* Posts by Green Nigel 42

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That's cute, Germany – China shows the world how fusion is done

Green Nigel 42

Re: Not your enemy

Why do I immediately think of Apple when I read that!

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Crummy Samsung gear no one wants, now no one can get – well done, Apple

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Re: Can't still buy it new, but still the best

Likewise with my venerable Note 2, which has also been given the seal of approval by Apple!

Still fit for the purpose I purchased it for 4 years ago and has the benefit of sd slot & easy replacement/swappable battery that Samsung' s latest fail to include. ( must admit its still on its original battery that now only manages 10 hours but still chuffed as chips with it!)

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Report: VW execs 'knew' about fuel economy issues last year

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Re: Does anoyone really believes the "rogue engineers" argument?

With reference to your comment of not getting a full refund I would draw your attention to the case of Doug Clements vs a Hyundia dealership.

Doug prior to buying a new Hyundai was assured by the salesman that he could achieve the combined cycle claimed figure of 57.6 mpg. After being unable to achieve this he told the Dealership he was rejecting it, who then refused a refund. Doug took them to court and 2 years later he won a full refund with the court ruling that it was not fit for purpose under the sale of goods act. Although this does not set a precedent, it does indicate the courts will take such cases seriously.

It is going to be easier with Volkswagens stated and published pre cheat figures vs their published post cheat figures to declare the vehicle not fit for purpose at point of sale according of goods act, and the real likelihood of a full refund with due consideration to reasonable use.

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Re: Does anoyone really believes the "rogue engineers" argument?

It does appear some action against Volkswagen is being considered by our UK Government with an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office over the diesel emissions scandal.

The Department for Transport have stated that prosecutors are considering whether to take action against Volkswagen amid accusations of "corporate criminality".

Officials also disclosed that the Competition and Markets Authority, the regulator, is considering mounting an investigation into the company too.

It does appear that VW have now offered to fix affected models and expects to start the recall in January 2016, so no need to dump the car on their forecourt just yet.

Exhaust emissions are considered to be an important contributing factor to many motorists in deciding the value of a car, they will pay a higher price for cars with specified low emissions. Hence by introducing a cheat device that falsify the EU emission tests, VW have indeed committed fraud by adding perceived value above its actual worth. This is miss selling and is really only dependent on the original owner seeking compensation for the loss of value incurred irrespective of how much the car has been used.

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Re: VW rubs salt in the Wound

A quick post note : VW do realize many may well be entitled to compensation, as they have set aside almost £5 billion in the wake of the scandal – and the lawyers are already circling.

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Re: VW rubs salt in the Wound

The specifications in question are of course those stating the vehicles level of exhaust emissions. These are considered to be an important contributing factor to many motorists in deciding the value of a car,they will pay a higher price for cars with specified low emissions. Hence by introducing a cheat device that falsify the EU emission tests, VW have indeed committed fraud by adding perceived value above its actual worth.

Also tobe taken into consideration, there are several proposals to tax diesel cars specifically to reduce NOx in urban areas.If taxes are introduced on a sliding scale, as is the case for CO2 and VED, then any discrepancy between advertised and genuine emission levels will become highly significant.(although this may only affect future builds of cars and not those already registered). However the current registered cars may now have emissions that now prevent its use within some city centers, or will be charged higher congestion than the original "cheat" levels would have indicated at the point of vehicle purchase.

The fraudulent value added from emissions cheating is considered to be important enough to be subject of anti competitive investigations both in the US by the Justice department, by the Serious Fraud office in the UK and many EU states to establish if any corporate criminality by VW & its board has been committed.

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Re: Does anoyone really believes the "rogue engineers" argument?

Lack of action by the UK or EU administrations to protect VW & the associated already wobbly EU economy and jobs, just sounds like the "too big to fail argument" used by the banks.

What VW board have not taken into account is the real anger in deciding only to compensating just one set of customers, (those in the US) and effectively treating the remainder in the EU & UK with contempt by stating they will not offer any recompense for the additional costs their actions have incurred, due to loss of resale value, increased road tax, perceived increased fuel costs, additional congestion charges & now being subject to traffic exclusion zones.

Perhaps we should just drop our VAG affected vehicles on the VAG dealerships, demanding they either modify the vehicle so that it meets the spec it was sold against or refund all of our money on the basis it was miss sold or at least offer compensation & an apology!

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Re: This is how it works in the corporate world

I agree, that is why I give you a thumb up and hold the VW board accountable rather than the engineers. As usual the Board denies all knowledge in an attempt to delegate blame, (and ignore the fact that by doing so admit incompetence !) This is situation usually the result of Snafu and works something like this.

