* Posts by Dazed and Confused

1614 posts • joined 12 Sep 2007

Ashley Madison: ‘Our site is full of women, and members are growing’

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Re: Get A Skype Account

The dumb thing is that they all look far to attractive to want to be my friend all of a sudden.

If they stopped using photos of models they'd probably get a better hit (on) rate :-)

(PH angle? I've have a so called PH want to be my friend on Skype)

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T-Mobile US CEO calls his subscribers thieves, gripes about 'unlimited' limited tethering

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Since when

Did an "All you can eat" buffet allow you to bring your family along to join in to?

Normally I'd be with you on an "unlimited Internet connection" but for a phone contract? All the phone can eat unlimited seems reasonable, tethering is like bringing you mates along too and expecting to feed them as well for the cost of one meal.

I've no idea how T Mobile in the US sells this service.

In the UK I've got an unlimited contract with 3 and I was clearly told that this was unlimited in terms of use by the phone and that I was only allowed something like 4GB of tethering, which seems fair. Data contracts for tablets and mobile WiFi gadgets cost more than the phone contract. I guess there is a reason for that. My youngest son who has the same contract still manages to push 100GB/month on his phone.

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Google watchers react furiously to ad flinger’s competition case defence

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Re: Fact is, its not hard to find your favorite seller in any given set of search results

I've never once asked google to tell me who can tell me who sells anything.

I've asked google who sells things and they've answered.

If I requested that google give me search sites and they only listed their own then I'd be miffed. If I ask them who sells something and they only listed the names of other people who could tell me I'd also be miffed.

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Apple's AirDrop abused by 'cyber-flashing' London train perv

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Re: WTF?

> ..and it's Apple wot's about to undun it as soon as Apple can get its shit together.

not if they can find a way to monetize letting companies push ads to your phone they won't. They sell it as being a feature.

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Sex app Tinder in public meltdown – because a journo dared suggest it was, well, a sex app

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Re: The sort of flirting that happened 40 years ago - especially at work

> The sort of flirting that happened 40 years ago - especially at work - would now be likely to be deemed sexual harassment.

I'd certainly not be married to the love of my life for the last 25 years if she'd not been allowed to chat me up at work all those years ago.

See Unix engineers can have social skills and chat up people of the opposite gender.

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UK.gov issues internal 'ditch Oracle NOW' edict to end pricey addiction

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Re: remotes

> Ok so LO is not perfect - but

then neither is Office where every new release is worse than all the previous ones and all the bits that you used to use have now either been hidden, broken or both.

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Wait, what? TrueCrypt 'decrypted' by FBI to nail doc-stealing sysadmin

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Re: yes

> 1 really long C0mpl3x P@55wOd!, if I even got it right, is vulnerable to dictionary attack.

Not when you spell as badly as I do

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OFFICIAL SCIENCE: Men are freezing women out of the workplace

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Re: Temp difference also matters

When I started travelling extensively and visiting offices in lots of parts of the world I found it was always worth taking a range of office suitable clothing with me. There seemed to be a tendency, especially in the US (but not only) to set the inside temperature to be the opposite of the outside one. Phoenix in summer? office would be 18, Chicago in winter? office likely to be at least 25.

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Linus Torvalds warns he's in no mood to be polite as Linux 4.2 drags

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intelligent ...

>>more intelligent computer users

>Are they like more intelligent bosses?

Sure no one has ever found enough samples for a valid comparison.

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Assessing the power of Intel’s SSD 750 … but check your motherboard before buying

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Re: 32.23MB/s for 4K random reads is disappointing

This is an attempt to get away from SATA as that is part of the performance problem, it will never be able to offer good performance for SSDs.

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Apple chief Cook cooks up rumours after BMW car talks, factory tour

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Re: Would you trust ANY Americans in your factory?

Unlike Apple who'd never make anything in the US let alone in Germany.

Much better to pay someone else to make your stuff in the lowest cost production centre they can find.

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Antitrust this! EU Commish goes after HOLLYWOOD’s big guns

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Stating the obvious

Big film studios do deals with national broadcasters that limit, by country, where films can be broadcast. Vestager believes that such licensing agreements restrict access, limit cross-border competition, and are a form of anti-competitive price fixing.

Yes, that is exactly what they are designed to be.

How long it's taken till now for those in power to notice?

Doesn't just apply to films. How about all forms of electronically distributed entertainment. Wouldn't effect me personally, but how about sport?

This isn't a new issue. I remember back in the mid 70s going to a judo competition near Rotterdam and staying with a Dutch family and being surprised to see them watching tele in English, They said nearly everyone in their area had a big aerial point out west so they could see British tele as well as their own local stuff.

