* Posts by Edwin

455 posts • joined 12 Apr 2007

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Will US border officials demand social network handles from visitors?

Edwin

Re: Free Fix!!!

"I wonder how the citizens of living in the 'home of the brave' feel about how cowardly and paranoid their leaders are."

That's easy: they don't care, because it doesn't apply to them. In fact, a disturbingly large number of them probably think it's a great idea: just ask yourself "what would Trump think?"

Given the above, and the fact that the right-thinking part of the country probably doesn't care enough to stop this lunacy, I think us forunners are screwed if work or holiday takes us to the "Home of the Brave (but not enough to stand up to anyone in power)"(TM).

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Hacking mobile login tokens tricky but doable, says reverse-engineer

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Completely pointless comment

...but I only read the article because of the Weird Al reference...

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A USB stick as a file server? We've done it!

Edwin

Very cool, but

seems like an expensive way to realise that you should have added "uSD card slot" to the list of requirements when you bought your new phone...

That's not to say I'm not tempted though - the primary use case may be a little silly but there are plenty of others...

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You say I mustn’t write down my password? Let me make a note of that

Edwin

Re: Auto generated passwords

<pedant>33k6!</pedant>

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Edwin

Re: When I was your age...

Dammit Steve K. You owe me a keyboard.

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Windows

When I was your age...

My first personal commercial internet connection was a terminal session (Pine, Lynx, TIN) on a 1200baud Hayes. Of course, real dinosaurs remember acoustic couplers and 300 baud.

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She wants it. She needs it. Shall I give it to her or keep doing it by myself?

Edwin
Facepalm

Been there, done that...

...and if anyone can recommend a T-shirt, I'm game!

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Linus Torvalds in sweary rant about punctuation in kernel comments

Edwin

My thought exactly...

I actually feel quite good when I see things like this going on. Because clearly, if the formatting of comments is the biggest problem in the Linux kernel, then it much be in pretty fantastic shape.

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Airbus to build plane that's even uglier than the A380

Edwin

A340?

I wonder why A330 based - the A340 has a higher MTOW, which I think would be handy for freight...

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We bet your firm doesn't stick to half of these 10 top IT admin tips

Edwin

Re: The CEO problem

Hum. The inherent assumption here is that the process is effective, adds value and makes sense. Looking at IT in any number of large corporations, this is a risky assumption at best.

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Which keys should I press to enable the CockUp feature?

Edwin

Re: There was only ever one proper gag on Windows...

That - and who do you think has to fix it?

The telecoms engineers in the company would have been an acceptable target, but I suspect they were capable of much nastier pranks in retaliation...

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Edwin

There was only ever one proper gag on Windows...

In the early Win95 days, the preferred office prank was to take a screenshot of the desktop, hide all the icons under the recycle bin icon and set the task bar to autohide.

This was especially effective for people with a 101 key keyboard since they didn't have a Windows key to use (surprisingly few people know the alternative key combinations).

To be fair: we only did this within the IT department. Anyone in IT who falls for that for very long is in the wrong business anyway.

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T-Mobile US boss John Legere calls bulls*** on video throttling claims

Edwin

To be fair...

Hidden among all the misdirection and fluff, it appears that they're trying to flog a low bandwidth "partner" business model for their subscribers not on high bandwidth packages.

There's very clearly some lack of transparency about what they're doing, but it would seem that people who want full fat bandwidth can purchase that option also. Though I'm sure it costs a bit more.

Sounds like the perfect ingredients for a good old-fashioned mud-slinging contest. A bit like American elections.

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PETA monkey selfie lawsuit threatens wildlife photography, warns snapper at heart of row

Edwin

Re: when will this madness stop?

Let's not deliberately misstate the intention.

I think the OP's point was that it's an interesting intellectual exercise on who should own the copyright. Not who should hire the lawyers.

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Revealed: Why Amazon, Netflix, Tinder, Airbnb and co plunged offline

Edwin
Facepalm

Different kinds of politics

The problem is that the two kinds of democracy are incompatible.

The EU politicians are a group of inept concensus-builders, which means that anything that comes out of the EU is a bit like the big American beers: everything with substance has been removed to avoid offending anyone, which means the result is flat and pointless.

