* Posts by Greg J Preece

2323 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

John Lewis appears to punt Chromebook with Windows 7

Greg J Preece

Re: So

He was probably thinking more along the lines of "Norton don't make a Debian client."

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Facebook needs Opera - to rescue it from dependence on Apple

Greg J Preece

Re: @Greg J Preece

Hello, anonymous person I think I know. ;-)

Nice try, but I've said repeatedly on this verrah site that Opera's actually a pretty darned good browser. As for the rest of your down-the-nose attempt at a put-down, do me a favour and look to the left of my above post. See the weird-looking face? You should Google that.

*Trololololol.

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Greg J Preece

Re: Then - goodbye Opera

...."The idea"?

Opera is not a concept. Opera is not a religion. Opera is not a state of mental nirvana.

Opera is a company. They exist to make money. From you. Don't ever get the impression that it's otherwise.

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Greg J Preece

Re: page impressions

...in the current version. If FB buy Opera, are you really imagining they'll leave the option in to turn off Turbo?

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Greg J Preece
Trollface

Soooooo we're gonna have:

IE9, that on default settings sends everything you do to Microsoft.

Google Chrome, which sends everything you do to Google.

Opera, which sends everything you do to Facebook.

Firefox, which sends ever-...oh.

It's still hilarious watching the Opera fanboys react to any mention of the browser. Someone mentioned Opera? Better gush about how you're a "web pro"* for using it, and everyone else is an inferior mindless drone.

* "Web pro" - bwhahahahahahahahaha!

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Free Windows 8 desktop app development is dead

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Out of their minds

What a brilliant idea when introducing a controversial new operating system - limiting development for it in any way.

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Max Payne 3

Greg J Preece

Re: The /real/ problem with this game...

Fuck yeah, Captain Baseball Bat Boy! That show was the shit.

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Greg J Preece

No PC version at release? Did you forget which market gave this game its success? Or are you making sure we don't get another day-1 patch for the game as we did with Max Payne 1? (Which couldn't save games at release - no, really!)

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Russian satellite beams home 121-megapixel pics of Earth

Greg J Preece

Watching that video, with that music, feels like I just unlocked a wonder in Civilization II.

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Greg J Preece

Re: Whew.

You'd be suprised. Just recently I was laughing my ass off at a creationist geocentrist dipshit who thought he had disproven gravity with a toy helicopter and a pickup truck.

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US space programme in shock metric conversion

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Trollface

Re: Bah!

What's the name of that language again? :-p

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Pints under attack as Lord Howe demands metric-only UK

Greg J Preece

Re: The 'mercans seem to be doing OK with feet, inches and funny sizes gallons.

Yes, I can count in base 8, then 12, then 16, or however the fuck Imperial weights go, changing base at different scales, or I could just use something consistent and easy. Using Imperial doesn't make you cleverer, it just means you waste more of your time.

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Greg J Preece

Piss off yourself. Imperial's a right load of outdated shite people cling on to out of some misguided sense of "tradition". It's the same staring-into-the-past attitude that British people regurgitate every damn day, and it really gets on my tits. Why can't we get rid of all this old-fashioned crap and move on?

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HTC phones held up at US ports after Apple patent ban

Greg J Preece

Re: Errrm...

"The patent covers automatic recognition of phone numbers etc. in things like web pages (so you can tap to call)"

Given that Skype have been doing this on various platforms for about a gajillion years, is this another patent that only made it through because it's Apple?

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Watchdog bites bar over 'offensive' Facebook ad

Greg J Preece

Re: ASA powerless

Hang on, let me try and summon some sympathy for the homophobe...

*Nrrrrrrrg*

Sorry, couldn't do it. He'll have to continue shoving his religion up his arse. Or up the arses of any altar boys that pass nearby.

Incidentally, you are aware that Archbishop Cranmer died in the 16th century...?

