6 posts • joined Tuesday 4th December 2012 09:47 GMT
Re: so everyone will get to pay then
They don't make it clear where the liability lies prior to the 'phone being reported stolen, that is how far back you can claim calls were made by the thief rather than the owner.
With credit cards the cc companies, because they are liable, are hyper-sensitive. Quite a few times I've had my card bounce because the banks anti-fraud software considers a purchase to be unusual. I then have to ring them up, get it cleared and then do the purchase all over again.
If the mobile 'phone operators take the same approach they'll randomly block "unusual" calls until the caller can convince them that it is not a stolen 'phone!
The simplest way to limit liability on mobile 'phones is to use pay-as-you-go. If someone nicks my 'phone (unlikely as it is about 12 years old so no self-respecting thief would want it) then they'll only be able to have £20 to £30 worth of calls.
Monty Python's view
On the general subject of getting experts to review fiction, it reminded me of the Monty Python sketch where a bunch of Yorkshire cricketeers review a French directors somewhat dodgy film of a cricket match! They ignore the nudity and somewhat strange symbolism but instead complain about the inaccurate stroke play and the umpiring decisions.
I always thought that the Sun Sparc workstations were the most aesthetically pleasing of the computers that I've worked with. Very slim but solid they seemed to match the philosophy of the RISC chips they contained.
Need to account for non-travelling CO2
Though cyclists have a raised CO2 production while cycling, they are probably fitter as a result so produce less CO2 during other activities during the day because they are more efficient. The net effect is probably negative net emissions relative to doing nothing.
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