* Posts by GruntyMcPugh

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Cheeky cheesemaker fails to copyright how things taste

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Re: Every supermarket does it

@WylieCoyoteUK

The only case against a retailer I can recall was Poundland vs Toblerone, all of the other copycat cases seem to go unpunished. I guess this is because brands know suing a supermarket chain would be be suicide, as the chain would stop stocking all the brands wares, and the brand would lose a lot of revenue. In the Poundland case, I don't think the makers of Toblerone saw a downside there.

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@EveryTime

It seems unfair for the Mail to single out Aldi for selling similar looking products, as all supemarkets have been doing it for decades. But then, it's rather obvious that if you are selling ketchup, you're probably going to have a tomato on the label, or in the more specific case, that chicken sausages might come in a packet that is a similar colour to a roast chicken. PR luvvies think they are clever creating a brand, when it's an obvious set of attributes plonked on a label.

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Townsfolk left deeply unsatisfied by Bury St Edmunds' 'twig' of a Christmas tree

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@Captain Scarlet: "promote your town as the place to go for Christmas Shopping"

Not being gouged for parking would give a town a higher ranking for me, over the size of their Xmas tree.

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Samsung 'reveals' what looks like a tablet that folds into a phone, but otherwise we're quite literally left in the dark

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@AC

Apple have applied for some patents for some aspects of folding phones, ... like the rather obvious lubrication of bearing surfaces. The idea of a folding screen should be too generic and obvious to patent in itself.

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Re: I like Android but...

@steviebuk: "If Apple releases one and then attempts to sue"

A folding screen on a phone should not be patentable in itself, it's an obvious idea. It's 'folding, but on a computer'

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@Warm Braw: "still quite a few people still content without colour,"

So that story got us talking in the office yesterday, given there's no analogue signal any more. A bit of googling shows that external Digital Receivers can still be bought with RF outputs so it's technically feasible to receive a digital signal and pipe it out to an old telly, but the then the picture will be Pillar Boxed(or side cropped, depending on the chosen aspect ratio in the set top box) and then the EPG would be unusable. I guess those that are happy to watch B&W are probably still happy to flick through 'The Radio Times' for such info I guess. It seems like a lot of effort to go to, to save a few quid, getting sub par results, when a modern colour LED TV would use a lot less leccy.

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My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day

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Re: Just one more thing...

@AC: "10-Base-2 50-ohm terminators"

I don't have any of those in my crates. They are in the little blue toolbox, under the desk. : -)

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Peeking?

I thought Alistair had been peeking into my old home office for a minute, but it's a crate full of old Nokia chargers, two modular Xircom Port stations, and various old WiFi routers and, ...er, a 56k modem (or two),... nearest the Window,.... the other three crates,....

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If Shadow Home Sec Diane Abbott can be reeled in by phishers, truly no one is safe

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Re: ABC: Assume Nothing, Believe No one, Challenge Everything

@AC: "Wear tin foil?"

Nope, ABC is the mantra for Forensic examination. It applies elsewhere however, like when people speak.

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Re: Eh?

@Joe Harrison. "Failing to spot an IT security problem does not make you "thick as mince." "

Failing to spot that a cold caller telling you have a problem and not doing your ABC makes her thick as mince. (ABC: Assume Nothing, Believe No one, Challenge Everything).

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Has science gone too far? Now boffins dream of shining gigantic laser pointer into space to get aliens' attention

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Re: Is it me ...

@Dropbear ""20000 light years"

Yeah, so Humans send the pulse, 20,000 years later intelligent aliens get the message, dispatch War Rocket Ajax, and take say, 40,000 years to get here. In that 60,000 years humans have eradicated themselves as a species, and dinosaurs walk the Earth again, leaving the aliens to wonder 'how did these big lummoxes make a laser?'

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Re: How would they know?

@katrinab: "How would an alien distinguish this laser from one of them?"

