* Posts by Baldrickk

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Microsoft ctrl-Zs 'killing' Paint, by which we mean offering naff app through Windows Store

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Re: Paint has its uses

The ribbon is mostly ok, but only because on Paint, there are almost no controls.

Plusses:

Zooming is better than it ever was on XP (even with the additional hidden zoom level)

Negatives:

Why the fark did they screw up colour selection? Left click for primary, right click for secondary - great right? Aparrently not.

Now you need to make sure that the colour you want to change is selected, then go to the palette, then click it, then go to the other colour selector, click that, then select the colour for that. urgh.

Not hard to find but frustrating to do.

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Re: Perfect

It also wont work if your father has a MS acount on two machines, and has only updated his settings (for Creators Update) on one of them.

Other things that won't work incude, but are not limited to:

mail

calendar

news

maps

skype

weather

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So when he came home from an extended holiday, I had some fixing to do.

Annoyingly, with the calendar broken on one machine, it then also required a password reset before it would begin working again, and even then it is refusing to sync the updated calendar...

These things should be simple.

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Notepad: minimal function

like refusing to respect that some files may use '\n' for line endings and not '\r\n'?

like choking on UTF-8 files that don't have a BOM included?

Wordpad does handle the '\n' case, but is terribe in all other respects (but it is still fast).

I use neither and opt for notepad++ for text file editing - fast, and packed with actually useful features,

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Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

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For me, I use a mix of Vivaldi and Firefox. I don't have a definite preference for one over the other, they each have little things I like and hate.

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Alexa, why aren't you working? No – I didn't say twerking. I, oh God...

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Re: Ok Google!

I only have the Google assistant. It pretty much only ever gets used when I need to change my destination when using maps as a satnav, or making a hands-free call while driving. It is admittedly very useful for that, but I find no use for it at all at any other time.

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Re: About as reliable.....

You need to clap right.

If you cup your hands slightly you can trap and compress a bubble of air. That compression makes the sound of the clap much louder when the air escapes.

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Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

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Re: System Image Backup (SIB)

How many users don't run a backup already?

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Android-ocalypse postponed: Jide withdraws Remix OS from consumer frontline

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Re: Android Tablets

Nope, just the security nightmare android is instead.

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UK regulator set to ban ads depicting bumbling manchildren

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All I know, and all I want to know about that pig is that my brother refuses to let either of his kids watch it.

Percy Pigs, on the other hand, are delicious gummy sweets, and are by far and away M&S's single most popular product.

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US laptops-on-planes ban now applies to just one airport, ends soon

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Re: "TSA continues to find guns-a-plenty"

macabre performance

You mean, like some sort of... security theatre?

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Electric driverless cars could make petrol and diesel motors 'socially unacceptable'

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Re: Bollocks...

@Vic

Agree completely on the middle lane hogger issue.

Leaving some space though can help reduce traffic - think of all those times someone ends up in the wrong lane, intentionally or not, and needs to pull into the stationary lane of traffic and so stops (or drastically slows) in the moving lane, stopping that.

Leaving a space allows them to pull in, keeping other lanes flowing.

When this isn't the case, having a buffer zone can allow you to keep moving smoothly and slowly, instead of constant stop-start.

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Sleuths unearth 'Panic Mode' in Android, set off by mashing back button

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Re: I wonder why

There is also the fact that a well behaved app should just be paged out when inactive - then when you open it again, it comes back as it was, while also being faster and less power hungry.

By all means, kill off active background tasks that are sucking resources, but apps like Firefox on the mobile don't need a close button in the menu.

Worst comes to the worst, you kill it in the app switcher.

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1Password won't axe private vaults. It'll choke 'em to death instead

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Re: Bollocks

Exactly my thoughts

it would greatly prefer users opt for the paid membership plan over local storage

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PC sales still slumping, but more slowly than feared

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Re: In my neck of the woods

I've been thinking a similar thing for a while - I only know of one person with a factory desktop - and that's because they wanted an all in one.

Everyone else I know who owns a desktop put it together themselves, or had someone else do it for them.

Those who don't want the power to do so, value other attributes, and are on a mixture of laptops and tablets instead.

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When 'Saving The Internet' means 'Saving Crony Capitalism'

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Utility vs Service

The author of this article is characterising this as a war to define who the bill is paid to, but that seems to be a little odd to me.