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Game goes titsup in Australia

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@DrXym

I tend to pre-order games only when there's some kind of pre-order bonus involved. For example, my pre-order of Child of Eden meant that I (eventually) got it for £15 with a free t-shirt, which is a reet bargain. My pre-order of Ghost of Sparta got me the game for a mere £16.99. Otherwise, I don't bother.

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Sony stock slides to 30-year low after record loss

Greg J Preece
Flame

Oops, sorry, clearly I forgot the narrative on this comment thread. I can't recognise a company for making decent tech whilst acting like wankers. I have to hate them unconditionally.

Grrr, Sony shit, all bad, nothing good, grrr, knuckles bleeding, make mad, grrrrr.

Morons.

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Greg J Preece

I do hope they sort themselves out. While the company themselves can be completely schizo at times, and can act like assholes, they do make very good kit. They're not the only people I use, but the Sony kit I have bought has never let me down, and tends to be technically superior to the majority of the market.

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Keep out of the Olympics' way, earn a haircut from TfL app

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FAIL

Erm, forgive my squirrelly ignorance, but surely a route is more than just the beginning and end points? Aren't those what you start with, and the route is the bit inbetween?

I just love how TfL's primary response to the Olympics screwing over the capital seems to be "just walk." They wrap it up in the usual help-us-out/save-the-planet/this-is-doing-you-a-favour bullshit, but at the end of the day all this massive ad campaign says to me is: "we really fucked up with transport for this massive event half of you don't want, so we're asking all the people that paid for our network to not use it."

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PHP devs lob second patch at super-critical CGI bug

Greg J Preece

Cue 1000 server admins calling PHP a shit language whilst providing no superior alternative.

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MP blasts 'ineffective' games regulation

Greg J Preece

Off to fire up the Unreal Development Kit and make a quick mod where you kill Keith Vaz, then dilute him in vast quantities of water as a homeopathic remedy for being a twat.

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Star Trek's Wesley Crusher blasts Google+ landgrab

Greg J Preece

Re: Time to resurrect the Usenet group...

Naaaaah.

alt.shut.up.wesley

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Greg J Preece

Re: Who?

Is there anything more painfully boring than someone commenting on an article to say "Never heard of them"? Thanks for your superb contribution to the debate. Perhaps, given that this site is fulla nerds, they'd be more interested in the opinion of another nerd than that of the latest chart rapper?

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Greg J Preece

I follow Wil on FB and this is exactly why. In this case at least, he's absolutely right.

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Britain prepares for government by iPad

Greg J Preece

"Politicos had been testing the Apple 'slab in the Commons since early 2011 with the idea being that the devices could save money on print costs."

Erm, why do laptops require you to print anything more than tablets do?

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Facebook button triggers tidal wave of human organs

Greg J Preece

Re: Bloody hell ...

Reducing the time between donations might bloody help, too. Your body recovers from a blood donation within 4 - 6 weeks usually, so many countries limit it to 8 weeks between donations to be on the safe side. Here, we make it 12 weeks, which is far too long. No wonder you're short on blood supplies when a punter can only donate 4 pints a year!

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Greg J Preece

Armchair activism put to good use for once. Kinda sad that any kind of altruism is far more effective if you give someone the option to tell everyone about it on their Facebook feed.

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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS: Like it or not, this Linux grows on you

Greg J Preece

"Ubuntu's menu of the future"?

You mean that autocompleter they swiped straight out of KDE (right before they dropped support for KDE)?

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Opera retires Unite, widgets in latest browser cut

Greg J Preece
Trollface

5 downvotes already? U MAD, FANBOYS?

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Greg J Preece

Heresy! Opera works everywhere, always, and better than anyone else. :-p

What's with the focus on the extensions API anyway? A year or two ago, wasn't the party line that Opera didn't *need* extensions because it was already perfect, extensions make Firefox bloated, blah blah yadda yadda?

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Samsung DOUBLES profits on strong phone sales

Greg J Preece
Linux

Hoping Huawei do as well as predicted, as they're one of the companies to have promised Tizen phones later this year. Bring it on!

