* Posts by Gordon 10

3209 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

Boeing big cheese repeats pledge of 737 Max software updates following fatal crashes

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Re: Want to try to reprogram it so it feels and drives like an F1?

I've read that it only uses 1 at any one time cycling between them at power off. So gawd knows how it determines erroneous inputs.

I've still yet to see an explanation of why the Max doesn't have best of 3 aoa consensus like most Air Buses or whether the MCAS uses other inputs like inertia sensors.

MCAS smell like a bodge to be honest - at least to a layman.

Apple: Group FaceTime allows up to 32 people! Skype: Hold my beer

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Re: "Skype for Business, on the other hand, allows up to 250 participants in a group call."

Our companies version of skype can barely reliably connect 2 people long enough to have a conversation.

I think 250 would cause our DC to implode and cause a China crisis.

Mind you Webex and the Horror that is webex teams is the same...

Forget that rare-earth element crunch – we can now just extract them from industrial waste

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China still doesn't want iPhones despite Apple slashing prices, say market watchers

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Re: I do want one...BUT...

I dont know if this is anecdata but I believe the current trend for stoopidly big displays came from Asia in the first place. See Huawei and others.

Big and Blue: IBM boss's wage package shrinks in 2018 on her own recommendation

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Re: be driven to and from work by IBM personnel in a car leased by IBM

Probably doesn't make sense given she probably has several pool limo's at each site except her home base. Plus other execs probably get to use it when she isn't.

Given the size of the IBM car fleet they probably get better discounts on adding a few more cars to the leasing fleet than buying a few outright in addition. Plus then you have to deal with separate maintenance agreements and the like.

Adi Shamir visa snub: US govt slammed after the S in RSA blocked from his own RSA conf

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Re: couldn't get one or couldn't get one in time?

What planet are you from? Dates for conferences are generally known almost as soon as the last conference is finished. Travel for conferences is a different thing to both leisure and ordinary business travel. Especially if you are a presenter rather than a delegate.

You big bag of fail you.

SpaceX Crew Dragon: Launched and docked. Now, about that splashdown...

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Re: Landing

Im looking forward to SpaceX's half century of first stage landings.

But for now I'll just say 35 frickin' times. Thats 35 times more than anyone else who was heading for orbit.

Including the neck hair raising double bubble of the Falcon Heavy twin boosters landing next to each other.

There is another Falcon heavy launch planned later this year. Wonder if they will go for the triple?

Vodafone exec dons tartan tam-o'-shanter, clutches bottle of Irn-Bru, in snap shared with firm... just before Glasgow staff told of redundo dates

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Re: Just to be clear

Given their well documented issues with billing isn't calling them a billing company a bit of a stretch?

Fan boy 3: Huawei overhauls Air-a-like MateBooks

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No-one ever accused the US Government of being consistent.

Thats why a Chinese owned manufacturer is being nobbled but US companies who outsource to more shadowy Chinese manufacturers are not nobbled in-spite of the case that it would be far easier to infiltrate a 3rd party supplier than a 1st party one.

It's nothing to do with espionage and everything to do with geo-political game playing.

Well Holby damned! We've caught a virus: Brit medical soap operas team up for 'cyber' episode

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Re: Alternatively...

Holby Torchwood crossover more likely,,,,,given most of ts in Cardiff these days.

Capt Jack rogers so many staff senseless that they are too bandy legged push the trolleys down the corridor at a run thus causing all patient waiting times to breach and the CQC to shut them down. Capt Jack is then killed by Jacob and Elles son donuting an ambulance in front of the ED. Only for the CQC to back down when Connie 'miraculously' brings an apparently dead Capt Jack back to life. All is then fine until Duffy realises she's expecting Jacks space baby, so Charlie frowns like he's got mild indigestion.

Meanwhile Holby proceeds as normal with Lofty making a throwaway oneliner about how when he saw Robin off screen she couldn't walk straight. The camera then pans away from Holby mysteriously not showing any of the ED frontage seen in Casualty.

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....Until the helicopter carring the US Marines sent to rendition him crashes on the local Genting casino.

How do you like them Apples? Tim Cook's iPhones sitting in the tree, feeling unloved by the Chinese

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Re: Overpriced

I agree with your point but you are missing a few costs that Apple incur:

Service, warranty and sales support in the country of purchase.

A working mobile payments infrastructure via NFC

A proven software patching program running over multiple years.

(maybe) marginally less bug ridden software.

Now for £279 you can get all of the above with an Honor 10..... thats a more painful comparison still.

