Re: Maybe not such a bad thing
79 posts • joined 24 Sep 2009
I too liked Maplin, and would regularly buy from them at bargain prices compared to Currys and Amazon. Things such as Philips Hue bulbs, SmartThings devices, wifi access points and the like. Amazon regularly price-matched them, which the will no longer need to do.
I know it's fashionable now to slag off Maplin, and yes some of their prices were ludicrous, but they were no more guilty of it than any other retailer, and there were plenty of bargains to be had if you did your homework. It saddens me that even el reg has nothing better to offer than write articles like this; it's just lazy journalism to be honest and wouldn't be out of place in the likes of the Daily Mail.
Just wait until Amazon have a stranglehold on online retailing, then you will see their real face I do not trust them one bit with their prime-only deals, and their policy of banning you and your family for life if you take advantage of your legal rights under the distance-selling regulations once too often.
From my experience they sell quite a lot of items at better prices than Amazon or Currys, and they pay decent cashback rates and give out plenty of decent vouchers. I will miss them if they go, and so will everyone else here. Less choice = higher prices.
( ...and don't get me started on ebay tat... I remember laughing at my colleague who insisted £1 ebay hdmi cables were as good as any other because "they're all just digital connections". He ended up buying a mid-priced one like the rest of us )
“You know," said Arthur, "it's at times like this, when I'm trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I'd listened to what my mother told me when I was young."
"Why, what did she tell you?"
"I don't know, I didn't listen.”
Back on topic, I imagine it was just some poor software engineer who decided on an over-simplistic solution that if you couldn't communicate with the secure element then the phone was compromised and should not boot, not thinking that there might be legitimate reasons for the fault and a more complex solution was required. Why does it have to be anything more sinister than that?
It doesn't automatically detect the language tho does it? At least mine doesn't. You have to select which 2 languages are being spoken.
And the instant camera translation thing requires you to snap a picture and then highlight the bit you want translated. From the description it sounded like augmented reality but it isn't.
Dunno about google, but facebook certainly do this. They pilfer your friends' contact lists from your their phones the moment they install the facebook app.
Also, make sure you log out of facebook when you finish with it, otherwise they track you as you browse the web whenever you go to a website that has a facebook like button.
If you switch off your reality distortion field for a moment you would find that most top end android phones also keep their resale value.
Given that I probably spend half as much money for my similarly-speced phone than you, and can get a decent sim-only deal that gives me unlimited calls and data fro less than half what you pay, then I would say you are not saving as much money as you believe.
And I've been using the industry standard DLNA to play content off my phone (and other DLNA servers) on my tv (and other DLNA players) for as long as airplay has been around. So what's your point exactly?
Edit: And a quick google reveals that Google Wallet has allowed android users in the USA to pay for stuff by NFC for the last 2 years. So instead of Apple lending their support to the current payment scheme, they have decided to do their own thing again, and managed to hoodwink everyone into thinking it is somehow new and revolutionary.
Am I missing a trick here?
The article claims you can get a sim-free Z10 for £149 from carphonewarehouse, but when I look it's £189.95 sim-free. You can get pay as you go z10 for £150, but you also need to buy a top up and there is no guarantee it isn't locked to the network.
Then Ian say you can get a Moto G for £99, but again when I look it's £129 according to various price tracking sites it hasn't been lower than £125 in the last few months, so what gives?
"I guess the ultimate goal might be to have a device that has no conceptual front and back, or top and bottom. However you pick it up, it orientates itself to always be the right way up."
Maybe Apple got sick of being the butt of all the "You're holding it wrong" jokes and decided to fix it once and for all.
"It was an corrupt decision that was the result of people being paid off." Yes it was, but the article isn't about the billion dollar judgement in the Apple vs Samsung patent infringement case. Please stay on-topic.
Speaking of which, I would have found it highly suspicious if the trademark had been given to the rich American company when the other party put their application in 7 years earlier, years before anyone had even heard of the Apple iPhone.
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