Archives for: "June 2005"

For the spammers

Now this is pretty cool, it's now being shown to all referrals coming from the black list, the spam robots.

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If, on the other hand, you are a bandwidth-eating referrer spam robot, then we hope that your owner dies a painful death and rots in hell, and that his or her seed is scrubbed from the face of the earth.

Java in every Blu-ray player

CNET:

"The Blu-ray Disc Association, the standards body for the format, has decided it will adopt Java for the interactivity standards," said Yasushi Nishimura, director of Panasonic's Research and Development Company of America, speaking at Sun's JavaOne trade show here. "This means that all Blu-ray Disc player devices will be shipped equipped with Java."

Oh dear.

30 second boot time.
Dropped frames from Java using too much resources.
Higher costs to deal with Java's huge memory needs.
Pop-up ads during the film.
Spyware and adware being installed.

This really gives content producers no limits to how much they can now abuse the consumer. They'll abuse it, don't think they won't! We had some companies sticking trailers in the copyright section of a DVD to stop people from skipping it. They're going to be able to control everything now.

No thanks. You've just removed any advantages Blu-ray had over HD-DVD in storage, it's going to be filled up with Java malware.

X&Y cracking album

Best album of the year so far. Coldplay just seem to improve on each album with such ease.

New mouse

Well I thought it was time for a new mouse. Well in truth I buggered my old IntelliMouse Explorer 1.1 up, by trying to get some dirt out of the lens with a screw driver (it was all I had to hand at the time) which crippled it, it become very picky over what surfaces it worked well on (the top-right corner of my mouse pad basically). Note to self, don't jam screw drivers or hard objects onto the lens of optical mice.

I picked up a IntelliMouse Explorer 4.0A (wired) for £15 which was a great price.

Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 4.0A

Wow what an improvement, it's really come along way from the early models. The tilt wheel is a bit strange (but I guess we said that when Microsoft added the scroll wheel to mice). The middle mouse button is much harder to use with the tilting wheel, this is partially due to how I hold the mouse, it needs to be clicked sort of backwards towards the mouse, I tend to hold the mouse with my hand much further back, making the angle a bit harder to reach (it's still usable it just needs a bit of force). I've redefined the middle mouse to one of the side buttons - I never used them anyway on any mouse. Build quality is great, very solid feeling mouse. After upping the PS/2 sample rate to 200hz it's so smooth. Not to mention it's very smooth when moving over my mouse pad, it really seems to hover above it some how.

Fantastic mouse and if you can pick one up for £15 do it.

Demon moving people to 2Mbps

Well it's about time, being stuck on the old original ADSL product myself like so many other early adopters and trialists, we had no upgrade path to higher speeds, without a couple of weeks of downtime. Yes we love the good old engineer install.

Well all that changed a few hours ago when Demon announced they were going to move everybody up to 2Mbps or whatever their phone line supported. Although it's primarily a BT thing it's nice that Demon have finally announced it (most ISPs did months ago).

All the exchanges should be upgraded by September.

The proud owner of Microsoft Bob

Wow the legendary Microsoft Bob now is mine! What some people believed only to be a myth is now mine! Thanks Catherine, she found what some people search their whole lives for and gave it to me! Wow!


Kutaragi biggest nutcase ever?

"From the start, we intended to make not just a game machine for kids, but a computer for entertainment that adults throughout the world could enjoy, other companies may talk of game machines, but we've always referred to 'computer entertainment,' even in our press materials. It's entertainment and also a computer. That's what's important."

Your average washing machine is a "computer" stop trying to sound important.

"This time, Microsoft has stated clearly that it is going after PlayStation. However, they're going not after the PlayStation 3, but the PlayStation 2. They were looking at 2, and that's why [Xbox 360] became like that"

Right? Could you get any more immature? You don't see Microsoft bash Sony in this way. What's wrong have they got you a bit rattled?

