* Posts by Steve Evans

2390 posts • joined 17 Apr 2007

El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: You guys getting old and NEED BIGGER TYPE?

Oh thank god it wasn't just me... My first reaction was to check I didn't have a zoom of 150% set!

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Re: ARGGGGGGGGGGGH!

Ooooh, that's a point... I might be able to fix it (on the desktop at least) with some abuse in tampermonkey.

BTW, what's the android mobile app like? Has it got any better? Last time I tried it it didn't last an hour before the bin summoned.

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

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Re: f it's a true clone, it'll start shipping in July at the earliest

"And supply will be severely restricted due to unanticipated excessive demand. The opportunity will be taken by someone selling a clone of the old BBC micro to push a few units."

Why would I need a clone? The original one still works!

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Re: calendar check....

If it's a true clone, it'll start shipping in July at the earliest.

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Speaking in Tech: Android 5.0 Lollipop is a TRAIN WRECK

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So based on the %age of time spent talking about particular features, a train wreck = I don't like what they did to the email client.

Thank god you didn't notice the change in colour scheme!

I'm running Lollipop on a Nexus 7 2013 and a Nexus 4. Email handled by the gmail, and K9 (for those accounts I just haven't bothered merging), battery life is great on both devices. Couple of niggles, but so minor I won't bother switching back to the nandroid coy of KitKat. I'll give it 8/10.

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Apple patents NEVERSMASH iPHONE for fumbling fondlers

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Re: Physics.

By the time they've fitted in the size of weights required to perform this tumble, the phone is going to be twice the thickness and weight it was before.

Ironically removing the issues of tight clearance and miniscule crumple-zone which causes a drop to generate serious damage in the first place.

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TalkTalk email goes titsup FOR DAYS. Cheapo telco warns: Changing password WON'T fix it

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Re: Oh gawd...

If it's one of their hubs, it's probably worth changing, there were some serious security issues with their earlier models.

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Oh gawd...

You actually got them to admit they had a problem?

Well done.

Last time I had to look into a TT issue, they blamed the inability of the customers router to log onto their network on the router... The fact that it had been working fine, and nobody had changed anything for years wasn't the point. The router was customer supplied, so that must be it.

Even explaining I'd tried two routers, both of which has negotiated a good speed with the exchange, but had failed the log on (which occurs afterwards), the problem couldn't possibly be their end... Oh no, it'll be both the routers I used, or maybe BT will have to come out to check the line...

Yes, they were still blaming the physical line, or router, or anyone by themselves.

Took 3 days of calling before we got to someone who realised they weren't talking to a complete idiot. Even then it took over 24 hours for it to magically start working, and they never placed the follow up call to let me know either.

Nobody should ever use a TT email account, you're not going to want to stay with them for a second longer than necessary.

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Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

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Re: How Widespread?

Odd... i7 Win 8.1 laptop with Nvidia 12gig, Chrome fine.

i7 Win 7 desktop with ATI 16gig, Chrome fine

Recent firefox on both, diabolical JS performance.

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The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose

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Re: Teledildonics

If it was inspired by Elop, then it'll shaft you from behind when you claim you least expected it, whilst the entire world has been sitting back predicting the impending impalement for several months.

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SO LONELY: Woman DARED to get rid of her iPHONE - Apple DUMPED all her TXTS

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@Roj Blake

Hit the nail on the head there Roj.

Few know what iMessage is. Fewer know what it does, and even fewer know how it could affect them.

TBH, I really don't know what Apple were trying to do. Hijacking an industry standard such as SMS. Worse still having the remote contact remember you as an iMessage user, and default to that route for all future communications, with no apparent "I've not had you pick up an iMessages for a couple of days, I'll drop back to SMS and tell all your contacts" fail back on the server - Although even a couple of days would be pretty unacceptable.

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Chinese coder's got 99 problems and getting hitched is one: Huge iPhone woo plot FAILS

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Re: But... Why?

I hope she turned him down for being stupid and wasteful... All he had to do was buy 99 *boxes*...

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness is 'a gift from GOD'

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iDont care

Nothing worth announcing on the product front, so just make an announcement about your sexuality?

News worthy? No.

News (i.e. something which wasn't already known)? No.

iYawn.

iGo to make a cup of tea.

