* Posts by Sir Gaz of Laz

31 posts • joined 22 Mar 2012

Parents have no idea when kidz txt m8s 'KMS' or '99'

Sir Gaz of Laz

I got 99 problems...

... Understanding kids chat slang ain't one.

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Samsung flames out as Chinese march on

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Re: Oppo

Oppo is the parent company, with BBK being the overall parent.

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Three Mobile, two alleged hackers, one big customer database heist

Sir Gaz of Laz

Sounds like inside job to me...

No hacking here as far as I can see (caveat - based on what I've read so far).

Internal login used, quite possibly by employee or at least someone in collusion with the alleged thieves. Eight customers affected. Sounds like their internal systems for flagging this activity worked - or maybe the insider got careless, who knows?

A similar thing happened years ago when I was a manager at another mobile operator (I won't name them, but ee, the stories I could tell you on a one to one basis). An entire team found a way to force these upgrades and drop ship to marked addresses for collection. Nothing wring with systems or security - someone was determined to find a way around it and greed got the better of them.

Was flagged up very quickly, but allowed to continue (to amass evidence) and then the day came when they were summarily dismissed. Quite a few arrested immediately afterwards too.

Sadly there will always be internal theft - no amount of system security and cross checking is going to overcome that completely - after all, you have to trust that the people you are employing in these roles are honest.

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WileyFox Swift 2: A new champ of the 'for around £150' market

Sir Gaz of Laz

"Nothing in the price bracket offers one [ a fingerprint scanner ]"

Elephone P9000 £185 on Amazon UK right now, with Prime delivery. Offers said fingerprint scanner as well as 1080p screen and 4GB of RAM and wireless charging.

I'm very pleased with mine - no issues since I've had it and a few OTA updates already, including the security patches.

Bargain of the year for me.

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'My REPLACEMENT Samsung Galaxy Note 7 blew up on plane'

Sir Gaz of Laz

'Flammy Sammy Double Whammy'

That't the kind of headline I was expecting...

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What says Internet of Things better than a Bluetooth-controlled smart candle?

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Joke

"I like the idea of starting fire with my phone"

So only works with the S7 Note then?

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When DIY is not enough: Web-snack firm Graze has an offline awakening

Sir Gaz of Laz

Re: Not for me...

Hibbles?

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Lester Haines: RIP

Sir Gaz of Laz
Pint

Very sad, and condolences to his family. I always enjoyed reading his articles.

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Google asks the public to name the forthcoming Android N operating system

Sir Gaz of Laz

Re: If they want more sponors...

I thought Nutella was a done deal. I seem to recall when asked what N would be called, he said "we're nut-telling you".

Or maybe I dreamt the whole thing.

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RIP Prince: You were the soundtrack of my youth

Sir Gaz of Laz

Re: Keef

Slightly rephrase that as:

"I sometimes think death is God's way of stopping you from looking like Keith Richards"

And you could have a Mrs Overall moment, penned by Victoria Wood (another sad loss).

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BT and EE, O2 and Three: Are we in for a year of Euro telco mega-mergers?

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Re: DOH

Virgin's mobile offering is as an MVNO, using EE's network. So although it does offer quad play services, it is not as a fully integrated operator.

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Ditch crappy landlines and start reading Twitter, 999 call centres told

Sir Gaz of Laz

Many (feels like hundreds) years ago I worked on the 999/100 service and came up against this scenario often. If the caller was flustered and didn't know what to pick - or simply tried to hang up - they were connected to the police, where we would give as much information about the incident as we could. If they chose a service that was not correct, then that service would either a)connect them to the correct one (this was force area specific) or b) alert us (the initial 999 operator) to connect the caller to another service.

If an incident required more than on emergency service, the one that got the initial call co-ordinated getting the others there too.

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Giant FLYING SPACE ROCKS could KILL US ALL, warns Brian May

Sir Gaz of Laz

If this does to an asteroid what it does to my ears...

https://youtu.be/q4L5Bbm5BNw

We're safe.

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Renault Kadjar: La Regie's new full-sized, inexplicably named SUV

Sir Gaz of Laz

For a minute there I thought it was...

...a Mazda CX-7.

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Go for a spin on Record Store Day: Lifting the lid on vinyl, CD and tape

Sir Gaz of Laz

Re: A modest haul

Ridicule is nothing to be scared of.

