* Posts by Greg J Preece

2505 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

BBC bigs up iPlayer for TVs and consoles

Greg J Preece

It's actually been on PS3 for ages too

They're just re-launching it, but acting like it's a new product. Why? No idea.

Greg J Preece

At a guess

It'll be because most people have their PS3 plugged into a TV....which can do the live broadcasts on its own...

Linus Torvalds dubs GNOME 3 'unholy mess'

Greg J Preece

You can always install more

I would be astonished if they ever had a login manager that wouldn't accept new desktop sets. I once had KDE, GNOME, Flux and XFCE on the same box, and they were all easily accessible from a drop-down on GDM.

Greg J Preece

With you on that one

My users have done that to themselves enough times that I am now a ninja at restoring the KDE GUI.

Greg J Preece

Tried out Fluxbox and XFCE

And while they're nice and lightweight, something about XFCE rubbed me up the wrong way. Fluxbox I liked initially, with its very minimalist interface, but I soon realised that any kind of configuration at all would be opening text files and mucking about with a syntax I'd not seen before - adding items to the menu, for example.

Now, I'll freely admit this was a while back. It's probably improved a lot since then. Might try it out, actually...

Greg J Preece

KDE 4 has recovered

4.0 was a mess, but more recent releases of KDE 4.x are just fine and dandy, now that they've filled in the blanks and polished it up a bit. I much prefer KDE to GNOME, if I'm honest, and everything since 4.2 has worked fine. 4.4 and up are great, especially after they rolled kcm_touchpad into the main control panel. I'll be sticking with it for the forseeable future.

Hopefully GNOME can recover in the same way.

Death haunts government petitions site

Greg J Preece

@PC Paul

So it's your petition then? :-p

Greg J Preece

I think you've got the message wrong

Only the banning of the death penalty is "valie" - all else is vile, vindictive, savage, degenerate, eye-for-an-eye bullshit.

Greg J Preece
IT Angle

IT angle!

I found an IT angle in amongst all the mindless right-wing griping on that site.


Lots of petitions related to driving, I've noticed. Increase speed limits, remove speed limits, remove points limits on licences, make undertaking legal. Let me guess - the authors of those petitions were, respectively:

*Done for speeding

*Done for speeding

*Banned from driving for speeding

*Done for undertaking

PS Vita due in 2012 says Sony

Greg J Preece

Not surprised

Given that this is *exactly* what they said when the Vita was announced. All the other dates were speculated by people other than Sony. Wishful thinking doesn't pull release dates forward.

It's official: IE users are dumb as a bag of hammers

Greg J Preece


We're back on SYB with this one. Participants, claim your fame:


Greg J Preece

Oh God..

Opera users don't need more incentive to act like smug bell-ends, surely?

Tried using it again this week after I did something stupid to my Firefox profile and couldn't be arsed rebuilding it for a few days. It's never been a shit browser, but in the end I missed the Awesome Bar and my plugins too much and rebuilt my FF profile. Muuuch better.

Sony Vita to control PlayStation 3

Greg J Preece

I'm with you on this

"However, it's the 'Continuation Play' we're looking forward to the most, being able to play a game on one device and take it on the move with the other."

Me too! I've been wondering if they'll double-package the PS3 and PSP games together at a reduced price point to get people using it. They could patch the PS3 versions of ported games for the same effect. It's a fantastic idea IMO.

Apple vanishes MySQL from Mac OS X Lion Server

Greg J Preece

Sounds like an upgrade to me

The person quoted in the article is not wrong. PostgreSQL is just more sophisticated.

Chrome 13: Google uncloaks search click prediction engine

Greg J Preece

As if Google wasn't creepy enough

Yet another reason to stick with Firefox...

Nokia N9 joins next month's mobile match

Greg J Preece

Believe me, I understand

This is my only real alternative to Android. I don't want to use any of the big three on my personal phone, and Maemo was excellent for my purposes. I was hyped for its successor; such a waste...

Schmaltz-powered Chrome overtakes morally superior Firefox

Greg J Preece

Still spies on you, still has rendering bugs

So I'll still be over here on Firefox, ta. The upside is we have to support IE less and less. Just wish people would actually read the T&Cs before they install stuff like Chrome.

PlayStation Vita release leaked

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While I concur that Sony are price-gouging Europe, as usual, might I remind you that the 3DS, a console that apparently cost £60 to build, came out at £220 in the UK, £10 less than a wi-fi Vita. And the Vita has a tiny bit more beef/kit, wouldn't you say?

