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Hey FCC, Comcast-TWC merger is bad news for Netflix, says Netflix

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Re: how does the merger impact broadband consumer choice

Comcast and TWC actually FINALLY compete here in Orlando. It was a long time coming.

A merger would kill that.

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Time Warner Cable customers SQUEAL as US network goes offline

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Thanks El Reg

The Yahoo! story had basically the entire continental US out, which I knew wasn't true because I'm a customer in central Florida.

A beer for Kelly.

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Cleversafe CEO: We would tell you about the 8TB drive, but...

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Hm. I don't know why they don't go back to the full-height standard and fill them with a buttload of platters. This would help latency as well as capacity.

My rather plain-jane case has a dozen full-height-capable bays in the front, for absolutely no reason. Might as well put some of them to use.

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Experimental hypersonic SUPERMISSILE destroyed 4 SECONDS after US launched it

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Man, it was a shite weekend for space...

Between this, the SpaceX test Falcon going boom, and the 2 navsats in the wrong orbit, it's pretty rough.

I'm crossing my fingers for Rosetta.

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Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery

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Re: @Lost all faith...

You can't just place a power widget on the screen showing the gps/bluetooth/wifi state?

Oh that's right, iPhones don't have widgets...

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Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can

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Re: 23 Years

Eh, most people just are not that bright, and need major hand-holding to do the most basic of tasks on their computer, like copying files. So they can't handle Linux as a daily runner.

For me, when I fix something on Linux, it *STAYS* *FIXED* unlike Windows or Apple where the problem may pop back up a couple weeks later. That's enough payoff to put in the time to learn things.

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So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL

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Breakthroughs

Are rare. IBM's big breakthrough was the 360 architecture, where they had the idea you could sell software that ran on a whole price range of models, not just a single one-off model.

Apple's was making a phone smart, with a form factor and design that appealed to everyone.

You can make it nicer, with better features, but since the shiny bit has worn off, people will be going "meh, it's just another iPhone"

This is why people are doing smart-watches. They want to capture that breakthrough moment, but since it's mostly derivative and not a true breakthrough, it's already flopping, even before most of them hit the market.

And when was the last Google Glass story? It was a while ago, huh?

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LIVE TODAY: You, El Reg and a doctor walk into a Monopoly Pubcrawl chinwag

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You, El Reg and a doctor...

Doctor who???

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

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Shit plastic

Both the lenses and the reflectors are ALREADY cheap plastic. At least here in the US, headlights are behind thin plastic lenses that cloud solid in about 6 weeks. You can polish them, but it still only lasts a month or two at most.

You can look at any parking lot to see 90% of the cars have near-useless headlight lenses.

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SpaceX prototype rocket EXPLODES over Texas. 'Tricky' biz, says Elon Musk

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obKSP

Moar struts!

At least they didn't deliver a couple Galileo navsats into the wrong orbit...

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Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'

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Re: Cancelled after 1 series

One series? If it's on Fox, it'll be canceled after 3 episodes, if it even gets that far.

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LOHAN packs bags for SPACEPORT AMERICA!

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Re: Post-Lohan...

However, ΔV isn't the only thing to worry about... an altitude launch would cut out almost all the aerodynamic drag regime.

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Boffins propose security shim for Android

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Re: It's the humans, stupid, and boy, are they stupid

And here's another problem with Android security... I just looked for "app ops" on my Moto G and there are no fewer than 24 apps named that, maybe about 30 named "app ops [something]" and another couple dozen named "permissions manager"

Some of those have got to be malware, and I have no way to tell good guys from bad guys.

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Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media

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Local boy

It seems Steven Joel Sotloff is from Orlando and was a reporter for the local university paper. It's a really small world out there.

http://www.centralfloridafuture.com/story/news/2014/08/19/apparent-ucf-graduate-steven-sotloff-shown-hostage-in-isis-video/14315617/

I hate religionists of any style... Christian, Jewish, Catholic, Muslim, Buddhist, or any other. I've been atheist ever since growing up in a very anti-intellectual Lutheran high school. This is the sort of trouble they cause.

