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IT'S FINALLY OVER

The love affair with Samsung Galaxy S range for me has been a story of declining confidence and finally it's ditched for a Nexus 5.

If there are any #Samsung  people out there actually interested in why their once proud fans are moving away from their products, they can read on.

There was a time when Galaxy S range meant you were buying into the latest tech, best of Android and it really was a device to make your poor iPhone mates feel green for half the price, and while I'd still take Samsung over Apple, the yawning gap lately has started to reduce. 

For me the rot started with Galaxy S3 but really came in with S4. Samsung seemed to suddenly think people were buying their phones for all the vapour ware they supply with it. 

Didn't anybody tell them they were using Android, only the OS with the most number of downloadable tat and good apps on earth, why did they think we'd all think "yes, lets rush out and spend £400 on a bunch of health applications I can download for free and much better anyway!". 

Samsung, we don't want your tat, we want a blooming good phone which is the best of breed for a great price !! Simple.

Then there was the general poor way in which the phones were set up. I can't speak for the S4, but as a S3 owner I have had no end of problems with jerky music play when the screen blanks. The cause is poorly adjusted default governors that make the processor drop frequency to the lowest setting when in that state, causing almost all music players to struggle with getting the CPU they need to process something as simple as music playing or radio.

Imagine that, a phone that cannot smoothly play music ... #FAIL  

However, the problem has now got MUCH worse with the latest update to Jelly bean 4.3. Yes, that version of the OS that's been out for over a year, but Samsung still hasn't really worked out how to deploy it to a handset they created 2 years plus ago.

That leads me onto yet another problem. The speed at which Samsung respond to software upgrades. 

Returning back to my earlier comment, we buy Samsung because we want the latest and the greatest. Maybe along the way some marketing whiz thought "Lets only release the latest version on our new handset, forcing everybody to upgrade if they want it, or wait a year if they don't!" .. I'm not sure how that plan is working out for you, but that tells me every single handset I buy will wait a lot longer than most others to get it's upgrades. 

Then finally there is good old fashioned economics. The cost of a Google Nexus is a good £200 less than a Samsung GS4 sim free deal.

Samsung need to ask some serious questions about where they are heading with their phones .. while they are much more diverse than Nokia was and I wouldn't ever suggest they would go in that direction, in the phone market they may find events over take them as Nokia did. 

#Nexus  here I come .. 
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Samsung is my favourite device yet, I just love its android system kit kat. I started with gingerbread and enjoying the treats there after... 
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G+ question

I notice sometimes I get "Previously Read" notification at the bottom of the notification alarm. Sometimes it doesn't appear at all.

I know I can still click on ALL notifications, but that refreshes my entire screen. Why does the "Previously Read" tab disappear sometimes ? Any ideas ?
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Thanks +Sho Nique, was having problems again with this yesterday. Very frustrating
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Liverpool 5 - 1 Arsenal #FotMob
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When I was at school in the 80's, Liverpool was winning everything on the planet :-( 

I had a lot of friends in school that supported them :-(
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Prince George it is .. 
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She is the longest living monarch I think in recorded history
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Freedom. The fatuous jingle of our civilization. But only those deprived of it have the barest inkling of what it really is.
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Well thought words!
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The expert delusion

Experts are interesting people, having dedicated a large proportion of their life to understanding a particular topic, they often provide us with a depth of perspective we couldn't see without the benefit of their study. 

In our daily lives, experts are critical to the modern world, be that business, finance, technical areas, health even religious and philosophical matters, we love to read or quote our experts, to help direct our choices.

Experts however should always come with a health warning of their own. In some disciplines this is very obvious, such as economics, where no 2 experts would ever seem to agree, but the truth is, all experts are not perfect, they all have perspectives brought about by their own life story unique to them, and any decision is best brought about by listening to a number of experts and using your own capability to decide what is true and what isn't.

Two situations recently happening to me come to mind, one blind faith in a group of Scientists and the other in famous historic Islamic scholars.

What shocked people in both these situations was my lack of reverence towards so-called experts (because I questioned their conclusions), but what shocked me was the easy that they gave away their right to reason but more important, their right to question !

I've no doubt that the Scholar or the Scientist in question knows more about their area of study than me, but what I do doubt is that they are any less fallible than I am, any more capable of seeing a larger picture, any more endowed with common sense.

The more you learn, the more you put yourself up as an expert, the more you earn the right to be questioned, not to be believed without it.

So if your scientific view rests upon the shoulders of some great names that you simply couldn't question, then you disrespect those great names, if your religious view depends upon the life spend studying by some scholar hundreds of years ago and the very thought of questioning it seems wrong, then you are wrong ! They were human beings, no smarter or capable than most around today .. We can read their thoughts, enjoy their questions, but to really take it to the next level, question everything you were told ! Then you give dignity to that persons life by standing on the shoulders of greats and adding to it !
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Dangerous indeed, but it amazes me how easy it is for often well educated people give up their freedom of thought.
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They hate you

There's no getting away from them, the world is full of haters.

They hate you for your skin colour, your eyes, your hair, your facial features ! They hate you because you're smarter than them, because you own more, because you work hard, because you saved.

They hate you because of the incidental matter of your nationality, but hate you more because you're happy about it. They hate you because you're polite, civilized, well dressed, educated and experienced. They hate you because you have people who love you, they hate you because you're happy.

They hate you because of your faith or lack of it, beacuse you don't agree with them, because they cannot win an argument with you. They hate you because of political decision made by people you probably dissaprove of anyway, they hate you because you don't hate them as they do.

They hate you because of your political beliefs, because you are liberal, free and believe in a legal code that respects the individual. They hate it, and they hate you, because they cannot enforce their view on you, they cannot control you, they cannot rule you.

They hate the fact you believe women are equals, that in fact you believe all humans to be equal, because they don't.

They hate you, everything about you, everything you stand for, everything those who govern you say ..

They hate you because they are impotant, helpless, incapable.

I don't hate them, I pitty them, and they HATE that so much.
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Aad, Thamud and one-day soon Riyadh, Dubai, Doha. 
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I got it, and then my sister & my nephew has a problem: Try switching the system to arabic language. The onscreen button flopped, the status bar moved to the left. In short they want to return to the old 4.2.
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Google plus is my only social media platform, I don't do facebook or twitter.

I love to get to know new people, so everybody is invited to add me, follow my posts, comment and say Hello from time to time. If you post interesting stuff or don't have dodgy photos I'll almost certainly add you back.

I'm an IT and Science geek, so I will write quite a lot about it, if your into the same, your ideas and thoughts are always welcome, if not, you can troll a little for fun ;) I won't mind :D

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I've never been a great fan of fish, mostly because as a lazy westerner, I tend to find dealing with the bones quite an issue. However, I really enjoyed my visit here. First off you go and pick your fish, the fish is all freshly caught, and is coming in while you are picking. Then once selected, you can move across to the counter where you can pick how you would like your fish to be prepared. Finally the fish is delivered, and is so well cooked the meat just falls off the bones :) Making it MUCH easier to eat, particularly nice with large Roti or rice. Very much worth going to experience.
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