The fundamental issue I am having with understanding this is that I see the two sides as different. One is infrastructure, and the other is a service provider, that operates at a different level.

In theory, the infrastructure costs should be 'fixed' - in that all you are shovelling down the physical connection is bits and bytes, what they represent shouldn't mean anything at the infrastructure level - it's just transport.

The same way that a road is uncaring as to whether the lorry passing over it is filled with coal, or the equivalent mass of bottled water.

(Of course it might be more comparable to a toll road, where the more you use it, the more you pay, instead of just paying your road tax each year, in which case it would be pro-rata, not fixed)

It therefore shouldn't matter whether a user is watching youtube, or netflix, or just browsing the news, there shouldn't be an additional charge from the infrastructure for carrying those bits, just because of what they represent.

Or at least, that's my understanding of it. Exactly how that maps onto Title I or Title II I'm a little fuzzy on, as I understand it, neither are a great fit, but Title II is closer to that ideal?

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The life and times of Surface, Microsoft's odds-defying fondleslab

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Couldn't trust OEMs

What about the ASUS Transformer? - to pick a similar device from the same timeframe

The article talks about apple having shiny laptops and the PC having square plastic boxes - true, to a point.

The reason for this was because it was cheaper - you get what you paid for. You spent about the same amount on PC hardware as you would on a Mac, you got equivalent hardware. Also my mid-priced laptop from 2008 still looks pretty sleek and modern (though obv not at ultrabook slimness)

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Openreach kicks off 'rebrand' by painting over BT logo on vans

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Re: Will it really make any differece?

Virgin don't throttle downloads at all now (and even before, it was temporary throttling, not a data cap).

Now they only throttle if you use too much upload...

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It's July 2017 – and your expensive HoloLens can be pwned over Wi-Fi

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Re: Even so,

Having had the chance to try them out a couple of weeks ago, I feel no desire to get one.

There were colour 'ghosting' artifacts - where the colours for objects were in different positions for moving objects (though that may have just been the app that was running - more testing would be needed, but my guess is that the RGB channels are each drawn seperately leading to this issue)

The field of view was the worse problem though. The area actually covered by the the 'screen' is roughly akin to peering down a loo roll tube, which leads to onjects of any size vanishing into thin air well within your real field of view.

All the hardware reviews I have read downplayed just how bad this is. The kit is actually quite nice, but this is a deal-breaker for me.

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Dell gives world its first wireless-charging laptop if you buy $580 extra kit

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So I still need a wire

...to my desk, and the laptop to be on the desk. The freedom of wireless!

This is as useful as wirelessly charging phones - on a recharge pad. "Oh look, I don't need to plug in my phone to charge it"

"Oh look, I can pick mine up and use it while it is charging, and it charges faster." Backwards wire based technology wins again.

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Ubuntu Linux now on Windows Store (for Insiders)

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Yes, but purely for gaming here.

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Re: <strike>Mensa</strike> Powershell

I like the idea of powershell, an object based interface is a really nice concept.

And then they made it stupidly verbose. While some linux shell commands can tend the other way, it at least doesn't take an essay to do simple tasks.

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Google's Larry Page faces four-hour grilling in Waymo-Uber spat

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Uber's argument that it needed to see its rival's corporate secrets to determine whether they were actually secrets...

Uber were trying to get hold of a rival's secrets, at a hearing about them (possibly) having obtained another rivals secrets?

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BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on

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Decent boss?

"He's sick of users."

"I... is that news?" he asks.

Do they finally have a boss who gets them?

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Windows Insiders with SD cards turn into OneDrive outsiders

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Re: An insider build.

Granted, you shouldn't be using it for a production system, but if you are / want to be an insider, you should be using it as a day-to-day system.

There is little point booting up, checking that you can run your browser and maybe one or two other maps and calling it a day.

If you are not following a particular testing process, then you need to exercise the system as much as possible. Maybe don't use it as your (only) storage for all your important documents etc, but you should most definitely be using it as much as possible, so that if there are problems, you are more likely to run into them.

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Re: An insider build.

Well if the insiders don't complain when testing the beta builds, the average user gets shafted when it goes through to release without opposition.

highlighting (complaining about) problems (and reduction in functionality where that functionality is used is most definitely a problem) is kinda the point of the whole insider program...

