* Posts by Greg J Preece

2505 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Google says desktop PC is three years from 'irrelevance'

Greg J Preece

If nothing else, screen res

Lets see the Google coding staff do all their stuff on a 3.5" screen. I've got twin 22" widescreens at work, and three 19" TFTs at home. Still not enough, as far as I'm concerned.

And then there's the question of input. I always buy phones with a keyboard, but I've yet to find one that makes it relatively easy to get at things like {braces}.

I *love* my smartphones, but God almighty, doing everything on them? No.

Apple yanks Wi-Fi detectors from iTunes

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N900 FTW!

Got mine today and it's AWESOME. Installed root access, gave the phone user a password, then installed htop, vim and SSH, connected to my home server, fired up a VNC session, connected to it (just because I could), had a browse around, then shut all that down, and fired up some Doom. Cost of apps: $0.00. Availability of apps: open, always, forever.

The iPhone can kiss my hairy white arse.

MS confirms 'F1 to pwn' IE bug

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Previous experience?

At times in the past it's taken a fair bit of negative publicity to get Microsoft off their arses and fixes developed. Maybe they've just decided to skip the slow stages of the development cycle. ;-)

Brass necked suspect swallows USB evidence

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Still not extreme enough

As Ms Ripley tells us, the only way to be sure is to take off and nuke the entire site from orbit.

OK, OK, mine's the leather one.

Asus assures no more delays for keyboard-computer

Greg J Preece

Why aren't they calling it

The Eeeboard?

Old PS3s locked out of PlayStation Network

Greg J Preece

In that case...

...what was RRoD all about? A billion dollars worth of dead Xboxen tells me to keep my PS3. :-p

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Thank God for that!

I was getting an error on my PS3 last night and all the Google results coming back suggested my PS3 was buggered. Glad to know it's not.

That said, having the PSN network die and take Burnout Paradise with it mere hours after I set up my new LED telly... Grrrrr!

T-Mobile announces pay monthly package revamp

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Cheers Lancs

Much obliged. Hopefully SSH will work on a standard connection without me having to pay the extra tenner for "mobile broadband plus." Feckers.

Now if I can just avoid the shitty way they treat their upgrading customers...

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Ta for that! Had an O2 user confirm to me today that his contract phone can use SSH. Our Orange business phones can, but that's a business account, so it may be different.

3 reckon they can, and so do I, but I've not been able to confirm it.

Vodafone gave me a really weird answer. They said that they do block ports, but they couldn't tell me which ones, as they've no idea - apparently it changes "on a whim." Nice to know they can sell me a data tariff without knowing what it does...

I'll go into T-Mobile next time I get chance and see what they can tell me.

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I was under the impression it was 3GB. That's what they told me when I signed my contract.

Honestly, there needs to be some kind of regulatory involvement on this. Staff who do not have the answer (or have conflicting answers) to even the most basic of technical questions should not be allowed to sell Internet access!

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The reason I use T-Mobile's network is the existence of Web and Walk Plus, which guarantees that I can use SSH, etc from my phone. Now that they've only got one level of net access, who's betting that it's the usual shite you get from mobile networks, with everything blocked except what good boys and girls use?

Serious question: which mobile networks allow you to use SSH/FTP from a phone? I've already asked the networks, and got various degrees of "uuhhhhh...dunno."

Skype first to scrap Windows Mobile

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Good thing I kept the old installer

I noticed this at the weekend. Dunno what they're talking about with the interface. Amongst the sludge of WM5, Skype and Opera Mobile are welcome slices of excellence. The Skype client is great! OK, I understand not developing any future versions, but why remove the existing one?

Bulgarian airbag absorbs semi-automatic rifle round

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Nuff said.

BT could face criminal case over Phorm trials

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They're obviously guilty

"After the trials, BT and Phorm sought advice from the Home Office over whether their planned national deployment would be legal under RIPA. Officials gave the opinion - since disputed - that it would be if customers gave consent."

By deduction then, the trials were illegal, as customers did not give consent. And BT didn't ask for advice before the trials, either.

2 + 2 = guilty, surely? No number of brown paper envelopes stuffed with cash could help them wriggle out of that one.

Virgin offers cut-price data roaming in Europe

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...but still shit. £1 per MB? Phht. In England you can have 1GB of data over a 30 day period for as little as a fiver. Is continental data really that much of a delicacy that it costs 200 times as much?

iPad pitch to the Wall Street Journal laid bare

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Not sure about this

I mean, yeah, getting rid of Flash would be nice (though I'm one of those that wants to see OGG be improved and used as the video standard in HTML 5). So in that case I agree with Mr Jobs. HTML 5 looks like a very good thing, even if it will take aaaaages before most sites convert to it.

On the other hand, walking into somewhere and asking them to change their product - at no small expense - so that it works properly on your new product, is a bit cheeky. Well, no. A bit cheeky is making a pass at the receptionist on the way into the meeting. What Mr Steve is asking for is downright brazen. If he tried that where I work, he'd be told "piss off, we'll upgrade to HTML 5 when we're ready, not when it suits you and your marketing company."

