* Posts by Steve Evans

2390 posts • joined 17 Apr 2007

BBC: Top Gear Tesla didn't run out of juice

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I hope...

... that as "the tested Tesla was filmed being pushed into the shed in order to show what would happen if the Roadster had run out of charge." we can expect Top Gear to be pushing the latest BMW Wanky Truffle Tourer (with optional black everything) into the garage in a future episode to show what would happen when that runs out of petrol?

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2TB Caviar drive too good to be true?

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@Mike and @E

I think you'll find drive storage has been given the base 10 spin for many many years, even back to the days of 100K floppy drives in the early-mid 80s... That's as far back as my memory goes, I wouldn't be in the least surprised if it was even older.

Back in those days the small missing 2.4% wasn't noticed, however now it's been compounded by the rounding of first Kilo, Meg, Gig... 2.4 x 2.4 x 2.4... and people notice 13% missing!

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DARPA aim to make killer robots invulnerable to damage

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Nature has already invented this...

...it's called the cockroach... However you can still deal with them in a non-damage inflicting way, with a sheet of industrial fly-paper.

I for one look forward to glueing robot overlords!

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G N' R blogger pleads guilty to copyright violation

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I love American law...

Look at that fine... There was no mention of lost sales, or how many people (if any) downloaded it, yet they manage to justify a level of fine which, lets face it, will have most people filing for bankruptcy! I'm sure the legal fees are even larger.

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EDS carpeted for struggling prison project

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How...

How does one go about getting one of these contracts? Whenever I quote for a job, assuming the requirements don't change, the price doesn't either.

If I tried to double the price I'd be had up for breach of contract!

Can you imagine the fuss if a plumber or electrician did this kind of thing halfway through redoing the house?

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Berlusconi plans to use G8 presidency to 'regulate the internet'

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Errr.... okay...

Given that we're talking about an Italian Politician here, surely corruption would be more up his street?

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'Faith-based' investment firm fingers holiday's most sinful games

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LOL!

I love the way they count tobacco use in their basic guide!

As smoking tobacco is a far more recent arrival than any of God's books (well apart from some more recent fruit loop ones), who gets to decide it's a sin?

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Windows patching abysmal, and getting worse

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Ug!

I don't know if it's the IBM Access connection on my R52 ThinkPad, but when I installed it just now it blue screened XP Pro.

After it rebooted none of my network connections worked, cabled or WiFi... Even worse PSI wasn't even showing on the add/remove programs list. Luckily, just I was considering a manual through the registry removal (eeek), I spotted it had an uninstall exe in the program directory (no shortcut on start menu).

I removed it, and after a reboot, my networks came back.

I don't think I'll be trying it again in a hurry!

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Company sues Facebook over somethingorother

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Good grief!

If I'm not mistaken, that "patent" for want of a better work to describe most of what fills the US patent office, covers pretty much anything with a database behind it!

I'm sure if MS had actually got their DB based file system sorted out for Vista like they said they were going to initially, they would fall fowl to this vague "patent".

Now that is a fight I would have liked to see... Munch, swallow... BUUUURP!

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Scots vote out ID cards

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I don't see the problem...

It's an IT project involving the gov.

It's going to run hugely late, hugely over budget and if ever finished it won't work.

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BNP races to get membership list off the net

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Hmmmm

The way the TV news is playing this, you'd think that half the met were members.

From my quick look through the list, searching for the word "police", I found only one who might possibly still serving. The remaining ones, which I believe number under 20, are all retired or ex-police.

As for teachers, well they are entitled to their own private beliefs, just as long as they can perform their teaching roles fairly (if they couldn't then surely all the gov league tables and nanny state measurements would have found them by now).

So once again the news is over-hyped.

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Mobile phones will 'cut off' Al Qaeda

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Pointless...

and completely over the top "solution".

Dependant on some many things, mobile phones supporting the technology for one.

They would be far better off just implementing their current system a little better. Having the gate and check-in systems linked for a start!

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Geek Wheels touted as the ultimate tech scooter

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Careful where you leave it...

There are enough places in the UK where you can't guaranty your wheels will still be on your car after being away from it for 5 minutes, can you imagine the field day the little oiks would have with that moped?! Hell, they'd just pick it up and walk off with it!

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'Ruggedised, weaponised' raygun modules now on sale

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Hope...

...the enemy don't decide to attack on a foggy day...

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AVG slaps Trojan label on core Windows file

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Hmmm...

Given my personal experiences of ZoneAlarm, I don't think that label was entirely incorrect.

