* Posts by djstardust

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75 million smartphone sales up in smoke in Q1: Let's drill down into which brands took the most pain

djstardust

Not a surprise

The Galaxy S was £400. All Samsung have done is shove £50 to £100 on each year for no real reason. The price has gone up far more than inflation.

Apple might get away with it but others won't. Samsung have taken many wrong turns against what their customers wanted and its catching up with them.

O2 be a fly on the wall during BT and Vodafone's video calls: Telefónica's UK biz, Virgin Media officially merge

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Ha ha

Two shit companies get together to create an even more shit one.

Virgin lying about speeds, terrible customer service. O2 with a network that's way behind anyone else and expensive too.

As much as I'm not Vodafone's biggest fan the network is very good, especially for data and the issues we've had with broadband (caused by BT cutting through a cable) we're dealt with reasonably well.

Samsung's Q1 forecast defies coronavirus downward trends but it's unlikely to continue

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S20

It's too expensive.

Why have three models when one at a reasonable price would do.

Apart from that the Ultra is huge and not getting that good reviews.

Why they have to keep adding £50 to £100 each year is beyond me, but greed will get them in the end.

Same with their tellies, 65" model starts off at around £3500 and within 6 months it can be had for less than 2 grand.

Expect a fire sale soon folks!

OPPO Find X2: Top-tier cam and 5G, so who needs a fold?

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Re: cameras that are among the best available on a smartphone

P30 Pro. It's absolutely brilliant.

Now that's what I call a sticky situation: Repairability fiends open up Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, find the remains of Shergar

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It matters not one jot

To me anyway.

£1200 for a phone is insane, and especially for one that has camera bugs and a fast draining battery when used as advertised.

P30 Pro is far cheaper and probably has a better camera overall if photography is your thing. The battery life on it is amazing.

Brits may still be struck by Lightning, but EU lawmakers vote for bloc-wide common charging rules

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Yet the same Apple

Discontinued the 30 pin connector at their own will making car interfaces, docking speakers and everything else obsolete at the drop of a hat. They also before that changed the charging pin locations so that made older devices still using the same connector obsolete as well.

Pot kettle black?

Samsung taking its sweet time delivering Galaxy watches from phone bundle bungle

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Still not as bad

As the Vodafone broadband tech gift promotion. That was beyond awful.

Vodafone takes €1.9bn punch to wallet thanks to India's decision on airwave licence fees

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Re: "an onerous tax regime"

I lost it with Vodafone when their broadband "technical" support asked if I had a fish pot next to my router.

Despite all the promises they are as bad as ever and charge too much for the privilege.

I really have no idea where all the revenue goes....

Vodafone UK links arms with Openreach to build out its full-fibre network

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Re: Hmmm

We're in a solid granite house with 2 foot thick walls. Nothing at all gets through that!

djstardust

Hmmm

We were supposed to be getting Cityfibre this year but it's not looking good. I asked Vodafone about it and they had no info about a go live date (quelle surprise). Given the streets aren't getting dug up I think this year is looking slim.

We are currently on Vodafone fibre through BT. At 3am we get 75mbps and at peak times (like yesterday evening) it's down to around 4mbps and totally unusable.

I really despair with the state of UK broadband. Plenty talk from all sides but little action.

Microsoft has made a Surface slab that mere mortals can dismantle

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Oh dear

Just read a few reviews and it seems to be rubbish basically.

Why couldn't they have dedicated the time to the Surface Pro instead and gave it smaller bezels and a couple of more ports. At least it sells in decent numbers and badly needs a refresh.

Who makes the decision to make these products and why does nobody actually test them before release?

Helen Fospero makes yet another Brit telly presenter to win IR35 case against taxman

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This is going to hurt Britain

I work in the oil industry, currently on a 6 month project which is running a bit behind .... but it is a one off project and not a staff position.

The oil industry in Aberdeen has hundreds of Limited Co people working in it ... and many of them have been with the same company in the same role for years. I agree these people should not be using PSCs as they are staff by another name.

I had a chat with HR yesterday, and it seems that after 1st April they will not be taking on any Ltd Co contractors whether short term or not.

