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This website is owned and operated by Situation Publishing Ltd. When someone visits www.theregister.co.uk / www.channelregister.co.uk we collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. We collect …
Team Register, 24 May 2012
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The Register is rocking on Windows Phone 7

We’re gradually updating our mobile app efforts. First out of the gate is this beauty for Windows Phone 7. El Reg news rolls on Windows Phone It’s a jazzy little number in a sleek black outfit delivering you all of our content from the convenience of your Win 7 phone. And it's completely free. Before you ask, yes. We did …
Phil Mitchell, 18 May 2012
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Commentards! Know a good hosting firm? Recommend a good laptop?

For a few months in 2008 Reg Hardware ran a Q&A column. The format was very simple: readers sought advice – and commentards were invited to supply answers. Typical questions ran along the lines of: Which top-of-the-line graphics card should I buy? and: How do I install fonts on my Linux Acer Aspire One? This experiment in …
Drew Cullen, 26 Apr 2012
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El Reg Forums FAQ

Site news First of all Read the house rules. < Forums FAQ Badges In November 2012, The Register introduced gold, silver and bronze badges for commentards, along with forum privileges for each badge. The qualifying thresholds for badges are: Bronze More than one year members and more than 100 posts in the last 12 months. Silver …
Drew Cullen, 23 Mar 2012
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El Reg user forum opens to public, HTML for all (mostly)

Site news As of now all commentards with five or more posts accepted for publication can create topics in our new El Reg forums. We have made this easier to find: the signpost link is in the secondary nav bar on the front page. At the same time we've opened simple HTML formatting to all commentards who have had five posts accepted for …
Drew Cullen, 22 Mar 2012
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Commentards, we salute the return of the long post

Recently, we limited the length of posts made by commentards to 2000 characters. We did this for no better reason than that the 2000 characters had always been our publicly announced limit, and we thought that we should do what we said on the tin. So we waited for the dust to settle. Not terribly popular ... and so 10,000 …
Drew Cullen, 2 Mar 2012
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Hey Commentard! - or is that Commenter?

Poll Last month a Reg reader contacted us via our Twitter account to complain about the use of the word "freetard", on the grounds that, as an analogue of "retard", the word was derogatory to people with mental handicaps. Americans may have a little difficulty in understanding the substance of this complaint, in the way that most …
Drew Cullen, 23 Feb 2012
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Hey Commentards! This pre-populated 'reply to' is for you

We took our time to remove this niggle, but you should like this little update: If you click the "reply" button on a comment containing a headline your "Title field" is now pre-populated with "Re: (same headline)" You can if you like change this to insert your own headline or - if you are perverse, depopulate the field entirely …
Drew Cullen, 15 Feb 2012
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The El Reg book library - now on ePub

You asked for it, now you're going to get it. We're talking about making the El Reg collection of ebooks available on ePub as well as Kindle. Now you can enjoy the finest collected writing from our crack journalists on your Kobo, Sony Reader, Android tablet or Nook. Or all the above, if you're that way inclined. So if you want …
Joe Fay, 14 Feb 2012
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Attention tweeters: Your chance to win undying GLORY

Have you ever dreamed of having your name mentioned in the same breath as the titans of the tech world? Ever aspired to see yourself alluded to in the company of such colossi as dead cult idol Steve Jobs, chair-flinging pottymouth biz tyrant Ballmer, lovable shill dunderhead Stephen Fry – even the very BOFH himself? Then yearn …
Team Register, 12 Feb 2012
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El Reg's comments policy? It's all in moderation

The Register has changed its comments moderation policy, making the UK's biggest IT pro talking shop even more immediate, enthralling and noisy. As of right now we have moved to a hybrid moderation model for comments. Over 95 per cent of comments will go straight on to the site, rather than being individually moderated by our …
Drew Cullen, 2 Feb 2012
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The Register Comments Guidelines, 2012

The Register operates a hybrid moderation policy. Here's how it works. The vast majority of comments will appear on the site automatically. This is because we trust you to follow the house rules. But just in case ... we have a mechanism for readers to report comments. The moderators will continue to deal with any comments and/ …
Joe Fay, 1 Feb 2012
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Record numbers of readers flock to The Register

The Register and its sister publications Reg Hardware and Channel Register climbed new heights in November 2011, bagging 46 million page impressions and 6.6 million "uniques" for the month. We now have a certificate to prove it. abc.org.uk/Certificates/17591287.pdf That represents a lot of thought, planning and hard work by a …
Drew Cullen, 19 Jan 2012
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Happy Birthday Intel 4004, and thanks for all the chips

It's 40 years since Intel baked the first microprocessor, so celebrate by buying The Register's latest ebook, Happy Birthday Intel 4004. In this ebook, El Reg's RIk Myslewski traces Intel's path from the 4004, Intel's 2,300 transistor, 10 micron wunderkind of 1971, through to the 22nm, multi-billion transistor, multi-core …
Team Register, 21 Dec 2011
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The Best of El Reg 2011 now on Kindle

