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Pitch Black: New BlackBerry Classic is aimed at the old-school

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It was a Thing.

Andrew,

People still like that Thing – they hanker after that familiarity and dependability and nerdish functionality. Tinker with it at your peril.
keep these words of yours in mind regarding El Reg’s site redesign.

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Senator: Backdoor for the Feds is a backdoor for hackers

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Re: A question …

LucreLout, speaking entirely hypothetically, the answer is yes, though the response to a writ of habeas corpus (for those nations that have it or its equivalent) would reveal any secret law that the accused was charged with breaking. If habeas corpus were suspended, or the response to such a writ could be evaded or obscured, then the secret law could well remain secret. Historically, I doubt if all trials in the Court of Star Chamber were a matter of public record.

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This week it rained in San Francisco and the power immediately blew out. Your tech utopia

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Re: Spelling

Glenturret Single Malt, benifited is not correct spelling anywhere. Benefited is probably the most widely accepted spelling, although benefitted can be acceptable in US English.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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yet another viewpoint

First, some history: the article about El Reg’s last redesign can be read here, and a follow-up to it after five days can be seen here. Don’t forget to review the comments to those articles — plus ça change and all that. Like at least one other commentard above, my preferred design was the one that was replaced in 2008.

Regarding this redesign, my least favorite aspect of it is the increased presence and larger size of pictures; for me, each picture has a worth nowhere near a thousand words. Although I only use the Print Article feature rarely, I do in fact use it, unlike Top Stories, Most Read, Most Commented, Spotlight, Don’t Miss, and More from The Register, none of which I use. The stark monochrome of bold black text on a white background could do with a bit of softening. I don’t know if the masthead is a brighter shade of red than it used to be, but it certainly seems brighter against the new monochrome, and I wouldn’t mind it being darkened somewhat.

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US govt tells ICANN: No accountability, no keys to the internet

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[…] that the internet community would have free reign to decide […]

Kieren, it’s free rein, not free reign.

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BLAST-OFF! BOAT FREE launch at last. Orion heads for SPAAAAACE

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Re: Typo

Dr Taylor, another handy °F-to-°C phrasebook-style scale translation is -40 °F = -40 °C. Combined with knowledge of the proportion of nine degrees Fahrenheit to five kelvin, deflummoxation is certainly within reach.

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Re: their pint only contains 16 fluid ounces

kleinman, yes, the US gallon is really Queen Anne’s wine gallon, which was established in England and its possessions in 1707 (Scotland had its own system of measurements) and was replaced by the Imperial system there in the 1820s.

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Re: Typo? No, they use Fahrenheit

PNGuinn, the reason we became monetarily heretical was because by the time the Treaty of Paris was signed, we had five different £sd systems in place among the states — as with regional measurement systems in many European countries, it was easier to adopt a new system than to reconcile all of the old ones. There were still $-to-£sd tables published into the 1850s, as people even then still tended to reckon in their state’s particular £sd system, and new states often adopted the system where their earliest anglophone colonists came from; Texas was the newest state that I’d seen with a $-to-£sd conversion rate (it followed the system of Virginia and New England).

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Re: Fahrenheit

PurpleMoneky, the US fluid ounce is slightly larger than the Imperial fluid ounce, so a closer rule of thumb would be six US gallons to five Imperial gallons.

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Go festive this year with Christmas carols, baby Jesus and CLITORAL STIMULATORS

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Re: Apart from that, he doesn’t do impressions.

Darryl, do proper Englishmen pronounce “flaw” as “flar”?

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Apart from that, he doesn’t do impressions.

Alistair, perhaps you’d meant Apart from that and “Well, hot-dang, hoo-whee and yeefuckinghar”, he doesn’t do impressions.? (I’d recommend -haw rather than -har for more effective rootin’-tootin’-ness.)

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Netflix: Sacre vache! French resistance from the vestibuleurs de consommation

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Re: Joker in French is just “joker”

regadpellagru, my guess is that vestibuleurs de consommation is Registrais for “consumer watchdogs”.

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It's BLOCK FRIDAY: Britain in GREED-crazed bargain bonanza mob frenzy riot MELTDOWN

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… in whom we trust

Destroy All Monsters, In God We Trust was put on the larger denomination “real money” silver and gold coins in 1866, just after the slaughter of 1861 – 1865, well before the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913. Money of any form whatsoever will continue to be “real” as long as governments are granted the power to tax and those taxes can only be paid in those forms of money.

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BIG FAT Lies: Porky Pies about obesity

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Re: Good stuff.

Anonymous Coward, you’re correct, I don’t travel enough. That’s why I’d limited my remarks to the situation in the States — because I have no idea what the market penetration of high fructose corn syrup is elsewhere.

