is an investment...
Exactly what is anyone telling their credit card company is grounds for a refund?
While there is a lot of over-reaction to tiny amounts of stuff
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...
Re: Nowhere near enough
I wouldn't trust a Chinook to lift it myself right now...
I hate to use the Simpsons as a reference, but
"Marge vs. The Monorail" springs to mind.
I can't help thinking she should be in the Green Party anyway...
[ X ] Rudd, Amber (Green)
Re: A rational and reasonable write-up of the issue.
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.
A rational and reasonable write-up of the issue.
Well done to The Reg for keeping it level.
Though you did blow it a bit - what on Earth has this got to do with the late 80's game scene?
I seem to remember that came about because basically all the bedroom coding talent finished school and then realised they were probably owed a competent wage to continue their efforts; hence the financial models of most software companies collapsed overnight!
In this case a lot of (us) developers offered up games for free on the understanding that the royalties portion of the sales would be going to Great Ormond Street. And some of us have a spare room to do the coding in these days... ;-)
Though on the point about the FUSE emulator, I don't see why notifying (or not) the originators of an open source product that you want to use it is relevant, so long as the terms are complied with.
A definition that feels the need to say "regardless of..." anything is not a good enough definition. It's just another argument.
The definition should clearly say what something is; not define it by saying "well, it's not one of those, or one of those, or that thing over there".
Value for money, no matter the cost.
Anyway, I thought CCS stood for "Capita's Cash Spout".
Re: MITM impossible
The theory seems to be that if a 'Man-In-The-Middle' intercepts the message, by capturing the photons, they then have to send on photons of their own to try and make the other end think nothing happened. (Note that the message is encoded by the photons themselves as with any optical data transfer; the message is not encoded by the quantum states, as they are impossible to fix).
But they won't be able to replicate the quantum entanglements in the photons they send on, so if the sender measures the paired photons they kept, and the receiver measures the paired photons they received, and compare notes, they can tell if the message was intercepted and a fake copy passed on. However, this assumes they then have a perfectly secure way of exchanging the state data to do the comparison...
Here's an interesting question - if you can measure the state of a photon without impeding its passage, does its quantum state collapse such that the dual-slit experiment stops working? i.e. This would mean you could tell if a photon has already had its quantum state collapsed by observation. So I presume not; that any such non-destructive attempt will, like the dual-split experiment, just yield a 50:50 result.
Re: Quantum mechanics for Gnomes.
Since you cannot measure the state in any way that shows it to be indeterminate, you have no practical way of proving your assertion. While certain wave-like behaviours of a particle in 'quantum superposition' may suggest it exists in a perfect 50:50 superposition of two states, there is no actual evidence that the state it will collapse into when measured isn't pre-determined.
Re: Quantum mechanics for Gnomes.
This also explains an ancient mystery. To hurry an Englishman, one can command 'Left! Right! Left Right!' at a sharp pace. However, with three or four syllables in the words 'Aristera' and 'Thexia' it is fundamentally impossible to hasten a Greek...
Even the Germans understand the importance of brevity in the words 'Links' and 'Rechts', yet with 'Sinistra' and 'Destra' one can begin to understand why the Italian army is always last to the battlefield.
Quantum mechanics for Gnomes.
1. We put one shoe in a satellite and launch it into space. And when we look in the box and see which shoe we have left, we find the one in the satellite, way up in space, is miraculously its exact pair!
Or possibly even
"two thirds of households recognise a 'new customers only' bait-and-switch scam when they see one"
"Early bird closes in 1 days"
Wow, that website's really blazing a trail with the technologies there. I feel compelled to give money in return for a vague promise of 'exposure' to a site that can't even concatenate a simple
($days != 1 ? "s" : "")
in its script.
(P.S. that one's for free guys).
Re: Read between the lines
Apparently the British variant reports:
"Unexpected ally in the bombing area. Please wait for assistance".
(In further developments, the Chinese have just discovered that it can be defeated by a barcode declaring yourself to be a medium sliced white loaf).
Of course, the F-35Bs delivered so far have been for the RAF, not the Navy
So are not yet cleared for seaboard operations. And then there's the way the US defines 'seaboard' as within 200 miles of the sea. And then there's the fact that it's impossible to get 200 miles from the sea in the UK. Don't worry, I'm sure someone's planned it all out. The Merlin worked out perfectly, after all...
Does this mean they have to shout "Behind you!"
and wait for the enemy to look the other way before they can target them?
