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Gimme a high S5: Samsung Galaxy S5 puts substance over style

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Re: Feels really cheap

To me, every Galaxy has felt cheap and a bit flimsy, which is why I've never bought one. Much better to buy something made by HTC. Even if they can't quite get their marketing right and have been shedding market share over the last few years, they do make bloody good phones.

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Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed

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@GreyWolf Re: How many XPers?

I think the point was more that he has old, specialist software which can't easily be moved to a new machine. We have a similar situation on the odd machine at my place; old expensive software, some of it written by companies no longer in existence, not much in the way of alternatives, install media long since been lost etc.

A Linux dual boot wouldn't help in that case, and the XP install would still be prone to attack.

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Bendy or barmy: Why your next TV will be curved

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Pointless for the front room

This wouldn't be much good for many of the front rooms I've been in, as there's rarely a sofa plonked directly in front of the TV, at a decent viewing distance from the screen. Plus, you'd have the same problem of older content being played through the modern viewing tech looking weird, as SD does through HD kit now.

BUT, for a dedicated games room with PS4, this would be frigging awesome. Imagine a full on racing seat with the latest Logitech Driving Force GT, plugged into a PS4 with the next Gran Turismo, all parked in front of a curved 78" 4k screen....

Time to buy a bigger house

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

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Re: No, it's not.

"you better love Soccer above other sports"

There is no sport named "soccer". It's called FOOTBALL.

And also, every other point you made is wrong.

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Dutch doctors replace woman's skull with 3D-printed plastic copy

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Frigging awesome

These articles make me smile. It's reassuring to know that amongst the patent trolls, scam artists and general twats who inhabit this Earth and dominate the headlines, there are teams of people like this, using technology to do great things, things which just 5 years ago were unimaginable.

A fantastic achievement all round.

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Returning a laptop to PC World ruined this bloke's credit score. Today the Supreme Court ended his 15-year nightmare

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Re: 15 years

"he did have judgement for him - and swiftly - his greed buggered it up."

See this part:

"Although a sheriff in Aberdeen ruled in Durkin's favour in March 2008"

That's TEN YEARS of hassle and legal fees later. I would hardly call that swift. He may have been greedy and held out for more for all the hassle, he may have been advised by his lawyers to hold out for more. Or maybe the initial £116k settlement wasn't enough to cover the legal fees. There's no detail on the specifics here, but the fact he had to go through this at all when he had every right to return the mis-sold laptop gets my sympathy.

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"More and more I am convinced that taking out loans for anything other than a house (which is bad enough) is asking for trouble."

Well said, sir.

A house, most people don't have a choice but to take a loan out for. A car I can kind of understand, but considering the depreciation of mine the last time I did it and the resulting negative equity, I certainly won't be doing it again. But a laptop on credit? I wouldn't even consider that, even if we were still in a time where lower spec models cost £1500.

This is how countries get into financial trouble. You have companies such as Wonga advertising on TV, encouraging people to take out short loans at 1600% APR for trivial things like a new bed or paint for the living room.

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BT snatches crown: Soars to top of complaints list

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Re: Yodel

"Can a leopard really change its spots?"

No. Not in Yodel's case anyway. I ordered something through Amazon marketplace a couple of months ago (i.e. not direct from Amazon), and the seller chose to send it with Yodel. The driver came at lunch time, and as I wasn't in, he threw the package over the side gate, in the pissing rain, where it lay in a puddle for 5 hours until I got home. To be fair, he did put a note through the door telling me he'd thrown the package over my 7 foot fence, so at least I knew where to find what was left of it.

Amazon, however, have sent all their Prime stuff to me with "local" couriers for the past few months (no major delivery companies), and I've been much happier with that service. I don't even bother with marketplace items any more.

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The Reg's desert XP-ocalypse aversion plan revealed

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Re: public access?

CCleaner, yes, but having it run on boot might be a bit resource intensive. They don't seem to be high spec PC's. I'd advise the person (or people) in charge of the place to run it once a week or so.

Also, some anti malware, either MBAM or SuperAntiSpyware in addition to the AV.

