* Posts by Greg J Preece

2384 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

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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Sony employees face 'weeks of pen and paper' after crippling network hack

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Re: Not even close

While I agree with the sentiment, these days if you say "Sony" to someone the next word out of their mouth is likely "PlayStation".

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

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Re: 'Well said' to that.

Also, Skipper looks better than Barbie, both are about 14

Errr, I know that line was glib, but I'm pretty sure that in most Barbie continuities Skipper is indeed 14. Down, boy.

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If you haven't checked out the #feministHackerBarbie Twitter tag, go do so. It's hilarious.

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Sony quietly POODLE-proofs Playstations

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Re: Why the delay?

If they had a release coming up they may have waited for that. Their release cycle is pretty short now. That said, I'd have expected them to break that for a critical patch like this one.

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Sailfish OS tablet is GO: Fans stuff cash into Jolla's cap in hand

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Re: Any chance of Sailfish running android apps like BBOS 10.3 does?

On the Android side, Google seem to bring out features around 12 months after Apple

Ummmm....if you mean several years before Apple, then maybe. They had tap-to-pay long before Apple, their NFC and Bluetooth are unrestricted, the notification tray, continuous input keyboard and so-on in iOS were taken directly from Android. Hell, go back far enough and ask which had multitasking first.

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Sony SPILLS GUTS on OTT service, so far for PlayStations only

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And it's as tiresome as ever.

Yes, yes, I am sure Sony will bother to install root kits on Sony consoles already running Sony software that talks to Sony servers. Do you have anything relevant to add?

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Re: Lots of people own consoles

I was going to say - "have to own a PS3 or PS4" means a potential install base of, what, 80 million?

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You know where Apple Pay is getting used a LOT? Yes - McDonalds

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Re: Figures

Haven't eaten at a UK McD's since I was a teen, because even back then I could easily conclude it was the worst possible food I could get for my money. After moving here, a friend convinced me that NA McD's is waaaaay better and I should try it out. It isn't. It's dreadful.

You want me to eat a fast food drive-through burger? Wendys or GTFO.

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Re: "double bonk"

He didn't say it was Apple's fault, he just mentioned it. If you had personally caused that bug, how much of what he wrote would have to change to still be correct?

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A smaller share of a massive market is still quite a few people.

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In North America it's way more popular. Here in Canucksville I can pay by tap at probably a third to half of the shops I visit. Canadian Superstore, 7-11, Starbucks, Wendys, HMV, etc all support pay by tap. It's supplied as standard in pretty much all new readers, but some retailers choose to turn it off.

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Boxing clever? Amazon Fire TV is SO CLOSE to being excellent

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The part I don't like is that it's a streaming box, but expects me to buy most things individually. I'm not interested in paying eight quid for a digital copy of a film unless it's high bitrate, DRM free, and not tied to a service. $8 gets me Netflix, which has tons of content and doesn't pretend like any of it belongs to me.

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Call of Duty, GTA V DO NOT make YOUTH more VIOLENT

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Well this isn't even remotely surprising. The last Grand Theft Auto was the fastest-selling *anything* ever in the media world, but despite the number of gamers being at an all-time high society has continually failed to collapse.

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Mozilla promises browser just for DEVELOPERS3

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Been a while since I've seen a comment thread containing so much gibberish... Apparently Mozilla releasing an entirely new product is going to make Firefox slower, or change its UI (which you can already do yourself JHFC are people still whining about FF4?), or it's going to spontaneously generate ads that don't exist, or something....

Personally I'm really interested in seeing what this is. From my perspective Firefox has always been the browser to develop in, given that it has the most consistent rendering engine and the best toolsets for developers, so a developers-only version sounds right up my street. If they did split them and remove the dev tools from standard FF entirely, would that actually speed anything up? Aside from the fact that every other browser long since stole Firebug's developer panel, most of the dev tools are turned off during normal running anyway.

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'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'

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Ex-pat here

Though I cheated and went to Canada. Bit less of a culture shock, but you get tripped up in ways you don't expect, mostly language related.

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Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Ultrabook flexes new 'Watchband' BENDO hinges

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Take it to your local watch shop? ;-)

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Unchanging Unicorn: Don't be disappointed with Ubuntu 14.10, be happy

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Hopefully the new touchpad drivers referred to fix my problems with scrolling on my laptop. Everything else in the 14.04 upgrade on all my machines worked perfectly, but the touchpad on my MacBook Pro now spazzes out when I scroll, moving insanely fast for any small movement. Adjusting pad speed down does nothing. Apparently there was an upstream fix but after installing a .deb I found for it, no dice.

