* Posts by Gordon 10

2343 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

BRAIN OVERLOAD in SPAAACE: Titsup Pluto probe problem 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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Samsung caught disabling Windows Update to run its own bloatware

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Re: There is a problem though!

Intel drivers seem particularly prone to this problem - I don't think I ever had an oem set work perfectly installed over vendor wifi or graphics drivers.

Whilst I don't condone what Sammy did sometimes the settings ui's need rewriting so a normal human can use them.

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Raising a stink in court: Innocent poo banditry warehousers win $2.2m

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Re: 2.2 meelion dollars

But Im baffled as to why its a discrimination law thing? Is it just one of these silly Americanisms where 50 things were passed under the same bill or something a bit more subtle?

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WikiLeaks spaffs files showing NSA spied on French presidents

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But why? The Americans have always been more interested in force feeding themselves than force feeding geese.

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Indeed gotta keep an eye on those French terrorists, er I mean Government.

It is legitimate to spy on allies (e.g. Falklands Exocet crisis). One would think that there should be a gentlemans agreement to not to spy on heads of state though, but then who said the NSA were ever gentlemen?

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It begins: Time Warner Cable first ISP accused of breaking America's net neutrality rules

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Re: "Thru" ?

that should be grinds thee'

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June 30, 2016: The day the US will hand over control of the internet

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WTF?

I'm interested to know

If there is a particular subspecies of Yank who thinks the UN is a force for Evil or if it's all of them.

Talk about one of the greatest lies ever sold, whilst it's light years beyond perfect I would trust the UN far above the U.S. gotv, the UK Govt, and the EU. Compared to the long since stopped being funny show that is Congress it's a model of enlightened decision making.

What's the motive for the FUD? Who gains? Look very close to home Mr Yank.

Ps do you have a large gun collection and a compound cabin in the hills?

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Ecobee3: If you're crazy enough to want a smart thermostat – but not too crazy – this is for you

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Re: Not for brits

firstly I don't shower at the time someone is doing the washing up.

Secondly most modern high flo combi's solved that problem years ago.

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I suspect you will find that most people just leave their thermostat (in the uk at least) to a constant temperature regardless of whether they are in or out. Especially if someone is not working and in and out all day.

Your point stands in that it just requires some discipline to manage your heating - but most people don't have / or want to develop that discipline even when its costing them money.

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Buy with your head, drive with your heart: Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe

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Re: What's with car reviews on an IT site?

There has been a car section every week since the reg started its weekend edition some months ago. Do wake up at the back.

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At last, switching between rubbish broadband providers now easier

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Its getting close the the time

That all the phone/bb providers (yes including virgin as they have even less excuse) should be mandated to provide same day turnaround on transfers, or even a constant service provision like Gas and Electric.

Im not saying its as important as those but its certainly going that way....

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Ubuntu daddy Mark Shuttleworth loses fight to cancel $20m bank fee

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Re: Consumer Banking is gonna die

if you dont actually get why your statement is completely irrelevant I pity you. Hint none of them are above the laws of the countries they operate in, especially when most countries require you to have a banking license before being able to touch consumers money. They all caved when it was merely about censorship what on earth makes you think it will be different when moolah is involved.

Even Paypal has US, EU and OZ banking licenses.

#BIGBAGOFFAIL

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WikiLeaks slips out YET MORE Sony SECRETS

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Re: Still blaming the Norks?

Out of interest - has Wikileaks made any statement as to why they are publishing this stuff? Is it just sticking it to the Sony man or is there some genuine public interest, or are they just courting the publicity?

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Farewell then, Mr Elop: It wasn't actually your fault

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I tend to think

I do feel some sympathy for Elop - there were definitely no good choices left when he arrived.

Having said that history shows us of all the options he had - he chose the worst, everyone else from Blackberry to Sony are bleeding red ink but still in the game - unlike Nokia.

Maybe time will show that the survival of Nokia the parent company was far more important than Nokia phone company - but the jury is still out on that one. Sony's fate in particular is worth watching.

Burning platforms was a cockup of Gerald Ratner proportions though.

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NatWest IT cock-up sees 600,000 transactions go 'missing'

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Whats the betting

The project to fix this based on the last cockup is still in the initiation phase?

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Belgium privacy commish ambushes Facebook with lawsuit

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Interesting

If the Belgians are correct and facebook are breaching european law doesn't matter so much even if Facebook are correct in that they don't have jurisdiction as I would think it would force the Irish to take (grudging) action.

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Sunday Times fires off copyright complaint at Snowden story critics

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correct me if Im wrong

But since that front page was tweeted surely its either owned by Twitter or public domain, but certainly not copyright the SundayTimes......

(Mostly trolling but hoping it is true)

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Fire, fire! Just move your data centre onto my lawn ... Oh rats!