This one might not be applicable to the userbase, but CutePDF (simple PDF printer) is a useful one I always install. It's light, free, and useful for creating PDFs of receipts and useful web pages.

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Reg tries out Google's Chromecast: Yep, we even tested smut sites

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Buy an HDMI switch. My TV only has 2 ports, so I bought this one.

Worth every penny to the lazy man!

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Every little helps: Dirty MOLE BANDITS clean out Tesco ATM from BELOW

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Re: Effort!

Effort, yes, but they got a fairly decent pay day from it, especially considering the area (if indeed they are locals).

The same thing happened in Fallowfield (South Manchester) a couple of years ago. Fortunately (or unfortunately from their point of view) they chose to do it just after New Year before the thing had been refilled, and the monumental effort only got them about £6k.

I remember listening to the radio at the time, and Mike Sweeney quipped how the gang would have made more money working minimum wage jobs over the time it took to dig that tunnel.

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Osbo's booze, bingo, biz and big data Budget

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Re: @ Irongut - £200m to fix potholes

"especially when there's a lot more coming up after the flooding due to washed out foundations down here in the south."

Well, at least the recent floods have helped bridge the North/ South divide, bringing your smooth carriageways in line with our public rally tracks.

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"turning off street lights and lights on road signs"

You're right about whole sections of motorway, and even whole motorways, being in the dark. The problem isn't that it's difficult to see, though. Xenon bulbs and cats' eyes provide plenty of illumination, especially on very wide and mostly straight roads. It's more that it encourages dickhead drivers to stick their high beams on and dazzle every bugger in front of them.

Some motorways in the north west have every other light turned off. I think this is the solution. It saves half the lighting cost and still illuminates the road adequately.

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

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Re: You can get the fakes at clubs

"Some of the fakes are pretty good"

Indeed they are. I've only had a handful over the years which I've suspected to be forgeries, and I suspect have had more I didn't even realize were fakes. Although, apparently, the quality is getting worse. There's an article on the BBC today on how to spot a forgery.

That's my point, though. Surely there's a high cost to manufacturing a decent forgery? And how do you spend them in bulk? I imagine you could get away with handing over 3 or 4 at a time in the pub (or mixing them with real ones, if they were good enough), but walking into John Lewis with a big bag of 800 shiny coins to buy a new TV would look a little suspect.

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3 per cent?

That sounds like a lot. Who's got the time or the patience to manufacture all those fake pound coins? You can buy bugger all with a quid anyway. The crooks should invest their time in Bitcoin exchange hacking or something instead.

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Alibaba float could make Facebook's look like small change

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Re: What fucking idiot ...

Well you say that, but people many thought to be "idiots" bought into Facebook, and after the initial hiccups its share price skyrocketed. That's not to say it'll stay like that for any length of time (it's on its way back down now), but for a company offering pretty much nothing of value it did quite well for a time.

Alibaba, however, actually has something of value to offer.

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Scam emails tell people they have cancer to trick them into installing a money-stealing Trojan

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I had this one

Sent to one of my publicly accessible accounts a couple of days ago, along with the usual "HMRC Tax Refund", "HSBC Transaction number" and "Please your girl tonight" bollocks. Usually I just laugh at how ridiculous they are, but this one actually stopped me in my tracks. It knocked my faith in humanity down that little bit more. There are some really sick fucks out there.

I'd like to see they guy(s) who did this caught and punished, but the cynic in me doubts that will happen.

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Inside Facebook's engineering labs: Hardware heaven, HP hell – PICTURES

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Re: 50's Lathe

Hey, mistakes are easily made. I honestly thought the 3D printer was a coffee machine before I read the description.

Interesting article, though. FB has gone up a bit in my estimation, allowing a bit of hardware creativity within its ranks.

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But... you work in IT... Why aren't we RICH?

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Re: Totally agree about WTFapp

"try charge any of those "billion" users 1 cent, it will quickly drop to n very very small percent of users."

