* Posts by Gordon 10

3048 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

Scandal-hit Co-op Bank's CIO hits eject button after one year

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Re: Maybe ...

Unfortunately I suspect the co-op is going further away from its roots towards another souless banking corp....

Whilst they should have never elected the chairman they did, you dont have to throw the baby out with the bath water by turning all corporate.

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Cheat Win XP death: Your handy guide to keeping snubbed operating system ticking over

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WTF?

One Question

Why enable automatic updates if the VM can/will never access the internet?

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Ancient Earth asteroid strike that dwarfed dinosaur killer still felt today

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So

Are there any mass extinction events around this time that corroborate this?

Is there an iridium or ash layer like chickycluxal? (The dinosaur one)

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Apple to flush '£37bn' down the bog if it doesn't flog cheapo slabtops

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Re: For $63Bn

You'd also think that for his stoopid analyst salary he'd realise that the laptop line starts at $799 well below the $1000 band he's quoting.

Analyst - possibly the easiest most pointless job in the world? Make blindingly obvious predictions and get paid, make wildly unlikely predictions get paid. Its win-win!

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You wish

And the fact that the market shows that's generally true really boils your blood doesn't it my rabid little commentard?

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Brit IBM prof gets life-changing 'Tech Nobel' for work in spintronics

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Thats stretching it a bit.

Fair play to the guy for getting this prize, but Im not sure Spintronics meets the first prize criteria.

•Awarded to groundbreaking technological innovations that enhance the quality of people’s lives in a sustainable manner

Groundbreaking yes, but how precisely has it enhanced our quality of life in a sustainable manner?

I could see Flash meeting those criteria but not a slightly denser hard drive.

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Mt Gox's 'transaction malleability' claim rubbished by researchers

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Comprehension fail.

You and the rest of the commentards on here need to read the article more clearly.

It ONLY talks about the number of attempted Malleability attacks vs those that were sucessful. It says NOTHING about what proportion of Total transactions they were. So it could be 20% of a very small number or a very big number.

So in context its the same as saying 20% of attacks against an ATM are sucessful - it says nothing about the number of ATM transcations or the amount of cash involved.

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Why won't you DIE? IBM's S/360 and its legacy at 50

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The above point on Micro-codes probably explains most of it...

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Ahh S/360 I knew thee well

Cut my programming teeth on OS/390 assembler (TPF) at Galileo - one of Amadeus' competitors.

I interviewed for Amadeus's initial project for moving off of S/390 in 1999 and it had been planned for at least a year or 2 before that - now that was a long term project!

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Technology is murdering customer service - legally

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Re: BT

I'll take your BT and raise you a Virgin Media. Interactions over 10 years and 2 countries have convinced me a Leopard doesnt change his spots.

Least annoying helldesk - Sky - suprisingly comparable with the Tech Savvy types at Eclipse.

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Deep desert XP-ocalypse averted as Reg man returns

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Out of curiosity

Whats all this permit to enter the desert business? (Im a pom)

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UK regulators: We will be CHECKING UP on banks' IT systems

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to be fair Barclays

Not that I want to be - but they went absolutely mental on recruitment last year, nearly everyone I knew who was looking to move went there, so this was always on the cards, so most of the stuff at Barclays is just cyclical. No comfort if you were one of the ones affected - best thing to do is respond in kind by moving to a someone else ASAP.

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'Hello, is that the space station? NASA here. Can you put us through to Moscow?'

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Re: Political Posturing

Do you really think they are comparable?

Comparing whats gone on in the Crimea to what happened in Iraq and Afganistan - I think I'd rather have Russia annex my country than America (and its allies) "rebuild" it.

At least me and thousands of others will be alive in a Russian prison than dead in a defacto civil war, or stripped and tortured for shits and giggles by rednecks in uniforms.

Although being in the UK we've more or less been informally annexed by the Leftpondians anyway.

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Can you tell a man's intelligence simply by looking at him? Yes

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Re: To call the extrapolation invalid is putting it lightly.

