* Posts by Gordon 10

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Gordon 10

And I support the Gruaniad mentioned Labour had done the same too?

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Europe, SAVE US! Patriot Act author begs for help to curb NSA spying

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Meh

Re: I call bullshit

In fairness to Obama (if I must) wasnt this Order issued by Bush? If so I suspect all an incoming president gets is a spreadsheet listing each active executive order with a one line description.

Not saying he should not have done the due diligence but I can understand how it was overlooked. Especially if the summary deliberately obscures the content.

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Gordon 10

Re: It's really too late ...

@Gray - have a downvote for being a defeatist quisling.

Your attitude is exactly what they want us to think - and if enough people are like you it becomes a sef fufilling prophecy.

No argument based on apathy and defeatism should ever be listened too.

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Makerbot vows to plonk a 3D printer in every one of Uncle Sam's schools

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FAIL

Re: "Instead of waiting for someone to create a product for you, you can create your own"

Your point is?I created one of those teethed musical blocks that you scrape a stick over in music lessons and a metal fireplace shovel - neither of which I now possess.

I welcome anything that allows kids to more creative - period. It's not about what you create - its about the opportunities to spark their imagination.

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AMD will fling radical 'Kaveri' chips onto streets in January

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Re: Good time ahead !

Just how sad do you have to be to be a CPU fanboi? Whilst Im all for a resurgent AMD posting fud and wishful thinking isn't going to make it so.

I can't help feel that AMD is still focusing too much on matching Intels speeds and performance when the bulk of the market now needs performance per watt - something AMD are still massively lagging at.

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ULTIMATE ELECTRIC driving machine? Yes, it’s the BMW i3 e-car

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Re: 125kw motor

And that's relatively low powered for a motorbike engine you could almost double that with a 600cc 4 pot

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Three Men in a Tardis

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Re: Dark Season

Thanks for that - I now know that RTD was also responsible for Why Don't You. (Turn off your television set.....)

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Ten top stories from New Who

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Family of Blood FTW

As the article says forget the MacGuffin - it shows the Doctor at his most human and most alien.

The ending is my all time favourite - cant find the orginal monologue text but as Wiki states

"Narrating this conclusion, the son realises that the Doctor was capable of defeating them from the start, but chose to hide instead out of mercy."

The fact that the Doctor would rather run and hide to protect himself and his adversaries from his full terrible power is a massive highlight for me.

As a general rule the best New Who stories have been those that show glimpses of what the 10th Doctor called the Timelord Victorious- a terrifying being capable of almost anything if not restrained by a conscience. Donna Noble alludes to the same thing in the Christmas special around the same period where she says he needs a companion to keep him human.

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Boffins agree: YES we have had an atmospheric warming pause

Gordon 10

The language of the authors gives their bias away.

Unless the following is taken out of context it suggests the authors of the paper have forgotten the difference between correlation and causation themselves.

"Paradoxically, the recent decrease in warming, presented by global warming sceptics as proof that humankind cannot affect the climate system, is shown to have a direct human origin"

Since when have statistics on their own shown shown any direct linkage to anything? The only way to do that is in a controlled experiment where you can isolate the key variables then analyse stastistically how they change during the experiment, something that's impossible in the real world.

Colour me dubious - do their methods support their conclusions? Or do their conclusions stray wildly past what they can show stastically?

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Amazon CIA cloud row: US judge slaps down IBM as 'manipulative', inferior

Gordon 10

Re: I don't understand.

And this is relevant to the article because?

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Snowden: Hey fellow NSA worker, mind if I copy your PASSWORD?

Gordon 10

Re: Golden Rule

Spill the beans what was it?

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Snowden leaks latest: BT, Vodafone, Verizon jack GCHQ into undersea fiber

Gordon 10

I doubt many would agree with you definitions of either traitor or whistleblower but as long as you are happy in your own little world work away.

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Snowden: Oh, PLEASE let me come to Germany and help Merkel with her phone

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Re: He'd be a fool to go and Germany would be a fool to ask

Maybe/Maybe not. Depends on how its handled.

