* Posts by EWI

65 publicly visible posts • joined 15 Nov 2008


Drilling into 3D printing: Gimmick, revolution or spooks' nightmare?


Re: Missed the point by a mile, I'm afraid.

I rather don't think he has missed the point at all, and neither has AO.

Google on who Spiked! are, and who James Woudhuysen/James Wood is.

Greenland ice did not melt in baking +8°C era 120k years ago


Re: Great stuff - it needs to be more widely known about

Yes, because otherwise the dastardly climate scientists will continue to cover-up the conspiracy by publishing in widely-available journals.

Oh, wait.

Hold the chips: Apple axes Samsung RAM order for iPhone 5



A4 and A5 are Apple-designed ARM derivatives, which Samsung are just sub-contractors for manufacture.

But don't let that get in the way of a good rant, eh?

'This lawsuit is not about patents or money, it's about values'


Re: about values?

...with blatant knock-offs of Apple's phones, as you conspicuously failed to mention. Therefore the thrashing in court.

Cook's 'values' memo shows Apple has lost its soul


Re: A moralist predicts the future

"One li'l example: USB was adopted as an alternative to Firewire. Why? Because the royalty that Jobs wanted for it was exorbitant."

Not so. USB and Firewire are two very different technologies. Firewire is better in a variety of ways, but USB is cheap'n'cheerful.

"planned incompatibility and no interoperability, proprietary formats and hardware specs."

MPEG-4, MP3, USB, HTML5 etcetc. are all non-proprietary, and have all been supported by Apple for a long time. And you may want to look at the technical specs of all Apple computers since 2006.


Re: This is just a disaster of an article

And, by the way - Apple got its 'start' from the Apple I and Apple II, neither of which had a GUI.

Better article writers, please?


This is just a disaster of an article

"Based on the evidence yes, Samsung copied both the design and the style of Apple's products, in the same way that Apple always has. The company itself got its start from copying the GUI system developed at Xerox PARC."

Apple got a guided tour of the research secrets at Xerox PARC in return for allowing Xerox to take a stake in the company pre-IPO (from which they made a profit). There was no misunderstanding between Apple and Xerox as to the consequences of showing off stuff like the GUI (in fact, the PARC researchers delayed and obfuscated, but ex-PARC employees on the Apple side knew exactly what to ask for, and Xerox head office passed the order down to show everything).

There was no 'stealing' involved, just shockingly bad management at Xerox who had no idea of the potential value of the ideas at PARC.

Apple TV: Rubbish, you don't like documentaries – I'll just flick to porn


"your pash for Nigella"

Epic commentard failure - no-one caught the lesbian crush reference, surely the most interesting part of this post?

Faling down on the job here, guys.

Apple seeks whopping $2.525bn Samsung patent payout


Re: So explain to us once more`

"How many different sensible enclosures that Samsung/Sharp manufactured rectangular touchscreen might be enclosed in."

FFS. Not that I think it'll penetrate, but let's go on the merry-go-round for the umpteenth time:



Re: You might have done if the Nexus 7 was not for sale.

"Even jailbroken it's still a pain getting stuff on or off the iPod."

There's the Android business model right there then, isn't it? Catering to cheap bastards who want to get their pirated content onto their knock-off iPhone/iPad clones.


Re: Lost profits?

Go into your local CrapWorld and hover around the tablets section, waiting for an average punter to come in looking for an 'iPad' that their child/sibling had shown working like magic to them and they want one too.

One of the little bastards working on commissions in these places will try to pawn whatever CrapDroid is currently being promoted off on them, with vague promises about how it's "an iPad, only much cheaper". The gamble pays off if the effort barrier to returning this steaming turd is too high - as it usually is for a technophobic public. This is the Android model, just an evolution of the old crap PC clone one (Packard-Bell etc.).


Re: "Innocent" Samsung

"There's a little thing called competition and they obviously can't hack it."

This isn't competition, it's plagiarism. This is like Ford coming out with a VW Beetle clone.

