* Posts by Dan 55

2948 posts • joined 13 Jun 2009

Scrooges rejoice! Beancounters find formula for perfect Xmas party

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Re: What the sam hell is cracker pulling?

I'm just happy to read that they've finally devised a way for everyone to pull a cracker, it's only a shame that they didn't manage to work it out before, say back in my day.

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Google swears no search leg up for new dot-word sites: We drill into claims

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Twas ever thus

And if you were to compare bayareahotel.com and california.hotel when searching for "hotels in the bay area" then the first result would come out top I suspect.

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Hold the front page: Spain's anti-Google lobbyists lobby for Google News return

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Jose Manuel Soria (minister for industry, energy and tourism) said yesterday that if the AEDE ask for the law to be repealed then it will be.

Yes, he just admitted that the Spanish government draw up laws in return for brown envelopes.

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However now that news.google.es has shut Spanish newspaper sites are buying AdWords space on google.es with keywords like 'noticias' (news) and 'ultima hora' (breaking).

So now they're paying Google for what they had before for free.

It really is off the stupid scale.

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Re: Google should make an example of Spain.

An exception is made for search engines, a link from any other kind of site (Twitter, Facebook, RSS, Reddit, Digg, etc...) is unclear.

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Re: I'm still puzzling...

Or a slow motion train wreck?

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New law brought out on 31st of December - you heard it here first

All search engines with Spanish web results must also have a Spanish news scraper 'in the public interest' or be fined €600,000.

"We have always been open to negotiations with Google," said a spokesmouth. "As the law stands, news scrapers must pay us fair compensation as defined by us or get fined. This new amendment, which is something completely different, ensures that all those who profit off indexing content on the Spanish web must also present Spanish news content in an accessible form in the public interest or get fined. It's only fair."

Job done, brown envelope handed over (into the coat pocket).

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ASA slaps Ebuyer AGAIN - this time for ignoring regulator

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Ebuyer ought to watch their step

Or the next time this happens the ASA will tell them not to ignore them in that way again.

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Pirate Bay admins 'couldn't care less' about police raid

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Nice to see that they got the grammar right with "couldn't care less"...

... but isn't TPB supposed to be a repository of free speech and culture accessible to everyone everywhere or something similar? If someone burned a library down I doubt the librarian would say, "Huh, shit happens".

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Nope, still don't like it

Even Slashdot still let you choose the old design and they've kept it there because they know they need the page views.

Can we not have www.theregister.co.uk and beta.register.co.uk or www.theregister.co.uk and old.theregister.co.uk and let people choose and give feedback if they want to?

The whole design is putting me off coming back so often, other posts explain why.

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Make the empty red space clickable too, so that takes you back to the front page, as well as 'The Register' in the middle.

I'm pretty sure that's how it was in the previous version. Or if it wasn't, at least I never found myself clicking on an area which didn't work.

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Re: Looks good and a note on printing articles

It makes no sense to leave the icon out if all the back-end functionality is actually there. What exactly are we waiting for, the next make-over in five years time which brings it back?

If you design UIs by metrics you always end up with clusterfucks. Of course the print option will be used relatively little, because people don't often print online news sites articles by their very nature, except in that use case where people who do want to print where it will be used 100% of the time and people will be very thankful for it. E.g. the article about greening up your house, the article about setting up wifi antenna on the roof, or the article about setting up a HTPC where three of four A4 sheets next to you is probably infinitely more easy than lugging the laptop up into the attic, on top of the roof, or behind the telly.

For the love of god, ignore designers justifying things by metrics, they are almost always wrong. Bring back the print option.

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Those images are big aren't they?

I'd like to say more but I still haven't managed to scroll down to the text yet... It must be even better for those with a bog-standard 16:9 laptop.

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Uber surge pricing kicks in during Sydney siege

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"Authorities have asked locals not to visit the city."

So now Uber bribes drivers to get them to ignore instructions from local authorities in emergency situations?

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EU Google-bashing is making us look really bad, say Google bashers

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Re: Google Withdraws

Why do you think there's currently mass Spanish emigration to the north of the Pyrenees, North America and finally Latin America (for those who aren't good with languages)?

It's because the politicians in Spain are corrupt retards who don't understand any technology less than 50 years old and have no hesitation destroying your business if it interferes with the regular supply of brown envelopes from the guild of candlestick makers.

Now it's obvious to the rest of the world as opposed to those just inside Spain then that's going to dissuade foreign investment even more and maybe Google will end up pulling out of opening their office in Madrid next year.

No real point to this reply other than to agree with your post but it gave me a fine opportunity to rant.

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Yahoo! Says! Chrome, IE Users! Should! 'Upgrade'! To! FIREFOX!

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WTF?

"Whether Firefox should be considered an "upgrade" for users of other browsers"

Firefox vs Chrome is probably a close race depending on your preferences but you're kidding me if you seriously suggesting that Safari or IE are anything but a lap behind.

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Bong Ventures LLC: We've been cyberhacked

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I don't know about Bong Ventures LLC

But some fucker who's really got it in for El Reg has defaced their front page something terrible. Most browser users would close the tab straight away.

