* Posts by Greg J Preece

2418 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Euro broadcast industry still in a fug over that 4K-ing UHD telly

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Re: If "Ultra HD" doesn't go the same way as 3D, I'll eat my hat.

Soon every TV you can buy will be 4K. It'll make absolutely no difference to you if you're going to bung 1080p into it, but it'll be there. I'm pricing up a new TV for the back room, and it'll be a 4K one, simply because the TVs with all the features I do want are now all 4K.

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German music moguls slammed for 'wurst ever DMCA takedown spam'

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Legal notices with potentially serious consequences being sent by scripts you clearly didn't QA properly? Yeah, you...you should stop doing that.

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Enough is ENOUGH: It's time to flush Flash back to where it came from – Hell

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Re: (2); Jobs' letter came two months before Adobe finally managed to launch a preview version of Flash for Android

I keep hearing over and over the claim from his open letter that Flash "still wasn't running on Android". Ask anyone who owned an Android phone at the time - we had Flash. The N900 had Flash. Flash was on mobile. I really don't get what that whole thing was about. Had every version of Flash on Android before then been a beta or something?

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Re: This type of mentality is irrational, bordering stupidity.

*if you're in Chrome it will work natively on Linux. Not sure how I got FF's name in there. Was probably thinking of my next sentence.

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That was a bit vicious. The reason I discount the whole "Jobs was right" thing is two-fold:

1) He was stating the bloody obvious. HTML5 was being implemented at the time and its enhancements were fully intended by all parties to replace needless Flash installations. Now every time someone says "Flash is shite" everyone yells "seeJobswasrightomgwhatanamazingvisionary" when no-one was arguing that point.

2) He was only making his super-amazing-wise proclamations in response to people bugging him about why iOS didn't have Flash. He decided to point the finger at Adobe and get on a high-horse about how making things worse for the end-user was actually a feature - something they eagerly lapped up - rather than admit his devices were deficient compared to their competitors.

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Re: This type of mentality is irrational, bordering stupidity.

Odd, it works fine on my linux machine which has never seen Silverlight (or Mono)...

Chrome implemented the HTML5 DRM extensions that Netflix's HTML5 player requires, so if you're in Chrome it will work natively on Firefox. Before that became a thing, I was utilising a package within an Ubuntu repository which was basically a Windows version of Firefox and Silverlight pre-packaged to work under WINE. Worked pretty damn well, but native is nicer.

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Google strongly opposes plans to let ANY US COURT authorise digi-snoops

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Re: Too bad

That's true if you live in the land of the free. But here under fascist oppressive Canadian regime - opposing an oil pipeline gets you listed as a threat to national security by the RCMP.

Citation?

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Re: Too bad

Unless you're a crim you have nothing to fear as no one gives a rats arse what you do online.

Why do people who quote this absolute bullshit line not get the obvious problem with it? You're not a crim now, but once someone has complete control over your ability to dissent, and changes the rules, what then? The prudish UK government is constantly one moral outrage away from making kink illegal, for example. Yesterday you weren't a criminal, now you are and the proof is already in the government's hands.

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Erik Meijer: AGILE must be destroyed, once and for all

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Re: A few good pints

Your personal experience may not be definitive. We've been using Scrum for years, and I've generally found the daily scrums useful. I'm in three feature teams at the moment, which means 15 scrums a week; they rarely take more than fifteen minutes a day together, and I'd estimate at least one participant learns something useful about the state of the release in 10-12 of them.

Scrums are brilliant for team newbies. I'm a remote worker on a new dev team, and the daily scrums mean that there is a guaranteed 15-30 minutes* each day when all the busy people who already know everything about the system stop and talk about it for a bit. If I have a question on how to proceed, what something does, or I need help on some stack trace explosion that happened because silly ol' me dared to run "bower update", I can get assistance.

*10 mins of team updates, generally extended by a follow-on discussion on some aspect of dev

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Ubuntu smartphone to go on sale: It'll be harder to get than a new iPhone

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C++?

I'm surprised at that. I was expecting something more abstracted/contained, as on other devices these days. On the upside, apps will be fast and the choice of language gives me hope they'll have all the hardware access they could want. On the downside, prepare yourselves for all the memory overruns and segfaults you can handle! It's also a fair barrier to entry, compared to FOS' HTML5 coding for example.

