* Posts by Intractable Potsherd

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UK banks ill-prepared for return of the rabid POODLE

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Great Article, El Reg!

Will you follow up on this when more information becomes available so that I can make an informed decision which bank cares enough about my money to put in proper security? It would be most appreciated!

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Parliament face-sit-in to spark mass debate on UK's stiff smut stance

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Re: Celebrity Deathmatch

Mary Millington was lovely, but I find Mary Poppins much sexier. Is that normal?

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Brit boffins debunk 'magnetic field and cancer' link

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Re: It has been demonstrated

I was only thinking about the "Young Scientist of the Year" series the other day. Wouldn't it be wonderful if a TV station were to resurrect that?

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EU bangs drum over its openness rules – from which it is exempt

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There are *no* reasons to vote UKIP.

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EU law bods: New eCall crash system WON'T TRACK YOU. Really

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Re: Old bangers rule @MrXavia

There are too many stupid sensors on a modern car that fail, often in difficult to diagnose ways, and which cost ridiculous amounts of money to replace (a friend's 55-plate Octavia diesel has had a problem with falling into limp-mode for no obvious reason, and the price for sensors was frightening). A relatively simple car pre-2000 will run forever without these problems, and can be fixed at home, or cheaply at a tame garage, if anything does go wrong. I'll stick with my policy of buying old cars and keeping them running, thanks.

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Re: Not far enough

AC - there is a corollary to "nothing to hide, nothing to fear" which is "something to hide, nothing to fear" when the "something" is trivial. Legal positivists like you are a plague on humanity.

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Re: Err... it is useless for a different reason @ Voland's Right Hand

And here is where we differ - you want it somehow to have all sorts of information it would be impractical to have (how would the system know whether it is you or another driver behind the wheel, what passengers, etc?). However, I DON'T WANT the system at all, regardless of such perceived "benefits". This should (indeed, I'd go so far as to say "must") be opt-in, and if I ever have to use a car with such an intrusive add-on, I will make sure I know how to disable it.

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Top Apple exec: 'I knew [ebook] prices were going to go up – hell, the whole world knew'

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Re: Shock: Vendors want prices to rise

No, no, no - book on the bog, e-reader on the bus. It's the only correct way.

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Legendary Brit physicist Stephen Hawking gets full Intel comms refresh

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Re: All we need to do...

As long as it isn't bollocks about AI being the end of mankind.

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Abbott scholarship leaker escapes conviction

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Public v Private institutions

"Newman was not afforded public-interest whistleblower protection as the Whitehouse Institute was a private institution."

I don't know very much about the importance of the Whitehouse Institute in Australian funding, but in the UK, there are some very important bodies, such as Wellcome and Nuffield Trusts, which are desperately in need of some public scrutiny. Their processes for awarding funds are very opaque, and I know of several well-respected researchers who will not apply to them for funding because they are not on the apparent list of "favoured" applicants. Any whistleblowers in either organisation will be gratefully received!

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'Snoopers' Charter IS DEAD', Lib Dems claim as party waves through IP address-matching

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Of course, you have proof of that, jonathan?

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Sailfish OS tablet is GO: Fans stuff cash into Jolla's cap in hand

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Re: I wish them luck

I'm sort of coming round to the idea for my usual browsing etc. I like my Jolla phone a lot (though the last time I looked, the method of getting it to allow access to the Google app store* was fiddly, to say the least, and I haven't done it), so I stuck my $189 (somewhere between £120 and £121) in quickly. If the tablet is as sturdy and pleasant to use as the phone, I will be very happy.

* I know it will annoy some people, but I'd rather use the official Android app store than Yandex etc

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I'M SO SORRY, sobs Rosetta Brit boffin in 'sexist' sexy shirt storm

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Re: Support for MAtt Taylor

Signed!

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Now, IWPCHI - if you're still reading - that ^^ is a misogynist statement.

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Want to STUFF Facebook with blatant ADVERTISING? Fine! But you must PAY

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Re: My friend's on Facebook

My mum, in her 70s now, uses Facebook, but she doesn't realise how it works. That means she thinks anything that shows up on her wall is aimed at her directly,like email, so she responds to it. Worse yet, she doesn't realise the essentially public nature of anything posted, and so lets everyone know when she is going on holiday - or, more galling, that I am going away. Nothing I say seems to get through, so, even though I don't have an active Facebook account,* all sorts of people know my movements.

