* Posts by Gordon 10

3106 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

Report: UK.gov wants to legislate on comms data BEFORE next election

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Re: "Providers have no reason to retain the data"

We already do though - but why not put it in the hands of those who can make informed decisions on how effective it will be in preventing a fighting crime. Letting the Rozzers decide if they want a data slurp vs more bobbies on the beat couldn't actually be any worse than the current scenario....could it?

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Boeing to start work on most powerful rocket ... EVER!

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Mmmmm,

I love the smell of pork in the morning. ......

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Google BLOCKS access to Goldman client-leak email

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Re: Ouch

In most banks this require's 2 clicks of the send button. Basically it makes you classify the email - and then again prompts you if it detects a non local email domain.

My previous bank had this 4-5 years ago. My current bank installed this about a year ago.

Suspect they will be doing the same at GS right now.

If they have it already and the contractor did it anyway - they should be fired.

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Dotcom crypto keys not for the FBI: NZ High Court

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So just how long will it take

Before some NZ based plod "leaks" the keys to the Feebs?

...... just about now.......

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'Disruptive innovation' is nonsense? Not ALWAYS, actually

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Re: Too much law

@AC

I wasn't dismissing the US as a market - merely stating that for a truly disruptive product it doesn't have to be your first market.

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Re: Too much law

I don't buy that argument - patent madness is mostly limited to the states and it will only work for so long. Outside of the states new entrants will start to eat their lunch.

And by the by I don't believe truely disruptive products are defendable by patents - as generally thr y cone with new uses that are orthogonal to the existing ones.

It took less than 5 years to smash Nokia's core business to Flinders and I don't believe Nokia's senior managers are more or less stupid than those of the average globo corp (even if Elop was/wasn't a Trojan horse). That's disruption in action. And they had patents out the wazoo.

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Redmond's EMET defense tool disabled by exploit torpedo

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Eh?

Surely the safest method MS should have adopted is to apply EMET to all apps as a default and then let local IT bods write exception rules as necessary?

And to echo other posters points - shouldn't it be as nestled as closely to system processes as Anti-V and Firewalls are?

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EFF sues NSA over snoops 'hoarding' zero-day security bugs

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WTF?

Im all for bashing the NSA

But this is a bit much. The NSA doesn't have any responsibility for eliminating Zero days - they are a comms spy agency for gawds sake.

Its perfectly reasonable for them to collect exploits to use as part of their toolkits and its perfectly reasonable not to disclose which ones they have.

What's not reasonable is to use those exploits against the general public or anyone who doesn't meet a reasonable definition of threat to the US or its allies.

So no usage of them to create botnets within the general internet population.

To stretch an analogy to breaking point - I don't mind the army (or police) having guns - I object to them being pointed (much less fired) at me when they don't have reasonable suspicion that my behavior or actions warrant it.

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New NSA boss plays down impact of Snowden leaks

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Whilst Im 99% certain this is flim flam

At least it sounds a teensy bit more honest that what has gone before.

For given values of honest of course.......

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GCSE Computing teachers cry victory as board decides NOT to bin tech teens' work

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Re: Kids, parents: don't worry

Nice ripost sir!

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Speed of light slower than we thought? Probably not

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Re: I guess Franson must have assumed ...

As you could have too instead of posting about it..... Gander meet sauce.

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MIT and CERN's secure webmail plan stumped by PayPal freeze

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Re: there are plenty of better and cheaper competitors

The only serious contender I have seen is on a few websites is google checkout. which obviously is a whole different kind of bad.

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BOFH: You can take our lives, but you'll never take OUR MACROS

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Access

I cant wait until the bean counter hits the 2gb limit.... right about now......

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Hey, remember the iPod Touch? Apple just did

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Missed opportunity

I always thought they should have used the iPod Touch form factor & case as their low-rent smart phone model.

Forget aping the 5s with the 5c. Put a basic smart phone (crap camera, no 4g) in a iPod touch shiny case and it will set like hot cakes. Important - don't lose the slimness. No iphone has ever felt as good in my hand as my touch does.

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You are ALL Americans now: Europeans offered same rights as US folks in data slurp leaks

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Re: Human rights are non-negotiable

Where does this no rights for foreigners begin and end in USian law?

Presumably if Im on trial for murder I don't get treated much differently whether I'm from the US or not.

(i.e. access to the shitest lawyer I cant afford and banged up on remand in some corporate run SuperMax hell hole)

Other than immigration and extra-border type scenarios where does the different treatment begin and end?

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Black hole three-way: Supermassive trio are 'rippling' space

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To put 300 times the speed of sound

into something more useful. the Black holes are orbiting (presumably each other) at approx. 3-4 times the orbital velocity of the Earth around the sun or approx. 2x that of mercury.

So wizzing on interstellar terms.

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You're inventing the wrong sort of tech for bad people who want to buy it. Stop it at once

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impressed - not so much

One rather suspects someone who has to have that many institutions to his name is slightly inadequate.

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27 Data-Slurping Facts BuzzFeed Doesn't Want You To Know!

