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SimCity Classic

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SimTower

The fun thing about SimTower is that it was deemed kinda "boring" once you topped out the building. But there's now an iGadget game that plays like an 8-bit graphics version of SimTower, and it is now a moderate hit on the mobile world...

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Sony promises PC-based PlayStation 4 for Christmas

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Re: It's such a shame it's x86

"AMD will be bankrupt before the year's out. Their hardware has almost always been inferior to Intel and it's too late for them to catch up now."

Both use x86 arch. Both are shit compared to pretty much anything else.

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Re: What a shame! What a fraud! @Joerg

I tend to agree with your assessment of the hardware: x86 is a steaming turd that should've been excised from the computer industry *decades* ago. Unfortunately, it seems the lack of cheap RISC-based, cost-efficient alternatives have brought another casualty in the war. ARM might wrestle the PC market in the near future, but they just aren't there yet as to be seen for a next-gen console at this point.

That said, I'll probably cling to my PS3 for a bit longer. I still have a backup one with OtherOS, which I sometimes use to tap on the CellBE processor. :)

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@AC on "xbox live is better"

Xbox live is a pre-internet model of "pay for the privilege of multiplay" which was wiped out by Quake and similar games that gave it away for free. It should eventually get wiped out again, which will probably be sooner if the PS4 "wins" the next console gen wars.

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Survey: Bosses are DESPERATE and GAGGING for Linux skills

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Return of the AC shills

So, the M$ shills are back, and they're still posting as AC's. Really?

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Boffins FREEZE PHONES to crack Android on-device crypto

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Re: Are you for real? @Mookster

"There's very little protection on BB from malicious apps. For instance apps can even inject keypresses."

All those actions require the permissions to do so being granted by the user. You can actually block apps from doing such things by setting an explicit Deny on those ops, having a granular security model allows BB to do that.

iOS, as far as I remember, *doesn't* have that granular security, thus the iMob (?) apps were able to grab personal info and send it to the devs. Android might have those safeguards, being based on lookalike-Java; BB has that security model because of Java. I do wonder if they kept it for BB10, though...

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Re: capacitor-based overwrite

IIRC higher security devices like HSMs do have something like this implemented. It doesn't just activate on power-down, it will also be triggered if someone opens the box; that's why those devices have a higher FIPS 140-2 cert than regular mobile devices.

But then HSMs are 1U rack devices, not sure if that mechanism is small enough to fit inside a phone...

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Re: Are you for real?

iOS is broken, indeed.

But Blackberry (both OSen) actually have FIPS 140-2 certifications, something that none of the other OSen have achieved, not even Winbugs Phone 7/8.

FWIW I have never even seen BB jailbreaks being available...

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The universe speaks: 'It's time to get off your rock!'

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Re: Space Monkeys

As opposed to the current situation, where half our salary (or that of US citizens at least) is spent fighting pointless wars?

I'd rather have the monkeys in space.

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Traceroute reveals Star Wars Episode IV 'crawl' text

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Re: A few corrections

hahaha ... it's already rick rolling us!

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56 read.more.at.beaglenetworks.net (206.214.251.190) 68.001 ms * *

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Satanic Renault takes hapless French bloke on 200km/h joyride

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Explicit Kill Switch

The engineer in me shouts that any design where you require an emergency kill switch should have a BIG, RED BUTTON called EMERGENCY STOP, easy to find (but not so easy to trip it during normal use) so that even the most stupid person can press it in an emergency.

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HYPERSONIC METEOR smashes into Russia, injuring hundreds

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Re: Time to mount an offensive against the Arachnids!

JOIN NOW! SERVICE GUARANTEES CITIZENSHIP!

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Re: More videos

According to a friend, it seems that in-car recorders are now required by law in Russia, given the incredibly extreme traffic accidents they have there. The cams are used to determine who's actually guilty, and so the "Russian car crash" video collections were born. Recently, one of such cams gave us a first-person view of that plane crashing into a highway incident.

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BYOD is a PITA: Employee devices cost firms £61 a month

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Re: Pay for my own device, and have them lock it down??? @Will Godfrey

There's another article out there that mentions this. It even jokes that BYOD will eventually mean BUY your own device. And I agree.

The iTard mobs getting their company to let them use their iShiny stuff are going to inflict suffering on those who don't have the $$$ to buy expensive smartphones but will be forced by their employer to buy one, as they need it for work but the IT budget is no longer covering that, thanks to BYOD.

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Re: @Eadon BYOD is a way of avoiding lockin

"1 linux box does the same work as 3 windows boxes. That's nice, any particular application we're talking about here?"

