* Posts by Gordon 10

3468 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G: So light, you might even forget about its terrible keyboard

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So its 2020

And manufacturers are still flogging laptops without 8hrs battery life. No thanks. Hungry CPU and weedy battery do not a happy combo make.

For £1.4k you can get a decent MBA or MBP that will have a better keyboard, battery and trackpad and run 99% of windows tasks just as well as that this think. , AND it will depreciate less.

(Only mentioning Apple because the review did, other laptops are available)

Dutch Gateway store was kept udder wraps for centuries until refit dug up computing history

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Re: Gateway Dublin

This. I used to have a wry smile every-time I went past it on the Airport dual carraigeway.

EU tries to get serious on cybercrime with first sanctions against Wannacry, NotPetya, CloudHopper crews

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Re: The Nation State seeks to maintain its Monopoly on Hacking

I might suggest a small modification. The *western* Nation States would desire a Monopoly on Hacking

Also how out of date is this. No mention of anything released in the last couple of years. If you cant move faster than this its pretty pointless. any vunerable assets will be long gone/aliased.

Twitter says spear-phishing attack hooked its staff and led to celebrity account hijack

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Re: Sounds like Twitter was seriously compromised

I think the only think drone-like around here is an AC making that assumption on little evidence.

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Give us the method details!

Its so importand that more details are posted on the methods that were successful. The right combo of content and circumstance can leave the best of us vulnerable to these sort of attacks.

Voyager 1 cracks yet another barrier: Now 150 Astronomical Units from Sol

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Might be my brain but upon reading this article I just found myself earwormed by Gene Pitney singing "150AU from Tulsa"

Legendary Li-ion battery boffin John Goodenough to develop gel power packs with South Korea's SK Innovation

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Is he the duracell bunny in disguise?

Modem life is rubbish: RootMetrics 5G stats show EE has widest UK coverage, but Three is the speed demon

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Re: Someone forgot the one thing that actually needed fixing

Only losers and millennials use upload bandwidth on mobile. :D

This investor blew nearly $300,000 on Intel shares the day before 7nm disaster reveal. Yup, she's suing

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Hang on a sec

She knew it was the day of the earning report and she bet wrong and she's sueing? WTF

'I think the police are here...' Feds reveal Skype, text chats of Canadian trio charged with $8m crypto-coin fraud

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The legendary wire fraud charge actually being used for its original purpose?

Hundreds of suspects for non-wire fraud (but charged with it anyway) will be shocked and stunned.

UK.gov admits it has not performed legally required data protection checks for COVID-19 tracing system

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Re: Aborted Covid App


GDPR covers the legal process for the collection PII regardless of method. It would have been a bloody wide TOS for an App to have covered the entirety of contract tracking, and would immediately have failed the "informed consent" test for non-digital collection channels.

The failure of a PIA was on the whole Test and Trace program not the failure to do a PIA for the App part of it.

As others have said on this thread it takes about an afternoon to do a PIA (much longer to implement the best practises of course), but the PIA is effectively the MAP not the directions. Its just the same as a set of SDLC or Programming Best Practise guidelines. It tells you where your risk areas are and how to mitigate them.

Like for example make sure your staff know that leaking PII could leave the organisation facing multi million £ fines, and having procedures in place to go agressively after staff who breach PII related policies.

Go do your homework.

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Re: But of course

What utter crapulence.

You mendacious apologist.

Every day's delay is lives saved.

A week earlier lock down would have led to approx 50% reductions in the current death rate due to the way an exponential progression works. (google it)

The viral density goes down, those who catch it get it milder and later.

The PPE gets spread about more evenly and with less peak demand - less NHS staff die.

Less CV-19 riven patients get discharged to nursing homes to infect their new friends.

etc etc.

Twitter says hack of key staff led to celebrity, politician, biz account hijack mega-spree

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Re: A far better money making scheme...

Because thats a myth and thoroughly debunked. Do keep up 007.


AMD pushes 64-core 4.2GHz Ryzen Threadripper Pro workstation processors

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Re: Overkill and over powered?

2 possiblities.

Ubunutu's power management may be worse than Windows for these cpu's - wouldnt be the first time a CPU ID needed putting into a table somewhere.


Ubuntu may not have the porky pie patch that windows has....

Brit retailer John Lewis to catapult 111 tech bods over to Capgemini weeks after dumping 244 on Wipro

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Re: Howdy Partner


There is a major difference between acting on employees whims and positively using the proven link between employee satisfaction and customer satisfaction.

But dont let facts get in the way of your crusade against the communism of workers rights

UK's University of Manchester has its head in all the clouds as it rains £50m on integrators

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Oh FFS - Triple trouble

A triple cloud deployment is a recipe for disaster - force the precious professors & researchers to use 1 or at least bring it down to 2. Using all 3 is luxury they shouldn't have.

$50m for a triplicate set of VPC's and rules plus a billing monitoring tool is a total waste of Students and Tax payers money, when infrastructure discipline is free (less the arguments).

Rust code in Linux kernel looks more likely as language team lead promises support

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Is there a reason we need YAPL?

