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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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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.

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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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Shields Up

If, you can carry a lot of energy such as nuclear and, you have all the tech to go to Mars is it such a jump to suggest that we might also be able to create our own portable magnetic field? Might be useful against micro-meteorites too

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Re: Why 400 days for men and 300 days for women?

Maybe it's to do with reproductive organs? Maybe women's get damaged more easily then men's.

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£150m, three years... TWO base stations. Gov.uk? You guessed it

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Re: To improve the health of the nation ....

Governments have traditionally been quite good at supplying the Soma to keep us masses from protesting too much.

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Apple to unveil new iPads, iMacs and OS X Yosemite on 16 October, claim sources

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Re: To quote, from memory, a Ms Bee riposte

Well yes but, the article may have had more substance so I read it and decided I did not care and then made the mistake of saying so.

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Re: To quote, from memory, a Ms Bee riposte

Fair point but how could I know if I don't care if I don't read the article? Having done so my post seems logical although really I just wanted to be the first.

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To quote, from memory, a Ms Bee riposte

To quote, from memory, a Ms Bee riposte - "You would need very sophisticated measuring equipment to gauge how much I do not care".

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WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?

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Re: Urrrggghhhh

Well that's just lazy journalism.

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the Mirror couldn't even take its own selfie

Many journalists do seem quite lazy nowadays - Register hacks excepted of course.

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

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If you take psychoacoustics out of the equation,

If you take psychoacoustics out of the equation, assume monitor quality speakers EQ'ed to flat then the question simply becomes how analytical and trained your ears are.

I don't think this is something that can be taught quickly or "the difference" defined in any meaningful way

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Let it go, Steve: Ballmer bans iPads from his LA Clippers b-ball team

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Many posters in this thread seem to think that all MS OS's crash frequently - they do not.

Many posters in this thread seem to think that all MS OS's crash frequently - they do not.

They also do not get bricked by OS updates plus we have patch Tuesday so our vulnerabilities get sorted out honestly and quickly (much less time than 25 years).

Also, if you had a long history and connection with a software company, would you not want other companies in your control to use said products?

Oh and by the way - @ JBfromOZ - both my win 8 tablets boot in under 30 secs from cold. On what planet do you think it takes 3 hours or is that a special Unix way of counting time.

@ Glenn6 "He may own the team, but that doesn't give him the right to tell people which brands they personally use" - the article said that he wanted MS products used by the team and its organisation - cannot see here it say anything about personal use.

Down votes - I've heard of them.

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DUCKCROCZILLA 'alien' dinosaur could emerge from THE SEA

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It's

Spiny Norman

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Profitless Twitter: We're looking to raise $1.5... yes, billion

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By Definition

So, by definition, people who invest in Twitter are Twits?

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BONEHEAD FANBOIS encamp outside Apple Stores

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Re: Jog on, pal!

There is already civil law about obstructing the highway that would bring these campers a next day appearance at Marlborough St Magistrates court and a fine.

If you set up a street trader rack on Regent St you would soon get police attention. If they are sponsored they are effectively trading.

Not that I want apple users locked up you understand . . .

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Applelutely fappulous: Fashionistas bow down before the JESUS PHONE

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Re: I think i remember this.

Also: Anyone who uses the word "cool" is probably not.

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General Motors to intro HANDS-FREE DRIVING tech by 2016

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Oh I don't know - there is quite a lot of software I trust much more than I do most humans.

I would imagine that the difference in mean times between failures was much better for complex software based systems than it is for humans.

What would you trust to land an aircraft in very bad and foggy weather - the 55 year old human or the automated landing systems ?

All that said, I bet the lawyers are drooling in anticipation of all the legislature that will need to be codified and all the cases coming out of accidents and "unforeseen" circumstances.

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Back-to-school Patch Tuesday: Critical updates for Internet Explorer, Adobe Reader

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Re: Internet Exploder

I don't think Eadon ever really left. He went back down into his burrow/lair and became anonymous.

