* Posts by Gordon 10

2375 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

Chinese hackers behind OPM megabreach also pwned United Airlines

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Correlation - Me Arse!

I would think someone clever enough to pull off these attacks would be a little bit better at coming up with targets that overlap enough to make correlation worthwhile.

Given the size of the Anthem attack there may be a good overlap with the OPM data - but UA flight manifests? Puleeassse. There have got to be better targets.

This was either a separate attack for separate purposes or a different team altogether.

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And on that bombshell: Top Gear's Clarkson to reappear on Amazon

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Re: Looking forward to a suefest now !!!!

1. Suing a lawyer over something not written in a contract is very similar to suing a software company for not including something not in the business requirements/functional spec.

ie good luck with that.

ps Whilst it there would have been expensive external legal consultants it was probably reviewed by BBC's own legal dept anyway so the buck probably stops there :D

Once you get past the differences in language there are a lot of similarities between the legal and IT professions.

1. Untouchable mega-corps of "consultants" mostly there to do a "clippy" on a simple project - check.

2. Outsourcing of SME knowledge - check.

3. Specs wildly differing from Intent - check.

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OTOH I for one happily buy from Amazon along with a range of other online sites. Yes they are a megamonopoly just itching to be born and yes they have DRM'd everything but they get my digital/shiny fixes to me far more smoothly than anyone else, so on balance I stick with them. Name any one else who deliveries on a Sunday without charging through the nose for it.

If they become as obnoxious with anyone else as they have been with Hachette - then I may reconsider. Whilst I wasn't enamoured of the last prime price hike, and the streaming video is a bit meh, Im actually liking the new streaming music, and looking forward to Amazon Gear.

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Contractors who used Employee Beneficiary Trusts are in HMRC's sights

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@Rol Re: Pay your tax like everyone else

Yes I for one am going to give all my income to the NHS. I'm sure no-one will ever die if we all do that.

Twonk.

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Re: Pay your tax like everyone else

I know someone who is in this situation. He has letters from HMRC from around the time he did it confirming it was an approved scheme (or some such wording).

AFAIK this is a clear case of HMRC trying to move the goalposts after the fact, and is functionally no different from an employee avoiding tax using a pension for example.

And yes - its the same HMRC that screws over the little guy whilst making crafty backroom deals with the FTSE 100.

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Moto fires BROADSIDE into the flagship phone's waterline with X Play and Style

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Re: Interesting..

Aawwww craps I would have bitten off their hands for the X Play about 3 weeks ago I got a new grey import HTC M8..

48hrs battery life is a killer feature in my book.

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Be wary of that Russian. He might HAMMERTOSS a software nasty at you

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eerrr

What hacker worth their salt works office hours?

Or are they subtley implying they are state sponsored?

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Hurrah! Uber does work (in the broadest sense of the word) after all

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Re: @Captain Underpants

On the contrary AC in the US it appears what is defined as a crime or not is directly related to the size of your wallet (hello uber) or the colour of your skin.

The systems in Europe may be (badly) flawed but not nearly so much as a the land of the "free" - remind me how the electoral college system works again?. Given the choice I'd rather live in any European country (including Greece and France) than the US, never has there been such a contrast between the governed (who are generally lovely) and the government (which seems to be the bastard offspring of George Orwell and Ayn Rand regardless of whether they are red or blue).

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Just ONE THOUSAND times BETTER than FLASH! Intel, Micron's amazing claim

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Re: No more loading of apps?

utter fail.

You're confusing a storage/memory hardware technology with a compute/storage application. If it becomes cheap enough hadoop would use it.

Just like there is nothing apart from price stopping you from using ssd's on your hadoop cluster today.

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Amazon threatens UK with James Blunt, muscles into music streaming

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Since its a freebie

onto of my pre-existing Prime subscription - I cant see the harm.

Im not likely to use it more than occasionally but no harm no foul in my book. Its gotta be an improvement on the tripe that's on Prime Instant Video.

Currently enjoying the Don't Call This Emo playlist - although I own a good half of it already. Thanks El Reg.

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Speed freak: Kingston HyperX Predator 480GB PCIe SSD

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Re: 240Gb version price

Discounting the Want don't need buyers. What consumer level purchasers actually <n>need<n/> the speed gain?

Isnt the market pretty tiny?

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Cybercrime forum Darkode returns with security, admins intact

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Re: Haha, they'll be taken down even faster. They're making the...

Unlikely. Bureaucracies don't move that fast. If it was a copy of the original site then maybe, but with an enhanced security and comms model - I doubt it very much.

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Ballmer's billion-dollar blunders: When he gambled Microsoft's money and lost

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Re: There's also the Fligt Simulator franchise shutdown, and the utterly "Flight" failure...

win 10 seems to be all SatNads problem. What the utter lack of consistency and continuity in the UI suggests that instead Sinofskis tyrannical iron fist approach they I've resorted to utter chaos with zero clear leadership.

