UK Government Tax Disc Renewal Website Buckles Under Pressure
Simple: a lot of Brits have an authoritarian streak that applies to everyone but themselves. They want the State getting into everyone else's business, but not their own. It's a weird combination of self-righteousness and paranoia.
If you think this might influence how they vote in elections, you'd be dead right.
Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return
Exactly this is what's wrong with Windows 8.1. I really don't care about Modern UI, I can live with it or there are alternatives, but the weird selection of changed/removed features is what really bugs me about Windows 8.1.
Also, it seems you don't have to registry hack to switch between Public and Private networks, but the interface to do so is hardly intuitive.
Judge Overrules Samsung Objection To Jury Instructional Video
Samsung do it too. The show "Suits" on USA being the most obvious example. The characters basically do product demonstrations and even drop Samsung's name as part of the plot of one of the episodes.
Not blatant at all.
TSA Missed Boston Bomber Because His Name Was Misspelled In a Database
So, I guess only people who blindly agree with every policy and excuse every stupid mistake made by every Conservative administration are allowed to call themselves Conservatives?
No true Scotsman, indeed.
EA Caves: SimCity Offline Mode Coming
Oblig. Gordon Ramsay EA meme.
23-Year-Old X11 Server Security Vulnerability Discovered
Retail Radeon R9 290X Graphics Cards Slower Than AMD's Press Samples
I still play Quake1 from time to time. It's still my favourite FPS of all time.
As for Carmageddon, if you have a decent Android or iPhone, you'll definitely want to pick this up: http://www.carmageddon.com/funsize/carmageddon
Most Drivers Would Hand Keys Over To Computer If It Meant Lower Insurance Rates
the convenience of not having to drive yourself or pay attention to the road, coupled with the convenience of because able to go directly from point A to point B at your convenience. I too would opt for this convenience if it was a mature enough technology.
This post needs more convenience.
Microsoft Admits Windows 8.1 Update May Bork Your Mouse, Promises a Fix
This is purely anecdotal (as are all the other comments on here, tbh) but I've been gaming on 8.1 since it came out and have had absolutely no issues whatsoever. If anything it's better than before.
Maybe the fact that I have a Logitech gaming mouse with its own special software and drivers helps? I always turn off Windows' control of the mouse drivers in the Logitech panel and set it up in there, which means I get a consistent feel, even across reinstalls.
Apple Blocks Lawrence Lessig's Comment On iOS 7 Wi-Fi Glitch
This post made me think immediately of this comic strip.
Firefox 24 Arrives: WebRTC Support and NFC Sharing On Android
Yep, I've used Pale Moon for quite a while now. It's great to have a properly optimized 64-bit Firefox build on Windows. Moonchild (the dev) is generally very responsive on the forums and quick to fix bugs.
I use 13 popular Firefox Add-ons and they all work absolutely fine in Pale Moon. I'd recommend it.
Sent To Jail Because of a Software Bug
Dude, you're Australian. You're lucky to have some pretty strong consumer protection law on the books.
According to my Aussie friend if you have a problem with Telstra, or any other Aussie telecoms company, you contact the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman and your problem will almost always get sorted quickly. He's had to call them when Telstra have dragged their feet fixing his Internet connection. After he complained to the Ombudsman, Telstra were calling HIM back and apologising, and had a team out in his neighbourhood fixing the problem the next day.
Buy the WarGames IMSAI 8080 and Possibly Impress Ally Sheedy
You still would though. You know you would.
iFixit Giving Away 1,776 "iPhone Liberation Kits"
This is just a guess.. but might they not have been playing on a association with a certain historical event.
"Liberation kits", after all.
2 Men Accused of Trying To Make X-Ray Weapon
Of course white people can still be called terrorists, but only if they've DDoSed a corporate website or similar... simply add the "cyber-" prefix and you're ready to go (to court).
Yes, it's ridiculous.
Beer Fridge Caught Interfering With Cellular Network
An Aussie friend tells me that he and his mates refer to VB as "Vaginal Backwash".
Whether that's better or worse than cat-piss...
Windows Blue Is Officially Windows 8.1, Free For Existing Users
I'll just leave this here.
Video Poker Firmware Bug Yields Big Money, Federal Charges
In my experience, they WERE almost always caused by buggy device drivers, and Windows' poor handling of buggy device drivers, rather than the hardware.
Windows' handling of device driver failures has greatly improved over time, so now when a (for example) display driver has a shit-fit, Windows can successfully recover, rather than just barfing a blue screen, so maybe NOW your point is more valid, but it certainly wasn't prior to the introduction of Windows Driver Foundation.
Electronics Arts CEO Ousted In Wake of SimCity Launch Disaster
Next, the whole RCI balance mechanic has been the core of SimCity forever, and that's completely gone. Residential areas are supposed to need Commercial areas so people have a place to buy things (or work). Commercial needs shoppers, workers, and goods. Industry provides jobs for residents and goods for Commerce. They broke all of that, because sims, it seems, can live on love. All they need to not move out of their homes is "happiness," which can be obtained from shopping (commerce) but can also be obtained from city parks. So people have made 400k+ population cities that are absolutely nothing but residential high rises and parks. The people have no jobs and no money and no food, but they can still live in gleaming skyscrapers because I guess they're urban foraging in the parks.
Sounds like they were trying to create a game where cities could be genuinely different and still successful and functional. With the strong emphasis on multiplayer and shared maps, a game where people didn't have to follow the same rigid template as everybody else to create a viable city was probably considered a vital feature.
Older SC games really only had a single "optimal" strategy. I think this was what they were trying to avoid.
Unfortunately, it seems that in trying to make it more free-form and less rigid, they inadvertently weakened the "Sim" part of "SimCity".
It's a different game. People used to RCI balance as the core mechanic are going to find it different to what they expected. Whether that's better or worse is probably a matter of opinion.
Galaxy S 4 Dominates In Early Benchmark Testing
Personally, I find the stock Samsung roms to be perfectly good. I've rooted my S3 and disabled a lot of the built-in Samsung apps, but apart from that, it's still running the latest official Samsung firmware. It does everything I want, so I see no reason to change for the sake of it. (In other areas/devices I'm an incorrigible modder, so this isn't just apathy, this is the 3rd party roms not being compelling enough to change).
If I still have my S3 in a year or so when Samsung have stopped releasing updates for it, then I *might* consider flashing a 3rd party rom, but by that time I'll probably have upgraded to the Galaxy S4 or S5 or whatever the new hotness is anyway.
So, no it won't affect my decision, and I doubt I'm a unique case in this regard.
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