* Posts by K

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Virgin Media? More like Virgin Meltdown: Brit broadband ISP falls over amid power drama

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Fine here...

Sutton, South London..

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Your RSS is grass: Mozilla euthanizes feed reader, Atom code in Firefox browser, claims it's old and unloved

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Re: Please tell me how to do this!

@Tony W

I think your 50% right, this is exactly what happened to Dilbert, because RSS readers where simply hot-linking to the cartoon strip, they stopped it, I suspect it was due to the artist(s) was getting no traffic.

But where I think you're wrong, is where sites publish articles, they only provide a snippet in the RSS feed, which entices visitors to the page, such as El Reg does. Also, I subscribe to feed that aggregate information and articles on particular subjects from lots of smaller sites, without RSS these smaller sites probably wouldn't get very much traffic at all - So it does still have a lot of relevance.

It wouldn't suprise me if somebody come up with a slight twist to RSS and tried to commercialise it (Like Slack did with IRC!)

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Re: Goodnight, Firefox

I tend to use RSS on my phone... light toilet entertainment, so to speak! Yes, I do wash my hands, Yes I do wash the phone screen!

But my go apps are:

Inoreader - for list management and online reading (Avoid the mess of managing multiple locations)

News+ On Android - Works with Inoreader

Reeder On Mac - This is recent for me

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Azure goes quiet, Huawei Canada ban urged, US Senators are after Google, and more

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keep pace with what the private sector is offering...

Can't see this having much success, talented IT security geeks (whether whitehat or blackhat) go where they feel most appreciated, or to work on the really juicy stuff..

That's why, I'm off to area 51!

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Here you go, cloudy admins: Google emits NATty odds 'n' sods

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Re: Still amazes me how oblivious/stupid some companies are

I wasn't clear on my point - NAT gateways a thing of yesteryear when it comes to security, by providing, it encourages companies to be lazy as it "speeds up delivery"! Where If they were forced to use proper Firewalls, then they have no excuse for adopting best practise security hygiene.

Also, I'd beg to differ on hit makes no difference. If they get entry via a malware, then make a lateral movement to a server, they suddenly find their ability to operate is impaired. It's about building enough obstacles and complexity to make it not worth the effort...

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Still amazes me how oblivious/stupid some companies are

They believing NAT provides security and allow unfettered outbound routing. It's a standard practise in a lot of "Tech" companies that should know better! A lot of breaches occur because an intruder manages to open a reverse shell, rummage around, then exfiltrate the juicy data.

Security Recipe 101 - Don't route 0.0.0.0/0, Mix in some whitelists for IP and Ports, apply a dash of whitelisting to both inbound and outbound traffic, it makes that breach/exfiltration 100x more difficult. slap in a pinch of IPS and with a drop of Deep Packet Inspection, then it gets 1000x more potent!

It's not rocket science.. but it gets ignored, especially by companies that promote "Cloud" first - I can name at least 2 FTSE 100 companies that do this!

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Samsung Galaxy A9: Mid-range bruiser that takes the fight to Huawei

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Re: Abandonware

"typically only supports their 'S' range"

They're not too bad with the A series, my work one has received a lot of updates this year.

Though, to be honest I personally would not own any Sangshite phone, I tend to go with OnePlus, Xioami (and Honor for family)... but this phone was supplied by the company.

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On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others

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Re: It's not April 1st, is it?

lol .. I'll admit I read the Title, grabbed my popcorn, then jumped direct to the comments page... expecting to find all-out-war with the fanbois!

But your comment indicated something funny, so I did go back and actually read it..

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What could be more embarrassing for a Russian spy: Their info splashed online – or that they drive a Lada?

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Must admit I'm not that familiar with Bellingcat - But I call BS on your theory, what they ousted about the 2 "possible" GRU agents that went to Salisbury, even the BBC has gotten involved and found associated evidence: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-45694123

I understand there is a movement in the UK and abroad that doesn't believe the mainstream story surrounding this. Ironically my next door neighbor is one of them, in his word "Do you really think the russians would come here to do that? when they could have just assassinated him when he was in russia, or made it look like an accident with a hit and run".

Usually, I'm the first person to call BS on politicians, but in all honesty, I believe this. The Russians have had a lot of success, where the West turned a blind eye, because it was too focused on "terrorism" and distracted by the US's new Boogeyman (China) - So I can easily see the GRU has started to see it self as untouchable - By going public with type of information, it removes the GRU's anonymity and their ability to operate (eventually, then'll run out of agents!)

