* Posts by Gordon 10

2969 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

Android Trojan leaves 100,000 users out of pocket

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Poor analogy

People have been aware of the risks of getting mugged since caveman times and have adapted behaviours to mitigate.

This is more akin to someone leaving the pin pad uncovered or letting a waiter walk off with your credit card. Its something for which the social and technological measures have not yet evolved to adequately deal with and where if some more thought had been given up front the risk could have been further mitigated.

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Ten budget inkjet printers

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Re: hp ink does not last long

I have exactly the same problem.

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They are all shit

And filled with hidden booby traps

Epson and canons nozzles block.

Kodak ink is cheap but rest of print mechanism dies.

HP expensive ink and insanely bloated and nagging drivers.

In short expect to be screwed one way or another.

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NatWest seeks volunteers to bonk with their iPhones

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Re: iPhones

Errr - did it occur to you that because of the sheer size of the installed userbase even the geeks with iphones (who are willing to play with NFC) out number the geeks of any other single phone model regardless of anything else. Can you name any other single phone (or pair of phones) that comes close to the installed user base of the iphone.

(Actually I can) - probably any 2 newish models of the BB but can you really see hoodies or corporates using pay by bonk (with their own money.)

Although I think BB are missing a trick here. A NFC partnership with Amex would almost immediately allow them to regain their relevance in the corporate world - especially if it went one stage further and allowed pay by PIN for > £20.

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My dad found the Higgs boson! Reminiscences of a CERN kid

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In fairness I think the correct description is ignorant border guards regardless of nationality. Along with Traffic wardens I think they are some kind human subspecies who hate us "alphas"

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Review: Samsung Chromebox

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Huh

I really don't understand why they continue to peddle this shite.

Bin it and if they really must dabble in PC OSes do it with Android.

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Disappearing space dust belt baffles boffins

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What if

The dust is still there but we cannot see it.?

For example if say Sunspot activity or some other output from the star was exciting the dust to emit IR and now its not?

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YouView recommends radio hams' pet peeve

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In reality

Most if not all of those interested in YouViews features will have a FreeSat or Freeview Box/Telly today anyway - and those mostly will not have wireless just a lan port. So likely lots of them will already have powerline today.

(He says goading the nearest Ham with his homeplug av kit )

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Users enraged by Cisco's cloudy 'upgrade' to Linksys routers

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huh?

Dear Geniuses at Cisco,

Did you ever consider the fact that I might want to properly administrate *my* router whilst it was not connected to the internet?

At least have the decency to ensure any cloud admin functionality is duplicated locally with the settings kept in sync.

regards

Angry Punter.

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Microsoft: Don't overclock Windows 8 unless you like our new BSOD

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Re: Bullpat @JDX

Rubbish.

Since intel dont publish their reliability test stats you dont know whether the 2.5 Ghz is a marketing limit or an engineering limit. History has shown that with the low-mid range limit its generally the latter, with Intel having better yields than demand at that particular frequency & price point so they downsell better chips.

You also need to remember that the price of cpu's has very little to do with the cost of manufacturing and testing at a base level and is all about charging what the market will bear at a particular price point.

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Engineering tolerances <> Marketing "tolerances" Generally where Intel are concerned the same physical chip is used at multiple marketing price points coz their yields are generally so good. So those of us who OC like the idea of getting something for nothing.

Additionally I guarantee you that OC'ers will

a) Know their TDP rating off the top of thier head.

b) Be running temp monitoring utilities such as speed fan over and above what the bios provides.

All in all an OC'er will have an idea their PC is going tits up long before the average joe.

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Re: Overclocking mularkey?

again - you just dont get it. No overclocker I have ever met gets "angry" because their machine crashes more often. They accept thats part of the risk - and minimise it with extensive testing.

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Re: They will hate you anyway so tell about cheapo RAM next

You dont really get overclockers do you?

Most overclockers :

a) Know and accept the risks they run.

b) Spend hours on testing (prime95 and memtest etc) until a stable configuration is reached.

c) backup backup backup.

Indeed lots of us do it just for the lulz - not particularly for some 500 fps magic number. Even for those of use that have some specific performance goals - we still are happy with a trade off between performance and stability.

Lets face it how often have we all seen a standard windows machine crash - pretty damn often.

* Overclocking since the Celery 300a and proud of it. I personally have overclocked specifically to up the performance of my handbrake mkv conversions - and it works quite nicely thanks.

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BMW, Toyota to build fuel cells for sports cars

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Why on earth

Would BMW want toyota diesel engines? Aren't the current BMW ones superior? Given that BMW regularly tops the MPG leagues with its diesels what do the toyotas do that the BMW's can't?

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FileMaker Bento 4

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FAIL

Was that a review?

It told me absolutely nothing about how Bento works and what I might use it for.

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Breaking: Megaupload seizures illegal says NZ High Court

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Re: I used to think

I would rate them higher on the awesome scale if they had told the US to bog off in the first place.

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Menage á tablet: Apple vs Amazon vs Google

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Love this speculation

So we are talking about 3 tablets only 1 of which we actually know exists.

I would guess the best sign of an Apple 7 incher is that if LCD production lines are suddenly mysteriously tied up.

