* Posts by Greg J Preece

2505 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Jobs to iPad skeptic: 'Are you nuts?'

Greg J Preece

Feline Discipline

"Isn't that what gadgets are all about really? I mean who genuinly needs a USB rocket launcher?"

Let me tell you, nothing disciplines a naughty kitten faster than a remotely-operated webcam-modified foam rocket launcher!

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Death row inmate claims allergy to lethal injection

Greg J Preece

Lulz, a bullet

Humans depress me sometimes. I'll be over here, banging my head against the wall.

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Greg J Preece

Young people?

"Keep that in mind young people."

As a young person, can I vote for "not being a complete bunch of savage cunts and stooping below their level?" You know, we could always *not* kill the guy.

Or you could all readily jump to your feet and suggest more efficient ways to kill sentient human beings, I dunno.

God, I need a drink.

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Gyration Air Mouse Elite

Greg J Preece

Oops, you failed

"However, sophisticated tasks – beyond basic in air mousery and desktop use – rely on the MotionTools software being installed, which is Windows-only"

Another nice peripheral I won't be buying.

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Jesus Phone in shock Opera browser benediction

Greg J Preece

Why should you care?

Because Opera has been proven time and time again to be one of the best mobile browsers going on almost any platform. I can only see Fennec giving it anything like a run for its money, going by the excellent Mozilla implementation on my N900.

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Greg J Preece

Holy crap!

I am pleasantly surprised. Apple App Store in common sense shocker!

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A multitasking iPad? Let's bin the netbook

Greg J Preece

Deal breakers: price, USB, and Apple's attitude

You're very much correct that multitasking vastly improves the potential of the iPad. However, it still isn't up to even the technical capabilities of my phone, let alone a decent netbook.

That aside - the iPad isn't supposed to be a laptop - the big problem for me, in addition to those stated in the article, is Apple themselves. Their attitude regarding the app store, which in itself isn't nearly as open as other platforms' software sources, sucks. As a techie boy, I would not want to have my software choices dictated to me, even in part. If I want to use Opera, Fennec, etc then I bloody well will.

Again, these won't affect the majority of the population, who will regard the software on the iPad simply as a part of the product. But it would certainly affect me, as well as any existing tablet/netbook users with their own software preferences.

As for jailbreaking, sod that. I shouldn't have to re-flash an expensive, premium computing device just to be able to install my own choice of software. I wouldn't accept that on a laptop, or a phone, so why should I accept it on a tablet?

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Government wastes millions on redundant cycle route planner

Greg J Preece

Election reporting

"but due to the strictures of election reporting they are not allowed to answer our questions for at least a month."

Not heard of this before. Could you elaborate?

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Visual Studio 2010 - your chunky new friend dissected

Greg J Preece

Multiple Monitors

"If you use multiple displays, the ability to float windows from one display to another is almost worth the upgrade in itself."

Eh? I've just got VS2008 and I can undock all the palettes and move them around just like I do in NetBeans. Or do you mean the main code/form editor panels?

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Labour unfriends Twitter rant candidate

Greg J Preece

Who cares whether it was last year or not?

They're his opinions, and he has a right to them. The country is crying out for straightforward, honest politicians who speak their minds and they're silencing this guy? God, what I wouldn't have given to hear a Labour representative react to Obama's Nobel prize with "you've got to be fucking kidding me."

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Murdoch tells old media to 'stand up' to Google, Bing

Greg J Preece
FAIL

Subscriptions below expected numbers?

I take it not many people subscribed to your crappy news sites then, eh Rupert? Bwhahahaha.

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Apple to reveal hallowed iPhone 4.0 on Thursday

Greg J Preece

Errr...

"battle against the forces of hell with Ubuntu for six weeks to bring it up to the functional level of Windows XP "

From my experience, the only task required to bing Ubuntu *beyond* the functional level of XP is to stick the live CD in the tray...

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Chronos EZ430: An SDK packing watch for real techies

Greg J Preece

I *love* it!

As a dyed-in-the-wool nerdy boy, I will be ordering one at the first available opportunity. It can sit on my wrist next to my binary timepiece.

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Developers turn sour on Apple iPad

Greg J Preece

For. The. Last. Time.

El Reg lay into EVERYONE. Windows is continually slated as being insecure, and MS are continually berated for their crappy attitude to security updates. Apple are lambasted as the cultish fanboy club they are, with devices that are technically inferior but hyped to the point of Godhood, and the Linux sector (into which I fall) are derided for being unwashed OSS-fanatic nerdy boys. Which we are.

I have a feeling you are surfing the site on Safari.

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Frisco fanboi frenzy on 'iPad Day'

Greg J Preece

Bwhahaha

I love how *any* post on an Apple related story that could be regarded as anti-Cupertino receives an inordinate number of downvotes. You lot are worse than the Scientologists.

(That last bit will probably get me modded.)

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Greg J Preece

Holy crap!

This *isn't* the top story on the Beeb!

Oh, no, wait, there it is, every other link in the technology section. Including the usual "Apple are changing everything wowzors!" stories. Morons.

