* Posts by Gordon 10

3087 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

Commuters' phone data could be tracked to save megabucks on census

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Re: Undocumented illegals

Yes because a doubling of the data is down to the i-word. Why don't you take your dog whistles back to the Daily Fail website where there is a more willing audience for them.

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Re: cut the cost of producing population statistics. - WTF ?

Agree.

Also don't under estimate the value of having literally hundreds of years to understand the gaps and omissions in your data. Something you have to do all over again if you change source or collect method. Now as an data enhancement proposition some of these datasets are interesting but not as core data replacement.

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WTF!

There is either a misunderstanding on the part of the journo who wrote this or a simplification too far in the text.

I refer to the part about following you home at night. About the only way that's even marginally acceptable is if it's to nearest cell tower.

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Paradise Papers were not an inside job, says leaky offshore law firm

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Err you do know the Panama papers dataset was put online afterwards? If you are that paranoid I suggest you go trawling for the gaps you think exist.

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OK, we admit it. Under the hood, the iPhone X is a feat of engineering

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Wibble

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Tesla hits Model 3 production speed bumps, slides to loss

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Research fail

Except the stats on residual values don't back up your statements. Look at the the Model S - 3-4 year old examples still going for 80% of their original cost. (Check autotrader.co.uk). Roadster values are still holding well considering they are a discontinued model.

That's unheard of for whats effectively a 7 series/S class competitor which are mostly over 50-60% depreciation after 3 years....

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Why are we disappointed with the best streaming media box on the market?

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Re: @NonSSL

LAN Content - works fine:

https://support.roku.com/article/208754908-how-to-use-roku-media-player-to-play-your-videos-music-and-photos

DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) is a standard technology that enables sharing of content between devices connected over a network. To play content stored on another device or computer on your Roku device using DLNA, the other device must be running DLNA server software and must be on the same network as your Roku device. Some routers and NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices have a built in DLNA server.

Roku Media Player has been tested to work with the following DLNA servers:

Windows Media Player/Center

Serviio

Plex

Twonky

MiniDLNA/ReadyDLNA/ReadyMedia

PlayOn

For information on setting up a DLNA server, consult the associated online support site.

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Re: Android - open and not limited

Maybe because you can get iPlayer, All4 and Amazon Video without pissing about with side loading or Plex?

Not to mention NowTV for Sky and my annual GoT binge.

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Judge: You're getting an Apple data centre and you're going to like it

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Re: Remake of a popular, and charming, Irish tune

The Dublliners?

Low lie the Fields of Athenry

Where once we watched the small free birds fly. (let the free birds fly)

Our love was on the wing we had dreams and songs to sing

It's so lonely 'round the Fields of Athenry

Until apple came along then they were chokka

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Hey, you know why it's called the iPhone X? When you see Apple's repair bill, your response will be X-rated

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First adopter risk

I’ll expect those prices will come down in time. They are currently driven by cantimg to reserve all the parts for new retail models not spares and repair.

I also bet there are only 1 or 2 service centres that have the skills and tools to repair them.

Haven’t seen an iFixit tear down yet but I bet it will be even harder to fix than previous models.

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BOFH: Do I smell burning toes, I mean burning toast?

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Re: !!!!!!

Yes we are looking at you Vodafone. Twice in different DC's

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=vodafone+flood

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Whois? No, Whowas: Incoming Euro privacy rules torpedo domain registration system

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Whilst I agree that it’s likely to fail I don’t think it’s a total slam dunk. I think an arguement based on the need to support world Intellectual Property systems whilst would ultimately fail would at least be considered an arguement worth having in court, and nonwilful infringement is unlikely to generate a mega fine.

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Re: Problem?

Whois<>DNS

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Fore! PCI Express 4.0 finally lands on Earth

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am I the only one who

Had to look up what GT/s was?

Turns out it's 8 data bytes + 2 control bytes. So actual data transfer rates = GT/sx80% = GB/s

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Vodafone analysed evidence in case where it was alleged victim

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Silly to ask Vodafone

But how on earth could Voda have deleted mails on an image of a disc and have affected the originals in any way?

There might be many explanations - probably multiple chains of rozzer incompetence- Voda deleting them seems v unlikely.

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Apple Cook's half-baked defense of the Mac Mini: This kit ain't a leftover

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IMac Pro is kinda interesting though..... if you have deep pockets.

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Well duh. Hacking about a new product instead of exchanging it. Silly you.

G5S ftw here - android pay + aptx + reasonable battery life.

The capabilities of a £200 android now are amazing. Also have a Sammy A3 from work. Impressed.

