* Posts by Gordon 10

3105 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

Urine for a treat this Monday, ISS 'nauts: SpaceX to launch pee-powered coffee pot

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Re: Friday... beer o'clock.

Well duh of course it's orbital mechanics that doesn't mean a slot that small should have been selected as a valid launch window.

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Xiaomi's birthday present to itself: Flogging 2m phones in 12 hours

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What has Xiaomi got in common with Apple?

Sweet FA as far as I can see.

Surely MS, Sammy, HTC, LG et al have far more reason to be cacking themselves?

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ALIENS ARE COMING: Chief NASA boffin in shock warning

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Well they couldn't find any field geologists trained on Mars.

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Instead of public sector non-jobbery, Martha, how about creating real entrepreneurs?

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Digital

Will someone with a technical background explain to me what this digital bollocks is all about? 20 years in tech and I'm still none the wiser.

It seems like it's the usual wanky buzzword du jour turned up to 11.

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Bell Canada pulls U-turn on super-invasive web-stalking operation

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Customers

How come none of these fucktards can actually remember who their customers are?

It baffles me.

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Steely wonder? It's blind to 4G and needs armour: Samsung Galaxy S6

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Android 5 bugs?

This is the second Andrew O article where he says that Android 5 is incredibly buggy, without any substantiation. I've been on it almost since launch (Nexus 5) and cant say I've noticed it being any more buggy than its predecessor - isn't it time we had some examples? Play Music in particular seems to have carried over all its pre-existing bugs intact. Random playlists and Voice control not working, so I'd be interested in knowing what is actually new if anything.

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EU Commish mulls new bloc-wide rule on web content takedowns

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Indeed

They could hardly do a much worse job. Although I seem to recall the commission is responsible for much of the abominations such as the Safe Harbour agreement.

My preference would be if this was in the hands of the EU Parliament, since they have the best history of defending individual rights out of the 3 EU bodies.

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HP Stream x360: Flippable and stylish Chromebook killer

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Re: Chromebook Killer ???

And exchange that for a crippled offline mode and the chocolate factory knowing your every move. . I'll take the devil I know if it's all the same to you.

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THOUSANDS of alleged pirates' addresses to be handed to Dallas Buyers Club

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Leaving aside the matter of floating ip addresses

Seems a reasonably balanced judgement.

Seems a rather zero sum game for 1 film owner to do though, wonder if they are being used as a stalking horse?

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Photo finesse: Eyefi Mobi Pro Wi-Fi SD card

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All that review

And they forget to mention what version of 802.11 it supports. Presumably a cack one.

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Irvine Welsh offers A Decent Ride, while the The Discreet Hero is yet to be revealed

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Bizarre as it may seem

poo transplants are actually a valid treatment for some gut/bowel diseases.

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Big changes proposed to DNS overseer ICANN

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Re: Does this mean that the US has figured out a backdoor into the ICANN process?

In fairness to the US government every public statement they have made has been to tell ICANN to sort themselves out. . They seem as exasperated with their behaviour as everyone else.

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UK lawsuit against Google delayed by EU antitrust investigation

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So basically

2 more years and foundem will be bankrupt. Problem solved. Well done EC!

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Mystery 'Explosive' cyber-spy campaign traced back to Lebanon

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Alternatively

Evidence obtained by the Israeli security firm Plausible Deniability Inc suggests the attacker group is based in near Lebanon.

*COUGH* Israel

**COUGH COUGH** Syria.

Sorry 'bout that nasty spring virus doing the rounds.

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Ding Dong, ALIENS CALLING

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They'll use magic

Or something sufficiently advanced that it will be indistinguishable from it.

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David Cameron's Passport number emailed to footy-head

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Re: Passport Chip

Seriously? surely for fraud prevention alone it should be pki, allowing anyone to read but only the Govt to write. then embed the public key in the machine readable text.

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Huawei networking kit gets the green light from Blighty's spooks

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Re: A recommendation of sorts...

Indeed - it pragmatically comes down to *if* it is compromised - which compromisee is least likely/able/willing to use against you.

