* Posts by Gordon 10

3107 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

Vodafone and EE ship Apple's Watch 4, but not without LTE teething issues

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Re: No Roaming with AppleWatch 3/4

Do you mean it doesn't roam in the EU? Isn't that illegal?

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Fallover Friday: NatWest, RBS and Ulster Bank go TITSUP*

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Re: Its really not that difficult.

@Dwarf. Thus spake the theoretician, take some time to look at architecture in the real world.

I disagree with your disagreeing.

Firstly any given system in any big corporate is a hodgepodge of 20-30 years of tech, many of which are complete black boxes with the techies responsible for them long gone.

Secondly - nearly every IT professional I know has had a WFT? moment when some extreme edge case has hit them causing unexpected results.

Thirdly - do some research on emergent behaviour.

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London tipped to lead European data market. Yes, despite Brexit!

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Re: London Ahead?

Sorry thats utter bollocks on all fronts. Have you ever even worked in Banking?

HFT is a tiny bit of what banks do from a personnel perspective, if that was a blocker they would have a small HFT hub in the City and everything else outside...

Very few traders need/want to live in the City when their bonus can buy a big house in the burbs and an Aston or E8 and wang it in at 6am. That applies equally to FFT and LON.

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Now here's an idea: Break up Amazon to get more shareholder cash

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At what cost does AWS provide services to the retail business? And if it is at cost, how does the moron suggesting this think forcing AWS to supply those services at Market Value (to avoid competition issues) will add value to either business?

These suggestions tend to come from looking at the *perceived* value of a split then coming up with *synergies* (or other BS) to justify it.

Remember you cant have Analyst without needing an arsehole.

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Lenovo Thinkpad X280: Choosing a light luggable isn't so easy

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I have never forgiven Lenovo for moving the FN key from outside on the X220 to 2nd key in on the X1.

My muscle memory never coped with it. Stupid unnecessary change that alienates all your loyal users.

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The grand-plus iPhone is the new normal – this is no place for paupers

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Agree with everything you say except the depreciation on iPhones (and most apple tech) is substantially less than nearly any other brand. So whilst you might depreciate it fully as an accountant, in the real world 1 year old iPhone X's are going for north of 700 quid for a BIN auction. Refurbed iphone 8's are going for 75% of new prices. (All on ebay).

If you are smart and careful with your iPhone you can probably get away with a £300-400 investment every year to stay "hip".

Not for my tastes I went Android (phone only everything else is Apple) years ago but a lot of people may care enough to do it.

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Has anyone seen REM lately? No, we mean rare earth minerals

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I look forward to seeing Tim Worstal there

<eom>

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2-bit punks' weak 40-bit crypto didn't help Tesla keyless fobs one bit

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Would have been nice to target the right manufacturers El Reg

Calling out Tesla in the headline who fixed it versus everyone else who didn't in a minor footnote at the end isnt really a nice way of biasing the story.

It almost seems as if you were using the Tesla name as headline clickbait, and if so bad McLaren, good Tesla would have worked just as well.

Not a Tesla fanboi - just irritated that the article focus is on the guys that responded correctly and not in a particularly positive way. Still it is El Reg I suppose. Tesla should consider their hands well and truly 'bit'

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Generally Disclosing Pretty Rapidly: GDPR strapped a jet engine on hacked British Airways

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Re: re. Reporting a breach shows awareness

Eh? That makes no sense. Worldwide Turnover was specifically chosen for GDPR because its easy to calculate and difficult to hide.

There may be a couple of arguments about which GAAP standards its calculated under but I cant see it being particularly easy to "hide" turnover. Especially since that may attract the ire of both the Tax Authorities and the Stock Exchange.

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'World's favorite airline' favorite among hackers: British Airways site, app hacked for two weeks

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Re: We take the protection of our customers’ data very seriously.

@wookie. I agree with the seniment of your post. BA aren't anywhere near an oligopoly though...

