* Posts by Gordon 10

2814 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

ESA: Sorry about Schiaparelli, can we have another €400 mill?

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Agreed - we need them to do the research before we can build the space wall to keep the Martians out.

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Kotkin: Why Trump won

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Re: Criminal Enterprise

Out of curiosity - what makes you think that the Republicans in general and Trump in particular will be any better?

Or is that just a high faluting way of saying you fancied a change?

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New MacBook Pro beckons fanbois to become strip pokers

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Re: Interesting idea..

@stuart. Thats the X1 range. I have one at work, feels odd, its an LCD based on that switches between 3 or 4 different sets of buttons. Function keys, display volume keys and some other stuff.

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Hackintoshes hackable

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Re: This is a Hackintosh

Or a virtualised Mac running on PC Hardware. There were a number of VM mac "distros".

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Virgin Media boss warns Brexit could hamstring broadband investment

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Re: Liberty Global are gougers

Agree - I had a note saying that I was getting a free 200Mb speed upgrade, 9 months before it happened. During that 9 months I then got 2 price rises before the "free" speed came on line.

Im only still with them as the BT line has rotted away and needs re-running.

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Microsoft tries, fails to crush 'gender bias' lawsuit brought by its own women engineers

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Re: Always a one-sided story

You've completely missed the point. The plaintiffs are alleging that statistically speaking women are invariably ranked downwards in the their performance reviews compared to men. If its true that can only be the product of bias either conscious or unconscious. "sides of the story" dont come into it in this case as its potentially about all females not the expecations of one or two.

Of course that doesnt rule out demographics and other measures impacting the underlying populations but its certainly not worth dismissing it out of hand.

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Who killed Cyanogen?

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Cyanogen OS <> Cyanogen Mod which is still going strong afaik. (I keep getting new nightlys for my M8 at any rate.

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Drone exercise will transform future naval warfare, says Navy

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Re: Navy obsoletes itself, not many medal wearers dead. Film at 11

Technically they aren't nuclear reactors, but nuclear batteries or radioisotope generators. They use the heat generated from nuclear decay rather than nuclear fission.

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Before Bitcoin, digital cash was called Beenz – all that's left is a T-shirt

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Ppshaw

The first digital cash in the UK at least was called Mondex.

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TalkTalk hack: Teen in court on hacking and blackmail charges

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Re: Fifth suspect

The cop shop in Wales had the steepest stairs......

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Jeff Bezos' thrusting cylinder makes Elon Musk's look minuscule

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Re: Nothing beats a Saturn 5

Clint Boone and his Hammond organ did a great job with 1960's technology too.

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It actually will be Obama who decides whether to end US government oversight of the internet

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I'm with the dickheads on this one.

As much as it galls me to call for the same thing as Ted Cruz another year ensuring ICANN can act a bit more honestly isn't a bad thing.

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Excel abuse hits new heights as dev uses VBA to code spreadsheet messaging app

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Re: A wrong assumption

*sigh* if you don't get this it definitely isn't the droid you are looking for.

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Height of stupidity: Heathrow airliner buzzed by drone at 7,000ft

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Re: Cue loads of people saying...

Really care to estimate how many pieces of a drone actually have the size durability, and density of a set of keys? Answer none.

Can we stop the daily fail hysteria now - I thoughtt El Reg was read by critics also thinking engineer scientists and programmers.

Most drones are likely to have the same impact as a bird strike - ie minor inconvenience to passengers and major inconvenience to the poor engineers who have to replace the engine.

If you wimps really want to scare yourselves try googling lightening strike damage or drunken pilots.

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Re: Sorry, but . . .

Any drone capable of reaching those heights is either a remote controlled plane or has a fail safe RTB mode when it loses signal.

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Baltimore cops: We flew high-res camera planes to film your every move

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Re: Michael Brown

You're missing the point slightly. The problem with the USian rozzers started the minute it became acceptable to shoot someone running away from a possible crime. The rest of it was a slippery slope.

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Banking system SWIFT was anything but on security, ex-boss claims

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Re: I interviewed there last year. . .

I'm interested in knowing how you assumed they were all Hindu's? did you ask them all their religion? Or was this a veiled reference to the colour of their skin?

