* Posts by Greg D

284 posts • joined 2 Jul 2009

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Welsh police force fined £160,000 after losing sensitive video interview

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Re: Silly

Doesnt make an awful lot of sense to fine a publicly funded body as a deterrent/punishment.

It's not like they're set up to make profit. It's a bloody public service. All a fine will do is make everything worse, piled on top of austerity cuts to the police force in general, it's even more insane.

Either demote, fine or discipline the officers responsible. We shouldn't be incurring financial penalties on non-profit or publicly funded services.

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Microsoft: Free Windows 10 for THIEVES and PIRATES? They can GET STUFFED

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Re: Waiting for the genuine pirated version

Same thing with legit movies. Some releases have stopped recently, but I watched a DVD (woo, old skool!) recently at my mum's, and had to sit through adverts, trailers and intro cutscenes before I could even play the damn movie.

Pirated films on the other hand, download, play, enjoy. Sometimes even better quality, depending on the release schedule and rip source.

I agree with your view though - I use a multi-purpose USB bootloader crammed with different Linux and Windows installer ISO's. All of the Windows ones are pirate, although I personally own 2x Win7 Pro licenses, MS don't have an official ISO I can use with all patches, SP's and other apps I consider "must-have out of the box". Very inconvenient.

Recently I have been able to mount the WIM files from my Win7 Pro vanilla disk, stream in the SP's and patches, and set up task sequences through MDT and build a half decent task sequencer into it for installing my apps post-install. The tools are there, they just want you to do all the work :)

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You're going to have stop calling people 'cold fish': THIS one is HOT-BLOODED

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Do you like fish sticks?

Oh wait, wrong joke.

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What the BLEEP? BitTorrent's secure messaging app arrives

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Re: I'll stick with TextSecure, thanks!

I question the analogy - you can buy a safe, see the back and still not know what holes are there, as the safe design is closed source.

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Acer: 'We will be the last man standing in the PC industry'

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All in 1366x768!!

And I bet everything they make comes with a 1366x768 LCD screen.

Sigh.

Even the "MacBookalike" machine looks like its running that ancient, obsolete, lacking in pixels LCD resolution.

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Steely wonder? It's blind to 4G and needs armour: Samsung Galaxy S6

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Bye Bye Sammy

Just put my order in for a HTC One M9.

Sammy removed my favourite features - SD card and battery I can change out.

And kept the features I disliked - teenage girl touchwiz theme, touchwiz itself, and power button location.

It also looks too much like an iPhone. I mean they are not even bothering now.

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AMD opens kimono on chip futures a little more

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...And made Intel actually have to do something?

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Encryption is the REAL threat – Head Europlod

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That Dutch MEP nailed it pretty much

“What is next? Having a lock on the front door of your home being a criminal offence? Banning people from protecting their private communications is unacceptable in a democratic society. We are really on a slippery slope here."

Yup. How can any person with an iota of intelligence NOT see the ruse here? This is a collective effort of government spy agencies to use the excuse of counter-terrorism to gain access to all business and personal communication. I don't think counter-terrorism actually has a leg to stand on in this argument.

For starters, they (terrorists - or any law breaker for that matter) aren't going to listen to any laws stating encryption cannot be used.

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Complaints against ISPs and mobe firms are up by a fifth — reports

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Re: John Lewis? An ISP?

Pretty much my thoughts exactly. ISP in this sense is the entity that holds the contract with the customer as opposed to the entity which runs and maintains the infrastructure it all runs on.

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$533 MEEELLION – the cost of Apple’s iTunes patent infringement

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annoyingly, I have to side with Apple.

I feel dirty now.

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So long, Lenovo, and no thanks for all the super-creepy Superfish

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Re: Laptop manufactures take note!

Let's face it. A keyboard issue is not exactly going to tax anyone's brain.

The easy problems get good service. It's those slightly less obvious ones, where most customer service starts to fall on it's face.

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You don't get this sort of shit from Apple because there are no Apple OEM's.

This is not Microsoft's fault per-se. They didnt put this software in the image for Lenovo laptops, Lenovo did. Had they also been an Apple OEM and Linux OEM, they would have put the same or similar on those laptop images also.