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What the 4K: High-def DisplayPort vid meets reversible USB Type C

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Heh, fair point. He did actually seem convinced that the cable "quality" made a difference though.

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The branding will also, hopefully, stop retailers from charging ridiculous amounts for cabling with no extra benefits: the gear should work exactly the same, whether it costs ten bucks or a thousand.

Yeah, that'll never fuckin' happen. I remember buying an Aquos a few years back, and the salesman arguing to the hilt that the $80 HDMI cable would produce better results than my $5 ones. He really wouldn't drop it, and then I found out he had three of the expensive ones at home.

No sale, mate.

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Divinity Original Sin and Wasteland 2 reviews: Turn-based gaming's NOT DEAD YET!

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The restriction-by-library thing? Yeah, that's shitty. Works for me though, because I'm sharing my library with a friend on the other side of the Atlantic. When he's gaming, I'm working, and when I'm gaming he's asleep. ;-)

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Re: Oh, why Steam?

When I want to play a game, I want to play it when I sit down, not when Steam decides that it has server capacity to see if I may play it

Ummmm....what? If you're referring to having to download the game, I am not entirely certain that the Internet is Steam's fault. If you're referring to some mythical capacity check when starting an already-installed game...well yeah, those don't exist.

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Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought

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Christ's Sake

I shouldn't read threads on Sony stories with my drinking game to hand.

Someone still whining about the rootkit thing when even the format it happened on is dying fast...down the pint.

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Slap my Imp up: Bullfrog's Dungeon Keeper

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My main slave the Imp is brought to life with a click of the mouse and a cheeky “Yipee!”

OK, I have played this game far too much to not go all pedantic on your ass. That's what they say when you drop them. When they're born they do this odd half-laugh thing - "Nyh-ha-ha".

DK is one of my all-time favourite games. I still have the DK Gold big box, the sequel, and I have the GoG version permanently installed on my Windows partition just in case I want to make someone miserable.

The Deeper Dungeons though....now there's an expansion pack that will eat your face for breakfast.

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Apple's Watch is basically electric perfume

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Re: Nailed it

It would appear that you consider "good analysis" to be that which agrees with or reinforces your own particular prejudices.

Followed by...

Almost any article on El Reg which concern Apple is little more than troll-bait and is followed by the inevitable troll-fest.

I think you might be the person with the issue you describe...

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Re: Surprisingly disappointing (because of a lack of awareness)

First I raised an eyebrow, then I clicked on Jurassic's name and scrolled through a litany of posts, every single one of which was either praising an Apple product to the eyeballs, or attacking another product for not being as good as an Apple one.

Well, at least you're consistent.

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Look out, world! Space Station satellite cannon has A MIND OF ITS OWN

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So those were NSA launches, then?

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Apple Fanbois (and girls) already lining up for NEW iPHONE

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Wait, why do you have to pay to queue?

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Don't buy that phone! It ATTRACTS CRIMINALS, UK.gov will tell people

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Re: And meanwhile in the real world

If the chance of getting caught was the same, but the sentence was, say, 100 years no parole (EXAMPLE FFS), then the weighing up of immediate gain vs the worst outcome would surely have an effect?

Do you have a single example of where higher sentencing actually deterred crime? In the US, merely possessing a drug can give you a mandatory 5 year jail term, and there are parts of the country that will literally kill you stone dead for certain crimes - do those crimes happen any less frequently? Nope.

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Windows 7 settles as Windows XP use finally starts to slip … a bit

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I gotta be honest, it was flawless for me. The one gotcha is getting it to show up in the first place, but that's just a case of making sure your Win8.0 OS is fully up to date on security patches and the like. Once I actually started the 8.1 upgrade it worked perfectly, and I gained back a ton of SSD space.

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The opening article states there's no bounce in other operating systems, but Win 8.1 has gone from 0% to over 8% in a year, with Win8 only dipping by a single percent point. Wouldn't that indicate that the Windows 8 family is on the rise?

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Apple 'fesses up: Rejected from the App Store, dev? THIS is why

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"Five per cent, meanwhile, stumbled by including irrelevant Android names, descriptions or screenshots in their application submissions."

Fixed that for you.

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Chumps stump up $1 MEELLLION for watch that doesn't exist

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It's obscure reference time!

If you turn the bracelet around, does it project a countdown on your forearm...?

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MEN WANTED to satisfy town full of yearning BRAZILIAN HOTNESS

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Men are shit.

Men are shit.

Men are shit.

Men are shit.

Men are shit.

Hey men, wanna come live with us? Why not?

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Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?

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What, every time??!!

Yes, Winston. Every time.

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