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Who's come to fix your broadband? It may be a Fed in disguise. Without a search warrant

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Re: The BGGEST MISTAKE that these Asscowns made

You do recall the part of the article where these "asscowns" were found not guilty, yes?

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Valve set for OpenGL BIG REVEAL at upcoming conference

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This sounds fantastic. If they bring out a well-made, well-supported cross-platform API, it'll be one more nail in the coffin of Windows-only gaming.

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Death becomes it: Grim Fandango Remastered

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Re: £12

Better than better than that if you live outside the UK. $15 in the US, and $16 in Canucksland. Was going to get it on PC, but if it has cross-play and I can play it in the living room with my roommate and ladyfriend to help out with the puzzles, I'm game. This time, just this once, I might betray the PC Master Race.

Why no PS3 version, though?

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Cuddly robots, whipsmart laughs and plenty of heart in Big Hero 6

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I thought it was OK, with some superbly done moments and good humour, but missing something to make me really enjoy it like I have some of their other stuff. I think it's down to some flaws in writing here and there. Hiro's (really, that's the name we're going with?) brother was so perfect and flawless I knew he was dead the minute he appeared. The ending had a couple of cop-outs that just weren't necessary and play out so predictably that there's no tension or drama to them.

Probably the most irritating part of the film, by far, was GoGo. Holy crap, I thought we left these overly-aggressive too-cool-for-school tough-girl stereotypes back in the 90s where they belong. I spent the entire movie wanting her to get crushed by something. If you have, with a straight face, written a character whose catchphrase is "woman up!", go back and try again because your subtlety circuits have completely failed.

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Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish

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Re: looking for apps

Disagree - I use OSX, iOS, Win7, Android, OpenSUSE, Mint... Never use search on any of them. Like the OP, I know where things are. I've never got this fascination with searching for things that are exactly where I left them.

I use quick search on all of them, for simple speed reasons. Win key, type two or three letters, hit return. I don't even have to break flow and reach for the mouse.

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Re: looking for apps

Le gasp, Linux has options? That's new.

I was simply pointing out that "we did it properly" is a bit bold, considering that the implementation is late to the game and inferior to other offerings. Your retort seems to be "nobody uses Linux", which is kinda irrelevant.

Alright then, we'll do it your way. OSX is used by half as many people as Windows 8, which "everybody hates", so I feel sufficiently justified in calling it a niche system and dismissing the original assertion outright.

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Re: looking for apps

you might not like it, if you haven't been exposed to it being implemented correctly, as it is with OS X and iOS

I think my eyebrows just left holes in the ceiling, unless that was an astonishingly poor typo of "KDE".

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YouTube flushes Flash for future flicks

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Re: Why beta version of Firefox?

Because Google like to keep implying that Firefox is defective/behind in some fashion, when it isn't. I've seen them casually state similar things before. I, too, have been watching HTML5 video on YT through Firefox for a long time now, but hey.

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Re: Flash = DRM

You haven't heard of the DRM extensions for HTML video? Chrome's the only browser I'm aware of to have actually implemented them, which is why I can use it for natively watching Netflix on Linux without any Silverlight WINE hackery.

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Game over? Sony FINALLY offers compensation to MEELLIONS of PSN hack victims

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Re: Their 2011 issues cost me money because

It's sat on my shelf, along with First Light, TLOU and Killzone, waiting for the PS4 to play them on. Yes, I know. Amazon did a ridiculous sale at one point over Christmas and I couldn't stop myself.

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That was Sony's original apology to the masses for the hack (and the resulting month-long downtime). It's also how I got into inFamous, which I'm quite happy about. :-)

This is Sony offering actual financial recompense to people negatively affected. To the best of my knowledge, if my data was taken it wasn't used. By now the card that was in there is long since dead, and I haven't noticed any ill effects. Hopefully their competitors looked at the time that Sony took after the hack to secure their servers and quietly checked their own systems over before similar hacks could arrive.

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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Re: What?

That fucking super-speed attack thing at the end where he literally makes the villain spin around so fast he drills into the ground like a fucking Looney Tunes cartoon... When the guy started singing "Who Wants to Live Forever" I wanted to reach through the screen and get me some quickening.

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Don't worry, you got the best part of that deal. Scott Pilgrim was awful.

