* Posts by diodesign

1731 posts • joined 21 Sep 2011

Spanish govt slammed over bizarre Catalan .cat internet registry cop raid

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Re: jltallon

BTW not sure what you mean by Catalan judges getting involved, but to be clear, the order against .cat domains is coming from the Spanish judicial authorities.

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Ah, good ol' Windows update cycles... Wait, before anything else, check your hardware

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Re: Semtex451

Hate to 'actually' you, but ACTUALLY: Our revenue this year is neatly following 2016's record high. As in, 2016 smashed El Reg's all-time ad sales records. The unsung heroes here are our sterling ad sales team, and us news scribes are in their debt.

So yes, we sometimes run vendor-sponsored articles - clearly labelled sponsored or promos - and they make us a decent amount of money. Take 'em as you like: they are written by freelance journos we vet for quality. And the pieces are super interesting. Don't skip over them just because they are biz-sponsored. It's all part of the El Reg mix.

However, a vast chunk of our cash comes from display ads against our top news articles - which are produced well away from any vendor interference.

We strive to provide highly technical and accurate IT news and features independently and ethically.

Ultimately, this all funds the snark, sarcasm, the exclusives, the analyses, the features of The Reg that you love and we'll continue to serve.

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Attention adults working in the real world: Do not upgrade to iOS 11 if you use Outlook, Exchange

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Re: Full of nonsense as ever

Hey Andrew - it's Chris from Drobe. Remember those RISC OS days? Ah yeah. Now I'm at El Reg. Lol!?

Anyway. Thanks for reminding ppl about the extended iOS settings to actually switch off radio comms. We linked to Apple's instructions, so no foul there.

"The continued race to the bottom in El Reg persists"

The fact that we're the most read in the enterprise IT space, and that we're making year-upon-year growth in ad revenue and profit, suggests you're full of shit, Andrew.

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Re: Works fine here

This article isn't written for people who have avoided the bug. It's written for people hit by the bug who want to know WTF is going on. And check the link - Apple admits there is a problem.

Also, ppl saying their gear works - are you using the Outlook app? That app is crippled: check out the reviews for it. The UI is mashed beyond repair. That's not a great UX for ppl.

There's no sensationalism going on here. iOS 11 doesn't fully work with Microsoft's software - Apple says as much. If it works for you, great. Judging by the stats on this article, millions disagree that all is ok.

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Give staff privacy at work, Euro human rights court tells bosses

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Re: Graham Dawson

Hiya - yup, sorry. Wrote this from the US and didn't appreciate the subtle differences. Don't forget to email corrections@theregister.co.uk if you spot any problems.

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Big Tech fumes over Prez Trump's decision to deport a million kids

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Re: anonymous

That was then. Now it's happened, and this is the response.

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Big Tech slams Trump on plan to deport kids

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Re: anonymous coward

"stopping exceptions that just encourage more people to enter the US illegally"

Yeah, sucks to be you if you're brought to the US as a young kid by family, and the States are all you know, amiright????

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Uncle Sam outlines evidence against British security whiz Hutchins

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Re: Something's up

The crowdfunding thing was cancelled when it was swamped by fake credit cards. Another one is coming next week, we're told by his legal team.

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Node.js forks again – this time it's a war of words over anti-sex-pest codes of conduct

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Re: anonymous coward

"ranting about the SJWs is poor form"

Ah, come on. Our job is to summarize as best we can complex stuff. In between the usual in-fighting and politics that rage in some open-source projects, the thing for us that stuck out was the CoC side, and so that's the focus here. To us, it's the straw that broke the camel's back.

The ability, or inability, for Node.js to self-govern properly as a FOSS project is best left to another story, and something we can look into. In fact, it should be obvious that, after two splits now, that all is not well in the project.

It's our job as journalists to identify the information that is most interesting to readers. And in our view, a bitter argument over CoCs - which is a rather large policy issue these days in tech - is more significant than people flaming each other on mailing lists.

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German court reveals reason for Europe-wide patent system freeze

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Re: Truth, good story etc...

"the EPO has got nothing to do with the UPC"

Apart from granting them – and, for years, spent a lot of time, money and effort promoting UPC, is a huge cheerleader and advocate of UPC, and stands to gain a lot from the UPC coming into force.

