14 posts • joined Saturday 24th November 2012 12:01 GMT
Re: What are they sorry for?
Unlikely. The error codes in the responses (ARUDD files) a single character code. There is a fairly standard list of values.
They probably managed some sort of regression...
Most interfaces to BACS work in the same way. When a payment is declined a reason code is returned. One of the values for this code is definitely Payer Deceased (I have set up interfaces to these systems myself)
Most Billing/Payment processing software lets the Operator perform different actions based on the code.
For example, insufficient funds might trigger a resweep. A similar message is sent if the account details have changed (to let the operator update their records).
Payer Deceased should of course route it to the manual team, and cancel the DD agreement so no more payments.
Given this team exists, this is probably how it's supposed to work. I'm guessing a bug got in the way...
Don't want to pay a TV Licence - don't watch TV.
On the other hand, unless you can avoid buying anything advertised on TV, you're paying for ITV and Sky, whether you have a TV or not.
Yet to be convinced the former is less fair than the latter.
IRIS is dead... the e-gates are the replacement.
Main issue with IRIS was that you needed a special appointment to get the scan. The level of detail needed to identify you from the full list of users wouldn't be in the normal photo. The new gates should be better since they read your passport too, but I've yet to hear anyone not have the same issue as the above posters. (Haven't got a biometric passport yet myself)
True, but the Dove adverts . The "real women" still have shapes unobtainable to most, and at least as likely to inspire all the negative feelings. Maybe slightly more because they are branded "real". At least supermodels are named to suggest they're remarkable.
e.g. the 'curvy' one is no more than a size 14 (less than the UK average), the 'freckly' one who was apparently ashamed of them is absolutely stunning looking.
Not being a teenage girl I've no idea if the education side of it is any better!
Agreed - was waiting for this article after I saw the earlier piece on the original, which inspired me to fire up SC2K in DOSBox as well! What's funnier is that SC3000 wouldn't play on a more modern laptop, didn't seem to get on with XP. Brilliant, humorous and addictive!
Must admit it's a lot easier when you can race through a few hundred years to build up some profit.
@Piro - boxes and proper manuals! Didn't the SC2K one dedicate half the book to essays on urban development? I remember buying SIMFarm as a 'classic' game too, and it having similar farming tips.
Exactly... Nothing displays until someone makes a comment. I only got here to make it by figuring out the URL.
One of today's other articles had an apologetic comment from a member of staff to start it off.
Reg: We want our site to look snappier
Designer: Let's move the comment link up a bit
Reg: And show the number of comments
Designer: And if there are zero comments
Reg: Show zero
Designer: Ah, zero, zip, nada... got it.
The Guardian articles on the subject suggest she herself was that intern...
I thought the 'acronyms must be words (ish)' thing was just in American English
Re: Question on this
News Corp is an American company, not UK.
How do you find Control Panel without Metro - right click where the start button used to be and select it. Or add the icon to the desktop.
You can close a Metro app by dragging it downwards.
The various finger gestures have consistent mouse equivalents, but it takes third party websites to summarise them properly. The information density of the MS documentation is worse than Metro apps!
One trend I've noticed with recent MS products, and I include Windows 7 and the Ribbon in this, is that it is less obvious what to do when just playing around, but if you know what you want to do it's easier to find it. I wonder if this is the reason Alastair finds Windows 8 better when doing 'real work'.
However on the retail side, and against tablets, it has to impress the customer when they play with it in store. (Unless you don't stock it in shops...hmmm)
In the mid-late 90s (between Windows becoming popular and mass home internet access, which the article seems to skip), PC Plus, PCW and so on were all 500 pages, the mighty Shopper pushed 1000. Still remember 30+ page adverts for Software Warehouse which continued into the days of Jungle.com (so c.2000).
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