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Europe could be drowned in 'worthless pop culture' thanks to EU copyright plans

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Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

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Re: Levente Szileszky

Keep digging.

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Google-gate: 'Toothless' watchdog FTC nibbles furiously on journalists

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Re: Mark 85

We do it to annoy you.

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Snowden dump details Canadian spies running false flag ops online

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Re: Wow!

Meant blobs, blocks of data, not literal bits :P

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New Forum Wishlist - but read roadmap first

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Re: BBC has just stolen el-Reg's website design!

Where do we send the consultancy invoice?

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Winning a brand new BOFH T-Shirt is as simple as...

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Re: Clean Desk Policy!

Proof that our London office is very shiny (and posh).

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Kaspersky Lab hits back at Bloomberg's Russian spy link hit piece

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Re: Bloomberg

Kaspersky (the bloke) has written a long response to Bloomberg.

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Hackers prove security still a myth on Windows PCs, bag $320,000

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Re: Destroy All Monsters

The Windows kernel does font parsing in ring-0 on x86. Register passim

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AMD, ARM, Imagination, Samsung alliance publish official shared GPU-CPU blueprints

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Re: Pete H

Very smooth. I mean external buses, or separate interconnects between on-die components. There will always be some kind of bus between the RAM and whatever is reading from or writing to the RAM, but the HSA people want to do this with one cache-coherent bus and one portable programming model.

One thing springs to mind is bandwidth: jamming everything on the same interconnect may be a problem, so I'll look into that. The specification allows you to break up the physical memory into pools if you really want to, as long as you stick to the standardized programming model.

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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Re: Clevew twap?

No, I just left my proffreedng skills in the glovebox this morning. It's been fixed :(

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comments moderation or censorship?

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Re: comments moderation or censorship?

"This is a pure censorship. Shame on ElReg!"

PS: You don't understand what censorship means. Read this.

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Re: comments moderation or censorship?

"It's unacceptable, ElReg!!! Comments now are being censored?"

It's absolutely acceptable. Our house, our rules. We see nothing wrong with curating comments that appear under our articles.

You're always welcome to email our writers if you feel your opinion isn't being heard.

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Australians! Let us all rise up against data retention

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Re: Two-way Street. NOT!!!!

"Even though the title says Austrailians... this applies the world over."

This article was written for our Australian/APAC audience in mind, but I felt it was worth extending to our wider readership so I opened it up to everyone to see.

For context, Australia's leaders are considering retaining people's communications metadata.

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iTunes snafu: DNS fail borked Apple's app & iTunes stores for 10 HOURS

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Re: Won't cost them much...

But think of the lost impulse buys! :)

I've certainly woken up after an in-depth summit at the local bar and discovered unexpected albums and software purchased on my iThing. I mean, who would buy 3 hours of TV theme music when sober?

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Intel gives Facebook the D – Xeons thrust web pages at the masses

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Re: When is a SoC not a SoC? When it's a Xeon D-1500

Fair points. But, and playing devil's advocate here, what's the difference, really? Whether it's discrete, SiP or SoC, it still looks the same to software, even low-level code.

I meant to put in the article (and TPM on our sister site The Platform mentions it) that it's not truly a SoC (like a bunch of ARM cores with an LCD controller and USB and power management glued alongside in a single package) but I forgot, probably because it's not that important.

I just don't think it really matters, personally, but I'll add a tweak to this story anyway. I just worry this affair has a whiff of holy war about it.

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Re: Errr - cooling?

Yeah, that's up to 400W a sled.

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Everything moderated now?

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Re: Everything moderated now?

Yes, you're in a sin bin.

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Ouch! Google crocks capacitors and deviates DRAM to root Linux

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Re: Desktops don't have ECC

"laptops use low power DRAM"

I've tossed that into the story. FWIW Intel does do desktop mobos with ECC support.

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Re: “On the software from” ?

It's been fixed. Click on some ads and we'll hire more proofreaders :-P

There's always corrections@thereg if you want to point out typos. We don't have time to read every comment, so those emails are appreciated.

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Chewier than a slice of Pi: MIPS Creator CI20 development board

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Re: No love for hardkernel's ODROID range?

