* Posts by diodesign

1474 posts • joined 21 Sep 2011

Microsoft blames dying Surface Pro 3 batteries on software bug

diodesign
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Re: Wow

Oops - yup, an editing error changed m to M. It's been fixed. Don't forget to email corrections@theregister.co.uk so we can sort out problems immediately rather than when we get round to reading article comments.

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Explo-Xen! Bunker buster bug breaks out guests from hypervisor

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Re: Patches are available from Xen 4.3 (not 4.5 as stated in the article)

Oh, oops - sorry, didn't see those numbers. I'll fix. Please email corrections@theregister.co.uk if you spot anything wrong.

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Did the Russians really hack the DNC or is this another Sony Pictures moment? You decide

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Re: Really?

"each got a copy of that public key and is able therefore to interact securely with the owner of the private key."

Well, yeah. They're all managed by Elite VPN. They are probably all VM clones of the same machine.

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Twitter: $602m into -$107m

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Re: Re: The best thing about Twitter...

Twitter employs 3,900 staff and is based in San Francisco (a 10 min walk from our office). $700m divided by 3900 is $179,487 per head per quarter, which if you factor in server costs and other expenses isn't too crazy.

Sure, not everyone at Twitter works in SF, I appreciate that. Basically my point is, it employs 3,900 highly paid people who burn through cash like it doesn't really matter.

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Iraqi government finally bans debunked bomb-finding dowsing rods

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Re: Anyone read the full story....

Amazing how utter crap suddenly gets signed off as genuine when large amounts of money are accidentally left outside officials' houses in briefcases.

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Uber's dud private dick given a hard time by judge in stiff surge case

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Re: typo

OK OK – just like software has bugs, articles have typos from time to time. It's fixed. Don't forget to email corrections@theregister.co.uk if you spot anything wrong, so we can fix it right away rather than after we've had a chance to catch up with comments.

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BBC will ‘retain your viewing history’

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Re: Why is there no...

We do bad news, not good news.

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Snowden's anti-snoop tool

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Jailbreaking your iOS device is not recommended - it lowers security.

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Nitwit has fit over twit hit: Troll takes timeless termination terribly

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Re: Evidence?

"Do you have any evidence for your claims?"

Yeah, Fusion has a copy of the retweets as does the Internet Archive.

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CenturyLink punishes hogs

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Re: DougS

Fixed - made it clear the charges are for a trial in Washington. Don't forget to email corrections@theregister.co.uk if you spot something wrong.

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Containers rated more secure than conventional apps

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Re: uqrxur

Well, that is half the point of the Reg comments section. People working in the field sharing their knowledge and experience. It's appreciated.

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Good gravy, Toshiba QLC flash chips are getting closer

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Re: Possible erratum

Thanks - we've tweaked the article. Please don't forget to email corrections@theregister.co.uk if you spot any problems.

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Ban ISPs from 'speeding up' the internet: Ex-Obama tech guru

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Re: Sir Runcible Spoon

"I've often wondered who determines the policy on the moderation of all comments in AO's articles."

It's a long standing editorial policy. It's basically to stop comment sections turning into "wow, Andrew sucks, you should fire him" because people disagree with him.

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Is Pure Storage a solid business or is skepticism justified?

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Re: Not a very unbiased report from El Reg

"I'm not sure what's going on here with the Register but there's a lot that has to be accounted for that's missed in this article"

Read our previous coverage then: we've written loads about Pure.

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Meet Riffle, the next-gen anonymity network that hopes to trounce Tor

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Re: Not sure i see how this works

You send out an initial message to start the process of mathematically proving that future messages aren't tampered with. You don't route all messages through all nodes.

Basically, you can't hide the fact you're using Tor or Riffle - a snooper can see you interacting with an entry node. However, the snooper isn't supposed to see where you're connecting to. Networks like Tor are supposed to disconnect you from your online activity.

So, for example, snoopers can see you using Tor to reach some kind of system but they don't know which system you're visiting - well, not without some sophisticated timing attacks.

With that in mind, you might as well ping all entry nodes so they can collectively ensure future messages from you aren't tampered with.

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Revolutionary Brit-made SABRE hybrid rocket engine to burn in 2020

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Re: More Eu funding to be renegotiated

All the money is coming from the UK government. The ESA is just on board to oversee the administration of part of it. Like a startup bringing in managers approved by investors. The UK gov bankrolls the project knowing that clever folks at ESA will be overseeing part of it as well as the UK Space Agency.

