* Posts by frank ly

4228 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Google offers sweet new SDK to let Android devs join 'Lollipop' guild

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Re: Not sure about this

I'm sure they don't offer 'bug fixes' or minor functionality updates for old running versions. They and other device makers push an OTA update and then nag you to accept it. The attitude seems to be "it's new and we made it so it's good and you must have it."

The last 'minor update' to KitKat made it ask me if I really wanted to use the third-party phone dialler app that I have, every time I try to make a phone call. Even if I press the 'Always' option after selecting my third-party dialler app, it still asks me on the next phone call. I suspect that if I selected the built in Google phone app, then presses 'Always', I wouldn't have that annoyance.

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Not sure about this

I think I'll avoid this for my Nexus 4. My experience of previous updates, going back over four years and three Android phones is that Google change things because they can - from the point of view of 'look and feel'. Updates have also slowed my phones down and have removed functionality in the past. I've spent nearly two years getting used to my Nexus 4 as it is. It works fine and I don't want any changes to it.

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US government fines Intel's Wind River over crypto exports

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re. " ... the renal original turf ..."

That's where someone has marked their turf by pissing on it. It's primitive but effective.

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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Re: Only unlicked devices should ever be allowed....

Any device running Android Lollipop wouldn't remain unlicked for long.

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Torvalds CONFESSES: 'I'm pretty good at alienating devs'

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re. metric ****load

The correct expression is "****load, since there is no difference between a metric ****load and an imperial ****load, both being a qualitative rather that a quantitative measure.

For the ****ton, whether it is metric or imperial needs to be specified in speech, since the words 'ton and 'tonne' sound identical. In writing, the spelling is different and so the word 'metric' is not needed.

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It's not always about you: Why the Apple Watch is all about China

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Please explain

"And that is how Chinese characters work – it is not the finished picture that relays the information but the individual strokes built on top of one another. Do the strokes in a different order and they mean something completely different."

How do Chinese people read books and newspapers and e-mail and websites, if all they can see is the 'finished picture' with no information about the order in which the 'strokes' were made?

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Auntie hires API firm to manage new online BBC Store

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Re: Fact alert!

BBC Worldwide is a wholly owed subsidiary of the BBC. Its entire purpose is to sell BBC and other British TV programming abroad. In the last financial year, it generated headline profits of £157.4m and headline sales of £1,042.3m and returned £173.8m to the BBC. I'm wondering how it managed to generate such poor profits on sales of TV shows from the BBC, unless it pays the BBC (and ITV comnpanies maybe) large amounts of IP fees for those TV shows.

In 2013-14, BBC income from license fees was £3.7 billion, with a total income of £5 billion. I assume some of the extra £1.3 billion came from IP fees from BBC Worldwide?

So, BBC Worldwide is a corporate front to let the BBC get more money (and why not) and it mostly relies on the license fee to get a product to sell.

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Will.i.am gets CUFFED as he announces his new wristjob, the PULS

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Re: i.amPULS

Puffed Up Loquacious Singer?

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Adobe CSO offers Oracle security lesson: Go click-to-play

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Reactive instead of proactive?

""Finding and fixing bugs isn't the way to go, ..."

" ... organisations should follow suit and stop "patching every vulnerability" ..."

Then, later:

"That strategy has .... , and sped the time to patch from 10 weeks ....... to a recent record of 36 hours"

Apart from the apparent logical disconnect, this seems to say we should wait until somebody bad finds a weakness, then defend as hard as we can. Don't bother fixing any faults, flaws or weaknesses; just wait until the bad guys find it then work hard and claim rapid success.

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On Nov 12, a human-made space lab will try to HARPOON a COMET and land on it

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re. " ... a human-made space lab ... "

Is there any other kind of space lab in our solar system? Do the Reg team know something we don't?

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

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Do I remember correctly?

Wasn't she the one who sold her shares in Lastminute.com just before the, er, last minute when the share price crashed? That was lucky for her, many people didn't sell or they bought before the last minute and were left holding losses.

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Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!

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Re: You are confused.

