* Posts by Gordon 10

3087 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

WikiLeaks memoir races to 537th on bestseller chart

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On what planet is Pam's accent from Berks?

I haven't heard her speak for a while but unless she has had a voicebox transplant recently as a Berks residentI can say not even the most yokelly parts of the Royal county sound like Pam's whose is so westerly it's a minor miracle its not Irish.

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Elon Musk's SpaceX to build 'Grasshopper' hover-rocket

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Definition of reused

Afaik the shuttle boosters were closer to Recycling than reuse.

Presumably anything actually landing would need far less servicing.

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Sonex calls in administrators

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Really?

What you mean like Apple stores?

Sony is one of the few CE brands to come near to matching Apples cache.

Their only issue is the rather old school layout and staffing reminisent of a posh dixons circa 2005.

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HideMyAss defends role in LulzSec hack arrest

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I tend to agree

There is a whiff of hypocrisy from hma. They will only hide people from countries for whom their host country doesn't have any legislation for.

I suspect at least one of the Arab D

Spring countries may gave been in this position but too overtaken by events to action it

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Sites downed by 1&1 web outage

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Sorry but you deserve it

Unless you did a cost benefit analysis beforehand and decided 1&1 were worth the risk I have no sympathy for you.

If you know you have that much value attached to services from a company that is known for being crap you deserve all you get.

I suggest you actually start paying for a service commensurate for the value at risk if it all goes wrong.

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Byte-dock MacBook Pro port replicator

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Having a laugh

£150 notes for a port replicator that is massively compromised and lacks even a USB hub?

You can get bog standard laptop docks that do more for 20% of what this costs.

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Lib Dems: Gov must look at security of public data cloud

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My god

A sensible IT policy from the lib dems!!

I'm sure normal service will be resumed soon.

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Does white space need to be Weightless?

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Correct term in this case would probably be trick cyclists.

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I for one can't wait to run a packet sniffer on this new wireless cocaine of which you speak.

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Neil Armstrong: US space program 'embarrassing'

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The fact that it's a drop in the ocean if the US Govt budget is irrelevant - most Govts are hopelessly inefficient.

The same amount if money given to aggressive startups powered by people with real vision would achieve more faster and cheaper.

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Pork, Prizes and Elf and Safety.

NASA is just a vehicle for US Representatives to use to deliver Pork to their regions,

Frankly the best thing they can do with the bulk of the nasa budget it split into Ansari type X-Prizes, then let the Private sector compete to get them. Keep a certain amount for BAU work such as telescope and ground station funding.

Make the prizes suffuciently big enough there will be VC's falling overthemselves to fund the private companies vieing for those prizes.

Nasa's annual budget is ~$17bn (2008 figures) thats a lot of money in anyones world.

Say keep 5bn back - thats enough to accumulate multiple billiions for each prize over the year.

The next thing they could do is relax the health and safety regime for Space flight. Its meant to be a frontier - let people risk death exploring it and helping the human race move forward.

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Ingres rebrands as Actian, tackles low-end BI apps

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Fail

Take one of the best known names (if underachieving) in the DB business, change it, then bet the farm on predictive analytics.

Well done Mr Retard the soon to be leaving CEO.

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Apple MacBook Air 11in Core i5 notebook

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FAIL

Duh its not rocket science.

So you spec 4GB on order which you can do. Anyone who has plans to run a dual boot - which is not an average consumer thing - will already do it.

The same has been happening on windows machines for years. You spec what memory you need over a base config or get the next model up.

Would you prefer the current windows situation where 4Gb is being wasted on dozens of windows laptops running 32bit windows that can only use 2.96 Gb?

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So speaks someone whose never used os x. It's much more efficient on memory usage than windows - more on a par with linux.

It runs very nicely on my netbook with and atom and 2gb.

Have you ever looked at your memory usage the average user doesnt need all 4gb even on windows.

You only need 4gig plus if you are doing big photo editing or similar and afaik 4gb is an option.

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Some strange definitions

I totally agree with the OP. You have a strange definitionof efficient.

