* Posts by Betacam

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Nissan CEO: Get ready, our auto-wagons will be ready by 2020

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Perhaps

The next logical step after any mass uptake of DCs might be to also implement a system of controlling all cars in a given zone by some third entity - sold as a logical safety measure providing many benefits AKA complete control of all traffic by the state.

It would probably not need more than another dish on all those nice towers and a concerted effort to make the tech work / legislation to oblige manufacturers to include.

Whenever I think about DCs they are always linked in my head to all the mad stuff that takes place in the DCs in novels by Banks, Asher, Gibson so maybe exciting times ahead then.

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Viagra makes it HARD for malaria, bug-boffins discover

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Re: And i thought it was news

Yes but you can no longer write your name in the snow.

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Pakistan URINE STORM: Google Maps chokes off user editing

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What did Google expect?

What did Google expect - have they met "the internet"?

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NASA plans electrolysis-powered ROBOT EEL for Europa's oceans

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Hovercraft

We have eels but no hovercraft ?

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You say you want a musical revolution. Actually, have three

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Re: 1983 synthesisers!

Yes I quite agree - later, replacing lovely Studer 2 tracks with PCM Digital recording onto Sony F1's did more "damage".

We still tried to mix down to 1/2" tape running at 30ips but producers being what they are mostly all wanted PCM.

Back then sample rates where still slow enough for significant artefacts to be created - also most remaining distortion was even harmonic so sounded harsher. (Odd harmonic distortion sounds better)

I also remember the first digital multi-track I saw (3M) and fast asleep on a sofa beside it was its tethered maintenance engineer.

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Mildly successful flying car crashes - in mildly successful test flight

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Re: I love the irony...

These days almost everything here is in the cloud cat. This article actually fits - most do not.

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Small WordPress sites leaking like sieves

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WordPress:

A framework of security issues with a blog plugin.

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Ding-dong, the cloud calling: The Ring Video Doorbell

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Why have a PIR?

Why does it need a PIR - why not trigger the bell when someone pushes a bell button?

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Microsoft Azure – or how to make the public cloud work for you

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Excellent Article

Excellent Article - Thanks - Covered much of the ground I am moving towards.

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Choc Factory finds 84,000 ad injectors targeting Chrome

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Picture Grr!

Some of the article images are quite good but this . . .

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Microsoft enlists fat-piper Equinix to pump Office 365

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Re: Too much Azure?

Re: how long before MS becomes shirt sponsor at Chelsea"

Sadly I can easily see MS as being Chelsea fans.

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Boffins' ball barrage bombardment biffs bumbling bimble biped-bot

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Not Nerds

They can actually throw a ball so obviously they cannot be nerds.

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Inside the guts of Nano Server, Microsoft's tiny new Cloud OS

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Re: No GUI?

Shimdows ?

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TomTom MyDrive brings satnav syncing to PCs and mobiles

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Re: Yes But, No But

Re PS is it me or has the Phantom Down Voter for no apparent reason reappeared?

Hmm .. Maybe - many of my old posts recently gained down votes in a 30 minute period and continuing . I thought it was because I had upset an "Eadonist" but maybe not . . .

Lets see if this gets a down-vote (Doh!)

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E-voting and the UK election: Pick a lizard, any lizard

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If

If we had a method of voting such as Estonia has then why only use it for general elections?

It would be good for referendums too and, more granularly, to vote on important issues and policies.

We would all have a say in what policies and laws we live under.

Policy driven by public opinion! Oh wait . . .

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The Apple Watch: THROBBING STRAP-ON 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.

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