* Posts by Drewc

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comments here

December 19 Update no.4 - changes

Changed screen outside site background colour from white to grey.

Top Art in stories - now editorially selectable - in response to feedback about relevance (see above).

Reduced headline font size on Hero “story” at top of front page, articles and forum pages.

Masthead - entirely clickable to get back to front page(with exception of area containing social media buttons).

Footer - “The Register” text now clickable to help return readers to front page.

Visited and hover states swapped for better readability.

A Christmas masthead!

One week on. Update No.2 - our story is here

Update No.1

just letting you know that we are listening to your feedback. A quick update for now - we’ll report back to you next week.

Half-second delay added before the mouseover triggers drop down nav. We hopes this eliminates those annoying accidental pop-ups.

Two bugs reported - we have fixed one, restoring the ability to switch between desktop and mobile versions. The second. namely the loss of right click to open new tabs affects IE8 + IE9 users - just under six per cent of our readers, We know how to fix it - and it’s on our to do list. We’ll get this out before the end of next week.

Bye, bye print article icon - rarely used, not coming back. We still support this feature - so you are welcome to get hacking. *

Here is a checklist of the changes we have made.

Grey (mostly)  axed from colour palette  -  site is probably too monochrome now - but where better place to start than black and white?

Top ad moved  -  to get more space-for and attention for editorial content.

Expanding section nav  - to make content more accessible

Fixed navbar  - an aide memoire to encourage people to explore site

Footer  - more logical home for many links

Tidied up the right column  - We think it is easier to navigate.

Pics at the top of nearly all stories  -  visual is good, right?

Removed left column in the story page  - declutter

Reduced number of “teaser” units at bottom of story page  - declutter

Social media buttons and tags moved   - more logical places on the page

Front page headline carousel  - rotating teasers, are they effective? Let's A/B test.

Removed tabs and content buttons  - tried to make content accessible.-

Feature removed - most commented   - will be unpopular with some - but ignored / unused by vast majority. We aim to rethink this feature - but at a later date.

Feature removed print article - not used - This is not coming back

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Reg hands portable Sinclair ZX Spectrum to lucky compo winner

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Not us... are you thinking of another site, maybe?

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BOFH: Santa, bloody Santa

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Re: Two times fourteen

+1 for spot. Episode 15, it is.

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Sony Pictures struggles as staff details, salaries and films leaked

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Re: Re: Doesn't bode well...

We have had one self-inflicted data leak when we cced email addresses on a mailing list to people on that mailing list. We reported ourselves to ICO - and fessed up on the site.

I am unaware of any data breach.

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Simplez: OLD SCHOOL TECH can SAVE the MEERKAT

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You think the video is marketing fluff - fair enough. You think we may be shilling - unfair and wrong.

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Businessman takes Google to High Court to block online abuse from search results

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Re: Oh.

So we are dealing with UK defamation laws here - and a defamation case. So moderators will always err on the side of caution - which appears to be the case with you, Vladimir.

But guys - no links to any abusive messages, OK?

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Citadel Trojan snooped on password managers to snatch victims' logins

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Re: Does this run as a dedicated process or is it hooked directly into a windows sub-system?

Fair dos - my colleague has added some links which address your point, I think.

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The Big Data wrangling CIO you've probably never heard of: But his kit probably knows YOU

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pearl of a PERL

Umm... our site back end is built on perl and mod_perl. Are we forgiven?

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Sarong it's right: Coining it in Thailand without a visa

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Re: Not sure it is all the truth...

He is doing remote work for an overseas client.

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Google DoubleClick goes TITSUP. ENJOY your AD-FREE WORLD!

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Re: Serves them right for serving autoplaying music video ads

That Google adsense customer being naughty - if you see it again please point us to domain and we will block.

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Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

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Re: Re: Depends on perspective

I have looked at this rejected comment which dates back to August 2013. I am fairly sure the recruitment site was not a customer of ours at that time - although it had been previously for some years.

