You mean your own handset? Sainsburys can't help that :D
The Symbol scanners are WiFi on a dedicated network. Sainsburys & Argos use O2 for all their store communications including the public WiFi, and the scanner network
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Sainsbury's ones are Android, because they too often have one or two on the wall of scanners showing what's running behind the scenes. However in their case there's not a great deal to see, just (from memory) some sort of network reset app and a shortcut to relaunch the SmartShop app. Certainly nothing as potential-laden as a remote desktop....
Unfortunate lack of understanding how smartphones work - you don't make an app (no apostrophes necessary, it's really called that) for a make of phone and even if one doesn't exist for the OS - which is unlikely since there's only really two of them - you use the website.
I still don't get why anyone would be angry that someone uses a smartphone. It's not compulsory, it's just easier. Here for example we seem to be arguing against using a smartphone for banking, travel and communications and instead encouraging the use of a simple phone or even a phone box, and calling through to the customer service departments of various companies or texting friends by hammering away at a numeric keypad.
My understanding is that the ability (not costs, just the licence etc) to run a 64Kb DAB station is circa £1m per year.
That means they're loaded down with adverts every 10-12 minutes. The only station I've known to try ad-free was Team Rock which died a financial death - I'm aware some religious stations don't run adverts but instead sponsor shows and have regular fundraisers though. Just as annoying.
Radio is dead. FM offered better quality and reach, and in trying to extend the choice from the narrow FM band they created DAB that is just endless low quality pop, religion and more pop. Very few specialist music stations apart from the decades-themed ad-laden Absolute group.
As mobile networks provide more and more data, and Android Auto / Carplay become more standard, it is just as easy to hit a podcast or a curated playlist as it is turn the radio on. I've had my car for 6 months and never tuned in any of the radio presets.
At first glance, the only major problems I can see are
* There's not a single smart lock on sale that can't be unlocked from the inside. In fact it's a requirement, you know, so you don't burn to death in a fire.
* Mains electricity? Again, approx 0.0% of smart locks use the mains, they're powered by batteries so you don't have to route a cable across an opening door.
* It's not losing keys that's the problem with a conventional lock, it's who finds the keys - so a lost key at £5 actually becomes a snap-resistant £70 lock cylinder.
But well done otherwise.
... who honestly believes the Chinese government cares at all about what you do. I cannot fathom for the life of me what you lot get up to on your mobile phones that would be of interest, they might have a rather large population but I doubt half of them are sitting with headphones on looking at a copy of your screen waiting for you to google "how to overthrow a a government".
Well, I do. To stay in touch with my family, to use websites when I'm away from home (booking travel, weather etc), to listen to music, navigate.
Sure, yeah, I know the alternative is to send the family postcards, carry a map and a walkman and use a payphone (after checking I'm not being followed).... but that's a shit alternative.
It does irritate me that every single post about a phone on here brings out the tinfoil hat brigade. Understand this: the government does not care where you are or what you're doing, unless you're a person of interest. And if you were, you wouldn't be posting on a forum - AC or not.
In fact I still remember the IP address for fuchal.demon.co.uk - 22.214.171.124
It was one of the few ISPs in 1994-ish that would let me connect an Amiga and whilst they didn't officially offer help, the demon.ip.support.amiga group was massively useful. Started out on their own supplied AmigaNOS with it's textual goodness and then blew my mind with AmiTCP which offered craziness such as graphical web browsing.
Also remember that I ended up on a test for their Ascend modems, because I'd splashed an obscene amount of cash on a Sportster v34 modem before realising that most ISPs only offered v32bis.
Good times. Thanks Cliff.
Presents for the wife so far include:
A Thundercats sword (lights up, metal, heavy but blunt)
An axe (incredibly sharp, wrapping paper dotted with blood)
A chainsaw (which was assembled and then fired up - briefly - in the house on Christmas Day)
Lego. So much Lego.
My employer gives me a car so small that the rear seats are pretty much useless if you have adults in the front. Hence any litter is dealt with by flinging it over your shoulder. Twice a year I simply open both back doors and push all the rubbish front one side into a bag tucked under the seat the other side.
Those aren't really designed to be customer-facing displays so either the person complaining about it was a railway employee (and probably knew of a better route to get the problem resolved) or they're just being dicks. I would imagine only a tiny fraction of rail passengers know the headcode of the train they're about to board and so can use this display to find the platform.
"Further, I'm not sure how a ROM option could have affected the OS once the machine had booted."
