* Posts by RyokuMas

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Google turns creepy, predictive search tech up to 11 in Chrome OS beta

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Re: "Google turns creepy" !?

"They haven't suddenly become creepy overnight, their entire business model involves spying on you"

Ah, but it's only recently that people have started waking up to this fact and ignoring the Google faithful who keep trying to reassure them that "everything's fine, no, no, you can always choose not to use Google, it's all in your best interest, blame Apple, blame Microsoft, blame the NSA..." etc., etc.

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Microsoft sniffs around Xiaomi Mi 4 smarties with Windows 10

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Re: It's not the hardware, stoopid

"so they're not really going to tempt any Android users just by supporting Android devices."

I don't know... I mean, how often do we hear of the "latest, greatest" update to Android, that will only reach the phones if/when the carriers see fit? I'd much rather have "Patch Tuesday" than "Patch-by-new-handset"...

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Apple's portable power podule patent promises paroxysms of fanboi joy

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Apple recommend...

Given what has happened to a few iPhones, I can understand why Apple would recommend something other than hydrogen in the fuel cell!

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PIRATES and THIEVES to get Windows 10 as BOOTY

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Yeah, right...

"We believe customers over time will realise the value of properly licensing..."

And on that day, Satan will be skating to work.

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Windows 10 build 10041: 99 bugs on the wall, fix a bug, add a feature, 114 bugs on the wall

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Re: As far as this article is concerned I have no problems with the general tone........

Yeah, better told "it's fugly" now, rather than a rerun of Win 8: launch only to get told "it's fugly"...

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MARIO MOBES: Nintendo hooks up with DeNA, births NX gaming system

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If only...

5) Get loads of bad reviews from kiddie gamers who have never played the original versions, stating "costs too much", "crap controls", "needs a tutorial", etc., etc....

TFTFY

Mobile gaming space is rapidly becoming a very horrible place... more's the pity.

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Microsoft announces Windows 10 and Azure for humanity's implacable IoT foes

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IoT assistant

"It looks like you're making a cheese sandwich..."

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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"Anthill inside"

Ah Hex... full of ants and still faster than my mother-in-law's old Vista box...

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Google MURDERS Google Code, orders everyone out to GitHub and co

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Re: My advice would be never to start using any Google service other than basic search...

"How long before that morphs into something undesirable?"

It already has. Disregarding any allegations that Google search results are biased, the first [n] search results are usually not the best results, but adverts!

Unfortunately, it'll take some kind of major shake-up to break Google's monopoly over hearts and minds (in common parlance, "Google" has become to "search the internet" what "Hoover" is to "vacuum-clean") - something on an even bigger scale than the MS IE bundling fiasco (there are people out there still using IE).

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Wikimedia chucks sueball at NSA and DOJ over mass surveillance

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It's who you know...

The NSA will know who the judge is, and the lawyers, and anyone else involved.

... and they will also know where these people and their families live.

No way is this ever going to stick.

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Microsoft: You'll get the next Windows 10 build when we're GOOD AND READY

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Ouch! Google crocks capacitors and deviates DRAM to root Linux

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Start the clock...

Hardware manufacturers, you have 90 days to fix this, starting NOW!

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Network competition? Puh-lease. It's all about the Apple-Android Axis of Fondle

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Interesting...

That some are beginning to regard Android is being split into "Google" and "Forked" - there may be some hope after all!

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Microsoft chucks patent sueball at Kyocera over Android phones

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Yawn...

[Insert your choice of standard "Microsoft extortion" comments from the usual suspects here]

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Hated smart meters likely to be 'a costly failure' – MPs

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In other news...

The government have stuffed up a major tech programme which is likely to cost the taxpayer millions.

In other news, the sky is blue and water is wet.

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Google wins fight to keep Adwords FBI drug sting docs secret

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Re: Secret documents?

No difficult to keep things secret if you control the de facto search facility...

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'Hi, I'm from Microsoft and I am GOING TO KILL YOU'

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Re: $deity

The correct response in this situation is "tout est pardonne, mon ami, tot est pardonne"...

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Saygus aims buffed up V2 Android mobe at Samsung

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"The phone runs unmolested Android 4.4.4 (KitKat)."