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Flood, fire at BT Paddington node causes widespread problems

Greg J Preece

Well you're still talking, no?

Part of the network is bollocksed and you're still posting...

Or are you one of those Londoners who thinks the world ends at the M25, and the "national communication infrastructure" is 20 miles across?

No problems here in Leeds.

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MS to release emergency IE fix on Tuesday

Greg J Preece

An out-of-band release?

Doesn't MS have one of those every month? From what I can tell, Patch Tuesday is actually every fortnight.

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Chattanooga devil dog eats cop cruiser

Greg J Preece

American cars = tin foil and spit

They're badly designed and badly made. That's why the Detroit bunch were ready to kill anyone owning a Honda when the Japanese car invasion came along - they realised their cars were crap, but in true human fashion decided to blame the Japanese for their problems rather than improve quality.

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'Switch to Century Gothic to save the planet'

Greg J Preece

Possibly, but!

As paper comes from tree farms these days, surely the best way to get more planted is to waste more paper?

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Germany warns surfers against Firefox

Greg J Preece

Foamy Reference

Glad someone spotted it. Hello, fellow Squirrel Cultist!

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Greg J Preece

FF FTW, again

Not that I want to have a smug moment or anything, but:

http://go.theregister.com/feed/www.theregister.co.uk/2010/03/23/firefox_zero_day_fix/

:-)

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Greg J Preece

Head, meet desk

"Don't use IE, use Firefo-, no, wait! Use...er..."

Love all the anti-FF crowd coming out to crow - as they normally do - about Firefox and IE both being software (ie, they have bugs).

Let me explain this for you nice and slowly, IE fans. We use FF not because it has less security holes (though it does seem to) - we use it because when there is a problem, the patch comes out a whoooole lot faster. Well, that and a whole host of other reasons.

No browser is immune to security holes/bugs/flaws. None. The difference is in the patching. IE generally takes about an ice age or two. Firefox....doesn't.

*Doot de dooo doooo dooooo*

You acquired a clue! Achievement Unlocked!

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Yes, Internet Explorer is on the wane in Europe

Greg J Preece

Pretty hard not to...

"Remember they can choose to *retain* IE quite easily."

No kidding! Considering it can't be (easily) removed...

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Greg J Preece

Those ads make me laugh my arse off

Especially "Now I can put two windows side by side!"

What? Windows side by side? Impossible! WITCHCRAFT, I SAY!

At least they're stopping the obnoxious "my idea" nonsense - a stupid idea combined with incredibly smug acting.

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Facebook gives you the clap: Official

Greg J Preece

How could you do a story on FB sex

and not get the word "poking" in there?

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Windows XP Mode skips virtualisation hardware requirements

Greg J Preece

Sweet, does this apply to standard Virtual PC too?

As title, really. Got a Win7 machine that runs on some beefy, but slightly older processors - no hardware virtualisation. I can easily use Virtualbox for XP and do so, but I really want a Win98 image on there for some stuff. Does this mean I can now use VPC?

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Nerd alert: First Lucid Lynx Ubuntu beta fun

Greg J Preece

GNOME-look and KDE-look sites

Last time I used GNOME, it was generally a case of heading over to gnome-look.org and having a leaf through. Select the shiny bits you want, download them, and drag and drop them onto the appropriate settings box. Done! Though you should be aware that Firefox has some issues with dark themes - take a look at the gnome-look page for a theme called Divinorum Revisited for a fix.

Me, I'm a KDE user, so I have the rather nifty Get Hot New Stuff system (no seriously, that's what it's called). It launches from inside the various theming panels, and lets me browse theming options and install them with one button click. It's not perfect yet, but it's a very cool feature. I'd love to see how it's improved in Lucid, but alas, Ubuntu give less and less of a crap about KDE users - do we at least get Ubuntu One with this release?

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Greg J Preece

That did have me wondering

Ubuntu does have a few real hippies at the higher levels, hence the "free" and "non-free" repositories, and previous distros not coming with support for anything proprietary out of the box - not even via a simple "do you want the stuff we don't like?" button. Yeah, nice one guys, Joe Average will love having to add a repository and install "restricted" packages just to watch DVDs/play his music...

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Greg J Preece

Come on guys, you know you want to

"though Canonical says that it will eventually be available also as a plug-in for Banshee, Amarok, and "a few other" Linux music applications."

Songbird Songbird Songbird Songbird Songbiiiiiiiiiiiird!

Come on, please? It's *made* for this kinda thing.

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Sony PS3 Slim

Greg J Preece

Redeem the console?

I have an original release PS3 - you know, the one that can actually do shit, before they started ripping everything out - and it kicks ass. Unlike the 360, it doesn't explode at every given opportunity, so my 60GB edition is still working fine. It needs no redeeming. Sure, the online service isn't as good as XBL, but you get what you pay for, and I rarely play online anyway. Other than that it's a totally bitchin' device that was overly slated at launch, mainly for being too expensive.

