* Posts by Gordon 10

3088 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

Voda: Brit kids will drown in TIDAL WAVE of FILTH - it's all Ofcom's fault

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Re: Greedy Rascals

To be fair (grudgingly) to Voda the India thing is afaik at least partially where the Indian Govt changed the law and applied it retrospectively which has got to be a dirty rotten cheat in anyones book.

Totally agree with the comfy tea with HMRC point though.

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Apple share-price-off-a-cliff: Told you that would happen

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Re: Big differences between Apple and Oracle @AC 1344

Dear God!

Someone on El Reg thinks Twitter has any significance other that self-masterbatory navel gazing.

Did you wander here from Wired? Aww Bless. New Shiny thing make it all better soon.

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Reg man goes time travelling at iconic observatory

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Re: Mike

Interestingly enough I saw this phenomenum just yesterday at a fantastic council run place called the discovery Outlook Center - which has 2 things that I assumed were just satellite dishes masquerading as art work but turned out to be whispering dishes doing exactly what Mike said but on a smaller scale.

Well recommended for a visit with the Little'uns if you are in Berks.

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Fujitsu sloshes £800m into lukewarm UK pension bathtub

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Rather disconnected

How on earth are 2 completely separate actions by Fujitsu worthy mention in the same breath?

And since when can rebalancing an underperforming pension pot be classed as "investment". Most of their emplyoyee's would see it as an obligation.

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Japan's rare earth discovery bad news for China's monopoly plans

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Re: China only has a monopoly on willingness to pollute

@dbhh. Thats a little arlarmist. Most likely we will see what has happened in RE's apply across a whole range of China made products. Whereas the cycle of glabal demand and supply in a previous centuries was generations or hundreds of years - the world is now so interconnected its down to 5's of years.

And those timescales are not long enough for the previous knowledge and infrastructure held in the source economies atrophy to any great exent.

Eventually things will stabilise into a stable-ish cycle of supply and demand - just on a global scale.

Think - how many offshoring operations are on their 3rd or 4th cycle of moving? You can see it as a race to the bottom - the alternative way of looking at it is a necessary step towards Global demand and supply equilibruim.

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The gaming habits of Reg readers revealed

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Married vs Hitched

I suspect the difference between the 2 - even in this day and age - is that marrieds are more likely to have offspring who limit both in terms of sheer time, and also content. ie does my 2 yo really need to see my one shot sniper kill?

Gawd knows I had enough of a problem the other day explaining why the Pigs were getting it in Angry Birds!

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Review: Renault Zoe electric car

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Re: Renault and electronics...

That was my main thought too. Nearly every one of my brothers Renaults have had some form of electronics problem.

Other than that - looks like a decent EV at last.

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LOHAN fans drawn to magnetic coupling

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Magsafe FTW

I cant believe ElReg havent got a few dead rats Mac PSU's lying around that can be repurposed for free.

Or even nick Lewis' when he's not looking.

Call yourselfs journo's!

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Experts finger disk-wiping badness used in S Korea megahack

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Re: Ace

havent read the article yet - came straight in to upvote the subheading.

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Feds cuff ex-NASA boffin at airport amid state-secret leak scare

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Return ticket yes. Even better return ticket to somewhere else and onward journey china booked with cash at last minute.

Posting incredibly stupid as all their incoming mail is intercepted.

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SCADA honeypots attract swarm of international hackers

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Relationship between SCADA and Smart Grids

Are these 2 things being lumped together simply because the both are deployed by Utility industries or do they share a common code lineage?

If the latter - thats another reason to refuse a Smart Meter.

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Drones with freakin' CLAWS grab objects like eagles

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Re: Emmy Award-winning newscaster Shad Olson Reports: The Great Drone Debate - YouTube

I'll think you'll find anyone who uses a Pi/ardrone or similar in the States will find themselves automatically reclassified as an "armed militia" and dealt with accordingly.

Only the Gubermint can own Grab-drones with impunity.

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IT contractors lose thousands as 2e2 collapse hits recruiter

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Maybe Im wrong

But it seems like this companies sole achievement was to keep 1.3m of costs off of 2e2's books.

How many contractors did they employ? I presume most of this is some kind of "1 month in arrears" scenario?

ie they were paying their contractors before e2e paid them?

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Trip the fight fantastic

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Re: I'm so glad I didn't buy Colonial Marines.

Probably best to avoid Vince Wards "Alien 3 : Wooden Monastery Spaceship" script thou.....

Although at least no-one could be accused of not trying something new.....

<----- if this wasnt a WTF moment I dont know what was.

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The DIY spy-in-the-sky: From kites to octocopters

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Re: Draganflyer X-4

isnt this what they used on Top Gear over the weekend? If the results were not mocked up they were certainly impressive. Suspect they hired/leased one rather than bought it.

