* Posts by Greg J Preece

2505 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Valve reiterates games hardware gambit

Greg J Preece

Congratulations, that's the stupidest thing I've read on here in ages.

Greg J Preece

Re: It's whatever you're used to.

Mouse is generally better suited for anything involving looking and aiming. For those things it is genuinely better than thumbsticks, simply because of the response time involved in executing an action. Turning around can take several seconds, and fine aiming longer. With a mouse I can do it in a fraction of the time. (I play frequently on both kinds of controller.)

I wouldn't like to say that the console controllers are inherently less accurate, as I'm sure some people are daemons at aiming with them. For me, they are. I can aim to a much finer degree with a mouse, in much less time, with much smaller adjustments possible, and I find myself often cursing on console FPS games along the lines of "I wish I had a bloody mouse for this bit".

Plus, I can adjust the speed/resolution of my mouse via a couple of hardware buttons, letting me switch instantly between aiming types. That's useful in games like Killing Floor when I'm moving between my primary murder machine (say, a SCAR) and my secondary run-and-gun weapon (say, a shotgun). I can aim insanely accurately when the muties are at range, and when they get a bit cuddly I can switch weapons, jack the res and run for it.

Not that I game much. *Cough*

Greg J Preece

Re: What is lacking in the controller space

As it stands, this can be done technically but there is no point as the console players would be roflstomped.

It was done. The console players were roflstomped. They pretty much rage quit the trial immediately.

Greg J Preece

Steam-powered console with Half Life 3 as an exclusive launch title, cross-platform with PC only. Let it be known, I called it here. ;-)

Organic food offers basically no health benefit, boffins find

Greg J Preece

Re: Why it's "better"/

"The fact that they use manure for fertilizers is pretty damn logical, that is exactly how the planet has been doing it for billions of year"

Trying and failing to follow that "logic". Given that the whole point of human civilisation is basically improving on nature (your current life expectancy is most definitely not down to natural causes), why should we not seek to do the same with our farming methods?

Greg J Preece

Re: Science and allergies

"There was a theory (perhaps since disproved) that one of the causes might be dodgy ingredients in cattle feed."

Sounds more like a hypothesis to me.

Greg J Preece

Re: Written

I'd love to hear your reasons why GM foods are bad. So would the millions of people they've saved.

Global strategic maple syrup reserves hit in Canadian mega-heist

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Brian Fargo was right

This is how Fallout starts, except with syrup.

Readers: Choose the proper new name for Everything Everywhere

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Re: How exactly do you know who voted you down?

I'll agree that's an assumption, but it's preferential to the possibility that there's more than one pathetic toolbox who will disagree with my opinion on something and then go through my profile just to be as petty as possible.

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Re: Delightfully Childish

Hello, person who takes time out of every week to thumb down every comment on my recent posts page. Yes, I have noticed you. You really are the saddest of bastards.

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Delightfully Childish

I am signing every e-mail I send today with that. :-D

Hipsters hacking on PostgreSQL

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PostgreSQL is great. Being initially a PHP coder, and taught by a certain Kevin Yank, I naturally tended toward MySQL for my DB hobbyist gear. But that was back in my school years. After going full-time and being put to work on an open-source cross-platform project, I was exposed to all four major databases, and using PostgreSQL alongside MySQL all day long just highlights to you how much useful functionality is/was missing from the latter.

A couple of years ago MySQL stopped being the inferior but familiar solution, and started actively annoying me. I tried using PostgreSQL as my primary platform and never looked back. It's fast, easy to understand, open source, and comes with everything I need. I love it.

Why Java would still stink even if it weren't security swiss cheese

Greg J Preece

The only true write-once-run-anywhere language seems to be HTML.


Do you have any idea of the number of hours I've spent in my career getting HTML to work in badly coded browsers?

Greg J Preece

Re: better languages?

Hehe, I see your point. I probably should have clarified that as "languages that are either more useful in the real world, or teach skills that are." They wanted us to use Python for all our web development. Yeah, not likely.

Greg J Preece

Re: I don't hate java

Forgot to mention Maven, as that's also part of our build process. But yeah, I agree 100%. If there's one language where you almost never reinvent the wheel, it's Java.

Greg J Preece

Re: I don't hate java

Reinventing the wheel? Java isn't my primary language, but when I'm using it that's the exact opposite philosophy I see coming from other Java devs. Build your own MVC and persistence gear when Spring 3 and Hibernate are available? Are you nuts?