*I know all this because Mrs IP does have an account, and sees a fair amount of the gibberish mum pollutes the interwebs with.

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Make sure big data doesn't land you in big trouble

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Nice article.I sit on a Research Ethics Committee, and we are getting an increasing number of applications from researchers wanting to mine health-related data. So many come along with proposals that have not considered how easy it can be to reconstruct "anonymous" data so that the PII can be derived. I'll use those entropy figures the next time someone comes up and says "but there is no way our data can reveal the subject!"

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UK digi exclusion: Poor families without internet access could 'miss out' on child tax credit

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Re: no friends with any computer literacy ?

"Maybe I'm being cold hearted ..."

I was tempted to say "No maybe about it", but as I read further, it became clear that you are not. You believe in community and people helping each other - good on you. However, as the first reply to you says, there are a lot of people who don't have friends, or language skills, or any support at all. You aren't cold-hearted - you just don't have experience of just how isolated a lot of people are.

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Are open Wi-Fi network bods liable for users' copyright badness?

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Re: Please don't fuck this up

McDonalds chips are lovely! (I don't eat meat anymore, but still pop in for a portion of fries occasionally)

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EU battles over 'anti-terrorist' passenger records slurper law

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Re: Overweening @ Trevor

Yup - basically my reaction when I first read it. When I got to the bit where people were immune from prosecution because the law wasn't clear previously, my head exploded! What a fucked up country ... and it's trying to get us all to go the same way.

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SO LONELY: Woman DARED to get rid of her iPHONE - Apple DUMPED all her TXTS

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Re: User error

I thought people bought iThings because "they just work", which I don't really have a problem with. However, if the user needs to change default settings in order to send SMS, then "it doesn't just work". If the default messaging system is Apple's proprietary thing, and it borks messages sent to other things unless settings are played with (which many buyers have expressed a desire not to do by buying something that "just works"), then it starts to look as if Apple have been as spiteful as people claim they are, and that it is a form of lock-in due to difficulty in changing platforms.

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Samsung slams door on OLED TVs, makes QUANTUM dot LEAP

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Re: Random TV question: 'juddering' in fast pans

Kristian - that is genuinely fascinating! Thanks for spending the time on that - now have one of these --->

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Don't assume public trusts you, MI5. 'Make a case' for surveillance – Former security chief

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Re: My interests

"The only person I would ever trust to really act 100% in my best interests is... Me."

I wish I could say the same - I reckon that, over the course of my half-century on this mortal coil, I acted in my own best interests about 70% of the time ...

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Re: Simple really

"Trust = truth * time". That is a useful way to put the point across. I may use it in a lecture I'm working on at the moment ... :-)

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'Tech giants who encrypt comms are unwittingly aiding terrorists', claims ex-Home Sec Blunkett

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Re: Now there's a first...

His guide dog is the brains of the outfit ...

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Forget 5G, UK.gov is making 2G fit for the 21st century!

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Re: NIMBYs

I don't think it is anything to do with the "radiation" in most NIMBY minds - it is purely that they might have something industrial in their eyeline, which will (through some unknown mechanism*) bring property prices down.

*In reality, prices are likely to go up if there is decent mobile coverage.

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Re: Can't help but think the 'rural' element has been overlooked a little too quickly here

Yep - I've lived in four places in the last few years, all well-populated and with large numbers of well-paid people living there (near Sheffield, Kenilworth, both sides of the Tay near Dundee), and I haven't had a decent mobile signal in any of them. In all of them except Kenilworth I was up a hill, yet going into the garden was the only way to get decent contact with the mast. Data is generally something that my phone has the capability to do under very specific circumstances (such as being in the middle of a city. However, when I go abroad in Europe, I rarely have any problems - and I tend not to holiday in cities. The coverage in Britain is fairly shit.

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Apple patents AUTOGRAPHS. Checkmate, eBay

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@Stacy

" I love ebooks for travelling, but for reading at home it doesn't come close to going to the library of books, browsing and selecting one."

