* Posts by Test Man

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Even Microsoft thinks Outlook is bloated and slow

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Re: and they still do run Lync..

Outlook Express (a newer version of Internet Mail and News) was bundled with 98 up to XP (and 2000 and Server 2003). Windows Mail (a wholly separate program) was only bundled with Vista.

As an aside Windows Live Mail was a newer version of Outlook Express and was never bundled with Windows, but came out at around the same time as Vista.

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TITSUP: Apple Music, App Stores, iCloud, iTunes, Radio, iBooks

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Re: I hadn't noticed

"Copying CDs to music players is illegal in the UK. You have to buy the same content again or face 10 years in jail in the UK."

Technically yes but in total reality the police and the authorities aren't going to give a shit. If you're someone who does it on a massive scale and makes it available to others, however, obviously it's a different story, but they aren't in the least bit interested in private individuals copying their own collection or even their mate's collection.

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Thanks for open sourcing .NET say Point of Sale villains

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Re: out of control

Maybe install a more recent OS that contains .NET runtimes built in instead of obsessing over XP for years.

Or just install that version of .NET once.

Idiot.

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IBM to offer BREAST MILK delivery-as-a-service for staff

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Re: How very civilised of them

Why should employers give their non-managerial employees holidays at all? Or lunch breaks? Or xmas parties? 100% commitment to the position they were hired in!

Well, at least that's your logic anyway.

Some employers aren't total idiots and want to give concessions to certain people. If you don't want children, boo hoo cry me a river.

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Uninstalled Google Photos? Thought your pics safe from slurping? WRONG, bozo

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Not sure what's hard to understand.

The option for photo backing up is a part of Google Settings, it's not a part of Google Photos. It's always has been since they decoupled Google Photos from Google+.

What Google should do is simply remove the option from Google Photos, or design the UX so that it explicitly takes the user to the settings in Google Settings.

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Microsoft suspends Windows 10 new-build downloads ahead of launch

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Re: One wonders as to

As Microsoft have said before, they'll distribute the files before July 29th for most people, so spreading the load.

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Power off - press the power button.

If you need to change the function of the power off button, simply do this in Power Options.

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Ireland loses entire airport amid new postcode chaos

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Re: Welcome to 20th err 21st Century Ireland

"Dublin sort of does, but even then it's just dividing the city up into regions, nothing very precise."

Postal districts? Sounds like what was used in and around the County of London before postcodes were created.

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Re: addressing in Ireland

So true! Also try finding Father Ted's house with a sat nav with no house number, no street name and not even an area name. Thank God for Wikipedia and map coordinates!

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Re: Welcome to 20th err 21st Century Ireland

"If you've only been to Dublin, you haven't been to Ireland. Get a car, read the road signs or get a map, and explore Real Ireland."

Totally true. Whenever someone I know says they've been to Dublin, I say that they need to get out of Dublin to see real Ireland.

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Re: Welcome to 20th err 21st Century Ireland

I remember being at Uni when during one piss-up session myself and a London friend were discussing addresses with an Irish guy. We asked him his and he gave it to us... all two lines of it. We were flabbergasted! We asked him how the mail gets to his house... his reply was that the postman knows him and his family. Thought this must just be him but another Irish person said the exact same thing!

Even now the Irish person thinks postcodes are pointless, as the postman will always know which house belongs to who.

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Re: County is not part of a UK postal address

"Yeh right. We ran a business that was located in Leicestershire - we were six miles from the border with Warwickshire. However, we had a Warwickshire postal address. This played havoc with companies that used county borders for their sales teams. I lost count of the number of reps that phoned us and asked where we were only to be told that we needed ot see another rep for that area. And don;t get me started on insurance quotes. A postcode just 300 yards away was 15% cheaper than ours just because a Leicestershire address was deemed a lower risk than Warwickshire."

That's not the fault of the Royal Mail, that's the fault of the businesses that misunderstand and misuse postcode data.

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"East Midlands airport has a Derby post-code but is in Leicestershire (and don't even mention the stupid name-change debacle)."

As someone's already pretty much said, postcodes aren't an authoritative guide to the location of a place, it's for postal routing, so the "boundaries" won't and is never meant to match up with actual administrative boundaries.

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Blighty's BONKERS BANKING BONKING BONANZA: Apple Pay arrives

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Re: One time number?