How do they complete short term specialist projects with the staff they have, what happens to the 50% of people working there that have done for years after 1st April and how will that affect business?

Answers on a postcard

No one would be so scummy as to scam a charity, right? UK orgs find out the hard way

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Charities are a fraud

Many "employees" paid over 100k a year, training courses in 5 star hotels, first class travel, etc.

Haven't donated in years. Just corporate businesses that don't pay tax and expect any work done for them to be discounted or free whilst the money gets scammed off at the top.

Microsoft has made an Android phone. Repeat, Microsoft has made an Android phone. A dual-screen foldable mobe not due until late 2020

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Acer 6120 iconia

All over again. Sigh.

In the bag: Serco 'delighted' to grab £450m ferry and freight deal between Scotland and Northern Isles

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Is this...

The same Serco who are making a complete balls up of the Scottish sleeper service?

Outsourcing to these vultures just doesn't work for the public, but it does for shareholders and officials who get brown envelopes....

Top 5 greatest anime crossovers: Samsung deploys Microsoft at Note 10 hootenanny

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Just like Apple

Higher prices >£50 every year

Removing things

No innovation

I have the Huawei P30 Pro (replacement for the Note 8). The battery life is stellar, build quality is great and the 5x optical zoom is immense. Granted it doesn't have a headphone jack but either a HTC or Hidisz USB C DAC dongle makes it sound amazing with wired cans.

I also don't understand why the smaller Note 10 has no SD support but only 256gb fixed storage, where the larger one already has 512gb and SD support on top ??????

I really expected Samsung to compete with Huawei on the camera front but yet again it's the same old stuff rolled out with tiny improvements for the 3rd year now.

Sorry Samsung, you're falling behind and taking the piss now.

Not-so-paltry towers: Vodafone gears up to flog off massive masts business

djstardust

Oh dear

Selling the family silver (aka asset stripping) is never good in the long term. Temporary fix for being in the shit due to bad management decisions in the past.

But hey, what do we know......

If at first you don't succeed, Fold? Nope. Samsung redesigns bendy screen for fresh launch in September

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Re: Another solution...

Did anyone really want curved TVs?

Another Samsung failure they tried to ram down our throats.

A bunch of also-RAN: Vodafone and O2 cosy up to share '5G-active' gear

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It's a strange world

When serious competitors get together. Like Virgin and Stagecoach sharing rail franchises.

Shows there is no "real" competition as such when companies get together like this.

Just big business colluding to cut costs, increase profit and keep the monopoly going.

Brit consumers still holding off on buying new PCs until that Brexit thing is over and done with

djstardust

Personally

Nothing currently meets my specifications.

I have a 5 year old Yoga 2 Pro as my main DJ machine and it's brilliant. i7 is quick, screen is bright and parts can be replaced in it very easily.

New machines are just not as good. Terrible dull screens (to advertise better battery life) glued in components and less ports (no HDMI specifically as I'm a video DJ)

I have money sitting but it seems nobody wants it. The Surface seems good until you realise it is expensive (plus pen plus keyboard), it's glued together, only has a one year warranty and virtually no ports.

Its not Brexit, its lack of innovation and not giving the customer what they want.

As HMRC's quarterly deadline for online VAT filing looms, biz dogged by 'technical difficulties'

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Could see this coming

I asked for a lower contract rate in my current assignment to keep me under the 85k threshold. This has all the makings of yet another Government It fuck up and I really couldn't be done with all the hassle of registering for Vat.

Japan on track to start testing Alfa-X, fastest train in the world with top speed of 400kph

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Re: Well....

It was the APT

Absolutely pathetic tilting ..... apparently

Lots of money down the shitter. Obviously the people pioneering HS2 have very short memories

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Passenger_Train

djstardust

Re: Well....

The SNP will run out of money soon.... mind you they now have control over income tax so maybe not.

Modern day Robin Hood on the way.

djstardust

Well....

Scotrail are in the process of giving us "brand new" upgraded HSTs from the mid 70s. Refurbishment is years behind because they're all rotten with rust from serving on coastal routes for many years.

Even when fully in place they'll only be able to go max 75mph on our line because the tracks are shit.

