* Posts by Pascal

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Nokia boss smashes net neutrality activists

Pascal

"Connected cars, for example, will need near-instant response times if they are to avoid accidents, said Rajeev Suri, speaking to media and analysts at the Mobile World Congress, Barcelona."

Mr Suri: you are completely batshit insane if you think I'll ever drive a car that needs "near-instant response" from a cell phone uplink.

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Don't touch me up there! Photoshop creator appeals for 'ethical' use

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Re: that's one way of looking at it, here's another

> I wonder how long until they end up like all monopolies, fat and lazy.

I say it happened at least 5 years ago and I believe this is a fair assessment, others will argue for 10 years.

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RIP Windows RT: Microsoft murders ARM Surface, Nokia tablets

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Thumb Up

Re: Poor timing for this announcement

> And no doubt a bright blue LED to let you know when the light is turned off.

This amused me a lot more than it should have. Have an upvote.

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Watt the CHIP!? ARM pops out THE most powerful 64-bit Cortex for mobes'n'slabs

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"If you are a data center power is your main cost.

For every watt you put into the HW you need 2-3 Watts of AC to get it out again."

Power is your main cost yes, but the numbers for modern data centers are nowhere as bad as that. PUEs in the 3-4 range are either small-scale in-house affairs or very old data centers.

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Tesla bumps up Model S P85D acceleration – with software update

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Re: I didn't have sound...

I'm guessing he lives in an area where snow is a super rare occurence - judging by all the stranded cars on a road that wouldn't slow normal traffic down where I live.

As was said, it's all in the tires!

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Horrifying iPhone sales bring Apple $18bn profit A QUARTER

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Re: Queue this side @boltar

> I feel like I also see Android zealots, Linux zealots, Liberal Democrat zealots, anti-US zealots, Doctor Who zealots, GoPro zealots, north-of-the-river zealots, Sunderland FC zealots, vinyl record zealots, and a million other kinds, all the time.

And they're all crazy. Except for Doctor Who fans obviously.

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PwC: Forget margin, tech biz, HUSTLE for that SALE

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"yield maximum shareholder value"

I'd be hard pressed to come up with a shorter description of everything that is wrong with Wall Street types.

Forget about building a stable, profitable, long-term business. Just do the puffer fish: look big enough so your shareholders can get rich, screw the thousands of people you'll leave out of a job when it collapses later!

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Wall St wolves tear chunk off Microsoft: There goes $30bn!

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Re: That does it!

hell, they should be forced to use Windows ME.

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

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Re: I'm happy with the surface

FYI we bought a few Surface 1 Pros here in the first batch, they all have BitLocker enabled and none of them had issues with it. So at least in theory yours should work.

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What gets the internet REALLY excited? Kittens? No. EXPLODING Kittens

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Re: It'll never replace Kickstarter potato salad in my heart...

Have an upvote for reminding me to follow up on the salad.

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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Re: WTF.....

> You tell me what "supported lifetime of the device" means and I'll stop ignoring the "at no cost" bit. Undefined words like that don't get added to statements by accident.

Jeebus the retardation level is strong on this topic, so much it hurts the brain.

1. Upgrading to Win10 from launch date to launch date + 1 year is free. If you upgrade during that time period, that is it, you now own Windows 10. The end.

2. For the supported lifetime of the device, you will ALSO get every following versions of windows for free.

True, "supported lifetime of the device" is very blurry but FFS, you are arguing about free upgrades to future versions after Win10, AND transforming this magically in your heads into "Windows 10 will deactivate at some magic date unless you provide a credit card number".

It boggles the mind.

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FIVE Things (NOT 10: these are REAL) from the WINDOWS 10 event

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Re: @ BasicChimpTheory

> Oddly enough, running commands is something the Windows shills usually insist is a negative Linux attribute.

There's a genuine difference between "typing the first 2-3 letters of the app you want to run once you open the start menu" (which most users have been doing since the start menus have had a search/run box) and command-line management of a system.

"hit the start button, type WORD" is actually the quicker route but it's pretty dishonest to compare that to command-line management of OS features.

I like Powershell; I understand that most armchair admins only do it part-time and prefer point-and-click. I don't insult them and call them shills if they state that preference.

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Re: Nobody talks to Cortana

> The only times I talk to the computer are to hurl insults when it doesn't do what I want, I don't need a reply from it as well, that kind of escalation is only going to end in tears.