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The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?

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No thanks

I've bought Minecraft, Don't Starve, and Kerbal Space Program straight from the sources, as I think they deserve full dosh for their games w/o a cut for a middleman.

I also read the Don't Starve & KSP forums, and the number of sob stories involving Steam is pretty high. Their games won't play or update without a lot of pain.

For me, when KSP releases an update, it's probably a hell of a lot easier to download and unpack a zip file than to deal with Steam.

I think they have a way to go.

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This'll end well: US govt says car-to-car jibber-jabber will SAVE lives

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Re: Darwinism in action

Or as Jeremy Clarkson once said "if you stuck a big spike on the steering wheel instead of an airbag, ther would be less accidents"

My issue is that wrench monkeys can't fix ABS and ECU issues now. They just blindly swap $1,000 modules. This would just make it worse.

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Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer

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I had a home version Atari trackball

I took it apart, and it was a cue ball (actually a bit bigger) on two ball-bearing supported rollers, and a third smaller ball bearing. These rollers spun optical shutter wheels, so yes, it was exactly a mouse upside down.

It was built like a Sherman tank, and I think the thing lasted for 15 or 20 years. The only drawback is it was fairly large. It was about the size of 2 SATA drives stacked. It was a knockoff made by Wico.

And yes, I got it to play Missile Command on my Atari 800.

Speaking of SUPER EXPENSIVE mice, does anyone remember the original Sun optical ones that required their own specific metal pad with a pattern on it? Or the mortal combat incurred when # of mice > # of pads?

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Nuke regulator hacked three times in three years

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Re: As a civil regulator

No. As a nuclear safety regulator, a lot is either sensitive or classified.

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Linux kernel devs made to finger their dongles before contributing code

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Re: Good Start

I wish I had more upvotes.... F^#*$ing systemd. They've now broken udevd in a similar manner, and I have to work around it by running scripts to upload from my camera with "at now"

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Google's so smart it's discovered SHARKS HAVE TEETH

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WTF?

"Shark dentist?" Could he be any more condescending?

And how the hell is there an electrical current in fibre optic lines? I'd expect the reverse, where the electric current from the copper cable keeps the sharks away, and the lack of it around fibre optic means they can go "hm. different. wonder what it tastes like?"

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Know what Ferguson city needs right now? It's not Anonymous doxing random people

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Re: In Amerika

To your 2nd paragraph, I must say "me too"

And on the contrary to everyone else, I think anon should keep pushing for this guy's name. The papers are going to do it, and someone needs to.

They even arrested a Washington Post reporter because he was dark skinned

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/nationworld/os-washington-post-reporter-recounts-arrest-in-ferguson-20140814,0,3832479.story

I notice that story's disappeared from the BBC. It was there yesterday.

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New Sprint CEO says he will lower axe on staff – but prices come first

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Phew

I'm sooooooo glad they didn't buy T-Mobile and try to drag them down to their level.

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Giving your old Tesco Hudl to Auntie June? READ THIS FIRST

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Re: Its not difficult to wipe 99% of the data from a device

Or when the screen shattered on my Nexus 4, put a .30-06 round through it at 50 feet. I wish I'd had a slo-mo of that. It was magnificent.

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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

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obvious question

Why the hell do they have meters that need batteries? That's their own damn fault.

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Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

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Re: So many things to consider.

> I wear three zone varifocals. This is clearly in the bottom zone so it will be out of focus.

I can't wear bifocals because the constant angle required kills your neck on a motorcycle, so sadly my speedometer and tach are becoming out of focus as I age, and I can not read the tiny digits on my FJR speedo at all, especially at night. I'd give a testicle for heads-up kit that could set focus to accommodate me, even if it just projected onto the windshield and not my helmet visor.

