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Leaked photos may indicate slimmer next-generation iPad

Justin Clements

Ok, I'll admit it

I never thought the original iPad was exactly thick in the first place!!?? In comparison to what came before it, it was a lightweight, and even when it was released it was thin. Even today, 4 years on, and our original iPad used daily still does not feel thick. And who cares about the thickness when a case easily doubles the thickness of the device anyway?

I blame techies for have weak left hands and limp handshakes with cries of "it's so heavy". Pussies.

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IRS boss on XP migration: 'Classic fix the airplane while you're flying it attempt'

Justin Clements

Blimey...

....all this anti-Rice stuff.

I do hope that when the current administration is replaced you also remember their failings so well, especially since they've had 5 long years endorsing what the NSA has been up to....

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Ex–Apple CEO John Sculley: Ousting Steve Jobs 'was a mistake'

Justin Clements

Umm, not so sure.

Everything I've read about Steve Jobs in the early days suggests that he was a number 1 prick, and deserved to have several years outside Apple learning a thing or two.

I believe Apple succeeded when he returned because he was a slightly different person, and Apple itself was more open to his return. Remember that his return was like the mythical lost leader coming home. Had he not left, he wouldn't have commanded such respect, and it's doubtful he would have lasted as long.

The other thing to remember is that after Steve Jobs left in 1985, Apple was still a great company, and the Macintosh was still a fantastic machine. Apple only really lost the plot in the middle of the 90s when they were unable to figure out how to make a Mac stay up for more than 15 minutes without that dreaded bomb.

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Alcatel unveils 'cheaper-than-Chromebook' Lapdock-alike phablet-powered laptop

Justin Clements

MacBook Pro?

Seriously? Aluminium coloured, black keyboard, black surround to the screen, large buttonless trackpad - could they make it look like a MacBook any more?

But at least they changed the colour of a hinge.

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G20 gives Google, Microsoft, Apple et al tax deadline

Justin Clements

Re: Downvote me straight away...but.

>why should UK Treasury want to slurp up all the cash in UK?

What people overlook is that the various governments around the world have tied it together with commerce. We've brought down trade barriers over the years.

The other thing people overlook is that the UK Treasury does make money from Apple in the way of VAT, and every other country has an equivalent sales tax. When an iPad is brought into the UK and sold at £400, £80 of that went straight to HMG Treasury (there is no reclaim on the item as it's an import from China).

So the corporate tax liability is peanuts as they chase it through the ever more complex tax system that they themselves wrote!

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Justin Clements

Downvote me straight away...but.

Taxing a company on profit is immoral and frankly, theft. Taxing a company for anything is simply taxing the end user or consumer without being direct about it. Companies do not pay tax on their profits; you pay their tax on their profits!

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Google's SECRET contracts: Android lock-in REVEALED!

Justin Clements

He does understand it

Read the text carefully "even specifies where they should appear on the Android phone's home screen" - this means that no other applications, lets say a map application will have the same prominence as the Google app. It's a clever yet subtle way to ensure that Google remains top in other markets.

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MAC TO THE FUTURE: 30 years of hindsight and smart-arsery

Justin Clements

Re: MULTIPLE SCREENS!!

>Justin, my IBM PC XT had two monitors in 1985 (one color for the IBM CGA card, one monochrome for the Hercules Graphic Card). You might be surprised at how little IRQ manipulation was required for that setup.

And you could move your mouse seamlessly from one screen to the other? Even repositioning how the two monitors fitted together.... Hmmmmm........

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Justin Clements

Re: Strange Article

>Yes, with localtalk you may have been able to plug your laser printer straight in, but it only went at 256kb a second (IIRC) it was slower than Econet on a BBC Micro. The protocol was so talkative that the actual resulting bandwidth was piss-poor. The PC may have been a right old pain in the pain to setup the networking, but once you had you could plug in to Ethernet, or Token Ring and actually talk to other open systems.

Again, here is the revisionism, you thought it was crap, but it wasn't. IIRC LocalTalk barely got you 8kb per second, I mean, it was slow. No doubt about that.

