* Posts by djstardust

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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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Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death dead in latest Windows 10 preview

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Re: Useful?

Exactly what I would have written. Have an upvote!

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The wait is over ... Nokia's BACK!

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Whatever ....

More landfill Android for the far east market.

Nothing to see here, move along kids .....

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3... 2...1... and 123-Reg hit by DDoSers. Again

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Why oh why

Is anyone still with these muppets?

Once bitten twice shy and all that .......

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Folders return to Windows 10's Start Thing

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Stardock Start10

That is all.

Windows 7 goodness all over again and no sign of that stupid start menu.

Worth $5 no question.

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Apple drops requirement for apps to use HTTPS by 2017

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The thing they really need to drop

Is their prices

How they can even remotely justify the prices on the new MacBook Pro is beyond me given the mediocre components and cheap assembly (glue)

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Tesla set to up prices by 5% in new year because of 'currency fluctuations'

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5 percent

Better than the 22% those greedy bastards Apple and Microsoft have added post Brexit.

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BT and Plusnet most moaned about broadband providers. Again

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Oh yeah

"If companies let their customers down, we will step in and investigate, which can lead to significant fines"

Which really means .....

"We'll continually report about Telecoms Providers and how they rip off customers and give them a poor service, however in reality OFFCOM is a useless organisation who bend over and take it up the arse from the industry and we will do absolutely nothing about it!

FTFY.

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Screw EU! Apple to fight back over €13bn tax bill

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Apple

Are a really horrible company obsessed with greed and margin. I genuinely hope they have to pay every penny due.

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Apple's Airpod wireless earbuds finally go on sale after six-week delay

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£159 .....

For something that will

1 - Have terrible battery life

2 - Get easily lost

3 - Sound flat as a pancake (based on the design and the fact the iphone EQ is useless)

You really would have to be mad to even think about these.

Think I'll stick to my Note 4 (rooted with volume boost) and B&O Play H3 in-ears I got for £40 on eBay. Best combination ever :)

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Microsoft announces 16 years of support for Windows, SQL Servers

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Ermmmm

Just got a new gaming desktop delivered from Chillblast today for my son's Xmas present so had to start it up and check it worked.

Set no to everything in the advanced options then installed Spybot Anti-beacon to block the telemetrics.

Quite sad it's the first thing you think about when buying a PC with Windows 10 on it.

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Revamped Cortana finally lands on UK mobe mass market

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Re: Ha bloody ha

DWS lite or Spybot Anti-Beacon

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Ha bloody ha

Just about every Windows 7, 8 & 10 user is downloading tools to STOP slurp by adding hosts exceptions and firewall rules.

What makes MS think anyone would want to put a slurping assistant voluntarily on a non-MS device?

Are they for real?

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Who killed Pebble? Easy: The vulture capitalists

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Fancy that

Although a great concept with good battery life, the watches were butt ugly. Plastic tat with huge bezels and low-res screens. Even the Steel ones looked awful.

I'm certainly no fan of Apple in any way but at least their watch looks the part and looks sell.

That is the major part Pebble got wrong. Just making it look better may have saved them.

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Ofcom fleshes out plans to open up BT's ducts and poles

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How many times?

Jesus wept .... this must be the fifth or sixth consultation on this very issue in as many years all carried out by OFFCOM, and strangely nothing's happened.

Useless toothless overpaid bunch of self serving morons. and that's on a good day.

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Apple Watch sales go over a cliff: Down 2.8 meellion per quarter in a year

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Casio

It seems they did deliberately rip off the shape and size of the Casio calculator watches from the early 80s.

However my Scientific calculator "smartwatch" CFX-200 is still in perfect working order. It was bought from Ratners in 1983 and is worn every day. Oh, and it needs new batteries around every 5 or 6 years.

Even the Apple luvvies know this is a pile of crap, but they still wear them to show off. Sad.

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Sky: Stuff your quad play – customers want separate bills

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Save all the hassle ....

Just stuff Sky.

Murdoch Propaganda TV will never get a penny from me.

Arseholes.

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Huawei Mate 9: The Note you've been waiting for?

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The Note 4

Is still a good phone, even by today's standards, and you can pick up a good one pretty cheap on ebay now.

I have one I use as my main phone and I got a spare one as well.

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Lib Dems to oppose porn checks in Blighty's Digital Economy Bill

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The problem with this country

Is career politicians like Amber who clearly don't have a clue about what they are pioneering. They listen to think tanks, fringe protest groups and charities with a vested interest while ignoring experts, common sense and more importantly the general public.

They can please themselves, but I have started using a VPN recently and apart from the odd site that checks that the IP address is UK based it's 98% non-intrusive.

I'm not surfing anything dogdy however I DO have an issue with others snooping through it for no reason. It's perfectly clear that the people they are looking for are either using TOR or the dark web so this is just an excuse to try and control the population.

