* Posts by Greg J Preece

2323 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

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Greg J Preece

Fluid width comments! You beautiful people, I've been wanting that for ages. The previous stuff looked kinda silly on a 1080p monitor.

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Chrome beats IE market share for one day

Greg J Preece

Re: "Chrome catching IE slowly"?

"Mozilla have done their level best to get rid of me, with intrusive updates and interface changes"

This again? Those "interface changes" are so unbelievably easy to get rid of that I can't even remember what they look like. They came in in v4, I turned them off in about 3 seconds, and my profile has continued without them to the present day. If that stopped you upgrading for another 7 versions, how do you cope when moving between Windows versions?

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Greg J Preece

Re: The sun does not shine out of the ass of Chrome.

"Let's not forget that Chrome isn't perfect. While it has definitely improved the web immensely, it's now the buggiest modern browser I know save the last time I looked at Opera."

With you on this. They tried so hard to replace IE6, and they're replacing it with an all new set of bugs. I build for Gecko, then cross-browser test, and these days Chrome gives me as many issues as IE does (though in fairness I anticipate the IE ones).

But you point that out to people and they just reply "yeah, but it's fast." So friggin what? Chrome renders pages 0.0002 seconds faster? What is that worth if it doesn't render them properly?

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Game files for administration

Greg J Preece

Re: @greg

"Does that make us failures as citizens?"

Yeah, that's what I said....

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Greg J Preece

To-let sign already up on the Albion Street store in Leeds (just round the corner from the Headrow store, naturally). I get the feeling that was already there, but damn that's harsh.

Went to spend the point on my Game card, and despite checking both stores, the stock available was that shit that I literally had difficulty choosing a game FOR FREE.

Grainger Games (springing up round here) might have disorganised walls of new/preowned games, but at least they're games and not keyrings, and they don't cost the Earth. CeX opposite on the Headrow also seems to be doing a roaring trade, and long may they continue.

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Greg J Preece

Re: Happy?

"I think you'll find they also sell DS styluses that look like pencils, angry bird alarm clocks, nintendogs pencil sharpeners, and all manner of other complete crap that just takes up space :-)"

Have an upvote for that one. Who buys that shit? (Other than Zelda fanboys?)

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Greg J Preece

Re: Same sentiment here

*Wave*

Judging by the downvotes, it apparently is bad. Phht, hypocrites. Everyone's willing to rail on a company when they're doing alright, for being overpriced, bullying suppliers, having terrible stock and generally acting like arseholes, but when they go down the pan everyone runs straight for that moral high ground as fast as possible.

Game took out Gamestation and EB. Good riddance.

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Greg J Preece

Is it wrong that I'm actually kinda happy about this? Not for the people working there (several of which are friends of mine, incidentally*) but because it brings a smile to my face to see a greedy, often reviled company go arse-over-apex.

*Here's hoping for their sake that the Dewsbury store gets saved.

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Greg J Preece

Re: Correction required

Yeah, I read that myself. Didn't exactly have much in the way of sourcing. Will laugh my arse off if it turns out to be right, though.

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Testicle-boiling new iPad ignites fanboi fury

Greg J Preece

Re: @Sean Timarco Baggaley

I did install a more sensible fan controller. It's called Linux. :-D

Good ol' rEFIt, letting me tri-boot the machine. Incidentally, Mac OS X is the system of the three I use least...

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Greg J Preece

@Sean Timarco Baggaley

Cheap laptops? The laptop that currently attempts to burn my nuts off every time I ask it to do something more intensive than pick its nose is a MacBook Pro. Might be because the cooling/ventilation through a thin slit in the monitor hinge is a bloody stupid idea done so their machine stays pretty, I dunno. Either way, there's a reason the cat takes every available opportunity to sit on it.

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Greg J Preece
Flame

@Moose

This argument is pathetic and playground enough, don't get me started on you about BD clearly being a superior format to HD-DVD. :-p

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Geeks seek cubits for Battlestar flight sim

Greg J Preece

Re: Bah

Pretty much. For those not in the know, see here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meYx9RuCAQY

That man is my hero.

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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

Greg J Preece

Re: TERMINATOR PISSFUCKING THREE!