If you read the article, it says that Ctrl-Alt-Insert was a diagnostics mode which would have been on ROM and that's where the option not to run autoexec.bat was found.
Thus, a ROM change with that option removed would have been the fix. We don't know the machine had a floppy disk.
Pretty sure F5 was only introduced around MS-DOS 6, so if you were running that on a Zenith 286 you've got some other military technology on the go! Could have just lept forward in time to a point where they had the password though....
There's a big computer in PETA's office (you know, a proper sci-fi one from the 1970s with flashing lights and bleep boop noises) that constantly monitors social networks. When their name isn't being mentioned as much it immediately generates some random mad idea from an algorithm and fires it out all over the place hoping for some free publicity.
Recently this included trying to get the new Dr Who to be vegan (presumably eating some nasty soya based "fish" fingers with vegan custard) and campaigning for Warhammer figures (you know, small plastic representations of FICTIONAL CHARACTERS) to stop wearing fictional animal furs for fictional warmth and instead wrap themselves up in a nice shell suit or something.
They're an absolute joke. I don't mind paying a bit more / going out of my way for increased animal welfare but for crying out loud, they're just clown shoes.
I've got this, it's nice.
The camera is a bit meh - it doesn't offer much over my old Pixel XL despite having a 100% increase in the number of sensors. Hopefully that means any shortfalls are software based and can be improved over time.... there's nothing wrong as such, but it's just no better than a 2 year old flagship.
Battery life is very good indeed. I went to a music festival, leaving the house at 9am. I got home at midnight-ish on a shade over 50%, and had been taking photos and a bit of social media between bands. Certainly better than I'd expect from my old phone which had a similar sized battery.
Face unlock is FAST but it has a fingerprint reader in the correct place, on the back. Who on earth asks for it on the front where you need to dislocate your thumb to use it? I've only had face unlock fail when the lighting is very bad indeed.
It's my first OnePlus and I already like the alert slider that properly sets the Android volume modes. Yes, Android 9 fixes this somewhat by defaulting to changing media volume rather than ring - but until then this is a much more reliable way of knowing the video that's buffering isn't going to get you kicked out of the funeral you're attending because you can't change the media volume easily until it actually starts (a la Android 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8)
It's got a glass back, has it? Well, it comes with a cheap TPU case which I put on in the shop because why not. There's also a screen protector, but it's plastic not glass.
The notch is nicely done although app support needs to catch up. Sometimes it takes a second for the notifications to move to the right place.
It has a notification light. For many years now, I've refused to buy a phone without a 2p's worth of LED that lets me know when someone loves me (and/or I have an email regarding penis length). Why can't more phones have this? But despite many reports to the contrary, even on the latest update (OxygenOS 5.1.5) it DOES have an ambient display. The internet is full of bleatings about how they took it out - this review included - but it's there, on mine. It's not "always on" because that's a ridiculous concept, why would I want the time or how many penis size emails I have waiting when I'm not even in the same room as the phone? But pick it up, the notifications appear on the OLED screen. Put it down, they go off. It's an ambient display that's useful, rather than always-on or only-on-when-you-press-the-button.
In short, I'm glad I bought it. No, it's not crazy cheap any more, but it's still cheaper than a Samsung, Apple or Sony. Head to head with Huawei, it comes off better as it doesn't use the vomit-inducing EMUI (and swerves the issue that Huawei have just announced that you can no longer unlock their bootloaders)
That's not RDS. That's Traffic Programming, a feature of RDS.
RDS is the facility that displays station names rather than frequencies, and allows a station to be tracked across different frequencies. It can also deliver traffic information to a compatible satnav, silently.
TP is the interruption when there's a traffic announcement. There are supposedly fines for stations who misuse it - either triggering it early or leaving it switched on. It should only be used for the announcement itself, and I think they're allowed an announcement beforehand ("Here's the traffic news on Radio Titwaffle" or whatever). A friend worked in local radio and once forgot to turn the TP off, he was hauled over the coals with the suggestion being he'd cost the station thousands of pounds. Either that or he was a shit DJ and they wanted a reason to sack him.
TP can be disabled without turning RDS off.
TuneIn buffers live radio.
"Live" in that it's being sent out directly to transmitters rather than recorded in sections for editing later. The difference, for example, between the BBC News on TV and an episode of EastEnders.
Nothing is actually live - either delays for naughty words, or just the inherent process of throwing it out of some aerials across the country will add between milliseconds and wholeseconds.
I used to listen to Team Rock on DAB - for me, the only station worth listening to on any ensemble purely for the lack of adverts, and no news or weather bollocks.
