* Posts by Drewc

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What took you so long, Twitter? Micro blogging site takes on the trolls

Drewc
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Re: Re: The doxxing, death threats and rape threats was other people

The reference to the bank note case is in the same fricking sentence as the reference to Gamergate. You are the only person so far to refer to this case- unlike Gamergate.

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Drewc
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Re: Re: #RIPTwitter

Some weird logic leaps going on there.

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Drewc
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Re: Re: #RIPTwitter

Re the side note. What are you on about? We have mentioned Gamergate in 9 articles in total- two this year.

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The doxxing, death threats and rape threats was other people

Bizarre mischaracterisation of gamergate, Anonymous Coward.

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What's it like to work for a genius and Olympic archer who's mates with Richard Branson?

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My Titanium implant is on my bookshelf...

Metal rod inserted through the marrow of my broken shin bone. When bone healed, it was removed ibu surgeion who asked if I wanted to keep it as a memento. It is still mementing.

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Did you know ... Stephen Fry has founded a tech startup?

Drewc
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No-one has made fun of depression here.

How on earth did you come to that conclusion?

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IBM buys two digital ad agencies in a week

Drewc
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Re: If you buy it for an undisclosed sum....

Yes.

In the jargon, if the acquisition is not considered material to earnings and the company is privately owned the buyer is not required to disclose the acquisition price. By extension, it does not need to disclose the writedown.

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Fsck Cloudflair

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We are on medium settings

Julian - sorry that this is not working for you - but see Marco's answer above. Cloudflare helps us to mitigate ddos attacks and it reduces latency and very affordable prices. More than 1 million websites use Cloudflare - so this is going to be a problem for you whatever we do.

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Sorry slacktivists: The Man is shredding your robo responses

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Re: Re: Nice censoring your doing andrew

A quick look at moderation history by me. Accusing public figures of lying / dissembling will always prick up the moderators' ears.

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Drewc
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Re: Nice censoring your doing andrew

Rejected comments do not equal censorship and never have. Go make that noise somewhere else.

On this specific bit of paranoia - One comment in this thread - someone being rude to another commenter - has been rejected, by me - at The Register since 1997.

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T-Mobile USA’s BingeOn is a smash hit. So what now?

Drewc
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But T-Mobile is not a monopoly in US...

And has no chance of becoming one. Ever.

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You've seen things people wouldn't believe – so tell us your programming horrors

Drewc
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Re: SWAP SWAP is a great solution

So - anonymous coward. The last sentence was unnecessary. Be civil.

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Google UK coughs up £130m back taxes. Is it enough?

Drewc
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Re: £130 million

miaow - the sub-head of course does not mention the 10 years so is even less helpful than you think.

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Drewc
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Re: Oh Register, how far hast thou fallen

Let's parse this, Ilmarinen, shall we?

Tax avoidance is legal and is to be encouraged because governments are parasites. Readers who express outrage at tax avoidance are by inference stupid. Yes, where have the bright ones gone...

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Drewc
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anti-semitic propaganda? Gullible dupes?

DaveDaveDave - be civil, thank-you.

On the anti-semitic propaganda accusation - I can detect no proxy here for "Jews control the Federal Reserve / world financial system" madness.

You have done your fellow commentard a disservice - to the point of trolling.

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The Tumbler SJW jibe is silly

The British, Conservative, government is driving this. It needs tax revenues to pay its bills + drive down the deficit. Google, Apple et al are obvious targets.

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Google is an immensely profitable company

There is no confusion here - Google has chunky margins on huge revenues. Transfer pricing would be the only way that the company is not making big profits in the UK.

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Drewc
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Re: The article author is part of the problem.

What problem? this is quibbling over semantics.

Companies charge VAT on their products and services and they pay VAT for the products and services they buy. When there is a surplus - and in Amazon's case this will be vast - they pay the difference to the relevant authority.

The change of VAT rules could mean that retail customers end up paying a bit more for their geegaws. But enough to suppress demand? Amazon would be unaffected in such a scenario - or more likely would as it is so dominant in Europe that benefit at the expense of weaker competitors.

Corporate tax is the now big battleground. I don't see Amazon ever paying much here - it will just build some more data centres, or buy some more businesses, or invest in warehouse robots. All good things, of course.

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Facebook Messenger: All your numbers are belong to us

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Reach around is worse.

Yes I have heard someone say that.

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How to save Wikipedia: Start paying editors ... or write for machines

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Re: Re: Off the tracks

That is so far off-beam, Stephen. that I don't know where to begin - so I won't, except to say that Andrew has been a prominent writer at The Register for 15 years, all the time that you have been reading us.

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@jobardu: You are inferring a helluva lot from one sentence in this article.

That is all.

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The last time Earth was this hot hippos lived in Britain (that’s 130,000 years ago)

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Employed me instead?

I have been here since 1997.

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Drewc
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Re: Re: @GrumpenKraut

I agree with you jzl.

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Drewc
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Re: Re: It's true!

Tim Worstall is a freelancer who writes for many publications. Freelancers come and go and sometimes come back again.

