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Japanese schoolkids arrested in £2.4 MEEELLION phone fraud bust

David Webb

As the kids are 17, they will probably just get a slap on the wrist unless the beak sends them to be tried as adults instead of minors.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kobe_child_murders for instance, a minor did a pretty horrific act which in the UK would have got him (even as a minor) locked up for a very long time (possibly for life), in Japan he was out again in 7 years.

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Windows 8.1 Update: Throws desktop drones a bone but still as TOUCHY as ever

David Webb

Re: Windows 8 was built for one reason only

Personally I think the Win 8 touch screen style is too far into the future, it may be a required feature in the future (maybe 5 or so years) but currently it's stuck between a rock and a hard place. Windows 7 is pretty unusable from a touchscreen perspective, it's developed for mice, Windows Metro is great for touchscreen but poor for mice.

As demographics move away from traditional beige boxes to portable, touchscreen, the Windows Metro interface becomes more and more understandable, but at the cost of usability for people with mice.

I've bought an Acer W500 to use Windows 8 on (full fat, not RT) and I'm looking forward to playing with Metro interface when it arrives, with the touchscreen it's going to make a lot more sense to use the Start Screen rather than traditional keyboard/mouse style, my desktop (Windows 8 too) will continue to use the normal desktop interface and I'll use it for stuff that the W500 isn't suitable for (especially games).

So that is my reasoning as to why Windows Metro (I know it's not metro anymore but meh) is poor, it's caught between desktop and touchscreen and maybe went too far over to the touchscreen side at the cost of desktop usability which garners the irk of traditional users.

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Too late, Blighty! Samsung boffins claim breakthrough graphene manufacturing success

David Webb

Re: The real difference

Samsung has a real R&D dept. researching real, proper, properly patentable stuff

So did Nokia.... just sayin.

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Facebook Oculus VR buyout: IT WANTS your EYEBALLS

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Biggest issue that I can see is that FB wants all your data, ALL of it. They then suggest OR is perfect for talking to your doctor. Would anyone really trust facebook with the data they would get from a private VR chat with the doctor?

Watching tennis with it, expect adverts to be placed on the screen at set times, which based on your previous chat (not yours obviously) with the doctor will be adverts for Viagra.

That's before you get down to the fact that OR is very niche and very expensive and requires dedicated support to get it to work properly, so all in all it seems to be a very bad investment which is really going to destroy OR and feed it's rivals, still, it means FB has $2b less in it's pocket so it's not all bad.

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WTF is … the multiverse?

David Webb

Re: why not

I did, I said "dude, if the Universe is infinite AND expanding, what is it expanding into?" so he kicked me in the face and said "call me dude again and I'll kill you", dude's nuts..... oh shi......

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GRAV WAVE TSUNAMI boffinry BONANZA – the aftershock of the universe's Big Bang

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Re: "expansion of space briefly exceeded the speed of light "

Well that just done my head in, how do we know one is 30b light years away when the light couldn't possibly have reached us?

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SCRAP the TELLY TAX? Ancient BBC Time Lords mull Beeb's future

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Beeb

I think many people are more than happy to pay £140 odd each year to watch TV without adverts interrupting what they are watching, where you get 3 minutes from the end, then 4 minutes of adverts before they give you the final 1 minute of the show and then credits.

Could the BBC *really* show Watchdog slamming down on Company X when Company X is a major advertising provider? (yeah, you wanna show that, you lose millions in advertising, understood?). Lack of adverts allows for better impartiality for us, the consumer..

Not that I watch much TV, maybe an hour a day, but even then I think it's worth it to not have Top Gear cut down by 12 minutes just to show adverts.

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Achtung NIMBYs! BT splurges extra £50m on fibre broadband rollout

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Flats?

With the hideous complication of getting FTTP into flats (wayleaves from the people responsible for signing the things to allow BT to install their bits of kit on each floor) I can't expect the takeup on that to be very high. Yes I'm bitter after waiting 5 months for a wayleave to be signed and still no sign of it.

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Facebook will LOSE 80% of its users by 2017 – epidemiological study

David Webb

When one of the top search terms in Google is "Google" you know that people won't directly type in "Facebook".

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Did Microsoft actually put 'get repeatedly pwned by Syrian hackers' on its 2014 todo list?

David Webb

SEA

The SEA are responsible for the murder and torture of 11,000 computer systems, according to the UN.

... Too soon?

