* Posts by Roopee

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Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?

Roopee
Pint

Re: Recently...

"navigating by pub"

My grandad did exactly that, and he was one of the first policemen in the U.K. to patrol by car! I think it was more to do with the fact that so many pubs were at crossroads than to do with partaking of beverages, though he was partial to his pints.

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Re: never seems to taste the same?

"kettle is a resistive load so doesn't need overload protection"

Some electrician you were! Overload protection on a circuit is to protect the cabling, not the appliance(s) at the end of it. Ditto short circuit protection. Maybe you were thinking of over-voltage protection as used on industrial motors?

The 50V "touch voltage" (not a technical term in the U.K. Regs) is the maximum voltage the CPC (earth wire in common parlance) or neutral is allowed to reach by design under fault conditions in a domestic installation.

It is derived from the typical surface resistance of human skin and the typical current required for a shock to be fatal to a human (many other animals are much more sensitive). Current kills you, not voltage (hence we don't die from a bit of static, unlike MOSFETs).

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Still holding out on Windows 10? Microsoft tempts upgrade with virtual desktop to Azure

Roopee
Paris Hilton

I Don't Get It

If people haven't changed (nearly said 'upgraded', tip of the slung) to Windows 10 then presumably they don't want Windows 10, virtual or otherwise. What part of 'don't want' doesn't Microsoft get?

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Vodafone and EE ship Apple's Watch 4, but not without LTE teething issues

Roopee
Meh

Just for one of those?!

I can’t believe anyone sees ~£700 utility in one of those! And they’re surely not beautiful enough to class as “jewellery”?

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

Roopee
Holmes

Job Titles...

Has nobody considered that 'IT' jobs might magically have become 'Nursing' jobs? At least on the visa applications...

It was the first thing that occurred to me when I read about the sudden drop in one category coincidental with lifting the limit on another category. Seems to me a much more plausible explanation!

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The grand-plus iPhone is the new normal – this is no place for paupers

Roopee

For a phone

@disgustedoftunbridgewells

Surely you realise that for many, if not most people (especially if you include other countries such as China and India) their phone is their one and only personal computer.

How much do you spend a year on your personal computer(s) I wonder? For most of us here I'd wager it's more than £90 per month. Richer people buy nicer computers generally, because they can, but they don't really do anything different with them. Phones are just the same.

Incidentally I've just bought a new iPhone SE on eBay for £190 - get one while you can, I suspect they will be in short supply soon, now that they are 'obsolete'...

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Lenovo Thinkpad X280: Choosing a light luggable isn't so easy

Roopee
Happy

Plenty of X220s on eBay

Why not buy one - find a good one, sling in a new battery and SSD, pick up a dock for a tenner and you're good to go for about £250 max, genuine Windows 7 licence included. That's what I did.

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Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design

Roopee
Pint

Glad I found the Weekly View

I almost always read The Reg on one of my iPads, e.g. the old one in the bathroom... On the new layout I have to do much more scrolling to see the same number of stories so I think it's a retrograde change. It's also at least as jerky because of the adverts. The old layout but with a quarter size top banner pic would have been my suggestion.

However this whole 'story' introduced me to the Weekly View which is *much* more to my liking, so thank you, have your pint!

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Apple web design violates law, claims blind person

Roopee
Joke

Blind have no business in an Apple Store...

Clearly they are wasting their time in a shop/site where everything is about how it looks, so Apple has no reason to make any concessions to people who can't see the products!

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This HTC U12+ review page is left intentionally blank

Roopee
Headmaster

Doesn't say much for HTC's user testing!

I respect El Reg's carefully considered and politically neutral (hostile to everyone) approach to journalism - long may it continue.

Personally I like my HTC phones and as a consumer would give them the benefit of the doubt until proved wrong, but I don't even like the idea of a buttonless phone, let alone a badly-implemented one.

I'm with Mage - it sounds even more stupid than those Android phones that only light up the invisible touch-sensitive "buttons" when you touch them, and those badly-designed laptops that have no actual mouse buttons on the touchpad. Designed by the sort of twats that think 'invisible until you mouse-over' controls are somehow cool or clever.

If I were rich enough to be a generous philanthropist I'd fund an industrial design school to teach 'proper', well thought-out industrial design with a mission to rid the world of these idiocies. Looking at you, Google.

