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* Posts by Greg 16

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NAO: £4bn of gov work doled out to just 4 outsourcing giants

Greg 16

Re: So 25% profit on turnover, of which 8.1% comes back as tax.

Thats their total global profits from all work throughout the world. So no it's not 25% profit on the UK government work, and much of their global work will have been taxed overseas so will not be shown as part of the £81 million they paid on UK profits.

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Valve uncloaks prototype Steam Machine console specs

Greg 16

Re: That's incredibly muscular specs.

A very hefty price indeed. I can't see much of a market for this as it's going to cost a lot more then the next gen consoles and most hardcore PC gamers are happy to build their own PC's.

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Kim Dotcom quits Mega to head new political party, fight extradition

Greg 16

Re: Not a citizen

He's not that nutty. He's a self made multimillionaire and if you hear him in interviews, he comes across as being very intelligent.

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Torched £30 server switch costs phone firm millions in lost sales

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meant for someone else in the company

Surely you mean "meant for another internal resource in the company"

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Xbox One users will have to pay extra for Skype and gamer-gratifying DVR

Greg 16

Built in NSA connectivity

NSA connectivity plus a large HD camera in my living room?

I read about that in a book once - I'll pass.

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Wow! British Gas bungs a million remote-controlled sales-droids in UK homes

Greg 16

Re: not sure how accurate this is

I'd be surprised if it was that much. I had a temporary job as a meter reader about 15 years ago and back then the company was charging less than £10 per reading.

Also regarding the savings, bear in mind that the mobile companies are going to be making quite a large amount of money out of this, plus your meter will still be physically read every 2 years.

The EU law which is causing these meters to be fitted actually contained the phrase "if economical". Almost all of Europe has decided that it is in no way economical, and therefore they're not fitting the meters.

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Sky falling: 119,000 Brits flee O2, Be after Murdoch broadband gobble

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Re: Nothing going on here really

I agree.

From what I understand a large part of Be's market was reliable hi speed connections for power users. With the spread of FTTC that market is now mainstream and available very cheaply.

O2 customers got cheap BB through their mobile phone contracts and the service was provided for customer retention, but their BB had a seriously bad reputation so I'm not surprised about falling numbers. I suspect they were falling well before the spread of FTTC and before the purchase by Sky.

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Greg 16

Re: Left months ago

" It sounded like they already had a pre-prepared and well used script to handle the situation. "

It sounds like those cunning devils have a retentions department with staff trained to try and make you stay. Thanks for the tip off.

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Greg 16

The package via your sister is a staff benefit which helps with staff retention, so I wouldn't read into that too much. Many companies do the same.

Regarding Sky being in trouble, I recommend reading the article, in particular the section covering turnover and profits.

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AMD fools Wall Street, posts smaller loss than expected

Greg 16

They should increase prices.

I'm no fanboy, but I've bought £300 of AMD products in the last 12 months and if the same products had been priced at £400, they would still have been the best option. Many of their products more than hold their own against Nvidia/Intel and yet AMD are often significantly cheaper.

No wonder the company is worth so little when they needlessly make a loss on their sales - the market cap of the whole company is just £2 Billion - almost half the value of a company such as Sports Direct!

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BBC's Digital Moneypit Initiative known to be 'pile of dung' for years

Greg 16

Re: exceeds the annual budget of BBC4 and CBeebies put together

Surely the biggest chunk of BBC4's budget, is sending a temp down to the archives to collect the tapes of old programmes they constantly show. (Nothing wrong with that, as some of the old programmes they show are great, but it's not exactly expensive is it)

It would be interesting to see the overall cost of Cbeebies - they sell their programmes around the world, with some being very successful.

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Former Microsoft Windows chief: I was right to kill the Start button

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Surface RT

1 Surface RT device sold for every 20 iPads sold is actually quite impressive considering how bad they are.

I'd have thought it would be more like 1 for every 100!

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Hey, O2 punters: Kiss goodbye to 4 MEELLION* Openzone hotspots

Greg 16

Re: UK's low data price not...

I'm sure the foreign network is paying the UK networks a low rate - what your network then decides to charge you when you get home is a different matter.

