* Posts by gautam

234 publicly visible posts • joined 4 Jun 2007


Qualcomm and India’s top telco strike 5G pact, hit 1Gbps in trials


Well done but.....

....when is the launch?

What hardware/phones/routers are on offer? Will handsets/bands be globally compatible for different markets?

Questions questions.

Rip and replace is such a long Huawei to go, UK telcos plead, citing 'blackouts' and 'billion pound' costs: Are Vodafone and BT playing 'Project Fear'?


5G ?

Where is 5G? After having bagged the spectrum, networks have shied away from investing in the infrastruture needed. Limited one street per city launches gives them bragging rights, but the HAVE NOT DONE anything costing near enough billions they claim it will cost to rip off 5G.

They are rooting for Govt. handouts and subsidies.

Greedy barstewards, them lot.

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you



As per title.

Cisc-o-no! 'We’re being uninvited to bid' on China deals admits CEO as Middle Kingdom snub freaks out investors


But then......

.......it seems China is the bigger Capitalist at the moment. And US is shrinking into a socialist style domain with too much control freakery and freedom loss. They are going the communist way, surely. Surveillance and spying of own citizens, movements monitored, Social media hacked and spied upon, backdoors everywhere, arrogance of border and immigration staff, racism, gun crime. Looks to me like a downward spiral.

The only thing China buys is commercial Aircrafts ( The biggest US exports for a while) and some agriculture produce, and of course, raw materials for its low cost manufacturing prowess.

WW3 when the Chinese decide to dump all the US treasury bonds . Gold prices will go ballistic and we will have quite a show.

Off somewhere nice on holibobs? Not if you're flying British Airways: IT 'systems issue' smacks UK airports once again


Competition is good

They are all competing amongst themselves to achieve a level playing field in terms of service, cockups, delays, customer services etc and the lowet common denominator being Ryan Air to aspire to.

Whats not to like?

Except the fares, and their arrogance.

Worlds Favourite? Says who?


Anyone notice........

..........that the canned statements always mention "SOME" disruption,hacks,letdowns. In this case it is SOME flights form Heathrow. The £ 183 million ICO fine will of course be recovered from customers eventually. We end up paying for big corporate's penny pinching and ineptitude.

But it is always SOME, no matter how big the size of the breach, hack, cockups.

I remember the Talktalk hack (thrice in a year) and they still mentioned SOME customers hacked.

And then the words "we are working hard" to restore/fix/band aid/coverup our incompetencies. The PR dept jumps into overdrive. At least they pay for their keep.

Bar stewards all !

BT flogs off its fleet vehicle maintenance arm to German private equity types Aurelius


Price rise?

So if they have paid a substantial amount to BT for this deal, they will expect a quick return on investment. One guess about which way the price rise would go . To BT, who willl then pass it on via ISPs.

How convenient.

WItness how many price rises have occured after Liberty media took over Virgin. Customers are only a cash cow number, to be gouged as deemed fit. Upwards pyramid for the shareholders.


So no more Openreach Engineers then.

They will now easily blame this new entity for cancelled or unkept appointments, since they were arranging spares parts from Germany !

BT has been given another excuse for poor or non performance.

Just like the ISPs blame the BTOR for fault repairs (they dont have a choice), now its gone a step further.

Extreme & ruthless Capitalism, as practised in Britain.

Dido queen of carnage steps down from TalkTalk


Good Riddance

But whats next in store? That's the bigger worry.

And I doubt the pathetic & negative culture they have fostered past few years will be able to be changed anytime sooner.

Just call their call centre (any division) and try to get an intelligent answer first time !

Apple ordered to fling some spare change at wireless patent troll



Rounded. Corners anyone…...?

Will US border officials demand social network handles from visitors?


Welcome "DON" Trump

..to the White House.

You are the only missing link now left to make the US of A the greatest country again (after NK).

TalkTalk: Data was 'secure', erm, we beat rivals on price. Um, scratch that...


It wasnt us guv. honest

Just ask the 4 teenagers. They wanted some ransom and did some mischief on our servers. We've done all minimum that is required under the law. Just ask my advertising manager, whose name I don't know.

I can assure you the data was not encrypted, hence the 4 teenagers got do their naughty bit.

That's our mitigating circumstances, m'lord.

That's all.

True fact: 1 in 4 Brits are now TERRORISTS


AM i terrorist for watching this? - That's Americans BTW

When I was young, came across this front page on Life magazine and the image has haunted me ever since. Didn't know much about Napalm or Agent Orange. But now....... Oh America. You rascals.


In the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave ... you can legally carrier unlock your own phone



... come September, BA will be all over the advert pages (spending millions) crowing, singing and dancing about World Offers and "to fly - to serve" slogans.

Apple SOLDERS memory into new 'budget' iMac


Very acceptable....

To the blind fanbois. Why would Apple not shaft them, when they are willing and able, having downed their pants and are already bent over ?

After all they started this with their italksnobmachines, where every 8 GB RAM meant about $100 premium ? And sheeple happily pay.

