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A vulture-eyed Register reader has had a disappointing brush with jalda - the new pre-paid Internet transaction system announced yesterday by ISP World Online.

The system - that allows you to buy things online - was on display at the techie show, ECTS, in London over the weekend.

A stand at the show was supposed to let you buy a can of coke using jalda. Here, James O'Brien takes up the story.

"See Coke machine with 'pay by Jalda' stickers all over it.
Say 'can I have a Coke?' to the nice marketing person.
Nice marketing person pulls out an Ericsson WAP phone.
Nice marketing person dials number in Holland.
Nice marketing person negotiates menu system.
WAP site crashes.
Nice marketing person smiles and goes 'heh'.
Nice marketing person dials number in Holland.
Nice marketing person negotiates menu system.
I die of thirst
Nice marketing person enters PIN number
Civilisations rise and fall, the sun goes supernova, heat death of the Universe.
Can of Coke goes 'clunk' in tray next to my ossified bones."

James reckons the Coke machine trick was a bad idea.

As he told The Register: "It would have taken two seconds to get 50p out of my pocket to pay for the coke that way."

You know, technology's a great thing...but he does have a point. ®

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