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Pokemon Go oh no no no, we're not reading your email, says gamemaker

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Yeah, it's just iOS affected. Still, a lot of people and a silly screw-up.

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Re: Are they testing the official apk or the known malware infected apk?

The privacy issue only affects iOS - Android phones running the official app do not grant full access.

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Sociology student gets a First for dissertation on Kardashians

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Re: DriveByReason

Hi new reader – it's a Bootnotes story. We publish anything we want in here.

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Here's how police arrested Lauri Love – and what happened next

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Re: Flocke Kroes

Nailed it.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

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Re: Rejected? Then please fix the link then Reg team...

Click the link, watch the video. Iain was supposed to appear live on Twit.tv but couldn't due to a Windows 10 update.

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Internet takes another step away from US govt and into ICANN's hands

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Re: Excellent article, aside from inaccurate/misleading title

Hi John - thanks for the feedback. I wrote the headline, not Kieren as you suspected.

With honestly the greatest respect, judging from your suggestion, I think this is why journalists should write headlines and not CEOs :-)

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Encryption, wiretaps and the Feds: THE TRUTH

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Re: What a lie!

Thanks for the feedback. We've revised the article - take a look.

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InfiniBand-on-die MIA in Oracle's new 'Sonoma' Sparc S7 processor

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Re: Econonics

FWIW Oracle reckons the S7 is on a parity with commodity x86 in terms of price-performance, but then, it would say that.

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Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

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Re: jzl

We haven't run a climate story in a long while.

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Intel's Knights Landing lands

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Yeah, it should be TFLOPS not GFLOPS - sorry.

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Docker taps unikernel brains to emit OS X, Windows public betas

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Thanks for the top tip!

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London Mayor election day bug forced staff to query vote DB by hand

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Re: steogede

We here in San Francisco published the news hours and hours before the BBC did by listening to the Assembly meeting. At the time we couldn't reach DRS for comment and went with what we had for the UK early breakfast time.

It looks as though the BBC got more info out of them during the day, and really the extra info is that they used a spreadsheet to count up the totals. The main problem, that their software was broken and they had to manually query the database, was broken by us hours ago.

So, OK I'll add in the bit about the spreadsheet. We strive to get all the techie details into stories, but sometimes we have to call time and publish what we've got.

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Why everyone* hates Salesforce's Marc Benioff

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Re: Doctor Syntax

Can't you even email corrections@theregister.co.uk if you spot anything wrong, so errors can be fixed up straight away, or do you like your comments sitting buried unread for hours?

Edit: Actually, I think it's OK. The article linked to says: "The name is said to derive from one Ned Ludd, an apprentice weaver, who some years earlier smashed a loom in a rage at his master who had beaten him."

So... they did smash looms. They may have smashed other devices, but they also smashed looms - so the article's right and you deserve the down votes.

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New periodic table names

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It's fixed - can you please email corrections@theregister.co.uk if you spot anything wrong so we can fix things right away. Ta.

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Digital ad biz is fraudulent by design, complain big brands

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Re: Subscription needed..

"You get kickbacks for linking to that shit?"

No. We're not. Don't be such an idiot. It's just a link showing the source. Post less.

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MPs pass new UK spy law

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As the article says, it's off to the House of Lords next. When exactly isn't clear - that has to be scheduled.

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UCLA shooter: I killed my prof over code theft

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Re: anonymous crazy person

Can't you take this to a blog or something? I could do with less crazy around here.

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Cisco axes unloved M-Series modular servers two years after launch

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Re: The M-series aren't blades

Yeah sure - we know. Typo in the sub-head. It's fixed. Don't forget to email corrections@theregister.co.uk if you spot any problems.

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SWIFT threatens to give insecure banks a slap if they don't shape up

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Re: Any ueful info / links about this?

The link is in the very sentence you've quoted.

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Why Oracle will win its Java copyright case – and why you'll be glad when it does

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Re: anoco

"he is here to be the one writer pushing the balance to the right "

The Register is a broad church; Andrew's articles are not our only coverage of the Oracle-Google issue. It's good to air opinions that might otherwise be suppressed because they are unpopular.

FWIW, my personal opinion is that there are pros and cons to not extending fair use to APIs, I just don't want to live in a world in which software interfaces are not covered by fair use. If you want a world with strong control over API ownership, be my guest. I don't want to be on that planet.

For one thing, no fair use means discouraging common interfaces to databases, operating systems, web servers, networking devices - it'll be chaos with no sign of any interoperability.

