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46 posts • joined 26 Jan 2010

Apple 5S still best-selling smartphone 8 months after launch

dave 76

Re: As Winston (reputedly) once said...

"(for example the upper case keys representing lower case is plain retarded)."

You may consider it retarded but anyone who has a PC or a featurephone or a typewriter is well use to keys being only represented in uppercase.

Yes it would be nice for it to change but I think it will take a while yet.

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Apple ebook price-fix settlement: Readers get $400m, lawyers $50m

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Unhappy

and the result is...

Amazon can now agressively shaft the publishers and their authors.

These days I am only buying ebooks through publishers websites (TOR etc) or through collections such as Humble Bundle - I'm not supporting Amazon, Apple or Google on this. I'm buying more physical books (from an actual bookshop) than I am ebooks.

Handing a monopoly to any one reseller is a bad idea so I am doing my part to support the smaller parties.

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Tell us about your first time ... on the internet

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Re: @ Simon Sharwood

Are you confusing "internet" with "world wide web"? It sounds very much like you connected to the Club Mac bulletin board via the internet itself.

It's most likely Simon knows the difference quite well and was connecting to a BBS which then provided access to the internet. Things were different in the early days.

1989 was when I got on the Internet also - via Victoria University (NZ) and also via my job at Data General. I remember that due to that mail was only delivered by batch, I could send an email from my work account to my university account and walk the 1.5 km between the two faster than my email could get there.

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Now we're cookin' on gas: Google crafts sugar-alert contact lens for diabetics

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CGM and fingerprick tests

CGM and fingerprick tests are currently complementary. Finger prick tests give you an instant, accurate (+-20%) reading but has the limitation that you rarely have more than 10-12 data points per day. CGM is testing every 5 mins but the reading is roughly 20 minutes behind the blood test.

So both are useful - the CGM gives you trending information which helps with determining how your BG is affected by food, exercise etc.

If they had 1-2 week continuous wear contacts with this technology I would be very interested. Even more so if it was powered by blinking or glucose.

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EU move to standardise phone chargers is bad news for Apple

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don't see a big problem with the current standard

now that all the phone take 5V, I don't have a problem with the current situation.

I have a number of chargers, all which have a USB outlet. And I have 2-3 cables for my various devices which are USB on one end and micro-usb/lightning/old-apple on the other. When travelling I just take one charger and a couple of cables and all my devices can charge. Out of the various manufacturers, the wall chargers from Apple are some of the best ones in terms of size and lack of heat produced.

Any wall-wart that doesn't have a USB connection gets tossed.

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Beam me up? Not in the life of this universe

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Re: Compression / healing

"Reminds me of a European short film I saw as a child, where a similar solution was used to solve the problem of a man trapped in a phone booth... gave me nightmares."

It's called La Cabina and was released in 1972 and still makes me nervous too - I always used to keep the door propped open with my foot after that, even though the bottom of the phone booth was open!

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Senator: Surveillance state based on secret law 'has no place in America'

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seriously?

"current law bars even members of Congress from publicly disclosing details of those programs."

If he had had the balls to stand up in the Senate and publicly announce it, do you really think they would have arrested and prosecuted him? This is just a convenient excuse for why he has done very little until Snowdon blew the whistle.

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NBN study: we didn't make it, but may have made a point

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NBN study?

I don't know whether it is my fault or not, but I live in Sydney and read El Reg everyday, and this article is the first that I had heard of this effort. I would have dropped some coin on it.

Possibly more people are in the same situation, simply unaware that it was going on.

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Yahoo!: We! tried! to! protect! your! info! ... secret! court! case! will! prove! it!

dave 76
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love him or loathe him

At least Snowden has enabled the secret court veil to be lifted, now it remains to be seen if this is a temporary reveal or if some lasting change can be made.

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Are driverless cars the death knell of the motor biz?

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reducing congestion

This is a good solution for some and a non-starter for others. that's ok, doesn't have to be for everyone, just for sufficient people to make the service viable.

