* Posts by Greg J Preece

2418 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

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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It wasn't meant to be a cliché factory either....

New rule: if you're going to constantly compare X government action to 1984 in the usual tiring Daily Mail way, you have to have read it first.

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The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?

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Re: platform independant hahahahahahahahahahahahahhahaha

That's what you do all the time with your PC. New gfx card this year, oh a new PSU because the last one wasn't meaty enough, oh more memory, oh new CPU is out so new mobo and...

Actually, it isn't. I can get PC components that will outclass console gear for not a lot of money, and sit on them for years at a time. Last PC was 7 years old when I ditched it, and that was because I moved. This new scratch-build didn't cost me all that much, and it can blitz anything currently on the market without blinking. I imagine I'll sit on this for quite some time too.

BUT

If I do decide that I want to upgrade a part of it, I can. And with a console?

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Were you expecting that games would miraculously work for Linux overnight? Valve doesn't have a $make_linux_worky_time_now variable in their code, you know.

I find it interesting that we didn't have this same kind of FUD and blah-blah about it being completely pointless when the OSX version came out. Perhaps - and this is just my defective brain at work - more games will appear on Linux over the course of time? Most indie games I look at now seem to release for all three platforms.

I was in the Steam for Linux beta. Back then I had around 30 games available to play, mostly Valve. Now I have 130, so perhaps a better way of looking at it is that the number of available games for the platform has more than quadrupled since release. I'll bet money it's got more games available than any of the new consoles, but no-one calls them pointless for being new.

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What's in your toolbox? Why the browser wars are so last decade

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Re: Browser emulator

Eventually they condescendingly acceded to that... in version 24 I think?

Right, and before that downloads were in a separate window, which I thought was irritating so I installed a plugin that moved it to a tab. Still had full progress reporting though. I can't recall ever using a version of firefox that didn't show me download progress.

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Re: Browser emulator

Development tools aside, we were told we couldn't get a download progress bar "because that belonged in a plug-in", yet the sorry shit's got Twatter, Farcebook, and ObscureSocialThingMeToo integration right in the core.

Sorry, what? This is Firefox? I'm in it right now and downloads are under an icon to the right of the URL bar, with progress displayed just fine. And I haven't seen Facebook or Twitter any time other than when I request them as URLs. What are you on about?

Incidentally, KDE Linux here also, as well as Win8.1 and OSX Lion. Never seen what you're talking about in any Firefox version. Personally, I just removed three more add-ons from Firefox because their functionality had been built into core, so the trend for me is in the opposite direction to what you describe.

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Americans to be guinea pigs in vast chip-and-PIN security experiment

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Re: Not such a big change

Er, this is the same with your basic debit card, the only difference is you swipe the stripe and then key in the pin. You can do this in the same 100s of places on the same terminal that could be compromised in the same way.

I've been tapping a lot recently, especially at the local 7-11. I have no idea what my tap limit is, but it seems to be ludicrously high - I put $200 through it a month ago and the reader just said "yep, sure" and processed the payment!

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Re: PIN lengths here are variable... 4 digits is pathetic.

So what do you do when you travel outside of the enlightened Canada and are presented with a prompt for a 4 digit PIN? Will the first 4 digits work?

When I travel to the states and am lucky enough to get a chip machine, the longer pins work just fine. I believe the restriction is in the card, not the reader.

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The part I never got with chip & pin was the 4-digit limit on PINs. Then I moved to Canada, and was both pleasantly surprised and frustrated to find that PIN lengths here are variable between 4 and 12 digits, according to user preference. I have a PIN at the higher end of that range as a result. 4 digits is pathetic.

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Microsoft throws old versions of Internet Explorer under the bus

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IE isn't a bad browser any more. It hasn't been in a long time. That comment about web devs hating IE9 in the article - I sure as shit didn't. It wasn't exactly bleeding edge but it was far superior to all of its predecessors. IE in Win8.1 is a perfectly fast, stable browser, burdened with the reputation of some versions ago.

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Nintend-OH NO! Sorry, Mario – your profits are in another castle

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Re: They need to step up their game

Sluggish is right. Remember that patch earlier this year that brought the U's boot time "under 30 seconds". Thirty bloody seconds? My PC boots in seven! What the hell was the boot time before that?

As one user put it when the patch was announced:

Well shoot, this is usually time I spend doing laundry. Or building a car. Or learning to speak a new language. Or creating a new color in the spectrum (I think I'll call it "tulra").

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Re: They need to drop the gimmicks.

Quite the reverse. The Wii was a stroke of genius, it brought Nintendo a whole demographic that was more or less completely ignored by Sony and Microsoft.

The problem with focusing previously on the "party market" is that they're very fickle. Just ask the guys that made Guitar Hero. The Wii was a trend, not a console, and the U is a pretty crap follow-up to that if you're going to try and keep the momentum. It doesn't hit the price point, it doesn't have the right games, and Nintendo's attitude to online play is absolutely lousy.

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POW! Apple smites Macbook Air EFI firmware update borkage

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Re: Anecdote, anecdote, anecdote

The only oddity was that all of them kept presenting the update as available even after it had been installed.

That happens to me all the time on my Macbook Pro. The update will just reinstall itself over and over every time I run updates, if I let it.

Kudos to Apple for getting a fix out quickly (though I really wish they'd talk to people more before turning up whenever they feel like and handing down a fix from on high). Thing is: if Airs really were bricked by the previous update, how do they go about getting this one?

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ISPs 'blindsided' by UK.gov's 'emergency' data retention and investigation powers law

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Re: Another hitchhikers quote might have been more appropiate...

"Ever thought of going into advertising?"

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You are ALL Americans now: Europeans offered same rights as US folks in data slurp leaks

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Re: Noooo! Noooo! Run away! Save yourself!

I don't see Holder offering you a couple of seats in our Senate.

No legislation without representation, eh? Maybe it's time we broke away from the overlords across the Atlantic...

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Apple: We'll tailor Swift to be a fast new programming language

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Re: Just what the world needs

MS have gained traction with C# but that's really the stand-out counter-example in terms of a new "next best thing" language that has been adopted into the mainstream.

And let's be honest, while C# is a good language, that's also partly down to what came before it being so hideous.

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