* Posts by Gordon 10

2910 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

Euro cops on free Wi-Fi not-so-hotspots: For pity's sake, don't use them for email

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Flame

But but but

"According to a recent Kaspersky Lab survey, 34 per cent of people using a PC admitted to taking no special measures to protect their online activity when using a Wi-Fi hotspot."

The key point is - THEY SHOULDNT HAVE TO. To the occasional elitist commentard posting on here - ask yourself - should your granny care whether her phone connection is on public or private wifi when she's checking facebook or email for the young 'uns?

The technology used should be secure by default, be that improved SSL or something else.

BTW was I the only one who though the Europol statement straight from the department of the blindingly obvious. Ok - which methods of public wifi access are at risk? Vanila uncrypted connections, SSL connentions, VPN's - what - give us consumers some useful info that we can take some action with.

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Florida bloke cuffed for pit bull shag outrage

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Coat

Police later described the scene at the house

as a Mongrelian Cluster F*ck

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British Pregnancy Advice Service fined £200k for Anon hack, data protection breaches

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Re: Of course the ICO...

Indeed - fining a charity imo is even worse than fining a govt organisation.

Couldnt it have been suspended for 3 years subject to a review of IT and data protection training.

Surely 50k spent on training would have been far more useful than 200k going to some quangocrat.

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Zaphod Beeblebrox style third arm cyborg prosthesis unveiled

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Joke

Unfortunately I think the most relevant question for a 3 armed kid would be how picked on he would get at school. would probably cost more in lunch money than the arm was worth.

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Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?

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Re: Psion Revo...

Me too - could never stretch to the "proper" Psions. Had a Revo and loved it. Also had the IR modem and remember "surfing" the net with it.

As a clamshell case design I dont believe the Psion's have ever been bettered, shame they are patented up the wazoo.

Agree that the organiser was superb.

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FCA drafts new rules to protect crowdfunders' lenders

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Re: Huh?

The key phrase here is "significant amount of time" History is littered with instances of intermediaries taking consumer cash and not passing it onto suppliers, be it held for 1 second or many days.

Unless they are taking their cut in a seperate transaction direct from the Banks/credit card companies (which I bet they aren't), the process is a 2 stage one - cash in, cash out, and therefore the possibility of the above exists.

Kickstarter has done about $1000m worth of funding (ok only 800m sucessfuly but the maths is easier with 1000m). Taking a WAG lets assume onward account payment errors run at 0.01% - thats a grand total (over time) of $100k of someone elses cash wallowing around in their accounts. Multiply that by the number of ways a transaction can go wrong and Im betting its a non trivial amount - even on a daily/monthly basis.

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All very well

But repeat that spiel after the first crowdsourcing site folds with peoples cash.

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Care Bears... share: NHS England promises to heal careless data-sharing plans

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Re: If you haven't already opted out of this clusterfuck-in-the-making ...

Be polite with the Doc's most of them are dubious about this clusterf*ck too. They have no choice in the decisions being made and are effectively required by law to disclose this data unless we opt out.

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I NEVER DONE BITCOIN, says bloke fingered by new Newsweek

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Re: I think he's just afraid of the tax claim he'll get

Not so sure of that - if bitcoin mining generates income, regardless of the way that income is paid I wouldnt bet against it being taxable. There are plenty of famous cases of people being paid "in kind" (e.g. sheep, apples) and being taxed.

Bitcoins are no less real than many financial products. I cant think of a government that would limit itself by producing a list of assets that are taxable. Better to make a broad statement, and define a small exclusion list if needed.

In addition I bet you can get taxed everytime you crystalise a gain by converting it back into a recognised currency.

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Newsweek knocks on door of dad-of-six, tells him he invented Bitcoin

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Re: there you go

oh dear. go away paranioa troll.

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Roll up, roll up for the Commentards' Ball

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Am I the only one?

who thinks the sign up requirements are a bit intrusive? I could of course fill in false details but that wouldnt sit well on a site I respect.

Why should my wish to join you in the pub require my business details? I appreciate you may just be re-using the Whitepaper sign up mechanism but it smacks a little of Facebookery.

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Blimey! ANOTHER Bitcoin bleed brouhaha

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Re: Conspiracy Theory Time

Possible explanations

a) Criminals are stupid short-termists.

b) They have enough faith in BitCoin that they will be able to hold onto their ill gotten gains long enough to turn a profit.

c) All of the above.

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CIA snoops snooped on Senate to spy spy torture report – report

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My thoughts too - although it sounds like they may have been only looking at a subset of their own internal network from my read of the second half of the article.

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Hundreds of folks ready to sue Bitcoin exchange MtGox

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Newsflash commentard - replace "strings of numbers" with "pieces of paper" and you describe any modern currency. Therefore your argument has no real meaning.

In the sense that people were willing to exchange their own currency for bitcoins then it is a currency. More so given that its possible to directly pay for goods and services using bitcoins.

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Google! and! Facebook! IDs! face! Yahoo! login! BAN!