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Zimmermann slams Cameron’s ‘absurd’ plans for crypto ban

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All other arguments on this are irrelevant....

....in the face of the fact that if this were to pass, it would do exactly fuck all to help the spymasters (MI*, FBI etc) to catch terrorists. They will be the ones still breaking the law by using encrypted comms. Its the rest of us, law abiding (generally) citizens that will suffer! As always!

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Fanbois to gamebois: Apple paperwork reveals iOS FUNPAD

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Re: Awesome

That made me spit coffee.

*wipes screen*

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Virgin, Qualcomm, back 600-satellite space internet plan

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Latency?

Isn't satellite broadband inherently latent? Delays over a second on a round trip?

I'd rather 56k latencies tbh. At least I could game on that, just barely.

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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I would....

...MUCH rather risk the infinitesimal chance of being blown up in a terrorist attack than have all my conversations monitored.

This is too ridiculous to even imagine it could pass through. Another case of politician doesn't get IT.

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World's largest ship swallows 900 MEGATINS of baked beans

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Pics?

Why do a story about a huge tanker, and use a picture of some baked beans as the headline picture?

I want to see the tanker goddamit. Oh well, Google it is!

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UKIP website TAKES A KIP, but for why?

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uh-oh....

You mentioned a political party on an IT forum. Dumb move Reg...

Now all the Daily Fail militants and professional offense takers will run riot. Thanks.

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Dragon Age, Inquisition: Our chief weapons are...

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Re: Great game, but the combat system...

Starting to see your point with the tactical view. This was really simple on DAO, but seems to be in console mode on the PC version of DAI.

I'm constantly struggling to keep a target under fire with the character I'm controlling - often forgetting to hold 'fire' ('R' or left-click) when outside tac view, and then forgetting to set a target in tac mode.

Hoping they patch that in the next release. The X-hair on the ground is completely pointless, and they need to adjust the control system to match DAO when using tac mode (e.g. you still maintain control of the selected party member when using WADS, instead of it switching to move the camera).

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PC version - awesome

Just have to chime in here as a lot of people comparing the console version to the PC version.

I have the PC version, for which I paid £60 (digital deluxe, for the epic mount and starter gear, cos I'm that sad). I do NOT regret it and do not think it's overpriced. The game is beautiful and incredibly detailed, and I personally believe it was priced fairly.

It does NOT feel like a console port. It feels like Bioware has spent the time to make the PC version feel like a proper native PC version. I haven't even seen this weapons wheel that people are speaking of here (then again I've seen nothing of the console version of the game yet) and it feels JUST like DA:O did when using tactical view and using the power bar.

For me, this game is brilliant. The effort they have put in, in response to criticisms about DA:O and, in particular, DA2, really gives you the impression they listened closely to the fan feedback and made sure they got it right. It's the perfect balance between DA:O's engaging narrative and excellent gear/loot system and DA2's excellent combat style. They have got this one spot on.

Conclusion: Well worth the money. Best in the series so far (not even completed it yet at 90+ hours gameplay).

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I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

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Mushroom

I tend to find BMW man has been replaced by fake-4x4 man. Anyone driving those pointless pretend 4x4's are usually the ones driving like utter cunts. The kind of 4x4's which, while actually being 4-wheel drive (and possibly offering decent performance), offer no functionality beyond making the driver look like a pretentious cunt with a higher viewpoint so they can look down on all the other drivers. Then they go and drive like one.

The kind of 4x4's where they have all the equipment to tackle some majorly precarious roads, but will never be driven near a patch of mud due to the 20" pristine alloy wheels they are equipped with, or the 2-tone paint job some pretentious cunt paid loads of money for, and lowering springs to reduce comfort.

I'm talking any BMW X-series, Merc ML series, Audi Q-series. And lest we forget the Range Rover Vogue. All pretty much the same car.

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

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re: Magic Faraway Tree

Also has more factual non-fictional information in it. Even if it is a self-professed work of fiction.

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The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning

Greg D

Re: Laughable

I think you'll find its more than 1% who prepare and send emails for a living.

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How Hollywood film-makers wove proper physics into Interstellar

Greg D
Mushroom

Am I in the right place?