Pulse the Fibonacci sequence, Pulsars don't do maths. : -)

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Now Europe wants a four-million-quid AI-powered lie detector at border checkpoints

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IPS

I travelled shortly after the automated passport scanners were deployed, and the experience was a bit crap. It failed to scan one friend's passport completely, so he had to join the queue for a regular inspection. Another friend was wearing a beanie (we were going snowboarding) so he had to remove that so his features could be scanned, he'd forgotten his shades were over the beanie, they went flying into the booth, so he bent down to pick them up, at which point the glass doors closed on his head. My passport scanned, I entered the booth area, and then didn't know what to do, as the screen hadn't popped up any instructions, being a bit slow.

So I'm a little skeptical some AI driven system is going to perform well enough to not annoy passengers.

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@Alister; "...and the anal probe, fecal sample, urine sample, saliva sample, blood sample, and one of your kidneys..."

If I'm in a hurry, can I just leave them my underpants?

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Apple's launch confirms one thing: It's determined to kill off the laptop for iPads

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Re: Would they allow it if...

Would be rude not to mention 'Lickey End' just North of Bromsgrove.

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Woman who hooked up with over 15 spectres has found her forever phantom after whirlwind romance and plane sex

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Re: Hynogogia

'hypnogogic semi' if she's preggers sounds like the spirit had more than a semi : -)

Meanwhile, I've suffered from hypnopompic (sleep to wakefulness) paralysis and the associated dreams a few times. The first time, I just had the paralysis, I was awake, but frozen, immobile, then since I've been strangled by a strange dark haired lady, been lacerated by a paper witch, and had an alien abduction experience. What I never had, was the urge to persuade anyone that any of this was real.

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Re: "Amethyst Realm", really?

Amethyst Realm,... Amber Heard, both nutters.

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Sysadmin running a Mac fleet? IBM has just thrown you a lifeline

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Re: "with the chance to enable disk encryption"

@doublelayer: "including disk encryption, can be turned on automatically"

Let's go with your interpretation,,,, I read it like the users could choose, and that wouldn't be ideal.

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@JLV Apple could have worked on integrating their OS into Active Directory, to slip into the corporate fleet, it would be nice if we had .admx files for it so we could admin the 0.4% of the devices in our AD that run MacOS. Maybe if we could apply policy, we'd let peeps buy more Macs,....

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Re: So...

@ColonelClaw

I guess we'll see in a couple of years when IBM start selling refurbed Macs, whether the residual value numbers stack up. I'd have written off a PC as valueless after four years, but some residual value in a Mac, and resale will mean disk wiping, and refurbishment, .... we'll see if that process is economically viable on such a scale, ~34k laptops a year. Unless IBM are going to offer them to staff at EOL, and get each staff member to wipe their own?

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"with the chance to enable disk encryption"

Er,... say what?

When I was Blue, and we had Windows PCs, whole disk encryption was mandatory. When we had to adopt Linux PCs, whole disk encryption was mandatory.

So, is the story here that Macs are only being issued to 'non-Privileged users'? Even then, some will have access to sensitive information, bids, proposals, financial data etc. That stuff should be encrypted.

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Guess who just bought Maplin? Dragons' Den celebrity biz guy Peter Jones

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It's ALIVE!!!!! (nearly)

I just randomly checked: https://www.maplin.co.uk/

And there's a holding page for the new venture. The background vid makes it looks like they'll be selling gadgets and accessories.

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SEO? SEO What?

"Online reseller BuyITDirect had voiced an interest in Maplin’s IP but questioned what value Jones will realise. ...Maplin’s website had been down for a couple of months and Google had de-indexed the domain, Glynne claimed, “so the residual SEO value has gone." "

I get that a firm I've never heard of might think SEO is important, so their wares float to the top of the search returns, but Maplin was a web site I'd go to, and use their search. If you're big enough, people come direct to your website.

If Maplin rises again as an online store I'll check it out, and if it's any good it'll possibly regain that go to status. SEO only matters if it's run of the mill and competing with other such outlets, where price and delivery costs sway the decision. Let's be honest, price was never Maplin's USP.

