* Posts by Vince

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Sir Michael Lyons tells .uk registry Nominet: Time to grow up

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Nominet long went out of favour in my books. The self-righteous attitude they display is not even thinly veiled anymore, and anyone who has to deal with them knows.

It's actually become pointless trying to respond to any "consultation" because they don't actually give a toss - just like this (and I imagine that also suits them just fine!). If you say you don't want what they suggest, they'll just ignore you, do it anyhow, or do it a different way so you can't object. Whilst the wording used by El Reg isn't of course what they actually said, it is I would wager pretty close to what they *actually* think internally.

There was a time where I felt that Nominet was acting in the interests of the membership and stakeholders as they put it, but in case it wasn't obvious from the above, no longer feel that way and indeed don't really promote Nominet controlled domains anymore.

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BT blames 'faulty router' for mega outage. Did they try turning it off and on again?

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Re: Horsefeathers -- was it a DDOS or a failed upgrade?

Alister, those 172.16.0.0/12 addresses were not due to the faulty router handing out non-routable, but what happens if BT Wholesale can't reach your ISPs authentication platform (RADIUS etc), or if there's too much load.

Rather than not authenticate you, so your router tries immediately again, they effectively throttle by accepting the login (regardless), issue a 172 address, and you can get to a BT Wholesale page that basically says something like this if you accept the DHCPd addresses and DNS. It disconnects you a bit later so you can try again.

This essentially helps them manage the surge in login demands, but is nothing to do with the original fault.

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Windows Mobile users suffer backup super-slurp as Redmond forgets Wi-Fi switch

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Re: re: client whose internet connectivity is 0.5 meg

You clearly haven't used Windows 10. You cannot "disable" updates on Windows 10 Professional. You can merely "defer" them.

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"Microsoft is telling Windows 10 mobile users to shut off automatic updates, because a bug is demolishing people's data allowances."

Ha, if only they'd wake up and realise that the same approach of "being able to turn off updates" is sensible in normal Windows land. We have a client whose internet connectivity is 0.5 meg at most, and ignoring all the other reasons to avoid 10, having an OS where forced updates can't be disabled makes it impossible to consider on that factor alone. And no, it's not feasible or cost effective to roll out domains, wsus and license pro/enterprise versions - especially when the only benefit would be for Microsoft.

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Lincolnshire council IT ransomware flingers asked for ... £350

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What a load of rubbish. I imagine all that's happened here is that someone opened an attachment with a cryptolocker type of variant.

It then sat there encrypting the stuff on the local drive, then carried on through the various network mapped drives. Because that's what it does. Perhaps more than one user did this, and so it took less time than it might on its own from a single machine.

Either way, the non-targeted ransom, the descriptions given after you remove the bull suggest nothing more sinister than that. Yet more reasons why people should start taking security seriously. And that doesn't mean installing Norton, or Sophos or whatever your preferred flavour of useless anti-malware is.

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Ofcom's head is dead against Three and O2's merger

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Maybe not, but it does give EE a huge advantage. Imagine not having to actually pay for all that backhaul anymore across the country. Because essentially that's the gift EE now has.

It's not even like the tails/last mile has to be paid for really, because Openreach is still ultimately part of BT plc, and therefore it's just internal movement on an accounts system, and not real money being spent.

That this was allowed is a huge problem for Vodafone, 3 and O2 because they don't have that advantage.

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HSBC online services still offline following 'attack' on bank

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Re: Dear HMRC ...

We can blame you.

Choose a better accountant.

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Safari iOS crashing: Suggestions snafu KOs the Apple masses

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Nonsense, there are no defects in Apple products.

You're clicking it wrong!

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Apple growth flatlines ... Tim Cook thinks, hey, $80bn is still $80bn

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Re: "growth in services revenue"

Huh? Blackberry do not spy on you. If you are talking about the reported dutch "entry" into a Blackberry I understand it was actually a physical attack on the not-confirmed device and not a Blackberry "spying" incident. I think sir might be confusing things to make himself sound clever.

In other news... certainly on 9.2.1 with an iPod, which frankly would be the most obvious device to push Apple Music on, it asked once, I said sod off, it's not bothered me again. It does seem to be really keen on asking for your Apple ID password for every minor event now, but certainly hasn't asked about Apple Music.

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Microsoft struggles against self-inflicted Office 365 IMAP outage

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Re: I feel their pain (the engineers actually)

Funny you should mention the testing.

