* Posts by Greg J Preece

2323 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Matrix 4 and 5 in works, threatens Keanu

Greg J Preece

I do exactly that!

"I just don't care much about sequels if they're no good. I do not acknowledge them."

I know exactly what you mean. There are only two Terminator movies, after all.

That said - and I know I'm going to get shouted at for this - Matrix Revolutions is my favourite of the live action Matrix movies. Not for the stupid ending, oh no, but for three very simple reasons:

1) Matrix 3 has the least amount of Keanu Reeves in it

2) I thought the Battle for Zion was a very enjoyable action segment. Mechs, bazookas, mines, 250 000 squiddies. Oh yesh.

3) Matrix 3 has the least amount of Keanu Reeves in it

But then again, my absolute favourite part of the Matrix saga is the Animatrix. Some of those shorts, especially The Second Renaissance, were superior to all three live action movies.

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Philips 21:9 Cinema 58in LED backlit TV

Greg J Preece

Don't know about now

But I've certainly seen them before. One of my old copies of Die Hard 2 was in 21:9, which was a pain in the arse as at the time I only had a 4:3 TV!

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Mozilla blocks Firefox-breaking Skype toolbar

Greg J Preece

Not the first time they've screwed up FF

The original Skype plugin - the phone number recognising thingy - caused massive slowdowns in FF a year or two back. That made me disable it at the time, though admittedly it works fine now.

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Bot attacks Linux and Mac but can't lock down its booty

Greg J Preece

OK, use KPackagekit

That's got a GUI, you can just click on it, if it wasn't already installed by default. Or did you miss that bit?

This is obviously so much harder than the Windows way - go to Oracle's site, find the right package for your operating system and architecture, download, install, put up with yet another update program.

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FAIL

Are you high?

Just picking a common distro - Ubuntu, for example - how the hell is it hard to run Java? The open JRE is installed by default, and getting the Oracle binaries running is as hard as enabling the partner repo and typing:

sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre

Yet more anti-Tux FUD.

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Greg J Preece

As a Linux user...

"All the Linux fanbois I know continually bang on about never needing to reboot their Linux boxes, to the extent that most of them go out of their way to avoid doing so out of sheer bloody-mindedness."

We use Linux on the majority of our machines here, but we still turn them off when we go home at night. We're not thick - electricity costs money, and business like money.

"I'd say that makes the Linux infections a little more relevant."

And yet again you miss the point that they were unable to find any. Maybe Linux users were savvy enough not to get infected, maybe a reboot got rid of it, but either way there were no infections to display, so they can't display them.

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Android-powered touchscreen Wi-Fi headphones offered

Greg J Preece

I concur

I liked my Gamer editions so much I took them to the office and bought a new set of Home editions for..well...home. Now I don't just ignore everyone around me*, I ignore them in 5.1. :-D

*Little dig at Mr Tut, there

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Greg J Preece

Medusas?

"Actually, I have a pair of 5.1 surround headphones that I use for online gaming (they have a boom mic as well)"

Are those Speedlink Medusas by any chance? Superb just-above-budget headphones.

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Greg J Preece

A flaw in your theory

The reason you can hear the other person's shitty repetitive RnB cover of a better song from 30 years ago is that the sound isn't contained in their shitty headphones. (These are normally, in my experience, shitty *white* headphones...)

I've never got why, but 95% of people will go spend hundreds on an iPod because the tellybox told them to, then use the crappy headphones that came in the box. So those guys won't buy this, and you won't be able to turn off their shit.

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Official: music is a brain stimulating drug

Greg J Preece
WTF?

Piss right off

I am allowed to listen to metal at work precicely because it helps me get shit done. No distracting voices, no outside influence, just me and a keyboard. The boss? Listening to techno.

But then I guess he's got less cardboard in his briefs than Mr Tut.

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Facebook suspends personal data-sharing feature

Greg J Preece

Indeed!

Indeed, though my solution was simple. Every time I see that, I simply bypass it via the FB logo. I kept doing so until they stopped asking.

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Third party developers blamed for Windows security woes

Greg J Preece

Hang on

"While it is possible to only run FOSS it becomes less possible if you're a company and need commercial databases, backup software etc."

