* Posts by druck

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Dutch bicycle company pretends to be television company

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Re: Doesn’t always work

It didn't work for me, I got a 48" for a bargain from Tesco Outlet via ebay, and while the box didn't show any obvious signs of damage, the top left hand corner was smashed. They were out that model, but offered to replace it with 43" smart TV, which managed to get delivered unscathed. While it was a few inches smaller, it does allow my children to watch endless loops of CBeebies programs on iPlayer, and Toy Story films on Amazon Prime.

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Plusnet outage leaves customers unable to stream Netflix. Horrors!

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Not all bad

Well I've been lucky and not experienced any of the current problems. Got a phone call yesterday from PN offering to upgrade me from the 52/9 (previously 38/19) to the 76/18 service, for £2.50 a month less than I'm currently paying. It was supposed to start from next month, but it's gone live today!

Yes, I'm always complaining about the lack of encrypted emails, but the increased upload speed will make fetching emails via a VPN much faster.

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Wow, RIP hackers ... It's Cyber-Lord Blunkett to the rescue for UK big biz

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Re: Ah, it's the same guy that gave us Job Centre Plus

And he is the despicable individual that did the most to try to introduce ID cards under the Blair government.

Steer well clear of anything he is involved in.

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Brits: Can banks do biometric security? We'd trust them before the government

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Re: I wouldn't expect

The banks will claim that cross referencing against the police database isn't possible as they only store a hash of the fingerprint, and not the full data*. However, there is nothing to stop the police taking their full fingerprint record from the database and performing the same hashing operation on it, then matching against the banks hashes.

* The company implementing fingerprint verification for to replace library cards and meal payments at my wife's school also tried to peddle nonsense, so it's pretty widespread in the industry.

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Re: Am I too cynical?

Nick Ryan wrote:

This is the same Visa that has the totally waste of time and annoying "Verified by Visa" "security" program? Quite apart from the lack of real security where the entire password is stored in plain text somewhere (otherwise asking for character 1, 2 and 3 of the password wouldn't be possible)

I've never seen Verified By Visa ask for anything other than the full password, where as several of my bank do ask for single characters

What Verified By Visa would do is silently ignore anything after the 10th character when setting up the password, but then fail verification if more than 10 characters were entered. I didn't realise this was why my 12 character passwords were failing, so I used to just do a password reset every time too.

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Two Sundays wrecked by boss who couldn't use a calendar

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Re: Powering up in the right order

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The problem with this is that it is an incredibly complex problem to solve (you have to define all of the hardware and software dependencies in order to allow the systems to restart in the correct order) and requires some specialised equipment to automate the equipment power-on.

Networked PDU's aren't that specialised. Each socket can be controlled by sending commands over ssh.

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Google: There are three certainties in life – death, taxes and IPv6

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Re: Try getting IPv6 from any major ISP's.

No sign of PlusNet having IPv6, but then we are still waiting for any form of encryption on email protocols - for about 8 years now.

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Azure is on fire, your DNS is terrified

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Re: The cloud strikes again

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Someday perhaps I'll understand why people and businesses want to put their own data on computers that belong to some corporation in some distant location which depend on the Internet to work at all.

But even if you can conjurer a justification for using the cloud, why that could? Some company with a massive IT infrastructure who decides to make some money on the side by renting it out as a cloud perhaps. But a company who's very foundation is a blood sucking leech like vendor lock-in, and continuous turning of the screw on licences, has now built a cloud - isn't the alarm bells ringing?

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Nest offers its thermostat in three new pretty colors!

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Re: Fuck that

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I'd like a camera to monitor the inside and outside of my chicken coop. I'm not going to buy and run a server to do that.
A server is no longer some big noisy power hungry box covered in blinkenlights, a Raspberry Pi for a couple of quid is all you need, and you can run it off a battery too.

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UK Labour man Owen Smith: If you wanna be a leader, you gotta stop with that lens

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Tweeting logins are the least of the man's worries. Despite the large proportion of Labour supporters who voted for Brexit, he wants to fight the next election with a policy of rejoining the EU - which would mean no opt outs, no rebate, and having to join the Euro - even the most rabid remainder would have to admit we'd be vastly worse off with that deal than currently.

