* Posts by Drewc

1301 posts • joined 26 Nov 2009

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

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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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Not a useful contribution ...

...FreemonSandlewould

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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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Announcing our Android developer competition winners

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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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Re: Drink up

Harsh... did you ever work at HP?

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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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Re: Seven???

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

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HP advert breaks site

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Re: HP advert breaks site

Noted - it is a rubbish browser. But we will have a gander.

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Texas HPC cowboys win award for data-nomming flashy Wrangler

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We defer to your superior knowledge here.

... however, it's a lovely pic so let's keep it in the story.

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VW's Audi suspends two engineers in air pollution cheatware probe

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Re: The two engineers were paid millions ....

Easy there, tiger!

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Bank card fraud

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Re: Bank card fraud

Not aware of this. Forwarding to newsdesk for perusal.

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Where's Worstall/Weekend Edition?

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Re: But...

Lester writes the Post-pub nosh neckfillers. He has just completed the second round and is taking a break. I think there was a year or more between the first lot of neckfillers and the second lot.

Tim is a freelancer and writes for many publications. We have never had a sign-off article for freelancers - for one thing they might write for us again.

I have no recollection of article announcing Lewis and Andrew jobs. Are you sure about this?

On valedictory articles - some writers do them, some don't. We do not have a policy on this.

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Re: More to the point ...

Verity Stob is very occasional contributor but that is her choice

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Alistair Dabbs is still here.

Sometimes he takes holidays.

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Lessig quits presidential race to spend more time with his idiotic ideas

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Re: Courage of Author's convictions ...

The article is bylined...

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Microsoft Windows Mobile 10: Uphill battle with 'work in progress'

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Re: Register bashing MS, What a surprise.

Nonsense.

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Safe-mail.net goes titsup. Storage failure blamed

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Re: On ProtonMail and ethics

An interesting shout, Danny 2. We report stories as they break - such as ProtonMail DDOS. Sometimes that is all that is needed.

Sometimes the story has legs - as in the recent TalkTalk fiasco - or is self-evidently important such as the UK's IPB. In such scenarios we devote a lot of editorial time and effort.

It is not yet clear yet if the ProtonMail does indeed have legs.

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Sanbolic smoke ball was no mere puff: Citrix preps new Melio release

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XenWow - this this the first comment on your account

And if it had there would have been a "deleted by moderator" notice in the comments.

Feel free to repost.

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'T-shaped' developers are the new normal

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Re: Is this a preview of the Pageless (and Worstall-less) era of ElReg?

More trolling, dogged...

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Definitely, maybe...

except that Dave Walker is not a web hack.

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Second UK teen suspect arrested over TalkTalk hack

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Yes, Feltham is Middlesex

Not that Middlesex exists any more. Story updated.

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El Reg celebrates Back to the Future Day

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Elderly? Disabled? You clearly need a .38" Palm Pistol

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Re: Nothing new

For people with phalangeal amputions?

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Cash-hungry Google chief upgrades advertising veeps

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Re: Article pic...

How to Get Ahead in Advertising

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DevOps tools: The beginner's guide to Chef

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Enthusiasm doesn't make something a paid for ad.

We are trying out new formats for our DevOps coverage - and area much more talked about than practiced. QA's DevOps team volunteered to help us out with how-tos, 101s and blogs - here is another one, about Docker, by Kat, and no we didn't charge.

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Silicon Valley now 'illegal' in Europe: Why Schrems vs Facebook is such a biggie

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Re: 'Anonymous' Cowards - are you sure?

Our website is hosted by Peer 1 in Portsmouth. Not sure what Netcraft is picking up there - although we do use Cloudflare as our CDN - and it has data centres everywhere.

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NoSQL pioneer Basho stamps its mark on time stamp data with Riak TS

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Re: Comprehensive SQL support?

Fair play to you for declaring an interest here - and for that you get your post published.

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Siege of Shoreditch was like Stalingrad, but with Froot Loops Bloopers

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Re: "And I would be far above my work loftspace enjoying some Class As"

I think it must be an Americanism.

In the UK illegal drugs are classified in three categories: Class A, Class B, Class C

So Class A is Britslang for the most addictive drugs - e.g. heroin, cocaine.

Class As - plural - means multiple drugs. And that is how it should be spelled / spelt.

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MemSQL makes it easier to hook up to Apache Spark

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I.Geller you have made this identical post in three articles now - wassup?

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Baidu, Google, Microsoft and Qualcomm join to invest in CloudFlare

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Re: Tor Hostile

We use Cloudflare so I am guessing that your post was the one in 10.

For the record, we have had three or four complaints about Tor and Captchas. But we value the ability to keep the site up against spammers and other threats more than the very few individuals who are inconvenienced.

This is what Cloudflare has to say about Tor:

https://support.cloudflare.com/hc/en-us/articles/203306930-Does-CloudFlare-block-Tor-

>>> Due to the behaviour of some individuals using the Tor

>>> network (spammers, distributors of malware, attackers,

>>> etc.), the IP addresses of Tor exit nodes generally earn

>>> a bad reputation. Our basic protection level issues

>>> CAPTCHA-based challenges to visitors whose IP

>>> address has a high threat score.

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Challenge! German drives from South Africa to Norway in nine days

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Re: "... Volkswagen Touareg from South Africa to Norway ..."

Frankly, frank ly, that was an inevitable first post.

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Subscribe to your free El Reg newsletter and save 95% on Wired (UK) mag

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Re: Dead Trees

Then this offer is not for you! However, there are plenty of people who like to read their magazines on paper.

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Homeland Insecurity: OIG audit identifies numerous deficiencies

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Re: comments closed?

Nope - we signpost when comments are disabled or no longer accepted.

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'To read this page, please turn off your ad blocker...'

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Re: http://i.imgur.com/kpWNn2w.jpg

Thanks for the screenshot - but it is unclear what is being triggered here. Forwarded to our ops team.

BTW we have included third party adverts on El Reg since 1998.

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HP overtakes Cisco in cloud infrastructure revenues

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Re: Nice Dell blade enclosures...

It's cloud, it's infrastructure. It's infrastructure in the cloud. And Dell gets a nod in the article....

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US trade watchdog to FBI: 'You think the crims won't know about the backdoor too?'

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Re: MODERATOR, please kill this post...

I have reviewed this and have unbanned Shadow Systems.

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The S, Huawei’s new best Mate: Compact and premium – but not cheap

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Re: Where's the phone?

The pic above the article is a woman holding this phone.

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