I honestly don't get why people thought T4 was worse. It was still shite, but compared to the utter travesty of T3?

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Greg J Preece

Re: The Langoliers

"I have a meeting in Boston AT NINE O CLOCK SHARP!"

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Greg J Preece

Re: Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!

I think you missed the point of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. Go watch the intro to the kids' cartoon series (yes, I am serious - yes, I watched it as a child). You'll get the idea.

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Greg J Preece
Mushroom

TERMINATOR PISSFUCKING THREE!

If you read the previous comment thread, you saw this coming.

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Portal 2 prevails at Bafta game awards

Greg J Preece

Re: Hmmm

Dunno. Tripwire aren't the biggest company on Earth - maybe they can't get an Unreal 3 licence yet. Both their current big games are still Unreal 2 based. It would be nice to see them move to U3, as it's a rather good engine.

The real question is, can they come up with enemies more infuriating than crawlers and husks?

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Greg J Preece

Re: Hmmm

Because your average 13 year old squeaky-voiced XBL player isn't interested in teamwork. They want a bigger digital cock than everyone else, so it's all about the kill numbers.

Which is why when I want co-op I play Killing Floor. Play as a team or get destroyed, and medics are respected rather than called "n00bs".

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Atmospheric CO2 set to SOAR from 0.0004 to 0.0007 - OECD

Greg J Preece

Still having the wrong debate

How about we start talking about the more obvious problem: there are too many humans. We need to start encouraging (not forcing, before you get started) people to curtail the birth rate, and it needs to happen now. These dates are within the lifetime of the next generation.

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Hands on with Kinect Star Wars

Greg J Preece

@Toxteth- Re: It didn't take a rocket scientist

He didn't seem to mention the Move at all, and even if the Move was shit, that doesn't make the Kinect good.

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Eddie Murphy heading for worst movie ever glory

Greg J Preece

@Jim - Re: Oh, if we're looking for worst films ever

AI was pretty bad. It wasn't the worst thing I'd seen...and then the ending happened. What...the...fuck.

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Greg J Preece

What's wrong with you guys? OK, T4 was horrible too, but T3 was atrocious. The mind-numbing and completely pointless action scenes. The total lack of an explanation for why the narrative has continued. The lack of an explanation for the presence of yet another T-800 model 101. The complete pussification and sidelining of John Connor, a dude who was previously the coolest 10 year old alive. The bullshit explanation of why Sarah isn't around (her actress knew this was going to be shite).

They make gay bar jokes with a Terminator, and turn him into a comic character more than once. No, no no no no no. The Terminator in the original film was big, sinister and fucking deadly. Even in T2, he softens over time, but in the beginning he's death incarnate. He'll make you shit your pants just to steal your sunglasses. He comes across as a threat, and you believe it when Sarah tries to destroy him. In T3, they take that same character and put him in Elton John shades.

HA HA FUCKING HA. Prick.

That's not to forget the other supposed walking killing machine in the movie: the fembot, an early prototype for a Michael Bay transformer. Oh yes, this is going to conquer the fucking world. Inflatable tits and skintight leather are required for that, are they? And the remote-control nanobots? BULLSHIT. The T-800's power-core going nuclear just so we can have another explosion? BULLSHIT.

I'm going to stop here before I hyperventilate (again). God, I hate that fucking film. The ending was the one thing that came near to a saving grace, but by that point I was so full of rage I was ripping the arms off the cinema seat and frothing at the mouth.

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Greg J Preece

Worst movie I've ever seen? Well, I own copies of Battlefield Earth, Sword for Truth *and* the animated Titanic films, so they would definitely qualify.

Most hated film? Terminator 3, hands down, no contest. Not just because it was an unnecessary cash-in, not just because it was a horrendously shit experience, but because of what it ruined, and how big a part of my childhood that ruined thing was.

Fuck you, Mostow. Fuck you.

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Boffins render fibre obsolete

Greg J Preece

Oh, go on then

Ba-dum tish.

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Greg J Preece

All these worlds are yours, except Europa. Attempt no landings there. Use them together. Use them in peace.

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Gamers pledge almost a million dollars for Wasteland sequel

Greg J Preece

My Kickstarter Idea!

