* Posts by Tim Roberts 1

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Big Content picks on small Australian ISPs again

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quite

Not sure if you are correct in the "Piracy has not dented the profits of big movie in any significant way" , but you are definitely correct about archaic distribution.

Here in oz you cannot buy the latest Game of Thrones episodes at any price (or so I'm told). So the only way to access them is to download a copy from somewhere.

I'll wager that if they were available to purchase (download) on release, in higher quality then there would be a market.

I don't download copyrighted stuff, but I have no sympathy for the companies that are effectively hobbling their own market.

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Telstra copper at crisis point, endangers NBN, says union

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Re: How did this happen?

You clearly do not know that union membership is not compulsory here in oz - in fact I cannot pay fortnightly from my pay to be a union member because of conservative policies of several years ago - but that is another story. What evidence do you have that only union members use plastic bags to cover the joints? ..... thought not ...... actually it would more likely be their employers who told them to cut as many corners as possible - union members or not - and provided the bags to do so. If the "baggers" are independent contractors then I'm sure they are intelligent enough to work out how to cut costs, union membership or not.

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Uber Australia hiring lawyers, PR flaks

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Re: Sueballs at dawn

Yes I agree that this is inevitable. The ratio of cars on the road to accidents/serious accidents is small but basic probability theory tells us that it will happen somewhere sometime. If you are the uber driver at that somewhere/sometime point then basically you are royally fucked. I doubt that you will get any help or recompense from Uber - they are in it to make money, not to look after you.

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Facebook worth more than Portugal? Hell, it's worth a LOT more than THAT

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worth more or "worth more"

Facebook may be worth more in dollar terms, and I accept that dollar worth is the king these days, but I posit that Portugal has far more to offer residents, travellers and visitors than any social media can. Visit Portugal and post your selfies, but remember that facebook is not the real Portugal and the real Portugal probably doesn't give a flying fuck about facebook (yet)

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Alan Turing's LOST NOTEBOOK goes under the hammer

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Sadly ...

The treatment of Turing by UK establishment was appalling and well below what he deserved but yes, this document should stay in the UK, preferably at the Bletchley Park museum.

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Australian desert deluge demonstrates why we're doing it

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Yep Central Australia .....

People who have not actually been there have no idea about isolation, keeping safe, extreme heat etc etc.

A truly amazing place - not one that I personally enjoy, but well worth a visit next time you are in oz.

Oh by the way if you break down, don't leave your vehicle (at least you'll be able to drink the radiator water if you get really desperate) ..... you did remember that sat phone didn't you?

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Australia's Akamai ranking has nothing to do with the NBN

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Re: Forget the ABS and International Capacity

re AC response, bit tasteless about your fat pipe being on it's way - I don't know whether to chuckle or give you a downvote - but the reality is that there really are people in Oz who have yet to see the wonders of reliable internet.

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Apple Watch support spotted hiding out in iOS 8.2 beta

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Just goes to show (or will do in September)

That some people will buy anything with the "right" name. Just give me a watch that tells the time - I know I'm : overweight, late for my appointment, missing a phone call, not on facebook, haven't run 5km, my heart rate is too high, "NNN" is trying to call me....... Geeze do I need my watch to tell me what I already know?

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NBN migration arrangements favour Telstra, say competitors

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Murdoch again?

This snippet says it all "...Telstra's relationship with Foxtel...."

Let me be the first to say "Fuck you Murdoch and fuck you Telstra"

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Windows XP beats 8.1 in December market share stats

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I quite like xp

At home l the ham radio software that I use runs on it very well . At work I'm forced to use 7/8/8.1 - Whatever is newest and (best) - but I'll let the systems admins sort out the crap when I cannot do it myself.

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Ugly Microsoft code NUKED Bing and Yahoo! – report

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Re: I guess

"If that were allowed to continue without someone saying something then only Apple would sell anything since they are the best, without question, at everything, period."

What sort of moronic statement is that? I haven't seen an Apple search engine, DSLR, ham radio transceiver, CNC machine, welder........ hell the list of what they don't do/make/produce is bigger than the list of what they do.

