Feeds

* Posts by Edwin

402 posts • joined 12 Apr 2007

Page:

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.

2
2

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.

0
0

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.

1
3

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.

1
5

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?

0
0

‘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.

2
3

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)

1
0

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...

5
0

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!

3
0

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...

0
0

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.

0
0

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...

0
0
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.

4
0

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.

0
0

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!

4
0

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.

0
0

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.

1
0

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.

28
9

Fanboys find way to NFC an iPhone

Edwin
Thumb Up

Where's Kevin Warwick?

'nuff said

1
0

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.

0
1

Movie-goer punts 3D-to-2D cinema specs

Edwin

Good idea?

Possibly not - imagine driving down the road with a low-hanging sun in front of you and glasses with different polarisation for each eye.

As someone without (decent) stereopsis, I quite like this 2d glasses idea.

0
0

Health experts flip over McD's burger-flip toy

Edwin
WTF?

sorry

"...they're actually making us pay for it."??? Clearly, Smith is a sucker for advertising. Nobody is 'making' him pay for anything.

And yes, I am a parent of two children young enough to want one of these. However, In contrast to what the three 'experts' from the Sun seem to think, I am more than capable of deciding for myself whether or not the kids should have a given toy. In fact, I'd rather they have a toy McDonalds kitchen than some of the more violent Nerf guns/Wii games/Disney films...

sheesh

4
2

Apple T&C upsets philanthropic developers

Edwin
Jobs Horns

to be fair...

Apple has a point here - policing charity donations is a notoriously difficult thing to do.

The solution, of course, would be to allow linking to the developer's website, where further explanation could be posted, free of liability for Apple, or by requiring registration with some of the charity policing organisations already in place in most countries.

Of course, Apple then risks no longer screwing charities out of 30%...

Think Steve will ever have an 'oh, shit!' moment on this business model? Didn't think so...

3
1

Ex-PM blocked Steve Jobs knighthood

Edwin
Go

I want in on...

...whatever office pool was started in Vulture Central concerning comments on this article.

1
0

Watchdog turns a blind eye to Danish fu*king

Edwin

Yes but

"The ASA’s jurisdiction covers the UK only, so the ASA cannot usually look into complaints about ads published in foreign media or that originated from abroad."

The article clearly notes the ad was broadcast from London, which presumably still falls within the ASA's remit.

Although I would be the first to admit that perhaps (within the EU) the target market should be the deciding factor for jurisdiction...

1
0

Apple suppliers: Child labor, bribery, suicides

Edwin
Thumb Down

Why Apple doesn't deserve to win:

Because other companies have been doing this for years, and don't have nearly as much naughtiness in their supplier base.

If Apple is finding this many issues with its suppliers, you have to wonder if they have been deliberately ignoring the whole 'corporate social responsibility' thing for the past few years in order to push profits. Didn't they also score comparatively badly in e.g. the Greenpeace eco-friendly electronics rating?

So - it's great they've finally jumped on the bandwagon, but kudos go to the companies that got on it first.

5
2

Apple's app store policies: What will they provoke?

Edwin
Boffin

you're missing the point

There are a couple of important differences here:

First, Wal-mart does not limit your choices. If you don't like their offering, you can buy elsewhere. Apple users don't have that freedom. If you own an Apple product, you can only shop at Apple.

Secondly, Wal-mart does not carry magazines on the condition that - if you take a subscription - they get a cut. You are free to make any deal you like with the publishers. Here, Apple is saying that you are not free to buy your subscription directly from the publisher if you want to use paid content on your Apple device.

Personally, I think the whole business model is reprehensible, but it has obviously paid off very well for Apple, and most consumers don't seem to care much.

As the article says - that may be changing now.

0
0

Flickr flap illuminates cloud concerns

Edwin
Thumb Up

the real issue is consumer mindset

With hotmail, gmail, flickr, facebook and so on, consumers are used to getting something for 'free'. With p2p filesharing, this experience is further enhanced that you can get (nearly) anything for 'free'.