Firstly in the real world 3G has been around for years and in the Uk at least will still be around for another 5-10.

Secondly a mifi is another piece of kit and charger to carry. Additionally the lid of a laptop gives much better space for bigger cellular aerial. Both are more efficient than your suggestion.

Thirdly with 3G active you are not likely using wifi so it can be powered down so battery life is not an issue.

Lack of 3G is the only reason I haven't bought an 11" Air myself. It's ridiculous that something that is meant to be ultraportable lacks this as at least an option. It's the whole reason I spent Air money on a vaio TT.

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Faster-than-light back with surprising CERN discovery

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I was thinking of both the cases AC and Laeming mentioned. :)

Also note my use of the word infinitesimal.

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People tend to forget

That the speed of light is not really a constant.

The correct phrase is speed of light in a vacuum is a constant. And even then it can change infinitesimally with the quality of the vacuum.

Given that neutrino's are famous for only weakly interacting with the material universe it's no surprise that they zip along a fraction faster. Z m

One of the more 'believable' tropes of science fiction is that 'FTL travel' is possible by generating or entering a domain where the speed of light is much faster than in our normal universe, thus technically not passing the speed of light. Handily it also gets around the near infinite mass/energy requirements that reaching lightspeed is meant to require.

The fact that neutrinos have mass and appear to travel faster that light opens the possibilities for lots of fascinating new science.

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Orange Barcelona Android Qwerty phone

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Indeed

For the ignorant out there aGPS is better than normal GPS as it uses BOTH the GPS and Mobile signals to work out it's location.

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HP dumps Apotheker for Whitman

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And there was me

Thinking that EDS specialised in delivering chaotic messes - particularly to the British tax payer.

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Lancs shale to yield '15 years' of gas for UK

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RE : Gasland

Was that the movie whose director knowingly used footage from areas where water has contained gas for decades before feacking started to "sex up" the story?

Good example.

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Rumor: HP giving Apotheker Das Boot

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If this is true

Then HP's board have more guts than I would have credited them with.

If it happens fair play to them which is better than I can say about Nokia board.

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Why Samsung won't open the Bada OS box

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Open source form.

Interestingly most if not all of Samsungs TV's have all or most of their firmware open sourced. I think it's because some of it was third party GPL licensed stuff but it dies suggest that Samsung is no stranger to it.

What advantages they would get from open source bada is another thing entirely.

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Oracle defies the economy – and the curse of Sun

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That's the billion dollar question.

The second one would be how have oracle managed to drive the ex-sun costs down far better than sun ever did. Does it just come down to being more ruthless?

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Microsoft exec departs after tweet about Nokia phone

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And why is that a bad thing?

More competition in the smartphone Market can only be a good thing for consumers.

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Windows 8 fondleslabs rock up on eBay

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Weight?

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DfE probed over Gmail use for official business

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Thanks

The mention of groupwise caused a feeling not unlike a herd of cattle trampling my grave.

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Baltimore 'toilet bomber' acquitted

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Too late

Your rendition to an allied power with more flexible 'justice' has been scheduled. Please remain calm and go about your business until dragged into the van from the street.

Anyone reading this should consider themselves likely for the same fate.

Regards

The security services - protecting democracy from itself.

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AMD spills secret to World Record clock speed

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If that's the case

Why don't they release some ultra high clock speed parts and really challenge the i7?

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Actually

The common usage for ice is any substance that freezes below 0.

Usually ice is a contraction of water ice - as opposed to ammonia or nitrogen ice that are commonly used in astronomy.

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Totally agree

This is an ok feat but hardly a great one.

There should be a standard burn in time using prime 95 or similar.

Would also be interested if non-x86 cpu's were involved in a more formal event. Particularly ibm's power chips which already run at clock speeds in excess of the x86 mob.

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Nigerians panic over killer calls

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There was an episode of the X files where a phone call would send you on a killing spree.

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Depends

She may want to invite you round to make some hone videos.

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Scosche BoomCan mini travel speaker

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Would have been nice if that functionality had been built in though. Especially since it would have been so trivial to do.

