* Posts by Colin Ritchie

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I love you. I will kill you! I want to make love to you: The evolution of AI in pop culture

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: Adding More than Simple Depth to the Widening Web

@Dave126 Have an up vote just for the Bomb the Bass quote.

Tryin like hard to not blow my cover.

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Eight budget-friendly 1TB SSD data packers for real people

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Transcend get my vote.

An enterprise level lifespan for less than £250, I'll buy one of them next time.

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Trump's new thought bubble: Make Apple manufacture in the USA

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: You know the good thing about DT?

Still EuroDisney to me too but folk look at me funny when I go into a cornershop and ask for a Marathon bar.

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Att: Windows Phone owners: Win 10 Mobile has been spotted and it wants your phone

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: The thing about Windows 10 on the phone is

Cortana may allow it while driving, Constable Ratrun may not.

"Yes Officer, he ran straight out in front of me; half way through an email!" sounds a bit suss to me.

Using hands-free devices when driving

You can use hands-free phones, sat navs and 2-way radios when you’re driving or riding. But if the police think you’re distracted and not in control of your vehicle you could still get stopped and penalised.

Car ≠ Living room.

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No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs

Colin Ritchie
Windows

M$ declares war on small businesses.

I shall continue to watch this car crash from my Hackintosh and weep for the small businesses that suffer.

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Fans demand 'Lemmium' periodic table tribute

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: A brief song in Lemmy's memory

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlecTBevmzc&feature=youtu.be

The Heavens just got louder.

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Microsoft's 200 million 'Windows 10' 'devices' include Lumias, Xboxes

Colin Ritchie
Windows

200 million Win X devices? Really?

Where on the net can we find them?

Desktop Net Market Share?

Windows 7 55.68%

Windows XP 10.93%

Windows 8.1 10.30%

Windows 10 9.96%

Mac OS X 10.11 2.99%

Windows 8 2.76%

Mac OS X 10.10 2.23%

Linux 1.66%

Vista 1.62%

Less than 10% share 6 months after starting a free giveaway?

Hmm, on the bright side less than 1% behind XP!

Mobile Net Market Share?

iPhone 19.41%

Android 4.4 18.65%

iPad 15.88%

Android 4.2 9.49%

Android 5.0 9.31%

Android 5.1 7.70%

Android 4.1 3.37%

Java ME 1.85%

Windows Phone OS 8.1 1.75%

Android 4.3 1.75%

Symbian 1.70%

Android 4.0 1.18%

BlackBerry 1.05%

Android 2.3 0.92%

Android 6.0 0.54%

Windows Phone OS 8.0 0.39%

Windows Phone OS 10.0 0.23%

0.23% of mobile activity, Tablets and Phones, even worse.

(Data source here: https://netmarketshare.com/)

Must be a lot of Xbones about then...

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Old jet bits, Vader's motorbike gear, sonic oddness: Hats off to Star Wars' creative heroes

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Taut, by the way. Not taught.

I think you'll find, he just has been.

Missed a d on down too. ;)

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Name that HPE boozer: Last orders please

Colin Ritchie
Coat

The HP Pavilion

They can really iPAQ them in.

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Sysadmin's £100,000 revenge after sudden sacking

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: James is a dick...

Have an up vote just for the word fungible.

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Research: Microsoft the fastest growing maker of tablet OSs ... by 2019

Colin Ritchie
Windows

I'm with Trev on this one.

Trevor_Pott's comment on the 2010 article still rings true today, seasonally adjusting the price ofc:

"Too little, too late.

Microsoft is the new Novell. Novell was once the 800lb gorilla of networking, and then along came Microsoft to relegate them to relative obscurity. Novell dropped the ball, stopped innovating, and Microsoft produced a good-enough clone with just enough added blue crystals to take the lead. (It didn’t help that Microsoft isn’t inclined to play fair, but what company playing at that level ever is?)

Today, we are witnessing the death of the Microsoft client operating system. While it has the bulk of the market share in desktops and notebooks, this is largely a product of inertia. The constant game of “me too” and “catch up” has produced an impending death by a thousand cuts. Apple, Google and others, (Palm/HP for example) are simply out-innovating Microsoft while producing solutions that developers can live with and customers actually enjoy.

Microsoft has already lost the smartphone wars; nothing short of divine intervention will change that. The war for the tablet might be over before it even begins; we are about to enter into the Christmas season with no evidence of either an Android or Windows tablet that doesn’t royally suck in sight. While I’m not 100% sure, I suspect that being allowed to go unchallenged for an entire year is more than enough for Apple to establish itself as the king of this particular hill, capable of fending off all challengers handily.

