* Posts by J 3

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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

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Mushroom

Re: Not convinced

People seem to like very saturated, high contrast pictures. I see the same phenomenon in photography. After my photographer friends pass their shots through Lightroom, for example, they come out supersaturated and very sharply contrasted, I've noticed. That's always gets plenty of oohs and aahs -- and since I was sometimes there when the shot was taken, I know that the sunset looked nothing like that to the naked eye...

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

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FAIL

Still

"[interface] sufficiently extreme that users had difficulty using apps and navigating the operating system"

Still seems to be the case, at least from my admittedly anecdotal evidence. I hadn't seen Windows 8 until about a month ago, when I went to a scientific conference where the laptop that was being used to feed the projector was running W8. Or maybe 8.1, don't know. Either way, it had that accursed tile interface.

What kind of surprised me was that everyone but one or two guys in the audience seemed to be baffled by the thing. Considering that it has been out for a couple of years, I had expected more people would be familiar with that. But whenever people accidentally fell out of PowerPoint, they would have no clue what to do to get somewhere familiar. Not even the "AV support guy" who was there seemed comfortable in it -- and the guy from the audience who knew would tell them from the back where to click. It would be funny if it hadn't been annoying.

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Linus Torvalds releases Linux 3.18 as 3.17 wobbles

J 3
Mushroom

Re: Seems wrong...

Yeah, made me think of this segment by John Oliver...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wz29_bFxBZA

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Beyond the genome: YOU'VE BEEN DECODED, again

J 3
Headmaster

Identical twins

Well, nearly. Even they have differences. Much fewer than two non-identical-twin siblings, of course, but they are not guaranteed to be identical. Examples:

Bruder, C. E. G. et al. Phenotypically concordant and discordant monozygotic twins display different DNA copy-number-variation profiles. Am. J. Hum. Genet. 82, 763–771 (2008).

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18304490

Maiti, S., Kumar, K. H. B. G., Castellani, C. A., O’Reilly, R. & Singh, S. M. Ontogenetic De Novo Copy Number Variations (CNVs) as a Source of Genetic Individuality: Studies on Two Families with MZD Twins for Schizophrenia. Plos One 6, e17125 (2011).

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21399695

Also, each gene can code for quite a few different proteins, due to various processes, starting with alternative splicing and taking off from there. Really cool stuff.

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Happy

Re: @Trevor

There are just some 3,500 known species of mosquitoes (the actual number is expected to be at least 3 times larger), so keep swatting.

Oh, by the way, "only" about 200 of those species are vectors for disease causing critters.

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One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

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WTF?

You must have one hell of a gigantic tablet, for 1080p tp make a difference...

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That sub-$100 Android slab you got on Black Friday? RIDDLED with holes, say infosec bods

J 3
Joke

Sponsored...

...by Google and Samsung?

Seriously now.

"A lot of these issues could be fixed if Google encouraged manufacturers to push out updates to Android faster."

Well, there is also the question if the near-free tablet even has the hardware capable of running the latest and greatest, no?

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Ubuntu's shiny 10th birthday Unicorn: An upgrade fantasy

J 3
Paris Hilton

Re: Does the LibreOffice formula editor appear?

I'm also running 14.04 (LibreOffice 4.2.7.2) but in my system pressing the left Alt then iof (with or without shift, just in case) just brings down the insert, format, and file menus in quick succession. Pressing the right Alt then iof just gives alternative characters). Am I doing it the wrong way?

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Oh BOY! The MICKEY MOUSE Apple Watch is no heart-throb

J 3
Meh

Re: What if you're mad like me

"What if you're a bit mad, like me, and keep your watch running a couple of minutes fast so you don't miss the bus, tram, train, boat or whatever?"

Problem is, besides being a bit mad, I'm also an adaptive bastard. So I got used to my watch being fast -- oh, that's OK, the watch is a few minutes fast, I've got time... Famous last words.

