* Posts by Betacam

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The Apple Watch: PULSATING WRISTJOB with a knurled knob

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"Less functions then a 1980s calculator."

So - will dead ones still get into Silicon Heaven?

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Acer: 'We will be the last man standing in the PC industry'

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Cloud Category?

Just wondering why so many articles now seem to be in the Cloud category?

Is this one not more Hardware related?

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Yahoo! Mail! goes! titsup! in! Blighty! due! to! mystery! error!

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What he said plus. does the article author actually think that any Reg reader would own up to using a Yahoo email account?

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Massive TalkTalk data breach STILL causing customer scam tsunami

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Talk Talk

More like mumble mumble.

Bet they just get a tiny fine.

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Got a big day planned in 15 BEELLLION years? You need this clock

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So . .

Strontium Cogs

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Sysadmins, patch now: HTTP 'pings of death' are spewing across web to kill Windows servers

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Re: @Betacam

Indeed!

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Sigh! I am not trolling it's just that these sorts of comments are so tedious. "My OS is better than yours - my pooh never smells etc etc".

All systems have vulnerabilities. Even Unix.

My hosting company patched our servers today as would any responsible web host.

Problem identified - problem solved so what's the problem?

BTW: Why is it at all funny that a server gets attacked - it costs money and sometimes jobs?

Was Eadon perhaps part of the kernel and contagious ?

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

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Re: Landing a rocket is retarded

Just being able to get back the 9 engines and service them for reuse (like the Shuttles engines) would provide a massive cost saving.

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Re: Meh

Who is this person called "Fuck"? I have never met him but I hear he knows a lot.

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NASA to put the stars in your hands with coming-soon-now API portal

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Photoshop on the headset is "not good"

Speaking as someone who quite likes the new images, some of which are excellent, I have to say that the Photoshop on the headset is "not good".

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It's 2015 and a RICH TEXT FILE or a HTTP request can own your Windows machine

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What multiple restarts? I have just done a win7 and a win8.1 machine with no restarts.

Only time I remember a restart during a patch (2 days after Tuesday) recently was for a new IE.

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Conservative manifesto: 5G, 'near universal' broadband and free mobes for PC Dixon

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Re: So.....

"For everything we fail to deliver on, each person that voted for us can punch (them) in the face."

This strategy would also create many jobs to service support the thousand mile long queues.

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Verizon to world: STOP opening dodgy phishing emails, FOOLS

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Re: Dear El Reg...

Or El Reg could use Flash . . which is used on this site anyway.

BTW: I too think anim-gifs are awfully annoying.

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Struggling through the Crystal Maze in our hunt for a spare CAT5

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"Once AI starts enforcing everything, we will be doomed."

Only if they upload the personality from Abby Normal.

Imagine if politicians where constrained to make policy only based on logic and evidence as an IA would (probably) be.

How could this be worse I ask myself.

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Apple swears that NO FANBOI will queue for its new gumble

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An appointment to buy a watch !

An appointment to buy a watch !

What are they like? (Metaphorically)

I bet you could walk into any Bond St jeweller and buy a 30K Cartier without an appointment but then of course they do not offer the "Apple experience" (so its a win-win).

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Wanna quote tweets without manual faff? HAVE AT IT, sez Twitter

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Re: Twitts and Twittability

To be fair, we did get the grey borders and better visited link css plus The Reg have gotten access to a much better and often quite eclectic image library.

(I like the images now)

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SPY FRY: Smart meters EXPLODE in Californian power surge

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One day he may become a bright spark (y)

Watched this an hour ago and am still laughing / in awe.

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Ancient SUPERNOVA EXPLOSION contains enough dust for 7,000 EARTHS, say boffins

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Re: 7000 Earths?

Nah - Build an Orbital

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Pirate Party leads Icelandic voting intentions poll

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I can invent a cure for cancer and get a maximum of 20 years

@ Mine's a Guinness

"I can invent a cure for cancer and get a maximum of 20 years (usually 10 years after clinical trials etc) earnings but if I write a song about my discovery then I get death plus 70 years which ironically will be longer thanks to my cancer cure discovery."

