* Posts by jason 7

2058 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

BAD SANTA: Don't get ripped off this Christmas

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Re: Further shopping tips

"If you can use Amex..."

And that's the big question. As mentioned does anyone still take that in the UK? We too had to dump it a long time ago as our Corporate expenses card as so many places refused to take it.

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Could YOU identify these 10 cool vintage mobile phones?

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Re: What about Nokia 6310?

I keep a 6310i charged and ready on my shelf at all times. It's my "Apocalypse" phone.

I'll still keep on trucking for a couple of weeks or more while the hordes of wandering masses with iPhone chargers in hand, roam the streets (or is that Heathrow Airport?)

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Philae heads for comet, reports back to mothercraft Rosetta

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Re: The videocast is terrible.

Actually a Brit.

Just looked very amateur and they missed a great opportunity to try to make it look interesting and informative to a wider audience. Just needed one of the team to comment on what was going on from time to time, what they expected, what was going on around them and 500 million miles away.

At a time when science and space research needs all the help it can get, they managed to make it look really really dull.

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Re: The videocast is terrible.

Erm no, but you can have someone who can inform the viewers of the different stages and what the Control folks are looking/waiting for. The Mars lander coverage was fantastic for this, really added to the occasion to know what was going on rather than 6 people standing around looking nervous for 40 minutes then punching the air all of a sudden.

Just looked rather amateurish....and they had 10 years to prepare for it.

Come back James Burke or the likes of Raymond Baxter.

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The videocast is terrible.

No indication of what is going on. No commentary.

They didn't see how they did the Mars Rover I guess.

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The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning

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I love these...

..."I can do my 'not very demanding' job on a phone sitting in Starbucks, so everyone else in the world will be too in a years time!" articles.

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Patch Windows boxes NOW – unless you want to be owned by a web page or network packet

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Re: Just checking

Not many I guess. I often mention it to tech folks as a extra level of security and most go "never heard of it!"

I surprised that MS isn't actually putting this into Windows 10 as standard. However, if they did as per usual it would be switched off by default.

After all it would be bad press if old man Withers 2002 shareware email application stopped working because of it.

Okay okay and all the hokey coded in house software that didn't conform to modern coding standards from 2003 onwards.

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EMET 5.1 is now out.

Thank you.

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'Tech giants who encrypt comms are unwittingly aiding terrorists', claims ex-Home Sec Blunkett

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Re: Fuck terrorism

Indeed, it's all about weeding out political dissent in the future. Being able to 'remove' those from society that would incite the 99% to wake up and take back what should be theirs.

The Western Govts. will do all they can to avoid the revolution that happened in Eastern Europe in the early 90's happening here.

Their think tanks have run the numbers. They know they are on borrowed time unless they keep tight control over us.

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Interstellar: An awesome sci-fi spectacle – just cut the hamminess, please

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After his last two movies...

...I'll wait to see it on Prime Streaming in a couple of years.

In no hurry. C'mon, whilst the guy comes up with nice visuals his scripts and plots have more holes than a cheese grater...or a Damon Lindelof screenplay.

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Boxing clever? Amazon Fire TV is SO CLOSE to being excellent

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Love it!

I'm a huge Prime delivery user (about 6 deliveries a week so it saves me a fortune) and I also used Lovefilm so the whole package is a no brainer for me.

I pre-ordered My Fire TV and I've been really impressed. I wanted something to replace the antique and noisy Xbox 360 that had done all the streaming duties for us. I have cancelled my Gold Subs too so wasnt sure if I could carry on using it for that either. I think they lifted streaming from Gold only but...I didn't care by then.

So now the Fire does all the streaming. All I use it for is Prime, Netflix and You Tube. The Gf has added on the pilates app.

Mine is setup with Ethernet and a Amazon Essentials Fast HDMI cable. I would like to see 1080i added to the options as my TV doesn't support 1080p (it's elderly you see) but it's running fine at 720p.

I would also like to see a better divide between Prime Free video and Prime Paid content as its a bit messy on that front. Oh and being able to delete stuff from the main menu I don't need to slim it down.

Other than that it's a great little box.

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Apple strap-on wristjob: You WON'T be able to spend more than $5,000!

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Re: Hmmm choices choices....

Okay let me explain once more for the slightly slow.

I said worth scrap - in which case it will be worth its gold scrap value if solid whatever that may be.

Or sold for spares on Ebay - in which case its just gold plated and worth the (off the top of my head figure) £20.

Have we got that now?

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Re: Hmmm choices choices....

You did see the bit about 'scrap' as in scrap value of solid gold or 'spares' if gold plated?

I guess I need to be really really specific for some. Apologies.

