* Posts by Edwin

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Prudish Google slammed for Aussie censorship

Edwin

Silly Aussies

Google is 'merkin. This means that filtering out words that any soap-box mounted bible-thumping right-wing christian fundamentalist might consider objecting to is not 'censorship' but 'consistent with family values'

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Wikileaks falls out with human rights groups

Edwin
FAIL

if only it were that simple

Who decides what 'properly purged' is?

Wikileaks: the second definition for freetard

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Feds admit storing pervscanner pics

Edwin
Megaphone

Missing the point

As I said in my original post, I'm not defending lying. But perhaps I was a little unclear.

When i look at the media coverage (including El Reg here) it's about banning the machines (perv scanners? puh-lease!) because they store nude pics of pax. Which, as far as I can see, is patently not true. They store vague, low-res grainy images.

Let's try to focus on the lying, and not on the tech please.

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Edwin
Troll

Ho hum

I see thumbnails of hi-res imagery on every page and poster on this topic, but a quick scroll through the 100 images EPIC got suggests that if you get off on these pics, there's something seriously wrong with your vision.

I'm not defending lying guvmint types, but is this really such a big deal?

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Want to use WD diagnostics? Buy Windows

Edwin
Boffin

Head parking

can be reconfigured using one of the WD DOS tools (forget which). A compatible freeware bootable DOS USB stick is also available on the interwebs.

All in all it's a shame though - the WD helldesk gave me more or less the same story, and their software (and the head parking issue) is hurting what is otherwise quite a nice drive.

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Bluetooth: wireless wonder or digital dead end?

Edwin
WTF?

giggles, guffaws and catcalls?

I'm not sure what luddite community plays host to the Reg Hardware offices, but where I live bluetooth headsets (both the simple phoning type and the stereo music type) are very common.

And don't underestimate the bluetooth in cars option either - there is no other technology that even comes close to offering the functionalities: my previous car radio could play carkit for my phone but also accept music streaming over bluetooth. My bluetooth mouse doesn't need a (larger or smaller) USB dongle to work with my laptop. I don't have to get my phone out of my bag if I want to surf the web on the move, or take a call in the car.

I think bluetooth is already a major succes. It's not perfect, but it's ubiquitous, and if (as suggested above) it remains faithful to the concept, it has a lot of life left in it.

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'World's No. 1 hacker' tome rocks security world

Edwin
Pirate

Mitnick

Funny you should mention that.

I (foolishly) bought Kevin Mitnick's book a few years ago and had much the same feeling :)

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Google claims Wi-Fi slurp legal in the US

Edwin
FAIL

Google's mission

should it be changed to 'Don't be illegal'?

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Wannabe Jedi drool over potent laser 'lightsabre'

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Honesty in advertising

I think they should have a chat with Boeing about who has the most potent portable laser system.

Well, for a given value of portability, anyway.

Another gadget that should by definition not be sold to anyone who wishes to buy it.

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Synology DiskStation DS410 Nas box

Edwin

Cost?

I was of much the same mind, until I started doing the maths on hardware RAID 5 and power consumption.

In the end, it was a bit of a no-brainer. The DS-410j I eventually bought can be had for €275 ex drives. Chuck in a pair of WD Caviar Green 1Tb drives in RAID 1 and for about €400 I had a 1Tb NAS which draws peanuts in terms of power consumption when compared to a 'real' PC.

One comment worth making is that e.g. the WD Caviar Green drives run into trouble with Linux systems (including the Synology boxen) because of their habit of unloading heads after a fews seconds. This is not trivial for the average home user to solve (requires hanging the drive on a PC, booting to DOS and running a WD command line utility)

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Cisco slips out Atom-powered block and file box

Edwin
WTF?

Consumer NAS?

I'm having trouble telling the difference between the HP and Cisco boxes and, for instance, the Synology box I have at home. In terms of features & functionality, they look almost the same. The biggest difference seems to lie in the price, and the difference there is very big indeed!

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The World's best World Cup Calendar (maybe)

Edwin
Troll

Ooo - oooo - ooooo

How do I get it on my iPhone?

