* Posts by Greg J Preece

2323 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Latest Call of Duty day-one sales hit $400m

Greg J Preece

Doesn't matter - they never want to sell the bloody PC version anyway. On console it would just be a waste.

What I've seen of BF3 actually quite interests me, and I didn't think it would. I might give it a shot when it comes down in price a bit.

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The Adventures of Tintin: the Game

Greg J Preece

Couldn't tell you why, but "crouching writer, hidden badly" gave me a chuckle.

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Valve admits forum hack exposed gamers' privates

Greg J Preece

I'm also wondering if those people without a forum account are OK.

I've just remembered a dormant account I have with another bank...might make it a patsy account for online transactions, top it up as required.

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Is Apple nobbling iPhones to avoid more patent misery?

Greg J Preece

It's not to hide from patent litigation - it's so they can enable the features later on a newer device and claim it's an amazing, magical new upgrade. Only $500, kids!

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Mozilla updates to Firefox 8, disables add-ons

Greg J Preece

Largely, yes. The .NET Framework is one culprit, and the Windows version of the Java plugin from Oracle is another. When you install those programs they stick a globally available add-on into your Firefox installation. They're generally to help out with stuff, but not always, and prior to now you'd get no notification one was installed.

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Release branch for U11.10

Mozilla still don't have support in their repositories for 11.10. Can we get added in this release please, guys?

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Greg J Preece

Because, as we all know, you are FORCED BY LAW to use every feature available to you in a browser.

Idiot.

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Asus prices up five-core Eee Pad Android tablet

Greg J Preece

Poor Asus girl. What did you do to her hands??

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Kids! You get back in front of that Xbox right now

Greg J Preece

And hand-eye co-ordination. And, depending on the game, reflexes. After playing Time Crisis (yes, there I go again) to competitive levels, I've now got lightning-fast reactions. Pity my *ahem* chunky form doesn't allow me to make as great a use of them as I'd like.

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PlayStation Network downloads limited to two devices

Greg J Preece

While it's not going to inconvenience most people, I honestly don't get the point. Steam will let you log in to your account from a range of devices, operating systems and versions, and get your games on all of them. You can only actually *use* any one given device at once, but that's the same as PSN.

Where I can see this potentially causing a problem is in anything that runs on both PS3 and PSP. I've already got one of each, and before long I'll have a Vita too, so Playstation Classics might be an arse...

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Apple assails mobile porn purveyor's URLs

Greg J Preece

Did they say that? As if that was a feature on their end and not a lack thereof?

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Server, disc glitches mar Battlefield 3 launch

Greg J Preece

I'll pass, thanks. All anyone can tell me about this game is that it's very pretty. Uh-huh....and?

The previous two games were just not-as-good Starsiege: Tribes knock-offs. Nuts to BF3.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes first commercial flight

Greg J Preece

Never mind my arse, my chest is a good 22 inches wide. How's that for elbow room?

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Sony and Ericsson divorce

Greg J Preece

What Boothy said. Even the new Sony e-reader I'm eyeing up runs Android. They obviously like it well enough.

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BT gets 14 days to block Newzbin2

Greg J Preece

Nnnnnnnope

The thin end of the wedge was when they used these powers to block child porn. Now they're blocking copyright material on the basis that "well, you already have the capability to block, right?" It's good old function creep. It'll go something like this:

Block child porn (Think of the kiddies....not that way!)

Block anything considered extreme by middle class white people (The terrorists want to kill you.)

Block copyright infringing sites (You're a filthy pirate.)

Block any porn considered a bit much by middle class white people (It's filth. Think of the kiddies!)

Block anything you like so long as you can get the Daily Fail to support the ban. Site mentioning drug use? Ban it. Site potentially used for prositution? Ban it. Site reflecting real life? Ban it!

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Apple gets patent for ‘unlock gesture’

Greg J Preece

Oh man, why didn't they build them?? That would have been awesome - a working Mk II StarFury. But then that's one of the things I love about B5 - their tech is futuristic, but looks and feels very practical, and because of that comes across as more plausible.

NASA, I am disappoint.

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Greg J Preece

JMS also

I distinctly remember Mollari in B5 rather grumpily swiping down a control on the right of a comms screen to turn it off.

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Greg J Preece

"Frankly it surprises me that Apple hasn't already patented it, given that it's one of the few things they did legitimately invent themselves."

Given that I was using it (after a quick mod) on Windows Mobile 5....no they didn't.