It is the view of everyone in my office that Microsoft has got shot of the entire QA team because they never used to be this bad - sure the odd slip up, but every month now there is some major problem with a patch for some product and a lot of them are fairly obvious scenarios to test for.

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Microsoft herds biz users to Windows 10 by denying support for Win 7 and 8 on new CPUs

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Re: I just don't get the Windows 10 hate

Have I used it? Yes.

Have I used every previous version? Yes

Do I like Windows 8.1 a lot? Yes

Is Windows 10 utterly terrible? Yes, and remember, I *like* the previous versions, so I am not the anti-change sort.

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Re: The more they push

You've hit the nail on the head.

I'm very much a Microsoft / Windows person. Actually, I *was*.

Windows 10 is utterly atrocious in my view, and I'm not at all happy with it on the test systems I've been experiencing it on, and I have thus zero intention of moving off Windows 8.0/8.1 (and yes I like Windows 8 series!). The Windows 10 nonsense and the more aggressive "you will have 10, oh yes you will, we will force it down your throats" approach on the older versions has really annoyed me.

Beyond that, the Win 10 Mobile experience really sucks. It's not even close to being finished, and the volume of problems, limitations and bugs in it are astounding. That's all before you get as far as the pretty considerable "app gap" problems in that platform.

Accordingly, despite running a business that supports Windows, despite having an extensive amount of Microsoft technology in my home, I've actually started buying and looking at alternatives. The straw has very much been found that broke this camels back.

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Someone please rid me of this turbulent Windows 10 Store

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Well yes, Windows 10 really does suck. In every way.

I'm not upgrading my desktops or laptops anytime soon.

I've made a serious error getting a Lumia 950xl because the hardware's fine, but the software absolutely smacks and I am looking to send it back as not fit for purpose.

I also wondered why I was having so much trouble finding apps (especially since it all works fine in Windows Phone 8.1 on my older Lumia).

Another Microsoft own goal. All the potential, but the worst execution imaginable.

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Thousands fled TalkTalk after gigantic hack, confirm researchers

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What What load of cobbler this article is.

"confirms" is in fact "suspects" at best.

They have no information on how many customers TalkTalk have or indeed haven't lost.

I doubt they've lost that many customers.

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999 What's your emergency: Mega millions Met call handling IT muckup?

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Re: after Lockheed and Northrop Grumman won the 17-year "partnership"

Ah, I see you don't deal with tenders often then.

It generally works like this....

Stupid, flawed tender is created. It'll be stupidly detailed in some areas, normally the areas where flexibility and choice would be useful, and often demand things that are not practical, cost a fortune or absolutely don't make sense. Then in the areas where some detail would REALLY help define what it is you're actually supposed to be doing, it'll be incredibly vague.

Tender is sent out, with limited way to change this, various questions are raised, unhelpful answers are received (such as "please quote as per the tender"), or further incomplete or conflicting answers are given.

Tender is won by whomever (normally the lowest bidder, or the company they really wanted to do it based on making sure they meet whatever criteria were set).

Tender is then largely thrown away and ignored, and a million change controls, specification changes and alterations ensue. The winning party gets to revise quotes a million times and change prices, the original party wanting the work done repeat the vague/pointless/detailed cycle, and so on and so forth.

Some time later something not resembling the original tender is produced, does not work because of all the aforementioned issues, and when a problem arises the winning party can point to the string of change controls and the audit trail as "you changed the specification" as the answer to all questions on timescale, functionality and so on, and anything where "the specification was wrong" arises will be dealt with by further change control and greasing of palms.

It's a slow, inefficient model, doesn't provide anyone with value for money (except perhaps the party winning the tender) and is so badly flawed it is unreal, but the winning parties keep winning with the current setup, and those who are tendering know it's shite but equally can tick all the compliance boxes required.

Missing from that overview are many pointless meetings and conference calls, none of which answer any actual issues, but cause further problems, and a whole heap of other red tape and nonsense that serves nobody well.

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No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs

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urgh.

I like Windows 8/8.1, and I am not interested in "upgrading".

Still, my office PC hasn't had updates since august 2014 (and nothing has broken), and hasn't been upgraded to 8.1 yet. No real need.

My home desktop is on 8.0 ... same story. My laptop is on 8.1 with updates disabled when this circus act began.