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Quit Facebook Day flops

Edwin
Megaphone

The real reason it flopped...

...is that most Facebook users just don't care.

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Swindon prepares for pill-popping, ghost-fleeing tournament

Edwin
Boffin

Beep-beep-beep-beep-beep-beep-beep?

Wadawadawadawadawadawadawadawadawadawadawadawadawadawada!

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Atlantis 'nauts bolt on new battery goodness

Edwin

Adhesives and temperature extremes

I suspect the repeated exposure to the temperature extremes would probably fry it pretty quickly.

I was wondering if they use a different type of tie-wrap in space than I use at home? I find outdoor tie wraps tend to go opaque and brittle after a while...

For the sake of completeness, could El Reg please find out if the bolts are secured in any fashion other than torque (wires, cotter pins, nylon bushings, etc)?

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Atlantis 'nauts wrap boltastic first spacewalk

Edwin

Cotter pin

Did you every try to fit a cotter pin while wearing spacesuit gloves? I mean, they're hard enough to get in with your bare hands!

Didn't the airline industry use to use pairs of counter-rotating bolts with a wire between so that if one loosened, the other tightened? What about using those?

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Edwin
Pint

Traditionalist?

I realise that this new-fangled iBolt rage makes my views on threads seem somewhat old hat, but I'd like to point out that traditionally, a number of very common threads are left handed.

For instance, a pair of bicycle pedals has opposing threads to avoid them falling off mid-ride. Although not the direction you'd expect, but why that is requires a swivelling bar stool and several pints to explain.

Anyway, I'd like to know if there will be an AppStore for the iBolt that restricts the permitted applications of NASA's iBolts? I could imagine the solar panel mounts are too Flashy and would require e.g. duct tape.

Man, I'm starting to feel like amanfrommars....

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Atlantis 'nauts suit & boot up for bolt release spacewalk

Edwin
Boffin

The other left handed thread

is used in light bulbs, typically those in public places.

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Man uses meat cleaver to fashion UK-ready iPad

Edwin

Tangent alert!

The 'steel' you get with your knives isn't for sharpening them - it's for removing small burrs and making the cutting edge nice and straight again. All that flash swishing with knives & steels is just bollocks too - a nice, gentle motion and a few swipes is enough.

If you want your knives sharpened properly, go take them to a proper knife sharpener.

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Apple iPad

Edwin
Troll

Flamebait?

All right, I'll bite.

There are some very keen ebook readers out here in Reg Readerland. Most of us that own a 'real' ebook (e-ink) reader swear by it, decrying LCD as the quick road to eyestrain.

So why is it that "the iPad [is] the first digital device that strikes me as a genuinely attractive alternative to good old-fashioned books and newsprint."?

Support your arguments, man!

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Apple in shock public attack on Adobe

Edwin
Stop

Apple worried?

I guess Apple is a little worried since Flash apps are (still) so popular. Not so worried that they'll sacrifice their revenue stream though.

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Adobe gives up on the iPhone

Edwin
Jobs Horns

Not a chance

You're missing the point here.

The primary reason Apple is banning flash has nothing to do with performance or user experience (although I'll grant you it might be a bonus).

The primary reason is that flash & silverlight allow apps to be distributed via websites, rather than via the App$tore, which costs Apple money. So Silverlight won't be allowed either (aside from the fact that I haven't seen many silverlight-based apps yet)

I think Jobs is a complete Bastard, but I have to agree with the comments that Adobe Flash has seriously missed the boat on the mobile platform. The early Symbian implementations were so bad they were dropped from later phones.

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Sony Vaio M Atom 2.0 netbook

Edwin

USB ports

"Sony has opted to put all three USB ports side-by-side on the right edge of the machine...[which] appeals to my sense of order."

Well, yes.

Until you end up sitting somewhere where USB devices on the right side of the laptop are bound to be destroyed by passers-by, such as the edge of a desk or the 'C' seat on a 737. Headphone sockets on the front are not so very clever for similar reasons, but I usually have my USB headset adapter with me anyway.

e.g.: I like having USB ports in different places around the machine. It's practical.

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E-book buyers favour iPad over Kindle and co.

Edwin

Which punters?

