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Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s

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Re: As a Moto G user

I got a Samsung something-or-other as a cast off, that I wanted to use as a spare while traveling.

Foolishly I decided I would root and cyanogen it.

Bricked.

It is not quite as trivial, or foolproof as fandroids like to claim

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Google shows off new Chrome OS look

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Actually, I don't think so. You might better lodge your complaint with the design "gurus" at Microsoft.

I can point to 100 sites without even thinking, that have adopted the Windows8 design language and exactly none that have adopted the Apple website or for that matter the iOS design language.

My Bank for starters.

YMMV

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Why has sexy Apple gone to bed with big boring IBM?

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"How does Apple stop the iPad and iPhone following the Mac into six per cent market share?"

This statement implies that the Mac moved DOWN to 6%.

Not a truth statement, which the article implies.

really, this article is a load of bollocks

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Get ready for LAYOFFS: Nadella's coma-inducing memo, with subtitles

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Re: Nadella pledged to make ... Skype essential parts of daily life.

Wow, downvoted for asking a perfectly reasonable question.

I would have preferred a reasonable answer. Perhaps there isn't one?

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Re: Nadella pledged to make ... Skype essential parts of daily life.

What do you use instead of Skype?

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

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Re: Christ

Actually, the article does not mention vagina at all, that is something qoted from a tweet, therefore heresay and not really part of the article. I have no idea whether is is true or not, but the article makes no such claim.

So, this fact makes your assertion "Apple accept 'penis', but not 'vagina'" incorrect on the basis of the information asserted in the article.

The article is specifically about the abbreviated form of the word clitoris (clit), and one (for some people) slightly embarrassing correct word for the male appendage, penis.

The problem with people with an axe to grind, is they grind it without engaging their brains first. That's usually the dead give away.

Have a nice weekend.

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Re: Christ

Dick, cock, and so on have perfectly normal non-vulgar/sexual meanings.

Clit, and the other c word do not.

The problem with rabid feminists is they see sexism everywhere.

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Satya Nadella: Microsoft's new man presses all the old buttons in LONG memo

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Re: Translations.

"We might even make Windows Server completely unrecognizable!"

Too late!

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Insecure AVG search tool shoved down users' throats, says US CERT

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Re: AVAST installs Chrome

AVAST told me I had to upgrade this evening. I did so.

Then it told me to reboot to complete the installation. I did so.

The splash screen that appeared after reboot clearly asked me whether I wanted to install chrome and make it the default browser. I declined by unticking the pr-ticked boxes.

The pox on Google and their hordes, and a pox on software companies that keep trying to foist chrome on me - I don't want it -geddit?

Installing Chrome appears to be the only reason for this splash, and for all I know it was the only reason that an upgrade was required - though that may be a tad too cynical, or not!

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iWatch watch: Apple tags sales bod from luxury Swiss watch firm

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Re: A luxury iwatch

http://www.tagheuer.com/int-en/movement-by-belt-watches

TAG do produce some sparkling innovations, as the above would indicate.

Suggesting, as you do, that at USD 70,000 for the V4 "the prices top out pretty much where most of the serious watch brands start", is very possibly largely inaccurate.

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Strap-on cam pro GoPro in IPO share grow show

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Re: Wow

Surely you mean "Grays Sports Almanac" :)

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Everyone can and should learn to code? RUBBISH, says Torvalds

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Re: Everyone should learn how to design internal combustion engines

A bit of simple physics would go a long way though, because understanding that is what keeps you on the road.

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Re: The man is correct

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algorithms_%2B_Data_Structures_%3D_Programs

"Programming" is the very small end result of a large amount of thought. If your first thought is to "program" a solution, you have already failed.

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Samsung's 'OS of Everything' Tizen still has little to offer

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Re: Simple solution - dual boot.

and Blackberry

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Automating repetitive tasks: If it moves, script it

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Obligatory XKCD

http://xkcd.com/1205/

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Scientists warn of FOUR-FOOT sea level rise from GLACIER melt

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Re: @Goat Jam

"... land ice at both poles"

The North Pole is on land, who knew ?

