* Posts by djstardust

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Apple sued over shoddy iPhone touchscreens

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Not again .....

My mate showed me his 6 plus at the weekend with exactly this fault.

He went in to see the minimum wage 18 year old "genius" who told him it needed a new motherboard and as it was out of warranty it would be around £200.

I despise companies who use slave labour, sell their products at an exhorbitant mark up, avoid tax and then don't admit their products have design faults and make the customer pay to rectify them.

No more to say really .....

Oh .... bastards!

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EE looks at its call charges, hikes a bunch, walks off giggling

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Just fancy that

BT get involved and the prices go shooting up.

Considering they hiked landline prices twice in 6 months recently this isn't a surprise.

I was thinking about EE as my next contract because of Vodafone's shocking CS but I guess that's off the cards now. BT are simply the worst company ever (well, tied first place with Microsoft)

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Touchy iPhone 6, 6 Plus chips prone to breaking down and giving up

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That's what people get

For buying a £149 phone.

The fact it's sold for £700 is irrelevant. Cheap manufacturing to increase profit is at play here.

Been saying this for years.

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Huawei's pricey new Honor goes upmarket. Bold move when prices are sliding

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This is where it all goes wrong ....

My son has the Honor 7, got it for his birthday last October,

He is prerry picky when it comes to tech and he is overjoyed with it. Loves the audio quality, camera, speed of the handset and screen.

At £250 it was a good enough price, but with the introductory discount we got it for £210 which was brilliant.

I said at the time once Huawei / Honor got established in the UK they would hike their prices up and here we have it. Just like Hyundai & Kia did in the car market.

It's probably a decent handset for £349 but not a bargain any more .... and that might be the deal breaker.

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Microsoft, Lenovo cross-licensing love-in: Android mobes knocked up with... Office apps

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Galaxy S7 edge

Has this too. At least the office apps can be disabled but they still take up storage space.

If you want it you can install it yourself surely?

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Windows Phone dives into irrelevant-like-BlackBerry territory

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Microsoft

Are self destructing.

Nowadays there is hardly a single product they develop correctly, and any business they take over generally dies a slow painful death.

I had a Windows phone in 2005 and it was terrible. They have chopped and changed the platform with no legacy support for years now and that just pisses customers off.

Open Office formats are blossoming and people are moving off Windows 10 in droves.

The only people that don't see this are Microsoft.

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New UK trade deals would not compensate for loss of single market membership

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Really ....

The IFS are part of the gravy train that has kept the status quo for so long now. Along with government, major banks, chambers of commerce etc. They have all been blatantly pro remain.

They lost. get over it and stop the scaremongering.

Britain can and will be "great" again and all this doom and gloom ain't helping one bit.

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Tim Cook's answer to crashing iPhone sales: More iPhones

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Re: Turning point?

Or they could just buy a Samsung with a decent DAC built in?

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Turning point?

This could be the point Nokia got to when the N95 got replaced with the N96 and nobody wanted it because it was crap.

If they do take out the headphone socket and replace it with either an expensive adapter or crappy beats headphones with a proprietary wireless protocol then many will see it as Apple pushing their luck just a little too far.

I know quite a few people with iphones that are sick to death with them and want to change to something else. This could be the one that forces them to move on. The main issues seem to be the fact they smash so easily and that itunes is still a dog and never works properly.

The greatest fear is that iphone owners will lose all their content if they move to another platform (which isn't true) but of course the walled garden is designed for that reason.

At least Samsung backed down when they removed SD support, and the issue with removable batteries was sort of dealt with by putting in higher capacity fixed ones. I don't think Apple will ever back down and will push on forcing their revenue generating crap and utter greed on users for as long as they'll take it.

10 years ago everyone had Nokia. Where are they now? Apple next .........

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Three posts lacklustre results, angrily mutters over O2 merger rejection

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Re: Revenue dropped by 2%

Exactly.

Doubling the cost of long term plans for no reason was never going to work out well. Lying to customers also isn't the best way of keeping them.

Add to that the fact that "feel at home" data is routed back to the UK and throttled to death with no streaming or Google maps and that was the end for me. They constantly blamed the foreign networks for this (including their own) but after moving to Vodafone for the same monthly fee I can now go on holiday and use the 4GB inclusive EU data at full 4G speed and even tether too.

Three won't be missed one bit.

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Vodafone bins line rental charges as it moves onto TalkTalk's turf

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BBC Quote

"The move means customers will not be billed the current £18 ($23) monthly charge but only if they commit to an 18-month contract."

I know the BBC are blatantly behind Hilary Clinton but why quote the price in dollars for a UK product?

Maybe the BBC will bugger off to their favourite country after Brexit .......

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London's Met Police has missed the Windows XP escape deadline

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Government investment in the Police

Is non-existent.

We had an "open doors" day trip round our local plod station and it is archaic.

CCTV on video tapes of such poor quality you can't even see anything, tiny 4:3 computer monitors you can't even buy on eBay any more and a building literally untouched since it was built in the sixties and falling apart.

Seems this country needs to change it's spending priorities or nothing will change soon.

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Windows 10: Happy with Anniversary Update?

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Not appealing at all

From a recommendation in another thread I just got a last year model Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 12 with Win 7 Pro 64 bit on it.

It flies like a train and the OS is clean and functional.

I'm so happy with it and I'm going to order another one to replace my Win 8.1 DJ machine.

The fact I'm so happy with Win 7 in 2016 just shows where it has all gone horribly wrong for Microsoft.

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Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update tweaked to stop you disabling app promos

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Re: As M$ loves locked down versions:

Same thing happened to me. Turns out if you have VPN software installed (I didn't even know I had as it was bundled) the downgrade to Win 10 screws your wireless connection completely, even when you go back. complete OS install is the only way out.

Shite innit?

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Re: I'm looking for a new laptop

Wow, thank you so much. That's exactly the spec I have been looking for and the price is amazing.

Thank you Thank you Thank you :)

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I'm looking for a new laptop

As my 6 year old PC keeps crashing with the lid closed and it's a PITA that I can't seem to fix.

I had a couple in mind but I'm still terrified about the telemetry and also the fact MS can change any feature of the OS at will with an update.

Think I'm just gonna put up with my machine and reinstall 7 ultimate to see if that fixes it.

Surely I can't be the only one feeling this way and the likes of Lenovo, Dell & HP must be seeing this reflected in their sales too.

There are quite a few nice machines out there, it's the OS that's the problem .........

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No need to panic, says SwiftKey, as email addresses, phone numbers appear on strangers' screens

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Re: Funny...

Not at all. Anything M$ touches turns to shit. Sadly this is another fine example of that.

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BEEEELLIONth iPhone sold

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Most people do have about a hundred of them in a drawer .... all with smashed screens!

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Microsoft blames dying Surface Pro 3 batteries on software bug

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Surface Pro

Had a look at one today. Nothing special at all and the prices are horrific .... and that's before you add £110 for a plastic keyboard.

They really are having a laugh with this!

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Ofcom should push for fibre – Ex BT CTO

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Why not wireless?

My copper connection used to be 18mb, Since fibre has been introduced at our exchange it has gone down to 12.5mb (what a shock!)

Coincidentally our street still has no fibre 2 years after being installed and being across the road from the exchange.

Meanwhile I get 16gb per month with Vodafone and the speed is 38mb down and 22 up. If I need a fast connection for anything I just enable the modem on my phone and use that.

Why are we investing in cable systems when mobile can offer just as good or in some cases a better connection?

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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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