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Which? calls for compensation for users hit by Windows 10 woes

Roopee
Headmaster

Re: Dickman

@Remy Redert

Not true in my experience - Windows 7 OEM keys carry on being able to activate Windows 7 even after being used to activate the free guinea pig Windows 10 install when you decide to upgrade it back again, eg to refurbish a used PC and make it more valuable.

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Re: MS abandoning Windows??

QuickBooks 2000 runs perfectly well on Windows 7 64-bit, as does Quicken '97; installing them however is something of a challenge, involving manually identifying and copying a bunch of supporting files from a working copy on XP or earlier. I've been using all 3 for years and have no plans (or need) to change them since they do their respective jobs extremely well.

Hope that helps.

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Office junior had one job: Tearing perforated bits off tractor-feed dot matrix printer paper

Roopee

Re: Ah, the "good old days" ...

"carbonless triplicate, which simply isn't possible on a laser/inkjet" - Not true; several suppliers produce multi-part NCR A4 sets for laser printing, and I can confirm that it works very well - I use it to create my hand-written job sheets and invoices.

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UK data watchdog's inaugural tech strategy was written with... *drumroll* Word 2010

Roopee
Coat

I do all my strategy documents...

...in Word 2000. Does exactly the same job now as it did 18 years ago, faster and without crashing, stalling and all the other annoying things that 'supported' versions do, and I think, is much nicer to use. I have copies of and have used every version of Word for Windows from v2 to 2016 and I prefer 2000. Who needs support for software that doesn't need to change?

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UK watchdog Ofcom tells broadband firms: '30 days to sort your speeds'

Roopee
WTF?

What planet are they on?

...the average speed of domestic connections is 34.6Mb/s... Last I heard it was about 10, and that seemed exaggerated to me, based on what my hundreds of domestic clients get! I know people on cable generally get 50+, and people on VDSL usually get 25-38, but the majority are on ADSL and typically get 5-10. If you're lucky, like me, and live a short stroll from the exchange you might get 20, but it drops off very quickly with every minute's walk!

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Apple: Er, yes. Your iCloud stuff is now on Google's servers, too

Roopee
Paris Hilton

Re: Mr Byrne’s take on it

Many thanks for that - now I know who both Ed Byrnes AND Alannis Morrisette are! Ed is much the funnier! Incidentally when I clicked the link I thought it was probably a reference to 'Stop Making Sense' (Talking Heads) but it was even better.

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The e-waste warrior, 28,000 copied Windows restore discs, and a fight to stay out of jail

Roopee
Facepalm

Re: Oh, come on

You have managed to completely miss the point, so presumably you have little experience of installing Windows, just like the court. Clearly the poor guy's lawyer did a very poor job.

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Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing

Roopee

It's an Anachronism

Clearly it's an anachronism - it is ideally suited to the task of supporting a CRT at a height to suit the user, being adjustable simply by stacking multiple units in layers to create a tower.

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A million UK homes still get crappy broadband speeds, groans Ofcom

Roopee

Why >10Mb/s?

Please explain what it is that average users can't do at 10Mb/s that they could do at 30 or 300? Super fast broadband (and 4G for that matter) isn't an economic priority when a significant number of people don't have decent (ie 10Mb/s) broadband or 3G phone coverage. Personally I don't believe Ofcom's figures either, they seem wildly exaggerated compared to my real life experience with clients' broadband speeds - I think a lot more than 4% have slower than 10Mb/s connections.

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A certain millennial turned 30 recently: Welcome to middle age, Microsoft Excel v2

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Thumb Up

For all its faults...

...Excel is my favourite application, bar none, and my version of choice is Excel 2000 - you can keep all the fancy gimmick features and ribbons! I cut my teeth on SuperCalc 4 in, I think, 1988, by taking home the manual and trying out stuff on the one PC in the accounts office! I thought it was ace, and so did my boss when he saw what I could do, especially as I was only a temp :) Then I started training as an accountant and moved on to Lotus 1-2-3 v2, which was a backward step from SuperCalc 5 (which was 3D and I had upgraded to). Then I bought myself Excel 3 with the offer that came with my first Windows PC, and that got me a job working on Excel 4, and so on. Along the way I was a 1-2-3 v3 guru (but it was horrible compared to Excel), and bought myself Lotus Improv and Quattro Pro (and still have the floppies and manuals) but they never got any traction despite being superior at the time (Betamax/VHS anyone?). Like the writer I have an unused copy (of Office 2010) which would be my 2nd choice if I ever need to abandon 2000, but that would only happen if I had to abandon Windows 7, which isn't likely so it will probably stay in its packet. I left accountancy for IT 20 years ago btw.

