* Posts by Ian Coutts

12 publicly visible posts • joined 23 Aug 2008

Rumoured iPhone 5 'will have 4in screen' against Jobs' wish

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They could always make it foldable. That would be cute.

Samsung seeks bans on the iPhone 4S

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I Should Have Been Patent Lawyer

That is one of the few professions that are inherently recession-proof. Well, that and being a Mortician. Either way you work with a bunch of stiffs.

26,000km 'leccy joy ride crosses finish line

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Whitehorse Has Moved?

When last I checked Whitehorse was in the Yukon Territory, not in the Province of British Columbia. Regardless, this is a grand technological accomplishment, surpassed perhaps only by the recent flight of Vulture 1.

Mozilla's Firefox syncer Weaves out of beta

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Do we really want....

all of our browsing details residing on Mozilla's servers, even encrypted? I can see the utility, but it's not hard to see the exposures too. Surely we've heard enough stories about "Sorry mate, someone's hacked all your secure data". I think I'll just keep mine to myself thanks.

Hackers in keyless Windows 7 entry

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Illegal Copies?

Please correct me if I'm wrong. But Is it not true that one can legally copy the Windows installation media as long as one doesn't try to install it with an illicit product key? Part of my Windows installation training involved creating an unattended installation disk, which necessarily involved copying parts of a legitimate Windows installation disk to a CDR bought from Dick Smith Electronics. In the corporate world copies are made all the time so that images can be rolled out seamlessly. If I'm correct then how does having a legitimate Product Key save one from installing corrupted software? It seems to me that the two issues are quite separate.

Sarko caught short in Irish VIP footie box shocker

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Very Clever

The article reminds me why I read El Reg every day...for the spirit and ingenuity. Bootnote to other readers "If these clever people got real jobs then we might be out of ours". Pity the author of the article must now mange le corbeau.

Cisco patches DoS vuln pair in IOS

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IOS Upgrade

It's pretty easy to say one should upgrade to the non-flawed IOS, but it's much tougher to actually do it...especially in a large enterprise. IOS roll-out to a network of a few thousand, or even a few hundred, devices might take months to complete. And the roll-out wouldn't start until after the QA team shook it out for a while in the lab. Let's face it, IOS upgrades to plug a relatively esoteric security exposure fall way down the priority list of most companies. They've got far too many Microsoft patches to apply to the desktops and servers without regularly disrupting the networks in between. Live with the IOS bugs and holes until there's a compelling (feature) reason to upgrade.

Microsoft to offer Windows 7 downgrade to XP

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Marketing Gone Mad

What a sales pitch! "We have this new and improved O/S called Windows 7. You really should buy it. In fact we won't allow you to buy anything else. But if after you've bought it you prefer to go back to XP we'll allow you to do that." And I wonder how much the downgrade will cost me?

Mine's the straight-jacket.

IT questions Obama's IT stimulus

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"Buy American" False Promise

A subtle point that seems to be missing from the "Buy American" argument is that national economies are intrinsically dependent on international trade and commerce. I agree that on the surface at least it would appear that if America buys only American goods, and other nations also buy American goods, then America will benefit.

One trouble is that plenty of goods are assemblies of parts that are themselves made in (perhaps several) other countries. It would be hard to distinguish what parts of a dishwasher, for instance, are acceptable to "Buy American" proponents and which parts must be left behind at the border.

Another problem is that if non-American countries don't benefit in parallel to America then they won't be able to afford to buy American products. They will therefore either buy less of them, or buy equivalent product from less-expensive supplier nations. This would inevitably contribute further to migration of technology development centres outside of America. If we can't sell our stuff to America then we won't buy America's stuff, and we'll sell our stuff to all those other countries who need it but can't or won't buy America's.

I fear the whole concept would extend the developing social, political, and military isolation of America from the rest of the world to economic isolation as well. Britain's experience with "splendid isolation" at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th led to two great wars with a global depression in between, and ultimately to universal recognition that global trade with reduced barriers was fundamental to global prosperity. Those who don't learn from history are destined to repeat it.

Nortel UK goes into administration to save itself

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Canada has no "Chapter 11"

"The company said yesterday that its US and Canadian businesses were seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection."

Not to put too fine a point on it, but "Chapter 11" is purely an instrument of the USA. Canadian bankruptcy applies quite a different process. Having never been bankrupt in either of those sovereign nations I can't clearly describe those differences. But I do know they are different.

United 'bankruptcy' points to new stock scam techniques

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Stock Market = Gambling

What's really cruel is that the traders made a small fortune both on the sell-off and the buy-back. Brokers LOVE an active stock. They could care less whether it's going up or down. They make money both ways, even while not knowing whether the news is true or false. Just like Las Vegas never has a bad day.

Red Hat hack prompts critical OpenSSH update

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Re: two fors

I have been waiting a week for this article.