* Posts by Gordon 10

2226 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

Costa Coffee Club members wake up and smell the data breach

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Re: I like Costa

What's wrong with a truly old fashioned letter of complaint to their CEO?

I think you are being a bit optimistic in expected any electronic communication not sent to a specific address and a with a specific subject getting anything more than a rote response.

Besides - report the branch to the council food hygiene peeps.

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Something's missing in our universe: Boffins look into the SUPERVOID

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A great void?

Where's Flinx when you need him?

BEWARE OF THE MINIDRAG ----->

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Lawyer: Cops dropped robbery case rather than detail FBI's StingRay phone snoop gizmo

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Re: Couldn't happen over here, of course ;-)

afaik we couldn't hold the trial in secret over here as the UK FBI equivalent in cases other than spying/terrorism is NOT MI5 and thus unlikely to be able invoke an "in the interests of National Security" clause.

We're not quite that far gone (yet).

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Re: @Lucre

Cobblers. There is a major difference between operational security and capability. The former should legitimately be kept secret during a case. The latter should be fully disclosed, they work for society not the other way around.

This is just a way of generating fear and uncertainty in the populous in general - not just the criminal fraternity, and is just a variant of security through obscurity anyway.

Are these devices even legal anyway? Do they have a spectrum license or exception? I suspect the whole reason its kept secret is that these devices are operating in a very grey area of the law.

The cops need to be seen as totally compliant with the law - not seeking to exploit it. Especially since in most cases these are being used to catch your garden variety criminals.

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Post Office denies IT blunders led to criminal charges against posties

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About time those stonewallers were held to account

When a company that's taking the Post Offices cash still manages to flag serious problems and the post office responds with denial something's got to be done.

I suggest a full inquiry with the power to jail those in charge both now and as far back as the first criminal charge was brought against a post master/ mistress.

It is only me that suspects the denials are due to the fact they can't actually tell the innocent from the guilty so would have to assume everyone is innocent and pay out millions in compensation - which they should - if horizon lacks a basic audit log. They can recover the money from the contractors.

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HP's $3 BEELLLION Aruba buy ‘significantly undervalues’ wireless operator

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Hmmm

Since Aruba has shot up 33% (from 18 to 24) since the deal was announced I suspect he wont have a leg to stand on the price argument.

Not a legal beagle but would have thought his best bet maybe on the unfair restrictions, although I have a hunch they are probably fairly standard where the buyer thinks they can get away with it.

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KABOOM! Billionaire fingers dud valve in ROCKET WIBBLE PRANG BLAST

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Re: SpaceX Booster Recovery Saga

@Bhound562

And remind me how many REAL LIFE tests ULA have performed with this Engine-Helicopter capture schizzle?

Whats that? Vulcan is vapourware produced by a bunch whose number is increasing looking like its up?

Feel free to post back when Vulcan is actually flying. (2019 if it doesn't slip).

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Google has tested its speedy QUIC internet protocol on YOU – and the early results are in

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Re: Hubris

You obvious know this space better than me - but if Google engineers are so ignorant how do you rationalise SPDY being adopted?

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Nokia to take $6bn bath on Navteq following AlcaLuc purchase

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Plural

OSes

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Conservative manifesto: 5G, 'near universal' broadband and free mobes for PC Dixon

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Re: Confirmation

Pray tell me how I'm meant to have an open mind when both of the main parties have policies that are essentially unchanged over the last 5+ years, which are all about the triumph of big organisations such as the civil service, the unions, big business (delete as appropriate) over the individual?

I've decided this time round I'm voting based on the single issue I'm passionate about - (digital) civil liberties - as there is very little else to distinguish the big 3, if that makes me close minded (like about 80% of the electorate) then so be it.

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Confirmation

That Call Me a Tool of GCHQ (tool for short) isn't getting my vote.

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Selfie sticks BANNED by Apple: No hipster tools' tools allowed at WWDC

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Am I the only one?

Who had to google Selfie Stick and now has lost something useful from long term memory?

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Just LOOK at this filthy Imation linen, screeches furious Clinton Group

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Re: Clinton?

plenty of bum scratching going on regardless of which it seems!

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hmmmm

One mans "Value destruction" is another one "legacy products in a legacy business"

One mans Activist Investor is another ones "too stoopid to sell earlier"

All that graphic seems to prove is that the "value destruction" was done on a previous Chairman and CEO watches, and the current incumbents have just been managing the company at its true market value.

