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* Posts by Greg J Preece

2272 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Gabe Newell: Windows 8 is a 'catastrophe' for PC biz

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Re: Store vs Store

"I assume though that he's hoping the 'year of the linux desktop' can still come ... if it didn't happen during the Vista years, it's not going to happen now."

It didn't happen primarily because of lack of 3rd party support. Wouldn't you say that Steam is a rather large name on the PC? And given that several other online game distributors already support Linux, I'd say things are looking up.

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Apple's new Safari snubs older Macs, drops Windows version

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Re: Web developers use windows

"While they could be way more comfortable using Linux, these guys use win."

We do? I use Linux, and only boot the other two when required.

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Re: They've dropped the Windows version?

And that cross-browser testing is definitely necessary. Part of our system requires a pop-up to appear (it's meant to go on projector screens and the like, while the controls are on a separate screen.) During testing we tried this in Safari 5, only to find that not only did it block the popup, it also failed to inform users that the popup had been blocked. So from the end user's point of view, they clicked the button and nothing happened. Thanks, Apple!

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Apple Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion review

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Re: Hmm

But bear in mind that Mac OS X doesn't have the same level of long-term backwards compatibility and support that Microsoft do, which is one of the reasons businesses prefer MS gear. I do agree though that MS are so desperate to be seen as forward-thinking and progressive that they're trying to re-invent the wheel. They could have taken Windows 7 and fixed all the things that annoy people, rather than go overkill with Metro.

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Little bit of gushing at the end there, but this does look like a far more worth upgrade than Lion was. iMessage is cool but useless unless you're already inside the walled garden. The text-to-speech looks pretty sweet though, as does the sharing integration. Might be tempted to shell out at some point, though to be honest my Mac runs Kubuntu 95% of the time.

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Blizzard faces court battle for 'misleading Diablo III fans'

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>If I was Blizzard, I wouldn't be asking, "When will it end?", I'd be asking, "Why the fuck do we bother?".

I've been asking Blizzard that for years!

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Re: Its a MMORPG !

Fanboy much? Perhaps you'd like to explain how Diablo is an MMORPG?

Also, it has a single-player mode. Still MMO?

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WTF is... WiGig

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@Nick - exactly

So precisely what I was thinking that you're worrying me slightly. Powerline gigabit or better linking high speed access points in each room. Here's hoping they have this sorted by the time I purchase my next home in a few years.

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HTC disses Dr Dre by diluting Beats deal

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Re: People who wear Beats headphones have always baffled me anyway...

"Anyone who appreciates a wide variety of music would go for a decent make (such as Sennheiser, Bose, AKG or Beyer Dynamic) at around the same price point or higher."

THIS.

How to tell if your expensive headphones are shit: did you buy them from HMV?

The Beats range is much like the Skullcandy range. They made a set of headphones that are superior to iPod earbuds (as challenging as getting drunk), but are still ultimately pretty mediocre, and then sold them to people who don't know better, who now brand themselves audiophiles. They're no better than buying a pair with "super bass boost" written on them. You're getting a shit pair of headphones.

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Russians in audacious stratobeer mission

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"It's not reported which of the two orbs came out on top, which is probably a wise move to avoid a commentard bloodbath down at YouTube."

You've not spent much time on YT, have you? They're not going to argue over the video. They're going to somehow link it to a completely different argument. I imagine there's currently a war going on in the comments section about Republican policies on abortion, or the existence of god.

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Microsoft posts first-ever quarterly loss

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Re: Bad data

Clearly your neighbourhood == the whole world.

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BIG BOOBS banished from Linux kernel

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@TeeCee - Don't be a twat

So one person has concluded he's innocent without seeing the evidence, and you've concluded that he's guilty without seeing the evidence, and that makes the other person shameful, a supporter of rape, etc, etc. Don't be a twat. If anyone's closer to how the justice system actually works, it's the other guy...

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Google ordered to censor 'torrent', 'megaupload' and more words

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Wow, this will really stop torrenting. Pity it won't stop t0rrenting...

Morons.

