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* Posts by Drewc

1054 posts • joined 26 Nov 2009

¡Bong!

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Re: ¡Bong!

You no like post-modern capitalism?

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Linux Voice mag ..

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A paper magazine!

We got the press release earlier this week - that, more than the profit share, struck me.

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Check out The Register's Google+ page

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Re: Re: Learn the value of Google+

You are probably right - but people have to find us on Google+ - we are not presenting any G+ roadblocks.

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Re: Re: Not for me but...

Hmm. I can't say that we have never run pop-up ads, but I can say that we have implemented a policy of not running pop-ups for several years.

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Re: Re: Ok, followed you.....

That is very kind of you, Graeme. Unfortunately, G+ doesn't take kindly to those subheads.

Kevin, our web coder, says:

We have the og property set for subheads but G+ don't seem to support it so I don't think so.

<meta property="og:description" content=""/>

Does anyone know different?

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Re: FaceBook?

That would be novel... we get some traffic via FB, but almost all via the FB lLke button on our articles rather than through our our FB page. Yes, we have one! We monitor this lightly - every now and then someone gives us a story tip, or tells us off, or tell us they love us.

But for interaction, story tips, corrections etc. - Twitter is by far the most active medium for us. There is that official @theregister address again.

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Learn the value of Google+

Well... I would like to say that we have tapped into fast growing reader source but... we stumbled across this G+ page a few weeks ago that a staffer had put up a couple of years ago. - no content, but 500 followers and maybe 500 who had had put us in their circles.So we added content maybe three weeks ago and told Google that this was our official page.

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Re: Ok, followed you.....

The jokey subhead - we'll have a look and report back on Monday.

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Re: Not for me but...

Feedback noted, but are you sure about ad pop-ups? We don't run them, If any reader spots one please grab URL of landing page and ping to webmaster@sitpbub.com

Also we have enough ad units - we carry fewer ads per page than our UK competitors.

BTW Google+ running costs are a fraction above zero.

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5,000 job cuts later: Fujitsu boss says bloodletting's almost over ... for now

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Abusive, defamatory comments not accepted

Or jokes arising from parent comment. Am deleting comments to date in this thread. Be civil.

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Ads

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Re: Ads

So - in the US we run quite a lot of inventory through Google's Ad-x program, in which slots are to the highest bidder.

We block categories of ads - e.g. gaming (that is because some ads are salacious), porn, diapers - the latter is a weird one. But basically, diaper / nappy makers can swamp a site's ads, if you are not careful. If there has been a significant change recently in the ads you are seeing, it is possible that we have relaxed some categories.

We also block individual ads - for that we require the URL of the landing page of the ad. So if anyone sees something you think we should block - please ping webmaster@sitpub.com

Lastly, on relevance of ads: in this world advertisers are deciding what is relevant - and we are deciding if we can or want to play.

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Wanted: IT world domination. Can Spiceworks succeed?

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Drive-by abuse

You are imputing bad faith / corruption on his part and by extension ours. Fun guy.

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Drive-by abuse

You are imputing bad faith / corruption on his part and by extension ours.

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Re: This article reads like an ad.

Sigh. Why is it that everytime a writer likes something, it "reads like an ad" or is a shill.

P.S. We are paying Trevor, not Spiceworks.

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We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (SPOILER ALERT)

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You need five comments accepted before you can start new threads

We do this as an anti-spam measure.

Our house rules are here:

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NSFW spotlight images

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Re: nsfw ad

That is interesting - how recently? We run some ads via Google ad-x, but we block games ads precisely because of those scantily clad female characters. If anyone sees ads like this, please send us a screenshot to webmaster @theregister.co.uk.

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Bonkers

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Re: Bonkers

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, Ian. The moderators would have blocked comments from the off if they had had an inkling that some people would repeatedly try to post links to stuff that would land us in legal hot water.

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Enabling the on-demand data centre with SDN

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linking to other sites is fine, so long as it is not pimping...

Nate, your comments rock. We are always looking for independent IT practitioners who can write. Fancy joining our roster of sysadmin bloggers? We spell check and vet for libel, but that's all!

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Win a free delegate pass to PHP 2013 Europe!

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How is this hyping Twitter's IPO

It is a prize draw, that is all, and we are playing with Twitter. Not exactly a high barrier to entry.

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Double dare you to follow us @theregister

Challenge not accepted...although we do draw the line at Facebook.

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New Forum Wishlist - but read roadmap first

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Re: Some simple(!) suggestions!

Thanks Jamie, - the random ID thing is an interesting shout.

BTW why would you want the time stamp in the article - after a few hours, surely this info is irrelevant anyway?

