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* Posts by Gordon 10

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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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Joke

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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KDE releases ice-cream coloured Plasma 5 just in time for summer

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Re: Incoming Rant

The point is that its a choice that very few want. Instead of all these UI "experts" designing stuff so they get maximum masturbatory pleasure from it - why don't they actually spend their time doing something that would be more beneficial to the community. It doesn't matter how l33t their coding skills are if they don't have the self discipline to do something useful.

Linux didn't become popular because it had nice eye candy - it became popular because

a) it was free.

b) it did the server basics very well indeed.

The trouble is all these sub-groups whilst starting out with great aims just become petty self-serving groups directed to achieving their own aims, and because they don't talk to anyone in the real world they end up delivering something that pleases no-one but themselves.

At least Canonical had the excuse of being directed by a billionaire megalomaniac for Unity. WTF are the Gnome and KDE guys excuses?

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Incoming Rant

I suspect lots of UI pseud's going to the same conferences following the same nerdy trends regardless of what users actually want/need. Honestly do they even talk to end users any more?

Honestly is there anything in modern OS design these days that isn't some massive circle-jerk?

How about an OS that just fucking works for 90% of users.

The reality is we reached peak UI for Keyboard/Mouse about 15 years ago, and for Touch 2-3 ago.

Now its all meaningless window dressing - that brings the excuse of being able to re-invent the wheels on the all the useful functions that didn't make the first cut of a new UI release, as an excuse to keep themselves busy.

A pox on all of their houses.

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BEST BATTERY EVER: All lithium, all the time, plus a dash of carbon nano-stuff

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Re: Chemical Battery limitations....

Are you capable of coming on here to comment without shilling your own blog?

No? Thought not. Time to test El reg's report button.

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Feel free to BONK on the TUBE, says Transport for London

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Re: Not yet.

For me - if it removes the random 2 day top up delay - so that my oyster gets auto topped up 2 days after I last used it - that would be enough of an improvement.

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Re: So...

Anyone who uses a credit card for the Tube is a muppet or needs very strong payoff discipline.

Interesting enough I received a mail from TFL this week about being included in the beta - suggesting they are widening it.

Now if only Google would sort out the Wallet on the Nexus 5....

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NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'

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Re: "Has anyone put anything in your luggage without your knowledge?"

"This is the same kind of security you see everywhere these days, it's NOT extraordinary."

His point was perfectly valid - prior to 7/11 - it WAS extraordinary.

Prior to 7/11 the UK endured a concerted IRA terrorist campaign for 28 years with 600+ civilian deaths and hundreds more incidents with a fraction of the security theatre we now have to put up with. the only meaningful incident since that time in the UK has been 7/7 at 52 deaths and you'll note there isn't a strip search getting on the UK Tube.

YMMV - but I think his point stands.

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Re: US Immigration

I heartily recommend going via Dublin or Shannon.

Not only can you have a craic in the land of the black stuff for the weekend prior/after - you also get to be pre-cleared by US immigration so come through the domestic channel on USian soil.

As a brucie bonus the America Border staff based there are basically on an all expenses 6 months trip to Ireland - so they are generally fairly relaxed and on a number of occasions have displayed a sense of humour.

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Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: The plug-in for plutocrats

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Re: Radar?

ultrasonic (old skool) electromagnetic (new school)

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Re: Hmmm

My point was that something like the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has a far better electrical system for half the price and to my mind is far closer to the hybrid ideal - i.e. enough for a couple of cross-town commutes purely on electrics.

I expect someone like Porsche to aspire higher.

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Hmmm

Is it not too much to ask such a big luxury car to make a better fist of the electric drive train both from a power and capacity point of view? They are both a bit on the token side.

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iOS slurpware brouhaha: It's for diagnostics, honest, says Apple

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Maybe Apple are running around thinking DOH what idiot put that in there.

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Re: "Dead people are rising but Authorities say there is no cause for alarm."

"Especially as it is Apple."

You mean unlike perhaps Google?

Apple are known for extreme control freakery, but not for flogging off your personal data.

Google love to pretend they are your friend and they "do no evil" all to get you to be open with your personal data so they can flog it for their profit.

If this is deliberate (which I doubt) then 99% likelyhood apple are slurping for their own purposes.

In all these cases - before you get on your high horses and assume conspiracy - try applying Occams Razor. Incompetence trumps Conspiracy every time.

Even with Snowden as a background - with the exception of Telco's most of the evidence is that the NSA and their ilk like to do things with no-one being aware of it.

The only known examples of deliberate coercion are the Telco's, possibly the RSA, and NIST and the stuff done under FISA. They are typical spooks mostly - they don't like explaining themselves to their bosses in governments - and if they can do things in a secret squirrel way - they will - its their whole mindset.

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Microsoft unsheathes cheap Android-killer: Behold, the Lumia 530

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I swear

That MS actively try to destroy any value in any acquisition that they make.

