760 posts • joined Wednesday 21st September 2011 12:38 GMT
"I wish people would stop calling things a tax"
My reaction. Tax is a fun word.
Oops. We try not to go overboard :-)
Re: The maximum number of users has been reached for this stream
I've changed the video stream - it's now on YouTube live.
Re: Is it 1998 already
Spreading Linux worm; not exactly common. Targeting crappy home broadband kit defaults (which your parental unit hasn't changed). Potential for far worse damage. Article not blowing it all out of shape. World dodges a bullet because this odd worm targets x86 not ARM in the wild.
Situation normal but interesting enough for an article I think :-)
Re: Re: Mangled history
"Spelling and so on"
The article author Rik, who has years of experience, is American and wrote the piece in San Francisco, although it was published in UK time. Our US colleagues use license, our UK office uses licence.
Re: Mangled history
"the fuzziness around the development of the first ARM processor, and what exactly Acorn did is a bit disappointing."
Re: Richard Taylor 2
I've added their names in (and a link!)
Re: Assumptions all rounf
Given the vile encryption password he used, anyone with a twisted enough mind could have guessed it (or a rainbow table hit it).
Re: reason d'etre ...
"a pub-magazine just posting what the marketing department of this big OEM's want the end user to belief"
Yeah, that's opposite of what we do.
Re: Both Sony and MSFT lose money on the hardware
"Does the author think that retailers work for free?"
Hi Bill! Still looking for a new CEO?
"Can the Register writers use up to date international standards and get the Editor to proof read it?"
Well, I didn't want to ruin the flow of the copy but just for you, I've shoved in Celsius :-)
Re: Pedant alert
"have you tried looking up the meaning of the work 'ultimate'?"
You wish is my command.
Re: Why didn't the writer explain the title?
Clue is in "originated from outside the Solar System".
Re: Actually, there are no unhappy SVN users because of this
"GitHub is a completely different source contrgol system to SVN"
Spoken like a true Git user ;-) ;-)
Re: The word "ceepie-geepie"
Anyone who programmed on Acorn RISC OS will know the syscall OS_GBPB.
Aka "OS heebie-jeebie"
Re: "Shy and retiring Ballmer "
We're here to entertain :-)
Re: Another win for the open-source world
I appreciate the point. Yet, that's the licence FreeBSD has and its contributors must be aware of. I license my code under the 2-clause BSD agreement and it's just one of the things you gotta accept. People can and will lift your code, and you get a tiny credit. If don't like it, use something (IMHO aggressive) like the GPL or keep the code to yourself.
If I was a FreeBSD contributor, and saw my code in a machine that's likely to sell like hotcakes, I might well be a little pleased (and find time to update the CV). Maybe we should drop the FreeBSD guys a note..
Re: XXX title
Hi fairly new reader. No sexism here, headline has nothing whatsoever to do with the spokesperson - plus, we're equally rude about everyone and everything. Stick around and you'll see :-)
Re: Talking of Brain drains
Considering just the staff reporters and editors... TTBOMK the UK office has 13 editorial staff, all Brits except two. US office has 6 staff, three of which are American. Oz has two Australians and there's two Brits in Spain.
So that's 16 out of 23. But I could be wrong because I (as non-HR) don't know for certain people's country of origin. So I'm just guessing. Plus we have plenty of freelancers who are mostly UK based and are probably British. So I don't know why I posted...
Try using www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/, put in a URL, check the protocol and ciphers in list of preference. If your browser and the server can agree on a strong cipher, you're cooking on gas.
Re: You can buy fusion reactors...
"Or possibly 'net power producing'"
Yes, yes. That's what we meant but did not say. I've tweaked the footnote. Don't forget to email corrections@thereg next time you spot anything, so we can take a look immediately.
Re: Sub heading is wrong...
Well, we meant if the data center under maintenance explodes... but if it's confusing, I'll change it to something sarcastic.
Re: Why boffins?
"why does every article in the Register related to science (that I've seen) refer to the researchers as 'boffins'"
Because that's our style. And rather than quote some random thing off the internet, let's look at the actual dictionary (OED):
"a person engaged in scientific or technical research: a person with knowledge or a skill considered to be complex or arcane".
That's it. No scorn. It is a term of endearment :-)
Re: No salt?
More than that: plenty of gaffes by Adobe that made it easy to recover the plaintext. Then Facebook just had to run each plaintext through its own algos to check against its database.
Re: That's not a slingshot!
I've tweaked the article.
Re: As a note
"a lot of anime fans have a weird hatred of calling anime cartoons"
I appreciate your point. I'll be the first to say, as a former print graphic designer, that every frame of a top-flight anime is a work of art. But hey, we're blunt about everything. El Reg is an equal opportunities sneerer ;-)
Re: Really? No choice but more MS products?
