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3014 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008

Ten... boomboxes

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Agreed

Apple have pulled a blinder by getting their adapter accepted as a standard. Hopefully the EU will stick the boot in at some point (like they have with mobiles and chargers).

Heck, maybe we should just declare the Apple port as the official standard and thus unpatentable and allowed to be freely used without license?

After all, isn't competition good for the consumer?

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Microsoft blames poor Windows sales on PC slump

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@AC at 14:41

I have run Win8 DevPrev. It is probably one of the most vile things I have ever had to suffer. GnomeShell annoyed me but I could get things done, Unity was just terrible (I hear it's better now, not tried it of late) but Win8...of dear god. So many clicks to do *anything*.

Real work does not get done on a Metro app and I do not like having to go through that bull-crap swooshy change thing just to get a neutered desktop.

Seriously, it's dreadful.

And at some point I am going to have to write software for the bloody thing.

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@AC

In that case I'd wait about 6 months after the Win8 tablets ship, by then UEFI should have been cracked and you can then install a proper OS on to it.

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I think you mean

"MS legal department continues to go from strength to strength. "

They are gouging money from Android over untested patent threats. You may recall that B&N describes them as "trivial", has found lots of prior art and is fighting back. Good.

Maybe if B&N win MS will be forced into operating within a free market and facing some competition. If they do, it's use (the consumer) who will benefit.

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Nah

The tablets will be heavily subbed to keep the prices down (hence why MS are demanding all ARM mobos be Win8 only) and pressure placed on OEMs to not ship/raise Android prices.

In short, they will leverage their monopoly on PCs to gain control of tablets and kill off any competition.

Unlike nature, MS adores a vacuum.

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Kiwis collar Megaupload kingpin, Anonymous exacts revenge

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@david wilson

"What part of the word 'most' is causing problems here?"

Most of Google's money comes from ad revenue (if not all), so the amount they raise from ads placed beside links of infringing material is going to be pretty substantial. Perhaps not in relative terms, but certainly in absolute and possible on a par with (if not greater than) Megaupload. Have you asked yourself why Google opposed SOPA? Do you think it was really about freedom?

"You seriously believe that the answers are 'effectively the same'?"

Pretty much. Just because Google is big is no reason that they should avoid the law (even though I do not agree with said law). Actually, the best thing that could happen is someone going after Google in exactly the same way, then the law might get changed. But no, they would much rather chase down teenagers and get toadying governments to kowtow to them.

As I said at the start, I do not agree with depriving the artists/creators of income and I think they do deserve a wage (as determined by a free market, which might not be as much as they think they are worth). But the fact remains that the majors have not got their shit together and that is why the infringing services exist on the scale they do.

It is these services that are proving the people what they want. Ready access to content with no bullshit. And you know what, some creators do rather well by following such a model. Most of the infringing could be stopped almost overnight if the majors started playing fair (time an again surveys have shown that the biggest infringers are also the biggest legit customers, they are simply trying to by-pass the artificial barriers; e.g. region-lock).

There will always be some, such is life.

Attacking our on freedoms is NOT the answer to anything.

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@david wilson

"For example, they don't go out of their way to do it, nor do they make most of their money from doing it."

Wrong, they do make money from it. Ad revenue.

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@h4rm0ny

Rather simple.

They are not pirates AFAIK, no one has been pillaged, held hostage, raped or murdered.

As worst they are copyright license infringers. Or, rather, the people doing the uploads are.

If there was any infringement of copyright then that is a civil matter, it's not a reason for the doors to be kicked in and people arrested. That's doubleplus ungood.

The world has moved on, but rather than change the MPAA et al are trying to use new, draconian laws to enforce the status quo and ensure our future culture is controlled by corporations.

This will never work, all it will do is inconvenience the honest and force them into the arms of the infringers (who tend to offer a better service).

Why hasn't Google, Yahoo! or anyone else been shut-down for linking to infringing material? Yet a UK citizen is being extradited for what is, at worst, a civil offence?

Why weren't Sony execs jailed for the rootkit fiasco?

Why hasn't the RIAA been punished for torrenting infringing material?

The questions go on.

It is right that creators, distributors etc get a fair wage (as determined by a free market)

It is not right to restrict free trade or attack my freedoms simply to protect an outmoded revenue stream.

It is not right to hold our culture to ransom.

It is not right that elected representatives act against the wishes and best interests of the electorate.

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Google shares tank after disappointing financial report

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This is what's wrong with the world

25% is not good enough.

50% is not good enough.

75% is barely acceptable.

They want short-term gains and they want them NOW dammit!