The Americans are owned by big business, which means that anything that comes out serves the interest of the dollar and not necessarily the interests of warm bodies anywhere. And when push comes to shove, the guvmint will do what it likes anyway.

Don't even get me started on polarisation as a political tactic...

I'm more and more convinced that benevolent dictatorship is my form of government of choice.

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Only paying for Microsoft software that you use? It's coming

Edwin

Re: embrace the cloud, rather than paying a lot more for on-premise licenses.

No, but I can definitely see where it can be win-win.

Imagine an enterprise system which has regular daily users and occasional (once a month, once a year) users. The named user model makes it very expensive to have occasional users, no matter what the business justification. A floating license model goes some way to address this, but not quite all the way.

Assuming MS wants to have constant revenue, you could then end up with a solution whereby occasional users get quite a lot cheaper.

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Alcatel Idol 3: Holding its own with a pretty decent 5.5 inches

Edwin

Re: The right way around!

Actually, I think they've nailed it - depending on what I'm doing, the headphone jack should be at the top OR bottom. The USB port I don't much care about normally (Qi) but bottom works a little better for me.

The great idea (IMO) is that I can go from portrait to landscape to portrait and not care which way I'm rotating it. With regard to fat fingers on cameras - I'm still partial to physical camera buttons (handy cue to know you're holding it right), so when they add that, I'll consider it.

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Apple watch breathes down Fitbit's neck

Edwin

tripe

A Fitbit isn't comparable to an Apple iSuperfluousness. Or is Cupertino trying to position their not-a-timepiece as an activity tracker now?

I ask, because for that sort of cash, you should get a Suunto.

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AshMad search outfit Trustify to El Reg: 'Trust us, we're the good guys'

Edwin

dunno, really

The validation approach does have the benefit of warning the email address owner that they're being looked up. Granted, the wider availability of the database makes the point kind of moot...

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Now Ashley Madison hackers reveal 'CEO's emails and source code'

Edwin

Re: Or the opposite could happen....

Let's not get sidetracked by the AM business model - whether acceptable or not (and whatever you think of cheaters), the real criminals here are the hackers. And while it may have been prudent (or even wise) for AM to shut down after the first threats, you're then demonstrating to the criminal community that hacking pays. So next, someone can hack the mime club website and blackmail them into shutting down because Lord Vetinari can't abide mimes.

Personally, the Impact Team rationalisation looks backwards to me anyway. Which is more likely:

- someone with a seriously skewed moral compass feels it's OK to hack a website, kill a company and cause millions of people significant discomfort because they think it's "wrong"

or

- someone noticed they could hack into the AM website and pilfer the data, and then needed a rationalisation for doing something truly reprehensible.

Either way, let's not forget who the criminals are in this case.

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The Register WHEELY needs YOU to help raise charity funds

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Happy

Re: Just a thought

Cool! Where do we sign up 'to be informed'?

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Edwin

Re: Just a thought

Fully agree, and let's also not forget there're more MAMILs in the northern hemisphere!

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German prosecutor given Das Boot over Netzpolitik treason charge

Edwin

Pick the odd man out in this line

"...Glenn Greenwald, Julian Assange and dozens of other journalists..."

I don't know that even the most charitable view could qualify Assange as a journo...

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China wants to build a 200km-long undersea tunnel to America

Edwin

Transrapid

I was wondering what El Reg was reading that said it was in the pipeline... Mind, they've slowed it down somewhat in recent years: it only runs 431 kh/h a couple of times a day these days.

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Uber execs charged, will stand trial in France

Edwin

Re: Nice way of shooting yourself in the foot, or both

This is true only because they owned the US government YEARS ago.

But the audacity of Uber is pretty astonishing.

Interesting question: will they throw their own staff under the bus? Will they cease and desist if these guys go to jail, or will they just hire some new execs and carry on?

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Doom, Mario, Pac-Man level up to video gaming's Hall of Fame

Edwin

Rogue? Nethack?

'nuff said.

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Nokia declares war on data centres to win back telco customers

Edwin

Microsoft?

I think you need to read up on Nokia and Nokia Siemens history 2007-present.