From Dust

Greg J Preece

I'll wait for the PC version

Every complaint I've heard against this game is along the lines of "the console controls are crap", as is almost always the case with strategy/God games, so I'll wait for the PC version and use a mouse.

Truck nuts swing onto US freedom of speech agenda

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Everything that's wrong with humans

"Genitalia is offensive."

You'd better cut yours off then. Wouldn't want you having any offensive children.

Nintendo set to make a loss on every 3DS

Greg J Preece

Don't tell me people are wising up...

...to NIntendo's bullshit? Re-releasing decade-old games and tacking on additional 3D gimmicks, remaking the same games over and over and over, not giving a shit about the quality of their online service, etc, etc?

Perhaps with their next console they'll get back to actually maki-oh, wait....Wii U.

Sony Ericsson signals Xperia X10 Gingerbread update

Greg J Preece

Not forgetting install-to-SD

The internal storage in the Mini Pro is a bit wee for a phone that can't install to SD.

Adobe releases lengthy list of Apple Lion woes

Greg J Preece

No it's not

"(XP-64 is as flakey as a certain yellow-wrappered chocolate bar)."

Can't agree. I ran XP x64 for years until Windows 7 came out on my desktop at home. I don't think it ever crashed, not once.

Greg J Preece

You've got an iPhone, haven't you?

"trying to get Flash to work on mobile (it'lll never happen)"

Been using it on mobile for years. Where the feck have you been?

Oh, right...on iOS...

Gamer claims complete console collection

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Can't see a Sega 32x in there with his Mega CD II. Also, he has the Jaguar, but not the Jaguar CD. Kinda hard to blame him for that.

Apple kills MacBook, soups up MacBook Air

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...why so many downvotes? Have I desecrated a holy relic of the church?

Greg J Preece

No MacBook?

Wasn't that the only model available in black? Slap an Android sticker over the Apple logo and no-one ever spots it's an Apple machine.

14 arrested in crackdown targeting Anonymous

Greg J Preece

Ten agents? Really?

Are the FBI such a crack force that it takes ten armed agents to arrest one teenage kid?

'Wilful blindness? We've heard of it,' says Murdoch

Greg J Preece

Not guilty of "willful blindness?"

In addition to having never paid attention to what goes on at his own newspaper, has he also never seen a Fox News broadcast?

CERN 'gags' physicists in cosmic ray climate experiment

Greg J Preece

You've got that wrong

It's not that they want people to consider this evidence over all other evidence - it's that they want people to consider it at all. The IPCC sure don't!

AMD says Xbox 720 graphics to be good as Avatar

Greg J Preece

Smells like bollocks

Remember the PS3 pre-launch "screenshots"?


Akira Blu-ray remastered disc set

Greg J Preece

Saw it on Saturday

At a single-showing slot in Leeds. Very good transfer.

Adobe resuscitates 64-bit Flash for Linux

Greg J Preece

Been running this for ages

Flash-Aid has been installing 64-bit Flash for ages. They were the 10.x betas from Adobe Labs, and they were pretty damned stable. Wonder how good this one is.

Microsoft kills Windows Vista SP1 support

Greg J Preece

Double dipping

I know people were very reluctant to upgrade to Vista on the whole, but I'd be interested to see whether MS has made that deficit up by double-dipping its Vista customers for copies of the working version, Win7.

And if it turns out they actually made more money that way, who's betting 8 will be crap, and 9 will fix all its flaws?

MS to WinXP diehards: Just under 3 more years' support

Greg J Preece

Not faster, but not slower either

My machine used to run XP x64, now runs Win7 x64 and Linux Mint dual boot. I can't detect any noticeable difference in speed between the two Windows versions. Linux is, naturally, faster than both of them. ;-)

Hitchhiking snails scoffed, pooped out alive by birds

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I'd hate to be RyanAir

How shit does your reputation have to be for the first three comments on a story like this to all be digs at your company?

Sony pains pre-owned game punters with PSN Pass

Greg J Preece

I prefer this, TBH

Paying a nominal fee to get online with a 2nd hand copy is better than the alternative, where the code is permanently registered to you, and you then can't ever sell your game. See almost all modern PC games.

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E420s 14in Core i5 laptop

Greg J Preece

I love these things

We have a number of the earlier Edge machines in the office, with the same casing and keyboard layout, and they're great. They feel solid and well built, look understated and classy in matte black (unlike their predecessors, the N300/N500 range with their tacky silver lids), and as business machines are reliable, quick little machines. The keyboards are nice too, with my only criticism being the arrow key/paging arrangement being a bit fiddly. They also run Mint perfectly out of the box. ;-)

Zuck brushes aside dull 750m Facebook sign-ups metric

Greg J Preece

I hope they don't

Facebook have all the crap you post on Facebook. Google also have your e-mail, searches, browsing history if you're a Chrome user, and possibly purchase history too. And mobile phone usage, if you're an Android user.

