* Posts by 0laf

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UK official LOSES Mark Duggan shooting discs IN THE POST

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Re: Follow proper procedure

Upload all your stuff to Dropbox or the Google Cloud? That'll be GDS then.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/digital-skills-in-the-civil-service/an-introductory-guide-to-open-internet-tools-for-civil-servants

It's ok though everything is OFFICIAL

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Windows tablet price war FINALLY has 'em prying open wallets

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Re: @0laf: HP Stream 7

US only apparently, won't work with a UK Amazon account. I'm sure there are probably bodges around it but I'm not overly happy with the performance from the 2012 Nexus any more. Droid 5.02 is better than 5.0 but still pretty sluggish compared to 4.4 and that's after dumping the cache.

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HP Stream 7

Tried a cheap HP Stream 7 direct from MS. It's going back. Ok for some things but the quality of it was just a bit poor where it mattered to me. Unshielded headphone socket full of static, poor screen with bleeding light from the edges and not enough grunt to stream video although strangely the processor wasn't stressed, not sure where the bottleneck was. Also Win8.1 is far poorer on a tablet than a phone. I like it on my Lumia but it was a schizophrenic mess on the tablet. A fast mess but a mess none the less.

Pluses were that it booted in about 10sec Vs my 2012 Nexus 7 that now takes about 5min thanks to Google's 'updates'. The OS was snappy and never lagged. Full Windows meant that Amazon's stubbornness to release a UK Prime app didn't matter although the tablet couldn't handle Silverlight playback even at low quality.

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What's that, Microsoft? Yep, a Lumia and Surface SALES BOOM

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Don't tell anyone but users actually quite like the Surface3

Surface3 getting a lot of interest from exec types. I guess the novelty factor for ipads has worn off and the need something new to wave around.

Got a cheap Win8.1 tab the other day, having defended Win8 a few times over the years I've now had to use it in anger and although it is very snappy on low power equipment the user experience is a f**king dogs dinner and that's from someone that really quite likes WinPho8.1

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UK Scouts database 'flaws' raise concerns

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Re: Probably not allowed to do a full test

They'll have panicked at the though of proper pen testing actually costing money and or the worrying prospect it might find something which would then need to be fixed.

Far better to get the developer to run an out of date, unlicensed copy of Nessus at it for 10min.

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Netadmin wanted for 'terrible, terrible, awful job nobody wants'

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Small organisation therefore - If it plugs in and doesn't make food it's an IT thing.

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Re: That's my job!

Yup my job too, but I'm the security guy and don't even work in IT yet the MCSE qualified employees still look to me when they can't figure out why something isn't working.

All I do is Google the problem yet that seems beyond them.

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Want a cheap Office-er-riffic tablet? Microsoft Windows takes on Android

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Re: Well, why not?

You need to keep buying. But looking on Ebay you can pick up an annual O365 code for £10 or less.

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Re: A serious question for a change...

These little tablets are quite zippy but I'm not sure how they would do for any serious multitasking. You can pick up an outlet Dell Venue 11 tablet with an i5 intel processor and 4Gb Ram for £300 or a bit less for an i3. You're into genuine laptop rivals there and they should be able to handle just about anything short of gaming.

They have bit of a bad rep if you look up the reviews but a BIOS update deals with most of those issues. We have a large number of these at work and they work well and are popular with the users. Probably double the weight of the Linx tablet if that's an issue.

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Good for the price

I know a few people with these now, mainly the 10" version. For the most part they are happy with the devices using them as low powered laptops. The OS install and only 32Gb of on board storage doesn't give much remaining space so an SDCard is really a necessity.

Most people comment that the screen isn't glorious and the build quality isn't wonderful and the location of the physical buttons is a bit odd but overall more than decent for the price point.

Linx have a cash back offer of £30 on the 7/8 and £50 on the 10". It's not straightforward and depends on you buying from the right shop and trading in a decent 7" tablet. they won't accept any junk Ebay tablet. So it's debatable whether you would want to give up a decent tablet for £50.

Staples also did these at a give away price before Xmas. I missed out on a £89 10" which would have been a bargain.

Like all platforms it works best when you stay within the ecosystem. So Outlook works well with Outlook.com, One drive works well with Windows. When you cross ecosystems that's when things tend to get tricky but I guess they are all built to do that.

