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YES YES YES! Apple patents mousy, pressure-sensing iVibrator

John 104

Re: It's that featureless mouse thing again!

@smartypants

OMG, it wasn't just me. I had to set up an iMac a while back for a client. Mostly I've managed his iPad and phones, but he decided to pick one of these things up. It took me far too long to figure out how to turn the damned thing on. Had to flip it on its face to find the beautifully recessed power button. So beautifully recessed it can't be felt by hand! Ridiculous. Then it was on to the "Magic Trackpad". Seriously. Who the fuck thinks up these names?

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Re: It's that featureless mouse thing again!

@Chas

How about welcome to the 90s? Multi button mice have been pretty standard in the PC world since for ever. And they work fantastic. No need to fix what isn't broken. Or, you could "invent" the new mouse and make it far too complex on the inside (huge potential for breakage) and far too complex for the average user to be bothered to figure out and sell it for a fortune to the iMasses.

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Cisco prepares to take $700m hit to make 6,000 layoffs

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What the hell?

@ JaitcH @ Richard Taylor 2

What the hell is up with both of your writing skills? Your posts are like reading an AP article.

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Dolby Atmos is coming home and it sounds amazing

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Don't fall for it

In time, everyone will have an Atmos in their home. Then, one day all of the sets will turn on and start spewing white smoke, choking everyone to death. Yeah, good plan.

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PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users

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Why they failed

It is simple. They tried to shoe horn a desktop experience into a tablet. FAIL. What they should have done was just what Apple and Android slab makers did: Put the phone OS on a tablet for casual use and call it good. This is what we do with them; things we do on our phones, but with a bigger screen so we don't have to squint. That's it. It might not have made them gobs of money, but they already had the OS built and it would have brought some better brand association to their game. So sad that the high paid executives at MS (and others at times) are too stupid to look at what people DO with their tablets vs what they WANT people to do. Idiots.

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Apple's iWatch may be DELAYED over sapphire glass supply problems

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Re: Here we go

@Thomh

Really, I didn't pay much attention to iProduct reviews back when the phone came out. Couldn't be bothered. Obviously, though, my version of reality was in check since it lined up nicely with the review.

That being said, all of the above point to how idiotic the masses were for gobbling up iPhones when they were the hot item. I'm confident that the new iWatch thingie will be no different in its first (second,third) iteration, yet people will line up for days to get one ahead of the launch just to be "cool." Just goes to show how pathetic peeps are to fall for Apples marketing machine.

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Here we go

For now, it has been a funny novelty seeing the new digital watches on a wrist here or there. Once the iWatch comes out, it will be this Amazing New Thing (invented by Apple of course) and every hipster douche from Seattle to LA will be wearing one and acting oh so smug. It will be the iPod all over again. (remember when all the iPod punters proudly flaunted their cheap shit .99c headphones attached to their $600 USB drives?) Barf.

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Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in

John 104

Re: Blasphemy

Real sysadmins couldn't be bothered by social media...

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Re: Some nice messages

@WraithCadmus

One of my FAVORITE things as a sysadmin is telling a dev they can't have root. It's even more fun when they ask why...

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Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

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Re: GURPS?

@ Stevie

GURPS like a tax form? That's what I thought of when I saw 3rd edition rules. Best part of GURPS was that you could use what you wanted, and throw out the rest. Space adventure? No problem. Fantasy? Steam Punk? Whatever, change the tools, the rules stayed the same. I still can't understand why it didn't get wider adoption.

Way back in the day we tried D&D, Rolemasters (RULEmasters is what that one should have been caled), RuneQuest (still have the original set), Traveller, and others. None compared to the simplicity of GURPS. Well, maybe RuneQuest, but combat sucked. How many times can you get clipped at the knees and end up on the ground before you have had enough? :D

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Sony CEO forced to shush shareholder heckling at fiery AGM

John 104

Re: So variable

@MJI

My Sony receiver is probably 8 years old and going strong. Much to my chagrin. I really want a new one with HDMI switching and keep waiting for this one to die, but it just WON'T!

