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Moto sets out plans for crafty snap-together PODULAR PHONES

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Not just phones. Leave the 3G/4G or other radio chipsets out, and you've got a (hopefully cut price) Android powered iPod.

Maybe there could be options for D pads and button modules? Screen in the middle, D pad on left, buttons on right, instant handheld games console. Swap the D pad and buttons around if you're southpaw (or just like it that way).

Bloody big camera lense on back, screen on front, sack everything else off asides an SD card module, and you have yourself a "smart" camera.

This could really be an awesome development.

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Re: Wow the scope for finger pointing when it doesn't work..

Lumia?

What on Earth does Microsoft have to do with open source? And what does that dongle linked to, from 2004, have to do with Phonebloks? Bit of a Chewbacca argument really.

And why are you trying to get wifi in a tunnel under the ground?

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I think the idea is it's priced up to however many modules you want.

I thought this was a damned smart idea when I saw the kickstarter, and I still do. As far as locking mechanisms go, this was solved a long while ago with the ZIF socket, no?

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Samsung is officially the WORLD'S BIGGEST smartphone maker

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World's biggest smartphone maker?

Or maker of the world's biggest smartphones?

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Cinnamon Desktop: Breaks with GNOME, finds beefed-up Nemo

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Re: Edge Snapping == Fail

Dunno why so many downvotes. Edge snapping has only ever annoyed me, and that's since way before the Xbox.

Side by side comparisons? What's wrong with putting the two windows.. err... side by side?

(Or top and bottom, or one corner and t'other, or pretty much wherever you like, and not have to be careful not to move the windows a modicum in the wrong direction and OH FOR FUCK'S SAKE...)

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Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it

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Since when did that prevent the switchover to block-o-vision TV?

Really, DAB can sound better than FM, however it frequently doesn't. As far as one of the advertised benefits of coping with interference goes... utter bollocks.

Still, at least the digital switchover will leave plenty of room on the FM dial for the stations that play decent music. See icon.

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Brit bloke busted over backdoor blagging of US troops' data

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Re: You can already hear the defence

perhaps peter sutcliffe could appeal on the same grounds? <sarc>

Comparing someone who broke into a few boxes, with the Yorkshire fucking Ripper?

Aye, no wonder you posted anonymously.

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Only a merciful BULLET can really save a RHINO, say Texas hunters

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Re: Conclusion

Let the hunter use nowt but an air rifle and he'll be entitled to brag.

Only if limited to the UK's license free requirement of 12 ft/lb or less. Air rifles can be more powerful than firearms.

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In a meeting with a woman? For pity's sake DON'T READ THIS

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Re: @Greg J Preece

You are fired. Why? For wasting company time playing with your toy.

That'll be my Mother in the hospital, and a sueball heading your way. Here, catch.

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Don't crack that Mac: Almost NOTHING in new Retina MacBook Pros can be replaced

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Re: Dells?

a pleasure to see on your desk or lap.

Speak for yourself. I'm not a fan of massive logos, especially ones that glow in the fucking dark.

I'll say the same thing to Apple that I'll say to Nike, Adidas and all the rest: You want me to be a billboard for your products? Pay me.

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Re: @Mr C Hill - Batteries!

Glue uses the same principles.

So do a few strips of rubber sponge.

But I take it, from your still-in-use Amstrad, that you go shopping rather rarely.

Har. Actually I have a more modern example in the shape of an Asus TF201 with cracked sensor glass. Only reason I haven't replaced it yet is that it still works. As and when I do replace it (IF I replace it instead of turning the device into a low power, silent test server thanks to the complete LAMP-like stack you can get for Android), I've done some research. The screen is not glued to the sensor. 50 quid including parts, labour, collection and delivery, which while not exactly pennies, is a damned sight cheaper than the cost of a new device.

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FFS. I realise apple didn't 'go with the flow' PC wise, but there are FA other consumer products which are upgradable

[citation needed]

- why the f&ck do you expect a laptop to be????

Uhm, because every other laptop is?

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Re: Batteries!

You've got it wrong: they are consumables and consumables are replaced, not repaired.

In what insane world are laptops, tablets and phones "consumable"? Do you eat a laptop? Does it slowly disappear with use? My fully functional (not that this means much) Amstrad PPC640 in the corner certainly hasn't been consumed, though the space for 10 C cells hasn't been filled for quite some time.

Batteries are consumable. Limited life. They are consumed as you use them. This is why they usually only come with a six month warranty. Welding the battery into the laptop does not make the laptop a consumable, regardless of how much the bods at Apple would like it to be so.