I know that surrogacy is not adoption. Note that I said "... would cover ..." and "... associated legal issues ..." and " ... where this is going ...". I'm trying to imply a future scenario ....... don't you get it?

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"Unfortunately the main limiting factor are not the eggs, it is the uterus. After reaching 40 or so, ...."

Yes, but read on .....

"We also offer an Adoption Assistance program, where Apple reimburses eligible expenses associated with the legal adoption of a child."

This would cover the 'rent a womb' arrangements that happen, with associated legal issues. You can see where this is going.

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Radiohead(ache): BBC wants dead duck tech in sexy new mobes

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Swings and something else

"Since the transmission began as IP, and a smartphone already has a high bandwidth IP path, why not just miss out the bit in the middle? "

If they tried that now, there would be many independent data streams, to individual mobiles, many carrying identical data. To reduce that, there would need to be special, additional, mobile data broadcast channels to be supported by the mobile operator and by each mobile phone. Maybe that could be the 'new DAB'?

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Finnish PM: Apple has DESTROYED FINLAND

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Re: "The Finnish language is difficult, especially if you are trying to make yourself sound sexy"

Fur clad .... mmmmm ... I don't care what they sound like.

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Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

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"There’s also no 4G version ... "

Is it a mobile phone as well? I thought it was just a WiFi tablet.

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Mobile coverage on trains really is pants

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An old man writes

In the mid to late '70s, I used to use buses, underground and trains for all my travel. Then, the idea that there could be a phone on a train was the stuff of science fiction. I didn't even have a phone in my small rented flat (or a television or a computer). If I tell that to youngsters nowadays, they don't believe me.

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NSA Sentry Eagle placed spies in private companies

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When it left the aviary ....

... a sparrow snowed on them.

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Apple's iPhone bonk to 'Pay' app launches on Monday

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@AC Re: If I understand the technology correctly

The initial registration of your card does need the credit card number and CC code (suitably encryted, etc) to be sent via Apple to the credit card company, so they can associate the token with your credit card account. After that, Apple don't need to store what was sent via iTunes and their servers. Even better, the data could go direct from iTunes to the credit card company servers and Apple would never see even the encrypted version of your data.

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Kmart apologizes to customers after month-long security breach

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Re: NSA's job

"After all, they pay their taxes."

Up to a point, maybe.

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Lies, damn pies and obesity statistics: We're NOT a nation of fatties

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Re: Moving the goals?

"If a given shape, proportionate to size, were ideal -- then you would want to divide by the *cube* of your height."

That would be true if the human body could be aproximated by a sphere, but it is more closely approximated by a cylinder, hence the square is used. Maybe the height raised to the power 2.3 would be more 'fair'?

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Always more questions

In the average intake per person per day chart, there are two distinct and identicaly shaped dips for 2004-5 and 2008. I can't remember any national food shortages during those years or any national advertising campaign to eat less - so why the dips?

BMI: " ... there is no distinction between pure rippling muscle and unadulterated flab."

True, so BMI is not a good indicator of 'obesity' if you're a boxer, rugby player or a lumberjack, or very tall or very short. However, for the majority of the 'ordinary' population it is a reasonable and easy measure to take. So, unless the height or muscle development of the average population has changed much, it should be fine for long term use. If the average height does change then it should be easy enough to apply correction factors so as to make valid comparisons.

"Crucially, there is no measure there of waist circumference, which is what most of us use to make a judgement .."

What 'most of us' use to make a judgement is not medically uselful. From what I've read, the waist circumference in relation to chest and hip sizes can be a good indicator of future cardiac problems, so maybe these should be measured as part of the standard GP type of examination.

In the BMI category graph, there is a period of notable change between 1993 and 2001, then not much change after that to 2012. The BMI changes (for the worse) seem to coincide with the period of decreased calorie intake, though there are no figures for calorie intake after 2001. Does anyone know why this might be?

It all raises more questions than it answers, as do many of these types of studies.

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Be Your Own Big Brother: Peeking at pussy

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Video taken by pet - copyright

You need to get its pawprint on a single sheet agreement giving you full rights to any image or sound recordings made during its time wearing the camera supplied by you. It's important to state that it can spend time with its own camera, outside the scope of the agreement, to ensure that the agreement couldn't be interpreted as unfair or onerous by a court (if it ever came to that). A few lines about undertaking to obey all applicable privacy laws would also be a good idea.