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Good Advice

Great advice - one caveat

I wouldn't necessarily choose Willie - he's just the CEO's Boss. (i.e. another busy CEO)

BA Board members can be found here.

https://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/board.asp?privcapId=256565

IAG Board Members here

http://www.iagshares.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=240949&p=irol-govboard2

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I tend to agree with you - 2 observations

1. It was both the App and the Website - so presumably that narrows it down further.

2. The detailed timing of the window suggest it was associated with either a BA or Thirdparty code release to me, or worse an explicit intrusion that they have already traced. Considering they only shut down the breach on Wed they have gathered a big chunk of forensics in the first 24hrs.

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HTC U12 Life: Notchless, reasonably priced and proper buttons? Oh joy

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Re: Right decisions?

agree. Even at 5.5" my well liked Moto Z Play is too big for my tiny man hands.

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Re: Poaching...

Think it was more a case of HTC flogging off the family silver to keep the roof over their heads.

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Russian volcanoes fingered for Earth's largest mass extinction

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Re: The Ends of the World

Do we need any more why than for the simple joy of existing?

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Boffins bork motion control gear with the power of applied sound

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Re: Gyroscopic screwdrivers?

Having only just googled what they are am I the only one who thinks they are a solution looking for a problem and also a potential RSI nightmare?

They are basically screw drivers that are activated by a twisting motion rather than a trigger.

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EU tosses Nokia a small loan of €500m, tells it to go crazy with 5G R&D

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Re: Nokia?

@Nick Kew

Phones have very little to do with it. A little edumacation for you.

https://www.telecomlead.com/telecom-statistics/ericsson-closes-the-gap-in-mobile-infrastructure-market-share-with-huawei-82888

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Don't let Google dox me on Lumen Database, nameless man begs

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Big Brother

thus the old adage

"He who represents himself has a fool for a client"

Kudos for getting away with it for a year though.

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Internet overseer continues wall-punching legal campaign

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More an irredeemably stupid force.

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SuperProf gets schooled after assigning weak passwords to tutors

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Re: How do they send out the new "secure" passwords?

I admire your security principles but that's how 99.9% of password resets that are not links are sent. Let's not be too anal eh?

As long as the passwords or accounts are expiring no harm no foul.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch: A tough and classy activity tracker

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Re: Half a Review?

And Garmins work with Strava and half a dozen other fitness apps.

A fitness watch with none of the common fitness apps is about as useful as a turd wrapped around your wrist.

Sorry Sammy I've been desperate to like your watches for the last 5 years but until you throw some cash at third party support you're a dead dog.

Also no black or silver smaller version for my spindly man wrists? Shame on you!

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Wasted worker wasps wanna know – oi! – who are you looking at?

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Re: I don't mind wasps

Wasps like 6X? That explains a lot about Devizes. All that's missing from the angry mashed up locals is a stripey yellow and black jumper.

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Re: Wasps / Apple fall

Second the karcher washer or even a normal hose pipe if your water pressure is reasonable providing the nest is outside.

The wasps don't seem to realise you and the water are connected and it makes a right soggy messy of the Bastard Jasper house,

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Motorola strap-on packs a 2,000mAh battery to appease the 5G gods

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Would be interesting to get one of these for the UK

Then go sniffing for all the 5G trial kit. Are driveby attacks over GSM kit a thing?

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Re: Shannon

Whilst your point is valid for a bit of information at a given frequency, there is plenty of room for improvement across frequencies as the restrictions at this point are mostly regulatory than physical.

My physics isn't up to scratch enough to understand how close mobile phone frequency quanta are to the discrete physical limits imposed by the quantum state jumps in the actual EM photons. If indeed that is actually a thing, I presume most of the non-frequency spread solutions are well tried at this point.

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Internet overseer ICANN loses a THIRD time in Whois GDPR legal war

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Hahahahahahahaha.

Such a body does not and cannot exist. Look at FIFA, F1, and the EPO for other examples of the same failure modes.

Now if you had just said marginally better governed I would have agreed with you.

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ZX Spectrum reboot latest: Some Vega+s arrive, Sky pulls plug, Clive drops ball

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Re: As with all these cases, eveyone out for themselves, the customer comes last

Caveat emptor? The successful legal challenge against Indiegogos "orders" not withstanding presumably all the "customers" knew what they were getting into by using a crowdfunding site?

