* Posts by Greg

648 publicly visible posts • joined 5 Apr 2007


Site news: Unique commenter handles coming



Cheers El Reg. There are several Gregs on here, and I didn't realise the handles weren't unique when I signed up. Off now to get my handle changed.

Opera Mobile 9.7 beta lands



Flash support is a known issue in the beta.

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



...how are people this stupid? I'm not going to comment on the device. It is very nice to use, even if this latest iteration still lags behind other phones in terms of capability. That said, this is an extortionate amount of money.

ContactPoint offers tokens for access



WTF have they got to do with children?

Apple takes Snow Leopard for walk


$29? Is that upgrade or full?

As per title. At $29 I'd have a copy to run in a VM for testing and experience.

Apple adds 'S' to iPhone 3G


@Jean-Paul de Jong

He wasn't just comparing on cost, he was comparing on capabilities with reference to cost. You smug goit.

So that's 4 (4?) revisions of the iPhone, and it still can't do as much as the phone I bought that came out before it. Like Jon, I would love to upgrade my massive brick mini-laptop phone thingy, but there's just nothing out there that compares with it for sheer capability.

School worker's Facebook post prompts suspension



What the hell?? She didn't do anything wrong, nor did she even mention the school. Whereas now everyone knows which school she means...


Chinese firm unveils long-distance e-car


Long Distance?

170 miles is not long distance. How long does it take to charge up after that? Long distance in the UK is 200-300 miles on a motorway. In China, calling 170 miles long distance is like calling a trip to the local pub an "epic journey."

Miles EV unveils first e-car


@Al, Monty

Fairly aware that you can re-charge batteries, thanks. But £27k for something that does 120miles tops at a stretch? Get lost. I occasionally make ruddy long car journeys and I'm not stopping every hundred miles for a few hours while my car gets its breath back.

And you can bleat "but it's for the city" as much as you like. I don't buy one car for my city journeys and another for long haul - I buy a car, and then use it however the hell I like. EVs are going to have to greatly increase their range before the ordinary punter buys them.


£27k for 120 miles?

Sod off.

Police deny targeting kids for DNA


Am I reading that right?

"These proposals will still allow the storing of people's DNA for 12 years or six years for minor offences - that's assuming they are arrested but not charged."

So they've only been arrested, not charged, yet there's still a difference in the time the DNA is kept for depending on the severity of the crime you didn't commit? If that isn't "guilty until proven innocent," what is?

Mitsubishi finalises mass-market e-car production plans


Range is still crap

You're going to have to have at least a 300 mile range to interest me. What if I want to go to the festivals I like that always seem to be held in bloody Devon? My Polo will get me there on a full tank and probably be up for getting me part of the way back again. This would hardly even make it to Birmingham.

Japanese games group to ban twisted 'sex torture' sims


Article's a bit emotive

"Depraved players?" Not exactly reporting of neutral tone, is it?

Naturally, being a game collector and a collector of banned things, this is now on my shopping list.

Stilt-walking Cirque du Soleil founder turns space tourist


Oh God

I think I'm going to puke...

Microsoft renames netbooks 'low cost small notebook PCs'


All these names are bollocks

Why aren't they just "small laptops" for fuck's sake?

Google to slip SVG into Internet Explorer


Hang on

Hasn't there been an Adobe IE plugin for aaages? I remember using it when I learnt SVG back at Uni.

Airport ID cards only for the newbies


Nice try

Trying to get all the complainers to stop because it doesn't apply to them, while you roll it out anyway. Tossers.

12 of the best... mice


Re: The Raptor

I had the M2, and it was a nice mouse to use, especially with the adjustable weighting. Pity it broke almost immediately. Scroll wheel just died.

AMD locks and loads 'Istanbul' six-shooter



Socket F is generally for servers, not your desktop, numbnuts.

Google pledges to open ebook service by year end



Any mention of Android integration with this? Or is that inevitable?

Official next-gen PlayStation Portable details leaked



What, and a DS Lite is gorgeous?



And what do I do with all the UMDs I've bought? There's no way in hell I'll be re-buying them all from PSN.

My original PSP is finally starting to show signs of wear after all the abuse I've given it. I guess it'll be the PSP Slim Kratos Edition, rather than this thing.

Beeb names new Who companion


Better than Catherine Tate

God, I hate the new Dr Who. But this lassie might be my first actual reason to watch it. Maybe. If I'm ill sometime.

World's first electric jet ski surfaces


Bigger than an ordinary one?

Seems to have a bit of an arse on it.... Part of the fun of jet skis is being able to throw them around a bit.

Wikipedia bans Church of Scientology


@The Scientologist AC

"The whole purpose of Scientology knowledge application and procedure is to increase an individual’s understanding and awareness of himself as a spiritual being and to rehabilitate his native abilities and potential."



You, sir, owe me a new keyboard.

As for the article, I can absolutely see Wiki's point on this. While they are often derided on this site, I've found Wikipedia to often be a useful stop-off for basic or introductory knowledge on a given topic. I don't take it as gospel, but on the other hand it's not 100% bullshit either. If Wiki are to maintain as high a standard as possible, they have to remove bias caused by dedicated interest groups - especially dangerous money-hungry cults masquerading as religions.

Welsh mum amazed by Marmite Messiah


Jesus? That's not Jesus!

It's Richard!


Or perhaps it's just a bit of Marmite...

