* Posts by Shardik

27 posts • joined 1 Dec 2011

Screw you, Brits, says Google: We are ABOVE UK privacy law

Shardik

Re: You could try 1and1

Don't think the private Firefox window makes damn all difference when your mail is stored on a server in the US...

1and1 looked good, until I read www.whoishostingthis.com/hosting-reviews/1and1/ and seems a few users with cancellation issues.

Oh well. Still looking. I have a domain and a mailbox hosted through 123-reg, but it's reasonably costly when compared with a free gmail account, or even a 1and1 account.

Len, GMX looks interesting... May give that a go. I'm surprised there's not an obvious UK alternative to gmail given the current level of interest in getting data off US soil.

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Options?

So the article got me thinking again that it's about time I detached from gmail, and for that matter, any other US based webmail service. Has anyone any recommendations for alternatives? Searching the web doesn't seem to give me many options as practically every free mail host I can find is US based. Even helpfully "uk" named sites like uk.inbox.com appear to be based in the wilds of Boca Raton (err, Shropshire, obviously).

Come on El Reg, sounds like an idea for an article here...

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Ofcom: Parents, here's how to keep grubby tots from buying Smurfberries

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WTF?

Not just kids...

Stuff the entire KID aspect of this. When is it acceptable or desirable, from a customer perspective, for a single press on an advert to phone a premium rate number?

I can't think of one LEGITIMATE use of such a thing, it is a scam, pure and simple, aimed at those either too young to read, or too digitally encumbered to retain control of their fingers.

They should be banned outright. No problem with an advert that leads to a webpage or redirects through to the AppStore to an application, but to dial a premium number is never acceptable.

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Google+ architect: What was so great about Reader anyway?

Shardik
FAIL

Re: That G+ thread is quite clearly epic fail

Maybe it's the Cretins that can't actually see what other people get from the service that they can't get elsewhere.

Maybe it's the reason that most RSS feed readers on mobile devices sync to google reader.

Grow up mate, just because you can't see what it did, and over 50,000 people CAN, it doesn't make them a bunch of cretins.

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Official: Sky to buy O2 and BE's home broadband product in £200m deal

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WTF?

Oh bollocks

Please don't break it.

Please don't break it.

Please don't break it.

Please don't break it.

Having been on O2 (the BE part) for 4 years, for the money, it's been unbeatable. With mobile phone discount, I've been paying about 7 quid a month for 20Mb, totally unlimited, un-traffic-shaped, reliable internet.

Will people on 12-month tie-ins be allowed to walk if it goes to shit?

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Apple 'slashes iPhone 5 screen orders', tight-fisted fanbois blamed

Shardik
FAIL

Re: Problems

1. You're confusing iOS 6 and iPhone 5. Two different things.

2. Honestly haven't noticed. It's a camera-phone. Get over it.

Now, what were those major problems about the iPhone 5 you were gonna tell us about?

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Linux

Yeah, it's "fine", but it's not great. I want a row of number buttons. I can't have it. Despite the 5 having a taller screen, I still can't have a taller keyboard?!?

I want better auto-correct, maybe multiple word suggestions... can't have that either.

Apple is "fine", but it's not flexible and that's where it's losing out. And this is from someone who had a 3G, then a 4 and resisted a 5 for a long time as it offered nothing new for the upgrade money and the pain of the damn lightning connector.

* I have a 5, but I have a 5 because CPW and Quidco were giving so much cashback it essentially cost nothing upfront to change. Perhaps because they couldn't find enough fanbois to cough up the initial handset price - I don't recall that being the case with any of the earlier ones...

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Coming soon to a theme park near you: Shocking ANTI-PIRACY NAG ADS

Shardik
FAIL

Worse than pointless

The only way I can get to watch a film NOW is if I have a pirate copy of it and don't have to sit through pointless FBI Warnings and scaremongering You-Are-Funding-Genocide-And-Murder-Puppies style adverts. Not to mention the reels of trailers for movies I don't want to see.

If I go to the cinema, I get subjected to similar levels of brainwashing fired at me - when I went to see Skyfall a few weeks ago, I paid to sit through 35 minutes of trailers and advertising?!?! And this is the great big-screen experience? It's resembling late night Channel 4. How long before we get mid-way through movies and get hit with another "word from our sponsors"? *I* am your frickin' sponsor, I just paid to see the movie! Get that into your head Big Content!

If I am watching YouTube, the best way to watch a video or listen to a song is to do so NOT on the official channel. Otherwise I have to sit through advertising.

It used to be that piracy would be "poor quality", now they make those who ARE paying them money sit through adverts aimed at those who are not paying them money.

Major fail to alienate your entire audience dontcha think? no?

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Apple extends fail-prone Seagate HDD swap scheme

Shardik
FAIL

Website failure...

That link is the one I tried yesterday, told me my 2010-purchased 27" iMac with 1TB Seagate drive was NOT eligible for replacement.

I phoned the Apple Store, they checked my Serial Number and said yes, it was covered. They asked if I'd checked it on a US site.... so looks like this site is not correct for UK machines. If it says you are ineligible and you know you have a 1TB Seagate drive, give Apple a call...

