* Posts by Gordon 10

2872 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

Utah declares 'war on smut'

Gordon 10

Re: Erm....

Rule 34 if something is on the internet there is pr0n about it.

See also the Charlie Stross novel of the same name.

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Google's 'fair use' mass slurping of books can continue – US Supremes snub writers' pleas

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Re: Now Google has won

Because Google are notorious about shutting down their pet projects when they lose interest or when they dont get enough uptake for it to be commercially viable (ie sell ads). I have sympathy with the latter as they are a business but less with the former as they are not ADD children.

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Idiot millennials are saving credit card PINs on their mobile phones

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Re: Stooopid milleniuls

Indeed without some stats on how many lost and stolen phones actually go on to have their bank accounts etc. compromised its rather a worthless survey. As per usual its just marketing fluff.

I'm willing to wager that the vast majority of lost/stolen devices DO NOT have any personal information used/abused on them. Coz the immediate value of phone + the chances of getting nicked with a stolen phone isfar lower risk than using the contents of said phone for online fraud.

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Australia's Dick finally drops off

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Re: If only

to be fair though - you're obviously moving area too. I bet the bungalows locally are a lot cheaper.

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Ad slinger Phorm ceases trading

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Re: Regrettably?

@Camillia

Not necessarily - there are no significant pension funds among Phorms major shareholders unless you are with Standard Life and even thats tiny. You probably lose more from your pension due to Market fluctuations across 1 day.

Phorm Major Shareholders (from Morningstar)

Capital Research and Management Company 6.87

VA CollegeAmerica Smcap World 529E 4.42

Hargreave Hale Limited 3.78

American Funds IS® Global Small Cap 2 2.45

Standard Life Assurance Company 1.27

Miton Asset Management Limited 0.31

Forbes J M & Co 0.02

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Redmond turns to Linux AGAIN for Azure data science primer

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Re: "Businesses want cloud agnosticism"

Actually for the first time ever I'm with Jake. Businesses *may* want it, but as soon as they scope the additional overhead of keeping 2 or more cloud deployments agnostic to the underlying clouds and essentially hot swappable they run screaming for the hills.

It sounds great in theory and is a great selling point for the cloud koolaid - in practice everyone I have talked to says doing it in practice is a frikken nightmare and recommends not touching multiple vendor cloud deployments with a barge pole

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Lauri Love backdoor forced-decryption case goes to court in UK

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Re: What encrytion was used?

Standard plod cracks not government cracks.

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French thrash Brits, Germans and Portuguese in IT innovation

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IT Angle

Call me cynical

But it seems like the most "innovative" countries are those that have a culture of posing at the café drinking expresso and smoking gitane's when they are meant to be working.

Just like every lovey in Shoreditch.

Funny that.

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Sweden 'secretly blames' hackers – not solar flares – for taking out air traffic control

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Re: Why would Russia randomly be stressing out peaceful Swedes?

14,000 in their full time combined forces?

Someone has dropped the ball! The UK has about 150k by comparison.

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Ofcom wants you to thank it for resurrecting the spectre of BT's 1980s monopoly

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I also love the way they are raising the spectre of lack of price competition when the evidence to this point has been that Hutch/Three are consistently the lowest prices - for me for the last 5 years at least. YMMV.

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Pair programming: The most extreme XP practice?

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Been doing this for 6 months

Of course the difficulty is finding a peer at/near the same level as you, and also thinks similarly enough that there is little friction, but differently enough that you can challenge each others assumptions.

gut feel based on this experience, when it works it works brilliantly but cant see it working all the time.

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HTC 10: Flagship goes full Google – but the hardware's top notch

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FAIL

yaawwwwn really? or are you just trolling? this isnt the review you are looking for.

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Gordon 10

Re: How long will it receive OS updates for?

Trolling AC or just couldn't be bothered to google?

The M8 2 years old at this point is on Marshmallow

the M7 3 years old at this point is on Lollipop.

Not amazing but not too shabby either given that Sense is one of the more customised UI's on Android.

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UK cops trial £250k drone squadron

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Mushroom

Re: Lewes?

Shouts for help from its Reaper big brother

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You keep using that word – NVMe. Does it mean what I think it means?

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Re: Peer review

I have to agree. Its usual to explain abbreviations at their first occurence not their last.