Actually you do have to pay for it after a while. It isn't much (I think I paid £2 or £3 for 3 years or something) but it's not free forever

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Re: Totally agree about WTFapp

There's a very obvious use for it, actually, and I'm surprised no one seems to have picked up on it. I use it often, as I have a good mate in Belgium, a good mate in Germany, and I live in the UK. We only get to see each other once or twice a year, and it used to be the case that sending a text to one of them cost me 20p, as texts to cross country networks are certainly not included in my contract allowance. Even mms messages sent to other UK mobiles used to cost me money (which is why I only ever sent 2 in my whole mobile-owning life. One of them to test it even worked).

Now, sending pictures, videos and messages through WTFapp is free, either through WiFi or mobile data.

And before you say "just use Skype blah blah blah", a text is much easier to get away with when sending a dirty joke you just heard throughout the working day.

Whether that use is worth £11.5bn is another matter.

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PayPal row heats up as eBay chair calls Icahn claims 'false and misleading'

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Re: Can we stop calling him an activist investor?

Indeed. The term appears implies some sort of nobility to his actions.

"That twat Icahn" will do in its place.

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Nokia to Devs: PLEASE DON'T make Nokiadroid apps look like WinPho

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Why would anyone want to?

"PLEASE DON'T make Nokiadroid apps look like WinPho"

I've developed a couple of WP8 apps (because I got paid to), and I made them look as much like their Android counterparts and NOT like WP8 apps as possible. Because, well, standard WP apps look shite.

Apparently Nokia shares this view.

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Ghostwriter: Assange™ is NARCISSISTIC and UNTRUTHFUL

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Wow

Scathing words indeed there from someone supposedly on "friendly terms." To be honest, checking bushes and pulling the car over probably weren't outside the realms of unwarranted action for him at the time. Like or loathe what he believed in and the actions the organization took, they pissed off a LOT of the wrong (or right?) type of people.

The level of extreme paranoia and narcissism displayed is certainly not a surprise, though.

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Sony enlists Michael Jackson's GHOST to flog Xperia Z2

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Shamone, motherfucker!

"Not just MJ's imperative as famously used in Beat It, Thriller, Billie Jean et cetera but indeed, a wandering Buddhist monk in Japanese"

You forgot about Bo' Selecta.

He's not dead anyway. It's all a GIANT CONSPIRACY

etc.

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Amazon fuses LoveFilm, subs service, calls it Prime Instant Video

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It's because it needs silverlight.

You'd think they would improve the website though, it's pretty crap. I know a few customers they've lost due to that alone.

However, the PS3 Lovefilm app is brilliant.

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Re: Prime one-day delivery? Ha!

I've had it (in the UK) since before Crimbo, as I used the trial to order presents I forgot about, quick time. I forgot to cancel and auto paid the £50. I've used it around 5-6 times since then, sometimes ordering an hour or two before the deadline, and everything has arrived the next day, mostly before 1pm.

Although to be fair, it could have something to do with the couriers. The Prime stuff tends to arrive with "man and van" types as opposed to Royal Mail (they listed them as "Amazon local couriers" or something when I looked at the order history). Which is a good thing, in my experience.

It's slightly annoying that I already have the £7.99 Lovelfilm DVD/ instant subscription though. Could have combined and saved some cash...

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Robots demanding equal API rights? It's just a matter of time

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"formed an ordered line"

I like this.

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Google, Apple pop a cap in that Flappy Birds crapp app flapp

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Re: I've never heard of such a brutal and savage injustice

I thought about making a Flappy Birds clone. Then I thought "nah, fuck it. Beer instead."

Winner.

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10,000 km road trip proves Galileo satnav works, says ESA

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@Khaptain "guesstimate"

Guesstimate? Guesstimate?! Are you serious?!

It's a good job you made a valid point there, dear boy. Otherwise you'd be in danger of some downvoting action, using language like that.

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Flappy Bird's ANIMATED CORPSE may spread malware PLAGUE

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Re: Does this make me a Troll?

"So does a Walled Garden approach look any better now?"

That was a silly comment. iPhones are just as capable of installing non-app store apps, as 'droid phones are, and "kosher" apps are still vulnerable to attack, as keeps being proven:

http://www.macworld.com/article/2037099/ios-app-contains-potential-malware.html

So to answer your question, no.