This is why we have the financial crisis, massive under investment in infrastructure, a lack of action on environmental damage, child labour and any number of other ills. Profit NOW and screw the long-term consequences.

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Online ad body: Let's slather 'opt out' icons everywhere

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Wrong

It must be opt-in and only ever, opt-in. End of discussion.

In other news: BigYin Advert Validation Service

I will check your ads for impact, clarity and message delivery. A fee of £1 will be charged per ad and payable on every ad viewed.

If you do not wish to use this service, you may opt-out by contacting me. The display of an ad on my computer screen is presumed to be consent to my terms of service.

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Teen net addicts pee in bottles to stay glued to WoW

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@h3

At 3am, wee Timmy should find that his PC is be blocked by the firewall.

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Blogger bully site yanks MPAA's chain in poison-pen letter

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/.

whoosh!

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Peeking up the skirt of Microsoft's hardy ReFS

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It's here

ZFS and BTRFS to name but two (with varying degrees of implementation).

Of course, Windows can't use them.

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So...

...how does it stack up against the likes of BTRFS (also B-tree) or Ext4 or any of the other options available?

This just smacks of "N.I.H." syndrome and, considering it's MS, "Using an open system would increase competition".

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Olympics volunteers urged not to blab online

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@Sean Baggaley 1

Simple - it's all done on PFI and similar deals. This ensures that the contractors trouser lots of taxpayer cash and let the taxpayer carry the risk. It also guarantees MPs and other type fat directorships and consultant positions.

£9bill is the budget admitted to, allowing for future interest payments etc. it would be a good idea to treble that figure.

The Swiss are probably able to build their tunnel because they are not all a bunch of corrupt, self-serving bastards. It must be remembered that in the UK we rewarded the people who destroyed the banking sector, like to let companies off from having to pay their rightful taxes and do not prosecute public officials who have been found to commit fraud (expenses).

Gotta keep the free luncheons, dinners and trips to paradise rolling in. The public? Oh I am sure MPs have heard some rumour about "the public", but it's not as if they care (bar the 2 months before an election).

Hell, we have Labour blaming the Tories for the rise in rail fairs, yet it was the previous Labour government that royally screwed things up (and it was the Tory government before that who started the rot).

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Amazon blows $95m on Chinese warehouse

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I misread...

...the final word in the headline. Temporarily made for a much more intriguing story.

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New stealthy botnet Trojan holds Facebook users hostage

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Joke

If it kept the idiots...

...off Facebook, it would be empty!

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@cornz 1

But I think PDFs can execute code (Javascript?) so it may depend on exactly what they exploit. It could potentially carry payloads for multiple readers, so obscurity is no real defence. On a Windows box one needs that AV running.

Heck, on a GNU/Linux box one should be running AV also - mostly to avoid passing infection on to the less fortunate. :-)

Heck, one should probably only use the browser from within a VM, that way any infection can be erased with a simple "Revert to previous snapshot".

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Work from home, find a new hobby, buy a fountain - UK.gov

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@AC (why is it always a coward?)

I can only go by what I am told. The allowance I do get doesn't even cover the broadband.

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@Pen-y-gors

I've already talked to my employer - they are blocked from doing anything more due to taxable benefits.

I have a very efficient mode of transport, it is half the price of public and (probably) less polluting. I never worried about jams. The monthly cost increase of the comms is about twice my monthly transport costs.

As for food, I always took a packed lunch.

I was more trying to point out that this site does not account for lots of factors and the assumption of "You're at home, you're green/saving" is facile, disingenuous and misleading at best.

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WfH

Let's see...I had to pay for high-speed broadband (and government rules limit how much I can reclaim). This is consumer grade and there's no SLA, I simply cannot afford a "proper" connection.

I have to heat the home all day (more CO2).

I have to run all the PCs at home (I cannot reclaim those costs).

I still have my motor vehicle (so that fixed cost is still there).

IMHO working from home is a net environmental and fiscal cost.

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Welcome to the latest forum features

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Sweet

testing

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Child labour, lost wages uncloaked by Apple factories audit

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It's not just Apple et al

Why do you think your trainers are so cheap? Your jeans? Your t-shirts?

In fact, ever thought about why everything you buy is so dirt-cheap and affordable?

As for Apple "truly addressing it", all the companies claim to be addressing the matter when caught and yet it continues. The simple answer is that hey all want to be seen to be doing something, but still go with the lowest bidder (who will more than likely use child labour as it is cheap).

Mr. Fry may know a great many things, but at times he has a rather insular and naive view of the world.