The Plan

In the beginning was the plan,

and from the plan came the specification;

And the plan was without substance,

and the specification was void.

And darkness

was on the faces of the workers;

And they spake unto their leader,

saying:

"It is a crock of shit,

and it stinks of the sewer."

And the leader took pity on them,

and spoke to the project leader:

"It is a pot of excrement,

and none may abide the odor thereof."

And the project leader, troubled at this news,

spake unto his section head, saying:

"It is a container of manure,

and it is very strong, such that none may abide it."

The section head then hurried to his department manager,

and informed him thus:

"It is a vessel of fertilizer,

and none may abide its strength."

The department manager carried these words

to his general manager,

and spoke unto him

saying:

"It containeth that which aideth the growth of plants,

and it is very strong."

And so it was that the general manager rejoiced

and delivered the good news unto the Vice President.

"It promoteth growth,

and it is very powerful."

The Vice President rushed to the President's side,

and joyously exclaimed:

"This powerful new product

will promote the growth of the company!"

And the President looked upon the product,

and saw that it was very good.

This is how Shit Happens.

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VW rubs salt in the Wound

Not only do we in the UK have the VAG vehicles sold to us with fraudulent specifications, but learn that compensation of $1000 in vouchers is being offered to the original owners in the US for the loss of value, running costs, and nothing for those in the UK (despite incurring further expense in road fund revenue, from reclassification of their tax band emissions).

I do not resent the good people of the US from being compensated, (is $1000 in vouchers enough?), but I do resent the management of VW firstly ripping us off & then rubbing our nose in it by treating us as 2nd class customers. Rather than just rant & sulk, I have joined the campaign to enable us to drive their dirty expensive cars up the collective VW boards tailpipe so hard & fast, that they never see the light of day again. I invite you all to join in with all the fun with this link https://whichcouk.bsd.net/page/s/vw-compensation-yes?

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MPs to assess tech feasibility of requirements under draft surveillance laws

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Duplicity

Its interesting that the MP's want this intrusion into our data whilst trying to introduce another that would hobble the Freedom of information act, you know the one that caught them out fiddling their expenses!

Here's a little song about politicians I've composed, unfortunately I've had to substitute some of the words to get past the Reg's filter and not to cause offence!

MP's dadaa

Dadee da da,

Dedee dada dada

Deedee dada dada dada

The fucking bastard cunts!

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LG picks up US smartphone crumbs, gains on Apple and Samsung

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Re: I did my part :)

When my Note 2 finally goes to silicon heaven, it will not be replaced by any of the current Samsung offerings due to:-

a) No SD slot.

b) No removable battery (opening up the S6 or Edge to replace battery requires a total strip down).

c) No water proofing.

d) Apparent lack of toughness, Metal/glass case is not as tough as a plastic one, making it too thin places more strain on the screen.

e) Bloat & ability to remove a significant amount.

At the moment I might look for a low used Note 4 (scores 3/5), a LG G4 (4/5) or one of the Sony handsets, (but really want a pablet.

Sorry Samsung, you should not have dropped the very features which made you attractive alternative to the iPhone or other Android competitors.

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Multinationals hiding more than half a trillion from G20 tax collectors

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The Artful dodgers

I suspect these Mega Corps who have engaged in aggressive tax avoidance will be the first in line to sue through TTP & TTIP the same countries Governments who have the cheek to defend their democratic mandates. It is also noticed that the much lauded success by David Cameron, for initiating a G20 agreement to overcome such tax avoidance measures was predominantly lobbied, influenced and had sizeable representation of the offending Corporations on the board drafting it. So not only has it been slow in coming, has had most of its teeth removed.

Tory solution, benefit, health, tax credit and other austerity cuts on those who can't defend themselves.

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TPP: 'Scary' US-Pacific trade deal published – you're going to freak out when you read it

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And Blair to it to a whole new depth.

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To summarise then, as it stands with TIPP, Cameron has engaged us in a race to the bottom!

At least it's not the rim of fire the Pacific nations will have to endure with TPP!

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Agree with you, it has to be a win win agreement for capitalism to work, and both sides must be heard for this to be achieved as near as practically possible.

Just for clarification though, the correct term for the depth our British Government manages to wedge its nasal probosci into the American crevasse, is "Special relationship". It therefore comes as no surprise how keen Dave Cameron is to put rocket boosters on to TIPP, to rush it through (as stated in the G20 conference Brisbane) and of course his high jinks at Oxford as a student).