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UK.gov should spend more on AI, bleat VCs and consultants. Oh? Why's that then?

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@Katrinab "The only improvement since this is that the machines now actually work most of the time."

There's one more improvement, we don't need to hand crank the difference engine any more.

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Brace yourself, Britain: Health minister shares 'vision' for NHS 'tech revolution'

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Patient records for “health and care setting” will use UK residents' NHS numbers

Righty - O.

Ah, I don't know my ten digit NHS number though, I was originally issued the NHS card wit the old five alpha three number schema, and I remember that. So I just checked on the NHS web site about how to find it, and they say go ask your GP. Except I moved and never got around to registering with a new GP, and that was twenty years ago. Now, you'd have thought, that as I have a Govt Gateway ID and I can log in and check my (crap state) pension forecast online, I'd be able to retrieve my NHS number,.... but apparently this cannot be done. So, the NHS don't know where I live, how are they going to send me my login details? Seems they have a lot of work to do verifying IDs, and linking into existing Govt ID schemes first.

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Stroppy Google runs rings round Brussels with Android remedy

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More forks?

"the commission said it wanted more competition: more app choices, more app stores, and more flavours (forks) of Android."

See, as an Android user,.... I don't. I've had Windows Smartphones pre-android, and then it was kind of a PITA to browse TUCOWS for compatible apps, not everything was ported for all architectures. I don't want to relive that, and end up down a fork which is a dead end, and not be able to get the App I want.

I don't feel aggrieved, I like the ecosystem the way it is. It works. If we want other, non-Google browsers and search, we can have them.

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Alexa heard what you did last summer – and she knows what that was, too: AI recognizes activities from sound

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@onefang: "sound effects from Hollywood"

So I'm going to leave 'that scene' from 'When Harry Met Sally' on a loop, and see if I get any interesting shopping suggestions. I'm guessing lube.

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Chinese Super Micro 'spy chip' story gets even more strange as everyone doubles down

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Re: How can I put this?

@vesion 1.0: "I suspect one reason for all the denials that this is possible is that another agency has been doing this for a long time."

It's telling that the supposed source from the security company 'Sepio' used to work for Israeli intelligence, because a mate of mine who designs networks for the UK govt, MoD etc, once told me they weren't allowed to source any network components from Israel, because of fears about back doors.

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Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid

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Re: Calls and Email

@imanidiot: "corporate logos"

It gets worse than that, I've worked places where the PR luvvies demanded that all internal documents used a custom font, because you know, it's really important to have custom shaped letters, or something.

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Re: Calls and Email

@Julian Bradfield: "How I used to do email in about 2002"

Ha, me too, but it required a data cable plugged into the bottom of my old Nokia, and a Psion CF modem stuck into the top of a Compaq Ipaq : -) The I got a Nokia 7110 with IrDA but it was a bugger to keep aligned with the Ipaq on the train.

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Uncle Sam gives itself the right to shoot down any drone, anywhere, any time, any how

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@Jake: "I've spent many hours at various ranges with cops from all over the US. Most can shoot better than most civilians, hunters included."

Well, this is a personal anecdote but,.... Cops aren't that good. I was guesting at a gun club with a colleague, with a view to join. Three UK Police 'Marksmen' were there, and challenged us to a shooting competition. Now, to be fair, they were using 6" S&W 686 revolvers, and we were using a Star 9mm, and a 4" Ruger .38 special, so theirs were a bit more lively. But they were utterly dire, and lost by some margin. They made excuses like 'You couldn't shoot like that under pressure' to which I replied 'You can't shoot like in the first place'.

Several weeks later it transpired that some Police Marksmen had lost a bag of revolvers, when they drove off from a gun range, and left the bag on the roof on the car. I presume it was the same goons.

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Re: US Police killing people

@Jake: ""Across the country police used the stun guns 30 times a day last year."