Every PC I go near now gets given the "no updates" treatment. The relative risk of the issues those updates tend to fix is considerably less than the risk of the GW malware, which is ultimately what that is. I'll pick and choose if I need to install any update from now on thanks.

Forcing it on home users... nasty. Forcing it on business and domain joined systems... un-f***ing acceptable.

About the only positive thing 10 has done so far is increase our revenue from helping people straighten systems back out and get them operational again (almost always by binning 10)

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iOS 9 kludged our iPhones, now give us money, claims new lawsuit

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Re: Can't switch?

No, the most stupid thing I've read is your attempt to align changing car brands with this. That's not even vaguely close to the same thing at all.

This is where a vendor purposefully makes software for a device that makes it poor in a large number of cases (and does blatantly know about it), and does not allow the user to revert to how they were before - if they did, that'd be fine.

Personally in my view Apple can do one, but I do get the issue at least.

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IT bloke: Crooks stole my bikes after cycling app blabbed my address

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The worst thing about this article is that the guy is an 'IT Manager' s should know better and should instinctively check and review privacy of everything.

Of course he could have the title because he just knew the most rather than was actively an IT Manager type. That happens a lot.

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Surface Pro 4: Will you go the F**K to SLEEP?

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Thank goodness someone other than me has finally mentioned how much better Windows 8.x is than 10. I really don't mind 8.1 at all and find it works really well on hybrid devices. It also works perfectly on my regular desktops and laptops too - especially since I prefer no start menu and (still) don't understand the fuss about it not being there at all.

Windows 10... well... let me see now. My convertible is just a messy confused machine that I struggle to find things on because the UI behaviour is really odd at times, and really very unfriendly, my Lumia 950x is proving to me that Windows 10 mobile isn't even close to being ready. The UI is all over the place, it has many really obvious and serious bugs, the camera just isn't as good as it should be and as previous Lumia devices, but that's another software cause as the hardware works fine, it updates without asking, you can't actively prevent updates at all to the main OS so things just break thanks to updates, and the battery life isn't anywhere near as good as my Lumia 1020, despite supposedly being much better.

The hardware is great, but I want Win Phone 8.1 back on my Lumia and I'm keeping 8.1 on my desktops and laptops.

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Microsoft extends Internet Explorer 8 desktop lifeline to upgrade laggards

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Er no.

Windows 8.0 has IE10 - I use it daily. 8.1 came with IE11 as standard. Not before.

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Dropbox tells Mailbox and Carousel users to get their affairs in order

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I didn't even know Dropbox *had* those other services, let alone is closing them again. Am I the only one?!?

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Sysadmin's £100,000 revenge after sudden sacking

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Re: James is NOT a dick...

Remember what you said when you find yourself unemployed all of a sudden. Without warning. Without doing anything wrong.

Then see how much you give a damn.

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Per-core licences coming to Windows Server and System Center 2016

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Yeah and in Windows land, the odds are that the bigger the server, the more users (the "number of people you broadcast the music to" (to use a ridiculously flawed analogy).

I understand the basic idea. If you only needed one license for the software itself, but could put that on a 64-core, 2TB RAM system with many TB of storage....

...it wouldn't be long before everyone did that and licensing revenue fell - and then the commercial business can't continue.

It is far too complex and costly I agree, but on the other side, I do see why they need a plan of sorts.

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Re: hw licensing

Yeah, you're not understanding the licensing still my friend.

The PHYSICAL stuff is licensed. If you have Datacenter Edition (which unless you're mental you would if you were running lots of virtualisation and cloud deployment stuff), you don't license the guests, so they can "come and go".

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Part of the world's IT brought down by Azure Active Directory issue

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Wishful thinking that it would be a year. It wasn't.

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Microsoft working hard to unify its code base, all the way down to the IoT

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I don't wish to be picky (OK, I do) but for the first time I thought "ha, a good pointless image on a reg article" ... but then I looked.

Disk 1 of 2079?

The latest build on MSDN for 64-bit en-us (you surely don't run 32-bit?) would be 2776 disks approx on a standard 1.44 (1.38 formatted) floppy.

2079 disks gets you to just over 2869MB

Which version of Windows 10 was that the floppy disk for...?

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Protection at last: Operation Emergency UPS succeeds for Telecity

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"throughout telecity have continued as usual by not communicating to people, including the press"

There, fixed that for you.

