* Posts by greenawayr

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Huawei Honor 8 Pro: Makes iPhone 7 Plus look a bit crap

greenawayr

Re: And still shovelling Android

"if you offered me 5k Euros a month to use Android, I would say no."

So why read articles reviewing a mid-price android device?

Or was it because it mentioned iPhone in the headline and you felt compelled to come and defend your darling?

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China's first large passenger jet makes maiden flight

greenawayr

Re: Fly on one - if you have a death wish

Having done Plymouth to London (via the Dawlish train washer) and Beijing to Shanghai on the bullet, I can say with some authority that the Chinese are a tad ahead of us on the old rail infrastructure standards.

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Boss swore by 'For Dummies' book about an OS his org didn't run

greenawayr

Re: But the real issue is

£1.25 for an Easter Egg

Whilst I agree that better quality chocolate is generally the way forward...it's £1.25 for a happy kid, once a year.

Really not a big deal right?

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Nokia's 3310 revival – what's NEXT? Vote now

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FAIL

Wrong Media...not a cassette

But the best media to come along at the wrong time...the MINI-DISC.

This was a rugged high quality media, more rugged than a CD and you could record in analog.

Unfortunately, some dope came along with MP3 and killed it off before it even stood a chance. This was the media that CD's should have been.

Now we're all burdened with old scratched cds.

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Zuckerberg thinks he's cyber-Jesus – and publishes a 6,000-word world-saving manifesto

greenawayr

Re: Wasn't he the man...

"I loathe FB and despise the imbeciles who willingly sign their lives over to it. But I don't as a kneejerk reaction despise people because of their wealth"

So you don't hate rich people, but you do hate people create an account on a website???

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Roses are red, violets are blue, fake-news-detecting AI is fake news, too

greenawayr

Re: FFS - fake news is nothing new

"They don't like to say it was a difference of a couple of percent and they don't want to talk about what the 28% who didn't vote might have thought."

off track a little, but it surely doesn't matter what the 28% who didn't vote thought?

If they had voted and their votes discarded then fine, but if they don't join in the "democratic" process, their opinion is null and void...in this country anyway!

Anyway, as you were.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth is delayed, Ministry of Defence confesses

greenawayr

Re: Whilst MPs bluster and the MOD drags it's heels

I would like to point out, the MOD aren't project managing this. They will have reps on the project board of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance (comprised of BAE, Thales, Babcock, DE&S), so you can't just assume that delays are because it's a public sector job!

Also, have you built a ship before? Quite complicated I gather. A fair few moving parts, a fair few suppliers to rely on delivering their tiny part of it on time, a fair bit of it done outside (weather dependant) etc.

Crack on though, show them the way.

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Trump inauguration DDoS protest is 'illegal', warn securobods

greenawayr

Re: 1984

"he main point I would like to make is that, once you have elected someone, for the good of *everyone* it is important to not set out to completely undermine everything they might try and accomplish."

Isn't that what Congress has been doing to Obama for the past 8 years?

(Comment made as someone from the outside looking in)

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Lord of the Dance set to deliver high kicks at Trump’s big ball

greenawayr

Re: Hyper-partisans

"As I recall, there were many hyper-partisan republicans who decided the same about Obama and probably would have decided the same about Hillary. There's always going to be zealots who will never be convinced."

However, I doubt those hyper-partisan republicans would claim to be "open-minded", "forward thinking", "tolerant" etc

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Trend Micro AV nukes innocent Sharepoint code, admins despair

greenawayr

Having worked with it for 8 years, I can safely say, there's many things SharePoint does badly, but finding data is not one of them.

If you can't find it, you're doing it wrong.

It's also NOT a great place for "Storing" data, it's a great place for working on data.

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LG’s V20 may be the phone of the year. So why the fsck can’t you buy it?

greenawayr

Looking to stick to a budget this time around, I've actually just ordered the V20's predeccesor the V10. £300 for what is a very high end piece of tech and is now 12 months released seemed reasonable. It was that or one of the excellent mid-range phones you can get nowadays, but the camera and video functionality made me opt for the V10.

However, to get this I had to go to eBay and get one from one of our lovely friends in Hong Kong. It's bizarre that LG are neglecting the European market in this way.