That is atrocious. Tasers were introduced as an alternative to deadly force, but there is no way in hell Firearms trained officers would have fired 30 times in one day/ This is urban pacification, and it should be resisted.

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New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'

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Re: Have fun!

Nice story bro,... but not true, first you have to be under investigation for a crime, and the contents of the locked device deemed to be evidence, then a section 49 notice to divulge the password is issued, and if the password isn't divulged, section 53 allows for up to 5 years for national security or kiddie pr0n, and just two years for regular crimes.

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

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Re: What could possibly go wrong,..

I guess something like this could go wrong,.....

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-45693143

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What could possibly go wrong,..

... given stories like hundreds of thousands of credit card details being hacked from BA, or phishing scams at Butlins, are the Govt sure their very own ministers aren't going to end up with egg on their faces here?

How is this going to work without some master list of smut sites? Is it really going to be someone's job at the BBFC to cruise for smut all day?

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Don't get THAT personal, says personalised cards firm Moonpig. Dick pics. They mean dick pics

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Re: Recipient: Stormy Daniels

@Chivo243: "Recipient: Stormy Daniels, why is there a mushroom in the photo?"

You'd have thought with such small hands it would look bigger,.... but still no.

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UK.gov won't Airwave bye for another 3 years, plans to phase in ESN services

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@Simon Rockman

Interesting,... the place I now work has ties with the local Police force, so we've had some aerials for comms installed, and of course have had two different masts put up, .. I guess this is for the current system, and getting ready to transition to the new one?

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UKIP doubled price of condoms for sale at party conference

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Re: standard, small, large

@AC I doubt they meet any standards, and thus, like the electorate on Brexit, they'll split.

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The internet – not as great as we all thought it was going to be, eh?

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@Jamie

ah yes, my first email address was big endian too, and we used Vax/VMS and CBS. We didn't have our own Internet mail relay at that point though, so relayed through The University of Nottingham. Just took three levels of encapsulation to route through them and out to the internet ; -)

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Apple in XS new sensation: Latest iPhone carries XS-sive price tag

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Re: What now?

@werdsmith: "Cost of a latest model iPhone if sold on after 1 or 2 years about £200"

"BRITISH PEOPLE SPEND OVER £680 MILLION EVERY YEAR FIXING BROKEN PHONE SCREENS, SURVEY CLAIMS"

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/broken-phone-screen-fix-iphone-cost-price-uk-a8536236.html

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First it was hashtags – now Amber Rudd gives us Brits knowledge on national ID cards

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A Large Govt IT Project....

... tell me MS Rudd,... how successful are the Govt at getting large IT projects delivered?

How accurate is the data in the current databases? If these are merged, how can I be sure I'm not getting a different Grunty McPugh's history attached to mine? Do I get to see all of, and object to any records I think are inaccurate? Who else gets to see the data,.... I mean, the agencies listed under RIPA is hardly exclusive, it's pretty much the world + dog. How much does the card cost me, and do I need to get someone trustworthy to countersign my application, like a Dr, Justice of the Peace, or Lord of the Manor, like it is for passports, and are the self-employed, sole traders or those working from home/residential address disbarred from acting as referees, as per the 'CitizenCard' ?

I'm glad to hear it might not be a physical card, because, you know, we kind of had that before, when NI numbers were sent out on spiffy little cards, but that was abandoned, as it was deemed to too expensive,..

NHS ID,... right you are, I know mine by heart,... except the one I know is the old format five alpha three numeric,...I was never sent my 10 digit, 3-3-4 new NHS number,.. but then, I didn't care, because: "You don't need to know your NHS Number to receive care, and you shouldn't be denied care on the basis you do not know, or do not have, an NHS Number.",... so I'm guessing most people don't know theirs, nor care what it is.

Driving licenses and passports,.. well, both of these cost me money to obtain. What if someone cannot afford a National Identity Card? Will they be free therefore? If so, can you add tickboxes for 'is allowed out of the country' and is 'allowed to drive a car' (and possibly a road roller?) and refund me some moolah, cheers.

