* Posts by diodesign

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ICANN: The TRUTH about that hacker attack on our DNS zone file database

diodesign
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Re: El Reg Plz..

Take the article as a whole, rather than reading too much into a single sentence :-) Later we note: "any information provided publicly could be used by miscreants to shape an attack."

What we're saying is: more detail of procedures/policy would be welcome. It's tricky. Some will say you should be able to disclose everything about your security implementation to prove you're confident it's built right. Others will say there's no need to just hand over the blueprints to enemies.

It's tricky.

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Misfortune Cookie crumbles router security: '12 MILLION+' in hijack risk

diodesign
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Re: djack

"If it is a real technical announcement, what does this mean"

The problem is, if you go full disclosure and dump all the details online, someone will weaponize it an hour and by the end of the week someone will have a 12-million-strong botnet. Check Point noted: "This public awareness may serve as a better incentive for the makers to release updated firmware faster."

You need to craft a HTTP request with a cookie that exploits a flaw – probably a buffer overflow – in the server. You can always reverse engineer the firmware yourself, like Check Point did, and I suspect people already are.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

diodesign
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Re: Re: el Reg has lost control of the story

"I'll down vote everything diodesign says short of an abject apology"

I'm sorry.

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diodesign
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Re: My feedback on your latest missive

"GROW UP AND TAKE IT LIKE A MAN - IT'S ONLY A BUNCH OF COMMENTS, NOT LIKE WE'VE PHYSICALLY ASSAULTED YOU"

I only sighed to the effect of "why bother" because some people wanted a total revert, no other options. Which doesn't leave much room for dialog. Trust me, I've had far worse from the internet than the feedback here :)

Merry Christmas,

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diodesign
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Re: Re: Is the story photo selection automated?

Yes, all right, David Bailey ;-)

We've got images up to and beyond 650px, some 2000px, some 185px, some 200, some 450, and so on. It's not all sub-650px. This comes from optimizing images for a site serving 20+ million page views a month. We're gearing up for bigger and better image use, just give it time.

Edit: I swear every downvote makes me not want to spend my time here.

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diodesign
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Re: Re: Is the story photo selection automated?

"In that case they need better training to pick ones that are an appropriate size and quality"

Problem is that the site used to be 535px wide and most of the teaser art was about 200px wide. So a lot of our internal pic library is <650px. Then the width was increased to 650px in the redesign. It'll take time to flush the smaller stuff away and populate the library with hi-res images.

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diodesign
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Re: Is the story photo selection automated?

No, the images are uploaded and selected by busy humans.

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diodesign
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Re: "Social Stuff"

"Seriously, do you expect us to share articles on the state of the IT business on facebook"

Sharing links about new all-NAND storage arrays to your grandparents is obviously a really dull idea. But a mid-range smartphone review, a laptop comparison, a story about scams targeting small biz, a piece about malware holding people's files to ransom, abuses by the government and cops, etc may fit within your social circle. Twitter, Reddit, LinkedIn, Facebook, whatever you want, or none at all. No pressure.

But millions are sharing news via social.

"The front page pictures are starting to be related to the stories."

Fantastic. We're getting there. Not every story can carry a giant 650px pic, but some can, so a compromise must be found.

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diodesign
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Re: Jamie Jones

"It shows the 'brand loyalty' and passion this site has built up in people"

BTW I appreciate and get that, and it's kinda a relief to see.

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diodesign
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Re: Jamie Jones

"HUGE PICTURE: Also often not even specific to the article, but some general stock photo."

I'll admit I was among those who suggested we make a better play of pictures. Perhaps they shouldn't appear on every article until we've either got a dedicated picture desk or they should be made smaller, or both. I don't make these decisions.

It's sad because it wasn't our intention to use pics that, as one soul said above, have "fuck all" to do with the stories.

"Time-format..... Is this being done to make it easier for people in different time-zones?"

