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Wi-Fi 6 isn't signed off yet, but boffins are already teasing us with specs for venerable wireless tech's next gen

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Re: Wifi generations

You have a point. Wouldn't it be good to invent a software-upgradeable spec. Something whereby wifi-7 devices will always be able to upgrade - at least for the next few iterations - with software alone. It might make for bulkier, more expensive hardware, but at least it's hardware that won't need to be thrown away when a new spec comes along with faster speeds. There is of course the fact that the hardware doesn't need to be thrown away at all: if you've got a wifi-7 device, it'll still *work* with wifi-8 and 9, just slower.

Analogue TV has been around for a while as you say, but it had many different specs (PAL, SECAM, NTSC) and different variants of each. It made hardware totally incompatible unless it was designed specifically for compatibility. But yes, once we settled on a spec, it did last a while, at least within one country.

Can I get some service here? The new 27-inch iMac forgoes replaceable storage for soldered innards

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Making the RAM upgradeable by just using opening a flap and replacing it sounds like the work of a company who's encouraging people to upgrade when they want. Making the CPU upgradeable (albeit a lot more complex than RAM) smacks of a company who cares a little about what people want to do with a computer that costs the best part of £2000 in an age where they shouldn't.

Making the flash storage totally un-replaceable smacks of arrogance and a total and wilful disregard for Apple's customers, let alone the environment. It's a kick in the teeth really. You spend that much money on a computer, knowing that a key part, the one you're most likely to want to upgrade, and the one most likely to fail within 5 or 6 years, is soldered on to the motherboard!

It's put me right off Apple's computers. They're just a plaything for the rich. It might as well be a glorified iPad. And it will be, when the ARM chip models come out. Not only will people be unable to upgrade them, but they'll be unable to install from anything except the apple store. It'll become just an appliance.

Whoops, our bad, we may have 'accidentally' let Google Home devices record your every word, sound – oops

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Re: Time for a mega GDPR related fine on Google

I had a chat with my Google Home speaker thing about it and it told me there's no problem, and not to worry, and not to chuck it out. Alexa and Siri agreed.

Toshiba formally and finally exits laptop business

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I always hated them after the mid-2000s

I found them generally slower than equivalent models made by the likes of Acer, HP, Lenovo etc. It was their outrageous number of ‘helper’ programs they bundled with XP. And as for their WiFi connection wizard, it was truly appalling. I seem to recall that the software would try and draw a sort of ‘radar map’ of all the wireless access points it could see, and it would be a horrible sort of point and click game to click on the right one. Amazingly unusable bit of software that had no real purpose to it.

I didn’t come across many business laptops in that time, but I certainly saw a lot of really crappy home machines.

Shame because back in the 90s, they were pretty much the pinnacle, especially their smaller than normal Portege range.

What a good eye-dea: Battery-less, grain-of-sand-sized 2.4GHz transmitter to help save your eyesight

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Conspiracy theorists will pick up on this and use it as ammunition for their 'chips injected with the vaccines' trope.

"see? it's possible to inject tracker chips now!"

Congratulations Peebles. Felicitations Queenzieburn. Openreach is bringing you FTTP (yes, they're real places)

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Finally, they're taking this seriously. Openreach are realising that gigabit connectivity (or at least the possibility of gigabit) is important for the economy. Not just important, but of paramount importance.

Microsoft wants to show enterprises that Edge means business, rather than the thing you use to download Chrome

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Special Chrome button?

Maybe if they had a button labelled "download and install chrome automatically" it would take some of the pain out of new computer setup

Twitter hackers busted 2FA to access accounts and then reset user passwords

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There's something I don't understand

OK, so they broke the 2FA of some employees to get into the tools. But why is there a tool to do a password reset on an account that lets the attacker get straight in? Doesn't this imply that there's a tool for twitter admins that allows them to know the password being set? Even if there is such a tool (and there possibly shouldn't be), why is it available to anyone but a select few admins?

Maybe it is, in which case, why aren't these admins highly trained?

And doesn't this smack of the hackers gaining useful inside knowledge, like which admins to target?

I don't think twitter are being as open as they could be.

United Arab Emirates’ Mars probe successfully launched and phones home

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Coat

A sort of ship of the desert, if you will.