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Netflix teams with AWS to launch VHS-as-a-service

Sir Gaz of Laz

Shared...

...and waiting so see how many folks read this and like before realising the date...

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3 spectastic Lumias for price of 1 rival flagship: Microsoft sells biz on cheapie experience

Sir Gaz of Laz

I surely can't be the only one who immediately thought 'balloon...hot air'?

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Samsung slams door on OLED TVs, makes QUANTUM dot LEAP

Sir Gaz of Laz

I'm guessing you've never been in Currys - being forced to stand 2 feet from any TV side by side, you'd be hard pressed to see a significant distance. These are not premium electronics emporiums.

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Sir Gaz of Laz

'apart from anything else the latter is always going to be easier to sell to Currys punters on the basis 4K is a bigger number than 1080.'

I actually witnessed this in Currys at the weekend - elderly couple in buying a 55" TV for 10YEAR OLD grandson for Christmas ('it's what he wants') being told to go the 4K route as 'loads' of programs are already being broadcast in that format...in fact, it's the 'HD standard these days'.

When the not-quite-hip-enough-for-Apple-Store assistant had this questioned by Grampa - who could not see any difference between the 1080 and 4K demo pictures - he was told that it was probably due to his glasses (!) and that the higher resolution was better to have as 'more is better'.

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OnePlus One cut-price Android phone on sale to all... for 1 HOUR

Sir Gaz of Laz

Re: Does it receive the full 4G spectrum yet?

I have said OnePlus One (64GB, Sandstone Black, lovely bit of kit) and can confirm it does support 4G on 3 in the UK - it switches between H+ at home and work and 4G when I'm in Glasgow.

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The iPAD launch BEFORE it happened: SPECULATIVE GUFF ahead of actual event

Sir Gaz of Laz

Re: And what free album will we get today?

If it was Erasure, surely that would take care of itself. No cleanup tool needed.

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HTC débuts Desire Eye, 'GoPro-slapper' RE digital snapper

Sir Gaz of Laz

One M8 was the best phone I had...

...until I finally got an invite for the OnePlus One, which now sits on my desk. The bonus being that I sold the One M8 with a Dotview cover for more that I paid for the 1+, meaning I have bonus beer cash.

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Queen's Speech: Computer Misuse Act to be amended, tougher sentences planned

Sir Gaz of Laz

Re: Shark Jumped!

'WTF are 'paedophilic manuals'?'

I don't know, but I'd suggest you don't Google* that...

*other search engines are available

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HTC One grabs BEST SMARTPHONE gong

Sir Gaz of Laz

Was at an awards ceremony last October hosted by Jimmy Carr - not one of my favourite performers it has to be said, but he made the evening an enjoyable one - particularly as he pretty much slagged off each award (e.g. 'Best Use Of Phone Technology In A Call Centre - er, it's a f****** call centre! What could the best use possibly be?' etc) whilst the organisers looked on rather sheepishly.

Corden? Talent vacuum.

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Google, Apple pop a cap in that Flappy Birds crapp app flapp

Sir Gaz of Laz

I had a mate who tried to sell the idea of

Birdy Flaps, but the coding was a labia-rinth of complexity.

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'But we like 1 Direction!' Rock gods The Who fend off teen Twitter hate mob

Sir Gaz of Laz

Re: All seem to be rip-offs

@Shasta

Its like the ruff from America by Neil Diamond, crossed with Tarzan Boy by Baltimore...

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Peter Capaldi named as 12th Doctor Who

Sir Gaz of Laz

Re: Yea! But you know...

I agree, I prefer the anticipation of the whole regeneration episode and reveal. I'm guessing the BBC has done this as its the 50th anniversary year and more importantly to counter any tabloid spoilers ahead of time. Capaldi is too high profile an actor for that secret to have been kept.

Great choice though, looking forward to seeing how he does!

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More Brits ditch Apple tablets for Amazon, Google, Samsung kit

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Thumb Up

Re: Pub landlords

Second thumbs up for the Doom Bar.

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RIM's new BlackBerry Curve 9320 tempts teens

Sir Gaz of Laz
Meh

Those specs are an insult to barrels.

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iPhone 5 gets a 5in screen

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Paris Hilton

Back in the day, I had a Dell Streak...

...and it was OK to use. Felt massive in the pocket though. Cue disappointment all round when I explained to interested lovelies what it really was.

Paris, because she appreciates the extra inch I'm sure.

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