To this day... I giggle every time the final outro plays on any show from 'Mutant Enemy'... Grrrrr... Arrrrgh... gets me to chuckle every damn time.
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Re: pro-Buffy flame war.
And a first for TV shows... now it seems every show has to have it's own 'musical episode'... and few of them ever manage to do it well, let alone as great as that one.
I watched it, I even bought it on DVD.. I even stumbled across an episode on TV the other day (not seen it in years)... But it's not aged as well as some shows... But is still better than most of the real dross on TV these days.
Re: I'll upgrade when I need to, thanks
I bought an RX580 a couple of years ago for the bargain price of £102 (thanks to Amazon's pre-order guarantee and a pricing error where it dropped over £130 before going unavailable).
With my new Ryzen gaming system, I've gaming in 1440p in hight/very high/ultra settings in every game and getting 50fps and upwards in everything except Far Cry 5 and Assasins Creed Origins where I'm getting 40fps.
There's no bad frame dips and as I've only got 75hz freesync monitors... not real need to have higher framerates anyway as anything over 75 isn't going to be noticed.
So I see no need to replace it anytime soon... I will however be keeping an eye on the new Navi gpu's when they come out later in the year.
I was nearly tempted to get an RTX2060 as that's faster than the old 1070ti... but then I saw the prices.
I might keep an eye out for the newly announced GTX1660 which is a 2060 without the RTX side.. and if that's in the mid £200 range and is still faster than a 1070ti... I'll think about that as a contender... after I've seen what Navi is like.
I must also admit that I've never fully forgiven nVidia for what they did to 3DFX after buying out they're IP all those years ago... I had a Voodoo 5, and we got hung out to dry with no drivers, and the 3DFX TV card I had lost support too and it was only thanks to other fans that we had XP drivers at all after that.
But I can't hold a grudge for ever... but I do put value for money vs performance over any preferred vendor. So if an nVidia card offers better VFM Vs Perf... I'll get that... I don't fanboi on anything.
Re: Gambling on Crypto
I dabbled in bitcoin back in the early days, forgot all about it for years until l saw that the price had rocketed... Sold a few when it passed $5k, sold a few more when I realised it had passed $10k... and dumped the rest when it hit £15k... If I'd waited a little longer, I too would be mortgage free... Instead I still have £13k to pay off.
If I'd taken it more seriously 8yrs ago... I'd have had more than the 37.xx I did have... @ a little over $19k that 37 alone would have been over $700,000 (around £510,000)... Instead I ended up with a quarter of that... But it does mean that with a much lower mortgage for the last 5yrs, I can cut back on hrs and work part time, do some volunteering and now plan on retiring a lot earlier.
It also put a new roof on my house, replaced my car with a decent 2nd hand one and built a new gaming PC.
Some managed to cash out early enough to make a profit... some lost a whole lot... which is the danger of speculating on things... I didn't have the bottle to ride it all the way. But I'm very happy I did dabble all those years ago.
Re: No jack, Jack.
I don;t think I've spent £800 in TOTAL on every smartphone I've had over the last 8yrs... Let's see... £150 for an HTC Desire HD, £86 for a Moto G2, £180 for a Wileyfox Storm and £186 for a Moto G5S+... Yup, roughly £602 plus some change on the last 4 smartphones... If you include the SE 990i that I had for 4yrs and bought for around £160... that's still less than £800 in the last 12yrs.
On top of that I've got a decent pair of wired earbuds, and I have a pair of BT earbuds with a nice magnetic strap so you can clip them around you neck when not using them, and I also have a set of BT headphones (big ones) for when I want to avoid disturbing people around me... Those cost less than £50... Which would take me up to around the £800 mark over the last 12yrs.
But I wouldn't buy a sammy phone anyway, overpriced and full of bloat... I'm immune to fashionista marketing.
