* Posts by Gordon 10

2872 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans

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Re: LOOSE != LOSE

And you decided not to use the "Send Corrections Link" why?

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Holmes

Does he do any physics these days?

Or does he just spend time pontificating?

I want my TOE dagnabit!

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Google strongly opposes plans to let ANY US COURT authorise digi-snoops

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Joke

Translated

Google: only we should be allowed to remote search servers. robots.txt we've heard of it.

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Former Mrs Dotcom hooks up with Xbox 'toyboy'

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Re: WTF?

Eh? What you see as bias I see as fulfilling it's mandate to mock anything IT related. Looked at the masthead AC?

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SAP's 10-year HANA gamble: A life without the big boys

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Seems an admission

That they priced HANA out of the market - it's a compelling product but usually priced eye wateringly even by oracles standards. SAP may have captive market in ERP (gawd knows why) who pay through the nose but they have never really tried to outcompete MD and Oracle in the database space. I Think they aspired to be another Teradata when there's only room for one.

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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Re: So a meteor didn't wipe out the dinosaurs

That's somewhat out of context. A meteor Tsunami certainly didn't wipe out the dinosaurs - of the 4 elements it was mostly Earth and Fire i.e. Ash and Debris in the atmosphere.

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Fight back against illegal GCHQ spying with PAPERWORK!

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Re: Yawn

Grow the fuck up.

You may not agree with their methods but the fact remains without them and people like them the path to a Total surveillance state becomes a little bit easier.

I've signed up even with the small risk that I'll end up on some shit list somewhere.

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The Glittering World: Some style, but no substance

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If you like fairy tales

Try Faerie Tale by Raymond E Feist, well before Urban Fantasy was cool - this was a good spine tingler.

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Apple drives itself round bend: Pities the fool who inks deal with carmakers – source

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If apple were smart

I think they could go it alone with the right team:

http://www.gordonmurraydesign.com/GMD/Gordon_Murray_Design.html

Hey presto instant iCar.

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Vint Cerf: Everything we do will be ERASED! You can't even find last 2 times I said this

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I don't think it's particularly self evident - he sounds like chicken little to me.

The proportion of the Internet worth keeping is tiny. The formats involved number in the low thousands the technologies in the same order of magnitude. All that's really needed is some auto tagging so that photos and personal data can be retained and Facebook posts flushed down the digital crapper.

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Over 50? Out of work? Watch out because IT is about to EAT ITSELF

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A good point well made. Even if those answers on stock exchange were generic and templates (which they aint) you will still need some creativity to apply it to your current problem even if it's just replace $company name.

And that's before you factor in the fact that you need a continual source of new answers.

AI is coming to our careers but it's over a 15-30 time frame.

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Skin colour's irrelevant. Just hire competent folk on their merits, FFS

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Re: Quote from an interview

Tim might say that given that the Cap on H1B's has been reached continuously for the last few years then it indicates many people are actively choosing being a H1B 'slave' to working elsewhere.

Nice rant btw.

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IBM drops patent bomb on Priceline.com

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FAIL

I love how this one always comes up. IBM's very own instance of Godwins law.

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Capita lands spot on mega £5bn NHS commissioning deal

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Re: And they wonder why people don't bother voting

The problem with voting for UKIP is that the average politician is too thick to distinguish between a vote for UKIP as a protest against the mainstream parties policies versus a vote endorsing UKIP's policies.

Net result -> Tories lurch right to UKIP lite. Labour lurch even more authoritarian/nanny statist, whilst pretending to be lefty.

I'm probably going to vote LibDem - on the off chance they get the balance of power - generally they will act as a moderating influence on the big 2, but not carry enough weight to implement their more loony policies. Filter out the policies that appear to their core voters and they are actually surprisingly sane. For political values of sane obviously.....

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Re: And they wonder why people don't bother voting

No-one in their right mind would work for crapita. I have a friend who does - he's generally rightwards of genesis khan and even he deplores their behaviour.

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Bitcoin trade biz MyCoin goes dark, investors fear $387 MEEELLION lost

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FAIL

Final Nail in the bitcoin coffin?

at the very least its set it back about 5 years

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Boffin the boffin and his boffinry pals in double dwarf super-prang alert

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Re: Boffin schmoffin

Down voted for facing to realise boffin is one of those rare words that's both hilarious and a sign of respect in spite of seeing it one million times.

