* Posts by djstardust

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Dixons Carphone smarting from £440m loss as it writes down goodwill on mobile biz

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I take it

Nobody high up in the company has actually tried buying a handset from them.... or looking at thr Trustpilot reviews.

The company is an utter shambles.

Expired cert... Really? #O2down meltdown shows we should fear bungles and bugs more than hackers

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Was this

Not the same Ericsson who caused a series of outages on O2 in 2012?

Lessons learned of course .......

After all that! Ofcom proposes BT as only broadband universal services provider for whole of UK (except Hull)

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So ....

The point of privatisation in the telecoms sector was to avoid a monopoly situation, however all these years later Bangalore Telecom are in that position again.

The point of creating an independent regulator was to ensure everyone played fair but all I can see is that OFFCOM are just another extension of BT.

The fact they have been raising prices pretty much every 9 months for the last 3 years shows that the "regulator" either has no teeth or just isn't interested.

My oh my .......

Not a price cut! Apple perks up soggy iPhone demand with rebate boost

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Who needs analysts?

Even the general public can see that Apple are ripping the arse out of all it's tech in a very extreme fashion.

Macbook Pro's twice the price of a comparable windows laptop (See Huawei Matebook X pro)

iPhone XR twice the price of a similarly specced Android

Apple pencil was £89 now £119

ipad Pro smart keyboard cover £159

and my favourite .......

Lightning to VGA Adapter £49.00

Once people get sick of paying well over the odds for average technology then paying even more for Apple care then they will be finished. That day isn't too far away.

Huawei MateBook Pro X: PC makers look out, the phone guys are here

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The price goes up and down but approx. £1200 for the i5 and £1500 for the i7 with dedicated graphics.

Almost bought one last week but had second thoughts due to budget and being so close to xmas etc.

Lenovo are the direct competition with the Yoga 930 but their screens are utterly terrible and dull. This ticks all the boxes perfectly.

Also shows just how much our fruity friends are ripping people off though.

1,700 lucky Brit kids to visit Apple Stores for 'Year of Engineering'

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Re: Huh?

Teaching them how to sell an ipad pro adapter that cost $0.02 for over £60

That's modern day engineering for ya!

We definitely don't need more towers, says new Vodafone boss scraping around for €8bn savings

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How about some bloody staff?

I have had an open query with Vodafone Broadband for 2 weeks now.

3 separate chat conversations over several days then pushed on to a phone team who are equally as unresponsive. Apparently "tickets" have been raised that take 5 days to resolve, and when I phoned yesterday after the 5 days they told me to wait another 5 days.

Fkin useless.

British fixed broadband is cheap … and, er, fairly nasty – global survey

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City Fibre

We're about to get City Fibre in Aberdeen soon-ish

Just a shame it's Vodafone running with it. Customer service zero.

Think I'll stick with what I've got thanks.

Apple replaces boot-loop watchOS edition with unconnected complications edition

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Hmmmm

Probably the same people who do tech support for Vodafone UK

iPhone XR, for when £1,000 is just too much for a smartmobe

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In Android land

This would be the equivalent of the Nokia 8.1 but the iphone is over twice the price.

It's basically made from crap picked up off the factory floor a couple of years ago. And as much as commentators try to convince me the notch is ok, it's not.

I'm sorry but in this case you are really just paying for the badge.

Planet Computers straps proper phone to its next Psion scion, Cosmo

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I still have

My Nokia 9110i and it works great.

Must admit I don't use the fax functionality that often ......

Wow. Apple's only gone and killed off Mac, iPad, iPhone family... figures for units sold to fans

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Re: Sustainable

That's not a Nokia. It's HMD Global just using the name.

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Sustainable

Let's take a look at Nokia. The wheels fell off their bus in a very short period of time when they stopped innovating, their products became expensive and were no longer 'trendy'

The only difference with Apple is the huge pile of cash behind them, but that could get swallowed up quickly enough.

They've been taking the piss for a while now with a stale OS, lack of ports, enforcing the walled garden and ever increasing prices (especially for storage). This can't go on forever.

