* Posts by Greg J Preece

2454 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish

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Re: looking for apps

Disagree - I use OSX, iOS, Win7, Android, OpenSUSE, Mint... Never use search on any of them. Like the OP, I know where things are. I've never got this fascination with searching for things that are exactly where I left them.

I use quick search on all of them, for simple speed reasons. Win key, type two or three letters, hit return. I don't even have to break flow and reach for the mouse.

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Re: looking for apps

Le gasp, Linux has options? That's new.

I was simply pointing out that "we did it properly" is a bit bold, considering that the implementation is late to the game and inferior to other offerings. Your retort seems to be "nobody uses Linux", which is kinda irrelevant.

Alright then, we'll do it your way. OSX is used by half as many people as Windows 8, which "everybody hates", so I feel sufficiently justified in calling it a niche system and dismissing the original assertion outright.

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Re: looking for apps

you might not like it, if you haven't been exposed to it being implemented correctly, as it is with OS X and iOS

I think my eyebrows just left holes in the ceiling, unless that was an astonishingly poor typo of "KDE".

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YouTube flushes Flash for future flicks

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Re: Why beta version of Firefox?

Because Google like to keep implying that Firefox is defective/behind in some fashion, when it isn't. I've seen them casually state similar things before. I, too, have been watching HTML5 video on YT through Firefox for a long time now, but hey.

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Re: Flash = DRM

You haven't heard of the DRM extensions for HTML video? Chrome's the only browser I'm aware of to have actually implemented them, which is why I can use it for natively watching Netflix on Linux without any Silverlight WINE hackery.

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Game over? Sony FINALLY offers compensation to MEELLIONS of PSN hack victims

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Re: Their 2011 issues cost me money because

It's sat on my shelf, along with First Light, TLOU and Killzone, waiting for the PS4 to play them on. Yes, I know. Amazon did a ridiculous sale at one point over Christmas and I couldn't stop myself.

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That was Sony's original apology to the masses for the hack (and the resulting month-long downtime). It's also how I got into inFamous, which I'm quite happy about. :-)

This is Sony offering actual financial recompense to people negatively affected. To the best of my knowledge, if my data was taken it wasn't used. By now the card that was in there is long since dead, and I haven't noticed any ill effects. Hopefully their competitors looked at the time that Sony took after the hack to secure their servers and quietly checked their own systems over before similar hacks could arrive.

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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Re: What?

That fucking super-speed attack thing at the end where he literally makes the villain spin around so fast he drills into the ground like a fucking Looney Tunes cartoon... When the guy started singing "Who Wants to Live Forever" I wanted to reach through the screen and get me some quickening.

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Don't worry, you got the best part of that deal. Scott Pilgrim was awful.

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Re: The parental burden

One of the duties of a parent is having to sit through 'must see' movies on a Saturday afternoon, the worst of which in my case being, by a considerable length of chalk, Pokémon: The Movie 2000. I would honestly rather undergo dentistry than have to sit through the final hour of that for a second time.

Is that the one where the film spends five minutes (*actually* five minutes) talking about how "fightings is totally bad you guys", and then everyone's memories are erased because Nintendo realised that would completely nutfuck a series based entirely around fighting?

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Re: What?

Don't forget Highlander 4 and 5. Yes, I am 100% serious. In fact, Highlander: The Source is far far worse in sheer concept alone than Highlander 2.

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Windows 10: The Microsoft rule-o-three holds, THIS time it's looking DECENT

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Re: YOU WILL LOVE ME!!!

Can we get "completely methods aghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh" as the QOTW?

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Greg J Preece
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That would be nice - let's hope Microsoft do that. In fairness to them, the various data reporting things in Windows 8.1 were mostly set to "off" by default, and there was a switch for each one. I'd be tempted by a Win10 phone, too. While I use Android, I have no particular affection for it, and the Windows phone I've used in the past was a pretty slick experience, even if the one I had at the time was very basic.

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Some interesting features. I'm optimistic, so long as:

1) It doesn't track every last sodding thing you do.

2) Where it does have info-hungry apps like Cortana and the like, there is an off switch. Remember that one, Microsoft? Not everyone hates Metro (I don't), but everyone hates that it was mandatory.

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Come and Twiddle Tek Gear's one handed keyboard

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I'd be tempted to give it a go. I'd looked into other chordboards previously as a method to relieve the damage done to my aching wrists by years of programming (apparently they can help - no dodgy desk resting positions, etc). What I'm wondering is - if it's Bluetooth connected, could you up your chording speed by holding one in each hand? ;-)

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SCREW you, GLASSHOLES! Microsoft unveils HoloLens

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This thing does look kinda cool, especially for someone who's been wanting to play with a Meta 1 since that company decided to screw developers around.

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Go Canada: Now ILLEGAL to auto-update software without 'consent'

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Then move to BC and live in tri-cities. Barely any snow.

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The Canadian attitude can also be seen in their response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks. France? They arrested 54 people on hate speech charges in one week. UK? They used the attacks as a springboard to try and ban encryption. Canada? They want to kill off their blasphemy laws.

I love this feckin' country sometimes.

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Professor's BEAGLE lost for 10 years FOUND ON MARS

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Re: Pixels? Easy...

Just ask Kryten:

Gah! Can we not post Back to Earth clips? Especially ones misidentified as CSI spoofs by idiots?

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

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Re: If only..

I forgot to add that if we can't make better batteries, then the infrastructure becomes the biggest issue here. Hearing that a decent charge can be gotten in 15 minutes at the right charger is great - regular stops aren't massively uncommon - but arriving to find those chargers broken, or inadequate, or just not being able to find them at all, kneecaps the whole shebang.

