* Posts by djstardust

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Pioneer Kodi plug-in unplugs

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They should look

At Facebook buy and sell groups (although many are closed groups)

Loads of people advertising them on there. Easy pickings to get this illegal activity curtailed.

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No nudity please, we're killing ourselves: Advice to Facebook mods leaks

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Closed groups

We have a local buy and sell "closed group" where several people are advertising illegal cigarettes on a daily basis. All that is posted is a picture with no text and the sellers won't communicate on the page and every query is met with a "PM me" response, so it's obvious the selling is not legal.

Every time I report to Facebook it sends an automated message saying the post doesn't contravene community standards, however other FB literature tells me it's against the rules to sell cigarettes on their site.

I have also reported obvious religious bigotry relating to Glasgow football teams which again isn't an issue to them it seems.

Society is a far worse place with Facebook, it's just that people don't see how it is slowly eroding our way of life and allowing certain sections of society a free reign. There may be trouble ahead ......

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Samsung Galaxy S8+: Seriously. What were they thinking?

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Note 4 here

And still fantastic. Apart from a slightly better camera the new Samsungs are inferior in many ways.

1 - Weird screen resolution. 16:9 is perfect for 99% of phone use

2 - Non changeable battery

3 - Bixby slurpware

4 - No capacitive buttons (easy to find)

If only Samsung would release a new Note 4 many would buy it. No curved screen, a removable battery and no hipster voice thingy shit.

The Note 4 was a huge seller and many still love it, so why go so off piste Samsung ..... oh .... to copy Apple of course.

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ICO fines telco £100k for 3.2m mobile phone text spamhammer

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P.S.

We're going bust later this week to avoid the fine but will be back in business with a slightly different name next week.

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Vodafone loses €6bn mainly due to Indian biz writeoff

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What a shame

Lack of investment anywhere outside London, terrible CS, GPRS standard outside the City centre and they wonder why they're losing customers.

They are also very expensive. Three are significantly cheaper with not that worse a service.

For years they have put profits before punters and now it's coming back to bite them in the arse.

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WannaCrypt ransomware snatches NSA exploit, fscks over Telefónica, other orgs in Spain

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Does this mean

I should install Windows updates?

I've had them permanently disabled for years, and even moreso when all the win 10 crap started rolling out to older versions.

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S is for Sandbox: The logic behind Microsoft's new lockdown Windows gambit

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Sorry

But this is just a mess. Yet again decisions made for future revenue and not what the customer actually wants. Sadly everyone wants to be Apple and are making bizarre decisions to try and get there.

Typical Microsoft. Pissup Brewery.

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LinkedIn chatbots to help with 'important conversations'

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Linkedin

I deleted my profile as soon as I heard that slurp had got involved.

I never ever got a job (or even an offer) from being a member, and from what I could see it was full of people blowing their own trumpet and getting "recommendations" from ex-colleagues which seems completely false at best.

I did however get six Nigerian brides so it's not all bad I suppose.

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UK outsourcing market hits record levels

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I really hope

This all turns to shit.

It's just companies absolving their responsibilities and passing the buck to someone else.

Just look at (I don't give)ATOS and CRAPITA ripping off just the government alone.

I hate modern Britain.

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What is dead may never die – how to get a post-BlackBerry BlackBerry

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Ha ha

"We plan to disrupt the market with a unique offering,"

Sounds a bit like the Liberal Democrats for the upcoming election. I guess Blackberry will have about the same success.

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Don't install our buggy Windows 10 Creators Update, begs Microsoft

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Another day

another M$ screw up.

Jesus wept.

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TVs are now tablet computers without a touchscreen

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Samsung. Eurgh .....

I paid £1800 in 2014 for a top of the range Samsung "smart" TV.

All the literature banged on about how it was the future, integrated services, quad core processor blah blah.

It used to get regular updates for a couple of months then it stopped. The only updates we get now are to remove services. Now TV isn't even supported on it as it's too old. Really ????????

The menus are a confusing mess and it's literally impossible to find anything. No coherence at all.

Next time I'm getting a hi-sense panel and a plug in box.

Yet again I fell for all the Samsung marketing bullshit but never again. Thing is the 1080 picture quality is very good and the 3D support is fantastic. I just wish Samsung would stick to making good core products without all the crap attached to them.

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eBay denies claims it's failing to thwart 'systematic fraud'

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It seems

That if you host an elaborate web based scam you can "hide" and get off scot free.

Steal a tin of peas from the local grocer and you get the book thrown at you.

Neither eBay or Paypal are the remotest bit helpful to the genuine user putting blocks and payment holds in place everywhere. Even reporting dodgy listings gets you nowhere,

Horrible company.