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The 'echo chamber' effect misleading people on climate change

Edwin

Catalysts?

Anyone who's spent time on social media is able to see the echo chamber effect quite easily.

I wonder though if in this case the effect was strengthened by the apparent inability of the media to put down a balanced story. The relentless spindoctoring by politicians, activists and business have probably left a large part of the population unclear on who they can trust. And in that insecurity, they hold on to whatever belief they've formed for themselves.

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FCC to crack down on robocall spammers' beloved loophole

Edwin

Meh... start by tightening up the rules

I'd lose the exceptions the FCC has graciously handed its masters in congress. Friends and family in the US go nuts during the 3.9 year election cycle since political lobbyists are allowed to harass anyone they like.

@Ole Juul - is there a clever bit of hardware that lets you do that or are you running Asterix or something similar?

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Synology slings patch at buggy NAS boxens

Edwin

'Support'

Photostation is an app, not OS so should presumably not be limited in terms of hardware. In any case, my 5 or 6 year old 410j is still in support, which is well beyond what I would have expected.

But maybe I have low expectations..

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Cheesy video shows ex-Gooners pronouncing 'Huawei'

Edwin

Re: LG

That said, when they first started punting large, high-end tellies, I did wonder if they were the same company that made the ISA I/O cards I was putting into PCs in the early 1990s. I can imagine wanting to distance yourself from that.

Mind, the cards (usually) worked.

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Do svidaniya Roscosmos. By the way, any idea where that 92 BEEELLION rubles went?

Edwin

Re: The wonder of it all

Bit of a testament to their engineers, innit?

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Why does Uber keep its drivers' pay so low? Ex-CFO: 'Cos we can'

Edwin

True

I think the point is that Uber isn't only shafting existing taxi companies. They're shafting *everyone*, or more specifically: they don't care *who* they shaft.

Taxi laws in many places are onerous, but they do afford the travelling public some protections. Uber claims to be great because they avoid the onerous bits, but they don't mention the small print they're circumventing.

So I think it's great they're shaking up the system. I just hope they go down with the ship when lawmakers get around to reforming it.

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Edwin

Re: Ah, yes. "Capitalism"

Yeah, when the driver clips you as they drive off, their enormous net worth will more than cover your medical bills.

Or when an Uber driver broadsides your car and your insurance company points out it's the other driver's fault so their insurance will ...oh...wait...

So maybe the PASSENGER shouldn't care, but YOU damn well should.

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Spy-tech firms Gamma and Trovicor target Shell Oil in Oman

Edwin

It never ceases to amaze me...

That there seemingly normal people working at software houses that will teach their children good behaviour, but check their ethics and scruples at the door when they get to the office.

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WHY can't Silicon Valley create breakable non-breakable encryption, cry US politicians

Edwin

@asdf Re: There is...

While your point about the Boomers and Millennials is spot on (and apparently universally true), my point was rather that the US guvmint acknowledges American citizen's right to privacy, but nobody else's. So while an American's personal information is protected by law in the US, my information is not.

Yes, there's Safe Harbor, but I don't know that it's bulletproof and in any case only covers a small part of the rest of the world's population.

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Edwin

Re: There is...

Hmm... My European personal data housed on an American server by an American company in the USA encrypted by a system that only the American government can pop the lid on.

What could possibly go wrong?

(Hint: it's in Mr. Johnson's line about "the privacy rights and expectations of the American public")

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Watch out for the products that have snuck in behind your back

Edwin

Re: Not just IT, but largely

@Ivan 4

Agree, and I didn't say it was easy :)

However, I have seen it work in at least one Fortune 500 company, but that was a company that also had good budget control and accountability all the way up and down the food chain, as well as across geographies "in matrix", which makes it quite hard to hide any substantial IT.

Sadly, most companies claim to have this sort of control, but in practice it often applies only up to (but not including) VP level, so the overarching supervision is missing.

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Edwin

Not just IT, but largely

Agree completely. The problem is that too many IT departments are ultimately run by the CFO that sets the budget. Anxious to meet targets, IT management squeezes out development cash and competence is outsourced and lost. If you're really unlucky, IT management will be hell-bent on overperforming on finacial targets.