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Google grabs slice of interwebs for EVERYONE (who speaks Japanese)

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Re: can anyone....

Wouldn't it be easier to have it in Romanji so you can pronounce it?

自動詞 ?

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'You win, Kanye': Coinye creators throw in towel after rapper sues

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Hrm

So, they set up a virtual currency which they knew would get shut down, make a stack of coins, get mass publicity (raising the value?) then sell up at a high before shutting down, how much $$$ did they make before the shutdown? General interest, above is just a theory and in no way alludes that this actually occurred.

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Use strong passwords and install antivirus, mmkay? UK.gov pushes awareness campaign

David Webb

Re: Leeloo Dallas Multipass

KeePass is what I'm using, due to that...

•Use strong, memorable passwords

is a moot point, I have no idea what my facebook password is, and even if I did I couldn't actually type it out! It's something along the lines of:

Îe.qînhóÏ@ÅÝ©Ê"¬æÈÁEt¡ÏÓq£¡h¼¡÷Ñw;ê|èø=I

Totally memorable, naturally only works on websites that accept any character and not the usual "numbers and letters only please", or worse, websites which don't let you paste your password into the "confirm your password" box so you have to have a weaker password.

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Remember when SimCity ABSOLUTELY HAD to be online? Not any more – fancy that!

David Webb

Sizes

Hopefully, now that the limiting factor isn't EA's piss poor servers, we can actually have maps larger than my ex girlfriends tits, you ever tried to build a city on a really small mountain with tiny peaks? Me either, but err, I may have lost track of where I was going, larger city sizes I think was my point till I got distracted by mountains.

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App to manage Android app permissions

David Webb

Re: Poor old Gary!

No, we won't buy your product because your product is crap, rubbish, stupid to install, ransomware (allegedly) and shouldn't be installed. We're not installing it because you're an American company, we pick and choose which software suits our needs on simple metrics, you can steal these!

1) is the software open about it's prices and not claiming to be free when it isn't

2) does the software have an easy way to uninstall without having to either ask other people or ask google

3) is the software in question "best in class", if it is, we'll happily pay an annual fee, if it isn't, it better be either bloody good and bloody cheap or it isn't going near my bloody phone

4) does the software offer a better performance or experience index than readily available free software, in other words, the Windows vs Linux debate, both are equally as good, your software (judging by the comments) is a bit like trying to get Windows RT to take over Linux/Apache for web servers (ain't going to happen)

5) does the company claim "we spend MILLIONS!" on developing an app which cost 20p and a pint of really cheap American beer

6) does the product in question appear to have fake 5 reviews of their product

The list goes on and on, so no, we won't purchase your product because it's American, we'll avoid it because it's a pile of rubbish, and this is a tech site, with people who know about tech (or at least have an interest in tech) so will call a crap product a crap product and go install the (free) alternative (which is actually free, not claimed as free but then has a charge to actually do anything)

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David Webb

Re: Open Source FTW

Permissions suck. It seems the dev's just tick every possible box they can do when they don't require the usage of stuff. Each app *should* be forced into writing exactly why they require the permissions set to "on". We should also have the ability to deny each app (on install or update) a permission we do not agree with.

Facebook requires SMS for "sending premium rate SMS messages to sex lines" allow / deny

Spamalot Freemium Game requires Access To Accounts for "sending SPAM to your friends begging for a life" allow / SHOOT PEOPLE WHO DO THIS

Google Maps requires GPS Access for "finding your location and providing location based services" allow / deny

Give consumers the choice to pick and choose, if an app requires a certain setting to be "on" then highlight it with the reason why it has to be on so the consumer can choose to accept or deny the app, rather than the "give everything as many permissions as it wants" approach that is currently in play.

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David Webb

Re: Anyone see a price anywhere?

I use Advanced Permissions Manager. It's free, you delete the permissions you don't want the app to have, it then recreates the app without the permissions, did I mention it's free? The only downside is the requirement to have "install from non google sources" enabled, but for some that wouldn't be an issue anyhow.

For security I use Kaspersky, a brand I trust implicitly on my desktop, so do on my phone too. Did I mention it's also free? I like free, it's my favourite price point.

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Apple asks judge to axe ebook price-fixing watchdog

David Webb

Monopoly

When you're a convicted monopolist you got to take the blows, not whine about it.

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Bay Area plots Googlebus tax after local residents riot

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Re: Excuse me?

