* Posts by Gordon 10

2910 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

Who you callin' stoopid? No excuses for biz intelligence's poor stats

Gordon 10

Re: Learned any statistics lately?

@vaidotas

Google the author (yes he is the top hit). Having been taught by him its a fair bet that he knows a lot more about Stats than you.

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Re: Any software that can do this?

Any stats package can knock this out in a dozen or so lines of code. (R, Matlab, Mathematica etc)

Even Excel does a reasonably credible impression if you add in the analysis tool pack thats present but not loaded by default.

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Investigatory Powers Bill: As supported by world's most controlling men

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Re: To all at, and involved with the coalition...

At least we can all be on the list for a damn good reason now. Might as well be hung for a sheep as for a lamb.

Its the "ordinary people" I feel sorry for. If we techies feel sufficiently motivated if/when this goes through we'll be Tor'ing, VPN'ed up and using cruft generators whilst they get arrested for joking about bombing an airport in private 1:1 chats.

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Re: To all at, and involved with the coalition...

Dontations can be made to the campaign

HERE

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French duck-crushing device sells for €40k

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Mushroom

Ahh the French

Finding new ways to kill and torture animals since 1789.

Rumour has it they invited the Guillotine for food preparation but rejected it as too humane.

Only food shortages stopped Mary Anne Toinette being stuffed with Corn until she exploded.

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Experian Audience Engine knows almost as much about you as Google

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Re: New adnotblocker needed

Make it so number two!

I for 1 would pay 50p for this addin.

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London NHS trust fined £180,000 after second bcc fail on HIV email list

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Re: "accidentally"

Agree totally but its not the "great unwashed hordes" that the the problem. its the PHB's and the Mandarins.

Damn those juicy seedless mini oranges.

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FAIL

@Adrian

You actually don't get the financial and technical constraints that these kind of organisations operate under.

The would be lucky to get the funds to send the email button pusher on a data privacy awareness course ( a practical one, not a box ticking central mgt exercise), let alone mailing list software that has been a) approved by the NHS tech governance people.

b) Doesn't cost them their entire departmental budget for the year.

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Linux Mint to go DIY for multimedia

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Re: Themes?

Agree. Lets face it most OS UI designers wouldn't understand UX if it came up to them and hit them round the face with a rancid kipper.

I think secretly they all go to the same conferences and agree a plot to foist this shite on us regardless of OS choice.

Nothing says mature technology like pointless masturbatory design changes on something that just works. Get a new job OS UI guys/gals, you're obviously bored.

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Define forced in this instance.... if by forced you mean inherit it from the upstream distro's Mint is based on then you mean "forced by our earlier design choices"

Besides if there is anything more than a few moaners I would guess we might be seeing a version of LMDE based on Devaun some time soon.

Me, I suspect its a storm in a fairly small teacup. If either version of Mint (U vs D) continues to function I guess most users will shrug their shoulders and go "meh".

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Researcher arrested after reporting pwnage hole in elections site

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Vengeful Bureaucrat?

Interesting that he actually appears in a YouTube vid with the Election supervisor who presumably was very grateful for the the heads up.

I wonder which mean spirited SOB decided to prosecute? Names would be good.

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Sayonara, Brits! The Irish tech sector could benefit from Brexit

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FAIL

Naff Statistic

"The group argued that trade flows between Ireland and the UK (the country’s third-largest trading partner after the US and the rest of the EU)"

So third largest trading partner when compared to 2 of the worlds biggest single markets, one of which Ireland is a part of. What about Ireland as a partner compared to each individual European country? What numpty came up with that comparison.

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'Bitcoin creator' Craig Yeah Wright in meltdown

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Boffin

Re: Odd

Internet archetype : Attention Whore

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Q. What's orange and white, has a new CEO but is red all over? A. Teradata

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Meh

Classy but niche vendor who has just had its USP eaten alive by the Hadoop ecosystem, essentially cd in an MP3 world.

They have maturity on their side but industry mindshare going way against them together with every VC and their dog committed to Hadoop.

I'm almost rooting for them but having seen their pricing in action not so much.

Expect SAP to go the same way but a much more lingering death due to false buoyancy from their Ledger and CRM revenues.

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'Toxic' WIPO catches flak as US congressmen call for Gurry's head

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you missed the bit where he is subverting procurement processes and awarding them to a buddy of his then?

That's generally something that we in WIERD countries look down our nose at the rest of the world on whilst proclaiming we're tough on bribery and corruption.

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Monster Cloud and an angry customer wanting a refund: A Love Story

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Unhappy

But a shame the full transcript wasnt published

Since the customers mail doesn't include a threat to call The Register, but if we assume that the customer service's engineer wasn't outright lying then some of those mails have been edited or are missing.

Which means we cant trust the whole exchange.

Which is a bit naughty El Reg. You are not The Sun.

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Your mother has a smooth forehead, Klingon language lovers roar at Paramount

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Read the article - its part of a much bigger claim and the trekkies are grabbing on to the language bit like a liferaft coz they barely have a leg to stand on, on the other stuff.

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ST:WTF!

Whilst I have some sympathy with the Trekkies/ers language claims, it seems to be a part of a bigger element of Paramount stopping Fan films being made.

Since it appears the fans are pissing up $50k on funding this stuff, I would respectfully suggest they get a life and film and write something original. Who knows they might actually have a winner on their hands.

The top quality fan films seem genuinely good and the makers are obviously hugely talented - its just a shame they have wasted all that effort on stealing recycling what is clearly someoneelses IP.

The last thing the film industry needs is another set of sequels, especially for ST which has had more than its fair share of film outings.

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SpaceX is go for US military GPS sat launch, smashes ULA monopoly

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What a week for SpaceX

First the Mars mission and now this.