"...any random number to use someone elses account."

Wrong. Even if somehow you managed to get a VALID random number, it won't work if you try it at 9:30am from Liverpool when the number is only going to work for a specific account at a specific time in a specific place.

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Apple fanbois to be empowered to bonk each other

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Re: FFS - Apple Strikes Again

"What is it with the general lack of originality from the Strudel Factory?"

Who cares who did it first? Why do you give a toss?

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Microsoft: This Windows 10 build has 'NO significant known issues'

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There was also a Powertoy for XP that would apparently make apps behave.... except in my experience it didn't and every version of Windows before and since has suffered this problem.

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Re: Search for Paint...

"Press Windows key, type "p", and Paint is the first entry in the list. The way it's been since Windows 7."

No, it's been that way since Vista.

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Sky bangs on Ofcom's door – demands BT competition probe

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Re: A possible solution?

Possibly because to match BT they'd have to throw more money than several multinationals would collectively have in order to duplicate the UK-wide network. Remember, BT only has the network it had because it was built up over decades by several companies. For one company to do that now would be prohibitive and also a collosal waste of money when there is already a UK-wide network in place - the government just needs to make it totally open to everyone.

And no Virgin Media isn't another example - they were a result of a merger that was a result of a ton of mergers between a ton of smaller companies that built up local cable networks. In other words Virgin Media didn't build a national network from scratch.

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Microsoft sez soz over Windows 10 'freebie' balls-up

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Re: Free for a year

The free year is just a purchase promotion, not an installation time limit.

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Employees love their IT departments (almost very nearly true)

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Re: Users now expect answers in real-time

It's e-mail. Doesn't matter how quick the network connection, any e-mail that can be measured in MBs is too big, as e-mail is generally too inefficient for sending binary. This will always be the case.

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It's 2015 and Microsoft has figured out anything can break Windows

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Re: Rewrite!

LOL another moronic Linux comment. Give it up, no matter how you spin it, Microsoft aren't going to give up Windows for Linux (whether that is ultimately good or not is not the point). Stop being a total utter wishful fanboy with stupid uninformed comments.

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Belgium trolls France with bonkers new commemorative coin

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It can be used anywhere. However, due to the fact that it isn't legal tender, it can be refused when presented to settle a debt.

Same with Scottish and Northern Ireland pound sterling notes - can be accepted as payment for a debt anywhere in the UK, but as it's not legal tender it can be refused.

Credit cards, debit cards, cheques and other non-cash methods of payment aren't strictly speaking legal tender (i.e. it's totally legal for the person who is owed the money to refuse it)

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Apple extends idiot-tax operation, makes devs pay to fix Safari snafus

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Re: Probably not

"And what else shall we use?"

Opera? There you go, a giant hole in your own argument.

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Competition risk? BT faces rigorous frisking over £12.5bn EE takeover bid

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Because BT will have a possibly detrimental effect when it becomes one of the largest. What BT have (or don't have) now has nothing to do with it, it's what it WILL have that is of concern.

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Obama issues HTTPS-only order to US Federal sysadmins

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Re: For the want of another IP ...

What does XP/IE8 have to do with the exhaustion on IPv4?

You DO know that IPv6 has nothing to do with OSes, and in fact even Windows 95 has IPv6 capability?

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Paper driving licence death day: DVLA website is still TITSUP

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Re: Another mess up with the DVLA paperless scheme....

"However with the old tax disc there was at least some proof that the vehicle had been taxed and the police could check that the tax disc reg plate matches the reg plate on the front of the vehicle, ok I suppose there was ways to fraud that too, but it was a lot more harder."

The police almost never bothered with looking at the tax disc, and hadn't for over a decade.

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Fanbois designing Windows 10 – where's it going to end?

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Re: So funny

"But for me the serious failings in Windows 10 (if they may be considered as such) are the loss of functions ... no Media Centre and no DVD player? Huh? Was Microsoft having a bad hair day or something?"

Clearly you must be smoking something. DVD playback was removed in Windows 8, but virtually no one missed it because the ones that did already had software that does it provided to them by the OEM, which has been the case since forever.

From a business point of view it made sense, because paying the MPEG-2 licence for every single copy of Windows was silly.

As for Media Center, it's hardly a serious failing, barely anyone used it.

