* Posts by Greg J Preece

2323 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Tablets aren't killing ereaders, it's clog-popping wrinklies - analyst

Greg J Preece

Re: Do they honestly think younger people dont read?

I dont think i could stand reading for too long on a tablet, my good old Kindle however i can sit for hours and read (and do). Am i nearly dead? At 31 I hope not.

I'm five years younger still (shocker for some of the old grumps on this thread) and I use my e-reader daily. My tablet? Oh, that's right, I don't own one.

But then I had one of these modern progressive educations, so I'm reading silly stuff like Verne and Wells, rather than the proper classics, like 50 Shades of Grey.

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Oh, those crazy Frenchies: Facebook faces family photo tax in France

Greg J Preece

Re: I'm sorry...

Why would companies leave France if they are still making profit after the new taxes?

Because if France get away with it, then other tax-loving countries (like ours) will follow suit. Our public are currently acting in a fashion that seems demented to me; flat out demanding taxation from the government. They could totally put this into action here.

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Intel to leave desktop motherboard market

Greg J Preece

I didn't realise the phrase "rock solid reliable" was that common.

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Spanish startup to ship first Mozilla-phones

Greg J Preece

I was thinking of calling fake, that looks so much like an iPhone.

Still, gimme! Mozzy's way of doing things like this never ceases to appeal to me.

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Mobes, web filth 'PORNIFYING' our kids, warns top Labour MP

Greg J Preece

Perhaps if you didn't constantly mollycoddle your children away from even the slightest mention of sex, they wouldn't be so fascinated with it?

Also, puberty. Let me tell you how this is: porn doesn't make teenagers horny. Teenagers are horny, therefore porn.

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Opera sings WebKit's tune for new mobile browser

Greg J Preece

Re: F**k Opera

As long as Opera is the only browser on mobile devices that automatically rewraps text when zoomed in

It isn't. Firefox Mobile does it.

Now, I'm sure that someone will come up with the "...but there's a plug-in for Firefox that does that..." whine.

Nope, no plugin required (though on the original FF Mobile it was the most popular plugin). People requested it, Mozilla added it, job done.

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Greg J Preece

Re: F**k Opera

But but... without Opera, where would the Firefox developers get their inspiration from?

Yeah, I mean Opera's so awesome, it doesn't need a plugin architectu-.... Oh.

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Greg J Preece

Re: maybe firefox should follow suit?

Maybe Firefox should never follow suit. Webkit is fast, but it's also buggy. Comparing the number of site rendering errors I've had to fix in Gecko vs Webkit isn't even a contest, because the number for Gecko is 0.

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Greedy Sky admits: We crippled broadband with TOO MANY users

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Friend of mine went with them. Sure, on paper it looked good: piss cheap and a no-throttling guarantee. There was one part of the advert that put me off, though: the word "Sky".

Sure enough, his router now drops off the net completely several times a day, and he's had several long outages.

Over here, on Titan ADSL, I've had one outage in 4 years (excepting their scheduled 3am upgrades that I happen to be awake for).

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Mozilla picks JavaScript titan Eich to lead charge against 'Droid, iOS

Greg J Preece

Re: Java

Plus I think Mozilla has been brainwashed by HTML5 gurus

Or they are the HTML5 gurus...

Mozilla are about standards and ideals, and generally hold to them with surprising (read: refreshing) tenacity. They're unlikely to want to build in anything that's even slightly proprietary, and from what I've seen of B2G in the past, it's a very open, standards-based system - exactly what I'd expect from Mozzy.

Besides, it's intended to run on even the lowest-powered smartphones. Adding abstraction layers and VMs doesn't exactly help with that.

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Google pulls 'racist' Make Me Asian app

Greg J Preece

Re: BEWARE

All the more reason to push back. It is a bit like accusations of witchcraft a few centuries ago. In a free society, people have to be able to discuss what is or is not discriminatory.

....Like you're doing right now?

Oh, no! The oppression! How can I, a working white male, ever survive in such a restrictive society!

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Greg J Preece

Fucking hell, did I just wander onto the Daily Fail? First set of replies and people are spouting off about tree-hugging liberals and crying racism.

OK, OK, I did wonder about this, looking at the first half of the article. I mean, "asian" is the wrong term, but there are far-eastern facial features. If all it's doing is that, then...

"and superimpose “rice paddy” hats, moustaches and other elements."