I'd have liked to get the V20, but like I said, wanted to stick to a budget and that's likely to retail at around twice what I paid for the V10.

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Spinal Tap’s bass player sues former French sewer

greenawayr

Re: Best comedy of all time?

"If you don't find it funny, you can lick my love pump. But the funniest of all time? Surely you can't be serious?"

I am...and don't call me Shirley!!!

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Microsoft keeps schtum as more battery woes hit Surface sufferers

greenawayr

Re: I have a feeling this all stems from Panos Panay's approach.

Isn't that the case with nearly every device nowadays? Even those with replaceable batteries generally will get replaced by the user after 3-4 years.

*awaits long list of replies starting "I've had my Nokia 3320...."*

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@Hans, got a SP2 about 3 years ago, still solid as a rock, boots up in seconds, gives me about 5 hours screen on time still and can't remember a time that it's crashed on me recently.

Really nice piece of kit.

Haven't heard of many issues with the SP4 as far as I can tell either.

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Nul points: PM May's post-Brexit EU immigration options

greenawayr

Re: Recount

Economic decision?

Really?

Not a political or social decision as well?

Only an economic decision if that's all you cared about, which judging by your skewed idea of democracy, it is.

Also, why would the higher earners be the more informed ones getting their "bigger" vote? I know plenty of very intelligent people who do more with their life than just pursue coin and plenty of stupid high earners. I mean el reg has a rich history of commentards complaining about the overpaid idiots they work for.

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Microsoft axes 2,850 more Windows Phone, sales staff – a week after Justin Timberlake sang on stage for them

greenawayr

Re: Sounds like Windows Phone is borrowed time...

Maybe merging with Surface division if that device ever appears?

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Student Loans Company burns £50 million in IT project superfail

greenawayr

Re: How the fec....?

@Pen-y-gors

I guess the complexity in the setup comes from the SLC somehow integrating with the tax office to understand when a student is in work and earning over a certain amount to be able to take repayments out of their paycheck.

Not excusing the shambles, but it's a little more complicated than your standard "hand out dosh, pay back dosh or we'll send da boys around" set up I guess.

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YouTube’s 10 years of hits: Global recognition at last for Rick Astley

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Re: OK, I'm shallow and sexist...

Geez, I wonder how many pervy women tuned in to watch 5 minutes of that guy doing his exercises in short shorts.

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Commentard achieves bronze badge, goes directly to jail

greenawayr

Badges???

We don't need no stinkin' badges

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El Reg keeps pushing Apple's buttons – its new Magic Keyboard

greenawayr

Re: "So, overall, an improvement."

Wowsers.

My HP keyboard came "free" with the PC, connects first time, inputs the correct characters when asked to, doesn't make my wrists hurt and looks as ugly as the rest of my kit.

I'll give it 20%

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Microsoft's HoloLens: Here by 2016, mere three THOUSAND dollar price

greenawayr

Re: Not going to happen

Yeah, I heard EA and Rockstar were short of cash.

Then you get into software houses for professionals, I'm sure they're all skint too.

Seriously, it's not all about the guy sat in his room developing on his own. In time it might not be, but to start with, leave it to the pros with the bankroll.

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Worker drones don't need PCs says Microsoft, give 'em phones instead

greenawayr

Not sure it's meant to replace any either the slab or the laptop...yet. It just seems like a convenience. Your phone goes everywhere with you, my slab or work laptop doesn't. At that price it's hardly costing you any more than any other flagship phone on the market and it offers you productivity options that no other phone can offer.

I can totally see the appeal in this, but whether it works in the real world or not is another thing. I've got a few months left on my contract before I need to decide whether to give WP a try having had a few years of Apple and a few years of Android.

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GCHQ's exploding doughnut threatens to ooze into innocent field

greenawayr

Re: "in keeping with its surroundings and help minimise the visual impact"

No, it's known as Princess Elizabeth Way and nobody minds too much if it's inhabitants are collateral damage to an attack on the doughnut. Should've built it closer to Hesters Way but I suspect cost of replacing the windows every 5 minutes would have been prohibitive.

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Microsoft's big Tuesday reveal: New mobiles and slabs? Win 10 shock?

greenawayr

Re: Surface Pro "3.1"

I'll resolutely defend my trusty Surface Pro 2.

