* Posts by Gordon 10

2910 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

El Reg's festive dating app guide, Pt. 2: The FEMALE perspective

Gordon 10

Re: Not sure why there was a breakdown in gender perspective ...

Errmmm. Met many men on online dating? I can assure that on average there are completely different approaches between men and women on dating sites.

I found the 2 articles complementary

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Buses? PAH. Begone with your filthy peasant-wagons

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Re: Obvious troll is obvious

Indeed. The question of whether buses are more efficient than other forms of transport is irrelevant - right now there is no other form of transport that is more efficient for a buses particular use case if there were anything materially better buses would not exist

so yes the article was a long form troll. Or OpEd if it's written by a journo.

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Reg man confesses: I took my wife out to choose a laptop for Xmas. NOOOO

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I did the same - ironically the only thing that has ever given the missus problems is Word for Mac which seems to be an unstable piece of crap.

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Ireland: Hey, you. America. Hands off Microsoft's email cloud servers

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Re: Will we (the US) now invade Ireland?

One suspects that if the US were serious about this particular case they would have been happy to go the treaty route already - that they haven't suggests this has always been about establishing a precedent for doing an end run around international treaties and laws

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Re: This, and Google's fight against the MPAA/Hood are important.

Or on behalf of lobbyist organisations bought and paid for by Google neither of which are particularly relevant to this case

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Xiaomi: It really ISN'T a biz-miracle idiot tax like Apple

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Tims whole point was that it has yet to quack like an Apple - arguably at this stage not even a Samsung

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Grab a SLIM MODEL for Xmas cheer: Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

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FAIL

Re: Like the specs on this, but a little pricey

Unfortuately your major selling point is only relevant for nerds who want to root & flash their device. For the 99% of users who want to use their tablet as it came out of box CM is irrelevant.

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Hack flings bootkits from Macs' Thunderbolts

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Re: Well duh!

agreed. Whilst research into closing off these vulnerabilities is always good, log this somewhere below unknown USB keys in the threat hierarchy.

If I had a farm of Mac Pro's in an office somewhere I would be slightly more worried, but since my MBA rarely leaves my house or my sight when travelling I dont see this as a big risk.

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Care.data's a good thing? Tell us WHY, thunders watchdog

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@AC and John

I presume you are both in 'Pathfinder' areas?

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The electronics island where COPS shoot ARMY and workers are rioting

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FAIL

Re: I kind of expected more focus on Simon's fake iPhone

Except millions more people can now afford an iPhone or an iPhone knockoff than could 5 or 10 years ago in Indonesia.

Economic growth in developing nation is pretty tough on individuals but very good for entire populations. The fact of the matter is that people have to endure shitty conditions for much less time than those generations who went through industrialisation in most Western developed countries.

Now unless you have a magic wand that can conjure western lifestyles overnight, I suggest you read Tim Worstall's latest article before getting on your Dickensian high horse.

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Pick a superior Christmas No. 1 from El Reg's computer crooning compilation

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Goldie lookin chain

Halfman half machine.

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STAY AWAY: Popular Tor exit relays look raided

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Foreshadowed me arse

How on earth does a few exit nodes being taken down relate at all to the directory servers being taken down?

Presumably this guy had a sizable set of servers operating as exit nodes but I would actually like to know what proportion of the available TOR bandwidth his servers represent - presumably it's peanuts.

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FURY erupts on streets of Brussels over greedy USA's data-slurping appetite

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Re: Hate Machine

Hating someone who keeps fucking with my personal data for very little reason or justification seems pretty fair to me

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Welsh council rapped for covert spying on sick leave worker

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You would expect wrong

You'd be wrong on the first of those assumptions in the UK.

You can self-certify for the first 7 days of an illness and the company can do nothing to force you to get a note from a doctor. In fact most doctors these days will refuse to give you one.

https://www.gov.uk/taking-sick-leave

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Don't panic, US Navy has only deployed a ROBOT SHARK (but where are the lasers?)

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Shark?

Looks more like a baby whale to me

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Friday: SpaceX will attempt to land rocket on floating, robotic 'spaceport drone ship'

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When does their UK division open

Some days it feels like Elon is doing more to make the future happen than virtually anyone else on the planet.

Im sure he's standing on the shoulders of giants - but that guy has the vision, will and moolah to achieve something incredible.

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Soon EVERYONE will be doing it with a strap-on: The Reg's 20 festive wearables

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Alert

Nike are bailing....

Are bailing out of the hardware side of the wearables market - so better hold onto that Fuelband receipt.....

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Bill cram woes piling up for Sprint: Campaigners lob in a sueball

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WTF?

OMG

How is third party billing even legal? I'd like to think it cant happen over this side of the pond but that's probably wishful thinking.

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Beware of merging, telcos. CHEAPER SPECTRUM follows

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Bit of a stretch

"For everyone in the business it raised awareness of creative financial engineering"

That's a pretty naïve statement to suggest that before the great spectrum auction they weren't aware of just how many ways they could indulge in tax evasion.

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Sony sued by ex-staff over daft security, leaked privates

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Re: 12 years gone from the company, and they still have all his details...

Err most companies need to keep ex-employee records for pension & tax purposes.

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Little big phone: Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, a toothsome hand-fulla Android

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Unhappy

Damn

Of all the companies to produce a sensibly sized flagship phone why did it have to be Sony?

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London teen pleads guilty to Spamhaus DDoS

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going down

That kid has screwed his life up. Even if he doesn't go to the Big House he's won a free ticket to the Sex Offenders register.

Oh well. Another idiot has Darwin'ed his life goodbye.