OK, yeah. There is a difference between playing Photoshop with your face and releasing an app that changes you into ching-chong-Chinaman. What, did it have a "slitty eyes" slider?

As for the rest of you, I really wish Nelson and friends over at SYB were still going. They'd have a field day on this article.

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Google sinks millions into plush new £1bn London HQ

Greg J Preece

Re: The going rate

and they'll still only pay a couple of quid in business rates on the building

Yawn

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Why no one wants to Joyn GSMA's Skype-killing expedition

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RCS is universal, and that's all it needs to be. A universal standard implemented everywhere is never going to be bleeding-edge, but RCS still undercuts the core of what the closed networks do rather nicely. The person you're talking to might not have Facebook, Skype, etc, but you can bet your ass you can send them an SMS - that's the position RCS is aiming for. It doesn't need to do everything the others do, if users prefer convenience over a feature list (and we're repeatedly told that they do).

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FAA grounds Boeing's 787 after battery fires on plastic planes

Greg J Preece

Re: An eco-friendly solution

I said I was going to do this and I meant it.

This is where you belong

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Greg J Preece

Re: You forget the 2009 Hudson River crash

Granted, it was not open ocean. But. it validates the safety card design, and that's the important thing.

I thought someone might bring this up. The article specifically said "ocean", so this doesn't really count.

Also, it's not really a validation of the safety card if an ocean crash doesn't happen like this. Oceans have swells, waves, etc that make them almost impossible to pull off a high-speed landing on. Rivers don't really have this issue.

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Record numbers of you are reading this headline right now

Greg J Preece

Re: Result skewage

Don't forget, those using OperaMini or Opera in super-zippy-whoohoo mode will appear to be from...where is it, Finland?

Better make sure to account for both of them, then. Not both browsers, I mean; both people. :-p

*Ducks to avoid Opera fanboy rage*

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Re: greetings from Austria

Here in central Europe we find it hilarious that 4" of snow can bring a country to a standstill. Friday is the right day to have it though.

The media are, as usual, playing it up like right shites. The BBC keep going on about a "rare RED weather warning." Yeah, that would be in Wales. On the Black Mountains. Ooooh, I'm so afraid!

The papers like to throw around "travel chaos!" and "country at a standstill" like they do everything else. And like every other regurgitated headline, their relationship with reality is strained at best.

This morning I got up, got into the car (which I didn't have to defrost, for the first time this week), and drove normally on perfectly serviceable roads/motorways into a major city. No issues at all. In fact, it was much nicer than normal, because so many people had actually listened to the media bleating and chickened out, the motorway was practically deserted.

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What ereader decline? Kobo pumps up the volumes despite grim forecasts

Greg J Preece

Re: Just a consumer.

I am not a big fan of Mills & Boon -style paperback fiction but I'm sure it's a "great reading experience" for you. However try using your Kindle for PDF reference material intended for A4 size, you will soon wish you had a 10 inch tablet instead.

I do exactly that on my Sony PRS-T1. Pinch-to-zoom is obviously a bit laggier than a capacitive screen but works perfectly well.

I'm one of those people that believes in having the best gadget for a particular job. I own a smartphone, but keep an iAudio J3 for my music, because it's just far better at it, and has an insane battery life. Same goes for my e-reader, my PSP, etc; I have them alongside my smartphone because they're better at their given tasks.

Sure, I could read my eBooks on a larger, heavier, more cumbersome device with a lower battery life and a screen that can't be read in the sun. Alternatively, I could continue reading them on a device that fits in my jacket pocket, has a battery that lasts a month, and weighs practically nothing.

Seriously, when Sony touted this reader as the "lightest on the market", I honestly didn't give a shit. I've never gone in for "oooh, ours is so thin" with smartphones - hell, I used to own a HTC Athena - but I was surprised at just what a difference it makes with an e-reader. Makes a lot of sense when you think about it. I'm going to be holding the device I read on in any number of positions (such as above my head in bed) for long periods of time. Even the difference between the Sony and a Kindle is noticeable to my keyboard-buggered wrists. I'd hate to try using a large tablet for the same.

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Obama calls for study into games ‘n’ guns link

Greg J Preece

Re: Follow the chain of logic.

There's a problem in there somewhere

Yes, there is. It's the part where you imply that it's stupid to blame a form of entertainment, such as video games, but then attempt to blame an inanimate object instead.

I don't blame the video game.

I don't blame the gun.

I blame the shithead pullling the trigger, and so should you.