Personally, I would have accepted your post - but our moderators are particularly vigilant when it comes to potential libel - and sometimes we err on the side of caution. This is understandable as we are responsible under UK law for everything that is published on our site and we do not have resources to check claims made in posts.

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Ye Bug List

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Re: buggy Android app

Ok we have not updated this app - and OS changes have made it pretty bad. We do plan to update this app though - will keep you posted when we have news to share.

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Not our overlay

This is a Bloomberg video and hence its overlay and its ad.

PS I think the video tag was fixed a while ago.

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Re: The Register uses cookies. Find out more. Close

We would put our heads above the parapet on an important point of principle or to defend ourselves and/ or a source against a vexatious libel suit. Otherwise, we take the the view with law that it is more important not to lose than to win Lawsuits soak up management time and money. And sometimes they add a great deal of stress.

So the answer is no - we will observe the law, however stupid we think it is.

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Re: Re: Comments' time indication

We semi-support Opera ... typically what happens is that Opera releases a new version: it breaks something on our site. If it is easy to fix, we will fix it.

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Badges for Commentards

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Re: Please can I be ennobled

Hello Hadvar - any day now! Badges are attached to handles - you changed yours on 8 Nov 2013.

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WP8 app

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Re: @ Russell Hancock - Re: Offline reading?

We haven't done anything! A third party company built the app for us. We don't maintain it - and neither are we prepared to update it - not enough readers. If we charged, would people pay?

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Re: Offline reading?

Hi there - the Winphone app is a difficult one for us - there simply isn't enough users for us to justify updating this at the moment. This could change.

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New laptop. Commentards, lend me your opinions.

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Re: New laptop. Commentards, lend me your opinions.

Ok fearnothing I will broadcast this on home page on Saturday.

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Inappropriate adverts?

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Re: Dear El Reg

Any time there is a misbehaving ad we get to hear about it PDQ - via Twitter, our journos, complaints to various email addresses including to the MD. This is not a common problem Mostly we stop the ad, report it to the media buying agency who then go back to the creative agency (often owned by a different group). 02 was the only example i can think of where this did not work.

Inappropriate ads probably happen more frequently - and they could be anywhere. As I said these have slipped through the category blocks that we have in place with Google. But once spotted they are very easy to switch off.

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Re: Inappropriate adverts?

Updated: We have blocked thaimatches.com domain.

It sounds like a Google ad - and I am not sure how this slipped the net - we ban whole classes of Google ads (including nappy / diaper ads). I am not sure if we we have enough info to block this one. If you see it again please send us a screenshot to webmaster @theregister.co.uk.

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Why does it take 8 hours for my posts to be approved?

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Vimes. Thanks for your kind offer

Yes we considered this when we set up user forums - but we put it the idea on back burner and it stayed there ever since. Libel laws mean that we certainly won't have volunteer mods for article comments.

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Good grief! Have you SEEN BlackBerry's SQUARE smartphone?

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Re: Re: Keyboard problem?

Qwertz keyboards are used in Germany.

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Oi, you don't work here, MR ANYTHING BUT incisive – get your grubby mitts off our commentards

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Re: Pre-moderation

I posted a reply but double-checked answer when I realised that all of your comments have been pre-modded.

We auto-mod posters who have had five non-anonymous comments accepted. Thereafter, posters can make as many anon comments and avoid pre-modding.

However, I think this is an oversight on our part - it certainly wasn't the intended policy. We will change this - but there is a long to do list.

In the meantime, perhaps you could make four more comments using your handle - and then revert to anonymity.

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The man who found Atlantis: 14PB of storage, flashy models and Moore's Law

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Re: Let's do a deal

Soft soap maybe, disguised advert? No. This interview is not exactly critical - and the Q&A format can be difficult to pull off. However, no money changed hands.

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New Reg mobile site - feedback here!

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Re: Next Page Links on Mobile

Try m.theregister.co.uk - everything is on one page. BTW We are starting to roll out auto-detect - sending people to the mobile version.

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Re: m.forums

We need to have a think about implementation, but yes we would like to make forums functionally identical on mobile and desktop.

