* Posts by rmason

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'Oh sh..' – the moment an infosec bod realized he was tracking a cop car's movements by its leaky cellular gateway

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@Pascal Monett

He/We know that.

What he means is many companies would actually see this as a downside, and go with the "easier to use" competitor.

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ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator

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Re: Oh Dear

@ Rameses etc.

The unit doesn't come with anything. Just the console, in a massive box.

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Bank on it: It's either legal to port-scan someone without consent or it's not, fumes researcher

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Re: Foaming at the mouth, but the foam kind of makes sense

I sort of agree with him.

I think.

All the same, bloody odd hill he's picked to die on, given the general abuses of privacy etc that happen on the internet.

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No big deal... Kremlin hackers 'jumped air-gapped networks' to pwn US power utilities

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Re: What are they waiting for

The US will have their NSA equivalent (or whichever agency it is).

They will know how to properly secure such things. No one will ask them, no one will listen to their answers if they do.

It'll be too expensive to implement. I.E any cost higher than the current one.

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What if tech moguls brewed real ale?

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BeerAsAService

CLOUD I.P.A

when you open it, it's actually belongs to someone else. A random american turns up and drinks it.

6.5%, but only to the guy called "Chad" who snatches it and drinks it all.

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Apple gives MacBook Pro keyboard rubber pants

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Re: Interesting that Apple isn't touting this

@dougS

It's because You, I and reg readers know about this problem.

Joe public hasn't a clue. If my mum, uncle,sister etc etc (all bright but you'll never find them on a tech blog or similar) wanted a new laptop they wouldn't get a sniff of broken keyboards and recalls.

Hence:

New, more quiet, keyboard.

Never:

new more reliable keyboard.

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Irish fella accused of being Silk Road admin 'Libertas' hauled to US

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Re: Extraditing random people?

It's quite simple. It's nothing to do with where things are hosted etc. It was a drug deal.

They ordered drugs from abroad and had them delivered to the US. Sting buys basically.

From that point 'they' are drug dealers and have committed a crime in the US (facilitating the sale of drugs there).

The bloke in question works for that organisation in some way. That's it. No matter where servers or sites are hosted.

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Re: Also if anything touches US banks...

I don't think sysadmin falls anywhere near what the guy did.

Think forum moderator.

Still would be nice to get the moolah clarified. honestly it probably is 50k/year.

I doubt he was fixing VMs, He was settling squabbles about the quality of drugs delivered etc.

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FBI for the Apple guy: Bloke accused of stealing robo-car tech

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Re: Jobs is probably spinning in his grave at this...

I assumed VM.

i.e he walked out with a copy of a server, rather than a physical box.

Could be either though, it's generally true that if you act like you're allowed to be doing something, you'll be left alone.

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Timehop admits to more data leakage, details GDPR danger

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run the numbers

Isn't that going to be quite a sizable fine?

Should be the first time we see if GDPR has teeth,

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A curious tale of the priest, the broker, the hacked newswires, and $100m of insider trades

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Re: A Bit of a Stealthy* Quantum Communications Operation

"It is your Duty and an Inalienable Right to Correct All Such Wrongs if you don't want to be Thought Easily Cuckolded and Taken for Granted and Simply made the Ignorant Fool for Milking and Bilking."

The problem, @amanfrommars1, is we all struggle to tell because of chemtrails and vaccines.

Were it not for those pesky chemtrails, and the autistic knees I have because of vaccines, I'd be able to spot when i'm being takrn advantage of.

I'm almost positive the MMR vaccine gave me ADHD of the hip too. Bastards. Obviously this is what the CIA want.

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RIP Peter Firmin: Clangers creator dies aged 89

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GNU mate

*sad slide whistle noise*

The clangers live on, the new series (done by his son etc) are very faithful to the original. Everything is still wool and tin foil, just in HD! It's actually beautifully made.

It's the firm favourite of mk2 son, who is almost 2. When those episodes had all been watched, the original series was free on prime too, so on that went. All went down an absolute treat.

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The butterfly defect: MacBook keys wrecked by single grain of sand

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@AC

They've copped to the problem, you can stop trying to pretend it's not a real thing and is being exaggerated etc.

Your unit hasn't broken, well done.

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IBM memo to staff: Our CEO Ginni is visiting so please 'act normally!'

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Re: No elevator pitches?

@Chairman of the Bored,

The BOFH would have to be able to remotely initiate some lift-shaft pushing, from India.

