* Posts by Gordon 10

2862 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

Argentina eyes up laser death cannon testbed warship

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Unhappy

Us old timers remember the days when el Reg has its very own RN Clarksonesquese figure.

(Still missing Lewis Page)

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Modern equivalent

Look up "extended readiness". This is basically where one or more ships of a class are kept ticking over for commissioning at notice.

One of the Albion class Landing Craft Docks (the uk equivalent of the Ponce) is currently in this state, as will our second Aircraft Carrier be when it's built.

This is basically a boondoggle and means they will be unavailable for anything short of a crash re-armament program for a non-nuclear WW3.

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British snoops at GCHQ knew FBI was going to arrest Marcus Hutchins

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Which prior cases are you suggesting where the UK Govt was challenged to prevent an extradition without being forced into it by the Extraditee?

Its the Govt's job - agreed by shite treaty - to process US extradition requests in as timely manner as possible. The only time it shouldn't is if the US has failed to meet the requirements laid down by that Treaty (note not UK or EU law) unless the defendant can show (usually by multiple appeals) that they won't be treated in accordance with UK/EU law in the US.

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RBS sharpens axe again: 900 IT jobs to go by 2020

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Re: FFS, RBS

You've not actually worked in a Bank have you? They ain't that capable of planning or measuring well enough to do that. In fact they probably haven't got a scooby do where the 900 will come from, and will likely be hiring another 900+ somewhere else in the Org simultaneously.

Never subscribe to greed what can better be explained by incompetence and MBA groupthink.

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Antarctica declared world's most volcanic region as 91 new cones found beneath ice

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Or Stross' Laundry series - the hero is deliberately named Bob Oliver Francis Howard.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Laundry_Files

Highly recommended if you like comedy horrors which are Spy/sysadmin/Cthulhu mashups.

Charlie occasionallly comments on here and was tweeting yesterday about stories on El Reg.

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Lauri Love and Gary McKinnon's lawyer, UK supporters rally around Marcus Hutchins

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Re: His employer is very quiet on the subject.

Really? Assuming he was over there on his own time why on earth would anyone expect their employer to get involved for a problem that crops up when he is on holiday. I can't imagine many companies doing that.

Now if he's accused of doing this stuff in the operation of his day job for the company then its a different story.

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Cancel your summer trip to nearby Proxima b. No chance of life, room service, say boffins

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Re: Life a proxima_b

No - they are all running off hard light drives with the letter H stamped on their foreheads.

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'My dream job at Oracle left me homeless!' – A techie's relocation horror tale

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I'm all for thinking Oracle are the root of all evil (they are!) but I can't help thinking that the employee inflicted much of the damage himself. Maybe just through naiveity or maybe not.

I know when I moved countries I managed to get a lot of the pre-work done remotely beforehand - such as setting up a bank account, by using my current banks official partner in that country.

Any relocation agency worth their salt should have at least been able to provide advice on the shortest path to getting settled. I wonder what went wrong?

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While USA is distracted by its President's antics, China is busy breaking another fusion record

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Re: Worse..

Fusion ain't needed for a worse outcome.

If the Chinese keep producing Solar panels at the same rate of descending cost all the the oil backed currencies are f*cked any way. Especially since HVDC transmission lines are booming.

They will literally be so cheap that they will make sense anywhere south of Edinburgh. Huge brute forcing of the power problem but feasible.

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NASA: Bring on the asteroid, so we can chuck a fridge at it

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Nnnooooo!

Everyone knows the next level of escalation after a Hale-Bopp is an MMMBop that will end us all.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NHozn0YXAeE

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And where does it end? The oort cloud retaliates, and we do the same and before you know it every one is trying to comet genocide.

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Re: Time to go PaddyPower

9. Tony Hawks (no not the skateboard dude) sues NASA as he has all the media rights for Around the Universe with a Fridge.

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Big question: Who gets the blame if a cyborg drops a kid on its head?

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Joke

Am I the only one

Who suspects my users would fail the Turing Test?

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Stop

Re: If you put a helpless human in a machine

Exactly user takes responsibility for their actions. Caveat Luser. Its not frigging rocket science.

Fully autonomous machines need to hold the manufacturer responsible for clear mechanical failures and to provide a WORM audit log when the Luser does something daft.

Idiots are always going to find a way to auto-darwinate themselves or others. No special laws needed.

Just like that muppet who T-boned the Truck in his Tesla after ignoring 6 autopilot reminders.

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Civil rights warriors get green light to challenge UK mass surveillance

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WTF?

Re: Liberty

Out of curiosity - as a Labour peer - what did you expect her to do?

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Tesla death smash probe: Neither driver nor autopilot saw the truck

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Re: Technology assists it doesnt do it for you

Utter BS. He ignored SIX warnings to pay more attention. The marketing doesn't come into it.

And as a former SEAL - who presumably trained to have Situational Awareness well in excess of the normal herd - he had even less excuse than most.

Autodarwinated. Nuff Said.

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BOFH: Halon is not a rad new vape flavour

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Re: TWA?

tragic workplace accident. Took me a while but it's actually in the line above the abbreviation.

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Consultancy titan EY to shift jobs to Indian outsourcer TCS

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I read this as referring to their IT ops staff, not IT consulting.

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NASA brainboxes work on algorithms for 'safe' self-flying aircraft

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Waste of time

This will happen when hell freezes over unless you are in the military - and even then remote piloting is more likely to be a thing first.

Fleshbags prefer a fleshie to give them the illusion of control.

Would rather see them work on safety interlocks for autonomous deployment of Sharks with Frickin Lasers on their heads. On the grounds its cooler and more likely to happen - Elon has is gonna run out of places to put his moola sooner or later.

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The biggest British Airways IT meltdown WTF: 200 systems in the critical path?

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Re: Antifragile?

{PHBMode}Chaos Monkey{/PHBMode}

What do you mean knowing those 2 words isn't enough?

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Agree - 200 doesn't sound unusual for an organisation as IT dependent as BA, bearing in mind their business went IT dependent very very early.

Whether its good or not I'd hazard a guess that its NOT an outlier compared to other organisations its size.

Rather suspect the Author hasn't worked in anyone as big and hasn't had to contend with the sheer inertia that creates.

Also rather suspect this was 1 rogue application (ESB or similar) spamming corruption further out.

Double suspect that there are a few architects & CIOs waiting for the full BA post mortem.

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Russian data scientist unable to claim £12,000 prize in Brit competition

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Re: clause 2.3b of the competition rules

"I find it a bit puzzling to allow someone to enter but then specifically exclude them from being awarded a prize, should they win."

Makes perfect sense.

1. Invite clever entries

2. don't have to play out.

3. Keep prize money

4. Monetise code

5. $Profit$$$

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India sets June 5 as the day it will join the heavy-lift rocket club

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Re: I'm impressed that we have 64 and 70 ton low earth orbit payload capability coming.

So basically you are saying that we could allow Musk to make monopoly size profits at €1bn a launch and still undercut the FlyingPorkBarrel (SLS) by 50%?

Yay go American capitalism! FFS.

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Sainsbury's IT glitch spoils bank holiday food orders

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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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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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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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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

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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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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!

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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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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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