The costs of DAB transmission were so high they decided to go streaming-only back in 2016.... and this may be one of the reasons they no longer broadcast at all (either the reduced audience from dropping odd DAB, or the fact that not being able to afford a DAB licence was a sign of bigger money problems)
But out of that, Primordial Radio was born. Still streaming only, but set up by four ex-TR guys to explore better ways of getting rock and metal music to your ears. They'll never go on DAB, they swear far too much for that, but in all other respects it's a proper, professional "radio" station. Music. Presenters. Competitions. Phone-ins. Requests. NO ADVERTS. (It's really good and if you like rock and metal music, you should check it out).
The point is, these guys have been going a year and they're seemingly making a living out of it. Mobile data is not the massive expense it once was, and now most cars and homes have some sort of Bluetooth capability it's pretty simple to hit a button and hear music. I'm pretty sure a better option is to leave FM in place, turn DAB off, and if anyone wants more than FM provides then there's the internet.
"You guessed right. And when some blackhat gets that data guess what he/she will use it for? Blackmail. Enjoy your new google clusterfuck."
Blackmail? Where will they go with this AMAZING information that a grown adult knows where to find pornography on the internet?
My wife? She knows. She has her favourite videos I have mine, and in the middle of that venn diagram the magic happens.
My work? They can probably guess. If nothing else it'll tally up with various claims for high speed hotel internet going through expenses.
Meanwhile, someone with a wonderfully locked down Blackberry/LineageOS/Apple or whatever is having *exactly the same information stolen* from their ISP. My point was what would Google use it for, and whilst our opinions of the multicoloured monolith are all different I really doubt they're going to sidle up to my wife at work with a load of search history printouts.
It's a bit tinfoil hat though, isn't it?
I mean, I'm one of 2 billion active Android users (source: Google, naturally). So I can't believe there's a folder on a share drive somewhere with all my data in that someone opens every now and again for a laugh. "Oh my, he uses xhamster? Pornhub is way better!"
So what would they use it for? Target advertising I guess. Knowing what websites/food/music/films/porn I like gets me served adverts with familiar things in rather than random adverts. Because they're never going to not show adverts so why not make them at least relevant? This is what I signed up for when I opened my Google account - "free" access (rather than free access) to mail, videos, news, whatever.... fully aware that my payment to them is in the form of snippets of info.
Some of it is genuinely useful. I like to look back at my location history when I'm filling out mileage claims (or just waking up from a GREAT weekend). Gmail's spam handling is one of the best around.
I'm not going to trot out the "nothing to hide" line as I can hear the sound of frenzied keyboard tapping already. But it's more a case of "who cares" anyway. I'm a product, I admit it. I get things out of them in return. I know it's not a popular approach, especially on this site, but it's true. You buy Android and you agree to trade a bit of info for free services
I'm in exactly the same position. Kids losing keys meaning replaced locks at £20 a time. They don't keep their Bluetooth turned on as they're under some 2012-style belief that it runs your battery down.
There's probably a solution using MAC addresses. I've got a Samsung SmartThings setup where the presence location is notoriously flaky and needs the app installed on every phone. Cue kids wailing "we don't have enough space for the app, waaaah". Whatever. But what I can do is run a script on my Asus router (it will work on anything that runs a WRT-style environment, or perhaps even Tomato) which checks for their MAC address every 10 seconds and flips a virtual switch via HTTP, notifying SmartThings that they're home. Typically works as they walk up the path. It has the benefit of it needs nothing installing on their device, they just need to connect to the WiFi - which they do, constantly, because teenagers.
And incredibly, some (I'm pointing at you, HP. Well, jabbing you in the eye) have an area you can tap on to turn the whole touchpad off. So on a new machine where you can't rely on muscle memory to always tap in the middle, you end up disabling the thing. I've had to fix many, many of those "issues".
I've reset the password on various services where people have done this - however, be aware that they can't possible have the non-dotted version of my email address so that's not the issue. The issue is they've made a typo in the email anyway.
For example, if I was email@example.com and I get a Pizza Hut email to firstname.lastname@example.org then that's not because someone has registered joebloggs. They can't, Google won't let them because I'm already joe.bloggs.
They must be joebloggs1, or j0ebl0ggs or something and they've typed it in wrong. This will always happen, regardless of how dots are processed.
As for "squatting" and who recognises what as who. Nobody will EVER take an email address as a unique ID, it's perfectly legal to have an email address that isn't my name.
