* Posts by Greg J Preece

2505 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Apollo 11 moon mission reincarnated as website

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@Simon Taylor

Joke icon dude. The rest of us didn't need it, but he provided it for the special people amongst us.

In any event, this looks like a very cool website. Wonder if I'll bother staying up to watch the moon landing....again. ;-) Can't count the number of times I've seen that on documentaries.

ESA to develop cargo-lander space podule

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@Tom Paine

Got there before me. :-)

And oi, Annihilator. Ten quid please.

Google Moon to go 3D

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Car/Moon Pic

Gave me a giggle.

KIlling ID cards and the NIR - the Tory and LibDem plans

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@Brian Morrison

"Voting Lib Dem is all very well, but they have not been elected as a government for a century."



Oh, look, see? Look what you've done now! My brain is coming out through my nose!

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Always voted Lib Dem

And from this, I see only more reasons why I should. :-) They're absolutely right about the unnecessary linking of passports with databases. Well done.

BT names more exchanges for early fibre upgrades

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Little bit of a fib

"We had aimed to get fibre to half a million homes by next March"

Doesn't he mean "to *near* half a million homes"?

Samsung smartphone keyboard takes wing

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Or how about...

...having the back of the phone swivel round 90 degrees to form the wings? It would undoubtedly be more solid.

Orange UK exiles Firefox from call centres

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Where I work, IE6 is banned!

We hate it. We hate it so fucking much. If you're running anything less than IE8 or Firefox, you won't be for long.

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Step one: install IETab.

There is no step two.

Ofcom coughs 3G coverage maps

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O2 - Hahahahaha

The perfect network on which to show off the Jesus Phone's legendary speed....

Schneier says he was 'probably wrong' on masked passwords

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The word you're looking for...

>> "So was I wrong?" wrote Schneier. "Maybe. Okay, probably."

"Yes." The word you're looking for is "yes."

Phorm phading phast

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Happy Dancing Day!

My DAO modifications worked first time!


The hack I did to my keyboard mapping works!

*Happy dance*

Phorm are dying a slow and painful death!

*Gets up on his desk and BOOGIES!*

Orange calls up LG watchphone

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Knock-offs already available

My mate's been wearing a £60 version of this for a few weeks now...

IPO gives 'reputable' web pages prior art status

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Software patents?

I thought the UK didn't do those?

McAfee false-positive glitch fells PCs worldwide

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@Tim Brown

Nope, I'm with you mate. No AV installed on my only Windows machine. Slows things down and annoys me, and I never get infections anyway. Every now and then I run an online scan just to check, and it never finds anything.

UK DVD sales plunge...

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I will buy Blu-ray

When it becomes cheaper. I bought 2001 for a tenner, the new Batman films for £15 and the super-uber-deluxe Blade Runner boxset on Blu-ray. Because...well...with films like that, you've got to really. I do love my movies.

But will I be replacing my ooooodles of DVDs with BDs in the near future? Hell no! Not at those prices.

I have nothing against Blu-ray, unlike some of the other foaming-at-the-mouth rantboys on here. "Die Sony Die"...? I quite like it as a format. And will all the download service advocates please (for now) shut the fuck up? If they released a HD download movie service in the UK right now two things would happen:

1) Net neutrality would end overnight because our infrastructure just IS NOT READY. I don't know how many times I have to say this, but it is not good enough for HD movie downloads, certainly not for streaming. (They're already bitching about the iPlayer.) A BD disc is 50GB. How long would that take to download even on my rather meaty line? And if I want 300 of those discs, where am I gonna store all that data? Dumbasses. What you want will happen, but not yet.

2) The 2nd hand market would slowly cease to exist, so you will all end up paying more for what you watch. Don't believe me? Look at games. Steam is one of the biggest online game distribution networks, and bloody hell, it's expensive. If a game is released on there exclusively, can I buy a cheap 2nd hand copy? Errr....no. I'm stuck paying full price for everything, and full price on most media is too damn much.

