* Posts by Gordon 10

2969 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

Asus asked to decrypt Eee tablet bootloader

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What are you babbling about.

ASUS obviously can bypass the encryption when necessary so it's irrelevant to the normal running of the device.

Valid bitches are about the ownership of the device and earlier/better OS installs but your maintenance "issue" is completely spurious and is only worth reading for the comedy value.

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Samsung Series 9 900X3A laptop

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Why oh pedant?

Unless there are some bizarre 5ghz only 802.11n implementations then n is a perfectly good synonym for b/g/n.

A more valid moan would be what bandwidth of n it supports. Ie 300mb/s or the lesser versions.

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BlackBerry PlayBook in US price plummet

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Maybe

they should spend some of the money deploying a BB email client on the damn thing.

then they wouldnt need the discounts so much.

Im wondering if they plan to drop any attempt to upgrade these versions of the playbook to OS 10.

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Apple's TV killer 'on shelves by summer 2012'

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Shame MS

I firmly believe that MCE was/is one of the best things MS ever did.

Excellent interface for TV and video watching especially PVR and time shifting.

The biggest problem with MCE is the lack of a wonderful piece of reference hardware to have the shiny shiny impact when buying it. Thus leaving the best installs to the custom PC crowd.

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Since

That was exactly what was said before the iPhone launch - that Apple couldn't outdo the incumbents I wouldn't put money against them going it again.

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Apple fined $1.2m for flouting Italian warranty law

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Since Apple are famed for their build quality one might suggest this issue is already addressed.

But don't let facts get in the way of a good troll eh?

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Wi-Fi desk rodents break free from oppressive cabling

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I don't know what crap you have been using but I have a Logitech Bluetooth mouse and keyboard that has never required repair-ing.

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RIM: BlackBerry 10 is fine, delays are down to chip ship slip

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Hardware is irrelevant

If the OS is ready it should be released now. Even if they have to realease a 0.5 version of their current top if the range hardware. RIM are sinking too fast to wait any longer.

The only hardware reason that makes sense is if the OS needs a monster spec to run.

Either way there must be a software issue.

What mentalist given RIM's current dire straits would create an artificial critical path to launching their new OS?

The fact that mail is still not on the playbook also suggests a software problem.

I smell corporate BS.

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One more thing

Why do RIM have this 4g obsession? Businesses don't give a stuff 3G is plenty good enough for most uses. 4g is much more use in a dongle. Especially one that's probably going to be power hungry until v3 or v4.

Their other core market is rioting teens can you see them caring much either.

RIM are fucking clueless as far as I can tell.

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Correct me if I'm wrong.

But any secure email client would have been better than none. QNX is fairly close to Android - they could have bought Good and ported that in the time it's taken them to sort out this cluster fuck.

Hell I would have thought a BB OS emulator running in an encrypted container could have been written and deployed for QNX by now.

I sincerely hope some idiots have been fired for this screw up. Preferably the senior mgt - not the hapless pm's, ba's and code monkeys. Although you have to wonder what holding them back.

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LightSquared demands FCC ruling

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I'm with lightsquared

Seems like they are bending over backwards to fix a situation not of their making.

Either the regulators got it wrong or the gps manufacturers have and should be at the pointy end of a product recall or class action.

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AMD claims 'world's fastest GPU' title

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Meh

Indeed

It will take a while for the graphics improvements to trickle down to mere mortal levels.

Im also guessing that the market for HPC co-processing is starting to eclipse the high end gamer market in terms of sales.

Therefore - unless it can out do Nividia in the HPC space its all a bit meh.

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Sony PSN class-action lawsuit ban prompts... lawsuit

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Errrrnmm. You haven't noticed the articles from out-law.com then?

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afaik Class action lawsuits are a concept that only exists in US law anyway.

Most european versions only extend the concept to Consumer Rights organisations, which is not quite the same thing as they are effectively a single legal entity.

Having said that Im majorly surprised the T&C's are legal - the only person who should make a rule on whether a complaint should be part of a class action should be a judge. I wonder what the precedent is for including Anti-Class action T&C's and if/how its been challenged.

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Software bug fingered as cause of Aussie A330 plunge

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Concur

there are dozens of airlines that are not allowed to fly into US or European Airspace simply because the maintenance procedures are not up to scratch.