Actually, I wouldn't go that far, but I do have a particular case in mind:

2 Solaris boxes - 200k users.

11 Windows boxes - 2000 users.

The service is LDAP (on Solaris) vs. fugly Active Directory.

There are linux boxen that equally have 2 or 4 box configurations and still curbstomp the Windows boxen in performance and redundancy. Also, AD sucks even with small loads (~2k entries), while true LDAP solutions running on Solaris, AIX or Linux can handle millions of entries...

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Re: Pay for my own device, and have them lock it down???

BYOO (Bring Your Own OS) is something that is practiced in some companies. Consulting firms that don't have any OS dependencies with corporate crapware shat out with VB6 means that we don't really care about the OS, as long as productive work is being made.

In our case, most stuff is either spec documents, reports, and such (PDF) or Java apps. Both of these can be made with any OS. Therefore, I use OSX & Linux, and others use Linux. There's the odd Windows user, but even then it is actually Windows under a VM running on Linux, or a dual-boot lappy. Oh, good times...

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Obama signs Executive Order on critical cybersecurity

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Re: Maybe if he signs an order to...

Windows shouldn't be in anything even remotely security-critical, but the OS does have a couple of gov't certs. You'd expect them to have learned their lesson after the whole McKinnon hack, but no.

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Apple refreshes MacBook Pro range

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Heh.

That's the reason why I stopped caring as soon as I read "Retina".Especially given Apple's strange rules for "maximum RAM" on their stuff. My MBP supposedly has an 8Gb upper limit, yet I have 16GB RAM on this one.

Oh, so awesome ... my MBP just dropped $100 in its price tag. At least those of us who care about actual work being done & upgreadability are getting a better deal. Though I would've preferred to have that discount 2 months ago...

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Stopped caring...

... as soon as I read "retina". That surely means it is only on the Retina models where they did the upgrade, and those are non-user-upgreadable. Hopefully they'll update the non-retina versions as well.

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Android? Like Marvin the robot? Samsung eclipses Google OS - Gartner

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eek!

That's what Palm did, and look how they ended up...

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Recipe for a bad day: 'State-backed hackers are attacking your PC'

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Oh so fun.

When Google talks about "two-factor authentication", I assume they mean "wonky SMS auth" as their second factor, as opposed to actual secure tokens? (yeah, yeah, I know that even those have been pwned, see SecurID but at least it's much harder to do)

If you're wary of your government, they're sure as HELL going to read your incoming SMS. So that kind of 2FA is useless for them.

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Billionaire baron Bill Gates still mourns Vista's stillborn WinFS

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Re: OS X has this built in (yeah for unix!)

They were going to use ZFS, which would've been awesome given how ZFS is both a volume manager *and* a filesystem. Unfortunately, Apple didn't go through with licensing ZFS (which would've been much easier in the pre-Oracle Sun) which I suspect has something to do with Jobs' dick-wavering.

Oh well, we *do* have MacZFS, so it can be used on Macs, just without it being the bootable FS. Or encrypted using FileVault...

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Re: agree

The Xbox *is* crap. Slowly but surely, it finally slid into 3rd place last year, though realistically speaking, that happened earlier. Of course, you'll see more Xboxes in the US but that's because the US just has bad taste. Same goes for the iPhone (hit in the US, losing ground to Android brethren elsewhere).

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Men's rights activists: Symantec branded us a 'hate group'

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Re: Err...

Hm. Having known someone who has been beaten repeatedly by his wife and yet managed to get convicted of "LETHAL BEHAVIOR" even when he was the one being beaten... yes, there's a big problem on the legal side for males, skin color nonwithstanding.

There are women that consider cheating to be a basic women's right because "he's cheating anyway". And then get to divorce the dude *and* get a pension, even if she's the one at fault.

Yes, the macho culture needed to be taken down, and to be honest there's still problems with wifebeaters and male-on-female abuse, but the opposite things SHOULD be taken into account as well. Thus groups like these.

That said, there are truly hateful groups out there, like Men Go Their Own Way. That's what Symantec must've thought they were filtering.

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Public told to go to hell, name Pluto's two new moons

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Joke

And here was me

Expecting them to be called Mickey & Goofy.

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Samsung laptops can be NUKED by ANY OS – even Windows: new claim

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Re: I'm not Eadon...

Not to mention that Eadon's anti-windows comments have no bearing on this, as the article states that Windows *can* and *does* brick a Samsung lappy the same as Linux. IIRC the 'AC's were also mostly MS shills saying the same thing about "freetards getting what they deserved".

So it is actually the shilltards who should be apologizing to *Eadon*. My my ... the irony...

