2459 posts • joined 11 May 2007
Re: 
The question is whether they are at the top because they get clicked or the get clicked because they're at the top. It's plausible that Google's been promoting Wikipedia for 10 years and that's why it's always at the top. It's also plausible that everyone knows what Wikipedia is search for it on their own.
Assuming that there's nothing dodgy going on is great for Google. I'd rather they weren't both the biggest web advertiser and biggest gateway to the web. The fact they could manipulate their search product to guide people towards sites that are profitable for their ad business should make anyone suspicious.
Re: Reliable IoT
But learning how to configure something is much trickier than going online and bitching about it.
Plus you get up-votes on here for hating ms!!
It's a great solution, provided you don't mind the rigmarole of whitelisting a bunch of sites every time you visit somewhere new...
Non-Facebook users shouldn't have to do anything at all to avoid being tracked.
Who's going to cause a fuss about this if the people who understand the issues just use a plug in and leave everyone else to be spyed on?
FINALLY fixed your KEYBOARD?
Re: I rather think the author is using a turn of phrase you don't understand.
Saucy! I do understand, like I understand that "Shouldn't of" is becoming common, and the ridiculous "step foot". (Don't hear many people saying "punch fist" or "run leg" though.....)
The problem I have with this use of Curate's egg is it takes a phrase that has a pretty unique meaning and turns it into "mixed bag", "Six of one, half a dozen of the other" etc.... We have loads of phrases for "sort of ok", we don't need another one!!!
Why do things have to keep changing??????
Special version of Godwin's law on this site
It's always, somehow, at the end of the day, Microsoft's fault.
It's an article about Google mail not behaving nicely with Netflix, so obviously time to mention MS. Have you ever heard of the story "The boy who cried wolf"?
re: This is a dispute as to whether the democratically elected government of a country...
... is allowed to set its own taxes
No it isn't. It's about whether a company can do business in one country and claim that it's taken place in another country where tax is lower. The protesters want sales in France to be subject to France's tax laws.
Re: how come Linus and all of the downstream developers can make this work
Is it because they're not back porting the fixes to versions of linux that are 15 years old and architected differently? Is it MS's insistence on supporting old pcs, peripherals and software where Linux doesn't (afaik)?
If you ran windows like you run Linux, installing all the updates offered, you'd be on 10 by now and not having these legacy problems.
Re: Useless bastards
Useless indeed! Who the fuck is still running fleets of win 2000 servers? Ms should just say it's out of support and stop worrying about it.
Awesome post! I could almost see the veins standing out on your forehead!
Re: Bootloader locked?
I think you mean:
But can I wipe it and put a PROPER linux on there?
re: Same can be said for Microsoft
They purchased a business selling POS terminals and serviced them badly in an attempt to move the customers to Azure? Or they're also a software company that people dislike?
Only one of those is "the same".
I don't see restraint, I see Katie Hopkin's cockroach comment repackaged and pointed at a different group of people. These are all people, however scummy their behaviour may be. Classifying them as sub human is not funny or clever. Think harder.
Re: Fuck Godwin's law.
"Classifying this group of gutter dwelling, bottom feeding, shallow end of the gene pool upright mammals as Human is somewhat alarming."
"Bolshevism is the declaration of war by Jewish-led international subhumans against culture itself". ref
So why is the comparison invalid? Because it's a cliche?
The entire company is outraged we were deceived.
So you're either complete fucking idiots or lying shysters. Which is it?
Classifying other people as non-human is a slippery slope towards fascism and the final solution.
Think it through.
Re: If they were written by someone halfway competent
the language would be irrelevant as they'd be clear to read and maintain.
A bad workman and all that.....
re: GS is far superior to O365 as a collaboration suite
And as Office apps? Which is best in that respect?
FYI: There's a cop tool called GrayKey that force unlocks iPhones. Let's hope it doesn't fall into the wrong hands!
Re: Woah! Some much tin foil, so many hats.....
I think you may be in the wrong place, this is a site for IT professionals.
"If you've done nothing wrong then you've nothing to hide" doesn't cut it.
re: embedded the chip in his Oyster card into his wand.
Ooh, who do you hate more?