I guess so. More than half our readers are in the US, and we have a healthy number in APAC.

So I think the main thing is that the in-your-face design we hoped would guide readers to the obvious big news – NATS cockups, Sony being hacked/sued, etc – and allow people to scroll down to peruse other stuff isn't working. There were worries that the previous design was looking like Ceefax.

Sometimes a big story or a really decent analysis can get lost in all the other coverage. Social stuff needed to be more accessible rather than tucked to the side.

What I'm trying to say is that there is method in the madness. It's the UK office's Xmas party tomorrow (Wednesday) and people are off and about for Christmas, so please don't get too frustrated if changes aren't made immediately.

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diodesign
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Re: Re: Come on, Reg, wake up.

"it makes you sound condescending"

I feel anything I say now is going to irritate people, so I give up.

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diodesign
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Re: You guys are reminding me of children...

OK, it would be nice if everyone calmed down. The feedback from people posting here is clear. As I've said before, you're treating the redesign as tantamount to physical assault, which isn't right.

All I can say is: we're working on it. If we rush out a change, everyone posting here will go apeshit again.

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diodesign
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Re: Come on, Reg, wake up.

Come on, Ketlan poster, keep up.

Anyway, my previous posts attempting to engage with readers have been downvoted so I guess everyone here doesn't want to hear what Reg staff have to say.

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diodesign
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Re: "We're listening to your feedback"

"It's still the same crap that was here last week."

Give us time to work it out, or everyone'll be screaming we fucked up all over again.

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diodesign
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Re: Re: Another bug?

"The articles have a huge, space wasting picture that has fuck all to do with the content."

The aim is to have a strong image per story. Yes, we mostly deal with words, but a lot of what we write about – particle colliders, robots, pictures from space, server p0rn, screenshots, spaceplanes, amazing machines, etc – have great photos that speak volumes.

Maybe the pic should be optional, but it's not supposed to be a "space wasting picture that has fuck all to do" with the article.

"a bunch of useless 'social media' buttons"

Social can be a massive driver of traffic, which in the end funds the journalism. Just because you don't share stuff on Twitter or Facebook doesn't mean we should ignore it.

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diodesign
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Re: Re: Another bug?

"Guys, tell us something, or are you just hoping the furore will disappear if you do nothing for long enough?"

We've kinda been inundated to reply to every reader comment. I'm personally a bit surprised to see the number of people who've registered just to say they hate it.

FWIW we are listening and planning what to do next.

Again, personally speaking and not wishing to pour fuel on the fire, but I'm wondering what the problem is with reading the headlines on the front page? The font may be a little big for your liking, but ... it's still the same 3 column design broken up a little.

Don't go nuts, we're all human here. Some people seem to be treating the redesign as tantamount to physical assault.

Is it mainly the front page you hate? The article pages look so much cleaner IMHO.

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'Critical' security bugs dating back to 1987 found in X Window

diodesign
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Re: "X Windows"?

I KNEW someone would post this. It's not in the copy - it's the headline. I can't fit X Window System in the headline. Argh gonna drown myself in bleach.

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Dirtbags dressed up malware as legit app using Sony crypto-certs

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Re: cantankerous swineherd

Yes. It can take 24 hours for the OS to notice a cert has been added to a revocation list. See the link in the article.

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Furious GTA V gamers seek similar ban on violent, misogynistic title: the Holy Bible

diodesign
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Re: Not again!

"the phrase is caved in."

Not according to our house dictionary:

CAVE

verb [no obj] (US) short for cave in.

The article was written, edited and published in the US. Why write two words when one will do.

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US govt tells ICANN: No accountability, no keys to the internet

diodesign
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Re: […] that the internet community would have free reign to decide […]

Gah - that's my fault for not catching it. Next time, please email corrections@thereg if you spot a typo or it could take days to spot a correction in the comments, if at all.