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Brit prosecutors ask IT suppliers to fight over £3 USB cable tender

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Re: USB A, Male to Male? I don't think you really want one of them

I seem to remember Male to Male cables being popular for transfering files to new PCs before home networking really took off.

I seem to recall that they had an active unit inline that would do whatever magic was needed to make it work.

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Re: Dixons Price

You must be joking. Went looking at TVs recently, and they were flogging HDMI cables to purchase with them, 'on offer' for 'only' £79.99

Ludicrous.

If they can sell just one of those to a sucker, then that's worth over 25 sales of a £3 cable.

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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

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Re: Wow!

I don't know - a pink hippo named George? One could get ideas...

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I was looking for an actual rainbow 'bow'. The (virtual) sticker on the laptop is indeed a logo used for/by the non-hetro community, and while I could ask why it needed to be there - it isn't needed to make the already colourful image work, it's hardly pushing any agenda - really, the response to all this is another question: "who cares?"

The existance of a logo in an illustration on a web-page is hardly going to be an influencing factor on peoples minds.

If anything, recognition and acceptance that not all people are the same can only ever be a good thing, right?

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'Janus' resurfaces: I was behind the original Petya. I want to help with NotPetya

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Regular ransomware authors must be terribly frustrated

One almost wonders if this is a (roundabout) way of making people wary of paying for decrypts after ransomware attacks.

If people don't pay ("I'm not going to get my files back anyway") then it breaks their income model, which might reduce the threat of ransomware (not profitable enough)

Though it is a poor way of doing it if so - it's destructive, and they'll just go onto whatever else can make them money...

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Researchers blind autonomous cars by tricking LIDAR

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Re: Nothing new here...

Isn't that their job? They sell more by making it 'new'

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Concorde without the cacophony: NASA thinks it's cracked quiet supersonic flight

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KSC

I can't help reading that as Kerbal instead of Kennedy...

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Cisco and McAfee decide users just can't be trusted not to click on dodgy attachments

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Because not all files coming in are easilly recognised as executables?

Word or Excel documents with macros for example.

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Canadian sniper makes kill shot at distance of 3.5 KILOMETRES

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Re: More calculation

Pretty low - chances are he was involved in fighting. Most bystanders would be doing their best to stay out of the way.

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Blighty's first aircraft carrier in six years is set to take to the seas

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Re: Google Earth image

as for the 2017 date - that's the copyright date, and relates to the year it is being published, which as it is being published directly to you right now, will be the current year (or could be a range)

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Virgin Media router security flap follows weak password expose

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Not <i>that</i> bad

There seems to be a lot of complaining, lets break it down:

Weak (short) default password - bad - potentially 'easy' to crack

Solution exists? - yes (change it)

Weak admin password (changeme) - bad - if you are on the network and it hasn't been changed, you can get admin access

Solution exists? - yes (change it - it even tells you too!)

So... standard procedure is to change both.

What other problems have people complained about?

Poor wifi? not in my experience, 2 floors away and still getting near max throughput over Wifi - Steam home streaming at 1080p at that range works even better than I expected, odd dropped packet, but nothing really noticable, maybe one 'glitch' every 5 minutes. and running Cat 6 all the way up the stairs did nothing to improve the latency. Network benchmarks show that wireless transfer operates at near max data rates too over the same connection. No problems there for me.

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Tesla death smash probe: Neither driver nor autopilot saw the truck

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Re: They still call it Autopilot?

"Calling the driver assist an Autopilot sure does not help."

"I think they've since changed the name."

It's never officially been called an "autopilot" - maybe in some marketing, but not in the manual etc.

Besides, it does more than an actual autopilot in a plane so...

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Google, Mozilla both say they sped up the web today. One by blocking ads. One with ads

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Re: Paradox. Everyone hates ads. Everyone wants stuff for "free".

"For as long as there are auto-playing videos, I'll keep adblock et al."

For as long as ads give a third party I am not purposefully engaging with the opportunity to run code on my machine with little to no oversight, I'll keep blocking them.

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This is news?

I've been using firefox on android for a while - with ad-blocking extension installed.

I'm more interested in whether they have implemented one-handed zoom (tap-swipe instead of finger pinching)

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Microsoft's new Surface laptop defeats teardown – with glue

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Re: Add it to the pile of coal.

"Replacing the battery on my Land Rover Discovery needed a crane...

Have you SEEN the size of those batteries?"