For my bet - The 9.8" ipad will go All retina dropping the £329 ipad 2 and replacing it with a 7 incher.

Shame really having owned both a 2 and 3 - I would say my own personal sweet spot is a 2. The lovelyness of the screen doesnt make up for the weight/thickness and increased charging time the battery needs. I know we are talking grams and millimeters here but on a tactile level the different is marked. Although just to prove contrary a 3 battery with a 2 screen would also tempt me.

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AMD and Intel mainstream desktop CPUs

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Re: What exactly...

Indeed. It doesn't even give the price of the intel part which dispute being only 2 real cores seems to outperform the Amd on processor tasks.

Some tdp data for the intel would not have gone amiss either.

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HP asks court to force Oracle to obey Itanium contract

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Realistically HP are on to a loser.

Even suppose they win on the contract issue there is nothing stopping Oracle from forking the Db feature set so that Itanic (I love that name too) gets sloppy seconds.

And even if Oracle don't do that there could be plenty of queued bug fixes and performance tweaks that just sit in the request queue.

Rightly or wrongly HP Itanic is staring down the gun barrel on this one.

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Apple iPhone turns five this Friday

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Re: Stock App

Indeed - now its a ticker isn the notification center I check daily to see what madness has stricken the ftse today.

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Apple wins US ban on Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1

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Re: In the 80s

Indeed I cant see EA's forthcoming "Syndicate Wars : Patent Attorney" selling that well.

Although Apples use of a persuadertron on the USTPO and the Judiciary would explain a lot of things....

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69,000 sign petition to save TV-linker O'Dwyer from US extradition

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Extradition?

For copyright offences?

What next - littering?

Insanity.

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Microsoft's Surface plan means the world belongs to Android now

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FAIL

Typical Asay gibberish

BRIC markets are not app saturated - Android is cheap - therefore BRIC is a source of App revenue growth.

Followed immediately by Android App makers find it much harder to monetise than iOS. (but the magic FOSS fairies will fix this some how.)

Contradiction much?

Honestly his pieces have moved on from blinkered to completely and utterly inconsistent within the same article.

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Bonking for money to be built into the next iPhone

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Re: Is it needed?

Will you be more screwed or less screwed?

I would say less. How many wallets come with Remote Tracking and Remove Wipe - most smartphones do.

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Even Apples sometimes have worms in them, admits Cupertino

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I think the point is that Mac's dont run Windows out of the box.

Anyone can install Windows post purchase - its not the same thing.

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US East, West Coasts face fast-rising sea levels

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Rick you are truly the anti-Lewis.

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Ballmer welcomes Yammer to the Microsoft family

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$1.2 Bn worth of meh.

Seriously how on earth does MS value companies?

Whoever does it should be fired and sued for the cost of all their recent acquisitions.

New start up strategy - come up with something pointlessly web 2.0 that Balmer will want after his daily chair smashing session.

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Belkin takes on Slingbox with TV-to-net streamer box

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Wtf

HDMI fail.

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Assange: Australian neglect made me flee to Ecuador embassy

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Whiney Man Child

Newsflash Julian - you were in court for extradition to answer questions about an alledged rape.

The only connection with US is in your head you narcissistic fucktard.

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Kensington Virtuoso Mini collapsible stylus

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Talking of Novel connections The Adonit Jot Pro

Contains a magnet so that it locks to the magnets in the Ipad or the Smartcovers. Works well enough to stop you loosing the stylus on the desk or a paper pile, but tends to get knocked off inside a bag.

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FAIL

What you mean like the AdonIt Stylii mentioned in this very article?

Reading fail.

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Microsoft's Surface proves software is dead

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HAHAHAHAHA

Matt is obviously smoking the same crack as Microsofts Metro team.

The middle market software vendors are thriving. The only reason they dont get any bigger is that they tend to get borged by one of the big guys. Its got nothing to do with the price of their software - just a reflection of market maturity.

Google and Facebook grew big on the back of their software - they just choose to monitise it indirectly - its hardly free, just the cost is something intangible - your data privacy.

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Natwest, RBS: When will bank glitch be fixed? Probably not today

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If one of their competitors had any sense

They would be offering a free £100 1 month overdraft to anyone with a Natwest debit card who switches their account in the next week.

Although I suspect most CIO's are just thinking "there but for the grace of god go I". Thats even if they have a CIO and he's not been gobbled up by the CFO's Office.

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Amount of meat we eat will barely affect future climate change

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Meh

Shame Lewis felt the need

To include his last paragraph. On the surface at least his arguement seem to make sense for once.

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Ex-Soviet space gunboats to be FOUND ON MOON

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Re: Someone is clearly sleepwalking through life

I don't know they could be onto something. It can't be any worse than buying Facebook shares.

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What should Oracle do with Sun

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Hang on a sec

Isnt this bit of a spurious comparison.

Sun's hardware business was dying on its feet BEFORE oracle.

Its entirely likely that its future as a standalone was in Engineered systems away. It seems it bit silly to exclude these since the guts of the hardware is ex-Sun stuff.