Hah, just had a vision of how many monitors I'd puch through if my computers talked back to me when I vent at them :)

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One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

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"You must have one hell of a gigantic tablet, for 1080p tp make a difference"

Makes the same difference it does on the TV in your living room. The distance at which I watch a movie on a tablet (ex: on plane) makes it fill about the same percentage of my field of vision.

If your tablet supports 1080p resolution, why on earth would you accept an arbitrary 720p limit?

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Google bags OBSCENELY LARGE Times Square ad space for New Year's

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How many DPI is that?

I don't see the exact screen dimension but a previous poster says 820 feet long...

That makes it roughly *1* DPI!

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Quebec's latest bid to break away from Canada HALTED by a single dot

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Re: Bienvenue to Soviet Quebekistan (home of the "Gouvernemaman")

"Which is the exaggeration; the "Sustainable Development" part?"

Sadly no. It's an actual part of the current name.

We're also the world capital of "piss away smart energy choices and build more windmills instead".

We produce massive amounts of hydro power. Lately however, because hydro dams displaces some wildlife and annoys salmons (and is a political mess with native americans), we're instead building countless wind turbines that have a COST per kwh that is about 50% higher than actual electricity RETAIL prices in Quebec.

We do have massive peaks in the coldest days of winter (when it gets below -30). So we COULD use all that wind turbine power if it were available. But see, the problem is this: on these coldest winter days, it's actually never windy. These turbines are basically idling the only time of the year they'd be useful.

The rest of the time, they're basically just another way for politicos to buy votes in regions and grease some friendly palms.

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Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all

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Re: 2-factor?

I wondered the same thing, you have to remember the 2nd factor validation for a certain period at least (a few days / weeks) otherwise users will just turn it off. Typically systems will remember it per location (IP/Network), but then it's easy to emulate the same private network.

I'd then guess, actual public network? Some external check of the internet-facing IP the system NATs to, to ping some (Microsoft-provided) external resource. Then just force 2 factor if no network connection is available. There are certainly quite a few security concerns with that too, but most seem solvable at first glance.

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Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls

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> The future for Microsoft and their ilk is most certainly not in selling software, but in selling services.

I believe that is exactly what he stated? You can't get much more service-y than subscription services to hosted & managed enterprise systems.

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Microsoft: Azure isn't ready for biz-critical apps … yet

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Re: Read between the lines

> That is the general consensus among the professionals of this industry.

No, no it is not. "Forums that you visit" do not make "the industry", no matter how much you'd love it did. There is still a massive proportion of high end corporate IT running on Windows, and excluding these people from your so called "professionals of this industry" list is just childish / wishful thinking.

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Google's so smart it's discovered SHARKS HAVE TEETH

Pascal
Coat

> With Country, you walk the line.

With Pirate, you walk the plank!

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BAD VIBES: High-speed video camera records your voice from trash

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Re: Laser eavesdropping

I was gonna say "closing the blinds" defeat this easily, but I guess the damn things will vibrate too.

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NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14

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Re: References

Absolutely not. Any Visual Studio installer you get from an MSDN sub is a pre-keyed installer that uses a static activation key. That key is perpetual. I've renewed an MSDN sub since the early 2000s and I have many older VS installs that were installed with the original keys (on this system here, either installed directly or on VMs: 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013). When you renew MSDN you get a new set of keys, not "extensions" on old ones, and I've *never* had a VS (or any other software that comes with MSDN) ask for a new key, ever. I also manage subs for a team of a dozen people, and I guarantee that never happened to any of them either.

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Siri, did we just take a hit in that voice-recog patent fight?

Pascal

> Isn't that a bit like the pot calling the kettle black?

Only if the kettle has round corners.

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'Green' Apple: We've smudged a bit off our carbon footprint

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Black Helicopters

> Why focus on Apple. Pretty sure Google, Microsoft and others are all as bad.

I'd venture it's because none of those just published its "latest environmental impact report".

Not everything is a conspiracy.

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Fridge hacked. Car hacked. Next up, your LIGHT BULBS

Pascal
Meh

Re: Why is security still an afterthought?

> "Everyone trusted everyone else"

> I really think we did for a while. What happened?

The Internet, I believe...