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Linux Left 4 Dead port fuels Steam for Ubuntu talk

Greg J Preece

Re: Newell ... advocate of Linux ... dislike for Microsoft's Windows 8

"If so you'd have to have Linux and Windows versions of every single game, and that relies on the developers bothering to do so"

The Mac gaming market isn't a patch on the PC one, but they have support for it, and more games are being made dual-platform (or being ported to Mac if they prove to be successful). I'm in Windows at the minute so I can't check, but I seem to remember at least 30 of my approx 200 games working on Mac. It'll just take time to develop, and I think the Linux market are hungry for it to be honest, whether the purists whine about DRM or not.

"Linux users are stereotyped as not being overly fond of paying for software - whether this is accurate I'll let the Linux users answer, and would be interested to hear."

I believe that this is the exact opposite of the truth, to be honest. Linux users don't just pay for software - they willingly donate to it. Using my Humble Bundle example from further up the thread, they release all their games on all three platforms, with pay-what-you-like donations to charity, and Linux users have topped the donation scales every single time, followed by Mac users and lastly by Windows users. We'll definitely pay, but only for quality.

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Greg J Preece

Wasn't code referring to a Linux port found in the beta of the Mac client or something? Seem to remember that. Anyway, with regard to Steam on Linux, three words:

About.

Fucking.

Time.

OK, it's a smaller portion of the market, but percentage-wise Mac isn't exactly the majority, and Steam for Android appeared first! And while the major publishers might see all PC gamers, and especially Linux nerds, as freeloaders, the Humble Bundles have proven every single time that Linux nerds pay for quality software, and pay more. That, coupled with the huge increase in the size of the PC indie market (thanks in large part to AAA publisher hate and Steam love) makes me more optimistic that this time it'll actually happen.

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Ted Nugent fined for failing to kill bear

Greg J Preece

Re: @Greg J Preece

Really? The guy pleaded guilty, accepted the fine and apologised. Compare that to other celebs, such as - oh, I dunno - Paris Hilton. The woman had a petition to stop her going to jail for repeated drunk driving offences, claiming that she should be immune because she brought excitement to otherwise mundane lives (I shit you not).

And please explain to me why a rich person should be fined more for the same offence than a less wealthy person. I'm getting rather tired of this recent notion that success = evil. "How dare you make money in exactly the way I'd love to?" The same crime requires the same punishment.*

*Between individuals. I don't believe, however, that companies should be punished on the same scale - see Google being fined $25k.

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Greg J Preece

Re: Fina aside, not really a punishment is it

Surely an entire hunting season (or the latter half of one/first half of the next, etc) would be covered under "a year."

From my perspective, I might not agree with Nugent on a lot of things, but you've got to give the guy props for straight-up apologising for what he did and taking it on the chin. He didn't try to weasel out or blame anyone else, he just accepted responsibility and said sorry. Fair play.

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Crytek: Schemes to strike second-hand games biz 'awesome'

Greg J Preece

Does anyone else think that Gabe Newell is sat somewhere cackling and rubbing his hands? Given that his is not only the largest online distribution system, but that it's one of the few with a concept of pricing...

I bought a dozen second hand games from the "please will someone take this stock" end of CeX's website the other day. Cost me practically nothing, but I can almost guarantee that I'm going to get into at least one franchise through this, and that will generate future purchases from me.

Unless, of course, you do something dickheaded like this.

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'Asteroid mining company' makes classic hypegasm debut today

Greg J Preece

Re: Hollywoods already rubbing it's hands together

@Bill - Beat me to it. I was going to point out the irony of the guy who made Aliens founding Weyland-Yutani.

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Look back in Ascii: Computing in the 1980s

Greg J Preece

Agenda

Not seen the Agenda before, but it looks seriously nifty. Always wanted to try out a chordboard - they still exist as USB peripherals aimed at RSI sufferers. Want to see how fast I could get my typing speed up on one.

