* Posts by Greg J Preece

2323 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Firefox 4 debuts: The last kitchen sink release

Greg J Preece

Really?

"it killed all the extra navigation buttons on my mouse"

That's odd, mine work fine. Logitech MX518. Whatcha got?

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Greg J Preece

You arrogant tit

The statement you quoted is all about the next set of web standards being widely adopted and actively supported. It has sod all to do with requiring Cray superboxes to run your browser on. But then you wouldn't get that, since you're clearly not a developer.

And if progress is bad, what are you reading this site in? Lynx? Or did someone "push the web forward" to the point where you can use a mouse?

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Greg J Preece

I did the first time, hit refresh

As per title really. First Flash vid I tried to watch did squat, hit refresh, now everything is fine. Don't look at me, I've no idea either.

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I like it

Been using it all afternoon under Windows 7 (shush, I dual boot) and it's pretty good. Can't comment on load times as the initial load was obviously converting my profile/checking add-ons, but once loaded, it's pretty sprightly. Opera and Chrome die-hards will probably crow about theirs being 0.2ms faster to load a page, but really, the difference now is slight enough that I couldn't care less. There's far more to browsing the web than rendering speed, after all. Now that FF4 is out and IE is becoming less of a hog, I don't think there's a current browser out there I'd describe as "slow".

I'm not a fan of the new minimalist interfaces in any of the current browsers, to be honest, but getting everything back where it belongs really didn't take long. (This was also the first thing I did in IE9.)

Some of the new options and fiddles are nice. Having Sync built straight-in is a boon, and the new add-ons/personas screen is very nice indeed. I also like the "app tabs" or whatever they call them - very useful indeed for getting my most used sites down to a wee pinned favicon and out of the way.

The concept of tab groups appeals, but there really really needs to be a keyboard shortcut to switch between them. I might knock together an add-on that does just that. My personal view has always been that every second spent reaching for the mouse is a second wasted. ;-)

Probably half my add-ons aren't listed as compatible, which is the real bitch. Some of these are stupid things I haven't used in ages, like Froggr (exactly what you think it is), so I've removed them, but others are useful to me, and I'm hoping that the add-on developers are still around to fix them up. That's the risk you take with a system like this, though. You can't just assume compatibility, after all. The major must-haves still work, fortunately, like Firebug and the Developer Toolbar. Thanks guys!

Incidentally, being able to install/uninstall without restart is a kick-ass addition. That always used to do my head in.

In all, I like it. There are a few tweaks that I would have made here and there, but it seems stable enough, it zips along, and it works as well as it ever did. Just got to wait for some of my add-ons to update. Looking forward to playing under the hood with the new developer tools, as soon as I get chance.

Now, over to the inevitable Opera fanboy to yell about how rubbish it is and how all the good bits were stolen from the Cult of the Chosen.

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Apple sues Amazon over 'App Store' name

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Coffee/keyboard

*Splutter*

"Apple simply got there first, just as they created the smartphone market"

*Hack* *Cough* *Splutter* .....What??

"and made graphical interfaces affordable to the public."

...............WHAT????

Seriously dude, what weed are you smoking, and can I get a drag on that?

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Apple bans iPhone 3G patch omission talk from forum

Greg J Preece

You just pointed out the difference

El Reg will allow posts that criticise El Reg, so long as you're not being a complete shit or personally abusive.

They allowed your post to stand, after all.

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Greg J Preece

I think I know

"I'm sorry, what was the problem again?"

That most people aren't techies, don't know what the hell "jailbreak" means, and think Opera is a kind of music?

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Greg J Preece
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Silence for a reason

"(and don't forget to price in "silence" as an option)."

Along with "using the case as a heatsink." ;-) Sorry, we've got a few MacBook Pros in the office and every time I pick one up it always feels a bit toasty.

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Duke Nuke teases with sapphic siblings

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Out of odd curiosity...

...I went onto Penny Arcade and searched for their earliest comic about Duke Nukem: Forever.

http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/1999/11/3/

1999. Nice.

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IE9: Downloads beat Angry Birds, lag Firefox and Opera

Greg J Preece

I was surprised at that too

"Are automatic updates considered? IE9 isn't on Windows update yet."

Yeah, I was wondering about that too. IE9's various beta and RC updates went on Windows Update, but the final release didn't, which I wasn't expecting. Surely you would at least want to update people away from the pre-release versions, rather than leave them on "unfinished" software?