If the germans have parliamentary enquirys or Grand Juries or something similar its quite possible for Snowdon to agree to testify in return for immunity from Prosecution/Extradition.

That would be a poke in the eye for the Leftpondians.

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Apple: SCREW YOU, BRITS ... no unlocked iPhones for you

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FAIL

Really? Thats why Apple sell zero iphones through their physical and internet Apple Stores.

Now consider every shop and website that is an Apple reseller and potentially can own their little corner of the world market in unlocked iphones.

If the resellers didnt think they could make money for it they wouldnt be clamouring for it.

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FAIL

Re: As if I needed yet another reason...

Nice Fandroid rant. Now go back and read the article and realise its talking about the wholesale market not the consumer market.

Comprehension fail.

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'Tablet' no longer means 'iPad': Apple share PLUMMETS below 30%

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Re: Niche Product

Funny definition of increasing you have - last time I checked anything greater than 0 was an increase.

Lets see what the year on year figures look like shall we. Quarterly comparisons are far more at risk from seasonal fluctuations.

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Nokia wins UK patent spat: Quick, let's boot HTC One out of Blighty

Gordon 10

Conflicted here

On the one hand Im happy to see HTC get a shoeing for their previous behaviour towards both Sendo and Imate.

On the other hand cheering on a part of the Microsoft borg collective makes me feel dirty.

Quick someone tell me if the patent owners are proper Nokia or MS-Nokia before I have to flaggelate myself.

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Alien planet is just like EARTH - except for ONE tiny detail

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Im surprised

That after only observing it for an eyeblink in solar timescales they feel confident enough to make the statements they have. Surely its entirely possible that its on the track to fit the models but that they just dont have enough of a interval of watching it to establish the start and end points accurately.

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New Bitcoin exchange launches in the UK

Gordon 10

Re: The whole point of regulation..(Just watch)

I think you are confusing cause and effect. But I agree with you about the end result.

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Gordon 10

Re: Just watch

Your cynism and grabbing for cheap upvotes aside you would realise that banks are already slammed with so much regulation that its effectively a closed market.

For examples- to my knowledge every major UK mobile Telco has looked at getting a Bancking license only to be put off by the capital and regulatory demands - excepting Telefonica who went ahead and even then they have split the risk by partnering with Barclays.

Whether that regulation is effective is another matter - but I can assure you its massive.

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Microsoft investors advised: Sack the guy searching for Ballmer replacement

Gordon 10
WTF?

Hang on a sec

Given 99% of the worlds firms have MS Office licenses - doesnt that mean EVERYONE has a conflict of interest?

Pretty feeble arguement on the surface. I wonder how the Non-exec has pissed off Glass?

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Like iPads? Like stuff called AIR? Here's our REVIEW ROUNDUP-squared

Gordon 10

Re: Quote.... It's just an iPad, FFS

If they are all bought by Fanboi's does that make them fanny pads?

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Email-sniffing Linkedin Intro NOT security threat, insists biz network

Gordon 10
FAIL

Re: Yeah, but no.

Far be it from me to defend linkedin but would you like to explain what "Confidental Business" emails are doing in your iphone email app in the first place? Where I work thats a disciplinary offence in itself.

I doubt this app impacts Good or any other segregated BYOD email app.

The linkedin app itself isnt the most useful in itself and I wouldnt touch it with a bargepole but I can see recruiters using it until they realise no-one else is.

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Only a merciful BULLET can really save a RHINO, say Texas hunters

Gordon 10

Re: Strange Logic

You kind of miss the point that there are plenty of Rich B*****ds that are simply not going to contribute otherwise. If you are going to be more than an armchair critic - try understanding the world flaws and all - then try to change it. If you dont fully understand why something is the way it is you aint gonna get very far.

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The Raspberry Pi: Is it REALLY the saviour of British computing?

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Re: Great expectations...

All too true unfortunately - although I would have thought a step by step introduction of the usages of different libraries could help in that area. For example starting from a plain text hello world up to a 3d representation that can be spun and zoomed in a 3D space.