"Maybe I'm alone, and everybody is going to pile in and tell me how having an amazing camera is their most important criteria in choosing a phone, I guess I'll see."
Hello. I choose a phone mainly on camera quality.
I love photos, I love taking them, editing them, revisiting them, sharing them. I love that I have thousands of "snapshots" in my library that have been taken on a whim using my phone, all of which have a story to them.
I have a decent Canon DSLR too, but I only take that places when I know I need to. Having a good camera on my phone means I can grab more good quality photos when I wasn't expecting to.
No, this camera won't be as good as a DSLR. It won't even be as good as a mid-range pocket camera, once you dig into the specs and realise that 40MP sensor is using quad pixels, and 10MP real resolution isn't that good for later editing. You're not going to make a living as a wedding photographer or getting on the cover of National Geographic with just a P20 Pro in your arsenal. But a good camera in your pocket is better than a brilliant camera you left at home.
Fairly poor; they move on quickly to new devices and don't give existing ones much love.
I had a P9 Plus, bought for the camera abilities. Launched on Marshmallow, didn't get an update to Nougat until after Oreo was in full release and available on half a dozen handsets. Presumably because their EMUI skin is so wide-ranging it takes an age to slap it on top of Android.
In that time, the only Huawei apps to update were the tedious we-replaced-something-for-no-reason ones like Calendar and Messages, or the hubs that want you to sign up and do backups to a server you've no idea about. I don't remember a single Camera update, certainly nothing that added features or improved quality.
They've come on in leaps and bounds with hardware features, but their software side is still lacking.
Four years, wow. Things may have changed?
I can walk in to my local off-licence which is about the same size as a small living room. Five people and it's full. Yet they'll still take phone payments like it's absolutely normal.
Yeah, I tried Google Wallet when it first came out 7 years ago. I'm in the UK but I fudged my Google account with a US address to get the app - they loaded $10 on it as a beta tester and I used it in McDonalds, one of the few places taking contactless. Yes, they were confused. Actually had to call the manager out as they thought I'd hacked their reader with my phone - but he was happy the till said it was paid, and I showed him the "receipt" on the phone (a Nexus S). Sadly there was no reloading mechanism outside the US so I bought two meals and it expired.
Most places now take contactless - and actually the clever ones prefer it. I was about to stick my card in a reader in a cafe and the guy noticed the logo and asked me to tap it instead. I asked him why - apparently they get charged 40p for a Chip and Pin transaction, but only 7p for a contactless one. No idea why, but he saved 33p by looking out for the logo.
Hold on... a lot of the comments above are stressing about how insecure Contactless CARDS are. And yes, someone could tap against your pocket with a lashed-together reader and do a transaction.
It would be short lived, as they'd need all the associated trader accounts so it would take approximately 15 minutes (including a coffee break) to work out that one trader has had a 10,000% increase in fraudulent payments.
But Android/Google Pay? It uses generated card numbers that are only good once. If you were to steal the data by the same method it could only be used that one time, and then the legitimate owner would see a notification that their phone has just done a transaction. And even then, you could only steal that information if the phone was screen-on or unlocked in the victim's pocket.
Phone payments are MORE secure than contactless cards. Pick up a card you find in the street and you can spend £29.99 a pop before it's reported lost. Pick up a phone and assuming the owner isn't a passwordless cretin (actually, doesn't Google Pay enforce at least a PIN code?) it can't be used for transactions.
There's still a place in this world for Maplin but they should have not pushed into large "superstore" style places on retail parks, and instead focused on the "Richer Sounds" model of buying smaller, out of town locations. Geeks will travel if they know they can get a 25A SPDT subminiature illuminated toggle switch off the shelf for their latest creation - exactly the kind of thing Amazon won't send next day because it's only 99p.
Equally if they were the trusted experts on Smart Home, then I think people would visit them even if they weren't tucked in between a Pets at Home and Halfords. You know - walk in, ask a question and get a decent conversation, demonstration and a feeling of confidence instead of "Erm.... I don't know what that thing you're talking about is". I know it's not a particular El Reg favourite but people out there are buying thermostats, light bulbs and intimate hair groomers that all talk to each other (probably, in that last case, but I'm not Googling it). Maplin could have nailed this by actually knowing what works together and exploring new things with customers rather than a load of boxes on the shelf and not knowing what the fuck works with anything else they sell.
I'm not pretending having more 17p resistors out back would have saved them, but their plan to dominate the world of cheap plastic toys, out of date computer parts and overpriced cables hasn't really worked. People will travel to speak to an expert, but from my experience the last experts left Maplin about 2001 to make room for a 12 function 1:18 scale plastic excavator with flashing lights and a need for a dozen batteries.
