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Sony PS Vita sales fall shy of 3DS launch volume

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Not a gamer, I suppose?

True gamers actually want mobile gaming devices. The 3DS didn't sell so hot because SURPRISE SURPRISE most gamers already had a DS-something and 3D is mostly seen as a fad.

Smartphone games are something an actual gamer will grow tired of pretty quickly before falling back to more traditional games. The ones that are truly hooked up on smartphone gaming are more of the casual gamers: old farts in the 40+ age group (who probably never put their hands on anything post-Atari, or didn't do games at all) and the small tots crowd, for which the games are pretty good as well.

Too much hype on smartphone games. It is mostly the Wii effect: most Wii owners weren't gamers either.

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Stolen, remote-wiped iPhones still get owner's iMessages

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FAIL

WhatsApp!

I consider it a security risk as well, because WhatsApp requires you to exchange mobile numbers. I don't like to dole away my mobile number to the world+dog; MSN and BBM PINs sure, I can block annoying people if I need to and they would still be ignorant of my actual phone number.

Oh, and by the way WhatsApp is buggy on non-US numbers. It suffers from artificial stupidity, it tacks on a leading 1 on our phones! so instead of, say

+525555545352

WhatsApp stores the ID as

+5215555545352

Sheesh.

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Not quite the same, though.

RIM actually blocks a stolen BlackBerry's PIN so it can't be used by thieves. Using your new Blackberry and restoring your last backup file from your nicked BB will result in all your contactlist receiving and updating their contactlist to have your new PIN.... and this is done automagically. Same thing when you switch Blackberries.

The fact that the iPhone isn't doing this shows that security isn't really Apple's concern. EPIC FAIL on Apple's part!

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Sony off the hook for killing Linux on PS3

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FAIL, @Barry Shitpeas

".....no gamers."

I take offense at that. I got screwed by this *because* I used my PS3 for both gaming and Linux. PS3 Linux wasn't really there for Desktop use though; the real meat on it is the CellBE processor, which coincidentally *isn't* sold outside of the PS3 since some months before Sony b0rked OtherOS.

After a year and a half of getting stuck with old games, I finally bought another PS3, a phat BC-enabled one. That one is now my gaming rig.

Oh and I'll buy an XBOX 360 when pigs fly. There's no effin' way I'll ever buy the shitbox; I don't like getting pimped for online play. But then, that's MS we're talking about.

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Jimbo Wales ponders Wikipedia blackout

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Wrong site to darken

However, if YouTube were to pull something like that... BOOM. I'd like Google to shut down YouTube and put up a banner saying "closed until SOPA is voted down. If SOPA passes, this closure will be PERMANENT. Call your representative NOW!"

The sheeple might live without Wikipedia, but you'll have to pry their lolcat videos out of their cold, dead hands!

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Quantum computing comes closer as diamonds get spooky

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FTL comms?

Why does nobody mention comms? Quantum-entangled stuff should theoretically enable us to do a real-life ansible. Now if we only could get to do FTL travel as well....

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Happy birthday, Apple QuickTime

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Hate isn't apple hating though.

Quicktime USED TO BE awesome when it came out; and even then, only in Macs. There was multimedia stuff that actually exploited the wider QuickTime stuff in the early 90's. But then something happened, QT on Windows sucked (same thing with iTunes), and QT suddenly became the same as realplayer, only with the fugly OSX theming stuck in it. No fullscreen mode, low resolution, etc. But realplayer at least could do fullscreen, and didn't look odd with forced OSX theming.

Sometime during the early 2000's QT became bloatware. :(

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Google researchers propose fix for ailing SSL system

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Um...

This basically would create a CA's CA. Another SPOF, and one that would be like OCSP: good if you have it, useless if you don't.

It would be much more easier for CAs to use real secure stuff like FIPS level 3 compliant HSMs requiring Operator Cards/Tokens to actually *sign* the stupid certs. Sure it's slower, but at least it means that some shady hacker won't get his rogue cert signed w/o physical access to the CA's site. Make some CA standard requiring this and blacklist non-conforming CA entities!

The other option is simply to use the Convergence alternative.

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Open-source skills best hope for landing a good job

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Actually, you got it backwards.

