* Posts by Gordon 10

2140 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

Mummy, what's the point of Evgeny Morozov's tedious columns?

Gordon 10
Silver badge

Re: Evgeny Who?

I think your safer assuming a commentard was being commentardish and carrying on regardless.

0
0

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: A side swipe at smartphone design

Gordon 10
Silver badge
Joke

Does it come with a free U2 album

inquiring minds want to know

5
1
Gordon 10
Silver badge
Trollface

Re: Nice

In fairness to Apple though (if I must) - if they did it they would have had the guts to launch it as a singular flagship product rather than just one turd among the many that they are throwing against the wall to see which sticks.

(Trolling the fandroids and making a valid point - can today get any better?)

5
1

Snowden 'ready to return to US', claims lawyer

Gordon 10
Silver badge
Unhappy

Unfortunately

Due to the gutless cowardice of the rest of the Western world I think he'll die in Russia. The most criminal part of the whole affair is the fact he'll probably die early and alone.

I just hope some future generations truly recognises him for what he's done.

32
2

C'mon! Greece isn't really bust and it can pay its debts

Gordon 10
Silver badge

I wouldn't be convinced by anything that starts with the premise that the US and Europe are similar.

7
3

TalkTalk 'fesses up to MEGA data breach

Gordon 10
Silver badge
Joke

When someone does a "Clarkson" on Gordon11 up there - please don't get me by mistake.

8
0

To beat Oracle, find jurors who care about Leisure Suit Larry not Larry Ellison

Gordon 10
Silver badge

Hang a sec

Wasn't this where Rimini claimed that they could use their Customers Oracle licenses instead of their own?

Serves them right afaik. Never try to use a companies own license against them. Especially when the have a metric f?cktun of lawyers on standby.

Oracle have never subscribed to the big fleas have little fleas view of the world.

1
1

Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

Gordon 10
Silver badge
FAIL

Re: Let me be the first to say...

So its your users fault? Great customer attitude there Albert.

21
2

Paranoid Android Kaymera smartmobe takes on Blackphone

Gordon 10
Silver badge

Re: Heh

Indeed - that should be the trigger phrase that activates the distress mode - like OK GOOGLE.

"Leave me alone or I'll call the ROZZERS" <autodial 999> it wont actually prevent you getting a good shoeing but at least it will be caught on tape.

0
0

Bank of England could mint own brand of Bitcoin

Gordon 10
Silver badge
Stop

Re: control

From a certain perspective it is their money, they are certainly the custodians of the particular symbol that acts as a proxy for money today. Whilst money is the rewards of our production, without a centrally supported, underwritten currency you end up with barter or bitcoin, neither of which have much to recommend them atm.

They done necessarilty own the "value" it represents, but they certainly have a role to play in its dissemination and up take.

0
0

Gemalto: NSA, GCHQ hacked us – but didn't snatch crucial SIM keys

Gordon 10
Silver badge
Black Helicopters

And if you want to be truly paranoid

Gemalto also make those smart cards you can use to log on to a pc too.......

0
0

Russia considers keeping its own half of the ISS alive after 2024

Gordon 10
Silver badge

How they going to fund it?

With the Ruble down the toilet?

1
1

Finally, a decent use for big data: Weeding out crooked City traders

Gordon 10
Silver badge
WTF?

WTF

Putting aside for a moment the fact that Big Data is just the buzz word / consulting revenue earner du jour, I do wonder how "predictive coding" (new one on me) is distinct from the big basket of analytic and data science techniques that have always hidden under the auspices of those horrid words "Big Data".

Since traders in particular are monitored up the wazoo already I can almost guarantee that every major bank has been mining that data for a good few years now. Whether its any better than state surveillance at spotting bad behaviour is another question entirely. :)

Its also worth noting that some of quantitative techniques that underlie the Big Data hypegasm have been being used on Market, Trading and Risk data and decisions for at least a decade - with decidedly mixed results.