@Colin Millar - You can turn it off, it's just not quite so easy to do as 7.5 (which for me means that less numpties will accidentally turn it off!).

Open AVG user interface

Double click (or right click, Open) resident shield

Tick box down the bottom of the panel "Resident shield active"

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Visa trials PIN payment card to fight online fraud

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No change...

Until the card issuers enforce the same kind of authentication across every country on earth, none of this will ever do any good.

Chip and PIN was supposed to stop fraud, but all that happens is the card gets cloned and then either used in the "customer not present" manner, or it gets used in another country where PIN authentication isn't used. These non-PIN countries are alarmingly near, just a quick RyanAir flight (crash landings permitting) away!

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iPhone passcode blocks everything - except phone calls

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@Urs Keller

What do other ("Real") phones do?

Easy, they only let you dial 999,112 or 911 (depending on where you are), and they've been like that for years, ever since someone first came up with the key lock idea, and someone else pointed out that it might be useful for someone else to be able to use your phone to call for help if you're not able to following an accident. Although these days the odds are that the other person will have their own phone. Gives you an idea how long this has been standard for "Real" phones.

So yet again the outside "Ooooh, pretty" laminate of the iPhone has been scratch to reveal a pitiful understanding of what exactly a phone does, and how people use them... Did Apple not think to have a look at another telephone to see if they could learn something before making their attempt? Then they might have given it a flash, more than a 2 megapixel camera, and MMS support too.

Honestly, the "know your customer" department in Apple must consist of an empty room with a mission statement across the wall saying "Don't worry, they'll buy anything with a fruit logo stuck on it".

Paris: Cos even she could come up with a better design draft.

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US admiral wants pain-rayguns for Gulf fleet

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Ummm...

So a good helmet defeats the noise guns, and I suspect a nice metal shield on your arm would defeat the microwave... Sounds like the Yanks should be worried about Vikings.

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Freesat gets Five

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I hadn't even noticed...

I was too busy mourning the lack of Dave and UKTV History.

@drunk.smile

If you think that's good, Humax have just announced their twin tuner Freesat PVR will be available at the end of the month.

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/10/28/humax_freesat_hd_dvr/

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E-voting glitches hamper elections in seven states

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Geeez...

A crease looks like a black arrow used to indicate the choice?!

WTF? Everywhere else on the planet, multiple choice exam papers have been processed for years without a problem... How I hear you ask... well you colour in a box with solid ink... The papers have machine readable calibration marks up the side, and along the top, and amazingly these machines can read multiple choice exam sheets with 50 questions, each with 5 possible answers en mass.

Why on earth can't the 'merkins manage to make a system that can read one mark out of a possible 5 (I assume America has the occasional joke independent like we do in the UK) is beyond me...

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Jezza Clarkson cops flak for 'truckers murder strumpets' gag

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Where...?

Where can I go to complain that these complaining saddos really should get a life?!

This is top gear, not songs of praise... Had they never watched it before?

Sunday's truck driving was a hoot. I watched it with my brother who is a lorryist, and he almost dehydrated laughing at their attempts.

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Debian discord over de-classified developer proposal

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Hmm...

Not sure I understand the politics involved, but anything that gets the views of the non-technical user to the techies can only be good.

Linux will never break into the big time desktop market if common configurations continually require running for the console. Laptop centrino wireless for example. Sure, *I* know this is due to the non-open source drivers, but does a non-techie user really care? They would just like their laptop to work via wifi... In fact *I* would like my laptop to work via wifi... /me mutters about wpa2...

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Ubuntu 8.10 - All Hail new Network Manager

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@Reuben Thomas

You lucky bugger... I tried it the other day, well I tried to try it the other day. On my laptop.

It booted to it's install menu, asked me my language of choice, and then locked solid when I picked my option from the main menu. Check CD, memory check, install... All lock it solid.

Curious as Debian installed perfectly, first attempt.

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Government Gateway login details found in pub car park

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Details sketchy...

...but reading between the lines it looks like whatever was on this storage key were log in details shared between more than one system or person...

Security 101... You don't share log on information between more than one system/user... That way when you *do* loose the info, you can just cancel one account and not have to wipe out the entire system for a weekend.

Then again, hat do you expect from a government project...

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French Senate passes bill to disconnect filesharers

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"Accused"...

The most frightening phrase... "accused of stealing content"...

How about a right of appeal... Oh hang on... The RIAA will be pumping out the automated "accusations" at such a rate, that the ISPs would collapse under the weight of having to perform a real investigation, especially with their track record of accuracy.