FOSS, even the "commie" GPLy bits create jobs. The consulting sector can now grab FOSS and offer support or tailor-made versions of these products to their clients and get paid for it instead of acting as glorified salesmen for closed & crappy products.

The GPLy FOSS merely forces you to release the source code with the software.

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RIM server upgrade draws Android and iOS into the fold

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Not a myth

The "intercepted" stuff works only for BIS. BES works with a fully-encrypted link down to the BES server, which makes it impossible for RIM to snoop on. Yes, we BIS users are vulnerable, but BES users aren't.

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Stripper name game exposes sensitive privates on Tumblr

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Fail, but not quite the FAIL implied.

I really, really HATE sites that don't let you set up your own custom security question. "My pets name" is stupid (see Paris Hilton's SideKick hack); street, teacher... Easy for anyone who knows you; and "mothers maiden name" ain't worth using for Latin Americans and Spaniards as we use *both* surnames; my mother's "maiden" surname is right there in my ID.

While I might not do these stoopid games, I wouldn't risk my security questions by doing so. I'm smarter than that!

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Breaking news: Man lands on Moon!

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Not new

Facebook has been doing this with their daft "top nees" feature, it's just natural for this timeline munging to permeate down news sites doinf FB.

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Afghan elders refuse to be labelled pimps by number 39

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41... *chuckle*

41 is related to homosexuality in Mexico. Wonder if any Mexicans are in that route? ;)

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Samsung v iPhone 4S French entrenchment: 'TOTAL WAR'

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Except...

if my "infringed" patents were on bullshit and/or common claims like "rounded corners" I would probably know that my patents are BS to begin with.

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BOFH: The day the office budget bombed – literally

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Mushroom

Close

It's a SHOOT the Shaggy Dog Story.

Or maybe a Burn the Shaggy Dog Story?

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Army raygun to boost power with starlight de-twinkling tech

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Black Helicopters

I was actually expecting the plods to use the ADS "pain ray" at the OWS raid they did on Monday. They didn't... but probably because it's still expensive!

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Boffins reckon Mars quite blustery actually

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No spice nearby, though...

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Mozilla stirs netizens against US anti-piracy law

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Google should follow suit

Make a Google doodle saying "SOPA Act - Applying Chinese Censorship in America, Act NOW!" or something like that would wake up public conciousness on a large segment of the population and would bring public opinion against this crap bill.

As it stands, only the tech bubbles know about it. It has to be known by the American public before the MAFIAA breaks the intertubez!

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Equipping pre-teens with web mobes spreads beyond West

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Try Mexico, then?

Most kids even in primary school have cellphones these days. Granted, they might not have smartphones, but bog-standard cellphones? Sure they have one.

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Just trolling: It's OK to poke fun at Christians, says ASA

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FAIL

Ture for *any* dubbed movie. The Spanish dubbed version of "Grown-Ups" ruined the "maize" joke, because the Spanish word for "corn" is "maiz". So all the jokes related to using "maize" instead of "corn" turned into using "maiz" instead of "maiz".

This is the main reason why I really, REALLY hate dubbed movies.

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Huge potentially inhabited water lake found on Jupiter moon

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... and the first ship to land there will be trashed by a weird giant ice-worm...

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IPhone overtakes BlackBerry in the corporate world

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Can ActiveSync remotely wipe a stolen handset?

Can ActiveSync apply security policies/restrictions on handsets?

... I thought so.

BB isn't just about "ooh mail sync!" but a matter of sane IT administration of mobile devices.

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What's that sound? It's PC sales plummeting into abyss

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Happy

At home, I actually am pondering on upgrading my PC.

But that's because I'm planning on setting one single PC with 4 VM's, and having everyone else use said VMs instead of building four separate PCs.

I'm going to do that as soon as spice comes out for ARM. The rest of our "PCs" are going to be thin ARM clients...

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NASA: 2012 solar flares could DEVASTATE CITIES!

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Right!

In fact, the "end" is more or less the Mayan equivalent of Y2K as their units span much more than 12 baktuns. The difference is that Y2k was caused by us humans writing last-2 digits encompassing 100 year intervals, while the Mayan Long Count was commonly written in a 5000 year period. The "common day" calendar used a 54 year cycle, which resets much quicker than the LongCount. Yet nobody was shouting "end o the world"!!!!

