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* Posts by Gordon 10

1853 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

Apple's warrant canary riddle: Cock-up, conspiracy, or anti-Google point-scoring

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Re: Canary or Herring? or Potato

Potato potatoe. I don't give a stuff what Apples motives are - if the result is that its made the Feds job harder on mass data trawls fair play to them.

Ultimately results count more than motives.

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Register journo battles Sydney iPHONE queue, FONDLES BIG 'UN

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Re: Boring Article

Are you new here?

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Will Apple give Chinese iPhone workers cancer? THE TRUTH

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Nice debunking

More of this please

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eBay DROPS DEAD AGAIN - tat bazaar says sorry, scrambles to resurrect site

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The same release twice

I wonder if it was the same code release two weekends running.

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Slough isn't fit for humans now, says Amazon. We're going to Shoreditch

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Re: Will Amazon invest in...

Given the way amazon are reputed to treat their staff they have probably all been told to move and given a pay cut to "encourage" them

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Bigger Losses

I suspect that's the reason for the move. More ground rent = bigger fake losses for the UK company not to pay tax against.

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Shades of Mannesmann: Vodafone should buy T-Mobile US

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Re: Outlook: fine

What do you base this bizarre ramble on? the America regulators are equal opportunity finers - just look at the record fines handed out to American banks.

The FCC have shown themselves to be far less predatory that some of the others.

don't get me wrong I think a US adventure would be a mistake - Voda needs to fix its network under-investment in Europe - but its in the US interests to keep another player alive in the mobile space.

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NHS grows a NoSQL backbone and rips out its Oracle Spine

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Re: "80 million people in Britain"

Its the bleedin immigrants innit! Taking our jobs, NHS and damaging our well paid US globocorps.

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Drones swarm over bearded Brit billionaire's island getaway

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Re: Oh suuuuuure, it STARTS with pretty pictures....

Am I the only one who bread this post and thought of Craig Charles fronting Robot Wars : Dogfight?

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Who us, SHARE infrastructure? Networks reject gov proposal

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Dear politicians.

If you want universal coverage mandate it as part of the License terms for all networks not just o2.

You had the perfect opportunity when 4g came along and you blew it.

Alternatively all that free 2g spectrum that Vodafone and O2 got in the early days. Mandate that for continual usage of it, especially for new services they both accept 99.9 geographical population coverage.

Give them an incentive to share and they'll soon divide up the rural parts and come to some network sharing agreement.

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Eh?

What has European roaming got to do with rural UK connectivity.

Major league commentard fail.

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Is there life on Mars? Cloud-gazing Curiosity accused of lacking scientific focus

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Re: Climate change

I think you assumed wrongly Mr K.

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Warrantless phone snooping HAPPENS ALL THE TIME in Blighty

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Hang on a sec

These guys weren't whistleblowers they part of a conspiracy to smear a man by creating witness statements that were untrue. Regardless is the word plebs were used the second they stepped over the line to do that they were in the wrong doubly so because they were serving police officers. Its also unclear as to which mobiles they were using - if it was their police issue ones the Met was well within their rights to do anything they liked with the phone records.

Frankly given News Corps shoddy record the Sun guy should have be more flipping careful.

There are huge parts of RIPA that are troubling - but anyone who uses the Plebgate mess to moan about it should be picking their ground more carefully as the whole thing is a moral swamp of dubious stories and actions.

In summary valid points but ludicrous example to make them with.

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Ferraris, Zondas and ... er, a bike with a 500hp V10 under the saddle

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I like the mini

Thats the first time BMW have done something with the Mini style that doesn't look like a bastardisation of the classic.

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We give Panasonic's new 5-inch Toughpad phablets a kicking

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and if all else fails

you can use them to club somebody to death.

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Jimbo tells Wikipedians: You CAN'T vote to disable 'key software features'

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There's a simple solution - fork Wikipedia

The content is mostly the work of the editors. I think most of its under Creative Commons type licensing - therefore a critical mass of editors should fork themselves off elsewhere. Jimbo will come crawling back when the donations start drying up.

Devil icon as he has a good line in (pitch)forks.

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Our Vulture 2 rocket spaceplane crammed with MORE POWER

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Weight and trim?

Aren't they now a serious problem?

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Apple 'fesses up: Rejected from the App Store, dev? THIS is why

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Re: An example to follow

Your forgot the 95% of apps on Play that ask to too many permissions for no good reason.

For instance it took me 4 attempts from the first page of torch app hits to find one that didn't want to slurp my contacts or monitor the phone dialer.