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Agreed. Its very much becoming a case of "better the devil you know".

Wasnt entirely sure whether to up vote you for telling it straight or downvote you for depressing me ;)

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Dark matter killed the dinosaurs, boffins suggest

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Re: Stranger still...

Try it with an analogue wind up clock and report back.

Alternatively try moving the lamp to a different location. I suspect the lamp is the cause probably some kind of interference.

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Bitcoin bank Flexcoin pulls plug after cyber-robbers nick $610,000

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Re: So... the value of stealing a currency which then devalues?

Oh dear god. Oh noes its a conspiracy heaven forbid it can't be the innocence / idiocy that comes with exploring new frontiers.

Reading for you G E. the history of the gold rush, banking during the Great Depression etc etc.

And finally - Occams Razor.

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Not convinced

Banks and credit card co's manage the equivalent of "hot wallets" once the fly by night merchants have been eliminated there is no reason that bitcoin banks and exchanges can't thrive.

Although dare I say it - this may only occur once these institutions are properly regulated.

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X-rated Android antics: Motorola's Moto X puts boot in chunky brother

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Re: 299? Feck that! @Al

My thoughts entirely. The OP might has well have inserted any generic OEM phone Landfill Android manufacturer.

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Google Glass: Reg man tests tech specs

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Re: Speech recognition

I suspect its a temporary problem as well. once it has a internet connection I would expect it to work the same as Google Now on the Nexus's - which works brilliantly on my N5.

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WhatsApp no threat to BBM: Blackberry bod says pretender's buyout will HELP ailing firm

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AC downvoted because they have posted the same on each BB story this week. Tedious troll.

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HTC One grabs BEST SMARTPHONE gong

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Re: Apple sucked their business out from under them?

A rather rose tinted view there and Im an apple fan. What Apple did was stop network operators dictating to consumers and take charge of the ditacting themselves - with such gems as no copy/paste and you must create an email from your photo album to attach a photo - but not the other way around. And lest we forget - its still bloody difficult to attach something non-media related to an iphone email.

Apple may have taken Touch OS'es in a phone form factor to new heights of polish and usability but lets not pretend they are a consumer champion - they aint.

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Say WHAT? Qualcomm, MediaTek scrap over who has best 'marketing gimmick' octacore

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agree

Luckily you can still get my 2 blade razor of choice (WK FX Diamond) on Amazon and Ebay as countries other than ours have refused to engage in this stupid arms race.

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Ghostwriter: Assange™ is NARCISSISTIC and UNTRUTHFUL

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Mushroom

Re: That's who you need @joseph

Agreed with Joseph let justice take its course.

Besides arent cockroaches expected to survive a nuclear war?

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Mushroom

Re: That's who you need @hollerith

Is it entirely fair to put Snowden and Assange in the same bucket anymore?

Snowden took his own risks and is dealing with the comsequences of them. Assange seems to have taken far less risks and can't even deal with the consequences of his own personal life let alone take any responsibility for what his organisation has done.

it takes balls to go against everything your homeland has taught you and to knowingly accept you will never go home. What's ballsy and manly bout avoiding a sex charge, and flushing bail money that people gave you down the toilet.

Snowden (and Manning) heroes.

Assange gutless coward. (Nuke him)

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Mozilla takes wraps off 25 DOLLAR Firefox OS smartphone

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be afraid

holey moley - if this thing takes off its going to have a lot of the established players running scared. talk about bringing smartphones to everyone

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Nokia launches Android range: X marks the growing low-cost spot

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WTF?

Re: Why?

I thought this as well. My best guess this is purely a result of MS's stupid internal competition policy. Given product lead times I suspect these were in progress just before the Nokia sale, and they had some barely relevant Veep in MS who wouldnt discount WinPhone enough to make low end lumia's price effective.

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IT'S ALIVE! China's Jade Rabbit rover RETURNS from the DEAD

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Re: An OZ blogger...

Naaa - subcontract it to a clanger.

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Apple pushes back release date for 'dustbin chic' Mac Pro

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Then Hackintosh. There are some bonkers crazy Hackintoshs running well over Pro spec's for well under Pro money. All you sacrifice is the nice looking case and if you choose a non-intel board dubious thunderport.

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Vodafone, Moneygram hook up to create mobe money MONSTER

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Re: Will be a long time coming to UK...

Yea - I have it on good authority thats why no mobe operator with the possible exception of o2 has done it in the UK. I think but am not sure that O2 piggyback on Barclays license somehow.

Bank license means holding extra capital reserves and lots of onerous financial reporting.

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So cool it 2.4 gigahertz: BATTERY-FREE comms for international band

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Re: I'm struggling to see where

The clue is in the name - embedded. Why embed something with a battery that will eventually die from leakage or need replacing.

If we take slightly naff example of light switches that another commentard mentioned - its bad enough having to change bulb's let alone batteries in the light switch.

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Re: Bazza

Moron. How exactly is this tech any better than an RFID token or something else totally passive for that purpose?