Also down voted for searching and failing to notice it's polar opposite - Trick Cyclist.

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UK air traffic mega cockup: BOTH server channels failed - report

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Unhappy

That won't stop the PHB's doing something dumb for show.

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Gordon 10

I wonder if

This was running on TPF?

The Os and the age is right.

Would explain why there were different limits in different parts of the system not easily visible to each other.

Real programmers write OS390 assembler in 4k blocks.

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This optical disc will keep your gumble safe for 2,000 YEARS

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Re: Finally-

and this is just the declassified version! The classified version of the disc is solar powered, self-reading and auto backs up to secure storage on the moon. (the moon landings were real but were a smokescreen to cover the installation of the data centre.)

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Gordon 10

Beat me to it. Given the average life expectancy of even enterprise IT kit seems to be in the 5-10 year range better make sure some of that 1000 year lifetime is devoted to our post-apocalypse descendants/alien archeologists re-inventing Blu-Ray-XL players.

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Basic minimum income is a BRILLIANT idea. Small problem: it doesn't work as planned

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Re: We'll probably need it within a century

"Wouldn't grey" = "soylent grey" autocorrected!

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We'll probably need it within a century

Assume for a sec that we stumble through the next century or so without wiping each other out or eating the old as wouldn't grey, there will probably come a time where we have the technology to eliminate most kinds of work but will not have the technology to support a post scarcity Economy. Then unless there is some kind or support of the unemployable lower and middle class the world will go to hell in a hand basket.

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WHERE'S WALLY? He's in this algorithm, says developer

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Fairly trivial with the right tool

http://mathematica.stackexchange.com/questions/1911/what-is-the-fastest-way-to-locate-an-image-inside-a-larger-image

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Ross Ulbricht, in the library, with the laptop: Silk Road boss found GUILTY of all charges

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And logging in from a private place is safer how? I expect he used a different public access point every time.

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Joke

Re: Other than

"I wonder if "my lawyer was crap" is a valid basis for appeal?"

Possibly but "getting caught red handed whilst wearing a metaphorical tricorn, parrot and a wooden leg whilst typing Aaaarrrrr me hearties" isn't a basis for appeal unless your name is OJ or it was international pirate day.

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Big Data, empty bellies: How supermarkets tweak prices just for the sake of YOUR LOVE

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Re: More neutral language please

The cynic in me approves of the use of the term discounters.

Where does Aldi and Lidl's ability to discount further than the big guys come from? Some of it is obviously store location, store fittings, and minimal headcount, but where does the rest come from?

Are they crushing suppliers worse that Tesco et al? Is it subsidised EU imports?

At some point a "Ryan Air" moment will arrive for the discounters, when buyers get fed up with the trade offs - I look forward to it with amusement. Of course if I were Tesco and the others I'd be looking at what Ryan Air did to the Airline industry and cacking myself.....

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UK boffins DOUBLE distance of fiber data: London to New York WITHOUT a repeater

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Doubt it - logistically the favoured attack points would always be the end points anyway. The capabilities of USS Jimmy Carter not withstanding.

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Tom Wheeler flings off dressing gown, dons gloves for net neutrality RUMBLE

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Re: "...no last-mile unbundling."

Agreed. Isn't it ironic that the land of capitalism doesn't offer true commercial competition for broadband.

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O2 notifies data cops 'for courtesy' ... AFTER El Reg intervenes in email phish dustup

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But that's a very different proposition to "maximise profits" which is what the OP massively incorrectly stated.

In summary - OP posted cobblers.

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Google gets my data, I get search and email and that. Help help, I'm being REPRESSED!

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Stop

@Andrew

But you have to take that one step further Andrew, and actually look at of those who valued their data at 140 quid - how many actually took their search/email etc business away from Google. And that's without getting into the fact that that 140 was the total for all data and all its uses.

If they didn't move away from Google - all it confirms is that they value Googles services to the tune of £140. all you have done is confirmed Tims point but disputed the actual "fer instance" value he chose.

Now Im hoping that increasing valuation of data is an indicator that the Tech giants are going to get a shock - but the realist in me suspects its going to be over a very long timescale.

And as for Market Destruction - I don't think you should conflate the services Google provides to earn its revenues with what it does with those revenues. For instance you might be perfectly happy with Googles use of your personal data but not with its destructive intentions for Copyright, or vice versa, or be one of a large group that don't like either - but they are essentially 2 separate things.

