* Posts by Gordon 10

1996 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

Don't panic, US Navy has only deployed a ROBOT SHARK (but where are the lasers?)

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Shark?

Looks more like a baby whale to me

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Friday: SpaceX will attempt to land rocket on floating, robotic 'spaceport drone ship'

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When does their UK division open

Some days it feels like Elon is doing more to make the future happen than virtually anyone else on the planet.

Im sure he's standing on the shoulders of giants - but that guy has the vision, will and moolah to achieve something incredible.

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Soon EVERYONE will be doing it with a strap-on: The Reg's 20 festive wearables

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Nike are bailing....

Are bailing out of the hardware side of the wearables market - so better hold onto that Fuelband receipt.....

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Bill cram woes piling up for Sprint: Campaigners lob in a sueball

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WTF?

OMG

How is third party billing even legal? I'd like to think it cant happen over this side of the pond but that's probably wishful thinking.

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Beware of merging, telcos. CHEAPER SPECTRUM follows

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Bit of a stretch

"For everyone in the business it raised awareness of creative financial engineering"

That's a pretty naïve statement to suggest that before the great spectrum auction they weren't aware of just how many ways they could indulge in tax evasion.

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Sony sued by ex-staff over daft security, leaked privates

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Re: 12 years gone from the company, and they still have all his details...

Err most companies need to keep ex-employee records for pension & tax purposes.

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Little big phone: Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, a toothsome hand-fulla Android

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Damn

Of all the companies to produce a sensibly sized flagship phone why did it have to be Sony?

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London teen pleads guilty to Spamhaus DDoS

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going down

That kid has screwed his life up. Even if he doesn't go to the Big House he's won a free ticket to the Sex Offenders register.

Oh well. Another idiot has Darwin'ed his life goodbye.

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El Reg's mighty rocket spaceplane Vulture 2 arrives in US of A

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Am In the only one?

Who thinks that lohan is a splendid example of requirements creep but thinks it should be be celebrated anyway?

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Independent inquiry into British air-traffic-control IT nightmare

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Re: Stick with the dancing job!

And what the muppets are currently failing to understand - from everything I have read this was a deliberate failsoft event. i.e. designed to fail this way so that planes don't start falling out of the sky or flying into each other.

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Re: If it works, don't fix it.

I have just skimmed that article - all I can say of its author Matt Ridley is that he is a clueless c**t.

How on earth can you conflate what seems to be a "standard" but serious production issue to a problem with the development methodology? That somehow fixable by adopting the medialuvvie approach of those lunatics who do development at the cabinet office.

He has now raised the bar for idiotic technology reporting waaayyy above Rory Clueless-Jobsworth on the Beeb - something I hitherto thought impossible.

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Parallels to adopt Docker as native app format in Cloud Server

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Docker flocker schmocker

Dislcaimer I know nothing about Docker but how many of those "45,000+ “Dockerized apps”, are actually in widespread commercial usage?

At least the bulk of Parallels stuff has proven commercial use cases.

A more cogent question would be is Docker the new hype-du-jour finally knocking Hadoop off the top.

To misquote an exec at a recent big data conference. I've just spent £1m on Hadoop Docker - now what do I do with it?

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Deprivation Britain: 1930s all over again? Codswallop!

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Link please?

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Re: Spot on

Oh no Mr Syntax in a delicious case of irony the error is yours

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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My boss called

He now knows I am reading El Reg just by looking out of his office window.

Gee thanks Reg.

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REVEALED: Titsup flight plan mainframe borks UK air traffic control

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Software release issue.

The airline industry is riddled with legacy apps running on OS/370 and its descendants. When I were a lad you werent a man until you triggered at least a Ctrl-3 core dump on Prod.

A friend of mine one took out ticketing for all of Italy for 8hrs with a particularly buggy piece of assembler.

if it is OS/390 I wonder if its an ALCS/TPF relative?

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Re: There's nothing like state of the art hardware

@JS19

OS/370 and its descendants were running mission critical workdwide apps when you were in nappies boy. Give me known failure modes over unknown any day of the week.

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What future is there for UK's Care.data info sharing scheme?

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The stupid thing was

That if there had been a legislative guarantee that this data will not be sold on to third parties or made available to anyone other than public research institutions there would have been far less outcry.

But because they got data-greedy and wanted more than the basic goal of joined up records between GP's and hospitals it became a shambles.

If they had done it in stages there could have been an informed debate about each stage as and when it was proposed.

