* Posts by Jim 59

1783 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

Ford's parallel PARCing: Motor giant tries to craft new tech just like Xerox

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Rather like the flying car that the media has been guaranteeing for widespread adoption every year since about '94. The self driving car is getting to be the new "year of the Linux desktop".

One trend that seems more certain is the increasing buzzfeedification down at Reg Towers.

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Pope loses grip on Antarctica: Clergy withdraw from austral landmass

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Judging from the events of New Year's Eve a few years back, it's the British Antarctic survey who are in need of salvation, not the Americans.

Strangely not on Google now, but some sort of fight broke out, resulting in broken jaws and at least one boffin being helicoptered out and then flown onwards to hospital in Argentina IIRC.

UPDATE found it http://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/dec/27/usa.barbaramcmahon

Was those pugilistic Americans after all, not the sturdy British chaps.

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

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Re: Now that will upset people

How dare they encrust the creativity of engineers with some petty dress code. Dress codes are for those menials who-

...should avoid turning up to the office in ...shorts, baseball caps ...sandals and other open shoes

Oh ...er, yeah on second thoughts, ban it. Ban it all. Ugh, sandals.

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Unhinged Linux backdoor still poses a nuisance, if not a threat

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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/10/linux_backdoor/

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Bill Hicks: 25 years on from the cult comedian's big break

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Re: Very dangerous

The author should probably have mentioned Lenny Bruce earlier that the penultimate paragraph. LB's wikipedia page is a great read. Both blokes are fascinating. Not to my personal taste as it happens - I prefer my politics neat, without the satire/rage mixer. I hope they make that film of BHs life.

Lenny Bruce faced much higher levels of censorship in the 50s. So much so, he remained virtually unheard, but his name lives on today. Strange to think that censorship was fought against for decades, gradually reduced, then suddenly replaced by a much more virulent, PC derived censorship, out of all proportion to the original.

Now we seem to have the worst of both worlds. On the one hand we are downing in extreme hard core porn, while on the other you can't say what you think, and even muttering a single word can get you sacked and ruined. I hate to say it, but did Bill and Lenny (et al) unwittingly contributed to that situation?

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Cops baffled by 'canal corpse' that turned out to be COCONUTS

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Hate it when people palm their coconuts off on somebody else.

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Are you a Tory-voting IT contractor? Congrats! Osborne is hiking your taxes

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Well done on the first half page of this article, which is a clear well written summary of the contractor position and the proposed changes. I'm a contractor, and think the modest tax increase is not unreasonable.

IR35 is a different matter. It is deliberately wooly and a classic piece of FUD. Muddy waters instead of clear rules. I don't mind which way the rules go as long as they are clear. Most contractors become contractors for the independence and extra cash, not the possibility of tax avoidance.

Regarding the Professional Contractors Group, now called the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed, many contractors believe this organisation no longer serves their interests.

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Happy NukeDay to you! 70 years in the shadow of the bomb post-Trinity

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Re: unintended consequences

"Historically I'm probably the last person alive to see a thermonuclear explosion with my naked eyes," he said. "The last explosion was a long time ago but for those that actually saw it, we all had the same experience, which was to turn us into peaceniks."

Leonard Cheshire VC was a witness to the Nagasaki bomb, after which he resigned, opened a hospice and spent the rest of his life in charity work and conflict resolution.

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Did speeding American manhole cover beat Sputnik into space? Top boffin speaks to El Reg

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Re: Orbit?

If the object exceeded escape velocity, it would not enter any shape of orbit around Earth, it would just carry on until it hit something or got captured into orbiting another body (thinking about it, it probably would orbit the sun).

Not exactly, if I understand Wikipedia right (and it's explanation is not the clearest). The object would escape earth if launched directly upwards. After escaping earth, it would have to contend with the Sun's much greater gravity, and might start to orbit the Sun. If launched at an angle, the object would achieve "escape orbit" from earth, a parabolic path but not a closed shape, which I don't quite understand the sequence of events.

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Re: Not likely

Especially, perhaps, if it is already half vapourised and extremely hot at launch.

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Nokia will indeed be back 'making' phones – and it's far from a foolish move

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Smart phones have turned the mobile handset from an important tool into an annoying toy.