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Review: Samsung Series 5 Ultra Touch Ultrabook

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Re: Have I missed something?

"Until Windows 8.1 appears, having a touchscreen is a huge advantage to straddle the new Windows 8 user interface dichotomy."

A huge advantage? I have to agree with the other comments on here. I have Windows 8 on my desktop, with a large touchscreen monitor (bought due to a deal, rather than wanting a touch screen)..... I think I've touched the screen less than 10 times since I bought it and that was only to show the touch features to interested friends! Maybe it's down to habit, but I find a mouse and keyboard much easier to use than touch.

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World's richest hobo (Apple) has worked 'tax-free' in Ireland since '80s

Greg 16
Mushroom

Re: Why do people get upset at Apple for this?

DJO, you're wrong - they do pay what is due. They break no laws and they have a legal obligation to their shareholders to minimise their costs (within the law). NOBODY pays more tax than they have to.

I'm as angry as anybody else is about the low rates and financial gymnastics these companies manage to get away with, but the bottom line is that it is the line of responsibility goes like this

LAW > GOVERNMENT > (AS A DEMOCRACY) - YOU AND ME!

There are reasons that the tax rules are the way they are, and it's partly because the tax laws had good intentions. The idea was to stop double taxation, but then those clever accounts found legal ways of making that "no or low taxation" and the authorities did nothing about it, because basically every country has large companies taking advantage of it, and they are competing against other large companies in other countries, who are also taking advantage of it. If we changed our laws unilaterally then all we would achieve is ultimately putting companies like Vodafone and Rolls Royce out of business.

The laws need to be changed globally and I think thats what you are going to finally see happen in the next few years.

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O2 brushed off outsourcing 'rumour' - but it's happening ... to THOUSANDS

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Re: Not good

3 is the worst company ever to try and cancel with. Pro tip to save time - be aggressive and abusive from the start, because that is where it will end anyway! Even then it will take a minimum of 30 minutes before they will let you cancel.

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I said ‘no’ to a million-pound Tech City empire

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Go

Re: Carpe diem

It could "ruin" a few years, but it could only ruin "the rest of your life" if you let it. And don't forget that one good business decision can also make you for life.

It's hard to see a bad business decision without the benefit of hindsight, and even if things go "tits up", the experience invariably leads to other things.

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BlackBerry and Apple pie this summer. Or BBM-onna-Droid

Greg 16
WTF?

For Free?

Seems pretty nuts to me, especially as they're doing it for free. All the kidz buy Blackberrys for BBM and nothing else.

Will many people buy a Blackberry just to have a keyboard?

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Virgin Media revs up for Liberty Global merger

Greg 16
WTF?

"Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation and other one-time charges rose from £376.5m last year to £398.5m.

"Virgin Media boss Neil Berkett, who will exit the telco with £42m"

So after Virgin pay their taxes and other costs, the boss will be taking almost 20% of the entire comapnies profit. Nice work if you can get it.

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Euro states stick fingers in ears to Huawei, ZTE tech 'dump' claims

Greg 16

Re: Not sure about dumping.....

"Oh, and the kit is good. While Ericsson and NSN sat on their hands, the Chinese learned how to build a first class 3G/4G network."

Yes, but did they teach themselves?

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Eerie satnav boffinry claims it can predict THE FUTURE

Greg 16

Re: Audi drivers

So in your worldview, anyone with a nice car is an arse.

The main reason that some people with nice cars are arses, is that they think that their car defines them in some way - and it appears that you are just like them.

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Greg 16
Alert

Potential downsides

Risky drivers who have an increased chance of crashing might pay more for their insurance?

Is that a downside?

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Germany's RTL pulls free-to-air channels off terrestrial TV

Greg 16

Re: @ JetSetJim

"You seem to be equating "popular" with "good"."

Erm no, I'm equating "good" with "subjective".

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Greg 16

Re: Satellite or Cable?

"Satellite is precarious."

Is it really any more precarious than terrestrial TV?

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Greg 16
FAIL

@ JetSetJim

You mean removed from your view.

The programs you mention are some of the most popular shows in the country. Are you hoping that other people can't watch them, purely because you prefer not to watch them?