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Plusnet ignores GCHQ, spits out plaintext passwords to customers

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Re: TalkTalk customer Schadenfreude...

"To be fair, Plusnet's overall approach to security is one of the best in the industry."

Citation needed.

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Hmm, so you "*really really* don't want to be a PlusNet customer if that's your approach to security"

.... yet when asked if you want the cancellation line details to cancel your service.

You *really really* didn't want to leave. Because despite the security concerns, you still were happy with the service.

Indecisive much?

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Fingers crossed tomorrow morning for Telecity's third repair shot

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Re: Design

They're using DRUPS units - they're not *just* Diesel generators, they're combined UPS and Generators - so the UPS bit is either battery or flywheel (I imagine battery at Sovereign House, but I could be wrong), with a Diesel Generator to follow.

That said, Sovereign House has had power issues on more than one occasion before, and we moved kit out after the last farce.

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Re: Impressive...

Obviously they couldn't tell you which transformer. That's the problem you see. Damn those robots in disguise!

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MoJ restarts troubled £250m National Offender management ICT system

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Re: Why??

I imagine it's more because the major outsourcers have courted them into believing it's possible. Then wrap up the contracts in plenty of red tape so every possible scenario is an "additional requirement", then add plenty of clueless individuals who wouldn't know the left mouse button from the right one and you have the perfect recipe for creating total chaos.

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BT rebuked for attributing some EE acquisition costs to 'all UK lines of business'

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It isn't a surprise to anyone else. Whether it appears on books or not, it's quite clear that Openreach is not as "separate" as it should be.

From accidental technology developments that just happen to end up on the wrong shared infrastructure to acquisition costs for EE, it's all being muddied quite obviously.

Still, at least Ofcom won't be fooled.... forever... just long enough for it to no longer matter. As always.

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BlackBerry Priv: After two weeks on test, looks like this is a keeper

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Things that I really need to consider the Priv:

(a) An actual working unit in a Carphonewarehouse store (you know, the exclusive partners) rather than a dummy unit that tells me nothing.

(b) Blackberry Blend to be available.

(c) The Hub functionality to be restored to the same level as BB 10 - eg pinch to unread and so on, multi-select and so on. They're absolute showstoppers for me.

and ideally the price to fall a bit, but I'm not too fussed.

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Telecity fix nixed: Borked UK internet hub 'had no UPS protection'

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Not able to reach Telecity by phone you say?

And the news article is where?

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iPad data entry errors caused plane to strike runway during takeoff

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Re: Using toys as tools...

I'd suggest you're wrong. Some of the items you've listed are issues with iOS and iPads so it negates your Apple is better than Microsoft angle. There's no "technology" issue here as such - it wouldn't matter if they had the best input device in the world, if the data input was simply wrong.

So as much as I enjoyed your attempt to make Apple products out to be vastly superior for this, you also totally missed the real issue, which is absolutely not about technology.

That said, you could possibly make this more of a technology thing if the input was being validated and checked against sensible limits - although as I understand it neither value was "unrealistic" in certain conditions, so you still might not find it work out for you.

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Openreach boss quits BT in midst of split uncertainty

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Ah that'll be helping BT keep those Ofcom required "average" speed figures high so they look better than competitors. Not that I'm suggesting BT would do such a thing of course.

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Maybe he got as fed up waiting for his phone to be installed in his office and eventually gave up all hope as we all do.

Or perhaps he looked at his diary and realised he had a large number of appointments for engineers but that they're all unable to actually do the install because nobody has done the first part of the job to build him a desk.

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What upgrade cycle? Tablet sales crater for fourth straight quarter

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The only reason "Smartphones" as we now call them are still selling so well is that a considerable number of people get them on a contract where they're "Free" (which of course really means "spread cost purchase" and maybe "Subsidised"), and thus it makes a self-managing routine of rinse and repeat.

It's not quite the same with laptops, tablets and so on. My Motorola Xoom was purchased not long after they came out (early 2011 apparently according to Wikipedia). I still use it a few times a week - mostly to watch TV via Slingbox), and have no interest in replacing it - when it dies, I *might* replace it, or I might find another on ebay since I've got the docks and accessories for it already, and I can't imagine I'm the only one that just doesn't see any reason to upgrade it at all... I assumed this was pretty obvious but it seems it's taking the manufacturers of the tablet market a while to cotton on.

Or did they really think we will all replace laptop AND tablet AND phone and so on every year or two... REALLY?