What Permedia2 card by the way? I too had a pimped 1200 of similar spec but can't for the life of me think who was making Amiga cards with that chipset. Or did you have a PCI Busboard?
Anyway. Focus stealing becomes even worse on Windows when some idiot writes an app that pops up a requester and the WORST POSSIBLE ACTION is the default choice. So you're tapping away in Outlook, and something pops up and says "Do you wish to format your hard drive and all connected network drives? [YES] [no]" just as you hit the spacebar which naturally chooses default settings.
"(caps lock is the worst thing ever to be put on a keyboard)."
A tie, I fear, between Capslock and Numlock on laptops where it used to take over the right hand side of the keyboard.
Although back when I got paid a bonus per fix, I used to love getting the jobs of "letter keys keep typing numbers". A five quid keypress, and try not to make the job card back to the customer too sarcastic.
There often is, but they'll have usually been there a while.
When I was a Maplin employee, working weekends whilst at Uni, we had mostly geeks and nerds in store. Most of us could tell our transistors apart, what type of capacitor someone had brought us to replace etc.
Trouble is, that all took time - you'd be 20-25 minutes assembling a bag full of components that someone had dutifully copied down from a dog-eared old book on DIY audio projects or something, and that bag would be worth less than a fiver at the till. Oh, and then they'd want advice on how best to assemble it, what cable to use, and then rattle off a story about how they used to build short wave radios out of tin cans and rocks when they were in the trenches.
We offered amazing customer service, but it was tough to see that make it into the till sometimes.
This was not lost on me when I went to Maplin last week to get a few bits for a project for the cubs, and found loads of stuff not in stock. Things we used to have loads of in my store, like 6V buzzers or LEDs or bulb holders. Instead they've got loads of random Smart Home stuff, really expensive batteries, CCTV etc... .exactly what you'd get off Amazon instead.
"My Moto G4 Play was supposed to get out of 6 a while back, I'm still waiting. This might be partially down to my current carrier EE."
If you've got a Tesco firmware running on EE, then likely nobody is going to update it OTA. EE won't have Tesco firmwares, Tesco won't have your phone in their database, and Moto only release open market firmware. You need to do it manually, probably from a Tesco firmware (O2 might apply OK)
My Huawei P9 Plus had an open market Nougat firmware available back in about May. My carrier (O2) have just released it about two weeks ago (long after I ditched the phone for a Pixel).
Part of the problem is network desperate to stock the iPhone, so if Apple say "OK - you can stock the phone but you're not going to mess around with the firmware", they have no choice. Manufacturers of Android handsets haven't got the same clout as there's more choice, so if Sony were to try the same line with Vodafone, Voda could just say "Well that's fine, we'll stock some more Samsungs instead and convince all our customers they're better"
My old Honor 7 remains one of the most surprising phones I've ever had. I bought it as a bit of an emergency - I'd made a bad choice with an LG and needed something more capable without breaking the bank. I seem to remember that at about £170 used it was almost a straight swap for my LG in CEX. Metal chassis, fingerprint, and so much faster.
So good I got my daughter a 5X. Admittedly she broke the screen on that, but then again she breaks screen on everything and a new one was £25 and fitted in about 20 minutes.
Big fan of the Honor brand, but I can see why they hesitate with marketing. If this has the P10 chipset, premium features (metal chassis and fingerprint reader, for example) then who on earth is buying their more expensive handsets? Sadly I can see the price of these rising to protect the Huawei range.
Putting a sports exhaust on a car doesn't invalidate insurance. Type Approval is the process to get a car on sale, it doesn't have to meet TA afterwards. Are you thinking of Construction and Use Regs? In which case they're much more lax - in fact there is no dB limit for exhausts, by virtue of it being almost impossible to reliably measure outside of a lab (there is however a dB limit for Type Approval).
C&U is effectively what the MOT Test and/or a roadside stop checks - does the car meet basic safety standards AFTER sale (sharp edges, faulty lights, floor made of cardboard etc). You can modify a car away from its TA specs and as long as it's still "roadworthy" to C&U regs - checked at MOT time after three years - then it's legal.
They sold the car in a Type Approved state, you're under no obligation to update it further. It's your car. It's roadworthy. It meets the regulations that are relevant (C&U).
Some of the people refusing to have it done have an upgraded ECU already so there's no point, others don't want the increased load on the DPF which causes huge repair bills when it inevitably clogs.