Well yes and no. First up, our company uses FOSS backup software ;-)

Even if you don't, if you're in a company using managed systems, you'll probably have a sysadmin taking care of updates anyway.

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Yank fires up iPhone-controlled beer cannon

Greg J Preece

Which ones?

"The best I can say of regular US Budweiser is that there are worse beers sold here"

What, Tesco Value Bitter?

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Greg J Preece

Couldn't agree more

There's a certain person in my life who drinks Bud, and every time he offers me one I want to throw it back at his head. Absolute rat's piss.

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Greg J Preece

All that effort

To fire small cans of crap American beer. Make it accept 500ml or 568ml cans and I'll buy three. ;-)

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Steve Jobs takes 'medical leave of absence' from Apple

Greg J Preece

Get well soon

His products may be crap, but one has nothing to do with the other. Hope he gets well soon. Regardless of whether you think it was good or bad, he's been a big influence on the industry.

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Apple tightens rules for iPad news delivery

Greg J Preece

At what point does this get anti-competitive?

Apple start making life harder for other content providers, forcing them to modify their apps and possibly take them temporarily off market (as well as making them less profitable/less appealing to end users), right before releasing a joint content venture of their own? Cupertino really do like walking that fine line, huh?

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Google axes Jobsian codec in name of 'open'

Greg J Preece

Buy proper hardware?

Both my phones, my DAP, all my computers, all play OGG Vorbis and FLAC. Just quit buying the crap stuff. ;-)

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Greg J Preece

Are you referring to the X10?

"What, like on phones from Sony that are only 6 months old and aren't getting any new updates?"

Riiiight, except that it got an update, and it now runs 2.1, and they're apparently planning a 2.2 release for this year.

Please try and keep your fevered hallucinations from encroaching on what has actually happened.

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Greg J Preece

Hypocrites?

Surely the only reason they're running WebM in the first place is so they can eventually ditch Flash? More bloody doublespeak from the Cupertino crowd. They're just afraid they're going to lose, and we'll actually end up with a real open web, not their twisted, patented definition.

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Mozilla plots February Firefox 4 release

Greg J Preece

FFS!

I'm going to make El Reg daily bingo cards, and one of the squares will be "first post in a browser related thread is from an Opera fanboi". Do you guys monitor the RSS feeds or something? Is there an Opera SWAT team on standby, ready to leap into action whenever a false sense of superiority is required?

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2011 Games Preview

Greg J Preece

I was going to respond in kind

With some kind of reasoned argument, but then I read...

"But for those of us who also play console games, HL2 and Episode 2 were far from stellar, by the time they were released they had been out-flanked by far superior console titles with the rise of the likes of the Halo series, and so forth."

...and the minute you called Halo a superior game to HL2, and implied that good PC FPS games are few and far between - what planet are you on? - I decided you were either uninformed or ignorant, so I won't bother.

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Greg J Preece

Heard this before

"I've lost interest. I'll check Wikipedia for the plot, but I won't buy it. It's been too damn long."

Didn't everyone say that about Half Life 2? It took 6 years, everyone was wondering WTF, and then it was one of the best games ever made. And again with EP2. "Where is it? It'll be shi-...oh, it's awesome."

Valve do this, but the end result is always worth it. Patience, young padawan.

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Greg J Preece

I was thinking that!

I thought Nintendo made the cheap consoles? I can get a PSP for £30 and I'll wager it'll still be more powerful than the 3DS. Better games, too.

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Greg J Preece

You missed a couple

My first two pre-orders of this year are for Return of Alice, given how brilliant the original was, and Child of Eden, again given how brilliant the original was. Child of Eden might even get me buying a Move.

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Apple 4 Verizon. True

Greg J Preece

I used to do that...

...on Windows Mobile 2003.

Still do, on Android.

Nice to see Apple leading the way, as usual.

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Drupal 7 dives into machine-readable web

Greg J Preece

Ease of use sounds good

I've set up some sites for other people on the quick using Drupal 6, and while I like the system, the control panel is horrible! Not nice for an end user. I'll have to check out the improvements and get them upgraded.

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Apple unwraps app store for proper computers

Greg J Preece

Not quite

"I've thought this for a while: soon we'll have locked down, sanitized computers everywhere. Desktop, phone, tablet."

