* Posts by JimmyPage

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Marmite's not the only national treasure hit by Brexit. Will someone think of the PCs?

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Re: Ah, the year 1 school of thought

"Marmite is made here blah, blah blah". It's like the morons who say "look, the sun is shining, why don't we close all the power stations and go solar".

really, Brexiters should realise they are intellectually outgunnned and try and maintain a dignified silence. (Vain hope, I know).

Quite aside from the fact that transport costs (y'know, petrol, oil, gas, and energy in general) are priced - and paid for - in dollars, there's the little fact that foreign companies (like Unilever) are going to have to keep their FOREIGN investors happy.

If that means whacking prices in pounds up 10%, then that's what they have to do. And will do.

Followed by every other company that has to pay dividends in non-sterling currencies.

There were repeated warnings that Brexit would create a UK vs. the rest of the world scenario. Now it's started, it seems some people haven't the stomach for the fight.

Too late was the cry.

Just wait until after Christmas when the projections for 2018/9 are flowing in. Then we will really see some price hikes. Along with some players possibly abandoning the UK as unviable with such a low pound.

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Smell burning? Samsung’s 'Death Note 7' could still cause a contagion

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Re: In situations like this . . .

Seven red lines

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Seriously, is reality changing ?

Samsung, VW, Hotpoint - all massive fails.

A perpetual war in Syria where no two sides ever seem the same.

A presidential election between two candidates that would lose to Adolf Hitler if he stood.

WTF is going on in reality ? Is the matrix crashing ?

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Majority of underage sexting suspects turn out to be underage too

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Sigh ... once again, using law to dictate morality ..

leads to nonsense.

Sometimes, it's possible to see how and why dictatorships emerge ... mainly because they don't have to give a flying fuck about what the Daily Mail - or any of it's moronic supporters - thinks or says.

They can just pass sensible laws which reduce harm.

(See also "War on Drugs") ....

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UK cops failed to act on Canadian intel on child abuse

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CEOP - IIRC didn't they have an agenda ?

And wanted the powers to snoop everywhere, and close down websites they didn't like without the inconveniences of courts and judges ?

Funny that their own incompetence (the one factor in life they can guarantee) puts them in a position where they can now claim "See ! We really did need those powers after all !".

See also: MI5 having tailed the 7/7 bombers previous to their demise ...

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There are some really crap budget phones out there. Vodafone's Smart Ultra 7 isn't

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I wouldn't buy one if it came with Noddys Rice Krispies ...

Never, ever again. Quite apart from SIM/Network locking is the sheer amount of shite that you can't remove or disable without rooting the phone.

Never, ever.

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Four reasons Pixel turns flagship Android mobe makers into roadkill

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Wither Vodafone, EE, O2 ... ?

So where does this leave the networks ?

Is this a sign that the market is moving towards network-agnostic phones ?

Has Google got the clout - and infrastructure - to bypass the vested interests ?

My memory of the path that led us here is that Google was busy adding serious functionality to Android that was reaching fuck all punters because the networks weren't pushing upgrades ?

Has anything changed ?

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Boy, 12, gets €100k bill from Google after confusing Adwords with Adsense

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Sorry, this stinks to high heaven

The moment I heard about I thought "There is NO WAY on God Green Earth that Google would have allowed an account to be setup WITHOUT a credit card or credit facility available."

Or, to put it another way, I challenge any commentard to set up an account, without a credit facility and then run up such an enormous bill.

Google would take the money from the credit provider, leaving the card/account holder to stump up.

But, it has distracted the less discerning of us from learning whatever horrors Theresa May has planned for the rest of us ...

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ISP GMX attempts the nigh impossible: PGP for the masses

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How long until it's illegal in the UK ?

Just wondering

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Linus Torvalds admits 'buggy crap' made it into Linux 4.8

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Re: Mouse bug ?

Massive read fail ... the OP stated clearly it was not a GNOME issue.

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TalkTalk gets record £400k slap-slap from Brit watchdog

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RE: why does an ISP need the correct DOB?

"It's the system"

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Where's that vomit-inducing CEO now ?

Sorry, that £400K doesn't being to make up for having her smug, nauseating patronising lying face on our screens for weeks - usually at breakfast.

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When Pornhub meets the Internet of Fridges

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Network security fail

so, the implication is HomeDepots internet does not block PornHub by default ?

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UK will build new nuclear bomb subs, says Defence Secretary

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Re: Shouldn't the new names all start with a "W"?

Woderwick ?

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Oops: Carphone burps up new Google phone details

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Dual-SIM ?

Having had the joys of a dual-SIM phone (the excellent recommend-to-anyone Wileyfox Swift) for 9 months, I have to say AFAIAC it's the way of the future.