Micro$haft or feminazis?
the user is king
Currently when a web site wants my phone's location the browser pops up a dialog asking for permission and asking if I want to allow once or indefinitely. (maybe that could do with an annual limit...). Why aren't these other APIs tweaked to work the same way? It's possible I've decided there's a good reason for the site to have access to my light sensor.
Stop protecting me by taking stuff away and start protecting me by enabling informed choices.
Re: what he and everyone else was doing.
Who among us can say they've never bought a pharmaceutical company and then raised the prices of it's products by 100s of percent?
Re: Whatever happened to meaningful error messages
Users don't generally need or understand those "meaningful" error messages. They should be logged somewhere, of course, but showing them to the user adds no value in nearly all cases. They don't care why it's broken, they just want it fixed.
A bunch of men not offended by the objectification of women.
Re: do they know their stuff; is it relevant;
And we find that out by only letting men speak?
Re: didn't think that discrimination in favour of one sex was their job
They organised an all male conference (with one non-technical female speaker). Clearly they think discrimination in favour of one sex is their job.
Re: It's hard to see why
The US issues software patents willy nilly, letting anyone get one and then expecting any conflicts to be resolved in court. That doesn't make the concept of software patents idioitic, it makes the American implementation of software patents idiotic.
Don't throw the baby out with the bath water.
Re: This is ONLY about stopping the young and labour voters. Period.
So where's all the evidence of fraud?
Re: 44 allegations
How many lefty students are organised enough to vote at uni and at home on the same day? Who's paying for the transport, the Marxist Leninist student vote doubling committee? I can guarantee if those lazy bastard have got the coach fare home it's going on weed not vote rigging.
Re: It is called "password protected screen saver".
So either you allow unlimited attempts at guessing your password or you're happy to be locked out of your account once in a while. Or you don't wipe very thoroughly. Eww.
So the US is basically saying they're happy for any nation's law to apply to data centres in the US.
It's goose sauce motherfucker.
re: Apple's grasp of the true consumer zeitgeist is unchallenged
re: If Google and now Nokia can do this then Samsung will have to up it's game.
Samsung will have to up their game when consumers demand security updates for Android. That won't happen till someone manages to do something big enough and nasty enough to get people's attention.
Re: As usual when it comes to Apple
As opposed to who exactly? Who is it that you think El Reg is favourable to? They always seem balanced in their disdain for all of the big players.
Which to my mind makes you, DougS, a bit of an Apple fanboy.....
Re: I can see the argument for some teachers being armed...
Few people believe banning something removes it completely. Do you not think making it more difficult for nutters to get guns would reduce the number of deaths?
Re: Please leave this place, you inhuman monster, and never return.
Me or Keef?
And Keef, what is the problem with "MeToo"?
Re: Snowflakes (i.e. AntiFa)
Sorry, no. Snowflakes applies just as much to the whining right wingers as it does to "anti-fa". It means that you pout and stamp your feet when things don't go your way. The right don't like it when it's applied to them, but if the cap fits....
Re: 'Me Too' crap
What's crappy about women sharing their experiences of sexual assault? Does it make you uncomfortable?
Re: That'll show 'em!
Ummm.. actually this kind of boycott/pressure is one of the only ways small consumers can impact the behaviour of large corporations. Suggest you read up on the Nestle boycott. It only takes profits to drop a tiny amount for management to start panicing.
Re: Gove is an annoying little hobbit with an extremely punchable face.
Why say that, and sound like just the kind of bullying thug the left are always accused of being, when there's so much policy that you could pick fault in?
If you don't understand the arguments then don't join in.
Oh right, they should just give you their stuff for free so you can moan about how shit it is.
Re: Go back to discrete ads served off your own machines
Yeah, great plan! You just tell the advertiser you've served loads of ads and they'll believe you and give you tons of cash! Don't know why no-one's thought of this before....
That's already one of the options.
Sneaky joke running edit!! Shane on you!!
Re: Oh my fucking gawd/ess ...
Because if I ask you to stop messaging me and you keep doing it that's not harassment? Or because some people need to have that explained to them?
I'm loving the outrage but it's a bit vague in it's targetting!