* Posts by Gordon 10

2913 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

Critical US mass spying program scrutiny lost amid partisan nonsense

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Re: The deadline was extended until April

RTFA

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Former ZX Spectrum reboot project man departs

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Re: Duke Nukem Forever

On that note - will the Vega+ run Crysis when it arrives?

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Terminator

The first time around

That was my first thought too. Anyone who thinks this sorry shambles is anything more than completely par for the course for 80's computer vendors obviously didnt live it the first time around :)

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'DJI Mavic' drone seen menacing London City airliner after takeoff

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And correctly identify it as one of the models that has reasonably working geofencing?

Me thinks El Reg is being a little hard in DJI in this case.

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FAIL

Re: Meh, the risk to planes from drone strikes is overblown. El Reg already told us so.

No. These are the people who know better than to conflate the risk of damage or loss to a commercial aircraft to the loss of a reusable space plane. No to mention the bad taste in doing so.

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Oregon will let engineer refer to himself as an 'engineer'

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let me guess

The reason they enforce it so agressively is the threat to their cushy little licensing revenue stream?

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European Commission intervenes in Microsoft Irish data centre spat

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I think they'll find the EU disagrees pretty strongly with that first 'creative' assumption on the part of the Department of Jerks.

It's beyond me why they haven't fired the idiot who keeps pushing this. It's clear international data transfers and privacy are matters to be decided at the diplomatic and treaty level. Indeed in this case I believe the mechanism already exists but instead of using it someone at the DoJ has made a decision to waste millions of US tax payers money persuing it.

Time to go and watch Team America: World Police again!

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Yes, Britain has an urban-rural 4G schism. This is what it looks like

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Horses for courses. if you are mostly urban I find 3 better overall than O2, espically M4 corridor/thames valley. Ironic given their respective HQ locations.

Mind you the gaping vortex signal dropout just at the train end of the platforms in Paddington is amusing since you can flick the V's at Voda's HQ from there.

Its so localised I'm almost convinced there is some blocker or alternative transmitter in operation as every network seems to get hit.

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Brit bank Barclays' Kaspersky Lab diss: It's cyber balkanisation, hiss infosec bods

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spite

Hey Five Eyes

Stop victimising Kaspersky just because one of your own contractors was stoopid enough to take his work home with him.

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French activists storm Paris Apple Store over EU tax dispute

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Re: It's a tradition...

How many Orchards did the protesters torch before someone pointed out the (flaming) obvious?

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Is Oomi the all-in-one smart home system we've been waiting for?

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I’ve been livin the dream with John Lewis/varilight IR dimmers and a harmony remote for years now.

The newer Harmony hub is a thing of joy - it has so many ways of spaffing out EM radiation you can probably use it to self tan. All it’s really missing is a zigbe bridge and it would have the fully monty.

The lovely thing is the state syncronisation I can have the remote and the app open on a phone and an IPad and it all just updates.

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Unfit to plead before a US court? You may face 'indefinite detention'

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Yes. And the habit of the RSPCA in bringing private prosecutions is currently being knocked on the head as an overreach.

Apparently it used to be ok to aggressive about private prosecutions if it was for fluffy animals. Now not so much.

Even the RSPCA have admitted they got overly aggressive.

PS support the aims of the RSPCA but not necessarily the way they decided to execute them.

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Pro tip: You can log into macOS High Sierra as root with no password

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Dev was a twat

What self respecting "developer" spams that sort of message across twatbook?

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Huawei's Honor 9: The only mobe of its spec asking 'why blow £500?'

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Re: huawei and honor updates...

Except Lenovo (& Moto) of course. I've been getting almost monthly updates on my Z Play.

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EU's data protection bods join the party to investigate Uber breach

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Re: They need to hit Uber hard, and where it hurts, in the wallet

Question. How can avoiding regulation count as being un-regulated? All the signs are that on various fronts regulation is going to catch up with them big time.

Its a great argument for regulation - but its not valid to say Uber was unregulated.

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Remember the 'budget' iPhone SE? Apple plans an update – reports

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Re: UK street price (for a refurbished....

Eh? Apple's own refurb site doesn't require you to exchange your old phone.

Well recommended (at least for Macbooks) can't speak for Phones.

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter awaits Microsoft Office exam winners

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Windows

Re: MS Exams

Absolutely - we had to suffer, they can too - it will make a man/woman of them.