Don't worry, not a spam post. I say we start a Kickstarter account to buy back Criterion and Bioware from EA. If even a tenth of the gamers who play their games pledge a half-decent amount of money, we could do it, and reduce the influence of Evil Arseholes.

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Greg J Preece

Damn, and I just sent money to Schafer! Will have to wait for my next paycheque, then Fargo can definitely have some. Hopefully I can get there in time for a signed copy. Replaying Fallout 1 at the moment and it's still brilliant.

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Smartphone owners demand bigger screens

Greg J Preece

3.7 screens are the top-end for me. Anything larger than that and I can't easily control it one-handed with my thumb.

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Death Star SUCKS PLASMA FROM SUN in NASA riddle vid

Greg J Preece

Re: Emerging from Sun?

Nope, but you are the only person to mis-spell "Mote".

</pedant>

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Everything Everywhere grabs UK 4G wheel, rivals thrown off bus

Greg J Preece

Well, my personal phone is T-Mobile and my work phone is Orange. Roll on the good times!

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Game Group shares slide under a penny

Greg J Preece

Re: Been failing for 15 years +

"As for the second hand stores, all they do is rob money from the game developers and, in an industry where a £20 million product can be judged a flop in a handful of weeks, those of us gamers who give a sh*t about innovation and quality instead of "yet-another-FPS" (Syndicate EA, really?) should always try to buy new copies from their retailer of choice."

Bollocks, and bollocks I'm sick of hearing. If it wasn't for the 2nd hand market, I'd have never become a gamer, because the new games are too expensive for anyone under 20. If it wasn't for the 2nd hand market, I would never have played the most innovative games, because they quickly disappear under a tide of X-box shit and it takes a cult following to bring them to light. If it wasn't for the 2nd hand market, I wouldn't have gotten into half the games I have, or have a huge collection as I do.

I still give huge amounts of money to the game industry all the time, but if the publishers had it their way we'd be paying £50 a pop for ten year old games. This is the *only* industry we hear this bullshit bleating from. In every other industry, a purchase is regarded as something you own, and can do with as you please. Only in the games industry has this strange attitude grown that anyone not paying the poor, neglected largest entertainment sector on Earth the full price is some thieving scumbag. Sod off.

I *do* care about gaming, a hell of a lot, but I show support for brilliant and innovative games by spreading the word, encouraging uptake. If someone I recommend Rez to buys it 2nd hand to try it, and likes it, then they might pre-order Child of Eden at full price, and the developer makes moolah they wouldn't have otherwise. The developers can take their moaning and shove it, and stop trying to make me feel like a thief because their products are overpriced.

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Greg J Preece

"where else can you get good value second hand video games on the high street?"

CeX. Waaay cheaper than Game, in almost every instance, plus the staff tend to know their stuff. CeX have been storming through a recession and opening new stores, because they price stuff a bit cheaper and get the stock shifted out. They're not too proud to slice a price if it moves stock, and Game are.

Price is Game's biggest problem. I can't count the number of times I've been in their PC section wondering how many litres of piss they're taking. The staff are alright, the store's not bad, it's just the pricing that's generally insane.

And I can't forgive them for what they did to Gamestation. That place was fantastic before Game got their teeth into it. A proper retro section stretching back to the Master System, rare or classic games kept in a cabinet, great staff, great prices, and then Game bought it. Retro was killed off immediately, the place started selling DVDs and later Blu Ray, and it just became another Game store. What a loss.

The fire sale's already started, though. Is anyone fooled by their "Spring Clean" sale? I bought 4 games at the weekend for the price of just one two weeks prior.

And as for the supermarkets, they're worse. A tiny selection of whatever games the staff have heard of, stock older then the person you're buying it for, and daft prices. ASDA are marginally better than the others, but only marginally. Sod that.

Nope, if Game goes, it'll be CeX only for me. That, and BHF. For some inexplicable reason, BHF round here always have great games in from a few years ago, at about a quid a piece!

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iPad 3 'first tablet' with Bluetooth 4.0

Greg J Preece

Re: Crystal Clear Text

That's three posts spamming your product launch across the site today. Nice PR, there. Everyone knows that El Reg commentards respond well to spam advertising.