So what’s left, the desktop? Traditional notebooks? I am sure there will always be a call for these, maybe even a fairly significant one. With VDI, cloud computing and a slew of credible alternative operating systems on offer, Microsoft stands to see a dramatic reduction in market share over the next decade. Apple has always been too expensive to realistically consider as a competitor for the desktop/notebook space, but Linux (in the form of Android, MeeGo, WebOS or ChromeOS) might finally be ready to start eating the low end.

Do your thin clients need to run Windows embedded? Once your corporate applications are recoded as SaaS apps deliverable through a browser, can’t at least some of those desktops be some flavour of Linux? Does Aunt Tilly require a home PC with a 350W+ PSU running Windows to heat her living room just so she can use Facebook and Gmail?

I don’t ask these questions or make these comments to attract flames, and I am not saying that this will all happen tomorrow. I am saying that in my opinion, over the next ten years, Microsoft will slowly fade out of the /client computing/ scene. I fully expect them to remain a server superpower, but I would be willing to bet that their desktop operating system versions will be used only by people requiring what we used to call “workstations” and by enthusiasts.

The real problem is the bloat. Microsoft couldn’t make a competitive operating system even if they got rid of Ballmer. The new black are these operating systems that can run cheerily on a 500Mhz processor with less than 512 MB of RAM. They are thin, light, have their own app store and will give the non-power-user all the computer they want in a package that eats less than 5 watts fully loaded.

Microsoft’s best embedded operating systems don’t even come close, nor do they get the kind of love or attention the flagship product does. If Microsoft wants to survive, then it’s time to say goodbye to the NT platform. NT is great for workstations, gamers or other demanding users…but until they can bring a credible lightweight operating system out as their mainstream they are cooked.

They could front something based on Windows CE (or buy Novell and just birth a mobile Linux like sane people,) but it’s more than just the OS. If you look at the gong show that is Windows Phone 7 they are so culturally indoctrinated into the idea of “copy the competition” they are not only copying the positive aspects (such as an app store) but the brutal mistakes (such as lack of copy/paste, lack of full multitasking, walled gardens, etc.)

If Microsoft want to play in so many different pools at once, they need to be capable of making products that are excellent on their own, interoperate beautifully with other Microsoft products but also interoperate with products from other companies. (Remember that they are competing not against Apple or Google…but the entire largely cross-compatible Linux/UNIX ecosystem.)

They lack two critical elements to pull off all of the above. The first is someone with a grand unifying vision that truly has the depth of scope necessary to understand how all of Microsoft’s offerings contribute to each other and thus to the whole. The second is management capable of actually executing and doing so on tight deadlines.

In the meantime, I will continue to wait around for a sub-$1000 tablet with 1366x768, SD card slot, USB and that either allows me to install whatever or want or can be easily rooted. Will Microsoft be capable of delivering, or will Android get there first?"

5 years of delay and 5 years to recover.

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Irish electricity company threatens to cut off graveyard

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Who ya gonna charge?

GHOSTBUSTERS!

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Man goes to collect stolen-car court docs found in stolen car in stolen car

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: Oxymoron List

Caring Conservatism.

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The Emissionary Position: screwing the motorist the European way

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Buy a secondhand VW

"Those who actually care about saving fuel and resources - and perhaps about helping to end the evil of economic growth - might instead consider buying a secondhand VW Polo Bluemotion or one of the various similar cars offered by rival manufacturers a few years back.... though to be sure using diesel."

- editorial note Sept. 2014

Your editor's advice from the end of the Jags to riches article on fuel efficiency.

You give the same advice now and it makes perfect sense too. Toyota managed to shrug off a 10 million car recall after a Lean Quality Control disaster, in less than 5 years.

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Testing Motorola's Moto G third-gen mobe: Is it still king of the hill?

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Unlock it and go with Giff Gaff

I bought a Moto G 4G for £110 from an O☡ shop that thought it was still selling 3G ones. It updated to Lollipop 2 months ago. Lovely little phone, keeping it till it breaks.

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Moto fires BROADSIDE into the flagship phone's waterline with X Play and Style

Colin Ritchie
Windows

When my Moto G 4G wears out I will by a new one.

I may have to wait some time for my upgrade.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Uitsmijter

Colin Ritchie

Happy days.

I lived in Holland for 3 years and loved the uitsmijter from day one. The uitsmijter was traditionally a dish served at the end of an all night party, when the host wanted everyone to go home. Uitsmijter means a chucker outer brekkie.

I ate them as a hangover cure and most hotels, hostels and cafes would happily serve them till 3pm in the afternoon. God bless the uitsmijter!

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

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: I'm confused

If you are that old, you will also remember:

"Unix for innovation, Mac for productivity, Windows for Solitaire."

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NEVER MIND the B*LLOCKS Osbo peddles, deficits don't really matter

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: Super!

According to my old History master, the British general public handed in bundles of cash, large enough to choke a horse, when the money was experimentally dropped on them. Some leaving names and addresses at the Police stations in hope of an eventual reward.