So yeah, nothing to do with UPC, lol.

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Fat-fingered G Suite admins spill internal biz beans onto public 'net

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Re: Steve G Suite Admin

Hi - we reported what Redlock was trying to warn everyone: that some people have set up their accounts incorrectly, and you should make sure you're not making the same mistake. We've updated the story with a note from Google explaining this.

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Rejected

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Re: Rejected

Couple of observations, my dear fellow:

1. Your comment pointed out a typo in the article. Our standard operating procedure when we see corrections in comments is to fix the typo and reject the comment - because the comment is unlikely to make any sense after the tweak is made. You should email corrections@theregister.co.uk so problems can be addressed ASAP. We don't have time to read every comment but we do like to correct all errors.

2. You need to, as we say in California, chill out.

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Software definer wants you to befriend the 'BFC', do a bit of 'reverse virtualization'

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Re: ikenassi

"big flexible computer"

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Space boffins competing for $20m Moon robot X-Prize are told: Be there by March 31 – or bust

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Re: do something that literally has never been done before

Put a privately built moving rover on the Moon that streams back HD video (could be live, not sure) and photos. That's not been done before.

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Taken a while but finally here's the first proper smart-home gizmo

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Re: Taken a while?

Kieren's point is that lightbulbs made by popular manufacturer A work with lightbulbs by popular manufacturer B - it's interoperability between competing devices, not competing hubs.

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Comp sci world shock: Bonn boffin proposes P≠NP proof, preps for prestige, plump prize

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Re: FredBed

"I'm not saying it'd be fast or efficient"

Well, bingo. It's hard because it's virtually impossible to calculate using today's systems. And your numbers are off. Read the full problem:

"The total number of ways of choosing one hundred students from the four hundred applicants is greater than the number of atoms in the known universe! Thus no future civilization could ever hope to build a supercomputer capable of solving the problem by brute force; that is, by checking every possible combination of 100 students."

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Chap behind Godwin's law suspends his own rule for Charlottesville fascists: 'By all means, compare them to Nazis'

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Re: Godwin not applicable here

Why you gotta ruin a good time?

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Re: Not a fan of white supremacists...

"But if you liken them to Nazis instead of defeating their arguments"

THEY ARE WEARING FUCKING NAZI ARMBANDS. No one is likening them to Nazis. THEY ARE FUCKING NEOI-NAZIS. And see the video at the end of the article for defeating their arguments.

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Re: Everything I don't like is a Nazi

I almost rejected this comment, but I approved it so I could point out its idiocy.

"It's been appropriated by straight-out low-IQ and hysterical thought enforcers and politicians out for a quick rallying so much that it's become meaningless."

MATE, THEY ARE WEARING FUCKING NAZI SWASTIKAS. FUCKING NAZI SWASTIKAS. THEY ARE FUCKING NAZIS. No, this isn't name calling or shock labelling by the left.

THEY ARE WEARING FUCKING NAZI SWASTIKAS. IN AMERICA. IN 2017.

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Revealed: The naughty tricks used by web ads to bypass blockers

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Re: TheVogon

"What browsers is this applicable to?"

If you follow the link in the story (and read the sentence) it was reported by a Brave browser developer because it affects Brave. Brave is based on Chromium, so it may apply to both. How Wireshark and Charles Proxy are detected is under investigation – it's looking like RPC via JavaScript so may be cross platform.

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Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork

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Re: nzok

"It would be *so* nice if we could have an honest debate about what the guy *actually* wrote"

He wrote a 3,000-word ramble. You gotta forgive people for summarizing it - and for a lot of people, it was a rather long-winded way of saying: it's ok to assume people are genetically incapable of some jobs. And that's rather in the face of efforts to ensure a fair and diverse workforce.

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Re: nzok

"His very first sentence is 'I value diversity and inclusion'"

Bit like folks who say, "I'm not sexist, but..."

"Some of my best friends are gay, but..."

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Re: Re: Thumb on the scale

"Damore has a PhD in systems biology"

FYI he dropped out of his PhD, and downgraded to a master's.

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Re: Re: No it didn't. It's garbage and you know it.

"What does the part about maths have to do with the memo?"