Agreed - even if it was a biology degree how wide is the IQ spread going to be? Sorta self limiting to a particular demographic.

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Snowden files latest: NSA and GCHQ targeted German satcomms

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A new low for GCHQ?

If this is true someone at GCHQ needs to be held accountable.

Misplaced zeal over terrorists is one thing - economic espionage that actually damages UK firms interests is quite another. The A380 is chock full of British tech that probably made its way straight to Boeing.

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Amazon Workspaces: A dish best served later

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How much for roll your own on amazon

Surely it's much cheaper to rent your own VM on amazon and set it up yourself?

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Samsung Galaxy S5 in El Reg's claws: This time the 'S' is for 'sensible'

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Re: NFC Card Support

Not if you're in the UK apparently. Specifically not on the Nexus 5.

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Little pink handjob: Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact

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Re: On a slightly more serious note

If you put some work into it you can mostly avoid google. There are apps that allow you to continue using iCloud mail, calendars, etc.

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Intel just installed itself in Hadoop guru Cloudera – and why their rivals should be worried

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Other kit vendors

I cant see them being particularly interested in partnering with Cloudera - Hadoops big strength is that it can run on commodity volume kit, not yer "engineered" systems of this world.

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Molyneux: Working at Microsoft is 'like taking antidepressants'

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He makes a lot of sense

You generally dont get excellent results without tolerating an element of risk. Big corporates tend to frown on risk, and micromange the delivery risk in such a way that it stifles creativity, and even ability to deliver due to spending all your time shackled by risk avoidance frameworks.

Its no wonder that IT in any big corporate is a total shambles. Im in a pessimistic mood this week and firmly convinced that IT development in big corporates has almost reached an untenable state.

Look at MS - an organisation that should be capable of turning out the best software in the world, and but regularly turns out shite.

Im firmly convinced that the only workable future of development in big corporate is in isolated skunkworks projects.

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Curriculum Vitae - must rage

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Good advice

But I was taught *never* to let your CV go over 2 pages. Unless specifically relevant to the new role, anything over 5 years should be a 1 line summary for timeline purpose, or just highlighted as a skill in the summary section

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ECCENTRIC, PINK DWARF dubbed 'Biden' by saucy astronomers

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Large Masses

I thought that the likelyhood of a planet X out there had been well and truly ruled out by gravitational analyses? ie no noticable impacts on the orbits of the other planets to a ridiculously low margin of error?

If so what did the rentaquote guy mean by Large planets?? Biden/Sedna sized or bigger?

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It's EE vs Vodafone: 'How good is my signal' study descends into network bunfight

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3's new 4g is good

Auto upgrades from their 3G tariff on a compatible phone (google n5) and faster than shit off the proverbial. I'm sure it will degrade over time but for now its excellent and coverage seems fractionally better too.

at £7.50 rolling 1 month contract I'm a happy bunny.

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Dear Vodafone

Squawk Squawk squawk. Hear that. Thats 4 years of deliberate under-investment in your network coming home to roost whilst you used us Brits cash to susidise your adventures abroad.

Screw you. ( and the rest of your telco friends)

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We dig into the GTech GDrive Mobile ... and watch WORST tear-down vid OF ALL TIME

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Re: Thunderbolt

To be fair - isnt it more realistic to expect the monitor to provide daisychained thunderbolt ports?

At the least its an equal fail.

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

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surely shome mishtake

Anything measured in Poles should fall into the El Reg volume units?

1 pole = 20 strippers per night x 2 jubs per stripper = how many bulgarian airbags?

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Boffins working on debris float models to track MH370 wreckage

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Re: Looking for what isn't there?

@Shannon

The chances of a plane being successfully landed on water is very low - more so if we are talking in the middle of nowhere with no bays or landmasses to keep the waves small.

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UK.gov! frets! over! Yahoo! exodus! to! RIPA-free! Dublin!

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Re: ...and there is is.

I would be interested to see what the definition of an American company is under the Patriot act.