South East Asia & Africa Im looking at you. Cough **Indonesia** Cough.

There are also many examples of good Aircraft operated by Bad Airlines being grounded the minute they touchdown in European Airspace.

There was a famous story of a plane that spent 2-3 years parked at Dublin airport because the cowboys who operated it could not raise the funds to rectify the many problems with it.

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Really? Maybe you would care to post some links to back that up?

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Cancer - with enough hits.

Flight attendants and pilots have a small but Stastically significant increased risk of cancer.

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Its only advisory when the light is off. When its on it's mandatory. How hard is it for people to get that?

The article clearly states the light was on.

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You utter muppet.

I suggest you go and research the number of safety incidents with autopilot on vs those with autopilot off.

Then come back here and resume your meaningless pontificating if you dare.

You do realise how stastically insignificant this event was don't you but rather than strap the 60 morons in their seats you would rather endanger millions more by not trusting systems that are far less fallible than the meat puppets they replace.

You do realise yours is the same kind of ill informed opinion that make our politicians come up with dozens of knee jerk legislative and executive decisions every year right?

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Actually given 60 people were flying about its entirely possible that the other 50 were injured by them.

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Sony Tablet P split-screen Android fondleslab

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FAIL

I really wanted this to be good. Fantastic Idea - poor execution.

If the 2 screens had met edge to edge it would have been perfect for both ebooks in portrait, and movies in landscape.

Would have got double bonus points if it could fold around 360 to put the screens back to back for reading, kinda like having a Broadsheet and Tabloid paper in the same device.

Seems we reached the cutting edge of hinge design 15 year ago on the psion revo and its been downhill ever since.

Although Im wondering if Sony may have a problem syncronising the screens perfectly which may explain the movieplay back decision.

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Samsung hauls Apple into court over emoticon patent :-(

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Since when has an emoticon been worthy of a technical patent?

If Samsung has hundreds of technical patents why are they scraping the bottom if the barrel with this?

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Comet Lovejoy survives brush with fiery solar death

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This is deadwood era Lovejoy.

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Ten... inkjet photo printers

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Most importantly

Which one DOESN'T come with 100mb plus of bloated "drivers" that asks to download updates from the Internet every 5 mins?

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Swiss-based Balesio takes the knife to PDF files

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You might want to note that enterprise storage

a) has never been cheap

b) has barely kept pace with demand.

Why do you think there is a market for all the various deduping and compression appliances?

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Doesnt say much

Only that the zip equivalent PDF compression is several generations behind state of the art.

These guys probably have proprietary algorithms highly tuned for SSEv27.whatever. So a newish processor chip will blast through the compression.

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Brit PhD student excels in Pentagon digi-forensics challenge

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Would have thought that was obvious.

It's well known that academia and business are separated by quite a wide gulf.

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Stolen, remote-wiped iPhones still get owner's iMessages

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I came across an interesting iMessage bug

Turns out that iMessage uses the stored number in the My Number section in the Phone settings - which is not necessarily the same number the Network is using.

This number is picked up when a new sim is inserted. However if as I did you insert the Sim before the number porting is finished it uses the original sim number and not your ported one.

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Cheap energy revives US manufacturing, skint Brits shiver

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You mean those environmental effects

Such a once in a million very minor earth quake or the completely false burning water from a tap film?

Do you have any evidence this crackdown is coming or is it just what you've asked Santa for Xmas?

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Paul Allen latest plan: Space rockets on MEGA PLANE

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Don't forget.

That the whole weight is spread over the entire lifting body which would make a huge different.

I bet even the fuselages have strong lift characteristics.

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Really?

You mean like spaceship one had to when it got the x-prize. Oh hang on it didn't.

Muppet.

These guys are significantly cleverer than you.

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The Dark Meadow

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Closet Def Leppard Fan?

That caption under the cross bow pic.

And did those tentacles remind anyone else of Half Life?

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2011's Best... Smartphones

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Lol poor analogy

Having a handset without flash is more like having a car that can't go abroad.

Inconvenient for a few utterly meaningless for many.

Anyone who thinks Flash is an essential part of online life needs to get a life.

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Elon Musk's private Dragon ship to dock with ISS in Feb

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Eerr

From NASA who are going to piss double that up the wall trying to achieve the same thing.