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Windows 10: The Microsoft rule-o-three holds, THIS time it's looking DECENT

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The versions of windows that people get as close to loving as I think is going to happen were the OSs that just worked, quietly got on with their job and let people do things on the computer that they wanted. I'm thinking Win 2000, XP and 7.

If they get back to that then Win10 will be popular.

Win8 wasn't bad, it was just touch focussed and therefore shit without touch. It was fast and secure, it they'd sorted the interface it would have done fine.

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Firefox 35 stamps out critical bugs

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Re: Have they enabled look like Firefox yet?

Yes. The only things that really keep me using FF are no-script and ad-block (and laziness). If I found another browser with those features I'd switch.

IE is too open, and Chrome, well "all your base are..." etc

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Fixed some things borked video playback on some sites

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LIFELESS BEAGLE on MARS: A British TRIUMPH!

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Pint

Re: Science, where failure or success aren't so distinct

Hear Hear!

and a posthumous pint to the Prof.

It would be wonderful if one of the orbiters could send a signal to give the thing a nudge or get some data from a low gain antenna (or summit like that) but that's more Hollywood than science probably.

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David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

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Shiny thing make it all better - unless it's Dave Cameron's face.

But he's not the only one, I was a Information Security conference where a Scottish politician said within her keynote "Security, well it just gets in the way doesn't it?".

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Tesco tosses loss-making Blinkbox into TalkTalk's basket

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The PITA with Amazon is they they don't offer their service on any other mobile platform other than their own Kindles. Cheap full Windows tablets will help there or you have to jump ship to Netflix. I still like getting physical disks through the Lovefim part of Amazon so I've stuck with them so far. The lack of Android and other support is grating though.

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No more free Windows... and now it’s all about the services

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You can get a 7" tablet with full windows 8.1 Bing for £59 here now. And that includes a £60 Office 365 licence and 20% vat. Unsurprisingly they're selling rather quickly.

I wonder if Ms will continue to give away cheap windows to get their OS adopted again?

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Microsoft pulls a patch and offers PHANTOM FIX for the mess

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Last update certainly screwed Silverlight DRM. Amazon streaming offline unless you roll back.

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So this Saudi Prince calls and asks why he can't watch movies ...

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Re: Training

1st line support here is basically filled with non-techies now so there is no triage of the stupid calls no ability to fix silly little thing and no ability to translate the problem into something meaningful for the workers with knowledge.

That seems to be the trend now since no-one is ever laid off they just go on redeployment and end up on the helldesk.

Desktop techies aren't much better tbh. "Check it works before you leave" seems to be a bit of an alien concept

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0laf

I have a mate that used to do IT on superyachts. He had many similar stories.

I used to be the "IT guy" in a school where basically if it plugs in the wall and doesn't make food it's a computer problem.

I've had teacher yelling at me down the phone to make their printer work because it was

"urgent" (everything with teachers is urgent) and unacceptable that it wasn't working - printer was out of paper.

Internet access had been off all day - she'd unplugged the modem to plug in a phone (it was a while ago) and forgot to switch them back.

Recording "PC" wouldn't start up for an experiment - It was a 25yr old BBC Micro that had finally died.

I'm sure there were many others but it becomes the norm after a while and your brain screens it out as noise.

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VW's Scirocco diesel: A sheep in Wolfsburg’s clothing

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Re: Golf:

That's the story with most warmed over 'ordinary' cars. They're big and heavy so despite the big hp figures there really isn't much nimbleness or urge about them. They make 100mph feel like 50.

Sticking on fat low profiles and rock hard suspension might make the car look nice but it can make them a miserable place to be on the crap roads we have now.

The ads make out you'll be driving a Caterham when the reality is closer to a Iveco.

But then most drivers only like the fantasy of driving properly, they don't really want a car that might bite them if they get it wrong.

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Boffins unearth the ultimate antique art - 500,000 years old

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It's Ugg's shopping list as dictated by Mrs Ugg, "get more mussels, a pointy stick, fire and chocolate"

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SCIENCE LAB TERROR: MYSTERY of the MISSING BRAINS

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When I was at uni there were many urban legends of cadavers being taken on pub crawls by medical students. More realistically were the stores of minor body parts like toes being dropped into people pints and fat being picked out the bodies and flicked at each other in dissection labs.