Seems bloody obvious to me that was never gonna happen.

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How Microsoft will cram Windows 10 even harder down your PC's throat early next year

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Undoing all the hard work in trustworthy computing...

It's absolutely bloody ridiculous. Generally speaking, I like Microsoft's technology, but this is a total joke, and my current policy is now to disable updates entirely on machines I have, so I can take control back - I don't mind SECURITY updates and the like being applied, but downloading an entire OS is mentally stupid.

It's causing all kinds of issues - sudden poor performance of customer connections when in some cases hundreds of computers suddenly go for a look (And no, they often don't have managed updates via WSUS etc)... machines that are totally broken post update, applications that are no longer working but which are mission critical.

This is absolutely and completely breaking the trust in Microsoft's update systems and the purpose of the tool for protecting customers.

Bad Bad Bad.

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UK competition watchdog provisionally clears BT's £12.5bn EE gobble

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Three coverage is for me by miles better than EE when it comes to overall availability and service reliability.

EE and Three do not share 4G coverage, and there is a difference. Namely that EE claim to have 4G but it doesn't work properly half the time, whilst Three often don't have 4G but the 3G does work just fine and I'm absolutely fine with that.

EE offer better headline speeds, but in reality it's often unable to sustain it, or offer any reliable video streaming performance so for me, it's worthless.

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Millions of people forget to cancel Apple Music subscription

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Re: Satisfied Customer

And as a non-Apple household, I like that I can use Spotify on my Android, Blackberry Windows and Windows Phone devices, that they work flawlessly with my Pioneer amplifier, or my Sony Audio Unit and so on.

Horses for courses - although I also like that I',m not funding the tragic "Beats 1" "radio" station.

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EE reports flat Q3 sales, keeps mum on Power Bar recall debacle

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They can't really get worse at customer service, so I guess the only ambition they can have is to get better.

Unfortunately, they're still a total mess, one of the worst web sites around (although Nominet is happily getting into that sphere now), the inability to setup and top-up a new SIM unless you're really lucky remains, and my experience as a contract customer lasted 6 weeks of a 24 month contract, 3 of those weeks were me waiting for them to give up trying to bulls*** me about the cause of the problems.

They've fallen a long long way from the Orange of yesteryear.

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Sprint sprints away from no-throttle policy – punishes 'unlimited' network hoggers

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You might if you were someone who spends a lot of time out, like a truck driver, or if you are a network engineer frequently working at night when the normal internet is going to be offline precisely because you're the engineer...

It isn't tricky to use a fair few GBs with fairly normal usage.

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BLABBERGEDDON BEGINS! Twitter lays off 8% of its workforce

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Re: 4000 employees?

There's a considerable difference - Microsoft makes a huge number of products (some of which you'd never have heard of as they're for very specific markets and purposes), what exactly does Twitter do that's so broad?

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Furious LastPass fans fear password wrangler's fate amid LogMeIn's gobble

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Re: Another for the chorus.

That's the same LogMeIn that has been steadily increasing the pricing for basic functionality for the core product every year - from £0 subscription and pay £30 for a mobile app, and £30 for a desktop app, to £500 a year subscription and rising, and yet you get less functionality now than you did before for that money.

Yeah, avoid... run...

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TRANSISTOR-GATE-GATE: Apple admits some iPhone 6Ses crappier than others

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Re: I don't think the vast majority of people would even notice

There's a café in Weymouth that charges for use of "iPhone Chargers" when you have a meal, and when I asked why no other phone, she said because nobody else ever seems to be running low on battery.

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Microsoft slaps 13 per cent increase on mobile enterprise levy

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Re: A sign of things to come...

Device licensing can be better in some scenarios...

For example, a call centre. 1000's of staff on different shifts, 200 "workstations"

Do you license the people or the machines...

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BlackBerry emits Android mobe as biz goes down the Priv

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re: "Frozen in 2013" comment.... utter nonsense, I participate in the Crackberry Forums, and it's pretty active. However, on the whole Blackberry stuff "just works" so there's little need for constant posts to fix stuff.

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Re: Because letting go control of the platform worked so well for Nokia

I have to say I'm disappointed, the thing I like about my BlackBerry is the OS, bearing in mind we're talking about the BBOS 10 and not the rubbish of the past. If I wanted a half baked device, I can buy those already from everyone else.

An android slider count me out.

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