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Fortnite 'fesses up: New female character's jiggly bits 'unintended' and 'embarrassing'

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To prove that the Jiggle animation in games is completely incorrect, I introduce the following evidence:

https://youtu.be/bxajnypzxh0?t=217

(Tame, but probably NSFW)

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Re: Maybe the internet has jaded me

Wow, apparently there was a new version released in 2013...

https://www.gog.com/game/leisure_suit_larry_reloaded

But think I may grab it for my Android phone, it'll be a lot safer than the wife finding me playing it..

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Cloudflare ties Workers to distributed data storage

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Re: It's not the sort of thing you'd want handling millions of rapid-fire financial transactions

Nice one for mentioning Heimdall.. I'll add that into my "if needed..." list for the future!

It's been 2-3 years since I've had serious interaction with MySQL or MariaDB.. back then I'd been an IT Manager for an SME for about 10 years, I frequently spent weeks researching and testing, trying to find a low-cost and low-maintenance solution for implementing MySQL/MariaDB load balancing (of course, low-cost and low-overhead rarely go together).

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Sync your teeth into power browser Vivaldi's largest update so far

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Re: "does this read more like an ad-icle"

If they gaurantee privacy (from their perspective), I'd pay £5-10... it a couple of cups of coffee, thats a deal in my books, considering its the one tool I use for several hours every day (For management interfaces etc)

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Spoiler alert: Google's would-be iPhone killer Pixel 3 – so many leaks

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"Pixel sales have been unimpressive"

Its simple really, Google's success with devices was down to us Nexus Fanbois / Geeks, and we were used to paying mid-range prices, in return we were happy to be guinea pigs for the new versions of Android..

By dropping the Nexus brand, they alienated their loyal users, and are having to rebuild their user bases from scratch - but news flash, most people don't want to spend £600-800 on a handset!

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Looking after the corporate Apple mobile fleet? Beware: MDM onboarding is 'insecure'

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Re: Feature not a bug

Nope... Just poor judgement in choosing a method for identification!

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NSA dev in the clink for 5.5 years after letting Kaspersky, allegedly Russia slurp US exploits

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Nobody else see the elephant in the room?

Not meaning to be ageist...

I wonder if there is some kind of assessment these older employees have to go through to evaluate mental-fitness? in the same spirit that certain professions have to go through Physical fitness evaluations.

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Cookie clutter: Chrome saves Google cookies from cookie jar purges

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"Why do people still use Chrome?"

Because people would prefer to believe that Google is benevolent and a charity... rather than commercial business, also there was a time, when Google was the up-start underdog and could do no wrong. They've managed to continue playing this role quite well, but it's gradually wearing away!

The only thing that has kept me using Chrome was the convenience of Chrome Remote Desktop, but Google have now released a HTML5 interface for that, so now I'm tossing up between Firefox and Vivaldi - But i do wonder if they are secretly recording my sessions!

If I'm honest, with all the Cambridge Analytics fiasco and Android's Location tracking fiasco - Things are starting to creep the sh*t out of me! Won't be long before I do buy a tin-foil hat..

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UKIP flogs latex love gloves: Because Brexit means Brexit

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Re: does not compute

What do you mean? He's got a grin like a p0rn-star expecting a facial (frowned eyes, with a fake teeth-grin, just waiting for the impact!)

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ServiceNow confirms relational-ship with MariaDB: We're protecting our toolchain

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Re: NoSQL upstart MariaDB?

Have an upvote...

I have great respect for most El-Reg reporting, but this was clearly written by somebody who was either trying to be funny (as missed the punchline), or the person has absolutely no understanding of SQL and noSQL databases!

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NUUO, do not want! CCTV webcams can be hacked to spy on you

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Re: CCTV?

My thoughts exactly...

I'm still trying to determine how so many of these devices are accessible.. typically they are put on a WIFI network, which 99.999% has a NAT Firewall/Router in front of it!

So are there really so many morons that are using IP or Port forwarding to these devices? Or am I being a moron and not realising there is another avenue of attack!

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Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design

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Simply hate it.. there structure and layout is all over the place!

Obviously, this is personal taste, but as a loyal El-Reg reader for over 15 years, I'd urge you to fix this!

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Raspberry Pi supremo Eben Upton talks to The Reg about Pi PoE woes

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Hats off to 'em...

Diagnosing, openly admitting and replacing.... basically treating their customer's as mature adults!

There are very few organisations that would do this... most would deny the issue, take months to admit the cause and liability, then put in place a complex bureaucratic process that causes people to say "f*ck it!"

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Revealed: British Airways was in talks with IBM on outsourcing security just before hack

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IBM... robbers in tweed suits.. (or at least the salesmen are)

Dixons Carephone did exactly this, got stung for a princely sum, along with a contract that favouritises IBM for everything, including limiting Dixon's ability to bring in new suppliers (IBM get first dibs on everything!).