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Re: Good stuff.

Tim, yes, US raw sugar price is usually around twice the world raw sugar price — on the order of around $0.50/kg in the US vs. $0.25/kg elsewhere. The nominal price of raw sugar in the US in 1974 was higher than it is now, and manufacturers of soft drinks, candy, &c. still managed somehow to remain profitable without resorting to sugar substitutes. The Secretary of Agriculture can adjust the amount of raw sugar importable at the lower tariff rates (for July 2014 through June 2015, about $0.0366/kg for beet sugar, about $0.0146/kg for cane sugar) at will; it mainly doesn’t happen because of political interests and lobbying by the Sugar Association and the Corn Refiners Association.

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Re: Good stuff.

Tim, the prevalence of high fructose corn syrup as a sugar substitute in the States is probably due more to subsidies for US maize producers than to restrictions on sugar imports. (Another effect of that policy is the widespread domestic use of ethanol from maize as an additive to gasoline/petrol.)

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Bryndzové halušky

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Re: Bryndza

Frank, apparently butyric acid is a notable component of the flavor of bryndza. (Butyric acid might be better known as a notable flavor component in Hershey’s milk chocolate.)

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Re: Bryndza

Grave, if you’d meant kyslá smotana, then that would translate as “soured cream” (UK English) or “sour cream” (US English). Smotana would translate simply as “cream”. Cheddar curds might be the usual choice of squeaky cheese in the “anglosphere”.

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FORGET the CLIMATE: FATTIES are a MUCH BIGGER problem - study

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Re: Muscle, not fat

keith_w, gold is weighed in pounds troy, so a pound of gold weighs less than a pound of muscle, fat, lead, or feathers.

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MYSTERY Russian satellite: ORBITAL WEAPON? Sat GOBBLER? What?

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Re: Panic!

Flatpackhamster, again, if you don’t find the taste of turkey to be worth the effort of its preparation, then don’t prepare it; sit back and enjoy your beverage while your goose cooks. I like the taste of properly prepared turkey as much as I like the taste of goose, so I’m willing to make the effort. (Where I live, the cost of goose per unit of mass is considerably higher than the equivalent amount of fresh turkey, so that influences my choice of bird; I usually select a goose only once my jars of goose fat are emptied.)

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Re: Panic!

John 62, rendered goose fat is something to be valued. Pour it into jars and keep them in your fridge; it can be used as a spread for toast or for cooking (potatoes roasted in a thin layer of rendered goose fat are particularly good).

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Re: Panic!

Flatpackhamster, if you don’t like the taste of turkey, then don’t eat it. I like the taste of properly prepared turkey, so I do eat it (and cook it). Different horses for different courses, and all that.

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Re: Panic!

Lostyearsago, yes, it makes a difference; brining a pre-brined bird will not improve the final result. I’m referring only to fresh turkeys.

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Re: Panic!

Bear, start with a completely thawed and thoroughly rinsed fresh turkey. (Kosher and “self-basting” turkeys are pre-salted, so brining them will have no effect.) Dissolve one cup of table salt per US gallon of cold water (9.5 oz per Imperial gallon, 60 g/l); two US gallons (1⅔ Imperial gallons; 7.5 l) of brine typically suffice. (More salt is needed if kosher salt is used rather than table salt; the amount of kosher salt depends upon the manufacturer.) Submerge turkey in the briny deep; ensure that the brine remains below 41 °F (5 °C) for the duration. After a minimum of fourteen hours’ soak, preheat your oven to 400 °F (205 °C); line a large V-rack with heavy-duty tin foil* and use a paring knife to poke a couple of dozen holes in the foil. Put the V-rack in a large roasting pan. Remove the turkey from his bath, rinse him well, and pat him dry inside and out with paper towels. Melt four tablespoons of butter (three Australian tablespoons, 60 ml) and completely brush the turkey’s skin with the butter. Set the turkey on the V-rack with his breast down; roast for 45 minutes, then flip the bird and roast it for an additional 50 to 60 minutes (if the bird is 12 lb to 15 lb [5.5 kg to 6.8 kg]) or 75 minutes (if he’s 15 lb [6.8 kg] to 18 lb [8.2 kg]) with his breast up. Set the turkey onto a carving board and let it rest for 30 minutes before carving.

If you have a turkey over 18 lb (8.2 kg), the cooking instructions vary; don’t follow the cooking instructions above.

* — Yes, some foil is used, but not as much as would be needed to wrap the entire bird.

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Re: Panic!