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Crooks use Synology NAS boxen to mine Dogecoin, yells Dell

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Re: Surprise!

lol our anonymous coward is true to form :)

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2014/03/12/bb10_dated_crypto/

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2014/04/14/australian_bank_in_huge_heartbleed_blog_fail/

and so on!

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Redmond is patching Windows 8 but NOT Windows 7, say security bods

Pascal

Re: It's just what changed from the 7 SDK to the 8 SDK.

This reminds me of a "Consultant" that was hired by management to do a code review on a C++ project, and his report started with "There are memory leak in the application, I did a count of NEW and DELETE statements, and there are less DELETEs than NEWs".

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Pascal

Disingenuous (sp?) "security bod"

While I agree with the basic sentiment expressed (adding security tools like new checked functions should be done in all currently supported operating systems), there's still a big difference between not "patching" Windows 7 (i.e. finding a bug, but not correcting it) and not adding new features (that makes programmers' jobs easier).

Try it with "Microsoft not adding TIFKAM to Windows 7!" and see if these guys are taken seriously :)

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Cyber crims smash through Windows into the great beyond

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Re: Gnu/Linux?

> I agree that you'll never prevent a user from clicking "OK" to install malware but there must be something fundamentally "safer" about Unix/BSD/Linux systems.

Of course there is: people that use them tend to be technical-minded people.

As for me, my team manages IT for a herd of sales drones. When the occasional email virii gets past all the protections and reaches their inbox, we *always* get tech support calls from them ranging from "Can you send someone to type in an admin password, so I can track this package delivery?" to "My package delivery tracking program won't run on my tablet".

People keep saying it's the size of the target (i.e. so many more Windows desktop installs than Linux), but the truth is, it's just as much the technical skills of the average user.

Give Linux to my sales drone and they'll bring you back trojan-ridden devices, even if they have to learn to make wine work.

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EMC ships '17PB' of biz flash, brags it's NAND numero uno ... That's cute, grins HDS

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Joke

Re: 17TB ??

Hmm, I bought about 12 TB of flash storage from EMC in that very same quarter. I think I'll start asking for some kind of preferential treatment seeing how I account for over 2/3 of their flash business :)

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

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Re: I wonder if it's down to their love of complexity @John P

"gmail works fine without it"

What are you talking about, gmail.com is very, very heavily loaded up with js.

This is the exact origin of the browser/scripting engines arms race of the last few years. Chrome was created so it could run more complex script-based apps faster.

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Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER

Pascal

Re: Oculus Rift!

You mean Face Rift?

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Pascal

Re: Laptop resolutions...

> 95% of Windows applications display incorrectly on high resolution panels:

huh? I've had a 2560 x 1600 display for ... ~5 years now? And I only vaguely remember *one* piece of software that had button layout issues at that resolution. And maybe 3-4 games over the years that just did not offer the resolution in full-screen mode (but worked right at 1920x1200).

If by 95% you meant "less than 0.0095%", sure, I'm with you.

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France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours

Pascal

> Alberta's laws are not all that different, and we have one of the most powerful economies in the world. :)

The oil does help a bit :)

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AMD: Why we had to evacuate 276TB from Oracle DB to Hadoop

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

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Re: Idiots

> "That's why we have TCP and IP."

Ok, you owe me a keyboard.

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Beware Abe Lincoln-looking code pros trying to sell you on LOBDOPs

Pascal

Re: Is there anything left for the NSA to hack ?

> Oh, and when are they going to slot the "cloud" word in there ? I couldn't find it anywhere in the article.

Nah, these conferences are where they come up with next year's buzzwords, not rehash last year's.

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Belgian judge mulled BANNING APPLE (actually, its website) in Euro warranty row

Pascal

Apple covering you breaking your iphone for 1 year still does not count as offering the minimum warranty that EU law requires (2 years).

So instead of straight up stating that their products have a 2 years warranty (and still make it "1 year if you break it" if they want), they instead went the sleazy way of saying "if you ask about the 2 years warranty, sure, we'll honor it". Basically hoping they still get to con people into buying new kit because the Apple warranty is over, unless the customer mentions the 2 years thing. Sleazy is sleazy.

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MtGox: Yup, we're pretty sure your Bitcoin were stolen. Sorry about that.

Pascal

Re: but why steal them

> if the currency fails then stealing them is a worthless activity.

I don't use Bitcoin so I had the same thought, but this does not seem to be happening.

