* Posts by djstardust

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Oh dear, Vodafone: Sales dip in UK

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GPRS

I live in Aberdeen City where the signal is great. Go to any town outside Aberdeen and there is absolutely no 3 or 4G

All you get is GPRS or Edge with no data throughput. Is this 2003 or something?

And every month I have billing issues and the CS is the worst ever.

I really really hope they go under.

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TalkTalk: 9,000 broadband customers did the walk walk last quarter

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Chuggers

Is it me or does anyone else find their "street chuggers" overly agressive?

They jump out in front of you and just won't take no for an answer. Aberdeen City Council have allocated community wardens to keep an eye on them due to reports from the public.

Surely the service should sell on it's merits .... having idiots straight off the dole queue forcing it on general members of the public ain't going to help one bit.

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Capita redundo staff: We are free at last, free at last… at the end of this month

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Outsourcing

Is the worst thing to happen to this country. Employees are treated as pawns whilst the companies are busy "increasing shareholder value"

Companies like Crapita, G4S etc have been supported by the government and become very, very powerful despite many high profile clusterfucks.

When I tweeted Tesco Mobile about them moving their CS team to Crapita, this is the canned response I got .....

"We are committed to ensuring we continue to deliver great experiences for all of our customers with our new Partner"

Good luck ex Tesco staff (and Tesco Mobile customers)!

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Win 10 Anniversary: 'We're beginning to check in final code' says Microsoft

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There is absolutely no way

I would ever use Windows 10

It's a non-expiring beta where they can add or remove features at will, the telemetry is deeply buried and well over the top and normal people can't turn off automatic updates.

How about listening to your customers ..... novel idea indeed.

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Microsoft COO jumps ship

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Jesus wept

Can I get the job?

First things I'd do are find out anyone involved in either the purchase of LinkedIn or development of Win 10 and reduce their salaries by 90‰

The company are completely detached from reality... and their customers.

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App-V birthday to you, Win10: Virty tools baked in Anniversary update

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It's only gonna get worse.

MS have the ability to add / delete features at will (and charge for them too). That is horseshit and still people install this crap.

Another reason for not touching Windows 10 is that my wife's Windows 7 machine she uses for work has media centre on it and it works perfectly. She can watch (and record) TV or DVD from within Windows and it works faultlessly. Upgrade to Win 10 and it's just not there. Some upgrade.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

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Updates off

I have several Windows 7 & 8.1 machines and every one has updates disabled.

Not something I really want to do from a security perspective but Microsoft have forced this on me.

They are my computers for me to do with what I want .... not MS to force crap and system changes disguised as critical updates.

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Microsoft names Cindy Rose as first first lady of UK ops

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Vodafone ....

So she leaves one absolutely terrible company for another.

Vodafone CS has been dire and she was in charge of it. Good lock Microsoft.

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Tesco Mobile does what? Hahahahahahaha. Sorry customers

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What a shame

Having had the misfortune of moving my contract to Vodafone and experiencing the worst CS ever, it was refreshing to call Tesco last week regarding my son's contract. Yet again the phone was picked up straight away and the issue solved immediately.

I had been thinking about moving over as I had been so impressed with their CS, but now Crapita are involved I will give it a miss.

Why do companies deliberately screw themselves up when everything is working fine? Answers on a postcard .......

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Thunder struck: Apple kills off display line

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Apple displays

Were way overpriced and not very good. I paid £600 for a cinema display and it died completely after 14 months. Apple told me to piss off as it was out with the 12 month warranty so I ended up binning it.

Never again.

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Huawei taps ex-Nokia devs for 'secret phone OS project'

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Oh no ....

A morph between Android and Series 60.

Jesus wept .......

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UK's education system blamed for IT jobs going to non-Brits

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Re: Engineer

I left my very boring job last year. The title was "Project Engineer"

Nothing to do with Engineering at all. Sending surveyors round the world, organising flights, hotels and mounds of admin.

I rest my case.

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The Microsoft-LinkedIn hookup will be the END of DAYS, I tell you

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Just closed

My Linkedin account today.