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IT-savvy US congressmen to Feds: End your crypto-backdoor crusade

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Re: There's a simple way to explain it to them...

"They'll add, "If that were true, you can do it with physical keys, too. Why aren't we seeing a rash of break-ins into high-security sites courtesy of copied keys, hmm?" And any argument you put against it will be applied to the crypto argument. You need an argument that has no physical analogue."

I'd say physical keys are the same as digital keys - only one person has access to them. A physical master key or another way to open the door besides the key that came with it is the same as a digital back door - someone will discover it and use it.

The only way to be secure is to give no one the keys and have no backdoors.

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What sort of tit builds non-bird bird boxes? Vodafone

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Re: improving cell coverage

"Yes, improving cell coverage is a worthy calling, but at church? I see heads bowed down...over the 'phones"

Yeah, cos phones are the only device that needs wifi or mobile coverage... *facepalm*

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Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

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Re: DVD Playback

"That was the other thing. It worked in Win7, then they borked it in Win8 (you could restore it for a fee with WMC, which was overkill just for that one purpose) and now it's back to being made available at a future time as part of Win10."

No, it wasn't borked in Windows 8, the MPEG-2 codec was purposely removed, as virtually all OEMs include DVD-playback software that already included its own DVD playback codec so not many people actually used it with Windows Media Player. You could add it back as part of Windows Media Center, which made sense.

It's still not there in Windows 10, and it won't be coming back. However, if you had Windows Media Center, you'll still have DVD playback after WMC is removed.

In short, as with all versions of Windows 8 and 8.1, you'll need third-party software if you desperately need to play it. This is fine, as DVD playback with Windows Media Player was always naff.

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100s of Virgin Media customers hit by handset repair glitch, telco admits

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Re: I know I'll get downvoted but...

"They've been screwing my parents over for years but not letting them know they are on a crap, expensive service (been on them since the Telewest days)"

Why is it their responsibility? Surely your parents should be making sure that they are on the cheapest deal come renewal?

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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"My old car developed a fault with its keyfob which caused the doors to lock followed by all the windows to open fully"

You sure this was down to the keyfob? IIRC VW Group cars (SEAT, Golfs, etc.) can do that by putting the key into the driver's side, and then turning and holding the key one way.

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A lot of cars have electronic boot locks now, that's just the way it's going. Mine has, which means that there's no key lock to lock it manually at all, even though the procedure to centrally lock the car is the same as the VW Golf that preceded it.

My sister-in-law had a Honda with an electronic boot lock too, but unfortunately it developed a problem where it didn't work at all so needed to be manually opened from the inside (by opening the back seats to get into the boot to be able to access the mechanical boot unlocker).

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Next-gen Freeview telly won't be another disruptive 4Ker

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Re: uhd? i dont want hd!

I wish that the Freeview spec mandated the use of automatic update of the channel list. I had an old box that did do that but no other box or TV owned since does this, so I have to retune every few months only when I hear that there is a new channel or a reorg. It's worse than the analogue days, I mean we're in the digital age so why do we still have to retune? Come on, Sky have solved this one even when it was still analogue!

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They said that there'll be a "roll-back" EPG so you'll actually be able to go back 7 days and watch shows that are available on catch-up.

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Self-STOPPING cars are A Good Thing, say motor safety bods

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Re: Speed limit reduction

"Was that after the very-public double-Volvo crash tests of exactly this feature where they totalled all the cars involved in front of the world's press?

Brave guy."

Wasn't that Merc cars? And wasn't that down to the fact that the tech wasn't actually ready at the time so they relied on a hidden wooden board on the ground to indicate to the driver to brake but the suspension cushioned the wooden board "ramp" far too well so the driver didn't realise he had to brake and he plowed into the car in front?

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4K refresh sees Blu-ray climb to 100GB, again

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Re: Good enough

Blu-ray

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Re: DRM again........

"My father's primary form of entertainment is TV and film due to reduced mobility and eyesight (50 inch screen up-close helps with that). BD though is a huge problem - he recently purchased Interstellar and it would no-longer play on his HTPC as the Power DVD 10 BD edition required an upgrade..... out of support.... want another £50 of him to upgrade to Power DVD 14 BD. This happened previously with Power DVD 7 BD edition..."