I did use chrome once... tested it for a few weeks, but it only made sense to use it for google based products... and they actively tried to break functionality of their products when using other browsers.
But I uninstalled it, and went back to firefox which I've been using... well, pretty much since it came out. I see no reason change to anything else.
When I tell people I use firefox (mainly non technical people.. or just the stupid)... they look at you like you're mad... especially when you tell them one of the first things you do in android is install FF and disable chrome.
I've tried to educate people in the ways of privacy, and how you don;t have to accept the ever invasive creep of google and their ilk... But they're wilfully ignorant of the dangers.
Already got a heatsink
I've just built a new gaming rig, and added a 250GB WD Black NVME for the OS and essential programs... The motherboard already had a nice little heatsink with thermal pad to keep it cool... and most boards these days do... So I don't really see why it's needed. Gamers buy gaming boards and I've not seen one that didn't have a heatsink/spreader with it.
99.9% of all apps
99.9% of all apps do not need access to most data for any reason... but 99.9% of them request it anyway... Restricting sms/call access... doesn't go nearly far enough. Throw in location and other identifying data such as wifi/bluetooth ID's... all of that data should be restricted unless it's 1000% required for the app to function it's given task.
A year after Logitech screwed over Harmony users, it, um, screws over Harmony users: Device API killed off
It's shit like this, that is the sole reason I will never give in to home automation. I'm quite capable of switching a light on/off and my heating is programmed to come on when needed and a simple press of a button will put in frost mode when I go away for a few days.
The last thing I want or need is some crappy app monitoring me just for the convenience of turning on a light and/or heating... It's also one of the reasons I'll never have any kind of alexa/siri/google device.
Worldwide Web wizard Tim Berners-Lee sticks wellington boot into Worldwide Web's giants: Time to break 'em up?
I've been saying for almost 20yrs now.
"The greatest thing about the internet is that it gives everyone a voice.
The worst thing about the internet... Is that it GIVES EVERYONE a voice."
It's given a certain portion of people the misguided belief that their voice and opinions are more important than anyone elses, that their POV and agenda is the only one that matters. They will then attempt to bully, campaign and force that view on everyone else regardless of how stupid and bigoted it is.
All we really see on twitter these days are endless #inserthasttaghere campaigns to send prayers for (insert tragedy here) tragedy or #boycotcompany campaigns, or just simply #mybigotry/racismmustbelistenedtoandgivencreedence ones.
We've seen people attacked and bullied, lives threatened all for wearing a shirt some fuckwits didn't like, or telling a joke that some people dislike... Newsflash fuckwits... EVERY JOKE IS OFFENSIVE TO SOMEONE.
When I see that kind of behaviour... I simply tend to respond with that lovely quote from Stephen Fry.
“It's now very common to hear people say, 'I'm rather offended by that.' As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more... than a whine. 'I find that offensive.' It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that.' Well, so fucking what."
"Do you think Google's AI knows what a mewling quim is?"
I was laughing out loud at this line in the Avengers movie... people around me wondering what I was finding so funny.
I have to hand it to Joss Wheedon, he managed to get the phrase 'Whiny Cunt' in a Disney/Marvel kid friendly rated movie. :)
To this day.. many people still don't realise what he actually means by it. :)
I'm a G+ user and have been since the start... and it's always been a much better social media platform.
But it suffered from several issues
Journalistic bullshit like this that repeatedly called it a ghost town and did their best to discourage people from using it. Those same people were unable to grasp how it worked and that it was built around engaging with others and not just shit posting links for likes.
Through G+ I've made friends all over the world... on average people who are smarter than me... I've made friends with TV people, musicians, artists, writers and seen careers take of because of the platform.
I actively tried to discourage too many people from following me... and at it's peak still managed to collate more than 5000 and to this day only a little under 4800. I have friends with hundreds of thousands of followers and the sheer size of the interaction going on could have easily competed with FB.
