* Posts by Greg J Preece

2505 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Google Toolbar caught tracking users when 'disabled'

Greg J Preece

Take reading lessons

That's what he said, but nicking full URLs is just as bad. There can be all sorts of stuff in a URL that you don't want tracked - page parameters, session IDs, files you don't want people to know are there, and so on.

StopBadware morphs into standalone non-profit

Greg J Preece

That's nice...

...perhaps now they'll get back to administering the list, seen as it's two weeks since they falsely marked one of my sites as malware-ridden, prompting endless pop-ups and confirmation screens in Firefox, and preventing me from using that browser to access my account. Grrr.

Entire UK will be on ID database sometime in next 3 millennia

Greg J Preece


I have little faith in Cameron, and I'm planning to emigrate anyway - my passport runs out in 2014, I believe. 4 years left...

Only nukes can stop planetsmash asteroids, say US boffins

Greg J Preece

A different kind of missile, surely?

I'm thinking there would be a difference between the ICBMs designed to level Russia and the kind of space-destined missiles designed to neutralise a flying cathedral. So perhaps Mr Obama McJesus' statement could be changed to say "no nukes aimed at this particular ball of rock."

Microsoft re-org hints at Windows and Mobile merge

Greg J Preece

How long until....

...Windows 7 Mobile Edition? Hell, WM is on v7, and so's the desktop version - it could happen.

Might work better, too. Trying to sell my old WM phone today, and will it talk to my Win7 desktop so I can back it up? Not a chance.

Thank God my next device comes with Linux.

BT to throttle P2P for faster broadband

Greg J Preece

Well, you do surprise me...

BT, an ISP that has time and time again shown themselves to be not just arrogant and greedy, but plain old-fashioned eeeevil, is touting a high-speed line where people using the advertised speed for any length of time are punished?

Shocking. No really, I never saw that one coming.

If it's all the same, I'll stay over here on Titan, where they don't illegally dive my data, or throttle my connection, or restrict arbitrary protocol use, or charge me through the nose for the privilege.

Billionaire-funded e-car gets showroom date

Greg J Preece


Half decent range...

Decent enough speed...

Charges up pretty quickly...

Actually looks like a car and not an inflatable kid's toy...

Compared to some electric cars, that thing's not bad.

Lenovo talks up LePhone launch

Greg J Preece

I like it!

Though the keyboard looks a bit weird, other than that, that looks pretty damned cool!

Firefox 3.6 goes live and final

Greg J Preece


I love people who yell "FACT!" at the end of their posts. They remind me of Speak You're Branes.

And as I'm on Linux, am I still a sheep? Please, do tell.

Greg J Preece

You can always not use it, you know

It is an option.

Personally I like the new address bar. If I forgot to bookmark something and I can't remember the address, I can type in a few vaguely related keywords and feck me, there it is. No rooting around in the history, just use the address bar.

And this is FF - if you don't like it, switch it off. Or go onto a news website and have a good old moan about "bloatware".

Greg J Preece

Been using Shiretoko by accident

Hooked the wrong repository into Ubuntu, got nightly builds by accident, and I have to say, if not for the different name, I wouldn't have noticed. Even under development it's been stable. Haven't really noticed any speed increases yet, but to be honest my machine at work desperately needs a nicer GFX card for the res it runs at, so it's probably down to that.

Google betas Flash-free YouTube sans open codec

Greg J Preece

It's not that simple

Because on a large network installing those packs isn't as easy, and probably isn't possible by the end user. And because having a standard means less fecking around, and better interoperability - if you want to put YouTube on a mobile device, for example, it's much faster, easier, etc to support just one open-source codec.

Microsoft dodges multi-million dollar WGA payout

Greg J Preece

Well they're partly right

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

As far as I'm concerned, that's true. Every time I go to Windows Update on an XP machine that little fecker appears in the "Critical Updates" list, otherwise reserved for security updates, service packs and anti-virus/anti-malware kit. And of course, there's no link in any version of WU I've seen to "not show this update again."

BT reveals faster broadband pricing

Greg J Preece

20GB limit

Bit cheeky to call it "Infinity" and then limit it to 20GB...

Admittedly for a fiver more you get "unlimited" (which won't be) and a much nicer upload speed.

But they won't be rolling out near me for a few years yet. Which is good really, because after Phorm I don't want to be tempted back to these bastards.

2010 will be the year of the net tablet, claims analyst

Greg J Preece

I was thinking the same thing

oOoh, Apple are making a tablet.

Er....I reckon tablets will get the public's attention in 2010! Aren't I an awesome analyst?

I have long wanted a tablet but found existing models too pricey and not technically sufficient. Now, I know Apple will come out with something very flashy, not technically very good, and hugely expensive, but maybe it will kick other manufacturers into making better tablets.

How long until an Android one appears? That'd be luvverly. Or perhaps...the Ubuntu Tablet?

Greg J Preece

Actually, what happened to this...


