* Posts by Gordon 10

3106 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

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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Einstein almost tagged dark energy in the early 1920s

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On constants

Also bear in mind some physical "constants" are only such under a set of defined conditions......Change those enough of those conditions.

Its convient to assume the speed of light is a constant (its not) and that its synonymous with "C". However whilst C is a fairly universal constant its only a top bound for the speed of light.

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Use a Mac? For actual work? Evernote Business has arrived

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ummmm

so let me get this right. Its costs twice as much as google docs for notes functionality that for most business purposes can only be categorised as a nice to have?

We have MS OneNote on an enterprise license - I know 1 guy who uses it.

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Revealed: The gift that keeps on giving to Oracle ... is dying

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Re: I was kinda taken in, until I read...

I was kinda taken in until I realised it was a Matt Asay babble piece.

Firstly the scenario he paints is decades away. Its essentially a variant on the Mainframe dinosaur piece from the 80's and whilst they are declining they are still with us.

Secondly there is still a huge lack of credible offerings that match the breadth and functionality of the incumbent vendors in everything but a few niches such as Big Data where the sector actually originated as Open Source.

Thirdly SAAS just swaps ELA revenue for (generally) a per user per month model since the big guys are all jumping on the band wagon they have plenty of time given point 1 to tune their service fees to replace their ELA fees.

Fourthly in the real world that Matt occasionally visits just because the licensing model is SAAS based doesnt actually make the effort of moving between vendors or even in house materially easier for Companies to do. As noted above by various posters the nuts and bolts software bit is the easy bit - the surrounding business processes and infrastructure is the hard bit.

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2013: No sign of flying cars, but Orange mobes will get black ice

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Re: Dunno about other phones, but

As does iOS if you sign up for an icloud account or apple id.

Im sure a lot of Android vendors offered the same service too.

The only advantages I can see is the AV (of dubious use imo) and the last location before the battery died. (Cool! iOS please copy )

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Dixons returns to profit in UK, rubs hands as Comet circles drain

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I wouldnt get too worried

Anyone in Dixons/DSG from the CEO down should be thinking "there but for the grace of god go I" right now.

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New science upsets calculations on sea level rise, climate change

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Is it me or is this a statistics fail by Lewis?

"The rate of loss of ice from Greenland is estimated at 199.72 plus-or-minus 6.28 gigatonnes per year. So the possible acceleration of losses is only barely larger than the margin of error in the readings: it's very difficult to tell the supposed loss curve from a straight line."

Think Lewis is confusing the margin of error on a data point and trying to apply that to a curve. Regardless of the accuracy of any one point over a period of time a trend will appear that will eventually lie outside the bounds of error of any 1 data point - the margin of error is not cumulative afaik. (there is a relationship but its not that simple)

May be wrong on this - its been a long time since I was taught Stats.

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How to launch people into space...

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Re: Of course... if the body were immersed in water..

Suspect he meant the RL example of perflubron rather than the Hollywood life of Flourinert as used in the Abyss. As noted all the Rat's used in those scenes died of lung trauma and Ed's breahing of Flourinert was SFX.

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A tweet too far: UK contempt law reform push begins

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Oh FFS

Its not difficult. The same rules apply regardless of the nature of the publishing.

If as a Jury member you dont go looking for newspapers you behave the same way online.

Ditto for Posting defamatory or similar material. You wouldn't go down to the street corner and hand out notices saying your neighbour is a pedo with no proof why would you do so online.

This is about people taking responsibility for their actions regardless or transmission or publishing. Jail em all I say until they get the message. (and no this is not a free speech arguement so dont even go there)

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Second PAC-MAN orbiting SATURN: Local absence of dots explained

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Can I be the first to say

waka waka waka

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Man facing rare refusal-to-unlock-encryption charge: Court date set

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Enhanced Biometric Passwords

The ultimate in password protecting. A biometric reader that will not release the key if you are sweating bricks in front of the rozzers or at the thought of porridge.

You could legitimately argue that its physically impossible to decrypt it :)

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Nokia HERE iOS maps app review

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Lost me at pinch to zoom

talk about school boy error.

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Autonomy to HP: bollocks

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Re: If true, Deloitte is SoL

According to the rest of the commentards it was KPMG who did the due diligence.

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Chips in spaaaaace: old tech is in

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Interesting Nanosat Experiment?