Had it for two years now and runs like new. Only time it's ever crashed on me is when I upgraded to Windows 10, but that was just the once. Yes there are better spec'd things out there now of course, it's the nature of the industry, but in my eyes, something that offers the sort of consistent performance that it has for 2 years and suggests it will do for another 2 years, is a good device. Heck, I've not had a phone last that long. I use mine for development and video editing (docked) and general browsing as well as media playback to a big screen so it gets plenty of use and I don't even have the top spec. i5 and 4GB of RAM serves me well.

I must admit I am tempted to upgrade based on a few things I've heard, but if I did, it would be through my own vanity rather than having had enough of my old device.

Highly rate it.

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Microsoft issues first SharePoint 2016 preview

greenawayr

Re: Sharepoint 2016

Been working with various iterations of SharePoint for the past 6 years, in various organisations of varying quality.

I've seen this many times...there's a common theme with each issue, it tends to be the fleshy, squidgy thing. Never thought I'd see such issues from esteemed El Reg commentards though.

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Ashley Madison invites red-faced cheats to bolt stable door for free

greenawayr

"Right now I can go hug my little ones whenever I like, put them to bed, make them dinner, play in the garden with them, read to them... so it goes. Access, well, access isn't that."

Based on the content of your post and the complete lack of the obligatory "happily married" comment, I can only assume you're being blackmailed by your wife currently???

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Ski MOUNT DOOM or take top coffee to the beach? Your choice

greenawayr

Re: Auckland is a separate world in its own from the rest of NZ

Have to be honest, having spent 4 months travelling the length and bredth of NZ, I could quite happily live there and never want to visit Auckland.

It was nice enough, but it's a city and that's not what NZ is about. I'd much rather look to one of the smaller cities (Tauranga on Bay of Plenty has plenty going for it) and make a compromise in my role than Auckland.

However, if I was going to do it properly I'd just take a real gamble, move to Wanaka and set up a new business (on the assumption I'd not find much SHarePoint work there) and let the wife do something in the tourist trade. Tourism is what NZ does best, so I'd get on board.

However, above all of that, I'd much prefer to move there without the requirement to work and just enjoy seeing the place all over again.

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Microsoft flings Office apps for Android slabs at world+dog

greenawayr

Re: People still use office?

Never used SharePoint then?

Has it's detractors but does all of the above perfectly well for us.

Up to 10 people working on a document at once, in-place document management (no more attachments sent via emails, just links).

For those of us who work in large companies (who are MS houses) and hosting on the cloud is not an option, does all that is required and a bunch more.

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GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks ... by drinking urine

greenawayr

Re: Was it or wasn't it?

Er, Cheltenham? West Country? Really?

South-West, just about, but not Westcountry!

West Midlands more likely.

Having lived in the Westcountry, South-West and Cheltenham at various times in my life, I can assure you, they don't get Points West in Cheltenham, the true guide as to whether yer westcountry bauy!

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Microsoft's Lumia 930... a real HANDFUL

greenawayr

Re: er, specs?

"Battery life of course is important and quite comparable"

I'm not so sure. Time seems to pass considerably slower whilst waiting for my crappy Galaxy S3 to wake up or open an app.

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What the world needs now is... a Bluetooth-enabled baby's dummy

greenawayr

Re: From the shop with big windows

Problem is, a lot of people use microwave sterlisers

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Just what we need

Another way of becoming addicted to monitoring our children to the extent that we become paranoid.

My wife insisted on one of those infuriating sleep mat monitors, fine for the first 6 months when he was in a crib, but now he's in a cot and wriggling around, the bl**dy thing goes off at least a couple of times a night, which when you're a sleep deprived parent, is not what you need. She's now addicted to it though, convinced that the mat has saved the boys life several times and if she turns it off she'll not be able to sleep for fear of SIDS. We've agreed that will turn it off by the time he goes to Uni.

Thankfully, our lad has never taken to a dummy so she won't be after this.

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Microsoft hopes for FONDLESLAB FRENZY as Surface Pro 3 debuts

greenawayr

Re: 3rd Time Lucky for MS?

Not sure why people limit it to laptop/tablet hybrid.

