* Posts by NightFox

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ZOMBIE Commodore PET lurches out of its 1970s grave – as a FONDLESLAB

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PET 2001

So despite being called PET, this is actually a C64 and Amiga emulator? Shame - I was really hoping to get some quality Android Nim and AFO time in.

Now correct me if I'm wrong here (and I'm sure someone will), but as I remember it *all* PETs were white-screen with the built-in tape deck - the later models with green screen and a proper keyboard (which meant the tape deck was separate) were actually called CBM 3032 (the last two digits being the memory size) - I think the PET name was only officially used for the PET 2001?

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Oi, idiot fanbois. DON'T buy this gun-shaped iPhone case, mmkay?

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It's impressive how they've perfectly segued the shape of the iPhone into the shape of a gun

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Blighty's BONKERS BANKING BONKING BONANZA: Apple Pay arrives

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Unhappy

Seriously, what did I post in that to warrant a thumbs-down? If I got something wrong then ok, but it would be useful to actually reply and correct me.

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Not quite - there's two aspects to Apple Pay (which is why many people get confused over whether retailers support it or not).

First, there's the simple replacement for non-authenticated payments of <£20 which is pretty much the same as contactless cards or what other RFID phones can already do, with the difference that Apple Pay doesn't provide the card reader with your card number, instead it provides a single-use number. Not sure if other phone's systems do that. There's no special terminal or support needed for this - if a retailer can take contactless payments, then your can use Apple Pay, the reader just sees it as a contactless card.

The other aspect of Apple Pay is that for larger transactions (over the £20 limit), users can authenticate on their phones (with fingerprint or passcode) rather than using a PIN, and again the retailer and the payment processor will never actually see your credit card number, just the one-time number transmitted by your iPhone. This is going to need specific support, hence the list of retailers who "support Apple Pay".

I'm sure someone can give a more technical explanation than that, but the bottom line is you never provide your actual card details. So effectively Apple Pay is an anonymising service for card payments with the associated security/privacy benefits that brings about.

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Re: HSBC are systematically incompetent.

Loving the way HSBC (incl First Direct) are now denying they ever said they'd be supporting Apple Pay from today, despite the overwhelming mass of evidence to the contrary - and even the fact that it was their memo which first leaked today as being the launch date!

I mean, what's the world coming to when we can't even trust the banks to be honest with us?

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On yer bike: Hammerhead satnav for cyclists – just don't look down

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Warhammer

"It takes the form of a rubberised, soft-touch black device shaped like a letter T – or a hammerhead shark, if, like the inventors you're feeling whimsical"

Pedantic I know, but I didn't see the inventors compare it to a (hammerhead) shark at all - I think that was *your* whimsical inference. They just call it a hammerhead, i.e. a shape which is just like - well, you know, the T-shaped head of a hammer. It could just as well be compared to any of the other hundreds of objects similarly-named for their hammerhead shape, all of which have temporaily escaped my mind at this current time.

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Angry Austrian takes a hit in David and Goliath Facebook battle

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Offical Reponse

Is that a Facebook stooge taking a defiant piss against the wall of the office of the Data Protection Commissioner in the background of the photo?

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Got a GUITAR, daddio? Wanna plug it into iOS or Droid? Try the iRig 2

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Suck it up, Jony Ive

And the award for the most skeumorphic app in the world, ever, goes to...

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We forget NOTHING, the Beeb thunders at Europe

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Ironic...

...as I'd imagine that a disproportionately high number of the people or incidents where this "right to be forgotten" was invoked probably relate to the BBC in the 70's/80's anyway, allegedly.

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UK.gov loses crucial battle in home-taping war with musicians

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I just hope St Peter doesn't ask to check my iPod when I get to the Pearly Gates

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What an eyeful: Apple's cut price 27in iMac with Retina Display

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YOYOY?

I just can't understand why Apple don't include some form of video-in on these things? I'd take a bet that I'm not the only person out there wanting a Mac somewhere in between a Mini and a Pro in terms of spec, but needing a monitor I can still share with my Xbox and Windows laptop.

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Swordfish fatally stabs man after man stabs, fatally, swordfish

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Re: GOOD

I wonder if J R Hartley used to receive abuse and death threats?

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Ex-cop: Holborn fireball comms outage cover for £200m bling heist gang

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OK, but how would this incident have helped their heist? As far as I understand it was too far away to cause any noise to drown out the sound of their own activity, people in the area of the heist weren't evacuated, and as for tying up the emergency services - really? I can't see the Met not responding to a phone call or alarm activation because they maybe had a couple of their cars busy a bit further away with a road closure?