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Re: New Forum Wishlist - but read roadmap first

I think it just make sense to say "x hours ago", then "x days", then "x months", then "date/ no time". That works for everyone, yes?

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Thanks for the feedback - we will do some serious thinking next year about forums.

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Inventor whips lenscap off 3D-printed pinhole camera

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Re: Or...

I am pleased to see people try out new things. Clint deserves a pay on the back for getting this far. I hope he does even better

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Facebook fans fuel FAGGOT FURY firestorm

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Re: Re: This is disturbing

Faggot is correct spelling on both cases.

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Re: Re: This is disturbing

English is a Germanic language with a French overlay. Of course, French derives ultimately from Latin. There was a huge influx of Latin words into English in the 16th Century - More here.

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Here's what YOU WON'T be able to do with your PlayStation 4

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Re: ***I Know It's Long But Just Give It A Read

Long posts are fine - but a few paragraph breaks would help us all.

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Google and Samsung bare teeth in battle for LANDFILL ANDROID™

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Re: Re: Android is becoming Google Phone

Kroneous, people can have opinions without being paid shills.

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iPad Air BARES ALL, reveals she's a high maintenance lady

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Re: planned obsolescence

Perhaps Apple has worked out that it is cheaper to replace broken stuff with new kit. The logistics are easier than repair and Apple margins are fat enough to do this, no or few questions asked.

Not much fun for third party repair companies though.

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Lefthand mice

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I am on tenth left decile for handedness ...

But even I have learned to use a right-handed mouse.

Here is a test to check where you are on the handedness scale.

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Where is the 'obamacare website fiasco' article?

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Did you miss it? Yes

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/11/01/us_healthcare_gov_google_oracle_red_hat/

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AJAX thread voting

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Re: It's sorta working

Thanks jubtastic - will put your suggestions into the thinking pot.

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Re: It's sorta working

What would make it reddit class?

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Badges for Commentards

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Re: Re: Gone all silver

Ralph, do you have two accounts? According to our record of this account you have 918 live posts associated with Ralph B.

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A steam punk VDU ?

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Two more contributions here

From HippyFreetard

From TheOtherHobbes

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A steampunk VDU: How would it work and what would it look like?

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Apologies for messing

We need to integrate comments and reader forums. In the meantime I am switching off comments and asking you to move on to the forum thread.

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Space, digitisation and storage. Astronomy Legacy Project has it all

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Re: Journalism FAIL

My, aren't we a little grumpy. The vocabulary is idiomatic and understandable, but we have tidied up a little for you. BTW the analogue analogy was derived from Michael Castelaz, who writes "The fragile and analog nature of astronomical photographic plates makes their data difficult to access".

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I am a recovering Superwoman wannabee

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Re: And how is The Register helping women in IT?!

You can continue this discussion via this forum thread, if you wish.

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Google burns promise of 'no big banner ads'. Don't Be Evil next?

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Re: say El-Reg

No. Not even little.

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Ye Bug List

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Not too daft...

Yes, you need 100 non-anonymous posts. We introduced this in cautious mode. But maybe we can relax this now.

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Like this: a new topic.

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Re: Want to Create Own Topic

You need to have five comments accepted - to date this has been an effective spam trap for us. House rules for you.

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Coding: 'suitable for exceptionally dull weirdos'

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Coding: 'suitable for exceptionally dull weirdos'

One of the reasons, why plans to introduce coding for all to the ICT curriculum in England and Wales, is 'stupid' - says Willard Foxton.

Our article is here.

Comments below!

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imgur.com is now blocked my the Internet Watch Foundation ISP filter.

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Thanks for the update.

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The Reg undergoes a Twitter makeover: Come join the squawk

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Any search...

Except that is not how it panned out - and followers were signing up to @theregister at nearly the same rate as to @regvulture, even though we did no site promo for the former.

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No accounts were harmed in the making of...

No scorched earth here - we renamed the accounts.

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Unable to access article

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Thanks for this - we'll check it out.

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Win a free pass to RSA Conference Europe

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Too late, John.

They are on to you ...

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Nope, not this time, sorry.

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Forget Wi-Fi, boffins get 150Mbps Li-Fi connection from a lightbulb

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Re: AN LED?

Perfectly understandable usage here, unlike your little rant.

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Backing up your VMware environment? Don't lose control...

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Sales pitch? No

The article is a promo for an upcoming webcast, sponsored by Dell Software. We broadcast a couple of dozen webcasts a year - and if you take time to watch them you will see that there is no sales pitch. The more technical the content the better our readers seem to like them - for instance, our last webcast with Dell Software - about Microsoft Exchange - pulled in more than 800 viewers for the live event, and many more since then.

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