* Posts by Gordon 10

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HTC U12+: You said we should wait and review the retail product. Hate to break it to you, but...

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Interesting.

A quick straw poll via google seems to indicate the SPB are being universally panned.

One wonders how something so flawed made it to production. I rather suspect there is a PHB with their fingers in their ears in HTC.

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Microsoft shoves US govt IT contract where ICE throws kids: Out of sight in a chain-link cage

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Re: Microsoft is being reminded

Nice one AC Godwin'd the second post. You must feel so proud.

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Former FBI boss Comey used private email for official business – DoJ

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Insecure by default.

All the better to lose those mails when perps "fall down the stairs"

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Relax. It's OK, folks, the US government isn't going to try to take back control of the internet

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Given the current omnishambles ICANN is currently presiding over on GDPR are we sure the US Government would be worse?

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No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project

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Re: Yet another Remoaner circle-jerk on El Reg.

Seeya! Watch the door doesn't slap your arse in the way out.

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Well that wasnt unexpected.

Whilst I agree we've been royally hoisted on our own petards a more mischievous part of me kinda wishes that one of 2 things happen.

1. The ESA decision turns out to be illegal under the byzantine EU procurement rules.

2. We knock a new constellation up in double quick time for half the price without the need to fund the ESA pork barrel, with some help from Elons cut price rocket business.*

* Yes in my magical fairyland the UK doesnt do pork barrel politics *cough* BAE *cough*

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Re: Wait, that's really his name

Can't wait to know your reaction to Jacob Rees-Mogg if you think that's bad.

TL;DR Arch-Brexiteer millionaire MP who is currently moving his hedge fund to Ireland to make sure his Brexit impacts are minimised.

Nothing to do with PRS AFAIK but would not be at all surprised to discover he has some shareholdings impacted by the Galileo decision.

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Re: Well

Don't forget the added sauce of the UK screwing up Ireland in the first place for the last 800 years.

We've been crapping on our own doorstep for so long a bulldozer couldn't shift it.

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Woman sues NASA for ownership of vial of space dust

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Re: So... uhm...

Yes but no but....

That might work with the grain of sand argument but it's a whole lot different if the soldier brings back a pouch of gold nuggets even if honestly collected. You betya that there would have been military regs about taking anything of value.

Plus a whole sub-genre of war films wouldn't exist :)

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Indiegogo grants ZX Spectrum reboot firm another two weeks to send a console

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Re: Spectrum rights

Or Verizon

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Platinum partner had 'affair' with my wife – then Oracle screwed me, ex-sales boss claims

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MH370 search ends – probably – without finding missing 777

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Re: It will get found.

I think you overestimate the ability of technology to scan ridiculous amounts of square miles of remote ocean and the ability of hobbyists to achieve enough scale and attention span to produce meaningful results.

Its more likely to be found in some rush for deep sea resources, like oil or to dig up something up that are running low in more accessible regions.

Either that or during the filming of Blue Planet 3.

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USA needs law 'a lot like GDPR' – says Salesforce supremo Marc Benioff

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Sales Forces Financial year ends in early 2019 so they decided to call the Financial Year by the Year in which it ends rather the year in which it starts. Probably made sense at some point. They aren't the only ones who do this.

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Britain mulls 'complete shutdown' of 4G net for emergency services

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Im confuzzled

So if instead of some wonder device that doesnt exist why didnt they invest the money in a Operate agnostic 4G data contract(s) and get COTS ruggedised tablets for the databit?

Then use the money saved from not screwing up another Government IT programme to subsidise the costs of the Handsets.

Given that we are now at peak phone prices (1000 for the latests handsets) - 1300 for something that just works where it needs to is beginning to look cheap.

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Who had ICANN suing a German registrar over GDPR and Whois? Congrats, it's happening

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Re: ICANN not understand how you wrote this article !!!???

Link to complain about a BBC news article.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/contact-us/editorial

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Re: ICANN not understand how you wrote this article !!!???

That's disgracefully one sided.

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MPs slam UK.gov's 'unacceptable' hoarding of custody images

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Re: Polar opposite

Sorry overstayed. I'll have that passport. No ID? Then get off moi island.

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Surface Hub 2: Microsoft's pricey whiteboard gets a sequel

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Re: Microsoft hopes users will leap from their seats and prod the screens with excited fingers

Interestingly (sorta) enough the competing Cisco spark boards do the seamless (sometimes) transfer thing. All spark apps (win, ios etc) emit an ultrasonic tone that when picked up by a Spark board offer to switch or include the meeting and content on the spark board.

When it works its cool (Chromecast for webex) when it doesnt (eg custom audio drivers in Windows BORK it).

The downside is that the Spark app pretty much does exactly the same thing as the Webex app. why 2 are needed I have not a clue.

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Android devs prepare to hit pause on ads amid Google GDPR chaos

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Are you one of the same people that refuses to pay for any content on the internet too?

I'd love to live on your utopian internet but the fact is some services have no otherway to fund themselves.