For the business, this really isn't a problem because they will have their own discretionary spend budget, and since IT won't use that money, they take care of it themselves.

If people were to run their company based on a recharging model whereby the business owners set priorities and fund IT from their own budget, you could get around this mess. Of course, that also means that the business 'wants a say', which may not always be a good thing...

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Microsoft shows off South Korean PC-on-a-stick

Edwin

Re: lucomsamerica.com

Because natively written sites are better, right? Like the time I visited the HP website a few weeks ago and it offered to 'Show me the results anyways'?

(no, there's no excuse for crappy language on a commercial website, but there's even less excuse for HP to let an abomination like that escape. And yes, I have a screenshot to prove it)

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NXP snaps up Freescale to form new chipzilla

Edwin

Re: "synergies"

There are a couple of industries where these two are a substantial part of the market, and not just digital IC.

I'd expect to see some divestments before the deal closes.

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Lenovo shipped lappies with man-in-the-middle ad/mal/bloatware

Edwin

Facebook complaining about Lenovo on privacy topics?

Granted, he may only be an employee, but there's something very pot & kettle about this...

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TV Idol star's keyboard upstart idolizes our gear too much – BlackBerry

Edwin

Bad idea

If the patents have been granted, then I guess BB has a case. I can see the Typo2 seems a little less blatantly BB than the original, but it's still pretty similar IMO.

Reading a few product reviews, I do wonder though if BB would be better off suing for defamation.

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Five years of Sun software under Oracle: Were the critics right?

Edwin

Pleasantly surprised

In the end, it's turned out to not be quite the bloodbath I feared. If only they'd drop the Ask.com promotion on the Java installers...

(oh - and is Larry Captain Thompson?)

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Huawei: 'Nobody made any money in Windows Phone'

Edwin

We're all buggered

Android, IOS and Winpho all track everything we do, so it doesn't look like you can escape easily. Maybe Blackberry, but I don't know the handsets.

Agree that MS is getting uncomfortably invasive (stop that sniggering in the back!) now that Win8.1 is trying to get me to spew my personal details all over the desktop.

That said, I like the way WinPho sandboxes certain types of content and apps, and there's a couple of other features (family rooms!) that I find immensely useful. Android makes me paranoid when I see what kind of crap my kids can easily install, and IOS is just as walled garden as WinPho, albeit at twice the price.

My 930 will keep me happy for the next year or two, but I have *no* idea what'll come after that...

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Behold the Lumia 535 NOTkia: Microsoft wipes Nokia brand from mobes

Edwin

Re: Flagship?

but does it bend?

(my 930 doesn't)

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Could YOU identify these 10 cool vintage mobile phones?

Edwin

Re: 7110?

The huge screen was one thing I really liked about the 7110 - perfect for the carkit!

I never had a spring on the mic slider break, but the catch on the end occassionally failed, causing the cover to fly through the room when you tried to answer the phone. Aside from being mildly humorous, it also meant you could only hear (not talk) until you'd clicked it back on since it also housed the mic.

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Edwin

Re: Your 9110 is a 9210

I'm pretty sure there were terminal emulators for the 9210 (and later models) but on the 9110 you could actually get a native DOS prompt. I seem to remember you couldn't do very much with it, but the point was that you *could* get right into the bowels of the OS, which was unique. I think it involved hacking some of the configuration files to the device booted to a prompt rather than GUI.

Pointless, but cool.

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Edwin

Your 9110 is a 9210

Bounce was the game showcasing the 9210s colour screen - the 9110 ran GEOS and didn't have the colour screen. I had both, and while the 9210 was better, the 9110 had much more geek appeal for the ability to launch a DOS prompt.

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GT sapphire glaziers: You signed WHAT deal with Apple?

Edwin

I can see how this happened...

These sorts of contracts are not as uncommon as we'd like. The sexiness of having Apple (or some other A-list brand) as a major customer is extremely seductive to many 'executives'. Not only because it's great advertising, but the bolstering of the supplier's individual executive ego.

What's perhaps more surprising is the audacity of setting up production to compete with your customers. That's never a good idea, and doing it in such a high-risk method is either incredibly stupid, incredibly cocky or - probably in this case - both.

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