* Posts by Edwin

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Google India slapped with £8.7 MILLION tax penalty

Edwin

In Google's defense

India has some of the most dynamic, tortuously complex tax law on the planet. Their sales tax regime is even more complicated than the US system, and more subject to change.

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite review

Edwin
Mushroom

Shameless Amazon advert?

Ummm no.......... Kindle was NOT first (no matter what the Amazon marketing drivel you're reprinting says). I bought my first Sony E-reader in 2006.

Also - on what planet is it worth paying 50 of any currency to be allowed to borrow one book per month? I can borrow books for free from my local library, and many libraries are starting to lend e-books but usually only in EPUB format (which Kindle doesn't support). You're paying for next day delivery, and the ability to borrow a book per month hardly even qualifies as 'added value'.

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Pints all round as Register Special Projects hacks hack off feet

Edwin
Trollface

Re: I miss the ounce...

In Dutch shops, it's quite common to order by the ounce (100g) or pound (500g). Maybe blighty should slowly change the value of miles, pints and stone (wtf kind of unit is that???) so that in 50 years a metric transition can be made easily.

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Cash in the asset: Nokia may flog global headquarters in Espoo

Edwin

Re: Move out.

You'd be surprised, and the fact that it's a couple of interconnected buildings means slightly smaller tenants would be an option also.

Kone has their HQ next door IIRC, and there are a couple of other large Finnish companies in Espoo that could easily fill the space if they were so inclined.

I suspect the problem is more that companies are collectively trying to get OUT of buildings, rather than build new ones, so there may be a bit of a glut on the market. OTOH, they're building a metro station quite close by, so who knows...

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Judge: Apple not liable for dropped, broken iPhone screens

Edwin
Trollface

Re: Frackin MORON JUDGE!

Based on your first post, I never would have guessed that you have anger issues...

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Hotel keycard firm issues fixes after Black Hat hacker breaks locks

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Go

Re: The A-Team

Especially considering that the door is the strongest part of many American hotel rooms.

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Edwin

Re: Free Fix!!!

Any professional thief doesn't want to spend unnecessary time in a corridor unscrewing screws - you could possibly disguise plugging a wire into a port as fumbling with your keycard, but it's hard to explain the screwdriver stuck in the bottom of the door lock to a passing hotel guest or employee

So if that cover takes the time required to open the door from 3 to 15 seconds, they'll most likely go elsewhere.

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Reagan slams webmail providers for liberal bias

Edwin
Trollface

Impressive

how Americans can get themselves so incredibly wound up over choosing between two more or less identical conservative parties.

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The problem with wireless: all those effin' wires

Edwin
Facepalm

Re: Poor workman blames his cables.

Alistair, if you want to be able to charge everything at once, then you need to be prepared to take some pain.

I can typically charge two devices at a time, and with a little planning, that works pretty well. Not flawlessly, but I'm not prepared to haul around the equipment required to set up a full-scale office when on the road.

It's called a compromise. If you're not prepared to make one when it comes to hooking up when on the road, you need to stop buying kit that uses different types of connections. So dump everything that uses something other than a standard USB connector. Like those Nintendoes, those fruity products, and so on.

Sheesh.

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Edwin
Meh

Re: Poor workman blames his cables.

My thought exactly. I sometimes miss those 'mad days' when everything charged via USB - I travel with:

My laptop power brick

My universal plug adapter with interchangeable USB charging port

USB Mini and Micro cables

If absolutely necessary: the micro USB car charger with extra USB port to power a phone (satnav) and some other device.

If I need a camera, the brick lives in the camera bag and shares the figure 8 cable with the laptop power brick

Anything that doesn't like the standard USB charger (looking at you Nokia) charges off my laptop when needed (which is daily at office when traveling for work, or only rarely needed when on hols).

Anything requiring some other form of power provisioning is either not purchased or stays home.

And oh yes: my kids pack their own charging kit to go with their nintendii. I am not hauling their kit around.

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Netflix puts end to fumbling, penetrates Scandinavia

Edwin
Headmaster

Scandinavia

is defined as Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

If you want to include Finland, you could say 'the Nordics' though that usually includes Iceland also.

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Hacktivists lift emails, passwords from oil biz in support of Greenpeace

Edwin
Coat

Re: That leading sentence

My thought exactly.

Does Anonymous now troll the news looking for excuses in an attempt to legitimize naughty behaviour?

