* Posts by Gordon 10

3159 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

Ecuador says 'yes' to Assange 'freedom' deal, but Julian says 'nyet'

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Re: Assange is not a "professional secrets dealer"

There was me thinking every utterance out of his tiresome gob was used to profit his own desire for attention and relevance. Silly me.

Consumer group attempts to lob Safari workaround sueball at Google... again

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Who had the loss?

And who will get the payout?

The fact that such as thing as a "Litigation funding business" is involved (or even frikkin exists) makes me very suspicious that the ordinary consumer is going to get SFA out of this.

It reminds me of the case in the US (I forget the details) where the consumers were ruled to have been damaged but because it amounted to peanuts per person it was suggested (by the lawyers!) that the lawyers colleges and law schools should get the the payola.

We need a "Danger Will Robinson!" icon for this stuff that looks good at first glance.....

£10k offer to leave firm ASAP is not blackmail, Capita told by judge

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And to be fair to Crapita - All accountants know Year End is a nightmare slog, it comes with the job. Not an accountant but have managed financial systems at Year End myself.

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Re: Accountants

Employee headcount teduction programme. No slush fund needed. 100% standard business accounting.

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Re: Not Blackmail?

I have - its quite a common practise, although I haven't experienced it myself. I have heard from sources that I believe that its quite a common practise in the Big 4 consultancies. Basically the bottom 10% performers are pulled individually into a room and offered a compromise agreement (basically mutually agreed redundancy with an NDA) in return for waiving their notice period and usually with a decent wedge of cash/benefits at prevailing rates (ie much better than statutory) and a good reference and a list of clients to whom they will put in a good word for you. The catch is that there is usually a strong time limit on the offer, up to and including decide the same day or its withdrawn.

Not saying whether it's wrong or right but I have heard the same from multiple peeps. For me the "unreasonable" bit not sure its blackmail but its sure extreme pressure is the timeline attached.

Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt

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Re: Meh

We only got ripped off if the taxes and jobs it created added up to less than 1bn worth of benefit to the UK economy. I suspect we did rather well out of it.

Hortonworks faces sueball over Cloudera merger

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Violates SEC rules

Then presumably the plaintiff could have notified the SEC rather than launching a sueball?

Personally I think he should be thanking Cloudera, it's been clear for years that Horton were playing Yahoo to Cloudera's Google, and that they were on a trajectory that was going to disappear somehow....

Health secretary Matt Hancock assembles brains trust: OK, guys. Let's cure NHS IT

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Goldacre will be interesting

Whilst not coming across as a techie, he has a track record of agitating against what is broken in the Pharmaceuticals industry, he doesnt come across (at least to me) as a Government "yes man".

OnePlus 6T: Tasteful, powerful – and much cheaper than a flagship

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Re: No headphone socket - no sale

@michael. Thats just a rebrand from Android Pay to Google Pay. No change to the functionality, just happened on the last app upgrade - it was seamless.

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I agree. Not sure the UI makes the several £100 quid difference over the 2 or 3 similarly spec'd Huawei's.

Plus you at 6.41" you need giant man hands to use it properly.

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Re: No headphone socket - no sale

Same innards? Not really - no NFC on F1. Frankly I'd rather buy a bluetooth headset than lose Android pay.

Vision Direct 'fesses up to hack that exposed customer names, payment cards

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Sounds rather draconian. What punishment do you advocate for people who cant take the time to read a story properly before commenting?

iPhone XS: Just another £300 for a better cam- Wait, come back!

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2018 is the year of stupidly sized phones

90% of the releases have been at 6"+. Ok its a narrow diagonal that 6" was last year but its still stupidly big for anyone has < averagely sized man hands ie most women. Case in point my Moto Z play is a 5.5" diagonal and in retrospect too big for my tiny man hands, so I've been looking for a smaller replacement after multiple droppings.

Really fancied the Honor 8x but its frikkin huge. Ditto the XR. The X or XS is a much nicer size at 5.8 . (and smaller than my moto) but at the price of 3 or 4 good androids too rich for me. Ditto Sammy S9.

In the end have settled for an Honor 10 another 5.8"-er, after a tour of all the phone shops comparing widths. Was seriously looking at the P20 Lite just because it was a almost a budget price for a decent 5.8".