Sure, you can potentially pay a royalty for using an interface, but then you're at the mercy of whoever is licensing the tech to you. If they play fair, perhaps it'll work out OK. If they play nasty, then you'll refuse to use their interface, come up with or use something similar, and get sued anyway for infringement.

Just make APIs fair use - make it OK to reuse function names and call/return definitions - and then may the best implementation win.

Having said that, I respect Andrew's opinion and I don't see why it should be squashed because it's unpopular in some quarters.

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diodesign
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Re: The code is trivial

A code snippet [PNG] appeared briefly in the article, but it was removed because it was a slightly confusing example.

Yes, it showed that Google's implementation of a particular function was very very similar to Oracle's in the Java SDK.

However, the code (dating back to 2010) was used for testing other library functions, rather than providing an app-facing library function, so it never shipped on devices, and would only have been seen by other developers.

It was removed within 30 mins of the story going live after we had second thoughts on it. No conspiracy, just a change of mind. Although it showed Google and Oracle's code were very similar in this instance, It wasn't one of the 37 APIs at the heart of the matter.

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Re: Well said!

"Same [sic] on you El Reg for posting this diatribe unchallenged."

Er, it's our Andrew's view of the situation. You're welcome to agree or disagree with it.

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Oracle to sue cloud sales 'whistleblower' for 'malicious prosecution'

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Re: Adam 52

Makes perfect sense. Oracle is so convinced it's going to win, it's already threatening a malicious prosecution suit.

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Western Digital to axe 507 California staffers

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Re: Irvine and Santa Ana

Jeez, fine. Fixed.

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ARM Cortex-A73: How a top-end mobe CPU was designed from scratch

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Re: "From scratch"

" know the article mentions this, but the headline and the PR department claims still rankle a bit."

Yeah, yeah, all right. I did point out it's based on the A17 and the opening line says "more or less from scratch" – I couldn't really squeeze it into the headline. The A73's microarchitecture borrows a lot of the A17's structure, but various crucial parts have been rewritten like the branch prediction and memory system... if you take a broom and change the stick, head and bristles, I don't think you've got the same broom.

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Re: El Reg employs puppet as journalist?

I deserve that. I think I was trying to be poetic.

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Three's company: Micron intros first 3D and triple-level cell SSDs

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Re: How much?

No prices yet - they're not on sale for another month or so. The article even says so in the final paragraph.

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Seattle Suehawks: Smart meter hush-up launched because, er ... terrorism

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Re: Re: Optional

Update: We'll run the follow-up on Friday because everyone's distracted by this afternoon's Oracle-Google news.

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Re: Optional

Ah yeah, the case is pretty messy - we tried to keep it succinct. I'll add some of that info into the mix. We're speaking to Phil in-depth tomorrow so expect some more info on Thursday.

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Hulk Hogan's sex tape, a Silicon Valley billionaire, and a $10m revenge plot to destroy Gawker

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Re: Anonymous Coward

Uh, not quite sure where you got us defending Gawker from this. It is possible for us to dislike both sides of this story – we often dislike both sides of stories.

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Insurance article

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Re: Re: Insurance article @diodesign

"You don't think that disguising an ad as an article is more than a little deceptive?"

The idea is absolutely not to deceive. I don't wake up in the morning wanting to deceive people. I'm sorry you think it's disguised - I'm meeting our sales team in next month in London, I'll bring up your concerns there.

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Re: Re: Insurance article

As the page says, it's a promo - a promotion. Comments were turned off because it's not an article, it's an ad. We do promos from time to time; they pay the bills and they are labeled as such (and also rather stick out - they're not written by Register journalists).

Don't confuse promos with editorial articles. Our reviews are never promos. Promos are usually special offers of competitions or the like.

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Your f---- video player

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Re: Re: Your f---- video player

[ edit - Marco's right and I didn't even notice / think about it because I disable Flash. It's HTML5, not Flash. ]

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Microsoft half-bricks Asus Windows 7 PCs with UEFI boot glitch

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Re: Secure boot

"Why would you even have secure boot enabled on a Windows 7 system?"

It's supported by default on newer Asus motherboards but Windows 7 doesn't use it. The update makes the firmware think Secure Boot is supported by the operating system, but really the OS cannot/does not ultimately provide the signatures needed, so the boot fails.

I suspect - and we're waiting for more info from Microsoft - that the updated BitLocker drive encryption code that loads before the OS is run is cocking up the process: the firmware believes it's booting a Secure Boot OS but it's really not. Possibly.

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