With the 6T, OnePlus hopes to shed 'cheeky upstart' tag and launch assault on flagships

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No headphone jack

No sale. Some people like to listen to music or watch a movie and charge at the same time, especially if on a long train journey or a flight. If it had wireless charging I could sort of understand it.

Also, lack of SD is pretty dumb when they could easily use the second sim slot for those of us that don't need a dual sim handset.

Also, not a fan of the teardrop notch at all.

Please stop copying Apple. Thank you.

Samsung’s flexible phone: Expect an expensive, half-bendy clamshell

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Re: Typical Samsung

I think you'll find that was the Note 7 actually .....

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Typical Samsung

Note 4 Edge.... fail

Galaxy camera.... fail

They never learn. Deep pockets and all that.

That 'Surface will die in 2019' prediction is still a goer, says soothsayer

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Sounds promising

Whoever takes it over might actually get the bloody thing to actually work with Windows.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 owners: So, about that other broken update…

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Funny how

Tech sites give the surface such glowing 'reviews'

TBH they count for nothing and it's only medium to long term use that show all the flaws.

MS not even getting their own software and hardware to work together tells you all you need to know about this company.

Microsoft has signed up to the Open Invention Network. We repeat. Microsoft has signed up to the OIN

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Trojan horse?

(no pun intended)

Windows 10 1809: Now arriving on a desktop near you (if you want it)

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Re: "there isn’t a lot in it"

Don't worry, Windows Update will re-enable itself every week or so on it's own!

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Hmmmm

And it will automagically reverse all your security settings and make "Edge" the default browser again.

No thanks.

I bought my GPD pocket with Win10 on it last year. It worked perfectly out of the box so I totally disabled windows update and it's been perfect ever since.

Apparently the last update killed some of them completely so better safe than sorry and all that.

Microsoft resurfaces Surface kit alongside Windows 10 update

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Re: Going back to Thinkpad

The prices are still an issue, especially the massive jumps for additional storage.

Another thing that irks a lot of people is the keyboard not being included. Just pure greed.

Lack of ports is just silly considering all the space they have down the sides.

Meh.

UK should set its own tax on tech giants if international deal isn't reached – Chancellor

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Re: A thought experiment

If Facebook disappeared tomorrow it would actually solve a whole raft of social problems in this country.

It seems in some areas that Facebook just fuels anger in families and relationships. Just watch Jeremy Kyle and you'll see what I mean.

Apart from that, if it got switched off after a month nobody would even notice any more. Out of my 90 or so "friends" probably 7 or 8 are serial posters, maybe 20 or so occasionally and the rest just stalk other people. Facebook is dying a natural death anyway.

Societal changes happen all the time. We don't all wear hats any more or smoke pipes. Nobody has a Nokia N95. Life moves on.

The 2018 ThinkPad X1 Yoga: A bendy-legged workhorse walks into a meeting

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Hmmmm

Nice in theory, but I have a Yoga 12 Thinkpad under a business warranty which caught fire recently due to a component on the motherboard frying itself.

Being blunt, Lenovo's customer support (even with a 3 year business warranty) is absolutely atrocious. 45 minutes every time I called for someone to pick up the phone, operators who can't speak English ..... then a comedy of errors, no show "engineers" due to them arguing about what needed repaired and finally a random bloke who turns up after 8 days and doesn't have a clue what to do to fix the machine.

If you get one that works and you never have to get it serviced then fine, other ways avoid, avoid, avoid.

Working Apple-1 retro fossil auctioned off to mystery bidder for $375,000

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It's there already!

Courtesy of Android Authority:

iPhone XS Max 256GB materials cost $443, phone retails for $1,249

People being blatantly ripped off. you'd be better taking your money and setting fire to it. Would give you far more pleasure than the "stellar" iphone.

Marketing bullshit at it's best.

Office 2019 lumbers to the stage once more as Microsoft promises future releases

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Re: Commitment

2009 Mac Pro

Windows 7 ultimate

Office 2003

All working fine, every single day. Thanks!

If you weren't rich enough to buy a Surface before, you may as well let that dream die

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Who would want one anyway?

Seriously expensive.

