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Why does it take 8 hours for my posts to be approved?

Drewc
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Vimes. Thanks for your kind offer

Yes we considered this when we set up user forums - but we put it the idea on back burner and it stayed there ever since. Libel laws mean that we certainly won't have volunteer mods for article comments.

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WP8 app

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Re: Offline reading?

Hi there - the Winphone app is a difficult one for us - there simply isn't enough users for us to justify updating this at the moment. This could change.

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Ye Bug List

Drewc
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Not our overlay

This is a Bloomberg video and hence its overlay and its ad.

PS I think the video tag was fixed a while ago.

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Drewc
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Re: The Register uses cookies. Find out more. Close

We would put our heads above the parapet on an important point of principle or to defend ourselves and/ or a source against a vexatious libel suit. Otherwise, we take the the view with law that it is more important not to lose than to win Lawsuits soak up management time and money. And sometimes they add a great deal of stress.

So the answer is no - we will observe the law, however stupid we think it is.

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Drewc
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Re: Re: Comments' time indication

We semi-support Opera ... typically what happens is that Opera releases a new version: it breaks something on our site. If it is easy to fix, we will fix it.

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Good grief! Have you SEEN BlackBerry's SQUARE smartphone?

Drewc
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Re: Re: Keyboard problem?

Qwertz keyboards are used in Germany.

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Oi, you don't work here, MR ANYTHING BUT incisive – get your grubby mitts off our commentards

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Re: Pre-moderation

I posted a reply but double-checked answer when I realised that all of your comments have been pre-modded.

We auto-mod posters who have had five non-anonymous comments accepted. Thereafter, posters can make as many anon comments and avoid pre-modding.

However, I think this is an oversight on our part - it certainly wasn't the intended policy. We will change this - but there is a long to do list.

In the meantime, perhaps you could make four more comments using your handle - and then revert to anonymity.

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The man who found Atlantis: 14PB of storage, flashy models and Moore's Law

Drewc
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Re: Let's do a deal

Soft soap maybe, disguised advert? No. This interview is not exactly critical - and the Q&A format can be difficult to pull off. However, no money changed hands.

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New Reg mobile site - feedback here!

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Re: Next Page Links on Mobile

Try m.theregister.co.uk - everything is on one page. BTW We are starting to roll out auto-detect - sending people to the mobile version.

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Re: m.forums

We need to have a think about implementation, but yes we would like to make forums functionally identical on mobile and desktop.

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Drewc
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Re: Top stories

Just for the record, The top five stories are editorially selected headlines - and they change frequently during UK working hours. Everything after that is in reverse chronological order. I think that for most people visited links would suffice.

On website encryption. We are working on this.

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The cookie text is too big but...

if you have cookies switched off, how do we know how to stop serving you the cookie message for each session. I would need to check but I think we remain legally obliged under UK law to serve this.

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Drewc
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Re: Whats your baseline?

We need to do something about cookies message everywhere even though it looms larger in some browsers than others. Opera Mini accounts for about 0.6 per cent of sessions - but Opera lovers of all ilk appear to be more vocal than users of other browsers.

As for the Asha - no we are not interested in supporting this. Sorry!

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Drewc
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Switching to desktop mode top vs bottom

Switching to desktop mode and accepting cookie for preference is something that individual readers are unlikely to do often. As such having this option at the top of the screen does not seem sensible to me.

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Drewc
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Re: Apple Touch Icon

Yep - on to do list.

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Drewc
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Re: Re: http://m.theregister.co.uk point release live on April 17

So visited links on desktop is sub-optimal - lighter grey - and we are currently discussing options here. It has not been a deliberate decision to not have mobile visited links - it is just that we parked it until we made decision.

Incidentally the link to desktop version from mobile has always been at the bottom of the page.

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Drewc
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Re: Re: It works. Update.

I have signed in via mobile - so where did you try to sign in and couldn't?

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Drewc
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Re: The user experience is worse for me.

But how is it worse?

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Drewc
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Re: Re: mobile vs desktop

We have no intention of devoting time or resource to people who visit m.theregister.co.uk via their desktop. In the last month, fewer than 2000 people have visited the m.theregister.co.uk using a desktop. We will not stop people continuing to do this - and that surely is enough.

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Drewc
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Re: Will it auto direct desktop users to the desktop site?

Yes it will auto direct - but I think we will just do the reverse of what we will do on phone - put link to mobile at bottom of page and enable people to set cookie from there.

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Drewc
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Re: Re: http://m.theregister.co.uk point release live on April 17

so you don't like the lack of visited links state. Anything else?

Our design / navigation has to work for occasional readers, for blow-ins, for visually impaired, for the lazy, for the people who come in using Twitter or Feedly links on their phones - as well as regular readers who are willing to type that m.

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Drewc
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Re: Where is the content?

Gotcha! - my misunderstanding - I thought we were talking about a story page. My hunch is that position of big ad / hard against the top teaser pic is the issue here - and not the size of the top teaser pic. Does anyone here think different?

On comment icons. We are having a mull about positioning

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Drewc
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Re: Auto detect opt-in?

You could always bookmark m.theregister.co.uk

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Drewc
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Re: Will it auto direct mobile users to the mobile site?