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Re: I'm wondering

The police also have a duty to investigate anything suspicious. Since they didn't nick him I hardly think this is worthy of complaint.

I'd rather trust a bobby with direct actionable intelligence than someone whose been data mining connection and might be's.

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Why is that idiot Osbo continuing with austerity when we know it doesn't work?

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WTF?

wtf

Tim a leftie luvvie? You b'aint from round ere are ye boi?

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Entertaining prospect: Amazon Fire TV Stick

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Re: Its all about the SP Factor (Shiny and Pointless)

Depends on what get them for. I've just moved house and currently have nothing feeding me a TV signal. One Roku streaming stick later I have great quality iPlayer and Game of Thrones from sky with a free 3 month Now TV trial that will keep me tided over til I install the freesat Satellite dish and kit. Then it will probably go into the office as a backup TV source for those rooms without a satellite feed.

Bit of a bargain really.

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Germany drops probe into NSA's Merkel phone-hacking

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Well Duh

The Traditional way of dealing with spying is to expel a diplomat or 2. If the Germans were not actually prepared to do this any purely legal avenue was sure to be a waste of effort.

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Uber app expands in France despite govt opposition ... and laws

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Uber should thank themselves lucky

That they have no livestock containing lorries that can be put to the torch.

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NSA slapdown prompts Privacy Int'l to file new lawsuit against GCHQ

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Re: Talking thru their arses

Moron. Do you realise how infinitesimal the likelihood of getting killed by a terrorist is? Hint even at the height of the IRA campaign it was tiny. They could drop their budget by 50% and it barely change the odds. On the other hand those few beellions might appreciably bring a cure for cancer or heart disease a little closer. For sure it would extend the lives of thousands who currently get no access to drugs or new treatments coz the NHS can't afford them.

If its about saving lives (I think its actually about control) then give the budget to the NHS, Ministry of Transport (road safety), hell even the MOD before GCHQ and their ilk.

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Everything Apple touted at WWDC – step inside our no-hype-zone™

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A pause in global warming? Pah, FOOLS. There was NO PAUSE

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Re: 2 alarm bells from Ross McKitrick

Perhaps because the two points I mentioned are trivially easy to check?

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2 alarm bells from Ross McKitrick

Assuming Ross' analysis is accurate. There are 2 really worrying parts of the NOAA data that any science or maths grad should be able to see.

1) Some of the NOAA data uses a 90% confidence interval. Real scientists consider p=0.95/95% a good rule of thumb for the start of talking about something statistically significant. In contrast the Higgs Boson results at Cern were not announced until they were at 99.9999% confidence.

2) Most of the argument seems to centre around how NOAA have added 0.12 degrees to some of those readings. Regardless of where the actual addition is made the margin of error according to Ross is 1.7 degrees. i.e. the average change may be 0.12 degrees but the entire range of changes would be on a distribution between 1.82 and -1.58 degrees.

Or to put it a much simpler way, the margins of error on most of their plots would be much much wider than most of the trend seen to date.

It really does make you want to spend some time looking at the raw data sources and some of the assumptions being made.

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Re: What we really need

we dont lack terminology - we lack comparable datasets over the range of more than a couple of decades or so.

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Life in prison not appealing to Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht – appeal filed

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I would love to know

if his Lawyer has ever successfully defended anyone coz from the outside looking in he seems about a good a lawyer as Mr Bean.

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Wikileaks publishes TiSA: A secret trade pact between US, Europe and others for big biz pals

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Article 6 sounds shitty

I worked at 1 company whose ass was saved by having a failed vendors code in escrow. Its less important when its the big boys, but its useful projection against SME's and potential cowboys.

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Intel adopts 40Gb per SECOND USB-C plug for Thunderbolt 3.0

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Re: This sounds like the port on the new MacBook

@Davidmb the usb-c on the current macbook doesn't support thunderbolt and won't unless a Firmware update of some sort is released.

Its blindingly obvious that Apple knew this was coming though and maybe the next macbook refreshes in Oct will get it across the range.

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GCHQ gros fromage stays schtum on Snowden and snooping

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The real answer being

We dont give a shit about the collateral damage to personal liberties and business interests as long as it gives our bosses and politcal masters the illusion of control.

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The rare metals debate: Only trace elements of sanity found

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Like it. Not entire sure why it was necessary to do it Underground style but I like it :)

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: The new common-as-muck hybrid

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Re: SUV obsession

Firstly Euro SUV's are generally smaller than their US counterparts, particularly in Width which is the most important.

Secondly most of Britian and Europe have roads that are wide enough tiny historic towns are quite few and far between.

Thirdly SUV's have a huge Psychological draw that appeals to families - they look fashionable (mostly), they look safer (bigger = safer), they look like they can swallow a family and luggage, and the high driving position inspires confidence.

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