I like my physical copies. Ones I don't have to wait for. Ones I can trade, sell on, get cheap. Ones that are never going to be affected by a server dying or a parent company going bust. Ones that will be mine forever because they're solid, plastic wrapped, and in my hand.

Air NZ rolls out naked safety vid

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Did anyone else notice...

...that because their clothes were painted on, they had the air of a 5-year-old CGI TV series about them? Watch 0:45 to 0:47 and tell me that doesn't look like Captain Scarlet-style rendering.

Petrol station robbers cuffed after running out of petrol

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Biggest laugh I've had all day. Nice one Lester.

Firefox 3.5 - it's not a 'web upgrade'

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Worth it just for the speed

Compared to FF3, 3.5 flies for me. For that and the improvements in HTML 5, Acid 3, etc, it's worth the upgrade for me. As a web developer (amongst other things) those are what's most important to me.

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@P Saunders

If your extensions don't work in the new one, download Nightly Tester Tools and turn off compatibility checking. In the majority of cases add-ons will function as normal, and just haven't had their version numbers updated yet.

Europe won't pay more for Windows 7. Really!

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64-bit is 30p more?


And if you're going to have a price difference, why isn't it 32p more? ;-)

And where's the 64-bit edition of Ultimate?

Sun's VirtualBox 3.0 exits betaland

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OSE can be gotten as a *.deb from the Ubuntu repositories. Job's a good 'un. Now they just need to update the repositories....

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If they canned it it wouldn't stop Virtualbox OSE. ;-)

This version looks sweeeeet. The OpenGL will be nice for my development work, and the DX support will be nice for.....non-work-related activities. Oh, come on, I run XP - XP x64, in fact. I can't play Messiah, I can't play Independence War, etc, etc. This could be more awesome than an awesome thing.

iPhone v Pre - the celebrity smartphone deathmatch

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@AC 7:09

It's fantastic watching you argue with yourself...

SuperSpeed USB to be 'successful', enthuses analyst

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I love the dripping sarcasm. You have to wonder who hires these idiots to state the obvious for cash.

Stallman: open-source .NET 'danger' for Debian

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@Geoff Johnson

You not being able to use Iceweasel for online banking without a user-agent switcher is not the fault of Debian - it's the fault of your bank. If they had techies that weren't so incompetent, you'd be able to access it in anything.

Masked passwords must go

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We were talking about this the other day

And came to the conclusion that it's yet more proof that Nielsen is a nonsense-spouting self-gratifying prick.

On the slides we use at work to educate l-users on password security, the example phrase used when mangling is "Jakob Nielsen makes me so angry I could punch a kitten!" Nuff said.

Firefox's little cousin pops out of den

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Been waiting for this for ages! GIMMEH!

Awww, it won't start. :-(

Firefox 3.5 set to land tomorrow

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Would have used Shiretoko on a daily basis, but I needed my plugins. Looking forward to this.

Girls Aloud net obscenity case falls at first hurdle

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"the fact that it made reference to a band popular with young people"

Got to get the kiddies in there somewhere. If you want to win an argument these days, just tell everyone how you're doing it for the kids.


PC repair techs police dangerous picture law

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I was wondering this! How the hell is any of this admissible in court?

German old timers torture financial adviser

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Kidnapper Fail!

"Amburn made a break for it on Friday when he was allowed out of the cellar for a cigarette break."

El Reg commentards offered extra iconography

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@Hazel Rees

"As a Goth Dominatrix I have my own corset & whip."

You have my attention.

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<<<< Did you get this from The Terminator: Future Shock? Has someone else in the vicinity played T:FS, the greatest and most underappreciated game of all time?

Man, that game was awesome. So, so awesome.

People just not that into Blu-ray

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It's still too feckin' expensive, that's why

I like Blu-ray. I would like to make my future purchases in Blu-ray. Am I going to pay twenty five feckin' quid for each one? Get stuffed! So only the films I really care about are going to arrive on BD.

Microsoft goes green to win IE 8 and Bing users

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From their oh-so-objective and not-even-slightly-a-lie comparison chart:

" Internet Explorer 8 is more compatible with more sites on the Internet than any other browser. "

*Cough* *Splutter* *Coffee*

I'm sorry, say that again please. I'll try to keep a straight face this time.

