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  1. I think it's 64, so yes storing the requested 3 letters of your password hashed with your customer number and pinch of salt would certainly be feasible.
  2. Interesting - just had a think about this in terms of only supplying part of the secret (enter the 2nd, 3rd and 4th characters of your password) and it would require the storage of as many hash values as there are permutations offered (which may only be a subset of all possible permutations of course) - presumably hashed together with your customer number... Anyone good at maffs? Assuming the requested letters are always in L-R order as I believe they are for NW online banking, (e.g. 1st/2nd/3rd or 1st/6th/7th but never 7th/3rd/2nd), how many permutations of 3 characters out of an 8 charac
  3. Isn't this just like the redundant "what is the cheapest way to finance a new car argument"? If there was one clear winner then everybody would buy cars that way but there isn't so they don't.
  4. fair enough! Not going to argue. I suppose their bean-to-cup machines are serviced by an "engineer" as well.
  5. AFAIK it's only COSTA who use the term "barista" which I am prepared to let them get away with for as long as they continue to use whole milk by default.
  6. Further, their product doesn't have to be that great - it's the consistency that counts. Most large cities that have multiple Starbucks will no doubt have local indies that to all intents and purposes are "better", but they will have countless more than are a whole lot worse. If you're just passing though and want a "know-what-you're-getting" latte then Starbucks it is. Can't stand paninis tho, no idea why people eat those. It's like a hard sandwich that someones sat-on that tastes 90% of panini and 10% filling. My ideal hybrid of the UK chains would be COSTA coffee with Nero's food lines
  7. Stopped going to Starbucks ever since they stated asking your name just to order a coffee.
  8. This is exactly right. It beggars belief why so many, seemingly intelligent people, are of the opinion that since nothing catastrophic happened that all the time and money spent in preparation for it was a waste of time.
  9. This is because the software in the current roll out of WH Smith self-checkout machines is broken beyond belief from a process / linguistic point of view in terms of whether you want a bag, using your own bag, and if so whether your own bag can be conveniently placed in the weighed bagging area.
  10. So the OFT are basically saying that being an Estate Agent is completely unskilled job.
  11. Not so much bookhops, but coffee shops. BYOB isn't viable for a non-food service outlet.
  12. Not at all, I am saying that it should be easier for outlets who's primary purpose IS NOT selling alcohol to sell alcohol.
  13. Make it easier to get a license. At the moment, it's only really justifiable to go through the rigmarole involved in becoming licensed to sell alcohol if the main purpose of your business is selling alcohol. This means the the continental "healthy drinking" format of a coffee shop that just has a single lager on tap for those who like half a lager in the afternoon is essentially an unachievable goal for an entrepreneur in this country; when the red tape involved in just being able to serve half a lager to your patrons on a sunny afternoon is as complex, time consuming and as costly as if yo
  14. Spot on; however what I will be interested to see is how Facebook handle the day - and it will come - when somebody develops a Facebook application that is more valuable than Facebook. Will they accept the situation gracefully; or could we potentially see a repeat of the Telco/Net Neutrality situation where Facebook feel they are entitled to a greater slice of the pie even though all they provide is the tin?
  15. Consumers are more informed than ever before these days so retailers are going to have to move to competing on ACTUAL value rather than perceived. BOGOF (Buy One Get One Free) is a very powerful sales device even when you know how the trick works. I explained it one Sunday morning to a SPAR employee as he queried why I was only buying one pack of bacon when it was on buy one get one free. I said that it was because 1 pack of bacon goes nicely with the 6 eggs that I'm also buying so if I took the "free" pack of bacon I would be left with a pack of bacon and no eggs to go with it so I would h
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