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Study: Arctic warming at 'stunning' rate – highest temps in 44,000 years

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Re: Oh My God !!!!!!!!!

Death, taxes and Nurses in my experience.

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Open-source hardware hacking effort 'smacked down' by USB overlords

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Lighting/Thunderbolt

Out of interest how much does it cost to go here? Definately more on the hardware side and knowing Intel and Apple more on the licensing side?

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Gordon 10

Re: Dead vendor squatting?

Take that one step further and find someone who had a VID and went bust/into admistration and buy them along with the rights to use their VID. With a bit of searching effort you could probably find one with no other assets for < 5k.

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Locked into fixed-term mobile contract with variable prices? Not on our watch – Ofcom

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Megaphone

OMG

Did I read this right. Ofcom acting in the interests of the consumer for once? I may drop dead of shock.

Now all they have to do is pass the operators details to the monopoly commision the minute each operator adds £1.50 to their tariffs "to cover the risk" in lockstep with each other.

We all know that "cover the risk" is a euphemism for "do some extra gouging" as for a good 10-15 years mid-contract price rises were always an option that they declined to use until one of them got greedy. Last time I checked one of an operators key metrics was customer churn - and Im willing to bet that none of them did a cost benefit analysis of the extra short term revenue versus the increased long term churn - probably since none of the idiot PHB's at the telco's intend to stay in the same role for more than the duration of an average mobile contract.

/rant

Rational part of me does feel obliged to point out that the longer relationship you have with most corporate entities the more likely they are to do something you percieve shitty - and the average joe buying a mobile contract probably couldnt even spell caveat emptor let alone know what it means.

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Beak orders Yahoo! to get on with Microsoft Search rollout in Asia

Gordon 10

Newsflash

"Mayer saying earlier this year that the deal hasn't brought in the money or the market share the firm was hoping for"

Yahoo execs discover something everyone could have predicted long before the deal was signed. Honestly what kind of koolaid were they drinking in the first place?

Were they hoping that some hitherto undiscovered phenomenon would transmute 2 piles of shite into a giant pile of gold?

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Ryanair boss Mike O'Leary hits Twitter: 'Nice pic. Phwoaaarr!'

Gordon 10

MOL

Anyone who has even taken an interest in MOL or Ryan Air knows he is a hard nosed b*stard that never misses an opportunity to promote Ryan Air and who believes in the adage "all publicity is good publicity".

I actually have a grudging respect for him and Ryan air who have proved there is a certain demographic who will permit people to treat them like shit and come back for more. Whilst Im not suggesting all Airlines should be like RA they and Southwestern proved there's a viable business model in there. Before those two it was accepted wisdom that the airline business was cyclical and no-one could make a profit in the bottom of the cycle.

Would I ever fly on RA for anything short of a critical emergency - hell no.

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US Veep's wireless heart implant disabled to stop TERRORIST HACKERS

Gordon 10
Joke

What about another attack vector?

Some implanted medical devices have known weaknesses with digital music being played in their vicinity.

Its known as a midi in the man attack.

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Not so Saucy after all: Ubuntu reveals Mirless Salamander... and what, no Britney?

Gordon 10

Re: Pedant

I presume of course you actually used the send corrections link before coming along to whine here?

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Send dosh (insecurely) via email, Jack Dorsey's Square tells punters

Gordon 10

Re: Completely unnecessary in the UK.

Kinda wondering what the USP is over and above paypal (apart from insecurity), the transactions are near instant and the only delay is getting the transfer to your bank account done. Since I would presume most *sane* people would only use these kind of services for relatively small amounts the overhead of having a paypal account as a slush fund is pretty minimal.

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Behold, the MONSTER-CLAWED critter and its terrifying SPIDER BRAIN

Gordon 10
Alien

Am I the only one

who thinks "great appendage" is scary from both a rapey and a crushy/choppy point of view?

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Ubisoft's Watch Dogs muzzled by delays

Gordon 10

Re: Let me translate:

Or alternatively. Our marketing droids insisted we come up with a obscure real world threat to publicise this expensive new business unit we have set up, and Ubisoft were the most likely not to sue us.

