* Posts by sabroni

2693 posts • joined 11 May 2007

Google takes a page from Microsoft of old and revives browser ballot on Android

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Re: I already have a real choiec Margrethe

How about those who not only don't use the "monopoly product" but don't want it installed on their devices?

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Re: My browser is so good I need my competitor to offer it for me

Supporting ms? Doesn't normally go down well on these pages.....

Public disgrace: 82% of EU govt websites stalked by Google adtech cookies – report

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Re: Local papers

Yeah, that's way more important than government web sites!

Croydon school rolling in toilet roll after Brexit gift deemed unfit for the Queen's Anus Horribilis

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re: I wonder why they would pretend to think....

I think they're pretending that suddenly deciding we need a hard border would mean a massive back log of stuff queued up to enter the country, leading to shortages.

You apparently think magic tech will give us the required hard and soft border in Northern Ireland. Care to explain how that's going to work or is shouting "Project Fear" the limit of your debating skills?

Welcome. You're now in a timeline in which US presidential hopeful Beto was a member of a legendary hacker crew

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Re: Yes, just not any American ones.

citation reqd.

Tech sector risks GM-crops-like crackdown if it doesn't win back trust, warns privacy watchdog

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Wow, you're so cool!

The HeirPod? Samsung Galaxy Buds teardown finds tiny wireless cans 'surprisingly repairable'

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Re: Why bother?

Because making every bit of technology disposable is choking the planet in plastic and dubious chemicals.

Sound quality is important too, obv.

Put down the cat, coffee, beer pint, martini, whatever you're holding, and make sure you've updated Chrome (unless you enjoy being hacked)

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Re: I now use Facebook's new browser, Slurp

You don't need to. You just need a browser that runs JS or serves cookies and you're feeding facebook plenty of info.

What are you suggesting? That as long as Chrome doesn't suck quite as much information as Facebook it's ok? Conflating the nosiest browser on the web with the nosiest website on the web shows a startling lack of technical understanding.

Or is your post just Google love manifested through straw manning.....?

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won't it be great

When chrome's the only browser?

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This is indeed a story worth diverting to ms at every opportunity.

Just like Google just did with their "look! Windows bug!" announcement.

The first ZX Spectrum prototype laid bare... (What? It was acceptable in the '80s)

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Re: Penny wise, pound foolish

I disagree. Spending more and driving the price up could well have pushed the Spectrum out of the range of affordability for a lot of families. It wasn't easy to persuade parents you needed a computer, the fact you could upgrade the ROM wouldn't have added any weight to the argument. An extra fiver cost might have been enough to persuade them to say no though....

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Re: for the most part it's not worth the effort.

Depends whether you like tinkering or not. For many the appeal is in getting the old hardware working not playing old games.

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Re: Tongue in cheek I hope.

Not how it read to me. It seems, like the Buffy article last week, to be an attempt to get lots of comments by saying something stupid.

If it works expect more reader baiting.

Alphabet snoop: If you're OK with Google-spawned Chronicle, hold on, hold on, dipping into your intranet traffic, wait, wait

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Really useful to be able to see all of someone's posts in one place.

I'm not calling anyone a shill!

Google recalculated its wages, and yup, raises for underpaid fellas. So can you forget those gender discrim claims?

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Re: Statistical analysis on small groups is pointless...

Google aren't a small group. Why would they divide up employees into small groups if they're trying to get company wide stats?

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Re: Check out Jordan B. Peterson

To get a good example of bad science.


Good handle though, appropriate!

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Re: Well... go on then?

Groups with less than 5 women in won't be considered.

Groups with less than 30 people in won't be considered.

That restriction sounds specifically tailored to exclude certain teams or groups. Can anyone think of a valid reason for it?

Correction: Last month, we called Zuckerberg a moron. We apologize. In fact, he and Facebook are a fscking disgrace

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thank fuck there's a woman to hate in all this

What would the misogynists say otherwise? Actually join in discussion of the article?

It's not your imagination: Ticket scalper bots are flooding the internet according this 'ere study

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the only way to fix this

Is for punters to stop buying the scalped tickets. Until that happens they'll find a way to scalp.

The biggest uptick in demand for software devs by bosses is for... *rubs eyes* blockchain engineers?!?

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Re: Morons

Insert obvious Brexit joke here!

Crowdfunded lawyer suing Uber told he can't swerve taxi app giant's £1m legal bill

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Yeah, fine, just ignore my totally valid point that they aren't contractors but employees of Uber.

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re: VAT rules are not suited for today's economy...

Only if you buy Uber's claim that they aren't a taxi company.

Seems pretty obvious that they are a taxi company.

In hilariously petulant move, Apple shuts Texas stores and reopens them few miles down the road – for patent reasons

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Satire really flies over most people's heads.

Don't let the negativity get you down ElReg, American's have always had difficulty with this stuff. It requires an understanding that the world isn't binary.

Watchdog asks UK.gov to reissue freedom of information guidance after councils are told to STFU about Brexit plans

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Re: He seems to have his principles

He believes in "the sovereign individual" and knows that his money will allow him to do very well while all the plebs are starving after a no deal exit.

