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Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp

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Have lots of ideas, try them out

Buzz, Wave and friends came and went. Some google products are lemons, others quite good - problem is they don't know which is which until they find out. Android and Chrome OS seem to be making positive headway, GMail and search obviously are getting it right, drive is fine, Sheets is actually pretty good for basic spreadsheets if a few of you want to work simultaneously etc.

Basically some hits some misses, just like every other company

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Oh God the RUBBER on my SHAFT has gone wrong and is STICKING to things

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Re: Heat Shrink Tubinng

Or try my new solution-to-everything favourite - vet wrap. That stretchy, glue free stuff they put round injured paws, often blue. It's brilliant. It has a soft touch but is easily removed and replaced if necessary.

Get a roll (even seen it in poundland), and you'll start fixing everything you can find, broken and otherwise.

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Your chance to WIN the WORLD'S ONLY HANDHELD ZX SPECTRUM

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Re: I wish hackers and makers would...

@JP I think the point is that in the making, in the experimentation, in the sheer random hybridisation, you might discover new skills, techniques, approaches, or at least have a bit of fun.

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Re: In order to stand a chance at winning

>> Do we have to get the questions right? <<

This is a reasonable question - making assumptions about project requirements leads to waste and fuckups. Many of us are engineers, and as such have a duty to confirm the *real* requirements, not our assumptions. So let's examine the evidence -

The article says "All you have to do is sign in with your Reg account (or sign up for one), and answer three questions." - no requirement for the answers to be correct there.

Click through "All you have to do click below to sign in or create a Reg account, then answer the three questions on the next page..." - no requirement there then. You do have to accept the terms and conditions (fair enough) link is http://whitepapers.theregister.co.uk/tac/3500

"By downloading any of the papers in this library, or by registering for any of the live or on-demand events, you agree that your supplied personal details will be passed on to the sponsor of the paper or the event, and that this organisation or one of its trusted partners may contact you in the future by phone and/or email, with further information about their products and services. In this instance the sponsor is The Register. You additionally agree that The Register may contact you regarding related products and services. You can request a stop to such communications from The Register at any time by signing into your account and altering your preferences."

T's and C's appear to be completely unrelated, don't have any competition rules requiring correct answers, and do not exclude errors or omissions (so retrospectively changing the competition rules isn't covered by an E&O clause).

As such, there is NO requirement for the competition answers to be correct and as such, l answered with the first option from each drop-down and the confirmation page says "You are now entered into the draw. The very best of luck!"

There is nothing in the rules to exclude me from the draw, my chance is the same as everyone elses, despite being pretty certain I answered incorrectly :-)

Engineers are a pain in the arse. Fuck assumptions.

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Pop open this iPhone 6 and see where the magic oozes from ... oh hello again, Qualcomm

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More fixable is good

Back when there was such a thing as manufacturing in the UK many decades ago, I did a degree in Manufacturing Engineering. One of the courses even back then focused on making kit easier to strip down to access or recycle. With the quality of engineers Apple can employ, I was upset at all these solid blocks of glue they'd make, increasing to waste, and so am actually pleased they've taken a fresh look at this.

It's not going to cost them sales (the point of being a fashion brand over utility brand), and is hopefully just going to mean less pollution when the handsets are crushed and burned for minerals on some Asian backstreet in a decade.

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Microsoft's axeman Nadella fills baskets with 2,100 fresh heads

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Re: It took 18,000 employees to remove a start menu

Poor taste, that's a lot of families going to have a harder Christmas this year.

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Top Gear Tigers and Bingo Boilers: Farewell then, Phones4U

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Re: Demographic targeting

Yes but...

If it takes time to sell a phone to a person, and trying to sell the most expensive phone to the person who'll never get cleared for network subsidised handsets, you're wasting money. Sell them the most expensive phone they can afford, not the most expensive phone.

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Demographic targeting

Makes sense all round to sell the right phone and contract to the right person, and based on sweeping generalisations that are actually more specific than look, you get to shortcut the guessing game somewhat.

I'm slightly sorry they've gone, sad for those who lost jobs principally, but am relieved that the crappy as campaign with the smug American twat will never be repeated. Amazing they got any business at all with that campaign.

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iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!

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Re: HealthKit

Ah not just me then, at least 26 others!

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iPhone 6: Most exquisite MOBILE? No. It is the Most Exquisite THING. EVER

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With sub editing...

This is primed to appear in all the technology pages of the broadsheets columnists sections

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Speaking in Tech: 'I'm an Apple guy and I COULD CARE LESS about the iWatch'

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Re: How much do you care?

