* Posts by Gordon 10

2799 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

Baltimore cops: We flew high-res camera planes to film your every move

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Re: Michael Brown

You're missing the point slightly. The problem with the USian rozzers started the minute it became acceptable to shoot someone running away from a possible crime. The rest of it was a slippery slope.

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Banking system SWIFT was anything but on security, ex-boss claims

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Re: I interviewed there last year. . .

I'm interested in knowing how you assumed they were all Hindu's? did you ask them all their religion? Or was this a veiled reference to the colour of their skin?

Quote from wiki "Traditionally, Hindu men wear a dhoti kurta and women wear a sari. The clothing of Hindu people varies depending on the time of year and the area in which they live."

So how exactly did you tell?

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Julian AssangeTM to meet investigators in London

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Re: Ugh...

Most of the US's allies have been complicit in rendition including the UK so your point is?

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'ICANN's general counsel should lose his job over this'

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Re: ICANN is an example

@TheMan

Regardless of the validity of the rest of your points maybe you should actually check the makeup of the ICANN board before indulging in your casual racism and/or ignorance.

The vast majority are resolutely first world. Even the Egyptian guy is a British citizen. I can't think of any country that holds the moral high ground on corruption.

https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/icann/advisors

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Jacob Appelbaum is a bullying sex pest, says ex-employer Tor Project

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Re: Takeover of TOR

@AC.

If the TLA's wanted to shut TOR down then stopping its US Govt funding would be far simpler.

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Ex-Citibank IT bloke wiped bank's core routers, will now spend 21 months in the clink

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Re: And todays lesson is?

Indeed he deserved the jail time for bragging about it and getting caught.

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Yahoo! She said yes. Verizon confirms $4.8bn acquisition

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what's the betting

That Marissa remains CEO of the holding company that keeps the investments then trousers 2 salaries and a honking great bonus when they finally cash those Alibaba shares in.

We need a SWAG icon.

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HMRC research finds 'resistance' to proposals to shift contractor tax compliance burden

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I rather suspect that this is HMRC trying to reduce the burden auditing of millions of small companies to a few hundred thousand big ones.

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Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

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Re: Thanks

Its worth noting that the Empire review is virtually the opposite of this one (4 stars). The main similar criticisms being the Baddie and his motivations.

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Bomb-disposal robot violently disposes of Dallas cop-killer gunman

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@deiter

Crawl back under your rock scumbag.

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The Great Brain Scan Scandal: It isn’t just boffins who should be ashamed

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WTF?

There's a flaw with this article

It assumes we knew and cared what this fad was in the first place. Having read the article I'm not sure I'm any clearer on that point.

Probably if you are going to rant about something better make clear what you are ranting about otherwise its just noise.

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UK.gov's hated Care.data project binned

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Fixed that for ya

Just rebrand it data.care Sellafield - sorted.

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Australia's ABC suspends presenter over 'Wi-Fi is dangerous' claims

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Her wikipedia entry suggests Catalyst has form for medical media scare stories (cf Statins episode). Unfortunately the doctorate appears valid.

Is this the Aussie equivalent of BBC Horizon (preferably the 1990's vintage) or a science-y version of C4's Cutting Edge (UK Investigatory news program full of graduates from Daily Mail school of reporting e.g. LIFE KILLS YOU, CANCER IS GONNA GET YOU, PEEDO's ATE MY BABY)

Enquiring Brits need to know.

**Edit reading the comments below I'm guessing the latter**

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John Lewis CIO commands brand-new super-group role

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IT Angle

Begs the question

if Coby knew the outsourcing twattery that BA were planning to carry out a few years ago and bailed out early....

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Here's how police arrested Lauri Love – and what happened next

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Re: Extensive delay in return of computers is SOP by PC Plod. Usually the items are also broken...

It would if there is no trail to them. Post a copy to a mate every month.

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Bank tech boss: Where we're going, we don't need mainframes

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Utter drivel

Firstly I have no idea what Mainframes "cant do real time" even means. They were the only way of doing real time at scale for years.

Secondly DevOps and Agile are methodologies and philosphies - yes there are some great toolsets as enablers but you could knock together a continuous integration framework for JCL if you really wanted.

And lets not get into how long Linux has been deployable on a mainframe.

Someone let the PHB talk to the press with out a minder. The whole article was semi-intelligible bullshit bingo.