In my day we had to handle track changes with the grammar checker locked on - there was so much markup and wobbly green lines we'd go home with it burnt on our retina's.

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UK.gov told to tread carefully with transfer of data sets to NHS Digital

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Paris Hilton

Re: Change for the sake of it, with extra downsides

I read NHS Digital as “shopfront to any company that will give an MP a post-parliament Directorship and a bit of cash for the boys”

Paris because at least she only monetises herself.

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Booting the Argies out of the Falklands?

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Massive US military social media spying archive left wide open in AWS S3 buckets

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Re: YABCSP

The tech is as last as secure as your average company firewall - it's no different to leaving dozens of open ports in your firewall.

Arguably locking down an S3 bucket is a damn sight easier than configuring an enterprise class firewall.

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Now Oracle stiffs its own sales reps to pocket their overtime, allegedly

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Re: Overtime falsification in the timesheet. How quaint. And how familiar.

EU Working directive aside - thats fine if you are salaried - as your contract usually contains a clause along the lines of "working hours as necessary for the role", but not if you are paid hourly.

More simplistically -

blue collar = hourly = potential overtime.

white collar = salary = no overtime (but potentially more flexibility if you have a decent employer)

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BlackBerry Motion: The Phone That Won't Die

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Isn't the Motion basically a Moto Play Z (not Z2) with 12% more battery (3.5k vs 4k mAh)?

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Teensy weensy space shuttle flies and lands

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Thumb Down

Re: What's wrong with including a basic specsheet?

People like you are responsible for all "video news" on the bbc news site. Get thee behind me.

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Take Kubernetes, and bish bash BOSH, you've got Container Runtime

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Childcatcher

Shame on you!

How dare you suggest the Emperor has no clothes!

Its almost as if we had a huge piece of tin that we wanted to run lots of different programs on and give them the Option to Time Share. Then maybe we could have lots of copies of storage and call it multiple virtual storage. Then of course we need to control when all this stuff runs and with what priority - almost like we need a job control language.

mutter mutter in my day mutter....

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Commuters' phone data could be tracked to save megabucks on census

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Re: Does this happen in the UK?

Does shacking up with the future missus in Reading at weekends followed by the Red Eye into Dublin count?

Thought not.

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Pint

Re: ONS Twist

To be fair to ONS it probably went something like this.

HMG : Cor blimey 1/2bn on the census. Cut Cut Cut!

Moronic SPAD: Lets use cell phones tracking like the NSA innit.

ONS: Oh dear god - lets pretend to take this seriously until the Lefty gets in.

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Mushroom

Re: Undocumented illegals

Yes because a doubling of the data is down to the i-word. Why don't you take your dog whistles back to the Daily Fail website where there is a more willing audience for them.

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Re: cut the cost of producing population statistics. - WTF ?

Agree.

Also don't under estimate the value of having literally hundreds of years to understand the gaps and omissions in your data. Something you have to do all over again if you change source or collect method. Now as an data enhancement proposition some of these datasets are interesting but not as core data replacement.

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WTF!

There is either a misunderstanding on the part of the journo who wrote this or a simplification too far in the text.

I refer to the part about following you home at night. About the only way that's even marginally acceptable is if it's to nearest cell tower.

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Paradise Papers were not an inside job, says leaky offshore law firm

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Err you do know the Panama papers dataset was put online afterwards? If you are that paranoid I suggest you go trawling for the gaps you think exist.

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OK, we admit it. Under the hood, the iPhone X is a feat of engineering

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Wibble

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Tesla hits Model 3 production speed bumps, slides to loss

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FAIL

Research fail

Except the stats on residual values don't back up your statements. Look at the the Model S - 3-4 year old examples still going for 80% of their original cost. (Check autotrader.co.uk). Roadster values are still holding well considering they are a discontinued model.

That's unheard of for whats effectively a 7 series/S class competitor which are mostly over 50-60% depreciation after 3 years....

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Why are we disappointed with the best streaming media box on the market?

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Re: @NonSSL

LAN Content - works fine:

https://support.roku.com/article/208754908-how-to-use-roku-media-player-to-play-your-videos-music-and-photos

DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) is a standard technology that enables sharing of content between devices connected over a network. To play content stored on another device or computer on your Roku device using DLNA, the other device must be running DLNA server software and must be on the same network as your Roku device. Some routers and NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices have a built in DLNA server.