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Re: We expect 100% occupancy during the visit

@Warm Braw

"This giant cost centre, here, on this chart.

SHOW IT TO ME"

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Why?

Why any of them would want to get too close to the "downsizer-in-chief" is what I want to know.

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Galileo, here we go again. My my, the Brits are gonna miss EU

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Re: Fgs

@Dr_N

Indeed.

We were the seventh largest pre 2016.

Go GB!

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Creep travels half the world to harass online teen gamer… and gets shot by her mom – cops

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Re: Isn't he supposed to be ...

By the time it reaches that stage they'll have a list of charges as long as the guy is tall.

That's how it works in the USA, pile up those charges, *BUT WAIT* we'll drop this many if you plead guilty and do X years, or you can go to court and risk the 78 years the multitude of charges would mean.

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GDPR forgive us, it's been one month since you were enforced…

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Re: Good luck with that

@bombastic bob

That's fine (it's also what i'd do). It does however assume you've not paid $unreasonable to some company for a flashy website, marketing, advertising, adwords, SEO. You've been totally sold on the need to spend $$$ on this super website with all it's tracking and analytics.

You can see why some places can't throw this outlay away and "switch it all off for those Europeans".

The money pumped into the website design and maintenance, and all the related things mentioned above may well outweigh those orders form europe.

You'd be surprised at the amount of companies being bent over every month/year by a PR firm, a social media company, some marketing bods, a webdesign and SEO firm etc etc. You can't go from agreeing we absolutely need all this stuff, and approving the cost, to admitting it's all either useless or dark arts and turning it all off again. That makes you look silly to your boss/the rest of the board.

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Amazon, eBay and pals agree to Europe's other GDPR: Generally Dangerous Products Removed from websites

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Re: Define Dangerous Please

Ah, the good old "china Export (CE) stamp.

Which just happens to be identical to the 'real' CE mark but off by a few MM.

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Outage? No, phones are playing silly buggers, insists Sainsbury's Bank

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Dear [name],

Thank you for your [feedback/complaint/praise], it has been forwarded to [team name] and [customer agent] will be in touch ASAP.

Regards

[intern]

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Ailing ZX Spectrum reboot firm kicks crisis meeting into long grass

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I know it has been said, but there's zero point to continuing down this route. The money will be gone. It's the only explanation that neatly explains every issue they've had.

It's gone, spent, in the pockets of the first lot. The only remaining question is what percentage of it went that way, and what percentage of it (if any!) went to china to get them to commence work, presumably on the promise of future cash from future orders.

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'No, we are not rewriting Office in JavaScript' and other Microsoft tales

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@TheVogon is spot on.

It's clear lots of people here don't use it, because on all licences but one for office 365 you get a full, offline, proper copy of office.

It does not require an internet connection to function.

The odd home user etc might be plugging away on the cheaper online version, but the vast majority of businesses where office is used, are not.

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Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist

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Re: "My keychain has 2 sizes each ..."

@Jake

Re uk/leatherman. I keep mine in my car.

IF they have a locking blade, we can't carry them technically. It's not black and white. we are "allowed" tools. So it's all about context really.

If you're a local scrotum caught with one at 11pm, i'd not fancy your chances. if you're not a little scumbag, and you have a reason/justification to be carrying it, that is supposed to be fine (i.e. a workman with one in a bag of tools, would be different to as hooded youth out at night. It's a bit murky.

Any model without a locking blade of over something like 3 inches, and you're fine.

Blade length+lock is what it goes on.

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Re: Yeah - but if I am a "common criminal" I'll definitely find another non-indiegogo to pawn

We have a Cane Corso (Italian mastiff), I think someone trying to get in via my windows etc would make for amusing viewing.

She's a soppy family pet, but she sounds mean.

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Microsoft says Windows 10 April update is fit for business rollout

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Re: Hmmm...

@RyokuMas

If our estate here is anything to go by, you've a 50/50 chance of:

Update works just fine.

Update doesn't happen at all and it sits on "Downloading, 0%" until someone/me manually intervenes.

Not that I expect it matters but the userland stuff is entirely lenovo thinkpads of various flavours.

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Korean cryptocoin exchange $30m lighter after hacking attack

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I don't think you understand what a bubble is, RobertLongshaft.

You've just described one perfectly. They have no intrinsic value, no worth. None. The *cost* of them fluctuates, but that doesn't mean they are now magically worth that number.

