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* Posts by Gordon Stewart

49 posts • joined 9 Jun 2008

Don't be shy, we know you've got .NET code. Why not run it on our Linux cloud – Red Hat

Gordon Stewart

Re: Mono on Linux is easy

Just stay away from WCF on Mono. Support is laughable at best.

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Snowden speaks: NSA spies create 'databases of ruin' on innocent folks

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Re: @Trevor_Pot

@Titus Technophobe

"Have there been any attacks on the tube recently?"

Well, no - but neither have there been any alien invasions or incidences of cheddar mutating into flesh devouring monsters. Ah, the NSA & GCHQ's excessive snooping *must* be the reason then!

I'd say it's significantly more probable that there just aren't many people who want to go round blowing things up, or indeed have the ability to do so.

BTW, I have a rock that keeps away tigers for sale - you interested in buying? It's always worked for me so far!

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US red-tape will drain boffins' brains into China, says crypto-guru Shamir

Gordon Stewart

Re: Organise one in Russia or Beijing

I've applied for Chinese ones a few times, both for personal and business travel. Application process seemed fine to me, not much different from any other countries that require a visa.

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Full Steam Ahead: Valve unwraps plans for gaming hardware

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Aren't we ignoring the elephant in the room?

Well, OK, "the keyboard and mouse in the living room"?

One of the great things about PC gaming is the superior controllers - the keyboard and mouse. These allow for more precise and complex interactions than console controllers.

But how do these comfortably fit into a living room environment?

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First look: Apple iPhone 5S and 5C

Gordon Stewart

Re: Equally tiresome...

I completely agree, it's not any different for phone tech.

But it is different for Apple products.

Apple products don't sell purely (or, it could be argued, even mainly) because of performance, features and functionality - they also sell based on hype. It gets harder and harder to create that hype, even amongst the hardcore fanbois, when there is less and less noticable difference between each new version.

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One year to go: Can Scotland really declare gov IT independence?

Gordon Stewart

"After that, Scotland would need to buy IT without the huge economies of scale that DWP and HMRC have used in setting up their existing contracts."

You mean we would no longer be able to purchase IT equipment for twice the price you can get it at PC World!?

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Final preview of IE11 for Windows 7 uncanned

Gordon Stewart

"It also supports multi-touch, and although there aren't very many Windows 7 touch PCs out there, this might be useful for businesses using Windows 8 PCs..."

What, both of them?

How many businesses are running Windows 8?!

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Microsoft's Windows 8.1 secrets REVEALED ... sort of

Gordon Stewart

Re: Sounds more like 8.01

or indeed, glitter on a turd

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Anonymous 'plonks' names, addresses of far-right EDL types on web

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FAIL

Given there are, in reality, so few of them, I imagine that is a rather more difficult task...

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Game off: No end to official China console ban

Gordon Stewart
FAIL

Re: google it

I've seen plenty about South Korea... don't remember seeing anything relating to China

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Gordon Stewart
WTF?

"they are already dealing with a pandemic of gaming addicts..."

Reference please

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Twitter breach leaks emails, passwords of 250,000 users

Gordon Stewart
FAIL

..."the encrypted and salted versions of passwords"

Let me fix that for you:

"...the hashed and salted versions of passwords"

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Wikipedia doesn't need your money - so why does it keep pestering you?

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Health minister warns ISPs: Block suicide websites or face regulation

Gordon Stewart
FAIL

Re: Guidance

I don't think it's difficult at all. I think the real reason for most suicide 'failures' is that they never realy intended to kill themselves in the first place; just a 'cry for help' or an attempt to get attention.

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Lawyers: We'll pillory porn pirates who don't pay up

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Alert

The first time the lawyers reached out..

Did you just use the term 'reached out'?

Arrrgh, my eyes!!!!!

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Chinese man blows off hands, builds new pair

Gordon Stewart
Headmaster

Re: Now I really want to know...

Maybe something like 只 皮肤 伤口 (zhǐ pífū shāngkǒu)

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Behold: First look at Office 2013, with screenshots

Gordon Stewart
FAIL

"Several of the applications offer a "touch mode" button above the menu bar"

Why the f**k would anyone want to use b*stard Office apps with a bloody touchscreen?!

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Google Nexus 7 Android tablet

Gordon Stewart
FAIL

Re: C'mon guys

640K?

