* Posts by Gordon 10

2868 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

Cops accessing journo sources with RIPA? Use your powers properly, moan MPs

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Re: RIPA is obviously flat out unlawful and not a valid contract 'law'!

Why on earth do you think a criminal investigation has anything to do contract law? you gibbering commentary.

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BOFH: Santa, bloody Santa

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Nice to see Gina back

All hail the bofhstress!

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Kaspersky: That 2 years we took to warn you about Regin ? We had GOOD REASON

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And if it is a clue what about India or Pakistan at a push.

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Feast your eyes: 10 'fortysomething' smart TVs

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Re: Really? A WebOS TV gets a recommendation?

How do you know the model reviewed has the same version you do?

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Another lick of Lollipop: Google updates latest Android to 5.0.1

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Re: 2012 Nexus models to stay at KitKat perrmanently?

N5 user here with only minor niggles.

Downloaded Bluemail to avoid the Android mail app a few weeks before so no hassles on email for me. I don't use exchange however.

Niggly issue with headphone button not worning on insert until you manually play first.

No battery life issues noted - about the same.

No WiFi issues on 802.11ac

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US retail giant Target fails to get banks' MEGABREACH lawsuit slung out of court

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FAIL

Re: good news everyone

Eh? How is this one in particular the banks fault?

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Speaking in Tech: Android 5.0 Lollipop is a TRAIN WRECK

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Some minor niggles on a Nexus 5 but not a Vista

Mostly App related.

Headphone play button doesn't work the first time the headphone is plugged/unplugged. There's a big thread over the Lollipop bug forum about it.

My weather app no longer displays the temperature at the top of the screen.

They still haven't fixed that bizarre decision that prevents a vibrate "ring tone" when the headphone is plugged in. Thus if you happen to have the phone on vibrate when plugging in a headset you may miss incoming calls.

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UK slaps 25 per cent 'Google Tax' on tech multinationals

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Re: I'm confused...

I would guess the main reason is that Income Tax payers don't usually have a fleet of high paid lawyers on standby.....

And there are less punitive international treaties on cross taxation of corporate revenues compared to individuals income. cf the US's crazy income taxation policies where it doesn't matter where you live.

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Is EU right to expand 'right to be forgotten' to Google.com?

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And stories like that are why I oppose the reform of the Lords

To take something so idiosyncratically British and replace it with an institution full of more politicians or other self serving hacks just seems dead wrong. Checks and Balances with a hint of whimsy are good in my book.

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Top Apple exec: 'I knew [ebook] prices were going to go up – hell, the whole world knew'

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Re: Shock: Vendors want prices to rise

Yes and No. We all know that Amazon are deliberately keeping ebook prices low to disintermediate publishers and thus each their lunch, and probably in the long term eat our consumers lunch as well.

Given that and Amazon seems to currently have the freedom to abuse its monopoly position with almost zero regulatory oversight we shouldn't be surprised to find desperate* people doing desperate things. Whilst 2 wrongs don't make a right (unless you are acting on a global level to destabilise countries **cough** ) it seems wrong that Amazon has the freedom to act with impunity just because its having a short term benefit for consumers.

At the same time I have very limited sympathy for the publishers. Where are my "doubleplay" combined books and ebooks like the Hollywood pigopolists do for "tripleplay" DVD's and BluRays?

Baen used to do a variant of this years ago but has stopped :(

*desperate for corporate measures of desparate (ie stoopid)

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Hawking: RISE of the MACHINES could DESTROY HUMANITY

Gordon 10

Dear Stephen

Stephen we love you dearly and are in awe of all your achievements but it would be really great if you could STFU about the Rise of the Machines as the lesser minds of the staff and commentards at El Reg have it covered.

Lewis is our John Connor, Lucy Orr our Sarah Connor and Andrew O is that conflicted cyborg with a Windows Mobile OS played by Sam Worthington whose name nobody can remember.