Hot, synchronous DRAM: Next-gen memory tech spec DDR5 lands

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It'll just be an excuse for Chrome to use even more memory. I mean for heaven's sake! I just checked and Chrome is using 3GB of RAM. I've only got 18 tabs open, and none of them is the daily mail. OK, I just opened the daily mail website (out of sheer curiosity) and Chrome gobbled up 400MB of RAM! 400! for one crappy website. Mind you, Firefox uses the same.

My point is that if one website requires that much space, no wonder we have more and more RAM installed in a computer. 4GB is too low now. 8GB is 'normal' and 16GB is reserved for heavy workers, or even 32GB to cope with all eventualities. And to manage that much RAM we need faster and faster processors and faster hard disks to store it all when needed. The computer industry self-perpetuates this conveyor-belt of continuous speed improvements when it's probably not necessary a lot of the time. If we don't find some way of recycling the materials that go into tech, we won't be able to build it any longer. If we need nearly half a gig of RAM (and its associated processing) to display one web site, then we really are being wasteful. I just realised that it's probably the stupid ads more than the website content itself.

Smile? Not bloody likely: Day 6 of wobbly services and still no hint to UK online bank's customers about what's actually wrong

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Always with this ridiculous "an IT glitch is affecting a small number of customers" and "The speed of the website is affect for some" sort of bullshit!

This is just the typical mantra of any organisation that provides IT services. We work with suppliers who provide us with service and actually tell us what's going on if ever there's a problem. Until banks are given real penalties (real financial ones) and can actually pay the customers, they won't take reliability or security seriously. Look at TSB last year.

I can't remember which bank it was who said there was a "fraud guarantee" - it was this year - they said that they'll refund you any money if you are defrauded. However the small print indicated that this would not always be the case. Of course.

Banks have been allowed to get away with too much. If I were to go to a bank that told me they'd pay me £100 an hour for every hour that online banking wasn't available unless it was scheduled maintenance, I would jump at the idea. And the bank would absolutely pour money into security and reliability.

Another anti-immigrant rant goes viral in America – and this time it's by a British, er, immigrant tech CEO

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Re: Trump

No, he's condemning people who are trying to change things because he won't. They're not thugs and terrorists, unlike the people in white pointy hats he loves so much. You get gun-nut loons who wave guns at people just because they're anti-racist, and he thinks they're worthy of praise. He is a thug and a criminal himself. And hopefully about to be revealed as a paedophile too

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Trump

Trump, by not condemning these racists the right way,he just enables them. He just gives slightly less credence to the people against racism, and doesn't condemn enough the people who do racist things.

All it takes is a bit of validation from the orange man-child and that'll influence just a few people to be just that bit more racist.

Analogue radio given 10-year stay of execution as the UK U-turns on DAB digital future

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4G

Driving through the Scottish highlands, I found that listening to the radio through the internet using an app on my phone Was more reliable and with fewer dropouts than listening to the same station on DAB. In fact, DAB was a complete disappointment whilst on the move.

It's now safe to turn off your computer shop: Microsoft to shutter its bricks-and-mortar retail locations worldwide

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Tumbleweed

I've walked past the Apple Store and the Microsoft Store in Regent Street (on my way to the Nespresso store actually) several times and every time, there's a load of empty nothing in the Microsoft Store, and a lot of heaving everybody in the Apple Store. I cannot think what the point of it is. And now it's going to be reimagined. Maybe reimagine it as another Apple Store, with no Microsoft products, and it'll succeed. Or a coffee shop.

Apple succeed because they make things people want to buy. Microsoft succeed because they make things people have to buy.

Here's a headline we'll run this century, mark our words: Alien invaders' AI found on Mars searching for signs of life

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Re: Venus

Don't be so bigoted. Some Venusians have three breasts, some five. There's no need to highlight the difference, as it offends those with seven breasts.

And it's Venusians, not Venetians. Unless you're talking about people from Venice. In which case they'd be 'third generation Venetian Venusians'.