And what's your problem with "commercial TV"? I'm pretty sure that you'll find that all the "commercial" shows that you hate so much have all be quickly copied by the BBC - but funded from their TV tax whether you like it or not.

Commercial TV will die when people stop watching. The BBC has no such concerns due to "the unique way" they are funded.

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Mega launches with mega FAIL

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Alien

Re: Why Bother?

He said himself that it's basically a competitor to dropbox - it's not a new megaupload. I can't see how this can be touched legally, because you could only share files if you shared the account login.

The terms and conditions are pretty much standard for any service like this (FWIW I'm also pretty sure that megaupload had similar T&C's)

Why use it?..... 50GB free storage, or up to 4TB for 30 euros a month.

Why's it slow right now?.... Massive publicity, 50GB free storage, or up to 4TB for 30 euros a month!

Good luck to him.

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Ten gaming headsets

Greg 16
Angel

Plantronics GameCom for me

I've gone through several expensive gaming headsets over the years - they always fall apart. Now I use the Plantronics GameCom, which are cheap (£15 on fleabay) and built like a tank. I haven't noticed any difference in sound quality over the much more expensive sets either.

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4G: Bad coverage, crap battery life - but at least it's really expensive

Greg 16

Re: 3 for good data? Really?

3 do all you can eat data for £12.90.

If you want to use mobile data, you don't want to go near O2 (or Giff Gaff which runs on O2) . Obviously you'll get a few people with bad experiences on 3, just like every other network, but overall it's by far the best network for data.

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Barnes & Noble Nook HD and HD+ hands-on review

Greg 16

Kobo?

"Amazon has, at last, some very strong competition on its hands."

Kobo's are pretty popular in the UK - no where near as popular as kindles, but their products compare very well.

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Sony NSZ-GS7 Google TV internet player review

Greg 16

I use a HTPC which is total overkill, but mainly because the little boxes like this Sony haven't quite reached the same level yet on certain important features. The thing is that they are now getting very close and where they mainly fall down is lack of apps. With the massive boom in android tablets, I think that the tablet apps will crossover to these TV boxes and fill the gaps.

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New MPEG format paves the way for UHDTV

Greg 16

Maybe this will allow FreeView HD to fit in more than the pitiful five HD channels they currently have space for. This would be far more use to customers than an 8k TV, which would require a house sized TV to be useful.

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Humax YouView DTR-T1000 IPTV Freeview PVR review

Greg 16

The YouView minimum spec (which is actually pretty high) is almost identical to the new FreeSat spec, so I imagine that we'll see it on those boxes in a couple of years. In fact I think we'll see a shaky start to YouView, but then suddenly see it turning up built into new TV's etc, as they almost all have enough spec for it already due to all their 'Smart TV' features.

The idea behind Youview is definitely the future (remember that FreeViewHD only has the bandwidth for 5 HD channels) - but I think YouView will look A LOT different in 5 years time.

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UK 4G auction: No word on what will be flogged, or what it costs

Greg 16

Competition isn't always good.

Surely the answer is to make them all sell their towers and frequencies and create a single Network Rail type organisation. It would remove duplication and would see new technology introduced much quicker. The same goes for fixed line telecommunications - in fact it could be the same organisation which would then lead to even more benefits.

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Boy cuffed after Twitter troll's drown threat to Olympic diver Tom Daley

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Re: Threats of physical violence ARE against the law.

True, but just like the recent twitter airport case it has to be a realistic threat and common sense is needed.

It's pretty obvious that this guy was not going to kill Tom and the threat was around the level of a parent telling their child 'I'll kill you"

Basically this guys been arrested for being a bit mean, which personally I find a bit worrying.

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Ten monster tellies to suit all budgets

Greg 16

Re: Sony?

I've not seen the Sony, but the Panasonic thoroughly deserves it's great reviews.

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Greg 16

Re: I feel spoilt

For a no brand TV, I've seen similar spec for around £500 in the UK, so you're not saving much.

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Greg 16

Re: "all budgets"

£600 for a 'monster tellie' isn't bad.

If you're really skint go second hand - Recently I picked up a high spec almost new 50" Panasonic for £375 and my HTPC gives me all the 'Smart' I need.