I wouldn't be surprised if right to internet access would fall under the human right legislation, so France call break a few more EU rules too.

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Daily Mail punts Georgina Baillie filth

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Hmmmm....

Which just makes the entire storm in a tea cup fuss seem even more of an over-reaction!

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Hitachi UT32MH70 32in LCD TV

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So....

"The addition of the hard-drive tuner box, available free by redeeming a voucher, goes some way to redressing this."

What a pain in the arse way of doing things... You'll have to buy the screen, have it sitting on the floor, send off the voucher, wait two weeks for the tuner box to arrive, then finally be able to mount the thing on the wall and run all the cables.

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Royal Society of Chemistry requests 'Italian Job' ending

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Ummm....

I could see the Royal Society of Physics (if it exists), coming up with this, but would have thought the Royal Society of Chemistry would rather play with with a more chemically interesting metal... It's not like Gold actually does much, or reacts with much.

Now if it was a load of sodium, I could see the Chemists rubbing their rubber gloves together at the idea of playing with that (whilst donning safety goggles).

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E-voting fears run high as election day looms

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Oh come on...

It wouldn't be an American election if the voters actually got the candidate the majority of them voted for!

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Fancy nipping for a quick two-thirds of a pint?

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Honestly...

Do these tw*ts really have nothing better to do?!

How did the meeting going "Right guys, we haven't had our name in print for several months, we need to come up with something to prove that we still exists, get us some column multiple of 25.4mm and generally keep us in a job for the next 12 months".

How about just sort out the pricing so that a half is *HALF* the price of a pint. Then take this to Europe too... The other week I was paying 85p for a large and 76p for a small in Poland. Outrageous!

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Intel badmouths Jesus Phone

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LOL!

I smell fear...

I think Intel has just noticed that mobile devices are coming on fast, and that they don't have a processor anywhere near as useful as the ARM. Look at the Nintendo DS, it's several years old, two screens, touch screen, wifi, and has *two* ARM CPUs all run from a tiny little battery.

Try that with Intel gear and you'll need a pocket full of batteries even for a short train journey.

Intel, stick to what you're good at, big number crunchers, the mobile device is a different ball game, and ARM have been playing on this court for years.

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Taliban extends mobile shutdown order

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Black Helicopters

Well if nothing else...

... you can track them by just waiting for where they order masts turned off... For example in this area for the next 10 days!

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Take a Windows HPC test drive

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54TB?

Is that all?

I hope you've the units wrong!

If not, that's pretty crap! Given that consumer 1TB drives are now less than £100, did IBM really only spend £5k on the storage media?

(Yes I know industrial grade server drives cost more, but I assumed IBM had some buying clout!).

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Hands on with the T-Mobile G1

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Firmware update to do photo zoom?

I assume you're talking about digital zoom then? Which, lets face it, is pointless... You're just cropping the number of pixels down on the phone instead of on photoshop when you get home. The only zoom worth having is optical, and I've yet to see a phone with one, it's a tad tricky to fit into a slim chassis.

On a phone camera you can just hope for the most pixels you can get, and a good flash.

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(Former) gambling site worker cops to ID theft

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A Nigerian...

I'll try to act shocked!

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Today be talk like a pirate day

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Pirate

@Edward

Aye, I be comin' 'ere to say just that m'self.

I say we make 'em walk the plank on the point of me trusty ol' cutlass.

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Anonymous hacks Sarah Palin's Yahoo! account

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Nothing serious exposed...?

Except maybe..

"Lately I just pray may God's will be done. I am trying to learn patience and listen to God."

So she either listens to a voice in her own head, or the opinion of a man listening to the voice in his head and wearing a dress every Sunday...

Sound pretty bloody worrying to me!

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OMFG, what have you done?

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Fixed width?

I think there is a law somewhere saying that the name of Sir Tim B-L isn't allowed to be displayed on a width dependant web design.

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OiNK BitTorrent admin faces fraud prosecution

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@pat

It's a hard definition to make, even for the technically minded, let alone a judge.

With Bittorrent, once you have one block of the file you are downloading, you will then be an uploader of that block to other people. The more blocks you get, the more of the file you will be uploading to others. You'll be uploading complete blocks to others within a few minute of starting to download something.

Once you have the whole file, you become a seed. The only difference between you as a seed, and you as a peer earlier is a seed has the complete file, so you're uploading only.

Who the original seed was isn't important, to all intents and purposes it could be you. You're now offering the entire file for sharing.