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Valve to raise Steam for Ubuntu

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Re: Interesting rant, obviously never tried it

"- Steam has weekend deals that are sometimes astounding (got L4D2 for €5, can anyone top that ?)"

In the last sale I got every GTA game ever released for PC, with all expansions, for £5. I worked it out at something like 66p per game.

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Re: I do wonder though

"Idle question. When I buy a game like Civ 5 it comes on a DVD but the first thing the installer does is connect to Steam and (re?)download the game files -- all 1Gig of them"

You think Civ5 is only a gig? When I install a Steam game from DVD, it installs everything on the DVD, then goes and gets me the latest updates from Steam as part of the install. If there's been a GOTY release in shops since the game came out, Steam normally gives it to me for free. (I got UT3 Black Edition on Steam by registering a standard edition code, for example).

That download was likely a ton of extra content and patches.

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Re: Other distros

"Eyefinity" = modern shorthand for "SLI'd 7900GTXs through a ridiculously expensive Matrox external splitter.

Well....if I'm really honest, that's how it was when I first started playing Crysis, and then like an idiot I incinerated the cards, all £400 worth. Fortunately, the splitter box is so insanely expensive that flogging it easily covered the price of an actual mid-range Eyefinity card at about the same power level as my previous cards, so not really an upgrade so much as "idiot burns out expensive cards". I even made a little profit off the splitter box, so PC gaming really did turn out cheaper. ;-)

At least with the PC it was my own stupid fault. When my PS3's yellow light came on, that sure as hell wasn't my fault...

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Re: Other distros

"You don't pay much attention to the PC game market, do you? Developers expect gamers to be upgrading their hardware every six months to keep up."

This FUD again? Really? For the love of...

Look, I built my desktop 6 and a half years ago. Sure, it's a monster, but I haven't upgraded it since. It started out on XP64 and Half Life 2, and now it runs Win7 and Crysis. In Eyefinity.

I upgrade about as often as new console generations come out. What's the big deal?

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Only for developers allergic to OpenGL.

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Re: WTF!?

You know Valve can do more than one thing at once, right? I very much doubt that the "mass distribution client" development team and the "new game engine" development team overlap much...

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Re: Platform meaningless without games

I don't know about the whole "no games for Linux" thing. If you look at the Humble Bundles (which come with Steam codes), all the games I've seen on there have a Linux native version available. There's a *ton* of indie games which will work on it immediately, I would imagine.

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Apple rejoins EPEAT green tech cert program

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How the heck does this even work? I thought they withdrew because there's no way their latest gluing-everything-in bullshit would get approved, and then they just waltz back in like nothing ever happened? How can the laptops now be approved when they couldn't before?

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Android games console scheme nets $2.5m

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A focus on F2P gaming?

Wow, there's a console I'll be staying away from. Most F2P games are the worst kind of nickel-and-diming.

"That's a good point, but there's nothing new or interesting coming out for the PS2, ever,"

There's nothing new coming out, but there's more good games on it than you'll ever play, so who cares? My PS2 is still hooked up and used often, in spite of all the hardware around it being far newer. It has an outstanding games catalogue, so why not indulge?

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iPad Mini maquette spied on web

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"It's a tablet computer not a dedicated media player."

Uh huh. And yet its primary uses seem to revolve around being a media player. Honestly can't say I've seen anyone do anything more advanced than writing an e-mail on one.

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Why are Apple so bloody fond of the 4:3 aspect ratio? Given the iPad's status as a glorified picture frame, and that one of the only things people ever do with them is watch videos, why the chuff aren't they 16:9 or similar?

Here, watch a movie on your shiny new retina device. Don't mind the massive letterboxing. After all, you spent a ton of money on a high DPI screen so you could not use half of it, right?

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Ghost In the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society on Blu-ray

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Re: Forgot about the music!

Don't forget Cowboy Bebop!

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"Although it’s not quite like that notorious episode of the GITS:SAC TV series in which virtually the entire 30 minutes comprises internet nerds arguing around a table,"

I loved that episode!