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Re: Top stories

Just for the record, The top five stories are editorially selected headlines - and they change frequently during UK working hours. Everything after that is in reverse chronological order. I think that for most people visited links would suffice.

On website encryption. We are working on this.

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The cookie text is too big but...

if you have cookies switched off, how do we know how to stop serving you the cookie message for each session. I would need to check but I think we remain legally obliged under UK law to serve this.

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Re: Whats your baseline?

We need to do something about cookies message everywhere even though it looms larger in some browsers than others. Opera Mini accounts for about 0.6 per cent of sessions - but Opera lovers of all ilk appear to be more vocal than users of other browsers.

As for the Asha - no we are not interested in supporting this. Sorry!

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introduction of the Weekend Edition

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Re: introduction of the Weekend Edition

Umm... how did you guess!

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'Leccy racer whacks petrols in Oz race

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Re: What's with the video?

The article says the video is from an earlier meet. Added "Sydney" to text to make this clearer

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Mobile site 'El Chan' links broken

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Re: Mobile site 'El Chan' links broken

We are aware of this and it is easy to fix - but some other things have taken precedence. Sorry for inconvenience. We'll try to bump it up the list.

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Farewell Felix Dennis, deal-maker supreme of tech publishing

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Re: El Reg

Simon Rockman was deputy editor of Personal Computer World. And of course the late lamented Guy Kewney was an occasional contributor here.

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Microsoft gets the hang of funky devices: Xbox magic for enterprise

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Re: is that the stench of a smokescreen I smell?

The notion that The Register wants to erect a smokescreen on behalf of Microsoft and even if it did would be capable of doing so is absurd.

Simon likes Microsoft hardware. That makes him an enthusiast. Not a shill. He also wrote about the new Android Nokias today.

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no commenting?

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Re: no commenting?

OK, so we have a new bug - this is the second time I am aware of it occurring. We will repair next week.

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Any details on TVCatchup.com entering Administration?

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Re: Any details on TVCatchup.com entering Administration?

Thanks for the tip.

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Mobile site 'earlier' pages broken

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Re: Mobile site 'earlier' pages broken

Thanks - we are aware of this. Will aim to get this fixed early next week

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Watch this: The .NET ASync story

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Re: Painful audio

Thanks for the feedback. I didn't think it was that bad. However, there has certainly been some degradation in formatting for video - I think the original format was Webex... something to address for next year.

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Jokes of no more than 2 lines

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Re: What's white and sticky and hangs off clouds?

The Coming of The Lord...

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Great Firewalled?

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Re: Great Firewalled?

We are not aware of this being an issue - but we may see if anyone else is experiencing this.

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Concerning Windows Phone and its relevance to the larger business

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Re: Re: " Reg readers"

When we promote events we disclose that we are a media partner. We do this for transparency.

Admittedly, there have been a lot of Microsoft events, live and virtual, lately - but here is a recent example of our media partnership with another company - Amazon.

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Re: " Reg readers"

Freeform Dynamics regularly surveys Reg readers - few of whom are commentards - for research.

As for our recent relationship with Microsoft, I don't know where that comment came from. For the record Microsoft has never not talked to us. Also, they have advertised with The Register every year since 2005.

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Of course the sponsored link underneath the article is an advert - "trafficked" there by our ops team because it is contextually relevant.

The article, on the other hand, is by an independent analyst, who is not in the business of writing puff pieces.

That said, hats off to your counterblast, especially point no.2, which I, for one, had not considered before.

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Watch this! The changing face of malware

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Re: Audio playback problem around 24:50 into the video...

Thanks for the catch. We have pinged QA - let's see what they can do.

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Doing more for less with your Oracle database

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Re: An Oracle advert - woo

Just for the record, Oracle has not advertised with The Register in 20 years. But there is always a first time!

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How to tune your Oracle database's performance

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Re: Tuning Pack

We will address some licensing issues in another article in this series.

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LOHAN ideas..

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Re: Vulture 2 battery connection

Cheers Rob. That is a great idea - Lester is keen.

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House Rules Red Background

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Re: House Rules Red Background

I haven't noticed this at all!

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