* Posts by Greg J Preece

2505 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Union enraged by secret driverless Tube plan

Greg J Preece

The *tube* is expensive?? Phht, in my experience it's cheaper than elsewhere. Up here in sunny Leeds, we seem to pay more and more every 6 months, and get less. Our promised "new rolling stock" turned out to be 20 year old London hand-me-downs, and yet my regular commuter train has recently started turning up a carriage short, which is great fun.

No prizes for guessing where all our money's gone to.

Greg J Preece

Well, you know, perhaps job losses in the public sector aren't always a bad thing. If new technology heralds a major improvement to a system that makes it better for every one of it's millions of customers (and, I would imagine, substantially cheaper), then the layoffs may simply be necessary. It's not pretty, and re-training or reallocation would always be preferable, but the notion that anything that costs jobs is automatically bad has always puzzled me. Technology's *always* done that. There's a reason we don't have hundreds of men staffing car assembly lines any more.

Plus, as you said, the tube drivers love striking more than they love Gregg's pasties.

Hack reveals Android tablet within Sony e-reader

Greg J Preece

Oooooh, I like this. Was just recently considering an e-reader, and a fully unlocked Android, however slow the screen is, would suit me much better than the locked-down UI.

El Reg in email address blunder

Greg J Preece

I did post earlier that someone wasn't in the list I received, but it occurs to me now that this list is probably compiled from real name fields, and that your comment handles may well be (and it seems, often are) different from the name you input, so I will shut my trap and let El Reg answer from here on in.

Greg J Preece

ME! ;-)

Your username doesn't seem to be in the list I got.

Greg J Preece

Kinda split on this - half amused because it's you guys, but also as unimpressed as I would be by anyone else chucking my info around. I did get a copy, and it looks like someone pasted a big CC set in the wrong field and then didn't proof-read anything... Can we get a "rolling my eyes" icon?

Did decide to have a shuftie through the list for rude words and spambots, just because I'm a sad shit.

Boffins insert 3D objects into any old photo... realistically

Greg J Preece

Very cool. That second one isn't as convincing for some reason (other than the odd shape), but the first one is superb. Excellent work, sirs.

Meteor shower falls from Halley’s Comet on Saturday

Greg J Preece

"I'm no expert on this, but I understand there's already tons of space debris up there already."

Exactly - we don't want to make it worse! The Chinese blew up a satellite a while back and tracking stations all over the world are still following bits of it.

Greg J Preece

If you blow it up before it comes down, congratulations, you've just made a shitload of space debris.

If you try to blow it up on the way down, tough titties, you're out of radio contact.

A timer might work, I suppose, halfway through re-entry. But at those speeds, the sharp change in angle caused by an explosion could increase the possible impact area many hundreds of times.

Besides, anything that comes into the atmosphere without heat shielding will not exactly be intact by the time it hits the ground. Not satellites, broken shuttles, European supply pods, whales or potted plants. You'd have to be bloody unlucky to get hit.

Greg J Preece

I doubt it would so much ricochet off a 747 as go straight through it and out the other side. ;-)

Massive study concludes: 'Global warming is real'

Greg J Preece



OK, OK, not as big an impact as we should be having now, but while there were less of them, they didn't even *attempt* to lessen their impact on the environment, as the stained walls on this one Yorkshire street alone will attest.

Cable employee admits replacing Superbowl feed with porn

Greg J Preece

Surely, SURELY there's a gay American Football porno out there he could have used?

Greg J Preece

IIRC, the FCC doesn't regulate cable (or part of it) because it's not broadcast wirelessly - their remit only covers stuff you can pick up with an antenna, because it could be received by anyone, or some such blah blah. That's why cable channels like HBO can put on shows like Bullshit!, and show all the titties and full frontal nudity they like, whereas Howard Stern isn't allowed to even say "bullshit" on air.

Sony names PlayStation Vita release day

Greg J Preece


I cannot agree with Mr Webb more. I own a terrifying number of consoles, including at least one revision of every Nintendo machine ever made, but I keep coming back to the Sony machines because they get a lot of things right. Not everything, but a lot of things.

Greg J Preece

I meant for handheld games (and console games right up to the Cubes). They're all carts, and the only reason the Wii has an SD slot is because they were too cheap to give it any internal memory, so it's basically "insert missing drive here".

Yes, I do own a Wii. And a DS, And a DS Lite. And they all *suck*.

Greg J Preece

OK, you're a troll. You have to be. "The better iOS games." What, Infinity Blade? Don't make me piss myself.

I also have an original PSP, and while I admit the lineup wasn't as good as the PS2 itself, it beat the shit out of my DS, and continues to do so. Chains of Olympus was so good it's hard to tell it apart from GoW II.

And this?

"on a handheld..keep on drinking that sony cool-aid."

Perhaps you should go and take a look at the Vita demo videos. Yes, that is Uncharted. Yes, that is MGS4. No, those are not pre-rendered. Yes, these are announced releases.

