* Posts by Gordon 10

3048 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

Nokia ‘giving away phones at cost’

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What idiot

Closed the online store?

Talk about making a bad situation worse

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Apprentice runner-up becomes Greggs bigshot

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FAIL

It was always clear that she worked for Greggs

Maybe you just werent paying attention.

Additionally in bigger roles than the "glorified PA" assumption thats doing the rounds. Im sure the TV downplayed it to make it look like she was a fighter from the trenches when in reality she was already Greggs middle management.

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whom

every constestant or SirAlan himself as 'B Ark' commander?

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UK, Dutch cops cuff 5 more in Anonymous-LulzSec raids

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Black Helicopters

No surprises there

Its been fairly obvious that the majority of those taking part in Anon DDOS attacks were little more than kiddies with access to LOIC. Gawd help them as they are just the cannon fodder for the Anon elite. (733t?).

Lulzsec are a whole different case - obviously smart cookies, and activities much more in line with the likes of the HB Gary hack than the DDOSes.

If they are smart they will call it a day and merge back into the rest of anon.

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Firms fight over universal remote control patents

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My old Mid range harmony remote

Has worked perfectly for 7+ years except for the 6 button which was broke when I got it and I never bothered to exchange it.

During that time its worked perfectly and can transmit faster than my newest AV equipment can react.

The website which was a little clunky at times has been much faster in the last few years.

About the only complaint I have is that the newer mid range remotes are limited to too few pieces of equipment compared to my old model.

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Oracle revs VirtualBox, mushrooms memory

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Most popular

How many downloads of the various java packages I wonder?

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RIM updates PlayBook OS

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Meh

So working email still not available then?

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Asda offloads affordable Archos fondleslabs

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If I had to guess

I would say outside of shiney gadget circles.

I seem to recall there is even a gadget website called shinyshiny or similar (I'm too lazy to do the legwork to check.)

I like to think I'm harsh but fair. Plus the fact that the day isn't complete without gratuitous use of the word tosser.

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Alternatively

If you are interesting in buying one why dont you do some legwork you lazy tosser.

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HP TouchPad 32GB WebOS tablet

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Not Likely

HP as palm before them are 6-9 months behind the curve.

So when Gen 2 comes out. Apple and the Android slabs will be on Gen 3 - or close enough to kill the sales of HP's contender.

Its frustrating to see that half these firms don't realise that time to market with something that works reasonably well is the be all and end all in this market.

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Google: The one trick pony learns a second trick

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Cobblers

Snippets from copyrighted works are still copyright. Especially if as google you are using then for commercial advantage.

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GCHQ losing its 'internet whizzes' to Microsoft, Google

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Write off student debt

Simple solution for highly skilled graduate recruitment in civil service.

Anyone who meets critical criteria gets their loans frozen then written off after 10 years employment.

Make sure they are on true performance related contracts to fire the chancers.

It could even be done by setting up an arms length secret squirrel consultancy like quinetic but less dodgy.

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Take issue with that.

Whilst consultancies certainly charge the earth, there are many of their employees who earn comparable salaries to their peers in the wider industry.

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I lol'd

"Google doesn't intercept me - I use baidu."

So the Chinese Govt knows all about you rather than google.

Hmm that's an improvement...

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Next MacBook Air to get Ram, SSD, CPU boost

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3G modem already

The only thing that prevents an air being a great on the go notebook is the lack of a 3G modem option. Dongles just don't cut it from either an aesthetics or convenience or reception point of view.

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Files Connect

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Waste of time

Unless this provides a full filesystem for iOS it's merely a bodge.

The inability of my iPad to edit then upload a document via a HTML form to website x has had me close to throwing it across the room.

Probably a good app but merely provides a partial work around for iOS's failings in the file system / file transfer area.

Come on you know something is stupidly wrong when Office HD has to include email functionality just to help you move docs between Apps.

Fail apple fail.

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MAJOR HACK: Voda femtocells open phones up to intercept

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Must be a significant hack

Even a modified firmware.

Voda's Femtocells check with Vodafone whether the phone has been registered to use it before allowing access. The hackers must also have to compromise that process too.

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News of the World TO CLOSE

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Meaningless distraction

The Notw closing is a distraction from the real issue here. Nearly all the papers have acted similarly.

In terms of using private detectives to rummage out stories the notw lagged behind the Fail, the Mirror, the sun and the torygraph.