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Union enraged by secret driverless Tube plan

Greg J Preece

The *tube* is expensive?? Phht, in my experience it's cheaper than elsewhere. Up here in sunny Leeds, we seem to pay more and more every 6 months, and get less. Our promised "new rolling stock" turned out to be 20 year old London hand-me-downs, and yet my regular commuter train has recently started turning up a carriage short, which is great fun.

No prizes for guessing where all our money's gone to.

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Greg J Preece

Well, you know, perhaps job losses in the public sector aren't always a bad thing. If new technology heralds a major improvement to a system that makes it better for every one of it's millions of customers (and, I would imagine, substantially cheaper), then the layoffs may simply be necessary. It's not pretty, and re-training or reallocation would always be preferable, but the notion that anything that costs jobs is automatically bad has always puzzled me. Technology's *always* done that. There's a reason we don't have hundreds of men staffing car assembly lines any more.

Plus, as you said, the tube drivers love striking more than they love Gregg's pasties.

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Hack reveals Android tablet within Sony e-reader

Greg J Preece

Oooooh, I like this. Was just recently considering an e-reader, and a fully unlocked Android, however slow the screen is, would suit me much better than the locked-down UI.

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El Reg in SHOCK email address BLUNDER

Greg J Preece

I did post earlier that someone wasn't in the list I received, but it occurs to me now that this list is probably compiled from real name fields, and that your comment handles may well be (and it seems, often are) different from the name you input, so I will shut my trap and let El Reg answer from here on in.

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Greg J Preece
Trollface

ME! ;-)

Your username doesn't seem to be in the list I got.

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Greg J Preece
Facepalm

Kinda split on this - half amused because it's you guys, but also as unimpressed as I would be by anyone else chucking my info around. I did get a copy, and it looks like someone pasted a big CC set in the wrong field and then didn't proof-read anything... Can we get a "rolling my eyes" icon?

Did decide to have a shuftie through the list for rude words and spambots, just because I'm a sad shit.

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Boffins insert 3D objects into any old photo... realistically

Greg J Preece

Very cool. That second one isn't as convincing for some reason (other than the odd shape), but the first one is superb. Excellent work, sirs.

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Meteor shower falls from Halley’s Comet on Saturday

Greg J Preece

"I'm no expert on this, but I understand there's already tons of space debris up there already."

Exactly - we don't want to make it worse! The Chinese blew up a satellite a while back and tracking stations all over the world are still following bits of it.

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Greg J Preece

If you blow it up before it comes down, congratulations, you've just made a shitload of space debris.

If you try to blow it up on the way down, tough titties, you're out of radio contact.

A timer might work, I suppose, halfway through re-entry. But at those speeds, the sharp change in angle caused by an explosion could increase the possible impact area many hundreds of times.

Besides, anything that comes into the atmosphere without heat shielding will not exactly be intact by the time it hits the ground. Not satellites, broken shuttles, European supply pods, whales or potted plants. You'd have to be bloody unlucky to get hit.

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Greg J Preece

I doubt it would so much ricochet off a 747 as go straight through it and out the other side. ;-)

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Massive study concludes: 'Global warming is real'

Greg J Preece

Um....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industrial_Revolution

OK, OK, not as big an impact as we should be having now, but while there were less of them, they didn't even *attempt* to lessen their impact on the environment, as the stained walls on this one Yorkshire street alone will attest.

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Cable employee admits replacing Superbowl feed with porn

Greg J Preece

Surely, SURELY there's a gay American Football porno out there he could have used?

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Greg J Preece

IIRC, the FCC doesn't regulate cable (or part of it) because it's not broadcast wirelessly - their remit only covers stuff you can pick up with an antenna, because it could be received by anyone, or some such blah blah. That's why cable channels like HBO can put on shows like Bullshit!, and show all the titties and full frontal nudity they like, whereas Howard Stern isn't allowed to even say "bullshit" on air.

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Sony names PlayStation Vita release day

Greg J Preece

THIS

I cannot agree with Mr Webb more. I own a terrifying number of consoles, including at least one revision of every Nintendo machine ever made, but I keep coming back to the Sony machines because they get a lot of things right. Not everything, but a lot of things.

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Greg J Preece

I meant for handheld games (and console games right up to the Cubes). They're all carts, and the only reason the Wii has an SD slot is because they were too cheap to give it any internal memory, so it's basically "insert missing drive here".

Yes, I do own a Wii. And a DS, And a DS Lite. And they all *suck*.

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Greg J Preece

OK, you're a troll. You have to be. "The better iOS games." What, Infinity Blade? Don't make me piss myself.