>>>How many words and/or phrases in the English language can you count that now mean the opposite of what they originally meant?<<<

So I should say the opposite of what I mean? Downvote means upvote? 'No means yes, your honour'.

We should embrace 'irrigardless'? Give up on education?

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I could care less what you're opinion is your an idiot so their.

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Re: Quite

Quite clearly highlighted by reg editors as being incendiary - there were other, clearly more relevant quotes they deselected ;)

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Quite

I suspect many commentards have been trolled

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Got your NUDE SELFIES in the cloud? Two-factor auth's your best bet for securing them

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Twelve Factor Authentication

Three, twenty, thousand?

Use 2FA, it's more precise, same length, fewer collisions with other contractions, more memorable, etc.

In fact the whole article read a bit like it wasn't originally written for tech press, but for Readers Digest or similar, to me at least.

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Re: So we'll all have

Just for clarity -

Google's 2FA scheme has an installable app which does not use data roaming and does not require a connection once set up. For the times you don't have it installed, you can either have a code from a print and keep list of one-time codes in your wallet, or have it texted to you. Three ways not to get hit with roaming charges. And compared with risking your email account, incredibly easy.

If you're truly paranoid about roaming charges and so don't even take a smartphone on travels, the paper and SMS options are still available if the number is registered - even a landline, alternative SIM number, or put your SIM into a £10 2003 Nokia

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Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure

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Re: Yup, back to normal soon methink. Although...

Jag-wire, don't forget jag-wire

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Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer

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The other factor...

Phones4U and the equally revolting Carphone Warehouse at least sell unlocked handsets - the networks want locked handsets so they can 1) install their own rancid bloatware and 2) have a slice of all your international calls when you can't just swap SIMs. It's why no bugger sells dual-SIM phones in this country when they're hugely popular the world over.

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eBay DROPS DEAD AGAIN - tat bazaar says sorry, scrambles to resurrect site

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Not really fair when sellers are paying for a service

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Oh noes, fanbois! iPhone 6 Plus shipments 'DELAYED' in the UK

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Re: £699

You're forgetting to put a value on not having to touch iTunes

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Leak of '5 MEELLLION Gmail passwords' creates security flap

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Re: Not my GMail password

I was concerned for a moment then remembered 2FA, I've plenty of time to update my password if it appears to have been compromised

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Google extends app refund window to two hours

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Not IAP's?

Out of interest I checked out 'buy gems' on a 5M downloaded game, the warning was that IAP purchases were irrevocable and instant.

I think it likely applies more to extra download apps and the fact you don't always have 15 minutes to test something at the extract same time as your credit card to front the cost. Or that a 15 min window relies on an awesome internet connection and no problems, calls, texts, emails interrupting your time.

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Why Apple had to craft a pocket-busting 5.5in Plus-sized iPhone 6 (thank LG, Samsung etc)

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Re: It's all about the screen size

Screen size - feels a bit like catch-up to me. Jobs was unmoving on what he determined optimal screen sizes to be. So a range including a 6" phone and a 7.9" tablet does show a bit of catch-up hopefulness in a market that's maturing.

>>7-inch tablets are tweeners: too big to compete with a smartphone and too small to compete with the iPad. ….7-Inch tablets are dead on arrival. While one could increase the resolution to make up some of the difference, it is meaningless unless your tablet also includes sandpaper, so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one-quarter of their present size. Apple has done expensive user testing on touch interfaces over many years, and we really understand this stuff.<<

That watch looks seriously "me too" as well. Apple used to differentiate themselves in the market by the perception of breaking new ground (and they have certainly encouraged some good competition and stimulated the market), but this seems very catchy-uppy. Maybe their new phone will do something cool and shake up the market again, but recently all the innovation has been coming from Asia.

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TROUT and EELS in SINISTER PACT to RULE the oceans

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Hope

News like this gives me hope for the future of us all. The sooner mankind stops thinking we're somehow unique and superior to the rest of life on the planet, hopefully we'll be more considerate and less destructive. I hope at least.

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NHS grows a NoSQL backbone and rips out its Oracle Spine

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Re: The numbers don't add up

Maybe something like main demographic data, then additional pages of detail pulled as required (eg test results), then the message push for issuing of prescription plus booking consultant follow-ups plus... well frankly 500 would be hardly a shock

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China is now 99.8% sure you're you, thanks to world's-best facial recognition wares

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Re: "...from 91 angles."

I've no need work letting blind people into the country, but anyone so absorbed in their phone conversation in a public place needs pulling up on it for sure.

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Re: "...from 91 angles."