But at the time it was reasonably fast because the files were tiny in comparison to today. Just the fact that you could network two machines together so easily is overlooked. Whilst someone on a PC was messing around Novell (?) the Mac did it from out the box with nothing extra, you could talk some secreatary over the phone in a few mouse presses how to share her files to another Mac.

As I said earlier, so many people overlook what a joy Macs were to use and work on, even back in the 80s and 90s.

Heck, if you want to see how overengineered a Mac SE was - I replugged a machine once - pulled the power cord out and stuck a new one in. In the second, to maybe second and a half that it was unplugged, it stayed powered! There was enough current in the PSU to keep it running!

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Justin Clements

Re: Strange Article

@AC, You make exactly the point in the article - Apple revisionism - You seem to "remember" that the original iPhone was amazing,

The problem is that I do remember it as amazing because we used to discuss it down the pub and were busy fondling a friends new iPhone. I remember having same conversations with friends working at Sun who hated Apple on a point of principle. Anyone who actually played with one and bought one loved it.

Which is why it succeeded.

We didn't care about the camera, or the lack of whatever G everyone else was up to, we looked purely at the UI and decided that, yeah, it was amazing.

Remember the woeful battery on the iPhone - it was an article on El Reg that actually suggested that the battery was so bad because Apple never expected people to engage with the phone as much as they did.

If journalists had actually bothered to listen to anyone outside their own dark spheres they would have been told "this thing is brilliant". If anyone had told Nokia, Microsoft and RIM how good the iPhone was - they wouldn't all be nursing some broken business plans.

And here's why I am right - Apple came from nowhere in phones - where are they now? 50m phones per quarter! Apple did not do that by having a bad product. It was good, the buyers told their friends, it expanded real quick.

Please do not tell me that selling 1m iPhones in the first quarter (or whatever it was) was bad either. Most businesses would kill for such sales.

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Justin Clements

Strange Article

Seems to me that at the key points of Apple's history, the author managed to call just about every shot they made wrong, and seem to be a little bitter about it. I'll agree at the time journalists got it wrong, but the consumer - didn't! The consumer bought what they liked and in the quanities liked. Heck remember the IT journo who is still around who reckoned the mouse on the Lisa/Plus would never take off?

Just because you're a journalist doesn't suddenly make you insightful.

If you had been insightful, you would have looked at the original iPhone and seen by it's UI that it was so far ahead of everything else on the market it was unbelievable. Which it was. I was a mere mortal, the buying public; I didn't like the iPhone because it was Apple, I liked it because of the sheer presentation of the UI. Compared to Nokia, WM6 or whatever and the rest, it kicked them in the goolies and ran off with their wallets.

If you didn't see the massive shake up of the market after handling an iPhone (or an iPad for that matter) look no further than your own limited imagination.

But Apple as a company go much further than that; which you should know. Remember plugging in an ImageWriter into LocalTalk? It was networked straight away. Whilst PC users were looking at an absys of black screens and some ropey old dot matrix connected via some funky Centronic tectonic interface that was near on impossible to share, there was a Mac user doing it with a couple of mouse presses. Look at ADB ports. Again the PC user had this massive AT connector for the keyboard and a 232 port for the mouse (and then drivers etc - which COM is my driver on - WHO FUCKING CARES?), the Mac user had an easy to use bus. Dare I mention disk handling? Plug in SCSI drive and there it was? No, other users of other systems were never exactly blessed with that. I could go on. I will - MULTIPLE SCREENS!! Imagine putting two screens on a PC in 1990? What sort of IRQ hell would you go through?

Apple and the Mac were more than just a few announcement, shifts in policy, different people joining leaving. There was the whole Macintosh development behind them that continued on and made the Mac such an easy machine to live with.

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The Mac at 30: Hardware and software wars – again and again and ...

Justin Clements

Re: OS X on multiple platforms?

>If they had really been compiling OS X on Intel for five years

I can well believe they did because NextStep/OpenStep was already complied for Intel, Sparc and Motorola iirc, and I'm sure I remember programmes on the Next machines being binary for 2 or 3 of those regardless of what you ran them on.

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Microsoft seeks patent for blade server chassis

Justin Clements

Hmm

Maybe i'm missing something but a horizontal blade server chassis is not exactly good for heat. Heat rises so the top blades are gonna get fried.

