* Posts by djstardust

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BBC extends Capita Audience Services contract to 25 years

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Re: 25 years?

My concern is whether Capita will be around then. Given the current state of outsourcing let's hope it's a hell of a lot shorter than that.

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BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

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Oh well

Does that mean free line rental then as telephone users won't have the old system to pay for now?

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Guess who's still most moaned about UK ISP... Rhymes with BorkBork

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Re: Zen

BT - £31.50 per month

Zen - £46.99 per month plus £55 activation fee.

As much as I loathe BT it's reliable and far cheaper than Zen.

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UK pub chain Wetherspoons' last call: ♫ Just a spoonful of Twitter – let's pull social media down ♫

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Re: Or maybe....

Great idea and hopefully the start of a trend.

I'm a DJ, and more and more people now come up for a request and shove a phone in my face with their track on Deezer, Apple Music etc. I just completely ignore them until they actually speak to me.

The whole issue with smartphones and social media is creating a generation of people who won't communicate face to face. this is a problem for the future of society.

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Samsung Galaxy S9: Still the Lord of All Droids

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Hmmm

I have the Note 8 and it's almost perfect, apart from the headphone volume being limited to death and no FM radio. The new Galaxy S9 is pretty much the same device.

I still think the issue here is pricing. For some time now Samsung have put £50 on each new handset to match Apple and it's getting ridiculous. The price of some contracts for this are over £60 a month.

Bear in mind this is the same level of handset as the original Galaxy S, and it sold for £399.

I'm not denying it's not a great handset but the price (and profit margin) is just too high.

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Planning on forking out for the new iPad? Better take darn good care of it

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Just

Don't buy it.

They will all get the message ..... eventually .....

I can guarantee if someone sold unrepairable cars then there would be a revolt. This is no different.

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Any social media accounts to declare? US wants travelers to tell

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Re: Trump slump

Well it is supposed to be the greatest country on Earth. They can keep it to themselves.

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Apple, if you want to win in education, look at what sucks about iPads

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Re: Hmmmm

And how much do the components actually cost?

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Hmmmm

£120 extra for the cellular version ..... Apple are clearly still taking the piss I see.

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Huawei joins Android elite with pricey, nocturnal 40MP flagship

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Agreed

You would think they are deliberately copying Apple and their stupidly expensive iphone X with this. Hang on ........

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Manchester Arena attack: National Mutual Aid Telephony system failed

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Yet again

Subcontracting falls on it's arse

Will people ever learn .... or is it really all about moving responsibility on and cost cutting?

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Facebook's inflection point: Now everyone knows this greedy mass surveillance operation for what it is

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Re: don't worry, our ads aren't as effective as we told you

No-one ever clicks on the ads and most people ignore them.

On Windows, and ad-blocker gets rid of them,. and 3rd party Android wrapper apps hide them too.

I really don't know why companies use FB as an advertising platform as it seems a complete waste of money to me. I would never advertise my businesses with them.

P.S. I was visiting Houston the week Enron collapsed. We went downtown to see their empty office block. The fallout was huge at the time. Being big doesn't make you immune to go out of business.

Facebook has hurt legitimate selling platforms with their marketplace, damaged web forum communities with groups and created an entire platform for attention seeking idiots. Above that they have manipulated society which is not good for anyone. The quicker they are gone the better.

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What a hang up: US big box biz Best Buy kicks Huawei to the curb

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Oh wow

Seems America wants to be as insular as France.

Although I suspect this may have something to do with not harming Apple's market share (who's phones are ironically made in China)

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Vodafone is UK's mobile ping king

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EE (BT)

Went in to the EE shop today, and they're now really bloody expensive.

Monthly tariffs on the newest phones are insane and their PAYG prices are higher than you can buy the handset sim-free unlocked.

You can tell BT have taken over, that's for sure.

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Phone-free Microsoft patents Notch-free phone

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Oh dear

Any chance of fixing Skype, Office and you know ..... Windows 10 before wasting time and money on shit like this?