(Except maybe the marginally less bug ridden software - Im betting the Poco is similar to the Honor 10 in that respect). MIUI vs EMUI is probably much of a muchness.

UK Home Office dumps huge sack of complex data sets on biometrics ethics board's desk, goes for beer (probably)

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Oversight without enforcement

Unless Im mistaken this is a policy making group with no enforcement remit and/or no sister group to enforce their policies?

In other words not worth the paper they are generating.

WeWork restructuring bites El Reg hacks where it hurts as afternoon brew delayed

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Re: Vegetarian?


Their Vegan Fascism extends to controlling what food vans park next to the office here in WeWork Paddington. Meat Wagons strictly Verboten!

Needless to say once thriving van spots now have tumbleweeds rolling around them. Fortunately most of them only decamped as far as Paddington Basin. Visa's and Voda's gain.

Senior slippery sex stimulator sales exec sacked for shafting .org-asmic cyber-space place, a tribunal hears

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Re: Viagra is a "back-to-back bonking drug"?

What do you mean - have you never heard of the beast with 2 fronts?

UK's ICO slaps £120k fines on Arron Banks' insurance biz and Leave.EU campaign

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Re: A whiff of Sulphur

Maybe its just the law striking back against unlawful behaviour? Damn those nasty data privacy regulations!

And just maybe you are using dog whistles like Establishment and Terrorists to make it "them and us" when in reality it was just a bunch of numptys who didn't respect data privacy laws.

Classic trollish behaviour sir. just not sure if you are commentarding for El Reg shits and giggles (which is ok) or you do this semi-professionally to keep the anger quotient high (which just makes you a 1 man daily mail).

UK spy overseer: Snooper's Charter cockups are still getting innocents arrested

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They took someone's kids away as a result of this?? Now whilst it seems to be a mostly genuine error, this is direct result of putting too much power in the hands of the ignorant. The fact that it happened 3 times before the mistake was realised is a unforgiveable.

That family is likely traumatised for life. The Chief Inspector of the force should be held personally liable for this, plus the MP's that voted the flaw legislation through in the first place.

In other news lets report the Facial Recognition trial under GDPR!

You got a smart speaker but you're worried about privacy. First off, why'd you buy one? Secondly, check out Project Alias

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Re: Why not just

Even better. Connect them to a cheap wifi smart plug that connects to some anonymous server in China and turn it on and off via your smart phone.

Hang on sec......

The Apple Mac is 35 years old. Behold the beige box of the future

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Re: Typical el Reg

Wow. Weird double standard there. I presume you have absolutely no tech in your house? How did you manage to post your comment?

All global corps enjoy performing courtroom shenanigans. Period. No corporate entity has morals or ethics. Suck it up.

Personally I think Apples reality distortion field pales besides stinking hypocrisy of the corporation with the motto "Do No Evil". YMMV.

Straight outta Blighty: Readers, if you were a tech billionaire, what would you do?

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Re: Dyson

I call BS. No self respecting billionaire will have any of his non-tangible assets exposed to any single geographic risk, his finance manager would not let him.

He might have a few houses & shares over here but I'm willing to bet the vast majority of his actual wealth is spread globally.

Happy to be proved wrong by a link.

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Re: Opertunity

There's even a pithy phrase for it. Disaster Capitalism.

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Re: Britain Needs Us Billionaires


As opposed to the privately educated racists currently in power?

A plague on both their houses tbh.

Although I would note that most billionaires or even the simple millionaire brexiteers are usually entitled white men.

Nothing 'unites teams' like a good relocation, eh Vodafone?

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Re: Aye Right

I dont agree. You dont know the Thames Valley very well do you?

Newbury barely qualifies as TV and most of the big bods are located in Paddington to smooze Voda Group.

There are a lot more expensive places than Newbury, and its still close enough to tech centers to attract decent talent.

There is no point in locating to the boonies if you cant get decent staff to fill it.

Plus the fact Im guessing that the Newbury campus is wholly owned by Vodafone means its much more cost efficient than leasing offices somewhere else. They could of course have flogged the asset and leased it back - but even then Newbury is hardly prime TV real estate, and very few companies would be big enough to take it on, so its a buyers market.

Court orders moribund ZX Spectrum reboot firm's directors to stump up £38k legal costs bill

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Re: Two words for you ...


Dear humans, We thought it was time we looked through YOUR source code. We found a mystery ancestor. Signed, the computers

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Re: Projection much?

You are being inconsistent. We definitely got flaws from them but we only maybe got good genes from them.

Selective much?

I used to be a dull John Doe. Thanks to Huawei, I'm now James Bond!