Yeah, I guess supply is an issue. It's also what to do with one of these ODROID SBCs in a way that can stretch to 2,000+ words, personally speaking.

I bought a Pandaboard and got burned when TI dumped OMAP, so I'm hesitant to trust another manufacturer (outside the usual) unless I've got an interesting project or two for it.

No, not a media center (I don't own a TV). No, not a NAS. I don't have a home network to speak of.

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Grab your pitchforks: Ubuntu to switch to systemd on Monday

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Re: More research needed

Tweaked story to make this clear systemd is in Debian Testing. Don't forget to email corrections@theregister if you spot anything wrong - you'll experience massively lower post-publication correction latency.

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Litecoin-mining code found in BitTorrent app, freeloaders hit the roof

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Re: "buying that Blu-Ray in the first place"

lol u mad???

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FREAKing hell: ALL Windows versions vulnerable to SSL snoop

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Re: A different Freak?

Internet Explorer in the Windows 10 Preview and Windows 8.1 was/is flagged up as vulnerable on freakattack.com. It is the same problem. Microsoft warns:

"Our investigation has verified that the vulnerability could allow an attacker to force the downgrading of the cipher suites used in an SSL/TLS connection on a Windows client system. The vulnerability facilitates exploitation of the publicly disclosed FREAK technique, which is an industry-wide issue that is not specific to Windows operating systems."

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VMware sued, accused of ripping off Linux kernel source code

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Re: A few nitpicks

Just to be clear: this isn't about Busybox, and the article doesn't mention Busybox. It's about Linux kernel source code (drivers, specifically).

As for violating copyright law versus violating the GPL, I don't think the article's wording is confusing.

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Re: interesting

Very good question. One way is to guess or work out the version of the Linux kernel allegedly used by Vmware in its vmkernel, compile that Linux kernel for x86 and compare common blocks of code between the two binaries – looking for shared function signatures.

It's happened in the past with Linux: people who spend hours looking at compiler output can spot similarities in other code. Obviously, there will be some small blocks that are the same (start and end of similar functions, for example), but chunks of copied code are easy to spot.

That's just one way. But essentially, you don't always need the source code. Binary analysis is possible.

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Canadian bloke refuses to hand over phone password, gets cuffed

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Re: CAN$25,000 (US$19,900)

Guys, I did add a £ conversion. We still love you.

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Re: CAN$25,000 (US$19,900)

Most of our readers are in North America.

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Edit: Downvotes? The British are coming! The British are coming!

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Intel touts tardy Broadwell Core CPUs for laptops, PCs

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Re: Socket Type & Chipset??

"I (and others) would certainly appreciate some indication of the socket type the new CPU requires and what new chipset provides all the features that the CPU provides."

Sure - as soon as we know, we'll let you know. You're commenting on an old story BTW.

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The Platform?

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Re: The Platform?

The Platform is our new sister site, launched by former Reg writer Timothy Prickett Morgan and co-editor Nicole Hemsoth, both expert journalists in the field of HPC.

The site focuses on supercomputing and other really big iron. Don't take my word for it – it's all explained here :-)

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: Jake

We stopped talking about the redesign a while ago, Jake.

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Re: Joseph

Those websites are completely wrong. The uniques are way off, it's not even funny. How can they record our traffic better that our internal analytics when we're the ones with the log files?

siteanalytics.compete.com is off by at least 3 orders of magnitude. It also thinks the Daily Mail website, the most-read news site on the planet with 150m uniques a month, got only 20m uniques in January. That would make us about as popular as the most-read news site on the planet. I'd be bathing everyday in champagne if that was the case.

And the Google thing is about searches. People don't get to us by searching for "theregister." They get to us through aggregators, RSS feeds, a bit of social media, or searching for stuff and us coming up top in Google. Eg, right now, Google search for "OpenSSL". Link 1 is openssl.org, link 2 is Wikipedia, link 3 is the news story we published 7 hours ago about the FREAK attack.

This is seriously pathetic trolling. You don't like the design? Let it go, let it go. Can't hold it back any more. Let it go, let it go. Turn away and slam the door.

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Re: Joseph Eoff

Friend, don't be so tedious.

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Re: jake

"A year-to-year basis isn't exactly germane in this conversation, now is it?"