If you buy into Mac, maybe. MS will attempt a half-arsed version eventually in Win8 or something, and it'll suck, then fail, and they'll go back to buying software the old way. Linux...is Linux. We've been doing repositories for years, but anyone can have one, anyone can use one, and there aren't many restrictions - none if you're using 3rd-party repos.

Just the way it should be. :-)

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Firefox ahead of IE in Europe, boosted by Chrome effect

Greg J Preece

Errr...dude?

Nice evangelism there, but...

"Btw, the reflexive Opera bashing has been really tiresome for 10 yrs"

I think you should look at these threads again. the reflex comes from Opera users who want to bang on about how awesome it is, and everything else is shit, and we're all stupid for using anything else.

Said it before, say it again. Calm. Down.

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Greg J Preece
Flame

whyfirefoxisblocked.com

I can see their point, but AdBlock Plus doesn't come with the browser - it's my choice to install it. So don't be pissed off with Firefox, be pissed off with me. I probably won't listen, but take your best shot.

In fact, when it comes to browsers with oh-so-superior ad blocking technology built right in, shouldn't they be going after...Opera? ;-)

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Greg J Preece

nano!

It works, bitches!

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Greg J Preece

I feel sorry for you

Anyone that emotionally attached to a browser has problems.

I seem to remember responding to almost exactly the same post the last time anyone mentioned browsers. If you could stop pasting this crap into every browser discussion, we'd have one less annoying Opera fanboi around, which in my case would make me more inclined to use it.

Still wouldn't though. I prefer Firefox. Yes, *prefer*. As in "I have tried Opera and I prefer Firefox." Honestly. Not even kidding. It is possible, you know.

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PHP apps plagued by Mark of the Beast bug

Greg J Preece

PHP is loosely typed

As you well know, so...

"Seriously? Just how many of the f*ckers do you need? = for assign and == for equivalence. Jesus."

It's actually:

= for assign

== for equivalence *of value* - two variables with the same value that might not necessarily be the same type

=== for equivalence *in value and type* - two variables with the same value and type

Is that too difficult for you? Would you rather do your programming in BASIC?

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Greg J Preece

@asdf, Thyratron....Greg???

Me?? I was taking the piss! I'm a PHP coder! I've got a sodding ZCE (yes, I know)!

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Predictable post of the day

Insert anti-PHP "insecure garbage" rant from Perl developer here.

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Microsoft confirms code execution bug in Windows

Greg J Preece

Or better yet

Use an unsigned short!

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Small biz calls for end date on enhanced 17.5% VAT

Greg J Preece

When the debt has all been paid off

Ha! When was the last time we, as a country, were not in debt?

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Greg J Preece

The decrease was temporary, the increase is permanent

Sounds about right. And how strange that the train companies have megajacked their prices on the very same day! My daily train ticket (assuming I was stupid enough not to buy a season ticket) has gone up from £6.20 to £7.30 overnight. That's a hell of an increase!

It's OK though, it's to get new rolling stock. Well, it's not new rolling stock, it's shitty hand-me-downs from London that we've had for years, so it's not costing us anything anyway. Enjoy (y)our increased wealth.

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Ford cars get draconian parental controls

Greg J Preece

They're often not going that fast

Don't want to risk their body kits on an unexpected bump. It just sounds like they are because they replace their exhaust pipe with a drainpipe and then drive everywhere in 2nd gear.

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Standard smartphone charger to dominate in two years

Greg J Preece

HTC

"The biggest smartphone maker that is not a signatory to the MoU is HTC."

That said, don't all their phones charge off micro-USB already? Or are the new standards far enough off micro-USB that the two will be incompatible?

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Greg J Preece

My current Nokia does both

It came with a mains to micro-USB lead, a PC to micro-USB lead, and an adaptor that allowed you to use one of the old style Nokia chargers that everyone and their mum has. Not bad

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Greg J Preece

I'll bet you ten quid...

...that they keep the proprietary connector, and provide an adaptor to micro-USB for charging only.

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PC World website went titsup on Boxing Day

Greg J Preece
FAIL

Thousands of customers better off

They should have bought the extended warranty for just 10p a day.