3
0

'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

Gordon 10
Silver badge

Re: Doubly unusable if he moved the document

Charlie uses scrivener to a point afaik.

http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2012/07/writing-a-novel-in-scrivener-e.html

0
0

The Extreme Centre, Rise of the Super Furry Animals and The Kind Worth Killing

Gordon 10
Silver badge

Re: Socialism: it's fun, try it!

If I can misquote Churchill :

“It has been said that capitalism is the worst form of democracy except all the others that have been tried.”

0
0

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: El Reg eggs Benedict

Gordon 10
Silver badge

Re: says:

Proper hollandaise isn't that tricky, check out Delia's easy hollandaise and foaming hollandaise recipes. It helps if you have one of those hand blenders with a whisk adapter, and just add the butter a dribble at a time. If it starts to split you can usually recover it with a blitz from the whisk unless you are completely ham fisted. Don't forget a splash of white wine vinegar and a couple of pepper corns for the poaching water.

Eggs benedict is my get out of jail free card with the missus.

0
0

For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

Gordon 10
Silver badge

Re: Chuuuck IT All?

Copy paste ain't entirely flawless - more so if formatting is involved too. Can you imagine what a pain in the arse it will be if even 5% needs tweaking.

0
0

'NSA, GCHQ-ransacked' SIM maker Gemalto takes a $500m stock hit

Gordon 10
Silver badge
Unhappy

@King_tut Re: Fundamental misunderstanding of telecoms

"In the UK, these keys are in theory not much use anyway. That's because the exact same warrant would be required to use these keys within the UK as would be needed to order the carrier to do cell interception "

But isn't the point that if they have the encryption keys - they potentially dont need to apply for a warrant in the UK. Is there any oversight thats checking that haven't abused these keys on British nationals, or are we just meant to take their word for it? I take your point they may be fractionally more circumscribed than the NSA, but their previous form leaves me very doubtful.

Also presumably they dont have controls over where the sim cards end up so have to do some sort of polling/monitoring of Networks to determine who has what key - i.e. yet more indiscriminate data collection.

2
0

HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans

Gordon 10
Silver badge
FAIL

Re: LOOSE != LOSE

And you decided not to use the "Send Corrections Link" why?

15
7
Gordon 10
Silver badge
Holmes

Does he do any physics these days?

Or does he just spend time pontificating?

I want my TOE dagnabit!

5
7

Google strongly opposes plans to let ANY US COURT authorise digi-snoops

Gordon 10
Silver badge
Joke

Translated

Google: only we should be allowed to remote search servers. robots.txt we've heard of it.

5
6

Former Mrs Dotcom hooks up with Xbox 'toyboy'

Gordon 10
Silver badge

Re: WTF?

Eh? What you see as bias I see as fulfilling it's mandate to mock anything IT related. Looked at the masthead AC?

1
0

SAP's 10-year HANA gamble: A life without the big boys

Gordon 10
Silver badge

Seems an admission

That they priced HANA out of the market - it's a compelling product but usually priced eye wateringly even by oracles standards. SAP may have captive market in ERP (gawd knows why) who pay through the nose but they have never really tried to outcompete MD and Oracle in the database space. I Think they aspired to be another Teradata when there's only room for one.

0
0

BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

Gordon 10
Silver badge
FAIL

Re: So a meteor didn't wipe out the dinosaurs

That's somewhat out of context. A meteor Tsunami certainly didn't wipe out the dinosaurs - of the 4 elements it was mostly Earth and Fire i.e. Ash and Debris in the atmosphere.

1
0

Fight back against illegal GCHQ spying with PAPERWORK!

Gordon 10
Silver badge
FAIL

Re: Yawn

Grow the fuck up.

You may not agree with their methods but the fact remains without them and people like them the path to a Total surveillance state becomes a little bit easier.

I've signed up even with the small risk that I'll end up on some shit list somewhere.

38
3

The Glittering World: Some style, but no substance

Gordon 10
Silver badge

If you like fairy tales

Try Faerie Tale by Raymond E Feist, well before Urban Fantasy was cool - this was a good spine tingler.