I finally unpacked the boxes of books yesterday that had been in storage for the last four years while we moved around (I had kept some with me during the last three moves, but it has been mainly ebooks during that time). I now have something like 12 metres of fiction* lining the walls of my study again, and it feels far better than I ever though it would! I had to keep popping back in the the room just to look at the loveliness of my library, and deciding what I'm going to read over the next few weeks!

*Factual and text-books still have to be unpacked.

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Russians hear Tim Cook is gay, pull dead Steve Jobs' enormous erection

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Re: This post has been deleted by a moderator

If being homosexual is a choice, then surely being heterosexual is also a choice. Therefore, even that point of view fails to make the point the anti-homosexuals want to make.

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Bona-fide SCIENCE: Which forms of unusual sex are, um, mainstream?

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Re: Phah....

Yep - "living the dream" just means a lost dream. They are called "dreams" and "fantasies" for a reason.

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NASA: Spacecraft crash site FOUND ON MOON RIM

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Re: More debris scattered in the name of science

I think you missed the joke icon or a /s tag.

If not, "ODFO" is the only response I can think of.

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UK.gov rushes out broken 'Orphan Works' system as EU Directive comes in

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Re: However existing image copyright is broken

"If the term of copyright was more reasonable (a maximum of 20 years) then there would be less of a need for this act." Well said, Duncan. It is the utterly ridiculous term of protection that is the root of the problem in copyright. 20-25 years is enough, not up to six or seven times that period.

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Find My Phone does just one thing but Samsung's messed it up

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Re: What? Sloppy code from Samsung??

More accurately: "What? Sloppy code from <insert any manufacturer of anything that uses software>? Say it isn't so?"

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Banksy denies Banksy impostor's claim to Banksy.com – which isn't owned by Banksy

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Re: FUCKIN VANDAL

Good street art makes an area look better. At least some of Banksy's stuff falls into that category, so I have very little problem. Inane "tagging" - the human equivalent of dogs pissing up a tree-trunk - and really poor pictures make an area look worse - much worse. Kids drawing on the pavement is so far beneath anyone's notice that I would suspect the shouty person is not entirely well.

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Australian E-Health records breached twice in the last year

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At the risk ...

... of getting lots of downvotes, I take a positive message away from this - Australia has medical records that the true owner of the information (the patient) has access to, and some control over. That is a mere pipe-dream here in the UK.

Stupid, and probably avoidable mistakes have been made (perhaps by the owners who wanted to link their health data with their government data!), but the fact that there is a system, and it works (for certain values of working) is impressive. Would anyone care to guess a) how late, and b) how over budget such a scheme would go in the UK before it was scrapped?

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'GCHQ's surveillance data gulp is BULKY and WARRANTLESS', human rights groups moan

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Re: Multiplicative capabilities

No, but you might have your friends and family investigated, job prospects ruined, financial history scarred, have a baby with an undercover copper etc. Have a look at what people who wanted the police to actually do their jobs have undergone, e.g. Stephen Lawrence's family, and tell me that the information isn't misused - and they are only the cases we know about.

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Re: Point 1b is the problem (I think) @ DocJames

"Does anyone know what the principle of Padfield v MAFF is?"

The case is an important one in public law - full citation, if you want to look it up, is Padfield v. MAFF [1968] A.C. 997. The House of Lords stated that a decision-making power must be exercised so as to promote, and not run counter to, the legislation conferring that power. The case also answered the question "who decides, and who oversees: "necessary and proportionate"?" - the courts, who must look at the entire statute and interpret the intent before they can decide whether the power was exercised in a way that runs counter to the legislation.

The court ignored the fact that it is incredibly difficult to get them to allow an application for judicial review to proceed ...

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Why weasel words might not work for Whisper

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Well done!

Great investigative journalism. Thank you.

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Watersports-friendly e-reader: Kobo's Aura H2O is literary when wet

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Re: kindle hack?

Not sure if this will get molded out, but once you have Calibre, look for some software by a chap called Alf - he's an Apprentice.

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Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!

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Re: What...the...fuck....