I also have an original PSP, and while I admit the lineup wasn't as good as the PS2 itself, it beat the shit out of my DS, and continues to do so. Chains of Olympus was so good it's hard to tell it apart from GoW II.

And this?

"on a handheld..keep on drinking that sony cool-aid."

Perhaps you should go and take a look at the Vita demo videos. Yes, that is Uncharted. Yes, that is MGS4. No, those are not pre-rendered. Yes, these are announced releases.

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Greg J Preece

Don't agree on the slider, as the Go was a monumental failure, and partly because of its flat controls. But I agree on the storage - it was soooo nearly standard Micro SD, but they had to tweak it. Then again, this is kinda to be expected. Nintendo have *never* used a standard storage format, and Sony do have form for promoting storage options no-one wants.

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WTF?

"It's going to have to play games much much better than the touch, otherwise I can't see this getting off the ground."

....You're fucking kidding me, right?

Available for iPod Touch, which has no physical game controls: Angry Birds.

Available for the PSP2, which is a dedicated gaming machine: Metal Gear Solid IV.

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Greg J Preece

WANT!

Been drooling over this since it was first announced. That said, I am still gobsmacked that it doesn't do video, at all. Also, it looks like, as with every console with a gimmick, all the first wave of titles are legally obligated to include as many touchscreen/shaking/rear touch/motion gimmicks as humanly possible. To my dismay, Super Stardust appears to be one of them.

"Crush asteroids with your finger." Riiiight, I could piss about doing that, or you could let me SHOOT THEM.

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ITU heralds ultra-high def TV progress

Greg J Preece

Say again?

Yeah, yeah, big res, colour depth, blah blah - what was that bit about sound again?

"22.2-channel sound encoded at 48 or 96KHz in 16, 20 or 24 bits"

Oh....oh my...

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Apple 'prepping smaller iPad'

Greg J Preece

"So the iPad nano becomes the iPhone maxi?"

You're thinking of the upcoming 13 inch version, the maxiPad.

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Greg J Preece

A decent leather jacket will take a surprisingly large device in its inside pocket.

That sounds almost like a euphemism....but it's not.

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Another World 20th Anniversary Edition

Greg J Preece

Personally I'm glad they left it alone. I *love* the visuals and animation in Flashback/Another World. Normally I'm quite welcoming to graphical updates, such as the Final Fantasy/Gradius upgrades on PSP, but these games are just so stylish that I would fear them losing that individuality.

Touchscreen though? You'd have to be nuts. It was infuriating enough on a real device, but on an iToy...?

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My Council Services

Greg J Preece

Oh, I like this!

Time to register 200 GPS-marked potholes on my street!

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Sesame Street YouTube page hijacked by smut pushers

Greg J Preece

Hang on, who said kiddy porn. This is porn being displayed to kids, not porn featuring kids.

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Greg J Preece

And yet all I can think is: "couldn't you get that one bloody apostrophe in the right place?"

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Ubuntu One client now available for Windows

Greg J Preece

One word question: Kubuntu?

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Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

Greg J Preece

Played the demo on PSN

I quite enjoyed the plane mission, though as mentioned, it's very simplified, and I too was reminded immediately of HAWX. I ditched the default over-the-wing and 3rd-person modes immediately, as I always do, and it seemed competent enough.

Where I thought it would really shine was the helicopter mission. To my surprise, it didn't come across well. The controls seem rather obtuse, like the developers should have played G Police first, and they've tried to bring over some of the dogfighty feel from plane combat by allowing you to dodge missiles...via barrel roll....

Yeah, that was kinda when my suspension of disbelief shattered entirely. The chopper mission is also hard as hell. I'll give it another shot this weekend, see if it improves with a second go.

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Win 8 haters are just scared of change, say MS bosses

Greg J Preece

Step 1: Release developer preview for feedback.

Step 2: Complain that you didn't get the feedback you wanted.

Step 3: ???

Step 4: Profit!

Seriously, we don't like it because you're trying to have a touch interface and a desktop interface *at the same time*, and it doesn't bloody work.

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Flashback: The Quest for Identity

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Icon

I didn't mean to do that, apologies. It's right next to the submit button.

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IT Angle

Both Excellent Games

I have Another World Anniversary on PC - I'd love to see the HD version too. Flashback was the first of the pair that I played, and I really liked it (other than the annoying chirping sounds on the first level). Pity some of the SNES versions had a game-breaking bug at the start of the second area. It was basically a pit that you could jump on the Mega Drive, but not on SNES. But I have the MD version now, so that's definitely on my to-do list.

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