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Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says

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"What's more, it is claimed, both versions will have expandable memory"

That I seriously doubt...

Which really knocks the credibility of the whole piece.

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WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?

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Re: Do they not read the news?

My apologies Crisp. How could I have forgotten those!

I love that I've picked up 2 down votes for my comment... Either we've got a couple of humourless commentards on here (not unheard of) or the RIAA/MPAA have their reputation protecting drones in our Reg!

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Do they not read the news?

Do they not know that copyright theft is the greatest threat to humanity?

It causes global warming *and* ebola.

(At least that's what it says in the RIAA/MPAA literature)

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

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Oh please, lets have a good majority...

I don't care which way it goes really (might be erring towards Yes, not that I have a vote), but it needs to be a good turn out, and at least 70% in one direction, or we'll have never ending whining from the losing side and the risk of a Quebec style "Neverendum".

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Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen

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Re: I know where there's one you can buy

Can't help being reminded of Topgear's VW advert...

Clarkson at his least political correct... :-D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKTXK8YiCzk

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Get your Indian Landfill Android One handsets - they're only SIXTY QUID

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Not that tight on RAM

I think you're mixing up RAM and online storage.

RAM is what the OS uses to "think". Storage is like your hard drive. It's where things are installed or stored. SD card is your "hard drive"

1GB is a wonderful thing to see... For ages we've seen budget phones shipping with JB or KK and 512MB, which is impossibly low for those OSs to operate effectively.

1GB will actually give the OS a chance without it having to resort to terminating everything else just to open Facebook!

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

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70s?

He should try Dave... Then he'd be stuck in the naughties :D

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Starship Troopers beat Aliens, Robots AND Chuck Norris to WIN in a FIGHT

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Re: Just wondering

Any original recording by Will-I-am before the autotune has been applied.

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DARPA-backed jetpack prototype built to make soldiers run faster

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Re: A four minute mile is necessary?

I think if I was carrying a pack plus an 11Kg jet accessory along a road, I wouldn't be thinking "Wow, I can do a 4 minute mile now", I'd be thinking "Where's the bloody APC, this shit is heavy".

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Oh noes, fanbois! iPhone 6 Plus shipments 'DELAYED' in the UK

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Re: £699

"I've never connected my iPhone to iTunes. That hasn't been necessary for a long time now. You should maybe check your facts before you hit the Reply button."

I assume you're talking about moving data/photos about via "The Cloud" or WiFi... There is something a bit different about being able to connect a phone via a USB cable to a PC and have it appear as a drive... Now what could that be.... Oh yes, you transfer files much much much faster!

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Apple's Mr Havisham: Tim Cook says dead Steve Jobs' office has remained untouched

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Religion...

Wow, and here I was thinking it was just the users which treated Apple as some kind of religion.

Now we find it goes higher... Cook has a shrine!

I wonder if they have any rituals on St Job's birthday?

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Hardkernel nixes RPi clone project

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Ah, the anonymous downvote with no comment... So helpful...

Do you disagree that it's a nice little board?

Do you disagree that it doesn't compete with the RPi?

Do you disagree that (even if they had nothing to do with it) the simple existence of undenied rumours reflects badly on the raspberry pi foundation?

I guess we'll never know.

Thank you for your contribution, whatever it was.

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Well I've been playing with mine for a few days, and it's very good indeed.

It's a pity it's shipped with a standard Raspian install on the MicroSD card as that means the little TFT screen isn't enabled by default and you have to download and compile a new kernel.

Initially I failed to cross compile it on my desktop, so did it natively on the Odroid-W... I left it over night!

I've now got the cross compile working on my PC, so it's only a few minutes if I have to do it again. :-D

Anyway, I'm very impressed with it. The battery life seems good, it lasted the half hour drive to work (the only real test it's had).

It really is such a pity if this little machine is going to be stopped by politics. I find the posts on the RaspberryPi forum incredibly short sighted... This is what open source and open design is all about!

The RPi uses Linux, which is open source, without it they'd have to write their own OS.

It really isn't going to steal RPi customers anyway... The basic $30 Odroid-W board only has one USB and no ethernet. So it's not going to compete as a cheap desktop machine.