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Apple's 13-incher will STILL cost you a bomb: MacBook Air 2015

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Hang on a sec

So class leading battery life in a form factor that is still one of the nicest around is somehow entry level?

I'm willing to bet if you do the rounds you wont find something with identical specs at a lower price point.

Looking at the significant compromises in the the new Macbook. I think the MBA has a couple of years life left in it yet for those of us who want to balance power, performance, battery life and looks.

Ok I've drunk the koolaid on this one a bit - but for real world uses the MBA (especially the 11") is still pretty well balanced.

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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

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Re: Good riddance, I say

Good lord. Do you see the irony in your post? . Reread the article and see if you recognise is yourself - Alistair was talking about people like you.

Have a big bag of fail.

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Did we just wake up in an alternate universe? BlackBerry turns a profit

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Re: The Ed Miliband of smartphones

I don't think it's scale - BB are well capable of taken a large enough order to the usual OEMs and producing a flagship phone - its just that they have deliberately chosen quirky or classic as their differentiators.

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Euro THERMONUCLEAR REACTOR PROJECT is in TROUBLE

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Sucessful Fusion

Of many bank notes into a few.

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Hypocrites

Arent these the same people who have NEVER had their accounts signed off?

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Tim Cook: I'll give just a THIRD of what Gates gave to charity last year

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Utter fail

Whats Apple's tax compliance got to do with Tim's personal charitable contributions? Struggling to fill the page?

Now if it had been more directly about Apples very limited charitable works you might have had a point.

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Microsoft and Oracle are 'not your trusted friends', public sector bods

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Re: So give them the boot - use open source

@Doctor Syntax

Since the outcome of that case and its various appeals is still pending - you're a little premature.

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How a hack on Prince Philip's Prestel account led to UK computer law

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Re: I'm a republican…

I love republicans not only is there always at least one foul mouthed yob who defeats their own argument through sheer bile, there's always another who wants to eat the rich out of envy. . Then there's the delusional majority that who have bizarrely convinced themselves that binning the royals is anywhere near the top of the list for fixing our current system?

Plus let's look at the evidence shall we?

Republics. FRANCE USA.

Monarchies Norway, Belgium and Spain.

Which ones are most dangerous to their citizens and the rest of us? Give even more power to our politicians? I DON'T THINK SO.

I rest my case m'lud.

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Get off Facebook if you value your privacy, EU commish tells court

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how can the "bulk of the damage" already have been done when the data transfers are still happening in real time as we speak.

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No, really, the $17,000 Apple Watch IS all about getting your leg over

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Re: Bah!

Shame it looks like one of those round sausages in a bun you used to be able to get in Wimpy, probably of a similar vintage too.

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BT slams ‘ludicrous’ Openreach report as Vodafone smirks

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Re: Free market?

Possiby because the Govt isn't offering them a big fat subsidy to do so, either directly ala the rural BB rollout or indirectly via an inflated connecton charge.

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Of course Voda want direct dark fibre access

as that would allow them to monopolise it instead potentially sharing it with the other Telco's via OpenReach.

I'm all for BT being more strongly regulated but not at the expense of giving control to a corporate entity which would operate in exactly the same manner given half a chance.

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Hey, Woz. You've got $150m. You're kicking back in Australia. What's on your mind? Killer AI

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On the plus side

If and when the killer AI's appear they will take out the whiney cassandra's first for trying to warn us.

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Treat us like the utilities we believe ourselves to be, say UK operators

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Re: False Equivalence

That's a pretty spurious argument that could easily come down the other way, which really only boils down to "they look a bit uglier than telegraph poles" but not (imo) pylons.

Water mains are probably the most intrusive of the lot. Far harder more expensive to move than an electricity cable.

Not that I would wish to see the operators pocket the difference but I actually think they have a point on this issue. At this point they certainly deserve equivalence with BT telegraph poles if not the full utility shebang.

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Audi TT: It's NOT a hairdresser-mobile, the dash is too flash

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Re: LCD everywhere

Or give a damn about such a small demographic ffs.

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Lag? From processors that were designed to run games at good frame rates at 1080p? I hardly think so. . More so since its probably running a minimal Of.

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NHS England has some sneaky plans for Care.data acceleration

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explosions in this case == enough medical data in the semi-public (i.e. corporate paid for) domain to allow insurance co's and other to "game" your premiums.

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Re: The price of failing to cooperate...

That was the sneaky bit - disenfranchise the Care.Data non-comformists by breaking the established process of letting the GP's do it.

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Ark of the Government deal confirmed, joint venture established

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Risk

Surely the most important measure of risk should be "can they f*ck it up half as badly as one of the usual suspects" since the answer to that will invariably be no and its a fraction of the cost even if they do so, it makes sense to pick Ark.

However my teeth are aching in sympathy for those 31 staff who now have to interface with bureaucratniks.

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Woman caught on CCTV performing drunken BJ blew right to privacy

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Paris Hilton

Any by raising a court case

She has just Streisanded herself further.

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AUTOPILOT: Musk promises Tesla owners a HANDS-OFF hands-on

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Re: They'll get burned by these updates eventually

Actually I would expect Tesla to get this right more often than the other Auto manufacturers simply because they designed and built their cars with these kinds of applications in mind, unlike say BMW who just see it as another Option to rake in the $$$. (haven't BMW already been in the news for some remote exploit?)

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US threatened Berlin with intel blackout over Snowden asylum: report

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Terminator

A government official or politician cutting off their nose to spite their face?

Nooo sir that never happens.

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Intel's cheap and Android's free: Not any more, says TAG Heuer

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Re: Not a Bad Idea

Agreed I've had mine for 13 years, and it looks like jewellery but is built like a brick shitehouse. Wouldn't touch a smart watch version at the current level of tech with a bargepole though. I would expect it to last years not 6 months.

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Apple Watch is like an invasive weed says Gartner

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Re: Apple Watch

Pebble have got the power/functionality balance right imo.

Unless/until other manufacturers start shipping the higher powered smart watches with induction charging built in Im not really interested in a watch that lasts a tiny fraction of a week.

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SAP admits - shock! - it sells to governments, denies that means backdoors

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Next up

The Grauniad + random MP abuses Oracle in Reading for having sold Spatial and Graph to GCHQ. (True according to the sales rep)

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Honey, I shrunk the Windows footprint

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Re: Don't stop there

My Company win7 laptop hasn't had a problem with sleep mode in the 5 years I've had it. Admittedly its not virtually instant on like my MBA but then my MBA isn't bitlockered up the wazoo with a 5 yr old SSD.

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Boffins brew up FIRST CUPPA in SPAAACE using wireless energy (well, sort of)

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Re: energy for cloud-cuckoo land

Remote sensing satellites - wont they put Derek Acora of business?

TxtMgs from RS_Sat1 : "Granny says the savings are under the floorboards".

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presumably because

when you have one of these pointed at your house you'd like it to be selective enough not to fry the cat when it walks past the kitchen window.

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HP's ailing Enterprises Service unit bags 'mega' TNT gig

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Am I the only one?

Who's already desperately wishing for the "digital" meme to die a long and painful death?

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We're not sure what it is, but we like it: Lexus NX300h hybrid SUV

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PHev

For the same money or less you can get a Mitsubishi outlander PHev and basically never fill up around town. Admittedly it's not got the looks but you don't look at the mantelpiece when you are poking the fire anyway.

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SpaceX to deliver Bigelow blow-up job to ISS astronauts

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Chain of modules

Are you all mad - its just asking for an infeststion space hamsters

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Judge OKs HP's cash-free settlement plan in Autonomy investor suit

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What baffles me

I'd why any shareholder angry enough to sue in the first place would accept it.

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Droidberry dangles: Why the BlackBerry-Samsung alliance is big potatoes

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Re: ..."and BlackBerry is flogging it for $12 per host per month – a steal"

What have Facetime and iMessage got to do with the Enterprise? I would be sacked if I used either for a business purpose.

I think you are confusing consumerisation (if that's a even a word) with commoditisation.

Enterprises will always be willing to pay if there are control or management concerns.

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