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Re: WTF is it with Faceboob insisting on preinstalling their slurpware

Ditto my Honor 10. Just one of the reasons the Honors are *much* cheaper than the same spec Way-Hey's in spite of coming from the same factories.

That and my suspicion the software QA is a little more scrimped upon. The Honor 10 bluetooth stack requires a reboot every coupla days otherwise my headphones start breaking up.

Fortunately its also the fastest rebooting Android phone I have ever seen - but that might just be Pie.

Top GP: Medical app Your.MD's data security wasn't my remit

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Re: Hmmm

Why? There is no way to tell from those quotes whether she believed the situation was under control or not.

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I read the side bar and it doesn't.

I for one remain as confused as the OP, and apparently the barrister and the doctor too. It's not clear how these vulnerabilities could be used or for how long they existed.

Wierd incoherent story with weird partial quotes that shed no light.

Did the YTS trainee write this one?

Oh snap: AWS has only gone and brought out its own Backup

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Precisely. Where is the backup stored and how independent is every component from the main AWS infrastructure?

For example during the Spectre patches we had about 5% of our VM's b0rked resulting in data corruption. What happens if those same patches b0rked the backups?

Most munificent Apple killed itself with kindness. Oh. Really?

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Re: Rock and a hard place

Have to disagree, particularly on the point of this article which is battery life.

I had 2 flagship Androids (Nexus 5, HTC M8) both virtually unusable after 1 year due to poor battery life. The Nexus in particular was shocking.

I actually think Apple was targetted for actually giving a little bit of a damn about user battery life, whilst Google and the rest of the Android eco system got off scott free. They should have equally been held to account.

Nowaday's I just buy mid range Android and expect the battery life to die around the year mark.

The fundamental tech industry problem is everything has Plateau'd, from UI tech like touch, to usable compute density. Apple are more exposed to this than most of their competitors because they are big in all device categories wether PC, Phone and something in between.

Cook's failure as a CEO has been to green light massive price rises for Tech . (FaceId, TouchBar) that deliver completely marginal UX improvements.

I am typing this on my work 15" 6-core MBP, that for most of my user activity is fundamentally worse than my 2013 11" MBA. The battery runs out quicker, its bulkier, and the software is less reliable. (Some of this is that i didnt control the spec'ing process for my work MBP)

As Andrew has noted recently Apple is heading for a perfect storm of high prices and weakening engagement from some of their core market segments and they will need those core segments when a lot of their fanboi's change to the latest disrupter

'It's like they took a rug and covered it up': Flight booking web app used by scores of airlines still vuln to attack – claim

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Re: GDPR much?

Someone has to prove there was a leak first. A vulnerability is not a leak.

Amazon Mime: We train (badly) an AI love bot using divorce bombshell Bezos' alleged sexts to his new girlfriend

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The Reg is better than this? Which alternate reality are you from?

Poking fun at both Tech leaders and Tech Fads - this is exactly why El Reg exists.

On a related note - some of the fake ML/AI bots on Twitter are hilarious. There are a couple of good Trump "bots".


Cambridge Analytica sister firm pleads guilty, fined £21k for failing to obey UK information commish

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So reading between the lines

Dodgy as hell company went bust during the enforcement process, and whilst the administrators would probably have liked to comply they have neither the access or probably the competency to do so. Although on the latter point it could be argued that the administrator has a responsibility to retain enough BOFH's to be able to do so to meet their legal obligations such as this one.

The 700TB mitigation is irrelevant and only holds water to a non-techy - I'm pretty sure I could find the data for less than £21k if I had access and Im not L33T - as is the dont punish the creditors line as paying a part of the Government (albeit at arms length like ICO) just like the tax man comes before any normal creditor imo.

It does raise an interesting question. If the ICO seized a few more servers from a few more companies - effectively forcing them into immediate bankruptcy, people would be a little more scared of them and pay a bit more attention to data privacy.

Ministry of Justice abandons key plank of £280m IT project

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I feel dirty for saying this but you mean like Exchange can? Or dirty in a different way Google Calendar?

If 95% of the business world can run on those 2 - why on earth is anyone considering a bespoke system?

I assume the hard bit is actually client access, authentication and user protection/management, cant see the calendar itself being that tricky.

Nobody in China wants Apple's eye-wateringly priced iPhones, sighs CEO Tim Cook

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Re: There's disposable income then there's

Thats not market value though. Trade-ins are always significantly below what the market (ebay etc) will pay both to allow the company operating the trade in (which isnt Apple) to make a profit* and because many of the trade ins wont be minters, and require extensive refurbishment.