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What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again

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Re: Baronesses aren't qualified

Because Baroness Whats-her-pus and any other involved minister are determined that THEIR project will be finished so they don't get hung out to dry with another incomplete project story in the press.

you can add the same mentality to numerous other projects that make little sense but have a minister driving them forward whatever the cost or objection, G-Cloud, HS2, Millennium Dome, education changes, NHS IT,....

Same things happen in the US and probably every other country

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I don't need a £200 meter to tell me to try to use less energy. The massive bill every quarter (or month) tells me that.

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Huawei: 'Nobody made any money in Windows Phone'

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MS is starting to get some significant interest in the cheap tablet market too. Lots of cheap devices coming out with the free Win8.1 OS on them and in general they seem to be better received than cheap android tablets.

Windows phones also getting looked at seriously within the public sector because they can be tied into and managed by existing infrastructure.

MS also starting to flex some muscles on the privacy field with the challenged to the US courts over access to overseas data. No one trusts Google any more and no one ever trusted Apple MS seeing an opening there by playing nice.

I can't imaging MS ever challenging Apple for the £$£ high end shiny phone market but I think they're going to do ok from businesses, government and people that like things that just work.

People that work are also looking at Blackberry again as well.

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Pebble: The brilliant stealth wearable Apple's Watch doesn't see coming

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It's not for me but as a person that likes watches IMHO the Pebble is one of the better looking devices as well especially in the steel model.

Now if they could hook up a microgenerator from a spinning weight a bit like a mechanical automatic then they might be onto something.

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What's MISSING on Amazon Fire Phone... and why it WON'T set the world alight

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I has originally thought that this would be much like the original Kindles - decent hardware discounted because it's effectively an extension of the Amazon store.

But it's not. Why would I want to pay through the nose to be effectively locked into the Amazon ecosystem?

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Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop

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+1 on this story.

Buggy, slow random crashes. Oddly able to jump through the login sometimes without entering the code. Firefox pretty fvcked up.

Battery taking ages to charge. Bring back 4.2

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COMET lander DRILL CLIFFHANGER as last dregs of power used

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Re: shock absorbers for landing

I dunno but it's not not unlikely. Nice ASCII btw.

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There was also some little cold gas thruster to try to keep it on the rock but it was known to have failed before it even detached. Then unfortunately the harpoons failed too. the gravity is so weak that it bounced about 1km up and it took a couple of hours to come back down again and in that time the comet turned about 1km under it.

Interesting that they are now in the almost 'F**k and try" stage where anything goes as long as there is power left. Plus there is an outside bet it could wake up in the future as it gets closer to the sun.

A shame it didn't work perfectly but an awesome bit of work none the less.

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BlackBerry comeback: BES12 server revealed – it will manage ALL THE THINGS

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I wonder if it will be a new playbook?

I know a few proper security people and they still use a BB phone a playbook combo.

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Rosetta probot drilling DENIED: Philae has its 'LEG in the AIR'

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Pint

Well it sounds like they'll be able to do some work then take a chance either on drilling, harpooning, harpooning and drilling or bouncing.

Still it's on a fricking comet. Pints have been earned.

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BlackBerry chief vows: We'll focus on 'core devices' and on, er, NOT LOSING MONEY

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Re: What's the need they're trying to fill?

Blackberry's niche was hardcore government and big business security. BB products had (have?) security baked in from the hardware up and they were receptive to the suggestions of Government agencies such as GCHQ and NIST.

For that reason for a long time Blackberry products were the only ones signed off for use within high assurance organisations.

But BB sat on it's hands for so long that Government users began to hate their BB and crave the fondling delights of iOS. BB then decided to make a jump for the wider public and try to sell to the yoof market that worked for while until they got bored of the BB offerings too. So they ended up pissing off their old market and losing their grasp on the new.

Meanwhile other companies started to sniff the pork from Government and began to make their products more enterprise orientated except Apple who allegedly told the security services to take a hike 'coz we're Apple'.

It seems now that BB has realised that they've made an arse of their dalliance into the feral over supplied public mobile market and they're starting to court their old customers again.

I suspect if they can get it right then they may pick up some of their old customers that still like physical keyboards and proper security. However new boys like Samsung are getting signed off for high assurance work as well so the future is less than certain. Plus executives are as prone to the whims of fashion as anyone else, BB ain't fashionable so the Passport better be a phenomenally useful tool or it'll just get ignored.