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Re: What's the problem?

one mistake KofF. Ignorance & naivety <> stupidity.

Its amazing there is tons of consumer law to protect people from buying the wrong thing, but nothing to protect the genuinely innocent from splurging their smallest indiscretion online.

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US trading, energy watchdogs asked: Does Google's Skybox gobble pass the sniff test?

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Huh?

Who is behind Public Citizen - whilst their analysis is correct that this may give google an unfair advantage - the argument that it impacts any consumer is completely spurious. The only impact this will have is on other big corporates who don't have access to Skyboxes data.

Any "consumer" who dabbles in commodities markets is already so outclassed by the big institutions the skybox deal would be a tiny sliver of an increment. Take most traders out of the support structures they have in banks and they would struggle to compete - let alone the average joe on the street.

Fact is that if you are playing the markets for anything more than steady long term growth you are a tiny tiny minnow in an ocean chock full of sharks.

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Super-snoop bid: UK government hits panic button on EU data retention ruling

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Dear all home secretaries

fuck off.

Honestly GCHQ must make it a priority to gather as much dirt on the Home secretary as possible. Every one in recent history has been a rampant authoritarian fascist on this subject regardless of their political persuasion.

Either that or they are Manchurian Candidating every home sec upon apointment.

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Bitcoin is MONEY, says Canada

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Re: has to be a way to determine this "value

I can't speak for Canadian tax authority but in the UK I don't see why there would be different rules for bitcoin than there already are for currency and commodity trading. The volatility issue happens with those too. Generally speaking you pay tax on any profits you make on your investment, subject to legitimate tax deductions, allowances and tax mitigation methods.

Generally you pay cap gains at 25% over the first 10k although there are income tax options too.

I for one am looking forward with amusement to the first bitcoin ISA. :)

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Good for canada

If any of these crypto currencies have a real desire to become more than a vehicle for speculators this can only be a good thing.

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Google Nest slurps your life into the Matrix? The TRUTH

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Re: So if we want to break into your house...

We are not becoming part of the greater Google machine..... (sub vocalisation) but they have added our biological and technical distinctiveness to their own.

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Backup bods Acronis extend disk-imaging support to Macs at last

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Re: Time Machine

Agreed - where's Time Machine for Windows when you need it?

Now I appreciate Time Machine isn't an all singing and dancing solution but the fact that its super silent and JustWorksTM makes it a no brainer in my view.

I wish my Win7 Box was as simple to back up.

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AT&T plays Game of Thrones: Every bit as ruthless as HBO version

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Am I the only one

who wanted some kinda of graphic to follow all the names and offering that I have never heard of being a rightpondian.

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Wi-Fi WarKitteh and DDoS Dog to stalk Defcon 22

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Re: ... is an exercise in futility.

I would have thought the beauty of using cats is that once you reach a critical mass of them - it doesn't matter whether 1 cat or many cats pass by your target - you can be assured that one will at some point.

Besides the logical next step is equipping them with Google Glasses and guiding them to their target with judicious application of AR fluttering birds and scampering mice.

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YouTube in shock indie music nuke: We all feel a little less worthy today

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Im shocked I tells ya - shocked!

Famed content thief will wiggle like a worm to avoid paying for anything.

Aren't YouTube and Google the ultimate freetards?

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Titan sprouts 'Magic Island', say astroboffins

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Re: Re Titan is alive and kicking

^(;,;)^ :€

must contain letters - bah humbug

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Sky-scraping boffins mash amateur astronomers into huge virtual telescope

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Re: Precedent

How can we be sure the new information is real and not an artifact of the processing algorithm?

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Gemalto rash cache clash dashed: US courts trash Android patent bid

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WTF?

wtf?

Common sense for a Texas patent court? What ever next? I suspect the fact that the plaitiffs were French didn't help their case.

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Oracle shares pummeled after giant reports glacial growth

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Re: "Missing analyst expectations"

true - and in most cases I would agree with you - but with flat revenues against the background of an improving market - the ANALysts might just have a point this time.

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Bankers bid to use offshore temp techies

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Re: Guus Interesting on who is and who is not on the map....

Thanks Matt - funniest post ever. You have obviously never worked in financial services.

Every bank CFO and CIO has behaved exactly as you have assumed they wont.

Even if they wont - there is some ladder climbing PHB below them who will.

Source :10 years FS IT experience.

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Re: Er, I don't see anything wrong with it

Im sure that may have been the initial intent of the clause. However who would be surprised to see it used to parachute some "offshoring" or "cost management" specialists into a high cost location.

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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Re: I wonder if today will be

Love the *cough* *cough* at the bottom.

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Australia's eMinister has policy-crush on UK's Liam Maxwell

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WTF?

really?

"The UK's disdain for customising commercial software is, however, something Australia may do well to consider."

Really - not my experience. My statement would be more along the lines of :

"The UK's inability to restructure processes to support out of box functionality rather than mandate bespoke builds is something Australia would do well to avoid as an example."

to be fair this is not just a UK Govt failing but industry as well. I would be strongly surprised as to whether most other nations are any different. I also hold the vendors to blame for COTS software that is a million miles away from real world use cases - otherwise where would they get their consultancy revenue from?