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Our 4King benders are so ace we're going full OLED, says LG

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Re: content is king

>Anyone can tell the difference between looking through a window and looking at a TV displaying the same scene. This should tell you that there is clearly room for improvement...

That would certainly explain the runaway success of 3DTV

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Man hauled before beak for using drone to film Premiership matches

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Re: Not dangerous, Actually need *less* restriction and less paranoia

There's plenty of instances of people being killed by radio controlled planes or helicopters - "drones" is just a modern catch-all that's made an enthusiasts' hobby acceptably main-stream; they're not just the things that weigh about as much as a gnat and startle the cat if they drop out of the sky and land on it.

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Wireless Power standards are like Highlanders: There can be only ONE

NightFox

As a matter of interest, does anyone know how the energy efficiency of wireless charging compares to traditional plug-in charging? For simplicity, let's ignore any power usage by the chargers when the device isn't actually connected to them.

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OnePlus One cut-price Android phone on sale to all... for 1 HOUR

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Here's predicting the site gets overloaded and crashes within the first 10 seconds of the 1 hour slot and comes back up about 60 minutes later

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Microsoft's rumoured $2.5bn Minecraft gobble expected on Monday

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Re: Merchandising

The shelves of my local Tesco might not yet be adorned with Minecraft socks, sandwich boxes and toothpaste, but they've already pulled off the ultimate coup - Lego

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Hacker publishes tech support phone scammer slammer

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Re: I'm getting stabbed...

Brave Sir Knight to Squire: "See how yonder French archer will fire his arrows on me only for my new shiny armour to deflect them back through his eye and into his sku...."

TWANG................... THUNK!!!

"Oh bugger"

(Drops down dead with several arrows protruding from chest)

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AVG stung as search revenue from freebie scanners dries up

NightFox

So if they were making more revenue from ad income from their trial version than they were from users who then take out a paid subscription, why not focus on the ad-supported model instead of hiding it and trying to push users to subscribe?

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Trying to sell your house? It'd better have KILLER mobile coverage

NightFox

Shebang

Are you sure that wasn't just Ricky Martin on the "on hold" music?

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Re: femotocells

1) Take out contract with chosen provider

2) Next day ring them to cancel, explain to retentions department you can't get a signal but would love to be able to stay with them

3) Take delivery of free femtocell they send you

It's worked for me with 3, O2 and EE.

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Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS

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Happy

Re: Arapaho used Left-hand Screws?

I was surprised, neigh shocked, that I noticed that those LH screws "looked wrong" before I even read what they were. Considering I'm one of those people who has to spend about 5 minutes working out which way is clockwise on an upside-down screw, I'm actually quite chuffed with this newly identified skill of mine.

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Brit celebs' homes VANISH from Google's Street View

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Agree totally. Oh no, hold on, apart from the fact that anyone can ask Google to do this for them, at no charge. Apart from that you're spot on though. Yeah, bastards!

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Cambridge's tiny superconducting magnet breaks strength record

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Re: GdBCO?

Ahhh, good point - no wonder I haven't been able to drag cars across the road or aircraft out of the sky despite all my efforts so far today

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Re: Very impressive.

"Not forgetting the potential for ridiculously expensive headphones for DJ's"

Beats by Dr Dre already managed that for everyone without any of this magnetic science mumbo-jumbo

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Catch cack-handed baggage handlers in the act with Ericsson's SPY SUITCASE

NightFox

Hmmm...

"The Ericsson security suitcase has what is effectively a mobile phone built into it"

So no problem having it active during a flight then?

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You want a medal for writing a script? Sure: here it is!

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Black Helicopters

"Paliath writes that he was not supposed to undertake this work for security reasons, but that once his superiors appreciated the productivity improvements he had enabled they turned a blind eye."

Nevertheless I'm sure someone somewhere will be keen to measure him up for an orange boiler suit

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How to strip pesky copyright watermarks from photos ... says a FACEBOOK photo bod

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Re: Two Points

I don't have any issues with photographers making money - what I do have an issue with is when they're given exclusive rights to an event, even over non-commercial personal photgraphers - for example, my daughter used to compete in gym competitions and I'd often photograph her performing. But some of the competitions then banned photography "due to child protection laws" but were quite happy to have a professional photographer capturing the event who would happily sell me a picture of my daughter (or anyone else's daughter for that matter) for about £10.

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Quick Q: How many FLOPPIES do I need for 16 MILLION image files?