I wonder - are these "real" book readers or occassional browsers?

I can't for the life of me think of a reason anyone that reads more than say 5 hours a week and preferably more than 1 hour at a time would want an iPad.

I think the commenters above have it right - "who're they calling an e-book buyer?"

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Brass necked suspect swallows USB evidence

Edwin
FAIL

A USB drive???

What's wrong with microSD? You could eat one of those and nobody would notice

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iPhone must-have crowd inflates UK gadget insurance claims

Edwin
Thumb Down

wrong

The only solution here would be to charge a decent premium for jPhone coverage.

It works the same with cars, right? If you're 18 and have totalled your previous Golf/Astra/206/xr3i, then insuring the new one is going to be a little painful to say the least.

Oh - and insurance companies aren't authorised apple resellers, so Steve won't like that.

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Edwin
Stop

Hardly new...

Presumably people do this all the time. Only with jPhones the numbers are big enough to be measurable, right?

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YouTube saves dumb children from offensive content

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re: Protect

As a parent, I actually like this.

As they say about locks: they keep honest people honest. If someone really wants to bypass the security, it's easy. But I don't think that's Youtube's point here.

While my kids are young enough, it will prevent them stumbling across naughty content by accident, and this is pretty laudable.

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El Reg space bureau firms up PARIS kit list

Edwin

Not kidding...

Both systems can be tested for functionality in a deep freezer or over a bath of liquid nitrogen. I'll wager, however, that a solenoid+battery triggered by a barometerwill provide more consistent results than a system relying on the amount of air in a syringe.

That's because the syringe system depends on friction and pressure, and friction is also dependent on things like moisture (is the glass wet or is there frost on it, etc).

Barometers can be bought ready for outdoor use, something that doesn't factor into syringe manufacture...

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Edwin
Boffin

Release mechanism

Hmmmm - syringes may be susceptible to the somewhat more dramatic temperatures you get up there...

What about an electromechanical release triggered by the needle of an aneroid barometer closing a circuit?

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Sci-fi and fantasy authors wade into Amazon spat

Edwin

$15

Hmmm... That's a lot of cash, particularly since part of the appeal of stumping up for a new book is the nice hard cover and expensive paper.

Now, if the publishers were to give me a hardback for the bookcase PLUS an ebook license, I'd be interested.

As an aside: I'd love to get rid of the 15 boxes of books in storage if the publishers will give me ebooks...

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Air France offers two-seat deal for fatties

Edwin
Dead Vulture

Did we not do our research?

There's some detail missing here that suggests this story is bogus.

Such as is this "real" full price (e.g. 15x what any sane person would pay) or 75% of the purchased fare?

In addition - if you show up at checkin (or boarding presumably) and they have a seat to sell you, then presumably the seats are available anyway.

Finally - in addition to the spokesdroid denying the story, KLM's FAQ also denies that corpulent passengers buy a second seat.

That having been said: I think airlines ought to come up with a solution for large pax. I hate it when my neighbour spills into my seat.

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New avast freebie security scanner aims to keel-haul MS

Edwin
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Bleeding age again

I discovered Avast when I discovered my ISP's licensed AV didn't support 64bit Vista (McAfee). Avast was one of the few AV scanners to support Vista properly early on, and it was the only free one.

Great package!

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FBI nicks 22 in classic bribery sting

Edwin

Missing something here?

If a British resident bribes a (fake) African minister, how can the American FBI have any jurisdiction?

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Asus readies colour e-book reader

Edwin

Battery capacity

I find the number of hours a bit silly when determining battery life for an ebook reader.

Page turns makes more sense (e.g. 8000 page turns on a charge) but I guess the interweb connection makes that a little more challenging.

What about a hybrid like we have for phones? E.g. 8000 page turns/122 hours standby?

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Pentax K-7

Edwin

Recycled Canon tech?

I couldn't help but notice that the LCD panel on the top is almost identical to the LCD panel on my 15 year old Canon (film) SLR. Nice though that you can read settings from top - I miss that on my 500D.

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Ion add-on to equip iPhone with full Qwerty keyboard

Edwin
Troll

At the screen tilt commenters...