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Rotten to the core: Apple’s 10 greatest FAILS

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Re: Lots of Apple kit looks nice

I like it - in a looks like a cash machine kinda way.

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Gordon 10

Re: Concentrating on things

1. Upper-Right

A mistake really??? Apple concentrating on short term profit (ie the high end) has made them almost immune from the general slump in PC and Laptop sales. Most people would call that genius. Arguably they learnt from trying to compete with the mass market severval times and decided never to do it again - which at the moment is paying them dividends - lunatic analysts who want ever increasing expansion excepted.

Depending on whose figures you believe Mac PC's current have ~11% of the US market. Not bad considering that is nearly all laptops in a category containing desktops as well.

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Boffin talks WATER on MARS: Granted, no 'smoking gun', but all clues flow there...

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Re: Boffins @AC

Sir - your post smacks of the cursory attention and inanities associated with Trick Cyclery. Desist forthwith!

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UK claims 'significant lead' in drones after Taranis test flight

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Terminator

Am I the only one

Who thinks that Taranis is a bit of a scary name with connontations of some scary AI overlord?

ROTM

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Woz he talking about? Apple co-founder wants iPhones to run Android

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Re: Excellent Idea!

My Mate cant get his M3 off his drive in the snow :)

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BOFH: Attractive person is attractive. Um, why are your eyes bulging?

Gordon 10
Pint

Yay

First BOFH of the year and it was almost worth the wait. Slightly too subtle ending imo

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Apple cash stash dash results in Icahn v CalPERS bitchfight

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Re: Are these numbers correct?

Its not Icahn's money any more than its CalPERS. One is a reputable pension fund fronting for thousands of pensioners, the second is a Carpet Bagging front man for a lot of shallow and short term 'investors'.

FWIW I suspect she meant Icahn is small potatoes compared to the combined might of institutional investors such as CalPERS.

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UK spooks STILL won't release Bletchley Park secrets 70 years on

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Muppet

So assuming any aliens who can build a flying saucer capable of extra-solar travel must be at least 100 years more advanced than us today, and in the last 60 years "transistors" and their ilk operating in computer chips today are almost unrecognisable compared to those used in Baby what makes you think we could even get close to cracking 160 years more advanced tech in a mere year from1948?

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Vodafone's Euro revenues slump by nearly TEN PER CENT

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Haha - chickens coming home to roost.

Cant speak for anyone else but Project spring wouldnt have been necessary if they had continued the level of investment they had in their network 3-4 years ago.

They lost me as a customer the second 3's network coverage bettered theirs for my particular part of the world. Particularly as they somehow actively managed to reduce the coverage I enjoyed.

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Apple RESURRECTS the iPhone 4: report

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Re: seems an odd thing to do

IOS 7 on my Iphone continues to run like a dog regardless of updates. Just ordered a Nexus 5 as a result. Seriously considering reloading v6 before I Ebay it. Ironically any App including the Ebay one - that lets say is less than effecient on how it uses data - starts like an arthritic snail. Evem day to day apps like contacts and calendar are appreciably more laggy than on IOS 6.

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Gordon 10

Re: New refurbished?

Correction dear commentard.

47% of their highest end Ipad is not bill of materials related. Unless you have Apple internal docs you want to share with us?

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Nudge Unit flies into Nesta's arms: Is the hype justified?

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Shaun Ryder - took me a minute

Or Richard Hammond presumably. Or Clint Boon might have been a bit more obvious.

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HP execs Bradley and Donatelli ready to walk: reports

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Re: except for the money it's

I imagine they will cope pretty well given the obscene salaries and payoff they are hoovering down.

If I was an HP shareholder (thank god Im not) I'd be asking why their executive comp is so out of whack compared to their performance.

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EVE Online erects mashed-up memorial to biggest space fight in history

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Re: Can be the most intense game ever.

Can I have a translation please?

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Yahoo! Mail! users! change! your! passwords! NOW!

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Re: users should never use the same password on multiple sites or services," said Yahoo!

Try telling that to anyone who has 40-50 passwords to manage.

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Tell us we're all doomed, MPs beg climate scientists

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FAIL

I call bullshit mr AC

It was the wettest January <in some parts of the country> for 100 years. Thats rather different since records began, and again even records began is hardly a great guide for things that have cycles that are multi-decadel.

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MAC TO THE FUTURE: 30 years of hindsight and smart-arsery

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Re: Nobody remembers Bill Gates saved Apple @knarf

By nobody you all include the Reg articles that explicitly mentioned this point?

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Language-mangling Germans fling open Handygate to selfie-snapping whistleblowers

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Such a refreshing language

Unlike the french who either dont try hard enough when adopting a new word le computer or try too hard that nobody cares - l'ordinateur, you've got to hand(y) it to the Germans.

Handy has always raised a snigger from my inner Finbar Saunders. Handy-gate conjours full scale Fnnarrr Fnarrss from me.

I suspect they know it too. Its all linked to the same gene that makes them love Benny Hill.

And when they are stuck for a word - simply contatenate 10 descriptive words together - splendid!

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