DWS Lite can help my PC but I'm not having MS slurping my personal and career data.

One step too far this time Microsoft.

Sad world when money can buy personal details for who knows what reason.

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Apple WWDC: OS X is dead, long live macOS

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No innovation

I remember the days I used to be primed for these events. Never even knew this one was happening.

Mind you apart from a couple of old ipods in the cars I have nothing to do with Apple any more so that probably explains it.

They have gone from something special to just another tech company churning out mass produced junk.

I have a 1st gen ipod touch in mint condition and it's a work of art. The current one is pale in comparison. How times have changed.

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Dell slips into a slimmer red dress after sales diet

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Just look at the reviews

Of the Dell XPS15. Top end machine riddled with software and quality faults. That is why Dell are screwed.

When I say reviews, those posted by real users and not magazines looking at the spec alone.

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Microsoft's mobile device management meltdown

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Paris Hilton

Be better if

someone could pull the plug on the whole of Microsoft. Permanently.

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Fact: Huawei now outspends Apple on R&D

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Re: Not surprising

Apple will be the next Nokia. Sit on their laurels with iOS and product design as Nokia did with S60 and associated handsets.

Can't come soon enough.

Meanwhile Huwaei (Honor) will discover there is a new market for them and double their prices. That's what happened with Hyundai & Kia.

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Lenovo cries 'dump our support app' after 'critical' hole found

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Sigh

Looking for a new high end laptop but I'm struggling.

Reading real user (not paid site who don't actually use the machine) reviews either they are loaded with crapware full of vulns or Windows 10 is unstable as hell and BSOD's all the time..... or both. The Microsoft certified units don't seem to be the answer either.

I can't find anything that seems to be available that is actually secure and works out of the box. I thought the Dell XPS15 was the one but the user reviews are simply shocking. How anyone could release a £1000 to £2000 laptop in that state amazes me.

Is this what Windows has come to?

P.S. I'm not interested in Apple or Linux. Thanks.

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Google is the EU Remain campaign's secret weapon

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Must be copying the code

From the BBC website.

It has the be the most biased pro remain campaign in the universe.

Nuff said.

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KNOX knocked three times by Israeli infosec boffins

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Blowing the eFuse is only a potential warranty issue, and I have had handsets repaired by Samsung with KNOX tripped so it's not definite they will refuse to repair. If it is a hardware fault I don't see why modifying software would be a valid excuse for not honouring the warranty.

Rooting offers so many benefits:

The ability to freeze or remove bloatware making the handset far faster and improving battery life.

The ability to backup and restore both OS and apps.

The ability to boost headset volume to a decent level instead of the stupid volume caps set by Samsung and the EU.

And much more.

The only issue I have with the S7 Edge is the headset volume level, and it can be hacked in a couple of minutes to really open up the potential of the wonderful DAC that Samsung have crippled with their stock settings. Same applies for the Note 4.

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Absolutely, and I have never had a single issue with any of my Samsung handsets since the Galaxy S.

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First thing I do when I get a Samsung handset is root and completely disable KNOX. Job done!

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Lenovo: Markets for our products 'will remain challenging'

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I think they need to have a word

With Microsoft.

There's nothing wrong with their machines (I have several of them) but nobody wants windows 10 (and all the data slurping). Until that hurdle is crossed then things ain't going to get any better.

My Lenovo PCs have Windows 8.1 and to be fair the Metro interface is pretty bad, but installing Start8 and booting to desktop made them fine and they are all really stable.

When I talk to people selling PCs they all agree nobody wants Windows any more, so where's the solution?

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Twitter expands beyond 140 characters

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Re: They should allow more text

Agreed. I barely tweet anything (compared to my postings on other social media or forums) as the 140 character limit runs out before I can say what I was going to say.

Taking names out will help but only marginally.

The other thing is that companies use Twitter as a contact point but normally they just fob you off on to other channels so there's no point tweeting them in the first place.

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Cock fight? Not half. Microsoft beats down Apple in Q1

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Maybe if the ipad Pro

Didn't look like it was stuck in accessibility mode for blind people it would sell more.