I thought we all liked technology and science.

Am I at the Register? I seem to be surrounded by cynical old bastards.

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PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 is least popular Cupertino mobile OS in all of HUMAN HISTORY

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WTF?

I question this....

"One developer claimed this was because the new operating system was a "nerd release" aimed only at power users."

....So a DEVELOPER is moaning that this is a "NERD release"?

I.. what?

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KRAKKOOOM! Space Station supply mission in PODULE PRANG EXPLOSION CHAOS

Greg D

Well....

That... didn't escalate quickly.

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The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters

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Bahahaha, cheered my Friday up!

that is all.

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AMD pays new CEO $150K LESS than her male predecessor

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But AMD are making less money...

Makes sense to pay CEO less based on company performance?

Why is discrimination of some kind the first thing people look at FFS. So it's not really an insult to women anywhere, only the BS that the author has put in the article.

This is Daily Mail territory.

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Desktop, schmesktop: Microsoft reveals next WINDOWS SERVER

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Re: hate for powershell?

I respectfully have to disagree with most of your sentiments there Mr. Pott.

It may be a result of my line of work involving a primarily Mircrosoft server fleet, AD and exchange, but I use Powershell every day, for a huge variety of tasks (not just fettling with servers). I have written scripts for various other parts of the IT dept, all in Powershell, and even other parts of the business.

Its value to AD and exchange is incalculable in my eyes when working with large forests and exchange environments (we employ over 10,000 people, across the world, 3 domains in a forest trust and an exchange cluster in each main region). The GUI is just laughably useless for managing this.

The only thing that I cant do with it is administer our small fleet of Linux machines. SSH for that.

But, go ahead. Stick with your old alarm clocks, saucepans (which I can only assume don't get used since the non-stick surface would have gone long before now) and old man attitude. If you want to use a keyboard that's older than the surface of the sun, thats fine. Just don't act like I should be doing the same, when there are much better NEWER things around.

Consumerism drives capitalism, which ultimately drives society forward (whether you like it or not doesnt matter). If we all clung to our beloved old shit all the time, the damn society would collapse. I think your designing for obsolescence has a ring of truth to it, but ultimately reeks of conspiracy nut theory when applied to technology as a whole.

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Greg D

hate for powershell?

Why all the hate? It's the best thing Microsoft has done. Ever.

They completely fucked the GUI on Server 2012, so I dont even bother with that any more. Powershell and remote Powershell are the way forward if you are managing a Windows box. PowerShell 4 enables you to control everything the OS does. It's easy enough to learn the syntax and learning the commands is just a matter of repetition.

Seriously, its the only thing that's kept Windows alive on server. I imagine all the hate comes from BASH admins, who probably havent tried it.

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Good grief! Have you SEEN BlackBerry's SQUARE smartphone?

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Re: Fugly as all hell

I think you are missing the point. You only think its fugly because you have a limited capability to imagine a phone as anything other than a long, thin glass slab. This is aimed at business professionals, and brings a lot of innovative features to the market.

Who cares what it looks like when it does its job better than anything else available?

I for one would seriously consider one for work.

Good to see BB actually returning to their roots with this. I could never understand why they headed down the path of churning out el-cheapo consumer grade crap, along with their overpriced and over-complicated enterprise software.

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'Kim Kardashian snaps naked selfies with a BLACKBERRY'. *Twitterati gasps*

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and here, folks, is why we dont use 'cloud' for our private stuff

'nuff said.

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

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I don't get it...

Let me get this straight.

The content is free to watch in both countries.

The content is already paid for by the UK license fee payer.

Where then is there a problem with punters obtaining the content from other source? Surely, if anything, they are doing the BBC a favour by lightening the load on their content network, right?

Some of what makes great programming great is in the fact that it is freely obtainable by anyone from anywhere. Product/content will only gain popularity if this happens. All I can see the BBC losing from this act of "piracy" is some metric data as to who is watching it and where.

Its all a load of cobblers if you ask me. BBC Worldwide trying to justify their shitty existence.

The term "piracy" on free content is laughable.