Greg J Preece

WTF is this article? Language is shit because developers are shit?

I'm finding it hard to find anything Java-specific about your complaints. Old programs are hard to run on modern machines? Programs developed at different points in time cause dependency havoc? Are you living in some alternate reality where this kind of crap doesn't occur in every language?

If your argument is that shit developers are shit, then I can agree, however great a tautology that is. But shit developers exist everywhere. That no more makes Java bad than any of the horrendous code I see coming from college WYSIWYG berks used to thinking that Dreamweaver and Visual Studio's form maker is all there is to coding.

As for Uni indoctrination, we were forced to learn Python, rather than anything useful, because the lecturer wrote the textbook... Fortunately, by that point I already knew better languages.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

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CS:GO is definitely way better than the shitpile that was CS:S. It looks better, plays better, and is much closer to 1.6. But it's all the same maps AGAIN. Seriously, can we knock this crap off? I know there are some new ones in there, but you'll never see them, mainly because of my other, much bigger problem with the game:

The players.

First game I played of CS:GO, I connected to a map running Italy....which was immediately changed to Dust. So I switched servers to one playing a different map....which was immediately changed to Dust. Several votes for other maps were launched, which were all immediately overridden by the admin for Dust 2.

I am so. Fucking. Sick. Of the sight. Of Dust.

Number-plate spycams riddled with flaws, top cop admits

Greg J Preece

Re: You can't equate...

If you don't know the difference between the UK and a police state, please emigrate to one and don't come back until you've found out. I hear Zimbabwe is nice at this time of year and you won't have to learn a new language.

Oooh, a reverse ILYISMWDYGLT! You don't see that level of idiocy often. I feel privileged.

Greg J Preece

Re: Surveillance

No, he wasn't. Read his fucking post.

Greg J Preece

Re: Nevermind the gaps.

Obviously the system could be abused and then you'd have to add in the "cost" of such abuse and you'd need to be clearing up a whole lot more cases before the privacy trade-off is worth it. Your comment, however, appears to take the position that such abuse could never be prevented (or its costs mitigated by the benefits of solving cold cases). I'm cynical enough to understand that position, but I hardly think we can take it as read.

Every single previous privilege and system we have given to the police has been abused. It's not a stretch of the imagination to believe that this might also be abused, is it? Are the anti-terror laws that we absolutely must have to stop the country immediately exploding used more against actual terrorists, or ordinary punters/protestors?

Greg J Preece

Re: Nevermind the gaps.

Please explain to me, why is storing the whereabouts of anybody in a car, anywhere in the country, for half a dozen years, acceptable to keep tabs on just a small fraction of bad apples in the populace?

You say that as if you were, or ever will be, given a choice. It amazes me how this kind of mass surveillance can just happen, with little to no publicity, oversight, or referendum, but when PIPA turns up everyone goes batshit fucking insane.


Greg J Preece

Re: He's gonna take you back to the past....

He also reviewed several other versions of the same game. I believe it became a trilogy of videos. He also thought they were a right lot of shit.

Sony opens cover on latest e-Reader

Greg J Preece

Re: e-books and airoplanes

I've had that too, some self-important bint on a Jet2 plane commanding me to turn my T1 off in case the milliamps of power it wasn't currently using somehow disrupted the communications capability of an entire bloody control tower. It's utter nonsense. Can't airlines just grow up and stop this rubbish?

Same goes for petrol stations. I've been told to hang up on calls several times, because apparently microwaves in the communication band can make underground petrol tanks explode. Makes you wonder why terrorists bother with bombs when all they have to do is wander next to a fuel tanker and ring their mum.


Sorry, irritated today.

Greg J Preece

Re: Yep - that's Sony

Double standards because one is American and one is Japanese?

Not exactly. Sony make shit software, but they don't force you to use it. The T1 works perfectly well in mass storage mode, doesn't demand that it manage your content, lets you import just about anything, etc, etc. That's typical Sony stuff really. Technically excellent, despite their best attempts to ruin it.

Greg J Preece

Do I detect sarcasm?

Perhaps a little. ;-)

I may have previously owned a Sony MP3 player. Never again! But then, I've been buying Cowon players since then, right up until their recent fascination with Android.

Greg J Preece

The old buttons were nicer. They're useful for flicking to the next page without effort. I hold the reader sideways by the base and read landscape most of the time, so to switch pages I just push my thumb. Not everything has to be touchscreen, you know. Buttons still work pretty well (better, most of the time).