I've got drivers licenses for 4 countries and am a member of car sharing schemes in 2 of them. I have no need for personally owning a car - public transport, taxis, car share and car hire fill my needs very nicely and I don't need to worry about maintenance, wear and tear, parking, vandalism etc. But you if you want to keep a car, no problem to me.

Car share schemes are estimated to remove the need for 7-10 cars from the road. Even if it at the lower end, surely all you people who must own their car should be keen on the idea as it removes some of the congestion and allows you to have a better drive?

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Marks & Sparks accused of silently bonking punters over the tills

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in Australia...

the transaction limit on my paypass card without requiring a pin is $100 - not sure what the daily limit is. This is the default limit.

For those wanting to disable the NFC - here is a pic from Wikipedia showing where the antenna is: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Australia_Bank_Paypass_Card.png

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Maybe don't install that groovy pirated Android keyboard

dave 76

Re: Pretty damn obvious what's going to happen

"Root and use lbe or pdroid combined with avast and adaway and all permission and snooping related issues are gone."

Sure, the average person is going to know that they need to do that and also how to do it.

I think it is fair to say that most people with a smartphone are not that technically orientated.

so what's the best way to have fine permission control on your phone that doesn't require rooting it?

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BlackBerry Q10: This quirky QWERTY will keep loyalists perky

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this is the one I want

I spend more time on my phone doing emails and SMS than talking and really appreciate the physical keyboard. This one looks like the closest to a perfect combination that I have seen.

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Review: Dell XPS 12 Windows 8 tablet-cum-Ultrabook

dave 76

remember the pcmcia ethernet cards

all those PCMCIA ethernet cards had dongles for connection but there was a couple that had popout connectors. You had to be careful not to snap it off but it shouldn't be beyond the skill of the manufacturers to bring the concept up to date. I guess they feel that there isn't enough demand for it.

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Apple: Thanks for the iPhone 5s, China, now get to the BACK of the queue

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Re: " ... register online the day before with their residence ID"

was too expensive to buy an iPhone 4S in Sydney so I brought one online from Apple HK and got it delivered to my company office in Hong Kong and one of my collegues sent it on. Got it the next day, no need to queue at the Apple Store and no need to have Resident ID.

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China and Japan stick it to floods, quakes and tsunamis

dave 76

Re: Is it just me...

"But on a more serious note, any online service that purports to be useful after a major natural disaster needs one thing more than any other. It needs to be accessible to the people in the affected area or otherwise it's pretty much just disaster porn for the rest of the world. If you're sitting in the remains of your house after a tsunami or typhoon clutching a soggy mobile and no means of recharging it for a few weeks then a pretty govt site is fuck all use."

Mobile towers are easy to erect to provide signals across the affected area. Portable generators provide places that people can go to charge phones (as was provided after the tsunami). People need to go to a central point to collect water and food, they charge their phones at the same time.

All phones in Japan have email addresses and internet access. Also a significant proportion of internet traffic in Japan is via mobile already so people are used to it.

It may not be a good solution for every country at the moment, but for Japan it is a good solution.

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Greens launch anti-TPP Internationale

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Re: Who listens to the Greens?

The Carbon Tax is responsible for some of the rise to be sure, but a big chunk of the rise in NSW at least is State Government dividends, Network improvement and Electricity company profits.

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RIP Harry Harrison: Stainless Steel Rat scurries no more

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Re: Amazon is my friend

The first Deathworld, along with several other Harry Harrison books, is available for free on the excellent Project Gutenberg.

Coincidencely I had downloaded and started reading it a week ago.

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Tesco exec brands UltraViolet 'too complicated' for Brits

dave 76

Re: Personally i'm happy

Why bother replying to them - let them do the work to chase you not the other way around.

I was getting the standard letter every couple of months, and then the appointment card and then eventually they just stopped. I'm not wasting my time telling them that I don't owe them anything.