Roku Media Player has been tested to work with the following DLNA servers:

Windows Media Player/Center

Serviio

Plex

Twonky

MiniDLNA/ReadyDLNA/ReadyMedia

PlayOn

For information on setting up a DLNA server, consult the associated online support site.

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FAIL

Re: Android - open and not limited

Maybe because you can get iPlayer, All4 and Amazon Video without pissing about with side loading or Plex?

Not to mention NowTV for Sky and my annual GoT binge.

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Judge: You're getting an Apple data centre and you're going to like it

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Re: Remake of a popular, and charming, Irish tune

The Dublliners?

Low lie the Fields of Athenry

Where once we watched the small free birds fly. (let the free birds fly)

Our love was on the wing we had dreams and songs to sing

It's so lonely 'round the Fields of Athenry

Until apple came along then they were chokka

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Hey, you know why it's called the iPhone X? When you see Apple's repair bill, your response will be X-rated

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First adopter risk

I’ll expect those prices will come down in time. They are currently driven by cantimg to reserve all the parts for new retail models not spares and repair.

I also bet there are only 1 or 2 service centres that have the skills and tools to repair them.

Haven’t seen an iFixit tear down yet but I bet it will be even harder to fix than previous models.

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BOFH: Do I smell burning toes, I mean burning toast?

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Re: !!!!!!

Yes we are looking at you Vodafone. Twice in different DC's

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=vodafone+flood

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Whois? No, Whowas: Incoming Euro privacy rules torpedo domain registration system

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Whilst I agree that it’s likely to fail I don’t think it’s a total slam dunk. I think an arguement based on the need to support world Intellectual Property systems whilst would ultimately fail would at least be considered an arguement worth having in court, and nonwilful infringement is unlikely to generate a mega fine.

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FAIL

Re: Problem?

Whois<>DNS

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Fore! PCI Express 4.0 finally lands on Earth

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am I the only one who

Had to look up what GT/s was?

Turns out it's 8 data bytes + 2 control bytes. So actual data transfer rates = GT/sx80% = GB/s

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Vodafone analysed evidence in case where it was alleged victim

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Silly to ask Vodafone

But how on earth could Voda have deleted mails on an image of a disc and have affected the originals in any way?

There might be many explanations - probably multiple chains of rozzer incompetence- Voda deleting them seems v unlikely.

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Apple Cook's half-baked defense of the Mac Mini: This kit ain't a leftover

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IMac Pro is kinda interesting though..... if you have deep pockets.

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Well duh. Hacking about a new product instead of exchanging it. Silly you.

G5S ftw here - android pay + aptx + reasonable battery life.

The capabilities of a £200 android now are amazing. Also have a Sammy A3 from work. Impressed.

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GE goes with Apple: Not the Transformation you were looking for, Satya?

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The lastest round of Macbook pros aside, look at the retail cost of a MacBook Pro 3 years ago and it’s value now. Then compare the equivalent Windows laptop. The idiot tax only really applies to iOS devices, and mostly the phone at that.

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Breakfast at Jeffrey's: UK CEO admits Voda 'slightly lost its mojo'

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Dear Vodafone WTF

£9 a month just for streaming? Three do 30Gb per month total data for £25 sim free. How many mobile networks are reliable for more than 30Gb a month??

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Man prosecuted for posting a picture of his hobby on Facebook

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Re: Police Scotland = Morons with time on their hands

Indeed - it appears that the Sherrif (a mid-ranking judge!) needs an urgent appointment with some retraining and a common sense injection.

Although to be fair this wont be the first time a poorly worded law is used to persecute people who were never intended to be within its scope.

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BOFH: Oh dear. Did someone get lost on the Audit Trail?

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Like they have *ever* been off form.

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Ex-Autonomy CFO begs court to toss out US fraud allegations

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Joke

You mean if HP had bought SAP the same thing would have happened?

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Blade Runner 2049 review: Scott's vision versus Villeneuve's skill

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Re: In the words of director Dean Learner...

I blame George Lucas. Watch Hayden in Shattered Glass - you won’t believe it’s the same actor.

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Musk: Come ride my Big F**king Rocket to Mars

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FAIL

Re: It would be like living in a Westfield

oh come on - if we've learnt anything from Hollywood its that Mars is where all the 3 boobied women live.

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