Is anyone actually testing these phone for fit any more? A software shrink mode is no substitute for a handset that fits nicely in your hand.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro: If you can stomach the nagware and price, it may be Droid of the Year

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Re: Face-ID

Addressing Andrews point. I very much doubt that Apples engineers and management view Face ID as a competitive advantage no matter what their Marketing says.

Face ID was blindingly obviously a decision made to launch the iPhoneX with workable tech at a given point in time. And guess what they were right. Workable in-display finger print readers are only now appearing on the challenger phones and they still lag in responsiveness to discrete fingerprint readers.

There is no way Apple could bin a flagship feature after one year so they were forced to double down for the XR/S/SMax

Presumably there will be a iPhone7/8 replacement next year at the £550 mark - whether it has face id will depend on 2 factors .

1. Whether the cost of the FaceID sensors can be scaled down to that price point.

2. Whether Marketing decide that fingerprints are for the plebs and face id for the 10% who can afford an X model.

Knowing Apple Im erring about 60/40 on the side of an 8 replacement with FaceID and fingerprints being consigned to the Reality distortion field of history (no fingerprints around here - nosirree). Although with most Mac laptops now coming with fingerprint scanners I could be wrong.

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Re: £899 - Ouch

Dont worry. 99% of the features will be on the Honor 20 in 6 months or less for less than half that price.

( I havent even checked that there is an honor 20 but there will be something roughly equivalent.)

ZX Spectrum reboot scandal firm's original directors rejoin

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Re: Jet Set Wally

Manic Mining the 80's then?

'Blockchain SAVED my Quango'

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Re: Well, if there's a Chief Blockchain Officer then it has to be legit, right ?

Naaa. Never going to happen. Since when have you known any CxO to provide a proof of work?

iPhone XR, for when £1,000 is just too much for a smartmobe

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But not alone in their overpricing, Google Sammy and Huawei now all have flagships in the same ballpark.

Yet it seems just a couple of years ago £500 was a flagship phone price.

Then look at the chasing pack (plus Huawei cannibalising themselves). Amazing phones for 200-350.

Wow. Apple's only gone and killed off Mac, iPad, iPhone family... figures for units sold to fans

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Re: long lived phones

I have to agree. I dropped my android phone one too many times this week so an upgrade is in order. Strongly tempted to move back to the Apple fold after I left when my 5 got too old. They are damn expensive for what they are but Im coming round to calling it the support tax. If I get regular updates for the next 3 years thats worth paying for imo.

Still - it hurts though...

Chuck this on expenses: £2k iPad paints Apple as the premium fondleslab specialist – as planned

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Re: Nobody is forcing you to buy a fully specced one.

Shut up nerd and get back in the sales queue - BzzzzT!

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Re: Nobody is forcing you to buy a fully specced one.

£2000 quid gets El Reg another clickbait headline and allows them to give Apple a poke, hence the rather spurious addition of Apple Care - you can bet corporates wont be buying Apple care, they'll either hold excess inventory or pay a thirdparty repair service or negotiate a corporate discount with Apple. For consumers and SME's I'd love to know the uptake - my WAG - 12.7%

Nothing else to see - move along....

Apple's launch confirms one thing: It's determined to kill off the laptop for iPads

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I had to google it to be believe but yes indeed there really is a store called Stormfront.

https://www.stormfront.co.uk/ . (watch out for URL blacklists if at work!)

One hopes they pre-date/are not connected with the neo-nazi cesspit with the same name.

Apple breathes new life into MacBook Air with overhauled 2018 model

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The point of the 13" MBP (2018) is more cores + hyperthreading and processor grunt. (ie for developers).

You wouldnt want to run anything more than a basic VM on an Air.

Interesting but little known fact the low power Macbook 2017 CPU's are roughly equivalent to 2014 13 MBP. I looked into a MacBook as a replacement for my beloved 11" Air with an added need for a bit more VM grunt.

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To answer my own question - its TB3 ports :)

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16Gb is a build to order.

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Re: Well it will look so stylish...

Oh Really? How many Mac's fail within 2 years? Like it or not, like the lack repairability or not most Macs will be going strong for many more than 2 years.

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Vanilla USB-C ports or Thunderbolt 3?

The lack of touchbar could be a winner, the convenience doesn't outweigh the price hike over non-touchbar on the Pro's imo. Like the fingerprint unlock though aspect though.