I think part of the issue is that:

a) they can't move, prices have risen too much knocking them out of the marketplace

b) they are being forced to move as prices have risen and they can no longer afford the rent

There is no easy solution, the area initially wanted to get the tech companies in their area, now they are there, they have to deal with the issues surrounding that, maybe some other area will offer a huge tax discount and free transportation? Who knows.

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Steam and Origin gamers knocked offline by SEPARATE DDoS attacks

David Webb

Awesome

Steam was also hit with a huge DDOS last month, though really it was caused by their winter sale (which cost me lots of dosh, but the new tomb raider for £8, bargain).

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Naked Aussie gets wedged in washing machine

David Webb

He was aiming for the North Of Darwin Award?

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NHS carelessly slings out care.data plans to 26.5 million Brits

David Webb

No Junk Mail

So any address with "No Junk Mail" on their box won't get these as the postie is only able to deliver post that has a named recipient? Who thought this was a good idea?

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Bitcoin blasts past $1,000 AGAIN after Zynga accepts cryptocurrency

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Fluctuations

It seems to me that the price of Btc fluctuates too wildly. If Zynga set their prices at 0.01Btc when the value is $1,000 but then it fluctuates again to $750, the price is out of whack, or, if they set the prices when Btc were $500each but then another wild swing puts it up to $1,000 then people are losing out, money wise.

With non-virtual currency, £1 is £1 and $1 is $1, you may go to sleep with £1 = $1.50 but you wouldn't then wake up to find £1 = $15.00, it really needs to be much more stable, else people would buy the coins when they are cheap, then sell when they are high, not use them when they are cheap, a waiting game?

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British Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing receives Royal pardon

David Webb

Optional

Well, I too think it was about time, though in reality it should never have been a crime in the first place.

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Official: Apple hooks up with WORLD'S LARGEST MOBILE OPERATOR

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3G

I thought Apples 3G phones were not compatible with that network?

Previously, China Mobile subscribers have not been able to use Apple's iPhone, because the firm's 3G technology was not compatible with Apple handsets.

From BBC news, so is there going to be a specific 3G model created for China?

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Windows Phone app developers: These games are made for you

David Webb

Re: Wont be found here...

Sweet, how did you manage to edit the hosts file in your Windows phone? :)

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China turns screws on Bitcoin with third party payments ban

David Webb

Re: It's an error. Fix it.

The problem then becomes, how do you spend BitCoins you own? No one in China (from an official standpoint) will offer an exchange from Btc > Yuan, no vendors will offer "Coffee 0.000001 Btc!". You could invest the coins in an external exchange, but then what, what do you do when you want the cash?

Here, you could go Exchange > Convert > Send to bank.

China? Exchange > Convert > Have the money sent to you by post?

Currencies value (to a consumer) is in what that currency can purchase, if you're in China and you can't purchase anything with Btc, nor convert it to cash in your own country, where is the value in anything other than an investment, where, if the price starts to go on a slide you can't really back out, or, if it goes on a huge upswing you can't really convert it to your local currency.

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That Google ARM love-in: They want it for their own s*** and they don't want Bing having it

David Webb

Re: "the problem-filled world of ARM" (in the article)

I'd love that to be true but I've never seen any overall market share statistics coming anywhere near that. Have you?

Dunno, how many servers run Apache compared to IIS? How many webservers are there? Seems like a lot. Sure, in the server room of a large company it'll probably be Windows but for the web, the servers tend to be Linux based.

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I KNOW how to SAVE Microsoft. Give Windows 8 away for FREE – analyst

David Webb

Eh?

If memory serves, didn't Apple, you know, charge for service packs? So Apple follow the MS method of making SP's free (for once, probably a once only ever offer) and someone demands MS do the same? Eh?

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Ten top tech toys to interface with a techie’s Christmas stocking

David Webb

Re: TP Link TL-WDR3600

My recommendation is the Asus RT-N66U, Gb ports, DB Wi-Fi, 2 USB ports (again, slow on transfer), doesn't have ac, just n but we'll not hold that against it. Built in torrent/nzb client to download to HD when you go to bed and it looks awesome.

Now to get BT to hurry up with my Fibre (only been waiting 5 months since they said it was available....) so I can switch from my crappy TG582n as a modem to something a bit faster.