Myself a few years ago I'd have bet a small amount on MS buying up BB's security patents when they went bust. I still think that might happen yet. If the Chinese buy BB expect the Government accreditation to be dropped like a red hot turd.

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Lumia 830: Microsoft hopes to seduce with slim 'affordable' model

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I like my winpho (Lumia 920) but I do seem to be part of a small population.

I've found the OS rock solid, the only thing that ever crashes the phone is the Nokia music app and that's pretty rare.

I'm not an app junky so the smaller number of apps doesn't bother me, although the store has improved a lot since 8.1 came out.

Not sure I'd pay £300 for the reviewed phone though. The reason I like my winpho so much is that it was a bargain.

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Fiat 500S: So pleasingly sporty we didn't want to give it back

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Re: I have a...

I used to get 35-40mpg from a 2.0 Turbo petrol (197hp) Skoda Octavia on a mixed driving route. The EU lab combined average was 35.7mpg. Seems to be that the more eco the car the further away form reality the lab results are.

I know plenty of people with "gas guzzlers" paying higher VED rates that get better mpg than others with eco cars.

If nothing else it shows what a nonsense the current EU testing is.

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Real mpg?

How did the real world mpg compare with the EU paper figures.

I've heard unconfirmed stories of Fiat making Twin-Air owners sign a disclaimer that they understand the car will never achieve the lab figures on the road.

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Cable guy, Games of Thrones chap team up to make Reg 'best sci-fi film never made' reject

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Re: The Martian

When you read the book you realise that the Dune film was a pretty decent stab at something that is just about unfilmable. I've not watched the later Sci-Fi channel miniseries yet.

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I like Neal Asher's Polity series myself. Not sure how well they'd translate but I'd really like to see the Spatterjay series as films. The Hoopers are my favourite characters.

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Re: The Martian

You'll enjoy it. The main character Watney is very funny and clever.

Not sure if Matt Damon will do it justice or not.

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I've only read Red Mars and I found it a bit dull to be honest. A lot of the science was interesting but the characters themselves were uninteresting for the most part.

The Martian by Andy Weir is out as a film next year. The science in it is pretty hard but it was a lot more entertaining than Red Mars.

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Good grief! Have you SEEN BlackBerry's SQUARE smartphone?

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Don't know it it's enough even if it turns out to be brilliant

It's....odd. I suspect you can only really judge this one by using it for a while and a 5 minute fondle in a shop won't do that.

I'm also not very sure this will work. Sometimes how well a product works just doesn't matter. If your board members think that they will get sniggered at by their peers when they whip a BB Passport out then they won't take it, they'll stick with the shiny.

The productive people in the middle that might benefit from the productivity features and probably don't care as much about what device they use may not get the option.

Also there is still a big question over the costs of running the BB12 back end to manage these. devices. It's a big ask to overhaul everything to stick with a company that may or may not be around in 2yr. Might be easier to overhaul everything and go device agnostic allowing all mobile device types to be used.

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TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'

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If they have sense the iPhone 7 will be made of spring steel

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Half a BILLION in the making: Bungie's Destiny reviewed

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Re: Ded game?

^ My thought too

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Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales

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Alert

This was a pleasant surprise with my Lumia. It did come with some crapware but I could remove all of it without needing to resort to rooting it.

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UK.gov's flagship infosec program ISN'T DELIVERING - but all's still well, say auditors

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Facepalm

I think things are better than there were but that's all come from the guys working in the trenches forming their own inter-agency networks. Not from this MP led pork barrel.

Cabinet Office still expects the work to be done by everyone else while they stamp their name on the end product and take the credit.

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Slap my Imp up: Bullfrog's Dungeon Keeper

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Loved it.

Never completed the single player game. Got to the last level but never made it. Then Uni got important. I'll still have the disks for this in a box somewhere.

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Smart meters in UK homes will only save folks a lousy £26 a year

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Shiny thing make everything all better says politician

I don't need a bloody smart meter to tell me to save energy. The feckin big bill every quarter does that.

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Apple's Watch is basically electric perfume

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Eww

I thought Apple was good at design. That's a nasty looking watch. Like a 1980s Casio, except it is probably still working and useful after 20yr.

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TROUT and EELS in SINISTER PACT to RULE the oceans

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Alien

I for one welcome our new fishy overlords

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