Quote from wiki "Traditionally, Hindu men wear a dhoti kurta and women wear a sari. The clothing of Hindu people varies depending on the time of year and the area in which they live."

So how exactly did you tell?

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Julian AssangeTM to meet investigators in London

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Re: Ugh...

Most of the US's allies have been complicit in rendition including the UK so your point is?

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'ICANN's general counsel should lose his job over this'

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Re: ICANN is an example

@TheMan

Regardless of the validity of the rest of your points maybe you should actually check the makeup of the ICANN board before indulging in your casual racism and/or ignorance.

The vast majority are resolutely first world. Even the Egyptian guy is a British citizen. I can't think of any country that holds the moral high ground on corruption.

https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/icann/advisors

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Jacob Appelbaum is a bullying sex pest, says ex-employer Tor Project

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Re: Takeover of TOR

@AC.

If the TLA's wanted to shut TOR down then stopping its US Govt funding would be far simpler.

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Ex-Citibank IT bloke wiped bank's core routers, will now spend 21 months in the clink

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Re: And todays lesson is?

Indeed he deserved the jail time for bragging about it and getting caught.

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Yahoo! She said yes. Verizon confirms $4.8bn acquisition

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what's the betting

That Marissa remains CEO of the holding company that keeps the investments then trousers 2 salaries and a honking great bonus when they finally cash those Alibaba shares in.

We need a SWAG icon.

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HMRC research finds 'resistance' to proposals to shift contractor tax compliance burden

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I rather suspect that this is HMRC trying to reduce the burden auditing of millions of small companies to a few hundred thousand big ones.

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Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

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Re: Thanks

Its worth noting that the Empire review is virtually the opposite of this one (4 stars). The main similar criticisms being the Baddie and his motivations.

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Bomb-disposal robot violently disposes of Dallas cop-killer gunman

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@deiter

Crawl back under your rock scumbag.

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The Great Brain Scan Scandal: It isn’t just boffins who should be ashamed

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WTF?

There's a flaw with this article

It assumes we knew and cared what this fad was in the first place. Having read the article I'm not sure I'm any clearer on that point.

Probably if you are going to rant about something better make clear what you are ranting about otherwise its just noise.

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UK.gov's hated Care.data project binned

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Fixed that for ya

Just rebrand it data.care Sellafield - sorted.

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Australia's ABC suspends presenter over 'Wi-Fi is dangerous' claims

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Her wikipedia entry suggests Catalyst has form for medical media scare stories (cf Statins episode). Unfortunately the doctorate appears valid.

Is this the Aussie equivalent of BBC Horizon (preferably the 1990's vintage) or a science-y version of C4's Cutting Edge (UK Investigatory news program full of graduates from Daily Mail school of reporting e.g. LIFE KILLS YOU, CANCER IS GONNA GET YOU, PEEDO's ATE MY BABY)

Enquiring Brits need to know.

**Edit reading the comments below I'm guessing the latter**

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John Lewis CIO commands brand-new super-group role

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IT Angle

Begs the question

if Coby knew the outsourcing twattery that BA were planning to carry out a few years ago and bailed out early....

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Here's how police arrested Lauri Love – and what happened next

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Re: Extensive delay in return of computers is SOP by PC Plod. Usually the items are also broken...

It would if there is no trail to them. Post a copy to a mate every month.

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Bank tech boss: Where we're going, we don't need mainframes

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Utter drivel

Firstly I have no idea what Mainframes "cant do real time" even means. They were the only way of doing real time at scale for years.

Secondly DevOps and Agile are methodologies and philosphies - yes there are some great toolsets as enablers but you could knock together a continuous integration framework for JCL if you really wanted.

And lets not get into how long Linux has been deployable on a mainframe.

Someone let the PHB talk to the press with out a minder. The whole article was semi-intelligible bullshit bingo.

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The problem with Canada? The price of broadband is too damn high

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Re: Pay Per byte

You've missed the point that I addressed specifically in my comment. Consumers don't have the technical nouse, time or inclination to identify bandwidth heavy sites and neither the sites themselves or the ISP's have any incentives to help them do so. Or are you somehow suggesting that consumers will all run out and install bandwidth monitoring apps and actually bother to use them. If you believe that then I have some AV to give away free that still wouldn't get installed by a big chunk of consumers even if their bank details depended on it.