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Heads up, Chromebook: Here come the sub-$200 Windows 8.1 portables

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Re: re: There are also many who aren't happy with the limitations of Windows

Well, the non-Retina iPad mini is much inferior hardware compared to the Nexus 7 (2013 and up), at least in my book. Starting with the screen, but much else too. So it would not be surprising if the prices were similar, obviously. But when both of them were new... The mini was grossly overpriced -- or the Nexus 7 2 grossly subsidized, if you wish...

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Brazil greenlights $200m internet cable to Europe in bid to outfox NSA

J 3
Paris Hilton

Re: Another reason it might be pointless

vulnerability != spyware

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You can crunch it all you like, but the answer is NOT always in the data

J 3
Alien

In other words, we begin to measure the physics of the flip. Is this actually possible?

Well, all nice and good, up to a certain extent. Otherwise, we get to a point where it is silly. Or, as a couple of complexity boffins said quite a few years ago now, "Don't model bulldozers with quarks". Now, finding that sweet spot is the real problem...

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Yes, yes, Steve Jobs. Look what I'VE done for you lately – Tim Cook

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Re: Tim will be remembered for allowing Yosemite on his watch

"I thought most non-Americans would be familiar with it via Warner Brothers' Yosemite Sam"

There are many people in the world who do not speak English as first language. And at least in mine the cartoon/movie characters usually do not have their original names, or even close. For example, if you do a literal translation of Bugs Bunny's name from my country's version of the cartoon back to English, you'd have "Long leg".

Before living in the US, I used to think that Yosemite rimed with mite...

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iPad AIR 2 and iPad MINI 3, 5K iMac: World feels different today – and it IS

J 3
Gimp

Re: $399 on the 16GB Wi-Fi model

Well, you are one of those people I alluded to, who has a specialist need. Not many like you out there. For the vast majority, who only do web, social media, read some PDFs, simple games, etc., then yeah, they are throwing money away buying iPads.

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J 3
WTF?

$399 on the 16GB Wi-Fi model

Seriously? Unless you really need (it could happen, rarely) an app that is iOS only, that's a silly way of wasting money. Oh, right, the much better tablet that cost almost half this price that I bought a year ago does not have "that" logo on the back, so it is no good.

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PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 SHUNNED by refusenik fanbois

J 3
Alert

Aphrodisiac

I do not think it means what you think it means.

Anyway, my old iPod touch is still on iOS 6. Because it is "not compatible" with anything newer. Not sure if that would affect figures significantly, but anyway.

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Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

J 3
Paris Hilton

"lifting your wrist to your face"

Methinks someone needs an appointment with the eye doctor. I ain't no spring chicken, but I sure can easily read my watch -- running faithfully since 1989, battery lasts a couple of years -- from half a meter away...

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

J 3
Happy

Re: GIF's?

Being too lazy to look it up, I myself imagined this stands for "I am not a lawyer but I post opinions on the Internet", but I now favor the "poking" version someone else provided.

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PEAK APPLE: One MILLION fewer iPads sold this quarter

J 3

Re: I wouldn't say it is Peak Apple

Er... no. Read again:

"the total slab market world-wide bounced 41.5 per cent year-on-year, those emblazoned with a certain fruit fell 9.2 per cent"

So, while growth is slowing down overall, Apple's share is getting smaller. For a while now, so not sure why the surprise. And no wonder. I for example bought a much better tablet for much less money than the equivalent Apple one would cost. So apart from people who are bound to the platform by some specific app that is critical and not available elsewhere, why pay more? Also, as people learn that they use tablets for surfing the Web and little else, as someone said, why again pay more? Status?

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Mozilla gaffe exposed 76,000 email addresses, 4000 passwords

J 3
Coffee/keyboard

76,000 email addresses, 4000 passwords

That's all? Feels like the total amounts I have nowadays to handle all the online crap of today's life...

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

J 3
Paris Hilton

Yeah, but which fraction?