I guess a dynamic image stands a decent chance of passing through one of those angles at some point. Point the system at a peaceful prot^H^H^H^H airport immigration queue and limit the natural angles people will pass through

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Amazon axes hated Fire Phone price: 99 pennies but a niche? Ain't none

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Re: They call $1920.99 a "fire sale"??

Well the 99¢ thing worked, El Reg covered it (although hardly an overwhelmingly positive plug!).

I don't know how much data you get for $80 but I do hope it's a fuckload/approaching infinite.

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Before I Go To Sleep turns out tense enough to keep you awake ...

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Re: It has Nicole Kidman in the lead role

She's actually a very competent actress who appears in a lot of crappy roles, I wouldn't write a film off for her. Dogville for instance had other problems, but her performance was solid considering the rest of the setup

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Data entry REAR-END SNAFU: Weighty ballsup leads to plane take-off flap

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Re: Next up: flying in circles

As for your question about all sitting on one side of the plane - planes are long and thin, the effect of the mass varies with distance from the rotational centre (its moment), so yes, chunky people do have an effect if they're on the right side of the plane and the malnourished on the left side - but as we're talking a few feet as opposed to tens of yards, the effect is less pronounced and easily 'trimmed' for.

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>> I would have thought that some kind of sensor on the front landing gear's suspension would quite easily be able to determine whether the plane was overly front-heavy/light?<<

I'd been thinking about this myself, and the three points of static, standing contact with the ground really ought to be able to triangulate loads and balance/centre of mass. In fact this is so important to get right, I'm stunned they're not already doing this.

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PHABBA-DABBA-DOO! Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Edge, Gear VR – feast your eyes

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Note Edge

I would! I don't suppose we know release dates yet do we? Contact is close enough to cancellation...

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Twitter: La la la, we haven't heard of NUDE JLaw, Upton SELFIES

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Re: This is why Apple IDs shouldn't be used

>>If you sync your nude pics to Google Drive the same can happen if someone gets hold of your password<<

Not with 2FA which Google have supported for years. Everyone, enable 2FA today.

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Re: What's a jlaw?

Have to say that makes more sense than actor Jude Law which was all I could come up with flicking through the crappy mags, or 17th century economist John Law.

I suppose by that contraction we should call anonymous cowards 'acow' or 'anco' or something. MiSo Windows. TReg. I can see the fun in it, and thanks for the clue. The term was used as if I ought to know, and now I know!

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What's a jlaw?

Seriously, I've no bloomin idea what you're talking about!

This must be what it's like for my wife trying to read El Reg.

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Finally, a practical use for 3D printing: Helping surgeons rehearse

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Crystalline Carbon brain enclosure

Alas, I suspect the time, temperature and pressure may make the procedure a little uncomfortable.

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China building SUPERSONIC SUBMARINE that travels in a BUBBLE

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Re: Bovine

Yep speed of sound in water > speed of sound in nice spongy air!

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IT blokes: would you say that LEWD comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman

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Re: Surprised..

Bloody hell, I can certainly see why you're pissed off about it and rightly so. I expect one arsehole to turn up every now and again, but it really sounds like you've had way way way too many creepy encounters. I'm gobsmacked this article even needed to be written. Shame on my other tech guys.

Guys, it's not just 'PC' not to creep women out, it's how adult humans interact. Grow up!

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No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate

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Re: What a load of self-indulgent twaddle

That's the thing with the Steve Bong columns, they are satire, but only by exaggerating by a few percent leaving the reader unsure. Read some of his others, they're very good.

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Three new charges laid against alleged Silk Road kingpin

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Re: FFS!

Can you not draw a junction or directional change on the surface of a sphere?

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Re: Dear Diary,

Mein Kampf was written /ahead/ of invading Poland, Pepys doesn't come glowingly from his own 1600's diaries, sometimes people just write things down, y'know.

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Fast And Furious 6 cammer thrown in slammer for nearly three years

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Civil --> Criminal

I still don't quite get how what is surely a civil offence at its heart is handled as criminal by the courts? How is it the state's job to do corporation's enforcement for them?

These are real questions by the way. If a client doesn't pay an invoice, it's civil, and up to me to take the guy to court, and at worst he'll pay the invoice plus interest. If a company digger runs me over and I want compo for time off work, I can take them to court as a civil action and maybe get some reparation. If I slander Jeffrey Archer and he takes me to court he can win significant damage from me, but none of these are criminal, none carry prison sentences. We don't have debtors prisons. So how does beach of licence become a criminal thing with real prison sentences and the state paying for the enforcement. It seems kinda fucked, y'know?