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Hmmm choices choices....

I could have a Omega Seamaster Professional with change left over or a blinged up Apple Watch for possibly a bit more.

I wonder which will still be working three years later and may have actually increased in value while the other is worth just scrap or £20 for spares on Ebay.

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The late 2014 Apple Mac Mini: The best (and worst) of both worlds

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Just what were you running exactly???

"Even with only a handful of basic applications open, this Mini is already consuming just under 7GB of the installed eight."

I only get that kind of RAM use in Windows if I'm running two or three VMs etc.

Usual daily usage averages around 3.5GB of the 16GB I have.

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Nexus 9: Google and HTC deliver Android 5.0 'Lollipop' at iPad prices

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Re: $200 Laptop Comparison - Screen Quality

I take it you haven't used one of the new breed of £200 Windows 8.1 laptops?

If you think having a laptop that runs (well grinds) at 100% on both its 1GHz cores for most of the time (reminiscent of using a laptop from 1999) as fine for 'pottering around' then fine.

I'd rather buy second hand or pay the extra £150 for a proper CPU.

I have a Pentium 1.3GHz dual core CULV laptop from 2009 that runs rings round these arthritic CPUs. Progress? Nope inventory clearing of crappy tablet CPUs that no one wants.

Plus are you saying the Average Joe really knows what that are getting for £200? I don't think so by the number of them I'm getting brought to me fresh out of the box. "It's too slow!!" It's like Windows 7 Netbooks all over again.

I have nothing against cheap tablets. I love the Hudl and still use a antique 1Ghz dual core Playbook. But then the CPU and OS was specifically designed for the device...

Full Windows 8 should not run on tablet level CPUs for a good/usable experience.

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I agree. I'm baffled why people need to carry around so much digital baggage. I tried it once loading up devices with all the music and fave movies etc. and found I just didn't have the time to use them. That was on a 64GB tablet.

Not to mention all the 'oh that will be really handy' apps that I actually never used either, that just sat there mining my data and using up battery (possibly).

All gone now, just the essential stuff and 9GB free on my 16GB Nexus 4.

However, I admit different strokes and all that.

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Re: I'll stick with my better value Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 thanks.

Interestingly I have modified an old Tecra M7 tablet laptop from 2005 (1440x900 screen) with -

6GB of Ram

2.2GHz dual core CPU

120GB SSD

Windows 8.1 Pro

Cost of the upgrade was around £120 and my time and it works a treat.

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Re: I'm not sure about this....

Apparently Google thinks that selling the new Nexus line at full price will bring them to the attention of the general public. High Street retail friendly prices I guess.

Just as the High Street is rolling in it's death throws.

Hmmm way to go Google. Let's be honest the no.1 reason why most of us tech folks bought Nexus gear was the low price....followed a way down by the specs and open build.

Yes I'm a bit peeved as a long term Nexus buyer.

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Re: $200 Laptop Comparison - Screen Quality

The big problem with the new £200 Windows laptops is the CPU they use.

The CPUs are basically tablet level in terms of performance and they struggle pushing Windows 8. I have had customers bring them to me asking if I can make them go faster. The only thing I can is put a SSD in them to help reduce the lag. But by then they may as well have paid £350 for a laptop with a proper CPU in it.

These machines are a big mistake. Avoid anything Windows based that sells for less than £350.

Under £350...buy a Chromebook. That will work just fine.

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Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game: Glimpses of Turing's life, but that's all ...

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Re: So when do we get the Turing movie we all really want...

No I mean something along the lines of what they did with the story of DNA -

Life Story or The Race for the Double Helix.

With Jeff Goldblum and Tim Pigott-Smith.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093815/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_69

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So when do we get the Turing movie we all really want...

...you know the historically and technically accurate one which covers in details Flowers/Turing et al working on cracking the codes and developing the wonderful machines?

Leave the emotional Oscar nomination stuff out and get to the technical details of how they did it.

Enigma ain't it and this new film, if it doesn't mention Flowers isn't it either.

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UK consumers particularly prone to piss-poor patching

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I no longer install it on any machines I build or rollout. I go on the principle if someone needs it they will shout.

I've dumped a lot of stuff over the years Air/Shockwave etc. etc.

Flash is the last holdout.

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Tim Cook: The classic iPod HAD TO DIE, and this is WHY

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Re: How about getting that kind of dosh for my HDD-based...

Actually my 30GB Black Zune Mk1 bought new for £75 in 2007 is still working just fine. Still pondering slapping in a 60GB+ drive.

Ignore the MS connotation/baggage and take it as a PMP, it was a great device.

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Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET

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Re: saturation...

The issue is that ten to fifteen years ago the fact that if you wanted to record a record you had to pay to go into a recording studio.