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The problem with Canada? The price of broadband is too damn high

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Re: Pay Per byte

You've missed the point that I addressed specifically in my comment. Consumers don't have the technical nouse, time or inclination to identify bandwidth heavy sites and neither the sites themselves or the ISP's have any incentives to help them do so. Or are you somehow suggesting that consumers will all run out and install bandwidth monitoring apps and actually bother to use them. If you believe that then I have some AV to give away free that still wouldn't get installed by a big chunk of consumers even if their bank details depended on it.

Fail^2 sir.

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Re: Pay Per byte

Fail. When the consumer is the one who pays by byte how on earth does it promote good code use on sites? There is no financial incentive for the site to change and bills dont have enough resolution to identify individual sites for the consumer.

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Cats understand the laws of physics, researchers claim

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I for one

hope the follow up experiment qualifies for a Darwin award.

Idiot scientist gets ripped to shreds by moggy-swarm following stoopid experiment of dubious utility.

Cats are like helicopters except they dice finer.

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Apple nominated for Internet Hero of the Year, Donald Trump for Villain

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Trumps a moron. Presidents and Presidential candidates come and go. Bureaucracies are eternal. Hence I voted FBI as just as the UK Civil Service they will continue to push a surveillance agenda regardless of who is in power.

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Fresh hell for TalkTalk customers: TeamView trap unleashed

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This is interesting

No evidence to suggest whether its TeamViewer or Talk Talk whether the ultimate fault lies. (Or possibly both).

Its entirely possible that the spike is just due to the number of Talk Talk consumers who have needed remote support, making them a stastically significant part of the TeamViewer attack.

Its also possible its due to an existing or new leakage from Talk Talk or a union with thier dataset and what ever is the source of the TeamViewer dataset.

Glad I un-installed TeamViewer a few months back due to its persistent nagging behaviour.

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British Airways slaps 'at risk' sticker on nearly half its app delivery dept

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Re: I've used the BA boarding pass app

Actually a worse idea (and I think this is on BA) is allowing Mobile Safari to refresh the QR code on their Mobile site BEFORE checking for internet connectivity.

This happened to me at LHR from memory. Security control was in a no-reception zone.

TBF I think this is Apples stupid assumption rather than BA's.

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Quiet cryptologist Bill Duane's war with Beijing's best

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I'm more concerned

By the fact that RSA have never admitted the full extent of the breach and just how compromised their tokens were during that period.

They SHOULD have gone bust for the shameful way they handled it where protecting their company was more important than their customers,

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Euro Patent Office prez's brake line cut – aka how to tell you're not popular

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Good job no one tried to kill the VP

That would be going off Topic

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One ad-free day: Three UK to block adverts across network in June

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Re: Hmmm ... of course if the advertisers *pay* for the data usage ...

Probably not because net neutrality is a bit of a non-issue on the right pondian side. far less huffing and puffing goes on about it.

Don't forget that the US operators effectively brought it on themselves with all the dodgy dealings they got up to like super cookies and bill stuffing. Plus that fact that there is less historic cross fertilisation between Cable TV operators and network operators over here. i.e. by and large the UK network operators don't think about gouging their customers in quite the same way.

Just look at the comparative prices for connections. (yea yea I know the US is bigger and they alledgedly gouge the cities to serve the country folks. Not.).

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Lost containers tell no tales. Time to worry

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Re: This is not a new problem

Replace server with mainframe and party like its os/390

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I think we all agree

That any more accumulation of Slough is a bad idea.

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Asteroid-sampling spacecraft prepped for September launch

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I can't help feeling

That this mission will come back to haunt us.....

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Got a Fitbit? Thought you were achieving your goals? Better read this

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Re: Not surprised

Admit it - you sneaked a 'backy'.

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Re: Exactly

He also tests several other LED HRM's in conjunction with a chest strap based one and reports which ones work best,

I had a Scosche Rythm + which is basically a LED sensor without the useless smart watch attached, worked well for me until someone at work nicked it. Works anywhere on your arm so like a chest strap except more convenient.

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Symphony enters messaging app market

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Muppet fail

As long as there is no likelihood of product confusion the same name is perfectly fine. One is a comms product the other a cms.

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Typewriter for iPad review

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Presumably the bar also has 'tache wax on tap?

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How Nokia is (and isn't) back in the phone business today

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Re: Splain this then

Errr that's mobile not mobiles

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Pandora investor: Sell this company sooner rather than later

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dear hedge fund muppets

The value of your investment can go down.

Tough luck.

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'Knucklehead' Kansas bloke shoots self in foot

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Anyone whose not culturally blind hates guns. They are too easy to use and too easy to abuse.

At best they are a unnecessary toy for 99% of people at worst their presence destabilizes the whole environment where they are easy to get hold of.