Anyway, is SAC itself coming to BD at some point? I bought the special edition DVDs from the US ages back (the ones with the OSTs and t-shirts) and they're fantastic. Would love to see a BD re-release.

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Ex-Nokia staffers team up to revive MeeGo

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Re: This could be my next phone

"I have an N950"

And I have jealousy. You jammy sod!

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Re: build it...and they wont come

"I don't understand the love people on here have for Nokia when RIM is nothing but a joke. Is it because they are being ravaged by the bad man from M$?"

It's not a love of Nokia at all. I couldn't care less about the new Lumias, really (though I kinda like WP7). It's a love of Linux, and how brain-buggeringly brilliant it was when Nokia did it.

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Re: build it...and they wont come

There were fewer apps built for it because Nokia announced they were deprecating the platform before it was even released. That's not got anything to do with whether or not MeeGo's any good. I was drooling over it up until Nokia dropped it.

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You again? I honestly can't tell any more if your shilling is genuine or not.

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Re: Meego

Not had the chance to fiddle with MeeGo as much as I'd like, but Maemo before it was fantastic as a smartphone operating system (and by smartphone I mean "a phone you can do advanced things with", not "a phone that is shiny and sells well to idiots"). It still has the best multitasking of any smartphone OS, hands down, and can do more out of the box than pretty much any current smartphone, let alone those present at release.

Personally, I'm looking forward to seeing what Tizen can do. So long as it doesn't turn out like Bada...

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Apple unveils tightened Mountain Lion requirements

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Seems reasonable. They're supporting at least 5 years back, which is about the general lifetime of one of these machines. Still won't be buying it if it's as big a waste of money as Lion was, though.

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Google plants rainbow flag in anti-gay countries

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Re: All very well...

"You are not in a position to judge my life, humorless or not"

And you don't get to speak on behalf of All The Gays, like you just tried to pull up there, Mr Chairman.

"I'm not even sure how you managed to equate me with Islamic fundamentalists?"

You should re-read the comment then. It was pretty obvious.

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Re: All very well...

"This is the sort of casual homophobia which is particularly poisonous. I've got news for you and all the "it's ok because I'm joking" people: It is not ok. It is not ok by a long shot, it's crude, offensive and divisive. It perpetuates 70s stereotypes, you and all the upvoters of your pathetic comment should be ashamed."

As a bisexual dude, FUCK OFF.

A clever play on a company's nickname (and seemingly aimed in support of Google's initiative) is not homophobia, it's a fucking joke. If your life is so humourless that this offends you, I suggest you unplug and walk away from the Internet now. You aren't going to survive here.

I have no problem with gay rights (duh!), women's rights, or any other kind of equal rights. What I have a problem with is people who can't laugh at themselves. You perpetuate exactly the same kind of rigid, stern-faced miserable fuckpuppetry around the cause that the Muslims do whenever someone draws Mohammed in a dress. Nothing negative was said whatsoever. Get over yourself.

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Watch out for the GIGANTIC ALIEN JELLYFISH, warns space boffin

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Re: those aren't her ideas

I was also going to call on the stuff stolen from Clarke, but I was thinking Odyssey 3 (I think it's 3 - the aliens living in Jupiter's atmosphere).

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Shuttleworth: Why Windows 8 made us ditch GPL Linux loader

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"EFI is in all Macs and boots anything you like."

Er, no. Mac's bastardised version of EFI is in all Macs, and boots whatever you like so long as you buy it chocolates first, and know all the magic hexes required. Three reboots to get rEFIt installed is pretty easy, but on my 2011 MacBook the booting process is:

1. Hold down the option key to select rEFIt from the options under the Mac boot menu. This - *somehow* - gives the non-Mac operating system correct access to power control and screen brightness.

2. Select Linux or Windows from rEFIt. This doesn't boot Windows or Linux - it boots GRUB2.

3. Select Linux or Windows from GRUB2. Now they boot.

Bit of a faff, wouldn't you say? And don't even get me started on setting up the machine that way in the first place. The partition editor in OSX is a fecking joke.