Screw you Amber.

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Sorry, iPhone fans – only Fandroids get Barclays' tap-to-withdraw

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The Apple walled garden

Strikes again.

Why do people pay over the odds for their crap given all it's restrictions.

Beats me.

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Outlook outage outrage

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Pigeons

Far more reliable, although they do small quite bad and shit all over the place.

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Apple admits the iPhone 6 Plus has 'Touch Disease'

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Absolutely agree

I just wish stupid people wouldn't keep buying their overpriced shit.

I quite fancy getting my body cryogenically frozen so I can come back when Apple have gone. Well worth the 28k cost.

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TalkTalk teen hacker pleads guilty as firm reveals £22m profit jump

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There are obviously

A large amount of stupid people who think cheapest is best. They're in for a rude awakening.

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Vodafone blames €5bn H1 loss on cutthroat Indian competition

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Or it could be .....

Large swathes of the UK stuck on Edge or GPRS when their tracker shows 4G.

Or perhaps their terrible CS that actually is in India.

I have no sympathy for them. Profits before punters all the time and now they are pissing off their resellers by cutting contract retention bonuses.

Horrible company.

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UK.gov has 18,000 IT contractors on its books due to dearth of skills

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Oil & gas

Are going to be screwed as well. The industry is in a major downturn at the moment but when things pick up the operators will be wanting to employ contractors on 6 to 12 month positions to see how things pan out.

Previously probably 60% of staff were day rate contractors on the "old" system, but since these changes are now in place I bet most won't touch contract roles with a bargepole as there's no advantage in doing that any more (unless they seriously uplift the day rates which they won't do).

It's going to be a rude awakening for the industry when they suddenly realise no-one wants these contract roles any more.

I'm off for some popcorn .......

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Vodafone UK hails results of Massive MIMO trial with TD-LTE

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Really .....

A 2G signal where Edge actually carries data would be nice (even though your signal tracker shows 4G both inside and outside)

Try concentrating on your out of City networks for a change. Thank you.

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Apple drops dongle prices to make USB-C upgrade affordable

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Re: Rotten Apples

My 2009 MacPro tower is running Windows 7 64bit ultimate on Samsung SSDs.

MacOS is nowhere to be found on it. It's just infuriating to use.

Best PC I have ever owned and still pretty much up there in 2016.

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If it's so PRO then why only a maximum of 16gb RAM?

Can't see too many large 4k videos being edited with that.

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Re: How generous

Exactly.

When I used to buy Sony gear, my Vaio U70 tablet came with the following:

Full docking station

Ethernet adapter

Headphones and wired backlit remote

foldable Keyboard

3 styluses

Spare trackpad rubber covers

And probably other things I can't remember

Apple not even including these adapters then charging prices marked up many thousands of percent really is taking the piss in the extreme.

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Ha bloody ha

When even the Apple evangelistas rebel you know you've screwed up.

Apple's arrogance and greed knows no bounds.

Seems they are losing the "pro" camp, just the Starbucks luvvies to go then it's all over.

Goodbye Apple (again). Don't let the door hit your arse on the way out.

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No spin zone: Samsung recalls 3M EXPLODING washing machines

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First thing I would do

Is sack the whole testing & QC department. Company wide.

Or .... could it be Management pressure to ship items before adequate stress testing has been done?

Answers on a postcard. .......

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Lenovo hires tech 'big brains' to turn around crappy sales

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They do have great machines

You just have to hunt about a bit.

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/125-lenovo-thinkpad-yoga-12-2in1-ultrabook-fhd-ips-touchscreen-26ghz-i7-5600u-8gb-ddr3-256gb-ssd-win

And no Windows 10 spyware crap. yay!

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Microsoft's chaps slap Slack chat brats with yackety-yak app

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Slack shouldn't worry

MS pretty much screw up everything they touch, and this will be no different.

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Microsoft ends OEM sales of Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1

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Phew....

Glad I bought two Lenovo Yoga 12 machines from Scan Computers lately with Win 7 x64 Pro on them. Took them out of the boxes, disabled Windows update and kept one hidden away for a rainy day.

Windows 10 is a mess on so many levels, and the fact a brand new laptop with Win 7 on it works so well just proves a point.

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iPhone fatigue and fading Samsung. This planet is bored with big brand phones

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Huawei / Honor

Will end up just like Kia, Hyundai and the likes

Go in at the bottom end then slowly ramp up the prices.

I actually saw a Kia last week that was £35k, and the Honor 8 is way more expensive than the honor 7 it replaced.

I remember when Samsung phones were a cheap laughing stock too.

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Microsoft goes back to the drawing board – literally, with 28" tablet and hockey puck knob

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Re: Load of bollocks

And .... Microsoft's customer service appears to be terrible. Given all the problems with Surface batteries and Surface Book software I really wouldn't want to shell out all that money then be left with a lemon.

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