1
0

Apple drives itself round bend: PITIES THE FOOL who inks deal with carmakers – source

Gordon 10
Silver badge

If apple were smart

I think they could go it alone with the right team:

http://www.gordonmurraydesign.com/GMD/Gordon_Murray_Design.html

Hey presto instant iCar.

0
0

Vint Cerf: Everything we do will be ERASED! You can't even find last 2 times I said this

Gordon 10
Silver badge

I don't think it's particularly self evident - he sounds like chicken little to me.

The proportion of the Internet worth keeping is tiny. The formats involved number in the low thousands the technologies in the same order of magnitude. All that's really needed is some auto tagging so that photos and personal data can be retained and Facebook posts flushed down the digital crapper.

0
4

Over 50? Out of work? Watch out because IT is about to EAT ITSELF

Gordon 10
Silver badge

A good point well made. Even if those answers on stock exchange were generic and templates (which they aint) you will still need some creativity to apply it to your current problem even if it's just replace $company name.

And that's before you factor in the fact that you need a continual source of new answers.

AI is coming to our careers but it's over a 15-30 time frame.

1
0

Skin colour's irrelevant. Just hire competent folk on their merits, FFS

Gordon 10
Silver badge
FAIL

Re: Quote from an interview

Tim might say that given that the Cap on H1B's has been reached continuously for the last few years then it indicates many people are actively choosing being a H1B 'slave' to working elsewhere.

Nice rant btw.

4
0

IBM drops patent bomb on Priceline.com

Gordon 10
Silver badge
FAIL

I love how this one always comes up. IBM's very own instance of Godwins law.

3
0

Capita lands spot on mega £5bn NHS commissioning deal

Gordon 10
Silver badge
FAIL

Re: And they wonder why people don't bother voting

The problem with voting for UKIP is that the average politician is too thick to distinguish between a vote for UKIP as a protest against the mainstream parties policies versus a vote endorsing UKIP's policies.

Net result -> Tories lurch right to UKIP lite. Labour lurch even more authoritarian/nanny statist, whilst pretending to be lefty.

I'm probably going to vote LibDem - on the off chance they get the balance of power - generally they will act as a moderating influence on the big 2, but not carry enough weight to implement their more loony policies. Filter out the policies that appear to their core voters and they are actually surprisingly sane. For political values of sane obviously.....

2
0
Gordon 10
Silver badge
Unhappy

Re: And they wonder why people don't bother voting

No-one in their right mind would work for crapita. I have a friend who does - he's generally rightwards of genesis khan and even he deplores their behaviour.

3
1

Bitcoin trade biz MyCoin goes dark, investors fear $387 MEEELLION lost

Gordon 10
Silver badge
FAIL

Final Nail in the bitcoin coffin?

at the very least its set it back about 5 years

2
1

Boffin the boffin and his boffinry pals in double dwarf super-prang alert

Gordon 10
Silver badge

Re: Boffin schmoffin

Down voted for facing to realise boffin is one of those rare words that's both hilarious and a sign of respect in spite of seeing it one million times.

Also down voted for searching and failing to notice it's polar opposite - Trick Cyclist.

6
1

UK air traffic mega cockup: BOTH server channels failed - report

Gordon 10
Silver badge
Unhappy

That won't stop the PHB's doing something dumb for show.

1
0
Gordon 10
Silver badge

I wonder if

This was running on TPF?

The Os and the age is right.

Would explain why there were different limits in different parts of the system not easily visible to each other.

Real programmers write OS390 assembler in 4k blocks.

2
1

This optical disc will keep your gumble safe for 2,000 YEARS

Gordon 10
Silver badge

Re: Finally-

and this is just the declassified version! The classified version of the disc is solar powered, self-reading and auto backs up to secure storage on the moon. (the moon landings were real but were a smokescreen to cover the installation of the data centre.)

4
0
Gordon 10
Silver badge

Beat me to it. Given the average life expectancy of even enterprise IT kit seems to be in the 5-10 year range better make sure some of that 1000 year lifetime is devoted to our post-apocalypse descendants/alien archeologists re-inventing Blu-Ray-XL players.