I humbly submit that if you would consider buying this if it could tilt your iPhone, then your view of what constitutes 'sensible' or 'practical' or even 'a good idea' is skewed to the point that no amount of tilt will fix it...

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Feds investigate theft of $3m from NY school

Edwin

Windows?

I think recommending against windows for online banking goes a little far.

Two-factor authentication should be mandatory for online banking, a practice I believe US banks still don't all follow.

Granted, this leaves the door open for man-in-the-middle attacks, but I suspect these are much, much harder to perpetrate.

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Record-fine Napsterer wants retrial with RIAA

Edwin
FAIL

Better idea for Tenenbaum:

get a real lawyer

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Software fraudster 'fooled CIA' into terror alert

Edwin

I keep saying

"I only read Playboy for the articles"

Giggle - thanks for this!

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Multiple travel firms refuse ID cards as passport alternative

Edwin
Troll

Schengen

You know, you'd make life a lot easier for yourselves (and for those of us who travel to the UK now and again) if you'd just sign Schengen :)

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Samsung P2370HD TV-monitor

Edwin

Not that new

...I have an old Samsung 741MP in the MBR as a telly, but it used to work as monitor/TV for when we had an au pair. Power savings by kids not being able to run 2 devices at once were enormous.

Though nowhere near as nice as this pretty thing, it's very functional, easy to use and can still be seen quite often in e.g. shops.

Oh yes - it's missing the annoying chime, which is a good thing :)

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Q-Waves Wireless USB AV Kit

Edwin
Thumb Up

Yes!

Now, set up the pairs so that each receiver will work with any transmitter and vice versa, and then a 'hand over' function in the software to transfer control between transmitters, and we can do away with the stupid long VGA cables in our meeting rooms.

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What ever happened to storing pics with electron cannons?

Edwin

@Ben

Cost you a fortune in chemicals though...

Defnitely the coolest storage system ever. Better even than the paper WORMS of a GIGABYTE of about 20 years ago...

Amusingly, our merkin friends are resurrecting the technology for SOX compliance...

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iPhone upgrades - a one-way control-freak street

Edwin
FAIL

FAIL

because as long as consumers happily keep buying iPhones by the iMillion, Apple doesn't have to (and indeed - won't) care what developers think.

Especially if the application upgrade introduces bugs - because consumers will blame the developer for a buggy app, rather than blame Apple for a iDiot software model.

Sad, but ultimately very true, and one key reason I won't by an iPhone (not that I imagine this upsets Apple in any way)

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UK jails schizophrenic for refusal to decrypt files

Edwin

Tough call

'cause the fallout would have been far worse if he *had* happened to be a lone lunatic, released and blew up a bunch of kids at a station.

Until we're collectively willing to accept that risk, there will always be borderline cases like this.

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EU sweeps up dodgy ringtone companies

Edwin
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There are worse scum

...the SMS subscription weasels.

I once followed through on a complaint to our local ASA-equivalent, and was extremely gratified that the company in question was told to behave.

That said, they are con artists through and through, selling animated images of maps as 'friend GPS locators' to unsuspecting kids.

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Play.com leaves Modern Warfare 2 buyers empty handed

Edwin
FAIL

Horseshit

"Play take no responsibility for late delivery due to ... failure on the part of the delivery partner."

I can't think of many countries where that statement would stand up, especially if they GUARANTEE delivery on a specific date.

If the party to whom Play subcontracts fails to make good, then that's Play's problem. Not the customers'

Weasels.

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Sony Reader PRS-600 Touch Edition

Edwin

500!

I think all Sony readers from the 505 onwards have Vizplex - only the Librie and the 500 didn't. That would explain why you didn't see a difference.

I agree with Jeff 3, and will take it a step further: I prefer my 500 over the 505 because of the side-mounted page turning button (like the Cybook Opus).

Don't want a touchscreen, but do want to keep the screen size, so not sure what I'd buy now.

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Large Hadron Collider scuttled by birdy baguette-bomber

Edwin

Beam dump?

Bugger that - shoot the beam into space!

Now witness the firepower of this fully ARMED and OPERATIONAL battle station!

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