This is not the fault of Blu-ray, rather the fault of PowerDVD. Buy a different software player that doesn't require you to pay for an upgrade.

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Why don't you rent your electronic wireless doorlock, asks man selling doorlocks

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Re: Rent a door lock?

"A lot of people already possess remote locks on hire-purchase - the locks on their cars." by your logic that could also apply to a house with a mortgage. So what's your point?

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Sorry, Windows 10 early adopters: Microsoft Edge WON'T block ads at launch

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Not sure what the problem is here. Seeing as we won't see Windows 10 on general availability till Q4 anyway, it's not a problem whatsoever.

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Round Two in Sky vs Skype trademark scrap goes to Murdoch's men

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Well there's been a few Sky businesses operating in Europe for years now (Sky Italia, Sky Deutschland, etc.). And they've been featured in movies (Sky News in Independence Day, for example). So I don't think it's a case of "no one knows who Sky is outside of the UK".

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Microsoft discontinues Media Center with Windows 10

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Re: so will they ship media codecs?

The Media Center for Windows 8 is the addon to buy if you want the media codecs, that was the point (to not include it but to make it available for people who want it, therefore only paying licence fees according to how many people actually opt for it). For most people, this actually didn't affect them considering most OEMs ship third-party DVD players anyway, which come with their own codecs.

In the article it says that there'll be a "DVD only" option. In other words, the current option will be stripped of the Media Center component but otherwise it'll be the exact same procedure as it is for Windows 8 and 8.1. Again for most people it's not going to be a problem anyway considering that again most OEMs ship third-party DVD players anyway.

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Windows 10 bombshell: Microsoft to KILL OFF Patch Tuesday

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Thank God we're getting rid of "Patch Tuesday". I remember how it was before and it was much better when updates were released as they were done.

I always thought that the excuse for "Patch Tuesday" (businesses like to have a date when they know patches are coming) was a bit weak, because they can and should be implementing their own patch schedule, and not stop others from getting the patches as soon as it's available if they want it.

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Boeing 787 software bug can shut down planes' generators IN FLIGHT

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Re: So...

"How often do planes operate, without shutting down, for more than eight months at a time?"

Think about it - when do you ever power down your car? Never. Switching the ignition to "0" isn't turning it off in the same way pressing the power button on your TV isn't actually turning it off either. The same with planes.

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This is Sparta? No - it's Microsoft Edge, Son of Internet Explorer

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Re: Close, but still no cigar

" Why can't MS do this?"

Why should they?

Windows 8.1 - you're getting a free upgrade to Windows 10

Windows 8 - why are you still on this when you get a free upgrade to 8.1? Also, see above.

Windows 7 - old, and Microsoft are clearly pushing 7 users to 8 and 10 anyway, this is yet another carrot. If you don't want to, fine, IE11 is perfectly fine, as well as the multitude of other browsers.

Windows Vista - LOL

Windows XP - double LOL

Windows 2000 - fool

Windows ME/98SE/98/95 - *pfffffffffftpppfpfpptptpppp!*

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Fondleslab deaths grounded ALL of American Airlines' 737s

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Re: Apple...

We know what you mean but technically speaking it wouldn't have been possible as 1. the apps wouldn't have been delivered from the App Store and 2. they didn't have wifi onboard so any deliberate "pulling" of apps would never have been possible.

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Apple to devs: Watch out, don't make the Watch into a, well, a watch

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Microsoft managed to kinda do that with their Windows 7 Starter Edition OS...

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TWO-FACED Facebook: Vid calls slapped into blabber app

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Who cares though when everyone is using Facebook Messenger? This is good news when all your friends are also on this app.

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Can't wait to bonk with Apple? Then try an Android phone

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Re: What I want from NFC phone payments

This is exactly the same as for every single payment in history ever, so I don't see why you're making out as if it's a negative. Obviously it's up to you to view the amount on the cash register display whether you're paying via cash, card, cheque, Apple Pay, whatever.

The whole point is to just pay in a near-instant, so you're not going to be able to have your phone display the amount on it at the time of "bonking" because by then it's too late, you've paid.

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Google it onna Google phone onna GOOGLE NETWORK. MVNO plan imminent

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Re: All change please!

Why would it need GPS? Google already knows where you are even with GPS off (from cell and wifi data).

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