The icon spacing is ridiculous and it's such a waste of a huge desktop,

Apple just amaze me with their stupidity sometimes. Adding "Pro" to an item doesn't necessarily make it better.

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Vodafone posts uptick in Europe but UK still a challenge

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Having joined Vodafone recently ......

I can state that it's been the worst CS experience ever.

They screwed up my initial SIM only deal.

They screwed up my upgrade to the Galaxy S7 Edge.

My upgrade date and data allowance is still incorrect despite asking them several times to fix it.

The credit they offered me for all the hassle never appeared then they denied giving it to me in the first place.

And to add to that anywhere outside my city seems to be GPRS only with absolutely no data throughput.

Every time you contact one CS channel, you are told within 30 seconds they can't help you. For example Twitter sends you to Live Chat, Live Chat sends you to the store, then the store tells you to call up and you end up with someone in India who doesn't have a clue. Their website is a mess too with dead links all over the place.

Please for your own sanity avoid Vodafone at all costs. As long as companies like this put the shareholders and profits before the customers, nothing will change.

I was quite looking forward to my 50th birthday later this year, but I'm going to postpone my celebrations by a year until my 24 months with this shower is over.

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Apple's iOS updates brick iPads

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Apple could spend

Some of their billions on a software QC team. that would be a good start.

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Comms providers call on Ofcom to get tough on Openreach

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Ha ha

Offcom are useless. Nothing will change until someone in charge grows a set of balls. Sharon better start taking those testosterone supplements.

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Apple bans benign iOS spyware detection, security info app

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Not only apps ....

I remember downloading the pop video for Captain Jack by Captain Jack not long after the iTunes store opened. It was a wee bit dodgy (had some boobs in it) and one swear word but nothing that bad.

A couple of months later when I synced with itunes again they had removed the video from the store (obviously finding out it was a bit ropey) and it automatically got deleted from my devices as well, even though I had paid for it.

Luckily I had converted it to another format and kept a copy but it just shows that apple even have the power to remove apps or media without telling you once you have bought it. Bastards!

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EU vetoes O2 and Three merger: Hutchison mulls legal challenge

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It's a cartel anyway ......

Can't really see what difference this would have made. The big 4 operators pricing is pretty similar anyway. Three used to be considerably cheaper than the others but not any more. They all know what each other's tariffs are and mirror them.

Customer service is universally poor and just like the energy industry one leaves and another one joins. No incentive for the networks to improve as they all just play the same game.

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Windows 10 free upgrade offer ends on July 29th

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Ha ha

GWX control panel > Done

DWS Lite > Done

Windows update disabled > Done

No problems at all and Win 7 Ultimate 64 running sweet as a nut. Screw you Micro$oft.

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Argos defection to Tech Data whips Ingram Micro's bottom... line

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Hmmmm

Judging by those crappy touch screen terminals in the stores, Argos haven't spent any money on IT in a long long time.

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UK's 'superfast' broadband is still complete dog toffee, even in London

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Why get Fibre?

I'm in Aberdeen and get an average 17mbps on a copper line, which is faster than the figure quoted for fibre in this article. Only downside is a 13 year old uploading Youtube videos at 0.85mbps for weeks on end.

Despite our estate having loads of new cabinets saying "fibre has arrived" when we check the BT website we are not enabled. WTF?

At least fibre would give better upload speeds ... or would it?

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Microsoft fingered for Western Euro PC tragedy

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Microsoft

Another day, another screw up.

Quelle surprise!

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Ding-dong, reality calling: iPhone slump is not Apple's doom

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Re: – putting the internet in people’s pockets

Oh, and the original iphone was GPRS only, so you were never going to use a lot of data at that speed anyway.

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Re: – putting the internet in people’s pockets

That's not entirely true. The first iphone tarriffs on O2 were actually more expensive than comparible phones from Nokia & Sony Ericsson.

It may have got people in to smartphones and using the internet but it wasn't cheap by any means.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update draws nearer with Inky preview

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Re: No, seriously

Given the fact it's a non-expiring beta I would say the answer is no ......