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Spoof an Ethernet adapter on USB, and you can sniff credentials from locked laptops

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Re: Yes, that's one of the bad design decisions of USB

Christian Berger wrote:

Obviously the sane way to go would be to have dedicated ports again. Connect printers and scanners via Ethernet, connect input devices via some sort of overclocked PS/2, and have a special port for mass storage devices. That way you could essentially eliminate all harmful device spoofing...
That wouldn't stop this at all, as long as its port you can plug a programmable device in to the port, it can be compromised.

A better way would be to ensure that network cards are only recognised when plugged in to the machine's internal expansion bus. It takes a longer than 13 seconds to get the cover off the machine and swap a card over, can't be done when powered up, and is a lot more obvious to anyone watching.

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Spinning that Brexit wheel: Regulation lotto for tech startups

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Re: One day we will revisit this with hindsight

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If there is a genuine threat to dramatically increase the central EU budget, we can walk away from the EU at that point.
In case you hadn't realised we are leaving now.
And if, as has constantly been claimed, we can expand our trade perfectly well with the rest of the world on the basis of WTO tariffs for as long as is necessary, we can do this as easily within the EU as without while we see what transpires.
The deals we want to make are not on the basis of WTO tariffs, and we can't sign up to any sensible trade deal with non EU countries while in the EU.

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OpenBSD 6.0 lands

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Re: W^X is for weenies on Von Neuman machines

The StrongARM was the first ARM to have separate instruction and data caches with no automatic synchronisation, which broke execution of code written in to data areas as well as self modifying code, mainly affected games.

But with RISC OS being a friendly place with hardly any malware over its history, a friend of mine wrote a very clever bit of code called StrongGuard which detected attempts to execute code in memory that had been modified in the data cache, and synchronised the instruction cache. It the cache syncing was quite slow, but as the old code was coming from ARM 3/6/7s and the StrongARM was between 20x and 7x faster, games still had to be slowed down to be playable.

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Europe to order Apple to cough up 'one beeellion Euros in back taxes'

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Brian O'Byrne wrote:

The money goes to the Irish revenue commissioners, regardless of what happens elsewhere in the EU.
But then the EU will reassess Ireland's economic performance and send them a massive back tax bill, just as they did to the UK a couple of years ago.

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Big data busts crypto: 'Sweet32' captures collisions in old ciphers

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Change keys

Just make sure you negotiate a new session key after transferring significantly less than 2^64 bytes of data (say 2^30 bits).

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Top digital Eurocrat issues non-denial about hyperlink non-tax

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James51 wrote:

We don't leave the day Article 50 is involved, we leave at the earliest two years afterwards.

No, Article 50 is about negotiating a post exit trade agreement with the EU, which can take up to 2 years. The actual exit is achieved by repealing the 1972 European Communities Act, and the UK parliament can do that any time it likes.

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Nuclear fallout shelter becomes cloud storage bunker

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Re: Storage in Paris

The data might be safe underground, but you won't be able to access it if the employee's can't get in while the city is in lock down.

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Xeon Phight! Phight! Phight! Nvidia says Intel cheated benchmarks

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Re: Same old, same old.

Well, just follow the advertising revenue...

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Same old, same old.

Expect Intel to rubbish ARMs in data centres with a comparison of the latest Xeon E7 verses the ARM2a in my old Acorn Archimedes 310.

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Wanna build your own drone? Intel emits Linux-powered x86 brains for DIY flying gizmos

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I blow raspberries at it

Nothing you couldn't do with a Raspberry Pi for a tenth of the price, and have more payload from not having carry around bigger batteries to power an Intel chip.

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Microsoft: You liked Windows 10 so much, you'll get 2 more in 2017

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Re: Only if it works.....

After you get board of looking at 91% for a few days, you'll power cycle the machine, it will then boot back up and say its restoring the previous OS. After another reboot, which will look fine right up until after you log in, you'll find a completely empty black screen with nothing running, not even the task bar. You can ctrl+alt+delete and bring up task manager, and use that to run other things, but that's it. No amount of trying to use Windows 10 boot repair will fix it.

If you then are contemplating a OS reinstall, make it Linux Mint this time, you wont look back.