As for games, most of the big stuff gets released on PS3 *and* 360, so WTF are you on about? The main reason I don't own an Xbox has nothing to do with it being a poorly designed piece of shit - between my PS3 and my PC, I can get all the games I want, so what's the point?

Anyway, I'm off downstairs to fire the sucker up and play God of War 3. Only had chance to play the first area so far, but god DAMN, it's stunning.

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Tiger Woods' alleged mistress publishes X-rated texts

Greg J Preece
WTF?

Product endorsements??

"Hi, I'm Tiger Woods' bit on the side. I sell both of us for my own profit because I'm just a whore like that. Buy our products!"

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El Reg insults 'millions of Irish Catholics'

Greg J Preece

As an Irish ex-Catholic...

...feck 'em. Thin-skinned whiners.

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Sky gets Five HD

Greg J Preece

PS3

Nuff said. Not many channels are in HD but most telly is shite anyway. My LED telly is used for games and movies. Try out the Final Cut transfer of Blade Runner - I bought the briefcase edition from America and it's stunning.

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Microsoft cuts out paste

Greg J Preece

MeeGo?

First version's out later this year, I believe. And N900 users get a backported update to it! Woot!

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Greg J Preece

Oh the irony

When the iPhone came out, the phrase I heard often was "Christ, even Windows Mobile can do cut and paste!"

Oooh dear...

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Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 embraces - yes - HTML5

Greg J Preece

That sounds....good?

Am I hearing this? The IE team are concentrating on standards? Open, accepted standards and not ones they made up in the pub? They're building in SVG support???

That platform preview looks....really quite good. Did I just say that?

Did someone fire up the LHC, make one of them interdimensional portal thingummies and not tell anyone?

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Toshiba BDX2000

Greg J Preece

Seconded!

Played with quite a few BD players, and to be honest, not one of them matches up to my existing PS3. I've never owned such an excellent device that was slated so much at launch.

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'Health and safety killjoys' kill cheese-rolling race

Greg J Preece

So what you're saying...

...is that it's dangerous as all hell - and it is - but that's not a reason for anyone to think that finding somewhere safer would be a good idea?

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Mozilla gives passive-aggressive missive to pre-Firefox 3.6 hold-outs

Greg J Preece

Broken?

Not behaving the way you want them translates to "broken"? Sorry, I must have forgotten you were the centre of the world.

Besides, this is Firefox! it'll be about 5 minutes before someone releases the inverse version of this:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1956

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Greg J Preece

Just hook into Mozilla's repository

As title. Works for me. :-)

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Jesus Phone to exhibit holy gift of bilocation

Greg J Preece

How much are you betting...

...they'll advertise this like it's a new thing.

What astonishes me is that no smartphone manufacturer advertised their products as being better. They allowed Apple to claim innovation that simply wasn't theirs or never existed.

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Sony launches 'WiiMote for PS3'

Greg J Preece

Maybe they'll make proper games

As opposed to the 1000000s of mini games and boring uninspired crap that makes up the Wii library.

(Apologies to Code Monkey)

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Freesat BBC iPlayer beta gets red button access

Greg J Preece

Been using this for a month or so

And it's pretty good, actually. Saves me loading up the PS3, at any rate, though it's a while since i had to type phone-style.

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BT boss urges fines for filesharing customers

Greg J Preece

And there it is...

"The peers behind the amendment have argued that since all major ISPs already block a list of URLs carrying images of child abuse, they have the technical means to comply with injunctions demanding copyright blocking."

The very *definition* of function creep.

Arseholes. Wonder what they'll want to censo^H^H^H^H^H block next.

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Tablet maker threatens, then robs Apple

Greg J Preece

Grow a sense of humour

As title. If you really have to take the time out of your day to whinge because someone called you a 'Merkin, rather than the correct term ("Yank"), then you need a stronger backbone.

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Tories ask: Why BBC3, BBC4?

Greg J Preece

3 + 4 = 2

I'm with some of the other posters above. Take all the good bits of BBC3 and BBC4, squeeeeze them together, and call it BBC2. Sorted!

Just because something doesn't pull in the viewing figures of Eastenders doesn't mean it's crap. In fact, often it means the exact opposite.

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Northerners give up ID cards for Lent figures suggest

Greg J Preece

Gah, no!

"Perhaps an Eastenders story line could boost interest."

No! Don't give them ideas!

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Apple yanks Wi-Fi detectors from iTunes

Greg J Preece

@Frank

"...they want their tedious FPS back."

Hey, it was just the first game I spotted in the repository. I've since installed a bunch of emulators, and I'm looking at porting some of my favourite games into the DOSbox instance I installed on it.

Man, this thing KICKS ASS.

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Ubisoft undone by anti-DRM DDoS storm

Greg J Preece

Buy a legit copy, then crack it

That's what I do every time some arsehole comes up with ludicrous DRM like this. I bought the game - so bugger off!

Though I do remember proudly patting my - at the time spanking new - AMD64 box when it turned out that Stardock only worked in 32 bit environments. Bwhahaha.

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