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Re: Damning Facts
FWIW John is Editorial Director and cofounder of The Reg.
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.
'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.
Re: anonymous coward
You're assuming the Republican-controlled Congress won't renew it as is come June 2015.
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.
"Do you realize that a large set of organic molecules have been detected throughout interstellar space, don't you?"
Go home, everyone.
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.
Re: John Tserkezis
TIL insurance and advertising agencies aren't miscreants ;-)
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 :-)
Re: "into a speeding comet"?????
The lander is harpooning the rock and then, once on the surface, drilling into it.
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.
Re: Old School Rules
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.
I don't know how it's possible to be this angry about some VR gadget.
Re: Cheap dig
"I have practiced martial arts since the early '70s (apparently often in pyjamas)"
Take life a little less seriously.
Re: Missed Cyanide?
Yeah yeah, it written and edited at 6pm PT and we were tired. It's been fixed. Next time, please email email@example.com so it can be fixed immediately rather than a day later.
Re: Teach Coding in Schools?
"Incidentally, QANGO is not spelled 'QUANGO'"
In our dictionary it is. QUasi-Autonomous Non Government Organization (1970s, US origin).
In this thread
ITT apologists for sexism. I am disappoint.
"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.
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.
Re: Don't forget Java!
There is a shedload of Java security updates from Oracle today, too. More to follow.
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.
Re: Sponsored content
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.
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.
"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.
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."
Re: Cubical Drone
"I not be surprised to find that the fine is less than the amount of money that they made via this practice."
The FCC has said it runs into hundreds of millions of dollars: $108m in one year alone.
Re: Re: The DA-Notice or Defence Advisory Notice ...
"telling everyone where they can find uncensored pictures and then lampooning the whole censorship issue with their 'redacted' image?"
This guy gets it.
"The fact is that a hacker would have to find an injection point."
Which are really easy to find. But you're right: patch and move on. If you can patch, that is. And if you've patched in time.
Re: criminals != hackers
"Can we please stop calling criminals "hackers" for crying out loud!"
No. You've lost control of the word, I'm afraid. When editing articles, I tend to prefer crooks, criminals, miscreants, thieves, attackers, infiltrators, spies, crims, villains, and perps over hackers.
But sometimes hackers will do.
Re: CGI Only?
"So is this a problem just for CGI?"
No. Some DHCP clients, OpenSSH, etc anything that passes user input into an environment variable for Bash to read (and accidentally execute). And even if your program is clean, if it spawns a child that launches another script that invokes Bash, you're still at risk because the env var is still there lingering in the background.
It won't affect everything, but just enough to be a PITA.
BSD should be safe.
Re: Be careful how you test
"The example exploit code does not necessarily work."
Fair point - it was testing whatever shell was your /bin/sh. I've tweaked the code to test /bin/sh and Bash explicitly. Bear in mind, on OS X, /bin/sh is Bash and not a symlink and is thus vulnerable.
Re: This was fixed before you even reported it
And who uses Mageia?
This is a worryingly widespread bug.
We're not in Kansas anymore, so even Apple says you gotta grab iTunes to fix things.
Re: Re: Coincidence or by Design?
"Worth noting that's just the CPU area _in_ the chip"
Absolutely – perhaps I need to make this clearer. The 0.1mm sq is the core. If you're manufacturing one of these, you'll have to bolt on peripherals et al.
Re: I ain't Spartacus
"El Reg don't do keyword scanning"
Correct. Pretty much all your post is spot on.
"The Register have said they don't have mods, but their subbies and whichever hacks have a minute spare go on the forums to try to keep order."
"Thirdly this is a pretty damned lenient forum."
I'm glad you think so :) Pretty much anything goes as long as it's not going to get us in trouble or scare off others from taking part. (This is my summary of the rules; not a replacement of them.)
Re: Why does it take 8 hours for my posts to be approved?
"Am I down on some kind of dissident list?"
No, you were posting on one of Andrew's articles, so you went into a queue. Nothing personal; all of Andrew's stories require pre-mod to keep away the anti-Andrew brigade.
That's the size of it.
Re: Re: How much?
"ensuring the press are treated to lavish launches"
Ahem. Ensuring Apple's pet press are treated to lavish launches. The lengths Apple went to to keep us away from the new iPhones was amusing.
Re: Nadella fills baskets with 2,100 fresh heads ?
Your suggestion that the headline was optimized for search engines so as to nestle the story within coverage of a bloodstained medieval terror campaign is, to use a technical term within the industry, complete cobblers.
Re: Re: Hmmm.....
It is neither.
Re: Re: Shame..
Just to be clear: As louisPTC has mentioned in earlier comments, he works for Permabit.
Re: Re: How much do you care?
It's just a quote, mate. Have a listen.
Re: Re: Absolute stark raving, swivel-eyed, dog fingering insanity
"The company has revenues of $2.9 billion, but a tiny profit of $150 million."
It was $290m.
Re: Re: Absolute stark raving, swivel-eyed, dog fingering insanity
It was $290m in profit.
Re: How many articles now?
"Tired and bitter journalists brow-beaten into churning out articles a company they loathe"
Actually, we quite enjoy it.
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