"Cole says it's a "fraction" of that" (it being her wealth)

OK, but it that fraction something like 5/4 or 19/11 of the published value? Inquiring minds (don't) want to know... (that's an inquiring mind right there in the icon)

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Microsoft walks into a bar. China screams: 'Eww is that Windows 8? GET OUT OF HERE'

J 3
Pirate

Re: Coming up next: Chinese XP.

Source code. That's the thing. Software companies should be forced to release to the public domain any code that they stop supporting, so others can do so if there is demand for such service.

What do you say, the new OS is mostly old code? Well, if that's such a problem then why (rhetorical question) release a new version at all and kill the older one? If the new thing is so much more advanced and different, and not just some cosmetic crap sprinkled with a few worthy performance/security patches, why care about the old code, right?

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MacBook Air 13-inch: If you squint hard enough, you'll see a lesser-spotted Apple Price Cut

J 3
Joke

That is...

...one hell of an expensive netbook! Oops, let's not forget the icon, forgot to wear my asbestos (I be old-skool) undies today.

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Our Reg reader 'mutt's nuts' dictionary is le chien's biens

J 3
Go

Brazilian Portuguese

I can't believe none of my fellow lusophones has added our contribution to such worthy linguistic matter. I can't believe it's even closer to butter either, but that's a different pet peeve. Either way, Camões' language deserves better! And the World Cup is upon us, so you need to know what to say over here, or at least to your telly when your favorite footballer scores nicely.

First of all, the literal translation of "mutt's nuts" wouldn't have the British meaning here in Brazil, at least in the regions I am familiar with (the country is huge and there are very strange idioms and sayings in other regions that are not intelligible in others, so who knows...). But fret not, we do have an equivalent genital-based expression to provide; a very naughty language, (Braz.) Portuguese.

The literal translation could be "as bolas do cão" (the dog's balls, where ão is a sound that is allegedly exclusive from Portuguese, and sounds sort of like what you get if you say "uh" followed by a deep "mmm", quickly and very nasally). If you don't want to wrestle with the damn ão, you can use "cachorro", which is another word for dog, but that would make the saying much less snappy, admittedly. Also, if you want to keep the mutt (as in "of mixed-breed") element in the saying, use "vira-lata" (literally "turn-can", a dog who lives in the streets messing with trash cans to get food).

We have other ways to refer to the gonads, so you could also use "o saco" (the sac, scrotum) or

"os ovos" (the eggs) instead of "as bolas". I never promised it would be easy, or even less that it would be succinct. Not my style.

Now, the genital-based expression I promised earlier is "do caralho" (where "lho" is like the Italian "glio", i.e. something like "ly-oh" said quickly in English). It is somewhat NSFW (although we're not very shy with the swearing down here, and you might be surprised with what you can hear at work), and it literally means "of the cock", but not of the avian kind, obviously. When a Brazilian says something is "do caralho!", or the shortened version, "duca!", pronounced doo-kah, streess on the doo, as in booing, it means... it's the mutt's nuts. The species of the owner of the "caralho" is not specified here, but the meaning is still the same.

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PEAK APPLE: Mystery upstart to hurl iLord from its throne 'by 2020'

J 3
Alert

Re: "one that we have never heard of"?

Assuming the numbers are even correct to begin with. Color me cynic, but they are coming from a site called wmpoweruser (originally, from a "mobile payment company", done who knows how and subjected to who knows what inherent biases). Looks like an ad (hot on the heels of iPhone, really?). Genetic fallacy? Maybe, but I'd rather see something more substantial before drawing any conclusions.

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Top tip, power users – upgrading Ubuntu may knacker your Linux PC

J 3
Linux

Yup, happened to one of my computers. But 5 minutes later it was fixed -- well, because I had the live USB right there, I'm familiar with Grub2, Linux boot, blah blah. If I wasn't, then things would have been definitely more scary.

