* Posts by Gordon 10

2644 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

Facebook-squishing Indian regulator's next move: Open source code

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Re: "Any technology that is deployed for connectivity...

Economics fail Preston. Politicians function for both good and evil in the market and the good stuff needs to be factored in to.

Left to its own devices the " market" has proved very poor at pricing in externalities (eg pollution, worker and customer safety) and preventing/policing natural monopolies.

Occasionally Governments come in very handy to remind the "free market" of those things.

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Uber, Taskrabbit, other Silicon Valley darlings urge Europe not to screw their business

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Hey sharing economy types

Stop trying to use your VC cash to avoid and ignore existing laws. Your "disruption" is mostly illusionary and your business models thinly disguised races to the bottom.

Get thee behind me - our politicians are just a fraction less buyable than the average yank one.

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Bitcoin's governance bungles stain the blockchain's reputation

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Bitcoin<> blockchain

Dont buy it. No-one seriously considering a blockchain solution will use anything from bitcoin as anything but a pattern or a prototype.

Blockchain may die on its own hype but its already independent enough from Bitcoin that BT is effectively irrelevant as anything other than a v0.1 prototype.

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Hold the miniature presses: Playmobil movie is go

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Re: Lego movie and lego batman, star wars etc

No big names? Utter fail

Chris Pratt,

Will Arnett,

Elizabeth Banks,

Will Ferrell,

Morgan Freeman

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SCO's last arguments in 'Who owns Linux?' case vs. IBM knocked out

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Meh

Microsoft's historic interest is well documented - there is little evidence that they are still interested.

Given the age of the case its rather like criticising a teenage for sleeping with the local bike now that they are in their late 20's. And cherry picking MS from all the other teenagers seems a little selective

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Open APIs for UK banking: It's happening, people

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But surely the simpler requirement is the CSV file? In which case why is this dumb working group waffling on about API's files when the stoopid banks cant even get the damn downloads right.

A simple csv download has far less attack surface than a whole host of API's.

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Ballmer schools SatNad on Microsoft's mobile strategy: You need one

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Re: Too little, too late!

MS had a mobile strategy it was called danger, kin, win phone, win ce, Nokia

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Re: Thanks!

Now imagine the towel slips........

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SCO slapped in latest round of eternal 'Who owns UNIX?' lawsuit

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Re: Back to the Nineties

to be fair SCO <> Santa Cruz Operation (or only by the slight of hand transfer of some dubious IP)

Rather like HP <> HP (real_HP = Agilent)

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'Blue light services will get 4G on London Tube!' Cool, how? 'Errrrm...'

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WTF?

"He said there are currently 5km of roads the public cannot dial 999 on"

Only 5km? Doesnt sound cost effective enough to bother with.

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HSBC online services still offline following 'attack' on bank

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Re: We successfully defended our systems.

Indeed isn't it amazing how "successfully defended" is now a synonym for "switched off"

In warfare that's known as a scorched earth policy.

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Built-in LG smartphone app created data hack risk

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Re: Has anyone else

Simplest explanation? A man with a time machine constructed your phone in 1970 with technology recovered from the 2nd roswell crash in 2024, then pushed it through a wormhole onto the shelf of a Carphone Whorehouse in 2015.

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Stop

what's the full list of handsets?

a quick google suggests the G4 also has Smart Notice installed.

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Techie on the ground disputes BlackEnergy Ukraine power outage story

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No the blackouts are fairly well documented, whether they had ANY cause associated with Hacking/malware is dubious at this point.

Next week - Network Rail reports leaves on line caused by Russian hacking....

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TalkTalk CuffCuffs 'ScamScam CrimCrims'

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Truly they are the Ryan Air

Of ISP's

You want cheap internet? We have it, just don't expect ANY of your personal details to be safe, if our systems aren't hacked our call centers will flog it for fun and profit.

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Lincolnshire council shuts down all IT after alleged 0-day breach

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IT Angle

How is this a zero day?

And not just a website/software breach?

I thought a zero day explicitly referred to software being hacked by a previously unknown exploit.

needs the reg tombstone icon. ---------->

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Islamic fundamentalists force Yorkshire IT shop to chop off brand

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So doesn't that make the company

Ex-Isis-ex ?

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Broadband-pushers expand user piggyback rides on private Wi-Fi

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Re: So how does this work

I agree. Not until the range and hand off improves.

About the only value is at bus stops and the like.

And how does the liability work out? Someone torrents something over my broadband or defaces www.her-maj.gov.uk who gets it in the neck?

Not having allowed these over the threshold - can you throttle the parasite connection?

What about hardware - is there a dedicated second frequency in use or is it all logical/software.

Call me when they can mesh network direct to a fat pipe at the exchange.

