* Posts by Gordon 10

2969 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

Chinese whispers point to Huawei bid for Motorola

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Re: US Congress

Lenovo werent a major player in cellular comms afaik.

Huawei are.

Plus its obvious the CIA/FBI/MI5/TLA obviously have a hardon against them. (Or their political masters do - which amounts to the same thing.

Besides I bet IBM own contribute to far more politicians than google do.

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Apple, publishers and ebook pricing – what does it all mean?

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Not a great solution

Maybe the agency model is the lesser of two evils?

Consumers potentially suffer a bit more now to prevent a far more costly suffering in a future where Amazon is the ebook equivalent of Google or Facebook. It could be argued that they are that now but whilst there are many competing stores they are the default choice but not the only choice.

Maybe we need the Agency model for the next 5 years? A digital equivalent of the Net Book agreement?

Of course I expect the fandroids to do the usual Apple = Evil thing and loose sight of the fact that Amazon is no better.

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Motorola's bid to sink Windows, XBoxes sales snubbed

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The law needs a Stag night clause.

What goes on in Germany stays in Germany and ditto for the US.

On a more serious note I would have thought that if the German and US arms of Moto and MS were separate legal entities registered in the local country most of the arguments from MS and the US judge become null and void.

Ie both MS and Moto's entities have to obey local laws first and head office directives second.

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UK.gov has shaved off 16% of IT staff in 4 years

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IT vs ICT

Why is it when we switch to Education and International Development the workers switch from IT to ICT?

Is it perchance the higher number of numpties who pretend to do IT work in those departments.

Cant we ban the TLA ICT from El Reg?

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OnLive goes legit with licensing downshift for virtual Windows

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Re: What's the Ppoint?

The only point I believe is OnLive's "special sauce" streaming tech, and doesnt require your own desktop.

Other than *maybe* offering some performance improvements over slim connections and not needing your own desktop I dont see any difference between this and say LogMeIn and the rest of the VNC/RDP crowd in the iOS store.

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Softphones strangled by smartphone battery life

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WTF?

WTF?

This sounds like excuses for poor sales.

For me the major use case for softphones is to facilitate remote working in the enterprise.

Since remote working generally involves either having a laptop or PC switch on as well I would question why this is a bar to adoption.

The major plus of softphones is to avoid mobile/landline charges for work calls by using call back type functionality.

I see softphones on smartphones as a interim/passing technology soon to be gobbled up by unified comms containers that provide full BYOD functionality. (ie integrated contacts, email, phone etc) all within a secured section of the phone and therefore again not a major area of problems.

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Intel discloses sub-10-watt 'Centerton' Atom chip

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Can AMD complete?

With ARM and Intel both having better long term potential in this space are AMD chips even credible? Lets face it performance per watt isnt one of AMD's better performing metrics these days.

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The Hardware Hacker's Guide to Home Automation

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@bk33k34 Re: *still* not there

Quick google came up with Lindy IR socket. Plug that into the Sub psu (I assume it's an active sub) and either set it up as a new device on the harmony or Learn it to an unused key when the harmony is in Amp mode.

In my experience the harmonies have the IR power to bounce into odd corners so it should work. Biggest pain with the newer logitech harmonies is that the device limit is too low.

Hope this helps.

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Employers' group: New comp sci GCSE driven by vendor agenda

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Re: A little bit more

Au contraire - my highest education level in IT is the original computer studies GCSE. My education past that is all Maths & Science related. Last time I checked a lot of other techies were in my boat too.

In fact what you see in my peer group is completely unrelated A levels and degrees with the occasional conversion to the fold by via a masters.

Infact I once programmed with a lady whose primary degree was Egyptology - beat that!

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Yahoo! pleads! for! ad! juice! as! products! guru! exits!

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Dead Man Walking

Unfortunately Yahoo's fate was sealed many years ago when it failed to maintain its hold as the portal of choice in the face of Google.

It turns out that people dont want Portals - they want basic search (google) or a semi-cozy environment to interact with their friends (Facebook). Since Yahoo do/did neither well they are doomed.

Now if they had attempted to monetise Hadoop - it may have failed, but it may have gained a revenue stream.

Infact if I was google I would be looking at Yahoo rather nervously right now. Their fates could be the same over the long term - stuck in a (profitable for now) rut - but unable to innovate out of it. Before you say it - Android is just a method of generating more input to that rut.

The next decade will be interesting to say the least.

1. Yahoo dies.

2. Web 2.0 bubble implodes - taking out most Secondary and Lower tier players.

3. Microsoft nosedives further.

4. Oracle's Hardware business finally gives up the ghost and is limited to appliances for pure Oracle stacks.

5. Big Data saves us all or implodes.

6. Google fails to re-invent itself for the 2020's again and again. (but rakes it in in the medium term).

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Wellcome Trust backs boffins in open publishing row

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What precisely

Are the costs of Open Access publishing?

Formatting, editing, copy editing - what?

Genuinely don't understand.