*Im willing to bet that Apple also gouge the Trade In company for its blessing to operate the the trade in scheme too.

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish

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Re: What about banks?

I personally would still use a travel agent - as long as they are a "proper" one.

That means they know what the company prices on the website are, and more importantly what additional discounts are available via the backend or some other back channel.

Its also worth bearing in mind that in some cases the agent may still have access to sources that are not on the interwebs. There are hundreds of private network or intranet type sources in the travel industry.

You should walk out on anyone who uses booking.com for anything but a price/amenities baseline.

It should also be noted that content and rate reference data management in Travel is absolutely lousy and the chances of a better deal being out there somewhere are quite high, but the chances of an individual being able to find it are quite low, unless they have old skool mad travel agent skillz.

Like most things its experience and aptitude though.

New Horizons snaps finish buffering: Ultima Thule actually two dust bunnies that got snuggly 4.5 billion years ago

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How about "Pity" and "the Thule"?


Huawei or the highway: Chinese giant whacks marketing drones for tweeting from iPhone

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Alternatively : Huawei punishes 2 of their marketing team for gross misconduct at their job.

This isn't 2 random employees - these are people whose job is in marketing, who have been entrusted with the Official Twitter account credentials and who are probably paid a reasonable salary to act as marketing professionals which they clearly did not in this case.

Personally I would have given them an off the books or verbal warning, but given the that damage to the brand could be argued to be significant (ie Millions of dollars of brand value being impacted by making it a laughing stock) I don't believe firing them would have been totally unreasonable.

It comes under the heading of "you had one job".....

A year after Logitech screwed over Harmony users, it, um, screws over Harmony users: Device API killed off

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why? were you planning on messing around with an undocumented API on it? If you use it as intended it works fine and is in a class of one.

It's a commercial product and there are always going to be edge cases that aren't supported but thats the difference between using something pre-built and going open sourcery on the problem.

Yes I preferred it when Logitech didn't own it but you cant have everything in this world - I can live with it. It still does 99% of what I want.

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Re: As a non-developer.... about undocumented / private API's...

No. You are spot on.

But a bunch of whiners are whinging about it and it's a slow news week at El Reg Towers, so it was an easy win to trot out some copy before slinking off to the journo's pub.

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Storm in a TeaCup

How is this a story?

A vendor locks out undocumented API's. Thats fair game. Cry me a river.

Hatmony supports IFTTT - if you want API integration use that and lobby for the publicly exposed API's to be expanded properly.

Not amazed with Logitech as I think they are slowly killing Harmony with neglect (particular on IFTTT and new devices) but these are features that were never sold, promoted or documented.

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Re: No more lock-in

You knock yourself out with that. Some of us just want to have something that works OOB.

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No. Not if it wasnt a documented sales feature.

Sticking with one mobile provider gets you... Oh. Price rises, big exit fees, and lovely, lovely lock-in

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Re: Hmm...

I disagree. I think it should be made clearer up front that people are signing a contract that will continue to drain their bank account long after the phone is paid for, but I don't think the supplier should necessarily be forced into anything more than flagging when that happens.

We need to make people more savvy not mollycoddle them, then the suppliers will be forced to retain their customers better. This isn't life or death it's a phone. I feel more strongly on other products such as leccy or gas.

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Re: Data Portability

Precisely what data do the Telcos have that needs to be portable, that isn't already collected either via the contract sign up process or the existing porting Process?

The data portability clause of GDPR is a complete red herring in this case.

Suunto settles scary scuba screwup for $50m: 'Faulty' dive computer hardware and software put explorers in peril

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I was wondering that myself. It seems like the flaw was with the depth sensor, I wonder if it was global in nature or a part for a regional model?

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I was alway told it was Pay And Dive Instantly.

And BSAC'ers could be identified by their Beards and Pony bottles.

The Palm Palm: The Derringer of smartphones

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Re: Not a shadow phone unless you manage to clone your SIM

won't the networks will do it legitimately for you for a small fee?

BT: Soz about that £1.3m CEO bonus vote, shareholders. Friends?

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Why on earth

Did staff from BT ring round trying to convince shareholders to upvote the bonus?

How was this aligned to their fiduciary duty to the company.

Sounds dodgy to me.

I hope at least it was the board level renumeration committee doing the grovelling for their woeful rewarding of lousy performance, and presumably if the pay out was warranted under their current rules then they should tender their resignations for designing such a flawed system that shareprice declines and fraudulent behaviour are rewarded in this way.

Brexit-dodging SCISYS Brits find Galileo joy in Dublin

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Re: Why Dublin?

and easier for their team who nich sprechen Deutsche.

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