Billa Bong, tin foil isn’t needed for moist turkey. The easiest way to ensure moist turkey is to give it a 24-hour salt water bath (salt to water proportions available upon request), then rinse it off, pat it dry, and cook; no tin foil required. The cooked meat is moist and not oversalted at all.

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Bug fixes! Get your APPLE BUG FIXES! iOS and OS X updates right here!

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Re: Hmmm…

WonkoTheSane, Apple has never supported TRIM on third-party SSDs. Third-party SSD support on OS X has only been provided by third parties, typically by binary edits of the Apple driver to remove its Apple-only check. The change in Yosemite to refuse to load modified Apple drivers can be seen as either bug (to prevent the TRIM hack) or feature (to prevent unintended driver changes from being executed). My understanding is that this Yosemite change can be undone with a change to a NVRAM setting, restoring the pre-Yosemite behavior, if the TRIM hack is deemed more important than preventing the execution of modified Apple drivers.

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

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Re: The bible is a book ?

Crisp, pedants would say that the count depends upon which canon is used; for example, the Protestant canon has 66 books, the Roman Catholic canon has 73 books, and the Eastern Orthodox canon has 78 books. (I think that some of the other Catholic and Orthodox churches also have their own canons.)

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SUPER-JAMMY Philae comet probe got down WITHOUT harpoons

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Re: Just brilliant

Nigel 11, are you saying that the ESA uses hedgehog genitalia for navigation?

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MOULDY DICK: France aims to snatch EXPLODING WHALE crown from U.S.

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Nuff said.

russell 6, I disagree. With surprisingly few changes, Melville’s original text can become positively Lovecraftish:

A gentle balefulness — a mighty mildness of repose in swiftness, invested the gliding whale carcass. Not the white bull Jupiter swimming away with ravished Europa clinging to his graceful horns; his lovely, leering eyes sideways intent upon the maid; with smooth bewitching fleetness, rippling straight for the nuptial bower in Crete; not Jove, not that great majesty Supreme! did surpass the glorified White Whale as he so undyingly swam.

On each soft side — coincident with the parted swell, that but once leaving him, then oozed so wide away — on each bright side, the whale shed off enticings. No wonder there had been some among the hunters who namelessly transported and allured by all this serenity, had ventured to assail it; but had fatally found that quietude but the vesture of tornadoes. Yet calm, enticing calm, oh, whale! thou glidest on, to all who for the first time eye thee, no matter how many in that same way thou may’st have bejuggled and destroyed before.

And thus, through the serene tranquillities of the subtropical sea, among waves whose hand-clappings were suspended by exceeding rapture, Mouldy Dick moved on, still withholding from sight the full terrors of his submerged trunk, entirely hiding the wrenched hideousness of his jaw. But soon the fore part of him slowly rose from the water; for an instant his whole marbleized body formed a high arch, like Virginia’s Natural Bridge, and warningly waving his bannered flukes in the air, the grand god revealed himself, sounded, and went out of sight. Hoveringly halting, and dipping on the wing, the white sea-fowls unwillingly lingered over the agitated pool that he left.

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Alibaba reports China's Singles Day is the world's biggest orgy of shopping

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5.7bn yuan ($9.3bn)

Iain, did you mean 57 G¥ rather than 5.7 G¥?

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Has Switzerland cracked the net neutrality riddle?

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Re: But American utilities such as water and electricity are privatised monopolies

Charles 9, where did I state that all US utilities are publicly owned? Please review my comments above; the water and electricity utilities where I live in the US are publicly owned.

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Re: But American utilities such as water and electricity are privatised monopolies

Charles 9, is this an instance of two countries separated by a common language? The water and electricity utilities in this village have never been privatized; they are, and for their entire existence (since the late 19th century) have been, publicly owned and operated. Since the choice of whether to have a second set of pipes, wires, &c. running to one’s home has never been available here, NIMBYism has nothing to do with it.

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But American utilities such as water and electricity are privatised monopolies

Andrew, the village where Deficiency House dilapidates has municipally-owned and -operated water and electricity utilities; they’re public monopolies in this rural corner of the US.

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Online tat bazaar eBay collapses in UK

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local shops

alpine, are you saying that before eBay, local shops used to be where you could find all of those things that you couldn’t get locally?

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LOHAN test flight: Results in from Oz jury

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Re: Units

Phil O’Sophical, rather the land of US customary units; we’re still using William III.’s bushel and Anne’s wine gallon here rather than George IV.’s bushel and gallon.

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Piketty-Poketty-Poo: Some people are JUST ITCHING to up tax to capital ...

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Re: If r>g then...?