That said, the Carosel DVD player I bought along with it died within 2 years.

And then I did it again. I bought a Sony BD player. It really is nice. I have an android app I can use to control it via Wi-Fi, and it does all sorts of neat things that I don't use. :) Chances are, when my Vizio TV bites the dust (is that ever going to happen?) I'll buy a Bravia or whatever the latest is just so I can integrate my controls.

So, they can do SOME things right, just not much compared to days of old.

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20 years on: eWorld, Apple's spectacular online 'portal' failure

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Re: Rhetoric vs Reality

@Derek

Pretty sure Apple WERE on the brink of going under. Might want to take the Apple Kool aid glasses off...

As for the service. Seems spendy to me. $10/month for a mere 2 hours? Off peak even? No wonder it tanked.

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Apple settles ebook price-fixing damages lawsuit with US states

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Re: Errr

@Kevin

And with the already ridiculous insurance rates in the UK, that has to be pretty steep.

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Fed-up bloke takes email spammers to court – and WINS PILE of CASH

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“Data Directive litigation troll”.

Better a data directive litigation troll than a marketing troll. The worst of the worst. And yes, he should sue them for liable.

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Sprint eyes T-Mobile, grabs $32 BEELLION from wallet, prepares to SLURP

John 104

Bandwidth Not The Issue

The issue isn't bandwidth for these guys. It's coverage. I would gladly switch from AT&T here in the states, but not to Verizon (bad experience). However, the only alternatives have been these two other players, both of whom have dismal rural coverage. Combining the two will make a bigger company with the same problem. Not sure how this is a benefit to the consumer...

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Cloud computing is FAIL and here’s why

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Cloud Computing Is Here To Stay.

Why? Because that is where big companies and small are putting their money. If you want a slice of that money, you had better be ready to play the game. Executives think it is nifty because they fall for marketing BS. Executives are the ones that let you keep your job.

You have two options.

Become an integrator of said systems and make them work for your current employer.

Become an engineer for a company that provides cloud computing services.

Well, technically you have 3, do neither and find yourself in the bread line in 5 years because your skills have become irrelevant.

Personally, I am with most of the posters here, and don't put anything I value in the cloud. Come to think if it, I don't put a thing out there. I'd rather have my data on my systems. That being said, my last two jobs have been with one small and one large [software company in Redmond] SaaS providers.

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Net neutrality protesters set up camp outside FCC headquarters

John 104

Obama Talks a Lot

Obama has been "Talking a mean game" for years now. Thing is,his words are worth less than the air used to speak them. He is a total joke and laughing stock. No wonder his administration is keeping mum on this. Too bad, really. He could actually do something good and speak for neutrality and maybe put this one to bed once and for all. Then again, maybe he is getting a kick back for keeping mum.

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How Google's Android Silver could become 'Wintel for phones'

John 104

Nice article.

However, this isn't the 90's and what Google will end up with is another variant of their Nexus line. Some will buy it while the rest of the world + dog will continue to buy what they see in the mob store of their choice. If carriers don't pick these things up, then they won't sell. Period. The introduction of Silver and the theories stated here forget the deep relation that mob carriers have with manufacturers. These guys want their value add software on the phones to tie customers to their services for long periods of time. Introducing a clean Google version of software that is already Google, but without the carrier bits is going to turn them off (the carriers), leaving this one for sale on the Google store only.

Not to mention, Google is becoming less and less popular as people become aware of how much of their daily lives they are sucking into their marketing machine. I can't see the public welcoming a pure Google experience with open arms at this point in the game.

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Microsoft's Azure cloud goes a bit wobbly in West Europe

John 104

Small Scale

Still, an outage of much smaller scale than the last time around for MS and AWS..

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Will Apple's $130bn cash infusion keep investors onboard?