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Incompatible IT systems blamed for bank sale collapse

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Paris Hilton

Bank of Ulster??

That'll be The Ulster Bank then? SBR and WestNat must be laughing...

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Griffin StompBox iOS pedalboard review

Shardik

Background?

Does the software have a background mode? It's all well and good being able to play from the iPod's collection of mp3's, but sometimes it's handy to be able to, say, alter the speed or tuning of a song, something Robick does really well, or play along to midi squeaks and a Tab using Tab Toolkit.

So much more useful if the app runs background like AmpKit, then you can accompany anything at all.

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Apple iPhone 5 review

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FAIL

Drool drool slabber

wow, sycophantic review or what.

As an iPhone 4 user, confirmed Apple Fanboi with a large number of iOS devices and iMac's scattered around the house, I am certainly NOT in the queue for the 5. Why? Because there's nothing worth getting excited about in it. It's got a bit more speed, so what, it's a phone. I have yet to meet a game I want to play that challenges the iPhone 4's processor. It's got a bit more screen. So what. I don't want to watch movies on a pokey 4" screen. What else does it have?

What it has got is a shit new connector that obsoletes all my current docks and breaks the "just works" philosophy for absolutely NO good reason. Absolute fail.

And as to iOS 6? Give me 5 back PLEASE. I liked YouTube and google maps

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Apple: I love to hate, and hate to love thee

Shardik

Re: An opposing viewpoint!

<shrug> Doesn't make a lot of difference what the fine-print is regarding contractual retailer, we are talking about out-of-warranty Customer Service for Apple hardware. The original article is not talking about in-warranty CS, it is specifically referring to gratis CS issues

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Interesting stories...

What I find really interesting about these posts is the huge range of experiences here.

What is the deciding factor on whether Apple are helpful or not? I don't believe it's customer attitude (at least, not in my case anyway, I went in to see what they could do, not to shout at them, and got shown how to enable the on-screen home button replacement... yeah, we just thought we'd write a replacement for the home button, y'know, just in case people have problems with it... errr, not that anyone would have problems of course, cos we don't have a manufacturing defect there at all ... ;)).

Yet we see total opposites on whether a non-warranty repair is handled FOC or not.

Consistency... oh hang on, that would imply transparency, something Apple are notoriously devoid of... seems to be the issue here. Is it simply the sales target for the day? The "genius" that you speak to? The store you go in to? If anyone can shed any light on this I'd love to hear it.

The AC who got his 27" iMac hard drive replaced, Paul 181 who got his 4 year old macbook fixed FOC

as opposed to ...

sproot's 18 month old Macbook Air with the faulty screen, my iMac HDD and iPhone home button, Peter Johnston with his 13 month old iMac and laptop troubles.

Doesn't seem to be cost of the repair, or the age of the hardware, so what is the deciding factor?

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Shardik

Re: An opposing viewpoint!

It's not that confusing... I bought it from the Apple Store on launch day and signed up for a 2 year O2 contract in-store at the time of purchase. I didn't say it was purchased "outright", but the purchase was made in the Apple Store.

Besides, the objection here is that the article implies Apple go above and beyond in the Customer Service. They do. SOMETIMES. I know people who've gone in with old iPods they bought as non-working off eBay and the Apple Store have fixed them for free. But don't EXPECT it's going to happen. For a while I thought it may have been based on customer profile, but it doesn't appear to be that either (over the years I've bought multiple iMac's, iPads, iPhones, iPods, Apple TV, Airport Express, surely a good "profile"). Maybe if I change my career to "Journalist" in my Apple profile it'd make a difference... ;)

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Shardik

Re: An opposing viewpoint!

The retailer? I purchased it from the Apple Store. The same one I went back to...

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Re: An opposing viewpoint!

That is true, but UK consumer law states a device should last a "reasonable" amount of time. A "reasonable" amount of time for a mobile phone is the length of the contract that you purchased the phone with. I believe (from lots of reading around at the time) that this has actually been tested in law.

Would you honestly not expect a "quality" item that has absolutely no marks on it and has been well treated for 20 months to still be working? Funnily enough, I would. I wouldn't have thought I was setting my expectations too high.

I am offering an opposing view of the "going beyond their obligations" kind of CS that is being touted in this article, it certainly is not the way Apple treat all their customers. It's very much luck of the draw.

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FAIL

An opposing viewpoint!

I have an iPhone 4, had it 20 months and the home button got gradually less and less responsive. I know LOTS of other people with this same problem and the forums are full of complaints, so this is not my mis-treatment of a device (as opposed to dropping it and cracking screens, flushing it down the toilet, etc etc...)

I went to the Apple Store and they told me, sure they'd fix it, £139 for a replacement refurbished phone! :-o Excuse me, I'm within my 2 year contract, Goods in the UK should last a REASONABLE amount of time, please fix your shoddy manufacturing fault. No sir, we can't do that.

O2 volunteered to fix it for free, but they'd have to send the handset away. At least they know their legal responsibilities. So I ended up with a kid down the road who runs a repair business fixing it for £17 quid while I waited.