Actually it is. It's a phenomenal increase.

"Old techie adage: If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

Screw that noise. That's how you end up sleeping in a dumpster wondering why you can't afford a bag of rice. 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it' applies to airport runways, motorway bridges, and third-hand COBOL code you've convinced an IT boss you can maintain when everyone knows you barely know how to install a Win32 scanner driver.

If a redesign means there's more money to be made, bank it. Our traffic is up: people love our redesign, and so they should.

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Re: Re: Joseph Eoff

"Why not run a poll and see what the users of the website tell you?"

Or we could look at something far more accurate, non-self-selecting, and valuable: our actual traffic stats, which are showing increases in individual unique visitors across the planet, on a year-on-year basis.

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Re: @diodesign (was:Re: Joseph Eoff)

"Why is ElReg in denial?"

There are 1,100 posts, but nowhere near 1,100 individual people posting. I reckon a couple of hundred people tops, maybe 300? 400? 500? Frankly, that's not even a rounding error compared to our monthly pageview/uniques tally.

Or let me put it another way, 99.999...% of individual unique readers in January read our stories without commenting on the design tweak.

Not everyone will love the new design, and that's a shame, but you can't please everyone all the time. We're still motoring on nicely in terms of traffic, shifting ads, paying the bills, causing mischief, having fun.

"persistent navigation-bar"

It's pretty cool, isn't it? The rollover expansion is balanced so it doesn't get in the way unless you pause your pointer. Other sites expand immediately, which sucks. We're way better than that.

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Re: Actually, no

"The blasted pictures are still too large"

They look pretty neat, TBH.

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Just want a simple, low-power GPU for your smart-gumble? Try using your Imagination

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Re: Power consumption please...

We'll never know until it gets into an SoC. It's just a design – it's 12 to 18 months from production.

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So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Style and The Buried Giant

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Re: :(

Oops - added a spoiler warning.

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Reckon YOU can write better headlines than us? Great – apply within

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Re: MS Word

"But can El Reg afford MS Word"

VIM or GTFO.

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Re: Re: Well...

"if facts get in the way of an opportunity for a good bit of snark, drop them"

Incorrect. Facts first, snark second. Your made-up assertion means you'll never be considered for a journalism job.

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Re: Re: Pet Peeve

"On the other hand, you limit both yo–"

10: If you don't like it, don't apply. The Register is a face-to-face organization. We communicate electronically across continents. if it's important, we fly to meetings.

"It seems a bit odd that a journal that covers the cutting and often bleeding edge of technol–"

Proper engineering and boffinry is something to celebrate. But, generally, technology sucks. That silicon chip you designed or bridge you built? Brilliant. That web chat toy? Your fancy web app? It's bollocks. You know it's bollocks. I know it's bollocks. Everyone knows it's bollocks. You're swallowing the hype.

Goto 10.

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Re: anonymous

We're old skool.

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Re: Do you review...

I care about ability; that's it. What happens in the comments, stays in the comments.

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Re: Re: Pet Peeve

"actually from this website your LOADING DOCK is on Maiden Lane, you're actually on Geary"

Other way around: main office entrance on Maiden Lane, packages to Geary. I'm just heading out toward Irish Bank.

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Re: Pet Peeve

You must be able to come into the office, yes. In some circumstances, we work from home, but most of the time we're in the office if we're not at conferences, etc.

Why? Because it is vastly more convenient and productive to discuss ideas and bounce around headlines, puns, contacts, background info, and so on, if the team is all physically present. Although we have a staff IM system, actual face time is much, much preferred at The Register.

Our office is quite all right. We don't have a whisky bar or a pool table, but we're in a nice part of The City: Maiden Lane.

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Re: Re: Proof Reading (in Berkshire)

"if you can beat my current job title of Managing Director "

Ah, touché.

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Re: Proof Reading (in Berkshire)

I don't think you've got the job.

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Re: green card?

Or an I-class non-immigration visa.

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Re: Pay?

Pay is competitive, holiday is UK standard (5 weeks + federal hols, way more than most US biz offers) and healthcare is included.

As for SF rent. Don't believe the hype. $10,000 a month? Come on. It's only, what, $6, $8,000 these days?

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Re: Well...

It's all part of the test.

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