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Stanford boffin is first woman to bag 'math Nobel Prize'

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You have to be under 40? What kinda bullshit arbitrary restriction is that? At least the Nobel restrictions of "no more than 3" and "you have to be alive" have a reason behind them.

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Sir, sir, my cloud ate my homework: Google touts grading tool to teachers

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Re: Bloody wonderful.

They've learned "get 'em young" from the religionists. You should see all the christian indoctrination schools around here. I went to one myself, but it didn't "take"

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No more turning over a USB thing, then turning it over again to plug it in: Reversible socket ready for lift off

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Re: Unfortunately, they know better...

> the socket is recessed and the connector's hood is integral to the connection

Fuck that shit. My TomTom GPS had a USB port recessed so far you needed the specific TomTom cable with the tiny connector, and it screwed me on a trip where the cable got lost, so I was no longer able to charge it.

Mr. Dremel had a little chat with Mr. TomTom's case and suddenly it wasn't so recessed.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4: 4G Android tablet is easy to swallow

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Good hardware companies have always gotta crap on the software

Why doesn't Samsung stick to what they're good at, leave the OS to Google, and get rid of Touchwiz so I can buy one?

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US 911 service needs emergency upgrade and some basic security against scumbags

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It just happened here near Orlando this week - "nearly 30 officers respond to prank call"

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/os-swatting-oviedo-911-prank-20140808,0,1174942.story

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Why hackers won't be able to hijack your next flight - the facts

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Re: We don't need no stinkin' backups

> Why shouldn't that maintanance include a test flight

Because it's dangerous to the crew, plane, and anything the plane might crash into. I sure as hell wouldn't fly anything that has had the primary flight controls intentionally turned off.

The flight crew practice the emergency procedures in the massive simulators the airlines use on a regular basis, and part of the maintenance is testing and exercising backup systems.

You're not going to test an ejection seat in a fighter by hopping in and pulling the loud handle. I don't test the ABS on my motorcycle by screaming down the road at 60mph and trying to lock up the brakes, I test it by attaching a laptop (or clipping in a diagnostics jumper) and seeing if all the valves and calipers behave properly.

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China cracks down on instant messengers: Users must hand over REAL NAMES

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Real user names??

Who do they think they are? Google Plus?

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Stalwart hatchback gets a plug-in: Volkswagen e-Golf

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WTF?

"pre-crash preventative occupant protection"

What the fuck is THAT?? Not hitting the other guy?? Jesus...

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

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I'd love to see a Lanc fly

...though a B-17 is an adequate substitute. I also was privileged enough to see "Glacier Girl" (only flying P-38) this summer. She sounded a lot like the turbofans in an A-10, strangely enough.

Speaking of Merlin engines, I remember seeing a TV show showing ancient films of the production lines. One of the machines honed all 12 cylinders in both blocks simultaneously. I've always wondered what happened to that piece of equipment.

And of course you can also read about Miss Shilling's orifice on Wikipedia...

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Wait, an actual QR code use case? TGI Friday's builds techno-restaurant

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For me, the sample size was 3 restaurants of crap food and even worse service. Not going back there ever again. Friday's waiters/waitresses make Marvin the robot seem happier than Richard Simmons.

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Bogus QR stickers

I was bored enough to scan the QR sticker on a bottle of ketchup in a restaurant, and it came up with a .ro address. I went to it on a VM at home, and it was quite the malware nest.

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Farmville maker Zynga delays new games after losing 57 MILLION users

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Zynga made me quit Facebook

The fact that I could not turn off all the spammed friend-updates about Farmville and Mafia Wars was the final straw there. I guess I should say "Thanks, Zynga!"

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Americans to be guinea pigs in vast chip-and-PIN security experiment

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Restaurants?

So how will this affect restaurants, where the server usually takes your card and the signed receipt to swipe somewhere else?