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MANIC MINERS: Ten Bitcoin generating machines

Justin Clements

Genuine question albeit probably stupid.

If heat is always such a problem, then why not plug it into your central heating system in your house? It might sound daft, but a normal British home has maybe 8-10 radiators all fully hooked up to water system. A standard radiator is about 4,000BTUs with 1200W of power required to heat it.

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Apple fanbois make it 'official', hook up with Internet of Fridges Things

Justin Clements

Quite simple

>If you are 20 miles away, why would you feel the need to tweak the aircon?

For real airconditioners (not these Mickey Mouse units) in hot countries/states, having the ability to turn on the a/c remotely is brilliant.

If you leave the house for the day, you can set a high temperature on the a/c to get rid of humidity and keep the house getting too hot, yet the moment you know you are returning (eg coming back from work) you can log in, set the air con to a more comfortable level and by the time you've arrived it's at the temp you like.

As opposed to keeping the unit running all day keeping an empty house cool.

You could alternatively try and figure out how the house timer thermostat works but they really are the work of the devil.

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Vint Cerf: 'Privacy may be an ANOMALY, now over'. And it's no secret I think that

Justin Clements

Hate to say this

But the more I read of Vint Cerf, the more I think he's turned into an old grandfather figure whose key line is: "I remember when"...and then insert something "tcp packets needed a good breakfast before they made their way across the internet", and so forth.

He fails to understand that we are in year 20 of the networking revolution, and not even year 10 of the social networking revolution (within the networking revolution). These are still fast moving days, we're still working out the laws to control these things, we're still working out how this affects us and society as a whole.

It's the start of a very very long chain of events in human history. Yet he and others seem totally oblivious to that fact. The last 5 years is and will be, merely a tiny fragment of history when historians look back in 200/2000/20,000/200,000 years.

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Alien planet is just like EARTH - except for ONE tiny detail

Justin Clements

RIddick

I've seen this film, the planet is called Crematoria and there's a penal system on it.

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A $17.3bn fine, you say? Samsung begs for five-year patent war truce

Justin Clements

Full 17bn Please

Hit them where it hurts. Too late now to start pleading any sort of disposition. What is the point of a threat of fines if it's never enforced?

Once they've come up with 17bn in cash, they sure as hell won't pull that shit again. And it might put Moto/Google on a bit of notice as well.

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Wikileaks FAILS to start Twitter bitchfight with Guardian hack

Justin Clements

Erm...Guardian...Profit?

Did no one notice the jibe about the Guardian profiting? The Guardian that loses £50k per day! And someone accuses it of profiting? Only in their dreams.

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Apple Maps directs drivers INTO path of ONCOMING PLANES

Justin Clements

Re: Highway to heaven...

>>Google maps delivers you to the door, not the taxi way.

No they don't. I bought my first Android phone yesterday, played with Google Maps and it instantly directly me down a cul-de-sac as if it was a through road! (I knew it was a cul-de-sac so didn't follow it).

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Peugeot 208 GTi: The original hot hatch makes a comeback

Justin Clements

Enough of the history!

First - Golf GTI, Peugeot 205 GTi. It's a little thing that demonstrates knowledge of the subject.

Second, Golf GTI was 1976, Peugeot 205 GTi was 1984. The Peugeot did not create a new market - it had long since been created by VW.

The Peugeot just happened to be the best of the copy cats.

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Tim Cook: Wearable tech's nice, but Google Glass will NEVER BE COOL

Justin Clements
Stop

He's right about glasses

Google Glass is a dumb concept. Before you downvote me, let me explain.

Look at the vast number of people who need glasses, yet wear contact lenses, or went for corrective surgery. They don't want to wear glasses.

Now look at Google Glass. For the concept to work you need to wear it all the time (admittedly someone will find full time applications though). If people already don't want to wear corrective lens glasses - why are they going to want to wear Google Glass?

Wearing sunglasses is not a valid argument either because most people don't wear them all the time. They are worn for a short period for comfort. Google Glass is only any good if it stays on your nose all the time.

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Hey, Teflon Ballmer. Look, isn't it time? You know, time to quit?

Justin Clements

Re: Balmer is safe because...