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Leap second bug cripples Linux servers at airlines, Reddit, LinkedIn

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Re: My Windows servers never missed a beat :-P

Were they too busy remote-installing Skype across your network? :-p

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Re: Phew...

Like that multi-CPU desktop I've got at home. Dreading booting it up tonight now.

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Android Jelly Bean won't get Flash Player

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"Cool down, no is trying to say android sucks so no need to work up a fanboy rage."

Nice try, but I use Maemo. Try making a valid point without an ad hominem next time.

Apple launched an inferior product, then tried to pull a Microsoft and claim the inferiorities were features. Love your iPhone status symbol more because it does less. Saying that Flash would die off with HTML5 is as wise as pointing out the certainty of day following night.

I guess I just don't get how the world works inside the reality distortion field, where supporting only one format is *better* than supporting both...

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"Or, as I like to call anything to do with Android, cancer."

Ballmer, is that you? Step away from the chair. It won't make Windows Phone popular.

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@Nervosa

Erm...what? HTML5, including video, was a spec that Google worked on. A lot of people worked on it, even before the W3C accepted it. Everyone knew and indeed intended that Flash would eventually die off with this next generation. And that makes Jobs some kinda of visionary? My arse.

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Re: Die, flash, die

If it's Ubuntu or similar, install Flash-Aid within Firefox. It roots out the best Flash version for your machine and sets it up automatically with various custom config options. Always works well for me.

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1-0 to Steve Jobs and Apple.

I don't get how you figure that. iOS supports one option, Android supports both, and the rest of the world isn't/wasn't nearly ready enough for HTML5, making Android the superior offering for a decent amount of time. All this does is bring Android back to iOS' level, not make iOS any better.

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Mad fan-fitted mouse keeps mitts moisture-free

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Inelegant. Surely a better solution would be to have the fan mounted inside the mouse, and the skin made grille-like. Also, that's got to affect weight distribution. That would annoy some gamers I know quite a bit.

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Google claims Chrome is the world's most popular browser

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"Who is still using IE ??"

Well, if you're using IE9, why not? I'm just gonna come out and say it - there is nothing wrong with IE9. It's not as bleeding-edge advanced as other browsers, sure, but there's also not really anything inherently wrong with what it does. It's quick, seems stable when I've used it, supports the current standards far far better than older versions - what exactly is wrong with it, other than it not being fashionable these days? (Seriously, if you follow *trends* for a feckin' web browser, you need to re-assess your entire life.)

Wanna know how many rendering bugs I've had to fix in IE9 recently, or indeed ever? None. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Doughnut.

Wanna know how many I've had to work around in Chrome in the past fortnight? Because it's not zero.

Personally, I'm a shirt-wearing Mozilla man, but I'm no zealot.

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"Over 60 billion words are typed every day on Chrome browsers, he said, with over a terabyte of data saved every 24 hours."

And that, right there in a nutshell, is why I don't use Chrome. I'll browse without you looking over my shoulder, thanks.

Incidentally, now that you've reached the heady heights, can you slow down and fix some of your browser's glaring rendering bugs? You launched a campaign to replace the predominant, buggy browser, and you're replacing it with another buggy browser, except this one spies on you.

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Star Trek app warps into TiVo space

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Re: Ah, the cartoons

"mmm M'Ress..."

I'd forgotten her! Mmmmmmm, M'Ress....

Apparently furry porn of her is so prevalent that it makes it into the image search preview at the top of a Google search for her name!

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"Do they re-release old computer games and make all the graphics better?"

Erm....yes they do? OK, the Monkey Island re-releases might have had a switch, but a very large number of the HD upgrades don't. Silent Hill HD was an atrocious upgrade - who the hell deletes fog effects from Silent bloody Hill??

I was actually impressed by the care taken in the ST remaster to match the original feel, and the original effects really do look hideous on hi-def equipment. I can think of far worse attempts at "updating" media than that one. (I know all you Star Wars geeks are thinking Episode IV, but I was thinking Ghost in the Shell 2.0 - fuck that!)

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