* Posts by jai

2253 posts • joined 8 May 2007

INVASION of the UNDEAD ANDROIDS: Hackers can pwn 'nearly all' devices

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But the last paragraph suggests they're able to get the dodgy code into apps that are in the Play Store. so it's not a case of replacing genuine ones from the Store, you just need your dodgy app to be in the Store and then the average punter will assume it's safe because it comes from the Store, no?

Yes, i guess it still asks for permissions, but if you'd disguised your malware as a utility app that would require those kind of permissions, how's the end user supposed to know not to allow it?

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US Navy coughs $34.5m for hyper-kill railgun that DOESN'T self-destruct

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Game changing?

I dunno about game changing. I always preferred the wide area splash damage of the red rocket launcher in Q3A to the railgun. Always too difficult to hit the target when moving at speed - plus, you can't rocket jump with the rail gun, you just end up gib'ng yourself if you accidentally shoot your own foot...

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Apple TV 'close' to deal with Time Warner - report

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Apple's little white box?

Last I checked, the AppleTV was black? Have Bloomberg's sources let slip a detail of a new AppleTV release??

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Apple 'iWatch' trademark filing hints Cook's make-or-break moment looms

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Re: What's a watch?

i actually wear an iPod nano on a wrist strap and use it as a watch, and to listen to podcasts while commuting to work.

so yeah, there is a market

ideally, it'd act as a control interface to your phone. the phone in your pocket has all the processing power and the storage space, the watch on your wrist provides you with the visual clues that you have messages/mail/alarms/events/etc and also provides controls to skip tracks, play, pause, etc. And the earphones on your hear are bluetooth so there are no cables anywhere.

'cept you just need to charge the whole lot up every 2 hours....

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Apple dodged all UK corporation tax in 2012

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"revamp tax rules to close the loopholes"

Why don't they just close the loopholes? It's all very well naming and shaming, but if the loopholes are there, corporations and wealthy individuals are going to keep on using them.

Or would that just involve a lot of work and time and money in order to close the loopholes and save more money?

OR is it that the politicians all use these loopholes themselves and are still smarting over the battering they got over tax evasion, multiple homes and expenses claims fraud that they'd rather just decry the evilness of big corporations and hope we forget about their past wrongs?

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Something's going on with Google Reader but nobody knows what

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Coping without who?

Reader? I didn't even know it existed until all you journalists started complaining that it was going away...

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Prince of Persia: Baggy trousers and curvy swords

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Re: A true classic

Absolutely. Proof that flashy graphics do not make a game.

I was addicted to this when i was at school. Playing on a MacPlus, so just back and white graphics. Was still an utterly immersive game. The shock the first time you [spoilers] jump through the mirror and your reflection runs away [/spoilers] i still remember.

And then later, when you finally have to battle your evil reflection and the frustration of trying to kill him over and over until at some point the light goes on over your head and the realise what's necessary... classic gameplay!

In some ways though, I hope they don't try and revive this. The latest Tomb Raider game was very enjoyable, as a story, and was lots of fun to play, but it lacked the depth of puzzles that the original TR and TR2 had. I fear a modern Prince of Persia would be the same, very flashy to look at, even perhaps a great mystical story to follow, but it wouldn't give you the same sense of achievement that the original PoP gave you when you finally found the way to complete a level.

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Tethered and vulnerable: Hotspot password FAIL not just in iPhones

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wrong target audience?

this is, readers of this website are more than likely to be fully aware of the importance of setting your own, strong password.

so why are we reading this story?

the types of people who need to hear this are the non-techie types. i'm not really sure they're likely to ever need to set up a personal hotspot. they'll just wait until they get home.

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Rise of the machines, south of Milton Keynes

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must get around to going

Ashamed to say that i've never been, yet it's literally only 20 minutes up the road from me.

Hopefully this article is the inspiration i need to get me there this summer.

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New Motorola Mobility badge: Too late for this pinball machine lover

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I knew someone who had one.

and then he got married and so had to sell it.

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Labels to get, count them, 0.13 cents per play on Apple iRadio

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Re: Apple screws Musicians -- Shocker!!