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Google bags OBSCENELY LARGE Times Square ad space for New Year's

diodesign
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Re: Zangetsu

It's our slang for Google.

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'How a censorious and moralistic blogger ruined my evening'

diodesign
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Re: Damning Facts

FWIW John is Editorial Director and cofounder of The Reg.

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What should America turn to for web advice? That's right: GOV.UK – says ex-Obama IT guru

diodesign
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Re: Where should America turn for advice? Not GDS. Not if it's the truth you're after

Thanks for the feedback; this is the reason why we have a comments section – we report on what's happened, or said, and people can weigh in with their opinions. Like reader letters in Private Eye.

I've tweaked the Direct.gov.uk ––> GOV.UK section with extra context: you're right to point out that chunks of direct.gov.uk still hang around.

FWIW we didn't repeat the GDS's claim it's saved 10bn quid nor the GDP stuff. I wouldn't touch that with a barge pole. And The Register has previously covered the MIA ID system. Also Kieren McCarthy, the article author, is a bloke. So I don't know where this Miss McCarthy comes from.

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NSA mass spying reform KILLED by US Senators

diodesign
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Re: ecarlseen

'I still think you don't get it, as you're casting this as an essentially "Democrat vs Republican" issue'

I do get it. We're not. It's obvious some Rs and Ds are voting against their own sides, but look at the voting record.

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diodesign
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Re: anonymous coward

You're assuming the Republican-controlled Congress won't renew it as is come June 2015.

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diodesign
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Re: Anonymous coward

"Since Justin Amash is also the only member of Congress to explain every vote he makes on his Facebook page, I'll let him explain"

Yes, yes. Some people didn't like it. Got it. I've added a link to his post. I think the piece is fair: we do say *some* of the NSA's spying operations – not a complete shutdown of domestic surveillance.

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LIFE, JIM? Comet probot lander found 'ORGANICS' on far-off iceball

diodesign
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Re: bfwebster

"Do you realize that a large set of organic molecules have been detected throughout interstellar space, don't you?"

Go home, everyone.

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I'M SO SORRY, sobs Rosetta Brit boffin in 'sexist' sexy shirt storm

diodesign
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Re: Sad, y'know?

Well, we in the office are largely in support of the dude. He made a mistake picking that shirt; it's a bit mad for the moment. And then the internet got upset. And now he's apologized, in a heartbreaking way.

Just throwing it out there for debate. But we're not condemning the guy.

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FTC to Apple: Turn your head and cough while we feel for balls-up with HealthKit privacy

diodesign
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Re: John Tserkezis

TIL insurance and advertising agencies aren't miscreants ;-)

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Exit the dragon: US govt blows $325m on China-beating 300PFLOPS monster computer

diodesign
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Re: Source?

It definitely is POWER9 - one of the suppliers told me and the Oak Ridge lab confirmed it.

You heard it here first. That's why you should read The Register :-)

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'Scope boffins get INSIDE URANUS after snapping mystery spots

diodesign
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Re: cjminshall

NEVER!

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Euro space boffins ready, mere HOURS from flinging Rosetta lander at Comet 67P

diodesign
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Re: "into a speeding comet"?????

The lander is harpooning the rock and then, once on the surface, drilling into it.

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Be Your Own Big Brother: Going to pot

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Re: Richard 30

Your first rejected comment had a link in it that looked like spam. Your second rejected comment was complaining you'd been rejected.

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Obama HURLS FCC under train, GUTPUNCHES ISPs in net neut battle

diodesign
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Re: Old School Rules

1934, mate.

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158 new malware created EVERY MINUTE

diodesign
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Syntax error.

Congrats: assuming you were writing for a BBC Micro, you tried to write malware on a wide-open, insecure platform and managed to trigger one of its few protection mechanism. Bravo.

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Oculus Rift tech-specs 'MANY MONTHS away' from hitting the shelves

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Re: Spaz

I don't know how it's possible to be this angry about some VR gadget.