1. Bin all the knowledge and expertise from Nokia staff.

2. Bin the last program that made Nokia relevant beyond win phone in the dirt cheap end of the market.

3. Totally ignore a mature sales and distribution network build by one of the greatest phone shifters of all time.

Nadella and Elop - what a pair of asses. they are made of fail.

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Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network

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Re: Hmmm.

Worse than that - he's suggesting he's a daily mail reader.

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iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms

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Re: One does not replace the Rolls every year!

I'm sure apple are more than big enough to take the long term view on upgrades. They certainly do with their Mac's. If its one thing Apple have been better at in general than pretty much any other Tech company its customer retention and loyalty.

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US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account

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Re: sigh

Actually in this case it says sweet FA. Care to enlighten us on which part you have issues with?

There seems very little commentard agreement on this particular topic.

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

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Re: Please let this not be true...

Don't you mean a bit 'Abrams'?

In a stunning plot twist an aged Jar Jar goes back in time to hang with his Mesa buddy Darth Maul only to accidentally erase the entire time line that produced Anakin Skywalker and Midaclorians by accidentally wiring the throttle of Anakins pod racer directly to the fuel tank.

Fortunately Luke and Leia are warned of their impending demise via a disturbance in the force as if a billion movie goers suddenly cried out with joy and taking Han and Chewie with them they too travel back in time via a convenient black hole. Arriving slightly too late they are able to save Qui-Gon, Jar-Jar, Anakin and Obi-wan but not before their voice boxes are irreparably damaged - resulting in the rest of their roles in the 2nd Trilogy being sub-titled. Bitter Jar-Jar attempts to attack the time travelers, but fortunately Han shoots him first without warning, and Chewie beats the wounded Jar-Jar to death with his own ripped off arms.

The world saved our heroes jump in another passing black hole and spend their twilight years teaching their Jedi children to fleece the roulette wheels at Hutt Vegas III.

If JJ's doesn't take more liberties with Star Wars than the above I'll eat my hat.

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BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled

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Re: Perhaps the BBC might want to come clean about the full extent of the problems?

Possibly because it may be an exaggeration? I was on the News site on and off all weekend and nary a problem.

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Re: C'mon, sort yourselves out

Awww bless. Someone still dumb enough to think that privatisation fixes anything.

Newsflash commentard - ***every*** organisation the size and bigger of the BBC is f*cked up - only the vast quantities they pay their managers differs.

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There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES

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Holey Moley

If the Beeb is responsible for 20% of the European TV budget - that kinda suggests what a dire state the rest of Europe is in.

I find it ironic that the 2 tax payer subsidised organisations (Beeb and C4) produce better quality output imo than the other UK ones (looking at you ITV and Sky).

Its not mentioned but is it possible that Beeb/Beeb Worldwide is also the biggest TV exporter in Europe? Or do someone like the Spanish channels get a look in? Or possibly the Scandinavians' with the current Scando-Noir trends.

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For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets

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Oh really

Since I've had all those problems with android and apple tablets apart from the tiny icons might I suggest you are exaggerating slightly. I would never suggest you might have blinkers - no siree......

And don't get me started on the horror show that is mobile Firefox for Android.

Point is all early versions of products have bugs - what did you expect when you bought Windows Tab v1.x?

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Did HP just tip its hand on Autonomy? Spoiler: It was a busted flush

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Getting ridiculous

All we've had from HP so far is FUD nearly all of which is based on absolutely valid IFRS accounting. The only lesson we can take from this so far is that a) HP managemrent doesn't understand GAAP accounting or b) they are just leaking and spinning for all they are worth.

Add in the total lack of corporate governance HP has demonstrated over the last 7 years or so up to and including Meg's powergrab for all 3 C roles and there is only one conclusion.

Something is toxic in HP it has been for years and it still getting worse. The entire board and c suite need to be hauled up on corporate malfeasance charges.

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HP CEO Meg Whitman dons TRIPLE CROWN of POWER

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Wtf

Well that will solve the multitude of corporate governance problems HP has been exhibiting in the last 5 years.

More evidence that the board are asleep at the wheel.

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X marks the chop: Microsoft takes axe to Nokia's Android venture

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FFS

Why didn't Elop(e) kill the X phones before birth. Typical ex-CEO - incapabile of making any REAL decision.

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Kaboom: Delayed patent bomb hits SAP in the Q2 profit

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Re: The madness is nearly complete

Broken US Patent system meet broken US "Justice" system.

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Brit Rockall adventurer poised to quit islet

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Re: world's remotest outcrop

Theres a difference between the World and the British Isles? potato potaato.

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Sit back down, Julian Assange™, you're not going anywhere just yet

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Re: Er, timing?

It doesn't trample any international rules. All these alignment issues between slightly differing judicial systems are thrashed out during extradition and cross border policing treaties. Just coz you and Asshat don't like them doesn't mean they aren't binding and legal up until the exact moment the ECHR rules against them - which they haven't in this case.....

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Accused! Yahoo! exec! SUES! her! accuser!, says! sex! harassment! never! happened!