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Chinese toothpaste biz wants £50k from Apple over 'Snow Leopard'

Gordon Stewart
Happy

Pinyin

Just for completeness it's xuě​bào in Pinyin (Hanyu Pinyin, that is), and 雪豹 in Simplified Chinese

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RBS collapse details revealed: Arrow points to defective part

Gordon Stewart
FAIL

You've never tried recruiting anyone from India then?

At least 90% of the CVs that land on my desk - from organisations like Capgemini and InfoSys - are utter lies.

You read a CV that appears to be a perfect candidate, with 7 years experience working on .NET projects, but upon interviewing it very quickly becomes apparent that they haven't got a clue.

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Facebook techie strokes STEC's hot data flash drive

Gordon Stewart
WTF?

Is this a verbatim press release or something? Just asking, because there seems to be no technical content here, just an advertisement for STEC....

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Hackers expose 6.5 MILLION 'LinkedIn passwords'

Gordon Stewart
IT Angle

Re: Who writes this crap?

A fair point about my tone... just getting rather exasperated with El Reg lately. It's supposed to be a tech site, but it seems more and more these days the articles read like they were written by Daily Hate hacks :(

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Gordon Stewart
WTF?

Who writes this crap?

"SHA-1 hashing is not the securest form of encryption; sensitive information should really be salted, a much stronger form of security."

Salting is not an alternative to hashing, it's something you do as part of the hashing process.

Seriously, WTF has happened to El Reg?

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Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Mealy pudding v migas

Gordon Stewart
Thumb Down

Re: Deep-fried pizza, anyone?

Gah, I hail from the North, and can confirm these abominations exist, and can be found in many a chipper!

As if it needed confirming, I can confirm that they really are as vile as the sound. They are normally the '10 for a £1' out of Iceland variety, and taste of cardboard made soggy with ungodly quantities of grease.

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Seeing ads on Wikipedia? Then you're infected

Gordon Stewart
WTF?

CTR?

400,000 clicks from 10,000,000 ads makes for a click through rate of 4%.... that sounds highly unlikely.

40,000 sounds more plausible.

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Nissan Leaf battery powered electric car

Gordon Stewart
FAIL

@Charles Manning

"This goes towards paying for road development/maintenance etc."

Yes... of course it does

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Viewsonic PLED W500 portable projector

Gordon Stewart
Happy

"costing half a ton"

I think you mean a "monkey" or "half a bag of sand" :)

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Huawei gets charged with juicy Android handset

Gordon Stewart

ZTE Blade/Orange SanFran

With light-moderate usage, I routinely get 3 days out of my ZTE Blade/Orange SanFran, but on occasion I get 5 days out of it.

It's running the FLB Android 2.2 ROM.

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Nissan car secretly shares driver data with websites

Gordon Stewart

"Precise" Geographic Coordinates?

Does it have a built-in GPS, or is it just using cell tower info (in which case, it's not really precise at all)?

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Nokia X3 sliderphone

Gordon Stewart

£130?

Nothing against 'simple' phones that don't try to pack the world into a handhelf devide - but £130 seems awfully expensive for this

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Government wastes millions on redundant cycle route planner

Gordon Stewart

Cost breakdown

Did the FOI response include a breakdown of the costs, or just the total amount?

It would be very interesting to see how they could possibly spend so much on this...

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FujiFilm intros 'ultimate' all-in-one camera

Gordon Stewart

I don't get it

It *looks* like a DSLR, it's *priced* like an entry level DSLR...

... why would I want this instead of a DSLR?!

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Iocell NetDisk

Gordon Stewart
WTF?

Streaming

"playback of HDTV content is jerky and certainly far from an enjoyable experience"

Eh? How does that work if the ethernet speeds are so good? Is this just a firmware issue that will be resolved later?

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China fingered in cyberattack on mystery high tech co.

Gordon Stewart

FUD...

Sounds like yet more 'red danger' FUD from the US government who have been putting out this kind of anti-Chinese stuff for a while now.

They used a host with an address in China? Yeah, cause they'd do that, wouldn't they?

Mefinks not.

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Lexus unveils hybrid

Gordon Stewart

@Kevin McMurtrie

I agree - well put

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Ryanair requires web check-in, shuts down website

Gordon Stewart

@AC 17th June 2009 11:13 GMT

"Is there a route on which the taxes cost £20 to £30? Even one, let alone enough to justify the "usually" comment?"