"The hype and cattle excrement created when a new Apple product is released is unbelievable and calculated to put the fanbois into a frenzy - "I want one!" is the cry, when, in reality, the product is grossly over-priced and something cheaper would probably do the job just as well."

Except in the real world no-one has done so, have they? Why is that, do you wonder?


"Innocent" Samsung

Oh, give it a rest. Samsung are the world's most barefaced pass-off merchants. They copied the iPad right down to the very distinctive charger. They've done the same in the past to other companies, too.

I for one would welcome their getting both barrels on this, might teach them not to be so lazy and actually do some original design work of their own.

Cameron's attempt to cram a robot arm wearing a Rolex into his pristine bottom


"and vanquish an alliance between the US military and an oil company"

Lewis hasn't even watched The Abyss. has he?

Pacific nation prepares to flee rising seas


And on cue...

Someone turns up to claim that sea levels aren't rising, AGW is a 'fraud' etc. El Reg's comments continue to go to hell in a handbasket.

Fat margins squeeze Apple against Android


Forget it. He's never going to accept, even in the face of overwhelming evidence, that if someone could make an iPad-quality device and sell it for much cheaper, then they would have.

And Asay's article is terrible. He's been predicting DOOM on Apple for how many years now?

Melting Arctic leads to snowy winters


Re: Well that seems all a little strange.

"Didn't we read recently reports claiming that the Arctic ice is not vanishing as fast as had been alleged? Or am I simply confused by all the conflicting reports/arguments?"

I think you're referring to this:


I have the full list of GWPF donors!


I have the full list of GWPF donors!


Drew's Cookie Jar - psst. want a forum upgrade



Can I get on the list, pls?

Apple slaps mega-solar panel field on new ENORMO data centre


"If the whale-huggers are right"

Gunning for Lewis's job, are we?

Activist supplied illegally obtained docs to DeSmogBlog


Re: Warmist

Oooo, he's got you there, Lewis. So, which is it?

Why I'd pay Apple more to give iPad factory workers a break


@ Matt Asay

So, you want *Apple* to do this, but you're pretty much indifferent to all the other tech giants doing the same thing?


And for the lazy sod who claimed this: "I would imagine Apple have a pretty hefty markup on their goods. "

If that were so, the PC clone manufacturers should be able to apply their one and only business model and undercut the iPhone and iPad on price for the same quality and specs. So where are these devices, then?

Microsoft's master stroke: Pay store staff per WinPhone sold


See, this is why Matt Asay articles are better ignored

" Open-source Android wasn't free: it was better than free to carriers and device manufacturers who otherwise had to pay Microsoft or Apple hefty fees for each device."

What device manufacturers paid Apple "hefty fees for each device"?

It's the ALL NEW FUTURISTIC WEAPONS Black Friday Roundup!


Reminds me of the old 'Ethical' machine guns argument

""I could see a whole squad carrying it," said Specialist Brandon Smith of the US Army, having participated in the trials lately, meaning that all soldiers would have such firepower in their personal weapons, not just specialists. "You would own the battlefield.""

'Cos God knows nobody else could copy such tech. Arms manufacturers, eh?

Global warming much less serious than thought - new science


Scientists mis-represented by El Reg - oh my.

"Q: Does this study overturn the IPCC’s estimate of climate sensitivity?

No, we haven’t disproven the IPCC or high climate sensitivities. At least, not yet. This comes down to what generalizations can be made from a single, limited study. This is why the IPCC bases its conclusions on a synthesis of many studies, not relying on any particular one.

While our statistical analysis calculates that high climate sensitivities have very low probabilities, you can see from the caveats in our paper (discussed further below), and my remarks in this interview, that we have not actually claimed to have disproven high climate sensitivities. We do claim that our results imply “lower probability of imminent extreme climatic change than previously thought”, and that “climate sensitivities larger than 6 K are implausible”, which I stand by. I do not claim we have demonstrated that climate sensitivities larger than 3 K are implausible, even though we calculate a low probability for them, because our study has important limitations.