Example - every Sap programme I've ever heard of.

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Canada to Google: You can't have your borderless cake and eat it too

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Re: Be careful what you wish for

But if I read this right - that's not what was being asked.

Google were just being told to do a proper job of local de-indexing on their .ca domain, but in several of their arguments Google were trying to conflate that with global de-indexing.

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Mybe its only my reading of the article but the inference I was making was that whilst Datalink had been found guilty of using trade secrets in Canada - it hadn't in the US. Meaning that it is still free to help sell its products in the US, hence having distributors - that seeing a crafty buck - set up websites that can cover both US and Canada.

I have to wonder here if the root cause is failure of the aggrieved party to go after Datalink in the US via copyright, patents or what ever other due process exists and therefore instead getting the Canuck judge to extend the reach of his judgment into the US - albeit only for those results accessible by a Canuck domain (.ca).

The fact that the distributors are playing whack-a-mole with google over the domain names - suggests to me they may be a little bit shady. i.e. the only reason to try to get around the block is if they know of and are deliberately trying to flout the judges order.

Having said that - with their vaunted search prowess Google should excel at whack-a-mole of this type.

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Capita says bye-bye to Updata bigwigs: Been good slurping you

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Re: Ouch for all concerned

That's pretty much Crapita's raison d'etre. Take something of value, borg it, and toss the drained husk away.

Crapita is basically a vampire - sucking all the goodness out of its acquisitions with no long term benefit to anyone - just getting a temporary prop to its balance sheet and underneath is just a withered husk itself.

Where's Buffy when you need her?

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Today's get-rich-quick scheme: Build your own bank

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Re: Been there, done that. - well more or less depending how you view it

The user id doesn't work on your demo app.

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Re: Slight snag.

Your terminology is wrong and your point poorly explained. Private banks are something different to high street banks. The word you were looking for was leverage.

And high street banks DO lend out deposits - albeit with a significant leverage ratio attached. ie if you can reasonably predict the rate of default you can actually afford to lend out more money than you actually have.

example. If you have an average amount owed at default is £100 on a £1000 loan, and you have £1000 worth of deposits, you can actually afford to leverage those £1000 deposits by lending 10 x £1000 out = £10,000 - which is how banks use debt to grease the wheels of the economy.

In reality the maths gets more complex when you add in the ratio of defaulters to non-defaults so the ratio can go sky high.

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DANGER MOUSE is back ... and he isn't half a GLASSHOLE

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Re: Load of Shite

Nnnnnnnnoooooooo!

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Virgin Media boss AND ex-Murdoch man: BSkyB broadband is 'lousy'

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Re: Virgin fan, but no more

That kinda suggests they don't have massive bandwidth then doesn't it. Whilst they may have it in the fibre - they probably have choke points in other places.

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Meet Mr Pot & Mr Kettle

Mr Pot : You're a tosser

Mr Kettle : You're a bigger tosser

Mr Pot : No no I insist you're the bigger tosser.

A pox on both their houses.

Pirate icon as they are both scurvy dogs.

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Microsoft 'Catapults' geriatric Moore's Law from CERTAIN DEATH

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Re: Here's a Lesson Learned (from SDR) for anyone going down this road...

Doesnt that suggest that the future of CPU's is in Software Defined Computation?

ie Future iteration of FGPA's or similar that can load new CPU models on the fly whenever a non-trivial set of operations are detected.

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Ohio man cuffed again for shagging inflatable pool raft

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Bike sex

From memory didnt the poor b*stard get lumped on the sex offenders register too? So now everyone automatically assumes he's a paediatrican.

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Intel prods PC market's corpse, corpse shouts 'I'M NOT DEAD!'

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Re: It was only a matter of time

Let me fix that for you.

"Their market is 7 billion people" - who no longer give a stuff if it says "Intel Inside" on the box.

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Waiting gamer slams no-show show: E3 – was that it?

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Re: E3

thats a little unfair to the Oscars - i think you meant the Brit awards.

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EU probe into Apple's taxes: It's NOT to do with double-Dutch-Irish anything sandwiches

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Re: Selling apple kit is a loss leader, almost

Not sure I get you - they are all probably at it to a greater or lesser degree. Transfer pricing goes on in any multinational.

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Measure for measure: We visit the most applied-physicist-rich building in the UK

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Re: Peak pedantry

I presume you used the send corrections link?

/correct procedures pedant

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So, what exactly defines a 'boffin'? Speak your brains...

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Re: The socks have it

Plus one for the incomprehensible to mere mortals bit.

I was lucky(?) enough to be taught Molecular Physics as a proto-boffin by the great boffin Harry Kroto.

We were all 3rd year physics undergrads - not one of us understood a single word he said. The huddle around the teaching assistant who explained things to us mere mortals after class was the biggest I ever saw.

Sadly I neglected my nascent boffinry career for one in IT.

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