* Posts by Alister

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The Shock of the New: The Register redesign update 4

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Thanks very much for listening, and thanks for the home page navigation at the bottom.

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UK air traffic bods deny they 'skimped' on IT investment after server mega-fail

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As I understand it, the actual outage was very short, (in the order of sub ten minutes IIRC) what caused the disruption was the very thorough and comprehensive safety protocols which kicked in after 5 minutes, designed to gain maximum separation for all aircraft in the controlled area.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Drew, please can you re-introduce some navigation at the bottom of the page to get back to the homepage. You used to be able to click on the "Register" banner in the footer but you've taken that away.

If you've read down to the bottom of a long page of comments, it's a pain to have to scroll back up to the top to get back to the home page.

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Sorry, I'm not a fan. The large picture and headline of the featured stories take up too much room, the top menu is annoying when you move your mouse anywhere near it.

Also, the pagination on the comments seems to carry over two or three stories to the next page.

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Nork-ribbing flick The Interview AXED: Sony caves under hack terror 'menace'

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Re: Grow some balls!

And if the criminals are backed by a rogue state and know where you and your family live and have threatened to blow up your house while you sleep? That's the level of the threat being posed right now: it's getting personal.

This just shows the irrational level of fear to which America has sunk.

Come ON! There is no likelihood of this threat being acted upon, the resources necessary to carry out the threat make it impossible, even for "a rogue state".

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Google swears no search leg up for new dot-word sites: We drill into claims

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Re: SEO: Emperor's clothes

I wish I could upvote this more times.

We provide the website and hosting for a client who are the only provider of a niche service. They have the very top organic result in Google, Bing and other search engines, for any search term which describes the service they provide, and they also have a sponsored link in Google.

And yet, each year, they spend thousands on external SEO consultants, who keep coming up with different strategies and slight tweaks to page content and layout, most of which get reverted by the next SEO consultant.

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V. R. R. Stob's magnificent saga A Game Of Dog-and-Bones

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Yay!!

STOB!!

Verily, Verity, it hath been an age since you last graced these hallowed pages.

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El Reg's mighty rocket spaceplane Vulture 2 arrives in US of A

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...oh, and I know you're currently in the US but recce is spelt recce in British English...

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Sony to media: stop publishing our stolen stuff or we'll get nasty

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It would have to be classified as a fantasy then...

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Microsoft's dodgy new Exchange 2010 update breaks Outlook clients

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Re: Linux v Windows updates

@arobertson1

I agree, Microsoft Updates are a pain in the ass, and various other orifices of your choice. And, as the story is about one that completely screws Exchange clients, it's yet another triumph for Microsoft...

However, posting sudo apt-get update and should be running Linux is not really helpful.

I administer both Linux and Microsoft servers, and much prefer the Linux ones, I spend a lot less time having to manage them, but for a business use, there is still no realistic open source alternative to Microsoft AD and Exchange which can be deployed without an awful lot of customising and fiddling about - which are just not viable for an SME. Especially since the majority of users want Windows desktops so they can run Project, Visio, and all the other loveliness.

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Re: Linux v Windows updates

Thus speaketh the last Vista user... Never heard of Open Xchange then?

Seriously? The best you can come up with is a crappy web-based option?

Go back under your bridge.

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Re: Linux v Windows updates

Hmm, can I run Exchange server on Mint? Oh, no, I can't. DUH.

Windows:

Run Windows update

Upgrade ActiveX

Re-run Windows update

This just shows you haven't used any Windows operating system since XP / 2003

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Virgin Media customers suffer YET MORE YouTube buffering blues

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Re: Sometime I wonder...

Panic not, I can confirm that for a large number of websites, if you browse them, you can see the hits in the weblogs straight away, so they're not caching everything.

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'Identity skills shortage' will be problematic for Verify ID. (So not the TECH FAILS, then?)

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What on earth are the "identity skills" which we appear to be short of?

Does it just mean that the average civil service drone has no personality?

Or perhaps, not enough people trained in fingerprint recognition?

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Apple patents NEVERSMASH iPHONE for fumbling fondlers

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Why don't they make it boomerang shaped, then it would come straight back...

It wouldn't suit "latest-greatest" Fanboi though - you would never be able to throw it away...

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EE's not-spot-busting small cell trial delights Cumbrian villagers

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What’s the opposite of a NIMBY?

