* Posts by djstardust

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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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Ad-slinger Opera adds ad-blocking tech to its browser

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Ha ha

Sounds like something Microsoft would do.

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E-borders will be eight years late and cost more than £1bn

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Government IT?

Why is it that companies like Facebook, Tesco, Amazon and many others can have extremely complex databases with the addition of online selling, and these sites for the most part are pretty good at what they do and reliable?

It seems to me as an outsider that the IT industry sees Government projects as a cash cow where they know they can give piss poor performance for a lot of money and no accountability.

Or is it the Government that keep moving the goalposts making the final project impossible to deliver?

Who knows .......

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Feel old? You will now: Blighty's mobile network Three is a teenager

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Teenage tantrums

Throwing people off the "one" plan and charging them double

Restricting services by routing "at home" traffic back to the UK for filtering but blaming local networks

Useless unprofessional CS staff in India who tell you something different every time you call.

I really loved Three but recently they have been a nightmare. The #makeitright campaign is purely irony. They should look at how they treat their own customers rather than challenging everyone else in the Mobile Industry.

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Ofcom should be the BBC's ultimate overlord, UK.gov told

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Ha ha

Offcom are a useless, toothless QUANGO and the BBC are above the law. I'd love to see someone hold the BBC to account for their blatant political correct and left wing agenda but I can't see that happening any time soon. Some of their PC must have someone from every background and gender in every programme is embarrassing to watch.

Best thing that could happen is that the BBC go self funded (subscription) and we'd see how long they'd last then. They are the only company (but still called a corporation) that gets paid by everyone irrespective of their performance and unless that changes it will be business as usual.

P.S. Their Pro America Donald Trump coverage can take a hike too.

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Microsoft releases Windows 10 preview for Raspberry Pi 3

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I wouldn't worry

Microsoft will change their minds in 10,9,8,7 ..........

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Nearly a million retail jobs will be destroyed by the march of tech, warns trade body

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Re: Hmmmm

And it's exactly the same with chain restaurants.

Frankie & Bennys

Chiquitos

Coast to Coast

Garfunkel's

All owned by the same company. And usually all next door to each other in the same mall or retail park. Deliberately done that way to eradicate competition.

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Hmmmm

The fact there are far too many shops selling exactly the same shit is nothing to do with it?

And also the "corporate" brands have pretty much eradicated independent traders in many places.

Every retail park and mall has EXACTLY the same shops and it just bores me to tears.

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Surprise! British phone wins Best Product at Mobile World Congress

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Great news

All the better for when we tell Europe to sod off and start making our goods in the UK again.

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Apple hasn't announced the new iPhone 5SE and pundits already hate it

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Budget .....

The 5C certainly wasn't. It was a pretty mid spec phone sold at a stupid price.

Budget means something completely different to Apple compared to their customers.

I bet the likes of the Honor 7 will be a far better device at half the price.

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Cameron co-opts UK mobile industry for EU Remain campaign

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BBC bias

The thing that gets me about all this is the totally one sided bias shown by the BBC both online and on TV.

They spun this story completely around to be positive about 36 signing up when the other 64 did not.

Same BBC bias as shown regarding the Scottish Referendum but they carry on regardless. The even better thing is if someone criticises them in the "have your say (when it suits us)" the post gets removed.

Some communist media organisations would do a less biased job than the BBC. They seem to forget that the British public pay them to be impartial. Oh well.

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LG’s modular G5 stunner shuns the Lego aesthetic

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Nice idea but .....

It's bloody ugly. I don't like the shape of the device or the camera assembly on the rear.

As much as I hate to say it, Samsung have got the design language of the S7 just right but it's a shame it's so expensive.

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UK carrier Three in network-wide ad-block shock

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Just fancy that .....

The blocking technology is provided by Israeli start-up Shine, the shareholders of which include Horizon Ventures, the investment fund of Asia’s richest person Li Ka-shing. Ka-shing is the chairman of Hutchison Whampoa, one of the world’s biggest telecommunications groups.

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Feel at home

Is also blocked at network level. Traffic from abroad is sent back to the UK and the likes of spotify, Play Store and Google Maps are filtered then throttled to death so they don't work (although Three deny this and blame the local networks which include Three)

This is nothing new for Three.

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Your anger is our energy, says Microsoft as it fixes Surface

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Early adopters ....

What a load of balls.

These were very expensive flagship products (announced months before release) that should have a perfect out of box experience. The Surface is now on it's 4th generation so I don't see what's early about that.

Imagine if Apple released Macbooks and ipads that took months to work properly?

Conversely I bought a Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro and I have not had a single issue with it. Been perfect since day one.

You would think it would be easy for Microsoft especially being both their OS and hardware.

Words fail me to describe the incompetence of this once fine organisation.

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FBI iPhone unlock order reaction: Trump, Rubio say no to Apple. EFF and Twitter say yes

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Well played Apple

I'm not an Apple fan in the slightest, in fact I detest them as a company.

However they have played this one 100% correctly. Well done Tim Cook. Your open letter explains perfectly why the phones are encrypted and I take my hat off to you (metaphorically speaking of course)

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Samsung S7 tease suggests phone likes it hot and wet

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No innovation

Here we go again. Last year's phones slightly improved on (and of course new colours) but 100 times better according to the marketing department.

Samsung really are trying to be Apple at every turn.

Personally I don't like the way the Galaxy range has gone, and the prices are way, way over the top when you look at what Honor (Huwaei) are bringing to the table.

P.S. Where is the SD card slot?

Goodbye Samsung!

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Samsung now pushing Marshmallows into the Galaxy S6, Edge

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Which flagships?

Samsung have so many "flagship" devices it's embarrassing.

I had a "flagship" Note 12.2 Pro that still had 4.4.2 when I sold it recently.

My "flagship" Galaxy Note 4 is still on 4.4.2 as the version 5 upgrade is a disaster and overheats the device whilst killing the battery.

My "flagship" Tab S 8.4 is on 5.0.2 and seems to work sort of OK

Samsung are a disaster and I'm done with them. Too many devices, no roadmap and crap support.

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Council IT system goes berserk, packs off kids to the wrong schools

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I stopped reading

after Council and IT

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Bye-bye, BT: Finance director jumps ship

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That's because it's Bangalore Telecom, not British Telecom.

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