Bit disappointed that Google - with no network ties in theory - couldn't deliver on this.

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Brit ISP TalkTalk scraps line rental charges

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Interesting timing ...

Page Junior has just moved into a flat, and is in the market for broadband (or, as he calls it "WiFi" - in a hint as to how the younger generations will lose semantic - and technical - discrimination).

Absolutely no need for a landline whatsoever, so a TT no-line package sounds just the ticket.

Off to do some comparisons ...

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Crypto guru Matt Green asks courts for DMCA force field so he can safely write a textbook

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First Amendment ?

or failing that, print the book on a T-Shirt ?

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Ex-army sergeant pleads guilty to using private browsing mode

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Pondering ...

Once again the arms race between tech and law continues ...

Obviously the law can make back white, it it wants to. Whether real life complies is another matter.

I'm vaguely wondering if there would be ways of complying with the order, whilst at the same time not allowing plod to trawl the history. Maybe a (US) cloudy lashup ?

I have very little desire to see any genuine threat to other people go free, or escape punishment. But on the other hand I don't particularly like the "think of the children" hysteria which is slowly pissing away our rights. We will miss them when they are gone.

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Blighty's telly, radio watchdog Ofcom does a swear

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Re: Bah!

"The Thick Of It" and "Veep!" are sublime exercises in the perfection of swearing ...

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To reference our Greatest Living Englishman (again)

Stephen Fry on offence.

“It's now very common to hear people say, 'I'm rather offended by that.' As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more... than a whine. 'I find that offensive.' It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that.' Well, so fucking what."

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User couldn't open documents or turn on PC, still asked for reference as IT expert

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Remind me in 1988

I was asked by a fellow student doing "Computer Science" to show them how to use Wordstar to *create* a letter accepting the £13,000 a year job at Nat West as a programmer.

It is experiences like that which make me the cynic I am today.

Just for reference, £13,000 for a graduate in 1988 was in the top 5% of jobs.

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Oracle loses (again) in battle to get Google Java case retried (again)

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Re: The UK has it better on this point

If I understand correctly (and I may not), the UK has a better way of handling suits than the US because the UK makes the loser pay the winner's legal bills

Common fallacy - but don't feel too bad. Most UK citizens haven't a clue either.

In England and Wales (there is no "UK" legal system) the awarding of costs is determined by the "court" and is discretionary. That is there is no "law" or "rule" to follow.

Generally, there is an accepted *principle* that the loser pays - which is a form of natural justice.

However, there are numerous cases (the trope being pigheaded neighbour disputes) where the court (i.e.the judge) decides each side should pay their own costs.

There was a case in the last year or so which dragged on for years with neither side even trying to negotiate. When it was (eventually) settled, the judge did not award costs and each side had to pay their own. The "winner" had to sell the property to pay his lawyers. (I think they then tried to sue their lawyers :) )

Seems to me the biggest difference in US/UK legal systems is how they view themselves. In the UK it is a given that going to court is an absolute last resort and the parties involved are saying they cannot settle between themselves. Generally, judges take a very dim view of parties that try to use courts as a private playground. As many sue-happy plaintiffs have found - literally - to their cost(s).

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Rosetta spacecraft set for smash landing

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Just seen the signal die

anyone else feel rather teary-eyed ?

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Complaints against cops down 93% thanks to bodycams – study

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Next step - capturing sales speil ?

I've started thinking it would be an idea to wear a bodycam when discussing mobile phone contracts, or building work.

"No, you DID say you would include rubbish disposal in your quote"

"No, you did say you would clean the gutters inclusive"

See you in court.

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Where's the "Forums" link

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Where's the "Forums" link

Missing between 16:00 and 18:00 today ?

<---- (WTF? - See what I did there ?)

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BBC to demand logins for iPlayer in early 2017

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Re: Smart TV's too?

I would have thought that to earn the title "Smart" - at a very minimum - the TV firmware is capable of being updated over the air ?

My (3 year old) LG still occasionally gets updates, and the iPlayer app recently changed to insist I press "Yes I have a TV licence" before running.

However, there is a question of how the BBC implement this - although I'd be surprised (but not shocked) if they did it in such a way that a million TVs become obsolete overnight.

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Presumably, logins will be address based

not personal ? Thereby following the logic of the TV licence.

Or will we have to trust the BBC with the details - and viewing habits - of every person in a household.

Even the minors ?

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Sysadmin gets 5 years for slurping contractor payments to employer

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British justice

The best money can buy.

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One again JPs axiom proves true ...

criminals start from a position of being thick as shit.

(The other axiom is that the police are only marginally less thick, which is why society is generally fairly safe. In support of my assertion, I give you yesterdays announcement from Sir B-H-H)

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Narcissist Heidi Powell wants her dot-com and she wants it now, now, NOW!