Still not sure a 13" air has a place with the MacBook and the 13" Pro.

Mac users burned after Nuance drops Dragon speech to text software

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Re: Colin, you have my empathy & sympathy.

@Richard12 - and why is Windows any different? Genuine question.

PC version of Linux 4.19 lands with PC version of Linus Torvalds: Kernel handed back to creator

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Re: Anyone wanna take bets?

I find myself slightly disturbed to be agreeing with Jake ;)

Anyone who uses the phrase Rainbow Hair or SJW deliberately and with full knowledge of the derogatory meanings pretty much labels themselves as either grossly ignorant or part of the Alt-right and part of the problem. Especially since said label has SFA to do with Linus' sabbatical.

There is nothing wrong with giving a little bit of room and thought to people who act/behave/are a little different to you, it doesn't take anything away from your own identity, and it *might* just make the world of difference to someone who has had to fight for recognition and tolerance for a big chunk of their life.

TL;DR. Engage brain/chose words before posting.

Forgotten that Chinese spy chip story? We haven't – it's still wrong, Super Micro tells SEC

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How many enemies have Bloomberg made?

Lets say you have an objection to fact based reporting - especially around financial services and money flows. Who wins if Bloomberg are tarnished?

1. Most financial services companies get to re-negotiate rates on Bloomberg subscriptions which they are hated/envied for.

2. Anyone involved in dodgy financial flows (ie a big chunk of the 1%).

3. Russia/Putin??

Apple to dump Intel CPUs from Macs for Arm – yup, the rumor that just won't die is back

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Re: Business as Usual

My first thought was is it Apple-Intel contract renewal time again?

I struggle to believe the savings/scale from owning the whole chip supply chain on Arm exceeds the scale that Intel get on x86 chips from a whole industry. This is an attempt to knock a little bit more off Intels margins. Even though many of Apples intel chips are special SKU's just for them, they are mostly just limited to enabling high end features lower down the range (ie hyperthreading).

The only way Apple *might* get enough synergies is if the iPad and Mac use the same sku's - and I doubt that will happen for practical reasons - ie a CPU for a full fat PC is still different enough from a Tablet PC CPU running iOS to make it impractical.

Finally. The palm-sized Palm phone is back. And it will, er, save you from your real smartphone

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@Phil. Have a look at the "prison specials" on Amazon.

Virgin Media? More like Virgin Meltdown: Brit broadband ISP falls over amid power drama

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Helpful VPN advice. Ironically my Virgin BB was restored after being down for most of Monday morning a few hours before this big outage and it stayed up. I was busily shopping for one of those Wifi routers with in-built 4g Modem when it came back.

In the meantime I was running over my phone tether and can confirm that 3 sims don't have the VPN restriction. At least their 'full fat' phone sims any way, cant confirm their data-only sims, but 3 are usually less 'death of a thousand cuts' than the rest of them. ie no extra charge for tethering etc etc.

Bloodhound Super-Sonic-Car lacks Super-Sonic-Cashflow

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Re: Not wishing to sound unsympathetic, but...

I have to agree. Not sure how much they have spent to this point but £25m is a lot of dosh to spend on a pretty pointless willy waving expedition. Ultimately who cares, its an engineering dead-end.

To put it in context - Reaction Engines has been pootling along for much longer and for much the same kind of budgets (low tens of millions). If I had £25m to flush down the bog I know where mine would go.

Apache OpenOffice, the Schrodinger's app: No one knows if it's dead or alive, no one really wants to look inside

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Re: Reminder for macos users

For $29.95 how does it compare to a minimum of 5 copies of Office 365 on the M$ family plan @79.95 . (with discounts lower)?

Plus 1TB per user, plus web/mobile installs too.

You'd have to be a dyed in the wool M$ hater to buy it.

Samsung Galaxy A9: Mid-range bruiser that takes the fight to Huawei

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Re: Headline says a lot..

Danger Will Robinson Sammy fanboi alert!! Im not convinced its that one sided.

But face it - Apple could chrome plate a turd and sell it for a grand.

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Re: GT-i9300

Just to insert a sense of perspective. 6GB is more than even Windows needs. How times have changed.

Ok Windows aint great with <8 Gb but you get my point.