Does anybody seriously believe that if someone discovers a way of getting juicy stories then competitors would follow suit?

I for one would bet unauthorised vm access (no it's not hacking) was rife among all of the fleet street rags.

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Facebook, Google, and the war to lock you in

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Yawn

I hardly think all the web 2.0 arrhea being silo'd is a bad thing. Keeps all the dross away from those of us on the real interwebs.

Besides openess and closedness is irrelevant to most consumers - as long as the cattle accept the status quo and it works for them.

As with most things we get the internet we deserve and knowledgable like you and me are the exceptions that prove the rule.

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Microsoft strategy chief quits Redmond

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In other news

Another fat Asian Elvis impersonator joins the shoebox circuit.

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Google left out of $4.5bn Nortel patent deal

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Stupid comment

I presume even now the find detail on the cross licensing of the patents between the members is underway.

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Google Apps v Microsoft Office 365: Rumble in the enterprise

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Total fail.

Ribbon is a fail on a laptop where the screen real estate is more limited. For power users who actually use the rarer functions everything is at least one more click away.

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Actually poor article

Nothing at all about how each of the tools you need to use on a daily basis compare to their google equivalents and tons of waffle about the glue holding it all together. This part should be so seamless it's irrelevant.

How about a follow up with a user centric view - not a sysadmins.

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Quick Office

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Limited tho

I have this on my iPad and whilst good it's quite limited by ios' lack of a usable file system.

You either have to rely fully on a cloud storage such as dropbox or spent tedious time switching between

Email and office.

Take this prime example :

Edit a word file recieved in an email.

Now try to send it back on a direct reply (you cant)

Because of Ios' stupid paradigm you are reduced to mailing it from quickoffice or dropbox to your own email then forwarding from there after tweaking the title to match the original email chain.

It's ludicrous and all because some idiots who should know better wanted to take away the best way we have had to share data locally - namely a file system.

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Peugeot iOn e-car

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**cough**

Bullshit**cough***

What are you on?

Firstly even old x5's are not fa. Especially since you are then trying to tell us in the next line that it's still depreciating.

Your numbers dont even add up.

500 miles a month in a car that averages **at best** 20 mpg ( which no-one ever achieves) is more like £135 a month at current prices.

Your points were mostly valid. Shame about the example.

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Custard pie activist slams IPCC 'grey literature' habit

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FAIL

In fairness

Although this is expressly directed at the green lobby it's not a green problem.

There are many areas of govt funding where both the "scientific" argument is poorly peer reviewed and the govt pays lobbyists to argue for more funding.

The global warming bandwagon is just the most recent of many.

It's the process of science and government that's at fault - the particular reason is almost irrelevant as long as the merry go round keeps moving.

That's not to say I don't have problems with the climate change debate.... Just that the issue Andrew has written about is far more fundamental that that.

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Refusal to unveil scuppers French refusal-to-unveil trial

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Baffled

By the number of downvotes on this. Can only assume the French are out in force tonight.

Whilst I think anyone who chooses to wear a sack according to their religion is a nutbag I wholeheartedly believe in their right to choose to do so.

This is precisely what the Human rights act should deal with and I eagerly await the day this silly racist, religionist law is repealed.

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Utter genius

Talk about an I'm sparticus moment.

Guy Fawkes icon is appropriate.

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Profit-free Pandora floats, valued at $2.6bn

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WTF?

Losing track

Which particular iteration of the dot.com bubble are we on this year?

what really galls me is that the bubble bursting tends to drag down lots of decent tech compannies with it. By decent I mean ones that actually have viable products and services and actually turn a profit occasionally.

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IATA: this iPad could BRING DOWN A PLANE

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Mushroom

What makes you think it hasnt been done?

I used to work with Aircraft RF engineering specialists they were absolutely catergorically certain that there was no risk.

The ban was always about perceptions and paranoia, and as soon as a way to monetise them or there were ways to keep the cattle distracted came along, the ban was dropped as quickly as they could get slow moving avaiation authorities to do it.

It should be noted that until recently the fractured and individual country based authorities in Europe made this extremely slow.

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IMF 'suspended' World Bank links following hack attack

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Hysterical Rubbish

Have to majorly disagree with this.

Is it difficult to make a company hack proof. Yes. Impossible? No.