Also, as this article demonstrates, they can simply vanish.

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Tech rookie put decimal point in wrong place, cost insurer zillions

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Re: Lloyds

@deadlockvictim

In 1988 servers/mainframes and their associated bits, were far from cheap.

Couple that with the amount of "we don't need this new fangled stuff" in the head bean-counter type department and you have your answer. It's the bonus of them and those above them that you're talking about spending.

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In defence of online ads: The 'net ain't free and you ain't paying

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@NukEvil

you pay a company to give you access to the internet.

You don't "pay for the internet".

That's sort of the point of the article.

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British egg producers saddened by Google salad emoji update

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no issues here.

We still have the (delicious looking) cow emoji, so I feel pretty well catered for.

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Amazon scam trio primed for prison stretch after million-dollar fraud

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Re: "Amazon returns is superb"

If it's under £10 cost, they generally don't ask for the item back.

I'm not sure how this lot thought they'd get away with it, as with macbooks, surfaces, go pros et al they 100% would ask for the item back.

They are tightening up, they are banning accounts of people who seem to return an unusual amount of stuff.

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No lie-in this morning? Thank the Moon's gravitational pull

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Re: Interesting times...

Ladies of the earth would unite and stop your plan.

Can you imagine getting them all to sign off on agreeing to a be a bit older? And to "age faster" going forwards?

You try telling my mum she's has to agree to be a couple of years older, because we're moving the moon.

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Yarrrr, the Business Software Alliance reckons piracy be down, me hearties

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another factor

another factor to consider is the drop off in buying certain types of software.

Man+dog in the SME world are shifting away from purchasing software and going to something shiny, web based, and a monthly subscription. For accounting SAGE and a few others used to be all everyone used. There are loads of web/cloud based offerings now, encountering them at more and more business. Sage seats and support are expensive, some of the alternatives (kashflow for eg if memory serves ) are only ten quid a month for the basics.

Accounting stuff is just one example. Same is true for CRM stuff, office packages (365 is everywhere), timekeeping/management stuff (we use one of these where I work) etc etc.

People are replacing software at hundreds or even thousands of pounds, with some something-as-a-service or "we are cloud based now!" type deal for peanuts a month,

When it doesn't work the same/as well/at all bean counters then move you around to the next and the next etc, because the alternative is going back to paying thousands in software and licensing again.

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Did you test that? No, I thought you tested it. Now customers have it and it doesn't work

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Re: Indeed on the pork ...

No burning pork here but rings:

One of the volunteers/coaches when I played U11 football lost a finger in front of us lot.

Removing nets from goalposts post-match and his wedding ring caught on one of the hooks on the crossbar, lost the top half of the relevant finger.

Unrelated jewelry anecdote is unrelated. As you all were.

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'Tesco probably knows more about me than GCHQ': Infosec boffins on surveillance capitalism

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Re: Utter garbage!

@Snowy

Most people you know don't have facebook.

That's not representative of the population. *Most* people have facebook.

It's not utter garbage, TSA can and do demand your social media info to check your profiles/posts. Telling them you don't have any, immediately makes you more suspect, not less so.

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@Spold

Oddly enough this was being discussed yesterday. I can't find links other than the s*n so here's some outfit I've never heard of:

https://www.standardrepublic.com/politics/politics-police-and-mi5-shall-be-alerted-to-suspicious-purchases-like-vans-and-chemical-substances-extra-rapidly-below-plan-to-go-away-no-protected-areas-for-terrorism/

Sajid confirming Mi5 et al will be alerted to "suspicious purchases, like vans".

Vans. Suspicious purchases. Almost like they don't live in the real world, isn't it?

Good luck to all those tradespeople who need both a van *and* some sort of hazardous chemical! It's watchlist time.

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Dual-screen laptops debut at Asus' Computex chat

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@Phil Kingston

Came here to say that basically.

The touchpad thing may or may not work, and or may not vanish with the next generation of device.

The second one though? Who was it wanting or asking for a tiny, barely legible screen above the keyboard?

Solution - go find your problem.

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Indiegogo grants ZX Spectrum reboot firm another two weeks to send a console

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@GlenP

I've seen some sort of weight loss related nonsense being sold via a viral video on FB. This is a product ready to ship to us, the public.

The comments on it are absolutely stuffed with people who still have not had theirs yet from the original kickstarter 2 years back. Yet there they are, selling the same thing to the public.