MS spins IE security disaster into Windows 7 upgrade opportunity

Greg J Preece

A flaw in your logic, Neal

I am willing to bet that all those alerts were found through peer review rather than hostile 0-day attacks, and that they were patched almost immediately. Therein lies the difference. Microsoft are constantly having their software kicked around, and when it is they are sluggish at best to fix the problems. Linux systems are patched so fast that no-one has a chance to exploit the code.

Discrimination warning over airport body scanners

Greg J Preece

God, that's the stupidest thing I've ever read

"Can't fault the logic if history and fact are anything to go by.

Sept 11: How many white bombers?

Jul 7: How many white bombers?"

Gah! What the ****? What, were those the only bombings in history? Were there no terrorist attacks at all before 2001? Or are you full of shit?

OK, here's a response: How about "how many bombers?" We've been successfully attacked ONCE in this so called "war." Excuse me while I shit my pants. As tragic as the London attacks were, are they really worth all this?

Greg J Preece

Profiling is bullshit, as is your logic

What a load of nonsense. Profiling is a flaw in logical thinking and nothing else. Judging by your last paragraph, you believe only the religious (and I think we can guess where you're going with that) to be a threat to aircraft. Wanna bet?

And I'd love to know why you think this is a great idea. Given that it won't pick up explosives, and at this point in time pretty much detects only what a current scanner does, except visually, what's so great about it?

Google Wave invites stack up - who's still playing?

Greg J Preece

We downloaded the server, oh yes

That gave us the wave protocol and absolutely nothing else. Not having Google's own front-end (which it pushes as being Google Wave, even though it's not) is what you'd expect, to be fair, but from the polish of their preview to the command line hackery of the server was a jolt. It's actually not a bad protocol, and we will integrate it with our products at some point.

Sony Ericsson Yari

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I think it looks quite smart, myself. It's not overly flashy - it's just neat. Each to their own. :-)

Apple's 'latest creation' debuts January 27

Greg J Preece


"Prepare for mobile computing to be redefined."

I think you mean "repackaged."

ICO: Whitehall has improved data security

Greg J Preece

About time

Why does it always take a monumental embarassing failure to get governments to do things like this?

Escaped con who taunted cops on Facebook finally collared

Greg J Preece

Ha, and indeed, ha


French top MOT failure league

Greg J Preece

BBC Request?

Was this from a Mr J. Clarkson? (Associates R. Hammond and J. May?)

Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB Sata 3.0 HDD

Greg J Preece

Good in RAID?

It's a pity you couldn't test it in RAID. Sure, a mechanical spinny drive isn't going to saturate the interface, but they still have the highest/most cost effective storage capacity by far. Sticking 4 of these in a RAID array could make for some impressive speed increases. Looking at upgrading my 2TB RAID 5 array this year, and if someone makes a PCI-X SATA3 RAID controller, that could be quite good.

Nokia opens Ovi Store for N900s

Greg J Preece

Want want want want want

But it seems the only way I can get it on contract is to switch to Vodafone for 24 months @ £35/m. I'm used to T-Mobile's more flexible pricing, where I could chuck them £100-£150 for the phone and pay £25/m instead.

Vodafone, on the other hand, are being arseholes about it - if you drop below £35 a month, you don't get net access. WHAT?? And that's on top of reduced call/text allowance! Plus, there's a 500MB/month cap on the net connection, as opposed to 3GB on T-Mobile.

Still, I really like that phone...

- About to become a Vodafone customer. :-(

Greg J Preece

Scratch that

Just noticed after writing that, Nokia's own store has more flexible pricing options than Vodafone will offer you. They still abuse you in the anus, though. Go anywhere below £35 a month and try to keep your "unlimited" net access - you either have to pay £200 for the phone (even on £30 a month) or you lose everything else, or both.

Star Trek to boldly go (again)

Greg J Preece

Oh God, no...

Star Trek 11 was SHIT! Can we please, as a collective consciousness*, come to realise this? It was terrible. Plot holes you could fly the Enterprise through, stupid alternate-timeline cop-out shite, just a horrible film. The prospect of another one doesn't exactly excite me.

But then I could just be grumpy as all hell because I've heard there's going to be Hollywood versions of Ghost in the Shell and Akria. Oh, and Leonardo DiCaprio is in Akira.... Fuck me...

Naked scans: Net cries nude-o-geddon

Greg J Preece

So hang on a minute

They claim that the images created are not pornographic, but then decline to scan anyone under 18 in case they're done under child porn laws?

How does that work then?

Mozilla tries to silence add-on developers' scream

Greg J Preece

I smell a fork...

You can take my Firebug from my cold, dead hands.

Greenpeace: Apple ain't so brown anymore

Greg J Preece


Wow Neil, that was a right bullspout, there. I love how you managed to twist "doesn't like Greenpeace" into "is racist". If you are indeed a Greenpeace supporter, you're really not helping their image...

But yeah, Greenpeace and any other organisation that attempts to persuade third world countries not to accept GM crops that would save lives can kiss the hairiest part of my arse.

Take this hilarious arsewash, for example:


Ignoring for a moment all the usual hippie shit about GM foods somehow being bad for you, and ignoring - as Greenpeace obviously does - that we've been genetically engineering crops and food animals since the dawn of agriculture, this bit is my favourite:

"We are told that GM crops will help feed the world's poor but according to the United Nations, we already produce more than enough food to satisfy everyone."