A smart phone would be better called a pocket computer. The pocket computer comes with all the annoyances of a full computer system. Is it secure (no), how long will the manufacturer provide updates (about 2.5 years). Is it complex (yes, extremely). Does it really provide network anywhere (no). And so on. Nokia is a pragmatic company, not used to making toys.

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Sixty-five THOUSAND Range Rovers recalled over DOOR software glitch

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Send the bill to Hotblack Desaito

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Police investigate strange case of doughnut-licking pop singer Ariana Grande

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When a famous person behaves like this, the explanation is sometimes found up their nose.

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Firefox to speed up dev cycle, go multi-process, rip and replace UI – soon

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FF is certainly a memory hog, and so are other browsers. I'm not a programmer these days, but I don't understand why an app that just interprets network traffic and displays it in a simple, standard format needs more memory than would have powered a whole city in the 80s.

My FF is currently using nearly half a *gig* of memory just so I can type this and have a few other tabs open. Absolutely barmy.

20 years from now, your desktop PC will have 10 TB of memory, and a simple browser will slurp half a TB of that just to display a couple of cartoons, and it will *still* be frustratingly slow despite the 10,000 core monster memristor CPU or whatever. Pants. Utter pants.

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Re: A plan?

Make it able to be multithreaded

It is already one of the most multi-threaded apps out there, no? Run it on Linux and type ps -elLf | grep firefox, and there are threads raining down on your cores like snow. 68 on my Red Hat server at the moment. Just one process though.

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The bucks stop here: NYSE freezes trading, blames 'technical issue'

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Hurry up and tell us what happened. We Windows/Linux fanbois are waiting to blame the other side. Loudly and with much foam being flecked.

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Migrating from WS2003 to *nix in a month? It ain't happening, folks

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Re: Sorry...

What's even funnier amidst your accusations of shilling and demands for "transparency" is that I more or less quit systems administration...

Beg pardon Trevor but I did not accuse you of "shilling" or anything else. Perhaps you are confusing me with W.Anderson. I merely said that I thought declaring interests was common journalistic practice, and in my view your MS links ought to have been declared.

As it happens I don't think your article (which I agree with) was coloured by your MS partnership, which seems pretty trivial, as you say. But I still think any links should generally be declared, even if they seem trivial.

Now quit trying to drown people in the name of rooting out witches and go outside and socialize with other human beings

Well, charming.

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Re: Sorry...

I agree with Trevor's comments, ie. that windows->unix migration is a major project in itself and should not be confused with a Windows -> Windows upgrade. I disagree with the (rude) commenter on all points.

However, TP probably should have mentioned in the original article that his company is a Microsoft partner, that he profits through that partnership by obtaining free licenses, that he has "made a living from Microsoft" for "decades".

A declaration of interest is a pretty basic part of journalism, I thought. And it wouldn't make me value Trevor's opinions any less (more if anything).

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BBC veterans require skilled hands to massage their innards

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...there is a reasonable community at the 8 Bit Acorn Webring...

Blimey msknight, the word "Webring" gives a blast of nostalgia even more potent than the BBC Micro.

Yes, I think the story is actually designed to remind chaps of a certain age that there are 80's home computers aplenty at Bletchley, and wouldn't it be nice to take the family there in the upcoming school holidays. If they really wanted Beeb experience, they could just contact one of the thriving online BBC Micro communities, rather then sending a press release to The Register.

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"The 8-bit BBC, launched on 1 December 1981, epitomised the British home computer boom of the early 1980s."

Oh come off it. Well, from a 2015 view point, maybe. You see a BBC Micro, and it all comes flooding back. However the thing was mind-meltingly expensive. Now we are all middle aged with reasonable jobs, the terrifying price tag seems less important. But in 1981, the scene was epitomised by more affordable kit: Sinclair, Oric, Dragon, Commodore, Tatung, Superbrain, TI and the rest of them.

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Re: 20 years ago

I took mine to the dump.

Which dump?

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Any competent electronics engineer could give a BBC a once over. Publicity stunt by TNMOC.

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Linux Mint 17.2: If only all penguinista desktops were done this way

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I've never tried Linux but I know I don't like it.

Cool story bro! You changed my life!

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Re: Goodness.

Mint 17.2 is only a point update, dears. For those squealing for blood, a point update is unlikely to receive a bad review, because all it does is supply a few corrections and enhancements to an existing OS. Viz, Windows 8 was panned, but 8.1 was modestly/positively received.