But in 2014, Vic Gundotra left as head of the project and Yonatan Zunger also move on to other things. Then new people brought in didn't understand it's usefulness and started to change it for the worse... they removed elements, split of it's biggest attraction 'hangouts' into a separate site entirely... that alone made it very hard for people to see when friends were online and in a video chat.
In one swift move... it went from having full video hangouts several nights a week.. where people struggled to even get in and others were hopping from one to another to catch up with friends... to finding it hard to even find people online... That was the start of the death spiral... and shitty decision after shitty decision followed... G+ didn't die because of a lack of use... there are still hundreds of thousands of people using it daily and there would be millions more if not for googles mismanagement of the project.
Some of us saw the writing on the wall.. it wasn't a question of 'if' the hammer fell but 'when'
So about a month ago, a couple of people started a dispora pod for the people of G+, not as a replacement.. but as a backup.
Timing was fortuitous... Because in those first few weeks perhaps 400-500 people we all new joined up to test it out... and aside from a few minor issues with functionality that G+ had and diaspora doesn't... Feedback was positive.
Then google announced on Monday afternoon that they would be closing G+... We'd mentioned it a few times to others on G+... So we put the word out again, giving more information... promoting the ad free, censorship free, data mining free, privacy centric features...
Our diaspora pod... has seen another 4000 people join in 48hrs... server capacity has been quadrupled to handle the load... and interaction is through the roof.
I've rediscovered friends who had gotten fed up with the way G+ was mismanaged and drifted away... who are now back and loving the community spirit again.
diaspora isn't perfect... but it's still being worked on, and because you pay for server space it's not going to go away and it runs on open source code... and is constantly being worked on and developed... if only google had done the same, instead of mismanaging and abandoning a well used and loved platform.
And shame on the 'technology' focused hacks who never bothered to figure out how it worked and instead regurgitated the same old bullshit over and over again
On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others
Re: "oh boy"
"It could be argued with equal facility that another genius might've come along and invented these same things, just in a different fashion."
You mean those people that invented things and brought them to market 'before' apple 'claimed to have invented' them?
Like the first mp3 player in 1997... 4yrs before the ipod... or the first touch screen phones...some 4-5yrs before the iphone.
Apple 'invented' very little... they stole ideas with impunity and marketed them in such a way that people 'believe' they invented them... and then he cries foul when others release similar stolen ideas. Which makes me think... did he actually believe his own bullshit?
Steve Jobs wasn't a genius 'inventor, designer' or anything else... although... He was a genius at marketing bullshit and convincing people to follow him.
I know the fanbois are out in force on this article and down voting to oblivion anyone who dares to criticise their 'idol'.
So by all means go at it, but just know that it doesn't make you right, it just proves that you aren't capable of accepting criticism of a very flawed man who did more shitty things than good, who treated his own flesh and blood worse than the current US president does... because when you can say Trump behaves better than Jobs... WTF has this world come too.
You will regret it sooner or later. Dare to use more bandwidth than they think is right on an unlimited service and they throttle you... or they put too many people on the same pipe and throttle you so it can cope with being oversubscribed.
One of the worst companies I ever dealt with and my 100mbps service was barely hitting 13Mb, kept complaining, taking daily screen shots of speed tests done on multiple sites until they finally admitted it and allowed to leave my contract early.
Them and Vodafone are worse than talktalk for bullshit and lies.
I no longer live in MK, but even if I did... nothing would make me trust Vodafone with anything.
They're a bunch of lying, deceitful arsehats who will say and do anything to try and get you to sign up to them... without ever intending to carry out a simple task like transferring your number. I know this, because it's what they did to me and repeatedly lied about it.
In the end, I had to put in multiple complaints and threaten legal action before they terminated my service and I could sign up with Zen. But I did get every single penny I paid back. But thanks to their bullshit I was without a service for 2 weeks.