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Big Four US carriers vow to switch off stolen smartphones

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FAIL

Dear US

Welcome to the naughties. Do try and catch up.

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Toshiba prices up 13in monster tablet

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WTF?

Oh dear

Weight - huge - flawed.

Screen res - meh not great for size.

Use cases - any?

Battery life - unknown.

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Anonymous plans DDoS attack on GCHQ in snoop law protest

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Timing

Whats with the weekend attacks? It hardly strikes me as a peak time for anyone.

I bet they barely bothered getting the HO BOFH out of bed. Probably left it to the PFY.

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Councils get online arsenal to battle billion-pound bloodsuckers

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NFA

And how much does the NFA cost us a year?

IIt's a quango and therefore by my own personal definition probably a government sanctioned fraud in its own right?

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'Unibody' iPhone 5 said to debut in October

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Re: LTE? Really...

Why be fussed over a mere issue of branding. As long as an LTE capable iPhone actually means LTE (+ existing 3G + 2G) capability without compromising on anything else (battery life etc) what's the issue?

The new iPads girth and weight "issues" are solely driven by the new display and it's power requirements boding well for any LTE equipped iPhone 5. Even if it's LTE-ness is essentially irrelevant in the uk market as a credible UK LTE rollout is 2+ years away.

Besides the only advantage LTE has for the consumer is that small minority using phones as modems. I can't quote any accepted figures but from personal experience that's a max of 8-10 people per rail 50+?person carriage.

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WTF is... UltraViolet

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Re: $2 or $5 to copy to the system

Did you miss the bit where you could upgrade It to HD?

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Square kilometre array decision delayed again

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Re: Stereo Vision?

I would have thought the better question is just what part of the sky could be seen from both places at the same time. Afaik the interferometry needed in this kind of set up works best in real time. Therefore both sites would have to be pointing at the same point.

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Apple flooded with iPad 3 wireless connection complaints

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Yawn

Give good odds that 50% of the issues are DNS issues. Another 40% are cell site backhaul overloading. 5% software bugs and 5% real manufacturing faults.

All in all fairly standard.

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HTC One X Android smartphone

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Re: dropbox

Loadsa memory? What you mean less than the phone actually comes with? That's not loads in my book.

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Re: @Frank ly When contemplating the latest generation of high-end smart phones......

Precisely. Before the cloud there were these things called pc's - and even with my iPhone I can pull files from my home pc either on wifi or 3G.

I carry 95% of what I need on the phone and the other 5% is in my documents available in most places where I can get 3G or a wifi hotspot.

Not a cloud in sight and never will be if I have anything to say about it.

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Re: When contemplating the latest generation of high-end smart phones I feel myself..........

Dear God!

If you really cannot make do with 32gb of storage you really need to take a long hard look at the dross you are carrying around on your phone.

It's enough for more music than you can listen to in a week and a couple of good films or a tv series.

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Samsung rolls out ultra high-speed microSD cards

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More importantly

How do we know our existing micro-sd toting electronics have the hardware/firmware to enable UHS?

There is no point in paying the premium if for example the Nook firmware only supports class 6 speeds.

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Netgear Powerline Nano 500 Ethernet-over-mains adaptor

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Re: When?

More like someone is a radio ham geek nerd ham bitterboi

Still Madge you can content yourself that when the apocalypse comes you'll be the one left transmitting.

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Sci Fi recomendations?

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Re: New style vs old style

Spinward would be my recommendation in the "Good for home published ebooks section"

Far better than 99% of the home published dross that infests the kindle store and the other ebook sellers.

Brimming with great concepts and characters - lacks a little polish and could do with a strong editor but otherwise good. Think of it along the lines of the better franchise novels like Star Wars/ star trek/games workshop but set in its own universe and you won't go far wrong.

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+1 for Vorkosigan Saga - multiple Hugos and Nebulas and everyone deserved.

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Re: Vinge

I would dispute A fire upon the deep. There is a good ebook called Zones of thought that contains both Novels. A deepness in the sky is far superior and has dated less. Fire reads very similarly to Brins Uplift war series.

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+1 for Charlie Stross very versatile entertaining author and occasional commentard on here.

He has pretty much written a book in every Sci-fi / fantasy sub-genre including some very odd but brilliant cross genre novels in the Laundry Series. (lovecraftian horror comedy spy thrillers!)

Also his short stories in "Wireless" are excellent - particularly the chilling "a colder war"

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Re: Epic SciFi

One disagreement on the disagreement.

Fallen Dragon is Hamiltons best where his trademarked Deus Ex Machina endings work best. Can't go far wrong with any of them tho.

Alistair Reynolds new one Blue Remembered Earth is a good un. Although for me he's a perrenial 4 star writer with nearly always one flaw in each book - The Inhibitors series in particular is fully of great stories and characters fairly poorly treated. The ending of the series in particular is a real take the wind out of your sails ending.

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Violin Memory flashes $50m wad from SAP

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Re: Wtf?

Happy to reconsider my principles there are no sacred cows or Elephants.