Greg J Preece

Don't agree on the slider, as the Go was a monumental failure, and partly because of its flat controls. But I agree on the storage - it was soooo nearly standard Micro SD, but they had to tweak it. Then again, this is kinda to be expected. Nintendo have *never* used a standard storage format, and Sony do have form for promoting storage options no-one wants.

Greg J Preece

"It's going to have to play games much much better than the touch, otherwise I can't see this getting off the ground."

....You're fucking kidding me, right?

Available for iPod Touch, which has no physical game controls: Angry Birds.

Available for the PSP2, which is a dedicated gaming machine: Metal Gear Solid IV.

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Greg J Preece


Been drooling over this since it was first announced. That said, I am still gobsmacked that it doesn't do video, at all. Also, it looks like, as with every console with a gimmick, all the first wave of titles are legally obligated to include as many touchscreen/shaking/rear touch/motion gimmicks as humanly possible. To my dismay, Super Stardust appears to be one of them.

"Crush asteroids with your finger." Riiiight, I could piss about doing that, or you could let me SHOOT THEM.

ITU heralds ultra-high def TV progress

Greg J Preece

Say again?

Yeah, yeah, big res, colour depth, blah blah - what was that bit about sound again?

"22.2-channel sound encoded at 48 or 96KHz in 16, 20 or 24 bits"

Oh....oh my...

Apple 'prepping smaller iPad'

Greg J Preece

"So the iPad nano becomes the iPhone maxi?"

You're thinking of the upcoming 13 inch version, the maxiPad.

Greg J Preece

A decent leather jacket will take a surprisingly large device in its inside pocket.

That sounds almost like a euphemism....but it's not.

Another World 20th Anniversary Edition

Greg J Preece

Personally I'm glad they left it alone. I *love* the visuals and animation in Flashback/Another World. Normally I'm quite welcoming to graphical updates, such as the Final Fantasy/Gradius upgrades on PSP, but these games are just so stylish that I would fear them losing that individuality.

Touchscreen though? You'd have to be nuts. It was infuriating enough on a real device, but on an iToy...?

My Council Services

Greg J Preece

Oh, I like this!

Time to register 200 GPS-marked potholes on my street!

Sesame Street YouTube page hijacked by smut pushers

Greg J Preece

Hang on, who said kiddy porn. This is porn being displayed to kids, not porn featuring kids.

Greg J Preece

And yet all I can think is: "couldn't you get that one bloody apostrophe in the right place?"

Ubuntu One client now available for Windows

Greg J Preece

One word question: Kubuntu?

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

Greg J Preece

Played the demo on PSN

I quite enjoyed the plane mission, though as mentioned, it's very simplified, and I too was reminded immediately of HAWX. I ditched the default over-the-wing and 3rd-person modes immediately, as I always do, and it seemed competent enough.

Where I thought it would really shine was the helicopter mission. To my surprise, it didn't come across well. The controls seem rather obtuse, like the developers should have played G Police first, and they've tried to bring over some of the dogfighty feel from plane combat by allowing you to dodge missiles...via barrel roll....

Yeah, that was kinda when my suspension of disbelief shattered entirely. The chopper mission is also hard as hell. I'll give it another shot this weekend, see if it improves with a second go.

Win 8 haters are just scared of change, say MS bosses

Greg J Preece

Step 1: Release developer preview for feedback.

Step 2: Complain that you didn't get the feedback you wanted.

Step 3: ???

Step 4: Profit!

Seriously, we don't like it because you're trying to have a touch interface and a desktop interface *at the same time*, and it doesn't bloody work.

Flashback: The Quest for Identity

Greg J Preece


I didn't mean to do that, apologies. It's right next to the submit button.

Greg J Preece
IT Angle

Both Excellent Games

I have Another World Anniversary on PC - I'd love to see the HD version too. Flashback was the first of the pair that I played, and I really liked it (other than the annoying chirping sounds on the first level). Pity some of the SNES versions had a game-breaking bug at the start of the second area. It was basically a pit that you could jump on the Mega Drive, but not on SNES. But I have the MD version now, so that's definitely on my to-do list.

Smut oglers told to opt in to keep web filth flowing

Greg J Preece

@Boring Bob

"Most religions preach pacifism."


"Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death. Such evil must be purged from Israel." (Deuteronomy 17:12)

"Whoever sacrifices to any god, except the Lord alone, shall be doomed." (Exodus 22:19)

"Cursed be he who does the Lords work remissly, cursed he who holds back his sword from blood." (Jeremiah 48:10)

You and I have obviously been reading different holy books...

Greg J Preece

First stages? You've not been paying attention, matey!

Greg J Preece

@AC 12:04

"Not all material on the Internet is good for children and not all people who practice religion are a good example of that religion."

You're absolutely right! A lot of Christians don't seem to be very good ones. They only practice the busybody interfering, and seem to have forgotten the genital mutilation, slavery, genocide, etc altogether!