It is rare that a single paper overturns decades of work, although this is a popular conception of how science works. Many controversial results end up being overturned, because controversial research, almost by definition, contradicts large existing bodies of research. Quite often, it turns out that it’s the controversial paper that is wrong, rather than the research it hopes to overturn. Science is an iterative process. Others have to check our work. We have to continue checking our work, too. Our study comes with a number of important caveats, which highlight simplifying assumptions and possible inconsistencies. These have to be tested further."


NASA tells Voyager 2 to save its strength


"Voyager 2 is the Chuck Norris of space hardware."

Well, no - because it can actually do what it claims to do... (and hasn't yet beamed back its opinion that Obama is a illegal space alien)

Stallman: Jobs exerted 'malign influence' on computing

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"And like the chief of any other such company, he used the products his company produced plus a healthy does of hardball to give consumers what he thought they wanted"

Jobs famously didn't care tuppence for what users wanted, unlike the everything-to-all-men PC cloners.

"His business model was built on closed hardware and software, and when Jobs championed the open web, he did so in a way that reinforced Apple's control over its share of the internet – as was done during Jobs' boosting of HTML5 over Adobe's Flash."

Right. Black is white, and an open standard like HTML5 is somehow evil in comparison to closed, proprietary Flash.

Well, don, El Reg...

'Missing heat': Is global warmth vanishing into space?


LOL @ depths to which cranks will sink

'Anonymous' asks for Spencer's doctoring of data, so:


Four illegal ways to sort out the Euro finance crisis

IT Angle

Glibertarianism a go-go

Needs to be said

ICO orders release of (mostly useless) weather station data


Pass the fainting salts, please

""OH FUCK THIS. It's Sunday evening, I've worked all weekend, and just when I thought it was done I'm hitting yet another problem that's based on the hopeless state of our databases. There is no uniform data integrity, it's just a catalogue of issues that continues to grow as they're found.""

I'm failing to see how this doesn't reflect what most of us have said at one or point or another. Perhaps St. Orlowski can show us the contents of his own email account?

Would putting all the climate scientists in a room solve global warming...

Dead Vulture

Where's Mr. Page?

Meltdown in progress at Fukushima. I'm still awaiting the article telling me how this is all made-up scaremongering (and how he's going to go on holidays there just to prove it).

Publish this comment or not, Orlowski.

Pandora's mobile app transmits 'mass quantities' of user data

Dead Vulture

"No... there is another"

"Veracode's report made no reference to that app, presumably because of the closed nature of Apple's iOS. ®"

Or maybe, just maybe, because it's against Apple's rules for apps. Apps:

"cannot transmit data about a user without obtaining the user's prior permission and providing the user with access to information about how and where the data will be used."

Dig deep! Radio asks taxpayers for blank cheque

Dead Vulture

If it were Rupert Murdoch behind DAB...

Would it be reported in the same way here?

Ex-UK spy boss says WikiLeaks sparked Egyptian revolution


Good on Wikileaks!

The buggers are afraid to act to keep their dictator chums in the Middle East in power, in case the bureaucratic paper trail ends up out in the open for all to see.

Cloudy iTunes rumors juiced by music mogul talks

Dead Vulture

Not the whole story

"Services such as those, however, will struggle to survive at all after June 30, when Apple begins to enforce its 30 per cent cut of any subscription-based revenue pulled in by content-delivering apps sold through the iOS App Store."

This just isn't true, and I wonder at the Reg for reporting it as such. Apple have simply told the publishers that a subscription service available through other means must be *also* be available in the app (nobody's forcing users), for which Apple take their usual cut for providing the platform. The crux of the publisher's real problem seems to be that they're no longer able to harvest user details for junk marketers:


NASA's Glory climate-data sat crashes into Pacific on launch


Straight reporting?

"A NASA satellite intended to bring some hard facts to the climate-change debate [...]"


HBGary chief exec resigns over Anon hack

Dead Vulture

HBGary story all about Wikileaks/Anonymous?