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Microsoft 'yanked optical drive from Xbox 720'

Greg J Preece

Check out Ubuntu TV. I don't like Unity on a desktop but on a telly it's rather spiffing.

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LYING iPhone 4S mobes claim 4G connection on 3G network

Greg J Preece

Re: Any speed works

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8huXkSaL7o

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Greg J Preece

Re: This sort of tosh happens all the time

I was looking at the specs of the Huawei Mediapad on the Orange website today. Apparently it has "dual 1.2GHz processors". Really? Not one dual-core processor, then?

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Greg J Preece

Yeah, I mean for christ's sake, it's only a network/mobile maker effectively lying about their product's capabilities in order to promote it over identical offerings. Anyone would think this was a technology website or something! Let's ditch these stupid non-news stories and get back to global economics and interviews with Greenpeace.

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Flying Spaghetti Monster's works spotted in space

Greg J Preece

Re: lets be honest

Missed Kitzmiller vs Dover, then? That was just funny. "No, I've no idea where those textbooks I personally raised the money for and ordered came from. What do you mean, lying under oath?"

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Lingerie-clad she-devils romp past watchdog

Greg J Preece

Ah, the repressed sexual attitudes. God forbid that someone under the age of 18 ever accept their own horrible, nasty, filthy human body, or understand it. That would just corrupt their tiny, fragile minds. The mere mention of sex within 100 metres of an infants school would cause hundreds of deaths, grey matter leaking from tiny innocent noses.

Clearly, mollycoddling is the way to go.

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Greg J Preece

Re: Porn

"I don't believe I'm a puritanical prude, but I simply don't believe that that amount of flesh should be on display all over the place."

I've got some bad news for you...

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Apple pushes out Mac OS X update to fix Time Machine fail

Greg J Preece

Wireless patches? Finally! The wireless on my MBP drops its connection every ten minutes in Mac OS X, but works flawlessly in Linux and Windows. It's infuriating, especially if you're downloading stuff.

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Jelly Bean confirmed as Android names get sweeter

Greg J Preece

And yet again I get to respond to some miserable bastard with the two words "Snow Leopard".

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Metro breakdown! Windows 8 UI is little gain for lots of pain

Greg J Preece

Minimum width of 1366 pixels? So how come after installation (before driver installs) it runs at 1024x768?

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Greg J Preece

Re: I overheard a guy on the train the other night

The Windows key on a Mac is the cloverleaf/command/whatevertheballsyoucallit button to the left of the spacebar.

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Greg J Preece

Re: KDE FTW!!!

Couldn't agree more. KDE might not be (by default) the prettiest or slickest UI in the world, and people looking at a fresh install might just think "Windows clone", but to me it's a well established system with a great app suite, and every single corner of it just bristles with config options.

How big do you want your panel? Should it be translucent? What should it contain, and do you need more than one? What widgets do you want on which screen at what size with what options? Do you want to ditch the whole thing and just have an icon-based launcher on the desktop? Should this window be solo, part of a group, sit on top, or drop its surround altogether?

If you're the kind of person who wants things to work your way, KDE is brilliant. It doesn't take long to config, as pretty much everything is GUI controlled, and once it's kitted out, everything you need is exactly where you want it. Been using it for years, and having played with GNOME/Unity from time to time, I can't see myself going back. (That is, on a desktop. Tried Ubuntu TV at the MWC and it looks fantastic.)

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Microsoft drops 'risky' Windows 8 preview on World

Greg J Preece

Safe mode can now only be activated by launching a normal boot and selecting it as a reboot option...

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Who the fuck thought that was a good idea??

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Greg J Preece

Downloading now. Looks interesting...as with others, I'm really not sure about removing the Start button, but at least they're trying. I'm actually kinda warming to Metro, but not on the desktop. The whiplash I get from moving to and from it is just too much.

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iPad 3 launch news pushes Apple shares to $500bn high

Greg J Preece

I don't want to live...

...on this planet any more.

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Sony shifts more than a million PS Vitas

Greg J Preece

Make the games cheaper, and Sony wins. A + B= C.

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