CompSci student bitten by fox after feeding it McNuggets

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It's ironic that foxes - a cute, friendly mammal which is fastidiously clean and remarkably bonded with man - could possibly be euthanised, whereas the preponderance of all manner of really dangerous animals exists in Australia as a whole. Why don't they do something about the spiders, the insects, the sharks (both sea-sharks and the new land-sharks I think I've heard about), and the venomous shrews or whatever they're called?

It seems its one rule for scary-as-hell arachnids and another for cute vulpine quadrupeds!

Beware the fresh Windows XP install: Failure awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth

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I did once have a customer who presented me with a broken laptop. The screen was smashed, and the keyboard had a fist-shaped dent in it. It was clear that someone had punched the thing, and probably thrown it. It was their son's. The same son who had accidentally violently thrown his tower PC's keyboard across the room, destroying its USB port, the year before. I asked what happened to it and she replied, with no hint that it sounded absolute bollocks: "Oh it was sitting closed and turned off on that table, and the cat jumped onto it".

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Re: Alternatives are good.

When I first read "He's now grown out of the habit", I thought you mean "permanently" in some way. Glad to hear he's alive and kicking, if not chewing through cables!

One year ago, Apple promised breakthrough features to help iPhone, iPad, Mac owners with disabilities. It failed them

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Re: Lack of Support

My parents' ipad, even when it was an older model without GPS, knew where it was because of wifi locating. Their current iPad has GPS. However, I don't see what the problem is - what's wrong with saying 'what will the weather be like at home' (you can tell it where home is) or even 'what will the weather be like in London tomorrow?'. It's not that much of a problem.

Having said that, my parents won't speak to Siri on their iPad. They think that because it's got a screen and a button, that's the only way to control it. However, they have a google mini and often speak to it (simple stuff like 'what's the weather', 'turn the light on' or 'how old is Boris johnson' sort of thing.

Working from home on Virgin Media's broadband? Too bad. Outage hits English capital

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We have customers on Vermin (not in London) and they get an email from Virgin every few weeks about a planned outage for 'maintenance' and inevitably it runs past the 0600 end estimate, and they don't have internet service till 1100 or 1200. This shower of shit needs to be kicked into touch.

Maybe there is hope for 2020: AI that 'predicts criminality' from faces with '80% accuracy, no bias' gets in the sea

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Yes - the Nazis used specific measurements to try to determine if you had any Jewish blood, Roma blood or whatever they wanted to hate... and then other specific measurements to determine how 'germanic' you were etc.

It does seem like racism can be dressed up as science well enough to fool even people who are respected as scientists. The sad fact is that we all know that science doesn't care what you think - facts are facts. But it doesn't stop you calling thing science when they aren't. Just because you take lots of measurements and write formal-sounding papers on it, doesn't make in any less false.

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This is basically the same as the 'craniometry' that 19th-century 'scientists' used to try to explain why women were inferior to men and blacks were inferior to whites. Seriously, they took detailed measurements of skulls and skull-shapes, and estimated brain volumes and all sorts of things. They used their findings to 'prove' whatever they wanted so long as it fitted in with the social narrative of the day. Scientists believed it because it felt sort of sciencey. Even at the time though, some scientists dismissed it for the quackery it was.

Apple to keep Intel at Arm's length: macOS shifts from x86 to homegrown common CPU arch, will run iOS apps

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Re: hand-wringing

I wear my watch on my left hand, and I wipe my bottom with my right hand. Will I need to buy TWO apple watches now to make sure i’m doing it right?

Customers of Brit ISP Virgin Media have downloaded an extra 325GB since March, though we can't think why

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I'm somewhat suprised, given that Vermin's terrible routers seem to block so many things, like VoIP working properly, VPNs working properly. We have business customers on their atrocious service. Every few weeks we get a letter from them telling us about expected downtime for maintenance between 0100 and 0600, and every time, it spills over till 10 or 12, or requires a 'router' reboot.

Oh and every time we set the router to 'modem only' mode, so that we can use it with, like, a business router, not their POS, the settings revert after a few days.

Windows 10 once more in print condition: Microsoft applies out-of-band fix to Patch Tuesday cock-up

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Re: Why do people put with this nonsense?

@wade you have a point. I was more thinking of things like undoing the years of ballmer bullshit

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Re: Why do people put with this nonsense?

Actually, Windows has always been bad, and not really fit for purpose. Quality control is and always has been reprehensible. Windows NT was basically incomplete; Windows 95, 98 etc was fundamentally flawed - as an OS. Windows 2000 and XP sort of made it , except they were a breeding ground for viruses due to their inherent insecurity.

I feel it began to take a bit of a tumble with that clown Steve Ballmer and his love of the unusable and irrelevant tile interface. He was absolutely in love with the concept of Windows Phones and Windows Desktop being one-and-the-same, implementing things like the useless Touch where it wasn't wanted. It wasn't just the UI and UX it was the OS itself - still clunky and inefficient.

I actually feel that Satya is going in the right direction, but the trouble is that there's so much legacy in there that it'll always be an unwieldy and unstable OS.

We use it, because it's actually remarkably flexible, not because it's brilliant. I do feel that it's getting better but they do need to concentrate on quality control and actually helping the end users not hindering them.

Only true boffins will be able to grasp Blighty's new legal definitions of the humble metre and kilogram

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My caesium is faster than yours anyway

Hey is trying a new take on email – but maker complains of 'outrageous' demands after Apple rejects iOS app

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Same old, same old...

It just sounds like email with restrictions. The 'first time senders' folder is just an annoying spam blocker that won't work. You've still got to wade through the thing every time you think you might be getting a mail from a new contact.

Then their statement "The email already says it's from you. If someone needs your phone number, they can ask," - that's just restrictive. It's not always convenient. Email footers grew out of the need to have them.

The whole thing might be useful for non-business purposes, but who would pay for a service when there are free messaging apps out there?

There's no accounting for TITSUP*: Beancounters bemoan Sage cloudy sync software outage

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Re: "our equipment is used for COVID-19 drugs"

What if you're a small company and can't afford your own server, your own infrastructure etc? That's the whole point of "Cloud" -- an infrastructure hosted by someone else, with technicians to keep it going, and redundancy to back it up is always going to be more reliable and safe than a server under someone's desk in a small office with one door between it and the outside world.

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Re: "our equipment is used for COVID-19 drugs"

Katrinab - you hit the nail on the head. Sage only "works" because of the army of Sage technicians that can help you when it all falls apart

Whose side you on, Nominet? Registry floods .co.uk owners with begging emails to renew unwanted .uk domains

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We have dozens of clients and hundreds of domains we look after for them and not a single,one was interested in buying a .UK. If I mentioned that there was always a possibility that another company could ‘squat’ on the .UK name, most people just scoffed and said they’re not going to be ripped off into buying something that wasn’t even a thing a few years ago.

Ex-eBay security execs among six charged with harassing, threatening bloggers who dared criticize web tat souk

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Ebay are just a bunch of intransigent arseholes. I once had a run-in with them after someone falsely claimed that a phone I'd sold them was broken. Ebay just took my money back and I had to wait weeks for it. Phone call after phone call to barely-English-speaking operatives who couldn't care less about anything. Just left a nasty taste the whole thing. They make potloads of money but won't invest in decent customer support. At one point they even asked me to fax them something. Fax? Seriously?!

I won't ever sell anything through them again. It's just one step away from wish.com, selling mostly fake knockoffs. Hateful.

845GB of racy dating app records exposed to entire internet via leaky AWS buckets

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Plenty of blackmail fodder there I'm sure. And no doubt once word of this gets out more, you won't even need to have had data stolen to be blackmailed. The blackmailers just have to pretend they have something. They already do it and now it's just that bit easier to believe.

The world is a sick, sick place.

Microsoft disbands three-ring Windows Insider circus and replaces it with 'channels'

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It's just Microsoft's renam-a-thon. Though unusually, this one sort of makes sense.

GitHub to replace master with main across its services

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What about the recording industry? They use the term 'master' and 'remastered' etc?

Anyway back to the original story, I for one find it ridiculous. There isn't even a corresponding 'slave' - which I could understand as being outdated and evocative of bad things. But the word 'master' on its own? Really?

Sony reveals PlayStation 5 will offer heretical no-optical-disk option. And yes, it has an AMD CPU-GPU combo

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I was looking forward to colossal cave adventure. Is there a keyboard peripheral for the PS5?

Huawei's latest smartphone for the UK market costs £1,299. And yes, that's without Google apps

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Re: OTOH

I don't care about google profiling me or whatever. If I want a phone, I want apps on it. I might as well but an old-fashioned dumbphone if I can't load apps. Or if the app experience is limited. And if I don't want google, I'll buy an iPhone.

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Not quite true. The low-end phones, even from reputable manufacturers like Samsung, are too slow. You take a picture, you have to wait half a minute while it retrieves it from its slug-like memory. Try switching between apps? not enough RAM. Try downloading an app? not enough storage left. The models made by random Chinese manufacturers are even worse.

No, you need to spend a bit more to get a 'decent' phone that can do more than just make calls. Unless you go for the used market of course.

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Without Google, the phone is next to useless. Google Docs, Google Maps, syncing Google Calendar, Google Contacts? Nope. No facebook, twitter and the like. What is the point? I mean serious, what is the point? Why not buy a relatively inexpensive Android phone for, say, £300 and spent another £700 on a really good camera.

Actually why not just buy an OK camera for £250? It'll still be better than a camera on a phone you can't post photos from.

EU aviation wonks give all-electric training aeroplane the green light – but noob pilots only have 50 mins before they have to land it

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I'm not convinced, but it's a start. However, physics does limit it somewhat. What about a 'hybrid' - where a fuel-efficient engine can charge the batteries, but it would make for quieter take-offs? Short flights could be entirely battery-powered and charging could take place using greener energy at the airfield.

Readers of a certain age will remember GPRS: Old insecure tech from turn of millennium still haunts 5G networks

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Why the sudden need to fix this for 5G networks?

Microsoft's own operating system should finally start working on its own hardware ... 'in the coming weeks'

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Sums up Microsoft's quality control

It's a huge embarrassment to have their own software fail with their own hardware. Clearly the quality of their code sucks, and either the quality control is terrible, or they just don't care. Or both.

Some Brits reckon broadband got worse after lockdown – but that's just what happens when you're online 12 hours straight

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I can't get deliveroo to work where I live, they keep saying they're not in my area yet. I need to get a better internet provider. Bring back AOL! They always had a handle on these things.

Amazon declined to sell a book so Elon Musk called for it to be broken up

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The wiring's a bit suspect on the top floor

If I had the money to buy one of his ridiculous video games with a car bolted on, I wouldn't. The total nutjob needs taking down a peg or two. Seriously, it's got fucking video games built into the infotainment centre.

Contact-tracer spoofing is already happening – and it's dangerously simple to do

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Re: This is not how security works

phe.gov.uk? The one which is currently saying

This site can’t be reached

phe.gov.uk took too long to respond.

ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT?

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Dodo Harding!

Yes real security experts there. I got a call just now, and I'm sure it was genuine, they confirmed my address.

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This is not how security works

I just got a text from 'UK_Gov' that said along the lines of "UK Gov National Shielding Service. Please expect a call from 03333 xxxxxx blah blah blah". We use a text message service for bulk texting some of our clients, and I tried to send myself a text with a 'from' of 'UK_Gov'. It didn't arrive. The service said it was delivered, so it must have been the carrier that blocked it.

So OK, that's *some* protection. At least one mobile provider blocked a spoof attempt at least once. I'm still not sure if they block spoofed phone calls. I could try, we have a service that used to let you do that for some reason, but I really don't want to.

I saw on TV in the last week, ministers and advisers have been asked twice how we'll know it's a genuine call. And twice they've said more or less the same thing, that it'll be obvious you're talking to a professional. Sorry, UK_GOV but that IS NOT HOW SECURITY WORKS!!

After all the excitement of Windows 10 2004, Insider builds go back to square one

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No, we can't call it 2004 because Microsoft don't allow any other format that four digits for their version number and Microsoft, being the biggest fucking software company in the world, cannot for the life of them have worked out years ago, that that numbering scheme is only going to lead to problems. The next one is going to be 2009, 2010 or 2011. Brilliant, Microsoft, just brilliant!

Building society caught in middle of high street sharing a little too much on TeamViewer

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Inexcusable

This is inexcusable and is indicative of just how seriously banks (and clearly building societies) take security. The larger banks are worse of course because they spend billions on advertising to lie to us about how much they care about security.

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