>Much as I dislike Ballmer and all the cock-ups he has presided over, simple fact is that MS revenues and share price are on the up.

In 1996, I'm sure Kodak and Blockbusters were having pretty good years as well. It's not about where Microsoft is today that is worrying people, it's where Microsoft will be next year that has people concerned.

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Move space junk with laser shots

Justin Clements
WTF?

Don't get it.

Why not just de-orbit space junk and be done with it?

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IT Pro confession: How I helped in the BIGGEST DDoS OF ALL TIME

Justin Clements

Losing Sleep?

To be honest, I wouldn't lose sleep over accidentally running a DDoS on Spamhaus. Everyone in the industry has been frustrated by them at some point in the past, and frankly, they are pretty much getting what they deserved.

There are plenty of other organisations who provide the same service but with less attitude.

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BIGGEST DDoS ATTACK IN HISTORY hammers Spamhaus

Justin Clements
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Can't say I'm surprised.

Fuck em. With any luck they'll be getting some massive bandwidth bills as well. These guys used to be the bane of the life of an administrator at ISPs years ago.

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The LINUX TABLET IS THE FUTURE - and it always will be

Justin Clements
FAIL

Article is spot on

Sorry guys, but the article is spot on. Linux Desktop is a bit of a dog (regardless of UI), and Windows Tablet failed for 10 years before MS re-imagined a tablet - with a desktop UI again, and the most ludicrous thing is that MS in their enormous wisdom market the Surface as a tablet with a keyboard!!

A pure Linux distro tablet will get no further than where the desktop versions have got, which is practically no where.

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Brazilian-made 'iphone' runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Justin Clements

One Year At Most

I reckon they'll do this for one year at the most. Very simply, they will confuse customers as to what the device is (it's not an Apple iPhone) and they'll have massive numbers of returns. Worse still, retailers will be put off selling an iPhone that isn't because they'll be getting them back and sorting out this mess.

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RIM bribes coders: Make BlackBerry 10 apps, GET A FREE SHINY

Justin Clements
FAIL

100?

100 developers get free kit? Why bother?

If they want to get serious with the developers, then they need to put aside 20-30k units, and ship them to the developers who did anything for the previous BB platform.

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Motorola Razr i hands-on review

Justin Clements
FAIL

Wow

A kevlar insert. Groundbreaking.

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HP boss Whitman: 'We have to offer a smartphone'

Justin Clements
FAIL

Drugs are bad

Is she on drugs?

>"My view is we have to ultimately offer a smartphone, because in many countries of the world, that is your first computing device," Whitman said. "There will be countries in the world where people will never own a tablet or a PC or a desktop. They will do everything on a smartphone."

This is the same woman that bought Skype so that Ebay buyers and sellers could talk to each other!!! For what? The whole point of ecommerce is that you didn't need or want to talk to a shop keeper.

But take her comments - would someone like to tell her that the world is full of PCs and some are pretty cheap - cheaper than smartphones - and what about all the s/h PCs across the planet??? And what's a smart phone - £300+?

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Nominet 'sought govt protection from takeover by domain hawkers'

Justin Clements
FAIL

Re: Will a leopard change its shorts?

Nominet was never set up to represent the domain holder, it was set up to represent the interests of the members, eg the ISP community.

However, rest assured that Nominet has done it's best to marginalise it's members ever since it's inception and will continue to do so until it succeeds.

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Apple's lone wolf approach to security will bite it in the rear

Justin Clements
FAIL

Who writes this crap???

>>Apple, which was somewhat blasé about iOS security early on, releasing the iPhone with serious security design flaws

One one hand the article complains that no hackers target OSX because it's a small minority and on the other hand claims that the security for iOS is 'blasé' yet there aren't millions of drone iOS installs out there when Apple has hundreds of millions of iOS installs!

So make your mind up, Apple are either very bad about security, or very good. Which one is it?

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Foldable NFC keyboard could tempt Android users

Justin Clements
FAIL

weird

12" keyboard and a 4" screen. Sounds comfortable.....

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Office for ARM will lack features, report claims

Justin Clements

Re: So...

Beats the hell out of me what the point of RT is then. I thought the whole point was to remove the threat of the iPad in businesses.