NightFox

I remember re-installing a very old piece of software on a PC 2 or 3 years ago. As I think was common when the software was written, it gave me the option of backing up the HDD to floppy before I continued with the installation. I had to throw caution to the wind when a quick look in my "old stuff" cupboard confirmed I didn't have the 250,000 disks this would have needed. Or a floppy drive, come to that.

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Reg hack hacked off by iPhone 5 repair notice

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The Few

I like the fact that despite Apple coming out with the standard spin of only a very small number of devices being affected, everyone I've read about online says that when they've entered their serial numbers, they're one of these chosen few. Anyone been told they're not within the range?

Even happened to my iPhone 5 after I'd sold it on, luckily Apple carried out an out-of-warranty free phone replacement to the new buyer.

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Three's money man reveals UK mobe firms' DARK PRICING dealings

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Re: A lot of common sense there

Well maybe it is a concern because despite Three making all this noise about providing consumers with what they want with their 0800 calls and (admittedly great) Feel at Home service, it also seems to have quietly decided that consumers no longer want the "all you can eat" uncapped data plans that previously seemed to be such a big marketing thing for them. So, goodbye unlimited data today, maybe goodbye inclusive tethering tomorrow?

Yes, you can stick with your existing uncapped data plan for now and just stay in your contract for year after year, but the mobile operators are all experts of making customers feel more and more uncomfortable in the legacy contracts they no longer want them to be in as the years go by. Let's see if they're going to want existing contract customers to sign up to new T&Cs when their "free" 4G upgrade becomes available.

And FYI tethering isn't covered under the Feel at Home service - Three's quite clear on that. You may have been able to do it (personally it didn't work for me in Sweden or Denmark), but as it's specifically prohibited that's no guarantee it will work next time.

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Panasonic slaps Freetime EPG on 2014 smart tellies

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Re: Ratios

@Dave 126. Does your remote not have a "ratio" button on it (sometimes an icon of a screen with 4 arrows pointing outwards in it)?

There's also normally a setting for how to display 4:3 content somewhere in the settings menu.

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Re: Ratios

Indeed - I still despair over the amount of friends' houses I can go to and they'll be watching something on TV, seemingly oblivious to the fact it's stretched and distorted beyond belief because they've got the aspect ratio settings wrong. I mean, 16:9 has only been mainstream for what, 10 years now? Still, I suppose if it doesn't bother them. Though I guess these are the same type of people who horrendously resize clipart and photos without holding the shift button down...

Time for one of my pills I think.

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re Dear Panasonic..

If that's all consumers are after then their needs are going to be met by the likes of Technika and Bush long before Panasonic. But if their needs go beyond the numbers and the actual quality matters, then it could be a long wait...

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Amazon wants me to WEAR NAPPIES?! But I'm a 40-something MAN

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Re: Perhaps...

That's the problem with Amazon recommendations and advertising - if I only bought stuff for myself I guess their only failing would be for things I'd just bought, e.g. why keep pushing TV adverts at me when I've just bought a brand new TV from you?

However, the reality is that my Amazon purchase history is a mish-mash of personal purchases, things I've brought for work, things my kids or relatives have asked me to buy for them, presents I've bought for people ranging from babies to 80+ year olds. No wonder Amazon's targeted ads seem to be aimed at the wrong target!

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Google gives Maps a lick of paint, smears it over screens worldwide

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Re: As usual

It's probably a sign of getting older, but so many of these sites/apps/services/whatever like Google Maps I used to be able to use without a problem. But every time they get updated, I seem to find them less and less intuitive to use. Ease of use seems to take a back seat to swept-up minimalist design.

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Steelie Neelie 'shocked' that EU tourists turn mobes off when abroad

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Re: Three PAYG

Yep, this is one area in which Three really puts the others to shame (it's on contract too, not just PAYG) - OK, it's currently limited to those countries where Three already has a presence or a sister/partner company, but the recent addition of the USA to their list makes this outstanding. I also get a bit nervous that I have to enable data roaming in these countries, worrying that it'll connect me to a network other than 3, So far though, I've used their "free" roaming on a good dozen occasions and never been charged, apart from the time I forgot to turn data roaming off again before I travelled to France.