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Microsoft needs to keep visible under waves of Blue

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Re: Blue ? @TOS

Anyone using Access for "database" stuff who has even entry-level CompSci skills is doing something very wrong. Unless the "database" is actually linking to a real RDBMS like PostgreSQL, Oracle, Sybase, DB2 or yes, even SQL Server.

The one person I can forgive for using Access would be an accountant who doesn't have programming skills, yet she was savvy enough to realize that Excel ain't a DB tool and thus built accounting stuff using Access.

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You LIKE Metro?

Dude, you're getting a downvote just for that man!

On other news: my coworker who went down the brave path of using Win8 got fed up and is wiping that POS out, replacing it with Fedora 17. TIFKA Metro is a huge part of that decision.

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Ethernet at 40: Its daddy reveals its turbulent youth

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Re: IBM RS/6000 Marketing Meet

Though it isn't the Ethernet we all think about these days. It had a fugly AUI port instead of either coax or RJ45. I managed our sole remaining RS/6000 workstation at our college computer lab during the early 2000's and the AUI-to-cat5 transceiver was constantly being fought for between the RS/6000 users and the CCNA dudes (the Cisco routers only had AUI ports). Yeech!

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Re: Ring was too expensive

IIRC Token Ring was actually *RING* topology, hence the name.

The other ring topology network I can remember is LocalTalk, which for years was what our home network had.

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Worries for Workgroups

Ah, that thing. Windows 3.11 with DOS 6.22, which for some weird reason broke compatibility with all the stuff in windows 3.1 and DOS 6.2. I kept the 3.1/6.2 combo because it wasn't worth doing the upgrade.

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Re: That's not her philosophy

Oh the irony. Metcalfe made it big by doing a network that runs *against* Ayn Rand ideals. Interesting!

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Tennessee bloke quits job over satanic wage slip

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Re: 0.666

0x029A - The Hexadecimal Number of the Beast.

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Reminds me ...

Plaza Carso, which can be basically described as "Slim Enterprises Plaza" (yes, *that* Carlos Slim, the richest man in the world) has some buildings with a 13th floor. The plaza was built recently. A certain company from that group has the 13th floor unoccupied ... because most people are superstitious.

OTOH, another company has a 13th floor elsewhere, and they do occupy it. Nobody cares about the superstition stupidity.

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Ebook price-fixing: Macmillan settles with DoJ, Apple fights on

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Re: Pushed into a corner ...

"From my POV, the real insanity is that the bad guy in the case -- Amazon -- have got away with monopolistic behaviour, peaking at 90% of all ebooks sold, while the DOJ opened fire with the big guns on the folks who were trying to claw their way up from a minority position."

... as opposed to let the publishers enter into a cartel with Apple, ensuring their ability to raise prices across the board? Because that was the point over the DOJ case. It would serve them awesomely, as Apple would say "oh publishers set the price" and publishers would go "Apple said I can't sell 'em cheaper elsewhere".

Favoured-nation distribution contracts should be declared illegal.

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British games company says it owns the idea of space marines

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Go get it now!

In fact, the book in question is back up in the Kindle Store. The author says that she has seen more sales *today* than the sales from the second half of 2012! So if you want it, go get it!

I'm guessing that Amazon saw the shitstorm and put it back up because:

- They know it's going to sell like mad

- They know that if GW tries anything, there's going to be an assload of people countering any legal action.

This is going to be awesome!

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Why you need a home lab to keep your job

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Re: Loooooooser

"Given a choice between 4 hours of research and practice in SharePoint Development or"

Given a choice between *anything* Microsoft, and *anything else*, I'll go for *anything else* anytime! Even more so if it's working hours. Thankfully, I rarely have to deal with MS crap.

That said, given my line of work, stuff I do on the 'home lab' will affect my future income. So sure, I can lay off the home lab, but that means I will run out of income further down the road. Sure, I *do* add up personal time & rest, so I'm not doing "home research" 24/7.

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Re: But if this cycle continues

It depends on your job. If you acquire enough know-how with your home lab, it could be that you end up either outsourcing yourself (for real, not the scam that Verizon worker pulled off), opening up your own IT consulting business, or just polishing up your CV for better employers.

Either way, it'll pay off.

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Re: Argh!

What would seem at a first glance as my 'living room' is actually half living room, half an unwalled space meant to be a third room. I have mostly used the latter space functionally as a "third room", and lo and behold, this is where all my IT gear lives. That includes my very first "home lab" which given that the hardware isn't top notch (and wasn't when I built it back in 2009) is now lagging. Though the 8Gb RAM helps.