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LG uncloaks six-foot 3D TV

Greg J Preece
Pint

"It would make more sense to restrict the size of TVs to 36" or less."

Sure, sure, and while we're about saving the planet, let's get all those backward rural tits that are always moaning about having to be involved in the 21st Century to get rid of their Land Rovers and jig around the countryside in a G-Whizz.

And all those "would you rather have a nuclear plant?" posters - yeah, I fecking would! Far as I'm concerned, you can install a nuclear plant in our beautiful valley over a wind farm any day of the week. Not because a wind farm is "hideous" or any such 1700s shite, but because a nuclear plant is a better bloody solution! The difference between a nuclear plant and a wind farm is that a nuclear plant actually works.

I don't own a hatred of human advancement, so it will indeed be a Happy New Year. To the pub, my friends!

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Greg J Preece

Oh I do love a snob

"I have observed that intellect is inversely proportional to the size of installed TV, but there must be limits!"

I assume you watch everything on your iPhone? Swarovski edition, of course.

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London's tube demands faster-than-NFC ticketing

Greg J Preece

Almost works in Leeds

They installed ticket barriers in Leeds station, and they *almost* work properly. The ticket reader is very fast, but the actual barriers are a bit glitchy. Sometimes they wait a second or two before opening, and in rare cases if you're following someone through, it accepts your ticket, then slams the barriers shut on you as you pass through!

As the gamer in me would say, laaaaaaaaaag!

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2011: The year open source (really) goes capitalist

Greg J Preece

Great article, but..

...for the love of the Flying Spaghetti Monster...stop calling it the cloud! It's just the Internet, for Christ's sake! Web 2.0? Same as Web 1.0, just with more JavaScript and Tim O'Reilly.

El Reg, can we put "Cloud" on the banned list with lappy, mobe, etc?

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Mozilla lands fresh Firefox 4 beta on Android, Maemo

Greg J Preece

I got a bite!

Let's reel it in!

"You know the "Awesome Bar" was an Opera invention and predated Firefox's awesome bar by several years... Nice to see you catching up."

You should know before you dig yourself a bigger hole, I have Opera installed alongside Firefox on both my desktop and mobile. (I'm a developer - I have *every* major browser installed, plus a few others.) I've never said that Opera is a bad browser - it's actually rather excellent. But if the address bar in Opera is supposed to work like the one in Firefox, I've got some bad news for you mate - it doesn't. It just doesn't. The bar in Firefox is the most intuitive of all of them, hands down.

As for your retarded "I haven't tried Opera" rant, having a larger footprint than Opera Mini isn't difficult, seen as it doesn't actually render anything... Oh, and Opera only rushed tab stacking into Opera 11 because they knew Mozilla were mucking around with it.

I'm sorry it upsets you that I prefer Firefox, but I do. And over-zealous fanboys like you are one reason I don't go near the Opera community. You just listed every other major browser maker as just dealing out "propaganda" - of course! There's no other possible reason anyone would use them, right? Sounds like if anyone's drunk the Kool Aid, it's you.

Calm the fuck down - so long as you're not using IE, you're fine with me.

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Greg J Preece

Snapshot version?

Sync 1.6 became available in Firefox 3.6 for me last night - clicking on "failed to sync" prompted me to install the new version. Strange that you should have to go to that length.

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Better, but still some way to go

Firefox on my Xperia is now actually quick enough that I might quit using the built-in browser altogether. Having my awesome bar/tabs/history/bookmarks/everything-ever synchronised straight to the device and back again is just too cool.

(Opera fanbois, shut your pie holes. I use Firefox on the desktop, and the awesome bar wins at everything, ever, forever. Get over it.)

Firefox on Maemo is still slow as shit, but not quite as slow as shit as it was before. The previous version was so slow it was untestable, but this one actually functions, just not nearly as quickly as MicroB. It's also sometimes leaving defunct processes behind when it exits, so I can't use it twice in a row without dropping to bash and nuking those, which is an ass. I'll get that reported as a bug.

Speed really is the major issue with these mobile versions. Hopefully the final version will be fully up to speed, because the browser's actual functionality looks to be excellent.

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