I dock mine and ta-da, desktop replacement. I now have a Surface Pro 2 that has replaced my desktop for Visual Studio and video editing (hooked up to a big screen it handles this with minimum fuss), a laptop to take to meetings or just general productivity on the go, and a tablet for browsing and the odd game (runs the essential euro truck simulator no hassle). The wife uses the old iPad, perfectly good performer 3 years on from when we got it, but I just don't need to use it. I no longer have a desktop in the room, just a dock next to the TV with a wireless keyboard and mouse so i can use it from the sofa and gone is the laptop.

It's a space saver at the very least. My gripe is the price, but then you're getting a fair bit of hardware in a pretty small package. If they continue to introduce the yearly cycles, I might hop on the Pro 3 in a year or so when it's come down in price or been replaced. I don't have a need to have the latest version of things.

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VIDEO SELFIE DRONE: 'AirDog' UAV follows you everywhere you go

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Two words

Very Cool.

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Sonos Controller app update conflict

greenawayr

Re: First world problem

Not sure people are usggesting it's the end of the world, but it does seem perfectly accepatable to voice opinions about a product you've paid money for in an attempt to make it better going forward.

I've personally not commented on it but I still like the whole eco-system regardless of how you press start and pause on it.

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greenawayr

Re: Music networking ?

Well rather than having an entire room full of cd's I have a little box sat in a cupboard providing all my musical needs through a number of speakers in the house, and if the wife doesn't want to listen to my stuff she can put her own stuff on a different speaker in a different room whilst she does her work.

Then there's streaming service that allows me to listen to music I've never heard and probably wouldn't ever have listened to if I had to go to HMV and flick through the vast banks of cd's and then pay the full cd price for it.

Seems to me to be a decent little innovation.

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Concerning Windows Phone and its relevance to the larger business

greenawayr

Re: A couple of problems with this

"2) The iPhone is indeed expensive however how many CEO's do you know who drive around in a bashed up Ford because it is cheap?...none, they want to flaunt their wealth, thus the iPhone would seem the natural choice, not a chav phone..."

Pretty sure this was covered in the article

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100% driverless Wonka-wagon toy cars? Oh Google, you're having a laugh

greenawayr

Re: Automated driving in North London

North London, pish posh. I'd like to see them navigate around the country lanes of Cornwall, most of which seem to be missing from google maps.

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China 'in discussions' about high-speed rail lines to London, Germany – and the US

greenawayr

Old hat

The Bering Strait crossing has been an Alfa Romeo (could be glorious if it ever starts) for many many years.

True, that now we are at a stage where rail travel could conceivably be advanced enough to make this trip worthwhile but only at a freight level. Having done the vodka express myself, there's plenty of interesting places to stop along the way, but there's also an awful lot of nothing in those necks of woods that I wouldn't make it my mode of transport if I wanted to get from Asia to the US in a hurry.

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Why two-player games > online gaming: See your pal's shock as you bag a last-second victory

greenawayr

Re: 2 player - well, maybe, except for 3 and 4 player gaming.

Not forgetting the quote which went along the lines of...

Maclaren - "What a tackle that was, that could've put him in ward 4 of Edinburgh Royal Infirmary"

Beaumont - "I hope not Bill, that's the maternity ward"

They don't make them like they used to.

I have got an xbox 360 release of JLR, which is quite good, moderately realistic, but not nearly as much fun.

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greenawayr

Re: 2 player - well, maybe, except for 3 and 4 player gaming.

I thought I was the only one who owned Jonah Lomu Rugby.

"He's digging like a demented mole there"

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Good times

At uni, our house of 4 comprised of myself (obviously) my future wife and my 2 future best men.

We had a Mario Kart 64 league table, not Grand Prix, but Battle (hold on to your balloons). 4 courses including a turbo charged skyscraper round and it was first to 5 victories on each course, meaning a potential 17 rounds on each course, and having played each other so much we became evenly matched, so it often went all the way. Many a time we returned home from a night out at around 3am and whilst munching on kebabs we'd settle down for a "quick" game. Some would fall asleep in their chairs, others would complain that their contacts were welded to their eyes, but we'd finish, usually around 4-5 hours later as the milkman arrived.

When the future missus wasn't around we'd break out Pro Evo, with me usually taking on my 2 mates in 2v1, them playing as England or Brazil and me as China or Scotland or some other minor footballing nation. The expletives that followed as I generally scored the aforementioned last gasp winner were always a thing of wonder. Words I never thought I'd hear, or even knew existed.