Everything is coming up Musky.

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Galileo in spaaace: France's 'equivalence principle' satellite

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Joke

Re: apparently

Didn't the Church waterboard Galileo for heresy?

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Watch it Apple: time has come for cheaper rivals' strap-ons

Gordon 10

On the assumption you aren't trolling - its about making the Gear 2 smartwatch connect to iPhones. nothing else.

Its a rather good watch imo - looked seriously at getting one but lack of adoption of Apps such as Strava and Map My <enter exercise> put me off.

Functionally it seems a cut above both Apple Watch and Android Gear but is let down by lack of App adoption. UI in particular is well thought out.

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Another failed merger, Carly? Ted Cruz to bring in ex-HP boss Fiorina as running mate

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Unhappy

Cruz and Carly?

I'd rather have Trump and a clone of Trump.

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German prof scores €2.4m EU grant to crack software on your bicycle

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bollocks

This a programmers solution to a consumer rights issue. Mandating open software of open interfaces is not necessary if the law ensures the manufacturer cannot pull a fast one.

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Ex-Apple gurus' elusive Android phone coming to UK next month

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eewww Archos? Are they still a thing? Brave man! I always thought they were to France as Ducati were to Italy. (ie constructed by a man on a Friday desperate for the first pastis and gitane of the weekend whose brother is in charge of installing the electrics into Renaults)

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Gordon 10

Re: DIY Problems?

Legally name sharing is fine as long as there is no reasonable belief that consumers can be confused. Trademarks are far more relaxed in that respect than patents.

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Gordon 10

Re: I hate ...

Disagree on battery swapping (a charge anything battery pack is actually more versatile and there are many sizes to choose from).

Must be a SD card slot with only 16Gb of storage surely?

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Gordon 10

Re: designed the "Beats by Dre"

Whilst I take you point if you mean different form factors (sliders, and keyboard phones please), I have to disagree that anyone could have designed that phone. Its very hansome imo.

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Redback sinks fangs into Oz builder's todger

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Childcatcher

Mummy spider is distraught as she is wondering where that convenient branch she laid all her eggs into has gone.

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Ding-dong, reality calling: iPhone slump is not Apple's doom

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WTF?

Official Apple Strap - £39 Third party ones ~£10

EBay's finest Chinese smartwatch (128mb ram - yes MB) ~£30.

I know which one will still work after a year.

And why are you ranting about watches when the piece is about Phones?

You may think Apple are expensive, however once you factor in ease of use, lifespan, quality and resale value millions of others think its a trade-off worth making.

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Is Dublin becoming as unaffordable as San Francisco?

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Re: Unlike San Francisco, Dublin has the capacity for further expansion

Disagree with Airport blocking expansion to the North. Why on earth has Swords and N. County Dublin grown so much?

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WTF?

So what's new?

Dublin has had mad rents for the biggest part of 2 decades now, tech only being part of the problem. Especially as the major companies are reasonably spread out the Dublin outskirts. Even Yahoo and Goolge are alsmost as far East as you can get without building a skyscraper on Howth or falling into Dublin Bay.

It's problem has never been housing stock per se but piss poor transit links,

It's got some of the worse roads of any capital city, without compensating other transport to ease the burden. It's 2016 and only now is the Luas being linked. Look at the wiki link for all the other missed opportunities.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luas#Proposed_planned_future_extensions

And let's not mention the port tunnel fiasco. Or Taxi drivers worse than the ones in Paris.

Btw have those slapdash estates they threw up north and west of Swords fallen down yet? They were falling apart after 3 year when I last saw them.

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30 years on, Chernobyl wildlife still feeling effects of nuke plant catastrophe

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Show me some stats

Some more stats would have been nice. How much more frequent are small brains and cataracts? How much above background are the levels now? Is this a point in time study based around now or a long term multi-year study.

If multi-year are the trends rising or falling?

Otherwise this is just coming across as "Radiation is bad mkay?"

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RIP Prince: You were the soundtrack of my youth

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Joke

George R R

I have a suspicion that the Grim Reaper has him pencilled in for this year as well.

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Goodbye: XPoint is Intel's best exit from NAND production hell

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WTF?

Eh?

"Intel, or Micron, may well decide to try and buy SK Hynix before Samsung or WD-SanDisk-Toshiba does, and so gain manufacturing volume"

How on earth is the solution to overproduction to buy more production? Especially when the biggest cost is the capital cost of the plants not the raw materials.

If Xpoint is even as half as good as the hype Intel will be switching their nand lines to Xpoint as quickly as their market suggestions tell them too, if they are smart they could kill all the competition at birth, by pricing low enough to drive it out before they can achieve economies with their own products.

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Hortonworks CEO tells El Reg: 'Clearly there's a lot of work to do'

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What are they doing wrong?

Cloudera seem to be making a much better fist of it with essentially the same starting point.

Horton are rapidly beginning to look like AOL or Yahoo in a Google world.

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FBI's PRISM slurping is 'unconstitutional' – and America's secret spy court is OK with that

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Re: Those of us in other countries

Firstly no one is laughing secondly technical ability comes a poor second when already have a secret society who think act and are supported in their actions that they are for all intents and purposes totally beyond the reach of laws and decency.

Whilst the database makes this an El Reg story the actual implications for the respect of the rule of law are much more frightening.

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HTC 10: Is this the Droid you're looking for?

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Re: Apple Airplay

I'll wait for the Cyanogen/XDA boys to scoop it out and add it to CM13 :D

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Re: HiRes

No sir you have been drinking the audiophile koolaid again. pssttt I have some oxygen free directional speaker wire for sale - great deal just for you.

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Utah declares 'war on smut'

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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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