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Activists launch legal challenge against NHS patient data-sharing deal

Roopee
Big Brother

Sounds fair to me

I am all for immigration enforcement using whatever data is available to identify and locate immigrants who have out-stayed their welcome. However I also agree that the Home Office should be controlling our borders properly. We're an island and there's no excuse for not 'counting them all in and counting them all out again'. Google gives away excellent facial recognition software in Picasa, so how come border control doesn't have even better software, given the government's resources?

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Pixel-style display woes on your shiny new X? Perfectly normal, says Apple

Roopee

My ancient 2013 OLED is fine

HTC One S, the only one in the original HTC One range to have an OLED screen, and mine is still perfect a whole 4 years later. I bought mine as end-of-line, it's a 2012 model.

It has come to something when a device is classed as 'old' at 4 years, and is 'impressive' because it still works...

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ATM fees shake-up may push Britain towards cashless society

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Thumb Down

Cashless, No Thanks!

I work for myself and don't accept card payments (due to the extortionate cost), and don't find it a problem. Most of my clients pay directly into my bank, sometimes while I'm there (with encouragement and help if necessary, often if it's their first time). The rest pay by cash or cheque, approximately 50/50. I don't like the hassle of cheques but I don't want them to disappear do I don't penalise them, and I'm happy to have a continual supply of cash. Shops/petrol stations that don't accept cash lose my custom (eg Asda petrol) - their loss.

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Knock, knock? Oh, no one there? No problem, Amazon will let itself in via your IoT smart lock

Roopee
Meh

What could possibly go wrong?

So many points of failure and risk...

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Software update turned my display and mouse upside-down, says user

Roopee
Facepalm

Re: Every day's a school day

I have a client who holds the mouse like that.

Also I sometimes have to tell clients to do that when they have inadvertently rotated the screen using whatever arcane keyboard shortcut Intel's awful GPU tray app uses, so they can open the app and rotate it back to normal.

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Neglected Pure Connect speaker app silenced in iOS 11's war on 32-bit

Roopee

Re: Whenever you depend on an app...

I totally agree. I have audio streaming hi-fi from several manufacturers (NovaFidelity, Pioneer, QED) that all have crummy manufacturer-branded Android and iOS apps, but I wouldn't have bought any of them if using the apps was a requirement. Instead I made sure that they all have a web interface and use DLNA, for the exact reason that I don't want them to become expensive door stops when someone somewhere makes a limiting decision outside of my control. It's common sense, surely?

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Commodore 64 makes a half-sized comeback

Roopee

Re: Look in the loft

I have a real C64 in mint condition, boxed, that I'm going to put on eBay or somewhere. Guess it's just gone up in price :)

Offers on a postcard please...

I personally never used a C64, though my little brother did; my first was a Vic-20, because at college we had Commodore Pets. The Vic-20 was awful to use, mainly because its display was about 20 characters wide, which made it very difficult to do anything useful that was text-based. The Pet and C64 were somewhat more useful.

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SanDisk man tipped off his family to Fusion-io fusion, bagged $220k in share snatch – says SEC

Roopee

Clearly the one with the $100k credit card debt was extremely well off and stupid to start with. Were the comments about his "drastic" reduction in income supposed to make us feel sorry for him? Poor lamb. Now he's going to be slaughtered :)

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Ex-sperm-inate! Sam the sex-droid 'heavily soiled' in randy nerd rampage

Roopee

Re: "Alexa...

I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.

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Vibrating walls shafted servers at a time the SUN couldn't shine

Roopee
Boffin

I Love Factories

...but computers don't.

In the mid-90s I was hired as the new-fangled accountant for a family-owned factory that had never had an in-house accountant, thus no management accounts and no computerised data beyond the most basic of Sage ledgers. I set about installing networked PCs in each department's office to collect basic production data. This included some Thin Ethernet cabling. Once up and running I had endless problems with the PCs freezing, sometimes individually, sometimes en masse. Mid-afternoon was a particularly bad time. Turns out, it wasn't the cabling that was the problem, but I discovered by chance that around 3pm every day the large roof extraction fans in one (fume-filled) department were turned off, and I realised that this was one of the causes of the PC lock-ups, and thus I discovered the concept of "dirty power"... UPSs all round solved the problem.