You get on with formulating a working TOE so we can bail out of this planet on spindizzies when the Toasters rebel.

All our Love - the commentards.

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Orion: To Mars, the Moon and beyond... but first, a TEST FLIGHT through Van Allen belt

Gordon 10

Re: Architected?

Of course that pint needed glassing - it looked at me bird all wrong.

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Pebble: The brilliant stealth wearable Apple's Watch doesn't see coming

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Re: Battery Life

How does that work if I only take my watch off at night?

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Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

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Flame

I quite like them.

As long as they haven't been blatantly microwaved, as a change I find them quite satisfying - caving in that crunchy puff pastry and mushing half of it in the pie.

MMMMMM pie...

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Fait Acompli: Microsoft gobbles Android email upstart for $200m

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Wtf?

Email apps are a dime a dozen for android - what makes accompli so special?

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Kim Dotcom Dotcan remain on bail, despite Fed protests

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WTF?

Re: Hmmmmm

Indeed how can he be "broke" if he has use of a mansion or a helicopter?

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VISUALISED: The Golden Vulture Dropping of Excellence

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Boffin

Thank you...

I now will consider myself covered in 'glory'

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Tough Banana Pi: a Raspberry Pi for colour-blind diehards

Gordon 10

Re: Clarification

For what values of 'run'. For example how many enable hardware acceleration?

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Gordon 10
FAIL

Trademark Breach?

Isn't called something a Banana Pi when its completely unrelated to the Raspberry Pi dangerously close to "passing off"? Since its some dodgy Chinese outfit I guess we shouldn't be surprised.

Personally I would avoid it just because of that.

Related: Is there such a thing as a plain banana pie? Shouldn't it be Banoffee Pie or Banana Bread? Or possibly Banana wrapped in foil with a flake inside and barbied?

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Edward Snowden: best ... security ... educator ... EVER!

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Headmaster

Pedant alert

Whomever created that graph needs to go away and consider what "total" means.

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BlackBerry's turnaround relies on a secret weapon: Its own network

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Thumb Up

Fair play to them

I'm tempted the buy s blackberry simply to support a company that actually seems to have turned itself around and whose managenent seem like they ate genuinely trying to innovate.

Makes a nice change.

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What's MISSING on Amazon Fire Phone... and why it WON'T set the world alight

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Re: Hmmm

"The Pre was ahead of the iPhone in some ways."

Kinda missed the point there AC.

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EU-Canada airline passenger data-sharing is not a done deal

Gordon 10

Re: 'merkins

PNR data was shared with the merkins 14 years ago when I worked on airline systems. I'm surprised the Canucks have only just tried to dip their snouts in the data trough.

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MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'

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WTF?

Assuming nothing more material was said on Facebook etc.

They are effectively saying let's use the tragic death of a soldier to monitor everybody online.

Which is not only disproportionate its fucking scandalous and the people suggesting this should be named and shamed.

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iPhone sales set to PLUMMET: Bleak times ahead for Apple

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Anal-ist states the bleeding obvious again.

Common sense suggests that Apple plans lower sales for its phablet than its more mainstream phone, no doubt the plan to introduce two premium SKU's was analysed to death internally for the last year at least.

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BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?

Gordon 10
Unhappy

Wot no Wedding episode

:( woes

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London police chief: City bankers, prepare for a terrorist cyber attack. Again

Gordon 10
Mushroom

Re: "push back and take action now before it happens"

@Elmer

"What if I don't have a religion?"

Then both sides take turns burning you. There is no middle ground recognised by opposed fanatics.

Fortunately fanatics are the (bell) ends of the distribution curve.

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Keen to get CRITICAL PAYMENT systems up QUICKLY after HACK?

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Coat

Re: Redundancy

Pedant alert.

4 lots of things can actually have a negligible benefit and sometimes actually be outweighed by the costs of managing the additional complexity.