And with all this 'getting' comes (insidiously for service providers) a sense of ENTITLEMENT. Somehow, the industry (or guvmint, or whoever) is going to have to get it into consumer minds that you get what you pay for.

As with antivirus, phishing mails, patching your windows install and so forth, this looks to be a long, slow battle. I wish us all luck.

0
0

Finnish regulator calls for iPhone refunds

Edwin
Boffin

and @tough Finnish phones...

Nokia states that your battery may not work at these temperatures.

This is subtly different from Apple claiming the warranty is void if you try to use your iPhone below freezing.

0
0

Microsoft hits autistic Xboxer with cheat evidence

Edwin
Gates Halo

Something nice about MS?

I would hesitate to claim any kid of 11 (autistic or otherwise) would appreciate the consequences of having someone else modify their account.

No doubt this whole story got quite a bit bigger than mom anticipated, so I think it's a nice gesture by Microsoft. A decent thing to do, the more so since they didn't have to.

7
0

Smartphone makers to embrace multi-core chips

Edwin
Badgers

HOW many of us?

Either El Reg or Strategy Analytics needs to do a little clarification here...

Will 15% of smartphones contain multicore processors by end 2011?

Will 15% of the world population be using smartphones with multicore processors by end 2011?

Will 15% of Reg readers be using smartphones with multicore processors by end 2011?

Will 15% of new smartphones sold contain multicore processors by end 2011?

Will 15% of the smartphone models on the market contain multicore processors by end 2011?

The numbers involved in the different cases are pretty dramatically different...

1
0

Heathrow Express treats iPhones as tickets

Edwin
Dead Vulture

News because it's an app?

I'm sorry El Reg, but this story is utter tripe.

As all the commenters above have noted, this is tech that has been in frequent use around the world for years. Finnair has offered SMS boarding for years and Lufthansa, KLM and others have offered 2D bar codes on ALL mobiles using THE INTERNET rather than some Jobsian-controlled binary interface to a subset of smartphones.

Maybe other airlines are not releasing boarding pass apps because THEY ALREADY HAVE ONE . it's called a browser.

The only innovation I see here could be the ability to buy the ticket while on the go, but any detail on that real news seems to have been cut in favour of Cupertino eye candy.

6
1

Online sync'n'store services

Edwin
Badgers

Missing feature?

Some NAS boxes are able to use one or more these services, which can be quite handy. My Synology can use S3, which from my perspective is a big vote in favour of S3.

The concerns voiced in other comments with regard to data privacy are enough to have kept me off it so far.

0
0

Ace Reg reporter in career suicide shock

Edwin
Pint

Cheers!

And maybe we could get a new column on the joys of reporting on tech to myopic luddites?

0
0

The Girl with the NSObject Class Reference tattoo

Edwin
Troll

If you're going to be pedantic...

...then please get it right!

Only Danish and Norwegian (well, and Faroese) have the ø. Swedish, Finnish, Icelandic and the various Sami languages don't.

(and clever title btw)

0
0
Edwin
WTF?

Bigend?

Oh dear... that's really bad. Does he know Apple stopped using Motorola chips a few years ago?

3
0
Edwin

Whew

...and I thought it was just me that had noticed this rampant fanboiism. Thanks Stob!

And yes, the other books are just as bad, if not worse here and there. Tech bits aside, though, they're not bad reading.

I have noticed that any author using fruity products tends to describe them in loads of (irrelevant) detail, whereas those using non-fruity products seem to stick to the plot (and get equally many techie bits wrong). I can't help but wonder why that is... Does Apple pay for product placement? Or do these guys get decent service when their kit breaks?

0
1

Doctor Who to marry Doctor Who's daughter

Edwin

Confused...

Wow. That is a properly Gordian knot of interpersonal relationships. Just goes to show time travel is a bad idea.