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Happy 30th Birthday, Sinclair ZX Spectrum

Greg J Preece

Re: Happy birthday old pal

And me! First bit of programming I ever did, at a ridiculously young age, and all because the introductory programming manual had a wizard on the front cover, and a kaleidoscope program in the back...

My Speccy, Speccy+ (hard keyboard) and ZX81 are all still going strong, though I did lose my joystick interface. :-(

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Megaupload case near collapse: report

Greg J Preece

Re: The New Justice[tm]

Thing is, no matter how much the software developers (whose point of view I do appreciate) complain about MegaUpload, it had legitimate uses, like every other file sharer on the net. When MU went dead, so did half the links in the KDE theming/widget system, as the hobbyists who made all that stuff used MU as a reliable, fast method of distributing it. Everything on the net that copies anything can be used for piracy - should we just shut the net down? Allowing attacks like those seen against MegaUpload set a precedent that basically any service can be taken down any time the music/record/software industry says so.

Which is bullshit.

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Greg J Preece

Re: The New Justice[tm]

"if some german bloke didn't get rich off making it easy for people to copy for free what we've spent years working on"

Dotcom invented the file-copy command...?

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Biologists create synthetic DNA capable of EVOLUTION

Greg J Preece

Man promptly replied "Fuck you then, I'm off to steal some from Saturn. We don't need your self-obsessed ass."

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Greg J Preece

OK....that was completely irrelevant.

I wonder if the other Cameron (Kirk) will pay any attention to these findings...

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Nokia loses $1.7bn in Q1, sales chief falls overboard

Greg J Preece

@MaXimaN - Re: N900 upgrade path

The Desire Z is not far off the age of the N900. (Did it get an S upgrade? Don't think so.) The Mini Pro got a refresh but it's too damn small. Plus, the reason I'm on an N900 is: I don't want Android!

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Greg J Preece

Re: Anyone remember...

Pro-tip: people can tell you're a shill when you:

a) Post anonymously

b) Use the word "synergies".

Definitely a PR invasion on this thread. Sorry guys, this is El Reg. Not gonna wash. And this is coming from a guy who actually kinda likes Windows Phone. One of my phones is a Lumia 800, and holy damn is it fast. Just missing quite a few bits of software...

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Greg J Preece

Re: N900 upgrade path

Can't agree. The N9 is a nice phone and I like MeeGo, but Nokia abandoned another OS at launch, and the N9 has no keyboard. Now, if I could get my hands on an N950, that would be ace, but I'm stuck on my N900 for now. Going to go SIM-only and wait to see what happens with Tizen.

Someone make a proper smartphone with a bloody keyboard. Please? Please??

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Analyst: 'revolutionary, compelling' iPhone 5 out in October

Greg J Preece

"In any case, said Munster, the timing of the iPhone 5's launch doesn't matter: it'll so impress, fanboys and regular punters will snap it up."

Well just how the fucking fuck would you know? How does he know it'll have a "revolutionary" new design? How can he know one damned thing about a design he almost certainly hasn't seen?

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Sony 3D PlayStation TV to hit UK at last

Greg J Preece

One of the few good applications of 3DTV, but 23" is just too small. The TV hanging on my wall is 40", and I used to have a 52". Make one that size and we'll talk.

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Barclaycard slaps pay-by-bonk plasters on mobes

Greg J Preece

Re: Stealth Bonk

Stick it to the back of your hand and invent punch-to-pay?

Stick it to your grundies and do the bump? Bump bump bu-bu-bump aw yeah?

If they're in America already, I'm surprised someone hasn't had the balls to stick one to the side of his gun and scare the shit out of a few till operators with draw-to-pay, punk.

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Oracle v Google could clear way for copyright on languages, APIs

Greg J Preece

"In recent years, a strangely zealous campaign against patent protection for software has been successfu"

Which planet have you been living on? "Recent years" seem to have been chock-full of patent trolling from where I'm sat. The campaign against it can't have been that successful.

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