What, did you expect the author to fulminate with rage because there was a slight improvement to the efficiency of the Caja option feature for colouring folders ? Or a 5% memory footprint reduction in Network Manager ? You're disappointed he didn't criticize the importation of a few Cinnamon features into Mate?

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With Hobbit and LoTR in the can, Trolls no longer welcome in New Zealand

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Re: “serious emotional distress”

Any forum where punters are anonymous eventually turns into a hate-chamber. That's what parts of Twitter are now. There are armies of anonymous Twitter users who do nothing except pour bile over their chosen targets 24 hours a day. Sadly this appears to be something in human nature.

If people were themselves, instead of anonymous, they would be ashamed to behave in that way. Recall the sad case of Twitter user "Sweepyface". She attacked the McCanns ceaselessly. When she was unmasked by Sky News, she unfortunately committed suicide a few days later. I guess she could not stand that behaviour being associated with her name and face. If Twitter was not anonymous she would be alive today.

I am not sure what the solution is, but removing anonymity from certain areas might be part of it. Freedom of speech laws could operate, and people could critisize openly, as they always did through books and newspapers. At the same time, their targets would be given some level of protection through slander laws or whatever. Some kind of balance. For the record I am pro freedom of speech.

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“serious emotional distress”

Online bullying is a problem, particularly on Twitter, as Tim Hunt and many others know to their cost. However the alternative offered here is much, much, much worse. Rather than desist, I think the online bullies will use this law as another weapon on their hapless victims. It curtails freedom and strengthens the bullies' hand all in one.

So rather than simply bullying Tim Hunt out of his Nobel prize winning job (for example), the Mob will bully him out even faster by saying he caused them "serious emotional distress". A better approach might be to first remove internet anonymity. People behave much better when they are themselves.

Agree with the suicide bit but that's a different story.

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Don't start reading the last rites for monolithic storage just yet

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What kind of storage is this comment on ?

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The slow strangulation of telework in Australia

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"...we regularly pass around near-gigabyte raw sound recordings of interviews with guests. With my connectivity it takes about half an hour to transfer something like that."

Sorry to snipe, but wouldn't high bitrate MP3 reduce that near-gigabyte WAV to about 60 MB? 256 VBR encoding would do that, and should be good enough for broadcast. Certainly it would put you well ahead of BBC DAB broadcasts in the UK, in quality/bitrate terms.

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Whoops, there goes my data! Hold onto your privates in the Dropbox era

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So cloud provider Canopy told The Register that cloud is really important, being increasingly used and that using cloud is an absolute must. This is hardly surprising is it.

Regarding cloud blocking and possible ways to circumvent the blocks, this is dealt with in the Company's acceptable use IT policy, which all employees sign up to and may form part of their employment contract. You may not be able to secure all channels, but then you can't stop your employees stealing office furniture either, if this is what they are determined to do.

Employees should be very careful about defeating the employer's security measures. In the UK it is difficult to dismiss someone from employment. If an employer wants to give you the chop, then evidence you defeated some security measures could be just the excuse they need. And it will all be in the logs, an open and shut case.

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How Music Got Free and Creatocracy

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Home taping is killing music

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Buy with your head, drive with your heart: Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe

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Absolutely smashing. I'm not keen on minimalistic track cars personally, bit if I were, this.

Thing is the 4C, Elise and so on are (even more) expensive when you include the other car you'll also need to own for a bearable life. And the sub 5 second 0-60 is achieved simply by removing most of the car, and then charging buyers a premium for the remainder. Still would though.

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Re: What's with car reviews on an IT site?

Less noise from the cheaper seats please.

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20 years ago this week, Microsoft just about killed Australian PC manufacturing

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Lol. I remember an add in PCW mag or somewhere, showing a pretty secretary "lugging" what appeared to be a smallish steel suitcase. I don't think Osborne used the word "luggable", but it has never really been used on any products but theirs.

Incredible nifty at the time though. That fold out screen/keyboard was a wow.

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It's OK – this was an entirely NEW type of cockup, says RBS

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I think the real explanation is that the banks haven't hesitated to put their critical infrastructure in the hands of the cheapest guys on the planet, whoever and wherever they may be.

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The world .sucks at a minute past midnight on Sunday

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"...defends itself as saying it is empowering consumers to start conversations about brands. It's therefore created an "advocates program" that gives away free .sucks domains to "cause-related, customer service-driven and politically..."

