* Posts by diodesign

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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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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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Hacker flogs '42.5m freshly stolen logins' for seventy-five cents

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Re: pw42

Yeah - it's not clear from Hold Security whether these are hashed or not. I can imagine it's a mix of hashed and unhashed.

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IBM's quantum 'puter news proves Big Blue still doesn't get 'cloud'

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Re: Grumpy Gumby

"So put yourself in IBM's shoes. How do they market this play toy and yet limit access to those who would actually do something of value with it?"

By describing it as I set out at the start of the article without the cloud bollocks. Christ, it ain't hard.

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Re: Perhaps the author wants to stop all scientific research?

FWIW I don't want scientific research to stop. If IBM had described this as I laid out at the start of the article, without the cloud bollocks, it would be all good. Nice one, Big Blue.

Instead it turned into a big kick in the balls.

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Devs claim charger uses 'photosynthesis' power battery charger

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Re: Please stop promoting scams; have some journalistic integrity!

Yeah OK, OK. Point taken. Take a look around the rest of the site - clickbait isn't our thing. Apologies if not every article is shit hot.

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The EU wants you to log into YouTube using your state-issued ID card

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Re: not that I want to spoil the party, but...

"Where are the links to any kind of evidence supporting this story?"

It's from a draft report that was leaked. I've linked to a copy of the dossier from the article.

HTH,

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Cavium snubs MIPS, picks 64-bit ARM for next-gen network SoCs

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Re: Prices

It's hinted at in the roadmap chart: $500 for a top-end 24-core Octeon-TX.

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Apple man found dead at Cupertino HQ, gun discovered nearby

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Re: Rates and news?

"One of them working for apple makes it news?"

Yes, a person suffering an apparently gun wound and dying on Apple HQ is clearly news. It's news. It's stuff people should know about. It's a public company. It's news. if you don't think it's news, don't read the news.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

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Re: Small misfire by M$ leads to a Butterfly Effect...?

Trust me, Microsoft reads these forums. They treat these comments seriously.

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Microsoft, Google bury hatchet – surprisingly, not in each other

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"Anyone know why elreg doesn't open the pro-copyright topics (eg the one before this) to comments? Second time it's happened in as many weeks."

Our pro-copyright stories have comment sections. Most stories allow all comments through (unless you're a new poster or on a naughty step). For some authors, we hand moderate comments to stop the forums turning off-topic. If you spot any articles with delayed moderation, that'll be the reason why.

If any articles are published without a comment section, it's 99% an error on our part (someone hit the wrong button) or because of an obvious legal risk.

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Bypass the Windows AppLocker bouncer with a tweet-size command

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"what non-admin would ever need regsvr32"

Make sure it's unavailable, then. Job done.

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Come get your free Opera VPN (and bring along something to read)

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Re: If you bothered to read the blog

"Why try and out a negative spin on everything?"

Just keeping people's expectations realistic.

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SpyEye duo behind bank-account-emptying malware banged up

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Re: Re: Why name the judge?

Judges have to OK plea deals.

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Re: Why name the judge?

What planet are you from?

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Four bugs bait hooks in Asian phishing trip

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Re: So I'm slow and dull this AM, but --

It's in Microsoft's code for parsing RTF files.

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Web backup biz Monster Cloud monstered after monster price hike

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Re: This is quite missleading

"The prices and services quoted here are wrong. Trust the press to not do their research"

Trust a cloud company caught in a fuck-up to lie its way out of a problem. Everything is correct and you are a horrible organization.

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Bug hype haters gonna hate hate hate: Badlock flaw more like Sadlock

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Re: MS Windows ?

The first listed bug – CVE-2016-2118 / CVE-2016-0128 - affects Samba and Windows. It's a protocol design bug.

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Re: Windows?

CVE-2016-2118 / CVE-2016-0128 is the protocol design flaw that affects Samba and Windows.

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Re: Not quite right

Sorry, which bit isn't quite right? I mean, the Samba team wrote: "A man in the middle can intercept any DCERPC traffic between a client and a server in order to impersonate the client."

:-)

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Zuck: You're still using non-Facebook websites ... I'll put an end to that

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Re: Memory Server Error

You may be thinking of Ello.

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You keep using that word – NVMe. Does it mean what I think it means?

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Re: Relative to What?

It depends on the workload. A 12Gbps SAS SSD can have a 1ms-3ms latency.

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ICANN shoots down incoming Cruz missiles

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Re: Misleading

"That sentence is wrong in so many ways."

It's just a summary of a fairly complex system of bureaucracy – I've spelled it out in full.

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Inside Nvidia's Pascal-powered Tesla P100: What's the big deal?

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Re: Charles 9

We'll try to find out - GTC lasts a week. Thing is, Nvidia is only talking about the P100. They refuse to speak (publicly) about future Pascal products.

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What's all this? Welcome to The Register's News Bytes

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Re: Nah....

"stick to articles with substance and information"

It is possible to publish early news quickly and follow it up with more detail later.

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Apple's fruitless rootless security broken by code that fits in a tweet

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Re: Not clear

Holy shit, some of you haven't read the article or understood it. This is about Apple trying to water down root's abilities and limit the damage a process with root privileges can do. You don't need to be root to wipe or siphon off the user's files, but you do need to be root to install a long-term rootkit that the user isn't aware of and cannot get rid of, for instance.

Apple, amid its constant PR campaign to persuade people that it makes super secure software, introduced SIP aka rootless, but it's not perfect and has design flaws. This is what we're pointing out.

The tweet-fitting code demonstrates how easy it is right now to bypass SIP. Fair play to Apple engineers for trying to secure their software. But there's a massive difference between claiming to protect consumers and actually doing it.

Apologies for scrutinizing a multibillion-dollar company with 1bn active devices :-(

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