If they *really* want to get some good press, they should hack themselves and leak their own email and ID lists...

(puts on flameproof coat)

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LOHAN fizzles forlornly in REHAB

Edwin

Re: A bigger hammer?

What about one or more igniters cast in the engine using something like crushed rocket fuel and some sort of weak binding agent?

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Apple faces Italian shutdown over warranty skulduggery

Edwin

Re: Impossible 2-year warranty for Apple

I suspect things like batteries are subject to the 'normal wear and tear' disclaimer, so not covered by the warranty anyway.

I guess the big question is how 'serviceable' a product should be - maybe a battery shouldn't have to be consumer-replaceable, but perhaps it should cost less than x% of the new price to replace it...

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Ten... dual-band wireless routers

Edwin

Re: No Apple or Draytek or WAN to LAN throughput measures

Agreed. It would also be nice to know which devices have a built-in modem and (if so) how stable the connection is.

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Edwin
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Fritzboxen

Stability and ADSL2+ and VDSL is why I'm replacing my recently deceased Fritzbox 7170 with the 7390 despite the fact that I don't use analog telephony anymore. The 7170 also let me retire my external wireless access point, and I'm hoping the 7390 will prove to be as good.

Unfortunately, researching stability is an excruciatingly time-consuming task, because you have to troll through dozens of consumer review sites and weed out the tripe.

Yes, it's a ludicrously expensive router, but I have never seen anything come near a Fritzbox in terms of stability, performance and features.

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Reg hack attempts gutsiest expenses claim EVER

Edwin
Pint

German beermats

I quite like the German approach of tick marks on beermats - it's very easy to understand, even after many tick marks on your beermat.

Sadly, the expense department at a previous employer felt that a beermat full of tick marks with the total written in the middle did not qualify as a proper receipt.

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LOHAN seeks failsafe for explosive climax

Edwin

Gas strut?

I wonder if you could make a spring that's damped like a gas strut (such as on your car) and use that as a time-delayed tension sensor on the balloon lines? It would take care of momentary bounces during turbulence, but admittedly has a much higher risk of failure in extreme cold

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Self-driving Volvos cover 200km of busy Spanish motorway

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Thumb Up

Re: Why?

Still around in some places.

Park your car on the train in Helsinki, wake up in your sleeper cabin the next morning in Rovaniemi. You get a decent night's sleep, save driving 1200km and it cost me less than petrol plus a hotel.

There are loads of others around Europe, but the Finnish one is the only one I've tried. And the beer was acceptable.

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Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Mealy pudding v migas

Edwin
Flame

Mexican deathmatch

Green chili and cheese omelette vs. huevos rancheros with chili con carne

Flames, because only tremendous amounts of chili, salt and grease can overcome a proper hangover.

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Ten... freeware gems for new PCs

Edwin

Avast!

By far the best antivirus package, and the voice notifications don't bother me overmuch since I usually have the speakers switched off, but the 'add-ons' (the browser plugin, the widget, etc) are an incredible annoyance - switch all those off too!

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Study reveals high price of smut addiction

Edwin

Cause and effect?

The idea that smut addiction is learned is an interesting one, but I wonder how many of the 'consequences' being attributed here are really due to excessive smut watching, or if excessive porn surfing is possibly another symptom...

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EA unplugs Rock Band for iOS

Edwin
WTF?

Re: Paid for content...

Ah yes, but you see - Apple controls the content in the app store and takes a nice cut of the profits, so I think Apple is fair game in this exercise. All the more so since they claim part of the reason for the walled garden is protecting the customer experience.

The Windows analogy doesn't hold up because, you see, Steve Ballmer doesn't decide what I run on my Windows boxen.

(note that I don't play games, nor do I own Apple products, so no bias from my side)

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Ten... two-bay Nas boxes

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Thumb Up

Re: Synology all the way

Agreed!

Been running a 410j for two years now. Hardware RAID, great management software and so on. The internal backup system is great - backups run from the main shares to a hidden share to do version management and the really important stuff is backed up to an external USB drive. I hook up the USB disk Saturday morning and by lunch my mailbox is full of messages telling me my data is safe once again.

Meanwhile, it serves up music and internet radio to the Squeezebox in the kitchen and serves whatever else I want wherever else I want it, like sharing holiday snaps with the family abroad over the built in photo sharing server.

