* Posts by djstardust

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Revamped Cortana finally lands on UK mobe mass market

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Re: Ha bloody ha

DWS lite or Spybot Anti-Beacon

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Ha bloody ha

Just about every Windows 7, 8 & 10 user is downloading tools to STOP slurp by adding hosts exceptions and firewall rules.

What makes MS think anyone would want to put a slurping assistant voluntarily on a non-MS device?

Are they for real?

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Who killed Pebble? Easy: The vulture capitalists

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Fancy that

Although a great concept with good battery life, the watches were butt ugly. Plastic tat with huge bezels and low-res screens. Even the Steel ones looked awful.

I'm certainly no fan of Apple in any way but at least their watch looks the part and looks sell.

That is the major part Pebble got wrong. Just making it look better may have saved them.

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Ofcom fleshes out plans to open up BT's ducts and poles

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How many times?

Jesus wept .... this must be the fifth or sixth consultation on this very issue in as many years all carried out by OFFCOM, and strangely nothing's happened.

Useless toothless overpaid bunch of self serving morons. and that's on a good day.

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Apple Watch sales go over a cliff: Down 2.8 meellion per quarter in a year

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Casio

It seems they did deliberately rip off the shape and size of the Casio calculator watches from the early 80s.

However my Scientific calculator "smartwatch" CFX-200 is still in perfect working order. It was bought from Ratners in 1983 and is worn every day. Oh, and it needs new batteries around every 5 or 6 years.

Even the Apple luvvies know this is a pile of crap, but they still wear them to show off. Sad.

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Sky: Stuff your quad play – customers want separate bills

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Save all the hassle ....

Just stuff Sky.

Murdoch Propaganda TV will never get a penny from me.

Arseholes.

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Huawei Mate 9: The Note you've been waiting for?

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The Note 4

Is still a good phone, even by today's standards, and you can pick up a good one pretty cheap on ebay now.

I have one I use as my main phone and I got a spare one as well.

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Lib Dems to oppose porn checks in Blighty's Digital Economy Bill

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The problem with this country

Is career politicians like Amber who clearly don't have a clue about what they are pioneering. They listen to think tanks, fringe protest groups and charities with a vested interest while ignoring experts, common sense and more importantly the general public.

They can please themselves, but I have started using a VPN recently and apart from the odd site that checks that the IP address is UK based it's 98% non-intrusive.

I'm not surfing anything dogdy however I DO have an issue with others snooping through it for no reason. It's perfectly clear that the people they are looking for are either using TOR or the dark web so this is just an excuse to try and control the population.

Screw you Amber.

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Sorry, iPhone fans – only Fandroids get Barclays' tap-to-withdraw

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The Apple walled garden

Strikes again.

Why do people pay over the odds for their crap given all it's restrictions.

Beats me.

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Outlook outage outrage

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Pigeons

Far more reliable, although they do small quite bad and shit all over the place.

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Apple admits the iPhone 6 Plus has 'Touch Disease'

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Absolutely agree

I just wish stupid people wouldn't keep buying their overpriced shit.

I quite fancy getting my body cryogenically frozen so I can come back when Apple have gone. Well worth the 28k cost.

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TalkTalk teen hacker pleads guilty as firm reveals £22m profit jump

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There are obviously

A large amount of stupid people who think cheapest is best. They're in for a rude awakening.

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Vodafone blames €5bn H1 loss on cutthroat Indian competition

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Or it could be .....

Large swathes of the UK stuck on Edge or GPRS when their tracker shows 4G.

Or perhaps their terrible CS that actually is in India.

I have no sympathy for them. Profits before punters all the time and now they are pissing off their resellers by cutting contract retention bonuses.

Horrible company.

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UK.gov has 18,000 IT contractors on its books due to dearth of skills

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Oil & gas

Are going to be screwed as well. The industry is in a major downturn at the moment but when things pick up the operators will be wanting to employ contractors on 6 to 12 month positions to see how things pan out.

Previously probably 60% of staff were day rate contractors on the "old" system, but since these changes are now in place I bet most won't touch contract roles with a bargepole as there's no advantage in doing that any more (unless they seriously uplift the day rates which they won't do).

It's going to be a rude awakening for the industry when they suddenly realise no-one wants these contract roles any more.

I'm off for some popcorn .......

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Vodafone UK hails results of Massive MIMO trial with TD-LTE

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Really .....

A 2G signal where Edge actually carries data would be nice (even though your signal tracker shows 4G both inside and outside)

Try concentrating on your out of City networks for a change. Thank you.

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Apple drops dongle prices to make USB-C upgrade affordable

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Re: Rotten Apples

My 2009 MacPro tower is running Windows 7 64bit ultimate on Samsung SSDs.

MacOS is nowhere to be found on it. It's just infuriating to use.

Best PC I have ever owned and still pretty much up there in 2016.

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If it's so PRO then why only a maximum of 16gb RAM?

Can't see too many large 4k videos being edited with that.

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Re: How generous

Exactly.

