* Posts by Gordon 10

2908 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

Apple now spends more on chips than top three PC makers combined

Gordon 10

It's not really a surprise.

Only Apple and Samsung have huge thriving smartphone, tablet and laptop businesses. The others are all more specialised.

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Re: Self supply

Anon commentard who thinks they know better than Samsungs top brass. I'm shocked - shocked I tells you - that they are not listening to your wisdom.

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

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Re: Adverts @john 156

Really o wise one care to give us an example of that? Or just trolling? Having Kids of 4 & 3 I can assure you that the BBC's output is by far the most harmless and educational of any other broadcaster.

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Icahn slurps another $500m in Apple shares, demands buyback AGAIN

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Re: Activist investor?

Agreed. Why doesn't Icahn just sod off and shut his piehole? He reminds me of those Carpet Bagging investors who went after all the Building Societies in the 90's and 00's. Remind me how well that worked out for the companies and their customers in the long term?

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HP Chromebook 11 quietly slips back on Google Play shelves... but where's the FIRE?

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And a helpful suggestion warranted a down vote?

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Might be worth a look at the Acer 270. Not sure how upgradable it is but it has a proper haswell processor instead of the Arm jobbie in the HP.

Touchscreen I suspect you wont be seeing any time soon at these prices.

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Interestingly

The play store lists neither the screen res or the cpu speed.

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UK.gov to Google: Kill impostor taxmen ADs hogging top spot in YOUR search results

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Re: Sorry, but tough

I always find it amusing when our MP's critique something on moral grounds - when most of them must have demonstrated the morals of an alley cat on heat to get to parliament in the first place.

I do have a grudging respect for David Davis though who is the only MP who has ever demonstrated some awareness of the need for privacy against the surveillance state. Looks like he should stick to what he knows best.....

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Re: Accountants

In fairness the average Joe probably doesnt entirely realise that.

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Ex-NSA guru builds $4m encrypted email biz - but its nemesis right now is control-C, control-V

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Meh

Re: Let me point the obvious:

Or to put it another way. If you dont 100% trust the recipient of a message or are not 100% confident that the contents cant bite you on the ass dont send it.

To be fair that kinda missed the point. The point is not to have a 100% secure solution, its to raise the barrier of entry against passive attacks, an active attack against email whether by a single person (the recipient) or a state actor is always going to succeed.

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Re: I'm all for bringing encryption to the masses, but...

Nice sentiment but you are somewhat missing the point. Name one purely FOSS product that actually user friendly enough for public consumption by the average joe. Im desperately trying to think of one but cant.

Fact is in lots of cases Corporates exist and make money by taking something fundamentally complex and implementing it in a way the average pleb can use.

Amazon's notorious 1-click button for instance - how many other websites have you wished for that on and not had it or an equivalent.

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Black Helicopters

@dropbear

So you're saying a reasonable level of secured comms should only be available to the techo-elite who have the time, background and understanding to manage it all themselves?

Bravo Sir /slowhandclap.

The only valid point you have - and its somewhat oblique to your post - is that the accessability for ordinary users to the current state of encryption controls is piss-poor. If Virtru are taking steps to make it better - even if there are gotcha's that make it unsuitable for the truly paranoid - they deserve all the encouragement they can get.

Having said that it looks a little like a "me to" product thats only getting funded due to the current Snowdon debate to me. The fact that its US based also counts against it.

But if they can "do an apple" and make encryption easily accessable to the masses I would probably overlook some of their downsides.

It seems there are 2 areas of debate we should be having and only 1 is being pursued so far.

1. Robust End to End encryption including masking of metadata, origination and destination.

2. An encryption product that "just works" like an Apple product. Preferably without even mentioning the word "key" to the average joe user.

Infact if I runningin Blackberry, Apple or Google right now I would be beavering away on as many simplified encryption functions as I could get away with.

Especially BB as they have previous forn in this area and are completely failing to take advantage of it - think a global network of BES nodes all chosen at random at send time, and a peer to peer comms systems that means the decrypt key moves between nodes on a random basis or upon decryption request.

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'I don't understand why they feel like they own the word CANDY'

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FAIL

Re: the app name was what now?