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Au contraire its a problem for any country that thinks it appropriate to carry guns around in public for no particular reason or purpose other than because its some stupidly interpreted "right" that made some sense a few centuries ago but does not now.

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Microsoft phone support contractors told to hang up after 15 minutes

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Was given notice of redudancy

And the whole office spent 4 weeks of the 3 months notice playing Boxworld before they gave us 2 months garden leave.

http://wallofgame.com/free-online-games/arcade/921/Boxworld.html

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EU commish: We smacked down O2/Three but we didn't take it 'lightly'

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from http://ec.europa.eu/competition/mergers/procedures_en.html

The Commission in principle only examines larger mergers with an EU dimension, meaning that the merging firms reach certain turnover thresholds. There are two alternative ways to reach turnover thresholds for EU dimension.

The first alternative requires:

(i) a combined worldwide turnover of all the merging firms over €5 000 million, and

(ii) an EU-wide turnover for each of at least two of the firms over €250 million.

The second alternative requires:

(i) a worldwide turnover of all the merging firms over €2 500 million, and

(ii) a combined turnover of all the merging firms over € 100 million in each of at least three Member States,

(iii) a turnover of over €25 million for each of at least two of the firms in each of the three Member States included under ii, and

(iv) EU-wide turnover of each of at least two firms of more than €100 million.

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Brexit campaign group fined £50k for sending half a million spam texts

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Re: To be fair...

You do get that the mutual interdependency fostered by the EU is partly credited with the fact that there hasn't been a major war in Western Europe for 80 odd years right?

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Who you callin' stoopid? No excuses for biz intelligence's poor stats

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Re: Learned any statistics lately?

@vaidotas

Google the author (yes he is the top hit). Having been taught by him its a fair bet that he knows a lot more about Stats than you.

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Re: Any software that can do this?

Any stats package can knock this out in a dozen or so lines of code. (R, Matlab, Mathematica etc)

Even Excel does a reasonably credible impression if you add in the analysis tool pack thats present but not loaded by default.

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Investigatory Powers Bill: As supported by world's most controlling men

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Re: To all at, and involved with the coalition...

At least we can all be on the list for a damn good reason now. Might as well be hung for a sheep as for a lamb.

Its the "ordinary people" I feel sorry for. If we techies feel sufficiently motivated if/when this goes through we'll be Tor'ing, VPN'ed up and using cruft generators whilst they get arrested for joking about bombing an airport in private 1:1 chats.

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Re: To all at, and involved with the coalition...

Dontations can be made to the campaign

HERE

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French duck-crushing device sells for €40k

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Mushroom

Ahh the French

Finding new ways to kill and torture animals since 1789.

Rumour has it they invited the Guillotine for food preparation but rejected it as too humane.

Only food shortages stopped Mary Anne Toinette being stuffed with Corn until she exploded.

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Experian Audience Engine knows almost as much about you as Google

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Re: New adnotblocker needed

Make it so number two!

I for 1 would pay 50p for this addin.

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London NHS trust fined £180,000 after second bcc fail on HIV email list

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Re: "accidentally"

Agree totally but its not the "great unwashed hordes" that the the problem. its the PHB's and the Mandarins.

Damn those juicy seedless mini oranges.

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@Adrian

You actually don't get the financial and technical constraints that these kind of organisations operate under.

The would be lucky to get the funds to send the email button pusher on a data privacy awareness course ( a practical one, not a box ticking central mgt exercise), let alone mailing list software that has been a) approved by the NHS tech governance people.

b) Doesn't cost them their entire departmental budget for the year.

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Linux Mint to go DIY for multimedia

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Re: Themes?

Agree. Lets face it most OS UI designers wouldn't understand UX if it came up to them and hit them round the face with a rancid kipper.

I think secretly they all go to the same conferences and agree a plot to foist this shite on us regardless of OS choice.

Nothing says mature technology like pointless masturbatory design changes on something that just works. Get a new job OS UI guys/gals, you're obviously bored.

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Define forced in this instance.... if by forced you mean inherit it from the upstream distro's Mint is based on then you mean "forced by our earlier design choices"

Besides if there is anything more than a few moaners I would guess we might be seeing a version of LMDE based on Devaun some time soon.

Me, I suspect its a storm in a fairly small teacup. If either version of Mint (U vs D) continues to function I guess most users will shrug their shoulders and go "meh".

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Researcher arrested after reporting pwnage hole in elections site

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Vengeful Bureaucrat?

Interesting that he actually appears in a YouTube vid with the Election supervisor who presumably was very grateful for the the heads up.

I wonder which mean spirited SOB decided to prosecute? Names would be good.

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