The "Nokia Care" store in Glasgow repbraanded to be a Samsung Service Centre some months back. They still do have a (small) Nokia sign up though.
2422 posts • joined 23 Jan 2007
Re: Am I the only person...
In the short term, I agree. Compare the BBC to the ABC, and you'll beg for a license fee.
However, it is correct that in the long term it is not sustainable as a TV tax as people turn away from OTA Broadcast. BBC iplayer live is currently operating on the honour system, but if you're willing to wait 60 mins or so you can legally watch any BBC content free by waiting for it to appear on iPlayer.
Re: Given his track record
I think his point is that Jullian short changed a lot of people when he skipped bail.
We power users winged about things like removal of floppy drives, CD/DVD Drives, obscure ports, etc, etc... but how often does the average Macbook user really use any more than the power port?
I suspect its less than we all think.
The only time I've ever used more than one at a time, was to install windows on the macbook... (1 port for the CD Drive, one for the USB stick to install drivers).
Re: Telly Tax exit stage right!!
>>>>Do you watch any CBS, Disney, MGM content (etc.), and if so do you send money to those organisations every month, or are you also a freeloader?
I don't go onto their website and watch it for free. I either pay for their content, or watch it on a commercial operated service that pays for it.... Unlike Cord Cutters who run to iPlayer.
>>>>Come to that, how much do you send to "The Register" in return for reading its content?
The Register is a commercial service with advertisements, and unlike many on here, I dont freeload by using adblock.
Re: Telly Tax exit stage right!!
There are no commercials on the BBC.
Re: Telly Tax exit stage right!!
Which, if you'd read the article, is exactly what they're targeting now.
Do you watch any BBC programming, and if so, have you always been a freeloader, or is this a recent development?
" Companies are required by law in most places to maximise profits."
I believe the correct phrase is "maximise shareholder value", not maximise profits.
This is a very different thing, as the turn is user definable - Network Rail for instance is non-profit, it maximises shareholder value by putting earnings back into the railway network (its Shareholders being the Train Operating Companies).
Another company might "maximise value" by turning away some business to build an aura of exclusivity - trading tangiable value (revenue) for an intangiable result (Branding).
Some might play the short game (sell poor quality as quick as possible then skip town) where as others might play the long game (earn a little less now, but build long term loyalty).
If the law was maximise profits, then companies would never be able to give to charity, and rarely be able to sponsor sports teams. You might consider the latter to be preferable though :p
>>>> To do this it has launched an MVNO, as yet unbranded, which will launch in the spring
How could it launch it in the spring if it was already launched?
Re: Last of the thoroughbreeds
>>>>Vodafone will be the UK's last thoroughbred mobile network, operating as GSM was intended.
When is it going to start then?
Re: Don't forget Tesco Mobile
Given Tesco's retreat from the Landline business, maybe it goes away completely?
Re: So the UK once had the most competitive mobile markets..
>>>>Ideally, we'd get Three technology with O2 customer service, but what's the betting it'll be the other way round?
This is the O2 that declared customer service to be non core to its role as a network operator and shoved everyone over to Capita?
>>>>No one likes tangerines and no real Who fans like the Christmas special.
I am a real who fan.
I like the Christmas special.
I think there's a Scotsman here who'd like to talk to you Jenifer. He says his name is McFalacy.
>>>>Don’t get me wrong: Chromebooks have their place in terms of functionality
Yes, and so do Doorstops.
Which one is which again?
>>>>In the US, citizens vote for their state prosecutors – they're elected representatives, not nominees. They answer to the people
That is the myth of American Democracy. Now lets look at that statement through the EyeOfTruth(tm)
>>>>In the US, citizens vote for their state prosecutors through choices the established powers have pre-decided – they're "elected" representatives, not nominees and not independent. They answer to the people who fund their election campaign.
Re: Control your media better.
>>>>>If I went to the police and complained that people kept walking into my house through the front door that had no locks on it or through the windows that had no glass in them and stealing things then I don't think they'd be too impressed. It is the duty of property owners to take all reasonable steps to secure their own property
But this does not change the fact that it still is theft, and still is a crime.
Re: Made me giggle, all this (pretend?) outrage
>>>>>You want the snark? Stay here. You want the glitzy super duper agile-developed responsive-designed website? Go to Ars Technica or somewhere else.
I want the snark, but I dont want the super duper designed website. Where do I go? not here it seems
*Shrugs* I needed a reason to visit less anyway. Seems I have it now.
Oh Gawd. Change it back, now, this is horrible.
Why on earth did El Reg get the Windows 8 Designer to redevelop the site? It was fine as it was.
The Black kettle calling the other Kettle black
>>>>>>Paramedics prioritise accidents by fuel type? Electric/hybrid first, diesel last?
I think that information is more for the Fire/Rescue teams.
My Stepfather is a Firefighter, and I remember when Hybrid cars were introduced, the manufacturers had to give them special training to disengage the batttery before going through to rescue the person - as the shifting of the vehicle in the rescue might result in the car just taking off.
Ah, that explans that then
And this is why we need licensing for drones, and drones only to be sold to licensed persons. Because when any moron can fly one, any moron WILL fly one.