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Techies building UK web smut age check tools: You'll get a spec next week

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I'm assuming

If you use a VPN masked as another region then it will bypass the age checks ... or is it not that simple?

I have a BT router and there's no way to change the DNS. Does that affect anything?

(Sorry, I'm not that technical really)

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Stephen Hawking dies, aged 76

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Re: That's a bummer of a way to start a Wednesday

It's the staff I feel sorry for.

First Toys R us, Maplins and now Hawkings Bazaar......

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Windows Mixed Reality: Windows Mobile deja vu?

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Just the usual then ....

M$ have absolutely no strategy.

Release products no-one wants

Release products people do want but make an arse of them

Buy over decent products (skype) and make an arse of them

Turn the magnificent Windows 7 in to a slurping nightmare with a terrible update strategy

Kill Windows Mobile which with proper development would have been a major competitor for Google / Apple

Release very expensive poor quality hardware that doesn't even work properly with their own OS

Seriously, how these muppets are still in business just amazes me.

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Capita screw-ups are the pits! Brit ex-miner pensioners billed for thousands in extra tax

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Outsourcing .....

Isn't working. Crapita, G4S, (we don't give)ATOS, Serco are all as bad as each other.

Screwed up contracts, bad employee relations and billions of pounds down the shitter.

Seems Amey are at it as well: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-43350287

Seriously, I can't see why the public don't really seem to care about this. It's a national embarrassment and should be kicked in to the long grass. Ultimately it's our tax payers money being wasted.

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HP is turning off 'Always On' data deals but won't say why

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Samsung Smart TVs

Exactly the same.

Come bundled with loads of useful apps.

Gets updated for 6 months or so

Then the apps start getting pulled one by one until your very expensive "quad core" smart TV is pretty much useless.

But people still keep buying them and listening to all the PR bullshit.

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Shock poll finds £999 X too expensive for happy iPhone owners

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It's not just Apple

Samsung have shoved yet another £50 price increase on their S series handsets. When will this end ...... when people stop buying them.

The Note 4 was £569 and the Note 8 is £869

The Galaxy S was £399 when it came out, now it's double for the current model.

Even factoring in inflation and Brexit tax this is absurd. Manufacturers are just taking the piss. And this time Apple have been burned and it seems Samsung just blindly follow them.

I'm all for businesses making a profit but billions of pounds profit is just greed.

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Apple 'wellness' unit launched for staff: The genius will see you now

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Looks like

They need this at their sub-contract factories to offer mental health support rather than suicide nets.

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RIP... almost: Brit high street gadget shack Maplin Electronics

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Well at least

If there's a fire sale the prices might come down to the same as everyone else's.

1 - Actual electronics shoved in to a corner and no staff to help with anything technical (certainly in my experience anyway)

2 - Shelves filled with cheap Chinese tat no-one wants .... not even at Xmas

3 - Very expensive smart home and IOT guff no-one wants

4 - Massively marked up cables and connectors

5 - last year's technology priced higher than the current model

Management are fully to blame for this. The business needed to be reformed to compete with eBay, Amazon and the likes of CPC Farnell but they sat there with high staff and store leasing costs until it finally caught up with them.

Sad but not unexpected in the slightest.

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Fender's 'smart' guitar amp has no Bluetooth pairing controls

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Right ....

Where's my Cheeky Girls greatest hits CD .....

Failing that Daphne & Celeste or Lolly will do instead :)

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Worldwide smartphone shipments DOWN for first time ever

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I got the Note 8 but only because a 25% Vodafone discount made the price reasonable.

It's a nice handset but the Note 4 was £569 so I don't see what the £300 difference is .... apart from greed and copying Apple of course.

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Mobile network O2 UK leaps into 5G test bed with Greenwich trial

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Oh well .....

GPRS here. Might live long enough to get data that works at some point then .....

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Crunch time: Maplin in talks to sell the business

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This is funny

Just went in to the Aberdeen branch with a PCB and schematic to get some help identifying some diodes.

Sorry, no one that works here can help with electronics.