So really the headline is Oracle's Hardware Business in transition from commoditised servers to value added engineered systems.

Change Oracle to Sun in that last sentence and would it look as bad?

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Assange takes refuge in Ecuadorian embassy

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By his actions you will know him

Self publicising prink - check.

Using Wikikeaks for his own ends - check.

Shafting Bradley Manning - check.

Squealing like a pig and refusing to face a legitimate legal enquiry - check. (let's not forget folks the Sweden thing is just to see if there is a case to answer.)

Bail Jumper - check.

Whether he may or may not be a bit rapey is a bit moot right now - he's certainly proving himself a contemptible human being.

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LG shelves future tablet efforts

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Re: One less for MS to pound into the dirt

Some news for you Sherlock. MS surface doesnt scare anyone - its currently vapourware.

The futility of flushing cash down the drain with year after year of zero profits trying to compete on price with a race to the bottom with those with deeper pockets (or more cojones) such as Google, Amazon, Asus, Samsung.

Look at the evidence of everyone elses tablet efforts:

1. HP - broken.

2. RIM - mostly broken.

3. Motorola - swallowed.

4. HTC (profits in free fall).

Oh and even if you have the balls & cash you still have Apple locking you out of the supply chain or buying up the "next good thing techwise" before it even occurs to you to do so.

Need I go on?

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Google to ICO: We had no idea Street View data slurp was happening

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Re: Clueless @ Wayland

WIFI vs GPS - Thats not entirely true. Afaik the main non-gps location technology is Cell tower triangulation not Wifi.

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America's X-37B top-secret spaceplane returns to Earth

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Probably doesnt trigger gaydar

But the award for most outrageous spaceship design outside of flesh gordon is probably the one from Battle Beyond the Stars featuring John Boy Walton, Hannibal from the A team and the old guy from Hustle.

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Successful remnant of Motorola acquires successful remains of Psion

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What people forget

Was that both the hardware and software were wonderfully polished.

The apps integration alone - particularly the PIM ones has rarely been matched even today. Even Nokia's communicator was a tad shy of the psi on ideal.

A PsIon running android or Linux whilst being a cool project would massively fall short on the software side.

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Another investor pulls out of Habbo Hotel after grooming claims

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So just how

Do you tell 'grooming' by a raging hormones 13 year old pretending to be say 15 from a real paedo sweating at home doing the same thing? Did they actually cam with them.

I've lurked in many a chat room on many a service and know of no good way to even take a wild ass guess on the age of my fellow denizens even after seeing them chat for weeks or months.

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NASA's Curiosity rover will try risky landing near Mount Sharp

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Coming to a rover near mars....

Cyanogen Mod - Red Planet edition.

Anyone wondering if you can brick a rover?

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Apple introduces 'next generation' MacBook Pro with retina display

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Re: us video editors...

Yawn more SSD fud. You do understand that to calcite the mtbf rates they just batter the ssd's with data until the wear levelling routines can't cope and all the cells wrote capability expires.

Actual type of data is irrelevant.

It's no different to any other storage medium be it tape or disc - they all have levels of wear.

Regardless of technology you should have a robust backup strategy. Also most of the joe smoes I provide pc support for wouldn't know a SSD if it bit them on the ass and most of the have had an unbacked up hdd crash due to virii and general abuse.

In short bash the SSD is getting old.

(happily running a pair of x18m intels in raid 0)

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Habeas data: How to build an internet that forgets

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Nice Conceit but wishful thinking

When the companies that own your data also own or provision the tools that let you manipulate that data - why on earth would they allow this utopia to happen? They would be cutting their own throat.

Simple answer they wont and moreover will never feel the need to until such time as the inconvience of having every internet indescretion outweights every element of percieved utility from the product and or service.

Even then all that will happen is people will move on to the next worse offender.

People as a mass are fundamentally lazy and as long as the user experience is 90% Yay/Meh and 10% Aarrrggh they will not change en mass.

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Silicon Valley Bank lures Brit startups with sacks of cash

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Startups in Silicon Roundabout

Need not apply.

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Rats with GPS backpacks prepare to sniff out landmines

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Don't get the economics?

Surely it's better to drop pre-trained rats in? If they are trained by someone who actually knows what they are doing surely they will have a higher success rate?

The training software should be limited to regional Center not airdrops.

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Facebook joins Google in warning DNSChanger victims

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Presumably

When they first set up the alt DNS servers they didn't actually have the balls to deadend the DNS requests to a holding page (with limited onward links to removal sites))until the virus was removed? No fix no useful Internet.

Harsh but fair in my book.

Then again I wonder how many of these machines are lightly used mail servers and the like that don't have active browser sessions?

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Ten... Sata 3 SSDs

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Re: HP SSDs @ragge

Of course you're accurate but totally missing the point - namely that for all desktops you run the same power outage risks regardless of disk choice. So in reality you comments are irrelevant and just part of a random rant against consumer grade ssd's.

They done have to be perfect - just good enough for the consumer market.

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16GB BlackBerry PlayBook flushed away by RIM

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Hang on a sec

Whats the highest selling playbook by volume - who wants to bet its the 16gb one.

Another potential slow handclap for RIM.

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