* Posts by Steve Davies 3

5250 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

National Museum of Computing to hold live Enigma code-breaking demo with a Bombe

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Re: TNMOC

is also totally self funding. It deserves all the support from the IT Community it can get.

I've been a member for a number of years.

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Remember when Apple's FaceTime stopped working years ago? Yeah, that was deliberate

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Holmes

Re: Punctuation

They have obviously been to lawschool as well where using punctuation is beaten out of you because of possible misinterpretation.

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Big Cable tells US government: Now's not the time to talk about internet speeds – just give us the money

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Re: Look on the bright side

Corporate America is (admittedly slowly) driving the country to international ridicule and irrelevance.

The man at the top in DC isn't helping one little bit. If fact and IMHO, he is actively promoting the demise of a once great and proud nation. MAGA? Far from it if you ask me. {just ask a trumpite where those MAGA baseball caps were made. Then take a good number of steps back as the implode}

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Brits pay £490m extra for mobes they already own – Citizens Advice

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Re: HP saucing

If you look in the small print you will find that they are licensed credit brokers or are agents for a licensed approved credit broker.

That's how...

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Can someone please remind of the upsides of a mobile contract...

as opposed to buying a phone outright (or from someone other than the Phone Company or PC-World) and getting a SIM only deal from the network of your choice?

What? is that Tumblweed blowing in the wind from Storm Ali?

Once upon a time there was a need for mobile contracts that included the device. These days? not really.

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Apple hands €14.3bn in back taxes to reluctant Ireland

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All people on the Island

of Ireland are according to the Irish Constitution citizens of the Republic. That's why people born in the North can decide to represent the Irish Republic.

This is from memory so the situation might have changed.

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Scrapping UK visa cap on nurses, doctors opened Britain's doors to IT workers

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Re: UK IT shortage -Don't be silly...

Spot on, All our IT work is going to India. Didn't you get the memo?

Well either that or to the Cloud where it disappears forever once the rains (or monsoon) has stopped. /s

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First Boeing 777 (aged 24) makes its last flight – to a museum

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Re: Feeling old yet?

Don't forget the Comets... and the Caravelle's

Ancient? Probably but only in body.

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UK.gov isn't ready for no-deal Brexit – and 'secrecy' means businesses won't be either

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time for a chorus of

"Let's call the whole thing off" perhaps?

Coat with a soon to be useless passport in the pocket.

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First 'issue-free' build of Windows 10 October 2018 Update arrives

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Happy

1st Issue Free Windows?

Ohhhhh This could get interesting.

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Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help

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Re: Don't let the namby-pambys run the Kernel, Linus!

He could still do the telling off but in private rather than on the kernel mailing list.

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Probably for the best: Apple makes sure eSIMs won't nuke the operators

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I can see some of the US networks

having a real hissy fit with Apple over this and demanding that the E-Sim is blocked on the phones they doll out in their contracts. For them it is all about lock-in. If you decry Apple for having a walled garden, the likes of AT&T have a far better one. Their bills are pieces of art with all sorts of extra charges and addons. Then AFAIK, one US network charges $80 to unlock the phone at the end of the contract.

It seems that in Europe things are a bit different. Many of us are on Sim Only deals these days. With one-month rolling contracts or PAYG we have far more flexibility over who we use as our network provider.

I can see business travellers using the E-SIm for their main network and buying a local PAYG when at your destinations. Granted, this is easier said than done in some places like India but it can even be done there.

My old Samsung Galaxy that I bought in Dubai years ago always had a local and a UK Sim card in it. Sadly the version of Android it used plus the Samsung crud that was layered on top meant that using it was shit.

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Microsoft accidentally let encrypted Windows 10 out into the world

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FAIL

How dare you!

Mention Stability and Microsoft in the same sentence.

Go sit on the naughty step and say 1000 times, I will not download any release from Microsoft until at least 3 months after it has gone Gold.

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Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?

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Re: More bloat in an already over bloated OS

didn't you get the memo?

you know the one from MS that clearly stated that the OS is theirs and their EULA means that they can do whatever they want to it even if it is on your hardware. What they giveth they can taketh away.

You will do what they allow and only what they allow or they'll take their OS and go home.