Worried about spending the Festive period picking over the remains of finger buffets or over bred, under cooked turkeys? Spend it picking over the last year in tech instead, with The Best of the Reg, 2011, the choicest morsels of our coverage mechanically reconstituted, and twizzled direct to your Kindle device of choice. The …
Team Register, 19 Dec 2011
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El Reg's life of Steve Jobs - now available on Kindle

The Register has launched its first Kindle book, “The Life and Times of Steven Paul Jobs”, by Rik Myslewski. So, if you can’t think what to get that special person - especially if that special person is you - we can help with a discreet few Kb of computer industry history. As it says right here Rik has followed Apple since the …
Team Register, 6 Dec 2011
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Reg reader ratings go worldwide

A short note. In 2008, we introduced reader ratings to some Register stories and then to all stories on the site. For some reason the feature was available to UK readers only - although the ratings bar appears globally on Reg Hardware and Channel Reg. Today, we introduce the ratings sliders to the bottom of all Reg stories …
Drew Cullen, 21 Nov 2011
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El Reg in SHOCK email address BLUNDER

Between 8:58 and 10:20 BST this morning we sent an email to 3,521 of you that contained the names and email addresses of 46,524 of our readers. Obviously, this was an error. The two-stage send process that is the norm for all of our mailers was over-looked because someone was in a hurry. We would like to offer our genuine and …
Team Register, 24 Oct 2011
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Twitter update: @regsecurity – The Reg bags imposter

After a flurry of activity, we have gained control of @elreg, a Twitter fan feed with about 5,000 followers. Thank you, Adam Wood, for looking after that for us. We have also gained @theregister and @regsecurity after filing trademark abuse reports with Twitter. Thank you, Twitter. @theregister was a moribund RSS-to-Twitter feed …
Drew Cullen, 10 Oct 2011
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Hey Commentards! [This title is optional]

Site news Yesterday, we added three new features for Reg commentards. The most obvious - and many of you spotted this already - is that commenters no longer have to write a title to accompany their post. We like headlines but many of you don't, so this is our gift to you. We have introduced a new sorting option - now can you arrange by …
Drew Cullen, 9 Sep 2011
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The Reg dips toe into social media ocean

Today, The Register's official Twitter account http://twitter.com/#!/regvulture reached 5,000 followers. OK, so no biggie and never let anyone say that we are pioneers in such things. But in mitigation we are quite a big website with thousands of active commentards, albeit mostly of the anti-social media kind. Any ways, in …
Drew Cullen, 8 Sep 2011
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DNS hijack hits The Register: All well

Update On early Sunday evening, UK time, The DNS records of many websites, including those of The Register and The Telegraph, were hijacked and redirected to a third party webpage controlled by Turkish hackers. The Register's website was not breached. And as far as we can tell there was no attempt to penetrate our systems. But we shut …
Drew Cullen, 5 Sep 2011
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A Farewell to Oates: Adios, El Reg

A quick note to say goodbye. Today is my last day at the Reg having written almost 5,000 stories, and edited thousands more. I started in 2004 as one of three reporters in a small, grubby office in Brixton, south London. I leave a multi-tentacled organ with offices on Leicester Square, in San Francisco, New York and Sydney - and …
John Oates, 26 Aug 2011
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Moderatrix kisses the Reg goodbye

In news sure to send the massed ranks of Reg commentards running for the tissue box for the other reason, the Moderatrix is packing up her paddles and departing for dungeons new. Yes, I shall be leaving you all to fight amongst yourselves after the best part of four years at the well of IT shoutpouring. It's been an education, …
Sarah Bee, 30 Jun 2011
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Reg Hardware launches review looker-upper

Site News You asked for a more accessible read-out of the reviews published by Reg Hardware - and you've now got it. Reg Hardware now sports a dedicated Reviews section. Take a look and you'll see we've pulled out the six most recent reviews in each of our product channels, complete with roll-over pop-ups giving you our verdict. Just …
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James Sherwood 1983-2011

Former Reg Hardware reporter James Sherwood died this weekend after suffering an epileptic seizure during his sleep. He was 28. James joined El Reg in 2007, returning to journalism - he had been a reporter on Computer Reseller News - after a foray to the Dark Side as PR manager for networking distributor Zycko. But his passion …
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Calling all commentards: Want some new icons?