Other notable contributors to our entertainment were the various Mario Party's, and when we moved into a new house with an extra room with a guy who loved his PC too much to go to consoles, he set up a LAN in our house and we would break up into teams for CounterStrike. He was one of those sniping types...coward. Whilst not having the same effect as the console games, the tension as crept around a room, heard a gunshot elsewhere and then an expletive from one of your teammates leaving you knowing you were the only hope for "good" in this world to diffuse that bomb, was gripping.

Despite this, I still managed to graduate and hold down a 30hr a week job to pay for the f*cking tuition fees, as well as going out on the lash far too much.

Good times

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FINALLY Microsoft releases Office for iPad – but wait there's a CATCH

greenawayr

Re: 5 people editing one document simultaneously

We use co-authoring all the time. I'm a SharePoint developer for a large company and as part of our work we have to produce documentation for the solutions we develop. We have an authoring team who take care of most of this, but I am constantly popping into a document to update or add information and to be able to see who is editing what within the document, rather than waiting for a notification to tell me I can finally get into the document (if ever if that user decides to leave the document open during lunch). I use this feature on a weekly basis. The fact Microsoft have shown off this feature on the iPad shows their angle of attack. At last, it'll make all those iPads that our skint schools have been buying, productive.

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Review: Pure Jongo S3 multiroom speakers

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Re: Alternatives

As I understand you can't stream content on the NAS drive using airplay unless there is a pc running iTunes turned on.

The Sonos system will stream straight from a NAS drive. That's the main feature I'm looking for, which it seems only a handful of systems support.

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greenawayr
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Alternatives

Here seems like as good a place as any to ask for an audio/technology opinion to be sought.

Looking for a media player that will allow me to stream my music straight from my NAS drive across the network. WiFi or wired not an issue as I have powerline adapters. I'm currently siding with the Sonos Play 5 but I've only been able to find a handful of options including the Philips Streamium which has mixed reviews, and the Denon Ceol. I don't have any separates at the moment, so the idea of the Sonos, although pricey, appeals as an all in one that delivers good sound, and the scalability of the system seems like it might be useful in future.

Thoughts? Are there any I've missed, bearing in mind I'm looking at the £400 mark tops as opposed to your high end Naim type stuff.

Ta

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Hotel marketplace Airbnb: Show us your privates if you want to book a bed

greenawayr

Don't we do this already???

When we stay in a hotel???

Same principle Shirley?

Whilst I can't say I'm comfortable with the idea of some company holding my ID on a database, who's to say it's not already happened?

Used Airbnb quite a lot on my travels, and I think the angle here is reassurance that the stranger who is coming to stay at your house is who they say they are. It relies on feedback for a large part and after a couple of stays with some positive reviews we had no problem with people accepting us as guests, but when you start from scratch people are understandably hesitant. This is meant to be a more upmarket version of Couchsurfers, so in essence relies on people using it to be people who want to meet other people by opening their homes up to them and the guests being the same type of people.

Worked brilliantly for us but also heard some other not so good stories about houses getting trashed.

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Hard luck lads, todger size DOES matter: Official

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Re: Also @stevenroper

I guess that there's a common variable here then. The size of your hands!

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Facebook prepares to dominate Android

greenawayr
Mushroom

Re: You almost had me...

I posted about the birth of my newborn child on there as a way to announce to people who I don't get chance to stay in contact with as often as I'd like, but might be interested.

Would you like to tell me and the rest of my family how inane, uninteresting, incredibly dull and self-important the birth of my first child is?

Please continue, although your soapbox looks a to be giving way under the weight of that chip upon your shoulder AC.

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What's NFC? PayPal lobs Chip and PIN readers at UK small biz

greenawayr

Are you sure they were Spanish???

"Even if the C&P were OK, if the signatures don't match - the bank don't pay"

They don't sound Spanish!

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greenawayr
Stop

Maybe your credit card company...

...is a bit sloppy, but ours were sh!t hot when we were travelling. We gave them a list of countries we'd be visiting around Asia, Europe and America, popped into Lao for a few days having not notified them, and no dice (luckily had cash to exchange), but the other countries listed all cleared fine.

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