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MS, Intel challenged over Windows 8 tablet prices

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@alannorthhants

One would hope so, but I doubt the UK will push for any such measures seeing as how the caved into MS over the use of patent-free, open standards for government data.

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Explains the lock-in

1) MS forces OEMs to lock-down ARM mobos to Win8 only

2) MS subsidises Win8 phones/tablets (as they did xBox)

3) MS dominates a new market by leveraging monopoly in other areas

4) MS (eventually) profits, innovation and competition suffer

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Apple, Amazon and Google take lazy punters hostage

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@dogged

1. The problem is the pressure that MS could bring to bear: "Oh, Mr. Asus; I see you are selling some ARM mobos that enable custom mode, good for you. Isn't it time we re-negotiated your OEM licenses?" i.e. abuse their desktop monopoly.

It has been alleged that something similar happened to Dell when they tried to ship Ubuntu units (which is why it ended up only being available on under-powered crap, hard to find and not as a general option).

The fact remains that MS should not be allowed to dictate to OEMs that they must restrict what end-users can do with hardware they purchase. Leaving "custom mode" and option on ARM (e.g. via a physical jumper) has zero effect on Joe Punter and still leaves the door open for competition.

2. I have tried it. It is complete vomit. You think Unity/GnomeShell is bad? You ain't seen nuthin' yet!

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@Renato

"Same state of affairs on Androidland, where there's Freedom(TM) and nobody is evil."

OK, cite where Google has demanded that all bootloaders be locked. Go on. The OEMs themselves locked the bootloaders and some (e.g. HTC) are now unlocking them.

Apple is both the hardware and software vendor (unlike MS), they are not imposing their demands on OEMs. Apple are also not a monopoly (Google could possibly be considered to be one).

And no, I do not think the sun shines out of Google's arse nor do I think that much of Apple.

MS is abusing its monopoly position (again) to restrict competition (again).

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It's on-topic

...because it's a monopoly player dictating terms to OEMs to ensure vendor lock-in.

ARM may mostly be on mobile/tablets right now, but it is coming to ultrabooks and will no doubt enter the desktop again. How relaxed will you be when you can't pick up an ARM mobo that isn't locked to Windows? Or when the next version of Windows requires you to buy new hardware?

This is just another in a long list of anti-competition, anti-open, anti-freedom steps taken by MS; and you can be sure Joe Punter will give a shit when the lock-in turns around and bites them in the ass. But by then it will be too late.

And beyond Joe Punter we must consider the effect of "the cloud" and the increasing demands placed on mobile/low-power devices by enterprise/government. Any sniff of non-Apple competition would be crushed by this dicktat from MS.

Allowing custom mode has no effect on Joe Punter if they like Windows 8 (have you tried Win8? Vomit); so why demand that OEMs remove the feature?

If it passes regulatory muster, you and I may well care about OS replacement but the matter could well be moot as the option has been removed (until some bright-spark finds a way around UEFI altogether - probably spurred on by the desire to do whatever they see fit with their own hardware).

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"Go ahead and put linux on your iPad then if it's such a big deal. What? Locked? Surely not? And all those android tabs with locked bootloaders? How are they different?"

Straw man - I never said they were any different. But at least some of the Androids are being opened up, although it's on an ad-hoc basis.

"As for the UEFI thing, it's bogus click-driving and penguin-FUD. If UEFI secure boot was mandatory, there'd be no upgrade path so it won't be."

Apart from the fact it isn't. Did you bother to read the link? UEFI is mandatory for Win on ARM and that "Custom Mode" must be disabled.

UEFI in and of itself is not the issue, that's just the technology.

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The only thing...

...the government should mandate is open, royalty free, patent free standards. But they won't as the nice people who pay for the big lunches said "No"

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Not just those three...

...our friends in Redmond are keen to retain total control over you as well.

http://www.softwarefreedom.org/blog/2012/jan/12/microsoft-confirms-UEFI-fears-locks-down-ARM/

And they'll probably get away with it too.

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Microsoft sharpening axe for marketing heads - report

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Three step plan

1) Save on marketing;

2) Spend on lobbying;

3) Profit: http://www.computerweekly.com/blogs/public-sector/2012/01/microsoft-hustled-uk-retreat-o.html

"The British government withdrew its open standards policy after lobbying from Microsoft, it has been revealed in a Cabinet Office brief leaked to Computer Weekly."

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US killer spy drone controls switch to Linux

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Joke

I hope...

...they block the use of "killall"

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Apple accused of extortion by rival tablet biz

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I thought...