That acted as a great filter to those that could not and should not and prevented many talentless people from ever being heard.

Now with a laptop and a few bits of software you can do what you like, where you like.

It's like writing a book. Publishers on the whole could tell a half decent read and put the rest in the recycling. Now anyone can get their dirge pushed onto Amazon etc.

Sometimes the digital revolution can go horribly wrong.

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CBS goes OTT, releases EVERY EPISODE of Star Trek EVER MADE

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Yes I would say Netflix And Amazon Prime make up for 3-4 hours of viewing a night this time of year. Not to mention the stuff we watch separately (Lost Girl for her, Community for me).

When you can switch on the streaming box and you have hundreds of seasons of top US drama and comedy shows, you just keep going. Sat and watched three episodes of The Good Wife last night.

Terrestrial TV watching is now down to just CSI Vegas (coming to an end), CH4 News and maybe the odd music documentary on BBC4. Hardly worth the cost to be honest.

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Re: Netflix UK has a fraction of the selection of Netflix US

@Alaskahome

You appear to have a very different view to myself and my friends and family here in the UK.

The quality of UK TV has nosedived so much over the past 15 years it's unreal. The BBC and ITV now have just two or three premier shows that they make so much noise about it makes it look like there is so much more.

But really there isn't. Take Dr Who, Sherlock and Top Gear (to be honest the quality of all of them is suspect) away from the BBC and you are left with very little of depth and entertainment value. Plus the actual watchable output hours of those shows per year is tiny. Not to mention, where did all the good comedy go?

Now compare that with all the major US based drama/sci-fi/comedy shows over the past 5 years and you are swamped for choice.

Folks aren't subscribing to Prime and Netflix in their droves for Strictly Come Dancing.

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Caterham Seven 160 review: The Raspberry Pi of motoring

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Re: My dad and my brother...

It might. It's just that owning and driving a Caterham is all about the raw essence of driving. It's like taking up a Tiger Moth rather than a Jetstream.

The less clutter and electronics the better. You only need an engine that goes up to 80-90mph anyway because with a Caterham whatever speed you are actually doing over 40mph, it feels 30mph faster than it really is.

Simple engines in the Caterham are great too if you like home servicing. Garages love working on them for that reason as they don't need to mess around.

Keep it simple.

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Re: Prices - Need the exact model for a comparision, but...

It's an odd one. I remember wanting to buy a Ford Puma when all the car importing stuff was going on with Carbusters etc. at the turn of the century.

The local Ford Dealer wanted £16000 for a Puma.

I went to Carbusters and they asked just £12000 for a UK 1.7 spec Puma.

Now that £12000 car had the Ford factory cut, the Ford dealer in Duisburg cut, the UK importers cut and also Carbusters take too plus VAT etc. and still came in £4000 cheaper.

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My dad and my brother...

...both had Caterhams.

My dad had a late 1980's Prisoner spec style racing green one. It was a gentleman racer with a uprated 1700CC Ford engine. Twin carbs and an exhaust that popped and crackled like crazy. You could hear that car coming into the village from about two miles away. He sold it about a year ago as it want getting the use it did.

My bother has a mid 90's standard spec Caterham with a 1600cc Ford engine. He still has it and uses it often in the summer.

They were the only two cars that the guys at the servicing garage in town would drive over specially to collect...funny that.

With Caterhams the general rule is simplest/basic is best. Big mega engines are a waste of time as the design is inherently flawed in its aerodynamics. Once you hit the 90-100mph range the power needed to go over that goes up exponentially.

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

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Re: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory...

I rolled out quite a few Windows 8/8.1 machines to baby boomers and a few XP hold-outs back in April May this year.

I have to say they went down pretty well with the users. I just spent 15-20 minutes with them going over the differences between XP and 8 and it was fine.

Whilst the initial design of 8 was flawed in some ways, the basic rule of "if you go in thinking you'll fail before you try", then getting to grips with it would be an uphill struggle. Those that I trained with few pre-conceptions got on just fine. "I don't know what all the fuss is about!" was a oft used phrase.

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Revealed: The amazing magical innovation in the iPad Mini 3 – a lick of paint

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This is one issue that the EU could for once be useful on.

Making sure that devices have a certain level of replaceable parts/repair level rather than just being automatic landfill.

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Consumers start feeling the love as Chromebook sales surge

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Facepalm

Hmm bit like testing a Ford Fiesta against a BMW M3 really.

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Re: Samsung

Yeah I've said before that I was sniffy about them at first then nearly two years ago I bought one and have been smitten ever since. The robustness of a tablet with a decent keyboard attached.

