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Why is The Computer Shop UK closed?

This morning, while going through my usual virtual stack of newspapers (aka NewsGator, my RSS aggregator) I bumped into an interesting story being reported by The Register UK announcing that British computer retailer Time Computers Shutters Stores. The Register story indicates that The Computer Shop (which is the retail storefront name of the company that produces Time Computers) has had to temporarily shut down its "about 150" retail stores because the company can no longer process credit card payments.

That piqued my interest because if it's a technical glitch, it's an interesting story of the dangers of relying on a single-point-of-failure technology as a business. But the real story is far more interesting...