As in "really unmolested", or "we turn a blind eye to Google"?

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Microsoft to Android OEMs: 'Show me the money'

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Re: El Reg Exclusive!

Ah, always there with the same tired old FUD, eh Bob? Why not go chat to the Google high ups some more and see if they can give you some new ideas?

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Google's 'encrypted-by-default' Android is NOT encrypting by default

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One of my co-workers uses it in everyday speech...

/headdesk

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: A side swipe at smartphone design

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Re: if this...

I'm sure you could flash it and stick Cyanogen or another AOSP variant on there if it's that much of a problem...

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How a HPC array helps humanity destroy the Ebola virus

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Why not use World of Warcraft as a testing environment? It worked pretty well before...

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Here comes Vulkan: The next generation of the OpenGL graphics API

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Re: Great...

Not to mention the metric shit-tonne of work involved scraping round Stack Overflow and the like just to figure out the black magic required to get a bitmap on the screen when you're trying to get started with it...

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Acer enters Windows Phone fray with cheap Liquid M220 mobe

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Re: Seriously? Still on about apps?

@Dogged - you reckon that in about five years time when the wheel has turned we'll be seeing an account on here called "Jaiku Waveglass" or maybe "Buzz LivelyX"?

... I'll get me coat.

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Re: Seriously? Still on about apps?

Hmmm, funny that...

AT&T et al bring out a WinPhone Softcard app...

... Google buy Softcard from the carriers...

... and now Bank of America is pulling its WinPhone app.

Knee jerk reaction? Or is it possible that the Bank of America app is based on Softcard and since Softcard is being shut down following the Google acquisition, they are left without any choice?

Feels like a variation on exclusive dealing to me!

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3 spectastic Lumias for price of 1 rival flagship: Microsoft sells biz on cheapie experience

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Re: I bought one in AU for $39

"internet exploder, slowing and then dying ALL the time"

What sites were you browsing? I develop cross platform apps and games, and obviously I'm trying to keep the UX as close as possible between platforms (while staying true to native features, naturally). I've yet to see any browser slowdown on any of my test devices, so this would be useful info to have. Cheers!

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Bradley Horowitz on ailing Google+: Islands in the stream, that is what we are ...

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Re: Trust: hard to build; easy to demolish

"How many folks will take the effort to do so when Google may pull the plug at any point?"

More Microsoft than Microsoft...

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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Re: Well…

"Ye Gods these comments boards make me cringe sometimes!

...[SNIP]...

Let one product or company win and you'll end up with IE6 - albeit one built by Google/Apple/Whoever."

... and that, El Reg, is why you need to allow multiple upvotes.

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Re: Um, what?

"... Microsoft /is/ the leading expert..."

Was. Google have taken that crown of late.

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Re: Let me be the first to say...

Oooh, how very 20 years ago of you.

I remember when Netscape started wresting market share from Mosaic (and whoever else there was back then) - suddenly I started seeing sites that were blacked out if Netscape was detected, apart from a little box stating "This site is Netscape crippled", usually followed by a rant on the site owner's part about everything that was wrong about the aforementioned browser.

Most of these sites I stopped bothering with - although a few were useful for my university work, so would use Mosaic for them and Netscape for everything else.

Now, this was also the same sort of time that it was trendy to have a hit counter on your site. And I very quickly noticed that on the few "Netscape crippled" sites I did continue to bother with, there was a dramatic drop in the rate said hit counters increased by following their being blacked out for Netscape.

@AlbertH - you've given us figures stating that the number of IE-using visitors to your sites has dropped to under 3%. But this is kind of like Microsoft's trick with Windows Phones - "we've shipped X thousand handsets... but we're not going to tell you how many we've actually sold". So what about your overall visitor figures - how have they changed since you've added these warnings about "defective" browsers and "insecure" operating systems?

Personally, if I saw a warning on a website worded in the manner you've given, I'd drop the site like a hot potato, as that sort of message makes me think "they're trying to make me scared and trick me into downloading something that turns out to be a load of spyware".

... or is this (and I suspect this purely because of the heavy uses phrasing like "Internot Exploiter", "defective", "operating system" in quotes, etc) just an excuse to have a rant "because it's Microsoft"?

