* Posts by Credas

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90 days of Android sales almost beat 9 months' worth for all flavours of Win 10

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Re: They are not comparable.

Since throughout the article, including the tables, it's made clear that the numbers are for smartphone sales, I'd say you're completely missing the point.

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Pointless features add to browser bloat and insecurity

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Re: What we need

No scripting is a pretty horrible experience, unless you like that authentic 1990s static web page experience. The problem isn't scripting per se but the proliferation of "cool" but useless and vulnerable features, and (as has ever been, from blinking text and iframes onwards) their misuse.

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Coders crack Oculus DRM in 24 hours, open door to mass piracy

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Re: No they don't have the right to DRM

And when they introduce the DRM after you bought it?

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Shakes on a plane: How dangerous is turbulence?

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Re: The single biggest problem with turbulence

Entirely agree. There are still unavoidable hazards even when you are strapped in, though - I did get to wear a large G&T on a flight from London to Copenhagen when the aircraft encountered unexpected turbulence, which was not a good look or smell shortly afterwards when standing in front of the passport checking booth. But pity the poor cabin attendant who spent 30 minutes clutching the bouncing drinks trolley while wedging it between the aisle seats.

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Re: Explainer?

When the article includes gems like "the level of turbulence required to bend a wing spar is something even most pilots will not experience in a lifetime of travelling", and then even goes on to explain that wings are meant to flex, then you know that you're down at the level of an Open Day tour guide or a Sky News reporter, not a technical summary.

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Unicorn adopts rainbow as logo

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Re: Well to be honest, it was dealing with photographs

Must logos avoid colour gradients because they're a bastard to reproduce consistently across different media (particularly screen and print) and at a wide range of sizes.

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Walmart sues Visa for being too lax with protecting chip cards

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Re: A holdout explains

What am I missing?

That, as has been demonstrated many times in the past in many countries around the world including the US, you could probably sign as M.Mouse with a crayon gripped between your toes and a picture of your arse on your ID, and the average cashier would accept it without a second glance.

What I seem to be missing is why something like C&P that works so well elsewhere in the world, and has done for years now, causes such controversy solely within the USA.

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Google, Honeywell put away Nest patent knives

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Nah

Meanwhile, to El Reg's, reckoning, the best smart thermostat on the market comes from neither company.

To my reckoning, the best smart thermostat on the market is the one on my wall right now: it has a single, non-revolutionary, simple dial that just allows you to set the temperature. It's cheap, does the job as well as Nest or any other, doesn't require a smartphone, and is vulnerability free. Unless someone breaks in and rotates the dial by hand. YMMV.

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Ransomware grifters offer to donate proceeds of crime to charity

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Why prevaricate?

No need for the careful "highly unlikely..", "improbable" and other lawyer-friendly phrases - the scamming, thieving, low-life, bastards are hardly likely to identify themselves for the sake of a defamation action, are they?

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Windows 10 free upgrade offer ends on July 29th

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Re: I don't mind Windows 10, but what's next?

I'll admit I haven't bothered to read up on the things people are getting worked up about here but there is nothing I've seen than interferes with my daily use of my PC.

Congratulations, you're just the kind of product customer Microsoft has in mind for the brave new world of Windows.

The real question for me is what's next?

Well, assuming that Microsoft still intends making money from Windows, it'll be by subscription, or by monetising all that data slurping that you couldn't be bothered to read up about. Or both.

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No more nagware?

Does that mean that after July 29 Windows 7/8 users will be left in peace?

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Brits who live in 'smart cities' don't really know or care

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No surprise

If any citizen had read the waffly bullshit on their website they'd still be none the wiser as to what the point is or what real benefit it will be to them, so it's not exactly surprising that they're completely uninterested in it. It just sounds like yet more Shoreditch Shite to me.

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ZX Printer's American cousin still in use, 34 years after purchase

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Good tip

But is there anywhere in the world outside the USA where faxes are still so common that you can actually find the paper?

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We will end misleading broadband adverts, thunders ASA...

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Or... educate people as to what 'up to' means.

So if you applied for a job at BP (for example) you'd be happy for your employment contract to say "salary package up to £14m", and wouldn't think you'd been royally shafted when your first payslip was only for £1,500? "Ah, but we only said "up to", and we do really have one employee who's paid that. The CEO, since you ask." Broadband providers should have to state a minimum guaranteed speed, and a headline speed no greater than the maximum that 90%, say, of their customers receive.