Tell that to the youth of today, they won't believe you!

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Maserati Ghibli S: Who cares what Joe Walsh thinks?

Colin Ritchie
Windows

No Ferrari Hybrid engines?

With a diesel engine and stop start, I hope Messrs Ferrari and Maserati are considering an electric hybrid version in the future. Green without the mean.

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Microsoft: Profit DECIMATED because you people aren't buying PCs

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: Everything they've done since the Ribbon was terrible.

To get a Degree in Homeopathy, do you have to write a 10,000 word thesis, then submit it with 10,000,000,000 random words for potentisation?

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Saturn's rings, radio waves ... poetry? At home with Scotland's Mr Physics

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: We can't even think of a word that rhymes.

No, I stopped after only 1 term with no job and a mounting student debt. I calculated I would be about £17000 in the red after 3 years and quit, went and got a job instead. That was 20 years ago, now I study polymer processing in Ireland.

I would have loved to have seen the historical physicists featured in the course, especially as some were right on my doorstep.

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Colin Ritchie
Windows

We can't even think of a word that rhymes.

Having studied Physics briefly at Heriot Watt, I was shocked to find out I knew nothing of Maxwell's existence. I used to walk down Heriot Row without even being aware of his birthplace round the corner. The shame!

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Volvo V60 Polestar: Speak softly, carry a big stick, dress like a Smurf

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Flat six not transverse and missing some wheels.

Unless you have a trailer. :P

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_Gold_Wing

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Microsoft scrambles to kill Live.fi man-in-the-middle diddle

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: Vikings? Sore losers? Nah.

"SSL over HTTP, known as HTTPS, is the most common use of SSL. You may not realize it but you probably use HTTPS daily. Most popular e-mail services and online banking applications rely on HTTPS to ensure that communications between your web browser and their servers in encrypted. If it weren’t for this technology then anybody with a packet sniffer on your network could intercept usernames, passwords, and anything else that would normally be hidden."

The man in the middle attack is designed to steal valuable information by defeating encryption, this allows the recipient of this info to potentially make money out of it.

Microsoft (still the no. 2 brand name in the world according to Forbes) in turn, lose money when their image and operation are damaged by such attacks. Reducing their perceived worth and potentially their market share. This is not a wet dream. I would prefer Windows to be more secure against this form of attack for the sake of its users, not just M$.

http://www.windowsecurity.com/articles-tutorials/authentication_and_encryption/Understanding-Man-in-the-Middle-Attacks-ARP-Part4.html

Old news c. 2010 to be precise.

Let's be careful out there. (Hill Street Blues 1981)

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Colin Ritchie
Windows

Vikings? Sore losers? Nah.

I hope for M$ sake, that this is coincidence and not just the first cyber longship to pull along side their plump, juicy, cash freighter.

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A Brit in California moves to the Lone Star State – just swerve the TexMex grub

Colin Ritchie
Windows

You almost had me packing my bags.

Until you mentioned Genghis the Commie Pinko.

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W*nkers of the world unite to SAVE THE PLANET one jerk-off at a time

Colin Ritchie

Re: Spelling

Metre and litre are SI units from the Metric system, originating in Napoleonic France not Blighty. Sorry m8.

Wanker is spelt like Banker, Tosser and Cricketer, all British origin words.

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Microsoft: How to run Internet Explorer 11 on ANDROID, iOS, OS X

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: IE5?

"Microsoft released the final version for Mac OS X, version 5.2.3 and a month later on July 11, they released the final version for Mac OS 8 and 9, version 5.1.7." wiki agrees.

I stopped using IE in OS X 10.2, Firefox has always been a better choice with ABP, NoScript and Blur on.

Bulletproof by comparison.

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French Google fund to pay for 1 million print run of Charlie Hebdo next week

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: I don't for a second believe the 'Charlie' murderers were acting as Muslims.

@ Jaygeejay

I think you missed the point. A gun-totting nutter is a gun-totting nutter whatever excuse he gives.

Religion, nationalism, not liking Mondays? The excuse is irrelevant.

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Rosetta probot drilling DENIED: Philae has its 'LEG in the AIR'

Colin Ritchie
Windows

We hit something the size of South London from 10 years away.

This in itself is cause for jubilation.

http://sploid.gizmodo.com/a-size-comparison-of-the-comet-with-popular-sci-fi-spac-1658215585

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Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to sling abuse at Tim Cook

Colin Ritchie
Windows

35 years on and still singing.

This is the best announcement Tim Cook has made as Apple CEO so far.

Brave and fearless boss.

Sing it Tom: http://youtu.be/eLc-bh_DrKw

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MARS NEEDS WOMEN, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less

Colin Ritchie
Coat

Facebook's take on it.

"Houston, we have a problem."