'Occult' text from Buffy The Vampire Slayer ep actually just story about new bus lane in Dublin

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Re: if I had stopped watching after season 4

Personally I think season 7 is a return to form after 5 and 6 which had good episodes and great banter but felt like they were written by committee. "The body" is still probably one of the best treatments of what an actual family death feels like and that's 6 isn't it?

Down productivity tools: Microsoft Teams takes a Monday tumble

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Why do things have to keep changing?

I don't know. After 30 years in the business I'd hoped the pace of change would have settled down by now. Instead I have to keep learning new stuff and "trying to keep relevant".

How tiresome!

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We have both, they're not the same thing. Email's much easier to search but much harder to get people to respond to immediately. Email chains get easily out of order whereas a team chat is a collaboration so it's fairly good at keeping things in sequence. We use teams to set up live meetings that members from around the world can join. Difficult to do that with email.

I guess we generate alternatives to see if there's a better way of doing things. Are you genuinely saying you think people should stop trying to make better things?

After outrage over Chrome ad-block block plan, Google backs away from crippling web advert, content filters

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embrace, extend....

What's next?

Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign

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How much storage do you get with that? The office licence includes one drive according to comments above...

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Re: Whats the difference?

Look, can all the people who actually use Office 365 just fuck off so we can keep fantasising about how terrible it is?

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Re: What's lower than plebs?

M$ are now literally calling people cunts.

And they fucked my dog.

UK spy overseer: Snooper's Charter cockups are still getting innocents arrested

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re: Well it clearly hasn't made a jot of real world difference so far,

Hmm and yet when it comes to our sovereignty it's a massive problem and has to go? You brexiters turn on a fucking dime don't you.

You like JavaScript! You really like it! Scripting lingo tops dev survey of programming languages

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Re: You like JavaScript! You really like it!

The problem is you're a Java dev and you're working on JavaScript. The "driver who isn't in control" metaphor doesn't need 120 mph, if you don't know how to drive 30 is perfectly dangerous.

Stop hating and start learning or find somewhere to work where your current skills are actually relevant.

Straight outta Blighty: Readers, if you were a tech billionaire, what would you do?

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Re: Britain Needs Us Billionaires


Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently

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Re: why won't El Reg ever write an article about why major sites still have Google Analytics on them

I went to pay my fucking car tax and HM Gov wanted to tell Google Analytics about it. On a fucking government website. Fucking Clueless!!!!!

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re: why does any website need that many outside scripts?

It doesn't need any "outside" scripts. If you depend on a third party library get a version that works and serve it from your domain. Anything else is basically saying "I don't give a fuck about my users security".

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Re: Looks fugly and breaks your plugins

That's the same update that got NoScript running on firefox mobile. That's worth all the fugliness and more.

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Re: running ads. Locally. Without tracking me

Realistically all you can do is block ad site cookies to defend against this. The ad site has to serve the ad or they aren't paying the host site. So your browser has to request an asset from the ad site and send all the browser footprint info it normally does. They can't track you directly but they know your source ip, user agent and a whole load of other stuff.

There is no way anyone is paying a site owner lots of cash because they promise on their life that they definitely served loads of ads to people.

Starship bloopers: In touching tribute to Tesla shares, Musk proto-craft tumbles – as Bezos' Blue Origin rocket lifts off

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Re: ...pretend to be astronauts.

To my mind the difference is between being able to pilot the device and being a passenger, not the person's physical location in relation to the Earth.

Big Red's big pay gap: $13,000 gulf between male and female Oracle staffers – reports

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you're getting embarrassing now

If it makes you feel better we agree. You're super special and should be paid more than the mean girls.

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Cha! Much easier to downvote.

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TonyTinytodger more like.

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None of the things you list have anything to do with gender.

What the fuck are you on about?

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Re: I would be less likely to employ female employees for those reasons

In the 21st century we expect both parents to care for the children so all those excuses apply equally to both sexes. We have a man on our team at the moment who's on 3 day weeks as he's a new Dad!

Maybe you should only employ eunuchs?

Man drives 6,000 miles to prove Uncle Sam's cellphone coverage maps are wrong – and, boy, did he manage it

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Re: Is anyone really surprised about this?

No, not surprised at all but still wondering why all stories that provide evidence for things that were previously just "common knowledge" get posts like this.

It's the evidence that makes this a story.

Oh snap: AWS has only gone and brought out its own Backup

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AWS backups are based on snapshots

What does that mean exactly? On SqlServer a snapshot is a quick file system level "backup" with restrictions on restore (you can have multiple snapshots but can only restore one and must delete the others first). This product isn't like that is it? If not, what does this usage of snapshot mean?

Googlers to flood social media with tales of harassment in bid to end forced arbitration

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Re: Or they can do some virtue signalling on the interwebs

That's how your post read to me. Maybe you could clarify the difference between "virtue signalling" and "stating your opinion"?

This July, Google will weep for there are no more worlds to banhammer: 'Bad ads' to be blocked globally

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Fox. Hen house.

I love debugging in Chrome but no way I'd ever use it as my regular browser. Thank fuck we've got NoScript on Firefox Android now!

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