Its entirely possible that a Foreign Entity could have a very convoluted legal relationship (probably for tax purposes) with the US parent. I wonder if there is a level at which the local company can tell the US parent to get stuffed - whether just for forms sake - or in reality. Especially when you see the US companies licensing their IP to subsidiarys as a sneaky way of avoiding tax.

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'Weev' attempts to overturn AT&T iPad 'hack' conviction

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Guilty

Like it or not - he mined data and published it. How easy it was or not is immaterial.

However pure his motives (and I suspect there was an element of frustration and "for the lols" involved) - he broke the law.

I do think his punishment is well out of proportion to the crime - I presume the law he was charged under didnt allow a more leinient sentence.

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Ex-Autonomy boss Mike Lynch goes nuclear: Claims HP 'misleads' its own shareholders

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Re: I am not a crook

Own up Meg you down voted me didnt you?

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I am not a crook

whilst I lean towrads agreeing with that assessment of Lynch, if it is true it means by extension that all HP's board are crooks too. Since they are legally required as part of both their internal role, and external roles as Officers of a Corporate to do due diligence on aquisitions.

In fact you have a matrix of 3 possible outcomes .

1. Crooked accounting + Crooked due diligence.

2. Legal but dubious accounting + crooked due diligence in the over-valuation of autonomy.

3. Perfectly legal accouting + crooked mismanagement of a multi-bn dollar asset.

In only one scenario is Mike Lynch a crook. In all 3 HP's board are "crooks".

Question for the commentards - can anyone come up with a scenario where HP's board arent either crooked or grossly negligent? The only one I can think of is if 2 sets of auditors (Autonomies and HP's) were both grossly negligent.

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Osbo's booze, bingo, biz and big data Budget

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Re: "Savers"???

Banking understanding fail.

Interest is paid out because they find other uses for your money. No other uses equals no interest.

You can quibble about the amount given back - but you cant quibble that it needs to be done.

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Enterprise adolescent: Salesforce.com's struggles at 15

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oh ffs

Since when has the comparatively small dataset produced by a CRM app had anything to do with big data?

all they need is some bog standard financial reporting and analytics - something that could have been bought in or developed out of the box years ago.

Anyone whi talks about CRM and bigdata in the same breath should be dragged outside and shot for not knowing what they are taking about.

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BT caught in data gaffe drama: Whistleblower squeals over alleged email fail

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Expect this to be buried

Using the same dirt BT has on ICO that they used during the Phorm debacle....

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NSA's TURBINE robot can pump 'malware into MILLIONS of PCs'

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Take down the bot nets

So reading betweeen the lines of this article - the NSA have had the capability for years to take down every significant botnet ever created, which no doubt have caused $100m's of financial damages to consumers and businesses, but instead they've used it for many purposes that probably have little or no value to the average joe.

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Finally! Some actual, novel tech: Apple patent to revive geriatric gear

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Agreed. iOS 7 Im looking at you for b0rking (for all practical uses i.e. everything except calls and texts) my Iphone4.

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MtGox gets its sorry assets frozen amid US class-action lawsuit

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What Assets?

Presumably this only applied to MT Gox' US based assets? How much did they have in the US or on US based servers?

I suspect the answer is rather close to zero, a fact that will be carefully avoid being stated so that the Lawyers can milk their clients for as long as possible.

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MtGox, that bastion of unregulated e-currency Bitcoin, turns to Texas judge for protection

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Re: Perhaps someone can explain to me...

"In this day and age, where even swiping a credit card takes too long, and NFC payment has emerged, any "currency" that requires multi-second, let alone multi-minute, transactions is doomed for day to day usage."

I would challenge that.

You are forgetting that its only for the past year or so that same day clearing has been happening for consumers. Apart from a simple available funds check there are very few requirements for consumers to be updated on their balance instantly - for the last 20 years banks have been doing 3 day clearing and having their merry way with your funds in the meantime. No doubt in the future many Crypto Currency exchanges will do the same if they can get away with it.

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

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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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