Cobol hits fifty



I'm one of those odd people that's quite fond of it. :-)

Happy Birthday, COBOL. The only programming language I know that's twice as old as I am.

Aliph Jawbone Prime Bluetooth headset


Ooh, I like this!

I use a big Athena for my phone, so a headset is essential. After a string of crap headsets, I'm thinking of investing in something nice like this. Thing is, I don't trust myself not to lose it!

Microsoft fortifies Windows 7 kernel with overrun buster


Fatal error?

"If it doesn't check out, Windows returns a fatal error. "

Blue Screen of Death?

BNP DDoS 'mega-assault' not actually mega in the least


Hahahaha, I knew it!

The lying, self-important, egotistical little twat.

Microsoft announces Zune HD


@Jason McQueen

"Unless of course they do the 'we know you'll buy our products regardless so why should we imrpove them' routine"

They have done that once before, but then iAudio came along and bitchslapped them with the X5L, and they spent a year desperately copying it.

BNP pleads for cash after reported DDoS assault


Griffin would know...

>> Griffin writes that the "BNP website [was] taken offline in largest cyber attack in recorded history"

Uh huh. Griffin being well known for his l33t tech skillz.

iPhone apps - the 10 smartest and the 10 stupidest


iPhone vs Windows Mobile

LogMeIn - needs a proprietary client, costs $30 plus a subscription.

VNC - free server, free client, works just fine on WinMobile. Along with PuTTY, which you can use to dial in and switch on the VNC server as required. ;-)

Scientists: Tasers work, but we don't know how


Reduction in injuries inflicted?

I guess the police don't count "getting shot with an electric stun gun" as an injury...

Six months on, Macs still plagued by critical Java vuln



"Java has undeniably 'fallen on its arse', as it thoroughly deserved to. It's left with a small niche in enterprise, of course – where infrastructure traditionally evolves at sub-glacial speeds."

That's so wrong it's not even worth responding to.



"Maybe in the same way that IBM's and Blackdown's JVM on Linux are better than Sun's."

Right, right, that must be why I always have to install the Sun JVM to stop memory problems, Eclipse grinding to a halt, etc.



"This is a rather sad reflection on the once-"cutting-edge" technology that is Java"

You kidding me? You're kidding me, right?

If a language was cutting-edge ten years ago, it's going to be pretty difficult for it to still be cutting-edge. Most "cutting-edge" developments turn out to be bullshit, and die a quiet death about a year after their hype, whereas Java is mainstream now. Your comment seems to imply that it's fallen on its arse. The various Java-based enterprise systems I use on a daily basis would tend to disagree.

YouTube flooded with porn


Apparently the BBC...

...were reporting this as being the work of "hackers," once again showing the level of competence within the Beeb's tech reporting section.

6.5m vehicles to be tracked by 2012


No problem with voluntary tracking

If you pay to have a GPS device installed in your car, and you have access to the data, and you can turn it off at will, I can't see a problem with that. Being able to find your car if it's nicked is always nice. It's the compulsory tracking by a 3rd party I'd be worried about.

Stumbling Lenovo turns in record loss



They make good machines. We're only a small company (~30 people and expanding) and I must have ordered a dozen of their 3000 series machines in the past few months. Simple, solid, reliable machines with a good feature set that I can install XP on. I like 'em.

Microsoft loses $200m in Texas Hold 'em up patent suit


How was this heard in Texas?

Canada != Texas

Redmond != Texas

WTF have Texas got to do with it?

NZ couple do bunk with £3.9m bank error



" You won't mind paying extra bank charges to help cover the bank's loss then."

Because £3.9m is soooo much to this lot. Phht, their execs probably get bigger bonuses.

Europe, Russia discuss 'orbital shipyard' plans


Don't be daft

"Even so, it's not immediately clear exactly how a permanent Earth-orbit facility would help in the process of plugging together largely prefabricated modules or components."

C'mon, this is spacefaring 101. If you build ships in space you can make them BIGGER. If you're going to go on a manned mission to Mars, you're going to need a much bigger spacecraft. Try building that on the ground. Unlike the new POS Star Trek film implies, it's not easy.

Build it in parts at various locations, ship them into space. If you lose one on the way, you don't lose the whole ship. Then you build the sucker in zero gravity, where you could stick a rocket on a brick and call it a spaceship, and you're off. Duh.

Taxpayer coughs for AOL Connie's flat


Another reason to hate her

God, I spent 5 years wanting someone to drop a safe on her head or something. So annoying.

NEC ready to sample 'world's first' USB 3.0 controller chip


Cheers guys

Ah, so that's what HS/FS/LS was. Cheers.


Backwards compatibility

You mention that USB3 is back-compatible with USB2, as I expected. However, USB2 is back-compatible with USB1. Not knowing much about the inner workings of USB - will USB1 devices work on USB3 ports?

Wacky Jacqui defends Michael Savage ban


Hipocracy so pure it's beautiful

"Coming to the UK is a privilege. I refuse to extend that privilege to individuals who abuse our standards and values to undermine our way of life."


How can she not see what's wrong with that statement?

Vodafone Magics up a little Google glitter



Are you kidding me? I swear by HTC devices. My MDA, though it had a bug-ridden MS OS, was utterly invincible, and the Athena that replaced it has proven to be just as indestructible. I've dropped it down (concrete) stairs, I've sat on it, I've stood on it, and it just refuses to die. I love it. :-)