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Spanish scraper scrapped: Google axes Google News

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The law says that publishers "have the right to receive fair compensation" and leaves it at that.

As to how much that is, that's decided by the AEDE (a publishers association) which negotiates the rate with news aggregators. The AEDE decides the fee that CEDRO will collect on behalf of all Spanish publishers, not just its own members. It's not clear from the link below if fee is the same for all aggregators or there can be a different fee for each aggregator however it is clear that there will be a minimum fee.

http://www.expansion.com/2014/12/11/empresas/tmt/1418315577.html

It's a stitch up in other words.

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Re: Google has done the only sensible thing

There are those who are convinced it might be intended, the Spanish government keeps Spanish big media sweet with subsidies and favourable laws and makes life difficult for small independent publications which uncover corruption scandals.

I'm sure that the current culture minister being ex-director of Kantar Media (which has a paid-for version of Google News) and pushing this law wasn't a conflict of interest either...

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"publishers who want to appear in Google News can't waive the right to a fee"

It's not even that, it's publishers who don't want to appear in Google News can't waive the right to a fee either.

There's a quango called CEDRO that collects the money on behalf of the publisher, whether the publisher is a member or not and whether the publisher wants it collected or not, takes its commission, and passes the rest on, if the publisher is a member. If the publisher is not a member then it has to ask for the money otherwise it stays with CEDRO. Then publishers than don't want to collect the fee make their own arrangements to return it to the indexer, less CEDRO's fee of course.

This is the same way that SGAE (Spanish RIAA/BPI) collects money by the way.

It's a combination of Spanish big media lobbying and another opportunity seen by inept corrupt politicians who have no idea about this Internet thing but have lots of ideas on how milk the foreign cash cow.

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Virgin Media's ad fibs EXPOSED by bitter rival BT

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Re: Fibre Schmeibre

Mmm... bacon.

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Re: The only good thing about BT is....

Or just say you don't consent to this or future calls being recorded, they should just put the phone down.

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DoJ's extra-territorial data demands: now Ireland is baulking

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I imagine all kinds of shit could hit the fan if they suddenly decided to furtle with MS Ireland's tax affairs. Just as a way of putting a bit of pressure back on the US.

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Apple lawyers fight to silence dead Steve Jobs: 'No right' to hear him from beyond the grave

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Well isn't that special

Since every anniversary they convert the website into a mausoleum to His Jobsness.

Double standards, much?

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.Bank hires Symantec to check credentials

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Information for our valued customers!

You can finally trust our e-mails... all you need to do is you install an e-mail client with GPG and set up a public key.

It's easy. For more information on how to do this please visit our security centre at http://www.weblogin.tk@natwest.bank/ to download our easy setup installer. To be sure that this link is secure, you may copy it and paste it in your browser instead of clicking on it.

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Grooveshark to sink its teeth again into Pandora (legally this time)

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WTF?

"you need money to gain licenses, and you need licenses to gain money"

That's where a couple of things called a business plan and a loan come in, isn't it?

I'm going to open a bank. Just off to rob one first...

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How HAPPY am I on a scale of 1 to 10? Where do I click PISSED OFF?

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Re: Although a fairly accurate and amusing portrayal of LHR security...

After having traveled with a baby/toddler + all the paraphernalia that that entails for a few years I can only conclude that most security workers are about as confused as the passengers over what they can take and what they can't, but they're better at pretending they know.

I'm surprised Dabbsy didn't get the police called in for his rant, it seems even sarcasm can get you a warning that you're stepping out of line. What are we without sarcasm but Americans?

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Nothing illegal to see here: Tribunal says TEMPORA spying is OK

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Re: ecofeacal

You had relatives, I had relatives, he had relatives, and probably most commentards had or maybe even still have relatives that served in WW2.

By the way, I find it highly offensive that you think you're that effing special and manage to pontificate here on what most people around the world today think about surveillance without being related to any of them. So there you go.

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GOOGLE is COMING FOR YOUR CHILDREN

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Why in the name of sweet baby bejeebus are you letting them run rampant with the YouTube app?

Install Xposed and the YouTube AdAway plug-in to remove adverts.

As for what YouTube app recommends, that's down to your previous search history and watch history... You'll probably want to clear and pause both, then.

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Crack open more champagne, Satya, XP's snowballing to HELL

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Re: My XP

I do hope you won't be forced to upgrade to Windows 8.1 POS version.

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Feast your eyes: 10 'fortysomething' smart TVs

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This one's got hot and cold taps on the side...

Could we please forget 3D, curved screen, ambilight, and slow painful connectivity and just do a TV with a nice picture with loads of SCART (all three video types) and HDMI inputs, a game mode if having a nice picture means it's too slow for games, a usable guide, DLNA that doesn't play 'guess the codec', and doesn't think it's got the right to upload what I'm watching or what I've got on the LAN. If I want anything more I'll put a Pi or an Android box on it thanks.

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Re: Philips 48-inch 48PFT5509

Broadband in Britain can't be that bad, I see smart TVs with Skype have arrived even to sleepy little villages in the middle of nowhere like Midwich.