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A VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE IN TTP

Although a little bit late but noticing the strong depth of feeling expressed here, I have placed a poll on the first page of comments, for a vote of no confidence here, in both the benefit of TTP to the ordinary citizen and Reg's advice to put away our pitch forks.

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Green Nigel 42

No confidence vote in TTP

Although this is a bit to late, as a trial, I would like poll for a vote of no confidence here, in both the benefit of TTP to the ordinary citizen and Reg's advice to put away our pitch forks.

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Big Brother

Re: Intellectual Property

It will also be classed as protectionism if a nation has specific regulations in place that prohibited genetically modified foods from being sold for human consumption. Of course these tend to be (but not always) from US and usually protected severely by patent & price for use cheap until the competition has been undercut & hosepiped away.

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Big Brother

TPP Point

Read your review, so apart from Foriegn Corporations being able to run rough shot over Sovereignty and democratically arrived at environmental, safety standards, food standards, gradually force nationalised strategic services such as health care into a privatisation, energy policies that prevent unpopular power generation being built, such as nuclear and so on, the TPP looks like nothing to be upset about, can't wait for TIPP

Right off to the hardware shop, " I want four candles please".

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Facebook's UK wing paid just £4k in corporation tax last year

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Corp Tax conudrum Zucks

This situation is not unique to the UK, though our Byzantine tax system clearly does not help us (thanks Gordon Brown, you added a sizeable chunk to it).

What to do then, tax at the point of sale/transaction, nope punishes our smallmedium sized exporters with excessively detailed tax returns.

Leave as it is. Again no, unacceptable to SMB's who have to pay the prevailing corporation tax, whilst the big boys don't whilst also benefiting from economies of scale.

International trading agreement, TIPP & TPP might have some support if it addressed this issue of legalised theft (I assume it doesn't as I can't check as its a secret deal).

Cutting Corporation tax all together,as being unenforceable and unfair. Then raising other taxes to compensate, (pile it on to the plebs such as you and me, after all what are we going to do about it in the next 4 3/4 years!). It might be tempered if the Tax system could be rationalised to an acceptable level for all.

So what are we left with, personal boycott, sign petitions (via Facebook!!), complain to your MP?

As I said this whole situation Zucks.

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World's oldest person scoffs daily ration of bacon

Green Nigel 42

Re: no one alive who was born in 19th century

Sir Runcible Spoon,

Don't worry about your down vote, there can only be one!

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Yet another Android app security bug: This time 'everything is affected'

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An Upfuck of flaws?

Doesn't look good for Samsung or for that matter Google's Wallet thingies.

Knox Knox whose there?!

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Secretive trade pact the TTIP: Death of the web – or a brave new horizon?

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Re: TTIP IS A VERY BAD IDEA

Very well put, to add balance I will let David Cameron have his chance to reply!

Speaking at the G20 in Brisbane David Cameron said claims that TTIP would result in a National Health Service sell-off were “bogus nonsense.”

Signalling his intention to take on Britain’s trade unionists and others who oppose TTIP, the prime minister told G20 delegates he intends to fire “rocket boosters” under the EU-US trade agreement – a landmark deal he stresses that could bolster the British economy by £10 billion.

“It is time to take on some of the opponents of this deal and expose the arguments against it,” he said. “This is good for Britain – good for growth and British families.”

Speaking to crowds gathered at the summit, Cameron said arguments posed by UK trade unionists and campaigners against the trade deal were “weak.”

Regarding a potential NHS sell-off, the prime minister emphasized the health service was “in the public sector” and would remain so. “There is no direct threat to the NHS from TTIP,” he insisted.

Considering what happened after Tory manifesto stated there would be no reorganisation of the NHS and David Cameron's point blank refusal to remove the NHS from TTIP negotiations, I think we should be afraid, very afraid.

Interpreting the potential threat that the TTIP can have is one thing, the point is to change it. What can you do then, first offcan I request that you visit https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/index.php/pages/486/ or just Google “38 Degrees TTIP” if you do not like clicking any old link!

There you can sign the petition, see how your MEP voted on your behalf and email him, also you can join us by taking part in the day of action on 22nd of August.

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Oz politicians SUCK at drafting trade agreements

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Democracy TIpping Point

Sounds like the TIPP agreement being forced through behind closed doors between the US & EU. If ordinary people question it, we are told its far to complex & we couldn't possibly understand it so please, good little people, leave it to the great & the good to look after you.

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UK.gov loses crucial battle in home-taping war with musicians

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Its a life on the ocean wave Arrrgh!