Oh and my (coincidentally) 20 month old 27" iMac with 1TB Seagate driver started showing signs of drive failure with messages in the log on regular intervals. Apple have a recall for this exact same drive in the 6 month newer model. My one? No. They want me to cart a huge iMac back to the Apple Store, then estimate £200+ to replace the hard drive, and are unable to tell me how long they need it, whether they have a replacement in stock or any of that malarky until I've physically lugged the most unportable machine imaginable on a 10 mile journey. What double-galls me is I could replace it myself if they hadn't changed the pesky drive firmware for their own temperature monitoring (What? Is SMART not enough of a standard for you guys to follow?).

Apple Customer Service? I don't think so.

I came to Apple 6 years ago after many years of Windows ownership. I find their attitude to customers appalling and if it wasn't for MS shooting themselves in the face with Windows 8, I'd be outta here.

Just another perspective, YMMV as they say.

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Snap suggests Apple out to 'screw' hardware hackers

Shardik
FAIL

Does it matter?

Yes it frickin well does matter when Apple have shitty warranties and refuse to repair devices for realistic prices. (no, I'm not paying even more for AppleCare, I paid a premium for the device, I EXPECT it to be built well)

My iPhone 4 home button gradually died (common problem), after 20 months into a 2 year contract, Apple didn't want to know and wanted to charge me £130 for a replacement refurb'd iPhone. Only alternative was a back-street fixit guy who replaced it for £17 and it's worked ever since.

My iMac's Seagate hard drive died after a similar amount of time, do Apple care? Noooo, Apple want £200+ to put in a new 1TB drive. That's a 300% mark up on the price of 1TB 3.5" internal SATA drives. Because they changed the firmware on the drive it's hard to do independently without incurring the case fans spinning up.

So YES, it does matter. Enough of this proprietary bullshit. Someone lend me a Galaxy S3 please, cos iPhone 5 is looking less likely by the day, it wouldn't take much to convince me...

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Apple unveils tightened Mountain Lion requirements

Shardik
FAIL

Yes, you can take out the HDD, but if you happen to have a post '09 iMac, you can't put a replacement HDD in it unless it's Apple supplied thanks to them arseing around proprietary firmware on the drive.

Either that, or live with full-speed fans (no, a software solution is not acceptable!)

Get real Apple, HDD's fail. You even have a recall for some of them. No, I don't want to pay you £200 for a 1TB SATA HDD, I live in the real world.

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Carriers, prepare to bleed: EU pops a cap on data roaming

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Customers Prepare to Bleed

Yeah, like the Carriers are gonna pick up the tab for this aren't they. They aren't going to take up the price of EVERYTHING else to make sure they still get the same profits. Oh no, not at all.

Thanks EU! Something that affected a minority will now cost everyone equally :)

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550,000-strong army of Mac zombies spreads across world

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Pirate

Oh rilly

Just shows Mac users have the same level of stupidity as PC users. So what's new...

"Users that have been visiting a site with the malware will first be asked for an administrator/root password, if the users decides to enter the password the Flash Trojan will be installed in the application folder. "

D'uh... what if I just enter my password here...

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Ofcom calls for end to 0800 charges on mobiles

Shardik
FAIL

Thanks Ofcom!

So let's guess, if they can't make money from roaming data charges, and they can't make money from ripping off freephone numbers, where are they going to make money?

Oh yeah, from ALL of us in increased contract charges. Nice one Offcom. One way 99% of us can avoid the charges, now 100% of us will be lumbered with the charges. But good to see we've got a regulator

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Fans fly to forums to signal iPad 3 Wi-Fi woes

Shardik
FAIL

Slow news day El Reg?

Only about 2 weeks behind the ball, and regurgitating the ooooh my pad gets a little bit warm when I use it. Sad sad sad

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New driver-snooping satnav could push down UK insurance premiums

Shardik
FAIL

Push down premiums? Nah, this will INCREASE premiums to all those people who don't want to be snooped on 24/7 by a GPS device designed to provide a superficial risk assessment based on faulty assumptions?

Seriously... When was the last time an insurance company pushed DOWN premiums? Who believes this stuff?

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Online Christmas orders from retailers go titsup

Shardik
FAIL

Sainsburys & Tesco same backend??

I had the same delivery slot vanishing problems with Tesco grocery shopping last week. Along with earlier not being able to get in to the site, or get the iPhone app to authenticate.

I complained... And got a 10 quid eVoucher... For a service that doesn't work and has no slots available anyway! Thanks Tesco! Every little helps apparently...

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Lovefilm dumps Flash, BLINDS Linux fans with Silverlight

Shardik
FAIL

Never ever ever...

Wow... Just... Wow... How long before the industry "get" it?

If I want to pirate it, I'll download it from one of any number of sources that they will never kill off in the ongoing game of whack-a-mole.

If I want to purchase it, I'll purchase it.

It's a moral decision that's not going to be changed by placing DRM on a feed. All they do is knee legitimate customers in the balls and expect them to keep taking it.

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