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Use Windows software on Android – Microsoft couldn't be app-ier

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Re: Not cheap at all

Not at all, you would have got Office 2003, Office 2007, Office 2010, and Office 2013 so you would have paid $300 * 4 = $1200 instead of $2244 which would make it just twice as expensive if you wanted all four releases of Office (which is what you get whether you want them or not).

Imagine the joy as one day your Office updates and suddenly gets a ribbon (2007) and then a few years later suddenly goes TIFKAM (2013). That kind of experience is priceless and worth every penny.

Am I getting this MS shill thing right?

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Commish: Stop playing that Spanish jazz, Orange. Wait until we’ve done our homework

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Hopefully it won't happen otherwise it'll be then it'll be the big three all trying their hardest to charge you €60 a month (landline, mobile, fibre, telly). Well, maybe I exaggerate, you could save up to a whole euro if you shop around.

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Meet Jack and Jill: Google’s new Android compilers

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Re: Perhaps if Android used native binaries rather than a VM...

To all intents and purposes they are all native apps now, with ART the bytecode is compiled on installation.

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Developers offering Mozilla-like experience will work on Firefox-like experience for iThings

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Re: All your browser belong to us

No it doesn't. The platform itself is perfectly capable of running browser apps with alternative engines, but Apple's policy is not to allow them just because and browser skins using Webkit have nobbled JavaScript again just because.

Meanwhile over in OS X land there's a perfectly fine Firefox and Apple's response has been to make Safari pop up annoying questions about setting itself as the default browser should you accidentally launch it, but only in the latest versions.

Both are minority platforms in their form factor.

What's the difference?

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UK slaps 25 per cent 'Google Tax' on tech multinationals

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WTF?

Apple and Amazon... intangible?

I don't think you can get any more tangible than shiny bling being shipped up and down the country in lorries.

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

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Because XBMC is perhaps a little over-the-top as a media player for a desktop or laptop and setting up an HTPC is still rather a bespoke process?

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Evernote aims at corporate market with new chat feature

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Evernote

That's like an IMAP account with the Drafts folder set up to synchronise isn't it?

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GCHQ boffins quantum-busted its OWN crypto primitive

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Re: I Kid U Not

I knew you wouldn't let us down.

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Reasonably efficient quantum attack on the primitive (which supports 3000-10000 bits as public key)

Are we meant to assume from dates that this happened that they now own TLS which manages 1024-2048 bits for the public key or just that they're not very good at rolling their own security?

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

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The Bluetooth keyboard from Elite is perhaps a better idea

But where is it?

Or has he just done a runner with the money again. Allegedly.

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Re: calendar check....

Although Sir Clive's definition of "28 days" in "allow 28 days for delivery" was more flexible than his customers', even he never managed to stretch it to a year.

Also, I take exception to the article's tone (I'm cancelling my subscription, etc...). He's not making it himself. It's easy money, he gives it his blessing and if it sells he gets a cut, if it doesn't sell or the project folds then he's not really any worse off. If he decided to make life difficult for the project then that would generate bad publicity and people might not forgive him when he comes out with his portable jetpac(k) or whatever's next.

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An alleged 27GB Sony Pictures data dump. 65 PlayStation web servers. One baffling mystery

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FTFY

"At this point all the EC2 seeders are gone, and my best guess is that SCE were in fact owned by GOP."

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UK national mobile roaming: A stupid idea that'll never work

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Re: Backhaul Burnout...

That's easy to check... 4 (or whatever) bars but the browser sits there doing nothing instead of loading a page.

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Slightly different roaming idea

Perhaps an incentive would be the operator with the least national coverage gets to piggyback off the operator with the most coverage in the areas where the first operator is deficient for a time (say, the same amount of time as an average customer's minimum contract period).

It would be an incentive for everyone to roll out more coverage, the operator with least coverage as they get their own network and aren't forced to subsidise a competitor for having poor coverage and the operator with most coverage as their roll-out is subsidised.

At the end of the period, if the operator still hasn't got their act together then they can't repeat again, that honour goes to the operator with the second-least national coverage. Customers would suddenly lose coverage, get annoyed, and leave. Tough luck, the operator knew it was coming.

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One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

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Re: LOL ... Yet more biased anti M$ bull.

Indeed, it's the same under the bonnet. However with Windows 7 you drive it like a normal car and with Windows 8 you drive it like Fred Flintstone.

Personally, I can't be arsed with it, life's too short. If people ask me my opinion I say don't get it. However if people do get it and I'm feeling charitable, I can make it work as much as possible like Windows 7 or XP for them, which is oddly enough what they want it to work like.

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FBI warns of disk NUKE malware after Sony Pictures megahack

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Re: Doubt it's the norks who did it then

That's what everyone would think but luckily we have "anonymous sources" and "sources familiar with the matter" to tell us otherwise.

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Re: ...making a fresh leap forward on all fronts...

I'd imagine for the same reason as this family...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/20/kim-jong-un-family-photo_n_1812069.html

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