* Posts by Christoph Hechl

21 publicly visible posts • joined 25 May 2007

Nazi Star Trek episode finally broadcast in Germany

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No, it is not.

A book, video or game can be put on what we call the index.

In that case stores are still allowed to sell them, but no active form of marketing is allowed, not even putting it on the shelves. Therefore these items are sold from under the counter if somebody specifically asks for them.

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Yes. At the time voyager was aired that wasn't seen as problematic any more.

War boffin: Killer cyber attacks won't happen

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OMG how could this happen?

No, i don't mean that FUD about Cyberterorrism, that clearly doesn't exist.

I mean the fact htat amanfromMars 1 made an easily readable comment, and even more worrying: The only comment that made any sense.

I'm not sure if this is an omen, but if so, we can only hope it's a good one.

Ten... Freeview HD recorders

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Why isn't a single dreambox included in this review?

For those asking for the ultimate in highend there is the PVR8000HD, but they also offer smaller models for smaller budgets.

I have never found anything that came close to the dreamboxes in features and ease of use.

German hackers snare wiretap Trojan, accuse gov of writing it...

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I wonder how police would react, if for every spyware found on any computer they were asked if you were allowed to remove it.

No, you cannot be expected to analyse the type and origin of malware found on your computer system. Therefore, at least in Germany, you would be save to do so. Whether or not someone may have used that tool to place false evidence on your PC is an entirely different story...

Google's Moto move spells iPhone doom

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Thank you.

That last paragraph - companies should be forced to print it in every commercial and on every product they make.

DARPA drops another HTV-2

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new research...

If Vulture 2 goes hypersonic, with whatever kind of budget El Reg can come up with, DARPAs next field of research will most likely be plausible explanations about where all that money went...

On the other hand, i guess they already have a lab for that.

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he is still busy

I guess Lewis is still working out, how to describe this as a major success for the US military and how this goes to show just how much the rest of the world needs to catch up.

Probably a few more random references to projects with important sounding names will do.

Acoustic trauma: How wind farms make you sick

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wow, lets compare this to some other numbers i just made up

A 2MW wind power station is named that way because of its typical output, not because of the theoretical maximum. Go to website of Vestas (worlds largest manufacturer) and just check the measured numbers. Since i have access to the Service data of 14 stations, i can assure you, that a well planned station will even exeed that value. Their most advanced stations produce 3 MW btw (typically in offshore parks)

1 to of rare earth metals, that have to be from China? Source? Unless you can provide one, i will continue to beleive, that you just made that up.

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there is one thing i just don't get

You really presented most of the points i would have liked to make myself.

But two things i would like to add:

Is it possible, that noone has noticed in the UK, that all of what you call the "Greeny" and "treehugger" ideas have over the past two decades become a multi-billion Euro business in Germany, that feeds hundreds of thousands of people? And by that i don't mean, by cheating people out of their money, but by doing real and valuable work. Since we export lots of that technology, i really don't mind if you keep your critical point-of-view for a while longer.


Why on earth do i never ever hear anything, not even the slightest thought about the problems and costs of long-term storage of nuclear waste from any of you? It is hard to get solid data about the safety of those storage facilities and whenever you get them they are bad news. This is a cost factor, that will remain for much longer than any civilisation has ever existed and the dangers are practically completely unexplored. I am personally not concerned about accidents at nuclear power plants. the reason why i am opposed to nuclear power is simply because the risk and costs of the handling of nuclear waste are far too high and mostly can not be calculated at all.

Seven... SSD sizzlers

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I disagree with the posted test results

I use an OCZ Vertex 2E 120GB on a AMD 890FX board and the 275/285 MB/sec that OCZ claims to deliver can absolutely be confirmed (and even exceeded) in that system. It is a good bit faster than any other SSD i have seen so far (not having tried a Vertex 3 yet)

Still it appears quite obvious, that performance for all SSDs is heavily dependent on the type of SATA controller your mainboard has.

Pirates get extra seat in Euro Parliament

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patents bad? yes.


... but no one can for one second doubt that patents aren't a good thing.


I can. And i think she is absolutely right. The Patent system is so flawed that a mere reform just won't do. Start from scratch? Probably.

By the way you point out the main flaw yourself.

Patents should help protect ideas, not money. Almost noone who only invests vast amounts of his time to work on a good idea will get it patented (Simply too complicated and too expensive). And if he does he won't stand a chance to enforce his rights. Those who throw lots of money at trivial patents or patent renewals on the other hand will.

Give someone with a good idea a head start to get it going? Great idea. But have him prevent others from working in the same field and/or improve said idea? Surely not what patents where meant for.

CIA demands UK halts interrogation tactics

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Violation by flash site

That actually was pure torture when i was forced to browse via ISDN. I still deeply despise Flash for a number of reasons and totally support the move to have that banned.

Of course browsing forums for useful information is still much more of a pain in the butt.

ABC fined $1.43m for NYPD Blue a*se flash

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Well if showing an a*se on tv gets that expensive

...then we will probably see no more tv debates of presidential candidates?

And btw:

"..depicts or describes [...] excretory activities [...] in a patently offensive manner..."

Doesn't this directly refer to all of George W's statements about pretty much anything?

Now that i think of it: Doesn't this endanger tv alltogether? Or at least make it ridiculously expensive?

Swede with UK betting licence held in Amsterdam for 'breaking' ancient French law

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@ Bob Jones

I can only assume, that you are being ironic.

What was the name of that alleged hacker again who was to be extadicted to the US under more than vague claims and a very serious threat to his life?

And of course it shows a good sense of humour when a Briton actually claims to be European. (kicking out others is allway a good way of demonstrating that)

Paris Hilton heads for the cryogenic freezer

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This brings it all together

Two mayor El Reg storylines:

- PH

- ROTM (btw there is still no ROTM icon...)

In a (hopefully very distant) future, the heiress will be thawed, revived and shown to newly built machines with the words: "See kids. That is why our ancestors had no choice but to assume control and wipe out the rest of them."

Another thought: When she is frozen inside a machine, that then controls her body, will said body be relieved, not to have to do the thinking anymore?

BOFH: A tragic accident

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The return of workplace hazards.

Don't mess with Systems and Networks unless you are an expert in workplace safety and unforeseen consequences...

I really have been missing this type of story.

So, what's the first rule of Reg Club?

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One of the rules

Thou shalt not oversee the selfrevealing entertainment gained from a rant or flame.

Reader succumbs to apostrophe apoplexy

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So is this then what Terry Pratchett describes as a ballistic attitude towards interpunction?

Iran's 'Rescue Nuke Scientist' game battles US game studio

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This seems a little odd

Although nearly all IT news-sites have had this headline, i have not seen a single screenshot anywhere.

I wonder how a game presentation (for a supposedly finished game) can work when you don't actually show the game itself.

I think for now it's safe to assume, that this is entirely fake.

G8 ministers call for IT biz help against child porn

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Child abuse is a terrible crime but...

quite obviously it is being instrumentalised in pretty much the same way that terrorism is.

If you want to get a law that enables you to snoop on computer users, all you have to do is claim, that it is necessary to fight child porn or perverts and noone dares argue with you... brave new world...