John 104

Pathetic Dividend

At today's current stock price $571.94 (pre split), each share holder is going to get an amazing .5% earnings. Note the decimal point. They may be paying out large sums in total, but the investors are taking it up the arse on this one. They only way an investor is going to make money on Apple in the near future is going to be to SELL before their market value goes in the crapper...

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Tim Cook: Apple's 'closer than it's ever been' to releasing new product range

John 104

What a perfect end to the work week - Arguing about Apple! (one of my fav pastimes)

@Bullseyed

It has been 4 years and 22 days since the iPad was available for purchase

Whatever the interval is.... The point is that since the iPad, there has been zero new product release from Apple. No, wait, I take that back, the mini pad. But then, that was just a panicked interation to compete with the Kindle Fire and Nexus tablets. And iterations don't count.

One thing no one has mentioned here is the stock split. A 7 way split to drum up some interest from lower dollar investors should certainly be a warning sign that this company is in trouble. Couple that with no real new product release in years and you surely have some very nervous people in Cupertino. Yes, they are sitting on mountains of cash, but one has to wonder what the bleed rate is these days.

Apple capitolized on two existing markets in their recent past: Cell Phone, and portable music. Both of these industries were already well established markets that have seen fantastic growth over the last 10 years due to miniaturization. The PC industry has taken a hit from this, and I wager that Apple is in no way insulated from the decline.

That pretty much sums up all 3 of their market profiles. Watches? Digital wallet? Spouting nonsense about the newest product being "just around the corner" while Japan, Korea, and China are wiping the floor with Apple? None of these things are going to make the company beeelions of dollars in the coming years. They will decline into also ran territory in the next 10 years. Unfortunately for them, there won't be a Steve Jobs to come back to the company and rescue them as he did the last time they almost went bankrupt. When that day comes, we will all suffer agony at the hands of Apple fanbois who remember how it used to be...

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Google kills fake anti-virus app that hit No. 1 on Play charts

John 104

@ Nifty

Not really. Does no one here remember that idiotic red dot app that people went nuts over several years ago? I Am Rich was the name.

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White House blasts Samsung for tweeting Obama-Ortiz selfie

John 104

Act Like a President...

Maybe if Obama acted like a world leader instead of "one of the guys" he wouldn't have to deal with this sort of thing?

taking selfies is fine if you are a private individual, but I'm sorry, I expect more mature behavior out of my president. Unfortunately I'm stuck with this idiot for a few more years...

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Apple poking at idea of bayonet phone fittings

John 104

Prior Art?

Looks like the ring adapter for external lens mounts that Canon uses on the PowerShot series...

And don't give me crap about "Break Away" features. That is Apple's fancy way of saying that at some point the plastic will break, just like anything else in the world...

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Pony up: Botnet succesfully targets Bitcoin

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Trustwave notes that most users, it seems, don't encrypt their wallets, which seems somewhat rash to The Register. ®

No more rash than the entire idea of non-insured digital currency...

@AC. Yes, throwing money into the street probably would have been just as smart with less hand wringing in the end.

Mine's the one with the old fashioned wallet in the pocket, full of insured debit/credit cards and real cash money...

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Random car shutdowns force Toyota to recall Prius hybrids - AGAIN

John 104

Re: Sad Prius Driver

Lol. You obviously didn't do your research before buying a VW. They have the most dodgy electrical systems out there. Well, maybe next to Mercedes. Can't tell you how many times I've seen new VWs going down the road with shorted tail lights.

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John 104

Re: To use or not to use computers, that is the question

@404

You might want to watch this video before you continue to extol the virtues of 60s heavy metal...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPF4fBGNK0U

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Opera founder von Tetzchner: It's all gone to crap since I quit

John 104

Wut?

Am I missing something here? I tried Opera a few times and it was rubbish. Slow, awkward, and generally not pleasant to use. Then they started charging for what everyone else was giving away for free. What is the draw then?