"IE 9 users have no choice but to upgrade to IE 10 or 11?"
Stop and think for a second. If you're using IE9, one presumes there's something beyond your control stopping you from using non-MS browsers.
Re: How? Why?
It'll be more complex than that. A specially crafted TIFF file will trigger a bug that causes the malicious code to be copied into memory. Then a series of techniques are pulled off to guide the processor into executing that code in memory - see the MS blog post for a bit more info on this.
Re: BOFFINS: BILLIONS OF EARTH-LIKE LIFE-FRIENDLY ALIEN WORLDS IN GALAXY
It is a proper word. It's in the dictionary. Do not pass Go. Do not collect...
"Please find someone over the age of 12 to write your headlines."
First, bartenders, now readers wanna check my ID. Sheesh.
Re: minor error
"7450 can have 240 SSDs / 96TB on the data sheet"
You're right [PDF] so I've adjusted the article. Thanks - but please, next time, use email@example.com - we get those emails immediately to our desks, home machines and handhelds whereas there's no guarantee we can read every single comment :-)
Re: Open source... binary only download. Hu?
"binary only download"
No one has said that. Cisco says it will release the source. If you use it, it'll cover the bill.
And who pays the royalties on using that?
Re: Re: What an F'ing stupid idea!
No harm done; you're welcome to post. We just encourage people to declare affiliations otherwise we'd be overrun in every story with PR folks posting anonymous comments.
Re: Re: What an F'ing stupid idea!
"I think Seagate is not stupid and that Kinetic is absolutely awesome!!!!!"
Just as a point of order, this is Joe Fagan, senior director of Cloud Initiatives EMEA, Seagate.
Re: Don't be a shill for ifixit
"Why can't the Register do a bit more reporting and editorializing, rather than just rephrasing a press release?"
Hi, welcome to the website. Thanks for the wonderful comment. Maybe we just like gory pics of dismantled electronics. Oh, in fact, yes, that's the reason why.
Hi and welcome to the site: poking fun at tech is what we do. And no, life isn't about page views.
Re: ENORMO 18-FOOT SEA SERPENT found DEAD by bio-boffin
"Your headlines have to be composed by some tabloid geek."
Yes, that's me. I'm paid to do it, and I'm proud of it :) Tabloid but brainy.
"Please stop. We are not idiots."
Thing is, we're not patronising our readers with these extra explanations. We're always seeking to expand our readership for obvious reasons, but it's a fine balance between making ourselves accessible while not dumbing down.
So if you find yourself reading something you already know, then brilliant, you're clever: but not everyone's the same and we want The Reg to entertain (and inform) as many people as possible.
Re: Usual stitch up then
"Right to a fair trial would be no information available to the public until after the trial"
PS: Read The Trial by Kafka. Proceedings shrouded in secrecy mean you'll never be able to guarantee your right to fair trial.
Re: Usual stitch up then
"then going on to make the charge sheet and the name of the person charged publicly available and planting the seed of guilt"
In the overwhelming majority of cases, adult criminal charge sheets are a matter of public record (speaking as a former court press reporter who used them to fill in columns of space on newsprint). And it's made clear these are all allegations and, of course, as a right-thinking Briton you know that everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
It sounds harsh to run someone's details so early on during proceedings just because they've been charged, but without publicly available information our judicial system would dissolve into a Kafkaesque nightmare.
Re: make hopeless geeks look totally ridiculous
"You'd kind of hope a technology site would be a little more forward thinking"
I'm surprised that it's not completely apparent by now that we are, by and large, a collection of colossal cynics.
Re: I think you'll find...
Yes, Tim meant breakfast. It's been fixed. Please don't forget to email corrections@theregister if you spot something like this or we may not see it.
I'd have actually paid money to see that leaving performance. What a mind-trip that would have been.
"the CNT gates are around 9 mircons in size"
You're right, oops: the gates in this chip are about 8um but the tech doesn't have to stop there. As I understand it, 9nm CNT gates are possible. I've tweaked the wording to reflect this.
AIUI hitting the keys triggers a normal interrupt as usual (there's nothing special about it) but (at least today) the winlogin process is hooked low into the system (user32.dll) to pounce on the c-a-d sequence and do its thing before any other software can get a look in.
This last point is important: you want to know that stuff you're seeing on-screen (eg, username and password prompt) is from official, trusted software and not a bogus application pretending to be the winlogin process.
I've added some links if that helps.
Re: I prefer my ads...
Not an ad. We'll leave it to readers to weigh up the merits of using Autonomy software and HP's own servers.
Re: Server not found - Firefox can't find the server at forums.theregister.co.uk.
What's your DNS server/settings? What's your ISP? Is this all from the same internet connection, or even when you move between home/office/college/whatever?
Re: The big unanswered question - Google Play
It has Google Play.
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