"Will you be liable if you refuse the VW correction patch?"
A couple of friends are about to find out.
First few letters arrived with DVLA headings on them (spuriously - this has nothing to do with them apart from tracing drivers), all officially worded, "you need to take your car" blah blah blah.
Eventually, a folded leaflet arrives which basically asks them to tick a box to say they're not going to have it done. This has no DVLA logos, they've dropped that plan of attack by now.
This leaflet has followed the others into the recycling box (think Green, kids. Always recycle!). I don't believe VAG, DVSA or anyone else can force the update to be done, which is why they word it as an "upgrade" rather than the more truthful "downgrade". The software change appears to ruin fuel economy if you see before/after tales from drivers that have had it done, by virtue of it triggering DPF regenerations far more often (which just injects more fuel in to raise temperatures). Previously these weren't needed, as the shite just fell out the back.
I dunno - do you think Sainsburys is still upper class? Surely that's Ocado and Waitrose these days.
I shop at Sainsburys, because they're free and easy with the money off. So far this year I've gained £180 in my Nectar account (I cleared it out on the last Christmas shop) and they've been sending me £9 and £12 off vouchers every week without fail for two months now. Also I quite like their self-scanning app.
I also shop in Argos, because cheap and easy and very little human contact so nobody's trying to sell you warranties or upsell to the next model. Yes Tesco with your store-in-store PC World, I'm looking at you.
I'd say there's very little to choose between their demographic.
I worked at Maplin for a couple of years whilst at uni - Saturdays and Sundays, back when Sunday trading was quite unusual in many cities. I think we were one of the only places to open, leading to a day of standing around playing loud music messing around with toys and gadgets - and occasionally doing a massive refund on DJ equipment that someone had bought the day before, used for a party and returned.
Anyway, back in 1998/1999 it was very much hobbyist. You'd get the old geezers in with their hand-written shopping list, two sides of A4 perhaps with rows and rows of components that barely break £10 at the till. "Can I have a 470 ohm 10W resistor please?". You scurry off to the racks, knowing exactly where they are, bring back 5p worth of component and put it in a bag. "Thanks. Can I have a 10 micro-farad electrolytic 63 volt capacitor please?" You scurry off, and off, and off for the next hour - but the customers were happy.
We'd make cables upstairs, nothing amazing just stuff like SCART to RCA, or DIN leads. We'd even take in computers to fix up - sometimes not even needing any parts to mend - as we were all about the customer service. It did depend on how pleasant the customer was though as that was totally off the record.
Back then it didn't seem to be all about profit. We had targets, but they were easily met even without selling some night vision or a Garmin GPS thingie. We were given a harder time by the boss if customers left grumpy, than if they hadn't spend hundreds of pounds.
I got a transfer to a different store when I left uni, as a full-time member of staff. I think the annual salary at 40 hours a week was £7500 or something in 2000. I never turned up, I went to work in a call centre instead for 60% more money. From then every time I went in there were less components and "things" and more plastic tat. Only last month I went in for a microswitch to build a little kit.... special order only. When I was there, a stock check would take 12 hours of 10-12 people, mostly counting components. I reckon two people could do it in a morning now, they stock almost nothing behind the counter.
Sadly, now this case is "over" they'll have time and money to spend on some other ridiculous attention-seeking case, designed to raise awareness of PETA only. They're bullies, they hide behind cute fluffy animals (often with a stun gun to bump them off when they're no longer needed) knowing full well you'd be branded a heartless monster if you took them to task for their actions. "But.... but.... look at it's eyes! It's so cute! Now abandon your legal business model selling animal products otherwise we'll trash the place"
Last month, they campaigned for the new Dr Who to be vegan as they felt that it is a more suitable stance for the Dr to take on the environment. I really hope they're staffed entirely by volunteers as if someone was paid to come up with that rubbish, the world is an unjust place.
It's not really a copy of an S8 - the Galaxy doesn't have the screen either side of the camera, if you're thinking purely aesthetically. It's also not got the S8's Bixby button, but will have two cameras on the rear instead of one. Also differences in fingerprint sensor.
So we're back to "they copied me, waaah, it's a rectangle with rounded corners and a screen on it". There's far closer clones to the iPhone X such as most Huawei devices. Essentially (ha! there's another one....) unless you go out of your way to deliberately look different - perhaps by making a round phone, then it's going to look enough like something else for people to notice.
Also, you pay too much for cars. Last cheap roadworthy car I bought cost less than a Moto E.
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