Given that I question how much control SatNad has over his managers. They each seem to be doing their own thing.

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New study into lack of women in Tech: It's NOT the men's fault

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Re: Aww

The trick cyclists have fired back with a statistical broadside.

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/349/6246/391.3.full

Expect a nerdy slap fight imminently....

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US State of Georgia sues 'terrorist' for publishing its own laws ... on the internet

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Re: It's very simple

Slow hand clap. Now go back and read the article properly.

His whole arguement is that they are claiming copyright on something not copyrightable - therefore if he wins the case he hasn't breached copyright.

Do keep up AC.

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The Wilson Doctrine isn't legally binding, MPs CAN be spied on, says QC

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Hmmm

Really conflicted on this one. On the one hand those entitled trough sniffers are quite happily championing one rule for the politico's and one rule for the proles, otoh anything that gives GCHQ and Co a bloody nose over mass data collection is good by me.

Also that QC seems to have forgotten the main reason for the Wilson doctrine being put in place - its possibly the closest (if you believe the rumours) we have ever come to an overthrow of a serving Prime Minister by the bureaucracy.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4789060.stm

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Hark, the Hacking Team angels sing, it’s not us who’ve actually sinned

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Re: Mega Winge

I suggest the Kim. Named after Kim Dot Com, Kim Il-sung and Kim Kardashian. All know a few things about wingeing.

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Time for a brutal TELLY-OFF: Android TV versus Firefox OS

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Re: I mostly agree

"If firmware upgrades on TVs are anything like cellphones"

Im looking at you Samsung - obsoleting my perfectly good Smart TV by stopping updates 12 months after the TV came out AND locking down the firmware so I couldn't use the Open Source version.

You go to hell - you go to hell and you die!

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The US taxman thinks Microsoft owes billions. Prove it, says Microsoft

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In reality probably less, as they have had less time rolling in money to develop a byzantine structure like M$

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Ant-Man: Big ideas, small payoff

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Re: At least...

Errr you haven't actually watched a recent marvel film have you? Except for their source material and the fact they are made in the US they aren't particularly USian in content.

They are generally happy to explode any location/creed/colour.

They are what they are which is usually the top end of the Hollywood entertainment machine - I cant speak for Antman but ffs it's not like they pretend to be a great work of art.

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High Court smacks down 'emergency' UK spy bill as UNLAWFUL

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Re: So?

Oh FFS. Man up and take a stand.

Defeatists like you are precisely the reason this sort of legislation gets through. If Davis and Watson had your attitude nothing would have happened today.

Personally I'm currently collecting sponsorship for Privacy International via JustGiving - what are you doing?

(BTW the only reason I'm not collecting sponsorship for Liberty is that they have about 2x the assets of PI)

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Bitcoin fixes a Greek problem – but not the Greek debt problem

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Re: Greeks pay all their taxes?

Errr.. have you read the papers the last few days? The IMF are saying Greek debt is unsustainable without a haircut of some kind.

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You care about TIN? Why the Open Compute Project is irrelevant

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Matt Assay says

give your data to the NSA.

How can you take someone seriously who flits from job to job like a Shoreditch luvee?

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Shapps launches probe into Wikimedia UK over self-pluggery allegs

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Your point being? El Reg pointed this out themselves in the last piece (about a month ago) on this.

The story is that a WMF foundation employee allegedly used his position for political purposes, (i.e. smearing an MP during an election campaign) and got caught doing it, and WMF have done nothing about it. Even the censure came from others if I'm reading the article right.

If I had done such a thing in my company I would be out of the door without touching the ground.

Now Shapp's may or may not be a stereo-typical Tory Alan B'stard character but thats irrelevant to the point at hand.

The guy smeared someone and got caught - some punishment is probably due - not that things have got that far .... Yet.

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SatNad's purple haze could see Lumia 'killed'. Way to go, chief!

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I don't know

Some might are that the management of Microsoft are all Horsharks already

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Privacy campaigners question credibility of NHS ‘endorsed’ apps

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WTF?

More Importantly

Just how many Privacy organisations does Phil Booth run?

And if the NHS is running a central App store without providing indemnities or quality control whats the flipping point?

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Smartphones are ludicrously under-used, so steal their brains

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Meh

Not really seeing the cheap computing forest for the smartphone trees. The lesson isn't that we have a supercomputer in our pockets - the lesson is supercomputers are so cheap they can be embedded anywhere.

Interfacing with your phone only really makes sense when there is a portability angle involved.

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Greek PM Alexis Tsipras brings the EU to its knees

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Re: "This live broadcast cock-up is a failure of democracy by the EU"

Maybe Greece should have sorted themselves out in the last five years even the Italians and French has made some progress ffs.

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Re: Many TRILLIONS of market losses from a $300B debt

A) What's that got to do with the price of fish? This is a story about media streaming.

B) markets go up markets go down - pointing out 1 event and making a big deal of it is disingenuous at best and utterly fails to undersmoronic at worst.