CrackBerry mimics Jesus Phone with WebKit browser

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Still miffed about Iris

That was shaping up to be a great little browser for WM until RIM bought it.

Mumble grumble...

BBC clambers onto iPhone bandwagon

Greg J Preece

You act like they weren't already on it

"BBC clambers onto iPhone bandwagon"

Hah! The BBC has been an advertising arm of Apple for quite some time now. Can't think of another company that gets all its product announcements - never mind releases - featured on headline TV news. I remember watching their gushing fanboi report on the iPhone launch. And try spotting a laptop/phone/other piece of kit used on the Beeb that doesn't have an Apple logo on the back.

Just clambered on? Get real - the BBC *built* the bandwagon.

OpenOffice 3.2 - now with less Microsoft envy

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It's because...

...and you'll be astonished by this - OTHER people might have gone for Office 2007 instead. I know you'll find it hard to believe, but sometimes we receive documents from outside the company! Wowzers. What an age we live in, eh?

Computer Engineer Barbie coming soon to a toy store near you

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I have one

But that's mainly because - for only one month longer - I still use one of these:


Try holding that sucker up to your ear to take a phone call. Oh, and I also use it for driving, natch.

Windows 7 'genuine' nagware winging its way to OS

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It's not mandatory

You don't *have* to install it, but they make you go to an effort not to. If you've got automatic updates, it's installed with them. If you go to the Windows Update site, it's selected by default.

Greg J Preece

Bovine Excrement

"Microsoft said the update would scan for over “70 known and potentially dangerous activation exploits” in its latest operating system."


“I’d like to stress that the Update is voluntary, which means that you can choose not to install it when you see it appear on Windows Update.”

...automatically selected, in the "Critical Updates" section, which your system is configured to install from without asking first...

Chip and PIN security busted

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If it were about security, the PIN would be more than 4 bloody digits!

BOFH: The PFY Chronicles

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Woah woah woah

Simon's dead?? As in, actually dead? Not hanging-onto-a-misplaced-Cat5-bundle-in-a-riser dead?


US judges leave definition of obscenity to Amish, Kansas

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Been on the Interwebs too long...

>>the standard that will be applied is the "local community standard".

I read that as the "lolcat community standard"...

OMG, IZ PR0N! Yoo is bad hoomin, no cheezburger fuh yoo.

OpenOffice 3.2 is on tap

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Woah, that's fast

Just tried it out on Kubuntu and they weren't kidding about load times. The whole thing feels a lot nippier. Nice one!

Bikini atoll residents now get less radiation than Euros, Yanks

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Shouldn't be funny

"The Rongelap islanders in particular suffered a nasty surprise as they had not been told about the test, which was supposed to be secret."

I should not be laughing at this, but the notion of a "secret" nuclear mushroom cloud amuses me.

Opera plays chicken with Apple iPhone police

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It's a proven system

Opera Mini runs on a hell of a lot of devices, and quite successfully at that. Is it Mini that's installed on the Wii?

I use Opera Mobile myself, which has had its ups and downs, but the latest beta is turning into an excellent piece of kit.

Intel says warranties evaporate when kit resold

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Going back to Adaptec

I mentioned them above and completely forgot to explain why. I once bought a SCSI controller off a certain online tat market, and bugger me, it was buggered. I phoned Adaptec for advice and they said to send it to them. I had no warranty card, no receipt, not even a box, but they cared not a jot. They give a 5 year warranty on all their cards, the card in question had only been on the market for 2 years, so send it on back. I got a brand new card in return, in the box, with a whole bunch of accessories I never paid for thrown in for free as a "sorry it broke."

If only more companies had that kinda sense.

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*Bzzzerrt* No, the correct answer is "England"

We automatically get a year's warranty under UK law, no messing around. In fact, isn't it 2 years under EU law? I know some companies like Adaptec give you 5 years, which is cool.

Microsoft genuinely chuffed as judge drops WGA case

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The truth is not the right truth

"The suit had alleged that WGA was falsely advertised as a security update. "

Which it was and is. It is listed as a high-priority update, a section of the update system previously reserved for patches and security updates. This also meant that is was installed automatically, despite not being an essential system upgrade. These two things together would easily mislead the majority of users, not clued up on technical schtuff, to assume it was a security update of some kind.

Calling it "Windows Genuine Advantage" - surely the world's most bullshit and meaningless name - didn't help either.

Of course, if you are actually running a legit/downgraded system, you've nothing to worry about (now they've fixed it not to accuse downgraded users of being pirates), but God Almighty, it is annoying as hell.

MTV Mexico pulls South Park episode

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Spider sense....tingling...

Something tells me this had little to do with the flag...

Cultists aquiver as Applestore goes into hibernation

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Why is it necessary to take the store offline for an entire day to add new products? That doesn't sound like a very well-built store!