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Re: If only..

A 200 mile range becomes OTT and 100 miles is all one would really need

....In Europe.

Yeah, if I were still living in England then that range would be perfectly acceptable. It'd be a very rare occasion indeed that I'd do more than 200 miles in one trip. In some parts of North America, the scale is very different. Long road trips are actually quite common - numerous friends of mine have driven to California and back in the past year, from Canada! To me that's an astonishing thing, to so casually drive the entire west coast of the US, but to them this is just what you do when you live on that scale and petrol is cheap.

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Re: If only..

By the time you do a purge (O2 + Liquid H2 = Boom), chill the lines down (room temperature to absolute zero plus a smidge), load the H2, reseal the tank, the chap in the Tesla will have unplugged from the supercharger and left.

So what about that one Honda made years ago, that's been demonstrated and doesn't seem to take more than a few minutes to fill?

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Google crashes supposedly secure Aviator browser

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Re: @AC,

I know that if the CIA or NSA or CGHQ did this... everyone here would be screaming bloody murder.

Too much effort. They'll just let Google do it and then demand a back-door. You know, to PREVENT THE TERRORISTS!

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No, the Linux leap second bug WON'T crash the web

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Re: Few systems propperly account for this

Don't GPS satellites move through time at a slightly different speed to ground-based fleshlings anyway? I seem to remember that being a bigger problem to solve than leap seconds.

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Want to have your server pwned? Easy: Run PHP

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Re: And the alternative is ?

Hibernate and just about every other database abstraction layer is unfit for purpose, and anybody using them is clearly demonstrating that they should be going to the institution that "taught" them programming and demand their tuition fees back.

This is an unfortunate consequence of living in a world where everybody who thinks they can write "Hello world!" in HTML considers themselves a "programmer".

AC got condescending fast. Abstraction/ORM layers aren't perfect (and Hibernate sure as shit isn't) but they're a useful tool for people looking to get stuff done and have that stuff be redeployable. It's a side effect of us not all achieving your god-given perfection. If no "real" programmers use them, you might want to chat about that to...well, pretty much every application I've coded against in the past ten years. A real programmer is aware of the limitations of the frameworks they utilise, rather than casting them all aside and reinventing the wheel with every project.

Or you could quit being such a snobbish twat, but I doubt that'll happen.

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Re: More secure than IIS

Except that in the major OSS vulnerability alerts, the vulnerabilities are usually found by researchers..... You know? People reading the code and recommending fixes?

It's almost like finding problems before hackers do, providing immediate fixes and then doing your best to alert everyone to them is a cornerstone of why OSS software remains secure.

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Re: And the alternative is ?

I've seen unsanitised inputs in raw SQL in PHP, sure. I've also seem that in Java (bypassing Hibernate to do so, no less), and myriad other languages. Shitty coding is as shitty coding does.

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ALIEN fossils ON MARS: Curiosity snaps evidence of life

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Re: Unconvincing hype

Carefully comparing known factors to presented evidence isn't science?

I've got science on the phone, they want a word.

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Ex-Microsoft Bug Bounty dev forced to decrypt laptop for Paris airport official

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Re: If this had happened in the US or Canada, at the border

No... they would not "take a copy". My own experience in this exact situation in border control in Ottawa was that they simply do basic searches on the "unlocked" computer for images and videos and then browse through them for illegal images (child porn and the like).

Happened to me several times after inadvertently ending up in the naughty queue at a Canadian airport. They ask you to log into the system and then they go rifling through it. Of course, they do that in another room where you can't see what they're doing, which I think is complete BS considering their willingness to go through phones in front of you. They didn't ask me to decrypt anything though, just log in.

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Tor de farce: NSA fails to decrypt anonymised network

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Re: I'm feeling a bit ambivalent this morning...

Getting this week's FOTW out of the way early, aren't we?

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Couch potatoes relax: Netflix scores big STREAMING TV PATENT win

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Re: great, fine, congratulations

They need to improve their selection outside the US. Canada fares pretty well, but the selection is still inferior. The UK? Phhht, rubbish. However, if you're the savvy type and have an endpoint somewhere in the states, they will do bugger all to prevent you tunnelling.

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Why, hello there, Foxy... BYE GOOGLE! Mozilla's browser is a video star

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Wow, the bitching is strong with this thread.

It's an open web standard. Firefox added support for a new open standard. That is what you are complaining about. Chrome already had support for it, but Mozzy have apparently completely ruined their browser by adding support for a feature no-one is forcing you to use.

For those of us that do want video conferencing without vendor lock-in (that's quite a lot of us, chum), this is great to finally see arrive, and I've been waiting on it. Thank you Moz, for continuing to properly support modern open web standards.

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Re: I hate this

This is one of the worst things Mozilla have done in a very long time. I really mean that.

Wow...hyperbole much? It's a standards-based implementation of a new open protocol that's been intended since HTML5 and the newer JS versions were planned. Chrome also has it, but I don't recall such a whine-fest when they dared to add newer standards support to their browser.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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I just came here to watch people nerd rage over a fairly minor update. Looks fine, though not adding responsive in any redesign these days is deserving of a whippin'.

Now, back to whiner watching.

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Developers offering Mozilla-like experience will work on Firefox-like experience for iThings

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Ugh. I imagine market pressures are responsible for this, but c'mon, Gecko or GTFO. Mozilla without Gecko just makes me feel dirty. Wish they hadn't caved on this, or on VP8. Come on Mozzy, your principles are why I give you money.

Someone remind me again why Internet Explorer coming with Windows (and allowing alternatives) is antitrust bullshit, but this bullshit from Apple is totally OK? Deliberately gimping any other browser is fine?

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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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