I dont particularly like it but we are stuck with it, unless you want hobbyist/free stuff and lots of paywalls.

On balance I have come to the conclusion that a little light advertising is ok. I just avoid sites (ironically mostly owned by big media) where the scripts slow the site to a crawl. Yes I know about NoScript - but if they arent impacted by you not visiting then you are prolonging the problem.

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IP freely? What a wind-up! If only Trevor Baylis had patent protections inventors enjoy today

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How exactly

Does all the new patent and design rights legislation address Trevors chief complaint - from the linked article?

"“How do you find people who copied an idea if they’re in the middle of China or Timbuktu?”

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Airbus windscreen fell out at 32,000 feet

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Re: Hero ?

I'm not sure I agree being trained to handle a situation and actually handling IRL are two different things. By your logic we shouldn't call soldiers hero's as it's part of their job to get shot and wounded or killed. Ditto firemen.

Seems a trifle harsh and narrow minded to me.

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Boffins build a 2D 'quantum walk' that's not a computer, but could still blow them away

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Joke

Does that make a problem solvable by a Quantum Computer a Quandary?

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Britain to slash F-35 orders? Erm, no, scoffs Lockheed UK boss

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If we actually buy the entire 138 I will eat my hat

<EOM>

We will of course quietly pay the only slightly less than full price extortionate cancellation fee...

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Navy names new attack sub HMS Agincourt

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Which obliges me to reply with the "How many countries has Britain invaded*" linky.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/9653497/British-have-invaded-nine-out-of-ten-countries-so-look-out-Luxembourg.html

* For very broad definitions of "invaded". It is the Torygraph after all.

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Citrix snuffs Xen and NetScaler brands

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Re: Generic names...

But the name "Citrix ....." gives it all the brand kudos it needs </snark>

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It's Galileo Groundhog Day! You can keep asking the same question, but it won't change the answer

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Re: A logical outcome

+1 for Hovercraft full of eels.

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Score one for the bats and badgers! Apple bins €850m Irish bit barn bid

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Re: Badger badger badger badger

plus it will be able to be powered by Johnson and Moggs hot air when they finish up f*cking us over on Brexit.

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IBM bans all removable storage, for all staff, everywhere

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When will phones be banned?

Another day another Stoopid from IBM. Remember when they were vaguely respected?

I presume IBM has usb ports mostly locked down anyway?

Mines coat with the USB stick with a GSM modem built in, 1/4 TB of data slurpage space and an OTG lead in the pocket. -->

Stoopid CISO makes obvious (well duh) policy statement.

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Former Volkswagen CEO indicted over emission cheating conspiracy

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WTF?

Ah wire fraud

The Swiss army knife of the American "justice" system.

If you talked about on the phone you committed wire fraud. Hope he goes down as should several other CEOs but wire fraud - really?

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DIY device tinkerer iFixit weighs in on 15-month jail term for PC recycler

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Re: The issues was never reselling the discs

well said - have an upvote.

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Apple grounds AirPort once and for all. It has departed. Not gonna fly any more. The baggage is dropped off...

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Re: Apple said in a statement to The Register.

Presumably when they let the PR intern answer the mail?

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Re: One of their best products.

@flossy in the lightning port. Its fully USB compatible.

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Re: One of their best products.

@Dan 55 - you are wrong on the first point. It works as a wired keyboard over usb-lightning. Yes its expensive for that use case tho.

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We wanted a camera, they gave us the eye of Gemini – and an eSIM

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Castor your puns elsewhere.

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Europe fires back at ICANN's delusional plan to overhaul Whois for GDPR by next, er, year

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Re: What's the problem?

Thats also fairly simple to resolve. You just mail the Domain admin and ask them for consent, and move no-replies to a parking lot with generic information.

Very little Data Privacy legislation requires an explicit delete. (i.e. see Windrush), just that you have made reasonable attempts to comply. As long as you can show it was done on risk based approach with a decision framework you will be fine. ie the Owners potential loss on the deleting their data and registration was greater than their loss of fairly low risk PII.

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Most site that do that kinda stuff are posting out a re-register/opt out email.

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I doubt they even require a warrant -from a GDPR perspective at least - there are access clauses for Legal and Regulator Enforcement. I would also doubt WhoIS access ranks large on Plod evidence gathering lists - bar a few fraud and cyber crimes.

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Windrush immigration papers scandal is a big fat GDPR fail for UK.gov

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Re: There is no data justification

I'm not convinced it was a deliberate dry run - if only for the fact that they picked on a group that had an incontrovertible right to be here. They were not an easy target as events are now showing.

Cockup over conspiracy every time I'm afraid.

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There was a policy

Everything I read in the Grauniad about this suggests that the policy was that the Landing Cards should have been passed onto the National Archives.

So potentially what we have is a breach of policy either by ignorance or deliberately.

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Who will fix our Internal Banking Mess? TSB hires IBM amid online banking woes

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I pity the poor schmoes working on this.

Now not only do they have a badly planned, poorly managed cut over to repair they are also going to have a bunch of senior muppets from IBM looking over their shoulder second guessing them with the benefit of hindsight.