So what's the name above the door again ....... useless.

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iPhone X 'slump' is real, whisper supply chain moles

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Maybe Apple

Are losing their grip.

Let's face it .... after spending all their money on Starbucks latte, craft beer and beard oil, all these hipsters don't have a thousand pounds to spend on a mid range handset with a stupid notch.

Mind you modern art can be twisted to suit any agenda and that's what Apple tried with the notch. not sure they have succeeded this time.

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When Samsung reveals the S9 at MWC, at least try to act surprised

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Everyone wants

Better battery capacity. 3000 mah isn't great but they won't put a bigger battery in.

Probably no-one gives a shit about slow motion video and Bixby but that's what Samsung's R&D is getting spent on.

Sad.

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Apple to devs: Code for the iPhone X or nothing from April onwards

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Funny thing is ......

When Apple started out they criticized Symbian (especially S60v3) for being a mess with many handsets, multiple resolutions, processors etc. and pointed to iOS as the cleaner saviour. That was fine when they had very few phones, ipods and one ipad all with very similar processors and screen resolutions.

Ten years later it's come back to bite them in the arse. Same mess, different product.

And I won't even mention the complete disorganised chaos the current iOS settings menu is in .....

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Face, face, face! Apple, TrueDepth and a nose-driven iPhone X game

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Really....

Just put the finger scanner back and take £200 off. Thanks.

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Samsung needs to eat itself, not copy Apple's X-rated margins

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Too expensive .... agreed

I got the Note 8 as I have a 25% discount with Vodafone. It's a good handset but not worth the extra compared to others.

It doesn't have the "wow" factor, in fact it's a bit bland actually. Apart from the better camera, it's pretty much the same as the Note 4 but £300 more expensive.

I agree that Samsung (and many others) are under the impression that if Apple get away with it then so will we. I don't think they will, and as your report says the likes of Honor and One Plus may steal the show as their handsets are almost an equivalent for a lot less cash.

On a personal level, Samsung are using Knox as an excuse to lock their handsets out of the developer community. I like to Root to increase the pitifully low headphone volume and for backup purposes but Samsung are making it more and more difficult.

Certainly won't buy from them again.

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I see you're writing a résumé?!.. LinkedIn parked in MS Word

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It's only the start

I instantly deleted my Linkedin profile the day M$ announced they had bought it.

The platform was already rife with scammers and bullshitters so that was the final nail in the coffin.

This is going to turn in to Facebook. You can definitely see it coming.

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2017 tablet market trended towards torpor

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Huawei grew 28 per cent and shipped 12.5 devices.

Well done them. And that's without the Americans banning them. Feel sorry for whoever got half a tablet though....

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This is why we can't have nice things, BT tells Global Services after 3% sales droop

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Oh yeah .....

Outsourcing not working and losing money .... colour me surprised.

Ah well, another £3.00 per month on my broadband coming up soon!

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Well done, UK.gov. You hit superfast broadband target (by handing almost the entire project to BT)

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Maybe

It's a UK thing but I don't see 24Mbps as superfast at all.

More like distinctly average.

Trades description act anyone?

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Dodgy parking firms to be denied access to Brit driver database

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Whatever ....

So they get denied access, fold the company, start up a new one with the same address, staff etc. then get access again.

Another waste of time.

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TalkTalk starts offering punters choice to shift-shift to O2

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Re: The beginning of the end .....

Well, that's the problem.

The independent ISPs are twice the price for twice the service.

You pay for what you get. That's business.

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The beginning of the end .....

Hopefully

Despicable company.

The only people who use them are the ones who want the absolutely bottom cost and the stupid.

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29 MEEELLION iPhone Xs flogged... only to be end-of-life'd by summer?

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I know

Four iphone X owners

Two are Fashionistas (hipsters) who have oiled beards and drink Brewdog

The other two are Apple fanboys extraordinaire.

They look at my vastly superior (and cheaper) Galaxy Note 8 like it's a piece of shit.

Enough said.