The driver behind this was Dixon's assumed (and this is direct from the signatory of the contract) that by outsourcing and offloading responsibility, it would shield them from reputational damage if a breach occurred and allow them to refute accusations that they don't invest in security.

Fat lot of good it did them.. now, with GDPR, companies can no longer hide behind outsourcing (Though, some will still try)..

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Thousands of misconfigured 3D printers on interwebz run risk of sabotage

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Thousands of misconfigured 3D printers on interwebz

Finally, I can print the stuff I want,,,

WIFE: WTF is this?

ME: The printer, it must have been hacked! Why would I print a replica of Tori Black's marvellous bosoms?

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Hello 'WOS': Windows on Arm now has a price

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Re: "Now all Intel can do is watch from the sidelines"

Possibly, but it does not stop them trying!

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"Now all Intel can do is watch from the sidelines"

Or they'll do what other gargantuan companies do... if you cannot compete, then consume. So, a high probability they will attempt to acquire ARM!

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Huawei's Alexa-powered AI Cube wants to squat in your living room too

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AI Cube...

Wow... Either that is a transformer, or has so much processing power its distorting the space time continuum into a curve cylinder.

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BlackBerry, Sony, Honor and LG flash their new phones for all to see

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Re: Honor?

Agreed.. I'm a big fan of Honor and Xiaomi, given the price and what they pack in, I simply don't bother looking at "Flagship" phones anymore. Though I'm also gutted, as I just brought my wife a Redmi Note 5 Pro, cost £220, I should have held off a couple of weeks for the Play!

The only thing that puts me off Honor (and soon Xiaomi) is the fact they've stopped providing methods for unlocking the bootloader - Since I like to root my personal phones, I'll stick with my OnePlus!

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HTC U12 Life: Notchless, reasonably priced and proper buttons? Oh joy

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Re: Honestly.. this is the problem with the Android phone market

No, the market has stagnated..

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Honestly.. this is the problem with the Android phone market

The USP of this handset is practically non-existent.. there was a time when HTC had a unique feel, but if this was not branded it would be impossible to distinguish it from the other several hundred phones released in the past 18 months!

I understand this is budget, but other manufacturers manage it... though admittedly it is usually through changing the colour so something ridiculous, then I end up feeling like a peacock!

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We've found another problem with IPv6: It's sparked a punch-up between top networks

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Re: El Reg & IPv6

" anti-IPv6 material"

Nope.. fact-is, the proliferation of IPv6 is so far really small. Its not for a lack of product or consumer support, my Router has supported it for the past 8 years, few mainstream ISP actual utilise it. The reason is, they are still bitching and biting each other in the background.

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Apple tipped to revive forgotten Macbook Air and Mac mini – report

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To be fair, you can pick-up one of the knock-off USB-C hyper-docks for about £25-30 from Amazon... which are ok to travel with, but crap for desktop use!

You want a proper Thunderbolt-3 dock? That'll cost you about £300... I gambled and bought a used Dell TB15 for £50 from eBay, which apparently is not "compatible" with a Macbook Pro, but this is just Apple protecting its "approved" Peripherals cartel, using the TB3Enabler hack and it works perfectly!

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Re: Hmmmm

If they produced a Mac-Stick... That'd be something I'd consider. But given Apple missed the opportunity to own the Mini market, they will now have to compete against the likes of Intel NUC and other Ultra Small Factor PC's (and even PI's, which actually make awesome media centres), I don't think Apple is going to have much success in this market!

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Internet overseer continues wall-punching legal campaign

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Re: Delaying tactic...

@Big_D... Insightful, have a beer

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Delaying tactic...

I'm 99.999% certain this is a delaying tactic, since they were refused their 1 year exception, they are simply creating it via other means.

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What happens to your online accounts when you die?

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Re: IMHO

"That’s because you’re buying into a licence to use a thing, as opposed to buying the thing itself." ...

Unless you purchased it as a subscription, then that B$, the argument here ultimately exactly the same as used-games and used-DVDs.

If I have paid for a product, which has supplied a physical media or downloadable copy of content (that I can store).. then I own that particular copy of that product. In which case, upon my death, I will hand ownership of that, to whoever I please. As for digital products, such as Steam, then ownership of this account will transfer to my Kin.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch: A tough and classy activity tracker

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Let me save you 40-50%

And give you a longer battery life:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Xiaomi-Amazfit-Stratos-Smartwatch-Waterproof/dp/B07CBSYM1R

Your welcome!

