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Re: Nokia quality decline ...
My 16 year old daughter's Nokia 600 (a freebie) simply died on her. It didn't stop her from getting a Nokia (520) as a replacement though.
Mind you, her siblings think she is eccentric...
will draw attention to our app developer.
Re: Cloud Overlords
You, sir, are barking mad.
Re: The pot calling the kettle black
We wrote a story about this at the time, told everyone affected - and reported ourself to the relevant authority, which decided that no sanctions were needed. We also tweaked some software so that we could not make that same mistake again.
You are a very naughty boy...
No prizes for you.
Re: When are posts moderated?
Umm... your posts are auto-modded, except when the article has pro-active moderation. Our production desk is responsible for moderation - but it is just one of their tasks. During the week in UK time, this means that there may be a small lag - in US and Australia time there can be a longer time lag - as we have fewer people around at that time. Which is why comments made at the weekend may take many hours to be moderated.
Taking your points re readability on board - but we increased point size of forums text recently - so that it is now same size as articles. Also, I am not aware that we have removed links - but please correct me if I am wrong.
Re: Re: Zap withdrawn posts?
No-one can zap withdrawn posts, Ozzy Mandias. The discussion was about extending post-publication editing rights to all - which we implemented in October 2013.
As for zapping withdrawn posts - we'll have a think.
We have no plans to do this.
Re: Helping with the non-threaded reply setup...
That sounds good to me.
Don't know what happened there. But it was definitely killed this morning UK time and it is never coming back.
Re: Slide out 'More from the register' overlay
Doing some A-B testing on a "teaser" unit with three variants, each shown to 10 per cent of readers. This one is least popular and has earned a couple of complaints.
Re: Orange hacked?
Thanks for the tip - forwarded to newsdesk.
This is the first we have heard of this - our ad tech guys will investigate.
Re: How to use the "report abuse" function
Thanks for the suggestion. We will give it a mull.
Re: Re: New Zealand
Very good - perhaps Australia Day has something to do with this?
Re: Re: Ads
These will be ads served by Google. Typically, we serve much fewer of these in the UK compared with elsewhere - but in very quiet times like late December or early January you will see more.
We block entire categories of Google ads - e.g. gambling, gaming (unpredictable but often NSFW ads), porn - and nappies / diapers. Don't know what the economics are there - but you could soon fill your site with nappy ads if you are not careful.
Also we set our floor price at relatively high price - which takes care of bottom feeders - and we remove ads on taste grounds if we spot them or if readers alert us.
As for Spanish and Portuguese - Google does do geo-targeting - and it will do this better than anyone else, so that is weird.
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 email@example.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.
Re: Sorry! Won't happen again
Forwarded to our ad-ops guys.
Re: Re: Sorry! Won't happen again
This is also a first for us. The twitter feed is clearly too long. If we run something like this again, we'll shorten it.
On pay-per-no-ad option: it is something we think about from time to time. Perhaps we should think a bit more about this.
Sorry! Won't happen again
So we tried a new way of showing our live training event today - had not appreciated that our media supplier's live player does not have off (or pause) buttons. So before we do this again we need to make sure that an off button - at least - is in place.
The autoplay was human error - and rectified after a few mins. We will ensure that this does not happen again.
Re: Nice apologist article, Simon !
So you found us out ... The NSA pays Simon, of course.
Re: Microsoft Dynamics advert
We paused the ad yesterday. The client is aware of the problem - it seemed to be fixed at the weekend, but then the hover thing went rogue again.
So, apologies to everyone inconvienced by this.
Re: Microsoft Dynamics advert
OK Ben, forwarded to the ops team for their perusal.
Re: sagepay data leak
OK - forwarded to news team.
I eagerly await news of the TheRegister sponsored CS outreach chapter in my own local area :-)
Hey that sounds like an idea!
You cannot buy Register merchandise officially anywhere to day - although you can get O'Really and BOFH stuff elsewhere (we had licence deals). We are considering running a limited line-up again at some point in 2014
We shut CashnCarrion at least four years ago - as the effort to run retail outstripped the reward. I don't remember if we announced its closure Towards the end, we tried a specialist print to order firm - but the quality was poor - and so we just set ourselves up for complaints - and no money.
Re: Coming soon
A real Ugandan prince used to work in sales at The Reg.
Re: Is this "safe"?
There hasn't been a Reg poll. If we ran one - what questions would you like us to pose.
Retiring the shares
Cash may be king but companies are expected to use it wisely. Giving surplus cash - dividends - to shareholders is one option - but that gives them a tax bill.
For this reason buying back shares is popular, especially in the US (for those tax reasons).
The simple act of buying props up the share price in the immediate term - and it gives signal that company thinks it is undervalued.
Furthermore, companies retire the shares they buy (or use some to meet share option obligations). That means the value of the company is divvied into fewer shares - hence higher price.
As for cash spent in buying ... some of the share price will reflect the liquid assets that the company holds, but fundamentals are assessed on things like price-earnings ratios and discounted cashflows.
Fair comment - in my background notes, did not make it into the article.
There is lots of cat 6K equipment out there - customers will upgrade to faster platforms in due. Arista is, among other things, directly positioning 7300 at this replacement market - Doug Gourlay told me this. The company is prepping a trade-in program for Cat 6000x - as is Cisco. I don't get how that translates into Cisco puff piece.
Re: 50 percent of profits?
New Scientist is a huge thing. I guess it still makes good money for its owners.
Linux Voice does not need to be a huge thing. It can work - so long as it is embedded in community, its budgets are modest and its owner/ editors maintain commitment and energy.
Even if print does not work out, there are plenty of revenue-generating options - e.g. from online advertising, sponsorship, merchandising, events, PBS-style community funding, maybe even e-books.
A paper magazine!
We got the press release earlier this week - that, more than the profit share, struck me.
You no like post-modern capitalism?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Re: Ok, followed you.....
The jokey subhead - we'll have a look and report back on Monday.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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Or jokes arising from parent comment. Am deleting comments to date in this thread. Be civil.
You are imputing bad faith / corruption on his part and by extension ours. Fun guy.
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