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GE goes with Apple: Not the Transformation you were looking for, Satya?

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The lastest round of Macbook pros aside, look at the retail cost of a MacBook Pro 3 years ago and it’s value now. Then compare the equivalent Windows laptop. The idiot tax only really applies to iOS devices, and mostly the phone at that.

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Breakfast at Jeffrey's: UK CEO admits Voda 'slightly lost its mojo'

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Dear Vodafone WTF

£9 a month just for streaming? Three do 30Gb per month total data for £25 sim free. How many mobile networks are reliable for more than 30Gb a month??

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Man prosecuted for posting a picture of his hobby on Facebook

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Re: Police Scotland = Morons with time on their hands

Indeed - it appears that the Sherrif (a mid-ranking judge!) needs an urgent appointment with some retraining and a common sense injection.

Although to be fair this wont be the first time a poorly worded law is used to persecute people who were never intended to be within its scope.

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BOFH: Oh dear. Did someone get lost on the Audit Trail?

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Like they have *ever* been off form.

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Ex-Autonomy CFO begs court to toss out US fraud allegations

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Joke

You mean if HP had bought SAP the same thing would have happened?

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Blade Runner 2049 review: Scott's vision versus Villeneuve's skill

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Re: In the words of director Dean Learner...

I blame George Lucas. Watch Hayden in Shattered Glass - you won’t believe it’s the same actor.

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Musk: Come ride my Big F**king Rocket to Mars

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Re: It would be like living in a Westfield

oh come on - if we've learnt anything from Hollywood its that Mars is where all the 3 boobied women live.

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You will have to offload your mars passengers in a hurry before the elastic goes twang!

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Argentina eyes up laser death cannon testbed warship

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Unhappy

Us old timers remember the days when el Reg has its very own RN Clarksonesquese figure.

(Still missing Lewis Page)

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Modern equivalent

Look up "extended readiness". This is basically where one or more ships of a class are kept ticking over for commissioning at notice.

One of the Albion class Landing Craft Docks (the uk equivalent of the Ponce) is currently in this state, as will our second Aircraft Carrier be when it's built.

This is basically a boondoggle and means they will be unavailable for anything short of a crash re-armament program for a non-nuclear WW3.

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British snoops at GCHQ knew FBI was going to arrest Marcus Hutchins

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Which prior cases are you suggesting where the UK Govt was challenged to prevent an extradition without being forced into it by the Extraditee?

Its the Govt's job - agreed by shite treaty - to process US extradition requests in as timely manner as possible. The only time it shouldn't is if the US has failed to meet the requirements laid down by that Treaty (note not UK or EU law) unless the defendant can show (usually by multiple appeals) that they won't be treated in accordance with UK/EU law in the US.

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RBS sharpens axe again: 900 IT jobs to go by 2020

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Re: FFS, RBS

You've not actually worked in a Bank have you? They ain't that capable of planning or measuring well enough to do that. In fact they probably haven't got a scooby do where the 900 will come from, and will likely be hiring another 900+ somewhere else in the Org simultaneously.

Never subscribe to greed what can better be explained by incompetence and MBA groupthink.

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Antarctica declared world's most volcanic region as 91 new cones found beneath ice

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Or Stross' Laundry series - the hero is deliberately named Bob Oliver Francis Howard.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Laundry_Files

Highly recommended if you like comedy horrors which are Spy/sysadmin/Cthulhu mashups.

Charlie occasionallly comments on here and was tweeting yesterday about stories on El Reg.

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Lauri Love and Gary McKinnon's lawyer, UK supporters rally around Marcus Hutchins

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Re: His employer is very quiet on the subject.

Really? Assuming he was over there on his own time why on earth would anyone expect their employer to get involved for a problem that crops up when he is on holiday. I can't imagine many companies doing that.

Now if he's accused of doing this stuff in the operation of his day job for the company then its a different story.

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Cancel your summer trip to nearby Proxima b. No chance of life, room service, say boffins

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Re: Life a proxima_b

No - they are all running off hard light drives with the letter H stamped on their foreheads.

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'My dream job at Oracle left me homeless!' – A techie's relocation horror tale

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I'm all for thinking Oracle are the root of all evil (they are!) but I can't help thinking that the employee inflicted much of the damage himself. Maybe just through naiveity or maybe not.

I know when I moved countries I managed to get a lot of the pre-work done remotely beforehand - such as setting up a bank account, by using my current banks official partner in that country.

Any relocation agency worth their salt should have at least been able to provide advice on the shortest path to getting settled. I wonder what went wrong?