One sure fire way to promote the pirates, high prices & draconian complex unfair copyright legislation.

It's the shear hypocrisy of it, by first bleating on about the loss of earnings to the poor artist while they effectively ripping them off & do their best to corner the market.

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Finally! It's the year of Linux on the desktop TITSUP

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Linux

Mandriva, RIP

Ran it for 3 years from 2007, dual booting it on my laptop that was struggling to run MS Vista.

Initially tried Ubuntu but problems with Wifi drivers cut that short, as Mandriva worked straight out of the box . Although free to download & use, I was happy to make a monetary contribution as well as bug reports on Beta's, as it realized my laptops true performance rescuing from the swamp that was Vista, so I am very sorry to hear of their demise.

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Microsoft's Surface 3 is sweet – but I wouldn't tickle my nads with it

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Re: Why Why I always asked myself for Surface

"Oooh Sloblock" said Ben

"If you love me you'd ......... " said Bill (cleaning his Surface!)

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You can't put a price on LOVE, says Apple after court's Samsung payout slash

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Headmaster

True love Apple?, Then is not beauty truth and truth beauty?

One half of me is yours, the other half yours

Mine own, I would say; but if mine, then yours,

And so all yours.

(The Merchant of Venice, 3.2)

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Re: Knee jerking..

Its one off the ankle, so I'm told!

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Apple storms to top spot in stagnant Chinese phones market

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Copy cats

Talking of the inscrutable Chinese ability to spot & reject faux iPhones, is it really wise of Samsung to release the S6 on to such a discerning market!

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Tesla Powerwall: not much cheaper and also a bit wimpier than existing batteries

Green Nigel 42

Re: Back of a fag packet calc/guess!

It would be interesting to know if Tesla have built in extra capacity into its battery array to enable the 80/20 charge cycle to be applied by its charge management system .This would help along with careful cooling towards reaching their claimed 10 years service life.

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Green Nigel 42

Re: Back of a fag packet calc/guess!

When I first looked into this I found like you that most deep cycle batteries, that their service life is around 300 to 500 charge cycles. It does appear with batteries, as with most things, you get what you pay for, The 230Ah Victron Gel lead calcium grid batteries are £340 each & almost 1 and a half times the price of the cheapest, it was also significantly larger being 410x176x227mm.

However as you implied, without the data sheet to back it, 12 years Design life could mean any thing, such as only as a designed for a 25% discharge limit from full to achieve 12years life, as you stated.

There are batteries by Trojan (T105 RE) which claim 1000 discharge cycles to 80% from full or 10 year life, at a reasonable £110 (to good to be true?) and industrial quality Solar-One flooded batteries which employ HuP technology which there SO-6-85-21 can deliver 1000Ah, +2100 80% discharge cycles from full for 20 years plus at £2000. So you pays your money & takes your choice!

In all cases, it still makes the Tesla Powerwall look good value if it can live up to the spec/hype!

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Headmaster

Back of a fag packet calc/guess!

I have just attempted to priced up an equivalent spec'd 7.KWh system using deep cycle Lead/Gel batteries applying :

1. Batteries do not go below 50% of capacity to ensure pre-longed life.

2.Inverter efficiency 90%.

3. Gel filled to enable rapid charging.

4. There is always enough surplus charge off the solar panels to charge.

5. Life expectancy greater than 10 years.

So required capacity (7000 W x 2) / (0.9 x 12V) = 1296Ah which is also 56.Mega joules.

This can be achieved using 11 off 135Ah Gel deep cycle which Victron sell at around £340 each,

so 11 batteries come in at £3700 ( as Victron claim of 12 years design life. )

If one includes an inverter/charger then add another £3500, (Does the Tesla solution include an inverter/charger or just a power management?)

If Tesla sell a 7kWh at £1875 ($3000), then this is quite competitive when compared with an equivalent specified Lead/gel battery set up at £3500, especially as Tesla have a 10 year guarantee vs the average 2-5 years for Lead/gel batteries)?

I do admit these are back of fag packet calcs and am unsure to how makers arrive at Ah ratings, some quote Ah capacity for a 12v battery to the point in time where it only outputs 10.5V. (30% charge remaining) So I am ready to be corrected & learn!

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Apple to devs: Watch out, don't make the Watch into a, well, a watch

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Re: Time up

Note my caveat about clearly notifying the end customer prior to purchase of the restrictions.

This is common practice with software you buy, which you agree to by ticking that box after reading the small print (like we all do!!). You do not own that but you buy the use of it. Apple have appeared to have taken this one stage further by applying it to the hardware they design, have manufactured & market so annoyingly seductively.