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Old, complex code could cause another UK banking TITSUP – study

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Deja vu

I could have sworn I read about some remarkably similar "research" by the Institute for Studies several weeks ago - oh look, I did.

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US data suggests Windows 10 adoption in business is slowing

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Re: did Microsoft kill it's cash cow?

@Carling: Go on then, educate me - how do you persistently set a mount point for a NAS share, such that it'll be visible not just in the File Manager but also in file selection dialogues, in Ubuntu and using only the GUI? I'm genuinely interested, because I've never found a way of doing it, although admittedly I've resorted to the text editor before spending a massive amount of time looking.

In a way the "you should try xxx distro" comments reinforce my point - some distros have made that particular task easy, but they tend to do it in their own way and they'll have newbie usability shortcomings in other areas. I honestly don't believe there's any one distro that delivers the ease of use for the average consumer that Windows does, unfortunately.

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Re: did Microsoft kill it's cash cow?

This could be the beginning of the rise of Linux on a bigger scale...if it can be consumer friendly to deploy and mamage.

I use Ubuntu almost full time now, but I have to say there's still a fair bit of work to do on that and other distros before they could really be described as consumer friendly. The consumer expects to do everything through a GUI, and their are still plenty of examples in the mainstream distros where you have to resort to terminal and text editor to achieve something quite simple - e.g. the equivalent of persistently assigning a drive letter to a NAS share, which in Windows takes about 30s, in Ubuntu would involve plenty of Googling, firing up the good old terminal, editing fstab, ...).

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Google Play infested with cash-stealing web apps

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Marvellous advice

He recommends users only download banking apps from official sources.

What, like the Google Play Store - the same place where these dodgy apps are apparently being downloaded from? How long did it take to come up with that useless piece of advice?

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Mozilla slings Firefox patches at flaw found by GCHQ's infosec arm

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I would just assume that they've found another flaw, so can afford to burn this one (for the protection of Firefox users from the bad guys), while retaining the ability to crack Firefox for the benefit of... uh, the good guys? It was all going so well until I got to the end.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

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How brainwashed by Microsoft do you have to become to believe that marketing-applied labels (and prices) like "Professional" and "Home" should affect whether you're bombarded by self-reinstalling nagware? Professional and Home should just be applied to reflect feature sets, not justify nagging or spyware.

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Move over Amazon Alexa – Samsung's hot assistant bot Otto's trying to build an empire

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Re: Is this article...

ISTM that the problem is that devices like this are only offering an expensive alternative to existing simple electrical switches and dials - they don't actually do anything themselves of any real value. Now if Otto could successfully deal with commands like "Otto, empty the dishwasher", "Otto, clean the bathroom", or "Otto, bring me a cold beer" then I'd be willing to consider it.

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Amazon attempts rule fudge to take exclusive control of new dot-words

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The point you're missing is that ICANN has (sensibly) decreed that generic TLDs can't be reserved for the exclusive use of the owner. So for example, you can do what you like with .walmart if you own that, but you're meant to allow essentially anyone to register a domain under .shop. Amazon's cunning plan would allow them to approve or deny any registrations under .moi, which would effectively give them the ability to reserve that generic TLD for their own use if they so chose.

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Romania suffers Eurovision premature ejection

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Re: Euraustralia??

You might ask the same about Israel, which has been taking part for some years now. Alas, the song contest organisers have stated that they have global ambitions, and Australia is just the first easy step in expansion. At some point they'll presumably establish the obligatory massive headquarters and unaccountable Executive in Switzerland to run the World Song Contest and distribute the lucrative advertising, sponsorship and rights revenues...

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Carders cash out hundreds of millions before USA adopts EMV

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Something for the C&P naysayers to contemplate

If the crims, who after all have their own money in the game, think that Chip & PIN will reduce the value of their stolen card details, then despite it's imperfections perhaps it has been worth implementing all along - as the rest of the world concluded long ago.