Now that there is a lot of interest in nano sats how about sending up a fleet of minimally shielded smartphone based processors as a LEO distributed computing experiment with one of of the programs running a diagnostic routine that watches for errors from the other members of the fleet? Would be an interesting experiment to deduce just how minimal the shielding and other techniques need to be for any given situation..... Could have a positive impact on estimating the cost of space missions.

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What are quantum computers good for?

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Re: Do what? !! @Cowshed

Your thoughts echo mine - however after some brief additional thinking:

The point is you dont need to know how to understand how something works to use it - be it a wheel or a digital computer.

Even on El Reg how many of us fully understand how a PC works from Begining to End - from an intial flow of 1 or more electrons in a single simple circuit to how the character A I just typed appears on the screen?

I would wager very few. For example I once understood how a circuit worked on a physical level. I once understood basic QM. I studied simple IC design, I wrote Assembler for a while, and have used half a dozen other programming languages, and I've done a multitude of things with a PC up to but not including shagging the damn things (yet).

Do I understand how all of that collates into a coherent whole? Do I fuck.

As one famous scientist (Einstein? Rosenburgm? Feynman?) once said - if someone tells you they understand QM they are probably lying.

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How can the BBC be saved from itself without destroying it?

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The most frightening part of this arcticle

was the intro recounting some moron in the FT advocating giving control of the Beeb to Ofcom <shudder>

Thats about the only way short of giving it to Murdoch that would make things worse.

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I suggest you actually watch the output of those alternatives. Most are highly supported by targeted advertising and product placement. Give me Cbeebies any day of the week.

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Idiot - you dont cure the patient by killing him.

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Brit retailers tell Amazon and Google to pay their taxes

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Re: Someone needs a better accountant

You are missing the point - the people running the UK businesses are well aware of their ways of minimising their UK tax breaks. However this is not about that - its about maximising the profit for the Group - even if the UK subsidiary takes a loss in doing so.

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Re: its really easy

It is easy. If the licensing is coming from any other group member or from a company with significant shared ownership HMRC rule it as a tax dodge and clobber them.

Part of this problemn is the HMRC giving the big boys a cosy ride....

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ViewSonic VSD220 22in Android mega tablet

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Re: 2nd TV

The only missed opportunity I can see is the lack of a second video input - would be great if you could switch between Tablet, PC and FreeSat display without messing with wires...

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Two scam apps stink up iTunes store, pulled thanks to Reg reader

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Oh Jeebus Apple

First Maps and now this?

The strongly curated app store is one of the advantages iOS has for ordinary consumers over the more laisse faire Android Stores (amazon maybe excepted).

Dont feck up this competitve advantage.

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El Reg mulls commentard icon portfolio shake-up

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So a "Ghandi holding a fist full of dollars" Icon should cover both?

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Re: facetweet plus

Yes. We need a TwatBook Icon or similar.

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What happened to comics for kids? Hell, what happened to COMICS?

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Re: Achtung!

I used to sneak my dads copy to read. Also loved its Sci-Fi sibling - Starblazer.

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Re: Four words

Am I the only one who was left cold by Halo Jones? It just didnt reach me.

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'Perfect' INVISIBLE SHED stuns boffinry world

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almost transparent <> almost invisible.

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Re: Q preps the Aston

Are you sure?

As far as I remember the "cloak" in Hunt for Red October (the book) was just an enhanced Anechoic (sound absorbing) coating plus a caterpillar drive (think water jets).

So basically low noise and sound absorbing nothing to do with cloaking.

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Sellafield's nuclear waste measured in El Reg units

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Re: 68000 m³

Correction - a Radioactive cube of 41m on each side equals about 1 Sellafield.

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Medical scan record that the NHS says will cost £2k to retrieve: Detail

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WTF

Why on earth does he think he has the "right" to view his long archived medical scan's?

If he doesnt like the service provided by the NHS then he can bog off to Private Healthcare land. Especially if anything medically relevant was noted in the written transcript.

Why should those of us who fund the NHS have our taxes pissed up the wall by this joker?

Its amazing how many rights people want to invent these days. There are few if any "unalienable" rights - US constitution not withstanding.

/DailyFailRant

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Stob on Quatermass: Was this British TV's finest sci-fi hour?

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Jebus - Manimal - thats a series that needs to be forgotten.

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Re: "dreary"?

Really? ..... honestly......really?

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Snake-fondling blonde nude punts Polish coffins

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good lord

having just watched the video - no wonder coffins and funerals cost so much.

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