Some of the restaurants have Android tablets-with-card-swipe, but these are incredibly poorly implemented and so far I refuse to use them. For example, they let you play trivia games, and then charge you for that. As another example, they're on a separate wi-fi network from the patron wi-fi network (smart) but the wi-fi password was the chain name (dumb)

Then they expect you to pay through the device, so if you want to pay cash, you then have to get the server to come back and deal with it. You can guess how well that's handled.

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Cracker takes control of 200 rooms in Chinese hotel

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That's RACIST!

Over here "cracker" is a very racist term...

What's that, Mr. Clarkson? Yes, I'll go along quietly...

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Target tosses US$148m onto data breach barbecue

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Re: Is that all?

They're not doing free credit monitoring for me, and my Chase card was one of the ones snaffled.

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Sprint spits out T-Mobile US gobble bid, says goodbye to CEO – claim

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Except for Rosetta, it's the best news I've heard in weeks. Cheers! Beer! Thumbs up! Go! Happy face!

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Dumping gear in the public cloud: It's about ease of use, stupid

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"in a truly agile environment delivering customer facing systems, test environments must reflect the live setup, and not just be dumped on retired tin"

Bullshit. Even working at one of the biggest companies in the world, they don't have the dough to duplicate the live setup for dev/test/stage/buildtest/uat/psr/whathaveyou. It's still retired tin.

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Astounding: We're about to stick a probe in orbit of a COMET

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Re: Why do they never tell you why?

They don't know. They expected it to be mostly ice and already just recently found out it's not.

Plus just the closeup pictures alone are worth the spacecraft's weight in gold.

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Verizon to FCC: What ya looking at? Everyone throttles internet traffic

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"everybody does it"

This is exactly what Time Warner/Brighthouse said when I complained about their DNS servers never returning "no such host" and redirecting me to an ad page.

It caused samba to crap out because it tried DNS resolution before WINS resolution, and thus always got a bullshit answer.

I filed an FCC complaint and Time Warner/Brighthouse threatened to drop me.

This is a direct result of no competition. At least with my cellphone I was able to leave Verizon and go to T-Mobile.

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Cut price Android on steroids: OnePlus One – should we look gift horse in the gob?

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Cyanogen

It still looks really weird to see that as a brand stamped on a phone.

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NSA leaker Thomas Drake says Oz security reforms are 'scary'

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> Checkpoints with armed guards asking people for their documentation

Nope. Most people I know would go "oh I feel SO MUCH SAFER" just like they do with the TSA security theater at the airports. They already think I'm some sort of terrorist for refusing to put up with that shit.

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Danes cram 43 Tbps down ONE fibre using ONE laser

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288 fibre strands

Zounds. And how long is that out of commission after the backhoe?

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Comcast, Time Warner boost net speeds in Google Fiber city – COINCIDENCE?

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Re: It's nothing to do with rural!

Yup, I'm in Orlando, which is far from rural, and Time-Warner/Roadrunner/Brighthouse (or whatever the hell they're called this month) seem to have their network duct-taped together.

I get about 3 megabytes/sec according to xosview max unless I VPN somewhere, in which case it about doubles.

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Pentagon hacker McKinnon can't visit sick dad for fear of extradition

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> there is a difference between not liking the US government and not liking a US citizen

Not really. As a citizen with the right to vote, I'm partially responsible for those idiots, regardless of the crap toss-a-coin choice I get every 4 years. I just facepalm a lot and practice my Canadian accent, eh?

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Apple's iWatch may be DELAYED over sapphire glass supply problems

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Watches

It's funny, I've never worn a watch, but I was recently given a very nice one in recognition of avoiding being fired for 15 years. I'll never manage that again, so I took the watch as a physical token instead of the money offered.

It charges itself through a solar cell under the face, and sets itself every night using the WWVB radio service, so it's maintenance free. And yes, it has a sapphire crystal.

Now it's become something sentimental I actually wear every day, but I *still* can't tell the time with it!

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