And this guy is also out of touch with reality. Mozilla? FF is a POS and is buggy. It stopped being the "good" alternative browser years ago.

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Just how solid is cloud storage in 2014

John 104

Funny

Jassy, criticised private clouds for inadequacy, as a futile attempt by legacy IT vendors to build sand-bagged walls trying to hold back the rising tide of the public cloud.

Says the man offering his own, larger, offering.

JustAGeek said it best. Only YOU care about your data. The big players care about overall reliability, not specific customers. A smaller shop might sell you a private cloud solution and be able to provide you with far superior support in time of crisis. And it is fairly obvious that the big players, while having a variety of offerings, and lots of big infra, are woefully not ready for prime time. If your business, as one of my former employers was, is riding on the AWS and it goes down (like it did last year), your sites are down. Period. That is NOT good for business no matter how you spin it.

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Devs: We'll bury Candy Crush King under HEAPS of candy apps

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Cocks

I applaud the effort! This sort of idiotic trademarking shouldn't be allowed. If enough devs do this there is no way their legal dept can keep up with the case load. :)

Mines the one with the Skittles in the pocket...

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Wheee GDUNK! Panasonic's latest Toughpads ready to hit the streets

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Windows Tablet!

Weak.

I was interested after reading the title because I use a Nexus 7 on my fishing boat for GPS chartplotting. It is a cheap way to get nav and while reasonably rugged for a tablet with the Sidio full case on it, it worries me in a salt environment. Something like the Panasonic would be great. Too bad it has Windows RT. I know a Linux distro could be put on it but then I'd be fighting with drivers and the like. No thanks. I'd rather be fishing on my time off than "working" :)

Mine's the one with the 20 pound King Salmon rotting in the pocket...

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'Leaked' iPhone 6 pics will make cool fanbois WEEP - it's a PHABLET

John 104

@william 10

if it "came with" ???

Since when does the fruity firm GIVE anything away? If it was indeed an apple i device, and did make it to market as a phab, you can bet your ass that the base unit will allow hand held calls, and an official, white BT adapter will be available for 3 times the market price of other BT headsets...

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Google and Apple in DRAG RACE: It's fanboi Mercs VS fandroid Audis

John 104

"The car is becoming the ultimate mobile device,"

Um. I thought it already WAS the ultimate mobile device. Seriously, who pays these people to say such idiotic things?

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Samsung: Men, our Gear smartwatch will make you a hit with the sexy ladies

John 104

Re: Well when you can't nick others R&D...

Bwahahaha!

They are ALL rubbish, not just Samsung's. As the poster above said, it is a solution looking for a problem.

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Sega’s Out Run: Even better than the wheel thing

John 104

Re: Such memories.....

I played the full X Y axis cabinet once back in 88. It was awesome. Spent most of the time upside down...

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John 104

Re: Memories...

I remember having crowds behind me when I played Darius. For some reason that game clicked and I could make it all the way through on one life. Never got me any chicks though!

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Apple's GOLDEN BLING MOBE still the top selling US handset

John 104

Arguring on the internet! ;)

I find that the large battery is pretty freaking nice. I can go 2 days with light use, 1.5 with heavy. Runs everything I need without lag, great display, good fit for my eyes. What more is there to want? Also, it isn't that heavy. At 4.59oz, it is a mere half an ounce heavier than the iPhone. Not much to complain about there. Oh, and I can put an SD in it and have as much storage as I want without paying a bull shit premium for it thank you very much.

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@AC

Oh I don't think so. I have an S4 that I bought on purpose. Far more powerful than any Apple kit. And a screen that you can actually read without glasses...

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

John 104

Re: Not quite what you wanted

Oh, I had forgotten about Tente. I also got one of thse one year for Christmas. And yes, grossly incompatible with Lego.