Ah, so tedious. It was an example of how there are sod all differences between men and women if you're not interested in things like physical strength. You're still missing the point, the contradiction within the memo. You can't on one hand scream about considering people purely on merit, and then on the other hand bang on about how some people are incapable of tasks due to their biology.

Which is it: giving everyone a fair crack to prove themselves, or writing off whole chunks of the population? It's stupid.

As for the silencing of debate - if your daft ideas and reasoning can't stand up to scrutiny then that's really your headache. I don't like to see people pushed out or moderates turned into extremists, but honestly. Calm down. It's just a stupid ill-thought-out memo that got someone fired.

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Re: No it didn't. It's garbage and you know it.

Lol, gender differences are small or close to zero.

"There are only a handful of areas with large sex differences: men are physically stronger and more physically aggressive, masturbate more, and are more positive on casual sex. So you can make a case for having more men than women… if you’re fielding a sports team or collecting semen.

"Across nearly 4,000 studies, the average gender gap in math achievement is not statistically different from zero."

And so on.

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Re: Re: Average differences between groups

"The manifesto says to judge each person on their merit."

While at the same time saying certain people - women, for instance - aren't suited to certain jobs due to their biology. You can't have it both ways: you can't say 'treat people on their merit' while also writing them off because "on average" they suck at certain tasks. Which is it: treat people on merit because everyone has every chance of being competent, or assume "on average" women aren't as competent as men? How can you take people on merit if you've already decided half of them are potentially defective? It's hardcoded bias. It don't make no sense.

This is why, here at El Reg, we just don't buy it. We don't buy the memo. It's shit reasoning by a PhD dropout that has now spiraled out of control, fueled by latent biases.

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Re: Re: kieranmccarthy Re: RTFM

"And then your article doesn't really delve into the memo, it just picks five people whose politics you don't seem to agree with for a barrage of insults."

Yeah, that's kind of the point (hence the headline)... finding people flailing miserably to defend a shonky manifesto, and ripping the piss out of them. We tend to rip the piss out of a lot of people.

Also, you don't have to lecture us on Google. We've written tons on the corp's overreaching power and influence. I've even been interviewed on the subject by a chap writing a book about Silicon Valley and power.

But the target isn't Google this time; it's incoherent views on fairness and discrimination in the workplace, and the morons seizing these views to further unsavory agendas.

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Re: Re: Screw the statistics. I'd use the best people I can find to do the job.

Kieren has read the memo plenty of times - it still doesn't make much sense.

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Re: Re: Average differences between groups

" judge each person on their merit."

Judge people on their merit, but on average they won't be any good, but still judge them on their merit anyway, even though there's a good chance they'll suck at it, but still, hear them out, even though you'll interview them assuming they'll suck. That's the memo's thinking. If that's a rational, coherent and fair thought process for you, then... I don't know what to say. No wonder particular groups feel unwelcome.

Right. Let's say you were a fan of the Sopranos on HBO, or you like Brit metal band Cradle of Filth. And say there was a study that suggested Sopranos and Filth fans tend to be unstable in stressful situations. And you go into a job interview with the interviewers knowing from your Facebook that you're a fan of the Sopranos or the Filth. And immediately they're thinking: on average, this person isn't going to be a reliable candidate.

Or your colleagues you pair program think the same.

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Re: I almost feel like crying

Damore blundered pretty badly in the way he brought up the issue: the memo is contradictory, and so poorly thought out. He can apparently code but he can't string together a coherent line.

He then became a corporate liability by making colleagues feel uncomfortable, as well as breaking internal policy, right in the middle of Google fighting off legal complaints of discrimination. And, we hear, the CEO had to cancel his vacation to fly back and sort it out. At that point, in corporate Silicon Valley, you're toast.

And yes, we did read the memo. I still can't get my head around it. It just doesn't make any sense. People claiming we've misread are, I suspect, projecting their own opinions onto it to fill in the blanks, so to speak, and warp it to fit their narrative.

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Re: RTFM

He did read the memo. Not our problem if you disagree with him.

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Hey America! Your internet is going to be so much better this January

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Re: Amplex

Get ready for a huge shock.

