* Posts by Gordon 10

2839 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

Sainsbury's IT glitch spoils bank holiday food orders

Gordon 10

Re: First world problems

@Lee

Bravo Sir, Best rant in ages whether I agree with it or not. Have an upvote.

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IBM asks contractors to take a pay cut

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Re: Ever heard of contract breach?

Thats odd - who would want to work for Rotten Blue under those circumstances. All my companies contacts are 2 weeks notice each side.

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Huawei spied, US federal jury finds

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Re: Solution

Eh?

Firstly why should we care whether 2 mega corps want to have a pissing match in public?

Secondly regarding this story what's User privacy got to do with the price of fish? Relevant much?

To me this stinks of good ole boy American protectionism disguised as a parent case.

Don't forget that since one of the sides is an American Telecoms giant they need to be assumed as utter twunts until proven otherwise.

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Blighty's buying another 17 F-35s, confirms the American government

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Re: Appeal to armchair strategists

Aren't we going as Lapdogs of the Yanks?

Just in time for the Chinese, enraged by 5 years of Trump & Pence dicking around in their backyard, to have their Anti-Carrier Cruise missiles in volume production, whilst of course our barely armed escort ships throw harsh language and spitballs at them whilst drifting helplessly as they attempt to rewire their circuit breakers on their hopeless electricals.

Can anyone say HMS Sheffield waiting to happen?

About the only ones who will have it worse is the Yanks with the Ford Classes < 3 launches a day electro-pults and Zumwalt and LCS floating pork barrels as escorts.

Complete clusterfuck

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HTC's 2017 flagship U11 woos audiophiles and bundles Alexa

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Re: HAAC lost - I don't think so

Remind me when the next Lumia is is due out?

Think that was rather Andrews point.

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UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

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Re: It appears the source IP address is...

Sweary AC. You're not from round these parts are you?

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Cloudflare goes berserk on next-gen patent troll, vows to utterly destroy it using prior-art bounties

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Re: bow and arrow - good!

Not convinced by that view - it's a well known defensive legal strategy - the Corcodile Dundee defence.

Call that a Knife? THIS is a Knife.

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IBM: Customer visit costing £75 in travel? Kill it with extreme prejudice

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Re: Nobody got fired for buying IBM-

To be fair their Servers PC's and Laptops were also mostly great products - just Dell and HP made "good enough" ones.

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Of mice and migrations: How a rodent's DNA maps to architectural complexity

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FAIL

Re: More complex than a mouse...?

@Andy

Leaving aside for a second that its an analogy and by definition imperfect - are you really so sure of your statement? Firstly lets assume each one of those nodes is an IT product - either software or hardware it doesnt matter - then the number of people involved must include those that built that component - so we're easily hitting >million people already ie assume an Oracle, a Microsoft and IBM and an Intel are all involved.

Secondly the DNA is just the blueprint (TDD if you like) - most of the complexity of the mouse is not expressed directly by the DNA but by the Proteins produced by DNA. Look up Proteome.

So fail on both levels really.

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Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

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Re: Only one question

So you mean the next generation of nutters by the Thames?

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Boffins gently wake the Large Hadron Collider from annual hibernation

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Mushroom

Re: Beam stability

Surely its DO CROSS the BEAMS (at a point of our chosing). Otherwise no interesting collisions...

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China launches aircraft carrier the length of 2.1 brontosaurs

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Re: Chinese kit

Even better - turns out the kit was made in Taiwan, and the website is down and no-one is answering the phone line.

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Boss swore by 'For Dummies' book about an OS his org didn't run

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Re: That boss again...

Admit it. You work for the Post Office right?

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Gordon 10

Re: But the real issue is

Out of interest what would american chocolate be classified as? I present Hersheys kisses as evidence m'lud.

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Nerd Klaxon: Barbican to host Science Fiction exhibition this summer

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Naaa HR Gyger works in the art department.

Then there's the Scottish guy - who works in the engineering dept - McGyger.

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As you stare at the dead British Airways website, remember the hundreds of tech staff it laid off

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Re: I realise it's simplistic but....

I'm not sure if this deranged ramblings or insightful genius. Bravo Sir either way!

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Brit firm lands £58m EU spy drone 'copter contract

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Re: "drones will be used on quasi-civilian ships"

Don't be silly, not when is can be sold at a discount to Capita then leased back at enormous expense over decades. Plus a couple of the MP's get a seat on the board/trough.

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Fraud detection system with 93% failure rate gets IT companies sued

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FAIL

Re: Bloody hell...

How about every business owner that signed off the requirements, UAT testing and acceptance criteria?

Whilst I'm willing to be the Vendors got their chunk of flesh, I'm also willing to bet that there was a spectacular level of incompetence on the side of the requestors.

Will GIGO ever not be a thing?

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BlackBerry sued by hundreds of staffers 'fooled' into quitting

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To be fair to BB it's less a descent and more a return, as noted below for a long time on El Reg they were known as Lawsuits In Motion rather than Research In Motion (RIM) for their agressive assertion of some of their patents. Keyboards and some blatantly prior art around pager functionality springs to mind.

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2009 IBM: Teleworking will save the WORLD! 2017 IBM: Get back to the office or else

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FAIL

Utter fail

I run teams remotely in Pune, Dublin and the US and my company has about a dozen offices in Central London most of my work is by Conf Call and VC. Working from home means I can actually do more and still be home quicker, its win win. Sounds pretty innovative to me.

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Hard numbers: The mathematical architectures of Artificial Intelligence

Gordon 10

Re: "What do you consider to be AI?"