Epilogue

My data analysis and investigations proved what the external accountant who had suggested hiring me had suspected - some of the company's activities were very profitable but others were making big losses, and the sales director was both incompetent and corrupt, and a very disruptive influence on the factory's efficiency. In short, they would literally have been better off without him! Unfortunately he was the MD's brother-in-law. My solution to that problem was to design a bespoke item-level sales order processing and allocated WIP stock control system that predicted and highlighted the knock-on delaying effects of any proposed changes to orders, and kept track of the actual effects of any changes. i.e. Name and shame, but subtly...

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NatWest customer services: We're aware of security glitch

Roopee
FAIL

PayPal Fail

PayPal recently allowed me to set a password that was longer than their maximum, then kept refusing my login, presumably because it was truncating my input before comparing hashes, so I had to jump through the hoops to reset it. I figured out the problem by trial and error.

On a related issue, the practice of the UI not telling you the password requirements until after you've typed one that doesn't meet them, is still rife, and still wasting people's time.

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123-Reg customers outraged at automatic .UK domain registration

Roopee

LCN is independent, Kualo too

I can recommend LCN for domains (and they're offering you your .uk for free but not forcing it on you) and their customer service is excellent. I don't use them for hosting however because their e-mail doesn't support default/catchall addresses (deliberately, apparently; I asked!). If you're looking to move your hosting too, I moved mine to Kualo; they are slightly more expensive but also have excellent service and full cPanel facilities.

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Gov claws back £645m in BT broadband from subsidy

Roopee

Re: BT should return ALL the subsidy...

@AndrueC

I'm guessing you haven't seen the ways big business finance directors, politicians and the like operate behind the scenes? Im also guessing that it IS a huge scandal, and the way they wangled the 'split but not split' is part of it.

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FAIL

BT should return ALL the subsidy...

I strongly believe BT has deliberately misused the subsidy to build market share by squandering it on sports as an excuse the buy customers from Sky in densely-populated, well-provided areas, which has nothing to do with installing fast broadband in places with very poor broadband (<2 Mb/s) who really need more speed just to do normal stuff like use gov.uk and Amazon.

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Everybody without Android Oreo vulnerable to overlay attack

Roopee

Security is a feature (or lack) of users as much as software!

My HTC phone was a one-year-old model when I bought it in 2013. There has never been a patch available for it since then. I'm not unduly bothered - I rarely install apps and never any that ask for silly permissions (such as access to my contacts), but I suppose security patches would be nice provided that's all they are.

What I don't want is for the UI to change - I like the way it looks and works (part of why I chose this phone) and I don't like any of the newer versions of Android I've played with, even HTC's or Google's.

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Fruit flies' brains at work: Decision-making? They use their eyes

Roopee
Pint

Fruit Fly Drinking

I have had lots of opportunity to observe fruit fly behaviour and can proffer the following nuggets to science: their favourite drink is rosé cava, followed by any sparkling wine, followed by any wine; all of which they prefer over beer or spirits. They are also very fond of Earl Grey and Lady Grey tea bags.

While I'm on the subject I think their favourite fruit is banana, but since I don't often eat many others I can't say for sure. :)

Incidentally the ones that live near me have bright orange eyes and elongated stripey bodies like miniature wasps, and look nothing like the El Reg picture (not that El Reg ever tries to be pictorially accurate of course, just saying).

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It's official: Users navigate flat UI designs 22 per cent slower

Roopee
FAIL

Re: There's a silver cloud in every lining

And AC above, I think you've both completely missed the point. The unintentional clicking is a happy accident (from site owners' PoV) Never attribute to malice what can easily be explained by stupidity...

A better experiment to back up this somewhat weak study would certainly help, but it's only confirming what intelligent power users have been saying for years isn't it.

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Enterprises gooey for Windows 10 as OS helps Computacenter rake it in

Roopee

Re: I wuv you MSFT

Were you hoping for a round of applause?

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Brazilians waxed: Uni's Tor relay node booted after harvesting .onions

Roopee
Pirate

Legal vs Ethical

In the big boys' playground, legal/ethical is irrelevant; who can shut down who is what matters, as ably shown by the Tor Project. It's the law and ethics of the jungle/world. Ask the CIA or Putin or the Mafia whose laws or ethics they care about...

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Vodafone won't pay employee expenses for cups of coffee

Roopee
Facepalm

HMRC Does Not Pay Your Expenses!

@Voland

"HMRC has a conversation with the employer as they are not very happy paying for stuff which the employer should have paid."