Calling this an article would.imply.it has a structure, unfortunately structure us exactly what's missing.

Where were the editorial staff when this was approved for publication?

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Europe's biggest radiotelescope in fast-burst-finding upgrade

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Alien

Hang on sec

This is all a false flag operation to operationalise the particle beams isn't it?

How long have be we got before "they" arrive? Should I continue saving for the kids university fee's or blow it all on a compound in the hills?

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Gordon 10
Coat

Pshaww! Show me where the Timelord fell off it and regenerated or it doesn't exist.

Not sure what kind of coat it will be yet. Still waiting on Wardrobe Dept.---->

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Anonymised search engine page found on 'kid-friendly' search site

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Childcatcher

storm in my tea-cup

Agreed.

If my kids already know enough to use Peach and find this page then Im going to retire and sponge off them for the rest of my natural.

Sadly for me they don't.

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Former Microsoft HoloLens man: It's NOT about gaming

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Windows

You can also now see the Windows 10 Start screen

Help! How do I program the Hololens to make it seem like the Win 7 start screen?

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GCHQ is having problems meeting Osborne's 2020 recruitment target

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Plus you get to sleep soundly at night.

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Gordon 10

Re: Last time i checked

Surf?

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3,000 kids' sketches to fly with exoplanet hunter

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Flame

Has Cheops got a warp drive?

That binary system look a bit too close for comfort.

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3D printers set for lift off? Yes, yes, yes... at some point in the future

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WTF?

Re: Consumer device?

Eh? Where did you get the impression that a basic 3D printer costs any more than a basic Lathe? there are a number of models under a grand.

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Eat your greens, FCC tells ISPs with new broadband "nutrition label"

Gordon 10

Certainly sir. We'll install it today and it'll be going rotten by the end of the week.

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Did hacktivists really just expose half of Turkey's entire population to ID theft?

Gordon 10

In fact most often:

:%s/hacktivist/wanker/

regardless of whichever ideology they claim to follow.

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Your pointy-haired boss 'bought a cloud' with his credit card. Now what?

Gordon 10

But I don't think any of this is new. Its why Central IT exists. The labels on the fads may change but not the actual work required.

Deployment is for amateurs, enterprise integration is why we're professionals.

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Flying Finns arm octocopter with chainsaw

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Coat

Landing that bad boy is going to be fun.

Ooops - there go the saw horses. Ooops there goes me arms.

Mines the one with a pinned sleeve.

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Microsoft smells Musk, splashes on 'Mune' space program

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Re: Sound of zero hands clapping

Depends if one half of you is in direct sunlight you are as likely to boil as freeze.

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Done making the big stuff better? The path to Apple's mid-life crisis

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Re: Yes, we've seen peak AAPL

none of which seems to have remotely impacted their share price.

Is the above meaningless in the grand scheme of things or sign of internal rot? Im not sure sure. What I am sure about is $150bn in the bank gives you a lot of leeway for mistakes and about-face's

Hell look how MS and Oracle have managed to endure with a fraction of that cash pot.

My prediction - Apple buys Tesla in the next 3 years, with either Musk bought out to run SpaceX or tipped to replace Cook and invigorate a mature product line with some monomaniacal special sauce, given that he's probably the closest living thing to Steve Jobs.

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Elon Musk takes wraps off planet-saving Model 3 vapourmobile

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Mushroom

@Neil

You do get that the infrastructure only has to increment as fast as electric car ownership right? Thats very manageable imo.

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Hope for Hitomi after tumbling space 'scope phones home

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Yea I thought Japanese lithium batteries were meant to be the good ones?

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'Planet nine' theory boosted by Kuiper Belt Object with odd orbit

Gordon 10

Anyone feel a pulp scifi novel coming on?

It came from planet X.....

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Hortonworks fires up Centrica contract: Gassy client to probe users' usage

Gordon 10
Paris Hilton

"the largest live operational HDP cluster"

Numbers please otherwise this is FUD/Marketing. I notice they deliberately only reference their own deployments, conveniently excluding all the CDH deployments out there. Which may or may not be bigger I grant you.

Paris coz she's easily impressed by big numbers.

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Apple's fruitless rootless security broken by code that fits in a tweet

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Not clear

From this sarky (ok its El Reg) write up whether the tweeted code requires root (I suspect it does).

