* Posts by mark woodward

3 posts • joined 26 Jul 2007

Microsoft spits out final XP service pack, beta version

mark woodward
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Ordinary Punters

The problem is, most of you on here are IT experts or heavyweight users. The "average" punter on the street knows no different. He see the latest MS ad showing this wonderful new system that can protect him and do evrything he/she wants. How is he to know any different? The MS marketing team are good at selling to the average user.

Unfortunetly Vista is here to stay...

woody

Fraud abroad drives up card losses

mark woodward

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I totally agree with the first comment. "Most" Uk people rarely go abroad or only once a year for their annual holiday. There must be a way of barring overseas use of that card - unless you authorise it. For those that travel regularly then you opt out of that scheme. It works for mobile phones.

Online purchases from the UK can be based upon your IP address much the same as DRM works thus allowing oversea use.

Frank Bough. If you report it to the police as we did last week... they tell you it is now a matter for the card companies as laid out in a change banking policies introduced a while back. Basically police say they do not have either the equiptment or resources to deal with it and have to get all the data from the banks/card companies anyway.

Wrong but there you go, lets all cover our arses and make the punter pay.

woody

UK gov rejects Cliff Richard's copyright extension

mark woodward

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I was also under the impression that "session artists" are also paid a one off royalty payment - exactly the same a bit part actors doing adverts.

I heard an interview about this a couple of months back, and one of the mega stars said their biggest complaint was that although they only got paid for 50 years, the record company still continued to both enjoy profits (sometimes very large - look at some of the beatles/pink floyd stuff) and royalties, whilst the performer no longer got paid. He was making the argument, if they didn't get anything why should the lables who made most of the money anyway.

woody

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