Greg J Preece

Interesting. My PRS-T1 is a really nice device. Once you've got your files on, it's great. The screen is nice, the multi-touch is bloody useful, if understandably laggy, it weighs almost nothing, and being able to hack the underlying Android and install Kindle reader is both awesome and hilarious. The one component it's really missing is an accelerometer for automatic screen rotation, but that's no big deal. If you're leaning toward a Kindle but don't want to be sandboxed, the T1 lets you do both (after some easy modding), and I love it for that.

Getting your files on is the problem, though. It's a great device with really irritating desktop software (there's a shocker). If you connect it as a straight mass storage device and copy stuff that way, it's fine, but the limited on-device controls leave you without a way to correct file titles, and creating collections on the device is a bit more laborious. And god forbid you create a collection using one desktop, then try to sync it with another one. You end up with collections that cannot be deleted. Genius.

If the T2 has an accelerometer and software that's not utter shit (and they don't lie about the store being available at launch, then make customers wait months for it) then it'd be superb.

Everything Everywhere to be Nothing Nowhere in rebrand

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"We Have All The 4G Ner Ner Ner"?

Sony PlayStation Vita sales crawl

Greg J Preece

Re: @Greg J Preece

Hey, you're the one who's tracking my comment history. That's fine, but I'm gonna get irritated when you're only reading the bits that suit you. I'm not about to be turned into a strawman.

Greg J Preece

Re: @Greg J Preece

This was a point that you strenuously avoiding during your rather limp triumphalist Sony fanboi crowing on most 3DS articles- though it seems that the Vita has sold even worse.

Come again? If you'd read my previous comments on the DS range properly, you'd have learned that I own two of them, one limited edition, and only one Sony handheld (admittedly also limited edition). Read it again, moron: I don't own a Vita. I'm not owning a Vita until I get some games. I was criticising it, just as when I called the PSP Go useless. Some Sony fanboy, eh?

If you could be less of a dismissive tit and try again, you might spot that I was railing in defence of all dedicated games consoles. I haven't actually disagreed with anything you've said in terms of market direction, (a point you'll also miss, I imagine) but that doesn't mean I have to like it.

Games on mobiles are shit, end of story. Screens are inferior, controls are horrendous, sound quality sucks balls, and the general effort and variety put into the games is far, far less. Call that "silly platform advocacy" if you want, but I am a gamer, and a proper one. I buy any platform that has the games I want, and actually works (I don't own a Kinect). My recent slagging off of Nintendo has been because recent Nintendo offerings are a load of crap. Sony being useless at releases doesn't make the 3DS any less rubbish, or the Wii any more functional.

Incidentally, my primary gaming platform is the PC. You'd have easily learnt that too, if you'd taken the time to read what I was saying rather than labelling me. But I guess it's easier to be condescending when you ignore what contradicts you.

Greg J Preece

Fantastic piece of kit, but where are the bloody games?? There's very little on there that entices me. I imagine it's going to get ramped up at christmas, but I fear that will be too late.

And all those people going on about phone games - go away. Mobile games != real games. You know it, I know it, but you're going to flame me for it anyway.

UK watchdog snaps on glove to probe Tesco's 'security fails'

Greg J Preece

Singling them out? How are you supposed to solve an issue without picking a place to start?

Disney sitcom says open source is insecure

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Re: I would care...

Is this clip typical of USA kids TV?

Only of the live-action side. Some of their animated stuff is superb. Their live-action low-budget shows that you find on Disney or Nick? Terrible, awful, atrocious, horrific, and utterly unbearable. To be honest, the clip you just saw is probably some of the better stuff. For example, try tracking down this episode on YouTube and giving it a watch:

Wizards of Waverly Place: Dancing with Angels. - Be very afraid!

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Re: Payback? @ Greg

One half-assed remark ... fair enough. But how many of the target audience will have heard that remark and let it sink in? All it takes is one percent of the target audience to believe it and one percent of that subset to end up making the decisions.

If they get to that point so uneducated that they're still basing computing decisions on an off-cuff remark they heard on the Disney channel in their pre-teen days, the company has far bigger problems.

Given that the content of these live-action kids shows is such utter dross, what are the chances that anyone will remember any of it? It's like enduring a visual frontal lobotomy.