Besides making it hack proof kinda misses the point. The aim should be to creat a defence in depth that makes access to any significant data impossible - within a given detection window.

In reality few orgs spend enough on this type of activity to create such a scenario but that doesnt mean its impossible.

This years a good year to work in the IT security sector methinks.

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Inside the 'funky' history of Groupon's biggest shareholder

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I despair

Reading things like this makes me want to become communist. If groupon is worth 30bn my local pound stretcher is worth 100bn.

The company seems controlled by people with a history of getting a quick buck and with no care for building shareholder value and very little concept of corporate governance.

What really galls is them and their VC buddies will walk away with piles of cash and lots of small investors who are using it for their 401k take the hit.

When this can happen the Market is broken.

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The New C++: Lay down your guns, knives, and clubs

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More importantly

What has been done to make the language more secure? Bad C code is responsible for a huge amount of the vulnerabilities found in OSes and their apps.

Whilst it's unfair to blame c++ directly there should be a huge focus on blocking the paths programmers can take that introduce such issues.

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E3 2011: the showstoppers

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Spelling Nazi.

From the Comment Nazi :)

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Lanarkshire wristslap after vulnerable adults' data lost

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FAIL

Commentards

Maybe those muppets who havent read the article properly and who mentioned encryption snould realise we are talking about HARDCOPY.

Too many beers taken already?

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Reg hack cast adrift as Illuminati Online goes off-line

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Are you insane?

I would never trust the chocolate factory with any mails that are personal to me.

Although it seems I'm in a tiny minority.

Maybe I'll be laughing when the goo-pocalypse ( where googles digital copy of you steals your entire life) comes?

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BioWare blows brains with intro cinematics for Star Wars MMO

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Bioware

On that evidence, George L should let Bioware produce/write/direct the Ep 7-9 films and keep his JarJar/Mediclorian meddling well out.

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HTC Flyer 7in Android tablet

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Rtfa

3G too

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Dumb arse

What a stupid reason.

If their $5 dollar fee to ms bothers you so much why not donate the same to the OSF or one of the unix distros.

Most muppetous comment I have ever heard.

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Pirate-bothering ACS:Law lawyer goes bankrupt

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I for one

hope he loses the house too.

No mercy for this kind of blackmailing wotsit.

Thumbs down in the Roman Empire sense.

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Farting death camels must die to save the world!

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but but

You say that like its a bad thing.

Although he has missed a trick. There are probably people who you pay for the privilege of shooting said camels.

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Maximum fine raised to £2m for telcos that don't cough up network data

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Indeedy

Everything Everywhere we are looking at you. Perhaps you'd deign to tell us your mast locations now?

No? £2m smackeroos please.

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RSA makes token offer to worried customers

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But

Given that the perps seem to have conducted the following "not insignificant" actions :

Cracked whatever security RSA had in place.

Obtained remaining credentials for both LHM and others.

Your comment is tantamount to saying our only protection is to hope we dont get hit next.

How many CIO's would be willing to bet their company on the assumption that none of their users will be comprised.

Essentially they should rightly be assuming that they are defenceless.

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Attorney General threatens Twitter injunction-busters

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Twaddle

What utter twaddle.

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Apple opens iCloud to world+dog

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Just what's needed

One major issue I have is that my iPad and iPhone are never in sync. The basic pim data usually us but any third party apps are not. This should fix that problem eventually.

Complex way of replacing a file system though.

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Stolen RSA data used to hack defense contractor

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Why does anyone trust rsa any more.

The whole remote working solution at the bank is worked for revolved around SecureID.

If I was the CIO I'd be replacing them with another vendor solution ASAP.

How RSA have any credibility left it's beyond me.

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Union warns of strike action against HP

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What's so special about this one?

Thousands of IT jobs have been offshored. The UK IT industry still exists.

The Market for IT staff managing offshored teams is healthy. There are plenty of jobs in fixed offshored work or taking back offshored work.

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Hot bodies get super-slippery when wet

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Stealth torpedo

Afaik torpedoes generally swap stealth for high speed.

Stealth torpedoes are normally called mines and are fairly stationary.

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Nokia: When pigeons fly home to roast

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Nailed it

In one.

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Seagate, WD should put a gun to Brussels' head

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Is this a troll?

For shame Register. Whilst I enjoy contrary OpEd pieces as much as the next reader I actually expect some intelligence and less wilful obtuseness.

Very dumb article.

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