These days, most of my "lab" resides in the 16Gb RAM, i5-powered MBP I take to work, which gives me the advantage of carrying my lab with me to work. For the stuff I use these days, VMs cover most of my needs.

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Microsoft can't even shift Windows 8 slabs in the middle of a tablet frenzy

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Re: Contempt! @JDX and Jobs

Jobs rebuilt Apple deciding for users, but he actually knew that what he was pushing would be accepted. And he had his Reality Distortion Field to pull it off.

MS is copying Apple yet again, but this time they're pushing something that they KNOW nobody wants, their market studies point elsewhere but still they push it trying to pull a Jobs sans RDF. This is what happens.

At this point, defending MS is as bad as Eadon's MS trashing, if not worse.

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BlackBerry Q10: This quirky QWERTY will keep loyalists perky

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Re: Not just for loyalists @TheVogon

They're only becoming "irrelevant" in the enterprise for those who don't have strict security standards. As it is, I know of at least two large financial entities that still rely on Blackberries for work stuff. BYOD isn't as universal as it seems.

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Seagate squeezes out 4TB desktop monster

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Re: best buy a couple @Danny 14

Someone already mentioned it, given that a previous poster mentioned "raidz2"...

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When open-source eats itself, we win

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KDE vs. GNOME

That particular competition has kinda produced results. Qt is the one true multiplatform GUI toolkit, and KDE was much easier to develop for.

GNOME, on the other hand, has done an EPIC FAIL by choosing JavaScript as their "main language". Meh.

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Astronomers unravel solar system's strange energy 'ribbon'

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Re: Am I the only one

So, should I try to get into the Nexus then?

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BIS, bash, bosh: El Reg solves BlackBerry 10 email bafflement

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Re: Baby out with the bathwater.

Lack of BIS is also making me iffy on this. Maybe I should go and upgrade to a 9900 instead, and sit out on this BB10 thing. I was going to jump in, but losing BIS is well, kinda losing the BB security advantage of having a BB. Yes, the handset itself is going to be FIPS 140-2 certified, but the email is going to take longer to get there, and it'll go unencrypted, *and* eat through my standard data plan.

On the upside, by the time I jump to BB10 maybe they'll re-open BIS and they'll have more apps to boot.

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GNOME project picks JavaScript as sole app dev language

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Re: I'll stick to my Microsoft stack ...

The "Microsoft stack" is mostly the Linux and/or Java stack, but just bastardized into going the Microsoft way:

Active Directory is LDAP as imagined by Microsoft: weird binary objects needed to change ACLs, non-standard password management/storage, non-standard hashes, forced RDN standards on objectclasses. Oh, and once you create an AttributeType or ObjectClass, you can't never, ever delete it!

.NET is the Java/JVM part, with byteco... um... "MSIL". They added more than one language to compile to this, though.

C# is pirated Java, except a lot of the classpath is actually a wrapper over the Win32 library. (This isn't bad, actually! But it sucks for portability outside Win32). MS didn't have the balls to kill their stupid language (VB) so instead they hacked it into having something "similar" to C# and called it "VB.net".

WebServices using weird stuff that can't be read by other platforms that arent .NET. I regularly had to build shell WebServices on Java just to get a WSDL that could be implemented in .NET and not make everyone else barf at it.

The Microsoft stack is OK as long as you have everything 100% MS.

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Re: Really, guys?

JavaScript is good for one thing only: webby stuff. It works as a webpage enrichment language and to make web stuff look c00l, and alternatively for AJAX stuff.

But it sucks for anything else. I'd rather do stuff in *Perl* than Javascript!

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Re: API, not language @boltar

The thing with Gnome/GTK+ is that they actually implemented OO in C instead of going for C++. So the whole thing looks as ugly as MFC, because your "pointers" are actually representing objects, but instead of having the OO specific syntax, you have to use weird function voodoo to get the same stuff you get with C++.

And I don't know about Gnome, but GTK development was a nightmare. I gave up and switched to Qt real fast... and by "real fast", I mean 2002. It's much cleaner.

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BlackBerry 10: Good news, there's still time to fix this disaster

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Re: Battery life?

Hopefully, having the QNX kernel might help on that side. I do however think that they should keep the email-through-BIS feature up, it's kinda one of their core selling points, encrypted email.

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BlackBerry: Aaah, Microsoft, we meet again.. for another deathmatch

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FIPS certification

"At this point, the on device encryption is not certified, but that is coming – Microsoft has stated that they are looking to get the encryption FIPS certified."

Meanwhile, the WP8 devices can't be sold to Gov't. Even WP7 isn't certified, which speaks a lot of how much MS cares about these certs.

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