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GCHQ releases teen-friendly code-busting app

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Joke

It aint on the play store yet....

I wanted to download just to see what ridiculously elevated permissions it needed.

Access Contacts check

Access dialler check

Access Internet check

Install Rootkit check

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Bong Ventures LLC: We've been cyberhacked

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Excellent!

I find Bong a bit hit and miss but this was a definite hit.

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Sonic BOOM: 10 blast-tastic soundbars

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FAD - WTF is the point

Of having an ultra flat telly mounted to the wall if you have to have some lumpen mass of a soundbar under it?

Only about 2 of those were actually slim enough for wall mounting.

Talk about a Fad market segment - apart from the technology advances like Bluetooth and lots of HDMI ports how is this materially better than my 8 year old Sony 5.1 DAV-IS 10 all-in one tucked in a cabinet with tiny micro speakers and a monster sub tucked out of the way. ( it was the WhatHiFi 5* model of the time - all for £500.)

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Euro consumers have TOO MUCH choice – telco operators

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Greedy Pigs .....

.... in push for less snouts in trough shock.

MMMM Bacon -------------------------------------------------------------- >

You can bet that :

a) the GSMA doesn't represent all those 800 players equally, if at all in some cases.

b) That each of the 800 would consider themselves as being essential in a rationalised market.

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Vodafone to spend more time hanging out at bus stops

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Nimbys

are going to love this. Catching a bus? wear a tinfoil hat.

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

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Re: science eh?

Well done Sir! You avoided it so vigorously you accidentally entered a comment. bravo!

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Who won all-flash sales sash, sucked up all the cash? – IDC report

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Re: IBM is the low cost provider?

Indeed are those numbers credible? Either IBM are out to muller the competition or something is iffy in the numbers.

Do any El Reg commentards have any anecdotes to back up the IBM numbers?

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Mom and daughter SUE Comcast for 'smuggling' public Wi-Fi hotspot into their home

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Re: It does seem strange...

You mean just a large apartment building could have lots of private encrypted wifi points all fighting over the same 11-13 channels?

business as usual then. I believe the Access points don't use a channel for each public/private hotspot but rather one for the pair.

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Microsoft tries to defend Irish servers from US g-men invasion, again

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Crank up the farce to 11

I almost want Microsoft to lose this first round to watch the next stage of the farce in operation.

It could actually end up in the Judge directing an officer of Microsoft Corp directing an Officer of Microsoft Eire ltd to hand over the data and the Officer of Microsoft Eire refusing on the grounds of Irish/Eu law.

Even better if I know Corporate Legal entities (and I do) they could even be the same person.

My guess would be that whilst Judge nutbag could take punitive actions against Microsoft Corp, the person would be relatively safe.

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@JahBless Re: EU

You can hardly apply sanctions for something that hasn't happened yet. The fail is yours sir.

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Cops accessing journo sources with RIPA? Use your powers properly, moan MPs

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Re: RIPA is obviously flat out unlawful and not a valid contract 'law'!

Why on earth do you think a criminal investigation has anything to do contract law? you gibbering commentary.

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BOFH: Santa, bloody Santa

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Nice to see Gina back

All hail the bofhstress!

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Kaspersky: That 2 years we took to warn you about Regin ? We had GOOD REASON

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And if it is a clue what about India or Pakistan at a push.

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Feast your eyes: 10 'fortysomething' smart TVs

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Re: Really? A WebOS TV gets a recommendation?

How do you know the model reviewed has the same version you do?

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Another lick of Lollipop: Google updates latest Android to 5.0.1

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Re: 2012 Nexus models to stay at KitKat perrmanently?

N5 user here with only minor niggles.

Downloaded Bluemail to avoid the Android mail app a few weeks before so no hassles on email for me. I don't use exchange however.

Niggly issue with headphone button not worning on insert until you manually play first.

No battery life issues noted - about the same.

No WiFi issues on 802.11ac

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US retail giant Target fails to get banks' MEGABREACH lawsuit slung out of court

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Re: good news everyone

Eh? How is this one in particular the banks fault?

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Speaking in Tech: Android 5.0 Lollipop is a TRAIN WRECK

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Some minor niggles on a Nexus 5 but not a Vista

Mostly App related.

Headphone play button doesn't work the first time the headphone is plugged/unplugged. There's a big thread over the Lollipop bug forum about it.

My weather app no longer displays the temperature at the top of the screen.