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Fukushima on Thursday: Prospects starting to look good

Greg J Preece
FAIL

@Lomax - You are kidding, right?

"I agree that there is a fair amount of hysteria, but calling the loss of electricity supply "several extremely powerful natural disasters" is revisionist in the extreme. "

To me, calling a force 9 earthquake a "loss of electricity supply" seems revisionist, but OK then, let's call it an initial loss of electricity, caused by...? Oh, and by the way, I love how:

"ALL the problems at Fukushima are directly related to the loss of power to the cooling systems. NOT damage caused by the earthquake and NOT damage caused by the tsunami"

...is followed immediately by...

"Yes, the back-up generators were flooded"

Hmmm. Was that by the tsunami, by any chance?

", but had there been an alternative power source..."

There was. Mains, followed by generators, followed by batteries and mobile generators (the latter of which was where it went really wrong). Partly because of that event. Oh, what was it again?

"Go back and look the sequence of events again!"

Perhaps you should.

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Greg J Preece

Wow, you are full of it

El Reg are one of the few media outlets reporting this story with any level of calm or scientific analysis. Most places are just banging on about explosions and nuclear material without putting any of it into context.

People seem to have decided that the situation is all down to this being a nuclear reactor, and not a nuclear reactor hit by several extremely powerful natural disasters. Given the extraordinary circumstances, the facility seems to have performed astonishingly well, and desperately trying to claim that this is a "catastrophe" makes you look like an imbecile.

With the country in ruins and tens of thousands dead, you're all pointing to another potential incident and screaming about how appalling it is. As if nothing else happened in Japan that day... Way to miss the real catastophe, moron.

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Dell Inspiron Duo

Greg J Preece

I'm quite interested in this sort of thing

This kind of device is a definite interest for me - a tablet that you can still easily create with when needed. The weight doesn't bother me much, but the killer in this one is the battery life. For a modern laptop/tablet/mobile anything, that's just really crap.

Once Linux spins get up to date with all the multitouch niceness, a device of this nature running a custom spin would be very nice.

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MS embraces/shuns Google's open video codec

Greg J Preece

You missed a bit

"Who bears the liability and risk for consumers, businesses, and developers until the legal system resolves the intellectual property issues?"

...that *we're* threatening people with...

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Hadron Collider 'could act as telephone for talking to the past'

Greg J Preece

Ever seen Frequency?

It's actually quite good. Well, I thought it was.

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Asus Eee Pad Slider

Greg J Preece

The answer is obvious

My phone runs Debian. Sorry, Maemo, but come on, it's Debian. Why is that awesome, pray tell? Well, aside from the obvious bonus of not having an arbitrary abstraction layer keeping me away from my own hardware and sucking resources in the process, it means I don't have to do anything half-arsed.

I don't have to download some God-awful SSH client from the Market that will forget everything it was doing the minute I try to check my e-mail at the same time, and doesn't support landscape mode. I just hold a couple of buttons and up pops Bash, with ssh, grep, tail etc all ready to go. (Trying to do remote server admin on any portable device that isn't Linux-based is just PAINFUL, and potentially costly.)

I don't have to piss around with Opera Mini and Firefox Home, when Opera Mobile and Fennec are available.

I don't have to pay over the odds to get overly expensive shitty touchscreen remakes of games I never liked. My phone runs DOSbox!

I can edit code on my device without feeling like I've lost several fingers and my colour perception. What's Android got? SilverEdit? Give me a bloody break.

I can dick about with my device as much as I like, binding PS3 controllers to it and playing Mario World on the projector at work in my lunchbreak, and no-one will tell me I'm not allowed to, nor do I have to re-flash the device to pull that off.

*That's* why you put Linux on the device. Not because it's supposedly not as polished, not because it takes some tweaks to get working, but because it means you can do more with the device, with less interference, for no cash.

The first person I showed this article to came out with "nice machine, but if I can't get Android off it, then knackers to it." Personally I'd love to have this thing dual boot a Linux distro and MeeGo Tablet, just for a laugh.

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Linux

Errrr

"Or indeed some kind of linux?"

You mean like Android? :-p

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Microsoft releases IE9 for chip happy Windows world

Greg J Preece

Shock! Horror!