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We all deserve a break. Pack your bags. Four Earth-like worlds found around nearby Tau Ceti

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Re: Ummmm

Doh - accidentally introduced during the edit. It's fixed. Don't forget to email corrections@theregister.com if you spot a problem.

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It's August 2017 and your Android gear can be pwned by, oh look, just patch the things

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Re: Hmm

Key thing is to patch before they turn into threats. Apps from dodgy marketplaces tend to love priv escl bugs.

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Sweet Christmas: Micron more than triples SSD capacity with 9200

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It's x4 for U.2 and x8 for HHHL.

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Linux kernel hardeners Grsecurity sue open source's Bruce Perens

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Re: gphoto2 ain't part of linux sources

It's an artist's impression of what open-source source code may look like in happier times.

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Re: boring

They harden-up the kernel.

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Particle boffins show off 'cheap', cute little CosI, world's smallest neutrino detector

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Re: Typo

Hm. Slight confusion, here. A proton accelerator produces photons from the collisions, which is the light that the detectors pick up. However, to be clear: it's the beam of protons that smashes into the sample, producing the light. I've made it clearer in the piece.

Don't forget to email corrections@theregister.com if you spot any problems, so they can be fixed quickly.

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VCs to Trump: Don't lock out our meal tickets! Save startup visas!

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Re: Big John

Explained in the story, mate. Second sentence. Ta.

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Cardiff did Nazi that coming: Hackers slap Trump, swastikas, Sharia law on e-sign

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Re: Re: a serious of images

Yeah, yeah, busy day, people typing and reading too fast, it's fixed.

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How can you kill that which will not die? Windows XP is back (sorta... OK, not really)

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Re: I wonder how the total size of the market has changed?

There's no exact figures, we presume, because it's taken from SC's traffic sensors on about 2.5m websites. It's good for measuring, with a suitable pinch of salt, market balances rather than exact numbers of systems in use.

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New iPhone details leak: Yes, Apple is still chasing Samsung

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Re: Wut?

>Was an editor absent or too plastered at the downstairs pub?

Have you been living under a rock the past 4 days?

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After we ran our article about the fate of .sk, the nation of Slovakia flew into a rage. And now, here's part two...

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Re: Comment from NasaDomena.sk

> My comment in previous article was rejected

It was accepted - go back and check.

> Previous nonobjective article still needs remedy and apology.

Incorrect.

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Re: Some claims are still false

You're like clockwork. We're happy with the story - we disagree with your interpretation of the situation. For example, you can bang on about companies changing names and so on all you like, but it doesn't negate what we said:

> [.sk] has been in private hands since the 1990s, resulting in a number of different organizations running it

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Targeted, custom ransomware menace rears its ugly head

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Re: Bitwiper

"Does ANYONE have evidence that ALL computers trashed by NotPetya were operated -on a workdaily basis- by people with admin privileges?"

All right, calm down, calm down. We've tweaked the sentence so it's a little sharper. Not every trashed machine had admin access, obviously. And giving people and software the least possible privs is a good thing, obviously.

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Presto crypto: IBM releases gruntier, faster Z14 mainframe

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Re: Sil

Hi - yup, I've taken the sentence out. On its own, it's meaningless. If you check our other IBM articles you'll see we're not really down with running Big Blue 'press releases' - and our other chip stories go into a lot more detail when comparing features.

Take this article as-is: a product announcement, not a product endorsement.

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Re: This is the BBC making a quota

Lol, time travel, aliens, the TARDIS, all this fantasy, but a woman is too far fetched? What are you afraid of?

There's no rule to say Dr.W has to be a bloke. If someone wants to try another gender for a JA character, why complain? I wouldn't. It's art. It's entertainment. The world is a fluid place. Try new things.

What are you afraid of?

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Juicero does to its staff what your hands can do to its overpriced juice sacks

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Re: Missed opportunity

Yoink!

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Dark web souk AlphaBay shuts for good after police raids

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Re: Valarian

Yup - mistake fixed.

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When 'Saving The Internet' means 'Saving Crony Capitalism'

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Re: kameko

You've gone full cynic. Never go full cynic.

(We're just reminding folks that it's not the black and white, red v blue, binary situation pro and anti-NN campaigners would have you believe.)

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