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Perlan 2: The glider that will slip the surly bonds of Earth – and touch the edge of space

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Re: 90,000 feet

Gliders are the cyclists of the sky; hard to see, unpredictable, and many display no respect for the rules everyone else sharing the sky has to follow.

Also just like with any article on cycling which causes the two wheeled militants come out in force, it seems the gliderists are flocking to the site to down vote any GA pilot talking sense.

Well down vote away, at least while you are pressing buttons down here, you wont be terrorizing others up there.

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Simply not credible: The extraordinary verdict against the body that hopes to run the internet

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The New FIFA

I'm waiting to see if Sepp Blatter gets made the new life president of ICANN, after all, there is no one else more qualified.

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Windows 10: Happy with Anniversary Update?

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Re: Don't care!

Not upgrading to Windows 10 is a bit like Brexit. When the EU announces more harmful directives aimed at creating all encompassing super-state, you can just sit back and be glad you got off that train at the last station.

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RM to resell Apple, Lenovo, HP, Dell to YOUR children

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Schools should have..

...stuck with Acorn. ARM based tablets would have happened a decade earlier, and UK IT education would have still been the envy of the world.

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Windows 10 pain: Reg man has 75 per cent upgrade failure rate

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I don't know what I was smoking yesterday...

...but I decided to try to upgrade an old Windows 7 HP Pavillion laptop, on the basis I'd just put an SSD in it, and still had the original disc in case it went tits up.

This was despite trying out Windows 10 on an even older HP netbook about 6 months ago. I kept finding it switched on after doing upgrades in the middle of the night until finally one upgrade got stuck, and after rebooting, it supposedly rolled itself back, then it booted to an empty desktop. Attempts to repair it resulted to it not booting at all, so now it runs Mint+Mate faster and better than it ever did with any flavour of Windows.

On the laptop just like with the netbook the automatic upgrade downloaded 3GB, took hours to get to 87% then stayed there indefinitely, and on rebooting returned to Windows 7. I still had the media creation tool on an SD card from trying to fix the netbook, so tried that, but luckily it wouldn't accept the 100% genuine licence key from the sticker on the machine, and that brought me to my senses.

Now W10 is no longer free, I'll never be tempted to try it again.

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Seagate's south UK factory hasn't a future but HDDs do (it hopes)

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Re: Sad day for Havant, Portsmouth, and Hayling Island

You can't blame this on Brexit, it's a dying technology.

Although if the EU was more concerned about technology than agriculture, we could have been enjoying paying £2000 a family per year to subsidise the Common Storage Policy, allowing French peasant engineers to still make magnetic core store to add to the European data mountain.

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Ofcom should push for fibre – Ex BT CTO

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Re: Cui Bono?

FTTC get's it supply from the copper going to the cabinet from the exchange. With FTTP there is no copper link from the exchange to the premises, so the home/office has to have battery backup, and someone needs check to maintain all those batteries.

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We're not looking for MH370 in the wrong place say investigators

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At last someone posting sense.

The underwater terrain in that region is so mountainous and irregular they would have difficulty finding the wreckage above water with radar or optically, never mind at depths of many thousands of feed with far lower resolution sonar. They may have passed very close, but not seen it, if it was shadowed by a gully.

Remember how long it took to find Steve Fossett's plane in Sierra Nevada (smaller aircraft, but less scattered on impact), in a far smaller and easily reachable search area.

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Firefox to banish hidden Flash files – and kill off sneaky ad snoopers

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Raspberry Pi

The BBC News flash video clips play with scrambled sound on my Pi2 & Pi3, not managed to get it to play the HTML5 version yet (no problems with HTML5 on YouTube).

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What's big and red and squashes 276 bugs, 19 of them critical?

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Well when everyone stops suffering Adobe products, Oracle will be there to take up their mantel.

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After Monday's landing, SpaceX wants to do it in triplicate

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Re: I just love the idea...

Split into 4 - we want to see the second stage too.

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Brit chip biz ARM legs it to Softbank for $32bn

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Re: ARM is 10% cheaper than it was a month ago.