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

Greg D

Re: still early days

The big players have decent nix drivers. It's the other guys, like Broadcom, Realtek, Asus etc. that suck. You need more than just graphics drivers to run a machine ;)

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Greg D

still early days

but I predict greatness for this platform. Just need game developers on side, and driver devs to sort their crappy *nix drivers and we're laughing.

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Time to move away from Windows 7 ... whoa, whoa, who said anything about Windows 8?

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UK Gov and Linux...

The reason they havent switched is simple;

They'd have to pay someone who knows what they are doing.

Even the Beeb doesnt do that.

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REVEALED: Reg trails claw along Apple's 'austerity' 21.5-inch iMac

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Re: If I had £899 to spend on a computer

My point was that if I had £899 to spend, then it's more than likely I was originally in the market for a mid-high range computer in the first place.

Regardless of your take on inflation, there are some much more reasonably priced mundane-task-specced laptops for less than half the cost! In fact, some of those are even BETTER specced than this.

This computer is specced in the low-end market, but priced in the mid-high end market. People will still buy it though, cos you know, fruity fanboys and all that.

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Greg D

If I had £899 to spend on a computer

I would certainly not even consider this.

Totally ridiculous price for those specs.

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Netflix agrees to end network warnings in Verizon slowdown spat

Greg D

Re: TraceRt

lol no it wont.

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Samsung, Chipzilla in 4K monitor price cut pact

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Re: Size matters...

DPI does matter.

Particularly working with a lot of text, and imaging (photographers, designers etc). Current 1080p displays, even at sub-24inch are absolutely terrible and a massive backward step from where we were with CRT.

Then they go and start packing in outrageous DPI's on mobile phone displays, like anyone actually uses those for work?

IMO, 4K monitors are not good enough and have taken FAR too long to get this far. It's not like we haven't had the technology or ability to mass produce it cheaply for the past 5 years. Pure price fixing by the panel manufacturers, and this article points quite clearly to that.

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SpaceX 'Dragon V2' ROCKET PODULE can hover-land on Earth - or MARS

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Joke

Re: Only a beellion?

Yeah but unless you're buying the Globetrotters, they won't be nearly half as useful as this.

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LG G3 fights off screen-res war rival Samsung with quad-HD cutie: In pictures

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Re: 2560 x 1440 on a 5.5" phone

Yup, it makes absolutely no sense.

Whoever said viewing distance - thats bollocks. I can see pixels on my 1920x1200 24" desktop monitor from 1m away and it annoys me. If my desktop screen res was the same as this phone, I'd be a lot happier. Higher would be better, but there simply isnt a desktop screen on the market that goes any higher within a reasonable budget.

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

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Higher res laptop and desktop displays. MUCH higher.

More 4x3 aspect options (WITH higher-res than 1280x1024). Seriously we dont ALL watch movies/TV on our monitors. Some of us actually do work.

Also, the abolishment of Captcha.

Bigger batteries in phones. Or just better out-of-box settings, like turning off ALL auto-update bollocks by default.

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Firefox, is that you? Version 29 looks rather like a certain shiny rival

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Re: yes but...

I dont understand why Chrome is particularly "untrustworthy"... weren't Google the company that did no evil at one point? (disclaimer: I dont buy into that personally, but you gotta draw a line somewhere between paranoia and sense).

Also, my issues were obviously exaggerated. Except the Flash problem.

I also noticed it wasnt suffering the same issue on all of my computers, particularly with the speed thing. But that's part of the experience I guess - Chrome behaves the same no matter what machine I'm on.

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Greg D

yes but...

Have they sped it up so it doesn't take half hour to load (on an SSD)?

Have they fixed the constant crashing issue every time you load a page with flash in it?

I stopped using FF grudgingly because of these issues specifically. Not really tempted to go back since Chrome just works so much nicer.

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DreamWorks CEO: Movie downloaders should pay by screen size

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Nothing about this idea is good...

Nothing. Or even workable.

Even if they do it on resolution, instead of screen size, all it will do is mean that poorer families watch nothing but 480p on their 1080p TV's, ruining the experience.

This dude shouldn't be working for a movie company if this is his thinking.

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Startup CEO Chahal fired for domestic violence incident

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