How about IMBYP...

In My Back Yard, Please!

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US parking operator: YEP, hackers got your names, credit card numbers, secret codes...

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What possible excuse have they got for holding the verification codes and card numbers in a database, and in plain text too?

Do you not have PCI-DSS or equivalent in America?

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Brits conned out of nearly £24m in phone scams IN ONE YEAR

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Re: ORLY, DCI Stokes?

Plastic Crime Unit

Playmobil or...

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Fiat 500X: A fun-loving Goldilocks who'll get down and dirty

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Re: Why call it a 500 though?

And who the hell really needs 9 ratios in a gearbox?

Um, something the size of a tank??

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Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

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Re: What?

Well that's because a Raspberry Pi doesn't have a pastry base or a pastry lid, so is disqualified completely...

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Star Wars: Episode VII trailer lands. You call that a lightsaber? THIS is a lightsaber

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Re: The Problem with Lightsabres, is...

@Binky

to "twat" someone, in British slang, is to hit them, very hard. It's also used to convey a lack of sobriety, vis "I got totally twatted last night"... It's a useful word, in all sorts of ways.

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Dropbox sees rival file-piles merely as dots in rearview mirror

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I'd just like to say, your sub-head on this article made me laugh out loud, brilliant!

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It's BLOCK FRIDAY: Britain in GREED-crazed bargain bonanza mob frenzy riot MELTDOWN

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From the TV coverage I've seen, half the problem seemed to be caused by gangs of press photographers and TV crews blocking access to the stores.

It's almost like this was a carefully orchestrated event for the media...

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Customers RAGE after Webfusion goes TITSUP

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Nice to see you expanded the acronym correctly this time... :)

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Wireless Power standards are like Highlanders: There can be only ONE

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Re: I'm living in a future world

Ahem,

Ah, Mr Pott, sorry to bother you, but you seem to be using combustion of carbon-based materials in the presence of oxygen to produce heat and light, which is in direct contravention of USPTO-2986564-F.

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NHS and POLICE non-emergency services GO DARK after Voda switch failure - source

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Auto-failover is all very well, but if you can't trust it (and I've had various vendor's examples fail on me) then you might as well not bother, and just have a manual process instead.

Frankly even with active/active stuff, I tend to make sure I'm alerted just to check it did actually swap properly...

Yes I know, I'm paranoid...

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

Blimey, I feel like I've fallen back through time and I'm reading a PC mag from the mid-nineties...

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Right to be forgotten should apply to Google.com too: EU

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“Our remit does not include dealing with complaints from organisations which have had search results to their websites removed from a search engine,” an Irish DPA spokeswoman told El Reg last month.

Ah good, so no legal redress at all then, if my website is suddenly removed from the search rankings.

Nice to see there's a proper "due process" in place...

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Whistling Google: PLEASE! Brussels can only hurt Europe, not us

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Re: As long as Google de-facto controls "access" to the Internet...

The _only_ Google service I use is gmail...

Are you sure?

Do you block scripts on every website that you visit?

If not, you've probably been contributing to Google Analytics for a long time

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Androids in celluloid – which machine deserves the ULTIMATE MOVIE ROBOT title?

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Is this strictly film, or does TV count?

I notice people mentioning Daleks (which are definitely not Robots) but what about Kryten from Red Dwarf?

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NASA revisits Europa with modern image-processing software

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subjecting it to “modern image processing techniques”

Photoshop clone brush...

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UK's non-emergency police and NHS Vodafone systems go titsup NATIONWIDE

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It would never have happened in my day, Strowger woudn't crash after an update :)

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Re: three "disasters" so far - Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima

Fukushima was NOT a nuclear "disaster" it was a severe natural disaster which impacted an otherwise safe nuclear power plant.

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Re: I seem to remember

@AC

Yes but your anecdotal evidence doesn't translate well to most use cases. You couldn't power any useful industrial plant with what you do, and most people don't have the luxury of being able to install a heat pump and PV panels. The only way your solution would work country wide would be if nearly all roofing and spare ground in the UK was to be covered in PV panels, and that's not going to be acceptable to most people.

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HUMAN DNA 'will be FOUND ON MOON' – rockin' boffin Brian Cox

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Re: Remember me..