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Russians hear Tim Cook is gay, pull dead Steve Jobs' enormous erection

diodesign
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Re: Cheap dig

"I have practiced martial arts since the early '70s (apparently often in pyjamas)"

Take life a little less seriously.

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COMET 67P is basically TRAILING a HORRIFIC STENCH through space

diodesign
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Re: Missed Cyanide?

Yeah yeah, it written and edited at 6pm PT and we were tired. It's been fixed. Next time, please email corrections@theregister.co.uk so it can be fixed immediately rather than a day later.

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Forget the $2499 5K iMac – today we reveal Apple's most expensive computer to date

diodesign
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Re: What this world needs...

The 6502 is a beautiful thing.

(Though I'm a wuss. I skipped 6502 as a youngster and went straight to ARMv2a.)

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The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?

diodesign
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Re: Teach Coding in Schools?

"Incidentally, QANGO is not spelled 'QUANGO'"

In our dictionary it is. QUasi-Autonomous Non Government Organization (1970s, US origin).

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AMD pays new CEO $150K LESS than her male predecessor

diodesign
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In this thread

ITT apologists for sexism. I am disappoint.

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diodesign
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Re: AMD Cutting 7% of Workforce

"In this case they've made themselves look very stupid."

Yeah, really stupid. Good grief.

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Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function

diodesign
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Re: groberts116

"I notice you didn't publish my remarks"

Calm your tits. You're a new poster. Your first few comments have to wait to be hand-moderated.

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The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters

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Re: returnmyjedi

As far as we're aware, there is a nanoSIM slot – just a software SIM as well that you can reconfigure at will for a UK or US carrier for a short-term data plan (handy when traveling abroad apparently).

Supported soft carriers are AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile US and EE.

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It's 2014 and you can still own a Windows box using a Word file or font

diodesign
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Re: Don't forget Java!

There is a shedload of Java security updates from Oracle today, too. More to follow.

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Sponsored content

diodesign
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Re: Re: Sponsored content

But it's the same as it ever was. Advertising never ever means endorsement, whether it's a section rebrand, display ad or marked-up advertorial.

The first us in editorial know of a specific ad campaign is when we see it on the front page along with our readers.

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diodesign
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Re: Sponsored content

Hi.

It's flagged up as sponsored content in bold in the sub-headline on the front page, and article archive listings, and in the article. Twice.

Like advertising, it help funds our independent journalism, which is 99% of our output and the bit you like reading.

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To Russia With Love: Snowden's pole-dancer girlfriend is living with him in Moscow

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Re: William Donelson

"'pole dancer girlfriend' headline is a cheap insult. Shame on you Reg. AGAIN."

I knew it, I knew someone would post something like that. As I was walking home from work, and thinking over the headline, I knew someone – someone filled with righteous rage and blinded by the desire to root out misogyny – would stumble down the logic well.

Here's the question – riddle me this:

What's insulting about being a pole dancer? Insulting to you? Sounds like you're being awfully judgmental. Turn the mirror on yourself.

There is no "shame" here.

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diodesign
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Re: Daniele

"I wonder why so many women find this industry an unpleasant, uncomfortable one to be in?"

This upsets me because I don't wake up in the morning to objectify people nor make others feel unwelcome in an industry in the stuff I publish. That was never the intention.

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diodesign
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Re: William Donelson

We were pretty pleased for him in the SF office; good on them. Glad they made it work.

PS: If you're upset about these latest revelations of his private life, I urge you to reread the article all the way to the bottom and apply critical thought. In fact, read the Intercept's article, all of it. These lines from Greenwald are crucial:

"Vital to the U.S. government and its assorted loyalists in the commentariat is to depict whistleblowers as destined to live miserable lives ... But the fact that he is now living in domestic bliss as well, with his long-term girlfriend whom he loves, should forever put to rest the absurd campaign to depict his life as grim and dank."

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