* Posts by Greg J Preece

2442 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Munich's mayor claims €4m savings from Linux switch

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Re: hmm

"Please do explain why using Linux increases productivity for the average worker?"

I've got this one!

First up, it doesn't crash nearly as often. Boom, recovered hours of manpower right there.

Secondly, it has many many more features built in that don't require additional components or faffing around when you realise the attachment you were e-mailed needs an office service pack to be opened. Archiving is a great example. Windows will open practically nothing, and Mac about the same - Ark on the other hand will open pretty much anything you can throw at it, and it's integrated so the user doesn't even need to know what it is. PDF reading is another - Windows needs Adobe Reader, which I think we can all agree is magnificent bloatware. Every Linux distro I've used has an integrated reader, so again, no training or product knowledge required by the end user - just click the bloody thing.

Lastly (and these are just quickly off the top of my head) the file managers in anything that isn't Linux are atrocious. I thought Explorer was as basic as it could get, and then I used Finder. These things are terrible, and considering how core they are to the average office user's experience, it's pretty unforgivable. Something like, say, Dolphin, is brimming with useful and easily accessed functionality that helps me out on a daily basis.

Those are just the ones that sprung to mind. Others might be "having a network manager that isn't the most confusing labyrinth piece of shit ever designed by man", or "it's just way way way faster", but I'll leave those for other commenters.

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Apple slapped with second Siri senility lawsuit

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Re: Beta!

Siri's a gimmick for the gullible, but I would like to point out that another tech giant's favourite thing in the universe is to keep production products in "beta" for years so they don't have to concern themselves with such petty concerns as whether or not they work correctly.

How many years was Google Maps in beta, anyway?

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PlayStation 4 'Orbis' pegged for 2013 release

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Re: AMD?!? *yawn*

"I remember when Sony made cool hardware."

Your argument against AMD gfx chips being used is that they're...not.....cool.......... You're a CoD player, aren't you?

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Re: Sounds shitty

"Xbox games we can still play cheaper & better on PC."

Exactly why I don't have a 360. Between my PS3 and the PC, I can get pretty much any big-name game I want. Only some of the JRPGs and XBLA releases have tempted me over, but isn't XBLA supposed to be available on PC now?

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Re: You mean.. 1080p at last

"The only gaming platform that offers 1080p @60fps for all games is the PC."

Only 1080p? I've been running 4072x1024 for about 5 years now. ;-)

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Re: Pathetic

"know what would be funny, if the next X-Box release did the exact opposite"

Yeah, that'll happen. It was MS who started this whole unlock-code business, and it was a fair old while before it started to infect the PS3 library on any kind of scale. If this horrendous anti-consumer crap is what Sony are doing, how bad are MS going to be?

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Re: Time for the graveyard?

I agree with everything you said except for the AMD bit, which is actually where this console makes sense. Part of the PS3's problem is that it's insanely powerful, but the Cell is not something people are used to. The AMD chips, on the other hand, will use an instruction set people will almost certainly be familiar with.

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Re: Sounds shitty

Amen. Unless the retail games are cheaper as a result, or start offering more than 6 hours of half-arsed gameplay, you can count me out of that one. I love my 60GB PS3, and not least because I can shove PS2 and PS1 games into it.

It really is a massive shift in attitudes. Back when the PS1 emerged, Sony didn't care at all that it was being pirated left, right and centre (if they did, they did sod all about it). These days, all 2nd hand gamers are criminals.

Well, I don't give a toss about graphics, and games are turning Hollywood in their shittiness and lack of polish. This past year I've bought several games new that didn't work properly and have never been patched. So sod 'em, I'll buy up the previous 3 consoles' worth of good games, and go back to my PC, where the prices are cheaper, the graphics and controls are better, and the gameplay is far more involving.

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ALL Visa cards blab punters' names - not just Barclaycards

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I don't get why people are surprised by this. It's a chip, in your card, that allows your payment details to be grepped wirelessly, and you thought that was a good idea??