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Schoolkids learn coding at GCSE level in curriculum trial

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I was the first year to take computer studies GCSE in 1988. I can confirm at that time it had flowcharting (remember the hexil? stencils) and BBC Basic programming - I wrote some school library software.

I also remember the porno version of the Frak! caveman yo-yo game being on all the networked Beebs in the computer lab. The monsters were naled women and instead of a yo-yo he used something more pokey.

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Mozilla co-founder quits Firefox veep role

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And whats the point of using chrome as a web dev when most of your clients wont be using it?

This reminds me of the old flaw of developer machines being so higher spec'd than end user machines that any code developed on them ran like a dog on the end users.

Good to see nothing has changed - its still all about the willy waving. Plus dont the number of firefox web dev plugins outweigh chromes 5 times over?

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HP sued by investor over PC and TouchPad antics

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FAIL

Your Fail

I think you have completely failed to understand how corporate governance is meant to work.

The CEO is there to manage the company and appointed by the board.

The board is there to look after the shareholders interests and should rein in and fire the ceo if he acts against shareholder interests.

In the case of HP the incompetent way the TouchPad and PC div sale was handled is more than enough cause in my opinion to call the board to account. No doubt they would argue that the long term effects will be positive, no doubt both them and the CEO will be long gone.

Unfortunately since most shares are owned by pension and investment funds who are very passive such calling of boards to account is very rare indeed, and then he only avenue for smaller shareholders to follow is legal.

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I tend to agree with this.

Along with Nokia both boards of directors should be hauled before the courts for allowing CEO's of dubious ability to destroy shareholder value.

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Intel demos ultra low-juice chippery

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WTF?

Confuzzled

How would an olde worlde MB (or indeed a modern one) supply the low and accurate voltages needed? Or does the chip include a voltage regulator as well?

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Dell XPS 15z 15.6in Core i5 notebook

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Wind up the fanboi's

Wonder if you can hackintosh it?

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RIM profits nearly sliced in half

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In denial

If they truly believe that the playbook demand was limited by their own smartphones it's just the last shred of proof needed that RIM's management have their heads firmly stuck where the sun dont shine.

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NASA unveils its chosen Shuttle successor

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Screw the NASA pork barrel

Go spacex!

If only Nasa could deliver space exploration as well as it delivers Pork.

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Android banking trojan intercepts security texts

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Slight correction

IT professionals bosses prefer systems as you described.

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I hate to say this

Because competition is good.

But if this continues any IT professional worth their salt will be recommending to their non-IT literate friends and Rellies that they avoid android or will be at least loading an AV app for them.

If only to avoid the inevitable support calls!

Alternatively this is another great opportunity for Amazon to differentiate themselves. Imagine them advertising that their App store is malware free and locking the "kindle pad" to it.

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Intel-Google love-in leaves MeeGo going nowhere

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Shouldn't that be does google offer ANY security?

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HTC knocks out the Beats

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What planet have you been living on.

There are loads of phones around that price point.

If you don't like the price by something cheaper.

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Facebook security profiling doesn't like African log-ins

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Reasonable precaution

I for one don't want 419ers on Facebook.

(insert joke alert icon here)

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More transistors, Moore’s Law, less juice

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No direct linkage

Between CPU transistor count and CPU horsepower.

Think about it is a new and shiny core i twice as powerful as a core2? I think not.

Ironically much of the increase in transistor counts us not going directly to horse power. Think gpu & multi-cores. 2 cores are not twice as powerful as one or at least practically they are not.

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TouchPad sales doubled after it was discontinued

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Acer?

How the heck did acer get to no2?

I've not exactly seen any glowing reviews is it just because they have both android and windows models?

Wonder where Asus comes in the rankings?

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Anti-gay bus baron rages at being stuffed in Google closet

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Dear Brian,

It's just a search.

Get over it.

Sergey

Sent from my Nexus S

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Well actually you probably are

As I suspect your (and his) definition of "promote" us the same as most reasonable people's "discuss homosexuality in the context covering most major aspects of sexuality".

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