You must live in the Apple alternative reality field mate.

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World, face Palm: PDA brand to RISE FROM THE GRAVE

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I still have a Palm Pilot ......

As a PDA they - IMHO - were the best, but now smartphones are the new PDA - basically because they do it all and more. I personally hope they can make something of this but actually doubt that the fanbois of various "cultures" will really get it.

Colour me old and I accept that colouring.

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*HIC*... tweet: Sloshed birdsh shlur songs, boffins say

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but ....

.....my singing improves with increased alcohol intake - from what I've heard ..

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Robox: How good could a sub-£1k 3D printer be?

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ready for the mainstream?

I'm yet to be convinced of the cost/benefit of 3d printers. Yes they are nice toys, and yes I can see that I can print a dragon for my grandson, but they still seem to be a niche market. Having said that if I had a few spare dollars I may well buy one .....

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Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

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reminds me of a limerick

(apologies to the originator of this if I've made an error in quotation)

It has been an ambition of mine

A new value for pi to assign

I'd fix it a three

'cos it's easier you see

than 3.14159

Apparently there have been some attempts to do this - only in USA of course......

http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/805/did-a-state-legislature-once-pass-a-law-saying-pi-equals-3

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Australia to social media: self-censor or face AU$17,000 FINES

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as a teacher

I see cyber bullying as being a bit different to what I and others experienced at school 30+ years ago. The herd mentality - eg you're fat, ugly, black, smelly, spastic, etc etc - is not just in the schoolyard but is out there for your idiotic mates - and for that matter any fuckwit anywhere in the world - to copy , emulate and laugh at because nobody deletes it.

In the past it was deleted by the new day (which may have been as unpleasant as the day before) but now, yesterday is still there for the fuckwits of this world to see, laugh at and contribute to.

So yes, laws protecting people ( children) from social media bullies need to be there and need to be enforced. The trouble is no-one really knows what they should look like and who should enforce them.

My 2c worth - keep the change

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Apple denied 'App Store' trademark by Australian court

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tax?

Tax, what tax? we don't pay no stinkin tax!!! But give us our trademark anyway to protect our business in oz from predators who would have us pay even less tax because we earn less if they use "app store" . Fuck you apple - I'll be more sympathetic about your trademarks when you pay the same tax rate as me....

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Australia dumbs down: Chief Scientist says research performance lags the world

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yes.....

..... and that's exactly why we should be cutting funding to the CSIRO - they are obviously wasting it on coffee and biscuits and not doing any real science......

(Thanks Tony Abbot - NOT)

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

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the fanbois will be upset

Nice article ...... I had a good giggle but unfortunately you will no doubt upset the fanbois

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100 IT workers face the axe at CSIRO

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@bert_fe " a bunch of morons" Indeed - led by a scientific illiterate who denies any possible link between rising atmospheric CO2 and global warming.

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PayPal takes 18 months to patch critical remote code execution hole

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/RANT

Paypal are a law unto themselves. I have tried repeatedly to contact a"representative" to assist me with my account to no avail.

FUCK you paypal

/RANT

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Australia Post goes a little bit grey with parcel forwarding service

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or you could use....

.....a service like price usa based in Australia. Their agents in USA purchase and then re-ship to Oz at the cheapest rate they can find. Yes of course you pay a fee but I like the personal contact with the company and their agents. (I suspect that AustPost will not be quite so personal). No, I don't work for them - I'm a very happy customer who lives in the Sunshine State.

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Snapper's decisions: Whatever happened to REAL photography?

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mirrorless

There are some excellent mirrorless cameras out there that fit this need. Some have good optical and digital zoom.

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nice commentary

A couple of classic quotes that I enjoyed in the article:

"My most important photographic accessory is a bullshit filter."

"To get better pictures requires some knowledge of photography, which you don’t get by buying a DSLR, any more than buying a sports bag makes you an athlete."