So what are you buying?, The agreed use of it!

The question is, were these restrictions & the permission to add more retrospectively, presented clearly to you before you bought in?

Yes another reason I do not own/lease Apple devices.

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Time up

As has been previously stated, its Apple's hardware & Apple's OS, that is why they can get away with what can & cannot go on their device's without the fear of restrictive trading practice actions .(as long as the end customer understands this prior to purchase, there is not a probem).

No one is forced to buy the iWatch & or any of there other devices. Don't like it then vote with your wallet.

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Steely wonder? It's blind to 4G and needs armour: Samsung Galaxy S6

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Ministry of Truth

The S6 appears to be an inferior phone in many important areas to its predecessor, the S5 namely.

1. Waterproofing ( why is this not now with nano coatings a default on a device designed for use outside?).

2. Robustness, the use of metal not better than plastic here. The automotive, motosport, defence & aerospace are dropping metal in favour of robust plastic ( when did you see a metal bumpers on a car last!) Add thinness to the mix & you have the complete iPhone 6 problem of bending.

3.Built in battery, see my above post and add that most lithium batteries are only good for 500 charge cycles (2 yrs average use then back to Sammy for a new phone they hope).

4. Data is the most valuable thing in your phone, if the S6 is accidentally dropped down the loo, you may as well pull the flush as there is' nt the chance of real data recovery you have with a removable SD card.

All the Tech site writers are singing the praises of this S6, and the comments sections are fairly consistent in damming it. The question is, how much pressure or lucrative incentives is Sammy exerting on these sites? Where & who in history said if you said something false often enough that it would be eventually held to be true by the masses

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Built in obsolescence

Has Samsung used aa new technology type battery in the S6?

I only ask as rapid charging on anything other than a pristine condition battery will severely shorten its life span. This is especially worrying on a device with a built in battery.

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Samsung's bend blame blast: We DEMAND a Galaxy S6 Edge do-over

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Re: Long & thin does the thing, but short & thick does the trick! ( so my Mrs says)

Where's my phone, oh bollocks not again!

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Trollface

Long & thin does the thing, but short & thick does the trick! ( so my Mrs says)

So reading all posts above, one can conclude, any one with enough money to afford large £500+ smart phone and feels compelled to put it in their back pocket and sit on it, should not under any circumstances be allowed to have one

However they will qualiify to own an exclusive newThick phone.

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Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in Vulture's claws: we find looks AND brains

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Devil

Steve Jobs vinticated, No swapable battery, no Sd card, no waterproofing, a metal case, an iPhone 6 in all but name and build integrity in Software & hardware.

(Ok Steve said no to a big (edgy) screen phone but 4 out 5 not bad!)

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

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There can only be One!

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Linux clockpocalypse in 2038 is looming and there's no 'serious plan'

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Re: relies on time values and is over ten years old, let alone twenty

Ok, my Dell Inspiron 6400 I've posted this may only be 9 years old, but it is running 32 bit Linux, solid as the proverbial Sh1t house and shows every intention of going on & on & on. (where did I hear that before?)

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What's MISSING on Amazon Fire Phone... and why it WON'T set the world alight

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Mushroom

Back in the board room

Amazon, your fired!

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Flame

Zero hours

Two problems with this phone

1. Costs way 2 much (£132 in the USA vs rip off UK £399!)

2. Its over here.

A zero value phone & deservers zero take up.

Amazon, do you really dispise us that much?

No thanks Amazon!

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HUGE SHARK as big as a WWII SUBMARINE died out, allowing whales to exist

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Re: New meaning for the phrase "pinpointing the date"

No, it was a Fryday.

(groan, I'll just down vote myself now to save anyone else the bother!)

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It's not you, it's Three. Mobe network goes titsup across UK

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Re: Indian support support

My Mrs got her Pac code ok when she went to Orange from 3 a couple of years ago ( then moved to Giff Gaff a year later due to poor signal strength in the house).

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Indian support support

I have to be fair & say that 3 support have dealt with the various teething problems very quickly & politely. I appreciate that they do have to run down the checklist of reboot your phone ect, which probably sort the majority, but they have achieved for me by sorting a sporadic iPhone texting to setting up a signal booster box & its subsequent crashing issue.

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Bendgate backlash: Apple claims warped iPhone 6 Plus damage is 'extremely rare'

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To be sure

Apple should submit all their phones to lzod impact testing if they are so sure of their figures? Or better still for research & best validation purposes of coursewhile its in a fanboy/girls pocket (front & rear) !

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