Amounts are totally made up but you get the point.

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Fuck it

Just tell Musk he can have 10bn if he can get astronauts on mars by 2020.

I'd contribute my quid.

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Four Romanians charged with hacking 150 Subway shops

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Wtf?

Why the hell are these pos terminal sitting on the Internet with inferior defences.

Presumably subway had an in house solution that was weaker than most.

Anyone who manufactured one of these pieces of crap should be open to class action suits.

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Private investor pays $1.3bn to don Blue Coat

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Iraq?

So if it's a US client state it's ok to Internet access?

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New account of Flight 447 disaster published

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I didn't say that it wasn't pilot error yes Bonin was the single main cause however there were significant contributing factors and blaming it on the training only was a cheap shot and you know it.

And as for your friends the only ones worth listening to would be those who have type certs on the a330/40.

Until then I'll rely on my own opinion based on 12 years aviation experience including working directly with the engineers who take 330's to pieces on a regular basis and an Airline who run some of the highest duty cycle 330's in the world since the model was brand new.

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Really?

You don't know enough about what the pilots were experiencing to make the call you are making. You are massively oversimplifying the situation.

The fly by wire in alternate mode, the stall warning shutting off, the averaging of stick inputs, the complete disorientation the pilots were experiencing all added to the tragedy.

There was a significant chain of causality.

You are cheapening what really happened and I think you need to STFU.

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Is Bill Gates mulling a return to Microsoft throne?

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***cough*** MS tablet domination? Bwahahahahah

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Apple stores getting close to overload

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Apple get the UX right

Again.

Why is anyone surprised that it makes them money hand over fist.

My encounters with the Apple sales droids have been some of the most civilised shopping experiences I have had.

Treat customers nicely and they come back.

Its not rocket science why have so many retailers forgotten this?

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Win8 beta to surface in Feb 2012 - Microsoft exec

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FAIL

MS would be idiots

If Win8 on Arm cannot do the following:

Native Apps for Office and close relatives (excl Access Dev but maybe including a touch enabled Access Runtime.)

Outlook/Exchange compatability.

Sharepoint client.

Arm as a target for touch enabled Visual Studio codebases (or at least lite client versions of the x86 clients)

Unless Intel has an Arm killer lined up in the next 18 months - which I sincerely doubt then MS would effectively be giving up the Market to Apple and Amazon.

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Apple preps TV enabled iMac ahead of own-brand telly

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I would argue

That Apple have all the cache of B&O and frankly more but appeal to a much wider audience.

The only buyers of B&O are lottery winners and Rich poseurs.

Whereas apple also appeal to averagely wealthy poseurs and also people who want something to just work.

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Why are Android anti-virus firms so slow to react on Carrier IQ?

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FAIL

You dont actually get the difference between monitoring and recording do you?

From their own statements and the security demo CiQ monitors your activities, records what it needs to, and ignores the rest.

No-one has proved otherwise. Until they do lets calm the hysteria.

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BREAKTHROUGH: Feisty startup slashes chip power by 50%

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Define SoC

I think they are a little muddled in the use of the word soc. Everything is evolving towards soc's be it a basic chip or and intel behemoth.

I'm not convinced that the current and future Arm derived SoC aren't an order of magnitude more complex than where these guys are aiming.

And if they do mean to include complex Arms then the same argument applies to Atoms and Brazos too.

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Facebook 'acq-hires' Gowalla brains, shuts service down

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Unhappy

It would have been nice to know what gowalla does without having to google.

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Man gets £12,500 after girlfriend probes his medical data

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Just because you are paranoid

doesnt mean that your girlfriend isnt out to get you......

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Motorola Xoom 2 10in Android tablet

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Wtf?

Are motorola thinking? A new model that's significantly worse than the previous one and at a higher price?

The execs who approved this should be shot.

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Samsung Galaxy Note

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Nice but

I would struggle to choose this over a phone + rooted vanilla Android Kindle Fire combination.

I know the latter doesnt exist yet but by the time its available officially in the UK I expect it to be.

Then you will be able to get a great phone plus a great tablet for less than the Note.

Put it this way - would you take the note out to the pub if it was your only phone?

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FAIL

Use your eyes fule.

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