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Report: Climate change has already hit USA - and time is RUNNING OUT

J 3

From the little I have learned of the physics and dynamics of this, I seem to recall that weathering of the carbon from the atmosphere takes several hundreds of thousands of years. So, unless we invent an efficient way to scrub it off the air, things won't improve a bit EVEN if we do quit being stupid right now and stop using that tiny atmosphere of ours as a rubbish dump.

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J 3
Mushroom

Re: OK, predict next year!

One of the biggest problems with humanity is incarnated right there: people like Herby, who have no fucking clue about what they are talking about, but go on to talk about it anyway. We're doomed.

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Oh, good. Someone please go show this to all those stupid animals and plants that are changing their distribution or behavior. They will sure be relieved to know they were duped.

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Please work for nothing, Mr Dabbs. What can you lose?

J 3

Re: Absolutely

It seems to be widespread, then. My graphic designer friends all rant about all the "for-exposure" work they get offered to perform. You know: "I don't have the budget right now, but if this business takes off hundreds, maybe thousands of people will see your work. All you need is to design this logo/flier/website/whatever for me". Amazingly enough, some designers must still believe that is a good deal.

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Ubuntu N-ONE: 'Storage war' with Dropbox et al annihilates cloud service

J 3

Re: Shoddy

They were quite late with the email, but it did come. I (non-paying subscriber) got it yesterday (07 Apr).

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Five-year-old discovers Xbox password bug, hacks dad's Live account

J 3
Mushroom

Re: Microsoft security

<blink>CONGRATULATIONS!</blink>

You are commentard number 1,000,000 to make that witty comment!

Go to http://fun.drno.de/flash/ButtonRedBig.swf to win something! Maybe! Just follow the instructions!

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J 3
Coat

Re: INFANT?

...and in Westeros and surrounding localities you are a (wo)man grown by sixteen and can even be an unsupervised Monarch! Hell, they frequently kill their first victim by age 10 there.

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Reg tries out Google's Chromecast: Yep, we even tested smut sites

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harks back to the days of cheap printers with overpriced ink

What do you mean, "harks back"? It is still going strong.

Anyway, reading this review gives me a measure of relief. On our visit to the US over the holidays, my wife was contemplating buying either the Chromecast or the AppleTV to play the media she has on her Mac.

Since the AppleTV was just $80, and she being sort of a fangirl, she bought the Apple thing. I don't like Apple much, but I have to say the thing works over our humble WiFi without any problems (apart from sometimes needing to restart iTunes, for some reason), streaming high-def video like it was connected through a cable, be it from her local collection or from YouTube, Netflix, whatever we have tested. Sure, the two devices have slightly different features (I'm pretty sure you can't cast website tabs on the stock AppleTV), but still. Seeing how difficult it is to play local media from a computer using the Chromecast is quite surprising to me.

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Microsoft may pick iPad for first release of Fondleslab Office™

J 3

Re: I struggle to see how Office could be useful on a tablet

Well, I'm sure glad these people found a good way to stay productive/happy/whatever and all that... but I suspect that's not that big of a market, is it?

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Imprisoned Norwegian mass murderer says PlayStation 2 is 'KILLING HIM'

J 3
Devil

Hell?

He doesn't know torture and hell in such a situation until he's been in a regular Brazilian prison -- overcrowded, commanded by drug lords, killings to lower population, corrupt and violent guards/staff, whatever you imagine. He's actually in prisoner paradise and does not know...

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Women crap at parking: Official

J 3
Facepalm

Re: ..."a whopping 80 per cent of crashes ... involved male drivers"

Yup, caught my attention too: "a whopping 80 per cent of crashes that killed or seriously injured pedestrians involved male drivers"

You'd expect The Reg, being such a tech oriented place, to be better at this statistics business, instead of just parroting any old number without thinking about it first, providing context, etc. Oh, well, who am I kidding? Media is media.

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Dropbox joins Linux patent protection hit squad

J 3

Patents

This is a bit off topic, maybe, but the patent is supposed to be a mechanism to reward inventors, or so I understand it.