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Whatever happened to Mike Rowe ?

(yes, I am *that* old !)

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Video service Binge On 'broke the internet' but 99pc of users love it

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"toll free"

why does this grate with me? First world problem, I know.

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I want to remotely disable Londoners' cars, says Met's top cop

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WTF?

There really are some moronic cretins around, aren't there ?

This is almost as good as "whacky" Jacqui Smiths "we will get all paedophiles to register their email address"

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Windows 10 backlash: Which? demands compo for forced upgrades

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It it just me

or is this 15 months too late ?

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MI6 to hire another 1,000 bods 'cos of private surveillance tech

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And - clearly demonstrating their 19th century antecedents

these jobs involve GOING to an OFFICE ?

Hi tech my arse.

I lost all interest in civil service work when I was told I would be paid £2000 a year less for being 20, not 21.

"Does ability not count ?" I asked.

"Good lord no." they replied. "That would never do.". To this day, no one believes that's what they said at the CCTA. But they did.

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Swedish appeals court upholds arrest warrant for Julian Assange

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Ah, yes, the famous "afraid of the US" bogeyman.

The only thing (well, one of the only things) which has remained constant -at least as far as I can see - in this entire sorry saga, is the lack of any concrete steps by the US to show even the slightest bit or interest in Assange (c).

Yes, there has been a lot of blustering from politicians.

But is there a *US* warrant for his arrest ?

Has the US even begun extradition proceedings ?

Are people aware that in the event Assange (c) is extradited to Sweden, he could not thence be extradited to the US without explicit (and unlikely) UK permission ?

I know there's a lot of paranoia about the US, but they are not going to risk the cosy UK-US extradition agreement (which would be in tatters if they snatched Assange (c) from Sweden) for the likes of Assange (c) who - willingly if not arbitrarily - is slipping into the back pages of the 2000s, and only has himself to blame.

He's starting to remind me of those Japanese soldiers that disappeared into Pacific islands in 1945, only to emerge in the 1970s and discover the world has moved on.

It's been a while since we've had a poll for new El Reg icons. Can I suggest "Oh Do Fuck Off" for the next round ?

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Teenage noughties protocol BitTorrent reinvents itself again

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Plus ca change ...

if I were an investor - or a seasoned dev - then I would have a rummage through older "failed" ideas and see *why* they failed. Because some ideas are sound, but just lack the technology grunt to get off the ground.

Psion to iPhone is a good example.

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EU ends anonymity and rules open Wi-Fi hotspots need passwords

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Re: They have made their ruling, now let them enforce it

I passed about 40 open hotspots

are you *sure* they are "open" ?

Default setup in UK is to have hotspot as open, but then to request some sort of identification before proceeding. Usually in the form of an email address (so it's pretty obvious it's not security, but user-monetisation driving the scheme).

Also, I would strongly advise people to be *very* wary of "open" hotspots. I suspect more than a few have been setup with the express intention of sniffing all traffic.

I can't prove it, but I have encountered quite a few alleged "BT Openzone" and "BT FON" hotspots which allow me to connect, but were never able to actually get to the internet.

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Re: Meh

Hmmmm

As I recall, the UK courts have already tried a few times to use unsecured WiFi as a "must like paedoes or be a paedo, " smear.

The EU was probably taking it's lead from the UK.

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Did you know iOS 10, macOS Sierra has a problem with crappy VPNs? You do now

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Damned if you do, damned if you don't

Microsoft gave everybody *years* of advance warning that XP was going to go end-of-life when it did.

Result ?

Loads of cheapskate big organisations just laid back thinking "we've got plenty of time" and fuck all gets done. Until they wake up and find they out of support.

Dr. Johnsons comnent about focusing the mind seems approrpiate.

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You should install smart meters even if they're dumb, says flack

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The other alternative

would be to build more power stations ?

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Downvoted

for even suggesting that solar power UK-style would have any effect other than siphoning money into peoples pockets.

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Sony wins case over pre-installed Windows software

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Is there some point missing ?

As a few commentards have noticed, taking a machine with it's pre-installed OS actually does have 2 advantages:

1) It means you have a tool with which to test and (if necessary) demonstrate any faults on the vendors OWN TERMS.

2) You are taking the machine as intended, and so can't be accused of any warranty infringements.

As long as nothing prevents you from installing your OS of choice side-by-side, then - discretion being the better part of valour - there's some sense in accepting the Windows-loaded machine.

As I grow older, I find it's much easier to go with the flow than try and build Jerusalem.

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Ten-year-old Windows Media Player hack is the new black, again

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Re: (c) they use Linux

All my downloading is done on a Linux Debian box.