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Whisky business: Uni of Edinburgh servers Irn-Scru'd by cyber-attack

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Re: Students vs the man

@AC: "some poor underpaid IT interns vs some student testing his/her limits."

Got this quite a bit when I worked for a University (Vax/VMS days),... a lot of wild claims and brags were made which were total BS,... but the odd enterprising little sod would find a pukka exploit every now and again. Like one who missed being able to send Internet email (this was a privilege only granted to select students back in the day, and we had an ACL for that) but he'd returned from a work placement, and had a copy of the CBS mail program from his employer, so ran his own version to send mail. I caught him, we actually became quite good friends, and he ended up managing the Students Union IT :-)

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Revealed: British Airways was in talks with IBM on outsourcing security just before hack

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Re: "You don't outsource something that is working well."

@Kientha "Let's mark it as done"

Saw this a lot, we had solid, common sense boarding procedures, to deliver finished, compliant solutions. Unless there was a deadline, then stuff just went live. Often teams designated as support would refuse so my team would do the dirty work, rectifying all the security non compliances, now on a live environment subject too change control,.... and once we got it green, the account would be lost to us, often we only got BAU rates for this.

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"proposal will mean a period of uncertainty."

There's not much uncertainty,... staff will get the regulatory two years protection under TUPE, and during this time they will train their offshore replacements, then the vast majority will get made redundant at statutory minimum payments.

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Google's 'other' phone platform turns up in post-apocalyptic mobe

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Re: €109?

Just checked out that MiFi SD card,.... very reasonably priced,... I think that's definitely happening to my Bridge Camera, ta for the prompt!

Meanwhile, the lovely people at John Lewis actually have a selector for 'WiFi' when searching for cameras, and they have a few decent looking models,... so all I have to do now is wade through the reviews.

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Re: €109?

@Barry Rueger

According to GizModo: "and can function as a WiFi hotspot."

Now I'm interested,.... rugged phone, plus tethered tablet. Only downside I see is that tablet cameras are a bit lacking and I use my phone camera quite a bit, ... although Bluetooth compact cameras are an option, if I don't mind carrying three things,... but I would be carrying three things better suited to each task,.... something to mull over, anyway.

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Canny Brits are nuking the phone bundle

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Re: Customers are (slightly) more savvy and the technology isn't moving as quickly

@AKS "put you on to the porting team but to the retention team. Insist that you want to leave and eventually they'll offer you a much better deal"

I've had variable mileage with this one. I recently left Vodafone, the retention team made me some offers, I wanted a 30 day rolling contract, ~5Gb of data and some mins and texts, they offered me a 12 month contract for 5/Unlimited/Unlimited for £10 a month. I said I wanted 30 day rolling,... they came back with £25.50. I was only paying £30 odd in contract while paying for the handset. So in an attempt to keep me as a customer for 12 months, they lost me as a customer to a cheaper provider.

Anyway, now SIM only for £9 a month, still rocking my old Note4, and happy with it. If I need new Android features, I'll probably buy a new 7" tablet, and tether it. I'm an old fart and don't wear skinny jeans anymore, so I'm sure I'll find a pocket to keep all this stuff in, along with reading glasses and Hemorrhoid cream : -)

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Microsoft gives Windows 10 a name, throws folks a bone

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Re: Word Perfect 5.1

@BobChip: "Reveal codes"

I remember it well, as well as the 'print preview' which rendered a preview of what the document might look like,.... although back then we saved the print to a Postscript file, and had to ftp it to our VAX, and print it from there, as we didn't have any printers available directly to the LanManager (remember that? ) network.

I used to feel quite at home editing the codes, but then other formatting tools were such offerings as LaTeX, so if you'd cut your teeth on that, WP 5.1 doing most of it for you was a boon.

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If you weren't rich enough to buy a Surface before, you may as well let that dream die

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Re: Why US only?

@James51

Ah, poor old Wonga. NOT. : -)

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