Apple may be control freaky but by luck or design that freakery tends towards far more consumer protection than Google's laissez-faire approach. If it inconveniences the El Reg elites (who are not representative consumers) or developers - tough.

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Russia: SEXY LIZARDS which landed FROM SPACE are all DEAD

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Re: That's a first..

Is there any record of the gecko's getting married prior to the fridgidity?

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Ninja Pirate Zombie Vampires versus Chuck Norris and the Space Marines

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Re: Have we missed clowns?

Killer Clowns from Outer Space.

And not forgetting the pre-Monstrous Clown from IT, not the silly effects spider thing at the end, just the pointy teethed clown.

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Re: No Commander Shepard / mixed bag of aliens on the winning side?

Upvoted but not forgetting the Knnn (they're crazy) and the Kif.

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Will It Blend? Maybe. BlackBerry’s secret comeback weapon

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WTF?

Am In the only one?

Who read the article and still has no clue what problem Blend is meant to solve?

Best I could get to was a messaging hub?

Consumers already have whatever's on their mobile plus twitbook, and corporates have outlook or similar.

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The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal

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Re: They've got you...

And in which case why hasn't the head of the BBC or other new outlets been nicked yet?

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Brit Sci-Fi author Alastair Reynolds says MS Word 'drives me to distraction'

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Re: Personally ...

Charles Stross has also mentioned that he uses scrivener - although he likens comparing it to a text editor as similar to comparing Word and Project.

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The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The WEEKEND

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Re: However

or whilst dropping the kids off at the pool.......

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LOHAN packs bags for SPACEPORT AMERICA!

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Sekret "berkshire-nor" facility

I presume it was the EU bit that scuppered using your Berkshirenor proving ground as a final launch facility then?

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Rimini Street promises 'business as usual' after Oracle IP judgment

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Hang on a sec

Do I understand this correctly? Rimini provide some kind of oracle managed service but think that they can use other peoples licenses? What a dumb idea to hang a business on, especially when the company involved is well known as a vicious litigant with oodles of political clout

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Stanford boffin is first woman to bag 'math Nobel Prize'

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Re: I'm wondering ....

Graph theory and network analysis. :)

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4: 4G Android tablet is easy to swallow

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Re: What's the point of the 4G?

Convenience, battery life, better aerial/signal, network redundancy to name but 4 reasons.

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Chomp that sausage: Brits just LOVE scoffing a Full Monty

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Re: So basiclly,

Add a white pudding hold the beans and you have a sale!

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Lawsuit claims SpaceX laid off hundreds without proper notice, pay

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Re: another chink in the Musk armor

Seriously dude what thread were you reading? Of the 6 on here only 2 are about spacex directly and one is a mild con and the other fairly even handed.

If I were you I'd avoid short ugly eastern European women in comfortable shoes and lifts with disappearing floors for a while.

You'll also be last on the list to repopulate the earth with a sweet shy girl with big speccy glasses.

We love the leader!

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Australia's metadata debate is an utter shambles

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Giving them too much credit

I think you credit them with too much intelligence. They are being pushed by a powerful bunch of bueauro who have an absolute need to extert as much control as possible, and in fairness - if we had their jobs and mandate - we may lean the same way. What is very cynical and unacceptable - is those agencies attempts to criminalise some of the needed checks and balances that would prevent these organisations turning into the bastard cross of Big Brother and the Stasi.

The problem with the whole debate its become polarised and simplified, and because its a relatively easy ask and it seems like a trivial freedom to give up - most (genuinely) ignorant people don't see a problem with it.

The reality is that the average person in the street cant even conceive how much detail they are giving to Facebook every day - let alone what a government that became hostile to the majority of its citizens could do.

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Who will kill power companies? TESLA, says Morgan Stanley

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Re: The off grid dream

I remember that documentary - the lady was a hotty. Don't remember it being funny though.

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Re: I would love to use solar panels

The efficiency argument on its own is rather a non-starter Im rather puzzled why you are fixated on it.

Admittedly it is a factor in the number of panels needed and therefore the cost but as long as you can come in on budget and have a big enough roof the actual efficiency is irrelevant.

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Re: The only renewable I detect is the smell of BS

Jebus Solar city as well! If Elon Musk is truly Hank Scorpio/ Ernst Blofeld we are all fuscked

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Edward Snowden's not a one-off: US.gov hunts new secret doc leaker

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Whoot!

Go nameless guy! I just hope he/she has a better escape plan in place than Snowden did.

Hopefully they are already sunning themselves in Ecuador.