In which case this is hardly the disaster its made out to be.

But "root user can bypass SIP" doesnt have the same ring to as a headline it does it?

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Oculus Rift review-gasm round-up: The QT on VR

Gordon 10

Re: Halfway house to VR:

Thats fixable in software - small null spot in the middle with some jiggle canceling algo's plus turning your head slightly turns your virtual view more.

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Cosmic bonks, breakups led to birth of Saturn's moons as dinos died out

Gordon 10
Mushroom

Re: Cosmic shotgun...

Gathering dust or charging up?

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Met plod commissioner: Fraud victims should not be refunded by banks

Gordon 10

Re: Contactless fraud up by two thirds

@yoganmahew

Are these online criminals the AI's everyone's been warning us about?

Or maybe - just maybe @JimmyPage realises that the chance of having your CCV number compromised is more like to happen via physical access to your card, rather than a leaky online database.

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Apple mulled gobbling its Brit GPU designers – but didn't like the taste

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Unhappy

Shame

Pure generally make nice hardware let down by poor software imo. Could have done with a little Apple razzmatazz.

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Union warns of second round of 'massive' layoffs at IBM in Europe

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Terminator

Re: Where next?

Cant they repurpose one of those backup tape carousel thingies?

A machine can win at jeopardy but cant hold its own cards? Something must be done!

Alternatively they could automate one of those card shuffling machines you see at casino's with the added bonus of being able to program it to "blow its wad" at the fleshies in the event of a bad beat.

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What to call a £200m 15,000-tonne polar vessel – how about Boaty McBoatface?

Gordon 10

Re: This is nothing new

Personally I would have gone for Railway Employees Club - The East Lancashire Region.

But then I've always been known for making an arse of meself.

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Hand in glove: Google and the US State Dept

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But Who did he stitch up to get this information?

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Apple engineers rebel, refuse to work on iOS amid FBI iPhone battle

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FAIL

Re: It's likely I'm missing something.

why not try google and not being so wilfully ignorant? El Reg have done several good write ups as have others.

Investigatory budgets are close to zero when compared to what apple can throw at its iPhone division.

If there is a charade here is being perpetrated by the FBI who either aren't willing or incapable of trying a hardware based approach. Basically the feebs are trying to set a precedent so they don't have to go running to the NSA everytime.

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Stevie Graham: Why I hack mobile banking apps

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security through fragmentation vs an API monoculture

OSS wisdom would suggest the monoculture approach is safer - the many eyes hypothesis. Then heartbleed happened.

Trouble is that comes up against the vulnerability and risks of a monoculture - crack 1 api you've cracked every customer who uses it. The rewards go from compelling for 1 banks customers to irresistible for every banks customers.

Which one is safer? Flip a coin.

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Labour: We want the Snoopers' Charter because of Snowden

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Re: Typical self setving politician

Thats a rather disingenuous interpretation of his comments. He's saying part of the bill is a necessary consolidation of a whole raft of dogdily interpreted regulations. And he has a point.

1 bill = less loopholes.

One of the problems with the IPB its 2 things (sensible consolidation of existing powers + stoopid enhancement of powers)

if done properly the first is a good thing.

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She's coming... the Chief Data Officer

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Just what we always did - a waste of space and oxygen.

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Watch six tiny robo-ants weighing 100g in total pull a 1,769-kg family car

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Re: Mighty tiny car?

I've pushed both a car and moved 20kg bag of cement - I distinctly remember the car being harder.

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If your ISP is selling info about you, that has to be opt-in, says FCC boss

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FAIL

Re: So the NSA are OK to have your data without your permission...

Righting one wrong doesn't have any bearing on the other.

The FCC has no power over the NSA. It does over telcos.

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R you ready? Open source stats come to Visual Studio

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so basically

MS have added R syntax highlighting in VS and are hosting a CRAN repo.

/Slowhandclap MS

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UN rapporteur: 'Bad example' UK should bin the Snoopers' Charter

Gordon 10

Its ok. He didnt tweet it. And hopefully the chances of May getting an airport named after her are exceptionally low.

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Home Ebola testing with a Tricorder? There's an app for that

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FAIL

Re: DNA source

Dumb tbh. Did you even read the article - this is a specific test for specific viruses. It doesn't sequence your DNA.

You might have a point for the future but for now FAIL.

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