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Atari 2600

"To a late 1970s kid, those silver switches, the fake wood and the whole design seemed glamorously American"

And indeed it was! Mine had a great glitch that I exploited for amazing high scores in Space Invaders. If the power switch was jiggled during power on, it would allow double shots. You could tell if it worked or not by watching the spalsh screen. Two shots in succession meant that you were ready to smash alien invaders!

What a surprise to see the FX570. I had that calculator and have held on to it for a nubmer of years. Alas, when I pulled it out of a box last year to give to my middle school kid, the unit wouldn't power on any more.

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GitHub code repository rocked by 'very large DDoS' attack

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Safe in the 'Cloud'

Our shop uses git for code repository. Mostly because someone thinks its 'neato' and 'everyone is doing it'.

As a security minded sysadmin I think it is the biggest, most idiotic thing in the world to put your closed source, private business software out in the cloud so that it can be subjected to any number of vulnerability probes, DDoS attacks, or what ever the flavor of the week is. This puts your customers at risk, and puts your company at risk by putting your business critical source code in the hands of those who have nothing to do with your money making and assure you that it is secure.

I'm all for cloud storage of..., no, wait, no I'm not. I'm to paranoid to put ANYTHING out there. Pictures, letters, documents, you name it, I'll keep it close to the chest at all times when it comes to my personal data thank you very much.

Mines the one with the bag of popcorn in it.

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'Abel, you're fired!' Hear AOL supremo axe exec during conference call

John 104

this is BS

OMG! I had totally forgotten about Prodigy and ComuServ. Earthlink, netZero, others?

Here is a good laugh.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericjackson/2012/01/16/the-ten-best-memories-of-the-90s-internet-bubble/

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Leaked photos of iPhone 5C parts portend ugly Google legal battle

John 104

Marketing 101

aren't those purported iPhone 5C colors a wee bit unsophisticated?

Gotta keep it cheap looking so that it doesn't compete with the vaunted iPhone 1 meeelion.

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John 104

@AC colors

you are looking at them wrong

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The terrifying tech behind this summer's zombie assault

John 104

@Gavin Park Weir

You are so cute when you are clueless. ;)

At my shop we have a 10gb/sec connection just for our corp traffic. Our dedicated backnet is also 10gb/sec, strictly for our operations traffic. Our front end is 30bg/sec if I am not mistaken. We aren't traders, just a SAaS business with average bandwidth needs. It is pretty common...

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Child porn hidden in legit hacked websites: 100s redirected to sick images

John 104

Solution is Easy

Stay off of porn sites and you won't be subjected to this crap.

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Apple 'iWatch' trademark filing hints Cook's make-or-break moment looms

John 104

Wow. That advert made me throw up a litte.

Wearables. Meh. I'd like to see them pull it off. Then I could watch and laugh at all the drones with their new Dick Tracy watches.

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Galaxy S4 phondleslab selling like lukewarm cakes, analysts reckon

John 104

Surprising, really. I picked up an S4 for the wife when they came out and then one for myself a few weeks later. Fantastic kit. Plenty fast, smooth operation, etc. Easily rooted too. I have no worries about it being powerful in 2 years. It is powerful now, why wouldn't it be powerful later?

And at the time they weren't easy to come by, at least not in black. That would assume either large numbers of phones flying off shelves (as indicated by the 20 million figure) or a lower supply. 20 million is still a huge amount of phones to ship.

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First look: iOS 7 for iPad

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@Jolyon Smith

Ah, I think you are right. Wow. IOS users have been faced with that crap for how long? How embarassing!

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Game Center Looks Childish

The new game center home screen looks like something you would find on any of the numerous flash or java powered game sites my kids play on. In other words, like total crap. Apple seem to have gone from sleek minimalist to throwing a bunch of crap on the screen and hoping the drones will love it because it is "new".

I certaily hope the new iPhone is not just more of the same form factor with the new IOS on it. If it is, then it will probably be the death knell for Apple mobile. Skinny screens and nice build only go so far...

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