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LA air traffic meltdown: System simply 'RAN OUT OF MEMORY'

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Re: 60,000ft

I think the Concorde operational ceiling was 60,000 ft as well.

Just as well they stopped flying them :o

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Samsung will ... sigh ... appeal $119m Apple patent verdict

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Samung, serial offender

Pointed out in another thread.

http://www.vanityfair.com/business/2014/06/apple-samsung-smartphone-patent-war

If you can be bothered to read this excellent article, you might understand that the evil party, as a matter of corporate policy, is not Apple.

Down vote away, but Samsung has, and has always considered IP infringement (and outright cartel activity as well) a cost of business and they have been hammered by various governments and some of their executives have done hard time for their behaviour (more of it I say).

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The verdict is in: Samsung to pay Apple $120m chump change, but gets tiny rebate

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Re: legal obligation

"You might be confusing this with trademark law, which forces a company to defend its trademarks or lose them. Patents don't work that way"

The rules of incorporation do though, and obligate the company's officers to protect the assets of the company and act in a profit maximising manner.

There is little doubt that patent infringement occurs in all industries. Some of it is accidental (but it is still infringement), while some of it is intentional (a more severe case). On the balance of the evidence, it is very hard for the objective observer to reach any conclusion other than that copying has taken place in the Apple v. Samsung cases. And this is a statement independent of the "merits" or "significance" of the specific patents being litigated.

Slide to unlock is very specific. Samsung copied it (I can say this with absolute conviction now that the jury is in). There are an infinite (literally) number of solutions to this relatively trivial, but relevant design problem, just as there are an infinite number of ways to show battery depletion other than a stylized horizontal green battery, or the shape of a curve (is the message sinking in yet?)

With the introduction of the iPhone, Samsung, suddenly found themselves playing in the wrong ball park, ostensibly because Apple moved the game to another town. Their solution was, and this should be obvious to even the most rabid, biased fandroid, to copy what Apple had done with the iPhone - it was the only quick way to get to the other town where the game was now being played.

This was not the only choice Samsung had! As another poster observed, starting from scratch can result in something completely unique and quite usable/good/crap - WP8. Just as it is obvious by looking at Samsung's wide range of phone offerings prior and post iPhone release, and also the excellent Lumia (oops. Nokia N9) physical design, physical appearance does not have to closely resemble an iPhone either. There are infinite possibilities, and infinite is a vary large number folks.

The endless completely bogus arguments about whether Judge Koh is biased (an appallingly rabid and sadly common viewpoint), or whether software patents should have been awarded, very largely miss the point.

In the absence of any knowledge of patents, trade dress rules (design patents), trademark and copyright law etc., it is abundantly clear to the casual observer and to those willing to look at the evidence presented in court, that Samsung copied Apple's product and have continued to do so in many areas (while they tried to come up with something unique of their own).

The philosophical question to be asked is, "Is this OK?" and if it is not, "How can we stop it happening and provide compensation for the victim when it does happen?". The answers are "No", it is not OK to copy and the list of legal concepts I mentioned are some of the frameworks for adjudicating events and compensating the damaged party.

Attacking Judges personally and several hundred years of lawmaking and legal philosophy in general because you hate a particular corporation and/or its products (itself the act of a defective personality), demonstrates a complete misunderstanding of what is going on, and what should be going on. While Law != Justice, the objective of Law is Justice.

Samsung have copied a lot of stuff, a lot from the iPhone. They deserve to get dinged for these transgressions. As the dust settles, justice is seen to have been served.

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Lost artworks by Andy Warhol found on 80s-era FLOPPY DISKS

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturevideo/artvideo/10408677/David-Hockney-unveils-his-iPad-art.html

There was an excellent exhibition at Louisiana a year or two ago of these works, suitably displayed on walls of iPhones and IIRC iPads too.