3
0

Basic minimum income is a BRILLIANT idea. Small problem: it doesn't work as planned

Gordon 10
Silver badge

Re: We'll probably need it within a century

"Wouldn't grey" = "soylent grey" autocorrected!

0
0
Gordon 10
Silver badge

We'll probably need it within a century

Assume for a sec that we stumble through the next century or so without wiping each other out or eating the old as wouldn't grey, there will probably come a time where we have the technology to eliminate most kinds of work but will not have the technology to support a post scarcity Economy. Then unless there is some kind or support of the unemployable lower and middle class the world will go to hell in a hand basket.

2
0

WHERE'S WALLY? He's in this algorithm, says developer

Gordon 10
Silver badge

Fairly trivial with the right tool

http://mathematica.stackexchange.com/questions/1911/what-is-the-fastest-way-to-locate-an-image-inside-a-larger-image

0
1

Ross Ulbricht, in the library, with the laptop: Silk Road boss found GUILTY of all charges

Gordon 10
Silver badge

And logging in from a private place is safer how? I expect he used a different public access point every time.

0
1
Gordon 10
Silver badge
Joke

Re: Other than

"I wonder if "my lawyer was crap" is a valid basis for appeal?"

Possibly but "getting caught red handed whilst wearing a metaphorical tricorn, parrot and a wooden leg whilst typing Aaaarrrrr me hearties" isn't a basis for appeal unless your name is OJ or it was international pirate day.

5
0

Big Data, empty bellies: How supermarkets tweak prices just for the sake of YOUR LOVE

Gordon 10
Silver badge
Thumb Up

Re: More neutral language please

The cynic in me approves of the use of the term discounters.

Where does Aldi and Lidl's ability to discount further than the big guys come from? Some of it is obviously store location, store fittings, and minimal headcount, but where does the rest come from?

Are they crushing suppliers worse that Tesco et al? Is it subsidised EU imports?

At some point a "Ryan Air" moment will arrive for the discounters, when buyers get fed up with the trade offs - I look forward to it with amusement. Of course if I were Tesco and the others I'd be looking at what Ryan Air did to the Airline industry and cacking myself.....

2
7

UK boffins DOUBLE distance of fiber data: London to New York WITHOUT a repeater

Gordon 10
Silver badge

Doubt it - logistically the favoured attack points would always be the end points anyway. The capabilities of USS Jimmy Carter not withstanding.

4
0

Tom Wheeler flings off dressing gown, dons gloves for net neutrality RUMBLE

Gordon 10
Silver badge

Re: "...no last-mile unbundling."

Agreed. Isn't it ironic that the land of capitalism doesn't offer true commercial competition for broadband.

13
0

O2 notifies data cops 'for courtesy' ... AFTER El Reg intervenes in email phish dustup

Gordon 10
Silver badge

But that's a very different proposition to "maximise profits" which is what the OP massively incorrectly stated.

In summary - OP posted cobblers.

4
0

Google gets my data, I get search and email and that. Help help, I'm being REPRESSED!

Gordon 10
Silver badge
Stop

@Andrew

But you have to take that one step further Andrew, and actually look at of those who valued their data at 140 quid - how many actually took their search/email etc business away from Google. And that's without getting into the fact that that 140 was the total for all data and all its uses.

If they didn't move away from Google - all it confirms is that they value Googles services to the tune of £140. all you have done is confirmed Tims point but disputed the actual "fer instance" value he chose.

Now Im hoping that increasing valuation of data is an indicator that the Tech giants are going to get a shock - but the realist in me suspects its going to be over a very long timescale.

And as for Market Destruction - I don't think you should conflate the services Google provides to earn its revenues with what it does with those revenues. For instance you might be perfectly happy with Googles use of your personal data but not with its destructive intentions for Copyright, or vice versa, or be one of a large group that don't like either - but they are essentially 2 separate things.

5
1

ICO's data protection tentacles will penetrate NHS bodies

Gordon 10
Silver badge
Thumb Up

Hopefully

They will be keeping their beady eye on Care.data

4
0

Forums