However when I google for Flash-Hadoop use cases nothing but sales blurb pops up.

Give me a link to prove me wrong.

15 years of industry experience tells me that you rarely get burnt by being suspicious of the upsell which is exactly what's happening in the big data space right now.

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Wtf?

The principle of Hadoop is that it runs on low cost commodity hardware.

Putting a custom flash array in the mix kinda defeats the point.

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RIM extends management software to iOS, Android

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Missing a trick

It doesn't seem to do anything much.

Where is the email, bb messenger integrationist iOS and Android?

Fat lot of good if the only apps it has to manage are ones that are eating RIMs lunch like Good.

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Game of Thrones Blu-ray disc set

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Re: Oh, also -

Agreed.

One of the biggest sucess measures for the series will be if it manages not to get sunk in the somewhat turgid mire the books have ended up in. Individually they are still good books but Mr Martin is more concerned with his characterisation than progressing the story - its passed frustrating at this stage.

At this rate the series will be over before the books are.

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Home Sec: Web snoop law will snare PAEDOS, TERRORISTS

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Dear Ms May

Our major concerns with Terrorists and Paedo's is the risk of being falsely labelled as one by some ignorant civil servant snooping on our private conversations and jumping to the wrong conclusion.

Might I suggest a read of the badscience.com website and that you educate yourself and your flunkies on the likelyhood of false positives when there are a very small number of actual villains? ie you will ruin far more innocents lives than catch criminals.

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Neutrino mass, dark energy measurements refined

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Blunder

Thats a little unfair. It's essentially a place holder for all the things we dont know about the universe but which allows us to get lots of interesting work done in the meantime.

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Qualcomm's S4 chip set to shrink laptops further

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Re: Sod the size

Almost certainly since 2 lines of VGA resolution amount to more than 1080 pixels.

Now can it support screens of greater than 1080p resolution is a different question.

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Ape sanctuary seeks funds for armed Robo Bonobo

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Omg

Thats not a robot - that's monkey davros.

I can just see the mini Dalek bonobos now

Copulate COPULAAATTE

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Sony sends Xperia Play Android 4 beta dev-wards

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It's a developer who comes with a toggle switch for their otherwise randomly engaging BOFH feature.

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Nvidia wants sub-£130 Tegra 3 tablets out this summer

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Re: Still has not got the memo

Pure Semantic quibbling Mr Phobos

WOA includes Office and a browser - thats 70% of desktop use cases dealt with.

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Capita poises axe over 1,000 staff - jobs headed to India

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In other words

Liked the Analysts summary for one.

Translation

Crapita's only skill is in cutting their own headcount, and they can be expected to screw even that up imminently.

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RIM to exit the consumer phone market

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FAIL

Translation

We have neglected our corporate base in the fruitless chase for pennies from the great unwashed.

Unfortunately their corporate base is on an unstoppable decline due to android and iOS. RIM are a dead man walking in this space.

Therefore though there may only be pennies in the great unwashed its the only Market RIM has any hope of growing.

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Balsillie bails as RIM reports terrible quarter

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Re: If...

Agree. I have a newish curve for work.

OS 7 is vile. Reminds me of Nokia's OS40 after gathering 5 years of cruft and then being bastardised for smartphone functionalities.

The keyboard is the worst hardware keyboard I have EVER used. I can type significantly faster on my iPhones soft keyboard.

Yes I know the curve is the base model - that doesnt excuse its basic functionality fails - especially as an email device.

I have 4-5 year old Windows Mob 5/6 phones that did the job better.

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NDS says Beeb's Panorama emails were 'manipulated'

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Hmmm

Both Parents have form in this area

Panorama the primark stuff.

And NI well they are just dodgy as hell

**flips coin**. It's Panorama the smug fucks at the beeb haven't had a good shoeing yet this year.

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Amazon boss finds Apollo 11 engines on seabed

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Its difficult to solve world hunger. Ever since Orson died Unicron hasn't been back.

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Gov IT contractors hire staff in India to work on benefits system

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Re: The Americans Know how to Do IT.

Careful about smile.

They have started using shared called centers with the Co-Op and the training is sadly lacking and the famous smile customer service is descending downwards fast.

Still UK based but not as good as they used to be.

Based on person experience me & the wifey YMMV.

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Third European supply podule docks with space station

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Re: Should have shelled out for an Advanced Docking Computer

Technically it already has one.

The backup is a ground controller continually mashing the "P" on his keyboard to match rotation.

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London ambulances on second try with CommandPoint 999 software

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Re: Why is it needed anyway?

Probably because there are more business requirements than you can fit on the back of a commentards comment.

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HP offers contractors a choice: 5 per cent pay cut ... or 100 per cent

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Heres hoping

Some contractors vote with their feet.

If not now preferably when HP can least afford them to leave. (1 week before go live).

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With this ring, I thee frag

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Re: Caveman style?

Me too.

Man doing clubbing - No

Club - No

Cave - Maybe (depends on Café)

Slaughter Mammoth for burgers - No

Hang on a sec........

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