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Lard-busting specs trick snack-happy Japanese

dave 76
Pint

In Japan the artificial crab meat are so close to the real thing that comparing 3 real samples and one fake one took an expert 10 minutes to tell them apart (based on look, texture, smell, taste). He got them all right in the end but an amateur would not have been able to do it.

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Smartphones finally outsell featurephones ... in Japan

dave 76

Re: Japan is clearly still streets ahead....

Japan featurephones have had email addresses for years, which is a bit more useful than SMS, though I agree, SMS still doesn't work well.

Every Japanese featurephone I have had and seen has had a + button and I've had no issue dialling international so not sure where you got that from.

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Japanese bank palms off customers with biometric ATMs

dave 76

Palm scanners on Japan ATM's have been around for a while

I've used ATM's in Tokyo that allow palm scan as access at least 3-4 years ago. I was just doing a transfer so my palm wasn't registered with the card so I couldn't actually test it but my wife assured me it works.

At least on the models I saw you didn't actually put your hand directly on a scan pad - it had two rests which kept your hand about 2 cm above the pad. And there was a box of tissues right next to the atm for you to be as clean as you like.

You are very unlikely to be mugged at an ATM in Japan!

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Virgin Media to push out nimble new broadband speeds

dave 76

fixing an airgap

"But when NationalGrid's digger crew introduced an 18inch air-gap into my cable connection VM couldn't manage a repair even after 6 months of dealing with their piss-poor call centre. "

I had the same problem. after months of them scheduling a crew to relay the cable I gave up and cancelled the service (and actually got a refund!).

A few months after I moved overseas I got an email from them that the cable had finally been repaired - well done but a little too late!

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Amazon goes south with São Paulo data center

dave 76

Hope they have spent lots on redundancy

our company has an office in San Paulo and between power cuts and connectivity issues it seems to have problems every week.

Amazon can probably afford to pay more keep their DC running than we do though.

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Panasonic DMR-PWT500 3D BD Freeview HD DVR

dave 76

The sign on the Panasonic building down here in Sydney has a few lights out so at night it is proudly displaying PAN---NIC - seems appropriate!

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Cops cuff London Apple Store 'scooter raiders'

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not keen on the publishing of details

Seems to me that this goes against the principle of "Innocent until proven Guilty" and moves into the "If the Police have arrested you, you must have done something wrong".

that attitude worked for the police in the old days but since we no longer automatically expect our police to be infailable and leave it to the courts to determine guilt or innocence, shouldn't the details be supressed until the court case?

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This weekend: First ever iPADS IN SPAAAACE

dave 76

entertainment only?

I imagine it is for entertainment only while they access how it performs on the ISS. Once they are satisfied it performs without unexpected errors they can look at making it a piece of support equipment.

NASA doesn't use anything just off the shelf - needs proper testing first.

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Insulin pump hack delivers fatal dosage over the air

dave 76
Boffin

Why wireless

There are three purposes for the wireless functionality:

- enable a glucose sensor to communicate levels to the pump

- enable details to be uploaded to a PC for analysis of trends

- enable the use of a remote control so that parents can lock their children's pumps so they cannot adjust them.

Most diabetics manage their own levels and do not rely on someone else adjusting the settings. However pumps are also used by young chiildren and it is not appropriate for they to make their own adjustments. So there is a remote control option to allow the pump controls to be locked and the parent deliver the bolus using the remote.

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NHS diabetic gizmo will text for help if wearer is in danger

dave 76

I already have a GCMS....

But all in favour of more research and improved sensors. The current crop of sensors all require implanting under then skin so if they could develop a non-invasive one I would be happy. Not too concerned about the txt messaging. That part doesn't/shouldn't be built into the sensor anyway, the sensor just needs to communicate with its controller, if you want to message, get the controller to do it.