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Apple applies to patent a SIM you can't remove

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Er, my 2007 SonyEriccson W300i handset did report it was in unencrypted mode when I tried to call under such mode. Which handsets axed that reporting?

We can manage to use PAYG sims on our phones w/o problem. Giving away the GSM SIM smartcard is just plain stupid.

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Smartphones rocket past consoles for mobile game sales

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People seem to dismiss that those added game sales are on a demographic that wasn't interested in mobile gaming, and that "mobile gaming" for them used to mean Snake or BrickBreaker.

In other words, its the Wii all over again.

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Google ices native Gmail app for BlackBerry

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awww f@@k

It's how I check my gmail these days. Why Google? If they kill Google Maps I expect an uproar to follow. Ok, I hope it will...

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Apple trains store bosses to ignore deal with unions

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Devil

Same company that hasn't given out any dividends for more than a decade. How's that a good investment? It's only good if you sell the stock before the imminent nosedive...

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If thine brown eye offend thee, blast it with a laser

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Oh dear!

I've just lost the courage to go through laser surgery; that would be the "farewell to glasses" one. Yaaarrrrgh!

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Disk-over-Ethernet startup trousers another $50m

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Meh

Cost?

iSCSI Targets can be implemented, for free, with Linux and a bog-standard x86 server. Hell, it can even be done with the plug computers, NAS appliances with custom firmware and most ARM hardware running Linux. It is also supported out of the box by most OSes, even the creaky ole winXP. Why would we want AoE at all?

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Duke Nukem Forever dev slams unfair reviews

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The fun thing with DNF is that most sites went on saying that it was a 90's FPS that felt dated, blah blah. I found the true problem with DNF to be that it was basically Halo with Duke-themed stuff. The things that hamper DNF are the same ones hampering Halo:

- Linear level design, can't really explore everything: Check

- Carry only two weapons: Check

- Regen health that gets you killed quickly while waiting for refill: Check

I'd add the long loading times, and the surprisingly LESS interaction with the environment compared even to older games like Doom3. Hopefully they'll fix this on a sequel.

Interesting tidbit: my 15 year-old stepson (who was porn after Duke3d came out!) actually liked DNF, sans the loading times. Maybe it isn't that much dated?

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PlayStation Network downloads limited to two devices

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Nice!

While it is pretty bad that we'll lose the 5 PS3 activations, the ability to remotely deactivate PS3s compensates for that. I'm on my third PS3 (first one had defective BD drive, second never got past 3.15 because of the OtherOS issue) so I'd be screwed if they didn't add the deactivation feature!

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Universal Music sued by its artists over downloads dosh

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Oh the irony

The industry has been waving dicks everywhere trying to switch all digital purchases to "licenses". Not just the music industry; the movie & gaming industry has taken steps to do this as well. Now this seems to be backfiring because artists will now have a lot of legal precedents given to them by the labels themselves!

Now if only we could fix copyright terms as well, to lower them back to reasonable timeframes...

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Disk prices double after flood - and could 'double again'

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Of course...

I can extract the HDD from the external one, but buying the external one means I'm paying more for the HDD anyway. Though it might end up being cheaper than the new pricing given for HDDs in the near future...

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At least you got your HDD. I also ignored the first and second warnings; now I had to settle with an external HDD as all the internals have gone poof from the channel :(

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Steve Jobs named most influential game guy – ever

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WTF?

Millions bought a Wii, eclipsing both PS3 and Xbox360... yet a lot of 'em are now gathering dust somewhere. If you want to make a point about flash games ... those have been around for far longer than Apple's iDictatorship. Newgrounds spawned that genre, even if it was free; some actually pulled off transitioning to consoles (Alien Hominid).

If 400 million Angry Birds downloads are to count, what about err... Snake? Tetris? Brickbreaker? Mobile gaming is the gaming dev ghetto, you have to sell 'em cheap or give 'em away for free, with an ad-supported version. The only platforms where this doesn't have to hold true are the DS and PSP ones.

If Jobs and Berners-Lee are influental game guys, we might as well put up Edison right there for providing power to those consoles as well!

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Minnow Android slab maker BEATS Apple in court

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Nice!