I bought at 42p, and sold after 7 years, the last 5 of which it was hovering around a pound, of course it immediately took off like a rocket to the £10 mark. With the takeover I'd have stood to make over 60K in profit if I'd held on another 7 years.

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Ronan Dunne jumps O2 ship

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No more interference

Well the EU wont be sticking it's nose in to the UK's mobile market for much longer, so O2 and Three could still get together.

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Generous Fiat Chrysler offers $1,500 for car security bugs – or two minutes of annual profit

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Daewoo

They could always give away a free Daewoo with every bug found, worth about the same as the cash, but perhaps still not much of an incentive.

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White hat banned for revealing vulns in news sites used by London councillors

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Banned?

What was he banned from? The only mention of banned is in the headline.

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Comms intercept commish: There were some top secret orders

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Re: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills?

Paranoid rubbish. It's far more likely that MI5 was brought in to investigate industrial espionage by foreign actors against UK based companies.

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Post Brexit EU will spend 'stability and peace' budget funding Chinese war drones

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Come on remainers (there seems to be a lot of you on here), answer the question; do you approve of the EU doing this, and want us to be part of it?

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European Patent Office palace coup bombs

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Another institution beginning with European we'll be glad to see the back off.

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Verisign keeps its dot-com cash cow until 2024

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Re: Greed

Sorry no, if I see a .ru the alarm bells start going off.

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Michael Gove says Britain needs to create its own DARPA

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Re: Terrifying

@Kurt Meyer

Adventurism/Intervention? When was the last time Britain hared off on its own?
The Falklands, and went pretty well too boot. Gave the our Vulcan it's first and last taste of combat, at a record (at the time) range of 3900 miles.

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3GPP sets 2018 as freeze date for 5G air interfaces

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3GPP

I always thought 3GPP was the file extension of the crappy low res videos produced by my first Nokia with a camera.

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Undergrads build 12.6-TFLOPS cluster out of four nodes, 112 cores

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Mostly GPU

A naive look at the top two results suggests that most of the work was being done by the 8 K80 GPUs, and the extra 56 CPUs that the 1st place team used, didn't bring much to the party.

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25,000 malware-riddled CCTV cameras form network-crashing botnet

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Turn off UPnP

Most of these IP cameras are just plain nasty, even if you've got a reasonably secured router if UPnP is enabled, they will reconfigure the router to open up numerous ports to dodgy Chinese servers in order to allow equally dodgy smartphone apps to remote monitor the camera feed. Often there is absolutely no security, all that is needed is a simple and easily guessable serial number of the camera.

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Microsoft joins battery-saving browser bandwagon with Edge claims

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He who controls the OS...

...controls the power usage.

Ask yourself how easy would it be to for Microsoft to tweak the OS so that certain programs have better or worse power consumption?

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Shakes on a plane: How dangerous is turbulence?

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Gloucester to Bankok...

Well not in the same flight. During my PPL training on a humid summers day I felt quite a bump, and my instructor told me to look at the altimeter - it had just dropped 500ft! A few months later my friends and I were flying back from Australia and the plane was attempting to land at Bankok during a thunderstorm. After holding for 20 minutes, they decided to give it a go. During the decent there were several big bumps like the one I experienced. I reassured my fiends everything was OK, but I was wondering how many 500fts we could have left.

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Will you get reimbursed if you're a bank fraud victim? Brits think not

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Re-imbursement yo-yo

I've suffered two incidents of fraud, in each case I was initially re-reimbursed, then the bank decided to take the money back again. A strongly worded complaint to my branch manager reversed that decision in each case.

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Republicans threaten to derail internet transition

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ICAN == FIFA

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You can always rely on the Ancient Ones to cock things up

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Re: A long time ago ...

It's far more likely that while Please ensure the child element is linked to it’s parent. was corrected in the language file, the actual text displayed was hard coded in the application, and never changed. They should have tried switching language and seeing if that pop-up was still in English.

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Monster Cloud and an angry customer wanting a refund: A Love Story

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Re: Wow!

Avoiding any firm with the word Monster in them, would be a good idea. Take Monster Cables for instance, £99 for a 4 gang extension lead or £250 for a HDMI lead - and that was years ago when I was last foolish enough to enter a branch of Dixons/Currys/PC World.

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