I feel sorry for them - but tempered by the fact no-one can claim they didn't know what they were getting into.

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OpenAI bots thrash team of Dota 2 semi-pros, set eyes on mega-tourney

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Re: I hope

Yes but. If the Libido-bot has similar restrictions in place as these OpenAI bots it will only be able to get its freak on with 18% of of the available population and only those flashing it the goods in a mac every 5 secs.

Under those conditions I think we are safe for a while yet...

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Oracle tells US Supremes: Ignore Rimini Street. You don't need to review copyright case

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Re: Oracle will win...

I wonder if the Rimini street lawyers costs are are small enough to be being funded by interest from the potential damage payments?

How much does external counsel sufficient to handle SCOTUS level affairs cost compared to $12m? Its got to be an appreciable percentage, several million dollars I would wager.

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2TB or not 2TB: Microsoft fiddles with OneDrive as competition offers twice the storage

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Re: So. Kicked in the crotch twice, eigh?

What the article doesn't mention is that for £6.66 a month you can get the Office Family plan. That's up to 4tb of storage across 4 users (1tb each), plus 5x4 installs of office 365 and desktop versions including Outlook across Android, iOS, Macos and Windows.

Personally it's almost enough to make me like MS!

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Microsoft: We've almost dug Your Phone out behind sofa. But will it make Insiders app-y?

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photo uploader!!!!

You mean it does exactly the same job as the OneDrive App?

Except with that I get almost immediate sync with all my online devices iOS, Macos and Winderrz.

Why on earth did they start with such redundant functionality?

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You want to know which is the best smartphone this season? Tbh, it's tricky to tell 'em apart

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Second all the comments on the A3. Its my work phone and there's very little it doesn't do well. For example the finger print sensor is faster than both my iPad Pro and my Moto Z. All for a fraction of the price.

My only niggles are the un-removal Samsung trash apps and the annoying reversal of the standard Android button layout.

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Mamma Mia! UK film fans forced to Q as Vue's website craps itself

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Re: Queuing system WTF?

"new separate licence in the multi-£k range"

But thats only the margin on a couple of bags of popcorn! Still silly to code around licensing issues rather than hit them head-on. Its also amazing how flexible vendors can be at the end of a sales quarter or when a notice to terminate is issued.

Whole website is a UX nightmare as well. I particularly love(d?) the way that under the default filters it shows me films that aren't on yet.

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Queuing system WTF?

Why waste the effort coding a queueing system rather than recoding and scaling out the bottlenecks. Talk about getting your priorities wrong.

Sounds like a PHB solution to me. The number of bookings you can handle is directly proportional to your revenue, it makes no sense to artificially limit it.

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Apple laughing all the way to the bank – with profits of $5.3m per hour

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Re: Tax

Not entirely correct. There are bonus and share schemes that whilst pre-tax will be based in part on Gross profits.

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Re: Mac sales declined nine per cent over the quarter

Partially disagree. Thats your personal preference but not all of that needs to be fixed to recover sales.

Fixed batteries have been a MacBook staple for years with little discernible impact on sales.

Stick in an upgradable SSD and Memory even if it makes it 1-2mm thicker.

Produce equivalent top end MacBooks without the silly and expensive Touch Bar.

Refresh MacBook (non-pro) with a few more ports so its a good Air successor - make sure there is a <$1000 model.

Any one of those would stimulate MacBook demand.

The mid 2018 refreshes did a lot to improve things. In particular the 13" is a pocket rocket now its got 4 cores - 8 virtual as the i5 and i7 both have hyper threading.

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Prof claims Lyft did a hit-and-run on his ride-sharing tech patent

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Re: Not Exactly...

He's still a patent troll who appears to have sat around with a thumb up his ass for 20 odd years.

Lets give him nothing!

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British Airways' latest Total Inability To Support Upwardness of Planes* caused by Amadeus system outage

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Re: Eh? Amadeus Best known for

60 LCCs is quite good.

Would disagree that DC systems are outside of core GDS expertise - they are fairly closely coupled to the core GDS. I’ve worked on both.