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MEN WANTED to satisfy town full of yearning BRAZILIAN HOTNESS

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Psirens !

Bring your own straw.

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Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER

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"Only time will tell"

Are you here all week?

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Drunkards warned: If you can't walk in a straight line, don't shop online, you fool!

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Re: Disad-van-van-van-tage of shopping tanked

OK - you got me - Why did you need to borrow a cat?

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Beware WarKitteh, the connected cat that sniffs your Wi-Fi privates

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Shock Horror! - many wireless networks are insecure

I understand Mr Bransfield uses cats to gain the interest of ordinary people (lamers) but you only have to walk down any road here in the UK to see how many WAP and unsecured networks exist.

He might gain more publicity if he dressed himself up as a cat and walked around with a network detector of some sort.

He could then tell people that the cats (who now own 15% of the internet) are worried about security, have made him an honorary cat, and are conducting an experiment. Later that day he might also have an insight into the weak network security at psychiatric hospitals.

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Robot snaps on yellow RUBBER GLOVES, preps to invade Canada

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Canadian BOFH ?

Only a matter of time before a Canadian BOFH and his trusty PFY pick up this poor robot and weaponise it.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/09/17/bofh_2010_episode_10/

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/10/01/bofh_2010_episode_11/

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/10/15/bofh_2010_episode_13/

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/11/05/bofh_2010_episode_15/

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/11/12/bofh_2010_episode_16/

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Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade

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Re: Memory growth in v29+ on Win 7

I do not think Firebug is compatible with 29+

Re memory. Good to know my favorite virtual memory stress test tool still works in this new version.

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I like the new Firefox.

I like the new Firefox (29). It has many of the good design features of chrome but its best feature is it not Google Chrome.

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50,000 sites backdoored through shoddy WordPress plugin

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Only 30 lines ?

A w(e)b.config file with only 30 lines - how on earth can it work?

(ASP.NET developer)

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MYSTERIOUS Siberia CRATER: ALIENS or METEOR not involved, officials insist

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Clangers !

Really Big Ones!

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Spinning SPACE DUCK is comet-chasing Rosetta probe's PREY

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Space Duck

I wonder if it knows the Soup Dragon?

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New leaked 'Windows 8 screenshot': The Start Menu strikes back

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@ TheColinous

Exactly! MS have essentially legitimised the icon covered desktop into something useful for normal people.

I really don't see why you got so many down-votes for an opinion that, from the other posts on this page, many seem to share. Perhaps it's just the inherent spitefulness of the MS haters who by the last count numbered 60.

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LG unfurls flexible SEE-THROUGH 18-inch display

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Re: Fit inside double glazing windows

Up-vote for "mahoosive". Thanks

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Fit inside double glazing windows

Just use larger sizes and fit inside double glazing windows (with a Pi or similar).

Finally we can see what we would like to see though our windows.

Downside - the image would also be visible to those outside which might restrict viewing subjects a little.

Also - they would probably be an internet of things item so it may be possible / fun to hack other peoples similar windows.

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Watch: DARPA shows off first successful test of STEERABLE bullet

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Re: Precision guided non-com weapon in action

I did not say any of these things are good. I do know what these "smart weapons" actually do - devastate x radius and precisely kill all the people in it.

The point I was making was with regard to the bullets the article is about and not LGM etc.

Personally I like the idea that the people who serve to protect us (politics aside) have as accurate weapons as possible.

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Re: DARPA: The Better To Murder You With, My Dear

Good point, a large precision explosion is still a large explosion.

Scale does seem be a big factor - good that less non-coms get hit, bad that kill sanctions may be given more readily given the potential accuracy / lack of political fall out.

"Safer War" to invent a phrase.

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Re: DARPA: The Better To Murder You With, My Dear

It does seem to be the case that humans will always argue, fight and compete.

Given this it makes sense to limit casualties to non-coms. "Steerable weapons do this so lives get saved.

Personally I am quite pleased to live in a world that has a DARPA in it. What they do is not just crazy death tech.

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