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Screw Internet-of-Things: Boffins build Internet-of-Sound UNDERWATER

Gordon 10
Pirate

How do we know you're not a dolphin having a troll already?

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Can you trust 'NSA-proof' TrueCrypt? Cough up some dough and find out

Gordon 10
Meh

Re: Unnamed qualified professionals vs amateurs? @Brian

Whilst I understand your view I can help but point out that its flawed. Unless they pick someone you personally know and trust you are a still going to be in the same boat.

Even if they pick someone you approve of - the vast majority of people arent going to be to share or verify that view so as a criteria for funding the effort or not its largely meaningless.

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Snowden's pal Greenwald QUITS Guardian to launch hush-hush news rival

Gordon 10

Re: Even a broken clock...

Even if he is right and the new gig is Snowden related - its still a case of the pot (Assange) calling the kettle (Greenwald) a c*nt.

I suspect he's just worried about the competition.

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Gordon 10

Re: Perhaps the NSA have made him an Offer...

yea - either directly or via a shell company. Wonder if he will be rendered when he goes to one of those US hubs?

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MS Word deserves DEATH says Brit SciFi author Charles Stross

Gordon 10

Re: Word Perfect largely has itself to blame for it's demise

No - you are on drugs.

Vi is both obscure and has a very abstract interaction paradigm and whilst powerful for the cognescenti has an unbelievably high learning curve that is unacceptable to the average joe.

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Canadian operator EasyDNS stands firm against London cops

Gordon 10

yea funny that. If I gave the plod money in return for services I'd be arrested for bribery, but if organisations that are known for exhibiting cartel dare I say mafia-like behaviour do it - its ok.

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21st Century Elite remake to support Oculus Rift virtual reality rig

Gordon 10

Re: Wow. There goes a large chunk of my future,

Hmmm - getting excited about Star Citzen depends on whether its Wing Commander or Privateer based.

Boo to the former, yay to the latter - YMMV.

Although happily have anything with the Kilrathi/Orions/Generic Lion aliens or their lookylikeys in it.

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Boffins spot LONE PLANET roaming interstellar void

Gordon 10

Re: A planet?

Mixing your memes a bit there AC.

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OCZ balances books, files results following 4-year omnishambles

Gordon 10

What former execs have gone to jail for this?

None? Theres a surprise.

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Brit inventor Dyson challenges EU ruling on his hoover's energy efficiency ratings

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Re: I've never quite worked out the benefit of Dyson

Why didnt you get them fixed under warantee - afaik remember even out of waranttee Dyson have the best customer service I have dealt with - often just fling you out a spare part.

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Dear Apple: Want to stay in business? Make an iPhone people can afford

Gordon 10

Re: This report is complete and utter rubbish

Thats not necessarily true - when a product turns from a rising star into a cash cow companies can respond by offering a dividend if they have nothing else to drive share growth. Infact if you're a defensive minded investor you are likely to favour high dividend stocks over high potential growth stocks.

Like other posters have said this "analysis" rests on the assumption that Market growth doesnt have natural limits anyway.

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Brit boson boffin Higgs bags Nobel with eponymous deiton

Gordon 10

According to google he's already in - note the FRS after his name.

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Alcatel-Lucent slashes 10,000 jobs worldwide

Gordon 10

How is this news

I cant think of a year gone by where Lucent havent wielded the axe like Jack Nicholson in The Shining. My only surprise is that theres 10,000 workers left to fire.

If ever there was a Telecoms player that could be classed as "doomed to be mediocre" its L-A.

I would rather work for a c*nt like Ellison or Dell - they may be equally facile with the Axe but at least they seem to have a plan and some leadership qualities.

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Microsoft watches iPads flood into world's offices: Right, remote desktop clients. It's time

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Re: Which product to save?

Define "new owner" in an MS context. Outside of loony activists like Icahn or Apple spunking thier cash mountain name one individual or group that has the cash to radically change MS'es direction like that. It will be a few years if ever that MS can get Elopped. Although he is back there I suppose - so all he needs is a new evil Mastermind to serve and to get Balmers job.

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