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Jony Ive: Flattered by rivals' designs? Nah, its 'theft'

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@SuccessCase Re: Those in glass houses, Sir Jony...

"Now I know many techies don't have much in the way of creative capacity."

Do you have any hard figures and reliable studies to back that up, or are you just being 'creative'?

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I've got a new Linux box, how does it work... WOAH, only asking :-/

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Re: It's gotten better.

I read the Linux forums and the various Linux 'howto' wikis, after a quick Google search for the topic. Then I read more forums to get a consensus opinion. After that I can clone my hard drive and do reckless things if I want to. It's worked nicely for me so far but I'd venture to say that the average member of the public wouldn't be able to do that or would get fed up very quicjkly. I remember I did a lot of swearing in the first month but after that I was fine and happy.

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To Russia With Love: Snowden's pole-dancer girlfriend is living with him in Moscow

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re.Re: William Donelson

That should have been '@William Donelson re.' or just 're.'

[Coat: the one with the copy of 'Pedants Style Guide' in the pocket.]

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Dairy Queen cuts the waffle, says bank cards creamed in 395 eateries

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Just give them a copy of your house key and let them get on with it

" ... but the code didn't get hold of stuff like Social Security numbers, PINs or email addresses."

Why would anyone give this information to a high street retail outlet? After being 'hit' by spam e-mail and spam phone calls/txts some years ago, I now tell anyone who asks that I don't have a mobile phone and that I don't use e-mail. They seem surprised but they still sell me stuff.

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Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Ultrabook flexes new 'Watchband' BENDO hinges

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Power and video signals

From what I've seen of 'ordinary' laptops with two chunky hinges, there are four distinct and separate points of contact between the base and the screen unit. I've always assumed these were enough for power and video data/control and gave good insulation from each other as well as protection from dirt and grease ingress.

This 'watchstrap' hinge looks very complicated with many possible points of shorting and places where dirt and grease could get in to affect the signal paths. Does anyone know about the techniques for getting power and signals from base to screen and the actual design of this watchstrap hinge?

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ROBOT TROUSER SNAKE stiffens to master slippery mounds

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Well, they covered the robot snake with some kind of trouser, so .....

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Put down that shotgun: Wi-Fi's the way to beat Zombies

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Re: When I leave the house ...

Braaaaiiiins !

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When I leave the house ...

... I turn off the Wi-Fi with a little widget on the start screen. I do this because I don't want my battery draining as the phone pumps out Wi-Fi power looking for a connection. I also don't turn on mobile data unless I want to use it, for similar power saving reasons. It really does make a difference.

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Crims zapped mobes, slabs we collared for evidence, wail cops

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Re: The law of unintended consequences

This is conflating two separate things. As I understand it, the remote kill switch is operated by the network and the user/owner has to contact the network and convince them of their identity to ask them to kill their stolen phone. The police only have to contact the network (probably via a special contact number) and tell them to kill a phone because they don't want the owner to be able to use it.

The remote wipe is under the control of the user and intended to protect private information from prying eyes. This is done via a website, with login process, run by the company that supplied the remote wipe app. Please correct me if I got any of that wrong.

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The simplest ideas are often the best.

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Tesla's Elon Musk shows the world his D ... and it's a MONSTER

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Re: three modes: "normal, sport and insane".

Also, "... It is like having your own personal roller coaster ..."

The thing about a roller coaster is that you're not in control of it and you do it for the thrills/terror. He seems to be talking in 'careless' mode.

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'Bill Gates swallowing bike on a beach' is ideal password say boffins

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Pope Francis patting a fanny

It started off as ' ... fanning a patty' but it mutated very quickly in my mind so I'm confused now. How can this method be regarded as reliable?

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Hey, non-US websites – FBI don't have to show you any stinkin' warrant

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Re: illegal abroad surely

Does this also mean that I can hack into US servers, because I'm a senior police officer in my own (self declared) small country? If there are any technical objections, I'll get the government (me) to enact laws to bypass them.