Yes.

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Drewc
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Re: Where is the content?

We never run pics above headlines. So I am not sure what you are seeing there - unless you have uncovered a bug.

I have some sympathy with you over the size of the Microsoft ad. However, this size is standard and widely used on mobiles - although many sites down run ads midway down a story (sometimes as well as, sometimes instead of) and not the top, as we are currently doing.

Also, the ad may be big - but surely everyone scrolls all the time when reading websites on their phone. Is this really so burdensome ( a genuine question, not rhetorical)?

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Re: mobile vs desktop

You are one of very few people who do this - and I don't see why we would need to accommodate this in our thinking

However, mobile phone ads tend not to be flash-tastic. Also we run no more than two per page, compared with three for desktop.

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Re: Will it auto direct mobile users to the mobile site?

It will work something like this: If you are on your mobile you will hit the mobile site you can then scroll down to the bottom and click desktop - at which point we can set a cookie to remember your preference.

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Drewc
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Re: RSS Feed Links

A mobile friendly RSS feed is on our to do list.

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Drewc
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More expensive option

Adaptive is more time consuming to implement (much bigger scope); any new features/changes would have to also work on mobile before going live and therefore more testing is required. This is not on our agenda any time soon.

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introduction of the Weekend Edition

Drewc
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Re: introduction of the Weekend Edition

Umm... how did you guess!

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'Leccy racer whacks petrols in Oz race

Drewc
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Re: What's with the video?

The article says the video is from an earlier meet. Added "Sydney" to text to make this clearer

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Mobile site 'El Chan' links broken

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Re: Mobile site 'El Chan' links broken

We are aware of this and it is easy to fix - but some other things have taken precedence. Sorry for inconvenience. We'll try to bump it up the list.

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Farewell Felix Dennis, deal-maker supreme of tech publishing

Drewc
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Re: El Reg

Simon Rockman was deputy editor of Personal Computer World. And of course the late lamented Guy Kewney was an occasional contributor here.

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Microsoft gets the hang of funky devices: Xbox magic for enterprise

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Re: is that the stench of a smokescreen I smell?

The notion that The Register wants to erect a smokescreen on behalf of Microsoft and even if it did would be capable of doing so is absurd.

Simon likes Microsoft hardware. That makes him an enthusiast. Not a shill. He also wrote about the new Android Nokias today.

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no commenting?

Drewc
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Re: no commenting?

OK, so we have a new bug - this is the second time I am aware of it occurring. We will repair next week.

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Any details on TVCatchup.com entering Administration?

Drewc
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Re: Any details on TVCatchup.com entering Administration?

Thanks for the tip.

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Mobile site 'earlier' pages broken

Drewc
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Re: Mobile site 'earlier' pages broken

Thanks - we are aware of this. Will aim to get this fixed early next week

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Watch this: The .NET ASync story

Drewc
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Re: Painful audio

Thanks for the feedback. I didn't think it was that bad. However, there has certainly been some degradation in formatting for video - I think the original format was Webex... something to address for next year.

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Jokes of no more than 2 lines

Drewc
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Re: What's white and sticky and hangs off clouds?

The Coming of The Lord...

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Great Firewalled?

Drewc
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Re: Great Firewalled?

We are not aware of this being an issue - but we may see if anyone else is experiencing this.

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Concerning Windows Phone and its relevance to the larger business

Drewc
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Re: Re: " Reg readers"

When we promote events we disclose that we are a media partner. We do this for transparency.

Admittedly, there have been a lot of Microsoft events, live and virtual, lately - but here is a recent example of our media partnership with another company - Amazon.

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Drewc
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Re: " Reg readers"

Freeform Dynamics regularly surveys Reg readers - few of whom are commentards - for research.

As for our recent relationship with Microsoft, I don't know where that comment came from. For the record Microsoft has never not talked to us. Also, they have advertised with The Register every year since 2005.

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Drewc
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Of course the sponsored link underneath the article is an advert - "trafficked" there by our ops team because it is contextually relevant.

The article, on the other hand, is by an independent analyst, who is not in the business of writing puff pieces.

That said, hats off to your counterblast, especially point no.2, which I, for one, had not considered before.

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Watch this! The changing face of malware

Drewc
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Re: Audio playback problem around 24:50 into the video...

Thanks for the catch. We have pinged QA - let's see what they can do.

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Doing more for less with your Oracle database

Drewc
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Re: An Oracle advert - woo

Just for the record, Oracle has not advertised with The Register in 20 years. But there is always a first time!

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How to tune your Oracle database's performance

Drewc
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Re: Tuning Pack

We will address some licensing issues in another article in this series.

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LOHAN ideas..

Drewc
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Re: Vulture 2 battery connection

Cheers Rob. That is a great idea - Lester is keen.

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House Rules Red Background

Drewc
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Re: House Rules Red Background

I haven't noticed this at all!

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A more zoftig Register

Drewc
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Re: A more zoftig Register

There was an aborted attempt in 2008 - we republished a couple of cartoons, but I have no idea what happened next e.g. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/01/31/monk_it_support/.

Also, thank-you for introducing me to the word 'Zoftig'.

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