I'll be even happier if the price comes down. The CGMS makes a significant difference in glucose management but now that I am self funding rather than on the NHS the cost is too high for me to use it all the time so I typically use it for 2 weeks every three months to make sure I have everything trending ok.

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Insulin pump maker ignores diabetic's hack warnings

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speaking as a medtronic pump user...

Am I bothered? Nah. I'm regularly checking my blood glucose levels using an meter (which is not part of the pump) and are well aware of the physical symptoms in myself if I have too much or too little insulin.

Yes it should be addressed and resolved, but it is not an OMG the sky is falling issue. Upgrade the microcode and then as people replace their pumps (which they need to do every 4 years anyway) they get the fix.

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Insulin pump attack prompts call for federal probe

dave 76

diabetes control is in the hands of the patient, not the doctor

"So, as i said, the DOCTOR decides how much should be given. NOT the patient. The need for this device to be remotly controlled is utterly pointless and is there because someone decided it could. Not should, or must but because it could....An appliance waiting for an application..."

Fairly safe to say that cornz 1 has no experience with Type 1 diabetes at all (Type 2 is a completely different kettle of fish).

My doctor has NO say in what my dosages are. He/she can advise or recommend but seeing as I live with this 24/7 and I see them for 5 minutes every 3 months to get my prescription renewed, I have a much better idea of how to manage my diabetes that they do. I will never take instruction from them, only advice.

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dave 76

of course it could be hacked but not all pumps

pumps that link to a Continuous Glucose Meter or use the remote control need to have wireless communication enabled to allow the devices to talk together. This gives an opportunity for someone to remote attack the pump - I doubt the authenication and encryption is strong enough to keep someone determined out. If you are not using one of these functions you can switch it off. Course if you are using an Omnipod you are out of luck - all the controls are on the remote so you must use it.

If you are using a non-integrated pump - ie the CGMS does not talk directly to the pump - then you don't need the wireless on.

Given that my pump and CGMS have difficulty talking with each other when they are more than about 30cm apart and you can't turn off the bloody beeping sound when you do anything I would probably notice someone attempting to adjust it, but you never know.

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Sony S1 and S2 screenshots leaked

dave 76

really? is that your only complaint?

I hope you are similarly outraged at every laptop manufacturer on the planet who all ship their laptops with proprietary power connections. USB would be nice but if the proprietary connection allows rapid charging I am all for it.

If that is all you have to complain about then Sony are onto a winner.

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Sony goes slim with the Vaio Z laptop

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love my TZ

had my TZ for about 6 years now and is still my everyday home machine. The 11" screen, SSD and lightweight design effectively means that there is no need for a tablet in my household, the TZ is doing the same role.

Recently purchased an HP laptop for my wife and regret the decision every time I go and use it. The trackpad is one of the worst I have ever used.

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Your NFC tap-pay phone: Soon a movie or train ticket too

dave 76

a great solution

If you have ever used Felica in Japan or Octopus in Hong Kong you will appreciate the benefits. In HK especially you can use it for payment virtually anywhere and many buildings use it for ground floor door access also.

I admit, I feel nervous about having my octopus automatically set to reload from my bank account so I don't do that, but you can set a maximum amount per transaction and a maximum amount per day on the card to provide some safeguards.

there probably is a minimum transaction level but I haven't found that yet, everything I have wanted to purchase has worked.

But I am sure the UK mobile operators can bugger this up and provide a more expensive, less capable system.

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Judge lets Apple keep secrets from Samsung

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imitation

I don't have an iPhone but I support Apple in this.

Surely iPhone is not the pinnacle of design and Samsung could have made something that looked different.

Or are they implying that they cannot design anything better than the iPhone? That's sad if it's true.

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Science fiction beams up into the British Library

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Iain M Banks and Stephen Baxter?

I would love to be there for those talks - pity I'm on the other side of the world.

I hope someone tells Iain M Banks that his story came told in the Reg not-yet-a-movie poll.