(For the record, I'm a web developer, and would be the first to cheer if IE was removed from the face of the earth).

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Trolls prevail because good men do nothing: boffins

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Re: @RyokuMas - "Good men"...

"remember Eadon?!"

Oh jesus, how could I possibly forget!!!

Of curse, in his absence there are others slowly moving in to fill the gap, but I don#t think any of them are close to the signature "capitalised whatever fail" that was his sign-off. But at least we got some amusing poetry as a result...

You're right of course - stopping AC posts will not stop a determined troll - just like basic antivirus won't stop a skilled and dedicated hacker. But it would help deter the idiots who are just looking to provoke a reaction.

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"Good men"...

"Trolls triumph because good men do nothing"

In that case, good men of El Reg, please can you remove the ability of people to post anonymously? It would go a long way to reducing the number of sub-bridge-dwellers on here...

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Google to tame Android's Wild Wild West to please suits

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If it first you don't succeed...

From the Google for Work Blog:

"With a group of partners, we're helping businesses bring more devices to work by securing, managing and innovating on the Android platform"

Hmmm... "securing and managing" - I wonder if this will be as popular with handset manufacturers as Android Silver was...

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And the buggiest OS provider award goes to ... APPLE?

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Agreed - there is no such thing as a totally secure system, just one that hasn't had any flaws found yet.

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Say cheese! Europe's antitrust chief has Google boss in her sights – reports

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Re: Why is Google being given preferential treatment?

Because Microsoft and Intel didn't have the power to effectively wipe out your export business.

(And for the record, please note the phrase "have the power to" before downvoting - although I'm willing to bet some muppet will get on my case about how there's no proof that Google manipulate search rankings...)

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Google deal means game over for mobile payments firm Softcard

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Wow...

Skipping straight from embrace to extinguish...

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Google hooks up with group formerly known as ISIS to battle Apple Pay

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E*3

"Google has inked a major deal with mobile payment alliance Softcard that will see its Google Wallet payments system pre-installed on phones sold by US carriers AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon."

Embrace...

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Microsoft leaves the Rooms. How will Windows Phone OS users make to do lists?

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You put the feature in...

... you take a feature out, in-out-in-out, and muck us all about...

Once again, not doing yourself any favours, Microsoft!

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Vint Cerf: Everything we do will be ERASED! You can't even find last 2 times I said this

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Family tree...

Is this so in a few decades time Google can fling ads at people based on their genealogy?

I can just see it now - some little tyke with his brand new neural plugs chips into the Googletrix only be confronted with "popular with your forefathers..."

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So long, Cyanogen! OnePlus says its future belongs to OxygenOS

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Re: Just another Distro

"So if Google decides to delay the source release for an arbitrary period (as they did with Android 3.0) there is bugger all anyone working off AOSP can do."

So let me get this straight. You're saying that Android - which is often crowed about by the anti-Microsoft brigade as a victory of open source over proprietary - is actually dependent on Google as to the availability of the latest version of its "open" source code? That anyone working on a pull from the AOSP might find their work scuppered by changes from Google that were unreleased at the time they made said pull?

Can you provide a link to where you're getting this information from?

And before the downvotes start - this is not intended as a troll. But if you can provide links from credible sources that verify what you're claiming here, it could go a long way towards shutting up the real trolls...

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HELP! Windows Phone update 8.1 broke my Lumia

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Re: Just for the record: My iPhone 6+ still working fine

True, but it's still a notable achievement - kind of on the same level as getting Eadon not to post anything anti-Microsoft in a Microsoft-related thread, back in the day...

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Re: Just for the record: My iPhone 6+ still working fine

@ the O.P.: Wow...

An article about a problem with Windows Phone, and you've managed to get someone who routinely comments against stories of this nature about how this sort of thing is symptomatic of Microsoft's imminent downfall to instead post about a fault in your handset of choice.

I can understand why you post as an AC!

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Microsoft: Even cheapo Lumias to get slimmed down Windows 10

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Re: The great app pissing contest...

"This starts with the complete discontinuity that MS has wrought with zero compatibility... from WP7 to WP8."