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Plastic that SELF-REPAIRS using light unleashed by prof

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Re: ROTM

I thought the T-600s had rubber skin, not plastic.

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James Cameron back from dive to world's deepest point

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Re: Pacifist aliens?

2 minutes was all I could stand of the cliche-ridden dialogue, and was more than enough to figure out the plot of the next 20 minutes, ta very much. I don't have to watch all of a shit movie to detect that it's shit. Go watch the first 2 minutes of Transmorphers, then try and convince me that the rest of it's going to be a masterpiece, sarky arse.

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Pacifist aliens?

You obviously didn't see the director's cut where they threatened to annihilate the world, then. Much better ending, incidentally.

You can rail on Cameron (quite rightly) for Titanic and Avatar. I saw 2 minutes of the latter on a demo screen at HMV and it seemed pretty terrible, but most people lapped it up because it was pretty. That said, you shouldn't forget that he made Abyss, Aliens, and the two Terminator movies. That's not a CV I would scoff at.

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Windows Phone left on launchpad by Angry Birds in spaaace

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And as we all know, the Amiga survived and was totally successful, whereas the PC has nose-dived into oblivion.

Not the best example you could have picked. ;-)

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Worst movie poll screening delayed 7 days

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Oh hi, Lewis! Why don't you want to do my movie? It's real good, huh! Why don't you like it? Don't you know anything about life? You're tearing me apart, Lewis!

Come on guys, let's go home, huh.

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Mass Effect 3 crooks trick gamers with fake 'alternate ending'

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Re: Just a friendly warning

Please don't refer to that mediocre series as a "saga"...

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Re: No mass effect game of the year edition

ME2 didn't have a GOTY that I know of, but it did have a rather spandangly collector's edition on PC - all in easy-to-destroy card wrapping, naturally.

Man, that irritates me. Why are the editions that a collector is supposed to want to keep for years and years the most fragile? And then some (&$£%£ at the store goes and puts one of their impossible-to-remove price stickers on the ^$%^ing card.

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Managed to deftly avoid the spoilers above (knock that shit off!), but came on to point out the ironic part of this story: BioWare said yesterday that the feedback was so terrible they're thinking of releasing - you guessed it, EA fans - DLC to fix it!

Aaaaaaand this is why I don't buy EA games at release any more. I wait until they nickel and dime everyone to death for stuff that should be in the released game, and then buy the games once the complete game is out.

Incidentally, El Reg, <spoiler /> tags seem like a pretty good idea to me. Seen them put to excellent use on other forums. You either have to highlight the spoiler text or click a button to read it.

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Chrome beats IE market share for one day

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Re: "Chrome catching IE slowly"?

"Installing Chrome requires (I believe) admin rights."

Sure as hell doesn't. Last time I let Chrome onto the network, it would install itself into user profiles to bypass Windows Installer lockouts. It's not that its malware because installers come with it checked as default - it's malware because its installation method deliberately bypasses security restrictions through poor coding/software practices.

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Re: "Chrome catching IE slowly"?

"The flat line for Firefox is presumably explained by the fact that it is nobody's default browser, except for Linux distros with bog-all market share."

Ummmm....its flatlined at 20-odd percent, isn't it? Kinda goes against the "only Linux hippies use it" argument.

And yeah, Chrome's installer is evil. I can't believe they haven't caught more flak for actively bypassing system restrictions in order to install it. I figured out how to block it on my Windows machines and did so immediately. My philosophy is, if you're willing to do that, then I can't trust you, so get the hell off my machines.

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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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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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El Reg user forum opens to public, HTML for all (mostly)

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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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Game files for administration

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Re: @greg

"Does that make us failures as citizens?"

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

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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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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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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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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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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

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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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@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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@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

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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?

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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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Re: The Langoliers

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

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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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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

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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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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

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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

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@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

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@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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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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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

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Oh, go on then

Ba-dum tish.

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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

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