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While USA is distracted by its President's antics, China is busy breaking another fusion record

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Re: Worse..

Fusion ain't needed for a worse outcome.

If the Chinese keep producing Solar panels at the same rate of descending cost all the the oil backed currencies are f*cked any way. Especially since HVDC transmission lines are booming.

They will literally be so cheap that they will make sense anywhere south of Edinburgh. Huge brute forcing of the power problem but feasible.

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NASA: Bring on the asteroid, so we can chuck a fridge at it

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Nnnooooo!

Everyone knows the next level of escalation after a Hale-Bopp is an MMMBop that will end us all.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NHozn0YXAeE

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And where does it end? The oort cloud retaliates, and we do the same and before you know it every one is trying to comet genocide.

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Re: Time to go PaddyPower

9. Tony Hawks (no not the skateboard dude) sues NASA as he has all the media rights for Around the Universe with a Fridge.

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Big question: Who gets the blame if a cyborg drops a kid on its head?

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Am I the only one

Who suspects my users would fail the Turing Test?

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Re: If you put a helpless human in a machine

Exactly user takes responsibility for their actions. Caveat Luser. Its not frigging rocket science.

Fully autonomous machines need to hold the manufacturer responsible for clear mechanical failures and to provide a WORM audit log when the Luser does something daft.

Idiots are always going to find a way to auto-darwinate themselves or others. No special laws needed.

Just like that muppet who T-boned the Truck in his Tesla after ignoring 6 autopilot reminders.

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Civil rights warriors get green light to challenge UK mass surveillance

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Re: Liberty

Out of curiosity - as a Labour peer - what did you expect her to do?

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Tesla death smash probe: Neither driver nor autopilot saw the truck

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Re: Technology assists it doesnt do it for you

Utter BS. He ignored SIX warnings to pay more attention. The marketing doesn't come into it.

And as a former SEAL - who presumably trained to have Situational Awareness well in excess of the normal herd - he had even less excuse than most.

Autodarwinated. Nuff Said.

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BOFH: Halon is not a rad new vape flavour

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Re: TWA?

tragic workplace accident. Took me a while but it's actually in the line above the abbreviation.

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Consultancy titan EY to shift jobs to Indian outsourcer TCS

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I read this as referring to their IT ops staff, not IT consulting.

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NASA brainboxes work on algorithms for 'safe' self-flying aircraft

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Waste of time

This will happen when hell freezes over unless you are in the military - and even then remote piloting is more likely to be a thing first.

Fleshbags prefer a fleshie to give them the illusion of control.

Would rather see them work on safety interlocks for autonomous deployment of Sharks with Frickin Lasers on their heads. On the grounds its cooler and more likely to happen - Elon has is gonna run out of places to put his moola sooner or later.

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The biggest British Airways IT meltdown WTF: 200 systems in the critical path?

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Re: Antifragile?

{PHBMode}Chaos Monkey{/PHBMode}

What do you mean knowing those 2 words isn't enough?

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Agree - 200 doesn't sound unusual for an organisation as IT dependent as BA, bearing in mind their business went IT dependent very very early.

Whether its good or not I'd hazard a guess that its NOT an outlier compared to other organisations its size.

Rather suspect the Author hasn't worked in anyone as big and hasn't had to contend with the sheer inertia that creates.

Also rather suspect this was 1 rogue application (ESB or similar) spamming corruption further out.

Double suspect that there are a few architects & CIOs waiting for the full BA post mortem.

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Russian data scientist unable to claim £12,000 prize in Brit competition

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Re: clause 2.3b of the competition rules

"I find it a bit puzzling to allow someone to enter but then specifically exclude them from being awarded a prize, should they win."

Makes perfect sense.

1. Invite clever entries

2. don't have to play out.

3. Keep prize money

4. Monetise code

5. $Profit$$$

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India sets June 5 as the day it will join the heavy-lift rocket club

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Re: I'm impressed that we have 64 and 70 ton low earth orbit payload capability coming.

So basically you are saying that we could allow Musk to make monopoly size profits at €1bn a launch and still undercut the FlyingPorkBarrel (SLS) by 50%?

Yay go American capitalism! FFS.

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Sainsbury's IT glitch spoils bank holiday food orders

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Re: First world problems

@Lee

Bravo Sir, Best rant in ages whether I agree with it or not. Have an upvote.

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IBM asks contractors to take a pay cut

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Re: Ever heard of contract breach?

Thats odd - who would want to work for Rotten Blue under those circumstances. All my companies contacts are 2 weeks notice each side.

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