They still haven't fixed that bizarre decision that prevents a vibrate "ring tone" when the headphone is plugged in. Thus if you happen to have the phone on vibrate when plugging in a headset you may miss incoming calls.

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UK slaps 25 per cent 'Google Tax' on tech multinationals

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Re: I'm confused...

I would guess the main reason is that Income Tax payers don't usually have a fleet of high paid lawyers on standby.....

And there are less punitive international treaties on cross taxation of corporate revenues compared to individuals income. cf the US's crazy income taxation policies where it doesn't matter where you live.

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Is EU right to expand 'right to be forgotten' to Google.com?

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And stories like that are why I oppose the reform of the Lords

To take something so idiosyncratically British and replace it with an institution full of more politicians or other self serving hacks just seems dead wrong. Checks and Balances with a hint of whimsy are good in my book.

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Top Apple exec: 'I knew [ebook] prices were going to go up – hell, the whole world knew'

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Re: Shock: Vendors want prices to rise

Yes and No. We all know that Amazon are deliberately keeping ebook prices low to disintermediate publishers and thus each their lunch, and probably in the long term eat our consumers lunch as well.

Given that and Amazon seems to currently have the freedom to abuse its monopoly position with almost zero regulatory oversight we shouldn't be surprised to find desperate* people doing desperate things. Whilst 2 wrongs don't make a right (unless you are acting on a global level to destabilise countries **cough** ) it seems wrong that Amazon has the freedom to act with impunity just because its having a short term benefit for consumers.

At the same time I have very limited sympathy for the publishers. Where are my "doubleplay" combined books and ebooks like the Hollywood pigopolists do for "tripleplay" DVD's and BluRays?

Baen used to do a variant of this years ago but has stopped :(

*desperate for corporate measures of desparate (ie stoopid)

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Hawking: RISE of the MACHINES could DESTROY HUMANITY

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Dear Stephen

Stephen we love you dearly and are in awe of all your achievements but it would be really great if you could STFU about the Rise of the Machines as the lesser minds of the staff and commentards at El Reg have it covered.

Lewis is our John Connor, Lucy Orr our Sarah Connor and Andrew O is that conflicted cyborg with a Windows Mobile OS played by Sam Worthington whose name nobody can remember.

You get on with formulating a working TOE so we can bail out of this planet on spindizzies when the Toasters rebel.

All our Love - the commentards.

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Orion: To Mars, the Moon and beyond... but first, a TEST FLIGHT through Van Allen belt

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Re: Architected?

Of course that pint needed glassing - it looked at me bird all wrong.

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Pebble: The brilliant stealth wearable Apple's Watch doesn't see coming

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Re: Battery Life

How does that work if I only take my watch off at night?

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Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

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I quite like them.

As long as they haven't been blatantly microwaved, as a change I find them quite satisfying - caving in that crunchy puff pastry and mushing half of it in the pie.

MMMMMM pie...

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Fait Acompli: Microsoft gobbles Android email upstart for $200m

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Wtf?

Email apps are a dime a dozen for android - what makes accompli so special?

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Kim Dotcom Dotcan remain on bail, despite Fed protests

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Re: Hmmmmm

Indeed how can he be "broke" if he has use of a mansion or a helicopter?

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VISUALISED: The Golden Vulture Dropping of Excellence

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Thank you...

I now will consider myself covered in 'glory'

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Tough Banana Pi: a Raspberry Pi for colour-blind diehards

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Re: Clarification

For what values of 'run'. For example how many enable hardware acceleration?

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Trademark Breach?

Isn't called something a Banana Pi when its completely unrelated to the Raspberry Pi dangerously close to "passing off"? Since its some dodgy Chinese outfit I guess we shouldn't be surprised.

Personally I would avoid it just because of that.

Related: Is there such a thing as a plain banana pie? Shouldn't it be Banoffee Pie or Banana Bread? Or possibly Banana wrapped in foil with a flake inside and barbied?

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Edward Snowden: best ... security ... educator ... EVER!

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Pedant alert

Whomever created that graph needs to go away and consider what "total" means.

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BlackBerry's turnaround relies on a secret weapon: Its own network

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Fair play to them

I'm tempted the buy s blackberry simply to support a company that actually seems to have turned itself around and whose managenent seem like they ate genuinely trying to innovate.

Makes a nice change.

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What's MISSING on Amazon Fire Phone... and why it WON'T set the world alight

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Re: Hmmm

"The Pre was ahead of the iPhone in some ways."

Kinda missed the point there AC.

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