IIRC TIm wrote one column a week for The Register for a couple of years - and then two columns a week for a year or so. He has also written the very occasional feature. He has a distinctive tone and ha a fan base here, but... all told he has written 290 articles for The Register over three or four years. We publish more than 13000 articles a year.

Drew - BTW - "always been left-leaning" - I wonder how many readers agree

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Drewc
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Re: Re: @Douglas Lowe It's true!

We have had a science channel on The Register since 2003.

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Drewc
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Obama disdain for law...

This is seriously off-topic, anonymous coward...,

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Drewc
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Obama disdain for law...

This is seriously off-topic, Anonymous Coward.

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Drewc
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Re: It's true!

Ars Technica? Yes, Dan 55 if PCar dislikes this article, he's gonna hate the climate coverage on Ars.

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Re: It's true!

We have republished articles by third parties since almost since we started publishing daily. The percentage used to be much, much higher. So what it comes down to is this: you don't like the article. Tough.

Good luck with finding that tech site.

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Drewc
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Not a useful contribution ...

...FreemonSandlewould

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Drewc
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Re: Bring on the warming!!!

We have vineyards in Kent already. Olive groves would be alarming though. Cherries will suit me fine.

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IRA’s former political wing takes aim at Apple over back tax

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@Barry Mahon

Joe Fay knows a lot more about Ireland and Irish politics than you know about Joe Fay.

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Women account for just one fifth of the EU’s 8m IT jobs

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Re: none issue

@Tezfair This same point is made in various ways throughout this thread. It is simply a way of justifying the status quo. Middle class, middle aged men - and I am one - are perhaps incorriglble but psychological and social barriers are at play here. And the best way to dismantle these barriers is to start with children

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MariaDB hires new CEO with code daddy Monty in as CTO

Drewc
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Robert, a wee paranoid?

Let's imagine that Oracle did indeed do this. look at VW and Dieselgate - everyone gets caught in the end. And then gets their name dragged through the mud and then fined and then sued.

Oracle may be many things but to deliberately sabotage one of its own products? That is getting deep into conspiracy theory.

P.S. The Register uses MySQL but we are thinking about moving to MariaDB

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Announcing our Android developer competition winners

Drewc
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No.

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Unsolicited email?

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Re: Unsolicited email?

Thanks for the feedback We will check it out but journalists are unable to gain access to the accounts database. Journalists can and do send emails to readers - and this appears to be a bulk emailer from sender's addressbook.

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Att: Windows Phone owners: Win 10 Mobile has been spotted and it wants your phone

Drewc
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Re: Re: Spreading more FUD, little truth in it

Rubbishing? Our reply is entirely civil.

The main premise of that post hinges on the escape hatch, namely that you don't have to automatically accepts updates from Win 8.1- which Andrew notes in the article.

But "once you accept Windows 10 Mobile, you’ll never be able to roll back to Windows Phone 8.1 from Microsoft’s servers."

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Somethings Wrong at El Reg

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Re: Somethings Wrong at El Reg

That's a shame, Dewix.

FYI we ban maybe four or five people for being abusive. We ban a few dozen spammers a month. I don't detect a growing anti-GNU bias.

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Whatever Android-ChromeOS mashup looks like, it's gotta be better looking than this

Drewc
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Re: Re: Are you kidding me ?

That is gross hyperbole, Quertius.

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Oh UK.gov. Say you're not for weakened encryption – Google and Facebook

Drewc
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Re: Amsterdamned!

We wrote about this on 4 January - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/01/04/dutch_government_says_no_to_backdoors/

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Spooks, spyware, Ashley Madison and Windows 10: What you read in 2015

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Re: Is a paragraph

The answer is self-evident, surely?

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Drewc
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That's not how it works ...

These were our eight most read articles in 2015. We are not aggregating articles by topic here.

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Does life as a hostage change your attitude to life as an IT contractor?

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Re: It may be an interesting video

AFAIK you are the first person ever to raise this as an issue and I may be missing something here. But in what way is this a plug-in?

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Visual Studio Code: Let's talk about Extensions

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Re: Re: I don't get the hype

And just to point out - we publish about 13000 articles a year - Currently 20-30 of which are "in association with" and clearly labelled as such. We always try to make these editorially valid.

We think the three articles in the particular series are straightforward demos of a new editor by someone who knows it inside out.

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I can turn Yahoo! around claims hedge fund manager

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Shocking, isn't it?

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Microsoft beats Apple's tablet sales, apologises for Surface 4 flaws

Drewc
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Re: Wishful thinking

Hmm...That internal monologue is a figment of your imagination.

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Revealed: Mystery 7-year cyberspy campaign in Latin America

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All of South America is part of Latin America.

Not sure what point you are making here.

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HPE's private London drinking club: Name that boozer

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Re: Disappointed

Bullied? As a matter of course, we try to call companies as they call themselves at least once in the article. Yahoo! is a good example.

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This is how you count all the trees on Earth

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Re: We talk to the trees but they don't talk back...

This is central Niger we are talking about - i.e. the Sahel, which means lots of space between trees - and great terrain for manual double-checking. With the algorithms proved / improved - there will be no need for this extra step.

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Drewc
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Re: Seven???

But that is what this project is all about - finding ways to count accurately, as opposed to extrapolating.

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