Much as I hate buzzwords and compounds,
(not to mention cloud services outright)
here's a begrudging thumbs up for "Cloutage".
Have you read and accepted the terms of the licence agreement?
[Yes] - [No] - [Maybe...]
Re: Cameron's Legacy
I just wondered which aide was responsible for counting all his kids out of No. 10...
Re: Hippo in curtains
Hey, I wanted some of that Superman Ice-Cream.
Just not the Batman-Jelly.
Re: According to the BBC...
Well yes, if by what they said they meant something different to what they actually said, then yes, it makes perfect sense.
According to the BBC...
Did I really hear a BBC World News reporter this morning saying 'Nintendo was late to get into mobile gaming'???
Re: Out of the Mouths of Babes and Sucklings ..... Heavenly Bliss
Pure speculation; nothing proven empirically. And your disssing is missing anything that whacks lyrically. Your theorising, sir, is incomprehensible. You make David Icke come across as half-sensible. Conjecture on conjecture that cannot be attributed, and to cap it all your capitals are randomly distributed. Your arguments come across as weak as your prose, which these readers' confusion evidentially shows.
Re: and its doing science?
Only for the Martians who are still alive.
Re: Crazy Clouds Hosting Advanced Operating Systems is a SMARTR Front AI Liberation ‽ .
I was very much encouraged when it started to rhyme, but it couldn't keep it up the rest of the time. I thought we were witnessing a posting innovation, but it was just witless drivel about self-preservation.
I went to schoool there at a similar time.
That extension to the Newlands centre they took forever to build? They extended the extension too. Last time I saw it a few years ago, most of it that isn't bargain bucket-shops is empty.
For anyone else, the chief employers in the county were shoe factories, which all went down the pan in the 80s and several places never recovered. There weren't any union gobshites or plucky brass bands to make films about, but at least there was a small tranny contingent to give a pathetically short-lived moment of hope before the last factory got quietly smothered in its sleep (ref. 'Kinky Boots').
On the other hand, the A14 does provide an excellent means of avoiding the whole town.
(Although it sadly chops up several sections of old railway track that used to provide excellent countryside walks away from Kettering. At least some of those are being restored around the Stanwick Lakes on the A45, though with less of the fun of traversing the gaping holes in the old Nene bridges between Woodford and Irthlingborough).
At least people who know where Kettering is
Know it's in 'Northamptonshire', not 'Northampshire'...
If only for the purpose of going round...
Re: Mew Sick Television is old hat, we use the Internet to watch cats throwing up now...
> MTV wasn't an entire waste... they gave us Beavis and Butthead.
> Er... hmm... nevermind.
'The Maxx', 'Drawn Together'...
Good luck. Frankly, if the button says 'Buy' and not 'Rent' then I should hope there's a fairly clear legal argument that the Ts&Cs can JFO.
Could you please just make sure that wall goes all the way round?
I thought JSON was a data transfer language...
I thought JSON was a data transfer language, not data storage. Still, if the great IBM says that's what it is, then that is what it must be.
But they'd better hurry up and let JSON.org know, as they're still referring to it as 'a lightweight data-interchange format', the antiquated fools...
Re: Makes sense for people with vision similar to mine
I find coffee shops far worse for using small illegible fonts way up behind the counter, lit by strips that then obscure the prices further. Costa, particularly the one under the stairs in Waterloo Station, are the absolute worst.
Re: "three-dimensional curved surfaces"
"three-dimensional curved surfaces representing the mathematical equations of airflow around the aircraft" -
That look nothing like the airflow around the aircraft, and seem to make it quite difficult to actually see the aircraft! Admirable as the rest of the exhibits seem to be, this bit looks to me like another expensive exercise in fannying about...
Re: Sysadmins no more
Google might have 'operational maturity' in what they're running, but what services they offer are a whole different story. What they do have is enough cash that they needn't lose a moment's sleep over a decision to arbitrarily cancel a service you built your whole enterprise around.
Re: turtles all the way down.
No, turtles are better, they have secure shells.
Re: "Equivalent to year 6 in the UK"
This still doesn't mean anything to me...
It seems to me that the real criminals
are the ones who keep awarding public contracts to Group 4...
One thing I just discovered about solar panels...
Energy-saving CFL bulbs are absolutely bloody useless at propelling solar-panel toy cars around. Without the broader spectrum of an incandescent bulb or real sunlight, they're not going anywhere.
In fact, you're pretty lucky all those calculators keep going...