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ICO's data protection tentacles will penetrate NHS bodies

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Hopefully

They will be keeping their beady eye on Care.data

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Breaking news: BBC FINALLY spots millions of mugshots on cop database

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Does it matter if the beeb were late?

The more times this gets dug up - the higher the fractional likelihood of something getting done about it.

Especially in an election year.

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Mad Frankie Maude hangs up his axe

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To be fair that actually makes pragmatic sense for a large subset of the population, it's only the IT equivalent to putting Govt adverts on during the soaps.

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Tough at the top: IBM CEO Ginni Rometty troughs $10 MEELLION+

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FAIL

A mockery of performance related pay

When the exec's are paid huge sums for presiding over a great companies decline - something is wrong.

Has this pay been approved by the shareholders as yet?

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Microsoft eyes slice of Raspberry Pi with free Windows 10 sprinkled on top

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Re: With Microsoft nothing is free

And this is different to numerous FOSS derived packages how? Also most App store derived Apps as well.

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Super-cookie crumbles: Verizon vows to kill off hated zombie stalkers

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Agreed. Verizon are an ISP/Telco not an advertising company.

Stick with the day job you schmucks.

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Hardboiled, fast-paced, mind-bending fun – Dark Intelligence IS sci-fi

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Start with the skinner and gridlinked.

The skinner especially has some of the nastiest alien biospheres known to fiction.

Gridlinked is more thoughtful and is the start of his longest sequence the Agent Cormac series which is probably the strongest set of his novels set in the polity.

Can't remember if the Prador show up directly in either novel but they are some of the ickiest Aliens in fiction.

I would describe the Polity as the Culture crossed with Edward Lear.

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Chipotle insider trading: Disproving the efficient markets hypothesis

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Re: Efficient Markets Hypothesis ...

Did you even read Tims article - he was very clear that not all versions of the EMH claim to be informationally complete.

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Re: Much complication.

One flaw with the information going back to the customer. It already does in the form of a receipt.

There is nothing that the customer pays for that entitles them to the aggregate sum of all customers data.

Or to put in a privacy flavoured context. Why should my next door neighbour get to know what CD's I have bought just because he has also bought some CD's from Amazon?

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'Boutique' ISPs: Snub the Big 4 AND get great service

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Re: Quick correction

19th century network or 19th century company?

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Apple CEO: Fandroids are BINNING Android in favour of IPHONES

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hahahaaha.

@AC I think fandroid_galaxy_fan29 is still available as a nick.

Got any facts to back up that wild supposition? Its far more likely that as the biggest volume seller of Premium Android Samsungs lunch is getting eaten by mid tier androids that are almost as good. Which co-incidentally explains why nearly all the current Flagship android makers are suffering.

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UK official LOSES Mark Duggan shooting discs IN THE POST

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Joke

Follow proper procedure

Did the muppets who did this not get the memo about uploading all confidential data to Dropbox?

Joke - but the clock is ticking until it happens.

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How long?

Before some muppets does this with Care.data records?

And they wonder why we don't trust them with it.

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What do China, FBI and UK have in common? All three want backdoors in Western technology

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Re: Well, this resolves another question once and for all

Did you miss the part where they were new reqs?

Oh you mean we should take a random statement from an AC on some alleged competitive advantage that a Chinese company may or may not have taken advantage of?

Logic fail Mr AC.

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Sky sidles up to O2, whispers: 'Fancy a little FOUR-PLAY?'

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Past Form

They also have co-operative form in the past when sky bought all of O2's fixed line broadband customers.

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Strap on fitness finesse: Withings Activité Pop

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Joke

Re: The "glass" is plastic.

They could only afford Bonobo plastic. Once its scratched your'e f****d

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water-resistant to five atmospheres: good for splashes and perhaps the shower and surface swimming

5atm's is :Suitable for swimming, white water rafting, non-snorkeling water related work, and fishing.

According to the official standard. (Source Wiki)

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Supersonic Bloodhound car techies in screaming 650mph comms test

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WTF?

Oh FFS

Im all for technoporn but really? Are they building a fast car or some sort of mini-tech empire?

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'YOUTUBE is EVIL': Somebody had a tape running, Google...

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Arsebook ?

My soul is shivelling at the thought but maybe the only solution is to play the bloodsuckers off against each other?

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