3
0

Cell phone search needs no warrant, say Cal Supremes

Edwin

Luddite judiciary

Let's take this a step further: if I have push mail on and my smartphone receives an email (or short message for that matter) while in possession of police, is that fair game? I didn't have that message on me when I was arrested.

Another question: if my phone is locked, are they allowed to hack it? Presumably no, since they did not have access to the information on the device when I was arrested, but it's a slippery slope in any case.

OTOH: any perp that doesn't use an autolocking phone is probably dumb enough to have made lots of other mistakes as well, so it may not make a difference in terms of conviction rates...

1
0

In-flight fight for stubborn iPhone-loving teen

Edwin
FAIL

you're missing the point

I don't think anyone is worried about the transmitting bit, though I am frequently gobsmacked by alleged adults who cannot control their crackberry/mobile addiction long enough to taxi to the gate (although I know many places let you use your phone as soon as the plane clears the runway).

The point here is that if something goes wrong on landing, the little tyke won't be able to hear cabin crew instructions and may do something stupid, dangerous or both.

I don't condone beating the little shite, but the parents have clearly overlooked something in the upbringing here (and yes, I am a parent too).

3
0

Dutch police arrest 16-year-old WikiLeaks avenger

Edwin
Boffin

Digital Data Carriers

Amusing Dutch term - it means media such as CDs, DVDs and flash drives, but can also cover hard drives, etc. I wouldn't read too much into that though.

0
0

Gear4 UnityRemote

Edwin
Troll

Way cool!

until Jobs decides to block hardware interface apps from the AppStore.

Hope they come up with Symbian & Android editions of the software, but they do seem to be a Cupertino-only shop...

4
1

Elon Musk's SpaceX gets unique commercial re-entry licence

Edwin
WTF?

a license for re-entry?

This is most amusing.

How does that work? You need a license from the FAA if you want to deorbit above US airspace? Or do you need one to land in the USA?

"I'm sorry sir, but your license to deorbit has expired. You will need to wait while your new application is considered"

1
0

Apple scraps 'never-formed plans' for iPhone SIM in 2011

Edwin
Boffin

The big deal...

...is stuff like portability. i.e. I can rip the SIM out of my handset and put in a SIM from a different operator and voila: my handset works for a different operator.

Simlock partially blocks this, but most countries have rules on removing simlock. In any case, it beats the pants off having to port a whole handset from one network to another.

Software SIM might be nice, provided you get the same handset portability.

0
1

Calls for US nudie perv scanner 'opt-out day'

Edwin

the real problem is...

...when someone stuffs their bra with semtex and blows up a plane. Then these same privacy whiners will be asking who is protecting them.

Not that their point is invalid, but it's a little too easy to claim this is all about blurry monochrome porn

1
10

Multi-colour e-ink to splash down in six months?

Edwin

indeed

'grey-and-slightly-darker-grey' suits me fine, though vizplex was a nice upgrade over the original displays.

0
0

Great and Good honour the designer of world's first laptop

Edwin
Boffin

not mil-spec

I think the requirements for space use are a little heaver - like radiation-hardening and truly extreme temperature differences.

0
0

Ex-General Electric boss unleashes bile on HP board

Edwin
WTF?

sour grapes?

seems unlikely, but hey...

0
0

Amazon browserizes Kindle book samples

Edwin
Unhappy

Nothing new, only a UI innovation

Amazon is far from the first to do this (there are numerous online bookstores that offer excerpts), but somehow it's the company offering the most bulletproof consumer-lock-in that gets the kudos. I guess this is partly because their marketing is more effective, and partly because they spend a lot of R&D money on features that can persuade users to be locked in...

Bit like an iPhone

I wonder if consumer disinterest will eventually kill open standards.

0
0

Moms stand firm against antenna madness

Edwin

Naaah

Just obey the law and make mobile coverage in town patchy. That should sort the issue pdq

9
0

Page: