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You have been outbid...

Bother. I spotted an emergency power off panel from an IBM 1602 on eBay over the weekend, and was out-sniped within the last ten seconds (I'd set my snipe for 29 seconds, figuring that there wasn't likely to be a great deal of interest in a 3kg block of metal). On the plus side, the postage would have cost me the best part of USD50.

For those of you that might be wondering why I'd want an obsolete IBM boat anchor, might I refer you to one of autopope's stories, particularly the last four paragraphs.

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Sorry, yes - it should go for the second bid.

The problem with the spectrum auction was that any phone company that didn't win some space on the spectrum was effectively dead in the water - which meant it was a case of pay or die. This doesn't work for much the same reason that selling critical medical care doesn't work - when you must have something its value is infinite...

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