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Apple to build WORLD'S BIGGEST iStore in Dubai

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>>but they still happen anyway

Yeeeessss, but...

It's all fun and games until it isn't, and it can turn in a heartbeat. http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-21783589 for instance. Imagine your wife's just died on honeymoon and the police arrest you for having been drinking when you show up to report it. Ex pat residents can get a legal permit to drink, but it can take years. Visitors cannot. If you delve into the notoriously poorly documented statute of the country, those hotel bars are serving illegally of they don't check your drinking licence. Of course they don't - powerful families own the hotels and the place is powered by hypocrisy, but the police like to show their power now and again.

Prostitution is rife in a country which is 75% male, but as much as it is blatant in places, the results can be quite severe without the big hotel owners to back people up behind the scenes.

Drugs, you'd be a first class fucking idiot to go near them, but I know they are available. A German air hostess went to the police to complain that she had been 'spiked' with a hashish sweet, was given a blood test, and spent 4 months in prison awaiting trial - for being the victim.

Yes, shit goes on and yes most people get away with it most of the time, but don't for a second let your guard down, you'll find how quickly that liberty was mere tolerance of your decadent western ways and money and catch the rough edge of the place. Dubai hasn't got oil worth speaking of (Abu Dhabi has it all, pretty much), it depends on tourism, it depends in this image, but hypocrisy is absolutely running through the creek.

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Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE

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>>Actually, Kate should record all her own concerts and sell CDs / DVDs / memory sticks / download codes of the concert to the audience as they exit.<<

Probably does already. Doesn't change a thing from the screen staring 'fans'.

Fwiw, those downloads/mp3 players/etc - to be worth having you have to have a second mix of it, you can't use the FoH mix as it's totally different. If you've ever heard your favourite artist recorded directly from the FoH desk, it sounds dreadful as it's mixed for the PA in the venue, and had no audience reaction/crowd noise. To do it properly you need to do an entirely separate mix, and have the infrastructure to burn discs/USB sticks/etc in the time it takes for the gig to end and punters to leave (to catch the impulse buy). Or at least the bit before the encore, with the encore available as a later download.

Video/DVD of the show - same, only with extra angles needed beyond the IMAG mix (wides, reaction shots etc) plus the audio mix plus the extra data sizes making it near impossible at the moment.

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@Dan

Yeah, the artist is getting paid, but also they are getting paid to give the audience the best show they can, and they can't do that with an audience that doesn't engage. I completely agree that it is shit for the fans, but it's shit twice over with the white rectangles and less engaged performance.

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Good idea - does it work? Aren't there IR filters on the lenses? Either way it won't stop the idiots though. People are so used to being removed from the experience and seeing it through a 4" screen that they stand at the front and ruin the original experience for everyone else. It's a real real problem for artists.

Crappy shaky mobile footage is horrible to watch and sounds dreadful, but worse than that, it beaks the artists connection with the audience. They need that connection in order to give you a good show and put their best out.

Irony is many concerts or tours are filmed for TV/DVD and the quality difference from having a professionally filmed 20 camera, brilliant angles, brilliant audio production vs mobile phone is complete. Yet those mobiles detract from the proper production with the horrid wall of white rectangles (some even in portrait ffs).

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Cops baffled by riddle of CHICKEN who crossed ROAD

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Re: umm..

Well damn! I'm 42 and had never got it either. Thank you Stuart, have a +1. I'd give you +2 if I could. Makes a heap more sense than an anti pattern.

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Ad regulator pulls down Branson-backed magic undies

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Re: Scary invisible rays

Or Christchurch of course. With its famously precisely 4' behind clock (none of this London time nonsense with all these new-fangled trains), bowler-hatred porters, and other anachronistic anachronisms.

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Re: I wore a pair

You use a Dictaphone? I use my finger.

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Re: ASA still useless

>>Why the fuck is "unlimited*" allowed in any advert for broadband etc, when the small print says otherwise.<<

So sue the company who caught you out with the bait and switch, get a court to decide. And complain to the ASA more. Actual complaints will focus their mind, they have in the past.

The ad industry is terrified of being state regulated, so set up the ASA to try to self-regulate and so want to be seen as fair and credible. You're right that they have no real power, but the alternative is state regulation which I'm not convinced is really a better answer as it'll be slower and more bound up in statue and cost the taxpayer money for a similar or worse (by and large) job.

But there's nothing to prevent you from challenging 'unlimited' in court if you feel (and arguably rightly) that the term is being abused and you bought a contact after being misled.

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