Zzzz whatever. You're chasing a dismal trade selling insult words to carpetbaggers.

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Reddit joins the HTTPS-only stampede

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And another thing. Thanks to The Register for the clear headline and nicely written article.

FYI, I won't be reading the other story you have presented under the headline "git commit -m 'Add $200m to GitHub, tweak valuation to $2bn'". Whatever.

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We really should have given up with http when we gave up using telnet in favour of ssh.

Every security improvement is double edged though. In protecting you from snoopers, it also protects ISIS et al in exactly the same way.

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Furious Flems fling privacy rule book at Facebook

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Re: Please Cut Out The Cutesie Headlines

The endless pursuit of punning and double-entre laden headlines grows wearisome very very quickly. Apart from anything else, it is infantile.

THIS.

It has also become almost aggressively unfunny. Criticizing the Register feels like arguing with an old friend, but I say it for your own good: I now don't read most register stories because the headline is too baffling. I am not going to click on the story and read 3 paras just to see what the story is about. I will just go to another site. Do you understand ? A dead boring headline would be better than a failed, meaningless, "funny" one.

Again: * if a witty headline doesn't suggest itself then just put a boring but clear one in *

Eg. El Reg says: "Bezos' bozos swing ban-hammer at media player". Right. I don't care. Story unread. Pardon my rudeness.

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Raspberry Pi guys want you to go topless in the heat

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Zeitgeist failure

Injection moulded? Not 3D printed? You guys are so unhip it's a wonder your bums don't fall off.

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If I get hit by a bus, Linux will go on just fine says Linus Torvalds

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Good News Everyone!

The systemd team will take over.

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Cinnamon 2.6 – a Linux desktop for Windows XP refugees

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Re: I'll stick with my MATE

Glad to see Cinnamon doing well. I am also a Mint 17.1/MATE user with dual monitors. I chose Mint 17 because it is long term support, taking my desktop nicely through to 2019. I chose MATE because it is like Cinnamon but even more lightweight and old school. A proper business desk top.

Mate, Cinnamon. It's all good.

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LastPass got hacked: Change your master password NOW

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Re: KeePass

Yeah, that'll work, because I know so much more about system security than the people at LastPass.

The people at Lastpass just strangers, and are not responsible for your security. It is no skin off their nose if your bank account is emptied. Trusting your life/fortune to random Internet companies is about as responsible as taking sweets from a stranger.

The exception would be if you had a contract with Lastpass forcing them to reimburse any losses you suffer, without limit, and pay damages on top. Is that the case ?

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Storing your passwords in the Internet

No.

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Vauxhall VXR8: You know when you've been tangoed

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GTR

Still supposedly the fastest car in the world point to point, if Top Gear magazine is to be believed.

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Cheaper than a Nissan GTR (78k).

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Microsoft: FINE, we'll help your web sessions be secure, SHEESH

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SHEESH

Slashdot: Internet Explorer 11 Gains HTTP Strict Transport Security In Windows 7 and 8.1

The Register: Microsoft: FINE, we'll help your web sessions be secure, SHEESH

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VMware unleashes Linux on the (virtual) desktop

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The Register has turned into one of its own commentards.

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Did you almost prang a 737 jet with a drone over Dallas? The FAA would like a word

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Re: Could a drone hurt a 737?

And lastly, if hitting a light plastic drone can damage a landing gear strut (or tire), I wouldn't try to land 45,000 Lbs of aircraft traveling at 130+ knots on it. The loads on a landing gear at touchdown are massive!

Almost as massive as the pwnage delivered to x7 by this post.

Seriously, I saw a video of a passenger jet landing with no front wheel. All it had at the front was the extended strut to which the wheel would normally be attached. The strut remained in place and vertical throughout, plouging along the ground with a plane on top of it. The strength displayed was almost unbelievable, and saved the craft from worse consequences.

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Has marketing grabbed the IT reins at your company?

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That's so 1997

http://dilbert.com/strip/1997-06-10

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LG G4: Be careful while fingering this leather-clad smartie pants

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Samsung made a mistake taking away the SD card and removable battery. Apple must have been delighted with the S6.

My Galaxy S3 shows no sign of flagging. It is hard to foresee any reason to trade up in the next few years. Unless Samsung kill it with lack of support/updates.

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