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

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@captain daft

Not sure you're right there, for this mission at least, lateral motion suggests so far that the rocket has been coming in sideways relative to the barge then skidding and tipping.

Presumably the barge has station keeping thrusters, either they need to let the barge drift a little in the same sideways direction, or use the cold gas thrusters on the rocket to kill the sideways motion.

I would think swell is a less issue, and potentially somewhat out of their control due to weather and the like than the lateral motion. Having said that they also presumably have much more thrust on hand to counteract heaving and pitching.

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Apple, IBM jump into bed for health data love in

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What would be very interesting

Is when the foss versions of Watson come on line and allow you to analyse your own data against a baseline.

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Nokia: Yes, we're chatting up Alcatel-Lucent

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Have Alcatel ever made a profit?

They've been doing restructures ever since they swallowed lucent which is 15 odd years ago.

Talk about Nokia jumping out of the frying pan....

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Labour manifesto: Tech Bacc, not-spot zapping and hi-speed interwebs

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Re: Wonderful news

In fairness I think the lib dems have promised more on the digital freedoms front.

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Motorola's 5-incher finds the G-spot: Moto G 4G budget Android smartie

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Re: Compared to Nexus 5

Careful! You'll get all the SD card fans frothy with your heretical suggestions.

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Re: hmmm

Its pretty similar to a reversible sedgewick, but different.

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Learn yourself hireable: Top tips for improving your tech appeal

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Unfortunately on a CV being able to say "I have a qualification in XYZ" sometimes carries more weight than "I have done XYZ for 10 years".

Sad but true :(

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Urine for a treat this Monday, ISS 'nauts: SpaceX to launch pee-powered coffee pot

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Re: Friday... beer o'clock.

Well duh of course it's orbital mechanics that doesn't mean a slot that small should have been selected as a valid launch window.

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Xiaomi's birthday present to itself: Flogging 2m phones in 12 hours

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What has Xiaomi got in common with Apple?

Sweet FA as far as I can see.

Surely MS, Sammy, HTC, LG et al have far more reason to be cacking themselves?

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ALIENS ARE COMING: Chief NASA boffin in shock warning

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Well they couldn't find any field geologists trained on Mars.

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Instead of public sector non-jobbery, Martha, how about creating REAL entrepreneurs?

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Digital

Will someone with a technical background explain to me what this digital bollocks is all about? 20 years in tech and I'm still none the wiser.

It seems like it's the usual wanky buzzword du jour turned up to 11.

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Bell Canada pulls U-turn on super-invasive web-stalking operation

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Customers

How come none of these fucktards can actually remember who their customers are?

It baffles me.

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Steely wonder? It's blind to 4G and needs armour: Samsung Galaxy S6

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Android 5 bugs?

This is the second Andrew O article where he says that Android 5 is incredibly buggy, without any substantiation. I've been on it almost since launch (Nexus 5) and cant say I've noticed it being any more buggy than its predecessor - isn't it time we had some examples? Play Music in particular seems to have carried over all its pre-existing bugs intact. Random playlists and Voice control not working, so I'd be interested in knowing what is actually new if anything.

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EU Commish mulls new bloc-wide rule on web content takedowns

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Indeed

They could hardly do a much worse job. Although I seem to recall the commission is responsible for much of the abominations such as the Safe Harbour agreement.

My preference would be if this was in the hands of the EU Parliament, since they have the best history of defending individual rights out of the 3 EU bodies.

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HP Stream x360: Flippable and stylish Chromebook killer

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Re: Chromebook Killer ???

And exchange that for a crippled offline mode and the chocolate factory knowing your every move. . I'll take the devil I know if it's all the same to you.

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THOUSANDS of alleged pirates' addresses to be handed to Dallas Buyers Club

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Leaving aside the matter of floating ip addresses

Seems a reasonably balanced judgement.

Seems a rather zero sum game for 1 film owner to do though, wonder if they are being used as a stalking horse?

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Photo finesse: Eyefi Mobi Pro Wi-Fi SD card

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All that review

And they forget to mention what version of 802.11 it supports. Presumably a cack one.

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Irvine Welsh offers A Decent Ride, while the The Discreet Hero is yet to be revealed

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Bizarre as it may seem

poo transplants are actually a valid treatment for some gut/bowel diseases.

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Big changes proposed to DNS overseer ICANN

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Re: Does this mean that the US has figured out a backdoor into the ICANN process?