3rd world Britain strikes again

This move by Dropbox will reduce users' files to tiers: Rarely, regularly accessed data now kept separate

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They probably

have a shitload more space because of all the people who have left in the past month.

Another company with a suicidal policy change.

Apple, Samsung feel the pain as smartphone market slumps to lowest shipments in 5 YEARS

djstardust

Re: Xiaomi is missing a bet, I think

128gb max in Europe with no expansion of storage. Meh.

Now here's a Galaxy far, far away: Samsung stalls Fold rollout after fold-able screens break in hands of reviewers

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Re: Who Wants It In The First Place?

To people in the middle east who like to show off it's about the same price as a packet of sweets.

Surprising absolutely no one at all, Samsung's folding-screen phones knackered within days

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Re: Pretty well Inevitable for an Alpha Version

I'm no engineering genius but even I could see it wasn't going to last.

Another product made for absolutely no reason.

Remember those ads about Samsung quality control after the Note 7 debacle. Pfffftt.

Surely they must have tested these with real people before releasing to the journalists?

Loose Women woman's IR35 win deals another high-profile blow to UK taxman's grip on rules

djstardust

Everything

In this country is fucked.

If private companies can do so well and run like clockwork, what does that tell us about our civil service and the people in charge of government?

A total joke.

IT meltdown outfit TSB to refund all customers that fall victim to fraud in 'UK banking first'

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Or in other words

We've lost shit loads of customers and we're frantically trying to come up with ideas about how to get some back.

Make America buy phones again! Smartphone doom 'n' gloom crosses Atlantic to cast shadow stateside

djstardust

Hmmmm

Galaxy S was £400 when it came out. As the article says manufacturers have got greedy and copied Apple.

Simple as that.

Brit broadband giants slammed as folk whinge about crap connections, underwhelming speeds

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Especially

When Bangalore Telecom charge something like £6 per month to keep your old email address after leaving.

Just get a gmail address and it blocks all the spam too unlike some of the ISP ones.

We currently get 70mbps plus during quiet times with Vodafone, and City fibre will be with us soon laying cables for Gigabit which is also cheaper than what we have just now.

Happy days :)

Apple's revamped iPad beams a workhorse in from Planet Ludicrous

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Re: Pencil

And if you don't use the pencil it drains power because you can't turn it off.

Next time you go to use it the thing is dead.

Someone at Product design should get a boot in the balls for that.

Carphone Warehouse thwacked by UK Advertising watchdog for a Cyber Monday wobble

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This is intentional

We had EXACTLY the same issue with a discounted Galaxy S7 Edge a couple of years ago. System showed it as in stock, placed the order then heard nothing.

After repeated emails and calls they admitted the system couldn't handle all the orders and would we like something else?

Took 10 days to get a refund.

Now the cynic in me adds up all the interest from the orders placed but not fulfilled and that's a lot of money. Not to mention all the premium rate calls on their "special" number for customer service.

If it was a genuine system fault it should be well fixed by now.

Bastards!

Apple bestows first hardware upgrades in years upon neglected iPad Mini and Air lines

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Re: Issues

And compatibility.

I subscribe to a legal music video download service which provides videos in mp4 format. They play on multiple PCs with various software, phones, tablets, in fact everything except ..... the ipad.

Itunes won't even transfer the files at all.

Their genius says I have to install a 3rd party player then transfer the files within that to get them to play.

Ermmmmm No. £409 refund please.

I guess Apple don't want people playing movies that haven't been bought from their store in their specific codec then.

Blighty's most trusted brand? Yeah, you wish, judge tells Post Office in Horizon IT system ruling

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This is a disgrace

No wonder there was a rush to sell the business off because this scandal was always going to come back and bite them in the arse at some point.

Over 500 people who went trough stress, convictions, loss of business and in some cases homes because of this.

I hope they sue for everything.

Another classic case of business calls all the shorts and doesn't listen.

China still doesn't want iPhones despite Apple slashing prices, say market watchers

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Re: I must be Chinese

Couldn't agree more.

I seriously hope their retail units go as well, so their beardy partonising "geniuses" can go and get jobs in Starbucks where they belong.

