Re: I'm going
But PlusNet are owned by BT.
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Have you been to either store recently? DSG have improved their act in recent times - I was shocked when I took back a faulty router to PC World expecting the usual 'nothing to do with us' fight and they offered an immediate refund. I find their click and collect service very good for those 'I want it now' moments.
Comet on the other hand have had a tired selection of stuff for some time with staff showing no willingness to do more than read the shelf tags.
Funny that. Sky have adopted exactly the same procedure as Dish networks for their downloadable on demand content. So if I didn't watch a programme at first broadcast I can wait 24 hours and watch a Sky programme with the ads stripped out. Or just fast forward on Sky+, it's about as difficult as spelling privilege correctly.
The gullible account holder is giving permission for the money to be transferred. If it is to a valid account the back can't take it back. They can't even talk to the bank they have sent it to because of data protection laws. You would have to contact them and ask them to contact the account holder, etc.
Currys and Comet are next door to each other in the local retail park so I usually end up in both, and Currys generally have the better deals nowadays. I can even get Quidco discounts at Currys by ordering online and picking up instore.
Most amazing is when I bought a faulty fan heater last winter, took it back to Currys expecting a fight and got an immediate, no-questions-asked refund. I didn't even have the box!
Simples. DVLA charge a fee for every enquiry through their data connection. It's probably only pence, but do it thousands of times (he was a 'big wheel' spotter, remember) and it quickly gets out of hand. So DVLA bill AXA, and AXA want their money back. DVLA have spent their cut on maintaing the systems that provide the data, so nothing to come back from them.
As a droid-type employee he was probably shown how to check registrations but never told the cost, because for authorised use it's built into the general accounting.
even sites that display 'permission denied' or 'invalid user name or password' then fall into the trap of allowing you to enter an email address for a password reset, which returns either 'that address doesn't exist' or 'we've sent you an email'. So someone wanting to query valid or invalid accounts still have a means to do it.
No, because attempted murder is not murder. If he had *attempted* to steal money, he would have got an even lower sentence, because that is a different offence. Just like if this was the second time he had been convicted he would have got a higher sentence, as the judge said.
"This article referred to www. and the notional xxx. as suffixes. It should have been prefix. This has been corrected."
Great journalism - get readers to spot the mistake then correct it with another mistake! It would never happen on El Reg.
Long live Grauniad, we need a laugh from time to time.
"Toast allows advertisers to push ads onto your Windows Phone 7 smartphone whether you have an associated app running or not."
Toast. Exactly what any smartphone I have running unsolicited ads will be. I was already seriously thinking Android - but how long before the Chocolate Factory follow suit?
There am I thinking I'm a typical El Reg reader, then I discover that I should have know all about Linux distros and not need an article like this. But then I have a MacBook that, errm, just works. With Windows 7 that, errm, works (just) and Ubuntu that, errm, just sits there mostly unused because the "out of the box" solutions of the other OSes, errm, are working.
I don't understand Linux, sorry. I would like to, but all these different flavours and the geekspeak that accompany them are too much for my delicate ears. I want to USE my computer, not spend hours reconfiguring it or working out how to get my MS Office stuff to work *properly* with Open Office or whatever just so I can qualify to use the Penguin icon one day!
I'm sure Trucall is very good, but why should *I* fork out 99 quid to stop a few junk calls? My friends would love being told by me how to control their privacy by unblocking their number to call me. Not.
If I call someone and am met by a machine asking me for my name, the phone is hung up, end of.
and with Argos, you don't pay until you get to the shop! But how is this news? Argos have done it for ages, Boots and M&S have introduced it in the last 12 months. It's a good idea, as it costs the companies less - they have to send delivery vehicles to shops anyway - and you're not having to collect all those "sorry you weren't in" delivery cards.
Agree with you all the way, though when I was in Southern California for a few months last year and needed various tech bits I found Fry's disappointing in terms of range compared to what I remembered from a previous visit. In the end the (nearer) Best Buy store was my usual port of call - buy the kit that's 'on offer' and refuse all the extras and you're sorted.
I also didn't have a problem with their customer service. They refunded me a defective MP3 player no questions asked, even though I had been using it for a couple of weeks and had lost some of the packaging.
@ Citizen Kaned, I don't understand your criticisms of the TD2. I've got one and my ear has never activated anything. Maybe it's not big enough? Contacts are one click of the soft key labelled, errm, Contacts.
But personally if I was going to get another Windows Phone I would stick to 6.5 - yes, it has the crappy icons but if M$ are going down the Jobsworth road of locking-in apps then forget it.
HTC have done a decent job of improving a poor native interface, but I will probably look very seriously at Android next time.
Paris because she has big... ears.
It was the sort of thing Obama did, though not on the iPhone. It's a very different culture over in the US though, where DP laws are less strict. Obama's data gathering was very efficient: everything was co-ordinated through their Chicago center, using the VoteBuilder software.
Local campaigning generally involved volunteers using their own time to call random people from a call list, the results then being logged according to voting preference, etc. I think Americans are generally more geared up to receive that kind of 'marketing' call, especially at election time.
Why is anyone giving Argos their card details? Order online, collect in-store, then the only place your card is seen is at the store till. No CVVs, just chip and PIN.
Oh, and selecting plain text emails also helps. No chance of hidden codes in the HTML.
Fail, to everyone caught out. But mainly to the (hopefully now unemployed) payment app coders.
@AC: "This is not the year to buy Freeview HD TVs:
1) It'll be the end of 2011 before Freeview HD will cover most of the UK population"
I doubt many people would buy one of these sets and carry it around with them. So if you live in a Freeview HD enabled region - like most of NW England - your first argument doesn't apply.
You've missed the obvious objection though: the price.
The standard WnW limit is 1GB, but there is a 'Plus' option that includes WiFi hotspots and phone modem use, with 3GB allowance. There was also a 'Max' option that allows VOIP and an allowance of 10GB.
My contract is on the original WnW with a whopping 40MB (sic) a month allowance, but I persuaded T-Mo to give me the Plus add-on for £5 a month extra. I hope they don't force the new tariffs on existing customers as I'm happy with what I have, thank u very much.
"If you route your BT fixed line calls through your ISP/elsewhere as I do, then be aware they will charge you 8 quid a month for NOT making any billable calls across the BT network."
@g e: I think BT only apply the charge if you have agreed to have the free 1571 and caller-id packages, then fail to make any calls through their network. It's not dependent on the calls package you have.
I've got their basic line rental (aka Inclusive Weekend Calls) and asked them to switch off 1571 and caller-id. On direct debit, I pay £11.54 a month and route most calls through 18185.
BT, like most telcos, have tariff and discount packages with all kinds of obscure conditions that aren't easy to get out of.
Offering RC users the upgrade path isn't so unreasonable - I'm sure one of the original intentions of M$ was to give people the chance to try-then-buy through their pre-release program. That's what I did, so I now have a full retail copy of W7, bought for less than the current upgrade price.
So, no, paying for an 'upgrade' from 7RC isn't quite the bargain it appears.
Ok, so the evil guys get into my online banking account. But to transfer money out of the account they need a PINsentry card reader (easy to obtain - I have about 10 from different banks!) and my Chip and PIN card to generate the authorisation code - not so easy to obtain. Or am I missing something here?