By the time you've added on the RTC battery, the "UPS" battery and the TFT base board, you're looking at over $70. Who's going to pay that instead of a Pi? Only those that want a really compact unit. Who are now scuppered...

I've got half a dozen Pi's kicking about here, but now a potential solution to a specific project has been killed off, I think I might start looking at some of the other (more powerful) Odroid boards and migrating my code across away from the Pi platform.

So maybe the Odroid-W really has impacted potential RPi sales, at least to me.

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Re: Well Doh!

Don't take it to heart, there are lots of people on here who seem to down vote for very random reasons, not that they ever have the nerve, or ability to explain themselves.

I'll give you a +1 to bring you back into balance.

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Typical...

Talk about buying a redundant technology... Mine's due for delivery some time today! lol!

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Don't buy that phone! It ATTRACTS CRIMINALS, UK.gov will tell people

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Re: nokia carriers...

I doubt a Nexus 4 or 5 would interest these knuckle draggers.

Lets face it, they're the same kind of zombie who would queue up for 3 days before a launch... They just don't have the money.

They'll still be heading for the shiny shiny.

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

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Re: New browser names:

Maybe they should just adopt the name many of us have called it for years...

Exploder.

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No Apple fanbois here: Man United BANS iPads from Old Trafford

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Cunning...

Now lets hope nobody squashes some semtex into the shape of a steak and ale pie.

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Pi palaver perplexes LOHAN Pixhawk pair

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Pi on the floor

The usual thing that will cause a Pi to get upset in one location, but work fine on the bench (our favourite kind of bug) is the power supply.

The original Pi was very susceptible to a bad supply. If you're using a DC-DC convertor to feed the Pi, it'll need some good suppression or the Pi will get very upset. Same goes for cheap AC adapters.

I believe the new B+ is better in this respect, but I can't see which you have.

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Google's 'right to be forgotten': One rule for celebs, another for plebs

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www.google.com/ncr

That is all.

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UK WhatsApp duo convicted of possessing extreme porn

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Re: unsolicited

Quick, everyone spam* their favourite politician with "dodgy" material, and then make some anon calls to childline/RSPCA etc...

* obviously from the safety of a disposable, unregistered cell phone purchased with cash.

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Korean vendor launches wearable RPi clone

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Ooooh... RTC...

Interesting they include an RTC with optional battery backup, something which is lacking from the Pi (which relies on retrieving the current time at startup via the intarweb).

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Apple 'sapphire glass' fronts for iPhone 6? It's NEWS to SUPPLIERS

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Indeed... In all the years I've had mobiles (20+) I've only ever broken one screen... And that was when it fell out of my pocket and got run over by a Land Rover! Even then the glass (being old fashioned, non super hard - and brittle - glass) didn't break, but it obviously flexed enough to kill the LCD panel underneath.

My current phone (a Nexus 4) is 18 months old, used daily, has no screen (or rear glass) protector, just the standard optional bumper case (which has saved it from a couple of drops), and do you know what? When you take the bumper case off, and give it a polish, it looks new.

Why?

Because I don't throw is in a pocket with all my keys and small change, or a handbag full of what is best described as "life-gravel"! It lives in a pocket, on its own, as have all my mobiles.

Treat your phone like the essential (and valuable) piece of kit that it is, and it will last.

Kick it about like a football, or sandblast it with coins and keys and it won't.

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Are you broke? Good with electronics? Build a better AC/DC box, get back in black with $1m

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240v 60Hz...

That's a funny spec... I don't think that's standard for anyone.

Most of the world uses 220-230v, and IIRC, 50Hz is more common than 60Hz.

The USA being the big 60Hz fan, although I'd have thought they'd be terrified of the idea of the 240 volts.

I hope they at least have an option for 50Hz, or all our European desk fans are going to get turbo charged! (AC induction motors).

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Re: No they don't

I already do Richard :-D

I stick the 12v output from my little panels across a pair of 6v SLA batteries.

6v (often closer to 7v when charged) is a useful voltage... It gives me some voltage in hand for my cable run to the USB sockets by the bed and in the living room (and an LDO regulator behind the wall plate to put a final limit on it). One battery does each room. By complete fluke, they generally stay pretty well balanced.

Free charging for the tablets, phones, Satnav and all those other things with a USB power requirement.