Overpriced, out of date crap with poor customer support especially regarding manufacturing defects.

Screw em!

Carphone Warehouse fined £29m for mis-selling mobile insurance to punters who didn't need it

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Apparently

According to a spokesman "it's a different company now"

Not according to a good friend who worked there very recently and left after 6 months.

Main reasons:

Pressure from managers to up sell handsets whether the customer needed a high spec model or not (specifically Samsung for the commission)

Told to lie about the benefits of the phone insurance to get the store figures up (gets the area manager a bonus)

Had to use every excuse for the customer not to buy sim only (contracts also get management a bonus)

Above that, the payroll was a mess and not once was his pay correct at the end of the month.

He's worked in retail for nearly 20 years and said this was the worst company buy a country mile.

so what's new pussycat?

Burn an offering and backup your system cuz Windows 10 19H1 might actually arrive for spring

djstardust

Hmmmmm

My copy of windows 10 Pro I got on eBay for £6 is working perfectly ..... build 16299.371

Is it worth the danger of upgrading?

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

Vodafone: Daft Huawei comms gear ban will cripple UK – and cost punters loads

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Vodafone

Have only ever been about shareholders and profit.

Their customers, staff and telecoms equipment the use are just an inconvenience to their money making racket.

TalkTalk kept my email account active for 8 years after I left – now it's spamming my mates

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BT

Were supposed to shut down our email addresses within 6 weeks of leaving (unless we paid something ridiculous like £6 per account pwr month to keep them alive) and a year later they are all still active.

Galaxy S10's under-glass fingerprint reader, quelle surprise, makes mobe a right pain to fix

djstardust

Screen burn

My Note 8 is 18 months old and has really bad screen burn. I rooted early on so doubt Samsung will replace it under warranty but that's also going to be a major issue for screen replacement going forward.

Foldables herald the beginning of the end of the smartphone fetish

djstardust

Can we please

Get a handset that is thick enough to hold properly, strong enough not to smash to pieces with the tiniest fall, allows a removable battery and has a FM radio with headphone jack.

Thank you.

Windows 10 1809 looks unlikely to overtake prior build before 19H1 lands

djstardust

No thanks ....

Both my Windows 10 machines are running their factory builds with updates permanently disabled and they work perfectly.

If someone can sell me the benefits of updating then I'm all ears ........

The bigger they are, the harder they fall: Peak smartphone hits Apple, Samsung the worst

djstardust

Well well well ....

Samsung putting £50+ each year for incrementally the same device was never going to go down well.

Apple are just as bad if not worse.

The days of people having endless funds to purchase non-essential items are gone (certainly in the UK) so this is not really news.

There will always those who want the latest and greatest shiny, but for the rest of us there are phones from Huawei/Honor and Nokia in the £250 to £350 bracket that are more than good enough.

corporate greed biting the giants in the arse at last, Good.

Apple reseller Solutions Inc pulls down shutters, calls in administrators

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Apple prices .....

I was in John Lewis having a look today. Apple pricing is quite frankly ridiculous. It's no wonder 3rd parties are struggling to sell.

£149 for a small Macbook leather slide in case. they MUST be having a laugh!

Guess who's working on a health data-slurping digital tool? Bzzt! Nope, it's the UK Department for Work and Pensions

djstardust

Re: Crapita?

The BBC Have Your Say (if it suits their very tight rules and political agenda) forum is ran by Crapita.

If that's the level of programming on offer I wouldn't worry too much about this.

LG folds at prospect of launching bendy phone while Samsung flaunts its upcoming kit on telly

djstardust

Will be as popular as Samsung's curved TV's. That worked out well for them.

How do you like them Apples? Tim Cook's iPhones sitting in the tree, feeling unloved by the Chinese

djstardust

I was thinking 50%, but then I'm a tight Aberdonian.

Airbus will shutter its A380 production line from 2021

djstardust

Looks like Boeing won.

Better business strategy, and of course funding from US government too probably helped a bit.

The A380 project was a disaster, over budget and late deliveries. Problems at Rolls Royce didn't help either.

I'm sure they will be in the air for quite some time yet though.

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