When I used to buy Sony gear, my Vaio U70 tablet came with the following:

Full docking station

Ethernet adapter

Headphones and wired backlit remote

foldable Keyboard

3 styluses

Spare trackpad rubber covers

And probably other things I can't remember

Apple not even including these adapters then charging prices marked up many thousands of percent really is taking the piss in the extreme.

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Ha bloody ha

When even the Apple evangelistas rebel you know you've screwed up.

Apple's arrogance and greed knows no bounds.

Seems they are losing the "pro" camp, just the Starbucks luvvies to go then it's all over.

Goodbye Apple (again). Don't let the door hit your arse on the way out.

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No spin zone: Samsung recalls 3M EXPLODING washing machines

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First thing I would do

Is sack the whole testing & QC department. Company wide.

Or .... could it be Management pressure to ship items before adequate stress testing has been done?

Answers on a postcard. .......

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Lenovo hires tech 'big brains' to turn around crappy sales

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They do have great machines

You just have to hunt about a bit.

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/125-lenovo-thinkpad-yoga-12-2in1-ultrabook-fhd-ips-touchscreen-26ghz-i7-5600u-8gb-ddr3-256gb-ssd-win

And no Windows 10 spyware crap. yay!

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Microsoft's chaps slap Slack chat brats with yackety-yak app

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Slack shouldn't worry

MS pretty much screw up everything they touch, and this will be no different.

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Microsoft ends OEM sales of Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1

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Phew....

Glad I bought two Lenovo Yoga 12 machines from Scan Computers lately with Win 7 x64 Pro on them. Took them out of the boxes, disabled Windows update and kept one hidden away for a rainy day.

Windows 10 is a mess on so many levels, and the fact a brand new laptop with Win 7 on it works so well just proves a point.

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iPhone fatigue and fading Samsung. This planet is bored with big brand phones

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Huawei / Honor

Will end up just like Kia, Hyundai and the likes

Go in at the bottom end then slowly ramp up the prices.

I actually saw a Kia last week that was £35k, and the Honor 8 is way more expensive than the honor 7 it replaced.

I remember when Samsung phones were a cheap laughing stock too.

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Microsoft goes back to the drawing board – literally, with 28" tablet and hockey puck knob

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Re: Load of bollocks

And .... Microsoft's customer service appears to be terrible. Given all the problems with Surface batteries and Surface Book software I really wouldn't want to shell out all that money then be left with a lemon.

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Load of bollocks

I really hate Apple but am waiting for the new imac to be announced. Then it will be bootcamped with Windows 7 64 bit Pro.

Why Microsoft of all people can't create a decent challenger in the all-in-one market is beyond me.

Mind you the beauty of bootcamping is that you can run old (and better) Windows versions on the newest hardware.

Kind of ironic, isn't it?

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Vodafone rapped with RECORD £4.6m fine for failing customers

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Whatever ....

That fine is merely a slap on the wrists, probably about 10 minutes revenue. Big companies build liability for fines in to their figures anyway.

Vodafone CS is still abysmal. Even as a UK customer you are put straight through to India and it takes ages to get nowhere. Same with the live chat, they only respond every couple of minutes and last week it took me over 20 minutes just to get to the point where they had verified my account details.

Vodafone used to be by far the best UK operator, but offshoring and putting profits before punters will bite them up the arse.

Mind you, at least they're not subcontracting to Crapita yet .......

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Did Apple leak a photo of its new Macbook Pro in an OS update? Our survey says: Yes

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Meh

Whatever they release it will be mid specification and terribly expensive.

But I do agree the MacBook Pro is long long overdue complete refresh.

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Samsung patches Galaxy Note 7 to not explode as two-thirds of phones recalled

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Hmmm

Point 1 - The user doesn't have to accept the update so it's a half arsed measure.

Point 2 - Why don't Samsung either use their "back door" to remotely disable the devices or just get the carriers to block the IMEI?

It seems they are fannying about with this when more direct action is needed.

These handsets are bloody dangerous and although it is the owners responsibility to hand it back Samsung don't really seem to be forcing the recall.

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‘Alan Turing law’ to give posthumous pardons to 59,000 men for 'gross indecency'

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Really?

So now they're pardoning something that was illegal in the past, meanwhile convicting people for things they did in the 70s (office banter) that were accepted then.

This country is a legal mess. Deliberately to keep the legal profession in business.

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Boost Ofcom's powers and fix mobile market woes, Three and TalkTalk tell MPs

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Interesting

That Three are taking the moral high ground when they can't even be honest with their own customers.

Feel at home is fed back to the UK, traffic shaped and throttled to death. Three knows this happens but still blatantly denies this to customers blaming foreign networks.

Get your own house in order before preaching to others Three.

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BT Yahoo! customers: Why! can't! we! grrr! delete! our! webmail! accounts!?

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BT is a shambles

We have BT (Yahoo) accounts and they are riddled with spam.

Way to get round it is to import to gmail and it catches all the crap.

BT are completely useless. End of.

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TalkTalk gets record £400k slap-slap from Brit watchdog

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Re: TalkTalk street hawkers

But of course they always end the chat with "have a nice day"

So at least some of their drone training works.