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You’re NOT fired: The story of Amstrad’s amazing CPC 464

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Re: Mail Order

@ Sir Wiggum - yes, I know my VIC 20 and Commodore 64 were both mail ordered by my father - both were very early models (I even remember the serial numbers, VIC 20 #1274 and C64 #1918 - geeky or what?) so I don't think they were widely available in WHS or Boots etc at that stage

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NightFox

The thing I love best about these articles in these days of online Amazon and Dabs orders is remembering that there once was a time when you ordered your new computer by cutting a section out of a page of a magazine (following the dotted lines), filling in your details (hopefully in handwriting that the supplier could read), popping it into an envelope with a cheque and then patiently and optimistically "allowing 28 days for delivery".

How times change.

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iTunes radio tunes in to Australia for first launch beyond USA

NightFox

But surely the recommendations should be made based on style of music rather than the artist's lifestyle/back story? I'm not saying it necessarily does that well, but this article seems to damn it based on the fact that it makes recommendations that aren't hip or cool enough.

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If your telco or mobe provider hikes 'fixed' contract fees you can now ESCAPE - Ofcom

NightFox

I don't know if just T-Mobile do this, but I've noticed when I look at my bills my monthly charge is actually higher than what I'm paying - but then there's a "discount" that brings it down to my actual monthly rate. I guess this means that the actual contract was for the full amount which lets them just reduce/chop the discount without technically changing the base price they're charging me.

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Candy Crush dev stuffs EU 'candy' trademark down gob

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Re: Excuse me

But you don't trademark a word in isolation, you trademark the use of a word in a specific context.

e.g. Everest can still call the things they install "Windows", but if they started to branch out into IT software they'd not been able to call their new OS the same thing. I could start making cakes and call them Everest cakes, it wouldn't be an issue (though arguably if I called them Everest Double Glazing Windows cakes it would as it could be construed that the name indicated an association).

Royal Mail actually own a trademark on the colour red. That doesn't mean no one can use it, it just means any companies involved in the same business as RM can't use it as a predominant part of their branding.

Of course it all gets a bit silly when merchandising comes in and you extend the original game/app context of the trademark to things like bath robes.

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UK smut filter may have sent game patch to sin-bin

NightFox

I used to work for an Investment Bank (not as a banker I hasten to add) who introduced email filtering. One of the words that would cause an email to get blocked was "rape" - it took several days and the bank potentially lost a considerable amount before the rape seed oil analysts and traders realised what was happening.

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Mystery 'doughnut' materializes in front of Mars rover: 'OH MY GOD! It wasn't there before!'

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Re: Like, oh my god!

"… and we were like, dude, where’s my donut and they were like no way and were were like yes way and they were like noooo way!!! and we were like yessss way!!! and they were like aaawesome!!! …"

Ooo, ooo, I know this one...

...BUT STILL THEY COME

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Use strong passwords and install antivirus, mmkay? UK.gov pushes awareness campaign

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Re: Rolling of eyes

But this isn't really aimed at the typical Reg reader is it? This might be "noddy" stuff, but if all my friends and relatives actually understood and followed it I'd have a lot less of my life wasted cleaning up their infected laptops and explaining why they keep getting all these rude emails and need to cancel their credit card

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Blasphemy! Finns trample over Windows Phone home screen

NightFox

I get what you're saying, but there's customisation, and then there's customisation that changes the underlying principals of Windows. When you consider the MS has "reimagined" Windows 8 in an attempt to bring a consistent user interface across PCs, tablets and phones (i.e. TIFKAM and tiles), they last thing they're going to want is an OEM changing the way that the actual tiles work.

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Virgin Media spanked by ad watchdog over 'in your neighbourhood' fibs

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FAIL

Its' not just at house or street level that Virgin have a track record of mis-advertising availability to. A year or so again Virgin undertook a big campaign in my small town telling us that Virgin fibre had arrived, including mail flyers, posters and full page adverts in the local paper. Unfortunately, they were actually laying fibre to another town with the same name about 150 miles away

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Apple loses sauce, BlackBerry squashed and Microsoft, er, WinsPhones (Nokia's)

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Re: Backpackers @gautam

This causes quite a bit of confusion - If you buy an iPhone from Apple, it is truly SIM-unlocked, you can swap SIMs as much as you like and it will never lock you to a network. However, buy an iPhone from the likes of O2/Orange or somewhere like Carphone Warehouse and it will arrive in an unlocked state, but as soon as you insert a SIM (which you need to do to set up and activate the phone) it will lock to that network.

In other words, all iPhones come unlocked, but if it was sold to work on a specific network (even PAYG), it will lock as soon as the SIM is inserted.

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BT tweaks WORDING of sex-ed web block after complaints

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Re: Right get this

No need to declare anything, 3 attempts to access any of BT's blocked sites and their system automatically marks your account as a sexual deviant

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