"What?"

"Never Mind."

"What's the problem?"

"Nothing."

"Please tell us."

"I'm fine."

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Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Cans are a very personal choice.

I use Grado SR60i for domestic sounds and Sennheiser PX100 - II foldaways for traveling. Bleats or Bozos are way overpriced for the quality and Apple buds are a pain in the canals imho. Each to their own.

Picking up a pair of Rogers LS6a speakers very soon, they will destroy even some of the most expensive earwarmers.

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Is Apple incubating a Macbook, iPad bastard child?

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: This sounds like Windows 8 territory

"Called Launchpad and turned up in OS7."

Called Launcher and first appeared in System 7 about 23 years ago. To be precise.

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Our Vultures peck at new Doctor Who: Exterminate or, er ... carrion?

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Docter Who?

Capaldi combines echoes of Hartnell and Pertwee while creating his own irascible persona for the Doctor.

In a post Saville BEEB an older timelord is duty bound to not approve of the hugging.

Liking the chemistry but the scripts need more work I feel.

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TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: >> Thin, mostly plastic objects are snappy.

We discovered that you could shatter shatterproof rulers at about -24ºc with enough sudden force applied with a blunt metal object or a concrete floor and a 50 ft drop. Safety goggles were an after thought but we all survived. :)

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BENDY iPhone 6, you say? Pah, warp claims are bent out of shape: Consumer Reports

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: Headline should read "Note 3 Twice as Strong as iPhone 6"

Thanks for the link Cray, very interesting stuff and a good point from an engineering perspective. I am merely paraphrasing the test shown in the article, the plastic phones bend and break at the same time/force, ergo they don't bend until they break from the point of view of this test.

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Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: Headline should read "Note 3 Twice as Strong as iPhone 6"

Metal bends before it breaks, plastic doesn't. Thin metal is weaker than thick plastic. News at 11!

Materials technology is at its limit when designers insist on thinner, smaller and lighter.

In the bike industry they say "You can have Light, Strong or Cheap. Pick two.".

I chose plastic too, a Moto 4G with rubber back plate. Robust is how you make it.

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A Norsified Linux for Windows and OS X wobblers

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: Bottom Dock/Panel

In OS X you can have the dock left or right mounted too, it is just at the bottom by default. Like the new Linux flavour, I might even build one one day.

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Scotland wins WORLD RECORD as voters head to referendum polls

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Computer Engineers.

Designing a system's performance within the power limits, how revolutionary. ;)

Grats to the Burgh, well played indeed.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: Meeeh

Great backbone, ideas of a jellyfish. FTFY

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Be afraid.

Señor Dabbs, I would get worried if the missus uses the same excuse to research the word cockcage....

"Yes dear, apparently it measures the number of Sales Guys on a single office floor."

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Ballmer PERSONALLY wrote Windows 3.1's blue screen text

Colin Ritchie
Windows

BSoAD

Ballmer's instructions are very concise, unfortunately the fame of its familiarity to practically every Windows user in creation is more than a little Pyrrhic.

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Lenovorola TRIPLE-ola: New Moto G, Moto X and 360 wristputer UNZIPPED

Colin Ritchie
Windows

4G Moto G is the sweet spot.

I have the 4G 4.5" screen Moto G it is the best of both worlds and expandable with up to 32 Gb SD cards.

Love it and it fits in my pocket, only £110 on O2 payg and switching to Giff Gaff to save on the bill. The bigger one has 3G only and doesn't fit my jeans.

No improvement.

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Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: @MacroRodent

Judging by Sinofsky's payout when he left M$, you may find that the names have been changed to protect the guilty.

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Weekend reads to tickle your intellectual palate: From Nazis to Invisibility

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Wordsmith alert!

Spat, the perfect word for a disagreement between punks.

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Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: I bought the last of the non retina range.

Fast is relative, the "crappy" 6 Gbps (not 3 on the 2011+ models, please do your homework properly) interface still gives a much faster boot time and app launch with an SSD over the original HDD.

Note: I am comparing these 2 items in terms of speed relative to each other.

Furthermore I expect to be able to replace/upgrade faulty RAM and HDDs myself, hence my desire for the older design. The lifespans of these machines are greatly increased by replaceable items at low cost.

Our last repair that Applecare picked up the bill for was £750 worth of logic board failure on a 2007 MBP 15, half the original cost of the Macbook.

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Colin Ritchie
Windows

I bought the last of the non retina range.

Seeing the way Apple want to lock down all the components now; I bought the non soldered and glued non retina models instead. My mum's one got 8 Gb RAM for £38 and will have a nice fast SSD when the HDD dies. My cousin's MBP 13 will get the same treatment when needed.

The main drawback to the newer kit is, you have to hand it back to Apple for any hardware replacement and Applecare is almost mandatory.

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