Google's webkit browser performs best on Google's benchmarker! Stop the presses!

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Greg J Preece

Oh hush

"And IE is still illegally bundled with the OS when you purchase it. If you purchase it, it is not FREE. Only idiots claim that something you paid cash for is FREE. Or, Microsoft salesmen."

This blah-blah really pisses me off. Where are the hordes of moaners demanding that Apple remove Safari from Mac OS, or that Linux distros come without a browser of choice preinstalled? If MS want to put their browser inside their OS, fine.

The choice we *should* have is which OS to buy, not whether or not it contains a browser. The MS tax is one area where MS can indeed get bent.

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It's not that bad

There's a lot of historical hate on this thread, some justified, and some not. Someone called IE9 the slowest of the available browsers, for example, when that's clearly bullshit. IE9 beats the latest Chrome in Sunspider on my desktop, and seeing something from Microsoft get to 95% on Acid3 is a reassuring sign that they're moving in the right direction.

Sure, IE9 is a massive Chrome rip-off, just as IE7 was a massive Firefox rip-off, but all that "inspiration" made IE a better browser, and that's what we really need, for the old versions to die and the new versions to be decent. No, you won't use it, because you're one of the holy Opera Chosen, but gajillions of end users will, so it's important.

At the end of the day, the browser IE9 should be most compared to is IE8. Is the new default browser for MS platforms better than the old one? Yes, in every single important respect, absolutely.

Am I going to use it? No, of course not. Are you high?

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Greg J Preece

Dude, what?

Three VMS? Just install IETester! I run 6, 7, 8 and 9 in tabs next to each other.

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Ubisoft reveals rock game with REAL guitars

Greg J Preece

Finally!

I might actually learn to play that guitar I bought 2 years ago, huh?

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Is Apple planning incompatible payments?

Greg J Preece
Coat

Maybe they're wanting a cut?

30% of everything you ever buy? That'll do nicely. ;-)

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Opera (finally) gets hard on WebGL 3D

Greg J Preece

Two words

"Unreal" and "Tournament" ;-)

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Greg J Preece

In fairness to Opera

Beginning of 2009 to beginning of 2011 is two years, not three.

Where's the pedant icon...

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Second explosion rocks Japanese nuke plant

Greg J Preece

Bad design???

The bloody things withstood a force 9 quake! What the hell is wrong with you people?

When the quake hit, they lost primary power, so they dropped to diesel generators. Unfortunately, there was this rather inconvenient tsunami (you may have heard of it) that swamped them and took out the generators. They weren't just ignoring the buildup, you tit - they couldn't do a damn thing about it until backup arrived.

But it's good to know that Captain Hindsight is alive and well, spouting ill-informed bullshit everywhere it's needed. I just love your signoff. Never mind the thousands of nuclear specialists in Japan - you know best.

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Greg J Preece

You are irradiated all the time

You constantly absorb background radiation from your environment, just by standing on the face of the Earth. This is all perfectly normal and natural. What they're saying is that the radiation exposure from the minor plant leak is equivalent to 9 months worth of natural background radiation.

So a higher dose than you'd normally get, but small enough that it's not likely to seriously hurt you. Which is good!

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Greg J Preece

Thank you El Reg

For not reporting on this story in the same hysterical "mushroom cloud" way that the mainstream media has. All I've heard from them is "Aaaa, nuclear, it's gonna kill everyone, radiation!" They keep shoving the death toll and the nuclear accident together in the same sentence, as if they were related, and it's completely irresponsible.

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NASA aims for space tests of Mars-in-a-month plasma drive

Greg J Preece

Well yes, I know that

I know what Ad Astra means. My comment was a game reference. On the Spectrum there was a game called Ad Astra, and the tagline scrawled across the cassette case was "To the stars!" It always used to amuse me. Great game, incidentally.

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Greg J Preece
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As a Speccy nerd

Please, please, please tell me Ad Astra's company slogan is "To the stars!"

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Crime UK site gets 400m hits, drives down property values

Greg J Preece

Not really

"But did you treat it as a comparative exercise?"

I don't trust the numbers, or the people generating them, so not really. ;-)

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I'm also house shopping

And I refuse to look at the site. I see no point in its existence other than to make people afraid, and I refuse to take part.

