Cawing of the Vultures heard by more IT pros than ever before
Pro's? Have you read some of the comments....
It's January again: and that means it's time for our annual letter from the Audit Bureau of Circulation, telling us Vultures how we did in our regular November audit of site traffic last year. Without further ado, the scores on the doors: 9,470,181 unique users paid a visit that month, up from 7,326,907 in 2012. That's a climb …
We don't use Unique visitors any more as they it is so inaccurate nowadays.
It used to be that Proxies and NATing would mean your Unique Visitors was under rated. So cookies came in to do tracking however this over reported as they were cleared down and lots of browsing being done in private mode.
Now though multi device makes all stats of unique visitors pointless as a track of audience levels other than as a relative figure. There are so many web consuming devices, phones, tablets, PCs at home and work etc that I'm sure most Unique Visitors numbers can be cut by half if not a third.
Year on year growth is also affected by worldwide (or key market) smartphone and tablet growth - if that grows by 30% then it is likely that your unique visitor count will grow by a similar amount.
Furhter to your bootnote about the Register's much loved eccentric measurements, have you considered the Binary Mile? this would be 65536 inches, as against the traditional 63360 inches. The New Furlong would become 8192 inches.
A further adjustment, for neatness, would fix the New Inch at 25 millimetres exactly. This would bring the new Binary Mile a little nearer the old mile.
"Furhter to your bootnote"
For a short moment there I thought you had self-Godwined in the very first word of your post!
 I was just wondering what the reg base time unit was and realised I didn't know. So I checked The Official RI Guide and we appear to be missing an official Reg Unit for time. This means I have no way of calculating the rate of consumption of my nightly Bulgarian funbag worth of beer.
I think we need a new forum topic for this matter followed by a vote.
el Reg» el Reg has around a third as much clout as The Sun
Maybe a few more salacious pictures of motherboards and daughterboards as well as their silicon enhancements and some pin-outs to boot and we'll catch up with el Sol.
Oooh, just thinking about transistor layouts on ARM chips makes me weak at the knees.
Should of course read 9,470,181 unique browsers (like in the stat). We all know some use several (unique) browsers, finding the number of unique users is simply not doable. The point, however, is "That's a climb of just over 29 per cent and now the third record-high figure in a row.".
Congratulations for that and for El Reg for what you are.
It would be fun to see stats for browsers and operating systems too but I suppose ABC does not do that.
Looking at the Geo IP analysis some 25% of the readers probably have some other native tongue but English.
So while ElReg!comments!Pierre is spot on, I sometimes find that "colour/color" agony rather unnecessary.
The English language is in fact quite a "garbage collector", "In addition to its Anglo-Saxon and Norman French roots, a significant number of English words are constructed on the basis of roots from Latin.
I feel great sympathy with young kids who have to learn a language void of any logic between spelling and pronouncing. But I do like it.
Re :- "I feel great sympathy with young kids who have to learn a language void of any logic between spelling and pronouncing. But I do like it."
"Young kids" who learn it's foibles don't seem to have a problem, even if the context might not be tight. But that adds to the fun and the misinterpretations which gives a comedic value to a conversation and a flexibility which other languages just don't have in the grand scale.
> "Young kids" who learn it's foibles don't seem to have a problem
That should, of course, read '"Young kids" who learn its foibles don't seem to have a problem', since one of its foibles is the apostrophe in it's. It's not a genitive, it's an elision for "it is". It has a genitive case: it's its.
Pleas, don't take me too seriously. Still I wonder if the sentence "how do you spell" appears as often in any other language. Do you find another potatoe Bush anywhere else. Looking for that sentence (on Google) give you 106 000 000 hits. Among other "bigger" languages you get for "wie schreibt man" 6 380 000 for "comment voulez-vous épeler" 1 860 and for "¿cómo se escribe" 16 800 000. Now, as there must be more English on the internet, it proves nothing and makes no difference "in the grand scale". But if you knew other languages well you would not write "But that adds to the fun and the misinterpretations which gives a comedic value to a conversation and a flexibility which other languages just don't have in the grand scale".
Still I wonder if the sentence "how do you spell" appears as often in any other language
English orthography is troublesome, but I've heard plenty of people complain other languages are worse in one way or another. Consider Japanese: with a great many homonyms, and many kanji sharing pronunciations, it's common for native speakers to ask one another how their names are written, for example.
But if you knew other languages well you would not write "But that adds to the fun and the misinterpretations which gives a comedic value to a conversation and a flexibility which other languages just don't have in the grand scale".
That doesn't follow. Someone can be well-aware of English's difficulties and still enjoy the language, and English orthography and pronunciation do make it more flexible in a number of respects, such as constructing partial/slant rhymes and other sorts of wordplay.
So what if the mainstream ignores us. Makes El Reg a very well read underground pub. Congrats and pint to the staff and readership. For the mainstream media... they get squat. …. Mark 85 Posted Wednesday 22nd January 2014 18:52 GMT
Please be assured and/or terrified to know, Mark 85, that the mainstream in stealthy intelligence servering fields are not ignoring El Reg.
And the evidence be the quiet visits of a certain type of concerned and discombobulated agency to systems admins sharing wares and beta testing programs and protocols suspected of really revolutionary capacity and facility with the global IT diaspora choosing to wander around and wonder at the news and views on El Reg displays.
And one does get a better class of mole/troll/commentard on El Reg by virtue of all of that.
Nothing is ever as it seems whenever reality is easily virtualised and extraordinarily rendered in MkUltraHiDefinition to that and/or those with a ….. well, Real Need to Virtually Know is all that one probably needs to know. And in IT worlds is that the default case always even more so.
I was an irregular reader for some time, but as my local (au) hangouts have either disappeared (ABC), or just got plain boring (WP), I've become a 20 times a day visitor, on my i-things, my wintel things, from work, from home, from g/f's place, from school.
I like the majority of articles here. Dead-Set hate the headline titles on the home page. Love the writing style of your contributors. And then there's the commentards - fuck, man, that's pretty much the best part :D
"el Reg has around a third as much clout as The Sun,"
You simply cannot equate the number of ElReg readers to the number of Sun website readers when referring to "clout" or influence. Quality matters so maybe you ought to be comparing the sum of reader IQs to get a better comparison of "clout".
Those numbers would scare the beejeezus out one or both groups of readers!
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