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Comment Re:Like suing McDonald's for hot coffee (Score 1) 102

Had the problems been discovered before or right up until the moment I forked the money over - of course not. I wasn't buying a iPhone. The problems were only discovered a few days after I'd received, charged & setup the phone. It's been sitting on my desk in the box it arrived in, slowly discharging and I'm going to get it exchanged for a new, battery defect free, unit tomorrow.

While I'm in the shop, I'll be mentioning about it suffering the bootloop of death, challenge them to get it working before I take the new one with me and I'll make sure they know that if the replacement does the same thing they'll get to choose which one of the following comes with me when I get a refund - a member of the press or a solicitor.

What did you think I was going to do? Magically predict the Note 7 was going to have issues with catching fire or locking up and buy something else that doesn't have the features of the phone I'd chosen? Buy something that hisses when it's in use? I haven't bought a phone since the Note 2, which I paid relatively little for on a medium cost two year contract. This one is going to be lasting me a few years - and yes I will be getting that battery changed when it needs it although I do hope Samsung learns from this that sealed units aren't their smartest offering and do something about it.

Comment Re:Like suing McDonald's for hot coffee (Score 1) 102

...Similarly with all this "exploded" malarky. I think if something with that much chemical energy were to explode in my trousers pocket, the first thing going through my mind would be "Fuck! Where are my balls? And leg?" if I wasn't actually unconscious or dead, that is. An enthusiastic chemical fire and an explosion are rather different things.

Your post is correct regarding this issue being dealt with by Samsung - I should know. I got a text message about the recall on my Note 7 on the 4th, about 4 hours before it decided to go into the boot loop of death anyway, so it's been sitting neatly packed away in the box with all the gubbins it came with. (Had it not done that I'd have been using it up until I called them to confirm this recall was an absolute and not a "well, you should be okay" situation.) I had that chat with Samsung as per the message request, they've since called me back for some device specific details and I'll be chatting with the people at the shop I got it from on Monday (19th) to see about the replacement.

Then the fun begins on the boot loop issue - if it happens again there will be ... words. If I'm willing to pay £700 for a device I expect the fucking thing to work as advertised.

Comment Re:Some things shouldn't be software controlled. (Score 4, Interesting) 168

A simple solution for this on laptops - a pair of small sliders, one a physical switch which cuts the mic line, the other a flag covering the camera lens (rear cameras on handheld devices are for someone else to figure out). Both would be near to the front bezel of the device so a small window could show a red mic symbol when the mic switch is moved to on, a green mic with a line shows when switched to off. For the camera, the green panel - off - would be solid and the red - on - would have a hole in it for the lens. You could still make the camera switch a camera power killer if so desired (might also be that rear camera solution for other devices?).

The only problems I see are companies wanting to incorporate this and how small and idiot proof you could make the additions. This is simply an engineering solution with easy user access - no software required, no menu hunting, so no issues with "does it really cut out?"

Comment Oh FFS! (Score 1) 284

On the one hand we have bible thumpers shoving bullshit at us, on the other hand "wake up sheeple - we all live in the Matrix!!!" Anyone wanna cook up more fairy stories about why we exist? We're here (and we're fucking up the planet we live on - we need to stop doing that as it's the only home we've got at the moment), the universe is before us and that's all that really matters.

Comment Re:No Sharing Allowed (Score 2) 77

Considering how dry beanpoppa's response was, you sound like you wrote your comment after sitting on a nest of fire ants. He was right - you don't have to use the scanner (or the fingerprint reader, or pattern lock, etc) and you could use the fallback of a password anyway. The comment he replied to didn't come across as a joke in any way so you losing it complaining about someone else losing it was not your smartest move.

Comment Re: Confirmed (Score 1) 506

Seems a few people aren't taking into account that whilst they might be at a level of computer savvy from average to corporate IT pro, many people aren't. Those people are the ones who will believe the bullshit they're sold by TV/newspaper advertising & brainless salesdroids talking about operating systems that are the best ever and self-repairing. Remember Apple's "It just works"? Play that across the board for all sorts of hardware.