Re: CA and pilot infalibility
There was a section of Class E airspace between Glasgow and Edinburgh. A glider, well within his rights was flying through it VFR. Some airline pilot almost hit him, and tried to blame the glider pilot for not using ATC.
Not only did the CA apparently not know the rules of the air for where he was flying, but he fucked things up for other GA pilots as the CAA had to review the classfication in that area.
Re: Not again!
>>>>>The article was written, edited and published in the US. Why write two words when one will do.
I see Reg reporters aren't paid by the word.
Re: One name, two companies
They just license the trademark Credas, they have nothing else in common.
AAISP called. It works.
Stolen? or pawned at nearest pawn shop?
Pawn shops dont wanna get scroogled
Everyone knows that the music industy died with the event of Music Radio, because, as the music industry informed us at the time, nobody would pay for music when they can stay home and listen to it for free.
Anyone who thus claims to be a professional musician or represent some "music industry" therefore must by definition be a fraudster as no such industry can logically still be in existience.
Re: Makes sense
>>>>So, taxation on devices that have the potential to be used for copying is not charging twice?
Not only is it charging twice for stuff you bought, its charging the first time for stuff you didn't buy, and didn't want.
If there was a levy on blank media to pay for piracy, then morally there can be no objection should I choose to fill that media with pirated stuff - I already paid the premium for that, and so there can be no loss on the other side.
Re: Abolish the NAO.
The NAO keeps the (other parts of) the executive to account be being able to publish these details that the DWP otherwise... wouldnt.
Have these idiots heard of an iterative process?
Yes, the current iteration deals with Jobseekers only in certain select offices as long as they dont do anything weird like fall in love.
Re: The NAO might be waiting a fair old while...
Heathrow Terminal 5 opened on time and on budget; and that was a £4.3bn project. Why on earth can government not improve its own project management?
The same Heathrow Terminal 5 who's baggage transportation didn't work on launch day? Perhaps a terminals second most important function after "get people onto a plane".
If Universal Credit was being run by the same people then it would be a "massive success" despite people not getting paid.
You can have the greatest prices in the world... but they mean nothing if you can't use the service.
>>>>We continue to call for a common industry approach to these reports to properly measure a consistent signal for voice, data and video in areas where customers need it, including indoors.
Is that why you're consistently crap Vodafail?
Too many Wheatabix this morning perhaps.
He who can only get pedantic about spelling obviously has nothing worthwhile to say.
You reap what you sow ASSIA
To quote the movie the Castle:
Suffer in your Jocks.
>>>>The Americans will simply say "your airlines will share their PNR data or they won't be allowed over our airspace" and the EU will
Tell the Americans their birds are now on the black list.
Re: Hope you don't have any business here
>>>>What do you want? An intrusion into your "privacy" or a first row seat on a plane flying into the new World Trade Center building? It's not much of a choice, is it?
AC, just three questions:
Why do we fight Islamic Fundamentalists? Is it to protect our freedom? If so, remind me, what are we fighting for again, because it looks like we're doing their job for them?
Re: Someone help me out
They're waiting for the OpenReach man to come and hook them up. He was supposed to be there between 9 and 1, but all he did was note the colour of the door and tell Master Control there was noone home.
Re: This is the stuff of nightmare.
>>>>>O2 might not be the "best" network any longer but at least their customer service still got legs.
O2 Don't have a customer service department. They sold that to Capita.
>>>>>>Bringing BT bureaucracy to O2 could create the biggest pain in the arse of a network the world has ever seen.
It never really left them. Try as much as they wanted, it was always in the DNA.
>>>>"We have received expressions of interest from shareholders in two UK mobile network operators, of which one is O2, about a possible transaction in which BT would acquire their UK mobile business," the company said in a statement.
So who is the other one?
VodaFail are trying to get shot of their Australian holdings, but I can't see them getting rid of their home market.
EE is part owned by DT and Orange/FranceTelecom. Not particularly attractive if only one is trying to sell, and not the other.
That leaves Three, who sold off their Australian arm already to Vodafail....
Company sells more stuff in leadup to christmas, less afterwards. Wow. What an amazing piece of insight... and quality journalism too. Next week on El Reg: We'll make a big deal about another analyst making a painfully obvious obvseration that isn't newsworthy: Will it be Water is Wet? The Sky is Blue? Sometimes it Rains? Wait and see.
Re: Anyone else?
A lot of companies 0800 numbers went out.
Re: Well known services...
Scotland doesnt have NHS direct. We have NHS 24, and they just recently changed to use the same number.
Re: However in the UK he is a guilty criminal
Given the Swedish Police have no Jurisdiction here, I'd think not.
>>>>>Sex by surprise is a stupid concept.
If only we could say that inserting ones penis into the vagina of anoter without consent is equally stupid.
Instead, we get crazy defenses like this.
I thought Free+ was clear enough, I guess not.
>>>>>"Certain services might need to have a priority," he continued. "But that you go out and just make a profit according to your own will, that is something that needs to be discussed.”
Reasonable traffic management to say, reduce packet loss from those functions that are more likely to have an impact I don't think is a "breach" of network neutrality. Thats just reasonable network management.