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The Register went down this morning for more than four hours. Our ISP says a G703 converter failure is to blame. The Register went down for 15 minutes yesterday afternoon. Our ISP does not know who to blame. The Register went down for 20 hours on Friday night through Saturday afternoon. Our ISP says a sub-contractor is to blame. Our ISP says we should not run our server using Apache and Linux -- "an unsupported operating system" -- so we are to blame. Our ISP is called Wisper. It is a subsidiary of INS, one of Europe's biggest ISPs. Level 3 of America is interested in buying INS, according to a recent report in the Daily Mail. INS says this article is completely "erroneous". We shall have a mirror server up and running Stateside in the next few weeks. In the meantime, The Register would like to apologise to any reader who tried and failed to get onto our site in recent days. INS has asked us to clarify that we are not a customer of Wisper. Rather we are a customer of a customer of Wisper. Friday night and Saturday morning, Wisper's network connection worked fine -- so the down time must be the fault of our hardware -- or software, INS says. We don't agree. INS says we should not depend on a single circuit, which is true enough. That is why we are planning to move to a dual circuit operation. ®

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