I took mine of a three week holiday to Canada a few weeks ago. The gf enquired why I was taking it but was rather glad when something at work went tits up and she had to spend a couple of hours pinging emails back and forth which wouldn't have been that fun on her Nexus 7.

Plus I didn't take the charger with me and it lasted all holiday with an hour to spare.

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Vulture trails claw across Lenovo's touchy N20p Chromebook

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Re: But isn't the whole USP for a Chromebook

Actually that res on a 11" screen isn't that bad. I do not abide it on anything larger however.

1600x900 should be the minimum on any laptop screen nowadays IMO.

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Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all

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Re: More security, or more Big Brother?

Does anyone know of a 'mere mortal' IT user in the real world that has ever clicked 'No' to a UAC pop up rather than just click 'Yes' automatically?

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Re: Security

Yep you would be surprised how many people when wanting to install say Skype and presented with the following links from 'whatever rogue search engine' they installed -

1. Skype.com

2. Skype.bargaindrugdeal.manhoodenhance.youllbesorry.virusahoy

Will still click on the second one.

"But how do I know?" is what they ask me afterwards.

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I worry when I see...

...the word 'encryption' when it comes to user files especially if teamed with 'by default'. It just adds another level of danger when it comes to failed HDDs and data recovery of folks data that doesn't require such levels of protection.

"So you did a back up?"

Of course not. Their tears will sustain me I guess. This also applies to basically re-installing the OS and data too. Just making the support folks job all the harder and economically not viable.

On a side note when will MS enable DEP/SEHOP etc. etc. by default? You know, basically slip EMET into the OS as standard. I would have thought that would be a step in the right direction that should have happened at least 5+ years ago.

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Preview redux: Microsoft ships new Windows 10 build with 7,000 changes

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Re: No no children

You'd almost think Eadon was back!

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Are you a gun owner? Let us in OR ELSE, say Blighty's top cops

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Re: Crimestoppers is the worry

I lived in a similar area. Walking through the village and seeing shotguns and cartridges left on the back seats of cars overnight was a common occurrence.

They are not gardening tools or plumbing equipment.

A small minority inside another small minority.

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Re: Democracy? Republic? Where?

I thought it was highway robbery.

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'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts

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Re: obviously using your logic

Of course the end game is about cracking down on dissidents and political criticism. Being able to 'deal' with those that rock the boat.

However, the moron trolls, by not engaging brain and just typing what they think they can get away with has given those in power all the ammo they need to persuade the Daily Mail readers and lovers of herd rage that laws need to be tightened. Played right into their trap.

My whole point is, just because you can doesn't mean you should.

Bit too late now. A small minority have ruined it for the rest of us.

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Re: obviously using your logic

Exactly. People can act big and say terrible things to targeted people when hiding behind a keyboard and screen but you put that person in front of them and would they say it?

Probably not.

Would you also sit with a group of friends in the pub and say "Cor she really annoys me..I want to rape her so bad and slit her throat!"

I guess not also.

Big difference in criticising or calling someone an idiot or a fool, most folks can handle that kind of abuse but not the nasty threatening kind you should just keep in your sick head.

There are levels and limits.

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If you don't have the guts...

...to say something to someone's face then you don't have the right to say it no matter what laws exist.

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HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'

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Re: I can handle a couple more subscriptions.

I just want a data line...why do I want voice tied to a physical location...so I can be told about a great new Government scheme...? I've even got my parents to finally call me on my mobile number, that hurdle has been crossed.

The pricing you mention doesn't really make sense nowadays. Needs to change.

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Re: I can handle a couple more subscriptions.

Well said!

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jason 7
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Re: I can handle a couple more subscriptions.

I would argue there isn't that much of real quality left to watch on the BBC. The 'good stuff' on the BBC is all made with export in mind anyway but that's another story.

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I can handle a couple more subscriptions.

I currently pay for Amazon prime and Netflix. I can handle a couple more £6-7 a months subs BUT there will be a loser.

I'll drop the license fee. It's becoming irrelevant to me as 90% of my viewing is now subs based. I can do without the other 10%.

The license fee is one of those annoying archaic vestiges that bug me, like having to still pay for a 'voice line' and calls for ADSL when I don't use the voice/calls part.

I just need a data only line!

Sod the "you still need a license cos...".

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Same old iPad? NO. The new 'soft SIMs' are BIG NEWS

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Incoming Hacker/security snafu/corruption/duplication issue in 5..4..3..

Well it's probably likely isn't it...?

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Aboard the GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP, there's a Mobe and a Slab and a TELLYBOX

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Re: Nexus 6

Looks like the Nexus 6 isnt following that price trend unfortunately.

End of an era! Sweet while it lasted.

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