Now I'd like to see them slammed by a Samsung countersuit as well. That should send a clear message: if your idea of "competition" is patent trolling your competition out of the market, you WILL be punished.

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Biden: The internet ain't broke, let's not fix it

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Biden...

You should check the House. There's something called SOPA trying to lift the Great Firewall in the US!

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Why can't civil servants keep a grip on their BlackBerrys?

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Joke

All Ministry of Justice laptops and BlackBerrys are encrypted and protected with a complex password

hunter2hunter2hunter2hunter2

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Too many states are crushing net rights, says Foreign Sec

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Clinton abscence

How... convenient. Now that COICA/PROTECT IP has resurfaced yet again as E-PARASITE/PIPA/SOPA.

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Argentina stakes online claim on Falklands

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Politics, mate.

It was a case of both countries waving their dicks to stop their freefalling popularity. The Junta was pretty much on a low point by 1982, so they needed to do something popular, counting on the UK not responding. What they *didn't* see was that Thatcher was also in a very, very low point and was probably going to lose to Labour, thus *also* needing to do something popular.

Ironically, the Argentines were the ones who ended up better off after the Malvinas/Falklands war; they got to overthrow the Junta, while the UK went on and voted Conservative. So the UK won the war, but ended up getting 10 more years of Thatcher, culminating in Labour turning into "NuLabour".

Ouch.

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Ultrabook sales 'falling short of targets'

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Intel? I'll pass.

Last year, we were promised on a good thing called the Smartbook, which was supposed to be a netbook, only running Linux on ARM. Then came that stupid iSlab that killed the market for the Smartbook and we're once again stuck with shit Intel stuff. I ended up buying a craptel netbook.

Now they're selling something called an 'Ultrabook' which might look nice .. except it still has Intel turds inside and coming at fruity prices ... no thanks. I'm sticking to the netbook and my full-blown laptop for now. As much as I'd like to see Apple take a beating, I'd wish it were an actual good product and not yet another WINTEL garbage computer. Meh.

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Farewell then, Sony Ericsson

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Good ole SE

They used to be the cool phones back in 2004-2007. My first "colorful, internetty" handset was the W300i, which was the first phone I got that actually had music playback capability, AM/FM radio and an integrated camera. That phone is almost 5 years old, and it is still working! SE however blew it because they phased out the clamshell handsets. I refused to buy a "candybar" phone, I hated big phones until I got a Blackberry. At least I could do much more stuff on that one than a standard candybar phone.

SE failed to cash in on its huge market circa 2006, the whole slew of smartphones and the iBones took over its main market overnight. Sad for them.

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Adventures in Tech: Taking the plunge into IPv6

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Err FAIL

NAT is security theather. The only reason that IT newcomers *think* it is secure is because NAT devices have default firewall rules that block incoming traffic. But NAT by itself won't protect you. If you do want to have stuff inaccessible to the internet, that's what the site scope was made for. People asking for NAT on IPv6 actually fail at grasping IPv6.

NAT is a cheap hack added to IPv4, intended to alleviate the addy space exhaustion; it breaks a LOT of stuff but ppl don't see the breakage because of cheap hacks made on apps to "fix" it.

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Demand for Ruby, Hadoop and HTML5 rockets, C devs still best paid

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Java does sell.

A Java-only dev will find a job. If anything, the financial sector is always searching for Java devs...

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Man builds smartphone dock into arm

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ARM powered

Now that's a one true ARM-powered smartphone!

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US decommissions massive Cold War nuke

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Wasn't that the Castle that used that term?

It does look like something Agatha and/or Gil would build, though!

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Father of Lisp and AI John McCarthy has died

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Something's worng

You know something's wrong when even XKCD seems to make a Jobs memorial, but completely ignores Ritchie and McCarthy. Especially since LISP has been featured in xkcd...

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Apple shouldn't bother with TV...

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Except for the lack of tuners, you just described my PS3. It's been the media player at home for years. Oh, and you can buy an official BT remote for it, which has all the options needed for most things. Now if they could only add a tuner, it'd be perfect!

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5 SECONDS to bypass an iPad 2 password

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Nice!

That means that the Blackberry is still the only one actually caring about security. The app launches at idle time, always.

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