In fairness to the US government every public statement they have made has been to tell ICANN to sort themselves out. . They seem as exasperated with their behaviour as everyone else.

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UK lawsuit against Google delayed by EU antitrust investigation

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So basically

2 more years and foundem will be bankrupt. Problem solved. Well done EC!

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Mystery 'Explosive' cyber-spy campaign traced back to Lebanon

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Alternatively

Evidence obtained by the Israeli security firm Plausible Deniability Inc suggests the attacker group is based in near Lebanon.

*COUGH* Israel

**COUGH COUGH** Syria.

Sorry 'bout that nasty spring virus doing the rounds.

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Ding Dong, ALIENS CALLING

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They'll use magic

Or something sufficiently advanced that it will be indistinguishable from it.

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David Cameron's Passport number emailed to footy-head

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Re: Passport Chip

Seriously? surely for fraud prevention alone it should be pki, allowing anyone to read but only the Govt to write. then embed the public key in the machine readable text.

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Huawei networking kit gets the green light from Blighty's spooks

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Re: A recommendation of sorts...

Indeed - it pragmatically comes down to *if* it is compromised - which compromisee is least likely/able/willing to use against you.

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Apple's 13-incher will STILL cost you a bomb: MacBook Air 2015

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Hang on a sec

So class leading battery life in a form factor that is still one of the nicest around is somehow entry level?

I'm willing to bet if you do the rounds you wont find something with identical specs at a lower price point.

Looking at the significant compromises in the the new Macbook. I think the MBA has a couple of years life left in it yet for those of us who want to balance power, performance, battery life and looks.

Ok I've drunk the koolaid on this one a bit - but for real world uses the MBA (especially the 11") is still pretty well balanced.

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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

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Re: Good riddance, I say

Good lord. Do you see the irony in your post? . Reread the article and see if you recognise is yourself - Alistair was talking about people like you.

Have a big bag of fail.

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Did we just wake up in an alternate universe? BlackBerry turns a profit

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Re: The Ed Miliband of smartphones

I don't think it's scale - BB are well capable of taken a large enough order to the usual OEMs and producing a flagship phone - its just that they have deliberately chosen quirky or classic as their differentiators.

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Euro THERMONUCLEAR REACTOR PROJECT is in TROUBLE

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Sucessful Fusion

Of many bank notes into a few.

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Hypocrites

Arent these the same people who have NEVER had their accounts signed off?

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Tim Cook: I'll give just a THIRD of what Gates gave to charity last year

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Utter fail

Whats Apple's tax compliance got to do with Tim's personal charitable contributions? Struggling to fill the page?

Now if it had been more directly about Apples very limited charitable works you might have had a point.

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Microsoft and Oracle are 'not your trusted friends', public sector bods

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Re: So give them the boot - use open source

@Doctor Syntax

Since the outcome of that case and its various appeals is still pending - you're a little premature.

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How a hack on Prince Philip's Prestel account led to UK computer law

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Re: I'm a republican…

I love republicans not only is there always at least one foul mouthed yob who defeats their own argument through sheer bile, there's always another who wants to eat the rich out of envy. . Then there's the delusional majority that who have bizarrely convinced themselves that binning the royals is anywhere near the top of the list for fixing our current system?

Plus let's look at the evidence shall we?

Republics. FRANCE USA.

Monarchies Norway, Belgium and Spain.

Which ones are most dangerous to their citizens and the rest of us? Give even more power to our politicians? I DON'T THINK SO.

I rest my case m'lud.

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Get off Facebook if you value your privacy, EU commish tells court

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how can the "bulk of the damage" already have been done when the data transfers are still happening in real time as we speak.

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No, really, the $17,000 Apple Watch IS all about getting your leg over

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Re: Bah!

Shame it looks like one of those round sausages in a bun you used to be able to get in Wimpy, probably of a similar vintage too.

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BT slams ‘ludicrous’ Openreach report as Vodafone smirks

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Re: Free market?

Possiby because the Govt isn't offering them a big fat subsidy to do so, either directly ala the rural BB rollout or indirectly via an inflated connecton charge.

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Of course Voda want direct dark fibre access

as that would allow them to monopolise it instead potentially sharing it with the other Telco's via OpenReach.

I'm all for BT being more strongly regulated but not at the expense of giving control to a corporate entity which would operate in exactly the same manner given half a chance.

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