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El Reg's mighty rocket spaceplane Vulture 2 arrives in US of A

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Am In the only one?

Who thinks that lohan is a splendid example of requirements creep but thinks it should be be celebrated anyway?

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Independent inquiry into British air-traffic-control IT nightmare

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Re: Stick with the dancing job!

And what the muppets are currently failing to understand - from everything I have read this was a deliberate failsoft event. i.e. designed to fail this way so that planes don't start falling out of the sky or flying into each other.

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Gordon 10
WTF?

Re: If it works, don't fix it.

I have just skimmed that article - all I can say of its author Matt Ridley is that he is a clueless c**t.

How on earth can you conflate what seems to be a "standard" but serious production issue to a problem with the development methodology? That somehow fixable by adopting the medialuvvie approach of those lunatics who do development at the cabinet office.

He has now raised the bar for idiotic technology reporting waaayyy above Rory Clueless-Jobsworth on the Beeb - something I hitherto thought impossible.

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Parallels to adopt Docker as native app format in Cloud Server

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Meh

Docker flocker schmocker

Dislcaimer I know nothing about Docker but how many of those "45,000+ “Dockerized apps”, are actually in widespread commercial usage?

At least the bulk of Parallels stuff has proven commercial use cases.

A more cogent question would be is Docker the new hype-du-jour finally knocking Hadoop off the top.

To misquote an exec at a recent big data conference. I've just spent £1m on Hadoop Docker - now what do I do with it?

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Deprivation Britain: 1930s all over again? Codswallop!

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Link please?

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Gordon 10

Re: Spot on

Oh no Mr Syntax in a delicious case of irony the error is yours

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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My boss called

He now knows I am reading El Reg just by looking out of his office window.

Gee thanks Reg.

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REVEALED: Titsup flight plan mainframe borks UK air traffic control

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Software release issue.

The airline industry is riddled with legacy apps running on OS/370 and its descendants. When I were a lad you werent a man until you triggered at least a Ctrl-3 core dump on Prod.

A friend of mine one took out ticketing for all of Italy for 8hrs with a particularly buggy piece of assembler.

if it is OS/390 I wonder if its an ALCS/TPF relative?

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Re: There's nothing like state of the art hardware

@JS19

OS/370 and its descendants were running mission critical workdwide apps when you were in nappies boy. Give me known failure modes over unknown any day of the week.

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What future is there for UK's Care.data info sharing scheme?

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The stupid thing was

That if there had been a legislative guarantee that this data will not be sold on to third parties or made available to anyone other than public research institutions there would have been far less outcry.

But because they got data-greedy and wanted more than the basic goal of joined up records between GP's and hospitals it became a shambles.

If they had done it in stages there could have been an informed debate about each stage as and when it was proposed.

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GCHQ releases teen-friendly code-busting app

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Joke

It aint on the play store yet....

I wanted to download just to see what ridiculously elevated permissions it needed.

Access Contacts check

Access dialler check

Access Internet check

Install Rootkit check

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Bong Ventures LLC: We've been cyberhacked

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Excellent!

I find Bong a bit hit and miss but this was a definite hit.

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Sonic BOOM: 10 blast-tastic soundbars

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WTF?

FAD - WTF is the point

Of having an ultra flat telly mounted to the wall if you have to have some lumpen mass of a soundbar under it?

Only about 2 of those were actually slim enough for wall mounting.

Talk about a Fad market segment - apart from the technology advances like Bluetooth and lots of HDMI ports how is this materially better than my 8 year old Sony 5.1 DAV-IS 10 all-in one tucked in a cabinet with tiny micro speakers and a monster sub tucked out of the way. ( it was the WhatHiFi 5* model of the time - all for £500.)

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Euro consumers have TOO MUCH choice – telco operators

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Flame

Greedy Pigs .....

.... in push for less snouts in trough shock.

MMMM Bacon -------------------------------------------------------------- >

You can bet that :

a) the GSMA doesn't represent all those 800 players equally, if at all in some cases.

b) That each of the 800 would consider themselves as being essential in a rationalised market.

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Vodafone to spend more time hanging out at bus stops

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Boffin

Nimbys

are going to love this. Catching a bus? wear a tinfoil hat.

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

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Re: science eh?

Well done Sir! You avoided it so vigorously you accidentally entered a comment. bravo!

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Who won all-flash sales sash, sucked up all the cash? – IDC report

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WTF?

Re: IBM is the low cost provider?

Indeed are those numbers credible? Either IBM are out to muller the competition or something is iffy in the numbers.

Do any El Reg commentards have any anecdotes to back up the IBM numbers?

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Mom and daughter SUE Comcast for 'smuggling' public Wi-Fi hotspot into their home

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Re: It does seem strange...

You mean just a large apartment building could have lots of private encrypted wifi points all fighting over the same 11-13 channels?

business as usual then. I believe the Access points don't use a channel for each public/private hotspot but rather one for the pair.

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Microsoft tries to defend Irish servers from US g-men invasion, again

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Trollface

Crank up the farce to 11

I almost want Microsoft to lose this first round to watch the next stage of the farce in operation.

It could actually end up in the Judge directing an officer of Microsoft Corp directing an Officer of Microsoft Eire ltd to hand over the data and the Officer of Microsoft Eire refusing on the grounds of Irish/Eu law.

Even better if I know Corporate Legal entities (and I do) they could even be the same person.

My guess would be that whilst Judge nutbag could take punitive actions against Microsoft Corp, the person would be relatively safe.

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Gordon 10
FAIL

@JahBless Re: EU

You can hardly apply sanctions for something that hasn't happened yet. The fail is yours sir.

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

Gordon 10

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

Gordon 10

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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