At the prices they charge for their computers, they really have no excuse not to make something that can last 5, 10 years or more, AND have the battery, hard drive and other components upgraded or replaced.

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Re: re: ac 20:25

particularly those published by Popcap/EA and has the nonsensical 5-activations limit?

I agree that this is complete crap, along with any other kind of online DRM bullshit. It has nothing to do with piracy, and everything to do with dictating what you can do with what you have bought.

However, companies are only pulling this shit, because people keep buying it. Just remember that computer games are toys, and there are some awesome toys out there that you can buy for less than the cost of a "AAA" title from EA, Valve, Ubisoft and whoever else likes to infect their toys with malware.

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Re: Batteries!

Not even a few grammes to the weight. What's wrong with just having soft-case cells with plugs on the end that go straight into the motherboard? Milligrams extra at most, including some neoprene (or similar) sponge attached to the chassis to provide enough pressure and friction to stop 'em moving around.

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It's not a PC, this is for real humans, not hack-a-whacks.

Don't go making excuses for shitty, corner-cutting, penny-pinching design. This is a "premium" product with an associated price tag. I'm sure they could afford some screws.

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Do Not Track W3C murder plot fails by handful of votes

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And that's why you use things like TrackMeNot. If you can't go under the radar, you might as well obliterate it with chaff.

Only problem with TMN is it seems to only hit search engines with random sentences. It needs to start spreading out and spidering the web, really. And presenting itself as multiple user agents. And ignoring robots.txt, however rude that might seem.

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OS X Mavericks mail client spews INFINITE SPAM

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Re: I can help a brother: "our preferred word processor, Lotus/IBM Symphony"

ASCII? Really now?

£££££££££

If you can see the above, you're not reading ASCII. Extended ASCII at best, and even then only if you have the right code-page loaded.

And if you really think either vi or emacs are at all suitable as word processors (as opposed to script editors, a task at which I'm sure they excel, so long as you don't mind learning obsolete or esoteric keyboard shortcuts that no modern editor uses), I may want to give you a percussive introduction to a clue-by-four.

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Hate data fees but love your HD slab? Here's a better way to pay for bytes

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Re: Two problems actually

Mobiwol, for when you really need to tell an app to Fuck Off. Find the entry for Overdrive, hit the mobile data icon to firewall it out, and problem solved.

No root required either, which is nice.

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How I BLEW my co-workers' HEADS OFF ... without going to jail

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Paperclip, rubber band.

Those things are bloody lethal. Don't whatever you do hit the suspended ceiling tiles, unless you want the evidence of your tomfoolery stuck in polystyrene foam, ten feet up.

In less office-like environments, a little pallet wrap can go a long way. Clear across the warehouse in fact, when bunched up into a ball. As for the end-caps from cardboard tubes, those make rather lovely impromptu frisbees.

And oh, the fun you can have with a pump truck, PPT or LLOP, and a wet floor. Dangerous, but fun.

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SUPERSIZE ME: Nokia unveils Surface rival and 2 plumped-up phablets

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Re: All new Nokia tablet....=]

It's easy to license it for non restricted use in a corporate environment. If you care to bother doing so.

And after eventually finding the link, it's £79.99 a year. Every year, for a gimped version of Office. They even have the cheek to label the button "buy now". Buy? As in purchase? Looks like rental to me.

So nearly £600, then, and then another 80 quid a year for the enforced upgrade treadmill that will probably have you buying another 600 quid ARM tablet-top in a couple of years to keep up.

Fuck me, what a bargain.

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15 hours

Sounds impressive. However for those of us who've had a TF201 for years, it's not all that impressive.

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Re: All new Nokia tablet....=]

"Office" in big fat quotes with functional and license restrictions on using it to do any actual work with.

Not that this ever stopped anybody using "student and teacher edition" before, I guess. Sorry, now it's "home and student", and the license is even more restrictive. Awesome. And only 500 quid you say?

Bargain.

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LOHAN's vital statistics splashed across fruity display

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Re: This needs a name.

Total Information For Knowledge About Mission?

Just because.

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Pi powered planes, and you're using technology created by a man called Tony Stirk.

What's not to love?

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Unsupervised Brit kids are meeting STRANGERS from the INTERNET

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Re: This is exacltly why porn filters are bad

that it is all fairies & ponies.

Actually, if you type "clopfic" into Google, you might find that's part of the problem.

(And don't do it if you're at work, or if you're viewing it with, like.. eyes.)