I'm an old film man - yes I admit to having a canon SLR back in the day (darkroom enlarger, stinky chemicals etc etc) , and have relatively recently returned to photography as a hobby and purchased a canon DSLR. I've quickly re-learned that the camera does not make the photographer.

But what I really like with digital - my passion is bird photography - is that I can take lots (read several hundred in a morning) and keep only a few because the others range from crap to not good enough to keep.

Tim

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

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

well said!

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Antarctic ice at ALL TIME RECORD HIGH: We have more to learn, says boffin

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sea ice- land ice

Sea ice and land ice (glaciers mainly in Antarctica) are not the same. In fact they seem to me to be as related as weather and climate.

Perhaps this provides a more reasoned view?

http://www.skepticalscience.com/increasing-Antarctic-Southern-sea-ice-intermediate.htm

and there are dozens of other resources out there if you don't like this one

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SMASH the Bash bug! Apple and Red Hat scramble for patch batches

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Re: Because the flaws were very different

downvote was from someone who either didn't understand the explanation, or is clearly so smart that he didn't need the explanation, or knows better and is too busy to write his own explanation.....

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BlackBerry slowly pulls out of power dive into toilet

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Re: Bravo!

They'll really be in the shit if they don't

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Apple slaps a passcode lock on iOS 8 devices, but cops can still inhale your iCloud

Tim Roberts 1

surely the lesson here is...

don't use the cloud.

For the life of me I cannot understand people who entrust their "secrets" to people (a company) they don't know in a country the don't live in (and quite possible in a language they don't speak) ,and expect those secrets to be looked after. It's really simple - trust nobody!

Colour me paranoid, but in this day and age a little paranoia may go a long way.

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TOR users become FBI's No.1 hacking target after legal power grab

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nobody has said yet ....

Fuck you FBI , and

Fuck you USA

although it has been implied in many of the comments above

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Oh God the RUBBER on my SHAFT has gone wrong and is STICKING to things

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@benjymous

Yes, something similar has afflicted several gadgets or plastic boxes for gadgets that I have bought or been given. Fortunately the ones I have, have a nice plastic "skeleton" and the gunk can be rubbed off with alcohol. Still very irritating though.

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TROUT and EELS in SINISTER PACT to RULE the oceans

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always knew ...

... them slimy little fuckers were up to something. All that wriggling around in the mud and coming up to gulp MY air.

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BONEHEAD FANBOIS encamp outside Apple Stores

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.....

Fucking Nora .....

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Why Apple had to craft a pocket-busting 5.5in Plus-sized iPhone 6 (thank LG, Samsung etc)

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oooohh SHINY.....

not

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Flaming drone batteries ground commercial flight before takeoff

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just goes to show

Stupidity is alive and well .....

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Ferraris, Zondas and ... er, a bike with a 500hp V10 under the saddle

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Re: Shitty image compression you are using there...

Thanks! That's one of the funniest comments I've read on El-Reg for a while.

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Sit tight, fanbois. Apple's '$400' wearable release slips into early 2015

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Re: Apple fanbois will buy anything with an Apple logo on it

people - sheeple

Geeze louise, what a bunch of idiots

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TROLL SLAYER Google grabs $1.3 MEEELLION in patent counter-suit

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Google are no angels ..

... but in this instance justice has been served. Patent trolls who produce nothing should be expunged from the patent system.

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Rupert Murdoch says Google is worse than the NSA

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In Oz ..

his influence on the media is known as the "murdocracy". At the risk of being rude my comment to him is FUCK OFF MURDOCH. The world does not revolve around you, and 5 years after you're gone no-one will give a flying fuck about you. You need adjust your business practices to suit the new order, not the other way around.

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eBay bans CD sales of metal band Burzum, citing offensive material

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ebay - I use as little as I can

Sorry but ebay has lost the plot here in oz. I wanted to sell some furniture for my sister in law and posted it to ebay. in my description I said that it would be cash only on pickup - This was not good enough for flea-bay. No, they wanted an online alternative for purchasers, and cancelled my ad. Well Fuck you ebay and Fuck you paypal! If I want to sell furniture from my garage the people who come to buy will pay cash!

