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* Posts by Gordon 10

1943 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?

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Wot no Wedding episode

:( woes

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London police chief: City bankers, prepare for a terrorist cyber attack. Again

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Re: "push back and take action now before it happens"

@Elmer

"What if I don't have a religion?"

Then both sides take turns burning you. There is no middle ground recognised by opposed fanatics.

Fortunately fanatics are the (bell) ends of the distribution curve.

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Keen to get CRITICAL PAYMENT systems up QUICKLY after HACK?

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Re: Redundancy

Pedant alert.

4 lots of things can actually have a negligible benefit and sometimes actually be outweighed by the costs of managing the additional complexity.

I suspect you already knew that and were just "for instancing"

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Samsung, Apple soap opera drama: Korean giant WILL churn out chips for iPhones, iPads

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Re: @DougS I am not sure that Samsung needed to do any such pricing inducements.

The alternative side of the negotiation word have been Apple knowing that the Samsung mobile sales tanking is hurting the entire group and that Apple could fill up both some of the slack demand as a result of Sammy mobile needing to scale back production, and are more able to withstand short term supply constraints by limiting demand in various markets.

Whichever way it went I would love to have been a fly on the wall....

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Nokia: Buh-bye LUMIA and cash-sucking handset pals... LET'S MAKE SOME MONEY!

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Re: Patents

AFAIK most of Nokia's patents are for "real" innovative things. Not button clicks.

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LARGE, ROUND and FEELS SO GOOD in your hand: Yes! It's a Nexus 6

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Re: Pricing

Spot on on all counts. I too thought Apple had more sense than to produce a stupidly wide phone just goes to show you can never tell.

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Re: Very meh ....

Another meh from me. Where's the value in the nexus line gone?

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ISPs are stripping encryption from netizens' email – EFF

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Pedant alert

It's more a case of the isp's not applying encryption in the first place than stripping existing encryption.

The flag is what's getting stripped but that's not encrypted in the first place.

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EU Ryanair 'screen-scraping' case could affect biz models

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Re: Genuinely stupid in the case of Ryanair

Whilst I agree with you on O'Leary being O'Leary I disagree with you on Ryan air using the same seat pricing models as their competition. Afaik they use a far simpler time based model.

Source - 5 years or so ago I was on the project that deployed one of these pricing models into the other Irish Airline of note - an identical system that was used by both BA and Virgin.

As with all things IT they didn't develop their own internal models they bought in a software package from a vendor that employed a whole gang of clever mathematicians.

Now maybe its changed in the last 5 years but knowing O'Leary's cheap skateryness I doubt it.

Now your employing Grad comment on the cheap - was an accurate description of how RA started their online booking site, but even that became outsourced to one of the specialists in this kind of thing, one of the more niche GDS players when such terms were still relevant.

Afaik you are also oversimplifying on the API front as well - whilst actual price calculations may be ephemeral - the inventory data their are based on certainly isn't (with the possible exception of RA in this case, as they never used inventory based pricing).

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Vodafone: For Pete's sake! Apple’s 'soft' SIM's JUST AN EE SIM

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Expect Coloa...

...to quietly get in line with the begging bowl once he gets steamrollered by Apple. Especial if Google weigh in with a default design for Android more in line with Apples than the GSMA.

Classic incumbent complacency. I give the GSMA to get a competing solution into multiple handsets and across multiple Telco's before the manufacturers each their lunch.

History has shown us that the mobile Telco's are pretty poor innovators and tend to lurch from fluke revenue stream to fluke revenue stream, more often than not.

the next year or so should be amusing. Must review my Voda shares.

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EU battles over 'anti-terrorist' passenger records slurper law

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Its come to something

When its the European parliament that is standing up for our rights over our own elected representatives.

In fact whenever a Dutch or German MEP talks they usually make perfect, proportional sense, far more regularly than the sorry lot of UK MEP's, never mind the European Commission.

No wonder half the tories want out of Europe. it both satisfies their anti European and authoritarian tendencies.