Yes, Raspberry Pi runs fine too :-D

80% of the available energy delivered to the devices... Not bad for a DIY lash-up with bits I had laying about :-)

Okay, I know you were probably trying to save a little bit more energy on bigger devices.

You could always buy a TV, fridge and stereo designed for a caravan.

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Whoah! How many Google Play apps want to read your texts?

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Facebook are a huge offender.

Luckily the play store recently introduced a "do not automatically update" flag you can set against apps who are creeping the permissions. Assuming you already have an older version you don't object to.

Others in my offenders list are Absolute Radio who now want location, contacts/calendar

Amazon, Ebay who want fine location information

BT Wi-Fi (which is just supposed to auto logon to BT wifi APs) for SMS, Phone, Photos/media

The list goes on.

If you've got a rooted phone, I recommend Xprivacy. You can block permissions after you have installed, and at a far more granular level.

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UK data watchdog broke data law, says UK data watchdog

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Re: Stop press

But those that are supposed to be encouraging better IT practice really should be setting a standard...

It's rather like a policeman being completely oblivious to the law he is enforcing... Oh... Bad analogy!

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Stop press

Government created body fails at IT.

(We need a sarcastic, picking myself off the floor, icon).

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UK Parliament rubber-stamps EMERGENCY data grab 'n' keep bill

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Re: @Forget It

"Exactly. And don't forget you vote for ONE person. Not a party, not a government, but one person to represent you. My MP is an idiot in many ways but he is very good at representing us. And that is why I would vote for him again. Not the Lib Dems, but him."

In that case you are a very lucky man.

Most politicians just follow the party whip, and vote with the party. You might as well just have one guy holding up a board with Yes on one side and No on the other to count for 100 votes... He could cover the job of a large majority of the work for MPs.

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NEW Raspberry Pi B+, NOW with - count them - FOUR USB ports

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"Industrial customers? That wasn't in the original Pi plan!"

They never ignored the fact people would find industrial uses for the Pi, and it helped the intended recipients (students) by keeping production volumes high so the economies of scale kicked in.

That's how the Pi got it's 256Meg to 512Meg upgrade the other year.

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Re: Composite Output

At least 2?!! Ha, you're having a laugh!

There are actually more combinations of pin out from a 4 pole stereo video jack than the mathematics of permutations allow!

Seriously!

You can have a box of 4 pole break out cables, but never the one you actually need!

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ISPs 'blindsided' by UK.gov's 'emergency' data retention and investigation powers law

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Re: There is precident

I'm sure the US/UK side is already sorted... The US have been very public to say they don't monitor US citizens, and we all know why... The UK does that for them, and then shares any info they US want.

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'Apple is TERRIFIED of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm

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They're probably worried someone will have

"Yet another clit phone"

Written on the back.

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ATTACK of the Windows ZOMBIES on point-of-sale terminals

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Re: Bah!

The more sensible configuration I've seen in the big wide world, is to have the POS devices phone home at set intervals/times to the head office, where there *is* a real IT team.

So no inbound connections to the POS device is permitted. This also means the POS devices can sit on a LAN with everything else, and not require their own line.

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Computing student jailed after failing to hand over crypto keys

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Re: A masters degree in computing?

They certainly do at Cambridge... You get it free simply by not dying for a few years!

(Then again, given the history of spy recruitment, maybe that is an accomplishment!)

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That 'wiped' Android phone you bought is stuffed with NAKED SELFIES – possibly

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The only surefire way to erase everything, is to perform multiple overwrites on everything sensitive.

Delete just sets a flag to say "This file is deleted". It's still there! A quick format isn't much better.

A full forensic wipe, featuring multiple flipping of the bits over a long period of time is probably a bit OTT. The main risk you are facing is someone using recovery software against the device, not a forensic scientist removing the chips and going at them that way...

So factory reset the device. Wipe the storage, then fill it up with something innocent.

Then delete all those files/pictures, and fill it up again with something else innocent.

Be warned though, that that will only overwrite your storage partition, not the system partitions (you've relied on the OS reset to do that).

Are you paranoid yet?

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BlackBerry claims ugly duckling Passport mobe is a swan in the offing

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Re: Yeah,,, but what's it like to HOLD????

That was my thought too... Looks hugely wide... Entering into phablet territory, but without the extra vertical real-estate.

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