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Greg J Preece

Re: Plan B? Plan C?

There still remains the issue that in the US you can get types of weapons, along with rather.. generous.. amounts of ammunition that fall well outside any need for personal protection and/or hunting purposes.

Because, for the millionth time, the guns exist as a means of potential rebellion, or to fight off invaders. The people who founded the US government didn't trust governments, including the one they were founding!

You can argue all you want over the current feasibility/likelihood of such things, but it will not in any way change the principle of the document.

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“Congress should fund research into the effects that violent video games have on young minds. We don't benefit from ignorance. We don't benefit from not knowing the science of this epidemic of violence.”

Nice to see that the president isn't deciding anything in advance.

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Wanna really insult someone? Log off and yell it in the street - gov

Greg J Preece

The police arrested someone for calling a horse gay?

So the police are saying that it's insulting to be seen as gay? Interesting...

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Greg J Preece

Re: It leaves the definition of "grossly offensive" up to police officers (and judges)

How much time and stress will it take to get from PC Pleb

Pleb? PLEB??

You're fired! Get out! How could you say something so horrendous. If this doesn't make the front pages tomorrow, there's something seriously wrong with this country!

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Sony PS3 extends lead over Microsoft's Xbox 360 by a cool million

Greg J Preece

People realised that the Kinect is a piece of shit? The Move can be hit and miss, but when the game isn't a badly-coded Wii port, it works pretty well. The Kinect is just awful. Have a look at the reviews for the abysmal Steel Battalion: Heavy Armour. I saw it top several "worst of" lists for 2012, just because of how utterly broken it is.

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Greg J Preece

Re: Not in the UK I don't think.

Not so sure why Brits go for Xbox, though.

http://www.computerandvideogames.com/345512/ps3-leading-european-hardware-sales-in-2012/

Couldn't find UK-specific data, but according to the European data, it's actually us buying the PS3s most recently.

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Greg J Preece

Re: Santa

Didn't know about PS compatibility still being present, I did download Destruction Derby for old school crashing :)

That's always bugged me. Sony let everyone say that they'd completely dropped backwards compatibility, and most people don't know anything about the PS1 feature in the slim PS3s. Surely that's a feature you'd sell? (Unless you were hoping to re-sell all the PS1 games on SEN...)

Hell, I think I was tipped off to it by a guy on IRC! Even my friend, who runs a local games store and tests PS3s pretty much every day, didn't know about it.

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Greg J Preece

Re: Santa

I'm kind of surprised that no software emulation was provided to replace it.

But that's the rub; European PS3s supported the PS2 via software emulation anyway. The American PS3s were the ones with the hardware support, which is why they didn't glitch out on games like Burnout 2.

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Greg J Preece

Re: Not in the UK I don't think.

1) I've only ever met 3 real people who have owned a PS3. Every other gamer I know is PC, Xbox or PC AND Xbox.

Try harder. I can point to four people in my office who own a PS3, along with several of my friends. 360? Actually, can't remember the last time I saw one in the wild.

In my book, that's pretty meaningful.

Anecdotal evidence is more meaningful to you than actual sales figures? Would you like to buy some of my snake oil? I have plenty of anecdotal evidence that it works great!

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Greg J Preece

Re: Santa

- Why oh why did they get rid of the PS2 compatibility? I have a shelf full of PS2/PS games. Though the PS store with some PS/PS2 games to buy does answer this. Seems ridiculous that I would have to re-purchase San Andreas to get round to finishing it, unless I bring the PS2 out of hibernation again.

With you on that. After my 4-year-old fat PS3 went YLOD I bought the slim as a replacement (apparently they don't do that, or at least not nearly as much). It still plays PS1 games just dandy, but I had to pull out my original fat PS2 (which still works perfectly!) to play those. Apparently it has to do with PS2 compatibility costing extra to licence (from itself?) because the PS2 is/was still being sold. It's daft, whatever the reason.

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Greg J Preece

Re: downloads

At the moment it is greedy, charging full RRP for a digital version when the digital version has none of the associated costs on a physical product.

Sony/EA/Ubisoft are going one better than that at the minute. Far Cry 3 and Fifa 13 both launched at an eye-watering £60 on SEN. Far as I'm aware, they're still that price, despite releasing at £40 or less in stores. Game even used Far Cry 3 as a loss-leader up to Christmas, selling it brand new for £20 when it was still £60 online.