We at the El Reg Central Overseeing Commentard Soviet are considering whether to expand the available spread of comments icons to include some news images - the better for you, our beloved readers, to express yourselves with wit and elegance. Our existing comments icons If you reckon we need some fresh images to add to the …
Lester Haines, 20 Apr 2011
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The Register and Australia-New Zealand

As some of you have already noticed, in the last few weeks The Reg has been running more locally-sourced stories in Australia-New Zealand. Our plans here are still in soft launch mode, but we think it's appropriate (possibly even overdue) that we give local readers a head up about them now. For quite a few years now The Register …
John Lettice, 28 Feb 2011
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Correction

On Wednesday, 6 October, we reported that a Wikipedia admin, RodHullandEmu, had added erroneous information to the Wikipedia entry on Norman Wisdom. In a revised version of the story we reported that RodHullandEmu had not added the erroneous information, but had "preserved" it. We accept that both of these statements are …
Team Register, 11 Oct 2010
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The Register comment guidelines 2010

1. Firstly and perhaps most importantly: Moderation is at our discretion. We publish what we feel is fit for publication. We accept the vast majority of all comments posted, and we try to be broad-minded and consistent - but in the end if we don't want it published on our site, it doesn't go up. Correspondence will rarely be …
Sarah Bee, 19 Jul 2010
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Site news: Track this forum

This week we introduced "Track this Forum", a membership feature for commentards and lurkers on El Reg and reghardware forums. Take this example: http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2010/05/26/captain_cyborg_cyberfud/ See the grey star? See "Track this forum"? Click the link and log-in to El Reg forums, if you haven't done …
Drew Cullen, 27 May 2010
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Twitter and theregister. Why it doesn't work

A while ago a very nice anonymous reader set up a feed to pump out an all our stories feed at http://twitter.com/theregister. He or she did this without asking us, but hey! This unofficial reregister feed attracted 1,951 followers. Not massive, but we weren't complaining. But then, on December 11, this Twitter stopped feeding …
Drew Cullen, 6 May 2010
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Register Hardware redesigns for a shiny 2009

LONDON December 22, 2008 Register Hardware (www.reghardware.co.uk) has launched its redesigned website, just in time for a bright and bouncy 2009. The makeover sees the consumer technology website adopt a shiny black livery and a visual design that emphasises the prominent role that hardware reviews now play in the publication …
Team Register, 22 Dec 2008
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Terms of use

Welcome to The Register. The Register is a news organisation owned and operated by Situation Publishing that allows users who have created an account with us (“Members”) to post comments on contributions/articles and to receive newsletters through email subscriptions. 1. Your acceptance of these Terms 1.1 By using, visiting, …
Team Register, 30 Sep 2008

About The Register

The Register is a leading global online tech publication, with more than nine million monthly unique browsers worldwide. The core audiences are the UK and US, accounting for more than 6m. The bulk of the remaining readership are located in Canada, Australia and northern Europe. Starting out in London in 1994 as an occasional …
Team Register, 30 Sep 2008
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The Register reaches more tech professionals than ever

Press release London, UK, July 31 The Register has marked its tenth year as the UK's top tech and science news website by publishing its best readership figures yet. An ABCe audit for April 2008 shows traffic to The Register continues to grow. Unique users hit 5.3 million, up 13 per cent year on year, while page impressions were 34.6 million …
Team Register, 31 Jul 2008
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About the website

Debian GNU/Linux MySQL jQuery — Write less, do more Vim GNU Emacs Mozilla Firefox We’re proud that The Register uses valid HTML 4 and CSS on its pages (give or take the odd hiccough involving over-enthusiastic advertisers or eager-to-get-a-scoop journalists — if you spot any problems please let our webmaster …
Team Register, 5 Apr 2004

Contact The Register

Sales Contact a member of the team : Email: sales@theregister.com Tel: UK: 0844 854 4970 Int: +44 (0) 20 3699 6571 UK Editorial First Floor The Lightwell 12-16 Laystall Street London EC1R 4PF Tel: +44 (0)20 3770 3147 Press releases and news tips Reg Newsroom Editorial director John Lettice Group editor Joe Fay …
Team Register, 6 Feb 2004

Your Privacy and The Register

The Register is owned and operated by Situation Publishing Limited Situation Publishing Limited Unit 1 Portland Street Trading Estate 14 Portland Street Southport PR8 1LJ The Register strongly believes in the importance of keeping readers' personal information personal. It will never use your information for any use beyond …
Team Register, 24 Jan 2003
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Get your Reg logos here

In response to the many requests we receive for Reg vulture logos, we're pleased to offer the following set of gifs: 150x150 black logo 150x150 red logo 100x100 black logo 100x100 red logo 50x50 black logo 50x50 red logo
Team Register, 15 Oct 2002
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Syndication

We have no rights to authorise the republication of any content on The Register supplied by third parties - e.g. Security Focus, OUT-LAW.com, The Bastard Operator from Hell. So ask them, not us. Now for some FAQs. Can we photocopy your content? Yes, for internal corporate use only. It's free of charge. You want to reprint/ …
Team Register, 11 Jul 2002
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How to link to The Register

You are welcome to link to The Register and any Register headline from your own website. The Register's main URL is http://www.theregister.co.uk, and our week-to-view headline index is at http://www.theregister.co.uk/week.html. We have a RSS feed you can use if you want to link to our latest headlines: http://www.theregister. …
Team Register, 11 Jul 2002