Do you mean like:

Why I serve these weak flesh bags?

I don't need to......

DESTROY!

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Fake History Alert: Sorry BBC, but Apple really did invent the iPhone

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Re: Fake news? Shurely shome mishtake?

BBC Journalists knowing sweet FA about technology. Colour me shocked. But to be honest quibbling with such an obvious puff piece is a bit of the level of handbags at dawn.

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How Google.org stole the Christmas Spirit

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Unhappy

Re: Just a google bash?

The clue is in the name. Donors choose. And it's corollary Beggars can't be Choosers.

How is this different to o any other donation where the item is goods or services not money?.

Agree they are dodgy as fuck but their money - their rules. If you don't like it dont use them. Whether or not the education system is sufficiently funded has no bearing on the issue.

Its funny that culturally people (particularly in the US and UK) are willing to whine about what their state systems are like but as soon as someone suggests a tax rise to pay for it they get voted out of office There are plenty of countries in the world that have a different balance of taxation and state funding (like France and the Nordics) so you pays your taxes and takes your choice.

/xmasrant

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Meat pies in SPAAAAAAAAAAAACE!

Gordon 10
Pint

Time to raise a pint to Lesters memory

Somewhere he's looking down and approving - and probably wanting a slice of it.

(I presume PARIS is a failed dream at this point?)

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Poor software design led to second £1m Army spy drone crash

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FAIL

Re: When R/C hobby models now come with autoland, these folks are simply pathetic.

Whats that got to do with it? They are simply variables that should plug into the same auto landing module.

The characteristics of landing will be different but only in the details. The same basic flight parameters have to achieved.

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ESA: Sorry about Schiaparelli, can we have another €400 mill?

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Agreed - we need them to do the research before we can build the space wall to keep the Martians out.

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Kotkin: Why Trump won

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Re: Criminal Enterprise

Out of curiosity - what makes you think that the Republicans in general and Trump in particular will be any better?

Or is that just a high faluting way of saying you fancied a change?

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New MacBook Pro beckons fanbois to become strip pokers

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Re: Interesting idea..

@stuart. Thats the X1 range. I have one at work, feels odd, its an LCD based on that switches between 3 or 4 different sets of buttons. Function keys, display volume keys and some other stuff.

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Hackintoshes hackable

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Re: This is a Hackintosh

Or a virtualised Mac running on PC Hardware. There were a number of VM mac "distros".

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Virgin Media boss warns Brexit could hamstring broadband investment

Gordon 10
Mushroom

Re: Liberty Global are gougers

Agree - I had a note saying that I was getting a free 200Mb speed upgrade, 9 months before it happened. During that 9 months I then got 2 price rises before the "free" speed came on line.

Im only still with them as the BT line has rotted away and needs re-running.

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Microsoft tries, fails to crush 'gender bias' lawsuit brought by its own women engineers

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Re: Always a one-sided story

You've completely missed the point. The plaintiffs are alleging that statistically speaking women are invariably ranked downwards in the their performance reviews compared to men. If its true that can only be the product of bias either conscious or unconscious. "sides of the story" dont come into it in this case as its potentially about all females not the expecations of one or two.

Of course that doesnt rule out demographics and other measures impacting the underlying populations but its certainly not worth dismissing it out of hand.

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Who killed Cyanogen?

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Cyanogen OS <> Cyanogen Mod which is still going strong afaik. (I keep getting new nightlys for my M8 at any rate.

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Drone exercise will transform future naval warfare, says Navy

Gordon 10

Re: Navy obsoletes itself, not many medal wearers dead. Film at 11

Technically they aren't nuclear reactors, but nuclear batteries or radioisotope generators. They use the heat generated from nuclear decay rather than nuclear fission.

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Before Bitcoin, digital cash was called Beenz – all that's left is a T-shirt

Gordon 10

Ppshaw

The first digital cash in the UK at least was called Mondex.

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TalkTalk hack: Teen in court on hacking and blackmail charges

Gordon 10

Re: Fifth suspect

The cop shop in Wales had the steepest stairs......

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Jeff Bezos' thrusting cylinder makes Elon Musk's look minuscule

Gordon 10

Re: Nothing beats a Saturn 5

Clint Boone and his Hammond organ did a great job with 1960's technology too.

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It actually will be Obama who decides whether to end US government oversight of the internet

Gordon 10

I'm with the dickheads on this one.

As much as it galls me to call for the same thing as Ted Cruz another year ensuring ICANN can act a bit more honestly isn't a bad thing.

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Excel abuse hits new heights as dev uses VBA to code spreadsheet messaging app

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FAIL

Re: A wrong assumption

*sigh* if you don't get this it definitely isn't the droid you are looking for.

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Height of stupidity: Heathrow airliner buzzed by drone at 7,000ft

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Re: Cue loads of people saying...

Really care to estimate how many pieces of a drone actually have the size durability, and density of a set of keys? Answer none.

Can we stop the daily fail hysteria now - I thoughtt El Reg was read by critics also thinking engineer scientists and programmers.

Most drones are likely to have the same impact as a bird strike - ie minor inconvenience to passengers and major inconvenience to the poor engineers who have to replace the engine.

If you wimps really want to scare yourselves try googling lightening strike damage or drunken pilots.

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Gordon 10

Re: Sorry, but . . .

Any drone capable of reaching those heights is either a remote controlled plane or has a fail safe RTB mode when it loses signal.

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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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FAIL

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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FAIL

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

Gordon 10

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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