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Turnbull says NBN 'most reckless commitment of Commonwealth funds in our history'

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Turnbull is a first order luddite

no other comment from me

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Turnbull to Big Content: Let your movies RUN FREE ... for a fair price

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eg Game of Thrones

My students come to class telling me about the latest edition of GoT that they have downloaded. If I ask them why they don't buy it the answer is almost invariably because they can't, and won't be able to get it on DVD for another year.

So it seems bleeding obvious to me that if it was available in OZ at the same time as other places, there are people who would purchase it rather than downloading it "for free". Of course there will always be the freeloaders, but at least the producers would get some rather than no return.

Any media.company that is too thick to realise that a small sale is better than no sale gets what they deserve.

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NBN Co execs: No FTTN product until 2015

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Thanks Tony!

Another fuckup it seems?

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Murdoch calls for ISPs to be liable for users' activities

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Fuck you Rupert!

Rupert, you are a class dick. Here in oz - have you actually lived here recently? - your media influence is known as the "murdocracy".

You want all the laws and rules to favour you ..... well, they don't and I for one don't give a flying fuck about what laws you want that give you more influence over what I use/see/watch on the internet. I am responsible for that, not you or my ISP.

Thank God iinet had the balls to take you to the High Court who royally fucked you over.

Fuck you Rupert, and fuck you News Corp (and I apologise to those more sensitive El-Reg readers who don't like the f-word)

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'Apple is TERRIFIED of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm

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I'll bite .....

Why exactly would you want the various words for genitalia, gender orientation, sexual activity etc. engraved on your phone. Sorry I just don't get it ..... a phone is a phone, or am I missing something here? Anyone who knows and cares about me already knows my orientation and which words I will and won't use.

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Call girl injected Google exec with heroin, drank wine, left him to die – cops claim

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Man FOUND ON MOON denies lunar alien interface

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Re: @Ross K

" Why does there always seem to be some half-wit atheist who grasps the flimsiest excuse for taking his half-wit out for an airing?"

Thanks Ross, I see you have taken your religious half wit out for an airing too. Did he enjoy his walk?

Can your half witted religious nutter come up with any evidence :

a) for the existence of God other than "something must have made it"

b) for the theory of evolution to be false. Come on, it won't take much ... just a verified human footprint - or fossil - with dinosaur fossils for example.

c) that the earth is the only place in the universe where life exists. Admittedly we don't have any evidence that other life does exist, but as many above have stated, that is not proof that we are alone.

d) that God did it in a week.

Thought not!

Atheist nuttery is not that much different to religious nuttery, but with some things at least atheists have the preponderance of scientific evidence to support them, rather than the belief in book that has been translated and mis-translated so many times that it is likely to be nothing like the original(s).

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PayPal says sorry: Fat fingers froze fundraiser for anti-spy ProtonMail

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still waiting ....

paypaly restricted my accout 6 months ago - i'm still waiting for a reply to three email requests for help. So much for customer service. paypal really sucks unless you have plenty of money or influence.

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Kickstarter unplugs iFind miracle battery-free locator

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I have no opinion on this project, but

If my memory serves me correctly there was a case of someone who lived under HT power lines who "harvested" the radiated field to power his house. A fairly simple technique of running wire around his property several times to create a transformer that gave him electricity at the right voltage. His argument was that it was "waste" energy, the energy company and the wigs decided that it wasn't, so he copped the consequences.

Mind you this would have been at least a couple of decades ago so my memory may indeed be faulty.

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What's it like using the LG G smartwatch and Android Wear? Let us tell YOU

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Oh my god why did you buy that?

The last comment from my good wife when I bought a binary watch. Why would I do that? Well I love my maths and it seemed like a good idea at the time. Smart watch? No don't think so! My watch is on my wrist primarily for me to see what time it is. No I don't need to know who has "liked" me or my post, and I have never had an email that I must respond to immediately or the known universe will disappear. So hell no, I am not and will not ever be in the market for any smartwatch.

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