After all it seems hundreds of millions worth of coins were stolen recently and news about it have had that "the sky is falling!" feel to them, yet Bitcoin value has gone up 30% in the last 7 days.

Anyone can shed light on this?

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Thanks a lot, Facebook: Microsoft turns Office 365 into social network

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Joke

Re: Grammar nazi FTW

> I'm sure you meant to say "complement"...

hopefully he really meant "compliment", i.e. the only way anything "social" will happen on this new disaster?

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BOFH: He... made... you... HE made YOU a DOMAIN ADMIN?

Pascal
Pint

Re: "He used my access to make you a domain admin?!"

"In the Linux world, there's "Blue Proximity" that requires a particular Bluetooth device to be close enough to the computer to keep it unlocked."

We've had something similar setup with our developer pool for a few years, however we've recently added a "name and shame" component to it where it sends an email promising to pay for friday's beer to the rest of the team.

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Samsung Gear splurge skews smartwatch market Google’s way

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Re: y'know ...

"But that would be wrist and tablet."

Wriblet?

Phwatch?

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How the NSA hacks PCs, phones, routers, hard disks 'at speed of light': Spy tech catalog leaks

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Re: Ok, not so quick and easy

"And from where do you think we will obtain trust-worthy hashes?"

The real issue is reading the BIOS binary to calculate the hash, which nowadays resides on a chip that is soldered on the motherboard, meaning that any attempt at reading it will actually be controlled by the compromised BIOS. It'd be a simple thing for a compromised BIOS to return the uncompromised binary when it is read like that.

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Apple loses sauce, BlackBerry squashed and Microsoft, er, WinsPhones (Nokia's)

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Re: iOS 7

What are you saying?

That the 75% install rate for an update that your phone constantly tries to push to you, which most people probably install "because it's newer so is probably better", or "because this latest app requires it", with no possible way back to the previous version if you don't like it, is a proof that people prefer that version?

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Google embiggens its fat vid pipe Chromecast with TEN new supported apps

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Re: I won't read this

Same reason we'll downvote someone who doesn't get, say, a Doctor Who reference, and then proceed to insult the author of an article because of it. "Embiggens" sure isn't a real word, but it's also a well-known made-up word that's been used a lot in The Simpsons - in fact it's part of the city of Springfield's motto.

Sure it's a made up word, and sure it's ok that YOU don't know it, but then you went and made an ass out of yourself by insulting the author and/or the article because you missed a (very old, very common) pop culture reference.

Didn't defend the word, rather, downvoted your dumb overreaction to it.

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Pascal

Re: I won't read this

A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man.

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It's true, the START MENU is coming BACK to Windows 8, hiss sources

Pascal

Re: how about ...

"Yeah, because none of those servers out there on the Internet run anything that anyone might care about."

I hesitate to step in a Linux vs Windows thread... However many of the classical malware spreaders go after bank accounts and the like. Or they want to make botnets for various nefarious deeds including apparently bitcoin mining now. These are all attacks that want to hit a critical mass of machines, which they'll reach by infecting of millions of desktop.

People that go after databases (the recent adobe mess comes to mind) typically don't do it by emailing dodgy .doc or .pdf files to sysadmins hoping they'll execute them on their web/database servers. So saying "lots of servers run Linux and there's not a ton of malware on it so it's proof that Linux is malware-proof" is dubious logic.

At the very least we can look at the reasonably large number of Windows servers our there, see that most of them are not malware-ridden like their desktop counterparts, and see that there is some logic behind the idea that malware attacks target the most common denominators.

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Bill Gates orders HITMAN to KILL right-hand man STEVE BALLMER

Pascal

Re: Make The World A Better Place? Microsoft?

Nah, by far, their best slogan was Windows 95's installer,

"Whatever you do will be more fun."

http://www.guidebookgallery.org/pics/gui/installation/copying/win95-1-1.png

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Facebook gives THUMBS DOWN to its OWN design makeover

Pascal

"No additional coding will be necessary."

Honestly, this being Facebook, who are known for breaking their APIs every other week and telling developers after the fact, this was actually a pretty useful clarification.

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Another 5 years on Nokia's patent CHAIN GANG for Samsung

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Joke

Re: easy

> But didn't Android copy the iOS interface?

Ergo, Jolla's UI looks like crap!

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