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Star Trek's Enterprise turns 50 and still no sign of a warp drive. Sigh

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EM Drive is an impossible idea

The paper has met with criticism, however. The naysayers believe EM Drive is an impossible idea, as the lack of propellant violates Newton’s Third Law: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Is there a degree or doctorate in "naysaying" ? No. Then who gives a shiny shit what they say ?

Even in the quote above, there is no inconsistency. For a start, the EmDrive definitely uses *energy*. So a priori there is no reason why movement could not result.

What is really confusing the scientists is the non-Newtonian nature of any resultant thrust.

Now, as any fool who actually studies science beyond the Daily Mail headlines knows, there are instances where Newton falls down, and Einstein takes over. In the case of the EmDrive, this could be the place to start looking.

Now my grasp of relatively is only as far as A level, however from what I recall, the definition of gravity was "a force which distorts spacetime. Other objects move in accordance with the distortion."

Which means the hypothesis that the EmDrive is somehow causing a subtle distortion in spacetime (by the application of microwave energy) is not unreasonable. And if that distortion were to shift the centre of gravity of the containing structure ever so slightly, then the structure would be forced to move to accommodate the shift. Thrustless motion.

I have no idea if this *is* how the EmDrive works. But I also know noone has (yet) said it isn't.

All I know is I hear a lot of "that's impossible" without any depth of explanation - always a sign of prejudice and ignorance in equal measures.

Remember 20, 30 years ago. It was impossible that stomach ulcers in humans were caused by a virus ? Hello Heliobactor pylorii !

Knowing there are a lot of top boffins in El Regs readership, what's the thoughts about the above ? I am quite happy to be shown what a bunch of crap it is ...

Let's do science !

Incidentally, if you can put up with the lets-make-a-30-minute-programme-fit-into-60-minutes approach of BBC documentaries since the 1990s, there was a fascinating look at the EmDrive as an antigravity drive in a Horizon about Project Greenglow

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0752f85

(p.s. many years ago, Omni magazine devoted an entire issue to antigravity. One of the more intriguing suggestions was that in the same way electricity and magnetism were linked, gravity and mass were, if you could pump a *really* dense substance around a circuit fast enough, you could "generate" gravity. The problem was because gravity is so weak, the density of the substance was effectively a neutron star. So even if the theory is sound, the practical applications are somewhat restricted.)

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HSBC: How will we verify business banking customers? Selfies!

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re: clueless bellend

is far too kind.

"Fucking moron" fits better.

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Is there a liveness check ?

Just a note that Androids "unlock with fizzog" feature had a "require live" check (which needed the eyes to blink) to avoid being fooled with a photo.

So if HSBC don't offer it (which wouldn't surprise me), it's a fair question what the fuck they have been paying themselves for over the years.

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Nul points: PM May's post-Brexit EU immigration options

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Re:So poor people have less of a say in economic decisions?

Whilst that sounds iniquitous, it's worth bearing in mind this germ of wisdom, as it explains exactly the problem we are in ...

"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent system of government, but only until such time as the majority of the population realised they can vote themselves the largesse of the public purse".

Go figure.

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I still have my great grandfathers axe

My grandfather changed the head, and my Dad changed the handle ...

seems an appropriate saying

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These are not just job cuts, these are M&S job cuts

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Re:You should have asked for that in writing.

Why ?

Once I had decided I had no more use for M&S, why waste another second of my precious time ?

This is the problem a lot of soon-to-be-out-of-business retailers have completely missed or forgotten. Which is that when an alternative is available, pissed off customers will just go there, rather than engage with you. It's one reason why any customer services department worth its salt will be concerned if complaints drop below a certain level, as it would suggest customers are walking, rather than complaining.

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Suggest the next in sequence ...

Woolies, Comet, BHS, M&S ?

it's only investor inertia which has kept a lot of old-school retailers alive when faced with the competition of the internet.

My wife and |I gave up years ago with "shopping". Even if we did find something we liked (which is more and more unlikely when ever store is selling the same tat as every other store) there's the added challenge of finding it in the right size, only to be told to "look on our website" ...

Last thing we bought from M&S was a lightweight coat. After 3 weeks a button cracked. I went to return it, and to my amazement the assistant made a big show of digging out the spare buttons, and wafting them under my nose. They then made a big point that buttons were not covered by the warranty, and that they would only replace the item because it was "less than a month".

Unusually for me, the sharp tongue stayed silent, but only because I knew I would never buy anything from M&S again. Which is a shame, as they were one of the few shops my Mum (who could sew and make clothes) trusted.

We are entering an age where you can *only* buy the same shit, no matter which retailer you choose. Unless you use the internet.

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