* Posts by Edwin

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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

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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

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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
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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

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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

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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

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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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ITU joins microUSB bandwagon

Edwin
Jobs Horns

Naaah

Nobody will make Apple do anything.

In two years, Apple will present the same, tired uUSB plug with a non-compatible pinout and present it as a unique find, an improved UI and the best thing since sliced bread.

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Apple Magic Mouse

Edwin
Jobs Horns

Logitech V500

looks like it beats the magic in every way.

If only Logitech made a bluetooth version, I never would have replaced it...

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Trojan plunders $480k from online bank account

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What utter tripe

All of this malware relied on THREE points of failure:

- An insecure windows install

- An idiot user

- Banks with weak authentication

I've been using online banking, antivirus AND windows together for nearly 10 years, and the only place this seems to happen is the US with usernames and passwords for account holders.

Dutch banks use two-factor authentication, and I have yet to hear of a real-life case where this was hacked, despite many scare stories from security twits.

Dan - I'm disappointed.

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Michael Dell: Netbooks go sour after 36 hours

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Jaded?

Cade, you're seriously jaded.

I think Dell is as useless as the next guy, but Michael's right - this is *exactly* the response most people have to a netbook if they're used to a normal lappy.

Netbooks are nice as a second "check the internet quick" machine, or for some specialist applications, or maybe as a primary machine if you're on an extreme budget, but for many applications, a second-hand laptop is probably a better bet.

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Volkswagen boffins turn staircase into giant working piano keyboard

Edwin
Happy

FAO Schwarz

maybe they can get these guys in to run stairs instead of tapdance?

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6je44_fao-schwarz-big-piano_music

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Amazon tosses gelded Kindle at UK readers

Edwin
Pirate

Geeks?

Funny that the touchscreen is seen as the geek feature.

Personally, I use my Sony only for books (not RSS or whatnot) and since a book will last me a few days, I don't mind hooking it up to my PC via a wire to add or remove content.

For me, it's the wirelessness that's the geek feature.

My money's on Sony. I ran into a Kindlista recently and was appalled at teh loss of real estate to the buttons, but all he could go on about was a quarter of a million books, which I believe I can beat on my PRS-500.

If only Sony can get the advertising right.

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Apple flounces out of US Chamber on greenhouse gases

Edwin
FAIL

neither comprehensive nor international?

That's rich, coming from the country that wouldn't sign Kyoto.

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Linus calls Linux 'bloated and huge'

Edwin
Linux

PEBKAC

For years, we have known that compiling your own kernel is cool and results in a faster kernel.

For years, we have complained that ordinary users won't use Linux.

For years, ordinary users have feared Linux because it's not easy to install or use.

More recent distros are much more user friendly precisely because the kernel is so bloated.

So what do we want - a universal kernel that will run on pretty much anything, or some form of hideous hardware scanning autocompilers that recompile the kernel as soon as you plug in a new USB device?

It's a little like Apple's iPhone business model: it sucks, but 90% of the planet likes it, so we happy few will have to live with it.

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Armless getaway driver leads police a merry dance

Edwin
FAIL

@dunncha

"some strange Russian country that nobody has every heard off."???

http://www.satirewire.com/news/jan02/geography.shtml

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NY residents sue for $100m over phone masts

Edwin
Troll

Base stations?

Is it not possible that they see a way to compensate for the 'inevitable decline in property values' that the recession has brought the US?

More amusingly: if they're suing their local governemnt, who do they think they're hurting?

Profitards.

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Soundcast Outcast Junior

Edwin
Megaphone

ASBOs

Listening to the umptieth yoof pedal by with crap music blaring from their mobe, I wonder if increasing the sound quality and the volume at the same time would change my annoyance level any.

Probably not. However, it does look like you could give it a good swing either into the middle distance or the offending twits' head, so there is that to be said for it...

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Snow Leopard - what doesn't work

Edwin
Jobs Horns

Giggle

When M$ releases a new OS and a bunch of things don't work, then Windows is crap, billg/monkeyboy are the root of all evil etc etc etc

When Apple releases something new which is stupidly and confusingly named just like a previous incarnation, and a bunch of stuff doesn't work, the fanbois go on about how great it is that things do work.

I guess Jobs is better at expectation management, no?

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How to run Mac OS X on a generic PC

Edwin
Pirate

ASEM has a point...

They've no doubt invested heavily in their product, and if it wasn't encrypted, it'd be on tpb within seconds since the hardware is probably just a flash drive...

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Sony takes on the Kindle

Edwin

Could be interesting...

to see who wins.

Mind, for me - I'll have the Sony sans touchscreen but with WiFi so that I can have e.g. RSS updates when abroad and the non-reflective screen.

Or lose the WiFi and the touchscreen and give me a nice discount instead.

In any case, how about selling the bloody thing in more countries?

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US Stealth bombers may get nuke-bunker nobbler for 2010

Edwin
Headmaster

Popsci

Don't know if it was amended, but popsci now reads 'used' at the end of the 'biggest' sentence...

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Nikon unveils world's first projection camera

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Power?

Hope they bundle a power brick. I imagine the projector uses quite a lot of power...

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Amazon may plug in-book advertising into Kindle

Edwin
WTF?

Stick with me Sony

Saw my first Kindle on a plane a few weeks back. Nice screen, and the merkin who owned it waffled on about a quarter-of-a-million books.

Shame half the real estate is wasted on a keyboard (eBOOK - geddit?). Taking further cm2s away just reinforces my prejudice. I'll stick with Sony, thanks.

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Police told to use Wikipedia for court preparation

Edwin
Terminator

@EdwardP

The rub lies in the assumption of halfway decent defense council.

This is creepy stuff

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Eurostar tunnels through UK border ring of steel

Edwin
FAIL

Frequent traveller to the UK

Why don't you Brits just give it up and join Schengen?

De facto the added border controls only serve to keep twits like Geert Wilders out, but I'm sure you have worse over there as well.

Imagine - being able to fly to and from the UK without queueing for hours at immigration. Mmmmmmmmmmmm

(PS: while you're at it, adopt the euro)

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Panasonic patches cameras to block rivals' batteries

Edwin

PR disasters...

I think you could argue Panasonic has a distinct interest in ensuring only 'safe' batteries are used in their cameras.

Remember the uproar about exploding Nokias a few years ago, where (as it turned out) all (or nearly all) exploding batteries were third party? People remember 'exploding Nokia', not 'oops - it was a third party battery'.

Not that there isn't a strong profit motive here also, of course.

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