Yep, and replaced one myself - they are not that bad. The one in the caravan the Discovery tows is bigger.

I also had to replace a bulb in the car recently - one or two screws (I forget which) and the unit pops off.

The same with the headlight of my Focus; one screw, and two clips - though admittedly you need a suficciently long stick to get down to the lower clip, it's still easy to do.

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2 kool 4 komputing: Teens' interest in GCSE course totally bombs

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I skipped everything to do with computers at GCSE

At the time, the school only did ICT. Which was "here's how you type into Word!" style teaching. Discussed with teachers when I made my selection, and they agreed that the class wouldn't help me.

I took on computing at A-Level - at a College that offered both Computing and ICT courses, and then went on to do a CS degree.

ICT at my school was always seen as a 'dos' subject* so as soon as it gets technical, I'm not suprised that other choices are made. RE was always popular for this reason too. You really do need competent teachers too, who know the subject they are trying to teach. If you don't have that, you lose the kids who want to be challenged and find that the class just doesn't stimulate them enough. It becomes boring and they will prefer to do something else.

* easy and not requiring effort. Pun not intended.

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Virtual reality audiences stare straight ahead 75% of the time

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The right content will do it.

I have only used my Cardboard viewer seriously twice - it gives me a headache and is hard to focus because the lenses are too close together, and I haven't yet bothered to build myself a new one.

Anyhow, experience #1: 360 video from a speedboat in a canyon. You are on a boat, in a canyon. you are typically looking at where you are going, with some peeking over your shoulder.

Experience #2: Little horror 'game' really, a short video, with scenes triggered by you looking in the right direction. You sit on a sofa in the middle of an old sitting room, with a storm outside and a flickering bulb overhead. A flash of lightning shows that the two dolls sitting on the mantlepiece in front of you are no longer there...

Looking around drives the experience, and you get the feeling that something could happen, anywhere.

Lots of looking in all directions from this one.

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Samsung releases 49-inch desktop monitor with 32:9 aspect ratio

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Only 1080 high?

I thought we were past that now? for the non 1920x1080 monitors at least...

I still have my old 16:10 1920x1200 monitor because the screen size is nicer than any of the alternatives I have used.

Consider a 1080p monitor costs a few hundred, few hundred more for a second one, oh and then double it to get rid of the bezel...

I can see why gamers might want a dual screen setup with no bezel, but not worth it for others imho.

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Look who's joined the anti-encryption posse: Germany, come on down

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accessed only via the carrier device provisioning system.

Yeah sure. This is no better than adding remote access to my device - that I have no control over.

What happens if there is a flaw in whatever method they use to implement this? What if someone gets into the carier's sytem and gets access to the key/s? What about a rogue technician in the carrier? Suddenly everyone's device is wide open.

No no no no no. None of this is good.

They want / need access to my device? fine. They can get a court order, and come take it. I'll even unlock it for them, I have nothing to hide. But to force remote access tools onto user devices that can't be controlled by the user? No.

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Sorry to burst your bubble, but Microsoft's 'Ms Pac-Man beating AI' is more Automatic Idiot

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Re: A suggestion to tell wheather something is actually "learning"

"I rode a bicycle with no hands today" Not that I have ever seen a bicycle with hands before. Why would a bicycle need hands?

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Wi-Fi Dream Home Of The Future™ gets instructions for builders

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Lucky me

I'm in the process of buying a new property/waiting for it to be built. I was very happy when I saw that it's going to have fiber to the modem, and ethernet throughout as standard.

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Currys PC World given a spanking for misleading laptop savings ads

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Only £24? when I was looking for a new TV, they were on sale for over £65 (ok, it was 1.5m, not 1m)

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Re: I like going into PC world.

I like to go in and browse, and see if any actually know what they are talking about.

The last time I went in to look at the computers, the guy working the area actually knew his stuff, and actually admitted that I was better off looking elsewehere for what I wanted.

I have to admit to being suprised that they don't sell some high end kit to go with the trash - isn't the (home) PC market being held up by gamers these days?

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Then get a friend to come in and buy it, after some time spent browsing?

With cash, of course.

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Re: PC World pricing

Last time that happened to me, I had made sure the label was for the correct item. When the price came up on the till, at over 3 times as much, I went back to confirm, then got the manager involved.

They honoured the price, that time, but removed the tag.

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