The only two gripes are the awful desktop backup software, and the inability to upgrade the RAM (128Mb is not quite enough) but considering the price, I won't argue.

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What kind of LOSER sits in front of a PC...

Edwin
WTF?

There is a bigger issue.

You whine and moan about there not being any competition but whinge about Digital Editions. I quite like Adobe Digital Editions (if I *must* have DRM). It works across my PC, phone, Sony Reader and the cheap-o Bebook Neo I picked up at AMS for €50.

True, there is a serious lack of choice, but it's mostly about the dearth of cross-border selling online bookstores. If you live in country 'A' but want a book in language 'B', you're buggered. Even most of larger english-language bookshops won't sell across borders.

I'm happy with the hardware I can get. I'm just waiting for the publishers to get their thumbs out and give me access to the content.

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OAP sues Apple for $1m after walking into store's glass door

Edwin
Facepalm

Wrung up?

Surely that should be 'rung up' as in a reference to old bell-equipped cash registers?

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Oz regulator to Apple: Don’t call it 4G if you can’t connect

Edwin
FAIL

Consumer expectations

Yes, El Reg, it *would* be quibbling.

Whether or not there is a 4G standard, consumerland probably assumes there is such a thing as 4G since we all know what 2G and 3G mean, we may know about 2.5G and may have seen 3.5G on our handsets.

So if a consumer has seen 2G, 2.5G, 3G and 3.5G come along, is it unreasonable for them to expect that a 4G product will work with whatever network upgrade their operator offers next?

Whether or not 4G is 'defined' is irrelevant in this case: what operators are calling '4G' is faster than their 3G offering (in theory). If the iPad is known to be incompatible with that technology, Apple is misleading their customers because their product is 'only' 3G and they know it.

Therefore, calling it the iPad 4G outside the US is nothing short of misleading.

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UK will share passenger data with US in Euro deal

Edwin
WTF?

Not getting it

Aren't we already providing all this data via ESTA, which presumably has none of the restrictions lined in the PNR agreement?

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Freetard-friendly MP allegedly cuffed after scrap in Commons bar

Edwin
Pint

I wonder

what did you do, Andrew?

What did you whisper in someone's ear that resulted in the fisticuffs?

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Experts: We're stuck with passwords – and maybe they're best

Edwin

yay

next, install webcam and deduce the right ones by process of elimination over a few weeks :)

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Dutch clog up The Pirate Bay (again)

Edwin
Facepalm

Meanwhile, the Finns

appear to have received a bomb threat from Anonymous according to YLE (http://www.yle.fi/uutiset/news/2012/01/police_investigate_anti-piracy_group_bomb_threat_3165279.html)

If nothing else, this sort of activity keeps us entertained as the entertainment industry screams about piracy, the ISPs shout about freedom and unreasonable cost and the freetards throw temper tantrums.

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A Brief History of Virtualisation, now on Kindle

Edwin
WTF?

Wondering...

is there any particular reason you lot are suddenly plugging all sorts of Amazon products? Dropping advertising revenue? Unreasonable salary demands by the writing peasantry?

Personally, I find it a bit of a turn-off, but my employer would probably chalk that up to change resistance, so it may not be you - it's me. Really.

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Feds propose 50-state ban on mobile use while driving

Edwin

Doesn't mean it's a bad idea though.

Just amend the law to allow anything that uses the car speakers and a fixed microphone.

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FOI request turns up Carrier IQ surprise

Edwin
WTF?

Is it possible...

That this is all just a storm in a teacup?

While CarrierIQ's software does seem to 'see' keypresses and content, it doesn't necessarily follow that it logs them, much less transmits them 'home'.

I have nothing to do with the handset biz, but nothing I've read so far (discounting media hysteria) would constitute 'proof' of actual snooping.

The only thing we can definitely blame CarrierIQ for is sloppy software: if their software does what it says on the tin, then it should have been written to avoid any appearance of privacy invasion.

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El Reg's life of Steve Jobs - now available on Kindle

Edwin
FAIL

Oh dear...

Kindle only? Oh well, not for me then.

I'm disappointed El Reg. Would an open standard ebook format have been too much to ask for?

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‘Blogger not a journalist’ says Oregon court

Edwin
Devil

Because

...then any loud-mouthed idiot with a blog could claim protection under journalist protection laws. I'm sure the US has an association of journalists. Maybe membership of that body should be the litmus test.