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Whistleblower org chief quits over Assange critic boot demand

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Given the psychosis he's developed, they are probably 2 separate individuals / personalities / voices - Assange the Oppressed and Assange the Criminal.

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Why is my cheapo Android red hot and switching off Wi-Fi?

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Re: To think...

As with anything, it can be abused... same for your laptop, your car (if you've got one of the new 4G-connectivity), even your ADSL/Cable router!

So, Unless your willing to give up everything... never say never!

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What do a meth, coke, molly, heroin stash and Vegas allegedly have in common? Broadcom cofounder Henry Nicolas

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Re: and this appears to be

Ahh I forgot one, I also need to add Charlie Sheen to the Midlife Crisis Party Dream Team!

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Re: and this appears to be

@chivo243

I was just thinking of McAfee...

I was recently in Vegas on Honeymoon, so couldn't partake in any of the wild stuff. But OMFG.. I think I've decided what my mid-life crisis should be - To party with Nichols and McAfee, holysh*t it would be epic. Also probably my last week on earth if the wife found out!

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Four-year switch: Two Cisco veeps pack bags and go for a wander

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"The Cisco cli is dead."

About bloody time, but its too late for me..

Many moons ago, when I was in a position of influence as an IT Manager in an SME on the south coast, I made the decision to steer clear of Cisco, it was a blite on the industry that I refused to bow down too. With hindsight, that may have been a mistake.. I've since moved to London, and it seems every man and his dog (i.e. man = company) uses them, so it turns out, I may have shot myself in the foot..

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Clap, damn you, clap! Samsung's Bixby 2.0 AI reveal is met with apathy

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Their personal assistant AIs will always be smarter than anyone else's...

Yet they're still as bright as a dull light bulb!

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The last phablet? 6.4in Samsung Galaxy Note 9 leaves you $1k lighter, needs 'water cooling'

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IRe: Nobody buys Samsung anymore....

Same here.. these days I'd buy the Xioami Mi Max 3 or Honor Note 10, both as capable, larger screens, larger batteries all for 1/3 the price!

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Wondering what to do with that $2,300 burning a hole in your pocket?

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Re: "does this read more like an ad-icle"

After testing the Microsoft HoloLens, I'm not!

All these "augmented reality" products are nothing more than hype, with the final product being 10% of what was promised (and the worst 10% at that). Unless a hooker is going to MagicLeap out of this thing and give the full "service" with MagicSensation (Ⓒ owned by me!), followed by a MagicLeap beer and smoke, that delivers a refreshing MagicSensation as you chug either of them - then these will be about as successful as dehydrated water!

But I will chuck them one bone - this was a tech preview, so if things did crash out, you could cut a little slack for that. Even software deemed "production" ready suffers this. It's the age where beta is the new production it seems, my wife just spent £400 on a Nintendo Switch + Games for our child me, and every game I've tried so far, has had to download updates to fix bugs!

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The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs

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Re: No story here

calling it a consumer device, then failing to release the pricing is telling for me. I pretty much follow the saying "If you need to ask the price, then you can't afford it".. And given Samsungs ambition to be a "premium" manufacturer, I reckon this is gonna come in about £750-1000.

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The Register's 2018 homepage redesign: What's going on now?

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Its too busy...

Lots of boxes and I can't figure out WTF is going on.. Its almost as if there should be lots more "headered" sections below "Latest News".

On another note, if you want boxes, then use Tables.. They're far more organised.

When I was a back-end developer, the front-end guys detested my efforts at creating a UI, as I always used tables. Magic things they were, but apparently "DIV" was the new "cool thang". But they say fashion repeats, so El-reg has an opportunity to be a trend setter hear, go on, use tables!

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Pleasant programming playground paves popular Python path

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This might be me showing my age.. but I honestly don't get the lure of Lambda functions... GOTO was demonised because it left code unreadable, hence it was banished to he fire-pits of hell. So why are Lambda's acceptable?

I'm quite lucky, as I used to be a Java/PHP developer, but I was jumping ship into an IT Manager role just as these features were being backed in PHP. Those they days, I'm back to scripting/automating with Python, but I still avoid these unholy features.

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'Can you just pop in to the office and hit the power button?' 'Not really... the G8 is on'

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Re: Long ago.

Neat, I've never seen one of them before... I wonder if they now have a mobile-sim version!

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Click this link and you can get The Register banned in China

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Re: whatever’s wrong ...

"I truly wonder if Xi doesn’t realize how ridiculous "

To be fair, this would have been the decision of some egotistic junior bureaucrat.. As for chinese citizens in general, they'll just buy it from one of their famous DVD outlet stores for about 20p!

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