And why are businesses going to buy the full fat version, when they never bought Windows Tablet either?

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US will fight ITU members for internet domination

Justin Clements
FAIL

Good idea?

Again, it has to be repeated - what part of Russia and China sponsoring such a change makes anyone remotely think this is a good idea? If there are screaming alarms bell, it's Russia and China asking for a change in how the internet is run!

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ISPs step in to supply DNSChanger safety net

Justin Clements

Seriously?

>>3 support calls?

Seriously? 3? A whole THREE support calls. Gees. Not three hundred, or a three thousand, but three?

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Apple boss Cook may have stumped up $60m IPAD pay-out

Justin Clements

Hmmm

/yoda hmmm...the bullshit is strong in this one

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Google makes Opera bloggers an offer they can't refuse: Use Chrome

Justin Clements
FAIL

Google just don't get it.

Google, meet the EC (again), EC, meet Google (again). I believe you're all familiar with each other already? Funny that.

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Google makes 'proposal' to Europe on antitrust concerns

Justin Clements
FAIL

Ermmm....

If Google are unable to see that they are being anti-competitive (as per Schmidt's response) in the eyes of the EU (and just about everyone else), then how they are coming up with a "proposal" makes next to no sense.

You cannot propose to remedy a situation if you are unable to see the situation in the first place.

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New Samsung chief: I want SOFTWARE

Justin Clements
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Re: Getting Tomatoes off Eyes Could Help

Good on ya Handle!

So AC, what interesting presentations have you made to the likes of Apple and Samsung recently? Any? Ever? Of course not, because you're a dull little keyboard warrior with a job in security, night security at a mall probably.

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Apple sued for every touchscreen device by Flatworld prof

Justin Clements

Cough....

....Apple Newton.....predates all of this crap.

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Texas judge lets Apple duel patent sabre-rattler Lodsys

Justin Clements
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FFS

Oh do fuck off with the Foxconn rebrander nonsense.

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PayPal turns smartphones into checkout tills

Justin Clements
Stop

Re: Question ..

Nothing. Plus the scam software will ask for a pin and a signature. Might as well just hand £20 notes to people.

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Foxconn pay hikes 'driving tech titans into Philippines'

Justin Clements
FAIL

You're finally understanding business

Business is about profits for it's shareholders. Shareholders hold the risk and expect profits.

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Samsung stretches 5in Galaxy Note phonetab to 10in

Justin Clements
FAIL

Stylus?

Does anyone really want a stylus apart from a very small minority?

Here is the problem with a stylus:

1. You lose them. Regularly. Make whichever Ebay seller you buy the replacement from "favourite" status as you'll be using them a lot.

2. If you don't hold pens for long periods these days, try holding one for the next 2 hours. If your hand isn't in absolute agony, then you're a better man than I. I had Windows Tablet years ago, and the stylus was one reason it was just so plain horrible. Once you leave school, you simply don't use pens or pencils for much in the grand scheme of things.

3. Where are the millions of users crying out for a stylus? They all seem quite happy to use their finger after all.

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Apple iPhones, iPad back in German online store

Justin Clements
FAIL

So....

Apple should just bend over and take it in the arse because you see them as sissy cowards?

If Apple have a case, then they will win court cases. If not, they'll lose. But they are doing what everyone has the right to do which is having their day in court and making a case.

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40,000 Apple fanbois demand ethical iPhone 5

Justin Clements

Not at all

If it is a matching programme (like I've seen at Sun), the employee merely raises money for chairty (or gives money to charity), that their employer then matches pound for pound, dollar for dollar.

A few years ago, one of our fundraising teams (we run events) raised £14,000 for charity, and iirc Sun Microsystems were putting up another £14k as per their charity programme.

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Survey: Android set to beat iOS in battle for coder love

Justin Clements

The Obvious Reason

The blatantly obvious reason developers are looking to Android in the next year, rather than iOS is because they've already developed their iOS offerings. They are simply developing for the next major platform, which is only sensible.

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Raspberry Pi Linux micro machine enters mass production

Justin Clements

No case?

Seriously, people are worried about no case?

I'm using a spare hole in the pcb and nailing it to a shelf.

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