* Posts by Guevera

13 posts • joined 1 Dec 2017

Crash, bang, wallop: What a power-down. But what hit the kill switch?

Guevera

Re: "an alum in good standing"

Well among my university's graduates are Ken Lay and the woman the US military dubbed "Chemical Anna."

Ticketmaster tells customer it's not at fault for site's Magecart malware pwnage

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Re: I guess this is lawyer talk for..

"so many local rags do it with all the pissing adverts and crap they have on their site to "make money". The amount of times you'll visit their sites on phones and get fake AV pop-up adverts. Some ones from up North I've had this happen with. All because whoever is coding their site, isn't checking the legitness (is that a word?) of the code they are embedding."

The big offender for this is ad auction exchanges like Google DFP. Occasionally bad code slips through the exchange's filters and wins up winning a bid and gets placed on my site like any other ad. It gets caught pretty quickly but never quick enough. But we're in to do nothing but review code, there aren't enough hours in the day for me to audit the code behind each and every ad served up via DFP.

Of course i wouldn't put a DFP ad slot on a payment page, either. I'm plenty stupid but I'm not that stupid

You're alone in a room with the Windows 10 out-of-the-box apps. What do you do?

Guevera

Re: Not turn them in to apps.

A simple 'apt-get install emacs'

You must be using DVORAK or something too misspell 'vim' so badly.

Failbreak: Bloke gets seven years in the clink for trying to hack his friend out of jail

Guevera

No good deed goes unpunished

We already give up our privacy to use phones, why not with cars too?

Guevera

Re: Finance figures are a bit scary

Don't know about the UK, but in the US the used car market is about three times the size of the new car market. The dad part is lots of people are financing used cars too

Getty load of this: Google to kill off 'View image' button in search

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Re: Bad bargaining

"stop putting pointless stock photos at the top of your stories."

I wish I could. But a story with a stick image will get read more than one without. It'll also get about twice as much reach on Facebook.

Also you generally don't get stock images from AP. News shooters tend to shoot very specific images that make lousy stock photos. And whatever contact the BBC has with Getty you can bet it's costing aunty a ton on cash - Getty ain't cheap.

Web searching died the day they invented SEO

Guevera

Re: Strange Example

Your description is in danger of sparking a Flashman fetish....

Twilight of the idols: The only philosophy HPE and IBM do these days is with an axe

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Re: East India Company Marx

"Back then they required a royal charter, and were in many ways privately-operated arms of the government -- in return for which they got limited liability."

Good point about LLCs which no one seems to remember. The LLC is a legal fiction which is created by the state because doing so serves a purpose. It is not a god given right.

Google slaps mute button on stupid ads that nag you to buy stuff you just looked at

Guevera

Re: Does Google really not get it?

Cost per mille. It's Latin afaik. That's why, but it still makes zero sense.

And yeah, some ads pay only on click, but those are the minority.

Major advertisers are trying to build brand awareness as much as anything. They don't think you'll buy a widget today. They just want you to think of their widgets when u finally do.

The 'half my advertising is wasted line was from a Philadelphia department store mogul way back in the day. He wasn't wrong. But for advertising quotes I prefer the line from a NY Post ad pitch: 'But your readers are our shoplifters.'

Guevera

Re: Can't remember the last time I...

But nobody cares about grumpy olds. All they do is lower CPM. Online ads aren't quite as bad as TV in this respect, but it's getting there. Depending on the market, the minute you hit 54, or 49, or even 34(!) you're dead to them.

IBM turns panto villain as The Reg tells readers: 'It's behind you!'

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Re: IBM is proud to be in the forefront of workforce training and development

" IBM has some of the best training on the planet, and if they consider you worth the investment they’ll spend big bucks on your development."

To make you a better sales guy. Especially since you're in the favored buzzword compliant division.

NHS: Thanks for the free work, Linux nerds, now face our trademark cops

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Re: Good sub-ed needed....

***Complains about lack of editing while using an adblocker***

From DevOps to No-Ops: El Reg chats serverless computing with NYT's CTO

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Works for news

This approach probably works OK for the NYT.

News apps often need to be built fast - an extra day or two working on deployment is a much bigger deal for him then it is for most CTOs.

They also don't have a real long lifespan - a few will stay up for at least a year or two, but most will have a lifespan of weeks or months. By the time the stack you're locked into sucks it's ancient history.

Finally, they use pretty much exclusively public data with a goal of getting it to the public.

Hosting everything on someone else's infrastructure is fine for him. But I can't think of any other industry where that's as true.

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