So... gigabit speeds = good... Vodafone = lying c*nts
I already block everything by default and only enable specific items that allow me to view whatever content I want to see. Sure it means training a new website for a few extra moments, but it's worth it as those sites load much faster when not being slowed down by the bloat.
This is a positive step in my book, any site that wants me to disable an ad blocker or any other kind of script/cookie thwarting plugins can quite simply go frack themselves.
Speaking as a person who uses a variety of 6-8 TB drives in my media server... and as I've said many times before.
Until consumers can buy a 4TB drive for the same price as a regular mechanical one... spinning rust will live on.
HDD prices have been kept artificially high for years, and the EU is supposed to be investigating this... but I've heard nothing for sometime on the matter.
I've been able to pick up my drives in sales for a lot less than they normall go for. An 8TB purple drive for £150 instead of well over £200 and 6TB drives for an average of £128 instead of around the £180 mark.
My media server currently has a 3TB & a 4TB drive and those I'll be replacing next... So I'll be needing more 6-8TB models and there's no way SSD will be at that capacity and price range for many, many years to come... If ever.
Re: My wishlist
My current Moto G5S+ has all of those, a decent camera and upto 2 or 3 days battery life depending on use.
I got mine for £189 some £70 below retail.
The only reason I bought it a couple of months ago was because my Wileyfox Storm developed a battery bulge and I needed a quick replacement before going on my hols.
I've since repaired the Wilefox Storm at a cost of £13 and given it to my mum to replace her Moto G2.
I've not checked out the new Moto G6S yet, but I hear good things... they make decent phones for people who can't or refuse to waste money on so called flagship shiny trinkets... I'm one who refuses to waste money when I can get what I want for a fraction and save money at the same time.
I just want a phone with a decent battery life, that's not filled with bloatware. Over that last 4yrs I've had a Mot G2 (4G) and Wileyfox Storm and now a Moto G5S+. The only reason I bought the G5S+ was because the battery started to bulge on the Storm and I was due to go away 4-5 days later and needed a replacement immediately. I paid 30% under retail for the G5S+ and it's a decent enough phone that can last 2 days easily.
Then I decided to strip down the Storm to see how it was built, and actually use that little speciality tool kit I bought last xmas... I discovered that the battery wouldn't be that hard to replace, so I found one and ordered it... Currently waiting for it to arrive. So my Storm will be repaired and I'll probably give it to my mum to replace her G2 (my old G2).
Given that I replace my phones every 3yrs on average (unless they fail in some way (storm after a little more than 2yrs)... I couldn't give a rats arse about all the new must have 'shiny' features... I just want a phone that can make calls, send txts and messaging, browse the net without slowing down to a crawl and take reasonable opportunist pics when I don't have my proper camera with me... if it can do all that and make a charge last a couple of days... I'm good... I'm good... and most phones these days across the high budget to mid mid range can do just that perfectly well.
Not to mention the money it saves me... I have friends who think nothing of being on a £30 a month contract just so they can upgrade their phone every 2yrs.. some are on 3yr contracts. so that's a minimum of £720 up to £1080 they spend... Meanwhile I spend on average less than £200 every 2.5 to 3yrs and £10 a month for unlimted txts, minutes and 3GB of data (more than enough as I'm on wifi 90% of the time)... Over 2yrs that's less than £440 and 3yrs, under £560... a saving of some 40% or more over friends with less common sense.
That's enough savings to be able to upgrade my gaming computer every two years with a new CPU and video card... or a weeks holiday some where nice... It covers the insurance and car tax for a whole year.
Meanwhile they're still complaining about money being tight and ignoring every bit of sensible, logical and down right brilliant advice I give them.
But then again... phone snobbery and perceived elitism is more important to some than others.
I've still got one that's used a lot
I kinda like the ability to set up a load of alias addresses that feed back into the same account. I use my hotmail for spam, if I need to sign up for any web based account... a new alias is created just for that site.