Unless, of course, this is all to generate extra publicity/hushed awe amongst the cultists. But only a cynic would think like that. ;-)

Microsoft's IE 8 misses Windows 7 updraft

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I blame my father

A childhood full of sitting in the back of the car, listening to Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, the Eagles, Bread, the Traveling Wilburys, etc, etc, etc.

Hey, don't get me wrong - no-one messes with the Wilburys. I am the Monkey Man at the End of the Line. But there comes that moment in the charity shop where the cute girl helps out the oldies behind the counter, Radio Ancients is on, and suddenly you and the 75-year-old shop manager are the only two people singing along to Laughter in the Rain.

Epic fail.

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Come-a come-a down dooby doo down down

Breakin' up is haaard toooooooo do!

Oh for the love of God, I'm 23. How do I know Neil Sedaka lyrics? In fact, how do I know it's Neil Sedaka/The Partridge Family in the first place? Aaa!

Oh, right, the article. Woo yay, IE sucks, FF rules, blah blah, all that nonsense.

UK suffers videogame 2009 sales blow

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It's because the games are shit

End of. OK, OK, PC gaming is dying a death thanks to the rise of stupidly powerful console, along with the rise of stupid DRM that continually punishes PC gamers for not being console gamers.

But seriously, how crap are the games these days? Aside from the next Call of Duty or God of War game, what is there to look forward to? What game took your breath away last year and threatened to take your social life with it?

Games just don't draw me in any more. They're high on production values and graphics, and low on innovation. (And before you say it, the Wii turned out to be exactly the useless fad I thought it would be. 101 mindless party games for 6 year olds? No thanks.) I've started playing a lot more "retro" games, because they're simply more entertaining. The occasional game breaks through with great appeal, but on the whole they're bland, generic, and not worth 40 quid a pop.

I know my expectations of games are high - I lived my teenage years straight through the Golden Age of Gaming, and it was *awesome* - but 90% of the crap put out for the modern market simply isn't worth bothering with.

Much like Hollywood, in that respect...

Yes! It's the iPad jacket!

Greg J Preece

Nice idea, but a waistcoat?

I carry a million gadgets every day, and I have to stuff what pockets I have full. I'd love something like this, but it's just so....ugly. Give it some sleeves, add a bit of length, make it a looser fit, make it out of leather....

So yeah, just take a proper jacket and sew some more pockets in it. Damn, I should try that. I could make money...

eBay cans free P&P requirement

Greg J Preece

That's better

While I have taken advantage of free P&P on DVDs as a buyer, it did seem a bit unfair to the seller. A postage cap seems more appropriate and better for one-off sales/attic sellers.

Amazon deletes a 6th of its catalogue in book price barney

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Odd quote, but in fairness...

"Macmillan pushed for an increase in e-book titles from $9.99 to $14.99"

That is f**king ridiculous. Arbitrary 50% price increase on a medium that costs approximately $0.000001 per reproduction, and was already extortionately priced to begin with.

UK.gov unmoved by Internet Explorer 6 security concerns

Greg J Preece

Version 7?

Why version 7? This is continually annoying me.

Every time I see a group of people declaring that they're finally moving from IE6, they move to IE7. Why not 8? If you're going to move, you might as well move to the latest version, right?

Mozilla's Firefox syncer Weaves out of beta

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Oh, go away

Firefox came out in '04, Opera started 8 years earlier in '96. Wow, Opera have built more stuff in more time. Funny how they never managed to get any market share with all that inherent genius...

Mozilla unfurls first mobile Firefox

Greg J Preece

I know, it's ridiculous!

It's almost like it's not a finished version or something!

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It is quite nice

Got my grubby hands on an N900 in a Voda store and had a play - Fennec is rather spiffing, though, as you say, it didn't seem very happy with Flash.

Sun takes over MoD's UFO bureau

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Hold up

"It's fate remains unknown to this day."

Eh? I thought they found Beagle 2. Or at least, what they reckon is Beagle 2:


Windows 7 upgrades Vista laptops to lower battery life

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Someone doesn't know their French.

So there's a battery alerter in Windows that drains the battery? Hmmm, what does that remind me of... Oh yeah! The "feature" in Windows Mobile that turns on the screen when your battery is dying, then keeps the screen on to make sure it dies as quickly as possible.

Next from Apple: The Pocket iPad

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2 shillings and sixpence

Bugger off, shillboy.

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Oh dear

I am rattling my head off the desk as we speak.

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Don't worry Sarah

Some of us keep a few braincells around for articles such as this one. Liked it very much - more please!

Apple's iPad - fat iPhone without the phone

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*That's* the iPad? That thing?

I don't even need to mock it! Sure, every chump in range is going to want one, and the Mac-adoring BBC are already masturbating wildly over it, so expect to see every newsreader with one as soon as they come out, but that doesn't stop it being a piece of crap.

And to all those who believe that anything hugely popular has to be good, I give you: The X-Factor, Big Brother, TV soaps, the Daily Mail, and the Audi TT.

Aussie man convicted for Simpsons smut

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Undernet is fucked

I've seen undernet sites where the porns ads down the side were Family Guy/Simpsons porn. Am I now automatically an 3vil peed0?

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