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Microsoft: Don't listen to 4chan ... especially the bit about bricking Xbox Ones

David Webb

Re: Consumer protection

I agree with you on principle, but not in this case. In this case you can't lock it just by pushing buttons. You have to enter the hidden menu (which could be done on accident) then enable Dev tools "Ohh, what does this do?" seems reasonable. Then you get stuck "what goes in here?" so search the internet to try to find out, the internet says "Enables Xbox compatibility" on 1 site and "HOAX!" on every other, you ignore the hoax and follow the instructions.

Should MS now be liable because the end user followed a procedure on the internet? It's like an MMO being liable for a player getting PK'd and losing all their gear because someone said "OMG, you can kill that player quickly by pressing Alt+F4 5 times quickly...."

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Oi, Obama. Rein your spooks in, demands web giants' alliance

David Webb

Re: Dear 8 Heavyweights

8HW - We demand you do this!

Spooks - Umm, okay, but only if "transparent and subject to independent oversight" also applies to your taxes, we reserve the right to alter the law to shut down all loop holes you currently use.

8HW - We retract our demands, sorry about that

Spooks - No problem, now, can you post us the private keys you hold?

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Inside Steve Ballmer’s fondleslab rear-guard action

David Webb

Re: Fallacious argument

(Does touch work with a tongue?)

Yes, now excuse me I need to vomit.

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Fiendish CryptoLocker ransomware survives hacktivists' takedown

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Re: Pay the ransom?

Indeed, it's "safer" for the crooks to delete the keys needed to unlock infected computers, if the keys got out into the wild people could unlock it themselves, possibly, so much easier to lock the PC throw away the key and demand cash for something they can't deliver, and really, if they don't deliver I can't see Trading Standards knocking on their door in whichever country they may be based in.

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Apple's 'Smart Dock' patent filing makes Siri your new roommate

David Webb

Dum de dum

Computer - Earl Grey - Hot

beep beep beep beep

Unable to comply Captain Picard, Star Fleet has not licenced the patent from Apple.

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People's Bank of China bans Bitcoin over 'drugs and guns' trade fears

David Webb

Re: Fearmongering from the Masters

As I understand it, each node in the network is used to check that the transactions and coins and whatever are legitimate, so for fake coins it would need to fool every node down the line into believing that the transaction is legitimate and the coins are not fake. It's why you can't spend 2 of the same coins, other users check how valid the transaction is and says "umm, no, you spent that" or something.

Obviously the capitalistic pig in me is wondering how much cash I'd need to spend on a dedicated mining machine to mine bitcoins to make a huge profit and take over the universe, but it's all bloody complicated!

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Apple patents facial recognition tech for mobile log-in

David Webb

Next up...

Apple is awarded a patent for dialling a number using a virtual number pad displayed on a touch screen device or, by using a virtual keyboard filtering out contacts whose name does not begin with the letters being pressed.

I can see it happening.

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MPs back call to boycott low-taxed tat from Amazon over Xmas

David Webb

Re: Good Luck with that

I think the guys are suggesting you use other websites that are not Amazon, honourable though the intention may be, money is tight, Amazon is cheap, so why pay £25 for something on one site when it's £20 on Amazon, we're not all MP's with a huge allowance and backhanders.

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That toolbar you downloaded is malware? Tough, read the EULA

David Webb

Drunk? You're past drunk and into "posting in the wrong thread".

Here is where you wanted to be

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Aussie boffins can detect orbiting SPACE JUNK using rock gods' radiation

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Debris

The issue, as far as I can tell with debris is a cascading effect. A small object smashes into another object which itself gets smashed into smaller objects, these objects continue to orbit the Earth, eventually you're going to have a major impact, let's say an object manages to blow up the ISS, the debris from that then starts to orbit the planet.

Soon you have a planet that is surrounded by small bits of debris which prevents people leaving the planet, or objects leaving the planet, as anything that tries to leave gets hit by orbiting debris and becomes part of the problem at hand. Can't find the article that explains it as I don't know the name, but it does have a fancy name so really, we should get onto removing the debris as quick as possible before something happens and we lose all ability to send anything into the sky.

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Microsoft bans XXXXBOX gamers for CURSING in online combat

David Webb

Re: WTF?

It's the thing that most Xbox/PS and the 12 Wii U owners only ever get to see when they don't have ad-block on and get shown "lewd" pictures of ladies in their underwear? Ohh a panty waist (queue sounds of fapping and much joy, never buy a used game controller).

Disclaimer - above is a joke, yeah, 12 people owning a Wii U? Pfft.

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David Webb

Re: No Such Thing as Profanity!