Oh dear...

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Greenpeace can kiss my arse

As you would except from a group so dedicated to the advancement of science - indeed, the advancement of anything other than their own eco-egos - this "scale" has absolutely no value whatsoever in judging the environmental aspirations of any of the few companies on it.

You wanna know about Greenpeace's scale? Check this out:


Quite frankly, they're nothing but luddites, scaremongers, and vandals. Fuck Greenpeace. Fuck them in the ear.

Motorola's latest Android 'andset demo'd

Greg J Preece

That keyboard

Would get smashed to pieces in my pocket if it's on the outside of the device all the time.

Other than that, nifty kit.

Will a service pack for Windows 7 rock up anytime soon?

Greg J Preece


File copying and boot up times are still busted for me in Win7 on my desktop - if you ask me it could do with an SP sooner rather than later.

Lenovo demos mini laptop with slip-out screen

Greg J Preece

Title my achin' ass

Pretty sweet, but a bit laggy.

Westfield opens kimono on EV Cup racer

Greg J Preece

So basically it's rubbish?

55 mile range and it's limited to 110mph. Wow....great racer.

Google uncloaks the Nexus One

Greg J Preece

HTCs I've had were invincible

I give my phones some shit, and the HTC have taken everything I could throw at them. I've lost count of the number of times I've dropped my Athena down stairs, off the attic ladder, kicked it, stood on it, sat one it, knelt on it - works perfectly. MDA III was the same. That's why I like 'em.

Greg J Preece

And the award for missing the point goes to...


Greg J Preece

I like it

When I read "AMOLED" that got a reaction - the screen on my Cowon S9 is similar and looks amazing (S9 owners, watch Wall-E on it - wow!). 1Ghz sounds fun too, but there are things about Android that still get on my tits, so I'm not sure... No physical keyboard either - I hate onscreen keyboards.

It'd be a toss-up between this, the Droid, and the N900. Personally, I'm swayed toward the N900 - makes absolutely no fashion statement, has a proper keyboard, and runs full-fat Linux. Aw yeah.

That said, if the sound quality out of this is good enough, I wonder if it would be possible to finally stop carrying a phone *and* a media player...

Italians threaten suit over Windows pre-install

Greg J Preece

Well, yes, but...

...go ahead and try machines with Windows as an option, rather than the default. See if MS will sell you any licences.

Kingston coughs to security flaw in 'Secure' flash drive

Greg J Preece

Never seen the point to be honest

Truecrypt offers higher levels of encryption, and on my cheap-as-I-could-get-it 16GB stick I easily get 45MB/s benchmarks. If there's a problem like this, I just upgrade the encrypted container, and I can split the encrypted/unencrypted sections of the drive as I see fit. Little more of a fiddle to set up, but every machine I have access to has Truecrypt, so that's not a problem for me.

Given that the 16GB DataTraveler Vault is £188, and my flash drive cost me £17 - to hell with that!

Yorkshire Ripper loves Wii Bowling

Greg J Preece

Are you on holiday from the Daily Fail?

Such generic outrage almost suggests a visit from the Twat-o-Tron, except that the spelling's too accurate.

Sex in the Noughties: How was it for you?

Greg J Preece

A cracking idea...

"Do you want the sex scenes to be shown or the violence to be banned? Personally, I'd be happy with the latter, although both would be fine."

Replace one form of puritanism with another. Awesome.

If you want to throw another double standard into the ring, how about video games? I can watch Rambo maul people and shred them to bits with machine guns, but if I do it, I'm a potential KILLER! Aaaargh! RUN!

Orange punts quality calling

Greg J Preece

HD is the new i


Kate Winslet sports top celeb bod

Greg J Preece

Well the ladies have got it right

Can't stand anorexic stick women, all straight up and down. Curves are sexy, simple as, end of.

Firefox 3.6 hits ice - won't show up till Spring

Greg J Preece


Software in not-on-time shocker.

Easy way of calculating how long a software project will really take:

1) Figure out how long the project *should* take under good conditions.

2) Double that figure.

3) Add a bit. ;-)

Monty launches frantic 'save MySQL' web campaign

Greg J Preece

Give it chance

"At time of writing, just 86 people had signed the "Save MySQL" petition 24 hours since it was launched."

And that number has tripled in the past 3 hours. (Perhaps El Reg had something to do with that.) Petitions always start off slow. Give it chance to grow.

That said, how often do petitions achieve anything?


Secret neo-Nazi documents published

Greg J Preece

I'm with you on this

Everyone has the same right to privacy, even scumbags.

However, I don't read Wikileaks much, so I can't be certain that the content on there isn't actually balanced, and it's just that media outlets pick up on the exposures of right-wing groups, so that's what we hear about coming from the site. Did that make any sense at all? I need another cider.

A decade to forget - how Microsoft lost its mojo

Greg J Preece

Oi, oi, oi

"That means the future of web browsing is Webkit (eg Safari, Chrome, and many other browsers are based on Webkit)."

And Gecko? It's not like it has no market share.

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