Feeds

Observer columnist in online porn mixup

ICANN? I can't

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

You might think being a Sunday newspaper columnist is a pretty easy gig.

Think again. They have to conjure provocative opinions on everything, on demand, often with only the weakest grasp of the facts.

To highlight their plight, here we present Barbara Ellen's attempt in yesterday's Observer to wrestle copy from ICANN's decision to approve a .xxx web domain.

Here's the first paragraph:

Ellen goes on to explain at length why putting "xxx" at the end of web addresses rather than "www" is a brilliant idea. ("Ultimately, asking that someone type xxx instead of www has got naff all to do with censorship. If anything, it's helpful.")

She unfortunately overlooks the fact that nobody puts "www" at the end of web addresses.

Guardian commentards were quick to point out the gaffe, prompting the paper's expensively assembled online production operation to offer an altered intro:

The new form of gibberish is explained at the end of the piece, which is still online at time of writing: "This article referred to www. and the notional xxx. as suffixes. It should have been prefix. This has been corrected."

Well, up to a point, Lord Copper. We look forward to the launch of xxx.guardian.co.uk. ®

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer
And, um, don't sleep with other men. If that's what worries you
Jim Beam me up, Scotty! WHISKY from SPAAACE returns to Earth
They're insured for $1m, before you thirsty folks make plans
Now: The REAL APPLE NEWS you need to know
OMG! Gravity's totes amazeballs. Calm down, George Clooney, not your film
Boffins who stare at goats: I do believe they’re SHRINKING
Alpine chamois being squashed by global warming
Let's make an app that POSTS your POO to APPLE HQ
Plus: It's OPEN WARFARE in the Linux greybeard world
FedEx helps deliver THOUSANDS of spam messages DIRECT to its Blighty customers
Don't worry Wilson, I'll do all the paddling. You just hang on
Adorkable overshare of words like photobomb in this year's dictionaries
And hipsters are finally defined as self-loathing. Sort of
Not a loyal follower of @BritishMonarchy? You missed The QUEEN*'s first Tweet
Her Maj opens 'Information Age' at the Science Museum
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The hidden costs of self-signed SSL certificates
Exploring the true TCO for self-signed SSL certificates, including a side-by-side comparison of a self-signed architecture versus working with a third-party SSL vendor.