Yet Another Programming Language?

High-flying Microsoft exec jumps to Magic Leap as CEO. No, we haven't got that the wrong way round

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Show me the money

Realistically at 58 she is at the end of her career. She's probably either doing it as a vanity project (CEO at last!), or doing it for sh*ts and giggles, or for a whopping pay deal. Probably elements of all 3.

Analogue radio given 10-year stay of execution as the UK U-turns on DAB digital future

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Re: DAB Is dead in the water


Our Echo in the kitchen spends most of its time tuned into an internet radio station or 2.

I suspect that is what the Govt is hoping for.

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Re: Thank fuck for that

Is it the radio station - or the shite sample rates and codec in the DAB Spec?

NEC insists its face-recog training dataset isn't biased, but refuses to share details of Neoface system with UK court

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Annual update of Algo??

You can tell its public sector - thats a very poor cadence.

I wonder if they have included Algo/Model updates in their patching process? Surely if its known to generate biased results it needs to be fixed asap, some biases could be the equivalent of a zero day for the poor schmuck on the receiving end.

Also whats the penalty going to be applied to the Plod for not swiftly applying the Algo "patches". (rhetorical question. I already know the answer is "nothing").

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Nuke it from Orbit

An ML aglo with a non-pubic training dataset several orders of magnitude worse than a piece of closed source code, as with code you (mostly) have to explicitly include bias. (if ethnicity <> 'white' goto stopandsearch). With ML the bias is implicitly generated by problems with the training dataset **as well as **any explicit bias as part of the algo spec.

If not a legal mandate to expose the training dataset there should be a standardised test dataset used with performance against expected norms documented and signed off prior to production usage. This is what happens when Tech outruns the legislation.

One does not simply repurpose an entire internet constellation for sat-nav, but UK might have a go anyway

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Re: Why Galileo?

And how will Galileo and/or BritGPS change that, given that Mil Procurement takes decades and that no doubt BAE and their ilk will add several million to the base price if we want to support multiple GPS-like systems.

And just how much does military bang gear rely on GPS-a-likes anyway? Presumably they all have alternative redundancy built in like Inertial navigation etc etc. Put a £ price tag on it - that then gives us the ROI and business case.

Galileo was EU-level nationalistic willy waving. BritGPS is worse if only because our pockets can't cash what our false brexit pride wants us to have.

A fail for your comment and a fail on the whole sorry subject.

Apple gives Boot Camp the boot, banishes native Windows support from Arm-compatible Macs

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So basically

Apple license WinARM. Make bootcampARM a paid for option to recoup the license fee and $profit$

PC printer problems and enraged execs: When the answer to 'Hand over that floppy disk' is 'No'

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Re: Ah IT 'managers'

Have another Schlock related upvote. Maxim #2 also applies.

A Sergeant in motion outranks a Lieutenant who doesn't know what's going on

NY Attorney General warns Apple, Google to police COVID-19 tracing apps in their souks – or she will herself

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Re: from Germany

That would never work in Germany. Unlike the surveillance state UK, Germany is far more privacy aware.

Plus it would be massively disproportionate. Freely sharing your health data with goo-apple is one thing. Them passing it on to the state is quite another. First it would be COVID, then Flu-season, then something utterly spurious like Paedo-terrorists.

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If you don't have symptoms, you can't get checked (not enough testing kits)

Any substantiation for that statement? I suspect it varies widely by country.

HTC breaks with tradition to push out 2 phones someone might actually want to buy

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Re: The real question...

Lets hope they do. Then when they least expect it I will trigger my COVID-19 broadcast and $profit$.


Alternatively lets hope that the early 5g phones are so power hungry that a good data session burns a hole in their trousers!

In Hancock's half-hour, Dido Harding offers hollow laughs: Cake distracts test-and-trace boss at UK COVID-19 briefing

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The tests are rife with inaccuracies. Friend of mine - mother is a GP, kids had all the symptoms, she did the swabs. 1 kid positive rest of the family negative.

Its a joke - its not funny :(

Brit MP demands answers from Fujitsu about Horizon IT system after Post Office staff jailed over accounting errors

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Because thats the whole point of a private prosecution, and for the most part its a valid way of getting justice when the CPS won't take action.

This part of the system is fine, whats not is that there is no comeback (afaik) for a retrospectively malicious private proscecution which is now demonstrably what the Horizon ones were.


Legal complaint lodged with UK data watchdog over claims coronavirus Test and Trace programme flouts GDPR

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Re: Conspiracy time?

Minor quibble to the Original reply. Track and Trace is the process - in which the App plays a small(ish) part. The trace and trace "database" is likely to be several orders of magnitude bigger than that of the track and trace app.

'Beyond stupid': Linus Torvalds trashes 5.8 Linux kernel patch over opt-in Intel CPU bug mitigation

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Re: Obligatory Covid-19 analogy

@slim. I think you maybe confused. Can you provide a link to research to substantiate?

It’s possible But I don’t believe it’s been proven that it happens at scale for Covid.