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Sony set to axe 5,000 workers worldwide as it flings PC biz overboard

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Not surprising

"it was non-existent in the business market"

VAIOs have never been much good. They're very pretty, which on its own makes them expensive. But performance is underwhelming, and they're unreliable.

It's a shame really, as other Sony divisions produce some top quality kit.

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HP: Autonomy overstated 2010 profits, cuts them by 81 PER CENT

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Re: Autonomy reported profits of £105.7m for fiscal year 2010, The real profit was just £19.6m

"So those dolts at HP thought that a yearly profit of £105.7m was worth purchasing Autonomy for $10.24bn?"

Not quite. For one, these figures are for 2 of the 8 Autonomy divisions. Secondly, according to Autonomy, these figures have been reached after HP's tax accountants have "worked their magic" on them, so to speak. So the actual revenue of Autonomy will have been much higher than this (although still not as high as they claimed, apparently).

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Apple marks '1984' anniversary with iPhone-produced un-commercial

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Re: Pish

How can you make such a comment without even watching it? I don't like Apple and don't own a single one of their products, but I enjoyed the video.

They got the date format wrong, though, unless there's a magical 24th month I'm not aware of.

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Windows 8.1 becomes world's fourth-most-popular desktop OS

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Re: 8.1 and 8 should be grouped together

"ChromeOS has already got 20 odd percent of the market..."

Wrong. Chrome OS accounted for 20% of LAPTOP sales in the US ONLY, in 2013. The stats in the article are worldwide OS stats (just to be clear; there are other countries in the world), and also include tablets and enterprise. And they include other years.

The laptop market is a very rapidly declining one, and although the desktop market is too, desktops are still used widely in industry. The increased Chrome sales in the US were to home users looking for a cheap Facebook status updater, who were unwilling to shell out for a tablet. In the grand scheme of things, 20% of shipped laptops running Chrome OS, in a single year, doesn't make a dent, and certainly doesn't equate to "20% market share." Chrome OS made up 0.2% of US laptop sales the year before.

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Microsoft-backed lobby group demands market test of Google's proposed 'search fix'

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Re: Almost

Ha ha, thanks for pointing that out. I amended it to be more accurate.

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Bollocks

Yet more Bullshit From Brussels(TM).

Why should Google not have the right to promote its own products, on ITS OWN SITE? If it was employing underhanded tactics to force others out of the marketplace (as MS has done and been fined for MANY times previously) then fair enough, but Google should have control over the content that appears on its own domain. The fact that millions of people choose to physically navigate to the site every day, or switch their search widgets to Google, should not give MS, Brussels or anyone else the right to dictate whether a competitor's content is or isn't ranking highly enough.

I'm not even particularly a fan of the company. In fact, I dislike MS slightly less than Google. But I do use Google products, as they're the best at what they do.

It's shit like this that almost makes me want to vote UKIP.

Almost...

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Yes, Google can afford to lose $9bn in Motorola sale. But did it really?

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Re: What a mess

I wouldn't say this is a mess. To the untrained eye it may appear so, but I should imagine, nay, put money on, this being Google's accountants/ strategists/ lawyers pan from the start. So we have;

- Buy a company with an operating loss for huge tax breaks (on top of the already huge ones in place)

- Sell off the profitable bits of it

- Strip out the loss making but still attractive parts and sell them (in this case to Lenovo)

- Keep enough of the carcass to offset against profits and create yet more tax breaks

- Acquire a shitload of patents to lock down the market in Android's favour, and potentially license to or sue infringing companies in the future

Many assumptions have been made of course, but to me this looks like a win win win win win for Google.

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Candy Crush King went 'too far' when it candy crushed my app – dev

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Re: As for another King product -

What the fuck are you smoking, dude?

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We see ya, Ouya, you tasty Android games console gear

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Re: Android fail

"Who's going to buy it?"

Well, they were after $950k on Kickstarter, and ended up bagging over $8.5m, completely selling out of the $95 console option. So, it seems that question isn't much of a problem for them. Anything they sell now through Game, Amazon etc. is just a bonus.