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Look behind you, 'declining' sub-$5bn iPod. The iWatch has come... to EAT YOU

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Kids are born every minute, my kid got her own and I kept my own. When hers broke after years of abuse, she got an iPhone which more than accommodated her music collection. When that got stolen, she got a new better iPhone which still is way bigger than her music collection. She has effectively moved from the iPod to the iPhone.

So, the fact that there are plenty of people who have iPods that are being actively used does not mean that (a) they won't be replaced (broken, too little storage, too big to carry or whatever) or that (b) there is not a market for new consumers.

iPods are still cheaper than phones, and not every parent wants to supply their sprog with a phone. The iPod serves a very useful purpose and I suggest it will not go away anytime soon.

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Re: I have a watch, thank you

"is only setting yourself up for ridicule."

the MO of many a Reg commentard, to be sure!

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Microsoft signs Motorola to Android patent pact – no, not THAT Motorola

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Re: Microsoft's Android patents ..

"pay a couple of dollars to Microsoft for licensing unknown patents"

Unknown to whom?

I predict with a high degree of certainty that those paying for these "unknown patents" know exactly what they are - they are in effect not at all "unknown" to the organisations and individuals that actually need to know about them.

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AMD stock soars after positive quarterly report

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"would of liked to have seen"

I would have liked to have seen

... geez, grammer these days :(

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Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS

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Re: Philip Lewis

Because that is the age at which even healthy people develop the tell tale signs of age.

Plus, as you get older, you don't discount the future as much as when you are young, thus there is a higher interest in health amongst the older citizens than the younger. You may be you g enough to stillm believe in your own indestructibility, I know better.

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Re: "no other game-changing device this year"

Citation please.

What are the study sizes. There cannot be too much data yet for any substantial studies

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Philip Lewis
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Re: "no other game-changing device this year"

My travel to Scotland has been limited ... it was raining when I was there. It also rained when I was in Kent. Casual empiricism at its finest ;)

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Philip Lewis
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Re: "no other game-changing device this year"

"with wearables/fitness tracking fad."

When you pass the half century, and start seeing friends and associates collapsing, or worse drop dead, you may understand why wearable health monitoring is going to be an absolutely monstrously profitable market.

The western world is getting older, and with age we wear out. Monitoring health is a natural (and dare I say welcome) enhancement to the smart device lineup.

And like it or not, for the most part we successful "senior citizens" have lots of disposable income to use on truly useful tech, and helping me live longer and in a healthier state is really high on my priority list!

Whether the iPhone 6 or some set of BT enabled set of sensors reporting to it are the game changers, I have no idea. But it will come, as surely as a wet summer in Kent (random county - in retrospect I should have written Aberdeen, but too late now)

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Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen

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Samsung = shot gun marketing

Apple = targetted marketing

Samsung want to be all things to all people. It is debatable which is the best profit maximising strategy, either short term or long term.

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Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders

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Re: Good Grief!!! @ I. Aproveofitspendingonspecificprojects

"didn't have people looking far enough ahead to realize "

Prediction is really hard, especially when we are talking about the future.

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Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?

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The usual suspects

Probably 1 (maybe 2) serious dbas making comments here and a load of the usual mindless crap (and down votes) by people obsessed with FOSS (or whatever Free version they like), zero understanding of data or database theory and/or an irrational hatred of Oracle. Assign a liberal dash of zero clue about anything that remotely resembles "the enterprise", (you know that serious place where serious dbas' salary (for really good reasons) has a a number rather greater than 1 before the 5 zeroes) and you have the average commentard here on The Reg. when matters of data rear their head.

Welcome to The Register .... NOT the home of the data custodians.

Bootnote: Another hard Monday at the crèche

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Philip Lewis
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Re: Is this news?

"use cases of those relationships."

Every time I see "use cases" as a design philosophy, I barff a bit, then restrain myself from dismembering the idiot who uttered it.

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Adrian Mole author Sue Townsend dies at 68

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Swanning around

And until this day, I cannot look at a swan without (a) remembering that "they can break your arm, you know" and (b) laughing at the bureaucratic response Mole received addressed to Mr. Swan on this very subject.