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If you can't buy bootleg gear online in New York, this may be why

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Re: Knock-off goods sometimes made during 2nd shift

The payment processors are the dodgy ones. (for values of dodgy) Bear in mind this is mostly high value (poss low worth? :P) Brandopolists we are talking about. So some would argue that this is a victimless crime. Not sure I would go that far but its certainly much further down the scale than illicit transfers to them paedoterrorists on silk road.

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Re: Payment processors I've never heard of

you do get that the consumer doesn't give a stuff if they have heard of a payment processor as long as they accept their credit or debit card don't you? Arguably they shouldn't need to either as the card brands do the due diligence on making sure the processors are legit from a money transfer point of view.

Apart from the actual goods potentially being tat this crime ain't really aimed at consumers rather luxury and high end brands whose main purpose is sticking a "name" on an otherwise ordinary watch/phone/shoe/handbag.

Having said that I had to google worldpay and sagepay when they first started popping up at the checkout, but then Im a commentard from Planet Reg and so sharp I'll cut myself one day.

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Capita hiring temps to cover for call centre redundancies – staff sources

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Re: Capita

I cant believe even Tim would support Crapita, though he's probably come up with a good economic argument as to why they are naff.

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Kentucky to build 3,400-mile state-owned broadband network – and a fight is brewing

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Re: It's competition (how unfair)

Indeed how come the land of rampant capitalism has allowed so much pigopolist behaviour whilst here in Blighty its not perfect but we seem to be able to get Phone TV and Broadband for about 50% of what it costs in the States, and probably 50% faster too.

Damn those commie Europeans looking after the consumer.

Land of the Fee, Home of the Screwed?

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Safe Harbor 2.0: US-Europe talks on privacy go down to the wire

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That's not entirely true. I doubt either the State or Commerce Depts give a stuff in private what the DoD and DoJ wants they may just have to toe the policy line for now.

It's dumb to assume Govts are monolithic entities, if we fail to understand them it makes it harder to redirect them.

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How El Reg predicted Google's sweetheart tax deal ... in 2013

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Which article did you read?

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Thousands fled TalkTalk after gigantic hack, confirm researchers

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Re: Wow

Presumably there is a strong correlation between new talk talk joiners and people who DONT watch/read the news.

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Star Wars: Episode VIII delayed by six months

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Re: Well since you ask ...

DAN! report to the naughty corner!

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Re: Yawn

And if it has one more planet destroying super weapon in it I am going to be narked off can we have another type of existential threat please. Its not as if there aren't many others. How about a super virus that causes the sufferer to explode in a shower of blue gunk (to get the PG Cert)

Still Rian Johnson has some good credentials - lets hope he can keep JJ 'pastiche boy' Abrams in check.

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Boffins: There's a ninth planet out there – now we just need to find it

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Re: Planet?

**cough brown dwarfs cough**

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Trustwave failed to spot casino hackers right under its nose – lawsuit

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Re: Budgets, constraints and

I'm with you and Jungle bloke below. I'm betting this was a limited scope engagement ordered by bean counting management who are now rueing their penypinching.

Ironically they will probably pay 10-100 times more in the lawyers fees than they ever paid to the security biz.

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Test burn on recycled SpaceX rocket shows almost all systems are go

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The advantage of the current model is that once you have the physical mods done its mostly a software problem.

Besides the barges are mostly a secondary solution to allow them to get their hands on resuable 1st stages more regularly that just the lauches they have that are in range of an allowed land based site. They only have 1 at the moment - expect them to have more in the end.

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Microsoft’s Revolution Analytics buy pays off, Linux-based R Server launched

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An important consideration is not just the quantity of R libraries but the quality of them it's a very good example of Linus' law in action.

Its downsides are its not a general purpose programming language and it's now beginning to suffer library overload where too many of the libraries do 95% of the same thing but you need that missing 5% from each one and then you find the overlapping bits start interfering with each other.

It's likely to eat the lunch of the low to mid end data analytics 'space as its now directly supported by both Oracle and Miscrosft on their flagship DB's plus all the commercial Hadoop vendors like Clouders and Hortonworks and then SparkR is lurking too.

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I for one expect the IoT data will remain useless regardless which package is used to process it.

Volume <> quality or insight

There a series of science fiction novels where the protagonist manages to accomplish all sorts of interesting things purely because he spends time talking to IoT devices that have been so over engineered they are AI class and so bored to death that they act for him simply because he's been kind enough to talk to them. Seems pretty credible right now!

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Engineer's bosses gave him printout of his Yahoo IMs. Euro court says it's OK

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Re: Link

Anyone commenting on a Reg article who believes that they have any privacy expectations when using a work pc in work time needs to quit and get the hell out of IT as they are obviously too dumb to understand reality.

The fault here is the muppet who worked for a firm with such a draconian policy and then violated it.