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Re: Obligatory Covid-19 analogy


Immunity means you do not get sick. It doesnt mean you cannot carry and spread it.

Think of it as picking up poo with gloves on. You dont get it on you but you still stink.

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Re: Real Fix

Hmmm - AWS may be primarily intel (along with everyone else) but they have AMD and ARM and weird FPGA's as well. So fail icon.

All our stuff moves to Graviton instances in 2 weekends....

Xiaomi has such Huawei with words: Our two new phones have 'easy access' to Google apps... unlike that other guy

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Now if only they made a phone under 6"

Watch an oblivious Tesla Model 3 smash into an overturned truck on a highway 'while under Autopilot'

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Re: It is autopilot but not autonomous

Both your questions can be answered with the phrase "Meatbags are stupid". In Tesla's case the driver meatbag in Airplanes cases always the passenger meatbags and some times the pilot meatbags.

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Re: Makes you wonder about Dragon.

Why will it be more complicated? By your own admission there will be less things whizzing around Earth-Moon transfer orbits than LEO.

FWIW said transfer orbit is no more or less complicated than rendevous with a space station, possibly less as the Moon is a bigger target :D. (Probably the same as Lunar Gateway would be the target)

NHS contact-tracing app is best in the world, says VMware CEO... whose company helped build it

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Re: Not true

This shouldn't need saying on such a data aware forum as El Reg, but just for Anomentards everywhere (yes the fail is for you AC).

His data (if he genuinely works at a trust) <> centrally collected data.

Hence both, either or neither could be "good enough" for this purpose. As external observers on a public forum we will never know.....

DBA locked in police-guarded COVID-19-quarantine hotel for the last week shares his story with The Register

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Re: What a shit hole

Actually my understanding was that the UK was proposing 14 days Self-Quarantine - which will work as well as the person complying to it....

Waste of time IMO. Mandatory and enforced or not at all.

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Re: What a shit hole

There there calm down. Nursey will come with your shot soon and make it all better....

UK finds itself almost alone with centralized virus contact-tracing app that probably won't work well, asks for your location, may be illegal

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Re: Of course, being centrally controlled

We dont trust them. But in this case they are the lesser of the 2 evils.

Since this is primarily a tech. & user trust problem who has the least likelyhood of screwing this up either deliberately or accidentally - the UK Govt or GooApple?

Google for all its evil user monetisation is a "trusted brand" compared to UK.GOV

Apple-Google COVID-19 virus contact-tracing API to bar location-tracking access

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I hoped for a second

That this meant the UK app was going to be blocked as they have made a big deal of doing GPS access as an addon. In reading the details looks like they can still go ahead as long as they dont access the Google or Api contact tracking API in the same app.

I think this then puts a lie to the fact that the Data Guzzlers at NHSX and friends can use the Google/Apple API's.

I do wonder what happens if Scotland say decides to develop a separate app based around DP3T - do either Apple or Google have a separate AppStore for Scotland?

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Re: one app per country?

And how precisely do you expect countries to agree to that? Get a UN resolution and then half of them ignore it.

The ultimate 4-wheel-drive: How ESA's keeping XMM-Newton alive after 20 years and beyond

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That is the frikkin' coolest Satellite/Telescope I have ever seen

It looks more like some sort of interstellar starship.

Why wasn't I informed of this before?

Nine million logs of Brits' road journeys spill onto the internet from password-less number-plate camera dashboard

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Alert Alert conflation detected


Direct conflation from you here :

"I don't care what colour arm-bands they wear, if they have the power, then they are part of the government."

I'd stop digging. Otherwise all your downvotes will cause a negative reality inversion and before you know it you'll turn into Jake*

*Insert other contentious commentard of your choice.

Somewhere, way out there, two black holes, one large and one small, merged. And here on Earth, we detected the gravitational wave blast

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Are these "point in time" measures as the waves pass us or can we see a longer period than that ie do Gravitational waves travel at different speeds? Presumably these mergers happen over thousands or milllions of years hence why they can see so many, but also presumably they are seeing a tiny snapshot of the process.

Three years ago, IBM ordered staff to work in central hubs. Now its new CEO ponders mid-pandemic: Is there a better way of doing things?

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In what way was Ginny a good CEO? Compared to say any historic IBM CEO or even the dross that is the IT Mega Corp industry average?

Europe publishes draft rules for coronavirus contact-tracing app development, on a relaxed schedule

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I have a suspicion

That NHSX is where all the wankers cock wombles knob jockeys corporate shills hipsters went when GOV.UK / GDS and/or CARE.DATA got quietly sidelined.

Ex-TalkTalk infosec exec's equal pay and unfair dismissal claims tossed out at tribunal

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Re: Basic Salary

Yes. But I would have thought you could argue that the CISO role is very similar to a Divisional CTO role.

110k is low for a CISO role. Remains to be seen if she was actually in A CISO role of course....

There’s some evidence to the contrary :D

IBM age discrimination lawsuit suddenly ends, suggests Big Blue was willing to pay to avoid discovery process

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Re: Europe, land of radical ageism.

Your point and relevance being?


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