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Bullish Vodafone barges back into UK consumer broadband market

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Re: First/Final Mile

hahahaha.

I don't see Voda's network infrastructure investment being up to the job of using 4G as a broadband substitute. Not after 4-5 years of under-investment

Remember when they used to boast (with some justification) about being the most reliable network?

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This 125mph train is fitted with LASERS. Sadly no sharks, though

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Re: Just getting these trains running at normal network speeds is a *big* step forward

Re timing. I've seen these trains running in early commuting hours on one of the busiest lines into London - 6.30am or so. Given that I don't believe there's much problem with getting them on the network.

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Yahoo!-backed Hadoop biz Hortonworks flings itself at the stock market

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Makes you wonder what cloudera are worth.

They seem to be make good inroads into most of the financial services sector.

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FUTURE ROBOTS will EXTERMINATE UK jobs – study

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The transition is the problem

There is a stage when a significant minority are unemployed but the prevailing social and economic structures are still directly tied to the output of the remaining cash generating industries.

At some point we need to devise economic models that don't work on financial measures.

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Don't assume public trusts you, MI5. 'Make a case' for surveillance – Former security chief

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I "trust" ISIS the most

Because I believe I understand their motives the best as they appy to me. They want to chop off my head, convert me to extremism or something similar that's contrary to my lifestyle and beliefs.

Snowden I give the benefit of the doubt to - because I approve of his actions and on balance I perceive them to be positive.

The intelligence apparatus I trust the least - because they keep saying "trust us" then abusing that trust.

Quite a balanced statement from an Ex-spy though. Although since she is mouth piecing for MS we should expect she represents their views.

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Doctor Who trashing the TARDIS, Clara alone, useless UNIT – Death in Heaven

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You sure about that? The colour coding was for a cyber gun which were blue in this episode, rather than master death ray red.

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Brussels' transport chief demands a single European sky to end 'air traffic gridlock'

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A European decision that has only positives.

So why don't they spend more time pushing this that some of their other lunacy.

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Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

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Re: i don't want to sound unfeeling, but..

I don't know if you are being deliberately obtuse or not but its never touted as shining a laser in your eyes.

Its touted as a corrective medical procedure.

Your description is analogous to describing surgery as having your body cut open by a man with a knife, accurate but wilfully unhelpful for the case in hand.

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Met Office: 2014 was FIFTEENTH WARMEST UK SUMMER on record

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Fail.

Mr Ward is an opportunist shill and you are defending him why?

And I hardly think headlines chosen generally on El Reg for their humour value rather than their accuracy are comparable in the same category as some PR flaks.

Indolent by name and indolent by comment perchance?

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Name me one English summer

Where the solution to it being hot has necessitated more than opening the windows (old people still have windows right), and/or cavorting nekkid.

How many 30c plus days did we get this year? Not many I can recall. There were a lot of high-middling 20's warm days which obviously pushes the average up but it wasn't a scorcher of a summer imo.

What an opportunist twat of the highest order.

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The Great Smartphone Massacre: Android bloodbath gathers pace

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Re: Dear Sony.

@AC

You friend didn't look too hard. Its all over Amazon.

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Google dives headlong into the mess

Am I the only one who find the premium pricing of the new Nexus models utterly bizarre, just as all the manufacturers are getting hit with falling demand for their premium models in dives Google abandoning the "Vanilla Value" niche it had carved out with the previous Nexus generation.

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The late 2014 Apple Mac Mini: The best (and worst) of both worlds

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Apple would probably think (if they cared to) that the fact you haven't taken the plunge previously probably means you weren't likely to this time either. Therefore no lost sale.

Unfortunately for those of us who like that stuff - I suspect Apple will continue down the path of less and less user upgradeability.

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Trickle-down economics WORKS: SpaceShipTwo is a PRIME EXAMPLE

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I would argue that they are 2 different ways of contributing to the same goal - getting our race off of this planet so we can further continue the species. Only history will be able to judge to what degree each effort contributed.