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Re: The parental burden

One of the duties of a parent is having to sit through 'must see' movies on a Saturday afternoon, the worst of which in my case being, by a considerable length of chalk, Pokémon: The Movie 2000. I would honestly rather undergo dentistry than have to sit through the final hour of that for a second time.

Is that the one where the film spends five minutes (*actually* five minutes) talking about how "fightings is totally bad you guys", and then everyone's memories are erased because Nintendo realised that would completely nutfuck a series based entirely around fighting?

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Re: What?

Don't forget Highlander 4 and 5. Yes, I am 100% serious. In fact, Highlander: The Source is far far worse in sheer concept alone than Highlander 2.

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Windows 10: The Microsoft rule-o-three holds, THIS time it's looking DECENT

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Re: YOU WILL LOVE ME!!!

Can we get "completely methods aghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh" as the QOTW?

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That would be nice - let's hope Microsoft do that. In fairness to them, the various data reporting things in Windows 8.1 were mostly set to "off" by default, and there was a switch for each one. I'd be tempted by a Win10 phone, too. While I use Android, I have no particular affection for it, and the Windows phone I've used in the past was a pretty slick experience, even if the one I had at the time was very basic.

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Some interesting features. I'm optimistic, so long as:

1) It doesn't track every last sodding thing you do.

2) Where it does have info-hungry apps like Cortana and the like, there is an off switch. Remember that one, Microsoft? Not everyone hates Metro (I don't), but everyone hates that it was mandatory.

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Come and Twiddle Tek Gear's one handed keyboard

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I'd be tempted to give it a go. I'd looked into other chordboards previously as a method to relieve the damage done to my aching wrists by years of programming (apparently they can help - no dodgy desk resting positions, etc). What I'm wondering is - if it's Bluetooth connected, could you up your chording speed by holding one in each hand? ;-)

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SCREW you, GLASSHOLES! Microsoft unveils HoloLens

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This thing does look kinda cool, especially for someone who's been wanting to play with a Meta 1 since that company decided to screw developers around.

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Go Canada: Now ILLEGAL to auto-update software without 'consent'

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Then move to BC and live in tri-cities. Barely any snow.

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The Canadian attitude can also be seen in their response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks. France? They arrested 54 people on hate speech charges in one week. UK? They used the attacks as a springboard to try and ban encryption. Canada? They want to kill off their blasphemy laws.

I love this feckin' country sometimes.

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Professor's BEAGLE lost for 10 years FOUND ON MARS

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Re: Pixels? Easy...

Just ask Kryten:

Gah! Can we not post Back to Earth clips? Especially ones misidentified as CSI spoofs by idiots?

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

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Re: If only..

I forgot to add that if we can't make better batteries, then the infrastructure becomes the biggest issue here. Hearing that a decent charge can be gotten in 15 minutes at the right charger is great - regular stops aren't massively uncommon - but arriving to find those chargers broken, or inadequate, or just not being able to find them at all, kneecaps the whole shebang.

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Re: If only..

A 200 mile range becomes OTT and 100 miles is all one would really need

....In Europe.

Yeah, if I were still living in England then that range would be perfectly acceptable. It'd be a very rare occasion indeed that I'd do more than 200 miles in one trip. In some parts of North America, the scale is very different. Long road trips are actually quite common - numerous friends of mine have driven to California and back in the past year, from Canada! To me that's an astonishing thing, to so casually drive the entire west coast of the US, but to them this is just what you do when you live on that scale and petrol is cheap.

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Re: If only..

By the time you do a purge (O2 + Liquid H2 = Boom), chill the lines down (room temperature to absolute zero plus a smidge), load the H2, reseal the tank, the chap in the Tesla will have unplugged from the supercharger and left.

So what about that one Honda made years ago, that's been demonstrated and doesn't seem to take more than a few minutes to fill?

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Google crashes supposedly secure Aviator browser

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Re: @AC,

I know that if the CIA or NSA or CGHQ did this... everyone here would be screaming bloody murder.

Too much effort. They'll just let Google do it and then demand a back-door. You know, to PREVENT THE TERRORISTS!

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No, the Linux leap second bug WON'T crash the web

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Re: Few systems propperly account for this

Don't GPS satellites move through time at a slightly different speed to ground-based fleshlings anyway? I seem to remember that being a bigger problem to solve than leap seconds.