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'Real' vampires reluctant to 'come out of the coffin' to social workers – barmy prof

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WTF?

Trick Cyclists

If the "Vampires" didn't give it away the fact that they had a sample size of 11 surely did!!!!!

Sack those wasters.

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Mars rover Opportunity shuns dodgy flash chips, relies on RAM

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that plus the occasional charged particle strike as well probably.

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ALIEN SLIME SHOCKER: Approaching comet probably NOT inhabited, say boffins

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So basically

Dr Max Wallace and Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe are the Kevin Warrick's (aka Captain Cyborg) of astroboffinery?

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Pluto probe brain OVERLOAD: Titsup New Horizons explained

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Re: This is proper engineering

Centrifugal Force!

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150,000 angry Redditors demand Chairman Pao's head on a spike

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Getting the popcorn in...

If we are the PRODUCT - what happens when the product doesn't want to be sold any more.

BOOM market explosion ------------->

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Adam Smith was right about that invisible hand, you know

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Re: Too true

You mean like lending them money then having their local warlord fritter it away on everything but the intended purpose. There is a lot more to 3rd world poverty than lack of investment...

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Reddit meltdown: Top chat boards hidden as rebellion breaks out

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Nerd Farming

and I mean Nerd as a term of endearment.

These big corporates really don't realise that they are just farming the nerds (moderators in this case) for money whilst the nerds provide their services for free. Which is fine whilst the nerds are quiet but rile them and the corporates ability to monetise the nerds disappear.

Its a very common business model these days. Wikipedia effectively uses the same model.

What's going to be interesting in the years to come is if the ability to "fork" these kind of businesses becomes easier with fully elastic cloud models, and open source software, that means the only magnet that keeps people in one place is the sense of community. Break that sense of community at your peril.

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Boffin: Will I soon be able to CLONE a WOOLLY MAMMOTH? YES. Should I? Hell NO

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Re: Revival is essential if the truly key questions are to be answered.

yea - and ship them to Africa so they can cook themselves.

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This box beams cafes' Wi-Fi over 4kms so you can surf in obscurity

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Fail of fails.

@AC

And why on earth would there be a traffic spike? The use case is anyonmous/darknet browsing activity not torrenting or warez unless a total moron uses it.

Plus - how many librarians both to check their usage logs EVER?

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Wikipedia jumps aboard the bogus 'freedom of panorama' bandwagon

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I glad I saw this

Got a change.org petition about this yesterday and was wondering if to take it seriously.

Now I know I dont have to :)

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UK.gov spied on human rights warriors at Amnesty International

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Re: More police state

For certain values of oppression... First they came for the foreigners, then they came for the NGO's.

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Re: Disgusting

@Wolfclaw. Downvoted for unnecessary Godwin-ing.

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Teaching people to speak English? You just need Chatroulette without the dick pics

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Txt Message Synonym-iser

Just suggest alternatives to txt-speak and slang.

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What makes you think the two are related? Illiterate <> stupid or naïve.

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Europol and Barclays shack up for steamy security shenanigans

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WTF?

So Barclays

Does that mean you'll be syphoning my data to the euroFeds without my permission or a warrant?

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BBC (sort of) sorry for Grant Shapps Wikipedia smear reportage

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Not that he probably didn't do something to deserve it

But how would you feel if you lost your job due to at best sloppy practises and at worse absolute lies on the behalf of 2 media organisations?

If I had his cash and influence I'd be suing for libel. Especially the been after that mealy mouthed "apology".

It will be amusing if Shapps ever gets a job in the ministry of fun (culture, media, sport)

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Crowdfunded beg-a-thon to bail out Greece raises 0.003% of target

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Re: Ignorance of the issue

Pretty much. Greece shouldn't have been lent the money they needed as their current system is still f*cked, better to let them out and fix themselves.

Greece is a spendaholic and we are their enablers.

In the interests of balance though - letting Greece goto the wall earlier would have resulting in the Eurozone imploding - Portugal, Spain, Italy and Ireland all would have gone in a massive mega implosion and a significant destruction of the Eurozone economy. So by that measure even if we get nothing back from Greece (and we'll probably get something eventually) its a bit of a bargain.

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Revive the Nathan Barley Quango – former Downing Street wonk

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Re: Made a wrong turning somewhere

Indeed you fool! Has El Reg's very own Steven Bong! taught you nothing.

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US hospital boffins demo cancer-busting smartphone kit

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That was my first thought. Surely the big innovation is the microbeads themselves, but I presume they were pre-existing?

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GCHQ heard you liked spying, so spied on itself spying on you

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Re: Damn, cleaning the coffee off the table again

The fact even with a cursory inspection that they found 30% more than were originally reported suggests to be that there may be a few icebergs in that there sea..... Arrr!

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Beyond the Grave: US Navy pays peanuts for Windows XP support

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Windows for Warships

I highly doubt Win4War was part of the XP EOL agreement. No-one in the military would have gone anywhere near if it didn't have a cast iron 40 year operating life.

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