Fail^2 sir.

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Re: Pay Per byte

Fail. When the consumer is the one who pays by byte how on earth does it promote good code use on sites? There is no financial incentive for the site to change and bills dont have enough resolution to identify individual sites for the consumer.

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Cats understand the laws of physics, researchers claim

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I for one

hope the follow up experiment qualifies for a Darwin award.

Idiot scientist gets ripped to shreds by moggy-swarm following stoopid experiment of dubious utility.

Cats are like helicopters except they dice finer.

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Apple nominated for Internet Hero of the Year, Donald Trump for Villain

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Trumps a moron. Presidents and Presidential candidates come and go. Bureaucracies are eternal. Hence I voted FBI as just as the UK Civil Service they will continue to push a surveillance agenda regardless of who is in power.

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Fresh hell for TalkTalk customers: TeamView trap unleashed

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This is interesting

No evidence to suggest whether its TeamViewer or Talk Talk whether the ultimate fault lies. (Or possibly both).

Its entirely possible that the spike is just due to the number of Talk Talk consumers who have needed remote support, making them a stastically significant part of the TeamViewer attack.

Its also possible its due to an existing or new leakage from Talk Talk or a union with thier dataset and what ever is the source of the TeamViewer dataset.

Glad I un-installed TeamViewer a few months back due to its persistent nagging behaviour.

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British Airways slaps 'at risk' sticker on nearly half its app delivery dept

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Re: I've used the BA boarding pass app

Actually a worse idea (and I think this is on BA) is allowing Mobile Safari to refresh the QR code on their Mobile site BEFORE checking for internet connectivity.

This happened to me at LHR from memory. Security control was in a no-reception zone.

TBF I think this is Apples stupid assumption rather than BA's.

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Quiet cryptologist Bill Duane's war with Beijing's best

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I'm more concerned

By the fact that RSA have never admitted the full extent of the breach and just how compromised their tokens were during that period.

They SHOULD have gone bust for the shameful way they handled it where protecting their company was more important than their customers,

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Euro Patent Office prez's brake line cut – aka how to tell you're not popular

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Good job no one tried to kill the VP

That would be going off Topic

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One ad-free day: Three UK to block adverts across network in June

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Re: Hmmm ... of course if the advertisers *pay* for the data usage ...

Probably not because net neutrality is a bit of a non-issue on the right pondian side. far less huffing and puffing goes on about it.

Don't forget that the US operators effectively brought it on themselves with all the dodgy dealings they got up to like super cookies and bill stuffing. Plus that fact that there is less historic cross fertilisation between Cable TV operators and network operators over here. i.e. by and large the UK network operators don't think about gouging their customers in quite the same way.

Just look at the comparative prices for connections. (yea yea I know the US is bigger and they alledgedly gouge the cities to serve the country folks. Not.).

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Lost containers tell no tales. Time to worry

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Re: This is not a new problem

Replace server with mainframe and party like its os/390

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I think we all agree

That any more accumulation of Slough is a bad idea.

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Asteroid-sampling spacecraft prepped for September launch

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I can't help feeling

That this mission will come back to haunt us.....

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Got a Fitbit? Thought you were achieving your goals? Better read this

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Re: Not surprised

Admit it - you sneaked a 'backy'.

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Re: Exactly

He also tests several other LED HRM's in conjunction with a chest strap based one and reports which ones work best,

I had a Scosche Rythm + which is basically a LED sensor without the useless smart watch attached, worked well for me until someone at work nicked it. Works anywhere on your arm so like a chest strap except more convenient.

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Symphony enters messaging app market

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Muppet fail

As long as there is no likelihood of product confusion the same name is perfectly fine. One is a comms product the other a cms.

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Typewriter for iPad review

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Presumably the bar also has 'tache wax on tap?

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How Nokia is (and isn't) back in the phone business today

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Re: Splain this then

Errr that's mobile not mobiles

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Pandora investor: Sell this company sooner rather than later

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dear hedge fund muppets

The value of your investment can go down.

Tough luck.

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'Knucklehead' Kansas bloke shoots self in foot

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Anyone whose not culturally blind hates guns. They are too easy to use and too easy to abuse.

At best they are a unnecessary toy for 99% of people at worst their presence destabilizes the whole environment where they are easy to get hold of.

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