Doing away with geo blocking will lose some business a shed load of money. The question is whether their interests and their profits should be allowed to trump the law. Businesses are quick enough to extol the virtues of globalisation when it makes them cash, they don't tend to like the flip side though. But there are businesses that will lose out. Using sport as an example, I seem to remember there was a case involving the English Premier League and Greece, so using that. Its seems there are massive numbers of people in the UK who are prepared to spend a fortune for the coverage of this football, allowing Sky to pay the league a staggering amount of money. It would seem a reasonable bet that people in Greece won't be as desperate to see English clubs playing, so they get the coverage at a lower price since they are unlikely to fork over the same amount as English fans. But they do pay something, so this increases the total take for Sky and therefore the league. It's basic economics, but it would also seem to be totally illegal.

So it profit more important or the principal of free trade where it benefits consumers rather than just businesses. Of course consumers get to vote, but politicians seem to have given up thinking that voters are important, whereas companies exert influence in other ways, which politicians seem to find more important these days.

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SCORCHIO! This JUNE was the SIXTY-SIXTH HOTTEST on record

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Oh look peoples irony filter seems to be on the blink again.

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But not many people will be taking NOAA global surface temperature "records" very seriously any more, since they were recently massively amended to make the long-ago past "records" colder and the recent past and present "records" hotter.

But surely you have to make the data fit the theory.

Isn't that how these things are supposed to work?

How else do you get an increase in your research grant.

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Universal Pictures finds pirated Jurassic World on own localhost, fires off a DMCA takedown

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Re: 127.0.0.1

Now we just need to know the IP address of the scanning company and we can all download the film for free, now that we know where a legitimate copy is.

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You can secretly snoop on someone if they butt-dial you – US judges

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Re: WTF!!!

> In reality, I don't think he knowingly operated the device !!!

Maybe he was speaking out of his arse and voice dialed her.

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Get root on an OS X 10.10 Mac: The exploit is so trivial it fits in a tweet

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Re: Congratulations on repeating exploits before they can be fixed

This shouldn't be able to work.

You shouldn't be able to edit or replace sudoers unless you're root and edit the file with the correct user.

It works because the newgrp command is effectively root, that is the only way it can work.

The dynamic loader shouldn't be honouring such environment variables for SUID or SGID programs. It's a trivial test to make. If the programmer is not aware of things like that they should not be editing something as universally used as the dynamic loader.

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Re: The real culprit

> Lots of good stuff about SUID

Most *nix implementations makes sure that things aren't left open when using SUID, so for example LD_PRELOAD on HP-UX allows you control the loading of libraries, but not for SUID programs, where it's just ignored.

If you are going to need to make a hole in your security model, such as SUID, you have to make sure everything around it is guarded.

But no SUID and there can be no passwd command, no sudo or su etc...

But this hole is just plain dumb.

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Keep your stupid drones away from piloted aircraft, rages CAA

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Re: THE solution

> Grow SmartPeople.

Sadly the stats show that for each SmartPeople you grow you get an average of 99 DumbPeople as a by product and since these can't be discarded some of them might end up owning a drone.

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Arctic ice EMBIGGENS, returns to 1980s levels of cap cover

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Re: Good news for Polar Bears

Thanks ToddR, I keep forgetting the need to spell the existence of irony in some of my posts for the benefit of readers with a humour impairment.

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Re: Good news for Polar Bears

No, this is special warm ice, no good for Polar bears who only like good old fashioned cold ice to keep their seal suppers fresh.

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Silicon Valley sides with Samsung in anti-Apple patent war

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What's good for the goose...

Apple have been arguing exactly this point when it comes to their usage of standards essential patents. They've argued that they shouldn't have to pay a percentage figure as that means that for their expensive phones it means they need to pay more than the manufactures of cheap phones, which they argue isn't fair.

Surely they can't have it both ways in 2 different court cases, this must surely mean they are lying in at least 1 of the courts.

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Google robo-car in rear-end smash – but cack-handed human blamed

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"and they never get tired, irritable or distracted".

Let's just hope they never BSOD

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Hands off, Apple! Irish dev studio sues over alleged iWatch infringement

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Re: Company legal department

Well you'd have thought it, but they have a history of having product launches only to find that someone has owned the trademark for years for what ever product they want to launch. Since they are repeat offenders here you'd think they'd learn. But no

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I would say

That sounds like easy money, but I'll probably get sued for using that word too.