So the obvious way to go when you do invent a cure for cancer would be to release the formula as a record. Might even make the charts.

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Boffins build Cyborg beetles, fly them by remote control

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We're going to need some small Starship Troopers too.

Scientists - like we trust them!

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Help! Virgin Media FORGETS to renew its security certificate on contact page

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Reg reader flagged it up to Vulture Weekend in the early hours of this morning.

Poor reader - up early and he has to try to contact Virgin Media

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

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Good article

Good article, good image too.

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Google wins fight to keep Adwords FBI drug sting docs secret

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The Rhode Island document trove remains invisible, for now.

Place your bets.

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Watch a hot, speeding space alien explode all over Earth's Beaver

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@ Tom Chiverton

Yes - I wondered this too. It's a scandal ! "I think we should be told".

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Gamers reach for BFG after Nvidia turns back the overclock

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Re: "a user risks serious damage to the system"

Fair enough but from the manufactures perspective they then have all the problems dealing with warranty claims for a "feature" they do not support plus the bad press associated with it.

I cannot see the problem - they found an issue and fixed it.

I suppose that if they ever claimed "Over-clockable" and then withdrew it that would be cause for complaint.

Anyway - why don't people just revert to the previous driver ?

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Amazing, cool, wow: Humans naturally use POSITIVE words, and that is GOOD

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Not parsed

Proof indeed. Clearly they did not parse the recent Register Website Redesign thread.

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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So Stupid

This is so stupid it is not even worth commenting on.

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Snowden reveals LEVITATION technique of Canada’s spies

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Blame Canada

Blame Canada !

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Acer Chromebook 13: The best Googletop on the market?

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How did you resist

How did you resist peeling those stickers off the keyboard panel?

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'F*** you', exclaims Google Translate app, politely

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Ad Placement?

So, if it's translating the language you are speaking into one you cannot speak - say Mandarin - how would you know Google was not putting ads in?

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Mock choc shock: 3D candy printer is good news for sweet-toothed swingbellies

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"A pint of goat urine would be more pleasant to consume"

I have to ask how you might know this?

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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el Reg has lost control of the story

It might be true to say the el Reg has lost control of the story re the new design which in turn leads to many negative posts.

All this righteous hoo-ha would probably be diminished and cooled by a proper statement of intent.

I don't think anyone is saying do not attempt a redesign. My reading of posts here is that people simply want a design that is fit for purpose.

Many sites would kill for this level of "engagement" A statement of intent could turn most of us around.

BTW: I do think it is a bit unfair to vote down Drewc and others who are actually trying to provide some explanations even though they may not be directly responsible. DrewC was the one who pulled the trigger on Eadon - that's got to count for something.

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Conspiracy Exposed - BOFHs Get BOFH'ed

News just in: The workings of cartel comprising nearly all the major IT related companies has been exposed. Its aim was to claw back the many millions of hours spent reading The Register instead of working.

Allegedly; large sums of money and other inducements such as alcohol and bacon was offered and speedily accepted by the Registers management. A spokesman for one of the cartels members claimed "they bit our hands off".

An unknown source told us that a young team of inexperienced website designers was given a brief to upset as many of the core readership as possible with a new plausible but awful website makeover.

Sources also say that senior Register management are drinking their favourite solvents and patting themselves on the back at their choice of design team. "They are naturals at this bullocks" said one.

Meanwhile hundreds of commentards, mostly waving flaming pitchforks and many with murderous intent, are gathering vociferously at the Register Forum. Collaborators are quickly voted down without mercy.

This could get ugly" an industry insider told us. "Of all the groups of people a technical website should not upset is a group of intelligent know-it-alls that contains many apprentice and fully fledged BOFHs. Just imagine how they will react when they work out that they have been BOFHed by journalists?".

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Re: Expensive!

"There are enormous white margins down each side. Why? Too hard to resize the new layout to fit the screen?"

I think you will find that most sites have a fixed maximum width.

A key reason for Not letting content flow to your monitor (and wider sizes) is that text then becomes spread out in panoramic and hard to read lines.

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I don't think we will get (or need) a poll

I don't think we will get a poll although I bet an ad-hoc one has been made internally from all the reasoned and well balanced posts on these high traffic pages.