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Re: Good advice

Or even better, you just don't give an under-11-year-old a smartphone. This is Primary School age children here. Unless it's been blocked from outgoing calls to all but whitelisted numbers, blocked from all Internet access asides whitelisted sites, and blocked from installing anything whatsoever, why would you give a smartphone to a pre-teen? And in that state, isn't it just a really expensive version of a DS?

Yes, yes I know, but all the other kids have got one, etc, etc. All the other kids also apparently have an Xbox, PS3 *and* their own 50 inch telly in their bedrooms. Oh and all the other kids' parents let them stay up past Midnight, and all the other kids probably have nipple piercings and tattoos, whatever. Some things change, but some things most definitely stay the same.

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Anti-food startup Soylent pours sugar daddies' $1.5m into its gloopy mix

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Re: You're having a larf

Knowing various people who have different digestive disorders, I can tell you that there is a whole pile of money waiting for the person who can improve on that particular mousetrap.

If it's a choice of beige slop going in one end, or a suspension of half-digested food and thin brown liquid coming violently out of the other, I know what I would choose.

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Re: where's PT when you need him ..

What I'd like to know is the difference between this and any of the ten million meal replacement shakes on the market?

Quite a lot of those aren't gluten-free. Or use lactose-free whey for the protein source. Apparently Soylent's inventor wants to make a vegan (so therefore entirely milk-protein-free) version too, which would be one more advantage over a large percentage of the huge amount of milk-plus-minerals food supplements or replacements out there.

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Apple handed Samsung-busting nuke after Steve Jobs patent U-turn

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Re: @Moof

So where can I go to "read" a clear, concise, legal explanation of what this means, smartarse?

Fosspatents, of course.

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Beyond: Two Souls - the game that thinks it's a Hollywood blockbuster

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Re: Platform?

At £50, it's probably going to be some kind of console game.

£30 in three months, £19.99 three months later, and you'll probably pick it up for £5 to £10 in the bargain bins three months after that.

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Apple's top bean counter: New spaceship HQ won't emit 'one atom of carbon'

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Re: Heineken

Carlsberg.

Not using beer icon, because neither are.

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Microsoft holds nose, shoves Windows into Android, iOS boxes

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Re: Brilliant! Turn all other mobile OSs into WinPho

As opposed to Windows games that are never found on torrents, of course.

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Microsoft plugs Xbox One consoles into its cloud - what could go wrong?

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Re: Good.

And you really think putting games in the 'cloud' is going to change that?

No, but I am hoping that ISP balls-ups, home router problems and cloud outages add a few nails into the coffin of the current videogames industry.

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Good.

Anything that will accelerate the death of the malware-infected, second-hand-is-bad-mmkay, catch-em-while-they're-young, region-locked, you-don't-actually-own-a-thing "AAA" games industry as we currently know it is fine by me. Just hurry up and die already, and someone make sure to grab a fucking big wooden stake and a mallet to be sure.

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Rorschach test suggested as CAPTCHA replacement

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I see... a clown?

Either I'm a natural comedian, or have suppressed memories of being raped by a guy with a squeaky nose as a kid. Not sure which.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Once, twice, three times - a Very Large Phone™

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Re: Three Note 3 Fails

Honestly, while it's neat to have an FM radio on my phone, I can't think of the last time I actually used it. Partly because like all phone radios, it requires a headphone lead to be inserted to act as an antenna, and partly because I have unlimited-means-unlimited data, and a 16GB micro SD card for storing media on.

If you're that desperate, you can get a scanning FM radio of similar quality to a phone's FM radio chip from a 99p store, Poundland or equivalent bargain-bin shop. True, it's an extra device. But, you can get 'em keyfob-size these days.

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Re: I'd get one

Not that I have particular love for Google, but they don't require a G+ account to use Android. Nor to set up a youtube or gmail account, though they do make it look like you do. Just quit the registration process when it asks to set up a profile and G+ account - your account for youtube or gmail is still created and can be used as normal.

They do require a Profile (with the real name rules that come with it) in order to leave an app review, which is why I no longer rate/review apps. Sorry devs. Blame Google for that one.

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Re: the lack of standardisation of headsets and headphones

Think you'll find that's a frustration with phones in general. Android is the OS, not the hardware. Most phone manufacturers are selling their phones with Android on it, but the headphone jack ain't Android's fault.

Most of the "quality" headsets that I've seen will work by default with Apple, Asus, HTC and a few others, and with a supplied adapter to work with Sony, Motorola and all the rest.

If it's iThing-only, it's not "quality", no matter if it's been personally blessed by the ghosts of Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen.