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Re: It's funny

Eh? You do get that they are both female don't you?

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Elon Musk GIVES UP ON SEX: He'll make do with a 'cheap' Tesla III instead

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Looking forward to it

At that kind of price (assuming £=$) and range - it will be a serious contender in the compact-mid size executive market.

Given the choice between a high end 3 series/low end 5 series and a model 3 - I suspect a certain % will choose the T3.

Especially if it gets on the main stream fleet management/contract hire provider lists.

I can see some private charging/filling station deals like a lot of bigger fleets already operate for LPG/Diesel.

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Piece of Apple close to smashing CRAZY 2012 share price record

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Re: A couple of months

Your point could have been made without the childish apple bashing. Why wasn't it?

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Re: Apple Share price

only if you sell at the right time or they continue doing special dividends......

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Hmmm I smell a deliberate pump and dump. Would anyone care to explain how apples fortunes have materially changed in the last 9 months - their product line certainly hasn't.

The only legitimate thing I can suggest would be if Samsungs current woes are an indication that peak Android has been reached band that Apple might benefit. - not trollling.

If you take hardware Gizmo's aside Apple still has a slight edge in the UI/human interface layer - even if I think IOS 7 is dog barf.

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Native Americans KILLED AND ATE DUMBO, say archaeologists

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Re: We kill and eat Wilbur. And Nemo (if not Nemo, several of his cousins). And Bambi. And Daisy.

Indeed - if god hadn't intended us to eat animals he wouldn't have made them out of meat.

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Re: Americans will do anything

Everybody has the choice between Hotdogs and Dumboburgers.... /Mellencamp

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Running the Gauntlet: Atari's classic ... now and then

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aarg beaten to it. My favourite was always

"Wizard is about to die"

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Can it be true? That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of PUREST ... BLACK?

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Re: Groundbreaking

Research <> product development.

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SpaceX FINALLY lobs six sats into orbit (don't mention the landing)

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One wonders how many enemy nuclear sub's were 'accidentally' under the rocket when it went kaboom?

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Phab-u-less: Huge MONSTER iPhone 6 not due until 2015 – claim

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I for one

think His Royal distortionist herr jobs got it right on screen size. My nexus 5 at 4.95" is too big to comfortably span with one hand when held vertically- I wouldn't touch a 5.5" "phone" with a bargepole.

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Canuck reader threatens suicide over exact dimensions of SPAAAACE!

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Re: To quote Weird Al

I suspect the down voter doesn't get Weird Al. Have an upvote,

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Read the proposed US ASTEROIDS Act to green-light mining IN SPAAAACE

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Re: There are so many problems.

Not sure I get your point in re-entry costs. Once braked into a stable orbit the additional costs for re-entry should be minimal.

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Today's Facebook fury: Coppertone-like baby pic ban baffles US mom

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Conflation

Strange juxtaposition of 2 different things imo. Facebooks paranoia or prudery has very little to do with the applicability or UK porno law apart from the face they were probably constructed by those of a similar attitude to "father knows best".

Rather than outrage bear in mind that the key part of the UK law is - interpretation. The reason this is left some what open to judges is so they can use their judgment. It may involve some idiot plod erring on the side of caution occassionaly but that's how our justice system works over here.

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Amazon woos dispute-stung Hachette scribes with 100% ROYALTIES

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I think your down votes are from a few "true believers" whose treatment by publishers has never been in line with their expectations. We'd have to read their works to see if that were justified.....

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Re: So what benefit do publishers bring?

I would say there is the odd self publisher that has done well. Randolph Lalonde (Spinward fringe) springs to mind. Although imo - he never rises above middle tier space opera, and the series looks increasing in need of a strong editorial presence.

You are right about there being a lot of dross at the 99p end of the market.

Agree with you that Amazon are the worse of the 2 in this scenario.

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Re: Sympathy For The Authors

Or alternatively its got nothing at all to do with dis-intermediation and everything to do with Amazon wanting to establish a good old fashioned monopsony/monopoly.

Since successful authors tend to have multi-decadal careers they have got to ask themselves if they feel safe staying with a Publisher or helping Amazon eliminate publishers then taking the risk that Amazon wont screw them later down the line.

Its worth not conflating ebooks and mp3's as the world is wont to do on this topic. Books as an eco system are much wider and healthier than music imo, and record companies <> publishers. I think a lot of people unconsciously make this comparison and it very quickly breaks down if you think about it.

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Re: Here's another radical idea

Charlie Stross has written a few good posts on his blog on why he won't self publish and the useful things publishers do for authors whilst still having a rant about DRM and other things. I suggest anyone wanting a balanced view have a gander.

This is just one of many posts.

http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2014/05/a-footnote-about-the-publishin.html

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Re: Divide and conquer

@aurizon

Care to back up that wild statement with a link or justification? No? Thought not.

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Doctor Who season eight scripts leak online

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Re: I'd like to see the day

Rose tinted glasses mate - they were always truckdriverist as well.

Make delivery murder prostitute etc etc.

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