Remember that lost memory stick from Heathrow Airport? The terrorist's wet dream? So does the ICO

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Re: Use of old classification

Its a good point but Im not clear on the relevance to the story anyway. Surely if HAL are a private company the names they give their security classifications are irrelevant when compared to similarly named ones used in Government? Its the definition of those classifications which are important.

Don't make us pay compensation for employee data breach, Morrisons begs UK court

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Re: We are missing one important question...

I thought the whole point of vicariously liable meant that Morrisons were found not to have taken reasonable steps?

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Re: I do have some sympathy for Morrisons

Not sure I do - he was an auditor for gawds sake. Surely he should have been monitored more closely? Its the accounting version of not monitoring your sys admins.

Watch Series 4: What price 'freedom'? About as much as you'd expect from an Apple product

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Re: Umm

Thats always been the case. You only have to fail saving roll on a wisdom check and it p0wns your soul.

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Re: Not for me...


1. Tend to agree.

2. Not a big issue *most* of the smart watches require removal from your wrist at bed time for charging purposes - only a big issue if you are desperate for sleep tracking constantly. Even then you can probably get a decent squeeze of charge whilst showering.

3. Its Apple.

4. Its Apple - and the Android Wear app on iOS is a waste of space.

My major complaint right now is the LTE carrier locking to the same carrier as your phone. Thats gotta be an antitrust/monopoly situation I reckon. Although like most carrier exclusive type deals I expect this to be removed in 1-2 years.

Super Micro China super spy chip super scandal: US Homeland Security, UK spies back Amazon, Apple denials

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Re: "It is bonkers to think it would have screwed up a story this huge"

Who Shorted SuperMicro recently?

Microsoft resurfaces Surface kit alongside Windows 10 update

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Re: $350 headphones?

Cortana built in*

*requires PC or phone and internet connection.

MIMEsweeper maker loses UK High Court patent fight over 15-year-old bulletin board post

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Im confused

Did the good guys win or lose this one? Or is it the usual US Patent car crash where the consumer loses?

Former Apple engineer fights iPhone giant for patent credit and denied cash, says Steve Jobs loved his 'killer ideas'

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Re: On to a loser here

Well duh. That why I wear the name of commentard with pride.

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Re: On to a loser here

DevOps LARP'ing - I lol'd. I wouldn't be seen dead doing DevOps personally but each to their own. But what I have done is supported staff at grievance hearings, raised grievances myself AND been a management reviewer at grievance boards. I worked for managers that took criticism well and others who would do anything to make it your fault.

I agree its hard to tell from the story whether its a straight factual representation of the situation or not, it could be that, it could also be a legal negotiation tactic to paint apple as big and mean or it could be total paranioa - my (badly made) point was that none of us can know that. I rather suspect the truth of the issue is somewhere in between.

I do stand by my comment that anyone who assumes he can carry over a personal relationship from one CEO to another without any consideration that the new guy might not appreciate it is a muppet of the highest order.

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On to a loser here

So basically he didn't get on with his manager and got fired. The rest is window dressing. He doesn't even make it clear when he raised his point about the Patents.

Bringing in everything else is just a waste of time, and just looks more like a disgruntled employee. Especially if he presumed that Tim Cook had any interest in using him as a back channel, just because Jobs did. You see this quite often in focussed techies with low emotional intelligence - just because you enjoy a privileged position at one point in the company doesn't mean you retain that whilst the company changes.

TL;DR if you wander around moaning about how the place has turned into a crap hole, and keep spamming the CEO, and don't respect your boss - regardless of whether they deserve it - you ain't going to last long.

New theory: The space alien origins of vital bio-blueprints for dinosaurs. And cats. And humans. And everything else

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Also doesn't a post formation origin for all sorts of stuff fail the volume test? Presumably there has to be gazillions of comets/roid's hitting proto-earth to deliver enough phosphorus material for life to spontaneously develop.

Isn't deposition prior and during proto-earth formation far more likely? Especially since you have all the time the Earth took to both develop an atmosphere and/or a magnetic field for high power cosmic rays to hit the embedded phosphorus.

The 2018 ThinkPad X1 Yoga: A bendy-legged workhorse walks into a meeting

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I think you mean that functionality that MacOS perfected years ago?

Pats his new work MacBook lovingly whilst glaring at the smoldering HP in the bin. No I don't really need one. Do I love my boss for authorising one, why yes, yes I do. Best boss EVER!

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