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Anonymous launches OpRobinHood against banks

Edwin
FAIL

As part of the 99%

I would be more interested in seeing these clowns behind bars.

Unless I qualify for large donations of course (cash only, please)

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Anonymous shuts down hidden child abuse hub

Edwin

I agree completely. Great it's gone, too bad they didn't follow due process. Whether or not law enforcement is inept at these things, the fact remains that they are 'law enforcement'. Anonymous is not 'law enforcement' - Anonymous is 'vigilantism'.

The cynic in me also wonders if this is Anonymous trying to generate some positive press...

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El Reg in SHOCK email address BLUNDER

Edwin
FAIL

Thanks?

It is indeed an impressive list (and yes Neil, I found you on it)

I agree a notification to the 46k plus recipients would be in order. I can send you a copy if you'd like.

Sorry El Reg, but there is NO excuse!

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Amazon revamps E Ink Kindle line

Edwin
Megaphone

There is an answer!

Buy a Sony (or Nook, or some other brand of ereader)

Amazon is not the only game in town...

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Ten... digital voice recorders

Edwin

Accessories

One of the topics missing in this review is the availability of accessories. Transcription pedals (mentioned above) are pretty much essential if you're going to be using a voice recorder much - they free up hands for typing while you either transcribe what's been dictated or summarise the discussion.

I think it's a key area where these devices compete with phones - shame they're not covered.

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LOHAN to suck mighty thruster as it goes off, in a shed

Edwin
Boffin

I think the idea behind rocket motors is that they provide their own oxygen...

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Edwin

The pressure issue

Once you ignite the motor, pressure in the chamber will increase very quickly, so unless you have a monster vacuum pump (or a fairly large hypobaric chamber), you won't be able to reliably assess the burn (e.g. does the motor burn properly, or does it fizzle enough to raise the pressure in the chamber and only then burn properly).

Two things spring to mind:

- a large-ish tank of some variety, connected to the test chamber via a pipe to effectively increase the available vacuum (similar to the expansion tank on your central heating system)

- a pressure sensor under the motor to measure the engine thrust, particularly during the first one or two seconds - to be compared against a similar burn performed with the chamber at normal pressure.

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Malware burrows deep into computer BIOS to escape AV

Edwin

I once had...

...a BIOS that required you to confirm a BIOS reprogramming by flashing up a text screen. I'm guessing this feature died because Joe User didn't want his Windows BIOS update utility crashing Win95 every time he updated the BIOS.

With most BIOS now able to update themselves from a USB drive directly from the configuration screen, I guess it should be possible to reinstate this feature.

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LOHAN eyes hardcore partner's impressive girth

Edwin
Go

Mythbusters!

built a hypobaric chamber when they were testing whether or not bulgarian airbag implants will explode during flight.

This strikes me as the sort of test they would be delighted to assist with!

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LG may axe up to 30% of overseas mobile staff

Edwin
Trollface

Call me older-fashioned...

But to me, LG will always be the manufacturer of the Prime 2C card in my very first scratch-built PC.

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Apple seeks product security boss after iPhone loss

Edwin
Alien

Alternative explanation...

Maybe this is all a ploy by Apple's marketing department to attract attention to the new shiny shiny.

Protos from all manufacturers get lost all the time, and while corporate security types get quite excited about it, it's not usually a disaster - especially not this close to launch when any competitor worth their salt knows all about the new toy anyway.

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Anonymous and LulzSec spew out largest ever police data dump

Edwin
Mushroom

Hacktivists?

I think the term 'hacktivist' lends an aura of respectability where it doesn't belong.

While I don't agree with the ideas behind whole Wikileaks exposé, there at least was a certain defensible point in exposing things that had otherwise been covered up.

What we are seeing now is nothing shy of digital terrorism by a bunch of anarchist script kiddies throwing a temper tantrum.

Throw the book at 'em.

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Fanboys find way to NFC an iPhone

Edwin
Thumb Up

Where's Kevin Warwick?

'nuff said

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Voda: Femtocell phone-hacking vuln was fixed in 2010

Edwin
Megaphone

Actually...

...the first article clearly stated:

"We asked Vodafone to comment on the research, but have yet to hear back from the mobile phone giant. We'll update this story as and when we hear more."

I'm assuming this wasn't a "please give us a comment in the next 10 minutes" job by El Reg.

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