What depressed me was that the £60 games were still at the top of the SEN sales charts. Consumers can't be *that* stupid, can they?

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Greg J Preece

No-one really cares, not even Nintendo, now the replacement gimmick has arrived.

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Amazon-bashed HMV calls in administrators, seeks buyer

Greg J Preece

Re: Amazon is not evil

If you seriously believe that amazon provides a service that the rest of the internet doesn't then either you work for the company of you've got its Kool Aid on an intrevenous drip.

And the chances of your tiny company managing to get above Amazon in the product rankings on Google to get the attention in the first place? Amazon lets them be a searchable part of what is undoubtedly one of the largest product catalogues online. Set up your own tiny website with OSCommerce (because all small businesses know how to do that and can afford it) and see if you can get those customers as easily.

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Greg J Preece

Re: Wonder how much tax HMV paid

If I had an accountant, I'm pretty sure he could figure out a dozen ways of reducing my tax bill. The difference is that firstly it's not worth the cost of the venture, as I'm an individual not a company.

And secondly because morally I don't agree with doing so. So please don't be keen to judge everyone by your own standards.

I do. :-)

The government, via one method or another, takes at least half of your money as tax. They then put it through a process of monumental wastage, at the end of which you will see a pithy amount in return. The minute you give a quid to the government (and this goes for any government, not just ours) then you can kiss a decent amount of that money goodbye.

In a system where we are constantly reamed for more and more tax to pay for a ludicrously large public sector and hilariously mismanaged government spending, I think it's completely moral to try and keep as much of your money your own as possible. Last time I checked, we live in a capitalist society. If you set the rules, and I take advantage of those rules (without breaking them) to make life better for myself, I'd call that a success, not an immorality. Don't like it? Re-write the rules and cut wastage.

People want to give all their responsibi-I mean, money to the government, and have them handle everything. Doesn't work, unfortunately.

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Greg J Preece

HMV was too expensive to survive. Everyone knows this. Online ordering might be cheaper, sure, but when the series I want is £8 online and £30 in your store, I'm not going to buy from you. No-one in their right mind is.

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Greg J Preece

Re: Wonder how much tax HMV paid

Wonder how much tax HMV paid in comparison to Amazon.

Even if they hadn't been losing money, as others have pointed out, the answer would be "as little as humanly possible", like any company worth its salt.

Seriously, I'm going to start forwarding posters like you to the "Tax Bores" section of the Speak You're Branes archive. Company in "legally reducing tax bill" shocker, film at 11.

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Titsup Windows Phone 8 orders user to cram 'boot disc' in mobe

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graphically demonstrates that Windows NT code still lurks under the surface of Windows Phone 8.

This is a surprise? I thought that was the point of modern WP?

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Apple 'slashes iPhone 5 screen orders', tight-fisted fanbois blamed

Greg J Preece

The difference is the Apple keyboard is fine to start with - I have never met anyone who had considered replacing it - even if you could.

Oooh, oooh, me, over here! Had to use an iPhone for a while and I bloody hated the keyboard. Far too basic, far too slow. The basic Android keyboard allows for long presses to bring up numbers, special characters, etc. More advanced ones allow tap-and-hold for smiley faces, and then have a separate page full of additional stuff. Yet more advanced ones, especially the downright brilliant Swype, allow for continuous input that's way faster than anything else I've used on a touchscreen.

By comparison, the iOS keyboard is a piece of shit. Inputting passwords on it was a bloody chore.

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Greg J Preece

Re: Analysts don't know jack

There's no analyst angle on this. They've halved their orders. That's not some bullshit prediction or something I came up with over my cereal.

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Disney World slaps pay-by-bonk stalker cuffs on grown-ups

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Probably voluntary, one site only, stops working the moment you step off-premises. It's not like the Feds are doing it.

what they spend time doing (queuing mostly, from our limited understanding of the venue).

Honestly, the US theme parks are much, much better with queueing than the UK ones. Multiple platforms/carriages, lines that might be long but keep moving, and lots of stuff in the queueing area to keep kids occupied (the Muppets theatre being a great example).

In the UK, we have Thorpe Park, where the staff couldn't give two shits, load carriages like they're stoned off their asses, and the queues are just winding paths with picket fences. Two hours in the August sun to get on one sodding ride...

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ZTE to launch Mozilla-based phone in Europe in 2013

Greg J Preece

It's only weakness, unfortunately. :-( I've ordered a desk charger for the battery. Hopefully that will get me up and running again.