Are you challenging the moderators on this forum by any chance? I'm sure they can censor you, especially if you say really naughty stuff that is against the rules. Basically, this is their house (and MS's servers is MS's house) and if they don't want you to come into their house and shit on their carpet then you're pretty much not allowed to go shit on their carpet, if you want to shit on a carpet feel free to use your own, and of course have no objections when people come and shit on your carpet.

P.S. it's Fuck, you actually self censored, a slippery slope indeed!

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Reg man inhales the smooth, non-cancerous, taste of USB nicotine

David Webb

Re: It won't last

They tried didn't they? UK Gov. wanted to have the fluids treated as "medical" so it could only be sold from a chemists, seriously ramping up the costs. Luckily the EU stepped in and stated it's not medical so the Gov can't get put huge amounts of tax.

Who loses? Cig makers, if people are going for e-cigs they aint buying cigs.

NRT suppliers. If e-cigs are more effective (and apparently they are) then the NRT suppliers are losing money as people are not buying their product.

Anti-Smoking-Gestapo. You know the ones, the sort of people who would demand the death penalty for you if you smoke within 5 miles of a school which is closed for summer, who demanded pubs ban smoking so they could go drink without smokers ruining it (then finding their pub shut because the smokers left and the pub couldn't support itself).

I got an e-cig, so far it's not been effective, I'll have to get a higher level of nicoteen I guess, and maybe some flavours, ohh, vagina flavour, golden vagina, sounds nice!

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Doom god John Carmack teleports from id Software to VR upstart Oculus Rift

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It makes people sick because you're sticking two screens directly in front of your eyes, so if there is even the slightest misalignment between the two screens your brain gets confused and you want to throw up, which is basically travel sickness, your inner ear and eyes disagreeing over what it being shown, end result, vomit.

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GAH: Now it's INSTAGRAM and Windows Phone 8

David Webb

Re: Shame

So you have a first generation Lumia from 18 months ago? Things have move on since then. Get over it, and get a new one. The Lumia 1020 is awesome...

I bought a top of the line Lumia which was only a couple of months old at the time (in other words, just released by Nokia). You don't really buy a mobile phone then 1-2 months later find out it's EOL.

I actually quite liked Windows Phone, in fact I could probably sell on my Note 2 (at a profit..) and get a Windows Phone, but that would mean pretty much buying Nokia, and, yeah....

Go ahead, get a pair of £200 headsets, the nice expensive ones (that sound fantastic) and stick em in an older Lumia, they won't sound any good. Not so good when you consider they are headphones made my Nokia for Nokia phones.......

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David Webb

Shame

I almost enjoyed my Lumia, and would have been happy to stick with a Windows phone if Nokia hadn't made the phone so poorly.

Super expensive headphones? Sounds like crap on my Lumia, cheap ones you get for free sound the best

Plugging in the power cord? Damages the phone over time leading to eventual break down (mine broke down 2 weeks ago)

Update to Windows Phone 8? Not a chance, top of the line Nokia phone (at the time) totally passed by

So yeah, phone broke and I bought a Galaxy Note 2, getting app's is all well and good, but when Nokia has pissed off their user base, who is going to continue with WP?

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Qatar whips covers off giant footballing vagina

David Webb

I bet...

I bet £10 one of the England players will try to shag the stadium now, but only if it's already married to another England player

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Murdoch stands between your kids and filth with BSkyB network-level SHIELD

David Webb

Re: Welcome to a world created by....

In the interests of accuracy I checked, it's actually 3 clicks, 4 shakes and a kaboom. Totally agree with you though, parental responsibility these days seems to be "get others to take responsibility, and if something happens to my kids, it's THEIR fault!".

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Nookie becomes, um, a virtual reality for Oculus Rift gadget gamers

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dot dot dot

I had something smart, funny and pertinent to write about this, but after careful consideration I've decided.... that's just fucked up. After more thought, how much does it cost?

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Here comes Windows 8.1! Microsoft grits teeth, pushes upgrade to world

David Webb

Re: SSD

From what I've read, once you've installed 8.1 you can't then move your user directory over, it's stuck on the SSD drive. As much as I love the speed on my SSD I only have 66Gb Free, my old user directory (just did a reinstall after my hardware went kaplop) is 104Gb, though I guess I could reinstall and then just move my Downloads and por... err... Top Gear videos directory to my other drive. Just seems a lot of faffle just for what is, basically, an SP :-/

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