Not enough ports.

Major quality issues.

Poor battery life.

Insides completely glued together and non-upgradeable.

Many software glitches because M$ can't even get their own software to work with their own hardware.

No thanks!

HTC U12 Life: Notchless, reasonably priced and proper buttons? Oh joy

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Re: just like an Honor 9

Apple are frightened to change the UI as it would confuse the pensioners that buy their gear. Screw the rest of us.

Huawei elbows aside Apple to claim number-two phone maker spot

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There may be trouble ahead ....

Seems the developer community are walking away due to them withdrawing bootloader unlock keys.

There are also rumours that OTA updates are causing previously rooted devices not to boot at all.

Given that originally Huawei / Honor devices were the easiest to root and make custom ROMs for, this seems a strange change of direction.

I know only a small percentage of buyers actually do this, but it will have an impact in the longer term. At least with some Samsung devices knox can be overcome quite easily.

Above that, their array of handsets are totally confusing. Hundreds of models all sort of similar but different between two brands that are essentially the same. Seems they are doing what Samsung used to do by releasing a new handset literally every week hoping that if they flood the market it will make them succeed.

Apple leaks rekindle some hope for iPhone 'supercycle' this year

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Apple will end up like Nokia

Expensive not very good phones that people will get tired of. An operating system that has only incremental updates and is old and tired just like S60.

Not to mention the absolute rip-off prices of their accessories and their very poor handling of design flaws.

Nokia had a massive pile of cash as well at one point but it can disappear quick enough.

Once sales start to drop investors will move on and that will be it.

Tick tock tick tock ......

Tax the tech giants and ISPs until the bits squeak – Corbyn

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Hmmmm

How about the Leveson Enquiry anyone .......

Apple tipped to revive forgotten Macbook Air and Mac mini – report

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Hmmmm

Expensive

Out of date tech

Not enough ports

Non-upgradeable

Everything you need to know about Apple today.

Don't you just love Windows 10 refreshes, yells Lenovo

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Re: Seriously

Yes, they do, but when my one went down it took over two weeks to fix because of communication between the call centre and the engineers. total incompetence at every level. Hours of phone calls to the useless tech support line.

Oh, and the engineer never even put the laptop back together properly so I had to dismantle it and do it myself.

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Seriously ......

Lenovo won't last.

Their laptops have many many quality issues.

Their customer service is seriously the worst on the planet. It takes days for an email to be responded to and weeks for returns to be processed.

I can't imagine anyone who bought a Lenovo machine having a pleasant experience and going back for another one.

Vodafone's spending pays off - but EE hangs on to UK network crown

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Vidafone .....

Great netwoek ..... poor customer service ..... terrible website ...... expensive prices.

In a nutshell.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9: A steep price to pay

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Another price increase .....

From £869 to £899 in a year.

the Note 4 was £569 at launch so I don't see where the extra cost comes from ..... unless Samsung are copying Apple of course.

Rather than selling it at a reasonable price point (£650 comes to mind) they would rather be stupid, price themselves out of the market and close manufacturing plants.

Same issue with the Tab S4. £600 for the tablet and another £150 for the keyboard is ridiculous. They hardly sold any Tab S3 at that pricing point but that doesn't matter to someone in an office crunching numbers and making up silly prices. As much as I dislike apple the basic ipad at £319 is very good indeed and competitively priced for once.

I don't understand companies these days (shakes head)

Make Sammy Great Again: Surprise – Samsung chucks cash at manufacturing

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Re: Flagship just too expensive

Galaxy Note 2 - year 2012 - £550

Galaxy Note 4 - Year 2014 - £569

Galaxy note 8 - Year 2017 - £869

There's a pattern here. Samsung adding at least £50 a year to flagship handsets is getting tiring, and they only do it because Apple get away with it.

Just look at the Tab S4. The price is utterly ridiculous (then add the keyboard). You'd have to be out of your mind to buy it but no-one at samsung seems to think that.

As much as I think Samsung phones are good in principle (started with the Omnia HD in 2009), the horrific pricing and lack of long term support means I'm out ...... and I guess I'm not the only one.