For instance its possible that the shuttlecock device on SS2 might be re-used in the future on higher orbiting craft - we just don't know.

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RBS faces BIGGEST ever fine for THAT huge IT meltdown – leak

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Its not overly harsh

Indivual members of staff can be done over for all kinds of misconduct already - mainly financial such as insider dealing and money laundering.

The problem with doing it for IT staff would be making sure the responsible person got hit instead of some innocent foot soldier. Would have to be an un-writteb rule that it is applied at executive level eg MD.

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UN takeover of internet postponed indefinitely

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Re: We do not need to trust these people and we should not trust them.

@btrower

Some very good points ultimately spoilt by your tinfoilhattery.

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DROIDS - everywhere! Is Apple really even in the game any more?

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WTF?

More Importantly

How does a robot use facial recognition to follow you?

Shouldn't it be using arse recognition?

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Microsoft jolts awake, remembers it still makes Office for Mac

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Install parallels

And run the Win versions of office. Your boss deserves the ribbon interface.

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Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game: Glimpses of Turing's life, but that's all ...

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Re: So when do we get the Turing movie we all really want...

I suspect its only you that wants it. Sounds like it would make dreadful drama.

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Pixel mania: Apple 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display

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Re: Bad Apple

Since I have about 10 apple products in use in the house - I hardly think you can categorise me as Anti-Apple Mr Coward.

Whilst I appreciate there might be technical limitations - some kind of workaround would have been nice - ie displaying at 4k resolutions.

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Bad Apple

Disabling the remote monitor support is a nasty trick wonder how many people will get bitten by that? If I splurge 2K on a piece of kit I should be able to use it with all my other Apple kit.

The less cynical part of me does wonder if its just that the function in OS X is still awaiting a tweak to handle the extra resolution.

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Free government-penned crypto can swipe identities

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Am I reading this correctly?

The "hacks" require holding on to the card for a noticeable period of time?

If so isn't this just fud to be filed under "no shit Sherlock"? Concerning but not critical.

Whilst I'm all for good robust security - Im getting a little tired of researchers behaving like chicken little and publishing screaming headlines without any supporting analysis of their likelihood under a given use case. They are doing themselves and the security community no favours.

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Ex-Soviet engines fingered after Antares ROCKET launch BLAST

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No Mr Bond I expect you to die

If Hank Scorpio Elon Musk used anything as prosaic as an RPG I'd be sorely disappointed. A frikkin Shark mounted laser beam or an Orbiting Ion cannon as a minimum.

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This is why we CAN have nice things: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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Re: Battery life-weight trade-off

Samsung ironically used to be one of the best at this. I had one or 2 Samsung Win Mobile smartphones that came with a fat and thin battery and respective cases.

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IT JOB OUTSOURCING: Will it ever END?

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Splendid

Nicely done Tim - thank you!

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Inside the EYE of the TORnado: From Navy spooks to Silk Road

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Re: huh?

For controlled - I read accessible - presumably because you should assume the Govt has your ISP penetrated or legally under the thumb.

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Game of Thrones man stars in sci-fi bit on comet-catcher Rosetta

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Re: What a waste of money

He has a point. - what was the budget for this film in percentages of mission fit out? Is how many instruments/capabilities on the next rosetta did this cost us?

The whole point of govt spending is that you don't have to sell the proles on anything under 5% of the annual govt budget.

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Reg hacks see the woods or the trees In the Forest of the Night

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Re: This is getting a bit samey now

Reality check guys. The classic series was at least as tediously hammy and fantstical in places as this one. It actuayll hasn't changed all that much.

Masque of mandragora was repeated recently. It was a akk of the above. Didn't stop it being as entertaining as last nights was. Switch off your brains - kick back and relax, Relive your childhood - stop analysisng it.

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The future health of the internet comes down to ONE simple question…

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You know things are FUBAR

When the US GOVT is the voice of reason. I'm mean WTF.