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Sony Xperia Go waterproof Android phone review

Greg 16

Re: Sounds good

I'm just about to leave contract on my San Fran, so I'm half looking too. This Sony looks great - a nice tweak to a San Fran - but at the end of the day I'm still really happy with my San Fran and it has great community support so I can't think of a really good reason to change!

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PayPal is bleeding market share and it's all eBay's fault

Greg 16

Re: That and...

They're greedy, but they charge what the market is willing to pay.

I hate paying their fees, but it's still worth using ebay because of the high prices that customers are willing to pay for my listings. Whats the alternative - Gumtree? Cash Converters? You will make far less money on either of these options even when fees are considered.

What we really need is some true competition for ebay.

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LCD to have killed all* other TV technologies by 2016

Greg 16

Re: I have a sports bar with 22 plasmas

I'm a big fan of plasma, but if I was running 22 TV's for 100 hours pw in a sports bar, I think that I'd go for LCD just for the energy savings.

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Sony, Samsung trade body to push HbbTV to Brits

Greg 16

The YouView and HbbTV standards are very similar. If a TV can support HbbTV, then it should also be able to support HbbTV.

So what's the point of YouView? It's all about control and ensuring that the BBC doesn't face too much competition. Youview will just end up as another UI for HbbTV.

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Ten budget inkjet printers

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FAIL

Kodak?

I know that these printers aren't expected to last too long, but it's reasonably likely that the Kodak printers will outlast the company itself, meaning possible cartridge supply issues (they aren't exactly a massively popular brand of printer)

Anyway inkjet are for mugs - laser is well worth the extra money and nowadays they're pretty close to the cost of the inkjets.

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YouView launches with pricey premium DVR

Greg 16

Re: Ahah

The YouView boxes have a pretty high minimum spec, so as long as HbbTV is fairly open, theres no reason that the YV boxes couldn't get a firmware update.

I doubt that YouView will survive and stay as it is, but whatever wins will look very much like it and the boxes could probably be updated to the winning solution.

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Greg 16

"Most people don't actually own a DVR"

10 million homes have Sky's PVR, Virgin have a few million and then theres a few million with FreeSat and FreeView boxes (Not all with PVR, but alot of them will).

I think I'm right in saying that theres around 25 million homes in the UK, so I would guess that at least 50% of homes now have a PVR.

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Telstra re-stocks shelves with phones from alleged sweatshop

Greg 16

"Given that the Fair Labor Association’s initial investigation into conditions at Foxconn factories took four times as long to complete, sceptics would be justified in thinking Telstra’s decision is primarily commercially motivated."

I'm not disputing the general theme of the article, but how big is Vtech compared to Foxconn? I suspect that Foxconn is at the very least four times bigger.

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LG 55LM960V 55in Smart TV

Greg 16

Daul screen sounds pretty cool for gaming, but how do you get your console to output to it? Does it just capture the split screen, and then split them and zoom to full screen?

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Panasonic chief says no to low-cost OLED TVs

Greg 16

Ahem

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2111132/The-TV-revolution-Britains-glasses-free-3D-television-goes-sale--eye-popping-price-7-000.html

It might not allow watching 3DTV upside down (if thats what floats your boat), but it is glasses free 3D.

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Greg 16

Re: Been wrong before

LCD is the biggest seller, but Panasonic pitched itself at the higher end of the market where Plasma is popular due to the better quality picture, so I wouldn't judge them as being wrong.

Fighting Samsung in the low end LCD market is probably a fight that Panasonic would have lost.

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Greg 16

I think that the biggest driver in sales is probably size and 3D. Go to Currys nowadays and a 42" screen looks like a portable alongside all the 70" screens that can be picked up for ever cheaper prices. I recently bought a new TV, which was bigger than my old one, but after a lot of thought, I didn't go for 3D as it isn't established enough right now and there's very limited content available.

If they manufacturers really want a sales boom they need to develop mainstream glasses free 3D.

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Viviane Reding says imitate US and form FEDERAL EUROPE

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WTF?

I dream of the break up of the UK and hope for an English Parliament, so the last thing I want to do is become more entangled with the clusterfuck that is the EU!

I can't really understand why anyone would want less sovereignty and diluted democracy.

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