I'm not sure what the big fuss is about. It is not uncommon for women in several professions to freeze eggs in their early- to mid-20s so they can be implanted later. Women going into the law and medicine are particularly well-represented in this activity, at least in the UK. The biggest problem is that eggs, being very large cells, have quite a large failure rate when it comes to being viable on thawing - embryos are much easier, but have additional legal problems unless anonymous donor sperm are used (which carries its own set of emotional risks later in life).

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Vanmoof Electrified Bike: Crouching cyclist, hidden power

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Re: heart rate?

Requirements such as helmets for motorcyclists and seat-belts for drivers are genuinely nanny state measures, since they decrease the risk of injury to only the individual. There is no change in the risk to a third party at all (though some say there my be an increased risk from the individual in control feeling safer). This, to my mind, is illegitimate use of power by the state - by all means ensure that risks to a third party are minimised, but don't interfere in the choice of individuals to put themselves at risk if they choose.

N.B. Since starting driving many years ago, I have never driven without a seatbelt. I have even added seatbelts to cars that didn't actually have them when I bought them. My point is entirely about the wrongness of personal protection legislation.

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Xiaomi boss snaps back at Jony Ive's iPhone rival 'theft' swipe

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Re: Removable battery = extend your phone's usable life by years

You shouldn't need tools or someone with additional knowledge to change a battery! Let me put it this way - would you buy a TV with a remote that needs tools or a skilled person to change the battery? What about a torch (flashlight for the Leftpondians)? Probably not, so why let mobile phome manufacturers off the hook for really crappy design?

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Jaguar Sportbrake: The chicken tikka masala of van-sized posh cars

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Re: UNreliability of turbocharged engines.

I'm keeping my naturally aspirated Subaru Legacy as long as I can. The flat torque-curve and ability to pull away in anything up to high ratio 3rd gear has got me out of a lot of situations that could have become anxiety-provoking over the last eight or nine years ...

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Jony Ive: Flattered by rivals' designs? Nah, its 'theft'

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Re: Copying or improving?

"If anyone in device design can be described as a thief, its the person who takes obvious applications of a technology and uses a broken patent system to steal from us the human right to invent."

^^ This! Have a million upvotes, AC!

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Judge nukes Ulbricht's complaint about WARRANTLESS FBI Silk Road server raid

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Re: sisk

Innocent unless proven guilty, Matt. I know you and the law enforcement agencies want to see that basic maxim of the Rule of Law become a thing of the past (and seem to be succeeding), but it still stands in principle, at least.

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NASA: Mars satellites menaced by speeding SPACE ALIEN

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Re: funny

I had a lucky tea-ejection event avoidance* when I read the caption about how the comment could look if an artist was in orbit!

* I had tried to take a mouthful of infusion of dried leaves, but found I had drained the cup with the previous swig.

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Adobe spies on readers: 'EVERY page you turn, EVERY book you own' leaked back to base

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Re: okular...ghostview...

Do either of those avoid the requirement to initially open an Adobe DRMed ebook bought from Kobo in the Adobe reader on first reading? It is a constant irritation that I have to do that prior to stripping the DRM via the Apprentice Alf plugin for Calibre and turning the file into an epub. I'd much rather have nothing to do with Adobe at all.

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Aussie builds contactless card cloner app, shops at Woolies with fake card

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Re: YAWN!!!!

Anecdote isn't evidence. If these Ruxcon l33t haxors had actually done it, how come Fillmore is the first one to publish? Either there is some untruth, or the people you refer to are dishonest in a more criminal way.

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Siri ... why is this semi headed RIGHT AT ME? Phone apps distracting as ever – new study

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Re: Something smells

The American Athletics Association - they want us all to be out of cars and running from place to place.

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Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast

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Re: Do they really care?

My parents actually used to buy Izal for use in our home! I used to think it was normal, and that the tissue stuff that wadded up your bum crack or split so that you wiped your arse on your middle finger was the cheap stuff! I also liked the disinfectant smell of Izal...

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Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water

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As I wrote above - not my experience with P4U. Carphone Whorehouse take that award based on my interactions with them. Leaving without buying something requires shaking the staff off your legs!

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