But what of "The Cappuccino Years", which reminds me that it is time for my afternoon recharge?

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Smartwatch sales off to a very slow start

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Re: My 2 pence worth

Spot on != Spartacus

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Is this photo PROOF a Windows 7 Start Menu is coming back?

Philip Lewis
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Re: Someone must be blind to think thats a Window 7 Start Menu

http://www.memoclic.com/1744-windows-8/16470-inspiration-aol-windows-8.html

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Apple: You're a copycat! Samsung: This is really about Google, isn't it?

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"cos they are unreasonable"

Read: "Because they are within their rights not to and choose to exercise that right"

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Philip Lewis
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No Moosh, it's not - unless you are both blind and absent both hands

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Philip Lewis
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Re: Apple Disappointing

"no mark"

Wow, it's ages since I heard that "clock busting" term. I use it myself, mostly in conjunction with "Belgian bastard" or similar, but I digress.

Welcome to The Register sentient life club, whomsoever you might be.

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Apple poking at idea of bayonet phone fittings

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Re: Doesn't mean Apple will use it

"Either way, interchangable lenses on a camera, or camera/phone, is hardly a novel idea."

So what?

The implementation can be non-obvious, unique and seminal and therefore patentable.

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'iPhone 6' with '4.7-inch' display 'coming soon', but '5.5-incher' 'delayed'

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Re: My hunch

"more area for battery"

Which is the real reason that Android manufacturers need ridiculously large screens ...

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Boeing, Cupertino to 'explore weaponisation of Apple technologies'

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This one is pretty funny :)

http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jobindex.dk%2Fcgi%2Fopen.cgi%3Frm%3Djobtext%26id%3D165978%26tid%3Dh451074&act=url

Original danish here ... http://www.jobindex.dk/cgi/open.cgi?rm=jobtext&id=165978&tid=h451074

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Artists install Monty Python silly walk signs in Norwegian town

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For a moment there, I thought Norway might not in fact be the most bat shit boring place on the planet, but then I got to the last bit about the authorities being displeased, then I realised that normality had not been altered.

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The plot to kill Google cloud: We'll rename Windows Azure to MICROSOFT Azure

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Re: What a career!

I believe Dilbert described Marketing as the place for people with zero skills - purgatory for an engineer

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This changes everything: Microsoft slips WinXP holdouts $100 to buy new Windows 8 PCs

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Re: They're not paying you $100

Precisely.

I would upgrade in a heartbeat to;

Windows 8 OS with Windows7 UI - best (relatively speaking) of both worlds in a Microsoft universe.

It astounds me that this option was not the default for the WindowsServer versions (and spare me the "real-men" use headless and CLI bullshit please) and a fully functional option on the consumer versions.

But hey, I have seen plenty of galactically dumb corporate moves in the IT industry in the past 30+ years, so what's one more amongst "friends"?

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Planes fail to find 'credible' candidate for flight MH370 wreckage

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"people are trying so hard to eliminate the tried-and-true fact that there ARE actually crazy/evil people out there in the world, that do real bad things for no logical reason that the rest of the world can understand."

or as a Alfred said to Bruce

"some men, just want to watch the world burn"

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Elon Musk slams New Jersey governor over Tesla direct sales ban

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Re: Allow me to comment on another country's practices

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TheRegister Commentard sarcasm detection meter functioning perfectly today :)

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Sanity now: Gnome 3.12 looking sensible - at least in beta

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Re: Location controls

Fake GPS on jailbroken iPhones does this (sort of). Unfortunately you cannot buy it, you have to sign up for all sorts of crap and games and shit to get it to work.

The idea is great though.

I guess it will never make it to the AppStore though

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Retiring greybeards force firms to retrain Java, .NET bods as mainframe sysadmins

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Put BAL on your CV and put it out there ... you might be surprised how many calls you get!

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See me after class: Apple scores AAA rating from brand-botherer

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Re: Razor like insight

@ Heisenberg

There was some uncertainty involved, so it is to be expected that you may not have foreseen it ;)

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