Apple gives MacBook Pro keyboard rubber pants

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Maybe so

But at those prices Apple can go suck.

Apart from that, the SSD being soldered to the motherboard is a definite no-go for me.

Crumbs. Apple has tweaked the MacBook Pro keyboard

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How much?

Bloody hell .....

At least the displays are decent. That's about it.

Forking hell. It's summer, and Windows 10 is already thinking about autumn

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Hmmmm

Windows update service = disabled

Windows modules installer = disabled

Job done.

P.S. Why do they spend so much time on Edge browser when absolutely no-one uses it?

Thomas Cook website spills personal info – and it's fine with that

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Well.....

Their incident reporting is obviously as late as their shitty charter flights.

We might be skimming the Surface, but it looks like Microsoft's readying a wallet-friendly device

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GPD Pocket

£400

USB 3.1

USB C

Micro HDMI

128gb SSD

Intel Atom

8gb RAM

7" touchscreen

Windows 10 home

It's around £400 and I've been using my one for months running VirtualDJ with HD video out and it works a treat. It's also available in Linux for the geeks out there.

Don't even waste your time MS as you're late to the party, your one will be infinitely more expensive then abandoned after a matter of months.

The butterfly defect: MacBook keys wrecked by single grain of sand

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Apple are shit nowadays

Not a desirable product any more.

Mass market poorly designed and manufactured crap that gives you the least for the most money.

That's why the keyboard is glued to the frame and the hard drive can't be replaced.

That 285 BILLION dollars in their bank account is you getting plainly ripped off.

Wake up people.

Facebook tells users to report crappy customer service from advertisers

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Interesting this

Especially since so many non legitimate businesses use Facebook to advertise for free.

There is one in our area (Gardens, landscaping, roofing, tree surgeons surprise surprise) who constantly have "competitions" no-one wins except the business owner's sister. They are also known for overpriced and incomplete work but literally hundreds of people have reported their page and Facebook just refuse to do anything about it.

As far as I am concerned Facebook are complicit in their illegal activities by giving them a free advertising platform.

BT announces Gavin Patterson to become ex-CEO

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BT

Thing is, if they tried actually being nice to their customers they might get more business.

They need to get above the broadband rat race and stand out.

No more discounted 12 month contracts that double after the first year

No more stupid introductory prices for new customers whilst the current ones get increases

No more false promises about broadband speeds

No more rip-off out of contract costs on BT Mobile

No more line rental increases to pay for the sport that most users don't want

And on it goes.

BT have become a toxic company like M&S and BA and it's going to take a lot of work to get customer confidence back.

You know what your problem is, Apple? Complacency

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Just more BS

From Apple. All they want to do is make as much margin for as little cost base as possible.

I have a £400 GPD pocket laptop that has USB-C, USB3, a headphone socket and micro HDMI out ..... so what's Apple's excuse for not including these ports on a "pro" laptop at many times the price?

Add to that a non-removable SSD, non-upgradeable RAM, still no touch screen or "yoga" tablet form and a shocking keyboard and it really makes you wonder why anyone would by one.

Apple will be the next Nokia. Tick tock tick tock .......

UK Home Office's £885m crim records digi effort: A 'masterclass in incompetence'

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It's not funny at all

It's our taxpayers money being flushed down the shitter when GB PLC is already in a financial mess.

If it wasn't for all those multi million pound homes being bought by the Russians and Chinese with dodgy money where would we really be?

Mobile app devs have, oh, about 9 hours left to decide whether to stay on Google's ad platform

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Good

Most of these "free" ad supported apps are crap anyway and the ads are over intrusive.

I would much rather pay for a fully working version with no ads.

Saying that, many of the really good independent apps I bought when android started have been snapped up by the big boys and that creates it's own problems ......

UK chancellor puts finger in air, promises 15 million full fibre connections by 2025

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Or

He could just tell Offcom to do their effing job and stop BT running away with countless grants whilst delivering very little.

Huawei Honor 10: At £399, plenty of bang for buck – it's a pity about the snaps

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Under glass finger scanner

Isn't very good from what I'm reading on Twitter

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