I bet somewhere in the depths of TSB's tech dept there are a number of people muttering "told ya so" under their breath who were ignored when they raised issues.

I don't see what value IBM can add at this point other than making things worse. I get a very strong whiff of "something must be done"

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AMD CEO Su: We like GPU crypto-miners but gamers are first priority

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Re: Grammar

There is a correction button for Grammar pedants. If you were motivated enough to post about you could have been motivated enough to use it.

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Re: "demand far outstrips supply"

Also the timing of the crash will heavily influence GPU's reaching the market in a torrent or a (comparative trickle) - if most miners have moved to ASICs and FPGA's before the crash happens there will only be a small impact on the GPU market.

Also correction/addendum to the original post - the actual driver is not the cost of electricity but the cost per coin per watt. IE if more efficient mining hardware keeps the cost per coin per watt dropping ahead any long term downward fluctuations in the coin price everyone stays happy.

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Blighty stuffs itself in Galileo airlock and dares Europe to pull the lever

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Re: EU Army

Derrr maybe by definition you cant have a federal state where the military is controlled outside of that Federal State (ie the US).

You big bag of fail you.

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If this was....

If this was a pack of cards we'd be playing Patience whilst the EU is placing Free Cell.

If this was computer gaming we got the Netbook whilst the EU got the Neon Gaming rig with the VR Goggles.

If this was DC superhero movies we would be Batman vs Superman and the EU Wonderwoman.

If this was Marvel superhero movies we would be Ang Lee's Hulk and the EU Age of Ultron.

If this was famous directors we would be Roman Polanski and the EU Steven Spielberg.

If this was famous producers we would be Har

If this were real life all the regions who voted for Brexit will be the ones who are most likely to suffer the worst under it.... oh wait scrub that one...its not an analogy.. its true.

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OMG

I find myself periliously close to agreeing with an AC. Whats obvious in the EU positition on all this is that the same Hawks who argued for the semi-white Elephant that is Galileo (everyone else has one so why can't we) in the first place are obviously an overlapping set with the EU Army Hawks. Lots of interesting internal tensions behind this one, mostly around the assumption that the EU army is going to at all effective without NATO. At best it will be a beefed up UN peacekeeping force (Nato-lite) at worst it will it will be like forming a team from the runners up of WW2.

NATO works because the Brit-Europeans are surrounded by 2 800lb Gorillas - the "good" Gorilla of the US and the "bad" Gorilla of the USSR*. The EU army wont have that "healthy" pressure.

Not having to be involved in the EU Army is probably the only good outcome from Brexit. Its an adolescent wank fantasy brought on by resentment of the Yanks.

*Yes I know its not called that any more.

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Yes, drone biz DJI's Go 4 app does phone home to China – sort of

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Re: But that doesn't mean it's spilling all your beans, data audit finds

Because taking the chance is going to be far more fun than hiding under your bed with your tinfoil hat on?

Based on this audit it still seems that the biggest security risk is the Android* phone you install the app on, and I'll worry about the Chinese slightly after I worry about Google thankyouverymuch.

* Yes I know its on iOS too. But the fruity one doesn't have a business model that absolutely requires hoovering up of your data.

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ICANN takes Whois begging bowl to Europe, comes back empty

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Re: 'no solid plan for what to do'

You are being a bit too broad brush there. This is an ICANN/US registrars thing not a US thing in general, I've had plenty of updates on GDPR from US companies it's just those lot who somehow think they are special.

Tbh ICANN could have dodged the whole bullet if they had just said to the registrars you must make whois compliant - here's a couple of models (eg Nominets approach) knock yourselves out.

Instead they were blinded by thinking they were King Dick, giving far too much weight to special interests, and unwilling to give up an iota of control. In short BAU at ICANN.

Now pass me that popcorn.

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Mad Leo tried to sack me over Autonomy, says top HP Inc beancounter

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Unfortunately I suspect this case is relying on the difference between the Autonomy CFO being tried for Fraud vs the HP CEO being tried for Malfeasance (insert appropriate legal term here).

Both can be true about the deal - but HP is only interested in pursuing 1 of them. Lets say hypothetically the CFO knowingly recognised $100m of revenue in a dodgy manner - thats still fraud, and leaves the HP management to blame for the the other 8.7Bn. But the CFO will be in the clink and they wont. At worst they have kicked the can on their just desserts for another few years. At best they have a jailed scapegoat and job done.

I would imagine this whole case will rest on whether there is any provable fraud or not - HP incompetence is out of scope.

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Super Cali health inspectors: Tesla blood awoke us

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Re: There's a denominator and we demand to see it.

No no no no. You are all getting it wrong.

Its the people who keep getting halved.

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US government weighs in on GDPR-Whois debacle, orders ICANN to go probe GoDaddy

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Re: US Govt weighing in

More like IWONT as in I won’t implement a simple solution coz it impacts some of our registrars get rich quick schemes and offends those nice IP lobbists who keep giving us those nice lunches and bribes consultancy fees.

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