Would this headstone be made of black non-reflective material, and sort of rectangular, with dimensions in the precise ratio of 1 : 4 : 9?

No...

Oh, okay then, as you were...

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Quebec's latest bid to break away from Canada HALTED by a single dot

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Seriously! $12M to move from one domain to another?

I'd do it for them for 20 grand...

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The Toyota Aygo is PARKtastic ... but it is very much a City slicker

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Re: Horses for courses

Being half Scot, I see echoes of the Saltire in that bold cross pattern slashed across the nose,

Well It looks to me like a Klingon battle weapon...

No, I'm not Klingon...

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Hey, you, PHONE-FACE! Kickstarter in-car mobe mount will EMBED your phone into your MUG

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I can't wait to hear of the first user who decides to plug in the phone's charging lead, and then tries to go round a sharp bend...

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Rosetta probot drilling DENIED: Philae has its 'LEG in the AIR'

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After such a complex and magnificently executed journey, it's a great shame that the outcome was not as envisaged.

Just a side thought though, as the harpoons and thruster didn't fire, and they haven't yet used the drills on the landing pads (as I understand it) shouldn't that mean that they have more battery power left than originally planned for?

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We don't NEED NO STEENKIN' DRONE RULES, peers told

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Wow, a Minister of State with some common sense...

Whatever next?

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German spies want millions of Euros to buy zero-day code holes

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So, the German spooks are wanting to spend £300M for an STI?

Surely there are streets in Berlin where you can pick one up cheaper than that?

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BrowserStack HACK ATTACK: Service still suspended after rogue email

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There are two different things to triage here - the system and the perception of the service

You still don't seem to understand what triage means.

Triage means assigning priorities to multiple things in the most effective manner, so yes you have two things, as you say: the (broken) system, and your users' perception.

So you assign a priority to each:

1/ fix the broken system

2/ manage users perceptions.

That is Triage.

I actually agree that maybe whilst the technical guys deal with the problem, some of the management and sales types could do a bit of communication. But, as others have said, if there is no information, how do you disseminate it?

Which is worse from a user perspective? No information from the company, or a tweet saying "Everything's broken and we don't know why yet"?

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Re: Triage

a few reassuring words on social media would go a long way to triaging the damage

WHAT THE FUCK

I don't think Triage means what you think it means...

Just FYI:

Triage (verb) the determination of priorities for action in an emergency.

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Reg mobile man: National roaming plan? Oh UK.gov, you've GOT to be joking

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Re: "No one looked at 4G before there were enough places where there was a signal."

Maybe it's beyond the UK networks though. They manage to do it fairly easily in other countries.

It depends where the masts are though, I'm sure you'll agree. If you start with a wooded hilltop, then fine, you build a pretend tree - and I've seen some and they're quite good, but if you have a bare hillside, with nothing but a few rock outcrops and maybe some heather, there's nothing there that you can disguise a mast as, that won't look out of place.

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Re: "No one looked at 4G before there were enough places where there was a signal."

The BBC reported in April of this year that around 25% of Scotland barely gets a 2G signal.

Whilst this is true, and I have some sympathy for the residents, the geographical constraints mean that the only viable alternative is that nearly every hill top gets decorated with a phone mast. Is that really what people in the area, as well as visiting tourists, want to see?

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Re: Grammar

There should be a comma after the "Oh" and a semicolon (instead of the comma) after "UK.gov", then a fullstop at the end of the sentence.

No, because then you've changed the meaning of the paragraph. As it stands, it is fine, in my view. It is two separate sentences, the first a question, the second a rhetorical question used as a statement, and addressed specifically to UK.gov.

National roaming plan?

Oh UK.gov, you've got to be joking!

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Brussels' transport chief demands a single European sky to end 'air traffic gridlock'

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The EU's transport commissioner, Violeta Bulc, said during a speech in Rome, Italy on Friday

Are we really considered that thick nowadays that we need to be told which country Rome is in?

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FUTURE ROBOTS will EXTERMINATE UK jobs – study

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Might I suggest, robot civil servants, and robot MPs, that should use up most of the 33% and leave the rest of us alone.

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Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?

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Re: Alexa - Get my goat.

Brilliant!

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Would you recognise the Vans shoes logo? Neither would Euro trademark bods

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Re: Me neither.

WTF is a looser?

Do you perhaps mean loser??

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