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Slip your SIM into a plastic sheath, WIPE international call charges

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Re: Seems like something Bond would do

Anybody who was on Three Mobile last week, when various Google services stopped working?

Dial the support line. First thing it says? "Switch your phone off, remove and re-insert the SIM card. If that has not solved the problem..."

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Cannabis can CURE CANCER - cheaply and without getting you high

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Re: Bloody adulterators...

Only ever witnessed people using tobacco to cut the green stuff in the UK.

That's because it's (a) expensive, and (b) the damned good stuff. You don't need a lot.

If it's going in a pipe, it'll probably go in raw, but then you're only stuffing a pea sized bit into each hit. Making an entirely 100% green joint is just a waste, doesn't get you all that much more wrecked, and half the £180-£240/oz goodness goes up into the air instead of into your lungs.

Vaping or eating the stuff though, now that's the way of the future.

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Re: Pathetic

So you allow dopers to not only work for you, but lift things?

If I were an employer, then sure. If people want to huff aircraft wing membrane lacquer in the privacy of their own homes, that is their business. So long as they turn up on time and bright-eyed, it simply would not be my concern, and neither should it be.

I wouldn't even be bothered if they were eating spacecakes at home. Shooting up smack would probably trigger my disgust reflex, but the same principal applies: Are they doing the job, and are they doing it well?

I guess you (and others) would simply like to see such people sacked and put onto the street, artificially made destitute not by a substance, but by ignorant bosses with a puritanical attitude, and a system that's more broken than the mind of a terminal LSD addict?

(edit: Yes commentards, I know that LSD is rather low on the addictiveness scale.)

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Re: Powerful hallucinogen?

Hallucination doesn't necessary mean seeing pink flying elephants dancing across the walls. It's a mistake I've made when people mentioned that weed is hallucinogenic: After trying interesting bits of blotting paper in my sillier youth, calling cannabis a hallucinogen is like describing a pedal-car as a Bugatti Veyron. That said, I've had some pretty neat geometric closed-eye visuals after some of the rather potent stuff.

You know how everything just tastes so awesome when you have the munchies? That would be a hallucinogenic effect, that would.

(The Plod already know about my caution for PoCS (class b), so it's not like I'm going to get in shit for posting this.)

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Re: Pathetic

a killer drug for unemployable wasters.

Funny, because I can count potheads amongst some of the hardest and best workers I've seen. In jobs that aren't sedentary sit-at-keyboard lazyfests either.

In fact, I don't know who you are, but simple statistics lets me confidently dare you to try a week, let alone a month, in some of these jobs. Hell, if you can survive a single shift I'll be surprised. Some heavy lifting required, make sure your life insurance is up to date.

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How were your hols, cluster kids? Oh, partied, studied... did we mention WE BUILT DRONES

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26 amps?

At how many volts?

Only that's a buggerload of power if you ramp the voltage up. You sure they didn't have a wattage limit too?

<- Mine's the one with the first year EE textbook in the pocket.

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Windows Phone 8 INFLATED by Microsoft ... to satisfy lonely phablets

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I really wouldn't want to try playing video over MS-RDP. Well. In fact I have tried playing video over MS-RDP, I just wouldn't want to repeat the experience.

The various Splashtop apps for Android, iOS and even that Windows Phone thing on the other hand, will stream the screen from your Windows, OS X or Linux box (courtesy of a no-charge Splashtop streaming server) right down to your tablet or smartphone. Works quite well over wifi, sort of like having your own OnLive server.

It's proprietary, but no moreso than MS-RDP, and a damn sight more useful for anything that involves more than GUI widgets and the tiniest amount of screen changing between frames.

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Bluetooth may be slow, but it consumes less power than running a full wifi hotspot.

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Re: Driver mode

None of my droid devices have ever fully booted when you plug the charger in. The most that will happen is a few seconds while some kind of bare-bones bootstrap gets it into a state to display a battery charge level on the screen, which then switches off again with only an LED letting you know there is any life in the beast.

Unless of course the reason it switched off last is because the battery ran flat. In that case the device might come (fully) back on again after a percent or two of battery charge. This is how iPhones work too. This isn't plugging the charger in after switching the device off though, is it?

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Re: Title is too long

Wifi and bluetooth access point functionality (and USB tethering) is standard on any Android device with 2.3 or greater. Whether your carrier charges you twice for using it is another matter, and not dependant on your device or its OS.

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Re: Android needs the power, yawn

Except there's cheapo Galaxy-series phones that have just as smooth a UI as anything Apple or Microsoft make?

Don't just believe me. Go out and test it.

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