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HTC 10: Is this the Droid you're looking for?

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Meh

Poor speakers, poor camera, last generation display and too expensive.

It also looks pretty much exactly like the M7 which is old hat now.

The only advantage over the S7/edge is the lack of bloatware, but much of the Samsung stuff can be disabled anyway.

Unless you are an HTC fan there are alternative phones with a similar spec far cheaper or the Galaxy S7 which is far better for the same price.

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Intel literally decimates workforce: 12,000 will be axed, CFO shifts to sales

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Newer chips?

My laptop I use every day is a 2011 Sony Vaio SE 15.5" i5 8gb with Windows 7 ultimate.

It is an absolute workhorse and nothing is too much for it.

Why buy a new laptop that won't necessarily be any better and with a far worse OS.

Sad that I prefer my 5 year old machine to a brand spanking new one but that's exactly both Intel and Microsoft's problem.

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Oof! Acer suffers 25 per cent hit to PC sales in turbulent Q1

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An amazing amount of excuses

to cover up the fact that Windows 10 is crap.

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Catastrophic 123-reg VPS cockup deletes Ross County FC website

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Oh dear

I can't believe a business of that magnitude would use a dodgy tuppence hapenny Web host like that.

Thousands of ticket sales down the crapper to save a couple of quid.

Bet they're looking for a new It guy......

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Apple assumes you'll toss the Watch after three years

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Hmmmm

I have worn my Casio CD-401 every day since 1983 and it works perfectly and looks great. The apple watch is expensive and will last a fraction of that time.

Oh, and I have a 2009 Mac Pro desktop upgraded with a couple of SSD's and running windows 7 ultimate. Best machine I have ever had.

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TalkTalk broadband customers continue to flee

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Dido Harding

Is still in her job amazingly. What gives?

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

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Re: It's the data harvesting

Oh, and the forced updates are a definite no-no.

Users on the VirtualDJ forum have already posted about a MS update borking the video drivers and causing BSOD all over the place.

I *NEED* a stable machine for my work that is tested, having a company like MS forcing possibly corrupt or unstable updates is a definite no go. That's it.

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It's the data harvesting

That puts me off. I have even ran DWS Lite on my 8.1 machines too and it's simply stunning how many "call home" services and ports it blocks.

Oh, and trying to ram Windows 10 down people's throats by using malware type tactics isn't the smartest move either.

If it wasn't for the fact my DJ software and associated music editing tools were Windows only I'd have been off by now, but not to MacOS as it's an overbloated mess too.

MS need to realise the game has changed, and they've played a big part in that change by forcing people off their operating system. As I have said many times, give us an updated windows 7 without the Metro interface and without the spying and it would be a winner. Shame it's now all too late.

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Pothole campaigner sprays Surrey street with phallic paintings

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Councils

Funny how they can find £100k roles for "Diversity Manager" and "Language Translation Specialist" but when it comes to, you know, the things tax payers want there's no money.

Public toilets, Libraries, Swimming Pools, Roads ....

Aberdeen City Council has cut £900k from the sport and elderly care budgets, but found a million to put in a cycle lane no-one will use.

This country needs a revolution and soon.

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Don't – don't – install iOS 9.3 on your iPad 2: Upgrade bricks slabs

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Re: Brick iPad, get new one?

I doubt it.

The keep stock of old versions for battery replacements.

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Apple stuns world with Donald Trump iPhone

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Re: iPhone SE

Seriously expensive?

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Data-thirsty mobile owners burn through 5GB a month

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Doesn't feel like home

Whether your roaming is free (or £5 a day in non home countries) Youtube is blocked totally, doesn't even play 240p videos. Same for Maps, Google Play and Spotify. None of the popular streaming services seem to work at all.

They blame the local networks but if you use a VPN suddenly it's OK but with reduced data rate.

Three need to come clean about their traffic shaping as it has never felt like home to me at all. They need to challenge themselves rather than the rest of the mobile industry.

£3 a day on Vodafone and it's wonderful.

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