I suspect you already knew that and were just "for instancing"

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Samsung, Apple soap opera drama: Korean giant WILL churn out chips for iPhones, iPads

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Re: @DougS I am not sure that Samsung needed to do any such pricing inducements.

The alternative side of the negotiation word have been Apple knowing that the Samsung mobile sales tanking is hurting the entire group and that Apple could fill up both some of the slack demand as a result of Sammy mobile needing to scale back production, and are more able to withstand short term supply constraints by limiting demand in various markets.

Whichever way it went I would love to have been a fly on the wall....

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Nokia: Buh-bye LUMIA and cash-sucking handset pals... LET'S MAKE SOME MONEY!

Gordon 10

Re: Patents

AFAIK most of Nokia's patents are for "real" innovative things. Not button clicks.

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LARGE, ROUND and FEELS SO GOOD in your hand: Yes! It's a Nexus 6

Gordon 10

Re: Pricing

Spot on on all counts. I too thought Apple had more sense than to produce a stupidly wide phone just goes to show you can never tell.

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Gordon 10

Re: Very meh ....

Another meh from me. Where's the value in the nexus line gone?

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ISPs are stripping encryption from netizens' email – EFF

Gordon 10
Childcatcher

Pedant alert

It's more a case of the isp's not applying encryption in the first place than stripping existing encryption.

The flag is what's getting stripped but that's not encrypted in the first place.

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EU Ryanair 'screen-scraping' case could affect biz models

Gordon 10

Re: Genuinely stupid in the case of Ryanair

Whilst I agree with you on O'Leary being O'Leary I disagree with you on Ryan air using the same seat pricing models as their competition. Afaik they use a far simpler time based model.

Source - 5 years or so ago I was on the project that deployed one of these pricing models into the other Irish Airline of note - an identical system that was used by both BA and Virgin.

As with all things IT they didn't develop their own internal models they bought in a software package from a vendor that employed a whole gang of clever mathematicians.

Now maybe its changed in the last 5 years but knowing O'Leary's cheap skateryness I doubt it.

Now your employing Grad comment on the cheap - was an accurate description of how RA started their online booking site, but even that became outsourced to one of the specialists in this kind of thing, one of the more niche GDS players when such terms were still relevant.

Afaik you are also oversimplifying on the API front as well - whilst actual price calculations may be ephemeral - the inventory data their are based on certainly isn't (with the possible exception of RA in this case, as they never used inventory based pricing).

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Vodafone: For Pete's sake! Apple’s 'soft' SIM's JUST AN EE SIM

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FAIL

Expect Coloa...

...to quietly get in line with the begging bowl once he gets steamrollered by Apple. Especial if Google weigh in with a default design for Android more in line with Apples than the GSMA.

Classic incumbent complacency. I give the GSMA to get a competing solution into multiple handsets and across multiple Telco's before the manufacturers each their lunch.

History has shown us that the mobile Telco's are pretty poor innovators and tend to lurch from fluke revenue stream to fluke revenue stream, more often than not.

the next year or so should be amusing. Must review my Voda shares.

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EU battles over 'anti-terrorist' passenger records slurper law

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Stop

Its come to something

When its the European parliament that is standing up for our rights over our own elected representatives.

In fact whenever a Dutch or German MEP talks they usually make perfect, proportional sense, far more regularly than the sorry lot of UK MEP's, never mind the European Commission.

No wonder half the tories want out of Europe. it both satisfies their anti European and authoritarian tendencies.

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Bullish Vodafone barges back into UK consumer broadband market

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FAIL

Re: First/Final Mile

hahahaha.

I don't see Voda's network infrastructure investment being up to the job of using 4G as a broadband substitute. Not after 4-5 years of under-investment

Remember when they used to boast (with some justification) about being the most reliable network?