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It's Big, it's Blue... it's simply FABLESS! IBM's chip-free future

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Re: Globalisation

Cool. What would be really nice is one on the race to the bottom on labour outsourcing and how long we have until a global equilibrium of sorts is reached by where the incremental savings from outsourcing are not enough to pay for the cost and disruption of that outsourcing.

Most companies in my industry are already on their 3rd or 4th offshoring country because the previous ones have become too expensive.

Wage inflation in the India tech cities is quite big considering the sheer size of their labour market. Employee cycle time is massively high.

Would make for an interesting model.

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Globalisation

Nice article but could have done with being a bit more precise about what form of globalisation you were talking about. There aren't actually many yurt eating fundamentalist anti-globalists in the work.

There are also fairly few anti-product globalists in the work - especially where their own consumption is concerned - cheaper socks - bring em on.

The only vocal protests about globalisation are the pure cost of labour based ones. ie Globo mega corp #265 cant be bothered to fix its fundamentally broken processes - so it uses volume of labour to slap a plaster over the problem for the next few years - that gets everyones goat coz a) they have lost their job b) most genuinely believe they could be part of the solution - not part of the problem.

So the fundamental question not asked by this article is what was the true motivation behind IBM flogging off its FAB's - pure cost of manufacture due not enough economies of scale - or something else like a CEO desperately selling off the family silver due to a complete lack of ideas?

Its also worth noting that for the finances of subsidiaries that are essentially internal cost centers is nearly always screwed up - because most globomegacorps don't actually have efficient internal markets where costs and revenues are distributed correctly.

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ARM heads: Our cores still have legs ... as shares tumble amid 'peak smartphone' fears

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Re: Share holders In general have...

In fairness to the shareholders this one looks directly as a result of ANALyst cockwombles.

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Pagers shout data center creds, pop star airport arrivals

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If he's not careful

He will be up on the stand being tried for pager "hacking".

And a good thing too - these hippy backpackers bringing in dope and stealing our radio signals out of OUR air. Make an example of him I say!

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Post-PC era? PAH! Apple says Macs OUTSOLD iPads in Q4

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@JEDIDIAH Re: Lies, damned lies, and marketing masquerading as journalism...

Your point being? apart from mindless trolling of course.

Regardless of whether its 15% or 50% it still makes Apple a major player in the PC space. Many other manufacturers make/made both CE and PC's. Samsung and formerly Sony spring to mind.

You also have a weird definition of what an ARM cpu is - last time I checked it was a general purpose computing chip found in a whole range of electronics from Laptops, to mobile computing to routers to name but a few.

I think El Reg should introduce a FAIL of the Week - just for you.

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Doctor Who and the Dalek: 10-year-old tests BBC programming game

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Indeed

How to get all the boys in a "computing" class interested.

Lesson 1.

This is how word processors work. Lets replace every instance of "and" with "bugger".

Lesson 2.

The infamous 10 Print "knobend" program.

Lesson 3/Breaktime

Getting Frak! to run on the Beeb. (Caveman with a yoyo platformer) Shortly followed by loading the rude version with the yoyo replaced by something much more phallic. Then continually moving it around the Winchester directories so the teacher can't delete it.

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Citizenfour: Poitras' doco is about NSA and GCHQ – NOT Snowden

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Sounds worth a watch. Off to the cinema - assuming its playing at my local.

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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Not naive more accurate to say super size profits will generate some investment. Losses dont generate any investment.

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Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function

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LameDuck for Office 2015

MS always attempts to add a pointless application to each iteration of Office, they always fail, the only exception being OneNote which seems to have attracted a rabid* fan base. Looks like Sway is the new entrant in this category.

*rabid in the sense of those who colour code their emails or tidy their desk before going home each night.

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Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says

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@AC Re: I suspect Google will fail

Oh dear god. Is that the best you can come up with?

Apple doesn't dream of market share - it dreams and realises Margin. Not that I'm a fan boi - just your fatuous comment was annoying.

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