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For the first time ever, Verizon sheds subs: 300,000 punters walk out

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Ha ha

Provide a shit service ...... lose customers

Offer something cheap ..... get some back again.

Sure this isn't Talk Talk?

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Microsoft shrugs off report that Edge can expose user identities from JS Fetch requests

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It's not really a problem

As no-one actually uses Edge.

If they do they need their head examined.

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Apple's zippy silicon leaves Android rivals choking on dust

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It's just a shame

That iOS is such a piece of out of date crap.

That stupid icon grid system is horrible, you can't assign default apps, you can't freely move files around (for example plug in a flash drive) because of the walled garden apprach.

In the real world most people don't need the speed. CPW were telling me the S8 is "so powerful" but for what exactly?

Tha hardware may be great from a technical standpoint, but it's a bit like putting a Ferrari engine in a Mini Metro.

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That apple.com link you clicked on? Yeah, it's actually Russian

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Opera Windows 7 64

Hey there!

This may or may not be the site you are looking for! This site is obviously not affiliated with Apple, but rather a demonstration of a flaw in the way unicode domains are handled in browsers.

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Microsoft raises pistol, pulls the trigger on Windows 7, 8 updates for new Intel, AMD chips

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Re: This should help Apple and Linux

It won't help Apple.

Their laptops are expensive and low spec.

MacOS (or whatever it's called now) is about as much fun as Symbian S60

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Parcel bods Hermes become latest London drone delivery droogs

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Hmmmm

That maybe explains the constant Hermes price rises then. Sure there's been four or so over the past 12 months.

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Half of mobe, broadband customers unhappy with how complaints handled

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Ha ha

BT increase prices AGAIN

Call BT, they tell you to sod off and the increase stands.

Escalate complaint, nothing we can do, go to regulator

go to regulator, nothing to do with us, you'll need to sort it out with BT

"Sharon White, Ofcom chief exec, said: "We're determined to help bring about a service revolution in the telecoms sector, where consistency and excellence become the norm, and customers always come first"

More weasel words when in fact OFFCOM have and will always achieve nothing. I think finally people are realising that regulators are just a money making scam very much on the side of the industry.

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Consumers go off PCs as global shipments continue their decline

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Well

If we could get a PC at a reasonable price with more than a 1366x768 display then that would be a start.

Oh ..... and no Windows 10 either thanks!

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BT's spam blocker IDs accident claims as top nuisance call

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Seems you can't sign up

Without renewing a 12 month contract.

Shame really, but typical BT.

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Samsung Galaxy S8: Slimmer bezels, a desktop mode – and yet another me-too AI pal

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Hmmmm

The fingerprint scanner is in a stupid location, it almost seems the design was a botched mess. I can understand if the scanner had been under the display as originally planned however it wasn't ready in time but someone decided to keep the bezel-less display leading to confusion. Also reports are saying it's exactly the same camera module as the S7/Edge and the battery life will be a bit less so that's not really innovation or worth another £120/£140 on last year's models. A dedicated button for Bixby is a joke .... surely.

The prices are up again, probably a bit of Brexit tax and some let's copy Apple tax. For comparison the top of the range handset in 2000 was the Nokia 9110i at £300. This would now be £463 after inflation.

Even given all the problems with the Note 7 it seems that this has been rushed out without a coherent strategy. Nothing seems to change at Samsung.

I'm still using the Note 4 and apart from higher DPI settings and a slightly better camera there's absolutely nothing to make me want to upgrade. And the Note 4 has a removable battery too.

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Windows 10 Creators Update: Clearing the mines with livestock (that's you by the way)

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Re: Wish I could use it

If the old drivers are incompatible then Windows 10 should replace them with the newer ones. Being a dumb consumer I guess that's what should happen?

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Wish I could use it

Tried updating a Lenovo Yoga S 12 from Win 7 Pro to Win 10 last week and it was a complete disaster.

Loads of drivers missing, software telling me it won't work any more and even my Bluetooth mouse wouldn't connect. It would have taken hours to get the machine in a workable state again and that's not on for most people. I took an image beforehand just in case and I definitely needed it.

It may be fine an a brand new machine, however until they get the basics of upgrading right I wouldn't hold out much hope for the rest of Win 10.

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EE scrap connection fee... to hike broadband and telly packages

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They're all getting away with it

And no-one knows when it will stop.

Three price increases in 20 months alone from BT while Offcom sit there and do nothing. I contacted the Telecoms ombudsman and they said they wouldn't accept complaints about price increases as it "doesn't fall within their remit" .... so that's OK then.

Companies are getting greedier by the day and it's all a big cartel so there's little we can do about it except suck it up. Just remember the whole structure of regulators and fines is one big con too. The only person that gets screwed is the consumer.

