* Posts by Gordon 10

3109 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

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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Microsoft challenges US gov over attempts to search overseas data

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Re: This is why american companies can never be trusted.

eh? What kind of basis do you have for the drivel you have just spouted?

I'm no MS fan but even ai can see there's a major difference between an in the open and up front court order and some NSA sponsored data slurp.

for the record they can't ignore this - they risk fines and jail time for contempt of court. Instead they are continuing to fight it at the legal level. It's also irrelevant if it's a publicity stunt - if it results in case law making the next chancers to try this much less likely to be sucessful then it serves its purpose.

Every US corp with a European base - and that's most of them - can see their cushy double Irish South sandwiches at risk from this so I suspect the behind the scenes pressure to squash this is immense.

And that's even before the case is examined on its legal merits which are dubious to say the least.

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Swiftkey: We just want to be free - Apple didn't bump us

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Commentard Fail

Interesting no-one mentions that Google have being doing exactly the same as Apple on android for years.

The stock keyboard on my Nexus 5 does Swype style typing out of the box.

Apparently "one faceless corp does same as another faceless corp" doesnt play well to the biases of the more bigoted of the commentard zealots on here.

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We're ALL Winston Smith now - and our common enemy is the Big Brother State

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Re: Honesty is the best policy

No we dont. Informants generally make a conscious choice to inform. When you dont make that conscious choice you are just being used as a tool or a dupe.

Its an important point - most people dont seriously consider the data will be used against them, and in a right thinking and operating society they shouldnt have to.

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@Irongut and others

Where is the evidence that the state has access to all our data? The potential to access it all via a MITM attack via our ISP's I grant you but thats not quite the same thing.

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

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Im sorely tempted by a Micro-CHP boiler. - unlimited electricity until the Russian/Fracked gas runs out.

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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.

Write 100 times

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

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Glacier's hot butt melts ice, boffins say

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Re: No boom today

Maybe it will implode due to weight of ice and go MOOB?

mmmmm MOOB's.

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Urine a goldmine for fuel-cell materials: boffins

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Best sub-heading ever!

As you were.

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Bank of England plans to shove cyber-microscope up nation's bankers

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Re: Banks are all the evil that exists in the World

Grow up you child.

Or alternatively shut down all your accounts, hand your house back and go and live on the streets somewhere.

On a more relevant note - I would question how closely the threat models are between say something like Zeus compared to what a state actor would employ which presumably is where most of the "govt" expertise lies. Besides how can we trust GCHQ and friends not to game the tests to weaken defenses in an area they are most interested it.

The bigger threat imo is espionage at a bank - not a massive money slurp.

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Apple is KILLING OFF BONKING, cries mobe research dude

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I wanted to play with it when I got my new nexus 5 but if Google can't be arsed I can't either.

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No USP.

Us in the west are used to our debit cards and suchlike.

Where they should be aiming this technology is at the African market and in the dumb phones that support it.

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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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WTF?

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 bawe

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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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