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Greg J Preece

Re: Ummmm...... I think Tizen = Meego

Actually, Tizen = MeeGo + Bada.

Sailfish is closer to MeeGo, in that it's MeeGo with bits nailed on.

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Greg J Preece

Kick ass! Ubuntu, Tizen and Firefox all confirmed for 2013. Now, someone confirm a Sailfish/MeeGo phone and I might actually have a choice of new smartphones!

Good timing, too. The charging port on my N900 is finally giving up the ghost.

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Drop that can of sweet pop and grab a coffee - for your sanity's sake

Greg J Preece

Re: @Greg J Preece

I'd rather spend my years from 45 to 70 taking ever increasing handfuls of powerful medications with nasty debilitating side effects and sleeping with a tubes up my nose and into my bladder. Slowly, slowly, ever-so-slowly slipping from a painful life to ignominious death - than consider my own and my dependants/loved ones futures a little tiny bit.

No, you condescending git, I don't. I mean that it's impossible to pick up anything these days without hearing about how it will kill me, so rather than spend the rest of my life worrying about dying from a thousand cuts, I'm going to continue the laser tag, skiing and otherwise pratting about that keeps me in reasonable condition, and eat and drink as I normally do. No smoking, no heroin, just the odd cider, and lots of chinese food.

And the most likely outcome from that? I'll live for pretty much the same length of time, but be far happier at the end of it.

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Greg J Preece

Re: Deadly

Kids are not free at school, in case you noticed :)

They're not free to think? More's the pity. It's nice to know we'll continue treating all teenagers as if they're complete morons.

Perhaps education is the key to solving problems, and would allow for freedom and personal choice, rather than simply banning anything that might ever cause the slightest harm to anyone. In fact, I seem to remember a form of institution dedicated to such education. What were they called again?

If you're honestly implying that our children - some of the oldest "children" in the world - are completely incapable of figuring this kind of thing out until the same age at which they magically become capable of understanding sex and alcohol, then I think that's very patronising.

In any case, drugs are not allowed in society - in general, when substances are addictive and have adverse side effects, it's best not to feed them to kids.

I think there might be a little bit of a difference between sugar and heroin, ta. But then, I'm one of those children-hating bastards who thinks drugs should be legalised.

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Greg J Preece

You know what would depress me? Living a health-freak's life. Every time I pick up a drink or snack these days there's someone around to tell me all the ways it's going to kill me.

GOOD!

I'd rather drop dead at 70 having eaten and drank every bloody thing I like than make it to 75 without Dr Pepper. I've no intention of becoming a man-mountain, but I'm not about to start snacking on the muesli either.

</grumpy_old_man_who_is_actually_in_his_mid_20s>

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Greg J Preece

Re: Sweet Poison

That would be the same Janet Starr Hull, "Nutrition Counsellor" (not a legally protected term, ever) who takes part in documentary videos about the expanding Earth hypothesis (I refuse to call it a theory)?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8cJCvDnlfA&feature=player_embedded

That one? That's your credible source on aspartame? The bullshitter who sells diets based on vague fears over "toxicity" that claim to reduce your cancer risk? (She would never say "prevent", just heavily imply it.)

Fuck off.

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Greg J Preece

Re: Deadly

These should be banned from schools, even diet versions.

The true mark of a free country, that. If something is even potentially mildly kinda harmful, BAN IT! BAN IT NOW BEFORE YOUR CHILDREN DIIIIEEEEE!

Ok, a little facetious, but I am really rather tired of the banning brigade. Has no child ever survived the terrors of a childhood filled with fizzy drinks? Oh, wait...

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A pre-ticked box in web forms should NOT mean consent - EU report

Greg J Preece

Re: All seems very sensible

Ever wondered why UK privacy reform is so mealy-mouthed and bitty? They're having to work around the fringes of the problem because the EU doesn't allow national parliaments to act on this issue any more,

Given their complete failure to act in cases of ISP wiretapping, etc, and their continued attempts to track as much citizen data as possible, do you honestly think the UK gov would give two hoots for your data privacy on its own?

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Razer uncages Core i7, GeForce megaslab for hardcore gamers

Greg J Preece

Re: Expensive, but at least it'll heat your house too.

"To avoid overheating maximum screen brightness has been reduced"

So it's not an N-Gage, as suggested above; it's a fucking Lynx!

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