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Chaos Theory causes password entry pandemonium

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Ahhh Alistair

You are fast becoming the solution to BOFHless fridays. Have a pint on me.

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BRITAIN MUST DECLARE WAR on Cervinaean menace

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I have a better suggestion - Arm Bears.

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Speaking in Tech: Ya-boo! Marissa! Mayer! how! COULD! you!?

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She's an idiot

You gotta factor in the mindset of the person making this comment. She rocked back to work mere weeks after having a baby. That tells us 2 things.

1. Work comes first for her.

2. She has no concept of how hard those on less than CEO wages find managing child care.

Personally working from home 1 day a week is worth about £10k to me as without it I'd have to find a non-London job and my current employer would be devoid of my manifold talents.

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MI5 test for Mandarin-speaking snoops 'just too easy'

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Except "Rice in" is a Sushi joke.

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Apple, Facebook, Google: Same-sex marriage 'a business imperative'

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Oh Come. On.

"What they said was: if a company is in a state that bans gay marriage, a gay person is less likely to come work for that company, thus harming their business. They want the best people, regardless of whether they are gay or not, and so would like these obstacles to free movement to be removed."

Really? Tenuous much? Im all for Gay Marriage but Im more for businesses staying the f*ck out of issues that involve personal choice & freedoms rather than making some spurious business reason to get them and their slush funds involved.

I'd like to see any one of these firms show the hiring stastics that back up their assertions.

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HP shareholders bay for blood in $19 BEELLION writedown aftermath

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Gotta Agree

HP's lax and overly tolerant board is one of the reasons they are in the mess they are in.

Someone has to take responsibility for their shocking CEO choices in the last few years.

About the only company worse than HP at choosing CEO's is Nokia.

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MIT boffin teases space-station probe's DARK MATTER DISCOVERY

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Re: Dark matter WIMPS

You mean you cant believe Eadon managed to stay on topic for 2 whole paragraphs before reverting to type and flaming someone?

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iOS 6.1 KNACKERED our mobile phone networks, claim Vodafone, Three

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Re: 2G / 2.5G / 3G air interface test engineer here...

Indeed I wonder if this is Vodafones lack of investment in their network over the last few years coming home to roost......

Remember when they used to claim they had the best network for 3g and it was empirically

true? (for my use - YMMV)

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Eyes in the sky: UK.gov's CCTV code to IGNORE MILLIONS of cameras

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Re: If it weren't for cameras....

"At the end of the day, if you're innocent, what's your problem?"

The problem is that innocence depends very much on the vagaries of the day.

One day its mugging a granny, breaking a shop window..... one regime change later its looking Islamic, thinking suspiciously, applying for a school place out of catchment. Oh Ripa already covers the last one - Move it to the top.

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Astronomers unravel solar system's strange energy 'ribbon'

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Am I the only one

Thinking Star Trek Generations? Or has everyone else blanked it from their memories?

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Revealing new pics of galactic princess Andromeda

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I havent read the article yet

I just came here to a give big thumbs up to the use of the word "astro-paps"

Made my day

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Star Trek saviour JJ Abrams joins the dark side: Star Wars VII

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Re: Joss Whedon

wasnt he quoted as saying he wouldn't touch it with a barge pole though?

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Tiny tech ZigBee harnesses puny power of the press

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Re: other uses

would bit rate be a problem? Think 40 wpm plus repeat keys like ctrl, alt.

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App poked through Twitter hole, probed my privates - security bod

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Perils of SSO

This is the big issue with these FaceTwit type SSO services. The people providing it have no incentive to protect your privacy. In fact given that their business models pretty much fail if people do enforce their want for privacy its no surprise this kind of thing happens.

Try explaining that to joe-schmoe user who just thinks "ahahh one less password".

Stealing your wallet icon .... obviously right.

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Raytheon to build low-orbit, disposable satellites for DARPA

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Re: Analysis

"Unless the data from these new birds is going to be sent straight to the battlefield (which won't happen due to security) I can only see more information increasing the logjam."

Did you even read the whole article?

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EU-wide mega-Leveson 'needed' to silence Press, bloggers

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Re: EUSSR

"1984 dystopia on schedule"

2013>1984 its hardly on schedule now is it?

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Iron Man to fly Chinese mobe-maker TCL around the world

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Suspect TCL will be a little miffed

When in a last minute change the Mandarin reverts to the comic book racist towards chinese representation.

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Media barons threaten to spike UK.gov's audacious copyright grab

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No surprise

That the BBC is not involved in requesting this review.