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Indian Capital Delhi bans Uber's surge pricing

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Re: Supply and demand

Surge pricing is a way of both allocating a scarce resource (hire cars when there's excess demand), and providing an incentive to off-duty drivers to go on-duty and increase supply to meet that demand. By all means ban it if that's what your democratically-elected government thinks is right for their people, but do so in the knowledge of the consequences - inability to get a car when you need it, and fewer cars available for hire.

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Qualcomm channels Star Trek's Scotty as it faces a mobe chip wreck

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The evils of non-GAAP figures

There's a reason they're called Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, and unless there's a special reason to use something else, that's what investors should be looking at. Non-GAAP figures, and the horrors of EBITDA in excluding trivial items such as interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation, are for start-ups and unicorns - not established businesses like Qualcomm.

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Chrome lives in dog years: It's seven years old but just turned 50

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Application tabs still there

They've been hidden away somewhat, but what I think you're referring to is still there. Menu->More tools->Add to desktop..., check Open as window, and there you have it - a clickable shortcut that opens in a window without any chrome.

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Sneaky Google KOs 'right to be forgotten' from search results

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Perhaps it's the acronym

If you use the acronym RTBF then you don't get that many results, but use "right to be forgotten", with or without the data processing business bit, and you get thousands. Perhaps Google's search algorithms don't give much weight to fairly obscure acronyms? I think you're letting your attitude to Google lead you to paranoid conclusions.

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Catastrophic 123-reg VPS cockup deletes Ross County FC website

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Re: Once again, a clear demonstration that a belief

Come on, a bank is a bit of a different proposition than a small football club. Outsourcing their website's server makes a great deal of sense - a reliable host will probably do a damn sight better job of maintaining it than the kind of internal IT bod they could afford. For them, IT is a cost, just like the electricity for their floodlights and pie van, the water for their loos, and other vital utilities!

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Re: Oh dear

I can't believe a business of that magnitude would use a dodgy tuppence hapenny Web host like that.

We're talking about a team with an average attendance of a tadge over 4,000 here, not Manchester United. :) A decent VPS with a couple of other hosts on the server is probably perfectly adequate for their needs.

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Linux command line mistake 'nukes web boss'S biz'

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Re: It's fake

It's complete bollocks, that's what it is. And how could El Reg reprint rubbish like "Rm is a Unix and Linux command only available to the root user that deletes objects like files."?

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South Korea to upgrade national stereo defence system for US$16m

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A better idea to annoy the Norks

Extensive research, carried out on crowded commuter trains plagued by tinny nose emanating from leaky earbuds, strongly suggests that the optimum strategy for annoying the neighbours would not be a small number of high-powered speaker arrays, but rather a swarm of a million micro-drones equipped with milliwatt-class transducers featuring high-pass filters set at 5kHz. Effects on the subject include irritation, loss of concentration, and feelings of helplessness. Oh, and homicidal rage - probably unfortunately, in the case of North Korea.

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This headline will, in part, cost pepper-spraying University of California, Davis $175k

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Given the pictures of that fat-arsed cop and his behaviour, the news that he's trained to the same standard as other regular California police isn't perhaps as reassuring as you intended.

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TalkTalk broadband customers continue to flee

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Re: Cost Benefit Analysis

Good broadband costs quite a bit. It doesn't come "free" bundled with phone and TV.

Apparently maintaining a few hundred metres of copper and long-depreciated switching equipment to provide shit quality voice calls also costs a hell of a lot, going by how much my line charge is.

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Not great

So they have the largest proportion in the industry of existing customers who want out at the earliest possible opportunity, and more of their new customers join because of low price/promotional offers than any other supplier? If (as I suspect as an ex-TalkTalk customer myself) their new customers don't include more than a handful of wiser, been-bitten, not-going-back-there-again ex-customers, then the implication is that they're just buying market share. Doesn't sound like a recipe for success.

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How to not get pwned on Windows: Don't run any virtual machines, open any web pages, Office docs, hyperlinks ...

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Re: What tha..?

I'm waiting with interest to see what MS have planned for when their free "upgrade" offer expires. After all, the business imperative (for them) to get everybody onto W10 won't have gone away, and presumably the unrelenting nagging will have left only those who'll move in their own good time (corporates) or those who'll never move voluntarily. Having exhausted the potential of the carrot, what will the stick look like?

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Zuck: You're still using non-Facebook websites ... I'll put an end to that

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Re: Credit where it is due....