Tim, new land is occasionally made (e.g. Flevoland in the Netherlands), but its land tax distortions would be minor. Not surprisingly, cultivation by the steamship and the train remained less efficient than cultivation by the plough. ;*)

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Curious to know if the UK's Tory-led government is a MEGA SPY? Answer: Yes

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[…] since the Lib Dems and Tories were lumped together.

Since they’d lumped themselves together to form their coalition, the passive voice wasn’t appropriate there.

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Google’s dot-com forget-me-not bomb: EU court still aiming at giant

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Re: European ruling

Anonymous Coward, perhaps because Google Inc. is incorporated in California, which causes it to prioritize US legal requirements?

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PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 is least popular Cupertino mobile OS in all of HUMAN HISTORY

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Yosemite […] also rhymes with shite

Scroticus Canis, how many syllables are in your pronunciations of Yosemite and shite respectively?

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MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer

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Re: One rule for one…

Anonymous Coward, congratulations on your successful recovery! Did your family history of prostate cancer influence your GP to schedule a MRI for you, despite the results of the PSA blood test and the DRE?

My physician included a sheet in his last annual letter to me about prostate cancer; in discussing the benefits of a PSA, it noted that

Out of 1000 low risk men over 50 years old, 26 men would eventually die of prostate cancer without screening. If all the men get a PSA annually, 21 will eventually die from prostate cancer. Five [low risk] men out of 1000 will benefit from early detection and treatment.
In its risks section, it stated that
Treatment involves either removing the prostate surgically or using radiation therapy. Both treatments have a high rate of complications such as inability to control urine and/or have an erection. […] Out of 1000 men who are screened, 100 will be overdiagnosed and treated unnecessarily. PSA screening has a high false positive rate, estimated at 75%. […] Out of 1000 low risk men, 121 men will have a false positive PSA and undergo an unnecessary biopsy. Of these 121 men, four will develop fever and one will have to be hospitalized because of infection.
It also noted that the false positive rate for DREs is about the same as for PSAs.

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Shellshock over SMTP attacks mean you can now ignore your email

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why is there not just a “set” program […] to set environment variables and that’s ALL it can do?

Lee D, it’s because there’s never been a system-level function to allow setting the value of an environment variable in a caller-specified process. The setenv() function can only set an environment variable’s value in the calling process.

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‘For the love of Pete, America, learn about decent chocolate’

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Re: Not chocolate.

Tom 7, do you believe that there are no US atheists? Or that US atheists disapprove of atheism in other parts of the world?

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Cadbury

Anonymous Coward, Cadbury was purchased by Kraft Foods (now Mondelēz International). The Hershey Company makes certain Cadbury products only for the US market under a previous licensing arrangement; Hershey has never been part of Kraft/Mondelēz.

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Re: Countries separated by a common language

Anonymous Coward, a similar thing happened when I saw A Fish Called Wanda when it was first released in the States. During the parts that I found funny enough to laugh out loud at, I was the only one in the audience doing so — yet I’m US born and raised. The parts that everyone else found uproariously hilarious didn’t strike me as exceptionally funny.

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The future health of the internet comes down to ONE simple question…

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Re: ITU

Chris, it might be the point for half of the corporate lawyer population; the other half will be focused on making sure that contracts are binding.

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Re: ITU

Alistair, carefully consider your fine point. Who would wish to work for or work with any corporation — private or public, for-profit or not-for-profit — against which one could not have legal redress in case of misbehavior, because no contract would be binding on it? Go on, pull the other one … from the coat peg.

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SKYPE has the HOTS for my NAKED WIFE

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I’ve yet to encounter a camera that doesn’t work in Linux.

SineWave242, what about this one?

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

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Re: Next up, Jony Ives?

Joe 48, if you have an Early 2013 MacBook Pro, then it originally came with Mountain Lion installed, so I’m not sure what Lion has to do with it. Given the slowdown that you’re seeing on a download for a clean reïnstallation of OS X, and that the slowdown happens in regular mode immediately after a clean installation with no third-party software installed, my suggestion would be to try replacing its internal SATA cable to see if that makes a difference. I’m not familiar with Retina models like yours, but faulty internal SATA cables are a surprisingly frequent problem with some non-Retina models.

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Re: Next up, Jony Ives?

Joe 48, if you boot into the Safe mode of OS X, are your download and USB copy speeds still just as slow? If they speed up under Safe mode, and you have an OS X antivirus package installed, then my guess would be that the antivirus software is to blame for the slowdowns.

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Whisper. Explain this 'questionable' behavior – senior US senator

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we never had [online anonymity] in reality

Anonymous Coward, if that be the case, then why do you choose to comment as an Anonymous Coward?

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