/s /s /s

Seriously, this is really taking the piss. SatNad and his crew in Redmond get more like BB each and every day.

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Article 13 pits Big Tech and bots against European creatives

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Re: Does Orlowski ever do an unbiased piece?

Those of us who have been around here for a while know that every so often there is an article of his that gets a few backs up. It used to be mostly about Apple but he does seem to have changed target a bit recently (don't speak too soon you fool... there is an Apple event about to happen)

In general we handle them as a tongue in cheek event.

Variety is what it is all about and long may he carry on injecting a bit of spice into posts. After all, there are only so many arcticles on SAN/Storage that any sane person can read in a year.

Carry on Mr O!

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British Airways hack: Infosec experts finger third-party scripts on payment pages

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Third Party Domains

BA's payment page still loads content from seven external domains.

They are not alone in that.

The current trend to use multiple layers of frameworks that are loaded from 3rd parties for even the simplest operation is a huge hole the size of the Grand Canyon.

The event at BA is just the tip of the iceberg. If I was running a business that took payments online, I'd be taking a really good look at how that was working and what 3rd parties were involved.

Oh, and their cost cutting and sending all their IT to India naturally won't have anything to do with it...

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Activists rattle tin to take UK's pr0n block to court

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Re: Educate, don't legislate!

That's why the Yanks call politicians "Lawmakers". As most of them are just that, Lawyers what else do they know to do? Well, apart from those who have done PPE at Uni and never had a proper job.

With PPE Grads and Lawyers... How worse can it get?

Don't anser that.

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$200bn? Make that $467bn: Trump threatens to balloon proposed bonus China tech tariffs

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Re: The cost of theft

Then there is the little matter of how much US Debt that is owned by the Chinese.

Old Turnip Head needs to watch out or Bejing will call in that debt and basically foreclose a good proportion of the USA economy.

Trump seems to not understand how much the US is in Debt. He's only caring about imports and doing sod all about exports. But what does the US Export (that is made in the USA) that any of us wants to buy?

I can't think of much TBH.

Jolly Green Giant Corn perhaps?

Oh wait, could it be GMO'd? I'll pass thanks.

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Re: And the pollies let it happen.

You would have thought that being made Bankwupt how many times is it? Five? well, a good few that he'd have learnt at least the basics of economics...

He really needs to learn that the USA can't win a trade war with the rest of the world. The ROW economy is far bigger than that of the USA.

Perhaps he should go on TV and smoke some dope and say to his critics... Cool it Man! (only joking)

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Tesla's chief accounting officer drives off after just a month on the job

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Re: The end of the beginning

What you say is very rational.

However, I'd love to see the reactions of the Teslerati if you posted this on a very pro-Tesla site such as

Electrek.com.

They'd probably want to have your guts for garters if they could.

But honestly, smoking dope like that. How bad is that for PR in the immensely puritanical USA.

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Vodafone hounds Czech customers for bills after they were brute-forced with Voda-issued PINs

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Re: Geofencing for logins?

Sometimes, not having the right geolocation is a good thing. One website I use thinks that I'm in postcode NG20. That is over 100 miles away from there I really am.

Perfect!

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Nokia reinstates 'hide the Notch' a day after 'Google required' feature kill

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Joke

It is all Apple's fault

Hasn't anyone sued them for starting this stupidity???

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China will overtake America as leading AI superpower, warns ex-Google Beijing bigwig

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Re: Amazon

A lot of items on Amazon come from China, and you find that many are identical, but with different branding. It seems to be the plan to flood the market, and drive conventional producers into the ground, but it isn't sustainable.

This is all IMHO, part of Amazon's grand plan to drive all the retailers out of business. There is no real benefit to Bezos and Co to drive suppliers to the wall unless it is by price alone. They need endless supplies of 'tat' and 'crap' to sell to unsuspecting punters. If they had nothing to sell then why would the remain in business?

The 'there is more choice on Amazon' mantra is working. The death of retail outlets in the UK and elsewhere is clear evidence of that.

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No, no, you're all wrong. That's not a Kremlin agent. It's someone with 'inauthentic behavior'

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Mushroom

And where was Google?

Oh, they declined to attend. Says a lot does it not!