Bolivian TV falls for Air France crash hoax

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But that's so obviously fake!

The perfectly framed photo, the fact that the person taking it wasn't sat down, the dude flying out the back in the second shot. I mean come on, don't be ridiculous. I've seen Chinese DVDs more legit than that photo.

Don't call me Ishmael

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Mine are all from TV series

All the new machines at work are named after characters from Ghost in the Shell, so I've got Kusunagi, Aramaki, etc, etc, and all my machines at home are named after ships of the line from Babylon 5, eg Achilles, Agamemnon, Pollux, etc.*

*These later ones are obviously named after other things in turn.

Sun kicks out VirtualBox 3.0 beta

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This new versions sounds ace! Very tempted to download the beta and give it a go. VirtualBox has become an indispensable tool for me, and these new features sound excellent.

T-Mobile names next Android handset

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Hardware keyboard, hardware keyboard, hardware keyboard

Touchscreen keyboards are SHITE. I hate using smartphones that have them. That's why I like the G1 and its hardware keyboard, even if it is wee. My old MDA and my current Athena also have hardware keyboards. They're much nicer to use.

I was going to pass on the G1 and wait for one with a few more features and better battery life, but now...

Microsoft bribes Oz to ditch Firefox

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User Agent switching won't work?

Won't they just use ActiveX or something, so FF UA switching won't work?

Hydrogen-powered two-seater car unveiled

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1KG tank?

If 1KG takes it 240 miles, why not give it a 3KG tank? iI's not like it's a massive amount of weight....

US gov asked Twitter to stay up for Iran protests

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Agreed. The BBC has become an absolute shambles in recent years, becoming more and more sensational, and far less rational. If there's an issue to be discussed and they bring in guests, sometimes they don't even bother bringing in both sides any more. A recent example springs to mind of yet another "save the children" initiative. They brought in one man who supported it, and the mother of someone who died.

Because everyone knows that if you want reasoned, well thought-through, unbiased opinion, ask the mothers of the departed. BBC News now makes me shout at the TV on a regular basis (ooh err, I'll be on SYB before long) and Panorama is a fucking joke. That's why on a morning I watch BBC news while my hair dries, then watch Al Jazeera over my breakfast. And to be honest, the quality of the presenting and debate on AJ is just....better.*

*Not imagining for a second that they don't have bias either, but watch the two and contrast them. There's a marked difference.

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Western impartiality on Iranian elections?


While I appreciate the events and sentiments in Iran, I don't doubt for a second that we're getting a very one-sided view of these results. Does this really come as a surprise?

Herschel space 'scope flips its lid

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You would think...

...they'd use some kind of powered mechanism, not just fire the hatch open and let it bounce around!

iPhone owners are superior beings, says survey

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Middle managers earn too much

So people who earn more spend more on crap/overpriced gadgets? Say it ain't so!

F1 waves goodbye to KERS

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Have they actually "banned" it, or have all the teams basically said "sod that"?

Firefox update squashes 9 security bugs, 4 critical

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@Ben Bradley

Don't be facetious. Firefox as a whole isn't a massive download, and you know full well that profile folders are separate, so upgrading almost never affects your settings. I share the same Firefox profile folder across different operating systems, never mind different versions. Works just fine.

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Thank God!

Apparently this update fixes that bloody right-click bug in Firefox, where you right click, and the browser plays Russian roulette to see what the outcome will be. Will you get a context menu? Will you get the extensions panel? Will the browser inexplicably crash? Who knows!

Most. Annoying. Bug. Ever.

iPhone 3G S in the UK: what you need to know

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@Mac Phreak

Surprised you've had bad experiences with HTC devices. My current HTC PDA has proven utterly indestructible many times over. And my old HTC PDA, whilst buggy on the software side, was totally immune to damage. And by "damage," I don't mean "thrown onto the bed a lot" - I mean more along the lines of "dropped on concrete a lot."

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