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HP pets network-connected mouse

dave 76

the cost is not the issue

"My Logitech 2.4ghz mouse has a tiny receiver that sticks out less than 5mm from the side of my laptop and doesn't snag on my laptop bag.

The mouse has an on/off switch to save batteries.

it cost less than £20."

The cost is frankly relevant. for laptops which have a limited number of usb ports, not having one of them clogged by a dongle is worth a lot.

I only have 2 usb ports on my laptop, which means I have 1 usable port because of my mouse.

And before you say, just get a usb hub, that's more stuff to lug around just to connect my mouse, no thanks. For you that might be fine but not for everyone, which is why there is a market for this type of mouse.

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Fukushima's toxic legacy: Ignorance and fear

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@Mystic Megabyte

"They won't insure you because when the unlikely event does happen, the payout would be so vast that they would go bankrupt. We are talking of hundreds of thousands of homeowners, all claiming at once."

Do you live in Japan and know personally that the insurance company will not cover you or are you just spouting a line that you heard somewhere? I suspect the latter.

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Israelis seize woman packing 44 iPhones

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Welcome

Didn't necessarily have to hide them when leaving UK

"so she had managed to get through security in london with a crapload of electronics hidden under her clothes, got on to a plane, then only got found out on arrival because she was unable to walk with that much electronics under her clothes?"

Although it's fun to point out how stupid airport security in the UK is, she didn't necessarily need to have them under her clothes on exit from London, only on entry to Israel.

After all, no one in the UK will care if you openly leave with 44 iphones, though customs will be very interested if you try and come in with them without paying duty.

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Europe demands right to be forgotten

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"the right to be forgotten" and "to get their data deleted" are two different things

"the right to be forgotten" and "to get their data deleted" are two different things - the first is achievable by having a one way encyption of the data when it is stored and then throwing away the key when the user wants to be forgotten. Ensuring all the data is deleted is near impossible but putting it beyond reach is probably sufficient.

Still not a trivial task but an important one.

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The terabyte iPad is coming

dave 76

only a few weeks?

"If the small capacity is near full then unless there is continuous shuffling of existing data the lifespan of the SSD could be down to as little as a few weeks."

That's a llittle pessimistic - my Sony has 32Gb hard drive and normally has only 1Gb free and has been running like that, used everyday, for nearly 4 years.

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Hand over illegal porn at the border, please

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Welcome

re: One country that makes me laugh

with all those requirements that you have listed, it sounds like you are applying for a permanent migration visa which is not necessary. If you just went on a normal ETA and said you were going over for 3 days for business you would not have had to do all those steps.

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Aussie broadband is slower than a slow thing in a slow town

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even *getting* broadband in Australia is hard

I've just moved to Sydney and I am still waiting for my broadband to be connected after placing the order 3 weeks ago. Since the telephone line in my apartment was previously a Optus line, I have to have a Telstra engineer check the line from the exchange to the building and then Optus from the krone block to the apartment. Two engineer vistis for an operation that should ready need none.

In contrast my mother placed an order in New Zealand on Saturday afternoon and was connected by Tuesday. In Japan when I signed up for Yahoo Broadband, they hand you the modem if you sign up at one of their shops and it is active by the time you get home.

I have had broadband in 4 countries and this is by far the slowest to get installed. I wonder how it will perform once it actually gets installed.

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US unveils planet-hugging London embassy

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Black Helicopters

non-US contractors?

I suspect the non-US contractors will be limited to the landscaping, glazing and other non-critical work - other embassies have had issues with local contractors adding bugs to the structure that I doubt they will be allowed the opportunity to do that here.

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Belkin Home Base

dave 76

been doing the same for years with my Airport express

Airport express has one usb and I have been using my one to wireless share my printer on my home network for years. I'm using a Tenda router and XP and vista PC's so this is not an overtly Apple household.

Works perfectly well for me and the non-techy parts of my family.

I'm sure there much be other companies out there doing the same thing. This device would be useful if you had several devices to share I guess.

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