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CIOs: Don't listen to tech vendors on ICT skills, listen to US

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CIO Agenda

Lets not forget that the CIO agenda would also include a wish to drive down the cost of employing IT staff locally as low as possible - ie by creating a surplus of experienced employee's

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Manning was 'illegally punished', will get 112 days lopped off any sentence

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Geneva Convention

Does this only apply to enemy soldiers?

Surely some of mannings treatment breaches it.

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UK armed forces could be 'fatally compromised’ by cyber attack

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Re: UK not ready for prime time

Yea that sounds bad until you realise that 99% of other countries governments are equal or worse.

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'Leccy-starved Reg hack: 'How I survive on 1.5kW'

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Ahh the joys of the spanish electrical supply

My in-laws had an even simpler problem. They just wanted an uprated supply so they could leave the freezer on between visits (other people visiting less knowledgable in the ways of spanish electricals would cause it to trip). Between getting the permits and getting the work done it took nigh on 2 years.*

Admittedly its a holiday home but still........

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Scientists snap first film of giant squid in action

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Re: "So they hooked it and dragged it to the surface where it died. "

Anglers do this all the time and let the fish go. Lets not assume the researchers killed the squid without some clear evidence.

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Anonymous turns private eye in Ohio rape case

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Maybe well done maybe not

I know your well done was probably a grudging one but they may have caused more harm than good.

If the rozzers can't now get provable pre-hack copies of all the evidence the defence has all the material they need to get the evidence thrown out as tainted.

In which case it's more like Anon you utter fuckwits.

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PGP, TrueCrypt-encrypted files CRACKED by £300 tool

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Re: that reminds me...

What about a suitcase EMP device under the stairs instead?

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'NAND flash killer now up to 10,000 times MORE efficient'

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only with teeny tiny cores this time round.

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UK gov probes Comet crash: Public, private sectors LOST £257m

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Re: No

Steve Todd is correct. From those 2 figures quoted in the article alone its very difficult to tell how the VC bods made out - its quite likely they made the loss Steve Todd suggests.

Its actually rather poor Daily Fail quality reporting from the Reg on this one. If an IT site is going to attempt to cover finance in its articles its worth running them by someone with a finance background first.

Do the due diligence El Reg.

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Judge: There'll be no US Samsung ban, BUT no new trial with Apple either

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Go Judge Lucy

She seems to be the only one coming out of this with reputation and sanity mostly intact. Whilst you may question some of her decisions - and lets face it if she said white is white - someone on the internet would - however she has been remarkably even handed in the whole thing.

Justice seems to have been served - even if maybe the letter of the law hasnt'.

Nearly everyone else involved in this from Sammy, Apple - their laywers and the juror's should hang their heads in shame.

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Polar drilling effort hits snag: Boffins' search for life put on ice

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The Fools

Dont they realise all these "accidents" are just Cthulhu stirring?

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Taxpayers to cough for Comet staff redundo

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Re: I was talking to the staff

"(including the level of pay) at the start of the administration process"

The whole point of it not including that provision is that it allows the firm which is already in trouble not to add it its woes.

Remember the one of the points of administration is not to liquidate the company but to allow it to continue trading in some form.

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Re: Here's a thought...

"situation where they are faced with a deal that offers a decent chance of paying off a large number of creditors vs. one with a slightly better chance of being able to pay off the preferred creditors only."

Really - care to articulate one.

Contract law and precident clearly establish who is a preferential creditor and who is not. You may not be happy with it - but everyone enters into business knowing who gets their cut when a business goes into administration and writes their supply contracts accordingly.

For me the order of precidence is currently all wrong - and empoyee's both in terms of outstanding wages, redunancy and pension contributions should get a fairer deal - but thats what our MP's are for.....

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Tim Cook: Apple to manufacture Macs in US in 2013

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Re: Globalisation is coming back home @ Chet

"Apple are struggling to compete on costs with Samsung and co now"

Really Chet? No Really? Got a source for that statement?

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Google's ethics, cosy UK.gov chats under Westminster scrutiny

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Google Cars

Sopmeone else who fell for the cover story whilst they hacked our wifi passwords for fun and profit.

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China plans astro-farms on Mars

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Dont worry

China will soon come to its senses and start pissing its money up the wall trying to turn its ephemeral economic dominance into fleeting worldwide political dominance.

Headlines 2050:

Chinese war in South America/ Bumfuckistan enters its 3rd decade.

China plans rover for Titan.

Funding for CSS (Chinese Space Station) cut.

Federated United States in breakup talks.

British Government to fund Microsat powered by hot air and wishful thinking.

Heres hoping not.....

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US and UK spooks alerted over massive Swiss data leak

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Re: In other news...

good luck with that. They only need the data to infer the existence of these sorts of accounts. Once their existence is known they have many many ways of demanding the tax money with menaces...

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