So if I start getting spam to a specific email address... I can trace it back to the precise company that's sold on my info without my consent (I NEVER give my consent to anything).
Very handy now that GDPR is in effect. I'm actually kinda looking forward to reporting the breaches at the moment. :)
I'm still using an intellimouse from 16yrs ago, one of the 5 button ones that's attached to my mediaserver along with one of the MS multimedia keyboards (1.0A) that's even older.
Both work flawlessly still, because MS used to make good gear back then... Not sure I'd trust them anymore... especially as they'll probably bundle some way of harvesting your data with it now... Cynical... me... Experience proves I need to be.
I especially like the fact I can remove the top of the keyboard casing and literally wash it to get rid of all the gunk, dust, hair and so forth that gets down between the keys... Far better than having to pull all of the keycaps of of my current corsair (RGB) gaming keyboard on my gaming machine to clean that properly... and then the seemingly endless task of double checking you've got each key in the right position when putting it back together... Because there's always a few you position incorrectly.
So whilst brining back the mouse may be a good thing for us oldies for some nostalgia. I won't be getting one because my old one still works fine, and if it ever breaks I still have the wireless version of it in a drawer.
Re: RE: BC
"As the unhappy owner of 3 Nexus 5s, 2 Nexus 9s, and 2 Nexus 6Ps i agree completely. Google doesn't have any quality control...Zero...None at all."
The fact that you have purchased just 3 devices multiple times and all of them badly flawed... only highlights that you really, really, really... need to do some proper research before buying any kind of technology in the future. :)
I haven't purchased a phone from a shop of any kind in almost 15years... I purchase everything online after doing a shit load of research into the best value for money vs performance.
I also have a rule that I won't pay more than £200 for a handset, it can't be at the lowest end of the market and it has to be as free from bloatware as possible... and it absolutely must be unlocked.
Up until the end of April I was using a wileyfox storm, which was (and still is)_ a great phone that cost me £180 new a few years ago... However the battery started to bulge and poped open the back cover in one spot, so I replaced with a Moto G5S Plus, which is a great little phone too... and cost me £196 (retail was around the £250-60 mark). It's not the first Moto G I've owned, but the G2 4G model was a little underpowered and lacking in ram for my use... That's not the case any more and it's easily as good as phones costing twice as much. The only thing it lacks (which I've never had a need for) is wireless charging. the fingerprint sensor is fast and easy to use, and positioned in a very easy to use place. The camera is decent enough (there's 2 on the back) and takes some great shots. The screen is crisp and clear, although it does wash out a little in bright sunlight (especially if you have a screen protector on it).
I may actually look into repairing the Storm as all it needs is a new battery... but it happened a week before I went away for 10 days and |I had to have a replacement quickly.
Long gone are the days when a premium price should be paid for a device... the upper end of the low range and the mid range market has matured to the point where it's every bit as good as the 'premium' end.... and paying 2 or 3 times as much for essentially the same thing is a fools choice.
Unless you want that fruity symbol.. in which case you have no choice but to pay a premium for something that's no better than a mid range android phone (discounting OS as they're a personal preference in my opinion).
As others have pointed out, satnav has some big drawbacks.... I don't need it to navigate my way out of my home town, nor do I need it to get home again. I've owned cars with satnav since about 2005 but never use the incar ones anymore... Mainly due to out of date maps and excessive costs from manufacturers for replacements, or the complete discontinuation of support. using my phone is easier and far more accurate nowadays. My next car won't 'require' it as a list of preferred options unless it's part of a package that's included with my preferred ones (such as leather heated seats)
So like others, I use my brain and drive in the direction I need to until a point where I can no longer be certain of which direction to go. This can be anywhere from 50-90% of the journey already completed. It all depends on whether I've been to that part of the country before.