BUT at least their screwing them slightly less than Pandora.

Also, it's not like this model (at least in the US) is paying artist less than before.

http://theunderstatement.com/post/53867665082/pandora-pays-far-more-than-16-dollars

"Even more importantly, FM/AM paid him NOTHING for the performance of the song. Unlike most industrialized nations, terrestrial radio stations in the US have never paid performers anything."

So without Pandora/iRadio, US radio stations can play your song as much as they like, and you-get-nothing-good-day-sir

At least this way you're getting some revenue back from people listening to your music.

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Hey Britain, want to link your mobile to your BANK ACCOUNT?

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but what if it meant Visa and pals didn't get paid...

Did i miss the bit in the article where it answered the question in the sub-heading?

What _does_ it is mean if all our internet payments avoid Visa and Mastercard? Does the price of the items we purchase go down because the merchants aren't incurring the visa/mc charge? Or does the cost go up for all the real-world purchases that do go on the plastic because they have to increase their charges to cover the lost income?

Or does El Reg not have a clue and put that question in the sub-heading on false pretences?

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Microsoft: Half of all organizations will use 'Facebook-like' tools

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Re: Yammer-schammer

we got Yammer here long before the MS purchase and were equally encouraged with become sociable with the rest of the colleagues in the office, by staying at our desks and typing to them instead of having a chat at the coffee point.

it didn't even last a year here, at the end there were only two people left posting on it, who seemed to have forgotten it was publicly viewable by the rest of the office. was quite fun to read their conversations...

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BlackBerry introduces iOS and Android to Work Space

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cost?

does this come bundled in as part of the Blackberry license that we already pay for BES? or is it a bolt-on feature? because, we already pay for a Good license so that we can read our emails securely on Android and iOS. so if the cost is included, then we could make a saving by rolling this out

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SURPRISE! BT bags more gov broadband cash - this time in Bucks & Herts

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but...

everyone I know in Herts and Bucks (I grew up there, so lots of family and friends) already have internet access via cable or satellite and are likely on higher than 2mb deals. Seems like an awful lot of money for just the handful of houses that aren't already online?

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El Reg rocket squad poised to select Ultimate Cuppa teabag

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Re: "fsck the tea"

only if you haven't de-scaled your kettle recently

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I've always been a PG Tips drinker, of course these days it's the pyramid bags. but that's likely as much through habbit as anything else, but folks always bought PG Tips so its the brand i buy too.

not sure if i've tried Yorkshire Gold though, i shall give is a go.

the missus had a funny turn and decided she wanted lots of fruit teas, so we spent a small fortune ordering a bunch of weird flavours from Twinings for her. i snuck a selection box of their more normal teas (Earl Grey, Prince of Wales, Breakfast, etc etc) and while they were nice, for a change, the most refreshing and revitalising cuppa in the morning or the end of the day was from a humble PG Tips.

Plus, when i were a lad, they had the adverts with the chimps. and now, they have adverts with Johnny Vegas and a monkey. you gotta give them points for consistency over the years :)

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Tokyo beak rules against Samsung in Apple 'bounce back' case

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Score?

Is anyone (other than Apple and Samsung) keeping score? Can we get a scoreboard in a table on the El Reg front page?

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Using encryption? That means the US spooks have you on file

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Re: Encryption?

Owhay aboutway igpay atinlay?

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Apple's $17bn bond sale not such a good deal for investors

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Re: Bad for traders, but still okay for investors

+1 thanks. I was just going to try and type up an explanation like that, but you beat me to it :)

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Brits' HSBC bank cards, net access goes TITSUP

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Re: Less than ideal

either carry cash (although, presumably at some point you need to use a card to get it from an ATM, or travel to your nearest branch, during business hours on weekdays)

or multiple cards with a range of different banks. it's unlikely they're ALL going to go offline at once, provided no Acts of Tyler Durden.

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FIVE DAY tech job interviews on trial at Oz telco Telstra

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Where i work, if someone turns up in the morning wearing a suit and tie they're always greeted with a cheery "interview or court case?" welcome. And then if they take a longer-than-usual lunch hour, you suspect it was the interview option.