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'Clearance sale' shows Apple's iPad is over. It's done

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As I have said a million times

Apple are no longer innovators, they are just another tech company peddling average gear.

Their laptops are mid spec and expensive

Their phones are mid spec and expensive

Their TV box has never been any good despite repeated tries selling it

The ipad was a decent tablet, but charging £150 for a keyboard cover and £90 for a "pencil" is just ridiculous considering these things should really be included in the first place.

Look at the Nokia N95, it was absolutely massive in 2007/2008 and pretty much everybody had one, even despite the high price. Then two things happened .... Nokia were stuck on S60v3 and never pushed forward, and the follow up N96 was rubbish. It gave competitors like Sony ericsson and Apple a chance to get in to the market. I can see the same thing happening to Apple with competitors like Huawei and such lining up.

This new ipad is basically parts left over from the factory floor shoved in a clearance box.

Apple may think they are too big (and arrogant) to fail but history tells us otherways.

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Plusnet slapped with £880k fine for billing ex customers

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Paris Hilton

Oh well ....

That will give their parent company BT another excuse for a few more price rises this year.

I love how people praise Plusnet and berate BT not realising one is actually owned by the other.

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Huawei's P10 breathing on Samsung's shoulder

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Why oh why

Is everyone copying the design language of the iphone?

The current Apple offering looks like some $99 Chinese knock off and everyone else is trying to make their handsets equally dull.

(except Sony who are still designing theirs based on 2006)

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Samsung's Bixby totally isn't a Siri ripoff because look – it'll go in phones, TVs, fridges, air con...

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What a

Load of pish, and a waste of R&D.

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Lenovo EMEA wakes up after five quarters of sliding sales, adds CEO

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Maybe ....

If Lenovo hadn't shot themselves in the foot several times by screwing up then things might be different.

People in IT have long memories and haven't forgotten just yet.

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Self-employed bear the brunt of Spring Budget with additional National Insurance contributions

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I'm a bit pissed off ......

So ... the government happily increase National Insurance for Self Employed to raise £145m (and reduce LTD company dividend threshold from 5k to 2k) but still manage to find new funding totalling £20m to support the campaign against violence against women and girls and a further £5m committed to a project to celebrate the centenary of women having the vote, and to educate young people about its significance. WTF?

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YouTube TV will be huge. Apple must respond

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Re: Apple has to do precisely nothing

Apple are not innovators any more. I fondly remember my first ipod touch, it was a work of art. As was the iphone 3g and my 2009 Mac Pro.

Now Apple gear is the same cheap trash made in Chinese factories with a massive margin. They do not stand out any more. Their current laptops are horifically expensive and mid spec at best.

They are too late to the party and that's it. Sitting on huge piles of case won't be enough to save them once the Starbucks luvvies and bearded hipsters move on to the next fad.

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Low-key Samsung: Psst. We've got new Galaxy tablets and new Gear VR

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Lesson learned?

No-one bought their last windows 10 tablet as it was severely underpowered and overpriced. I even struggled to find one even remotely positive review for it. I daresay having Win 10 on it hasn't appealed to many either.

So what do they do .... exactly the same again. good luck with that!

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Tech contractors begin mass UK.gov exodus in wake of HMRC's IR35 income tax clampdown

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Yet again

Gov UK shooting itself in the foot.

No long term strategy and half thought out legislation put in place for a "quick hit"

Will serve them right. Same thing about to happen when the Oil Industry picks up again later this year. Operators will want bodies in on 6 to 12 months contracts and no-one will touch them with a shitty stick. Oops!

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Motorola's modular Moto Z: A fine phone for a weekend away

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Oh ....

And there's no 3.5mm headphone jack either. That may be a deal breaker for some.

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Re: Battery life

There is a version with a bigger battery, but it's not going to be sold in the UK apparently.

I love the concept and it is a lovely phone .... but just too thin and the standard battery life is crap apparently.

Why do they have such an obsession with making the worlds thinnest phone. Another couple of mm would make it easier to hold and probably squeeze in a 3500 mah battery which would be perfect.

Personally I find the JBL speaker quite good, perfectly fine for a room.

Close but no cigar!

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'Leaky' LG returns to sanity for 2017 flagship

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LG

They just keep floundering about hoping they'll hit the sweet spot at some point. no strategy at all, and the build quality on recent handsets has been atrocious.

I do however like the screen ratio and DAC. Be interesting to see if this is the one .....

Don't even start me on how bad LG UK customer support is either.

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UK credit broker fined £120k for spamming folk with five million texts

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They will go bust in ......

3...... 2....... 1....... to avoid paying the fine then mysteriously reappear next week under a new name.

Guaranteed!