And you trust Facebook less?

Ofcom maps state of UK broadband

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Talk Talk are horrendous, mind

See title. Never met a happy TT customer.

Apple orders millions of iPhone 5s for September release

Greg J Preece

Re: Android with QWERTY keyboard

Also, there's the X10 Mini Pro, which is better than you might think, and the Desire Z, which is a Desire with a keyboard nailed to it.

Greg J Preece

Oh cynical me

"Apple makes things really easy to upgrade handsets and not lose a single thing."

I suspect this is more Apple making it really easy to *restore* handsets, given the number of times ours have needed it doing after a good ol' bricking.

Sony quietly tests PlayStation Network revamp

Greg J Preece

Good call!

An excellent point.

Greg J Preece

I haven't missed it, old bean

I know the icon you mean, but most of the time it just doesn't put in an appearance. And tagging on to what I originally wrote, being able to exclude previously bought items from the search results would be nice.

Greg J Preece

Desires as a long time user

1. Force developers to have game previews. There are tons of games on the PSN that you cannot see before purchase, in any form. No screens, no vids, just a (very) short bit of text, the Sony licencing blah-blah, and a buy button. Get stuffed.

2. Reduce the size of the half-screen featured game window and increase the size of the search results list. Add some more detail to it.

3. Get rid of the fecking wallet. It is so completely pointless it makes me angry. Sony are nice enough to list their games in actual money, rather than con-artist bullpoints like MS and Nintendo, but then they introduce this bloody thing. Buy anything over £5 and the store lets you add exactly the price of whatever it is you're buying anyway, so what's the point of the chuffing wallet??

4. Make it blindingly obvious which games are full games, which are demos, which are expansions, etc, without having to click in and wait for a separate page to load. In fact, group all the entries for a game or series together. I know you do it for some, so do it for all of them!

5. Make it blindingly obvious which games, expansions and sets I already own.

6. Find out where the latest expansion for Super Stardust HD has disappeared to so I can buy it.

Aussie retailer accuses UK shops of HDMI 'scam'

Greg J Preece

You're an idiot

"when it comes to digital cables, i suggest anyone to compare cheap hdmi and hdmi from audioquest for example. if you can't see the difference then you probably don't need that hd telly you're buying cable for"

A lot of audio cables are not digital. HDMI is. You don't get a different string of 1s and 0s at the TV if you buy a more expensive cable. The picture will be identical. Exactly the same. Indistinguishable.

If you believe otherwise, I suggest you do some research yourself. You probably don't need that overpriced cable you're buying for that HD telly you don't understand.

Greg J Preece


I've been saying this for years! Dixons will happily charge you £60+ for a 2m "insulated, gold plated, interference-free" HDMI cable, and their sales droids will upsell them to the best of their ability.

I remember buying my TV from Currys, and the droid there was trying to sell me all sorts of power adaptors, along with a £75 HDMI cable "for best quality". When I pointed out that those cables were pointless, and only complete mugs would buy them, he looked particularly abashed. Turned out he'd bought several himself for his own setup. Whoops!

The HDMI cables into my PS3 and Freesat box cost £1.20 each, and work perfectly. God bless eBay.

Xboxer SWATTED by armed cops after online spat

Greg J Preece

Oh my

“I got ur ip !!!!!!!!!!!” the unknown poster wrote. “With cain and abel ima type it in my mIRC serceveer.”

If there's a more stereotypical script kiddie, I haven't seen one. Well done on your mad IRC skillz, sir.

Moderatrix kisses the Reg goodbye

Greg J Preece

4 years

Don't know how you put up with us for that long. :-)

The freakonomics of smut: Does it actually cause rape?

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"Here's an idea - why don't we execute paedophiles instead? I'm quite certain the statistics will show that this reduces the rate of re-offence, and therefore results in an overall reduction in child abuse. What's wrong with my conclusion?"

Has the execution of murderers in America done anything to the murder rate? Personally, I find anyone calling for the murder of another human being as the simple solution to a problem far more tasteless, offensive and disturbing than a calmly written article asking questions.

I don't agree with everything in the article, and I dislike its implication that people who watch porn objectify women, not least because it assumes everyone watching porn is male, but your comment is simply vile.

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