But now, whenever someone books 5 days leave, you won't know if they're taking a much needed break in the Lake District or applying for a new job!

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Hey fanboi, is that an EXPLODING BATTERY in your MacBook Pro?

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but El Reg knows full well that a headline that doesn't mention Apple or one of their products won't get many clickthroughs.

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Stay away from the light, Kodak! Look, here's $406m to keep you alive

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vote of confidence in both ... reorganisation and in ... our restructuring

So they've reorganised, restructured, and with this they'll presumably pay off a lot of debt.

But have they announced what their new products are going to be?

Nothing's changed, because people still aren't buying old fashioned film, or getting holiday snaps printed developed. They're far from being a presence in the digital market.

I don't see why people will want to buy the stock when they offer it.

Yes, they'll no longer be bankrupt. But how are they going to make enough money in order to stay that way?

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Out with a bang: The Last of Us lets PS3 exit with head held high

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PS3 exit?

It's not gone yet!! There's still a bunch of great games due for the 2nd half of the year. Enough that i think i'm going to hold off on getting a PS4 for a while.

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First look: iOS 7 for iPad

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Re: Bravo if the skeuomorphism is goes away!

then you'll be pleased that, at least in the current beta, you can hide both of those in a folder, which you could stick on the last page of apps i guess.

hopefully that's a feature that remains through to the released version in a few months

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Reg hack prepares to live off wondergloop Soylent

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"Why, in my day you could buy meat anywhere. Eggs, they had. Real butter. Fresh lettuce in the..."

Can you cook it at all? it looks like batter, so can you make pancakes out of it?

Then you could spice the flavour up with some fried bacon, and sausages, and tomato, scrambled egg, muschrooms, beans, a couple of slices of fried bread, ketchup and HP sauce. Could be a really tasty breakfast. although might be better to leave out the weird-pancake and just have the other stuff :)

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Apple: iOS7 dayglo Barbie makeover is UNFINISHED - report

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no OS prior to X ?

precisely zero users to confuse at the time

you're forgetting that there were a few of use that were using the previous Mac OS, and the preview of Aqua was as exciting and worrying as the new look to iOS 7 is now.

http://furbo.org/2013/06/11/been-there-done-that/

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Badger bloodbath brouhaha brings 'bodge' bumpkin bank burgle bluster

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Re: As ocassionally happens.....

Absolutely astounding and amazing alliteration application always appreciated anytime.

there's an art and a skill to alliteration which i evidently do not have, but i thourghly enjoy it when El Reg exercises it's literary muscles and applied it to the headlines.

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Apple said to be 'exploring' 5.7-inch iPhone

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Re: er, why not the iPad

5.7 inches isn't very far away from the iPad Mini size. a 6 inch phone is practically like holding a tablet to the side of your head.

i'll be very surprised if this actually comes to market as a phone.

it could easily be the screen they are testing a remote control for the AppleTV or something.

Exploring doesn't mean they're going into large scale production, just means someone at Apple has presumably ordered a few of these for R&D

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STEVE JOBS hits back at ebook ruckus FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Re: Puzzled

it's you confusing "not found guilty in court" with "didn't do it". Those two things are very different.

but equally, "not found guilty in court" is not the same as "did do it"

sometimes the cost of the settlement is much less than the cost of losing at court. and going to court is just a gamble that your lawyers are better than the opposition. the truth doesn't really have any bearing in a court case.

the publishers evidently don't have that confidence in their legal teams.

Apple does.

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MacBook Air now uses PCIe flash... but who'd Apple buy it from?

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Re: A true Apple design

I see no way they could fit ordinary PCI-e cards in there

and that's not their intention either. He said in the presentation that "all expansion is external"

at least these days external expansion is viable. back in the days of the Cube all you could really do was put an external drive on it.

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Whoever recently showed us the secret documents: Do get in touch

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El Reg doesn't have a classified ads section, so such secrecy and skulduggery needs to be conducted on the front page headlines.