As others have said I suspect they were looking for an excuse for other reasons.

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Intel aims for PC-style position in drones, robots and wearables

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they've lost already

The problem is that 99% of the hardware in this space is mature and most of it is connected to ARM.

Most of the remaining problems are software related.

Intel have missed the boat apart from small places where their ability to integrate stuff at the silicon level might come in handy.

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We know this isn't about PRISM, Matt Warman MP. But do you?

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My understanding is its not quite that simple.

There are aspects of the IPB that are a slight improvement - one is the incorporation of more judicial reviews but this is far outweighed by giving them insufficient oversight and the fact that they are attempting to legitimise the gathering of far more data.

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Stephen Hawking reckons he's cracked the black hole paradox

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Joke

A Prize to the first person who googles "soft hair"

From Work.....

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Wikimedia Foundation bins community-elected trustee

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Re: What The Internet Does Best.

This pre-dates the internet.

See Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy. He wasn't the first to state it - but he did give it a cool name.

http://www.jerrypournelle.com/reports/jerryp/iron.html

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Future Snowden hunt starts with audit of NSA spooks' privileges

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Re: Oh The Irony

Welll maybe - apart from the fact that this is best practise everywhere.

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Investigatory Powers Bill: A force for good – if done right?

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Care to GitHub it?

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Cocky SpaceX will try another sea landing with next rocket launch

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Re: Test to destruction

Since one (maybe both?) has been covered in fiery death from the last touchdown on it when the rocker toppled over I would say pretty damn tough.

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ISPs: UK.gov should pay full costs of Snooper's Charter hardware

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Re: Depressing.

unless of course you assume - given the apparent continuity between this and the Labour snoopers charter - that is those same civil servants in Whitehall or more likely Cheltenham driving this.

Ironic since GCHQ already has most of this anyway - so its probably just an attempt to get the storage costs off their books and onto the ISP's.

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Draft super-snoop bill's data protection Code of Practice is a blank canvas – expert

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Re: You're assuming this is a genuine process

Utter fail. So your suggestion is to do nothing? So they can legitimately claim that no-one objected.

FFS. If everyone had such a dumb attitude then the snoopers charter would have passed the last 3 times it was attempted.

This can be challenged and it can be fought both prior to and potentially after the bill gets past via the EHCR and other avenues.

If they snoop without this bill there are avenues to challenge it. This isn't a binary yes/no thing its a matter of increments and numbers - every effort we make to say no or disrupt this sort of stuff makes it a little harder to carry out.

Bottom line - there are a number of organisations and individuals fighting this, and genuinely a number of MP's who are concerned by it - so ffs man up and get with the program.

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Thinking of buying a Surface? Try a modular OLED Thinkpad first

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WTF?

More importantly

How will Lenovo have buggered up the keyboard in this iteration? Ctrl key goes walkabout? No caps lock, naff function keys?

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The Register's entirely serious New Year's resolutions for 2016

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Re: Hmm..

A small list of movers-onners :

Definite :

Lewis Page (was editor so that makes sense)

Tim Worstall (confirmed by posts by him on here including this thread!)

Possibly:

Lucy Orr (no article since Sept)

That bloke who was the anti-Lewis who wrote 1 too many sensible climate articles but was a bit gushingly pro-apple. (long gone in fairness)

Since most of them are probably freelancers its makes it hard to determine what's natural turnover vs what's deliberate.

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Re: Page and Worstall "moved on" in the Autumn, right?

interesting but I suspect a lot of that is purely the weekend edition on then off. whats Elexa's definition of a unique hit?

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Better late than never

This would have been nice 2 months ago when you made the changes.

Frankly as it stands El Reg is currently a less interesting place than it was 2 months ago.

Whilst I applaud the intent and look forward to the change in direction I think you have set yourselves a big task which is made harder by the fact it seems you threw the old stuff out without having any new stuff in place.

Right now the Reg of today is a more boring place than it was 2 months ago - so you have set yourselves a fairly big task to even get back to where you were. I've even had to slink off to the inquirer the odd time to get my cynical tech fix.

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EE's chief exec Olaf Swantee to step down

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Re: BT mobile historic flip flopping

One thing that I've always wondered but never enough to work out is whether BT is net up or down on the costs/profits from its shilly-shallying.

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Spooks, spyware, Ashley Madison and Windows 10: What you read in 2015

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Joke

Counting commentards comments as 'articles' its probably close.

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iOS 9 kludged our iPhones, now give us money, claims new lawsuit

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Re: Wish this had been publicized before

Oh really? By that logic half the android oems are wondeful green beardies by never providing a single android update thus allowing you to use your android phone to infinity and beyond.

Muppet.

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UK digital minister asks for input on strategy, lauds 'sharing economy' biz success

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@moonunuit

Out of interest which ex-colony?

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