That was my thought too. Regardless of the asshattedness of King trademarking CANDY, hsu is obviously a complete chancer looking to cash in on searches for any similar game rather than coming up with a good name himself - even King managed to avoid using the word Jewel when they ripped off bejeweled.

In short both entities involved are tossers. King merely got there first and took it to a higher level of tossery-ness. Hsu is merely penny-ante third rate copy artist - King have the saving vice of being complete megalomaniacs and first rate copy artists.

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It was inevitable: Lenovo stumps up $2.3bn for IBM System x server biz

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Re: IBM have bet a lot on Cognetive Computing and Cloud

I was thinking similar thoughts. One CEO's non-core business could easily turn into anothers core business. **cough**Intel**Xscale**cough**

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Meh

Re: Privacy concerns

Im sure these rumours can be put to bed fairly easily. It wouldnt be hard to put some traffic analysis on mid-senior level mgt's laptops and wait to see what happens.

Im pretty sure that the scale of it makes it difficult - why nobble a laptop when you can nobble a server, router or switch? Why nobble a router when you can nobble a firewall appliance. Why nobble a firewall when you are tapping the cables and network end points anyway.

Given that it would have to be at bios/component level on a laptop anyway - Im fairly confident that when state actors need to target a laptop they do it by actively attacking it instead of relying on some passive measure pre-installed.

After all if even 1 rootkit, backdoor is found soley in 1 manufacturers kit on an industrial scale - that manufacturers business instantly goes down the pan.

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HP EliteBook 840G1: Sometimes it's an Ultrabook, sometimes it's not

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Re: Crumulent battery life

Actually I was comparing it to my Vaio TT which cost me around £1100 in 2009 and has a battery life of ~7-8 hrs of normal use.

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Crumulent battery life

4-5hrs? really? WTF?

In a land of tablets and other ~£1000 laptops with 8hr-12hr run times how the hell do they think this is good enough?

No wonder Ultrabooks have flopped - too much cruddy fluff obscuring the few gems.

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WTF?

Re: HDD in an Ultrabook?

Im having a tramatic flashback to HP printer drivers. They used to install lots of un-needed crud too.

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Candy Crush dev stuffs EU 'candy' trademark down gob

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Prior art

The coffin dodgers holiday company that also bizzarely owns the AA may have the trademark equivalent of prior art on the work Saga.

Although Im currently imagining a crash between a sweet lorry and a tourist bus reported with the headline Candy Crushes Saga.

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LogMeIn: We're stopping our free offering from now

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Read the comments. Users of LogMeIn Ignition (a paid app) have also been shafted. I liked LMI so much I bought Ignition to support them when it was launched. I wouldnt have even been bothered if I had been asked to pay the same amount every year- but £29 - EffOff.

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Lenovo haggling with IBM over price of System X... AGAIN

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FAIL

Sales declined

Sales may have declined recently due to the general slump in PC demand but I hardly think the US Govts buying decisions hurt Lenovo much as their PC sales have been on a general upward trajectory since the Thinkpad buy.

But never let the facts get in the way of a good Leftpondian view of the world.

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Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

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FAIL

Re: Back in the real world

Really - how many PC's in your office have been replaced by Chromebooks, Ipads or mobiles?

None? thought so. With the exception of the chromebook which is essentially a discounted Netbook/Ultrabook with an ad supported OS all of them are complementary devices to the PC rather than replacements.

In the consumer world they are Replacements - not in the enterprise.

Ironically MS have probably exacerbated a temporary slump in PC demand by producing such an abortion of a product.

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PGP wiz Phil Zimmermann and pals tout anti-snoop mobe – the Blackphone

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FAIL

Re: Trust? LoL

You moron. If anyone has reason to distrust the American government its Phil Zimmerman. He was persecuted for years over the export of PGP remember?

That would also be the reason why all their corporate affairs are done in a Swiss company.

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Hyper-fast Wi-Fi chip guru Wilocity: Cisco dalliance is our ticket to enterprise

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Why Cisco for device mgt

How does control of switches and network gear line up against control of what for all intents and purposes a PC?

Disclaimer I know nothing about Prime.

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Plastic iPhone 5Cs? Nah, we'll flog India our OLD iPhone 4 models - report

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Resale

Apple dont really care about resale values. They care about creating a caché and user loyalty to their brand. Resale value tends to be a result of that.