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DOCTOR HELL and his henchmen score Nobel for the NANO-SCOPE

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Amazing technique

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:2color-STED-example.png

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Apple and GT: Sapphire glass is cracked, but still not broken

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An early Christmas gift perhaps?

At $0.8 a share, I'm wondering how much it would cost to buy the company. Can anyone tell us?

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Twitter sues US government for right to disclose NOTHING

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Will they come to get me?

Yesterday, I received no NSLs or FISA orders.

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Adobe spies on reading habits over unencrypted web because your 'privacy is important'

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Adobe: Managed by a pack of jerks

That's the title of a short and simple e-book that you could easily make for yourself and pass out to all your family and friends or maybe put it on some torrents. I'm sure it would cause amusement at Adobe when they look at what is 'trending'.

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£150m, three years... TWO base stations. Gov.uk? You guessed it

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To improve the health of the nation ....

... I propose that government departments be put in sole charge of production, distribution and sales of alcoholic drinks, cigarettes and sugary foods.

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Euro probe headed for Amazon's tax back door

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Faster than a speeding politician

" ... the G20 meeting to be held in Australia during November has placed multinational tax avoidance front and centre on its agenda."

This trans-international accounting dance has been known about for many years. Why have the pols only recently started to make disapproving noises?

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Estonia to offer 'e-resident' status to world+dog

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Re: Some confusion?

Damn, I skipped a paragraph. Thank you.

(My attention was grabbed by the following entire paragraph in italics. It shouldn't be allowed.)

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Some confusion?

" ... for now you have to visit Estonia to apply for e-residency ..."

"Most Reg<.i> readers reside in nations where Estonia maintains a diplomatic outpost, ..."

If you have to visit Estonia, what does an Estonian diplomatic outpost have to do with the process?

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APPLE still building fanbois CULT HQ in Cupertino, it seems

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Just Wondering

Is it the middle ring that has the anti-gravity generators? It has a 'technical' look about it.

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AT&T fires insider for slurping customers' social security numbers, driver licenses and more

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It's all too difficult

"Insiders are worse than hackers because there's no way to protect against them that's truly effective,"

It couldn't be truly effective if there were many rogue insiders working together, but surely there can be methods of 'dual authorisation' that would work. How many people in AT&T (and similar), on a day to day basis, actually need to access the sensitive information of customers? Not many I'd guess. How many customers a day do they need to access in this manner? Not many I'd guess.

Make all such data access a 'red flag' operation that is marked for oversight by a higher level manager in a different department. Have any mass access require a further password to be entered by a higher level manager in a different department. etc.

People would moan and complain, yes, but the answer to that is, "It's part of your job, so if you don't like it then go looking for another job."

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Apple's iPhone 6 can REVERSE BALDNESS (and cause it, too)

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Marketing Opportunity !!

If you wear 'fashion' glasses with those big chunky arms, you can tilt the phone slightly so the edge presses against the spectacles and keeps it away from your hair. (Not guarenteed if you have a bristly beard.)

Any such spectacles for use with an iPhone would have to be stylish and very expensive. This may be why Karl Lagerfeld has become involved with Apple (at the recent Paris launch).

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Particle that behaves like matter AND antimatter found: Majorana fermion

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@ Chris G Re: HA!

It's possible to be a physiscist and not a physicist, both at the same time, so you don't need to pretend anything.

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Top 10 SSDs: Price, performance and capacity

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Re: What about cheaper ones?

Have a look at the San Disk Ultra Plus and the Kingston SSD-Now V300 range on Dabs.com

I've used both with no problems.

(My desktop PC has vertical card cages and the two SSDs just hang in space, their weight supported by the SATA data and power cables. I don't see any need for mounting adaptors in a domestic PC.)

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SanDisk hopes to lure in enterprise clients with a little TLC (SSD)

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128GB minimum?

Unless you're a sales/marketing type, with lots of hi-def promotional videos to show to people, I can't think why you'd need 128GB of drive space on your laptop, or even desktop. I get by quite happily with 32GB SSDs on my two old laptops and my desktop.

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