For some it'll be - as you rightly state - "it just broke" and they'll be stuffed. They won't have known that the thing they've been doing home accounts/online retail therapy/video calls to the kids/grandkids is something that can fail anytime (and often just outside of support or warranty time). People around here think that *everyone* who so much as looks at a computer, be it desktop, laptop or tablet (or even a smartphone) should somehow understand that backups need to be made to an external device and also know how to set up said device and schedule those backups. Meanwhile, back in the real world...

Comment Re:Confirmed (Score 3, Insightful) 506

This is not about having a backup regime though, is it? This is about an unwanted and forced update which has locked the owner of a computer out of his system. There's likely going to be a lot of people who don't have backups, especially those who believe the old MS hype that Windows can fix itself, etc, etc. I don't think you'd get much mileage telling them it's their own fault for not having backups.

Comment Re:Private sector will always do it better. (Score 1) 352

Aah, I see - thanks for the info. If cable companies now own the base copper then they can be as assholy as they want. Much suck. I won't know enough of the history of US telcos & scum like Comcast to get a better picture without digging into Google, so I might have a good gander later. Over here we went straight from the origins of the General Post Office to splitting the telcoms off as BT, which then got sold by the government to make a fast buck. A big mistake only now being slowly turned around but even then it seems we have far better infrastructure than America does. Still not a patch on Japan & Korea or any place that starts afresh, but still.

Comment Re:Private sector will always do it better. (Score 1) 352

Why would they each have to dig the streets up? Isn't the telephone infrastructure there already? In the UK, BT owns the copper in the ground and everybody competing in the pool coughs up a fair rental for using that copper, including us customers. On copper alone and with a distance of around 3 miles from the exchange we managed an easy 6+/2+ Mbit. Recently we started seeing fiber to cabinet which lowered costs in general so now I get phone, TV & 50+/14+ Mbit for about £45 a month (including calls but still paying BT about £18 monthly line rental for the "last mile" of copper). I've recently read that my ISP is starting trials of fiber to home in select locations and will likely see speeds of 900Mbit or more (seems to be cheaper too). BT can either like it or lump it as that looks like it cuts out the line rental portion completely. At that point they might as well start pulling out the copper and recycling it.

Then again, although some of our politicians are fairly corruptible it seems that none are overtly in a corporate hip pocket as many in the US appear to be, so we get better competition and less monopolisation. Although services vary quite a bit, in general, things are pretty damn good and nobody is digging up the neighbourhood.

Comment Re:Simpler (Score 1) 166

Nice. I don't wear a belt otherwise I might have gone that route myself. My current one is a very slim but solid 2-part plastic job with a ribbed surface for grip. (Ooer!) One part is good enough to stay on the back of the phone (Galaxy Note II) with cutouts for speaker & camera on the back, volume & power either side & plenty of space for 'phones, USB & S-Pen top & bottom and also has slightly raised edges to keep the screen from hitting ground if dropped on a flat surface. The other part has a ratchet rotating clip with a kickstand built in - can prop the phone up in landscape when inserted face out. Never had it pop off as the clip has a spring that would make a gin trap nervous. In the hand adds about 3mm width and nothing to length, mebbe about 1mm on depth, on the hip it's nigh undetectable with either a Bluetooth piece or a wired set with the cable running up under a T-shirt. I wear it 1 notch off vertical on the left hip and the phone is dead easy to pull or replace left handed (I'm a natural right) - draws almost like a pistol from a holster but without the corpses.

It has to be the cheapest, thinnest, lightest thing I've ever used but still affords good protection. Think I paid about £5 for it. Certainly beats the Krusell ones I used to use for Nokia & HTC phones years back. I just don't see the problem with using either a belt or clip type - can't figure why people have so much against them, and like you say - no issues at all with mis-dials or damage and I've had this phone two & a half years, some of that spent in a electrical engineering environment shunting heavy switchgear about.

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