Whats not to like ( for Apple ) ?

They need to loook after the shareholders first.

Samsung in a TIZZY: OH PLEASE make apps for our Tizen Z mobe


Who wants a Tizzy?

When competitiors are offering this:


That's right, MICROSOFT is an ANDROID vendor after Nokia gobble



Welcome to the Dark Side, M$.

Cameron: UK public is fine with domestic spying


Our Idiot PM is .....

......a TOFF to the core.

Which pub did he visit to get people's opinions ? And more importnatly, what did he drink ?

Wonder what Clegg has to say on this !


Blocking BitTorrent search sites 'ineffective': Pirate Bay ban lifted for Dutch ISPs


What if.....

TPB changes its name to "the non pirate bay" or some such to remove the stigma attached to the name ?

TPB allows you to download, you are happy to download, what is "illegal downloads" terminology about, then ? TPS has not stopped you from downloading . So it cant be illegal, then !

Copyright? Thats another issue, though.

Foxconn mulls US expansion as States compete for business


Re: Translation.

SO UK does not qualify ?

Arent we equally (probably more) broke than our US cousins?

Oh sorry, they havent cinsidered our planning permission laws, yet!

Apple loses sauce, BlackBerry squashed and Microsoft, er, WinsPhones (Nokia's)



And the same backpackers are not allowed in the UK/European markets by the very cartelised distribution channels and their "partners" who cream off the bulk of the profits.

A good Android smartphone should not be more than £60 to £80 (as has been proved by Moto g et al) and the Chinese producers, due to the current economies of scale.

Just why are we drip fed and rippped off regularly, is what needs explaining, Andrew.

Moto G: Google's KitKat bruiser could knock out, bury Landfill Android


Irrational article - Andrew

Its a fact that smartphones are the norm now. You could then call all the past feature phones landfill by the same definition. Its still an evolving technology.

If China can sell good smartphones (androids) at around £80 levels profitably, it just lays bare the well known cliche that Apple and Samsung have ripped (and still are) off consumers for all they are worth by slick marketing.

It also proves the dictum that a good smartphone need not cost the earth, as Apple/Samsung would like to make us believe. At 5 times the cost, one is never going to get 5 times the phone ! (except snob value and bragging rights).

If your bosses tell you you're 'in it together', don't ever believe them


REMF - Lol

Wouldnt it be more appropriate to expand it as " Rear End Mother Fuckers" ?

Echelon sounds too polite !

Economical Indian MOM whips up her eggs en route to Mars


Egg Shaped is not Pear Shaped !

Well done India.

Out of eggs comes chikcen, who will come home to roost on Mars amid a lot of squawking from disgruntled naysayers.

Thats all folks.

Google's leaky ship spills new Nexus 5 photos, $349 price tags all over web


Re: Hmmmm

Brand and links please?

Axe falls: Virgin Media plans to kill 600 management jobs


I told you so.......

Prices have risen and CS is pants.

The shareholders are already baying for ROI.

Has it occured to anyone?

Such mega takeovers are in no ones interest, cos it ultimately the punters who end up paying for the privileged few !

Prove me wrong.

Cold-blooded, INHUMAN visitor hitches ride on NASA moon rocket


Re: Mais attendez!

Oui monsieur, we missed a barbequed frog dinner!

Americans are a wasteful lot, innit?

Five SECRET products Apple won't show today


Dont Criticise Apple

Fan boys are ready to be mugged today at the mugfest. (happily so).

Sleek Nokia Lumia details EXPOSED ahead of Thursday's disrobing


What are they selling?

Seriously, it seems the whole marketing is based on the Camera specs. WTF? Are they selling a camera with a phone slapped on as an afterthought? Or Vice versa?

Can it make calls?

IF you really need a goood camera, why cant you just buy one and have the rest of the phone as a separate entity?

ANd they will also chareg upwards of £500 for thsi privilege.

Hi? Vladimir? It's Obama. The hackers ARE BACK. Hello? Are you still there?


The biggest hackers are ......

..in their own backyards !

NSA and FSB.


BT! dumps! Yahoo! after! 10! long! years! together!



And extremely slow !

I now receive more spam than ever before, wonder why. Maybe Ms. Mayer, having the Google DNA has decided to advert/spam everything she touches. Yahoo users are in for a torrid time.

Nokia shareholder tells CEO Elop he's going to hell


Ditch him whlst still have some time.

So whay cant the Nokia Board still ditch him and change course?

OR are they awestruck by MS marketing money and staring at the sinkhole already?

Strange are this corporate ways (american arrogance). WOnder who are the major fund/shareholders who can perhaps twist a few arms?

Throttled customers rage over Virgin Mobile UK's tight cap


Be prepared for the worst

This is what highly leveraged takeovers do. Never in the consumer's interest.

The new overlords wants a return on their investments, and this is one way they start in cost controls and hopefully sell more/better/faster data!

Capitalism, 21 century style. Someone buys and everyone pays. (Bankers involved).