How about that they were actively soliciting (along with their associates) the US Chamber of Commerce for running dirty-tricks campaigns against unions and Democrats, up to and including leaking fake documents to later discredit the Chamber's enemies? How about covering that?

Dear US gov: Stay the hell out of Silicon Valley

Dead Vulture


The relentless shilling around the telecoms' and Big Content's efforts to privatise/balkanise the Internet is starting to get tiresome.

Anonymous pwns security firm that probed its membership


More to this story is coming out...

"The e-mails ThinkProgress acquired are available widely on the web. They were posted by members of “Anonymous,” the hactivist community responsible for taking down websites for oppressive regimes in Tunisia, Egypt, and American corporations that have censored WikiLeaks. Anonymous published the emails from HB Gary Federal because an executive at the firm, Aaron Barr, was trying to take Anonymous down. Barr claimed that he had penetrated Anonymous and was hoping to sell the data to Bank of America and to federal authorities in the United States. In response, members of Anonymous hacked into Barr’s email and published some 40,000 company e-mails.

It is widely believed that Wikileaks has sensitive information about Bank of America, and plans to expose it later this year. This revelation prompted Bank of America to hire the law/lobbying firm Hunton and Williams, which in turn, according to the e-mails posted online by Anonymous, hired HB Gary Federal and other firms to go after Anonymous and supporters of Wikileaks. For instance, one proposal from HB Gary Federal and its associates proposed targeting Salon reporter and Wikileaks-supporter Glenn Greenwald with “actions to sabotage or discredit” him."


Jackson's Hobbit movies back on track


Off-stage dwarf-elf action

@ Graham Bartlett

The Elves and Dwarves were engaged in battle with Sauron's armies in the upper Vales of Anduin during the War (it's detailed in the Appendices to the books).

Jackson, by the way, originally had Arwen (Tyler) doing action stunts at Helm's Deep. And no, I don't think it an improvement - less is more with fantastical characters, as Tolkien at least was well aware.


Where characters are...

The timeline for this period is:

200 - Arwen born

2931 - Aragorn born

2941 - Bilbo sets off with Thorin et al ("The Hobbit")

2951 - Aragorn told the truth of his heritage, meets Arwen for the first time

2956 - Aragorn meets Gandalf for the first time

2957-2980 - Aragorn's 'great journeys', proposed to Arwen at the end

3018 - Start of the War of the Ring ("The Lord of the Rings")


Liv Tyler 'shoe-in'

Arwen is around in this time-frame, and looking exactly as she does in the Jackson LOTR trilogy (immortal!). She'll be in Rivendell, Lothlorien or (less likely) Mirkwood at the time of Thorin's quest.

Aragorn is around and about too, though looking a bit younger!

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Great. Philippa "Improving Tolkien" Boyens strikes again


Horrific travesty, given who will likely be writing it.

Given the US-centric reframing of the Jackson films, expect the second film to be about Aragorn going off to be part of 'regime change' in Near Harad on the basis of reports of Rings of Mass Destruction there (there's acting work again for both Viggo and Liv!).

Documents in Assange rape probe leak onto the net


"Wired", as in the guys who shopped Bradley?

'Nuff said.

Microsoft reinfects Chrome with closed video codec

Dead Vulture

Better articles, please

"the patent-encumbered H.264 video codec"

I think you mean "the patent-indemnified H.264 video codec". Why will Google not indemnify against being sued for using WebM?

US Wikileaks investigators can't link Assange to Manning

Dead Vulture

Manning defence fund

Just how much has The Reg (which no doubt profits handily from the extra views, sign up here for the latest Wikileaks!) given to his defence fund then, eh?

Samsung plans to smash Android rivals..what about the iPad?


Cloners rejoice!

"have turned it into a swan that is giving Apple a run for its money in terms of mobile allure"

Considering how their mobile/tablet strategy consists of cloning whatever products Apple's come out with, not much of a compliment there, is it?

Climate change apocalypse NOW


@ Robinson

Speaking of untruths, Leake (whose column you link) has had some whoopsies on climate change in the recent past: