* Posts by Gordon 10

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UK govt preps World War 2 energy rationing to keep the lights on

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Re: Failure? No. Complete success.

Nice paranoia commentard. I presume that for consistencies sake you are NOT one of those who think the banks and ftse100 run the country?

This is what I love about conspiracy freaks - you only have to put 2 differing sets of them in a room and what the fur fly. Much more humane than badger baiting. Although there is always a danger that they will come up with a theory SOOOOO twisted it explains both opposing views.

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"Never ascribe to conspiracy what can be adequately explained by cockup"

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HP Simplivity buyout rumours: Could it be worth HALF a BILLION?

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Given HP's aquisitions team obviously can't find their ass with either hand expect them to pay $4bn or so. They have form for an 8x overvaluation, and these bubble days wont help.

HP M&A - made of fail since 2010

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Silent, spacious and... well, insipid: Citroën's electric C-Zero car

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Re: What?

And how much would your mini weigh if it had to get a 4 or 5 star NCAP rating? Its not exactly Apples and Oranges is it.

That said I wonder if there is mileage in the thought of a seperate test for electrics given their weight distribution and the need to bias them towards low weight.

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Cunning Reg reader cracks LOHAN hot coupling condundrum

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Re: Weight

I asked that in a previous comments section. How heavy is the plane these days? Whats the lift calculation?

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Massive news in the micro-world: a hexaquark particle

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Im tempted to agree with the first poster. We have found another way that quarks can glue together woop de doo. If glue is the right word for something that has such a brief lifetime.

Does it really tell us anything new, or just refine a tiny little detail? Unless they are a building block for something exciting, or a step on the path to what ever the next Higgs scale particle is it all seems a bit meh......

Apart from the Higgs experimental particle physics seems like gilding the lily these days. Unless they can come up with ways to stabilise and study the properties of these particles, apart from confirming theories - what good are they?

Where are my tachyons and portals to a new dimension?

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DARPA gamifies open-source software testing

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Re: I don't understand

I presume this is just smoke testing where you map a set of code variables to a set of in game equivalents then let the internet go through all the possible combinations. Not sure why that is more effecient than another route?

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UK govt 'tearing up road laws' for Google's self-driving cars: The truth

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You forgot an important reason any reason the manufacturer can sell you something for $profit

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Compare Apple's and oranges: LaCie's hi-vis jacket-wearing disk is not for hipsters

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Dont you mean Apples with Apricots? /halycon days

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Re: Worth every penny

So why wouldnt I buy a commodity drive and stick a £10 ebay bumper on it? Or buy an SSD that will work unless physically crushed by a lorry - regardless of the case its in.

Seems a like a lot to pay. The only USP is the thunderbolt connector.

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Look inside ELON MUSK'S CAR! Tesla S wundervehicle has voom

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Re: "Tesla X. Looks cool, but try doing that in a car park."

plus - if you are ever lucky enough to own one of those bad boys - you'll be parking it in the street where everyone can see those cool doors. Multi-storey schmulty storey.

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Eh?

Ou'est le Tesla review?

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Google reaches into own silicon brain to slash electricity bill

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Re: All good stuff

Interesting point. I wonder if the article includes the power reduction for data center cooling into the equation - although you cant run the AirCon on the same kind of latency - there must be an aggregate effect thats worth noting.

Anyone know the ratio of Rack power to DC power in a data center?

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Whoops! Google's D-Day Doodle honors ... Japan

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Maybe coz they were too busy developing the atom bomb.?

And weren't the Germans well ahead in jet engine research?

Just sayin.

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Plucky Playmonaut bails out of smoking Vulture 2

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Weight

Any danger Lohan has been overeating as well as overheating?

Have your boffins done the lift calculations?

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Marc Andreessen: Edward Snowden is a 'textbook traitor'

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I think you are right Dan I suggest we call it the "Donald rumsfeld" effect.

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Women found just TWO out of every HUNDRED US tech startups

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Re: Yet another Picketty-style retardation (YAPSR)

"Why should "percentage of tech startups founded by women" be an interesting number?

Why should it be a more important number than "percentage of houses painted in green"?

Coz you dont get grant/corporate sponsorship money for studying green houses?

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Boffins publish SciFi story to announce exoplanet find

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If you are referring to Star Carrier 3 singularity - apart from the vague connection with Kapteyn I'm not sure what your point is.

Reynolds is high end Hard-ish Sci-Fi.

Keith/Douglas - seems more Journeyman Mil-sci fi from a quick google.

ie totally different sub-genres.

Would you complain about every book that mentions alpha centuari?

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Nice touch. Well done boffins and Reynolds

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Deploy a fake Bitcoin wallet to save your own

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Re: Bitcoin...

I think its more likely that $GREED and $STUPIDITY are more likely to scupper it.

So far the Bitcoin "Industry" has totally failed to demonstrate stability and safety that would persuade the public it has any future.

Ironically the lack of a $POWER who is willing to ram through past the teething troubles looks like its going to be its undoing.

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Protecting code's secrets wins ACM prize

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Exactly - you just move the inspection point from the binary source to a stream monitor post decryption.

Not saying it would be easy but since you would have full control of the machine the code is running on - you would be the ultimate man in the middle.

The whole PC code base from firmward upwards would have to be globally encrypted for this to be fully secure.

Edit:Foxyshadis made the same point below but with better in depth knowledge.

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US escalates Stingray mobe-snooping secrecy battle as judge unseals evidence

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But but but

Does it also handshake and forward calls/texts/data to the real network - or does everyone on the same network who connects to this fake cell (presumably at least ~1/2 mile radius to cover a building) get no calls/texts/data for the duration?

And if it does forward calls/texts/data what logging does it do? How are these managed and destroyed?

Im hoping this is just a basic bit of kit that does just enough to capture a phone signal - ie basic challenge response on the network level. The cynic in me suggests it could be much more complex.

Surely this is the same as any other bit of police kit - the public have a right to know that its safe and used legally.

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Indie record labels to haul YouTube before the European Commission

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Not at all. They've done well in their choseb market. If it wasn't for their "do no evil" policy I would have no stronger feelings for them than MS and Apple. Its their rampant hipocracy I have a problem with.

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Seems like google themselves disagree with you - they are staying in their business even though they *only* made $3.45bn in profits last quarter.

Poor widdle google you gotta feel sorry for them earning that sort of pittance.

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TrueCrypt hooked to life support in Switzerland: 'It must not die' say pair

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License smicense

It would be rather surprising if the developers tried the enforce their License with the result they'll lose their anonymity.

The only real deterrent in that License is a mild case of FUD.

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Oh, wow. US Secret Service wants a Twitter sarcasm-spotter

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Re: Do terrorists really tweet about their intended acts?

Ouchy - rookie mistake.

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Piketty thinks the 1% should cough up 80%. Discuss

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I would agree with this. I think the 2 biggest crimes commited by the last 2 governments were Educational

1. Labour convincing everyone they had the right to get a McDegree regardless of whether they have any benefit to society or the economy.

2. ConDem's ramping tuition fees to £21,000.

(3. allowing Michael Gove anywhere near anything important the gobshite)

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Politics of Envy

Isnt this a very simple argument at the end of the day.

1. Its always been very easy to get the mob riled up with the right rhetoric.

2. If that rhetoric is "Capital Inequality" (hello new socialists) or "Immigration" hello UKIP.

3. The are only 3 fundamental choices:

a) Aspire to be on the right side of the in-equality.

b) Look around - be content with your lot.

c) Eat the rich/immigrants or do something else to drag them down to a level that pleases the mob.

Now c) has a whole range of responses ranging from mild taxation tweaks to public flogging, but lets not pretend we are doing anything but dressing up Envy in fancy clothes or "economic debate".

Fact of the matter is there is a certain level of inequality that a society will tolerate, but there are plenty of people who will magnify that in-equality so they can get power.

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How I poured a client's emails straight into the spam bin – with one Friday evening change

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Re: What is this "Email Spam" of which you write?

Dont you mean

"Signed a stupidly trusting of Google user"

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Monster croc 'the BALROG' tussles with mighty Titanoboa snake

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Indeed its more of a troll at best.

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AMD tops processor evolution with new mobile Kaveri chippery

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Re: The delusions of marketing

Oooo lots of downvotes but no-ones arguing with the basic point.

Face it Peak desktop/laptop was reached years ago, the average home and enterprise use cases have barely changed bar a bit more VC, and the only thing driving the need for more performance is the latest cruft filled blob from Microsoft be it office or windows.

So typical El Reg users aside - since most of us fall into some sort of power user cagegory - which gives me more utility? A laptop that sips power with all day battery life for workshops/meetings/commute and that starts instantly or one that can run a massively parallel data visualisation that I will never do.

Note Im not saying that AMD's arent as good as Intel in these use cases - frankly I havent a clue - but there is no point in AMD Marketing pointing out USP's for which there is a only tiny market.

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The delusions of marketing

Isnt it funny when all you've got is a graphics core everything looks like a graphics problem? (ok a bit harsh but you get my point)

Sounds like AMD's boffins have hit the spot on their design briefs - I just question how much of that design brief covers real world usage.

Will my outlook searches, excel and word docs run faster on AMD or Intel? All this visual stuff is a red herring for 90% of use cases. The only grudging point I will give them is more video optimisation in this realm of skype calls is always good, although given the low-ish res of most non-dedicated VC feeds I suspect the peak of tuning for them was reached years ago.

Will they do "instant on" as well as haswell? Do I have week long standby power?

Dear AMD less TLA and FLA nerdgasms more real world use cases please.

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Plugging the gaps in today's Macs: Elgato Thunderbolt Dock

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Hmm

Missing dual monitor support is a showstopper for me. Is that too much to ask for in this day and age?

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

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Re: ECHELON

For extra sh*ts and giggles record his reaction and put it on YouTube.

What do you mean your allergic to waterboarding?

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Re: Why did we publish this?

Bravo Lewis - lets hope that escape and evasion training isnt needed...... (did you do that in the bomb squad?)

Congrats on the size of yours and Duncans cojones.

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Re: TRAITORS @AC no.1

A splendid reposte only slightly spoilt by your AC status - have an upvote

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Re: KUDOS @Phil

"better left to New Statesman than an online IT rag."

Ah yes - let someone else do it. The rallying cry of the apathetic and irresponsible since days of yore.

As a previous poster mentioned shouldn't we be congratulating El Reg for living up to the principles of the 4th Estate?

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DevOps is actually a thing – and people are willing to pay for it

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All about maturity

I presume this is tightly linked to having a mature agile development and automated testing processes in place?

Is anyone doing this with short bursts of waterfall?

I find the concept intruiging - Im not sure it can be any worse than 3 months of impenetrable shite going live all at once. I presume it all depends on development and testing discpline. If you fudge your SIT and UAT (as so many do) you will be screwed no matter what.

Does anyone have any feedback to how well userland adjusts to these kind of cycles?

Whats the typical end to end from requirement to go live?

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Apple: Scrubbing may not yet have cleansed iThings of BLOOD

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Re: Not just BLOOD, Enviromental Issues Too!

Newsflash commentard Apple doesn't source from any of the smelters directly - its their suppliers suppliers suppliers.

Also has it not occurred to you that the smelters are placed near to where the resources are - whilst I'm sure there are a few in the west too - it just depends on the distribution of the relevant ores.

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SpaceX 'Dragon V2' ROCKET PODULE can hover-land on Earth - or MARS

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Hooray!

Well done Hank Scorpio Elon Musk

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The British are coming! The British are coming! And they're buying Surface fondleslabs

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Re: The figures look really bad

Your point being? There is more than one Nexus slab too - those figures probably include both the 7 and the 10.

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SPB's mountaintop HQ menaced by WOLVES

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Well done Lester

Have a pint for the sarkiest article of the week. All we need is the sledgehammer of sark that is the usual Dabbsie diatribe and my friday will be complete.

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100% driverless Wonka-wagon toy cars? Oh Google, you're having a laugh

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Re: Things I would like to see

But..but..but

To replace truck drivers they will first have to teach the Wonka cars to kill prostitutes.

(c) J Clarkson 2009

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IT'S ALIVE! ISEE-3 responding to commands

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I'll say one thing for NASA

They know how to build a damn spacecraft!

It does make me wonder if there is a quality vs quantity debate to be had in the future of space exploration - i.e. once a certain level of technology is reached is one big instrument package on 1 big spacecraft the way to go, or is there mileage in the swarm/microsat concept.

For example is any work being on sats that have the sensor equivalent of the Square Kilometer Array. Say for example a network of low cost Camera's attached to a fairly widely dispersed set of microsats.

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Snowden never blew a whistle, US spy boss claims

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Hmmm on balance

I suspect that the Yanks may be telling the truth on this one - however I would expect them to smear him in any event so the point is moot. If I was Snowden and already planning to collect this stuff there would be no way I would draw attention to myself by rocking the boat....

On the "trained spy" bit - true or Assange-like ego trip, although if he had some kind of black hat training it would help explain the extent of his p0wnage.

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Tesla's TOP SECRET gigafactories: Lithium to power world's vehicles? Let's do the sums

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Maybe I'm wrong but doesn't most traction control (short of 4wd) work on reducing power to the slipping wheel?

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US DoJ to appeals court: Haha, no, seriously – Apple totally inflated ebook prices

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Re: Irony @ac

I'm sure you'll also be taking the first opportunity to moan when your favourite authors start bailing out if Amazon crush the publishers as the are trying to do.

2 wrongs don't make a right but investigating one wrong by apple and ignoring whopping wrongs by Amazon comes into that category too.

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Help. Mailing blacklists...

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Re: Don't

Good lord what a pile of unhelpful crap.

Were you even trying to be helpful or did you just reply to spout your bizzarre personal view of the future?

I have less trouble with spam now and have had little for years on what basis do you make your crazy clajns?

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Microsoft swats away FBI request for Office 365 subscriber data

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Re: Office

bombuntu

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Privacy International probes GCHQ's mouse fetish

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Re: Amazon ?

Just imagine the fun you could have if you mentioned to the NSA that copies of the Snowden files had been found on AWS, Googledrive or Skydrive.

If I worked for one of the cloud minnows I'd be tempted to start that rumour :D

Assuming of course that the NSA doesnt already know exactly what clouds have copies of the Snowdon docs. Im betting there are multiple NSA spiders crawling around the Interwebs right now looking for Hashes associated with the Snowden docs.

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Re: Errrrm....

I suspect this is someone ultra ultra paranoid with little engineering background badly extrapolating from the old Van Eck phreaking from CRT's and the equivalent effect thats been shown to work at a CPU level.

I forget what the second effect is called but it was reported on El Reg a couple of years ago.

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