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Want to have your server pwned? Easy: Run PHP

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Re: And the alternative is ?

Hibernate and just about every other database abstraction layer is unfit for purpose, and anybody using them is clearly demonstrating that they should be going to the institution that "taught" them programming and demand their tuition fees back.

This is an unfortunate consequence of living in a world where everybody who thinks they can write "Hello world!" in HTML considers themselves a "programmer".

AC got condescending fast. Abstraction/ORM layers aren't perfect (and Hibernate sure as shit isn't) but they're a useful tool for people looking to get stuff done and have that stuff be redeployable. It's a side effect of us not all achieving your god-given perfection. If no "real" programmers use them, you might want to chat about that to...well, pretty much every application I've coded against in the past ten years. A real programmer is aware of the limitations of the frameworks they utilise, rather than casting them all aside and reinventing the wheel with every project.

Or you could quit being such a snobbish twat, but I doubt that'll happen.

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Re: More secure than IIS

Except that in the major OSS vulnerability alerts, the vulnerabilities are usually found by researchers..... You know? People reading the code and recommending fixes?

It's almost like finding problems before hackers do, providing immediate fixes and then doing your best to alert everyone to them is a cornerstone of why OSS software remains secure.

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Re: And the alternative is ?

I've seen unsanitised inputs in raw SQL in PHP, sure. I've also seem that in Java (bypassing Hibernate to do so, no less), and myriad other languages. Shitty coding is as shitty coding does.

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ALIEN fossils ON MARS: Curiosity snaps evidence of life

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Re: Unconvincing hype

Carefully comparing known factors to presented evidence isn't science?

I've got science on the phone, they want a word.

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Ex-Microsoft Bug Bounty dev forced to decrypt laptop for Paris airport official

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Re: If this had happened in the US or Canada, at the border

No... they would not "take a copy". My own experience in this exact situation in border control in Ottawa was that they simply do basic searches on the "unlocked" computer for images and videos and then browse through them for illegal images (child porn and the like).

Happened to me several times after inadvertently ending up in the naughty queue at a Canadian airport. They ask you to log into the system and then they go rifling through it. Of course, they do that in another room where you can't see what they're doing, which I think is complete BS considering their willingness to go through phones in front of you. They didn't ask me to decrypt anything though, just log in.

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Tor de farce: NSA fails to decrypt anonymised network

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Re: I'm feeling a bit ambivalent this morning...

Getting this week's FOTW out of the way early, aren't we?

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Couch potatoes relax: Netflix scores big STREAMING TV PATENT win

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Re: great, fine, congratulations

They need to improve their selection outside the US. Canada fares pretty well, but the selection is still inferior. The UK? Phhht, rubbish. However, if you're the savvy type and have an endpoint somewhere in the states, they will do bugger all to prevent you tunnelling.

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Why, hello there, Foxy... BYE GOOGLE! Mozilla's browser is a video star

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Wow, the bitching is strong with this thread.

It's an open web standard. Firefox added support for a new open standard. That is what you are complaining about. Chrome already had support for it, but Mozzy have apparently completely ruined their browser by adding support for a feature no-one is forcing you to use.

For those of us that do want video conferencing without vendor lock-in (that's quite a lot of us, chum), this is great to finally see arrive, and I've been waiting on it. Thank you Moz, for continuing to properly support modern open web standards.

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Re: I hate this

This is one of the worst things Mozilla have done in a very long time. I really mean that.

Wow...hyperbole much? It's a standards-based implementation of a new open protocol that's been intended since HTML5 and the newer JS versions were planned. Chrome also has it, but I don't recall such a whine-fest when they dared to add newer standards support to their browser.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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I just came here to watch people nerd rage over a fairly minor update. Looks fine, though not adding responsive in any redesign these days is deserving of a whippin'.

Now, back to whiner watching.

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Developers offering Mozilla-like experience will work on Firefox-like experience for iThings

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Ugh. I imagine market pressures are responsible for this, but c'mon, Gecko or GTFO. Mozilla without Gecko just makes me feel dirty. Wish they hadn't caved on this, or on VP8. Come on Mozzy, your principles are why I give you money.

Someone remind me again why Internet Explorer coming with Windows (and allowing alternatives) is antitrust bullshit, but this bullshit from Apple is totally OK? Deliberately gimping any other browser is fine?

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