A group of friends once took our cars to the Nurburgring for a fun weekend, 4 cars and 3 different satnavs... each one trying to take us on different routes that could vary by up to 80 miles. Mine was the most accurate and direct at around 406 miles whilst a friends Garmin was trying to take us past, back and around adding nearly 80 miles to the journey. On the way back he blindly followed it instead of the rest of us and ended up missing the ferry we all caught... and we arrived 90 mins early for it.
I always take a look at the map before leaving, download a copy of the route onto my phone as well as surrounding areas in case of redirections, and I always check out the alternative routes offered to see if one is more direct and fuel efficient.
Luckily I grew up in an era where maps were used and I can actually read one.
But my biggest gripe with satnavs is currently with google maps, which now only marks your position with a big round dot, and doesn't change back into the directional arrow until you have started driving a few hundred yards... Which often leads to you starting out in the wrong direction when starting from being parked up.
Hardly surprising that they're a failing telco in the UK... given the appalling way they behave. Selling people broadband packages they have no intention of fulfilling, lying through their teeth about porting numbers (they don't even bother trying) and hoping that you'll accept whatever number they give you and lose your old one that you've had for years.
Do I sound bitter... damn right... Experienced all of that and more in the few weeks I had to suffer with them. Eventually got every single penny refunded after I had to threaten them with the regulator... But couldn't sign up for a new provider until the actually disconnected my service... phone line took 3 days longer than my broadband because I wanted the number they supplied terminated not accidentally ported by the new provider... who couldn't take on an active line and then port another number from a 3rd provider.
Customer service is a joke, would give TalkTalk a run for worst provider ever.
In the end, swallowed the hit and went with Zen, who have so far been hassle free, ported my number and actually provide a decent router.
Could have gotten it cheaper... but I value better service over cost for something as important as my access to porn... I mean, wholesome and family friendly browsing.
My dad had parkinsons for 25yrs before he passed in 2016... I started taking him and my mum to the group each month, and even after he became to ill to attend himself... We both went along. Now I'm their go to tech guy (I'm not saying expert, because I'm far from it and still using W7 on all the systems I help out with) when anyone has issues. My mum is now on the management committee and I attend when I can (it's a 50m round trip on the last Weds of each month). Some times all I do is help set things up and do the teas/coffees and raffle draws. But they often have interesting talks and guest speakers and it's not always about parkinsons... It's a way for suffers and their families to meet others in the same boat and get help/advice/support from people who fully understand how hard it can be on whole families. They help us so much, it's the least we can do.
I've just helped a couple of people with W10 machines... my first ever experience with it... End result, both problems fixed in a few minutes, the majority of that time spent looking for where they moved the f'kin settings.
As for one problem... the old issue of windows re-installing the same printer every time it's plugged into a different USB port. FFS.
The other... a c*ntish PC shop installing software that nags people into thinking they need updates that cost money.
As both of these people are in their 50's & 60's and part of a Parkinsons group I volunteer at... I of course refused any payment and advised one to avoid that particular shop in future and come to me for advice/help.
I ditched Sky last year due to the non stop price hikes that saw a 40Mb fibre (+phone) being priced at £46.99... and went to Virgin who offered 100Mb + Phone for £32... what a mistake that was. My average since Nov was less than 20Mb and I actually got one of their staff to admit that their network couldn't handle the traffic.
I got out of that contract with some refunds and so forth and went over to Vodafone... f'kin halfwits lied through their teeth about not being able to transfer my BT originated number from Virgin (they never even tried) and I cancelled that within a few weeks and have been refunded everything paid... so almost 4 weeks of internet for free and a phone line that was never used as Virgin kept my line/number open waiting for the number port... which costs me line rental.
I got so fed up with crapp companies that I bit the bullet and went with Zen... it's pricey at £50 a month for phone/full fibre and free calls 24/7... But it's been a hassle free journey so far. Line active within 2 days or ordering, internet within 7 days and so far getting 62Mb on a 77Mb line with more tweaking to be done (I know it can support 69Mb as I had that via Vodafone).