And to be fair, touch games have been getting better recently.

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Re: Hmm...

I actually bought a dirt cheap RRoD 360 and fixed it, but made sure to purchase a wired controller to use with it ;-)

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Hmm...

There's definitely potential here, but I'm not sure I'm willing to shell out for one just yet. If it had access to existing racing titles I already own (my favourite genre), I'd be much more convinced. I'll definitely keep an eye on it over the next few months.

A bugbear I can see, though, is having to use batteries in the controller. It's a pain in the arse, and something I've not had to do since the Dreamcast (for that little portable memory card/ screen thing that plugged into it). It wasn't mentioned in the review, but how long do the supplied Duracell AA's last before needing replacement? Can you put rechargeables in it without damaging it?

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MPAA spots a Google Glass guy in cinema, calls HOMELAND SECURITY

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Re: Going to be a painful future

"fucking hell what american* actually believes that homeland security are roughing up people in cinemas -- in utah of all fucking places -- because they're wearing google glasses???"

Did you bother to read the article or just skip straight to the comments?

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Smog-hit Beijing shows sunsets on a giant TV to remind people what the sun looks like

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"you cant [sic] polish a turd"

Yes you can. It was on Myth Busters.

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KC engineer 'exposed unencrypted spreadsheet with phone numbers, user IDs, PASSWORDS'

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Re: The Internet. Yes, it was too good to last.

"It's little wonder I've stopped all but the most difficult on-line transactions and gone back to cheques."

Bad move. Cheques are being phased out over the next 4 years:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8414341.stm

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Is your IT department too tough on users?

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No

Just no.

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Alicia Keys throws in towel on BlackBerry's creative director job

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Re: Return on investment?

"Well, there was that time when she tweeted from her iPhone about how much she loved using Blackberries"

Yes, and then claimed she'd been hacked in an attempt to cover it up.

And (see the same article) she was snapped in a dressing room with not 1 but 2 Apple Shineys on the table in front of her while supposedly being RIMBerry's "Global Creative Director"

You could be forgiven for thinking her heart was never quite in it.

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

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Re: So, Mozilla...

"Well, there is a simple answer to that. Mozilla presents itself as a "community" based browser. It would be happier if we all forgot that it is funded by the Gorilla that is Google."

Surely "guerilla" would be more appropriate...?

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Re: "Big numbers scare me"

"There is no reason to drive around with the balls near the concrete, is there?"

That's true enough. It's the way they word it though. Here is the actual text on the current default Mozilla home page:

"Mozilla, the maker of Firefox, is a non-profit and we rely on donations.

If everyone reading this gave $3, we would only have to fundraise 1 day a year. Donate before the year ends."

It sounds rather like they're begging for cash to stay afloat, in much the same way Wikipedia does (and apparently doesn't really need to).

That's quite an interesting link though, Ohloh estimating the cost of Firefox development to be around $170m per year. If I wasn't sat in the office "working" during the Christmas/ New Year 'lull' I might be tempted to actually do a bit of research on this.

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So, Mozilla...

... is pulling in $300m a year from Google and doesn't produce much in the way of new stuff. Why, then, does it "have to fundraise" as well (see the Firefox default home page)?

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Ho, ho, HOLY CR*P, ebuyer! Etailer rates staff on returns REJECTED

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Re: I feel it in the air

"I'm pretty sure you can reject returns in some cases."

Only for bespoke goods, such as engraved trophies or custom printed t-shirts. UK retailers fall under the Distance Selling Regulations, which permit anything standard and new purchased online to be returned, for ANY reason, within a specified amount of time.

So everything purchased from ebuyer can be returned to them, whether it's faulty or you simply don't want it any more. They have no legal right to reject any returns, which either makes their little leaderboard very much illegal (in that they are misleading customers as to the customer's legal rights), or it actually is what they say it is; a measure of how many issues are resolved by tech support, thus avoiding a return.

I've always had a good experience with ebuyer; quick delivery and properly packaged goods. But I've not had to return anything as yet, so no idea about their returns process.

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