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Light, fast ... and pricey: Toshiba's Portégé Z30 – now THIS is an Ultrabook

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Re: Obligatory Macbook Air comparison

The MBA SSD is user replaceable - albeit for the average El Reg user. Proprietry connector & screws yes. Soldered in no. That was a nasty rumour about the 2011 MBA that never came true afaik.

The Ram of course is soldered.

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FAIL

Obligatory Macbook Air comparison

So for £40 more than the suggested rrp you can get the 256gb/8gb/i7 version of the 13" macbook air. Chuck in £30 more for usb3/thunderbolt extensions for the missing ports. You have an allround better laptop. MBA has a 1440x900 screen but slightly slower cpu. Same battery life too.

3? years on into the Ultrabook debacle it seems there's very few machines out there that beat the MBA - mores the pity - coz it shouldnt be that hard to build a MBA with a few more ports.

How much will the Tosh be discounted by?

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Low power WON'T bag ARM the server crown. So here's how to upset Intel

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Re: ARM in the data centre is a certainty unless Intel can find a way to kill it.

Indeed - given that Intel have managed to mostly see-off AMD with their Tick-Tocks after a nasty fright from Athlon/Opteron I suspect their default approach will be the same with ARM, the difference being that that Venn Diagram of use cases is merely overlapping on Intel vs Arm and whereas AMD were a near total subset of Intels use cases.

If you look at it in cold revenue terms the battle is not Intel ($12bn) vs Arm Holdings ($500m) but its Intel vs Arm + Fabs + Oems which is a very disparate target to hit/buy. I suspect plans for either buying ARM and starting/buying an Xscale2 get mulitple repeated dust offs at Intel but in reality they aint actually hurting that much as yet.

Time will tell if they go the route of a declining Microsoft (desktop vs mobile) or if they are ultimately shielded from the Desktop vs Mobile effect and just go on churning out chips and cash. If indeed Microsoft are declining. Stupid Balmer inspired purchases to the contrary MS havent actually done a Nokia-like implosion yet........

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Apple asks judge to axe ebook price-fixing watchdog

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Terminator

Re: *Sigh*

To be fair to apple its not likely a lawyer who charges $1100 is the shy and retiring, dragged himself up from the ghetto type.

Suspect its very much a case of Megashark vs Crocosarus. I'll get the popcorn in.....

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Big Brother

Watchdog or Auditor

It would be interesting to know whether by the terms of the court settlement he was tasked to be a watchdog or an auditor. The difference being a true watchdog would be justified in pro-actively chasing down "leads" whereas an auditors role is more like a review of whats been submitted, in which case any chasing down should be purely related to more information requests around the submission.

It has to be said though - how was this guy chosen? It sounds like a pretty sweet gig that he's milking for all its worth. I would love to understand the trail of influence application process that got him the job........

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Linksys's über-hackable WRT wireless router REBORN with 802.11ac

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$300!

I was regretting my pre-Xmas splurge on a 802.11ac Time Capsule for a sec....

Although the styling does bring fond memories of my WRT-54G which as I recall was chucked when the PSU died as noted by another poster.

At least I get to stroke the white shiny shiny everytime I come home.

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Block The Pirate Bay? Arrr, me hearties, new P2P client could sink that plan

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We need more of this.

I spent a semi frustrated Xmas working around the heavy handed Site level blocks on various torrent sites looking either for non-copyrighted/FOSS stuff that just happens to be torrented and bits and bobs I would claim under fair use (eg format shifted versions of stuff I already own).

Even on TPB there it stuff that is not copyrighted - these blocks are sledgehammers.

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Two white dwarfs and superdense star. Yup, IDEAL for gravity lab in the sky - boffins

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Joke

Ransom Archibald and Stairs

Should set up in business as a Law firm or debt collection agency

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Time travellers outsmart the NSA

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Pirate

Re: Personally I'd of hoped

@Keith

Or possibly they're just frightened that Capt Jack will try to shag them

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Snapchat vows to shut its hole in wake of 4.6 million user data breach

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Pirate

Re: Worry more about google

There is a major difference between snapchat and google/Facebook in that they employ savvy managers and employees with top tier tech skills. It's a fair bet that they have some of the best penetration testers in the business. I wouldn't expect to see any major hacks against them at this point in time. Facebook especially seem to have matured in their outlook in the last couple of years.