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Magpie Apple plunders the competition for cosmetics, as egos run wild

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If you pick up an iphone, you have to click apps to see missed calls, calendar appointments, news,,

evidently you haven't picked up an iPhone in some time. because, for the last couple of iOS's before this new one, you can "just pick it up and glance at the screen" and see all those things.

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Re: I'm not sure I see the problem

you've hit the nail on the head there.

all of a sudden, skeumorphism was the great Evil and everyone hated.

so Apple have gone ahead and largely removed it from their interface. and what does everyone do now? they bemoan how bland and flat everything looks.

c'mon world+dog, make up your frikken minds!!!

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Author Iain (M) Banks falls to cancer at 59

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far too soon

Shall be thoroughly missed. Reading his books felt like a formative part of my teenage years, and ever since. I'd always assumed he'd always have a new book every year or two. I always say Use Of Weapons is my favourite book (he said at a book signing that he wrote it as a coherent story, but when he showed the first draft to a friend they suggested he fold the story in two), but when i think about it, it's hard to really pick one above the other.

Canal Dreams is the one i really didn't get into. I asked him what went wrong with it at another book signing and he agreed it wasn't his best. He said of all the other books, there's at least an element of himself in them. But when he wrote it, he'd not been to that part of the world, didn't play the chello and wasn't a woman, so that might explain it.

I guess just thankful we've had such great books to enjoy all these years, and can enjoy them all again in the future. And sad there won't be any more like them :(

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Apple unveils hints of Monday's new-product announcements

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Re: 7 and X ==> Consolidation?

If they ever do go that path, it'll be a long while. They wouldn't have had time in just a year

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Developer codes VNC-over-GIF tool

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Re: Umm..

doing things because they're cool rather than because they make sense used to be what mucking about on computers was all about, wasn't it?

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BlackBerry Messenger unleashed: Look out Twitter and Facebook

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"One dimension is its reliability"

So BBM doesn't use the same network that the rest of BB uses? Cos i remember at least three major outages of the BB service at work in the last year, at least two of which were also reported here on El Reg.

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Things that cost the same as coffee with Tim Cook - and are WAY more fun

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"getting naked, beating each with leafy branches"

each what???

that sounds like it could be incredibly painful!!

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Senators: You - Cook. Apple guy. Get in here and bring your tax books

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Re: Armchair politicians - a meta-comment

Not sure how a discussion in Parliament is going to have much effect on how much tax Apple pays in the US?

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Android device? Ooohhhh, you mean a Samsung phone

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Fragmentation?

So this is a problem for developers too, yes?

With the fragmentation of the Android platform, you really need to test across multiple phones from multiple manufacturers. But from the sounds of it, if only Samsung are making money, does it not make more sense to save costs and just focus on compatibility with Samsung's Android items.

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Acorn founder: SIXTH WAVE of tech will wash away Apple, Intel

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sourgrapes

perhaps that Acorn aren't anywhere in today's computer wars?

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Borked your iDevice? Pay EVEN MORE to have it fixed by Applecare

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Where's the extra cost?

I must have misread the article, I totally missed the bit that the headline CAPITALS advertised about this new repair service costing the customer "even more" ??

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Bill & Jobs' excellent adventure: Steve's tech looked better than mine

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Re: Can't create documents on iPAD ..

well most of those apps are just text entry / notepad type apps. there aren't really any word processing types that would compete against the likes of MS Word or QuickOffice or Pages.

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The IT Crowd returns to Channel 4 for a final episode

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Re: Chris O'Dowd...is now a bona fide Hollywood star?

my gf thought he was brilliant in Bridesmaids...

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Well that's easy to remember:

0118 999 881 999 119 7253

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Lego fan constructs Bletchley Park Colossus

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stunning work!

top job that man!

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NEW ITV Player app IS HERE ... for Samsung fandroids only. Ha ha

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ITV?

Ah, i remember, i used to watch Dangermouse on that channel was i was a lad...

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Yes! It's the NFC phone-bonk doorbell app AT LAST

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Re: Can't someone make the reverse?

actually, scratch that, this is the solution i wanted (although, again, it's on the way, not here yet. we've only had smartphones for HOW many years?)

http://www.kwikset.com/Kevo/Default.aspx

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