Is there a route (within Europe) where the taxes cost less?!

The first one I checked, Aberdeen to Dublin, taxes are £30.16

Next up, Luton to Girona, taxes are £24.03

Next, Gatwick to Cork, taxes are £28.05

etc...

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Gordon Stewart

@ed 20

Actually, I've been on 10 flights in the past 3 weeks, and 12 before that this year! Last year, 43 flights!

Taxes tend to make up a large portion of any short flight, and with budget airlines they tend to be more than the fare itself - at least, that has been the case in my experience. Maybe I'm just flying to/from all the wrong places!

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Gordon Stewart

@Linbox

"Never paid more than £10.00 to fly anywhere" - sounds like bollocks to me. Taxes alone will usually amount to several times more than that.

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Who snapped first?

Gordon Stewart

@AC, Thursday 9th Apr 2009 22:58

Having big numbers on their uniforms certainly sounds like a good idea to me

Whether or not this policeman was responsible for Tomlinson's death, at the very _least_ he should lose his job and be up on an assault charge. At the time, Tomlinson clearly posed no threat to anyone. Whatever Tomlinson had been up to, shoving him over from behind like that is bang out of order - they're supposed to be police offers, not a bunch of bloody thugs!

I don't know about anyone else, but any time I see footage of riot police involved in a 'crowd control' situation in the news their response always seems sickeningly brutal. You tend to see some guy lying on the deck, covering his head while 1-3 policemen stand round him smashing him over the head with batons. You never hear of any convictions over that sort of thing.

I have a cousin in the MET, and an uncle that used to be in the MET. I've heard both talking of how much they enjoy riot duty because they "enjoy a good ruck". Both are racists too. Last time I expressed my distaste at such comments they just laughed.

If you have nothing to fear...

..yeah...

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Asus Eee Linux-based Skype Videophone

Gordon Stewart

A Good Start

This looks like it could eventually be quite a nice product... asuming that it sells well enough for Asus to come out with a 2nd generation version that addresses the shortcomings. £220 is also a bit steep, mefinks.

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ID and Passport Service brings in ad men

Gordon Stewart

Huh?

Utterly pointless - yet another disgraceful waste of public funds :o/

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Reg Hardware trials gesture-controlled videogame

Gordon Stewart

RSI?

RSI, anyone?

Surely your arms are aching in no time!

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UK govt cuts web shoppers a break

Gordon Stewart

Re: Wow. So what's the catch?

Well, there is no longer 2 USD to the pound... so it's not as appealing as it once was :(

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Government told: Release secret Iraq documents

Gordon Stewart

@Killed himself?

Indeed. I don't think anyone really believes he killed himself...

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My name really is Ivan O'Toole, admits Ivan O'Toole

Gordon Stewart

Another...

I used to work with a guy called Austin Martin

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UK spooks forced to hand Gitmo files to suspect's lawyers

Gordon Stewart

@what if he's guilty

That's what evidence can be used for.

And I don't mean the kind extracted through torture. If someone starts hacking at my sack, I'll tell them the moon is made of cheese if that's what they want to hear...

The _real_ terrorists here are the bloody security services. If the horrors that this bloke had to endure don't constitute terrorism, then I don't know what does.

Maybe he is guilty. Maybe he is not. I don't know. What I do know, is that this is very very wrong, and is categorically not the way that a 'modern', 'democratic', 'civilised' country should be conducting itself.

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Is Microsoft's Silverlight evil?

Gordon Stewart

@Antony Riley

> If Mono actually worked (it does not, nor is it likely to in the near future...

Wha? I take it from this statement that you have never used Mono. I have... it works just fine.

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Real researchers discover 'Music Without Limits'

Gordon Stewart

Dollar = Pound

Of course, it this ever does come to the UK, they will simply change the $ for a £ - too expensive.

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Cyber B52 strikes mooted as response to Chinese infowar

Gordon Stewart

Tom Welsh

I gotta agree with you.

What could China _possibly_ have to gain from this?

There seems to be a lot of this nonsense being directed against China by the American press, politicians and agencies of late.

I can only imagine that there must be some political subtext, and the American public (and indeed the wider, western audience) are supposed to swallow this crap, just as they did the rubbish about Iraq having WMDs.

The unfortunate thing is that this stream of propaganda probably will have the desired effect of breeding (more) xenophobia and racism amongst many people :(

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