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Top Ten 802.11ac routers: Time for a Wi-Fi makeover?

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Fritzbox

Anymore info or user experiences with the Fritzbox - the built in dect feature intrigues me.

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HP says it will sue former Autonomy CFO Sushovan Hussein

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Re: Wow

Using the same logic HP are using - they shouldn't be offering to settle with the shareholders until 1 or more of the fraud reports are in.

However as Ledswinger notes - they are more concerned with saving the arses of the current incumbents of the C suite than actually getting to the bottom of the whole mess.

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END your Macbook SHAME: Convert it into a Microsoft SURFACE

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Errr one problem

You can hackintosh a surface pro with most of the same advantages for around £400.

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Pentagon hacker McKinnon can't visit sick dad for fear of extradition

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Re: Paranoia or Publicity?

Indeed my first thought on this was attention whore.

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Samsung faces down TAB and smartphone MOUNTAIN HORROR

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Re: Oldest Business Problem: Expanded

That'll explain the huge wodges of gift vouchers John Lewis were offering with the Galaxy tab range earlier in the year. From memory my Galaxy tab 7 mk3 was less than half RRP. Not that it was worth the RRP imo - crappy battery issues - have a google.

More discounts on the way I suspect.

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Tesla and Panasonic to build NOT-SO-SECRET GigaFactory in US

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Re: But will the technology be obsolete by then?

Given the commercialisation of technology is invariably a multiyear process they'll have to go some to hit the kind of volumes and prices Tesla needs. Plus if Tesla launches the model 3 at the price and volumes he wants they will be able to drive the profits into whatever the next battery technology is.

Do you really expect flow cells to be that cheap that fast?

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Russia to SAP, Apple: Hand over source code to prove you're not spies

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Re: well, why not ...

And any remote vulnerabilities that the FSB discover against Apples and SAP's servers as a result of the code exam will remain unexploited I'm sure.

Still what's good for the goose......

Will be interesting to see the fall out from this over the long term - who will win between the spook owned politicians in the US and those owned by the corporates who are increasingly suffering as the NSA's pigeons come home to roost.

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Microsoft's Brit kid Cortana lands on UK WinPhone 8.1, but China's is the real cutie

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Am I the only one

Who read the headline and thought the UK was getting Cortana and China was having to make do with Clippy or that Dog thing?

On that subject - if Clippy had been a fit bird would it have been more successful?

Obligatory Clippy hate page.

http://www.cracked.com/blog/clippy-finally-messes-with-the-wrong-word-doc/

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Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro

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Re: Your kids no longer get an 'education' at school.

And how has that changed in the last 30 years? I crammed for all my exams, a lot of stuff needed to be learnt by rote so whats changed?

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Re: What child needs a macbook pro?

You see for a few thousand years the dominant species on this planet has been devising tools to make its life easier and maybe even solve some problems.

If that doesn't work for you may I suggest you take this rock and try to open a can of beans with it?

More seriously kids should be taught how to reframe problems to work best with the tools they have to hand via logic and deductive reasoning and methods to check the tools output for accuracy. The actual solving of the problem can be left to the tool as long as the kids know the basic approach to solving the problem they don't have to solve it themselves.

Or perhaps you would prefer if we brought back slide rules and log tables?

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Amazon says Hachette should lower ebook prices, pay authors more

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Re: and there is no secondary market – e-books cannot be resold as used books,

"Right now, I like Amazon, but the day could arrive when they resemble total bastards."

Hachette would suggest that the day is already here.

Just because Amazon is taking someone elses lunch money today doesn't mean they wont be demanding ours tomorrow.

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TV rudeboy and Outsourcery boss Linney joins Gov.UK SME panel

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So basically

G-Cloud is a failure because no-one is being made to use it?

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Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees

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I love the way the homeopath fanboi was singled out. Question if such a person makes a microscopic contribution to the committee debates (ie at home building a duck pond), would they still claim to have had a significant impact on the decisions?

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Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?

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Re: Realism

I love the way that a share of BBC worldwide's profits is not spelled out.

A. Do they mean a share of those profits produced by BBC Scotland programs (suspect not as that would be a lowball).

B. Do they mean a share of those profits equivalent to the proportion of the BBC headcount and Opex based in Scotland?

C. As much filthy lucre as the thieving politicians can grab.

Not saying Scottish politicians are any more larcenous than the rest of the UK - just that they are going effectively legislate themselves a series of new troughs to poke their snouts into and NO politician should be trusted to do that without intense oversight.

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