Greg J Preece

Re: Payback? @ Greg

But they are of an age where they might grow out of this pap, get a decent education and then end up making "enterprise software purchasing decisions". Or, if not enterprise level decisions, then at least at the SMB level. Then they regurgitate this nonsense and reach a decision along the lines of "well, no-one ever got fired for buying MS/Apple/ProprietoryStuff (insert your least favourite software here)". And thus the cycle of lock-in continues.

One half-assed remark by a writer who clearly doesn't know their stuff does not an indoctrination make. I grew up watching Star Trek and some seriously weird 80s/90s cartoons, but I don't currently believe that talking cats can fly jet fighters, nor have I tried to solve any server issues by dumping the rack's warp core.

Greg J Preece

Re: Payback?

Errrr....you guys are aware that the target audience of this show aren't exactly those people making enterprise software purchasing decisions, right?

eBay invites mystic wrath over ban on spells, potions and lotions

Greg J Preece

She also found a fetish of some kind attached to her car

I don't think that word means what you think it means.

Scientists find safer way to store hydrogen

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Re: @Aaron Em

Apart from the fact that you're changing the subject, the current Tesla home charging rig can charge at a rate of about 60 miles range/hour. That's from a standard 240 volt domestic supply.

Is that not the special three-phase huge pluggy thing? So what happens when you get to the other end and they don't have a special three-phase huge pluggy thing?

Raspberry Pi now comes in Firefox OS flavour

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Been interested in Firefox OS for a while now, and in the Pi. I sense an impending purchase.

I'm liking the way this is going, being able to write the core of an app in pure HTML5 and then port the platform-specific bits between them.

Windows 8: Microsoft's tablet-desktop still painful to swallow

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Re: "Windows key... that you have never used before."

Amen. WIN + R and ALT+F2 are among my most used keyboard shortcuts. (ALT+F2 is KDE's.) WIN + L gets used all the time, as does WIN + D, WIN + TAB, etc

Greg J Preece

Ah, I see the new trend is to write off everyone who doesn't like the horrific new interface as being "old fashioned" or "afraid of change." Nope, that's not the case. It's just bloody horrible to use on a desktop.

I think everyone can agree that under the hood there are improvements worth having. So why, for the love of Mithras, is there not a big option in the control panel called "turn that Metro shit off"?

Sony evolves PlayStation Suite, makes Vita a PS3 controller

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I like the idea AC "Games on the go." suggested, that we could switch between mobile/ps3 gaming seamlessly, but, I wonder how often anyone would use it.

Me, me, all the time, me. Sony call it "continuation play", and the complete lack of games currently supporting it is why I don't currently have a Vita. If I could play inFamous 2 at home, then continue it in my lunch break on my Vita, and pick up where I left off after work, that would be utterly bitchin'. It's the best touted feature of the Vita IMO, and no-one's bloody well implemented it!

Study shows half of all websites use jQuery

Greg J Preece

jQuery's romping away, and yet Moodle still refuse to use something other than bleedin' YUI.

YUI, for feck's sake!

Greg J Preece

Re: "over 50% of websites are now needlessly slow"

Dear webmonkeys, be a little considerate of the other people's cycles you're deciding to waste, there's a good simian, thanks.

Oi, Captain Condescending, if you l-users would knock it off with all this still-using-IE6 and thinking-Chrome-works bullshit, I wouldn't have needed to use jQuery in the first place. As it is, it makes the lives of front-end developers far, far easier, and written properly it causes no noticeable slowdown at all in my experience. But what would I know, I'm just a simian.

Lone config file in Mac OS X SIGNALS DEATH OF THE DVD

Greg J Preece

Re: Just use an external one.

I recently built a new PC and decided not to go for an internal optical drive. This was because it would take up an ESATA connection I may well want for a hard drive


Greg J Preece

Hmmm, nothing to do with Apple having iTunes and the App Store around, eh? Come on, this is 2 + 2 stuff. Of course they're going to ditch optical media. Given the chance, they'd ditch the USB ports too. Then the only way to get anything on or off the machine is through their overpriced service.

I like my DVDs and BDs over online gear for this very simple reason: they're mine. Mine mine mine mine mine, and you can't have them.

Oooh-la-la! 'iPhone 5' bares all, strokes tiny nano-SIM in pics

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This isn't true for at least 2 years, try to catch up will you.

Did it, or did it not, happen? Are they, or are they not doing it again? And did you deliberately ignore the use of the past tense in my post just to make some sarcastic smart-arse quip?

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