Then, I think patents should be allowed to be sold at most once: when the inventor wants to sell it to someone who will then use the process patented -- if they do not use the process, they should not be able to charge for royalties on it either. That way, inventors would make more money. And patent trolls would pretty much cease to exist. And let's face it, patent trolling is all that this article is about, deep down.

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'Daddy, can I use the BLACK iPAD?': Life with the Surface Pro 2

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Productivity?

Who cares!? Microsoft always makes me cringe with this (sometimes misplaced) obsession on "productivity". People want to buy the cool thing, not the productive thing -- even if the typical Reg reader is not like that, most people still are, deal with it.

Sure, a tiny few will want to run Office or some specialized Windows-only software on a tablet, and will buy the specific machine to do that. But most everyone else buys these things as glorified toys, even if they later end up finding some interesting apps that are actually useful for something productive. Typical people want to play with a tablet, not work with (or on) it. Closest they will want to get to "work" here is usually email or conference calls. Otherwise, it's mostly web, social stuff, videos, reading, games. Playing. Stupid Microsoft does not get it, and will stay niche on this until they get tired of burning money and pull the plug. Except for the XBox (apparently, I don't know, not a gamer), MS is not good at fun.

Now, it's obvious that the iPad has by now got some cool apps and accessory ecosystem that make it be very useful in many areas (e.g. music). People buy it, but not due to that potential usefulness though. Same for other tablets -- small, works for web surfing, (sometimes) cheap.

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J 3

"an attempt to give you a desktop experience on a tablet and that's what you are paying for"

...and not getting, if the reviews are to be believed.

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Nothing to sniff at: Dell Ultrabooks REEK OF CAT PEE, scream users

J 3
Joke

E6430u

E6430u, eh? So we now know what the "u" in the name stands for...

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San Fran tech hub wants hookers and hackers for Halloween

J 3
Joke

There is no hacker on the flyer.

What do you mean, she is NOT a hacker!?

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

J 3

Yup, and I used to have a CRT at home that needed a strong slap on the right side every once in a while to get the image to show correctly.

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Kids hooked up with free Office subs at Microsoft-addicted schools

J 3
Alert

Vendor agnostic?

I am actually much more worried about file formats that the specific application used. That to me is the more serious issue.

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J 3
Paris Hilton

"must have licensed Office for all of its employees"

Janitors? Cafeteria people? Security?

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J 3

Re: If you get them young and you will have them for life

"The reality is that if they land a desk job they will be using Microsoft Office."

The reality also is that when these kids are hitting the market in 5 to 10 years the software will be so different that whatever they were monkey-trained to do now will be irrelevant and they will need to learn the new ways anyway.

I mean, I had last seen MS Office in 2006 or so. When I saw the "new" interface recently, I had no keep digging to find the functions I had used in Office 2003 or so. LibreOffice is much more similar in operation to the MS Office I used to use 10 years ago than current Office is, it looks like to me.

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'Who knew in 1984 that Steve Jobs would be Big Brother?'

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Re: What the scanner does do well

And it didn't take long, apparently:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/09/22/iphone_5_touchid_broken_by_chaos_computer_club/

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J 3
Gimp

Re: What the scanner does do well

...and when someone easily copies one's fingerprints, hilarity ensues.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it ... Win Phone 8? No, it's APPLE'S iOS 7

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Yeah, but...

Have they finally learned to properly (pseudo)randomize the list of songs in the "shuffle" feature of the music player? My iOS 6 running iPod Touch sure sucks in that respect. Always getting in what I call "song ruts", frequently starting from the same song, etc.. I wonder if they'll ever be bothered to get that working.

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Huawei CTO insists: 'We are not a threat to UK and US national security'

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Funnily enough...

I read the subtitle as "We're just a box and packet sniffer like everyone else". Oh, well, I guess I still haven't woken up enough.

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