"Other companies may have high definition graphics, but the internals are the same. For the most part, they don't do calculations. For the most part, they don't do physics - they just add movement through motion capture. Even if you display beautiful high definition visuals, you can't immediately tell if it's being calculated in real time by the Cell. However, if you look closely, the difference between things that are being calculated and things that are simply being changed and moved is clear."

OK, to be honest I don't have a clue what he's babbling about but I'll have a stab. So the other machines suck because they calculate things? While your machine just moves things? Errr, wait a minute I thought you said your machine was a "computer", computers actually compute you know, hense the name. This is totally laughable, the Xbox 360 can perform easily double the number of physics and AI calculations as the PS3 stop being so retarded.

"People probably won't be able to understand the difference between PS3 and Xbox 360 if the spec charts are just lined up. However, at E3, a suitable number of people said that they were glad they came and saw rather than just looking at the specs."

Aww dear, you're not babbling about your machine being 1000 times faster now are you?

When asked about the audio:

"It's obvious... Because [the audio] is all calculated [through Cell]. Sound is not the about the number of voices, but is itself an object."

You really are an absolute nutcase, you calculate it on the CPU because it's cheaper then having a chip dedicated to sound. Stop coming up with some rubbish about how if it's done on the Cell it's somehow better because it's connected to the object. Oh wait that's the Emotion Engine line ain't it?

Let's remember back in the official PS2 mag where this guy slags off the Xbox after it's specs are released, claiming it's inferior because it processes things on different chips and that because they're seperate they're inferior and don't capture the "emotions" of what they're trying to re-create. This guy is a nutter.

But wait there's more. In the June issue of Business:

"Kutaragi, known for the bold stroke and the grand vision, swung for the fences from the get-go. "We want to do something that has never been done before," he told Davari and a group of IBMers at their first meeting. "let's work together to change the world." The movie The Matrix had just come out, and Kutaragi relished itspremise of a world that is actually a giant computer simulation "Think about creating a crude version of that world," he said, "where millions of people can play in a realistically rendered virtual Tokyo or New Yourk City as if they are really living there." Creating that magical realm, Kutaragi told the team, would require a chip 1,000 times as powerful as the one in the PlayStation 2. The IBMers tried not to roll their eyes. They tended to like all that Matrix stuff, but when it came to 1,000-fold chip boosts, they thought Kutaragi was out of his mind."

"Davari tapped to lead the project was Kahle...He had designed IBM's first dual core chip, the Power4, and was just coming off a project that produced the IBM chip that powers Apple's G5 computers. "I don't want to do the normal stuff," he says with a shrug. Normal obviously want what Kutaragi had in mind. Still, one of Kahle's first moves was to talk Kutaragi down from that fantasy of a 1,000-fold power increase. Kahle figured a goal of a 100- fold boost from one chip generation to the next, having rarely if ever been achieved in the history of semiconductors, was ambitious enough."

"Kutaragi was incredibly demanding and repeatedly sent Kahle back to the drawing board. At one point about a year into the project, Kutaragi made the team scrap the whole system structure and start over nearly from scratch. Another time Kutaragi decided he wanted two more cores. Why? "He just wanted to squeeze the engineering team," expains Masakazu Suzuoki, Sony's top Cell engineer, wringing his hands as if strangling a snake. "it hurt your head," Kahle recalls. Making the pain worse: The team still had to deliver the chip on the original schedule."

There's more, now he's going on about shipping Linux as standard on the HDD, which will be an addon - oh this is good, it's going to be an addon as no size they'd ship would ever be enough - the 8GB drive was plenty on the Xbox, what a crap excuse. Does this guy really want to face Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer instead of J Allard?

Some links for Nick's car

Couple of links for Nick to check out, couple of videos and some blogs of other Carputer people.

http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=26133 (interview with the dude who's blog follows).
http://www.jpstewart.net/CarBlog/ (not updated in ages).
http://www.swooby.com/z/navpc/

Picture time

My first ever picture taken with the new phone.

Blogging from my C500

Yup major improvement over the V600. More to come soon.

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