Facebook does not actively try to install onto your system and thus easy to ignore.

And the tracking it does via all those Facebook Like buttons, login buttons, comment fields, etc, etc that litter the web?

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Read America's insane draft crypto-borking law that no one's willing to admit they wrote

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Re: Um, doesn't this blow a hole

Well, quite. Anyone remember how difficult it was to get an uncrippled version of PGP outside the USA, when it's export was banned? Not difficult at all. And if these morons think that strong cryptography can only be developed in the USA, perhaps they should remember that the inventors of Rijndael, the winner of the AES selection process, were Belgian. Maths isn't the sole preserve of any one nation.

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London to Dover 'smart' road could help make driverless cars mainstream – expert

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Centre of the UK motor industry? North West.

You are joking? It's nice that you're proud of Leyland trucks and Bentley, but other parts of the country do have a few little companies like Nissan, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, and virtually the entire motorsport industry, you know.

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Continuous Lifecycle: Just ten conference tickets left

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Best not, or it'll encourage them to stage Devil Spawn of DevOps: The Sequel and we'll have to put up with that being plugged endlessly.

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Google reveals own security regime policy trusts no network, anywhere, ever

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Re: That's nice.

What a pointless comment - nothing to do with the article at all.

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PayPal freezes 400-job expansion in North Carolina over bonkers religious freedom law

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Re: "male perverts legally enter female bathrooms"

Anyone else wondering why Big "check my hands, really, no problem in that department" John is so fixated on thoughts of male perverts sneaking into restrooms to slobber over young girls?

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Twitter spends $10m on rights to cover Thursday-night NFL games

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Re: They've lost the place...

Even better would be a game where in addition, like American football, they use hands as well as feet, respect the officials, don't fall over screaming if they feel a breath of air from an opposition player, have the good sense to use video review of key decisions, and play to a fixed game time rather than tag an arbitrary number of minutes on the end of each period. Heck, to make it more familiar to a US audience they could even play with an oval ball and use big H-shaped goalposts. Oh, wait...

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Not Bitcoin, but close: Red Hat and Microsoft bite into blockchain tech

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3D printers set for lift off? Yes, yes, yes... at some point in the future

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Pick a number, any number...

Context forecast that the 3D printer market - hardware, materials and services - would grow from $4.1bn in 2015 to $16.2bn by 2020.

That's a pretty heroic estimate based on extrapolating a current 33% annualised growth in shipments for the next 5 years. I wonder if there's any more science behind it than that?

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Windows 7's grip on the enterprise desktop is loosening

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Re: Windows 10, like some drunk on a canal path.

It was Windows 10 and it's "telemetry" that prompted me to switch over to Ubuntu for day to day work, just keeping Windows as a dual boot option for those times when it has to be Windows. The funny thing is, I've found that I've hardly used Windows since, and superficial UI slickness aside, don't miss it at all. The other thing I've noticed is that my laptop's fan works hard when using Windows 10, and is hardly troubled by Ubuntu - which makes me wonder what the hell Windows is working at so furiously while idling?

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Nest bricks Revolv home automation hubs, because evolution

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Re: Disturbing

Which puts Microsoft's 'Windows 10 upgrade is free for the supported lifetime of you device' in a different light, for instance.

It puts in the exact same light, which is what concerned me when I first read those weasel words. That kind of careful, and not subsequently amplified, phrasing isn't chosen on a whim.

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Champagne weekend for Blue Origin with third launch

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Happy

You've probably not looked that closely, but other colours are available.

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Blighty starts pumping out 12-sided quids

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Re: counterfeit pound coins

The Mint regularly surveys the coins in circulation, and in May 2015 estimated from their survey that 2.55% of the £1 coins in circulation were counterfeit - which is something like 38 million coins. So somebody still finds it worthwhile producing fakes.

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Elon Musk takes wraps off planet-saving Model 3 vapourmobile

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Re: Bizarre

Errr you do know you can get a refund of the deposit at any time for any reason?

Provided the company's still solvent - which was why I was interested in how the deposit's protected.

"There are other electric cars available, you know, at similar price points, with similar performance?"

Really?? Care to name a couple? Or just one?

Chevrolet Bolt? And let's bear in mind that we're talking about products that you can try & buy now, not promises of what will hopefully be available a year and half in the future.

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