Sorry, but I have to agree with cambsukguy on this - before going cross-platform (brought about by XNA's deprecation), I had seven games out on WinPhone7, all of them continued to work fine on WP8, and now on WP8.1... although I can't say anything much about other apps, as for the most part my devices were used for testing my own projects as opposed to running other peoples'.

Do you have a link to a list of apps that are known to have been broken by the update to WP8?

"...instead of buying a phone that already has the app available they should write their own version... "

Hmmm, guess I wasn't explicit enough in my original comment...

"If there's something you're after specifically - again, regardless of platform - why not try building it yourself?"

If you can get what you want and you're looking to buy a new phone then absolutely! Get the phone with the apps that fulfill your needs - that's basic common sense. But if you've got a phone and you find that it doesn't have an app to do what you want... well, some might relish the challenge of having a go at building the app that meets their needs, as opposed to shelling out for a new phone.

"...and buy several phones to test it on."

Test clouds and emulators will get you a long way on this front.

And as for the investment in cross-platform tools - well, I for one am more than happy to trade this off against having to maintain multiple codebases in entirely different languages.

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The great app pissing contest...

"Without the apps I don't care how good the system is!"

Right, before the downvoting commences, I absolutely accept that the Windows store has a lot fewer apps than the App Store or Play, and that this is not due to "quality vs quantity" reasons.

I also accept that there are people out there who are after reasonably specialised apps to fulfill a specific need, and there is a good chance that there is nothing available for Windows Phone that meets this requirement.

Finally, I understand that a large company may opt not to make a Windows Phone version of their app for whatever reason - because they don't perceive it as financially viable, because they want to keep exclusivity for their own smartphone OS, whatever.

But I just don't get this perpetual wailing about "not enough apps". I remember seeing a list a while back where one anti-WinPhone commenter posted a list of apps that were allegedly "unavailable" for Windows Phone, only for someone else to post in response stating which apps were available either in their official form or as an unofficial substitute, and I think the only one missing was YouTube.

Ask yourself - how many apps do you use every day? every week? And how many would the average man on the street use? Apart from as a statistic to wave at other mobile operating systems, does it really make a difference how many apps are available?

Personally, I'd like to see a lot fewer apps on all stores - regardless of operating system. Quality over quantity, there's far too much crapware out there...

And as for people on here commenting about the lack of apps... I thought this was supposed to be an I.T. site? If there's something you're after specifically - again, regardless of platform - why not try building it yourself? There's enough cross-platform toolkits out there, and your creation just might be the next killer app...

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Developer... sense... tingling...

"some Windows 10 features will be cut out"

Come on Microsoft, let's have a list of exactly what's getting chopped - keeping developers hanging on not knowing what's going to work and what isn't going to win you any friends. God knows, you've got a tough enough battle thanks to FUD based on estimates and antiquated links - no need to make things harder for yourselves!

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Silent but violent: Foul Google Play flaw lets hackers emit smelly apps

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Re: Microsoft, PLEASE fork Android!

"Google thinks that you should buy a new phone."

Isn't it the carriers that ultimately determine when/if you get an updated version of Android on your phone?

Also, patch Tuesday works for Windows because Microsoft have total control over it - hardware vendors can install their own skins and applications, but it's still the same Windows underneath. Given that vanilla Android is open source, and even Google-droid still gives the hardware manufacturers a lot of room to maneuver, I don't think that an equivalent would be feasible for Android - not without turning it into another walled garden, which even Google doubts would be successful.

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Death knell for Windows with Bing, licences carved up

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Another fine mess...

So Microsoft are killing off something that consumers have allegedly "responded positively" to in response to finding out that the product they are attempting to compete with isn't proving as much of a threat as they thought...?

'Nuff said

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Skin colour's irrelevant. Just hire competent folk on their merits, FFS

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Re: Here is the PC forecast

... as broadcast on your Samsung telescreen.

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They've finally solved it: Schrödinger's cat is both ALIVE AND DEAD

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Re: They've finally solved it: Schrödinger's cat is both ALIVE AND DEAD

Sounds more like Duke Nukem to me...

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WATCH IT: It's watching you as you WATCH IT (Your Samsung telly is)

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Telly-what?

"Your Samsung Smart tellie WATCHES YOU while you watch it"

SO in this case, what's "tellie" an abbreviation for - "television" or "telescreen"?

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