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Sinclair ZX81: 30 years old

Greg J Preece

Firebirds

I spent so much of my life on Firebirds that it's actually quite scary. That and AD Astra, Trans Am, Hunchback...

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Funny you should mention that

"Not even that... Look at a ZX81 and then look at the mobile phone in your hand!"

My phone actually runs a ZX emulator. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I am that sad.

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A Happy Coincidence

Walked into a charity shop today and found a hardback copy of The Complete Spectrum. Score!

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Greg J Preece
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It got me started

The original Spectrum 48K got me started on computers at a very tender age, mucking around in BASIC. I've now got three of them, a ZX81, the very same 48K (still working) and a Spectrum plus, with the solid keyboard. Think I'll dig out the ZX81 tomorrow and hook it into a big widescreen TV in honour of its birthday. I owe a lot to those little black blocks with the gigantic overheating power bricks.

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Microsoft rallies IE6 death squads

Greg J Preece

Japan??

10% in Japan surprised me. A country renowned for technological advancement and achievement, and 1 in 10 still use IE6??

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Greg J Preece

Browser Apps

I seem to remember reading somewhere that a lot of banking sites in China require IE6, and that older versions of their Great Firewall utilised it in some manner also.

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O2 boots up boobies blocker

Greg J Preece

T-Mobile will not do this in-store

I refused to give them CC details, so I tried in store. They accepted that I was who I said I was, accepted that the contract was mine (the contract you need to be 18 to sign...), and then asked me for credit card details...

FUCK OFF!

It wouldn't be so bad, except I wasn't trying to look at b00bies. They blocked a bloody programmer reference!

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Hollywood eyes Blade Runner replicants

Greg J Preece
Stop

No

No no no no no no no no no no no no.

No.

Not ever.

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BT fibre-to-the-premises trial takes 7 hours per install

Greg J Preece

Or...

...you spend the least amount of money to hit the highest number of people, and the upgrades trickle down through the network. You know, as if you were a company or something.

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Greg J Preece

Errr...

"Especially not when it can wait 18 months then complain to OfCom (or whatever replaces it) that BT has a Monopoly on FTTP, using skill-sets and everything else it earned from the Post Office sell-out, and how they should be able to use that infrastructure for free."

Or perhaps their existing co-ax infrastructure doesn't *need* upgrading, given how much faster it already is than the copper loops BT is replacing....

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Steve Jobs unveils iPad 2

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Blah blah iPad 2 blah blah

"Steve Jobs, by the way, looked good."

Only bit of the article I cared about. Glad to hear it.

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Health experts flip over McD's burger-flip toy

Greg J Preece

Oh piss off

I'm fairly certain that my cousin had *exactly* this toy when he was a kid, or the early 90s equivalent. He's pretty skinny, and I was too. It was eating all the pies at college that made me porky, not a toy that I barely remember.

Oh, and kids don't buy their own food, retards. So unless the parents are somehow being affected by this toy, your argument is bullshit.

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Microsoft plans June Windows 8 tablet tease?

Greg J Preece

Agreed

I thought Surface was a fantastic looking thing, and then nothing whatsoever came of it except a bit of cheesy product placement in CSI.

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Fanboi rumor mill dances for iPad 2 iPad 3

Greg J Preece

I can believe...

...all the rumours that suggest the hardware will be brought up to current iPhone standards. That just makes sense. But carbon fibre? High DPI display? Not sure about those. Such additions would cut into their massive profit margins, and it's not like they can price the iPad any higher and keep a straight face.

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Audyssey South of Market audio dock

Greg J Preece

iAudiophile?

I thought that was a fan of iAudio's kit?

http://www.iaudiophile.net

They're not gonna like you for that

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Turn your mobile phones in to a live gig speaker

Greg J Preece

Echo?

See title

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Mozilla confirms Firefox 4 beta 12 is FINAL test build

Greg J Preece

Only problem is

The end user, being most probably ignorant of how a webpage works, will blame Firefox, because it works just fine in Exploder.

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Park the Mario Kart, and throw your keys in the bowl

Greg J Preece

Wanna know what's worse?

"<phew> For a moment there I thought you were suggesting we go upstairs and shag Jesus!! Must alter the res of this monitor - it's blurring out full stops!"

Slightly worse, I nearly misspelled it Jess, which isn't a problem until you consider that the only Jess I know is my cousin.

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