I also have to say that I'm impressed with the supplied router too... Far better than anything supplied by Sky/Virgin/Vodafone.
The moral of this story.... pay peanuts, get shat on by monkeys.
Re: Fill in the blanks; Average people do not care about _______, they care about _________
"Finally, has anyone outright been told by friends or family to download an app, just so that they can send you something?
The psas were correct, peer pressure IS dangerous, but I am not sure in the way they intended to convey."
I was on facebook until around 2011-2012 but deleted it and have never used it since... I was also on what's app but deleted that the day after it was bought by facebook.
I have virtually zero contact with a bunch of people because as they put it 'you're not on facebook' this in spite of the fact they have my email and mobile number... as well as knowing other ways to contact me.
The fact that they're become to lazy to do anything outside of facebook, is the perfect example of why i left and the perfect reminder to never ever relent and consider using it (or anything else owned by them) again.
Friendships take work... It's a two way street. I made the effort, I'd txt everytime I was coming to town, tried to arrange meetups and so forth... They couldn't be bothered to do anything that wasn't 'on facebook'. It's like they lost the ability to function as human beings without a phone and a FB app in front of their face. Those people are no longer considered friends... to quote Arnold J Rimmer... I've come to regard them as 'people I've met'
One of them did actually keep in touch via phone/txt but lives at the other end of the country from me... Trying to arrange to actually visit as none of the others have made the effort in the last 6 yrs, in spite of the fact he's come up several times to see them. It's tricky finding a time when both of us have free weekends as it's a 600m or so round trip for me. Can't be done in a single day.
I treat people as they treat me... so it's always funny when some one complains about the way they get treated... It's exactly what you do to others... Deal with it fuckwit.
Re: Talk rhymes with Bork?
I love giving my 'Merkin' friends some lessons in English pronunciation.
Worcestershire is pronounced Wo-sest-eer-shy-ree
Leciester or Leiscetershire is Lay-Sest-eer & Lay-sest-eer-shy-ree
Sadly some of them caught on... so I started slipping in more innocuous ones instead. Can't wait for one of them to visit this summer... Gonna be fun. :)
Oh and I've convinced at least some of them that we call their version of 'football' kiddie rugby or hand egg. :)
I have never used TalkTalk and I never will, simply because of the stories I read about them on here and because of the leak they had a couple of years ago that they tried to cover up.
However... there are others just as bad. I've just got out of my Virgin media contract a little early because of 'utilisation' issues... Which basically means their network isn't capable of supporting the number of customers they have. This was proven over the course of several months by taking daily screenshots of various speed tests, that showed an average of 20Mbps on a 100Mbps line. Speeds would drop as low as 68Kbps but never higher than 30Mbps.
So I switched to Vodafone in March... and have already terminated my service because they couldn't even transfer my number. Confirmed with Virgin that they've never even requested it.
Virgins customer dept are pretty useless dealing with things, and you have to escalate a complaint and threaten to take it to the regulator before they respond.
Vodafone simply ignore ALL complaints, and you have to email the ceo nick.jeffery@ before they pay attention.
I am currently in limbo... there's a phone line with a temp number blocking the line... I'm still paying Virgin for a phone line and I can't get a new broadband provider installed until Vodaphone terminate the line... Because any new provider will try to take over the temp number and not my actual number.
The moral of this story... all 3 of these providers (TalkTalk, Virgin & Vodafone) are a bunch of lying, deceptive, unfit for purpose feckwits... and No one should ever use them at all.
Firefox + the following plugins
Might not block everything, but it's great place to start. I also block googleanalytics as well as other things from google.
I also use duckduckgo exclusively for search results... the only time I search for anything with google is when I actually need something immediately whilst out and about and have no choice but to use my phone... But these searches are usually trivial such as a location or number of a business or the most common one... settling an argument by asking if a certain actor/actress was in a certain movie and so forth.