Yahoo! 'OPTIMISES'! website! for! fondleslabs! AND Facebook!


Re: Yahoo stinks

Can you kinldy elaborate the process of this blocking bits? Much appreciated.

George Bush's family emails, pics ransacked - and spewed online



That they have not yet blamed the Islamist terrorists' plot behind1 this.

One more reason to crack the whip and an additional law passed for the security services and snooping agencies.

Huddled immigrant masses face 'British values' quiz


How can you omit

The Tattooed White van man (& how to avoid confrontation)

Trafic wardens

Essex girls/bimbos

Football yobos

U turn politicians ( a la Nick Clegg ). Wonder if his Spanish wife would pass the test..

Most of the Scots would fail the test too.

Beer swilling, pot bellied , foul mouthed wankers leaving the pubs every night.

Why lock your digits to a phone? Telefonica to flog cloudy numbers


Dumb Pipes

..They still are and ought to remain.

Frogs wanting to be princes, with our money.

Everything Everywhere 'to stuff Santa's sack' with 4G Lumia 920s



And yeah, we might be pleasntly surpised at this new offering with the LTE speeds and Hardware specs.

WIll make a refreshing change from I-snobs and Fandroids duopoly.

Will be called "Nokiastas" The word is now copyrighted.

Google engineer finds British spyware on PCs and smartphones


Indeed Hypocracy.

Come to think of it, I wanted to send an IBM PC in 1987 (a very basic model, not even windows) to a Tanzanian associate trading office, and had to get a Licence from Department of Trade to "export" it.

The time and paperwork involved was horrendous.

T-Mobile outs low-cost mobile data roaming bundles


Still expensive....

In my opinion.

Outrageously old galaxy spied birthing new stars at furious rate


Dont you guys....

......want to talk about Birds & Bees ? Even the Galaxies and stars have to reproduce and grow !

Samsung Galaxy S Advance mid-range Android


Shouldnt it be cheaper....

..at about £150 at the most, now that these phones are commoditised?

IF Huawei could do the San Francisco at 100 (OLED screen mind you) at £100 more than year ago, surely Samsung could do better?

Greedy bastards I'd say.

Nokia dinged with shareholder lawsuit over poor Lumia sales


Re: N-97

Manu T. The article is about Nokias products and its downfall.

In my opinion, the slide started with the N97, which was touted and advertised as the ultimate in smartphone ( no its a computer in your pocket or some such blrub) and the advertising budget of a third world country's annual GDP.

AND the issue highlighted is the sheer arrogance and disdain displayed by Nokia, when problems arose, in keeping pushing it (assuming consumers were idiots who would keep buying no matter what the faults - another insult, taken for mugs/ granted).

The device may be buried, but not forgotten by us, who bore the brunt of the company's cynical lies, stonewalling and outright deceit, after paying a high price for the product.

As much as you love Symbian (good for a basic phone), theres scores of us , who have been abolsutely riled by Nokia in pretending that SYmbian s60 was the ultimate in smartphone OS, and without remorse.

And the majority of people are NOT INTERESTED in making their own apps. ( you sound just like Nokia management now)

They only want what is offered to "just work" !

And thats the point.



I can relate to the N97 failure personally. WIfi was either flaky or non-existent. (changed the handset 3 times). Customer services pants. They only reflashed the firmware 3 times and returned as "fixed" (and waited a week each time). Nokia PC suit software buggy as always. Took ages to recognise phone. OVi store. another nightmare in browsing and having phone recognised for any meaningful download.

Setting up APN a nightmare through connections programe involving many, many steps.

And finally manged to browse through mobile Data plan (no wifi) , well one knows the UI.

One replacement was a refurbished/returned one with a different back case on the back ( Black and white body!).

Thats when got the epiphany, as to how arrogant and out of touch , this company became.

To top it, they brought in Elop whose mission is slash and burn.

Way to go, shareholders and cleanse the board.

Its an abject management lesson in "race to the bottom" and how one man can destroy the most esteemed company in a mtter of few months.

'Perfect storm' drives electronics stores to EXTINCTION



I would put it down to unbridled greed and lack of training to staff.

Pay peanuts...get monkeys.

And yes, the extended warranty scam whereby they reaped billions over the years, playing on the insecurity of sincere buyers. Never invested a penny of it in extra training and product promotions, hoping punters will just keep coming in, ready to be fleeced.

Best Buy wanted a slice of the pie and spectacularly failed, instead of piling em high and selling em cheap, which ws thier mojo back in States. Fry's is doing ok though, due to prices.

Pcworld still seliing USB cables at £24.99. WHat hope , then?

Deserve to fail.

Samsung S III to enter Galaxy next month


I want it...

.....if its available at £18 contract for 12 months!

RIM to exit the consumer phone market



They are doing a Nokia here. Lost vision and strategy. Just look at Playbook fiasco, tried do an Apple there by tying in and tethering. Now its flailing , trying to find a niche - a la Nokia.

Jelly Bean confirmed as Android names get sweeter


How about......