So unless you sit on your PC waiting, and remove it from your bit torrent client the moment it completes, you will become a seed as soon as the download finishes.

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BT's Mayfair exchange downed by burglary

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Fibre?

Who on earth nicks that?

Maybe Virgin are finally going to increase the coverage of their cable network.

Although the incident does give a rough indication of BTs fault detection system. Alarms go off in another building, note left for engineers to investigate in the morning. Night shift go back to sleep again.

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Academic wants to 'free up' English spelling

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Typical (tipecal?)

The continued downfall of civilisation continues.

For years the mathematics exams have been getting easier as the teachers fail to compete for attention with TV and games consoles. It was only a matter of time before some idiot decided to make the language easier.

Can we quickly form an academy Anglais, shoot this idiot, and then dissolve the academy again please.

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I was a government guinea pig, and all I got was this lousy t-shirt

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I can help with the obesity...

Stop eating so much!

Nobody needs a 48oz steak, 4 pints of cola etc.

Hell I couldn't eat a 48oz steak even if I wanted to!

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Holiday text messages to cost less than 9p

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@David Webb

I don't think this really has much to do with profit. I would imagine that the income from roamed charges would be a tiny sliver of a percent compared to the home usage profits. Especially as the moment you stay in a country for more than a couple of weeks, the sensible among us go out and buy a pay-as-you-go sim.

Given a text message is limited to 160characters, even the home network price per byte is horrendous!

Personally I save up all my messages and photos home, and then send them out on the next open wifi point I find as emails.

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Intel adds cheap dual-core, quad-core chips

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My head hurts...

I remember the arguments against using cpu speed in the model number, but since it's all gone Ennnn and Qnnnn (where nnnn is a pseudo random number), I've completely lost the plot!

All I know is my two desktops are E6600 and Q6600, so the same core2, running at 2.4Ghz, just one machine has 2 cores, the other 4... Where all these new weird and wonderful models fit in around these old chips is a complete mystery to me!

It used to be that the bigger the number, the better the chip, but that doesn't seem to hold true anymore, especially with the seemingly random L2 cache amounts.

If you're not building machines 24/7, and look away from the CPU models for a month, I challenge anyone to know what the hell is going on!

As for AMD, I lost the plot on those just after the X2 range appeared!

If anyone has a simple way (i.e. fits on one page) of explaining these model numbers I'd be very interested in seeing it.

Paris, cos it makes her head hurt too.

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Google cedes Belgium to Germany

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Oh dear...

If I was a Pole I'd be slightly concerned about Germany's expansion under Czech and Slovak republics, I think they might be going to sneak in from the South this time...

Although I would actually quite enjoy watching a Panzer trying to negotiate the Tatras!

Then again, having sampled Slovakian mountain roads earlier this year, I think a tracked vehicle might actually be for the best!

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Hello, this is Oracle - we're not in right now

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Damn...

I would have much preferred to see a webpage with a DB error on it... That would have been far more amusing.

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Cloned US ATM cards: Can they fool Brit self-service checkouts?

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Pah

Yes APACS, sure this specific kind of crime will be stopped when the USA goes chip and pin, in that both the owner country of the card, and the UK support chip and pin... But you're avoiding the bigger issue.

To perform this kind of fraud you only need to find a retailer in a country that doesn't do chip and pin... and you don't have to go very far either... So take your copied USA or UK card over to Europe and go shopping!

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Asus' own Eee-beater spied on web

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careful...

..about guessing features from LEDs and Ports... The original Eee had an RJ11 and no modem (an oversight that lost them 4 sales that I know of).

You try finding a USB modem that works with Linux!

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Watchdog hits 070 swindlers with big fine

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Why...

...do they have to keep messing up the numbers...

When mobiles first came out in the UK they had 08 numbers, and 0898 was a premium, so confusion reigned.

Then they sorted out the numbers, made 01 and 02 geographic, 07 mobiles and 08 non standard call rate (aka, beware!)

It's no shock that someone having an 07 number to call thinks it's just a mobile.

What idiot regulator allows all the chaos of tidying up the numbers into a logical range, only to let them get f*cked up again within 10 years!

Morons, the lot of them!

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Apple preps patch for 'problematic 3G' iPhone?

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@AppleHaveNoRespectForTheirCustomers

"To add insult to injury he told me there is no way to complain to Apple"

Well in the UK there is. It's called the sale of goods act and includes such lovely terms as...

"Unfit for purpose", aka a phone that doesn't do phone calls.

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