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It's official – HP really will get you a Windows 10 PC on July 29 (barely)

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Re: When you say "preorder"

No, when he says he wants to pre-order one with sp1 on, it'll be a pre-order, they haven't announced that one yet but we all know it'll be coming to try and sort out all the mayhem that gets brought forth as W10.

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Your security is just dandy, Apple Pay, but here comes Android

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Longevity

> Add the fact that fingerprints stay with you for life and

Sounds like someone never done a days real work in their lives.

My finger print reader worked fine for months till I decided to undo a nut and bolt with my fingers. The scans don't work any more. The kids school uses fingerprint scanners to their meal system, my eldest stupidly touched a piece of hot gauze in chemistry and their scanning system won't recognised his dabs anymore, nor accept new dabs for him.

Finger prints ain't for life.

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Uninstalled Google Photos? Thought your pics safe from slurping? WRONG, bozo

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So

If Google are slurping down kids sexting pictures does that make them guilty of distributing child porn?

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Natural geothermal heat under Antarctic ice: 'Surprisingly HIGH'

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Re: Science...not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...

Years ago I was running a training class for some of the guys from CERN and it seemed their favourite answer to a question was "I don't know, but I can think of a way we could investigate that" questions are far more fun than answers, it's the learning which is the enjoyable part. Once you know the answer you need to move on and find some more fun questions.

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with only a small number of mass-extinction events

So one more is just part of natures cycle.

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Re: Heat balance

> 173,000 Tw from Sun onto Earth

No those aren't warming Tw, I saw an environmental scientist on the tele refute a denier by saying the Sun's output has no affect on the temperature of the Earth. So all those Tw aren't working properly.

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Ireland loses entire airport amid new postcode chaos

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Lost an airport?

Aren't Apple based there (for tax reasons)

They're probably using Apple maps.

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Attention dunderheads: Taxpayers are NOT giving businesses £93bn

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capital allowances

Errr don't companies pay tax on profits? I know that's what the tax man hits me for.

Capital allowances are a way for the taxman to stop me claiming back all the cost of the things I need to buy to run a business and provide work for other people etc, all in the first year. If I need to buy something expensive I have to find that money from somewhere, but I can't then write that off against my profit for the year.

Capital allowances in most cases aren't a form a support the taxman gives me, they are yet another form of support that I give to him.

Whether banks can find a way to make money out of them I don't know, but for small businesses they are a method of increasing the tax take.

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Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue

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Stinks

> I smell Lawyers screwing the TO2015 people.

I feel sorry for you, lawyers smell bad enough at the best of times, but while they are screwing? you're a braver man than me.

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Apple fanbois to be empowered to bonk each other

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Re: How often

I was thinking of the idiot in the news last week who was caught by his wife because Uber send a receipt when they take you to see a hooker... apparently.

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Re: How often

Hmmm, I wonder whether you mean Uber taxis reciepts.

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Amazon just wrote a TLS crypto library in only 6,000 lines of C code

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Re: s2n != OpenSSL

> Seriously its worth moving to BSD just for getting rid of OpenSSL (and systemd but I digress).

Just you wait, all the SSL functionality will soon be subsumed into systemd. Remember all of Unix's small is beautiful has be replaced only systemd will be allowed.

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Crowdfunded beg-a-thon to bail out Greece raises 0.003% of target

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Re: Ignorance of the issue

Don't blame either the Germans of the Greeks, blame the loonies than lumped them in the same box. They just have different views on how money works. It isn't the case that one is necessarily good and the other bad, they are just different. Like whether you speak German or Greek.

Germany for fairly obvious reasons has a morbid fear of inflation. I won't call it paranoia given their history their fear is fully justified.

Many of the southern European cultures don't see inflation as such a bad thing.

In many ways inflation is a good thing for the younger generation and a bad thing for the older one. When I got my foot on the housing ladder back in the 80s you expected to spend every last penny you could lay your hands on to be able to climb onto the ladder. But you were confident that a couple of years down the line inflation would mean that the mortgage you were paying had become tolerable and a couple of years later OK. Anyone with saving however was in trouble because the value of those saving was being wiped out. OK that was alleviated to some extent by the ability to earn some interest.

Now we've put all the widely diverging cultures into one economic box. Those who'd always assumed they could just print more cash suddenly find they can't. Inflation isn't going to wipe out their debts and they've gone through a period where suddenly debt had looked easy, they could get as much as they wanted at what looked like absurdly low interest rates, but now instead of the loan amount having been whittled down to size they suddenly find that it needs to be repaid in full.

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Google harms consumers and strangles the open web, says study

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What do we need to game its search results?

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Re: But it's the system.

So what's the alternative, most companies try to expand, any company with only a single product is in a very shaking position.