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Apple iPhone X: Two weeks in the life of an anxious user

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Hmmmm

I went for the Note 8 instead and it's simply excellent. Had the Note 4 previously (and thought about the X) and the current Note is a big step up. Only two small issues ... the location of the fingerprint scanner and the headphone audio volume and quality isn't the best out there .... but otherways it's a superb handset.

As far as price goes, I got the Note 8 with my 25% discount through Vodafone. They wouldn't honour discounts on the iphone 8 or X and there's no way I would shell out £60 per month plus for the extra storage when I already have a 256gb card anyway.

I know four people with the X. Two of them are bling merchants and the other two are extreme Apple fanboys. As the article says this is not a phone for "normal" people.

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Wave Tata, Capita: You've lost mega-contract to rival outsourcer

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Hmmm

Frying pan > Fire

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Carphone Warehouse cops £400k fine after hack exposed 3 MEEELLION folks’ data

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Re: RE: AC

Tombstone

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Tata for now: Marks & Spencer transfers 250 tech jobs to outsourcer

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Nothing works at M&S

In our local branch (Aberdeen) all the auto tills at the sandwich area have been out of order for ages. Some got fixed but they don't have the staff to man them.

That means for a quick sandwich you need to go to the other side of the store and wait in a massive queue to pay at staffed tills, which are also understaffed.

Funny how there are loads of "clipboards in suits" walking around but no staff to , you know, take money from customers.

M&S lost it a long time ago. Another one on my bankruptcy list.

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Maplin Electronics CEO ups stakes for steak house

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Hmmmm

Oli has been instrumental in the repositioning of Maplin as a differentiated technology retailer and the board and I would like to express our sincere thanks for his leadership

Or as customer see it ......

Oli has forced the business towards bankruptcy by charging obscenely high prices for cables and by filling the shelves with smart home guff and cheap Chinese crap nobody wants.

FTFY

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Microsoft Surface Book 2: Electric Boogaloo. Bigger, badder, better

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Re: The pen isn't included

When I bought my Vaio U70 (which was about £800 imported) in 2006, it came with:

Docking station

Foldable keyboard

3 Stylusus (Styli, whatever)

LAN Dongle

VGA monoitor dongle

Backlit LED remote control and headphones

Spare nibs for the scroll button

But times have moved on, companies have become greedy and that maybe explains why you can't get a VAIO any more .......

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I'm sure they do ....

But it still doesn't justify Microsoft's "Apple" pricing on this model.

The 256gb model at £1999 is still at least £500 more than it should be.

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Surveillance law slip-up in sight for staff stalking citizens on socials

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Saying that .....

If it heps identify dole scroungers on disability benefit who go snowboarding whilst being unable to walk then I'm all for it.

If these people are stupid enough to post their antics publicly then they get what's coming to them.

P.S. The clue in in the name ..... "social" networking.

I know in the past that councils and DHSS have spied on people physically before, this just makes their work easier.

There are many out there who try to pull a fast one for their own benefit whilst others lose out. Anything that can be done to clamp down on this is welcome.

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TalkTalk banbans TeamTeamviewerviewer againagain

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Hmmmm

They would do well to spend more time protecting their own computers first before worrying about the ones belonging to their customers.

As much use as a chocolate Dido.

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Hello, Dixons Carphone? Yep, we're ringing from a 2015 handset. Profits down 60%, eh?

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Worst company ever

Ordered an S7 edge for my son on Black Saturday. It was in stock online for delivery to the local store on Monday. All good.

Then gets email that the phone was out of stock and they didn't know when they would get it back in again, but don't worry, no money has been taken from your account. I cancelled the order then 2 hours later money missing from bank account.

Took 8 phone calls to India (very frustrating) and a week to get my money back for something they never even had in the first place.

Either their online inventory system is a pile of shite or they are just trying to get money under false pretenses, but I won't be darkening their doorstep again.

Good riddance to a bad company. DSG need to learn how to treat customers properly.

P.S. If they think the iphone X will save them then they are obviously more stupid than I thought. No chance.

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