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Sudden explosion in reports of exploding phones

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I hope this doesn't happen to LG

As their UK customer support is beyond abyzmal.

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Microsoft disbands Band band – and there'll be no version 3

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As I have said a million times

Microsoft have no strategy.

Partners are let down, customers are let down.

How they are still in business simply amazes me!

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Oops: Carphone burps up new Google phone details

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Never had a Nexus

They strike me as incredibly boring ...... and when they pumped the price up it was a definite no no.

Be interesting to see if this handset is "special" or just another bland, sub-contracted overpriced unit.

There's a lot of competition now so Google really need to pull something out of the hat here. From the CPW page both models are a bit meh, have massive bezels and look like they've been designed by HTC which isn't great as their phones are, well, average.

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Market pulls chain on Crapita share price after first ever profit warning

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What a shame

Couldn't happen to a nicer company.

Still can't believe Three UK and Tesco Mobile are outsourcing CS to these muppets.

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Official: Windows 10 has hit the 400 million device mark

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Why oh why

Would any sane person actually PAY for something that is riddled with ads, is in permanent Alpha, Beta, whatever and lacks features from previous versions?

MS really need to have a think about this because as much as they wave figures around the only way is down for this rotten piece of adware, spyware, junk (delete as appropriate)

It's funny when you visit JL or Dixons and look at PCs. The assistant tries their best for a sale but as soon as you ask about Windows 10 they sort of back down and admit it's rubbish. There are some nice machines around just now but there's no way I would buy one with Windows 10 on it. Full stop.

Sky TV get away with charging a monthly subscription then adding advertisements. MS might not be so lucky.

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BBC to demand logins for iPlayer in early 2017

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Crapita

Have the contract for enforcement.

I wouldn't worry too much, they are a f***n disaster on a good day.

As above, just enter any old tripe as a postcode as they have absolutely no way of telling where you are.

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Apple wants to buy Formula 1 car firm McLaren – report

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Damn

Can they not buy Vauxhall or Ford and get them making decent cars again?

Mind you, even if they did no-one would be able to afford one anyway.

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Daddy, what's 'P2P file sharing'?

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Was just reminiscing

About WinMX then I clicked on El Reg and seen this. Spooky or wot?

Point is that as long as the music industry refuses to play ball and continues to protect it's vested interests & greed people will always find a way round copyright.

The link I have can rip the Youtube video as an MP4 (or MP3) at full resolution in less than 20 seconds. Really surprised it's lasted as long as it has to be honest.

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Microsoft thinks time crystals may be viable after all

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Based on Windows evolution .....

I'm looking forward to living the rest of my life in the 1620s

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Double-negative tweet could be Microsoft Surface Phone hint

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Meh indeed

With 1% market share there's no point bothering.

Windows mobile (or whatever it's called this week) is used by either of two types of people .... IT geeks or stupid people who got talked in to buying one at Carphone Warehouse.

Seriously, the platform is as good as dead because it's been dicked with so many times with no backward compatibility.

MS as a company have no strategy whatsoever.

You can get a decent Android handset for just over £100 so there really is just no point going there at all.

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Plusnet broadband outage: Customers fume as TITSUP* continues

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Plusnet

I have three friends who were outraged by BT then moved to Plusnet not knowing that they are really ...... BT.

Muppets!

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No-fly zone suggested for Galaxy Note 7

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I agree

I have the Note 4 and the removable battery is great.

It's rooted and debloated so the battery lasts well over a day anyway, but if I'm away for a weekend I can just stick the spare battery in my wallet and swap it when needed.

It's so funny watching my pals hunting around in pubs for iphone chargers all the time.

But Samsung DO need to change the phone to be easily identifiable as a new model otherways it will be tarnished completely going forward.

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Brexit? We have heard of this, says Dixons Carphone CEO

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If Comet hadn't went bust

It might have been a different story.

It's sorta convenient when your main competitor disappears and masks the fact you really are a shit company.

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GE runs off $1.4bn, hands it to two 3D printing firms

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GE

Took over a company I worked for (Oil & Gas) in 2006.

They got rid of many long term staff who knew the business and replaced them with droids with a degree from Milan.

Ten years on it's a disaster. That is all.

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Sick of Southern Rail? There's a crowdfunding site for that

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Re: The spineless government

Untill this afternoon when all Borders trains are cancelled (again)

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The spineless government

Should sort this shit out ASAP.

We now have "ministers" who won't take responsibility for anything and are frightened of business.

I'm 50 on Thursday and have never seen this country in such a sorry state. If I didn't have a 13 year old at school and a wife with an established business I would be off elsewhere.

In Aberdeen we have Abellio Scotrail and it's a disaster. According to staff the previous franchisee (First) was far better than the new one and their ethos is that it makes more money cancelling a train than running it.

Again, government should make this impossible in the franchising agreements.

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UK's EE scores network reliability clean sweep, rival dwarves fume

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One thing is for sure

It ain't Vodafone. Outside my city within a 50 mile radius all I get is GPRS or Edge with no data throughput.

They make massive profits but only invest in the highly populated areas.

Now EE belongs to BT those figures will drop like a stone. Mark my words.

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