Kudos to FB and Twitter for going but that's about all the praise they warrant.

See Icon for what should IMHO be done to all three

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5G can help us spy on West Midlands with AI CCTV, giggles UK.gov

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Re: A possibly explosive question.

Hoodies and baseball caps with extra long peaks will be de-rigeur in Brum from now on.

And there we were thinking that 5G was progress...

What kind of fool did they think we were?

{don't answer that}

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Microsoft Azure: It's getting hot in here, so shut down all your cores

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So MS expect us to trust them with our Business?

Oh sorry, MS does not work on Labor Day.

All is good then.

Nah. /s /s /s

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Apple cops to iPhone 8 production oops, offers to fix borked phones

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Re: Dear Apple.

But... they don't make it. They just re-badge a FoxConn device. Don't they?

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Huawei Mate 20 Lite: A business mobe aimed at millennials? Er, OK then

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Huawei has scared Samsung

into reviewing their mid range phones and to even go as far as introducing new features on their mid-range rather than on their Galaxy S devices.

Interesting times ahead for devices in this market segment but I have to ask if this is a precursor to Samsung dropping out of the premium phone buisness as apparently the S9 has not been selling that well.

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BT scoops Home Counties chunk of new NHS IT contract

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re: Just wondering what a high bandwidth non-digital connection looks like...

How about a semaphore tower on top of each NHS building?????

2-5 words a minute should be enough for everyone.[see icon]

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Microsoft takes a pruning axe to Skype's forest of features

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Dear MS

Please just return Skype to what it was on the day before you bought it.

Thank you

Former Skype User.

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Plusnet customers peeped others' deets during system upgrade

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Re: We've asked the Information Commissioner's Office to confirm it is aware of the issue. ®

Why?

Simple really. People in the IT world hate BT. PlusNet is part of BT.

Do you really need any more to put 2 and 2 together and get 4?

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Microsoft gives Windows 10 a name, throws folks a bone

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May I humbly suggest...

that we call Windows

"Abandon hope all ye who enter here"

or

"There be trouble ahead!"

Or words to that effect...

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Huawei's Alexa-powered AI Cube wants to squat in your living room too

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nope. Still not going to bite...

with any of this [redacted] stuff especially with amazon and god knows who else listening in 24/7.

Not going with Google or Apple shite either.

I'm sort of proud of my non-smart home... At least one or two less companies are stopped from snooping on me.

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No need to code your webpage yourself, says Microsoft – draw it and our AI will do the rest

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Re: The Last One.html

Have an upvote for remembering 'The Last One'.

You beat me to the comment.

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Re: I do wonder...

Please don't forget all that empty vertical space that MS loves so much especially when we plebs have to manage with displays that are blessed (sic) with little vertical resolution.

All the easier to hide lots of lovely data slurping code in white on white.

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Detroit sh*t shifter's operating costs waste away with Oracle's cloud

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Oracle won't care

Larry will be able to buy a whole country when Google coughs up their damages.

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Windows 10 July update. Surface Pro 4. Working fondleslab. Pick two

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Re: Windows. Do people still use that shit?

Sadly the answer is yes.

Most of the time in business, the PHB's have been brought up on a diet of 'MS is the only game in town'. This is often re-inforced by MBA's spouting off about how onlt Windows works in a proper business environlemt (while they retaini their MacBooks...)

Then there are the chices of business software. Some companies won't look at a product that run on anything other than Windows and so the cycle goes on.

The dice are loaded in MS's favour. We, the El Reg readership and commentarts know the limitations of the shite that Redmond puts out and mostly we grit our teeth and carry on earning a living making said Shite work in our business environment.

Then we go home and I'll bet that the majority of us won't touch Windows at home with a 4 million foot barge pole.

That's the life we lead.

Penguin just.... because it is not Windows.

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It liiives! Sorta. Gentle azure glow of Windows XP clocked in Tesco's self-checkouts, no less

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Eh?

Built on the XP codebase, these embedded operating systems hit end-of-life in January and April 2019 respectively, as Microsoft explained four years ago.