Google aren't a charity. Whether we like it or not they are a successful company, they are good at search because they are successful as well as visa versa.

What would happen if companies which provide any sort of Internet search were banned from providing any other services. How far would you like to see this sort of law taken? "If you sell coffee you are banned from selling tea"?

Google have managed to get to a dominant position in the search market place despite the fact that every new PC sold these days is pre-installed using Bing as its search engine. Even if you go to the URL bar in IE and type in "www.google.com" it's doesn't go there, it does a Bing search for Google (BTW it doesn't do this for a lot of other URLs) yet even so millions of totally non technical users are managing to still get to use Google, presumably by choice.

How much do their competitors spend on advertising their search engines? And why is this advertising not working?

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Re: Google maps

Isn't this true of most SW? Every versions seems to be worse than the previous version, look at MS Office if you want an extreme example.

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Is that a FAT PIPE or are you just pleased to stream me? TERABIT fibre tested

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Yeah

Now when can I have one of these to my home?

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Pint-sized PCIe powerhouse: Intel NUC5i5RYK

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Re: Noise?

If you don't like the horrendous noise PCs make then might I suggest a Hush. Please sit down before looking at the price though. Beautifully built silent PCs (OK, with my ear pressed to mine I could here the head of the hard disk moving, I guess they make them with SSDs now do avoid that issue).

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Why is it that women are consistently paid less than men?

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Re: Must be a father who didn't get anything for fathers' day…

Fathers day is an invention of the greeting card industry to cover an otherwise quiet month.

K'ching

Oh and Mothering Sunday has nothing to do with being a mother.

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UK.gov loses crucial battle in home-taping war with musicians

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Re: Hang on a mo

Mr/Mrs Music Industry. It's simple, if you want me to pay for your output I want to be able to use it the way I see fit. I don't steal content, I buy CDs, but it's often more convenient to listen to music as MP3s so I rip them (or buy them from Amazon who rip them for me - even more convenient).

Am I prepared to pay twice for the product? NO!

Before the advent of MP3 players I bought very few CDs, since I didn't find it a product too convenient to consume. Since buying my first MP3 player I've bought a couple of thousand CDs. If you stop me using the content like this I can stop buying. It's simple OK.

I'm OK with paying if you're OK with me listening to it the way that suits me.

If I can't there is no place in my life for your product.

Is that simple enough for you to get through your head?

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Sharing Economy latest: Women's BREAST MILK is the new 'liquid GOLD' of the internet

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Side effects

> it may be advisable to procure the co-operation of your wife/girlfriend/other trusted female friend to source what you are looking for, rather than purchase on-line.

The problem with this approach is :

a) The long lead time, this doesn't gel with a want it now society

b and most importantly) the side (or waste) product of the manufacturing process.

This waste product normally consumes all available production, damages the production equipment and consumes all other resources you thought you had.

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Chrome, Debian Linux, and the secret binary blob download riddle

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How can you trust...

"should be considered compromised"

Even if you've got the source code how can you trust:

The FW on your box?

The boot strap

The compiler? Dennis Richie demonstrated decades ago how to propagate viruses through the compiler by making the compiler recognise when it is recompiling itself and then inserting the virus. You can then remove this hack from the compiler source code and it will continue to propagate through every subsequent version of the compiler built by itself or it's descendants.

How do you trust the CPU? or any of the other HW.

Remember it isn't paranoia if the world is out to get you.

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Go fac' yourselves: US privacy bods walk out of visage recog talks

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to promote better and more personalised service levels

Of course they could always just employ staff who give a s*it and who take the trouble to know their customers and treat everyone as important anyway.

Even that can freak people out. Last year I was staying in a hotel and one evening in the executive lounge a lady walked in and the receptionist smiled at her and said "Good evening Mrs ..., I think your husband is sitting around to the left" When she'd found her husband she was freaking out, "how does she know my name?" and the husband was explaining that they'd come in the night before and had their room key checked for entry, of course the receptionist would remember, and that she'd probably remember if you came back next year too and she'd remember what you like to drink, that's her job.

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Vodafone hikes prices to 37.5p/min – and lets angry customers flee

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Re: A sort of tearing noise

A mate of mine is battling with Vodabill over excess usage charges because they are trying to force an update onto his phone which doesn't fit on the phone, so it downloads till it runs out of space, aborts and then restarts and downloads all over again. KerChing KerChing KerChing and there isn't even a setting to say that you don't want the Vodadumb bloatwear on the phone, so there is no way to turn it off and stop it happening except by pulling the SIM card out of the phone.

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