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Eh? Amadeus Best known for

There was me thinking that Amadeus was best known for 40 odd years of providing Booking, reservation and ticketing services to the Travel Industry - both Agents and Operators.

I can't think of one LCC that uses them off the top of my head, I'm sure there maybe, but since they charge a transaction fee each time most of the cheaper operators refuse to use them.

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Taps running dry for Capita? Southern Water pens 5-year managed service

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NI WTF?

Must admit Im stumped why there was not more outrage over the NI hosepipe ban. Part of the island of Ireland running out of water is a bit like Saudi Arabia running out of sand.

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Re: How do they do it?

Not being a ginormous self-aware globocorp from some nightmare dystopian future, sent back in time to make sure it is created?

I call it the Crapinator.

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Microsoft's 'room-scale' Ginormonitor probably not as big as a room

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FAIL

Possible fail

Given a either 55" Spark (cisco) or Jam (google) board is $5k and both include wireless connectivity and hdmi input one hopes that the Microsoft version hasnt screwed the pooch by just including usb c or a stupid price.

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What's in a name? For Cambridge Analytica, about a quid apparently

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Re: Data Controller?

@Mark85

You are confusing the Administrator who is in charge of getting as much cash for the rotting corporate corpse of Cambridge Analytica and the ICO who are concerned with breaches of data protection law.

I suspect there is a gap in data protection law where a company is in liquidation or being wound up as the Administrator is merely an agent, and therefore may not be a data controller.

Some guidance here

https://blogs.lexisnexis.co.uk/randi/shining-a-light-on-the-gdpr-is-the-insolvency-profession-prepared/

Basically my reading of that is that the CA administrator could be on very dodgy ground bouncing back those Subject Access requests, depending on the terms of their insolvency contract.

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Cisco's made DNA Center open enough to out-run Amazon

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The idea,,,

... that Cisco has enough active developers to out compete Amazon is ludicrous. Even if we were comparing like for like (which is AWS employed devs vs. Cisco employed devs), not Cisco registered devs vs AWS registered devs, AWS numbers will be orders of magnitudes higher.

Dont forget that AWS pretty much generates 8-10 new software products per month and whilst you can criticise them for their "throw a product to the wall and hope it sticks" approach, there is zero chance of Cisco out competing even in software defined networking.

Large helping of fail please.

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Apple gives MacBook Pro keyboard rubber pants

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I for one

Welcome our new rubber keyed overlords.

Can I "upgrade" the pre-2018 model Macbook Pro using an old ZX Spectrum keyboard membrane?

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Farewell then, Slack: The grown-ups have arrived

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Its the integrations stoopid

Slacks USP is the integrations. It basically makes the hipster devs never have to leave it. It essentially becomes their comms and notification dashboard. Once you have JIRA, Jive, SNow, Confluence, Webex, Quip and half a dozen others all configured they are in happy land.

It becomes very sticky - precisely because its the glue holding the whole SDLC lifecycle apps together.

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That went well – not! Broadcom’s value dives after CA biz gobble

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Ironically it makes sense though. Lets say you have a mortgage and want to pay it off faster.

One *possible* way to do that is buy another house and rent it out for a price that exceeds the costs to service the 2nd house by enough to cover off paying a bit more on the 1st mortgage.

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Re: And no wonder

Most hated? Naaa. Surely its still Oracle?

Good point on the rest though!

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Python creator Guido van Rossum sys.exit()s as language overlord

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Re: Whoever is not a misanthrope at forty can never have loved mankind

Nice wheezer song have an upvote.

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Re: I like Python and C

Then avoid SE. Simples!

If your code performs the same over multiple lines as a one liner then ignore them. If the one liner is more efficient then suck it up and learn the art and zen of 1 line code.

Personally I hate "short hand" code and the syntactic sugar that is introduced to support it. Its just an excuse to act elitist, make things obscure to noobs and a modern variant of not commenting your code. If it introduces new functionality or more speed or more safety then great. If its elitist ego wanking then f*ck off. </thus endeth my rant>

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