Either there is some time travel involved or there is a date wrong. I was under the impression that we were not yet in 2019 and especially April as BREXIT would have happened and someone would have told me. (sic)

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Microsoft Visual Studio C++ Runtime installers were built to fail

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AFMFMS

Another Footgun Moment for Microsoft

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Use Debian? Want Intel's latest CPU patch? Small print sparks big problem

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Well Done...

El Reg has dropped Debian a line to find out if Intel's response deals with its licensing concerns. Holschuh

Wot! No 'reached out'? /s /sic.

Well done El Reg for using 'dropped Debian a line'. Have one of these on me

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Brit Railcard buyers face lengthy, unexplained delays. Sound familiar?

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re: cut off Scotland?

The Politico's in Edinburgh won't let that happen. They have spent a load of dosh on new Sleeping Coaches for the Euston to Edinburgh/Glasgow/Aberdeen/Inverness/Fort Wiliam service.

Then the North will come under the rule of Andy Burnham (former Labor Minister and now Mayor of Manchester) and pals.

They'll Nationalise it and spend loads of money doing [redacted] [redacted] [redacted]...

Hmmmm. Perhaps this is a good plan. Can the Treasury get Scotrail and Northern with all their debts off the books in London. That will allow the Gubbermint to claim that they have reduced the national debt! Success!

Where's the cyncal old geezer icon when you need one?

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Techie's test lab lands him in hot water with top tech news site

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Re: commenting

It's like having a bunch of sports journalists who comment on every match but have never had any involvement with the sports themselves.

Isn't that sort of mandatory for most [insert sport of choice] journo's?

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Self-driving cars will be safe, we're testing them in a massive AI Sim

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Re: L5

Until Any level of automation can handle ALL roads in all conditions then sorry they are a big fail.

I was thinking about this last week while negociating a narrow single tracked road on the Island of Mull.

The road was very rough and had lots of grass growing out of the middle of it. It was also peppered with all sorts of Animal poo in various states of decomposition.

How would the L5 system handle crossing of a Ford?

How would it decided which passing place to stop and give way at?

Could it stop to let vehicles behind pass?

Driving requires multi level reasoning. Fuzzy Logic if you like. How does an AI 'expect the unexpected'?

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What happens to your online accounts when you die?

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Re: America 'Fall-Of-Rome' moment:

There is an interesting bit on this on the BBC.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-44829976

Dave Lee describes how his life in the USA is virtually free from posessions.

Owning nowt means that only the mega corps will own anything. Ownership is power.

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GitHub goes off the Rails as Microsoft closes in

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NAPT (Not Another Platform Thingy)

Is everything a platform these days?

Don't we have too many Platforms and not enough trains?

Or perhaps they are the wrong sort of Platform

Mines the one with a copy of 'The 1968 Combined Edition' in the pocket.

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Google bod wants cookies to crumble and be remade into something more secure

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Re: Riiiight....

Surely (dons tinfoil hat) Google will make sure that THEIR cookie replacements can't be deleted....

After all they don't want to lose such a valuable source of data now do they?

Then, will the EU need to pass another law about the new cookies?

I'd better step carefully as there are minefield warning signs all around me.... too late boom

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You: 'Alexa, open Cortana.' Alexa: 'Who?'

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and the 4th Reason?

4) Now your every move can be slurped by TWO companies instead of just the ONE.

I guess that is progress (not) but someone obviously thinks that this is a good idea. IMHO, those responsible need to go and lie down in a darkened room for a long, long time.

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Hello darkness my old friend, what happened last week in Redmond?

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RIP Skype

In memorium for the day that MS bought the thing and started to totally F*** it up.

Now a mere ghost of its former self as user exit stage left and use other products that actually work. Just like Skype once did. Funny that.

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Oh my Tosh, it's only a 100TB small form-factor SSD, SK?

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Re: The price

but... isn't it nice to know what we mere mortals can't afford?

sorts like walking around a Car showroom and looking longingly at the top of the range offering and end up driving away in a 3rd hand 5yr old car because that is all you can afford.

Dreams and all that....

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Re: The price

We see lots of announcements like this here but as usual, little in the way of price is mentioned.

Sigh.

Sigh.

and

Sigh.

Come on el reg... How about not reporting this stuff unless the things like price and availabilty and interface type are mentioned. Otherwise these pieces are pure Marketdroid fluff and worthless.

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