I think you misunderstand the expenses aspect of Self-Assessment. HMRC does not reimburse you for the allowable expenses. Making an expense claim on your tax form is for a deduction from your salary to reduce the amount of tax you pay. I.e. some expenses are "allowable" (as a deduction). If you paid the expense, you claim the deduction, if the employer paid then they claim it. The effect of this is to make the expense tax-free for whichever party paid it.

In practice most employers (including one-man-band employers like myself) have a dispensation agreement with HMRC for various classes of expense to reduce the PAYE paperwork of all 3 parties.

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IT worker used access privs to steal £1m from Scottish city council

Roopee
Alien

Re: What about it-chaps?

I read that linked page and found it hard to believe it wasn't taking the piss! I nearly said "extracting the Michael" but then I realised it might be offensive to our border-sharing European partners. Or men, or anyone called Michael.

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Roopee
FAIL

Failure and Incompetence

Similarly to @TDog, as an ex-accountant my first thought was "I wonder how many senior council accountants and directors of the external auditors are going to have their huge pensions and houses seized to pay for their obvious failures and incompetence?".

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Node.js forks again – this time it's a war of words over anti-sex-pest codes of conduct

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"It's our job as journalists..."

"It's our job as journalists to identify the information that is most interesting to readers."

I disagree. Tabloid journalists clearly see that as their mission, but real, serious (i.e. investigative) journalism is about getting to the truth of the matter, surely...

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Largest ever losses fail to dent Tesla's bulging order book

Roopee
Facepalm

Re: Lose a little on each one...

Unless you can persuade your shareholders to stump up all the readies, which is rare, then usually capex DOES hit the P&L, as interest payments. Basic finance.

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Pre-order your early-bird pre-sale product today! (Oh did we mention the shipping date has slipped AGAIN?)

Roopee

Re: raise you one set of bootleg tapes on Video 2000.

Anybody wants an actual Philips VR2022 complete with remote and a few spare tapes, let me know - free to to a good home, yours for the postage (NB I think it has a genuine cast iron chassis with lead ballast)...

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User left unable to type passwords after 'tropical island stress therapy'

Roopee
FAIL

Re: Government staff: need I say more?

@gnasher729

With that answer I would class YOU as a first-rate asshole, since if you ask a technical person a direct technical question you can expect a technical answer. The primary failure is the questioner's in firstly not asking the appropriate question (and one which in this day and age also demonstrates crass ignorance), and secondly in not being aware of the nature of the Asperger-type person that is typically found in highly technical roles in most organisations (and in large numbers on this forum). In many cases the respondent would not intentionally be taking the piss, though that is clearly the intention with some of the commentards here, and deservedly so in my opinion. People generally go into technical jobs because they good at technical stuff; people generally go into management and HR for other reasons.

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The AA's copped to credit data blurt, but what about car-crash incident response?

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Thumb Down

Not what it used to be

The AA ceased to be a 'service' for 'members' many years ago, around 1990 if I remember correctly. It is purely and simply a finance house and insurance compny, with all the negative connotations that that implies.

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PCs will get pricier and you're gonna like it, say Gartner market shamans

Roopee
Happy

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

I don't understand why so many corporates sell their expensive 5-year-old i5/i7 laptops instead of refurbishing them, but I'm very grateful that they do! New SSD, new keyboard if it's really worn, clean install of Windows 7 using the existing licence - voila, a better than new laptop (in both senses) for a fraction of the price...

And back to the topic - an interesting study The Reg could do would be a comparison of Gartner Predictions vs Actuals going back to the 90s. I confidently predict almost nil correlation.

BTW R, R, R was a Greenpeace slogan from the early 90s, I've still got the T-shirt somewhere.

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50th anniversary of the ATM opens debate about mobile payments

Roopee

Must be a Millennial

Cashless in 10 years? That's the sort of prediction a naive, sheltered millennial might make. Here in the real world there is still a significant minority of people who do everything in cash, and an even bigger minority who use cheques but don't, and probably never will, use online banking. Quite a few of them are my clients. They won't all have died off in 10 years, I'm glad to say.

I personally use cash for most of my physical shopping (petrol, supermarkets etc) - if I didn't I'd have to pay the crooks called bankers just to give them my cash for them to make money with. My business bank doesn't pay interest on balances under 1/4 million so no incentive there.

Even if all my clients paid direct, I'd still use cash if only to reduce my data footprint, but I'd have to start going to cash machines to get it instead.

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