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Openreach reshuffles top brass, brings in BT bods to make biz more independent of BT

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Screw BT

Who cares what they do any more.

Three price increases in less than two years to pay premiership footballers wages. It's all gone wrong.

And an insider tells me this time they are not allowed to negotiate as their computer system won't let retentions override preset prices.

Ah well BT, prepare for an exodus of people mid-contract. It's your own funeral.

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Android Wear: The bloatware that turned into gloatware

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Not an essential piece of kit

I had the LG G Watch R for about 9 months.

It was a decent piece of kit, but the fact the charge only lasted 36 hours and the bluetooth disconnecting all the time essentially made it useless.

I did like the bright display, the instant notifications when they actually worked (handy in meetings) and the app to change the music remotely in Poweramp but that was it really.

I'm back to my Casio CFX-200 scientific calculator smartwatch from 1983 which is better looking, far more reliable and only needs a new battery every six years.

To me the smartwatch market is dead. I certainly wouldn't consider another one. I know several people with the Apple watch and they just use it to show off and look like twats.

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BlackBerry wraps up India

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Blackberry ......

Ah yes, that soon to be extinct tech company who will accompany the likes of Compaq, Digital Equipment Corporation and Amstrad.

Badly managed company who had it all then lost it. The world can be cruel sometimes.

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Is it the beginning of the end for Visual Basic? Microsoft to focus on 'core scenarios'

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Oh yeah .....

a focus on "core scenarios"

A day where Microsoft focused on anything would be a bonus!

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Vodafone sales slip after damp outing in Blighty

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Hmmmm

Their CS and billing is still terrible. Anywhere outwith a city centre is generally 2G with no data throughput.

I'm surprised anyone is with them at all.

Profits before punters has bit them in the arse. Good.

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Apple eats itself as iPhone fatigue spreads

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Told you so

Been waiting for this moment.

Apple just take the piss, pure and simple.

Their phones are average at best with features taken out like the headphone jack which is inexcusable (but it does reduce the manufacturing cost of course)

Their laptops are mid spec with few ports (again to reduce manufacturing costs) and they are at least twice the price they should be. You can get a fully loaded Dell XPS equivalent for half the price.

And their storage costs are horrific.

They need a good kick in the nuts to come back down to reality and this may just be the start of it.

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UK.gov tells freelance techies to slap 20 per cent on fees as IR35 tax hike looms

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Same thing is gonna happen

In the oil industry.

Before the arse fell out of it probably 50% plus workers were contractors. The companies liked it this way because they could hire and fire at will dependent on workload or whether they actually liked the contractor or not.

When things pick up the oil companies will be wanting contractors back again on 6 to 12 month stints, but of course the goalposts have moved greatly in the past two years.

There's gonna be a crisis because a lot of the contractors were not from Aberdeen originally and have gone home, and the ones that are left will realise the tax system has changed and they can only draw 5k without penalty.

This has been a total screw up and to save a penny the government will lose a hell of a lot more.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 will be a no-show at MWC, exec says

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As above, bring back removable batteries.

I'm still using the Note 4 which isn't exactly chunky, and the battery can be changed out in seconds for a little over a tenner.

This obsession with shaving tenths of millimetres off the thickness of a device has to stop. Ultimately this has been a major contributing factor to the Note 7 problems and all because Samsung are obsessed with copying Apple's design language.

The S7 edge may look beautiful but looking at it causes the glass to scratch badly, let alone inserting and removing it from the Gear VR. We need practicality and not pretty phones please.

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All the cool kids are doing it – BT hikes broadband and TV bills

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Where are Offcom?

Oh I know, they are in the back pockets of the telcos.

This is BT's 3rd price increase in less than two years and totally inexcusable.

"BT Consumer chief executive John Petter said: “Customers will get a better package and improved service from us this year in exchange for paying a little more"

So customers are paying for you to give the level of service you should have been providing all along and making sure profits aren't affected. Arseholes. Line rental is "frozen" but it went up twice recently anyway.

Remember peeps, you have 30 days to pull out once you receive notification of the increase from BT. Let your feet do the talking.

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Microsoft Germany says Windows 7 already unfit for business users

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Really .....

I have been running Windows 7 for years with updates turned off and basic free AV.

It all works fine and no issues whatsoever.

And no spying, forced updates and beta software. You can keep Windows 10 thanks.

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UK can be a 'world leader in 5G', you say? Er, our 4G still takes a beating from Peru

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Really?

Considering on one of the UK's largest most expensive networks I only get GPRS or Edge when more than a couple of miles from the city centre.

Mind you their trackers show full 3G and in some cases 4G reception. I suspect they are following these delusional maps to gauge coverage rather than actually going out there with a phone.

Who comes up with this crap.

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