...the Aussies had already given Apple a boot to the conkers?
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@AC at 13:45

"Strange how he always seems to be on the side of the fence for the software patent "abuser" then isn't it." On the fence? Can you cite, please? "FM is a FUD blogger - how much exactly and all the parties is not known, only some of them are. " Well, can you please cite what is known? I've barely heard of the guy, checking Wikipedia shouws he admitted to an MS study in Oct 2011, that's it. And thanks (whomever) for the downvote it was a genuine question.
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A shill....

...for whom? He's anti-software patents it seems, so he can't be a shill for MS or Apple. Can you cite a source, please.?
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Kids should be making software, not just using it - Gove

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Sounds good

And with the Raspberry Pi (amongst other) coming along, it could be just the ticket. I hope MS allow it to happen.
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Suicidal Foxconn workers talked down from factory roof

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In the UK...

...the tax on importing the components makes manufacture impractical. It's cheaper to import the assembled box. Ask the Raspberry Pi people.
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Doomsday Clock ticks one minute closer to annihilation

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It's happening...

...in the first-world. The answer is education, i.e. get the kids in the third world into school. After a generation or so, things will sort themselves out.

However with the kids in school, there will be no one in the factories making your T-shirts for £5 or new training shoes (which you *will* moan about), no money coming into child's household (because the child is not working) and the situation will worsen.

The answer to that is to pair a fair price and fine the hell out of companies using child labour and jail the execs who have worker's activists executed (we all know which companies these are).

All that hits the bottom line and share prices, can't have that! So it's much easier for us to profit from selling arms to dictators, having wars, securing oil and ensuring the status quo.

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Kinect plus tablet control insane skateboard

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Is it just me...

...or do the embedded Vimeo videos not work on El Reg?

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Google merging more personal data into search results

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Sounds like...

...the bubble just became a cage and the tracking a leash, which is why I rarely search with Google any more. Other engines (such as DuckDuckGo) are improving rapidly and give me good results.

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Smart meter SSL screw-up exposes punters' TV habits

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@Field Marshal Von Krakenfart

Very hard to prove a negative, no evidence of risk is as close as one will ever get.

All this talk of "electrosensitivity" is utter bollocks. There has simply been no evidence of it and what tests have been done (putting an "electrosensitive" in room where wiring was switched on/off) simply showed they had no sensitivity.

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@Allan George Dyer

I asked that too - the meters apparently use non-standard connectors and as one doesn't really want to pass the regulator (mains pressure in domestic pipes? Yikes!) it is actually easier/safer to steal the meter.

There's a rash of thefts around this way at the moment.

@Davidoff

Yes a basement would be nice, but they will break-in to steal the meter.

And one cannot secure the meter for obvious reasons (access may be required in an emergency). Although I did consider fitting a light-sensitive diode inside the cabinet connected to an alarm inside the house.

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@sabba

Simple. They swap it for their meter, use power/gas for a while, then swap it back before the meter reader comes; makes them look like they've used less power/gas. Scrap has nothing to do with it.

Trust me, I was as shocked/puzzled as you were. TransCo told me it was pretty common. The scum will even break-in to get the meter!

However, rather than bare my private to a utility company I installed a decent security light.

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If it makes...

...readers harder to steal, that's a good thing (I have been the victim of meter theft, the police don't regard it as a priority and the utility companies won't lift a figure without a police response; if it happens to you, you are in for at least a week without power/gas).

Umm...I think that's about the only benefit I can see with the things.

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Security is fine

The customer's details and systems are 100% protected 100% of the time.

"Customer" in this case being the utility company who owns the meter.

The consumers security is of no corporate or regulatory concern. :-(

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Ubuntu Linux shop reveals 'TV for human beings'

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Err...

You'll find a newer guide here: http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=Installing_XBMC_for_Linux#Ubuntu

You'll notice it's even shorter than the Windows one. :)

Quite why there are two versions of the same guide is a good question, but that is not the fault of GNU/Linux; poor documentation is a general problem with all software products. Did you offer to update the section of the guide that caused you problems (assuming you solved them) to give back to the community and help others? Or at least point out where you came unstuck so that someone else could?

Personally I prefer the extra step of adding a PPA/repo before install. The security (and that'll be cryptographic signing) that is offered educes the chances of getting pwned. Tell me, do you check the md5hashes after doing a download, to make sure you've got a legit file?

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@AC at 06:50

Ha, ha, ha! That's a good one!

You are a cad and a rascal, sir. Keep up the good work.

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Cupertino lawyers mull 'driPhone' name ban

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Joke

Apple are such an...

...icon.

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Lenovo outs Ice Cream Sarnie telly

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Heh

I was thinking "How long before that gets hacked?"

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