The mind boggles. They're just no strings attached loans, basically.

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The glorious uncertainty: Backup world is having a GDPR moment

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Re: Not a problem

@Stungebag

People keep backups. That's the bit you're missing.

Not everyone is on one week/month retention then overwrite.

We have old backups going back years. Deleting something from *all of them* would require significant time, and probably 5 or so old types of type drive somehow being connected and bought back to life.

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Activists hate them! One weird trick Facebook uses to fool people into accepting GDPR terms

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Re: So glad I'm not affected

Similarly if a friend, your spouse or family members use FB messenger - then 'they' have all your text messages, they know who you are, which FB profiles you interact with (via text message) etc etc.

You're not unaffected, they just have a slightly lower amount of your info than they do a regular FB user.

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Businesses brace themselves for a kicking as GDPR blows in

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Re: Yes!

No!

It is UK law. It will still be UK law post brexit. I can't really see why they'd be motivated to remove it. You'll probably want to calm down a tad, and get used to it being a thing.

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Dixons to shutter 92 UK Carphone Warehouse shops after profit warning

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New CEO: 'It's all fixable'

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Bet you a pound it is not.

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Brit prosecutors fined £325k after losing unencrypted vids of police interviews

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New system to transfer files digitally...

Who wants to have a bet?

Onedrive?

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John McAfee ‘goes underground’ in motorcade to flee SEC

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Cocaine makes some people absolutely mental.

See above, who knew, eh?

The man is a grade-A fruit loop. A drug fueled one.

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You've been Zucked: Facebook boss refuses to face-off with Brit MPs

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Re: So when are the politicians actually going to act?

@ShelLuser

What should they (we?) do?

They have demanded a random american bloke travel here and sit and answer questions. He is absolutely entitled to say "no thanks!".

As much as we'd like answers, even when/if he does come, we won't get any, so I fail to see how it is that important.

How has his similar grilling in the US helped you/us/anyone?

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Zero arrests, 2 correct matches, no criminals: London cops' facial recog tech slammed

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Minor point

I know this is a ridiculously minor point to comment on, but comment I shall;

"The group had little patience with this, stating in the report the government should provide funding for administrative staff to deal with this problem – one person per force employed for a full year at £35,000 would be a total of £1.5m, it said."

£35k a year, to sift through photographs.

Yep, criminal.

Nope, not a criminal,

Nope, not a criminal.

Wherever they find the people to staff these watchdogs etc, they seemingly never select them from this planet. They'd fill those roles (not they they will ever exist) at 14-16k a year. Many, many, many times over.

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How could the Facebook data slurping scandal get worse? Glad you asked

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Re: Quality of the data

Also worth noting that it probably also hoovers up all the data it can of all their "friends" too.

It's not narcissism, in most cases it's boredom, killing time. It doesn't make them all bad people.Your friends or relatives probably did it.

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No top-ups, please, I'm a millennial: Lightweight yoof shunning booze like never before

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@Charles 9

Demand implies someone wants somewhere to live, not they they can afford to purchases the property.

So what has happened? They rent, they rent off the one or two generations who can afford to buy up the housing.

The people priced out of the market still live somewhere, they are just lining someone's pocket rather than paying off a mortgage.

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@Cantbebothered

What you said.

100% backed.

Edna (yes, really) our neighbour often queries why we worry so much about money.

Edna who paid 11 grand for the identical house next door to ours wonders why we can't "budget properly" like they did. She was quite shocked to discover that would cover just a couple of years worth of our mortgage payments.

*That*, Edna, is why we can't afford to pay someone to sort our garden/mow the lawn/wash the car.

We go out probably once or twice a month, I drink at home so am not teetotal by any stretch, BUT i'm a professional on ok money and I still begrudge going to the pub when it's 8 cans of real ale for 9 quid in tesco. Hardly surprising that people my sisters age (i'm 35, she's mid 20s) either barely go out for a drunk *at all* or do nothing but go out for a drink (ie they rent, no kids, old car, job but not a career etc).

"We" don't have the cash to go out on the lash from Friday PM to Sunday PM.

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We wanted a camera, they gave us the eye of Gemini – and an eSIM

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Re: Why

@Jeremy 3

They're marketing it as a phone replacement.

Ask the overwhelming majority of phone users if they'd consider one without a camera, and you'll have your answer.

Reg readers often aren't your typical user, if they don't shift units, they will vanish, again.

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