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This 125mph train is fitted with LASERS. Sadly no sharks, though

Gordon 10

Re: Just getting these trains running at normal network speeds is a *big* step forward

Re timing. I've seen these trains running in early commuting hours on one of the busiest lines into London - 6.30am or so. Given that I don't believe there's much problem with getting them on the network.

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Yahoo!-backed Hadoop biz Hortonworks flings itself at the stock market

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Makes you wonder what cloudera are worth.

They seem to be make good inroads into most of the financial services sector.

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FUTURE ROBOTS will EXTERMINATE UK jobs – study

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The transition is the problem

There is a stage when a significant minority are unemployed but the prevailing social and economic structures are still directly tied to the output of the remaining cash generating industries.

At some point we need to devise economic models that don't work on financial measures.

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Don't assume public trusts you, MI5. 'Make a case' for surveillance – Former security chief

Gordon 10
Happy

I "trust" ISIS the most

Because I believe I understand their motives the best as they appy to me. They want to chop off my head, convert me to extremism or something similar that's contrary to my lifestyle and beliefs.

Snowden I give the benefit of the doubt to - because I approve of his actions and on balance I perceive them to be positive.

The intelligence apparatus I trust the least - because they keep saying "trust us" then abusing that trust.

Quite a balanced statement from an Ex-spy though. Although since she is mouth piecing for MS we should expect she represents their views.

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Doctor Who trashing the TARDIS, Clara alone, useless UNIT – Death in Heaven

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You sure about that? The colour coding was for a cyber gun which were blue in this episode, rather than master death ray red.

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Brussels' transport chief demands a single European sky to end 'air traffic gridlock'

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A European decision that has only positives.

So why don't they spend more time pushing this that some of their other lunacy.

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Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

Gordon 10

Re: i don't want to sound unfeeling, but..

I don't know if you are being deliberately obtuse or not but its never touted as shining a laser in your eyes.

Its touted as a corrective medical procedure.

Your description is analogous to describing surgery as having your body cut open by a man with a knife, accurate but wilfully unhelpful for the case in hand.

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Met Office: 2014 was fifteenth warmest on record

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FAIL

Fail.

Mr Ward is an opportunist shill and you are defending him why?

And I hardly think headlines chosen generally on El Reg for their humour value rather than their accuracy are comparable in the same category as some PR flaks.

Indolent by name and indolent by comment perchance?

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Gordon 10
WTF?

Name me one English summer

Where the solution to it being hot has necessitated more than opening the windows (old people still have windows right), and/or cavorting nekkid.

How many 30c plus days did we get this year? Not many I can recall. There were a lot of high-middling 20's warm days which obviously pushes the average up but it wasn't a scorcher of a summer imo.

What an opportunist twat of the highest order.

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The Great Smartphone Massacre: Android bloodbath gathers pace

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FAIL

Re: Dear Sony.

@AC

You friend didn't look too hard. Its all over Amazon.

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The late 2014 Apple Mac Mini: The best (and worst) of both worlds

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Apple would probably think (if they cared to) that the fact you haven't taken the plunge previously probably means you weren't likely to this time either. Therefore no lost sale.

Unfortunately for those of us who like that stuff - I suspect Apple will continue down the path of less and less user upgradeability.

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Trickle-down economics WORKS: SpaceShipTwo is a PRIME EXAMPLE

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FAIL

I would argue that they are 2 different ways of contributing to the same goal - getting our race off of this planet so we can further continue the species. Only history will be able to judge to what degree each effort contributed.

For instance its possible that the shuttlecock device on SS2 might be re-used in the future on higher orbiting craft - we just don't know.

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RBS faces BIGGEST ever fine for THAT huge IT meltdown – leak

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Its not overly harsh

Indivual members of staff can be done over for all kinds of misconduct already - mainly financial such as insider dealing and money laundering.

The problem with doing it for IT staff would be making sure the responsible person got hit instead of some innocent foot soldier. Would have to be an un-writteb rule that it is applied at executive level eg MD.

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