A poll would make you look weak and tacitly acknowledge that the new changes were not fully considered.

I fully understand the need to update 6 year old design html (although I suspect it got incremental tweaks over this time) and also to move towards a better basis for a full review / redesign.

I do think you missed a trick by not going "Responsive" with this new design.

The new page code looks rather good but I think many of us would have reacted less stridently to a responsive design, which itself imposes a rather strict set of design limitations so, could take lots of the blame.

One poster said he could do responsive in 5 minutes but seriously, it would not be more than a weeks work (from someone who has done quite few "upgrades to responsive" on sites way more complex than this one).

Back in the day . . I was a freelance recording engineer and worked to a mantra of "Give It What It Needs" and have carried this over into my new life as a webdev where it is also usefully valid.

IMO: The new site does things the designers knew how to do and knew would look "modern & open". It does not really suit the needs of the often excellent articles we all come here for. Like a badly mixed single it works but is is not "right".

Perhaps there is an element of "Biting The Hand That Feeds You" - your collective nature makes you do it?

!important; There have been some very valid use cases presented around sight impairment and also the Disability and Discrimination act which I hope you will act on responsibly. So few sites make any effort.

Those poor designers? I was thinking of how I would feel if a site of mine got this sort of response and my name was linked. Personally I would be horrified but maybe in bong terms these designers have successfully engaged with their end users and elicited strong opinions (traffic) so its a win?

In our office sweepstake I have 16 as the number of pages that this thread will run to and 190 up-votes for the estimable and erudite J R Hartly - keep these comments coming.

Click Click

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So - All going well then?

Any chance of a webcast from your next design meeting?

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Re: showcase for a graphic arts developer?

Who would want to showcase this?

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Turn Off the CSS

Looks much better

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The El Reg Watercooler

"That went quite well I thought"

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First BOFH on a Saturday. Now this.

A complete lack of scale and proportion with badly implemented typography.

The people responsible are actually happy to be mentioned in the article!!. (they do seem like false names though). Did you actually pay real money to get this done.

First BOFH on a Saturday. Now this.

Serious Point: The light grey Visited class is not helpful to anyone with and visual impairment.

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Amazon DROPS next day delivery amid Cyber Monday MADNESS

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Suddenly old BoJo doesn't seem so bonkers after all

Umm . . .

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I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations

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Re: Zathras Knows

Poor Zathrus

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Zathras Knows

Yes

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Japan: Land of cheap booze and slippers in the office

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A "Gig" is something done by musicians

Not to be picky but . . A "Gig" is something done by musicians - it is a one off event. You go, you play and then you leave.

In the context of a work article it would be better but still rather awkward to call it a "tour".

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BOFH: Stop your tiers – when it comes to storage, LESS is MORE

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On a Saturday?

Friday is BOFH day - does tradition mean nothing to you?

A new BOFH is an essential training document - it should always be read in the context of a work environment and so paid for by the employer.

Yes I know people work day 6 and 7 but still . .

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BT: Consumers and cost cutting save the day

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Re: Praising BT does feel wrong somehow but

Exactly!

Lucky Us I guess.

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Praising BT does feel wrong somehow but

I have to say that my experiences with BT recently have been very good. You find out a lot about a service when there is a problem as I have had recently with my lovely fast FTTC connection dropping out.

Took 5 engineer visits to pin it down but each time the fault was reported again they were out to me with 2 days. (Now on my third set of ports.) Told "they go down all time".

Having to work though an intermittent issue via a third party could be a nightmare. (Yes I know Open reach are a third party but you get my point.)

Praising BT does feel wrong somehow but who else for 20MBs uploads - Virgin?

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Apple's OS X Yosemite slurps UNSAVED docs into iCloud

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It Just Works

(Behind your back)

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UNCHAINING DEMONS which might DESTROY HUMANITY: Musk on AI

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It's all OK

SMBC has a good take on this subject.

http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2956

(SMBC is a wonderful displacement activity site for Mondays)

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Trips to Mars may be OFF: The SUN has changed in a way we've NEVER SEEN

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Re: Shields Up

Doh!

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