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To paraphrase the CEO

If you spend your time protecting your users you're only going to kill yourself.

What an utter w*nker.

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Acer cozies up to Google with new 'droid PCs and fondleslab, Chromebook

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Re: I tried one of their all-in-one Android systems at a store today

Think you misread the article - they are only used as touch displays for Win 8 - not tablets. So you would have to connect a win 8 desktop/laptop/tablet.

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Now THAT'S a sunroof: Solar-powered family car emerges from Ford labs

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Re: Concentrator? Why bother? @ Charles 9

But why are you evaluating the fitness for purpose based on the far end of the usage curve? Thats the ending point not the starting point. If you get to a solution that works reasonably in summer but only partially well in winter - providing the econimics stack up its still a win.

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Coca Cola slurps millions of MAC addresses

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Re: Thirsty!

oh really? A can of "fat" coke contains 139 calories ~ 7% of the lower female GA daily calorie allowance. Thats not counting those people who drink diet coke.

Whilst Im sure there are a few gluttons that guzzle many cans a day - I hardly think you can hold it up as a posterchild of bloateryness.

Care to restate your lazy post?

Disclaimer I think the stuff is vile - but felt the need to call out a commentard throwing up a lazy claim.

Now if he/she/it had conducted a rant about palm syrup they might have been on firmer ground.

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ICO to focus only on 'serious, repeat' data-protection offenders

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There's a simple fix for this one

If they are genuinely still open for consultation the we start up a petition on the govt moan portal whatever it's called and lobby all our mates to sign up to it. Get the Reg to add it as a note to this story and it should for the ICO a fright.

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Android, Chromebooks storm channel as Windows PC sales go flat

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Re: I don't get it

I would have thought so too. I suspect it's that the figure cover both the corporate and consumer market hence apples mostly consumer sales are dwarfed by Windows corporate sales. Would be interesting to see pure consumer market numbers.

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Snowden to warn Brits on Xmas telly: Your children will NEVER have privacy

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FAIL

Re: Kids DON'T WANT privacy

I think you've missed the point somewhat - since twatbook is so new there are no social cautions about using it - hence people have dived into it willy nilly. As social media matures as a concept so will our treatment of it. I wouldn't be surprised to see managing your online identity taught alongside sex ed and home ec in schools some day.

It's not about a binary choice between using social media and not doing so - it's about giving everyone - kids included - enough information to make a conscious and informed choice over if and how they use it.

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Click here to beat David Cameron's web porn ban

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Childcatcher

Indeed - ban these sick filthy programmers - sounds suspiciously like paedogrammers to me.

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Joke

Oh great

Now I have the choice of David Cameron or Eric Schmidt knowing my grot perusal habits.

Scilla and Charybdis.

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Apple won't bag HUMUNGOUS 4G deal... 'cos China HATES plastic iPhone 5C – analyst

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Re: shocker!

I bet that so called analyst feels pretty dumb today (Mon) as Apples China Mobile deal is now all over the press.

Lets hope the morons gets his ass fired. Not that Im an apple fanboi just hate stoopid analysts.

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How much did NSA pay to put a backdoor in RSA crypto? Try $10m – report

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Re: RSA sale?

Doubt it - don't forget this is the company who had all their seeds and algorithms stolen for their RAS tokens and still managed to bullshit their customers and keep 90% of them.

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Andrew Fentem: Why I went to quango to fund pre-iPhone touch tech

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Re: So, Why did he go to an arts quango to fund his pre-iPhone multitouch?

I think thats a bit unfair. He obviously approached Nesta in good faith and only realised it was Arts focused when it was too late.....

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Calling all Spare Rib veterans: Sisters, don't lose your rights!

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Well Done El Reg

Though I suspect its more cockup than conspiracy on this one.

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Brilliant Brit bloke builds breakfast-belching BACON DRONE

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Re: Resolve afghanistan war

Upvoted for a classic Friday afternoon post on a blustery monday morning.

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Heart part more art than state-of-the-art: Shine wearable activity sensor

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Re: Nothing new

In fact for less than the £99 you can probably get a waterproof case for your phone and take it swimming.

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