Greg J Preece


"I did all sorts of things without my parents finding out (before the Web, but eg making fireworks, experimenting with mains electricity), and I was not particularly irresponsible compared with some I knew."

And how much of that melted your mind, corrupted your Christian soul and ruined your life?

What kind of fucking state do we have to be in when the group being consulted on MASS CENSORSHIP of modern communications is a fucking Christian mothers group?

Gas bill climbed £13,000 after correct online reading given

Greg J Preece

They're all as bad

nPower sent me my bill prediction for the next 6 months, based on an "estimate" that always seems to be for a family of 6 in a mansion. I sent them the correct readings, they acknowledged receipt of them, and then....kept my bills exactly the same...

And then when they overcharge, trying to get the money back is fun. Credit against my account? No mate, cheque in the mail, now.

Samsung and Google's next Nexus specs leak

Greg J Preece

And just like that

The iPhone 4S has its ass handed to it. Well, I say that as if it hadn't already happened.

Sony: all new PS3 titles will require PSN Pass for online play

Greg J Preece

Yeah, buy them a 360 instead, where you'll run into the same problem. Or you could buy them a Wii, which barely has an online presence to speak of.

Greg J Preece

At least you can get them 2nd hand

2nd hand PC gaming is dying a death because the licences are locked online through kit like Steam, and there's NO way to get a new code/whatever for yourself. So you can't buy the game 2nd hand, ever. This online pass malarkey still sucks ass compared to previous consoles and games, but it's better than them going the PC route.

And haven't the X-box publishers been doing this for yonks?

Don't bother with that degree, say IT pros

Greg J Preece

Fuckin' A

My university course was, other than a few key modules, pretty damned useless. Almost everything I do as a developer involves stuff I taught myself or acquired on the job. I've since encouraged people younger than me to consider whether university is necessary for their career, or whether they would be better served spending that time getting direct work experience and skipping the large amounts of time and debt involved.

Personally, I'd have 3 of those 4 years back in a heartbeat.

Star Trek TNG revamped for Blu-ray in 2012

Greg J Preece

The TOS remaster was well done, with the CGI replacements true enough to the original models that they didn't really look out of place. Much better done than with other films, such as...oh, I don't know...Ghost in the Shell 2.0. *Shudder*

Greg J Preece


The first series wasn't as good as the others, granted, but it did set a lot of stuff up, storywise. Sinclair's acting was bad, but in a funny way rather than a God-awful way. B5 just didn't work as well with the stand-alone episodic format, so once the main storyline got going it was much improved.

And compared to Star Trek? Much as I love the Trek and its cheesy dialogue, wooden arms-by-the-side acting, and tendency to resolve all problems in the last 5 minutes of the show with concentrated technobabble, it just doesn't come close to B5.

B5 definitely has its crap moments, but they are heavily outweighed by the good stuff. Riker incompetently firing one shot at a BoP and getting his ship destroyed, or Sheridan dive-bombing a ship full of nukes into Za'ha'dum, before throwing himself off a cliff because his balls are solid titanium?

Greg J Preece


Now when are WB gonna get around to doing this with Babylon 5? The DVD transfer for the first few series was dreadful.

Boffins invent miracle pill that counteracts effects of booze

Greg J Preece

Has there ever been one? I often enjoy a drink, but I've never enjoyed being drunk.

Zombie mobile Linuxes mate

Greg J Preece

Agree entirely

Maemo has the best multitasking of any mobile OS, and the most competent system base. Not the fastest phone, but the sheer number of things you can do with it made it superb. Every time someone got a new thingy on their ShinyPhone, it would be something the N900 had been doing for donkey's years.

Real shame it's dead. :-( No idea what I'm going to use next.

Ex-Microsofties' IE6 kill squad hits UK

Greg J Preece

Shurely shome mishtake

"Redmond hates IE6 so much, it has launched a global campaign to encourage downloads of IE9 to push IE6 use down to less than 1 per cent of worldwide market share."

If you're on an early enough system to be using IE6, you can't get IE9 anyway...

Byte-dock MacBook Pro port replicator

Greg J Preece

"There are also apps that let you close it and keep on processing but without an external keyboard and screen."

Right, those would be the 3rd party hacks he mentioned.

It still astonishes me that Mac OS X lacks basic things like proper power options and a "lock screen" command...

Greg J Preece


"- Macbooks gather a lot of heat when the lid is closed. The forums are full of warnings that overheating is a reality."


Because they don't want to despoil their perfect design with ugly things like a proper cooling system, a lot of Mac laptops I've seen (all of them?) vent hot air through a slit in the lid hinge. This is stupid enough to start with, but then you close the lid and block/redirect the vent. Even on a 5 year old MacBook I've got here, it happens.

Why was Duke Nukem Forever s**t?

Greg J Preece

Not far off now


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